Council on Reform Submits Recommendations for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to Gov. Wolf

first_img November 01, 2019 Council on Reform Submits Recommendations for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to Gov. Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s Council on Reform, established through his Protection of Vulnerable Populations Executive Order 2019-05, submitted its recommendations for improving the state’s systems to protect its most vulnerable individuals and families.In late July, Gov. Wolf charged this diverse group of community leaders, providers, stakeholders, and cabinet members with taking a comprehensive look at needs to best serve the state’s vulnerable populations with a mandate to report those recommendations back to him by Nov. 1.“I took action in July to address long-standing issues with the state’s systems designed to protect our most vulnerable,” Gov. Wolf said. “The first task for the newly formed Council on Reform was to buckle down and develop a comprehensive list of recommendations for how we can best protect vulnerable Pennsylvanians.“My thanks to all of the council members who shared their expertise and considerable time, and to those who participated by meeting with council members or submitting information and recommendations. Your tireless commitment to this process demonstrates your passion for protecting all Pennsylvanians, especially our most vulnerable. I look forward to reading and analyzing these recommendations and to our next steps to make much-needed changes.”The 25-member council held its first meeting immediately following the governor’s announcement. In determining its charter and scope, the council defined populations and subpopulations, established committees, and adopted values.The council determined it would look at protecting vulnerable populations from three perspectives with a separate committee for each: prevention and diversion, protection and intervention, and justice and support.Populations were broken out by age with subpopulations to ensure vulnerabilities unique to each were considered:Ages 0-17Subpopulations – African Americans, Asian American & Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBTQ+ children, young women, children experiencing mental illness, children with intellectual disabilities/autism, children with physical/sensory disabilities, delinquent children, and dependent childrenAges 18-59Subpopulations – African Americans, Asian American & Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBTQ+ adults, veterans, women, adults experiencing mental illness, adults with intellectual disabilities/autism, adults with physical/sensory disabilities, adults with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and domestic violence victimsAges 60+Subpopulations – African Americans, Asian American & Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBTQ+ seniors, women, veterans, seniors experiencing mental illness, seniors with intellectual disabilities/autism, seniors with physical/sensory disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and domestic violence victimsThe council recommended two overarching goals for Pennsylvania to better protect vulnerable populations:• Empower and strengthen the workforce serving vulnerable populations by providing comprehensive training, livable salaries and benefits, and support for staff experiencing vicarious trauma.• Empower communities and vulnerable populations by ensuring access to services for all Pennsylvanians and conducting culturally appropriate and diverse outreach efforts.The council adopted values they believe to be relevant to protecting and serving vulnerable populations – these values are reflected throughout the recommendations:Cultural Competence – Recognizing and honoring diversityPerson-Centered Approach – Focusing on the individual’s best interestCommunity Engagement – Hearing from vulnerable populations, families, experts, and stakeholdersContext & Awareness – Understanding current environment and avoiding past failingsTrauma-Informed – Utilizing trauma-informed approaches across all systemsWorkforce Empowerment – Ensuring the workforce is equipped and supportedMembers heard from a wide array of existing oversight and advisory bodies, stakeholders, legislators, and constituents. Information was provided through in-person meetings, letters, emails, and a webform that council members distributed to their networks. These contributors provide recommendations for the council to consider and essential insight and context to ensure the council was fully informed. Many council members also served on advisory bodies connected to this work.The council compiled the recommendations submitted by others along with recommendations from existing reports and assigned them to the appropriate committee for review and consideration. Committee members reviewed all that was submitted, identified common trends, eliminated duplication, and developed new recommendations.After committees finalized their lists of recommendations, themes were identified that spanned all populations and committees. The result is the comprehensive list of recommendations presented to Gov. Wolf today.The council advised Gov. Wolf that it “fully recognizes the funding implications of the recommendations that have been developed and the substantial amount of time and work it takes to carry out these recommendations. It is our hope that Pennsylvania will rise to the occasion and put its best effort into driving this much needed change – our most vulnerable are counting on it.”The council asked that the governor direct the appropriate agencies, organizations, branches of government, and advisory bodies to carry out the recommendations he would like to move forward.As the council carried out its process, they believed more could be done to engage with constituents. To achieve this, the council added an online public comment form available today through Dec. 16.last_img read more

Black Jack skipper gets ‘reno-fit’ ahead of Sydney-Hobart

first_imgTHE RENO: Builders and the Bradford ‘reno-fit’ team took five months to complete their vision.“We called it, ‘reno fit’. That was the in-joke.“On the weekends you would be working your arse off to get fit, but renovating at the same time.“It could become a thing, like crossfit.“It gave us all a bit of ownership.” Cassie and Mark Bradford at the house they renovated with their family. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)THERE’S always been a team behind Mark Bradford’s successes at sea.But as the skipper of Queensland’s supermaxi yacht, Black Jack, prepares the crew for the start of his 13th Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day, he is keen to acknowledge another team that has anchored him through a personal project, the renovation of his Zillmere home. BEFORE: The original Queensland War Service house before the family ‘reno-fit’ team took over.Mr Bradford bought the 620sq m property in 2013, recognising the solid bones of the house, and has more than doubled the floor space, turning it into a four-bedroom home with 378sq m of living space including the house, shed and new outdoor entertaining areas. AFTER: Renovated and ready for sale with marine materials used as a nod to the family’s yacht racing connections.The house has been raised, extended and built in downstairs to include a parents retreat, laundry and double garage. AFTER: The new kitchen used to be a small sun room that has been extended through to a large deck.“This has been a combined effort,” Mr Bradford said of the five month renovation which he undertook with his partner Cassie and their blended family of four children.Originally a three bedroom Queensland War Service home, 11 Norbiton St, Zillmere was built in 1956 with brush box timber floors and a brick build basement. AFTER: Space for a growing family to play outside with plenty of grass and a basketball hoop.“Because we have teenage kids we wanted to create a space where they didn’t lock themselves in their rooms and never come out to partake in family stuff,” she said.“So we didn’t design the house with a teenage retreat because we wanted them out in the backyard.“We researched a proper basketball hoop and got one custom made.”MORE: FROM A $30,000 HOVEL, TO THIS! Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford skippered Black Jack in the recent SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. It came second to Wild Oats XI and is a favourite to win the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)A Black Jack sail used in a Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been repurposed as a privacy blind on the new back deck.The internal screens on the windows are made out of the mesh used to stop the sun getting in to the yacht. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN ZILLMERE AFTER: The downstairs parents retreat with a utility wall divider.The upstairs kitchen has been extended and a 5.9 x 5.2m deck built to capture city and Moreton Bay views.center_img BEFORE: This old-style kitchen was demolished and this is now where the study is. The family have lived in the completed home for three years but with school commitments changing, have decided to put their house on the market.The property is for sale through Stefan Blee of Place Ascot. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAFTER: Cassie and Mark Bradford in their new kitchen which is part of the house extension and leads on to the back deck. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)“The demolition we did ourselves on the weekends,” he said. Mrs Bradford said the renovation helped with bonding.“The reason we are such a beautiful, moulded, blended family is in part because of that time we spent together,” she said.“Kids love to demolish stuff and my son and Mark had a lot of one-on-one time doing that.“We did all lose weight too.”Australian and international yachting history has been incorporated into the $430,000 renovation with Mr Bradford using his skills as a master sailmaker. One of the upstairs bedrooms, featuring marine mesh on the window that also is used on yachts.There’s marine ply shelving in the hallway, marine grade stainless steel in the balustrading and the build also features a piece of footpath from Mr Bradford’s time in Valencia with the America’s Cup. “I’ve always been a fan of that mid-century, California bungalow style so we researched that and we used a draughtsman, but it was all our thinking with a little bit of marine in there from sailing,” Mr Bradford said.VIDEO: Mrs Bradford focused on developing a usable backyard with sporting facilities to encourage outdoor play. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Rovco Becomes Member of NVIDIA Inception Programme

first_imgUK-based subsea company Rovco has announced plans to take artificial intelligence (AI) to new depths after being selected to join the NVIDIA Inception Programme.Being selected by NVIDIA will see Rovco benefit from hardware grants, marketing support and training to aid the development of the firm’s range of underwater robotics and subsea inspection techniques.As a member of the Inception Program, Rovco will also be participating in the NVIDIA GPU (graphic processing unit) Technology Conference in Munich.Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco said: “We are honoured to have been selected to join NVIDIA’s Inception Programme. It will allow us to accelerate the development of our underwater 3D visualisation and artificial intelligence services. It’s an opportunity for us to explore ideas and work with other innovators and engineers in a new way.“ROV 3D photogrammetry and AI is at the core of what we do, so support from the largest GPU provider is very beneficial to us and our ongoing R&D efforts.”last_img read more

Taking cheaper holidays during school term deemed ‘unjustifiable’ by schools

first_imgStuff co.nz 16 April 2017Family First Comment: “Hamilton mother-of-two Karina Green is nonetheless furious at the school her 9-year-old child attends after the principal informed her that her absence during the school term would be marked as “unjustified”. Green took advantage of the considerably cheaper airfares during the school term to take her family on a nine-day excursion to Hawaii at the end of last month. “I was suitably outraged because I’m a good parent, and to be able to take my children on a holiday like that is a privilege.” Green said while continued absences from school for things such as holidays should not be accepted, a once-off holiday, especially one with considerable educational content like their one, should not be discouraged.”Exactly! Thousands of parents are taking ‘cheaper’ holidays during the school term, and it doesn’t appear as though the Ministry of Education can do anything to stop them.Ministry figures show that an estimated 23,000 school pupils in New Zealand go on holiday during each school term.Hamilton mother-of-two Karina Green is furious at the school her 9-year-old child attends after the principal informed her that her absence during the school term would be marked as “unjustified”.Green took advantage of the considerably cheaper airfares during the school term to take her family on a nine-day excursion to Hawaii at the end of last month.“I was suitably outraged because I’m a good parent, and to be able to take my children on a holiday like that is a privilege.”But although the Ministry of Education says it won’t fine parents for doing so, several parents have been prosecuted for “persistent truancy ” after absences of longer than 20 consecutive days.Last week in the UK, an English father lost a Supreme Court case fighting against authorities fining him for taking his daughter to Florida during term time.Comparing the prices of flights during and after the school holidays have revealed that its much cheaper to take a holiday during the school term.Airfare data from webjet.co.nz shows as much as a 71 per cent premium for a family of four flying in the second week of the winter holidays compared with the first week back in the third school term.Direct flights connecting Auckland and Queenstown, Christchurch and the Gold Coast, Wellington and Sydney, Auckland and Nadi, and Auckland and London all showed increased demand had swollen prices by anywhere between 26.9 and 71.8 per cent.For a family of four going to London it equates to $1926 – the equivalent of another adults return airfare. A short direct hop between Wellington and Sydney saw a $1176 jump in prices by selecting flights within the school holidays.The Ministry of Education has confirmed that they have never fined or prosecuted any parents for taking their children on holidays during the school term.Ministry of Education spokesperson Katrina Casey said taking students out of school during term-time for holidays “isn’t something we support, because it can affect how well they learn and progress”.“Prosecution through the courts for chronic or long-term truancy is always a last resort. It is more important to get a student back to school. Prosecution does not take place for occasional absences, such as a holiday,” said Casey.Green said while continued absences from school for things such as holidays should not be accepted, a once-off holiday, especially one with considerable educational content like their one, should not be discouraged.Green did not want to name the school as she had not yet given its Board of Trustees the chance to respond, but said it had a strict policy for absences.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91450366/Taking-cheaper-holidays-during-the-school-term-deemed-unjustifiable-by-schools?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Duterte to grace 40th MassKara Festival

first_imgThe much anticipated MassKara Streetand Arena Dance competitions will be held on Oct. 26 and 27, the final weekendof the festival. (With a report from PNA/PN) Last year, the President, who arrivedon Oct. 27, said he came to Bacolod because he finds the MassKara beautiful andenjoyable. Last week, Leonardia met with the ChiefExecutive in Davao City during the 69th National Executive Board Meeting of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines (LCP). Leonardia, national president of LCP,said that when he asked Duterte if he can attend the festival once again, thePresident did not hesitate to say yes. In 2016, Duterte was the first-everpresident to have graced the opening of the MassKara Festival during its 37thedition on Oct. 2. The following year, Duterte attendedthe festival highlights on October 22. BACOLOD City – President Rodrigo Duterte will be the guest of honorduring the 40th MassKara Festival.  The highlights will start on Oct. 24and 25, featuring the Electric MassKara parades. “Without batting an eyelash, he said:Yes, I’m going to show my support for you,” the mayor said. “This only meansthat Bacolod is very special to him.” “As our top tourism icon, this nowinternationally-acclaimed festival is a showcase of our people’s unity and asymbol of the dynamism of the city. Your presence will again be a wellspring ofinspiration for our people,” the mayor added. The Ruby MassKara celebration, themed“Bacolod, City of Smiles”, will formally open on the night of Oct. 7 at thepublic plaza. This was announced by Mayor EvelioLeonardia yesterday, saying the President is expected to arrive anytime duringthe festivity slated from Oct. 7 to 27. In his letter addressed to thePresident dated Sept. 26, Leonardia invited Duterte to be “the guest of honorat any day or time convenient to you during these 21 days of our celebration”.last_img read more

Locked and Loaded

first_imgJoey Schroeder/The Badger Herald designThe return of a starting quarterback has created a lot of buzz for the 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers.Senior Scott Tolzien is entering his second season as the No. 1 signal caller and this marks the first time the Badgers have had a multi-year starter at the quarterback position since John Stocco in 2006.With Tolzien under center in 2009, UW was one of just six teams in the nation to average 200 yards rushing and passing per game, and the Badgers led the Big Ten in scoring.But Tolzien isn’t the only starter returning to a potent UW offense. In fact, 15 offensive players are set to return with multiple starts under their belts.With all that experience, the pieces are in place for UW to form one of the most feared offenses in the country.“I feel really good about the offense,” junior running back John Clay said. “We have seven returning starters on the offensive line, have the whole receiving corps coming back. We are going to be a special offense when we are on top of our game.”A dynamic backfieldWisconsin football is defined by its running game and Clay has emerged as the program’s next elite back.After posting over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2009, last year’s Big Ten offensive player of the year is poised for another tremendous season behind all of his starting linemen from last season.But there is one thing different about Clay heading into 2010.He’s healthy.After surgery on both ankles, Clay is running free of pain, which is a scary thought for defenders.“I feel great,” Clay said. “I’m running well out there and now I just need to get my reps in before the season starts.”Clay isn’t the only weapon UW can deploy from the backfield. Sophomore Montee Ball has added weight in the offseason and he’s ready to build on his freshman season where he ran for over 400 yards and four touchdowns.“I like where Montee is at,” running backs coach John Settle said. “He’s bigger, more mature and he’s come in real focused. I think he’s going to have a great year.”The veteran of the group, Zach Brown, is back for his senior season along with true freshman James White, a shifty speedster from Florida. With those four options, UW has a little bit of everything in the backfield and all that talent has put a smile on Settle’s face.“Since I’ve been here this is by far the deepest group of running backs we’ve had,” Settle said. “They each bring a different dynamic to the game and I think defenses are going to have a tough time stopping us.”Mr. Efficiency In a single season, Scott Tolzien went from an unknown to the conference’s most efficient passer.He posted a 92.3 rating last year while completing over 64 percent of his attempts. In the process, the Rolling Meadows, Ill. native set a school record for completions in a season.Now he’s prepared to improve upon those impressive numbers, and teammates say his comfort with the playbook is the main reason why.“He just has such great knowledge of the playbook and it helps him be so poised out there,” senior tight end Lance Kendricks said.But while his first season at the helm was a prolific one, Tolzien struggled with turnovers against Ohio State and Iowa and to live up to the high expectations in 2010, he knows he needs to limit mistakes and create more plays downfield.“The two things I’ve been working on is lessening the turnovers and being more opportunistic,” Tolzien said.Much to Tolzien’s delight, there are plenty of skilled playmakers surrounding him in the huddle to make life easier.“It’s really exciting to have all these weapons back,” Tolzien said. “Now its my job to distribute the ball and get it into their hands.”One versatile security blanketAs the next in a line of skilled Badger tight ends, Kendricks is asked to do a lot in the UW offense.He’s asked to be the go-to target on third downs, block for the running game, and even take some carries on an end-around every once in a while.But all that responsibility is fine by him.“I know I have a big role this year and I’m learning some new plays that are expanding the offense,” Kendricks said.A pre-season all-conference selection by Phil Steele and Athlon, Kendricks possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism that makes him both a terrific route runner and a dependable blocker.In last year’s Champs Sports Bowl, those abilities were on display as Kendricks hauled in seven balls for 128 yards while sealing the edge on two touchdown runs.“Lance takes pride in being a well-rounded tight end, whether he’s lead blocking or pass blocking or running routes and making plays,” tight ends coach Joe Rudolph said.The chemistry between Kendricks and Tolzien has been on display throughout fall camp with Kendricks holding on to almost everything thrown his way.“We have had a lot of reps together and there is definitely a lot of chemistry out there,” Tolzien said.The deep threatsClay likes attracting the extra attention of opposing defenses.Not because the star running back wants to face an eight-man front, but because he knows that scenario creates opportunities for his teammates, especially the wide receivers.“Defenses can’t just play the run game because we have such good receivers and tight ends,” Clay said. “If they want to load the box then we have plenty of receiving options to move the ball downfield.”Those options include experienced seniors David Gilreath, Isaac Anderson and Kyle Jefferson, but while those three are capable targets, it is junior wideout Nick Toon who headlines the group.Toon had a breakout out year last season and with a better grasp of the offense and a more polished technique, fans can expect those big plays to continue as Toon prepares to enter a second season with Tolzien.“It’s awesome. Any time you can play with the same quarterback you can’t ask for anything else,” Toon said. “Scott is very smart and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and we are all looking forward to playing with him again.”The success UW had last year has brought a lot of confidence to Toon and the rest of the offense, but offensive coordinator Paul Chryst knows his unit can’t become complacent, as the 2010 Badgers still have plenty to prove.While last season’s statistics are nice to look at, a team with Big Ten title aspirations can take nothing for granted. “Last year doesn’t matter,” Chryst said. “Each guy has to continue to be the best player they can be. Then we’ll find out how good we are as an offense.”last_img read more

Syracuse pulls away from Hampton 65-47 after uneven performance

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim’s arms replicated his players’.Straight up.With halftime nearing, Syracuse extended its pressure outside, forced a turnover in front of its head coach and team bench, and got a stop, hinting at what was to come in the second half.It was less of Hampton’s zone-shredding ball movement and more of the Orange’s athleticism on the defensive end. The Pirates scrapped and stayed within an arm’s length for much of Sunday afternoon’s game. But the Syracuse (2-0) defense clamped down in the second half, allowing its offense to pull away for a 65-47 victory in the 2K Classic over the Pirates (0-2) before a Carrier Dome audience of 22,848.“We made some little mistakes that you’re going to make sometimes and allow the game to stay in touch,” Boeheim said. “… We struggled to score for a long time in the second half, but our defense kept us in position to win the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough the opening five minutes, Hampton connected on four of its first seven shots, the last of which was an and-one, fast-break layup by guard Deron Powers. The Orange’s first-half lead didn’t stretch wider than six points until forward Tyler Roberson banked in a last-second shot before halftime.Syracuse’s major source of production through the half was senior Rakeem Christmas. He was 10 points and nine rebounds into his 15-point, 16-rebound performance but was held back slightly by foul trouble due to physicality around the rim.Hampton’s quick ball movement shifted the 2-3 zone and HU’s guards often found enough space for pull-ups or backdoor cutters along the baseline.“They were able to get inside,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “We’ve got to move a little bit better and be a little more active and at times, we were able to get some deflections and rotate and get some blocked shots.”Fifteen is a small amount of turnovers, Boeheim said, but Syracuse forced them in the right situations. After HU committed a turnover in its half-court set, SU point guard Kaleb Joseph took a pass from Cooney for a transition layup and pushed the Orange’s lead to 11 with 14:07 left.After shooting 12-of-29 in the first half, identical to SU, the Pirates made just three out of their first 12 attempts through the opening nine minutes of the second half.“We knew we had to play defense, especially when they started to make it a closer game, and we did that,” Cooney said.When Hampton drew within five points amid a string of three consecutive makes, Cooney responded with a 3 from the top of the key. It further sparked a Carrier Dome crowd that perked up when its team’s lead had suddenly been cut to five.HU’s Dwight Meikle answered by hitting a floater with 8:20 remaining, but the Pirates wouldn’t score again until the 2:22 mark.Syracuse followed up Meikle’s bucket by trapping Hampton into a timeout, then getting a turnover after that timeout. On the following possession, Powers had to toss up a wild 3 as the shot clock neared expiration. On the next time down the court, Cooney jumped on a long defensive rebound and pushed it ahead for a transition opportunity.By the time the Pirates finally found the basket again, six of their shots and a free throw had gone awry, the Orange had piled on 10 points and Syracuse was well on its way to a 2-0 start to the season.Said Joseph: “As long as we stay aggressive, stay confident and do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be able to stay in any game just because our defense, it’s hard to play against.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse uses different variety of pitchers during practice to prepare offensively

first_img Published on March 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Syracuse places in the bottom half of the ACC in both average and on base-percentage. It’s been a stark contrast from SU’s performance last season, when it finished second in the conference in both categories.With the middle of a tough Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on the horizon, the Orange (15-11, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) is using any tactics necessary in practice to improve its play offensively. SU has even opted to face its own pitchers and coaches during the week, in preparation for conference games.At the top of SU’s rotation is sophomore Alexa Romero. With a program-record three no-hitters, 143 strikeouts and a 1.64 earned run average on the young season, she’s earned Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the week honors twice.She’s also a pretty good batting practice pitcher.“Every so often we’ll have our pitchers throw to us,” junior utility player Alicia Hansen said. “It’s definitely more difficult than facing any other pitcher that we face in the ACC.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe intersquad competition provides added motivation, Hansen said, for both the batters and the pitchers. Between the pitchers wanting strikeouts and the lack of pressure in the practice situation, the groups don’t hold back.In addition to Romero throwing to her teammates, Syracuse also uses the rest of its staff and its coaches for batting practice as well. Assistant coach Miranda Kramer, who was an all-American pitcher at Western Kentucky, is a frequent foe for Orange hitters. Kramer, a lefty, was drafted to the Pennsylvania Rebellion — a National Pro Fastpitch softball team — before becoming a coach.If Syracuse is scheduled to face a left-handed pitcher in their upcoming game or weekend, Kramer will throw to the team during practice.“Kramer has done a great job with (the batters),” head coach Mike Bosch said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBosch isn’t a stranger to the practice pitcher’s circle either, often serving as Syracuse’s right-handed pitching machine during batting. He throws just as well live as any other pitcher, Hansen said, and prepares the Orange for any upcoming right-handed pitchers on the schedule.SU doesn’t just game plan for left-handed or right-handed matchups, either. When SU’s likely to face a dropball pitcher, it’ll throw resident dropball-specialist AnnaMarie Gatti in practice, all in an effort to make it as similar to game situations as possible.Though SU controls as many variables as possible in practice, one factor is out of Syracuse’s control: weather. Since the central New York climate doesn’t allow much outside practice time, SU practices indoors at Manley Field House until the snow melts. In the dark, hangar-like space, it’s difficult for batters to pick up pitches due to the pitchers’ closer proximity to the batters and the unnatural lighting.“It seems like it’s just coming in that much quicker,” Hansen said. “So then when you go outside on the weekend against different pitchers, it’s that much easier for us.”Syracuse began its season and conference slate on fire at the plate, an outburst that translated in its early-season 15-8 overall record and 4-2 ACC mark. Prior to playing a three-game series with Florida State, starting on March 23, four Orange batters were hitting above .300, led by junior standout Bryce Holmgren.But after getting swept by the Seminoles, Syracuse fell under .500 in conference play and saw its number of batters above the .300 mark cut in half.“The work we’ve put in so far, I’ve been trying to stay as level as possible,” Holmgren said. “Just not trying to do anything too much and keeping it simple.”Despite thoughtful work in practice, the results haven’t quite translated onto the diamond for SU. With a grueling ACC slate looming, the Orange likely needs to keep working on getting the offense on track. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov finally surpasses Jon Jones in global MMA pound-for-pound ratings

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 23rd December, 2019 16:41 IST Khabib Nurmagomedov Finally Surpasses Jon Jones In Global MMA Pound-for-pound Ratings Khabib Nurmagomedov named the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), beating UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Scroll on for more. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has finally earned his spot as the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world of MMA, surpassing the light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Khabib has won all of his last 12 bouts, remaining undefeated in his MMA career so far in and out of the UFC as well, having made his debut in 2012. The Russian won the UFC lightweight belt in April last year and has defended the title on two occasions against Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier successfully.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore HimDespite his successful championship run, Khabib Nurmagomedov has not been able to move Jon Jones out of the No.1 position in the UFC’s pound-for-pound list. However, MMAJunkie has released its updated list which shows that Khabib has turned the tables around finally. Jon Jones has moved to the second spot, followed by Henry Cejudo and Daniel Cormier holding the No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. Demetrious Johnson from ONE Championship holds the 5th position in the list.Also Read | Salt Bae Challenges Conor McGregor And Khabib Nurmagomedov To Fight, Eyes UFC DebutUFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson upcoming fightKhabib Nurmagomedov has only competed once in 2019, partly due to his post-fight brawl against Conor McGregor. His last bout saw him go up against the then-interim champion Dustin Poirier, whom he totally dominated before securing a submission victory. Next up for Khabib is a fight against lightweight contender Tony Ferguson. A fight between these two has been booked on four different occasions, before getting called off for various reasons. The showdown, which is scheduled for April 18, 2020, is amongst the most anticipated fights in combat sport.Also Read | Tony Ferguson Fires Warning Shots At Khabib Nurmagomedov, Says The Champion Is ‘nervous’UFC: Jon Jones to face Dominick Reyes nextJon Jones, on the other hand, fought for the third time in a span of seven months, when he outpointed Thiago Santos via split decision last July. Although Jones continues to tease fans when it comes to making a move to the heavyweight division, he will be defending his lightweight heavyweight championship against Dominick Reyes in February 2020. Bones is back to defend against the undefeated Devastator in H-Town (via @bokamotoESPN) pic.twitter.com/uwIzGUOwcw— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 22, 2019 Danish Ansari Written Bycenter_img COMMENT Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier Have A Heated Argument Over Conor McGregor WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 23rd December, 2019 16:41 ISTlast_img read more

Grenada opposition calls for postponement of upcoming referendum

first_imgThe main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Monday called for a postponement of the November 6 referendum on whether or not Grenada should replace the London-based Privy Council as the island’s final court.Grenadian will vote two years after they voted against replacing the Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) by a 12,434 – 9,492 margin in a similar referendum that had six other bills.Election reform needed firstNDC acting political leader, Joseph Andall, told a news conference that there was need for electoral reform and as well as to deal with discrepancies in the current CCJ Bill.He said that his party, which failed to win a single seat in the last two general elections, would not continue to support the referendum if the government does not suspend the current campaign. “There is no good and justifiable reason that the Bill does not allow for this, the NDC agrees with the TUC that the bill should be amended to include this provision,” he said.The Grenada Constitution does not now provide for the Privy Council to be the final court on election petitions and the TUC, through it representative in the Parliament, has called for that provision to be removed from the constitution so that elections petition can be heard by the CCJ.At a recent public meeting, where this matter was raised, attorney Ruggles Ferguson, who is also a member of the CCJ Advisory Committee, explained that the November 6 referendum is not removing any right to go to a final Court for any matter.The CCJ, established in 2001, has both an Original and appellate Jurisdiction. But while most of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana are members of its Appellate Jurisdiction.In addition, the CCj serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM.last_img read more