Maryland: New Bill Amendment Jeopardises US Wind, Skipjack Projects

first_imgThe Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a bill amendment that obstructs installing offshore wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (approx. 44 kilometres) from the coast of the State of Maryland, endangering the US Wind and Skipjack projects which were recently awarded Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits from the Public Service Commission.The amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018, introduced by Representative Andy Harris, blocks the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans for wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from Maryland coastline. This is the distance at which the turbines would not be visible from the coast, according to Harris.“Ocean City’s economy heavily relies on its real estate and tourism sectors, and there has not yet been a proper examination on whether construction of these wind turbines will have a negative economic impact on the community. If construction of these turbines too close to the shoreline will reduce property value or tourism, then the turbines may cause more issues than they solve,” Andy Harris stated.US Wind had already modified its initial plan after Ocean City Council expressed its concern over visual impact. The developer agreed to move the beginning of its offshore wind farm up to five miles eastward, which would reduce the visibility of any structures by more than 35%. Turbines were initially proposed to be installed 12 to 15 nautical miles offshore.Deepwater Wind’s Skipjack wind farm is proposed to be set up from 17 to 21 nautical miles offshore.Harris further added that neither US Wind nor Skipjack had provided evidence that their projects will bring the positive benefits outlined in the Offshore Wind Energy Act (OWEA), which guarantees that ratepayers across Maryland cannot be asked to contribute funds to a proposed project that does not ensure positive economic, environmental and health benefits to the state.On the other hand, after Maryland PSC approved the projects’ ORECs, Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network For Offshore Wind pointed out that the offshore wind farms would have a positive economic and environmental impact: “The award of these projects is the launching point for great economic growth for Maryland: its businesses, and its citizens. Maryland continues to lead–achieving the first commercial scale offshore wind projects in the United States, as well as reaping the environmental benefits of this largescale, clean, renewable energy”, Burdock said in May 2017.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Dominica Ranks High on CNN Places to Visit in 2020

first_imgDominica was selected as one of the destinations included in Vogue‘s list titled “Here’s Where to Travel in 2020“. Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Its online site reaches approximately 6,598,806 unique monthly viewers.Travel + Leisure“Where to Go in 2020” named Dominica one of  “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020.”Conde Nast Traveler‘s  has named Dominica one of  “20 Best Places to Go in 2020!” Conde Nast Traveler is a top U.S. travel publication that reaches approximately 5,351,474 unique monthly viewers.Dominica has been selected as one of Travel Lemming‘s Top Emerging Travel Destinations for 2020!Dominica has been selected as one of the destinations in Fortune‘s “2020 Road Map: The Best Travel Destinations for Every Season of the Coming Year.”com – Three of Dominica’s new upcoming hotels made Forbes prestigious hotel list as “The 10 Most Anticipated New Caribbean Hotels for 2019 and Beyond. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2019/01/04/the-10-new-caribbean-hotels-we-are-excited-about-for-2019-and-beyond/#34ca99fb5ac3 Dominica was listed in the first position of the CNN’s list of Caribbean Islands to visit in 2020 and ranked as the top Caribbean Destination in the fourth position in the CNN 20 best places to visit in 2020.  This caps off a great 2019, in which the destination has received numerous awards and accolades from respected travel and lifestyle industry institutions and publications.This continues Dominica’s long history of receiving awards and accolades dating back over decades, recognizing everything from boutique hotels and properties, ecotourism and sustainability practices.Newly appointed Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives Hon. Denise Charles, expressed her gratitude to the publications that have rated Dominica’s tourism product so highly.  “It is a testament to the hard work of the people of Dominica and exhibits true resilience that we have been able in such a short time after a natural disaster to build back our lives and product for all to experience and enjoy the true spirit of Dominica”.Here is a snapshot of the Destination’s achievements and recognitions resulting from exciting coverage through proactive destination pitching.Dominica has been listed as the first destination in the CNN article titled “10 of the best Caribbean islands to visit,” and as one of CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020.” For reference, CNN is one of the most popular U.S. news outlets, and its site reaches approximately 29,910,012 unique monthly viewers. 303 Views   no discussions Share Share Caribbean Journal named Cabrits Resorts & Spa Kempinski Dominica as the New Hotel of the Year for 2020. https://www.caribjournal.com/2019/12/10/caribbean-travel-awards-2020/Secret Bay featured in Eco-Luxury Resort Piece in Lonely Planet titled “World’s best eco-luxury resorts.” The piece touches on the various eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives that Secret Bay has in place. Lonely Planet is one of the leading travel media companies in the world, and their website reaches approximately 11,849,867 unique viewers monthly.Dominica’s Jungle Bay was hand-selected as one of Fodor’s Finest Hotels 2020!! “The 100 Most Incredible Hotels in the World” and included in the section titled “The Best Hotels in the Caribbean.” Fodor’s Travel is a top travel publication in the U.S that reaches approximately 4,746,829 unique monthly viewers.Dominica was selected as one of The Wall Street Journal‘s “10 Places to Travel In 2020!!” Not only was Dominica handpicked as one of the 10 destinations featured, but it is also the first one listed in the article!  The Wall Street Journal is one of the most popular news publications in the U.S., reaching approximately 43,852,621 unique monthly viewers.Outside Magazinenamed Dominica one of the “33 Best Trips of 2019.” Outside has a UMV of 3,801,533.Jetsetter (UVM: 1,546,141)mentioned Dominica in their roundup of the “8 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Island Getaways for SpringDirector of Tourism Mr. Colin Piper remarked that “It is gratifying that the Destination is being recognized for years of planning, implementation and good stewardship by the valued stakeholders.  We intend to keep building on the momentum of several hotel openings and hope that the Destination continues to reap just rewards” Dominica has also been listed as the fourth destination in the CNN online article titled “CNN Travels 20 best places to visit in 2020” For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube. Sharing is caring! Following a successful World Travel Market in London in November, Destination Dominica received a raft of awards across the eight individual categories during the Caribbean Tourism Organization Travel Media Awards.Discover Dominica Authority won the global resilience in business award at the 4th annual global resilience summit. Globally recognized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism and awarded a Champions of Challenge Award for resilience in business following the recovery of the island after Hurricane Maria.Discover Dominica Authority’s UK marketing agency won at the International Travel and Tourism Awards. Share EntertainmentInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Dominica Ranks High on CNN Places to Visit in 2020 by: – January 9, 2020 Tweetlast_img read more

BATO TO JOVIE: SHUT UP!

first_imgPolice Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido and Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. Dela Rosa, in a media interview inCamp Crame, said Espenido should stop talking or just leave the police force. In 2017 as Ozamiz City police chief,Espenido raided the house of drug suspect Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog who died ina shootout that ensued. “Lahatsila nag-agree to remain silent para matapos nang maayos itong adjudication.I leave it to the chief PNP kung paanonya ite-treat ‘yung pag-pressconference ni Colonel Espenido,” saidAño. MANILA – Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa,former Philippine National Police (PNP) director, criticized controversialPolice Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for statements made against the policeorganization and chief, General Archie Francisco Gamboa. “You are still in the PNPorganization. You observe what should be observed. Talking indiscriminately isnot observing the proper decorum,” said Dela Rosa. Dela Rosa described Espenido as “myman and I am vouching for his integrity.” Gamboa indicated Espenido could befurther investigated for violating the gag order he issued. While he believes Espenido is notinvolved in illegal drugs, Dela Rosa said the police official’s actions werebecoming out of bounds. “Kunggusto niyang magsalita nang magsalitaagainst the PNP, lumabas siya, umalissiya,” said Dela Rosa. “Dapatungkatin ng PNP kung sino ang gumawa ng report na‘yan. Most likely sindikato na pulisang gumawa. Dapat i-follow up ngPNP ‘yan,” Dela Rosa said. “We have internal mechanisms. I willdeal with him internally,” Gamboa said./PN Año said he understood that Espenidowas just trying to clear his name and “i-explainang sarili niya dahil sa dami nalumalabas na story sa media.” In two successive press conferences heheld in Bacolod City (Feb. 19) and Iloilo City (Feb. 20) despite the gag orderfrom Gamboa, Espenido denied being involved in illegal drugs and criticized thePNP for its poor intelligence gathering. Dela Rosa also said it is possiblethat some rogue police officers might be out to sabotage Espenido; he thusurged the PNP to also investigate the information that linked Espenido toillegal drugs. “I will deal with Espenido squarely asthe chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” Gamboa said. Espenido is currently on floatingstatus at the Police Regional Office 6 in Iloilo City under the RegionalPersonnel Accounting Unit. Espenido was instrumental in bustingthe drug syndicate under suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, whose father,then mayor Ronaldo Espinosa of Albueara, Leyte and detained as a drug suspect,was shot dead inside the sub-provincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte in 2016. ThePNP chief then was Dela Rosa. “Peroif I were Espenido, sasabihin ko lang na Iwill answer all these allegations and present my side,” said Año. Espenido, sacked as deputy directorfor operations of the Bacolod City Police Office following his inclusion in thegovernment’s drug watch list, accused the PNP of “failure of intelligence.” For his part, Department of Interiorand Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año said Espenido violated thegag order which was agreed upon by the 357 policemen themselves who were beinginvestigated by the PNP for alleged links to illegal drugs. He, however, did not specify how thePNP would deal with Espenido’s statements. “I know him to be a good policeofficer,” Dela Rosa said. “Hindi ko siyailalagay (bilang police chief) saAlbuera, Leyte at Ozamis City kung involved siya sa illegal drugs.”last_img read more

NO INBOUND FLIGHTS FOR NOW | But OFW ‘sweeper flights’ remain – Defensor

first_imgDefensor said it will depend if when the IATF-MEID would allow the travel of LSIs. “Suspended anay [ang flights for LSIs] kay ti wala [man] sang pasahero,” Defensor said, adding he already informed the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-Iloilo.When would these inbound flights resume? “This is to make sure they are [COVID-19] free and, at the same time, we have to protect the communities and LGUs (local government units) they are going to,” he added. ILOILO City – The Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan town will stop inbound commercial flights transporting locally stranded individuals (LSs) from Metro Manila, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.  However, sweeper flights arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration would still fly returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), he stressed. The sale of airline tickets to LSIs and OFWs – who are not returning or traveling as organized by the OWWA – shall require a valid government-issued identification card showing relevant information such as residence, citizenship or occupation, provided that no return airline ticket should be issued. “We are still under a modified general community quarantine and we still have border restrictions,” stressed Governor Defensor. The rest just needed to secure a medical clearance stating they weren’t confirmed, suspected, or probably coronavirus cases and had completed a 14-day quarantine. For LSIs and OFWs (who are both returning or traveling as organized by OWWA) the issuance of the boarding pass shall require medical certificate and travel authority and a valid government-issued identification card. In his latest move, Defensor cited the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) halting trips bringing LSIs to their respective provinces. The provincial government must be furnished with the passenger manifest of every flight by the airline and/or CAAP at least two days before the flight. During a meeting with Defensor on June 18, executives of Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines agreed on the 1,500 weekly cap on airline passengers. This number would be equally divided among the three airlines.center_img Previously, reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests were only required for stranded individuals recovering from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19.) Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily. Just this June 16, Defensor approved outbound flights to Manila from the Iloilo Airport but only for locally stranded individuals, employees who have work in Metro Manila and overseas workers who have scheduled flights back to their employment abroad./PN Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. Testing czar Vince Dizon announced the two-week suspension on Thursday, June 25, during a press briefing. Defensor, for his part, appealed for understanding and cooperation of the affected LSIs.   Also, chartered flights of OFWs shall be separate from the flights carrying LSI passengers. On June 22, Defensor Jr. allowed the resumption of commercial flights from Metro Manila to Iloilo and vice versa after three months of suspension due to the community quarantine. He issued Executive Order No. 128-C enforcing strict guidelines to be followed. “Nagapangayo kita sang inyo nga pag intindi kag kooperasyon. Ginahimu lang naton ang tanan nga pag-andam kay ti may problema kita nga gina-atubang. Gusto man namon tani nga makapauli man kamo kag makaupod man kamo  sa inyo pamilya galing kay naga-andam kita tungod sang COVID-19,”  said Defensor. Only a maximum of 1,500 passengers shall be allowed for inbound flights per week. Each airline could have twice-a-week flights to the Iloilo Airport, according to CAAP-Iloilo chief Manuela Luisa Palma. “Right now, the trips for our LSIs will have to be suspended because there will be a new protocol given that our test kits have arrived. LSIs will be subjected to mandatory PCR [testing] before they travel to their provinces,” he said.last_img read more

Local students attend FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally

first_img(Left to Right): Torrey Hibbard, Gunner Hollin, Cheyenne Schuler, Skylar Hampton, EmilyVincent, Zoe Ross, Jamie Thomas, Shanna Tschaenn and Ash KingLawrenceburg, In. — – As the school year in most districts across the State of Indiana is in fullswing, students are building up their leadership training in preparation for other events throughoutthe school year. In response, members of the South Dearborn High School Chapter of Family, Careerand Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the Indiana FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally, heldat the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 27, 2018.The Indiana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Rally is one of thestatewide events that brings student leaders and advisers together to encourage students from acrossthe state to become leaders in their families, careers and communities. Throughout the day longevent, students took part in leadership, membership and community service training, skill andknowledge competitive events as well as heard from guest speakers to get students energized aboutbecoming leaders in their communities. Students in Grades 6-8 also took part in the iBuckleUp andweBuckleUp Program which focuses on the importance of seat belt and traffic safety in theircommunities.Dr. Jeff Bond, Principal at South Dearborn High School says “I am very happy to see our studentsexcelling at leadership training and FCCLA here at South Dearborn. Our students need positive peerinfluences like our students in FCCLA, and their commitment to making our school a better place isone of the things that sets South Dearborn apart from other schools”.“After not having FCCLA at South Dearborn for the last few years, being offered the position ofFCCLA Adviser here, has really energized me to helping these students have the same experiences Idid when I was in FCCLA in high school. This program teaches students how to be leaders as well ascrucial skills that will be valuable in any stage of our students’ lives”, says Bryan Schuerman, FCCLAAdviser and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at South Dearborn High School.Students at South Dearborn also hosted the Indiana FCCLA District 12 Fall Meeting on October 23rd,which had students from the following schools in attendance:Family, Career and Community Leaders of America• South Dearborn High School• East Central High School• Sunman-Dearborn Middle School• Rising Sun-Ohio County Middle School• Rising Sun-Ohio County High School• Milan High School• Franklin County High School• South Decatur High SchoolNext, students at South Dearborn High School FCCLA are planning this year’s annual Veterans DayLuncheon which will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 1:00 PM at South Dearborn High School.Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national studentorganization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal,family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.last_img read more

City hammer 10-man Newcastle

first_img Their own hopes hampered by the bid for Cabaye which triggered the Frenchman’s return to the north-east because he was not in the right frame of mind to play, Newcastle wobbled. And when Taylor turned Dzeko’s near-post cross into the path of Silva, the little Spain star nodded home from close range. Toure could well have had a penalty when he was shoved over by Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looked like an accident waiting to happen in an over-run Newcastle defence. As it happened, City’s second came straight down the middle of the pitch. Skipper Kompany put the visitors’ defence on the back foot with an incisive pass to Dzeko, who caught Newcastle by surprise by flicking the ball straight on to Aguero. His quick thinking allowed him to get half a yard in front of Taylor, which was all the room he needed to bury a precise shot into the bottom corner. Amid a flurry of yellow cards Cheick Tiote brought a rare save out of Joe Hart with a long range effort before Dzeko headed Aguero’s cross wide at the other end. If Pardew was contemplating the swings and arrows of misfortune in the minutes ticking down the interval, he must have been incredulous at Taylor’s early exit. As he had also lost Jonas Gutierrez to injury, it was about as bad a 45 minutes as Newcastle could have imagined. Within five minutes of the restart it had got worse. Initially it appeared Newcastle had been reprieved thanks to a brilliant save from Tim Krul to deny Dzeko. The hosts maintained their pressure, though. And after Debuchy had fouled Aguero on the edge of the area, Toure curled a superb free-kick into the top corner. Silva went close from a pass by Fernandinho, who was outstanding on his debut, then Dzeko was denied by Krul again. Nasri’s introduction in place of Aguero on the hour underlined the offensive strength Pellegrini has at his disposal, with Stevan Jovetic not even making the bench due to a minor knock. At the back it is a different matter, though. Kompany’s exit will certainly be a concern given Matija Nastastic’s absence and Kolo Toure’s exit for Liverpool, which meant Javi Garcia was forced to fill in alongside Joleon Lescott. Not that it made any difference to the outcome as Nasri evaded the attentions of Debuchy to slot home City’s fourth. Dzeko went close again before Alvaro Negredo was handed his debut, the former Sevilla man having a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside in the dying stages. Manuel Pellegrini made the best possible start to his reign as Manchester City manager as the Blues cruised to the Premier League summit by beating 10-man Newcastle 4-0. Press Association David Silva took just six minutes to open City’s account with a close-range header. Sergio Aguero added another before half-time, with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also on target after the interval, while Edin Dzeko was desperately unlucky not to open his account for the season too. It was not entirely a trouble-free night for Pellegrini as he lost skipper Vincent Kompany to a groin injury. Yet, compared to opposite number Alan Pardew, the Chilean’s problems are minuscule. Pardew was clearly furious that a bid from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye was made public in the hours before kick-off, which effectively prevented the midfielder from being involved. And when he sees the television replays, the Magpies chief should be equally annoyed with Steven Taylor. Inexplicably, Taylor deliberately caught Aguero round the side of his head with a swing of his arm, right in front of referee Andre Marriner. It was an obvious straight red card and considering the visitors were already two goals down, left them with no chance of salvaging anything from a sorry evening. Having been forced to wait 48 hours to enter the battle, during which time their main title rivals had secured comfortable victories, City seemed intent on making a statement. Aguero had an early shot saved, Dzeko looked lively and Silva schemed. last_img read more

Man who struck Florida highway trooper arrested in New York

first_imgThe suspect accused of running over a Florida Highway patrol trooper has been arrested in New York.Officials reported in a new release that they located the suspect identified as Donnell Reddy, in New York several weeks after he mowed down officers who were conducting a traffic stop on him on May 25th.According to the report, troopers were performing seat belt checks on Florida’s Turnpike near the Hollywood Boulevard exit when authorities stopped Reddy, who was driving a white BMW at the time.Reddy pulled over, however, when fellow trooper Arsenio Caballero arrived to the area to assist in the stop Reddy pulled off from the scene striking Caballero as he crossed in front of the vehicle.Caballero’s body can be seen on surveillance flipping over the vehicle as another trooper runs to his aide. Caballero was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was treated for a broken wrist and several cuts to his head.Investigators eventually found the vehicle Reddy was driving abandoned, however, it wasn’t until weeks later that they located Reddy in New York.Reddy is now facing an attempted murder charge along with aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash. Other charges may be pending that occurred beyond the incident.He remains in jail in New York while awaiting extradition to Broward County.last_img read more

Ga. Southern faces Ga. State in Sun Belt semis

first_imgBIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The dynamic Kane Williams is putting up 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists to lead the way for the Panthers. Justin Roberts has complemented Williams and is putting up 13.5 points per game. The Eagles have been led by Ike Smith, who is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Williams has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Georgia State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 17 field goals and 15 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: The Panthers are 7-0 when they make 12 or more 3-pointers and 12-12 when they fall shy of that mark. The Eagles are 6-0 when they hold opponents to 61 points or fewer and 13-13 when opponents exceed 61 points.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Panthers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Eagles. Georgia State has 48 assists on 80 field goals (60 percent) across its previous three matchups while Georgia Southern has assists on 48 of 84 field goals (57.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgia State is ranked first among Sun Belt teams with an average of 78.6 points per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Georgia Southern (19-13, 13-8) vs. No. 4 seed Georgia State (19-12, 12-8)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Semifinals, GSU Sports Arena, Atlanta; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Sun Belt championship game is on the line as Georgia Southern and Georgia State are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 28, when the Eagles outshot Georgia State from the field 48.1 percent to 34.8 percent and hit 12 more foul shots en route to the nine-point victory. Ga. Southern faces Ga. State in Sun Belt semis March 10, 2020center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Our Dakkada Philosophy is Working, Says A’Ibom Govt

first_imgBy Okon Bassey in UyoAkwa Ibom State Government has said that its Dakkada (Rise) philosophy launched in the state about two years ago has started manifesting as a 14- year old daughter of the state, Miss Imaobong Nse won a gold medal in the women’s 400 meters race at the National Sports Festival which ended in Abuja yesterday.Miss Nse who finished the women’s quarter mile race in 52:35 seconds to win the gold is a senior secondary school (SS2) student in the state. Udom Emmanuel Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img She defeated some more experienced national athletes, some twice her age. Nse was showered with gifts and cash, making her an instant sports celebrity in the country.Speaking in Uyo yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Sam Edoho, said “more gratifying is also the news that Nse is not just an Akwa Ibom daughter, but one of those ‘not too privileged’ girls.He said Miss Nse who takes advantage of government free, compulsory but quality education and the accompanying programmes for her personal acceleration, saying as a teenager she was discovered at the second edition of the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival.“Nse is an example of that girl and boy that Governor Emmanuel came to inspire, to rise above his or her gender, economic and religious biases and environmental barriers to the fate of greatness.“Her success cannot be attributed to any other factor than the expression of a DAKKADA spirit empowered through the School Sports Festival initiated by Governor Emmanuel,” he noted.Edoho noted that at the launch of the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival, an annual Inter school sports competition initiated by present state administration for all secondary school in the state, the Governor had said that the programme will provide a platform for discovery of talents who would become emerging stars in international sports arena.“Less than three years, the vision has become reality. It is even safe to say that without the introduction of the DAKKADA philosophy, the sports festival and building of ultra modern sports facilities across the state for trainings, the likes of Imaobong Nse, celebrated by Nigeria today would have been wasting in one rural community with no inspiration nor platform to express her talent.“The DAKKADA inspired exploits are not limited to sports, in the last two years so many Akwa Ibom sons and daughters have been in the news for the right reasons.Recently, a 19-year old Akwa Ibom son from Awa, in Onna Local Government Area, Master David Umoette made history flying the American Air force plane.“Nse and her colleagues who won 21 gold medals for the state at the sports festival in Abuja have automatically been listed in the hall of fame as DAKKADA Ambassadors and products of Governor Emmanuel’s wise investments in sports development.” Edoho concluded.last_img read more

Skaneateles hockey neared perfection in 2019-20 season

first_imgEditor’s Note: After the cancellation of the rest of the high school winter sports state tournaments, we’ll be periodically looking back at the top local teams and athletes from the 2019-20 season. This edition features the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team.It nearly proved a perfect season for a program long used to greatness, but denied an opportunity to scale even greater heights.The Skaneateles ice hockey team earned its fourth state championship in March 2019 at Buffalo’s Harborcenter, adding to the three state titles it had won in 1983, 1989 and 2015. Then there was back-to-back games on Dec. 3 and 5 against Division I powers Syracuse and West Genesee. Skaneateles shut both of them out, including a 2-0 decision over the Cougars, who were the 2019 state Division I champions.By the time the first state rankings were released on Dec. 17, the Lakers were 5-0, and were placed atop the state poll, where it never left for the next three months.It was on that same Dec. 17 that a long-time rivalry provided Skaneateles with its lone blemish of the winter. Auburn, despite getting out-shot 35-6, managed to tie the Lakers 1-1.Three days later, Skaneateles recorded an impressive 3-1 win at Victor, the eventual Section V and regional Division I champions, and then the team took a two-week break.When it resumed Jan. 3 and 4 at the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament, the Lakers proved as dominant as ever, running over Pelham 8-2 and Baldwinsville 8-1 to take that event.Three straight shutouts followed, over Clinton (2-0), Whitesboro (5-0) and Oswego (6-0). Following that, two games late in January illustrated just how good the Lakers were.Fayetteville-Manlius led Skaneateles in the third period, but the Lakers took over late to pull it out 5-3. Even more telling was Skaneateles going to Casey Park and, against the same Auburn side that tied them in December, roaring to a 10-0 victory.In order to make it through the regular season undefeated, Skaneateles still needed to hold off Clinton 3-2 and, in the Feb. 19 regular-season finale, required overtime to claim another 3-2 decision over Whitesboro.The Section III playoffs did not have as much drama. After blanking Cortland-Homer 4-0, the Lakers went to the Syracuse War Memorial and, in the March 2 sectional final, netted three first-period goals on Whitesboro and never got caught in a 5-1 decision.Once Skaneateles defeated Starpoint 6-1 in the March 7 regional final at Buffalo State College, it was ready to go after the state title before the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic stopped those plans.Four of the top six scorers in the sectional Division II ranks wore blue and gold. Garrett Krieger (21 goals, 23 assists) finished just ahead of his linemates, Charlie Russell (15 goals, 27 assists) and Charlie Major (14 goals, 27 assists).Cole Heintz also scored 21 goals this season to match Krieger, while Casper stopped 92 percent of the shots he faced.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story When that ended, anticipation for the 2019-20 campaign quickly started, for good reason. Most of the Lakers’ key players were returning, from front-line scorers to the goaltender, Adam Casper, who had held up so well during most of the 2019 post-season.And it didn’t take long for Skaneateles to assert itself as the strongest team in Central New York.Opening with a four-game homestand at Allyn Arena, the Lakers topped CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt and then Cortland-Homer in a rematch of the 2019 sectional final, those wins by a combined 12-2 margin.center_img Tags: ice hockeyskaneateleslast_img read more