Pennsylvania Leaders Launch Public Safety Initiative to Tackle Drivers of Cost, Incarceration, and Recidivism

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 18, 2016 Criminal Justice Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and leaders from both political parties and all three branches of government today launched an extensive review of the state’s criminal justice system as part of a new Justice Reinvestment Initiative designed to reduce ineffective corrections spending and invest those savings in proven public safety strategies.“A broken criminal justice system is a failure to deliver on the promise of a fair and just society, and we must all work together to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in rehabilitation and not incarceration,” Governor Wolf said. “While much progress has been made, there is more we can do and today is the beginning of an important process to look at how we can improve our criminal justice system from sentencing guidelines to our bail system. Working together, we can make many significant changes that will make our system fairer, improve public safety and save millions of dollars.”Pennsylvania currently has the highest incarceration rate among all states in the Northeast, despite reducing its prison population in recent years. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization assisting the state in its justice reinvestment approach, today released an overview of the state’s criminal justice system. Preliminary findings include:Pennsylvania is one of only four states in the nation where corrections spending exceeds expenditures on higher education;Between 2004 and 2014, corrections expenditures increased by 40 percent, from $1.5 billion to $2.2 billion.Over the same period, the state’s incarceration rate increased by 20 percent. Conversely, New York and New Jersey saw their incarceration rates drop by 20 percent and 21 percent, respectively.The Department of Corrections has requested $2.3 billion in state funds for the 2015–2016 budget, a 7-percent increase over the prior year.“When legislators from both sides of the aisle work together to tackle these tough issues, we create genuine results,” House Speaker Mike Turzai said. “We proved that with a justice reinvestment approach we took in 2012. That bipartisan spirit must be invoked again in order to build on the positive outcomes that we are seeing to create a safer and more cost effective system.”Indeed, the justice reinvestment approach has already proven to be effective in Pennsylvania. After the state’s prison population increased by 28 percent (from 40,090 to 51,184 people) between 2002 and 2012, a Justice Reinvestment Initiative conducted by the state in 2012 helped spur a decline in the population to 49,914 people by the end of 2015. These changes generated almost $13 million in savings, close to $4 million of which was reinvested in areas to enhance public safety, such as victims’ services, effective policing procedures, strengthening probation, and local reentry strategies.“Pennsylvania has certainly made significant headway over the last few years with strong improvements to our criminal justice system,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said. “It is vital that we continue to work towards increasing efficiencies and reducing the costs of our corrections system. We need to reduce recidivism to benefit our communities and help ensure that taxpayer dollars that are being sent to Harrisburg are being used productively.”Despite the impacts from the 2012 reforms, other drivers of incarceration and costs at the state and local levels remain unaddressed. Therefore, the latest justice reinvestment effort will focus on the front end of the system, including sentencing and pretrial policies.“Our prisons were taking on increases of 1,500 inmates each year. In turn, our taxpayers were taking on enormous costs. The 2012 corrections and parole reforms halted a lot of that,” said John Wetzel, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections and board member of the CSG Justice Center. “But Pennsylvanians aren’t satisfied with simply treading water. They are counting on this process to curb costs while recalibrating our system so that resources are directed at strategies that can lower crime and recidivism rates.”To support the state’s new initiative, Gov. Wolf today also established a bipartisan working group of 35 representatives from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state and local government, as well as other criminal justice stakeholders.“I am honored to lead this bipartisan panel of experts as we work together to reform our criminal justice system in ways that make our communities safer, enrich the lives of those involved in the system and protect the interests of taxpayers,” said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and chair of the working group. “Working together we will develop a comprehensive policy package that will strengthen our Commonwealth.”Throughout the year, the working group will guide the CSG Justice Center’s analysis of state and local criminal justice system data in order to develop policy options for introduction in the General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session.Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who has joined the Governor and Legislative Leaders in supporting the process, noted: “Justice reinvestment provides a clear opportunity to do a thoughtful analysis of our criminal justice challenges. Judges, who are carrying out innovative practices in courtrooms across the commonwealth, have valuable perspectives that will help the working group identify practical policy alternatives.”The new initiative also received bi-partisan and bi-cameral support from all four chairs of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committees.“The first wave of criminal justice reforms have finally started to drive down Pennsylvania’s inmate population and costs and have provided a means of investing in successful strategies to further drive down incarceration; however, this was just the beginning,” said Sen. Stewart Greenleaf. “We have broken the barriers to rethinking corrections policies on all fronts from rehabilitating non-violent drug offenders, to addressing mandatory minimum sentences, and expunging minor criminal records. I look forward to working with our partners on this latest justice reinvestment initiative to find more reforms and strategies to further reduce Pennsylvania’s inmate population and corrections spending.”“Working together to find effective and efficient ways to improve public safety is a fundamental responsibility of state government,” Rep. Ron Marsico said.“JRI has helped us reduce our prison population and costs,” Sen. Daylin Leach said. “It should be refined and continued, but it’s also time to consider whether spending tax dollars on lengthy prison sentences for nonviolent offenders make us any safer.”“In this first year serving as Judiciary Chairman, I have already seen the stark differences in outcomes across populations, counties, and offenses.,” Rep. Joseph Petrarca. “It is clear that we need to do more to control costs, protect the public, and improve outcomes for families”The CSG Justice Center has helped 24 other states—including West Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio—apply the justice reinvestment approach. The initiative is made possible through funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Pennsylvania Leaders Launch Public Safety Initiative to Tackle Drivers of Cost, Incarceration, and Recidivismlast_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf destaca las funciones de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de PA y de la Guardia Nacional en respuesta a la pandemia

first_img May 18, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf destaca las funciones de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de PA y de la Guardia Nacional en respuesta a la pandemia Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Cuando se trata de una crisis, estar preparados es fundamental. Hoy el Gobernador Tom Wolf destacó los papeles cruciales que desempeñan la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania (PEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Guardia Nacional de PA en la coordinación de la preparación y la respuesta del estado a la COVID-19. En una conferencia de prensa, al Gobernador se le unió el Director de PEMA, Randy Padfield, y el Coronel Frank Montgomery de la Guardia Nacional de PA.“Pennsylvania tiene un gran equipo que trabaja detrás de escena para coordinar nuestra respuesta al coronavirus”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Quiero garantizar a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania que estamos en buenas manos con los equipos de PEMA y la Guardia Nacional. El entrenamiento y la planificación que realizan durante todo el año se prueba durante los ejercicios, y toda esa experiencia se pone en práctica ahora”.Junto con el Departamento de Salud (DOH, por sus siglas en inglés), PEMA ha estado observando al virus desde enero y estableció el centro de operaciones del DOH en PEMA antes de que el virus fuera detectado por primera vez en los Estados Unidos.El Centro de Coordinación de Respuesta del Estado (CRCC, por sus siglas en inglés) de PEMA, que generalmente se utiliza solo durante emergencias climáticas, se puso en marcha plenamente solo unas semanas más tarde para complementar los esfuerzos de planificación y coordinación del personal de docenas de organismos estatales y federales, y socios.PEMA trabaja con organismos de manejo de emergencias en cada uno de los 67 condados del estado para identificar y eliminar posibles problemas al proporcionar la guía y el apoyo necesarios para ejecutar sus planes de emergencia locales únicos. Estos incluyen la coordinación de los sitios de pruebas basados en la comunidad en el condado de Montgomery y, más recientemente, en el condado de Luzerne en el noreste con la Guardia Nacional de PA.“Estos sitios cumplen un papel crucial en la realización de pruebas a personas sintomáticas para comprender mejor la propagación del virus, especialmente en las áreas más afectadas del estado”, dijo el Director de PEMA, Randy Padfield. “Este es solo un ejemplo de los esfuerzos de coordinación que gestiona PEMA. Mantenemos nuestro compromiso de ayudar al Departamento de Salud, a otros organismos estatales y a los condados a responder a la crisis de la COVID-19 y a mitigar los efectos secundarios y terciarios de una crisis tan compleja y a largo plazo”.El Gobernador enfatizó el papel de PEMA en la obtención del sistema de descontaminación de cuidados intensivos de Battelle en el condado de Delaware por parte del gobierno federal. El servicio gratuito para descontaminar ciertas máscaras N95 ayuda a los proveedores de atención médica y a los socorristas de primera línea a prolongar la vida útil de los equipos de protección personal (PPE) al poder reutilizar estas máscaras de manera segura. El Gobernador resaltó que más centros médicos deben aprovechar este servicio.La Guardia Nacional de PA, presente todos los días en el Centro de Coordinación de Respuesta del Estado (CRCC), ha estado trabajando para brindar apoyo a los sitios de pruebas masivas y a los hogares de ancianos del estado que requieren más ayuda de la que se puede brindar con el personal del centro médico. Hasta el día de hoy, la Guardia ha asistido a 10 establecimientos de enfermería en el estado, que incluye a Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center en el condado de Beaver.El Coronel Frank Montgomery brindó información sobre el papel que desempeña la Guardia en Brighton y otros centros médicos.“Los equipos se crearon para incluir asistentes médicos profesionales, enfermeras, médicos y fuerzas de propósito general para brindar apoyo a la dotación del personal, al igual que toda capacitación necesaria sobre el uso de los equipos de protección personal, los procedimientos para colocarlos y retirarlos, y las medidas de descontaminación”, dijo el Coronel Frank Montgomery, director del Apoyo Militar a la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania. “Es un honor para nosotros trabajar codo a codo con otro personal de atención de cuidado a largo plazo para prestar servicios a esta población vulnerable. Hasta la fecha, hemos brindado más de 3,500 días de apoyo a la dotación del personal a 10 centros médicos de cuidado a largo plazo, y actualmente todavía brindamos asistencia a cinco centros médicos”.PEMA trabaja mano a mano con la Guardia Nacional de Pennsylvania en sus misiones, que además de asistir a los hogares de ancianos, realiza tareas que van desde la distribución de alimentos hasta el establecimiento de sitios de pruebas masivas.“Los residentes de Pennsylvania no han tenido que preocuparse de que perdamos la ayuda federal por desastre, no han tenido que preocuparse de que los centros de 9-1-1 se vean saturados, y no han tenido que preocuparse de que no se atienda a otras emergencias durante la pandemia”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Eso es todo porque PEMA hace su trabajo de manera eficiente y eficaz”.View this information in Spanish.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Celebrate cup from trackside unit

first_img“Ascot House residents will … benefit from the amazing lifestyle amenities on their doorstep including the restaurant-lined Racecourse Rd.” Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their sons Hunter, 8, and Archie, 5.Melbourne Cup fan Damien Nielsen, his wife Jane and their young sons moved into Mirvac’s Ascot Green development’s first stage, Ascot House, in July. Taringa design capitalises on Brisbane city view Mr Nielsen said initially he wasn’t sure he and the family would be able to embrace the apartment lifestyle.“Initially, I was 50/50, I had a foot either side,” he said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Families opt for apartments, over house and land Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 Developer ditched cookie-cutter design at West End community Ascot Green is part of the overall $1.2 billion Eagle Farm masterplan.“We still owned a house, but we bought the unit and I gave my wife the option to move in and she jumped at the opportunity.“I had reservations when we let our house and I hadn’t agreed to a lease with anyone and when we moved in I really did see the benefits.”“I only realised then how much your house actually encumbers you.” The first stage consists of Ascot House, which was completed this year and will also include Tulloch House a second tower adjacent to Ascot House with similar amenities, apartment product and expansive views across the track, with construction yet to begin.Mr Nielsen said while the racecourse wasn’t running races for this year’s Melbourne Cup event, if it was they would have a great view from their apartment.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“I always attend Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane. I am not an every weekend punter, but I certainly go to all the major events,” he said.“We were very lucky, we registered interest to buy the unit, when it first went public.“When we moved into the area nearly 20 years ago, we knew of the development, and I said to my wife that we’d always buy a unit there, regardless.”Mr Nielsen said at the time he purchased he was able to secure a unit with the view he wanted, which was a winning post view with the main straight. “We bought it straight away.” Ascot House has an 800sq m roof terrace and elevated pool deck overlooking the racetrack.He said since moving in, they had cemented themselves with the local community through the use of local communal spaces.“The development has a very spacious rooftop terrace with a large pool, and then we have the use of … a large grass area running against the racecourse, and the Brisbane Racing Club has generously let us use the areas around the racecourse.“There is still some very big parkland areas and I can spend more time there outside kicking a football and there are more areas to do it. “Whereas in a backyard on a 600sq m block, if you kick the ball hard enough it will be over the neighbour’s fence, but now I can kick and throw as I go and the boys can go chase it.”Mirvac Queensland residential development general manager Warwick Bible said Ascot Green was geared towards owner-occupiers. MORE: Mr Nielsen said when the family had lived in their five-bedroom house, Hunter, 8, and Archie, 5, shared a bedroom, as they continue to do in the three-bedroom apartment.“I’ve made them bunk up together … just so they could learn to share,” he said.“It teaches them important skills.” Inside one of the Ascot House apartments.“They are seeking generous floorplans, extra-large balconies and open outlooks, making Ascot House incredibly attractive,” Mr Bible said. RELATED:last_img read more

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Dominican warring for God in Barbados

first_imgLocalNews Dominican warring for God in Barbados by: – April 16, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Nayan Warrington (GP)Nayan Warrington is all about praising the name of the Lord from the highest mountain top.With his new single Servant getting heavy rotation on Pulse Radio 365, the psychology with sociology major at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, is looking to not only balance his schoolwork with a musical career, but to also make sure not to limit himself.Nayan’s desire is to reach international status, while not losing the messages.“Most of my music still has that reggae feel to it. Sometimes I just want to be mellow and at other times I can be radical with the message. Based on the inspiration, there can be a switch,” he told the SUNDAY SUN.Nayan is looking to release two more singles and is working hard towards his debut album In Due Season “if everything goes as planned”.“Still I say whenever God is ready, then that will happen. I also have some music videos which I am working on, which should be exciting. One of them being the released single Mr Warrington.”The 24-year-old was born in Dominica to Reverend Martin and Rosemund Warrington. After moving to England at age ten for two years, the family returned to Dominica. His mum was then offered a job in Barbados and the family moved here in 2003.Nayan attended Louis Lynch Secondary School and then Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.His musical career began at age 14, when he entered a singing competition in Dominica with a group and placed third. But that’s where it started and ended . . . until he came to Barbados and the passion was rebirthed.“From Dominica I realized my talent for writing. [In Barbados] I was first introduced to the chorale group Hosanna Ministries and then the band Ordained Synergy where I was one of the lead vocalists, and main writer. My parents were always full of enthusiasm and behind me 100 per cent. They loved the fact that that was the path I chose as a young man and supported me in whatever way they could.”Being in the music industry was never planned or at the forefront of his mind, he explained, but at some point he knew that this direction was inevitable. He credits St Matthew, Stitchie, Da Truth, Mr Lynx, Jay Square and Gitta Dan with inspiring him.“I have developed a great friendship with most of them.”Nayan says the messages through his music are of love, power, peace and authority in Jesus.“My music speaks of introspection; it carries a very powerful message of self-evaluation and questions we can all ask ourselves. My music speaks to me as well and of my experiences.“I grew up as a pastor’s kid and strayed during my early teenage years. The depth of my experiences has put me in a position to be more passionate in what I do for this generation and the ones to come.”Five nominationsHe has been nominated for five Flame Awards, at monthend, including New Artiste Of The Year Songwriter Of The Year and Original Song Of The Year with the track People In The World.“I am very proud of myself and so were those close to me when I mentioned it to them. I am also humbled that the music which is God-given can be recognized and appreciated by those who listen. I will be very grateful and thankful for whatever award I receive.”He says his writing process is an amazing experience whether he writes for himself or other artistes.“I just love when God pours into my spirit what He would have me teach and speak to His people.My strategy is to keep Him in mind and focus on whom I want the song to reach.“It gives a greater sense of motivation for the task at hand. My inspiration can occur at the oddest time and places.”Nayan reflected on the concept behind People In The World.“This song was so amazing in that it was not planned. One day I was in the studio with one of my producers David ‘Maestro’ Graham just vibing and I asked him to put on some autotune because I had never recorded with that effect before.“He pulled up this reggae beat and I went into the booth. It was pure freestyle and I believe that the message in it came clear to me.“We recorded, then sent that to my fellow artiste Michael ‘Bishop’ Holford who said he’d love to be a part of this song.“We decided to do it. It relates to people across the globe who go through struggles and turn away from God. The lyrics simply ask God to watch over them no matter what situation they are faced with and plead with them to look to God where their help comes from. I am now in the process of doing a music video that will give a broader illustration of the concept.”Nayan says one of the biggest challenges doing gospel music is living what he sings; he tries to live by the mantra “practise what you preach”.He added that some people may feel that gospel singers are immune to struggles and testings, but they sometimes face it even harder. Nayan says he is happy for the privilege of collaborating with international gospel artists like St Matthew and David Irie out of Jamaica; performing at events such as SonFest and Gospelfest; and having a chance to be featured on songs with artistes such as Hoszia Hinds, Neil Crichlow and Life and Bishop, just to name a few.What he is hoping for in 2012 is to connect with more people and reach them on a one on one level by ministering to them through his chosen career of being a messenger of God.BY NATANGA SMITH HURDLENation News Tweetcenter_img Share Share 56 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Argos Stumble in Final Round

first_imgArgos Stumble in Final Round May 2, 2007LAKELAND, Fla. – Fourth-ranked West Florida had their sights set on competing for an NCAA II National Championship on their home course at Stonebrook Country Club in Pace, Fla. Unfortunately for head coach Robin Dezarn’s Argonauts, they missed their chance by finishing third at the NCAA II South Regional Championships at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday.Top-ranked Florida Southern won the south regional with a 42-over 906 (298-313-295). Second-ranked Rollins held on to second place with a 47-over 911 (304-307-300). The top two teams and top two individuals not on one of the advancing teams will qualify for the NCAA II Women’s National Championships on May 9-12.West Florida shot a 63-over 927 (304-308-315). The Argonauts finished the second round just one stroke off the lead, but finished today’s final round 21 shots behind Florida Southern and 16 shots behind Rollins.Natalia Espinosa (Bogota, Colombia) finished the tournament as West Florida’s top golfer in 12th place. She shot a 15-over 231 (76-72-83). Sarah Nicholson (Cedar Falls, Iowa / Cedar Falls HS) was tied for 14th with a 16-over 232 (75-79-78). Clara Fornella (Montevideo, Uruguay) shot a 19-over 235 (77-79-79) and finished tied for 19th. Vicky Jackson (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. / Ft. Walton Beach HS) finished 22nd with a 23-over 239 (76-78-85), and Rachel Christ (Charlotte, N.C./Robinson HS) finished 32nd with a 38-over 254 (88-91-75).Medalist honors were shared by Nova Southeastern’s Maria Garcia Austt and Laura Fourdraine of Rollins. Both players shot a four-over par 220 for the tournament, but Fourdraine had to overcome a three-stroke deficit to earn the top spot.For detailed results check the “schedule/results” page at women’s golf on www.goargos.com. All six teams competing in the south regional were ranked nationally in the top seven. The south region was by far the most competitive region in the countryPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Barbados snatch two key wickets to hold the edge

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Barbados snatched two key wickets to hold the edge against Guyana heading into today’s final day of their second round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship at Verchilds.The Barbadians extended their overnight 140 for five to 207 all out to secure a first-innings lead of 65 runs before striking twice as Guyana ended the second day on 75 for two – a lead of just 10 runs.Kevlon Anderson, batting at number three, was resisting with an unbeaten 30 while opener Raymond Perez made 29.The pair came together after Aley Algoo fell cheaply for five with 12 on the board, putting on a crucial 47 for the second wicket.Anderson has so far faced 99 balls and struck a single boundary while Perez counted four boundaries in his 69-ball innings.Earlier, Kilano Brathwaite completed a responsible 57 but Barbados lost their last five wickets for 67 runs to squander some of their advantage.Resuming the day on 24, Brathwaite faced 121 deliveries in 139 minutes and counted seven boundaries, before he was ninth out.He put on an important 34 for the seventh wicket with Raneil Smith who made nine.Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair was the best bowler with five for 57.last_img read more

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Women of Troy continue undefeated run

first_imgThe No. 10 USC women’s volleyball team (6-0) recorded three impressive victories last weekend en route to winning the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu.Rising up · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter earned the tournament MVP honor after strong performances in each of USC’s three victories. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan Outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams, all juniors, led the Women of Troy and were named to the all-tournament team. Jupiter was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.USC’s marquee win came Sunday night, when the Women of Troy exacted their revenge on No. 4 Hawai’i, who eliminated them in the NCAA tournament last year.Alex Jupiter led USC with 22 kills and 16 digs, as USC won in 5 sets by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 18-25 and 15-7, respectively.The Women of Troy took a 4-0 lead early in the first set, but Hawai’i battled back. The Rainbow Wahine used a 6-0 run to take a 17-15 lead and didn’t let up. Down 24-23, USC had a chance to tie it, but freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana’s spike found the net and the set went to Hawai’i.After dropping the first set, USC dominated the next two to jump out to a 2-1 lead. Needing to win the set to extend the match, Hawai’i began the fourth frame on a roll, jumping to a 9-3 lead. The Women of Troy tried to mount a comeback, but a block on Jupiter kept USC at bay. Later, junior outside hitter Kanani Danielson nailed an ace in the back left corner to close out the set for Hawai’i and tie the match at two.In the decisive set, USC found its rhythm early and took a 6-1 lead on a spike by Williams. After a timeout was called by Hawai’i, the Women of Troy used a 7-3 run to close out the match and secure the upset.“I am extremely pleased,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We went into Hawaii, played after a five-hour trip, and beat three good teams including one in front of 8,000 people in their own backyard.”On Friday and Saturday, USC swept New Mexico and Michigan State, respectively.Williams keyed the 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 victory against New Mexico on Friday night, recording 12 kills, a career-high five assists and five blocks.The Lobos took a 6-2 lead in the first set, but the Women of Troy used an ace from Jupiter to ignite a run and take an 8-6 lead. With the score 20-18, Jupiter once again took charge and recorded a kill that led to a 5-1 stretch that gave USC the first set. Down 8-5 in the second set, USC capitalized on a bevy of Lobo errors to take a 19-16 lead. Eventually, Jupiter’s block would secure the second set for USC. In the third set, USC jumped out to a 9-3 lead and never looked back as it completed the sweep.Against Michigan State, Jupiter led the team with 17 kills and six blocks, while Fonoimoana contributed 10 kills to aid the 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 victory. Throughout the first and second sets, USC used a combination of well-placed kills and blocks to take a 2-0 lead. Early in the third frame, the Women of Troy overpowered the Spartans and took a 12-6 lead; after a Michigan State timeout, USC continued its skillful play and recorded its second sweep of the weekend.At this juncture, Haley seemed pleased with his team’s play.“We are starting to mature. Our freshman have great potential and our juniors are starting to be responsible,” Haley said. “We had five freshman in the games at various times, and they all did well.”With a challenging conference schedule on the horizon, the tournament victory is a confidence boost.“No question the team will be more confident heading forward,” Haley said. “This just reassures what we have been preaching. We have an awfully good team. If we keep practicing and competing hard, we could be really good by the end of November.”last_img read more

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Team has weekend practice

first_imgFor the first time since training camp, No. 13 USC conducted a full practice on a Sunday afternoon.USC plays Thursday at 6 p.m., so the practice schedule has been a little bit different the past few days, with no practice Thursday but one on Friday.High praise · West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey impressed Robert Woods. The two connected for five touchdowns against Baylor. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanUSC coach Lane Kiffin maintains that, despite the time off because of the bye week, the intensity at practice has been at a high level.“We’ve done our best to really coach extremely hard and really get on them,” Kiffin said. “[We] wanted to make sure they really felt our intensity here and I think our staff did a good job of that.”Kiffin said that Sunday’s practice was highlighted by the defense, specifically by the defensive front, which was especially stout in its contest against Cal on Sept. 22 after being exposed against Stanford the week before.“I thought the defense practiced really well today,” Kiffin said. “After having a day off [which is] unusual, it was good. I thought we really came out, especially the defensive front … because any time you go on the road for a conference team, you’re going to need that.”The coaching staff and players acknowledge that Thursday’s game is going to have a lot of spotlight on it, as it will be the only Football Bowl Subdivision game going on that day. Kiffin also knows that Utah has highlighted the game, with reporters at Pac-12 media day citing it as one of the school’s biggest games of the year.“I think that anytime when no other game’s going and everybody’s going to watch you, it becomes more of a statement game for the team that’s considered the underdog,” Kiffin said.—With the weekend off, coaches and players had the chance to catch football from around the country, including Saturday’s West q game, which featured nearly 700 passing yards and eight scoring tosses from West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.“I kind of saw the numbers as it was going on,” Kiffin said. “I don’t know how you do that. It’s just amazing. I was talking to [junior wide receiver Robert Woods and sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee] and said ‘It’s hard to do that [against] air or a service team.’”Woods was also impressed by the efforts of the West Virginia offense when he watched the game’s highlights.“A great offense putting up great numbers,” Woods said. “Back and forth on both sides, a great job to them.”—The Trojans’ opponents to date have had a rough go of it this season, sporting a combined 6-11 record, with three of those victories coming from Stanford. Kiffin does not compare the teams USC has already played to those that appear later on the schedule and pays the comparisons no mind.“I think that comparing games, and who you play … I just don’t think that that means very much,” Kiffin said. “We shouldn’t go play Washington then because we’re going to lose to them because they beat Stanford and we lost to Stanford.”last_img read more

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Sluggish start dooms Badgers in Big Ten opening loss to Penn State

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team was unable to get off to the start in Big Ten play they were looking for, losing their conference opener Friday night to Penn State 5-2.The Nittany Lions (8-4-2, 2-1-0 Big Ten) seemed to dominate the game from start to finish and outshot the Badgers (1-10-1, 0-1-0) in every period. The Nittany Lions ended up outshooting Wisconsin 40-24 overall and all three forwards on Penn State’s top line tallied a goal.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves was unhappy after the game with the way his team played, considering the improvement the Badgers seemed to show last week against Ferris State.“We had high expectations coming into this game tonight and we let a team come in and dictate,” Eaves said. “They outhustled us, they outmuscled us.”The game was chippy throughout, as the Badgers and Nittany Lions frequently got into shoving matches after the whistle. The game’s physicality seemed to hurt the Badgers more than the Nittany Lions, however, as key penalties allowed Penn State to spend much of the game on a man advantage and establish a commanding control of the play.Eight minutes into the first period, Badger forward Tim Davison went to the penalty box for roughing Penn State after defending goaltender Joel Rumpel when Penn State’s skaters crashed the net hard. That penalty allowed Penn State to jump out an early 1-0, as Nittany Lion forward David Goodwin put in a power play goal.“I think that call in particular was inappropriate because of the fact that the kid lost his balance,” Eaves said of the roughing penalty on Davison. “Timmy was standing there and the kid lost his balance and fell and the referee interpreted that as roughing, so that was too bad.”The misfortune continued for the Badgers three minutes later when Wisconsin defenseman Jack Dougherty whiffed on a puck, allowing Penn State forward James Robinson to skate in on a breakaway and put the Nittany Lions up 2-0.After falling behind 2-0, Morgan Zulinick brought the Badgers within one going into the second period when he deflected in a Keegan Ford slap shot.Despite his late first period goal, Zulinick said he and his teammates needed to get going earlier to avoid an early disadvantage.“We can’t wait that long to get that goal,” Zulinick said. “We have to start right off the start and they came out harder from right off the bat.”Rumpel, who had 35 saves on the night, said he expected the Badgers to come out of the gates faster after they had won their first game of the season a weekend before.“We came out a little flat, which was unexpected,” Rumpel said. “I thought we were going to come out a lot stronger.”Twenty seconds into the third period, the Badgers once again found themselves in a big disadvantage when Cameron Hughes was ejected from the game after receiving a 10-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind. The Nittany Lions converted on the long power play, giving them a decisive 4-1 lead.Despite the ejection, Eaves felt that the play of Hughes was one of the bright spots for the Badgers Friday night.“I really liked the way that Cameron Hughes played. It’s a shame he got the boot there,” Eaves said. “He was probably the most dynamic player we had out there, and we lost him.”After a goal by Davison made it a two-goal game, Penn State would seal the deal with a late empty net tally, giving the Nittany Lions a 5-2 victory in game one of the weekend series.Wisconsin will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow night when they host Penn State in a rematch, and Rumpel is expecting a much better performance from the Badgers Saturday night.“You learn a lot more from losing than you do from winning,” Rumpel said. “We learned a lot tonight and tomorrow we’re obviously not going to come out as flat.”last_img read more

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Recap: Ghanaians playing abroad: Amankwaa scores

first_imgIn the English Premier League, Jeffrey Schlupp played 79 minutes in the 2-1 away defeat to Aston Villa after starting the game for his Leicester City side.Jose Leonardo Ulloa scored the first goal of the game for Leicester but goals from Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton saw Aston Villa come back to claim all three points.Schlupp received a yellow card booing in the defeat for Leicester City.Richmond Boakye Yiadom, after scoring a brace to qualify Atalanta to the next round of the Coppa Italia in midweek did not play a part in the league game against Cesena on Sunday.Atalanta who were playing at home came back from two goals down to win 3-2 against Cesena in the Italian Serie A.Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari all missed AC Milan’s 1-0 defeat away at Genoa in the Italian Serie A. Luca Antonelli scored the only goal of the game that denied AC Milan of taking anything from their away fixture. Afriyie Acquah came on as a 69 minute substitute for Parma in the Italian Serie A as his side lost at home 2-1 to Lazio.The Ghanaian player who replaced Daniele Galloppa got a yellow card booking two minutes to the end of regular time.In the French Ligue 1, Jonathan Mensah was not involved for his Evian Thonon Gaillard side as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Lyon.Danny Amankwaa was on the scoresheet for FC Koebenhavn in the Denmark League as his home side won convincingly by three goals to nil against FC Midtjylland.The Ghanaian who scored the second goal of the fixture played in the entire duration of the game for Koebenhavn.last_img read more

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