Lady Trojans Volleyball Team Has Successful Weekend

first_imgThe EC JV and Varsity volleyball teams traveled to Southport on Saturday. Both teams faced Tri-West and Indy Lutheran in pool play and then Indy Scecina Memorial in crossover. The JV team came home with the championship, while varsity finished 2nd in pool play and then won the cross over to finish 3rd overall.EC VB vs Lutheran (8-22)EC VB vs Scecina (8-22)EC VB vs Tri West (8-22)It was a great day for us. The loss against Lutheran makes it seem a little less successful than it really was. We fought every point of every match. Both Tri-West and Lutheran were long matches that went point for point and we were pushed to 3 sets in both.Our biggest struggle right now is the mental aspect of volleyball…making good decisions in pressure situations. We lost too many points at the end of a game due to our own mistakes.Ultimately, that’s what lost our match against Lutheran. They were a strong team with a big front row, but we competed with them until there was no other option but to score a point. In those situations, we lacked mental strength.‘Overall, I am very pleased with how the invitational went. We have put a lot of focus on passing and getting the ball to our setters. We could not have passed better than we did Saturday. As a team we only had 4 serve receive errors all day. I am very proud of our back court and hope they continue to live up to the standard they set this weekend.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Next up- all three levels will face Rushville on Tuesday at EC starting at 6pm. (Note the late start time)last_img read more

Guaranteed to be the biggest and best: All roads lead to Eagle for 8th annual RaceSaver Nationals

first_imgThe dodgeball tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and driver meet and greet and autograph session precede the Sunday race program. Miss Eagle Raceway will be crowned during an intermission that evening.  Registration after Aug. 24 is $100. Entry forms and more information about the RaceSaver Nationals Powered by Sunbelt Rentals are available at www.racesaver.com. EAGLE, Neb. – What’s guaranteed to be the biggest and the best Sprint Car event of the season plays out Sept. 3-6 at Eagle Raceway. Mach-1 Sport Compacts also run on Friday, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on Sunday at Eagle. Nine cars advance from $700 to win qualifying features on Friday and Saturday. Last-chance races complete the Sunday, Sept. 6 main event grid.  One hundred-plus IMCA drivers from 15 states are already entered in the eighth annual RaceSaver Nationals, each of them making the trip with the goals of making the 27-car field and ultimately taking the $2,500 checkers. Stuntman Dr. Danger, also known as The American Daredevil, performs during intermissions throughout the weekend. Parties in the pit follow all four race programs, with the band Jacked on stage Sunday night. Kevin Champoux, Toby Chapman, Justin Clark, Jason Danley, Joey Danley, Mason Daugherty, Chris Douglas, Tyler Drueke, Claud Estes III, Colby Estes, Daniel Estes, Matt Etzelmiller, Gary Floyd, Tim Fricke, Jacob Gomola, Charlie Graham, Trey Gropp, Trevor Grossenbacher, Aaron Guillaume, Adam Gullion and Ryan Hall; Drivers pre-entered for RaceSaver Nationals include:center_img And John Ricketts, Jay Russell, Troy Sanford, Dan Satriano, Jeremy Schultz, Blake Scott, Trevor Serbus, Andy Shouse, Stuart Snyder, Randy Sterling, Bradley Sterrett, Dustin Stroup, Sean Vardell, Jerrad Warhurst, John Webster, Chase Weiler, Nathan Weiler, Aaron Werner, Dewayne White, Richard Wilbee, Chad Wilson and Mark Zoeller. Keith Martin, Justin Melton, Casey Merrell, Jason Miller, Mike Moore, Justin Mowry, Alex Nalon, Ryan Navratil, Daniel Nekolite, Neil Nickolite, Shane O’Banion, Michael Oliver, Mark Pace, Michelle Parson, John Paynter Jr., Rick Pendergast, Boyd Peterson, Sean Quinn, Willy Reed, Jeff Reiman and Matt Richards; Qualifying heats for the $1,000 to win Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions follow pre-tech and practice on opening night on Thursday.  “With so many things to do off the track, RaceSaver Nationals has become something of a big family reunion,” Hadan said. “We all enjoy getting to see so many of our racing friends from so many different places during the Labor Day Weekend.” Gene Ackland, Brandon Allen, Bruce Allen, Justin Allen, Shayle Bade, Dusty Ballenger, Nate Barger, Nick Barger, Ethan Barrow, Bobby Becker, Brett Becker, Tom Belsky, Clint Benson, Zach Blurton, Daren Bolac, Mike Boston, Chase Brewer, Jake Bubak, Trey Burke, Casey Burkham,Owen Carlson and Dwight Carter; “The quality of the competition speaks for itself. Winning the RaceSaver Nationals title has quickly become an accomplishment that every driver wants on their resume,” said promoter Roger Hadan. “RaceSaver Nationals is also an event that’s just fun to be part of, whether you’re a driver or a fan, and I think that’s what really makes it special.”  Rick Hansen, Jacob Harris, Mark Harris, Tyler Harris, Logan Hershey, Philip Heynen, Brandon Horton, Mike Houseman, Jason Howell, Andrew Jackson, Junior Jenkins, Nate Johnson, Gary Kelley, Ryan King, Christian Kinnison, Ryan Kitchen, Chad Koch, Cody Ledger, Doug Lovegrove, Dylan McCann, Jesse Mack and Jason Martin;last_img read more

Mourinho hoping to end transfer window with ‘better, balanced’ Spurs squad

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, believes the club will approach the close-season transfer window with a clear sense of direction and resist the temptation to compete with high-spending rivals.While Premier League clubs will be able to start signing players when the window opens on Monday, British media reported Mourinho would have limited funds to strengthen his Spurs squad. “We’ll be very calm, organised, measured, thinking of everything,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.“Step by step we’ll end with a better, more balanced squad, and keeping the great players we have is a very important thing.“But we cannot react to what our opponents can do and what we cannot do. We have no doubts about what we need.”A win against Crystal Palace in the final game of the season on Sunday may not be enough for seventh-placed Spurs to secure a European League qualification spot.For Spurs to guarantee a European spot, they must leapfrog Wolves into sixth-place with the hope that they drop points against Chelsea. If they are to reach Europe’s second-tier competition with a seventh-placed finish, Spurs must again depend on Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month.“We have a couple of possibilities of playing in Europe next season but it’s in the hands of others,” Mourinho added.“The only thing we can do is beat Palace and add three more points to our tally.”Mourinho said a new coach who has “a history and connection with the club” will be joining his backroom staff as he confirmed the departure of long-time assistant Ricardo Formosinho.“Ricardo is leaving because he feels he would like to have one of his last opportunities, probably because of his age, to be a head coach,” Mourinho said. “I prefer that it’s the club that’s going to inform you about that (the replacement), but I prefer to go in the direction of developing local people,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jose MourinhoPremier LeagueTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Returning skipper savours success

first_img Press Association After 16 years without a tour success, the Lions secured an unforgettable series victory against the Wallabies with Saturday’s fine 41-16 victory in Sydney. More than a hundred fans welcomed home the triumphant Lions at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning, with a huge cheer going up when captain Warburton emerged with the trophy on top of his baggage trolley. “It is a lot cleaner than it was Saturday night, that’s for sure,” he said. “There were a few bottles of champagne in the trophy.” Sam Warburton has returned home a proud man, having led the British and Irish Lions to victory in Australia.center_img He added: “It is a great feeling. It has been a long time coming this Lions tour so it is nice to come back with a trophy. “It has only been done nine times in 125 years so all the players know they are part of a very prestigious group and are very proud of that.” Warburton missed the series decider with a hamstring tear and, watching on from the sidelines, admitted he could not relax until the 75th minute. “People might have thought I might have relaxed in the 60th-odd minute,” he said. “But, being the pessimist I am and knowing Australia can always strike back with a few tries in a few minutes, I could not relax until it was five minutes to go. I figured out in my head that they had to get a try every 75 seconds to win, which I would have backed our defence on that one. That’s the point I start smiling and celebrating.” It has been quite a week for British sport, with the Lions triumph followed by Andy Murray winning Wimbledon on Sunday. The England cricket team are now looking to keep the feelgood factor and Warburton is confident Australia will suffer yet more sporting woe. “We will all be watching keenly,” he said. “We’ve got nothing to do for four weeks now but to watch cricket, so our eyes will be glued to the telly and hopefully they can do the job. I am sure they have had a massive influx of messages but the boys have sent good luck messages to them for the last couple of weeks now.” last_img read more

Crouch keen to extend Stoke stay

first_img The former England international is out of contract in the summer and so could now open negotiations with foreign clubs over a potentially lucrative Bosman free transfer abroad. However, the much-travelled frontman – who joined Stoke from Tottenham in late August 2011 and has been reported to be interesting former Potters boss Tony Pulis at West Brom – would prefer to stay on at the Britannia Stadium, with manager Mark Hughes keen to retain him. Striker Peter Crouch hopes a deal can be agreed to extend his stay at Stoke past the end of the season. “I don’t know what will happen in the future but at the moment, for the foreseeable future, I am happy playing for Stoke,” said Crouch. “My contract is up at the end of the season so I don’t know what the future will hold, but at the moment I will just continue to do what I do – that is work hard and hopefully score some goals.” Crouch added: “It is nice to hear when the manager has got belief in you and hopefully I can stay here for a few more years after this.” Stoke could not unsettle Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in the same way they had in the home Barclays Premier League game before Christmas, and were well beaten 3-0. Crouch, though, relished his “gigantic” battle with 6ft 6in German defender Per Mertesacker. “I have always enjoyed it, I don’t want to give any defenders an easy ride and hopefully you can put yourself about to unsettle them,” he said. “I have tried to do that and always try to do.” Stoke fell behind early after sloppy defending allowed Laurent Koscielny a free header in the six-yard box, and from then on could just not contain the rampant Gunners as Alexis Sanchez struck twice either side of the break. Crouch said: “We have to try to stop them playing, to get in about them. They have world class players so if you let them play they are going to punish you and that is what happened. “In the game at home we did not let them play, we did not let them have any space and we played to our strengths. “The early goal here killed us and we were not able to get back from that.” The defeat was a first in four games and Stoke are 11th ahead of the visit to Leicester. Crouch said: “I think it has been a good season and that we can finish in the top half of the league. “Apart from at Arsenal we have been in every game we have played. Even in the games we have lost we have given a good account of ourselves.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Lower leagues get share of TV money

first_img In another significant move, Richard Scudamore has been promoted from chief executive to executive chairman and two independent directors have been appointed to a new-look Premier League board. The league has warned, however, the £1billion distribution depends on a “satisfactory outcome” of Virgin Media’s complaint to Ofcom over the way rights are sold, which is being investigated by the regulator, and overseas rights sales. Scudamore said: “These are unprecedented levels of redistribution in world sport, let alone football, which will deliver long-term progress for English football whether you are a fan, lower league club or involved in the grassroots. “Clearly this package is dependent on the outcome of our international live rights and the ongoing Ofcom investigation, so the detail won’t be known until later this year or in early 2016. “The clubs have always stepped up to the plate when it comes to sharing their success. They appreciate that the development of the Premier League is contingent to a high degree on continued high levels of passionate support and a vibrant football pyramid.” The investment announced is in addition to the commitment to provide parachute payments to relegated clubs. The league has made no pledges over ticket prices, however, despite a protest organised by the Football Supporters’ Federation at the London hotel where the 20 club chairmen met on Thursday. League bosses say ticket prices are a matter for individual clubs but that they expect the extra income will be used to fund initiatives such as cut-price trips for away supporters. Press Association Premier League clubs have pledged to share at least £1billion of TV money outside of the top flight from next year. The sum – 20 per cent of their income from the astonishing £5.1billion domestics rights package announced last month – will go to grassroots football, solidarity payments to lower league clubs, participation and education and disadvantaged groups. The 20 top-flight clubs have also agreed they will all pay all full-time staff the ‘living wage’ as the bottom line rather than the minimum wage. As executive chairman, Scudamore will from June preside over a new Premier League board consisting of himself and two independent non-executive directors, Claudia Arney and Kevin Beeston. Arney – an Arsenal season ticket holder – is a non-executive director of Halfords plc, senior independent director of Telecity plc, and chair of the Public Data Group. Beeston is chairman of Taylor Wimpey plc, one of Britain’s largest house-building firms, chairman of Equiniti Group Limited and Domestic & General Limited. He was a non-executive director of Ipswich, the club he supports, from 2002-2008 and is a Chelsea season ticket holder. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe cheers from there could be heard at the far end of the course.NHL-VIRUS OUTBREAKCayotes staff member tests positivePHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The teams say the staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well.The team says all other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday. June 14, 2020 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MURPHY-SHOOTING LAWSUITLawsuit: Coach told Drake player to lie after shootingDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Drake University student who was accidentally shot in the head by a basketball player alleges in a lawsuit that a coach instructed the player to lie to police.The Des Moines Register reports that Nathaniel Miller Jr. filed the lawsuit this week against the university, Bulldogs forward Tremell Murphy and the managers of the off-campus property near the university where the shooting happened during a party last August. It alleges that an unidentified coach showed up before officers arrived and told Murphy to deny any involvement. The lawsuit also alleges that proper medical care for the victim was delayed because of the misdirection from witnessesThe university disputed the lawsuit’s claims in a statement Friday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OUTBREAKBaseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order returnNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players told Major League Baseball additional talks to start the season during the coronavirus pandemic are futile and said owners should order a return to work, which likely would spark lengthy litigation and the sport’s return to labor wars. The union’s action could lead to a season of about 50 games rather than the 82 initially proposed by MLB. The Major League Baseball Players Association could respond by filing a grievance that would be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings. Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its “A-plus” credit mark for the NFL and its properties in part because of the league’s media deals. Fitch says the NFL estimates each team’s media revenue at $250 million per season. The number gets bigger later in the contract, and each deal is set to expire in the next two years.So, it’s safe to say more than half of the league’s $15 billion in annual revenue comes from the TV deals shared equally among all 32 teams — unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL.MLB’s attempts to get the baseball season started are being held up in part by a disagreement over how to compensate players in the likelihood that owners will have no fan-related revenue.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Major League Baseball wants an answer by the end of the weekend on its latest pay proposal. According to details obtained by The Associated Press, MLB is offering players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason under MLB’s plan. CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to kneel, Mayfield responded: “Pull your head out. I absolutely am.″ Mayfield has been outspoken recently about the need for more understanding and justice in the nation following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis.On Friday, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he would kneel with his players if they chose to do so during the anthem.Earlier this week, while not going as far as O’Brien, new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski made it clear he would back his players in any peaceful demonstrations.US-SOCCER-NATIONAL ANTHEMU.S. Soccer president addresses repeal of anthem policy — There will be a small crowd in the stands for NASCAR’s Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Some 1,000 fans, mostly members of the military, have been invited to watch the third Cup race in eight days. It will be the 22nd time that NASCAR will run at Homestead, but the first time in any month other than November. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.— Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down but an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association says six teams will play in three hubs, at least at the start of the season. Minnesota’s St. Paul Saints will play home games at Sioux Falls Stadium along with South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Canaries. Manitoba’s Winnipeg Goldeyes will be based at Newman Outdoor Field with North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The Chicago Dogs will play home games at the Ballpark Commons with the Milwaukee Milkmen.— New Zealand has become one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium. More than 20,000 fans poured into a stadium in Dunedin to watch a rugby match Saturday, with no masks or social distancing required. New Zealand removed almost every remaining virus restriction this week after no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country for more than three weeks, and all those who contracted the disease were determined to have recovered. The only major restriction that wasn’t lifted was the shutdown of the country’s border.— A Norwich player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the English Premier League resuming next week. The unidentified player featured in a practice game at Tottenham on Friday. He was one of two new COVID-19 cases detected after 1,200 people were tested at the 20 clubs on Thursday and Friday. Players and club staff are being tested twice a week across the league, which ends its pandemic-enforced 100-day shutdown on Wednesday with matches played in empty stadiums.— At a Spanish league match in which spectators were banned, a man ran on to the pitch and briefly delayed Mallorca (mah-YOHR’-kah) vs. Barcelona. Televised images showed the man walk on to the field and take a photo of himself with his mobile phone a few meters in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. It is unclear if the young man, who was wearing an Argentina soccer shirt approached other players before he was escorted off by security. Play quickly resumed. MIAMI (AP) — Kyle Busch’s slump wasn’t much of a slump. And it’s over now anyway. Busch won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday night, his 58th career win on the circuit and his eighth victory in his last 10 series starts.Busch had to start at the back of the field, then serve a pass-through penalty on top of that, after failing pre-race inspection. But he managed to stay on the lead lap, then worked his way to the front and made it all seem easy.The race was red flagged for 16 minutes with 26 laps to go after Sheldon Creed crashed into the yellow protective barrels at the entrance to pit road and caused a huge mess. Once things resumed, it didn’t take long for Busch to reclaim the top spot.And then a late caution sent the field into a high-pressure restart with seven laps left, but Busch just pulled away — this time, for good.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY Update on the latest sports Colonial spectators in bushes and temporary tents off courseFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic, and it has not taken long for fans to see what they were missing. Xander Schauffele (ZAN’-dur SHAWF’-lee) made a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 66 and a one-shot lead over an All-Star cast at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Among those one shot behind were Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland. Among the 14 players separated by three shots were Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.That sets up what should by a dynamic Sunday with no spectators allowed on the course.But there were unofficial spectators watching at Colonial even though none are allowed on the course. There weren’t even tickets for Colonial members.But some of them had obstructed views from one of three temporary party tents and grandstands set up in the yards of nearby homes. NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTV money gives NFL leg up if fans can’t fill team’s coffersUNDATED (AP) — Timing favors the NFL over other major pro sports leagues in trying to figure out how to keep the coronavirus pandemic from wrecking the 2020 season. America’s most popular sport has another big advantage if the games are played: TV money.While NFL owners could lose billions collectively with limited capacities in stadiums or no fans at all, the league is well positioned financially because of lucrative media contracts approaching $10 billion in a full 2020 season. USOPC-PROTEST PROBLEMSUS Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletesDENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are open to changing a longstanding rule restricting protests at the Olympics. But the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is also facing backlash from some of its own athletes who feel they’ve been kept out of the loop.The USOPC is forming an athletes’ group to look into racial issues that have been exposed across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. But the committee made the move before consulting with the group that is supposed to represent athletes on the U.S. team. That upset some athletes.Both the athletes and the USOPC are working out their differences. And both agree that attacking the problem of racism and social injustice is more important than internal squabbling. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer President City Parlow Cone has apologized for the federation’s lack of leadership in the fight against racism. Parlow Cone on Saturday discussed the federation’s decision to repeal a policy that required players to stand during the national anthem.The rule had been adopted by U.S. Soccer in 2017 when national team player Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the anthem in support of Colin Kaepernick’s protests of police brutality and racial injustice.It was repealed this week during a special meeting called by Parlow Cone. On Saturday, she apologized to African Americans and other minorities “for us not being leaders in this fight.”NASCAR-BUSCHKyle Busch wins trucks race at Homestead IOWA-KOERNER HURTIowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accidentIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner (KOHR’-ner) sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.Police say Koerner and the passenger were hurt Friday when their watercraft crashed into the side of a boat.Koerner was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger was taken to a hospital by aircraft. Earnhardt returns; Burton wins Xfinity race at HomesteadMIAMI (AP) — A late caution flag gave Harrison Burton new life, and he took advantage.Burton took the inside line on the way to the lead in the final lap and held on to win the Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway — denying, among others, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Noah Gragson, who seemed to be in full command with seven laps remaining.Burton, Gragson and Austin Cindric were three-wide going into that last lap, and it was Burton — the 19-year-old son of former Cup star Jeff Burton, who wound up in front in a wild finish.GOLF-COLONIAL Players and MLB agreed to a deal March 26 calling for prorated salaries. That deal gave baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred the right to start the season provided there were no travel restrictions and games could be played before fans in regular-season ballparks. It called for “good faith” negotiations to play in empty ballparks or neutral sites.MLB made three economic offers, the last Friday, and the union proposed two. The sides remain far apart on how much players should get of the $4 billion in salaries they originally were set to earn: MLB has offered to guarantee $1.27 billion and increase the total to $1.45 billion if the postseason is completed. Players want $2.25 billion.Players insist they should not have to accept additional cuts. A unilateral decision to start play could mean the playoffs would remain at 10 teams and not expand to 16, as both sides have proposed.NFL-BROWN-MAYFIELDMayfield “absolutely” will kneel during national anthem According to police reports, Murphy initially told officers that Miller, a Texas resident who was 19 at the time of the shooting, had fallen on a wet floor and hit his head.Murphy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of making false reports to law enforcement and discharging a firearm within city limits. He was fined, given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and placed on probation. The senior forward was also suspended from the basketball team for five games following the charges.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERFresh Swiss investigation targets ex-FIFA president BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter is the target of a criminal investigation in Switzerland for suspected mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an “accused person” over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The payment came from a FIFA account on April 13, 2010, and was interest-free, unsecured and later waived as a kind of gift, according to the document.The 84-year-old Blatter has denied any wrongdoing during decades of financial scandals linked to soccer’s world governing body, though he was banned from the presidency and risks being brought to trial in his home country.It is the latest allegation in Swiss and American federal investigations tying FIFA to irregular payments benefiting Jack Warner, its former vice president from Trinidad who is fighting extradition to the United States.last_img read more

Panel advises Ph.D. students on how to use their degrees

first_imgThe USC Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs held the first annual career conference for Ph.D. students Wednesday. The event, Beyond the Ph.D., aimed to discuss how Ph.D. students might use their degrees in the job market, regardless of whether they seek professions in teaching, industry or government.Ph.D. · Amy Braden, a program administrator, and Michael Block, a postdoctoral teaching fellow, speak at Beyond the Ph.D. on Wednesday. – Jessica Badrous | Daily TrojanDespite their academic expertise, individuals with advanced degrees often have trouble finding a suitable career, said Richard Reis, the executive director of the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford University.He said working in academia as a professor or assistant professor, for example, is usually considered the optimal choice. Reis said teaching positions are limited, however, and the field is becoming increasingly competitive.Reis also said employers outside of academia see Ph.D. holders as too academically focused and tend to favor job experience over extensive research on a specific topic.A panel of Ph.D. recipients and experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics explained why more education does not always translate into better career opportunities.“You’re really autonomous as a Ph.D.,” said Peter Baumeister, senior manager of medical information at Amgen. “The problem is that in industry you really have to work with teams.”During the panel, Eric Schulze, a staff fellow at the Food and Drug Administration, described how employers view Ph.D. students.“Post-doctoral studies are sometimes seen as a waste of time and expertise,” Schulze said. “Employers take that into account.”Current USC students at the event had mixed opinions about their professional futures.“I’m getting ready to graduate, so right now I’m thinking about a career,” said Tsutomu Shimizu, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering. “But industry’s not for me, because usually they’re expecting industrial experience.”Chris Berry, a Ph.D. student studying electrical engineering, has observed that job availability is largely based on a student’s field of study.“I worked for five years before beginning my Ph.D.,” Berry said. “In industry, I feel like there are a lot more positions for scientists than there are for people studying the humanities.”Reis, who produces the online newsletter Tomorrow’s Professor, lectured on potential solutions to these problems. He said students should focus on “breadth on top of depth” to prepare for careers in academia, government and industry to gain a hiring advantage in a field where teaching positions are becoming increasingly difficult to secure.“There’s been pressure put on, especially in the arts and humanities, to explore alternatives to tenure-track positions,” Reis said.This pressure is especially concerning when graduate students’ workloads are taken into account. According to a UC Berkeley study, 95 percent of Ph.D. students have felt overwhelmed at some point in their graduate career, and 67 percent reported feeling hopeless or depressed.For a student constantly conducting research, meeting with professors and attempting to write a thesis, worrying about a career makes life as a graduate student all the more daunting, said Shu Cai, a doctoral student studying computer science.“I plan to go into industry, with academia as a second choice,” Cai said. “But the job market is not good right now, and I’m not expecting it to be any better after graduation.”last_img read more

Bookmakers odds-on for Scots Referendum ‘Part Deux’ before 2020

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 As Prime Minister Theresa May is handed the right to ‘trigger Article 50’ by Parliament, beginning the negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union, Scotland’s SNP has begun to push for its ‘second referendum’ appeal.Declaring SNP’s political intent, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated that her party would seek for a government referendum approval between the autumn 2018-2019 ahead of any potential UK National Election.Reacting to the news, UK bookmakers’ Paddy Power and William Hill have priced a ‘Second Scottish Referendum’ at odds-on to take place before the end of 2020.Should the SNP succeed on gaining its second referendum, William Hill has priced at 4/6 that the Scottish electorate will vote in favour of independence breaking up the United Kingdom‘A second Indie Ref before the end of 2024, and quite possibly before the end of 2020, now looks inevitable, and we believe it is an odds chance that it will produce a vote in favour of independence’ said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.However, at present bookmaker market opinion differs, despite scepticism from commentators Paddy Power politics put the referendum at 2/5 to pass, and 13/8 to fail.“Whenever it does come, it seems pretty likely that it’ll pass – though the early money from our punters is on it failing. Hardly the vote of confidence Sturgeon will have wanted.” Paddy Power Politics commented in statementlast_img read more

President Mahama requests Maidens’ visit

first_imgGhana President, H.E. John Mahama will host the bronze-winning Black Maidens squad to his office at the Castle in Osu, Tuesday afternoon.The women’s U-17 team were accorded a big welcome after arriving in the country Monday evening from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012.Sports Minister, Hon. Clement Kofi Humado announced the decision to the President to receive the Black Maidens to his office on their arrival.“His Excellency John Mahama wants to meet you at the Castle. We are all happy with what you did,” the Sports Minister said.“Government will announce its package to you at the meeting. We were hoping that you would bring the gold but we are happy that you placed yourself up in the medal zone.“And as the first African side to win a medal, you are conquerors of Africa.” The Black Maidens beat Germany 1-0 to finish third last Saturday and their feat which handed them bronze is Ghana’s best-ever finish at a FIFA women’s competition and the furthest by any African side at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.last_img read more