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first_imgFor example, the combination of work requirements in the 1996 welfare rehaul, the expansion of the earned income credit, additional child-care funding and the uniquely tight latter-90s labor market led to increases in the employment rates of mother-only families.But as the job market weakened, those employment gains faded, even as the work requirements remained in place.Meanwhile, the loss of income supports exacerbated not just poverty but deep poverty (families with income below half the poverty threshold, about $10,000 for a single parent with two children).KANSAS DATA IS REVEALINGCompelling new evidence comes from data on the Kansas TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program, which imposed tough, new work sanctions on some of the state’s most economically vulnerable families.For example, in late 2011, the state began requiring applicants to complete 20 job contacts per week before their application would be considered, along with shorter time limits on recipiency, longer sanction periods and harsh sanctions for missing appointments.The first thing that happened is the Kansas TANF caseload fell sharply, by more than half. But did the leavers join the labor market?In fact, most adults who left TANF were already working, and they worked just as much before they left TANF as they did afterward, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe fundamental conservative law of work incentives goes like this: If you give rich people more money, they will work harder. If you give poor people money, they will work less. Therefore, the rich need tax cuts, and the poor need work requirements.President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress have, of course, passed the regressive tax-cut package.They are actively pursuing adding work requirements to food assistance (SNAP), housing subsidies, Medicaid and the rest of the safety net.Should they succeed, the result of their strategy will not be more work. It will be richer rich people and poorer poor people. It will exacerbate existing inequalities.I will present the evidence in a moment, but, to be clear, requiring work of those who use low-income programs may initially encourage those who would have worked anyway to do so more quickly, at least if they don’t face significant employment barriers and also live in an area where jobs are available.But the reality of the stressors of poverty, the volatility of the low-wage labor market, the lack of decent and affordable child care, discrimination, and more will assert themselves and limit the long-term effect. Punitive measures like work requirements and time limits won’t help them.They need sectoral training (skill building specific to local employers’ needs), adequate minimum wages, work supports such as reliable child care and paid family leave, wage subsidies (e.g., an expanded EITC), health care, and in areas with too few opportunities, direct job-creation programs.The current Republican playbook is to provide tax cuts for the wealthy and offset their cost by cutting benefits for the poor.Seen in this light, work requirements are a thinly veiled tactic to reduce participation in these programs.We know how to help economically vulnerable people, and, unsurprisingly, it does not entail making them worse off.Jared Bernstein, a former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationcenter_img More than half of able-bodied, working-age SNAP recipients work when on the program, and more than 80 percent work in the year before or after receiving SNAP benefits (that is almost 90 percent for families with kids).About 60 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries work, and among working-age households in the Housing Choice Voucher program, 70 percent have at least one member who is working or recently worked.But work is not the ladder out of poverty it needs to be for these families.Though some falsely claim that sanctioned workers are thriving in Kansas, a full four years after losing TANF benefits, the parents who were kicked off the program because of a work sanction had median earnings of only around $2,000, about 10 percent of the poverty level.Clearly, the labor market problem facing these impoverished parents was not receiving TANF. Thus, work requirements utterly failed to move them out of poverty.The true problem is that too many poor adults face steep labor market barriers, including skill deficits, criminal records, mental health issues and employer discrimination.And/or they live in places where even in good economic times, living-wage jobs are scarce. About 70 percent of these low-income parents worked at some point both in the year before and the year after they left, and 84 percent worked at some point over that full period (before or after leaving the rolls).These relatively high employment rates suggest that their spells on TANF were probably short, with families using the program as it was intended: a temporary support when work is not available or feasible.This is an extremely common finding in the literature on poverty and benefit receipt.FALSE PERCEPTIONSThe notion that working-age, able-bodied poor people with public assistance do not work is wrong.It is true that their connection to the job market is often less stable than that of the nonpoor.About a third of the parents in the Kansas study posted solid labor-market attachment, working at least seven of the nine quarters observed in the study, and about half worked between one and six quarters.Among adults who work and receive some form of assistance to meet their basic needs, just under half work full-time.last_img read more


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first_imgTopics : Linkedin Google Amid competition concerns, local universities have urged the government to ensure a level playing field following a plan by Australia-based Monash University to establish a campus in Indonesia.Private Universities Association (APTISI) chairman Budi Djatmiko said the presence of foreign universities in general would affect competition among top local universities, both private and state-run, that targeted students from middle to upper income families. This would consequently drive those universities to target lower-income students, further affecting smaller universities, he said.”They [foreign universities] should only offer study programs that aren’t commonly available in Indonesia, so that there won’t be head-to-head competition […] otherwise, there will be [market] shifts and consequently, smaller universities won’t have students anymore. That’s probably … Facebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? university Monash-University Education higher-education private-universities state-universities Competition free-tradelast_img read more


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first_imgA project by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Total, and Taurob, in partnership with Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), will develop and trial a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of offshore platforms.OGTC said that the 18-month project would develop a mobile robot for autonomous inspection of Total’s offshore Alwyn platform and onshore Shetland Gas Plant.The Centre added that the trial was the first time an autonomous ground robot would be used on an operational oil and gas installation.The OGTC and Total are developing the robot with Austrian manufacturer, Taurob and TU Darmstadt, who collaborated to win Total’s Autonomous Robots for Gas and Oil Sites (ARGOS) challenge in 2017.The challenge involved developing an autonomous robot that could perform routine tasks and respond to challenges in a simulated oil and gas operational environment.According to the OGTC, the robot developed by Taurob and TU Darmstadt, ATEX-certified to work in gas environments without risk of ignition, can perform visual inspections, read dials, level gauges and valve positions, navigate through narrow pathways and up and down stairs, measure temperature and gas concentration, and detect and navigate around obstacles and humans.Matthias Biegl, managing director for Taurob, said: “During the next 18 months our ATEX certified and autonomous robot will be further enhanced to be eventually deployed on an offshore platform in the North Sea.”The project will develop a further two versions of the ARGOS robot that, the OGTC claims would be more robust and reliable with improved functionality and could be operated by workers offshore without the requirement for onsite robotics experts.Rebecca Allison, OGTC’s asset integrity solution center manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this world-first project that is at the cutting-edge of robotics for the oil and gas industry. A robot working alongside humans on a North Sea platform isn’t a distant aspiration, it could be a reality in the next 18-months, paving the way for a robotics revolution. Projects like this will help inspire and attract the next generation oil and gas workforce.”Dave Mackinnon, head of technology and innovation for Total E&P UK, added: “We are on the cusp of delivering technology that will improve safety, reduce costs and even prolong the life of North Sea operations. Robots represent an exciting new paradigm for the oil and gas offshore industry and Total is proud to be part of it.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more


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first_imgThe Daily Signal 23 September 2020Family First Comment: Thank you President Trump:“Today I am announcing that I will be signing the ‘born alive’ executive order to ensure that all precious babies born alive—no matter their circumstances—receive the medical care that they deserve,” the president said. “This is our sacrosanct moral duty.” In 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill extending legal protection to infants born alive at any stage of development, including after an abortion. The law, however, lacked enforcement provisions.”President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will sign an executive order to ensure that babies who are born alive receive proper medical care.Although the president didn’t go into detail about what the order would do, proposals earlier this year in the House and Senate would require health care professionals to treat a baby born alive after an attempted abortion the same as medical professionals would treat any other newborn.“I will always defend the sacred right to life,” Trump said in remarks at the 16th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held virtually this year.“Today I am announcing that I will be signing the ‘born alive’ executive order to ensure that all precious babies born alive—no matter their circumstances—receive the medical care that they deserve,” the president said. “This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”In 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill extending legal protection to infants born alive at any stage of development, including after an abortion. The law, however, lacked enforcement provisions.Legislation called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, considered in 2019 and again in 2020, would include criminal consequences for health care providers who violate the 2002 law. It also would require that proper medical care be given by the health care practitioner present if an infant is born alive.READ MORE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/09/23/trump-to-sign-born-alive-executive-order-to-protect-abortion-survivors/last_img read more


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first_img The 30-year-old’s strike in the fourth round tie was his 243rd goal for United and moved him to within six of another of Charlton’s long-standing records. Charlton’s figure of 249 has stood since 1973 and Rooney said: “Of course I’m aware of it. “Like the England record, when I was getting closer, it kept getting mentioned every week so that will probably start again with every goal. “But it’s great to be mentioned again alongside Bobby’s record and hopefully before the end of the season I can go past that and then kick on again.” Anthony Martial seemed to benefit most from the freedom the United captain refers to. The young Frenchman was a constant threat to Derby and laid on the goals for Rooney and Mata – earning praise from Van Gaal, who called his performance “fabulous”. Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini agreed with their manager’s assessment of the 20-year-old. “He’s showed what he’s got from day one to be honest, since his debut,” said Carrick, who returned from a four-match absence with a knee injury as a 74th-minute substitute at Derby. “We’ve got to realise how young he is and we can’t expect everything all the time but when he’s playing like that he’s pretty much unplayable, so it’s nice to have him.” Fellaini thinks Martial has the potential to become a star at United. He said: ” He has a lot of quality. He can dribble and is always dangerous. He is young but you have to keep going and learn every day and he will be a good player. “He must keep trying hard and keep going. Next season will be more difficult because the league will know him but I think he has the quality to be a success.” The United manager was booed following the 1-0 defeat by Southampton in the Barclays Premier League but Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata eased the pressure with the goals in the 3-1 win over Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday. After the game Rooney said the players had to take their fair share of the blame for a season which so far has them in danger of missing out on qualification for the Champions League. Wayne Rooney says Manchester United’s players should take the blame for their less than attractive style of play rather than under-fire manager Louis van Gaal. “It’s unfair to say it’s down to the manager – we’re on the pitch. So the players have to take a lot of responsibility for performances and results,” Rooney told several national newspapers. “We have to stand up and take criticism when it’s there. We want to win, of course we always want to win, and we’re trying. “Even when you’re giving 100 per cent, it doesn’t always come off and thankfully it did in our last match.” Following the FA Cup win, where his opening goal at the iPro Stadium had been cancelled out by George Thorne, Rooney added: ” It was obviously a better performance than last week’s game but the manager gave us a lot of freedom to go and play – and I think you can see the difference in the team. You can see we were enjoying it, scoring some good goals and thoroughly deserved to win “So hopefully we can put in another performance like this again on Tuesday and take it into the game against Stoke.” The United captain has also set his sights on breaking a second of Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring records this season. Rooney became England’s all-time leading scorer in September when he tucked away a penalty in a 2-0 win against Switzerland at Wembley – his 50th goal for his country. And he has begun 2016 with a bang, scoring six goals in United’s six matches so far this year. Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgSo I tried a filter… A Miami plastic surgeon says he is seeing signs of what he calls ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia,’ in which people try to alter their appearance to match what they look like through Snapchat filters. ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ is a term now used for people who are fixated on looking like their filtered pictures; and willing to pay for procedures to achieve the look by taking the augmented reality of social media into the doctor’s office. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Nirmal Nathan calls it all a growing trend.Dr. Nathan says some patients have unreasonable expectations for what they should look like, including patients who wanted their nose to look like a dog’s snout. last_img


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first_img___Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith and his wife, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce, have started a program to donate meals to medical workers in Ohio and Texas hospitals during the global COVID-19 pandemic.Through Project FRONTLINE the couple is funding the first 250 meals, which will be delivered to Mercy Hospital in Lorain, Ohio, on Wednesday. Another 300-500 meals are going to Harris Health in Houston on Tuesday.LaForce said over the phone from Florida that former Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas has donated and the couple has been in contact with Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. about expanding the program.Smith and LaForce are both Ohio natives. Since the NFL’s business year began on March 18, the league has conducted free agency even as team facilities have been shut down and travel has been barred. Its biggest offseason event is the draft, which was scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely, with ESPN and NFL Network televising the proceedings.— Reporting by AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner___The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting the coronavirus.The Premier League club says Dolors Sala Carrió died near Barcelona in the city of Manresa. She was 82. German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players.The league says the agreement is “a common line of action to contain” salaries for “players, coaches and members of first squads.”The reduction is equal to four months of salary but would be reduced to only two months if the current season is completed.The league adds “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown nearly a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. The Italian Cup semifinals also were interrupted after the first leg. Associated Press The clay-court tournament on Monday announced its plan to go virtual, saying it will involve “the world’s biggest tennis stars squaring off from their own homes.”There will be 150,000 euros (about $160,000) in prize money each for the men’s and women’s events, with the winners deciding how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to enter. An additional 50,000 euros (about $55,000) will be given to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.The list of players who will “compete” will be released later.The Madrid Open was supposed to be played May 1-10, but the entire European clay circuit was abandoned by the ATP and WTA. Both tours are suspended until at least July 13.Wimbledon was canceled entirely for 2020, while the French Open has been postponed from May until September. World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.”___ A final decision will be made by the FIFA Bureau. That body includes the presidents of the six regional confederations.UEFA has already determined that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.Cost-cutting is underway at many clubs and federations to deal with the financial impact of games not being played.___England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders. City says “everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”Guardiola has coached City since 2016. He previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich.___Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume.The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal. At least 15 players have tested positive for COVID-19.___FIFA is providing global coordination with competition organizers to provide flexibility to ensure coronavirus-derailed seasons can be completed with as little financial turmoil as possible.FIFA does not set the dates of domestic or continental club competitions but does oversee the implementation of two transfer windows during the year.A FIFA task force has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and has backed flexibility in shifting the transfer windows and extending player contracts to allow seasons to be completed. The Latest: Tennis via video game, anyone? Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The 2020 Madrid Open, one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the novel coronavirus, is going to be contested April 27-30 by tennis players holding controllers instead of rackets.center_img “We’re hoping people can kick in anything, $10 or $20, for a cause to help people who are putting their lives on the line every single day,” LaForce said.___Formula One race team ROKiT Williams Racing is putting an unspecified number of employees on furlough through the end of May.The team also announced senior management officials and the team’s two drivers, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Lando Norris of Britain, have taken a 20% pay cut that began April 1.“These decisions have not been taken lightly,” the team’s statement read. “However, our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff at Grove (the team headquarters) and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows.” Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis. Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans. April 6, 2020 ___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.” Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis.All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan.___ The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.” A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions. ___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak. The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___ The move follows a similar announcement last week by McLaren’s F1 team.___The NFL is planning a telethon to aid coronavirus relief efforts during the draft from April 23-25, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans.The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the telethon has not been announced publicly.Details on conducting the telethon and charities that will benefit will be released soon.last_img read more


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first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Looking to rebound from a disappointing loss against Penn State last week, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-5, 5-4) will begin the second half of the Big Ten season on the road as they travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers (11-9, 4-5) Thursday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.Like the Badgers, the Hoosiers find themselves coming off a tough conference loss, having fallen 70-56 to the Michigan Wolverines last Sunday. Wisconsin, meanwhile, enjoyed a rare off weekend, and head coach Lisa Stone’s squad looks eager to get back to work against Indiana.“Our bye weekend came at a very good time,” Stone said. “We had the weekend, this weekend off to refresh and recharge and we’re looking forward to having very purposeful practices this week in preparation for Indiana, who’s a really good team.“They had a tough loss at Michigan [Sunday], but …every team in the Big Ten is good, and this second half, we hope, is even better than the first.”While Wisconsin has been the best defensive team in the conference for the majority of the season, currently allowing only 52.3 points per game, Indiana’s offensive attack will pose a challenge.Boasting the Big Ten’s fourth-best scoring offense, the Hoosiers have often relied on their offensive output, as defense has been their crux all year. Allowing 65.8 points per game and posting only a +2 scoring margin over opponents, Indiana finds itself second-worst in both conference categories.“From what I remember, and seeing them play this year, they’re a very quick team looking to run in transition,” senior guard Teah Gant said. “Very guard-heavy, and their guards are really good. Not very tall, so I think we need to really do well in that area, in that post.“We just have to make sure we play as a team, and not one person is guarding individually for our whole team.”Employing a three-guard starting lineup similar to that of the Badgers, the Hoosiers have relied on senior Jamie Braun and juniors Whitney Lindsay and Jori Davis — the team’s leading scorer — for much of their offensive production.“Their guard corps is very good,” Stone said, echoing Gant. “They will zone us the whole game, and it’s a very aggressive, matchup zone, so that’s something that we need to make sure that we attack, find good shots.”For Wisconsin, the Penn State loss saw arguably their worst offensive game of the year.By the end of the 54-43 defeat, the Badgers had posted season lows in points and field goal percentage. In order to return to the form that has seen two four-game win streaks this season, UW will have to rediscover the balanced scoring that characterized the offense throughout the first half of the Big Ten schedule.Junior guard Alyssa Karel has been the Badgers’ leading scorer for the past two years, and has contributed just shy of 14 points per game this season.Complementing her has been junior forward Tara Steinbauer and impressive freshman Taylor Wurtz, averaging 8.3 and 8.1 points per game, respectively. In addition, two other starters average seven-plus a game, while Gant contributes 5.9.“I think we just need to come out with the mentality that we still need to fight in every game,” Gant said. “I think we were down to like three minutes left in the [Penn State] game, and we just needed to come out with even more energy than we did in the first half. So we definitely just have to stick to our principles.”As always, Wisconsin’s principles have included stout defense and limited turnovers. Stone’s squad has posted the sixth-best scoring defense in the nation, and is fifth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at + 1.0. Against the Hoosier zone, taking care of the ball will be at a premium for the Badgers, as will be the aforementioned offensive production.“I think our shot selection can improve,” Stone said. “I think that we need to score more in the post. I thought we passed up some open looks [against Penn State], and those are things we can fix.“We had a film session that we educated our players as to things that they can work on. We move forward,” she continued. “It’s less about the Penn State game and more about how we respond going into the Indiana game, and that’s the full focus.”last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Commentscenter_img Late in Sunday’s third set, Syracuse led North Carolina State by two points. With the two teams locked at one set apiece, SU sophomore Yuliia Yastrub leaped into the air and fired a spin serve. The ball rotated through the air and curved into the body of freshman Jade Parchment. She took a few confused steps backward as the ball approached. Her dig deflected off her left shoulder and fell onto the ground of the Women’s Building. That serve sparked a 7-2 spurt that put the Orange within three points of winning the third set. “I just felt confident,” Yastrub said. “I was thinking that I needed to ace because we were going down and up and down.”Syracuse (12-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast) used its serve to ignite runs in the first, third and fourth sets in a 3-1 win over NC State (10-10, 4-6). All three times, Syracuse leaned on it to force the Wolfpack into making errors, senior Jalissa Trotter said. NC State committed six reception errors and the Orange had six aces, but senior Santita Ebangwese believes the serves’ impact surpasses any stat sheet.“We tried to put it in play but put it aggressive enough so that we made them move and be uncomfortable,” Ebangwese said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the opening point of the match, Trotter fired a jump serve towards Parchment. An errant dig forced senior setter, Kylie Pickrell, to track back into the middle of the court, away from her usual position near the net. This meant that her set had to cover more distance and wasn’t as accurate. The off-balance hit from senior Teni Sopitan was weak and fell right to SU freshman Polina Shemanova. She tapped the ball to Trotter who fed sophomore Ella Saada for an easy kill. Syracuse assistant coach Derryk Williams stood out of his chair, walked to the sideline and shouted, “Nice, let’s keep it going.”Trotter continued serving for the next nine points as Syracuse jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Orange eventually took the first set, 25-9. After struggling with service errors early on in the season, SU is now serving more aggressively, Trotter said.“I think that’s something that we’ve been trying to do recently, not to go too easy on the serves,” Trotter said, “and I think that gives us a real good opportunity to get a good block and set up our defense.”In three of the four sets, SU used its serve as a weapon to take the Wolfpack out of their game plan. Syracuse forced its opponents into ill-timed errors, poor sets, and whiffed kills. This provided the Orange more time to move into position on defense, Trotter said. Yet in the second set, Syracuse couldn’t find its serving rhythm. It committed six service errors and didn’t ace the Wolfpack once. Down 18-17, Trotter stepped up to the baseline with an opportunity to even up the score for the first time since 2-2. Her float serve sailed through the air but the referee raised his red flag. Trotter had fired her serve too long.SU head coach Leonid Yelin believes points like that show room for improvement. “This is a question about how to sustain this,” Yelin said. “That whole match or as much as you need. That’s the million dollar question. Everyone can play great, how long can you do this?” Sunday, the Orange served well in three of four sets. Against the Wolfpack, that was enough. last_img read more


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first_imgSuper Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and four other top players were expected to join the country’s Olympic team at their training camp in Atlanta Georgia, United States of America,  late yesterday.The other players are William Troost-Ekong, Kingsley Madu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Daniel Akpeyi.Mikel and Akpeyi are the two over-aged players Nigeria will parade in Rio next month, while Norway-based Troost-Ekong and Madu have been capped at full international level and will now make their debut for the Olympic team..Officials informed AfricanFootball.com Mikel and the other players confirmed their arrival in Atlanta and they could even feature in the team’s final warm-up match against Rio-bound Honduras on Tuesday.“Mikel and the other players have confirmed their arrival,” an official said.“Their arrival will most certainly boost team morale.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more