Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre

first_img November 01, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Berkshire Hathaway GUARD (GUARD), a commercial property and casualty insurance company, will expand its national headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and create 285 new Pennsylvania jobs.“This project is a big win for Wilkes-Barre, both now and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Major employers like GUARD recognizing the advantages and growth potential of Wilkes-Barre means that not only will its current Pennsylvania workers remain employed here for years to come, but that hundreds more will now have family-sustaining jobs that will help the local economy and community. When this administration talks about ‘Jobs That Pay’ here in the commonwealth, it is projects like this that serve as a model of those efforts.”GUARD purchased an existing 90,378-square-foot office building in downtown Wilkes-Barre to consolidate several of its Wilkes-Barre-area offices into one expanded national headquarters. The company currently leases 9,000 square feet in this same building, which has been largely vacant for the past decade.The company has committed to investing approximately $10 million into the project, which is expected to create 285 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, the 441 positions already based in Wilkes-Barre will be retained, and GUARD plans to collaborate with local high schools to create a registered apprenticeship program with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Industry.“Our sales and staff have both doubled over the past five years, and we are projecting significant growth in the future,” said Sy Foguel, CEO and president of GUARD. “Staying in downtown Wilkes-Barre has always been a high priority for us, so we are pleased to have identified a solution to our infrastructure needs that allows us to keep our main operations in downtown Wilkes-Barre. We had many attractive offers and alternatives from developers outside Pennsylvania that did not involve the added expense of locating a large corporate headquarters in a downtown district. The hard work of Governor Tom Wolf, State Senator John Yudichak, State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George, and many other state and local business leaders helped find a way to make the City of Wilkes-Barre the most attractive alternative.”GUARD received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $855,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued following the creation of the new jobs. In addition to the Job Creation Tax Credits, GUARD was issued a $1,000,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority Local Share Account program.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, with additional coordination from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Sen. John Yudichak, and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski.“The decision by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD to invest $10 million and firmly plant its corporate flag in downtown Wilkes-Barre signals the beginning of one of the largest and most significant economic development projects in the history of our great city,” said Sen. Yudichak. “With the help of Governor Tom Wolf and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, it was a pleasure to work with Mayor Tony George and GUARD officials to secure nearly $2 million in state incentives that ensures the more than seven hundred good-paying GUARD jobs are created or stay right here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”GUARD, which has eight offices across the U.S. in addition to its Pennsylvania headquarters, is a provider of commercial insurance products including workers’ compensation and employer’s liability, business owner’s coverage, commercial automobile, commercial umbrella/excess liability, disability, and professional liability. It also offers a full range of underwriting, loss control, billing, and claims value-added services that help policyholders realize the full benefit of their coverage.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Nokia-Siemens Network names new pension heads as Friese retires

first_imgAmin Obeidi has been named as German head of pensions at Nokia’s German subsidiary, according to outgoing head Thomas Friese.Retiring after nearly 10 years as global head of pension and insurance at Nokia-Siemens Network (NSN), since renamed Nokia, Friese will remain as chairman of the €1bn NSN Pension Trust, a contractual trust arrangement (CTA) used to fund the sponsor’s liabilities.As part of mergers and restructurings over the last years, Nokia as named Obeidi as head of pensions for Germany, Jean Grisi as global head of pensions and Xavier Langlois Destaintot as head of pensions Europe.Obeidi is currently senior asset manager, pensions, and has been working alongside Friese at the NSN Pension Trust for a number of years, helping run its €1bn in assets which comprise the former pension fund for Nokia-Siemens Networks and retirement income for Nokia’s German staff. A chartered alternative investment analyst, Obeidi previously managed asset-backed securities funds for institutional and retail clients, and holds a banking and finance degree.NSN has allocated around 20% of assets to alternatives, and Friese previously identified the area as one into which the CTA should continue to invest.Prior to assuming responsibility for pensions in 2007, Friese was head of project financing at Siemens Financial Services, where he worked for 16 years.He told IPE he was looking forward to his partial retirement, while continuing his involvement with NSN by chairing its board. He added that he hoped to use his experience in other roles, but it remained to be seen how the situation developed.“If I don’t end up on any other boards, then I can just sail around on my yacht,” he joked.Friese recalled the establishment of the CTA in 2007, and said it was among the best-performing of such vehicles in the German market, achieving an annualised return of 6.8% since inception.last_img read more

Schoolgirls more violent than boys say teachers

first_imgNZ Herald 8 May 2012Girls are overtaking boys as the biggest bullies in many school playgrounds, reversing thousands of years of male-dominated violence. School counsellors say girls have become more violent in the past 15 years and boys have become less violent, apparently reflecting feminist messages in popular media. The reversal is dramatic. Only five years ago the Youth 2007 survey of 9100 secondary school students found that only 2.9 per cent of girls, compared with 6.8 per cent of boys, admitted to bullying others at least once a week. Last year, 11,000 females of all ages, compared with 38,000 males, were caught by police for violent offences. But Bill Hubbard, a guidance counsellor and now deputy principal at Rosehill College in Papakura, says girls are now physically violent too. read more

Gutsy Ansgar makes all

first_img Sabrina Harty’s 8-1 shot was fast out of the stalls in the seven-furlong contest and Smullen was happy to play the role of pacemaker. O’Brien’s 6-4 favourite Darwin, turning out just six days after winning at Fairyhouse, loomed up ominously under the trainer’s son Joseph , but was unable to reel in Ansgar who passed the post a length to the good. Ansgar cut out virtually every yard of the running in the hands of Pat Smullen to land the Group Three Michael Murphy Home Furnishings Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. The hard-luck story of the race was that of Eastern Rules, who found himself trapped behind a wall of horses before flying home against the far rail to finish third. Harty said: “That was fantastic and the horse really deserves it. “He’s had so many hold-ups. He had a kissing spine last year and sore shins a couple of years ago. He got a splint in May and was lame after Ascot. “He’s a proper horse considering all the problems he’s had. He’s a massive horse, he’s 16 hands 2 and he’s been growing and growing. “I’m delighted for the owners. He’s a machine and if he hadn’t had all the problems he’d have been a special one. “He’s entered in the Group Three at Leopardstown on August 14 (Desmond Stakes) and that’s his target.” A tremendous afternoon for the Harty team was completed by Breathe Easy (7-2) and Rory Cleary in the Kilsaran 50th Anniversary Handicap. Harty said: “He has serious ability, but is so nervous and fragile. Rory gave him a great ride and got him settled early.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

De Gea double save secures win

first_img Herrera quickly made amends for that miss as four minutes later he collected a pass from Mata and lofted a dangerous cross for Fellaini at the back post. Erik Pieters failed to pick up the Belgian, who timed his leap superbly to head past a helpless Begovic. United also had a good appeal for a penalty turned down as Wilson appeared to be kicked by Geoff Cameron but referee Jon Moss gave nothing. Stoke tried to respond and Pieters whipped in a good ball from the left looking for Stephen Ireland or Bojan Krkic, but Rojo intervened. It was clear Stoke were not prepared to surrender in the manner Hull did at the same ground on Saturday and they pulled back level before the break. Controversy arose as Fellaini went down clutching his neck as Assaidi won a 50-50 ball. Assaidi may have caught the United midfielder on the hand or top of the thigh in the challenge but not his neck, as the Belgian appeared to claim. Whatever occurred, Moss saw nothing untoward and both sides played on. Bojan ran at the heart of the United defence and was crowded out as he reached the edge of the area. United failed to clear, however, and the ball ran into the path of Nzonzi, who lashed home a fierce shot from just inside the ‘D’. Fellaini continued to hold his neck but it did not seem to be affecting him just before half-time as he went close to restoring United’s lead. United won a free-kick outside the box on the right and a shot from Van Persie took a deflection and found its way to the Belgian in front of goal. This time he scuffed a shot and Begovic saved at the second attempt. Stoke, who lost Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan to injury at the weekend, had another scare early in the second half when Pieters needed lengthy treatment after a clash with Van Persie. That incident occurred during a scrappy spell but United reclaimed the lead just before hour as Mata floated in a free-kick from the right. The ball appeared to dip over everyone in the area and bounce in at the far post, although Rojo claimed to have got a touch. Wilson, the 19-year-old who scored twice on debut last season, almost scored a third for United after a good run from just inside the Stoke half but he clipped his shot just wide. Wilson made another charge but was crudely hacked down by Ireland, who was booked. Another good break led to a chance for Fellaini but he blasted wide. United were almost made to pay for those misses in a breathless four minutes of injury time. But De Gea, who had had a quiet game, remained alert to the last as he kept out a Diouf header and a powerful Arnautovic strike. The latter seemed to no avail as the ball rolled along the line to Diouf, but Young dramatically hacked clear from under the crossbar. Mata was credited with the decisive strike at Old Trafford after his 59th-minute cross from a free-kick appeared to bounce straight in, although Rojo celebrated as if he had got a faint touch. There was great drama in injury time as David de Gea produced two brilliant saves to deny Mame Biram Diouf and Marko Arnautovic, before Ashley Young then sensationally cleared off the line from Diouf. It secured a fourth successive Barclays Premier League win for United – who had been without captain Wayne Rooney – but only by the skin of their teeth. Marouane Fellaini headed the hosts ahead midway through the first half but Steven Nzonzi equalised before the break with a superb strike. Fellaini was also involved in a moment of controversy in the build-up to the 39th-minute Stoke leveller when he appeared to claim he was kicked in the neck by Oussama Assaidi. The Belgian, who also spurned a good chance soon after, was still holding his neck at half-time but replays suggested Assaidi had made no contact in that area. Rooney was still feeling the effects of banging his knee on an advertising hoarding at the weekend and United were also without record signing Angel Di Maria. That gave youngster James Wilson a chance to play up front alongside Robin van Persie while Ander Herrera also started, but the hosts were subdued in the early stages. It was not until they were gifted an opportunity after 17 minutes that they came to life, as Stoke goalkeeper Begovic passed to Van Persie. The Dutchman powered into the box and pulled back to Herrera but the Spaniard was too hasty and shot over. Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo both claimed the winner as Manchester United survived a nerve-jangling finish to beat Stoke 2-1 at Old Trafford. Press Associationlast_img read more

MLAX : Q&A with Inside Lacrosse staff writer Zach Babo

first_img Published on May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Zach Babo got a behind-the-scenes look at the Syracuse lacrosse team when head coach John Desko allowed Inside Lacrosse to watch the Orange practice the day before defeating Duke 13-11 in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Babo, a staff writer for Inside Lacrosse, witnessed the SU offense’s coming-out party, so to speak, as it jumped out to an 8-1 lead over the Blue Devils. The 13 total goals for Syracuse marked the team’s highest total against a Top 10 team this season.The Daily Orange caught up with Babo to discuss his thoughts on SU’s NCAA quarterfinal matchup against unseeded Maryland. Babo offers insight on the matchup of Maryland’s attack against the Syracuse defense, the experience each team brings, and the importance of John Galloway to SU’s success come Sunday.The Daily Orange: Prior to a scrimmage back in February, John Galloway said the Maryland attack unit was going to be one of the best attack units that Syracuse would face all year. Do you see that unit posing problems for the Syracuse defense three months later in May?Zach Babo: I definitely do because I think in a lot of ways the (Maryland) attack unit matches up very well against Syracuse’s close defense. What my guess is going to be is that the biggest matchup will be John Lade on Ryan Young. To me that seems to be the best matchup. Young is the fastest guy on that attack. Lade is the best foot-for-foot cover guy in the country, when he’s on.… (Brian) Megill comes off to me as kind of your big, muscle defenseman. So I see him probably getting the matchup against (Grant) Catalino. Those are both big, physical guys, let them kind of beat up on each other for a game. And then I imagine that (Tom) Guadagnolo will wind up taking on Owen Blye.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd those are matchups that it’s really hard to say who is going to have the edge in those.What do you see as being one of the biggest keys to the game?Z.B.: I think this is going to be the theme of that game the Syracuse seniors versus the Maryland seniors. And I don’t know what you can say is kind of a better senior edge to have.The edge that Syracuse carries of a senior class that wants to win three championships, that knows how to play in big games, that’s been there before, that demands success after still stinging from the early bounce-out last year. Compared to a Maryland senior class that has received a decent amount of hype since they were freshmen, they’ve been playing together for four years, but they’ve never been able to get past the quarterfinals. How they play in that game on Sunday is going to largely determine their legacy. You’re going to remember that Maryland senior class in a whole different way if they can bump off Syracuse and advance to the final four than if they had one more good season that ends in the quarterfinals again.In a game where these teams match up very evenly, does the experience of SU goaltender John Galloway and his ability to be a quarterback for his defense make a difference in how this game may play out?Z.B.: I think it could. … I think that if there is one place that you like to be a little older, particularly in the postseason, it does tend to be in goal. I think that Galloway, having been there before, really knowing how to talk to his defense, how to get them to move, how to recognize certain things on the field in the course of the game I think that could definitely be a factor that swings Syracuse’s way.The flip side of that, that might swing away from Syracuse is the kind of wildcard you get with a young kid like Niko Amato in goal for Maryland. It’s that sometimes young kids don’t know they should be nervous, don’t know they should be playing tight. And Niko Amato has shown at different times this year that he can stand on his head and just frustrate teams and make saves that you don’t expect him to make. Commentslast_img read more

Parris Bennett has the edge for 3rd linebacker spot and other notes

first_imgWith two of the three starting linebacker spots taken by sophomore Zaire Franklin and junior Marqez Hodge, the battle for the third is leaning in favor of another sophomore. Parris Bennett, who made four tackles in eight games last year, has the edge over sophomore Jonathan Thomas and senior Oliver Vigille, head coach Scott Shafer said at his Wednesday press conference.“We’ve got a little bit of a battle going on between those guys,” Shafer said. “Parris probably is a little bit ahead of both those guys as we speak today.”Shafer said Bennett is the best athlete of the three, Thomas has the fastest straight-line speed and Vigille is versatile and has been playing more inside the box. Linebackers coach Clark Lea trains them to play all three linebacker positions, Shafer added, and they’ll often bounce around during practice.The head coach pinpointed an instance from practice when Thomas “put a knife” on hybrid Erv Phillips as he looked like he was about to cut the corner. But as of now, Bennett looks to be the one to complement Franklin and Hodge in the defensive unit where Syracuse returns the most experience.Other notable points from Shafer’s press conferenceAdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer touched on the improvements of running backs George Morris and Devante McFarlane, who’ll be tasked with improving on the two combined touchdowns from SU’s running backs last year.Shafer: “Individually, George Morris ran the ball well today. He sprung loose on a couple of plays, it was great to see, and he had good burst. Devante McFarlane did a nice job as well, he had a couple good plays inside. He was really good in his pass protection as well…which is one of those things as we’ve watched George and Devante develop, it’s been a point of emphasis.”Ben Lewis will be tasked with moving from wide receiver to hybrid and Shafer highlighted a couple areas of transition that he’s been impressed with in Lewis.Shafer: “I was interested to see kind of the trial in the spring with Ben running the ball. He’s a good, strong physical runner.”Shafer also added that Lewis has maintained his blocks well, which the head coach called the biggest concern when taking a skill player and moving him to a position like hybrid.Shafer said redshirt freshman Rodney Williams, who has been catching punts, also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.Freshmen defensive linemen Qaadir Sheppard, Jake Pickard and Amir Ealey all got mentions from Shafer when discussing a freshman defensive and offensive linemen group he raves over.Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Denzel Ward didn’t practice and rode a stationary bike for the open portion of Wednesday’s practice. He wore a right ankle brace and Shafer said it was a lower-body injury that’s carried over for a while.Shafer said it was “hell on wheels” getting freshman defensive tackle Steven Clark to stay committed to Syracuse after Florida and others showed late interest, and that he’ll become a “very good football player.” Comments Published on August 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Struggling Badgers look to clean things up before March

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-3), fresh off a dramatic upset of No. 2 Michigan, is getting set to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini Wednesday night in their first game back from the winter recess. After handing the Wolverines their first loss of the season, the Badgers currently sit at sixth in the Big Ten with a 4-3 conference record and look poised to make a late-season run into the NCAA Tournament picture. After nearly a month of inconsistent play from several marquee Badgers, UW finally found its stroke Saturday morning at the Kohl Center. Per usual, Ethan Happ put on a show in front of a soldout crowd in Madison that seemingly gave the Badgers more energy as the game played out. He finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven assists and two steals, giving him 12 double-doubles on the season and 42 for his historic career.But Happ received plenty of help from his teammates, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Wisconsin forced 16 turnovers from a typically careful Michigan offense. More surprising, however, was the Badgers free-throw efficiency, as the team shot 78 percent from the stripe.Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game, the Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-13 on the season and sport a 0-6 conference record thus far. Nine of the Illini’s 12 losses have come by 10 points or fewer, including a six-point loss to No. 3 Gonzaga, an eight-point loss to No. 21 Indiana and two 10-point losses to No. 19 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan.Football: After season of heartbreak, Wisconsin finds redemption in 35-3, Pinstripe Bowl win over MiamiAfter a Badger football season plagued by injuries which hampered preseason expectations, the University of Wisconsin football team (7-5) finished Read…The Illini have played most of their games with grit, but they have yet to put together a complete performance and earn a quality victory. Though they are loaded with talent, they are also young, with two sophomores and two freshmen in their starting lineup. Illinois likes to run and gun, so the Badgers will have to do what they do best — slow the game down — to frustrate the Illini offense.As for the Badgers, they have cooled down after a red-hot start to the season. Wisconsin started 10-2 while picking up marquee wins against No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 17 North Carolina State and two Big Ten victories against No. 22 Iowa and Rutgers. In that 12-game stretch, Wisconsin’s two losses came in a seven-point defeat against No. 4 Virginia and an overtime loss on the road to in-state rival No. 15 Marquette.The Badgers were as high No. 6 in the NET rankings this season, but have struggled since the fall semester ended. Wisconsin dropped four of their previous five games prior to Saturday’s upset, with their lone win in Happy Valley against Penn State.The skid was highlighted by a loss on the road against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, where Ethan Happ fouled out while shooting just nine for 23 from the field. Additionally, the Badgers put up a 14-point first half at home against Minnesota and a 15-point first half on the road at Maryland, both of which resulted in losses.Even with six losses, the Badgers have yet to embarrass themselves, as the greatest margin of defeat falls at just seven points. Even with their lackadaisical offensive performances in the first half against Minnesota and Maryland, the Badgers turned it around and mounted impressive, albeit insufficient, comebacks in the second half of each game. The Badgers also fell to Purdue by only five points in overtime after mounting a late comeback thanks to D’Mitrik Trice’s two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds of regulation.“There’s no moral victory attitude in that locker room,” Head Coach Greg Gard told reporters after the loss to Maryland, which holds true in the minds of this year’s talented roster. The goals lie much higher than simply moral victories.Despite their cold streak, it is not time to panic. One factor to consider is time — it is only January, and there are still 12 games remaining before the Big Ten tournament. Wisconsin is also still sitting at No. 22 in the NET rankings, even though they dropped out of the AP top 25, and should move up considerably after beating Michigan.While Ethan Happ has had difficulty turning over the ball, and much has been said about his shooting woes, the statistics tell a somewhat different story. Happ is still averaging 20 points per game and shooting 57 percent from the field. The efficiency might be down because of turnovers and missed free throws, but all the production is still there. Happ just needs to focus on taking better care of the ball.A look back at the fall semester in Wisconsin sports: Moments we’ll remember, others we’d like to forgetThis fall in University of Wisconsin sports has been filled with plenty of surprises, some pleasant and some not so Read…Brad Davison has also broken free and re-discovered his role on the team after Trice, who returned this season after missing most of last year, took over at point guard. Davison was inconsistent in the early going of the season, but he has found his groove, averaging 13.6 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc in the last five games.Another Badger producing is Nate Reuvers, who recently put up an 18-point second half performance on the road against the Terrapins. Reuvers is continuing to be a defensive presence in the low block, averaging 1.7 blocks per game this season.It seems as though the most potent absence from this young team is consistent bench production. The four Badgers coming off the bench — Kobe King, Brevin Pritzl, Charles Thomas IV and Aleem Ford — have not produced enough on a consistent basis for a team that desperately needs it. That puts too much pressure and attention on Wisconsin’s starters and makes the Badgers too predictable an offense for opposing defenses.Despite the joy that comes from taking down the No. 2 team in the country, the Badgers must not lose focus and remain on track this Wednesday as they travel down to Champaign, Ill. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network starting at 8 p.m. or you can listen live on The Badger Radio Network, 100.9 FM.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award

first_imgNigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour.”I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted,” she said.The award is the first of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the tournament’s leading scorer and was voted best player at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada last summer. Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women’s Championship in October.That ensured their qualification for this summer’s World Cup in Canada which begins on 6 June.Oshoala said the honour was a big lift for Nigeria ahead of the World Cup and would help inspire young players in her homeland.She said: “It’s a really good thing for us as a team because we now know that we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014 we can also do it this year as well. “There is going to be a lot of motivation for women’s football in Nigeria now because of this award because there are a lot of fans out there.”Support for women’s football in Nigeria is now growing very high.”I know my Liverpool Ladies coach is going to be happy right now. Before I left the UK he called me and said to me ‘don’t worry I hope you win the award and we’re going to celebrate it when you come back’.”Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her “one of the world’s top young footballers”.Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English, paid tribute to Oshoala. “At still only 20, she’s proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch,” she said. “I’m proud BBC World Service is supporting the women’s game and thrilled with the interest in the award.”–last_img read more

GUSA turn attention to 2019 World University games

first_imgGhana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) will begin preparations later this month for the upcoming World University Games which will be organized in Naples, Italy, in July. Following the Successful end of the  2019 GUSA games at the University of Cape coast, the technical team have an idea of athletes who will be representing the country at the World Games.Hosts University of Cape Coast (UCC) emerged the overall winners at the GUSA games this year with a total of 20 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals.Tertiary institutions which contested for the games included University of Cape Coast, the University of Education, (UEW) the University for Development Studies (UDS), and the University of Ghana (UG), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) among others.University for Development Studies are expected to dominate the football team after annexing the competition and finishing second with a total of 13 gold, 11silver and 12 bronze. University of Ghana came third with 4 gold medals,9 silver and 9 bronze medals. University of Education Winneba came fourth with a gold medal and were followed closely by University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Mines and Technology, University of Health and Allied Sciences and University for Professional Studies who recorded no gold medals.Speaking at the closing ceremony, Professor Joseph Ampiah Ghartey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast applauded the various institutions for exhibiting good sportsmanship during the games. He also expressed delight with the level of talent on display adding that Local Organising Committee (LOC) did a great work with the organisation despite the short notice they had at their disposal.“The LOC did a good job despite the short notice they had at their disposal”, Professor Ampiah Ghartey noted.The GUSA flag was lowered and given to the University of Ghana which would be hosting the next GUSA games in 2020.Ghana Universities Sports Association Technical team will soo determine when the camping for this summer’s Universiade in Naples will begin. The World Universities games was initially scheduled for Brasília, which would have been the second time Brazil hosted the event, However, on December 23, 2014, it was confirmed that Brasília withdrew from hosting the event, citing financial problems. International University Sports Federation decided to reopen the bidding process after the withdrawallast_img read more