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New Gubernatorial Poll Shows Pence Leading Gregg

first_imgINDIANA — A new poll mirrors the governor’s race from four years ago.The first true survey of this year’s race shows Governor Pence with a four-point lead over Democratic challenger John Gregg, 49-percent to 45-percent.That places the race within the poll’s margin of error of 4.3-percent and is very close to the 2012 governor’s race – Pence beat Gregg by roughly three-percentage point.last_img

Indiana Youth Institute getting families involved

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Indiana Youth Institute, United Fund of Decatur County, and the Decatur County Community Foundation are hosting a speaker on Wednesday, May 3 from 11:30 to 1, to talk about how to effectively engage families to improve outcomes for children.The Youth Institute says families come in all shapes and sizes that set the foundation for a child’s future.They also say research shows that a family is critical to academic achievement and social success, but if children lack the appropriate support system, it can put them at risk for falling behind.Attendees will learn why family engagement is so important to a child’s future and how to strengthen, empower, and support families to stay engaged in all aspects of the child’s life.The event is free and will be held at the Decatur County Community Schools administration building in Greensburg.last_img read more

Sumner golf’s Harden named PVC Class C Player of the Year

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at SULLIVAN — Warren Harden had never had a single golf lesson when he began his sophomore year. Two years later, few high school golfers in Maine can match his accomplishments.Harden, now a senior at Sumner Memorial High School, was named Class C Player of the Year earlier this month after producing one of the finest seasons any Sumner golfer has produced in ages. The honor came as he finished at or near the top of every competition in which he competed and led the Tigers to the Downeast Athletic Conference championship.Looking to make a last-minute entrance into the fall sports scene two years ago, Harden, now a senior at Sumner Memorial High School, joined the school’s golf team with only a few matches remaining in the season. The only time he had ever swung a golf club was as a little boy in the backyard with his grandmother, but Harden saw the chance to play with his classmates as a fun opportunity.“The only reason I did [it] was because my friends were doing it, and I thought it would be fun just to do it with them,” Harden wrote in essay regarding his experience with the golf team. “I never saw myself having a future in it.”Warren Harden swings a club during a practice session. Harden led Sumner to its first Downeast Athletic Conference title in program history this season as the team’s No. 1 player. CHRISTINE HARDEN PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlmost immediately, that intuition was proven wrong. In his very first match, he shot a team-best score of 49 — not bad for a newcomer with no experience in this sport. Yet this was only the beginning; by the end of his junior year, he had established himself as the team’s No. 1 golfer and formed a strong tandem with teammate Kyle Brooks.Entering the 2019 season without Brooks, who graduated in June, Harden didn’t quite know what to expect. Yet Harden took his game up a notch, and with the rise of Simon Torrey, who first recruited him to join the golf team, Sumner won nearly every match.“I was nervous about what would [become] of the team with us losing one of our most valuable players., but Simon stepped up as my No. 2,” Harden said. “We were considered the lowest-scoring duo for golf in Downeast.”Harden’s strong senior campaign included eight medalist finishes, a first-place finish in the  Penobscot Valley Conference Class C championships, the school’s nine-hole record score of 38 and a ninth-place finish in Saturday’s Class C individual championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.There was one moment Saturday that was particularly special. All throughout the day, Harden’s family had been waiting to watch him at the par-4 No. 9 hole. When Harden finally got there, he delivered a fantastic tee shot that nearly made the green and followed it with a well-placed chip for an impressive eagle.“His chip was perfect,” Sumner coach Joe Haroutunian said. “It was great timing as it was the only shot of his they had witnessed all day.”Most impressive to Haroutunian is what Harden was able to accomplish in just over two seasons of golf. He recalled what a fellow Class C coach said of Harden in a match earlier this year: “He makes it look easy.”“Warren is the most accomplished golfer in my time coaching at the school. He really is quite a natural,” Haroutunian said. “He should inspire other kids to give golf a try.”center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Panhellenic Council pens letter against Greek changes

first_imgPhoto from USC Panhellenic websiteThe Panhellenic Council released a letter Tuesday to oppose Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry’s proposal to instate GPA requirements for students to participate in Greek recruitment.Carry’s proposal would require a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and completion of 12 units of coursework at USC before students are eligible.The letter, which was addressed to Carry, president C.L. Max Nikias, provost Michael Quick and Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Monique Allard, was read at an open forum at Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting. No senior administrators were in attendance at the meeting, but the letter was delivered to the four addressees earlier in the day.The Panhellenic Council stated in its letter that “a change in recruitment eligibility would work against their stated mission of empowering women and enabling them to reach their fullest potential through academic success, campus involvement, community service and interfraternal collaboration.” “We are concerned that if new potential members who want to join our community are not able to, they will not be able to receive the education that our community provides or mentorship and wellness that come with having older girls to turn to,” Panhellenic Council president Jamie Kwong said. Kwong also stressed that the new eligibility requirement would cause sororities financial stress.“If we were not able to take first semester new students, we would be losing [financial support], and that would then have to be shifted onto our active members,” Kwong said. “This would make membership extremely difficult to afford, especially when a lot of girls already have to work to do so.” The letter also conveyed the Panhellenic Council’s concern that, despite expressing its sentiments to Carry, the organization’s voice has not resonated with the administration nor the USC community. “We understand the importance of fostering a constructive relationship with the administration and working to ensure that the first semester experience for any student at USC is a positive one,” the letter read. “That’s why we are reaching out to you about our concerns and hope for the future.” The letter went on to emphasize the Panhellenic Council’s willingness to work closely with the administration to better understand the issues behind the proposal and find alternative solutions. It also requested that the administrators addressed in the letter provide the Panhellenic Council with their availabilities to discuss an action plan. “We really wanted to make sure our voice was understood,” Kwong said. “We want to make sure we’re having an open dialogue with the administration.”Last week, the Interfraternity Council released a similar letter, asking the University’s administrators to reconsider deferring freshman recruitment to the second semester.last_img read more

Mastery of penalty corners key for Syracuse as ACC tournament looms

first_imgPenalty corners start with the insertion from side of the cage. If the initial pass is clean, it makes it to the stick of an awaiting “stopper,” who keeps the ball in the arc, pushing it into a shooting lane.While all this happens, a shooter — for Syracuse it’s normally Roos Weers or Lies Lagerweij — stutter steps and winds up. If all goes smoothly, Syracuse will get a shot off.“You can only execute a penalty corner if every piece is perfect,” Weers said in September.But penalty corners haven’t always gone well for No. 11 Syracuse (12-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) this season. To start the season, Syracuse posted its worst five-game percentage on penalty corners in head coach Ange Bradley’s tenure, converting only 3 percent of corners. With the regular season over, SU has taken 99 corners, scoring 13 for an 18-percent conversion rate. Though SU has seen an uptick, the Orange will need to seize every opportunity against No. 10 Louisville (12-6, 4-2) Thursday in its ACC tournament opener. Minor errors during insertion or stopping have limited SU’s efficiency on set pieces this season.“The insertion, the stop and the execution,” Weers said, “anything that we ever did in the season, you can always improve on.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe role as a stopper is to lay down her stick to corral the ball and set it up for the shooter. But when insertion passes come in fast, putting a deft touch on the ball for a shooter is hard, and having “soft hands” can help a player control the ball off their stick. Being able to put the ball in a good spot can be the difference between a clean look on net or an easily blocked shot.There’s also an element of danger in stopping, Bradley said, which expands the degree of difficulty. When a player makes a stop — usually it’s Emma Tufts, Elaine Carey or Erin Gillingham doing it for SU — they get low, putting their head right over their stick. So, when Weers or Lagerweij step up after a big wind up, their sticks swing close by a stoppers head.“You’ve got to be brave,” Bradley said.Before the ball even gets to stoppers, a good insertion pass is needed to give shooters a chance. Senior midfielder Laura Hurff has taken the majority of insertions for SU, picking up eight assists on set pieces. Just behind Hurff is the No. 2 inserter, freshman Florine Hogendoorn, who has four assists.The key to a good insertion, Bradley said, is getting some pace on the pass so it gets to the stoppers and shooters quicker than the defense can make it out of the net.“If the insertion is off a little bit,” Weers said, “it’s very difficult to adjust. It’s very important.”SU has rarely made glaring errors on penalty corners, but when it happens, it’s a costly mistake. Carey mishandled a stop with no time left down 2-1 to then-No. 4 Virginia on Oct. 14. The ball exited the arc and ended the game, handing the Orange its fourth conference loss.More often though, slightly misplaced insertions or clumsy stops disrupt plays force shooters to fire into less open lanes or take shots hoping for a deflection. Occasionally, to try and find a goal, SU runs a set play off a penalty corner.On Oct. 1, Syracuse looked to break a 0-0 tie with Princeton. Hurff inserted the penalty corner, and the ball was stopped for Weers. She rocketed the ball at the post, where Gillingham waited to deflect the ball in. That goal ended up being the game-winner in an eventual 1-0 Syracuse win.Lagerweij declined to say if SU had any more set plays drawn up for the ACC tournament.“It’s an important part of field hockey,” Lagerweij said, “so I don’t want to give anything away.”Whether Syracuse works in new wrinkles with set plays or just works on execution, it will need better numbers from its penalty corners to aid an offense that averages roughly one goal fewer per game than a season ago.To do so, like Weers said, Syracuse might just have to be perfect. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2017 at 12:37 am Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Trojans men’s basketball concludes winless road trip

first_imgAfter two on-the-road last-minute losses to both UCLA and Arizona State, USC dropped its third-straight game as the Arizona Wildcats triumphed over the Trojans in an 81-67 victory on Saturday night in Tucson. Senior guard Jordan McLaughlin put up 16 points in the Trojans’ 81-67 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. Tal Volk | Daily Trojan.“This is the first game in the second half that the other team has outplayed us significantly and that’s why they beat us,” head coach Andy Enfield told reporters after the game. “But the other games we have been right there. Our team is playing good basketball. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to close out the last two games.”Saturday night’s loss was USC’s ninth-straight loss at the McKale Center and, combined with USC’s 80-78 loss to ASU Thursday night, their sixth -straight road sweep in the state of Arizona.Riding a two-game losing streak of their own, the Wildcats came into Saturday night’s game with significant defensive struggles.In the Cats’ 78-75 loss at Washington and 82-74 loss to UCLA, Arizona allowed opposing shooters to hit a combined 19-of-38 from 3-point range (50 percent) and 62-of-125 (49.6 percent) from the field overall.And while a USC defense that allowed UCLA to hit 12 of its 26 3-point shots vastly improved against Arizona State (6-for-23 from beyond the arch), USC’s 3-point offense hit a combined 17-55 (30.9 percent) over that same stretch. As luck would have it, USC’s outside shooting suffered, while Arizona’s soared.The Wildcats, thanks to step-up offensive nights from sophomore guard Rawle Alkins and junior guard Allonzo Trier, hit nine of their 20 3-point shots, including 5-for-10 in the first half alone. USC, on the other hand, hit just six of their 19 shots with senior point guard Jordan McLaughlin hitting three-of-his-four from deep. “Give Arizona credit, they played exceptionally well offensively,” Enfield said. “And when we had a chance to stop their runs, we missed some wide open 3’s and just some shots that we need to make if you’re going to try to beat a team on their home court like this.”Despite these shooting struggles, USC forwards junior Chimezie Metu and sophomore Nick Rakocevic kept the game close for the Trojans early in the game. After going down 14-9 with 14:06 left in the first half, buckets from Rakocevic and Metu put the Trojans up 20-18. Unfortunately for USC, Arizona would proceed to go on a 19-11 run and close the first half with a 37-31 lead. Alkins and Trier combined to hit 5-of-6 from deep downtown in the first 20 minutes as Rakocevic led all Trojan scorers with eight points off of 4-5 shooting from the field. Usually a scoring and offensive threat, McLaughlin was held scoreless and assist-less for the first 10 minutes of play.In complete contrast to the first half, McLaughlin would explode in the second half for five assists, 16 points and three 3-pointers off of 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.Other than junior forward Chimezie Metu, who poured in 11 points off of 4-of-7 shooting, the rest of the USC offense was surprisingly ineffective. The first four minutes saw McLaughlin and Metu combine for eight points as USC’s 10-0 run tied the game up at 41-41 with 16:19 remaining. After a McLaughlin jumper put the Trojans down just 48-47 with 13:05 remaining, the Wildcats cruised to 33 points as Arizona’s bigs freshman DeAndre Ayton and senior Dusan Ristic dominated the paint. While Ayton added 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, it was Ristic’s team-high 12 points in the second half that proved to be the difference in what was a close game for USC.Not to mention, the Wildcats controlled the offensive and defensive glass, out-rebounding the Trojans 40-22 in USC’s worst rebounding night of season. The last time Troy was out-rebounded to this extent was against a Texas A&M squad that beat USC 75-59 at Galen Center earlier this year.“The whole game, just going up against guys [who are] 7-feet, 250 [pounds], that’s going to be brutal for anybody,”  Rakocevic said. “Just seeing those guys block to block, it was difficult, but they’re good players. They’re big-time players, so we’ve just got to get better, we’ll be alright.”Rakocevic, who led the Trojans with nine rebounds, also led the team in personal fouls, fouling out with 4:37 left in the game as the Trojans were down 68-58.Without Rakocevic, all of USC’s final nine points were scored by either Metu or McLaughlin, who finished the game with 18 and 16, respectively.Noticeably absent was redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron, one of USC’s better defensive and rebounding guards, who did not play due to a coach’s decision. McLaughlin, who led all guards in scoring and assists, said after the game that a lack of effort contributed to USC’s biggest loss in Pac-12 play. “This one we just didn’t keep fighting,” McLaughlin said. “That’s all we gotta do, keep fighting all the way until the end and even if we’re not making shots, we gotta keep fighting.”last_img read more

Garda College take on UUJ in Sigerson Cup action

first_imgThat gets underway at 2 as does the clash of holders UCD against I.T Sligo.The first game of the day is at St. Joseph’s where St. Mary’s take on NUI Galway from 1.30.There’s a 3pm throw in for the meeting of DCU St. Pat’s and UCC.  Half an hour later, IT Carlow play host to IT Tralee And at 7.30, Athlone IT face D-I-T.last_img

Rohr Expected In Camp As Home-Based Eagles Prepare For CHAN Qualifier – NFF Chief

first_imgChairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee, Christopher Green, said the 64-year-old German tactician is keen on watching some of the best legs from the local league as Nigeria’s main team pursue a place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2019. Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is expected to be in the camp of the home-based team as they prepare for a Championship for African Nations (CHAN) qualifier next month, according to a senior Nigeria football official. “Gernot Rohr is so passionate and wants to be in Nigeria to see how the preparations go.” Green said exclusively . “At the same time, he would also have a look at the domestic players to see if there are any that could be drafted into the Super Eagles main team, as he wants an open platform for everyone to have a chance.” Rohr’s assistant, Salisu Yusuf, is directly in charge of the CHAN team, and on Monday released a list of 30 players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) who will fight for a starting berth when the camp resumes on July 16 in Kaduna. Writer: Chuma NnoliYou can follow him on Twitter @chumannolicenter_img Nigeria would play Togo or Benin Republic next month in a 2018 CHAN qualifier, with the main Super Eagles team set to face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in September, in a clash to book a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

GiG gearing up for 2020 data drive

first_img GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submit Richard Brown, GiGStockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) will expand its product portfolio through new vertical ‘GiG Data’ – the firm’s soon to be launched ‘next generation’ data platform.Inbound for 2020, GiG Data will be fully integrated with GiG’s lead industry platform solution ‘GiG Core’ and made available for third-party integrations.In its product notes, GiG details that it industry-tailored data solution has been designed to maximise the incumbent’s operational efficiency, by delivering real-time data collection capacities and helping operators match their individual market scale demands.Supporting AI components, GiG Data will bolster operator’s technology stacks, serving multiple external provisions (payment, compliance marketing, customer service) by delivering access to real-time back-office reports and KPI libraries.GiG informs that its existing client base will be migrated from current data frameworks to GiG Data in 2020, with the platform being made available to new customers by the end of the year.Backing GiG Data as a new vertical,  Richard Brown, Chief Executive Officer of GiG, said: “We are pleased to be adding a new data platform to our B2B solutions. The vision behind the product was to invest in creating a data platform to drive new cutting-edge solutions that we can use internally and offer to our customers.“The platform improves the way we store and manage data, with the real-time reporting leading to significantly increased service level to our partners, acting as the one account for all data services.” StumbleUpon Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

I want Isaac to quit boxing and go back to school – Paul Dogboe

first_imgFather and trainer of former WBO Super Bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe, Paul, has surprisingly revealed his desire for his son to quit the sport and go back to school.This comes less than 24 hours after Dogboe was beaten for the second time in 5 months by Mexican Emmanuel Navarette in a world title bout.Dogboe was dominated by the Mexican, and eventually succumbed to a round 12 TKO defeat after his corner threw in the towel to avoid further torture.Isaac Dogboe, after the bout, spoke of his plans to move up to the featherweight division, but his father believes he may no longer have a future in the sport.“I will not impose my will on him. However, I think he has had enough,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.”I want him to return to school and continue his course and take another path in life. We worked hard but were unsuccessful at overcoming Navarette.”It is unclear what the boxer’s next step will be after his father’s shocking disclosure.It’s been a tough few months for Isaac Dogboe, who was looking to set the record straight by reclaiming the title after his shock defeat to Navarette back in December, and this latest defeat would most certainly have hit the boxer hard.last_img read more