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Syracuse struggles to produce at plate in conference play

first_img Published on April 6, 2015 at 10:44 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against North Carolina, Syracuse tallied nine hits and twice loaded the bases. But the Orange managed only two runs in a 6-2 loss.Over the last three weeks, SU scored more than four runs twice, and both in losses. Only when the Orange is trailing does it seem to get its offense going. “I don’t know if there’s a switch that goes off where it’s like, ‘Gosh, what do we got to lose here?’” head coach Leigh Ross said. The team is tightening up when the score’s tight, Ross added, and trying to tie the score with one swing of the bat.SU (14-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) is averaging less than four runs per conference game and sits last in the league in runs scored, batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. Syracuse’s coaches attributed the team-wide slump to self-imposed pressure.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everybody is trying to do too much and we’re not just following our practice,” infielder Corinne Ozanne said. “It’s just become too much pressure that we’re putting on ourselves to succeed.”Ozanne is the only Orange hitter batting over .300 and leads the team in nearly every offensive category. Still, her home run rate and average have dropped as the season has progressed — though she did record three hits over the weekend. “It’s hard to get out of a slump,” Ozanne said. “Once you get out of a slump, it’s easier to say where you want to hit the ball.”The team’s hitting woes are not a result of facing ACC pitching, Ozanne said, because SU hit well in conference play last season. She pointed to the team’s three-game series with Louisville, during which the team scored 22 runs.Still, SU failed to win any of those games and most of its runs were scored while behind. Ross said that if she knew why the team could only score runs when losing, the team wouldn’t be losing games in the first place.“At the end of the day, I don’t care if we hit zero as long as we get wins,” hitting coach Matt Nandin said. Nandin attributed part of the problem to having a lineup reliant on multiple freshmen who aren’t used to this long of a season.Additionally, the Orange has faced an inconsistent game and practice schedule with inclement weather in Syracuse. The team has rarely been able to practice outside, where the lighting is different, and therefore unable to truly get its timing down.“Hitting live in (Manley Field House) is a completely different element,” said Nandin, who noted he didn’t want to use practice locations as an excuse.Over the weekend, SU tallied enough hits and had enough base runners to win both games, but struggled with timely hitting in the second game. The team had nine strikeouts, down from 16 in the previous double-header.But other than Ozanne, the middle of SU’s lineup struggled mightily.“Everybody through the lineup did a good job with just getting one quality at-bat, worried about that instead of thinking big picture and trying to score a bunch of runs,” Ross said after the game.But thus far, those quality at-bats haven’t translated into conference wins. Commentslast_img read more

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GFA replaces Wilfred Kwaku Palmer on Ad-hoc compensation committee

first_imgThe  Ghana Football Association (GFA), has appointed Mr. Sampson Narteh-Yoe, to replace Wilfred Kwaku Osei Palmer on the three-man Ad-hoc compensation Committee.The follows Osei Palmer’s decision to decline his appointment to serve on the committee for personal reasons.Mr. Narteh-yoe is a lecturer in Finance and Business Policy and Strategy with over 20 years work experience in various industries including Telecoms, Banking, Petroleum, FMCG, Manufacturing and NGOs.Currently, he is a finance consultant and lectures Business Policy and Strategy, Investment and Portfolio Management, International Trade Finance and Project Financing at the University of Professional Studies, Accra.Mr. Narteh-yoe is expected to bring his experience to bear when he joins Mr. Frederick Nana Kweku Moore, the Chief Executive Officer of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club and Mr. Delali Eric Senaye, Chief Executive Officer of Inter Allies Football Club on the Committee.The mandate of the Committee, as provided under Article 42(2) of the GFA Statutes 2019, is to propose to the GFA Congress the remuneration of members of the Executive Council. Source: ghanafa.orglast_img read more

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Is GECOM above the Constitution?

first_imgDear Editor,The GECOM enigma continues to baffle, bewilder, mystify, confound and confuse everyone as Guyanese are taken for a seemingly futile journey from the High Court and Appeal Court of Guyana to the Caribbean Court of Justice – the highest Appellate Court of the region. Until now, since June 18 this year, the matters which were brought before the CCJ and decisively concluded are yet to be given legal effect and enforcement.We have seen that even though the CCJ has ruled that the NCM was validly passed since December 21, 2018, and that legal effect and enforcement must be given to Article 106 (6) and (7) which inter alia states that: Cabinet must resign, the coalition Government is in caretaker mode and General and Regional Elections must be held within three months or 90 days, we are no closer to any of these. The Government has refused to dissolve Cabinet, refused to act like a caretaker Government and has been using spurious legal meanderings to avoid the CCJ’s rulings initiated by the new ‘Hughes Mathematical Formula’.The recent ruling on August 14 by the High Court has skilfully avoided the petition brought by chartered accountant and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, who had sought to stop the House-to-House Registration process, arguing that it is not in keeping with the recent rulings of the CCJ and the Constitution of Guyana. He had also sought an order for GECOM to take all steps and actions necessary to hold elections by September 18, 2019, in compliance with Articles 106 (6) and (7). The Chief Justice ruled that the House-to-House Registration process to compile an Official List of Electors (OLE) is legal but no one can be removed from the NRR once they are not deceased or is not a citizen, which should be applauded. However, even though the CCJ did not and cannot set a date for elections, it did specify a timeline in accordance with the relevant Article. Furthermore, on June 18, when the CCJ confirmed the validity of the NCM, the election clock began ticking from that date since it is legally acceptable that a judgment takes legal effect from the date it was made, therefore, it will be logical to conclude that the short pause of the NCM was lifted on June 18.The Chief Justice should have ruled in relation to that new time period, it is not about setting a date for elections but to recognise the new timeline which had restarted from June 18 and will end on September 18 and that GECOM must consider that timeframe and set a date for elections. This means that GECOM will set the date, not the Court, the latter must stipulate that GECOM act with that three-month timeline. How else can the legal effect be given to Article 106 (7) which states that elections must be held within three months unless extended by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly? So essentially what the Court is saying is that although we recognised the validity of this Article we cannot enforce it but leave GECOM to execute it. So what is the purpose of the Court?When we look at this from GECOM’s perspective we find that the current House-to-House Registration will take approximately 290 days to conclude according to GECOM’s work programme. This means that it will end around April/May 2020. This was pointed out by the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, who had indicated that it is a programme shared by Chief Elections Officer, Mr Keith Lowenfield. To accept that it will conclude on October 20, 2019, is living in fool’s paradise, this is virtually impossible and I am sure the new Chairperson for GECOM will find this out presently.President Granger had in a letter dated March 13 this year asked for the GECOM’s work programme from the then Chairman Patterson to set date for ‘credible’ elections with the shortest possible time, therefore, I am sure that he is fully cognisant and acquiesced to this unconstitutional bid to extend elections way beyond the stipulated 90 days by an additional 200 days!It has been regurgitated and reiterated ad nauseam that GECOM is an independent body and is the creature of the Constitution.My final questions are: Is GECOM above the Constitution? Should GECOM be allowed to violate the Constitution which has created it? Should GECOM not now act decisively to give legal effect to Article 106 (7)? Should it not be that any act or law which violates the Constitution should be declared null and void and without legal effect?I am sure that the Chairperson of GECOM, Justice Claudette Singh, will not allow the violation and utter disregard which has been meted out thus far to our Constitution to continue!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Die Hard Porsche Fan Reviews Tesla Model 3

first_imgThis Porsche aficionado happens upon a Tesla Model 3. What does he have to share?Car Fanatic on YouTube dedicates nearly his entire channel to Porsche-related coverage. He provides multiple vehicle reviews, information related to cost of ownership, repair tutorials, user car buying guides, and the list goes on and on. It’s abundantly clear that this channel is a place for those who love Porsche vehicles. However, he recently had an opportunity to spend some time with an all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Long Range ($66,000). Of course, he put together a review.More Tesla Model 3 Reviews: Source: Electric Vehicle News It’s hard to know what to expect from video reviews like this. Is the reviewer truly honest? Having the word “honest” in the video title is arguably a red flag for some audience members. Does the Porsche lover already hate Tesla before even checking out the Model 3? If so, will the Tesla pleasantly surprise him or reconfirm his doubts? Perhaps he’ll fall in love with the car?All we can hope is that no matter which course the review takes, it’s interesting and provides worthy insight. If this wasn’t the case, we surely wouldn’t share it here. We’re confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised and maybe even add this review to your “best of” list.No spoilers here. You’ll just have to give it a watch. Check out the review and let us know your “honest” thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via Car Fanatic on YouTube:Honest Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range + Autopilot ReviewHow good is the Tesla Model 3? I’m a die hard Porsche fan, but will share my thoughts on the new 2018 Model 3 AWD Long Range with Autopilot. Tesla Model 3 Review By Edmunds – Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Review: After 6 Months And 10,000 Miles: Check Out This Brand-New In-Depth Tesla Model 3 Reviewlast_img read more