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first_imgBuffalo, N.Y.A wave of strikes and protests by low-wage workers fighting for a $15 minimum hourly wage and a union swept the U.S. on Nov. 10, making it the largest day of action ever as this movement enters its third year. From Boston to Los Angeles; Seattle to Milwaukee; New York to Durham, N.C.; and Philadelphia to Atlanta, nearly every major city saw strikes at fast food restaurants during the work day and larger demonstrations in the evening. In total, some 500 cities counted strikes and other actions throughout the day.Fast food, home health care, child care, airport, retail workers and those from many other sectors took to the streets to demand $15 and a union. What began in November 2012 when a group of fast food workers in New York City walked off the job has since sparked a national movement that has become a rallying cry for workers everywhere.An encouraging development with the latest round of strikes is the growing alliance among the Black Lives Matter movement, the immigrant rights movement, and the fight for $15 and a union. In many cities, contingents were organized by Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights activists, and many speakers raised the connection between the low-wage workers’ struggle and the fight against racism and police terror. Which way forward?Most of the Nov. 10 demonstrations ended with protests outside city halls and calls for the elected politicians to take action around the demands for $15 and a union.The courageous actions by low-wage workers, who have gone on strike many times in the last several years and have helped breathe new life into the U.S. labor movement, clearly demonstrate their commitment to stay the course and see this struggle through. These workers, by broadening relationships with the Black Lives Matter movement and others, are showing the potential for the movement to expand and deepen.A key question for this movement — an upsurge marked by militancy and the leadership of Black and Latino/a workers, along with many women and young workers — is whether it will maintain its independence in the face of the looming 2016 presidential elections. The elections tend to pull popular movements away from needed strikes and street actions into the framework set by the two major political parties, both of which represent the interests of the big capitalists and bankers.It will be up to the workers on the front lines of this struggle and the broader movement that has mobilized to support them to maintain an independent course.  Following are reports from just a few of the many areas where actions were held. DetroitHundreds of low-wage workers and their supporters rallied and demonstrated through downtown Detroit. Among them were fast food, retail, home health care and auto parts workers, many of whom had participated in the nationwide strike. The Service Employees union was the principal organizer, with other unions and AFL-CIO affiliates represented. Workers held aloft a papier-mâché model of boxer Joe Louis’ fist clenching $5 and $10 bills. The fist won a mock battle with a Ronald McDonald puppet. — Kris Hamel and Martha GrevattNorth CarolinaMembers of the North Carolina Public Service Workers rallied at Kinston City Hall, calling for at least $15 per hour, union rights and recognition that “Black Workers’ Lives Matter.” A large majority of Health and Human Services employees make less than $15, even those who have worked for the state for over 20 years. “You wanna know why we are always coming to work tired?” asked Robbin Clarke-Hines, a union member at Caswell Center. “It’s because we are forced to work two jobs to make ends meet.” The rally also demanded the internationally recognized right for public workers to collectively bargain, which is banned in this state, and called for an end to police killings. In the rural eastern part of the state, fast food workers, adjunct professors at nearby universities, public workers and the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism picketed and rallied at Greenville City Hall. Workers from the Rocky Mount Engine Plant and other members of the Electrical Workers Local 150 rallied at Rocky Mount City Hall. The city of Greensboro recently committed to raise all municipal workers’ salaries to $15 per hour over the next few years. This is a growing trend across the state, the U.S. South and the entire country. Birmingham, Ala., passed a similar ordinance, following on the heels of Seattle; Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; New York; and many other areas. — Dante StrobinoBuffalo, N.Y.The Coalition for Economic Justice organized protests at McDonald’s and at City Hall, where workers spoke about long hours, low pay and unfair working conditions. Chanting, “What do we want? $15 an hour! When do we want it? Now! And if we don’t get it? Shut it down!” workers from McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s joined home care, child care and other underpaid workers at the rallies, along with supporters from many unions and progressive organizations. — Ellie DorritieBrooklyn, N.Y.Several hundred workers and supporters marched at 6 a.m. from Cadman Plaza to several downtown McDonald’s. They wore sweatshirts with not only their wage demands but also the “I can’t breathe” slogan signaling condemnation of the police killing of Black Staten Islander Eric Garner. Speakers emphasized the demand for $15 and a union as well as for immigrant rights and support for the Black Lives Matter struggle. Contingents included carwash and retail workers, Make the Road, NY Communities for Change and the Peoples’ Power Assembly. — Anne PrudenPhiladelphiaSome 200 fast food, home care, airport, nursing home and other workers rallied and marched for a $15 minimum wage and a union despite a steady rain. The majority were young and Black. They drew many cheers from onlookers as they walked in the street from City Hall to a busy McDonald’s store. — Joseph PietteMilwaukeeActivists from Black Lives Matter, Fight for 15 Wisconsin, immigrant rights and anti-war protesters, the Nation of Islam, unions such as Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 and the Teachers Education Association, and others united on Nov. 10 to take the streets to confront the Republican Party “debate” in Milwaukee. “The whole damn system is guilty as hell. We need to stand on their necks,” said Nate Hamilton, the brother of Dontre Hamilton, at a City Hall rally before marching. Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times by Milwaukee cop Christopher Manney. That morning the Hamilton family learned that no federal charges would be brought against the cop for Dontre Hamilton’s death. For hours thousands faced off against hundreds of cops, chanting “El pueblo, unido, jamás será vencido!” and “I. Believe. That we. Will win!.”  They demanded $15 and a union and an end to police terror. Other demands included an end to the U.S.-Israeli war on Palestine and other Arab and Muslim peoples, stop the war on migrants, money for jobs, solidarity with Cuba, socialism not capitalism, and cancellation of student debt. Due to the militant struggles right outside the so-called Republican Party debate, the first question asked of the candidates was if they supported 15 and a union. They all said no, which didn’t surprise or deter the people. — Workers World Milwaukee bureauFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgTop Stories’Advocates Can Only Earn Livelihood If They Come Into Contact With People’ : SC Says Lawyers’ Demand For Vaccine Priority Need Consideration LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 March 2021 2:53 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday orally observed that the concerns of the legal fraternity regarding priority for COVID-19 vaccination were genuine, which require consideration.”Advocates can only earn livelihood only if they come into contact with people. They need assurance that they will not die if they come into contact with people”, the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told the Solicitor…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday orally observed that the concerns of the legal fraternity regarding priority for COVID-19 vaccination were genuine, which require consideration.”Advocates can only earn livelihood only if they come into contact with people. They need assurance that they will not die if they come into contact with people”, the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.The bench, also including Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, was considering the transfer petitions filed by vaccine manufacturers Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India seeking to withdraw to the Supreme Court the suo moto case taken by the Delhi High Court on vaccine priority for legal fraternity.While Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve, appearing for Bharat Biotech and SII respectively, took exception to the High Court asking the companies to reveal their production capacities, the CJI said :”We understand why the High Court has passed the order. It wants to know the capacity. There is no judgment passed”.The claims of the advocates are coming out of the fact that they have to come into contact with people to earn their livelihood, the CJI said.”It is a genuine concern for advocates”, the CJI added.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who also supported the pharma companies’ plea for transfer, said that there were many other categories of persons who also need to come into contact with people to earn livelihood.”I belong to the (legal) fraternity. I am also not vaccinated. How do I distinguish between a 35-year old colleague of mine and a 35-year old vegetable vendor who is doing business in market with equal bustle and hustle?. There are several such professions. How do we distinguish?”, the SG said.The SG added that tomorrow journalists may come with such a demand, followed by other professions such as bank employees.”Tomorrow, journalist also make a similar demand. They also come into contact with people, perhaps more than lawyers”, the SG said.”We don’t know how journalists work. But we don’t think a journalist has to come into contact with people.Advocates find it very difficulty not to meet people”, CJI replied.The SG said that there is no point in giving examples and counter-examples.The SG explained that the vaccination criteria has been formulated by the expert committee by following global standards. As per global norms, priority is given to health workers, then to frontline workers(such as police, municipal worker, sweepers). Next, persons aged above 60 years, and persons in the age bracket of 45-60 with comorbidities are given vaccines, having regard to the mortality risk, the SG explained. He also said that it will be difficult to consider competing claims raised by different professional groups seeking vaccination priority.The CJI repeatedly asked if the concerns of the lawyers can also be considered by the expert committee.”We are not attributing mala fides to you. We are only asking can you consider and explain to this group”, the CJI observed.After a brief exchange, the SG agreed that he will place the representations concerning legal fraternity before the expert committee, which will take a decision in the next 2-3 days.The CJI also commented that the Government of India has “distinguished” itself by leading the supply of vaccines across the globe.”We have no doubt that India is leading in it, and doing a great job and the government has distinguished itself by leading the supply of vaccines to smaller countries”, the CJI said.After the hearing, the bench issued notice on the transfer petitions of the pharma companies and stayed the suo moto proceedings in the Delhi High Court.Next Storylast_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Florida went in the tank. The Gators prepped for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments by losing to teams it should beat, by havng its desire questioned, and by blowing a chance for a No. 1 seed. The current plight of the Gators? Please. Actually, that’s how the Gators went into the 2006 postseason, and we all know how that ended. So Florida’s current slump, in which it has lost three of four, means nothing when it comes to a the possibility of a deep run in the NCAAs, despite center Al Horford stoking the “Florida flameout talk” after Saturday’s loss at LSU. “I’m worried about our team right now,” Horford was quoted as saying in the Miami Herald. “If it’s not going well on offense, guys quit on defense. That’s something we never did last year, so that’s something we have to deal with.” Florida’s effort wasn’t much better Tuesday when it was trounced at Tennessee, but the fact remains the Gators’ combination of depth, big-game experience, athleticism and pure talent is unrivaled in the nation. Horford (12.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Joakim Noah (12.2 ppg, 8 rpg) are one of the toughest frontcourts to matchup with in the nation, wing Corey Brewer (12.7 ppg) is difficult to defend and Taurean Green (13 ppg) and slumping shooter Lee Humphrey (9.9 ppg) complete a perfectly balanced team that also get 20 points a game off the bench. “I don’t think last year has anything to do with this year,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It’s all about right now. It’s all about what can be learned from our last several games, and where do we need to get better and where do we need to improve.” “It’s like talking about Lee Humphrey shooting 70 percent from the 3-point line (in the first nine SEC games) and now he’s struggled the last couple of games, (so) people’s emotions are going to go up and down based on winning and losing. I try to stay on an even keel and look at, OK, how are we going to continue to get better and help our team reach its fullest potential, and play to the best of our ability?” A year ago, Florida lost to Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama in late February, and a postseason collapse was predicted by many before the Gators rolled off 11 straight wins, finishing the season with a 73-57 demolition of the UCLA in the national championship game. In an 11-day span that ended Tuesday, Florida lost to Vanderbilt, LSU and Tennessee. Each loss came handily, but also on the road, and with each opponent needing big wins to be NCAA-bound. Meanwhile, Florida (25-5, 12-3 SEC), which won 17 straight before losing three of four, had already clinched the SEC East, and motivation was lacking. “I think sometimes (the media) all want to look at the team that’s favored to win, why they didn’t win, or is there a problem, or is there something going on?” Donovan said. “I think we fail to give credit to the opposition.” Bygones not gone: Washington guard Ryan Appleby showed he knows how to hold a grudge, and not only doesn’t he forget very easily, but he also does not forgive. That was evident when he ignored a pregame conciliatory handshake from Oregon’s Aaron Brooks before Saturday’s game at McArthur Court. It comes from an incident in which Brooks was totally at fault, but in one he also showed regret and remorse. Brooks was ejected for viciously elbowing Appleby in last year’s Pacific-10 tournament. While sitting in the locker room, Brooks wrote a note of apology. He was suspended for a game the following night, then for two more this season, including the Ducks’ game at Washington. When Brooks went to shake hands with Appleby before tip-off last weekend, Appleby stared at the floor and ignored him. “It was a gut reaction,” Appleby said afterward. “I felt like he took a cheap shot at me last year and I felt like they didn’t penalize him the right way. I’m not going to acknowledge anybody for hitting somebody in the face like that. There’s no reason for me to acknowledge somebody like that.” Of course, none of Appleby’s teammates seemed to care. His teammates shook hands with Brooks, who scored 30 points in Oregon’s win. “He didn’t want to shake my hand, that’s on him,” Brooks told reporters after the game. “I can’t dwell on that. We had a basketball game to win.” Last of its kind: Arguably the most important game of the regular season will take place Friday, away from the glare of big-time television but also in one of the best gyms in the country. Pennsylvania (19-8, 10-1 Ivy) hosts Yale (13-12, 9-3) in the Ivy League, and a win by the Quakers will send them and first-year coach Glenn Miller to the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League is the only Division I basketball conference that does not play a conference tournament to determine its automatic bid for the NCAAs. Yale beat Penn 77-68 last month in New Haven, Conn., but history is on Penn’s side. Since 1989, Penn and Princeton are the only schools to represent the Ivy League in the NCAAs. Brian Dohn covers college basketball for the Daily News. His column runs Thursdays. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 last_img read more

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first_imgPro-evolution scientists argue against bills designed to protect the academic freedom of teachers.by Dr. Jerry BergmanAn article was printed in a May 12, 2017 issue of Scientific American, titled “Revamped ‘Anti-Science’ Education Bills in U.S. Find Success: Legislation urges educators to ‘teach the controversy’ and allows citizens to challenge curricula.”  The article attempted to argue against bills designed to protect the academic freedom of teachers. [1]The article reviewed the various State and local legislatures attempts to deal with censorship problems in public schools. So far two states have approved legislation this year allowing “teachers to embrace ‘academic freedom’ and present the full spectrum of views on evolution and climate change.” Called academic freedom bills, so far three have become law in the past: in Mississippi in 2006, Louisiana in 2008 and Tennessee in 2012. At least eleven similar bills have been proposed this year in the United States.One, the Florida legislation, is much broader. It enables residents to file complaints about the curriculum against the schools in their district. The complaint could lead to a public hearing to determine if the material at issue is “accurate, balanced, non-inflammatory, current … and suited to students’ needs.” Obviously, these categories are all somewhat vague, but at least will trigger some discussion and needed parental involvement in the government schools.“we didn’t target any one subject matter” —a Florida state representativeNot surprising, the anti-creation Scientific American article was very critical of all such bills. The writer relied on Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) whose main goal is to insure only the Darwinian side is presented in government schools and information against this worldview is censored.State Representative Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida District 80, who sponsored the bill, said it was developed to support parents who are concerned about what their children are learning in public schools. He believes one reason why it passed “is that we didn’t target any one subject matter.” Mr. Branch opposed the bill because, he claims “The people pushing the bill have been complaining about evolution and climate change,” thus he thinks the bill could end up allowing critical evaluation of Darwinism in the schools, something he is dead set against.The NCSE, Florida teachers’ organizations and some local school boards have requested that Governor Rick Scott veto the bill.  The bill’s opponents admit that a veto doesn’t seem likely, given Scott’s beliefs. Branch calls this bill, which is designed to stop censorship of evidence against Darwinism, the “back-door approach to altering science education by means of broader academic censorship.” How it will cause censorship, he does not say. Branch opines that these bills now seem more likely to pass this year “due to renewed anti-evolution and anti-climate change sentiment; confidence that a country led by U.S. President Donald Trump …. is more hospitable to such views.”Branch concluded their side has not lost because the bills cut both ways. “The opponents of science education may feel newly invigorated — but so do its defenders.”Note that Branch calls academic-freedom bills designed to protect the freedom of teachers who have to deal with navigating the evolution controversy “opponents of science” when it is teachers who endeavor to cover these controversial topics objectively who are often suppressed, censored or fired. [2]1. Erin Ross. May 15, 2017. “Revamped ‘Anti-Science’ Education Bills in U.S. Find Success. Scientific American, May 15, 2017.2. See Jerry Bergman Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters. Revised version 2012. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press; Silencing the Darwin Skeptics. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press. 2016 and Censoring the Darwin Skeptics. 2017. Southworth, WA: Leafcutter Press.(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Related Posts What a week for StatusNet, the open-source, microblogging service that serves as the foundation for identi.ca, one of the first services to emerge as a focal player in the movement around the real-time Web.Last week, the company launched StatusNet Enterprise Network, a microblogging service with a support program for the corporate market. Initial customers include Motorola Corporation and Canonical Ltd.And yesterday, they announced a significant update that demonstrates they will be an open-source alternative to the proprietary microblogging services that cater to the enterprise.StatusNet is an exception in the enterprise market. It’s an open-source software project, started by members of the open source and wiki communities. The enterprise service is priced on an annual basis. It ranges in cost from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Customers get access to different levels of service based on package they choose to purchase. For example, at the $1,000 level package, the service includes access to the forums. It includes email support and response time within one day. A $10,000 package includes six hours of best practice consulting and response within one hour to support requests.Open-source software is proving to be a winner in the enterprise. As we noted earlier this week, a number of enterprise providers have committed developer communities. Alfresco Software is a shining example. According to Matt Asay, the company has grown every quarter since its launch in 2005, “with its last quarter seeing a 30-percent quarter-over-quarter increase on an already large base.”With a committed developer community, an open-source enterprise provider can show significant improvements in its product. Today, StatusNet released StatusNet 0.9.0, the latest version of its software, representing eight month of development by the StatusNet developer community.The feature list scrolls down the page. It includes leading edge support for OStatus, the new distributed status update standard based on PubSubHubbub, Salmon, Webfinger, and Activity Streams.Significant: StatusNet now has no fixed content size. “Notice size is configurable, from 1 to unlimited number of characters. Default is still 140!” This could possibly mean that the service can be similar to Tumblr or Posterous that fits into the enterprise.Other updates include:We expect that StatusNet Enterprise will rise fast as a contender in the enterprise market. It’s extensible, has the features that the enterprise customer wants and it has a strong developer community. That’s a winning combination that makes StatuNet a potential open-source star in the enterprise.Support for location using the Geolocation API.Support for OAuth authentication in the Twitter API.An authentication plugin for LDAP servers.Support for Facebook Connectcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgA five-member delegation from Punjab on Thursday met Meghalaya Home Minister James K. Sangma, urging him to ensure one-time resolution of the issues concerning the Sikh settlers in Shillong. The delegation, led by Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, went to Meghalaya after reports emerged that members of the Sikh community were told to leave the State by the authorities. It requested that the High Powered Committee (HPC) set up by the Meghalaya government on the issue take into account all genuine concerns of the Sikh families before reaching any conclusion.Security a concernAn official statement said the delegation requested the Home Minister to ensure security of the hundreds of Sikh families who have been residing in the Punjabi Lane area of Shillong for decades now. The statement also said that Mr. Sangma assured the delegation that all efforts would be made to protect the Sikhs in Meghalaya.last_img read more

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first_imgPBA IMAGESStar knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis series.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite LATEST STORIES “It’s very hard for us because it was our third game in five days. But because of our willingness to go to the next level, we were able to do it,” Star head coach Chito Victolero told reporters.It was just a four-point game before the Hotshots went on a 14-4 run to put the game away, 89-75, with Paul Lee scoring eight of his team’s final 10 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We limited them to under 80 points and that was our goal which was to limit their fastbreak points,” said Victolero.Star beat NLEX for the second time in just two nights after picking up a 101-93 on Sunday that kept the Road Warriors from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lee scored 18 points, making all of his six free throws, against Yeng Guiao, his former coach back with Rain or Shine, while Ian Sangalang added 14 points and four rebounds.The Hotshots smothered the Road Warriors, who registered their lowest output this conference. Their previous low was also against Star.Star also had an impressive showing on the offensive end, shooting 52% from the field.Victolero steered Star to the semis in the previous two conferences as well but the Hotshots have failed to advance in each of those times. He believes his team has what it takes to get over the hump this time with more experience under its belt.“We’ve been here before. all-Filipino, Commissioner’s Cup, but we’ve only reached until the semis. But now we’re more experienced than before and we hope we get through this time.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aaron Fuller scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for NLEX, which ended the conference on a three-game losing skid after a going on franchise-best 4-0 start. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2012BaylorBig 1234-0127.31Champion 1995ConnecticutBig East29-0135.11Champion Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. 1993VermontAmerica East28-01818.081st round 1997ConnecticutBig East30-0127.21Elite 8 YEARTEAMCONFERENCERECORDAP RANKAVG PT DIFF.SEEDRESULT 2010ConnecticutBig East33-0134.81Champion Last year, the women’s college basketball season culminated with a final between two undefeated teams. This year, the tournament will have at least one undefeated team: Princeton, which finished its regular season 30-0 with a 55-42 win over Penn on Tuesday.Most of the prior 14 teams to enter the tournament undefeated had far better pedigrees. Ten were ranked No. 1 entering the tournament, and eight left the tournament as undefeated champions. The only reason last year’s Notre Dame team didn’t enter the tournament as No. 1 or exit it as undefeated champ was that it faced another undefeated team in the final: UConn.Unlike UConn and Notre Dame last season, which were the clear top-two teams entering the tournament, Princeton won’t even be favored to advance from its region. None of its wins came against teams now ranked in the Top 25. Its conference schedule was a breeze: Penn was the only other Ivy League team with a winning conference record, and just Cornell joined Princeton and Penn with a winning overall record.Princeton’s nonconference schedule wasn’t all that hard, either. After Tuesday’s regular-season finale, senior guard Blake Dietrick said she started thinking 30-0 was possible when the Tigers beat Michigan by 30 in Ann Arbor. Dietrick called the December game “a monumental win for us against a nonconference team.” But Michigan finished 16-14, with a losing record in the Big Ten. Princeton is ranked 13th in the country, behind five teams with five or more losses.Princeton is more similar historically to three undefeated teams in the 1990s that were seeded No. 8 or worse and lost in the first round: Vermont in 1992 and 1993, and 1998 Liberty, which was knocked out by fellow undefeated team Tennessee. But Princeton will probably do better than those three teams did — it likely will be ranked higher in the final pre-tournament AP poll, and it has a greater margin of victory.Finishing in first isn’t the highest-priority goal for Princeton, which mainly wants to become the first Ivy League team since Harvard to win a game in the tournament. “That is No. 1 on our list right now, second is finishing my thesis,” Dietrick said. “It’s the thing I want to do most in the world, most in my life.”Below is each undefeated women team’s record, ranking and seed entering the NCAA tournament, along with how it finished, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info: 1998LibertyBig South28-0—18.3161st round 2014Notre DameACC32-0225.61Finalist 2015PrincetonIvy30-013*24.9—— 2009ConnecticutBig East33-0131.51Champion 1992VermontAmerica East29-02521.991st round 2002ConnecticutBig East33-0137.01Champion 1998TennesseeSEC33-0131.11Champion 1986TexasSouthwest29-0127.41Champion 2014ConnecticutAmerican Ath.34-0135.71Champion 1990Louisiana TechAmerican So.29-0135.21Final Four read more

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