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P2P lending firms upbeat SMEs can repay loan on time during pandemic

first_imgPeer-to-peer (P2P) lenders to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  believe the coronavirus outbreak, which has disrupted most economic activities in Indonesia, will not affect their loan repayments.Aria Widyanto, the chief risk and sustainability officer of Amartha, a P2P lending platform that primarily funds SMEs owned by women in villages, said that he was sure that the financial technology (fintech) company’s borrowers would be able to repay loans on time because he believed the rural economy remained resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s catastrophic effect on many other sectors.“The economies of villages are more resilient because they are more isolated,” he said on March 26 during a video conference. “These SMEs will conduct business as usual despite the turbulence in the macroeconomy.” “This is the best option given the current force majeure,” Aria said. “Hopefully, we can continue business as usual soon.”Amartha provides an insurance option for lenders to SMEs through its app. If the borrower cannot repay the loan, the insurance will cover 75 percent of the outstanding debt.Amartha has disbursed Rp 2.3 trillion (US$140 million) in loans to 490,000 borrowers with a 0.5 percent non-performing loan (NPL) rate.Another P2P lender, Crowdo said it used artificial intelligence to determine risk and provide lenders with more comprehensive information about borrowers’ businesses.The fintech system classifies businesses’ risk exposure to COVID-19. It classifies hotels and restaurants as high-risk. It also explains potential risks in business factsheets. “We have yet to see a significant change in our business,” said Crowdo Indonesia commercial officer chief Ikram Jeihan in a written statement. “The loan payment due date is still on schedule.”Crowdo has funded 5,000 projects in Indonesia and has an NPL ratio of 1.89 percent.Modalku has also implemented risk-mitigating measures such as tighter selection criteria for new and existing SMEs that want to raise funds through the fintech company.Modalku said it would examine food and beverage businesses, the travel sector and cross-border trade in evaluating loan applications since those businesses were the most affected by the pandemic.“We will also adjust each borrower’s loan limit and terms depending on their business profile to mitigate the effect of the spread of COVID-19,” Modalku co-founder and CEO Reynold Wijaya said on Tuesday.Modalku offers loans of up to Rp 2 billion to SMEs without a collateral requirement. The company also operates in Malaysia and Singapore under the name Funding Societies. As of March, it had disbursed a total of Rp 13 trillion in business loans in the three countries.According to the Financial Services Authority (OJK), fintech lending had grown 225.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 95.4 trillion in February. P2P lending contributed Rp 60 trillion to the Indonesian economy last year, mainly by enabling wider financial inclusion of SMEs.Topics : Aria said that Indonesia had faced many crises but that people continued to buy daily necessities, which are often provided by SMEs.He added that SME entrepreneurs were resilient because their businesses were often the main source of their income and they needed to keep working in order to survive. “Some of them are producing clothes, but since they are not selling well during the outbreak, they can switch to selling tempeh the next day to have an income,” he said.He added that Amartha would not disburse or collect loans until April 6 to comply with government’s social distancing policy. Afterwards, the company would resume collecting payments only from the leaders of borrowing groups so borrowers could repay their loans with less physical contact.The fintech company disburses loans and collects repayments at a biweekly group meeting. However, since the government has urged people to stay at home, Amartha has decided to suspend its on-field activities.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku defends David De Gea after latest mistake against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Apr 2019 1:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Solskjaer: De Gea is not the reason we’re in sixth placeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:21FullscreenSolskjaer: De Gea is not the reason we’re in sixth place is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United ready to trigger Jan Oblak’s release clause to replace David De Gea / Read More Coming Next Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku is confident David De Gea can bounce back (Picture: Getty)Romelu Lukaku has tipped David De Gea to turn his form around after the goalkeeper’s latest costly error in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.De Gea has produced uncharacteristic mistakes against Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City in recent weeks and was also partly to blame as United conceded to West Ham, Wolves and Everton.The Spaniard is heading into the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford and many believe his mind may be elsewhere which would explain a drastic decline in form.Reports suggest United are even ready to trigger Jan Oblak’s €120million (£104m) release clause at Atletico Madrid as they prepare to cash in on De Gea this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Full Screen Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More by Metro Top articles Skip Ad Read More Romelu Lukaku defends David De Gea after latest mistake against Chelsea Video Settings More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Lukaku admits De Gea is going through a ‘difficult’ spell, the Belgian is confident his team-mate can bounce back stronger just as he did at the start of his United career.‘He’s a really positive person. He’s the been the best player at the club since when? Seven or eight years, consistently,’ Lukaku said.‘I don’t think we should discredit him like that and suddenly say he’s a bad goalkeeper. He’s saved us so many times this season.‘It happens to strikers, it happens to midfielders and now it’s happening to him. Skip PLAY De Gea was at fault for Alonso’s equaliser against United (Picture: Getty)‘He has to learn from it. Goalkeepers always have a spell when its might be difficult.‘He has to continue working hard. You just work and play. I don’t know how goalkeepers get through it, but he works hard every single day.‘We’re here to support him. He’s strong. Mentally he’s really, really strong or else he wouldn’t have been the best player at the club for seven or eight years. There’s no doubting his ability.‘He had a bad time at the start of his United career as I remember and he was just a kid then, but came through it.’ Lukaku is interested in a move to Italy (Picture: Getty)Lukaku’s future has also been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks after the striker admitted that he’s keen to play in Italy.The Belgium international made no secret of his Serie A ‘dreams’ and refused to rule out a move away from United this summer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Me? I don’t know, I’m not here to entertain rumours. I’m still under contract,’ Lukaku said.Antonio Conte will reportedly ask United about Lukaku should he take over from Luciano Spalletti as Inter Milan manager at the end of the season. Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Frank Recruitment Group to Establish New Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creation of 250 Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 31, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Frank Recruitment Group leadership to celebrate that the company, a technology-focused employee recruitment business, has established its new regional headquarters in Philadelphia. The facility will result in the creation of 250 jobs.“Frank Recruitment Group’s decision to establish their new regional headquarters in Philadelphia speaks to both the strategic location of the area and the quality workforce available,” said Governor Wolf. “The great institutions of higher learning in the Philadelphia region offers an impressive talent pool to companies like Frank Recruitment Group. I wish them success as they continue to invest in the state and our stellar workforce.”Frank Recruitment Group has expanded its East Coast footprint through the lease of a 21,300-square-foot office to serve as a new regional headquarters. The office is located at 1801 Market Street in the heart of Philadelphia’s Central Business District. The company will make a total capital investment of $1.8 million in the project and has also committed to the creation of 250 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.James Lloyd-Townshend, CEO of Frank Recruitment Group, said of the expansion to Philadelphia: “Frank Recruitment Group is growing at an exceptional rate with nine worldwide locations. The addition of our Philadelphia office allows us to grow our North American business further with the addition of another 250 employees to our global headcount, with over 100 of these employees already working from our Philadelphia office. Philadelphia is a fantastic city with a large pool of candidates from excellent universities, which will enable us to continue our growth strategy, while creating career opportunities in the center of Philadelphia.”Frank Recruitment Group received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $350,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $500,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.“Today’s tour of Frank Recruitment Group and accompanying roundtable discussion were an excellent opportunity to showcase Philadelphia’s ongoing business development efforts to Governor Wolf,” said Duane Bumb, Senior Deputy Commerce Director for Business Development. “Staff from the City’s Department of Commerce often partner with the Governor’s Action Team to attract new companies to Philadelphia. Frank Recruitment Group’s decision to open an office here is one of many great examples of what can be accomplished when we work together to show businesses across the U.S. and the world what Pennsylvania has to offer.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department.Frank Recruitment Group operates from strategic hub locations and satellite offices based in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.For more information, visit or for career opportunities visit careers.frankgroup.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces Frank Recruitment Group to Establish New Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Creation of 250 Jobslast_img read more

RPMI joins with PGGM, CalSTRS to vote against Oracle board

first_img“This is not a situation any board should ignore, even taking into account the advisory nature of the pay resolution, as it is clearly a request for change by shareholders.”The letter continued that there had been “no substantial changes” in Oracle’s compensation structure since, and that the board was therefore failing in its duty to shareholders.“It’s an unusual step for us to be voting against the entire board, but we feel the board needs to take collective responsibility for its lack of action.”Deborah Gilshan, RPMIAs a result, the three investors said they would withhold their support for the current board at the annual general meeting on 31 October.“Consistent with this view,” they added, ”we further consider it is in the best interests of our beneficiaries to support the shareholder proposal seeking the appointment of an independent chairman to the board and to vote against the advisory vote on pay.”The letter also noted that concerns were not merely limited to executive pay, but that it extended to “wider issues of proper board accountability”.Gilshan told IPE it was an unusual step for RPMI to be acting so publicly, but that it was “a signal of the severity of our concerns in this case”.“We feel we’ve undertaken our responsibility as shareholders to vote, engage and to write to the company with our concerns,” she said.“We’ve tried to engage with the compensation committee, and they weren’t able to meet with us to hear our concern.”She added: “It’s an unusual step, as well, for us to be voting against the entire board, but we feel the board needs to take collective responsibility for its lack of action.”Jackson, corporate governance adviser at PGGM, went so far as to call their objections to the board “unprecedented” and said repeated attempts were made to raise the investor group’s concerns over the lack of performance vesting targets in incentive awards, as well as the discretion granted to Oracle’s compensation committee.“We have chosen to address all shareholders’ directly,” she said, referencing the letter filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, “in favour of attending the annual shareholders’ meeting, as we feel this is a more effective way of having our concerns heard.”She added: “If our concerns aren’t heard during tonight’s AGM, we will consider all our options.”Gilshan would not be drawn on the potential outcome of the vote, which will be known following today’s AGM in California.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLetter to Oracle shareholders, as released by the US Securities and Exchange Commission The £20bn (€23.3bn) RPMI is set to vote against the entire board of California-based technology company Oracle Corporation in a dispute over executive pay and board accountability.Joined by €140bn Dutch pension manager PGGM and the $172bn (€125bn) California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the UK’s RPMI decided on the “unusual” step, according to its corporate governance counsel Deborah Gilshan, after the firm’s compensation committee failed to engage with its concerns.In a letter co-signed by Gilshan and her PGGM and CalSTRS counterparts Catherine Jackson and Anne Sheehan, the pension managers asked fellow Oracle shareholders to consider in whose interest the company’s board was acting after it ignored an attempt to get last year’s executive remuneration package approved by a majority.The letter noted: “At the 2012 annual shareholders’ meeting, the advisory vote on pay not only failed to receive a majority vote in support, but, by our calculations, 86% of independent shareholders voted against the resolution.last_img read more

Hermes Real Estate enters £800m Manchester redevelopment JV

first_imgHermes’s development arm, Argent, however, will not be involved in the project.The developer, which Hermes bought in 1997, is currently working on the mixed-use King’s Cross development.Chris Taylor, chief executive at Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, compared NOMA’s attributes with the King’s Cross scheme and Birmingham’s Paradise Circus.He said: “This is consistent with our UK strategy of investing in commanding sites within major urban areas.”The joint venture is the latest evidence of growing interest from institutional investors in regional UK property markets.Taylor said Hermes was attracted to areas benefiting from “improved infrastructure, regeneration, enhanced public realm and proximity to major retail and leisure facilities”.Late last year, Hermes sold a 50% stake in a £270m Milton Keynes shopping centre on behalf of the BT Pension Scheme, which had owned the 1.3m sq ft asset for nearly 40 years. Hermes Real Estate is teaming up with The Co-operative Group on the UK’s biggest regional redevelopment project, the mixed-use NOMA scheme in Manchester.The Co-Op and Hermes, the asset manager wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme, will be equal partners in the £800m (€967m) joint venture.An initial agreement is expected next month.The 10-year project will see 20 acres of land developed in the centre of the city.last_img read more

Queensland parents turn to home lottery to get children into property market

first_imgThey come fully furnished with more than $277,000 worth of products. MORE NEWS: Inside Ellen’s $34m beachfront compound The RSL Art Union’s latest prize homes are on Sundowner Court in Mermaid Waters.TWINS Addison and Indiana Knight love the idea of living in matching houses next door to each other.It sounds like a children’s fantasy but it could become a reality if their parents Sheree and Aaron picked a winning ticket in the RSL Art Union’s latest prize home lottery.The Deagon couple bought two tickets — one each for the girls — for the two waterfront villas at Mermaid Waters.Mrs Knight said parents were always thinking of ways to best set their kids up and this was a simple and optimistic gesture to help their daughters get into the property market. Addison and Indiana Knight, 7, are among the thousands of people hoping to win the Mermaid Waters prize homes.center_img There are two neighbouring properties in the prize package.“Both my husband and I realise it’s getting harder and harder for younger generations to get their foot in the door, we thought what better way than to spend $5 on a ticket,” she said.“All we want is the best for our children.”As the RSL Art Union sells about 2.5 million tickets in each lottery and about 350,000 people play, the Knights know winning is a long shot.But as the age-old saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it.The couple have explained the idea to Addi and Indi but Mrs Knight said the girls haven’t quite grasped the magnitude of it, especially what it would mean if they won.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“They’re not quite 8-years-old yet so it’s all above their heads a bit,” she said.“But they love the idea of having two houses and living next door to your best friend.“I guess it’s all a bit of a fantasy for them.”She said they had a few ideas in mind regarding what they would do if they won the homes.“Ideally it would be to hand them over to the girls when they’re older,” Mrs Knight said. MORE NEWS: This apartment probably earns more than you The draw closes on July 16.“I think it would be something we would hold onto and rent them out.”The identical Sundowner Court villas are three stories and each have four bedrooms, a waterfront pool, alfresco area with built-in barbecue and rooftop terrace.RSL Art Union property and prize specialist Lisa Roy said the homes were fully furnished with more than $277,000 worth of designer furniture and electrical appliances.“Each villa has been professionally styled to make the most of its generous internal space and breathtaking views of the Gold Coast’s enviable waterways,” she said.“They exude a modern luxe design with premium touches such as polished concrete floors, glass handrails and sleek finishes throughout.”They are worth $3.7 million and could both be rented out for about $156,000 per year.The draw closes on Tuesday, July 16, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 24.All funds from ticket sales go directly to RSL Queensland to fund services for veterans and their families.last_img read more

Team Nigeria ‘s Ruth Usoro Gets Tokyo 2020 Boost

first_imgThe hope of Nigeria winning laurels at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics got a boost yesterday with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Mr Sunday Dare Adopt a Talent initiate yielding result.According to a statement by Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, John Joshua -Akanji said another would-be Olympian has been ‘adopted’ by a businessman under the ‘Adopt-an-Athlete’ initiative being promoted, by Mr. Dare.The Chairman of Dakinda Football for Every Home Limited, Mr. Emmanuel Akpakwu, yesterday signed an agreement to pay $20,000 (about N7.2 million) towards the preparation and participation of Ruth Usoro at the upcoming Olympics. Ruth Usoro The documents were signed in the minister’s office at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.Usoro is an overseas-based track and field athlete that has won medals in 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump events across the globe. The money donated is to ensure she is in top shape for the Olympics scheduled for 24 July to 9 August.In appreciation, the minister said : “On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, I thank you for choosing to assist in the development of the Nigerian sports industry by adopting our budding athlete Ms Ruth Usoro.“We commend your contributions, as this is the right time move by making your support available as Team Nigeria embark on the voyage of Tokyo 2020 Olympics to strive to make Nigeria proud.”According to records, 14 athletes have been adopted by various organisations and individuals in support of the Minister’s initiative.Meanwhile,the Sports Ministry has declared that Team Nigeria is the adopted name for athletes representing the country at any sports event,even as only the Ministry can pick athletes for competitions.According to a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Gabriel Aduda,the Ministry frowns at anyone or group that may want to factionalize or hijack Nigerian sports for selfish interest. Only Team Nigeria is recognized and qualified to represent Nigeria at sports meets .Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tale of two starts in conference tourney

first_imgST. PAUL — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team learned a valuable lesson this past weekend: The way it starts games does in fact go a long way in determining how it finishes them.That first became evident at the WCHA Final Five Friday afternoon where the Badgers came out flat and struggled to find their groove in the semifinal against St. Cloud State. As a result, SCSU goaltender Mike Lee settled in, and the Badgers were stifled offensively, losing 2-0 at the Xcel Energy Center.Head coach Mike Eaves had difficulty explaining why his team looked so lethargic at the start, and he mentioned the challenges a rare afternoon start can present (UW played both games at 2 p.m.).But Eaves refused to use that as an excuse, insisting the sub par effort early on boiled down to lack of execution and focus. Throw a hot opposing goaltender into the mix and there was more than enough standing in the way of a UW victory.“It’s hard to explain why we came out the way we did. It was disappointing and the guys realized that,” Eaves said. “We weren’t as sharp as we know we can be. I think for the first seven minutes we had turnovers at the blue line, (and) never got [the puck] deep. We got better and started to come on, but we never solved the riddle of Mr. Lee.”Senior forward Michael Davies had an even harder time explaining why UW started the Final Five so flat.“I don’t know what it is. You have got to be ready to go from the drop of the puck, and we were a little hesitant at first,” Davies said.But in the third-place game 24 hours later the Badgers looked like a completely different team.UW wanted to get out to a fast start and it wasn’t going to let Denver goaltender and conference player of the year Marc Cheverie stand in its way.The junior netminder was chased out of his net after allowing three quick goals with just over 11 minutes gone in the opening period.“Well obviously the start we had here tonight was the direct opposite of the one we had last night,” Eaves said. “We had the jump, got some goals (and) started the way we would like to, and that carried us through the rest of the game. The great start was a critical point for us tonight.”The Badgers continued to build on the momentum created, and they pulled out a convincing 6-3 victory over the top-ranked Pioneers and improved to 16-2-1 when scoring first.According to sophomore center Derek Stepan, who scored UW’s second goal Saturday, the tremendous start boiled down to a commitment to playing simple hockey.“Just keeping it simple was something we really wanted to do. Getting pucks on the goalie and getting traffic in front of him were some keys that we were trying to focus on to get that great start,” Stepan said.Eaves shuffled every one of his lines for Saturday’s contest in an effort to infuse some energy into his team knowing a good start would be crucial. The 6-3 score line highlighted the merits of that decision.“I think we got stale. There was no question that after last night’s game we needed to switch things up,” Eaves said. “I think [the strong start] was a combination of the team responding, and the changes that we made that gave us a little more energy at the beginning of the game.”And while senior tri-captain Ben Street acknowledged the spark the new lines gave he and his teammates, the senior forward expected the Badgers to come out flying seeking redemption after Friday’s loss regardless.“Any time you switch [the lines] up it creates energy. Its get you into the game a little bit; you’re talking to your new line mates. But overall as a group we were more ready to go,” Street said. “We knew we needed a little retribution from our night before. Whether or not we changed the lines we would have had the same start.”As the Badgers and 15 other teams prepare for NCAA tournament play, they know their execution late in games will be critical to their postseason success. But for UW, it’s how you start, not how you finish: Wisconsin is 23-0-2 when leading after two periods and 0-9-2 when trailing entering the third.last_img read more

Women’s soccer keeps rolling with 2-0 win over Kansas

first_imgJunior midfielder Sydney Sladek scored a goal as the Trojans defeated Kansas on Friday for their sixth straight win – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe No. 12 women’s soccer team defeated Kansas 2-0 at McAlister Field on Friday, extending their winning streak to six matches.The Women of Troy faced a Jayhawks side that qualified for the Big 12 Championship game last year, but goals from sophomore striker Leah Pruitt and junior midfielder Sydney Sladek ensured USC kept rolling.Both teams threatened in a back-and-forth first half, each creating a handful of scoring chances, but the opening 45 minutes finished scoreless. Barely a minute after the second-half restart, however, Pruitt broke the deadlock, smashing a long half-volley past Kansas goalkeeper Regan Gibbs.Jayhawk center back Addisyn Merrick was unable to clear past Pruitt after freshman Ashleigh Plumptre stormed down the left wing and whipped a cross into the box. The sophomore transfer from San Diego State pounced on the loose ball and fired on-target from over 20 yards out for her first goal in Cardinal and Gold.Pruitt described her maiden effort as a “good shot” after the game.“I’m just really excited I got my first goal under my belt,” she said. “I’ve been trying to score a lot.”The goal couldn’t have come at a better time, as Kansas had barely touched the ball in the second half before suddenly staring at a deficit — all after a relatively even first period.“They’re coming out of the half…feeling good about themselves, so immediately, when you score like that, the momentum shifts,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We could play a little bit more freely, not necessarily having to go get the goal, which I think helped open them up a bit.”The Women of Troy continued to challenge the Jayhawk backline, but the defense remained disciplined after conceding. USC clung to its slim advantage until Sladek took advantage of another misfired Kansas clearance and slotted home with three minutes to go to seal the win.After starting the season with consecutive losses at Santa Clara and Long Beach State, USC appeared in danger of squandering some of the program’s momentum from 2015, when the Women of Troy made a Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Tournament. But three weeks and six wins later, the team is sitting pretty: USC is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, largely thanks to its 3-0 drubbing of No. 8 North Carolina last weekend.Despite the admirable position, McAlpine isn’t satisfied.“Today was a poor day for us in terms of our energy, our work rate, and executing the things we trained for,” he said. “However, it’s days like this when you start to believe in yourself a little bit because you had a bad day, but you found a win.”McAlpine said he still considered the game a “step forward,” and he was bullish on the team’s position heading into USC’s conference opener next week. Even after a disappointing performance, the team has won six on the trot, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme hasn’t been beaten in over nine hours of soccer.“It’s a reminder, sort of like the first two games of the year, that you still have to do the work, be disciplined, and be focused for every team you play,” McAlpine said. “Today was no different, and going into Pac-12 [play] adds a level of urgency now.”The Women of Troy will look to extend their streak again next Friday, when Arizona visits McAlister Field for USC’s first Pac-12 matchup of the fall.last_img read more

Tipp team announced

first_imgPeter Creedon has gone with Evan Comerford to start in goal. The full back line is made up of Alan Campbell, captain Paddy Codd and Andrew Morrissey.The half backs are Seamus Kennedy, Peter Acheson and Robbie Kiely. Colin O’Riordan and Stephen O’Brien make up the mid-field partnerships. In the half forwards, it’s George Hannigan, Barry Grogan and Brian Fox.While Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan and Ian Fahy will look to break down the Armagh defence on the full forward line. The Premier County’s manager, Peter Creedon, told Tipp FM Sport he is hoping for two points out of a possible four in their opening two league games against Armagh and Limerick. Throw-in for the Armagh game is at 2 o’clock tomorrow and Tipp FM will bring you full live coverage in association with Supermacs.last_img read more