Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Jakarta’s poverty rate — the ratio between the number of poor people and the total population — was recorded at 3.42 percent in September last year, the third lowest since widespread reforms were introduced in 1998. The lowest rate of 3.14 percent was recorded in 2001, while the second of 3.18 percent was recorded in 2004, according to a data released on Jan. 15 by Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) Jakarta office.BPS Jakarta head Buyung Airlangga said poverty in the city was complex because the breadwinner in a poor family had to provide for nearly six family members. A 2018 Susenas survey by Statistics Indonesia found that a poor family consisted of at least five members and its affluent counterpart consisted of at least three members.”Therefore, the fact that the Jakarta administration managed to lower the poverty rate was worth noting given the complexity of the pr… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Facebook Google Linkedin #poverty poverty #UrbanPoor poverty-rate urban-poor #Jakarta
Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Mar 2020 3:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Advertisement Ian Wright tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he ‘deserves better’ than Arsenal Arteta is desperate for Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang was visibly distraught after the Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League following his sensational scissor kick against Olympiacos and Wright admits that he feels sorry for the forward as he ‘deserves’ to be playing in Champions League finals. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If you can imagine him in a better team then he himself would be winning Premier Leagues and vying for places in Champions League finals and I think he deserves that,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.‘You don’t see him particularly vocal on the pitch [no] pointing and screaming but it’s what he does in respect of his leadership with the goals that he scores.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If you take his goals out of that team then they’re in a massive heap of trouble. Arsenal need a few more players to kick in with their form to help him.‘We’re talking about a goalscorer who is scoring at the rate of a Champions League player, a world class goalscorer. ‘We’re talking about the last big contract in his career. I just hope that the love that he has for the club and the fans have for him is enough for him but I wouldn’t want to be in his position because it’s a tough one for him.’MORE: What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Man Utd squad in dressing room after Man City win Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is considering his Arsenal future (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang faces a difficult decision over his future at the club because he ‘deserves better’ than the Gunners’ current position. The Gabon international has been a revelation in north London since his £57million move from Dortmund and he’s scored an incredible 61 goals in 92 appearances for the club.The 30-year-old has less than 18 months to run on his Arsenal deal and a decision over a new deal is likely to hinge on the Gunners’ form between now and the end of the season, with Champions League qualification believed to be a requirement for the Gabonese. Advertisement Comment
The UK government is likely to request an extension to the Article 50 negotiation period in order to secure parliamentary backing for its withdrawal agreement, according to fund managers.Politicians overwhelmingly rejected the agreement in a vote last night, leaving prime minister Theresa May facing a vote of no confidence today, and a difficult battle ahead to save her deal with the EU and garner support from lawmakers.A number of asset managers commenting in the past few hours have argued that, while abandoning Brexit entirely is unlikely, the prime minister may be forced to ask the EU for more time to pass the bill through parliament.Investors have also played down the likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome, given the growing opposition to such a scenario in parliament. Pieter Jansen, senior strategist for multi-asset, NN IP“Given the limited time and the lack of consensus, political experts believe it would be impossible for Theresa May to close the gap with some tweaks to the original deal and therefore making it difficult to reach an agreement before 29 March. As result, postponement of the withdrawal is becoming more likely.“UK equities have room to weaken significantly on negative news. We expect markets to stabilise either when a feasible solution appears or when it’s clear that the current deadlock will lead to postponement.“Currently, we have a cautious allocation to risky assets. A rise in uncertainty on the back of last night’s vote would therefore have a smaller impact on our portfolios. In addition, we have largely hedged our sterling exchange rate risks and hold moderate UK exposures.”David Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Investment Managers:“From our view, the most likely outcome is that May acquiesces and either delays or revokes Article 50, effectively pushing the ‘pause button’ just before the train flies off the tracks. UK businesses and consumers should expect to live under continued uncertainty for quite a while longer.”David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton: David Zahn, head of European fixed income, Franklin Templeton“Extending negotiations seems to us to be the most likely outcome. But it brings with it more uncertainty. Any extension has to be agreed unanimously by the other EU members. We’d expect some of them to seek particular concessions before agreeing. Plus, we’d question whether there’s enough time before 29 March to secure approval from 27 different parliaments.“Some rumours from Brussels suggest any extension would be limited, perhaps only until the summer. The two sides have been negotiating for two years and haven’t reached an agreement, so we’d question how much a two-month extension would change things. In addition, we recognise that markets don’t like uncertainty; extending Article 50 prolongs the uncertainty.”Bethany Payne, portfolio manager for global bonds at Janus Henderson:“While near-term developments may look supportive of a softer deal and compromise in the following days, it is hard to see a straight path to a final deal… What is clear is that it is highly likely that Article 50 will be delayed, to allow a grace period for the UK to be able to pass the necessary legislation that prevents it crashing out without a deal.”Richard Buxton, head of UK equities at Merian Global Investors:“Continuing uncertainty over Brexit will remain a significant ‘handbrake’ on the UK economy and UK stock market. Only when certainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU emerges is business confidence and investment, and indeed consumer confidence, likely to return. Until such a time, the ‘handbrake’ will, I believe, remain obstinately jammed. Any extension of the Article 50 process would, in my view, simply perpetuate the present impasse.However, not all managers were as confident that the ‘no deal’ risk had diminished…Stefan Kreuzkamp, CIO at DWS: In her speech to politicians last night after the vote, May attempted to reassure that the government did not intend to “run down the clock to 29 March”. “That is not our strategy,” she said. “I have always believed that the best way forward is to leave in an orderly way with a good deal and have devoted much of the last two years negotiating such a deal.”However, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, warned that “the risk of a ‘no deal’ has never been so high”.“An orderly Brexit remains our absolute priority over the coming weeks,” he said. “However, as I speak, no scenario can be ruled out. This is particularly true of the scenario which we are trying to avoid: a ‘no deal’ scenario.”Other options are also still on the table, including a second referendum on EU membership or a general election, the latter most likely if the current government loses tonight’s ‘no confidence’ vote.Pieter Jansen, senior strategist for multi-asset at NN Investment Partners: Stefan Kreuzkamp, CIO, DWS“Like many of our peers, we continue to hope for an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU. But the path to get there remains unclear, and in any case cobbled with plenty of hurdles.“We also have to acknowledge that the probability of a hard Brexit has increased. Even though the majority of British MPs claim that they want to avoid it, the whole Brexit process continues to be driven strongly by party interests.“Let’s remember: The whole endeavour began as a – failed – gamble under David Cameron. Why shouldn’t it eventually end up as that? The behaviour of British politicians to date has certainly not reduced our concerns in this regard.”Azad Zangana, senior European economist and strategist at Schroders:“If the UK has not made progress in securing a majority for a deal, then the EU is unlikely to support a delay without a clear mechanism to break the deadlock in the UK’s parliament. This could come in the form of a second referendum or a general election. “As European Parliamentary elections are due in May, the EU is keen not to have the UK’s membership spill over into the new term, unless the UK decides to remain permanently.“In our view, the risk of a ‘no deal’ or ‘cliff edge’ Brexit is probably as high as it has ever been. At the same time, the need for a general election or a second referendum to break the deadlock in parliament seems more apparent than ever.”
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37PRESTIGE buyers are trading the beach for the bush as the demand for luxury acreage estates hots up in the Gold Coast hinterland.The COVID-19 crisis has seen a surge in inquiry for rural real estate and cashed up high end buyers are joining the queue for well-appointed homes in the hills.The Bluestone estate at 128 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba.A first-class rural sanctuary in Guanaba, 30 minutes north west of Surfers Paradise, has drawn instant interest since it hit the market for $3.5 million this week.“In less than 48 hours the property had around 1000 views online,” said Kollosche’s Kara Evatt who is leading the Bluestone campaign with Eddie Wardale.“We’ve been hearing from people who are looking to sell their waterfront properties and upsize on more land.”MORE: Team scores a home run on striking new buildTwo mega main river sales bring COVID-19 tally to $80mEpic Gold Coast penthouse sold for almost $4mHoney, I’m home! Bluestone has its own helicopter pad and hanger.Spread out over 4.32ha, 128 Guanaba Creek Road boasts a helicopter pad and hanger for easy access along with a cobblestone driveway that’s custom-made for prestige wheels.The six-bedroom residence has been upgraded and extended by the current owners to include an airconditioned gym with martial arts mat, sauna, bar and a showroom style eight-car garage.Champagne at twilight overlooking the estate.The extensive grounds include a championship size tennis court, heated swimming pool and spa, stables, two lakes, organic vegetables gardens and an established orchard.“There’s nothing else like this in the area,” Ms Evatt said.“This property is six-star with all of the luxuries you could need. It has a real celebrity feel about it.”Bluestone’s features include gardens, lakes, a tennis court and pool.While agents on the northern end report strong interest out of Brisbane for acreage retreats in and around Tamborine Mountain, interstate buyers are focused on southern parcels.“From Burleigh to Bilinga, we’re finding the level of inquiry is crazy, particularly for acreage properties,” said Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties.“That interest for retreat-style properties is mainly coming from Sydney and Brisbane, where buyers are looking for a weekender or to relocate.”795 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley sold for $1.55 million.Late last month, buyers from Batemans Bay paid $1.55 million for a designer five-bedroom home on almost five acres at 795 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley.Here’s a selection of amazing acreage properties on the market right now.475 Tallebudgera Connection Road, Tallebudgera 475 Tallebudgera Connection Road, Tallebudgera475 Tallebudgera Connection Road, TallebudgeraPrice: $2.2 millionAgent: Ryan Ward, KolloscheSurrounded by landscaped gardens, this resort-style sanctuary offers three acres of land on which to relax in peace and privacy.Inspired by Colorado mountain chalets, the four-bedroom residence features high ceilings, exposed timber beams and natural stone finishes.Outdoor rustic recreation is covered by a pool, vegetable garden and tree hut for the kids.76-82 Main Western Road, Tamborine Mountain76-82 Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain76-82 Main Western Rd, Tamborine MountainPrice: Contact agentAgent: Colleen Brunt and Nick Zhang, Amir Prestige – Paradise PointThe Mediterranean-style residence known as Laurel Lane is secluded on 1.2ha of lush lawns, country garden and ponds in the heart of Tamborine Mountain.Tasmanian Oak and Jarrah ceilings feature inside the main residence while travertine and red marble lines the floors in the open plan design.You can grow your own food in the vegetable gardens and orchard where automated irrigation keeps the maintenance to a minimum.186 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba186 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba.186 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba.Price: Contact agentAgent: Emma Gregory and Amir Mian, Amir Prestige – Mermaid BeachThis hinterland manor may feel like it’s a world away, but in 10 minutes you’re on the M1 and in 30 minutes you’ll hit the sand.The five-bedroom Rembrae Downs homestead is set back from the road on 8ha where rolling hills give way to 150m of Coomera River frontage.Luxury appointments include a pool, heated spa, gazebo and bar, while a stable block on a separate title caters for four-legged friends with three large stables, tac room, office, feed shed and store room and wash bay.Wildlife drop by for a feed at 186 Guanaba Creek Road, Guanaba.49 Bramley Dr, Tallebudgera Valley49 Bramley Dr, Tallebudgera Valley.The nine-bedroom residence is one of the largest in Tallebudgera Valley.Price: On applicationAgent: Ed Cherry, Sophie Carter Exclusive PropertiesThis grand nine-bedroom chateau is surrounded by virgin rainforest, waterfalls and wildlife.More from news02:37Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property now16 Sep 202002:37How COVID has changed spring buyer wishlists5 Sep 2020“This is one of the biggest homes available in Tallebudgera Valley,” said agent Ed Cherry.“Every bedroom has a courtyard coming off it.”The estate lends itself to income opportunities such as a boutique hotel, weddings, health retreat or a high-end bed and breakfast.With all the charm of a bygone era, the estate features a 4000-book library, wine cellar, open log fireplace and a pool looking out to the forest.There are two self-contained staff quarters, a separate guesthouse and provision for another house to be built on the property.300 Monaro Road, Mudgeeraba 300 Monaro Road, Mudgeeraba300 Monaro Road, MudgeerabaPrice: Tender by September 4Agent: Lyn Newcomb and Jodi Russell, Harcourts MudgeerabaMarketed as a Federation eco retreat, this two-storey Queenslander on 4.79ha has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Springbrook hinterland.Located within eight kilometres of the Mudgeeraba township, the accommodation includes two self-contained guest suites, a master suite and a separate self-contained three-room studio, ideal for working from home.Inclusions list a pool, spa, steam room and gym, while the grounds encompass an enclosed organic vegie garden, free range chook run and fruit trees.Existing approval for a health retreat also allow for future business opportunities. 61 Gibsonville Street, Tallebudgera Valley61 Gibsonville Street, Tallebudgera Valley61 Gibsonville Street, Tallebudgera ValleyThis near-new house is located on one of Tallebudgera Valley’s most sought after streets.A tree-lined driveway sets the scene for a prestige acreage lifestyle in a relaxed rural setting.The four-bedroom house on 2.25ha is designed for seamless indoor-outdoor living with bi-fold doors connecting the living areas to the entertainment deck, gardens and dam.There’s ample parking for cars, boats, caravans, trailers and more with a double shed and a double garage.Auction: August 25, 6pmAgent: Matt Micallef and Erika Zatyko, Ray WhiteFOLLOW JANELLE ESTREICH ON INSTAGRAM
The Palace spokesperson further said that National Task Force for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. issued the temporary moratorium on the transit of LSIs due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the provinces. MANILA – The last batch of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) has been transported back to their respective provinces before the government starts to implement new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing protocols. According to Roque, the recent arrival of one million reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) test kits prompted the government to come up with new health protocols in sending stranded individuals back to their homes. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said two ships were utilized in transporting these LSIs to the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Roque also urged the receiving local governments units to administer RT-PCR tests, which detect the virus that causes COVID-19, in their areas and subject the returnees to quarantine./PN “Ang sabi po ni Secretary Galvez, dahil dumating na ‘yung ating one million testing kits for PCR, pupwede na nating bigyan ang lahat ng LSIs,” Roque said. “They need to first get a negative test result before they can be transported back to their home provinces.” “This is the last batch of LSIs allowed to return to their respective hometowns until we subject them to RT-PCR tests,” he added.
Loading… ‘The league is almost impossible’: Luis Suarez concedes… ‘He’s a truly great player… we’ll try to help him adapt… Suarez told Mundo Deportivo Barcelona still need to convince him to stay.Advertisement Luis Suarez has urged Barcelona to keep talisman Lionel Messi by matching the ambitions of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. The 33-year-old has just under a year left on his £500,000 a week contract at the Nou Camp and speculation about his future remains rife. Messi is expected to extend his stay at Barcelona despite concerns with boss Quique Setien and the club’s board. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Untold Truth Of Sasha ObamaEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once ‘What he would like is a winning project, an exciting project,’ he said. ‘But it’s a situation that he has had to manage with his family and, in this case, with his dad, and be conscious of the decision he has to take. ‘I don’t see Messi playing for any other team. Messi is expected to extend his stay despite concerns with boss Quique Setien and the board Read Also: Messi: Real Madrid deserved La Liga title ‘Leo will take the decision based on what’s best for him and with his family in mind. Being his friend, I would always recommend that he plays where he feels comfortable and happy. ‘I think the family is really happy in Barcelona and, if he’s happy in Barcelona, then he should continue with Barcelona. If he needs a change, he will know what he needs for his own well-being.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Former Chelsea manager Bobby Campbell has died at the age of 78. “All at the club send our deepest condolences to Bobby’s family and friends and our players will wear black armbands in his memory at today’s game at Stoke.” T he west London club added: ” Chelsea was very close to Bobby Campbell’s heart and he will always be close to ours.” Campbell began his playing career with his local side Liverpool, before stints with Wigan, Portsmouth and Aldershot. He returned to Pompey for his first coaching experience and also had spells on the coaching staff at QPR, Arsenal and Fulham. He was promoted to manager at Craven Cottage in 1976 and stayed in the role until October 1980, working alongside players such as George Best and Bobby Moore. Further managerial spells with Portsmouth and then Chelsea followed, in addition to coaching roles back with Aldershot and QPR. Tributes were pouring in on Saturday from many of Campbell’s other former clubs. “Everyone at Fulham Football Club was saddened to learn of the passing of former manager Bobby Campbell,” a statement from the Cottagers read. “The thoughts of all at Fulham are with Bobby’s family and friends at this sad time.” Press Association Pompey tweeted: “Portsmouth Football Club are saddened to learn of the death of former #Pompey player and manager Bobby Campbell #RIPBobby.” Arsenal posted: “Everyone at @Arsenal send their thoughts and wishes to family and friends of former first-team coach Bobby Campbell following his sad death.” QPR said: “QPR are saddened to hear of the passing of former assistant manager Bobby Campbell, who has died at the age of 78.” The players will wear black armbands in Saturday afternoon’s game at Stoke in tribute to Campbell, who was Blues boss from 1988 to 1991 and guided the club to promotion back to the top flight in 1989 at the first time of asking. “Chelsea Football Club is greatly saddened to announce the passing of our former manager Bobby Campbell at the age of 78,” the Barclays Premier League champions said.
July 8, 2020 AP Source: Ivy League calls off fall sports, including football, for its eight schools. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — AP Source: Ivy League calls off fall sports, including football, for its eight schools.
By Brian Homewood(REUTERS) – The world athletics championships have been moved back 11 months to July 2022 to avoid clashing with Tokyo Olympics, which was also postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the sport’s governing body said yesterday.World Athletics confirmed in a statement here that the event, which is usually held every two years, would now take place from July 15 to 24 in 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.The original dates of August 6-15 2021 would have clashed with the Tokyo Olympics, which was last month postponed by a year from the original July-August 2020 schedule. The new dates for the worlds were chosen to avoid clashing with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7, and the European Athletics Championships in Munich, from August 15 to 21.World Athletics said these dates would enable athletes to compete in all three events, where eligible.“The new schedule will prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events and, with careful programming, will ensure athletes can compete in up to three world-class competitions,” said World Athletics in a statement. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said that having the three events run consecutively over the course of a single summer would be “a bonanza for athletics fans around the world”.“They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics,” said Coe.“We would not have chosen to have three major championships back-to-back but it will give us a unique opportunity to promote our sport and its stars around the globe over a six-week period.” The previous world championships were held in Doha last year and the 2023 edition will take place in Budapest.European Athletics said in a statement that the new dates had its “full support”.It added that this year’s European athletics championships, due to be staged in Paris in late August, were “currently under evaluation.”The local organising committee has been asked to carry out a feasibility study of the event “with input from the relevant national authority bodies, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic”, it said.
Jim Boeheim and Carmelo Anthony helped restore the legacy of USA Basketball in the 2008 Beijing Games.Coming off a disappointing bronze medal performance at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 – the United States national team’s first finish without a gold medal in 16 years – the team breezed through five games in pool play with a 32.2-point average margin of victory and beat Australia and Argentina handily to advance to the finals.Anthony finished with 13 points as the Americans reasserted their international dominance by taking down a Pau Gasol-led Spain squad 118-107 in the gold medal game.‘It was an unbelievable thrill to represent your country and to win the gold medal,’ Boeheim said. ‘… All the players were great, but it’s a special thing to be with (Anthony) again. Being there this summer as well, I’m sure it’ll be fun to get back and work with him again.’This summer, Boeheim returns as the top assistant to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Anthony is expected to be a key cog in the team, though the official roster will not be announced until June 18, at the latest. Fellow superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade are also expected to come back as the Americans look to repeat in London.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe United States has won 13 of 17 gold medals since men’s basketball was introduced to the Summer Olympics in 1936. And for Boeheim, the opportunity to represent his country and win another gold medal is his highest motivation to coach the team.‘It’s very competitive now,’ Boeheim said of the sport’s global parity. ‘It’s not easy like it used to be. It was a great thrill to be able to (win gold) and to be able to go back this year. It’s a great feeling.’Boeheim started working with USA Basketball in 1982. Since then, he has coached junior national teams and served as an assistant for the 1990 World Championships and Goodwill Games teams.But the chance to work with the nation’s most talented basketball players and Krzyzewski, as well as fellow assistants Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan has been even more special, Boeheim said.It’s made him a better coach, too. Since Boeheim’s return from Beijing, the Orange has recorded a 91-16 record – its most successful three-year span in program history.‘I think it’s been an unbelievable experience in terms of helping our program, as well as the opportunity to work and represent your country,’ Boeheim said.And come London, Boeheim has only one goal. The coach wants to recapture the feeling of Olympic triumph he experienced after winning gold four years ago.‘It came down really to the last couple plays of the game, and really, the game could have gone either way,’ Boeheim said. ‘We made some plays and won the game, and it was a great feeling to be in a battle like that and still to win. It was a great feeling.’Finding the strokeMike Gennaro describes it as the most miserable experience of his life.He lives in an unfurnished house on the San Francisco Bay. He shares that house – and its lone bathroom – with nine other rowers.But waking up on his air mattress each morning, the Olympic hopeful reminds himself why he chose this life.‘This is single-handedly the worst thing I’ve ever been a part of,’ Gennaro said, ‘but I’m positive that I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.’Gennaro is one of 19 oarsmen still competing for a spot on the United States men’s eight team, which will compete in the Olympics in London this summer. For him, that process includes two-a-day rowing sessions and regular weightlifting workouts at the California-Berkeley facilities. Head coach Mike Teti has yet to announce his final roster.Gennaro, a 2011 SU graduate, is one of four former Syracuse rowers competing for seats on a boat in London. Martin Etem (quadruple scull) and Justin Stangel (pair) look to don the red, white and blue as well, while Natalie Mastracci (eight) hopes to represent her native Canada.‘I haven’t put much thought into serving for my country,’ Gennaro said, ‘but I think that’s the next-best option. From my experiences rowing on the national team, I’ve never experienced a better feeling in my life than putting on a uniform that has the flag of the United States on it.’Wearing the American colors, Gennaro has racked up five gold medals in international competition as a member of the Under-23 team during the last three years. He earned a gold medal with the men’s eight in the U23 Championships in Amsterdam this past July. Gennaro won another goal medal in the eight and one in the pair at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October.The passion that propelled Gennaro to that success was apparent on his first day at SU, said men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman. Gennaro constantly pushed his fellow freshmen to challenge the varsity squad in races each practice, and more often than not, they won.‘That’s quite unsettling if you’re a varsity oarsman, to look across and see this group of freshmen that are gunning for you every time you do pieces with them,’ Reischman said. ‘… Those guys would kill themselves to stay up and actually took pieces from the varsity.’But the Olympics are the highest level of international competition. Only the best of the best make the cut, and Gennaro recognizes that.It’s what gets him up from his air mattress every morning. And it’s what makes all the misery worthwhile.‘It’s awful,’ Gennaro said, ‘but you just keep looking ahead at the big picture and you just keep telling yourself that you’re willing to give up anything to get to London.‘And not only just to get to London, but to win in London. That’s the end goal.’Taylor madeShannon Taylor was at the forefront of USA Field Hockey’s greatest feat in its history.Tallying a crucial goal in the 15th minute of the Pan American Games championship match last October, Taylor gave the Americans an early 2-0 lead over Argentina, then the No. 1 team in the world.The eventual 4-2 victory gave the United States its first-ever win over Argentina and first-ever gold medal in any international competition.Now the 2008 Syracuse graduate hopes for an opportunity to elevate the U.S. team to even greater heights.‘Competing in the Olympics would honestly be a dream come true,’ Taylor said in an email. ‘It is a goal I set for myself quite some time ago, and to accomplish it would be incredible.’With any luck, that dream will become a reality. Taylor is one of 23 current members of the U.S. women’s national team. Sixteen players and two alternates will make the final roster for London, which will be announced on June 23. Having played more than 50 games for the national team during her career, the 25-year-old striker is experienced at the international level.‘Representing the United States is truly an honor,’ Taylor said. ‘Every time I put on a USA jersey, it gives me chills. Every international match that starts out with our national anthem is such a humbling feeling.’With the gold medal in the Pan Am Games, the United States received an automatic spot in the Olympics.The team has trained in San Diego while other countries have competed in qualifying tournaments. The Americans’ intense regimen includes four two-a-day workouts per week and a series of six-hour training sessions with Navy SEALs to mentally prepare for the Games. Friendly matches against New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain in San Diego, along with a Four Nations Tournament in which the United States played New Zealand, Australia and India, completed the training.And for Taylor, that tour has rounded out her game.SU head coach Ange Bradley said Taylor found a niche as a corner specialist and has been crushing the ball off the sets.‘She’s such a winner,’ Bradley said. ‘She truly knows what it means to have the ‘I’ in win, and she also can surrender herself for the team, and that’s what makes her a champion in my eyes.’But she still has just under two months until she learns whether she made head coach Lee Bodimeade’s Olympic roster.Until then, Taylor and her teammates can only keep training.‘I try to think about the things I can control, and that is only the way I play,’ Taylor said. ‘Everything else, you have to let take care of itself.‘In the end, I hope I am one of the 16 athletes chosen to represent our country in the Games.’On trackFlings Owusu-Agyapong couldn’t hold back the smile.Hands on her hips, she stood proudly by the track in Manley Field House. Chest out, sweat dripping from her brow, Owusu-Agyapong had just finished her sprints workout for the day.But when asked about her chances to qualify for the Summer Olympics, the Syracuse graduate student broke her stern stance and the corners of her lips perked up.‘Right now, I guess I’m the second-fastest in the country,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘We have the national championship after NCAAs, so we’ll get a better picture, but it’s looking pretty good.’For Owusu-Agyapong, a chance to represent her native Ghana on the ultimate international stage would be accomplishing a career-long dream. Despite moving to Toronto, Ontario at the age of 8, she said she ‘hasn’t lost touch of her Ghanian side’ and hopes to qualify in both the 100-meter and 4×100 meter relay.Along with Owusu-Agyapong, fellow graduate student Jarret Eaton – who won the national championship in the 60-meter hurdles this indoor season – and SU alumnus Mike LeBlanc of Canada and Ramon Sosa of the Dominican Republic are also hoping to qualify for London.‘It’s a great feeling just because you know you’re not training by yourself,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘Even though we’d be competing for different countries, right now we’re like one family, and that’s pretty much how we train, just like one family.’Eaton notched the second-fastest time in NCAA history at the Penn State National Invitational in January, crossing the line at 7.49 seconds. Competing against the best America has to offer, he faces an uphill battle.But Eaton said he is focused solely on his own performance. If he keeps winning his races, he’ll be ready when the time comes to go after those heavy hitters in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials June 22.But LeBlanc, a 100-meter runner, and Sosa, a 110-meter hurdler, can’t take that approach. As post-graduates, the two have to be self-motivated. They are individual athletes, running to represent their countries.There are no guaranteed meets, and there is no next year.‘It’s more difficult because essentially you’re running for your life,’ LeBlanc said. ‘… But in a way, that’s also good because it’s kind of a distractor. It’s like this is all I have, so the ante is up, so to speak.‘But I love it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it.’Running at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March, LeBlanc placed 10th in the 60-meter.LeBlanc said he’s run a 10.18 100-meter Olympic qualifying time before but will need to be ready when he’s presented with the opportune conditions.All four athletes will have opportunities throughout the outdoor season to officially qualify for the Olympics.For Owusu-Agyapong, who has represented Ghana in the African Games in 2010 in Kenya and 2011 in Mozambique, a chance to don her nation’s colors in London this summer would be an incomparable experience.She is already recognized by her community when she returns home each summer, but an Olympic appearance would keep that smile on her face all summer.‘That’s been my dream for as long as I’ve been running track,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘I can’t really express how that would feel. It would just be the most amazing thing ever.’Shattered DreamsOne shocking announcement from the International Olympic Committee in July of 2005 shattered the dreams of young girls across the country.The IOC declared softball would be removed from the Olympics starting in 2012, and one of those young girls was then-16-year-old Jenna Caira, who had long yearned to pitch on the greatest international stage of them all.‘Oh man, I remember my dad videotaping me at one of my birthdays or something,’ Caira said. ‘I was probably about 5 years old. He was like, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’‘I said, ‘I want to play in the Olympics.”But for Caira – Syracuse’s star pitcher and the first hurler to record 1,000 strikeouts in Big East history -and the 1.3 million girls who play youth softball in America per year, those childhood aspirations will likely never come to fruition. The IOC elected to pull softball and baseball from its Summer Olympics lineup, reasoning that there was not enough parity in the sport as the United States and Canada dominated play.While supporters of the sport are hopeful it will be reinstated in future Games, the removal has set the sport’s global growth back dramatically.Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross, another staunch supporter of the sport of softball, said the competitive balance in the sport was improving before softball was cut from the Olympics and that Japan’s gold medal in the 2008 Games in Beijing proves that.‘We had been so successful as a country in that sport,’ Ross said of the United States. ‘I knew it was just a matter of time for the other countries to catch up. … If they had given it a few more years, I think everybody else would’ve started catching up, which they did.But the decision had already been made.And for Caira, who was ineligible to compete for Team Canada in the 2008 Games as a junior national team member, losing potentially her only chance to achieve her dream was heartbreaking.‘As a kid, when you’re playing softball, you realize, ‘Oh, what is your biggest dream?’ and you think, ‘Go to the Olympics,” Caira said. ‘For women, we don’t really say in softball that we want to go play professional softball. It’s always to go to the Olympics and to be able to represent your country and find success.’The senior pitcher is now on the Canadian senior national team and is one of a handful of current Orange players who would have had a chance to make an Olympic roster. Fellow Canadian Carey-Leigh Thomas, who played on the junior national team last year, as well as Lisaira and Shirley Daniels, who both play on the Puerto Rican national team, could have joined Caira in London, Ross said.But the Syracuse players do their best to persevere and continue to spread the sport they love. Ross said many will look to play overseas, like second baseman Stephanie Watts, who is headed to Germany this summer.Although Caira can’t play in the Olympics, she can still train with Canada’s best and compete against elite international competition in the Pan American Games and other tournaments.‘Just to be able to play with the girls who are former Olympians is allowing me to learn from them still,’ Caira said, ‘and it’s still an honor to be able to represent my country.‘It’s bittersweet, I think.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1