First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils Governor’s Residence Rain Garden During Annual Earth Day Celebration

first_img Environment,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Addressing the need for better storm water management along the Susquehanna River, First Lady Frances Wolf today officially unveiled a newly constructed rain garden at the Governor’s Residence. The First Lady joined several of the state’s top environmental leaders to showcase the rain garden, as well as other green features on the property, as part of the Residence’s second annual Earth Day celebration.“We are proud of the steps taken here at the Governor’s Residence to conserve energy, minimize waste, and provide more means to sustainable living,” Mrs. Wolf said. “In working with our partners throughout state government and across the commonwealth, we’ve been able to collaborate on many levels – from projects like the rain garden and new vegetable planters, to our honey-producing apiaries, to the solar panels on the roof — all of these things represent a commitment to protecting the environment and hopefully serve as example of easy initiatives we can all bring to our own backyards.”Joining the First Lady Wolf were Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, as well as more than 40 young people working for DCNR’s Outdoor Corps program, who presented the First Lady with wood planters they constructed for use in the Residence gardens.Secretary Dunn invited listeners to visit several DCNR-staffed stations on the Residence lawn that addressed the value of watershed education, soil improvement and the planting of tree buffers along waterways. Also, the Bureau of Forestry’s Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Management Center supplied free white pine seedlings for visitors to plant when they returned home.“As Governor Wolf noted in his 2018 Earth Day proclamation, ‘Everyone Plays a Part in Keeping Pennsylvania Clean,’ and this gathering helps us all learn what we can do to lessen impact on the environment,” said Dunn. “Those who work with me in the nearby building named for a conservation icon — Rachel Carson — are committed to a cleaner, greener Earth. I invite you to tap their knowledge and enthusiasm. ““Every day is Earth Day at DEP,” said Secretary McDonnell. “We’re passionate about our work to educate and partner with citizens, schools, towns, farms, community organizations, businesses, and state leaders to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. As the First Lady shows, if everyone does a little, together we get a lot done for the benefit of all who appreciate the outdoors.”Rain gardens are designed to lessen storm water runoff in an area with poor drainage issues or wash-outs. During the summer of 2017, Penn State student Zoe Roane-Hopkins joined DCNR’s Landscape Design Section as an intern to oversee planning, design and maintenance of the Residence rain garden. Residence staff provided the materials, funding for plantings and equipment assistance for preparing and planting.Additional green features of the Governor’s Residence building and grounds include:Rain barrels. The Residence utilizes several rain barrels placed strategically throughout the property to prevent storm water runoff.Solar panels on south-facing roof of Residence. The panels provide not only a source of clean electricity to the Residence, but also an uninterrupted power supply of renewable energy for critical communications systems.Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system, which replaced existing electric resistance heating. GSHP systems, also called geothermal heat pumps, concentrate existing heat, rather than burning fossil fuels to release energy. The GSHP system provides heat as well as supplemental cooling to the Residence.Reduction of paper products where possible. This includes a major reduction in the use of paper plates, paper and plastic cups, and bottled water daily at events held at the Residence.Recycling of glass, plastic, paper and cardboard.Herb and vegetable gardens. The Residence is currently home to an herb garden and raised vegetable beds, the produce from which is used for cooking at the Residence.Hydroponic garden. To address the need for fresh herbs and vegetables that do not grow well on the Residence grounds or are needed for events in harsh winter months, Residence staff recently built an indoor hydroponic garden.Working and observation beehives. In additional to honey-producing beehives, the Residence installed observation beehives in 2017 so children can view the honey-making process and learn how important bees are to the environment and how the honey for culinary purposes at the Residence.Details on the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels, suggested plantings and other information can be found here. First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils Governor’s Residence Rain Garden During Annual Earth Day Celebration SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 23, 2018last_img read more

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Renovations on the rise

first_imgGet ready to see more tradies on in street over the next two-to-three years.There’ll be more tradies on the go if the latest research by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) is correct.The July 2017 edition of the HIA Renovation’s Roundup report revealed a steady rise in renovation activity is expected over the next two-to-three years.“The home renovations market will return to growth this year,” HIA principal economist, Tim Reardon, said.HIA forecasts for the sector nationally predict growth of around 2.6 per cent in 2018, followed by another rise of around 2.3 per cent in 2019.Mr Reardon said renovations had taken a back seat to the soaring new home construction sector over last 12-months.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“We expect this to change this year and that the market will again experience growth as the number of detached houses that are reaching the key renovations age is increasing,” Mr Reardon said.He said gains will also be driven by a backlog of work.“With new home building set to decline over the next couple of years, the gradual strengthening of renovations activity is coming at the right time,” Mr Reardon said.In Queensland, preliminary data showed renovation activity had fallen by six per cent during the March 2017 quarter, and was 13.9 per cent lower than at the same time last year.However the HIA outlook for the future of our state’s renovation industry was more bullish.“During 2017, renovations activity in Queensland is expected to expand by 0.6 per cent and growth is expected to accelerate to 8.8 per cent in 2018,” the HIA report said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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WorleyParsons adds AFW’s UK North Sea operations to its portfolio

first_imgEnergy services company Wood has completed the sale of Amec Foster Wheeler’s UK North Sea operations to WorleyParsons for a cash consideration of £227 million. To remind, Wood completed its previously announced acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler on October 9. On the same day, an agreement was made between Amec Foster Wheeler and WorleyParsons for the sale of the majority of AFW’s UK North Sea operations.In 2016, the business contributed revenues of £740 million and trading profit of £43 million to Amec Foster Wheeler. It consists of the majority of Amec Foster Wheeler’s UK upstream oil and gas business located in the UK and serving UK customers, excluding its commissioning business, qedi. The sale was one of the conditions that Wood had to fulfill in order to resolve competition concerns and complete its acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler.On Friday, October 27 Wood confirmed the completion of the sale of those operations, adding that the cash proceeds would be used to reduce net debt.WorleyParsons on Monday also confirmed the completion of the acquisition of AFW Oil and Gas UK Limited, noting that the transaction enhances its global Maintenance, Modifications and Operations business. Namely, AFW has over 3,000 employees in seven offices in the UK and the Middle East and is a service provider within the MMO market on the UK continental shelf.WorleyParsons pointed out that strategic benefits of adding AFW UK team to the group include robust entry for WorleyParsons into the UK North Sea as a profitable market leader; acceleration of WorleyParsons’ corporate strategy to build a world class global MMO capability in the Integrated Solutions business line; combines AFW UK’s capabilities and strong track record of global expansion with WorleyParsons’ global network which together will create a genuine global MMO business; and the addition of AFW UK’s execution capability, experience and mature systems and processes will support efficient global MMO execution.“I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues as together we develop our plans for an exciting new future,”  said Andrew Wood, CEO WorleyParsons.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Serie A: Ronaldo sets goal record as Verona stun Juventus in late comeback

first_img Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record on Saturday night but it was not enough to claim victory for Juventus, who collapsed at Hellas Verona.Hellas Verona ignited the Serie A title race with a dramatic 2-1 win over champions Juventus on Saturday, scoring twice in the final 14 minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo had netted in a 10th successive league game. Read Also: Ronaldo’s girlfriend shows off dance skills, hosts music bash in ItalyRonaldo eventually broke the deadlock when he was played in over the top by Rodrigo Bentancur, the Portugal great holding off Amir Rrahmani before a stepover gained him just enough space to clinically pick out the bottom-left corner.But Borini swept home an excellent finish to equalise 14 minutes from time, capitalising on Miralem Pjanic’s error, and Pazzini emphatically made the most of a penalty late on – Bonucci penalised for deflecting Kumbulla’s header on to the bar with his arm, and Juve failed to mount a response.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ronaldo had seemingly secured Juve a hard-fought win with his fine individual goal 25 minutes from time, but Verona – who certainly had their fair share of opportunities – levelled through Fabio Borini and then astonishingly completed the turnaround with a Giampaolo Pazzini penalty.An action-packed first half brought a host of chances but no goals, as Marash Kumbulla had an early header disallowed and Juve hit crossbar and post respectively through Douglas Costa and Ronaldo.The second period was generally a cagier affair until Ronaldo claimed a club record in the 65th minute, taking his Serie A tally to 20 for the season, but Borini scored for only the second time this term and Pazzini converted from 12 yards to give Juve’s title challengers Inter and Lazio a boost after Leonardo Bonucci handled.A gripping start saw both sides go close early on, with Davide Faraoni forcing Wojciech Szczesny into an acrobatic stop before Costa’s rasping drive hit the bar at the other end.Kumbulla then had a marginal offside call deny him the opening goal in 21st minute, with a VAR review sparing Juve.Despite Verona’s undoubted threat, Juventus continued to worry them at the back – Ronaldo almost putting the Old Lady ahead three times in the nine minutes before half-time, including with a 20-yard effort that hit the right-hand post. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?There’s Only 1 Such A Coin In The World Left In Private HandsThis Is The First Meme Ever, According To The InternetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemReal Faces Of The Women From World Famous PaintingsIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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AquaTrojans Win Host Relay Invitational

first_imgCourtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless. The East Central AquaTrojans take both titles at the 2016 East Central Relay Invitational on Saturday in St. Leon.The scores were.  Girls: East Central 74, Greenwood 60, New Palestine 53, Connersville 50, Greensburg 47, Lawrence Central 22.Boys.  East Central 83, Greenwood 60, Connersville 47, New Palestine 47, Greensburg 35, Lawrence Central 28.Relay winners for East Central were. Girls 200 Medley Relay (Hannah Weber, Lydia Weber, Olivia Nixon, Ashley Bortlein), Boys 200 Medley Relay (Ethen Witte, Klay Shipman, Jackson Ketcham, Cai Fox), Girls 400 Medley Relay (Alexis deLong, Hannah Weber, Lydia Weber), Boys 200 Medley Relay (Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Alex Pruitt), Boys 1000 Freestyle Relay (Gavin Daniels, Cai Fox), Girls 375 Crescendo Relay (Jordan Marro, Felicity Wray, Ashley Bortlein, Mackenzie Schantz), Boys 375 Crescendo Relay (Gavin Daniels, Noah Arnold, Alex Ketcham, Jacob Weber), Boys 150 Fly Relay (Jackson Ketcham, Ethen Witte, Jacob Weber), Girls 150 Backstroke Relay (Alexis deLong, Hannah Weber, Olivia Nixon), Boys 150 Breaststroke Relay (Chandler Witte, Alex Ketcham, Klay Shipman), Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Cai Fox, Alex Pruitt, Chandler Witte, Jackson Ketcham).EC Girls are now 12-0 (6-0 EIAC).  EC Boys are 10-0 (6-0 EIAC).East Central travels north on Thursday to face Shelbyville at 5:30.GO AQUATROJANS!!!!!last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 21

first_imgKarl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 451; 2. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 342; 3. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 324; 4. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 315; 5. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 300; 6. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 282; 7. Michael Egurola Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 270; 8. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 261; 9. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, and Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., both 257; 11. Heath Dry, Phoenix, Ariz., 244; 12. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 242; 13. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Montana, 240; 14. Ty Weidner, Chandler, Ariz., 233; 15. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 224; 16. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 219; 17. Bryan Miller, Glendale, Ariz., 208; 18. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz., 203; 19. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 194; 20. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 183.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 395; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 345; 4. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 334; 5. Don Gumke, Jamestown, N.D., 284; 6. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 279; 7. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 278; 8. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 274; 9. Jeff Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 258; 10. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 248; 11. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 240; 12. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 233; 13. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark., 231; 14. Jacob O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 223; 15. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, and Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., both 219; 17. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark., 215; 18. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif., 213; 19. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif., 211; 20. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 203.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 431; 2. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 397; 3. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 337; 4. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 333; 5. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 328; 6. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 301; 7. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 281; 8. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 269; 9. Tyler Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 251; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 247; 11. Joey McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., and Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa, both 245; 13. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 236; 14. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 234; 15. Douglas Kennemer, Rhome, Texas, 233; 16. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 222; 17. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 220; 18. Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, 213; 19. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn., 210; 20. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 208.  IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., 182; 2. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 174; 3. Bradley Stafford, Glendale, Ariz., 143; 4. Nathan DeRagon, Peoria, Ariz., 139; 5. Kyle Cardinal, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 137; 6. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 116; 7. Max Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 104; 8. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 74; 9. Joshua Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 39; 10. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 37; 11. Francisco Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 36; 12. Jason Penny, Yuma, Ariz., and Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., both 35; 14. Rick Hibbard, Yuma, Ariz., 34; 15. Susie Mikkelson, Surprise, Ariz., 32; 16. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., 31; 17. David Callis, Yuma, Ariz., 30; 18. Michael Whissen, Yuma, Ariz., 29; 19. Mike Erwin, Yuma, Ariz., 28.  IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, 116; 2. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 115; 3. Kent Lewis Sr., Willis, Texas, 110; 4. Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas, 109; 5. Caleb Padgett, Madisonville, Texas, 100; 6. Blake Cunningham, Silsbee, Texas, 89; 7. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 85; 8. Theresa Waller, Montgomery, Texas, 83; 9. Daniel King, Conroe, Texas, 70; 10. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 66; 11. Beau Smith, Pearland, Texas, 65; 12. Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., 59; 13. Danny Burke, Crosby, Texas, 58; 14. Chris Hinson, Nederland, Texas, 53; 15. Kyle Rasmussen, Clovis, Calif., 40; 16. Mike Schott, Tulare, Calif., 39; 17. Brooklyn Holland, Fresno, Calif., 38; 18. Dustyn Welch, Bryan, Texas, 37; 19. Johnny Brown, Mauriceville, Texas, and Brendan Warmerdam, Lemoore, Calif., both 36.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, and Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, both 372; 3. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 327; 4. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 243; 5. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, and Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, both 240; 7. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 222; 8. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 200; 9. David Bolf, Wichita Falls, Texas, 183; 10. Jared Baird, Norman, Okla., 155; 11. Kyle Robinson, Pilot Point, Texas, 151; 12. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 142; 13. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, and Todd West, Hudson Oaks, Texas, both 138; 15. Jay Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 137; 16. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, and Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., both 131; 18. Don Reid, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Trevor Foley, Iowa Park, Texas, both 130; 20. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 128. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 339; 2. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 319; 3. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 249; 4. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 240; 5. William Creese, Springtown, Texas, and Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, both 236; 7. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 220; 8. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 184; 9. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 183; 10. Pamela Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 165; 11. Randy McNorton Jr., Alvord, Texas, 164; 12. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 160; 13. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 153; 14. Ryan Whisenant, Stephenville, Texas, 132; 15. Colton Mooney, Boyd, Texas, 120; 16. Billy Butcher, Boyd, Texas, 101; 17. Jack Lewis, Temple, Texas, 97; 18. Mike Smith, Mansfield, Texas, and Robert Cody, Farmington, N.M., both 69; 20. Johnny Clark, Cleburne, Texas, 68.last_img read more

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Rivers Hoopers sign American basketball player

first_imgRelatedPosts FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return D’Tigers’ captain hints at retirement NBBF postpone FIBA technical training indefinitely Nigeria’s representative in the maiden edition of the Basketball Africa League, Rivers Hoopers, have signed American Kaylon Deshaun Tappin for the tournament which tips off in March. Tappin was a junior college standout at Arkansas State-Mid South in West Memphis, Arkadelphia in the 2014/2015 season. He also had an outstanding year with Henderson State, a NCAA Division 2 school in AR. In his senior season, Tappin was named First Team All-Great American Conference after averaging 18.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.4 APG and 1.5 SPG and had a career high 34 points against Arkansas Tech. Since turning pro in 2018, Tappin has played for Nift Al-Janoub in the Iraqi IBL League where he averaged 24.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 4.7 APG. The 6’11” point guard also played for Piratas de Quebradillas in Peurto Rico and most recently Svendborg Rabbits in the Danish Basketball League. The 23-year-old is one of the four foreign professionals the team hopes to add to their roster for the Basketball Africa League. Meanwhile, Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu is optimistic the new additions will add quality to the team. Odaudu said: “The rule says we can get two Americans and two from Africa. “That is what we are working on right now. “We don’t know how it will turn out if we will succeed in getting everyone that we want or get some and make do with what we have. “The Americans add a lot of value so we are hoping we are going to get players that are aggressive and would match the foreigners on the other team. “That’s what we are thinking at the moment.”Tags: BasketballBasketball Africa LeagueKaylon Deshaun TappinRivers Hooperslast_img read more

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Wenger will look beyond Suarez deal

first_img The Arsenal boss admitted it had not been as easy to do business as he had hoped, but remains determined to bolster his squad, which faces a crucial Champions League play-off later this month. ”We try and get what we want; if that doesn’t work we will look somewhere else,” Wenger said in an interview with Al Jazeera Sport. ”The clubs with talented players don’t want to lose them. ”Some clubs acted very early so the choices were reduced and there is more competition coming from France with Paris St Germain, who buy big players for huge amounts of money, so it’s tough, difficult and slow. ”I can assure the fans we will try very hard to keep them happy. We are certainly ready to spend the money, but the process is going slowly, but surely.” The Gunners have seen a specific offer of £40million plus £1 – which was believed would trigger Suarez’s release clause – rejected out of hand by Liverpool. However, Suarez has made it clear he wants to leave and, in a wide-ranging interview, complained of what he saw as broken promises from Reds manager Brendan Rodgers. The 26-year-old – currently serving a domestic 10-game ban imposed by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season – could yet force the situation by handing in a formal transfer request, or even asking the Premier League to intervene over the interpretation of the now infamous get-out clause. Whatever transpires, if Arsenal are to be able to field Suarez in their crucial two-legged Champions League play-off, the draw for which will take place on Friday morning, then the final squad list must be registered with UEFA by 11pm on Monday, August 12, leaving little time for the finer details of what has become one of the summer’s most protracted transfer saga to be thrashed out. On the pitch, Arsenal – who failed to win a match as they hosted the Emirates Cup last weekend – will finalise their pre-season build-up with a friendly against Premier League rivals Manchester City in Helsinki on Saturday. By then, the club are expected to have confirmed the departures of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma and Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh to newly-promoted Crystal Palace, further reducing the wage bill. Despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis having talked up the club’s new ”financial firepower” at the end of last season, so far the free transfer of France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre remains the only confirmed summer signing at the Emirates Stadium. After failing to deliver Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, given the Argentinian striker eventually opted for Napoli instead, Wenger does appear to have several other players on the radar apart from Suarez, with reports in Romania suggesting a free transfer deal for forward Ciprian Marica was close following his release by Schalke. Press Associationcenter_img Manager Arsene Wenger has moved to reassure Arsenal fans the club are “ready to spend the money” on the right players – and will look elsewhere if they cannot push through a deal for Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez.last_img read more

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Trask replaces Yeagley as soccer coach

first_imgDespite only having six head coaches in program history, the Wisconsin men\’s soccer team will have its third in three years when the 2010 season rolls around. After Todd Yeagley spent just one year with the Badgers before heading to IU, John Trask will take over as head coach.[/media-credit]It was a whirlwind day for John Trask.After spending five seasons at the helm of the Illinois-Chicago Flames men’s soccer team, Trask was announced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.Despite the hectic nature of his day, Trask was happy to be back in Madison.“It’s been a great day,” he said. “I’m a Wisconsin native — I grew up in Milwaukee — so this is a dream come true. I’ve been getting texts all day from people in Milwaukee — old, old friends that I didn’t even know had my cell phone number, so yeah, it’s pretty awesome.”While the men’s basketball team may have stolen his thunder with a thrilling 54-48 victory, Trask’s arrival in Madison meant a lot to the UW men’s soccer program.First, it simply meant having a head coach again, which they had been without since Dec. 19, 2009. And considering the r?sum? Trask brings with him to the Wisconsin Badgers, the UW Athletic Department is excited about the future of the program.“John’s coaching accomplishments and background make him a perfect fit for us,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “He has had tremendous success as a coach on the collegiate level as well as the professional level.”“His familiarity with the Big Ten as both a player and assistant coach will be a great asset for our team,” he continued. “It’s a pleasure to be able to welcome him back to his native state and into the Badger family.”Trask noted that he really enjoyed his time at UIC, but the fit for him and his family at Wisconsin was just too good to pass up. If it had been any other school, he would have been less likely to make the move.In his younger years, Trask left the state to attend Indiana University from 1984-87. While he was there, the Milwaukee native played soccer for legendary IU head coach Jerry Yeagley, father of former UW head coach Todd Yeagley.Trask has an extensive connection with the Yeagley family, having played for and coached with Jerry while also coaching Todd in high school and college. As a result, Trask was not shy about talking to the younger Yeagley as he considered the position.“We go back a long, long way,” Trask said. “I guess I was fortunate maybe compared to some of the other people they were looking at because I knew a lot more of the specifics about how great this place could be because Todd was so excited about it.”Trask continued by saying he did not think it necessarily gave him a leg up on the competition, but it gave him a better understanding of the program as a whole.“If you’ve got a chance to go to Wisconsin, it’s a no-brainer basically,” Trask said.In addition to coaching under Yeagley at IU, Trask has extensive experience as an assistant coach at the professional level.For five years (2000-04) Trask was an assistant coach in Major League Soccer. He began with the Miami Fusion for two years before moving to D.C. United for another two. In his last year before taking the helm at UIC, Trask was an assistant for FC Dallas.After coaching three teams in five years and another team for five more years, Trask believes his experience helps him adjust more quickly to a new environment, which should allow his players then to adjust more quickly as well.“Like I was telling the guys today, I’ve had to walk into a lot of new locker rooms in my life,” Trask said. “I had to walk into an existing group of players and I had to adjust.”Trask spoke of winning right away and making a run at the College Cup in the near future. He was cautious, however, not to suggest they would win a national championship in the next couple of years if the players worked hard enough.“That was the challenge I put to the guys today — I’m not coming in here to build something five years down the line,” Trask said. “But, I don’t think you ever talk about ‘national championship or bust.’”“You’ve got to look at it incrementally and you say, ‘hey, first we’ve got to get to the tournament, and we’ve got to figure out how to win in the tournament.’”Based on his track record — three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament in his second, third and fourth years at UIC, including an Elite Eight appearance — Wisconsin fans would be justified in being as excited about Trask’s arrival as he is about being back in Madison.last_img read more

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Sand takes over libero role, gives Syracuse flexibility

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Freshman Belle Sand didn’t play the first five games of the season for Syracuse. Instead, she sat on the bench and watched senior Melina Violas and freshman Dana Crispi play at libero and defensive specialist, respectively — the positions Sand hoped to play.But three months later, Sand has earned significantly more playing time than Crispi and taken Violas’ role as the team’s libero.“I came in with the goal that I just want to play,” Sand said. “I’m a freshman. It’s just awesome to play. It’s just awesome that Coach has seen the hard work that I’ve been putting in.”Throughout conference play, head coach Leonid Yelin has been switching between Violas and Sand as libero. But Sand has been his go-to player in the last four matches, and she has recently emerged as Syracuse’s best option at libero and her statistics back it up.Sand will look to keep improving when SU (8-5, 1-10 Atlantic Coast) plays Clemson (16-9, 4-7) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Women’s Building, if she wants to keep her position as libero going forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When we’re looking at the last couple matches, it’s better,” Yelin said of Sand’s statistics. “… If you (are) playing better, get this jersey here and get on the floor.”Initially Sand had to adjust to the speed of collegiate volleyball and the hitters’ ability to place the ball where she was not.She would often find herself out of position and unable to get to the ball, or she would make a poor play on it. On Oct. 12 against Pittsburgh, Sand only had three digs despite playing in three sets and committed a set-ending error in the third.“She’s a freshman, she’s learning,” junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “… She’ll be a great player and she’s working hard, but I think it’s really hard to be a freshman.”But in SU’s rematch against Pittsburgh on Nov. 2, Sand led the team with 10 digs and committed only one reception error on 32 serves to her.Sand said her serve receive is the strongest part of her game and that it’s a threat to other teams.“That’s how teams get momentum is their serve,” Sand said. “If they keep serving and you can’t stop it you really don’t have a chance. Serve receive is such a huge part in volleyball.”With Sand at libero, the Orange is more flexible defensively, Yelin said. He can move outside hitter Silvi Uattara, who leads the team in digs, to the left side on the back row and put Sand in the middle on the back row. In a good amount of those scenarios, Violas goes to the bench.Sand is more comfortable in the middle than Violas is, Yelin said. Being in the middle leaves the libero with more room to cover, but Sand said she has been working on her reaction time and her ability to dive for balls in practice.“I know I’ll amaze myself if I dive for a ball every time in practice, then in games I’ll be like, ‘Oh my god, I actually got it this time,’” Sand said.In the first game Yelin tried this defensive setup, SU swept Wake Forest in three sets for its only ACC win. Sand was second on the team with eight digs in the match.But Syracuse has lost the three games since then.Though she has improved, Sand still isn’t the ACC-quality libero Yelin is looking for. He said he has no way of knowing whether she or the other freshmen defensive specialists will reach that level.Right now, Yelin said Sand is his starting libero, but he hasn’t shut the door on the other players. Sand’s play against Clemson will determine who the libero is next weekend.Said Yelin: “Keep working and if you’re going to prove it, a week from now and showing the numbers are better for you, yeah, go ahead.” Commentslast_img read more

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