Women of Troy welcome another top-10 opponent

first_imgWith a dominant win last Friday at Oregon, the No. 12 USC women’s tennis team now returns home, ready for its rematch with the No. 9 Baylor Bears today.The Women of Troy (8-4) have played high-quality opponents all season, and today’s dual meet will be no different. This is the fifth time in nearly three weeks that the Women of Troy will face a top-10 team.Rematch · Junior Maria Sanchez and junior Lyndsay Kinstler were unable to top Baylor earlier this season, falling 8-4 in their match. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanThe last time USC took on Baylor (9-2) was in February at the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Wisconsin, where USC fell to the Bears 5-2, but the Women of Troy will get to challenge the Bears at home again in this match.When they competed against each other last month, the Women of Troy’s nationally ranked No. 3 singles player, junior Maria Sanchez, lost her only dual singles match of the season to Baylor’s No. 8 Lenka Broosova 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Sanchez currently boasts a 10-1 singles record and hopes to defeat Broosova to avenge her only loss.“The team morale is really good heading into this week. We’re all fired up to play Baylor again,” Sanchez said.Meanwhile, Baylor is coming into the match having just beat Texas Tech 6-1 and Iowa State 7-0 last week. In addition to Broosova, Baylor has four other nationally ranked singles players: No. 41 Nina Secerbegovic, No. 53 Csilla Borsanyi, No. 82 Jelena Stanivuk and No. 98 Taylor Ormond.Last time the two teams met, No. 21 sophomore Alison Ramos of USC was able to take down Borsanyi 7-5, 7-6, but Secerbegovic and Ormond posted wins over USC’s freshmen No. 22 Danielle Lao and No. 91 Valeria Pulido, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-2, respectively.In doubles, Baylor’s Broosova and Borsanyi team up as the No. 11 duo. They took down USC’s Sanchez and senior Lyndsay Kinstler 8-4 in the teams’ last meeting.USC is 0-2 all-time against Baylor, falling 4-3 to the Bears in 2006 at Marks Stadium.USC’s lineup for the match has not yet been determined. The match will start at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

Bank of America to cut 3,000 jobs

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that it will eliminate 3,000 jobs, an announcement that came less than a week after the nation’s second-largest bank reported a huge drop in earnings for the third quarter. The cuts will affect less than 2 percent of the company’s staff. Most of them will be from Bank of America’s investment banking unit, the company said. The Charlotte-based bank also said Wednesday that it is launching a strategic review of its investment banking business. Gene Taylor, head of Global Corporate and Investment Banking, will retire at the end of this year and be replaced by Brian Moynihan, who ran the company’s Global Wealth and Investment Management business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“While some of these changes are a direct result of our underperformance, others have been contemplated for a number of months as we looked at how we could operate more effectively,” Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth D. Lewis said in a statement. “We must have a platform that operates profitably for both our company and our clients.” Bank of America said last Thursday that its profit fell 32 percent in the third quarter as trading losses and write-downs on a wide variety of loans offset solid revenue growth in most businesses. Net income declined to $3.7billion, or 82cents per share, from $5.42 billion, or $1.18 per share, a year ago, and revenue fell 12percent, to $16.3billion. The dismal performance was a major setback for Lewis and his goal to build a major investment banking presence on Wall Street. “I’ve had all of the fun I can stand in investment banking at the moment,” Lewis said last week after the third-quarter results were announced. “So to get bigger in it is not something I really want to do.” The job cuts, which the company said come “in light of market conditions and strategic imperatives,” are throughout the bank, but the majority are investment banking-related in areas such as business lending, treasury services, and capital markets and advisory services, as well as support staff. Investment banking is largely based in New York but has a Charlotte presence. Last week, Chris Hentemann, head of Bank of America’s global structured products unit, left the company. Hentemann had been in charge of products such as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities and related trading. Such investments – especially subprime mortgages made to borrowers with weak credit – plummeted in value this summer as rising defaults and foreclosures discouraged investors and led global credit markets to seize up. The layoffs at Bank of America are among the largest at the bank under Lewis, who took the helm in 2001. The bank cut 12,500 positions after it acquired FleetBoston Financial in 2004, and an additional 4,500 in a follow-on restructuring. Upon his purchase of credit card issuer MBNA Corp. last year, Lewis cut about 6,000 jobs. The bank plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs in this year’s purchase of LaSalle Bank Corp. Bank of America announced Wednesday’s cuts after stock markets closed. The bank’s shares fell 26cents in extended trading after falling 30cents to end the regular session at $47.48. Most major banks reported a tough third quarter. Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp., which saw its third-quarter profit fall 10percent due to unrest in the nation’s credit markets, said Friday that it planned to eliminate about 200 jobs within its investment bank by year end. Shares of Wachovia hit a new 52-week low Wednesday after a Banc of America Securities analyst downgraded the stock, citing challenges for the investment bank and the potential for above-average credit burden going forward. Wachovia shares traded as low as $44.22, before closing at $45.40, a 57-cent loss, with heavier-than-usual trading. At Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest bank, third-quarter profit fell 57percent, to $2.38billion. New York-based Citigroup announced before reporting its earnings that it was combining its investment banking and alternative investments units into one business. Several executives left the bank. The newly combined unit will be led by former Morgan Stanley executive Vikram Pandit, who has been running Citigroup’s alternative investments unit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nasri’s ban increased to 18 months after appeal

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has had his suspension for violating UEFA’s anti-doping regulations increased from six to 18 months.Nasri was originally banned for six months after he received a drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016, which UEFA said contravened rules laid down by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).But an appeal against the initial sanction by UEFA’s ethics and disciplinary inspector has resulted in an extended suspension, announced on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The ban is backdated to July 1 2017 and while Nasri made eight appearances for Turkish side Antalyaspor during that time, the 31-year-old free agent can return to training in November.A statement from UEFA read: “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 22 February 2018 is amended as follows:”1. The player Samir Nasri is suspended for eighteen [18] months. This suspension will start running on 1 July 2017.”2. The player Samir Nasri is allowed to return to training, with any football club starting from 1 November 2018.”Ex-France international Nasri was pictured in a tweet posted by Drip Doctors in December 2016, in which they said he was being treated with “a concierge Immunity IV drip to keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season with Sevilla”.Nasri, who was on loan at Sevilla from City at the time, asked that UEFA grant him a backdated therapeutic use exemption (TUE) that would have seen him escape any punishment for the treatment.UEFA rejected his request and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the decision in December last year, after Nasri appealed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Plant Trees

first_imgStory Highlights “We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned. Jamaicans are being encouraged to plant trees to support the ‘Trees for Life’ initiative, aimed at strengthening the island’s diverse flora and improving its resilience to climate change.Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.In an interview with JIS News, Communications Specialist for the project, Patrice Gilpin, said the campaign started in October 2016 with a target set for Jamaica to plant one million trees by June 30, 2019.“Trees provide an abundance of benefits, as they give us clean air, cleaner water, they are homes to our wildlife, they take in carbon dioxide from the environment and let out oxygen, which means we are breathing better air. So, one tree can mean so much, and you would be planting today to benefit generations to come,” Miss Gilpin outlined.The whole idea, she added, is that with more trees planted, the more the green coverage of the island will be improved and the more resilient the country will be to the impacts of climate change.She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda.Miss Gilpin noted that the Forestry Department and NEPA have been instrumental in the distribution of trees to persons across the island.“The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has also come on board 100 per cent and is fully committed to planting 155,000 trees throughout the year beginning Labour Day, in celebration of Jamaica 55,” she said.“We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned.She encouraged corporate entities and groups to celebrate their special anniversaries and milestones by planting a tree.“We want Jamaicans to get back to the habit of planting a tree for your baby and watch that tree grow as you watch your child grow, so that we can achieve our target come 2019,” the Communications Specialist urged.For more details and to participate in the initiative, persons can visit NEPA’s website at www.nepa.gov.jm to access the ‘Trees for Life’ web page. She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda. Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.last_img read more