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New Sod on Practice Field a Plus for OCHS Athletes and Community


first_imgThe new artificial turf field at Carey Stadium might be getting all the attention, but a new sod field to be used for practices helps provide the “nitty gritty” of a winning sports program.“Any time the city can afford it to upgrade facilities to help the kids at the high school and the people of our community, we are happy to do it,” Director of Community Services Mike Allegretto said.The new sod field replaces an old grass surface which had clearly seen better days. It is located behind the home stands and next to the basketball courts inside the Carey Stadium grounds.“We can’t add space in Ocean City or simply move the kids over to a different field as they can do at some of the off-shore schools,” Allegretto said. “We have to take special care of the space that we do have.”Unlike the sod of old which took weeks to take hold and become useable, today’s technology is improved to the point that it takes less than a week, Allegretto said.“It was ready to go four or five days after laying it down,” he added.Allegretto said that an added benefit of the upgraded field was to attract more students to participate in sports and recreational facilities held there.“You are hopefully going to get more kids to come out because the facilities are better,” he said.It also goes hand in hand with the new artificial turf.“You can’t have (athletes) going from (a brand new artificial turf field) to practice on (beat up sod). We want to give our kids the best chance to succeed. You also have to keep safety in mind.“Playing on artificial turf helps prepare them for playoffs and championships because many of those games are now played on artificial turf. Our kids will be used to playing on it and will not have to make much of an adjustment,” Allegretto remarked.last_img read more


Assessing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on correctional institutions


first_imgThis is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Across the country and the world, communities are working feverishly to measure the coronavirus pandemic’s impact — struggling with shortages of tests and depleted health care capabilities to gauge the numbers of the infected, the sick, and the dead.Accurate data is the first vital step in understanding the scope of the problem and developing and calibrating the best response. But, as the world moves to lockdown and social isolation, what is happening to the approximately 2.3 million people behind bars in the United States and to the tens of thousands who work in those facilities — line officers, administrators, nurses, therapists, doctors?Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy Marcella Alsan and Harvard Law School Professor of Law Crystal Yang have teamed up with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to conduct the first detailed survey on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the country’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities. HKS discusses their groundbreaking work, what it tells us about the spread and treatment of the disease among some of the most vulnerable populations, and how this valuable data can guide practitioners and policymakers.Q&ACrystal Yang and Marcella AslanHarvard Kennedy School: How did you both come to find yourself working with the NCCHC as the pandemic struck?Crystal Yang: Marcella and I are both economists who are interested in using policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable and underrepresented populations. We have been collaborators for some time on issues at the intersection of the criminal justice system and the health care system. We each bring a complementary skill set to the table, with Marcella’s dual training in medicine and economics and my dual training in law and economics. Prior to the start of the pandemic, we had partnered with the NCCHC to better understand the unique health care needs of incarcerated populations and the role that health care standards and accreditation can play.Once the pandemic struck, we were gravely concerned about the impact that COVID-19 would have on inmates, correctional officers, and health care staff. But we quickly realized that nationwide, real-time data did not exist. To address this data deficit, we quickly worked together with our partners at NCCHC (including CEO Deborah Ross and Brent Gibson, their chief health officer) to develop high-frequency surveys in order to assess the needs and preparedness of correctional facilities across the United States in dealing with the pandemic.Gibson notes: “This partnership has been extraordinary, and I don’t use that word lightly. The Harvard team is as responsive and knowledgeable as any I have worked with in my nearly 20-year medical and public health career. The tools and expertise they bring have made this whole effort possible.” “As the pandemic continues to spread, policymakers should implement criminal justice policies that can protect the health of inmates and correctional staff without endangering public safety.” — Crystal Yang Prison education at Harvard HKS: What are you finding?Marcella Alsan: So far, we have collected data from more than 320 facilities housing approximately 10 percent of the country’s inmates across 47 states. While not necessarily representative of all correctional institutions, the results nonetheless are vital for policymakers responding to the pandemic in their own states and communities. NCCHC has assured me that even this level of response is extremely encouraging, as correctional programs are not always willing to share information.In terms of specifics, we found that, between the initial survey on March 25 and the latest follow-up on April 3, the number of reported COVID-19 cases among participating correctional facilities increased rapidly. The highest number of reported cases was among correctional staff — including health care staff and correctional officers. Specifically, the number of COVID-19 cases among staff increased from 136 to 245 among approximately 100 facilities that consistently reported on a daily basis. During the same period, the number of cases among inmates increased from 32 to 67 among approximately 100 facilities that consistently reported. In addition, there were two reported deaths among correctional staff.Combining the survey data with COVID-19 case data from The New York Times, we found that states that have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, such as Michigan and New Jersey, are also locations where correctional officers are more affected. At the state level, reported correctional staff cases are also correlated with reported cases among inmates. In addition, about two-thirds of facilities stated they had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and 60 percent said they had access to lab testing. Correctional administrators and frontline staff underscored that these levels, though slowly growing over time, are still insufficient to protect both staff and inmates from disease spread. In prisons, a looming coronavirus crisis Judging a book The formerly incarcerated, activists, and academics convene to discuss University’s programs, ties center_img HKS: What are the key takeaways for health care delivery in correctional facilities?Alsan: What’s striking to me about these findings so far is that correctional staff are also at high risk, either because of community exposure or exposure in the facilities themselves. Therefore, keeping visitors out is unlikely to be a failsafe method to prevent infectious spread. Staff also need to have access to protective equipment and testing. In addition, many of the facilities surveyed recounted they were screening inmates using the only method they had readily available: temperature and symptom screening. Since COVID-19 can be transmitted asymptomatically, it would be much safer to empower all facilities to screen people using rapid lab tests. We also have anecdotal evidence that it may prove challenging for staff to practice social distancing in a correctional institution. NCCHC has assembled some practical guidance that will be helpful in addressing this.HKS: What are the key takeaways for the criminal justice system?Yang: Our findings suggest that as the pandemic continues to spread, policymakers should implement criminal justice policies that can protect the health of inmates and correctional staff without endangering public safety. Qualitative comments from participating facilities in our survey indicate a range of sound responses to the pandemic, including releasing medically vulnerable inmates, limiting pretrial detention for individuals charged with nonviolent or misdemeanor offenses, quashing nonviolent minor arrest warrants, and increasing the use of summons in lieu of arrests for nonviolent offenses.Alsan and Yang are faculty affiliates of the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. They are both economists. Alsan also has degrees in medicine and public health, and has held hospital fellowships in global health equity and infectious disease. Yang served as a federal prosecutor and is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Related For D.C. writer Clint Smith, a prison reading program confirms the power of fiction to drive ‘radical empathy’ Harvard professors call for reducing populations, warning of rapid spread amid crowded conditions and large numbers of older inmates with chronic conditions last_img read more


Update on the latest in sports:


first_imgThe leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Events around the world have been affected by the spreading virus. The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing. Qualifying matches were to begin Monday, with women’s main draw matches starting Wednesday and the men’s draw beginning Thursday.French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation. Sharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season. March 9, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies.He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014. NHL NEWS — The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program. Detroit also announced three promotions: Josh Schuler was moved to head strength and conditioning coach. Steve Gregory was promoted to defensive backs coach and Ben Johnson to tight ends coach.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros’ opener at Oakland on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a similar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13.  Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.— The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021. Lindor has said he wants to stay in Cleveland, but it’s going to be hard for the Indians to hold onto him._ The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent Noah The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAKMore sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak. In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons.— The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities. HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with BillsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal.  Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.last_img read more


Running back: Syracuse returns to transition game ahead of hosting St. John’s


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Carter-Williams steadies Orange offense with passing display Gallery: No. 9 Syracuse defeats No. 25 Notre DameHALTED: Syracuse rides stifling defensive effort past No. 25 Notre Dame snapping 2-game losing streakChristmas rebounds from poor performances in win over No. 25 Notre Dame After Syracuse’s loss to Villanova, Brandon Triche realized the transition game that powered so many decisive runs in nonconference victories had disappeared in Big East play.Nothing came easy in the Orange’s first eight games in the conference. The loss in Philadelphia followed by another in Pittsburgh hammered that point home for SU.But on Monday, the team returned to early-season form. A swarming defense and quick decision-making revived the fast break, a fact not lost on Triche after an impressive 16-point victory against Notre Dame.“I can’t remember the last time we got a fast-break point now that I think about it,” Triche said with a laugh. “I think we got one against Pittsburgh, that was an alley-oop, but other than that this was like one of our games from early in the season.”No. 9 Syracuse (19-3, 7-2 Big East) will look to carry that performance into its matchup with St. John’s (15-8, 7-4) in the Carrier Dome at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Orange remains tied with Marquette for first place, but the conference race is muddled at this point. Ten of the conference’s 15 teams have at least five wins in Big East play, adding significance to every matchup as they fight to build their postseason resumes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse learned that lesson after falling to the Wildcats and Panthers in consecutive games.“When you lose two in a row in this league, you get nervous,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Everybody does. This was a real good bounce-back win.”As Triche said, the win also marked the return of Syracuse’s fast break after the team combined for just seven points in transition in the two losses.Syracuse dominated inferior competition during nonconference play, putting opponents away with runs highlighted by point guard Michael Carter-Williams finding teammates and finishing off steals.On Monday, SU came out with a sense of urgency and shocked Notre Dame with a 10-0 run. Efficiency in the half court offense got it started, but converting off of turnovers and on the break completed the run and prompted a Notre Dame timeout less than five minutes into the game.The Irish turned it over four times on seven possessions in that span. The final one came just four seconds before the timeout.Triche poked the ball away from behind Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins at the top of the key. Carter-Williams was all over the loose ball. He picked it up, jumped in the air and fired an overhead pass to a streaking Triche alone on the opposite end of the court.The senior guard easily dropped it over the front of the rim. Syracuse led 10-0. Mike Brey had seen enough.“We got athletic guys that can get up and down the floor,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “If we get a steal or a long rebound, we’re pushing to try to get an easy transition point.”Notre Dame answered with an 11-0 run of its own, knocking down three 3-pointers to take the lead. But the Irish went cold and made only three more from beyond the arc the rest of the way.Syracuse, on the other hand, played with the same energy and intensity for the entire game. SU outscored Notre Dame 8-0 in fast-break points and took a six-point lead into halftime.Though Carter-Williams and Triche both failed to reach double-figures in scoring, they were the catalysts on both ends of the floor. The backcourt duo combined for 14 of SU’s 16 assists and four steals at the top of the zone.“Our guards didn’t score, but they moved the ball, they got the ball to people,” Boeheim said. “We had 14 assists which is a big key for us. That number is important.”Carter-Williams notched one of his team-high eight assists in transition in the opening minutes of the second half.The point guard read Atkins’ inbounds pass and swooped in for the steal in front of the Notre Dame bench. Brey could only turn his head and scratch the back of his neck as he watched the play develop from there.Carter-Williams immediately turned upcourt, eyes looking to make the next play in the open floor. That’s when Fair, who circled around the left side of the court, came into the picture.The point guard let the ball go and the forward slammed it home with two hands. Brey could already sense the game getting away from the Irish, and called a timeout to regroup less than three minutes into the half.But the damage was done as Fair and Carter-Williams met at half court to celebrate. Syracuse led by 10. The final 17-plus minutes were easy.Said Triche: “We were able to get a few transition points and that made the game a lot more easy.” Commentscenter_img Published on February 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]last_img read more


Wellington varsity teams sweep El Dorado, head into tournament weeks


first_imgEl Dorado610212—30 Wellington2015816—59 •••••Freshman Shayland French gets the deuce in Friday’s win over El Dorado.In the girls game, Wellington had little trouble with the Wildcats. The Lady Dukes have dominated the Wildcats over the years and Friday was no exception.Wellington opened with a 12-6 first quarter lead and would expand the lead to 29-16 at the half. The Crusaders would then hold the Wildcats to two points in the third quarter, and would go into the fourth, leading 38-18.The Crusaders allowed El Dorado to pull within 11 points at one point in the fourth but would pull away for the win .Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk both scored 14 points.The Crusaders have the week off and will play in the Haven Tournament the week after. The bracket is expected to be released on Monday.Post game interview of Eric Adams: El Dorado: Lodson 8, Haines 2, McCarthy 3, Burnett 3, Howland 2, Hildreth 15, D. Hildreth 4, White 1, Ruff 2. Wellington1217913—50 •••••JV scores: Girls: Wellington 51. El Dorado 19Mariah Moore 11, Madison Lewellen and Mekenna Adams with 8, Shayland French with 6, Avery Rusk 5,Tayland French 4, Taylor Zimmermann, Gracie Fink, Shelby McNamara, Abby Lowe all with 2.Boys:C Team: Wellington 26 El Dorado 32Hilt 1 Cary 2 Adams 1 Frame 3 Burresh 5 Edwards 6 LeGrand 4 Long 2 Jones 2JV team: Wellington 46 El Dorado 42 OTDriskell 8, Phelps 10, Walton 5, Edwards 2, Hamel 16, King 4.Follow us on Twitter. El Dorado109156—40center_img El Dorado: Smith 7, Olson 2, Howland 4, Rainhardt 14, Ruff 2. Total 10 (1) 7-18 30 Wellington: Phelps 4, Reichenberber 10, Nance 19, Snipes 16, King 8. Wellington: T French 6, S. French 4, Snipes 14, Rusk 14, Hughes 2, Zimmerman 10. Total: 18 (3) 9-5 50. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The Wellington student section had “black out” night at the El Dorado game.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The weather outside turned warmer Friday and so did the Wellington basketball teams.The Crusader boys beat El Dorado 59-40 while the Wellington girls won 50-30 earlier in the night.It was a good evening for the junior varsity teams as well. Derek Driskell hit a buzzer beater in the boys jv game and would win in overtime 46-42. The Wellington girls JV won 51-19.For the varsity boys, it was welcome relief after three straight defeats to start January.“We really have had a bad taste in our mouth since Christmas break,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But we came out focused and I’m tickled pink. We passed the ball and forced some turnovers.”Three players reached double figures for Wellington. Trevor Nance had 19, A.J. Snipes 16 and Colin Reichenberger 10.The Crusaders never trailed in this one, opening with a 20-10 first quarter lead and adding to the point total at halftime 35-19. El Dorado would come back in the third quarter, shaving the lead to 43-34. But the Crusaders would eventually seize the momentum in the fourth outscoring the Wildcats 16-6.With the win Wellington improves to 6-4 and will now travel to Chaparral on Wednesday to play Ark City at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Roadrunner Classic.“That isn’t an easy first round opponent,” Buchanan said. “But if we play the kind of defense that we played tonight, we should be all right.”The bracket for the Chaparral tournament is here.last_img read more