Generation Z: Creative and committed, against the virus

first_imgWith their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown.From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to North Macedonia, AFP talked to a group of 15- to 24-year-olds, who put their energy and skills to use within their communities, contributing perhaps to shaping the post-virus world.Only history will tell if they’ll become the “Coronavirus Generation”, forever marked at a formative time in their lives by the pandemic, which brought more than half the planet to a standstill. Interrupted revolutions From Hong Kong to Santiago and in other cities too, the epidemic forced the temporary suspension of demonstrations for change by pro-democracy movements.But, says 24-year-old Camila, from Chile, they’re only on pause.Preferring not to divulge her surname, she said that she had taken part in protests against social inequality in her country since the end of October.”This government prefers to risk seeing you die than to see its companies suffer losses,” she claimed.In the face of exploding unemployment in the poorest parts of the Chilean capital, Santiago, some residents have already defied the lockdown to demonstrate and call for food aid.And, warns Camila, when the pandemic is over, many will take to the streets again because they have lost a loved one and the government didn’t look after them. Topics : Solidarity beyond the smartphone”If I don’t volunteer and those like me don’t volunteer, then who will?”, asks Malak Sabah, 24.In her high visibility vest, she has been the linchpin of an initiative to sanitize the streets of Lebanon’s overcrowded Wavel Palestinian refugee camp, where she grew up.  The art of isolation Art has helped some youngsters overcome the confines of lockdown and health conditions while living in small apartments.Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, a 17-year-old autistic painter from Malaysia, devoted her time to creating her Our Heroes series in tribute to front-line workers.”I compile all the stories I saw in the daily news regarding coronavirus,” she told AFP, from her studio at her home just outside Kuala Lumpur.Better known under the name Artjamila, the teen proudly showed one of her canvasses, depicting people dressed in blue, with big, dark eyes looking worried above their masks.One of her works was selected for a health ministry awareness campaign. More than 10,000 kilometers away in North Macedonia, high school student Eva Stojcevska found a way to keep her passion for drama alive, despite performances being cancelled.To save her school’s annual cultural festival, the 16-year-old from Skopje and her friends reorganized it on Facebook instead where several dozen people took to the virtual stage for live shows.With more than 40,000 views and rave reviews, it “turned out a lot better than expected,” she said.center_img Drones and 3-D printing Jose Otero, a 22-year-old Venezuelan living in Colombia, has come up with what he describes as a low-cost drone to beat the travel restrictions by carrying medicine and test results around the northern city of Barranquilla.”They used to tell us that we had to separate ourselves from technological devices or telephones because that separated us,” he said.”On the contrary, right now it is what unites us.”In Senegal, engineering student Ibrahima Cisse, 23, and his friends at Dakar’s ESP Polytechnic Higher School built a special bicycle equipped with a rear-end loud speaker for sharing preventative information and a hand sanitizer dispenser.He said that they were learning how to be useful through initiatives that take into account the environment, people’s needs and reducing costs.”We’re in a poor country and you shouldn’t think of extravagant projects,” he said.At 15, Romeo Estezet, a Paris high school student, has made his bedroom into a 3-D printing workshop and is turning out 80 protective visors a day.”My dream is to show other young people the usefulness and, above all, the ease of this technology, which puts the production of objects within everyone’s reach” especially in a crisis, he said. As for the future?As well as feelings of injustice and, at times, anger, the young people that AFP met expressed great optimism and hope that positive lessons will be learned from the unprecedented crisis.”I hope that, in future, people will be more aware of their health, more aware for the environment around them and understand that even their smallest steps can influence everyone,” said Stojcevska, emphasizing the looming climate threat for future generations.Badi, the sportsman, longs for society to be more focused on equality and social cohesion.”We realize that certain jobs, usually neglected, in the end are more important,” he said, referring to how there would have been nothing to eat without cashiers showing up for work during lockdown.However, for many young people the pandemic has made their economic futures more uncertain.According to an International Labor Organization study, the 15- to 24-year-olds are already the main victims of the economic slump, with one in six out of work.As the world faces historic economic and social costs from the pandemic, Sabah, the refugee, knows that hard times still lie ahead.”But they won’t last forever,” she said. Worried that some were not taking the risk seriously enough after the first COVID-19 case in the camp, an awareness campaign was launched, Sabah said.”It’s a hidden virus, you can’t deal with it with physical strength, it requires awareness, knowledge and protection,” she told AFP.Having always known a world connected by the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon, this generation understands the power of social networks in getting a message across, Walid Badi, a French professional handball player, said.Not only that, but these young people also realize they’re best placed “to help the most vulnerable”, the 24-year-old, who lives in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris, said.The health crisis demonstrated that “we’re not just good for staying at home, hooked to our smartphones, but are deeply rooted in reality,” he added.While competitions were off the cards during confinement, he used the time to step up action through his Solidaritess association in aid of the homeless, distributing clothes to the “forgotten” in the capital’s suburbs.last_img read more

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Duterte: No need for coronavirus hysteria

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte saidthere was no need for the public to be “hysterical” over the novel coronavirusacute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV) which is finding its way in the country. President Duterte also said that thepublic hysteria over the disease caused the stocks of face masks to quicklydeplete but he assured that the government has procured more stocks of facemasks. Filipinos fear over the novelcoronavirus heightened after the Department of Health confirmed last week twocases of the disease in the country, with one of them dying due to the virus./PN “If there is really a virus goingaround, why do you have to be hysterical? Why don’t you just go to the hospitaland have yourself treated or if you are quarantined, if you suspect that youhave acquired,” he added. “You know, this coronavirus (is) scaringpeople all over the country. The response of the people from the initialreports of coronavirus was almost hysterical when there was really no need forit actually,” Duterte said to the media after a Cabinet meeting on the illnesson Monday evening. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “The supply has depleted because there’san emergency and there’s a need for it so everybody is buying. That’s thereason why there is a scarce supply in the market. Without the virus, the masksare not being sold by the thousands,” he said.last_img read more

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Black Cats eye midfielder Downing

first_img Press Association Sunderland are hoping to push home their interest in West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing as head coach Dick Advocaat awaits a transfer breakthrough. He began his career at home-town club Middlesbrough and had a loan spell at the Stadium of Light in 2003 before making a £12million switch to Aston Villa in July 2009 in the wake of Boro’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Downing was on the move again two summers later as Liverpool invested £20million in his services, although ultimately he did not fit into manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans and was sold to West Ham during the summer of 2013. He has rebuilt his reputation under Sam Allardyce at the Boleyn Stadium, but the Black Cats are hoping they can tempt him back home as they attempt to bolster a squad which has had to produce late pushes in each of the last two seasons to avoid relegation. Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton have been working hard behind the scenes to land the men they want, and they have shown no lack of ambition. Despite reports to the contrary, the Dutchman is understood to have tested the water with PSV Eindhoven over their Holland midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum, but the package on offer was not acceptable to them. center_img Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats are looking to take advantage of new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic’s squad re-shaping programme to persuade the 30-year-old England midfielder to return to his native north-east. Downing made 43 appearances for the London club last season, but has been linked with a move away from Upton Park this summer. last_img read more

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Pride, Red Force fireworks to set tone for Regional Super 50

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – A clash between reigning champions Barbados Pride and perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will raise the curtain on this year’s Regional Super50 late this month.The match, a day/nighter at Kensington Oval on January 30, will be the feature in a Group A doubleheader that will also see Windward Islands Volcanoes and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners battle at 3W’s Oval in a 9 am encounter.Ten teams have been divided into two groups for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, Group B of which will be contested in Antigua with the night games set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground.Day matches, meanwhile, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound.Pride and Red Force, along with Marooners, Volcanoes and English County Hampshire comprise Group A while last season’s losing finalists Jamaica Scorpions together with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars, United States and Kent will do battle in Group B.Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, Giles White, said the tournament presented a chance for the club’s younger players to get valuable experience.“We’re delighted to be involved in the upcoming Super50 competition – it’s a slightly different look to our pre-season but one that we are very happy with and we’re looking forward to be heading back to Barbados once again,” White said.We’re got a strong history with West Indies Cricket and Barbados itself and what excites me about this particular trip is, the experience our young players have gained at similar tournaments previously has allowed them to show what they’re able to do at that level, and I think they’ve got an awful lot out of it previously.”He continued: “I’d see this as an opportunity for a lot of the younger players to put their hand up and say they’re ready to play.“It’ll also be a great period of cricket in February where otherwise we’d be indoors in England so it’s a real positive and certainly a useful development tool for some of our younger players.”Each team will play each other twice in the respective group, with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals, also to be staged under the lights at the CCG.Two matches will be played every other day at match venues in the two host territories.last_img read more

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Kelechi Nwakali Moving Huesca to Elite Division?

first_imgAfter a miserable three years at Arsenal where he failed to don the Gunners colours, but rather spent time with MVV Maastricht (twice), VVV Venlo and FC Porto B. Kelechi Nwakali, however, has cause to smile after starring for his new club SD Huesca which was delayed by Visa issues and Coronavirus pandemic. The Nigerian international has promised to help take the Segunda Division side to the elite division of the Spanish League-La LigaKelechi Nwakali is a happy man again. The Nigerian international is delighted to return to action and has set a target of helping his side secure a place in the Spanish top-flight League-La Liga.Nwakali has stated he was committed to helping Segunda Division side Huesca secure promotion to La Liga at the end of this season. The midfielder joined the Oscenses last summer from Premier League side Arsenal, where he failed to play a single game for the Emirates Stadium outfit.The midfielder featured for MVV Maastricht, VVV-Venlo, MVV Maastricht and Porto B on loan during his three-year stay with the Gunners.The Nigerian international could only make his debut for the Spanish division side on June 18 against Mirandes owing to visa issues and the outbreak of Coronavirus across the globe.Huesca are already in the playoff spot after securing 54 points from 34 games, following 16 wins, six draws and 12 losses.The 22-year-old, who has made two appearances for the Oscenses, has promised to give his best to ensure his side secures promotion to the Spanish top-flight.“I’m excited to be playing competitive football again. I have waited so long for this moment and I’m fully committed to helping the club achieve promotion,” Nwakali told AOI.“The aim is to pick one of the automatic promotion tickets; we have a big game tomorrow against league leaders Cadiz.“It won’t be an easy match but the entire squad is very committed to ensuring we get back to winning ways.”Nwakali was an unused substitute in Huesca 1-1 draw against Segunda Division leaders Cadiz on Wednesday.Nwakali put up an impressive performance in his side’s 1-2 home loss penultimate Thursday at the Estadio El Alcoraz after he was introduced in the 83rd minute of the game to replace Sergio Gomez and the player recorded a commanding performance with his stats clearly distinguishing the former U-23 Eagles star.He completed five out of his seven passes with 83.3 per cent pass accuracy, three successful dribbles, 11 touches and overall 6.2 ratings.Nwakali asserted confidence in the few minutes he held the ball, leaving questions why he was not introduced earlier.The midfielder burst into the limelight in the 2015 U-17 World Cup where helped he Nigeria win the title, scooping the Golden Ball award of the tournament in the process.Besides representing Nigeria at the U-17 level, he has also played for the U-20 side and currently has one cap for the Super Eagles.Nwakali will hope to play more prominently for his club in order to boost his chances with the three-time African champions.It would be recalled that when Spanish news outfit, Dairo AS broke the story last year that Arsenal have sent Nwakali to Spanish Segunda División club SD Huesca, the brother to the Arsenal midfielder was quick to say Nwakali was not closing in on an Arsenal exit despite media speculation and was not on the verge of joining SD Huesca contrary to reports.The once-capped Nigerian international never played a senior game for the Gunners, but tasted some first-team action during loan spells away from the club.In his short career, Nwakali spent time with MVV Maastricht (twice), VVV Venlo and FC Porto B. He has racked up a total of 80 career appearances so far. But his future at Arsenal looks bleak.Born on June 5, 1998, Nwakali started his areer at the Diamond Football Academy and after his performances at 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which he won the Golden Ball Award, he signed with English Premier League side, Arsenal.On September 2016 it was announced that Nwakali had signed for Eerste Divisie side, MVV Maastrcht on loan for the season. He then made his professional debut for the side the same day against Jong Ajax when he came on as a 92nd-minute substitute for Thomas Verheijdt as MVV won 1–0.In August 2017, Nwakali joined Dutch side, VVV-Venlo on loan for the first six months of the season. After the initial six-month loan deal expired, he elected to leave Venlo and return to MVV Maastricht for the second half of the season.Nwakali returned to Maastricht on loan for the second half of the 2017-18 Eerste Divisie season, having played just 380 minutes of Eredivisie football with Venlo.He was named to the provisional squad for the Nigeria U-17 side before the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup but did not make the final squad. However, coming into the 2015 edition of the tournament he was named captain as he led his country to the title, winning the Golden Ball Award along the way. The Gunners paid more than three million euros to sign Nwakali from Diamond Academy in the summer of 2016.However, the midfielder has not played competitively for their teams because of a work permit obstacle.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kelechi Nwakalilast_img read more

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Super Seniors

first_imgAs the Wisconsin volleyball team gears up in hopes of makinga deep run in its 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance, five seniors’Badger careers will end in just three short weeks.Amanda Berkeley, Megan Mills, Jackie Simpson, Taylor Reinekeand Jocelyn Wack have been the core of the volleyball team that has won almost100 matches over the last four years from day one.Now, with three weeks at most left in their careers, thesefive seniors are beginning to look back at their time as Badgers before theymake one final push toward the Final Four.”I try not to think about that,” Wack said about the thoughtof her career as a Badger coming to an end.”Thisis it,” Reineke added. “Some of us might not be able get the chance to playvolleyball again. It’s just kind of play hard or go home. This is it. This isall we have left. We are going to work hard and play like we have nothing tolose.”The early yearsFor these five seniors, putting on the Wisconsin uniform forthe first time back in 2004 provided them with mixed emotions.”Just to have that jersey on, and be a Badger and realizethere is so much to come was so exciting,” Simpson said.”I was excited and nervous,” Berkeley added. “I’ve neverplayed in front of so many people before. I was more excited to be on the teamand be playing at the Field House when I use to watch games here.”However, from the beginning, this senior class hit the groundrunning, immediately contributing on the court. Wack earned the starting liberospot from the get-go and Simpson and Reineke quickly made their way into thestarting lineup as setter and middle blocker, respectively. Mills and Berkeley,who both walked onto the team freshman year, also contributed as defensivespecialists coming off the bench.”It’s very rare for a class to come in with as many peopleas they have and to start right away and to continue on for four yearscontributing in such a big way,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They clearlyearned their spots as freshmen. You (also) have a situation with two walk-onswho have contributed in big ways during their careers, which is also veryrare.”It was this experience that was gained during their firstyear that the seniors attribute their successes to today.”Just getting that experience was invaluable,” Wack said.”We’ve been through everything together on and off the court and that is reallypaying off this year.””It’s to the point now where you don’t even have to hearsomeone or see them to know where they are on the court,” Simpson added. “It’slike we are connected on a whole other level. A lot of that has to do with thechemistry we have off the court. We truly are a family.”Entering their first NCAA tournament, the Badgers were notexpected to make a deep run. However, Wisconsin shocked many in the volleyballworld when it upset No. 2 and undefeated Hawaii in the Sweet 16 before losingto the eventual champions, Stanford, in the next round.”The biggest thing I remember from that is how it went backand forth,” Wack said. “I remember Jill Odenthal pulling everybody in themiddle and saying, ‘We are going to win this game.’ It was just an amazingfeeling to take such a great team like Hawaii and send them back home.”Wisconsin followed up the Hawaii upset with two more upsetsthe following year by beating then-No. 2 Minnesota and then a favored NotreDame in the Sweet 16.It is these big upsets early in their careers that givesthis Badger quintet the confidence they can make a deep run in this year’stournament.”Onceyou get in the tournament, you get faced with these teams that are expected towin,” Mills said. “After we beat Hawaii and all the big matches that followed,it showed us that we could play up to that level and that we had so muchpotential that we could be good. It gave us that extra confidence.”Finally upperclassmenEntering their junior year, the Badgers were now anexperienced bunch and many expected them to make a run at a Big Ten title.However, Waite enjoyed the 2006 season because he was ableto see how the group of girls matured during their first two years.”It was fun to see them go from being kind of frustratedplayers earlier in their career, because of the mistakes they might have beenmaking — the freshmen mistakes,” Waite said, “to go to the point where they arereally enjoying the game their junior and senior year because they’ve made thecorrections, they’ve worked hard in the offseasons to be better players.”During Halloween weekend, the Badgers pulled off anotherupset, sweeping No. 2 Penn State in what the seniors consider one of thebiggest matches of their careers. All five of them contributed in Wisconsin’sdominating performance, as the trio of Wack, Mill and Berkeley combined for 16digs, while Simpson and Reineke combined for 12 kills and eight blocks.”It was unbelievable because everybody played flawlessly,”Wack said of the Penn State match. “That was awesome because it doesn’t happena whole lot. Sometimes people have off-nights here and there, but everybody onthe team picks it up here and there. That night we couldn’t be stopped.”Mills echoed Wack’s assessment of the match.”We were all in the zone,” Mills said. “We weren’t forcingit or trying to do anything miraculous. We all worked together really well.”While the Badgers rode the high of the win to moreconference wins, for the third-straight year their season ended indisappointment.After making it to the Elite Eight in their freshmen andsophomore year, the quintet was stopped short of their goal of making the FinalFour when they lost to Texas in the Sweet 16. The seniors have used that lossto motivate them to finish strong this year.”Wekind of had a chip on our shoulder, and we knew this year we wanted to do a lotbetter and we didn’t want it to end there,” Reineke said about the Texas loss.”It made us work a lot harder this season.”One last pushAfter their most successful campaign, the seniors are nowready to make their final push at making it to the Final Four.”Sometimes our staff has been spoiled and our fans have beenspoiled by the level of play they have brought to us and the effort they havegiven us,” Waite said. “It has been a great jolt, and now as we enter thetournament, they’re eager to play great and make a deep run. I know they haveset high goals, and they are going to give everything they can to the programnow.”While none of the seniors wanted to think about the fact thattheir careers could be all over Friday, the realization that their time as Badgersis winding down is beginning to set in as the quintet signed the hitting boxesthey use in practice Tuesday, a Wisconsin tradition.However, the seniors were excited to find out they will nothave to leave Madison again unless they make it to the Final Four, which wouldbe welcomed by all.”It was nice for the seniors,” Mills said about finding outWisconsin would host the first four rounds. “Either we make it to the FinalFour, or we lose at home. We are definitely striving for the Final Four, but ifwe don’t make it, there is no place to end like home.”Because the Badgers are hosting the first four rounds, theseniors feel their last shot at making to the Final Four is their best.”This is just a great place to play,” Simpson said of theField House. “The energy level is just up another notch. When you have allthose people cheering for you want to bring your game up to another level. Iknow as our season as gotten closer and closer to the end, we have all startedstepping it up.”However, whenever Wisconsin’s run in the tournament comes toan end — whether Friday or as national champions — the seniors will begin to gotheir own ways as the finish up their education and peruse other ventures likegraduate school and playing overseas. But no matter how far they end up away fromeach other, they all agreed that no one could take away the bond they developedover the last four years.”Wekind of like each other,” Wack joked. “We are like sisters. We see each otherevery day. We talk about the stupidest things all the time. We are just therefor each other for anything. I think we going to be life friends, and that issomething we are going to take away forever.”Legacy and futureRegardless of how far Wisconsin makes it in this year’stournament, the senior class will go down as one of the most decorated in UWhistory.In four years they amassed a 99-28 record overall and 61-19in the Big Ten, pulled off numerous upsets, brought record numbers of fans tothe Field House and had strong showings in the NCAA tournament.They have also accumulated numerous personal achievements. Alook in the Badger volleyball record books, and you would see the seniors allover the page.Wack is not only Wisconsin’s all-time dig leader but alsoholds an NCAA record with an 80-match streak of at least 10 digs or more.Reineke is a three-time member of the All-Big Ten team and ranks second inblocks in UW history. Simpson was a second-team All-American last season andalso ranks second in assists.”I think if you were to ask any player on this team, it’sall about the team,” Simpson said. “Any personal accolades that any of us haveearned, we would trade it in a heartbeat to have a Big Ten title. That’s whatvolleyball is all about. It’s a team sport. It’s a puzzle, and if you’remissing any single piece at any given moment, it’s not going to be complete.It’s a very unique sport in that matter.”Now as the seniors get ready to leave the program, they areconfident they are leaving the team in great shape.”It’s Wisconsin volleyball. With or without us, it is alwaysgoing to be Wisconsin volleyball,” Simpson said. “Had we not come here, itstill would have been a top 10 team with great recruits coming through. It isone of the best places to play in the country. That is a huge reason why peoplecome here. The girls next year are going to be awesome. It is a bright futurefor Wisconsin.””I think it will keep getting better and better,” Berkeleyadded. “We are always a top-notch team so I think it will continue to be thatway.”Even though the foundation is set for Wisconsin to continueit success, Waite knows replacing this class will be one of the toughest thingshe has had to do in a long time.”It will be very tough,” Waite said. “We’ll miss them forthe level of play they bring, for the effort they give in the classroom and onthe court, and just for the people they are. They enjoy this game and havegreat passion for playing it. They have been great role models for thereturning players.”I think that is something they will pass on to the groupfor next year, how hard you need to work to be good and how much fun you canhave by giving everything you can to the team every day.”last_img read more

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Jamie Martin holding down right back position after return from leg injury

first_imgEarly in Syracuse’s game against Princeton on Oct. 1, Ryan McCarthy, the Tigers leading goal scorer, drove toward the SU defense. Defender Jamie Martin stepped up, laid her stick flat across the turf and stripped McCarthy of the ball.Taking the ball away has been Martin’s specialty, and the redshirt sophomore has proven to be a valuable addition to No. 9 Syracuse’s (10-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) back line since her return from injury. Martin excels on the defensive end of the field and her emergence has pushed Claire Webb, who played right back in Martin’s absence, forward in SU’s formation.“It’s a lot of timing. Just reading the play,” Martin said, “stepping up and locking on to your player.”Steals are not kept as an official statistic in college field hockey, but Martin dispossesses opponents frequently. She trusts her teammates to back up the play, giving her confidence to step up. More often than not, Martin’s stick locks onto the ball and strips it away from her opponent.In Martin’s first start, against then-No. 24 Rutgers, her defensive prowess was on display. At least four times, Martin foiled a Scarlet Knight run by stripping the ball on an offensive push.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She’s patient and she reads the pressure that’s being put on the ball in front of her and she likes a fight,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “She likes the one-v-one battle and she does really well at that.”Based on spring practices, which often featured Martin at right back, the spot on the backline next to All-Americans Roos Weers and Lies Lagerweij should have been Martin’s to start the season, Bradley said. But before Martin could make a start, a leg injury sidelined her. In practice, Martin planted hard on her left leg, hyperextending it. The eventual diagnosis was a fracture in her femur.Before Martin reclaimed her position, Claire Webb started at right back for SU. Since Martin’s return, Webb has been pushed into a midfield role, filling the hole directly in front of SU’s back line. Bradley referenced Webb playing almost every minute of conference play in the midfield last year. It’s a role that is familiar, albeit one in which Webb is a bit rusty.“I’m just kind of recalling on what I learned last year to try and help shape my role in the midfield,” Webb said. “Working with the coaches, doing video and things like that.”Martin’s recovery and Webb’s subsequent positional shift have given Syracuse a different look defensively. With Webb playing as a back-turned-midfielder and Martin’s ability to lockdown the right side, Syracuse has held some of the ACC’s top teams’ offenses in check.No. 2 Duke scored a season-low one goal against the defensive lineup Syracuse has featured since Martin’s return, as the Orange won, 2-1. The Blue Devils scored on their first shot, just 6:05 into the game, but couldn’t score on their subsequent eight shots.Martin and Webb’s roles will continue to evolve, Bradley said. But for now, Martin has done everything needed at right back.“I’m glad (Martin) stepped up,” Weers said. “She’s doing an awesome job.” Comments Published on October 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The buzz word is understanding’

first_img Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Related Articles At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute.During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the industry can take to promote responsible gaming.Moderating a panel focused on ‘understanding player finances’, David Clifton, Director of Clifton Davies, addressed how operators could improve their understanding of player finances, accounting patterns and activities. Speaking on the panel was the Director of AMLGS Ray Wilson, CEO & Co-founder of beBettor Harry Cott and Director of Solverde Américo Loureiro. Clifton set the scene and provided background on the present issues within the UK before Loureiro discussed the processes in place in Portugal regarding the tackling and understanding of player finances: “In Portugal the regulator consider that online and land-based are in fact different activities. So they split the online way of self excluding, daily deposit limits, daily wagering limits and all of them that comes from UK law. “On land-based its tricky just self excluding, I’ll give you an example as to why it’s so tricky. We have a self excluding customer at one of our land-based casinos but that customer is able to play online. “As we are operating as an omni-channel company, we need to remove any promotional activities so the customers complain they are not getting promotions because they are self-excluding on land-based. With affordability, we don’t have any means and that is not an obligation of the regulator itself.”As alluded to by Clifton, Portugal’s system resembles that of the UK from five to seven years ago. Now, however, affordability checks have developed significantly within the UK as was explained by Cott: “The average customer has four accounts in the UK, so what we do is report back as a percentage of the customer’s monthly net discretionary income on a daily basis.“So you’re getting a daily affordability update on a customer as opposed to a static check which could have gone out of date yesterday.“What we do is we look to try and estimate someone’s gross annual salary, deduce that back to monthly, deduct taxes, make reasonable assumptions for outgoings and the net discretionary is what the UKGC is talking about – essentially we map 100% of net discretionary into these affordability bands. “We don’t know how people are spending their income but we map that into these bands. This is purely a guideline from the moment of registration and then if someone is depositing a lot more than that estimate then you would put them in a box. With this being said, Wilson added that the responsibility should lie with the operators who have shown a failure to understand the information which they posses. He concluded: “I think the buzz word is understanding. I think one of the consistent failings is that many of the operators that we work with need to actually understand what information they have and how they are assessing it. “For example, we’ve been working with a number of operators in the recent past talking about affordability, so when you’re actually analysing information the customer is giving you, the commission is not only wanting you to evidence somebody’s spend and deposits, they also want you to evidence how you know they are able to play. So, if somebody was to put a deposit of £500, you have a bank statement for the source of wealth/source of funds, how do you know that the person is able to spend that? “If you’re looking at bank statements can you see potentially a credit from cash converters or a payday loan which will then give you a better understanding of potential risks around the source of funds. A lot of operators are missing those nuggets of information so that is one of the key things we are seeing, the missing of key information which is right in front of the operators. “The operators are generally very savvy and very creative when it comes to product design and marketing, but they just need to get a bit more savvy when they are analysing and trying to obtain information around source of funds to understand affordability. It’s a new word in the industry but its not a new notion.”last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Top line pushes Stars past Predators in Game 5

first_imgThe Dallas Stars are one win away from advancing past the Nashville Predators.Powered by the top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov, Dallas coasted to a 5-3 win in Nashville on Saturday afternoon to take a 3-2 series lead. The three combined for three goals and four assists as they continued a strong Stanley Cup playoffs. Radulov, in particular, continued a strong series, tallying two goals in a postseason game for the first time since he debuted in the playoffs in 2007 with the Predators.Alexander Radulov has recorded his second career multi-goal game in the playoffs. His first such outing came in his postseason debut, Game 1 of 2007 CQF w/ NSH. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/bqPwqCfqco— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 20, 2019Both of Radulov’s scores came in a busy second period for Dallas. The winger scored 40 seconds into the frame and added another marker seven minutes later — his fourth of the postseason — to give Dallas a 3-1 lead. Seguin added his goal 15:54 into the period to put the Stars ahead 4-2. All three scores in the period were assisted by Benn, who tied a postseason record held by many. Benn’s three assists in the middle frame matched the NHL playoff record for most in a single period, also accomplished by Washington’s John Carlson earlier this postseason (0-3—3 in Game 1 vs. CAR). https://t.co/PhcJhzxSNJ #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/XPUe5SMuzc— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 20, 2019Jason Dickinson scored Dallas’ other two goals, one in the first and then an insurance goal 1:57 into the third period.Nashville’s Rocco Grimaldi notched his third goal of the series, which matches the scoring output of all other Predators forwards combined.Goals from Predators forwards in this series:Rocco Grimaldi: 3The remaining forwards: 3— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 20, 2019The Stars will attempt to finish off the Predators on Monday, as they aim for their first series-clinching win since the 2015-16 season.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

first_imgTRAINERS FANCY CHROME FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR            Arrogate or California Chrome, California Chrome or Arrogate.Arrogate defeated California Chrome by a half-length in a dramatic running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. It was his second stakes appearance, both wins in Grade I races.Chrome’s body of work last year took him from the Golden State to Dubai as the popular California-bred boosted his earnings to $14,452,650, a North American record.So when it comes to Horse of the Year for 2016, a random sampling of Santa Anita-based trainers Saturday morning when the main track was closed for training due to rain drew a majority of Chrome votes:Richard Baltas: Arrogate. He beat Chrome heads up.Rafael Beccera: Chrome. Art Sherman, he’s my man.Simon Callaghan: Arrogate.Jack Carava: Chrome. He ran well all year. He’s a tough horse.Victor Garcia: Chrome’s been solid all the time. He deserves it.Mark Glatt: They should be co-winners. You can’t take anything away from Chrome but Arrogate did beat him, and it wasn’t because of a bad ride. Chrome’s been a machine.Bruce Headley: Chrome. Art (trainer Art Sherman) has the best horse in the world, and when he was young, he galloped the best horse in the world–Swaps.Brian Koriner: Chrome deserves it for the year he had. He traveled all over. He’s retiring; Arrogate can win it next year.Paulo Lobo: Arrogate. He beat Chrome.Mike Machowsky: Chrome should get it. Arrogate’s racing next year and he can get it then. This is more about bragging rights, anyway. Chrome’s people were true sportsmen for racing him all year when they could have retired him, but they’re both super horses.Alfredo Marquez: Chrome. He should have won the Classic. He’s a great horse.Jeff Mullins: Chrome deserves it. I hope he gets it.Jorge Periban: Chrome.John Shirreffs: I’m a Chromie. He’s a Cal-bred, c’mon.Gary Stute: No comment. FINISH LINES: Arrogate galloped one mile on the training track Saturday at 8:40 a.m. under exercise rider Dana Barnes . . . There are no guaranteed pools in exotic wagering today due to inclement weather . . . Hearty get-well wishes to longtime horse owner and Major League baseball star (three World Series rings with the 1952, ’53 and ’56 Yankees) Irv Noren, 92, who was hospitalized yesterday but is now recovering at home in Oceanside from a bout with pneumonia . . . Belated condolences to family and friends of late handicapper and turf writer Russ Harris, who died Tuesday in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at the age of 93. A 2011 inductee in the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor and one of the best and most widely recognized public handicappers of all time, Harris served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Normandy, France, and also participated in the Rhineland Ardennes and Central Europe campaign, receiving several medals for his service. Harris swept the nine-race card at Belmont Park with his top selections on May 8, 1981 . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow, with hot dogs, beer and soda available for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday, with live racing resuming Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest. HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN 2017 DEBUTA ‘POLL’ OF TRAINERS FAVORS CHROME OVER ARROGATE ARROGATE GALLOPS MILE FOR TOMORROW’S SAN PASQUALcenter_img ARROGATE SAN PASQUAL WIN WOULD AID HOY BIDArrogate is a certainty to be a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the 2016 Horse of the Year, his credentials confirmed with wins in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August and a memorable victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The quest for a 2017 championship begins at the first opportunity–in Sunday’s $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.Ballots for the 2016 championship are due on Jan. 3 with an announcement on the finalists to be made later.Arrogate is a no-brainer for three-year-old male, while his main rival for Horse of the Year, California Chrome, is a lock for top older horse.Both have merits for the Horse of the Year title“It’s a tough call,” said respected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young. “I think they are by far and away the best horses in America, and Arrogate definitely should be three-year-old of the year, and Chrome should definitely be older horse of the year.“Now who gets Horse of the Year? I don’t know. They’re two very, very good horses. I couldn’t fault people who vote for either horse.”For the record, Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, fresh off a Triple Crown triumph with Horse of the Year American Pharoah in 2015, has but two stakes wins this year, the Grade I Travers by 13 ½ lengths in track record time, and the Classic, which capped a five-race winning streak.Chrome, on the other hand, was undefeated this year under the direction of trainer Art Sherman until Arrogate took his measure, winning six straight, three of them Grade I’s.“To have two horses back to back like a Pharoah and an Arrogate in this close of a time frame, that’s like when Lucien Lauren had Riva Ridge and Secretariat back to back (Riva Ridge was the Eclipse Award-winning two-year-old male in 1971 and outstanding older male in 1973; the mighty Secretariat was Horse of the Year as a two-year-old in 1972 and at three in 1973).“Arrogate and California Chrome are just two really good horses,” Young said. “We’ll just leave it at that for now.”            As an afterthought, what about two-year-old filly champion of 2015 Songbird, who won four Grade I stakes from coast to coast on three different tracks and suffered her lone defeat by the narrowest of noses to an older mare, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder?Not exactly chopped liver.The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Arrogate, Mike Smith, 1-5.last_img read more

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