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Ireland waiting on key duo

first_img O’Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday’s Aviva Stadium showdown with the All Blacks. Forwards coach John Plumtree insists time is on the duo’s side as they seek to recover for Ireland’s final match of the year. “We were very average against Australia and we’re very disappointed with that performance. We scrummed poorly,” Plumtree said. “We conceded a soft try from their drive which the boys are fuming at. “We knew it was coming, but we didn’t execute the plan we had in place, which makes it doubly irritating. “There’s been an extra edge in the forwards this week and there has to be. “We’re playing against probably the best side in the world and the pack needs to front up big time. “As a pack New Zealand are the ultimate test. It doesn’t get any tougher than this and we were irritated with our performance last week.” Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit for the climax to the Guinness Series against New Zealand. “It’s hard to say if they’ll be available. The nice thing is that we’ve got a long turnaround this week,” Plumtree said. “It’s only Wednesday, so they’ve got a day off on Thursday and then come in on Friday. “We’ve got that extra day which is great and hopefully by the time they come in on Friday they’ll be feeling a lot better.” O’Driscoll’s absence would be a bitter pill to swallow for both player and country given it will be his last chance to play New Zealand before retiring at the end of the season. There was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem. “Rob trained all right. I’m not sure how he’s feeling afterwards, but he took part full in the session, which was good. I’m sure he’ll be all right,” Plumtree said. The British and Irish Lions trio played in Saturday’s 32-15 defeat by Australia, a bitterly disappointing result and performance that saw Ireland beaten 4-0 on the try count. Plumtree was angry with the display of his pack and warned them a substantial improvement is required if they are to compete with the All Blacks. Press Associationlast_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers continue reign atop Big Ten standings after pair of wins over Illinois, Northwestern

first_imgFor the first time in Head Coach Kelly Sheffield’s seven years at the University of Wisconsin, the No. 6 UW volleyball team (12-4, 8-0 Big Ten) has won eight straight games. Ironically, the run comes after a 4-4 start to the season — his worst start to a season at Wisconsin. The Badgers took out the No. 17 Illinois Fighting Illini (9-8, 4-4 Big Ten) in a five-set thriller Friday night before sweeping Northwestern (9-11, 0-8 Big Ten) the following night. The Illini ended Wisconsin’s run in the NCAA Tournament last season in the Elite Eight. This time, the Badgers did enough to overcome the Illini in five sets. Wisconsin dominated the first set before dropping consecutive sets to Illinois. They ended the fourth set on a 9–5 run in a set filled with runs from both sides. That set up a final fifth set which the Badgers dominated from start to finish, 15–4. In that fifth set, UW notched nine kills on just 13 swings at a blazing clip of .692 while holding the Illini to a .000 hitting percentage. You read that right: a .000 hitting percentage.Volleyball: Badgers look to continue conference success against top hitters in Big TenThe Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) have ripped through their first six games of Big Ten play and Read…The Badger defense forced 31 hitting errors from the Illini — their highest total of the year. The following day, the Badgers swept Northwestern for the second time in this young Big Ten slate. This time, Wisconsin did so without their two-time All-American middle blocker Dana Rettke. Junior walk-on Nicole Shanahan started in Rettke’s stead and managed five kills, four blocks and an ace. Sheffield said there was no timetable for Rettke’s return.Volleyball: Badgers extend winning streak to six, sit alone atop Big TenFollowing back-to-back wins over top-five opponents, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) could have taken their Read…While the Badgers won in straight sets, the pesky Wildcats remained in sets late thanks to junior Alana Walker. Walker managed double-digit kills in consecutive games for the first time this season with an impressive .471 hitting percentage against the Badgers. Outside hitter Grace Loberg carried the Badger offense as the only player to have double-digit kills. The trio of Molly Haggerty, Madison Duello and Danielle Hart combined for just 19 kills at a .222 percentage as the Wildcat defense could feature a defensive plan without the fear of Rettke up the middle. The Badgers totaled eight aces against Northwestern — a constant theme in their run throughout the Big Ten so far. Volleyball: Badgers surge with pair of top-5 wins over Penn State, NebraskaIn a few of their early-season losses, the No. 7 University of Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) Read…Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 1.89 aces/set in conference play as Izzy Ashburn, Lauren Barnes and Rettke all have double-digit ace totals. Their ability to serve efficiently has helped turn around their season and has improved dramatically from last season. Last year, the Badgers averaged only 1.3 aces/set with a .653 service aces/service errors ratio. This season, UW is averaging 1.75 aces/set with a .875 ratio.Wisconsin will look to extend their winning streak this weekend with matchups against Michigan State Friday and Michigan Sunday.last_img read more

Magogo lauds Government during end of year address

first_img Tags: FUFAMoses Magogo Magogo (second right) addressing the nation on Thursday (Photos by FUFA Media)MENGO – The Government of Uganda led by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been appreciated by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the continued support towards football development.This was one of the key highlights pointed out by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during his end of year message delivered on 27th December 2018 at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.Flanked by the 2nd FUFA Vice President Darius Mugoye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edgar Watson and FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, the briefing was also attended by Decolas Kiiza (Finance Director), former FUFA General Secretary and current CAF CHAN organizing committee member Harunah Mawanda, Executive Committee members, Delegates and other FUFA Staff.“I thank the Almighty God for the gift of life. I thank my own family and friends in and out of football, the FUFA General Assembly, All stakeholders-internal and external. I thank the sponsors Airtel of FUFA and Uganda Cranes, and partners Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO, Ecobank, BetLion, StarTimes, Pilsner and Stanbic Bank. I thank everybody who has made a contribution. The year 2018 has been a success story largely for FUFA. There have been great strides made with a couple of outstanding achievements.We are writing our own story. Advocacy to pull everyone, make the FUFA Institution better. The activities have multiplied over. We have improved on the resources from FIFA, CAF and sponsors.  We have strategy to improve relationships with various stakeholders – cultural leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, celebrities. We have undertaken the football activities by creating competitions as there is institutional and Industry order now. The image of FUFA is better with a big out-reach and there is confidence from stakeholders. I call upon everyone to join in developing the game of football. It is time for everyone to make a contribution. Players, club officials, the media and all other stakeholders. Let us make contributions towards football development. SaidEng. Moses Magogo2018 Highlights-Government put in place a budget line up to a tune of Shs 10 billion for the Uganda Cranes. Part of this money has been used to run and fund other National teams and FUFA Programmes. Previously 70% of FUFA Budget income was spent on Uganda Cranes.-Qualification for Uganda Cranes to the Total AFCON 2019 Finals tournament with one game left, no goal conceded and remains top of the group.The Cranes qualified for the 2019 AFCON-Uganda Cranes back to back AFCON qualification. Whereas the qualification may not necessarily be the benchmark as a performance indicator, but making qualification a habit should be priority. There is need to demystify qualification.-Uganda U-17 qualifying for AFCON U-17 finals in Tanzania come 2019.The Cubs celebrating their triumph in Tanzania that saw them qualify for the 2019 U17 AFCON-Being awarded to host the AFCON Beach soccer 2020 Finals. To be recognized among the big boys on the continent, a country also has to show ability to host big football tournaments. There is need to develop infrastructure.-Uganda Cranes and Dennis Onyango have been nominated for the CAF Awards. Onyango on list of best African Player of the Year while Uganda Cranes nominated on the team of the year.-Infrastructure journey- there has been etension of the FUFA offices in Mengo.  Acquisition of land in Rubaga to construct a modern training centre at Kadiba and the FUFA Stadium in Lugazi.-Uganda Clubs on the continent. KCCA FC played in the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time and playing with the biggest clubs on the continent gives them added experience.-Rise of sponsorship monies- Over 20 corporate companies sponsoring FUFA and football industry.-Award to FUFA from the National Council of Sports in recognition as one of the best performing sports federations in the country.Challenges:–People thinking about the game in an amateur setting. Football of volunteers, well-wishers and donations is football of yesterday. Football of today is packaged and sold to the masses.-Losing to South Sudan in the CAF U-23 qualifiers. We shall keep engaging youth teams in various CAF Tournaments.The Kobs lost to Sudan in the U23 qualifiersFocus ahead of 2019 (All rotating around the 8 Key focus areas)Governance:-Improve judicial system with qualified to ensure statures for the good of the game of football.-Match results integrity. Washing away pre-determination of results – Resist, Report and Recognise. With strong national laws.-Contribution to the national sports law.-Installed a new unit at FUFA – Compliance and internal audit worth USD 25,000.Football Development:-Education of the people involved in football. Human Resource, coaches, referees, media.-Beach Soccer and Futsal development-Technical Statistics-Sports Science and Technology developmentEquipment and Infrastructural Development – Construction works continue at Kadiba and Lugazi facilities, Construction starts on FUFA Beach soccer centre, recruiting CEOs in the 8 regionsNational Teams:-Recruited Paul Mukatabala as new National teams’ Officer to work under Patrick Ntege-National Teams’ Manager-6 National teams will be engaged in International competitions starting with the National U-17 team that will be entered to take part in the CECAFA U-20 tournament in UgandaCompetitions:-New competition in Primary schools in every district. This is another catchment area to tap talents.-Undertake licencing local player agents.-Create electronic document center at FUFA.-Designing a youth strategy that will help us registered all football academiesMarketing and Communications:-Continue to improve the brand and image of FUFA-Improve the sales function at FUFA to bring in more revenues-Improve on digital numbers and listenership of 102.1 FUFA f.mFinance and Administration:-Installed a new accounting software.-Budget discipline to work within the available resources-Improvement on FUFA Estates.  FUFA recruited Edward Kalungi as the Estates and Properties Manager-Recruitment of General Secretaries of the 8 football regions who will be employees of FUFA.Meanwhile, the media were also accorded a special moment where they shared their views about the FUFA President’s End of Year message as well as posed questions for clarity.Comments last_img read more

Hillary Clintons Resume

first_img(WSVN) – Hillary Clinton’s foray into the political arena started decades ago.“What I’ve tried to do in this campaign is what I’ve tried to do my entire life in public service: Figuring out how we can help each other,” Clinton said.Clinton served as First Lady of Arkansas from 1979-1981 and again from 1983-1992, but she didn’t enter the national spotlight until Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992.She played a key role in her husband’s successful presidential campaign. She acted as his chief advisor, gave many speeches and greeted voters.Then, as First Lady, she set up her own office in the West Wing and appointed her own staff — something that had never been done before.She has pushed for the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and now wants to take that further.As president she plans to guarantee 12 weeks paid family or medical leave to care for a new baby or sick family member. She also wants to double the child tax credit for middle class families from $1,000 to $2,000. “In addition to creating jobs, I want to raise the national minimum wage so that if you work full time you’re not in poverty.”“If companies try to ship jobs overseas, we’re going to make them pay back every penny in any tax benefit they ever got.”So who will foot the bill?“I’ve been very clear about how we’re going to pay for what I want to do. It is going to be going after the wealthy, closing the loopholes in corporations. I can pledge to you I will never raise middle class federal taxes. It is not right.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clinton served on several Senatorial committees during her term, including the Committee for Armed Services.After the Sept. 11 attacks, Clinton supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan but became outspoken against the war in Iraq.And when it comes to fighting ISIS, she has proposed a three-pronged approach:“Smashing its stronghold, hitting its fighters, leaders and infastructure from the air and intensifying support for local forces who can pursue them on the ground.”“Dismantling the global network of terror that supplies radical jihadists with money, arms, propoganda and fighters.”“Foiling plots, disrupting radicalization and hardening our defenses.”Clinton easily won re-election in 2006 before announcing her campaign for the democratic presidential nomination in 2008.After falling to President Barack Obama, she was appointed Secretary of State.She resigned in 2013.Now, she’s hoping her economic plan will pave her way to the White House. center_img Furthermore, as she explained, “I want to finaly guarantee equal pay for women’s work.”Former President Bill Clinton placed her at the helm of one of his largest legislative tasks during his tenure, making her the head of the task force on national health care.Congressional committees ultimately rejected their recommendations, but her work then has helped shape her policies today.“Join me and the president in working for fundamental change in America’s healthcare system,” she said. “You want to make sure we have quality affordable healthcare.”Clinton said she will expand the Affordable Care Act, lower co-pays and deductibles and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.In 1999, Clinton launched her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat of New York.To qualify, she moved to the state, and, after a fierce campaign, became the first First Lady to win elected office. last_img read more