Clean 13 Report

first_imgThanks to its pledge to help farmers use irrigation more efficiently, the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park has been included in the Georgia Water Coalition’s 2018 Clean 13 Report.The Georgia Water Coalition is a group of organizations and entities within the state that are committed to protecting and caring for Georgia’s water sources. The group publishes its Clean 13 Report annually to highlight entities that are accomplishing extraordinary work toward protecting water resources. For more information, see“Water conservation and water efficiencyarekind of what we’re all about and why we were created. It’s a nice recognition of what we do every day at the park,” said Calvin Perry, superintendent of Stripling Irrigation Research Park. “We have a lot of scientists and Extension specialists that do the hard work, and we’re the ones that are really getting recognized for their hard work in this case.”On March 14, 2019, the Georgia Water Coalition will host its second annual Clean 13 Celebration at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta where Stripling research park and its staff will be honored during a gala awards ceremony.Between 10 and 12 scientists conduct water-related research at Stripling research park, which is a branch station of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Most of the researchers are based on the UGA Tifton campus, although the park has hosted research by scientists from Auburn University, University of Florida and the United States Department of Agriculture.Research is performed on various crops like cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, sweet corn and vegetables. Collaborative projects with manufacturers of pivots, sprinklers and sensors are also conducted.According to Perry, crops from 1,027 research plots will be harvested this year. Of the 130 acres that make up the park, 75 are being used for research. All test plots are irrigation-driven with an emphasis on increasing efficiency.“Scientists are getting the data that we can take to the growers to show what varieties are more efficient; what crops are more efficient; what sprinkler hardware is more efficient; what scheduling method is more efficient and effective,” Perry said.Stripling research park is a state-of-the-art irrigation research and education center located on Georgia Highway 37 between Camilla, Georgia, and Newton, Georgia. Its primary research involves cutting-edge technologies in the field of precision irrigation and precision agriculture.For more information about Stripling research park, see read more

Session under way: State funding of the courts is on the front burner

first_img March 15, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThose gathering in Tallahassee for the spring legislative session aren’t making any summer vacation plans, according to Steve Metz, the Bar’s chief legislative counsel.On top of a budget deficit that could reach $4 billion, lawmakers are wrestling with the impending takeover of funding for the state court system, dealing with the class size amendment, and the bullet train, just to name a few.The session kicked off March 4 and is slated for 60 days, but not many expect the lawmakers to wrap up business in that short time frame.Aside from budget and court funding issues, the legislature is expected to tackle a rewrite of workers’ compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. On the latter issue, doctors and others are pushing for a $250,000 limit on noneconomic damages.“Anybody who is involved in the legislative process is not making any kind of plans for summer vacations until at least August, and I predict that they can easily be here until July,” Metz told a group of Bar leaders gathered in Tallahassee last month for the Bar’s legislative summit.Metz said while the challenges ahead are many, the good news is legislators will look to the legal community and the Bar for advice on how to adequately meet the needs of the judicial branch.“They are crying out for resources, people who are not on staff,” Metz said. “They are looking for good lawyers they can bounce ideas off.”“The lawyers in the legislature have dealt with this system and they know about it, and I think they are going to be advocates for a good system,” Metz said.For many other legislators, court funding is a new issue, said Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, and that gives lawyers an opportunity to put themselves in a position to serve as a resource — to give the lawmakers an honest appraisal of how their plans will affect the system as a whole.“That is the big piece that is missing,” Spuhler said. “They know they are dealing with something substantial and are looking for help they can trust. You are in a position locally to establish that relationship.”Second Circuit Chief Judge-elect Charles Francis, a member of the Trial Court Budget Commission, said it also is imperative for lawyers to remind legislators that they are not just funding another state agency.“We are talking about funding, for the first time at the state level, the third branch of government and making sure it works,” Judge Francis said.Metz also said this is not the year to be looking for any extra dollars as the state’s finances are in arguably the worst shape in modern times. Depending on the economy and how the state decides to handle the class size amendment and high speed rail, Metz warned, “It could be worse next year.”That’s troubling for the courts, Metz said, because while this year’s legislature is expected to address structural, operational, and technological issues involved in Revision 7, finding the money to pay for it will come a year from now.“Suffice to say, it is a real bad time to be looking for dollars,” Metz said. “The governor’s budget this year, for example, has zero increases in judges, and Florida continues to lag behind the national standards of judges per thousands of people in our state at the circuit court level.”While the Senate is much more open to looking for new sources of revenue, Metz said, the House and the governor have made it clear they are not. And the courts are asking for another $400 to $500 million dollars, he said.“So we are in a situation where we are there with the education advocates. . . at the same table with people representing poor folks who need money for prescription drugs, eye care, basic health. We are there at the same table with those who say we need more jail beds.”William White, a chief assistant public defender in Jacksonville, said Gov. Bush has asked the legislature to consider making up some of the shortfall by dipping into the $32 billion the state has in trust funds.“Forget criminal justice or the court system. For the rest of the budget, they are certainly looking at those trust funds to fill that $4-billion gap, and some of that is going to keep the public defenders and state attorneys afloat,” White said.Metz said the legislature is not particularly happy with the counties for pushing Revision 7 and now have to find an approximately $500 million to fund the trial courts, costs now picked up by the counties.Some of the options the legislature is considering, Metz said, include looking at fines, forfeitures, and other costs that are imposed in the court system and how those are collected.“Right now there are about $250 million of court fines, fees, and charges the legislature has authorized,” Metz said. “And $120 million of that a year goes to counties without any allocation. It is just money they get. The state could grab that money.”He said they also will look at a surcharge on civil cases involving a large judgment, or larger estate cases that required a lot of court time. The initial idea is to impose a surcharge of one-tenth of 1 percent on such cases if the verdict or estate is more than $100,000, with a maximum payment of $5,000.Metz said legislators also are talking about redirecting other county revenues that are coming from state sources.“For example, they could freeze the one-half cent sales tax distribution to the counties at current levels,” Metz said. “That’s about $45 million a year.”They also are reviewing the $11 billion in sales tax money the state shares with local government and are considering bumping up the cap of filing fees from the current $200 to $250.“The math shows on a statewide level every dollar in increases in civil filing fees raises $760,000,” Metz said.The Bar needs to make a concerted effort in getting the business community involved in the court funding issues, Metz said, something that has been missing in the debate so far.“It is obvious the dollars are first going to the criminal side, because they have to,” Metz said. “If there are not enough dollars for the criminal side, it’s the civil side that really gets hurt.“They are the ones who bring the cases on the civil side, and they are not yet at the table,” Metz said. “I think one role the Bar can play is to reach out to some of those business interests and get them involved.”Judge Francis said the TCBC has been working on formulating a funding methodology to provide for a minimum level of service in all counties.“that I mean that if you have 100,000 cases in Leon County and 100,000 in Duval County or Dade County, you should have the exact same number of resources to handle it,” Judge Francis said.“We have tried to identify revenue sources, identify needs, but we do not think we are the appropriate ones to push drug courts, uniform family courts, push mental health courts,” Francis said. “Those are really going to be issues that the stakeholders in those particular areas are going to have to do.”There are those in the legislature who feel the courts “ have gotten off their tracks and are into this ‘feel-good’ stuff and we are wasting a lot of money and it is not the best use of a small resource,” Francis said.That is an argument that needs to be addressed by the stakeholders out there, he said.Herb Thiele, the attorney for Leon County, said the animosity between the counties and the legislature cuts both ways, and he expects the counties to file suit challenging the constitutionality of portions of Chapter 29, which defines the elements of the state court system.“They have already drafted the complaint — that is no big secret, everybody knows it,” Thiele said. “So it is going to get worse before it gets better. I think that the counties are really going to take it on the chin in areas they really never thought about.”As the legislature begins discussing revisions to the way the state’s sales tax is shared with the counties, the bond rating services — like Moody’s and Standards and Poor’s — “are not real thrilled about it.”Thiele said many of the smaller counties pushed for Revision 7 as a way to standardize the court system. He said many smaller counties just do not have the money to fund the judiciary properly. He noted that in rural Gadsden County in North Florida, those wanting to use the restroom at the courthouse must walk through a holding cell to get there.Fred Baggett, general counsel for the Florida Association of Court Clerks, said his organization took no sides in the Revision 7 debate, and the clerks want to continue to be funded, as they always have, by user fees. While filing fees are capped at $200 — $210 for counties with a guardian ad litem add-on — the average filing fee in the state is $157, of which the clerks keep $41, he said.“The problem we have is devising a fee structure that allows for the operation of the clerks’ office to be paid for by its users,” Baggett said.In 1999-2000, the budget of the collective clerks offices totaled about $355 million. The clerks collected $580 million, kept $118 million, and the $235-million deficit was made up primarily by the counties.William Lockhart, Sixth Circuit court administrator, said he is more than happy to implement whatever plans the legislature comes up with, but must be given the time and resources to make it happen.“I can’t do that if you mandate it in May of 2004 and expect it to be in place in July of 2004,” Lockhart said. “So the issue is not just a matter of resources. It is a matter of how we go from where we are to this wonderful new system we are told we are going to get from the legislature.”Buddy Jacobs, general counsel of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said the legislature has a mindset that there is no money available for the courts.“There is money there,” Jacobs told the summit attendees. “It is a matter of priority, and it is not going to be a priority unless people like you in this room make it one.” Session under way: State funding of the courts is on the front burnercenter_img Session under way: State funding of the courts is on the front burnerlast_img read more

Two Correction Officers from LI Charged in Death of Rikers Inmate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two correction officers from Long Island—one is no longer on the job—were charged in a federal complaint for allegedly covering up a “brutal beating” that led to the death of a Rikers Island inmate, prosecutors announced Wednesday.The most serious of the charges involves 45-year-old Brian Coll of Smithtown, who repeatedly kicked inmate Ronald Spear three years ago while he was being restrained, federal prosecutors alleged in court documents.Coll, now a former corrections officer, was charged with deprivation of rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice, among other charges. His colleague, 31-year-old Byron Taylor of Brentwood, was also charged with obstruction of justice.A third correction officer, 59-year-old Anthony Torres of New Rochelle, pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and filing false reports.Spear, 52, was pronounced dead shortly after the alleged beating, prosecutors said. At the time of the incident, he was being held at the jail on burglary charges.“As I have said before, Rikers inmates, although walled off from the rest of society, are not walled off from the protections of our Constitution,” said Manhattan US Attorney Breet Bharara, whose office is prosecuting the case.The alleged incident and subsequent cover up occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2012 inside the North Infirmary Command wing of the infamous Bronx jail, prosecutors said.Spear, who had been receiving dialysis treatment for a kidney disease, had left the housing area in the infirmary and wanted to meet with the on-duty doctor, prosecutors said, when he was stopped at the door by Coll, who told him the doctor was unavailable to see him.An altercation ensued, with Spear and Coll allegedly jabbing at each other, according to the criminal complaint.Coll, prosecutors alleged, then proceeded to punch Spear in the face and stomped on him as he lay face down on the floor, while he was being restrained by both Taylor and Torres.According to the complaint, inmates who witnessed the alleged beating began yelling, “They’re killing him!”An unidentified correction officer who restrained Spear yelled “No!” and “Don’t” as Coll allegedly continued to stomp on the inmate, prosecutors said.“That’s what you get for fucking with me,” Coll allegedly told Spear, according to the complaint.Inmates told Department of Justice investigators that Coll and Spear were involved in a verbal dispute days before the alleged incident.Spear was pronounced dead at the scene, the complaint states.An autopsy later determined that Spear had died from high blood pressure, and from a “physical altercation including blunt force trauma” to the head as well as diabetes.After the incident, Coll, Taylor and Torres allegedly covered up the incident by creating a false story, accusing Spear of attacking Coll with a cane. A cane was never discovered at the scene, prosecutors said.A fourth correction officer, who eventually agreed to cooperate with investigators, also agreed to the false narrative, prosecutors said. Additionally, Taylor allegedly convinced those involved to keep him off official reports, saying, “I wasn’t here.”Spear had been detained inside a section of the facility that houses detainees with serious or chronic medical needs and had been wearing a bracelet indicating he was at “risk of fall.”Coll and Taylor face up to 70 years and 40 years in prison, respectively, if convicted.According to the New York Times, the city agreed to pay Spear’s family $2.75 million in damages to settle a lawsuit stemming from his death.last_img read more

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Coming. Find a Location Near You.

first_imgNational Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Coming. Find a Location Near You. By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant April 28, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog On April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., multiple state agencies will provide Pennsylvanians with an opportunity to turn in expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at various drug take-back locations across the commonwealth in observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.These take-back locations are meant to prevent pill abuse and theft by providing residents a local place to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. These locations include police departments, pharmacies, fire stations and even DEA offices.A result of Governor Wolf’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, Pennsylvania now has 584 take-back locations in its 67 counties, making it easier for residents to find a location near them.Find a drug take-back location near you:Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, residents this weekend will have access to multiple drug take-back locations.To safely discard of any prescription drugs this Saturday, use the map above to find your local, free and anonymous drug take-back location. For take-back locations open all year in Pennsylvania, visit this drug take-back location search tool.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

GasLog Partners post record profit in Q1

first_imgGasLog Partners, the New York-listed spinoff of LNG shipper GasLog, saw its first-quarter profit rise 7 percent compared to the first quarter in 2017. According to the company’s report, the net profit for the quarter on IFRS basis reached $32 million, which is the partnership’s record quarterly performance.The increase in profit in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 is mainly attributable to an increase of $6.3 million in gain on interest rate swaps, GasLog Partners said.The result was partially offset by a decrease in profit from operations of $3.5 million, due to increased scheduled technical maintenance costs and administrative fees, as well as an increase in financial costs of $1.1 million.Speaking of the record financial results, partnership’s CEO, Andrew Orekar said the company continued to execute its growth strategy.“On March 21, 2018, we announced approval to enter into an agreement with GasLog for the drop-down of the GasLog Gibraltar, our fourth acquisition in the last twelve months. The acquisition closed on April 26, 2018, expanding the partnership’s fleet to 13 wholly-owned LNG carriers and increasing our average remaining charter duration,” he said.The partnership stressed a positive outlook for the LNG shipping segment adding that it has resulted in 18 firm newbuild LNG carrier orders so far in 2018, of which two are GasLog vessels.Based on GasLog Partners analysis of expected LNG demand, between 35 and 62 additional LNG carriers will be needed by the end of 2022 and potentially as many as 117 vessels by 2025 to satisfy projected market growth.last_img read more

Pipeshield supplies concrete mattresses for Saint Nazaire OWF

first_imgJamie Howard, project manager at Eiffage said: “Pipeshield not only enabled us to fulfill the ultimate client’s technical requirements but worked with us to initiate solutions which undoubtedly benefited the project cost and schedule.” Pipeshield International has completed the engineering, manufacturing, and delivery of 77 concrete mattresses of varying specifications for Saint Nazaire, in France.  Pipeshield International, a Tekmar Group company, has completed the engineering, manufacturing, and delivery of concrete mattresses to the EPCI joint venture of Eiffage Métal and DEME for Saint Nazaire offshore wind farm. Sam Bird, project manager at Pipeshield said: “Pipeshield is delighted to have provided Eiffage with a robust protection and stabilisation solution for this prestigious French project. It is also pleasing to see another offshore wind project supported by multiple Tekmar Group companies with our sister company Tekmar Energy delivering CPS for the protection of subsea array cables.“ Pipeshield worked collaboratively with Eiffage to develop an optimised engineering solution and comprehensive mattress specifications that met the technical requirements of the challenging offshore location.last_img read more

Babies born at 22 weeks ‘can now survive’

first_imgBBC News 23 October 2019Family First Comment: “Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives. But there is now evidence those born earlier can survive – although only in small numbers – the British Association of Perinatal Medicine said. It said most will die but a third may survive where treatment is possible.”Improving survival rates for extremely premature babies mean it is now possible to save the lives of babies born at 22 weeks, guidance says.Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives.But there is now evidence those born earlier can survive – although only in small numbers – the British Association of Perinatal Medicine said.It said most will die but a third may survive where treatment is possible.Prof Dominic Wilkinson, a consultant neonatologist who helped draw up the guidance, said since the previous guidance was published, advances in treatment meant doctors were trying to save the lives of some babies born at 22 weeks.He said evidence from those cases had convinced BAPM to update its guidance.He said it was “fantastic news” that some babies born at such an early stage were now surviving.But he added: “The very high risks mean it’s not always the right thing to do to provide intensive medical treatment.”READ MORE: read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.NFL-NEWSHenry accepts franchise tenderUNDATED (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as the two sides work toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader.The Titans gave him a franchise tag March 16, a move that means he will be paid $10.2 million in the 2020 season unless they sign him to a long-term deal by July 15. — North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Cunningham is UNC’s first-ever appointee. He begins a five-year term in September and replaces Duke athletics director Kevin White, whose term ends Aug. 31.COLLEGE HOCKEY-HOBEY BAKER FINALISTHobey Baker finalists announcedST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi (kah-wah-GOO’-chee), Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding player in college hockey.Kawaguchi ranked second nationally with 45 points and Perunovich became the first defenseman to lead the NCHC in scoring. Swayman was 18-11-5 and the nation’s second-best save percentage at .939 despite facing the highest number of shots. April 2, 2020 — McLaren’s Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris have agreed to take pay cuts as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic. The team is furloughing other employees. McLaren said that both drivers and senior management all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same figure for all employees who are not furloughed.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-team league was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. League CEO Carlos Silva says the payments were not an advance of salary. Rather, they are a way to say thank you and to be used for rent or groceries or anything else the players might need. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.— A European plan is being formed to resume football around July and August, with domestic leagues told Thursday not to abandon competitions yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aspiration was outlined in a letter that has been seen by The Associated Press and was signed by UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah), the European Club Association and European Leagues body and was being sent to their members. Competitions, including UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League, were put on hold last month as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across Europe. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. — Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.— The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S. Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered the plane. The Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games.— Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. Saban says that he’d prefer some “teaching sessions on the field” over the summer to prepare for camp, even if it is in shorts and T-shirts. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring sports, including football practices, across the nation.— The Ivy League has decided not to allow its spring-sport athletes to have an additional year of eligibility despite having their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was consistent for the Ivy League, which hasn’t allowed athletes who received medical redshirts to play for a fifth year. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes a way to get back the season they lost regardless of their year in school, but it did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year.— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events. Ohio State’s Wesson intends to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson plans to enter the NBA draft. Wesson announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision.In other college basketball news:— DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao (LAY’-toh) has accepted a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons opened 12-1 and finished 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The NCAA suspended Leitao for the first three games and placed the program on probation for three years, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff.— Gonzaga and Michigan were the standouts in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in both brackets released today by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Michigan was a 1-seed for the men and a 3-seed for the women. Arizona State was the only other school to appear in the top 16 of both brackets. The report focused primarily on each team’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate scores for seeding purposes. Henry rushed for an NFL-leading 1,540 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry while earning his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.In other NFL news:— The New Orleans Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. Terms of the new contract haven’t been released. Williams has spent his whole career with the Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. He has four interceptions in 47 career games.— The Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Funchess had his best season in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. Update on the latest sports Associated Press MLB-OBIT-FARMEREd Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70CHICAGO (AP) — Ed Farmer, an All-Star reliever who spent nearly three decades as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 70.The White Sox said he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and a graduate of St. Rita High on Chicago’s South Side, Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he saved 30 games — then a club record. Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in 1992 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in 2019.Farmer called perfect games by Mark Buehrle (BUR’-lee) against Tampa Bay in 2009 and Phillip Humber at Seattle in 2012 as well as Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s (TOH’-meez) 500th homer.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Crew catalyst back for UW

first_img“Thank God for peer pressure,” the Wisconsin women’s crew team must be thinking.It was on the encouragement of her friends that Sarah Wrenshall decided to take up rowing in high school, and last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year hasn’t looked back.”In high school, all my friends were doing it. I was a swimmer, and I quit swimming, and I just went and joined them,” Wrenshall said. “I guess they peer-pressured me into [rowing].”Wrenshall, now a sophomore, spent most of last season on the novice eight, a squad that finished the season undefeated. For the Big Ten Tournament, though, Wrenshall moved up to varsity.After contributing to the Badgers’ success in the Big Ten, Wrenshall also helped the team earn a very surprising and impressive second-place showing in the NCAA Central-South Regional regatta and stayed on as the team posted an eighth-place finish at the NCAA championship, the team’s highest finish in several seasons.Building on her success from last season, Wrenshall has faced a whole new list of challenges this season, including continuing the jump that comes with moving from novice to varsity. So far, Wrenshall has transitioned very smoothly.”It’s a difficult transition to go from your novice year to your first year as a varsity, and the challenges are a little different for everybody,” UW head coach Bebe Bryans said of the jump.Though competing as a varsity member is difficult enough, Wrenshall must do so with the burden of living up to the expectations that come with being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, an award no Badger had ever received previously.”I tried not to think about it coming into the season, but it’s obviously there,” Wrenshall said. “There is an expectation to prove myself, that I deserved the award, and I have to keep working hard. It makes me want to work harder, though, I want to show everyone that I earned [the award].”Bryans understands the difficulties of having added pressure, but believes that Wrenshall has done a good job of dealing with them.”She had very high expectations of herself, but it’s almost like starting over again when you join the varsity squad, and that’s what she’s done, and she’s really progressing every day,” Bryans said.The Badgers will compete Nov. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., as part of the Rivana Romp, but will not compete again until early April. The break between seasons can be difficult on some rowers, but Wrenshall views the offseason as an added opportunity to improve, and to ensure she and the team are in peak shape for the important postseason tournaments that take place in spring time.”You just have to keep your eyes on the prize, and really focus on what you want to accomplish,” Wrenshall said of training in the offseason. “Your competition is doing the same thing, so you have to keep up, and go even harder. We really want to go out and be able to beat the East Coast teams, the Ivy League schools, and training in the off-season is important if we want to make that happen.”Only a sophomore, Wrenshall has high expectations of herself and the program over the next few years.”It’s really exciting, [the team] is building up, and we can definitely improve our rankings and become a real powerhouse,” Wrenshall said. “I have a lot to work on; the higher level you get to, the more you need to learn, so there’s a lot of room for me to improve. But I’m a hard worker, I work as hard as I can, and I’ll come to practice and just do my best.”Bryans knows how important Wrenshall is to the future success of the program, and is confident that Wrenshall will emerge as a leader and star of the team.”Both physically and in the leadership role, her personality and her energy and her spirit bring a real liveliness to the team, and everyone really enjoys being in her boat,” Bryans said.last_img read more

Michael Schumacher ‘Back to Life’ at Paris Hospital

first_imgMichael Schumacher is ‘conscious’ after being admitted to a Paris hospital for stem-cell treatment on Monday, a report claims.The seven-time Formula One champion was admitted under tight guard to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of inflammation-reducing stem cells.The 50-year-old German, who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps, was expected to be discharged late yesterday. Michael Schumacher (right) enjoying a vacation with his wife Corinna before the accident A nurse told Le Parisien: ‘Yes he is in my service … And I can assure you that he is conscious.’Following the accident, Schumacher’s condition stabilised after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.Since September 2014, he has received round the clock specialist care at his home in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the banks of Lake Geneva.Le Parisien, citing sources it did not name, said Schumacher has been treated at least twice previously at the Georges-Pompidou hospital, admitted each time under a false name and treated by a small medical team.It is understood Professor Philippe Menasché was due to treat Schumacher with ‘infusions of stem cells’ which are designed to produce a ‘systemic anti-inflammatory action.’He was taken to a first-floor cardiovascular unit on a gurney with a dark-blue covering that hid his face and body.The paper said about ten security agents, some equipped with earphones, watched over the patient.Professor Menasche said details of Schumacher’s treatment would remain ‘secret’ for reasons of medical confidentiality.On the two previous visits, Schumacher arrived by helicopter from Switzerland and landed at a heliport in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.During his first stay in Paris, the patient underwent tests at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, but key work by Professor Menache was postponed.Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm declined to comment on the development.Schumacher was off-piste in Méribel with his son Mick – who now races in F2 – when he fell on December 29, 2013.He hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open his helmet.Doctors worked frantically to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.Schumacher has been recuperating at home in Switzerland since and is visited only by close friends, none of whom have divulged specifics about his state of health.UK’s Sportsmail reported last December that although he is making slow progress, if any at all, Schumacher is not bed-ridden or living day by day on tubes.He watches F1 races on television, including with his friend and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, the FIA president.He is understood to be confined to a wheelchair but the specific state of his health remains private.In January the world celebrated his 50th birthday on social media, and the family made a rare announcement.They wrote on Instagram: ‘Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.’They confirmed that Schumacher was in ‘the very best of hands’.The wall of secrecy, enforced at the request of his wife Corinna, was established to protect one of the biggest names in modern sporting times.Schumacher’s family is right to conceal his medical condition, Formula One’s Head of Motorsport, Ross Brawn, has said.Brawn is one of only a handful of people to have visited the stricken driver as he recovers alongside his family in Switzerland.Brawn, who helped mastermind Schumacher’s success at Benetton and Ferrari, and has visited the former champion in Switzerland.‘I am constantly in touch with Corinna, and I totally agree with their decision,’ he said.‘Michael has always been a very private person and that’s been a guiding principle in his career, his life and his family always agreed with that choice.‘It’s completely understandable that Corinna has wanted to maintain the same approach, even after the tragic event, and it’s a decision we must all respect.‘I’m sure the millions of people who are still Michael fans will understand it, too.’Schumacher remains motor racing’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins. He won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.Schumacher’s family fiercely protects his privacy. Thick forest around his castle-like home and high surrounding walls provide sanctuary from fan and media intrusion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more