TCU defeats Texas Tech to open up Big 12 play.


first_imgTwitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Saul Perez Twitter Previous articleTCU post office makes new changesNext articleSGA, theEnd to co-host watch party in Campus Commons Saul Perez RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Men’s basketball continues win streak Facebook Saul Perez Saul Perez Paschal janitor connects with high school students + posts printTCU volleyball opened up Big 12 conference play with a 3-1 victory against Texas Tech on Wednesday night.Getting off to a quick start, the Horned Frogs took the first set. But, they struggled against Tech as the Red Raiders fought back and evened the match in the second set.The Frogs rallied during the third and fourth set, coming back and defeating the Red Raiders 3-1. The Frogs are now 8-3 on the season overall and 1-0 in conference play.Jillian Bergeson and Sarita Mikals led the Frogs offensively each recording a double-double. Mikals finished the match with 16 kills; Bergeson had 12.This is the 23rd and 27th time that Bergeson and Mikals have recorded a double-double respectively.The Big 12 is a tough league and any win is an exciting win, Director of Volleyball Jill Krammer said.“I really like the way our team came in,” Kramer said. “We played great defense tonight and our pins had really good numbers. We had a little dip in the second set where we made quite a few errors and didn’t side out very well, but it was nice to see them bounce back.”The Horned Frogs will continue Big 12 play when they travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday. First serve is set for 4 p.m. The game will also be on ESPNU. ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Saul Perez TCU opens up Big 12 play with a win over Texas Tech. (Photo courtesy: Saul Perez Men’s basketball routs Alabama State ReddIt Linkedin Linkedin TAGStext only Men’s basketball claims Global Sports Classic championship Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis


first_img June 8, 2010 Find out more Receive email alerts Following many attacks on journalists trying to cover demonstrations in Moldova’s continuing political crisis, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s political parties to act responsibly and to respect press freedom.During the three days of political demonstrations in Chisinau from 7 to 9 June alone, at least 16 journalists were the targets of blows, insults or intimidation or their equipment was smashed. More incidents continue to be reported.Most of the victims were trying to cover the Democratic Party’s rally outside the interior ministry. The news website announced on 8 June that it was suspending live coverage of the event because of the “aggressiveness” it was encountering. Another big rally has been called in Chisinau on 16 June, this time by the ACUM-Socialist Party alliance.“We urge all the political forces to do what is needed to halt this wave of violence,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The media must be able to cover demonstrations in order to fulfil their general interest mission. The organizers of the demonstrations and the police have a duty to protect journalists. If they become commonplace, the attacks will impose a climate of censorship and intimidation.”The result of inconclusive parliamentary elections in February, the political crisis came to a head on 8 June when two rival governments began accusing each other of usurping power.Against a backdrop of political polarization and oligarch control of the media, Moldova fell ten places in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 91st out of 180 countries. July 23, 2020 Find out more Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession Moldovan reporters harassed by Russian soldiers on border with Transnistria MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeViolence June 14, 2019 – Updated on June 15, 2019 Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis Help by sharing this information MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeViolence News to go further News RSF_en Organisation Credit: Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP Follow the news on Moldova News May 6, 2011 Find out more Transnistrian court extends pre-trial detention of journalist accused of spying Newslast_img read more

RSF concerned by prominent dissident journalist’s arrest in Vietnam


first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s arrest of Pham Chi Dung, an outspoken Vietnamese journalist and leading press freedom defender who for years has been trying to help create an open and informed civil society in Vietnam that is not controlled by its Communist Party. Pham Chi Dung is a well-known dissident journalist and one of the founders of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (photo: Dat Viet / IJAVN). News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang The publication of this analysis could account for the timing of Dung’s arrest and explain why the authorities wanted to silence him at this particular moment VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Citizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Included on RSF’s list of “information heroes” five years ago, Pham Chi Dung was arrested at his Ho Chi Minh City home by police, who told him he was accused of “anti-state propaganda,” a catch-all term that is penalized by article 117 of Vietnam’s criminal code. April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam An expert on the party’s inner workings and an internal power struggles, he posted an article on the Nguoi Viet website on 17 November raising questions about Nguyen Phu Trong, the party’s general secretary and Vietnam’s current president. Rumours about his failing health suggest that he may not be able to hold on to these positions until the party’s next national congress in 2021, which could exacerbate the power struggle among its rival factions during the coming year. News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam “Pham Chi Dung’s arrest is the latest confirmation of the Vietnamese regime’s complete inability to tolerate any information that does not issue from its own propaganda apparatus,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. RSF_en Receive email alerts November 22, 2019 – Updated on October 30, 2020 RSF concerned by prominent dissident journalist’s arrest in Vietnamcenter_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Citizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Expert on party’s inner workings News Organisation Vietnam has long been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index and is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2019 Index. News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further “We demand this journalist’s immediate release. At a time when Vietnam wants to conclude trade deals with the European Union and defence agreements with the United States, we urge Brussels and Washington to freeze all progress for as long as Hanoi continues to display such contempt for press freedom.” According to the prosecutor’s office, he will spend the next four months in detention “while the police investigate.” He is facing up to 12 years in prison. A former army officer and former member of the Communist Party of Vietnam who returned his party card in order to write and develop a critique of Vietnam’s ruling elite, Dung is well known internationally and helped to create the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN) in 2014, for which he was stripped of his passport. April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Kelly unveils ‘The Shirt’


first_imgThe 2013 Notre Dame football season won’t officially begin until Aug. 31 when the Irish take on Temple University, but fans got a preview of the team’s excitement and tradition this weekend at the annual The Shirt unveiling ceremony and Blue-Gold Game. On Friday, Irish coach Brian Kelly unveiled The Shirt outside the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore despite gray skies and snow. Students, alumni and fans gathered to see Kelly display the forest green design. “I really, really like it,” freshman Allie Klein, social media commissioner for the Leprechaun Legion, said about the green color. “That’s something everyone was clamoring for, at least Twitter and social media-wise. … They wanted to kind of get [the color] back to the roots.” After navy, bright blue and gold Shirts, green seemed like a natural choice for the 2013 Shirt, senior Dan Ogg, president of The Shirt Committee, said. “We just felt like it was time for green,” Ogg said. “And after coming off such a strong season, it’s kind of hard not to go with something like this.” Junior Betsy FitzGerald, assistant drum major in the Band of the Fighting Irish, praised The Shirt’s color and its potential for the student section. “I think it’ll look really good in the student section,” she said. “Especially being in the band, you get to see how it looks as a whole, which is really cool to see. … I think it really embodies the spirit of coming back from the national championship.” The 2013 Shirt features a paint splatter theme with gold and navy splatters under pictures of former Notre Dame players. The text reads “On the heels of legends we rise to victory.” Sophomore John Wetzel coined the phrase, which freshmen design committee members Molly Howell and Abbey Dankoff then used to create the finished product, Howell said. “We wanted something that was unique and special,” Wetzel said of the phrase. “So I started thinking about what would relate to the legendary feel but also be current, talking about what’s now.” Howell said The Shirt Committee considered making The Shirt blue or a different shade of green. Ogg said more modern players were also considered in place of Ned Bolcar, John Lujack, Raghib Ismail, Tim Brown and John Lattner. “We’re thinking legends, and [modern players] are not necessarily legends, so we went with throwback players,” Ogg said. FitzGerald said this weekend’s events gave the marching band an opportunity to go through the motions of a football weekend without much pressure. Saturday’s Blue-Gold game also gave the seniors a final send-off while offering the new band leaders a chance to practice their new roles. “It’s a lot of fun,” FitzGerald said. “We get to play around, and since it’s not too serious we get to play all the songs we want to play and not just the Celtic Chant eight times.” For many in the student section, the Blue-Gold Game revolved more around friends and less around football, sophomore Christian Knight said. “I’m going to miss it because I’m going to be abroad next year, but one of the main reasons I wanted to go was that it’ll be the only time I get to be in Notre Dame Stadium in 2013,” Knight said. “I have a bunch of friends who are going abroad who went for the same reason.” Knight said the atmosphere on South Quad, including tailgates, cookouts and people playing football, enhanced the game-day environment even though the game itself was not the same as a typical home football matchup. “To be honest with you, we kind of knew that it wasn’t for the football,” Knight said. “It was different. I didn’t really know the scoring system, but it was still a good time. It was also interesting to see freshmen, juniors and seniors all in the same section with us, and we didn’t have to sneak anyone in or anything.” The game effectively generated excitement for the coming seasons, Knight said. “I’m ready for senior-year football already,” Knight said. “Go Irish, beat Irish.”last_img read more

Publica re-running ALM study after neutral pre-Brexit position


first_imgThe €34bn Swiss public pension fund Publica is reviewing the investment strategy for the closed pension plans it manages to determine whether it is fit for purpose in light of the UK’s voting to leave the European Union.The pension fund is a “Sammelstiftung”, an independent collective institution that manages the assets of 20 Swiss public pension schemes, seven of which are closed to new entrants.Stefan Beiner, head of asset management at Publica, told IPE there were two main dimensions to Brexit for the pension fund – a tactical one and a strategic one.At the tactical level, he said, Publica took a neutral position in the lead-up to the referendum, given the relatively highly probability – around 40% – of a leave vote. This means the pension fund did not diverge from its strategic risk “budget” – by increasing equity or gold investments, for example.“With binary events like this,” Beiner said, “either you have additional information you are really convinced by, or you take a neutral position.”State Street’s most recent ‘Investor Confidence Index’ showed that European institutional investors’ confidence increased in June ahead of the UK referendum on membership in the EU. Michael Metcalfe, senior managing director and head of global macro strategy at State Street Global Markets, said: “This helps to explain why markets have moved so wildly following the vote to Leave. Investors were not reducing risk sufficiently ahead of the vote.” The index rose by 3.5 points to 100.3 (a reading of 100 is neutral).The June reading had a cut-off of 22 June, so it did not account for the result of the referendum.As to the strategic considerations relating to Brexit, Publica’s Beiner said the pension fund regularly carried out asset-liability management (ALM) processes and that it was currently considering its investment strategy for the seven closed pension plans whose assets it manages.“We had a lengthy discussion about how to deal with a potential Brexit and defined various scenarios for interest rate curves, forward curves, etc,” he said. “We debated for a long time if we should define a Brexit scenario but decided against this because, if it came to this, we would need to recalculate everything anyway.”The pension fund is therefore now re-running its ALM study using new estimates for post-Brexit markets to see if its existing investment strategy “has to be adapted, or if it is robust”, said Beiner. As concerns the 13 open pension schemes run by Publica, Beiner said it would carry out an extraordinary ALM study for these in the event that its risk/return assumptions for individual asset classes change significantly.last_img read more

Gallagher eager to impress Koeman


first_img Last season surpassed all expectations for the teenage striker as he became a regular under Mauricio Pochettino, making 20 first-team appearances as back-up to Rickie Lambert. Things have gone awry this season, though, with injury stunting the 19-year-old’s progress. Gallagher has not even been named in the matchday squad since the arrival of Koeman, although he gave the Saints boss a nudge in some style on Tuesday evening. The England Under-20s international’s wonderful strike secured the 10 men of Southampton a 2-1 extra-time win over Blackburn in the Under-21 Premier League Cup final at St Mary’s, where the first-team manager was amongst the 12,356 crowd. “It was unbelievable, that’s all I can really think to say,” Gallagher said, smiling. “I was always thinking throughout the game it would be nice to get one and to get in the way I did was quite special to me. “I’ve had a long injury which has put me back quite a bit this season. It sort of feels like it has just started, but it’s almost coming to an end. “I have always had my focus on the under-21s when I got back fit and I am just looking forward. “We’ve got the league to come now, so hopefully we can do well in that and crack on.” Gallagher is hoping to help Saints end the Barclays Under-21 Premier League strongly, although his performance in front of the on-watching Koeman only strengthens his case for a first-team place. Sam Gallagher put an injury-hit season behind him by inspiring Southampton to Under-21 Premier League Cup glory, netting an exceptional goal which he hopes caught Ronald Koeman’s eye. “Well I know they sort of watch all the under-21 games,” Gallagher said. “You always know you’ve got to impress and do what you can to get in the first team. “Hopefully he (Koeman) enjoyed that one.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Fourth time, fourth win: Fortuna downs Del Norte in NCS quafterfinals


first_imgFor the fourth time this season the No. 2 Fortuna Huskies boys basketball team faced off against the No. 7 Del Norte Warriors, and for the fourth time this season Fortuna dealt Del Norte a defeat, this time doing so to the tune of a 56-37 blowout in the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs.Each matchup between the two teams this season has been more crucial than the last — the first two regular season games, the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship game, …last_img

South African rugby in 2011


first_img20 December 2011In 2011, the Springboks’ defence of their Rugby World Cup crown came up short, but they bowed out of the event with great credit after a somewhat bizarre quarterfinal loss to Australia in which the only statistic they trailed in was the final score.However, the tendency to focus heavily on the four-yearly event cost the Boks in the Tri-Nations tournament once again.After employing a big mix of players, who for the most part looked underprepared, the Springboks won just one of their four Tri-Nations tests, defeating New Zealand 18-5 in a memorable encounter in Port Elizabeth.Prior to that, an underdone team went down 14-9 to Australia in Durban, while second-string line-ups, supposedly forced because of injuries, suffered away defeats of 40-7 to New Zealand and 39-20 to Australia. Such unnecessarily big losses left a bitter taste in the mouths of Springbok supporters.World CupSouth Africa was much improved at the World Cup. Wales, who went on to finish fourth, provided a very tough challenge in the Boks’ first outing, but the men in green and gold managed a 17-16 victory.Improving with every game, they then romped to a 49-3 victory over Fiji, thrashed Namibia 87-0, and held off a fiery Samoan side 13-5.Those wins put the Springboks into the quarterfinals, but that’s where their tournament ended after an 11-9 defeat at the hands of Australia.While the Springboks failed to make the final, South Africa’s Craig Joubert asserted his status as the best referee in the game when he was appointed to take charge of the World Cup final.RetirementsAfter the World Cup, two of the greats of South African rugby retired from the international game: John Smit, after 111 test caps, and Victor Matfield, after 110 tests, which made them number one and two all-time for South Africa.They left, not only as senior players, but also as captain and vice-captain. Their retirement, along with the completion of coach Peter de Villiers’ contract, means that a new era of Springbok rugby is likely to begin in 2012.Super RugbyThe Super Rugby competition was broken up into three conferences in 2011 – Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – with the top three sides from each conference, plus the three next best teams, qualifying for the playoffs. As it worked out, each conference provided two playoff teams, with the defending champion Bulls just missing out on a place.The Stormers finished on top of the South African conference with 12 wins in 16 matches, while the Sharks finished second after 10 wins and one draw. The Bulls won 10 of their 16 games, while the Cheetahs scored five wins, and the Lions three wins and one draw, which was a considerable improvement on their winless 2010 season.In the playoffs, the Crusaders were handy 36-8 victors over the Sharks in New Zealand. The following week, at Newlands in Cape Town, they ousted the Stormers 29-10. The title, however, went Australia’s way as the Reds downed the Crusaders 18-13 to claim the title.Currie CupFor most of the Currie Cup season, the teams played without their Springboks, who were involved in World Cup preparations and in the World Cup itself.The Golden Lions, who had few Springboks in their ranks, started strongly and surged into an early lead at the top of the table. They held onto it until the end, finishing on 50 points to the Sharks’ 48, the Cheetahs’ 47 and Western Province’s 41. The Blue Bulls just missed out on the semi-finals after finishing a point behind Province.In the semi-finals, the Sharks beat the Cheetahs 20-13 and the Lions shocked a Western Province team with its Springboks 29-20. That set up a rematch of the game between the Lions and the Sharks that had been played two weeks earlier in Durban, with the defending champion Sharks triumphing 53-9. This time, however, the match would take place in Johannesburg.In a fairy tale finish, the Lions outplayed their Springbok-stacked opponents, scoring a lopsided 42-16 victory to claim their first Currie Cup title since 1999. It was also their first at home since 1950!Player of the YearAt the South African Rugby Awards in November, Schalk Burger was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for a second time, while the Golden Lions were named Team of the Year.Bismarck du Plessis, widely regarded as the best hooker in the game, was named the Players’ Player of the Year.SevensThe South African Sevens team enjoyed a good year, winning three tournaments, in Las Vegas, and then back-to-back in London and Edinburgh to end the World Series on a high.They finished second to New Zealand in the final standings and were the only team besides the Kiwis to win more than one tournament.Playmaker Cecil Afrika finished the HSBC Sevens World Series as the top try scorer and points’ scorer. He was deservedly named the International Rugby Board’s Player of the Year.On the women’s front, the South African women’s team achieved a historic victory in August when they beat the USA 26-23. It marked the first time that South Africa had beaten one of the game’s top ranked teams.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Turning Over Rocks


first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now When I started back in the family staffing business, my sales manager gave me a list of companies I was forbidden from calling. She and her sales reps were worried about one of the owner’s sons being given preferential treatment, and they wanted to protect their turf.Honestly, they didn’t have a firm grasp on how a family business works. In most family businesses you are expected to do more than anyone else, whether or not it is “your job,” and regardless of what you are paid—or not paid. That is exactly the preferential treatment I was given, and I never expected anything different.The list they handed me had all of the most well-recognized companies in and around Columbus, Ohio. You would still recognize many of these names. They cherry-picked what they believed to be the biggest and best prospects, and they walled them off from me. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it.Not being able to call on what everyone else was calling on forced me to call on companies with names no one would know. The Internet wasn’t what it is now, and I dialed through the business pages of the phone book. I literally started at the letter A, and I dialed number after number, unless it was clear that we couldn’t serve them. I skipped churches, auto repair shops, and day care centers.I got a lot of appointments. When I got to M, I found a company called Murfin. Murfin was tucked away on the middle of a road that had a gas station at one end and apartment complexes on the other. Because the building was surrounded by residential areas, you would never suspect a plant to be located deep in the neighborhood.The small building that housed the business was no indication of what they spent. They were spending millions of dollars on temporary employees. No one would ever happen upon this client by chance. I won their business because I was ridiculously disciplined about cold calling.On the way out of Murfin, I noticed another building across the street. I wrote down the name, Weathersfield, and upon arriving back at my office, I called them and scheduled an appointment. Weathersfield was spending a couple million dollars when I won their business. Two hidden companies resulted in millions of dollars in business.These two companies became anchor accounts for our office. I would not have found them had I not called companies without knowing whether they used a service like mine. I turned over a lot of rocks to find these accounts, because a lot of prospecting is simply turning over rocks to see what lies beneath.You should have a list of known targets. You should have another list of your dream clients. But you should also turn over rocks to see if there is anything there. You never know what you’ll find.Maybe right now you should call all of the leads that you haven’t yet tried.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break


first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more