WHO urges calm as China virus death toll nears 1,900

first_imgBut Chinese officials released a study showing most patients have mild cases of the illness, and World Health Organization officials said the mortality rate was relatively low.The epidemic has triggered panic-buying in Singapore and Hong Kong, concerns about cruise-ship travel and the postponement of trade fairs, sports competitions and cultural events in China and abroad.The outbreak is threatening to put a dent in the global economy, with China paralyzed by vast quarantine measures and major firms such as iPhone maker Apple and mining giant BHP warning it could damage bottom lines.Several countries have banned travelers from China and major airlines have suspended flights. Authorities have placed about 56 million people in hard-hit central Hubei and its capital Wuhan under an unprecedented lockdown.Other cities far from the epicenter have restricted the movements of residents, with a 14-day self-quarantine for people returning to Beijing.President Xi Jinping, in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said China’s measures were achieving “visible progress”, according to state media.’Less deadly’ than SARS The official death toll in China hit 1,868 Tuesday after another 98 people died — most in Hubei and Wuhan, where the virus emerged in December.Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, became its latest victim, sparking an outpouring of grief online.Earlier this month, the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang — who had been punished by authorities for sounding the alarm about the virus in late December — triggered anger and calls for political reforms on social media.Officials figures, meanwhile, showed there were nearly 1,900 new COVID-19 cases. New infections have been falling in the rest of the country for the past two weeks.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned that it was too early to tell if the decline would continue.A study among 72,000 confirmed, suspected and clinically diagnosed cases showed that 81 percent of patients had only mild infections.Those most at risk were the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions.The study released by China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also showed the death rate stood at 2.3 percent, falling below one percent for people in their 30s and 40s.Zhong Nanshan, a prominent expert with China’s National Health Commission, told reporters that 85 percent of patients can improve “if they have good life support, treatment conditions, and nutrients”.The research was cited by WHO officials, who said the COVID-19 illness was “less deadly” than its cousins, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).But it is higher than the mortality rate for the seasonal flu, at around 0.1 percent in the United States.Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, said the outbreak was “very serious” and could grow, but stressed that outside Hubei the epidemic was “affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people”.There have been some 900 cases around the world, with five deaths in France, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.Cruise concerns Another 88 people tested positive for the virus on the quarantined Diamond Prince cruise ship off Yokohama in Japan, raising the number of infections to 542,The US repatriated more than 300 American passengers on Monday and Britain became the latest country to offer its citizens a way off the boat after similar plans by Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.Attention was also turning to the Westerdam, a cruise ship in Cambodia, where many of the 2,200 people aboard passengers were allowed to disembark after all initially received a clean bill of health.An 83-year-old American woman was later diagnosed with the virus in Malaysia, raising concerns that other passengers might have been infected before flying to other countries.The WHO rejected the suggestion that all cruises should be halted after hundreds of passengers were infected on one vessel off Japan.”Measures should be taken proportional to the situation. Blanket measures may not help,” the WHO’s Tedros said. The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak rose again on Tuesday but Chinese and international health officials sought to calm global nerves, citing a study showing most cases are mild and warning against excessive measures to contain the epidemic.Nearly 1,900 people have now died and more than 72,000 others infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries.The situation remains dire at the epicenter, with the director of a hospital in the central city of Wuhan becoming the seventh medical worker to succumb to the COVID-19 illness.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Asian equities build on gains as more nations ease lockdowns

first_imgHowever, he did warn that “over the next few weeks, markets are going to struggle for direction while the debate over easing lockdown restrictions continues. Fundamentally, investors are caught in the same pickle as governments who have to balance the economic risks with the chances of the second round of infections”.Eyes on Fed, US dataHong Kong and Shanghai rose 0.7 percent each, while Sydney, Seoul and Taipei were all up more than one percent.Manila, Jakarta and Singapore were also in positive territory, though Wellington was hit by profit-taking following a more than three percent surge Tuesday.Tokyo was closed for a public holiday.Investor attention is now on the release later in the day of US growth data, which is expected to show the world’s top economy contracted in the first three months of the year.Also, the Federal Reserve will end its latest policy meeting, with traders looking to see if it has any more words of comfort for markets after pledging financial backstops to banks, businesses and local and state governments. The Fed has also embarked on a massive bond-buying scheme, essentially allowing the government to print money.”While there is a minority view that the Fed will offer some firmer guidance of the future pattern of… bond purchases, the consensus view is that there will be no new policy initiatives out of this meeting,” said Ray Attrill of National Australia Bank.The crude market’s rollercoaster ride saw US benchmark WTI surge more than 15 percent, boosted by bargain-buying, though there are few expectations for a sustained recovery with storage facilities close to bursting and demand all but wiped out at the moment.And analysts said massive production cuts agreed by top producers earlier this month were not likely to show any benefits for a few weeks, meaning prices will likely continue to fluctuate for some time.Topics : Asian markets rose again Wednesday, buoyed by a further easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, though the advances remain capped by concern that the reopenings could spark a second wave of infections.Traders brushed off more data showing the gaping hole being blown in the global economy that is also seeing companies either pull their earnings reports or provide grave forward guidance as demand is battered.Equity markets have broadly moved into a bull market, having bounced more than 20 percent from their March lows, thanks to multi-trillion-dollar stimulus from governments and pledges of extra support from central banks. Adding to the relatively upbeat mood is news that countries are beginning to slowly re-emerge from the crisis.As sunseekers flocked to beaches in Australia and New Zealanders ate from reopened takeaways, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday that shops could reopen on May 11, following an easing up in Italy, Germany, Spain and parts of the United States.The moves come as the rate of infections shows a general pattern of slowing, following a weeks-long shutdown.”The whole idea of returning to work has aroused the fancy of many an investor. And while no one expects the global economy to immediately time shift back to January 2020, market reopenings are positive,” said Stephen Innes of AxiCorp.last_img read more

Tesco halves pension deficit through accounting change

first_imgUK supermarket chain Tesco has slashed its pension deficit by almost £3bn (€3.5bn) over the course of 12 months on the back of improving corporate bond yields and its decision to update the discount rate model used for accounting purposes.In its preliminary results for 2017-18 announced on Wednesday, Tesco said the pension deficit had fallen to £2.7bn, from £5.5bn at the same time last year.The supermarket group’s chief financial officer Alan Stewart said the reduction stemmed from a combination of factors.“45% is driven by the external factors, the mortality and the experience of the scheme; 55%… is due to the change in the discount rate methodology where we’re now looking at the bonds,” he told investors in October. Rising yields on corporate bonds, which drive the discount rate used for accounting purposes, also proved beneficial, the company said.Annual contributions to the pension deficit remained steady over the full-year period, but Tesco said they would increase by £15m to £285m from April this year. “This is a small increase on the previously agreed £270m, and is in line with our expectations,” Stewart told investors last year.Stewart also noted that it was “worth pointing out that our scheme is very young compared to the majority of schemes. Only 18% of all members are currently drawing a pension.“This means the liabilities are very long term, with over half of the benefits due to be paid in a period beyond 30 years from now.”Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive, welcomed the news, which saw the UK’s largest grocer report annual profits of more than £1bn for the first time in four years.“We have further improved profitability, with group operating margin reaching 3% in the second half. We are generating significant levels of cash and net debt is down by almost £6bn over the last three years,” he said. “All of this puts us firmly on track to deliver our medium-term ambitions and create long-term value for every stakeholder in Tesco.”Analysts were broadly positive on the results. Barclays Research estimated the pension deficit could drop to £2.1bn by 2021.JPMorgan Cazenove said: “We turn buyers of Tesco shares for the first time in five years as its cash flow, top line and balance sheet have improved on a standalone basis. We see Tesco as the most visible turnaround in our food retail universe.”last_img read more

Boston Energy Homeports in Rhode Island

first_imgUK wind turbine maintenance company Boston Energy will make Rhode Island the home of its US operations, the Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced.The Board of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation has also approved Boston Energy to receive tax credits under the Qualified Jobs Tax Credit program for up to USD 86,625 a year for ten years, with the company committed to keeping the jobs in Rhode Island for at least twelve years.The actual tax credit amount will be determined by the number and wages of the new jobs created. As with all Qualified Jobs tax credits, credits are only awarded after jobs are created and generating state income tax withholdings. The company has committed to maintaining at least 52 full-time jobs for at least twelve years.“Rhode Island is vying to be a center of excellence for offshore wind in America. The geographical location and support offered by Governor Raimondo, Commerce Secretary Pryor and their teams has been critical to our decision in locating our US Headquarters in Providence. This will allow Boston Energy Wind Power Services to support the impending offshore wind energy industry right along the North Eastern seaboard,” said Mark Parkes, CEO and President of Boston Energy.Boston Energy will be based at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Providence.With the addition of Boston Energy to the state, Rhode Island is projected to realize a net increase of USD 2.4 million in personal income, sales, and business corporation taxes resulting from the new hires, as well as an increase of USD 7.7 million in Rhode Island’s annual GDP once the new hires are in place, according to third-party economic impact analysis.“Rhode Island is a leader in offshore wind,” said Governor Raimondo. “This development is further proof that we’re well-positioned to be the hub for this growing industry as we approach our renewable energy goal. Clean energy jobs are jobs of tomorrow, and I’m thrilled that yet another company in the wind sector supply chain is choosing to make the Ocean State home.”last_img read more

Bumper sticker promotion launched ahead of 3rd Digicel test series

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 20 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Bumper sticker promotion launched ahead of 3rd Digicel test series by: – April 2, 2012center_img Share Tweet The Dominica Cricket Association’s Marketing team has launched a bumper sticker promotion in an effort to heighten the public’s interest ahead of the 3rd Digicel Test match which will be hosted in Dominica later this month. Cricket lovers and enthusiasts are encouraged to “show” how much they love the sport by placing a bumper sticker on their vehicles, which could earn them entry into the Windsor Park Sports Stadium ” absolutely free”.The bumper sticker which is described by the marketing team as “an attractive, eye-catching image of West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, and Australia captain, Michael Clarke, in action” Dominica Cricket Association’s Media Liaison, Marie-Antoinette Mora, noted that the Association is “constantly looking at ways to engage the general public”.“This is just one of the exciting initiatives that we have come up with to motivate local cricket-loving fans. Persons spotted by members of our team with the bumper sticker on their vehicles will get a chance to win season tickets to the Test. We will be moving around the island and taking note of the vehicle registrations with bumper stickers and they will all be entered into a draw,” Mora explained.Interested persons can collect stickers at the Association’s office located at the Windsor Park Stadium, from Digicel outlets, various Digicel TopUp vendors around the island. They can also get a chance to win tickets by tuning into Digicel programmes on local radio stations, “Off the Field” on DBS with Brian Francis and by logging onto the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) website at www.discoverdominica.com.The test match will be held in Dominica from the 23rd to the 27th of April, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Richard Simers

first_imgFuneral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday April 22, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Albert Tolbert officiating.  Military rites will be provided by the Milan American Legion Post #235. Visitation will be Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street Box 243 Milan, In 47031.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family. Richard Lee Simers, 83 of Osgood (Delaware) passed away at his home Wednesday April 18, 2018.  Richard was born Tuesday July 10, 1934 in Parkersburg, West Virginia the son of Bernard L. and Francis (Young) Simers.  Richard served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member and former board of directors member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America; member of the Korean War Veterans Association; Paralyzed Hoosier Vets; and a former member of the Governors Counsel on Independent Living.  He was active in coalitions of volunteers and organizations for handicapped Hoosiers.   He enjoyed stamp collecting and was a supervisor of friends and family.  He lived for helping others, was thought to be by many the smartest man they had ever known.Richard is survived by wife: Linda Simers of Osgood; Daughters: Dianna Bryant of Georgetown, In; and Lyn (David) Becht of New Albany, In;Step sons: Mark (Amy) Carroll of Osgood; Jamie Carroll of Osgood, David (Lynn) Mitchell of Charlestown, In; Ronald Mitchell of Pekin, In; brothers: James G Simers of FL and Paul Simers of Rising Sun. 18 Grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson: Joshua Bryant and son-in-law: Roger Bryant.last_img read more

Jacob Blake paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police

first_imgJacob Blake, the unarmed Black man who was shot 7 times in the back by Wisconsin police, is paralyzed from the waist down, Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times.The incident took place on Sunday in Kenosha, and the shooting of Blake was captured on video and has since gone viral which has sparked new protests over racial injustice in several cities.The family’s attorney is calling for the officer who opened fire to be arrested and others involved to lose their jobs.President Donald Trump has called for federal law enforcement and National Guard troops to make their way to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of violent protests, to “restore LAW and ORDER!”Trump says federal law enforcement, National Guard on way to site of violent protests in Wisconsinlast_img

The Coach of Nigeria’s Basketball Team is From…Vermont

first_img*How a former college soccer player ended up in the Olympic basketball arenaWill Voigt grew up in Vermont, played college soccer in California and moved to Idaho earlier this summer. But he hasn’t been home much since then, and he won’t be until after the Olympics. He’s been too busy working: Will Voigt is the coach of the Nigerian men’s national basketball team.This is more than the most unexpected job of Voigt’s career. It may be the most unusual marriage of any coach and any country in the entire Olympic Games. “What are the odds,” said Fran Voigt, his father, “that a little white guy from a little town in Vermont who never played college or professional ball would be selected to coach the Nigerian team?”The odds of Nigeria winning a medal in Rio de Janeiro next month might be even longer. That would be the single biggest shocker in the history of Olympic basketball. As the lowest-ranked team, Nigeria’s goal is to become the first African country ever to get into the knockout round, and they’re aware of how improbable that sounds. “Obviously,” said captain Ike Diogu, “nobody believes we can come out of our group.”That they’re even playing in the Olympics is almost as remarkable as how the Nigerians ended up with a 39-year-old, soft-spoken, baby-faced American as their coach. This has been Voigt’s full-time job for the last year, and every day he asks himself the obvious existential question: “How the heck did I end up here?”It’s a wild story that continues in Rio after multiple stops in basketball hinterlands on several continents. And it began in a town that was rural even for Vermont. Voigt grew up on what used to be a dairy farm in Cabot, where he was one of 18 kids in the graduating class of his tiny high school, which was one of the smallest in the state. “There were more cows than people,” said his former coach Steve Pratt.Still, people in Cabot sensed that Voigt would do something interesting with his life in part because of who his parents are. His father, Fran Voigt, founded the New England Culinary Institute. His mother, Ellen Bryant Voigt, was Vermont’s poet laureate and won a MacArthur genius fellowship last year for her poetry. “The gene pool,” said his father, “would not have anticipated this.”Voigt went to Pomona College, a Division III school in California, where he played on the soccer team. His parents can still remember their response when they asked what he would major in and he told them he wanted to be a basketball coach: “Say what?” Fran Voigt said.But he once explained to his mother why he wanted to coach basketball rather than the other sports he played. “He was always interested in the strategy,” Ellen Bryant Voigt said. “He was the point guard on the basketball team, the catcher on the baseball team and the center striker on the soccer team. He wanted to be right in the thick of it and make strategic decisions—which clearly you can do and need to do in a basketball game.”Voigt’s surprising career in professional basketball began with an internship with the Los Angeles Clippers. It stalled during the 1999 NBA lockout, so he worked for a data-warehousing company. It continued with the Clippers when the lockout ended—but he still kept the job with the data-warehousing company.Then he moved to San Antonio to be video coordinator for the Spurs. At the time, the Spurs’ front office was stocked with future coaches and general managers, and many of them had peculiar backgrounds. Voigt’s was the most unexpected of them all.“It’s like me wanting to be a water-polo player,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.Voigt soaked up Popovich’s wisdom—but not only at work. They were roommates, too. Voigt found himself in need of a place to stay in the middle of the NBA season, and Popovich let him crash in his guest room for a month.He moved out, left the Spurs in 2001 and soon became a basketball nomad. For his first head-coaching job, Voigt went to Norway for what he thought would be a week. It turned out to be three years. He was lured back to the U.S. for a magical run with a semi-pro team called the Vermont Frost Heaves that was founded by Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff. He later relocated to China for a job with the Shanxi Brave Dragons.Voigt is now coaching Nigeria in part because of that peripatetic career. He coached the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA’s D-League from 2009 to 2014—the longest Voigt has stayed in one place since college—and had key Nigerian national players on his teams there.But even before then, Voigt became friends with Masai Ujiri, the Nigerian-born general manager of the Toronto Raptors. When Ujiri began setting up basketball camps in his native country, Voigt was one of the first volunteers. He worked camps in Zaria, Abuja and Lagos and impressed Ujiri by venturing to smaller cities hours away on his off days. “A lot of people ask a hundred questions,” Ujiri said, “which you’re supposed to do.” Voigt didn’t. “Will was just, like, ‘Let’s go,’” he said. “He’s one of those explorer types.”For all the rules in Olympic sports, there are none that govern the nationality of coaches, and the result is a lot of arrangements that make as much sense as the coach of Nigeria being from Vermont. It’s one of the strange realities of every Olympics that gets overshadowed by the spectacular theatrics on fields and courts, on the track and in the water: If you look away from the action, you find people whose paths to the Olympics were incredible in their own right.Voigt had been to Nigeria before and has been to Nigeria since, but the country’s basketball officials came to Dallas to interview him last year. He was offered the job in June. Olympic qualifying began in August. His contract ran through September. That meant Nigeria had to win the continental tournament known as AfroBasket or it would almost certainly have another new coach—and Nigeria had never before won AfroBasket.Africa typically only gets one basketball team in the Olympics. That team is usually Angola, which opened the Barcelona Games with a nightmarish loss to the Dream Team. The few people who remember the Nigerians’ first Olympic appearance in 2012 might recall them the same way. “When you think about us,” Diogu said, “all you think about is us losing to the USA by 80 points.” It was actually 83 points: Team USA won, 156-73, in the most lopsided Olympic basketball game of all time.But last summer, with Ujiri watching from a bar in Senegal and Voigt’s parents streaming the games on a computer in Vermont, Voigt and the Nigerians beat out 15 other nations for Africa’s automatic Olympic entry. One of his trips to Nigeria since then was for a celebration at Aso Villa—the country’s White House.Voigt’s job is part coach, part general manager. He cobbled together a coaching staff from Nigeria, Norway, and the NBA. He constructed a roster with current NBA players like Al-Farouq Aminu and Michael Gbinije and notable college players who are now scattered around the world. Then he had to figure out how they should play. Nigeria still plans to run and press, but Voigt wants the team to be more efficient in the halfcourt, too. “In the past, people would look at African teams and say they’re athletic, but they have no discipline and play wild,” said Voigt, wearing a Nigeria green polo shirt and matching G-Shock watch. “We’ve really worked hard to change that. That was our approach at AfroBasket, and that’s our approach for Rio.”There are 12 nations playing Olympic men’s basketball, and Voigt has the Nigerians convinced they could be one of the eight that get out of the group round. In the last two Olympics, no team ranked lower than No. 20 survived the group stage, and Nigeria enters the Olympics ranked 25th in the world. But it’s not impossible. Last week, in fact, Nigeria beat No. 4 Argentina.“This is not the Jamaican bobsled team,” Voigt said as he munched on a turkey sandwich afterward.But the difference between the Nigerian and U.S. teams is roughly equivalent to the difference between basketball and badminton. One day last week, Nigeria rolled into practice riding 15-seater vans. Team USA walked off Wi-Fi-enabled luxury buses to hundreds of fans waiting in oppressive heat for their autographs.Next week, Nigeria will play the U.S. in its last Olympic tuneup, a matchup of the only American head men’s basketball coaches in Rio: Voigt and Mike Krzyzewski. One of them has been a coach longer than the other has been alive.That game will begin like other U.S. and Nigeria games: with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Arise, O Compatriots.” Voigt’s parents were delighted last year by what happened after AfroBasket’s final buzzer. Nigeria’s players lifted Voigt in the air, climbed the podium and, with iPhones in their hands and medals around their necks, belted out their country’s national anthem. Voigt knew every word.“We’re going to sing the anthem with pride,” he said, “and I do.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Halle Majorana’s 3 goals push Syracuse past Loyola and into NCAA tournament semifinals

first_imgHalle Majorana’s first shot of the game was saved by Loyola goalie Molly Wolf and her second was blocked by a defender.Syracuse head coach Gary Gait called her over to the sideline and told her not to shoot from more than 5 yards away.Majorana’s adjustment led to three goals, two of them coming in the game’s final 10 minutes, giving the Orange the breathing room it needed.“She decided she was going to get in close to the goal and bury her shots,” Gait said. “And the last two, she did.”Majorana’s two late goals pushed No. 4-seed Syracuse (16-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) past Loyola (17-5, 8-0 Patriot),10-7, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. The Orange advance to its fourth straight final four and will take on the winner of No. 8 seed Northwestern and No. 1 seed Maryland on Friday in Chester, Pennsylvania.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s leading goal scorer, Kayla Treanor was held to no goals and no assists for the third time this season. In those two prior games, Syracuse lost.But on Saturday, it was Majorana who helped carry the Orange.“I don’t think there’s a lot of pressure,” Majorana said of when Treanor is shut down. “I think we just need to step up.”Early on, Majorana’s contributions were made by feeding teammates as she had two assists before her first goal. Just six minutes into the game, she stutter-stepped at the goal-line and drew a double team from Loyola’s other crease defender, who left SU attack Kailah Kempney open on the doorstep. Majorana fed Kempney to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.But just minutes later, Loyola’s slide came from the top down. Instead of feeding teammates, Majorana went to the goal on her own.“I’ve known her since high school and she’s always had a little battle with me shooting,” Greyhound goalie Molly Wolf said. “She’s a great player, she knows where to place it. Just props to her for finishing those good shots.”With 9:30 left to play, Majorana ran toward the net and got sandwiched between Wolf and Katrina Geiger. She drew a free position and said she knew she’d score as she set up on the 8-meter arc.Majorana sprinted to the crease and finished a bounce shot while again being toppled over by Geiger. When she got up, she walked to SU’s huddle and barely showed any emotion even though she just scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.Five minutes later, Majorana caught a pass from Devon Collins and approached the side of the net. She faked a shot to get Wolf to move out of position and then put the dagger into Loyola.Once again, Majorana scored from inside, but this time, she celebrated by putting both hands up in the air and running to greet teammates.The game was out of reach because of Majorana’s goals from just outside the crease.“I was very happy she made an adjustment,” Gait said. “(Majorana) stepped up and scored a couple big — really big — goals for us.” Comments Published on May 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC in fourth after day one of Turtle Bay invite

first_imgThe No. 6 USC women’s golf team looks to bounce back and finish the fall season strong this week at the Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational in Kahuku, Hawaii.The first day of the tournament finished with the Women of Troy in fourth place at six-over, 12 strokes behind UC Davis. Junior Lizette Salas and freshman Cyna Rodriguez led the team with a one-under 71 to tie for fifth place. Senior Stefanie Endstrasser, tied for 27th, fired a two-over 74. Senior Caroline Kim finished one stroke back of Endstrasser at three-over 75, leaving her tied for 40th, while sophomore Inah Park finished tied for 79th after her eight-over 80.Traveling to Hawaii this week along with Kim, Park and Rodriguez is senior All-American Belen Mozo. The trio of Kim, Park and Rodriguez is competing for roster spots for the spring season. Mozo, who withdrew from the Fall Preview with a shoulder injury, is traveling with the team to play as an individual.After winning the first tournament of its season, the team has slipped in each succeeding tournament, finishing sixth and 16th in its previous two tournaments. The 16th place finish was the Women of Troy’s worst since the 2005 NCAA Championship, when they finished 11th and broke a streak of 32 straight top-10 finishes.This week, behind returning All-Americans Salas and Endstrasser, the team looks to restart that streak. Salas has played twice this season, finishing 25th and 12th while missing one tournament to attend a wedding. Endstrasser made her season debut last weekend at the University of North Carolina Women’s Fall Preview, where she struggled and finished 79th.The team will again miss sophomore All-American Jennifer Song, who is just returning from South Korea after competing in the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship, an LPGA tournament. Song, the individual winner of both collegiate tournaments she has played this season, finished tied for 65th.The tournament wraps up on Wednesday.last_img read more