OECS Commission Facilitates Travel and Employment in Canada for 180 Nationals

first_imgBusinessLifestyleNewsRegional OECS Commission Facilitates Travel and Employment in Canada for 180 Nationals by: – May 14, 2020 Share Share Tweet 179 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Ongoing travel restrictions as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic have created challenges the world over. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP) is no exception, suffering significant setbacks since farmers have been unable to travel.Cognisant of the economic implications of a contracted programme and wary of the health risks of travelling, the OECS Commission – through its Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service (ECLS) – worked closely with the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS), CanAg Travel Services, the Government of Canada and Sunwing Airlines to facilitate the safe passage of 180 OECS nationals to Canada, via a chartered flight, on Tuesday, 12 May 2020.Stringent COVID-19 ‘Health and Safety’ protocols were established prior to the departure of the workers. These protocols were implemented locally, by the respective Ministry of Labour, with support from the Ministry of Health and the Police force; and in Canada by the ECLS, in collaboration with Canadian authorities.The key Health and Safety protocols were as follows:Covid-19 testing prior to departure so that test results can be presented on arrival in Canada;Workers provided with travel kits containing face masks, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser;Workers to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Canada – WITH FULL PAY;Additional supplementary insurance to cover workers for all eventualities, including with COVID-19;Farm accommodations have been sanitised under the supervision of Canadian Health authorities and the ECLS; andEach farm has an appointed worker representative and is part of a WhatsApp group with the ECLS team in Canada with 24-hour hotline support.The OECS Commission via the ECLS, ensured that all 180 workers were welcomed and assisted on arrival in Canada, by the Head, ECLS, Mr. Olaf Fontenelle and the ECLS team – who will ensure the wellbeing of all OECS farm workers while employed in Canada.OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, commended all parties involved on the success of this initial charter flight stating,“Healthy multilateral collaboration between the OECS Commission, the Government of Canada and the Governments of participating OECS Member States made it possible for these seasonal agricultural workers to benefit from their annual contracts, at a time when OECS economies are most vulnerable and sustaining employment is essential.”“On behalf of the OECS Commission, I wish to thank the Canadian High Commission in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, the Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS), Global Affairs Canada and the Temporary Foreign Worker Directorate of the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, for the valuable support provided to transition to work these 180 OECS workers on this initial charter flight – amid COVID-19. I also express gratitude to our Member States, recognising cooperation with Ministries of Labour, for diligently adhering to the stringent health and safety measures put in place for the wellbeing of all.”“Finally, I also wish to thank OECS farm workers for their continued commitment to the programme and their contribution to our economies.”last_img read more

Chelsea must off-load centre-back to buy Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez

first_img Loading… Chelsea are showing an interest in Atletico Madrid defender, Jose Maria Gimenez. The centre-back is someone manager, Frank Lampard believes could add solidity to the team’s rearguard. The Blues have already invested in their attack for the coming season, and are reportedly close to signing midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. But it is at the back where they appear vulnerable, shipping five to Liverpool in a 5-3 defeat that makes their top-four hopes a little more complicated.Advertisement read also:Atletico place £109m price tag on Oblak as Chelsea, Man Utd keep vigil And The Telegraph has reported that Gimenez is being scouted by Chelsea. However, the Blues would have to offload one of their current center-backs to fund a deal for the Uruguay international. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 4

first_imgMach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 496; 2. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 469; 3. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 345; 4. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 319; 5. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 314; 6. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 313; 7. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 256; 8. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 253; 9. William Creese, Springtown, Texas, 236; 10. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 228; 11. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 223; 12. Randy McNorton Jr., Alvord, Texas, 201; 13. Ryan Whisenant, Stephenville, Texas, 198; 14. Pamela Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 195; 15. Billy Butcher, Boyd, Texas, 193; 16. Randall Carty, Dallas, Texas, 137; 17. Johnny Clark, Cleburne, Texas, and James Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, both 136; 19. Jason Magouirk, Fort Worth, Texas, 134; 20. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 131. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, 153; 2. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 115; 3. Kent Lewis Sr., Willis, Texas, 110; 4. Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas, 109; 5. Caleb Padgett, Madisonville, Texas, 100; 6. Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., 91; 7. Travis “Blake” Cunningham, Silsbee, Texas, 89; 8. Chris Hinson, Nederland, Texas, 87; 9. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 85; 10. Theresa Waller, Montgomery, Texas, 83; 11. Mike Schott, Tulare, Calif., 75; 12. Kyle Rasmussen, Clovis, Calif., 74; 13. Johnny Brown, Mauriceville, Texas, 72; 14. Brooklyn Holland, Fresno, Calif., 71; 15. Daniel King, Conroe, Texas, 70; 16. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, Todd Bliss, Baton Rouge, La., and Michael Pombo, Easton, Calif., each 66; 19. Beau Smith, Pearland, Texas, 65; 20. Jerry “Butch” David, Geismar, La., 63.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 507; 2. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 489; 3. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 465; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 374; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 357; 6. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 306; 7. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 299; 8. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 291; 9. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 252; 10. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 224; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 209; 12. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 204; 13. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 203; 14. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 199; 15. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 197; 16. Jared Baird, Norman, Okla., 194; 17. Kyle Robinson, Pilot Point, Texas, 191; 18. Michael Martin, Kaufman, Texas, 189; 19. David Bolf, Wichita Falls, Texas, 183; 20. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 167. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 455; 2. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 417; 3. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 413; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 395; 5. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 354; 6. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 352; 7. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., and Don Gumke, Jamestown, N.D., both 349; 9. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 345; 10. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 323; 11. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 317; 12. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 315; 13. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 311; 14. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 310; 15. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 298; 16. Jeffrey Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 294; 17. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 291; 18. Don Banker, Austin, Texas, 272; 19. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 266; 20. Guy Norton, Glendale, Ariz., 252. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 589; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 485; 3. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 448; 4. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 444; 5. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 431; 6. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 396; 7. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 364; 8. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 363; 9. William “Joey” McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., 354; 10. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 347; 11. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 340; 12. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 329; 13. Tyler Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 327; 14. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 301; 15. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 274; 16. Ryan Powers, Joshua, Texas, 271; 17. Douglas Kennemer, Rhome, Texas, 263; 18. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 258; 19. Gene Henrie, Cedar City, Utah, 251; 20. Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa, 245. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 565; 2. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 422; 3. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 411; 4. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 394; 5. Michael Egurola Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 372; 6. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 351; 7. Heath Dry, Phoenix, Ariz., 343; 8. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 320; 9. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 319; 10. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Montana, 314; 11. Ty Weidner, Chandler, Ariz., 309; 12. Bryan Miller, Glendale, Ariz., 269; 13. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 263; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, and Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., both 257; 16. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz., 252; 17. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 244; 18. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 242; 19. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 219; 20. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 207.  IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., 182; 2. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 174; 3. Bradley Stafford, Glendale, Ariz., 143; 4. Nathan DeRagon, Peoria, Ariz., 139; 5. Kyle Cardinal, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 137; 6. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 116; 7. Max Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 104; 8. Gerald Spalding Jr., Andrews, Texas, 79; 9. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., Cory Stone, Lovington, N.M., and Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., each 78; 12. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 76; 13. Kent Husted, Sioux City, Iowa, 75; 14. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 74; 15. Spencer Hilbrink, Stockton, Kan., and Shawn Stone, Lovington, N.M., both 70; 17. Ricky Yeley, Hobbs, N.M., 69; 18. David Males, Roswell, N.M., and Ashton Hayes, Hobbs, N.M., both 68; 20. Jimmy III Breeding, Seminole, Texas, 67.last_img read more

Robert E. Harves

first_imgRobert E. Harves 92, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday June 3, 2019.He was born January 1, 1927 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Edward and Anna (Longcamp) Harves.He worked as a Construction Worker for R. Bennet Construction, retiring after over 20 years of service.Bob was a 50 year Mason with the Aurora Masonic Lodge #51. He was a 1945 Aurora High School Graduate, a member of the Antique Farm Club, Hillforest Historical Foundation and the Fine Art Foundation.Bob never met a stranger, and would talk to anyone and everyone. Cattle farming was his hobby along with wood working and refinishing furniture. Bob even helped build 2 of the children’s houses which they are currently living in. He was an avid sports fan, he especially loved basketball and Nascar. He enjoyed vacations, gardening and working on cars. Bob was also an animal lover, particularly cats and dogs. Christmas was Bob’s favorite time of the year, he loved spending time with his friends and family and he will be greatly missed.Robert is survived by his loving spouse of almost 65 years Natalie Harves (Osborne), children, Ann (Ron) Bildner of Ponchatoula, LA, Sue (Gregg) Cutter of Aurora, IN, Ric (Tracy) Harves of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Brandy Bildner, Leigh Ann (Jose) Gonzalez, Brad Cutter, Brooke (Justin) Ricketts, Linsey (Joe) Abplanalp, Adam Harves, Nicholas Harves; great-grandchildren, Taylor Bildner, Gabriella Gonzalez, and baby Ricketts due in December.He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Edwin and Leona Harves.Friends will be received Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana. Masonic services will be held Thursday evening.A Celebration of Life will be held at Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church at 9813 Mt. Sinai Rd., Aurora, Indiana on Friday June 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm with Pastor LaJo Dunbar and Pastor Robert Northcutt officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn County Farm Club or the Switzerland County EMS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Ighalo brushes off Man U contract dilemma

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding his future at Manchester United, and believes football must come secondary to health amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The 30-year-old has enjoyed a successful stint at Old Trafford since a surprise loan move was completed in January, but could find his time at his boyhood club cut short due to the world health pandemic. Ighalo’s six-month loan spell could expire before action resumes, but the ex-Nigerian international is adamant that discussing his future would be insensitive. After scoring four goals in all competitions since leaving Shanghai Shenhua, both Ighalo and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have hinted that the deal could be turned permanent. But currently, the frontman’s terms are set to run out on June 30 and football appears increasingly unlikely to have restarted by that point. However, Ighalo stressed that he is not thinking about his own predicament, and said that the pandemic sweeping across the world must be prioritised ahead of sport. When questioned over his contract dilemma, Ighalo told The Sun: “Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it. “The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one. “You can’t put football before health challenges. What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully. “This is another reminder for us to share love in this world. Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.” United have cancelled all first-team training sessions indefinitely after the top flight was postponed until April 30 at the earliest. Ighalo added: “We are all working individually away from the training ground and staying fit at home. “Of course I miss football, like other players and fans. But lives matter. “Staying safe and alive is our biggest game in the world now – and we all have a role to play in it.’ The former Watford ace experienced first-hand how coronavirus has rocked the sporting world after originally completing his switch to United. Ighalo had been forced to spend two weeks away from the rest of his new teammates after flying out from China due to precautions surrounding the spread of the virus.Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerThe Sunlast_img read more

Nina to have operation

first_img Carberry was replacing her brother Paul on Noel Meade’s Another Palm in the Ulster Grand National, but the grey only got as far as the second fence before unseating his pilot. Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Meade said: “Nina’s going for an operation on her shoulder tomorrow. They are going to put a pin in her collarbone. I don’t know at this stage how long she will be out for. Thankfully she’s not in that much pain now and we’ll know a lot more after the operation.” Press Association Nina Carberry is facing an operation on her shoulder after a nasty incident at Downpatrick on Wednesday.last_img read more

After Greece, Elonu Targets Another Feat against USA

first_imgAgainst all odds, Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the last eight stage of the World Cup after defeating Greece by 57 points to 56.Despite D’Tigress 15 to 7 points lead early in the game, the Greeks clawed their way back into reckoning to tie the contest at 15 points heading into the 2nd quarter.The progression thus means that D’Tigress will be up against defending champion, USA, Friday.But Elonu has assured teeming Nigerian followers of the tournament that the team will prove a hard nut to crack against the red-hot favourites.“It may look like fairy-tale for everyone because we did not know what to except from the World Cup as none of us had been here before. It’s just a ride that we are taking and I’m happy for us because we’ve been through a lot and our motto was to stay together and we stayed together,” remarked the Euro League Women regular moments after the win against Greece Thursday.“Greece is a really tough team. I don’t know how we pulled it off, but I’m beyond happy and proud. It ranks really high in my career (as a win) just because of this group of girls. They are my family.“The national team is who you are and your culture. It just resonates so much stronger than any other team – not to take anything away from any other team.“But here, the girls, what we’ve been through and what we’ve had to fight through just to get here, preparations, treatment – it’s been really hard.“But the way that we stick together and have fun off the court, on the court, this is just a great moment and when we face USA in the next match, we hoped to hold ourselves together and as a unit it is possible,” she remarked.Elonu was also quick to hand credit to coach Otis Hughley Jnr for the way he has organised the unit on the floor for this global test.“We own our coach a lot because the mentality with which we are playing so far in this competition is quite different meaning coach Hughley no doubt had made a huge progression to the team,” she pointed out.The win yesterday in the biggest of Spain’s Canary Island had elevated the Nigerian team from mere participant to a major force at the on going event.Having beaten European powerhouse Turkey earlier in the week, they not only followed it up against Argentina, they made a Euro-double by pipping Greece with a point margin in a dramatic quarter final berth.In the tension soaked match, Sarah Imovbioh replaced injured Aisha Mohammed who until her injury had been sensational for Nigeria averaging 10 points per game.Kalu Ezinne and Evelyn Akhator led the D’Tigress scorers chart with 14 points while Promise Amukarama weighed in with 13points.Akhator once again emerged the top performer for the team with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.With about 30 seconds to the end of the game and Greece leading by a point, Elo Edema caught a rebound before being fouled. She converted the resulting 2 free throws to give the D’Tigress 57points to 56 lead.The game which was only tied in the first quarter saw the D’Tigress end the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters (31-26, 48-37, 57-56) as winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIBA WORLD CUPFemi Solaja with agency reportAs Nigerians are still celebrating D’Tigress’ defeat of Greece and the qualification to the quarter finals of the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife, Spain Thursday, team Captain, Adaora Elonu, has promised that more feats are in the making.last_img read more

Penn State’s defense dominant in battle for 1st-place in Big Ten

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoSTATE COLLEGE, PA — Wisconsin coaches knew it was going to take a special defensive performance to earn a victory at Penn State Saturday.They were right. But unfortunately for them, the wrong squad came up with the show-stopping defensive performance.In a matchup of the conference’s top-scoring offense and stingiest defense, it was Penn State’s defense that won the battle, leading the Nittany Lions (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) to a 35-14 win in front of 109,865 fans, the second-largest crowd in PSU history, at Beaver Stadium Saturday evening.”It’s frustrating, disappointing — obviously we got our butts kicked so there’s nothing more frustrating than that,” tailback Brian Calhoun said.The Lions now hold their conference championship fate in their own hands, as Penn State, which enjoys a bye this week, is set to take lone possession of the Big Ten crown with a victory over Michigan State Nov. 19.The Lions hold the tie-breaker over Ohio State, the Big Ten’s only other team with one loss, by virtue of their 17-10 victory over the Buckeyes earlier this season.Alternately, the loss drops the Badgers (8-2, 5-2) out of contention for a Bowl Championship Series game for the second time in as many years. It also marks the second consecutive season Wisconsin has let its conference title dreams fall from its own hands.”It’s very disappointing,” wide receiver Brandon Williams said. “Having a shot two years in a row where you’ve only got to win one more game to be Big Ten champion, and you just can’t get it done, it’s very painful.”Fueled by an emotional high courtesy of Senior Day festivities for 23 PSU players, the Nittany Lion defense gave the high-octane Wisconsin offense fits from start to finish, as the Badgers were never able to find a rhythm. The Penn State defensive front dominated the Badger offensive line consistently, holding Calhoun in check, allowing the junior only 38 rushing yards on 20 carries.Wisconsin also failed to find any success through the air, as the relentless Nittany Lion pass rush sent quarterback John Stocco flailing to the turf on nine separate occasions, four courtesy of senior defensive end Tamba Hali.”We allowed way too many sacks, and way too many pressures, we didn’t give John enough time to work back there,” junior left tackle Joe Thomas said. “Their four defensive linemen and three linebackers are outstanding — there’s no weak links … they really out-played us today.”Wisconsin appeared to figure out the Lion defense at the open of the second quarter, driving the ball all the way down to the Penn State five-yard line. But on second-and-goal, Stocco was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Alan Zemaitis.After being flushed to his right, Stocco tried to throw the ball high to tight end Owen Daniels in the back of the end zone, but didn’t get it high enough as Zemaitis made a diving play on the ball to stuff the Badger drive.”I was trying to make a play,” Stocco said. “I think they just did a great job executing and that’s a very good defense.”For the second consecutive week the defense struggled to contain the opposing team’s quarterback, as Michael Robinson became the second quarterback in as many weeks to rush for over 100 yards against UW.Robinson, who led PSU to a quick 21-0 lead in the first half, added 238 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go along with his 125-yard rushing performance as the senior became PSU’s single-season total yardage leader, breaking Kerry Collins’ 1994 record of 2,660 yards.”It’s not a good taste at all,” defensive tackle Mike Newkirk said. “It shouldn’t get to that point. We shouldn’t have to give up 21 points just for us to get 3-and-outs, and getting off the field and putting our offense in positions to do what they do. Overall it’s a disappointment.”Wisconsin now returns to Madison, where they will try to avoid a similar fate to the one endured last season when Wisconsin dropped its final two conference games of the season. However, Alvarez believes the loss changes little for his team, reiterating that his squad’s preseason goals remain intact.”Our goals haven’t changed,” Alvarez said. “We can knock three of them off [this] week and reach every goal that we set. One of them is a January 1st bowl game. I think if we win next week we have a chance to play in one.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s season comes to close with loss to Michigan State

first_imgSeniors Leonie Geyer, Laura Hahnefeldt and Anna Crumb all collapsed onto the turf at J.S. Coyne Stadium in disbelief once the final whistle sounded.After winning 36 games on their home field, they were forced to watch as their opponents ran off the bench in jubilant celebration following the 37th and most important contest.No. 2-seed Syracuse dominated the shot chart and time of possession, but trailed where it mattered most. A second-half goal by Kristin Matula carried Michigan State (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten) to a shocking 2-1 upset victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament and ended SU’s (16-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) 2013 season.“Our movement off the ball was not as strong as it usually is,” Orange head coach Ange Bradley said. “We kind of waited for things to happen instead of making things happen, and that was the story of the game.”The Spartans jumped on the board in the sixth minute when Abby Barker knocked home a pass from Allie Ahearn in front of the cage. Barker’s 18th goal of the season sent a jolt through the Spartan faithful that made the trip with the team and forced the Orange to be more aggressive offensively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU made the necessary adjustments, but failed to capitalize on a number of glorious scoring chances. Lauren Brooks, Emma Russell and Karlee Farr were all rejected by Spartans goalie Molly Cassidy during even-strength play, and Geyer missed on a penalty corner with 13 minutes remaining in the frame.Syracuse finally converted on a corner during the 29th minute. Geyer ripped a slap shot that was sent aside by a diving Cassidy. However, the ball popped right to Alyssa Manley, who easily poked home the rebound to even the score at one apiece.At the end of the first half, SU had outshot the Spartans by an astonishing 12-2 margin. By surviving the barrage, though, Michigan State had put itself in position to retake the lead at any moment.“Just because you’re a higher seed or supposed to be better than another team doesn’t mean they’re not going to come out and play you hard,” back Jordan Page said. “I think it’s important to realize that we have to go out and fight for everything we want and not let other teams take it away from us.”That’s what happened halfway through the second frame. Matula, a freshman that had scored only one goal prior to Saturday, picked up a ball misplayed by the Syracuse defense and dashed down the far side of the field.“I noticed that there was a slight gap between two defenders, and the ball went perfectly right through them,” Matula said. “I got the ball and looked up to see where the goalie was and did a pool right, like the coaches always tell us, and I put it in.”Down 2-1, the Orange continued to squander chances. Bradley even pulled goalie Jess Jecko with 4:28 remaining to create a two-man advantage, but the offense sputtered. A frantic push during the final minute produced no shots on goal, and the Spartans were able to clear the ball one final time as the closing seconds ticked away.Michigan State has now won six games in a row, including Wednesday’s play-in game to make the 16-team bracket, and will continue its improbable postseason run tomorrow against either Boston College or Connecticut.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s home-field dominance came to an abrupt end, and the loss soured what had been a memorable first ACC season.“Right now we’re experiencing a death of a season and the ending of a team,” Bradley said. “Right now these kids need time to grieve and reflect on the good things and the bad things that happened on their journey together.“Come January, a new life will be born and that will be the start of the 2014 team.” Comments Published on November 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Quad hosts farmers’ market

first_imgThe Trojan Farmers’ Market, a weekly event beginning this year, debuted on McCarthy Quad Wednesday.The farmers’ market, which took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., welcomed vendors from produce to artisan soaps.Healthy living · Ariana Shives, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, examines some fresh radishes at a booth during the first weekly Trojan Farmers’ Market on McCarthy Quad in Wednesday. – Uracha Chaiyapinunt | Daily TrojanThe market is a joint undertaking by USC Hospitality and Undergraduate Student Government. They hope that it will become a convenient place for Trojans to shop for groceries.“The intention of the Trojan Farmers’ Market at USC is to make a unique meeting place for students and faculty around a healthy lifestyle that everyone can enjoy,” the Facebook event page reads.Much of the produce at the farmers’ market was local and organic. According to Damien Joyner, a vendor for Smit Orchards, all of the company’s fruits, nuts and oils are certified organic and grown in San Diego. Smit does not ship its products farther than two hours away to guarantee freshness.Though health might have been a main motivation for USC Hospitality to start the farmers’ market, students have noticed other benefits.“They gave us a lot of samples, and the price was pretty good,” Emily Jiang, a freshman majoring in accounting, said.Students also seemed impressed by the amount of options offered.“[The farmers’ market] had an amazing selection of fruits and vegetables. All of my friends and I bought strawberries and blueberries,” Aaron Rifkind, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said. “There was tons of ethnic cuisine, too, which I really enjoyed.”The Trojan Farmers’ Market is not limited to fruits and vegetables. Stands sold hummus, kettle corn and boba tea. Kettle corn appeared to be an especially popular item for sale.“It’s so good that I could probably bathe in this all day, but I’d be super sticky afterwards,” Brian Ramirez, a fifth-year architecture student, said of the treat.USG is looking to cater the market to students’ interests. They even asked students what kinds of vendors they would like to see at the market using Twitter.Creating a farmers’ market on Trousdale Parkway was one of the campaign platforms of USG President Christian Kurth and Vice President Ryan Park.“In my USG experience before, I had always worked really closely with [USC] Hospitality,” said Kurth. “We wanted to get started on this right away so we approached them last year and worked on it over the summer.”According to Kurth, USC Hospitality is responsible for the business side of the farmers’ market, while USG is in charge of the student aspect, including selecting a club to join the vendors on the quad each week.“We wanted to make sure students were given the opportunity and would have the chance to get some face time,” Kurth said.Interested clubs can apply online to be part of the farmers’ market and will mainly be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.Though Kurth said he was happy with the turnout for the market today, he expects more traffic in the future.“Obviously today was the involvement fair, which was huge. We kind of expected less traffic today, in addition, because the sorority girls are not allowed to go to McCarthy Quad,” said Kurth. “However, everyone I talked to had really great feedback.” Follow on Isabella on Twitter @IsabellaSayyahlast_img read more