Labor group hopes SONA would address unemployment, etc.

first_imgFor the workers, food on the table, shirt on their backs and roof over their heads are crucial issues that are never mentioned during past State of the Nation Addresses, according to Wennie Sancho, secretary general of the General Alliance Workers Association. BACOLOD City – The General Alliance Workers Association (GAWA) hopes President Rodrigo Duterte in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) today would address two important issues – large-scale unemployment and economic recovery. “The President will summarize the effects of the [COVID-19] pandemic as well as the responses of the government and the way forward on how the government will actually approach this problem,” Roque told CNN Philippines./PN Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said Duterte is expected to discuss “in much detail” the government’s efforts to combat the disease, as well as its plan to help the country recover from the COVID-19 crisis. “With less expectations that the President would give importance to our labor agenda, he should spell out what is the sad and sorry state of the nation amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID -19) crisis and the economic destruction it has inflicted,” GAWA secretary general Wennie Sancho said.center_img Based on the latest job displacement report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), 112,414 workers were recorded to have been displaced either due to retrenchment or company closures.While the economy slowly reopened in June, 2,602 establishments reported to DOLE that they had to let go of their combined 50,589 workers. Sancho said that for the workers, it is food on the table, shirt on their backs and roof over their heads are the crucial issues that were never mentioned during SONAs. “It usually supplanted by an exaggeration of economic and political achievement that are merely icing in a cake,” he added.last_img read more

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Goodbye, Andy!

first_imgThe city of Batesville and surrounding areas lost a friend this past week with the passing of Andy Koors.  Andy, foremost, was a German teacher in the Batesville schools for over 30 years. In that role he touched a lot of lives.  He was an excellent tour guide for trips to Germany with students, parents, and other interested adults.I personally lost a good friend and colleague.  Andy and I did the Batesville High School football and basketball games together for several years.  Andy was also always willing to step in for me when I could not be at Coaches Corner–he was very dependable and would step up at a moments notice.  I always looked forward to one of his stories.  His many stories will be missed, but mostly we will miss the man who told them!!last_img

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Male German Shepherd-Missing

first_imgMale German Shepherd-Missing since August 9th from County Road 900 West in Ripley County. Last seen Monday, August 12th on County Roads 425 North and 850 West in Ripley County. 11 months old. He is brown and black.Call 756-1575 for details.last_img

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Ripley County 4-H Dairy Cattle results

first_imgDairy CowGrand Champion- Rhea MillerReserve Grand Champion- Kaitlyn SarringhausBest Udder- Rhea MillerJunior Showmanship- Noah HiltenbeitelIntermediate Showmanship- Lydia SarringhausSenior Showmanship- Lydia SarringhausExpert Showmanship- Makayla HiltenbeitelBreed Champions: Lily Sarringhaus, Makayla Hiltenbeitel, Quinten Sarringhaus, Makayla HiltenbeitelReserve Breed Champions: Lydia Sarringhaus, Noah HiltenbeitelDairy Feeder SteerGrand Champion- Makayla HiltenbeitelReserve Grand Champion- Lane CarrollJunior Showmanship- Noah HiltenbeitelIntermediate Showmanship- Noah HiltenbeitelSenior Showmanship- Noah HiltenbeitelExpert Showmanship- Makayla Hiltenbeitellast_img

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Premiership: Morgan Sends Leicester Seven Points Clear

first_imgLeicester City captain Wes Morgan scored his first goal in almost a year as the Premier League fairytale-title chasers edged Southampton 1-0 yesterday to establish a potentially decisive seven-point lead.Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday had given Claudio Ranieri’s men an opportunity to strengthen their grip on first place and they duly took it courtesy of Morgan’s 38th-minute header.It was Leicester’s fifth 1-0 victory in six matches and with just six games of the season remaining, the 132-year-old club’s first ever top-flight title is now tantalisingly within sight.The east Midlands side were bottom of the table a year ago, but require just 12 points from a possible 18 to complete one of the most sensational underdog triumphs in world football history.Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who had two penalty appeals for handball turned away, remain seventh and face an uphill battle to force their way into the Europa League berths.With chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha laying on free doughnuts and bottles of beer for home fans to mark his birthday and ‘Leicester City Champions 2016’ scarves for sale on the walk to the ground, the atmosphere could barely have been more festive at a sun-soaked King Power Stadium.In a bid to counter Leicester’s two-pronged strike-force of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, Southampton deployed a back three and while the home side made the early running, the clearest opportunities of the first half fell to the visitors.Their best chance saw Graziano Pelle free Sadio Mane, who rounded Kasper Schmeichel and shot, only for the ball to strike Danny Simpson’s right forearm as he came across to cover the vacant goal.Southampton appealed for a penalty, but the right-back’s arm had remained close to his body so referee Michael Oliver waved play on.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Real, Atletico in Final Calderon Derby

first_imgBreaking Atletico Madrid’s recent stranglehold on a fixture that used to be a foregone conclusion for Real Madrid is the challenge facing coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby, the last at the Vicente Calderon stadium.Real enjoyed utter domination over their rivals for 14 years but the tables have turned and they have not won a league derby since Jose Mourinho oversaw a 2-1 win at the Calderon in 2013.Atletico have won four and drawn two of the last six league derbies, just one demonstration of how charismatic Argentine coach Diego Simeone has transformed the fortunes of the sleeping giant he took over in December 2011.“He is a coach with a unique capacity to communicate, that’s why he has got where he is and why he was able to dig us out of the trouble we were in,” said Atletico captain Gabi, who has won the La Liga title, King’s Cup and reached two Champions League finals under Simeone. “With one look or gesture he’s able to speak to any player, and that’s why at the moment the most important thing for this club is the fact we have Simeone with us.”Real still have the upper hand on their neighbours in European competition and Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the teams since Real’s penalty shootout victory in the Champions League final last May.The game takes on extra significance for being the last league derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium with Atletico due to move from the 50-year-old ground to a new 67 000 capacity arena next year.“That it will be the last derby at the Calderon makes it exciting and special. It will be strange not to experience it there again, as we have had unforgettable moments there,” Gabi added.The game will have plenty of significance in the title race. Real top the La Liga standings on 27 points, two above Barcelona in second and six clear of Atletico in fourth.A Real victory would stretch their advantage over their city rivals to nine points and severely dent Atletico’s hopes of repeating their La Liga triumph of 2014.Atletico are hopeful top scorer Antoine Griezmann will be able to start despite returning early from international duty with France due to a foot injury,Real welcome back captain Sergio Ramos after five weeks out with a knee problem but the European champions will be without midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro and striker Alvaro Morata due to injury.Champions Barcelona host Malaga hours before the derby and will be looking to capitalise on any slip from Real.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Volleyball set for final spring tournament

first_imgThe Badgers are looking to end the spring season on a winning note.[/media-credit]While spring is not usually known as volleyball season for the Wisconsin volleyball team, it is the perfect time to get in some extra practice before next fall.This Saturday, the Badgers will be competing in the UNI Spring Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa for their last exhibition matches of the spring. This tournament is the final chance for the team to tune things up in competition before the official season starts in the fall.Even though it is an exhibition tournament, these matches still play an important role in allowing players to work on their weaknesses and sharpen the team as a whole.“We have been working really hard to improve just every part of our game,” senior libero Kim Kuzma said. “We have been working really hard on passing, so I guess serving and passing is what we’re really focusing on.”UW will put in a long day Saturday, playing five matches against Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Northern Iowa. Unlike most of the Badgers’ matches, which are either three sets or five sets, the matches in this tournament will only last two sets.Over spring break, the team took a trip to California, which was highlighted by getting to watch the USA national team play. After watching them and playing four of their own matches during the trip, the Badgers feel like they are ready for their final spring tournament.“I think the players came back [after spring break] with a real renewed interest in improving their games and really I think from the beginning to end of the spring they’ve made some big strides,” head coach Pete Waite added.Possibly the most valuable aspect of the UNI Spring Tournament is that it includes a crucial matchup against Iowa. A fellow Big Ten opponent that the volleyball team will surely face next year, that match offers valuable experience for next season.Despite the tough competition at the tournament, one of the biggest concerns of the Badgers is that they will hurt themselves with too many self-inflicted mistakes.“Our biggest enemy is us, ourselves, you know, making unforced errors and kind of getting in our own heads,” sophomore outside hitter Kirby Toon said. “I think that it’s just really important for us to stay focused, go into each game with the same mentality and stay consistent.”In terms of preparation for the match, the Wisconsin volleyball team is sticking to its usual spring routine.Much like football, spring is prime training time for the volleyball team. With lengthy practices focusing on drills and conditioning, the Badgers are hoping the work put in now will help them out on the court when fall rolls around.“Every day we come in the gym and work hard,” Toon said. “Everyone’s improving every day, so [the spring season] has been really good.”Just as important to success at the tournament in Cedar Falls is the team’s mental mindset going into matches. The volleyball squad believes this part of the game is key in avoiding unnecessary errors in this tournament and in the future.The team is relying on senior leadership from players such as Kuzma, a co-captain, to provide the positive mental state and energy critical to success on the court.“We’ve been working on that a lot this spring too, about just having a good mental attitude and not getting down on ourselves,” Kuzma said. “If we play how we know we can and we don’t get down on ourselves, we have a chance of doing well.”With a theme of “finish strong” this week, the team is hoping for a strong showing in this match that will carry over to next fall. Exhibition matches such as this one are about more than one more number in the win column — they are about becoming a better team, one ready for the games that really count.Based on what has been seen so far, the UW volleyball team has high hopes for next year. If the team plays to its potential, the UNI Spring Tournament could secure that positive mindset it often found itself searching for this fall.“This kind of lets them gauge where they are and their progress from last fall,” Waite said. “I truly believe from what I’ve seen in practices so far we’re a better team than we were last November.”last_img read more

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Overaggressive Syracuse defense yields 15 goals in NCAA championship game loss to Maryland

first_img Published on May 26, 2014 at 2:41 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 TOWSON, Md. — Five shots. Five makes. And just 4:20 had come off the clock.Kelly McPartland cut in with the ball from behind the 12-meter arc and bounced an uncontested shot with her weak hand past Alyssa Costantino to give Maryland a quick five-goal lead.Syracuse had not even touched the ball and the Terrapins’ offense was like clockwork. Each time Maryland won a draw, it had no problem finding a hole in the Syracuse defense.“It’s a little startling,” SU defender Kasey Mock said.After forcing 17 turnovers in a strong performance in Friday’s semifinal win over Virginia, No. 2-seed Syracuse’s (22-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) defense faltered against Maryland. It committed 43 fouls, was handed six yellow cards and forced just six turnovers in a 15-12 loss to top-seeded UMD (23-1, 6-1) in the national championship game in front of 10,311 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Sunday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 15 goals allowed matched a season high, in the season’s most important game.“They’re tough for anyone to match up against because they’re so athletic in the midfield and I think that’s where they dominated us,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “That’s why they’re national champs.”Syracuse played an aggressive style of defense, as evidenced by the high foul numbers. Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said the Orange does a good job of doubling on the ball, and forces the offense to always think twice.She said the defense is high risk, high reward. The risk outweighed the reward Sunday.“Our goal going into tonight’s game was to really work the ball around until we found our wide-open look,” Reese said. “It didn’t matter what the defense threw at us.”The normally high-pressure defense became frustrated as the fouls mounted. Gait was issued a yellow card by the referees with 10 minutes left in the second half, following a turnover by SU defender Natalie Glanell.SU senior Liz Harbeson was disqualified in the second half after receiving a second yellow card.After Brenna Rainone turned over the ball on SU’s final possession, Alyssa Murray desperately tried to wring the ball free and get possession.But a whistle for a foul blew almost immediately.“I don’t think it’s ever a game plan to go out and foul the other team, but I think we were just trying to play tough,” a frustrated Mock said following the loss. “It was difficult and not many things were going our way.”The Syracuse offense did its job, scoring 12 goals on just 22 shots. Maryland, though, needed only 25 shots to convert on its 15 goals.The SU offense nearly bailed out the defense in the final minutes with a furious four-goal rally in the span of just under three minutes, but it wasn’t enough.“We needed to make sure the ball stayed in our hands and didn’t get back into their hands because they were able to score when they had it,” Reese said.When Maryland had the ball it answered.After Syracuse cut the Terrapins’ lead to one goal at 5-4 early in the game, Taylor Cummings controlled the draw and proceeded to run unhindered at the goal.It took her only eight seconds to kill the Syracuse momentum. The Orange wouldn’t get that close the rest of the game.“We didn’t stop the runs,” Gait said. “They got some big ones and stretched the lead.“We needed to stop those runs.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories THREE AND OUT: Syracuse falls in national championship game, loses to Maryland for 3rd time this seasonlast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball: Badgers fall to Hawkeyes, seniors look to finish season strong

first_imgAs the season comes to a close for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team, the Badgers dropped their penultimate contest to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 88-61.Unfortunately, slow and steady did not win the race. Iowa confidently won the first three quarters with margins of 10, 12 and 11, respectively. The Badgers finished the fourth quarter strong, outscoring the Hawkeyes 23-17.The best part about the end of the season is how each player brings their game. This is the time where true colors are shown. It’s the last time they get to prove themselves to their teammates. So, even in this lackluster season that has seen the Badgers limp to a 2-13 conference record, there is still much to watch for.In her second to last game as a Badger, senior Cayla McMorris, maintained her top scorer status with 14 points. Topping another average of 6.4 rebounds, McMorris came out with 11 out of the teams 29 against the Hawkeyes. This resulted in yet another double-double for the books. She also tied her career high of four steals.Canada defeats United States in Olympic women’s hockey preliminariesIn a thrilling battle between rivals Team USA and Canada, the United States women’s ice hockey team fell short in Read…It was only two weeks ago that McMorris scored her 1000th point against The Ohio State University, she now has 1,037 points in her career.This is the time of the year when seniors are looking back at their experiences at Wisconsin and reminiscing. Whether it’s the goals they’ve reached and accomplished or those nail-biting games that changed their athletic outlooks forever, this is the time to look back. This is the moment when these women realize they have one game left and that’s it.When asked what she was most looking forward to for this season, she told UW Athletics, “being able to have one last opportunity to help change the program.” The women who have grown with this team aren’t forgetting the mark they leave on the university. They want people to remember them as implementing change in the program.So this game wasn’t just a loss, but it was a reminder their time is winding down — but it’s still possible to come back. The Wisconsin women’s basketball team is capable of ending the regular season with a win. Then there is still a chance to shock the world and take home the Big Ten Tournament title starting Feb. 28.Badger women’s hockey alumni poised for Olympic runThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team. Forwards Read…McMorris, along with seniors Kelly Karlis and Malayna Johnson, will have their final game against Michigan State  Wednesday in East Lansing.last_img read more

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Republic 23rd in FIFA rankings

first_imgArgentina stay top while Northern Ireland remain 32nd.Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Athletic have announced that former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews will work with the club’s underage sides. Andrews enjoyed  successful playing career featuring for Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.last_img

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