University of Evansville Named #6 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News &…

first_imgThe University of Evansville has been named the sixth best college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges Rankings. UE rose one spot overall this year and has appeared in the top 10 for more than a decade.UE was also recognized for success in its engineering and business programs, commitment to undergraduate teaching, its work with veterans and international students, and for study abroad and social mobility.The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UE has moved up six spots over last year and was recognized as the #19 best engineering school among small private institutions in the country.The Schroeder School of Business was named the #4 best undergraduate business school in the country among small private institutions. UE’s accounting program was ranked #3, and finance was ranked #2 among small private colleges.For the first time this year, UE was recognized as one of the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Schools ranked in this category are chosen for having “faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”“The outstanding dedication of our faculty is no secret to our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE professors are exceptionally devoted to student success, so it is particularly exciting to be recognized nationally for this commitment.”The University was also recognized as the #5 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest and a Top Midwest school for International Students.Additionally, UE was highlighted in the category, Best Study Abroad Programs to Look For. The methodology for this category states that “study abroad programs at these schools involve substantial academic work abroad for credit – a year, a semester, or an intensive experience equal to a course – and considerable interaction with the local culture.“To be recognized on a national level in so many categories directly speaks to the caliber of the UE education and experience,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We are particularly proud of the study abroad ranking, as our program at Harlaxton College is a cornerstone of the UE experience for so many of our students.”When studying abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, UE students live alongside faculty members in a unique learning environment and are immersed in the local culture through the Meet-a-Family program. Financial aid packages also travel along with students to Harlaxton, making a semester abroad within reach for UE students of any major.UE was also recognized as a top performing Midwest school for social mobility. This category “measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.” Pell Grant recipients typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate college choices. The Best Colleges rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, on newsstands later this month.View Online: http://evansville.meritpages.com/news/University-of-Evansville-Named-6-Best-College-in-the-Midwest-by-U-S-News-World-Report/10974FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NIFA Grants

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) plant breeders almost $1 million in grants this fiscal year to produce improved cotton and peanut varieties.These plant breeders have been tapped to make Georgia’s most profitable row crops more sustainable and productive.Searching for softer cotton Regents’ Professor Andrew Paterson, director of the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and member of the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Franklin College departments of Plant Biology and Genetics, and Peng Chee, his fellow crop and soil sciences professor, are pinpointing cotton genes that affect the length of cotton fibers.Longer fibers lead to softer cotton fabrics and a higher per-pound price for farmers.Paterson and Chee will focus on upland cotton, which is a common name for the cotton species most widely grown in the U.S. Georgia farmers grew more than 1 million acres and $967 million worth of upland cotton in 2016.Upland cotton typically produces cotton with short or medium fibers, and those fibers can be even shorter if the cotton plant is stressed. However, mutations of upland cotton created by the researchers produce longer fibers.Supported by a $490,000 NIFA grant, Paterson and Chee will map genes connected to superior fiber qualities in this mutated upland cotton. Eventually, they will incorporate those genes into cotton varieties known for their hardiness, productivity and efficiency.“The long-term goal of the proposed project is to enrich genetic diversity and accelerate the breeding progress in the elite gene pool of one the most economically important and genetically vulnerable major U.S. crops: cotton,” Paterson said.For more information on Paterson and Chee’s proposal, visit tinyurl.com/uplandcotton.Looking to the peanut’s rootsThe average American eats about 6 pounds of peanuts a year. To meet that demand, farmers in Georgia grow more than 700,000 acres of the state’s signature legume.For each of those acres, farmers invest between $500 and $770 into seeds, pesticides, irrigation and herbicides. Tapping into the resilience of the peanut’s wild ancestors should substantially bring down that per-acre price, said Soraya Leal-Bertioli, UGA senior research scientist.Bertioli, who worked with the international team of scientists that traced the evolution of the modern peanut to its wild ancestors in the Andes Mountains in 2016, received a $445,000 grant from NIFA to find the genetic traits that protected ancient peanuts from fungal and insect problems as well as other diseases.“In the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, hundreds of wild peanut populations were collected from the wild and deposited in the USDA seed bank,” she said. “Several studies show that these species carry resistance to pests and diseases that affect the peanut crop.”Most of these species have never been bred with modern varieties. By using modern techniques, Bertioli hopes to introduce these ancient, naturally-occurring resistance traits into modern lines of productive peanuts.Breeding peanut varieties with the resistance of their wild relatives that can keep up with modern production levels will allow farmers to produce peanuts with fewer chemicals at a lower cost.For more information on Bertioli’s proposal, visit tinyurl.com/sustainablepeanuts.last_img read more

Croatia Airlines on sale again. Looking for a strategic partner?

first_imgNow it has been unofficially announced again from the Government that a new tender for a strategic partner of CA should be announced in the coming days.Source: Poslovni dnevnik After the County Court ruled on August 9 to ban the strike in Croatia Airlines (CA), the Supreme Court upheld the ban yesterday, writes Business diary.However, while the County Court ruled that the strike was banned because the trade union of the Croatia Airlines Workers’ Organization (ORCA) did not negotiate in good faith to conclude a new collective agreement, the Supreme Court concluded that the legal preconditions for the strike were not met. a conciliation procedure was conducted.The CA unions have been announcing a strike in that company for a year, which has been prolonged several times.The last extension was at the beginning of July on the intervention of Minister Oleg Butkovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who promised to resolve the demands of the unions, which primarily relate to the new collective agreement, regular management and business strategy. As early as 2013, the CA began to look for a strategic partner in the mandate of Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, even when four interested parties were mentioned, while in the mandates of Prime Ministers Tihomir Orešković and Plenković, this was put aside.last_img read more

Tax Administration: Revenues from tourism higher by one billion kuna

first_imgSource: Jutranji list RELATED NEWS: The total amount of bills increased by 12 percent compared to the period from January 1 to July 10 last year and reached almost 3,97 billion kuna, which is about 423 million kuna more than in the same period last year. A significant jump in the number and amount of fiscalized invoices was also recorded in the hospitality segment, in which from January 1 to July 10 this year, almost 184 million fiscalized invoices were issued, or three percent more than in the same period last year. accounts rose nine percent, reaching a value of just over 7,35 billion. According to the data of the Tax Administration on fiscalized invoices issued so far in tourism and catering, in the period from the beginning of the year to July 10, the amount of fiscalized invoices in these activities increased by as much as one billion kuna. CNB: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS 5,4 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER When all is said and done, from 1 January to 10 July, a total of more than 199,7 million fiscalized invoices (+ 3%) were issued in tourism and catering, with a total amount of slightly more than HRK 11,32 billion (+ 10%). Of course, it should be taken into account that the black market is getting smaller and smaller and that fiscalization has made the biggest step forward in this segment, so accordingly more registered accounts are safe, including turnover than in previous years. Nevertheless, the CNB data for the first quarter also show an increase in tourism revenues. Also, in the period from January 1 to July 10, a total of about 15,72 million fiscalized invoices were issued in the segment of guest accommodation in Croatia, or about one percent more than in the same period last year, reports Morning paper.last_img read more

Guest Column: Investment in canal continues to pay off

first_imgIt’ll make stops in the Capital Region from June 21-28. I’ve seen the GlassBarge in action and it’s an experience not to be missed.The Erie Canal has been a showcase of the Electric City for nearly two centuries. But it has never been content with just its legacy, as Mohawk Harbor can attest.  That’s important, given the temptation to take the Erie Canal for granted, given its longevity.But it, of course, serves a very different purpose now than back when mules were still pulling barges. As it nears its third century of operations, the Erie Canal’s identity in the region can evolve again still.And the local arts scene is poised to ensure that change will only be for the better.Brian U. Stratton is the director of the New York State Canal Corporation and a former mayor of Schenectady. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I’m confident the same will be said for the soon-to-open amphitheater at the $480 million Rivers Casino and Mohawk Harbor development. Talk about water music! Simply put, the arts can be an essential economic driver in the region and can also promote community engagement and sustainability. Those are topics that will be explored May 9 at a forum at Schenectady County Community College, itself no stranger to excellence in the arts.Getting people out to hear music also means they can experience what else the city has on offer.Last December, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $503,251 investment in Schenectady with a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant to design a new dockage system at Mohawk Harbor to accommodate major canal tourism, and to construct a new multi-use pedestrian trail that will link to the Erie Canalway Trail and the Governor’s Empire State Trail system.When completed in 2020, it will be a 750-mile network of multi-use trails stretching from New York City to the Canadian border and from Albany to Buffalo.Visitors and residents alike can already use the Erie Canalway Trail to explore the arts-canals connection, including an especially notable visit by the Corning Museum of Glass.It will tour its GlassBarge, a mobile glass-blowing studio to mark the 150th anniversary of when the company that became Corning Glass moved its operations — lock, stock and oven s— in 1868 from Brooklyn to its current home in the Finger Lakes by way of mule, barge and the Erie Canal.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor the Daily GazetteWhen more than 5,000 people gathered along the banks of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction last July to hear the Albany Symphony Orchestra, they got more than just a concert.The performance was part of the orchestra’s Water Music Tour to celebrate the Erie Canal bicentennial. The crowd was treated to a memorable evening, including new music composed specifically for that concert.But few may have realized they were part of the indelible connection the canal has to a vibrant arts and cultural scene in Schenectady as well as the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley.It is a longstanding connection that continues to grow today.Admittedly, I’m hardly a disinterested observer. As a former mayor of Schenectady, I can’t help but be excited about what’s happening downtown and along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.Proctors always seems to be upping its own ante. Taking in a show there has always been a special experience for me.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 18

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Poll question on Iran action was inaccurateThe Jan. 8 poll (“Do you support the U.S. attack on Iran?”) was very misleading and poorly worded.The United States did not attack Iran. It killed/assassinated a top world terrorist that was responsible for killing and maiming Americans. Qasem Solimani was evil and hated the free world. Please be more accurate when wording a poll question.David GillAmsterdamGet screened early to help prevent cancerThe Cancer Services Program (CSP) of the Greater Capital Region has great news to share with your readers. Feb. 4 is Cancer Prevention Day and the CSP wants you to know that regular cancer screening can prevent certain cancers or find cancer early when it’s easiest to treat.The CSP provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible, uninsured New Yorkers.This program is supported by the state of New York because cancer screening works; it saves lives.These cancer screenings are covered by most insurance plans, so nearly every person has access to these preventive services.Cervical and colon cancer screening can find abnormal cells that can be removed before they turn into cancer. While breast cancer can’t be prevented, a mammogram can find breast cancer early.Early detection of cancer means treatment may be easier and more likely to be cured.Here are some basics about cancer screening:• All men and women ages 50 and older should be screened regularly for colon cancer. There are several ways to be screened, including a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.• Women age 50 and older should get screened for breast cancer. A mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early.• Women ages 21-65-years-old should get screened for cervical cancer.Uninsured residents of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties can call the CSP at 518-525-8680 to learn if they qualify for free cancer screening. Schenectady County residents may call 1-866-442-2262.Tammy LopezAlbanyThe writer is program coordinator at Cancer Services Program of the Greater Capital Region.Join together against wars and for peaceAnother year, another possible endless war.Absolutely no good can come from war with Iran. It’ll be an economic blow to working class citizens as money for medical, educational, infrastructural and environmental needs will be diverted to the military. And of course, countless soldiers and civilians will needlessly die in a war against a nation that doesn’t pose a threat towards us — or at least any more than we provoke them to be through sanctions, pulling out of the nuclear deal or assassinating one of their top military leaders (frequently labeled a terrorist for things that pretty much every modern U.S. president is guilty of).In fact, as our government tries to convince you that this is all about freedom and democracy, it’s worth noting that Iran once had a democracy that was overthrown in a CIA coup (backed by the United States and United Kingdom) in 1953 to keep Iran from nationalizing its oil. A monarchical rule took its place until it was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution in 1979.Other than to satisfy the Military Industrial Complex’s lust for war profits, there’s no good justification for this potential war with Iran or any of our endless wars. For the sake of those who will suffer if the drums of war beat, I call on our leaders to listen to the warnings of history and wage war no more, and to work for peace through non-violent and non-oppressive means.I invite you to join me in that call.Matt OillSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMove Liberty, leave other statues aloneI agree wholeheartedly with Dick Curtis’ point in his Jan. 8 letter (“Create a statue park in Schenectady”) that our Statue of Liberty replica is badly located.But I disagree with his proposal to move the new Tubman and Seward statue from the Main Library’s plaza and the Steinmetz and Edison statue from Erie Boulevard.The Tubman and Seward work was placed by the joint effort of a community-based committee and the library itself. The plaza sees a great deal of foot traffic, and it also offers benches for pausing to reflect.The county furnished fine landscaping for the statue, which is now seen frequently and truly graces the site that is an important urban focal point of books and learning.As for the Steinmetz and Edison, that statue was placed in a most suitable spot along Erie Boulevard, the main visual approach axis to GE, as well as the site of the Erie Canal and thus where Schenectady’s unique place in the history of American technology is better symbolized than elsewhere in the city.Planning is even under way for a George Westinghouse statue across Erie near the family machine shop’s site.A statue park such as Mr. Curtis suggests would unfortunately isolate these memorials and detract from the advantages of their present sites.Only the Statue of Liberty needs to be moved, hopefully to a place of honor where we can pause and think about the rights of all and the incalculable debt this country owes to its immigrants.David GerhanSchenectadyTrump helped U.S. with tariffs on Chinacenter_img God bless President Trump for standing up against China with his tariffs. He is doing more good for our country than any other president. The Democrats can’t take any credit for that. China is agreeing to buy more exports from us.God bless Elise Stefanik for standing up for the president in Congress. She did a great job. She let them know that she supports our president. I suppose that Hillary didn’t pose any threats to our national security. President Trump has done more for our country without your help. Has anyone noticed how the tariffs are working? China is importing more goods thanks to the president. Are the Democrats crazy because the president got rid of one of the most notorious killers in the world?James MaxfieldScotiaWe need to persevere in fight against hateOn a music CD dedicated to Pete Seeger, singer/songwriter John McCutheon performs “God Bless the Grass” by Melvina Reynolds.It’s a nice song about how persistent grass grows even when covered by cement.We know about grass growing, how it fights to be seen, pushing against large obstacles.The song is not about grass, of course, but about truth.We all know some truths; love is stronger than hate, people should be accepted for who they are, and have opportunities to live a good life free from hate.No more hate.That was one theme of the vigil at Temple Gates — the holy place packed to overflowing by people who say “No” to hate visited on our Jewish friends, whether we know them or not.People from various groups and faiths together saying, “No” to hate.But that means saying, “Yes” to others who are different from you. It means saying, “Yes” to one or two ideas that can be strongly supported, not all the ideas or past hurts.We must be the blessed grass pushing against the cement of hate.Grass has one goal: to live. Our goal should be to overpower hate, that goodness will follow.Janice WalzScotiaThoroughly enjoyed GPL’s Cabaret NightI just attended Guilderland Public Library’s second Cabaret Night extravaganza (Teresa Broadwell with her quintet of musicians) and wanted to sing praise for such novel community programs being regularly offered in our midst.Intimate jazz, table-clothed seating with fresh flowers, wine, cheese, fresh fruit and ambrosia-like pastries were all provided with no cover charge.An exceptionally wonderful evening was had by all.To the creative and congenial folks at GPL, way to go. Thank you.John E. HargravesSchenectadyGrateful for support for St. Clare’s retireesThis is a new year, 2020. Hopefully it will be a year to remember, that we will see some closure on the St. Clare’s retirees pension collapse.I would like to reflect on the year 2019 when all you were at your best. That is when the pension collapse was in full swing. This is when our political leaders fought the hardest for our helpless caregivers.Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara fought earnestly to recover lost money for the pensions. Mark Mahoney, editorial page editor at The Daily Gazette, wrote some of the greatest editorials; this is a man with great compassion. The Schenectady County Legislature, which has pledged its overwhelming support for the helpless retirees, also gave its support again in the year 2020.Then there is my “hero” Patrick Garrett, assignment editor at CBS6, who out of the kindness of his heart put one of the best Christmas interviews on CBS6 TV on Christmas Day. I mention these people who did these things in 2019 because if the St. Clare’s retirees did not have this great support, where would they be?“We the people” are spreading the word for all to hear and that we will not let them down because they have won our hearts. I want to thank all of you for going the extra mile or saying a kind word about the St. Clare’s retirees. Anything you do to help is greatly appreciated.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamlast_img read more

Megawati tells senior politicians not to ‘force’ their children to join 2024 race

first_imgIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri has said politicians should not “force” their children to join the 2024 general election, calling the practice “annoying”.In a speech in front of the PDI-P’s nominees for the upcoming regional elections, she said senior politicians should not force themselves to run for office and that it was time for political regeneration.“Yes, we are old and fading away. It is the youth who have to advance and should be encouraged,” Megawati said on Wednesday as quoted in a statement released by the PDI-P. She added, however, that this regeneration did not mean that the politicians’ children should be the ones to run in their place. If their children did not have the necessary skills, she said, they should not be forced.“It’s annoying me. It’s as if we don’t have enough people. [You should treat] the party’s members as your own kids, too, you know,” she said. “If not their children, [politicians force] their wives or nephews and nieces [to run].”Megawati’s daughter, Puan Maharani, is the current speaker of the House of Representatives, after previously holding the position of a coordinating minister during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term.Megawati said, however, that Puan has reached political heights not because she had been asked or forced by her mother but because of Puan’s own hard work. “There were people who said Puan becoming the House speaker was because of me helping her. How was that possible? It was because her voice was loud and nobody could ignore it,” Megawati said.Megawati added that if the PDI-P wanted to develop as a party, it should not become just a group of families.“This is the last time I will give opportunities to that person’s child or this person’s wife. In 2024, I hope that it’s all young people that run.”Read also: Elections in 2020 likely to once again be marred by ‘political dynasties’A number of political bluebloods are set to take part in the 2020 regional elections, including Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is looking to run in the Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java, and Jokowi’s son-in-law, Bobby Nasution, who has thrown his hat into the Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter, Siti Nur Azizah, is also set to run for South Tangerang mayor in Banten, while Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung’s son, Hanindhito Himawan Pramana, recently announced his readiness to run in the Kediri regency election in East Java.Meanwhile, Democratic Party deputy chairman and the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, is widely considered to be among potential 2024 presidential candidates.When asked about whether he would run in 2024, Agus said he did not want to think about “what-ifs.”“I just want to continue to prepare myself to carry out any duties that Insyaallah [God willing] will be given to me,” he said recently as quoted by Antara. Topics :last_img read more

Football News Juventus poised for record eighth straight Serie A title but eyes on UEFA Champions League success

first_imgJuventus could win Serie A title with seven games to spare, the earliest any team has ever sealed the title.Paris Saint-Germain holds the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare.Juventus could overhaul the Serie A points record of 102 which Juventus achieved under Antonio Conte in 2013/14. Milan: Champions Juventus turn their focus to nailing down an eighth consecutive Serie A title in record time this weekend, days after a row erupted over racist abuse aimed at starlet Moise Kean in Cagliari. Massimiliano Allegri’s side return to their home comforts of the Allianz Stadium in Turin to host AC Milan after their trip to Sardinia on Tuesday ended amid scenes of chaos as Kean and teammate Blaise Matuidi were subjected to monkey cries and racist chanting. Juventus could win the league title with seven games to spare — the earliest any team has ever sealed Serie A — if they beat AC Milan and nearest challengers Napoli lose at home to Genoa. The Turin giants have an 18-point advantage on Napoli and have won both their direct clashes with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.        “The eighth consecutive championship is in the ‘loading phase’,” said Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini. “Right now, the ‘uploading’ is getting closer to completion. These will be two very important weeks for us.” Boosted by the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have had an unparalleled campaign, with just one defeat in 30 games on March 17 against Genoa, when the Portuguese superstar was rested. But Allegri’s side is building momentum as they prepare for next week’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash against Ajax in Amsterdam. If they don’t seal the title on Sunday they can do so the following weekend with a win at SPAL.  highlights In both cases, it would be a record for the 20-team Italian championship. Three teams have won with five games to go — Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan in 2006-2007, Torino in 1947-1948 and Fiorentina in 1955-1956. Paris Saint-Germain holds the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare. Allegri wants to seal a 35th ‘Scudetto’ as quickly as possible, before the real seasonal goal, the coveted Champions League, last achieved in 1996.            ‘Precious points’              The Serie A points record of 102 which Juventus achieved under Antonio Conte in the 2013-2014 season, remains an achievable goal as by winning the last eight remaining matches they can achieve 105. Ronaldo is recovering from a right thigh injury, which could rule him out of this weekend’s game. But tests carried out on Monday, indicated he may be able to play the first leg against Ajax, according to reports in Italy. Allegri could opt for the 34-year-old to start on the bench on Saturday and give him a runout before the Ajax challenge.       Injury-hit AC Milan, in fourth, are desperate for a result having taken just one point from their last three league games. Gennaro Gattuso’s side occupies the final Champions League berth, but have just a one-point advantage on Atalanta, with Lazio, Roma and Torino four points behind. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (thigh) and midfielder Lucas Paqueta (right ankle) are out injured, complicating matters as Milan target a Champions League return after six years. Milan lost 2-0 to Juventus in the reverse fixture. “We’ll go to Turin to take home precious points,” defender Ignazio Abate told Milan TV. “There’s still a long way to go and anything can happen.” Inter Milan, in third, take on Atalanta, fifth, in the San Siro, in a clash between Champions League hopefuls with both teams coming off four-goal wins this week. AS Roma travel to European rivals Sampdoria as Lazio, with a game in hand, hosting Sassuolo and Torino at Parma. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Conquerors conquer Cosmos in Rugby cliffhanger

first_imgNewcomers Conquerors SC moved to the top of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) log after beating reigning Champions Cosmos Buffaloes RFC in a nerve racking encounter at the Accra Sports Stadium.In a game described by match referee Mr. Frederic Roux as “The best Rugby match ever witnessed in Ghana” Conquerors beat Cosmos Buffaloes by 18-12 to close down the curtain on the 2015/16 GRCC round robin phase.The two teams have meanwhile booked a place in the semi-final with 1st placed Conquerors SC (29 points) pitching their strength against 4th placed Idas Sports RFC (16 points).Second place Buffaloes (26 points) will come up against Dansoman Hurricane with 18 points.According to Mr. Simba Mangena, coach of Conquerors SC, he is content with the aggression and enthusiasm exhibited by the Cosmos side which he said helped in building the resilience of his side.“You know, at the end of every Rugby game there has to be a winner and I’m happy with Cosmos Buffaloes for giving us a tough game. However, we won the game and I believe my team can win the cup because we have the potential”, he said. Mr. Simba cited indiscipline as the major challenge facing the GRCC and therefore advised all players, officials and coaches to be more disciplined both on and off the pitch.The captain of Cosmos Buffaloes, Michael Ako Wilson, said that the encounter with Conquerors was tougher and more professional than any of the international matches he has played in and that he sees a bright and promising future for Ghana Rugby.“All teams just need to keep up their levels of discipline and intensity and frequency of training and Ghana will become a force to be reckoned with on the continent,” Wilson said.He promised Conquerors another cliffhanger encounter if the two were to book a final.Speaking to the press, Mr. Steve Noi, match commissioner, classified all matches played on the day as magnificent adding that the match between Conquerors and Cosmos was the match of the season. Mr. Noi expressed excitement and complimented all players for their commitment and the level at which they improved the game this season.He said there will probably be week break services which will give injured players of clubs some time to recover and also look ahead towards an exciting semi-final games.None of the Cape Coast teams, Griffons RFC who ended 5th with 10 championship points  and UCC Spartans RFC who ended 7th with 1 point, managed to get into the semi finals.According to the coach of Griffons RFC, Mr. Clement Dennis, the 2015/16 GRCC provided the CentWest teams with a chance to find their feet after some upheavals in the area.Mr. Dennis is confident that a CentWest team will make the top 4 in the 2016/17 GRCC edition of the tournament. He however added that the area is spending considerable time and effort in youth development under the banner of the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” programme and that this will definite bear valuable fruits in the future.As always the day’s programme included a development clinic for kids followed by boys and girls matches.   The match referee, Mr. Frederic Roux, described the match between Conquerors and Cosmos Buffaloes as the best match he has ever witnessed in Ghana. Conquerors managed to beat the reigning champions, Cosmos Buffaloes, with 18 – 12 and secured top spot on the log and a semifinal match against Idas Sports RFC.   The Idas Sports RFC players forms a tunnel for the losing team, Accra Sharks RFC, after their match in the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) on Saturday 30 January 2016 at the Accra Sports Stadium. Idas Sports won the match 45 – 5 to secure a playoff spot in the semifinals against the log leaders, Conquerors SC.  Dansoman Hurricanes RFC managed to beat the visiting team from Cape Coast, UCC Spartans RFC, convincingly 88 – 0 and as such maintained their 3d spot on the log and a place in the semifinals against Cosmos Buffaloes RFC on the 13th February 2016.  As always the kids had the opportunity to “Get Into Rugby” at a training clinic before the last matches of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) round robin phase on Saturday 30 January 2016 at the Accra Sports Stadium.  As part of the youth development strategy, under the banner of the World Bank “Get Into Rugby” programme, the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) organised both a boys and girls team and gave them the opportunity to practice their Rugby skills with fun matches.last_img read more

Indians’ Brad Miller responds to news of his DFA: ‘Obviously, they don’t want the best players up here’

first_imgAfter learning his fate, Miller went around the Indians’ clubhouse hugging teammates. He is now eligible to be claimed by another team. If unclaimed, he can refuse the Triple-A assignment and become a free agent (he has more than five years of MLB service), although he would forfeit the guaranteed $120,000 in minor league salary in his Indians contract.But he’d clearly rather stay in Cleveland.“I’m a player,” Miller said. “I really enjoyed playing for Tito (manager Terry Francona). That’s why I’m frustrated. I want to be here. I like this group. It’s a good team and I was hoping I’d be a part of it, but they have other plans.” There’s good news for Indians fans: Second baseman Jason Kipnis is coming off the Injured List to join the team Monday.The bad news, at least for Brad Miller, who has filled in for Kipnis in his absence: The Indians are designating him for assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Miller, a seven-year MLB veteran, did not appreciate the news of his demotion.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“It’s a tough trend,” Miller said Sunday (via Cleveland.com). “They acknowledge that it wasn’t fair. But I’m just a player. I go out there and play my hardest and play for the guys next to me.“Obviously, they don’t want the best guys up here. So I’m just trying to take it somewhere else and see what we’ve got.”Miller’s comments, unusually frank and provocative for a player in his situation, attracted notice on social media.Brad Miller walking out of the Indians clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/30PzEqbukG— Rich C (@dadonoverload) April 15, 2019But many Indians fans argued that Miller was absolutely right — they say someone else should have been sent to the minors. The whole scenario underscores the difficult decisions facing general managers and other club execs almost every day.It also highlights the struggles of “blue-collar” baseball players just trying to catch on with an MLB club and make a living doing something they love. The 29-year-old Miller has had his moments in the big leagues. He hit 30 home runs with the Rays in 2016. But for his career, he boasts a 101 OPS+, just above the league average of 100.The Brewers acquired Miller from the Rays in early June, but released him Aug. 1. He played with the Dodgers in spring training, hitting .385 with a pair of homers in 26 at-bats before being released.Cleveland signed Miller to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $1 million deal in the wake of Kipnis’ calf injury, and he played well, hitting .250 (9 for 36) with a home run and three RBIs. He is third on the club in OPS (.742). As Cleveland.com noted, “On a team hitting .194 for the season, he looks like Ted Williams.”But someone has to go to make room for Kipnis. Indians fans vented frustration that Miller was the odd man out (if you’re interested, you can easily find the debate from impassioned fans on Twitter).last_img read more