News story: Regulatory Excellence Awards finalists announced

first_imgOrganised by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the Awards recognise regulatory organisations, individuals, businesses and trade associations that have achieved positive outcomes through good practice.OPSS Chief Executive Graham Russell said: “All the entries show the immense hard work being put in by regulatory teams across the UK, and our judges faced a considerable challenge in deciding which ones demonstrated that extra bit of spark or innovation to put them through to the final.“The finalists range from small Trading Standards teams to National Regulators to large and small businesses, and getting to this stage is a mark of merit in itself. Our external judging panel will have quite a task in choosing those finalists that are outstanding.”The finalists are:Better Business for All Health and Safety Executive Cornwall Council Leicester and Leicestershire BBfA Partnership West of England BBfA partnership BBfA Humber Partnership Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence New Anglia Compliance Partnership The winners will be announced on June 20, at the offices of Gowling WLG in London. For updates, search on Twitter #RegEx19 and follow @OfficeforSandS. Primary Authority Business Advice and Support Partnership SA Brain & Company Ltd Wine & Spirit Trade Association /Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence Peterborough City Council Regulatory Services Wakefield Council and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc Kent County Council Trading Standards Business Advice Services / Independent British Vape Trade Association Product Safety Leicestershire Trading Standards Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards/ Solution EU Ltd Hillingdon Ports Team The Ladder Association Jerry Burnie, Wendy Phillips and Eric Edmonds – British Toy and Hobby Ass. Amazon UK Electrical Safety First Environmental Health Consumer Protection (EHNI CP) Subgroup City of Wolverhampton Hertfordshire Trading Standards British Standards Institution Innovation and Technical Credas Antrim and Newtonabbey Food Safety Team SA Brain & Company Ltd Dr Chris Robertson / Dr Paul Goodman of RINA Paul Owen / West Midlands Fire Service Engineering Team Shield Safety Group Food Standards Agency Strategic Surveillance Team Board Intelligence Edinburgh Trading Standardslast_img read more

Santos vs Fruta to highlight GFF/KFC U-20 Independence Cup semi-final clashes today

first_imgTWO exciting matches will kick off today to decide the finalists of the GFF/KFC National U-20 ‘Independence Cup’ when Dynamic FC clash with Botofago FC at 13:00hrs. However, fans will be abuzz and are expecting a thriller when Fruta Conquerors FC face Georgetown rivals Santos FC at 15:30hrs. Both matches will be played at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence.The semifinalists were decided following last weekend’s quarterfinals with the respective teams triumphing over their opponents from respective Regional Member Association including Strikers FC from the Rupununi Football Association.Each team will be looking for glory as they had comfortable victories in their quarterfinals matches; Fruta Conquerors prevailed 5-3 in extra time over Buxton United and Santos FC eased to a 3-1 win over Strikers FC.Meanwhile, it was all one way traffic for East Coast outfit Dynamic, who beat New Amsterdam United 3-0 with Botofago eventually edging out Timehri Panthers 3-2.The winning team will capture $500 000, a trophy and medals while the runners-up will pocket $300 000, a trophy and medals.Third-place winners will walk away with $200 000, a trophy and medals and while fourth place will get a trophy and medals.The third-place and finals are set for Monday (July 1) at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence.last_img read more

MSOC : Syracuse doomed by wasted opportunities in double-overtime loss to Villanova

first_img Comments Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Syracuse threw all of its numbers forward, trying to score the game’s first goal on a corner kick for the win. But with just less than a minute left in the second overtime, the ball was cleared out of the Villanova box and the Wildcats counter attack was underway.Matt Margiotta streaked down the field and broke free, getting open to receive a pass as he sprinted toward the SU goal. With 44 seconds left, Margiotta put a shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger, who came charging out of the net to try and make the save.A stunning game-winner, one even more disappointing for Syracuse after it missed many game-winning opportunities on its offensive end.‘Yeah,’ SU midfielder Ted Cribley said, pausing to digest the defeat. ‘It’s a tough loss. We thought that we deserved to win. Sometimes that happens. And we sort of just have to bite our lip and get on with it.’The Orange (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) blew prime scoring opportunities in its 1-0 double overtime loss on a rainy Wednesday night in front of 281 fans at SU Soccer Stadium. The game-winning goal for Villanova (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) would not have even been needed had SU converted on one of its 20 shots first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse now finds itself in a must-win game at DePaul on Saturday if it hopes to extend its season by making the Big East tournament.Coming off a win against Cincinnati in which it scored a season-high four goals, SU struggled to find the back of the net Wednesday. And though the game’s only goal was the difference in SU’s loss, the Orange could have avoided any overtimes had it scored on any of its multiple set pieces throughout the game.But every chance the Orange got was turned away by Villanova goalkeeper John Fogarty.‘Their goalkeeper pulled off some good saves,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘On another night, maybe we score a couple. I think we had good chances, played some good stuff and sometimes you give credit to another team.’SU midfielder Nick Roydhouse, one of SU’s top scoring threats, had multiple chances to score the go-ahead goal. With just under 14 minutes to go in regulation, Cribley came down the field and got a foul call in his favor.The foul set up a free kick for Roydhouse, who placed the ball in the center of the field and stared toward the goal. But his shot didn’t go in.There were also several instances when Cribley positioned himself well and used his speed to get an open field, but he too could not convert.Cribley said SU just needed to get one goal and the offensive rhythm from the Cincinnati win would be back.But it never happened.‘I think the game against Cincinnati the other night proved that we are capable of really putting in the performance when we get chances to finish,’ Cribley said. ‘Tonight we were expecting and hoping that that would happen again. Sometimes it doesn’t work.’Boerger had multiple saves that got the Syracuse crowd on its feet and kept the Orange in the game. But the offense couldn’t produce.In both overtimes, the Orange came out on the offensive on both sides of the ball. In the second overtime, SU had back-to-back corner kicks that were not successful. Roydhouse sent a strike to Lars Muller the first time, but Muller couldn’t get it done. Nick Perea passed in the next one, but again, SU couldn’t convert.The back-and-forth between Villanova and SU was constant, as evidenced by the 20 shots taken by both teams. And Villanova finally ended it when Margiotta put away his breakaway opportunity.McIntyre said this game doesn’t have a huge effect in the standings, and he talked with his team after the game to explain his rationale for throwing its numbers forward at the end.But the loss is still bothersome to the senior Roydhouse, the team captain who played in his final home game of his SU career.‘I should have scored,’ Roydhouse said. ‘I should have won the game for us at the end.‘Losing is never fun. So right now, everyone’s a little bit let down. I feel like we had the chances to win the game. It was our own fault that we didn’t score. Their keeper made a couple good saves, but they’re chances that we should be putting away. Last game we did. This game we didn’t.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC has strong showing in weekend invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s cross-country team took the San Diego State Aztec Invitational by storm Saturday, placing third out of nine teams. Running at an invitational known for its rough terrain and hills, the Women of Troy reached an average time of 19:16.36.Freshman Erica Capellino placed first for USC and second overall, posting an 18:27.8 in her first official collegiate meet. USC coach Tom Walsh waited to debut Capellino until this meet, knowing her strengths would work to the team’s advantage, and was pleased with her performance.“Capellino was the standout runner,” Walsh said. “I was happy with the way she attacked the hills, and she competed very well for the entire 5,000 meters. It certainly didn’t look like it was Erica’s first race of the season.”Six freshmen and redshirt junior team captain Jessica Lundin were the seven USC entrants in the race. After last week’s start, Walsh was pleased the runners were able to improve on their performances.Freshmen Erin Matranga, Erin Robinson and Shannon Byrne finished within two seconds of each other for 18th, 19th and 20th places, respectively.Freshman Austin Lundin placed 22nd, with a time of 19.33.0, while freshman Kira Soderstrom and Lundin finished back-to-back in 28th and 29th place, with respective times of 19.55.5 and 19.56.8.“Place was more important than time in this meet as everyone ran slower times than they usually do,” Walsh said. “Erin Matranga ran strong on the hills, [and] ran her best race of the season.”Because of the hilly terrain, all entrants posted relatively slower times than they would have on a flat course. The team ran a slower race than last week’s at the UC Irvine Invitational, but USC’s performance was more what Walsh expected of the runners.“The course was challenging and very hilly for everyone,” Walsh said. “The team is improving from week to week, and we are headed in the right direction. We have two weeks to prepare for our next race at Pomona Pitzer, and I am looking forward to these next two weeks of hard training.”The team’s next race is scheduled for Oct. 1 at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif.last_img read more

Clippers are monitoring Blake Griffin’s sore right knee

first_imgA Clippers spokesperson said Griffin will be a gametime decision against the Pelicans, though the injury is “nothing serious.”Still, any kind of injury to Griffin is news to the Clippers and their fans.Griffin missed over half of last season with a torn left quad, and a re-aggravation of the injury cost him the end of the Clippers’ postseason.“We’re just watching,” Rivers said.Rivers said the injury wasn’t suffered during the Clippers’ loss to Golden State Wednesday night, that it was more cumulative in nature. In 22 games, Griffin is averaging 20.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals. Griffin and J.J. Redick are the only two Clipper players to miss games due to rest this season.Movie dayWhile the Clippers gathered Thursday at their practice facility, they didn’t do much more than watch tape of their loss to the Warriors.“We learn when you talk about it as a team,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “I think all of us, we’re professionals. I’m sure there’s not a guy who doesn’t go home and watch the film and stuff like that. You watch it on your own and come in and get a chance to talk about it and see what you sort of knew already.”Thursday’s film session was heavy on the déjà vu.“We watched like the whole first half yesterday, like no stops, like free throws and everything,” Austin Rivers said. “We watched like all the film yesterday. They say video never lies. So we saw a lot of things that we were unhappy with from a team standpoint.”And if the film isn’t telling the Clippers what they need to know, their record should be.“We’ve lost five of our last seven. That’s really the only reminder that we need,” Austin Rivers said. “We lost five of our last seven games. At no point in this season did I think this team would lose five out seven games. You know, I think we’re that good of a team. This is already too much. So, we need to move on from here and just get better. That’s what we need to do.”Johnson improvingBrice Johnson, the Clippers’ first-round pick, has yet to play in a regular-season NBA game because of a back injury suffered near the end of the preseason.Johnson has been on the court shooting free throws, showing signs of improvement, and it appears he won’t need surgery, which was an option.“I think (he won’t), but I don’t think you’re ever through any of those woods, so I can’t say anything,” Doc Rivers said. “I know he’s doing a lot better.” PLAYA VISTA >> As Doc Rivers navigated through questions ranging from existential ones about the Clippers’ mindset, a reported shrinking preseason and a seldom-used rookie’s health, the Clippers coach noted that maybe Friday was shaping up like a slow news day.And, then, that changed.Rivers casually mentioned that the team is monitoring Blake Griffin and a sore right knee, a problem that could keep Griffin out of the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host New Orleans on Saturday at Staples Center.The team has currently lost two in a row at home and five of their last seven.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more