Syracuse shut out for the first time since last October in 1-0 loss to Colgate

first_imgFor the first time since last October, Syracuse was shut out. Despite multiple shot attempts, the Orange (4-2-1) did not find an opportunity to score on Thursday evening. Colgate (2-4-0), with an early goal, kept the Orange at bay in a 1-0 win at SU Soccer Stadium.“I didn’t think we were as technically sharp as we have been the rest of the season,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We were trying to force passes at times. We gave up possession of the ball fairly easily, and they came in with a physical presence in the first half and we didn’t.”SU knew Colgate would be dangerous when it came to long-range shots. The Orange tried putting pressure on the Colgate forwards but one slipped through. Mara Cosentino found the ball passed by teammate Emily Crichlow. Her foot made contact and flew diagonally across the net, burying the ball into the back corner. “I tried to get there in time,” SU senior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan said, “but it didn’t happen.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrosnan tallied three saves, more than her last two games combined. Colgate’s Kelly Chiavaro saved six SU shots. One of those saves came late in the second half, after SU senior Alana O’Neil lined up for a free kick. Outside the box on the far left, O’Neil arced the ball to the crowd of Syracuse and Colgate players standing in front of the net. As the ball began to fall into the crowd, Chiavaro ran out of the goal with her arms outstretched and grabbed it before it reached Syracuse players.  “We didn’t necessarily test the goalkeeper a whole lot,” Wheddon said. “A lot of the balls she ended up getting her hands on were services into the box that were too close to the goalkeeper.”Syracuse shot six corner kicks, five of which were taken by Sydney Brackett. Colgate outshot SU 10-9. U led in fouls, with 10, to Colgate’s seven. “I think we needed to keep a cool head,” SU senior forward Alex Lamontagne said, “and not commit as many Brackett had a nifty shot in the middle of the first half. At the edge of the right side of the box, Brackett knocked the ball in the direction of the back corner of the net. It appeared the ball would roll past Chiavaro and put SU on the board, but it rolled parallel to the net and out of bounds. Midway through the first half, Colgate’s Eliza Doll fired the ball from the far boundary line, over the players in the box and to the top middle of the net. As it passed over the box, Brosnan jumped with her arms outstretched and caught the ball for the save. But that did not undo the early Colgate damage.“Maybe we underestimated them because of their record coming into this game,” Wheddon said. “We underestimated them. It’s a mistake that won’t happen again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 7, 2017 at 11:23 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]last_img read more

UN declares 18 July Mandela Day

first_img12 November 2009The United Nations has declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day”, in recognition of the former South African president’s contribution to global peace and freedom.The resolution, to commemorate Mandela’s long-standing commitment to promoting conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, reconciliation and gender equality, was adopted by the 192-member UN General Assembly on Wednesday.Nelson Mandela International Day will be observed annually on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, starting in 2010, when the former anti-apartheid leader will turn 92 years old.By adopting the resolution, the UN expressed its appreciation for “a great man who had suffered for the sake of people everywhere”, said General Assembly president Ali Treki, recognizing Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment, most of which was spent in the notorious Robben Island prison off the coast of Cape Town.After his release from prison in 1990, Mandela became the first president elected in a fully representative democratic ballot in post-apartheid South Africa, holding office from 1994 to 1999 in accordance with the country’s Constitution.Speaking at an event to mark Mandela’s 91st birthday in New York this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mandela was “a living embodiment of the highest values of the United Nations.“He inspired people across the world, and across the generations,” Ban said, paying tribute to Mandela’s contributions to a democratic, multi-racial South Africa and his tireless efforts to promote peace and human dignity worldwide.“May we all continue to benefit from his wisdom, his good works and good humour for many years to come.”Source: United Nationslast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells players to ignore Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp tells players to ignore Man Cityby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players to focus on themselves and not to worry about rivals Manchester City.Mo Salah’s 50th-minute penalty sank Brighton, again moving the Reds seven points clear of Manchester City — who don’t play until Monday’s home game against Wolves. Klopp said: “Our situation is we are completely focused on us. Nothing that happens around us is important.“After the City game [Liverpool’s first league loss all season, 10 days ago at the Etihad] it was just a case of, ‘Stay in the situation, completely focused, and obviously we can win football games.’“The boys proved that this season already a lot and that is what we have to do until the end of the season. That’s all.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kevin OLeary says he tried to convince Bernier to quit Conservative race

first_imgOTTAWA – Kevin O’Leary may be gone from the Conservative leadership race, but he doesn’t intend to let himself be forgotten.Instead, the reality TV star and businessman said merger talks were held Thursday between his campaign and Maxime Bernier’s to solidify a plan for the pair to work together between now and May 27, when the new leader is chosen.O’Leary dropped a bombshell into the leadership race Wednesday when he declared he was giving up his candidacy because he didn’t see a path to victory in Quebec and would instead throw his support behind Bernier, a longtime Quebec MP.Though, he told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday morning from New York, he tried to make it happen the other way.“I certainly said “Max, I’m killing you in the polls everywhere, let’s look at it. You’re not going to win the leadership,’ and he’d say, ‘you’re not going to win 30 seats (in Quebec)’,” O’Leary said.Discussions included the idea of Bernier being given a position akin to a deputy prime minister, O’Leary said, but ultimately he accepted Bernier’s argument that such an arrangement wouldn’t persuade Quebec voters to back O’Leary.“We went around and around and around,” O’Leary said. “The thing is, I deal in reality. He’s right.”O’Leary, known for his stints on the reality business shows “Dragons’ Den” and “Shark Tank”, remains a popular TV personality in the U.S. and dabbles in dozens of companies. None of that mattered in Quebec though, because there they don’t see him on TV, he said, and the fact he was born in the province didn’t count for much.His decision to drop out wasn’t motivated by a desire to protect his personal brand from being tarnished by a loss, he said.He said he’ll prove that by campaigning for the Conservatives from now until the next election to fulfil his original promise to unseat the Trudeau Liberals.“I don’t need a job, I need to finish the task I started,” he said.O’Leary said while he has respect for the achievements and campaigns of other candidates — he specifically mentioned Lisa Raitt and Kellie Leitch — he feels neither can achieve electoral success in 2019 because they share the same liability: they don’t speak French.The fact O’Leary dropped out is an important lesson for everyone, candidate Michael Chong said in a speech to the Empire Club in Toronto on Thursday.“He couldn’t win because he can’t speak French,” Chong said, according to a text of his remarks.“And what that means is that any candidate in this race who can’t speak French can’t win.”By Chong’s calculus, that means the only viable candidates are himself, Bernier and Andrew Scheer and he positions himself as the only one among them with policies that could actually win.Scheer trotted out a new endorsement Thursday, saying he’s earned the backing of former P.E.I. MP and cabinet minister Gail Shea, who praised his understanding of the “diversity and importance of all the regions of Canada.”O’Leary said that was among the things he failed to understand until it was too late.In the interview, he said until he was really into the campaign, he didn’t grasp the complexity of the country’s regional dynamics.It was a lesson he first received from former prime minister Stephen Harper in one of their talks, he said, but it became clearer as he criss-crossed the country.O’Leary said that if the campaign with Bernier goes well, he hasn’t ruled out a run for Parliament in the 2019 election. He said he and his wife are going to continue learning French, aiming for immersing themselves for two weeks at a time, in places like Geneva, France or Quebec City.“I have the bug, I really do,” he said.“I loved it but it also broke my heart at the same time.”—Follow @StephanieLevitz on Twitterlast_img read more

Former prime minister Paul Martin joins campaign to help First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former prime minister, Olympian and a social activist are standing together.It’s no joke but there is a punchline.They’re trying to spread awareness of issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada.It’s a national campaign and now it’s up to Canadians to listen.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Michigan House approves Rep Alberts bill to further improve school employee retirement

first_img The Michigan House today unanimously approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s legislation to build upon recent reforms improving the financial prospects of the school employee retirement system.Albert’s legislation provides a more stable and predictable method of paying into the system to erase debt and preserve retirement benefits for teachers. He said it’s an important step to follow changes signed into law last year.“We have made significant and positive changes to improve the retirement system, and brighten the financial future of our schools and our state,” said Albert, of Lowell. “The legislation we’re talking about today is the next logical step in that evolution. It’s also a necessary step to build the better Michigan we want for our children and grandchildren.”Albert said his proposed changes will greatly enhance the chances of truly eliminating the retirement system’s $30 billion debt by 2038, which is the current goal.“The legislation would eliminate a flawed and unpredictable methodology now used to project the state’s debt payment schedules,” Albert said.Payment projections are now based on an assumption that school payroll will grow by 3.5 percent annually – but payroll has been declining for more than a decade, which means payments to offset unfunded liabilities have fallen short and debt has continued to rise.Albert’s plan calls for gradually reducing the payroll growth assumption over time until it reaches zero. Debt then would be paid off along the lines of a fixed-rate home mortgage, with “level dollar” payments that remain the same year to year.“If we don’t make this change, we could wind up in serious trouble,” Albert said. “We could be facing a mountain of debt we cannot climb, with payments too large to make. The good news is this legislation offers a solution.”Albert’s legislation affecting the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System is House Bill 5355. The bill advances to the Senate for further consideration.### 27Feb Michigan House approves Rep. Albert’s bill to further improve school employee retirement fund Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more