New captain but same result as Bermuda lose again

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Bermuda changed captains but produced another woeful batting display as they slumped to a six-wicket defeat to resurgent Namibia to extend their miserable run in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier here yesterday.Bermuda’s fourth successive defeat came as they limped to 106 for nine after they were sent in at the ICC Academy Ground No 2. Namibia raced to victory with 41 balls to spare to get back into playoff contention with two wins, despite seamer Kamau Leverock’s three-wicket haul.The result left Bermuda as the only side in Group A without a point and in need of a miraculous run of results elsewhere, combined with wins over Scotland and the Netherlands in their remaining two matches, in order to remain in the hunt for one of six places up for grabs for qualifiers at next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.Bermuda, who face Scotland today and group leaders the Netherlands on Saturday, would also require an enormous swing in their net run rate if they are to force their way into the fourth-place spot.After dispiriting batting performances against Papua New Guinea and Kenya, Bermuda made a change in captaincy, replacing Dion Stovell with 32-year-old off-spinner Rodney Trott.Stovell dropped himself after scoring nought, one and four in the three previous games.Trott took over the captaincy despite Terryn Fray having been previously named as vice-captain, while Derrick Brangman, Malachi Jones and Sinclair Smith – batting at No 11 as a specialist wicketkeeper, a novelty in T20 cricket – were brought in for George O’Brien, Allan Douglas and Stovell.But it made little difference as an all-too-familiar batting collapse resulted in Bermuda slumping to 42 for six at the halfway stage, Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins making only six.Okera Bascome, who made six, four and nought opening the batting in the first three games, dropped to number eight and made a fine 37 from 31 balls, while Brangman made an unbeaten 23, as the pair gave the total an air of respectability.But Namibia raced to 35 without loss from the opening two overs, seamer Jones going for 11 runs and left-arm spinner Brangman, 24, and despite Leverock snapping up three for 19, his best T20 international figures for a second game in a row, the southern African side powered home.Canada top Group B after winning their third game in a row, upsetting Ireland by 10 runs.last_img read more

The Counseling Center’s mission for more resources

first_imgOn a campus where students are increasingly utilizing mental health resources, USC students are calling for additional support. In 2014, 24 Engemann Student Health Center clinicians saw 4,200 students at the counseling center. For a student body of USC’s size, this creates a counselor-to-student ratio of about 1 to 1,700. Comparatively, Ivy League schools have an average ratio of 1 to 900.“I know from my experience and those I talk to on campus there’s been frustration with allocation of resources for mental health,” said Hannah Nguyen, director of the Academic Culture Assembly.The call for mental health resources rings loud and clear at USC and across the nation due to the sheer number of students affected by mental illness. Since last year, the Engemann counseling center has seen a 25 percent increase in initial assessments and a 20 percent increase in crisis appointments. The National College Health Assessment, which surveys more than 100,000 college students, reported that 25 percent are diagnosed with a mental illness.“I think it’s taking fire here because people are being able to talk about [mental health] more, and there’s opportunities for people to say, ‘This really does matter, this does affect my day to day,’” said Dr. Ilene Rosenstein, director of the counseling center at the Engemann Center.Staffing and Space A primary concern among students is the wait time necessary to schedule an appointment at the counseling center. Lianne Moreno, a junior majoring in mathematics and economics, waited a month to see a therapist during the Fall 2014 semester when she was experiencing symptoms of depression.“It obviously didn’t make it any better,” she said.The University’s most recent plan to hire six new counselors, announced this semester, aims to alleviate wait times. Four of the positions have already been filled, and Rosenstein hopes the remaining two counselors will be hired by Jan. 1. Already, the increase in counselors has allowed the center to reduce wait times for initial assessments from seven business days to 72 hours.The University also plans to evaluate the appropriate number of counselors annually, said Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. The ideal number of counselors, however, is something that is difficult to determine.“That is one of our biggest conversations right now — what is the scope of practice and what is the ideal number of counselors to service our community?” Carry said. “We’re constantly balancing people and resources and space to meet the needs of the community as the number of people in that community continues to expand.”One way Rosenstein hopes to decrease wait time is to continue Engemann’s preventative strategies, including stress-relief clinics, bystander workshops and group therapy. These programs aim to help students before they need individual therapy.Additionally, students can take preventative measures to protect their mental health outside the counseling center. Mindful USC, which launched last fall, provides programming to promote stress reduction and workplace happiness. Additionally, the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion offers peer-to-peer counseling.“We encourage students to really do their research and see what USC has to offer because a lot of resources are underutilized,” said Christine Hasrouni, director of Wellness Affairs for Undergraduate Student Government. “Whenever someone thinks mental health they think of the counseling center, but there are other things available.”Space available for mental health resources, however, is becoming a concern. The new Engemann Center, which opened in January 2013, devotes an entire floor to counseling services, but the addition of new counselors begs the question of where they will work. Counselors who currently staff the center fill the available space, Carry said.“Counseling is a very private and confidential relationship so we can’t just pop them anywhere. We can’t just say, ‘let’s build counseling rooms in the Student Union or in the residence halls or classrooms,’” Carry said. “Our hope is to fit them in Engemann Student Health so they’re in the same place where all our counseling services are available.”Outsourcing: Seeking best care To accommodate the number of students in need of counseling services, the Engemann Center, as well other collegiate counseling centers, including the University of California system and New York University, focus on preventive and short-term care.Following an initial assessment, if it is identified that the student needs more than  short-term therapy (typically 8-12 sessions), the student is often referred to an off-campus clinician. This approach is about finding the best care, including speciality care, Rosenstein said.“It’s not like you got rejected from counseling service — it’s because this is really good care,” she said. “We’re hoping that students and families will understand that.”Though outsourcing can be the most efficient way for to students to receive the care they need, for some, being referred off campus can be overwhelming.Emma Hall, a freshman majoring in biological sciences, had been seeing a psychiatrist for depression and anxiety at home when she visited the counseling center to find an available therapist. After explaining her diagnosis, Hall was referred to a clinician off campus.Hall said her counselor was helpful in finding a provider who accepted her insurance, but taking public transportation or Uber within the first month of freshman year felt too time consuming and overwhelming, so she stopped seeking treatment. For Hall, who had always dreamed of attending USC, learning that the school could not meet her needs was jarring.“It was my first realization that this school isn’t perfect,” she said. “Obviously this school can’t be perfect, but I was brand new and this school was my dream, so I was pretty upset.”While referral locations vary depending on student insurance plans, two practices that the Engemann Center refers students to are within walking distance of campus, and five are Downtown. Yet 13 percent of students referred off campus for counseling stop pursuing services, according to an Engemann Center survey.“We’re trying to figure out for those who don’t go [and] who stop, what is that about?” Rosenstein said.The Engemann Center’s student surveys show that the top cause for outsourced students to stop seeking treatment is because they report they are feeling better or are not at a place where they needed services.Ultimately, students are responsible for their own care, Rosenstein said, and she urges students to follow up with the counseling center if they feel their treatment plan is not workingGoing ForwardThe sentiments of Hall and others confused about why they cannot be seen on campus, reveal a disconnect between the counseling center and students. Hasrouni called for increased communication between the groups.“I think one thing they can improve on is making sure that when a student is outsourced, that they are clearly communicating why the student is being outsourced,” Hasrouni said. “I think there should be more hand-holding, so if they’re not seen at the counseling center, at least they know that person is getting in with another clinic.”To facilitate this process, the counseling center and its student advocacy team will post YouTube videos to their website that explain the process of being referred to an outside clinician. Engemann hopes to launch the updated website in the spring. The site will also feature tools to help students determine whether to seek treatment.Hasrouni hopes that these services will be clearly outlined in new orientation programming that USG will implement next year. Additionally, Rosenstein said she plans to encourage increased communication with the student body by starting a monthly newsletter to highlight programming, continuing to meet biweekly with the student mental health advocacy group and find new ways to advertise Engemann’s events and resources.“One of the things that was striking to us is there are all these things that so few students know we’re doing,” Rosenstein said.As the University strives to promote its available resources, Carry is looking toward the USC Village as an opportunity to further expand mental health resources. When the Village is completed in 2017, the University will add six new residential colleges to its existing seven. This gives Student Affairs the space to explore the possibility of counselor-in-residence programs, which would aim to ease the transition of making an appointment at the counseling center by familiarizing students with counselors in the residence hall.The University does not have a comprehensive counselor-in-residence plan just yet, Carry said, but administration is working to define what the program would look like, whether it is a counselor who holds office hours, appointments or group therapy sessions in residence halls.Though the task of satisfying the mental health needs of thousands of students may sound daunting, Rosenstein said she believes a solution is possible once the correct number of counselors and resources is attained.“We want our students to live up to their potential, and absolutely thrive — not just get by, but thrive,” she said.last_img read more

Uganda 52 Cook Islands 39, Botswana 48 Jamaica 46

first_img1988Canberra, AustraliaAustralia 1992Suva, FijiNew Zealand Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 0Botswana4301212159536 LIVE FT: Uganda   52  Cook Islands ?? 39; Botswana 48  Jamaica 46WednesdayUganda vs Jamaica 6pmGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls continued their perfect run in the Netball World Youth Cup with a 52-39 victory over Cook Islands at the UB Indoor Sports Arena on Tuesday.The result of the day however came from the hosts Botswana, who upset fancied Jamaica 48-46 in their final Pool C match.The earlier victory for Uganda’s She Pearls makes it a perfect three out of three games in their pool. The win comes a day after the She Pearls halted Botswana’s unbeaten run on Monday, but they could do the hosts a favour by winning on Wednesday against Jamaica.That would leave Jamaica at 4 points, behind Botswana and Uganda who would advance to the quarter-finals. Otherwise, goal difference would determine who qualifies, if Uganda loses their final game.This is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) is holding an international event on the African continent.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.POOL CBotswanaJamaicaCook IslandsMalaysiaUganda 2000Cardiff, WalesAustralia 0Malaysia300369224-1550 3Jamaica3201159111484 Share on: WhatsApp LIVE facebook 1996Toronto, CanadaAustraliacenter_img 2005Fort Lauderdale, USANew Zealand 2017Botswana YearLocationWinner 0Cook Islands3003121145-240 15Uganda3300179102786 LIVE YoutubeEarlier Pool C results Jamaica     43    Cook Islands 41Botswana  72    Malaysia 26Cook Islands 41 Botswana 50Uganda     81    Malaysia 21Jamaica    70 Malaysia 22Uganda     46  Botswana 42 2013Glasgow, ScotlandNew Zealand RELATED 2009Rarotonga, Cook IslandsAustralialast_img read more

Steelers thrilling win keeps faint playoffs hopes alive

first_imgThe teams the Steelers are battling with  are the Broncos (8-6), Ravens (8-6), Jaguars (7-7), Dolphins (7-7), Jets (7-7), Texans (7-7) and Titans (7-7).The Ravens looked impressive as they easily defeated the Bears 31-7 to stay ahead of the Steelers and make this weekend’s showdown at Heinz Field enormous for both teams. This has become one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL and no game has been bigger for these two teams than this weekend, which will just about eliminate the loser. Who knows, maybe all the other contenders will lose, again.The Dolphins have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late but they ran into an even hotter team in the Titans and went down to a 27-24 overtime loss. The Titans after starting 0-6 with Vince Young on the bench having gone 7-1 since the owner forced the coach to start him. This is a team no one wants to see in the playoffs.The Steelers almost had their typical fourth quarter meltdown as the Packers came roaring back to take a 36-30 lead with only minutes left, after outscoring the Steelers 22-6 in the fourth quarter to that point. The offense put together one of its most impressive drives of the season, a 12- play, 86-yard drive, ending with the sensational 19-yard touchdown reception by Mike Wallace from Roethlisberger that looked a lot like the play in which Santonio Holmes helped win the Super Bowl. The Steelers ended the game much like they began, with a touchdown pass to Wallace. They opened the game with a 60-yard strike to Wallace who outran his defender, but still had to come back for the under thrown ball for the touchdown. He only had two catches in the game, both for scores.“He made plays when given the opportunity, not that he’s had a bunch of opportunities and sometimes, it’s like that,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “It’s about what you do with them when you get them. He played big. He played older than a rookie for us today which was needed.”It took the best game of the season from Roethlisberger for the Steelers to pull it off. The defense faltered, and Tomlin decided to try an on-side kick, that failed, deep in Packer territory, which led to a Green Bay score that most thought was the game.The 503 yards racked up by Roethlisberger was a Pittsburgh record. He was 29 of 46 with three touchdown passes. The running game was all but abandoned with Rashard Mendenhall picking up 38 yards on just 11 carries and Willie Parker 22 yards on just six carries. However, Mendenhall was very active in the passing game as he had six receptions for 73 yards. Of the six players grabbing those 503 yards, Hines Ward led the way with seven catches for 126 yards, which put him over 1,000 for the year for the sixth time in his career; Heath Miller had seven catches for 118 yards, a personal best, and he also broke the record for tight end receptions for a single season. Holmes had three catches for 77 yards.Aaron Rodgers, who’s rapidly becoming one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the league, picked the Steelers defense apart for 383 yards on 26 of 48 passing and three touchdowns. Young Greg Jennings had eight catches for 118 yards, including an 83 yard touchdown catch that erased the 60-yarder by Wallace, pulling the Packers even, and tight end Jermichael Finley had nine catches for 74 yards. The defense held running back Ryan Grant to just 37 yards on eight carries.Once again the defense looked weak, primarily the secondary with rookie Joe Burnett playing in place of William Gay. It would be hard to play any worse than Gay has in the past eight games.The win ended the Steelers five-game losing streak Right now the Indianapolis Colts (14-0), San Diego Chargers (11-3), Cincinnati Bengals (9-5), and New England Patriots (9-5) pretty much have the divisions sewn up. Only the Bengals could possible fall, if they lose both of their remaining games and the Ravens win both of theirs. Stranger things have happened, especially when dealing with the Bengals. The Steelers were able to avoid a fourth quarter collapse to keep their slight glimmer of a playoff birth alive with a last second touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace giving them a thrilling 37-36 victory over the 9-5 Green Bay Packers. Now they must prepare for conference rival Baltimore (8-6).With the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos all losing, the Steelers stayed alive, but they will have to win out against the Ravens and the Dolphins, and hope the teams ahead of them for the wild card berth continue to lose.center_img PLAY OF THE GAME— Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers’ Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter Dec. 20, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 37-36. last_img read more