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Slow but steady: Unfinished Batam Botanical Gardens begin attracting tourists

first_imgIt was not until January this year that the gardens saw a significant increase in attendance, jumping to 3,544 people for the month.“For now, visitors can come to the botanical gardens for free because the number of attractions is still limited,” Rozik told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He added that most visitors came to the gardens on weekends and holidays. For example, the management recorded 1,800 visitors a day during New Year’s holiday season. The gardens were also visited by 380 visitors during the Lunar New Year holiday on Jan. 25.“The visitors were not only local residents, but also foreign tourists,” Rozik said. It has been five years since the groundbreaking of the Batam Botanical Gardens in Batam, Riau Islands, in August 2014, but few facilities are open to visitors in the 86-hectare complex, which includes a main gate as a photo backdrop, colorful gardens as well as hothouses.However, the limited facilities have not discouraged local and international tourists from visiting the gardens, which recorded their highest attendance last month.The gardens’ chief supervisor, Mohammad Rozik, said less than 1,000 visitors had visited the gardens every month since they were opened to the public in December 2018. Most have been elementary and junior high school students visiting for an educational field trip. Read also: Govt to develop 12 botanical gardens by 2019The construction of the botanical gardens had been planned since 2008 by various institutions, including the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) as well as regional administrations. It was designated as a conservation area for coastal plants.Then-public works minister Djoko Kirmanto attended the groundbreaking ceremony in August 2014, with the early stages of the project dedicated to building basic facilities such as the main gate, roads, management offices and other facilities.The road leading to the Batam Botanical Gardens in Batam, Riau Islands. (JP/Fadli)Visitors have since come to take photos and selfies in the colorful gardens and palm park and around the artificial lake. However, these sites are not open every day because of the limited number of staff.“For example, we only open the lake to the public several days a week. We are worried about not having anyone to watch to keep the visitors safe,” Rozik said.As of today, the Batam Botanical Gardens management only employs 14 staff – not enough to handle the 86 ha space. By comparison, the Bogor Botanical Gardens in West Java is just as large, but is maintained by a staff of 400.Despite their limited number, the employees have focused on improving the botanical gardens so they can be completed within the next few years, Rozik added.According to the management, the Batam Botanical Gardens hold a collection of 5,349 plants from 430 different species.Batam Botanical Gardens chief supervisor Mohammad Rozik tends to plants in a hothouse. (JP/Fadli)“We will also open a mangrove forest, which can be accessed from the Nongsa Pura port. Tourists are looking forward to visiting the mangroves,” said Rozik. Mangroves are considered important for protecting coastlines from erosion.Once the mangrove forest is opened, the botanical gardens will cover 100 ha – larger than the Bogor Botanical Gardens and the 74 ha Singapore Botanical Gardens.Read also: Corpse flower alive and kicking at Bogor Botanical GardensThe Batam Botanical Gardens are one of 12 botanical gardens the government plans to build within the next five years. The government has allocated Rp 1.2 trillion (US$87 million) to build these gardens as part of its efforts to preserve the country’s biodiversity.A large of portion of the funds – Rp 336 billion – was allocated for the gardens in Batam and has been disbursed gradually since 2014. However, the management of the gardens missed its operational target for 2019.“If you asked me when the gardens would be finished, I couldn’t answer. It depends on the government’s budget,” Rozik said.Topics :last_img read more

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Boeing set to announce significant US job cuts this week: Union

first_imgBoeing Co is expected to announce United States job cuts this week after disclosing last month it planned to shed 10 percent of its worldwide workforce of 160,000 employees, people briefed on the plans and a union said.A spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union that represents 17,600 Boeing employees told Reuters Tuesday the company informed the union it should expect layoff notices on Friday.Boeing declined to comment. In April, Boeing chief executive Dave Calhoun said the company had “begun taking action to lower our number of employees by roughly 10 percent through a combination of voluntary layoffs, natural turnover and involuntary layoffs as necessary.”Calhoun said in April Boeing will need to make “even deeper reductions in areas that are most exposed to the condition of our commercial customers — more than 15 percent across our commercial airplanes and services businesses, as well as our corporate functions.”SPEEA said about 1,300 of its members applied to take voluntary layoffs.The Puget Sound Business Journal reported earlier that Boeing planned to layoff thousands of workers. A union official confirmed the newspaper’s report that Boeing had told union leaders to expect cuts of between 15 to 20 percent of its membership, which represents engineers and technical workers in Washington State and southern California.Boeing is struggling as the worldwide airline sector has been rocked by the travel demand falloff from the coronavirus pandemic.In April, Boeing recorded zero orders for the second time this year and customers canceled another 108 orders for its grounded 737 MAX plane compounding its worst start to a year since 1962.The outbreak worsened a crisis following the second of two fatal crashes that led to the grounding of the 737 MAX in March 2019. Calhoun said on May 8 he expected to resume production of grounded 737 MAX jet this month.Topics :last_img read more

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Gold Coast house snapped up in 36 hours for street record

first_img 43 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach brings the outdoors in. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37A family looking to escape Melbourne snapped up a Gold Coast property within 36 hours of it hitting the market.The interstate buyers, who could not physically inspect the property, relied on videos to make their decision before paying $2.225 million for the four-bedder at 43 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach. Millionaires’ Row mansion sale among the biggest this year Lockdown lifts luxury home sales: ‘Top end of the market is on fire’ 43 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach sold within 36 hours of hitting the market.It is the highest price ever paid for a property on Petrel Ave.“The buyers are a Melbourne family who are planning to move up in January,” said Kollosche’s Eoghan Murphy, who is marketing the property with Troy Dowker.“The owners did everything to make sure the property was ready to sell.”“And with our marketing we make sure we get everything we need so if someone in Sydney or Melbourne was buying it, it’s an easy process – we have videos, a 3D walk through, valuations, building and pest – everything they would need to make a final decision without stepping inside the property.”center_img A Melbourne family will call 43 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach home from 2021.The property, described as a “tropical retreat”, includes a floorplan that brings the outdoors in.The interior includes merbau timber flooring, crisp white walls, soaring high ceilings and large windows. A northeast facing deck is accompanied by a sparkling pool – perfect for year-round entertaining.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s in one of the best spots on Petrel Ave,” Mr Murphy said. Inside 43 Petrel Ave which sold for a street record.Mr Murphy said the Gold Coast continued to be the city of choice for southerners.“Everyone wants to get to the Gold Coast at the moment,” he said.“The way the world is going people realise they don’t need to be in Sydney or Melbourne, they can work remotely. And where else would you want to be?” MORE NEWS: Luxury acreage snapped up for $3.85m after one inspectionlast_img read more

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‘Rum Punch and Prejudice’ to open tonight

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews ‘Rum Punch and Prejudice’ to open tonight by: – May 25, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 34 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Book cover of “Rum Punch and Prejudice” written by Raglan Riviere. Photo credit: amazon.co.ukThe end of the DOMFESTA 2012 celebrations is approaching with only two more activities on its calendar.Throughout this weekend the New Dimension Theatre will take its “Rum Punch and Prejudice” play, a novel by Raglan Riviere to the Arawak House of Culture.The play novel was adapted for stage by the New Dimension Theater’s artistic Director Steve Hyacinth.The play is centered on a white Dominican who spends most of his life in England because as a child he was exposed to a forbidden relationship between his father and a black maid after the death of his mother. However he could not forgive his father – the white owner of a large estate.While in England, he receives an offer for him to return to Dominica to manage a large estate in place of his dying uncle and what follows is an absorbing, intriguing and gripping story.The play features sixteen talented and experienced Dominican actors and actresses to include Donille Blackmoore, Jerry Coipel, Giselle Hyacinth, Monelle Alexis, Joseph Fadoul, J. Gremier, Norma Payne St. John, Harry Sealey and John Liverpool.The play opens at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday 25th May, with re-runs on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 8:00 nightly.Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence told Dominica Vibes News this can be considered “one of the best DOMFESTA” celebrations. Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

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Cricket News Selectors should inform Dhoni if they have decided to move forward: Sehwag

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Thursday said the selection committee must speak to Mahendra Singh Dhoni if the veteran batsman is no longer in their scheme of things, moving forward.There is intense speculation that Dhoni, who has already retired from the Test format, has played his last ODI following India’s semifinal exit from the World Cup.Sehwag feels that retirement is Dhoni’s individual call but selectors must speak to him before announcing the West Indies squad.“It should be left to MS Dhoni to decide when to hang his boots. The duty of the selectors is to reach out to Dhoni and inform him that he is no more being seen as India’s wicket-keeper batsman going forward. I wish the selectors had asked me as well about my plans,” Sehwag said during a panel discussion on ‘ABP news’, his target being co-panellist Sandeep Patil.Patil was the chairman of selectors when Sehwag was dropped from the side in 2013 and he never made a comeback.An embarrassed Patil then apologised to Sehwag on national televison.“The responsibility to talk to Sachin (Tendulkar) about his future was given to me and Rajinder Singh Hans while the same responsibility was given to Vicky (Vikram Rathour) for Sehwag. We had asked him and he said he had spoken with Sehwag. But if Sehwag is saying that Vikram did not talk to him, I would like to take responsibility for the same,” Patil said right there.Someone known to speak his mind, Sehwag reminded Patil that there’s no point speaking to the players after squad announcement.“Vikram spoke to me after I was dropped. It would have made sense if he spoke to me before that. There’s no point talking to a cricketer once he is dropped. If MSK Prasad speaks to Dhoni after he is dropped, what would Dhoni say ? that he would play first-class cricket and the selectors should pick him if he scores runs. The point is that the selectors should reach out to cricketers before they are dropped.”However, Kapil Dev, India’s first World Cup winning captain begged to differ.“I don’t think that a selector speaks to the player when he is picked and so I don’t see why he needs to be told that he will be dropped,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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‘The new Temple’: Coming off a 9-4 season and bowl victory, the Owls are looking to prove they’re here to stay in their second go-around in the Big East

first_img Published on August 30, 2012 at 3:38 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Atop a silver ladder, Derek Dennis and Morkeith Brown took turns conducting the Temple Diamond Marching Band at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. His teammates sang along to the school fight song.They were celebrating their victory in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Owls’ first bowl win since 1979.Eighty-one days later, Temple celebrated its return to the Big East. The conference announced the Owls would begin Big East play in football this fall with their other sports joining in 2013.“It’s a tremendous natural step that we needed to have the opportunity to take, and we’ve taken it,” said head coach Steve Addazio. “Now we’ve got to go about the business of building it.”Today’s Temple is nearly unrecognizable compared with its first run in the Big East from 1991-2004. The Owls won just 30 games during that stretch and were eventually forced to leave the Bowl Championship Series conference due to lack of attendance and investment in the program. But the team enters the Big East this season coming off three straight winning seasons and the bowl victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith state-of-the-art facilities and a foundation of success, the Owls are expected to compete with their conference opponents this time around. Though the preseason Big East media poll ranked Addazio’s team last, Temple is a far cry from the perennial doormat it was for 14 seasons.“This isn’t their first barbecue, so to speak,” Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni said. “You better be prepared to play Temple because Temple is going to play hard. They’re going to be well-coached, and they’re going to be capable of winning games.”But when Bobby Wallace took over as Temple’s head coach in 1998, he saw why the program had struggled mightily for much of the decade. On campus, the team practiced without a fully modernized facility.The field behind McGonigle Hall doubled as stomping grounds for local kids. One player nearly collided with a child on a bicycle while running down a punt on Wallace’s first practice. Wallace recalled seeing neighborhood kids shred his practice field while playing pickup football games on rainy Sundays.The Edberg-Olson football complex across campus was completed in 2000. Wallace said it helped to calm down the circus-like atmosphere of Temple’s practices, but the program and its facilities still lagged behind their Big East counterparts.In 2005, a relieved Wallace walked off the turf at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. A 0-11 season and his career at Temple were complete.“I was thinking about moving back to the South,” said Wallace, who went 19-71 in seven seasons.Wallace’s fate was partially sealed in January 2001 when the Big East voted to end Temple’s membership in 2004. The decision crippled recruiting efforts and the entire program. Wallace called it a “kiss of death.”“We probably were the worst program in Division I-A,” said Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw. “Not just on the field, attendance, performance, but academically and the kind of disciplinary issues there, we probably were dead last.”For two years, more than 90 percent of Wallace’s recruits were junior college players. Most high school seniors were off limits.The reliance on junior college recruits meant the team’s talent had two fewer years to develop chemistry. Those recruits, while talented, often came with personal baggage that made them hard to coach, Wallace said.“I rather would’ve just gotten voted out right away because it made it difficult to recruit when you couldn’t tell a young man and his parents whether we would have football or what level we’d be playing at in three years,” Wallace said.Wallace and Bradshaw fought to keep the program’s Division I-A status. The university considered downgrading to Division I-AA or even ending the football program at one point.Seven years after leaving the Big East, Temple football is thriving. Facilities are now a selling point to recruits already drawn in by the team’s recent success.Former Owls offensive lineman Dan Klecko, who played seven seasons in the NFL, checked out the team’s new facilities on a visit back to the school this year. Bradshaw said Klecko told him he had never seen a nicer weight room in his professional career.The players Temple has brought should also give the program high-level talent for years to come. Scout.com ranked the 2012 incoming freshman class the 55th-best recruiting class in the country.Addazio is looking to use the combination of resources and talent to build on a 9-4 season in 2011.His image can be seen in this year’s team. He emphasizes to his players energy and physical play.“The fundamental starting point for our program is, No. 1, we have a group of players that respect the game,” Addazio said. “They understand it’s a privilege, not a right, and every day they’re going to take the football field, and they’re going to compete.”The philosophy is a holdover from his predecessor, Al Golden, who led the Owls to a 17-8 record from 2009-10.After Wallace’s resignation, Golden interviewed for the Temple job Nov. 6. Bradshaw had already interviewed several potential replacements. They planned on meeting 10-15 more candidates.Fifteen minutes into the interview, Golden all but ended Temple’s search. By that time, Bradshaw’s yellow legal pad read, “This is our man.” One month after his interview in a Charlottesville, Va., hotel room, Golden was introduced as the new head coach.Golden went on to lead Temple to a share of the MAC East division title and the team’s first bowl game in 30 years.“Al came in to captain the ship over rough waters and he did — miraculously, according to some, and extraordinary, according to even people who aren’t given to hyperbole,” Bradshaw said.Golden’s work made Addazio’s job easier, too. Now, with a bowl victory and his team’s jump to the Big East, the head coach said his program has taken the next step.Yet Addazio refuses to let his players forget what the program went through. He brought in former players to tell stories of Temple’s struggles and motivate its current squad.“We’re the new Temple,” quarterback Chris Coyer. “We like to play hard. We’re tough, and we’re going to do the best we can, and we’re going to give everybody what they want.” Comments Related Stories Hidden wounds: After a slew of unpublicized injuries derailed Syracuse last year, the program makes adjustments to stay healthy in 2012Back on the warpath: Florida State poised to return to championship discussion behind swarming defenseMultiple fronts: Ashton Broyld gives Syracuse a new offensive weapon who can attack defenses from a variety of positionsIn the clear: Marcus Sales enters the 2012 season refocused and rededicated to football following his season-long suspensionNo rush: Without a clear-cut starter after preseason camp, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone will weigh his options at running back during the seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Women’s basketball: Badgers season ends after last second shot waived off

first_imgFor a brief moment, it looked like Jacki Gulczynski had saved the Badgers.For just a second, Gulczynski’s first basket of the game had bought her and her fellow seniors another game in their careers.With 3.2 seconds remaining in the game and the Wisconsin women’s basketball team down two, she inbounded the ball to junior guard Tessa Cichy. After a scramble for the ball, Gulczynski emerged with it, pushed the ball up the court and heaved it at the basket.It went in, and a referee signaled the shot was good.But the referees decided to check to see if the shot actually left the senior forward’s hand on time. While the review lasted only a couple of minutes, it must’ve felt like hours.No good, they said. Just like that, the Badgers’ season was over, falling 58-56 to Purdue.And in a season filled with blown leads, missed opportunities and gut-wrenching defeats, it was only fitting that a matter of inches between Gulczynski’s fingers and the ball had a deciding factor in the conclusion of the team’s season.After Cichy sunk a jumper to make it 51-42, the Badgers had established their largest lead of the game with 8:12 remaining. In the final eight minutes and 12 seconds, Purdue outscored Wisconsin 16-5.But Purdue (11-19, 4-15 Big Ten) hung around and kept chipping away, eventually taking the lead with 2:43 left after a jumper from fifth-year senior Whitney Bays gave Purdue a 54-53 lead.A few possessions later with no score change, junior guard Dakota Whyte made only the front-end of her one-and-one free throw attempts, tying the game at 54. Then, with 1:15 remaining, Bays sunk two free throws, putting Purdue up again.With 9.7 seconds left, Whyte took a long pass from fellow junior guard Nicole Bauman and knocked down a jumper on the right wing, just inside the three-point line. Then, Purdue junior guard April Wilson took the ensuing inbound the length of the court and laid it in with 3.7 seconds to go, setting up Gulczynski’s final prayer attempt.It was the only two points of the night for Wilson.The loss spoiled an impressive defensive display from senior forward Cassie Rochel, who set a Big Ten tournament game record with seven blocks.Whyte had a team-high 16 points, while Bauman was the only other Badger in double digits with 14.Bays led the Boilermakers with 16 points, while senior forward Liza Clemons and sophomore guard Ashley Morrissette scored 12 points apiece.The Badgers (9-20, 5-14 Big Ten) were lights-out in the first half, shooting 59.3 percent from the field, and took a 37-32 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes. The team shot 4-of-8 from three.Bauman scored two of those three’s and finished the half with 10 points, while senior forward AnnMarie Brown provided seven points off the bench. Junior guard Tessa Cichy had seven of her nine points in the first half.In the second half though, Wisconsin made just 33.3 percent of their attempts, finishing at 47.1 percent overall. Purdue shot 38.7 percent.last_img read more

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Max de Vroome is achieving American Dream with USC tennis

first_imgAs the season moves toward the heat of conference play, the men’s tennis team is also getting ready to say goodbye to its only senior: Max de Vroome.The 6-foot-5 native of Vught, Netherlands, came to USC in 2012, a season after the amazing ride that saw the Trojans win the NCAA crown four years in a row. After clinching the 2014 Championship in his sophomore season and playing in a brand-new tennis stadium early this year, de Vroome, a captain, is seeking another strong season with one of the best teams in the nation before finishing his degree in business administration.De Vroome was already successful as a junior player, winning a couple of ITF titles and reaching the quarterfinals at the junior French Open in 2012.“Honestly, I didn’t know much about college before I visited [USC],” de Vroome said. “I heard USC had a great team. So I was visiting multiple schools and as soon I stepped on the campus … it’s just so pretty here, so nice to walk around. It’s like paradise.”De Vroome was drawn by the continuity of success and a strong coaching staff.“The team is great; the coaches are really good,” de Vroome said. “We’ve had a great program over the years. That was a big thing for me, that they weren’t good one year but being consistently good. That says something about coaches.”Before committing to the Trojans, de Vroome had to make a harsh decision. As NCAA rules treat student-athletes as amateurs, it would have been impossible for him to turn pro and play at the collegiate level at the same time.“It was a tough choice for me to make,” de Vroome said. “Back home we don’t have the college system. But especially for a [men’s] tennis player, the average age in the top 100 is around 28, so making that choice when you’re 18 is rough. I think college here is the perfect solution. You get a degree, and you get to play tennis every day.”Being the only freshman on the team and away from home, the first year as a Trojan had a lot more challenges to offer in addition to the ones he faced on the court.“You come into the community and the whole team is like family,” de Vroome said. “I was the only freshman, but it really didn’t feel that way because you’re hanging out with rest of the team so much and they really support you and help whenever they can. I was used to traveling because I traveled as a junior player, but I had never been away from home that long.”In addition to this new experience, the initial adjustment to a different country also served as a challenge: there was a new language, a new culture, a new way of life.“My first semester was tough; everything was in English,” de Vroome said. “The cultures are very similar in a way, but there are also small differences everywhere. It takes a couple of months to get adjusted, but you’re kind of living in a dream.”Tennis provided him with one of the best memories from his journey at USC: winning the 2014 NCAA championship.“I don’t think I will ever, ever even come closer to that,” de Vroome said. “It was such a magical moment. The whole team is there, jumping around, it felt like living in a dream for a moment.”De Vroome picked up a racket for the first time when he was five, and he never looked back. But he’s not the only one in the family to have a passion for tennis. Indy, his 19-year-old younger sister, has already turned pro and is ranked in the top-400 of the WTA rankings. At this young age, she has already won three singles and five doubles titles in the ITF circuit.“My mom was always really into sports, really competitive, so we were sports-minded,” de Vroome said. “My brother started to play tennis, and I was two years younger and I was jealous and I wanted to play with him because I looked up to my big brother. That’s how I got into it and started to play more and more and got competitive against each other. Then my sister started to play, and nobody wants to lose against each other. I think the competitiveness into it got it rolling.”As far as inspirations go, de Vroome’s idol on the court is 17-time major winner Roger Federer, known for his competetive yet composed behavior on the court.“I just love his classiness, how he walks on the court every day and does his thing and walks away,” de Vroome said. “He makes it look easy.”But de Vroome still turns back to his family for their support and inspiration.“My mom, my brother and sisters are huge role models for me,” de Vroome said. “I really look up to them, how disciplined they are, how hard they work everyday. They make me stay disciplined too.”While he’s focused on his final season, de Vroome is also keeping an eye on his future, which could lead to a career either on or off the courts — or both. De Vroome has an internship this summer at Guggenheim Partners in Santa Monica.“I’m going to do that and see how it goes from there,” de Vroome said. “Maybe I’ll get a full-time offer from them. Maybe I’ll go pro.”last_img read more

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USC finds offensive groove in win over Oregon State

first_imgRedshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns corrals the ball after catching a punt. (Photo courtesy of Daily Barometer)Senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware couldn’t be stopped in his route without three defenders dragging him down. Whether it was a 62-yard rush for a touchdown or just two yards to find the end zone, he kept firing until there was no field remaining. USC’s offense totalled 509 yards, with the running game responsible for 332, the most rushing yards in any game for USC this season. Ware himself had 205 of those yards and three touchdowns – both career highs – in USC’s 38-21 win over Oregon State at Reser Stadium in Corvallis on Saturday night.After running through the entire OSU defense untouched in the fourth quarter for his third score of the night,Ware deservingly danced in the end zone to celebrate, earning an excessive celebration foul. “It feels good,” Ware said.“It must feel real good, because you started dancing in the end zone,” head coach Clay Helton responded.On USC’s second drive of the game, Ware broke through and ran 57 yards for a touchdown. The running game’s success was a testament to the improved play of USC’s offensive line that recently switched leadership to running backs coach Tim Drevno after former offensive line coach Neil Callaway was fired. “The [offensive line] did their thing today,” Ware said. “Every time the running game was going good, it was because of them. I give them all the praise.”Helton also took over the offensive play-calling last week, taking over duties from offensive coordinator Tee Martin.“It is something that’s natural [for me],” Helton said. “I’ve done it a bunch over my career.”After USC jumped out to a 21-0 lead with three consecutive touchdowns, OSU sandwiched its first stop between two quick touchdowns at the end of the second quarter to draw within a touchdown thanks toan 85-yard, one-minute drive in eight plays. But USC opened the third quarter by stretching its lead to 28-14 after a 29-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Devon Williams, a short drive closed by Ware’s 2-yard fight to bring it home. To end the third quarter, freshman running back Jermar Jefferson rushed all of the 62 yards that would complete a 10-play drive. The momentum could have shifted, but USC stopped Oregon State to make way for Ware’s 62-yard touchdown that would extend the lead to 35-21 early in the fourth quarter. “When that running game is going, it makes it so much easier,” Helton said. USC’s first drive of the game, and Helton’s first drive calling plays, moved the chains downfield to end with an 8-yard rush from sophomore running back Carr into the end zone. It was all about getting freshman quarterback JT Daniels comfortable again, relying on the years of chemistry built in high school with freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for Daniels’ first complete pass of the night. This time, when the Trojans faced fourth-and-1, redshirt sophomore running back Vavae Malepeai found the yard. Daniels threw for 177 yards and one touchdown with 53 percent completion rate.It wasn’t until there was under two minutes left in the first half that OSU stopped the Trojans from finding the end zone on an offensive drive.  In addition to the consistency from the running backs, Williams picked up his first career touchdown on a 41-yard reception from Daniels. “I thought there was great communication about what was going on, what we’re getting to next and a great sense of poise,” Helton said. “[The players] were feeding off each other.”USC’s defense forced OSU to wait until midway through the second quarter to put themselves on the board. Rector had 2.5 sacks, and his nine total tackles tied with senior cornerback Isaiah Langley for most on the night. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele added two sacks to the team’s total of six, tying a season-high. According to Rector, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast established the defense’s goal of holding OSU to under 75 yards. When they checked on their progress at half time, the Beavers had negative rushing yards. After a stressful week, the entire USC team expressed their emotion in one simple moment.“In that locker room, we all let out a huge scream, all together, just let out a bunch of frustration,” Helton said. The Trojans will return home to face Cal in their homecoming game Saturday at the Coliseum.last_img read more

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Leicester City Appoint Ex-Southampton Boss As New Gaffer

first_imgThe 56-year old replaces Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked last week after an underwhelming start to the season.Shakespeare had earlier succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.Claude Puel is not new to English football after he spent last season at Southampton. He led the Saints to eighth position in the league in addition to reaching the EFL Cup final with the team before being booted out in June.Michael Appleton, who has won two games from his two games as caretaker manager, will remain as the assistant manager to the newly appointed Puel.While speaking on the appointment of Puel, Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha revealed that he was “a perfect fit”.In his words, he said:“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.”“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.” he added.On his appointment, Puel said:“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”Related16 Months Later, Leicester City Dismiss Claude PuelFebruary 24, 2019In “England”Brendan Rogers Makes Premier League Return To Leicester CityFebruary 27, 2019In “England”Premier League Review (Sunday): New Manager, Same Result For Everton As South Coast Derby Ends In StalemateOctober 30, 2017In “England” Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.last_img read more

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