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Guimaras motorboats can use tarpaulin covers again but…

first_imgHowever, according to MARINA WesternVisayas director Jose Venancio Vero Jr., the installation of canvas awnings /tarpaulins is subject of several specifications and conditions. ILOILO City – Here’s one good news topeople crossing the Iloilo Strait from this city to Guimaras and vice versa,and to operators of motorboats. But the prohibition did not sit wellwith motorboat passengers. It exposed them to the elements while crossing theIloilo Strait such as the scorching heat of the sun and rain when there’s adownpour. Even the Department of Tourism (DOT)Region 6 expressed reservations. The prohibition had turned off Guimaras-boundtourists, resulting to a sharp drop – 90 percent – in tourist arrivals in theisland province. * the tarpaulin / canvass shall beelevated to a maximum height of 1.80 meters from the uppermost part of the sideshell and spread as much as possible straight horizontally Also, all motorboats should beequipped with distress signal equipment. * the maximum allowable width oftarpaulin / canvass shall be 80 percent of the breadth of the motorboat Passengers are still required to wearlifejackets at all times throughout the voyage. * both sides (port and starboard) ofthe motorboat should have a minimum spacing in between post of 1.50 meters andminimum size of opening which is 1 meter x 1 meter Consultation participants agreed therewas a need to repackage Guimaras so the island province could again attracttourists./PN The umbrella project is a product of arecent DOT-organized consultation with Guimaras’ Gov. Samuel Gumarin, Cong.Lucille Nava, five town mayors of Guimaras, and private tourism industrystakeholders. Motorboats shall continue carrypassengers of only up to 75 percent of their authorized capacity. Following the tragic capsizing ofthree motorboats at the Iloilo Strait on Aug. 3 that killed over 30 people,MARINA imposed several safety conditions, including the prohibition on the useof canvas awnings / tarpaulins that it said could cause motorboats to capsizeif blown by strong winds. * for motorboats with fixed shed, itshall be elevated to a height of 1.80 meters from the uppermost part of theside shell and spread up to the moulded breadth. An advisory from MARINA officer incharge Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. listed the following conditions: Over the weekend Vero met withmotorboat operators and representatives of their various associations toexplain the new MARINA advisory. He said the new advisory may be observed rightafter this had been made clear to the stakeholders. Vero said MARINA and the PhilippineCoast Guard would strictly enforce safety regulations. With the lifting of the awnings /tarpaulins prohibition, it is unclear what would happen to DOT-6’s proposed“Guimaras Umbrella Festival” – a temporary solution to the inconveniencespawned by the MARINA order. Except for the lifting of thisprohibition on canvas awnings / tarpaulins, Vero said all other conditions onthe safety limitations of wooden-hulled motorboats shall continue to beenforced. * the maximum allowable length oftarpaulin / canvass shall be 50 percent of the overall length of the motorboat Vero made it clear that this latestadvisory is “without prejudice to the implementation of the Transition Plan onthe Phase-in / Phase out Program of wooden-hulled motorboats.” All operations must only be fromsunrise to sunset during fair weather condition. * the angle of inclination should notbe more than 15 degrees from the horizontal line Good news to those crossing the Iloilo Strait from Iloilo City to Guimaras and vice versa: Pending the complete phase-out of wooden-hulled motorboats, the Maritime Industry Authority has reconsidered its prohibition on the use of canvas awnings / tarpaulins by motorboats. Photo shows people from Guimaras disembarking from a motorboat at the temporary berthing area along Muelle Loney Street, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Pending the complete phase-out ofwooden-hulled motorboats carrying passengers, the Maritime Industry Authority(MARINA) has reconsidered its prohibition on the use of canvas awnings /tarpaulins by motorboats. DOT-6 planned to make available tomotorboats a thousand colorful umbrellas for the use of their passengers. * no passengers are allowed to occupythe portion above the machinery space up to the aft most partlast_img read more

Track title quest ends with Abbey’s third title in EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Stock Car Region

first_imgA single-season career best 17 feature wins helped Westin Abbey land his third IMCA Sunoco Stock Car EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region crown. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) “I hurt a couple motors but didn’t have a lot of DNFs. Consistency was important,” said Abbey, who overcame a slow start with nine wins from early March to mid-May. Partial to Heart O’ Texas, Abbey tabbed his first-ever win in the late October Fall Classic as his highlight of the season.  HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; Swenson Shocks of San Antonio; 517 Designs of Whitney; Don Wilde Racecraft of Wall; Easterling Farms of Rule; CRS Suspension of Midlothian; DDR Racing of West; B & B Racing Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn.; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; J & J Motorsports of Haynes­ville, La.; and Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa. “We had some good races,” Abbey said, ironically pointing out a couple of them that neither ended up winning. “I like racing with him. It’s fun. He’s quick.”  Starts 53                Wins 17                       Additional Top Five Finishes 19 Brother Jeffrey, champion of the early-season Sniper Speed Lone Star Stock Car Tour, was a frequent competitor.  He took eight checkers at 281 and another seven at HO’T, then picked up single late-season wins at Kennedale Speedway Park and Boyd Raceway and finished third in the national point race.center_img HIS CREW: Father Randy, brothers Dean and Jeffrey, Dakota Holder and Justin McCullough. “I really like it up there on the cushion,” he said of the Waco speedplant. “I’ve won a lot of races up there. It cost me a couple, too.” COMANCHE, Texas – Winning track championships were at the top of Westin Abbey’s to-do list at the start of the season. “This one was more challenging, for sure,” stated the Comanche, Texas, pilot, when asked to compare the drive his latest championship to 2016 and 2018 crowns. “We wanted to win track championships in the Stock Car and factory stock. The regional championship wasn’t on my mind before mid-season. We’d led national standings, were looking good in points and decided to run for the region.”  The second-year student in the diesel technology program at Texas State Technical College in Waco now has 57 wins in his IMCA Stock Car career.  After collecting 17 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature victories, he had titles at 281 Speedway and Heart O’ Texas Speedway, as well as a career third EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region crown to show for his 2019 efforts. last_img read more

18 year old killed in Dillsboro early Sunday

first_imgDillsboro, IN —Early Sunday morning, the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office responded to Prosperity Ridge Road in Dillsboro for a report of a male that had been shot. Once on scene, deputies learned that an 18-year-old male had been fatally shot on the same day as his graduation from South Dearborn High School. According to Sheriff Shane McHenry, one person is in custody and charges will be forthcoming.The case is being investigated by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Dearborn County Coroner’s Office, Dillsboro Fire, Dillsboro Ems, Ripley County EMS, Friendship Fire Dept. and the Indiana State Police. More information will be released over the next couple of days once charges are filed.last_img read more

Murray State looks to extend streak vs Austin Peay

first_imgMurray State looks to extend streak vs Austin Peay Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMurray State (18-6, 11-1) vs. Austin Peay (16-9, 10-2)Winfield Dunn Center, Clarksville, Tennessee; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Murray State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Austin Peay. Murray State has won by an average of 17 points in its last five wins over the Governors. Austin Peay’s last win in the series came on Jan. 21, 2017, an 84-81 win. Associated Press FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor, Jordyn Adams and Carlos Paez have collectively accounted for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Governors points over the last five games.RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Governors have scored 79 points per game and allowed 67.5 points per game across 12 conference games. Those are both solid improvements over the 70.1 points scored and 77.6 points given up per game to non-conference opponents.TERRIFIC TEVIN: Tevin Brown has connected on 45.1 percent of the 162 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 33 over the last five games. He’s also converted 74.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Austin Peay is 0-5 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 16-4 when it scores at least 66.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Governors are 8-0 when at least four of their players score 10 or more points and 8-9 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Racers are 14-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.6 percent or worse, and 4-6 when opponents exceed that percentage.DID YOU KNOW: Austin Peay is ranked second among OVC teams with an average of 77.3 points per game.center_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 February 12, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: NHL players told they can return home

first_imgThe Latest: NHL players told they can return home Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___12:20 p.m. Associated Press Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m. 3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday. Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___ One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break. League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19. McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions. March 16, 2020center_img ___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.” “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. 1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.— Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___ ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time. ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.last_img read more

Q&A Two USC students intern at the White House

first_imgUSC senior Omeed Anvar and 2013 alumnus Simon Huang are part of a select group of approximately 140 students from across the country who are participating in the spring 2014 White House Internship Program, which began in January and is ending this May.Anvar, a business administration and political science major who has worked on political campaigns for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and President Barack Obama, is working within the White House Office of Communications. Huang, a May 2013 graduate who majored in international relations, works for the Domestic Policy Council. The Daily Trojan interviewed the two interns about their time in the nation’s capitol and what the future holds.DT: How did you first learn of the White House Internship Program?Anvar: It’s hard to pinpoint how exactly I learned about the White House Internship Program because interns are so ubiquitous in politics that I always assumed there was a White House Internship Program. This has been a goal of mine since I first started volunteering for the president’s campaign in late 2007.Huang: I don’t know if there was a time when I wasn’t at least aware of the White House Internship Program as an opportunity. I think that many, if not most, students interested in public service or politics have at least heard of the internship as a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.DT: What duties do you typically perform?Anvar: I work in the research division of the communications department, where I assist in conducting research and                           fact-checking. I also work on other press office projects.Huang: I have a variety of responsibilities, many of which tend to appear unexpectedly. There isn’t really an “average” day in the Domestic Policy Council, and my schedule is contingent on the schedules of my supervisors, which are always in flux. On average, my work consists of a balance of research, event management, scheduling and writing.DT: As an intern for the Office of Communications, what specific projects or initiatives have you worked on?Anvar: The great thing about working in the Office of Communications is that it has allowed me to be involved in some way in all of the major initiatives that have been going on during my time here. The president has been very active since the State of the Union address, which has made my time here even more enjoyable.DT: As an intern for the Domestic Policy Council, what policies have you worked on?Huang: I work in a subsection of the DPC called the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Our office advances government policies centered around expanding national service and supporting social sector organizations such as nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises. We work with organizations from across sectors to support a diverse group of projects — from reducing prison recidivism to encouraging volunteerism.DT: What is your most memorable experience as a White House intern thus far?Anvar: The most memorable experience is the first time the President delivered remarks that I helped fact-check. Seeing this entire process come together was an experience I will never forget.Huang: Although an intern gets to witness a lot of unique events at the White House — we have an excellent speaker series, for example — I think the things I remember the most will be all the errors I’ve made so far while working here. I’ve done quite a few internships, but my mistakes have never felt quite so consequential. I feel that every time I’m corrected, I get slightly more competent. It certainly helps that my supervisors are an insanely talented bunch — and incredibly patient, I might add.DT: Was there a specific class or professor at USC that motivated you to get involved in the political field?Anvar: Definitely! First of all, there is no way I would be here today without Dan Schnur, who teaches POSC 439 [Critical Issues in Politics]. Getting involved in politics can be intimidating since a lot opportunities depend on networking and being at the right place at the right time. Knowing that Dan believed in me and that I always had his support gave me the confidence to pursue a lot of the opportunities that led me to where I am today.Huang: Professor Lamy’s case study course was probably the most influential in driving [me] toward public service. I’ve always been interested in policy issues rather than the politics behind them, but Lamy’s course instructed me in the hands-on process of dissolving complicated policy and the positive impact that an individual can have if they develop that skill properly.DT: How did your USC experience prepare you for the internship?Anvar: My USC experience was filled with a variety of different experiences which helped me develop a wide set of professional and personal skills that have been very useful during this internship. The combination of academic and leadership experiences I had definitely helped me prepare for a fast-paced work environment.Huang: USC gave me several opportunities to pursue policy-related coursework and internships, both abroad and in Los Angeles, which helped develop a skill set suited for this highly challenging internship. The Thematic Option program, in particular, was extremely helpful in sharpening my writing skills, which have proven to be indispensable in the policy world.DT: What is your biggest takeaway from the experience?Anvar: This internship has definitely reinforced my commitment to public service in both my professional and private life. It has also given me great insight into and appreciation for all the amazing work that is done by the hardworking staff here at the White House. At the end of the day I cannot believe how much work has been done, yet how much is left to do.Huang: Humility. I am profoundly fortunate to be here and I know that there are thousands who are just as, if not more, qualified than I am. I’ve learned that public service is about using the opportunities available to do something positive for your community or country. It is extremely humbling to work in such a challenging environment and to see the yawning gap in experience and talent between you and many of the people you work with.DT: What’s next for you?Anvar: Right now I am just focused on making the most of this incredible experience and have not spent much time thinking about the future. I am graduating in May, so I plan on returning to Los Angeles for at least a short time after my internship ends. At that point, I will probably talk to some of my mentors and my family and come to a decision about what is next for me.Huang: I’d like to continue working in public service, preferably abroad in the field of foreign relations. I do enjoy living in Washington, and there are few better places for someone interested in policy.last_img read more

Doubleheader sweep gives USC needed playing time

first_imgThe sun was a welcome sight on Saturday morning as the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team (2-0, 0-0) embarked on its dual-match season with two victories against Loyola Marymount (0-1, 0-0) and UC Santa Barbara (1-2, 0-0).Multiple scorer · Senior Robert Farah partnered with sophomore Steven Johnson to capture a doubles point for the Trojans against LMU on Saturday. Later, Farah earned a singles victory against UC Santa Barbara. – Sunhil Murali | Daily Trojan The week’s turbulent weather affected the action, as the first match against LMU was delayed 1 hour 27 minutes to allow the Marks Tennis Stadium courts to dry up.The delay did not hurt the Trojans, however, as they dominated the Lions 7-0.Doubles play was competitive as the No. 13 duo of senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson held off the No. 60 team of junior Ivan Lopez and sophomore Otto Sauer 8-6 to secure the doubles point for the Trojans.In the singles portion, USC demonstrated their depth and skill with commanding performances across the board. At the second singles slot, No. 116 junior Jaak Poldma highlighted the strong play with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 87 Lopez. Poldma displayed a powerful forehand that Lopez could not handle the entire match.Also featured in singles were victories by No. 14 ranked Farah (6-2, 6-1) over Sauer, No. 47 sophomore Matt Kecki (6-3, 6-1) over senior Renzo Maggi and freshman Joel Giger (6-2, 6-3) over freshman Zeke Hindle.The second match was not as easy going, as the Trojans held off the Gauchos 4-3. USC swept the doubles portion, highlighted by the exciting comeback victory of junior Peter Lucassen and Poldma, who defeated freshmen Benjamin Recknagel and Lucas Sudow 9-8 (3). The USC duo was down 4-7 but stormed back to secure the sweep in doubles.The top three singles players carried the Trojans, as they faced some adversity from UCSB. In the decisive match, No. 1 ranked Johnson was in command of the match, then had his serve broken by junior Alex Koningsfeldt to tie up the second set 4-4. Johnson responded by taking three of the next four games to seal the 6-3, 7-5 victory.At the end of the long day, the injury bug hit junior Daniel Gliner as he fought through a tough loss to Recknagel 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5). Gliner was in the midst of a comeback when he suffered cramps in the middle of the second set. In the end, he could not overcome the injury during the tiebreak.The day started off well for the Trojans but ended on a bit of an underwhelming note.“We didn‘t play to our full potential, but you have to give credit to UCSB. They played really well,” USC coach Peter Smith explained.Even with some disappointment, there were plenty of brilliant performances. Lucassen stood out to coaches as he excelled during his first taste of collegiate tennis.“Most impressively, Peter Lucassen went 4-0 for the day,“ Smith said.Sophomore Daniel Nguyen also played notably by sweeping the two doubles and one singles match he participated in.“The experienced players really came through today,” Smith noted.The veterans might have won the day, but equally importantwas allowing all of the players to compete.All players were able to participate in at least one match because of the doubleheader format.“It was important to let everyone know the pressure on court,” Smith said.Some questions, especially about the lineup, remain unanswered, but Smith will continue to mix in different combinations to find the right fit.For the Trojans, the outcome of the day’s matches held mixed results, but Smith and the team come away with added experience, as the doubleheader allowed USC to play more oppoents than they could have scheduled otherwise.last_img read more

Inside 4-star Latarie Kinsler Jr.’s decision to commit to Syracuse

first_img Published on November 3, 2019 at 4:31 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ When Latarie Kinsler Jr. considered his different college options — varying from LSU to Penn State to Syracuse — he only wanted to play at a school where he’d earn meaningful snaps as a freshman. When he visited central New York in June, he talked with senior defensive linemen Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman. The two told Kinsler how they started during their first few months at Syracuse, while maturing with the coaching staff. As juniors, Coleman and Robinson tallied 10 each sacks in 2018 and are both on track to make the NFL.“I felt like I could come in and do the same thing,” Kinsler said. “We all got the same goal to play in the NFL and I think what Syracuse did with them shows how good of a coaching staff they are.”That was the same message that safeties/nickelbacks coach Nick Monroe pitched him on over the past three years. Even though he was offered by Tennessee, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas A&M and South Carolina, Syracuse stuck out. Kinsler, a four-star recruit on Rivals.com, felt validated by the recruiting process but wanted to go somewhere where he felt wanted. For Kinsler, that meant heading north to a 3-6 football team that’s losing its two best pass rushers heading into 2020.Of the 15 commits in Syracuse’s 2020 class, Kinsler is the highest-ranked. He’s the third four-star to commit to head coach Dino Babers in the last two years, following none in his first two years at the helm, according to Rivals.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You got all these big schools recruiting you, they recruited me pretty hard,” Kinsler said. “It started getting more clear.”Early on in high school, Monroe and Kinsler began speaking. That relationship grew over the course of high school and conversations quickly surpassed just football.Kinsler asked Monroe for life advice. Questions arose about how to navigate the last few years of high school and family life. The Pahokee (Florida) High School student felt comfortable moving so far north knowing that he had a mentor in Monroe. “Coach (Monroe) always kept it 100 with me about football and outside of football,” Kinsler said. “About anything, Coach always told me what it was and how it was. He was just real.”Before committing, Kinsler talked with various fellow Florida natives, including freshmen linebackers Lee Kpogba and Mikel Jones. When he visited campus in June, he was impressed with their generosity when Jones hosted him.Walking around campus and touring Manley Field House and the Clifford J Ensley Athletic Center, Kinsler envisioned himself wearing Orange as he spun past tackles and sacked quarterbacks. It all made sense.“The players are very friendly, great guys,” Kinsler said. “My family loved it.” Commentslast_img read more

Talking in Different Tongues at Excelsior Artz Preparatory School

first_imgNadine Taylor, one of the teachers at Excelsior Artz Preparatory School, with some of her pre-school students. Excelsior Artz Preparatory School (EAPS), one of South Florida’s oldest and accomplished private schools, is blazing a new trail with its bilingual program.   Founder, Kayann Baugh-Toney, had a dream over 20 years ago to remove academic limitations on children and expose them to a variety of lessons in fun, engaging ways.  She envisioned standards that change people’s view of students’ abilities, raise expectations, empower parents and shine a light for God. As a result, Excelsior’s students have achieved excellence in academia and beyond. Evidence of that is their performance in local competitions, such as last year’s Spelling Bee. Excelsior made a clean sweep, taking first place in all grade levels (one to five), above grade level performance on Standardized Tests, such as the Stanford Achievement Test, and more. Expanded education model Realizing that the global workforce and society is constantly evolving, Excelsior recently expanded its educational model to include a bilingual program focusing on Spanish. It officially launched the initial stage of the program last academic year, when it changed instructional methods and frequency of its classes for students in all grades.  The success was measured by student’s level of enthusiasm and performance.   Committed to producing bilingual learnersEAPS is fully committed to its goal of producing bilingual learners. Recently, it got a license to educate two-year-olds.Classroom discussions and activities in this and all preschool classes will be facilitated in Spanish for half of the daily program. Students from Kindergarten through grade eight will receive Spanish instructions three times per week.   Baugh-Toney, whose parents are Jamaican, is confident the program will be successful. “I used the same instructional model on my own two kids. As a result, my three-year-old and five-year-old are fluent in their Spanish speaking skills and emerging in their Mandarin speaking ability. They have expanded their familiarity with many cultures outside of the USA. No one can tell that they are not from a Latin speaking home,” she said,last_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill expects fewer blisters, more innings

first_img“I would never go there and say I can’t go 32 starts. I’m fully prepared to make 32 starts,” Hill said. “I come in prepared. I did all the work this offseason — as I do every year.“Nobody can predict the future. I’m always staying in the moment and focusing on the here and now. That’s really all I can give as a guarantee. I think that’s a healthy way to go about it rather than saying, ‘Geez, I’d better prepare’ or ‘I hope I can make 32 starts.’”He probably won’t be asked to.The Dodgers opened spring training with 10 of the 15 pitchers who started at least one game for them last year back in camp. Trevor Oaks and Chase De Jong aren’t among those 10 but have established themselves as prospects on the rise who could be seen in Los Angeles this summer.That depth will likely dovetail with a desire to limit the innings on every starter but Clayton Kershaw — out of caution with a young starter like Julio Urias, necessity with older starters like Hill, Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir or just with an eye toward keeping arms fresher in anticipation of a deep October run. The new 10-day DL will make it easier to cycle starters through the rotation, potentially giving a starting pitcher an in-season break while missing just one or two starts. “I think to have that on the table and have that be a viable option for any of the guys is a luxury, obviously,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the starting pitching depth while dismissing a straight six-man rotation as “not an option.”In Hill’s case, Roberts indicated there would be “conversations we’ll have with Rich” about his workload.“I don’t think he’s a guy that looks too far ahead, self-admitted,” Roberts said. “To go out there and say we expect the same thing as far as posting like Kersh, I think that’s unfair to everyone. … He’s obviously very mature. He’s been around a lot but the track record is not Clayton Kershaw.“We learned last year with Richie — just have the conversations because the player feels, and they all do, they’re invincible and can do whatever. But I think the dialogue, the communication is important with all of our pitchers.”No swings for GonzalezFirst baseman Adrian Gonzalez was among the position players who reported to camp early Friday. But Gonzalez will not be swinging a bat for two weeks due to tendinitis in his right elbow.Gonzalez said the discomfort, which he described as “tennis elbow,” flared up during his workouts in December and has not gone away.Gonzalez’s injury puts his participation in the World Baseball Classic in question. He has committed to play for Team Mexico with his brother, Edgar, as manager.It also opens the door for the Dodgers to get an extended look in early Cactus League schedule at top prospect Cody Bellinger, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Rich Hill had a blister problem last season. He does not have a problem with blisters.“There’s also been recalls on Toyotas that are very reliable, you know what I mean?” the Dodgers left-hander said with a chuckle. “I mean, it had never happened before in my career. It was such an outlier that it’s not something I look at and feel is going to be an issue.”Hill has had other issues that sidelined him over the years — a groin injury early last season, shoulder woes earlier in his career and so on. He has made more than 20 starts (last year’s combined total between the Oakland A’s and Dodgers) and thrown more than last year’s 110 1/3 innings just once in his career. That was back in 2007 with the Chicago Cubs at age 27.For most of that time, though, Hill wasn’t asked to pitch any more. He spent most of his career as a reliever until re-emerging as an elite starter the past two seasons.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more