COLUMN: Huskies’ run shows need for change

first_imgGeno Auriemma barely reacted when the buzzer sounded to signal his 100th straight victory.Behind him, a sold-out crowd decked in white T-shirts roared in support of the victory. WNBA stars Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart made their way to the court to hug their former coach. But for the Hall of Fame coach, the moment was more of a breath of relief than a milestone victory.It was, after all, just another win.UConn women’s basketball is the most dominant athletic program in the history of sports. Period. The Patriots, the Yankees, the Celtics, the Crimson Tide — they don’t even come close. No team has ever won this much and this big for this long without even flinching. We’ll probably never see it again.In their recent win-streak, the Huskies clinched 98 of those victories by double-digit margins. Of those games, 56 were won by 40 or more points.That streak extends into last season, when UConn won its fourth-straight national championship and graduated the first, second and third picks in the WNBA draft. With 11 total championship rings, Auriemma still has yet to lose an NCAA championship game.They’re the best. No one can dispute that. But as Auriemma and his Huskies continue to eviscerate the rest of the NCAA, it raises the question — is all this winning good for women’s basketball?It’s not that dominant teams are inherently bad for the game. My home team, the Kansas Jayhawks, is one of the most dominant programs in college basketball. Head coach Bill Self has more Big 12 championship rings than home losses in his 14-year tenure in Lawrence. As a fan, I’m not complaining.But that dynasty isn’t bulletproof. Just a few weeks ago, Kansas dropped a home game to an unranked Iowa State team. That is, after all, the fun of college basketball, and of any sport — anyone can win.It’s why we call it March Madness, why we sit on the edge of our seats even when the Patriots are down by a handful of touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Because it doesn’t matter how invincible Steph Curry looks when he’s taking that 30-foot jump shot — even he can lose a 3-1 lead.But when it comes to collegiate women’s sports, the competition just isn’t the same.College sports for women haven’t been around for as long. Take basketball for example — women didn’t even start playing five-on-five full court until 1971. The first NCAA women’s basketball championship took place in 1982, a full 43 years after the first men’s championship took place.Because of this, women’s sports are still growing. And amid all of the debates surrounding equal pay and equal coverage, an important issue is missed — how a smaller pool of prospects keeps talent from being equally spread.With fewer post-collegiate options for female athletes, the competition for collegiate athletics is lower. A few great teams can snap up the top talent, leaving a gaping canyon of talent between ranked and unranked squads.More than the lack of dunks or the smaller 3-point arc, this disparity in talent is what makes women’s basketball less fun to watch.So why UConn? That’s easy to answer. Auriemma was named the U.S. women’s national team head coach in 2001. Since then, he’s won 10 NCAA championships and three Olympic gold medals.The method of recruiting athletes is clear — if you want to be the best, play with the best. It’s hard to argue against the undefeated U.S. coach when defining who is the best coach in the nation. So Auriemma gets the best, year after year.That has to change. For women’s basketball to be taken seriously, for the game to grow at every level, something will have to give. And as impressive as it is, the end of the UConn dynasty will be the best thing to happen to women’s basketball.If you don’t believe me, look to NCAA women’s soccer.For decades, North Carolina stood in the same dominant shoes as UConn basketball, winning 21 national titles in the 34 years that the College Cup has existed. For the entirety of that time, Anson Dorrance served as the head coach. For the first eight years, he also served as the American head coach, just like Auriemma.North Carolina starters and alumni made up over half of the U.S. roster for almost a decade. Players went to North Carolina because they wanted to play for America, and in the process the Tar Heels created a culture of dominance.But women’s soccer has changed since then. Thanks to Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, women’s soccer has earned more viewers, more fans and more support with each passing year. And as talent and interest continued to spread, the Tar Heels have won less and less, with new programs rising in the rankings and our own Trojans taking the title this year.It’s time for that diversity of talent to seep into women’s basketball.It’s not anything that UConn is doing wrong. They’re just recruiting the best players to the best program with the best coach and winning. A lot. It’s easy to hate the Huskies for winning, but it’s hard to fault them for continuing to succeed. But now it’s time for the playing field to begin to level in women’s basketball.For now, we can celebrate their legacy. But down the road, when that win streak is snapped and the NCAA trophy is hoisted year after year by a coach other than Auriemma — it will be a victory.The legacy of women’s basketball will be much more than a collection of dynasties. And though the Huskies might reign now, the sport will truly flourish when it becomes any woman’s game.Julia Poe is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs on Wednesdays.last_img read more

Charity Regulator gives Good and New group all clear after investigation

first_imgA Donegal charity at the heart of an investigation by the Charity Regulator is now in the clear.The body held an inspection into the Good and New Shop last month and found that it has followed a recommended course of action.Last February, the Regulator imposed an intermediate sanction on the Letterkenny-based charity after finding it had contravened section 47 of the Charities Act 2009 by failing to keep proper books of account. The charity had denied any wrongdoing at the time.Among those calling on the charity to be more transparent were local GP Dr James McDaid.The notice set out the proposed imposition of an intermediate sanction, as well as the requirement for the charity to rectify the contravention within a specified timeframe, and to adopt an advised course of action to ensure that the contravention concerned would not occur again.The notice set out the proposed imposition of an intermediate sanction,being the publication of the contravention on the website of the CharitiesRegulator. The notice also set out the requirement for the charity torectify the contravention within a specified timeframe, and the requirementto adopt the following course of action for the purposes of ensuring thatthe contravention concerned would not occur again: – Introduce formal documented procedures for maintaining adequateaccounting records; – Assign the task of keeping proper books of account to a person(s)with the appropriate skills and experience; – With regard to financial reporting: · Introduce regular financial reporting detailing the income andexpenditure (including the nature of that income and expenditure)and the assets and liabilities of the charity, and · Ensure all financial reports are scrutinised by the charitytrustees under a standing agenda item – ‘financial performance andposition of the charity’ as part of all trustee meetings.On February 12, 2018 the charity accepted the imposition of an intermediate sanction under section 73 of the Act, and undertook to rectify the contravention and adopt the course of action specified in the notice.On 28 June 2018, the Charities Regulator carried out an inspection of thecharity to determine if the charity had rectified the contravention andadopted the course of action set out in the Notice.The Charities Regulator said it is satisfied that the charity has rectified the contravention referred to within the specified timeframe andhas adopted the course of action set out in the notice. Charity Regulator gives Good and New group all clear after investigation was last modified: July 11th, 2018 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:cancerCharity regulatorGood and Newlast_img read more

US calls for halt to land reclamation in South China Sea

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 16 (PTI) The US today demanded an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and asserted that turning an underwater rock into an airfield does not provide sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit. Along with many of its Pacific partners and nations across the world, America is deeply concerned about the pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea, the prospect of further militarisation, the potential for these activities which increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict among claimant states, said US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. “As a Pacific nation, an ally and partner to many of the nations of the region from Japan to Australia to India, the US will persist in its decades-long strategic approach,” Carter said, adding that America will continue to see a peaceful resolution of all disputes. “There should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants. We also oppose any further militarisation of disputed features. We all know there is no military solution to the South China Sea disputes,” he said. “Right now, at this critical juncture, is the time for renewed diplomacy, focused on a finding a lasting solution that protects the rights and the interests of all. As it is central to the regional security architecture, ASEAN must be a part of this effort,” Carter said, days ahead of the Chinese President Xi Jinpings first state visit to the US. He said the US saw its relationship with China as defined by elements of both cooperation and competition. “Our military engagement with China seeks to build sustained and substantive dialogue, to advance concrete, practical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to enhance risk reduction measures to diminish the potential for miscalculation,” he said. “At the same time, given our concern about Chinas growing military capabilities and coercive approach to disputes, we are taking prudent steps to prepare for heightened competition,” he added. Carter said the US will continue to protect freedom of navigation and overflight ? principles that have ensured security and prosperity in this region for decades. “The US will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as US forces do all over the world. America, alongside its allies and partners in the region, will not be deterred from exercising these rights,” Carter said. “Turning an underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit,” he added. He said China with its actions in the disputed sea was out of step with both the international rules and norms that underscore the Asia-Pacifics security and the regional consensus that favours diplomacy and opposes coercion. “The US will always stand with its allies and partners. Its important for the region to understand that America is going to remain engaged?continue to stand up for international law and universal principles?and help provide security and stability in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come,” Carter said. PTI LKJ MRJlast_img read more