3-star wide receiver Custis verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three-star wide receiver Jamal Custis verbally committed to Syracuse, he announced on his Twitter account Sunday. I’m Verbally committed to the University of Syracuse #SUfootball— JC6 (@JamalCustis6) September 8, 2013Out of Ss Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Custis is now the Orange’s 13th member of its 2014 recruiting class and the third wide receiver after Corey Cooper and K.J. Williams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCustis runs a 4.37 40-meter dash, according to his Scout.com profile, and, with his 6-foot-6 frame, will offer a new dynamic to the Orange’s passing game, which does not currently feature a receiver taller than 6 feet, 3 inches. According to Rivals.com, Custis also received offers from SU’s Atlantic Coast Conference foes Pittsburgh and Virginia as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rutgers and Central Florida. Comments Published on September 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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After unfortunate ending for North Dakota’s women’s hockey program, future of female sports remains unknown

first_imgThis caused an uproar in the women’s hockey world, and many people began to wonder what kind of school could just simply get rid of a program without bothering to tell them they were on the chopping block. Many asked for North Dakota to reconsider, or to give the team a year to make up the deficit, as they had allowed the men’s golf team to do the year prior.North Dakota’s president Mark Kennedy denied many of these requests, stating that the matter was over and that this is what the university needed to do. Many people, including former women’s hockey players, began to show their disappointment in their alma mater, with the hashtag #NotUNDProud.#NotUNDProud pic.twitter.com/8LZtNW0McG— Jocelyne Lamoureux-D (@JocelyneUSA17) April 12, 2017The appeal to get the women’s hockey program back at UND soon began, with the hashtag #NeverEndtheFight uniting people across both the U.S. and Canada in their mission to bring back the program. Many thought that the outcry from the public would be enough to make the university reconsider, but in the end, North Dakota held firm in their decision with the team.By the time that May rolled around, many of the players began to receive offers to attend other universities, many of which were in the WCHA. The team was fractured, and many of its players still feel pain when they think of the fate of their former team.Some players were not as lucky as others, as many colleges and universities already had their roster spots filled for the 2017-2018 season. While North Dakota still provided scholarships for the athletes of the recently canceled program, many of them were forced to quit a sport that they loved and left without any means of continuing at UND.Wisconsin was only able to acquire one person from the North Dakota program, and Campbell is now the starting goaltender here at the University of Wisconsin. Looking back at the unfortunate end of the women’s hockey program at UND, Campbell feels as though this loss was a major loss for the entirety of women’s hockey.Three former UW women’s hockey players honored in ESPN’s annual body issueIn this year’s Body Issue, ESPN featured three former University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team members in recognizing their fight Read…“It hurts women’s hockey, it hurt’s the game,” said Campbell. “But a program like [North Dakota] can get cut. It became a fight for the future of women’s hockey. We tried the best we could to raise awareness because we didn’t want this to happen to any other program in the NCAA.”This unfortunate event shows just how fragile the world of women’s sports can be. North Dakota is not the only school that has canceled a female sport due to budget concerns, nor will they be the last.Wisconsin is currently home to 12 different women’s sports, and it is sad to think that there might come a day when we lose one of them. Wisconsin has a strong fan base that provides for many of the women’s sports that they have, but the same cannot be said for other institutions.What happened at North Dakota is a tragedy, and calls to question how secure the world of women’s sports really is. These kinds of events cause many to lose interests in women’s sports and are extremely discouraging to any female athletes out there who want to continue playing their sport at the next level.Supporting a women’s sports team at this time is crucial, and doing anything is better than doing nothing. North Dakota should serve as a turning point in the history of women’s athletics, not as a catalyst. No one expected the University of North Dakota to cancel their women’s hockey program at the end of the 2017 season, not even the players of the North Dakota team.On March 30, 2017, UND announced that after financial aid cuts from the state government they would be forced to cancel three of their athletic programs. Out of those three programs, two of them were women’s sports: hockey and swimming.What makes this series of cuts even more unfortunate was the fact that North Dakota had not informed teams that budget cuts would be made to their athletic programs. Many thought that after budget cuts from the previous year, which would see the loss of the North Dakota baseball team, that finances at the university were finally stable.Women’s hockey: While classmates prepare for exams, Pankowksi, Clark chasing Olympic goldAnyone who has taken an economics class knows that every choice you make always has an opportunity cost — losing Read…So you can imagine the shock on the face of Kristen Campbell and her teammates when they found out their head coach was going to meet with school officials to discuss the future of their program. Campbell and her team already knew that this was not a good sign, since this was the exact same dialogue that happened between the university and the baseball team one year prior.“Our coach came into the locker room and said that they had a meeting at three,” Campbell said, “which was never a good sign. When baseball got cut the year before, they got a text saying that they had to go to a meeting.”Campbell and her teammates knew something was wrong when they saw their senior class watching over them at practice. Since this was a spring practice for the team, seniors were not required to attend practice, but the senior class of North Dakota came to watch their teammates play one more time.A few of the seniors had found out about the demise of their program from Twitter, where stories and rumors were already beginning to spread in the area. While all of these stories were not technically confirmed yet, the senior class had a pretty good idea of what was about to happen to their team.Campbell recalled the strange events of that day, and remembers that the team knew something was off. Still, the team practiced on, not knowing that this would be their final practice together.A heartbreaking photo came out a few hours later, with North Dakota’s Gracen Hirschy showing the team practicing for the 2017-2018 season that they were looking forward to.last_img read more

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Report shows that Gardaí “guestimated” one million breath test statistics

first_imgFollowing an internal investigation, figures show that over a five year period almost one million Garda breath tests recorded on the Pulse system did not happen.Over five years, 1,200 devices were in use across 108 Garda Districts with no central recording process.Nationwide between November 2011 and October 2016 , the MBRS recorded 1,058,157 breath tests – almost half of the alleged 1,996,365 breath tests that were lodged on the Pulse system. The breath test controversy was brought to light after The Irish Times published an article earlier this year outlining how the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) noted that the number of tests being recorded on Pulse did not correlate with the amount of disposable mouth pieces being ordered.The discrepancies were so large in Cork and Kerry Garda stations, that a nationwide investigation was launched.“Some officers provided guestimates”An internal Garda investigation has been launched to investigate the inaccuracies, with assistant Garda commissioner Michael Sullivan expected to publish a report including recommendations for improvement next month. The Sunday Times report that the investigation involved interviewing Gardaí across the country in an attempt to determine why breath tests had inflated by 88% between November 2011 and October 2016.Made-up figures and mistakes made during administration and data input were blamed for the major discrepancies.A source with knowledge of the inquiry told journalist John Mooney that there are a number of reasons to explain how certain divisions appear to have “exaggerated their results”.“Some officers provided guestimates, some made up statistics while others provided information on how many cars they stopped as opposed to the number of drivers they breathalysed.”“A matter of grave disappointment”Speaking following the discovery of the major discrepancy, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said that the findings were a “grave disappointment” and says corrective action is to follow. She also promised to be completely open about the matter with the public, in order to “sustain public trust.”“What we’ve found thus far is totally unacceptable and not in keeping with the standards of a modern and professional police service,” she said. “The Policing Authority and Garda management are ad idem that this is a matter of individual and collective ethical behaviour and not one of occasional systems failure.“It is a matter of grave disappointment that this has apparently been happening for so long, unchallenged.“Every single member of the organisation must recognise that their individual actions, in all areas of policing, reflects on the organisation as a whole and impacts on the trust between ourselves and the communities we serve.“However, as evidenced this week, I am determined that where we identify problems in the organisation, we admit these issues publicly, take whatever corrective action is necessary and ensure they do not recur. That is what I expect of the organisation and what is demanded of us by the community. “In addition to correcting these issues, we must share that information, no matter how negative it is, not just with the Authority, but also with the public. Only through that openness can we sustain public trust,” concluded the Garda Commissioner.Gardaí also say that data recorded on Pulse for 2016 is accurate based on the data available to AGS from the Medical Bureau for Road Safety.Report shows that Gardaí “guestimated” one million breath test statistics was last modified: August 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:breath testbreathalyserGardaiinvestigationnoirin o sullivanlast_img read more

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