Beach volleyball posts a flawless Pac-12 weekend

first_imgDuring its first weekend back in Southern California, the Trojan beach volleyball team put on an impressive showing in the Pac-12 South Invitational, dominating its opponents at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica. Freshman Haley Hallgren bumps the ball to her teammate, senior Jenna Belton. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans’ loss record remained unscathed, their first match of the weekend proved to be closer than anticipated. Facing the No. 16 Cal Golden Bears that were riding an 11-match winning streak, the Trojans came out strong with a mixture of youth and experience on the first two courts. The Women of Troy dominated the first two courts; junior Abril Bustamante and freshman Tina Graudina defeated Alexia Inman and Mima Mirkovic (21-15, 21-12) on the first court and senior Terese Cannon and freshman Sammy Slater came out on top against Jessica Gaffney and Iya Lindahl (21-10, 21-18). Despite falling behind two games early, the Bears bounced back strong when their fifth court pair of Grace Campbell and Madison Micheletti soundly defeated USC’s junior Katrina Kernochan and graduate student Alexandra Poletto 21-16 in back-to-back sets. The Trojans would need a victory from senior Jenna Belton and freshman Haley Hallgren on Court 3 (21-16, 25-23) to seal the victory for USC before Mia Merino and Caroline Schafer of UC Berkeley defeated sophomore Joy Dennis and senior Jo Kremer on Court 4 with the match already decided. The two games that Cal won were the first they’ve ever won against USC.In their second and third matches of the weekend, USC methodically defeated the two Pac-12 Arizona representatives in the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats (9-6) and the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-9). In both matches, USC rode their 1st, 2nd and 4th courts to victory. The pairs of Bustamante/Graudina, Cannon/Slater and Belton/Kremer each consecutively swept their opponents, ending the matches before the outcomes of the 3rd and 5th courts mattered. The Trojans’ win over the Wildcats was their seventh in a row against Arizona. For their final showdown of the weekend, USC faced their highest-ranked opponent for the weekend against the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal (11-5), who were 3-0 on the weekend leading up to that match and riding an 11-match winning streak. In what was supposed to be their toughest test of the weekend, USC swept the Cardinal 5-0. The Trojans on the first four courts dominated their matchups while the 5th court pair of sophomore Cammie Dorn and freshman Maja Kaiser saw a thrilling comeback in three sets to defeat Kat Anderson and Caitlin Keefe of Stanford (17-21, 21-13, 15-8). Their matchup marked only the second time both teams have faced off. After their 4-0 weekend, USC cemented themselves once again as the cream of the crop in the Pac-12. The only other team to come out of the weekend without a loss was the No. 2 UCLA Bruins (18-3). The Trojans’ top performers, Bustamante/Graudina and Cannon/Slater, were selected to the all-tournament team. Both pairs went 4-0 on the weekend, without dropping a single set. UCLA was the only other school to have pairs recognized. With the performance, the women’s beach volleyball team improves its record to 15-6 on the season. Up next, the Trojans will head to Pepperdine University on March 31 to take on No. 19 St. Mary’s, No. 16 Loyola Marymount and the No. 1 Pepperdine Waves in the Pepperdine Invitational. USC will have a full week to prepare for another dual against Pepperdine after falling to them twice in one week earlier this season.last_img read more

Addison Global strengthens All-in Diversity ‘Steering Group’

first_img Submit Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The creators of betting and gaming brand MoPlay, Addison Global, has strengthened its commitment to boosting diversity in the gambling industry after joining a Steering Group to build out PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace: A code of practice. The invitation, which came from BSI and the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP), will see Addison Global work towards building a global diversity, equality, and inclusion standard. Nyreen Llamas, Chief Strategy Officer at Addison Global, commented: “From the very beginning, Addison Global has been a proud founding member of the All-In Diversity Project.  We are committed to advancing a diversity, inclusion and equity agenda, not just internally, but within the industry as a whole. “We also strongly believe that the creation of the code of practice PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace will assist all businesses with their implementation of tangible changes that will move the dial in a positive direction. “Andrew Gonzalez’s expertise in this field, combined with his academic background and previous work experience, will no doubt provide invaluable guidance in the creation of PAS 1948.” In implementing the strengthened standards of inclusion, Addison Global’s HR Business Partner Andrew Gonzalez is set to play an integral part. The new standard will cover corporate governance and reputation; internal policies, processes, and practices; recruitment, retention and development; under-represented groups; and concepts such as ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘intercultural competence.’“I’ve always been passionate about engraining diversity, inclusion and equity into the company cultures of the organisations I partner with. I believe the creation of PAS 1948: 2020 will assist organisations, both big and small, in creating a diversity and inclusion strategy that can be easily implemented, in order to create positive change,” added Andrew Gonzalez, HRBP, Addison Global.The Code of Practice is planned for publication by BSI in June 2020, and will be utilised by the Steering Group to provide a flexible toolset for voluntarily adopting workplace equality practices, assessing the impact of those activities, measuring the progress of these initiatives, and developing strategies for continuous improvement.The Steering Group’s goal is to develop the standard through a consensus-building process that includes public consultation and will be facilitated by BSI.Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, explained: “Andrew brings a global perspective and a truly human touch to the steering group that we believe will benefit all businesses who adopt this code of practice. He’s worked tirelessly on the subject matter in industries where recruiting and retaining diverse talent isn’t the easiest thing.”David Fatscher, Head of Environment, Social and Governance Standards at BSI, concluded: “It is recognized that diversity is critical for an organization’s ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-changing environment. “The variety of perspectives that diversity brings makes it the crucial ingredient for the innovation that drives business growth. PAS 1948:2020 aims to help build a Code of Practice that will provide recommendations for businesses and organizations across the world to develop and sustain a workplace that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion.”last_img read more

Lightsabers at the ready for Donegal’s Star Wars festivities this May

first_imgDonegal’s Inishowen peninsula was part of Fáilte Ireland programme of events unveiling for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on the Wild Atlantic Way. Celebrating May the 4th, the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe, the festival includes a Star Wars themed 3km Fun Run, Yoda Yoga on the beach and outdoor drive-in movie screenings, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of the northern headlands.Speaking about the announcement of the programme, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said: “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year and the addition of Donegal as a location for this year’s festival will certainly highlight all that the North West region has to offer visitors.” Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said: “I’m delighted to see an amazing programme of activity in Donegal for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival.“Following the success of the inaugural ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, Fáilte Ireland has worked with local communities across the Inishowen Peninsula to extend the festival to Donegal this year.“As fans across the world celebrate May the 4th, the festival is a brilliant opportunity to promote Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to a global audience.”Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh said: “The decision by the makers of Star Wars to choose Donegal, and Malin Head in particular, was inspired. “The image that the film created was second to none and now the Government is in a position to throw its weight behind a brilliant festival which will be coming to Donegal for the first time.“This is a great opportunity for fans to be on the site of some of the most stunning scenes in the movie and to sample the best of what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.”Speaking about the festival programme, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals and Events, Ciara Sugrue said: “We’re delighted to bring the ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival to Donegal this year and we have a fantastic line up of events which not only celebrate the Star Wars Universe but the history and natural landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way.“From boat tours exploring the coast to star gazing at the Planetarium and I’d like to thank the local tourism industry in Donegal who have worked very hard to build this year’s festival.”Heidi Doherty, Programme Manager at Inishowen Tourist Office, added: “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the Star Wars filming location at Malin Head and it promises to be an action-packed weekend. “Today we not only announced the programme of activity, we officially cut the ribbon on the newly renamed “R2D2”, formerly the R242.“We are delighted to be the other bookend film location to celebrate the May the 4th Be with You Festival with County Kerry – it’s an exciting time for tourism in Inishowen and we welcome this opportunity to work in collaboration with the Fáilte Ireland.”Filming for recent Star Wars films took place in locations across Kerry, Cork, Clare and Donegal.Following the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, the festival will also take place in Malin Head, Donegal this year. Photos: Clive WassonLightsabers at the ready for Donegal’s Star Wars festivities this May was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Malin HeadStar Wars‘May The 4th Be With You’ festivallast_img read more

Stem Cells Protect Against Defective Copies

first_imgThe Pasteur Institute (see Louis Pasteur) has found evidence supporting a controversial theory known as the “immortal DNA” theory.  According to News-Medical.Net, researchers at the institute believe that stem cells keep the best copies and allow only defective ones to differentiate and specialize.  If so, this may be another mechanism for minimizing the effects of mutations.  The lead scientist said,this is an exciting finding, as it seems to defy one of the basic rules of cell biology and genetics: that genetic material is distributed randomly.  It appears that the cellular machinery distinguishes old from new when it comes to DNA, and it may use this distinction to protect the body from mutations and cancer.  It is also possible that this mechanism is used to silence gene expression in the stem cell.According to the press release, the research was published in Nature Cell Biology.Oh no, this is bad news for us Darwinians.  We need those mutations to advance the tree of life.  If the ID people get hold of this, it will give them another hammer to beat us with.  Let’s pre-empt it with a good just-so story.  Can somebody come up with one?  Anyone?(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Eldorado Park drug crackdown

first_img22 May 2013 The police have arrested at least 116 people this week in an operation involving a special intervention team aimed at ridding the community of Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, of drugs and drug-related crime. This follows last week’s visit by President Jacob Zuma, who promised swift action in the fight against drug abuse in the area. Of the 116 arrested, 43 were for drug-related crimes, 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 10 for assault, while the rest were for various crimes such as burglary, theft and possession of unlicensed firearms. A total of 20 drug dens, also known as “lolly lounges”, have also been closed down. Four addicted children, including an 8-year-old, found at various “lolly lounges”, have been taken to a place of safety. Police also confiscated drugs including cat, mandrax, cocaine, rock and nyaope.Special team on the ground An integrated special intervention team, which includes a police tactical response team, members of the flying squad and provincial officers, has been dispatched to the area to increase visibility and hunt down drug dealers. Their operations include vehicle checkpoints, stop-and-searches, and visits to identified houses of alleged dealers and “lolly lounges”, and are continuing on a 24-hour basis in the area. The operation comes just days after Zuma visited the area in an answer to a plea from desperate parents, who informed the President about how drugs have run rampant in the area while some local police looked on. Briefing the media on the government’s intervention on Wednesday, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the seriousness of the problem in Eldorado Park was one which required swift action and expertise. Mokonyane, who was flanked by members of the steering committee appointed by President Zuma, said various government departments would be working in partnership with the police to tackle the widespread substance abuse in the area. “The plan is based on two key strategies, which are the Drug Master Plan, that is aimed at reducing demand, harm and supply, and the Gauteng Provincial Anti-Substance Abuse Strategy, which focuses more on prevention, early intervention, treatment and after-care and reintegration.” Outlining the strategy, Mokonyane said the plan was not only about “banging down doors to get to drug dealers”, but would also take a deeper look into the social problems besetting the area.Making schools safe for children The preliminary intervention, which aims to reduce the demand for drugs, has also seen the police carrying out raids at various schools in the area, where random drug and body searches have been conducted, and raids at the homes of suspected minor drug dealers. The druglords tend to use minors to peddle drugs, especially at schools. Mokonyane told the media they were working towards ensuring that schools were safe havens. “This will be done by regular inspection of vendors outside and inside school premises, impromptu drug searches, deploying patrollers in schools and at every strategic point.” They would also fix broken school fences, clear open spaces next to schools of shrubbery, and implement the Safer Schools strategy and the Adopt-a-Cop programme for all schools in the area, she said. Part of the schools plan will be to raise awareness by conducting door-to-door campaigns, increasing the number of learners that visit prisons, and running substance abuse prevention and social crime prevention workshops. A Youth Against Drugs forum will also be formed through the Department of Social Development to educate learners about the effects of drugs. The number of social workers available to both learners in schools and youngster in the broader community will also be increased.Increasing rehab options Part of the government’s plan, according to Mokonyane, will be looking at how children who are already addicted can be helped. The premier announced that they have teamed up with Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which will set up a short-term (seven-day) intensive detoxification programme. Plans are also in place to increase funding of existing out-patient treatment centres, not only in the area but the province as well. “In support of the initiative, we shall enhance mobilisation through community dialogues, youth safety imbizos, Men as Safety Promoters programmes and others. We shall also establish committees of concerned parents through local anti-drug committees.” Plans are also in place to register unregistered treatment centres to ensure that they are operating within the prescribed norms and minimum standards.‘We are moving in the right direction’ In order to ensure swift justice in the area, the steering committee is also looking at opening dedicated drug courts. According to Police Minister Nathi Methethwa, these special courts would “ensure the rapid processing of drug-related cases”. Mthethwa, who applauded the community of Eldorado Park for standing up and partnering with the government to find solutions to their challenges, said the high police visibility and random searches and raids would remain in place until the criminals had been brought to book. Residents who spoke to SAnews said they were seeing the difference and were starting to feel safer. “We are impressed by the police visibility. Drugs and criminals had taken over our streets, and now we are taking them back. Enough is enough,” said resident Anton Lynch. Michelle Booysens, who said drugs had been a big component of crime in the area, said she was “seeing the light … Once again, I have hope for this community. Yes, it’s still early days, but I have hope that we are moving in the right direction. Things are changing, and united we will soldier on. “ Mokonyane said there was still more to be done to ensure that the community normalised. “It’s not going to be easy, but it is going to be in the best interests of our community.” She added that they would bring on board a number of other departments, such as Economic Development and Trade and Industry, to address the critical lack of employment opportunities and economic activities in the area. “Economic development will receive particular attention so that we are able to ensure that we develop alternative sustainable livelihoods for families in the area. This includes approaching businesses who could potentially invest in the area.” The Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation will also be roped in to initiate a number of projects geared towards youth development and social cohesion. “We will solicit support of influential individuals from disciplines such as arts, sports, music and culture to have dialogues on issues of identity, culture, diversity and a sense of belonging,” said Mokonyane. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SP suspects ‘internal sabotage’ played a key role in poll debacle

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party suspects that ‘internal sabotage’ may have played a part in its poor performance in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Though the party did not categorically name any leader, it has given subtle hints that Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, is the suspect. The two were part of a bitter family feud in the months leading to and during the polls. As part of its performance review exercise, the party has claimed that some of its leaders and workers gave tacit support to the BJP. The party is trying to identity such people and has promised to act sternly against them.On Monday, SP president Akhilesh Yadav held a review meeting with top leaders and candidates from the Yadav stronghold areas — Farukhabad, Etawah, Auraiya, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Kannauj, Etah and Kasganj. The SP suffered huge losses in its stronghold this time. Mr. Shivpal Yadav has so far stayed away from the party meetings called by Mr. Akhilesh. “It has come to light that some people acted against the declared SP candidate, directly or indirectly, and gave support to the BJP,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Days after the election results were declared last month, the SP started a drive to identify those who damaged the party from within. SP State president Naresh Uttam Patel assigned party general secretaries, and district and city presidents the task of identifying the “leaders, office-bearers and workers” who worked against the SP’s candidates. In a letter to party office-bearers, Mr. Patel said the SP state office and Akhilesh Yadav himself received information that leaders and workers were working against the party in “some areas.”Mr. Patel had given the SP city and district presidents and general secretaries till March 31 to submit a list of people who worked against the party. They were asked to do it in a sealed envelope to maintain secrecy.“They need to be identified and action taken against them so that the party organisation does not become weak,” Mr. Patel wrote in his letter. The SP has convened a meeting of its district and city presidents, and state executive office-bearers on April 6. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav will address it. Bid to strengthen partyThe party is also working to stitch together a programme to “strengthen” and “activate” the party organisation, youth organisation and other frontal organisations, district and city units, said Mr. Chaudhary.last_img read more

19 days agoSheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkinsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United are eyeing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, says The Sun.United have fancied Watkins for years as he can play anywhere across the front line.And his run of scoring in a new central role confirmed their belief in him.Crystal Palace wanted Watkins in the last window but he was priced too high for their liking. last_img

Support for St. Patrick’s Foundation

first_imgWASHINGTON — Parishioners and friends of the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, have contributed over $2 million the Jamaican based St. Patrick’s Foundation over the past 21 years.  This was disclosed by Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Marlon Creary, at the St. Patrick’s Foundation Jamaica Night dinner and silent auction at Flaherty Hall of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, on November 3. Mr. Creary told the over 250 attendees, headed by patron of the St. Patrick’s Foundation, Her Excellency LadyAllen, and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, and Mrs. Vasciannie, that the financial support from the McLean community was very crucial to the daily activities that the St. Patrick’s Foundation operates.  “Your assistance keeps our operations running and gives us the resources to serve approximately 6,000 people who depend on us,” he said, noting that the Jamaica Night event is the most significant fundraiser for the organisation. Mr. Creary said that on a daily basis the Foundation directly caters to 1,500 persons through the centres they operate. These include an indigent home which caters to those with HIV/AIDS, Riverton Early Childhood Centre, the St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre, Christ the Redeemer Resource Centre, and the St. Monica Home for the Elderly. Meanwhile, Lady Allen lauded the Northern Virginia community of McLean for its generosity and support over the past 21 years. “This function is very critical to the daily operations run by this Foundation. We have several school feeding programmess which serve meals to children, many of whom would not otherwise have been able to attend school. This has been made possible because of the financial support you continue to give,” she said. For his part, Ambassador Vasciannie commended Monsignor Richard Albert for his vision and foresight in starting the St. Patrick’s Foundation, which has touched many lives in the underserved community of Riverton City in Jamaica. “It is important that we pause to recognise the value of charitable contributions made by individuals like you in the McLean community, to worthwhile causes like the St. Patrick’s Foundation,” said the Ambassador. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on various prizes, including trips to Jamaica, hotel stays and paintings. The coveted auction item was a Jamaican lunch with Ambassador and Mrs. Vasciannie.last_img read more

New Breakbulk Service between Ghent and Guinea Launched

first_imgzoom The French African Maritime Agencies Guinea and logistics provider Lalemant have decided to set up a new regular service for breakbulk cargo and containers between the Belgian port of Ghent and the African country of Guinea. The new breakbulk line, Kamsar Express, offers a direct connection between the ports of Ghent and Port Kamsar every four to five weeks. “Conventional goods, project cargo and containers are the most important goods that the specialized multifunctional vessels will transport. The ships are fitted with their own cranes having a lifting capacity of 60 to 160 tonnes,” the port of Ghent said.Quay at Stukwerkers in the Ghent Grootdok will be the main loading point but it will also be possible to call at other ports upon request, according to the port of Ghent.Kamsar Express is the second regular line between the port of Ghent and Guinea.“This second regular line is open to everyone and an addition to the already existing regular line for specific customers,” the port of Ghent added.last_img read more

Saskatchewan groups trying to curb high level of Indigenous children in care

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe number of Saskatchewan children in foster care is alarming.Recent statistics show nearly 85 per cent of kids in foster care are Indigenous.Many in the province are asking why the number is so high and what can be done about it.last_img