Underdogs to top dogs

first_imgWhen time expired at Founders Field in Pittsburgh on May 1, the USA Rugby 2011 Women’s Division II College Championship belonged to the Radcliffe Rugby Football Club (RRFC). Players flooded onto the pitch in the raw weather to celebrate their upset victory over Notre Dame. Many wept as they formed a scrum of joy and embraced their teammates three or four at a time.“We ran together shouting, crying, hugging,” says Evan Hoese ’11, most valuable player of the championship tournament. “There was so much emotion on the field. We just wanted to be together.”Most observers probably wouldn’t have predicted such amazing success for a team whose future seemed uncertain only a few years ago. As a Harvard club sport, RRFC faced the perennial challenge of fundraising, made more difficult because of the recession. The team was also responsible for its own logistics and transportation to places as far flung as Kissimmee, Fla., and Randall’s Island, N.Y. Coach Bryan Hamlin says that recruitment was a concern when he came on board, but the players’ toughness and perseverance allowed them overcome the obstacles and build a thriving program.“When I first began coaching this team, the numbers were very bad and there was a chance the club would fold,” says Hamlin. “We worked hard and soon participation picked up. Now we have a strong program and we are heading into the Division I Ivy League conference, ready to face the challenges that will be presented to us.”As things stabilized, the team started winning. RRFC qualified for the 2011 national championship tournament on April 3 after beating a tough Boston University squad to which it had lost earlier in the season. Even then, the program got little respect from tournament organizers. Radcliffe drew a low seed and, thus, an early round match with one of the best teams in the country: the Norwich University Cadets, who had beaten the Harvard women earlier in the year. Oddly enough, it was this loss that convinced Hamlin his team could contend for a national title, he said.“At that time, Norwich was the No. 1 team in the country,” he says. “Although we lost the game, we had the more skilled team; we just didn’t have the fitness. It was a close game but Norwich ran away with it in the final 15 minutes. From that moment I knew we had the potential to win a national championship.”The team was in top condition for its tournament match with Norwich in mid-April. Trailing at halftime, Radcliffe rallied and pulled away for a 22-7 win. Next up was a semifinal game in Pittsburgh with Western Washington, another top-ranked school. Again, the fitness and stifling defense of the Harvard women were the difference as they trounced their opponent, 32-14.“Western Washington proved to be a very worthy adversary,” says Megan Verlage ’13. “They stayed neck and neck with us the majority of the game, but broke because we kept them under constant pressure until the very end.”The final test came against Notre Dame, a physically imposing team ranked No. 3 in the country. The Radcliffe ruggers were relaxed and confident. Hoese says that she visualized the team’s success for days before the match with Notre Dame and couldn’t wait to get on the field.“All I could think about was the championship,” she says. “I imagined breaking through the line, knocking the other team back, big hits, and a wall of defense. I was so excited and also proud of the upcoming game and how far we’d come. I felt calm. I knew we could win.”At first, Radcliffe had trouble shutting the Irish down and the game stayed close. The Cliffies kept the pressure on, moving Notre Dame around the field. In the final 20 minutes, the Radcliffe women upped the intensity on their exhausted opponents, whose defense could not hold. After a final scrum, RRFC claimed a 22-10 win and its first national championship since it won the Division I title in 1998.“We play our best rugby in the last 20 minutes of a match,” says Hamlin. “At no point did I think we were going to lose that game. The team executed our plan perfectly.”Nicole Poteat ’11 says that the championship showed her that she could accomplish anything with the help of teammates who share a common goal and a commitment to one another.“The momentum we had this year made us an unstoppable force,” she says. “Every time I thought that force might be meeting an immovable object — like in the Norwich game, or when we played Notre Dame in the finals — I quickly remembered that for us, there was no such thing. This came from how cohesive we were as a unit on and off the field. We know the lengths we would go to for each other and that has made us fearless.”last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces $1.3 Million in State Funding for New Chinatown Community Center in Philadelphia

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Representative Mike O’Brien today to announce a $1.3 million grant to help fund the construction of the new Philadelphia Chinatown Eastern Tower Community Center. This project will create and retain nearly 160 full-time permanent jobs, as well as 500 additional jobs during construction.“This project will be a wonderful addition to this neighborhood, and provide real services and economic benefit to those who live and work here,” Governor Wolf said. “It will also revitalize the area along 10th and Vine streets, providing opportunities for additional businesses to develop and open, creating jobs and more economic activity.”“The creation of a community center serves to unite a community that was cut in half by the Vine Street Expressway,” Rep. O’Brien said. ”Affordable housing is much needed in this historic cultural community.”The mixed-use tower, which will be located at the northwest corner of 10th and Vine streets, will consist of 21,000 square feet of office space, 8,700 square feet of retail space, 17,000 square feet of recreation and event space, and 150 high-rise residential units.The $1.3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds will go toward construction of the commercial and community center portion of the $76 million overall project.“This non-profit and public partnership will create Chinatown’s first community center with a Keystone Star 4 early childhood learning center,” said John Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC). “It will also create over 800 jobs for the Pennsylvania economy.”The project will create 500 construction jobs, 480 spin-off jobs during the construction period, 159 full-time created and retained jobs, and 148 additional indirect full-time jobs, according to PCDC.Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2016, with an estimated completion date in the fall of 2017.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Gov. Wolf Announces $1.3 Million in State Funding for New Chinatown Community Center in Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 20, 2016last_img read more

Student applicant pool, acceptance rates increase

first_imgWhile the acceptance rate for admitted undergraduate students increased, the university had more applicants, admitted more out-of-state and international students and remained fairly consistent in its acceptance of underrepresented applicants, according to statistics released by the university Monday.This year, the Office of Admission accepted 9,304 of 47,279 applicants for a class size of 2,650 students. USC reported an admission rate of 19.7 percent. Last year, USC reported that it admitted 18 percent (or about 8,265) of 45,917 applicants for the same projected class size.Timothy Brunold, the university’s dean of admission, said the incoming class is a very competitive group of students.“USC’s fall 2013 entering freshman class is shaping up to be the most impressive in the university’s 133-year history,” Brunold told USC News. “The group of students we have selected is characterized by unprecedented levels of diversity: ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic. I am confident that our faculty will be pleased to teach this incredibly bright, talented and impressive group of young adults.”Though the acceptance rate seems to have gone up, other measures of admitted students’ academic achievements are largely the same. Admitted students for the classes of 2016 and 2017 school years mostly come from the top 10 percent of their high school’s graduating class; for both, 75 percent have test scores at or above the 95th percentile. USC also reported the same average unweighted high school GPA for this and last year’s accepted students: 3.82 on a 4.00 scale.USC’s slow-but-steady increase in the percentage of out-of-state students has not waned. About 45 percent of admitted students are in-state, compared to 47 percent last year. The current sophomore class was USC’s first-ever class of 2015 to have less than half of its student hail from California, at 49 percent.The number of admitted international students has increased by 4 percent from last year, rising to 17 percent. With international offices in India, China and Brazil, the admissions office has been gradually increasing efforts to reach more students worldwide, as reported in previous Daily Trojan articles.While geographic diversity is increasing, racial diversity has remained nearly constant between this and last year’s admitted students statistics. The percentage of the admitted class that identified as Asian dropped from 30 percent to 26 percent and the percent of the admitted class that identified as black increased from 6 percent to 7 percent. The percentage of admitted students that identified as Latino or Native American/Pacific Islander stayed the same, at 12 percent and 2 percent, respectively.The university reported that it accepted more first-generation college students than most other private university in the country, with 11 percent of admitted students being the first in their family to attend college, compared to 12 percent last year. USC enrolls 3,398 first-generation students as of fall 2012, or 19 percent of all undergraduates.The most-represented metropolitan areas in the U.S. outside California are nearly the same compared to last year, though Dallas and Boston are now better represented than Washington, D.C. The most represented foreign countries for undergraduates are still China, South Korea, India and Canada.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Sexual abuse of the youth must be stopped

first_imgSouth Florida, as was the rest of the world, was stunned at last week’s Pennsylvania grand jury report that over 1,000 young boys and girls were found to have been sexual abused by over 300 Catholic priests over a period of several decades.Yet despite these despicable acts against the youth, many of whom placed their trust in these priests, when this newspaper sought the reaction of several South Floridians only two bemoaned the impact of the abuse on the children. Most, tried being analytical, giving reasons for the priests’ despicable behavior. Relatively subdued reactionOne also expected the reaction to the news of these abuses would have been much more vehement across the main-stream television networks, but, instead, the reactions were relatively subdued.So was the delayed reaction by the head of the world’s Catholic Church, Pope Francis 1. Condemning the priests alleged to be guilty of these sexual reprobate acts on children isn’t enough. The Church, led by the Pope, must take more profound measures to stop these abuses which have plagued the Catholic Church for centuries.Goes beyond the Catholic ChurchBut sexual abuse of children goes way beyond priests in the Catholic Church. Sexual abuse against children has become akin to an epidemic, involving pastors in other churches, and men of various walks of life.In Jamaica, some months ago the news was laden with reports of sexual abuse by senior pastors in several prominent churches. During the tenure of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller she persistently spoke and sought action against sexual abuse of young children within and outside the home, Some of these abuses escalated into the criminal death of several young people, especially young girls, and almost daily Jamaican papers issued Ananda Alerts related to missing young girls and boys.Persistent problem Although the current Jamaican government, and private organizations, including the Female Development World Organization and its “Nuh guh Deh” campaign conducted and led by South Florida’s Lavern Deer, have been more active in trying to curb child sexual abuse, the problem still persists.  While one notes that the published Ananda Alerts of missing children have been less frequent, one cannot attest this to less children having gone missing, or a policy decision to reduce publication of these reports. Here in the US, there are frequent reports of young boys and girls being trafficked from poor foreign nations. Mostly, these young people are being distributed throughout the country like slaves and forced into lives of prostitution, dancers in nude clubs, or participating in other forms of nefarious behaviors.Normally victims trusted abusers It’s difficulty, despite explanation attempted by psychologists and other behavior specialists, why grown, adult men, find young girls and boys, some little older than infants, sexually appealing. Compounding the despicable nature of this deplorable abuse is that in many circumstances the abused child victim trusted the abuser.Priests and pastors in Church’s are usually impeccably trusted by members of their congregation. Parents, assuming these “men of God” are trustworthy, moral leaders, normally never associate them with sexual deviousness in turning their kids to them for moral guidance. But it seems that priests and pastors, and other sexual abusers, have an uncanny way of depicting the most vulnerable youth, pre-teens and teens, and use this vulnerability as a spring-board for sexual abuse.Another unfortunate impact of these incidents of abuse is that they often leave permanent emotional and psychological scars on many of the young victims.The fact is thousands of children in the US, the Caribbean, and globally, are victims of sexual abuse.  As, the scourge of poverty makes more vulnerable children turn to adult men for assistance, this assistance becomes a corollary to sexual abuse.Can never be justifiedSexual abuse can never be justified. It can’t be justified by priests who cannot withstand the temptations of the flesh after they took oaths of celibacy. It can’t be justified by men who take the youth into their houses to provided them with room and board. It can’t be justified by men who assist poor mothers to provide food and shelter for their children. Sexual abuse of children can never be justified.As a community, more is needed publicly and privately, by churches and secular organizations. to eliminate and prevent child sexual abuse. The frequency and wantonness of reports of incidences of child sexual abuse by people children trust in the community – priests, pastors, teachers, coaches, mentors, relatives, employers, place every child, even your own in potential danger. As a community, there’s a collective responsibility to ensure this scourge is removed.last_img read more

Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo refused to make any predictions heading into the Beermen’s title series against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.But the reigning four-time PBA MVP is sure of one thing: Game 5 will be necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“For sure, walang sweep na mangyayari kasi malakas yung Ginebra,” Fajardo said on Tuesday during the pre-finals press conference.(For sure, there won’t be any sweep happening because Ginebra is a strong team.) San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net[/caption]ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names San Miguel and Ginebra will meet in the finals for the second time in four conferences.The Beermen needed only five games to beat the Gin Kings in their previous meeting in the championship round back in the 2017 Philippine Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins READ: Cone unfazed as Ginebra faces ‘greatest team of all time’ in PBA Finals“Pareho kaming ayaw magpa-sweep. Magandang series ito, mahabang series siguro ito.”(Both teams don’t want to get swept. This will be a good and probably long series.)READ: San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals seriesADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

QPR said to want Green as Kenny is again linked with Leeds

first_imgQPR will try to beat Tottenham to the signing of goalkeeper Robert Green if West Ham fail to win promotion, according to the Daily Mirror.West Brom and Spanish side Malaga have also been linked with the England international, whose contract expires this summer.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is ready to offer him as much as £50,000 a week to move to Loftus Road.Rangers’ current number-one keeper Paddy Kenny is tipped to join former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds United.West Ham are expected to offer Green a new deal but it seems less likely he will re-sign for them if they lose to Blackpool in the Championship play-off final.This page is regularly updated.Click here for Friday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

PBA D-League: Diliman College dumps Trinity for 1st win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For the past week and a half, we just concentrated on our execution, on defense and offense,” said Diliman head coach Rensy Bajar, whose squad improved to 1-1.The game was over early after Diliman outscored Trinity, 29-11, at the end of the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGandjeto also had 11 rebounds and two blocks while Joseph Brutas added a double-double with 1 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Canete paced the White Stallions, who dropped to 0-2, with 15 points and nine rebounds. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES After Barcelona losses, Real Madrid only has Champions League left Read Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill raced to an early lead en route to an 88-51 rout of The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.Kevin Gandjeto led the Blue Dragons’ fiery start, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half where his team extended its lead past the 20-point plateau.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Vine: Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash Dropped A Sick No-Look Assist Against OU

first_imgOklahoma State's mascot looks into the camera.OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 13: The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The basketball version of the Bedlam rivalry is taking place tonight in Stillwater, and No. 24 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are involved in a tight contest midway through the second half. Both teams need a victory not only for bragging rights but to keep on track for an NCAA berth. It’s been a quiet night so far for Oklahoma State’s star forward Le’Bryan Nash, but the 6-foot-7 senior does have one major highlight. It came early in the second half, in the form of a gorgeous no-look pass to teammate Michael Cobbins for a dunk.Flashy and effective. This is an entertaining game right now between two bitter rivals.[ H/T: @pistolsguy ]last_img read more

Can Priyanka Gandhi distinguish between sugarcane and chari, asks Suresh Rana

first_imgLucknow: Can Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or other members of the Gandhi family distinguish between sugarcane and chari, a locally-grown fodder crop, asked Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana. This was his reply when he was asked about Priyanka Gandhi’s attack on the government over a recent news report that claimed dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh. “When the Congress was in power, it did not pay dues to the farmers. If Priyanka Gandhi or any other member of the Gandhi family can distinguish between sugarcane and chari, I will start believing that they have the right to speak on farmers,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The UP minister of state (independent charge) for sugarcane development and sugar mills also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has “accepted moral defeat” and has “fled from Amethi”. On the steps taken by the Yogi Adityanath government for cane farmers, Rana said, “When our government was formed, there were pending cane dues but so far, dues amounting to nearly Rs 60,000 crore have been paid.” He said the amount was bigger than the budgets of some states, but the government paid it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “In the previous regimes of the SP and the BSP, nothing was done for the sugarcane farmers and as a result, they died of starvation,” he alleged. The minister said that sugarcane cultivation area in the state has increased by 22 per cent to 28 lakh hectare which showed that the Adityanath government has worked for the welfare of sugarcane farmers. Out of 119 sugar mills in the state, there are 70 whose dues for 30-45 days had to be paid, Rana said, adding that there were some mills where the dues were pending only for the current season of 2-2.5 months. Sugarcane season is generally from November to April and it might extend to May, he said. When asked whether the BJP has been able to overcome last year’s shocking defeat in the Kairana bypolls, Rana said, “The by-elections were not for electing or deciding the prime minister of the country or the chief minister of the state.” “Everybody knew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue to be at the Centre, while Yogi Adityanath will continue to be in the state. This (Lok Sabha) election is to make Modiji the prime minister once again. Areas which witnessed more than 70 per cent polling in the assembly elections saw nearly 50 per cent polling in bypolls,” he said. Rana is an MLA from Thana Bhawan constituency in Shamli district. The seat is an assembly segment of Kairana parliamentary constituency. The minister said the party’s margin of win in the Lok Sabha elections will be bigger than the 2014 polls. Taking a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on contesting from Wayanad in Kerala in addition to Amethi, he said, “Rahul Gandhi has fled from Amethi. People of that place have seen a glimmer of development (vikaas ka diyaa) only during the five years of Modi government.” “He (Rahul Gandhi) has accepted moral defeat and has fled apprehending that the voters of Amethi will seek an answer from him for duping them,” Rana claimed. On the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, he said, “There have been attempts to forge alliances on the basis of caste, but these are not natural unions. This is only an alliance of leaders, and not of their votes or party workers. People have forged a natural alliance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” On the importance of western Uttar Pradesh, Rana said, “Since it is situated in close proximity to the National Capital Region, hence the western part of the state also has its share of importance in national politics.” “Western UP has always been associated with major agro-political movements. Secondly anti-national forces tried to expand their footprints during the previous governments in the region. The news of exodus also first emanated from western UP,” the UP minister said. The BJP has done a lot of work on these issues, and hence the voters are enthusiastic about the saffron party, he said.last_img read more

‘Nearly 1,200 IPS officers under scanner for non-performance’

first_imgNew Delhi: Nearly 1,200 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) have come under the scanner of the Home Ministry for non-performance, an official said Thursday.The ministry has reviewed service records of a total of 1,181 IPS officers in the past three years to check deadwood from the government, he said, adding the numbers of officers under the lens could go up as such a review is a continuous process. The review of service records was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits ) Rules, 1958 during 2016 and 2018 to check non-performers, the official said. The rule says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice. Of the total of 1,181 IPS officers, ten of them were recommended for premature retirement from the service in public interest, he said, without disclosing the names of the officers concerned. As many as 3,972 IPS officers are working across the country against their total sanctioned strength of 4,940, according to a Home Ministry data. The Modi government has started the policy of reviewing the service record of the IPS officers to check deadwood from the service, the official said. However, no review of the officers’ service record was undertaken during 2014 and 2015, he said. “The periodical review help the government in assessing performers and checking non-performers. Based on this review, performers are encouraged and non-performers are asked either to improve or face expulsion from the service in public interest,” the official said. The Centre has also reviewed service records of 1,143 IAS officers from 2015 to 2018 and recommended premature retirement to four officers found lacking, the official said.last_img read more