Syracuse looks to improve defense when it faces No. 4 Duke on Saturday

first_imgIf Regy Thorpe is a professor, then Syracuse’s defenders are his students.Eleven games in — more than halfway through the season — the associate head coach says the collective group deserves a grade of a C-plus or a B-minus.“It’s a learning curve,” Thorpe said, “…when you haven’t started and you’re coming in and you haven’t played a ton of minutes.”At the end of last season, Syracuse lost three starting defenders to graduation and the coaches have been retooling their defensive arsenal ever since. The backline has had its ups and downs this season as its new pieces have fallen into place.But Syracuse’s defense will look to continue assimilating and eliminate its inconsistencies when the No. 6 Orange (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Durham to take on No. 4 Duke (9-1, 3-1 ACC) and its 15th-ranked offense on Saturday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Although we’re a lot of new faces on D, we’ve got a lot of new players that are contributing this year,” Thorpe said. “We’re a little deeper than last year but again it’s just we have to keep getting better.”At the start of the season, defender Mallory Vehar was the only returning defender with significant starting experience. Thorpe had questions of where everyone else was going to fit in.Brenna Rainone switched midfield to defense at the end of last year and Vehar was recovering from an ACL injury. Caroline Webster began the year as a starter, but has since been replaced by Haley McDonnell, who switched from attack to defense last season. Kaeli O’Connor, the final piece down low, only played in six games last season.“That’s kind of what coaching is all about,” head coach Gary Gait said. “Putting the team together, the puzzle together so the pieces fit perfectly.”The new pieces have plagued SU with inconsistency throughout the season as the Orange sits tied at 58th in the country in scoring defense — though it is playing the fourth toughest schedule.In a win against Cornell on March 17, SU’s defense dominated for the majority of the game. Cornell’s players were forced to stay well beyond the 12-meter mark and pressured into making bad passes and turning the ball over.But in parts of Sunday’s loss to then-No. 6 Northwestern, the Orange allowed the Wildcats’ offense to cut easily through the middle and take point-blank shots on SU goalie Kelsey Richardson.“We got a slow start on the defensive end and we made some adjustments and gave ourselves a chance in the second half,” Thorpe said.SU always wants to hold opponents to 10 goals or less each game, Thorpe said, and has a 90 percent win percentage when it has done so over the past five seasons.The biggest aspect of minimizing goals against is team defense and even more game experience together, Thorpe said.“A lot of chemistry is just having that time together, work out the kinks and get ready to go,” McDonnell said.Communication is even more important in the complex backer zone pressure defense that the Orange runs, McDonnell added, but it has been improving recently.She now knows where her teammates are going to be down low and has gotten so used to playing with Vehar that she’ll call out her name in practice even when they’re switching up the lineups and another defender is in Vehar’s usual position.“In the beginning, (we were) just not used to each other yet,” McDonnell said.And despite Thorpe’s average grade for the defense so far, he’s expecting it to take top form as Syracuse approaches the end of the season.“We’re probably at where we should be, maybe a little ahead,” Thorpe said. “… We’ve seen some good flashes in the last couple weeks…We’re getting there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

Women CSOs Call for Stronger, More Targeted Actions in Post-2015 MDG Framework

first_imgThe Women Civil Society Post-Millennium Development Goals Steering Committee has called on the Liberian Government, through the Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, to take strong action at a global level to ensure that the Post-2015 Development Framework has the rights of all women and girls at heart.The Women NGOs secretariat is a national network of over nine women civil society organizations established in October 2012 with the objective of giving women a voice and advancing their issues in the ongoing discourses about framing a global agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The network has member organizations including the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) in Liberia, as well as others in Ghana, Kenya and the United Kingdom.According to a letter written to the Gender Minister, the Network recognized and welcomed the Liberian Government’s participation in the Post-2015 negotiations, as well as efforts made over the past years to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment through the adoption and implementation of the African Union Protocol.“In this regard,” wrote Marpue M. Speare and T. Estella Nelson, Chairperson and Liaison, respectively, on behalf of the Steering Committee, “we want to urge you to continue your support for women’s rights especially as the negotiations for the Post-2015 framework enter the crucial, final year.”Specifically, they are calling on the Liberian Government to raise three cardinal issues: the need for a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s rights; targeted action to tackle violence against women and girls; and for Gender equality and women’s rights to be mainstreamed across the new framework’s goals, targets and indicators, particularly health and education.The group observed that it is widely recognized that the current MDGs failed to fully address gender inequality, for instance by omitting to include a target on violence against women and girls. “It is imperative that the international community learns from this failure and ensures the new framework comprehensively addresses women’s human rights and gender equality,” the Committee maintains.  Stating that targeted action to tackle violence against women and girls should be a target to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls; and in order to ensure the target is fully implemented, the Committee insists there should be indicators that measure: states’ capability to protect survivors and prevent and respond to violence, the objective situation regarding levels of violence as well as perceptions in society about violence.The issue of gender equality and women’s rights to be mainstreamed across the new framework’s goals, targets and indicators, particularly health and education, also  failed to consider the safety of girls in school, teenage pregnancy, risk encountered by rural girls while traveling to school and quality of education (which compasses teacher quality and compensation, rural-urban disparity and income inequality). It therefore failed to address the spectrum of challenges girls face in accessing education.“Regarding MDG 4 on reducing maternal and child mortality we have seen improvements due to efforts by the government and its partners to improve the health sector,” the Committee said. “However, inadequate infrastructure and low capacity in obstetric care services remain a major threat to the safety of women giving birth in Liberia.“Diseases in our society also disproportionately affect women. For example, the vast majority of those who’ve died since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in our society are women.”According to the Steering Committee, efforts to achieve gender equality in the new framework will only be successful if gender is mainstreamed across goals, targets and indicators – particularly those on health and education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 3

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards inthe Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Aerial view of the Orange River with surrounding vineyards in the Upington region. Photo: Orange River WineCellars » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Grapes are loaded onto bins at Orange River Wine Cellars in preparation for pulping. The juice will be used for wines and grape juice. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Grapes are loaded onto bins at Orange River Wine Cellars in preparation for pulping. The juice will be used for wines and grape juice. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province:An elevated view of the vineyards that surround Keimoes and border the Orange River.Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: An elevated view of the vineyards that surround Keimoes and border the Orange River.Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 3: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

7 days agoBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattuso

first_imgBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattusoby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Serie A defender Massimo Brambati says AC Milan were wrong to dump Rino Gattuso.Brambati also insists Gattuso was blocked from signing Franck Ribery before he joined Fiorentina.”I still don’t understand why Milan took this long path round with Marco Giampaolo only to then get Stefano Pioli,” Brambati told TMW Radio.“It was better to stick with Gattuso and follow his ideas, as in a meeting he had asked them to sign three experienced players, including two who were free agents.“Gattuso had requested Ribery as one of the names, who was then brought to Fiorentina by Luca Toni and is doing a great job there.“Instead, Milan rejected Gattuso and all his proposals.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Amari Cooper Froze Up At The Mic On Family Feud

first_imgLane Kiffin talking to Amari Cooper.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 15: Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Amari Cooper #9 prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be appearing on a celebrity edition of “Family Feud” this Sunday. Alongside Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and others, Cooper will be representing the “AFC Offense” against an “NFC Defense” squad that includes Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. In his match-up with Mathieu, Cooper beat the ex-LSU star to the buzzer when asked to name someone people are excited to see once a year. From there though, Cooper got stage fright, and could only manage some awkward laughter. The video of the clip, released in advance of the show, can be found below. The episode featuring Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on ABC. Hopefully the rest of Cooper’s appearance went more smoothly than that clip did.[ SDS ]last_img read more

It was censored even destroyed but Canadians can now see Multiple Maniacs

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This week the prestigious Criterion Collection unleashed shock comedy director John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs on Blu-ray and DVD for its first official release.The underground comedy follows his drag-queen starlet Divine and gang of murderous misfits through a satire of volatile ’60s politics and violence. An assault on good taste and hippie sentiment, the dirty little flick remains one of the filmmaker’s most aggressively outrageous efforts and, for Canadians, the release is particularly special given that Multiple Maniacs is technically still banned from sensitive Canuck eyeballs by our ratings board, as Waters cheerfully recalls.“I submitted it to some sort of Canadian distribution centre for underground movies and then I never heard anything back. Eventually I wrote a letter and got back a receipt from the (Ontario) censor board that said ‘destroyed.’ That’s the best blurb that I’ve ever gotten, but it did infuriate me. That’s real censorship,” the now 70-year-old filmmaker told the Star recently. Advertisement READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Surging oil prices help lift Toronto stock index Canadian dollar flat

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose modestly Tuesday, helped in part by strength in the energy sector as the price of oil surged nearly US$1.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.57 points to 16,357.55, as the March crude contract advanced 90 cents to US$64.47 per barrel.Colum McKinley of CIBC Asset Management attributed the rally in oil prices to recent positive comments from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that its members and non-OPEC member Russia will continue to limit their production.“Inventory data over the last number of weeks has shown significant draws … and that’s positive, giving the market a clear sense that the supply and demand imbalance is quickly correcting,” said McKinley, a vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC.“If you look over the last numbers of months, you saw oil prices move higher. (Energy stocks) have moved higher but they have definitely lagged the commodity. We expect and we’re starting to see some catch up in that trade where the valuations on the energy stocks will start to expand to reflect a greater confidence in sustaining a larger oil price than originally anticipated by the market place.”South of the border, U.S. stocks were mixed as household goods makers including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble sunk following disappointing quarterly reports. Solar power companies, however, spiked in early trading after President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components in a step intended to help U.S. manufacturers.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average edged back 3.79 points to 26,210.81. The S&P 500 index added 6.16 points to 2,839.13 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 52.26 points to 7,460.29 — both record highs for the third trading session in a row.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of BCE Inc. were down 32 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $57.72 after subsidiary Bell Canada alerted some customers on Tuesday — 100,000 by media reports — that some of their personal information has been illegally accessed in a data breach.Meanwhile, Cara Operations Ltd. Restaurants was up $2.45, or 9.83 per cent, to $27.38 following news that the Vaughan, Ont.-based company is growing its restaurant empire yet again with a $200-million deal to buy Keg Restaurants Ltd.In economic news, the International Monetary Fund estimated that the world economy expanded at a 3.7 per cent annual pace last year, the fastest since 2011, and said it believes growth will accelerate to 3.9 per cent in 2018-19. The IMF noted surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicted that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.30 cents US, up 0.03 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract climbed 22 cents to US$3.44 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.80 to US$1,336.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down nine cents to US$3.11 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:CAO)last_img read more

Laurentian Bank says mortgage issues now resolved

first_imgMONTREAL – Laurentian Bank says it has successfully resolved issues related to mortgage loans sold to an unnamed lender.Laurentian said in December that an audit found that the mortgages in question did not meet documentation and eligibility requirements and would need to buy back as much as $304 million in mortgages.Laurentian revised that amount a month later to $392 million and said it had repurchased $180 million in loans, with another $88 million expected by the end of the fiscal second quarter.As part of an agreement with the lender, the bank will repurchase an additional $115 million of ineligible mortgages during the third quarter of 2018, slightly lower than the bank’s initial assessment.The bank says any future purchases by the lender will be subject to terms and conditions to be agreed upon at the time of each purchase, including a pre-funding audit of the mortgages.Laurentian’s chief executive Francois Desjardins said last December that the issues largely involved loans that were misflagged and it found no evidence of wilful wrongdoing.He said some problem mortgages involved a failure to obtain or properly store documentation such as proof of income needed to adjudicate the loan, and to a “lesser extent” Laurentian found “client misrepresentation” which involved embellishing assets or revenue.“We have made important headway in addressing this situation, which has no impact on our clients, and are confident that it will be completely resolved by the end of the fiscal year,” Desjardins said in a statement released late Tuesday.“This has been a learning experience and since November 2017, we have been implementing enhanced quality control and origination processes throughout the bank. We firmly believe that this significantly strengthens our mortgage origination and securitization activities.”Companies in this story: (TSX:LB)last_img read more

RCMP Report stolen large truck tires

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a theft on November 20, 2018, of 10 large truck tires that occurred in the early hours of that same day.At approximately 2:00am earlier that morning, two men, one with a heavier build and the other with a medium build, cut the fence at a business in the area of 94th Ave/100th St, Fort St John, BC, and rolled ten 11R24.5 Aeolus HN362 premium winter drive tires through the fence and off the property.The tires are described as: HN362 (ADW81) is a premium drive tire,all-season traction, optimized for severe winter conditions,features an aggressive symmetrical tread designdesigned for large heavy trucks such as a semi or dump truck type vehicles.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and request the assistance of the public.  If tires matching this description are being sold on social media marketplace sites by individuals for a discounted rate causing would-be buyers to be suspicious, they are asked to call their local police detachment as these may be the stolen tires.The Fort St John RCMP ask anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying suspects, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more