LAMAR VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN TOURNEY

first_imgLamar sports informationSTARKVILLE, Miss. — A cold afternoon offensively from the Lamar University volleyball team coupled with an extremely hot start from Eastern Washington hurt the Cardinals as they fell in 3-0 (16-25, 22-25, 14-25) in the first match of the 2016 campaign in the Bulldog Invitational at Mississippi State Friday.The Cardinals (0-1) finished the day with a .044 hitting percentage and struggled early to get any rhythm going after nine attack errors in the first set, 20 in that match. EWU (1-0) had only eight in the match and recorded a .345 hitting mark.Carlyn Stella finished with five kills followed by four from Chelsea Grant and three from Murielle Hlavac. Ashley Ellis had 11 assists while Haley Morton had eight. Lauren Stahlman led the way in digs with eight.The Cardinals will be back in action Saturday when they take on tourney host Mississippi State on the SEC Network+ at noon followed by a matchup against No. 5 Kansas at 5 p.m. The contest against the Bulldogs can be seen at WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app on Apple or android devices.last_img read more

Solicitors ‘aiding and abetting concealment of potential criminal activity’

first_imgMPs say that individuals with a grievance against banks have been blocked from reporting concerns by oppressive legal agreements.,Solicitors are helping banks to conceal potential criminal activity through onerous gagging clauses, a parliamentary debate has heard. MPs told a Westminster Hall debate last week that individuals with a grievance against banks have been blocked from reporting concerns to regulators or the police by oppressive legal agreements. The debate heard claims that banks have broken up businesses and destroyed livelihoods by acts of deliberate deception and fraud, systematic asset stripping and inflated charges and fees. Attention then turned to lawyers’ involvement whenMPs discussed why so little has been done to curb or punish such behaviour. Conservative Stephen Kerr said: ‘We need to turn to the solicitors who are, quite frankly, aiding and abetting concealment of potential criminal activity by writing contracts that contain such onerous gagging clauses. ‘In essence, they are bullying victims into silence and preventing them from discussing their case with those who are there to protect them.’He added that the Solicitors Regulation Authority should issue ‘very firm guidance’ to prevent solicitors from contractually silencing allegations of criminal conduct.William Wragg, also a Conservative, said lawyers had been complicit in a ‘witch hunt to silence whistleblowers’ trying to expose misconduct by the banks. He noted that one bank sent a ‘top partner from one of the country’s best regarded law firms’ to a hearing in Cambridge County Court, for a case involving two people who had highlighted misconduct.last_img read more

DPSU and PWC employees to discuss ‘burning issues’

first_imgPublic Works Corporation staff during a 2013 protest (file photo)Prolonged critical issues affecting employees of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) are expected to be discussed with the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) next week.Insurance, overdue salaries and non-incremental contribution to the Dominica Social Security are among “burning issues” to be discussed with the Union representing PWC employees. The Union wrote to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit earlier this year requesting that he intervenes to bring a resolution to the challenges there, however that meeting has not become a reality, general secretary of the Union, Thomas Letang has said. “We have heard government’s position with regards to Public Works as far as contracts are concerned”.“We believe that we need to meet with the employees so that we can have an update on the situation, we can review the situation and we can decide exactly how we move with the matter”.“So the meeting is just to provide an update on the situation and to decide how we move,” Mr Letang informed. Mr Letang noted that the situation at the Corporation has not improved which may be because the authorities there have failed to accept some of the suggestions made by the Union. “If those suggestions are not accepted I believe that the situation is one where you will not see any improvements”. He insists that the Corporation can play a major role in the development of the country, once it is given a fair chance to do so.“It was demonstrated in the past that that was possible, we have seen the work being done, we have spoken on the whole question of apprenticeship taking place at Public Works”. “We have spoken about a relationship that could be established between the Public Works Corporation and the Dominica State College,” he said. Mr Letang added that the necessary tools and equipment, which will allow employees to undertake projects and to allow the Corporation to become financially capable of handling its own matters, remains a concern for the Union.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DPSU and PWC employees to discuss ‘burning issues’ by: – July 9, 2014 27 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

FAA Menolak Aturan Pembatasan Jarak Kursi di Kabin Pesawat,Terminal Baru Bandara Seletar Mulai Beroperasi Akhir 2018

first_imgJarak antar kursi 29 inci (Wing Boarding Area) Mempersempit kursi dalam pesawat mungkin memang membuat untung maskapai, tapi tidak bagi penumpang. Bahkan dengan tubuh yang lebih besar dari standar, penumpang akan sulit masuk kedalam kursinya. Sayangnya, permasalahan penyempitan jarak kursi tersebut tidak digubris oleh Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yang menolak terkait ukuran kursi tersebut.Baca juga: Tolak Atur Regulasi Kursi Pesawat, FAA: Kenyamanan Penumpang Bukan Masalah Keamanan FAA sebenarnya sempat diperintahkan oleh hakim di Pengadilan Banding Amerika Serikat untuk Distrik Sirkuit Columbia tahun 2017 lalu untuk menangani kasus kursi maskapai penerbangan yang jaraknya menyusut secara drastis. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari laman marketwatch.com (9/7/2018), FAA pada 6 Juli 2018 kemarin menanggapi perintah itu dengan memutuskan bahwa penyusutan kursi pada kenyataannya tidak mempengaruhi keamanan konsumen. Sehingga membuat FAA tidak menetapkan batas pada ruang kaki atau lebar tempat duduk penumpang. “FAA tidak memiliki bukti yang menunjukkan bahwa dimensi tempat duduk saat ini menghambat kecepatan evakuasi penumpang, atau bahwa peningkatan ukuran penumpang menciptakan masalah evakuasi. Selama evakuasi, penumpang berdiri hanya dalam beberapa detik, yang waktu kurang dari yang dibutuhkan untuk keluar darurat untuk mulai berfungsi dan untuk garis yang mulai terbentuk di lorong untuk membersihkan,” ujar juru bicara FAA.FlyersRights.org sempat mengajukan petisi pada 2017 lalu terkait ruang kaki atau jarak kursi dengan rata-rata pada penerbangan domestik 31 inci. Maskapai penerbangan ekonomi seperti Frontier dan Spirit memiliki jarak terendahyakni 28 inci dan lebar kursi pun mengalami penurunan.Mei lalu, American Airlines AAL, -8,08 persen direncanakan akan mendatangkan Boeing BA, -1,89 persen Max jetliners dengan dua inci lebih sedikit ruang kaki di pelatih 29 inci versus 31 inci, tetapi kembali mengevaluasi rencana itu pada bulan Juni untuk mempertahankan setidaknya 30 inci dari ruang untuk kaki. Selain tidak nyaman, kursi menyusut mengancam kemampuan untuk mengevakuasi pesawat dalam waktu 90 detik.“Satu-satunya cara yang mungkin adalah untuk masyarakat yang bepergian adalah dengan protes publik yang luar biasa. FAA mengatakan bahwa mereka tidak melihat bukti bahwa ukuran penumpang, usia atau kapasitas fisik mempengaruhi waktu evakuasi karena menolak melakukan pengujian yang benar-benar mencerminkan populasi penumpang saat ini dan kursi yang menyusut dan lebar lorong dengan cara yang realistis,” kata Paul Hudson, presiden FlyersRights.org.Tempat duduk yang sempit juga meningkatkan ketegangan di pesawat dan dapat mengatur panggung untuk pengalaman di atas kapal yang tidak menyenangkan, menurut Christopher Elliott, seorang advokat perjalanan konsumen dan pendiri Advokasi Konsumen Elliott. Dia menghubungkan meningkatnya jumlah perkelahian dan pertengkaran yang dipublikasikan secara besar-besaran pada penerbangan ke ketegangan yang meningkat karena ketidaknyamanan di udara.Baca juga: Terkait Masalah Seat Pitch, FAA Dipaksa Perbaharui Peraturan Penerbangan“Orang-orang memiliki lebih sedikit ruang di kursi, tempat duduk kurang nyaman dari sebelumnya, dan mereka bereaksi dengan cara yang sangat mudah diprediksi mereka panik. Ukuran kursi minimum bisa menghentikan konfrontasi di udara ini,” katanya.Mungkin masih ada kemungkinan ukuran tempat duduk akan diatasi pada tahun mendatang, namun. Inspektur Jenderal Departemen Transportasi AS Calvin Scovel mengumumkan peninjauan standar evakuasi FAA pada bulan Juni, menanggapi permintaan dari House Transportation Committee. Dia mencatat bahwa pesawat modern memiliki lebih banyak kursi, penumpang yang lebih besar dan memuat lebih banyak tas jinjing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerkait Masalah Seat Pitch, FAA Dipaksa Perbaharui Peraturan Penerbangan02/10/2017In “Domestik”Tolak Atur Regulasi Kursi Pesawat, FAA: Kenyamanan Penumpang Bukan Masalah Keamanan13/07/2018In “Featured”Kisruh di Kabin, Penumpang Kursi Belakang Kesal Pukul Kursi Depan Karena Bersandar26/02/2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Indians and Reds Play to 9-9 Tie in Goodyear, Kluber Gives Up Five in 3.2 Innings

first_imgThe Indians and Reds played to a 9-9 tie on Sunday afternoon in a St. Patrick’s Day battle at Goodyear Ballpark, as the Tribe scored four times in the ninth to tie the game. Corey Kluber had three very good innings, then struggled in the fourth as the Reds scored five runs, with Yasiel Puig hitting a grand slam. On the day Kluber went 3.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits with three K’s and two walks. The Reds as a team pounded three homers in the tie. The Indians offense was led by catcher Eric Haase, who was 1-for-2, with a double and two runs batted in.Jordan Luplow was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Carlos Santana (2-for-3, 2B, R) tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the spring to raise his Cactus League average to .405 (15-37, 2 2B, 3HR, 9RBI, 9R). Greg Allen added an RBI-triple and is now batting .419 (13-31). Relief pitcher Nick Wittgren fanned 3 across a pair of scoreless frames out of the Tribe bullpen – his sixth consecutive scoreless appearance over a span of seven innings.On Monday at Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians will host the San Diego Padres for a 4:05pm first pitch. Trevor Bauer will make his fifth start of the spring against righty Chris Paddack for the Padres. Monday’s game will be available via webcast on Indians.com. Matt Loede Related TopicsCorey KluberfeaturedIndiansMLBRedscenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

October spotlight shines on Jose Urquidy and Robinson Chirinos, Astros’ new World Series heroes

first_imgThe roster is full of stars and players known around the baseball-loving country. But the two players who have made arguably the biggest impacts on Houston’s two wins in Washington weren’t exactly household names heading into October. And that, folks, is part of what makes October so very great. The spotlight is an equal-opportunity star-maker.FOSTER: This World Series shows that nothing means anything in baseballJose Urquidy didn’t act much like a World Series hero after Game 4. While his teammates held court in the Astros clubhouse, the right-hander who threw five shutout innings in Game 4 sat alone at his locker, wearing the team’s “Take It Back” hoodie, his Astros cap on his head and Adidas trainers with three team-color orange stripes. As the star of the game was waiting for his turn in the interview room, he was scrolling through his phone, which had been bombarded with words of congratulations. “Yes, a lot of family was texting me and calling me about this game,” he told reporters. “There were messages in my phone now. But I know all my people are watching me now.”He scrolled so much that he even switched hands at one point, all while his catcher, Robinson Chirinos — himself an unexpected hero for the Astros in the two games in D.C. — heaped lavish praise on the pitcher from Mexico.“What can I say? You guys watched the game,” Chirinos said. “Those five innings, they were outstanding. Everything for him was working tonight. His fastball, his changeup were unbelievable. His slider got so much better the last four weeks.”In his five innings, he allowed only two hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.“He was picking apart the zone,” Nationals catcher Yan Gomes said. “He was elevating the ball pretty good, mixing speeds. Just overall, pitched a good game, exactly what they wanted.” Urquidy had never pitched above High-A ball heading into 2019. He had a 4.09 ERA in Double-A and a 4.63 ERA in Triple-A. He made his big league debut in July but lasted only a month before he was sent down to the minors. He came back in September, posted a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings, and now just threw five shutout frames in Game 4.“What a day! Being the third Mexican to pitch in the World Series, being the second, I think, to win a game,” Chirinos said. “I know his family, his whole country of Mexico is proud of what he accomplished tonight.”MORE: Five defining moments from Astros’ Game 4 winThis World Series has an incredibly impressive collection of starting pitchers. Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke have five Cy Young awards and 12 other top-five finishes among them. Gerrit Cole, as mentioned, might win this year’s award. Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin finished outstanding campaigns for the Nationals.And yet, it’s Urquidy who authored the best start of the World Series. In his five shutout innings, he allowed only two hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. “From the very beginning I thought he was calm, I thought he was in control of his stuff,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “His fastball had a little extra life to it. It’s had good life this postseason. And then he just came up with big pitch after big pitch.”When he was pulled after the fifth inning, the Astros had a 4-0 lead, thanks in part to the second home run in as many days by Chirinos, the 35-year-old catcher who signed with the club as a free agent last offseason. His Game 3 home run hit the foul pole down the left-field line, and his Game 4 home run — a two-run shot — went deep into the left-field bleachers to put Houston up 4-0 in the fourth inning. “I’m working so hard in the cage to be consistent, to make sure I put a good swing to the ball,” Chirinos said. “Last night, I told everybody here, I put myself in a good position. I was swinging at strikes, I was staying to the middle of the field and I did again tonight.“My first at-bat, I chased some changeups down, and I rolled over for a double play. My second at-bat, I was more calm. I took a slider down and in, a good pitch. The second one, the changeup was out. He was trying to go down and in and it went middle-middle and I was able to hit it out of the ballpark. I’m proud to help my team win.”MORE: Three takeaways from Game 4And a big part of helping the team win was working with Urquidy. “Obviously Chirinos has been incredibly important to me and he’s helped me out so much behind the plate,” Urquidy said. “He’s someone that I trust 100 percent with every pitch and he’s been an incredible help to me and to all the pitchers.” WASHINGTON — The star power in the Astros’ clubhouse is impressive. The 2019 AL Cy Young award will certainly wind up in Houston, either with Gerrit Cole or Justin Verlander. Jose Altuve is building a case as the best player in baseball history who stands 5-6 or shorter. Alex Bregman just might win the AL MVP award. George Springer shares the record for most consecutive World Series games with a home run. Carlos Correa was the No. 1 overall draft pick and an AL Rookie of the Year.  We talk a lot about “out of nowhere” performances by lesser-known players in October, and the truth is, that’s just on a national scale. For the players and coaches and front-office types — and the home-team fan bases — those players aren’t unknown at all.But it’s still nice to see a brighter spotlight give then more attention.“It’s awesome,” Jake Marisnick told SN. “You have so many guys behind the scenes who grind it out and those two guys were great for us, a big part of the reason we won today.”last_img read more