Governor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of nearly $1.3 million to seven organizations for research on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Grant recipients include Penn State University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Think and Grow Farms, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.“The agriculture industry contributes $136 billion to our state economy every year and supports 580,000 jobs,” Gov. Wolf said. “These investments in cutting edge research are key to sustaining and growing the industry that feeds our communities and our economy.”The grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, focus on a broad range of research topics including adapting to and reducing climate change, extending growing seasons in urban agriculture, combatting animal disease, increasing farm productivity and profits, protecting pollinators, remote sensing to detect injured and sick livestock, controlling invasive species, and improving soil and water quality.“Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry is challenged by rapid changes in climate, technology, and evolving animal and plant diseases,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “Along with those challenges come opportunities to increase productivity, advance human and animal medicine, plant and environmental science, and food safety. Research is what fuels innovation and future prosperity.”Following is a list of grantees, amounts awarded, and project titles:PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, Centre County – $73,683 – Building Soil Health and Climate Resilience through On-Farm Citizen SciencePA Association for Sustainable Agriculture – $71,268 – Improving Farm Viability through Collaborative Financial BenchmarkingTemple University, Philadelphia – $145,634 – Furthering Computational Approaches to Model the Spotted Lanternfly invasion and economic impactsTemple University – $48,161 – Investigating the Role of Invasive Plants on the Prevalence of Lyme Disease in PennsylvaniaThink and Grow Farms, York – $136,950 – Urban Agriculture, Workforce Development, Blockchain Technology in Food Systems, Aquaponics, and Market Potential of HempWestern Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh – $41,268 – Bees of Barrens HabitatsPennsylvania State University – $89,394 – Spotted Lanternfly Host Preference and Impacts on Ornamental TreesPennsylvania State University – $102,714 – Predicting Pollinator Responses to Climate ChangePennsylvania State University – $180,000 – 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Farm Conservation Practices Inventory and Total Maximum Daily Load Cost StudyPennsylvania State University – $64,918 – Evaluating Bio-pesticides Against Spotted LanternflyPennsylvania State University – $49,995 – Use of IMT-504 to Develop a Novel in Ovo Vaccine against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 VirusPennsylvania State University – $28,500 – Investigating the Use of RB51 Brucella Abortus Vaccine in Pa. Cattle, and the Prevalence of Shedding of the Vaccine in MilkPennsylvania State University – $16,324 – Defining Avian Influenza Viral Diversity in Pa. Wild Ducks to Proactively Identify Risks to Animal AgriculturePennsylvania State University – $7,000 – Investigation of a Four-Sugar Absorption Test to Diagnose and Quantify Gastric Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Disease in HorsesPennsylvania State University – $33,000 – Improving Pregnancy Toxemia Diagnostics for Pennsylvania Meat Sheep FarmsPennsylvania State University – $21,000 – Assessment of the effect of intrauterine dextrose infusion on animal welfare and performance in post-partum dairy cows diagnosed with clinical metritisUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – $22,852 – Smart Farming: Automated Detection of Lameness with a Time of Flight CameraUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000– Understanding the Contribution of Quorum Sensing Signaling in Dissemination of Antimicrobial Resistance on Pa. Dairy HerdsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000 – A Novel Approach to Improve Productivity and Reduce Methane Emissions Based on Bacteria-archaea Networks in Rumen of PA Dairy CowsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $22,952 – Rapid Detection of Foreign Animal and Other Viral Diseases in Boars Using Precision AgricultureUniversity of Pennsylvania – $11,000 – Understanding and Addressing Consumer Concerns Related to Use of Antimicrobials on Dairy FarmsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $14,330 – The Amazing Cow: A Bio-processor for Converting Human-unavailable Biomass into Milk and Advancing SustainabilityUniversity of Pennsylvania – $29,700 – Temporal Dynamics of Virulence Evolution in Cattle Salmonella Serotypes in Pa: Implications to Animal and Public HealthUniversity of Pennsylvania – $4,960 – Retrospective Analysis of Fatal West Nile Virus Encephalitis in Pa. Horses from 2009-2019 and Correlation with Climate, Human, and Avian Diseasecenter_img November 13, 2019last_img read more

PensionsEurope welcomes Commission plans to retain IORP Directive

first_imgPensionsEurope has welcomed European Commission plans to retain, not scrap, the revised IORP Directive as part of its 2015 Work Programme.Matti Leppälä, secretary-general of the European pension association, said he would not have been in favour of the Directive’s being withdrawn at this time.He added that he expected the European Parliament to appoint a rapporteur next week to oversee all IORP-related negotiations between the Council and MEPs, and that it would have been unlikely for the legislation to be withdrawn now the Council of the EU had agreed on compromise drafts.“The Council agreement is much better than the EC proposal,” he said. “We hope the outcome after the European Parliament and all other stages will remain good as well.”The European executive is set to publish its legislative agenda on 16 December, but a leaked draft seen by IPE last week did not list the IORP Directive among the 80 proposals to be dropped or amended.Concerns were raised after a November letter by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and his deputy Frans Timmermans – handed a brief to cut the regulatory burden imposed by Brussels – highlighted IORP II as “under review”.The Council has since completed its fourth compromise draft of the Directive, and member states last week agreed on a negotiating mandate with MEPs that will see a renewed emphasis on removing the prudential barriers to cross-border pension provisionlast_img read more

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele crocked by groin injury

first_img Dembele has been one of Pochettino’s star performers this season but he hobbled off before half-time during Spurs’ 2-1 win at Watford on Monday. The Belgian was struggling with an ankle problem in the lead-up to the game at Vicarage Road but sustained a separate injury to his groin and will now sit out Sunday’s visit to Everton. Tottenham’s in-form midfielder Mousa Dembele will be out for a “few weeks” with a groin injury, according to Mauricio Pochettino. Press Association Tottenham remain hopeful Dembele will return within three weeks which means, as well as the trip to Goodison Park, he is likely to miss the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double-header against Leicester and an away match at Sunderland on January 16. Pochettino said: “He is out of the game against Everton because of a very small injury in his groin. But he may be a few weeks out.” Dembele’s absence could mean a third Premier League start for Tom Carroll, the club’s latest academy graduate to make his mark in the first team, while Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are also fit again and could step in. Tottenham’s options are far lighter up front, where the club continue to rely on the form and fitness of Harry Kane, who has scored 12 goals in his last 12 appearances. Kane is the only out-and-out striker in Pochettino’s senior squad but the Spurs head coach insists his side would be able to cope without their star forward. “The problem is we are always negative in our analysis,” Pochettino said. “Harry Kane is our striker but we have different players who can play in his position like a striker. I am very positive always, I am not negative. “The most important thing is the balance of the team – the people and the changing room. Our power is in the changing room, in our squad, not one player.” Tottenham are, however, keen to bring in more cover for Kane in the January transfer window, which opens on Friday. Pochettino refused to be drawn on a fresh move for West Brom’s Saido Berahino but admits he is in regular discussions with chairman Daniel Levy about targets. “Maybe every day we chat five minutes, 10 minutes, we have a very good relationship,” Pochettino said. “We are ready to take the better decisions for the team and the future of the club. That might mean we bring players in, or not. The better decision might be not to bring players in. “Today we are very happy with the squad we have. We have a strong squad. In the place we are after 19 games it means we are in a very good way and our decisions were good. “Only if we can help the team, maybe we take some decisions. For that we need to be sure that if we need to bring players in they are the right profile.” Pochettino added he was happy to let his players celebrate New Year’s Eve on Thursday night, with the game against Everton coming three days later, but advised them to adhere to Spanish traditions. “I’ll allow it. They are very professional and we trust in them,” Pochettino said. “They can be like us, we are Spanish people and we have an advantage because we are an hour ahead. “We will take the lucky grapes at 11pm (English time) and by five past 11 we are in bed. So we can give that advice to the players.” Clinton Njie (knee) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) are both unavailable for the visit to Everton, although Pritchard is close to recovery after four months on the sidelines. last_img read more

Pastor and radio host arrested for sexual battery on child

first_imgOfficials in Winter Park, Florida are reporting that they have arrested a pastor who also host a popular Christian radio show, for sexual battery on a child.59-year-old Bryan Fulwider was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation into the alleged assault that was said to have occurred repeatedly over a five year period.According to the accuser, the assaults occurred between 2005 and 2010, when Fulwider was the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.Fulwider and his attorney have denied the allegations.He is currently being held without bail and  faces 30 counts of sexual battery of a person younger than 18 by a person in position of custodial authority.last_img read more

The Latest: Boris Becker thinks virus should scrap US Open

first_imgThe Latest: Boris Becker thinks virus should scrap US Open The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar.___The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down.Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.” ___Churchill Downs’ spring meet without spectators will open May 16, with the historic track expected to release a revised schedule of stakes races online this weekend.Last weekend’s scheduled opening was delayed because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which already has forced the postponement of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby from this weekend to Sept. 4-5. The track’s new opening will come five days after its stables and training center reopen in phases following approval Wednesday from state officials with strict guidelines to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays with a Memorial Day card on May 25. The meet will be spectator-free until government officials approve their return. This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Little League President Stephen Keener announced the cancellations in a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday afternoon from league headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, saying it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel.The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. Next year was to be the 75th playing of the tournament; that milestone has been pushed back to 2022.Keener added that travel restrictions would make it equally impossible to hold qualifying tournaments for international teams and to bring those teams safely to the United States.The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled, MLB said. Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey.The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer.___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 Porto leads Benfica by one point at the top of the standings.___Red Sox fans can still have their messages posted on the scoreboard at Fenway Park — even though the ballpark is closed and no games are taking place.For a $50 donation to the team’s charity, fans can have a message posted on the 40-by-100 foot center field video board. For $100, they can have a message and a picture. The team will take a picture and send a picture of the scoreboard bearing the message.The money will go to the Red Sox Foundation, which has been maintaining operations and programming during the coronavirus crisis to ensure consistent and necessary support and resources to hundreds of other non-profits and youth throughout New England. ___The Green Bay Packers have donated $250,000 to Green Bay-area health care systems to provide personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and staff working in the fight against the new coronavirus.This donation includes $83,333 grants to the Bellin Health Foundation, HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, and Aurora Health Foundation.The donation is part of the Packers’ Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The $1.5 million fund will provide $1 million in support to Brown County, which includes Green Bay. It also will direct $500,000 to initiatives in Milwaukee County.___ ___Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak. ___Portugal’s government says the country’s soccer league will be allowed to resume on May 30 following a stoppage forced by the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister António Costa included the announcement in Thursday’s presentation of his government’s plan to roll back lockdown measures.Costa said the resumption of play still depends on health authorities approving measures to make stadiums meet hygiene conditions. The games will be played without fans. The Kids Fund normally dedicates its resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.___German chancellor Angela Merkel says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Wednesday.Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9.Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon. ___The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20.Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.”Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.” Merkel says “we have to do all we can to ensure there is no regression.”A ban on all large gatherings through the end of August will remain.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining.___The Falmouth Road Race will go on as an “At-Home Edition.” Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.”___The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani.center_img Associated Press The 48th edition of the seven-mile run that usually winds along the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts will instead have participants running 7 miles in their own neighborhoods at some point in a two-week period at the end of August. The race was originally scheduled for Aug. 16, but the Town of Falmouth has implemented a “no large event” policy through the end of August because of the coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers are buying $25,000 in gift cards to local businesses to hand out randomly to participants. The first 5,000 to register get guaranteed entry into the 2021 race.First run in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race typically draws a field from Olympians to recreational runners. Past winners have included Boston Marathon champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Catherine Ndereba and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds. Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk.Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25. The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker thinks the U.S. Open should not be held as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Canucks for Kids Fund is donating $500,000 to Vancouver-area groups to help provide critical community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to provide meals and care for seniors, youth and families, cleaning, security, emergency shelter, child care, and drop-in counseling sessions by voice, video and chat. Groups receiving money include Feeding the Community, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, BC Care Providers Association, Senior Services Society of BC, Canucks Family Education Centre, Mackie’s Place, Foundry, YWCA, and Kids Help Phone. Fans are also invited to participate if they can by donating online. Becker, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 1989, said: “New York was pretty much the worst city hit by the virus a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think it would be wise to have a tournament there.”Becker spoke in an interview with Laureus.com; he is a Laureus Academy member.The U.S. Tennis Association says it expects to decide by June whether to hold its Grand Slam tournament as planned from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The professional tours have suspended competition until at least mid-July. Wimbledon was called off for the first time in 75 years.That cancellation is “going to leave a big, empty void,” said Becker, who won titles at the All England Club in 1985, 1986 and 1989 and was the runner-up there four times. ___The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April.The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season.The Dodgers were supposed to open the season on March 26; however, the start of baseball was postponed by the new coronavirus.Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans. April 30, 2020last_img read more

MBB : Waiters, Southerland remain on bench for entire game

first_img Comments Published on January 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm MILWAUKEE — Noticeably absent from Syracuse’s 76-70 loss to Marquette were reserves Dion Waiters and James Southerland. Both players traveled with the team to Milwaukee, but for the first time since Big East play began, neither made it off his seat on the bench.It was evident from the beginning that Waiters would not get onto the court Saturday. Instead of wearing warm-up gear and a jersey, Waiters was the only SU player wearing an orange T-shirt with a pair of shorts during pregame warm-ups.Rumors swirled during the week that Boeheim suspended Waiters for the Marquette game. They came after Waiters appeared to curse at the SU head coach during the Orange’s 22-point loss to Seton Hall last Tuesday.Following the game, when asked if there was a particular reason why Waiters didn’t play, Boeheim fired back without hesitation and said it wasn’t disciplinary. Boeheim said it was simply basketball related.‘Yeah, he’s shooting 30 percent from the field, 30 percent from the 3-point line and not playing good defense,’ Boeheim said. ‘Other than that, I can’t think of any.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Waiters and Southerland have played a vital role off the bench for the Orange most of the season, so their exclusions from the game were particularly puzzling. Though both players have struggled as of late, they practiced with the team Thursday.Waiters played only 14 scoreless minutes against Seton Hall last Tuesday, and Southerland scored four points in 19 minutes against the Pirates. Without them, Boeheim played seven players for more than five minutes Saturday against Marquette.Without Southerland and Waiters, SU’s starters were forced to shoulder a heavier load than usual. The depth that developed in the early portion of the season disappeared.SU’s veteran core of Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson each played at least 33 minutes. And the minutes caught up with the Orange as it tried to mount a comeback.‘With guys up 11 at halftime,’ SU guard Triche said, ‘it’s just so much tougher to come back and spend that extra energy. And there’s that much pressure just to come back.’Melo returns to starting lineupAfter being briefly removed from the starting lineup, Fab Melo was back Saturday. The Orange started James Southerland in place of Melo against Seton Hall, an experiment that didn’t turn out too well for Syracuse. So Saturday, after tinkering with the lineup, SU head coach Jim Boeheim returned to the lineup that led SU to an 18-0 start.Melo scored two points and grabbed two boards against Marquette. He was backed up by fellow freshman Baye Moussa Keita, who chipped in four points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots before fouling out.‘I thought Fab tried and did some good things, and Baye was good,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re just still learning. … They’ll learn, they’ll get better. We’ve just got to be patient with them.’SU’s primary issues defensively had to do with allowing Marquette players inside the lane. Early on, that is how the Golden Eagles cracked the Orange’s defense and got out to an early lead. Marquette’s 6-foot-6 forward Jae Crowder carved up the pair in the middle, scoring most of his game-high 25 points inside the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone.Despite that, Melo and Moussa Keita played a combined 32 minutes — the most they have during SU’s four-game losing streak. And the pair will likely have to continue getting better for Syracuse to stay afloat in the tough Big East.After all, the center position has been the key weakness among the five positions for SU so far this season.‘Our big guys in the middle, they’re learning, they’re trying to get better,’ Boeheim said. ‘But a lot of that stuff inside that Crowder got was the center’s responsibility. They’re still learning the position, how to play it. It’s been a struggle for them. They’re getting better. They will get better. I’m just not sure it will be soon enough.’aljohn@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Walters’ memory lives on

first_imgThe Trojan family lost one of its greatest warriors and is deeply saddened by his passing.Walters is survived by his parents, Jacque and Bill, his three brothers, Mike, Matt, and James and his sister Ali.A memorial service to honor Walters will take place on Jan. 18 at Mariners Church of Irvine at 11 a.m. Apparent from the kind words of his current and former teammates and coach, Jon Walters truly embodied what it meant to be a Trojan. Through the eyes of his coach and teammates, USC freshman water polo player Jon Walters is remembered as a warrior who fought for his team in the pool and a loving, spirited and warmhearted friend on land.Remembrance ·Freshman Jon Walters will forever be a warrior in the pool and beloved companion to those who knew and loved him. – Photo courtesy of Tim TessaloneJust a month before his tragic heart attack, Walters played an integral role on the USC squad that defeated University of Pacific, 12-11 in overtime, to give the program its sixth consecutive national title.“We would not have won a championship without [Walters],” USC head water polo coach Jovan Vavic said.Little did anyone know, the national championship game would be his last game as a USC player.The Trojan Family lost the 19-year-old Walters on Jan. 8, but his memory and legacy as an NCAA champion and an ideal teammate lives on in and out of the water.“Jon was one of the most universally loved people I have ever met,” redshirt sophomore Aleck Ryner said. “He was a champion in the pool and an even better person out of it. I’m going to miss him every day for the rest of my life.”Before coming to USC, Walters was a superstar at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., where he won two CIF titles, was the 2012 CIF Player of the Year and was a member of the U.S Junior National Team.Austin Fletcher, a junior at USC and former high school teammate of Walters remembered him as a fantastic teammate with a contagious winning attitude and a knack for inspiring their team, which would go on to win a CIF championship.“His spirit brought our team together since he would not take anything less than winning, and our team adopted that [mentality] and wouldn’t have won a title without him,” Fletcher said. “There’s not a person that knew him that didn’t love him.”Vavic still remembers the first time he saw Walters play while recruiting him in high school. Walters immediately made an impression as a towering, yet quick and physical player.“He was a man above the boys and was unguardable, like Shaquille O’Neal,” Vavic said. “It was beautiful to watch him play.”His coach reminisced about how Walters was an ideal player — one that every coach would want to have on his team.“He was a warrior, fun loving, always smiling, selfless — and all of his teammates really loved him,” Vavic said.Vavic asserted that a big reason why Walters was so beloved by his teammates and enjoyed playing with him was because he was a fighter in the pool.“He would fight for his teammates until he had nothing left in him,” Vavic said.His teammates reinforced how special it was to be able to play alongside Jon and consider him a friend.“Jon wasn’t your average teammate,” senior two-meter Connor Virjee said. “He had the heart of a Trojan. He was always the warrior we needed in the water and the gentle giant out of the water. Anyone who was able to talk to Jon for even a brief moment could witness how unique he was and knew Jon was destined for bigger and better things. I know that he will forever live on in our hearts and can never leave our thoughts.”With his spirited persona, Walters was able to touch every person he met in a positive way, according to senior Jeremy Davie.“I know that my life will be changed forever after knowing [Walters] and I am a better person for it,” Davie said.Senior utility Mace Rapsey, said he would miss Walters’ passionate attitude while always putting his teammates first.“Jon was the nicest, most caring and best teammate anyone could ever ask for,” Rapsey said. “I will miss him greatly but will always remember Jon as a warrior, legend, and a great mate.”Over the course of this past season, Walters battled an elbow injury that sidelined him for about six weeks, according to Vavic.Motivated by a fierce determination to obtain his first national championship, Walters returned from his injury and came up huge for the Trojans in the conference tournament that would eventually send them to the NCAA Tournament. Walters finished his freshman season with 17 goals from the two-meter position.“He stepped up big when we really needed him,” Vavic said.last_img read more

Baseball handles CSUF, prepares for Seton Hall series

first_img“The bullpen did pretty good,” Gill said. “We had a couple hiccups in there, but guys came in and picked up other guys.” Seton Hall will come into the game with an overall record of 3-3 and will be led by senior infielder Connor Hood, who has started all six games so far for the Pirates. Hood leads the team with 11 hits and 8 RBIs in 27 plate appearances, good for a team-high .407 batting average.  The Trojans will continue their homestand in a three-game weekend series against Seton Hall. The Pirates come into the weekend series riding a brief two-game losing streak handed to them by Liberty University.  USC can expect to face off against Seton Hall senior righty Noah Thompson, who has started two games for the Pirates on the mound already. Thompson has racked up nine strikeouts in 11.2 innings so far this season, posting an earned run average of 2.31. USC’s hot start was spearheaded by sophomore first baseman Clay Owens’ 2-run triple to put USC up 2-0. A pair of ensuing RBI singles from graduate student designated hitter Ben Wanger and sophomore catcher Tyler Lozano put the Trojans up comfortably at the end of the opening frame.  The Trojans also faced Keio University in an exhibition match Wednesday evening but fell 5-0. Keio, which plays in Tokyo’s “Big 6 Baseball League,” lost to CSUF Monday by a score of 6-3, followed by a loss to UCLA last night by a score of 15-1.  Sophomore first baseman Clay Owens sparked USC’s win over Cal State Fullerton with a 2-run triple Tuesday. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The win brings Gill and the Trojans to an overall record of 5-2 on the young season.  Wednesday’s matchup with the Trojans marks another stop on Keio’s West Coast exhibition tour, as it’ll head south for a contest with the University of San Diego Thursday.  After adding an additional run in the top of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the Trojans coasted to the win with a 6-run cushion.  The USC baseball team earned an impressive road win over Cal State Fullerton Tuesday evening, defeating the Titans 7-1. A strong first inning kickstarted the Trojans as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and did not look back. Head coach Jason Gill was pleased with USC’s fast start to the contest.  On the mound, USC benefited from a strong start from junior lefty Brian Gursky, who gave Gill — a CSUF alumnus — and his team 3.2 innings of scoreless work, allowing just a single hit before being pulled for relief.  Tuesday’s win marked the second consecutive road victory of Gill’s tenure as head coach and the best defensive performance of the season, an encouraging sight for the Trojans moving forward.   “Offensively, come on — you start off with a 4-0 lead in the first, that gives you a little cushion to pound a little bit more on the mound and throw strikes,” Gill said. Wanger was pleased with yet another strong offensive showing from the Trojans after scoring 11 unanswered runs in their Sunday win against San Diego State.  A brief scare for USC in the bottom of both the fourth and fifth innings saw the Titans load the bases with one out twice, but impressive work from freshman righty Ethan Hoopingarner and sophomore righty Carson Lambert saved the Trojans before the opposition could get on the scoreboard.  Gill was complimentary of the bullpen’s performance in the win. USC’s bats were consistently active for the remainder of the evening, tacking on additional insurance runs by way of another Wanger RBI in the fifth inning and a double from freshman center fielder Rhylan Thomas. Senior second baseman Tyler Pritchard — who scored on the double — would have easily been caught at home plate if not for an error by CSUF junior catcher Austin Schell. “It feels good to put up a bunch of runs against a good team,” Wanger said. “We hit their guys pretty well, so great momentum moving forward.” The Trojans’ weekend series is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening at Dedeaux Field. Saturday’s game starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Matched betting services link-up giving members dual benefits

first_img Submit Freebets.com launches Australia iPhone app November 26, 2014 Share Share Freebets.com – UK bookmaker promotion & value report October 2014 November 20, 2014 StumbleUpon Iain Coward Joins Biggerbet Ltd February 24, 2014 Related Articles MatchedBets.com and ProfitSquad.co.uk have joined forces, allowing members of each matched betting service to benefit from the features of each.Launched in 2016 and 2015 respectively, MatchedBets and Profit Squad offer thousands of members the chance to generate profit from the process of matched betting, with users now able to maximise those by utilising guides, tools and resources of the two services.David Archer, MatchedBets.com founder, said: “I am delighted to join forces with the team from Profit Squad who have fantastic skills both in advanced matched betting techniques and advanced casino . “This combined with our own in house expertise will allow us to offer current and future Members the best service available in the marketplace.”In its joint statement it was detailed that Profit Squad has built its member base by providing advanced casino strategies, with MatchedBets doing so through a variety of in-house developed matched betting tools, including AccaBackers, horseracing matcher and advanced odds matcher tools.With members of each now enjoying access to the wide range of services and benefits that each has to offer.    Ben Perchard, Profit Squad co-founder, added: “Matched Bets and Profit Squad are two strong brands and hard working teams. Our common goal is to keep on the front foot of innovation, finding new ways to make money, and making our members lives easier and more profitable. “Allowing our members access to both services for the price of one is just a small insight to what is in store, but instantly makes us one of the best value services out there.2018 will see some big changes coming to both services, and I’m very excited for what’s in store for the near future.“It was also stated that “the two teams already have big plans for the future, and are in the process of developing new and exciting matched betting tools to enhance customer experience and their matched betting profits.”last_img read more

Wellington Council passes annexation of lot southeast of Wal-mart for possible development of apartments

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted 3-2 to annex a parcel of land southeast of the Wellington Wal-Mart during its regular city council meeting Tuesday night at the Council Chambers.John TracyThe parcel is a 590 by 850 square feet, i.e.10-11 acre lot, owned by Short Land Company LLC. The parcel of land will be annexed for a possible 96-unit apartment complex.Council members John Brand, Jan Korte and Vince Wetta voted to pass the ordinance. Council member John Tracy and Jim Valentine voted against the ordinance. Council member Kelly Green was not in attendance.The lot will now go to the City Planning Commission who will determine whether to rezone the property from i-1 light industrial to R-3 multifamily dwelling. If this passes then the council would discus the extension of utilities to the property.  Tracy said he opposed the annexation because it was the first step toward providing Housing Development Incentives for the developer — a program that has burned the city of Wellington in years past.In his blog, “As I see it” – Land Annexation (see full text here), Tracy said the city council established the HDI program allowing the city to help pay for the extension of infrastructure (electric, sewer, streets, etc.) into new housing developments. Prior to this, the developer themselves paid for the cost of infrastructure then recouped their investment throughout the sales of the lots.“The theory is that the developer has less money invested and can sell the lots cheaper, making them more attractive to buyers,” Tracy said in his blog. “And while this theory looks good on paper, it doesn’t have a very good track record.”Tracy listed three developers who took advantage of the city’s incentive program.While one development has done well in the sale of property, the other two have struggled – including one developer who has defaulted and cost the city more by reinvesting the property on a tax sale.The name of the developer for the proposed apartment complex southeast of Wal-Mart was not divulged at the city council meeting. Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the vote Tuesday only dealt with annexation and does not specify what the developer plans to do with the property thereafter.Wellington Council member John Brand said that even though the city has had some issues with at least one developer in the past, it does not behoove the city to stop helping developers in the future.“We can not be scared to move forward,” Brand said. “Passing this annexation (request) will allow us to move forward and allow us to make an informed decision down the road.”•••••In other business, the council•approved the construction of a new switching station to tie to the Westar transmission line by a 4-1 vote. The estimated construction of the line is $4.9 million with the city using $800,000 of its existing funds. This tie-in will provide a second connection to Westar and hopefully will cut down on the number of power outages in the community.•discussed options on the state’s concealed carry law. Municipalities are supposed to inform the state of Kansas how it will handle the issue by January 1, 2014.•discussed the latest news with four other hotel developers who have expressed interest in Wellington for a new hotel and how it relates to the proposed expansion of Oak Tree Inn, which is building a 110-room facility across from the current motel in 2014.•heard from Helen Norris of Wellington Farm Bureau about Farm Week; and from a group of students about “Operation Beautiful” which emphasizes a girl’s inner beauty by not wearing pink or make up on Mondays. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down wondering · 351 weeks ago I don’t understand why we, the taxpayer, pays for streets for a new development, but the folks in Westbourgh have to cough up a million dollars for their street and they are currently paying a lot of taxes, while the development hasn’t paid a dime. When I built my house 32 years ago, I paid specials for 20 years. No, I don’t live in Westbourgh. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Wellington · 351 weeks ago That’s stupid we need more jobs not more income base apartments good job wellington Report Reply 3 replies · active 351 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down buils · 351 weeks ago Why do we complain about trying to improve our town.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 351 weeks ago is it the same guy wanting the old middle school. Bad idea on the cities part leave that land open for commercial purposes Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WHS Alum · 351 weeks ago Buils…I totally agree! We should embrace any improvement, upgrade and opportunity for our town to grow and prosper. Out with the negative, and in with the positive…let’s go people! Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Justathought · 351 weeks ago If they build a apartment complex I hope they require a drug test before renting! Report Reply 2 replies · active 351 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down guest · 351 weeks ago Wow 61 houses for sale in town, percentage wise since I am not sure our population, is that about the norm…? What incentives does the city offer to attract new businesses/ people to live in Wellington? Report Reply 1 reply · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down gues · 351 weeks ago I don’t think you can say that about the sumner economic development director, stay up on what is happening in the county not just wellington to justify that job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 351 weeks ago have to be out of or lower debt to be a low tax county Report Reply 0 replies · active 351 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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