BLOG: Before You Go Out During the Holidays, Plan Your Ride Home

first_img December 23, 2015 BLOG: Before You Go Out During the Holidays, Plan Your Ride Home By: Colonel Tyree Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner The Blog The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but unfortunately, the holiday season turns tragic for many families due to crash related deaths on our roadways.  Last year during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 1,039 crashes across the state – including 35 fatalities – involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol.The public can help make the season a safer one by never driving impaired.As you contemplate your activities this holiday season, check out the SaferRide app.  The app, developed last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to curb drunk driving, is available for free download on Android and Apple devices and is a great option to facilitate a safe ride home after you’ve been drinking.  Once the app is downloaded, you can use it to call a taxi or a friend by identifying your location so you can be picked up.Drinking and driving is not worth consequences that can last a lifetime, like being responsible for a crash that may hurt or kill others and yourself, putting your professional future at risk or paying higher insurance rates, just to name a few. Before you go out, plan your ride home.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Al-Shabaab storm security training site in Somali capital

first_imgFour Islamist militants were killed on Sunday during an attack on a compound used by Somali national intelligence officials for training, the internal security ministry said, adding that the government did not suffer any casualties.“We foiled the attack. As you can see, these are the dead bodies of the four al Shabaab men who attacked this building,” said Mohamed Yusuf, internal security ministry spokesman, as the gunmen’s bullet-ridden bodies were displayed in front of media.Al Shabaab wants to topple a Western-backed government in Mogadishu and has in the past stepped up attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday.The group on Saturday attacked a police post near the capital, killing eight officers.last_img read more

Argonauts Drop GSC Tournament Opener

first_imgArgonauts Drop GSC Tournament Opener Share May 4, 2007Box ScoreSOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Jeaniel Pati’s single in the top of the ninth inning plated two runners as Gulf South Conference West third seed Henderson State held on for a 5-4 win over GSC East Division second seed West Florida on Friday. The game was the opener for both teams in the 2007 GSC Tournament. Henderson State (27-13) won their second straight over the Argonauts, while West Florida’s (34-24) streak of nine consecutive GSC Tournament first round wins came to an end.West Florida will face GSC East fourth seed West Georgia in a loser’s bracket game on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. West Florida must win three games on Saturday in order to advance to Sunday’s semifinal. West Florida and West Georgia split their four-game series during the regular season.With Henderson State leading 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Heather Bell (Bradenton, Fla./Bayshore HS) led off with a walk. Melissa Chastang (Saraland, Ala./Satsuma HS) then laid down a bunt that was fielded by Henderson State pitcher Katie Corbell. After Chastang was safe at first, first baseman Tiffany Stiger’s throw behind Bell at second base was high and rolled all the way to the fence in left center. Bell and Chastang both scored to tie the game at three. Later in the inning, West Florida put runners at first and second with two outs, but Corbell fielded a hard ground ball off the bat of Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) to end the inning.Julie Carroll (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) and Bell singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Chastang reached on an error, Henderson State caught Carroll in a run down between third and home plate. Carroll was eventually tagged out at third for the second out. Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) followed by lining out to left field to end the inning.Henderson State broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning. With Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest HS) in relief of Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS), Kelcie Glidden was hit by a pitch, and Tori Gast singled. Pati followed with a single to left field that scored the go-ahead run. Chastang misplayed the ball in left field, allowing Gast to score from first base and give Henderson State a 5-3 advantage.Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) tripled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. After Walton filed out to left field, Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) walked and was later caught in a run down between first and second. VanCamp was eventually tagged out during the run down, but not before Gay scored from third to cut the deficit to one. Staub then popped out to shortstop to end the game.West Florida loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and scored on a bases loaded walk to Ellen Marsh (Ankeny, Iowa/Central Florida CC). The lead held up for the Argonauts until the top of the fifth inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Pati singled to left field to tie the game. Stiger followed with a deep fly ball to left field that Chastang reached over the fence to catch for the second out. Pati then took off for second base with a runner at third. VanCamp’s throw was high and into center field, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Pati later added an important insurance run with a solo home run in top of the seventh inning.Corbell (14-4) allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits with seven walks and two strikeouts. Walton (17-9) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in one inning of relief. Burge received a no-decision after striking out nine over eight innings.First pitch of Saturday’s game between West Georgia and West Florida is set for 9:30 a.m. CST. Follow the game with “live stats,” and live audio and video on the softball page of www.goargos.com. If West Florida wins in the morning, they will play at 4:15 p.mPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Celtics to face Chicago in first round of NBA playoffs

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Boston Celtics will begin the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls in a seven-game series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16.Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 53-29 in the regular season and will have home-court advantage. Chicago finished eighth with a record of 41-41 and won the tiebreaker with the Miami Heat for the last playoff spot.Below are dates, locations and TV listings for all games. If necessary, times for Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7 will be announced at a later date. All times are Eastern.Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16, TNT (Boston)Game 2: 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, TNT (Boston)Game 3: 7 p.m. April 21, ESPN (Chicago)Game 4: 6:30 p.m. April 23, TNT (Chicago)Game 5 (IF NECESSARY): April 26, TBD (Boston)Game 6 (IF NECESSARY): April 28, TBD (Chicago)Game 7 (IF NECESSARY): April 30, TBD (Boston)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Cricket News Toxic Air, Shakib Al Hasan Ban Dominates India Vs Bangladesh T20I Build-Up

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Not a ball has been bowled in the India vs Bangladesh series but already there has been plenty of action. Off the field that is. Sourav Ganguly’s elevation as BCCI president, a historic announcement of a Pink Ball Test at the Eden Gardens, the ban on Bangladesh superstar Shakib Al Hasan and finally the ‘Airpocalypse’ that Delhi is witnessing. The venue for the first match at the Arun Jaitley stadium has been under the scanner due to the severe pollution levels that have gripped Delhi-NCR after the end of Diwali. Bangladesh players were seen playing with a mask while India’s players had no problem. However, the Bangladesh players may not be masking the anguish that they will feel with the loss of Shakib. The all-rounder, one of the best in the world, contributes runs, wickets and leadership skills in abundance. Take him out of the equation and Bangladesh will be facing an uphill task. They have never won a Test or a Twenty20 International against India anywhere and with Shakib’s absence, the streak might unfortunately continue unless they play inspired cricket. For India, it is a chance to fine-tune their Twenty20 preparations after a dominant performance in the Tests against South Africa. It must be remembered that against the Proteas, the Twenty20 series ended 1-1 but they hold the psychological edge against Bangladesh, whom they have defeated in all eight Twenty20 Internationals. Be it the Nidhas Trophy of 2018, the Asia Cup of 2016 or in the World T20, India have always hurt Bangladesh in a big way psychologically. This series gives them a chance to further continue building their momentum.Team NewsThe series will be an opportunity for Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur and Rajasthan’s Deepak Chahar to show what they bring to the table. There are still around 20 matches that India will play before next year’s World T20 in Australia but the Indian team management has said that it would prefer to identify the core of the team without much tinkering. It is time for these youngsters, including spin all-rounder Washington Sundar, to make a case for themselves. Dube’s selection in the playing XI will rule out both Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson because the remaining slots are likely to be taken by Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar.Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Appeals For Calm, Patience From Bangladesh Fans As He Opens Up On ICC SuspensionFor Bangladesh, they will struggle to fill the Shakib-sized hole that is in the team. With Tamim Iqbal also not available, the batting and bowling have taken a hit. Mahmudullah, their skipper will be the mainstay and the onus will also be on Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarker to deliver the goods.Pitch and weather conditionsSmog! Smog! Smog! The weather in Delhi is currently severe due to the pollution. It will be a miracle if no player falls ill during the course of the match. The pitch in Delhi is traditionally a slow, low turner which will give assistance to the spinners. A total in excess of 160 could be match-winning here.StatsIndia have won all eight of their Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh. Both teams have played in India only once and it was an absolute thriller, with India winning by one run after Bangladesh spectacularly choked in the 2016 World T20 clash in Bangalore when they needed two runs off three balls with three wickets in hand.last_img read more

KKR would’ve won more titles if Russell had played under my captaincy — Gambhir

first_imgTHE Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was always a team filled with the star players ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But the team didn’t perform to its potential in the first few editions of the tournament.However, Gautam Gambhir became the captain of the team in 2012 and it changed everything. KKR won the IPL twice, in 2012 and 2014, courtesy of his leadership skills and the team did well when he was at the helm.But Gambhir feels that the franchise would’ve won more IPL trophies if Andre Russell had played when the former was with the KKR. Interestingly, the strongly built Caribbean player was picked by the franchise ahead of the 2014 edition in the auction for just Rs 60 lakh. While he played only a couple of matches during their title-winning run in the same season, Russell scored 326 runs at a strike-rate of 192.89 in 11 innings in IPL 2015.Though he didn’t dominate much in the following season Russell smashed 188 runs in 8 outings at a strike rate of close to 165. But then 2017 proved to be a tough year for him as he was banned for a year in the doping case and had miss the IPL that year. However, the KKR kept faith in him and retained him ahead of the mega auctions.And Andre Russell proved their decision right with his scintillating performances in IPL 2018 and 2019. After missing playing cricket for a year in 2017, he came stronger and fitter than ever and ripped apart the opposition bowling line-ups for fun. Rather he won a few games for the team single-handedly. But then, the franchise had released Gautam Gambhir in the mega auction and he wasn’t able to lead the team when Russell was at his best.Speaking at the Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, the former India cricketer and current BJP MP wished that the Caribbean swashbuckler should’ve played when he was with the KKR during his seven-year stint with the franchise and they would’ve won a couple of titles definitely. He also recalled that in the same auction when KKR bought Russell for a meagre amount, Pawan Negi was sold for a huge amount of Rs 8 crore to the Delhi franchise.“Imagine Russell going for 50 Lakhs to KKR and Pawan Negi for 8 cr to Daredevils. I probably wished that he would have been there for seven years when I was playing we would have certainly won one or two more,” Gambhir said. Interestingly, despite Russell being at his best, the KKR hasn’t performed well in the last two seasons. (CricTracker)last_img read more

Orange defense thrives off pressure, turnovers in 22-8 win over Virginia Tech

first_img Published on April 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Virginia Tech’s Cawley Bromley lifted one hand off her stick, spun around and dropped her head back. She jogged up the field after she couldn’t catch a pass and watched it trickle out of bounds. She walked back to her spot near the 50-yard line and stood next to Syracuse’s Kelsey Youmell.On the next Syracuse possession, the Orange scored its 22nd goal of the game.It was a sequence that happened all afternoon for the Hokies: A turnover, followed by an SU goal.“(I) thought we were aggressive,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said, “caused a lot of good turnovers, got the ball back and happy with the outcome today.”The No. 7 Orange (9-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) defeated Virginia Tech (6-8, 0-5) 22-8 on Saturday in the Carrier Dome thanks in part to a strong defensive performance that led to seven goals off turnovers. It was just the third game this season that SU held its opponents to fewer than 10 goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse face-guarded VT’s Megan Will, who ranks ninth in the country in goals, throughout the game. After using a pressure zone defense in the first half, Gait incorporated some man-to-man in the second half, holding the Hokies to just three second-half goals.“Obviously that throws a little bit of a wrench in your plan,” Virginia Tech head coach Megan Burker said of the mid-game adjustment, “but I thought our offense did a nice job of handling it. We just didn’t convert the way that we wanted to on our shots.”Due to the Orange’s pressure, none of VT’s first seven goals were assisted and most came in unsettled situations when shooters were one-on-one with SU goalie Kelsey Richardson.But in more typical offensive sets, the Hokies repeatedly threw the ball away. And while Virginia Tech took 28 shots, only 14 of them were on goal, a testament to the defense’s performance, Richardson said.“Our defense is really coming along and really working out all of our kinks,” Richardson said, “and I think each game we get better and I think it’s going to be really, really effective come the ACC tournament and farther in the postseason.“We’re peaking at the right time.” Commentslast_img read more

Student Affairs, DPS host forum on safety

first_imgVice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson and Dept. of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton held a meeting Tuesday regarding campus safety and health, addressing issues including student health concerns, crime near campus and DPS operations.Safety first · Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson and Dept. of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton discussed Thursday at a forum in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center health and safety concerns. – Samuel Ham | Daily TrojanThough crime has decreased over the last several years, student use of counseling services for mental health has increased since 2003 by more than 6,000 cases per year, and in the 2011 USC American College Health Association “National College Health Assessment Report” concerning graduate students, stress was reported as the top health concern affecting academic performance, Jackson said.He said focusing on these and other health and safety problems will create a healthier community.“Sometimes students are in crisis … our responsibility in Student Affairs is to resolve those crises,” Jackson said. “We’re concerned about supporting students in all their activities at USC.”Claudio Tarchi, a freshman majoring in music industry, said handling stress is something students should cope with.“USC is definitely a stressful place,” Tarchi said. “It should be on the student, though, to be responsible with their time.”While Jackson primarily focused on student health, Drayton discussed the issue of crime on campus.Drayton said, although crime has decreased since 2006, he hopes to reduce the current crime rate by continuing to implement DPS initiatives that make catching culprits easier.DPS currently controls 72 video cameras, 49 license recognition cameras and more than 500 alarms across campus. DPS uses these tools in its campaign to “minimize the spaces,” which involves using DPS resources to reduce areas in which crime is possible to prevent law breaking before it even occurs, Drayton said.Drayton said this pre-emptive strategy is more effective in reducing crime in the long term than responding to crime reports, and crime prevention should be a partnership between law enforcement and students.“Safety and security is a shared responsibility,” Drayton said. “DPS has the responsibility to keep students safe — students have the responsibility to report potential problems to make officers’ jobs easier.”Students had mixed feelings about the efforts of DPS and Student Affairs to keep students safe and satisfy their health needs. Riss Emond, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said USC seems more focused on increasing efficiency and improving academic performance than improving student health.“The administration doesn’t appear to have the same interests as students in regards to safety,” Emond said. “The university is spending a lot of time and money chasing after stolen bikes, while bigger issues like sexual assaults sometimes go uninvestigated.”Chris Gebert, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science, said it’s comforting seeing DPS on campus.“DPS does a good job,” Gebert said. “It’s always nice when it’s late and you see a DPS car drive by.”Jackson and Drayton said they are optimistic that their departments’ initiatives will make USC both safer and healthier for students.“Victims of crime [at USC] have been steadily going down in the last several years,” Jackson said. “The key for me is that we create a community of respect.”last_img read more

NBA Draft: Michael Gbinije tries to answer the questions he faces coming out of Syracuse

first_imgMichael Gbinije had prepared for the moment. He’d heard the whispers from other guys who had already been through Boston. He’d run more than normal on the treadmill. He knew the Boston Celtics worked their prospects hard before making them compete in one final conditioning drill.In the afternoon on May 21, the former Syracuse point guard felt good when he found himself at the end line of the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, ready to run as many sprints as he could in three minutes.“It’s competitive,” Gbinije said. “You’ve got the front office people watching, the coaches watching. Regardless of how you played in (the scrimmages) before, you have one last chance. … I wanted nothing left in the tank leaving the workout.”Twenty-seven times he made it up and down the court. There were a handful of prospects there and Gbinije said he was bested only by former Louisville guard Damion Lee, who managed 29.Gbinije eventually completed the same drill for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. By the time the NBA Draft starts on Thursday at 8 p.m., Gbinije will have worked out for 15 teams. Those teams combine to hold every pick from No. 27 to No. 47, among others. That range corresponds with most mock drafts, which project him in the late-first or mid-second round.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKiran Ramsey | Web DesignerBy then, he’ll have finished all his preparation: Studying an NBA superstar, working out with a famous trainer and answering all the questions front offices have for a fifth-year senior who took longer than most to figure out his best position on the floor. And the school at which he could play it. And at a program with an unusual brand of defense.“The first question every team asks is, ‘Can he guard man-to-man?’” said Frank Gbinije, Michael’s father. “And obviously he’s showed that he can, in AAU, at Duke and on the Nigeria national team. … Quite frankly, he would prefer man-to-man (to zone) because he wants to chase the ball.”That’s a question that’s stalked many Syracuse players after leaving the Orange’s signature 2-3 zone. But what that man-to-man question really means, multiple people said, is: Does he have enough speed for NBA point guards? The size for small forwards?There are more questions surrounding Gbinije because of his lack of stability. He started at Duke, then transferred to Syracuse and sat out a season. He didn’t get much playing time his first year in orange then found some consistency as a forward — only to shift from the wing and reinvent himself as a point guard for his last season.All that change leaves most scouting reports with the basic information spun different ways: He recently turned 24. It’s too late to develop him. Or, he’s primed to be a low-maintenance contributor on a win-now team.He is 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds. That’s too small for forward or too slow for guard. Or, his frame and skillset fit perfectly into an NBA trending toward smaller lineups when he could handle the ball at forward. He is ‘fundamentally sound,’ in many reports. He has a low ceiling because he is decent everywhere but excels nowhere. Or, that shows intelligence, versatility and potential upside when given a role.Gbinije’s assets are known. What he’ll do with them is not.MORE COVERAGE:NBA Draft: The case for picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case against picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi RichardsonNBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi RichardsonOn the beat: NBA Draft preview and a look ahead to the 2016-17 Syracuse basketball season Related Stories On the beat: NBA Draft preview and a look ahead to the 2016-17 Syracuse basketball seasonNBA Draft: The case against picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case for picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi RichardsonNBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi Richardson Published on June 21, 2016 at 11:53 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR The search for answers started immediately. After a two-week break following the Final Four to finish school, he flew from Syracuse to Los Angeles. There, he worked out with NBA trainer Rob McClanaghan, a former SU basketball walk-on who has worked with stars Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony.They worked on shooting, another question from NBA teams. Gbinije shot 46.1 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3-point range in the last two seasons, but teams want to know if he’s a good enough pure shooter for that to translate.McClanaghan emphasized to Gbinije over six weeks the ability to adapt to the NBA game. When he wasn’t jetting around the country to team workouts, Gbinije spent about five days per week in high-intensity, 75-minute workouts: Shooting more from the new 3-point line off the catch and dribble, changing pace while handling the ball and maneuvering in the post.“I knew he was a good athlete, but he’s a sneaky athlete,” McClanaghan said. “He’ll creep up and dunk on you. I didn’t know he had that in him, but he definitely does. He’s very consistent. (NBA teams) will know what they’re getting.”“An attractive second-round gamble,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman on Bleacher Report.“He’ll be in the league a long time,” McClanaghan said.“There’s certainly a future for him overseas,” wrote Tajh Jenkins on NBADraft.net.“I’m a competitive, learning basketball player,” Gbinije said.He said he pitches himself to teams as someone who can make adjustments quickly, like that point guard switch. NBA teams have tried him out on and off the ball. Once he has a team, then Gbinije said he’ll adapt to the position they want him in.Daily Orange File PhotoHe likes learning, even from afar by watching, like he did with Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant.On May 6, the Thunder lost a late lead at home to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Despite playing nearly 42 minutes and the game ending around 11 p.m. local time, Durant arrived at Mahogany Steakhouse downtown not long after with his teammate Nazr Mohammed.Durant and Gbinije share the same agent at Roc Nation and said hello, but not much more. The Thunder superstar and Mohammed talked about the loss most of the night.“I was observing, seeing how he interacts with people, watching how he plays the game,” Gbinije said. “(Durant) doesn’t get tired. I came in on a flight, went to the game and then we were at (the steakhouse) until 2 a.m. Me and my agent were tired and this guy just played a full-out game, and he just had energy. That stood out to me.”He soaked up information from others, working out with and against projected lottery picks like Marquette’s Henry Ellenson and NBA players Jerami Grant and Ray McCallum. Gbinije played “very solid” against that level of competition, according to McClanaghan.After weeks of interviews and workouts, and years of playing in high-profile college games, Gbinije is ready to stop telling teams what he can do and start showing them.“Whatever (teams) don’t know about me,” Gbinije said. “They’re going to find out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more