Women of Troy fall behind early, fade late

first_imgThe scratched, they clawed, they fought their way back, but in the end, the Women of Troy were unable to overcome the 10-3 deficit they faced at halftime and dropped a home game 16-11 to Denver on Sunday at McAlister Field.Off the mark · Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra (left) scored just one goal in USC’s 16-11 defeat Sunday at the hands of Denver at McAlister Field. De Lyra is the team’s leading scorer with 41 goals and 82 total points. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter losing two straight road games, one against Bryant and one against Brown, the USC women’s lacrosse team had nine days off before Sunday’s game against the Pioneers.  The extra rest appeared to leave a bit of rust, however, as the team came out and immediately fell behind.Freshman attack Caroline Cordrey led the Women of Troy (5-8, 2-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) with four goals on six shots as USC closed out the month of March with a three-game losing streak and a 3-6 record in nine games. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen added three goals, two assists and eight draw controls.Meanwhile, attacker Rachael Dillon led the Pioneers (11-1, 3-0 MPSF) with 4 goals and an assist.Despite the team’s excitement for the return home from its Rhode Island trip, the weather seemed more like Rhode Island than it did Southern California. Perhaps distracted by the elements, USC allowed Denver to jump out to a 3-0 lead a little more than eight minutes into the game, and stretched it out to a 10-3 lead at the half behind 3 goals from Dillon. Cordrey, sophomore midfield Kaila Sommi and freshman attack Caroline de Lyra all scored for USC, which was outshot 18-11 by the Pioneers at the half.“Their goalie [Hannah Hook] is really awesome,” freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen said. “Her save percentage is super high, and she’s one of the best goalies in the nation. We had the opportunity, but we need to take that extra step and just shoot a little more around her. We learned that in the first half, and we came out in the second half and we were doing just that. Denver’s offense really capitalized on all their plays.”Denver goalie Hook earned five saves on USC’s 16 shots on goal, while USC freshman goalie Liz Shaeffer saved eight of Denver’s 24 shots on goal.Denver looked as if it was going to extend its lead against the Women of Troy after scoring the first goal of the second half to take an 11-3 lead. But USC was able to respond, scoring four unanswered goals (two from Cordrey) to cut the lead to 11-7, fighting through a slight drizzle that started around seven minutes into the second half and subsided before the game ended.Denver buckled down after that, however, outscoring USC the rest of the way. Overall, USC outscored the Pioneers 8-6 in the second half, with both teams taking 11 shots.Though the result was disappointing, players were pleased with the way they responded after falling behind early in the game.“After playing for half an hour, you notice little things that give you opportunities, like you can notice where the defense likes to go, where the open places are,” Johansen said. “We just used that to our advantage. We fed to the spots that were open and we took it when they sent the double.”USC head coach Lindsey Munday offered was concerned about the team’s slow start, which has become something of an unwelcome trend as the team inches closer to the postseason.“You have to learn from every game, win or loss,” Munday said. “Certainly in this one, it’s pretty obvious we have to come out in the first half and play and compete better than we did. For us, it’s happened before, so we really need to figure out what we need to do in order to come out from the opening whistle and play hard.”During its current three-game drought, USC has been outscored 40-27, only managing to score in double digits once. On the season, the team has scored more than 10 goals in a game eight times, winning five of them.The Women of Troy continue their slate of conference games on the road, taking on Oregon (5-5, 0-1 MPSF) on Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. They return back to McAlister Field for a pair of games against California (5-4, 3-0 MPSF) on Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and Fresno State (2-6, 0-2 MPSF) on Thursday, April 20, at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio kicks off eighth dance season

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Leafs ring up 14 on the Bruins en route to lopsided KIJHL win

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsWhat’s the best way for a team to cure all the woes of a season and gain necessary confidence to climb up league standings?Play the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Nelson Leafs dropped 14 on the lowly Bruins, beating the Murdoch Division cellar dwellers by two converted touchdowns Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.“It was definitely good for us to play them and get some confidence back,” said Leaf forward Linden Horswill after racking up four points, including a hat trick, on the Bruins.“We played well against (Grand Forks) so it was good for us to turn it around after (the recent road stint).”It took a little time for the Leafs to get going as the Bruins played the home side even for the first five-plus minutes.But a power play goal by Max Mois opened the floodgates.Nelson, 14-8-0-2, scored five more times, including a pair each from Horswill and Brett Norman, to take a 6-0 lead into the intermission.“We out skated (Grand Forks) . . . a lot,” Horswill said when asked about the difference in the game. “We moved the puck around well and just took it to them.”Playing the game without the full compliment of bodies, Nelson had the remaining lines flying and at one point in the second period held a 20-2 shot advantage on the struggling Bruins.The all-Nelson line of Horswill, Carsen Willans and Dallon Stoddart contributed big to the Leaf attack as the Heritage City trio finished the game with 12 points.“Carsen (Willans) does well at setting us up,” said Horswill, complimenting his teammate for making his night around the net easy with a few gift set-ups.“(Carsen) is definitely a great person to play with . . .  the same with Dallon (Stoddart).”The game definitely padded the stats for most Leaf players.Norman finished the game with three goals along with two assists.James Sorrey scored twice and also had two helpers.Nik Newman, J.J. Beitel, scoring his first KIJHL marker and finishing the game with five points, Willans, earning the game’s third star with a five-point night, game captain Jonathon Petrash and Matti Jmaeff also scored for Nelson.Patrick Defoe had quite an easy time in goal, although to get the shutout — his second of the season — the rookie backstop needed help from his posts and crossbar as Grand Forks a couple times rang pucks off the iron.However, after it was all said and done, Horswill couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for the Bruin players.“Playing on that (Grand Forks) team would be a little hard . . . especially not getting a lot of wins,” Horswill said. “But you can’t think of that when you’re playing. You just have to forget about who you are playing and just play.”The Leafs remain in second spot in Murdoch standings, four points behind the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and two in front of the surging Castlegar Rebels. Both Murdoch rivals have played fewer games than the Leafs.The loss, combined with a 7-5 setback Sunday to Spokane Braves, is the 19th for Grand Forks. The Bruins remain the only KIJHL team not to register a win.“Obviously (the constant losing) is disappointing. These results are tough to take, for sure,” said Grand Forks coach and GM Brent Batten.“The boys are actually doing pretty well attitude wise,” Batten added. “They realize things will get better. It’s just a matter of working through obviously some big obstacles. But were all staying positive and as a (coaching) staff we’re remaining positive as well.”GAME NOTES: The final shot total was 48-6 in favour of the Leafs. . . .Grand Forks starting goalie Cole Buckley, who had his playing rights obtained by the Bruins earlier this month from Revelstoke Grizzlies, played two periods before giving away to Nathan Nicolson. . . .Nelson lost the services of winger Max Mois during the game. Mois was sent to the dressing room as a precaution to guard against a current injury. . . .Other Leafs out of the lineup due to injury included forward Colton Malmsten along with defencemen Riley Henderson, Blake Arcuri, Tyler Parfeniuk and Julian Davis. Nelson was also missing forward Colton Schell who was called up by Trail of the BCHL for Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Vernon Vipers. . . .Grand Forks coach Brent Batten said the Bruins had seven players out of its lineup due to injury. . . .Nelson, finishing the weekend registering three off four points after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Fernie Thursday, has a week off before hosting Penticton Lakers for a Saturday home game at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

Dad goes shopping

first_imgMen and shopping don’t always mix. But for fearless fathers with a knack for browsing, the holidays present an opportunity to get the gift-buying done while spending some quality time with the kids. Randy Tat is a highly committed flea-market shopper. He’s been making the rounds for years, finding gifts at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Long Beach Antique Market and Fairfax High School Trading Post. When Tat had children, he strollered them along to the marts, and they’ve grown up hunting for unique bargains with Dad. “I’m obsessed with the deal,” said Tat, an artist who runs a production company and does interior design on the side. “I’m obsessed with shopping. Every time we pass a market, my kids are like, `No Daddy, don’t stop.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Yet, years of tagging along with Dad have taught the kids how to spot a deal. “He gives me $5, and I buy toys,” said Ella, 9, who was shopping with her father at the biweekly flea market at Venice High School. After sifting through some gaudy vintage jewelry, she spotted some glass spheres engraved with Elvis and Disney characters. Then she hit up her Dad for a glazed doughnut and hot chocolate from the food vendor. Something old, something new Tat, who lives in L.A.’s Fairfax District, is always on the lookout for articles to create artistic pieces or enhance his home d cor. But his shopping addiction also means that he picks up Christmas and Hanukkah presents all year round, avoiding the stress of last-minute shopping. “I have a 2-year-old nephew I started buying vintage puppets for when he was born,” Tat said. “Now he has 50.” For adults, he combines used stuff with new. “I find great deals on vintage antiques at flea markets, and then there’s the whole Marshalls-TJ Maxx-Ross racket. So if were buying gifts for family, I might have a great vintage collectible piece combined with a set of candle holders that are new.” This year, he plans to give his brother some vintage posters. His sister-in-law loves vintage jewelry, and he’s already found a great charm bracelet for her. For nieces, nephews, and his own kids, he buys vintage curios, wind up toys and circus posters. “My boss has everything. I found her this great ’60s necklace and she loved it. I think I spent $25 on it.” Man on a mission Mothers still account for 85 percent of all household spending, says BSM Media, which focuses on marketing to moms. But men can still be great shoppers, especially given their ability to hone in on a target. Todd Feldman, father of a 3-month-old son, took over the holiday shopping this year at his wife’s suggestion. The real estate developer went online and quickly amassed outfits for a gaggle of young nieces and nephews. “Buying clothing, you don’t have to think as much,” said Feldman, who hit a Web site operated by a client of his wife’s public relations agency. Feldman said he may branch out and go to LillianVernon.com to buy personalized gifts for adults, like a welcome plaque engraved with the family name. The fewer stops he has to make, he said, the better. Guys are much more specific and goal-oriented in their shopping strategy, said Jonathan Baker, owner of Skin Spa in Encino. He said he shops for only one thing: clothing for his baby daughter. “I take some of it away from my wife so I can participate,” he said. “For me, I have a goal, and if I see something I buy.” Even Randy Tat, who loves to shop, says fathers and mothers have different styles. For instance, he always thinks about what he’s looking for before starting his tour of flea-market booths, while his wife looks at everything. “I have my strategy. I have a path and I’m quick,” he says. “She may be tagging behind me, and she’ll find something I’ve already walked by.” [email protected] 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

SA ‘making progress on poverty’

first_imgIncome inequality Development Indicators 2009, released last week by The Presidency’s policy coordination and advisory service unit, also found that more than 13-million South Africans now receive social grants, compared to 7.87-million in 2004/05. Economic growth, employment Despite recent protests by citizens over alleged lack of service delivery, the report found that the government continued to make big improvements, with the number of subsidised houses continuing to increase, along with access to water, sanitation and electricity. He noted that the distribution of social grants and the improvement of the labour market were not enough to dent income inequality, which the report says did not decrease even during the years of economic growth. Despite the reduction in poverty, the publication found that income inequality has remained the same or worsened in the country. However, despite the reduction in poverty levels, the rate of eliminating poverty in the country remains slow. 28 September 2009 The report, which provides information on the impact of government programmes, found that there was a significant decrease in the number of South Africans living in the lower categories of the Living Standards Measure (LSM -3), as well as an increase in the size of the middle bands (LSM 4-6).center_img Source: BuaNews “When the percentage of richest and poorest quintiles is compared, the deep structural nature of poverty in the country is clear,” Manuel said. “This structural nature of poverty has a racial underpinning.” The number of South Africans living in poverty declined between 1999 and 2007, positioning the country well to meet its target of halving poverty by 2014, while the incomes of the poorest have increased from R783 to R1 041 per month in recent years, a new report finds. “We are improving people’s quality of life, but inequality is worsening,” Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said in Cape Town last week, adding that the government would have to focus on intensifying its programmes to take the country onto a higher development trajectory. Service delivery “Although poverty has reduced over time … the rate of eliminating poverty is slow,” the report said, adding: “Over this period, there seems to have been significant shifts in the provincial distribution of poverty.” “The improvement in people’s lives should be attributed to economic growth and expanding employment, as well as the government’s poverty alleviation initiatives, social assistance and support for better housing,” the report says.last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, Aug. 28

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have been dry for the last two weeks. We had a sprinkle and that is it. They are calling for a couple of inches through today, tomorrow and Wednesday.The dry conditions are starting to really show in the crops. Beans are starting to turn as they dry up a little bit. The corn is starting to fire up from the bottom, though it is time for it to start changing. The corn is pretty well done.Hopefully this rain will catch some of our later beans and get them filling out a little longer. Some of the beans are too far along, though, for these rains to help.The beans still mostly have a good color to them but they are starting to change on the hills. I think we’ll be running beans before the Farm Science Review.Beans yields are not going to be what they could have been. They will not be what we thought they could be from the way they started growing. They took off and got the rains, but the rains quit and here we sit.Everyone else around here is complaining about short beans. We have a bunch of different varieties and all of ours are tall. The shortest beans we have are about waist high and most of them are around chest high. Beans up at New Paris look pretty good.Our latest corn is 112-day. I think it is about done. If you pull back the ears they look good, big and consistent. Corn yields in general look pretty good. We had that 17 acres we replanted this spring and it is caught up and looks as good as anything.We got the pulling tractor ready and we’ll be pulling in Palestine next Monday.last_img read more

San Francisco and UC Berkeley to push on with smart transit

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#autonomous vehicles#car2go#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#Siemens#Smart Cities#Smart Cities Challenge#smart transit For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Powercenter_img San Francisco is using the momentum from its failed Smart City Challenge bid to carry on developing smart transportation initiatives.According to the University of California, Berkeley website, the school is continuing its smart city collaboration with the city of San Francisco.This collaboration was initially established for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge which Columbus, Ohio won this summer. Columbus city leaders have said that they plan to spend some of their $50 million winnings from the Smart City Challenge to develop an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas.Back in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The agreement commits the organizations to further explore opportunities to collaborate on urban transportation innovations and other technology to improve the life for citizens.“This MOU will create new opportunities to partner with industry on transportation and sustainability problems facing the Bay Area and positions UC Berkeley and San Francisco to jointly research and develop the solutions,” said UC Berkeley Industry Alliances Office associate director Lynne Hollyer.The agreement ensures the continuing development of ideas included in the Smart Cities Challenge pitch that were focused on turning San Francisco into a smart transit city.San Francisco launched a smart transit hackathonIn conjunction with the renewed interest in the initiative, city and university officials helped kick off a hackathon focused on smart transit. The hackathon was focused on sparking innovations on how shared connected cars and automated electric vehicles will improve how goods and people circulate around the city.“Bringing together a diverse group of people to look at how goods and people will move as transportation technology and services advance and hearing their solutions was a wonderful experience,” said UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center co-director Susan Shaheen. “The excitement and passion in the room was very encouraging.”She felt that the continuing collaboration with the university and the city will develop similar projects like the hackathon which “showcase the city as a vibrant, innovative and sustainable community.”The hackathon was sponsored by Microsoft, Siemens, the International Association of Transportation Regulators and car2go. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts last_img read more

Blaze Spikers bounce back to take PSL Finals with Cargo Movers to Game 3

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron had to rally from 19-22 in the second set to snatch the frame away behind the heroics of Pontillas and Niemer.Then by the third set, the Blaze Spikers were in the zone, much like they were when they won their first 17 games of the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kath Bell ran out of words in describing how much she wanted Petron to win the championship Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES The Blaze Spikers, after losing their first match of the conference in Game 1 of the finals, now have the momentum going into Saturday’s winner-take-all Game 3.“Hopefully we get the same results, you know since last year I got a taste of it (championships), I can’t wait to win this back again,” added Bell.Helping her with the chores were Stephanie Niemer, who had 23 points and Mika Reyes, who posted 11.Libero Denden Lazaro, setter Rhea Dimaculangan and mainstays Aiza Pontillas and Remy Palma also played pivotal roles, especially after F2 took the opening frame after a tight back-and-forth.“These girls are absolutely phenomenal,” said Bell. “It’s like playing our last game because we can’t afford to let the same thing (Game 1) happen all over again.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Filoil Preseason Cup tips off May 5 So the 26-year-old Texan put that into action, slamming down 27 points as the defending champions turned back F2 Logistics, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19, to even things up in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix championship series.“I want it so bad, you know,” said Bell, who this time around got a lot of help not just from fellow import Stephanie Niemer but from the rest of the local Blaze Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everyone is confident, cool and collected as we just got back to the basics, resetting and re-focusing,” said Bell.She led Petron to the title last year in tandem with now F2 Logistics reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer. View commentslast_img read more

Inclusive work place boosts trust innovation

first_imgFostering an inclusive work environment – where leaders seek inputs from everyone regardless of their job responsibilities – can lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, and trust among employees, a study suggests. Researchers from Binghamton University in the US noticed how the nonprofit sector suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership, and wanted to find out what could be done to break this cycle. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainResearchers found that leaders who seek the input of organisational members from all job positions and encourage everyone, regardless of educational background or job responsibilities, to take initiative and participate in work-related processes are more likely to increase feelings of inclusion. This then leads to increased innovation, employee job satisfaction and quality of services in nonprofit organisations. “When nonprofit organization members believe that they are valued for their unique personal characteristics, employee engagement, commitment and retention improve,” said Kim Brimhall, assistant professor at Binghamton University. Implications of these findings have applicability across national settings and for effective management of such organisations internationally.last_img read more

USfunded Afghan aid groups reel in wake of Taliban attacks

first_imgKabul: Humanitarian groups were reeling Thursday from yet another attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan, as authorities confirmed nine people had been killed in a Taliban assault in Kabul a day earlier. The targeting of Counterpart International, a US-funded non-profit group working with marginalised people, highlights the continued vulnerability of aid groups across Afghanistan, where some organisations have been forced to suspend operations or pare their presence. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportWednesday’s attack came during the holy month of Ramadan, and as US and Taliban officials were meeting in Qatar for peace talks — throwing into question the progress of ongoing negotiations. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the death toll from a car bomb and follow-up attack in central Kabul had risen from five to nine. Among the victims were three workers — a driver, a watchman and a technical advisor — from anti-poverty group CARE, whose offices are next to Counterpart. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”This attack reflects the increasing dangers of humanitarian work in conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan and the unfortunate daily reality of violence for many Afghan families,” CARE said in a statement. Afghanistan was once a hub of foreign aid but deteriorating security in recent years has seen international groups shrink their footprint, making it even more difficult to deliver desperately needed help to the war-torn country’s most vulnerable citizens. Last year was particularly deadly. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 30 aid workers were killed in 2018, compared to 19 in 2017, and 16 in 2016. British aid group Save the Children suspended operations across Afghanistan following a 2018 Islamic State group attack on its compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad that killed three employees and wounded several others. Ann Hudock, Counterpart’s president and CEO, said attackers had targeted “innocent civilians, development professionals who dedicate their lives to improving the lives of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable, including women, youth, and the disabled”. The Taliban, known for their brutal repression and isolation of women before their ouster in 2001, said they targeted Counterpart because it promoted the “inter-mixing” of men and women.last_img read more