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first_imgThe first weekend of summer will bring nearly record-breaking heat and dry conditions across South Florida, according to our news partner CBS12.Summer officially begins at 11:54 a.m. on Friday.A Saharan Air Layer (SAL) will finally bring some drier air to the Caribbean Sea, allowing us to dry off. Rain chances will remain at 10 to 20 percent through the weekend.However, the high temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s, with feels-like temps soaring into the triple digits.We will cool off a bit as the weekend winds down and into Monday, when rain chances increase again.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Comments In a tie game in the fourth inning Sunday, Syracuse looked to rally to take the lead in a crucial Big East game.After Jenna Caira struck out, the bottom three hitters of the lineup came to the plate. For a team struggling to get any production from the bottom of its lineup all season, the fourth inning did not look promising.Then Stacy Kuwik walked. Kelly Saco came up next and doubled. Rachel Helman followed that up with an RBI single.The last three hitters of the order did their job and turned it over to the top of the lineup.The result: a five-run inning that blew the game open. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s nice to see the bottom of the lineup getting that started,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘It’s good to know that you don’t have to wait for your top of the order to get up and make something happen.’With an offense more balanced than it has been all season, the Orange (19-16, 5-3 Big East) took two of three from Providence (12-18, 3-5) over the weekend. The two teams split on Saturday, with Syracuse winning the first 11-1 and the Friars taking the second 7-6, and the Orange won Sunday’s game 10-2. Syracuse averaged more than nine runs per game in the series, a huge jump from the four runs per game average that SU had on the season prior to this weekend.‘Everybody saw what they wanted and attacked what they wanted,’ said Lisaira Daniels, who went 5-10, raising her team-leading batting average to .382. ‘I think that was the difference from previous games.’The offensive numbers were astronomical for the Orange.Every hitter that received more than one at-bat over the weekend got a hit and scored a run. Syracuse’s 28 runs this weekend eclipsed the total runs scored for the Orange in any of the team’s five tournaments to begin the season.Those tournaments were five games apiece. The Orange did it in three games this weekend.Thank the production from the bottom of the order for that.‘When you’re hitting one through nine, it can just happen at any time,’ Ross said. ‘I think it’s the combination of seeing a lot of live (pitching), and we’re getting deeper in the season and maybe they’re knowing themselves a little bit better as hitters.’Kuwik, Saco and Helman, Syracuse’s usual seven through nine hitters, went 11-25 (.440 batting average) during the weekend. Their combined batting average before the weekend: .199.‘We were a lot more relaxed out there,’ Saco said. ‘Everyone was being more aggressive, jumping on that first strike. We just had a little more confidence in ourselves.’Syracuse’s offense got out to a fast start all weekend. The Orange scored at least two runs in the first inning of every game. On Sunday, the three through seven hitters of the Orange lineup rallied to push two runs across the plate after Veronica Grant and Daniels, SU’s two best hitters by batting average heading into the weekend, grounded out to start the game.‘We can’t always depend on the meat of our lineup,’ Daniels said. ‘That was really good. It was kind of relaxing (and) took a lot of pressure off.’Kuwik led the Orange with seven RBIs, highlighted by a five-RBI game in game one Saturday. Steph Watts hit her team-leading third home run of the season for the Orange in game two Saturday and finished with five RBIs on the weekend.Watts was also a big part of the five-run fourth inning Sunday. With the bases loaded and one out, the sophomore fought off pitch after pitch. She finally hit a deep fly ball on the 10th pitch of the at-bat to drive in Grant on a sacrifice fly.Her one at-bat was a microcosm of the team’s approach at the plate all weekend. It was something that wouldn’t have been possible without the bottom of the lineup setting the tone.‘She had a runner at third and she wanted to bring her around, so she knew she was looking for a certain pitch,’ Ross said. ‘That’s a good hitter. All the way through the lineup they’re being smart hitters right now.’[email protected]  center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAfter Saturday’s neck-and-neck 1–0 loss for the No. 1 Badgers, Sunday’s edition of the Border Battle rivalry proved to be a different narrative. Wisconsin (9-1-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) earned a convincing 4–1 victory over the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-2-1, 5-2-1-0 WCHA) to cap off a hard-fought weekend series at LaBahn Arena.Despite being outshot for the first time this season (31-29), Wisconsin was able to capitalize off its chances in the second and third periods to pull away from its Border Battle rival. It would not have been possible if not for Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell’s brave performance. Campbell recorded 30 saves, 18 of which came in the third period.“That was the most shots I’ve faced in my career here,” Campbell said of the third period barrage from Minnesota.On offense, though, the Badgers were able to flip the script from Saturday’s showing. Freshman Sophie Shirley, sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, freshman Britta Curl and senior Annie Pankowski all scored for the Badgers. Senior defense Maddie Rolfes recorded a career-high three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating, helping the Badgers earn their ninth victory of the season.Football: Wisconsin shredded 31-17 by NorthwesternInjuries rendered the Wisconsin roster nearly unrecognizable Saturday versus Northwestern, and the Wildcats pounced on the oportunity to shred an Read…Shirley, last week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week, continued the impressive opening stretch to her Badger career, finding the net at the 15:43 mark in the first period for the game’s opening goal for her sixth score of the season. Minnesota answered quickly, controlling the tempo and possession for much of the period. Gopher freshman Emily Oden added a goal at the 2:25 mark, leaving the two sides tied 1–1 to close the first.The second period belonged to Wisconsin, who outshot Minnesota 14-5 in the frame. In what was a prolonged display of offense, however, the Badgers could only tally one goal: A top-shelf beauty off the stick of sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, who earned her second-career game-winning goal in the process.Defending a 2–1 advantage heading into the third period, Campbell came out knowing what to expect from the No. 3 ranked team in the country.“I think we all knew that they were going to come out hard,” Campbell said. “Obviously, they were down a goal, they were hungry, so just being ready for that and knowing that we’ve been in this position before where we’ve had a one-goal lead. I just had to be ready for anything and having to kill a couple penalties, too, everyone had to have each other’s backs out there. It was great to get the win.”Campbell’s ability and the Wisconsin back-line to sustain the Gopher attack in the third proved to be the difference in the game. The Badgers were able to add a third goal off the stick of Britta Curl with 5:16 to go, followed by an empty-net goal from Pankowski to close the contest.Women’s hockey: No. 3 University of Minnesota serves Badgers their first loss of seasonThe No. 1 ranked Badgers (8-1-0, 4-1-0 WCHA) faced off against the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1-1, 5-1-1 WCHA) Read…Head coach Mark Johnson credited the team for how they responded to their first loss of the season.“The coaching staff was interested in how they would respond after our first loss. I think we came out and played a real strong game,” Johnson said. “Every game presents its teaching moments and certainly in the third period. The effort was good, the crowd was good and we got to give the players a lot of credit for responding in a real positive way.”For Campbell, though, it was all about her teammates.“I think we just keep each other calm, especially when we’re up a goal and killing penalties,” Campbell said. “It’s all about communication as a team.”Up next for the Badgers: A trip to Mankato, Minnesota for a weekend against Minnesota State. Puck drops Friday at 6 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgFrom right: Acting Swedish Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Elisabeth Harleman, Chairman of the National Steering Committee and EPA Executive Director Nathaniel Blama, and Conservational International Executive Director Jessica Donovan.Dr. Nathaniel Blama, executive director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has called on stakeholders to exercise their willpower in combating climate change and protecting the marine ecosystem.Blama who chaired the National Steering Committee of the Blue Ocean Conference stressed the need to monitor and address climate change and marine pollution.He made the remarks on March 22 at the end of a two-day Blue Oceans Conference  organized through a joint effort of the Government of Liberia, the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia and Conservation International (CI) with funding from the Swedish Government.“We are going to examine innovative means to mitigate the flow of pollution from land to ocean, and we will continue to outline further plans for the West African community to come together to preserve our fish stocks and prevent illegal fishing,” Blama said.To achieve these goals, Blama said, requires the collective effort, and the willpower by decision makers.“The bottom line is that none of what we are working towards is not beyond our capacity. This is not a question; what we do is a question of the willpower to do what we know we can do better. And if we make the right choices by setting the right priorities to respond timely to the same understanding that saving our ocean is not just an option, but an absolute necessity. Therefore, we will get there,” he said.Blama said the conference came at a time the country is combating a plethora of  environmental phenomenon, including climate change that is resulting to rising ocean tides, and leading to rapid sea erosion; compounded with human induced environmental shenanigans such as marine pollution caused by disposal of toxic waste, ocean acidification and illegal fishing.“Beaches in Monrovia and other settlements are often used as latrines and dump sites where non-biodegradable substance such as plastic, fishing nets and other chemicals are disposed. The conference “offers an opportunity to raise awareness, increase care and concern, fund-raise for and develop partnerships around improving Liberia and West Africa’s ocean space,” he said.Acting Swedish Ambassador to Liberia Elisabeth Harleman, pledged her government’s support to Liberia and noted that Sweden has committed to support the country with more than US$130 million for the period 2016 to 2020 toward peace and nation building, including strengthening public institutions and natural resource management.She said further that Sweden’s effort in promoting a blue economy and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #14, includes supporting and organizing of the New York 2017 conference.CI-Liberia Country Director, Jessica Donovan-Allen, said that the organization is bringing its global expertise to work in ten coastal communities in Liberia to create sustainable livelihoods, fisheries, and mangrove conservation. “We are working to reverse harmful cycles and find sustainable alternatives,” she said.She said that as a daughter of a fisherman, she is aware of the value of Coastal Conservation, adding, “my family’s livelihood rose and fell with the tide, but it was—and it remains—the action or inaction of businesses, governments, and policymakers that most affect the relationship between oceans and the people connected to them through their livelihoods.”Mrs. Donavan-Allen noted that Liberia has one of the last remaining in-tact coastal ecosystems in the region and called for a concerted effort in conserving it.She lamented that “as Liberia’s beaches are used as dump-sites and bathrooms, as plastics wash ashore, as fish stocks are decimated by chemicals, dynamite, and mosquito nets, if we lose these natural resources, how do we not also lose ourselves?”She then pledged CI support to Liberia’s fight in conserving and ensuring a blue ocean and added that all stakeholders have an imperative to reverse mismanagement. “We need to find and scale alternatives that are currently unavailable to 70 percent of Liberia’s population living along this coastline. It must act on national policies for sustainable development.”At the end of the conference, the Government of Liberia and its Partners adopted a Call for Action, based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the UN Ocean Decade, the 2015 Paris Agreement, and Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) to preserve the coastal and ocean environment.This, according to them, will strengthen partnerships for development, to help end poverty, and to enhance maritime viability for a prosperous Liberia and West Africa.“We recognize that water covers more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface and affects life everywhere. Our ocean supplies nearly half of the oxygen we need, absorbs one-fourth of the carbon dioxide we produce and plays a vital role in the climate system and water cycle,” one of the panelists who read the “Call for Action” statement on behalf of the BOC steering committee.The committee also called on the governments, regional bodies and other relevant stakeholders to commit Liberia and other West African countries to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, by acceding to and implementing the Port State Measures Agreement and implementing monitoring control surveillance (MCS) activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgJuventus have never considered selling Chelsea and Barcelona target Paulo Dybala, according to CEO Beppe Marotta.The Argentine has been in great form since joining from Palermo in the summer and has been linked with a move away from Italy when the transfer window reopens.But Marotta is adamant Dybala will stay in Turin.“Dybala was a conscious decision, but risky,” Marotta said when asked about signing Dybala on Gr Parlamento.“We knew we had chosen a very important talent, able to represent the future of the club. Moving from Palermo to Juve is a big jump.“The lad has taken that step in the best way. He can still give more, he’s one of the best players out there.“It’s never entered Juve’s head to sell him.” Paulo Dybala 1last_img read more