Blackboard 9 upgrade aims for efficiency

first_imgFor months, the Information Technology Services department has been advertising the coming of the “new Blackboard.” While many students have seen this new addition advertised on their Blackboard home pages, many have probably not explored the full range of what this means after the switch takes place this summer.As Blackboard is upgrades from Version 7.3 to Version 9, the overall look of the website will be overhauled, replacing the blue and gray color scheme with USC’s traditional cardinal and gold. More substantially speaking, Blackboard is making a number of logistical changes that is designed to make it a more useful and productive tool for teachers and students.Professors will no longer have to access a separate control panel to make changes to their class page. All options for uploading files, creating assignments and posting links will be available to them on this new course page.Furthermore, any updates posted by instructors will be transmitted to the students more efficiently in the new version. On each course home page there will be modules such as “My Announcements,” “What’s New” and “To Do.” Each page will provide students with information that has changed since the student last visited, and all students and teachers will receive a nightly e-mail if anything has been changed or updated in the course.The “to do” feature of the course home page will allow students to include paper dates or test reminders to help them stay organized. When turning in assignments on Blackboard, the new system will no longer use the drop-box design of the current version. With Blackboard 9, the new assignment tool allows instructors to create a separate box for each assignment. In addition, Blackboard will automatically rename each student’s file to include the assignment name, student’s username and the filename of the original submittal.While the grade book, now termed the grade center, is commonly used by students to check their grades, the changes that have been made in Version 9 are primarily for instructors.In the grade center, input of student grades will be similar to entering data in Microsoft Excel and will go directly into the grade center spreadsheet. Blackboard will keep a grade history where it will show the new grade, old grades, when the grade was changed, and who changed it, and instructors will also be able to create and print grade reports. Some students said they did not believe the upgrade to Blackboard would directly affect their use of the website.“It seems like the changes were made for the teachers. But I guess that will probably mean better Blackboard class pages for us,” said Buck Elkins, a junior majoring in civil engineering.While new features are included in Blackboard 9, there will also be a few items missing. While students will be able to send e-mails to their class, the “send e-mail” link in the tools section will no longer be available. To increase communication between the student and the class, the website also features blogging and journal sections.Many students said they would welcome the changes, and said the website was in need of improvements. “Blackboard has been needing to be updated. Its format looks old and I hardly use it for anything other than checking my grades,” said Samantha Klein, junior majoring in fine arts.last_img read more

Korger: Kaminsky feels right at home in United Center

first_imgFrank Kaminsky fulfilled a life-long dream, playing on the same floor of the team he\’s been a fan of since childhood.[/media-credit]Before he grew to the size of a tree, before he was a Division I college basketball player, the Wisconsin Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky dreamed of playing one day at the United Center.Growing up as a fan of the Chicago Bulls in Lisle, Ill. – he even has an aunt who works for the team – Kaminsky spent time in the building, but never got his chance as a player to touch the floor. Not in high school, not in AAU, never.So, when he finally got his chance to live that dream, he made sure it counted.In the team’s biggest game of the season, in a moment of need, it was Kaminsky who took over. After a 9-0 Michigan run had whittled an 11-point Wisconsin second-half lead down to just two with more than two minutes remaining, the sophomore center made his mark.With point guard Traevon Jackson blanketed by the Wolverines’ star guard Trey Burke, Jackson threw a bounce pass to Kaminsky with just four seconds left on the shot clock. Catching the ball almost three feet above the top of the arc, the center caught his defender, Mitch McGary, flatfooted.Driving to the lane, Kaminsky pulled up on the left elbow with two seconds left on the shot clock and watched. The ball initially hit front iron, hit the backboard above the square, hit the inside of the front of the rim and fell in.“There were some really big moments in that game, and that was one of them,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said regarding Kaminsky’s jumper. “They were out of luck … there were many moments, but that one’s going to be striking for a little bit.”The shot put the Badgers up four and brought the team’s bench to their feet, but Kaminsky wasn’t done showing off his talents at the United Center just yet. With the team up five with a minute left, Jackson penetrated the lane and dished to Kaminsky, who squared up to the hoop and finished the layup in traffic.Those two moments were just four points of eight on the night for Kaminsky, who helped Wisconsin weather the Michigan run with starting senior center Jared Berggren on the bench with four fouls.“It was nice, they were both shot clock plays,” Kaminsky said of his two big buckets. “We ran good offense and found a couple weak spots in their defense and took advantage of it.”So, what were the Chicago-area native’s first impressions of playing on the floor of his dreams?“It’s a little weird, it’s way bigger than anything I’ve ever played in before,” Kaminsky said. “We didn’t get a shoot around or practice before, just a warm-up, so we had to get a feel for it first.”It was a big game for another Illinois native as well. Ben Brust scored 14 points and brought down eight rebounds in the game and was impressed by his teammate as well.“Frank’s always ready,” Brust said. “He just wants to help this team and contribute.”Maybe that’s the reason why the Badgers didn’t show up offensively in the first half. The Badgers scored just 17 points in the first half – a number that would have been lower if not for a Jackson three in the waning seconds. Shooting an abysmal 17.2 percent in the game’s first 20 minutes, head coach Bo Ryan’s team looked lost in the headlights of the big stage.Michigan didn’t play much better, but it still clung to the lead. Kaminsky didn’t have a single point in the first half, but hit a big three in the second half to put the team ahead 29-24 with at the 14:40 mark in the second half.The basket was part of a 10-0 run that pushed the Badgers to their first lead since 2-0 in the opening minutes of the first half.“I don’t know, man, he showed up. He’s done that at times this year,” senior forward Mike Bruesewitz said. “He picked a good time to do it. Keep doing your thing, Frank, because we need more of that. I said in the pregame speech we need one guy, it’s usually during tournament games, there’s always that one guy who comes to play that you don’t expect.“It’s kind of that unsung hero you always need in a game like this, you always need in tournament time.”He has a point. Last year it was Rob Wilson’s 30 points against Indiana that propelled the team to a victory in the quarterfinal and now, Kaminsky had the timely points to seal the deal this year. So with the Badgers locked up for a showdown with the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers, who knows who will step up next.But, one thing is for sure, Frank Kaminsky is comfortable playing hero at the United Center.“Chicago’s the best city in the world,” Kaminsky said with a smile on his face.Nick is the Sports Editor of the Badger Herald and a fifth-year senior fearing graduation. Besides covering football/men’s basketball/softball for the paper, Nick enjoys beer, cheese and all things college athletics. Have a thought on the column? Email him at nkorger@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Men’s water polo falls short again in NCAA championship match

first_imgIt wasn’t how they expected the game to end.For three quarters, the men’s water polo team kept a steady hand over Cal. Their lead wasn’t large, dipping from one point to two and back down to one. But heading into the fourth quarter of the NCAA championship on Sunday, the Trojans had a two-goal lead and a fresh dose of confidence. After dropping two straight championship games in bitter losses to UCLA, this was the year to avenge themselves.But then, quite suddenly, it wasn’t. An early goal in the fourth quarter was followed by a quick shot off a power play. With 4:05 left in the game, the 5-3 lead had evaporated and the score was tied. Cal took the lead 30 seconds later, and the Trojans were left scrabbling to keep up.They evened it up twice with goals from junior driver Blake Edwards and freshman two-meter Matt Maier. But a trip to overtime deflated the momentum and the confidence of the Trojans, who eventually fell 11-8 in their third-straight NCAA championship loss.“We started the game great,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We had a really very focused and defense was excellent. Did a great job in the half court defense. And we really had the game in control until the last quarter.”That final quarter displayed a lack of endurance and attention to detail that will haunt the Trojans until next season. The defense put on a brilliant show in the first three quarters, with junior goalkeeper McQuin Baron notching a career-high 19 saves, 11 of which came in the first half. But that defense became more sloppy as the Trojans relaxed entering the final quarter.It’s the type of simple mistake that the Trojans don’t intend to make in the future.“We really got to understand that these big games are not going to be given to you,” Vavic said. “You have to go out and get it. You have to work harder, focus harder.”This is a position that the Trojans are used to — both being in the NCAA championship, and losing it late in the game. Vavic’s team has been in the past 12 championship games, an unprecedented streak for a college program. But his team has fallen apart in the final quarter for three years in a row, and that pattern is one that he hopes to break.The match ended on a sour note, with Cal taking a three-goal lead and driving in the final goal with only six seconds remaining. But for a team that will only graduate one senior, the loss is only fuel to a fire that will keep burning until next year. Only minutes after the loss, players’ minds were already moving to the next game, the next season and the next championship.“Overtime games are always challenging. Final games are always challenging,” junior James Walters said. “That’s the way sports go. We fell short. We need to go back and take a look at everything and train for next year.”last_img read more

4 Syracuse players earn annual College Hockey America awards

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Allie Munroe, Emma Polaski, Lauren Bellefontaine and Abby Moloughney each earned yearly College Hockey America awards as Syracuse (10-21-3, 10-8-2) heads into the conference tournament. Munroe, a senior captain, was named the best defenseman in the CHA and earned a spot on the conference’s first team. Munroe led the Orange in points (24) and blocks (67). Munroe is the only player representing Syracuse on the first team. Munroe recorded the seventh-most points in the conference and led all defensemen in scoring. Freshman Lauren Bellefontaine won the conference’s Rookie of the Year Award. Bellefontaine tallied six goals and ten assists in the regular season and racked up three Rookie of the Month Awards. Both Bellefontaine and fellow freshman Abby Moloughney were named to the All-Rookie Team. Bellefontaine and Moloughney have been teammates since they were 13. Sophomore Emma Polaski earned All-Conference Second Team honors. Polaski led SU in goals (11) and shots (101). Only Munroe recorded more points than her. Aside from the individual awards, SU is focused on the CHA Tournament. The Orange play Lindenwood, who they swept in the regular season, on Wednesday night in the first round. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Munroe said before the team left for Buffalo.center_img Published on March 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Taiwanese baseball might have found its pioneer in Red Sox’s Tzu-Wei Lin

first_imgNo pioneer ever had it easy. But then, why has it taken so long for the long-awaited Taiwanese breakthrough in the U.S.?“Language and life is different,” Lin said. “Food. For me, the language is hard. Just a couple years ago I thought I couldn’t do it because it’s tough, it’s hard in my life.”Anyone with a map can see that Taiwan is an island a world away, but sometimes the simplest explanation is also the most accurate.Lin doesn’t think of himself as a pioneer, at least not yet. Still, he doesn’t want to go quietly into history. He doesn’t want to be a singular figure in the baseball history of Taiwan.“I just want to tell the young guys: you guys can do it,” he said.In English. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings “There has to be a place to play after (Little League),” said Fred Claire, the former Dodgers general manager. “There wasn’t any high school or college (development) that enabled them to be ready to play in Japan or other places.”Pro baseball has existed continuously in some form in Taiwan since 1996. Along with the usual growing pains, the Chinese Professional Baseball League has suffered from game-fixing scandals throughout that time. It has lagged behind the organized pro leagues in Japan and South Korea as a development vehicle.Claire once signed pitchers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park, turning each into a pioneer. To this day Claire remembers the fawning scouting reports he received on the Korean-born Park, who debuted in 1994. He vividly recalled the surprise phone call from Arn Tellem alerting him to the possibility of signing Nomo, who was an established pitcher in Japan before his Dodgers debut in 1995. Claire said he never had the same reaction to a scouting report from Taiwan.Including Claire, I reached out to 11 current or former major league executives for this story. None has personally scouted in Taiwan. This also suggests a break in the pipeline. As baseball operations departments expand, it’s less necessary for a top executive to travel that far to see a player. But if there is a large enough pool of talent or even one elite prospect – Shohei Ohtani comes to mind – it’s not uncommon.Starting with Claire, the Dodgers tried to make it work. They scouted Taiwan with the same scrutiny as Japan and South Korea. Between 1999 and 2003 they signed three of the first five Taiwanese players to reach MLB. One, pitcher Hung-Chih Kuo, remains the only Taiwanese-born player to make a major league All-Star team.For all his success, Kuo never had a “mania” attached to his name. His status as a pioneer never rivaled that of Nomo or Park. His talent didn’t match theirs, and neither did his hype. Lin’s favorite player growing up?“Ichiro Suzuki,” he said. “He got power but he doesn’t want to use it. He just want to get on base. Me too. I just want to get on base.”‘GOOD FEEL FOR THE GAME’At 5-foot-9, Lin doesn’t cut a superstar’s frame. Despite his torrid start to the season – he was batting .500 when the Red Sox opened a three-game series in Anaheim on Tuesday – his ceiling for achievement might not be that of an All-Star. Still, those close to him in Boston describe a player whose fundamentals are so solid, his floor could keep him in the major leagues for years.That is somewhat remarkable in itself. Unlike Ohtani – again, the extreme example – Lin’s physical tools would not have been enough to overcome subpar coaching. But it appears that Lin was very well-coached as a teenager. The Yankees tried to sign him at 16, two years before Lin was set to graduate high school.Lin said he wanted to leave, and the Yankees offered $305,000. But his desire was neutered by pressure from teachers and coaches who urged him to finish high school.“They told me don’t go because it’s not good for me,” Lin said. “I’m 16. I have to finish high school. Maybe more money’s coming. You never know what team may want you.”Boston saw enough in Lin to sign him to a $2 million bonus.One evaluator who saw Lin shortly after his arrival as an 18-year-old remembered seeing a player who “looked raw, physically immature, but with good feel for the game on both sides of the ball.” His main shortcomings were size and strength.Once his physical maturity came around, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said, Lin proved quickly that he fit in. He could play four positions well. And his newfound willingness to speak English paid off.“He’s the funniest guy – really quiet, so then when he talks you’re not expecting it,” Red Sox coach Tim Hyers said. “He’ll say a one-liner.”THE MESSAGELin said his older brothers and cousins played baseball, too. That got him started as a 9-year-old. However, no one in his family tried to make it outside of Taiwan. Even after he signed with Boston, Lin didn’t believe he would reach the majors.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox ANAHEIM — When the Boston Red Sox signed Tzu-Wei Lin, an 18-year-old infielder from Taiwan, he immediately began taking an English class and was assigned an interpreter, Mickey Jiang. A couple years ago, still in the minor leagues, Lin said Jiang offered some unusual advice: stop using me.“Don’t be by yourself,” Lin said. “You have to play with your teammates. Last year I tried better. I was more comfortable.”Lin is 24 now. He is married with a child. His professional baseball career is about six years old, almost all of it spent on the east coast of the United States – 12 time zones away from Kaohsiung City, as far from home as a man can be.Wednesday, Lin conducted an entire interview in English for what he said was the first time. He answered questions for more than 17 minutes. It’s not hard to imagine how, in some alternate timeline, a Taiwanese-born position player could have become a household name in the U.S. years ago. In that case, by now it would take more than one hand to count the number of Taiwanese-born players active in MLB.Yet here we are. Lin has spent a mere eight weeks in a Red Sox uniform. As of Tuesday he needed only 14 hits to become the all-time hits leader for a Taiwanese player. Only Chin-Lung Hu is ahead of him on a remarkably short list.Hu played from 2007-11, mostly for the Dodgers. He hit well enough to become the subject of a famous meme – “Hu’s on first” – and that remains his biggest claim to fame in the United States. He did not hit well enough to become an everyday player.Only two other Taiwanese-born position players, Che-Hsuan Lin and Chin-Feng Chen, have reached the majors at all. Why?BROKEN PIPELINEThe answer isn’t a simple matter of talent. Taiwanese teams have won 17 Little League World Series championships, more than any foreign country. The first was in 1969. Many believed the first Tzu-Wei Lin would have arrived years ago. The fact that he did not points to a break in the developmental pipeline – specifically in the teenage years.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League credits giving up alcohol to boost in energy

first_imgIt was the first playoff series of League’s 11-year career. Rather than simply continue what he’d started, League decided to double down in the offseason. He stopped regularly eating out at restaurants and switched to a Paleo diet at the suggestion of Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel.According to thepaleodiet.com, meals are designed “upon everyday modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors.” Meat and non-starchy fruits and vegetables are encouraged; other forms of carbohydrates, particularly whole grains, are discouraged.League, who was previously listed at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, didn’t really need to lose weight coming into this season. He lost 20 pounds anyway.“I feel great,” he said. “It’s a huge step. It’s a big lifestyle change. Who doesn’t like a couple glasses of wine, great tasting food at restaurants?”AlsoProspect Julio Urias threw approximately 40 pitches to live hitters Sunday, the first time he’s faced his teammates in major league camp. The 18-year-old left-hander struck out four batters: Alex Guerrero (twice), Chris Heisey and Joc Pederson. … The Dodgers signed veteran middle reliever Mike Adams to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Adams, a 36-year-old right-hander, went 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA for the Phillies last season after missing most of the year with injuries to his right shoulder. … Jimmy Rollins said he had a two-hour-long conversation to get to know teammate Yasiel Puig in the Dodgers clubhouse recently. “It was a good thing and I was happy I did it,” Rollins said. “I was going to do that anyway with a number of guys on the team but he just happened to be there by himself, with his cousin actually, who acted as the interpreter.” GLENDALE, Ariz. >> To hear Dodgers pitcher Brandon League tell it, shedding 20 pounds and giving up alcohol were just a means to the end.The fact that the Dodgers are encouraging players to eat organic food in spring training, and League has been on a paleo diet for months? Pure coincidence.The only purpose for the change in lifestyle, he says, was to have more energy.It began in August 2014, a time in the baseball calendar when the season starts to wear on a pitcher’s body. League was 31 years old, no longer a rookie. He noticed he wasn’t bouncing back well the days after he pitched – not well enough, at least – which can be a crippling problem for a relief pitcher. “I was getting enough sleep, eating as well as possible,” League said. “The only other factor I saw was alcohol.”League insists he didn’t have a drinking problem. He wasn’t staying out all night. It’s just that sometimes one glass of wine would turn into two, and even that can add up over the course of a 162-game season.“I was enjoying myself more than I should’ve been,” he said.So League stopped cold turkey. He said Saturday that he hasn’t had a drop of alcohol since August of last year. By September, his energy had returned. The results followed. League didn’t allow an earned run over his final nine regular-season appearances.In October, League appeared in all four National League Division Series games against the Cardinals with only one day off in between Games 2 and 3. Part of that was out of necessity, since the Dodgers had few reliable relievers, but League responded to the challenge. He inherited three runners and none scored. Of the seven batters League faced only two reached base, via a single and a walk, and neither of them scored either.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Errol Spence Jr.: The growing legend of boxing’s disturbingly calm boogeyman

first_img“It was a tournament, and I think it was my third fight,” he says as a mischievous smile slowly stretches across his face. “I hit a dude in the chin and when he fell, I could hear him yelling that he couldn’t feel his legs. From that point on, I was trying to knock everybody out.“For me, that is the ultimate goal. You get done early and take very little punishment. That’s what fans and people want.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAlthough kind, Spence takes some pleasure in hurting people. It’s not a sadistic kind of pleasure but one that is rooted in the idea that he’s better than the man standing across from him. It has worked for 24 professional fights — 21 of which have ended with his opponent incapacitated by his debilitating power. Spence will look to give the people what they want when he fights in front of his hometown crowd in his first pay-per-view on Saturday against a fellow unbeaten in Garcia. It’s common knowledge that Texas is football country, and young boys who grow up in the Lone Star State long to put their athletic talents on display at Jerry World. That goes for Spence, who relocated from Long Island, N.Y., as a 2-year-old. But he always thought he’d be doing so running the pigskin for the Dallas Cowboys. He never dreamed he’d be doing so as a fighter. “We used to go to the barber shop to watch Lennox Lewis fight,” Spence recalls of his first memories being exposed to boxing as early as 5 years old. “It would be a big gathering, but while everybody else would be rooting for Evander Holyfield or Mike Tyson, my dad was going for Lennox because he was part Jamaican.”Despite his father’s obsession with boxing, Spence simply wasn’t interested in partaking in the sweet science. After all, he was just a kid in a big football state where the heroes were Cowboys greats like Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Spence wanted nothing more than to follow in their footsteps. “I never even though about being a boxer because I always wanted to be a football player,” he says. “It never really crossed my mind until my dad took me to the gym. And even then, it took me another year before I became really interested in it.”Although Spence was a pretty good athlete, his father wanted to keep him active during the offseason. Entering his teenage years, the elder Spence decided to take his son and a few of his friends to the boxing gym to see what they had. “It was hot,” he recalls of his first memories inside a Texas boxing gym with a few of his friends at 15 years of age. “It was like a Rocky movie. No air conditioning, and it was real bummy looking. My friends didn’t last long. I wanted to quit, but my dad wouldn’t let me.”Spence picked up the sport quickly and became obsessed with Roy Jones Jr., who was a human highlight reel in the early 2000s. Spence sought to emulate Jones but quickly realized that what Jones was doing wasn’t conducive to a young talent who was still learning his way around the boxing ring. “I tried to fight like Roy at first,” he says with a laugh. “With some people, I could do it, but at other times it was an epic fail. He did a lot of stuff wrong, but his athletic ability made him one of one. You can’t copy Roy, and I found that hard way.”MORE: Farmer, Hearn plan to call out Gervonta DavisSpence took his lumps, but the challenge of beating another individual in a one-on-one fight was one that he willfully accepted. Football was left fading in his rearview window. Soon enough, Spence was winning tournaments and putting on scintillating displays of power inside the squared circle. He won the U.S. National Golden Gloves in 2009 and three consecutive national amateur welterweight championships from 2009 to 2011. But even with those wins, he was still learning. “I was beating guys up, but a couple of pros beat me up real bad, but I think that was because I would get fatigued,” he says. “I would be good for a few rounds, and then I’d get beaten from pillar to post after that. But that demonstrated my character because I would keep coming back after getting beat.”Looking to emulate his idol in Jones, Spence tried out for the Olympic team. But just like Jones — and other American professional greats — Spence faltered under controversial circumstances as he dropped a decision to Andrey Zamkovoy in the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics. Although he didn’t medal in the Olympics, Spence knew that eyes were on him. And with a full commitment to boxing, Spence decided to turn pro on Nov. 9, 2012. “I had no plans at all if boxing didn’t work out,” he says as his hand rubs the top of his head. His stare suggests that he’s dead serious that it was boxing or nothing. “I used to listen to motivational speaker Eric Thomas a lot, and he said that you aren’t putting your all in Plan A if you are working on Plan B. That became my mindset. I had to put my everything into boxing.”And he did.But the legend of Errol Spence didn’t happen in front of the eyes of boxing fans. Instead, it was built on the lore of what took place behind closed doors during sparring sessions with boxing’s best. He allegedly dropped a then-unbeaten Adrien Broner during one session while famously being the man who gave Floyd Mayweather a wicked black eye during another. Spence still won’t gloat over those sessions where he gave today’s biggest stars all they could handle. But he will admit that he wasn’t sparring with the likes of Broner, Mayweather and others just to give them good work. He was there to prove that he was better than them. Soon enough, the folklore of Spence’s sparring sessions began to materialize in the professional ranks. He plowed through opponents with devastating results as the knockouts piled up. By 2015 it was no longer a matter of “if” he’d reach the pound-for-pound rankings, but when. Brutal exhibitions of power were put on display against the likes of Samuel Vargas, Chris van Heerden and former world champion Chris Algieri. But it wasn’t until Spence traveled to Sheffield, England, to challenge Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight title that the casual fan was put on notice. Nearly 33 minutes of savage power punching resulted in Spence smashing Brook’s orbital bone and yanking away the title in overwhelming fashion. He had arrived, and a crowded 147-pound division could no longer ignore him. Spence isn’t a character who is interested in marketing himself outside of the ring. His mellow demeanor and Texas drawl aren’t in line with some of the colorful personalities that make up boxing’s most watched. There is no cloud of controversy that hovers above Spence’s head. He’s simply an exceptional talent, and he wishes that was good enough to make him a star. MORE: GGG opens up about DAZN signing becoming official“You have to overcome the stereotype that comes with being a black athlete,” Spence says as he leans forward in his seat. If there’s a topic that gets a rise out of him, it’s this one. “There’s a stigma that you have to talk trash, be brash and spend all of your money to get attention as a black fighter. It sucks when guys like Canelo (Alvarez) can simply be great fighters and people love them for it. I don’t have to be mean or cocky. People say that I don’t look and act like a fighter. What does that mean? What am I supposed to act like? That makes it hard for me.”While there are some who are trying to fill the void that Floyd Mayweather left upon his retirement by talking their way to the top, Spence is uninterested. Instead, he’s happy that he’ll be fighting in his first pay-per-view after only six years as a professional while fighters like former champion Keith Thurman — whom Spence admits he doesn’t care for — have yet to have the opportunity. “I’m not going to go out of my way to talk trash,” he says. “I can but I won’t go out of my way to be something I’m not. I don’t need to do that to become a superstar. I think I’m doing a pretty good job now with this being my first PPV in my sixth year as a pro.”Ah, the pay-per-view. This is the good part. Although the 147-pound division is ripe with talent, nobody was going out of their way to call out Spence. Outside of a fight with fellow pound-for-pound fighter Terence Crawford, who fights for a rival promotion, there are few who stepped up to the challenge of facing Spence. It would take an unbeaten fighter in a weight class that was two divisions lighter who would begin knocking loudly at the door. Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) made it abundantly clear in 2018 that he wanted a piece of boxing’s boogeyman. And after Garcia rolled through Adrien Broner and Robert Easter, two fighters whom Spence regards as friends, the knocking became too loud for Spence to ignore.“When he first called me out, I didn’t think anything of it,” Spence says. “But then my management came to me and suggested we could do this at Cowboy Stadium. And that was always a dream to me that I couldn’t pass up.” Garcia will climb up two weight classes to challenge Spence in a fight that is big enough to be broadcast on pay-per-view. There was no trash talking or antics to take the fight to this level. Simply a mutual respect between two of boxing’s best, with the winner having a legitimate argument in being recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the business. MORE: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia: Fight time, PPV price, how to watchSpence recognizes that he’s in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” position as the bigger man in this fight. If he destroys Garcia, critics will suggest that the weight played a huge factor. If it’s a nip and tuck bout, they’ll question whether Spence was that good to begin with. But like the 2012 Olympics, Spence knows that people will be watching. And if he can use the budding popularity of Garcia to springboard him into bigger and better fights, so be it. Spence exits the van at AT&T Stadium and takes a look up at the massive video board that hovers above the 50-yard line. In a few short days, his image will be spread across that screen and beamed into homes across the country. The 29-year-old father of two little girls is well aware of what’s at stake on Saturday night. His demeanor changes as he takes to the stage for the final press conference. To this point, the two sides have kept things respectful with minimal trash talking. But Spence has grown weary of his opponent’s passive aggressiveness and makes it clear that the idea of respect will be tossed out of the window once that bell rings. “I know I’m the best fighter in the world, and I’m going to show it Saturday night,” Spence says. “I’m going to punish him and make him wish he took his brother’s advice to not take this fight.” As mentioned earlier, it’s “strap season,” and the man called “The Truth” is seeking to find his glory on Saturday night in front of his hometown. Garcia is merely a stepping stone to greatness for Spence, who promises that what he will do to Garcia won’t be for the faint of heart. The calmness of how he explains what will happen to Garcia is delivered in a similar fashion to how he enjoyed telling the story of hitting a man so hard that he lost feeling in his legs. Spence takes great pride in his ability to hurt people, and the fact that he’s so relaxed is probably the most frightening thing about him. Boxers, beware. The boogeyman is coming. DALLAS — It’s Wednesday afternoon and the van for Team Spence pulls up to a luxury apartment complex. The sleepy-eyed IBF welterweight champion pulls up the rear as his father, Errol Spence Sr., and longtime trainer, Derrick James, approach the vehicle with red satin jackets with the worlds “Strap Season” adorned across the back. The phrase is a statement that Errol Spence Jr. is after all of the major world titles at 147 pounds. As they file into the van, Spence plops down on the leather seat next to me in a green sweat suit and a pair of Nikes. The van pulls off in route to the AT&T Stadium, where the final press conference before Spence defends his title against Mikey Garcia on March 16 is taking place. His eyes wander and it’s difficult to tell whether he’s excited, exhausted or indifferent. Small talk ensues and, for the most part, Spence’s expression remains the same. His drawl is slow and measured as he rarely raises his voice. There’s concern that my voice recorder will pick up more of the whirling A/C unit in the vehicle than the conversation. That is until the topic of when he realized how hard he could punch is brought up. last_img read more

Wellington Council directs clerk to produce 2016 budget with 3-mill increase

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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago Thanks for the write-up of what went on in the work session last Wednesday. I believe you were the only press member present and otherwise the information may not have gotten out to the public till much much later. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Dead Broke · 265 weeks ago The cost of doing business, that is what is killing the City of Wellington. So, its another property tax increase for the hard working soon to be broke citizens of Wellington. There is just no way around it because of poor management on the City of Wellington’s part now we have to bail out the City to maintain a good bond rating. One thing holds true to the City of Wellington and that is we are “taxed very well”! Who in their right mind would want to move to and live in Wellington? Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down paycheck 2 paycheck · 265 weeks ago So how much does a 3 mill increase cost a property owner? Why is it that boards and counsels always direct these types of penalty tax at home owners? Why not adjust the utilities, at least that way EVERYONE pays. Another example of failed representation. Report Reply 4 replies · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 265 weeks ago I understand the need to regain ground, I even get all the cuts and wage freezes. What I don’t get is why we need to make it all back in one year when it took years to make the problem. The same can be said with the hospital. These aren’t problems that popped up this year. They have been building for the last twenty years. It seems insane to me that we have to correct the whole problem NOW! Talk of closing the hospital, farming out EMS and police duties to the county. What kind of city will we have left? Take all that away and all we have is sewer, water, streets and a lot of trash. I am for an electric increase also. Please leave my property taxes alone. My house is the only thing I own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago Tonight’s meeting of the Council, Mayor, City Manager and Health Authority Board (I gather) will be an executive session which I understand means no press present, no citizens unless approved by council, and mayor, city manager. Save yourself the trip unless you have been approved prior or you have some certainty you will be approved before they go into executive session shortly after council meeting starts. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago FYI, There is one group that may not be paying for actual utilities used and it would be interesting to know how their usage is calculated. The 92 or 96 residents of Wheat Capital Manor pay one lump sum monthly for rent and utilities (H20, electricity, trash, sewer). Frankly, what some pay for their lump sum is what I paid in the 70’s for all those items as a student. I would have little concern about what they pay if there was some conservation/education effort directed at that group. I know personally that some have little concern for how much H2O, electricity, sewer they use. They know they will not be asked to pay more because of their one defined cost per month. What is the agreement that the city has with this HUD housing entity? Does the city get one lump sum payment for utility usage regardless of how much is used? It would be interesting to know. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down living not well · 265 weeks ago I for one have lived in this city for most of my life, having moved away for 13 plus years. I brought my family back here because it was a town I believed in and loved. When we moved back here I was in shock as to the loss of business downtown, how run down it was looking, just many things. Then the taxes, between them and the utilities, we are honestly having to look for another town to move to. We bought our home, we both work great jobs, we don’t live off the system, we pay our taxes. We are going broke living here, instead of saving for home repairs, we are saving more and more for taxes, utilities. I know they say that we are less then most cities in these issues, but I am here to tell you living in a big city, little suburb, and here, this is by far the most expensive place we have lived. They are pushing the “small” people out. The people who truly are hard working, home owning citizens are going broke. My home taxes have gone up every year, I’m ready to kill my lawn and trash it so that my taxes will go down for a while. (not really going to do that but seriously). Its just getting really out of hand for those of us who don’t have a lot and do work hard. Kudos to those of you who can make it. Live well Live Wellington…REALLY??? we definitely need to change this logo. We could’ve said this years ago when downtown was booming. Businesses are struggling to stay afloat here as well. I have talked to several who wont be able to stay in business if taxes and utilities keep rising. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down lisa mary · 265 weeks ago Why not just spend less money across the board and lay off “pet projects” and run things like you would run a tight family? Rebuild the prudent reserves, then never spend like a rogue cartel lord again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 265 weeks ago If the Hospital can`t pay there bills ,close it. Quit throwing money it` and the Airport , or let those that use the Airport , support it.. Let the golf course start getting some revenue from the pro-shop. I would certainly like to own a business that the city would furnish a building and pay my utilities. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 265 weeks ago I have a question…and maybe somebody can answer this….Why are we supporting the run way fund for the airport??? Does Wellington citizens use the runway for anything besides the couple families here that can afford to buy a plane??? This is a waste of funds…those families that use it…need to pay for it all….not us whom will never use it… Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has directed City Clerk Shane Shields to prepare a budget calling for a 3 mill increase from the previous year t0 city property tax owners.The increase is expected to generate $120,000 in revenue to go into the city general fund and will offset possible increases in the electric rates which have yet to be addressed by the council.The council is hoping to build back the utility reserve fund in hopes of not affecting the city bond rating (see story here). The council hopes to build the reserves from $5.5 million back to $8.5 million.The directive was given to Shields at Wednesday afternoon’s work session at the council chambers. Earlier this year, the council increased the water and sewer rates.Shields will now complete the preliminary hearing and will present the budget for a “Notice of hearing.” That will be sent to the legal publication two weeks before the budget is completed. The public hearing and the finalized budget vote will be held by the council at its August 18 meeting.The 3-mill proposed increase will also include several cuts in the general fund. The proposals for the 2016 general fund budget is as follows:•The ambulance and fire department is having a decrease in property tax expenditures from $93,605 to $35,430.•The Library is requesting the same budget as in 2015 at $225,284.•Special Liability fund will remain the same with contingency at $72,674.•The hospital sales tax fund is budgeted to increase from $1.26 to $1.49 million due to the implementation of a half cent sales tax in April 2015 and approved by voters in November.•There is no increase in the special city highway fund and will delay a $200,000 purchase of a street sweeper.•There is a slight decrease in the special alcohol and drug program.•The special parks and recreation fund will be the same with three items planned for 2016 at a cost of $10,500 that includes playground mulch, picnic tables and Woods Park bridge repair.•The tourism and convention business goes from $32,000 to $25,000, with $10,000 going to the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, $10,000 going to the Wheat Festival promotion and $5,000 to other groups.•An increase of $121,440 in bond and interest with budgeted reimbursement payments from Sumner Regional Medical Center for boilers and other infrastructure made in 2010.•A decrease on emergency reserves from $15,000 to $7,000 for capital outlay general services and $65,000 to $10,000 for capital outlay expenditures for the police department.•A decrease in capital improvement expenditures including $20,000 for a pool slide.•The subsidy from the general fund for 2015 increased to $72,900 from the original budget of $57,500. A transfer of $90,000 to golf course capital improvements were removed which eliminated three proposed purchases of equipment for 2016.•An slight increase in sanitation collection expenditures.•The airport includes a $270,000 expense for the runway project should the FAA grant be awarded, although, an outside source of funding would have to be found. The $270,000 is the 10 percent city cost for the project.Revenue projections without a mill increase is $8.3 million and expenditures at $8.2 million.The council gave a directive to Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert to freeze all city employee salaries as is and to eliminate positions based on attrition.Shields said at this time, no changes in overtime have been budgeted. That was briefly mentioned at the work session Wednesday with Eckert saying he is going to talk to the department heads concerning the matter.The big issue will be surrounding the hospital. A work session was scheduled for today. Shields told the council that any money coming from the hospital will be budgeted as a net gain.The work session was attended by all council members except Kip Etter. Council member Jim Valentine left after the first hour of the two-hour meeting.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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PH U18 team scores stunner in handball tilt

first_imgWhatever the results, Philippine Handball Federation secretary general Ernesto Jay Adalem said he is pleased by how tough the Filipinos carried themselves against the well established Indonesian squad.“We are preparing for the youth and junior teams because this is where we have the biggest chances of winning in the region,” said Adalem who accompanied the two teams in Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe PH U18 dropped its debut Wednesday night to title favorite Thailand, 40-22, in a match that saw the Filipinos leading in the first 10 minutes.The country’s U20 team (juniors) suffered its second straight defeat Wednesday, bowing to Malaysia, 39-18. It also lost to Indonesia Tuesday, 34-25. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH handball youth (U18) team after winning over Indonesia.The Philippines Under-18 handball team scored a stunning 40-25 upset over favorite Indonesia late Wednesday to boost its medal chances in the IHF Trophy Zone 1B in Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia.Making a case for the sport that is relatively new in the country, the PH team can make the finals with a win against host Malaysia late Thursday. Otherwise, it will be relegated to bronze medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “Our junior team (U20) are mostly youth players (U18) because we are preparing them for future tournaments,” said head coach Joanna Franquelli.Franquelli said the event coincides with coaching course to be attended by three Filipino coaches and conducted by German mentor Wolfgang Luwak.The IHF Trophy is program for developing countries for handball and is fully subsided by the International Handball Federation.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award If impressive against Matthysse, Pacquiao eyes Lomachenko fight View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more