Završje won 2nd place in the selection for the best film location

first_img“Silver” second place is a great success for our Završje, Istria and Croatia! The voices and support we received from all over the world put Završje in the European film map and the very top of desirable locations for filming. Impressive locations, as well as state incentives, influenced the arrival of large film productions in Istria. A lot is being shot in Istria, and we believe that this result will contribute to greater visibility of Istria and Croatia, as desirable film destinations. Congratulations to the winners, we thank all the voters of Završje, and the second place we won gives us the wind in our sails for new nominations in 2020! At one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world, the Berlin Berlinale, after almost 3 months of uncertain struggle in the race for the Location Award, the winner was announced. Among the 10 shortlisted locations, the Istrian town of Završje, a candidate of the Istrian Film Commission, which is in charge of promoting Istria as a film destination within the Istrian Cultural Agency, was also included. Let us remind you that in Završje, in the municipality of Grožnjan, the film Robin Hood was shot three years ago.. It has been organizing the selection for the best film location for the third year in a row European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) in collaboration with the film portal Cineuropa.center_img Competing with other, magnificent 9 locations, being alongside nominated locations, European metropolises, beautiful millennial locations, breathtaking landscapes, was a real challenge for Istria and our little Završje, which has only 40 inhabitants. Ten European locations, all of which emphasize the beauty and diversity of Europe, were nominated by film offices / film commissions, members of the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN).Voting began in late November, and 31.12. the voting deadline was extended until January 20, 2020. Until the very end of the voting, a close battle was fought between the Croatian Završje and the Spanish El Hierro, the candidate of the Canary Island Film Commission. El Hierro is the location where the thriller TV series “Hierro” was filmed. In the end, by a majority vote, the primacy went to El Hierro. Source: Istrian Cultural Agency and Istrian Film CommissionPhoto: TZ Grožnjanlast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Vetoes Budget that Fails to Address Pennsylvania’s Most Pressing Issues

first_img Press Release,  Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf tonight vetoed the Republican budget that fails to address the core issues facing Pennsylvania, including a structural budget deficit, a drastically underfunded school system, and rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. The Republican budget is unbalanced and built on one-time revenues that lead to a $3 billion deficit.“The citizens of Pennsylvania sent us here to do serious work and to address the problems facing this commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “This includes enacting a budget that contains fair and adequate education funding in part by implementing a commonsense severance tax, providing property tax relief to Pennsylvania families and seniors, fixing the structural deficit, and providing a sound plan to create jobs across this commonwealth. This budget does not accomplish these essential tasks, so I cannot, in good faith, give it my approval.”Governor Wolf emphasized that he remains committed to working with Republicans to come to a negotiated solution. But he reiterated that he will not accept a budget that completely ignores key issues that he set out in his budget address, including adequately funding our schools with a commonsense severance tax, reducing property taxes, eliminating the structural deficit, and creating jobs in Pennsylvania.“Throughout this process, I have strived to work with Republicans. I have made concessions and I have kept an open mind,” Governor Wolf said. “In return, Republicans have simply said no to my plan that will get Pennsylvania back on track, fix our schools, provide property tax relief, and address our structural deficit. In fact, when asked what their counteroffer to my commonsense severance tax proposal was, Republican leaders said, “Nothing, yeah nothing.” That is completely unacceptable. It is not how to negotiate in good faith. This is why the people of the commonwealth have lost confidence in their government.“In business, I never saw negotiations approached in such a manner. Pennsylvanians deserve better and now is the time for us to get to work. It’s time to stop playing games.”In addition to its failure to address the priorities shared by a majority of Pennsylvanians and the governor, the Republican budget simply does not add up. The Republican budget relies on $1.5 billion in gimmicks and one-time fixes and would lead to a $3 billion dollar deficit. Instead of responsibly addressing Pennsylvania’s structural deficit, this plan is filled with smoke and mirrors like budgets of the past four years that have resulted in serial credit downgrades.In the midst of serious cuts to school funding at the state level over the past four years, Pennsylvanians have seen struggling schools and higher property taxes. The Republican budget fails to address either of these pressing issues with no property tax relief and a meager $8 million net increase going to the classroom, less than 2% of the $500 million needed to restore the damaging cuts of the past four years.It’s time to end the games and gimmicks. We cannot stand for the status quo any longer. Governor Wolf will fight for the people of Pennsylvania who elected him governor to move our commonwealth forward.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # Governor Tom Wolf Vetoes Budget that Fails to Address Pennsylvania’s Most Pressing Issues June 30, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EIOPA to focus attention on occupational pensions

first_imgThe European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is looking to put a “stronger emphasis” on occupational pensions next year by implementing new technical standards and conducting further work for the revised IORP Directive.As part of its work programme, the Frankfurt-based authority said it intended to implement a first technical standard on the reporting of information of prudential nature by national supervisors in 2014.The authority also plans to conduct “extensive advisory work” as part of the upcoming legislative proposal for the revised IORP Directive.EIOPA said it would continue to work on the creation of a Europe-wide approach to personal pensions, with a clear focus on consumer protection. Carlos Montalvo, EIOPA’s executive director, said the work programme was “ambitious”.“Our priorities are driven by supervisory and regulatory convergence, enhancement of financial stability and promoting a leading role in consumer protection, which is key in our daily work,” he added.“We have made strategic choices in each of the different areas of work. And we need to keep developing the organisation, to ensure that in all these areas we can make a difference for Europe and its citizens.”EIOPA’s working programme is in line with the authority’s request for more independence.Earlier this year, it called on the European Commission to strengthen the authority’s operational independence, reinforce its independent role towards national authorities and enhance its mandate and powers.EIOPA’s plans also come at a time when the European Commission is supposed to launch a legislative proposal for pillars two and three – which focus on governance and transparency issues, respectively – of the IORP II Directive sometime this autumn.However, the Commission, which originally sought to launch its proposal at the end of this month, recently decided to postpone its plan, according to sources close to the situation.last_img read more

Prized view of Brisbane goes to auction

first_imgDid it or didn’t it sell?FIVE bidders took 79 Dove Tree Crescent, Sinnamon Park to auction on Saturday where it was passed in at $950,000.There were 41 families keen to own this panoramic view of Brisbane and the house that went with it.Ray White Toowong selling agent Kris Matthews said conditional offers were expected to be received over the weekend, one from an auction bidder and two from buyers who were not able to bid under the auction’s unconditional arrangement.For 17 years this Sinnamon Park property has belonged to Sydneysider Melanie Hardman who was escaping the inner city rat race. The house has been the envy of the neighbourhood.“It’s a beautifully renovated house on the most elevated part of Sinnamon Park,” Mr Matthews said.“It’s the highest house in the suburb.” Renters bunking up or paying up Redesigning the layout meant the property was better suited to the changing needs of the couple’s two children.“Ten years in we had a second child and wanted something a little bigger and more modern,” Mrs Hardman said.“Despite searching for six months we couldn’t find anything that could replace this property and its exceptional views.“We built a new home with floor-to-ceiling glass throughout to maximise the views from every room. The renovation involved banks of glass.“I designed the kitchen on the upper level so I could see the kids in the pool below and included a butler’s pantry and high ceilings; the views from it are amazing.” Louvred windows for the kitchen and dining area.Despite working full time during the renovation, Mrs Hardman was in charge of the redesign, creating a dream home with bespoke features across two levels.The chef-inspired kitchen has generous Caesarstone counter space, dual pyrolytic easy cleaning ovens, a built-in fridge and breakfast bar. The renovated kitchen.Flooded with natural light and perfectly positioned to take advantage of the breeze, the upper level also features a spacious living area which leads to an oversized entertaining deck that wraps around the northeast corner of the house. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThree bedrooms are also on this level. The master has floor-to-ceiling louvred windows that deliver views and breezes, a built-in wardrobe and en suite with dual vanities and a double shower. The master bedroom. There’s two of everything except the loo in the master ensuite.The remaining bedrooms are serviced by a separate toilet and double bathroom with plenty of storage space and a laundry chute. There are three bathrooms altogether in the home.Downstairs is a second living space that opens onto a private entertaining area and adjoining inground pool and spa.A fourth bedroom, third bathroom with a shower and laundry with external access are also located on this level. Multiple outdoor spaces.The house comes with an alarm system and solar hot water.“We’re going to miss our amazing views and despite our plan to downsize to an apartment, we definitely can’t be without a view,” Mrs Hardman said.“Another good thing about Dove Tree Crescent is that it’s not a thoroughfare, so it’s quiet and we have lovely long-term neighbours. “It’s funny, our neighbours joked they were going to boycott the sale because they don’t want us to move.“We’ve had many Sunday afternoon catch-ups and street parties over the years, we’ll be sad to leave.” The ground level covered entertaining area flows off the rumpus.The property is a short drive to the Rocks Riverside Park and shopping hubs in Mt Ommaney and Jindalee. Now Ms Hardman and her husband are downsizing, there is a fresh wave of Sydneysiders, alongside UK expats, and local buyers, who have shown an interest in the four-bedroom renovated property.“We’ve had a few interstate buyers (from Sydney) and other buyers completely out of area who just saw it in the paper and the house spoke to them,” he said. The inground pool and spa.Ms Hardman bought the house in 2002 before it was officially listed on the market.“We didn’t know Brisbane and looked everywhere before one real estate agent mentioned a property that hadn’t gone on the market yet,” she said.“We came and saw this house and instantly fell in love with the views.“We are located at the top the hill and have the highest home on the street, something our neighbours are envious of.” Views to Mount Coot-Tha and the Brisbane CBD.Built in 1995 the four-bedroom house on a 620sq m block was completely gutted and rebuilt seven years ago.center_img MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN SINNAMON PARKlast_img read more

Man jailed over rape charge

first_imgHe was detained in the lockup cell of the Dumangas police station. ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a resident of Barangay Pulao, Dumangas, Iloilo was arrested.   Perlito Diddigan, 39, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant on Aug. 1, a police report showed.center_img The court recommended no bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Earl Joseph Goodpaster

first_imgEarl Joseph Goodpaster, 60 of Batesville, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood, Ohio.  The son of Ernest Sr. and Betty (Kimmon) Goodpaster was born on April 10, 1957 in Lawrenceburg, IN.Earl married Shirley Gilbreath on August 3, 1991 in Milan, Indiana.  The 1977 Milan High School graduate was a member of the Church on Fire Ministries in Batesville.  Earl currently worked for Batesville Tool & Die but previously worked for Wood-Mizer for 25 years.Family was his life and besides his wife, Shirley, his grandkids were the light of his life.  He loved watching his grandchildren play sports, whether it was Skyeler pitch softball or Taylor and Joey play football and of course, Shelby helping him cheer them on.  Being a papaw was one of the things in life he loved most.Earl was one of the most kind-hearted men you would ever meet.  Everyone liked Earl.  He was Shirley’s other half; as she says, “he completes her circle”.  During his battle with cancer, he was an inspiration to many with the positive attitude he kept.  He was known for getting a chemo treatment one day and back to work the next.Earl loved his dog Luke, who is also going to miss him as much as any other family member.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Maggie Henson and Samantha Teters; grandchildren Skyeler Henson, Taylor Henson (Alyssa McNeal), Shelby Ostendorf and Joey Ostendorf; along with his brother, Jeff Goodpaster (Marilyn), and sisters, Barbara Dickman and Carolyn Napier and his nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Ernest Jr., Robert and Clint Goodpaster and nephew Brian Adams.Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 1-3pm immediately followed by 3pm funeral service all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Evan Boyle officiating.Memorials may be given to the Lymphoma Society c/o the funeral home.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

SuperSport Takes Centre Stage as WWE SummerSlam 2017 Hits New HeightÂ

first_imgWhy? SuperSport recently threw its hat into the ring and passionate wrestling lovers in 50 sub-Sahara region can now enjoy live coverage of the contest. It was a historic moment that offered a rare opportunity to teeming viewers to follow the proceedings as it happens.At the same time, almost all the WWE stars present at the conference room expressed their excitement as the platform offers them a unique opportunity to expand their followership and give teeming fans the chance to follow the event from the comfort of the their homes.Before now, wrestling fans in the sub-Sahara region had to rely on delayed broadcast or old actions as the only platform to be abreast with the wrestling world which has moved far into the digital world especially in the advent of social media.Most of the top stars expressed their excitement of the possibility to expand their popularity to other continents via a major satellite television provider, DSTv.Early last month, WWE and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sportchannels provider, had announced a new multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.“It’s a welcome development not only to our prime sport, but it will allow me to expand my coast. It will be a great honour to return to Africa and dazzle my fans out there,” the WWE Champion and Indian born super star, Jinder Mahal responded with excitement of the proposed initiative.In his own remarks, master of free style kicks and Japanese star, Shinsuke Nakamura, noted that SuperSport involvement was an added value to the height WWE had attained over the years and  a welcome development to break new grounds.“It’s an opportunity to make our sport the most popular if over 50 countries in Africa can gain assess to what we do live. In Far East, especially my country, Japan, WWE has become very popular and it has been a motivation to young lads out there and same will be the situation for potentials in Africa,” noted Nakamura whose main asset is his physicality.The trio of New Day composed of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, who interestingly have a Ghanaian root all spoke with excitement and ready to flow with SportsSport/WWE partnership.“Aside our winning formula, it’s a great honour to see our exploits being televised live to African homes. The project will re-awaken youths on the continent to embrace the sport just as our followership will also increase,” responded Big E on behalf of the trio.In his own reaction, Nuufolau Joel Seanoa better known by ring name Samoa Joe said “it has always been a great honour for me to compete outside USA and coming to Africa or have a lot of wrestling fans watch our events live is great privilege for us to expand our coast,” he responded.It was not a surprise when shortly after the event in New York,  DStv and GOtv customers all enjoyed the show as SuperSport aired WWE’s top shows Raw and SmackDown including WWE specials, WrestleMania and SummerSlam.“We are aware that the WWE Executives are excited to get their foot print on the continent of Africa. Imagine 50 countries and new audience and they are indeed happy  to be involved in bringing new wrestlers out of the continent.“A lot of stars that we have met here spoke about being motivated by the exploits of previous generation of wrestlers and it will be a good investment if through SuperSport, young and talented Africans are motivated to break into WWE circuit.“Although it’s a long time project and we hope in the next couple of years, through SuperSport, a lot of Africans can feel the excitement that goes with the sports every Monday night and can also catch up with relay telecast much later in the day,” SuperSport Communication Manager, Clinton van dear Berg explained after the event.To get the one-week long entertainment started, the organisers treated all stakeholders including SuperSports delegation to a welcome party tagged SummerSlam kickoff event featuring WWE 2k18 and WWE Supercard. At the ceremony, top stars like AJ Styles, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, Cesaro and Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor, Jinder Mahal, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and The New Day.The high point of the event was the live performance and Deejay performance by foremost American rap artist, Snoopadelic popularly known as Snoop Dogg. The rapper got all attendees on their feet all through the show.The next day was a historic visit to ‘One World Observatory’ It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth tallest in the world. Where WWE super stars like Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins, AJ Styles and Nikky Bella were on hand to make impaired children fulfill a life time ambition of one-on-one meeting with WWE stars. The emotion meeting was awesome as the stars freely interact with the lads and rewarded them with quality gift items.Later in the evening marked the beginning of real action at the Barclays Centre as the the much anticipated NXT TakeOver event got underway. This might the first time in Kickoff Show history where the crowd chanted all through the the night of brawl and entertainment.One of the main heros of the night was arguable the flamboyant Japanese female wrestler, Kanako Urai, fondly called Asuka who survived a painful tornado suplex against formidable challenger, Ember Moon from Texas in the NXT women’s championship.The feat thus means Asuka, a graphic designer and video game journalist holds the record of longest reigning female champion in 30 years for 504 days but only second longest behind Fabulous Moolah.In the other events of the night, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish left new NXT champion Drew McIntyre lying to close out the show and perhaps usher in a new era of NXT.The next day also witnessed the much anticipated clash of WWE Champion Jinder Mahal who defended his tittle against Nakamura.The Japanese-born Nakamura had  entered SummerSlam with a ton of confidence after beating Cena, but he was at a disadvantage due largely to Mahal’s penchant for stacking the deck in his favor with the presence of The Singh Brothers. It was his first defeat in star match parade.The bout and many others to follow clearly indicate the excitements MultiChoice through SuperSports plans give Africans in the coming years especially when WWE decides to stage the contests in some countries in Africa.Only DSTv, MultiChoice’s digital satellite TV service in Sub-Saharan terrain, noted for providing various bouquets offering general entertainment, movies, lifestyle & culture, sport, documentaries can make this dream come true.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The annual World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SummerSlam event may have been a franchise to wrestling lovers in North America and other western world but the recent partnership with SuperSport has taken the global event to a new height. In this report, Femi Solaja, who covered the week-long event looks back at the gains it will be to Africa in the years to come Dateline was Friday 18th August 2017, and the venue was Holiday Inn Brooklyn Down Town in New York. Battery of cameras and top media representatives awaited the arrival of prominent WWE talents for the ritual pre-event interviews but at the end of the session which lasted a little over two hours, all the participants left the arena fulfilled.last_img read more

Student group advocates for cage-free eggs

first_imgUSC ALIVE, an environmental student group, has launched a university-wide campaign to inform students that USC Hospitality does not purchase its eggs from cage-free farms, as UCLA and several other University of California schools do, in hopes to creating change at USC.Animal rights · James Nalto (right), a senior majoring in accounting and finance, signs a petition to stop using eggs from caged chickens. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan USC buys its eggs from battery cage factory farms, which USC ALIVE says treats chickens cruelly.“In battery farms, hens are stuffed into cages with no room,” said Connie Gao, ALIVE’s director of external communications. “The cages are stacked on top of each other, so feces filters down. The hens end up covered in feces and so does their eggs.”As of Friday, more than 1,000 students signed ALIVE’s petition to try to convince the university to go cage-free, Gao said.“I hope it will be enough to change the university’s mind,” she said.When hens are raised in a cage-free environment, they can exercise, spread their wings, and lay eggs in nests, Gao said, making the cage-free environment more sustainable and yield healthier eggs.Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said he met with the president of Wilcox Farms, a company that sells cage-free eggs to several universities, to discuss making USC a new customer.“They said they didn’t have enough product in their distribution channels right now, but we do plan on switching. We’re just not sure when,” Klinger said.One of the university’s primary concerns is the cost of cage-free eggs, Klinger said, a consideration that factors into all of USC Hospitality’s decisions. For example, USC Hospitality’s decision to offer students the Trojan Plan, an unlimited meal plan, is expensive for the university.“It did cost the university more money,” Klinger said.According to Klinger, Wilcox Farms, Stanford’s new provider, is currently unable to fulfill the demands of another large university such as USC. He said the earliest USC would go cage-free is next fall.“We understand it is the right thing to do,” Klinger said. “We just want to make sure it makes financial sense.”The cost per egg should not be a factor, said Lindsay Wolf, campaign director of the Humane Alliance in Southern California, a new branch of the Humane League, which has been promoting cage-free eggs with universities on the East Coast.“Cage-free adds a couple of pennies per egg, and in the long run students will pay about 10 cents more for an omelet,” Wolf said.At every university Wolf has worked, she said she has found the majority of students to be supportive of the cage-free alternative.“Ninety percent of students say they’ll pay more for a healthier and tastier egg,” she said.Many universities in California, including UCLA and Stanford have made the switch to cage free.Because voters passed Proposition 2, operating a battery cage farm will be illegal beginning in 2015.“Battery cages are criminal activity,” Gao said. “They treat their animals and workers badly.”When chicken feces are not disposed of, they accumulate, exposing workers to high amounts of ammonia, Gao said, adding that feces-covered eggs are much more likely to be contaminated with salmonella.USC ALIVE created the petition to eradicate USC Hospitality’s qualms about the increased cost.“Right now USC is hesitant because they’re not sure if students will be willing to pay a little more,” Wolf said. “The petition shows [the university] that students are aware and want to make the switch.”last_img read more

2nd calling: After football career ends, former SU star McPherson becomes social activist

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2012 at 2:57 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Daryl Johnston remembers being in the huddle at the Carrier Dome on Oct. 17, 1987. Syracuse was about to beat Penn State — a defining moment in the Orangemen’s football history. Johnston looked into the eyes of quarterback Don McPherson and saw a true leader — someone who was mature beyond his age and someone he believed to be the best player in college football.Johnston saw that same man he saw 25 years ago at a luncheon in Dallas in September for an organization that combats family violence. Since his retirement from pro football in 1994, McPherson has been a “social justice entrepreneur,” advocating against domestic violence and aiding students to make better life choices.McPherson was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy following SU’s undefeated 1987 season, in which SU went 11-0-1 after tying Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. He has since garnered attention by labeling himself a “feminist,” what he defines as someone who cares about and respects women’s rights.“To me it’s very simple,” McPherson said. “And I don’t complicate it, because people try to complicate things because they don’t want people to really embrace it or see what it really is. If you put ‘-ist’ at the end of any word, it just means that you care about the preceding word.”McPherson professes his message as positive, proactive and practical. He talks to men about masculinity, how they define what it means to be a man and how they often do that at the expense of women.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe says that especially with Syracuse’s communications and citizenship programs, SU students are in a good place to change disrespect toward women in the media and public policy.“I think sometimes people have the wrong goals,” McPherson said. “They have the goal that they’re going to eliminate violence or they’re going to stop drug use. … But what you can do is have the goal to increase awareness, increasing involvement from people.”McPherson has preached these ideals at hundreds of universities and on television, including twice on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Johnston, who co-owns a synthetic field turf company with McPherson, heard McPherson’s message firsthand at the event in Dallas.“When the event was over, people continued to talk about it,” Johnston said. “‘We’ve got to have him back down. We need to get him in front of an audience of young men and fathers.’ It’s a very enlightening, moving speech that he presents.”McPherson testified twice in front of Congress in addition to working with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on sexual violence in education and the military.“Don has been a tremendous advocate to engage men to work on violence against women,” said Rita Smith, the executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in an email. “His effort to work with athletes and coaches, speaking at events and talking to the media, represents a powerful message that men have an important role in ending violence against women.”Smith recalls when McPherson came to an NCADV event in Washington, D.C., in 2003. During his visit, he spoke with key Congress members to ask them to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.“He has been a great partner to NCADV over the years, and his voice is still one of the few male voices calling for change,” Smith said. “We need many, many more men like him to stand up and speak out.”Along with public speaking, McPherson is a college football analyst for Sportsnet New York. He sees being on television as a way to stay involved in football and to stay relevant.“It’s more than just going out and giving talks or going out and doing workshops,” McPherson said. “It’s finding new ways, more efficient ways, to help people to be able to deal with issues in their lives. … But also to use the platform and the power of sports to communicate to young people about what’s really going on, not just in the world of sports, but in the larger society.”McPherson mentioned John Mackey, Dave Bing and Jim Brown as players who came through Syracuse and became social leaders. And McPherson’s work places him in that group too.“I think the thing about Syracuse is that it’s always been a place that was welcoming of people of color and women,” he said. “I’ve been very proud, especially in the last few years as I’ve become more closely connected to the school, about how the university continues to remain in that spirit of understanding Scholarship in Action and understanding that we’re connected.”McPherson said his post-football life has been especially rewarding.Said McPherson: “Even more so, and this may be a surprise … or say equally as being a part of that special team in 1987.” Commentslast_img read more

Women of Troy gear up for Longhorns

first_imgComing off an uplifting victory over crosstown rival UCLA, the USC women’s tennis team faces a tough challenge with three matches in the next five days, starting with the Texas Longhorns at home on Tuesday.Dominant · Junior Kaitlyn Christian (above) and her partner, sophomore Sabrina Santamaria, have posted a 20-0 record in doubles this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy will also face off against two Pac-12 foes, Colorado and Utah, this weekend at Marks Stadium.No. 12 USC (10-2, 1-0) had struggled through back-to-back matches, including a loss at rival Cal on Feb. 23, before a rousing win against the No. 3 Bruins in Westwood this past week.Despite the match being interrupted by rain, the Women of Troy hung together and, even after losing the doubles’ point, strung together four victories in the singles side to come out on top.“Once we got out onto the lights [after the delay], the kids were just on fire,” USC head coach Richard Gallien said. “The win was mainly possible because of the win last Friday, and I give the girls a lot of credit for sucking it up on that day and giving us a lot of momentum.”Finally fully healthy after the return of sophomores Zoë Scandalis and Sabrina Santamaria, USC can boast its normal regular starting lineup, which has shown it can go toe-to-toe with the country’s best teams.In their first bout this week, the Women of Troy return home to face off against a struggling Longhorns team that sits at a meager 3-6. Perennially a national contender, Texas has slumped badly this season, including a recent 0-7 sweep at the hands of No. 20 Stanford.Still, Texas does boast the reigning Big 12 champion in junior Elizabeth Begley, though the decorated player has yet to hit her stride this season with a                  14-10 record. Senior Aeriel Ellis has taken the majority of the reps at the first singles slot and sports a decent 3-3 record there.“If we fall asleep against Texas, we’re in big trouble,” Gallien said. “They are a talented team who have not hit their stride. We certainly better be ready. Hopefully we get a nice crowd out there and have a nice day.”Following the match against Texas, USC will face the bottom rung of the Pac-12 conference in Colorado and Utah. Although no conference opponent should be taken lightly, Colorado is at an even .500 record (6-6), and Utah stands at 7-3, but neither has shown the ability to beat a quality opponent yet.Junior Carla Manzi Tenorio has been the Buffaloes’ most consistent player and has been one of the few bright spots for Colorado.After their match against Colorado, the Women of Troy will conclude the homestand against Utah. Junior Sarah Pham and sophomore Tereza Berekova, who will face off against USC’s top singles players, lead the Utes into their match at Marks Stadium.The Women of Troy currently have two players in the nation’s   top-10 singles with Sabrina Santamaria and senior Danielle Lao sitting at No. 3 and No. 7, respectively.  Scandalis is ranked in the top 30 as she currently ranks at No. 26 in the country.Freshman Ellie Yates earned a Pac-12 player of the week nomination for her outstanding play against San Diego and Cal, and the Women of Troy continue to display the great depth that they have.With conference play starting to ramp up, it will be important for USC to capitalize on its easier opponents and gain momentum for the meat of the Pac-12 conference.last_img read more