Anscombe proud after French success

first_img Press Association Andrew Trimble crossed for Ulster’s only try on 11 minutes before Ruan Pienaar paved the way for victory with 15 points from his boot. Paddy Jackson also added five points. Ulster had waited 15 matches in the Heineken Cup to beat a French side on their own soil when they edged Castres 9-8 to reach the last-eight last season, but this was a far more impressive triumph to show how much they have grown. Not only did this win move Ulster two points clear of Leicester Tigers – who they beat last week – in Pool Five, but it also prevented Montpellier from taking a point at their own Yves du Manoir stadium. “I’m enormously proud of the boys today, of the way we stuck to our game,” Anscombe said. “We had talked about what we wanted to do and they did just that. “The guys who started and the bench stuck to our plan. The defence was outstanding, we accumulated points, our kicking game was great and our chasing completed it to make it that way. “To come here and beat them, and inflict their first home defeat this year, and by nearly 20 points – it’s a pretty great occasion for our boys. “A lot of our kicks were contested and we put them under pressure under those kicks, regained possession. “That’s what you want to do. They have a big team and we wanted to turn them around, prevent them from getting some go forward. We didn’t want to give them early targets so they could put us on the back foot. “We had looked at we thought we needed to do. They have a massive back and good backs, so the key for us was not to give them some front-foot ball. Ulster coach Mark Anscombe was “enormously proud” of his players after they claimed their biggest Heineken Cup win on French soil 25-8 over Montpellier. “We wanted to turn their big guys around, make them work hard, make them have to get back to do the work. It can be hard for the big boys to do that and that’s we achieved.” Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie, whose team had opened with an away win in Italy over Benetton Treviso, was unhappy at the way his team failed to get to grips with the occasion and the opposition. “I knew that a team like Ulster was certainly capable of hurting us,” he said. “We played with a couple of young, inexperienced players who had never played at this level. It was one of those days where, if the smallest thing doesn’t go your way, it can get pretty ugly. “That was the case today, a lot of things didn’t go our way. “We are now in a very tough position for qualification. We have to be realistic, it is going to be complicated for us.” last_img read more

Conversation centers on political opinions

first_imgProfessor Michael Tesler from the University of California, Irvine presented a lecture, “Priming Predispositions and Changing Policy Positions,” to discuss how citizens change their minds regarding politics in the Von Kleinsmid Center on Monday morning. The event was hosted by the Department of Political Science as part of its visiting speaker series.Primetime · UC Irvine Professor Michael Tesler discusses the role of priming in forming political opinions during a lecture on campus Monday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanTesler, whose specializations include public opinion and race politics, received his degrees at UCLA and also taught at Brown University. He is in the process of publishing a book titled Most-Racial: The Growing Racialization of Mass Politics in the Obama Era.Tesler began his talk by defining the difference between the social effects of priming and opinion change with political communication to citizens.“Priming [means] that the more attention mass communications pay to a particular aspect of political life, the more citizens use this to evaluate the candidates,” Tesler said.Tesler gave the example of a citizen changing his or her candidate preference while keeping a predetermined view on a specific issue as an instance of priming.“Opinion change is changing my views to match my candidate’s views,” Tesler said.Tesler believes some people tend to maintain and strengthen these views over time.“These two depend on how crystallized people’s opinions are at the time,” Tesler said. “By crystallized, I mean that these views are hardened over time and maintain a consistency throughout someone’s life.”One phenomenon discussed was the American electorate’s lack of information about certain policy concerns. Tesler said that some citizens tend to rely on mass media communications for their political opinions.“Most Americans lack well-developed positions about policies. Thus, they are heavily influenced by elite positions,” Tesler said.Tesler’s research came from analyzing events in presidential politics.“My research involved looking at new cases to see where information is either primed or an opinion change,” he said.Tesler examined presidential politics in administrations ranging from Eisenhower’s to Obama’s. One of the cases he brought up was the impact of Obama becoming the first president to openly support gay marriage in 2012.Tesler explained that this statement had a significant priming effect in changing public opinion to have a more favorable view of gay marriage.Tesler noted, however, that this priming effect was short-lived.“In two weeks’ time, the big priming effect that changed people’s opinion decays,” Tesler said. “Priming effects will disappear as new ideas become salient.”Tesler concluded his lecture by explaining how his research can explain some forms of political communications.“My priming hypothesis allows for political communications to affect the overall popularity of a candidate or issue,” Tesler said. “Political party-sponsored communication shapes some political attitudes, but it does not run roughshod over all of them.”Tesler also talked about how citizens can impact politicians by formulating their own political opinions.“Citizens can still hold politicians accountable if they take positions,” Tesler said.last_img read more

Argonia-Attica to battle Victoria for all the Class 8-man Div. II marbles Saturday

first_imgVictoria (11-1)  Victoria 24 Central Plains 42Victoria 62 Ellinwood 8Victoria 46 St. John 0Victoria 26 Ness City 22Victoria 48 Northern Valley 0Victoria 68 Beloit St. Johns-Tipton 56Victoria 58 Thunder Ridge 34Victoria 1 Natoma 0Victoria 50 Otis-Bison 0Victoria 34 Hoxie 20Victoria 64 Minneola 12Victoria 28 Sharon Springs-Wallace Co. 12. Competing schedules:Argonia-Attica (12-0)A&A 66 Cunningham 20A&A 28 Cedarvale-Dexte 26A&A 74 Central Burden 34A&A 90 Pratt-Skyline 52A&A 60 Caldwell 38A&A 53 South Haven 6A&A 62 Pretty Prairie 6A&A 54 Norwich 6A&A 54 South Barber 8A&A 84 Southern Coffey 40A&A 56 Pike Valley 32A&A 70 Axtell 44 Series history: None. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the Argonia-Attica football players have been nervous this week, they sure are not showing it, said Luke Greenwood, A&A co-head coach.“They are extremely excited and focused,” Greenwood said. “We’ve had a great week of practice. I don’t think I would say nerves has been a factor.”Come Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when the Titans walk onto the field that may be a different story. A&A will be trying to bring home a Class 1A Division II eight-man state championship in Newton at Fischer Field. If accomplished, the Titans will be the first Sumner-Harper County football team to win a state championship since Conway Springs did so in 2011.The last time an eight-man team has won a state championship in the area? Attica did it in 1988 winning the 8-man Division II crown. None of the football players were alive then. Needless to say the two communities are excited. A community pep rally is set for tomorrow night. Then the boys will get on a bus at 6 a.m. Saturday after a team breakfast in Harper and travel north to play for all the marbles at 11 a.m. The game should be a doozy. Greenwood said Victoria will be a run-first I formation team that will lull a defense to sleep before initiating the play-action pass.The Knights are physical and they’ve played a meaty schedule. Victoria’s only loss this season was to Central Plains 42-24 in week one. Central Plains is playing for the 8-man Division 1 championship.“I think the key moment of the game will be right off the bat, how we match up with them physically,” Greenwood said. “If we can’t, then it’s going to have to be a tough game and we will have to make plenty of adjustments.”There is no doubt Victoria is the real deal. It is a well-established eight-man powerhouse from western Kansas, having won a state championship five times. The last time came in 2006.The last Sumner County team to make the eight-man state championship game was in 2007 when South Haven played Sharon Springs. That game ended at halftime with the western school winning by more than 50 points.Hopefully, that scenario won’t be a repeat.In the Knights 28-12 victory over Sharon Springs on Friday, they punted and fumbled twice and gave their opponent a short field at the beginning of the game. Both times Victoria held Sharon Springs scoreless.The Knights have a tenacious defensive line – ruled by juniors Brandon Brungardt and Wheaton Hockersmith. They wore Sharon Springs offense down, allowing just one offensive touchdown for a team accustomed to 300 yards of offense and 50 points per game.They will have to do it again.A&A has been averaging over 50 points in every single contest this season but one and last week’s 70 point total was no exception.It was a contest in which the Titans scored on nearly every possession while taking advantage of four turnovers.“The kids have really done a nice job of adjusting,” Greenwood said. “After that first possession in which Axtell drove the length of the field, we kept our heads and adjusted. That was a physical team, but we wore on them and eventually took control in the second half.”ARGONIA-ATTICA VS VICTORIA GAME AT A GLANCE:Argonia-Attica (12-0) vs. Victoria (11-1), Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fischer Stadium in Newton, Class 1A 8-man Div. II state championship. Injury situation: Argonia-Attica continues to be healthy, and that has been key to its success this season.Stats: Argonia-Attica season stats and some comparisons with Victoria can be found here.Follow us on Twitter. Game’s significance: The Class 8-man Division II state championship. Duh. Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Photos and recaps: Sumner Newscow. Game night weather: Could be a great day to watch a football game. The weather is expected to be in the 50s with a 20 percent chance of rain. The sun should peak its head sometime during the game. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 299 weeks ago Which of these teams is the private school? Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 299 weeks ago none of the CURRENT players were alive Report Reply 1 reply · active 298 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 298 weeks ago I also enjoyed that line. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Sarah · 298 weeks ago One Team One Dream. Go Titans! Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Wounderful · 298 weeks ago I am really proud of these kids and all they do to be the best they can be and for all the help from parents that go out of their way to get them boys to practices. I have a great nephew playing and love to see their dreams coming true. 1 more game win it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 298 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Both bumpy and bright spots in Iowa’s economy this decade

first_imgDES MOINES — Economists taking stock as Iowa enters the 2020s indicate this decade has been a “bumpy ride” for key sectors, like agriculture and technology. Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart says there were about 93,000 farms in Iowa in 2007.“In 2017, they updated the Census of Agriculture. We only had 86,000, so we have seen the number of farms shrink,” Hart says. “That means the average size of the farm has grown…It takes more money to farm these days. We’ve seen incomes rise, but we’ve also seen expenses rise.”The other thing that’s rising is the number of farmers who have off-the-farm jobs, according to Hart.“We have some farm families that are surviving by not necessarily growing the farm, but relying upon the farm as part of the portfolio of their economic activity,” Hart says.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says there’s more volatility in Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors now than in previous decades because of global competition.“This presents challenges but opportunities,” Goss says. “One other factor that Iowa has been pretty successful historically in attracting workers from other nations. That’s legal migration and, of course, that’s slowed down pretty dramatically over the last couple of years.”Dave Swenson, another economist from Iowa State University, says manufacturing and construction are “reasonably bright spots” in Iowa’s economy.“In contrast to the nation, we have more people working in construction than we did before the ‘Great Recession,’” Swenson says, “and our manufacturing sector has recovered to close to what it was prior to the recession.”But Swenson says while the state’s unemployment rate is historically low, overall job growth in Iowa lags behind most other states.“We have fewer fast-growing sectors in our economy compared to the nation,” Swenson says. “Our information sector contracted sharply, but the subset of that information sector — for example, IT — it also contracted. Whereas nationally IT and IT-related business opportunities are growing and especially in hot spots like Seattle and the San Francisco area and Denver and places like that.”Goss, the Creighton University economist, regularly surveys purchasing managers and bankers in Iowa and other Midwest states. He’s concerned by the declining number of independent banks.“That becomes a real challenge for lending in the area as farmers, manufacturers, individuals don’t have a source for borrowing or savings in a bank that’s locally tied,” Goss says. “Those banks that are independent, community banks — they understand their customers.”According to the State Banking Division, about 30 state-chartered banks closed between 2011 and 2018 and more than 50 federally-regulated community banks closed during that period. Those trends are happening in other states as well.Iowa ranks 30th overall in terms of economic output. According to the latest federal data, the state’s gross domestic product rose just over one percent in the second quarter of this year.last_img read more

Jagdeo pleased Govt rehires Harper

first_img… sees her as competent Foreign Service OfficerOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he is pleased that Government strayed from its typical behaviour and recognised the value of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper by rehiring herElisabeth Harperat the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Ambassador Harper, a career diplomat, was the Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry before stepping down last year to run alongside PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar for the 2015 General and Regional Elections.Jagdeo, during the parliamentary Opposition’s yearend press conference, described Harper as a competent Foreign Service Officer and expressed satisfaction that Government rehired her.“We believe that competent people should be in the public service regardless of their race and political affiliation. We’d like to see more of this because the trend over the year has to dismiss people because of their race and politics and remove them capriciously and supplant them with cronies who are incompetent,” he stated.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told media operatives on Thursday that Harper was retained by the Ministry to work in the areas of documentation and border issues, which he said she has “unique skills” to match.The Minister noted that as Director General and a staff member within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Harper had worked very closely on the matters pertaining to sovereignty, which they have already begun capitalising on.Prior to her entering the political arena, Ambassador Harper held the post of Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry since 2001. She was also an Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) at the time of retirement.Harper, who also holds the Golden Achievement Award, began her career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1976 as a Registry Clerk and moved her way up to hold the title of Director General.She has previously served as Director, Department of the Americas and Asia at the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1996 to 2001; a Consular at the Guyana High Commission in London from 1991 to 1995, and Head of the Frontier Division, Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1990 to 1991.Described as a distinguished public servant, Harper has been a member of Guyana’s delegation to various meeting of Caricom, the Latin American Economic System, the Association of Caribbean States, United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), among others.Harper has served in several other positions as Ambassador to Caricom (2003 to present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago (2003-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Barbados (2004-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Grenada (2006-present and Non-resident High Commissioner to St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more