UW swimmers look for 4th win

first_imgAfter starting the season off with three wins in its first three meets, the University of Wisconsin women’s swimming team will look to continue its winning ways in the SMU Classic in Dallas this weekend. The Badgers will face host SMU, Florida State, Alabama, Texas A&M and USC. Four of those five teams are ranked nationally, and the Badgers will be looking to keep their spot in the top 20 after this weekend.Wisconsin will send eight swimmers and one diver to the meet, which is different than previous events the team has competed in.“We are going to have women swimming events that they don’t usually compete in, and every team is going to have holes in their lineup,” senior captain Jackie Vavrek said. “The name of the game at this meet is versatility. The nine women who are going to the meet this weekend are extremely versatile, so I feel that we will make a good showing this weekend.”Head coach Eric Hansen described the SMU Classic as a “training opportunity” for his swimmers.“[This is an event] where everyone has weaknesses, but you find out who can race,” Hansen said. The upcoming meet will be a great opportunity for the team to figure out who can swim under pressure and a good way for the swimmers to get practice time for their more challenging events later in the season. “They will be competing against the toughest teams in the nation [during the second half],” Hansen said. “This is where the girls will be tested and where they will learn.”Vavrek also knows that the team’s upcoming schedule will be an uphill battle. “We’ve had some great meets thus far, but our biggest challenges are definitely to come,” Vavrek said. “We just have to keep looking towards our big meets of the year, like the Texas Invite, Big Tens and NCAAs. Those are the meets that really matter. Everything in between is just a stepping stone. But seeing our team succeed along the way is definitely the best kind of motivation for those end-of-the-season meets.”The current team is almost entirely different from last year’s roster, as several players left the team. They lost sophomore Yi Ting Siow, who was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year after last season, and senior Susan Johnson. However, the swimmers have stepped up in a big way this season. Along with Vavrek, Hannah McClurg and the rest of the senior class have relished their new roles and are encouraging and helping the large freshmen class along the way. “Our freshmen have really developed nicely, and our seniors have come in well prepared,” Hansen said. “So I’m happy with where we are at.”Rosie Morahan, a sophomore who specializes in the breaststroke, has already contributed to the team in a big way. Facing off against UW-Milwaukee, Morahan won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.51 and also participated in the 200-yard medley relay team with fellow sophomore Candice Peak. While Morahan and Peak are leading the sophomores, Maggie Meyer is doing just that for the freshman class. Meyer finished first in the 50-yard freestyle against the Panthers with a time of 24.49 and the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 56.73.No matter what the experience or age levels these swimmers are at, Vavrek said it is all about the team once they enter the water. “The team is very high energy, very motivated, and [they] have extremely high goals in mind,” Vavrek said. “As a captain, I expect everyone to come in and give it their all and just swim for something greater than themselves, for the team.”last_img read more

Former state legislators mentor students

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan With the start of the new school year, the USC Dornsife Unruh Institute of Politics has also launched a new program called “Legislators in Residence,” which features former State Senator Tony Strickland and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino as on-campus student mentors.“I’ve seen how much USC students benefit with not just academic experts, but policy officials who have worked in those areas. But we’ve always been limited by the fact that the guests are only at campus for a particular lecture or panel discussion,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics. “So I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to get students to build a relationship with real-world policymakers.”Strickland represented the 19th District from 2008 to 2012 as State Senator; prior to that, he served in the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. During his time in the Senate, Strickland worked to bolster California’s faltering economy, including passing legislation aimed at making the state more energy efficient.“I think I can bring a wealth of knowledge in terms of my experience to young kids who want to be involved in public policy and public service,” Strickland said.Portantino represented the 44th District in the Assembly from 2006 to 2012. Before that, he served as mayor of the city of La Cañada Flintridge. Reputed to be a maverick legislator, Portantino spent much of his time in office pushing for government reform.“For me, it was very exciting to be given an opportunity to create longer contacts and actual relationships with students who are working on these policy endeavors over a longer period of time,” Portantino said.As part of the “Legislators in Residence” program, Strickland and Portantino will be teaching a class alongside Schnur entitled “The Future of California.” Students in the class will have a chance to discuss current policy issues facing California with not only Schnur and the two legislators, but also weekly speakers.“I’m really going to enjoy interaction with the students and really get a good discourse in terms of public debate and public policy, so hopefully it’ll be a part of some ideas that will take their voices back with me when I go back, so I can develop them and help solve some of these problems,” Strickland said.Interaction with Strickland and Portantino, however, is not reserved solely for Unruh students. Both legislators are also open to speaking to any student organization. On Wednesday, they served as panelists at the first “Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum,” which was co-hosted by the Schwarzenegger Institute.  In addition, Portantino is scheduled to make an appearance at the College Democrats meeting on Oct. 2; Strickland will do the same at the College Republicans meeting on Oct. 22.President of the College Democrats Catherine Shieh expressed excitement about the new political life “Legislators in Residence” will bring to the USC campus.“A big theme that I witness in politics is that a lot of people have a negative view of politics. But part of that negative view of politics is that politics is not seen as accessible,” Shieh said. “With that being said, when you have not one, but two people that are permanently on campus, that puts in this accessibility factor that wasn’t there before. It’s the first step of really getting your foot in the door.”The two legislators will hold office hours at PSD 101, during which any interested student can set up a meeting with them.Though Strickland and Portantino have each committed to just a year to USC, but they have big plans and hopes for the young Trojans with whom they will be working.“My goal is to rejuvenate myself from being around positive energy in the classroom, but then also to help channel that positive energy into serious outcomes for the state,” Portantino said. “Because today’s 22-year-old — today’s 18-year-old — ten years from now, is going to be tomorrow’s leader.”last_img read more

UK Racing- Reduction in prize-money ‘inevitable’ once season resumes

first_imgShare Submit Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles A programme outlining the races that will take place once horseracing resumes in the UK is due to be released next week, with prize money facing a significant reduction due to retail closures.The sport has been on hold since 17 March, however, the Resumption of Racing Group has stated that it will develop a provisional programme for the first seven days of racing once the lockdown is lifted, regardless of the resumption date.The group, which comprises representatives from the British Horseracing Authority, the Horsemen’s Group, the Racecourse Association and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, said: “To help trainers plan, during the next week we will be developing a provisional programme for the first seven days of racing following resumption – whatever the resumption date. “We will then subsequently publish the rest of the provisional programme up until the end of June. This will be as close as possible to the original programme for the period, which means we will be looking to stage roughly the same number of races by type, class and distance.“Ahead of this, we will issue a fixture cancellation notice for all fixtures that were originally scheduled to take place during May and June. This simply reflects the fact that we will be publishing a new provisional programme and does not seek to pre-empt or pre-judge any government decisions around lockdown or resumption.”“We will also look to confirm prize money values as soon as possible. In normal circumstances, racecourses provide approximately half of prize money, but with betting shops, which drive media rights income, closed and no crowds, their contributions will be significantly impacted. Every effort will be made to keep prize money as high as possible, but reductions below recent levels are inevitable.”The group expects that a phased approach will be necessary for the sport to restart, but stated that ‘it is possible that not all phases will be required’.The statement continued: “As explained in previous updates, the plan for resumption is based on a phased approach that supports the transition of racing back to a normal fixture list, in a controlled and measured way. Different scenarios – or ‘phases’ – have been developed, which can be implemented and adapted as circumstances require, in accordance with public health guidelines.“It’s possible that not all phases will be required, but at this stage, all scenarios are being considered so that we are prepared to race under whatever circumstances exist at the time that racing is able restart.“In the early stages of this model, racing would resume behind closed doors under strict conditions, at locations that meet specific criteria around risk mitigation and infection control. This may include full quarantine conditions at secured sites if absolutely necessary, or behind closed doors racing, with sites limited to those that are able to meet strict hygiene conditions, social distancing measures and appropriate medical provision.“Under the strictest infection control scenarios, attendance at the site(s) would be limited to staff essential to delivering the race fixture. These restrictions on personnel will be continually reviewed and gradually eased to accommodate connections, including owners and trainers, in line with Government guidance.”last_img read more

Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star (knee) will not play in Game 3 vs. Nets

first_imgThe Sixers say that Joel Embiid is out with left knee soreness. Greg Monroe will start.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 18, 2019″It’s tough. That’s what tendinitis is all about,” Embiid told reporters after he was ruled out (via ESPN). “And some days you got your days and some other days is different. So even in the games that I play I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys. … I try to help us win the series and eliminate them. So whatever, whatever I can do. But it’s hard. I just got to keep pushing it and see how I do.”Embiid was “a game-time decision” for the last two matchups. He took the court in Game 2 and tallied 23 points, along with 10 rebounds, in Philadelphia’s 145-123 win. Related News Joel Embiid will not be on the floor Thursday.The 25-year-old star, who continues to deal with knee soreness, has been ruled out for the third game of the 76ers’ opening-round series against the Nets at the Barclays Center. NBA playoffs 2019: Nets angry with 76ers’ Joel Embiid for laughing after elbowing Jarrett Allen NBA free agency: Knicks confident they will appeal to starscenter_img “It’s not as clear cut as you thought it would be on ‘how do you maintain a fitness base and still get his knee rest?’” Brown said. “What do we do to help him most now? I believe a solid plan is in place that can deliver him responsibly, incrementally to later dates.”The 76ers and Nets entered play Thursday with their series tied at 1-1. Embiid was again involved in controversy in that victory. He was called for a flagrant foul after elbowing Jarrett Allen in the face and apologized for the incident following the game. Embiid and fellow 76ers star Ben Simmons then immediately started laughing.”We didn’t really like that. We thought that was kind of disrespectful, especially after the elbow he threw,” Nets guard Caris LeVert said Wednesday, via the New York Daily News. “It is what it is. There’s no love lost. It’s a playoff series. We expect that.”Embiid missed five of the 76ers’ last seven regular-season games with the knee issue. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown described Embiid’s injury as a “slippery slope” when he met with reporters last weekend”We are the recipient of Jo trying to inch along slowly and buy time,” Brown said (via The Philly Voice). “You win a game, two more days, you win a game, three more days, you might drop one, four more days. How do you deliver him responsibly to a later date in ultimately what you hope will be a deep playoff run?”The two-time All-Star averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game in 2018-19. He shot 48.4 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range.last_img read more

City of Wellington to crack-seal on Crest Ridge, Highland Court and W. 18th St.

first_imgFor more information, please contact the Street Department at 326-7831. Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department will finish crack-sealing on North Plum Street (from 16th Street to 22nd Street) today.Crack-sealing will begin today on Crest Ridge, Highland Court and W. 18th Street.Look for continuous updates on routes and status of crack-sealing for more up-to-date information so that residents will know which days they should not park on the streets in their area.Crack sealing consists of blowing debris out of cracks and sealing them with an oil based material to prevent water from getting underneath the street surface.In order to be effective, we must have access to the full length of all cracks within that block of street.Please do not park on these streets Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during this period of time.last_img read more

Watson Boas: My brother is my role model

first_imgAse and Watson Boas will be playing together for the Kumuls for the first time.The Albert brothers were unfortunate to miss selection for the national team this year due to injury.While Watson may be a rookie compared to his big brother Ase for the Kumuls, he has been a real general on the field when it comes to organising the team and leading the attack.Hailing from a mixed parentage of Oro, Chimbu and East New Britain, Watson is a star-in-the-making if you look at his young career history.He started playing rugby league when he was in Grade Seven. He played in the school boys’ competitions before taking part in the Kokopo Rugby League, where he made his way into the Agmark Gurias side in 2014 to join his brother Ase.However, Ase left Gurias for Hunters in 2015 and Watson was keen to follow him.He had a breakthrough season last year where he played consistent footy and helped his team win the Digicel Cup final (defeating TNA Lions 26-18), the Melanesian Club Championship and was selected to play for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII.At the start of this year, Watson reunited with his big brother and the pair are currently playing good football together for the PNG Hunters side in the Intrust Super Cup and with lead the team around the park tonight in the halves.Watson describes Ase as “a big brother I can look up to as a role model”.He added that in his home, his mother would tell him in Tok Pisin: “Yu kisim ol Gurias or Kumul jampa na ol gias blo Ase (Ase Boas) na werim raun”, but he usually replied and said: “Mami, em kisim lo strong blo m yah. Mi tu pikinini man so mi ba traim kisim lo strong blo mi; mi kisim mi kisim, nogat, nogat.”(My mum told me to wear his [Ase’s] Agmark Gurias or Kumuls jumper, but I would reply and say that he got all these through hard work and commitment. I am a young man and will play to earn these things; if I get it that’s good and if I don’t, that’s also good as well.)However, it seems Watson has the motivation to follow the path of his big brother and last night, he represented the people of Papua New Guinea and wore the yellow, red and black colours of the Kumuls.last_img read more

Son discharged from ICU

first_imgSelena ThomasWakapao suspected poisoningThe son of one of the victims who died from a mystery illness at Wakapao two weeks ago has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital after spending about two weeks at the institution.Gavin Thomas, 30, of Wakapao Village in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), was discharged on Friday last.A relative who spoke to Guyana Times on Tuesday said that she is happy that his condition is much better although he remains a bit weak.“We are thanking the father that he is home and that he pulled through because we have been very worried since the death of his father and sister. He is recovering well,” she said.He was the last of four family members that were hospitalised with the illness to be discharged. Three others were discharged earlier last week.Selena Thomas and her father, Edward Richards, were laid to rest on Tuesday last at Wakapao during an emotional funeral service where scores of persons from their village gathered to get a glimpse of their remains.Relatives had said that they are trying to come to grips with what transpired. “We are still trying to deal with the whole situation. Everything happened so fast. Just like that, we lost two of our family together it’s really rough. They were both healthy and jovial,” the relative had said.She stated that the family has made no alternative arrangements regarding what will be done with their farm, as they insisted that no pesticides were used.“They haven’t decided yet what they will do about their crops and so on, but they maintained that they never used any pesticides or chemicals or anything like that,” she said.The police have since visited the community and questioned several residents. However, no further information was obtained. Efforts by this publication on Tuesday to obtain an update from the police on the status of the investigation were unsuccessful.The entire family became ill after consuming cassava bread on June 10. It was also reported that two dogs were also fed the cassava bread and subsequently died. They were reportedly being treated for cyanide poisoning. However, post-mortem examinations conducted on both Richards and Thomas were inconclusive. Samples were sent overseas for further testing.Meanwhile, indigenous leaders have come out to voice their concerns over this issue. They called for a full investigation into the matter and refuted the claims of cyanide poisoning reported to relatives by medical officials.Edward Richardslast_img read more

Newcastle to appoint full-time head coach in the summer, reveals managing director

first_img Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver 1 Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has revealed the club are willing to wait until the summer to appoint a full-time head coach to ensure they find the right man to take over at St James’ Park.The Magpies have been under the stewardship of John Carner following former manager Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace, but are yet to record a win under the caretaker boss.Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr have since spent time assessing potential candidates for the vacancy.But there has been a growing feeling on Tyneside that the Magpies could make an interim appointment with several of the names at the top of their list currently in employment and unwilling or unable to move before the close-season.Speaking to the Chronicle, Charnley, who admitted Pardew’s departure had taken the club by surprise, said: “We’ve got a number of options: clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now.“However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual, then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit.“I’m not going to take someone who is free and available now if we have a better option and options by waiting until the end of the season.“I know that won’t be an entirely popular point of view, but for me that, is the most sensible thing to do. It is about the medium to long term and ensuring we get the ‘right one’.”Former Lyon boss Remi Garde, Ajax’s Frank de Boer, St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, Derby’s Steve McClaren and ex-Mainz chief Thomas Tuchel are among those to have been linked with the post.Pardew’s former assistant Carver, who has indicated his own interest in the job, has been touted as a stop-gap appointment until the end of the current campaign, and he voiced his hope at the weekend that he would be told one way or the other sooner or later, and he appears likely to get his wish.Charnley said: “I hope that by the end of this week, I will have a better indication of where we sit.“I’ll know the really, really credible individuals who would be of real interest to us and from there, whether a decision can be made now or whether that decision can wait until the summer.“There’s a wide range of options. There are some people who genuinely can’t move now, whether that be for personal reasons, contractual or a whole host – they can’t come now.“There are some that can, whether they are tied to other clubs, but have a compensation element involved or are out-of-work.”last_img read more


first_imgThe body of Loughanure teenager Conor Boyle, 18, who died on Friday last, has finally been released to the family.The late Conor Boyle will be buried this Sunday.A huge crowd is expected for the much-loved teenager’s funeral on Sunday next.Conor died despite a brave two week fight for life after he crashed his car in London while returning home from work. His body is due to be transferred to the family home at Loughanure on this Friday, September 27th leaving Mc Glynn’s funeral home in Dungloe at noon.The house is on the link road from the N56 in Loughanure to Annagry and traffic delays can be expected as the funeral arrives in the village.The family has asked for privacy at the house on the morning of the funeral from noon, and from 10.30pm on Friday to 10.00 am on Saturday and again on Sunday.Conor, a son of Hugh and Sheila Boyle and the third eldest of six boys, will be laid to rest in Annagry cemetery on Sunday following 1pm Mass in Annagry Church. Meanwhile the Intermediate Final scheduled for this Sunday between Naomh Muire and St Nauls has been postponed as a matter of respect to the Boyle family.TRAGIC CONOR TO BE LAID TO REST THIS SUNDAY was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor BoylefuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Heartbroken mother of girl, 4, calls for service for juvenile arthritis sufferers

first_imgA Co Donegal mum has spoken about the heartbreak and challenges facing children across Donegal suffering from juvenile arthritis.Letterkenny woman Fiona Wynne’s daughter Jessica, aged just four, was diagnosed with oligoarthritis last year. She is currently attending playschool, but her daily routine is not like other children.Jessica has to deal with constant pain and stiffness in her joints, which limits her everyday activities.“It would take her three hours to get her out to school in the morning,” Fiona told Donegal Daily.“Your heart sinks when you hear her waking up in the morning because you know she’s going to be sore.” “She can’t walk in the morning, she can’t hold a spoon or feed herself. It’s a fight to get her to eat.”“Everyday is a constant battle,” the pregnant mother-of-two explained.Fiona would have to bring Jessica into the shower every morning for 20-30 minutes to loosen out her joints before the day begins. On certain days, especially in colder weather, Jessica would have to be put in a wheelchair to get around.The condition is spreading throughout the joints in her body and is preventing her from doing everyday play as a four-year-old such as riding a bike, Fiona said.Jessica takes three doses of medication a day, and is beginning a chemotherapy treatment this week in the hope it will help her symptoms. However, the injection can deliver the same side effects as those that come with cancer treatment.There are 1,200 children living with juvenile arthritis in Ireland. There are two consultant paediatric rheumatologists in the country, who are based in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Jessica has had to make the journey to Dublin to get all medication prescribed to her. She has had six appointments so far this year, two of which were in the past month.The trip to Dublin is especially difficult for Jessica, as Fiona explains she would “completely stiffen up” after an hour of sitting in the car.“It would be great if the rheumatoid doctor could come to Letterkenny, instead of having to travel four hours to Dublin, which often makes her (Jessica) worse,” Fiona said. She also has had to contend with short-notice cancellations and long waiting lists to access the service.“It would save a lot of pain for the children to get medicine and steroids here,” she said. Juvenile arthritis is an invisible disease, Fiona said. “To look at her, she’s perfect. It’s completely heartbreaking to see, but the child is completely crippled whenever they are getting it really bad. They are just constantly living in pain.”“It affects younger people a lot worse than older people, because it affects their wee bodies more,” she said. For now, Fiona is putting her hopes that the chemotherapy will help Jessica. If not, other forms of treatment will have to be considered. “I’m hoping that it will work miracles,” she said.For more information on juvenile arthritis, visit icanireland.ie or call the iCAN helpline on 0868289817.Heartbroken mother of girl, 4, calls for service for juvenile arthritis sufferers was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more