When Anthony Pugliese walked into a Monday morning class last year, his professor thought he had gotten into a fight that weekend. His face was filled with bruises and cuts, not from a fight, but from that Saturday’s rugby match.Pugliese, a sophomore on the Syracuse club rugby team, wakes up each morning after games with bumps, bruises and cuts. Yet he remains unconcerned about his safety, because he earned playing time as a freshman and cracked the top 15 line-ups this fall. Over the last two years, only four sophomores have broken into the starting lineup.For the past two seasons, SU has finished first or second in the Empire Conference. This season, the team will compete in an Expanded Liberty Conference, the largest Division 1-A conference on the East Coast. The Liberty conference consists of three divisions, each with six teams. Much of the Orange’s success can be credited to the team’s depth, especially that provided by Pugliese, who was unanimous MVP in a match this month.“He had three tries and it was the best I’ve ever seen him play,” teammate Matt Magargee said. “Pugs participates fully at every practice as opposed to other upperclassman.”Pugliese grew up in Staten Island and was exposed to rugby early. He attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, a top-ranked rugby school in the country where he served as captain of the team. Now, he’s a leader for Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Though he is an underclassman,” Magargee said, “he is viewed as one of the leaders of the team.”Pugliese works out three times a week. He ensures his workouts come earlier in the week so he feels no soreness during games, often played on Saturday. When lifting, he aims to hit six-to-eight reps on bench and squat. In the fall, the rugby team practices every day of the week and plays games on Saturdays. In the winter, SU trains “sporadically” to stay fit.In the spring, Syracuse plays seven-on-seven, rather than the standard 15-on-15. The Orange practices around three to four times per week with five-game tournaments on Saturdays. Pugliese has attended nearly every team meeting and practice.“He is never slacking off,” junior teammate John Lombardi said, “always doing what is needed and giving it his all.”Last year at Pittsburgh, Pugliese tried to score as snow covered the field. The conditions lead to the opposing team to drop the ball, he said. Pugliese took advantage by picking up the ball and finding the try zone in the snow-covered field.“I picked (the ball) up and just took off,” Pugliese said. “Then all of a sudden, I heard my teammates scream, ‘Put the ball down,’ which is how you score in rugby, and I just dropped to the floor to put it down.”Pugliese’s experience in high school provided him an upper edge to earn playing time early at Syracuse. He understands structure and strategies of the game, Syracuse head coach Robert Wilson said, positioning him to contribute in a heightened role this fall as just a sophomore. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm Contact Anthony: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The captain of the Black Stars, Andre Dede Ayew has sent out a heartwarming message to football fans around the world after the outbreak of Coronavirus put an abrupt halt to all sporting activities.The Black Stars skipper advised people to adhere strictly to all preventive advice in order to stay healthy and help curb the spread of the pandemic.“As the world takes the decisive steps to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus which is wreaking havoc too families, communities and nations, I want to urge you all to continue to adhere strictly to all preventive advice to help stay healthy and also help curb the spread of the pandemic,” a portion of Ayew’s message read.COVID-19, a global pandemic, has affected sporting activities across the globe, with many leagues shut down as a result.🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/DfrAjyVnDO— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) March 19, 2020Dede Ayew, who plays for the English Championship side, Swansea City, has had to stay at home due to the suspension of the league until at least April 30, 2020.Ghana, like a number of other countries has suspended various sporting events a measure to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus.The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, placed a ban on public gatherings in the country after the country recorded its first cases of the disease.Ghana has so far recorded 16 cases of COVID-19 with no deaths.Below is Andre Ayew’s full message:
Facebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Thurston County has been selected to receive $25,000 as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) Spotlight Award for its “Active Design for a Healthier Community” project. Ten winners and five honorable mentions were selected to improve opportunities for all Americans to take an active role in healthy living – regardless of income, education or ethnic background.The award is part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, an initiative launched in 2016 by the Aetna Foundation, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), supporting small-to-midsize cities and counties to implement innovative solutions for their local public health issues. The $1.5 million Challenge competition is awarded among communities around the U.S. for programs to improve access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and reduce violence and crime. Fifty finalists were chosen based on strategies to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five areas: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors, and environmental exposures.The Thurston Thrives Community Design Action Team project focuses on identifying and supporting improvements to Thurston County’s regional trails, to make them more accessible for people living nearby to use. It’s part of an overall strategy to make daily physical activity easier for local residents, boosting their levels of exercise (30 minutes per day for adults, 60 minutes per day for children and youth). The project has posted its results on the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services website. These include places where trail access paths are needed, number of nearby residents or employees, and locations for benches, signs, and other improvements.“This award recognizes the great partnerships at the heart of Thurston Thrives, and our continuing efforts to build a healthier community,” said Schelli Slaughter, Director of the County’s Public Health & Social Services Department. “The Community Design team and other local partners are working hard to make it easy, enjoyable, and safe to go for a walk or engage in active transportation, so residents can get more healthy activity every day.”“At the Aetna Foundation, we know that a positive health impact can be made when communities work together to tackle social determinants of health,” said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation. “We are honored to showcase these innovative organizations as Spotlight Award winners for their commitment to improving local health conditions and creating healthier, safer places.”For more information on the Spotlight Awards, the recognized organizations, and the Challenge, visit www.healthiestcities.org. Information on the local team’s work will be shared at the February 13 Board of Health meeting and at a regional active community design forum in March.
Esteemed Members of the Press Union of LiberiaVeteran members of the Press Union of LiberiaSurviving Organizers of the Press Union of LiberiaCompatriots in the march for a better LiberiaMy fellow citizensLadies and GentlemenToday had promised to be a very exciting date on the calendar of the Press Union of Liberia – 50 years on the struggle to ensure a free and responsible media landscape – 50 years of standing up to power, demanding and insisting upon the right to freely express ourselves, in so far as this expression was not tearing down bridges and creating division.Unfortunately, the difficult and cruel army of the ebola virus disease has restricted our desire to celebrate this day, given the wily disruption it has posed in our country and the sub-region.Further on the account of the ebola situation, all aspects of Liberian life have gradually ground to a halt. Schools are no longer open – children are lazying home; non-essential staff – whether from government service, NGOs, factories or other work places – have been ordered to stay away from work; Hospitals are operating at less than a quarter of their potentials, restoring such previously ignored diseases as mainline killers. In other instances, basic health services no longer run, and people are living until they die. Now in our country, the most significant activity that keeps working is the search for food – to survive.In the few instances where some work is going on, the preoccupation is on addressing the ebola situation. Today, every newspaper story has an ebola angle and every development grant is now directed at ebola.Now, given the gravity of the ebola situation and the risks involved with holding a normal celebration, the Press Union of Liberia has dedicated the observance of its 50th Anniversary to a nationwide Media Ebola Awareness Day.While we are joining the rest of the people of Liberia in talking about the gravity of the ebola situation, we also like to pay tribute to the men and women who, on this day in 1964, set forth the challenge to organize a body to protect the rights of journalists in this country, coordinate space for a free, independent and impartial media in Liberia, and at the same time chart their role in the development of the Liberian state, especially towards ensuring freedom of speech, the actualization of democracy and ensuring a guarantee of freedom, justice, equality and development in our country.The task set forth by those our compatriots have today bloomed into a most respectable organization – which cannot be ignored in anything good that has come out of Liberia.While our notes will continuously refer to E. Reginald Townsend, Henry B. Cole, Chauncey Cooper, Aston King and J. Persey Gumel, I nonetheless like to reference Tuan Wreh, who would go on to become a professor of law, but especially because he has provided for Liberian journalism students one academic text that provides a clearer idea of what journalism was in the days the Press Union of Liberia was organized. I also noted the longevity of James E Dennis, who has survived his contemporaries, and has given us the opportunity to think of the men who led the struggle.I also like to recognize Kenneth Y. Best, who has remained in the newsroom, even at the ripe age of 75.I wouldn’t forget T Nelson Williams, Sr., who led the organization of the Department of Mass Communications at the University of Liberia, providing for once an opportunity for Liberian journalists to gain academic qualifications here at home.But among all, our hero remains Stanton A. Peabody, who had the audacity to describe members of the House of Representatives in the best disposition of his thoughts, risking contempt and jail, raising the conviction of Liberian journalists to hold together and resist intolerance and alarm that speech must for once be free, especially within the realm of public service.Regrettably, despite a revolutionary coup in 1980, a new democracy-based constitution in 1985, despite ravaging wars that reorganized the entire state in 1990 and again in 2003, the very contempt of 1964 remains ridiculously unclarified in 2014.This simply says that the purpose of the Press Union of Liberia is just as relevant today (perhaps more) as it was 50 years ago.Across these years, the work of the Liberian media – now away from just newspapers and radio as in 1964 – has become even more challenged.The rights to freely speak, think and write – as guaranteed by the constitution have often been suppressed by various methods. At one point it was fancy to lock journalists up. As sensitivity grew and there is now the resort to court of laws to prevent that, other measures grew. Those have included shutting down, burning and in some instances torture and death.In more recent years, printing establishments were warned against printing certain papers, and as more papers have metamorphosed to owning printing presses, multiple, crime-based lawsuits are cropping up, with intent to shut down media houses.In still other cases, media houses have been shut down on claims of hate crimes, and at times just short of seditionIn all of these, our observation is that governments – in and out – have simply not come to grips with the reality that none can stop others from disagreeing in words, unless they have the capacity to stop others from thinking. Because the latter is impossible, efforts to prevent people from disagreeing is but a failed venture that only contributes to the evolution of conflict in our society.Ladies and Gentlemen:Given that we have dedicated our 50th Anniversary to the fight against ebola, we are keen not to get involved with rhetoric that will take over the recognition we are giving to the fight. Nonetheless, it is fair to note that the fight against ebola can only succeed when the various parties are confident that we are all in it together. That means, principles are standard and do not sway from case to case.We have a situation here, where all ebola deaths are buried en masse, and then burnt. Note is taken of the Ugandan Doctor from Redemption Hospital and the Catholic Priest. In the future – perhaps with better knowledge – some deaths are allowed special burial rites.At one point, all unexplained deaths will be treated as ebola deaths. A lot of loved ones were allowed to be carried away by a burial, then a burning team. At some point, the ratio changed, and the death certificates began. With deaths extending into the families of lost ones, an alarm has sounded.While crying aloud about denial and traditional practices, and telling all relatives and friends to accept the ebola reality, a new row has come forth when deaths in high quarters are cited to be ebola.There must be one standard that will instead get appreciation from all. Otherwise, those who have also doubted the circumstances of ebola in the first place will always have reason to maintain their doubts.On the other hand, the ebola situation has brought more challenge to the role of the media in reporting occurrences in our society. The state of emergency and yet unexplained restrictions introduces a tricky situation for a battle that must be fought inclusively. While media has pledged to work along in providing public education, the yet unknown keeps media in a position of fear, not sure of what happens next.In all of these, the Press Union has become a victim, observing 50 years of existence with a closure of a fearless newspaper outside of due process. As difficult as we find this, we still look forward in confidence to a High Court ruling on a number of constitutional issues that will effectively open up the space for freedom and justice for journalists and others in the wider Liberian society.So, as we arrange the 50th anniversary, our admonition is for journalists to strengthen their drive into making their journalism one that tells the entire Liberian story in a factual and inclusive manner. Our admonition is for journalists to take the greater responsibility of making their journalism enviable, stepping up to the challenge to ensure opportunities for all.On the other hand, after 50 years, and after a number of transformation in Liberia, it is time that the government – including the legislature, the judiciary and of course the executive – take additional efforts to tolerate dissent and disagreement. This is the purpose of journalism, and of democracy and human rights. Appreciation of free expression is more of the issues and expressions that one find especially offensive. The wider the diversity in our thought and speech, the better we can work together to find a common ground.We will continue working to improve the quality of journalism in Liberia; We will continue with our self-regulatory mechanism to show greater accountability by Liberian journalists to their audience, but we demand that going beyond fifty years – there must be increased opportunities to make journalism the pivot of our democracy, our governance system and stretching out accountability in Liberian society.Our disagreement with journalists should not be expressed through the power we wield, to the extent of violating rights and ignoring guarantees of freedom and accountability.Thank You!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)