September 20, 2020

Simmons keen to boost Ireland

first_img A biennial one day international against England and occasional visits from those touring their neighbours have for some time constituted Ireland’s glass ceiling. But with a sympathetic ear now in charge of the West Indies, the prospect of a Caribbean tour is now alive. “I’m sure that was spoken about in the negotiations about me leaving Ireland,” said Simmons. “I’m sure that will happen soon. I will always push for that. “I’d have no problem with making that happen at all. I’ll do everything I can to keep things going there, because they need it. “All the full members need to back Ireland.” Trinidad-born Phil Simmons worked wonders with the boys in Green during nearly eight years as head coach, establishing them as the dominant force in associate cricket and helping to build a compelling case for full member status. But despite competitive showings on the world stage, including unforgettable victories over the England, Pakistan and the Windies, they have struggled for regular games against the big nations. Press Associationcenter_img Ireland may have lost the best coach in their history but Phil Simmons’ departure could lead to closer links with the West Indies. last_img read more

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Governor DeSantis Touts New Education Standards, as Unemployment Decreases

first_imgFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new education standards last week, a year after vowing to eliminate the remainder of the controversial Common Core standards.“The new plan is done. It is going through the final editing process,” the governor said during a news conference in Naples.He did not offer details about the new plan, which will be called the BEST Standards. However, according to a summary document released by the Florida Department of Education, the standards include changes to the way in which students will learn math and American history moving forward. It also reduces the amount of testing.In addition, the standards will eliminate “crazy math” that DeSantis says is currently an obstacle for parents who wanted to help students with homework. Civics will be “embedded” into language-arts lessons at all grade levels, and the document says a “civics book list” will be used across all grades.“I wanted to make sure we had a renewed emphasis on American civics and understanding the principles that make America great,” DeSantis added.The Common Core standards, which were developed by officials in 48 states, have been criticized by Republican voters.Six years ago, the State Board of Education adopted the “Florida Standards,” which involved making changes to Common Core.DeSantis’ BEST Standards, which stands for Benchmark for Excellent Student Thinking, still needs approval from the State Board of Education. When it is adopted, the language-arts curriculum is expected to be updated for the 2021-2022 year, while the math curriculum would be updated for the 2022-2023 year, according to the Department of Education.Meanwhile, DeSantis also announced on Friday that the Sunshine State’s unemployment rate is as at a record low, decreasing to 3 percent in December.In addition, 220,000 Floridians have entered the workforce over the past year, according to a news release from the governor’s office.I’m proud to share that in December 2019, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3% – the lowest in our history. Florida remains the best state in the nation to find a job and start or grow a business. Details here –— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 24, 2020 The West Palm Beach area’s unemployment rate is even lower, at 2.7 percent.About 198,200 private-sector jobs were created in the state over the year, according to the governor’s office. The state’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.5 percent also continues to exceed the national average at 1.5 percent.last_img read more

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Syracuse defeats No. 35 Princeton in consolation bracket final after falling behind early

first_img Published on January 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm Despite falling behind early, No. 57 Syracuse (3-1) defeated No. 35 Princeton (0-2), 4-3, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Sunday in the loser’s bracket final of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend.The final set of the match pitted Syracuse’s Valeria Salazar against Princeton’s Amanda Muliawan with the two teams tied at three.The set raged on as the match passed the four-and-a-half hour mark. In the first set, a 6-4 Salazar win put her up, but she dropped the next set 3-6. After gaining a 4-1 advantage in the last set, Salazar found herself clutching to a slim, 5-4 lead. She fell to 5-6, but clawed back to even the last set at six. Salazar won the next point and subsequently the set 7-6.The beginning of the singles portion was unkind to the Orange, forcing them into a deep early hole. Freshman Nicole Mitchell fell in short order, 0-6, 2-6 to Katrine Steffensen, putting the Orange in a 0-2 deficit in a race to four points.Safdar overcame a first-game tiebreak to beat Tang 7-5 and 6-3 to take the set and the Orange’s first point. Sophomore Rhiann Newborn tied the affair for SU when she triumphed over Alanna Wolff  6-1 and 7-6.SU’s Breanna Bachini put the Orange on the cusp of capturing the match with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind victory over Caroline Joyce, but Princeton’s Lindsay Graff staved off elimination for her team with a 7-5 and 6-4 defeat of Amanda Rodgers to extend the match.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the doubles matches, Mitchell and sophomore Olivia Messineo were dispatched quickly by the Tiger tandem of Wolff and Emily Hahn, 6-1. Rodgers and Newborn were downed 6-2 by Princeton pair Graff and Steffensen.Syracuse’s tandem of the sophomore Salazar and senior Komal Safdar were losing 3-4 to Muliawan and Dorothy Tang when the set was stopped.The Orange holds its home opener next Saturday, Jan. 31, at noon in the Drumlins Tennis Center.Compiled by Sam Fortier, staff writer, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Lively Biden-Ryan debate generates student reactions

first_imgStudents watched the only 2012 vice-presidential debate screening between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday night in Taper Hall.Viewing · Students gather to watch the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday in Taper Hall. – Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily TrojanThe debate, hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, focused on foreign and domestic issues, such as the nuclear threat from Iran, the stagnant unemployment rate and abortion. Both Biden and Ryan worked to clarify their running mates’ stances on the topics.The debate was held at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and moderated by Martha Raddatz, a foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News.The debate started on a somber note, by discussing the recent terrorist attack on American ambassadors in Benghazi, Libya; Raddatz questioned the vice presidential candidates about how each administration will effectively handle future terrorist threats. Ryan criticized the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi event and highlighted other incidents of inefficiency that he said led to a lack of credibility for the administration overseas.“This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately it’s indicative of a broader problem,” Ryan said. “And that is what we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”Biden pushed back later in the debate, showing the weaknesses in the Romney-Ryan plans on Medicare and Social Security.“And in regard to Social Security, we will not privatize it,” Biden said. “If we had listened to Romney, Governor Romney, and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and their ideas are bad, and they eliminate the guarantee of Medicare.”The vice-presidential candidates did not only differ on policy during the debate, but also in their presentation.During each round of the debate, Biden continually displayed energy and quick responses to Ryan’s statements. The current vice president smirked and grinned at Ryan’s statements and repeatedly called him “friend” before negating his opponent’s statements.“Biden had a lot more aggression,” said Maya Jackson, a sophomore film and television production major who watched the debate in Taper. “Ryan was much more calculated, almost as if he had practiced his answers in the mirror the night before.”Compared to Obama’s performance in the presidential debate last week, Biden’s  liveliness signaled increased excitement for the Democratic base, according to Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy.“Debates are good for getting the base fired up and that’s what Biden did,” Bebitch Jeffe said.According to a CNN poll of debate watchers, 48 percent believed Ryan won, and 44 percent perceived Biden as the winner.Students who attended the screening said they believed the debate was not overly influential to the outcome of the race.“It was nice to listen to them,” said Negin Baradari, a graduate student studying entertainment law. “But they really didn’t say anything new.”Bebitch Jeffe said though this debate might have served as a morale boost, it might not benefit each presidential candidate in the polls.“I don’t think debates move the needle too much one way in favor for a candidate,” Bebitch Jeffe said. “But it definitely won’t hurt either candidate. Ryan held his own and didn’t lose any ground for the Republicans and Biden did much better than the president did by revving up the Democrats.”Students also said they believe that the debate did little to sway undecided voters.“I’m personally undecided,” Jackson said. “I felt a few things were cleared up, but I think this debate was more for the people who already know who they’re voting for.”The next presidential debate will be held Oct. 16.last_img read more

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Power “honoured” to be Wexford manager

first_imgHe has told Tipp FM that it’s a “great honour for him, his family and his club” to get the chance to be an inter-county manager. The Kilsheelan-Kilcash clubman will be unveiled as their new manager next week, becoming the youngest inter-county manager in the country in the process.Power led Tipperary to the All-Ireland Minor title in 2011 and was Tipp’s U21 manager this year.The 31 year old was apparently the choice of Wexford county board officials following a series of interviews.last_img read more

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Harrington guaranteed silver at World Championships

first_imgThe 26-year-old Dubliner produced a controlled display winning all three rounds of her semi-final meeting with Canadian Sara Kali this morning.Harrington is only the fifth Irish fighter to reach a world final.That final takes place tomorrow.  5 time World champion Katie Taylor is in semi-final action at around 2.30 this afternoon.last_img

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  Sponsor Boosts GOtv Boxing Night with N20m Â

first_imgBy Kunle AdewaleAs part of efforts at ensuring that Nigeria boxing gets to an enviable height, GOtv will be splashing a sum of N20 million towards the organisation of the 12th edition of the GOtv Boxing Night slated for October 1, at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Speaking at a press conference to herald the event in Lagos yesterday, General Manager (Marketing), MultiChoice, Mr. Martin Mabutho,  said the company decided to make the event more rewarding for boxers as a way of motivating them to greater achievements.    Mabutho said boxers will earn a total of N20million in prize monies, while the Mojisola Ogunsanya prize for the best boxer of the event has been expanded to reward two runners-up.The cash prize for the best boxer has been raised to N2.5m, the first and second runner-up will go home with N1million and N500,000 respectively. A total of seven bouts across weight categories have been scheduled. Four of these are international bouts, with the biggest being the African Boxing Union lightweight title defence duel featuring defending champion, Stanley Eribo and Tanzania’s Ramadhani Shauri.Similarly big is the Commonwealth Africa lightweight title fight between Oto Joseph and Dillon Yule of South Africa.Another title fight will see Olaide Fijabi, the West African Boxing Union light welterweight champion defend his title against Ghana’s Bilal Ibrahim. The fourth international bout is a featherweight challenge contest between Nigeria’s Waidi Usman and Tanzania’s Juma Fundi.                In another light welterweight clash, Baby Face will go up against Christmas Tombraye, Rilwan Oladosu will take on Samuel Opaogun in a lightweight clash, while in the light heavyweight division, Kabiru Towolawi will take on Akeem Adebayo. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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FA PREZ: We remain focused despite points to Zambia

first_imgPresident of the Ghana Football Association Kwasi Nyantakyi is calling for calm after FIFA awarded African champions Zambia three points and three goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifying Group D.Zambia won a protest against Sudan for fielding an unqualified player during their world cup qualifying game which Sudan won 2-0 in June.This means that the Black stars are now three points behind leaders Zambia and must now win their remaining four matches to make it a third successive appearance at the World Cup finals to be hosted by Brazil.According to Mr. Nyantakyi the Black Stars faces a tough task ahead but is optimistic they can surmount the challenge. “We want to remain as focus as ever and try to win all the games ahead of us. We win all our matches and then we are on top of our group with good scoreline”.“The players thought it wasn’t fair. They thought that winning points in the boardroom was not the best way of deciding winners in football and that we must all win points from the field of play”. “Unless the facts are overwhelmingly in favour of such a position, they will not welcome it.“They also thought that it was going to give free points to a team because they haven’t worked for the points and that doesn’t appear to be fair.He added: “That notwithstanding we’ve discussed and explained to the players that we must just go ahead and win our games. ““They must all redouble their efforts. They have to tune their minds and build their psyche stronger than before because the obstacles ahead are now going to be more difficult than we previously knew.”The Black Stars next assignment in the 2014 World Cup qualifier will be against Sudan at home on March 3, 2012.last_img read more

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Kumasi hosts best-ever squash players

first_imgAn array of best squash players in Ghana are expected to participate in the Masters championship at the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club in Kumasi.The one day event which comes off on Friday December 2, 2016 is open only to the best squash players drawn from various clubs across the country.The competition, last held in 2006 is being sponsored by Movie House Productions, an adult entertainment enterprise.Captain of the Officers Mess Squash club, Lawyer Francis Coffie says the leadership of the club decided to bring back the Masters tournament after 10 year break to revive interest in the sport and also recognize best squash players in the country. Unfortunately, Captain Coffie is not qualified to take part. “We realized that for some time we have not been able to organize it so we took it upon ourselves to make it happen especially after the renovation of the courts this year.  It is about the topmost players in the country so though I’m the captain of the club I don’t qualify to play,” he told Luv Sports.Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes from sponsors, Movie House Productions.last_img read more

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Griffin out for rest of playoffs, Paul has hand surgery

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul had right hand surgery Tuesday, leaving the stunned Los Angeles Clippers without their top two players for the remainder of their first-round series against Portland.The team said Griffin had an MRI that revealed no further structural damage to the quad that he originally injured in a game on Dec. 25. He missed 41 games and an additional four as punishment for punching the team’s assistant equipment manager, returning on April 3. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September. Griffin wasn’t made available to reporters.• RELATED: What now for Clippers after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin injuries?“You feel bad for Chris, you feel bad for Blake,” said guard J.J. Redick, who is dealing with his own nagging left heel injury. Paul had surgery to repair a hand fracture sustained in the third quarter of Monday night’s 98-84 loss in Game 4 that allowed Portland to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. He appeared to catch his hand on Gerald Henderson’s jersey.“C.P. is a reacher. He probably has the best hands in the league. At that time it got caught in the wrong place,” coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s amazing how things change for you.”Griffin averaged 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while Paul averaged 23.8 points, 7.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the series.Game 5 is Wednesday at Staples Center.“We still have home court. No one has won a road game yet in this series,” Rivers said. “Now we have to find a way of winning tomorrow and that’s as far as we can think right now. My job with the guys is to make sure that they’re ready and focused. It’s easy when you have the injuries we have to think all kinds of other stuff.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Rivers had not yet decided who will start in place of Griffin and Paul.“We’ve had 10 different lineups on the board,” he said. “Most likely it will be a pretty big lineup.”The Clippers are 25-21 in regular-season games and 1-1 in the playoffs without Paul, who missed two games against Houston in last year’s Western Conference semifinals. “We have a very competitive basketball team and they have proven that all year,” Rivers said. “We have won games before without key guys and we can win games in the future without key guys.”In the final two weeks of the regular season, the Clippers won by two points at Oklahoma City and by three points in overtime at Utah without Griffin and Paul.Now in his 10th season, Paul has yet to win a championship.“Chris is one of the great competitors that the league has ever seen,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “For him to go down right now it’s brutal. He’s worked his whole life to get here.”Paul controls the Clippers’ offense like few others in the NBA. However, they installed a motion offense for when Paul wasn’t on the floor this season, freeing up scoring guards Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers while letting anyone else get the ball moving.“We were very effective at it,” Doc Rivers said. “Thank God we did that because now playing without him we’ll be in motion for 48 minutes.”For the third straight year in the playoffs — all under Rivers — the Clippers have been plagued by bad luck. The franchise that began in Buffalo, moved to San Diego and then Los Angeles has never advanced past the second round.“Winning in the playoffs is tough and more so than anyone else, we’ve really proven that over the last three years,” Redick said.In 2014, voice recordings of then-owner Donald Sterling surfaced during the playoffs in which he made racist comments, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who forced the sale of the team. Last year, the Clippers were within a game of reaching the conference finals for the first time in franchise history, only to blow a 3-1 lead and lose the last three games by a combined 46 points to the Rockets.Now, they’ve lost their two All-Stars.“It’s bum’s luck three years in a row,” Rivers said. “You just got to keep going. You wake up in the morning and you feel like we’re going to find a way.”AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this report.last_img read more

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