Miranda Ramirez hits her stride at 2nd singles

first_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 10:56 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Two Harvard players watched from the sideline as their teammate, Rachel Lim, took on No. 67 Miranda Ramirez on Sunday afternoon. Ramirez easily took the first set 6-1.“This girl is sick,” one remarked to the other.Ramirez went on to win in straight sets on a slicing shot to the corner. The junior from Texas moved to 7-3 on the season for No. 19 Syracuse (6-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast), including victories over No. 52 Jessica Failla (Pepperdine) and then-No. 36 Chiara Lommer (Michigan). With Sofya Golubovskaya dealing with a shoulder issue, per head coach Younes Limam, Ramirez played the past weekend at second singles for the first time this season. She went 2-0 in the stretch, including a pair of three-game comebacks.“Miranda’s been playing at a very high level,” Limam said. “… Freshman year, I think, she did play (first singles) most of her freshman year. So we know she can play at that level.”Ramirez credited her ability to adjust to different styles for her recent success. Limam said it’s been about her court positioning. She’s been more of an aggressive baseliner and has been finishing points at the net, Limam said. Ramirez’s serve has also improved, giving her “free points.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Sunday, Ramirez faced Lim, a lefty. Ramirez was given an opportunity to use her one-handed backhand more. Gabriela Knutson said she can’t hit Ramirez’s backhand “at all” and Ramirez’s former coach, Thomas Finck, called Ramirez’s “money shot.” Ramirez has seen so many lefties in her career, pivoting to her go-to stroke is routine.“It’s always a slightly different game when I play against a lefty,” Ramirez said. “… I was able to adjust right off the bat, and it didn’t faze me at all.”Ramirez started the spring season unranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings while Knutson sat at No. 43, and Golubovskaya came in at No. 92. In the Feb. 6 iteration, Ramirez climbed to No. 67 while Knutson fell to No. 48, and Golubovskaya fell out of the top 125.Ramirez, who finished with Knutson as No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA Doubles Final Rankings, is used to the spotlight. Last year, the pair earned All-American honors in doubles. The pair has not been as dominant this season at 6-3, with one match that was left unfinished. Knutson said she believed their match against Purdue on Jan. 27 was on of the best of their careers. But they lost 7-5.With Ramirez thriving in singles, though, the duo may be just beginning their ascent again after a dominant 6-2 win against Harvard. Their shared history has led them to believe that it’s only a matter of time before the wins in doubles come. As Syracuse rebounds from its four-match losing streak, Ramirez’s play will be crucial.“So extremely proud of her,” Limam said. “… She’s been playing extremely well for a while now, so good to see.”last_img read more

Motormouth Shannon Sharpe, citing no one, believes Warriors don’t want Kevin Durant back

first_img“I like to talk. I admit it. If I can’t talk, I’m crippled, blind, deaf and dumb.”— Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe to Sports Illustrated before Super Bowl XXXIIIt appears Sharpe can’t talk and think at the same time. On Tuesday morning, appearing on FS1’s “Undisputed,” he gave birth to the most ridiculous Kevin Durant conspiracy theory so far. In fact, he just might have retired the trophy.Sharpe, based on nothing but the chirping of the birds in his head, asserted that the Warriors …last_img read more

Why are migrants insecure in Gujarat?

first_imgWhat happened?Early this month, migrants working in several districts of Gujarat, and hailing mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, began fleeing, fearing for their lives.What was the trigger?On September 28, a 14-month-old was raped allegedly by a migrant labourer in a small village in Sabarkantha in north Gujarat. The incident sent shock waves in the region and triggered a massive backlash against the growing number of migrants in a rapidly industrialising Gujarat. Immediately after the incident, Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena, headed by Congress legislator Alpesh Thakor, reportedly issued threats against migrants, blaming them for the deteriorating law and order situation in north Gujarat districts. And within a few days, dozens of attacks on migrants were reported from 10 districts.What did the government do?So far, the police have filed 60 cases and arrested 500 people for alleged involvement in assaults/attacks on migrants. In addition, the Ahmedabad police arrested more than 100 people for spreading hate messages on social media platforms. According to data from trade and industry bodies, 40,000 migrants fled the State after the attacks.Why the backlash?Three days before the alleged rape, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the State would enact a law to make it mandatory to provide 80% jobs to locals. “Those who set up business in Gujarat, including in the services sector, will have to ensure that 80% of the jobs are given to Gujaratis. The government is working on the law,” Mr. Rupani said.How big is the migrant population?With growing industrialisation and urbanisation, Gujarat, with 43% urban population as per the 2011 Census, has emerged as a major hub for migrant population, particularly from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar. Today, a substantial chunk of the State’s labour force in construction sites, security guards, drivers, domestic workers, factory workers in ceramic, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles and ancillary units and food processing units are Hindi-speaking migrants. Though the exact number of the total migrant population is not available with any government agency, according to industry and trade bodies, migrants account for 35% of the labour force. Surat, Gujarat’s diamond city, has a massive migrant population from more than a dozen States. Migrants dominate textiles and allied units, construction, and heavy industrial factories in Hazira. Other places where migrants work are Ahmedabad, Rajkot, the ceramic hub of Morbi, the chemical and petrochemical hubs of Vadodara and Dahej, Alang, where ships are dismantled, and Sabarkantha.Are any initiatives in place?As migrants began fleeing the State, the authorities scrambled to arrest the exodus by launching initiatives. At the district level, officials held meetings with migrant labourers and contractors to assure them of help. Officials held meetings with representatives of trade bodies and industrial associations to ensure that migrant labourers were given security at the work place and in areas where they live. Initially, the government deployed more police forces in industrial estates and in localities where migrants live. However, the forces have been withdrawn after normalcy was restored. “We have told the officials and industry representatives that migrants are here to work and make a living. If some elements try to commit a crime, they should be dealt with as per the law but others should not be made to suffer for an isolated crime,” said Ramprasad Gupta, a labour contractor at the Naroda Gujarat Industrial Development Corporate estate.What is in store?The government will have to ensure the safety of migrants and give them medical and housing facilities and education to their children. So far, the government’s approach to arresting the exodus may have succeeded, but the Chief Minister’s statement on jobs for locals has added to the uncertainty.last_img read more

London Olympics: China’s women’s team wins gold in table tennis

first_imgChina’s women smashed Japan to win team gold in Olympic table tennis on Tuesday. Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue dropped just two sets to secure a 3-1, 3-0, 3-1 win over Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, Ai Fukuhara and Sayaka Hirano.”I feel we played outstanding this time, especially after 2010 when in Moscow our team lost, and so now in 2012, the whole team played very well,” Guo said, referring to the world championship defeat to Germany in the Russian capital.It was the second gold for Li Xiaoxia, who triumphed in women’s singles beating Ding in the final.The bronze went to Singapore, whose Kim Kyungah, Seok Hajung and Dang Yeseo ousted South Korea’s athletes 3-1, 3-1, 3-1.China will complete a sweep of the table tennis golds if its men’s team defeats South Korea in Wednesday’s final.last_img read more

Campbell Soup plans to sell international fresh units

first_imgCampbell Soup Co. plans to focus on its core snacks and soup business in North America and sell its international business, paying down debt.The Camden, New Jersey, company said Thursday it’s working urgently to complete all the moves by next July.The planned sales will leave Campbell Soup with brands including Goldfish, Pepperidge Farm and Snyder’s of Hanover.The company announced a reorganization in May, along with the retirement of then CEO Denise Morrison, as it faces a mix of changing food trends and potentially costly tariffs on aluminum and steel.Campbell’s has been wrestling with declining soup and juice sales in a market crowded with competitors at the same time that many families are seeking foods they consider healthier and less processed.Earlier this year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross famously held up a can of Campbell’s soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs were “no big deal.” The company has said that it expects steel and aluminum costs to rise, pushing its overall costs higher.Fourth-quarter profit plunged 70 per cent to $94 million, or 31 cents per share, as surging costs outpaced a revenue boost. Still, the results topped Wall Street expectations.Sales rose 33 per cent to $2.22 billion, but fell short of forecasts.In premarket trading, shares of the company slipped 2.4 per cent to $39.05. Shares are down nearly 17 per cent in the year to date.last_img read more

The fall and winter of 20172018 in Fort St John had the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It may not come as a surprise some that live in the Energetic City, but the last seven months saw the most amount of precipitation that has ever recorded in Fort St. John during that timeframe.According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the North Peace Airport weather station recorded a total of 403.8 millimetres of equivalent precipitation, making it the wettest fall/winter on record. The next-wettest September – March period in Fort St. John occurred 60 years ago. From September 1957 to March 1958, the airport weather station recorded 382.6 millimetres of precipitation. The fall and winter of 2014/15 ranks 6th in overall precipitation with 309 mm.Yu said that while the past seven months did see a record amount of precipitation, temperatures were fairly close to average, with several alternating stretches of warm and cold snaps. She explained that the higher than average number of snowy and rainy days means that the increased cloud cover reduces the potential for wild temperature swings. Fort St. John experienced its wettest and second-snowiest fall in 2017, though precipitation amounts during the three months of winter were close to normal. Environment Canada considers ‘fall’ as the entire months of September – November inclusive, with ‘winter’ comprising the months of December – February. March 2018 was also the wettest on record, with the North Peace Airport seeing nearly four times the average amount of precipitation.When it comes to the rest of the spring months, Yu said that the arctic airmass currently over the Peace Region is forecast to linger for the rest of this week before the airmass starts to move further east. She added that once that occurs, temperatures should return to near-seasonal with daytime highs back above the freezing mark.last_img read more

ED files supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana CM, names immovable assets

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala in connection with a money-laundering case on Thursday.The agency mentioned in the chargesheet that immovable assets worth Rs 3.68 crore were attached by it on April 13 in relation to four properties in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa. It said the investigation conducted so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had revealed that Chautala laundered the disproportionate assets by depositing illegal cash in the bank accounts of his and his family members. The ED said this was done to avoid the back trail of money, merge the illegal cash with genuine income and show it as untainted. This laundered money was further used to purchase new properties or carry out construction on the already acquired properties. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Kamini Lau, who posted the matter for consideration on May 16. Referring to Chautala’s affidavits filed before the 2005 and 2009 Haryana Assembly polls, the agency said he had disclosed his assets to publicly project the tainted properties as untainted. “During the period between May 24, 1993 and May 5, 2006, O P Chautala, while functioning as a public servant (the CM of Haryana), allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026. The value of the disproportionate assets acquired by O P Chautala is in the form of various movable and immovable properties which constitutes ‘proceeds of crime’ in this case. “The calculation of these accumulated disproportionate assets of Chautala was based on oral and documentary evidence collected by the CBI during investigation and included all sources of income and expenses. Chautala had invested these disproportionately acquired assets mainly in the following properties…,” the chargesheet said.last_img read more

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

first_imgYangon: A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said. The nailbiting touchdown — in which nobody was injured — was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country. The Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 — an Embraer-190 model — was grounded at around 9 am in Mandalay (0230 GMT), a city popular among foreign tourists, with all 89 people on board including seven crew members, safe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn unverified video circulated on social media showing a graceful landing before the nose of the jet tipped over and ground to a halt. Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department, told AFP the pilot tried repeatedly to drop the landing gear at the front of the plane — first through its computer system, then manually. “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, calling it a “technical fault”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”So they had to land with the back wheels… The pilot could land it skillfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.” Myanmar National Airlines are now sending engineers to Mandalay to check on the aircraft, Ye Htut Aung said, adding that all jets get a daily flight check. Passenger Soe Moe told AFP: “Smoke came out a little when we landed… All passengers are okay.” Sunday’s incident comes just days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane crash-landed and slid off a runway while landing in Yangon airport during a storm on Wednesday, leaving 11 passengers injured. Myanmar’s monsoon season has caused problems for commercial and military flights in the past. A military plane crashed into the Andaman sea in 2017 with 122 people on board — one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history — which authorities attributed to bad weather. And in 2015, a passenger plane by Air Bagan veered off the runway due to bad weather and heavy rain.last_img read more

‘Economic growth, high disposable income to aid banks’ deposit mobilisation’

first_imgMumbai: Accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system, says an RBI paper. The slowdown in bank deposit growth in the recent period alongside a revival of credit demand raised concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, possibly amplified by substitution effects of small savings and mutual funds on bank deposits in the aftermath of demonetisation, as per an article published in the latest monthly bulletin of the RBI. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTo address the issue of structural liquidity gap, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in recent months took several initiatives including Open Market Operations and dollar rupee swap auction. The article highlighted that the widening wedge between credit and deposit growth is triggering concerns about a structural liquidity gap in the system, which can throw sand in the wheels of the financial intermediation process through which deposits are converted into productive investments by way of lending, thereby greasing the wheels of the economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”Outstanding deposits of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) at Rs 1,25,726 billion as on March 31, 2019 accounted for 128.7 per cent of outstanding bank credit (lower than 132.5 per cent a year ago), reflecting the tightening of financial conditions on account of low deposit growth,” it said. Noting that the bank deposits remain an important part of the financial savings of households and key to the financing of bank lending, it said deposit growth is picking up in recent months in a cyclical upturn since December 2018, which is overwhelming a trend slowdown that has been underway since October 2009. “The latter warrants policy consideration since deposit mobilisation is fundamental to India’s bankbased system of financial intermediation. Empirical evidence puts forward several interesting facts about the behaviour of bank deposits,” it said. First, it underscores the income as its most important determinant, both in the short-and in the long-run, it said. It further noted that interest rate matters for deposit mobilisation but only at the margin and financial inclusion has a boosting effect on deposit mobilisation over the long-run suggesting expansion of bank branches in unbanked areas. Besides, substitution effects associated with Sensex returns for deposit growth are limited to the short-run, warranting a careful appraisal of regulatory reforms and tax arbitrage, even as efforts need to be intensified to make both more market determined. “In the final analysis, therefore, accelerating the rate of growth of the economy and disposable incomes holds the key to higher deposit mobilisation by the banking system,” it said. The RBI in a disclaimer said that views are of authors and do not represents the views of the central bank.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers September Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s September 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events and programs, including: Audrey’s Corner of Conversation, Good Neighbor Program, Buzz Book Club, September Movie Day, Senator Tarr’s Office Hours, Exercise Programs, Fuel Assistance Program, Medicare Open Enrollment Info Session, Caregivers Support Group, Memory Cafe, Jr. WOW Raffles, Family Fun Day, and a visit from the Perkins LibraryInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, & Get Well WishesThe Senior Center’s September Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s June NewsletterIn “Government”last_img read more