Former Garuda boss sentenced to eight years for bribery, money laundering

first_imgThe Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Emirsyah Satar to eight years in prison after finding the former president director of Garuda Indonesia guilty of accepting Rp 49.3 billion (US$3.4 million) in bribes and laundering Rp 87.5 billion related to aircraft procurement.The court has also fined Emirsyah Rp 1 billion and ordered S$2.1 million in restitution, as reported by Antara news agency.The sentence was smaller than what KPK prosecutors sought. They advocated for 12 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rp 10 billion based on Emirsyah having received bribes from British engineering company Rolls-Royce in connection with the procurement of aircraft parts and from European aviation giant Airbus in connection with aircraft procurement, among other sources. According to the verdict, one of the reasons for the lighter sentence was Emirsyah’s role in “bringing Garuda Indonesia recognition as a prestigious airline in the world.” Judge Anwar read the verdict during a hearing on Friday.Both the defendant and KPK prosecutors told the court they would take time to consider before appealing the verdict.Read also: After 3 years, KPK concludes probe into Rolls-Royce bribery case implicating ex-Garuda bossThe KPK indicted Emirsyah for accepting Rp 8.8 billion, US$882,200, 1 million euros and S$1.18 million in bribes on five separate occasions while procuring airplanes and parts. The antigraft body also named former Garuda engineering and management director Hadinoto Soedigno and former Garuda executive project manager Agus Wahjudo as Emirsyah’s co-conspirators under the bribery charge.The KPK accused Emirsyah of laundering Rp 87.4 billion through multiple channels and also implicated Soetikno Soedarjo, the former president director of diversified retail holding company PT Mugi Rekso Abadi.The antigraft body stated that a portion of the money was changed into several different foreign currencies and transferred to multiple overseas bank accounts in violation of Article 3 of the 2010 Money Laundering Law.Read also: Emirsyah Satar’s case not related with corporate activities: GarudaIn a separate hearing on Friday, the corruption court gave Soetikno six years in prison and a Rp 1 billion fine for bribing Emirsyah and contributing to the money laundering committed by the former Garuda president director.The verdict was lower than the KPK’s demand of 10 years in prison and a fine of Rp 10 billion. The bench did not grant prosecutors’ wish of US$14.7 million and 11.6 million euros in restitution for Soetikno.Soetikno and the antigraft body’s prosecutors said they would take time to consider before filing an appeal against the verdict. (kuk)Topics :last_img read more

Rosenberg WorleyParsons Bags Neptune Energy’s Nova Deal

first_imgNeptune Energy has awarded a contract to Rosenberg WorleyParsons for the construction and installation of a Nova topside module on the Gjøa platform in the North Sea.The Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation & Commissioning (EPCIC) contract is for the topside section of the Nova development.Wintershall as the operator of Nova has decided to develop the field with two subsea modules tied back to the Gjøa platform. The Gjøa platform is operated by Neptune Energy.The work starts immediately and is a continuation of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase already conducted by Rosenberg WorleyParsons.Neptune Energy’s country director for Norway, Anne Botne, said: “We are pleased to award such a significant contract to Rosenberg WorleyParsons, who have already delivered major milestones under the FEED phase of this important development project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The tie-back from Nova validates our initial design for Gjøa as a hub for the wider area, and we look forward to continued cooperation with Wintershall and other project partners.”last_img read more

Spanking: A Valid Option for Parents

first_imgAmerican College of Pediatricians 7 November 2018Family First Comment: A more considered and balanced approach…“Compared to other corrective measures, using spanking to enforce milder tactics has been shown to result in less defiance and less aggression than 77% of alternative measures (including time-out) with these children. As conceded by the AAP statement authors, over 70% of parents today agree that “spanking is at times necessary in the discipline of young children. The AAP advice leaves parents helpless with the defiant, non-compliant child, removing a discipline option that can be very effective when selectively used.” www.protectgoodparents.nzThe American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) takes issue with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recent statement, Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children, which declares all disciplinary spanking by parents to be harmful to children. This statement continues to rely upon poorly designed, biased studies, despite the ACPeds’ 2017 challenge to the AAP that their “Research on Disciplinary Spanking is Misleading.” It almost exclusively emphasizes what NOT to do (don’t ever spank) with little about how parents should respond to persistent misbehavior, especially when milder disciplinary measures haven’t worked.1 In the report, 18 paragraphs, all 7 bullet points, and almost all of the 4 policy recommendations focus on spanking without mentioning any alternative responses to misbehavior. This is hardly a statement on “effective discipline” and more a rant against spanking, in contrast to the far more comprehensive policy it replaces,2 and furthers the AAP’s baseless campaign against spanking by parents.Moreover, the diatribe against all spanking (“however light”, p. 2) seems based on advocacy efforts more than a fair objective summary of the scientific evidence. The Background section features the “Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children” rather than objective scientific evidence about spanking and any alternative disciplinary measures that could replace it. Also, instead of considering all five summaries of available research on physical punishment published since 2000,3-7 the Policy Statement relies on the one opposed to all spanking, even though 96% of its evidence came from correlations and associations, rather than evidence of true causation.7 Only researchers who are advocating for a pre-determined conclusion would rely on correlations as their primary evidence in evaluating a corrective disciplinary procedure or even a corrective medical procedure.Young children need correction and, at times, punishment from their parents to learn appropriate behavior and self-control ─ key ingredients for their future success in life. For the more defiant and contrary young child, time-out and reasoning do not consistently work. Compared to other corrective measures, using spanking to enforce milder tactics has been shown to result in less defiance and less aggression than 77% of alternative measures (including time-out) with these children.4 As conceded by the AAP statement authors, over 70% of parents today agree that “spanking is at times necessary in the discipline of young children.” Executive member, Dr. Den Trumbull, states, “The AAP advice leaves parents helpless with the defiant, non-compliant child, removing a discipline option that can be very effective when selectively used.” Despite the recent avalanche of biased research against all physical punishment, evidence indicates ordinary spanking to be a valid and needed disciplinary option when 2- to 6-year-olds refuse to cooperate with milder measures.https://www.acpeds.org/spanking-a-valid-option-for-parentsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Men’s water polo finishes regular season with win

first_imgWhen junior driver Peter Kurzeka recorded his 29th goal of the season on a shot that sailed past UC Irvine goalie Matt Johnson midway through the second quarter at Anteater Pool on Saturday, his coach resisted the urge to grin.For the score · Junior driver Peter Kurzeka was one of four Trojans to score two goals Saturday against UC Irvine. Overall, seven players scored for USC and goalkeeper Joel Dennerley notched 12 saves. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan Kurzeka’s shot gave USC a comfortable 7-2 first-half lead, but instead of issuing a congratulatory message, USC coach Jovan Vavic remained emphatic about his young team maintaining its five-goal margin.“It was very important for us to get off to a quick start,” Vavic said. “We never wanted Irvine to be close to us in the fourth quarter because they’re all the more dangerous at home.”Vavic’s demands were met as the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (23-2, 6-2) defeated No. 6 UC Irvine (16-7, 4-4) by a six-goal margin, 11-5, as Kurzeka, along with freshman driver Nikola Vavic, redshirt sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal and sophomore utility Mace Rapsey, each recorded a pair of goals on the afternoon. It was a balanced effort in the team’s regular season finale that allowed the Trojans to stave off a second-half run by the Anteaters.“We really don’t rely on one person, and that’s the strength of our team,” Vavic said. “We really have so many guys who can score.”And the numbers prove it.So far in 2010, the Trojans have watched eight of their players record at least 20 goals, a remarkably balanced attack for a team that continues to average at least 13 goals per contest. Predictably, Saturday’s showing was no different.“Offensively we did a good job,” Vavic said. “We scored on quite a few six-on-fives, and overall we did a good job. Eleven goals is a very good offensive performance. Any time you get at least eight or nine goals, that’s good.”And with the postseason set to begin in less than a week, the Trojans received uplifting performances from some of their older, more experienced players.Both Kurzeka and Rosenthal have been members of the Trojans’ last two national championship teams, which combined for a total of just two losses in two seasons.“It’s really important for our leaders to play well because our team feeds off of them,” Vavic said.But if the first half belonged to the offense, credit the defense for a similarly strong performance in the second half.Despite a pair of five-meter penalty shots from UC Irvine, which had only lost at home once in 2010, the Trojan defense, anchored by junior goalie Joel Dennerley, surrendered just three second-half goals.Dennerley has been in goal for both of USC’s NCAA championship seasons in 2008 and 2009, yet Vavic said he is ahead of where he was in seasons prior in terms of ability and experience.“Joel is more mature,” Vavic said. “He has played well in every big game for us. I think that Joel, with every game, brings a whole lot to our defense. I’ve always seen him play well in big games. He really doesn’t make mistakes.”And with the Trojans’ upcoming slate of games, he won’t be afforded an opportunity to do so.Coupled with No. 1 California’s 9-6 win over No. 5 Stanford, USC sewed up the second seed in next week’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif., with a matchup against No. 7-seed UC Santa Barbara on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.“There are no easy games,” Vavic said. “I’ve never been a part of a season in which so many teams are equally matched. I think everybody is dangerous, and you can’t relax.”last_img read more

Empty seats sign of a larger trend

first_imgJake Davidson is a freshman majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs every other Monday. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jake at jrdavidson@usc.edu. There is a very famous scene in the beginning of the movie Field of Dreams, when a mystical voice tells the main character, played by Kevin Costner, “If you build it, he will come.” Since the iconic sports film’s release in 1989, the quote has often been misattributed as, “If you build it, they will come.” And though it might not have come directly from the movie, there is no statement more emblematic of the USC rooting mentality than that one.Yes, Field of Dreams took place in the cornfields of Iowa while USC sports events happen in the bustling metropolis of downtown Los Angeles. Yet the principle of attending games only to see a polished, successful team rings true for the majority of USC’s fanbase.The phenomenon of lackadaisical attendance for average teams and impassioned support for championship caliber squads has long been in effect for the Trojan faithful. This year is no different. The USC-Colorado men’s basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16 played out like most games this season. The Trojans kept it competitive for a while, until a prolonged scoring drought took them out of striking distance.Though this predictable pattern of gameplay was not unique, the Trojans-Buffs faceoff was the first USC home basketball game I had watched on TV as opposed to in person. I was struck by how empty the Galen Center appeared on television. Sure, it was a three-day weekend, but I doubt that the break led to such a staggering drop in attendance. I imagine most games appear like this on television, a beautiful state of the art facility struggling to just fill out the lower sections of the arena.The apathy of the overall Trojan fanbase this year was magnified after watching the North Carolina-Duke showdown on Thursday night. The amount of intensity and passion emanating from the stands in that battle made the cheering in the USC-Colorado game look like a high school affair.The previous statement is not a critical referendum on our fan base — far from it, in fact. It is just an observation. I think the atmosphere at USC games is so different from other elite athletic programs for one simple reason: location.One of the reasons USC is so popular nationally among recruits is its proximity to downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. LA is a big city, with some of the most popular attractions in the world. Though these characteristics are great for attracting recruits, such an incredible town makes it difficult to develop a rabid fanbase.This isn’t just applicable to college basketball. Even here, where pigskin is king, we consistently fail to fill up the Coliseum when USC football is mediocre. Sure, everyone was celebrating on the field after that incredible Stanford victory. Yet I remember a different atmosphere back in the nascent stages of the season, in the dark days of the Kiffin era. That same Coliseum, as raucous as it was against the Cardinal, was silent for the majority of the Utah State game. Besides the occasional “boo” for another screen pass, one might have confused the stadium’s decibel level for that of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles down the street.Admittedly, that was one of the first noon games in recent USC football history, but the underwhelming attendance level is still proof that the Trojan fanbase only extends a full effort for a winner, regardless of the sport. The simple reason is that there are other things to do on the weekends in Los Angeles.This isn’t Tuscaloosa, Ala. or El Paso, Texas, where the college team is the best entertainment in town. A school across town faces a similar predicament. I grew up going to both UCLA and USC events. Much like USC in football, UCLA had tremendous attendance in basketball when they went to three straight final fours. Pauley Pavilion was electric during that period. Yet when the team struggled afterward, attendance decreased dramatically. It’s not a USC or UCLA thing; it’s simply a byproduct of the city we live in.Many East Coast analysts and even some USC beat writers use this “fair-weather fan” mentality as fuel to criticize the Trojan athletic program as a whole. And even though that notion will always be incredibly annoying, I now look at our fanbase’s attitude in a whole new light.I’ve had the opportunity to watch the second half of almost every sporting event this year from midcourt or the 50-yard line. That just doesn’t happen for students in Baton Rouge, La. or Lexington, Ky. When USC teams are “good,” the rooting experience rivals any other school in the country, for one simple reason. When USC fans get excited, we aren’t cheering for a first-round tournament exit or a Holiday Bowl berth. We are rooting for excellence, and anything less is unacceptable.I have full faith Andy Enfield and Steve Sarkisian will build powerhouse programs soon enough. Before long, the Coliseum and Galen Center will be rocking. Because when those USC programs are built, the fans will come.last_img read more

Back on track: Women’s soccer defeats Hawkeyes 2-1 at McClimon Complex

first_imgFollowing the heartbreaking loss to Nebraska, Wisconsin rebounded with a 2-1 win over Iowa Sunday. The Badgers (9-4-2, 4-3-1 Big Ten) jumped back ahead of the Hawkeyes (11-4-1, 3-4-1 Big Ten) in the Big Ten standings with the win and now find themselves in fourth place overall.Although it would be difficult, head coach Paula Wilkins wanted her team to forget about Friday’s loss in order to perform the way they did on Sunday.“One [goal] was to forget about Friday,” Wilkins said. “That was the first thing … I thought emotionally we were going to have to be strong for this game and I thought the kids responded decently well.”The Badgers struck first in the 11th minute when senior Alev Kelter found the back of the net from the top of the box after an assist from Cara Walls. The game would remain 1-0 until just one minute and 36 seconds into the second half after a Hawkeye goal from Bri Toelle to tie it up at 1-1.A second-straight overtime game for both teams seemed like a good possibility until Kinley McNicoll hit a shot from 25 yards out that freshman Rose Lavelle headed into the net for what would become the game winning goal in the 80th minute.“I was in the box and [McNicoll] chipped it in,” Lavelle said. “It just happened to hit my head and it went far post.”Iowa couldn’t tally an equalizer for the remaining 10 minutes giving the Badgers a much needed victory.“I don’t think we played our best, but I think we definitely fought through until the end and were able to stay focused and maintain,” Lavelle said. “Now we’re just trying to get as many points as we can to get a better seed in the tournament, so this one was huge.”The Badgers have just three Big Ten games remaining and will face rival Minnesota Thursday. Wilkins and the rest of the team knew it was a big win for conference standings as the team closes out Big Ten play.“This win was huge because of the Big Ten ramifications and because of what happened on Friday,” Wilkins said. “I’m proud of the way they responded, especially with a good team like Minnesota on the horizon.”Last-second heartbreak stuns Badgers FridayOn the spectrum of winning and losing, there are those heartbreaking losses. Then, even further down the spectrum, there is what the Wisconsin women’s soccer team endured Friday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex. With only one second left in double overtime, Nebraska struck following a set piece from just outside the 18-yard box, leaving the Wisconsin players and coaching staff bewildered.Only just moments before the game-winning play by the Cornhuskers, the Badgers were on the cusp of winning the game themselves, as Wisconsin forward Cara Walls had a run down the center of the field into the 18-yard box. Walls had escaped several Nebraska defenders and found herself one-on-one with the Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens. After firing a shot inside the top of the box that was blocked away by Stevens who was off her line, Walls went for the loose ball in the box, but as she did so, she appeared to get impeded by Stevens.However, officials made no calls and, just seconds later, Nebraska found itself just outside its offensive 18-yard box when Wisconsin defender Ali Heller pulled down a Cornhusker player, trying to prevent a last second shot. It appeared that time was going to run out, but a free kick was awarded with three seconds left to play.Nebraska’s Caroline Gray netted the golden goal on the ensuing free kick, a play which Wisconsin goalkeeper Genevieve Richard described after the game.“The only thing that I saw was the ball curving in behind the wall and the striker was there and I thought she was going to deflect it because it was quite low, but she totally, completely ducked and it just went over her and it went through my legs,” Richard said.After falling in an early 1-0 hole only seven minutes into the game — Nebraska scored on a penalty kick — Wisconsin battled back to equalize only 20 minutes later. A cross from Wisconsin forward Kinley McNicoll was headed on net by Lindsey Holmes. Holmes’ initial shot was saved by Stevens, but Walls found herself alone right in front of the net and slipped the ball home to tie the game.But when the overtime periods rolled around, the game began to heat up, as Wisconsin had three shots of its own on goal in a little less than 20 minutes of total overtime play.The physicality also ramped up a notch as the Badgers were whistled for two yellow cards and a red card in the second overtime, the red card coming on Kylie Schwarz in the 108th minute, forcing Wisconsin to play with one less player.Despite the controversy, Nebraska still took advantage of the late opportunity and sent Wisconsin to the bitter double-overtime defeat.“It’s one of the most shocking losses that I’ve had in my career as a coach and that’s 20 years,” Wilkins said.“I thought it was a great game. I thought we had a good plan for Nebraska and I thought it worked quite well. It’s just hard and I think we have to refocus again for Sunday.”last_img read more

Berg is the Word: USC’s inconsistency is infuriating — this weekend’s loss was proof

first_imgMaybe this is more straightforward than I’m making it out to be. Maybe USC just needs to find a head coach who will emphasize consistency and discipline. With all the talent this program has, even with its recruiting issues lately, that could be all it needs to return to its rightful place among the blue bloods. Or maybe I’m overreacting to one game. Notre Dame is a really good team capable of making other good teams look discombobulated. There’s no shame in losing by 3 points to the Irish in South Bend, no matter what Trojan fans tell you. That’s not to say it was perfect, but USC’s 24-10 scoring run over the final 12 minutes begs the question: Why couldn’t the Trojans do this all game long? Why can’t they maintain this level of performance throughout the season? Though USC ended within a field goal of Notre Dame, this is a much more annoying column to write. Did that feeling come because I wrote nearly 500 words for nothing? Of course; that annoys any journalist. I was also pretty happy with how I had written that version and was looking forward to seeing how a fanbase prone to constant complaining would react. There was the initial version I wrote at halftime, in which I absolutely pounded USC for what I thought would be an embarrassing loss to No. 9 Notre Dame. I laid into the entire program for putting forth another embarrassing effort where everything went wrong, and I used the referee mistakenly calling a USC penalty on “UCLA” as evidence that the Trojans had no identity, no respect, no path back to prominence. And then there’s this version, which comes after I saw the Trojans nearly come back and beat the Irish in South Bend before falling 30-27. We’ve already established that I have no clue how to unlock this team’s considerable potential. Head coach Clay Helton has proven he’s not the man to lead the program back to the mountaintop. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell has certainly improved upon last year’s play-calling, but he’s also been without answers when faced with opposing game plans from tough defensive teams like Washington and Notre Dame. By the time Notre Dame kicked a field goal on its first second-half possession, USC was down 20-3 and looked dead in the water. And you know what? I was fine with that. I knew there was a chance that the Trojans would come into Notre Dame Stadium and get repeatedly punched in the mouth, similar to 2017’s demoralizing 49-14 defeat. What I was not prepared for, however, was USC looking like a completely different team from that point on. But that’s not how it feels right now. When you lack not only answers but any idea of how to find those answers, it’s almost worse than feeling like there’s no solution at all. And if I, a student journalist who doesn’t really have anything riding on this team, feel that way, I can only imagine how Helton and the rest of the USC football program feel.center_img I wrote this column twice. If the Trojans were just bad, that would be one thing. It would be depressing for the fan base to watch an Oregon State-caliber team suck every week, and I’m not saying that would be a better option. But there’s something particularly infuriating about following a team that at times seems on the cusp of putting it all together and at others appears unsure how to play football. And the worst part is that no one seems to know what the missing piece is. But as much as things change with this program, they also stay the same. The pass rush was again abysmal, both in pressuring senior quarterback Ian Book and in finishing tackles on the rare occasions it had a shot at him. And once again, the special teams proved its incompetence, misplaying several excellent punts that could have been downed inside the Irish 10-yard line. Suddenly, the receivers were getting open, and freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis had more time to find them. Redshirt freshman tailback Markese Stepp was getting the carries that many fans felt he deserved, and he delivered with 82 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts, repeatedly bowling through or dragging Notre Dame defenders. The defensive backs were able to stick with their men, and the entire second level improved on pursuing ball-carriers and pulling them down before they could reach the sticks. I entered Saturday night’s game believing this team had two undeniable strengths: the receiving corps and the interior defensive line. The receivers, led by senior Michael Pittman Jr., entered as the team’s best unit but combined for just 59 yards at halftime. The interior defensive linemen — including massive redshirt sophomore defensive tackles Jay Tufele and Marlon Tuipulotu — performed well all season against the run until Notre Dame senior running back Tony Jones Jr. gashed them for 176 yards, many of which came up the middle. But mostly, I was frustrated with myself, because I have no goddamn idea what to make of this team anymore. As soon as I think I have a beat on who the 2019 Trojans are, they do something that completely changes my opinion. It’s maddening. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday.last_img read more

How Gabrielle Cooper’s role can help save Syracuse’s season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Less than an hour after one of Gabrielle Cooper’s brightest moments at Syracuse, she sunk down into a folding chair and stared down into the media room table. Sandwiched between Amaya Finklea-Guity and Emily Engstler, Cooper had removed her ponytail and her hair ran over a white Syracuse jersey. A frown stretched across her face. She shuffled back and forth, reaching for one of the microphones.It was Jan. 16, and the Orange had suffered an 18-point loss to Georgia Tech, setting their season back further than it already was. Cooper had scored her 1,000th-career point against the Yellow Jackets that night on a driving layup in the third quarter, becoming the 29th player in Syracuse history to surpass that number, but that milestone quickly became an afterthought.Cooper came to Syracuse one year after its 2016 run to the national championship and has appeared in the NCAA tournament all three of her seasons with the Orange. That streak, after the Georgia Tech loss, may be slipping away.“We’re just not playing good right now, we’re not playing good,” Cooper said. “These last two games have been some of our worst games that I’ve played in since I’ve been here.”That was before the Orange’s 30-point loss to Duke last Thursday. Now, winning every remaining game is a requirement just to reach the 19-win mark, the only outcome Cooper’s known at SU. Her point total and scoring rate has dropped — both results of a weeks-long slump. But Cooper’s remained the leader of Syracuse’s (9-10, 3-5 Atlantic Coast) two-guard offense and 2-3 zone defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooper’s toughness and leadership shows when she dives for loose balls, takes charges and makes the extra pass. Her off-court role, as a mentor to freshmen guards Taleah Washington and Teisha Hyman, may be just as unquantifiable. After every game — close win or uncompetitive loss — Cooper’s always there to answer questions in long, eloquent diatribes intended not only for the media, but also for her teammates. Expectations that lower and lower with each loss have defined the 29-game season culminating Cooper’s Syracuse career. But through that, Cooper, the only rostered senior, has found another role, and the Orange may need it to save their season.“They nicknamed me grandma,” Cooper said. “But I really look at everybody as my kids.”Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorDuring her freshman season, Cooper started 32 of Syracuse’s 33 games as the only non-senior in Quentin Hillsman’s starting lineup. Cooper averaged 9.3 points per game and sunk 81 3-pointers, the second-most on the team, but was still nervous at first. All but four players had been a part of the Orange’s final four run the previous season.“She was nervous, of course, being the only freshman on the floor with four seniors,” Cooper’s mother, Benji Hardaway, said. “She had some doubt, but the team as a whole felt very comfortable. Coach Q gave her quite a bit of leeway, so she was able to find her spot, find her niche. And I think she did pretty well.”Cooper hasn’t given up her spot in the starting lineup since. An all-but-one-game starter turned into every game last season, despite health complications that “couldn’t heal,” Cooper said. As Syracuse reaped the benefits of transfers Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond in 2017-18, Cooper posted similar numbers to her freshman year and remained a third or fourth option.On Dec. 27, 2018, six days before Syracuse opened conference play, Cooper was admitted to the emergency room with strep throat. A week later, she was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. Cooper dealt with some form of illness until the end of the regular season, she said, and her scoring totals (7.1 points per game) and fewer made 3-pointers (17) reflected on the court.“It was frustrating, I was off-balance a lot,” Cooper said. “I was falling a lot in games, like randomly.”Cooper’s illness ended when she used a “home remedy” recommended by her mother, but not before what she called the “worst pain of her life.” The Chicago native purchased oregano oil to put in her ears and try and regain balance. She waited two weeks after buying it before finally using it, but noticed hardly any difference her first two attempts. On her third try, before a practice just days before the ACC semifinal against Notre Dame, Cooper tried a little too hard to cure herself.The oregano oil seeped into her left eardrum, she said, and the ensuing pain felt “like a torture method.” Cooper started bawling due to the pain, something she never does, she said, and soon it was too painful to make even the slightest movements, like lifting her arm or blinking.“I literally felt like I was going to die,” Cooper said. “But I think it did work.”After a trip to the doctor’s office, the feeling wore away and Cooper felt better than she had in months. Cooper posted three-straight double-digit scoring performances in the ACC and NCAA tournaments, a stretch that followed one where she didn’t reach double-digits for 15 of 16 games. Just as Cooper was healthy again, SU’s season ended.But despite her three-month struggle, Cooper didn’t miss a start. In her SU career, the only game she missed was during her freshman year against Duke — one Cooper insisted she was “fine” to play in but was kept out by the Orange’s training staff. It’s a mindset Cooper employed throughout her youth basketball days too. She even brought her AAU backpack to her father’s funeral in 2011 and was prepared to play that day, but couldn’t make it because of time.“I don’t like to miss games at all,” Cooper said. “If I don’t have to miss a game, I won’t.”This season, as Cooper has stumbled to over 10 points just four times in the last 11 games, Hardaway’s searched for an answer to Cooper’s shooting struggles alongside her daughter. The 28.5% field goal percentage wasn’t normal. A 22.1% from beyond the arc was worse, especially from the corners — Cooper’s shot.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorBefore the Georgia Tech game, the pair went to the gym and tried to fix the “hiccups.” Sometimes, Cooper and Hardaway don’t have time for those shootarounds because they’d conflict with SU’s walkthroughs. If Hardaway’s travel schedule from Chicago is limited too, like a 5 a.m. arrival and 11 p.m. departure time to and from the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 19, those sessions won’t work either.But even as Cooper searches for a technique answer, a remedy to cure one of the longest shooting slumps of her career, Cooper’s durability and experience has made her an invaluable piece to this year’s Syracuse team. Her numbers aren’t as strong as they used to be, but Washington and Hyman have credited Cooper for helping them ease into the college game and learn SU’s complex defensive system.Cooper said her relationship with the freshmen guards reminds her of the “special big-sister, little-sister relationship” she developed as a freshman with former SU star Brittney Sykes.“Everything I wish I knew when I was their age, the things it took me two, three years to figure out, I just try to enlighten them now so they can be confident,” Cooper said.After last season’s loss to South Dakota State in the NCAA tournament, Cooper proposed a trip to the Times Union Center in Albany, where a group of Syracuse players watched Connecticut’s final four game against UCLA. She’ll regularly invite the team over and cooks for them, sometimes treating them to a Cajun chicken pasta dish, a consensus favorite. Even if Cooper just cooks for herself, Emily Engstler said, she’ll still send text messages for leftovers.“I’ve always been a leader,” Cooper said. “Being a little kid, playing around outside, I was always like, ‘Alright guys, you go here, you go here, you go here.’ I was always trying to tell people what to do because I cared.”Cooper’s final year at Syracuse may not reach the heights of her first three seasons. There might not be an NCAA tournament appearance. Might not be a game where she breaks the all-time 3-point record for a single contest (eight), one she matched against Iowa State three years ago.But Cooper’s role as a leader may be more important than ever. With the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation coming in next season, the Orange need new leaders to emerge when Cooper graduates. She’s as crucial as anyone in preparing the next generation of SU stars.After the Duke blowout loss, Syracuse’s second-straight at the Carrier Dome, Cooper sat at the table and questioned Syracuse’s future. There’s only 11 games left now, she said, and this isn’t the identity Syracuse wants to have. Hillsman tried again to put the blame on himself, saying it’s his job to trigger the talent in players. That it’s his job to find a way to press and pin offenses successfully.Cooper didn’t buy that. She’s been here too long to do that. Saving Syracuse’s season starts with one factor, and Cooper’s at the front of it.“It’s on us,” Cooper said. “It’s not on somebody else. Not on Coach. Not on the other team.“It’s on us.” Comments Published on January 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Hurlers Homecoming in Thurles today

first_imgTipp FM will keep you in touch with what’s happening in Thurles.The music and entertainment is expected to begin at around three o’ clock, with Eamon O’ Shea and his team due to arrive at 4:30pm.last_img

Truancy, lack of social workers among issues in Region 2

first_img–79 schools being serviced by 2 welfare officers…teachers forced to buy school supplies out of pocketsBy Jarryl BryanIn the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services’ seventh report, troubling facts about life in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) for the year 2017 are documented; including a lack of capacity for authorities to deal with certain social ills.The Committee, which was led by Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud, paid a visit to schools, hospitals and health centres in the region last year. On their stop over to Charity Secondary School, they were informed of problems with truancy.The Charity Secondary School“The head teacher informed the Committee that a businessman in the community was selling alcohol to school children in uniform,” the report, released last month, stated. “Even though the matter was reported to the relevant authorities, to date no action was taken.”“The Committee was also informed by the head teacher that students do not attend school regularly and that some children live alone. She stated that these cases were reported to the Police.”CV Nunes Primary SchoolBut even with the cases being reported, there are issues with the capacity of the regional authorities to address them. The Committee stated that according to a welfare officer in the region, there are 79 schools with only two welfare officers.“The teachers informed the Committee that for the past two terms, they did not receive any school supplies and would have to put their hands in their pockets to buy same. They also mentioned that it was very costly during the period of examinations to photocopy,” the Committee also recorded.RecommendationsA perusal of the 2018 Budget estimates shows that under the heading ‘Educational delivery’, monies were only set aside for ‘Buildings’. A sum of $172.8 million was allocated for school provisions, sanitary blocks and retention payments.In its recommendations, the Committee urged that counsellors be made available to all the schools. In addition, it was recommended that the welfare officers lobby for the protection of abused children.And since there were complaints of children from far flung areas not having anything to eat, the Committee recommended that all the schools be made beneficiaries of the Government’s feeding programme.“The school should have in-house staff – secretary, typist and accounts clerk – so that teachers can concentrate on their jobs, teaching. The school (in fact) should have more teachers. The school should have separate room and washroom facilities for teachers.”The Committee also recommended that the Police investigate reports of persons selling drugs and alcohol to school children. It also advised that a bus be assigned to the school to transport children.According to the Committee, the school should have a parking lot for teacher’s vehicles; in addition to the carrying out of much needed upgrades to the classrooms and the provision of essential supplies. It was also recommended that space be made to house an additional 180 students be created.Chaired by Dr Persaud, the other Opposition MPs on the Committee are Alister Charlie, Vishwa Mahadeo and Indranie Chandarpal. Sitting Government Ministers include Raphael Trotman (Natural Resources Minister), Valarie Patterson (Minister within the Communities Ministry), Dr Karen Cummings (Minister within the Public Health Ministry) and Valarie Garrido-Lowe (Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry).last_img read more