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BPW President Defends Gender Equality Statement

first_imgFor further updates on this topic visit:www.facebook.com/BPW Dominicawww.bpwinternational.com 28 Views   no discussions (Statistical evidence by Dr. Baksh Country Gender Assessment 2014) – PUBLIC DISCLOSURE AUTHORISED Share Tweet In layman terms, Gender Equality is equal opportunity, responsibility and rights whereas Gender Equity is how these people are treated according to their individual needs. We have many women Chief Executive Officers, women in parliament, women in government, and women in many jobs which society depicts as a male ‘job’. By Oxford definition, the word ‘JOB’ has seven meanings, it is not exclusive to ‘work that someone does regularly to earn a living.’ This means that, Dominica in comparison to other countries in the world, even in our region, is doing quite an exemplary job at pushing and breaking the boundaries of Gender Equality. Our precious country is prolific in creating successful women and offering equal opportunities to both males and females.“Even in our schools, once efficiently qualified, anyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic bracket etc can be appointed. For instance, at one of our Secondary Schools on the island, the head of the Technical Department is a woman and the head of the English Department is a man. Our society, sadly to say is one that is based on, in colloquial terms ‘pull-string’ rather than of patriarchy. There are many women who drive tractors, operate backhoes, climbs electrical poles and do the same jobs that are usually male-dominated. We have a lot of women in different sectors in society and it is time that we give them a platform where they can develop their skills, abilities and show off the qualities”, said St. John. President of the Dominica Chapter of Business and Professional Women, Rhoda St John said recently that “Dominica does not have an issue with gender equality…”She issued the following statement on Thursday supporting her argument.GENDER EQUITY VERSUS GENDER EQUALITY January 23, 2020“GENDER EQUALITY – equality between men and women does not mean that women and men have to become the same, but that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they were born male or female.GENDER EQUITY – fairness of treatment for men and women according to their respective needs. These may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.” – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESDOC). Sharing is caring!center_img Share “This puts Dominica at the forefront of national gender policy initiative in the Caribbean … being way ahead of many other Caribbean countries, some larger than Dominica for example my own country Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Suriname, and others,” she stated while at a one-day consultation hosted at the Fort Young Hotel. In 2013, Dr. Rawwida Baksh, who is a Regional Gender Specialist Consultant commended Dominica on its commitment to advance and develop our gender policy. Gender Equity is quantifiable. Without up-to-date statistical evidence it not logical to make a comment on a topic that can be so easily kept quiet. Yes, it is easy to see both genders receiving equal opportunity, but how easy is it to see the unfair treatment that happens mostly behind closed doors? In a recent Meet and Greet Event, organized by the Business and Professional Women – Dominica Chapter, the association’s President; Rhoda St John quoted: “In Dominica, we do not have an issue where gender equality is concerned”.In accordance to the aforementioned statement by the UN, who is a partner to BPW International, Dominica does not have an issue where gender equality is concerned. BusinessLifestyleLocalNews BPW President Defends Gender Equality Statement by: – January 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Man found dead

first_imgPolice identified him as 22-year-old John Mark Villarosa of Manapla town, an employee of a freight company.Villarosa was found lifeless lying on his bed around 6 a.m. on May 7, a police report showed.His body was brought to a local mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination.As of this writing, officers of the Pulupandan municipal police station have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN BACOLOD City – He was found dead inside the sleeping quarters of a building where he was working in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental.last_img

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Batesville Approves Six Longer School Days In April

first_imgStudent Neal Nobbe, coach Chris Steele and student Will Amberger at the school board meeting Monday.Students at Batesville Community School Corporation will be in class longer for a week in April.The accumulated snow days forced local school administrators to adjust the calendar to meet the states mandated 180 days of instruction. Without adjustments to the calendar, the last three school days would have been Monday, June 2, 3 and 4.Batesville Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts revealed his recommendation for a calendar change to the School Board of Trustees at the school board meeting Monday night.Students will make up the latest snow day, Monday, March 3, by going to school for an extra hour a day for a week.The longer school days will be Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18, and also on Monday, April 21. Roberts explained that longer school days that week can benefit students preparing for the next round of ISTEP testing.The extra hour will be added to the end of the day, school officials confirmed.Batesville will also utilize a two day waiver granted from the Indiana Department of Education for missed days on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. This will allow the school year to conclude on Friday, May 30.School board members approved the measure, as board member Steve Stein cited, “I believe this makes sense. I believe that one day in June is always a wasted day.”The decision comes one week after Franklin County Schools implemented an additional 40 minutes to school days from Monday, March 17 to April 16. The last day of instruction for Franklin County students is May 30.More news from the Monday’s Batesville School Board Meeting >>Only three school board members were present, as members Wanita Linkel and Ray Call were absent.Batesville Primary School UpgradesA proposal to renovate and make repairs to Batesville Primary School was approved by the school board. The 25-year-old building is in need of maintenance upgrades such as a boiler replacement, new cooling system, roof repairs and up-to-date building controls.The school will seek construction bids with the goal of not exceeding $2 million. The upgrades cost a taxpayer $32.10 that resides in median home value in the school district of $172,000.School Board President Chris Lowery said the maintenance upgrades can position the school to become more energy efficient.Lunch PricesSuperintendent Dr. Jim Roberts will travel to Washington D.C. on March 30 and 31, and will speak with legislators about the school lunch program. On Monday, school board members were informed that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will require the school to raise lunch prices.The current average weighted price at Batesville is $1.54, school officials will be forced to raise that to at least a $1.60 next school year. A decision will not be made until Roberts returns from the nation’s capital.Students Ally Ritter, Zach Hall, Graham Hunter, Matt Weiler and swimming coach T.J. Greene.Recognizing Top Student-AthletesBatesville student Will Amberger received a Wrestling Jr. Academic All-State award. Fellow wrestler, Neal Nobbe, received an honorable mention.Even without a pool, Batesville swimmers continue to succeed in the water and in the classroom. Students Zach Hall, Graham Hunter, Ally Ritter and Matt Weiler are Academic All-State award winners.Board President Chris Lowery said the nominations continue to show Batesville as a school of student hyphens; student-athletes, students-performers, “But their students first, and it is good to see their family supporting that and coaches helping with that.”last_img read more

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Hamilton to push F1 bosses for better anti-racism effort

first_imgLewis Hamilton intends to write to Formula One’s bosses in a bid to create a more co-ordinated anti-racism stance and improve the sport’s pre-race ‘taking a knee’ ceremony. Speaking at the Hungaroring after his classic drive to a hat-trick of victories at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the six-time champion said he will write an email to urge them to improve communications and do a better job. “I think they can give us more time,” he said, referring to Sunday’s shambolic and rushed pre-race gesture by a group of drivers. “So, I’ll probably send an email over the next couple of days – and try and co-ordinate with them to create a better way. “They do want to do it…. I guess there’s not good enough communication.” Hamilton revealed that there were clear rifts among the drivers and a lack of planning for the ceremony that is now a part of many other major sports events. He said that the shambolic and rushed ceremony that took place ahead of Sunday’s race was not mentioned in the official drivers’ briefing meeting and said the chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) Romain Grosjean did not believe it was necessary. He is expected to make contact with Formula One’s chief executive Chase Carey, who has donated one million dollars of his own money to the sport’s battle for diversity and against racism, and the president of the ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA). Hamilton made clear his disappointment and frustration at F1’s failings in presenting a united front by the drivers in the anti-racism drive. On Sunday, a cluster of drivers took the knee in parc fermee in the pit-lane, but several arrived late, some stood and some did not turn up at all. Hamilton unhappy at rushed anti-racism ceremony Hamilton said: “He (Grosjean) doesn’t think it’s important to do it – he’s one of them that thinks it was done once and that’s all we need to do…. – Leadership lacking – “So I tried to speak to him about what the problem is, that it’s not going away and we have to continue to fight for it. I think this time he didn’t mention anything in the drivers’ briefing and neither did Sebastian (Vettel, also a director of the GPDA). “Sebastian and I messaged each other and he stressed, as did I, the importance that we continue to do it.” He added that the sport lacked leadership on the issues. “From the top, they need to come out with ‘hey, this is what we’re going to do guys and we want you all to be a part of it’. Currently there is none of that. “I try not to lean so much on the drivers because I don’t want them to feel it’s me that’s doing it – and because, in some places, that might be why some are not doing it … because it’s why I’m doing it. “But I don’t think it’s being taken seriously. I think there are perhaps people who have not grown up around it so they don’t understand it. “And there are those that say ‘because of that it doesn’t affect me’. I have heard those comments – ‘It doesn’t do anything for me, so why should I do it?’ “It’s not about me, it’s not about you. There are people out there who are experiencing discrimination, that’s what we’re fighting for – we’re trying to change in organisations. “I’ll get in touch with Formula 1 this week. I will speak to Jean (Todt) because no-one else is going to do it.” Hamilton hopes that all 19 drivers will agree to kneel with him by the end of the season. Promoted Content7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithAmazing Bridal Looks From Around The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Loading… Read Also: Solskjaer takes blame for team selection in Chelsea defeat “I gave a lot of energy in Austria to try and convince a couple of the drivers, and it’s a battle, but I think what’s important is the ones that are doing it, the understanding, it’s fantastic. “My dream is that one day the other drivers come around to it, and if we get to the last race and we’re all kneeling down and showing that we are united, I think that would be beautiful.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Deery Series headlines Memorial Day show at Boone Speedway

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – A Memorial Day tradition continues at Boone Speedway when the Deery Brothers Summer Series headlines the holiday race program.Touring IMCA Late Models race for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start the Monday, May 29 main event.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under attending with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.Thirteen of the previous 45 Deery Series events held at Boone Speedway were Memorial Day specials. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls leads all drivers with seven tour victories there, including a string of four straight IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s wins through last September.Gary Webb of Blue Grass and Ray Guss Jr. of Milan each own four career Deery wins at Boone.Completing the Monday card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded in all three divisions.More information about the seventh event of the 31st annual series is available from Boone Speedway promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220 and at the www.raceboone.com website.The tour returns to Boone for the Super Nationals show on Thursday, Sept. 7.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 211; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, 208; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 201; 4. Cayden Carter, Os­kaloosa, and Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, both 198; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 192; 7. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 191; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 186; 9. Curt Martin, Independence, 184; 10. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, 177; 11. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 148; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 140; 13. Paul Conrad, Colo, 131; 14. Jus­tin Kay, Wheatland, 117; 15. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 110; 16. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 109; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 101; 18. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 99; 19. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque, 97; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, 91.last_img read more

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EPL: Gunners, Spurs clash in London derby

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Arsenal vs. Tottenham Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 4:30PMArsenal play host to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby looking to establish a five-point advantage over their fierce rivals in the Premier League standings. While the Gunners lost out to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, Spurs head into Sunday’s fixture having suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. Losing out in a relatively high-scoring game against Liverpool produced comments of “same old Arsenal”, something which is arguably justified by the questionable defending of David Luiz for one of Mohamed Salah’s two goals. However, having previously ground out wins against Newcastle United and Burnley, it is far too early for the Gunners to be written off at the top of the table. Unlike some of the other contenders, Unai Emery has had to contend with easing his new arrivals into action, with the encounter on Merseyside representing the first time that each of Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe had all started in the same team. Although there were as many negatives as there were positives, time will be required for each of the trio to fully bed into life at the Emirates Stadium. Nevertheless, a home derby showdown with the club’s biggest enemies is the perfect occasion for them to show why they have been brought to the club, especially in the case of Pepe given the investment which has been made in the Ivory Coast international. Emery finds himself in a position where he needs to find the right balance with regards to the winger, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, aware that the supporters will want to see all three playing in tandem. Whether that is possible in the long term remains to be seen, although few would criticise the Spaniard if he opted to go with a gung-ho style against opponents who have issues at the back. There will be caution at the other end, despite none of Spurs’ attacking players showing much form in the final third, but Emery and his players have the opportunity to deliver a statement performance early in the title race, and this is the perfect platform to do just that. After reaching the Champions League final and significantly improving his squad over the summer, life at Spurs was supposed to get easier for Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool. However, the Argentine will rightly be worried about the current performances of his team, who are fortunate to have four points on the board from matches against Aston Villa, City and Newcastle. Having come through what would have been perceived to be the tougher two fixtures having avoided defeat, Pochettino would have expected his side to deliver another win against a Newcastle outfit who had offered very little in meetings against Arsenal and Norwich City. Spurs continued to look devoid of ideas in the final third, however, and it highlighted the importance of keeping Christian Eriksen at the club at least until the end of his contract. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Rose, Son, Kane.Tags: ArsenalDavid LuizMohamed SalahNewcastle UnitedTottenham HotspurUnai Emerylast_img read more

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NHC Tracking Three Areas of Concern as Tropics Heat Up

first_imgA disturbance north of Hispaniola continues to move slowly northwest and currently has a 50 percent chance for tropical development in the next five days.Computer models indicate the system could become a tropical depression by Friday and then perhaps Tropical Storm Humberto by Sunday.It’s moving towards us, and while it likely won’t develop until it moves into the Gulf of Mexico, it will bring us an increased chance of rainfall this weekendOn and off rain, with partly to mostly cloudy skies is expected. Could see 1 to 2 inches of rain, locally heavier amounts possible in isolated areas.last_img

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Boys’ soccer roundup

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Matthew Coombs of the Sumner Tigers heads the ball away fromStephen Cochrane of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in Sumner’s10-0 win on Friday. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — With less than a week to go in the regular season, the Ellsworth Eagles and the Sumner Tigers are the only Hancock County boys’ teams assured of tournament play.But the Eagles saw their string of six consecutive shutouts snapped Tuesday when they were forced to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime tie with the Foxcroft Academy Ponies.After playing through a scoreless first half, Blake Arno put the 8-3-1 Ponies in front with a rebound putback midway through the second half.Conor Maguire knotted the score for Ellsworth, scoring on an assist from Jeff Weeks with 11 minutes remaining.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNeither team could break the tie in overtime play.Goalkeepers Nick Bagley and Bruce St. Peter combined for four saves on 11 shots for the 11-0-1 Eagles.Logan Butera had seven saves on 19 shots for the Ponies.Ellsworth is sitting comfortably in first place in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine Class B standings.The 3-6-1 Mount Desert Island Trojans are holding down the 13th and last qualifying spot in the Class B ranks. But with point-worthy games against Old Town, Hermon and Ellsworth still remaining at press time, MDI easily could climb a spot or two with one or more wins.In Class C, Sumner’s Tigers saw their record dip to 8-4-0 on Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to the Bangor Christian Patriots.The Tigers now are ranked fourth in the Class C standings.The 4-7-1 George Stevens Academy Eagles have slipped out of playoff contention, to 13th place, with just two games remaining — both against teams at the bottom of the standings.The winless Bucksport Golden Bucks and the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners, with only one win, are out of the playoff picture.In earlier action this week:MDI 2, GSA 0The Trojans held the Eagles scoreless in a 2-0 win on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Blue Hill.Ellsworth 8, John Bapst 0The Eagles claimed their sixth consecutive shutout on Thursday as they cruised to an 8-0 win over the John Bapst Crusaders in Ellsworth.The Eagles spread the scoring around, getting goals by eight players — Jacob Jordan, Anthony Gardner, Brady White, Valter Moeller, Jack Weeks, Griffin Nightingale, Alex Braley and Conor Maguire.Gardner also had a pair of assists and Weeks had one.Goalkeepers Bruce St. Peter and Nick Bagley combined for just four saves on six shots for Ellsworth, and Bach Nguyen and Josh Burleigh combined for 10 stops on 29 shots for John Bapst.Sumner 10, DI-Stonington 0Max Eklund scored three goals and Thirapong Janla had two as the Tigers romped to a 10-0 shutout of the Mariners on Thursday in Sullivan.Sumner also got goals from Baramee Janla, Noah Goldfarb, Nathan Donovan, Brandon Grinnan and goalkeeper Sam Smith.Sumner’s defense made it an easy afternoon for Smith, who was not called upon to make a single save.Ethan Shepard made 12 stops on 22 shots for the Mariners. For more photos from DI-S vs Sumner, click here.Washington Academy 1, Sumner 0On Friday in Sullivan, the Tigers gave the top-ranked Washington Academy Raiders all they could handle before losing a hard-fought contest 1-0.Quinn Aucoin netted the lone goal of the game for the Raiders with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half.Presque Isle 4, MDI 3On Saturday in Bar Harbor, the third-ranked Presque Isle Wildcats eked out a 4-3 win over the Trojans.Mattanawcook Academy 6, Bucksport 0The Mattanawcook Academy Lynx got a three-goal hat trick from Brady Hawkins as they downed the Golden Bucks 6-0 on Saturday in Lincoln.Riley Coburn, Brett Crocker and Reece Crosby added single goals for the Lynx.Corbett Arnold had an easy day in goal for Mattanawcook, making three saves on just five shots.For Bucksport, Dylan Robbins and Tanner Bishop combined for 14 saves on 25 shots.Penobscot Valley 6, DI-Stonington 0Grant Doane had three goals and Jacob Whitten, Jarrett Priest and Brady Harding each scored one as the Penobscot Valley Howlers downed the Mariners 6-0 on Saturday for their seventh shutout of the season.Goalkeeper Joseph Higgins made three saves on as many shots for the Howlers, and Krisford Melanio had 15 saves on 27 shots in goal for the 1-11-0 Mariners.Central 10, Bucksport 0At East Corinth on Monday, the Central Red Devils romped to a 10-0 win over the Golden Bucks.Andrew Speed had three goals and Matt Hewitt and Caleb Shaw scored two each to lead the Red Devils, who outshot Bucksport 23-3.MDI 1, John Bapst 0The Mount Desert Island Trojans nipped the John Bapst Crusaders 1-0 on Monday in Bangor.last_img read more

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Women of Troy hope to turn corner

first_imgHeading into the 2010 campaign, 10th-year coach Mick Haley believes the USC women’s volleyball team has the potential to be among the nation’s best.Ace – Senior Geena Urango leads a USC team bolstered by the best recruiting class in the nation. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan“With the addition of our recruiting class, we should be a much better team — more experienced, deeper in talent,” said Haley, who has led the Women of Troy to two national championships during his tenure. “If everybody works hard and things goes the way we plan, we are going to be able to compete for a national title.”The Women of Troy finished fifth in the extremely competitive Pac-10 conference last season, but despite making the NCAA tournament for the 19th consecutive year, the season ended in disappointment when USC was bounced in the second round of the tournament after receiving a tough draw.This season, the Women of Troy must get off to a fast start if they intend to take the conference crown and Haley seems to be well on his way to ensuring that happens.Haley was able to sign the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to Max Preps. As USC looks to replace three starters, including two-time All-Pac-10 player Jessica Gysin, these newcomers will be thrown into the mix from the start.Outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana was tabbed as the top high school player in the country for 2009, and is touted for possessing a thorough understanding of the nuances of the game. At libero, incoming freshman Natalie Hagglund will place pressure on senior Geena Urango in what should be the fiercest position battle of preseason practice.Other freshman that could see plenty of playing time include middle blocker Alexis Olgard, opposite Sara Shaw and outside hitter Sam Hirschmann.When the second round of conference games begin, USC hopes the addition of 6-foot-3-inch Natasa Siljkovic, who will be eligible in late October, will add another dimension to the team down the stretch.In addition to the incoming class, there is plenty of talent returning for the Women of Troy, including junior setter Kendall Bateman — who led the nation in assists per set — and All-American junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter. Jupiter was the focal point of the offense in 2009 and figures to play a big role once again.But the Women of Troy will have more scoring options than they did a year ago. With more players with the ability to score, the offensive burden won’t fall solely on Jupiter, and opponents won’t be able to focus their defensive efforts on her — something Haley acknowledges hampered USC last season.“We need to have point production from Alex but it can’t be all on Alex this year,” Haley said. “Now we can spread the ball around a little bit more and maybe make her more effective.”Throughout the campaign, USC will face a bevy of tough non-conference matches in addition to a grueling conference schedule that will prepare it for the postseason. After three tune-up games at the Galen Center, the Women of Troy travel to Honolulu for the Hawaii Invitational on Sept. 3.The Women of Troy will face two teams who made the NCAA tournament a year ago, including the team that knocked them out — Hawaii. The second major test will come when conference play opens as the Women of Troy host rival UCLA.But with these tests come additional opportunities to build on past experiences, which will become invaluable to the Women of Troy as they try to make an even deeper run come tournament time.last_img read more

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USC men’s basketball looks to snap streak at Arizona

first_imgOn Thursday, the Trojans (21-6, 8-6) finish a brutal stretch of three games against top-six opponents at No. 4 Arizona (25-3, 14-1). The Trojans lost the first two games against Oregon and UCLA by a combined total of 43 points.“The losses are growing pains,” sophomore Shaqquan Aaron said. “We can watch film and learn from our mistakes and get better.”His team has struggled mightily from the field recently, but his confidence in the team does not wane. Aaron believes that his team will peak in the postseason. The Trojans, one of the streakiest teams in the Pac-12, have had no hot shooters of late.Against Oregon and UCLA, the team shot 33 percent from the floor and under 30 percent from 3-point range.With so many sharpshooters on  the roster — Aaron, junior Elijah Stewart, sophomore Bennie Boatwright, junior Jordan McLaughlin and freshman Jonah Mathews — plus sophomore Chimezie Metu down low, it is difficult to imagine that no one has made the big shots in the last two games. Based on their play this season, it appears the team feasts and famines together.“We got to keep pushing,” freshman Jonah Mathews said on the season nearing an end. “Keep on grinding.”In their first matchup with Arizona, USC fell behind by 20 points before Stewart got red hot in the second half only for the team to fall short of a comeback. To win at Arizona, more than one of them — perhaps all of the playmakers — will have to ditch their woes and start making shots. That will be easier said than done, though, against one of the stingiest defenses in basketball. The Wildcats allow a paltry 63.5 points per game.Since losing to Oregon on the road in early February, the Wildcats have won four straight games, but three were by single digits. Seldom do they lose at the McKale Center. Dating back to last season, they have won 20 consecutive contests at home and seven straight versus the Trojans.“We’re 10-3 on the road this year,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “That’s pretty good. Last year the top four [Pac-12] teams went 94-6 at home. We were one of those teams.”Although the Wildcats rank eighth in the Pac-12 in points per game, they have five players averaging double-digits plus a sixth at 9.5 points per game. Freshman forward Lauri Markkanen remains the centerpiece of head coach Sean Miller’s strategy. The seven-footer causes mismatches for every opponent that he is matched up against.A contender for Pac-12 Player of the Year, Markkanen averages 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. He shoots 45.7 percent from three and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. At the Galen Center, he dropped 23 points, picked up eight rebounds and made five 3-point shots in Arizona’s 73-66 win.The Trojans will look to shut down Markkanen while battling against the Wildcats’ rigorous defense to chip out their place in the Pac-12 before the conference tournament begins.last_img read more

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