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The first meeting of the new USG Senate kicked off on Tuesday night, featuring the newly appointed senators presenting their campaign platforms.Commuter senators stressed USG’s role in connecting students who live off campus to the greater student body.“I want to make commuters feel more connected to campus, so they feel like they’re part of the larger Trojan Family,” commuter senator Briana Thorpe said.As a transfer student from LMU and a commuter herself, Thorpe believes she is well informed in addressing the challenges her constituents face.The commuter senators also stressed revising the university’s parking policy to accommodate students with cars, and to allow more parking spaces for home football games.The Greek senators’ presentations focused on the university’s relationship with the Row, as well as improving the quality of life on campus. Among the issues addressed were a new “Greeks Go Green” initiative, the planned renovations of Leavey Library and the need to improve athletic facilities for students.“I’d like to have more student input into the development University Village,” Greek Senator Logan Burkhead said.Residential Senators’ concerns were various.“My goals are partnering with activists and philanthropic organizations, increasing student participation and … increasing the number of forums per semester,” senator Maddie Lees said.Lees’ running partner, Brandon Chang, also had suggestions.“I’d like to create a unified calendar of events for all student [organizations], get an increase in USG’s programming budget — which hasn’t risen for almost a decade — and reduce security costs on campus.”Chang said that, in certain instances, the cost of on-campus security has been earmarked on a budget for “campus development and enrichment,” which he believes is a disservice to tuition-paying students.Chang served as a residential senator during 2013-14, and was elected for a second term.Samantha Cheng, another second-term USG Senator and speaker pro tempore, also had very specific ideas.“We need some more water stations around campus, so students get water on campus during the day,” Cheng said. “I’d also like to discontinue non-USC solicitation on campus.”So far, USG has passed a resolution to ban on on-campus solicitation, but there has been no clear policy change thus far.The meeting ended with a sense of expectation, as Vice President Rini Sampath urged senators to talk to their constituents and meet with student organizations.“We’re all talking to different organizations to get the ball rolling, and hopefully cause some change on campus,” Sampath said.
A HOT blast of summer weather is set for a return!Forecasters say it might even reach 20C in Donegal this weekend as an area of high pressure settles over Ireland – and will continue right through next week.Above is the predicted weather sequence for Monday. And the good news is the best of the weather for Ireland will be in the west and north west.It is good news for farmers who have seen the harvest delayed by cooler and wetter weather throughout September.But it looks like the final week of the month is going to be a cracker.The only downside is that it will be colder at night. Weekend: Dry with some sunny spells at times, but some cloud also. It will be very mild. Maximum daytime temperatures 15 to 19 Celsius, in mostly light to moderate south to southeast winds.Monday to Friday: Dry and settled, with some sunny spells each day. Very mild, especially from Tuesday to Thursday, with temperatures up to the high teens in many areas, but a little cooler at times along exposed east coasts. The winds mostly moderate, southeasterly at first, becoming northeasterly after midweek and decreasing light to moderate. Nights quite cool, with mist and fog patches. HOT BLAST OF SUMMER SET FOR RETURN, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhot weathersummerweather
SAN JOSE — On the day that Bob Boughner was introduced as the Sharks’ interim coach, general manager Doug Wilson was asked if this was simply a season in which his team had to take a step back.After all, teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and even the Chicago Blackhawks, all recent former Western Conference powers, are now in the process of regrouping or rebuilding. Why are the Sharks immune?“I don’t think you have to take a step back,” Wilson said Dec. 12. “We have the …
Story Highlights Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations. This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations.This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).“It is highly encouraging to see continuity of the reforms here in Jamaica, not only over time, following the announcement of the National Debt Exchange in 2013, but also across political parties with a change of Government… in 2016,” he said.Another “significant achievement,” he said, is the engagement of civil society in holding both political parties accountable with the formation of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee in 2013 and the establishment of the Economic Growth Council in 2016.“This commitment to reforms across parties stands in stark contrast to Jamaica’s past and is an important, welcome and disciplined step forward,” he said.Professor Henry argued that while “much work remains to be done,” the multi-stakeholder cooperation in sustaining a pragmatic growth agenda should be applauded.In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.“Discipline is a sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy executed with a combination of temperance, vigilance and flexibility that value the long-term prosperity of all over the short term,” he said.He suggested that improving productivity will be a key strategy in realising sustained growth in the Caribbean. This, he said, can come from the “principal sectors of opportunity” (call centres, tourism, retirement centres, entertainment and wellness), as these services will play a critical role in the region’s future.“Therefore, it is essential to have a well-educated workforce that can respond quickly to new opportunities that arise from the accelerated changes that are taking place in the global economy,” he said.The one-day conference was jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’. In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.
The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP).This was disclosed by Acting Principal Director of the Division, Simone Lloyd, in an interview with JIS News, following the conclusion of a teacher training workshop at the Church Teachers’ College in Manchester, on March 27.“We usually do the GISSEP trainings in the fourth quarter of the financial year, but we plan to have others this year. There are at least three planned,” Ms. Lloyd noted.The GISSEP trainings are conducted in regional workshops incorporating the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s regions and also at teachers’ colleges.Acting Principal Director of the National Spatial Data Management Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Simone Lloyd (right), and Acting Senior GIS Manager/Trainer at the Division, Nadisha Poyser (left), with Geography lecturers and student teachers of the Church Teachers’ College, in Manchester, at the GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP) training workshop, held at the college on March 27. The lecturers and students were presented with certificates. “We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said. Lecturers and student teachers from Church Teachers’ College received certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’. The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP). Story Highlights The Division has a Memorandum of Understanding with four tertiary institutions under GISSEP – Church Teachers’ College, Shortwood Teachers’ College, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and Mico University College.“We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said.“Then we facilitate the training of the lecturers and also the student teachers in the technology and how the technology can aid them in better delivering geography, social studies and any other curriculum. However, we tend to focus on geography and social studies, since they are the subject matters that usually speak to location,” she added.Lecturers and student teachers are engaged in using ArcGIS Online and a desktop software that gives access to interactive maps and geographic data from across the world and are tested at the end of the training sessions.Lecturers and student teachers from Church Teachers’ College received certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’.
The Pelicans and Wizards take long, sad slides After finally earning the No. 1 seed in the East, last year was supposed to be the Toronto Raptors’ year. Then they were promptly humiliated (again) by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when LeBron left the East, this would surely be Toronto’s time. Right? It looked that way early, with Kawhi Leonard leading the new-look Raps to the East’s best record by Christmas. But the Milwaukee Bucks went 37-12 from that point on, spurred by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP-caliber performance. Milwaukee overtook Toronto as our projected Eastern Conference top seed in early February and hasn’t looked back — though the teams could still be on a playoff collision course, provided that Philly and Boston (or maybe Indiana) don’t have ideas of their own. But each situation turned extremely sour in a hurry. Washington started the season 2-9 and never recovered, losing Wall to a season-ending injury at midyear, trading Porter to Chicago before the deadline and falling out of the postseason picture for good by the middle of February. As for New Orleans, its disappointing record hovered a few games below .500 around New Year’s. But what truly wrecked its season was a January injury to Davis and, of course, Davis’s public request to be traded. The resulting soap opera — which involved accusations of tampering against the Lakers, counteraccusations that the Pelicans used trade talks to sabotage L.A.’s season and no actual Davis trade — left the Pelicans sitting their disgruntled star on and off down the stretch as the team went 10-20 from February onward. Now the Wizards and Pelicans must both piece themselves back together and figure out where to go from here. The Bucks and Raptors jockey for No. 1 Projected in the preseason for 33 wins after losing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan (on top of trading away Blake Griffin late last season), the Los Angeles Clippers were not supposed to be major players in the Western Conference playoff chase this year. Instead, the team has come together around an unsung cast of veterans (Pat Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams) and young players (Montrezl Harrell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) alike. It wasn’t always smooth sailing — we projected the Clippers out of the postseason until late November, after which point they rose into (and dipped out of) the playoff picture a few times. But even after trading away its best player, Tobias Harris, at the deadline, L.A. maintained its grip on the West’s final playoff slot, finishing the regular season with 14 wins in its final 19 games. The biggest story of the NBA offseason in 2018 was where future Hall of Fame free-agent LeBron James would take his talents. And when James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers, the expectations were that L.A. would return to the playoffs after a franchise-record five-season absence. James’s new supporting cast looked odd, but it seemed at least good enough to be competitive among the middle of the Western Conference pack. Instead, however, James was injured on Christmas Day and missed 18 games at midseason, while his veteran teammates struggled and the young would-be stars around him never emerged. Add in the drama of failed Anthony Davis trade talks, a brutal March slide (despite LeBron’s vow to activate “playoff mode” early) and Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation as team president this week, and King James’s first season with the Lakers had anything but a Hollywood ending. Most of the other charts here have a lot of fun ups and downs … but not this one. The Warriors started as the Western Conference favorite and never deviated from it, creating the only perfectly flat line in our playoff-seed charts this season. Golden State wasn’t quite as dominant in terms of winning percentage as it was in other recent seasons, but we can chalk that up to the Warriors pacing themselves as much as anything else. Our CARMELO ratings continue to think Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and friends are far and away the best team in the league at full strength (even though our classic Elo model only ranks them fourth) and give them a staggering 78 percent chance of making the Finals, with a 60 percent chance of winning their fourth championship in five years.And maybe that’s a fitting way to end our regular-season roundup. Although there were a lot of fun storylines and battles deeper in the standings — and although the playoffs should contain some exciting subplots of their own — it’s pretty likely that the end result of this season will be basically the same as it’s been most recent seasons: another Golden State title. Love them or hate them, the Warriors are already one of the top dynasties in basketball history, so good that all of the jockeying for seeds and playoff positioning might give way to a single flat line of dominance engulfing another NBA season.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 11, 2019, 1 p.m.): Previous versions of the charts in this article mistakenly reversed the final playoff seedings for some teams. The 2018-19 NBA regular season is finally over, and the playoffs start this weekend. In anticipation — and in honor of our first season tracking the league with our new depth-chart forecasts — we wanted to share visualizations of the most interesting storylines of the regular season. These charts trace our projected seedings as the schedule progressed, giving a sense of the ebb and flow of each team’s place in the conference pecking order.We’ll begin with one of the most shocking outcomes of the regular season: the game’s signature star missing the playoffs.LeBron’s Lakers fall short Raise your hand if you thought that the Orlando Magic would be in the thick of a late-season playoff race — much less that they’d actually come out on top. Orlando hadn’t visited the postseason since 2012, and our preliminary forecast gave the Magic just a 19 percent chance of snapping that streak this year. But after a mediocre 20-31 start to the season, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Co. saw their playoff bid pick up serious steam with a 22-9 finish that locked them in a stretch-run Southeast Division battle with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. Although our model liked the Heat best out of that trio around midseason, an up-and-down second half — punctuated by losses in six of its final nine games — left Miami outside the playoffs. And while the Hornets looked like the best bet in early February, a 5-13 stretch leading into late March also sent their odds tumbling. That was all the opening the suddenly red-hot Magic needed to swoop in and usurp both rivals — even leapfrogging the Pistons to grab the No. 7 seed in the East. The Clippers ride out a bumpy playoff path The Magic, Heat and Hornets clash in the East The 2017-18 Denver Nuggets were one of the hardest-luck nonplayoff teams ever, finishing one game out of the postseason despite a 46-36 record. Our projections thought the team would have a better go of things this year, but even they couldn’t foresee Denver’s rise to the No. 2 seed in the West. The Rockets stumbled out of the gate (before James Harden’s incredible 30-point streak), leaving an opening for another team. So Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets seized that opportunity: They tangled with the Jazz and then the Thunder for second billing behind Golden State, eventually holding off all challengers with a 15-10 record after the All-Star break. The upside for Denver? It can now avoid the Warriors (or Rockets) until a potential Western Conference finals showdown. The Nuggets rise in the West The Warriors are who we thought they were The Kings go on a valiant run One of the best stories of the season was the unexpected rise of the Sacramento Kings, to whom we assigned an NBA co-worst 23 wins in preseason. Sacramento defied that prediction by spending most of the year either above or around .500; they finished the season with 39 wins, easily making them this season’s most impressive overachiever. The breakout was fueled by huge improvements from most of the team’s starters, including second-year guard De’Aaron Fox’s ascent from one of the NBA’s worst players last season to one of its most promising youngsters this year. A 9-16 skid after the All-Star break left the Kings shy of the postseason in the end, but they have something encouraging to build off of for the first time in a very long while.
During his time as a pundit for BeIn Sports, Jose Mourinho revealed that a Man United player didn’t like it when he criticized him in public.Jose Mourinho’s ways with his players have always been pretty straight forward, his tactic is to push all the players to a point where they either break or become better footballers.Throughout Jose Mourinho’s career, there have been many players who had very public problems with him and many of them even went to war with the manager.The case of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid comes to mind, but the Portuguese manager became the enemy with many of those players and the whole situation ended in a very similar manner to the one at Manchester United.There is a clear pattern that emerged long ago, but manager Jose Mourinho seems to have understood the problem a little better.In his many revelations during his new job as a pundit for BeIn Sports, Jose Mourinho spoke about a mysterious player from Manchester United who approached him and very politely asked him to critique him in private rather than in front of all the other players.It’s hard to guess who this mysterious player is, but we have out money on either Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, or Luke Shaw.All of these players were publicly criticized by Mourinho, even in front of the cameras.Jose Mourinho on new generation of players. #MourinhoVia @beINSPORTS pic.twitter.com/KzaAQBlYzI— Harry Minhas (@harrym20) January 18, 2019These revelations also brought up a certain learning experience from Mourinho, which he shared during this Saturday’s broadcast for BeIn Sports.“Recently, when I was coaching one player he told me and he was very polite, ‘please when you criticize me can you do it in private’,” he said as quoted by BBC Sport.“I told him why? ‘Because of my stature, in front of the other players when you criticize me I don’t feel comfortable’.”“Nowadays you have to be very smart in the way you read your players, and try to create the best situation.”“With Drogba, he is the kind of player that the more pressure from the manager, the more quality in his performance,” Mourinho added.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“There are some players where if you squeeze them they answer in the best way.”“There are other mentalities and personalities and the reaction is not the best. They were brought up in a different way, an easier social life, coming to the top level of football, everything came too easy to them.”“Some of them they don’t react in the same way. Certain moments, some strong public words, some of them have some risk,” he concluded.Jose Mourinho reveals one Man Utd player who did not respond well to criticismhttps://t.co/mILLT0zYDE pic.twitter.com/Z3SrX0wmCl— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 19, 2019After three very difficult experiences in the last three clubs he managed, Jose Mourinho must have learned something along the way and there is a big chance that the last job at Manchester United will help him grow as a professional manager.There is no way that Jose Mourinho will approach to his next job in the same manner ever again, his last experiences at Real Madrid, his second spell at Chelsea and the Red Devils must have been enough for him to learn his lesson.However, if Jose Mourinho still feels that he is the one who is always right about his approach with the players, then he is the one in the wrong here.The man may never reveal who this player was, only he knows who asked him to change his tune and he may take this secret to the grave.It’s a little amusing that the man stated he wouldn’t talk about Manchester United, but he is spilling the beans about pretty much everything little by little.The journalists who are asking him these questions put him on the spot, but he could’ve easily refused to answer and yet he didn’t.Mourinho: “The phrase I kept with me, the biggest one in the Premier League, Sir Alex told – ‘the day a player is more important than the club, goodbye!’ – not anymore. The manager is there to coach them. Not to keep discipline at any cost.” #mufc [beIN] pic.twitter.com/s4GxJkDlqX— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 17, 2019Why do you think Jose Mourinho is revealing more secrets about his time at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.