Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey: India Hammer Canada 7-3

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): Continuing its winning run, the Indian men’s hockey team hammered Canada 7-3 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Wednesday to move one step closer for a place in the final. Striker Mandeep Singh starred in India’s victory with a brilliant hat-trick (20th, 27th and 29th minute). With three wins and a draw, India now sit pretty at the top of the points table with 10 points. India took the lead in the 12th minute after Varun Kumar converted a penalty corner before Mandeep Singh tore apart the opposition with three goals in quick succession. Amit Rohidas scored the team’s fifth goal in the 39th minute through another penalty corner.Youngsters Vivek Sagar Prasad and Nilakanta Sharma then joined the party by scoring splendid field goals in the 55th and 58th minute, respectively. For Canada, Mark Pearson (35′), Fin Boothroyd (50′) and James Wallace (57′) sounded the board. India will next face Poland in their last group match on Friday. (IANS)Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Badgers rebound in home victory over Northwestern

first_imgSenior Brittany Dolgner led the team with 17 kills in a win over Northwestern.[/media-credit]In a season that has featured only two winning streaks, none longer than two games, Wisconsin continued its up-and-down trend on the weekend with a four-set win Saturday over Northwestern.A night after falling to No. 8 Illinois, the Badgers rebounded nicely on their home court, winning a tough match against the Wildcats that featured 25 ties and 12 lead changes. Wisconsin had a season-high 14 blocks, five of which came from freshman Kirby Toon, who also had 13 kills in the match.Senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner led the team with a match-high 17 kills, six of which came during the first set, which the Badgers also won 25-19.Wisconsin dominated Northwestern at the start, getting the first point and not relinquishing the lead or even allowing a tie score during the first set. The Badgers’ biggest lead was seven points, and while the Wildcats cut the lead 23-19, they were never really in position to take a lead.“That was a good win tonight — we responded well after coming off the loss last night,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We saw a much better offensive performance and the blocking was very strong.”From a team standpoint, the defense was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Badgers’ game. Along with the season-high 14 blocks, Wisconsin had three players with double digit digs, including a match-high 19 from libero Kim Kuzma.On the offensive side, in addition from big nights from Dolgner and Toon, the Badgers also got a boost from Elle Ohlander, who returned from a knee injury with 10 kills and only two errors against the Wildcats.But according to Dolgner, while the hitters were doing their part, the reason the Badgers were able to be so effective offensively was the strong play from setter Janelle Gabrielsen. The sophomore had 46 assists and eight digs, and Dolgner believes her stellar passing allowed for better opportunities at the net.“I think that really has to do with how we dig the ball and how efficient Nellie is,” Dolgner said. “When the ball is dug right to her she can dish it anywhere. She’s really good at seeing where her blockers are … so I think that’s why I was getting a lot of kills.”The second set didn’t go as smoothly for the Badgers. After leading the entire way through the first set, the Wildcats finally took the lead for the first time at 6-5 in the second. After eight tie scores and three lead changes, Northwestern pulled away and finished the set with a commanding 25-18 win.Even though the Badgers quickly grabbed the momentum with their strong first set, Waite wasn’t surprised to see Northwestern snatch it back, especially with the talent the Wildcats possess.“We knew this team comes a lot; they won in five against Indiana and Purdue, and those are two pretty strong teams, so we knew they were a resilient group,” Waite said. “And anytime you have a player like Sabel Moffett in the middle who can just fly and score, you’ve got an opportunity to come back, and that’s really what they did.”For the rest of the match, neither team was able to fully ride the momentum.After seven ties and six lead changes in the third set, the Badgers finally were able to come away with a huge 25-23 comeback win. Northwestern led the Badgers by as many as five points, but Wisconsin took eight of the last nine points to complete the huge comeback, which Waite noted as an integral part of the match.“The turning point was in the third set when we were down late in the game,” Waite said. “That’s a pretty strong turn of events. It shows the composure of the team to hold them off and come back and get that. It really gave our team a lot of confidence going into the fourth [set].”After losing to Illinois, the Badgers needed a win to stay put in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten.While they may have expected a tough match against Northwestern, the contest’s back-and-forth nature made for a physically exhausting test. For Toon, however, the game’s difficulty made the win that much more enjoyable.“I think physically it was a very demanding game,” Toon said. “But that’s when a match is most rewarding, when you have to fight for the win and you get it. I think mentally though we were really focused and really alert, so that was good.”last_img read more

Haiti’s collapsing penitentiary conditions causes an alarming mortality rate

first_imgBY KAYLA HIGGSHaiti’s jails are raising questions of concern due to its overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases.  The mortality rate behind bars is reaching alarming new levels with 21 inmates dead at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just last month.Haiti’s penal system is by far one of the most congested in the world, with a staggering 454 percent occupancy level, according to the most recent ranking by the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research.Prison authorities say they try their best to meet inmates’ needs; however it is difficult to work with insufficient funds from the state. As a result of this, prison authorities fail to provide ample amounts of food and cooking fuel, leading to deadly cases of malnutrition-related ailments such as beriberi and anemia.In 2016, United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon stated “nearly almost all of the 11,000 inmates in Haiti’s national prison system have access to less than one square meter of space and most face 23 hours of confinement a day”.About 80 percent of those incarcerated have not been convicted of a crime and are held in prolonged pretrial detention. Despite the UN’s, along with international donors’, efforts to reduce the percentage, it barely budged.In all, Haiti’s over-crowding prison system is due to high numbers of arbitrary arrests and overuse of pretrial detention. Some inmates have been waiting up to eight years to see a judge.  Cells that were made to accommodate 20 men are now being crammed with 80 to 100 inmates.last_img read more

Pentasia sets out global fintech vision acquiring Headcount recruitment

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Pentasia emphasises developing ‘learning environments’ as new industry workforce dynamic November 26, 2018 Share Related Articles Pentasia relocates European hub to Barcelona August 16, 2016 Pentasia launches new website to reflect gambling’s global vision November 28, 2019 Alastair Cleland – PentasiaPentasia, global gambling’s biggest recruitment and executive search firm has confirmed that it has acquired fintech specialist recruitment agency Headcount.Issuing a market update, Pentasia stated that its acquisition of Headcount was led by the increasing synergies its is witnessing between the gambling and fintech sectors.Pentasia and Headcount will merge operating capacities, but Headcount will retain its brand identity servicing talent resourcing for the burgeoning fintech market.Confirming the deal, Pentasia governance stated that with its newly secured enlarged capacity, the company would target becoming the outright leading global recruitment/search firm for gambling, fintech and payment sectors.Furthermore, Pentasia sector clients would benefit from a significantly expanded talent pool, servicing key value chain functions such as project management, tech, development, marketing and compliance.Backing Headcount, Pentasia’s Managing Director, Alastair Cleland stated:  “Pentasia has tracked Headcount’s progress for a number of years and there are clear synergies between the two businesses. Combined, we now provide our respective clients base with access to a new candidate pool and recruiter expertise from a wider range of industries.“Neill and I have worked closely over the past few months on the acquisition. We and the combined senior management team are incredibly excited about the future, and believe we are ideally placed to achieve our ambitions including expansion into new markets, functions and locations“Headcount was founded in 2001 by Neil Butcher (CEO), servicing talent resources for the changing dynamics of the global payments and brokerage sectors amid new digital challenges. Today Headcount services talent resources for the payments, fintech, data and crypto markets.Neill Butcher – HeadcountCEO of Headcount, Neill Butcher: “I am delighted that Headcount now forms part of Pentasia. This is a game-changing move for the business. Since our foundation in 2001, we’ve developed an exceptional reputation for delivery and have built an impressive international portfolio of clients that we’ve been able to service from our London headquarters.“Now, as part of Pentasia, our increased bandwidth and capacity enables us to provide talent across the full range of business functions. This move has always been about providing more choice and really is a win-win for all parties concerned.last_img read more