Contact Tracing Committee says Testing is a Privilege, Cooperate

first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 326 Views   no discussions CoronavirusHealthLifestyleLocalNews Contact Tracing Committee says Testing is a Privilege, Cooperate by: – April 7, 2020 Dr Laura EspritThe Ministry of Health is proud of its aggressive contact tracing approach to containing and managing cases of COVID19 on the island.Dr Laura Esprit, Director of Primary Health Care and Chair of the Contact Tracing and Sampling Committee, says as of Friday, four index cases have resulted in scores of contacts and secondary contacts.The process of identifying and tracking down those individuals has been tedious she says, noting however that the work can be easier if those interviewed would be more cooperative, can readily provide a list of contacts for a specified period and would adhere to quarantine instructions.Dr Esprit listed as challenges, “When the client is not cooperative or is not found, verbal abuse from clients, if the client refuses to remain in quarantine…”She adds that families in denial often advise against professional medical advice, quarantine and contact tracing.“We have also had instances where the client is cooperative but is negatively influenced by family and community members.”Dr Esprit therefore appeals for support from the community to hasten the process and ultimately eliminate the virus in Dominica.“Please do not ignore your telephone if there is a strange number calling,” she says, “do not be verbally abusive when contacted and do not discriminate against community members who may be suspected of having the virus.”The committee chair also wants individuals to stop taking and circulating video of clients being carried away by ambulance.“Let’s each respect each other’s privacy.”Dr Esprit also highlighted, “Treat every other person as a potential COVID19 suspect.”She adds that test kits are precious and so being tested for the virus should be considered a privilege.last_img read more

TI Unveils 60-GHz mmWave Sensor Portfolio for Industrial Applications

first_img Intelligent autonomy at the edge: Integrated processing capabilities enable the sensor to reduce false positives and make real-time decisions, eliminating the need for a microcontroller or processor in many systems. Highest-resolution sensing: Ultra-wideband mmWave sensors detect objects, people, and motion as fine as breathing and typing, with up to 16 times greater resolution than 24-GHz sensors. Optimized for industrial automation: mmWave technology expands building and factory automation capabilities, enabling smarter people counting, motion detection, robotics, safety guards, vital sign monitoring, and more. Enhanced system accuracy: 60-GHz mmWave sensors improve the accuracy of existing systems by operating in crowded spaces; in various lighting and environmental conditions; and through materials such as glass, plastic and drywall. Simplifying industrial designs: With a platform that includes antenna-on-package, a scalable software platform, application-specific algorithms, and multiple reference designs, designers can get started immediately. Texas Instruments has unveiled its new 60-GHz sensor portfolio of high resolution single-chip CMOS solutions for industrial systems. The new IWR6x mmWave sensors enable industrial automation through on-chip processing capabilities, providing real-time decision-making and signal processing. The 60-GHz mm-Wave sensors will be the first to include antenna-on-package offerings, which remove traditional challenges associated with radio-frequency (RF) design while shrinking size up to 75% and reducing overall cost.With these sensors, engineers worldwide can integrate mm-Wave technology into a vast range of robotics, factory automation and building automation designs while leveraging the ISM band for broad deployment. Built for industrial performance, high resolution IWR6x sensors provide up to 4 GHz of ultra-wide bandwidth to detect objects and motion up to 16 times more accurately than 24-GHz narrowband solutions.Key features and benefits of IWR6x sensors: Preproduction IWR6843 devices will be available through the TI store starting November 12. The IWR6843 modular development platform (IWR6843-STARTER-BDL) is available for US $324, and additional antenna modules (IWR6843ISK) are available for US $125.Click here for TI’s white paper about how 60-GHz mmWave sensors enable smarter industrial applications.last_img read more

Iloilo age-group futsal tourney starts today

first_imgThe boys under 18 (born in 2000) will be on July 29, while girls under 18 (born in 2000) will be on July 30.The boys under 15 (born in 2002) will be on Aug. 12 and boys under 12 (born in 2005) will be on Aug. 13.The top three winners per categories from the said program, which is part of the grassroots sports program for Ilonggo public school athletes, will receive medals and certificates.Castro told Panay News the futsal event has the backing of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa, who is also the chairman of the Iloilo City Sports Council.“Mayor Jed recognizes the need to provide sports activities for our youth so as divert their attention from illegal drugs,” Castro said. “They also believe that more tournaments is needed for the different futsal school teams in Iloilo City.”The age-group futsal is one of the remaining sporting events scheduled for this month in line with the charter day celebration aside from Fitfill National Weight Loss program on July 31 at Iloilo City Hall./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ Iloilo age-group futsal tourney starts today ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – In line with its 80th Charter Day celebration, the Iloilo City sports development division will launch the Age Group Futsal Tournament today at the Iloilo City National High School.According to Iloilo City Sports Office’s Rommel Castro, the futsal event, made possible in partnership with the Jaro Football Club-Centralians, will run for four categories.last_img read more

Top seed Kings wary of KaTropa, Bolts as playoffs pressure intensifies

first_img“I’ve been there, being the No. 1 seed,” he added. “Oftentimes there is a lot of extra pressure because the expectations go up.”Cone could not forget the horrors of the 2011-2012 Philippine Cup where his team, the No. 1-seeded Purefoods, got knocked off by the No. 8 Powerade in their quarterfinal series.“If they (Meralco) can get Ranidel (de Ocampo) back, they can sneak into the top eight,” said Cone. “TNT right now is the leading candidate down there, but you don’t want to play them in a twice-to-beat either.”But “what choices do you have?” he added. “It’s too easy to say, ‘I want to be No. 1 so that I can play the eighth seed.’ But in our league, one through eight, you don’t want to play anybody.”The Kings were set to clinch the No. 1 spot with its 8-2 win-loss slate regardless of the outcome of their final elimination round match against TNT KaTropa on Nov. 4./PN Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Scottie Thompson (right) attempts to block a pass from Magnolia Hotshots’ Jio Jalalon during their PBA Governors’ Cup game on Sunday. PBA MANILA – Being the No. 1 in the rankings heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs adds more pressure on two-time defending champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings.There is nothing special with the Kings getting the top seed and having a twice-to-beat incentive, according to head coach Tim Cone. “It’s just pogi points at this point.”The Kings could potentially face either TNT KaTropa or two-time Governors’ Cup runner-up Meralco Bolts in the quarterfinals.But Cone acknowledged that “getting the number one seed, you don’t get an advantage over the No. 4 and the bottom-four teams – you don’t want to face any of them.”last_img read more

UWF Cross Country Journal – 2010 Trip to Arizona

first_imgUWF Cross Country Journal – 2010 Trip to Arizona The West Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams travelled to Flagstaff, Ariz., over Labor Day weekend to compete in the George Kyte Invitational. The UWF runners wrote journal entries recapping their experiences in Arizona.2010 Cross Country Trip to Arizona Photo GalleryJunior Tyler BowmanI think everyone was anticipating whether or not a long trip would be on our fall 2010 cross country season. Once Flagstaff, Arizona, was assigned by our head coach John Bergen, teammates could barely contain their enthusiasm. Who knew that the beautiful western desert landscape would soon become our debut race for the season39 On being our first race, expectations from our intense summer training were anything but low. Once we took to the skies, the overall atmosphere changed, literally. After all the enduring flights and layovers, landing in Phoenix, despite the heat, was a relief. We then drove to Flagstaff overnight to complete our successful journey.  Feeling the non-humid 30 degree temperature drop wasn’t a bad trade off either. The well-rested night led to a great day of exploring our new destination.  Both teams surveyed the course and meet some interesting people (Brett Gotcher, former U.S. 20k record holder).  After a slip-up from our very own Jared Black, our athletic trainer Kenyon Shiflett fixed him up, and we headed back to the outdoorsy hotel.  Dinner at Olive Garden would be the choice of many teams, so we stayed on the bandwagon. While finishing up at the restaurant, we had the staff announce two birthdays, our teammate Eddie Pagan and our athletic trainer Kenyon Shiflett. Night fell and our bodies rested while our nerves began to rise. Today would be the day some southerners show these westerners how to race…or so we thought. I personally could feel the anticipation and determination set in each of my teammates. The gun finally went off…and that mere 7000ft. elevation was put into full perspective. The feeling was, “like breathing through a straw.” After much hydration we set course for the hotel to relax in our own ways. That night Coach Neil McDonagh took us to a hometown county fair, where we experienced the vibrant culture of the west. Oh what good times, haha. Our last and final day came and there was only one thing left to do. It spanned 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and attained a depth of over a mile…yes the Grand Canyon indeed. We spent the day exploring and taking in one of Americas’ wonders. I knew the short-lived but awesome adventure had ended when I began to sweat profusely outside the Pensacola airport.Sophomore Sabrina SeignemartinWe arrived in Arizona around midnight and then had a two and a half hour drive to Flagstaff. By the time we finally got to our hotel we were all exhausted. We were lucky that Coach let us sleep in. When we woke up, it was off to run the course. It was nice and flat with the exception of one hill and lots and lots of rocks. As we ran we definitely noticed the change from sea level to the high attitude. After a challenging run we returned to our hotel to clean up, eat lunch and go sightseeing. Once we finished, Coach treated us to Olive Garden so that we would be well fed for the race in the morning. When morning came, we were graced we the fact that the race was at 1:30pm compared to our normal time of early in the morning. Warming up was killer and racing was even harder. Coming from sea level I’d say that we did very well. The girls came in 5th out of 7 teams. After cooling down we cheered on our boys as they ran. Once the race was done we returned to our hotel to clean up to do more sightseeing. Coach treated us to the Beaver Street Brewery restaurant. As we walked in we noticed that they had their own brewery inside the restaurant! After waiting for our table we quickly ordered food. When it arrived, it was really good. Once our tummies were full, we walked around downtown and had a blast. Since it was getting late there weren’t many stores left open. We managed to find this one store that had many more shops inside, there was even two restaurants, an ice cream and a candy shop. After walking around town we stopped and got yummy ice cream from Cold Stone. Ice cream was a good way to end the night. We returned to our hotel and went to bed to wake up to a 10 mile run. Morning came sooner than expected. We walked outside with our sleep deprived bodies only to be awoken by the cold Arizona air. We loaded up in the vans and drove to our destination. Once there we had a small talk and then began our long run. The cold air was amazing compared to the hot and humid Florida weather we all know too well. Running was tough but well worth it in the end. As we finished we again got into the van and returned to the hotel. We only had an hour and a half to clean up, pack and eat breakfast before we embarked on our journey to the Grand Canyon. After a long two hour drive we finally arrived and I must say when we finally saw the Grand Canyon, it was breath taking. We took a trolley to one of the trails and were able to walk down the inside of the canyon. The hike was tough since we had our long run only a few hours before. We spent an hour and a half viewing the beautiful scenery before we headed to the airport. As we drove to the airport, Coach treated us to the beautiful scenery of Sedona. It was amazing to see what time had done to the world. We stared in awe as the road wound around the mountain, though our excitement wore off as we found ourselves stuck in traffic. Time passed slowly, but we were soon free and continued our path to the airport in Phoenix. Finally we arrived at the airport and were one step closer to home. We boarded the plane and headed to the Atlanta airport. It was such a tease to be there since we had a layover for a few hours. Many of us found ourselves sleeping on the floor. At last it was time to board the plane and return home. The flight was short and when we arrived back to Pensacola I was relieved to be home. I took my first breath off the plane and was glad to be able to breathe again.   Freshman Seth RosoninaWhen I think of Arizona one thing comes to mind, desert. But that really wasn’t the case. When we arrived in Phoenix, Ariz., it was around 1 a.m. or so, and it was hard to get a good look at the surrounding area. As we made our way to Flagstaff, which was about a two hour drive, I could get a vivid image of what was on the sides of the roads and in the distance. In the distance, I could see mountains and cactuses and nearby buildings. We arrived in Flagstaff around 3:30 a.m., and by that time we were all asleep. The next day we were allowed to sleep in for a little bit, which was so awesome! After we grabbed some food, it was out the door and to Buffalo Park, where the race the following day would be held. At first, I couldn’t really notice the difference in the air due to the altitude difference, but as soon as we began to run I could really notice it. We ran a nice and easy 5 miles, which allowed us to see the course before the big day. After getting back from our run, I felt a lot more tired than I have before. Little did I know it takes twice as long to recover after a run than usual. So after so much needed rest, Saturday rolls around, and it’s finally time to race! We warmed up and got in our racing modes, and before I knew it the gun had went off. My first collegiate race was under way. Probably one of my toughest races I have ever done in my life. Breathing was so hard, and the hill we had to run up twice took its toll on me, but looking back it was such a great experience, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. It was a race that made me tougher mentally and physically. So later on that day, after we all passed out from being so worked-haha – we had an opportunity to go and check out the local county fair. If I had two words to describe it, it would have to be awe inspiring! It was the craziest thing I had ever seen before! But what made it the night I won’t forget was hanging out with my teammates and having the greatest times! There are just some things you can’t get anywhere else, such as fun times with friends at the 61st Annual Coconino County Fair in Arizona!!Sophomore Megan SteinocherIf you think running in the Florida heat and humidity is difficult, try running at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Flagstaff, Arizona, showed no mercy on us sea-level runners, as most of us were exhausted after 10 minutes of running. Despite not being able to breathe, the scenery during the race was something you would see in a magazine. Rows of mountains lined the horizon as the gravel course wove around fields of sunflowers. I think everyone was just happy to get the race over so we could enjoy the rest of our time there. By far the best experience of the trip was the Grand Canyon. Surreal, unbelievable, incredible; the list goes on. Valleys of rock as far as the eye could see almost made the whole sight seem fake. There were no barriers or ropes to keep spectators away, so we literally were on the edge of the Earth as we cautiously shuffled towards the rim of the cliffs.  The stunning landscape continued as we took the scenic route down another canyon to the Phoenix airport. We really got to enjoy this area, as we were stuck in traffic for over two hours. By this time, the sun had begun to set over the peaks of the nearby canyons, and the shadows cast upon the clouds gave the sky a picturesque appearance. We finally arrived at the airport after being awake for 16 hours (we had 6:15 a.m. practice); thus begin the worst part of the trip: traveling home. Our flight did not leave Phoenix until midnight, and we did not arrive in Atlanta until 6am. I swear, I have slept more in the Atlanta airport these last two years with the cross country team than I have in my entire life, and I’m from Atlanta. A four hour layover forced most people to groggily make their way to Dunkin Donuts for some coffee. Finally our flight boarded, and we made it back to good ol’ Pensacola at 10:30 Monday morning. You better believe the first thing I did when I got home was shower and sleep. I had a blast with the team. We had some funny times and made some great memories. It was hard get back in the swings of things, and even though I had so much homework to catch up on, the break from reality was much needed. Junior Chris HoughHaving the chance to not only go to Arizona to race but also compete against some of the nation’s best was an opportunity of a lifetime that the team is very thankful for. It was awesome to get a break from the heat and humidity and have a chance to see that some states actually do have beautiful weather during the summer. We made it to Flagstaff around 2:00 a.m., and the temperature was 45 degrees; I actually had to put on a jacket. The coaches had a perfect itinerary and always had something for us to do. The race course was beautiful, and the race itself was nice except for the simple problem of not being able to breathe because of the 7000ft altitude. We ended up going to a county fair and the Grand Canyon, which just was the icing to the cake. I honestly feel it’s important for any team at any level to have a good trip that requires being away from everybody but the team as their first competition because it really brings together the team camaraderie. In all, the trip was nothing but fun, and the team is looking forward to a good season.Junior Stacy PatonArizona was quite the experience. To start, the trip to Arizona was long and tiring. Departing from Pensacola at 6:00 pm and not arriving at our hotel until nearly 3:00 am was very exhausting. The next day, we woke up and went for our first run at 7,000 ft. elevation. We drove about 20 minutes from the hotel to Buffalo Park – the location of meet. The run was beautiful. There were mountains surrounding the park and sunflowers covering the ground. After our run, we went sight-seeing around Arizona and visited Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon. That night, we went to dinner at Olive Garden –  a runner’s paradise. Our team headed to bed early as we needed to rest up for the big day. The next morning, the team woke up with their game faces on. Everyone was in their own world, focusing on the race. We drove back to Buffalo Park around noon. The women’s race was at the peak heat of the day: 1:30 p.m. To say the least, running at 7,000 ft. elevation was definitely a different feeling for my body. The air was thin, crisp and dry. During the race, it felt like I was breathing through a straw. My throat burned from the dry, dusty air. As a team, we ran very well. We switched positions throughout the whole race with different teammates taking the lead position for our team. On the course was one huge hill. Already huffing and puffing for air, the extra strain on my body while trying to work it up the hill hit pretty hard. Taking a toll on my strength, I died down a bit in the last portion of the race, but still managed to run in hard. After the race, the women’s team explored the downtown Flagstaff area while the men’s team went to the fair. The girls had a blast, bonding with one another during dinner and window shopping. The next day was the highlight of the trip – the Grand Canyon. After finishing a long 11 mile run Sunday morning, our team packed up and headed to the Grand Canyon. After entering the park, we jumped on a train to take us to South Kaibob Trail. All of the sudden, the trees blocking the view cleared out and the Grand Canyon was in plain sight. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We snapped pictures left and right, but no photo could do it justice. It looked fake – like an illusion right before your eyes. It was never ending – as far as you could see, the canyon stretched across the sky. We followed the trail for about 30 minutes. The entire time we walked, everyone was in awe about what they saw. It was nearly impossible to take it all in. I’ve seen pictures of the canyon and heard stories, but there is nothing that can compare to the incredible view of actually being there. We left the Grand Canyon and started the long 4+ hour drive to the airport. We arrived at the airport around 10:30 pm. Departing at nearly midnight, we were all exhausted. A 4 hour layover awaited us in Atlanta. We were zombies walking around ATL, awaiting our next flight. We landed in Pensacola at 10:15 am, after flying through the night. This was the end of one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever experienced.Junior Jared Black There is only one way to describe our cross country trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, and it was amazing. We flew out of the Pensacola airport at 6 o’clock and arrived at a burning hot Phoenix, AZ at 12 pm. We get in our rental cars and drive for the next two hours and climb 6000 more feet in elevation before the night is done to arrive at our hotel for the weekend. We could not see it at night, but the next day we realized what a beautiful place Flagstaff is with its clean air and mountains in the back ground. But the most picturesque place was to be found when we arrived at the race course. The course is called Buffalo Park, and it is covered from end to end with wild growing sunflowers. In the distance there are the same mountains, but when you’re on the course, all you can see is sunflowers and the trail in front of you. It was truly a magical place to have a cross country race, and a great way to start our 2010 cross country season.Freshman Ruth AshleyGetting to race in Arizona for my first collegiate race was a dream come true. I was able to bond with my new team for four solid days, while taking in the beautiful scenery and pure awesomeness of the Grand Canyon. Since racing at altitude was a challenge for us Floridians, I was able to gain self-confidence knowing I am capable of running well, even at 7,000 feet above sea-level! Traveling as a team is like traveling as a family. Enduring layovers and long van rides gave us plenty of time to build stronger relationships with each other. And whether you believe it or not, cross country IS a team sport! I am so thankful for the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon personally. Postcards do the place no justice, and I will never forget the feeling I got when I first laid eyes on the overwhelming land. I really appreciate that through fundraising and hard work, the UWF cross country team was able to go on a special trip like this. I look forward to wherever we go next year, because I am positive it will be a fun and encouraging adventure, doing the thing we all love best: running.Sophomore Eddie PaganThe part that I enjoyed the most was becoming a family with the team. To understand that when I race, I have a family that travels with me to cheer me on and is there to support me no matter what. When one person falls there is always somebody there to pick you up. From the long plane rides, to the long bus rides, to the early morning runs, to the high altitude. The family experienced through it all. It was my birthday, and it wasn’t a typical 21st birthday for most people. Most people go out and do some crazy things because they are of legal age. I did some crazy things also from  sitting in a car with my family to watching people do pushups, to laughing at the coaches’ music, and seeing the Grand Canyon. But I don’t want to be salty and take up this whole blog from everybody. “Don’t anybody tell you that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”Freshman McKenzie CarneyMy trip to Arizona was a once in a life time experience. Not only did I get to see the wondrous Grand Canyon for the first time, but I got to experience it with special people in my life, my team. The hotel we stayed in was really nice. Not only did it have a great breakfast buffet (which everyone loved), but it also had a pool and hot tub to ease our aching bodies! The surrounding area was beautiful, every direction looked like a poster; it was surreal. The weather was awesome, although it was hard to get used to high altitude running, we all appreciated the zero humidity and cool breeze! Running there was a lot of fun, and aside from running, the team bonding we shared through traveling was amazing. I feel a lot closer to my team as a whole, not just the girls on the team. Overall it was a great time, and I am very thankful for the funding we received. Sophomore Dominique SykesOur trip to Arizona was fun and exciting. One of the many things we did during our time in Arizona was go to a county fair. This was my first county fair, and this one was a great first experience. They had tons of food like chicken and rice, but also some not so normal foods like deep fried Snickers and Twinkies. I ate some of the chicken and rice, and it just seemed like the atmosphere of the fair was even in the food. The rides they had were all big and flashy and eye-catching, and the people sounded like they were having a good time. Then in this big building they had lots and lots of vendors. I bought so much stuff just so that I could hustle the merchants. It was a good time. Then to top it all off, we had to ride the shuttle back home. That was the end to a perfect night.Junior Kelbe BeckEvery year I like to go on these trips because it takes me out of Florida to area with a totally different atmosphere and culture. It also brings our team closer together with the long period we have together, so you learn a lot about people in those four days that you would never have known. Arizona was a great trip because it was the ultimate cross country challenge, running in elevation is something that doesn’t come easy for people from Florida, and our team did awesome at the meet. The Grand Canyon was the highlight, not many people get to see this natural beauty in America, so it was cool to say I’m a person who has.Junior P.J. OrgassOverall the trip was a ton of fun and very painful in the race aspect. We built some pretty good memories as a team and bonded as brothers. The moment of my trip that I feel was the greatest was the two hours we were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic coming down the mountain. Had fun jammin with the Sykes, Eddie, and Seth with the 5 way splitter to some straight Bieber, then chasing down the girls’ van to do a sneak scare attack, to lastly Hough’s ROTC crunk push- up session. All were some very great memories to build on as a team. That was my highlight of our trip to Arizona.Freshman Renea PorschI thought our team trip to Arizona was an overall success. The weather was gorgeous and not only did I have a really good time, but it was also a great running experience. We got to visit downtown Flagstaff, which was really cool. We went to the Grand Canyon, which was amazing! And we got to run on some beautiful trails. The high altitude made it hard to run in, but the weather was cool, and there was no humidity, which was nice. Arizona was definitely different than running in Florida, but it was a good experience, and I’m glad I got the privilege of going. I had a really good time; it was definitely a trip to remember.Freshman Ben JerniganAs a freshman, this was a very good way to start my running career here at UWF. It was great because I got to spend a lot of time with my teammates and really get to know all of them and how the team functions. It was also a great experience getting to take a once in a life time trip to the Grand Canyon and spending time with the team outside of practice and racing. There was a very positive attitude towards the race.  Since it was far from home and a very different climate, you got a lot of support from the team no matter how you did in the race. It also showed that through team work and a great coaching staff, we could do whatever we need to get where we’re going. Fund-raising and great direction by the coaches make it possible to take great trips like this. As a freshman, I believe this was the best possible way to start of the season.Freshman Beatriz LabradaTo sum up my experience from this past weekend, I just want to say it was awesome. I loved that our team, both the women’s and men’s, got to spend some time together and interact more with each other. The Arizona race was actually my first official college race, since I was injured last year. I have to say it was unbelievable, I gave it all in the race, and I am sure looking forward to many more. The Sunday trip to the Grand Canyon was amazing. I loved our eating stops as well – the food was really good :). A big thank you to Coach Bergen for the trip and for giving me the opportunity to be part of the cross country team here at UWF.Sophomore Martinique SykesHaving the opportunity to go to Arizona during our season was an amazing experience.  We were able to train in a different climate and altitude. My favorite part about the trip was going to the county fair.  A couple of guys and I stayed at the fair and bought many cool souvenirs; it was also a great bonding experience for the team. Also, the 14 mile long run in altitude was pretty awesome.  I am very grateful for the experience and hope we can do it again next year.Sophomore Elizabeth WieseOur trip was a weekend of many firsts for me – my first time in my XC uniform, my first XC race on a team and my first experience traveling out west. I had a blast, in many ways it was breathtaking!!! The altitude of the race at Arizona was challenging. For the first time I felt I couldn’t breathe and had many strains in my body all from the elevation – crazy how that affects you! But when we weren’t running, we were touring the beautiful sights of Arizona. Best of all was the Grand Canyon, absolutely stunning beyond words, and once again, a breathtaking experience! Our trip was a great way to start our season – looking forward to more travel and many more races to come!!!Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img 2010 men’s and women’s cross country teams in Arizona last_img read more

West Florida Faces Shorter, Lee on Road This Weekend

first_imgWEIGHT OFF THE SHOULDERS- UWF earned its long awaited first GSC win of the year, beating North Alabama 100-81 on Monday.- West Florida scored 100 points for the first time since Nov. 9, 2012 in a 100-81 win over North Alabama… UWF topped Palm Beach Atlantic 102-91 in its 2012-13 season opener.- The 100-81 win over UNA was UWF’s first win where scoring in triple digits and winning by at least 15 points since beating West Virgina Wesleyan 100-83 on Dec. 29, 2009.- In the win West Florida set season bests in field goals made (33), three-point field goals made (13), assists (25), assists allowed (6) and field goal percentage (52.4%).- UWF’s 13 three-pointers is tied for the most in a single game since recording 14 against Saint Leo in a double overtime win on Dec. 17, 2007. West Florida also posted 13 treys last year against Mississippi College. CAREER BLOCKS1. 148 – Charles Bouie (2007-09)2. 111 – Kelly Powe (2000-01)3. 94 – Anthon Russell (1995-98)4. 93 – Deangelo Legrier (2013 – present) PENSACOLA, Fla. – After breaking into the Gulf South Conference win column on Monday, the UWF men’s basketball team hits the road for its next three contests including weekend showdowns with Shorter and Lee. THROUGH THE FIRST 10- The difference between the start of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 is quite significant, as through 10 games last year UWF started just 2-8. With a 6-4 record in 2016-17, UWF is just one win shy of its 2015-16 win total.- UWF’s scoring margin through 10 games has improved 12.1 points since last year, as the Argos had a -6.6 scoring margin at this point a year ago. UWF is one of seven teams in the GSC with a scoring margin above 5.0.- West Florida’s shooting pecentage has improved 6% from last year’s start and on the other side of the court, the UWF defense has clamped down and limited opponents to a 41.9% clip — 4.5% lower than last year’s 46.4% success rate.- The Argonauts had four players averaging above 5.0 points per game last year, and with the many additions to the roster, the Argonauts have shown depth with seven players over that threshold so far in 2016-17. INDIVIDUALS AMONGST CONFERENCE’S BEST- Rashaan Benson and Jason Laatsch are first and second in the GSC in turnover ratio with averages of 2.8 and 2.5, respectively.- Benson also leads the GSC with 5.6 assists per game — the 28th most in DII.- Deangelo Legrier is third in the GSC with 1.80 blocks per game.-  DJ Thorpe is fifth in the conference with 18 steals on the year. SUCCESSFUL START- UWF’s 5-0 start allowed for UWF to be one of 15 teams in DII to be undefeated before the Argos suffered its first loss of the season on Dec. 12 against Valdosta State. TOUGH LUCK- UWF opened conference play with back-to-back double overtime losses to Valdosta State and Union.-  Since the start of the 2015-16 season, UWF has had seven losses where a contest was decided by three points or less. RECORD WATCH- Senior guard Mario Stramaglia recently moved into second place in UWF’s record book for career three-pointers made. Stramaglia passed Noah Haynes for the second-place spot with his second three pointer  against Valdosta State on Dec. 12. CALENDAR YEAR WIN TOTAL2016 – 102015 – 42014 -112013 – 72012 – 162011 – 92010 – 12 Full Release and Game Notes in PDF Format Saturday vs. Shorter – 4:00 PM ETLive Stats Live Video Monday vs. Lee – 6:00 PM ETLive Stats Live Video SPREADING THE WEALTH- Austin Somerfield, Rashaan Benson, Jason Laatsch and Deangelo Legrier are all inside the GSC’s top 30 in scoring, with Somerfield leading the way at No. 21 with 13.3 points per game.- UWF is one of two GSC members with at least four players inside the conference’s top 30 scorers, as Valdosta State has five players in that range. Jason Laatsch sits just outside the conference’s top 30 at No. 31.- On the boards, UWF is the only team with three players inside the GSC’s top 17 rebounders. Deangelo Legrier leads the way for UWF with 7.3 rebounds per game(10th best in GSC).center_img CAREER THREE POINT FIELD GOALS1. 128 – Marcus Tanner (1999-02)2. 114 – Mario Stramaglia (2013-present)3. 109 – Sean Ryals (2001-02)4. 108 – Noah Haynes (1994-95)5. 107 – Jerry Fogle (1997-98) AWAY FROM THE FIELD HOUSE- With three wins away from the UWF Field House this year (split between two road, one neutral) UWF has eclipsed its win total from 2015-16 in games away from the UWF Field House.- With wins in each of its first two away games this year, it is the first time that UWF had opened its road schedule with back-to-back wins since the 2009-10 season.  UWF topped Flagler and Colombus State to open 2-0 in road games that year. CONFERENCE’S BEST         – West Florida currently leads the GSC with 14.7 offensive rebounds per game — a mark that is the 11th most in Division II.- West Florida is second in the GSC with a 2.9 turnover ratio.- UWF is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.26), assists per game (16.7) and turnovers forced per game (16.2).- The Argos are 25th in NCAA DII in fewest turnovers with 133. That total is also second best in the GSC.- UWF is third in the league in total assists (167) and blocks (47). MARVELOUS MARVIN- After a tough start to the season, junior transfer Marvin Jones has been a catalyst for the Argonauts over its last three games. Jones owned a 4.4 points per game average through the team’s first seven contests, but over the last three games he has posted point totals of 17, 20 and 17.- Jones’ points per game average has nearly doubled in just a three-game span, bringing his 4.4 PPG average to 8.5 PPG with strong scoring performances against Christian Brothers, Alabama Huntsville and North Alabama. PLAYING WITH THE BEST- Until Dec. 20, the Gulf South Conference was the only men’s basketball conference in NCAA Division II where all of its members have overall winning percentages at .500 or better.  Mississippi College has now fell below the .500 threshold and is the only team in the league with a sub-.500 record.- To exemplify the strength of the GSC, the 12 teams combined own a 51-15 (.785) record against non-conference opponents. – UWF was one of three teams (Shorter, Mississippi College) to post undefeated records against early-season non-conference opponents. With Shorter and MC each dropping their first conference game of the season, UWF was the last remaining undefeated team in the conference. CAREER MILESTONES- With his second three-pointer against North Alabama, Jason Laatsch became the eighth player in program history to record 100 career three-pointers.- In the game against the Lions, just 9:57 after Laatsch’s 100th triple, Austin Somerfield recorded his 300th career rebound as an Argonaut. NOT IN MY HOUSE- Deangelo Legrier currently ranks third in the GSC and 54th in the nation with 1.88 blocks per game.- Legrier now has 90 career blocks, which is the fourth most in program history. SAYING GOODBYE TO 2016- UWF recorded 10 wins in 2016 — improving upon a win total of just four in 2015. For information on all UWF athletics, visit Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Five Players to Watch for the Browns in 2018

first_imgThe Browns might have gone 0-16 in 2017, but few people predict the Browns will be the worst in the league this season.  Here are players to watch for the 2018 season.Tyrod TaylorDeshone Kizer did not have a good season for the Browns in 2017.  The rookie completed just 53.6% of his passes and threw 22 interceptions.  Taylor was the opposite.  He threw only four interceptions and completed 62.6% of his passes.  Taylor will take care of the ball much better in 2018 than Kizer did in 2017.Running BacksThe Cleveland Browns have two new running backs for the 2o18 season, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chudd.  Hyde ran for 938 yards last season and averaged 3.9 yards per carry.  Chubb will also be an interesting player to watch considering he was great for Georgia.  Chubb can thrive in a role of splitting carries like he did at Georgia with Sony Michel.  It is fair to say the Browns have better running backs than they did last season.Josh GordonSince Gordon’s phenomenal 2013 season, he’s only played in ten games.  Gordon had 18 receptions last season and one touchdown.  If Gordon can stay on the field he can be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.  The key is, can he stay on the field?Jarvis LandryUnlike Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry has been very reliable.  He has played in every game of his four year career to this point.  Landry set a career high in receptions last season with 112.  Landry came just shy of 1000 receiving yards, he finished with 987 yards.  Between Landry and Gordon, the Browns make a strong case for having the best receiving core in the NFL.Jabrill PeppersMany Browns’ fans were not pleased with how Jabrill Peppers was used in 2017.  Peppers played free safety and was often times 30 yards off the line of scrimmage.  Fans won’t have to worry about that this season because Peppers will no longer be playing free safety.  He will be playing closer to the line of scrimmage where he thrived at Michigan.  Peppers should only improve returning punts and kicks.  Fans should look forward to seeing Peppers on the field. Related Topics Patrick Kennedylast_img read more

HS Hockey Nordonia Tournament: Westlake Falls To Parma 6-1

first_imgA strong 2nd period powered Parma to a 6-1 victory over Westlake in the opening game of the Nordonia Invitational Tournament.Parma’s Matt Higginbotham led the Redman with 4 goals. Freshman Sam Keiger scored his first high school goal.Max Novak had 28 saves in the loss for the Demons.The tournament will continue throughout the weekend. Related TopicsParma HockeyWestlake Vince McKeelast_img

School Budget Passed, Expected to Change

first_imgBoard President Joe Arness said that would also affect Borough funding… Castimore: “Well it’s not like we have a choice, but it is very frustrating that we have to pass our budget before the Borough gives us a firm commitment or the state gives us a firm commitment. It’s like an exercise in futility. We always pass at least one more, if not two more budgets.” One change making the District nervous this year: the State is considering a $200 drop in the Base Student Allocation rate. Board Member Dan Castimore said there’ll likely be another budget after the state locks in its education and another in the summer after the Borough passes theirs. Arness: “The amount of money that the Borough is allowed to provide to the School District, the “cap,” is based upon the per student allocation, the BSA. If you drop that BSA then by definition that drops the amount that the Borough can provide.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In accordance with State law, the School District passed their FY16 budget last night, but Board Members held little hope that the $165.6 million package will stand… The Governor has also proposed cutting the one-time funding approved by the Legislature last year. The cuts would slice $8 million from the District’s projected funding, the equivalent of 100 jobs.last_img read more

Saturday’s SEC preview capsules

first_imgFURMAN (2-4) at SOUTH CAROLINA (3-3)When: 11 a.m.TV: SEC NetworkStory lines: South Carolina is coming off fourth-quarter collapses against Missouri and Kentucky. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will coach from the press box instead of the sideline, hoping to better identify problems. RB Mike Davis had 183 yards and three TDs in the Kentucky loss, yet was not much of a factor in the final three possessions. Furman coach Bruce Fowler was on Vanderbilt’s staff when the Commodores beat the No. 6 Gamecocks 17-6 in 2007.NO. 21 TEXAS A&M (5-2, 2-2) at NO. 7 ALABAMA (5-1, 2-1)When: 2:30 p.m.TV/Radio: WTVF-5/94.9-FMStory lines: Led by Kenny Hill’s passing, Texas A&M is fourth nationally in total offense while Alabama is third in total defense. The Aggies’ offense is averaging nearly twice the yardage that the Tide is allowing (546.9-277.2). Coach Kevin Sumlin has led the Aggies to a 6-2 record against ranked teams away from home. Sumlin is expecting WR Malcome Kennedy to play after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. Alabama WR Amari Cooper is the SEC’s top receiver but was held to two catches for 22 yards against Arkansas.NO. 10 GEORGIA (5-1, 3-1) at ARKANSAS (3-3, 0-3)When: 3 p.m.TV: SEC NetworkStory lines: The Bulldogs will be without Todd Gurley again, but Nick Chubb filled in last week with 38 rushes and four catches for a total of 174 yards against Missouri. The Bulldogs lead the SEC and are fifth nationally with a plus-9 turnover margin. Arkansas has lost 15 straight SEC games. Running back Alex Collins was suspended for the first quarter of last week’s loss to Alabama, and he struggled once he entered the game — finishing with only 13 yards rushing on six carries and fumbling once.MISSOURI (4-2, 1-1) at FLORIDA (3-2, 2-2)When: 6 p.m.TV: ESPN2Story lines: Making his first career start, Missouri QB Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in a 36-17 victory against Florida a year ago. Missouri has won seven straight on the road. After Jeff Driskel turned the ball over eight times in the last three games, he will split time with freshman Treon Harris at quarterback. Matt Jones is Florida’s most versatile running back and is expected to return after missing most of the LSU game with an ankle injury.KENTUCKY (5-1, 2-1) at LSU (5-2, 1-2)When: 6:30 p.m.TV: SEC NetworkStory lines: LSU has lost two straight and dropped out of the Top 25 while Kentucky is in contention in the SEC East. LSU freshman Leonard Fournette has shown he will live up to the hype that accompanied his recruitment. He rushed for 140 yards and two TDs at Florida and is the Tigers’ leading rusher with 504 yards and six TDs. Kentucky freshman RB Stanley “Boom” Williams has become an all-purpose threat with 203 yards rushing, 180 on kickoff returns and 75 receiving. Kentucky has lost its last two games in Death Valley by a combined score of 84-7.last_img read more