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Unforced errors continue to haunt SU as recent slide continues

first_imgUnforced errors continue to drag Syracuse down.Outside hitter Samantha Clarey struck a ball out of bounds to end what had been a competitive first set against Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Two net violations in the early stages of the set and four Syracuse attacking errors helped the Panthers pull away for a 25-22 win.The Orange continued to give Pitt easy points in a three-set sweep by the Panthers. The unforced errors cost Syracuse crucial points in what was otherwise a competitive match. The mistakes are one of the main causes of the Orange’s recent slide. SU has lost six of its last eight games with some coming against teams they expected to beat, including Buffalo and Binghamton.“It was a lot of unforced mistakes, a lot of errors,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “This is the game, unfortunately. If we made less errors it might have been different.”The net violations were a symptom of aggressive play, Syracuse assistant coach Stephanie Cantway said. The coaching staff has been stressing assertiveness on the block, so those errors came as a side effect. Mistakes in other facets of the game ultimately became critical.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we’re blocking well, we’re going to have some errors; it’s kind of a give and take,” Cantway said. “When you’re being aggressive and hitting well and serving well, you can have errors. But we weren’t being aggressive in those areas and still had errors, and that’s what got us to where we are.”Those attacking woes worsened as the match went on. The Orange made five errors each in the second and third sets of the match. Its hitting rate dropped from .275 in the first set to .147 in the second and .065 in the third. Outside hitter Silvi Uattara posted nearly as many kills and attacking errors as the rest of the team combined. Hitting mistakes kept the Orange from establishing a consistent offensive game.Service struggles disrupted Syracuse nearly as much. The team made four service errors in the match, and most of them came at important points.Andrea Fisher hit a serve out of bounds to give Pitt a 13-11 advantage and start a 3-0 run in the second set. When the Orange got the serve back, Emily Betteridge hit a serve into the net to swing the momentum back to Pitt. The Panthers began pulling away soon after.Fisher, who despite tallying six kills made three attacking errors and two service errors, said the team gets flustered when one player makes a mistake, and it leads to even more mistakes.“As a team, if someone makes an error, it kind of affects all of us,” Fisher said. “We really need to work on just staying focused individually and not letting our errors affect us.”Yelin said careless mistakes have been Syracuse’s downfall in losses against beatable competition. He knows it’s something his team needs to improve upon as it enters the thick of Big East competition.“A lot of times this year we’ve lost because of our mistakes,” Yelin said. “It’s discipline and focus, and that’s something we need to change.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 8, 2012 at 1:12 am Contact Jacob: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Trinidad Prepares to Vote for a New Government on Monday

first_imgIn the end, political parties have had to be innovative, using virtual meetings to spread their messages, and spending excessive funds on radio and television advertisements and buying air time. In addition, the closures of the borders have presented yet another problem, with opposition parties claiming that the government has used the closures to prevent nationals from returning home to vote. The election is not the only one in the Caribbean where the pandemic has played a major role in limiting the campaigns, following upon similar polls in Anguilla, Suriname, Guyana, and St. Kitts-Nevis. But Rowley has urged the population to follow the protocols being outlined by the EBC urging them to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously. “Keith Rowley is again trying to divide the population by purposefully using the word ‘black’ instead of ‘blank’ with the hopes of stirring a racial argument to distract the population from his failed tenure,” she said, adding that the term ‘blank’ was in reference to Rowley’s “complete lack of ideas, vision or plan”. The 77-year-old, who served as a government minister under Persad Bissessar, when she led the People’s Partnership government between 2010-15, is confident of winning the Lopinot/Bon Air West seat, along the east west corridor, now held by the PNM. The main opposition, United national Congress (UNC), as it has done in previous elections, are not fielding candidates in the sister isle of Tobago, but its leader, Persad Bissessar, is confident of returning to the corridors of power after she was ousted by Rowley’s PNM in the 2015 general election. “If we fail in our duty to the stark realities before us, we risk putting masses of people in danger. We in the Progressive Empowerment Party take the step here of appealing your response and your decision and urge you to reconsider,” he wrote. For its part, the UNC is promising to create 50,000 new jobs, work with the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Statistical Office to determine the true condition of the state of the economy, the country’s public finances and capital projects. CMC/pr/ir/2020 Caribbean countries have been forced to implement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that has killed 719,000 people and infected 19.3 million others worldwide. Among the measures are limiting the number of people allowed to congregate in any one place to between 10 and 25, adhering to social distancing, wearing masks and curtailing movement through the implementation of curfews, mainly in the evenings when political rallies are usually held. “There are people who believe that they must put their finger in the wound to believe that there could be pain,” Rowley said in a statement, adding “If there are people who decide that this is a joke then they must be made to understand that this is not a joke and it is not a dare and double dare and it is not machismo, it is common sense”. But the UNC has said that the EBC has no authority by law to tell voters they must wear masks to vote. It is also promising to recommence operations of the refinery at the state-owned PETROTRIN that the Rowley government closed after indicating that it had been a major drain on the economy of the country, with losses totalling billions of dollars (One TT dollar-US$-16 cents) annually. “They could just look at you and say you are UNC and say you are exhibiting COVID symptoms…you can’t vote. What madness is this? Again…designed to kill us and steal the elections – politically kill us,” she said, warning that the UNC would pursue the matter of stopping voters without masks, in court if necessary. “I know what the yellow bananas mean. It is moneys they give bananas. All over the world footballers walk off the field when they start to make monkey chants, but in the UNC advertisement, black people hungry in Trinidad and Tobago and you feed the monkeys bananas,” Rowley said. The small opposition People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), which is fielding 28 candidates in the elections, wrote to President Paula Mae Weeks on two occasions urging her to postpone the August 10 poll because of the virus. At the start of the pandemic in March, Trinidad and Tobago had been able to limit the number of positive cases to a low number, recording also eight deaths. The Keith Rowley government had been praised for its approach to dealing with the situation brought on by the virus, but in recent days, the number of people testing positive has skyrocketed to more than 200, even though there are no new deaths. Among the candidates facing the electorate on Monday is the disgraced former vice president of the International football Federation (FIFA) Austin “Jack” Warner, who apart from battling extradition to the United States to face charges of racketeering and conspiracy as part of a global graft probe into world football’s governing body, is his Independent Liberal Party (ILP) lone candidate. The race bogey raised its head a few days before the polls open, when Rowley called on the UNC to immediately withdraw a political advertisement showing that a black person being handed a bunch of bananas after complaining about the performance of the government. The CEO, who played a role in observing the disputed elections in Guyana in March, said she understood what international observers bring in terms of the credibility and “the stamp of approval they can put on your elections. We are a little saddened that things did not work out. “I want to say the EBC cannot legally disenfranchise anyone for not having a mask. I am not saying don’t wear masks, I’m saying it should be optional,” said Persad Bissessar, adding “the EBC does not have the power in law. Remember your powers. You want to tell us you don’t have a mask don’t come to vote. The EBC does not have that power. The wearing of the mask should be optional”. “…but nonetheless we are ready to deliver and I look back to the feedback from the public, the media and the political parties as to how they thought we had performed,” she added. Rowley said he had extended invitations to the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to observe the elections. But both indicated that it would have been an expensive venture given that their members would have had to arrive here at least two weeks ahead of the polls. There are an estimated 146 candidates representing 19 political parties and four independents contesting the 41 seats in Monday’s election, with the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), the only party fielding candidates in all constituencies.center_img Prime Minister Rowley believes that the future also lies in the digital economy and according to the manifesto, a new PNM administration would establish a Ministry of Technology and Digital Records as well as remove taxes from computer purchases. But Persad Bissessar insisted that she used the word ‘blank’ to describe Rowley and not ‘black’. Trinidad and Tobago, where 1, 134, 136 people are eligible to cast ballots at the estimated 2, 200 polliing stations, is no exception. Political observers say the election is a straight fight between the Afro-Trinidadian backed PNM and the Indo-Trinidadian supported UNC and that the electorate remains deeply divided along racial lines. But the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) said it has been working with the Ministry of Health putting in place protocols to govern election day activities, including the wearing of masks inside the polling station. In a message posted on his Facebook page, Rowley wrote, “Finally!!! Caught in her frequent disgusting race baiting she is reduced to repeating inane rubbish to try and lie her way out. “You could go to hell with that. We are better than that in Trinidad and Tobago. If the PNM has one legacy that we are going to defend to the death is that we have encouraged inter-racial solidarity in this country and we will not allow Kamla Persad Bissessar and her minnows to threaten it. I demand that those ads be removed,” Rowley said. The elections are not being observed by regional and international observers after the government said it wanted all observers to observe the protocols governing COVID-19 and ensure that they are here in order to observe the 14 days quarantine period. The issue of race surfaced during the campaign, when Persad Bissessar, addressing party supporters, insisted that she had not referred to Prime Minister Rowley as the “black man on the other side”. She argued that the election guidelines can be used to debar UNC voters and “steal the elections. Chief Elections Officer, (CEO), Mrs Fern Narcis-Scope, said that while the EBC is disappointed at the situation, the absence of observers places the EBC more under the spotlight, insisting nonetheless “‘we are ready to deliver. “We will repeal the property tax legislation. We will prepare a divestment plan and debt workout strategy for non-strategic, loss-making state enterprises,” the UNC is also promising. ‘We want to go away from paper files in a drawer, under a desk. If you have to do business with the State you have to line up for days, all of those things we are putting behind us, out of this COVID will come a modernised Trinidad and Tobago,” Rowley said. The PNM said it would encourage economic diversification away from oil and gas, especially in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, tourism, non-oil industry, arts and culture, the digital age, financial services, medical services and ICT. “Your Excellency, in your response to our request for a postponement of the general elections currently underway, where we stated clearly that the elections will put our people’s lives at risk, you suggested that nothing much has changed since the proclamation of Legal Notice 34, but Your Excellency, today’s startling news alone should prompt you to again reconsider,” the PEP leader Phillip Alexander, wrote late last month. “To achieve the desired outcome, the PNM Government will engage community influencers, especially our tech-savvy youth, appoint digital community liaisons, and create digital community portals.” The two main parties have released manifestos outlining their plans for the next five years, if they receive the support of the electorate. In addition, it is also proposing the establishment of an Economic Strategy Council in the Office of the Prime Minister, which will implement and manage flagship projects/programmes which are considered ‘transformational’ and instrumental to achieving key targets and deliverables of its economic masterplan. Health authorities have said, nonetheless, that the country is not facing a “second wave: or an outbreak of the pandemic as has been in the case in several countries worldwide. They have described the recent cases as a “sporadic cluster spread” with people here blaming the new cases on the illegal trafficking of migrants from Venezuela. “Is it going to be the presiding officer who says, you are exhibiting symptoms, you can’t vote? You will put a doctor in every station? What will you do, import them from Cuba?,” UNC leader Kamla Persad Bissessar told supporters as she questioned the criteria to be used by the EBC in turning voters away from polling stations for exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Voters in Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls on Monday to elect a new government following allegations of corruption and racism in a campaign severely hampered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Anyone surprised? She didn’t call me an Oreo. What she said was ‘Ohio’! or ‘Oh hello’,” he added, making reference to a public statement made by Persad Bissessar in September 2018 when she described him as an “Oreo” owned by the “one per cent” of the population, a term used to describe the Syrian/Lebanese community here.last_img read more

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From Japanese internment camp to decorated WWII hero to Dodger game honoree

first_imgFans will be invited onto the field to watch the show, which will take place before 11 p.m. and is subject to cancellation if the game lasts too long, like all of the Friday night fireworks shows at Dodger Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A ceremonial first pitch will thrown by Eiko Roberts, the mother of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in connection with Japan Night. She was born and raised in Japan.Japanese Consul General Akira Chiba and members of the Nisei Week Court will be introduced during pregame ceremonies for Japan Night.A Japan Night ticket package, including a Kenta Maeda jersey T-shirt, with Dodgers and Maeda written in Japanese, is available at Dodgers.com/Japan.Another first pitch will be thrown by “Access” anchor Natalie Morales and Scott Evans and Kit Hoover, correspondents on the syndicated entertainment news program.A fireworks show set to music from Los Angeles artists will follow the game.center_img World War II veteran Yoshio C. Nakamura, who was incarcerated in an internment camp before becoming a decorated war hero, is being honored as the Military Hero of the Game on Friday, July 13, 2018, during Japan Night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Corrice/US Department of Defense)LOS ANGELES — Yoshio C. Nakamura, who went from being incarcerated in an internment camp to being a U.S. Army staff sergeant during World War II, will be honored as the as the Military Hero of the Game Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers begin a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium.Nakamura was inducted in the Army enlisted reserves in 1944. He served on active duty in France and Italy with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which consisted nearly entirely of Japanese-Americans and was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. The team was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.Nakamura was awarded a Bronze Star and made a member of the French Legion of Honor.Nakamura received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from USC and became an accomplished educator and artist.last_img read more

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