Vail, Colorado, congregation hires Rebecca Cotton as youth minister

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth & Young Adults Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Vail, Colorado, congregation hires Rebecca Cotton as youth minister Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC People, Posted Jul 21, 2017 Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration] The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration announced this morning that Rebecca Cotton joined its staff as youth minister.Rebecca CottonCotton will craft, lead and oversee a total ministry program for the Church’s youth in middle and high school, as well as serving students beyond its own congregation. “We are blessed to have such a talented young woman join our team,” stated the Rev. Brooks Keith, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. “In her first few weeks, Rebecca has already taken the program to a higher level.”Cotton was born and raised in Edwards and is a life-long member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. She served as a veteran sacristan, acolyte trainer, lay eucharistic minister and Sunday School teacher at Transfiguration before her graduation from Battle Mountain High School with highest honors in 2013.  She chose Transfiguration as her career semester internship site, learning valuable lessons in professional ministry before graduating high school.A recent graduate with honors from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Cotton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology with a minor in mathematics. She completed an independent research project focused on global warming to earn her honors designation. Cotton also served on a small group leadership team in her college congregation throughout her college career. She is the first scientist to serve on the church’s staff.“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity to serve our community’s youth, both within Transfiguration and throughout the Vail Valley,” said Cotton. “Our youth program will include small groups, fun activities, mission trips, volunteer opportunities and mentorship for our youth as they move through middle and high school into adulthood. I am excited and honored to build and direct this ministry, and to have the privilege of working with the youth in this valley.”“We are excited to re-build a premier congregational youth ministry featuring personal pastoral care, substantive spiritual formation, fun gatherings, mission and outreach activities, and transformational Christian worship for our young people,” said Keith. “Rebecca’s leadership will help us fulfill our shared mission, to know Jesus Christ and make Him known, with our youth.” Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SClast_img read more

Old Glory To Fly at Half-Staff To Honor Coronavirus Victims

first_img More Cool Stuff 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Artist’s depiction of the U.S. flag flying at half staff at Pasadena City Hall.The American flag will be flown at half-staff at all public buildings through sunset Sunday to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic under a proclamation by President Donald Trump.“Our nation mourns for every life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and we share in the suffering of all those who endured pain and illness from the outbreak,” reads the proclamation issued by Trump Thursday.“Through our grief, America stands steadfast and united against the invisible enemy. May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.”The proclamation covers all public grounds, military posts and naval stations, U.S Navy ships as well as American embassies, legations, consular offices and other U.S. facilities abroad.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Trump earlier Thursday requesting he “order flags to be flown at half staff on all public buildings in our country on the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths. It would serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country.”There have been 93,061 deaths in the U.S., according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Speaking at a virtual fundraiser April 29, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee said, “I’ve suggested the president should lower the flag to half-mast, honoring all those people — particularly those first responders, those doctors, those nurses — those folks who went in without the PPP, the protective equipment, and still did their job. And some of them lost their lives. They’re heroes. They should be honored as such.” Community News Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Government Old Glory To Fly at Half-Staff To Honor Coronavirus Victims CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 | 10:45 am STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

France shocks US women 76-72 in exhibition game

first_imgPhoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner (42) gets a shot off over Los Angeles Sparks’ Sandrine Gruda (7), of France, as Sparks’ Jantel Lavender (42) watches during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference semifinals, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 75-72. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PARIS (AP) — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday.It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech Republic in 2011 when the U.S. was on a European tour.The Americans, who beat the French by 36 points in the gold medal game at the Olympics in 2012, had a 12-point halftime lead and were up 60-52 with 6:39 left in the game before the hosts rallied. France led 71-67 with 27 seconds left after Celine Dumerc, who plays for the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA, hit a jumper. Maya Moore made a 3-pointer 7 seconds later to make it a one-point game.After the teams exchanged free throws, Dumerc made the first of two from the foul line before corralling her own miss with nine seconds left to seal the win.“We talked to the players about how difficult all this is going to be,” U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. “Sometimes maybe we think this is going to be easy, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s not easy to beat a really good team on their home floor if you don’t shoot the ball well, if you don’t make shots. The way we started in the first quarter, I thought we started the right way. Our defense was really good. Our offense was going. And then when we got into a little bit of a lull, France and Sandrine (Gruda) especially, they just made shots. They deserved to win tonight. No question about that.”Tina Charles scored 12 points to lead the U.S., which shot just 40 percent (27 for 67) from the field. Moore missed her first nine shots before hitting the 3 that brought the Americans within one. Diana Taurasi was 3 for 13 from the field. The U.S. was also outrebounded 44-38.The U.S. is still trying to finalize its roster before the world championship. After the game the Americans cut Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride and Stefanie Dolson, who didn’t play in the loss. That leaves 13 players, and the U.S. needs to be at 12 by the tournament.“This was a very difficult decision,” said U.S. national team director Carol Callan. “Given the quality and depth of our USA national team pool, the final decisions will always be tough. But, our future is bright knowing that these players have a hunger and desire to continue to get better and be a part of our pool. We look forward to seeing them at future camps. We certainly appreciate all that they have given and will continue to give to USA Basketball.”The Americans are still awaiting word on whether 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner can join the roster pool. She was sidelined by a retinal injury in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals and is awaiting doctor’s clearance. With returning Olympians Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles out with injuries, the U.S. was lacking an inside presence against France.The U.S. will head to the Czech Republic for one more exhibition game before opening up the world championship against China on Sept. 27.“I think in my experience every loss has been a good thing,” three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird said. “It’s kind of woken us up and showed us some things that we need to work on. Usually, it plays out to our favor. I can think of literally every time I’ve lost in this USA jersey, and it’s helped us, so that’s how we are looking at it. That’s why you play these games leading up to a competition, to see what you need to work on. And we definitely found out some things.”last_img read more

HIV prevention response inadequate in key populations – PANCAP

first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) recently conducted research in the Region, which found that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention response is inadequate in key populations.PANCAP Director Dereck SpringerAccording to the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), the technical group of the PANCAP Executive Board, commissioned an evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) between 2014 and 2018.This Committee bears the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the implementation of operational plans for the CRSF.“The evaluation found that while the Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations,” PANCAP said in a statement.This evaluation was said to have been conducted between April and November of 2018 with three objectives focused on obtaining feedback from the regional partners as to the progress, achievements and gaps of the Regional HIV response and to determine the level of implementation of the CRSF, the progress, achievements, gaps and challenges. It was also aimed at providing clear recommendations on the strategic priority areas for the new CRSF and to inform its development.It was conducted in two phases which saw the collection and analysis of survey data from a Partner Self-Assessment and a Partnership Assessment and the collection and analysis of data for key indicators of the CRSF 2014 to 2018 to help the Partnership determine the progress made, particularly in relation to impact and outcomes, in phases one and two respectively.New HIV infections declineStatistics provided by the organisation, which were collected in six strategic priority areas revealed that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000.Majority of the new HIV infections, which represented 68 per cent of the total population was accounted for by Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs PANCAP disclosed.New infections among children also fell from about 2300 in 2010 to 1100. Although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 to 2017 showed that HIV-infected pregnant women receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92 per cent in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.Nonetheless, there has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, however, much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment, PANCAP reported.Financing decreasingAccording to PANCAP, the Global financial resources to support the HIV epidemic have been decreasing since 2011.“However, domestic financing has improved during the implementation of the CRSF 2014 – 2018. UNAIDS 2018, noted that domestic resources increased between 2006 – 2017 by 124 per cent, while international resources declined by 16 per cent”. As of the end of 2017, domestic resources were contributing significantly to the cost of ART and the overall treatment programme.  Despite this trend, national resources to support services to achieve prevention continue to be low, with the implication that the gains could be reversed if this gap is not quickly filled,” the organisation explained.last_img read more

Art, football unite for 46664

first_img8 July 2010Works of art showing breathtaking, career-making and -breaking moments in the World Cup are being auctioned off, with the funds raised going to the Nelson Mandela 46664 Foundation.The fund-raising effort began with Adidas, an official sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ unveiling a collection of paintings on Wednesday, 30 June at the Adidas public relations headquarters at the Sandton Convention Centre, with South African boxing great Baby Jake Matlala, Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya and Metro FM presenter Kenny Maistry in attendance.The aim of the auction is to give football fans an opportunity to own a piece of 2010 World Cup history while supporting the 46664 charity.SubjectsPieces on auction include an inspirational painting of Diego Forlan, who grabbed two goals for Uruguay as the South Americans sent Bafana Bafana to defeat on day six of the tournament.Some of the other subjects of paintings are Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar; England captain Steven Gerrard; Spanish top scorer David Villa; Dutch winger Arjen Robben; and Germany’s Lukas Podolski.The painting “The First Whistle” immortalises the moment Bafana Bafana began the tournament as millions united across the country to watch the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.“As the world’s leading football brand and official sponsor of the tournament, it was very important for us to leave a legacy here. It’s why we have chosen 46664 as our partner,” said Thomas van Schaik, the head of global public relations at Adidas, said at the launch of the fund-raising efforts.Creating awareness“This partnership allows us to utilize the platform of the Fifa World Cup to raise funds for, and (create) awareness of the great work the Nelson Mandela Foundation is doing all over South Africa.”Another painting features Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain. The Real Madrid striker scored the first hat-trick of the tournament with two headers and a tap-in to help his team to a 4-1 victory over South Korea.All the artworks on auction are by artists Paul Junior Kasemwana and Espoir Kennedy, who are permanently based at Jo’bulani Central.Other items on auction include Steven Pienaar’s signed group stage shirt; 32 individual player portraits; The Quest, a painting of 32 players from the 32 participating countries; and the actual Adidas Jo’bulani match ball that will be used in the final match on Sunday, 11 July.The art can be bought on E-Bay until 18 July.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

When you play your part SA benefits from your talents – Wendy Tlou

first_imgPlay Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own, says Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s chief marketing officer.Staff writerThe Play Your Part campaign is a call for every South African to do what they do with excellence and diligence in order to help the country become a brand that attracts investment, according to Wendy Tlou, chief marketing officer at Brand South Africa. Tlou has the job of marketing South Africa to the global community – and selling the country to its own people.”Every person needs to realise that the little they do can add value,” she says. “The guy who fills potholes is just as important as the CEO of a conglomerate.”Play your Part was created to stimulate society from the ground up, encouraging South Africans to fulfil their individual potential in all they do.”We need measurable and actionable plans that have a visible impact, and make South Africa globally competitive.”Playing your part to achieve the goals of the NDPBecause of this, Tlou says, Brand South Africa wants to reconcile the National Development Plan (NDP) as an ideological document with a clear and simple roadmap for implementation that can be driven at grassroots level.”The NDP is not some far-fetched, theoretical concept. It is happening right now. We want to demystify it as a theoretical concept. The road works you see every day are the NDP at work.” The NDP is a crystallisation of the vision of South Africa as a globally competitive nation.She says the notion of competitiveness is key to attracting the investment, such as tourism, that is essential for creating jobs.Encouraging foreign direct investment – with a view to achieving the national developmental agenda – is the main objective of forging a strong nation brand. This will have a direct impact on our country’s levels of inequality, which are a source of many social ills.The youth and their aspirations are key to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme. Before democracy in 1994, Tlou says, the South African youth owned a cause – freedom. But after 1994 the notion of freedom and playing your part can still be a powerful mobilising force for active citizenship and nation building. Play Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own.Fighting gender violenceAs we look towards the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Play Your Part becomes a practical response to the scourge of gender-based violence in our country.Tlou feels passionate about eradicating gender-based violence: “A country such as South Africa that has been such a moral beacon and model of progressive thinking cannot, 20 years after democracy, be facing a situation where at least one in five women are victims of gender-based violence.”In addition, the cost of such a phenomenon to our country is not merely a philosophical one. According to a KPMG report – Too Costly to Ignore – the Economic Impact of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa – released in September this year, gender-based violence costs the South African economy between R28.4-billion to R42.2-billion a year.”With such a reputational and financial risk attached to the consequences of gender-based violence, we need to ask how each of us can play our part to eradicate gender based violence in our country. We need to ask ourselves, how we can play our part to contribute to a safer more equitable country for the women and children of our country?”last_img read more

Tim Cook: “I’ve Never Been More Bullish For Innovation At Apple”

first_imgA knock against Apple over the past couple of years is that the company has failed to innovate anything new, anything special. The newest iPhones and iPads have been iterative updates of what had come before. Apple had lost its innovative mojo, people said. Apple CEO Tim Cook begs to differ.“I’ve never been more bullish for innovation at Apple,” Cook said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference this morning. “If you look at skills, Apple is in a unique and, in my view, unrivaled position. We have leadership in hardware, software and services,” Cook said. “The real magic is at the intersection of these. Apple has the ability in all three of these spheres and innovate like magic. The iPad is very magical because of all of those things.”Cook would not comment on future features or products from Apple and instead took the classic company line, using words like “experience,” “magic” and “innovation.”“If you look at IBM, it did a study on Black Friday, this was shocking, even to us. The most shopping on any device was on an iPad,” Cooks said. “The iPad was twice as much as any Android device. Every phone, every tablet. Why is this? Because of the incredible experience.”Apple will also not release a cheaper smartphone just for the sake of releasing a cheaper smartphone, Cook said, but instead will continue to focus on its ability to make great products.“Our North Star are great products,” Cook said. “We wouldn’t do anything that we consider not a great product. That is not why we are on this Earth. There are other companies that do that and it is just not who we are.” Related Posts dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#Tim Cook Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds

first_imgView comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37. Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

America’s 15-year-old Katie Ledecky claims gold in 800m freestyle

first_imgAmerica’s 15-year-old freestyle prodigy Katie Ledecky blew away the field for gold in the women’s 800m freestyle at the Olympics on Friday.Ledecky clocked an American record of eight minutes, 14.63 seconds to claim the title, as Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain snatched the silver four seconds back.”I figured I was going pretty fast. At one point I thought, if I’m gonna be close to this record I don’t even care. I just want to get my hand on the wall first,” Ledecky said.Britain’s defending champion and world record holder Rebecca Adlington couldn’t live with the pace, fading from silver position to settle for bronze in 8:20.32.Garcia spoke of her shock at overtaking Alington at the death.”I let the other girls go a little bit ahead but not too much,” she said. “Actually, when I was overtaking Adlington, I thought, ‘What is happening here?”Adlington also took the bronze in Sunday’s 400m freestyle, won by Camile Muffat of France.She admitted the weight of expectation was hard to cope with.”The pressure has been hard to deal with over the past four years, no other Brit has ever won two gold medals,” she said.”I am not disappointed I have got a bronze medal so there is nothing to be ashamed of, what I am disappointed more in is the time,” Adlington said.last_img read more

Ohio State looks to rebound against Kent State

OSU redshirt-sophomore Michael Thomas (3) celebrates with teammates (from left) Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Curtis Samuel after a touchdown during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team is trying to avoid starting 0-2 at home for the first time since 1967.On paper, it doesn’t look like that will be a problem.The Kent State Golden Flashes roll into Columbus tagged with a 0-2 record, with those losses coming against Ohio University and the University of South Alabama, both at home.While focused on his team, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday he knows what it is like to be in Kent State’s shoes.“Those kids are going to be a hungry group coming in here because this is their chance to play in front of 110,000 people,” he said. “I have been in that locker room when we (Bowling Green) went down to Missouri and won that game. You are going to see a hungry group trying to get a win.”The third-year OSU coach held the same position at Bowling Green from 2001-02.Meyer added that although Kent State has yet to win a game, he expects the Golden Flashes to test the Buckeyes.“I see a very good MAC school — I have been there before when I was at Bowling Green,” Meyer said. “I see a quarterback who can make plays, that is our biggest concern on defense. I see guys that run around and hit you on defense.”The Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon has been the impact player for the Golden Flashes, averaging 244.5 total yards per game — a figure that leads the team.The Golden Flashes will likely lean heavily on their passing game as they rank 120th out of 124 teams in rushing offense, averaging just 47.5 yards per game on the ground.Despite the Golden Flashes’ lack of a run game, OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said his No. 1 goal remains stopping the Kent State rushing attack.“We are going to make sure we shut down the run early,” Bennett said. “You got to shut down at least one aspect of their offense because they have so many different plays they can run.”Another key for the Buckeye defense will be simply getting off the field, something it struggled to do last week, giving up nine of 17 third down conversions to the Virginia Tech offense.“If you win first down, it makes second and third down a lot more tricky for the offensive coordinator,” Bennett said. “This week, you see stuff you can work on and you work on it. We get our pass rush better, we get our coverage better, and everyone comes together.”Offensively, Meyer said the key to the Buckeyes’ success will be getting off to a faster start than they have to begin the season. OSU has trailed at the half in both of its first two games.“We had a pretty good reputation for a while there of coming out of the gates real fast, real hard and we haven’t done that yet,” Meyer said. “I did some research on that, it was brought to my attention a while back and we haven’t. So we got to go take the lead and play Ohio State-style football. We’re not going to secret handshake or (give out) T-shirts. Finish the game. You got to do it, and we haven’t done it.”OSU football under Meyer during his first two years in Columbus usually meant running the football effectively as the Buckeyes ranked fifth in the nation last year (308.6 yards per game) and 10th in 2012 (242.3 yards per game).Two games into the 2014 season, the Buckeyes rank 81st in the country in total rushing yards, averaging just 151 yards per game.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliot said the lack of a running game is because of the unusual style of defense that Virginia Tech ran against the Buckeyes last week, but added that OSU has been preparing against a similar defense to the Hokies’ in practice.“We have been practicing against that ‘bear no deep’ (defense) when you got eight guys in the box,” Elliot said. “We got a couple of answers for it.”The Buckeyes, who have lost three of their last four games dating back to the 2013-14 season, have only lost to a MAC team once, boasting a 29-1 record, the only loss coming against Akron, 12-6, in 1894.Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said that he, along with the rest of his teammates, are looking forward to redeeming the loss this week against Kent State.“It seems like it has been the longest week ever,” Thomas said. “We are just waiting to get back in the ‘Shoe and make Buckeye Nation proud.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to kickoff Saturday at noon against Kent State at Ohio Stadium. read more