Greenport Returns To Final Four

first_imgGreenport’s boys basketball team is heading back to the big dance. Photo by Desirée Keegan Greenport came into the game looking to pressure the ball on defense after focusing on some new defensive strategies in practice the last two weeks. The Porters also wanted to stay sharp on offense. Although it took a little time, they achieved both goals in addition to grabbing rebounds on both ends of the court. Share “I think this is our time,” Swann said. “We’re looking to make a statement.” “Coaches were telling me to be more handsy on defense, not on the ball but off the ball, to jump more passes and be more aggressive,” Swann said. “I just listened to them, got a couple steals, and after that it was all instinct.” As Greenport’s boys basketball team huddled to form its clap-and-dance celebration circle, a familiar face stepped in to stomp his feet: head coach Ev Corwin. Tuckahoe was up 21-16 at the end of the first quarter after scoring back-to-back threes, and opened the second with another before Jaxan Swann (26 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and five steals) made his first of three from beyond the arc. It sparked a 10-0 Greenport run capped by an Anderson (four three-pointers) long-range shot that put the Porters out front for good. Swann was also the heart of the press that forced 24 Tigers turnovers, and fatigued the team down the stretch. “It was such a long, brutal wait,” he said, still catching his breath from all the excitement. “For the game to just get started was a load off my back, and when I saw Jaxan Swann and Ahkee Anderson scoring from all over the court like I know they can today, I knew we were in good hands.” “I’m so happy this is out of the way,” said Anderson (28 points, five rebounds, six assists), before smiling to add, “I’m ready to go upstate and make some noise.” The pair combined for 55 points, more their half their team’s total in Greenport’s 91-77 win over Tuckahoe in the Class C regional finals at Centereach High School March 9. The Porters (19-2) have been waiting for this moment after a long bus ride home last year following a state semifinal loss. [email protected] “He gave us a big shot in the arm today,” Corwin said. “That’s what you need.” “We work together, always want to feed the hot hand, but everyone had the hot hand today,” Anderson said. Swann scored his final three-pointer before his brother’s offensive rebound in the third extended Greenport’s lead to 59-44. Six straight points brought Tuckahoe within nine, but it was as close as the Tigers would come the rest of the way. Greenport will play in the state Final Four March 16 at 10:45 a.m., taking on the winner of the Section III Cooperstown- Section IV Unadilla Valley matchup in the semifinals at the Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton. The Porters are looking to become the first team in school history in any sport to bring home a title. Corwin let out a sigh of relief after hoisting the Class C Southeast Regional championship plaque above his head: “To get back to Binghamton is everything.” Jaxan Swann tipped an in-bounds Tuckahoe pass, gained possession, scored, and was fouled. After converting the 3-point play a Tuckahoe layup left Greenport with a five-point lead, 45-40, heading into halftime. “He was pumped up after working us hard for weeks,” Anderson said, adding he thinks the upset loss to Class D’s Bridgehampton in the C/D championship game February 16 was an eye-opener for his Porters to push that much harder. “He hasn’t been able to sleep for weeks, so for now, I know he can rest easy until we go upstate and handle business.” “He gave us so much energy, was that spark off the bench,” Anderson added. “Everyone came in with a job to do, and everyone executed.” Anderson made another three before Swann and his older brother Jude (17 points, 13 rebounds) sandwiched a Tuckahoe field goal for a 32-28 advantage, but Zach Riggins (12 points, five rebounds) coming off the bench to score six Porters points in a one-minute span was exactly what the doctor ordered. He said he’s hoping he can get his “goofy” coach to let loose once more next weekend at the biggest dance of all.last_img read more

Cross Town Face-off First Hockey Day Matchup [VIDEO]

first_img 1/1 About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip “Obviously it’s going to be a bit of a pressure situation. I don’t the girls have played with that much attention on them before, but if we can worry about playing our game, about what we can control I think we should find some success that night.”Icebreakers Goalie Emily Musielewicz shows that Thibault’s team is as focused as their coach. She says you just have to forget about the bright lights.”I think you pretty much just have to block that [the attention] out. That’s how it is with hockey day, but you’re there to play a game.”When it comes to playing in the elements, Forward Allie Cornelius says she just wants to be able to wear her preferred facemask.”We played a game outside a few weeks ago, and it was freezing, and so my bubble froze so I had to bring out the cage. So I’m hoping it’s warm enough for me to wear my bubble.”On the other side of the ice, Stormin’ Sabres Head Coach Marty Anderson says he’s making sure his team knows it’s the same game when the puck drops, despite the bright lights.”You have to be ok with the fact that everything is going to be a little different [because of hockey day] but once that puck drops, it’s still going to be the same game.”Forwards Lizzy Minnerath and Brooke Walters say the only real difference for them is the fact they’ll be playing outside.”[Walters] Well it will be different because it’s outside… [Minnerath] Other than that we’re just going to play our own game.”Both teams are excited, and even “honored” to play on the Hockey Day stage. Giving them a chance to show their talent on a bigger scale than they’d normally be able to. The Hockey Day 2018 schedule breaks down like this:Friday:Icebreakers vs Stormin’ Sabres girls game at 5:00 p.m.St. Cloud State University alumni game (Team Parrish vs Team Hedican) at 7:30 p.m.Saturday:St. Cloud vs St. Cloud Cathedral boys game at 10:00 a.m.St. Cloud State vs Minnesota-Duluth women’s game at 1:00 p.m.Moorhead vs Centennial boys game at 4:30 p.m.St. Cloud State vs Minnesota-State Mankato at 5:00 p.m. at Herb Brooks National Hockey CenterWild vs Tampa Bay at 8:00 p.m. at Xcel Energy CenterThe weather is supposed to be in the mid to upper 30’s, and partly cloudy for Friday. If you can’t make it to the game, you can hear the Icebreakers take on the Stormin’ Sabres right here on AM1240 WJON. About Connatix V56892 1080p HDcenter_img Auto (360p) 720p HD 360p ST. CLOUD — The eyes of the State of Hockey will be focused on St. Cloud this weekend thanks to Hockey Day 2018. First up: St. Cloud Icebreakers Vs Sartell-Sauk Rapids Stormin’ Sabres.With all the attention surrounding Hockey Day, it can be tough for the young athletes to focus. Ensuring they do falls, in part on their coaches. Nick Thibault is the Icebreaker’s Head Coach. He says’ he’s focusing his team on what they can control.last_img read more

Carmelo Anthony, lost in new NBA, must confront harsh truth about his future

first_imgDeep in the summer of 2003, I had lunch with Carmelo Anthony at a diner in Denver, where he’d been working out after having been drafted with the No. 3 pick by the Nuggets. After, he was giving me a ride to his place downtown, and as he backed out of his parking spot — he’d been worn out from a morning training session — he knocked the back bumper of his rental car into a tree, leaving a furrowed fender.I’ll never forget what kind of car it was: a white Cadillac. No, not an Escalade. A sedan. You know, with those classic, long, rectangular brake lights. It was as if Anthony should have had white shoes and a condo in Boca Raton. I should have known right then and there that Anthony’s game would prove, eventually, to be too old school for the NBA. TRADE GRADES: 76ers take calculated risk with Butler dealFifteen years later, that’s the sad truth of Anthony’s final days in the league. He’s had knee surgery and he’s 34 years old, but neither age nor injury have caused his career to hit the rocks, a reality that came into sharp focus this weekend. Just 10 games into his career as a bench player with the Rockets, Anthony was held out of back-to-back games in order to discuss his role with the team.  That’s been translated to mean that Anthony soon will be cut by Houston, which has struggled to a 6-7 record after finishing last year with a league-best 65 wins. GM Daryl Morey labeled that speculation “unfair,” but Anthony remains away from the team. He has not been great for the Rockets, averaging 13.4 points in 29.4 minutes per game on 40.5 percent shooting and 32.8 percent 3-point shooting.But he’s hardly been the reason Houston has struggled, and should the Rockets choose to set him free, he will have been scapegoated for the team’s bigger problems.For Anthony, Houston might well have been his last chance. He was brought to the team, in part, because of his tight friendship with Chris Paul. Around the league, there won’t be teams clamoring to add him. You can only have so many pals with influence.League executives contacted by Sporting News speculated that Miami, which has been looking to add scoring punch off the bench, would be the most likely landing spot for Anthony. The Heat and Anthony’s representatives met to discuss the 10-time All-Star forward possibly joining the team before he signed with Houston last summer. Anthony, notably, also is a close friend of team mainstay Dwyane Wade.Even if he did get a new deal to finish this season elsewhere, glumness looms over this stage of Anthony’s career. He is a Hall of Famer just playing out the string. When next spring hits, Anthony probably will be wrapping up his time in the NBA, and he won’t be doing so on his own terms. A job with any of the league’s 30 teams will be hard to find, and Anthony’s best chance at a continued pro paycheck will be on foreign shores, possibly China.Thing is, even at 34, Anthony can still do some of the things he did a decade ago. He still has his old skill set. Anthony remains one of the league’s best isolation scorers, logging 1.14 points per possession, according to stats. That’s in the 80th percentile. That number was not as good last year in Oklahoma City (0.89), but it was still well above average. It was 0.99, in the 78th percentile, in 2016-17 when Anthony was still with the Knicks.Back then, he was third in the league in isolation possessions, at 5.3 per game, behind only James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the top two vote-getters in that year’s MVP race.MORE: Mike D’Antoni rips Rockets’ offenseBut Anthony’s specialty is running isolation plays for midrange jumpers. According to, Anthony is a career 40.3 percent shooter from 10-16 feet and a 41.6 percent shooter from 16 feet out to the 3-point line.Those are good numbers for both ranges. In fact, Anthony has had his two best seasons from 10-16 feet in the last two years, and he was excellent from 16 feet out in his final two years with the Knicks, when he made 45.5 percent of those shots.Back in Anthony’s early days, that was remarkable shooting accuracy. You’d have to tap deep into your recesses to recall exactly what NBA basketball was like in that era. Consider the 2003 NBA Finals, in which the Spurs won by shooting 43.2 percent from the field, well ahead of the brick-happy Nets, who made 37.0 percent.During the Finals, Spurs center David Robinson wistfully remembered the lost art of the midrange jumper.”I’ve seen a dramatic lowering of the number of guys who can really shoot that midrange shot,” Robinson said at that time. “When I came in, there were a lot of guys who could make shots from about 17 feet — make them on the move. Now, it seems like there are a lot more extreme guys, either guys who can stand there and shoot 3s or guys who can get to the rim, but not many guys who are really good in-between shooters.”That was 15 years ago, just months ahead of Anthony’s NBA debut, when teams attempted an average of 14.7 3-pointers per game, a number that has more than doubled, to 31.4 per game, by this season. If Robinson and others like him wanted a triumphant return of midrange accuracy, at the time, Anthony was their messiah.Of course, as the game progressed, the midrange jumper went from lost art to NBA pariah, banished by the simple math of analytics. Players now might just as well punt the ball toward the rim from midcourt as attempt the much-scorned midrange jumper.MORE: What happens when NBA stars leave? Road back isn’t easyThat’s always been Anthony’s real problem. He was designed for the mid-2000s NBA, for gobbling up the shot clock while slowly backing a defender into a turnaround midrange jumper. Analysts, media members, fans and scouts have harped on his need to change his game, to adopt an approach that would take advantage of the game’s current emphasis on shots at the basket and 3-pointers.But Anthony never has had the physical skills — even in his youth he was not an elite athlete — to be a great finisher at the rim, and he’s never been much of a defender. Though he has put together some good 3-point shooting seasons, he’s a career 34.7 percent shooter from the arc and has finished above the league average only five times in his career.  That’s why the teams for which Anthony has played have a sum total of one conference finals appearance, one conference semifinals appearance and nine first-round exits. In a league that demands more and more commitment to attacking the rim and shooting 3s, Anthony at his best has been only mediocre at both.Now, Anthony is far from his best. He is older and heavier in the foot. We’ve seen great players of the past arrive in their mid-30s a half-step slower but carrying a certain amount of accumulated wisdom that allows them to be effective by leaning on their brains as much as their physical talent.But Anthony’s accumulated experience is still stuck in 2004, still reliant on his ability to back down opponents and launch low-efficiency, closely-defended midrange jumpers. Coaches don’t want those shots anymore. No matter where he goes from here, whether he stays in Houston or moves on, Anthony remains a Cadillac sedan in a Tesla league.   He has enviable scoring skill, always has. In the depths of the NBA’s mid-2000s shooting woes, there was plenty of reason to believe that Anthony would transform the game. Instead, the game transformed without him and rendered his talents useless.For a player as good as Anthony but so completely mismatched to today’s NBA, the goal must change. Anthony can’t keep trying to find a contender to which he can contribute. That time has passed.Now, he just must find a way to exit with some grace and dignity.last_img read more

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 23, 2016

first_imgAfter three security incidents in the past three months, you might want to replace your Yahoo Mail account with something more secure. Here’s how ProtonMail is different, with a free email account that offers privacy and security by design.Your thoughts? Do you believe voice is the next big platform and Amazon’s Alexa product will own it? If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 16, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover how data can inform your design decisions, learn about building accessible modal dialogs, find out what to expect next in CSS Grid Layout, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 16, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what Alan Cooper has to say about conversational interfaces, find out how to navigate a website with a keyboard, discover how to use fr in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links” Structuring your file and aiming for simplicity are two methods you can use to avoid chaos in your style sheets.Getting content to center vertically and stay centered across different devices is challenging. Here are six different approaches to consider for CSS vertical centering. Which one do you prefer? What I Found InterestingWho knew? The idea of the Monopoly board game first came from Lizzy Magie, a Washington, DC feminist anti-capitalist. Check out this cool comic strip detailing the history and what happened to Magie’s game. In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn why zen mode isn’t the answer for everything, find out how to deal with styling conflicts on your WordPress site, celebrate 20 years of CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week. Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. For those celebrating the Christmas holidays in the next few days, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!Tweet of the WeekDesigners need to be retaught sometimes that good web design is about what users want, not what merely looks pretty.— Mike Moran (@MikeMoran) December 21, 2016User ExperienceUse whitespace to let your content breathe, says Tom May as he shares 10 examples of white space in designs that let the user find what they need, without all the clutter. Need a good laugh for the holidays? Here’s what your relatives think when you say you’re a UX designer.It’s time! Ignite UX Michigan 2017 has announced their call for speakers. Share your lessons learned, experience, and insights with fellow user experience professionals. Zen mode, a design pattern where elements are removed so users can focus on their task (such as removing formatting toolbar when writing), can often increase the cognitive load and attention switching. Therese Fessenden explains why zen mode isn’t the answer to everything.AccessibilityNot surprised by the results of the University of New South Wales study that showed nearly all students find closed captions helpful for learning.The study surveyed 135 college students taking a math course where videos were included in the coursework.Creating accessible emails makes it easier for people with screen readers or text to speech software to read your emails. This week’s Office 365 updates simplify accessibility for everyone by bringing the accessibility checker front and center in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Visio.The latest version of the free screen reader for Windows, NVDA 2016.4 includes improved support for Microsoft Edge, browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail application, and improvements to NVDA’s dialogs.WordPressWoohoo! The first iteration of the new design for the home page has launched. Amazing to read on WPTavern that the new redesign went from sketches to prototype to live on in a matter of a couple weeks. Can you imagine what WordPress would be like without the community? I couldn’t! Shayda Torabi explores the risks and rewards of supporting the WordPress community.This helpful guide by Rachel McCollin will walk you through the steps of keeping your static site running while building a new WordPress site.Whether it’s due to a theme or plugin, you will likely encounter styling conflicts on your WordPress site. Geoff Graham offers you seven methods to override styles in WordPress.CSS and HTMLHard to believe, but yes, it’s been 20 years since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first standard for CSS. This 20-year timeline of CSS is fascinating to read, highlighting milestones for CSS and worldwide events.last_img read more

User Ignorance Causes Cloud Security Leak; Accounts, Passwords Revealed

first_imgAnd Why Me?A spokesperson for Amazon pointed out that snapshots were private by default and users must choose to share them. According to Amazon, “in general users understand this feature very well as this is no different than users explicitly choosing to share their data by any means.” However, as we’ve seen, users are obviously making their data inadvertently public. Amazon said they were updating their documentation “to provide more explicit guidance on this feature,” and that they would be “reaching out to the few who may be unknowingly sharing their snapshots.”The question, though, is: Is it too easy to accidentally make your data public – and whose role is it to play data cop?This leads to me, at 1 a.m., and finding security leakage with Amazon’s cloud customers while doing unrelated housekeeping. Look, I’m anything but an IT Security guy; I’ve got enough on my plate to worry about. For god’s sakes, I have 6 kids! Moreover, I’m an outspoken supporter for moving companies to the cloud – and I exclusively recommend Amazon’s cloud because of its reliability and features. Why is it me that finds this security issue – one that has been open since January of this year if the Snapshot dates are accurate.This tells me that there is a pattern about to be replayed: That the users on the cloud today are a motley crew. That we need more supervision and hand-holding – whether we like it or not. That powerful services like CloudKick and CloudSplit need to be encouraged to add security as a top-priority feature. And we need to budget for their services and embrace their boring, yet hyper-important role as perimeter guard and security inspector.If I were to try to keep this security problem in the bag – and avoid alerting the community – I would be fostering a sense of complacency that is antithetical to the marketplace needs. The cloud is so young that when we find a problem we need to admit it and find real, workable solutions. Since the cloud represents new ways of doing things, it gives us new ways of getting in trouble, and we need a lively forum for nipping these issues in the bud and laying a framework for ongoing success.What Now?If you are on Amazon’s cloud, I can’t stress enough that you need to immediately go to your AWS Management Console. Check at a minimum that your Snapshots, for every Region, are marked PUBLIC only if you mean them to be available to ALL other Amazon Web Services users. I’ve already checked mine. If you find data that you did not intend to make public, you need to engage your security team to remove the snapshots from the public and mitigate any data exposure.Hopefully this gets chalked on the wall as a lesson learned – and we continue our march to the cloud with a deeper appreciation of our security support needs. This isn’t about calling people out. I work in the cloud and am passionate about its development. These mistakes could very well have been ones I made – or any other cloud user. To move the cloud forward we need to encourage a dialog about our new found power, new paradigms and new needs in the cloud. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#security#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… At 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning I was doing routine maintenance on my personal Amazon Web Services account and instead found myself looking at something I had no right to be seeing: A database with 800,000 user accounts to the e-card site Along with that were the database passwords and back end of a major U.S. Public Broadcasting Service news show website (Gwen Ifill’s Washington Week), including daily updates from panelists on the stories they cover.I wish I wasn’t the person to find this. I founded one of Amazon’s earliest dashboards. My consultancy is on Amazon’s European Customer Advisory Board. But this highlights a significant issue in the cloud today: There is a whole new user profile acting as developer and administrator. We are becoming empowered with amazing tools – and being given enough rope to really hang ourselves.Guest author Jonathan Siegel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the cloud applications consultancy as well as a handful of cloud startups. Jonathan’s book, Electric Connections, is due out in June of this year.I am an early adopter, business builder and owner of a cloud consultancy. On Sunday morning I went to clear out my personal Amazon Web Services account of excess files after seeing huge usage numbers from a report by CloudSplit. For those technically inclined, I was clearing out my S3 buckets and moving the few files that I wanted to save into an EBS disk instead.My EBS disk ran out of space and I went to use a feature called EBS Snapshots. Snapshots are like a tape backup of your EBS disk drive. That’s when I noticed something odd: My EBS Snapshot account was filled with hundreds of snapshots, when I knew I had only made a handful. I wondered, Why do I have access to these backups? Were these backups made by my teammates? Shared snapshots from Amazon? Or something else… How Did This Happen?Amazon is the largest and longest running public cloud computing platform. It has pushed the boundaries of technology infrastructure for us users. In fact, it has given us tools that are more powerful than anything we previously had available in our own small datacenters. This is great, because before we needed to hire trained Cisco or NetApp administrators in order to do basic tasks as our websites scaled. This was expensive and added another step – a delay – to our deployments. Amazon’s infrastructure commoditizes much of this technology into simple Web calls; paste some XML to Amazon and your website gets a full incremental backup to live-networked NAS. But as Stan Lee has warned us: With great power comes great responsibility.By giving programmers control of the network and storage, we’ve empowered developers to take on system administration chores. This power has come too quickly or is being digested too lightly – as my discovery has shown.In the case of PBS’s Washington Week there was quick acceptance of the issue. “It was human error and nothing personal was exposed,” said Kevin Dando, PBS’s Director of Digital Communications. “Although we weren’t aware of the issue initially, it was easily corrected. Because of Amazon’s strong audit capabilities we could pinpoint the error and fix it quickly.”Despite numerous attempts we were unable to reach highlights a deeper issue in the cloud today: Despite what you may think, cloud security is not sexy. We are seeing products that address the baseline needs of cloud functionality, like Amazon’s dashboard and the support sites for the cloud. They focus on the sexy: deploying mobile apps, auto-scaling, grid processing and other buzz-word-friendly features. But the dirty truth is that the cloud has a whole new user profile acting as administrator and needs a new set of tools and expectation management to ensure that little mistakes make little problems and not big ones.Remember: This is not something that Amazon did wrong. This is an intentional switch thrown by Amazon’s users that allowed their data to be public to any other Amazon user. The users did not mean to hit that switch and it’s unclear whether those users would have found this issue without my notification.This is the switch in Amazon’s Web Console. It can be more subtle when packaged deep within cloud-assisting tools: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What I saw were backups of Enron emails, a genomics database and then two made my stomach turn – a database for 800,000 user accounts to and the database and site files for the Washington Week website. Yeah, the Enron emails are a non sequitur and the genomics database was likely meant to be public. But the other two, there’s no way they were intended for the public, yet here they were – marked as public and available to me or any other Amazon cloud user. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ACA Repeal, Replacement Discussions Continue, Trump Says

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportPresident Trump said in an April 2 tweet that discussions concerning the repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111 -148) are occurring and will continue until a “deal is struck” (TAXDAY, 2017/03/27, C.1). “Anyone who thinks that Repeal and Replace of (ACA) is dead does not know the love and strength in Republican party,” Trump said in another tweet the same day.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 3 told reporters that Trump continues to have conversations with lawmakers who reach out with ideas for health care replacement ideas.” I think the president has made clear that he intends to work with anyone who wants to help him get to the number of votes. He obviously had a very productive discussion this weekend with Sen. Rand Paul. R-Ky.,” Spicer said.Speaking to reporters earlier on April 3, Paul said that he pitched his idea to Trump last week to leave the ACA subsidy structure in place while rolling back the dollar amount. According to Paul, this idea could help urge more conservative Republicans to back the idea because it would not be creating a new tax credit entitlement.The White House, however, is still trying to make the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) work, Paul said. After speaking with reporters, Paul met with the House Freedom Caucus, a member base that was prepared to vote against the bill before it was pulled from a scheduled vote on the House floor.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on April 3 that the process moving forward should not be rushed. “Rather than pushing a date that this needs to be done, let the conversations continue regardless of the weeks or months that it takes for them to get comfortable with a “yes” on health care reforms. Let the conversations continue, don’t set a deadline—would be my advice to our members,” Brady said.Meanwhile, Democrats remain critical of the GOP’s first attempt at health care reform legislation, noting the party’s internal discord. Additionally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has said he will soon introduce his own health care legislation in acknowledgment that the ACA has “serious problems.” He has said that he is “going to introduce a Medicare-for-all single-payer program.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to season

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to seasonby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted with Nicolo Barella’s start to the season.The midfielder has shone since his summer arrival from Cagliari.Conte said, “Barella has precise characteristics and plenty of room to grow. He’s as generous as I was, he’s a lad who radiates energy from all his pores.“We’ll have to be good at channelling the energy into the places we want. He’s a lad who has a lot of potential, he works hard and has made himself available.“He has all the ingredients to become a pillar for Inter.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5 days agoAnderlecht whizkid Lokonga offered to Man City, Barcelona

first_imgAnderlecht whizkid Lokonga offered to Man City, Barcelonaby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInterest is growing in Anderlecht whizkid Albert Sambi Lokonga.The 19 year-old whizkid is off contract in June and is eager to leave the struggling Belgian giants.Marca says agents for Lokonga have offered him to Manchester City, Barcelona and Sevilla.The youngster can negotiate pre-contract terms with foreign clubs from January 1.The 19-year-old is a Belgium U21 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says individual changes can key Big

As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes.The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels.“The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said.He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also said improving the conference’s national standing has to go beyond recruiting.One step towards improving schedules could be eliminating games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents –– a practice OSU has steered away from over the past few years. Last year marked the first time the Buckeyes played an FCS opponent since they took on Youngstown State in 2008. That game ended with a 43-0 OSU victory, while the Buckeyes defeated Florida A&M 76-0 in September.According to a February 2013 article by ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents across the board.“The non-conference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvaraz said on a Madison, Wis., radio show, according to the article. “It’s not very appealing.”The article said the ban could start by the 2016 season.Smith said the Big Ten’s new scheduling guidelines are hard to commit to for schools, but it is important to play major opponents.“It’s very difficult to do, to say that you’re not going to play a (FCS) team,” he said. “That you’re going to play one major, at least, in your non-conferences schedule.”Smith added the drive to schedule opponents who are easier on paper stems from the system of needing just six wins to qualify for a bowl game. He said he has never been a fan of that system and thinks it leads to teams trying to pad their schedules with less challenging non-conference games.At the end of the day, Smith said it is still up to the individual schools to figure out how they can put their best product on the field year in and year out.“As an institution, what do you do with your football coach to help him recruit the best talent to where you are so that you can get better?” he asked.While there have been knocks on OSU’s strength of schedule throughout the years, it has been rare to see the Buckeyes not schedule at least one major non-conference opponent. Since the beginning of the decade, OSU has taken on the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of California twice, and the team is set to take on Virginia Tech this season and in 2015.While Miami and California were not at their peak performance levels during those seasons, Smith said OSU’s non-conference schedule is set to ramp up beyond the next two seasons. Between 2016 and 2023, the Buckeyes are currently scheduled for home-and-home matchups with Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, Oregon and Texas.Scheduling better teams is a start, but Smith said there is still one more ingredient in the recipe for improving the conference’s reputation.“I think our problem in the Big Ten is we need to go beat people,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to go beat non-conference people, so that’s something we have to do better.”Beyond scheduling high-powered opponents, OSU has made changes to Ohio Stadium to boost recruiting as well as the fan experience at Buckeye games. Those changes include a new turf field, additional seats in the south stands and permanent lights to help the scheduling of night games.Smith said these additions are part of a plan for the future but can help recruiting off the bat, especially as OSU’s schedule begins to include more prime-time starts.“Recruiting is off the chain, we know that,” Smith said of the atmosphere at night games. “Because it’s a cool environment.”He also said there is a novelty to night games, so the school has to be sure not to schedule too many or too few.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium project had a deadline set for Aug. 14. As of July 7, Smith said the project was still on schedule and within the initial budget of $8.9 million.The OSU football team is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md., at noon. The first game of 2014 at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 6, when OSU takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. read more