Learn to forgive and pray for peace

first_imgWe have heard grieving families cry out, “The killing must stop.” Yet, nothing much changes except to get worse.Others demonstrated their forgiving attitude for us. Within hours of the shooting deaths of five Amish schoolgirls in Lancaster, Pa., the Amish community forgave Charles Roberts, the killer; they also comforted his grieving family, set up a charitable fund for his children and grieved at his funeral.Despite the Amish example and cries of grieving families, our society spirals ever deeper into trouble. Since we can’t change “our bad situation,” I believe that our hope is in prayer for divine intervention. We need forgiving acts and prayers for peace. Prayers from your heart, in your own words, or mine. This peace prayer is a composite of the tenets and prayers of many faiths.Peace pray for all faiths: O God, fill me with thy peace that I may be an instrument of your love. May all humanity recognize their brotherhood and vanquish injustice, violence and war. Oh, Master, may peace and justice fill the earth, as the waters fill the sea, while your glory shines from all nations.Donna LagasseScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWalter “Neal” Brazelle [Dec. 9 letter] recently blamed Americans for “putting ourselves in a bad situation.” I agree with him. But I believe that we can heal our society with a different attitude. Namely, the same one shown by the Scheidt and Martuscello families of Schenectady as they faced the young men found guilty of the deaths of their family members. They faced the men, without ugly, revengeful comments, and hoped they would be better people.last_img read more

India says 20 troops killed in deadliest clash with China in decades

first_imgBut in a statement later Tuesday the army added that 17 more critically injured were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures… [and] succumbed to their injuries”.The Indian army said earlier that there were “casualties on both sides”. China’s defense ministry confirmed the incident had resulted in casualties but did not give the nationality of the victims or any other details.The United States — which has mounting frictions with China, but sees India as an emerging ally — said it is hoping for a “peaceful resolution”, and that it was monitoring the situation closely.The UN called for both sides to “exercise maximum restraint”.Former Indian ambassador to China and foreign secretary Nirupama Menon Rao warned that “we are at an extremely worrisome juncture in the relationship”.”If not handled correctly… [this] can really escalate into something much bigger than we had initially imagined,” Harsh Pant from the Observer Research Foundation think-tank told AFP. The long-running border dispute between Asian nuclear powers India and China turned deadly for the first time in nearly half a century after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a “violent face-off”, the army said Tuesday.Experts warned the high-altitude clash along the Himalayan frontier was a worrying development which could escalate, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.Brawls erupt regularly between the world’s two most populous nations across their disputed 3,500-kilometer border — but no-one has been killed since 1975. Topics : ‘Attacking Chinese personnel’ Beijing claimed Indian troops “crossed the border line twice… provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides”. New Delhi’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava hit back, saying the clash arose from “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo” on the border.The violence followed weeks of hostilities that began May 9, when several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing at Naku La in India’s Sikkim state, which borders Bhutan, Nepal and China.But just last week, China said it had reached a “positive consensus” with India over resolving tensions at the border, while New Delhi also sounded conciliatory.However, Indian sources and news reports suggested that Chinese troops remained in parts of the Galwan Valley and of the northern shore of the Pangong Tso lake that it occupied in recent weeks.The prickly relationship had already been strained when India in August revoked the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir state.That saw the Ladakh region — partly claimed by Beijing — turned into a separate Indian administrative territory.Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s territorial disputes at MIT, said Beijing would have viewed the move as a “direct challenge to China’s sovereignty” over the area it claims.”This may have been one factor leading China to adopt a much more forward posture along the LAC [Line of Actual Control, or the frontier] in the western sector [of the border]” he told AFP.Fravel said both nations would not “want to see a major escalation”, with China’s main security priority still the US.center_img ‘Worrying’ India and China have never even agreed on the length of their “Line of Actual Control” frontier, and each side uses different frontier proposals made by Britain to China in the 19th century to back their claims. They fought a brief war in 1962 in which China took territory from India. Further deadly clashes followed in 1967, but the last shot fired in anger was in 1975, when four Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed along the dividing line in Arunachal Pradesh. In 2017 there was a 72-day showdown after Chinese forces moved into the disputed Doklam plateau on the China-India-Bhutan border.After that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping appeared to ease tensions at two summits.India and China meanwhile have also been engaged in a show of power in the Indo-Pacific, with New Delhi allying with the US, Australia and Japan to check China’s push in the region. Beijing and Delhi blamed each other for Monday’s clash in the precipitous, rocky terrain of the strategically important Galwan Valley, which lies between China’s Tibet and India’s Ladakh.An Indian army source in the region told AFP the incident involved no shooting but “violent hand-to-hand scuffles”. The soldiers threw punches and stones at each other, with Chinese troops allegedly attacking their Indian counterparts with rods and nail-studded clubs during the more than six-hour fight, the Hindustan Times reported.India had earlier put the toll at three dead.last_img read more

Global coronavirus cases rise above 13 million, WHO sounds alarm

first_img“If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way.”The Reuters global tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.Parts of the world, especially the United States with more than 3.3 million confirmed cases, are still seeing huge increases in a first wave of COVID-19 infections, while others “flatten the curve” and ease lockdowns.Some places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne and Leicester in England, are implementing a second round of shutdowns. Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, albeit with a low 1,522 cases, is to tighten social distancing measures again amid growing worries about a third wave. Topics : Coronavirus infections rose above 13 million across the world on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by one million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future, with too many countries headed in the wrong direction.”The virus remains public enemy number one,” he told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.center_img The United States reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections on July 10. In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.The US state of Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases in 24 hours on Sunday, more than South Korea’s total since the disease was first identified at the end of last year. Florida tallied 12,624 new cases on Monday.Coronavirus infections were rising in about 40 US states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.Yet US President Donald Trump and White House officials have repeatedly said the disease is under control and that schools must reopen in the autumn.”The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.”We all want our children to go back to school, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.”Stay at homeHungary has imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel as of next Wednesday in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in new cases in several countries, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Sunday.The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia called on residents of an area that has seen a surge in coronavirus cases to stay at home despite a ruling by a judge who threw out a mandatory lockdown order for the district of 160,000 people.Spain, which has been one of the European countries worst hit by the coronavirus, lifted nationwide confinement last month, when the pandemic seemed to have come under control.Since the first cases were reported in China around the new year, it took three months to reach one million cases. It has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million recorded on July 8.India, the country with the third-highest number of infections, has been contending with an average of 23,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.In countries with limited testing capacity, case numbers reflect only a smaller proportion of total infections. Experts say official data likely under-represents both infections and deaths.last_img read more

EIOPA finalises vision on pan-European personal pensions

first_imgFlexible ElementsGuarantees The paper is the latest step in a European Commission (EC)-led investigation into the potential development of a EU market for personal pension schemes, envisaged as a third-pillar retail product.It takes into account feedback received as part of a consultation carried out last summer on the creation of a standardised PEPP, which in turn built on a preliminary report on PPPs by EIOPA in 2014. Last summer’s consultation and the latest consultation will allow EIOPA to respond to a call for advice by the EC in July 2014.Among responses to EIOPA’s PEPP consultation last summer were a warning of the risk of “regulatory arbitrage” from Brussels-based industry association PensionsEurope. The Dutch government rejected the standardised PEPP idea, while the Dutch Pensions Federation questioned the added value of a PEPP.However, Hans van Meerten, a professor of international pensions law at Utrecht University, flagged new opportunities arising from PEPPs for Dutch pension providers, pension funds and insurers.More recently, investment fund association ICI Global made the development of a pan-European PPP one of its key recommendations in its response to the EC’s call for evidence on the regulatory framework for financial services.It said it was “fully supportive” of the Commission’s work to develop such a product, highlighting the benefits of pooling assets on a cross-border basis for “EU savers and the EU’s capital markets”.EIOPA addressed concerns about regulatory arbitrage in its new consultation paper, noting that avoiding it is one of the reasons why it settled on a standardised PEPP regulated by a complementary second regime rather than harmonising existing Directives.“To achieve a true Single Market for pensions,” it said, “and to overcome barriers to use the efficiency gains of the Single Market and ensuring a high level of consumer protection, it is therefore EIOPA’s view that only a second regime PEPP will be capable of realistically tackling the currently under-developed EU market for cross-border pensions.”Proposed PEPP characteristicsThe supervisory body said research it had conducted, including last summer’s consultation, confirmed its view that a standardised PEPP with a defined set of regulated, flexible elements would be the best way forward. Default “core” investment option It also developed its views on the product, however.It is now proposing PEPP features such as standardised information provision based on the proposals of a key information document (KID) within the PRIIPs (Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products) framework, and standardised limited investment choices and a single default “core” investment option. The investment elements would be to take into account the link between accumulation and decumulation, according to the consultation document.Industry group Insurance Europe said it welcomed EIOPA’s acknowledgement that a PEPP should be “a true pension product” but questioned the proposed treatment of minimum investment periods and the decumulation phase – “the main characteristics of a pension product”.It said the product envisaged by EIOPA needs to feature minimum investment periods, and the decumulation phase given “appropriate consideration” in the product design.“Otherwise, the PEPP could end up being more like a short-term investment, rather than a long-term pension product,” it said. “Of concern is the link that EIOPA’s advice makes between packaged retail and insurance-based investment products and the proposed PEPP, given that the two are not easily compatible.”Consultation: From PEPP to PPPsEIOPA is now seeking views on whether and how its PEPP recommendations could be applied to personal pension products (PPPs) in general.The aim, it said, was to identify how PPPs – and possible EU-wide frameworks for these – could be developed “so they can contribute to meeting the challenges of an ageing economy, the sustainability of public finances and the provision of adequate retirement incomes and foster increased long-term investment”.EIOPA is asking for feedback particularly in relation to:Governance standards for providersHarmonised basis for product governance rulesHarmonised basis for distribution rulesHarmonised disclosure rulesPossible specific additional capital requirementFurther powers for national supervisorsEIOPA noted that PPPs were one of the priority measures for the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union action plan.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to “Consultation Paper on EIOPA’s advice on the development of an EU Single Market for personal pension products (PPP)” Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) Standardised ElementsInformation provisioncenter_img Limited investment choices Switching Cap on cost and charges The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its final advice on the development of a so-called 2nd regime for pan-European personal pension products (PEPPs) and launched a fresh consultation on the back of the recommendations.The new consultation is on how a standardised PEPP could serve as the basis for an EU market for personal pensions products in general.The advice and related questions for stakeholders are set out in a ‘Consultation Paper on EIOPA’s advice on the development of an EU Single Market for personal pension products’, released yesterday.It marks the first time EIOPA has consulted on its advice, according to a spokesperson.last_img read more

Dynagas LNG Partners agrees $480 mln loan

first_imgImage courtesy of Dynagas LNG PartnersDynagas LNG Partners, a partnership formed by Dynagas, said its unit, Arctic LNG Carriers secured a $480 million loan.The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds of the loan facility to repay in full its existing secured indebtedness, pay transaction fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.Credit Suisse Securities and Barclays acted as joint global coordinators, joint lead arrangers and joint book runners of the loan.The Partnership’s current fleet consists of six LNG carriers, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 914,000 cubic meters.last_img read more

OMM hooks CableFish

first_imgCableFish (Photo: OMM) Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has entered into a long-term collaboration with the developer of cable monitoring and subsea systems North Sea Systems (NSS) to bring the CableFish monitoring tool to the market.CableFish Touchdown Monitoring Tool was engineered to overcome issues with damage and suspension during cable installation, as well as to reduce delays and expense, by providing continuous visual and position monitoring of the cable touchdown point at a fraction of the cost of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), according to OMM – subsea services provider for offshore renewables sector.The announcement comes at an important time for the offshore renewables industry, which has been identified as a vital point of focus for Britain as its exit from the EU approaches.A major report by the Government Office for Science Foresight, Future of the Sea, has estimated that the value of the world’s oceans is set to double to £2.14 trillion by 2030, but that the UK will miss out if it continues to rely on traditional industries such as oil and gas.Instead, innovations in emerging sectors such as offshore renewable energy could pave the way to economic growth, echoing the message of BEIS’ Clean Growth Strategy launched at the end of last year.As reported earlier, the developers of the MeyGen tidal array project said in a report for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that ROVs were found not to be suited for the conditions at the site at Pentland Firth, and that using a different cable monitoring system, such as CableFish, to guide the cable lay process would have been beneficial.Rob Grimmond, Managing Director of OMM, said: “In order to harness the potential for economic growth offered by the industry, it continually demands innovation to be competitive and safe in changing environments. Working with NSS to offer CableFish has the potential to help make this possible.”last_img read more

Platini’s appeal thrown out by European Court of Human Rights

first_img On Article 8, the ECHE said: “The applicant had been afforded sufficient institutional and procedural safeguards. “The court dismissed the Article 8 complaint, declaring it manifestly ill-founded.” FIFA have taken legal action to try and recoup the payment made to Platini, who was also detained for questioning in June by the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police in Paris. This was as part of a probe into the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar. The former France international and three times Ballon d’Or winner was questioned on “technical grounds”, according to his lawyer William Bourdon. “FIFA has taken note of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to reject the appeal of Mr. Platini, which the Court considered to be manifestly ill-founded,” world football’s governing body said. “This judgment is in line with the decision of FIFA’s Ethics Committee, which was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and also by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. “FIFA will continue to seek restitution of the CHF 2 million unduly paid by former FIFA President Joseph Blatter to Mr. Platini back in February 2011.” Blatter led FIFA for 17 years before he resigned days after being re-elected in May 2015. He was banned for six years for his role in the affair. Read Also:Platini considers return to football after ban Platini, considered as one of the best French footballers of all time, was widely viewed as a likely successor. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has thrown out Michel Platini’s appeal against his ban from football and described his claim as “manifestly ill-founded”. Former FIFA vice President Michel Platini FIFA banned the Frenchman, the former President of UEFA, for eight years in 2015 over an unexplained “disloyal” payment received from former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. This was later reduced to six years on appeal by FIFA, and then again to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). As this suspension expired last year, Platini is free to work in football again. His bid at the ECHR can be seen as an attempt to quash his ban as unlawful and return to the game with his reputation in tact. He argued that the legal proceedings so far have not been fair and also claimed the ban was incompatible with his freedom to exercise a professional activity. Other claims are that evidence used by CAS had been “illegal” while he suggested that FIFA’s adjudicatory bodies were “subordinate” to its executive. Both Platini and Blatter had claimed that the CHF2 million (£1.5 million/$2 million/€1.8 million) payment between the pair was made because of a verbal agreement for work the Frenchman carried out between 1998 and 2002. FIFA’s Ethics Committee dismissed this argument and said it was a “gift” or “undue payment”, and this ruling was upheld by CAS. The ECHR rejected Platini’s claim under three of its Articles, including Article 6 – the right to a fair hearing. Article 7 – no punishment without law – and Article 8 – right to respect for private and family life – were also considered. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Pink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Beinglast_img read more

Leicester Crowned EPL Champions at Stamford Bridge

first_img18Sunderland35711174058-1832 Chelsea holds Spurs to end their ambitionLeicester City has won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea last night confirmed a stunning achievement for Claudio Ranieri’s side.Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season. PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts 1Leicester City362211364343077 4Man City361971068383064 8Liverpool3515101059481155 2Tottenham361913467283970 12Watford35128153642-644 13Swansea361110153750-1343 But they have lost just three league games in what has been described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.Closest challengers Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and last year’s champions Chelsea, have all failed to match the Foxes’ consistency across the season.“In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed,” former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Sport.“It is incredible. This is a turning point in Premier League history.”Savage added: “I’m speechless, it is unbelievable. I’ve seen England win the Ashes and get OBEs and MBEs. This Leicester team’s achievement is greater than any of that. They should be recognised in the honours list.”After Leicester drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, Tottenham needed to win all three of their remaining league games to catch the Foxes.But their title hopes were ended when they squandered a 2-0 lead to only draw at London rivals Chelsea.Match of the Day pundit and former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer said Leicester’s achievement was “the biggest thing ever in football”.Shearer, who won the Premier League in 1995 with underdogs Blackburn, told BBC Sport: “For a team like Leicester to come and take the giants on with their wealth and experience – not only take them on but to beat them – I think it’s the biggest thing to happen in football.”Former Leicester, Everton and England striker Gary Lineker described his hometown team’s achievement as “the biggest sporting shock of my lifetime”.The Match of the Day presenter had suggested the Leicester players were on the “edge of sporting immortality” last month.Leicester East MP Keith Vaz said: “This is a miracle which has captured the imagination of the sporting world and beyond. People in every corner of the globe now know where Leicester is.”Former Foxes manager Martin O’Neill, who led the club to their previous highest Premier League finish of eighth in 2000, said: “Not only is it a brilliant story, but it gives everyone that little bit of hope again. That romance has not left football.“It’s been the talk of Europe, there’s no question about that. Everything about this season has been remarkable.”It is Leicester’s first top-flight title and the club, owned by Thai billionaire businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has also qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions’ League group stages for the first time.The Foxes started the season among the favourites for relegation and only the three promoted sides – Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth – were longer odds for the league title.Ranieri, who took over from the sacked Nigel Pearson in the summer, was seen as an uninspired choice by some fans and pundits after his predecessor had overseen a run of seven wins in nine games as Leicester escaped relegation in 2014-15.The Italian’s previous job ended abruptly when his Greece side lost to European minnows Faroe Islands during Euro 2016 qualifying.Yet the charismatic 64-year-old’s side – assembled for less than £30m and playing pacy, direct, counter-attacking football – has confounded the experts.STANDINGS 9Chelsea351212115548748 10Stoke36139143852-1448 19Norwich3587203561-2631center_img 11Everton351014115549644 5Man Utd35179943311260 14West Brom361011153246-1441 3Arsenal361910759342567 17Newcastle3689193964-2533 7Southampton361691153391457 6West Ham351514660431759 16Cry’ Palace36109173646-1039 15Bournemouth36118174363-2041 20Aston Villa3637262772-4516 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Titans pounce early, trounce Trojans

first_imgLosing is never pretty, but USC’s loss Wednesday night was downright ugly.Despite late-inning efforts, the Trojans were unable to dig themselves out of a double-digit hole and were ultimately thrashed in an 11-4 blowout at Dedeaux Field.Down and out · Junior infielder James Roberts went 0-for-2 and with an error in Wednesday’s loss to Cal State Fullerton. The Titans put the game out of reach early, handing the Trojans their third consecutive loss. — Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan“This is the most physical Fullerton team I’ve ever seen and I played against them in the early ’90s,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said. “They have big power, they’re really physical and they’re really athletic throughout the lineup.”The Trojan bullpen was bruised badly against offensive goliath Cal State Fullerton (11-2), which ended a brief two-game losing streak in its victory over USC (6-6).Heading into the game, the No. 13 Titans promised to be a challenge, flaunting a .384 team batting average (nearly .100 higher than USC) while holding opponents to .246. Fullerton, however, had lost two consecutive games entering Wednesday, with the most recent loss against San Diego on Tuesday.The Titans took the field at Dedeaux in their second game in as many days but hardly showed any signs of wear as they pounced early on freshman starting pitcher Brent Wheatley. The first batter of the night reached base on an error and the Titans flexed their offensive muscles on the very next pitch with an RBI-double. An early visit to the mound from Hubbs couldn’t settle Wheatley, who went on to serve up consecutive singles that enabled the Titans to plate their second and third runs of the inning.“We can’t have an error the first play of the game with a freshman on the mound and not think it’s going to affect us at all,” Hubbs said.The Fullerton bats were right back at it the following inning and were downright merciless. After a leadoff single, the Titans pieced together a pair of hits, including another RBI double that sent their fourth run across home plate.Wheatley was yanked after only 1.1 innings’ work, in which he faced 13 batters and surrendered six runs (5 earned) on seven hits and a walk. USC barely had a chance to hold its breath before junior lefty Sean Silva came in for relief and was promptly greeted by a relentless Titan offense that extended its lead to eight.“If we pitch well and play good defense, we’ll be in most games,” Hubbs said. “We didn’t pitch well early but I thought we pitched pretty well late. We didn’t play good defense early but I thought we played better late.”USC’s offense was slow to ignite but finally showed signs of life in the sixth inning, offering a vocal crowd a glimmer of hope. Freshman outfielder Timmy Robinson sparked a rally with a single, and redshirt senior outfielder Greg Zebrack ended the offensive drought with an RBI triple, later scoring on a ground ball.In the following inning, USC finally got the “big hit” that Hubbs had been waiting for when freshman Bobby Stahel laced a bases-loaded single down the right field line to score two. The team was unable to add any more runs to the board, ending the game with a fruitless final attempt in the bottom of the ninth.“We’re just not getting the hit at the right moment. It’s tough,” said junior third baseman Kevin Swick. “It’s frustrating as a group, but I think we’ll pull together eventually.”On Monday, Hubbs said his team needed to be strong out of the bullpen and get big hits in order to win games. In Wednesday’s loss, USC was unable to accomplish either. The Trojans had 10 hits on the night and drew four walks, but an inability to plate runs continued to be the team’s Achilles’ heel.The Trojans will battle more ranked teams this weekend, hosting No. 14 Oklahoma on Friday, No. 26 Notre Dame on Saturday, and finishing the series at No. 7 UCLA on Sunday.last_img read more

Emma Polaski’s prep school experience pays off as she makes college hockey transition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm Contact Isaiah: ifreedma@syr.edu Not only did Emma Polaski’s first collegiate goal come against No. 1 Wisconsin, but it was also the result of a frenzy on the rink.First, Syracuse forced a Badgers turnover inside the UW blue line. Then, the puck made its way to the stick of defender Amanda Backebo, who quickly slid it to forward Victoria Klimek, who subsequently rocketed it to Polaski. All the freshman had to do was tap it in.“It was a great moment,” Polaski said, “and I’ll remember that for the rest of my career.”Polaski’s goal occurred early on in a stop-and-go first season for the Morristown, New Jersey, native. SU head coach Paul Flanagan has plucked her in and out of the lineup, making it difficult for her to develop a rhythm. Nonetheless, Flanagan is confident in Polaski’s burgeoning skillset.“She’s someone who has to continue to work,” Flanagan said. “She’s a strong girl, has real good stick skills, shoots the puck well. I see her being a big part of what we’re trying to do offensively.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan is confident that score was the first of many for Polaski, but he’s cautious to not heap too much praise on his freshman forward. He knows there are more goals to come for the freshman, but he doesn’t want to jinx it.“For her to build off that is the main thing,” Flanagan said. “Just get some confidence.”Polaski, who attended prep school before her arrival on campus, has experienced a smoother transition to the ins and outs of college life than some of her peers.Prep school offers a similar experience to that of college, Polaski said. Her previous school, The Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School, had a rigorous hockey program where players played and trained daily, just like SU does. The intensity is greater, but the structure is similar.Senior captain Stephanie Grossi plays the same position as Polaski, and has seen the progression of her freshman counterpart first hand.“She’s a really good player,” Grossi said. “She has a lot of strength, a really good shot and works incredibly hard and has a good attitude. I think she can go really far in this program and help lead it in the future. She has a lot of potential for sure.”Flanagan understands that his freshman not only needs to adjust to the improved competition, but also navigate the uncharted aspects of life that come with transitioning from prep school to college.Polaski is still learning, Flanagan said, but all the freshmen are. But in particular, he’s expecting big things from his freshman forward.“We expect her to be a real core part of our program moving forward,” Flanagan said. Commentslast_img read more