SDLP nominate assembly election candidates as Ramsay reflects on 30 year career

first_img Google+ SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Minister Mark H Durkan and Cllr Gerard Diver have been endorsed at a selection convention to stand for Foyle in the upcoming Assembly elections.Mark H Durkan and Colm Eastwood are already in the assembly, and they’ll be joined next month by Gerard Diver, who will be coopted into the assembly to replace Pat Ramsey who steps down from the end of next week for medical reasons.Pat Ramsay says it was a strange experience being at a convention at which his name was not going forward……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ramsy1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By admin – December 23, 2015 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also SDLP nominate assembly election candidates as Ramsay reflects on 30 year career Facebook 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Twittercenter_img Google+ Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articleSt Eunan’s Kilcar U21 Final PostponedNext articleSubmerged boat ‘Rival’ to be removed from Ramelton admin Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Fun-style intranet keeps staff keen and involved

first_imgFun-style intranet keeps staff keen and involvedOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today If employee portals and corporate intranets are to be exploited to the full,they need to become as important a bookmark to the employee as CricInfo is tothe cricket fan or ft.com to the share trader. After all, we know from thedotcom crash of last year that it isn’t enough to put a website up and expectpeople to use it. And much like a B2C website, B2E sites must offer compelling content. Global IT services company Wipro believes it has come up with a successfulformula by incorporating a fun element into its portal, Channel W, which aimsto be the single window through which its 9,500 “Wiproites”, spreadacross more than 10 countries (with headquarters in India), can interact andbond with each other. “We were redesigning our intranet and realised what we had was ratherflat. We wanted something that would mean that employees went to it of theirown volition,” says George Joseph, manager of talent engagement anddevelopment at Wipro. The average age of Wipro employees is 26 and they are, typically,”talented and fun-loving”, spending most of their time in front ofthe computer. With this in mind, Channel W has been designed to look more likea youth portal and, in addition to self-service HR tools and a knowledgemanagement system, staff can use it to organise their social lives, buy andsell items and set up interest groups. Feedback is encouraging, with the majority of areas actively used. The buyand sell section, for instance, is heavily populated because of all therelocation going on within the company. “I’ve just moved to London fromIndia and used it to dispose of some of my possessions,” says Joseph.”You can sell whatever you like, and it doesn’t need administratingbecause the buyers and sellers interact directly.” As well as helping to sort his home life out, the self-service HR side ofthe portal has immeasurably helped in his working life too, says Joseph.”It has let me concentrate on the more value-added and forward-thinkingareas of HR.” Those working on projects together can also brainstorm online and it giveemployees on the shopfloor a chance to have a direct line to senior personnel. The serious side to the portal is its role as a corporate communicationsdevice and as a hub for the company’s collective knowledge. As aknowledge-intensive company, which is growing at a rapid pace, it knows it mustuse the technology to manage and share this knowledge. As Vivek Paul, Wipro’svice-chairman, explains, “Managing our intellectual capital efficientlyhas become one of the most critical factors that will help create businessvalue and provide competitive advantage for Wipro as an organisation. Channel Wis a vehicle to achieve this.” Wipro has also opened the portal up to clients to act as a showcase for thecreativity in the company and this has led to customers expressing an interestin having one of their own. But they don’t come cheap: the cost of developing a full-functionalityportal like Channel W is $3-5m, while a scaled down version would cost about$1m. “When we delivered Channel W, we did not do it with the intention ofhaving a saleable product,” explains Paul. “Sometimes you do something that you think is smart for yourself andrealise it can be sold to others.” www.wipro.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Brexit on the edge

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. It’s been more than three years since the U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union, known as Brexit, and the stalemate over how and when (and even, still, whether) to exit has consumed political bandwidth and a few careers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a fervent Brexit supporter who was pressing to hit an Oct. 31 deadline for departure, presented Parliament with a new withdrawal agreement he etched with EU leadership late last week and pressed for a vote, which was denied. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow also refused Monday to allow a quick balloting on whether to give the deal a tentative blessing. To gain some insight into what happens next, the Gazette spoke with Lord Peter Ricketts, a former Fisher Family Fellow of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a highly respected diplomat, and a life peer in Britain’s House of Lords.Q&ALord Peter RickettsGAZETTE: Where do things stand?Ricketts: Johnson tried to [push] for a vote on his deal in principle with the EU by the House of Commons on Saturday. MPs declined and effectively said that they needed to study the legislation in the normal way. The government tried a second time [Monday] and again, that was rebuffed. What will happen now is the government will introduce a 100-page-plus bill which will go to what they call “second reading” in the House of Commons [Tuesday]. That is where we’ll get the first indication of: Is there a majority in principle for Boris Johnson’s deal? Because if it passes second reading, it will spend two or three days in committee stage in the Commons, with a very tough, time-tabling motion, which will limit the time for discussion. That will be controversial, but that’s what the government will try to do. Then it will come to the [House of] Lords this coming weekend with the aim of getting it back to the Commons and ironing out any differences in time for the thing to become law by, say, Tuesday or Wednesday next week, and for Britain to leave [the EU] on the 31st. It’s an incredibly ambitious timetable, but given that there is quite a strong mood here now that, after three years or more, Britain has got to take some decision or other, I think, probably Parliament will try to meet that deadline if the government can show Tuesday that there is a majority [that favors it] in principle.GAZETTE: Which side has the momentum in their favor?Ricketts: This is the closest that Britain has come to a proposition that can get a majority of support in the House of Commons. Theresa May’s previous attempts at this fell short by a long way. The Saturday vote was not so much on the substance of the bill; it was more about not having enough time and being rushed into a decision. Now that the government is proposing some time to look at the draft law, I think they have a reasonable chance of having a small majority in favor. And if that’s the case, then the Lords certainly won’t stand in the way because we’re not the elected chamber. So there is now a reasonable chance Britain will leave on the 31st with this deal. If that doesn’t happen, then there will be a further delay because it’s very clear that there is no majority for leaving into the chaos of a no-deal Brexit and so, if this deal falls short, I think there will be a delay, possibly for several months, to give time for either a general election or a second referendum and to reshuffle the political cards, so to speak.GAZETTE: What about Johnson’s political future? Is this make or break?Ricketts: He has staked his reputation on getting a deal on the 31st of October. I think if he winds up getting a deal, but it’s slightly after the 31st, that isn’t a great problem for him. He would then go for an election as soon as he could. The Labour Party is in rather a weak state, and Johnson would try to capitalize on an impression that he had sorted out the mess; he had delivered a deal, delivered on the referendum, and he should therefore have a majority to govern. If this deal falls apart and he’s forced to go into a referendum or an election having failed to get a deal, that is a serious setback for him because he’s been a one-issue prime minister; he’s not really put any focus on anything else. So, yes, it’s high stakes for Johnson and his party and equally for the Labour Party, as well.GAZETTE: Has the possibility of a second referendum or election substantially increased?Ricketts: The polls have consistently shown over the last six or nine months that people would like to have a second opportunity to express an opinion because everyone’s learned a lot more about what leaving the EU means. I think there is a growing momentum behind the idea of a second referendum. I would say it’s not really represented in the House of Commons, where there’s an awful lot of people still against it, people who worry about unpopular reaction from those who voted leave once and then find, three years later, they’re being asked to vote again. The other alternative is to have a general election — the political parties might prefer that. The problem with a general election, of course, is that then the Brexit issue gets intertwined with all the other issues in voters’ minds — the economy, the personalities of the leaders, and all that. Whereas a second referendum keeps the focus on: Do you like this deal or would you prefer to stay in the EU? I can’t predict how that will turn out. Looking at the political landscape, it’s more likely to be a general election than a referendum, but this is a very volatile and unpredictable moving target here and if this deal is voted down in the House of Commons, with all the anger that will go with that, it may be that the mood will swing toward a second referendum. There’s certainly quite a lot of support for that. Definitely.GAZETTE: The EU indicated Monday that another extension will be granted, if necessary. What is its calculus?Ricketts: From the European side, big picture, everyone is fed up, tired of Brexit. They want to get on with their new agenda. They’ve got a new commission taking over on the 1st of November, a new parliament, new set of issues to grapple with. Everyone would like to see the Brexit issue out of the way, but no one wants to take the historic responsibility of being seen pushing Britain out because that’s the kind of thing that could leave bruises for decades to come. There are two scenarios — if the House of Commons is struggling along on the point of reaching agreement on legislation [and] just needs a few more days, that sort of short, technical extension would be no problem on the European side. If the thing falls apart, I think the Europeans would prefer to give us the time to sort ourselves out and think again rather than pulling the plug on the whole process and saying it’s all over now.GAZETTE: How will the agreement affect the U.K. economy and national security?Ricketts: There is a difference between leaving with a deal and leaving with no deal. If it was this deal, it at least gives a transition period, which is more than a year. It could be extended, where things stay as they are effectively while a new relationship is worked out. That’s good for business. But if it turns out that the longer-term destination is a more distant one between Britain and the single market, then that is going to be bad for business because regulatory barriers, potentially tariff barriers and others, will go up in due course. A bit the same on security: If it’s a deal, there’s time to renegotiate Britain being involved in all the different security instruments that the EU has — shared databases, extradition agreements, police alerting systems — a whole range of cooperation instruments that the law-enforcement systems use a lot. If we have a year or two to stitch that back together again, that will avoid the knife edge that people worry about. But if there’s a no deal in all those areas, then there’s a much more immediate and more disruptive impact on both businesses and on security and all our other interests.Bottom line, in whatever kind of Brexit it is, Britain will wind up being worse off because the best possible relationship we have with the European Union is the one we have now. Any deal will mean less trade, less investment, a more difficult and clunky relationship on security. The Bank of England forecast is that, with a deal, Britain might lose, for example, 6 or 7 percentage points of GDP looking five to eight years ahead. And with no deal, it could be 8 to 10 percentage points [less] overall after 10 years than it would be if it stayed in the EU. So there’s a serious economic impact. There’s going to be a reduction in the capacity to work with other European security agencies, which overall increase the risks here. The areas that are least affected are intelligence cooperations, which don’t go through the EU. On defense, NATO, the relationship with the U.S., is our paramount defense alliance, and that is not affected. The amount of EU defense is pretty modest. So in defense and security, there’s least impact. Foreign policy, on the economic agenda and the law enforcement agenda, I would say, is the biggest impact.GAZETTE: How does this agreement benefit the EU?Ricketts: I don’t think it benefits anyone. I think it’s a lose-lose. For individual EU countries, they will see some advantages. For example, our French friends will see opportunities to draw jobs away from London and into Paris because banks will need to have operations that are licensed to operate in the European Union, so there’ll be some job opportunities. But overall, there will be an impact on the European economy as well, but it will be less than for the U.K. Perhaps the biggest impact on the European economy is to lose one of the three big players in the EU, leaving only two, Germany and France, who have their own differences. Losing the country that is perhaps the most globally focused, with the most global interests, the biggest defense player in Europe, the country with a historic investment in trading relationships around the world — losing that country out of the EU will change things inside the EU. It may reduce the EU’s weight in the world, its appetite to be a global political player, it leaves France as the only really global country in the EU. So I think it has geopolitical impact on the EU in the way the EU operates in the world.GAZETTE: What’s the next thing to watch for to gauge where this all may be going?Ricketts: The very important vote in the House of Commons on the second reading of this legislation will be critical tomorrow. Because if that passes second reading, it means Britain is on course to agree to this bill, whether by the 31st of October or slightly later, and leave the EU in an orderly way or be it to a destination that some of us do not much fancy. If the vote tomorrow does not pass, then Boris Johnson is in a real mess, then I think we’re in for a longer delay and it’s probably a general election in a very chaotic, political context.This interview has been edited for clarity and condensed for length.last_img read more

Senate breaks filibuster on disaster relief funding bill

first_imgA $7 billion emergency aid bill for victims of Hurricane Irene, including the flooding in Vermont, and other natural disasters advanced to the next legislative step in the Senate late Tuesday as an initial Republican filibuster on the bill was broken in a vote of 61 to 38. The bill will replenish the depleted coffers of the Emergency Relief Fund of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).In a Senate Floor speech illustrated with stark photos of the devastation wrought upon Vermont’s highways and transportation infrastructure, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) urged the Senate to overcome “political games and point-scoring” in considering disaster relief remedies. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which last week drafted and approved the core of the disaster relief bill now before the Senate.Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said befor ethe vote: ‘Vermont communities stick together in hard times, and it has been absolutely amazing to see the volunteer efforts taking place from one end of the state to the other. We’re seeing that in almost every area, strangers coming to help people whose homes and businesses were flooded,’ Sanders said.‘But the simple fact is that Vermont cannot do it alone, nor can any other state hard hit by disaster. The scale of what Hurricane Irene did is overwhelming for a state of our size. The federal government has an important role to play in disaster relief and recovery.’The vote sets the stage for passage of the bill later this week.The text of Leahy’s remarks follows: SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY IRENE’S EFFECTS ON TRANSPORTATION IN VERMONT SENATE FLOOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 As Vermont continues to grapple with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, I would like to call the Senate’s attention today to the severe and extensive damage that was done to our state’s transportation infrastructure and to how the washed out roads and bridges are affecting the lives of all Vermonters. These are just a few scenes of the destruction brought on by the flooding. â ¢ One of my outreach staffers in Vermont took this photo of Vermont Route 100 just south of Plymouth ‘ home to President Calvin Coolidge. You can see where the road is completely washed away ‘ and where the machine is working to reroute the road about 100 feet above the new riverbed. â ¢ I took this photo of U.S. Route 4 ‘ a major East-West route across Vermont ‘ when Governor Shumlin and I toured the state by helicopter immediately after Irene. â ¢ This third image depicts the New England Central rail line in Central Vermont, which hosts Amtrak’s Vermonter train. Economic recovery act funds had just repaired this line to nearly mint condition ; now you see parts of it are completely washed away. â ¢ Finally, this shot was taken along Vermont Route 30 in Jamaica ‘ or what’s left of it ‘ while rains from the remnants of Hurricane Lee fell in Vermont. You can see work crews trying desperately to stay ahead of the rising water. Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as roads, bridges, and rail lines all over the state have been wiped out. Flooding closed more than 300 town and state roads and damaged more than 20 bridges in Vermont, stranding people in more than a dozen towns for days. Damage to the state’s federal-aid roads and bridges will exceed half a billion dollars. It is going to take years and years to recover. It has been extremely difficult to move emergency supplies and rebuilding materials around, as some of the washed-out roads have gaping gullies in the middle that are 30 feet or more deep, and some of the reopened roads and bridges are not yet recommended for heavy traffic. The consequences have been harsh. Residents are forced to make 30-mile-plus detours to the nearest grocery store or doctor ‘ on mountain roads, some of them unpaved. Businesses are struggling to reopen and find customers. Schools have been forced to remain closed until repairs are made. And tourists are worried about traveling to Vermont this fall to see the foliage or this winter to do some skiing. The end of construction season in Vermont is fast approaching. By November it will be too cold to lay asphalt, and by December snow and ice will cover the mountains, leaving many towns dangerously isolated. I applaud the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont National Guard, and work crews and Guardsmen from states all around the country for moving quickly to make emergency road repairs and install temporary bridges. These are lifelines to the hardest hit communities. But we need to make more permanent repairs as soon as possible or future rains and the fall’s freeze-thaw cycle will further deteriorate our roads and make them all put impassable this winter. Given the breadth and depth of Irene’s destruction, on top of the ongoing disasters already declared in all 50 states, we must ensure that FEMA and the Department of Transportation have all of the resources they need to help our citizens in their desperate time of need. We must act quickly to replenish the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund and the Federal Highway Emergency Road Fund ‘ both of which are at dangerously low levels right now. Without supplemental funding to these and other emergency accounts, Vermont and all of the other 49 states with ongoing federal disasters will not have the resources they need to rebuild. With so much on the line, so starkly, for so many, it would be harmful and unseemly to play politics with disaster relief. Thousands of American families and businesses have been devastated by an unprecedented series of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters this year. The people hurting out there are not worried about Democrats against Republicans or Red States versus Blue States. They are desperate for a helping hand from their fellow Americans. We are one Nation, and we traditionally have come to aid of our fellow Americans in times of need. In my 37 years in the United States Senate, we always have dealt with disaster bills together, working across the aisle, in a spirit of bipartisanship. As a nation, can we afford to toss that tradition and cooperation overboard? It is unconscionable that some have decided to inject politics and political point-scoring into a situation that already is so difficult and so laden with grim realities for so many of our fellow citizens. Leader Reid is right to bring an emergency disaster relief package to the floor that will get aid to all 50 states suffering from the effects of unprecedented natural disasters. But we need Republican cooperation to get this urgent job done. I encourage my colleagues to end a shameful filibuster of this essential disaster relief bill, and let us proceed to a full debate on how to help our fellow Americans as quickly as possible. # # # # #last_img read more

BCSC, Ziemke blaze new trails in education

first_imgBaresville, In. — The Batesville Community School Corporation has been credited as the model for a bill that would create collaborative relationships that meet the needs of all students, a growth mindset set around silos of scalable excellence so all Hoosier students can find pathways of success.The program is referred to as the Coalition of Continuous Improvement School Districts. In other words, make a variety of options available to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students by leveraging resources and expertise in the community.However, traditional evaluation standards have to be adjusted to accommodate the needs of all students. Lawmakers, including Batesville Republican Cindy Ziemke have proposed House Bill 1398 to change regulations so the program will be certified.Students also have access to the Transfer General Education Core. The program allows students to enter college as a sophomore by completing basic required college curriculum and saving tuition costs.last_img read more

Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Guard receives max contract from Celtics

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Hornets to acquire Terry Rozier in sign-and-trade Free agent Kemba Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141M maximum contract to join the Boston Celtics, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Even though Walker insisted his top choice was to stay with the team that selected him ninth overall in the 2011 draft, he couldn’t pass up the Celtics’ offer after a tough couple of years that saw the Hornets miss the playoffs three consecutive seasons.According to an earlier report from The Athletic, which cited unidentified league sources, Walker and Charlotte experienced “sizable gaps and a stalemate” in their contract discussions. Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points, along with 5.9 assists for Charlotte last season. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.The Hornets will attempt to replace Walker with Terry Rozier, who it reportedly acquired in a sign-and-trade with Boston on Sunday. Related Newscenter_img NBA trade rumors: Kings unwilling to deal first-round pick for Rockets’ Clint Capela Kemba Walker is heading to Boston.The longtime Hornets guard has committed to signing a four-year, $141 million contract with the Celtics, his agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN.last_img read more

Wellington Police officer facing possible assault, criminal damage charges in Wichita

first_imgSumner Newscow report — David Vandyke, a Wellington Police Department officer, has been issued a criminal complaint and notice to appear in Wichita Municipal Court for possible misdemeanor charges.According to the complaint Vandyke has been accused of “knowingly placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm.” A Wichita Municipal Court Check advisor said Vandyke is likely to have his first court appearance at the end of October, but no specific time has been set.He could face an assault and willful criminal damage misdemeanor charge, but that will be up to a Wichita Municipal Court judge, the advisor said. In the complaint, Vandyke, who lives at 3309 S. Kessler in Wichita, is accused of “knowingly damaging a cell phone in which (another person) has an interest without his consent by: slapping the phone out of his hand and causing the phone to hit the wall and break apart, and said property had a value less than $1,000.”According to a report on the Wellington Daily News website, Vandyke has been suspended from the Wellington Police Department pending the outcome of the case.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 305 weeks ago Due to the sensitive nature of this story, we will be disabling comments. If you want to comment please e-mail us at [email protected] with your full name and valid e-mail address. We will then place it on site provided we think it is a legitimate response to the story. We will allow anonymity only if full disclosure is considered harmful to the subject making the comment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 305 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

New guard recruited Pitt, not the other way around

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Most major college basketball players are recruited by multiple schools. Chase Adams landed at Pitt after recruiting the Panthers. When Centenary dropped from NCAA Division I to Division III, Adams went looking for a program that fit his skills.Last season’s Summit League defensive player of the year wanted to play on a team that valued defense. He also sought to move up to a higher level, but not have to sit the bench. He also wanted a team that needed an experienced guard—now.Whenever he went down his checklist, Pitt landed on top.“I did my research, I contacted Pittsburgh and sent stuff out to a couple of schools and I was able to make this transition,” said Adams, who doesn’t have to sit out a season because of his former school’s downgrade. “This is the best situation I could ever want.”Some players might be intimidated at moving up from what was the nation’s smallest Division I program to a school that was ranked No. 1 for a time last season. Adams is certain he can make the transition, and in a hurry.He must, since he is a senior and this will be his only Big East season.Curiously, what he is trying to achieve at Pitt, which has about 33,000 students, is similar to what he was trying to get done at Centenary, which had fewer than 900 students.There, he sought to get noticed on a team that gets little national attention. At Pitt, he’s trying to help a team that was gutted by graduation not get overwhelmed in one of college basketball’s toughest conferences.Pitt lost its top three players—NBA second-round picks DeJuan Blair and Sam Young and point guard Levance Fields—plus starting forward Tyrell Biggs. The Panthers also will be without their lone returning starter, injured guard Jermaine Dixon, plus forward Gilbert Brown, who is academically ineligible until late next month, when the season starts Friday against Wofford.Pitt is starting over, much like Adams is doing in his career.“It’s a major step,” said Adams, who is from Baltimore. “We were the smallest D-I school in the nation and there you’re fighting for respect. We’re going to be fighting for respect this year because people are going to be counting us out. This is the big-time and the big level.”Adams isn’t big—he’s 5-10—but he’s shown coach Jamie Dixon during practice he can be a lockdown defender much like Jermaine Dixon, one of the Big East’s top defensive players last season.Adams also has surprised Pitt with his outside shooting. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season, and could help Pitt fill what seems to be a yearly need for a reliable long-range shooter.“I’m going to bring a lot of intensity, a lot of patience on the offensive end—and I shoot pretty well,” Adams said. “Competitiveness, that’s the main thing.”Jamie Dixon welcomes that.Once Jermaine Dixon’s broken right foot heals, Adams will join Dixon, Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and redshirt freshman Travon Woodall in a crowded backcourt. Adams doesn’t plan on sitting, not with so much to do in so little time.“This is it for me,” Adams said. “This is my shot.”last_img read more

Steelers lose home field advantage

first_imgCoach Mike Tomlin showed absolutely no confidence in his backup quarterbacks, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as he started a severely injured Ben Roethlisberger and played him the entire game despite him being terribly ineffective, which led to an embarrassing 20-3 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. SACKED—Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith during the fourth quarter in San Francisco, Dec. 19. Smith had 2-1/2 sacks for San Francisco’s stingy defense. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Three interceptions and one lost ball led to 20 unanswered points by the 49ers that pushed the Steelers out of the driver’s seat into the back seat of the AFC race.After the San Diego Chargers slaughtered the Baltimore Ravens 34-14, Steelers’ victories over the 49ers, the St. Louis Rams (2-12) and the Cleveland Browns (4-10) would have given them home field throughout the playoffs. But instead of going with one of his backup quarterbacks, Tomlin stayed with the banged up Roethlisberger, who could barely walk, let alone play the quarterback position. He couldn’t plant his feet because of the pain which caused inaccurate throws leading to three interceptions, and his inability to move in the or out of the pocket, led to a fumble. In essence, he made good defensive players look like Hall of Famers. Just about every turnover led to San Francisco scores.San Francisco also became the first team in NFL history to hold an opponent without a rushing touchdown through each of the first 14 games. The 49ers also have gone 36 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Rashard Mendenhall had 15 carries for 64 yards.“It’s very frustrating to feel like you let down your team and your fans and your coaches. It’s tough,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not going to make excuses. I played a bad football game, I turned the ball over and that one’s on me.”Once again the defense played outstanding ball but without James Harrison, and LaMarr Woodley for most of the game, but with the offense showing absolutely no life, they could not pull off the victory.Even the announcers in the booth wondered why Roethlisberger played the entire second half despite being totally ineffective, and the game being out of reach late in the fourth quarter.If the Steelers are going to be a factor in the playoffs, Tomlin needs to make some tough decisions. The first is to bench Roethlisberger so he can be healthy for the playoffs. Batch and Dixon showed last season that they can do the job if given the chance. Now it’s time to give the ball to one of them dropping Ben down to third string for the final two regular season games. Why even suit him up.The Steelers, Ravens and Houston Texans losses put the New England Patriots in first place. Their final two games should be easy wins, against the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens have a tougher schedule against the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. But they would have to lose both games for the Steelers to have a chance of winning the AFC North title.“I think we need to acknowledge that was 49er football tonight,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.“We played the game on their terms. They created turnovers, they got turnovers, they got us with a few concept plays, they controlled the ball offensively. We had an opportunity and we didn’t seize it. We’ll evaluate this performance and make the necessary corrections. We’d better make them quickly and be prepared to move on here when we get back into Pittsburgh.”“He (Roethlisberger) was healthy enough to play,” Tomlin added.“We always like what Ben provides us, not only from his quality of play, but his leadership. This guy is a tremendous competitor. We appreciate his efforts, obviously we fell short tonight.”last_img read more