Parents set bad example by staying glued to smartphones

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2014Parents who worry about their children constantly staring at their smartphones should set an example by not using their own devices so often – and set ground rules for screen-free mealtimes, parenting groups have said.The Government’s childhood star, Reg Bailey, told The Independent that British parents were letting “screens take over” and should talk to their children more often. He added that families needed to increase their “face-to-face” time and should gather around the dinner table rather than the television for meals.Suzie Hayman, a trustee of the parenting charity Parentline Plus and the author of How To Have A Happy Family Life, said families were “getting worse” at talking to one another and that the proliferation of smartphones and other devices was partly to blame.“It’s not just parents giving in to letting their children having more screen time – it’s also parents themselves,” she said. “If you ask a family what’s the first thing they do when they get home, they all admit it’s ‘Look at Facebook’, either on mobile phones or on laptops.Instead of sitting round the dining table chatting, what they’re doing is chatting with friends who are miles away. As a child, if your parents do it, then that’s your model.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11314534last_img read more

‘Drug-free’ tag up for 304 Aklan barangays– PDEA

first_img* Non-availability of illegal drugs He added: “Just as we are taking steps to attain our goal of a drug-free Philippines, it is important for every citizen to continue the steps we have already taken to keep our community safe from the threat of illegal drugs.” PDEA-Aklan continues their random checking operations at the Dumgauit port in New Washington town and at the Ceres terminal in this capital town to tighten security against drug activities amid modified general community quarantine.“While the implementation of quarantine measures was loosened and businesses start to gradually operate again, our PDEA operatives increased our rally against illegal drugs,” Tablate said.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) * Operation of voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk * Absence of clandestine drug laboratories, warehouses, marijuana cultivation sites * No drug transit or transshipment activity * Absence of drug dens, pushers and users, protectors or financiers According to PDEA-6 director Alex Tablate, drug-clearing efforts of villages in Western Visayas never stopped as application of barangays to be cleared from drugs continues.At least 3,098 out of 4,051 barangays in Western Visayas have reached drug-cleared status as of June 5, 2020.center_img * Conduct of drug awareness, preventive education and information campaign KALIBO, Aklan – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas recently declared 304 villages in this province as “drug-cleared.” * Active involvement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials in anti-drug activities “Under this new normal environment, we always welcome anything you could share in this relentless fight. Let us all remind everybody that we are not on the safe zones just yet,” Tablate stressed. A Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officer and his Narcotic Detection Dog inspect items loaded in a compartment of a bus at Ceres terminal in Kalibo, Aklan on June 8. This is one of the agency’s activities against illegal drugs. PDEA Region VI – Western Visayas These barangays passed the parameters of the government’s regional oversight committee which is composed of the Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, PDEA, and the barangay and municipal councils. For a village to be declared drug-free, they should meet the guidelines set by the Dangerous Drugs Board. These are:last_img read more

Williamson wins first of season at Freedom Cup

first_imgPaul Rea set the tone early, blazing the trail the first four laps before Grey Ferrando took control. By Ben Deatherage The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature began with Jimmy Ford showing the way.  Ford battled hard with Aaron Bloom for some time. Bloom edged Ford at the line of lap three before Ford regained the position on lap 10. Collen Winebarger ended his evening in second while Bricen James posted a third-place re­sult.  Finishing fourth was Rea and rounding out the top five was Jake Mayden. Ferrando navigated his machine in the top spot until lap nine. Williamson was the one to make the pass, driving his younger brother Kevin’s car, and held on for the balance of the distance for his first victory of the year. Jesse Williamson’s first IMCA Modified win of the season came Friday in Freedom Cup action at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Deatherage)center_img Ford suffered a mechanical issue while in front of the pack on lap 13, handing the top spot over to Isaac Sanders. Sanders placed second while Jorddon Braaten finished third. The rest of the top five consisted of David Schmidt and Matt Sanders. Sanders lost the position shortly after the restart to Braedon Hand, who cruised the rest of the way to the win. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 5) – Jesse Williamson raced to his first Mohawk Metal IMCA Modi­fied feature win of the season on the second night of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Freedom Cup. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLONDON (AP) —The UK Sport government agency said athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper. The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency. UK Sport said it had consulted with WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for more medals.UK Sport did not say why the use of drink was not previously disclosed. The Mail on Sunday said waivers and non-disclosure forms had to be signed by those on the trial. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditREDSKINS-NAMEReports: Washington to shed ‘Redskins’ name todayASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. Rondo has been a key backup during his second season with the Lakers, who signed him shortly after adding LeBron James to the roster in July 2018. Rondo is averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, including three starts. He has been a regular presence on the floor late in close games, with coach Frank Vogel trusting his veteran leadership and playmaking.NASCAR-KENTUCKYNASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at KentuckySPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the final restart when Custer — with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside in the backstretch — made his move in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota. The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. DiBenedetto was third, and Harvick fourth. Lovely Lilia had just completed a four-furlong workout in 49.20 seconds during training hours Saturday when she was pulled up and vanned off the track. Veterinarians found that she could not recover from the unspecified injury and was euthanized.Lovely Lilia was trained by Vladimir Cerin. She had two wins in seven career starts and earnings of $37,551, according to Equibase.Del Mar’s summer meet opened Friday. The seaside track north of San Diego ranks among the country’s safest tracks, according to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. It had a rate of 0.62 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts last year. The national average for tracks that reported was 1.68.BRITAIN-SUBSTANCE TESTUK Sport says welfare not risked with athlete substance test USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post and Sports Business Journal reported owner Dan Snyder and the organization would announce the move two weeks before the start of training camp. It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises. The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3. That came in the aftermath of several prominent sponsors calling for a change.LAKERS-RONDO INJUREDLakers G Rajon Rondo breaks thumb in practice, out 6-8 weeksLOS ANGELES (AP) — Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks. MLS postpones Toronto-DC United match amid virus concernsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test. The league announced Sunday night that the match would be rescheduled for today with a 9 a.m. EDT kickoff after all players on both teams had tested negative during the additional round of testing. The postponement is the latest hiccup for the tournament in Florida, which has already had two teams drop out because of a spate of COVID-19 cases. FC Dallas and Nashville were both withdrawn earlier this week, reducing the tournament to 24 teams. FC Dallas had 10 players and one coach test positive for the virus. Nashville had nine players test positive.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL teams return to the ice today for the first time since March as the 24 that qualified for the expanded playoffs open two-week training camps. Mixed with the excitement is the uncertainty of which and how many players might opt out and how the long layoff could contribute to injuries. It’s a training camp unlike any in history, with players coming back from a four-month absence to compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts. Viktor Hovland of Norway had a 71 and finished alone in third. He was in the final group of three young stars, all of whom had the lead at some point during the final round.FATAL SPEEDWAY CRASH-VIRGINIAVirginia speedway: Driver dies following crash during raceHAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A driver has died after crashing during a race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Speedway officials say Shawn Balluzzo crashed during the second of two Modified Division races Saturday night. He had finished second in the first of the twin 50-lap races, which were the season openers for the Modifieds. During the second race, Balluzzo’s car went airborne after bumping another car and crashed front-first into a wall. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Like last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem. When he stood on the podium, Hamilton, the only Black driver in Formula One, raised a clenched right fist. INDYCAR DOUBLEHEADER-ROSENQVISTRosenqvist surges at Road America for 1st IndyCar victoryELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career victory in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America. Rosenqvist won by 2.8699 seconds and became the first driver other than Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to win an IndyCar race this year. Dixon’s three-race winning streak ended with a 12th-place finish. July 13, 2020 Associated Press New York is set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington. Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover. In other MLB news:— Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was late arriving to summer camp after he tested positive for COVID-19. The three-time All-Star closer says he believes he contracted the virus from his 4-year-old son Kaden. He says the child had a fever, among other symptoms, which led his wife to suggest everyone in the family get tested. Jansen says his wife, Gianni, and 7-year-old daughter Natalia tested positive, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he says he also tested positive. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener on July 23. — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer says he’s on the injured list because he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Lauer said he hasn’t tested positive. The protocols accompanying that situation caused Lauer to arrive late to the Brewers’ summer camp. He made it to camp Friday, nearly a full week after the Brewers’ first full-squad workout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Lauer still has a chance to be ready for the start of the season.— Protective masks won’t be out of sight when big league baseball resumes. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. Safety protocols require masks in clubhouses and close proximity indoors, but not on the field. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier plans to wear one during games, in part to set an example for those watching on television. Atlanta third base coach Ron Washington also plans to wear one for health reasons. At age 68, he’s in a high-risk group. James said he decided to forgo a social justice message because the available options didn’t “resonate” for him or his particular feelings about the movement. James would have liked to choose his own slogan, but wasn’t angry that it wasn’t allowed.Both James and Davis have been outspoken about social justice causes in the past, although the younger Davis is less vocal than James.The Lakers open play in Orlando on July 30 against the Clippers.WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSFans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West Virginia — The Arizona Cardinals say that owner Michael Bidwill has been released from a Rhode Island hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. The team revealed on Friday that the 55-year-old Bidwill was in the hospital with the virus. Bidwill said in a statement that he “learned first-hand just how serious COVID-19 is.” — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a notice posted by the funeral home handling the arrangements. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six with the Braves, and hit .254 with 106 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1958 with the Tigers and for part of that season, his double-play partner was his older brother, shortstop Milt Bolling. NBA-JERSEYSLakers’ Anthony Davis to wear own name on jersey in OrlandoLOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis will wear his own name on the back of his jersey when the Los Angeles Lakers return to action. Davis and LeBron James both declined to choose a social justice message to replace their names on the back of their jerseys during the NBA restart. Davis said he was “torn between” choosing from among the 29 approved messages and sticking with his name. In the end, the seven-time All-Star decided that he wanted to represent his family name because it’s very important to him. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 64-year-old Balluzzo was the winningest driver in the history of the track.F1-STYRIAN GPHamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate BottasSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s record-extending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable 13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — World TeamTennis has welcomed fans to matches at a resort in West Virginia. The matches started Sunday at The Greenbrier, where the entire three-week season is being held. There were strict measures in place at the matches to ensure health and safety as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soar across the country. Anyone who wasn’t a player wore a mask inside the tennis stadium, and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Rows of seats near courtside were covered up to allow for social distancing. Up to 500 spectators are being allowed at each of the outdoor matches at the 2,500-seat court.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS O’Ward and Rosenqvist were both chasing their first career victories. They traded the lead throughout the second half of the race. O’Ward pulled ahead in the 43rd of 55 laps. Rosenqvist kept charging and finally passed him.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge out 2nd straight day with stiff neckUNDATED (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been held out of action for a second straight day due to a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated game Saturday after waking up with a sore neck. On Sunday the right fielder wasn’t included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage. New York manager Aaron Boone said Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium and was improving. — For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, fans have returned to elite European soccer. Thousands of spectators turned out Sunday to see Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars back on a pitch. For their return to work, PSG’s marquee attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe wore face masks in red, white and blue PSG colors and messages of thanks for health workers. The exhibition match was the first encounter in front of spectators to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the outbreak erupted. Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le Havre’s 25,000-seat stadium to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad. — Jockey Flavien Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday in La Jolla and was told shortly thereafter that he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been scheduled to ride eight horses at Del Mar on Sunday, but was removed from those mounts. He was in Kentucky to ride a day earlier. Prat, a three-time leading rider at Del Mar, is quarantining at home for at least 10 days. Del Mar requires all riders traveling from other locations to be tested before being able to ride at the seaside track north of San Diego.HORSE RACING-DEL MAR-FATALITY3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del MarDEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season. PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa clutch in finish and playoff to win Workday OpenDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner at the Workday Charity Open until he tapped in for par on the third playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday at Muirfield Village.Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas by three shots with three holes to play and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under 66. Then, after watching Thomas hole a 50-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, he had to make a 25-footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole.It finally ended on No. 10 when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and made bogey, and Morikawa took two putts from just inside 10 feet for his second career victory, and first against a strong PGA Tour field. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

The Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open

first_imgThe Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___12:30 p.m. Associated Press The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___center_img More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 11, 2020last_img read more

‘Reading Rocks’ Program Aims to Help Students With Literacy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA new summer reading program called, ‘Reading Rocks!’ will be offered this year thanks to Alpena Public Schools. The ‘Reading Rocks!’ program is designed to help all students read better by the end of their 3rd grade year, and pass the new state requirements for reading levels.Back in 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill to aim at improving childhood literacy. Beginning in 2019 the new law will stop 3rd graders from moving on to 4th grade if their reading skills aren’t up to standard.Students eligible for ‘Reading Rocks!’ will be those having a difficult time with their reading skills, and for those currently in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. The 4–week program will be available at all six district elementary schools.There will be 36 spots for each of the elementary schools with possible openings for other students to attend. Parents will be notified by May if their child has been accepted.The program will start on June 27th and end on July 20th. Each session will be from 9 am until 11 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, Childhood Literacy, Governor Rick Snyder, Reading RocksContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Chamber of Commerce & AHS Hold Senior Advisory Career Prep to Help Students Prepare for Their Future in the WorkforceNext Girl Scouts of Alpena Donate Dresses for ‘Every Dress Has a Story’ Community Servicelast_img read more

Julio Urías exercises impressive restraint, while Dodgers attempt to restrain his usage

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SCOTTSDALE – A decade ago, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was catching a rookie left-hander named Clayton Kershaw. Sunday he caught another young left-hander, Julio Urías, who is effectively restarting his young career at age 22.It was the first time Martin has caught Urías in a game. It was also spring training, a mere exhibition. Yet of all the superlatives Martin heaped on Urías, this one might have resonated the most: “a combination of talent and a guy who’s never going to get scared.”In a three-inning stint against the Colorado Rockies, Urías again flashed the latent potential dangling from his surgically repaired left shoulder. He threw 21 of his 34 pitches for strikes, demonstrating consistent control over his fastball, curveball and changeup. Besides Nolan Arenado, who reached on a walk and was erased on a double play, Urías didn’t allow a baserunner. He faced the minimum nine hitters, all major leaguers.“I always focus on working on the fastball, making sure I place the fastball where I need to put it, and have the other pitches work off that,” Urías said through an interpreter.Related Articles Urías is on an unconventional starter’s plan this spring. He’s slated to pitch three innings again in his next outing. More than two weeks remain before Opening Day, but Urías is scheduled to top out at four or five innings in camp, Manager Dave Roberts said.The restricted workload is a byproduct of caution. Urías threw a career-high 127 ⅔ innings in 2016. The following season, he was injured throwing a pitch in a Triple-A game. He had surgery on the anterior capsule of his left shoulder in June 2017 and did not pitch in a competitive setting for another 13 months.But Urías was healthy in time for the Dodgers’ last postseason run. He made seven appearances out of their bullpen last October, allowing only four hits and two runs across 6 ⅓ innings. A “normal” off-season followed, Urías said.“I left the surgery behind,” he said.If Urías is to help the Dodgers more than an inning at a time this October, he cannot begin the season in their starting rotation. His innings limit won’t allow it. How he’ll be used over the next six months remains to be seen. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season As he demonstrated Sunday, Urías remains a tantalizing weapon.The radar gun at Salt River Fields clocked Urías at 93-96 mph in the first inning. By the third inning, he was touching 97. Urías wasn’t pacing himself. Rather, he said, “once you feel good with the release point, that’s when you give more thought about putting more on the ball.”For Urías, a mid-90s fastball constitutes restraint.“It’s certainly fun and it feels good when he’s out there,” Roberts said. “He’s done everything he can possibly do to put him in this position. For him to put up zeros and execute pitches, that’s great for his development and his confidence. Where that takes him remains to be seen.”MORE CUTSThe Dodgers announced their second round of roster cuts Sunday.Pitchers Yadier Alvarez, Josh Sborz and Donnie Hart were optioned to minor league camp, along with catcher Rocky Gale and infielder/outfielder Matt Beaty. Pitcher Mitchell White, infielders Jake Peter, Omar Estevez and Gavin Lux, and outfielders D.J. Peters and Cameron Perkins were reassigned to minor league camp.Hart did not appear in a Cactus League game and threw only one bullpen after he was claimed off waivers. The Dodgers have 45 players in camp: 23 pitchers, 17 infielders/outfielders, and five catchers.ALSOClayton Kershaw played catch again on Sunday. Roberts said the left-hander will throw a bullpen Monday. It will be the first time Kershaw has thrown off a mound since he was sidelined by a shoulder injury early in camp. … Walker Buehler will throw to hitters Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said. The right-hander pitched to teammates Saturday as he began his progression toward a Cactus League game. … Both pitchers are expected to be on the Dodgers’ active roster to begin the season, despite having less than three weeks to build up their pitch count to start. “Is it the conventional build-up that both those guys are used to? Probably not if you look at the calendar,” Roberts said, “but whatever decision we make, it’s the decision we feel is best for the players and our club.” … Corey Seager is expected to get at-bats in a minor league game in the coming days, Roberts said. The shortstop recently missed two days because of an illness. He hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game, but is expected to be on the active roster for opening day. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hunter Henry seems excited for Chargers offense without Philip Rivers

first_imgHunter Henry is excited for life after Philip Rivers.In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Chargers tight end opened up on the state of the LA offense and the next era of Chargers football. While Henry went out of his way to offer praise for his now former QB, it sounds like he’s ready for the next phase of the LA O. No one particularly blames the Chargers for moving on from Rivers, and with the league heading for more mobile quarterbacks with the ability to pass on the run, outside of the pocket, it’s no surprise to see Los Angeles want to hitch their wagon to a quarterback that fits that bill. While Henry went out of his way not to offer disrespect to Rivers, it still feels a little disrespectful, even if not his intent.After all, Rivers is three TDs shy of 400 for his career and passed for 4,615 yards last season, despite finishing with a disappointing 5-11 record. While the Chargers have been pretty average overall during the Rivers era, not all of that is on his shoulders.Obviously, the idea of having a multi-faceted quart is cool, but you still have to execute. So we’ll see if the new-look Chargers offense will, in fact, be better underneath either Taylor or Herbert than it was a potential Hall of Fame QB. “I’m not going to downplay Philip at all,” Henry told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He was unreal and a Hall of Fame quarterback. But, obviously, it opens our offense up a little bit more. You see all these quarterbacks, their escapability in the pocket. …”[There are] so many different things that you can do with a mobile quarterback that can open your offense. [I’m] looking forward to seeing that aspect of our offense grow.”MORE: Mitchell Trubisky’s fate as Bears QB likely sealedRivers ranks high among the all-time great Charger QBs and is one of the top passers of this generation. If he had a ring, he’d likely be sure-fire bet for Canton. LA enters the 2020 NFL season with Tyrod Tyler the presumed starter, with No. 6 overall pick Justin Herbert entering his rookie year. last_img read more

Pool Named for Ranney School Teacher

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnTINTON FALLS – Emmett Walling is a much beloved part of the Ranney School community and now he has an aquatic center named after him to prove it.Ranney School teacher Emmett Walling, second from left, and Lawrence S. Sykoff, head of school, use scissors to cut the ribbon for the Walling Aquatic Center as Walling’s wife Jackie, left, and Athletic Director Thomas Moriau look on.The Hope Road school dedicated its swimming pool and aquatic center in the name of the teacher/coach, who is in his 33rd year there. The special ceremony to honor Walling was held on the school’s track Friday, Oct. 5, and was attended by most of the school’s 800 students, faculty and staff.The bright hot sunny day had nothing on the warmth radiated by the crowd toward Walling. Smiles were plentiful and applause punctuated speeches and fond remembrances.Walling was obviously proud of the honor bestowed on him. It was the first time in the school’s history that a facility was named after a staff member. When he was told about the naming of the facility last spring, he said he was overwhelmed.“I could not even put it into words,” the 62-year-old teacher said prior to the ceremony. “I’m a very humble person. I’m not a chatterbox but words just can’t express … it’s just so great to know that in years to come my name will be connected with a pool that has meant so much to so many kids already.“It’s very, very exciting,” Walling said. “It’s rare that someone stays this long but when you find something this good, you stick with it. This is a very special place.”Walling says he loves what he does. “Every day is a challenge. I’ve got 3-year-olds right up to 18-year-olds. For a teacher, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Walling who, as the Ranney School swimming teacher, has taught every student the school has enrolled since he started in 1980. He’s the only teacher in the school with that distinction.Walling, a Middletown native who now lives in Manasquan, learned to swim at Shadow Lake, where he lived as a child. “It was important for me to learn how to swim,” he said.  He is from a family of Belford Harbor lobstermen. “They made their money taking things out of the water. I’ve earned my living, supported my family, by putting things into the water,” he said with a laugh.Ranney swim coach Emmett Walling shares a moment with his wife Jackie before the dedication ceremony.He and his wife Jackie, who is a teacher in Ocean­port, are the parents of Kaitlin, a police officer in Cranbury, and 24-year-old twins, Emmett and Elizabeth.Walling is known as a patient instructor and coach who is trusted and respected by the children he teaches.“He has developed kids not just as swimmers but as people too,” said Valerie Francois, the school’s director of strategic marketing and communications.Thomas Moriau, Ranney’s athletic director, calls Walling “one of the most dedicated educators I know.“No one deserves this honor more,” Moriau said. “We have (an aquatic) facility second to none in Monmouth and Ocean counties and it’s because of him … Our students love to swim for this man.”Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ranney head of school, spoke of the “extraordinary work of this great man.” He recalled that Walling arrived on campus in 1980, the year the pool opened. After 32 years, “that pool has earned a name, a very special name.“Mr. Walling has guided hundreds of students to take their first plunge to learn to swim” and has made those lessons enjoyable for those he has taught, Sykoff said.The head of school said Walling was the embodiment of the school’s motto: “Know­ledge, Vision and Honor.”Senior Veronika Fischer, 17, of Rumson told those gathered to honor Walling that the swim coach was someone who worked six days a week, recognized students’ strengths when they couldn’t, sang Christmas carols with them when they practiced “and reminds us that it’s just a race.“Mr. Walling just doesn’t want us to swim our fastest, he wants us to swim our best,” Fischer said. “Mr. Walling teaches us that if you truly want something, you will have to work hard every day.”As the student turned toward Walling she told him, “There is no one who deserves this more than you do.”Doreen Fowlkes, a teacher at the school for the past 25 years, applauded her fellow educator. “It’s easy to identify why we are gathered here,” she said. “He’s not only being recognized for his 32 years at Ranney School, he’s being recognized for his character and for his professionalism.”Walling, who was hailed for his devotion to the school and its swim program and his determination to build the aquatic center now named after him into a top-notch facility, expects to spend another two years at Ranney School. At that time, after 35 years at the private school, he said he expects to retire along with his wife.last_img read more

“We were given by descendants and we have won Atlético”

first_imgThe end valued the victory in Movistar LaLiga: “We were given down and we have won Atlético, which is capable of beating Barcelona and losing only one game away from home. We know that in Ipurua we are strong. We must continue because there is a lot of league.” Match: “In the first part we have been better and they have been better in the second. They have been good in four plays that we have not defended well.”Stopped ball: “We know they were strong. The team has been fine and we knew that if we put the second one we were not going to suffer.” Breathe: “To ensure the right path. Since Mendilibar arrived we know what our style of play is. Today we knew that we had to work. There is a lot of League left.”Celtic: “He is a direct rival for us. At first they did not expect to be there and we go with our weapons.”Burgos: “Victory gives us some oxygen”Esteban Burgos spoke in the flash interview of Movistar LaLiga after the victory of Eibar in front of Atlético de Madrid in Ipurua.Victory: “Happy of this moment. Enjoying the opportunity I am to help the team and we were able to win. I am very happy to have won Atlético. It gives us air to play now and happy that they did not mark us.”Watch the descent: “It gives us a little oxygen. It was essential to win at home.”Injury: “I arrived at a bad time and I have been able to show that I can help.”last_img read more