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Syracuse zone proves unbeatable again as Marquette suffers miserable shooting night in Elite Eight

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON – Marquette passed the ball around the outside of Syracuse’s zone, desperately trying to find an opening to break through the middle. With each opening, one of the Orange’s long arms quickly closed it. With each open space on the arc, one of Syracuse’s quick-moving defenders hustled to fill it. The Golden Eagles had nothing to work with.“Obviously, today, they were clicking really well,” Marquette guard Junior Cadougan said. “They did a great job from start to finish.”And from start to finish, the Golden Eagles looked bewildered and befuddled. The fact that they beat Syracuse’s zone once this season had no bearing on this game with the way the Orange was playing. Marquette shot only 22.6 percent from the field and a pathetic 12.5 percent from the arc in its 55-39 loss to Syracuse in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center.The Golden Eagles also committed 14 turnovers, which led to 19 points for the Orange.Syracuse’s zone has swallowed up four teams so far in the NCAA Tournament, with Marquette being the latest. At the top of the zone, 6-foot-4 Brandon Triche and 6-foot-6 Michael Carter-Williams made life miserable for the Golden Eagles’ shooters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarquette took 24 3-pointers, but drained only three of them.“We’re sticking together and we’re not breaking down,” Carter-Williams said. “We have active hands and we’re getting deflections and steals and the zone has been great and we’re just playing real hard. We’ve just got to keep focusing on every play.”That meant stealing the ball at every opportunity. Syracuse finished with 10 of them Saturday. Early in the game, Cadougan worked his way into the paint but quickly lost control of the ball as the Orange’s zone collapsed on him. SU forward Jerami Grant, a lanky 6-foot-8 body ideal for coach Jim Boeheim’s defense, dove on the loose ball and secured the steal.It set up a transition layup for Triche to make the score 18-7 Syracuse.Every time the Golden Eagles tried to shoot, there was a Syracuse body in their way. At one point in the first half, Marquette forward Jamil Wilson had a brief opportunity to take a 3, but couldn’t get the shot off before Orange guard Trevor Cooney raced to the top of the key to get in his way.Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita said the Orange has been more talkative at the defensive end of the floor. Keita, a junior center who’s helped key the Orange’s postseason defensive dominance, stood at the middle of the zone shouting directions.“I think the difference was that we were talking a lot,” Keita said. “The zone, when you’re talking, it’s just a whole different defense when you’re talking, communicating.”In the locker room after the game, Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said it isn’t just that opposing teams are missing shots, it’s that the Orange is forcing them to miss shots. Syracuse is making sure shooters who need time to shoot don’t have any. The Orange is forcing shooters into spots on the floor where they’re too deep to hit 3s.Syracuse’s zone has taken center stage at the NCAA Tournament. Teams like No. 1-seed Indiana, the third best scoring team in the nation, couldn’t beat it. Marquette, led by Buzz Williams, who’s seen the zone, broken down the zone and beat the zone, had no answer for the zone on Saturday.Hopkins said it’s just a zone defense, but it’s a zone defense that’s exceptionally long and exceptionally fast. It has players who can instinctually break across the arc to close out on shooters in an eye-blink. Hopkins compared it to a baseball player hitting a 100-mph fastball. Few can do it effectively.But the few who can all seem to play for Syracuse. It makes Boeheim’s version of the zone almost unbeatable.“Coach is – he’s revolutionized it,” Hopkins said. “He’s changed the rotations. He sees it differently. It’s not normal.”Carter-Williams said every player has bought into the zone and now focuses on every single play an opposing offense might throw at them. Teams usually drain the shot clock trying to look for good shots, but Syracuse stays active for that entire period.Marquette took 53 shots on Saturday, but hit a measly 12 of them.“We put our hearts into it, and we’re competing on every single possession, every play,” Carter-Williams said. “I think that’s why we’re so effective.” Comments Related Stories UN-FOUR-GETTABLE: Syracuse returns to Final Four for first time in 10 years with 55-39 victory over MarquetteCarter-Williams propels Syracuse past Marquette, into Final Four with all-around performanceGallery: Syracuse defeats Marquette to advance to Final Four in AtlantaFans at Chuck’s go wild; Seniors reflect on Orange’s advance to the Final FourFans gather at Varsity Pizza to watch Syracuse wincenter_img Published on March 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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US based crypto-currency exchange to launch new trading platform for Caribbean…

first_imgThe US based cryptocurrency exchange agency Bittrex, has announced a partnership with Cryptofacil, a new cryptocurrency trading platform designed to accommodate citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America.According to Bittrex, headquartered in the US state of Washington, the new exchange will allow Latin American and Caribbean residents the ability to trade over 200 cryptocurrencies. “At the moment the companies are offering a pre-registration period for interested traders,” said Cryptofacil’s co-founder, Andres Szafran who added that the team plans to leverage the Bittrex trading platform’s experience and token review process.“We developed Cryptofacil to focus on basic customer requirements: a simple and easy to use cryptocurrency platform with superior customer support and value-added services in a safe and secure environment,” explains Szafran. “Our goal is to become the crypto exchange of record and the most reputable platform in Latin America and the Caribbean.”Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara says the Cryptofacil team based in Uruguay, has a deep knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean markets. “The partnership provides Bittrex with the opportunity to offer these residents access to a broad selection of cryptocurrency assets and the company believes it’s reputation will help bolster the goal. The partnership with Cryptofacil “will further drive worldwide adoption,” Shihara said in making the recent announcement.last_img read more

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How I Lost Consciousness :Rufai

first_imgEx-Super Eagles goalkeeper Peter Rufai has opened up for the first time on what might have led to losing consciousness last Monday.The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner in Tunisia, who conducted this year’s 3rd Nestle Milo Football Clinic in Ibadan, which ended on Saturday, was rushed to Toki Hospital in Surulere, Lagos, after it was reported that he slumped in his office.Speaking with Complete Sports, Rufai said: “Concerning my losing consciousness, I didn’t know what happened. I was in the office in the evening and having a chat with my younger brother and some of my staff. Before I realized what was happening I found myself at the clinic the following day.But now I’m focused on this project and right now the only thing I see are these children. Seeing these children always gives me the opportunity to say thank you to Nigerians.”He described the death of his mother as devastating and hinted that it might have affected his health.“Actually the passing on of my mum was a kind of devastating blow to me because I remember her saying to me ‘my son I want you to come and see me, if you don’t come, I’m going to come to your office, sit down in your office so that you can see me.’ “I told her ‘Okay mummy I’m coming’, but I had a strategy to go and see her. So it remained just one day for me to go and see her before I got the news of her death. It was like a blow to me but never-the-less, I try to move on, to put together this project and the joy of seeing these children today (Saturday) and also say thank you to Nigerians.”However, the younger brother to the former Deportivo La Coruna of Spain goal tender Bruce, who was also part of the Nestle Milo Football Clinic, stated that what led to his elder brother’s slump may not be unconnected with the demise of their mother.“As the eldest son he has a lot of responsibilities. He used to be mummy’s pet because he was so close to my mum, while I was close to my dad. So I believe it affected him a little. Even I try to be on my feet and I hope we will come over it soon,” he said.Speaking also at the event was Paulo Cardozo who was the expatriate coach for the for the clinic.“It’s good that he is back on his feet after what happened to him. I hope he stays fit because he is a fantastic person, very good professional and a model to all and also he is a very good friend of mine. I wish him all the best.”last_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford miffed by All-Star ballot snub

first_imgCrawford was not only an All-Star in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.The Dodgers on the All-Star ballot were chosen by general manager Ned Colletti along with representatives from Major League Baseball, a Dodgers official confirmed.The team will promote Crawford as a write-in candidate.Puig is technically on his first ballot, but was nearly voted in by the fans last season courtesy of the NL All-Star final vote. Puig received more votes than anybody in Final Vote history except Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who beat him out with 19.7 million.The rest of the Dodgers’ All-Star ballot representatives were predictable: Adrian Gonzalez (first base), Dee Gordon (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Juan Uribe (third base) and A.J. Ellis (catcher). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The three outfielders on the ballot aren’t exactly attractive All-Star candidates at the moment. Neither is Crawford for that matter.Puig is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Kemp’s slash line is 211/.297/.456, Ethier’s is. 194/.247/.284, and Crawford’s is .222/.231/.317. New set-up for Wilson?The Dodgers are considering a removal of reliever Brian Wilson from his current set-up role, according to manager Don Mattingly.Wilson surrendered four runs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies, giving him two losses in just six appearances this season.After spending 17 days on the disabled list with elbow irritation earlier this month — and not allowing a run in 24 outings last season — one can’t help but wonder if Wilson is healthy.“I think he’s healthy. If he’s not, he’s not telling us,” Mattingly said. “I feel like it’s just execution. He says possibly getting him regular work will get him back in a groove.”Wilson faced six batters Thursday, gave up three hits, hit one batter and intentionally walked another before he was relieved.He only hit 94 mph on the radar gun with two of the nine fastballs he threw Thursday. One was fouled off by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the other hit Ryan Howard. Last year, Wilson’s fastball was averaging between 93 and 94 with a high of 96 mph. Puig to the big screen?Just as the waters were calming after a Los Angeles Magazine story chronicling Puig’s defection from Cuba was published, it made another wave.The film rights to Jesse Katz’s story have been sold to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner’s production company, RatPac Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The magazine story details Puig’s attempts to escape Cuba and eventually his successful defection courtesy of smugglers working for a Mexican drug cartel. Puig was then held captive by the smugglers for three weeks when the man who sponsored his defection didn’t pay them before he eventually crossed the U.S. border and was signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $43 million deal. center_img The irony of being left off the All-Star ballot wasn’t lost on Carl Crawford.The Dodgers outfielder’s four All-Star selections are tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most of the team, but he was passed over in favor of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig when the ballot was released Friday.“To not even have a chance, I mean, I’ve got the most All-Stars of anybody on the team,” Crawford said. “Now there’s not even a chance. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take that.”Only three outfielders per team are allowed on the ballot. The Dodgers’ request to add a fourth was denied, according to a Dodgers official.last_img read more

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Middle men get it done for LA Dodgers in NL West showdown

first_imgBumgarner has had the Dodgers’ number over the years — and that number has often been a string of zeroes — but not Tuesday night and not this season. The Dodgers have scored 13 runs on Bumgarner with 23 hits in 16 innings over his three starts against them this year (all Dodgers’ victories).They got to him for single runs in each of the first three innings and two in the fifth when Gonzalez stroked a two-run single to break a tie for good.Maeda did the better job of avoiding the land mines. He gave up six hits and walked four (matching his season high) but stranded six of those baserunners and got a big break when catcher Yasmani Grandal threw Eduardo Nunez out at third base on an attempted double steal in the fourth inning.The Giants scratched out a run off reliever Jesse Chavez in the sixth to briefly make it a one-run game. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts rolled out the left-handers on his bench when Bumgarner left the game. That produced two runs when Chase Utley singled, Toles doubled him home and then scored on Kike’ Hernandez’s single.Toles added a two-run home run in the eighth inning off lefty specialist Javier Lopez.That was more than enough cushion for Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen who closed it out, retiring 10 of the final 11 Giants hitters. In 34 games since the All-Star break, they have scored 194 runs — an average of 5.71 per game after averaging 4.2 per game before the break.A lot of those runs have come on home runs. They have hit 53 since the All-Star break, including 19 over their past eight games. Rookies Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles hit their first major-league home runs in back-to-back at-bats as part of the Dodgers’ seven-homer barrage in Cincinnati on Monday.They hit their second major-league home runs Tuesday, although not consecutively this time.For Segedin, Tuesday’s homer came while he was awaiting word on the impending birth of his first child. His wife, Robin, went to the hospital earlier in the day and labor was induced with a son (to be named Robinson) expected Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.Robin Segedin wasn’t the only one laboring Tuesday night. Bumgarner and Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda each went just five innings, combining to throw 199 pitches to get there, neither pitcher up to the big moment in the opener of the series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> On a day when they placed two more starting pitchers on the disabled list, the Dodgers went out and demonstrated why it hasn’t mattered.The Dodgers’ third, fourth and fifth hitters — Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez — went 7 for 7 and drove in four runs in the first five innings against ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner as the Dodgers hit their way to a 9-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.The win in the first of nine head-to-head meetings between the two rivals over the final 38 games of the regular season doubled the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to two games over the Giants. It is only the second day in the past 17 that ended with the two teams separated by more than one game.It is the Dodgers’ largest lead in the division since they were up 2 1/2 games on the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 24.last_img read more

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Why Lakers view Luke Walton as a ‘players’ coach’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Luke’s great. He’s a great coach, man, and he’s young, too. He knows how to talk to the guys and knows his X’s and O’s,” veteran forward Corey Brewer said. “He is positive with them. I think they need that and that’s why they’re getting better.”Brewer has played for 10 head coaches on six teams during a 10-year NBA career. His teammates’ words reflected their belief that Walton was instrumental in the team improving to 26-56 after finishing the 2015-16 season with a franchise-worst 17-65 record under former coach Byron Scott.“Luke came in with a very loose environment,” Robinson said. “He’s a players’ coach. For a young group, there is nothing better than to be with somebody who was an ex-player that understands the game and knows one night you miss a couple of shots and you’re mad at yourself. You know how that feels.”In his introductory press conference in early March, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka pointed to Walton’s league-wide popularity among players as evidence of his coaching acumen. The Lakers are also convinced they need to surround Walton with better talent, mindful that he won an NBA title with Golden State in his first year as an assistant coach (2014-15) then went 39-4 as interim head coach at the beginning of his second year (2015-16).Walton has often deflected his players’ praise, musing that there are unnamed players who have disliked him at times this season. But he found value in receiving such compliments for reasons that have nothing to do with winning a popularity contest. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Liking me should happen with the type of culture we want to build,” Walton said. “That’s why it’s important to me. It’s not important to me that they like me because I feel good about having more friends when I go home at the end of the night. But it’s important for the culture we’re building that they enjoy being here.”The Lakers described that culture as one that stressed team play while empowering every player to help with that effort. Walton often played music during shootarounds and practice to lighten the mood. He frequently exchanged text messages with players. He talked with players privately, offering them praise for their strong play and constructive criticism for their mistakes.That approach affected players in different ways.Despite using Ingram as a reserve to open the reason, Walton still found a way to empower the rookie. He gave Ingram point-guard handling duties at times. Walton dismissed Ingram’s shooting struggles (40.2 percent) and eventually inserted him into the starting lineup in February and allowed him to play through mistakes.“He lets you play loose on the basketball floor. He has the utmost confidence in you,” Ingram said. “On the offensive and defensive end, he challenges you to move your feet and challenges you to take the next shot after missing five in a row. So he believes in everything that we do.”Unlike Scott, Walton never yanked the starting position from forward Julius Randle. Walton still challenged him, though. Walton views Randle as a prototype of Warriors forward Draymond Green because of his strength and versatility, so he often confronted Randle anytime he thought his effort lagged.“I don’t think it bothered me because he cared,” Randle said. “He has a great way of communicating with his players, me specifically. He knew how to get on me and come here and challenge me.”That’s because Walton offered support in other ways. After critiquing him during and after a handful of games, Walton called Randle to remind him he did it out of respect for his potential.“He just came in everyday and brought an energy and vibe about him that I never experienced,” Randle said. “There’s so much positivity. You truly know that he cares about you and cares about this team.”Young discovered that quickly.Young believed the Lakers would cut him last summer after inconsistent performances, personality clashes with Scott and tension with D’Angelo Russell over an accidentally leaked video about his private life. But Walton advocated for the Lakers to keep Young, who then felt comfortable enough in Walton’s system to average 13.2 points on 43 percent shooting as a starter after averaging 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent the previous year as a reserve. Though Walton has still harped on Young’s dietary habits, the veteran respects the criticism. As Young mused, “I’m going to send him a Rolex this year. I’m going to take him on a cruise. I owe him.”“He communicates with the players great,” Young said. “He gives people leeway. I guess it’s because he had been one of those guys that was on a short leash. Plus he’s been around great players and great coaches, too. He knows the best of both worlds.”Lakers forward Tarik Black said he felt the same way. Black had also fallen out of favor with Scott for what was called inconsistent energy, something those inside and outside of the organization questioned. So as he contemplated his free agent options last summer, Black asked if Walton could give him a fair shot. Walton said he would. Black re-signed to a two-year, $13 million deal. And Black became dependable, mostly as a backup forward and center and occasional starter.“He gave me a fair opportunity,” Black said. “So that established so much confidence in me, not only my belief in this organization and my belief in him as a coach, but my belief in myself.”Guard Tyler Ennis ended the 2016-17 season brimming with confidence partly because of Walton, too. After Ennis played sparingly in Phoenix (2014), Milwaukee (2014-16) and Houston (2016-17), the Lakers acquired him in a midseason trade from Houston for Marcelo Huertas. Walton immediately called him and encouraged him to look for his shot. Two months later, Ennis was averaging a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting.“He told me to just go out there and play and use instincts,” Ennis said. “By the end of the season, we were able to have that chemistry with me and him where he gave me the freedom to call plays. When I wasn’t shooting the ball, he’d get mad as opposed to the other side where people think when you shoot you get in trouble.”Walton’s players describe him as friendly and honest and someone who invited their feedback too. Walton still occasionally lost his patience, though. He questioned his players’ toughness after a loss to Brooklyn in mid-December extended a losing streak to eight games.The Lakers said his outburst was effective because of the equity he had built in the previous weeks. They also respected his calculated approach to showing his angrier side.“I can point out point blank what we’re doing wrong and be brutally honest with people and them know it’s not a personal attack,” Walton said. “It’s me coaching them and trying to make them better and we’re not going to have any issues as far as trust in our relationship down the road because of that.”Still, Walton considered himself “a work in progress as I grow as a coach.” After trying to maximize a talented Warriors squad “to make that a championship-caliber team,” Walton spent his first season with the Lakers evaluating how to properly hold his young players accountable while allowing them to experience growing pains.“I definitely learned a lot this season,” Walton said. “We’ll continue to be open-minded about my progress as a coach.”But for now, the Lakers have given Walton more than a passing grade.“Luke was great. I feel like as a player, he was always giving suggestions out there to me,” said former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who was a teammate of Walton’s from 2009 to 2012. “It’s an easy transition. His dad (Bill Walton) is a great basketball mind. He played for Phil Jackson. He’s a naturally smart basketball player. Now that’s translating into a coach.”center_img EL SEGUNDO >> Even after they labored through dozens of losses en route to another season that ended in April instead of June, Lakers players were quick to praise Coach Luke Walton after their exit interviews this week.Both rookie forward Brandon Ingram and third-year guard Jordan Clarkson described Walton as a “players’ coach.” Forward Julius Randle called it “amazing” playing for Walton, and veteran center Timofey Mozgov appreciated Walton bringing “a lot of positive energy.”Veteran swingman Nick Young labeled Walton “one of the best coaches for this new era of basketball,” and forward Thomas Robinson argued that “for this group of young players, it can be nobody better for them than Luke.”That’s because so many of the Lakers, regardless of their NBA experience, believe the 37-year-old Walton fits a specific criteria.last_img read more

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City of Wellington transfer station to be closed Monday

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(UPDATED with statement) Leonard Hernandez resigns as President/CEO at Sumner Regional Medical Center

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down “Shocked” · 259 weeks ago I can’t say this is coming as a surprise. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 259 weeks ago That’s too bad, but I am sure that he felt very helpless in the current situation. The hospital had issues well before he came and I don’t imagine there was much he could do to right the ship. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 259 weeks ago I can’t blame him, I thought he was making some progress but with the public scrutiny and blame game I’d jump at another position if I was him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down Jessica Yunker · 259 weeks ago The Wellington community has been very fortunate to have Leonard Hernandez as the CEO of SRMC. He has the experience and connections needed in the ever-changing health care world and SRMC will truly be at a loss without him. He has been great to work for and I wish you all the best in the future! Report Reply 3 replies · active 259 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down dr. jelly finger · 259 weeks ago Time for reorganization…maybe consolidate with a larger hospital. The city and srmc needs to come to an agreement on utilities..that is becoming an old story. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 259 weeks ago With all the controversy with the hospital right now, I’m sure the CEO is a thankless job. It’s unfortunate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago -18 Vote up Vote down Wellington · 259 weeks ago We have had 3 resignations on the Health Care Authority Board this year and now the CEO has resigned this year. Is it an option to dissolve the Health Care Authority board and put SRMC under the umbrella of City hall and the city Manager? We can then hope Mr Eckert will hire a good person to be a department Head over SRMC and that person will work direclty for Mr Eckert and the governing body of our community. Report Reply 3 replies · active 259 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 259 weeks ago Will we have a job to do everyday? I question the timing of this development and the city’s need to have their money NOW. Please, someone, anyone, give the employees a clue as to what is happening. We deserve to know. Report Reply 7 replies · active 259 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 259 weeks ago This is truly an unfortunate turn of events. The one thing that was necessary for the Hospital to succeed is consistency, and that’s now been lost. Regardless of the situation, Mr. Hernandez seemed to have a deep understanding of the issues, and at least an idea of how to dig out of the hole. We’ve now lost that, and there will be a large gap in leadership during the hiring process for SRMC, which will be lengthy. This isn’t a position you post on the NewsCow and take local applicants, this will need to be a wide-scale search. Unfortunate turn of events indeed. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Fred4CEO · 259 weeks ago Interesting that the CEO said once the new surgeon is up and running the hospital revenue should be close to when the woman surgeon left. Shouldn’t all surgeons produce the same when the population is the same? Fred Hinman should be CEO his is the only one that has been there and has been running the show for the last sevreal years anyhow. Report Reply 4 replies · active 259 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments (Updated: Friday, 12:30 p.m. including Hernandez official statement below) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Leonard Hernandez, President and CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center, has resigned his position effective this morning to take the same position at Coffey Health System in Burlington, Kans.Leonard HernandezHernandez took over as SRMC administrator for Dr. Bob Bean in September of 2012. He was the administrator at Morton County Health Systems in Elkhart before coming to Wellington with over 20 years of hospital administrative experience.In his three years, Hernandez helped pass a half-cent sales tax initiative for SRMC, assisted in the hiring of a new surgeon, implemented the “March to Million” program which was to collect $1 million in cash, and helped increase the volume of accounts receivable payments. The following is Hernandez’ official statement: I have submitted my resignation this morning to the HCA Board for my position as President and Chief Executive Officer for Sumner Regional Medical Center. I have accepted the President and Chief Executive Officer position for the Coffey Health system in Burlington, Kansas and will start there on September 21.  I want to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to lead the hospital for the last three years.  Small hospitals are struggling all across America but if those of us who continue to believe there is a place for them, continue to work for them, they can survive.  There are of course issues that will always be factors, like location, that may always hinder some of the change that is required, but we must continue to fight for the same benefits that other small hospitals can and do get! I also want to thank the community for allowing me and my family to become a part of it from the beginning. We are so blessed to have the quality medical staff that exists in our hospital and those who come and do outreach clinics here in Wellington.  You are the best and I will truly miss working with you. And finally, to the staff, who I often refer to as the best I ever worked with,  THANK YOU for everything!  We have grown a lot together over the last few years, the struggles and the successes from them are all due to your efforts and commitment to Sumner Regional Medical Center. Please keep up the great job you do every day!Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Four new caps in England girls’ team

first_img22 Jun 2012 Four new caps in England girls’ team Four new caps are named in the England Golf team which will defend the title at the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr Golf Club, Wales, from 7-9 August. They are Gabriella Cowley of Essex, Amber Ratcliffe of Norfolk, Shelby Smart of Gloucestershire (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Olivia Winning of Yorkshire. They will join four established internationals: Georgia Hall of Dorset, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Elizabeth Mallet of Warwickshire and Brogan Townend of Lancashire  These players were all members of last year’s successful team which won the tournament for the fourth year in a row. The team reserves are Sophie Keech of Dorset and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The players: Gabriella Cowley, 16 (West Essex) is the English girls’ U15 champion and the winner of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay title. She was also in the mixed winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophy. Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) was the runner-up in the 2012 English amateur championship, a reserve for the Curtis Cup team and is a full England international. She has won three top scratch events this season. Meghan MacLaren, 18, (Wellingborough) won the U18 Cartier Trophy at the French lady junior championship and was the leading English player in last season’s British strokeplay championship, finishing in third place. She is a past winner of the English schools’ championship. Elizabeth Mallett, 17, (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) set a new course record when she won this season’s Whittington Trophy, one of the leading scratch events. Elizabeth is a past winner of the English girls’ championship, the English U15 title and has been runner-up in the British girls’ championship. Amber Ratcliffe,16, (Royal Cromer) has twice been English U16 schools’ champion and last year won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. She represented GB&I in the inaugural junior Vagliano Trophy match, which also included Georgia Hall. Shelby Smart, 17, (Knowle) was an early pace setter at the English amateur championship where she finished 14th. She is the Gloucestershire champion, having won the title three times in four years, and has helped her team to reach County Finals. She’s a past winner of the South West schools’ championship. Brogan Townend, 18, (Pleasington) is the Faldo Series girls champion and has previously won the U16 title. She has helped Lancashire to reach the 2012 County Finals and has been runner-up in the Northern ladies’ championship. Olivia Winning, 17, (Rotherham) represented England in last year’s European Young Masters and was fifth in the 2011 English girls’ championship. She was runner-up at this season’s Fairhaven Trophies where she set a course record Sophie Keech, 16, (Lyme Regis) won the 2011 English schools’ championship and has twice been the Dorset champion. She was in England’s squad for the Scottish U16 championship. Bethan Popel, 16, (Long Ashton) won the 2011 North of England U16 title and the South-West women’s championship. She is in the Gloucestershire team which has reached County Finals.last_img read more

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Williams, Duggan weigh in on US soccer discrimination suit

first_imgThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The USSF has not commented on the suit.“We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The lawsuit, which is the culmination of long-simmering concerns by the players, highlights the struggle for female athletes globally to achieve fair compensation for their efforts, even if that doesn’t mean identical paychecks to their male counterparts. “Fair” can include simple things like access to practice fields and changing rooms.In tennis, Grand Slam events and many other tournaments give equal prize money to men and women, in part due to the work of pioneers like Billie Jean King, who was calling for equitable prize money in the 1970s. She once famously proclaimed: “Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing and the cherry on top, too.”Two years ago, just before the U.S. women’s soccer team struck a new collective bargaining agreement that gave players pay raises and better benefits, the women’s national hockey team won a better contract after taking the drastic step of threatening to sit out of the world championships. The players’ effort went viral with the social media hashtag #BeBoldForChange.Meghan Duggan was one of the players who led the fight.“I have the utmost respect for the U.S. women’s soccer team and what they have always stood for,” she said. “They have continued to lead the way in advancing women’s sports and this is just another example of their boldness and leadership.”The men’s and women’s soccer teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no simple dollar-to-dollar salary comparison. Terms of the CBAs have not been made public.Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on appearances, roster selection for friendlies and tournaments, and collective performance. The USSF has cited the contracts, as well as the revenue generated by the teams, as the reason for the differences.While the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not a party to the lawsuit, it issued a statement supporting the players’ goal of “eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”A group of five star players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.At the time of the original complaint, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a letter to the EEOC in support of the players. On Sunday, she applauded the team’s ongoing efforts for pay equity.“These women are at the pinnacle of their sport. They are world champions. Yet, when they receive their paychecks, they are being paid less than their male counterparts. That is unacceptable,” she said in a statement to the AP. “Women and men in the same job deserve the same pay. Period. That is why I will keep pushing Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which should be on the House Floor soon.”Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a new CBA covering 2017-21.WNBA players have exercised their right to terminate their CBA after the 2019 season, cutting the deal short by two years. The move allows the sides to negotiate a new deal that would go into effect for the 2020 season during an Olympic year.“Without commenting on the specifics of the lawsuit, the WNBPA stands for equity and fairness, and stands against discrimination of any kind. We are proud to stand with the USWNTPA and other unions in support of players on these issues,” said Terri Jackson, WNBA Players Association director of operations.Solo no longer plays for the national team. Her contract was terminated when she was suspended for comments made at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. However, she continues to champion gender equity issues.Last August, she filed her own federal lawsuit in the Northern District of California, accusing U.S. Soccer of violating the Equal Pay Act. That lawsuit is winding its way through the courts.“I’d always hoped my former teammates would follow suit and join me in the battle in federal court against the United States Soccer Federation,” Solo told the AP. “It was clear that U.S. Soccer was never going to acquiesce or negotiate to provide us equal pay or agree to treat us fairly. The filing by the entire United Sates women’s national team demonstrated that they no longer fear the federation by forcefully and publicly acknowledging U.S. Soccer’s violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII.”___AP Sports Writers Beth Harris in Los Angeles, Larry Lage in Detroit and Doug Feinberg in Las Vegas contributed to this report.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) While Serena Williams admittedly doesn’t follow soccer, the U.S. women’s national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay. In this Aug. 13, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams serves to Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, in the first round at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Williams admits she doesn’t really follow soccer, but the U.S. women’s national team got her attention with its lawsuit over equitable pay. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, Williams praised the players who came before her to fight for equal prize money in tennis.“I think at some point, in every sport, you have to have those pioneers, and maybe it’s the time for soccer,” she said. “I’m playing because someone else stood up, and so what they are doing right now is hopefully for the future of women’s soccer.”last_img read more