The No. 19 USC women’s tennis team will compete this weekend at two competitions to kick off its season: the Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas and the National Colliegate Tennis Classic in La Quinta, Calif.The Women of Troy will be competing against some of the best teams in the country at the Freeman Memorial tournament: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Florida, No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 North Carolina will all be participating.Despite many higher ranked opponents participating, senior Maria Sanchez tops the singles lineup at this weekend’s competition in Las Vegas, ranking third in the nation in singles. Freshmen Kaitlyn Christian and Hayley Miller and senior Cristala Andrews will also be participating at the Freeman Memorial competition.At the NCTC, the first major invitational college tournament of the season, both men’s and women’s programs from across the country will participate in what is known as “the Wimbledon of College Tennis.” The competition features the top six men’s and women’s teams, along with top-ranked individual players from the leading universities across the country.Sophomore Danielle Lao, the ITA Southwest Regional champion in the fall and ranked No. 10 nationally, along with sophomore Valeria Pulido, junior Alison Ramos and senior Lyndsay Kinstler will represent USC at the NCTC.The team is hopeful that these tournaments, their last individual ones this season, will be successful.“Our belief in one another has never been stronger and with that alone we’ve put ourselves in a great position to compete the best we can, whether it’s in this individual tournament coming up or a dual match,” Lao said.After the Freeman Memorial and NCTC, the Women of Troy will begin dual season, which they are anticipating will go well based on their performances so far this season. In 2010, the team reached the NCAA tournament once again, finishing the year 14-10 overall.“[The NCTC] is our last individual tournament for a while. This will serve as tune-up before the dual matches begin,” Ramos said. “I can’t wait to get going with the tournament so that we can go into dual season fine-tuned and prepared.”After this weekend’s competitions, the team will look towards Jan. 18, its next opportunity to compete, where it will face Cal State Northridge in a dual meet at USC’s own Mark’s Stadium.“We’re excited for the spring to start and couldn’t be hungrier to do well,” Lao said.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue has slammed the news that NO new Gardai will be coming to Co Donegal despite the recent spate of criminality.No new Gardai will be coming to Donegal.The Dail was told that there are currently 412 Gardai and 29 Garda Reserves serving the entire county.But Deputy McConalogue says this is down from 466 in recent years. And the Fianna Fail TD said once again that Donegal is a special case because of its close proximity to the border.“The Minister for Justice is just not listening to the fact that Donegal is a special case and recent weeks has shown that once again.“The Minister says that he will continue with intelligence-led operations ro combat crime but that is only one aspect of policing.“The bottom line remains that there is no greater deterrent to criminals than to see Gardai on the street. “The reality is that numbers for Gardai in Donegal have reduced from 466 to 412 which is around a 12% reduction.“That is sending out all the worng messages to criminals that they can just use the border areas to come and go.“We have seen evidence of this in recent weeks with incidents along the border,” he said. OPEN SEASON FOR CRIMINALS AS JUSTICE MINISTER SNUBS DONEGAL was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueGardaiJUSTICE MINISTER
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWith lush-green mountains towering over 13,000 feet and a sub-tropical climate weather, Taiwan offers a variety of incredible natural resources. Recently named by Lonely Planet as one of the “Top 10 Best Countries to Visit in 2012,” the island is progressively transforming itself into a “Nature Wonderland” for international travelers to enjoy. In March, Taiwan will host two popular green events; the International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12, and Yilan Green Exposition in Yilan from March 31 – May 20, to demonstrate its commitment to eco-tourism.“Taiwan’s mission to provide green sustainable living has been recognized by our international peers,” said Trust Lin, Director of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Los Angeles. “Our island is considered a ‘green trendsetter’ because of our continuous effort to develop impactful events focusing on green living. To us, this style of living is the only way to preserve Taiwan’s natural treasures, and a healthy sustainable environment for our people and travelers.”The Taiwan International Orchid Show in Tainan from March 3 – 12 is considered the most popular horticultural event for the past 10 years because the county has consistently produced 40% of all orchids grown in Taiwan. Tainan’s rich botanical resources for cultivating orchids has secured the island as the world’s largest orchid exporter, and recognized by orchid collectors worldwide as the “Orchid Kingdom.” And with an expected attendance of over 3,000 international floral exporters and buyers at the show, the “Orchid Kingdom” plans to unveil its newly developed breeds – Phalaenopsis and Oncidium (Dancing Lady Orchid) – for the world to admire.In continuation of its commitment to green living, the island is hosting the 13th annual Yilan Green Expo from March 31 – May 20. Lasting two months, the popular expo plans to incorporate the “Organic” concept into three key exhibit areas – Garden, Food & Lifestyle and Farm.In the Garden area, visitors will learn the importance of how and which of the Five Chinese natural elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth – define their personality. Then, the fun will begin when they let their defined personalities guide them to experience and enjoy a variety of food, music and gardening throughout the expo.For the interactive visitors, the Food & Lifestyle area will provide demonstrations on how to save food during the cooking process. In addition, visitors can roll-up their sleeves to learn how to grow an organic family garden through recycling kitchen waste.As for visitors interested in learning about how the traditional Taiwanese farmers lived, enjoyed and maintained a true healthy sustainable green lifestyle, the Farm area will include a traditional farmstead mansion, a terraced field and a rice paddy field specifically designed and built for the expo to educate local and international visitors on the various aspects of farm life.www.go2taiwan.net