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Mickiewicz, Wolenski help Islanders down undefeated Penguins

first_imgFrustrated by two one goal loses to the (4-0) Penguins, the (2-3) Islanders came into their week 4 JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Floor Hockey rematch with the Pens ready and revved up. Scoring in the first seven seconds, the Islanders’ Marek Mickiewicz left no doubt he was ready to take charge. Moments later, Mickiewicz blasted two more goals with Anthony Baez racking up his third assist of the game. Down 3-0 in a hurry, the Penguins couldn’t get out of their own zone resulting in two more goals by the Islanders as Tristan Wolenski and Mickiewicz made it 5-0, Isles on long distance darts. Finally getting on the board, Megan Feeley made it 5-1 by notching the Penguins’ first goal. Now on the board, the Penguins hopes of clawing back was short lived as the Islanders went into “Bulldozer” mode with Wolenski (2 goals, 4 assists), Marek Mickiewicz (3 goals, 1 assist), Chris Ballance (2 goals, 1 assist), and David Matos (1 assist) ramping up the Isles offense to make it 12-1. Facing their first loss of the season, the Penguins kept plugging away with Ezekiel Lupainez, Mariam Rasslan, and Nicholas DePinto reeling off shots. With the outcome etched in stone, the Penguins got a slight boost as DePinto assisted Zachary Ciesmelewski on his third goal of the season but it was all Islanders as the Isles rolled to a 12-2 win.Sr. Division Week 4:Offensive Player of the Week: Marek Mickiewicz – IslandersDefense Player of the Week: Aaliyana Cifuentes – DevilsTeamwork/Leadership Player of the Week: Nicholas DePinto – Penguinslast_img read more

Census of Agriculture

first_imgThis year, for the first time, the census is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sNational Agricultural Statistics Service. Before, the Census Bureau had conducted theagricultural census. U.S. farmers and ranchers have until Feb. 2 to report their 1997 operations to be counted inthe 25th Census of Agriculture. The census offers a complete accounting of U.S. farmproduction. To make it easier to report, this year’s census forms ask questions about basic subjects.Among them are land use and ownership, crop acreage and quantities harvested, livestock andpoultry inventories, value of crops and livestock sold and farm operation characteristics. The census also provides a national history of agriculture. It was taken every 10 years from1840 to 1920 and every five years from 1925 until 1974. The law was then changed to gatherdata on years ending in two and seven, beginning with the 1982 census. “The dynamic nature of agriculture makes the census important,” said University of Georgiaexpert Horace Hudson. He heads Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education andCommunication in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Federal law requires farmers to answer the census. The same law also protects the privacy oftheir reports. They may be seen only by sworn USDA employees and used only for statisticalpurposes. Copies submitted by farmers are immune from legal processes. Farmers and ranchers who need help completing the census form may call their countyExtension Service office. Or they can call the NASS office at (888) 424-7828. Furtherinformation is also on-line at www.usda.gov/nass/. * Farm organizations use census data to evaluate and propose programs and policies that canhelp farmers. * Rural electric companies use it to forecast future energy needs for farms and farmcommunities. The data provided by the census has many uses: “I don’t think people realize how much a part of their communities agriculture is,” said SueBoatright. The data collection coordinator for the CAES department of agricultural and appliedeconomics, she is also a coauthor of the annual Georgia County Guide. * Colleges and universities use it in research programs to develop new and improved ways toincrease production. * Elected representatives use the data to develop programs to protect and promote U.S.agriculture. “Constant, significant changes happen every four or five years in agriculture. And we need tohave a record of those changes,” Hudson said. “We also have several commodities in Georgia,like kenaf, that are in their infancy, and we need to chart their growth.” The census, the only source of uniform, comprehensive farm data for every U.S. county, is atool to help determine acres planted and harvested by crop. It gives valuable information tofarm organizations and business planners. Policy makers also use the information in proposingnational farm policy. “Most important for farmers, it’s not just a help. It’s the law,” Hudson said. * Agribusinesses use the data to develop market strategies and to learn the most effectiveplaces of service to farmers. About 25 percent of the farms will be asked other questions on production expenses,machinery inventories, market value of land and buildings and income from farm-relatedsources. “The census gives information about the counties that isn’t available anywhere else,” she said.”It tells just how much of the economy is dependent on agriculture and agribusiness.” last_img read more

Nassau Dems Call for Hearing Into Dale Firing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Police Department headquarters in Mineola.Lawmakers are calling for outside investigations and the Nassau County Legislature to hold hearings into the police commissioner’s firing for ordering the arrest of a witness in a political case.Democrats in the legislative minority urged the Republican majority to schedule hearings to discern if District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, was correct in finding that Republican County Executive Ed Mangano’s administration had no prior knowledge of the campaign-season arrest.“The facts will only come out if you have a legislative hearing,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) told reporters Monday at a news conference in Mineola. “We need to make sure that we get fresh eyes on this.”Abrahams said the caucus is drafting letters to the New York State Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York requesting outside prosecutors open investigations into what they termed an “abuse of power.”Abrahams said Randy White of Roosevelt has his civil rights violated when a Nassau police sergeant served him with a subpoena—while in police custody—to re-testify in an elections case after a campaign donor to the plaintiff called ex-Nassau Police Commissioner Tom Dale to request White’s arrest in October.Rice launched an investigation after White’s attorney filed a complaint. She released her findings Thursday to Mangano, who fired Dale the same day. Neither Dale nor the donor, Oheka castle owner Gary Melius, is facing criminal charges.Melius had asked Dale to arrest White on behalf of a third-party candidate for county executive Melius was backing, ex-Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, whose staff White testified in an election-related lawsuit had violated state law.When asked by the Press is she will hold a hearing on the issue, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) issued a statement that didn’t answer the question and said “District Attorney Rice’s investigation is complete.”But, Rice said last week that the investigation is in fact continuing into Nassau police Sgt. Sal Mistretta, who served White with a civil subpoena drafted by Hardwick’s attorney ordering White to appear in court.“The next order of business for this Legislature is to confirm a new Police Commissioner to aggressively oversee the operations of this Police Department,” Gonsalves said.Legis. Carrie Solages (D-Elmont) likened to a dictatorship the politically motivated arrest at the behest of a wealthy donor backing a campaign that Democrats argued was designed to siphon votes away from Mangano’s opponent, Tom Suozzi.The politically motivated arrest comes less than a year after a jury convicted ex-Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan of misconduct for quashing the arrest of his friend, a wealthy donor to police causes. Flanagan is appealing.last_img read more

Syracuse hopes to get its season back on track starting with Cornell

first_img Published on April 10, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact Debbie: [email protected] | @debbietruong Nearly a year ago, Syracuse stood at the height of program history, setting records en route to the NCAA regionals, where it eventually fell to Arizona State.A little more than midway through this season, and about a month from the Big East tournament, SU is far from those heights. This season, it’s a young team struggling to find footing in Big East play after falling to powerhouse DePaul by at least nine runs in each of last weekend’s three games.Heading into Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. doubleheader against Cornell (14-16, 4-4 Ivy) at Skytop Softball Stadium, Syracuse remains hopeful. Despite the disappointing start to conference play, which included an 11-0 blowout loss on Saturday, the Orange (13-20, 1-5 Big East) insists team morale remains high.“As weird as it sounds, I think we have better team morale this year than in the past,” Syracuse captain Veronica Grant said. “We all know the situation we’re in, the understanding of it and where we want to be and where we want to go is all the same. It’s just struggling to get there.”Grant likened this team to the one from her freshman season, when it would exit some weekends certain of its identity and others far less so. That team closed the 2010 season 32-26. Transitioning practice out of Manley Field House to the outdoor field has provided an additional lift to the team’s spirits, Grant said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor players who have witnessed the pinnacle of Syracuse softball, like Grant and senior shortstop Morgan Nandin, who played roles in the Orange’s deep trip into tournament play, the losses this season can be frustrating.“It’s never fun to lose,” Nandin said. “Coming off a record-setting season last year and going through the slump right now, it’s just a completely different team. We’ll get past it.”Tuesday’s outdoor practice, in which Nandin fielded at least 150 ground balls, was light, but focused. Gauging the team’s spirit and atmosphere of the practice, she’s confident the team can reverse course and make waves late in the season.“I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people when it comes to Big East play,” Nandin said. “I think we’ll do something really special.”SU head coach Leigh Ross can’t attribute the mid-season slump to one factor, but said Syracuse faced difficult competition in its first two conference opponents, Louisville and DePaul.The team’s also suffered from injuries to pitcher Lindsay Taylor, who logged long innings on the mound earlier this season, and offensive powerhouse Julie Wambold, who bruised her wrist from a wayward pitch Saturday.“You’re going to have the ups and downs in the season. Once you understand that, it’s your job is to come here every day and work hard and get through it,” Ross said. “You’re going to get through the ups and downs.”For Grant, the key heading into Wednesday’s game and the final stretch of conference play lies in the team’s ability to put the losses behind them and forge on.“Try and forget what just happened to the effect of moving forward,” Grant said. “Don’t completely forget about it, remember how it feels, but just keep going.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The USC men’s water polo team will be all business at Weekender

first_imgAs droves of students begin to migrate north for the weekend football game against Cal, so will the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team.The Trojans take to the road to face No. 4 Cal and No. 16 Pacific in their second consecutive two-game weekend, a week after capping an undefeated homestand that featured No. 8 Pepperdine and Long Beach City College. The Trojans are 9-1 this season and undefeated in conference play.“We’ve had our ups and downs. We’re not all the way to where we want to be, but there is progress,” said senior two-meter Shea Buckner. “We want to go to NCAA Championships.”The Trojans’ matchup with Cal on Saturday looks to live up to the two teams’ storied rivalry, as both of the schools enter the weekend ranked in the top five nationally. In the past three years, the teams have met twice in the NCAA Championship, with the Bears coming out victorious both times. This includes a win in 2006 that was decided by a single goal scored in the final second of the game. The Trojans were 2-0 against the Bears in 2008, and won each of the closely contested games in the final minutes en route to an undefeated 29-0 championship season.Buckner, who transferred from Cal to USC after his freshman year, knows what to expect from a strong Golden Bear attack.“They’ve got good leadership. They’re really fast and great on the counter-attack,” Buckner said. “They play with a lot of energy and physicality.”USC already faced off against Cal once this season when the teams met in the third place game of the NorCal Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. The Trojans bested the Bears 8-6, in a game that featured eight different Trojan players scoring goals.Pacific, who faces USC on Sunday in Stockton, Calif., has not had nearly as much success against the Trojans as Cal, having lost the last eight games played between the two teams. The Trojans were 2-0 against Pacific in 2008 and averaged a seven-goal margin of victory in the two wins. USC has a 35-7 all-time record against Pacific, and their .833 winning percentage over the Tigers is the third-highest out of all the opponents the Trojans face in 2009.“Pacific isn’t an easy team either. Cal is obviously the focus, but you have to be ready for the game against Pacific at their home,” Buckner said.Senior driver Justin Rappel leads the Trojans with 16 goals scored, while fellow senior driver Matt Sagehorn follows closely behind with 14. USC’s veterans continue to dominate offensively, as five of the Trojan’s top six scorers are seniors.Sophomore goalie Joel Dennerley, who recorded eight saves in the Pepperdine match last weekend, now has 60 saves this season, and is averaging less than four goals allowed per game so far in 2009. He continues to anchor a powerful Trojan defense that has not surrendered more than eight goals in any game this season.“Our goal is to never give up more than four goals a game,” Buckner said. “We’re always well prepared and we know our system. As long as we stick to it, we do a good job.”last_img read more

Copa America: Chile thump Bolivia as Ecuador send Mexico packing

first_imgChile put down an almighty marker and moved on from the Arturo Vidal controversy by thumping Bolivia 5-0 to secure a place in the quarter-finals and top spot in Group A.Jorge Sampaoli’s side came into their final group game under the cloud of Vidal’s drink driving charge and trashing of his Ferrari on Tuesday night, but came out of it with the biggest win of the tournament so far – underlining his challenge as Copa contenders.Charles Aranguiz netted the opener after just three minutes, with a diving header from Alexis Sanchez putting Chile 2-0 up at the break.Sampaoli withdrew both Sanchez and Vidal at half-time with one eye surely on the quarter-finals, but it did little to stem his side’s momentum. Eduardo Vargas, Gary Medel and an own goal from Bolivian captain Ronald Raldes all found the net in the second half to cap what was an emphatic victory for the Lone Star, and perhaps the best team display of the tournament so far.Ecuador on the vergeEcuador sent Mexico crashing out of the Copa America while giving themselves at least a slim chance of making the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. Gustavo Quinteros’ side now need a heavy win from Paraguay against Uruguay, as well as some other results in the other groups, to claim a place in the quarter-finals after what was their best display of the tournament.Miller Bolanos scored the opener for Ecuador, with Enner Valencia doubling his side’s advantage just before the hour mark. Raul Jimenez halved the deficit from the penalty spot soon after, but Mexico couldn’t find an equaliser and will now focus on the Gold Cup later this summer.–last_img read more