RICS foundation supremo attacked in report into BURA management

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka

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first_imgGranit Xhaka hasn’t made an appearance for Arsenal since his outburst against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal fans to rally behind Granit Xhaka after admitting he inherited the captaincy in difficult circumstances.The Switerland international has missed the last five matches in all competitions having been stripped of the armband after he swore at his own supporters during the recent draw against Crystal Palace.Unai Emery hinted the 27-year-old was ready to make his return against Southampton this afternoon having ruled himself out of contention for selection ahead of the defeat at Leicester prior to the international break.‘He’s coming back better,’ confirmed the Arsenal manager in his pre-match press conference. ‘His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Nov 2019 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link801Shares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)‘He’s feeling better and his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with the confidence of the supporters.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, will lead his team out as skipper at home for the first time at the Emirates this afternoon and hopes supporters can build bridges with the man he replaced.‘I took over from Granit in tough circumstances but I am very proud to be wearing the armband,’ said the Gabon international. ‘It is an honour. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I would like to also say a word for Granit. I understand that sometimes one can make mistakes. It happens to all of us. Granit is one of us. We are all here for him and I know how strong he is. It was tough to see all of this happening but we need to move forward together.‘This is my message for you Arsenal fans. We need you. You are amazing, your support is amazing and we need to all pull in the same direction. I really hope you will be massively behind us today and for the rest of the season.’Will Aubameyang sign a new Arsenal contract?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery explains why Lucas Torreira isn’t playing as a defensive midfielder for ArsenalMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will leave if Arsenal don’t improve, warns Martin Keownlast_img read more

New Point ramp closure on I-74 announced

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first_imgNew Point, In. — The westbound entrance and exit ramps to I-74 in New Point will close Sunday, October 8 at 1 a.m. as part of the $61 million interstate reconstruction. The closure is expected to last for three weeks.Crews from Milestone Contractors will remove and replace the westbound I-74 right lane, acceleration/deceleration lanes and on/off ramps.Once the westbound side is complete crews will conduct a similar operation on the eastbound side.Additionally, motorists can expect single-lane restrictions for patching in both directions on I-74 between Batesville and the State Road 101 exit.last_img read more

Roach, Shaw win on opening night at Longdale

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first_imgLONGDALE, Okla. (April 8) – Mike Roach and Hesston Shaw were victorious Saturday night at Longdale Speedway, which hosted its first official race since October 2017.  Shaw advanced from his fifth starting position to outlast 10th -starting Austin Bonner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Landon Maddox finished third with Travis Baird fourth and Steve Blunk fifth. Hesston Shaw started fifth and finished first in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature on opening night at Longdale Speedway. (Photo by Travis Barnard) Roach powered from fourth to score the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod checkers. Brandon Kenny ended in the runner-up position with Jarod Baird third, Robert Elliott fourth and Joe Adams fifth.  By Inside Line Promotionslast_img read more

Taylor: Monk is the man

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first_img Press Association “We know we are still a relatively small club in this league, and we have to prove ourselves all over again in the scrap. The last couple of years we haven’t been in that scrap, we have been comfortable in mid-table. “Europe this year has tested us, and it has taken us to the limit. It has done to us what it maybe did to teams like Newcastle last year that were involved in the Europa League. You have to come through it and show your character.” Norwich will have centre-half Michael Turner back in contention for the first time since New Year’s Day following a hamstring injury. On-loan Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez (calf) is also fit again and pressing for a starting place. Winger Elliott Bennett continues his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury, while midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring) is also still recovering. Norwich are without an away Premier League victory since beating West Brom in early December. Manager Chris Hughton accepts that must change quickly to avoid heaping too much pressure on the remaining three fixtures in Norfolk. “It is one we have to address,” he said. “You look at the better days on the road and Stoke and West Brom are the levels we need to get closer to. “We need to start doing ourselves a favour to relieve some of that pressure on the home games.” But Wales international Taylor has no doubt about Monk’s quality as Swansea, who have no fresh injury concerns, look to build on an impressive midweek draw at Arsenal. “We definitely think he is the right man to take us forward. We are all giving our all for him,” Taylor said. “You can talk about experience, but he has got experience from three or four of the best managers around at the moment – (Roberto) Martinez, (Brendan) Rodgers and (Pablo) Souza. He has learnt from all of them. “He was captain under a lot of them, and he has been at the club for 10 years. He knows this football club better than anyone.” Victory over Liberty Stadium visitors Norwich would give Swansea much-needed breathing space, and Taylor accepts that points are all that matter at this stage of the campaign. “It wasn’t pretty (against Arsenal), it wasn’t really the Swansea way the other night, but we scrapped and gave it our all. We got a good point, and maybe could have got three,” he added. “It will take our quality that we have on the ball and that bit of scrapping. If we can do both, we will be more than a match for all these teams around us. “The noises have never come out of our camp that we are too good to go down. Swansea defender Neil Taylor has given unequivocal backing to rookie head coach Garry Monk as the Welsh club prepare for a key Barclays Premier League encounter against Norwich. Monk has overseen a solitary win from 10 games in all competitions since he was put in charge at the Liberty Stadium following Michael Laudrup’s managerial exit just over seven weeks ago. Swansea go into the Canaries clash on Saturday just five points clear of relegation trouble, and there has yet to be an announcement on whether or not former Swans captain Monk will keep the role beyond this season. last_img read more

Annenberg school hosts town hall to discuss cultural values poll

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first_imgAccording to Senior Associate Dean for Administration Deb Lawler, the first three levels can have either a positive or negative connotation. Once an organization reaches the transformation level, it becomes accountable in addressing issues such as transparency and diversity.  Some, like Annenberg adjunct lecturer Gary Wexler, said if the administration were concerned with the decreasing value of the concept of Trojan Family, they should bring alumni and students in these conversations. According to poll results, the University holds a 28% entropy level with Annenberg at 21%. Between 11-20% entropy level involves minor issues, although not stated in the poll results, that require careful monitoring. The results were organized into three groups: an individual’s role as either a staff, faculty or student, race/ethnicity and gender identity. The specific issues that these groups faced were not listed but that each group, including Latinx people, Black people and the LGBTQ community faced “varying degrees of challenges” at USC.  “Nobody’s ever … sat in my classroom to [assess] what I [lecture on],” he said. “The only time I ever hear from anybody is … when there was a problem in a student evaluation … I feel like I’m running my own entrepreneurial class.” Dean Willow Bay gave opening remarks on the University-wide culture values poll and introduced the Annenberg administration involved in assessing the results including culture facilitator JaBari Brown. (Michelle Wang | Daily Trojan) Faculty, staff and students discussed accountability, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s competitive nature and the decreasing relevance of the Trojan Family at the Annenberg Culture Journey Town Hall Tuesday. “All of our town halls and workshops are open to students, faculty and staff,” Vasquez said.  “What we are seeing is that students are not showing up. That’s part of the conversation we’re having about how we can encourage that to take place.”  “This is not going to be a one-year or two-year engagement,” Vasquez said. “It’s a multiple-year engagement that’s really important because this is the start of conversations for us to figure out as a community where we want to go.” “When there’s an obsessive focus on a particular level, you start to see things that become potentially limiting,” Lawler said. “If you have an excessive focus at level one, that’s where you’re going to see things like job insecurity, greed … [or] level three: bureaucracy, complacency and competitiveness.” Vasquez said the culture values initiative is still in phase two of the alignment phases — aligning values pinpointed by faculty, staff and students to be applied to University-wide processes — where they are representing results to the University community and administration through town halls and discussion sessions.  “Are we a faculty-, administration-centered institution, or are we a student-centered institution?” Wexler said. “I think that’s the big question as far as students are concerned.” Lawler said that when audience members were asked to select which value the University should focus on during culture value poll discussions, the majority chose accountability — however, accountability to whom was not explicitly stated.  Those in attendance said the phrase was no longer relevant and that there was a need to redefine the abstract concept. center_img Associate Dean of Operations James Vasquez also addressed the lack of student attendance at the ongoing culture session discussions and town halls, which was attended largely by faculty and staff.  The 800 participants were among the more than 19,000 members of the USC community who took the University-wide poll. Eighty-six percent of participants were either faculty or staff members and less than 20% included undergraduate and graduate students.  The poll results were also used to categorize the entropy levels, a metric that represents the dysfunction of an organization, culture facilitator JaBari Brown said. Entropy levels ranged from 10-50%. An organization ranging under 10% would be considered healthy functioning and anything greater than 50% means the institution is undergoing a cultural crisis.  During the Q&A session, Wexler said he was unsure as to who the accountability question is aimed at, whether it is for administration, faculty or students. He also said that as a professor, he does not understand his accountability role besides turning in required syllabi to administration each semester but has otherwise not had administrators regulate his lecture content.  Deb Lawler, the senior associate dean for administration, discussed the Barrett Values Centre Model, a strategy that uses seven levels to assess an organization’s culture, including survival, self-esteem, transformation and service. (Michelle Wang | Daily Trojan) More than 50 people attended the town hall to learn about the Annenberg school experience. The town hall is the fourth of eight school town halls that USC has organized to discuss areas the community has identified to improve the University’s culture. The poll gauged individuals’ personal values, current culture and desired culture by identifying which 10 values they associated with each culture value category. Values were categorized based on whether or not they were potentially limiting factors.  In Annenberg, there were overlaps between top values that faculty, staff and student cohorts indicated of the current University culture including diversity, ambition, Trojan Family, reputation and competitiveness.  Responses were analyzed using the Barrett Values Centre Model, which uses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory and categorizes organizational culture into seven levels: survival, relationship, self-esteem, transformation, internal cohesion, making a difference and service. An institution’s financial stability, for example, would fall under the survival level, and an institution’s competitive environment would fall under self-esteem.  More than 800 individuals responded in the Annenberg values poll in Fall 2019 — a 31% participation rate among students, faculty and staff. According to these results, the top 10 values participants associated with Annenberg included reputation, communication, ambition, professionalism, hard work and collaboration. The results only showed one undesirable factor, known as a potentially limiting factor, which was competitiveness.  Although Trojan Family was included as a top value among all cohorts in current values, it was not used in the desired culture category. last_img read more

USC’s golf teams perform well in Pac-12 play

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first_imgThe No. 1 Women of Troy finished in a tie for second place this past weekend at the Pac-12 Championships. USC failed to defend its conference title, losing by one stroke to No. 7 Stanford at the Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The Women of Troy tied No. 9 Arizona for second place while No. 2 UCLA finished in fourth and No. 4 Arizona State finished fifth to wrap up the top five.Lead the pack · Junior Doris Chen led USC women’s golf in the Pac-12 Tournament, shooting a 1-under par, which earned her third place on the individual leaderboard. The top-ranked Women of Troy finished second. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationUSC’s fourth-ranked player, junior Doris Chen, led the team with a 1-under par performance, placing her in third overall for the tournament. She was followed by sophomores Kyung Kim and Annie Park, who tied for seventh at 2-over par. The team was rounded out by freshman Karen Chung and senior Sophia Popov who finished 29th and 39th, respectively, for the tournament.Though the USC women had won three of the past six conference tournaments, this year’s 6-over 870 (294-284-292) placed the Women of Troy just out of reach of the conference title.The Women of Troy came close to forcing a playoff during Sunday’s final round. The team began play roughly one hour ahead of Arizona, Stanford and UCLA, all teams holding a lead over USC. Unfortunately, the team’s 6-over par performance couldn’t quite top that of the Stanford Cardinal.“I believe any time you lose by a shot, it fuels the fire to prepare for the next tournament,” said USC women’s head coach Andrea Gaston. “Each of our players knows where [she] can make up a stroke, and it’s important to learn from each event.”UCLA’s Alison Lee won the individual title, becoming the fourth straight freshman to bring home the crown.The USC men’s golf team, ranked No. 21 in the nation, placed fifth this weekend at the men’s Pac-12 Tournament, which was held at the Gallery Golf Course in Marana, Ariz.The Trojans combined for a 43-over par (377-363-379-364), while No. 3 Stanford put together a total team effort to post a 2-under par to take home the championship title.The No. 10-ranked Washington men grabbed the second place trophy at 13-over par, followed by No. 4 California at 27-over par. Unranked Colorado finished fourth at 39-over par, just four strokes ahead of the Trojans.For the USC men’s team, junior Eric Sugimoto, the team’s fourth-ranked player, finished tied for fourth place in the tournament  after posting a 68 in the final round. Junior Paul Smith followed Sugimoto’s strong performance by tying for ninth overall and senior Jeffrey Kang finished in 31st place. Recently announced Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Rico Hoey tied for 45th place, struggling to a 16-over par finish (78-72-78-73).Just like the Women of Troy, the USC men’s golf team must look past its fifth-place performance this past weekend to prepare for the men’s NCAA Regionals.Men’s golf head coach Chris Zambri understands that this fifth-place finish does not represent his team’s potential and he is very optimistic about their final tournaments this season.“Finishing fifth was not our goal,” Zambri said. “We wanted to win the tournament.  However, the two most important tournaments of the year lay ahead of us. Having Eric [Sugimoto] and Paul [Smith] play the way they did shows me that as a group we can be great. The other three in our top five have had exceptional performances in other events and now Eric and Paul have also.”As head coaches Gaston and Zambri have indicated, their respective teams still have the biggest competitions remaining on their schedule. Teams filled with individual talent, the men’s and women’s golf teams prepare themselves for long seasons in order to adapt and learn from both great and disappointing tournaments.Zambri speaks for both golf programs when he talks about the opportunity awaiting the Trojan golfers in the upcoming weeks.“We can make this a magical season if these five great players play well at the same time in the coming NCAA Regional and NCAA Final,” Zambri said. “I think they will.”last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball suffers 1st loss of season after faltering late to Drexel, 62-61

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As Drexel students ran onto the court, Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes and Briana Day stood still. They looked straight down, hands on their knees, shocked at what had unfolded over the previous 20 seconds. SU’s players on the bench slowly filtered their way in a single-file line to shake hands. Some raised their hands over their heads stunned.Less than 50 feet away, Drexel players were mobbed by fans. In the middle of the herd stood Meghan Creighton, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer from the corner with 9 seconds on the clock, lifting unranked Drexel (3-1) over No. 11 Syracuse (3-1), 62-61, Monday night at Daskalakis Athletic Center. The senior guard’s 23 points proved too much for SU in a game the country’s leader in forced turnovers coerced only 13 takeaways.In a game that featured nine ties and 16 lead changes, Drexel withstood Syracuse’s full-court press, half-court traps and zone defense. Every time the Orange seemed to pull away with a run, the Dragons stayed in it. For every SU point in the paint, Drexel answered.“They just did a really good job of staying in the game,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When we’d go up five or six, they just made a shot. That’s how it happened.“We had some plays to put the game away. We didn’t do that, and they did.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Drexel, Monday’s victory was monumental. A team that’s played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament the last two years competed with and eventually upset a national power in Syracuse. The 2016 runner-ups got down early, 11-4, and despite several leads — including a six-point advantage with less than two minutes left — faltered late.Creighton was a constant in the Dragons offense, flashing the kind of speed, shooting touch and court awareness that made her a member of the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, which goes to the nation’s top point guard. She shot 7-for-10 from deep, dished out three assists, grabbed five rebounds and picked up two steals along with her game-winner.In last year’s meeting, an 83-62 Syracuse win, Day scored 26 points. On Monday, she had only eight. An SU team reliant on 3s and forced turnovers didn’t get much of either. SU hit seven triples and scored five points off of turnovers. Despite flashes of dominance, Syracuse couldn’t exit with its fourth victory.Midway through the second quarter, Sykes stuffed a Drexel player’s shot attempt. She yelled “Get that sh*t out” and walked back to guard her opponent. But her 21 points, 13 of which came in the final 20 minutes, weren’t enough. Almost every time she and Peterson tried to push the pace, Drexel swarmed back on defense.“We tried to get up-tempo and they didn’t let us do that,” Hillsman said, adding: “That’s a recipe for disaster.”Before her game-winning 3, Creighton swished two free throws to cut SU’s lead to four. Two Drexel possessions later, the Dragons scored on a third-chance putback to pull within three. An illegal block by Bria Day followed, giving Drexel the basketball with 43 seconds left. Down by 3, the Dragons pulled within one on a Creighton-to-Sarah Curran pass and shot.Down with 18 seconds left, Drexel fouled Peterson. As the senior point guard walked slowly to the free-throw line, she had an extra bounce in her step and held her head high. Peterson hit the second free throw, but missed the first. Syracuse was dismal from the foul line, shooting 8-of-18, a 44 percent clip.The miss gave Drexel a chance to tie with a 2 or win with a 3. Despite a near-turnover, Kelsi Lidge dribbled past SU’s press then hit Creighton in the right corner to set up the winner.“I saw Kelsi Lidge coming down the floor, (thought) she’ll drive to basket and I’m just going to spot up,” Creighton said. “And (I) just shot.”Creighton hit the first 3 of the night 82 seconds after tipoff. Almost 40 minutes later, she hit the last to hand Syracuse its first loss since April in the national championship. Comments Published on November 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s huge 96-81 loss to Boston College

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first_imgCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Syracuse (8-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) opened up conference play with a 96-81 loss to Boston College (8-6, 1-0) on Sunday at Conte Forum.The game marks BC’s first ACC win since March 10, 2015 and its first win over SU by more than two possessions since 1997. The Orange, meanwhile, hasn’t strung multiple wins together since November.Here are three takeaways from the gameSyracuse’s defense crumbles againSyracuse has had trouble defending opposing guards throughout the season. Once again, the Orange defense was torched from the outside as Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman combined for 52 points. Robinson and Bowman entered the game as BC’s two leading scorers and proved their worth once again. BC’s 16 3-pointers tied a record for a Syracuse opponent. The Eagles 61.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc was the first time Syracuse has allowed a better-than-60-percent mark from 3 since at least the 2010-11 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Boston University, guard Cedric Hankerson put up 34, Georgetown guard L.J. Peak put up 23 and St. John’s’ guard Shamorie Ponds scored 21. SU head coach Jim Boeheim has harped on his guards’ defense throughout the season and the flaw came to a head once again against Boston College.Boston College’s 96 points set a new high for an opponent against Syracuse, topping St. John’s’ 93 on Dec. 21.Sloppy offenseSyracuse opened the game with three turnovers in the first five minutes and it didn’t get better from there. Frank Howard and Andrew White each gave away the ball twice as a part of the Orange’s 10 total first-half turnovers. White was called for a travel on Syracuse’s third possession and Boston College head coach Jim Christian clapped. With under four minutes to play in the first half, Howard drove in transition while Tyler Lydon set up on the wing for an open 3. The problem for SU was that Howard attacked the rim and was called for a charge. Howard lifted both hands up, looked at the ref after the call and the offense stalled again.The Orange converted just 13-of-34 first-half field goals and throughout the entire half, the Eagles made plays on the defensive end, including consecutive blocks on Tyler Roberson to keep SU at bay.SU picked it up a bit in the second half, but by that point the damage was already done. Syracuse was forced to press Boston College throughout much of the final 20 minutes and the Orange never recovered.Lineup tinkering doesn’t workBoeheim started freshman forward Taurean Thompson for the first time this season. He’s said that Thompson is the Orange’s best low-post scorer and it’s “not even close.” With Thompson at center, senior Dajuan Coleman didn’t start for just the fifth time in his career. Not only did Coleman start on the bench, he stayed there the entire game.Boeheim used a seven-player rotation for most of the game as Roberson saw more minutes than he had in nonconference play against stiffer competition. But regardless of the shuffling, the Orange struggled to get anything going on either end of the floor. Roberson brings defensive awareness and is a solid rebounder but has struggled offensively. Tyus Battle provides a boost offensively, but his defensive struggles contributed to BC shooting 16-of-26 from behind the arc. Comments Published on January 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Explosion injures two at Britt golf cart facility

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first_imgBRITT — Two people were injured after an explosion at a Britt golf cart manufacturing facility.Authorities were called at about 9:10 Wednesday morning to the Miller and Sons facility. The details of the incident and the names of those injured have not been released at this time.The State Fire Marshal is assisting in the investigation.last_img