O’Neill focused on qualifiers

first_img Press Association A team featuring 11 changes to the one which lost 1-0 in Scotland on Friday night beat the United States 4-1 in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium to end the calendar year on a positive note. However, despite seeing Hull midfielder Robbie Brady turn in a fine display from left-back and debutants David McGoldrick and Cyrus Christie shine, O’Neill remained very much focused on March’s clash with Group D leaders Poland in Dublin and the return against Scotland in June. He said: “The qualifying games are the most important and everything else is a build-up to them, even including tonight. “We scored four goals tonight and it was nice, and it was nice to regain momentum from Friday night. But the most important fixtures, again, are the matches that we have in 2015, so those are important for us. “We have seven points on the board. It was disappointing not to have got something from the game on Friday, but it is not fatal. Regardless of the result on Friday, if we had got a point of out the game, we would have still been looking to try to beat Poland and Scotland. “Those next two matches are of vital importance to us.” Ireland got off to a flying start when McGoldrick combined with Anthony Pilkington to allow the Cardiff man to open the scoring with a deft seventh-minute finish, and although Mix Diskerud levelled before the break, Brady restored the home side’s lead within 10 minutes of the restart. The United States, who had hit both the post and the bar during the first half, remained in the game until the latter stages when substitute James McClean’s deflected 82nd-minute shot finally gave the Republic breathing space and set the stage for Brady to seal the win with a fine 87th-minute free-kick. O’Neill, who started Brady at the back in the absence of Stephen Ward, said: “He has things to improve on as a defender, he knows that himself, but he is an excellent footballer, a really excellent player. He’s got great attitude to it as well, and I was really delighted for him. “Do you know, he was in such confident mood, I felt that he would score from the free-kick. They are easy words now, but I thought he would score from that, but for the second goal for him to be following up and to be on the edge of the penalty area and to score from the left-back position, it was great.” United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann was happy with elements of what he saw from his much-changed team, but admitted errors had cost them dearly. He said: “Always at 1-0 and then getting back into the game and equalising it, you hope to get the lead, even before half-time – there were enough chances there and also right after half-time, we could have scored that second goal. “They scored then the second and third goals.Individual mistakes cost you at this level, you can’t allow those type of mistakes defensively, you are not getting away with it, and that punished us. “Then obviously, you want your younger players coming in and getting some minutes on that level and in that atmosphere and getting experience, and there’s always a risk that you might [concede] another one, which happened through a beautiful free-kick, no doubt about it. “But we saw a lot of things, some good stuff, some not so good stuff and we will address that, obviously, with the guys. “We have finished off a long year, 2014, which overall was a positive year. “We are building and when you build a new cycle and you introduce new fresh players into the group, then there will be some growing pains along the way. That’s just normal.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill immediately turned his attention to next year’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Scotland after seeing his under-studies deliver their lines to perfection. last_img read more

Four DEFY Gymnasts Place First All-around

first_imgOLD TOWN — Four young gymnasts were judged best all-around in their divisions and eight others on the Down East Family YMCA girls’ team won first place awards in competition on Sunday.In all, 30 DEFY gymnasts took to the mat in Levels 4 through 8 in their first meet of the season.For six of the youngsters, who train at Springers’ Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth, it was their iirst meet ever.“We see the kids get really nervous right before the first meet,” said coach Doug Springer, “but we always try to remind them that we want them to do three things: try their hardest, show a little improvement and have fun.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSeveral of the gymnasts reached their qualifying scores to compete in the Northeast Regional YMCA Championships in mid-May at Waterville.The scores are different for the levels, said Springer, and gymnasts must attain qualifying scores at least twice to be eligible.Qualifying so far are Katherine McKee and Olivia Robidoux at Level 4 and Hailey McCabe at Level 5.Named first place all-around gymnasts on Sunday were Paige Sawyer, Tess Williamson, Mary Lou Ross and Robin Nicholson.Competing in ages 6-7 at Level 4, Paige was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault.Also at Level 4 for age 9, Tess was first on beam and second on vault bars and floor.In the Prep Optional division, Mary Lou was first on vault, beam and floor and second on bars at the intermediate level, and Robin was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault at the advanced junior level.Four DEFY gymnasts also placed first in at least one event and second as all-around gymnasts.Level 4, age 9: Chloe Politte was first on bars, third on vault, fourth on beam and floor.Prep Optional intermediate: Kassidy Robidoux was first on bars and second on vault, beam and floor.Prep Optional advanced senior: Alicia Allen was first on vault and second on bars, beam and floor.Level 7, ages 14-16: Taylor Wardwell was first on floor and second on vault, bars and beam.Other gymnasts who placed first in at least one event were:Level 4, age 9: Maddie Nida on floor. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Level 8, ages 14-16: Ellie Mason, first on vault. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Level 5, age 11: Madison Thornton on beam. admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Level 5, ages 12-13: Taylor Wright on vault. Latest Posts Bio For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Level 5, age 10: Hanna Chamberlain on floor.last_img read more

Program series teaches students about mental health

first_imgAlexandra Ting | Daily TrojanA series of fortunate events · Students work out the “mind-body connection” at a Mental Health Awareness Month event on Oct. 3.A series of events this month will focus on making students more aware of how prevalent mental illnesses are on college campuses and providing guidance to students in need of mental health support.Mental Health Awareness Month, hosted by the USC Academic Culture Assembly throughout the month of October, started last year and has returned in 2016 after generating positive feedback from the student body. “The theme for this year is self-care and community care, because we are trying to advocate our students to take care of themselves and to take care of the community as well,” said Luis Vidalon-Suzuki, executive director of the Academic Culture Assembly.Vidalon-Suzuki said that Mental Health Awareness Month intends to spark conversations among students through a series of seminars and student workshops. The Academic Culture Assembly  plans to host a mental health resource fair on Halloween, and has created a mental health resource guide for students to utilize when considering the issue on campus.“Before this, there was not a centralized location where students could go to for mental health resources,” Vidalon-Suzuki said. “This guide informs students who are in need of help. We [also] passed a resolution through the USG Senate to require those mental health resources to be on all course syllabi.”While the Academic Culture Assembly is the main host of the program, it is collaborating with other organizations and assemblies to provide more diverse events to students. For example, the Asian Pacific American Student Services and International Student Assembly are teaming up to provide a workshop in which students can make their own personal stress balls. Furthermore, the Health Sciences Education Program is hosting an event, “Slam Down the Stigmas,” in which students do slam poetry regarding mental health issues and the stigma surrounding them.“We find that students have a very high rate of depression and other forms of mental health illnesses,” Vidalon-Suzuki said. “The fact that we don’t talk about them or the resources are underfunded is a problem. We want to tackle these issues with different perspectives, which is why we collaborated with other assemblies and program boards.”Vidalon-Suzuki said he hoped that by bringing these taboo subjects into a public forum for discussion, students would actively be involved in conversations about how to combat mental illnesses. To start off these conversations, the Academic Culture Assembly invited acclaimed poet Rupi Kaur to campus for a live reading and book signing on Sept. 29. Kaur’s poetry tackles difficult topics including destruction and healing, and her empowering message parallels the lessons that the Academic Culture Assembly hopes to teach students this month. Students, however, expressed both positive responses and concerns. Alex Luu, a junior majoring in animation and digital arts, said that he agreed with the concept of the programming series but did not think Rupi Kaur was a good choice as a program opener. “Kaur did bring light to some issues that aren’t normally talked about,” Luu said. “However, I feel her poetry … fails to address the ‘bigger picture,’ the ‘why’ she is doing her work.”Nash Iyer, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering, said that he liked the more creative format of the programs offered this month, and hoped that other students would take something away from these events that they can use in their everyday lives. “This program is a good step in the right direction, because a lot of times words that describe mental illnesses are used as derogatory terms to mean bad or stupid,” Iyer said. “But we definitely need more ways to spread awareness, because most people aren’t super motivated to come to talks.”last_img read more

Women of Troy searching for elusive road sweep

first_imgThis weekend the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team will try to do what every team has struggled to do in the Pac-10 this season: win on the road.In what might be the toughest women’s volleyball conference of all time — eight teams in the Pac-10 are ranked in the Coaches Top 25 Poll — the Women of Troy will try to reverse a conference trend and record two victories this weekend away from their home court.Led by sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter and senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin, USC (15-6, 4-5) will travel to Northern California to face No. 4 Stanford (14-5, 7-2) tonight and No. 14 Cal (12-7, 5-4) Saturday in two road matches that the Women of Troy must win in order to keep their conference title hopes alive.Although USC dropped four straight matches heading into last weekend, the Women of Troy swept both Oregon and Oregon State at the Galen Center. USC coach Mick Haley hopes that his team’s recent success has given his players the poise to play successfully on the road.“I think we’ve got our confidence back,” Haley said. “We have a clear vision of what we’re trying to do and where we can go with this.”The Cardinal, however, is sure to put USC’s confidence to test. Stanford is arguably the conference’s best team and swept USC (25-23, 35-33, 25-18) at the Galen Center in three tight matches earlier this season. Still, USC feels it can fix the small errors that cost it the match on Oct. 3 and pull out a big road victory.“We don’t feel like this is an insurmountable task,” Haley said. “We feel confident that we are right on the same level with Stanford, and we know that if we can win two this weekend, we’re back in the hunt for the conference championship.”Stanford, the highest ranked team in the conference, averages 13.92 kills per set and 2.58 blocks per set. Senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa leads the team with 199 kills (2.76 kps) for a .373 hitting percentage and is second in the Pac-10 in blocking (1.33 bps). Junior outside hitter Alix Klineman has a team-leading 273 kills (3.96 kps) with 154 digs (2.23 dps) and 39 blocks (0.57 bps).While Stanford focuses more on moving the ball around to set up their attack, Cal relies on its aggressiveness to score, which can also pose a challenge to the Women of Troy as well.USC beat Cal in a five-set thriller (22-25, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 22-20) earlier this season at the Galen Center and will look to post another victory over its cross-state rival Saturday. USC-Cal battles are always tight and tend to go the distance before either team posts a win.“We always felt we played pretty well at Cal,” Haley said. “We have a lot to prove in ourselves going back up there.”The Golden Bears average 13.96 kills per set and 2.63 blocks per set and are third among Pac-10 teams with a .274 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Hana Cutura has 360 kills (5.07 kps) and 396.0 points (5.58 pps) and leads all Pac-10 players in kills and points. Senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley is third among Pac-10 players in hitting percentage (.378) and has 74 blocks (1.04 bps) with 180 kills (2.54 kps).With two tough opponents ahead, Haley is looking for his team to make a statement on the road and start moving up the conference ladder.“All the Pac-10 teams have been winning at home and losing on the road,” he said. “We need to go into somebody else’s house and start winning, and we need to do it two times this weekend.”last_img read more

Kicker Cole Murphy keeps Syracuse competitive in 27-19 loss at No. 8 Miami

first_imgMIAMI — At the end of his postgame press conference, in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium, Dino Babers called on Cole Murphy down a nearby hallway.“Cole Murphy,” Babers said. “I ain’t ever seen nothing like that before. You were outstanding today.”Babers was joking, slightly. He has coached in college football since 1984 and said he had previously seen something like the performance Murphy put on Saturday afternoon. But he underscored how Murphy, Syracuse’s senior kicker, kept the Orange competitive on the road against one of the top teams in the country. In a 27-19 loss to No. 8 Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), Murphy drilled all four of his field goal attempts — including a career-long 53-yarder — to keep Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) within striking distance.More significantly, Murphy executed some of the most difficult kicks of his career on a damp, choppy grass field with nearly 60,000 fans cheering. None of that fazed him, as he tied his single-game career high with four field goals (22, 40, 45 and 53 yards, respectively) and moved to second place on the Syracuse all-time record list. With four games remaining on the schedule, he needs three more field goals to break John Biskup’s program record which has stood for 25 years.While the Hurricanes harassed Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey for six QB hurries, four sacks and four interceptions, Murphy injected life in an otherwise anemic offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They gave us a little life,” said Murphy, who broke out new cleats for better traction. “We were excited.”Last week, Murphy hit both of his field goals in Syracuse’s upset over No. 2 Clemson. Babers said Syracuse would not have won the game without Murphy, who hit a 30-yarder to put SU ahead by three in the fourth quarter and seal one of the biggest victories in program history.Because of the field conditions, Miami head coach Mark Richt said he tried to convert on a fourth-and-three and not kick a field goal in the fourth quarter. Michael Badgley slipped “at least twice” on kickoffs, Richt said. Yet Syracuse, down four with 5:23 left in the game, gave Murphy a shot to kick a 53-yarder anyway. He obliged, kicking it through with some depth to spare. Murphy perked up as teammates tapped his helmet.In the third quarter, Murphy hit a 40-yarder to cut Miami’s lead to seven. As Murphy landed his left foot to swing his right foot toward the ball, he slipped and fell flat on his rear after he connected with the ball.“After I made contact with it, I felt I was slipping, I looked up and I saw the ball falling in line,” said Murphy, who jumped up and threw a fist bump after the kick. “I was like, ‘OK, good. I look like an idiot, but I made it.’”Murphy said earlier this week that he hasn’t gotten into his own head, which he said contributed to his slide in 2016. He struggled on the road, going 1-for-6 on field goals away from the Carrier Dome, compared to a 9-of-12 mark in the Dome.As the ACC’s leader in made field goals, Murphy said he’s much more confident. Rather than listening to Metallica before games, he listens to “relaxed music,” such as The Weeknd. He credits an overall improvement across special teams, especially with the snap and hold. He took a sports psychology class to practice relaxation methods. All of it is paying off as he hopes for the first winning season of his career at Syracuse.“Last year I was always second-guessing myself and it was very anxious,” Murphy said, “whereas now I’m more in control. That’s the word I like to use. I write it on my notebook like 20 times before getting on the plane.” Comments Published on October 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spelinspektionen steps in over Enlabs inactivity

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Related Articles Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Spelinspektionen, Swedish gambling’s regulatory inspectorate, has warned Entertainment Laboratories (Enlabs) that it could move to revoke its licence due to a lack of activity recorded within a re-regulated Swedish marketplace.Enlabs has been given a 1 July 2020 deadline to begin operating gaming activities in Sweden, after the regulator issued its demand.Responding to the warning, Baltic facing Enlabs has played down the potential impacts and asserted that its operations will be in effect by the stipulated date.George Ustinov, president and chief executive officer of Enlabs, explained: “The Swedish Gambling Authority decision to give us a warning due to inactivity was not unexpected and did not change our communicated strategy for the Swedish market. We believe the authority’s assessment is reasonable and we will offer games under our Swedish license no later than June 2020, and thus retain the license.“In particular, I would like to emphasise that the authority’s warning only arises because we did not offer gaming operations under our license and does not entail any financial consequences. We look forward to a launch in Sweden and continue to monitor market conditions in order to seize the opportunities that arise.”Enlabs initially gained its licence for online gambling and betting on December 17, 2018, before Sweden’s re-regulated igaming market commenced operation on January 1, 2019.The licence, which covers a number of Enlabs brands such as bestbet.com, bestbingo.com, bestcasino.com, bestpoker.com, optibet.com, optibet.se, is valid until 31 December 2023.“The board is very pleased that George Ustinov will lead Enlabs in the future. George has during his time in the group demonstrated the ability to quickly make and implement decisions, has solid knowledge of the Eastern European gaming markets, and possesses the leadership skills that Enlabs continues to develop,” stated Niklas Braathen, Enlabs’ chairman.last_img read more

Maxima delivers comprehensive legal guidance via Complitech

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Maxima opens Barcelona office to accelerate Complitech commercial capacity May 22, 2020 Share Global compliance agency Maxima has announced the launch of its ‘Complitech’ database solution, which outlines legislative and technical requirements for more than 20 online gambling markets.The Complitech database has been designed to deliver betting executive teams with acute information on all technical requirements needed for operators to launch product to new markets.Maxima detailed that Complitech provides “up-to-the-minute product compliance information via a comprehensive database and set of analytical tools”.It added: “Users can instantly pull information from the database in a range of formats, sorting by product type, requirement type and jurisdiction.”Utilising Maxima’s new solution, industry leadership and operational teams will be able to instantly gather specific market information, such as those related to jackpot functionality on slots within Sweden.Maxima has branded its Complitech database as the most effective and comprehensive compliance guidance tool for operators competing within fast-changing marketplaces.Antonio Zanghi – Maxima ComplianceAntonio Zanghi, Managing Director of Maxima Compliance, said: “Complitech is the result of conversations with technical compliance specialists from across the industry, who were frustrated by the lack of a single resource through which to pull requirements and conduct gap analysis.“Our team of experts has compiled the very latest technical compliance requirements from more than 20 online gaming jurisdictions, and keeps them regularly updated to ensure you never miss a change.“Speed is of the essence for suppliers looking to get their products and content live in new markets, and Complitech is designed to ensure technical compliance requirements can be seamlessly met – regardless of the jurisdictions you are active in.” Maxima Compliance appoints Francesco Bianchi as technical lead June 15, 2020 Related Articles Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020last_img read more

Europe: Bayern, PSG advance in German, French Cup

first_imgGermany and France were the scenes of Cup football as the top flight leagues took a break.GERMANYHolders Bayern Munich struck either side of the break to beat second division Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0. A dazzling free kick by David Alaba on the stroke of halftime and Mario Goetze’s solo effort in the 57th minute were enough for Bayern.They were in control but never needed to hit top form against their toothless visitors. The Bavarians, top of the Bundesliga and chasing another domestic double, were up against a gutsy Braunschweig defence, with winger Franck Ribery frustrated in the first half by Braunschweig’s physical play.FRANCEGoals from David Luiz and Edinson Cavani helped Paris St Germain reach the semi-finals of the French Cup with a 2-0 win over Ligue 1 rivals Monaco at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. Three days after the two teams played out a dull 0-0 league draw, they put on a much more entertaining spectacle. PSG, however, never looked under threat and recorded a morale-boosting victory ahead of next week’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Chelsea.–last_img read more

WAC 2015: Ethiopia’s Dibaba and Kenya’s Rudisha shine on day four

first_imgWorld record holder Genzebe Dibaba underlined her superiority this season after securing the 1500m title in Beijing at the World Championships.Dibaba has been the front runner of track with a world record in the 1500m secured in Monaco earlier this year. Now she adds a world title on top of the world records she has already claimed – the indoor 1500, 3000 and 5000m events.The peerless Ethiopian runner looked classy and unfazed by the pressure in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in the Chinese capital as he turned up the speed on the second lap to pull clear.Tracked closest by Faith Kipyegon and Dawit Seyaum, Dibaba turned up the pressure with about half of the race to go and she had enough time to enjoy the moment at the finish line. Dibaba finished with a time of 4min 08.09sec, while Kipyegon took silver with 4:09.96.Genzebe has carried on the sporting success from her sister Tirunesh who was an Olympic champion.Now, Dibaba’s focus is on making it a 1500-5000 double triumph. Meanwhile, Kenyan runner David Rudisha snapped up gold in the men’s 800m, showing the kind of form that helped him win the Olympic title in 2012.It’s his first global title in three years.Rudisha led from start-to-finish and timed in at 1min 45.84sec for the victory with Poland’s Adam Kszczot claiming silver in 1:46.08.But the 26-year-old has dealt with a plague of fitness problems since he smashed the world record for 800m at the London Olympic Games. He looked a step closer to his old form at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, but his success in Beijing is his first World Championship gold in the 800m since 2011.Despite a low-key season, Rudisha was handed a huge opportunity at world gold when pre-race favourite Nijel Amos was ousted in the semi-finals. Amos had beaten Rudisha six times in seven races prior to his surprise elimination on Sunday.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Board of Education delays action on rules for seclusion rooms

first_imgDES MOINES — The State Board of Education Thursday voted down proposed new rules for using restraints and seclusion rooms for students in a procedural move to allow them to make changes.There are still concerns about how to determine if behavior is serious enough to warrant punishment, how big seclusion rooms should be, and how long it should take to notify parents of the punishment.The board decided to vote down the rules so they can hold some more meeting statewide for input, and then make changes and allow for another public input period before final adoption.The board heard public comments before the vote, including those from Winterset Superintendent Susie Meade, who favored keeping things the way they are.“I hear this from all of my colleagues from throughout the state. Folks, this is an epidemic and we need to be providing teachers with tools to support students —  not limiting the few resources we have available to assist students when they are struggling  to regulate their behaviors, dealing with mental heal…or dealing with the impact of trauma,” Meade says.Meade says the manual for such issues used to be a half-inch thick and now it is 60 pages long. “What makes me really sad is we have fewer outside resources to support our students than we had 20 years ago  — yet many more expectations and regulations,” according to Meade.ACLU lawyer, Daniel Zeno, says his group and others pushed for changes and he wants to see them move forward. “And the reason is because we know this happens to kids in schools in Iowa. And it happens disproportionately to black kids and to kids with disabilities,” Zeno says. “The point of the petition was to reduce the use of the rooms.”He says the rules don’t take anything away from teachers. “The rules do not completely ban them. They are still allowed to be used  — they just are limited. And we think that is a good thing,” Zeno says. “It is a traumatic experience for a kid to be put in what is essentially solitary confinement.”  Zeno had a few suggestions for changes to some of the wording the proposed rules.Department of Ed Deputy Director Dave Tilly says they did their best to improve the rules — but says each district is different and there’s not a single solution.“It depends on the facts of the situation and we’re covering such a wide potential waterfront of behaviors that the challenge is writing rules that in fact address those and but leave to the good judgment of the practitioners, decisions they have to make,” Tilly says.He leads the Division of Learning and Results and says they can go out across the state and hear from more people on the changes. “We’ve already spent two years working on these rules, and I don’t anticipate there will ever be a place where we will come where everyone will fully agree,” Tilly says, “but our intent here given the importance of these is to get them right.” Tilly says.Department of Education lawyer, Nicole Proesch says everyone has worked hard to come up with the revised rules. “It was all respectful, and even though we didn’t come to a complete consensus — as you can see from the public comment — there are people on all sides of the issue. The department really did try to come down to a compromise,” Proesch says.Proesch says the Board of Education had to take the action it did to be able to revisit the rules and revise them without starting over again.   They will now look at moving forward with the changes and the added public input process.last_img read more