PSBB to last two weeks ‘but don’t expect pandemic to be over’, Anies says

first_imgThe reinstated partial lockdown in the capital will last the usual two weeks, said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, though further efforts to contain the pandemic are expected to take more time.Large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will be back in place on Monday and presumably be lifted on Sept. 28.“But I have to emphasize: Don’t expect the pandemic to be over in just two weeks. It won’t. If this high rate [of COVID-19’s transmission] is not slowing down, [the PSBB] will continue,” the governor said on Friday. Topics : After easing restrictions in mid-June, Anies announced on Wednesday that the city would reimpose PSBB measures after Jakarta saw a continuous spike in COVID-19 cases in the past several weeks, calling the situation “worrying”.Read also: Long road to full economic recovery as Jakarta PSBB returnsAccording to the city administration, Jakarta’s COVID-19 cases jumped from 7,980 to 11,810 in the first 10 days of September alone. Meanwhile, the isolation bed occupancy rate has reached 77 percent.Health authorities have also confirmed 2,717 deaths from the novel coronavirus in Jakarta as of Friday.center_img “It is important for us to stay at home for the next two weeks. By staying at home, we can hopefully reduce transmission,” said Anies, urging businesses to limit their activities in office spaces.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo responded to the announcement by saying that a partial lockdown should be “well and cautiously calculated.” The capital’s satellite cities are undecided about whether they should follow Jakarta in reimposing stricter COVID-19 restrictions.Health and transportation experts said another PSBB period in Jakarta would be pointless if restrictions were not implemented in surrounding areas, given that mobility across regions remains high.last_img read more

Dutch schemes blame rising costs on performance fees, dealing costs

first_imgLCP found around half of the increase in costs was caused by higher performance fees, which rose by 32% to €2bn, while combined returns decreased to 5.7% in 2017 from 10.4% in 2016.Koopmans said lower returns do not necessarily mean lower fee ”as for a performance fee, the achieved returns only need to be better than the agreed benchmark”.Transaction costs climbed by €331m to €1.3bn, he said, amounting to 0.1% of total assets, pointing out that several pension funds indicated they had only last year started disclosing transaction costs in accordance with rules set by the Pensions Federation.According to LCP, higher asset management and transaction costs accounted for €819m of the total rise in costs last year of €968m, with changes in the asset mix as well as higher levels of assets under management behind the remaining €149m.Large pension funds in particular incurred higher costs last year, although more than 60% reported an average 8bps fall in costs.Meanwhile, the combined costs of pensions administration dropped 0.9% to €990m last year.Costs per active participant or pensioner fell from €115 to €111 per participant – a decrease of 3.3%.As in 2016, the cost of pension provision varied widely between the funds, with 55% posting increases of 12% on average and 45% reporting an average 8% fall.LCP noted that industry-wide schemes – which tend to be large – incurred much lower than average costs at €91 per participant on average. Company schemes and professional pension funds, on the other hand, reported average costs per participant of €258 and €422 respectively.Asset management costs and administration costs at general pension funds (APFs) were largely similar to costs at company pension funds.LCP said the 2017 survey was the first opportunity to compare eight of the 16 compartments at five APFs, as these had still been company schemes in 2016. Dutch pension funds saw their combined asset management and transaction costs rise by 14.7% to €7.6bn in absolute terms last year, on the back of increased performance fees and previously hidden dealing costs, according to LCP Netherlands.In a year that saw the schemes’ total assets under management grow 8% to €1.31trn, the average cost level rose by 6.2%, or from 54bps to 58bps, the consultancy’s survey of 222 annual reports reveals.This compares with a rise in costs of just 1% in 2016.Jeroen Koopmans, partner at LCP and author of the survey, said he was surprised by the scale of last year’s increase, even though asset managers often charge more if assets under management rise.last_img read more

Flex LNG takes delivery of fifth LNG carrier

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Flex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen and an emerging player in the LNG shipping business, has taken delivery of its fifth LNG carrier.Flex LNG said via social media channels on Friday that the Flex Constellation was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule.According to the company, the delivery comes ahead of the vessel’s maiden voyage from DSME’s yard in South Korea.Flex Constellation has a capacity of 173,400-cbm with efficient high-pressure MEGI two-stroke propulsion and is equipped with a partial reliquefaction system bringing the boil off rate in laden condition down to 0.075 percent.In connection with the delivery, $125 million of the new $250 million bank facility was utilized securing the vessel with a very competitive cash break-even level of about $45,000 per day.It is worth noting that the $250 million facility was secured by Flex LNG from a syndicate of banks to finance Flex Constellation and Flex Courageous newbuildings. The first has now been delivered to the company while the Flex Courageous will be available at the end of August.Flex LNG is awaiting a further five newbuildings to become available in 2020 and another two in 2021.last_img read more

Controversy erupts in Turks and Caicos over secret development agreement

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Controversy erupts in Turks and Caicos over secret development agreement by: – April 25, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 111 Views   no discussions Share PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Following a recent article in the Jamaica Observer, which is owned by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, who also owns the Sandals/Beaches resorts group, claiming that a total of 500 Jamaican workers are to be employed by the Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the disclosure of a previously secret development agreement has generated considerable controversy locally.The article reported that the Beaches personnel department is recruiting a minimum of 100 additional Jamaican nationals, who the article claimed will be transferred to the TCI to join the existing Beaches staff here, which already consists of a majority of Jamaican nationals on work permits. Beaches human resources director Monique McClean-Vaughn told the Jamaica Observer that there are also plans for a further 50 Jamaican workers to be added in the near future and, when the additional 50 are recruited, it will bring the number of Jamaicans working at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts to 503.McClean-Vaughn said a team of eight recruiters from the TCI will arrive in Jamaica on April 29 to begin four days of interviews, which they hope will culminate in the first batch of 100 workers arriving in the TCI within the next six to eight weeks.According to the Observer, the Jamaicans will fill vacancies as room technicians in the engineering department; kitchen line cooks; concierge agent; butlers; security officers; bartenders in the pool and beach areas; waiters and waitresses in the buffet and a-la-carte restaurants; room attendants and housemenThe Observer article prompted an immediate and vigorous reaction in the TCI, where local unemployment has become a serious concern, exacerbated by recent voluntary redundancies of hundreds of civil servants as part of a “right-sizing” of the public service by the interim administration.At the same time, the disclosure of a hitherto unknown “development agreement” signed in 2006 between the TCI government and the Sandals Group has added fuel to the flames because it purports to exempt Sandals/Beaches from certain provisions of the Immigration Ordinance regarding the grant of work permits for foreign workers.Specifically, clause 4(2) of the 16-page agreement signed by former Governor Richard Tauwhare “acting in the name of and on behalf of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands” creates a special “Work Permit and Employment Procedure” in relation to the grant, renewal and processing of work permits for non-belonger employees to be employed by the developers.However, the agreement goes on to provide that “Senior Management Staff” shall not be required to adhere to certain aspects of the so-called work permit and employment procedure in relation to the grant, renewal and processing of work permits for non-Belonger employees. “Senior Management Staff” is defined in the agreement as staff holding the position of general manager, hotel manager, financial controller, executive chef, executive housekeeper, food and beverage manager, chief engineer, director of operations, water sports manager, and rooms division manager.The agreement states that the developers shall not be required to advertise the positions for senior management staff, but merely notify the Immigration Board of any such appointment and supply relevant information and documents, whereupon such senior management staff shall be automatically authorized to enter and take up employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In relation to non senior management staff, the developers are required periodically to submit to the Immigration Board a list of names, positions, police records and relevant extracts from passports for all new workers and, prior to the submission of the list, advertise all such positions locally, except for the positions for senior management staff. Again, on submission of such list, the new employees shall be automatically authorized to enter and take up employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands.In a press statement on Friday, the Ministry of Border Control and Labour expressed “surprise” at the Observer article.“If true, this would not be in line with recent discussions between the ministry and Beaches Resort, as Beaches Resort has never indicated that there is such a major staff shortage which cannot be met from within the Turks and Caicos Islands,” the statement said.The ministry said that, for the last year, it has been working closely with Beaches regarding their hiring policies and that Beaches management has agreed to abide by the procedures approved by the Labour Commissioner, and in line with the Immigration Ordinance — seeking persons from the unemployment register in the Labour Department, followed by local advertising and then as a final option seeking persons through overseas advertising.According to the statement, Beaches management has also, along with the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, been working with the ministry to identify jobs for people affected by the government’s voluntary severance programme, in a process that is still going on. “The Ministry is seeking urgent communication from Beaches Resort management to confirm that the agreed procedures continue to be followed. The law remains that priority in employment should be given to Turks and Caicos Islanders. The Ministry has never been averse to the employment of foreign nationals to meet essential business needs, in the interests of the Turks and Caicos Islands, however, that process must be in line with the law of the land, and the systems currently in practice,” the statement concluded.The government press office has not so far responded to an enquiry as to what extent, if at all, was it in fact permissible for the government of the day to waive any relevant provisions of the Immigration Ordinance with regard to the special treatment afforded Beaches in relation to overseas workers.In the meantime, ‘Butch’ Stewart, owner of the Sandals Group and the Jamaica Observer, has issued a statement pointing out that Beaches is the largest private employer in the TCI, both of Turks and Caicos Islanders and as a whole, with over 1,200 employees. “We are also the largest generator of foreign currency in the country, which is fundamental to any economy and the most proactive in terms of marketing the Turks and Caicos as a destination,” Stewart said.“Prior to recruiting from overseas, we take a huge number of steps to try and fill the positions locally and when all available avenues are exhausted we have to fill the positions using suitable personnel from elsewhere,” he said.However, in what some here are regarding as a thinly-veiled threat, Stewart went on to refer to a possible closure of Beaches in the Turks and Caicos, which would create a domino effect that would impact a huge amount of people within the TCI.“The employment for taxi drivers, tour operators and local contractors not to mention the taxes and duties we provide to the country’s coffers would all drop significantly. Make no mistake about it; an underperforming Beaches Turks and Caicos would have a hugely negative impact on the entire country. Furthermore, less demand at Beaches Turks and Caicos would result in reduced airlift. Airlines currently anchor their schedule to Beaches Turks and Caicos and should that change, it would create a situation that would affect every resort in the country and with it, their staff,” he said.In a separate attachment, Stewart said that the resort is currently understaffed by over 13 percent and has been for over a year, and “desperately needs to close the gap between the current and the actual workforce required.”He continued that the labour shortage at Beaches simply cannot be eliminated utilizing the employment pool in the Turks and Caicos Islands alone and the need to recruit from overseas is out of necessity.“In accordance with the Ministry of Labour’s immigration ordinance, we look to recruit from the unemployment register from the Labour Department as the first option. Last year we scheduled a total of 554 interviews from the unemployment register recruiting 154 persons (46%) from those interviewed. In 40% of scheduled interviews, the interviewee failed to attend,” the statement said.Local commentary on the previously unknown development agreement has been flying thick and fast, including one local attorney who described the document as a “mess”, expressing surprise that it came from the well known law firm of Misick and Stanbrook.Two announced candidates for the leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP), during whose administration the development agreement was negotiated and signed, have also expressed their views on the matter.Carlos Simons QC has condemned the statements by Beaches and called the actions or lack thereof of the interim government “scandalous”. Another leadership candidate, Dr Rufus Ewing, has also joined the ranks of those condemning the possible large scale hiring of foreign workers.Dwayne Taylor, treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), appeared on local television on Friday to say he was not aware of what the agreement between the former (PNP-led) government and Beaches required but he suspects the issue is not settled.He went on to say, “I have had some serious concerns with Beaches Turks and Caicos because there are a number of TC Islanders who have experience in the hospitality industry and have one or two degrees who were not given fair assessment during the Beaches job fairs.”Leader of the PDM, Derek Taylor, has apparently yet to take a position on the Beaches hiring practice. His now national chairman was the recipient of a lucrative long term Beaches watersports contract, which lasted throughout the Taylor administration.In November 2011, the Tribune newspaper in The Bahamas revealed the existence of an investigation conducted by US government officials into the wire transfer of funds totaling some $1.65 million from accounts belonging to Sandals/Beaches resorts into the hands of the PNP in the TCI and former premier Michael Misick, using his brothers’ firms.According to the article, the funds after arriving in the TCI were divided between the law firms of Misick and Stanbrook, headed by Ariel Misick, and Chalmers and Company, headed by Chalmers “Chal” Misick; and Prestigious Properties headed by Washington Misick. One million dollars of the funds from Sandals was reportedly used to pay debts and obligations of Michael Misick himself. The investigation uncovered what appeared to be a front for a portion of the transfers on the basis that Prestigious Properties was purchasing TCI properties on behalf of Beaches. However, the accounts of Prestigious have revealed “handwritten notes” directing the funds to settle the personal obligations of Michael Misick.According to the article, the $500,000 contribution to the PNP was disguised as legal fees for Stewart. However, Chalmers Misick is alleged to have accepted it as a donation to the PNP.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Mary E. Lorenz

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Mary’s memory include her nephews, Ronald (Sharon) Banks of Greenwood, IN, John (Pam) Banks of Fair Oaks, CA, and Jerry (Vicki) Banks of Debary, FL;  4 great nieces and nephews and 4 great, great nieces and nephews who all called her Grandma, as well as 4 additional nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Rita Banks and Edna Kraemer and a brother, Robert Lorenz. Mary E. Lorenz, formerly of Brookville, was born on December 23, 1917 in St. Mary’s, Indiana, the daughter of Leo and Dora Wallpe Lorenz.  She was the secretary for many years at Brookville High School and was a member of St. Michaels Church and the Daughters of Isabella.  Mary was devoted to her family and will be missed by many.  On February 28, 2017 at the age of 99, she passed away in Orange City, Florida. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street Brookville.  A Mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.center_img Memorial contributions are requested to St. Michael School.  Online condolences may be posted at www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Mary Lorenz.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger reveals key German influence on title-chasing Arsenal

first_img Press Association “What helps is that you know you can do it. But a big part of our team has not done it.” Wenger said his winners are not the kind of individuals to talk about their past successes and are instead taking the latest attempt at silverware in their stride. “We have not to project ourselves too far, we have just to focus on how we can win the next game,” Wenger added. “Sixteen games to go is a long way. Sixteen games in some countries is the championship. “I believe we have a strong spirit but spirit is a bit like the weather in England. It can change very quickly. And we have to care of that. “It is something that is very fragile, to maintain that under pressure, disappointments, injuries. “That is our task. That’s why all the older players have this kind of responsibility to take care of our unity. “Let’s focus on Chelsea and play well. Just focus on the next game.” When asked about Mertesacker being able to unite the dressing room for a championship assault, Frenchman Wenger said: “He’s very important in that. “He’s a very important leader in the dressing room, Per. And a respected one as well, and maintains focus he wants to do well. He’s one of the guys who can help us.” While many would expect Mertesacker, who is likely to captain Arsenal in Sunday’s game having missed the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in September, to provide such motivation, Ozil is a less obvious case. But Wenger also revealed the club’s record signing, who is set to return to the side having missed last weekend’s draw at Stoke with a foot problem, has his own way of inspiring the squad in a similar way to Dennis Bergkamp. “He has a big influence,” Wenger said. “He’s not an extrovert, as you know. But you don’t win by coincidence and he has won in his career. He’s demanding from his partners. “He’s a bit like that (Bergkamp). Not that guy who stands up and speaks too much but every time he says something it is just straight to the point. “Experience helps but what will help more than anything is the quality of our performances and I think Sunday is a big one for us on that front. Arsene Wenger has hailed his German duo of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker as leaders in the dressing room The World Cup winners are playing a major role as the Gunners target a first Barclays Premier League title in 12 years and will again be at the forefront when Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Wenger’s side need to beat the beleaguered reigning champions to return to the top of the table and, with Mertesacker and Ozil boasting 13 major trophies between them, the pair are proving a dressing room inspiration. last_img read more

USC football’s golden voice

first_imgDennis Packer has seen it all.He’s been rinkside at the Forum, courtside at Pauley Pavilion, behind home plate at Dodger Stadium and had 50-yard line seats at the Coliseum.Vocal · Packer (second from left) has been mistaken for the “voice of L.A. sports” John Ramsey, who announced games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels, Kings and Rams. – Photo courtesy of Dennis Packer And while most fans never see him, they are all aware of his presence. With every score, penalty, hit and play, Packer is there, following the game right along with the fans.Packer has been at every USC home football game for the last 20 years. Impressive, given he was a full-time police detective until 2008. But that’s just his day job. Saturdays in the fall, Packer exchanges his badge for a microphone.Packer has been the announcer for USC football since 1990. It is his voice heard across the bowl before each game: “Your, USC Trojans!” and it is his voice that rises above the din after a “Touchdown, USC!”For Packer, it all started in the 11th grade at James Monroe High School in the Valley.“They had just gotten a new sound system in the gym,” Packer said. “And seeing as I wasn’t good enough to actually play basketball, they wanted me to announce the game.”By the time he graduated in 1968, Packer was doing the public address for basketball, baseball and football games at Monroe. He assumed the same roles at L.A. Valley Junior College.In 1970, Packer transferred to UC Davis, where he announced for basketball and baseball. He wanted to be a TV reporter after graduation, and made a few on-air appearances with NBC Sacramento during his senior year. However, he was not offered a job.Packer returned to the L.A. area and enrolled in the police academy in 1973. Just two years later, he was back at L.A. Valley Junior College, announcing football. It was there that he caught his big break.While announcing a game, he was mistaken for the “voice of L.A. sports,” John Ramsey.  Ramsey was a legend in Los Angeles, announcing games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Rams and USC football. It was near impossible to go to a sporting event and not hear his voice. And it just so happened that the person who mistook Packer for Ramsey was none other than Ramsey’s uncle.“He wandered up to the booth expecting to see his nephew, and instead I’m sitting there in front of the mike,” Packer said. “Needless to say he was quite surprised.”Ramsey was looking for someone to fill in for him when he had a scheduling conflict, and his uncle passed Packer’s name along.“A few days later I get a Dodger press credential in the mail and a phone call asking me to come to the stadium that Saturday and try out as Mr. Ramsey’s backup,” Packer said.When Packer arrived, he was one of four people auditioning for the job. Ramsey told him to go behind home plate and do the pregame routine, just like Ramsey would.“The crowd was quite confused  because they heard John speaking, but they could see he wasn’t at the microphone,” Packer said. “And when I finished John told the other three guys that they could just go home; I had gotten the job.”The next week was Packer’s first day on the job.“I’m really nervous, so I get to the ballpark early enough that they’re still serving breakfast in the press dining room,” Packers aid. “I get my food and go to sit by myself, and after a little bit someone taps me on the shoulder and asks if he can eat with me. Well I felt like the hand of God had touched me, because it was Vin Scully.”When Packer got home after the game, he had about 200 messages on his answering machine, including one from the Chief of Police — who wanted to congratulate him and ask for tickets.Over the years Packer filled in for Ramsey anywhere he was needed. Eventually, Packer took over the Angels public address for 18 years, the Dodgers for five years, the Clippers for 10, the Kings for 11 and the Raiders for 13 — the entire time the team was in Los Angeles. Packer even flew to Oakland every Sunday to announce for the Raiders the first two years after they left Los Angeles.In 1994, Packer announced the World Cup at the Rose Bowl. Packer called this one of his greatest challenges, “because of all the different languages and pronunciations of names.”This is an aspect of the job Packer find particularly difficult.  Petros Papadakis was a USC running back in the late 1990s. The name alone appears difficult enough to pronounce, but Packer remembers that Papadakis was fond of “changing its pronunciation.” One day it was Pa-pa-day-kus, the next Pa-pa-dah-kus.“Be careful who you ask about names,” Packer said. “Baseball players are as big of pranksters as there are in sports, so I learned the hard way to ask the club P.R. people instead of the players whenever I did baseball.”Once, however, Packer took trying to get it right a bit too far. In 1985, the Soviet Union Hockey Team was going to play its first game ever against an NHL team. The Soviets were to take on the Kings at The Forum, where Packer was the public address announcer.“I might have gotten a little carried away, because I decided I wanted to do every announcement in both English and Russian,” Packer said.Packer met with a Russian professor at USC, who helped him translate his announcements. He spelled everything out phonetically, and then proceeded to deliver all his opening announcements — in both languages — perfectly. Too perfectly, as it turned out.“After I finished, and before the game started, the referee came up to me. And it turns out he’s Russian,” Packer said laughing. “And he starts talking to me in Russian, and all I’m doing is nodding my head yes or no. Well I guess I did it in the right order, because he skated away without incident.”But that’s not the whole story. During the game, a Russian player was penalized.“This player turns to me and starts talking to me in Russian, because at this point the entire arena is convinced I can speak Russian. Well I guess I didn’t nod my head at the right times, because he gets really mad at me and chucks the chair he was sitting on at the glass between us,” Packer said.“I was supposed to meet the [Russian] team afterwards, but I got out of there as fast as I could.”Although Packer has dropped much of his announcing duties, he still has fond memories of his hectic life behind the mike. In one instance, Packer was slated to announce for both the USC and UCLA football teams on the same day. The USC game went to overtime and did not end until 6:30. The UCLA game was to start at 7, with introductions at 6:45.  Packer took a helicopter from the top of the Seeley G. Mudd building to the Rose Bowl, arriving just a few minutes late.His favorite event he has announced is the so-called “Miracle on Manchester.” It was game three of an NHL best-of-five playoff series in 1982 between the Kings and the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were heavy favorites, but the two teams had split the first two games in Edmonton.In game three at The Forum, however, the Oilers were asserting their dominance. The Kings trailed 5-0 with 18 minutes left, but managed to tie the score at the end of regulation. The Kings won two minutes into overtime.“I try my best not to be a cheerleader,” Packer said. “But that game — I still get chills thinking about it.”Not being partial is something Packer prides himself on. In the 1993 football season, he announced for both USC and UCLA. After their game at the Rose Bowl, the athletic directors from both schools told him that they “couldn’t tell who he was rooting for.” Of the many compliments Packer has been given over the years, this remains one of his favorites.Today, Packer is an intelligence analyst with the Drug Enforcement Agency during the week, the announcer for the San Diego Chargers on Sundays, and of course, the voice of the Coliseum on Saturdays. He says few things get him more excited than when the drum major stabs the center of the field.“Because then,” Packer said, “everybody knows, it’s game time.”So this Saturday against Washington, take a listen to the voice echoing from the loudspeakers, and know that is Dennis Packer, the voice of USC football.Clarification: 9/30/10- Dennis Packer is the second from left in the picture accompanying this story.  A previous version of the caption misidentified Packer in the photo.last_img read more

Women’s soccer to open playoffs Friday as No. 4 seed

first_imgSophomore midfielder Alea Hyatt leaps over a defender to maintain possession during USC’s 3-2 loss to UCLA at the StubHub Center. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)Despite posting a solid 15-2-2 season, the No. 8-ranked women’s soccer team received the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Division I College Cup, stunning head coach Keidane McAlpine. “Anytime you see your name you’re happy to be in,” McAlpine said. “It rewards us for the work that we’ve done. Was I a little shocked by being a four? Absolutely, but it is what it is.”The Trojans will have home field advantage in its opening round as a result of their seed and will host Long Beach State on Friday.“We’ve got Long Beach — an opponent we know — and that’s our focus right now,” McAlpine said. “You line up. You play the games.” USC has not missed a postseason appearance under McAlpine and will be making its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with a Pac-12 record of 8-2-1.After a heartbreaking double overtime loss to UCLA Friday at the StubHub Center, USC dropped to a four-seed. USC entered the tournament selection process ranked No. 6 in the most recent Coaches Poll.  The Trojans shut out the 49ers earlier this season with a dominant 3-0 win. The Trojans should use the outcome as a motivation — but should still work hard for conference play.  “I remember that game was our senior night, so it was really emotional. So, I think going in without the emotion might help us a lot too,” said senior forward Leah Pruitt. The 49ers won its final match with a 2-0 shutout against UC Santa Barbara to win the Big West Conference title this weekend, with goals from seniors forward Ashley Gonzales and midfielder Dana Fujikuni. With a 12-5-3 season, the Big West Conference win sends them into postseason play with an automatic bid for the first round of the tournament. Long Beach State will be making its seventh College Cup appearance, bringing a five-game unbeaten streak into tournament play. The 49ers take on Trojans for the first time ever in the NCAA postseason.A win against the 49ers would match the Trojans against the winner of LSU-Boston University in the second round. USC has an all-time postseason record of 21-12-3, with two NCAA championship titles under its belt. The 2016 USC team secured the National Championship with a 3-1 win against West Virginia. Coming off a big season title, the 2017 Trojans went in with a No. 3 seed, but their postseason was cut short in a penalty kick loss to Baylor in the second round.“We’ve just got to play how we play and come out strong, so we’ve got something to prove,” Pruitt said.Even in the wake of an unfavorable seed and a predicted heavy travel schedule, the Trojans are hopeful hoping to secure a spot in another national championship. “We’re going to go all the way,” Pruitt said. “We’ve just got to take it one game at a time. We might not have been the highest seed we wanted to be, so we are probably going to have to travel which … we’ll do it. We’ll do it anywhere.” USC will face Long Beach State  Friday at 1:30 p.m. at McAllister Field.last_img read more

Horse racing action in Mayo today

first_imgThere’s an eight-race card at Ballinrobe this afternoon, where the first is off 2.15.last_img

Fabianski Out for Two Months with Hip Injury

first_imgRoberto Jimenez, 33, replaced Fabianski at Bournemouth for his league debut, having signed for free in May.West Ham’s only other senior goalkeeper is David Martin, 33, who joined on a free transfer from Millwall in the summer but is yet to play for the club.West Ham are currently fourth in the Premier League and have not lost since defeat by Manchester City on the opening day.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The Pole, 34, suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute.He was the Hammers’ player of the season for 2018-19 and started all 38 league games.last_img read more