Govt should support Aceh residents’ solidarity for stranded Rohingya: Amnesty

first_imgAmnesty International has urged the government to show support for Aceh residents after they rescued dozens of Rohingya refugees in Northern Aceh waters. Amnesty called this event “a victory for humanitarian solidarity” and demanded that the Indonesian authorities ensure immediate protection for the refugees.”This good news from Aceh is very relieving. It showed [us] that Aceh residents uphold values of solidarity, but at the same time they respect the rights of Rohingya refugees, which are often neglected. But the efforts [to help Rohingya refugees] should not stop here, the government needs to provide thorough protections for them, after months of dangerous sea travel they need shelter,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a statement on Thursday.On Wednesday morning three Indonesian fishermen rescued 94 refugees, comprising 49 women, 15 men and 30 children, from a sinking cargo ship using their fishing boat, KM 2017.811.They attempted to transport the group to Kuala Tanah Jambo Aye in Seunuddon district, North Aceh, but their engine broke, leaving them stranded 4 miles from the coast of Seunuddon.Read also: ‘Totally shameful’: Outrage as ASEAN nations abandon Rohingya boat peopleCurrently, the Rohingya refugees are being held in a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe. They were said to be in weak condition and authorities were providing them with food.Amnesty said the COVID-19 pandemic should push the government to provide basic needs for the refugees such as food, shelter, and medical services. It also urged the government to reactivate a regional dialogue to save other Rohingya refugees stranded at sea.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that it will cooperate with the Aceh administration to quarantine the refugees.UNHCR protection associate Oktina expressed his appreciation for locals and authorities who helped with the rescue.”We’re grateful for the rescue. At least they are safe here. They can get food and water after having been at sea for months. UNHCR is ready to help the regional administrations to carry out the quarantine process and with other necessities,” Oktina said on Thursday as reported by tempo.co. (nal) Topics :last_img read more

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Virus spending, lower revenue may weaken Indonesia’s credit quality: Moody’s

first_img“The impact would be quite stark as Indonesia already had weak debt affordability going into this [coronavirus] crisis and that was mainly because of a weak revenue base” and reduction in corporate tax rates, Moody’s senior analyst Anushka Shah told an investor call on Wednesday.“As growth slows and revenue falls on one hand and higher debt levels on the other, debt servicing costs will increase. This will weaken debt affordability.”The coronavirus-induced economic downturn has sapped tax revenue, spurred government spending and necessitated record amounts of government borrowing as the country’s budget deficit may widen to 6.34 percent of GDP driven by lower state revenue and higher spending.Indonesia’s state revenue fell by 13.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 1.02 quadrillion (US$68.1 billion) as of August, according to Finance Ministry data. The amount is around 60.5 percent of the government’s state revenue target totaling Rp 1.69 quadrillion as stated in Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 72/2020. Income from taxes and excise reached Rp 795.95 trillion as of August, while nontax income stood at Rp 232.07 trillion as businesses were hit by weakening demand and lower commodity prices.Meanwhile, the government is borrowing a record amount of money to fund the Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package in efforts to rescue the economy, which shrank by 5.32 percent yoy in the second quarter and was widely expected to enter recession in the third quarter.The government plans to raise Rp 900.4 trillion in the second half this year on top of Rp 430.4 trillion raised through sovereign debt papers in the first half. Moody’s gave Indonesia a stable rating outlook for its government bonds, one notch above the lowest investment grade.The government is also seeking Bank Indonesia’s (BI) help to help fund the fiscal deficit and bear the debt burden through a $40 billion “burden-sharing” scheme, which will see the central bank buying at least $28 billion.Read also: Indonesia’s debt jumps as government ramps up virus spendingShah said Moody’s analysis of the rating implication and credit quality would depend on whether the government was able to “reverse the fiscal and debt deterioration” to precoronavirus levels as well as whether it could use policy buffers effectively.The deterioration in growth and fiscal dynamics will leave most large emerging market sovereigns, including Indonesia, with higher debt burdens over the next few years.“We are not expecting a reversion to precoronavirus deficit levels in Indonesia until at least 2025,” Shah added.Indonesia’s debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to reach 40 percent by the end of 2021, a significant increase from 29.8 percent by the end of last year, according to Moody’s projection.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati previously pledged to reinstate the budget deficit cap of 3 percent by 2023, but the government may seek BI’s help in financing its budget deficit through 2022 if needed.Meanwhile, Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara said on Sept. 7 that the debt ratio might reach 37.6 percent by the end of this year on the back of a lower interest rate, issuance of sovereign debt papers, as well as a weakening rupiah.The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio rose to 34.53 percent as of August, a jump from 29.8 percent recorded in the same month last year.“The government expects the debt ratio to reach around 36 percent to 41 percent of GDP next year to fund the country’s fiscal deficit,” he told lawmakers at the time.Topics : Indonesia’s accumulated debt to fund the COVID-19 fight and falling tax revenue will weaken its “debt affordability” and may deteriorate its credit quality, according to analysts at credit rating agency Moody’s Investor Service.Debt affordability is a means of measurement used by Moody’s, calculated by the ratio of annual interest payments required to maintain a government’s debt to its annual tax revenues.Although the deterioration in debt affordability will be modest in general for emerging markets, Indonesia will have interest payments to account for more than 20 percent of government revenue, the agency stated.last_img read more

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German regional bank Nord LB joins financial sector scheme BVV

first_imgThe BVV already has several regional banks among its members, including Bayern LB, West LB and HSH Nordbank.Among the other members of the Pensionskasse are 95% of all German private banks, as well as other financial service providers.Meanwhile, the BVV confirmed to IPE that new global real estate mandates set up last year are “in the starting phase”.A spokeswoman at the scheme said: “The first investments were made in the Asia Pacific region, as well as Europe, with a total volume of €200m.”Further investments are currently under consideration, she said. German regional bank Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord LB) has outsourced pensions provision for new employees joining after 1 January 2014 to the BVV, the Pensionskasse for the financial sector.In a statement, Helmut Aden, a board member at the €24.7bn BVV, said: “Increasing requirements mean more and more companies will take the step to outsource their company pension schemes to competent external partners in order to be able to focus on their core business.”Since the onset of the financial crisis, a number of German regional banks – known as Landesbanken – have sold parts of their companies, including real estate portfolios, to narrow their scope of business.Nord LB has a balance sheet total of €205bn and currently employs around 7,500 people, with offices in Germany, the UK, Singapore and the US.last_img read more

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FRC under fire over accountability, links to UK audit profession

first_imgNicky Morgan MPSince George’s letter was published on the FRC’s website, IPE has obtained a copy of a letter dated 13 October addressed to Nicky Morgan MP , who also chairs the highly influential Treasury Select Committee in the House of Commons, the UK’s lower chamber.Its signatories included Landell-Mills, LAPFF chair Kieran Quinn, Martin White of the UK Shareholders’ Association board, and independent trustee and former Royal London CIO Robert Talbut.In the letter, the investors repeated their call for the government to scrap the FRC’s current structure and place it under robust oversight.The latest investor revolt was prompted by the FRC’s decision in September to close its investigation into the conduct of KPMG regarding its audit of HBOS’s 2007 activities. HBOS was bought by Lloyds Banking Group in 2008.The UK audit watchdog concluded that there was “no realistic prospect” that a disciplinary tribunal would rule that KPMG’s audit had fallen “significantly short of the standards reasonably to be expected”.The letter went on to claim that, despite efforts since 2011 to rid the FRC of conflicts of interest, “it remains excessively dependent on the audit profession for both staff [and] funding”.The letter continued: “Piecemeal changes to [the FRC’s] legal basis over the years have left its powers and responsibilities confused, which has been exacerbated by opacity and weak governance structures. “Taken together, it is our view that the FRC in its current form cannot be relied upon to provide essential scrutiny of the audit profession, and does not act as an effective deterrent to substandard audits and also corporate reporting.” A war of words has erupted between the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and leading investor interests.The FRC’s corporate governance and reporting director Paul George launched a strong defence of the audit watchdog’s record on accountability and oversight of the audit profession.In a letter to Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship at asset manager Sarasin and one of the co-signatories to previous letters of criticism regarding the FRC, George said: “We are ultimately accountable to parliament. We send our annual report to the secretary of state, who lays it before parliament each year.“We also consult on our annual strategy plan and budget each year and hold bi-annual open meetings.” He also defended the FRC against the charge that it was too close to the audit firms it regulates.“As the competent authority for audit within the UK, we require input from individuals with relevant skills and knowledge on highly technical issues,” he said. “It is understandable, therefore, that we need to draw on expertise from those who have worked in the largest accountancy firms.”George said that although five of the FRC’s 15-strong board were drawn from an audit background, the remainder came from backgrounds as varied as investment, the actuarial profession and the civil service.In a bid to head off the charges of being too closed, the FRC recently pledged to publish a register of interests.“It is our view that the FRC in its current form cannot be relied upon to provide essential scrutiny of the audit profession.”Investor coalition letterIn addition to defending the FRC’s record on the independence of its funding and its dual role as both a standard-setter and enforcer, George – himself a former KPMG audit partner – also clarified the FRC’s status under the UK Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.The FoI Act allows the public to request information from public sector bodies, including financial regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority.George’s intervention comes after an investor coalition – including Sarasin, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) and the UK Shareholders’ Association – accused the watchdog of being too riddled with conflicts of interest to regulate the audit profession adequately .This in turn followed a similar demand a year ago from consultancy PIRC, which said the FRC should be broken up after it emerged the watchdog had failed to enforce stakeholder reporting provisions in section 172 of the UK’s Companies Act 2006.Now, as part of a wide-ranging reform package, investors have demanded that the FRC’s standard-setting function is spun off from its enforcement role.They also want a wide-ranging shake up of its funding, and to bring the organisation fully within the scope of the FoI Act, in common with other regulators.Politicians urged to interveneMeanwhile, the public war of words shows no sign of abating.last_img read more

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OECS chief justice resigns

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Justice Hugh Anthony Rawlins. Photo credit: nevispages.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) – The Nevisian-born Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Justice Hugh Anthony Rawlins has resigned. His resignation takes effect from August 1.CMC said Wednesday that chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony of St Lucia said that a committee has been activated to pick his successor.Rawlins, a national of St Kitts and Nevis, held the position of chief justice since May 2008 after Kittitian Sir Dennis Byron retired.Anthony said he had received the letter of resignation from Justice Rawlins in his capacity as OECS chairman and has informed the leaders of the sub-regional grouping.“We are aware that there have been a number of challenges faced by the courts and it is to the credit of the chief justice that some of those challenges were dealt with, and dealt with in the accustomed fashion that a chief justice would deal with problems of that nature.“So we want to extend our deep thanks and our appreciation to the chief justice for serving the people of the OECS with dignity, character and with honour,” Anthony said.The OECS chairman said that the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis have also expressed their appreciation to the outgoing head of the sub-regional jurisdiction for his work over the years.“A search committee has now been activated to begin the process of identifying a replacement. We are proceeding apace and in good time so that by the time the resignation takes effect, hopefully we will have a new chief justice in place,” Anthony said.“As you know it is a critical and crucial position in the regional arrangement in the court system, and it is vital that an arrangement be found to avoid any delay in the dispensation of judicial services to the sub-region,” he added. Caribbean News Now LocalNews OECS chief justice resigns by: – February 24, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Two injured in Franklin County car crash

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Friday crash in Franklin County injured two Cincinnati residents on U.S. 52 near Little Cedar Road.A report from the sheriff’s department says Rebecka N. Holmes, 18, was westbound on U.S. 52 going around a sweeping curve when her vehicle began to spin. Holmes overcorrected, drove off the north side of the roadway hitting an embankment and rolled onto the driver’s side.Holmes and her passenger, Sarah Holmes, 48, has to be extricated and were transported to Mercy West Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio. The extent of their injuries is not known.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, volunteer fire departments from Brookville and Cedar Grove and Franklin County EMS responded to the scene.last_img read more

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The Latest: Diamondbacks OF Kole Calhoun tests positive

first_img___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season. Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two days later. The 26-year-old Gallo took a nasal swab test on June 30 which came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive Sunday. After being one of the local players that had been able to work out at the Rangers’ new ballpark the past several weeks, Gallo has missed the first four days of summer camp at Globe Life Field, including Monday. Daniels had said Sunday that Gallo was still in intake testing.Gallo has 110 career homers in his 418 big league games. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, he had 22 homers in 70 games last season and was an All-Star before right wrist surgery. He homered in the All-Star game.___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term. ___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24. The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend the collective bargaining agreement.The four-year extension of the CBA finalized Monday, coupled with the sides’ agreement on protocols for training camps and games, paves the way for hockey to resume this summer. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership.___Fordham’s football game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Rams have now canceled their first three games. A school spokesman said Fordham will announce later this week whether the entire fall season will be canceled or potentially moved to the spring. ___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143. Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.___Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.” Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.” Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says outfielder Kole Calhoun has tested positive for COVID-19. FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Soccer says that of the 557 players sequestered at a pair of Walt Disney World hotels, 13 have tested positive. Ten of them play for Dallas, two for Nashville and one for Columbus. None of the players was named.Because of the number of players involved, it was determined that FC Dallas could not continue in the tournament.MLS is devising a new schedule for the monthlong tournament, which is being played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.___ Associated Press Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, have been selected as the NHL’s hub cities to host the qualifying round and at least the first two playoff rounds of the league’s 24-team expanded playoff format, a person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league and the NHL Players’ Association have not released this information, which was included in the tentative return to play agreement reached Monday. Should the proposal be ratified by both sides, teams would travel to both cities on July 26 for exhibition games, followed by the preliminary rounds starting on Aug. 1 to determine the 16-team playoffs and their seeding.The person said the league is in part being cautious and allowing itself flexibility in the event of potential spikes in COVID-19 infections in not yet determining which cities will host the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___center_img The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events that were scheduled for the U.S. in August.The ATP and WTA Tours are scheduled to resume next month and the USTA is holding the U.S. Open as scheduled without fans, beginning Aug. 31.But the organization said it was canceling the lower-tier events to ensure the health and safety of those involved with them.They include women’s tournaments in Lexington, Kentucky, the week of Aug. 3; Landisville, Pennsylvania, the week of Aug. 10; and Concord, Massachusetts, the week of Aug. 17. Men’s events were set for Memphis, Tennessee, and Decatur, Illinois, beginning Aug. 17.___ Lovullo added that Calhoun is asymptomatic and feels good. The 32-year-old Calhoun signed a $16 million, two-year deal in the offseason after playing his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.He hit a career-high 33 homers last season and is expected to bat in the middle of Arizona’s lineup in 2020.The Diamondbacks have revealed three players on the 40-man roster who tested positive for COVID-19. The others were relief pitchers Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho.Arizona outfielder David Peralta was back on the field Monday after missing the first three camp workouts because he was feeling sick. He said he took four COVID-19 tests over the last week and all of them came back negative. Peralta homered and singled in Monday’s intrasquad game.___ July 6, 2020 Fordham is a football-only member of the Patriot League, whose Council of Presidents announced last month a guidance plan for fall competition. One of the key provisions of that plan was that “No Patriot League teams will fly to competitions and, with rare exceptions, regular season competition will exclude overnight travel.”The Rams were supposed to open the season against Stony Brook on Aug. 29 and then host Bryant on Sept. 5 before heading to Hawaii.___Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus, though the team said the All-Star right fielder is asymptomatic.General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo is isolated at his apartment in Dallas and not around teammates. Daniels said Gallo told him that he feels as good as he ever has. The Latest: Diamondbacks OF Kole Calhoun tests positive The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period. But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff. The San Francisco Giants say two more people with the team are positive for the coronavirus following intake testing.The Giants did not specify whether the two are players, coaches or other staff.San Francisco prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, had already tested positive.“The impacted individuals have been placed in self-isolation and will continue until MLB protocols for discontinuing isolation have been satisfied, including clearance by the Giants medical staff,” the team said in a statement Monday. “Contract tracing for both was conducted and resources and protocols are in place to ensure these individuals receive the best medical care.”___ Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s soccer players explain viral heading video

first_img Published on August 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 What started as just a couple of guys kicking the ball around the locker room soon turned viral. A few players were futzing around with a ball after Monday evening’s practice, then the whole team jumped on board in the header trick that has since been plastered across the internet, including on ESPN. “More and more (players) got involved, and then we got the idea, let’s circle it up, let’s do it,” sophomore goalie Hendrik Hilpert said. “That was definitely one of the greatest memories I will ever have in my soccer life.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt took about 10 tries to finally complete the trick, making the moment that senior midfielder Liam Callahan headed the ball into the garbage bin especially exciting, players said. They were already late for their post-practice ice baths and an athletic trainer was waiting at the door as the Orange attempted the 25-person circle. Oyvind Alseth was originally the last player in the succession to head the ball back to Callahan, but he “messed up” and stepped away from the “last decisive spot” to film the video on his phone, instead. “Everyone messed up at a certain point,” Alseth said. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s pretty unfortunate to not have been a part of it, as I was originally the very last guy and I screwed up once and after that I was no longer welcome.”Head coach Ian McIntyre, meanwhile, heard about the trick like everyone else. “They had no part of me,” he said. “I would have messed it up. I saw it like many other people, when the guys posted it.”Callahan, who was in the center of the circle, will appear on “Good Morning America” at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Thursday. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Despite scoring chances from substitutions, UW still held scoreless

first_imgA pair of late substitutions brought energy to the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, but it was not enough to overcome an early deficit deficit, as the Badgers fell to Ohio State 2-0.Wisconsin seemed in control for the majority of the game, having possession for long periods of time in the first half. But the Badgers couldn’t transfer the extended possessions into scoring opportunities.Meanwhile, the Buckeyes scored off a bounce off the foot of Wisconsin junior midfielder Drew Conner, which sent the ball straight into the path of Ohio State’s Marcus McCrary. McCrary crossed it to Christian Soldat for a header goal in the first half and Ohio State never relinquished the lead.Outside of that opportunity, the Badgers dominated time of possession, but needed to make some changes to create chances on goal.Freshman midfielder Chris Mueller entered the game in the 57th minute to play on the right side of the field, so Wisconsin could use his speed to attack one-on-one.In the 74th minute, the Badgers brought on senior captain Jacob Brindle as a forward to try to win headers in the box.“I know coach likes to bring them off the bench because they have so much energy, which I love,” Badgers forward Mark Segbers said. “Mueller is very good at one-on-ones to get free and get some crosses, and Brindle is good in the air. He is a veteran forward, he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net, so I think if we keep doing that, the goals will come and we can start getting some wins.”The combination of these two players with the freshman Segbers and and fellow freshman forward Tom Barlow, Wisconsin created many chances, leading to nine total shots in the second half.“Having Mueller come in and being able to hit him on the opposite side really helped,” Conner said. “He can go at guys, and Brindle is a natural holding forward that you can find his feet and he plays off it really well.”The Badgers had multiple opportunities with the ball stopping in the middle of the box, but they could not find the back of the net. Despite the wealth of shots, Wisconsin only put two shots on target in the entire second half.Wisconsin head coach John Trask thought the lineup late in the game played well even though the Badgers’ offense couldn’t find the back of the net.“It seemed like we were going to get something with what we were doing out there in the second half. Soccer can be a cruel game,” Trask said, adding that although possession is important, scoring is ultimately what matters.The strategy behind the lineup was also solid for Trask, who believed Saturday was not the night for the Badgers to score their equalizing goal.“I thought they did a nice job getting Mueller in on that right side, letting Segbers have some freedom on that left side, and then had the two big guys in front of goal, if we could get some balls served in, and we did,” Trask said. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t rub your way.”One reason for the difficulty in scoring for Wisconsin was Ohio State’s formation and tough defending.The Buckeyes played a 4-5-1, which meant they were able to pack the box to prevent many of Wisconsin’s opportunities.“When you’re relying on a lot of young players, it’s a learning curve for them,” Trask said. “They’re learning some tough, tough lessons.”With a more attacking lineup in the latter part of the game, Segbers thought the Badgers were not quite patient enough to break down the Buckeye defense.“Once we saw our gaps, we tried to go too direct too quick. I think we could have done one more pass to the outside try to isolate someone,” Segbers said. “I think we were trying to jam it up the middle and attacking by the numbers. It just took us a little too long to figure out.”This lineup proved to bring energy and opportunities for the Badgers, which may mean they can turn to a similar lineup in games later this season to wear down opposing defenses and create scoring opportunities.For a team that has had trouble finding goals in the majority of their games, Trask may be onto something by bringing on late energy from the bench on the attacking end.As they continue to play together, the substitutes will get onto the same page as the rest of the offense, which Wisconsin will need if it hopes to break through on the offensive end.last_img read more

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Draws made for 2017 Munster championships

first_imgTipperary will face Cork in the first round of next year’s Munster hurling championship. The draw for the 2017 Hurling and Football provincial championships took place last night at Croke Park. The Premier County are up against Cork in the quarter finals…with the winners to take on Waterford.  The other Munster semi-final will see Limerick take-on neighbours, Clare.The Leinster hurling championship will feature a quarter-final clash between Galway and Dublin.Reigning champions Kilkenny have gone straight into the Leinster semi-finals where they could face Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford.In Football, Tipperary will begin their Munster championship with a semi final clash against either Cork or Waterford…Kerry will be in the other semi against the winner of Clare and Limerick.last_img read more

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