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Semi-finals at Croke Park

first_img Press Association Tyrone will face Kildare, while Dublin will take on Mayo for a place in the decider. It has also been confirmed that the NHL semi-finals will take place at Semmple Stadium, Thurles on April 21, when Tipperary play Dublin and Kilkenny face Galway. Croke Park will host both NFL Division One semi-finals on an attractive double bill next Sunday, the GAA has revealed.last_img read more

Q&A with Teresa Sakai, assistant language teacher

first_imgDT: What has been on the biggest adjustment living in Japan?Sakai: Obviously, it’s a whole different country with different customs, and a whole language I’ve never studied before. In order to apply for the JET program, knowing Japanese is not a requirement … I can communicate a lot easier than I could when I first got here … All the people around me, their English has improved through talking with me and my Japanese has improved through talking with them so mutually we’ve just been helping each other learn a lot. Daily Trojan: What does your job entail?Teach · Teresa Sakai majored in social sciences and English at USC. – Photo courtesy of Teresa Sakai Teresa Sakai: My job ranges from visiting elementary schools to implement the English program there to visiting junior high schools and team teaching with a Japanese English teacher to holding my own English class for adults and children. That’s just my experience, but every situation is different depending on what the needs of the town are and how many schools there are in the town.DT: How did your education at USC help you in your career?Sakai: As an English major I can present myself with a professional air and I can see where certain mistakes are being made in the language with the students that are practicing. DT: How did you end up teaching in Japan?Sakai: I was going through the career fair last fall at USC. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wanted to get some experience before going to grad school. I was basically looking for anything teaching-related because I know it’s difficult to get an actual education job without higher education and I saw the booth for the JET program … It seemed like a great opportunity because I love to travel and I really wanted to just try and get some experience. DT: In your experience what are some of the greatest cultural differences between Japan and Southern California?Sakai: All the students in Japan from junior high to older wear uniforms to school, and I grew up in Southern California so this threw me off at first. Also, the school system is a little different. Instead of the students going form classroom to classroom and the teacher staying put, the students stay in home room, and the teachers move from classroom to classroom. And you find with in the Japanese language you address people based on their seniority. There’s a very high level of respect for people that may be your superiors and you express it. DT: How were you affected by the recent natural disasters?Sakai: Of course everybody in Japan has been affected. My island is north of everything that’s been going on and my town is on the south coast so we felt the earthquake at a three or four magnitude. Earthquakes happen here all the time so at first it didn’t seem like a huge deal until we saw the news coverage of what was going on. And since my town is coastal we had some damage — the water levels near the harbor rose three meters, which resulted in a lot of flooding. But no one was hurt, which is really great … Also my area does not have the rolling blackouts … I visited Tokyo two weeks ago when my parents came to visit and life is going on as usual. The perseverance of the Japanese people is really amazing. Teresa Sakai, who majored in social sciences and English, is an assistant language teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Hokkaido, Japan. She graduated from USC last May. The Daily Trojan spoke with Sakai about her work. DT: What is one of your greatest college memories?Sakai: I just love the football atmosphere. That’s been really hard for me to miss out on. I’ve been going to ’SC football games since I was in high school. So fall and autumn to me means football season. Just everyone wearing their school colors and supporting the school no matter what, I really miss the school pride. You can bet I’m always wearing my cardinal and gold on what would be game day and now my students know a little bit about American football.last_img read more

Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard could return for 1st game

first_imgSyracuse senior point guard Frank Howard could return to practice about one week before the season opener, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Friday. That timetable could put him on track to play in Syracuse’s first regular-season game, which is Nov. 6.Howard, wearing a protective boot on his left leg, sustained a basketball-related injury sometime in September. The injury was announced Sept. 14. Howard has not practiced since then. He expects to return to practice in about three weeks, before the Orange’s 2018-19 regular-season opener Nov. 6 against Eastern Washington inside the Carrier Dome.“We expect that, if all goes well, he would be able to practice about a week before our first regular-season game,” Boeheim said Friday afternoon. “If everything goes according to plan.”Howard will begin walking next week without the boot. In the meantime, freshman guard Jalen Carey has taken many of Howard’s point-guard time in practice, Boeheim said. The preseason experience aids in Carey’s acclimation to the SU system, familiarizes him with the running the offense and could set him on track to be Syracuse’s first guard off the bench.“It hurts a little bit,” Boeheim said of Howard’s injury. “But if he was playing and Jalen wasn’t playing, it would hurt Jalen a lot more because he’s learning the system. Frank knows what we do. He sees what’s going on. I thought coming in off the summer and fall that Frank was playing the best that I’ve seen him play here. And I think he’ll get right back to that pretty quickly.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, the Orange went 23-14 overall and 8-10 in conference play. They return all five starters, including Howard, who averaged 14.4 points and 4.7 assists. He shot 37.6 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from 3-point territory.As a junior last season, Howard improved in his ball handling while limiting his turnovers (3.41 per game), both of which prevented him from playing significant minutes during his first two seasons. In 2017-18, he became the floor general SU needed him to be at the top of the offense, starting in all 37 games and averaging 38.4 minutes per contest.Boeheim said last month that Howard will be “as important” this coming season as he was last year.Syracuse’s first exhibition game is Oct. 25 versus Saint Rose in the Carrier Dome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Alex Wood, Cody Bellinger win honors for marvelous May

first_imgWood is the first Dodger to be named NL Pitcher of the Month since Clayton Kershaw in May 2016.Bellinger made his big-league debut April 25 and hit nine home runs in May (tied for fourth in the majors) while driving in 27 runs (second in the majors) in 28 games. He tied Joc Pederson and James Loney for the most home runs in a calendar month by a Dodgers rookie. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error May was a good month for the Dodgers.They went 19-9, one of the best records in the majors for the month. And two key players in that surge are being honored for their individual performances.Left-hander Alex Wood has been named the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for May and Cody Bellinger the NL Rookie of the Month.Currently on the disabled list with SC joint inflammation in the front of his pitching shoulder, Wood went 5-0 with a 1.27 ERA in his five starts last month. He didn’t allow a run in four of those starts and finished the month with a scoreless streak of 25 1/3 consecutive innings. That is the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season. He had the lowest ERA in the NL for the month (minimum 25 innings pitched) and struck out 41 batters in 28 1/3 innings.last_img read more

How Magic Johnson reportedly torpedoed the Lakers’ shot at landing Kawhi Leonard

first_imgLeonard and his camp had asked the teams he was considering — reportedly the Lakers and Raptors, and to a lesser extent the Clippers and Knicks — to avoid letting any information about the process make its way to the media. When Johnson, who in April had abruptly resigned as Lakers president of basketball operations, told ESPN in late June that Leonard had asked to meet with him, despite Leonard’s request for privacy. Related News Magic Johnson’s inability to keep secret that Kawhi Leonard had requested to meet with him may have been the beginning of the end of the Lakers’ chances of signing the free agent, a fate that was sealed after information leaked about the topics discussed in that meeting, according to The Athletic. In a deep dive into Leonard’s largely private free agent process — under the headline “‘We have a deal ready. Are you in?’ Inside the Clippers’ pursuit of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George” — The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick report that Johnson’s actions created trust issues. Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George The machinations of Leonard’s landing with the Clippers are symptomatic of issues the NBA reportedly is investigating surrounding this summer’s free agent process.Meanwhile, Magic Johnson’s failure to keep under wraps his meeting with Leonard isn’t the only reason he won’t be playing for the other NBA team in Los Angeles, but it certainly was a factor.center_img That apparently created some concern for Leonard’s camp.The meeting was scheduled shortly after he was to meet with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka.Shortly after Johnson — who wasn’t in the Lakers’ official meetings with prospective free agents — met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, information leaked about the topics of their conversation, which “sealed the fate of the Lakers,” per The Athletic story.”I truly believe that when Magic started telling the media about the meeting he had with Kawhi and Dennis, that sealed the fate of the Lakers,” an unidentified person involved in the process told The Athletic. “I think that right there was when Dennis and Kawhi decided, ‘We can’t trust the Lakers as an organization.’ And that was it. I think that was it for them.”The LeBron James-Anthony Davis-Kawhi Leonard super team in LA wasn’t going to happen.With the Lakers eliminated from the pursuit, the Clippers were left needing to get another superstar to lure Leonard back to Southern California. Acquiring someone like, say, All-Star Paul George, Leonard’s camp had told the team, would be key. According to The Athletic, the Clippers checked in with the Wizards about Bradley Beal and the Rockets about James Harden but neither was available. (Leonard also reportedly reached out to Kevin Durant and also expressed an interest in pairing with Jimmy Butler, but Durant ended up with Kyrie Irving and the Nets and Butler was dealt to the Heat.)The Clippers ultimately acquired George from the Thunder in a blockbuster trade that Leonard had encouraged George to request. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP, then shocked the NBA landscape by announcing in late night that he would sign with the Clippers. Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on missing out on Kawhi Leonard: ‘You just don’t look back’last_img read more

Aadhaar Helped Govt Save $9 Billion: Nandan Nilekani

first_imgIndia saved $9 billion with help from the Aadhaar Card system that prevented misuse of beneficiary welfare schemes, Nandan Nilekani, the first chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said on Oct. 13.“By having a unique number, you eliminate fakes and duplicates from your beneficiary and employee lists. That alone has saved the government $9 billion,” Nilekani said at a World Bank panel discussion on “Digital Economy for Development” in Washington.The UIDAI project, launched by the previous Congress-led UPA government in 2009, was supported by the BJP government under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi after coming to power in 2014. Nilekani, the 62-year-old non-executive chairman of technology firm Infosys, steered the Aadhaar system, the world’s largest digital identity number project.“It has really been a bipartisan thing. I was given a mandate by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on how to give everyone in India a unique digital ID. We have 1.18 billion in the system we have built with an architecture that could enroll 1.5 million people a day at 35,000 stations across the country,” Nilekani said.“We also have half a billion (500 million) people who have connected their (Aadhaar) ID to their bank accounts. The government has transferred about $12 billion to their accounts electronically real time, which is the world’s largest cash transfer system in real-time.”Nilekani pointed out that India is the only country in the world where a billion people carry out paperless, cashless transactions on their mobile phones using the Aadhaar infrastructure, and added that further lowering of transaction cost would lead to an increase in numbers.He stressed that the perception of what is digital infrastructure has to change from seeing it as a way to provide communication and internet to the new world of data economy, identity, authentication, frictionless payments and paperless transactions. This is what India has done, he said.Talking about the Supreme Court ruling upholding individual privacy as a fundamental right, Nilekani added that the apex court also laid down a framework for the government to work around this issue for achieving state objectives of national security, prevention of crime, protection of revenue or for social welfare.“The Supreme Court, however, said every time you circumscribe some privacies, there has be a certain law, it needs to be reasonable. It’s a brilliantly drafted judgement,” he said. — (With IANS inputs) Related ItemsAadhaar benefitsLittle IndiaNandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani AadhaarNandan Nilekani UIDAIlast_img read more