Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A St. James man was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison for defrauding 74 people out of nearly $18 million after conning them into investing in his Ponzi scheme for almost a decade.James Peister had pleaded guilty to securities fraud at Central Islip federal court in November.“Peister lulled his victims into a false sense of security through empty promises of reliable growth and conservative investing,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “After stealing millions of dollars in inheritances and retirement savings, Peister now faces his own retirement in prison while his victims struggle to rebuild their lives.”Prosecutors said the 63-year-old scam artist assured investors that their money would be invested safely, but he instead used the money to pay millions of dollars in redemptions to prior victims to keep the scheme afloat and to afford his luxurious lifestyle between 2000 and 2009.He sent phony account statements to investors that falsely showed that their funds were performing well, and he submitted bogus financial statements to the investment fund’s independent auditor, authorities said.Peister’s Ponzi scheme collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, when he could no longer keep up with demands for redemptions from nervous investors.He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, ordered to pay $9.6 million in restitution to the victims and forfeited $17.9 million, including his home and his Hummer.
Valuation, entry point and market knowledge are key in strategies for investing in stocks during volatile times as COVID-19 risks will likely persist throughout the year, fund managers and brokerages have said, expecting a drop of 15 to 20 percent in benchmark stock prices this year.Lilis Setiadi, president director of major Indonesian fund manager Batavia Prosperindo Aset Manajemen, said that virus-related matters would continue to cause a lot of volatility in the country’s capital market, at least until the discovery of vaccines.“Be ready and get used to volatility in the stock market. It should be seen as an opportunity for dollar-cost averaging,” Lilis said in her presentation for The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar, “Investing in stocks: Best strategies in volatile times”. During this year’s first quarter, the JCI fell 37.33 percent to a historic low of 3,937.63 on March 24, the lowest it had been since 2012. From that lowest point, the index rallied 26.67 percent to 4,987.78 at the end of Wednesday’s trading. The accumulated fall throughout the year was recorded at 20.82 percent, whereas the market gained 10 percent in the past month, indicating high volatility. “This is like a discount in the stock market,” said Irwanti, investment director of Schroders Indonesia, which had Rp 61.1 trillion in assets under management as of the end of May. “If you invest in the future, if you look far into the horizon, you shouldn’t be afraid [of short-term volatility].”The stock market still offered bigger returns in comparison to other assets, such as property, gold and time deposits, she added. For this year, Schroders did not have an official JCI target set out given the high market volatility, however Irwanti estimated a best-case scenario of the stock index losing 15 percent this year.Both Schroders and Batavia prefer large-cap stocks. Schroders was limiting exposure to high beta names, or stocks that have higher returns in bull markets and lower returns in bear markets, Irwanti said. Meanwhile, Batavia included several small and medium cap stocks with strong fundamentals and earnings projections in its portfolio, Lilis said.Hariyanto Wijaya, head of research at Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia, the country’s most active brokerage house, reminded investors to keep their losses small when investing during volatile times.“Please set your cut loss limit quite reasonably, we suggest around 20 percent,” Hariyanto said during the webinar. And on the flip side, he said: “If investors already get sufficient gains, I suggest taking a profit,” as a buy-and-hold position may not always be a good investment strategy. Mirae forecast the JCI to end the year at 5,180 in a baseline scenario, reflecting a 17.8 percent drop from the previous year. The bull case is projected at 5,830 and bear case at 4,160, according to Mirae estimates.In the past month, the JCI recorded a net foreign buy of Rp 12.22 trillion, a reversal of foreign investment outflows in the past three months where the bourse recorded a total net foreign sell of Rp 5.14 trillion. Throughout the year, foreign investors have sold Rp 11.63 trillion worth of Indonesian shares. For millennial investors who are still navigating their way around the stock market, Sucor Sekuritas equity and business development director Bernadus Wijaya pointed to three styles of investing: value investing, growth investing and income investing. Value investing is when an investor tries to find stocks that are sold relatively cheaper in the market in comparison to its book value. Growth investing, as indicated by its name, is when an investment decision is determined by the stock’s strong earnings growth. In income investing, an investor looks for companies that give high dividend yield consistently. “Buy in stages. Choose good companies with good fundamentals, but we have to understand technical analysis so we know when to enter,” said Bernadus, advising first-time investors to get capital gain from their stock investments.Based on gains made between Dec. 31, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2018, the local bourse was the best-performing stock exchange for long-term investors, Bernadus said, as it gained 120.56 percent during that period, while the United States’ S&P 500 only made a gain of 87.98 percent. This year, however, the JCI was among the worst-performing markets year-to-date, despite its recent gains. When the JCI fell by almost 21 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 14.23 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell a modest 3.23 percent. The panelists agreed that the recent market rebound was largely driven by the reopening of economies worldwide, as well as central banks’ stimulus funds, which flow into the financial market. However, full economic recovery may largely depend on solutions to end the pandemic, with vaccines currently still being developed. Dollar-cost averaging refers to an investment strategy in which investors try to reduce the impact of market volatility by dividing their investments into multiple smaller purchases, with regular intervals in between each purchase. Aside from that, Lilis also recommended a diversification strategy amid the pandemic. Batavia, which managed Rp 44.79 trillion funds as of the end of May, projected the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) to close the year at between 5,000 and 5,300, representing a fall of 15 to 20 percent from last year’s end point of 6,300.Steep falls in domestic stocks this year had been unprecedented, with the local stock index falling into bear market sooner than previous declines, which were more gradual, Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) development director Hasan Fawzi said during the webinar.“If I can give a bit of advice, the basic strategy [in volatile times] is to invest in yourself, know and understand yourself, fully understand your investment profile, risk profile and goals, skills, capacity and investment behavior. So in the end you adopt the best strategy that best fits your portfolio,” Hasan said. Topics :
MailOnline 31 October 2014The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out.For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation.The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been a lasting and significant increase in drug use in Portugal since 2001.’ But the evidence suggests otherwise.The most recent independent report on what is happening in Portugal shows that in 1995 eight per cent of Portuguese teenagers had tried drugs.In 1999, when laws began to be relaxed, it was 12 per cent.But after decriminalisation in 2001, it rose to 18 per cent in 2003 and 19 per cent in 2011. The picture for cannabis use is similar. In 1995, only 7 per cent of Portuguese teens had tried the drug but by 2011 the figure was 16 per cent.The report, by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, looked at 100,000 15 and 16-year-olds across Europe. Its most alarming finding covers children under 13 in Portugal.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2815084/Portugal-decriminalised-drugs-Results-Use-teens-doubled-decade-nearly-fifth-15-16-year-olds-using-drugs.html
Stuff co.nz 2 August 2018Family First Comment: Golly Gee. Who would have ever thought that this would happen#nakedattraction #pornculture #sexualisationofchildreninmedia #withoutrestraint Society reaps what it sows in the minds of children.Hundreds of schoolchildren are being disciplined for sexual harassment and misconduct each year.Sexual behaviour intervention service STOP Trust had seen a “steady increase” in sexualised behaviour among children, ranging from sexually explicit comments to inappropriate touching or more severe transgressions, team leader Suzanne Alliston said.She attributed the rise to ease of access to pornography and other graphic material – “we’re certainly see children at a younger age engaging in sexualised behaviour of concern” – for children as young as pre-school age.The reasons behind those behaviours were complex, Alliston said.Fewer than 50 per cent of STOP’s young clients had suffered sexual abuse or other trauma in their past.“Mostly, [it’s about] not being able to manage difficult feelings or not being able to make friends. It’s not about having a sexual motivation. It’s about a lewd behaviour being a way to get attention or make a connection with people.“Children are very responsive to clear guidance from adults when you can get everyone on the same page, giving the same message without anger.”Ministry of Education data shows more than 300 children a year were stood down, suspended, excluded, or expelled from school for sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in 2016 and 2017.The figures exclude incidents where the student was not stood down, and criminal behaviour, which is referred to police.The number of disciplinary actions related to sexual misconduct in particular grew steadily over the last five years to more than 200 in 2017.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/105178295/hundreds-of-students-disciplined-for-sexual-misconduct-and-harassment-each-yearKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Share 15 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthLifestyle Call to measure duration of obesity by: – August 23, 2011 Doctors need to start counting “obese-years”, say expertsExperts say the health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately.Risk calculations have focused on severity of weight gain alone and not how long it persists.Latest research suggests every additional decade of being obese more than doubles death risk.The researchers told the International Journal of Epidemiology a new measure is needed – the “obese-year”.Similar to the “pack-year” used for smoking, it gives a further quantification that can be used to help estimate the associated health risks.Growing problemA quarter of UK adults are overweight.And one in 10 children younger than 11 in England are obese.The government says that if the current rate of growth continues, three quarters of the population could suffer the ill effects of excess weight within 10 to 15 years.But Dr Asnawi Abdullah, from Monash University in Australia, and colleagues believe the toll is larger than this because estimates have failed to factor in duration of obesity.Their work shows that duration of obesity or “obese-year” has a direct effect on death risk, independent of other factors like age or how severely overweight a person is.They looked at the health of 5,036 people living in the US who enrolled in a large study – the Framingham Cohort Study – that tracked their health every two years over decades.Among the participants, death risk went up by 7% for every additional two years of being obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more).Being obese for between 15 and 25 years more than doubled death risk compared with those who were never obese.And death risk was tripled for those who were obese for even longer than this.The researchers say this needs to be taken into consideration when assessing overweight patients.“Our study demonstrates that for every additional 10 years lived with obesity, the risks of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality more than doubled, implying that the risk of mortality associated with current obesity in adults might be significantly higher than in previous decades.”They warn that obesity is occurring at younger and younger ages which will mean today’s children can expect a shorter life expectancy compared with past generations.‘Scare tactic’“Today the average age of onset of obesity is likely to be more than 10 years earlier than in previous decades.”Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, agreed: “Obesity is starting to become a problem at supremely young ages. We could see people dying before their parents because of obesity.”He said the findings could be a much needed wake up call for some.“If the GP can say ‘You have got to do something about your weight otherwise you will die at 65 rather than 75’ that could be a useful scare tactic.”But he doubted if that would be enough to motivate all.“Many people struggle to lose weight no matter how many times they are told to or how many times they try.”A Department of Health spokesman said tackling obesity was a priority for government. He said doctors follow the current guidelines that say body mass index (weight in relation to height) and waist measurement are the best ways to assess obesity and health risks.Will Williams at All About Weight said: “It’s never too late to get the benefits of weight loss. At any age, losing weight and keeping it off, is likely to extend your life and reduce your risk of disease.”By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News
– ‘Lots of hard work’ – Singh still has much to learn in his quest for more game time in the senior team. An over-zealous tackle earned him a straight red card in a reserve team match just before Christmas. He says Bayern’s Germany stars Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich, both still only 24, have helped him feel at home, but the main difference is the attention to detail expected at one of Europe’s top clubs. “I have learned to be a professional. At this level, it’s not easy – these guys didn’t become what they are without lots of hard work,” he said. “Everything is a lot more specific, you know what you need to do, what to eat. “To enhance your performance, you have to do everything right off the pitch, so I am always looking to try to improve my body. “Watching them play, and playing alongside, these guys is a dream come true, but I have to push and compete with them and try to add all that to my game.” He joined the German giants’ reserve team in July for 650,000 euros ($717 ,216) with the left-footed attacking midfielder signing a three-year deal. The plan was for him to bulk up and settle in, but after scoring four goals and creating seven more in 15 games for Bayern’s reserves, he was promoted to the senior squad in December and his German league debut followed. “My footballing journey has been a crazy one so far, but I have enjoyed the ride,” he said. With Robert Lewandowski on hand to improve his shooting technique and Philippe Coutinho helping perfect his passing, New Zealand’s Sarpreet Singh is relishing learning from some of the world’s best at Bayern Munich since he made history on his Bundesliga debut. Sarpreet Singh became the first player of Indian descent to feature in the Bundesliga last month The 20-year-old New Zealander, whose parents hail from a village in the Punjab region, became the first player of Indian descent in the Bundesliga with a second-half cameo in Bayern’s 6-1 thumping of Werder Bremen last month. Having also been an unused sub in the Champions League home win over Tottenham a few days earlier, it was his first appearance at Munich’s imposing Allianz Arena stadium. “It was a dream come true for someone from an Indian background, who grew up in New Zealand,” he told reporters at a media event in Munich. “It was a special moment and hopefully I can inspire the next generation of kids to work hard and hopefully push on to bigger and better things.” Singh’s journey to Munich started as a child playing football at Auckland’s Onehunga Sports club. His raw talent was spotted by Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand’s only professional club in the Australian league, so he moved to the capital at the age of 15 to join their academy. After progressing through the ranks, Singh eventually helped Phoenix reach the A-League play-offs last season. His eye-catching performances for New Zealand at May’s Under-20 World Cup in Poland, where the junior All Whites reach the last 16, attracted Bayern’s scouts. Singh is hoping for more Bundesliga minutes after making his brief league debut in December’s home win against Bremen.Read Also: Bundesliga: Bayern’s Boateng, Goretzka in training ground scuffle; reports Singh says he pays particular attention to Bayern’s record-scoring Polish striker Lewandowski, who has 21 goals in 19 league games this season, and Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, who is on loan from Barcelona. “He (Lewandowski) is an absolute goal-scoring machine and I am able to learn about what part of the foot he uses, at what time,” said Singh. “It comes down to minor details and it is all about decision making. “If I am looking at Coutinho, I am watching what he does in tight spaces and how he gets out of them. “As a Number 10, so there is no one better than him to learn from.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime
Slaven Bilic’s side may have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season, but they came a cropper against the Hornets. Ighalo claimed he had opened the scoring in the 38th minute by converting Nathan Ake’s cross, but Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell had actually turned the ball into his own net. Carroll was West Ham’s hero from the bench against Chelsea last week, but the striker got himself in an almighty mess from Watson’s free-kick. Instead of clearing the ball he attempted to drag it back past Ake, only for the Hornets defender to leave him red-faced and send in a low cross which was turned in by Cresswell. Ighalo, who also had a swipe at the ball, ran off celebrating what he claimed was his goal – but he did not have to wait long for his sixth of the season, He collected Ikechi Anya’s square ball and shifted it to one side before crashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 15 yards. West Ham huffed and puffed as they attempted to get back into the game, but the closest they came to pulling one back was when Enner Valencia latched onto Craig Cathcart’s wayward backpass only to see his shot come back off the post. Their misery was complete when, with four minutes to go Collins, clattered into the back of Ighalo on the halfway line and was shown a straight red card. TWEET OF THE MATCH “West Ham getting beat 2-0 at a good Watford side !” – Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) reacts to Watford going 2-0 up. RATINGS WATFORD Heurelho Gomes: 7/10 Allan Nyom: 6 Craig Cathcart: 6 Nathan Ake: 7 Miguel Britos: 7 Ikechi Anya: 7 Ben Watson: 8 Almen Abdi: 7 Etienne Capoue: 6 Troy Deeney: 7 Odion Ighalo: 8 Substitutes: Juan Carlos Paredes: 6 Valon Behrami: 6 WEST HAM Adrian: 6 Aaron Cresswell: 5 James Collins: 5 James Tomkins: 6 Carl Jenkinson: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Mark Noble: 6 Manuel Lanzini: 5 Dimitri Payet: 6 Victor Moses: 5 Andy Carroll: 5 Substitutes: Enner Valencia: 5 Maurio Zarate: 5 Nikica Jelavic: 5 STAR MAN Odion Ighalo. Claimed he had scored his sixth goal of the season in the first half, but in reality it was Cresswell’s own-goal. However, got the goal his performance deserved just after the break. Moment of the match: Ighalo collected Anya’s square ball and coolly sidestepped Collins and Tomkins before dispatching an unstoppable drive past Adrian and into the top corner. VIEW FROM THE BENCH West Ham, missing the injured Diafra Sakho, handed Andy Carroll his first start since January but did not alter their formation or style of play – which the striker will have to adapt to himself. Watford’s tried and tested 4-4-2 did the trick with Ighalo the star. MOAN OF THE MATCH West Ham’s performance, which was as far removed from those sparkling away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea as you can get. Powder puff in attack, despite Carroll’s return. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Watford (Premier League, Saturday November 7). West Ham v Everton (Premier League, Saturday November 7). But their was no doubting the scorer when Ighalo doubled their lead just after the interval with a clinical strike. West Ham, meanwhile, had James Collins sent off as their unbeaten record away from home came to a sorry end. The Hammers, without injured striker Diafra Sakho, handed a first start since January to fit-again Andy Carroll. But unfortunately for them, the big frontman was more involved in his own penalty area than the opposition’s – with some calamitous results. After just 10 minutes Watford were claiming a spot-kick after Ake’s header was kept out by keeper Adrian and the ball fell to Ighalo. The Nigerian’s shot was heading for the back of the net until it hit the head, and then the outstretched arm, of Carroll, but referee Keith Stroud ignored Watford’s penalty appeals. Miguel Britos then headed Ben Watson’s corner wide before Stroud waved away more cries for handball, this time against Collins on the edge of the area. Watford’s pressure told the the 38th minute when they opened the scoring courtesy of Carroll’s mistake. Press Association High-flying West Ham crashed back to earth with a bump as Odion Ighalo inspired Watford to a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road.
AP source: Colts agree to 1-year deal with QB Philip Rivers Associated Press But from the moment of Luck’s sudden departure through last month’s NFL annual scouting combine, Ballard continued insisting the Colts were all-in with Brissett.It now appears Brissett will be the odd man out in Indy and could even be on the move. He was acquired in a deal with New England just before the 2017 season.And with Tom Brady leaving New England, there is speculation the Patriots could be in the market for an experienced arm who has played in the system. The Chargers, meanwhile, are expected to join the Brady sweepstakes.But with the quarterback carousel spinning wildly Tuesday, Rivers found a place to settle down and continue to pursue that elusive Super Bowl ring.Indy has one of the league’s top offensive lines, a strong ground game that proved it could win last season and an improving defense that will get even stouter with Buckner’s arrival. Plus, he’ll be working with Reich, a creative play-caller and former NFL quarterback who watched Rivers use his unique throwing motion to complete 4,908 of 7,591 passes with 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions. Rivers ranks sixth in league history in completions, yards passing and TD passes and seventh in attempts and is 123-101 as an NFL starter. He hasn’t missed a start since 2005.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 General manager Chris Ballard has now filled two major offseason needs in two days — adding an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback to the roster less than 24 hours after acquiring Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in a trade with San Francisco.What the Colts are getting with the 38-year-old Rivers is a 16-year veteran, coming off a season in which he had his fewest touchdown passes, 23, since 2007 and his most interceptions, 20, since 2016. It was one reason the Chargers decided not to bring back the franchise’s career passing leader.In Indy, Rivers will be reunited with coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Reich was the Chargers quarterbacks coach in 2013 and the offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. Sirianni spent five seasons in San Diego, two as quarterbacks coach.The move also completes a strange cycle.The New York Giants selected Rivers with the fourth overall draft pick in the 2004 draft then made a draft-day swap with the Chargers for Eli Manning, whose older brother, Peyton, was still starring in Indy. Twice during Rivers tenure, he played on teams that eliminated the Colts from the playoffs. And it will almost certainly rekindle memories for Colts owner Jim Irsay, who was a teenager when his father’s team dealt then-39-year-old quarterback John Unitas from Baltimore to San Diego in 1973. That turned out to be the final season for Unitas, a Hall of Famer who died in 2002.The Colts believe Rivers can last at least that long.Rather than using the No. 13 pick in April’s draft to bring in a new young gun, they dealt it to the 49ers for Buckner and then continued negotiating with Rivers’ agents.Now, presumably, Rivers will replace Jacoby Brissett as the Colts’ opening day starter.Brissett started 15 of 16 games last season after replacing the retired Andrew Luck in August. The Colts went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. March 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Philip Rivers spent more than a decade picking apart the Indianapolis Colts and irritating their fans.On Wednesday, he’ll become their new quarterback.The longtime Chargers star agreed to a one-year contract with Indy on Tuesday, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be officially announced until Wednesday.
Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanTwo undefeated teams went into the Galen Center Sunday afternoon, and the No. 2 Women of Troy (16-0, 4-0 Pac-12) came out on top with a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Washington (13-1, 3-1 Pac-12).USC came out on fire early and won the first set 25-16. The Huskies battled back and took the second set 25-22. The Women of Troy then found their momentum and came back 25-21 in the third set.The fourth set was by far the most intense and competitive set of the night, and arguably USC’s season. With a total of 27 tie scores and 15 lead changes, the Women of Troy pulled out a 33-31 victory.Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led the team with 27 kills, three aces and 16 digs. Head coach Mick Haley gave Bricio credit for maintaining her composure throughout the match and keeping the team motivated, especially in the final set.Maya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan“When you’ve got one go-to that just doesn’t let you down,” Haley said. “That gives you hope.”Bricio was set a total of 72 times in the match, and with over 30 serves, that puts her over 100 swings in the match. Haley likened that to baseball pitchers and how they won’t last if they’re always pitching 80, 90, 100 pitches per game.The Huskies also targeted Bricio with their serves. Bricio felt the pressure from their serves, but she didn’t let it affect her at all. Haley noted that with all the weightlifting and training she’s been doing, if the Huskies knew that they probably wouldn’t have targeted her as much.Maya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan“I heard some football players say ‘holy cow, do you see what she’s lifting, and she’s in season!’” Haley said.Haley noted that the team remained in the match because they just don’t quit. He pointed out that there wasn’t just one person who was going to win the match for them, they had to do it together.Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms was second on the team with 12 kills. She dominated defensively at the net with a total of six blocks. Haley emphasized how her overall presence at the net tonight was giving Washington fits and that they even tried to set away from her because she shut down senior middle blocker Melanie Wade.“Ogoms was putting her hands over the net like nobody’s business,” Haley said. “She is a big-time blocker.”Haley had high praise for the freshmen: setter Baylee Johnson, outside hitter Alyse Ford and walk-on defensive specialist Victoria Garrick. He credits their resilience to the team’s continued success.Another key to the team’s success is their overall mentality. Both Bricio and Ogoms emphasized that the team not only looks at each set one at a time, but also each point at a time.Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThat focus has given them the ability to have fun while still playing to the best of their ability. Haley credits the team’s overall personality and mentality to their continuing success.“You’ve got to have fun,” Haley said.In that final set, Bricio and Ogoms mentioned that the team was joking about how the game felt like their “favorite drill” they always do.“We were just trying to stay relaxed,” Ogoms said. “We do this every day in practice.”Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThis hard-fought match proved that the Women of Troy have the ability to compete, especially against one of their top opponents in the Pac-12.On Friday night, the Women of Troy defeated Washington State in three sets. Though it may seem like it was an easy match, Haley mentioned that the team worked hard and battled for the victory.Through both matches, Haley was impressed with the improvement that the team showed, especially on defense. He was happy with how his team stayed in sets by utilizing their defensive strengths.Next weekend, the Women of Troy hit the road to face No. 6 Arizona State (15-0, 4-0 Pac-12), the only other undefeated team in the conference, and No. 14 Arizona (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12). Haley emphasized the team’s resilience and competitive nature.“Every night you just have to take one at a time,” Haley said.