Boynton Beach Fires Two Officials After Mural Changed to Remove Black Faces

first_imgTwo Boynton Beach officials have lost their jobs, after an art project in the city was changed to replace the images of two black former fire chiefs with white faces.City Manager Lori LaVerriere said in a statement on Saturday that she has terminated public arts manager Debby Coles-Dobay, and has also removed Matthew Petty as chief of the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department.A few hours later, LaVerriere added that she and Petty “agreed that it is in the best interest of the city of Boynton Beach that we mutually separate employment.”The move comes after a public mural that showed the images of two black former fire chiefs in the city was painted over with white faces.“The decision made to alter the artwork that was approved by the Public Arts Commission was wrong and disrespectful to our community,” LaVerriere wrote.She continued, “Every employee in the city of Boynton Beach works for its community. As a leader, I have been very clear that I will not tolerate any employee to be disrespectful, in any shape or form, to any members of our community.”LaVerriere also said the decisions “difficult but necessary.”last_img read more

National Sports Policy definitely needed

first_imgIMAGINE seeking sponsorship almost countrywide and being made to go from place to place only to hear `no’ and be given the `royal run around’.Frustrated is the suitable adjective that can be used to describe the state of mind of the cycling club administrators in Guyana.The quartet of junior cyclists who were chosen to represent this dear land of ours at the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in Barbados, jetted off yesterday to the `Land of the Flying Fish’ to represent the Golden Arrowhead at this year’s Junior Caribbean Road Racing Championships.However, garnering the funds for that trip was no easy feat and comes at great personal expense. Curtis “Chappy” Dey, Briton John, Nigel Duguid and Jonathan Ramsuchit, are the four juniors who will be seeking glory in Barbados.President of the Trojan Cycling Club (PSL), Steve Ramsuchit revealed that despite receiving monetary assistance from some corporate sponsors it was not nearly enough to cover the expenses for the four cyclists.He also pointed out that it was very frustrating, as often some companies would redirect him to their head offices in the capital city; being based in Berbice it is sometimes challenging to make the long trip to Georgetown especially since sponsorship is not given.Ramsuchit had to reach into his own pockets to ensure the trip to Barbados was on; however, the love of the sport is a motivating factor, thus he views this as a worthy sacrifice.Government officials and administrators have repeatedly shied away from the possibility of a sport policy, this is something that should be integral to any nation looking to do well and be competitive on the international stage. Having examined at least three different National Sport Policies from countries around the world, a constant was found in those policies in that of sponsorship which is integral to the continued development of sport in any country.However, sponsorship is something that should be beneficial to all parties involved, this is where a National Policy would come in to critical play. A good partnership between the private sector, government and sport associations is vital to the advancement of sport. That being said, one can only hope things improve and eyes are opened in the right places to the endless positive possibilities for sport in Guyana. should a policy be drafted.Our young athletes won’t have to suffer and scrape to go out into the world as they seek not only individual honours but glory for the entire nation.last_img

The importance of coachability cannot be underestimated

first_imgPhoto by Mike MorbeckRespecting authority · Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers made controversial comments about his coaches this season.Coachability is important, whether you’re a young athlete, a professional athlete or even a non-athlete.I attended a lunch event with Jacob Ullman of FOX Sports last week, and as he wrapped up his presentation, he put up a list of qualities that don’t require talent but can make anyone stand out in the work force. One of the qualities that stood out to me was being coachable. When I was little, my dad would always impart this advice on me. Of course, me being coachable made his life easier as my head coach for the plethora of sports that I played growing up, but I know that he shared that advice with me to better prepare me for the real world. To this day, I value this advice and instruction from my dad. In my third year of college, I’ve really come to appreciate when people are coachable. I’ve seen interactions between faculty and my peers and have observed that those who are willing to listen, take criticism in stride and — to put it simply — be coached are the ones who tend to get further than the ones who don’t.So, it makes sense that the sports executive put up a list for success and being coachable was one of the qualities on the list. But, what about what happens when professional athletes aren’t coachable? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the first players that comes to mind. His personality is larger than whatever room he’s in. An argument can be made that most, if not all, NFL quarterbacks are this way, but that’s not the case.Earlier this season, Rodgers made comments about the wet ball drills that his coach, Mike McCarthy, had the team do before their game in Detroit, where rain was forecasted.ESPN quoted Rodgers saying that he went through the drill “as a favor to the coaches because I don’t like that drill, because it’s unrealistic.”Yes, it’s good that he went through the drill for the sake of listening to the coach. I’m not saying that players should blindly listen to their coaches or people should blindly listen to their supervisors, but there should be a level of respect to how they act. Rodgers also carries himself with an aura that he’s better than those around him. This isn’t a secret. A number of current and former players have talked about this. I think part of being coachable comes with being a team player. To me, when someone is coachable, two things can come from it. One, the person themselves benefits from the instruction and advice. Two, the people surrounding that person — whether it be teammates or coworkers — will inherently benefit. A coachable player — in their willingness to learn — can improve the camaraderie and relationships of the team. When a player is willing to listen to instruction, he or she begins to improve their level of play, which, in turn, improves the play of the team. An NFL quarterback that comes to my mind as being coachable is Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. In the absence of Tony Romo, this fourth-round pick has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 start.As the time for Romo to come back into a starter role draws near, talk coming out of the Cowboys’ locker room has been that they support Prescott starting and that Romo hasn’t really been around. The locker room support around Prescott is a testament to Prescott as a player and as a teammate, not to mention that he’s helping lead the team to a winning season — something they’ve only had once in the last six years. Anyway, all of this started with the idea of being coachable. Regardless of what level a person is at, being coachable — as well as being a team player — is one of the best qualities someone can have and utilize to be successful.   Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

USC heads to UCLA for weekend series

first_imgIt’s rivalry weekend in Southern California as the 18-15 USC Trojans face off against the 13th ranked 22-10 UCLA Bruins across town at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The last time the two teams faced off was at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic on March 11. The game ended dramatically, as USC junior left fielder Lars Nootbaar hit a go-ahead home run late in the eighth inning to bring the game to a 3-2 win for the Trojans.THE SEASON SO FARLing Luo | Daily TrojanSC The team hopes to come ahead again this time around, since they have not done very well against ranked teams — they hold a 2-5 record against teams that are ranked. They lost all their games against the Stanford Cardinal and only earned one other win against Arkansas.Despite holding an above .500 record in overall play, the Trojans possess a 6-9 record in conference play, ranking seventh in the Pac-12 standings. The Trojans have yet to win a Pac-12 series against a higher ranked team, having lost to Stanford, Washington and Arizona.After starting the season on the right foot with a 7-1 record, the Trojans have fallen short, going 11-14 over their last 25 gamesand look far from the team they were at the start of the season. Both the defense and the offense have not played well thus far — or at least not up to the standards of a typical USC baseball team.“Well, we got to try and win as many games as possible from here on out,” head coach Dan Hubbs said after the loss to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday. “I still believe that this team is capable of going on a run, but we have to play well. We have to pitch well and we have to play well.”On paper, the UCLA Bruins are the favorites going into the weekend. The Bruins rank eighth in the country in ERA with 2.85, while the Trojans have a lackluster 4.76 ERA in comparison. The Bruins also have a better batting average, .277 compared to the Trojans .248, and a better on base percentage; .397 over USC’s .332.PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FORThere are a few players to watch in the series this weekend. For the Bruins, sophomore outfielder Jeremy Ydens leads the team in batting average with an average of .378 in 98 at-bats this season. Along with Ydens, sophomore infielder Chase Strumpf has proved himself as the team’s primary slugger, as he has already crushed 8 home runs. He also holds a .333 batting average this year.On the USC team, freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez is a player to watch. After suffering a broken wrist earlier in the season and being out for about a month, he has come back into the Trojans’ lineup and immediately made an impact both offensively and defensively. He has batted .319 average this season, the best batting average for the Trojans. Junior first baseman Dillon Paulson is another player to watch for on the Trojan team. After hitting 2 home runs in the 6-1 win against the LMU Lions, Paulson now leads the team with six home runs on the year. Nootbaar follows closely behind with 4 home runs.EXPECTED STARTING PITCHERSMost likely pitching for the Bruins is senior pitcher Jake Bird who in nine starts has an impressive 1.65 ERA, while allowing only 11 runs all season. He has posted 36 strikeouts on the season. Despite his rather impressive numbers, he is not unbeatable. He holds a 4-2 record entering this series. Freshman pitcher Zach Pettway has been equally impressive this season and is also a viable option to start at the mound for UCLA. He holds a 5-1 record with a 2.85 ERA while leading the team in strikeouts with 43. He’s been impressive at defining the strike zone, walking only nine batters this year. For the Trojans, freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt will most likely hit the mound this weekend. He has been inconsistent all season, but flashed pure brilliance earlier in the year year when he threw a no-hitter against Utah. And while he has struck out 42 batters so far this year, he hasn’t shined all season. He holds a 2-3 record on the year with an 4.20 ERA. Both teams hope to improve their respective records and standing within conference play. The games will take place at Jackie Robinson Stadium Friday night at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon.last_img read more

Local Stars ready for SA match

first_imgHead Coach of the Local Black Stars Herbert Addo, says his side is well psyched up for their opening Africa Nations Championship Group B game against South Africa Saturday.The team has been training in Sudan for the CHAN tournament after their 12-day pre-tournament camping in Kenya.Ghana, silver medalists at the maiden edition, has set a target of winning this year’s competition.Coach Herbert Addo says the team is battle ready for the task ahead.He said since their last match, the players had shown significant improvements.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

Students take classroom underwater in ‘Science in the Sanctuary’ class

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Alpena High School freshmen took their classroom underwater on Friday.The class “Science in the Sanctuary” spent a day at the pool where students had the chance to learn to scuba dive, control underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), write underwater, and locate underwater artifacts.John Caplis is the instructor for this brand new class. He also teaches ‘Shipwreck Alley’ which involves similar exploration at the Plaza Pool. Freshmen have been looking forward to this day all semester.“All of the classes that I’ve heard about are like, you just sit there, and you do notes, but this class, it’s really cool because it’s all hands on,” said Freshman Gloria Kroll. “If anybody gets the chance to take it, they should take it.”Members of the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Intiative, Huron Pines AmeriCorp, Great Lakes Divers, and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary helped the kids experience some of the tools used to explore below the depths. These tools are heavily utilized within the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary where scientists and archaeologists conduct experiments and explore what lies beneath.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, great lakes divers, Huron Pines AmeriCorp, NEMIGLSI, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Plaza Pool, Science in the Sanctuary, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Local business celebrates National Pretzel Day by giving back to veteransNext Alpena Shipwrecks ready for Saturday Night Openerlast_img read more

Texas A&M football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Aggies

first_imgThere’s a reason Jimbo Fisher is getting paid $7.5 million annually over 10 years in College Station. The Aggies want to get to championship-caliber football, and quick. As mentioned with that schedule, it might be a bit much to expect a huge leap in Year 2 — but don’t be surprised if A&M does take a significant step forward. The Aggies played tough against fantastic competition last year — including Alabama and Clemson — and only lost one game by more than a touchdown. The players on Fisher’s roster should have bought in by now, and that should be apparent as the Aggies make their way through that schedule. It’s also worth noting Fisher had a rose record in his second year at Florida State before finally breaking through with a 12-win season in Year 3.3. Kellen Mond’s developmentMond in 2018 was good enough to help the Aggies to a nine-win season, and having another year under Fisher the quarterback guru should result in improved play for the junior. He completed 238 of 415 passes (57.8 percent) for 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions while running for 474 yards and another seven .touchdowns. He showed off athleticism and efficiency against Alabama (98 rushing yards), Clemson (430 passing yards) and LSU (seven total, six passing touchdowns) but also looked subpar against Arkansas and in losses to Auburn and Mississippi State. The Aggies will need him to be more consistent in 2019, especially with 1,760-yard rusher Trayveon Williams headed to the NFL. The 2019 season could be one of paradoxes for Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.The Aggies, in Year 2 of the Fisher era, showed enough promise in 2018 and are bringing in enough blue-chip recruits to build a contender in the SEC. But their schedule features five teams ranked in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25, including four top-seven teams and the top three teams in Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. MORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019It’s certainly not a make-or-break year in College Station, but it should be a formative one, and telling of how quickly Fisher can deliver the results he’s being paid a king’s ransom to achieve.Texas A&M is ranked No. 11 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019. Here’s a closer look at the Aggies heading into 2019:Texas A&M football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationAug. 29Texas StateCollege Station, TexasSept. 7at No. 2 ClemsonClemson, S.C.Sept. 14LamarCollege Station, TexasSept. 21No. 16 AuburnCollege Station, TexasSept. 28ArkansasArlington, TexasOct. 5ByeOffOct. 12No. 1 AlabamaCollege Station, TexasOct. 19at Ole MissOxford, Miss.Oct. 26Mississippi StateCollege Station, TexasNov. 2Texas San AntonioCollege Station, TexasNov. 9ByeOffNov. 16South CarolinaCollege Station, TexasNov. 23at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.Nov. 30at No. 7 LSUBaton Rouge, La.Dec. 7SEC championshipAtlantaBold denotes SEC gameMORE: SEC 2019 primerTexas A&M football recruiting 2019The Aggies saw a huge jump in their recruiting prowess in Fisher’s first full year on the job. Texas A&M hauled in the nation’s No. 4 overall class (No. 3 in SEC) according to 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. That’s due in large part to Fisher’s commitment to securing in-state talent: 18 players of the Aggies’ 27-man class hail from the Lone Star State. That includes A&M’s two five-star talents in offensive tackle Kenyon Green (No. 1 in-state recruit) and DeMarvin Leal (No. 2 in Texas).Texas A&M football roster 2019Texas A&M’s football roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonWhat to watch from Texas A&M in 20191. What a scheduleNo other team in college football faces a tougher top-heavy schedule than Texas A&M. The Aggies travel to No. 2 Clemson in the second game of the season, then accept No. 16 Auburn in College Station two weeks later. They’ll get what should be a much-needed bye the week before top-ranked Alabama visits before a manageable five-week stretch. Their season ends, however, with consecutive road trips to No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 LSU. A&M could very well be a better team this season, but going through that slate of games might be too much to ask — but what if it did?2. Year 2 of the Fisher eralast_img read more

Match between Sarajevo – Travnik Finished with 2:2

first_imgIn the last match of the sixth round of Telecom Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo and Travnik finished with the result f 2:2.On the stadium “Asim Ferhaović Hase” in front of about 3 000 spectators, all four goals were scored in the first half of the match.Sabahudin Jusufbasic in the 10th and 18th minute scored for FC Travnik, and Bojan Puzigaća in 23rd  and Krsto Velkoski  in 35th  minute scored for FC Sarajevo. (Source: Fena/ photo scsport)last_img

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The what to do with the old junior high building question

first_img Loading … What do you think the school board should do with the junior high building Advertise the building in hopes there is a developer who will do something with it. Wait a year and see if the company that was going to make it in to apartments will come back and try again. Sell it to a company for demolition. Demolish it on its own. Keep it at status quo. The building is still useful. Put some money into and make it more useful to the community. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 373 weeks ago smh…..and these same people voting to save it by throwing money at it, will ***** about their taxes going up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down CJH · 371 weeks ago Hate to tell you-taxes will go up anyway and we will have nothing to show for it-I think it is worth putting money into-there is a variety of things the building could be used for-the community theater being one great example- Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Iowa high school music competitions shift to being virtual

first_imgBOONE — The executive director of the Iowa High School Music Association wants to set the record straight after false information has circulated about events being cancelled due to COVID-19.Despite some necessary changes, Alan Greiner says every effort is being made to continue holding the competitions which have become an annual focal point for young musicians across Iowa.“The IHSMA State Marching Band Festival has been cancelled as far as the traditional in-person festival that happens in eight different regions,” Greiner says. “We have moved that festival to an online format.”He says the decision to shift the marching band event to virtual comes out of concern for the health and safety of students and staff. It follows an earlier decision to move the All-State Music Festival audition process online.“That’s a regional festival where we bring multiple schools together into a single location in small enclosed spaces for students to audition for an adjudicator,” Greiner says, “who is typically somebody who’s experienced and would be in the high-risk category for the virus.”The music association is also issuing Return to Learn guidance for schools to aid them in making sure the classroom environment is as safe as possible.“It’s based upon some research that’s being done at the national level,” Greiner says. “The results from that are very preliminary at this point, it’s a six-month study, but they realized the importance of getting some preliminary information out so schools could start to make decisions based upon the most recent information that’s available to them.”Auditions for the All-State Music Festival will be held online in late October, with the virtual festival scheduled for November 19-21. The date for the State Marching Band Festival has yet to be announced.last_img read more