June 28, 2019 Gov. Wolf: Budget Sets Pennsylvania on Path Toward Long-Term Prosperity Budget News, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the significant advancements made in the 2019-20 budget that will help move Pennsylvania towards a future of long-term prosperity. The budget makes investments in all levels of education; builds on progress to have the nation’s strongest workforce; provides lower cost options for health insurance; and helps children, families, vulnerable populations, farmers and veterans, all while making the largest deposit in the Rainy Day Fund in two decades and delivering structural balance after years of deficits.Later today, Gov. Wolf will sign the General Appropriations (HB790), Human Services Code (HB33/SB695), Fiscal Code (SB712), Tax Code (HB262), Admin Code (HB1461), and School Code (HB1615/SB144) Bills.Gov. Wolf made the following statement:“I am proud of the budget before me: More than $300 million for education. Lower health care costs for at least 400,000 Pennsylvanians. The first major state reforms to combat campus sexual assault. Officially doubling early childhood education funding in five years. Stopping cuts to agencies and other services. Making sure kids start school at age six and stay there until they are 18. The most expansive state GI bill in the nation. Spurring agricultural development in rural and urban communities with a Farm Bill tailored to Pennsylvania farmers’ specific needs. A comprehensive plan to build the nation’s strongest workforce. More funding for critical human services, including child care, home-visiting programs, services for people with disabilities, early intervention programs and funding to upgrade and secure our voter registration database.“But, I lament some of what we were not able to pass.“I am going to keep fighting tooth and nail for a higher minimum wage. I am going to keep pushing for infrastructure funding that will help strengthen and rebuild our communities. I’m going to keep working to lower the Corporate Net Income Tax so companies know that Pennsylvania is open for business. I’m going to keep advocating for non-discrimination legislation that signals that Pennsylvania welcomes everyone. And I will keep fighting for support for our most vulnerable neighbors.“That’s why even though the legislature eliminated general assistance, I made sure to include an additional $15 million for low-income housing assistance. This will help a lot of the same individuals who previously received general assistance from the commonwealth. It will provide valuable resources to make sure they have a roof over their head. But there is more we can and should do to lift people out of poverty.“In divided government you have to advocate aggressively, you have to negotiate hard, and you also have to do what’s best for all of the people you serve.“You have to do everything you can to promote the most forward-looking agenda you can conceive, and to prevent regressive policies from becoming law. You have to fight for every inch to help all of the people.“This is the job I was elected to do. This is a job I take seriously. This is a job I’m honored to have.“I am going to keep working every single day to make progress for the people of Pennsylvania. All of the people. And today I am proud of what we were able to accomplish together over the past few months.”Increasing Investments in Education and Workforce DevelopmentGov. Wolf’s top priority is education. This year’s budget advances his goal of investing in schools and workforce development. With this year’s funding increase of $265 million for education, the governor has now secured more than $1.2 billion in public education funding since taking office.Among other investments, the budget accomplishes the following:• Provides an increase of $265 million for Pre-K through 12, including $160 million for basic education, $25 million for Pre-K Counts, $5 million for Head Start, and $15 million for preschool Early Intervention. With this funding, Pennsylvania has doubled investments in early childhood education during Gov. Wolf’s time in office.• Increases funding for higher education by 2 percent for Pennsylvania’s community colleges, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the state-related universities. Over the past five years, funding for higher education has increased by $188 million.• Expands on the innovative PAsmart workforce development program by again providing $20 million for STEM and computer science education, $10 million for job training and apprenticeships and an additional $10 million to support career and technical education.• Raises the school dropout age from 17 to 18 and lowers the required age to start school from 8 to 6.“This budget makes big strides in pursuing my goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the best in the nation,” said Gov. Wolf. “When I came to office, I made my desire to better fund our public schools clear. But making our schools stronger and preparing our students for careers that will allow them to thrive in Pennsylvania is about more than just money. Today, I will put into law a new compulsory age of attendance in Pennsylvania. Combined with changes in graduation requirements that focus on trade and technical skills along with historic investments in technical education, we will prepare more students for a wider range of careers.“Additionally, since I took office, we’ve more than doubled the annual investment in early childhood education from $136 million to $276 million. That’s an investment I’m really proud of because it shows a significant commitment to the future of our commonwealth.”Gov. Wolf is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and nearly three years ago established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign. The budget package includes initiatives that encourage students to report sexual assault by providing them immunity for violating drug, alcohol, and other minor student conduct policies. Another initiative requires postsecondary institutions to offer students online, anonymous options to report a sexual assault or misconduct.“More than three years ago, PA became the first state in the nation to start an It’s On Us program to combat sexual assault. I have visited colleges and universities, I have sat with survivors of sexual violence, and I have repeatedly asked for legislation on my desk that will protect our students from sexual assault,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud to be able to sign two key bills that will encourage the reporting of sexual violence, and will help quell the epidemic of sexual assault on our college campuses.”Supporting Vulnerable PennsylvaniansGov. Wolf believes our commonwealth succeeds when all individuals have opportunities for their own success. This year’s budget assists in this mission by:• Increasing home visiting services to reach an additional 800 vulnerable families. This program has been proven to reduce neglect and abuse and improve health and education outcomes.• Increasing the number of slots in high-quality and affordable day care programs, and the amount of available child care subsidies so more children start life on the right path.• Raising the rate for Early Intervention (EI) programs for the first time in a decade, this 3 percent rate increase will assist EI providers in recruiting and retaining qualified staff members to serve the at-risk children and families in the EI system.• Increased funding to take nearly 800 individuals off of the waiting list for services for people with intellectual disabilities.“This budget makes critical investments in early childhood education that will ensure our youngest Pennsylvanians are starting out on a solid footing, giving them lifelong skills and new opportunities,” said Gov. Wolf. “And, we’re expanding support for vulnerable families, including increasing the number of high-quality, affordable childcare slots and adding significant funding to evidence-based home visiting programs.”Restoring Pennsylvania’s Fiscal HealthGov. Wolf is committed to the long-term prosperity of Pennsylvania. As part of the 2019-20 budget, the governor will make a $330 million deposit into the Rainy Day Fund. The deposit is the governor’s second significant transfer into the fund, which held just $250,000 when he took office. After the transfer, the fund will contains more than $350 million, a significant step toward restoring Pennsylvania’s fiscal health.“Making this $330 million deposit into the Rainy Day Fund is incredibly important for the future of our commonwealth – and we’re doing it with a balanced budget,” said Gov. Wolf. “Growing our Rainy Day Fund means that in worse economic times, we have funds to avoid the disastrous cuts we’ve seen before.”Securing Historic Funding to PA AgricultureGov. Wolf has remained steadfast in his plight to boost Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry since first presenting his six-point plan less than one year ago. This year’s budget invests $23.1 million to provide for business development and succession planning, create accommodations for a growing animal agriculture sector, remove regulatory burdens, strengthen the ag workforce, protect infrastructure, and make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state.“The agriculture industry is a critical part of Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “This package of bills will support legacy farms and new business ventures.”Significant investments guided by the governor’s plan to bolster the agriculture industry include:• $6 million to provide grants, loans and tax credits for farmers to install and implement best management practices.• $5 million to fund research and development, organic transition assistance, value-added processing, and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.• $500,000 to re-establish a program to fund agricultural and rural youth organizations to help increase knowledge and awareness of agricultural issues within the commonwealth.• $500,000 to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources, and support for community development efforts.• $2 million to create a Agricultural Business Development Center to serve as a resource to help every farmer create a business plan, transition plan, or succession plan.• $2.6 million to support the overall PA Preferred program, bolster enrollment in the Homegrown by Heroes Program, and develop the PA Preferred Organic initiative.Supporting PA National Guard FamiliesGov. Wolf recognizes the sacrifices Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families make to protect our commonwealth. To support them in return, Gov. Wolf established the PA GI Bill, a first-in-the-nation program to provide spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members tuition reimbursement for higher education.“I’m proud to say we have done more to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better,” said Gov. Wolf. “The PA GI Bill is a fitting way to show our gratitude to our military member and their families.”The program will enable:• Pennsylvania National Guard members who commit to an additional six years of service to receive five years or 10 semesters of higher education benefits for their spouses and children.• The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).• The PA GI bill could benefit up to 8,000 military family members.Increasing Access to Affordable Health Care: State-Based Exchange and ReinsuranceIn addition to these investments, the governor has secured the most significant health care reform since the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): the authority to implement a state-based marketplace that will allow for greater access to affordable, quality health insurance for Pennsylvanians. The state-based marketplace, in conjunction with a federal waiver, will also enable a new re-insurance program that will significantly lower premiums for those who purchase their health insurance through the individual market beginning in 2021 – all without spending a single dollar from the state’s general fund.“Too many people are paying too much and getting too little out of their insurance,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to lead on health care reform. Because of this bill, families will have more money to spend on the things they want without having to worry about whether or not they can get the care they or their loved ones need. “ SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Kraken Robotics’ German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, has secured contract funding for two development initiatives for evaluation of SeaVision sensors and AI control software for autonomous underwater vehicles.The company informed that it has secured over $900,000 in contract funding for the two projects.The two projects are called ARIM and RoboVaaS and are collaborative research activities funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the MarTERA Horizon 2020 initiative of the European Commission.Both projects will use Kraken’s SeaVision sensor for monitoring and inspection services and autonomous vehicle control. SeaVision is a full-color 3D underwater laser scanner, with unprecedented scan speed and pixel density.The contracts start in June 2018 and continue over a period of 36 months, with Kraken receiving approximately two-thirds of the funding over the next 18 months, the company noted.In the ARIM (Autonomous Robotic sea-floor Infrastructure for bentho-pelagic Monitoring) project, Kraken will use the SeaVision system to guide and control an autonomous mobile seafloor crawler system. The crawler technology used in the project is based on the Jacobs University Wally crawler.Together with Geomar (Germany), iSeaMC (Germany), METAS (Norway), the Marine Research Institute (Norway), ICM-CSIC (Spain) and Deusto Sistemas (Spain), Kraken will be applying the SeaVision system for navigation, autonomous obstacle avoidance and automatic identification of species in a benthic habitat environmental monitoring application.These monitoring activities will provide important spatial-temporal data for the scientific evaluation of marine ecosystems and will furthermore provide the basis to meet the regulations for all industrial subsea activities with potential environmental impact, such as offshore oil and gas, ocean renewables and deep-sea mining.Subsea digitalisation and digital services for shipping are at the core of the RoboVaaS (Robotic Vessels as a Service) project.RoboVaaS will further the integration of autonomous systems, sensors, vessel and shore services into a digital service platform aimed at improving the efficiency of ports and shipping vessels. Kraken will perform a vertical integration of the SeaVision system in a ship hull inspection services platform developed by Fraunhofer CML (Germany).Additional partners are the Hamburg Port Authority (Germany), TU Hamburg – Harburg (Germany), Sonarsim (Ireland), University of Limerick (Ireland) and University of Padova (Italy).Dr. Jakob Schwender, managing director of Kraken Robotik GmbH said, “We are delighted to be awarded these two contracts. Aligning advanced remote sensing capabilities – such as those provided by our SeaVision system – with underwater robotics and artificial intelligence will help mitigate environmental impact on the seafloor and improve safety at sea.”
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Andrew RandaMatch-day 15 of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) will be heralded today by the Oriental Derby in Aba as Enyimba welcome Heartland to the commercial nerve centre of Abia State.The Elephants, still basking in the euphoria of their big CAF Confederation Cup win against Paradou of Algeria will look to send their brothers back home empty-handed. Heartland beat Abia Warriors for the first time last weekend and will have their sights on Enyimba who didn’t play due to continental engagements.Three points separate the two teams on the log with Heartland at 11th position with 18 points while Enyimba, with three games at hand, sit in 16th place with 15 points after 14 round of games.This will be Fatai Osho’s first league outing as head coach of Enyimba after Usman Abdallah’s dismissal last week.Plateau United, displaced at the top by Lobi Star will travel to Akure to meet Sunshine Stars who have been one of the in-form teams at the moment.The Jos side huffed and puffed against Akwa United last weekend at the New Jos Stadium but came up short as Akwa left Jos with a point.Sunshine, on the other hand, was imperious against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi handing the home side a 2-1 spanking to spoil the home side’s return to the Tafawa Balewa Stadium.Plateau midfielder Uche Onwuasoanya told www.npfl.ng that his side will do all they can to get a result in Akure to make up for the disappointment in Jos.“Sunshine in Akure are very tough but we are determined to go there and get something out of the game. We have forgotten about the Akwa game.We dominated the game throughout the match but could not score. If you don’t score you can’t win games. “he revealed.Warri Wolves will face Rangers at the Warri Township Stadium hoping to add more distress to a struggling Rangers side who have under-performed this season.The Enugu side is at bottom of the table with a measerly nine points albeit with four games at hand. Wolves lost 3-1 at FC IfeanyiUbah despite scoring first in a very open game.Adamawa United’s fortunes in the league haven’t really been good and they will look to stop the rot when they welcome Wikki Tourist in Gombe.This is technically a derby and not just because the two states aren’t far from each other but also that Wikki played all their home matches at the Pantami Stadium before last weekend as the same stadium is also the adopted home ground of Adamawa United.The race for points for both sides – who are both in the bottom half (Wikki are 16th, Adamawa in 18th will make this game an interesting one.Kano Pillars make the short trip to the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium to face Katsina United who have a very good record at home. After a poor start, Pillars have found their groove and started a strong walk up the table.This Northern derby has not really produced many goals in recent times but the race for points might make this one different.Pillars will be without right-back Ifeanyi Nweke who is on suspension while Katsina will unleash new signing Munir Ubale (from Jigawa) on the Kano side.MFM and Jigawa Golden Stars will light up the Agege Stadium with beautiful free-flowing football which is the hallmark of both sides.Coach Tony Bolus of MFM has tutored a bunch of rookies to a solid side who have kept with the philosophy of MFM. It will be another opportunity to test their progress against Jigawa.Akwa United have really impressed a lot after a poor start and are unbeaten in five thanks to goals from veteran striker Orok Akarandut. They sit in wait for Kwara United who beat Katsina United by two unreplied goals.Kennedy Boboye looks to have steadied the ship in Uyo but he will sweat on the fitness of Orok Akarandut who limped off against Plateau United in Jos last weekend.The Uyo based side sit sixth on the log while Kwara are in the deep end in 15th place, seven points behind Akwa.Another huge game this midweek will be the game between Rivers United ( and Lobi Stars at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port-Harcourt.Lobi Stars are top of the table while Rivers United are third as both have arguably the in-form teams of the moment.The Makurdi side continue their search for a second title in three years but will likely miss the services of three of their key players.Team captain Raphael Ayagwa and veteran defender Solomon Kwambe have been snapped up by the United States Soccer League side FC Tulsa while top striker Sikiru Alimi has left to join Tunisian side Stade Tunisien.Umuahia will see home side Abia Warriors up against FC IfeanyiUbah in what might be considered a baby derby. Contrasting fortunes for the two teams last weekend will surely add more flavour to this one.Abia Warriors lost to Heartland for the first time (1-0) while FC Ifeanyiubah came from a goal down to beat Warri Wolves 3-1. The Umuahia side will look to bounce back to winning ways while FCIU are looking to consolidate on last weekend’s win.High-flying Dakkada will sit out Wednesday’s games but will be up against Nasarawa United who have been disappointing this season. The last time the Lafia side came to Uyo, they managed to pick a point against Akwa United.Dakkada have been the surprise package of this season and only lost their first away game since the start of the season in Match-day13 before bouncing back to see off Rivers United last weekend.Thirteen points separate the two sides with Dakkada in fourth place and Nasarawa below in eighteenth place. Nasarawa interim coach Abubakar Arkiya will have to rally his troops to try to stop this rampaging Dakkada side that has taken the NPFL by storm.MATCH-DAY 15Enyimba v HeartlandSunshine v Plateau UtdWarri Wolves v RangersAdamawa v WikkiKatsina Utd v Kano PillarsMFM FC v Jigawa GSAkwa Utd v Kwara UtdRivers Utd v LobiAbia Warriors v IfeanyiUbahDakkada v NasarawaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Please stay home and don’t be like Brown. A little over two weeks ago, the 24th season of “The Bachelor” came to a close in truly dramatic fashion. In a roller coaster of events and emotions, bachelor Peter Weber decided to propose to Hannah Ann, but quickly realized that he couldn’t get over his feelings for Madi. The show ended with Madi and Peter deciding to give their relationship another shot, much to the chagrin of the Weber family. While this season of “The Bachelor” was one of the wildest seasons ever, the ending was overshadowed by a much bigger event: the coronavirus pandemic. We have to understand that this situation is bigger than ourselves and our personal pleasure. Social distancing and self-quarantining are definitely not fun, but they are for the greater good of your community. (Angie Yang | Daily Trojan) Please don’t be like Brown and her friends. We are in the midst of a global health crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes; right now, safety and health should be everyone’s priority. In addition to her insensitive Instagram post, Brown has also drawn heat for engaging in activities that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly discouraged. Instead of staying inside and practicing social distancing, Brown seems to be quite active, going to the beach and hanging out with friends. Unlike everyone else, Brown and her buddies seem to be having the time of their lives in Florida. Although Brown claims that she is “not making light of the situation,” her actions prove otherwise. The CDC has discouraged people from meeting with others, but Brown and her squad have ignored this recommendation and seem to be intent on gaining more attention and popularity during this difficult time. Season 21 bachelor Nick Viall disapproved of Brown and her crew and called them out for their reckless behavior in an Instagram live stream with influencer Claudia Oshry saying, “Stay the fuck home. Stop doing TikTok videos with groups of people in the pool.” “The Quarantine Crew” (this is absurdly cheesy), as Brown and her friends have dubbed themselves, seems to be quite the misnomer as their TikTok makes it look as though the group has been doing whatever it wants. Her friend group, which includes former “Bachelorette” contestant Tyler Cameron, has thrown small pool parties, inviting other friends to come hang out, have fun and enjoy the freedom that everyone else wishes they could have. People are suffering as a result of the coronavirus, yet Brown somehow thought a joke was the right response. During this time, it’s important to be mindful of what others are going through every single day. For some, the pandemic has caused immeasurable pain as people have lost loved ones or have fallen ill themselves. Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about “The Bachelor” and American pop culture. His column, “Rosechasing,” runs every other Friday. So what can we learn from this? Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case for some millennials and members of Gen Z. Many college students and young adults appear to be following in the same steps as Brown and her friends by choosing to ignore the severity of this pandemic. A video from NBC Los Angeles released March 21 showed myriad people gathering with others, playing basketball and drinking games at several southern California beaches, blatantly disregarding the state’s stay-at-home order. I am still witnessing many of my own close friends continue to hang out with others and consistently leave their house on a daily basis. I would have to agree with these people. There is a time and place for jokes, but in this case, it was clearly the wrong situation. When one of my friends sent me her post, I was honestly a bit taken aback. What could have been going through her mind for this to be an acceptable thing to say to her 2.8 million followers? “The Bachelor” and the coronavirus may have almost nothing in common, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something valuable from some former contestants. While some former members of “The Bachelor” understand the gravity of this situation (such as season 23 bachelor Colton Underwood, who is currently recovering from the coronavirus), former bachelorette and season 23 “Bachelor” contestant Hannah Brown is acting quite carelessly amid this pandemic, serving as a perfect example of what not to do. That was a mistake. Although she tried to defend her words by saying that she was, “Just trying to spread some love,” Brown still faced an overwhelmingly negative response to her caption. Many felt that Brown’s comment was inappropriate and insensitive toward the tens of thousands of people directly affected by the disease. Yes, it’s true that the coronavirus poses a lower risk to young, healthy people than it does to others. However, that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want during this crisis. The truth is by going out and hanging out with your friends, you are putting countless lives at risk. To start things off, Brown recently put up a highly controversial post on Instagram March 21 that drew backlash due to her caption which read, “What’s more contagious than a smile.”
For the men, it’s their last chance to impress the home crowd. For the women, it’s a chance to get their first conference win. This weekend the men’s and women’s tennis teams both compete against bordering-state rivals Iowa and Minnesota.The Wisconsin men’s team (13-8, 5-2 in conference) is currently ranked No. 32 in the country after an important win against No. 39 Indiana and a tough loss versus No. 2 Ohio State this past weekend. On Saturday, the Badgers will face the No. 52 Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-4 in conference) at 11 a.m. and will battle the Gophers (4-14, 2-4 in conference) on Sunday at noon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh and Assistant Coach Evan Austin are confident in Wisconsin’s ability to win this weekend but realize both teams will be looking for an in-conference upset against the Badgers, who currently sit at fourth in the Big Ten standings.“I think it is really important for us to make sure that we don’t take these upcoming matches for granted,” Van Emburgh said. “Iowa is ranked and has had some good wins, and Minnesota is a team looking for a win and gunning for us. We just have to be really prepared and focused and approach each match like every other match we’ve played.”In recent history under Van Emburgh, Wisconsin has an impressive record against Iowa and Minnesota. In his only two years as head coach, the Badgers are 1-1 against the Gophers and 2-0 against the Hawkeyes, with wins coming against both last season.Both coaches stressed how important the doubles point will be during the matches. Since the Badgers have a strong singles lineup starring Moritz Baumann (No. 44 in the country) and Nolan Polley (No. 100 in the country), this weekend might depend on a strong showing from the doubles teams after struggling last weekend.“We have to be ready to play everyone,” Austin said. “We have had some good upsets in doubles, and then we’ve laid some eggs in doubles, so we know we have to be ready to go on Saturday and Sunday.”The women (7-12, 0-7 in conference) will be traveling to Minneapolis and Iowa City looking for their first conference wins after being swept this past weekend by No. 28 Indiana and only getting two out of seven points against No. 31 Ohio State. Junior Elizabeth Carpenter collected both a singles and doubles point for the Badgers against Ohio State this past Sunday; she is eager for her team to get a win and get the ball rolling.“We are taking all of our past matches and experiences and building upon them,” Carpenter said. “We are just taking the positives, knowing that it takes one match at a time in order to be successful as a team.”Carpenter will face two of the toughest Big Ten singles players at the number one spot — Alessandra Ferrazzi and Milica Veselinovic. Ferrazzi, Minnesota’s top singles player, is 9-8 overall while the Hawkeyes look to their ringer, Veselinovic, to get a point as she is 14-1 this season. While Carpenter realizes the importance of both of these matches, she, along with head coach Brian Fleishman, expects both matches this weekend to come down to doubles.“For this weekend we need to start making better decisions out there,” Fleishman said. “We need to win the doubles point, go into the match with a lot of confidence, and we have to make good decisions on the court.”In his first year as head coach, Fleishman has a lot of confidence in his team despite their poor conference record. In a conference in which Wisconsin is one of the only unranked teams, the head coach still remains optimistic about playing at No. 57 Minnesota (11-8, 1-5 in conference) and No. 46 Iowa (11-5, 2-4 in conference).“Both teams are very comparable to us,” Fleishman said. “As a team we need to all play well on the same day and not sit there and expect our teammates to do the job. Everyone needs to go out and do their job individually.”
Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:54 am Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Twenty-five years have passed since Syracuse opened the regular season against a ranked opponent, with the last time occurring back in 1987. It was a year in which a Lebanese center led the team in scoring, a future No. 1 overall pick led the team in rebounding and the top-ranked Orange began the year with a loss to No. 1 North Carolina in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.Long gone are Rony Seikaly and Derrick Coleman, but in their place is yet another Top-10 team that will begin the season against a ranked opponent in San Diego State on Nov. 9.Up first, though, is a pair of exhibition games, beginning with Thursday’s matchup against Division-II Pace in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. And for the first time in 25 years, ever since that 1987 season, the exhibition games take on added importance as the Orange prepares for a much higher-quality opponent to open the year in the Battle on the Midway.“Without a doubt (they’re important),” sophomore guard Trevor Cooney said. “Especially this year coming out and playing a tough team like San Diego State our first time. So we have to take these two games even more seriously than you normally would.”The main challenge against Pace and then against Bloomsburg on Sunday will be finding continuity and cohesion after Syracuse lost four critical players, three of which were starters, from last year’s team that reached the Elite Eight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNot only will younger players be adjusting to more prominent roles — like Cooney, who redshirted last year, and fellow sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams, who played sparingly — but two new faces in freshmen Jerami Grant and DaJuan Coleman must adjust to the collegiate level quickly, as both are expected to be part of the rotation this season.“Just being a freshman, not really knowing how the atmosphere is going to be, playing in a huge arena (is different),” senior Brandon Triche said. “I’m sure they haven’t played in something like the Carrier Dome, where it can fit 35,000 or so.”Assistant coach Mike Hopkins said he will look most closely at Coleman’s defense on Thursday night. As with any freshman that comes to Syracuse, including Grant, the biggest adjustment is learning the proper rotations and principles of Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone.This is especially important after SU lost Fab Melo, last year’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year, to the NBA.“I think the biggest thing is just executing the things that we’ve been going over,” Hopkins said. “How to play in a zone, and really concentrate and focus on the things that make the system work, which are positions in a zone.”Triche said that after weeks of playing against each other in practice, Thursday’s game is a great opportunity for the team to begin to jell as a unit. He pointed to himself as a player who will take on a bigger “go-to” leadership role in his fourth and final season for the Orange.He and Carter-Williams will likely share time at the point guard position this season, with Triche playing the role of savvy veteran and Carter-Williams his budding understudy. Already, Triche has been noticeably more vocal in practice than he was on the court last season.“I think it’s strange that I’ll be able to walk out there and be one of the leaders of the team,” Triche said. “In the past few years, I wasn’t really a leader.”And after three years of playing for Boeheim, Triche has adopted his head coach’s sentiments in regard to preseason rankings: He agrees that they do not matter. Triche said Syracuse is aware of San Diego State’s athleticism, but other than that, nothing can be determined this early in the season.All he knows is that the Aztecs are of a different class than Albany, Northern Iowa and Fordham — the teams Syracuse opened the season against over the past three years — so the Orange must be ready.And that starts with Pace on Thursday night.Said Triche: “I think these exhibition games will definitely be beneficial.” Comments
This Saturday, the No. 10 USC women’s rowing team will face off against crosstown rival UCLA at Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey. USC has snuck into the top 10, while UCLA is ranked just slightly lower at No. 14.The annual head-to-head competition has been held for the past 13 years, and the Women of Troy have defeated the Bruins in each of those years.There are three major changes to this year’s format, though. First, the race will be held in the afternoon instead of in the morning.The second change is that each team will add an additional varsity eight boat to the two eight-man boats and the one four-person team that usually compete.The third and final change is to the race course. This year, the race will run from the west end of Ballona Creek to the east end, as opposed to the reverse in years past.The scoring system will remain the same, however.A win in the varsity eight is worth three points, with the second-place varsity eight boat earning two points.One point each is given for the third-place varsity eight boat and the winner of the varsity four race. The first team to gain four of the seven possible points is declared the winner.Last year, USC won the meet by a score of 4-3. The Women of Troy captured the four points with wins in the varsity eight and varsity four. The Bruins’ points came off wins in the second varsity eight and the novice eight boats.The first race of the afternoon will be the varsity four, which begins at 4:50 p.m.The second varsity eight will begin at 5:05 p.m., and will be followed by the varsity eight at 5:20 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, the third varsity eight race will commence.The Women of Troy are coming off a dominating performance at the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. The victory was USC’s fifth consecutive at the cup.In San Diego, USC’s varsity eight boat defeated UCLA’s varsity eight boat, among others, in the competition.The Women of Troy opened the season on a high note after sweeping their races at the Head of the Oklahoma meet in early October.Later that month, USC had boats take first place in the Head of the American meet in Northern California.
Share Submit FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning informed investors that it expects its full-year corporate earnings to be at the top end of management expectations having finished 2017 trading strongly.Issuing its Q4 2017 trading update (period ending 31 December), GVC reports daily group net gaming revenues of €2.2 million up 24% on corresponding Q4 2016 daily NGR of €1.8 million.GVC highlighted the strong performance for its sports betting brands, which would generate €1.2 million in daily NGR, aided by a strong period gross win margin of 13%., which would help the operator overcome the closure of its Turkish betting division.Closing its Q4 trading, GVC reports a group period NGR of €279 million, a record since the acquisition of bwin.party in February 2016. Q4 underlying NGR growth +31% representing the firm’s strongest quarter performance to date.Performance Overview – GVC Q4 2017 Trading Update StumbleUpon As a result of its positive Q4 trading, GVC governance expects to deliver a full year 2017 group NGR €1 billion, combined with a group EBITDA at the top end of expectations.Updating investors GVC Holdings CEO Kenneth Alexander commented on Q4 2017 trading: “I’m delighted to report another strong year for the Group with underlying NGR growth of 18%, reflecting the strength of our brands, technology and the hard work of our talented people. We have once again demonstrated our ability to integrate significant acquisitions, realise material synergies and at the same time deliver top-line growth”GVC governance currently awaits the final shareholder decision of its proposed £4 billion takeover bid of Ladbrokes Coral Plc, seeking to create a new FTSE multi-channel, multi-market gambling group.“The recommended transaction with Ladbrokes Coral Group presents an exciting opportunity for both sets of shareholders, creating a global gaming group with a portfolio of strong brands across all major regulated online markets, together with proprietary technology and proven management.” Alexander detailed on the Ladbrokes Coral bid.GVC governance is expected to present its full-year 2017 results and earnings on 24 March 2018. Share
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — A public information meeting will be held October 29 to answer questions about the city’s Dial–A–Ride millage request.The city is requesting tax payers renew the millage for a four–year period, increasing the rate from 0.65 mil to 1 mil. Residents can receive information about the Dial-A-Ride service at the meeting, including history of the millage, usage of funds, and the reasons for the request. The public is encouraged to come with questions. The meeting will be this Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, City, Dial-A-Ride, Millage, tax, tax payersContinue ReadingPrevious League of Women Voters hosts forum to hear from potential city council membersNext Trick or Treat through the Shipwreck Century!