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Financial institution announces sports scholarship

first_imgA newly opened financial institution has announced a sports scholarship which will be awarded to a deserving student who was successful at the 2012 Grade Six National Assessment.Managing Director of Big Edge Financial, Antonilia Doctrove, explained that the decision to award this scholarship was based on the fact that sports is “very dear” to their hearts. “We believe that sports and academics can be successfully combined with proper time management. This is a new initiative, it is the first time an organization has decided to grant a sport scholarship, and we hope that this can be an incentive to students who possess sporting talents”.The intention is to reward a student who “excelled in any sporting discipline” during the just concluded academic year, 2011/2012.According to the managing director, the scholarship is valued at twice the amount of a government scholarship as they will provide “an additional amount to assist the students with continued training in their chosen sport” as well as text books.Although Big Edge Financial will be awarding the scholarship, the recipient will be chosen by the Sports Division.“The choice of the student will be solely and exclusively done by the Sports Division and there will be an annual evaluation of the student’s academic and sporting performances to ensure that students maintain acceptable standards”.The company anticipates that the scholarship will be an annual one and that it will also assist in promoting and encouraging sporting and academic excellence among the youth of Dominica. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Financial institution announces sports scholarship by: – June 29, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 35 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

Eric Heppner

first_imgThis marks the 20th season that Eric Heppner is the head football coach at Batesville High School.  He is the longest tenured coach in southeastern Indiana.  Not only is Eric in his 20th season but all of his assistant coaches except for one or two have been with him for all those 20 years.  This consistency is very rare today.Eric’s record is 138-81.  The stability of his program is recognized by the area coaches.  The only coach in the area with more years coaching is Kirk Kennedy of Franklin County, but he is only in his 2nd season with the Wildcats.The weight program at BHS has been a big factor in the football team’s success.  Not only has it improved the football program, but all other sports as well.  Coach Heppner brought the program to Batesville when he became the head coach.  Eric played as a lineman for Batesville despite his small stature.  He took his talent to Franklin College where he played football and received his education degree.  We are glad Coach Heppner decided to come home.  Great job, Eric!last_img read more

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia doing ‘well’ after foot operation

first_img The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media from his hospital bed to say the surgery had gone well and he will now begin a rehabilitation process. Valencia was kicked on the foot during the first half of United’s goalless draw against Manchester City on October 25 but played on until late in the game before being replaced by Matteo Darmian. The Ecuador international had just ousted summer arrival Darmian as Louis van Gaal’s first-choice right-back but now faces an unspecified time on the sidelines having gone under the knife. “#mufc can confirm @Anto_V25 has had an operation on his foot,” the club posted on their official Twitter feed. Valencia then followed up with a picture of himself just after the procedure. “Thank God came out well from the operation. Now think about my recovery,” he wrote. In Valencia’s absence, both Darmian and Ashley Young have started two games apiece at right-back as Van Gaal’s Red Devils continue to boast the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League. Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Brom was enough to see United close to within two points of the top of the table heading into the international break. Valencia joins fellow full-back Luke Shaw on the injured list, with the England international sidelined for the coming months after suffering a double leg-break during United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven in September. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has undergone an operation on a foot injury he suffered in last month’s derby, the club have confirmed.last_img read more

Social Media Extortionist Gets 50 Years for Targeting Young Girls in Broward, Nationwide

first_imgA Miami federal judge has sentenced a Virginia man to 50 years behind bars, as well as a lifetime of probation, for using the internet to target and extort children through sexual exploitation around the country, including Broward County.Joseph Isaiah Woodson, Jr., was convicted last September of producing child pornography and sending threats to at least seven young girls, including three who live in Davie, Plantation, and Coral Springs.Between October 2017 and September 2018, the 30-year-old Woodson “persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced” several underage girls to engage in sexually explicit conduct using their cellphone cameras. He then recorded and shared those videos online, according to court documents.Woodson apparently earned the youths’ trust and received access to their Snapchat account credentials by pretending to be one of their friends.After getting their passwords, Woodson took over the victims’ Snapchat accounts and then demanded that they send him sexually explicit videos and images of themselves using the web-based texting application “KIK” if they wanted to regain control of their accounts.Investigators add that Woodson conspired with others to systematically extort and exploit the children online.“Joseph Isaiah Woodson, Jr. is a menace who preyed on the most vulnerable among us, children,” says George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “His sentence of 50 years in prison should serve as a warning to others involved in sextortion.”Sextortion has become so widespread that the FBI recently launched an awareness campaign in schools.last_img read more

Guidelines Being Drafted to Reopen Orlando’s Theme Parks in Phases

first_imgCourtesy: Orange County Government Lines for rides will include tape markings to keep customers six feet apart.The plans calls for the theme parks to reopen in several phases.Phase one would allow the parks with a 50 percent capacity. Phase two increases to 75 percent capacity, as long as coronavirus conditions improve.Staff members who are 65 years of age and older would be encouraged to stay home during the first two phases.The governor announced during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that his “SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. Plan to Re-Open Florida” will begin with Phase One this Monday, May 4 for most of the state. If you or your children are missing Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Captain America, the Hulk, and the rest of the Disney cast, plans are officially in the works for their comeback.Yes indeed, the major theme parks in Orlando are developing a framework to reopen.The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile, movie releases have been postponed and workers there began taking furloughs last week.Universal Orlando also temporarily closed all of its parks last month.With Gov. DeSantis announcing plans to reopen Florida beginning next week, Orange County leaders are drafting their own guidelines for some of the world’s biggest attractions to get back in business as soon as possible.Those guidelines include face masks for all employees, touchless hand sanitizer stations at all ticket entry locations, turnstiles, and at the entrances and exits to all attractions.In addition, all railings and surfaces must be wiped down after every use.Staff members will be required to undergo temperature checks. Orange County Government also says that anyone with flu-like symptoms must stay home.last_img read more

Tulsa, UCF meet in conference play

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SENIOR SCORING: Central Florida has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Collin Smith, Dazon Ingram, Ceasar DeJesus, Brandon Mahan and Darin Green Jr. have combined to account for 70 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 73 percent of all Knights points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have allowed just 57.9 points per game to conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.BRILLIANT BRANDON: Brandon Rachal has connected on 26.1 percent of the 46 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 79.8 percent of his free throws this season.BEHIND THE ARC: Tulsa’s Elijah Joiner has attempted 46 3-pointers and connected on 34.8 percent of them, and is 6 for 10 over his last three games.STREAK STATS: Tulsa has won its last three road games, scoring 70.3 points, while allowing 59.3 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Tulsa has averaged 67.2 points per game over its last five games. The Golden Hurricane have given up only 58.4 points per game over that span. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTulsa (15-7, 7-2) vs. Central Florida (12-10, 3-7)CFE Federal Credit Union Arena, Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: AAC foes meet as Tulsa battles Central Florida. Tulsa fell 72-56 at home to UConn in its last outing. Central Florida is coming off a 68-64 win at East Carolina in its most recent game. Tulsa, UCF meet in conference playcenter_img Associated Press February 7, 2020last_img read more

POLL ALERT: Kansas remains unanimous No. 1 in Top 25 ahead of Gonzaga; Florida State up to No. 4, Creighton to No. 7

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: Kansas remains unanimous No. 1 in Top 25 ahead of Gonzaga; Florida State up to No. 4, Creighton to No. 7. POLL ALERT: Kansas remains unanimous No. 1 in Top 25 ahead of Gonzaga; Florida State up to No. 4, Creighton to No. 7center_img March 9, 2020last_img

Dixon builds reputation with punting consistency, offensive exploits

first_imgRiley Dixon tries to block it all out. Students recognizing him on campus despite his position. The #DixonForHeisman Twitter campaign that comes after every one of his lengthy, well-placed punts. The jokes and jabs his teammates give him in the locker room.He’s dealt with it all this season, but doesn’t think too much about it.“I definitely appreciate the support from anybody who supports me,” Dixon said. “Do I pay attention to it? Not necessarily. My job is to punt the football.”Dixon has done his job well. The senior’s 43.5 yards per punt rank him just 0.9 yards off the Atlantic Coast Conference lead. His 1,869 punting yards are fourth in the conference. More than one-third of his punts have pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd while his season’s been defined by his punting, it’s been highlighted by his offensive capabilities. When Syracuse faced Villanova on Aug. 29, Dixon threw a game-winning touchdown on a fake field goal in double overtime to help SU capture a 27-26 win. Against Notre Dame on Sept. 27, he faked a punt and ran 42 yards, becoming SU’s leading rusher for the game in the process. Whether he’s contributing on trick plays or punting the football, he’ll continue to be a key for the Orange (3-5, 1-3 ACC) against North Carolina State (4-4, 0-4) at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. “For a specialist to be making plays, that’s awesome,” SU senior long snapper Sam Rodgers said. “To see him excelling so much this year, it’s really cool.” Dixon was a quarterback in his first two years on the Christian Brothers (Syracuse) Academy football team. But once his junior season came along, Tyler Hamblin, a current Harvard tight end, took over the role and Dixon picked up punting “out of nowhere.”He said it was a passion of his when he was younger; he would go out into the street and punt footballs to his father, Tom Dixon.And once he picked it up again he didn’t stop.“It’s definitely a craft that I don’t ever think can be perfected,” Dixon said. “I think there are guys that are very good at it, but I think it’s impossible to hit your ‘A’ ball every single time. It’s the constant drive to be perfect, even though it may not be possible.”Dixon emerged to take over the primary punting duties from Jonathan Fisher in the second game of last season and has held the job since. In December, the walk-on was rewarded with a scholarship.Rodgers says that as a specialist, much of the job is repetition. It’s about developing a craft, a niche, and getting better and better at it.And Dixon, Rodgers said, takes it to another level. He’s his own coach and if he’s not feeling it, he’ll just keep punting until he does.“One thing that’s really cool about Riley is that he just really loves to punt footballs. It’s not something that people really like to do,” Rodgers said. “… He’ll just punt footballs until you make him stop.” Even though Dixon’s celebrity has cooled off as his 42-yard run goes deeper into the depths of an up-and-down season for Syracuse, he’s been a beacon of consistency. SU head coach Scott Shafer said Dixon has a great ability to get the ball high in the air. When his punts remain in the air upward of five seconds, it allows the coverage unit to get down the field and force fair catches or no yardage gains, Shafer said. Dixon’s notoriety may be partially due to his trick play success, but his punting’s been a constant all season. “It’s great to have a great punter,” Shafer said. “He’s done a very good job. I’m very proud of the way he’s worked at it, and I’m happy for him. He’s having a great season.”  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Terry Swanson flourishes as Toledo’s lead back after Kareem Hunt’s departure

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 8, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.Terry Swanson scanned Ball State’s defense. The Toledo running back’s eyes darted from the inside linebacker he would soon breeze by to the two safeties he would outpace before he fixated on his destination: the end zone.The ball snapped and Swanson sprinted through the right A-gap, the space between the center and guard. Only turf separated him from the goal line. The 71-yard carry was the second-longest of his career and the highlight of Toledo’s 58-17 win on Oct. 26.His longest run was two years ago, a 90-yarder against Eastern Michigan, when he wasn’t the focal point of the offense. It came when his best friend, Kareem Hunt, broke Toledo’s rushing records. When Swanson’s jersey number, No. 2, inadvertently represented his status on the depth chart.“It’s hard to wait,” Swanson said. “but everybody has a different process they go through. I learned a lot behind (Hunt).”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSwanson, now a senior, is Toledo’s (8-1, 5-0 Mid-American) lead back with 844 rushing yards and 11 scores. This season he’s more than doubled both his average yards per game and touchdown total from 2016. His 3,082 career rushing yards places him seventh in the Rocket record books and he’s on pace to crack the top 4. Hunt, now an NFL Rookie of the Year candidate with the Kansas City Chiefs, sits atop the list with almost 5,000 yards. Throughout the three years they were at Toledo, the pair developed a friendship fueled by competition. Swanson attributed his success, in part, to learning from Hunt.“Terry and I have a close relationship,” Hunt said. “… He’s coming along real fast. It makes me happy for him. I’m sure if I wasn’t there, he would’ve been the starter a long time ago.”Swanson entered college used to sharing carries and learning from his teammates. In his last three years at Aliquippa (Pennsylvania) High School, Swanson split running back duties with Drayvon Askew-Henry, now a safety at West Virginia. The duo was called “Thunder and Lightning,” Pamela Swanson, Terry’s mother, said.Hunt first noticed Swanson at a summer workout because of the latter’s calves. Big, solid calves that led to even bigger legs, Hunt recalled. The then-sophomore was surprised to see Swanson have a body that mirrored his own. This sparked a conversation between the two. They later realized that they also shared a birthday, Aug. 6. Swanson, a year younger, argued that it was his day and Hunt objected.The competitions didn’t end there. The two would constantly play Madden, NBA 2k and Call of Duty to see who was better at video games. Swanson said he always won. In the weight room, they would see who could squat and bench more. Hunt said that Swanson is still chasing his records. Swanson concedes that Hunt can do more benching reps, but Swanson would win out in a wrestling match. Despite the competitive nature, both families came together for a Thanksgiving dinner twice.“We brought out the best in each other,” Swanson said. “He taught me a lot football wise.”On the field, the two terrorized opposing defenses. In Hunt’s final two years at Toledo, the pair lived together. After practice, they would review film and Hunt would show Swanson how to execute blocking schemes. In three seasons, the pair eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards twice.Swanson dubbed the duo the “Justice League.” Hunt was Superman and Swanson was Batman. In 2015, while Hunt dealt with a hamstring injury, Swanson saw an increased role and tallied 923 yards and seven touchdowns. The effort was good for the all-conference second-team. The season worked as the foundation that Swanson looked to build on this year.“I had to prepare myself and know that I would be the guy when Kareem came off the field,” Swanson said. “I’m the old head in the running back room now. Those guys can talk to me about football or life issues. I have Kareem to thank to be able to be ready for that experience.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the space between a center and a guard was misnamed. The A-gap is the space between these positions. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on November 8, 2017 at 12:17 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sam Darnold injury update: Jets coach Todd Bowles not ready to name starting QB

first_img Sam Darnold injury update: Jets QB (foot) likely won’t play vs. Titans, report says Sam Darnold appears to be ready to make his return.The Jets’ rookie quarterback was a full participant in practice Wednesday, indicating he could be ready to play Sunday against the Bills after missing the last three games due to a foot injury. Related News However, coach Todd Bowles isn’t ready to name the starting quarterback just yet.”No, not yet,” Bowles told reporters Wednesday. Darnold has been dealing the hurt foot since Week 9, but practiced on a limited basis all last week leading up to the team’s Week 13 loss to the Titans with veteran Josh McCown under center. Reports suggested Darnold could have played, but the Jets opted to take a cautious approach with the injury.Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, has completed 159 of 289 passes for 1,934 and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in nine games this season.The Bills (4-8) are slated to host the Jets (3-9) in an AFC East clash at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.last_img read more