Gophers volleyball closes out regular season with pair of wins

first_imgThe Gophers dropped the first before winning three consecutive sets: 19-25, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-23. Minnesota opened the first set with an early lead before PSU stormed back and took a four-point advantage. The Gophers cut the lead back down to three multiple times, but Penn State pulled away late, taking a 1-0 lead over Minnesota. Penn State built on that momentum early in the second. They opened the set 14-9, giving Minnesota all they could handle. Slowly the Gophers came back, tying the set at 16 off an ace from defensive specialist Rachel Kilkelly. Kilkelly added another ace to give the Gophers an 18-16 advantage. One night removed from its season-high 15 aces, Minnesota recorded five more, stringing together two excellent matches from the service line. The Nittany Lions tied it back up at 18, but opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy landed three kills in a row to put Minnesota back up 21-18. She added another to get the Gophers their 23rd point and two Penn State errors closed out the set, tying the match at 1-1. Similar to the second set, PSU built another early lead in the third, opening the set 8-3. But Samedy continued to be a force for the Gophers. She added another flurry of kills as the Gophers cut the Penn State lead to one, 11-10. Middle blocker Taylor Morgan tied the set at 16 with a kill and Minnesota pulled away. Samedy added another pair of kills and an ace as the Gophers closed out the third, taking the 2-1 lead. After winning consecutive sets, the Gophers were rolling, opening the fourth 14-9. The Nittany Lions crept back, going on a 3-0 run that cut the Minnesota lead to two before tying the set at 19. Minnesota and Penn State traded points until Samedy’s kill gave the Gophers match point and Pittman and outside hitter Alexis Hart stuffed the last Penn State attempt. Samedy finished the match with a 21 kill double-double. “That was probably the biggest difference for us, being able to get [Samedy] back into a rhythm, front row and back row,” head coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “She had a ton of range and obviously really big numbers, so that was great.” The Gophers are finally at full strength as they approach the playoffs, and the win at Penn State proved how scary of a team they can be moving forward. “Having everyone be back in there and getting chances to find that gel again, I think that’ll definitely help a lot,” Samedy said. Gophers volleyball closes out regular season with pair of winsMinnesota finishes the regular season with a 23-5 record. Jack RodgersOpposite Hitter Stephanie Samedy jumps to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2. Nolan O’HaraDecember 2, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers serve up Rutgers Friday The Gophers volleyball team swept Rutgers Friday behind their dominant performance from the service line. The Gophers won: 25-14, 25-15 and 25-22 after getting off to a quick start. Minnesota opened the first set 12-6 after outside hitter Airi Miyabe landed the Gophers second ace of the set. The Gophers extended their lead after middle blocker Regan Pittman dropped three aces in a row, giving Minnesota a 19-11 advantage. A kill from outside hitter Adanna Rollins got the Gophers to set point before a Rutgers error gave Minnesota the 1-0 lead. Minnesota’s dominance from the service line continued in the second. Libero C.C. McGraw added another ace to bring the Gophers within one and Minnesota began to pull away. A Rollins kill put the Gophers up 10-6 and Pittman again landed three aces in a row, giving Minnesota a 21-13 advantage. Her six aces led the Gophers on a night they had a season-high 15. The final point of the set was fitting, as setter Kylie Miller closed the second with yet another ace. Rutgers forced Minnesota to grind out the third, coming within one as Minnesota led 12-11. But Miyabe added a flurry of kills for Minnesota, one putting them back on top 15-11. Miyabe added another dose of kills late, the last giving Minnesota a narrow 23-22 lead before the Gophers added the last two, getting the sweep and opening their final regular season weekend off with a win. Miyabe had eight kills in the third on the way to her team-high 13. Gophers upset Penn State SaturdayIn their last match of the regular season, the Gophers upset No. 7 Penn State, beating them in University Park for the first time since 2004. last_img read more

Heads of Government to tackle de-risking, BREXIT

first_img Pointing to the strength of CARICOM’s relations with both Britain and the 28-member EU, the Secretary-General said he did not anticipate any “diminishing of the relationship with the United Kingdom or with the European Union in any way at all”. When CARICOM Heads of Government meet in Georgetown next week, they will do so against the background of a number of threats to the Region’s financial and economic stability. Chief among these are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet to be determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development. The BREXIT vote has sent Britain and the rest of the world into a tailspin. The pound sterling fell in value to the lowest in 30 years, and international financial markets took a downturn, as the implications hit home. The Caribbean is not immune from the potential fallout, and economists and politicians alike are assessing the situation. The majority of CARICOM Member States were former colonies of Britain, which was a key ally of the Region within the EU. Sep 9, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 31, 2020 Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… Imbert: Taxes Removed on Computers, Laptops, Tablets –… Aug 26, 2020 Selecting the new WTO DG: Trade powers influencing the… center_img CARICOM SG calls for action against security, economic, health threatsCrime, unproved categorisation of the Region as a financial high risk area and the potentially devastating effects of the Zika virus were the threats identified by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in his urgent call for action to keep the Community’s well earned reputation safe and secure. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque…February 16, 2016In “Anguilla”CARICOM must wage relentless campaign against threat to banking sector – PM Dean Barrow[su_pullquote align=”right”]”Meantime our campaign, and I speak now of CARICOM, continues. And it cannot be other than relentless in the face of the possible correspondent banking Armageddon that we face.” – Chair of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Belize, the Hon Dan Barrow[/su_pullquote]The threats to the Region’s banking sector via the…February 16, 2016In “Anguilla”CARICOM Heads to tackle key development issues at Belize MeetingAdvancing the Regional response to the Zika threat will be among matters engaging Caribbean Community CARICOM Heads of Government at their 27th Inter-Sessional meeting in Placencia, Belize, 16-17 February. The Heads are also expected to focus on measures to position the Region to benefit from the historic Paris Agreement on…February 13, 2016In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Assessing the situation shortly after the vote, Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Mikael Barfod acknowledged that there could be some consequences for the Caribbean, such as renegotiations of trade deals with the United Kingdom (UK). Ambassador Barfod noted that the UK was a major trading partner for many CARICOM Member States. Correspondent Banking                                    From Prime Ministers, many of whom are their countries’ Finance Ministers, to the heads of Regional banking institutions, the assessment of de-risking scenario is that it is unfair and the predictions about its impact on the Region are dire, and the call to action is extremely urgent. De-risking is international banks’ withdrawal from their relationships with indigenous banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds which would cause the international banks to receive heavy fines from their regulators. Regional banking institutions rely on such relationships in order to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. The issue has been occupying the attention of Regional policy-makers, following signals by international banks that they are unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks. Transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients are among the areas that have been affected by de-risking. “If you want to take it to the extreme, you and I will not be able to shop in a supermarket because the supermarket will not be importing the stuff we like to buy,” Deputy Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Trevor Brathwaite told the Antigua Observer recently. “You and I will not even be able to buy shoes and clothes … cars, tyres and parts.” The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected. Interacting with journalists in Guyana at the weekend, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that though the imminent breakaway was not on the agenda of the Meeting, it would undoubtedly be discussed next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown. We have to, of course, be concerned because the United Kingdom is a significant player in the arrangements in the European Union in terms of a voice, that also being a Commonwealth country but a voice as well in the European Union and the fact that it is a significant contributor to the European Union and of course the budget of the European Development Fund,” the Secretary-Generals said on Saturday. Reports are that eight financial institutions in Barbados, about seven in Jamaica and five in Belize and others in Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and other Member States have been affected by a termination of or restriction in correspondent banking relationship. The Heads of Government, at their Intersessional Meeting held in February, decided to establish a high level advocacy team headed by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, the Hon. Gaston Browne.  Prime Minister Browne’s mission is to represent the Community’s interest at all levels, including with the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the United States Congress. A Meeting has since been held with US Treasury and State Department officials in April 2016 and the matter was also discussed with the UK Foreign Secretary. A report on the UN-Caribbean Public-Private Dialogue on Correspondent Banking held in Jamaica, also in April, was presented to the Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) held in Georgetown later in the month. The Public-Private Dialogue brought together bankers in both the onshore and offshore sectors from the US and the Caribbean, as well as central bankers and government officials from both parties. Trade Ministers at the COTED Meeting reiterated that the correspondent banking issue was a troubling one that was not limited to pure banking, but had trade and economic implications, and had the potential to lead to an upsurge in illegalities.  They also underscored that the threat was being made even as all CARICOM Member States were compliant with all international financial regulations. The Ministers agreed that a comprehensive consistent and diplomatic offensive should be launched. The Trade Ministers also supported a Declaration of the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) that was tabled for adoption 30 March, 2016, at a Special Meeting summoned by the then Chair of the Permanent Council, Ambassador Ronald Sanders. The Declaration addressed the severe threat posed by the severing of Correspondent Banking relationships to the economic growth, social development and political stability of small economies. The Declaration also called for urgent action to ensure that banking regulations designed to foster transparency and accountability and prevent money laundering and terrorism financing do not create financial exclusion and economic decline of small economies by cutting off their access to international correspondent banking. The Heads know that there will be no easy solution to this matter. One solution proffered by Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize was the pooling of business to achieve “critical mass” and to make it worthwhile for the correspondent banks which are weighing risks and returns. The governors of Regional Central Banks, and the Committee of Ministers of Finance on Correspondent Banking, that the Heads of Government have established, will consider the modalities of that recommendation. Further action on correspondent banking will be determined by the reports presented to the Heads of Government during the two-day Conference. See other articles at: Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 7, 2020 New Guidelines aim to Dismantle Barriers Blocking People… While some have adopted a wait and see stance, confident that any domino effect will not occur in the short-term, others are predicting immediate consequences and want the CARICOM Member States to appreciate the value of regional integration and band firmly together to chart the way forward. The concerns range from a drop off in arrivals in tourist dependent Member States such as Saint Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, a decrease in development assistance, to effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.last_img read more

After The Fire

first_imgThe whole world watched in horror as, just before Easter, a fire raged at Notre Dame, one of the most beloved sites in Europe.Onlookers were aghast at how quickly the roof of the church went up in flames, and issued a collective gasp as the spire toppled into the inferno. Parisians came together in sorrow and unity to sing before the smoldering church, a symbol not only of faith but Notre Dame’s ability to withstand centuries of change and peril. Immediately, pledges of support came in to vow to rebuild Notre Dame and restore it to its glory. Some of the wealthiest citizens of France pledged hundreds of millions of euros along with the City of Paris. The pledge quickly rose to nearly a billion euros.While many were encouraged by the national pride and generosity these pledges symbolized, others raised collective sourcils (French for eyebrows.) The yellow vest protestors took back to the streets with a new sense of outrage that billionaires would so quickly donate to rebuild a building but not the society they see deteriorating in economic inequality and despair.Americans weighed in as well, with author Kristan Higgins saying, “Donate to help Puerto Rico recover. Donate to get the people of Flint clean water. Donate to get kids out of cages. Jesus didn’t care about stained glass. He cared about humans.”While it may not be internationally known like Notre Dame, the Sag Harbor Cinema faced its own devastating fire, the neon sign like the cathedral’s spire a beacon of local pride and history. While in Sag Harbor’s case, the sign was saved, the entire building was ruined, and the community looked to help rebuild it. The Sag Harbor Partnership set up a fund to purchase the site for $8 million and raised an additional $6 million for construction to rebuild the site as an artistic center.Famous and ordinary people generously donated, and the structure is well on its way to a new and better life. Locals remember where they were the day of the fire in December 2016 and came out to support and thank the volunteer fire department, which valiantly fought the blaze in freezing temperatures and prevented further damage.While the only yellow vests in Sag Harbor are utility workers, there are still many who are struggling here with their own economic and survival issues. The quaint little whaling village is subject to the same increasing economic disparity as the rest of the country. A tax increase, health incident, or lost job can easily push someone over the edge. For everyone struggling here, they can imagine what a generous outpouring of support of $14 million could mean to those locals in need.Here’s the thing. Blazing fires of beloved monuments inspire empathy and a desire to restore not only the structures, but their community meaning. Yet there are smoldering personal fires everywhere which can threaten to engulf people, and the community doesn’t see the smoke.Southampton, through the Community Preservation Fund, gave $4 million to the Sag Harbor Cinema rebuilding. We are lucky to have such a fund from a two-percent real estate buyer’s tax, but in terms of the broader sense of preserving our community, there is another valuable asset besides open land and art centers. People. There are many writers and artists and all walks of life locals who are also an important part of the fabric of life, and many are barely hanging on or giving up and leaving. There are no phoenixes rising from these ashes.As we live life after the fire, let us remember that our neighbors and people we see every day are also our local treasures. Could there be a community preservation fund for [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

End this crisis by Christmas: Richard Steer on the RICS

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South Africa hand England fifth successive defeat

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsSouth Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham on Saturday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup.Two tries put South Africa 20-6 ahead a minute into the second half and though England scored two quickfire rolling maul tries to get level, Schalk Burger got the key third Springbok score and the boot of flyhalf Pat Lambie brought them home.The victory made it 11 wins and a draw for the Boks against England, dating back to 2006, and was a hugely satisfying one following their defeat by Ireland last weekend.The frustration for England was that, just as a week ago against the All Blacks, they dominated the early stages but this time failed to turn possession into points and found themselves 10-0 down after 15 minutes after Jan Serfontein intercepted a Danny Care pass.When England did fashion an opening, poor handling or bad decision-making let them down, encapsulated when massive lock Dave Attwood ignored a two-man overlap and backed himself to get to the line, only to blow the chance.England had the best of possession and territory in the first half but were generally too lateral in their attacks and only two Owen Farrell penalties kept them in touch at 13-6 down.That gap became 14 points 38 seconds after the restart when Lambie chipped a perfectly weighted kick into the arms of Willie le Roux which the fullback gathered without breaking stride before slipping a lovely offload for Cobus Reinach to complete a wonderful score.England needed to hit back immediately and did so emphatically in the way they know best.A monster maul that South Africa, deprived of sin-binned lock Victor Matfield, were powerless to stop, sent prop David Wilson over and minutes later virtually the entire England team combined for another irresistible 40-metre charge that ended with Ben Morgan making it 20-20.South Africa showed, however, that they too could score through the forwards when, still with 14 men, they rolled over the corner for Burger to score and Lambie took his side 10 points clear with a penalty and a drop goal.Centre Brad Barritt scored England’s third try in the last minute but, just as last week, it came too late and merely made the margin of defeat look more respectable.last_img read more

Championship round-up: Neil’s Norwich notch up back-to-back victories as Bournemouth go top

first_imgNew Norwich boss Alex Neil made it two wins out of two as the Canaries squeezed past Cardiff City at Carrow Road.The hosts found themselves 3-0 up at half-time as goals from Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome gave the East Anglian club a firm first half lead.In amongst a dominant display, the Bluebirds had the chance to reduce the deficit at 2-0, when they were given a controversial penalty. But justice was served as Peter Whittingham saw his penalty well saved by John Ruddy.The second half produced more goals, and it was the polar opposite of the first, as Cardiff flew out the blocks to set up a grandstand finish.First Alex Revell pulled a goal back for the visitors and, just moments later, in was 3-2 as Kadeem Harris finished with aplomb to give Russell Slade’s men hope.But the hosts held on to secure back-to-back wins under Neil.Meanwhile at Vicarage Road, play-off chasing Watford ensured they kept the pressure up at the top of Championship with a dominant performance over Charlton.The Hornets led 3-0 at half-time as Craig Cathcart, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo notched in the first period to all but sow up the points.And they added more gloss to the score line as Ighalo doubled his personal tally to make it 4-0.  Ben Tozer made it five when he smashed home a free kick to add icing to the cake.A brace from Noel Hunt ensured Ipswich kept the pressure on high-flying Bournemouth as they brushed aside struggling Millwall in a 3-1 victory at the New Den.The Hunt brothers linked up to give the Tractor Boys an early lead, and the Irishmen doubled the visitor’s lead nine minutes later as he slotted home from close range.The Lions were given hope when Magaye Gueye slotted home to make it 2-1.But debutant Freddie Sears played in Jonathon Parr who finished with a aplomb to ensure the three points went back to Ipswich to pile more pressure on Ian Holloway.  Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship with a vital win over Rotherham at the New York Stadium.Tommy Elphick opened the scoring moments before the break as he headed home Charlie Daniel’s set piece.And top scorer Callum Wilson secured the win when he doubled the Cherries’ advantage to ensure Eddie Howe’s men end the weekend at the top of the tree.At the Riverside, Middlesbrough closed the gap on the top two, after winning 2-0 against Huddersfield in a dominant win.Lee Tomlin finally opened the scoring after on-loan Patrick Bamford went close on a number of occasions for the hosts.And they doubled their advantage deep into added time in the second half as Tomlin bagged his second of the day to ensure ‘Boro kept up the pressure on the top two.  A late Luke Murphy equaliser secured a point for Leeds United at Elland Road against in-form Birmingham City.Former Brentford man Clayton Donaldson drew a foul from Liam Cooper inside the box to gift Paul Caddis the opportunity to open the scoring from the spot.And the Scotsman made no mistake from the spot as he blasted his penalty home. But Gary Rowett was denied another away win when Murphy struck late secured a point for the Yorkshire club.At Craven Cottage, Fulham returned to winning ways, as Kit Symon’s men secured a 2-1 win over Reading.The returning Alex Kacaniklic opened the scoring for the south west London club, fresh from his loan at Copenhagen, but veteran forward Pavel Pogrebnjak brought the visitors level.Bryan Ruiz struck late on to break the hearts of the Royals’ faithful, as he headed in from close range to ensure they collected the three points.In-form Brighton fell to defeat at the AMEX, as Brentford secured a smash and grab victory with Andre Gray scoring the only goal.He collected Stuart Dallas’ ball to send a shot looping over the outstretched David Stockdale against the run of play in the first half.And their task was made that much easier when Lewis Dunk needlessly picked up a second yellow card to see red.Bolton Wanderers secured an away win over in-form Sheffield Wednesday as Liam Feeney and Darren Pratley scored for the Trotters.The Owls gave themselves some hope when they were awarded a penalty which Chris Maguire finished, but Neil Lennon’s men held on to secure a crucial win.In the day’s early kick-off, Nottingham Forest secured a vital 2-1 over Derby County to ease the pressure on Stuart Pearce.Struggling Wigan Athletic picked up a vital point against Blackburn at the DW stadium as James McClean cancelled out Corry Evans earlier strike.Meanwhile, Wolves marked the memory of Sir Jack Hayward put on a late show to win 2-0 against Blackpool, David Edward’s and a debut goal for Benik Afobe secured the win.Championship results in full:Derby 1 – 2 Nottingham Forest  Brighton 0 – 1 Brentford  Fulham 2 – 1 Reading  Leeds 1 – 1 Birmingham  Middlesbrough 2 – 0 Huddersfield  Millwall 1 – 3 IpswichNorwich 3 – 2 Cardiff  Rotherham 0 – 2 Bournemouth  Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 2 Bolton  Watford 5 – 0 Charlton  Wigan 1 – 1 Blackburn  Wolves 2 – 0 Blackpool Ighalo celebrates 1last_img read more