Welch appointed to influential Energy and Commerce Committee

first_imgRep. Peter Welch was named to the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce Monday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.Energy and Commerce has broad jurisdiction, including oversight of five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies, as well as legislative authority over energy policy, health care, telecommunications, trade, and the environment. The committee s areas of jurisdiction align not only with Welch s top priorities but with a broad swath of President-elect Obama s legislative agenda. This is a tremendous opportunity for Vermonters to have a seat at the table as Congress tackles our nation s most pressing priorities, Welch said. We must reform our health care system, craft a 21st century energy policy and create new, green jobs. On the Energy and Commerce Committee we will be able to directly address these and other issues Vermonters care about most and get this country back on track. The news came on the eve of the 111st Congress, as Welch prepared to be sworn in to a second term in office. Welch will be sworn in today at noon.On the committee, Welch will join incoming Chairman Henry Waxman, who previously served as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Waxman said, I am delighted that Peter Welch is joining the Energy and Commerce Committee. Over the last two years, I have worked with him closely on the Oversight Committee and have been extremely impressed by his leadership. His exceptional ability and experience will make an important difference as we moved forward in the new Congress.last_img read more

Rescued Brahminy kite turned over to DENR

first_imgHowever, she stressed, “Those caught hunting, domesticating and killing this bird will still be penalized.” ILOILO City – A rescued Brahminy kite, locally known as dapay, was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Community ENR Office-Barotac Nuevo in  the municipal hall of Bingawan, Iloilo. The animal was captured by a certain “Boknoy”” on Sunday, May 3. Perhaps this was because of the enhanced community quarantine; less motor vehicles were moving around and polluting the air, said Palabrica. “Imprisonment and a fine of not more than P2,000 sa madakpan,” he said. Onlookers make this rescued Brahminy kite or dapay in Bingawan, Iloilo uncomfortable. The dapay was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN According to Reyzyl Joy Almendrajelo, forest technician of DENR Region 6, the bird is listed under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as “less concerned.” When fishing over water, they may sometimes land in the water, but manage to swim and take off without much trouble./PN The bird was temporarily placed inside a chicken cage made of bamboo in the residence of Remalonso Eulalio in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan. They fed the bird.center_img DENR will be assessing the bird’s health. If it is in good state, it would be released to its natural habitat. The last time he saw a dapay was way back in 1989, according to Palabrica. He was then a Grade 6 pupil. Mayor Palabrica told Panay News the municipality of Bingawan was declared a Bird Sanctuary Municipality and they have ordinances that penalize anyone hunting, killing or domesticating birds. Espada posted on social media the capture. “Diri ako nagtapos sang elementarya sa Bingawan. Sang gamay ako may makita ko galupad-lupad nga dapay from time to time,” Palabrica said.That a Brahminy kite had been sighted in Bingawan indicated that the town’s air quality was becoming better, he added. The Brahminy kite is primarily a scavenger, feeding mainly on dead fish and crabs, especially in wetlands and marshland, but occasionally hunts live prey such as hares and bats. Bingawwan mayor Mark Palabrica, together with Geronimo Espada Jr., turned over the bird on Monday.last_img read more

Nassau aim for Pretending

first_img The Ballydoyle handler also saddled Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo and he plans to drop the lightly-raced Duke Of Marmalade filly in grade for the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on August 6 for her next start. “She gets a mile and a half well. She might go for the race in Cork,” he said. Just Pretending is all set to tackle the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3 following her good run in the Darley Irish Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien feels the daughter of Giant’s Causeway will be suited by the step back to a mile and a quarter after she finished a close third behind French raider Chicquita in the fillies’ Classic at the Curragh on Saturday evening. “We’ll bring her back to the mile-and-a-quarter race at Goodwood,” said O’Brien. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse tries to capitalize on scoring opportunities

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 3, 2013 at 1:02 am Contact Eric: esriter@syr.edu In Friday’s exhibition game against Guelph, Syracuse’s offense seemed to be a bit unorganized. Players threw pucks at the net, with little to no semblance of order. “The girls were just trying to get shots on net,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It was kind of a point of emphasis to just get shots on net to get some rebounds and get some ugly ones.” The Orange showed its youth against University of Guelph, and Flanagan said the team will improve with time. SU opens the season on Friday at 7 p.m. at Northeastern and follows it with a 2 p.m. matchup with New Hampshire on Saturday. Flanagan expects that as the season goes along, more and more structured plays will take form.“It is a work in progress,” Flanagan said, “I would like to think some of the veterans will be a little more selective than just throwing it on net. I still understand if you’re a rookie just getting a shot on net until they get that confidence.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Guelph, Syracuse registered 34 shots but only tallied three goals. This, Flanagan says, may be a result from the lack of power play success. “We spent a lot of time on the power play,” Flanagan said “Just kind of breaking things down. Trying to keep it basic and moving the puck quickly.”Syracuse is coming off of a 20-15-1 record last year, but has six freshman forwards this season. So, the Orange will rely heavily on veterans such as captain Margot Scharfe and winger Nicole Ferarra, Flanagan said.In Friday’s matchup, Syracuse will face Northeastern, a team that went 23-11-2 on the season and made it all the way to the Women’s Hockey East Association title game. The Huskies have also cruised to four straight winning seasons, meaning it will be a tough matchup for sure, Scharfe said.In its last three matchups against Northeastern, Syracuse is winless. The Orange was outscored 14-8 and lost the last two games 5-2. SU’s other opponent, New Hampshire, is a less decorated program, but the Orange will still need to find better chances, something that the team struggled with last week, Flanagan said.Neutral zone play is key to getting out in transition, which is one thing he wants to work on heavily in practice to create breakaways and odd man rushes to the net. These breakaways on offense can help Syracuse get off to a quick start to the season.“I think if we are smart on a breakout, we can find the stretch person,” Ferarra said. “Breakaways will definitely be a possibility.”Although Syracuse has never beaten Northeastern, there is no shortage of confidence brewing in the locker room. “I think they can be a little bit overconfident when it comes to playing us,” Scharfe said, “so I think we can be pretty good underdogs this weekend.” Commentslast_img read more

Grandsons of former Syracuse national champion lead Central Connecticut State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ To understand why the Dolegala family’s passion is football, go back to the late-1950s when Al Bemiller walked onto Syracuse’s campus as a wrestler and left as an All-American center on the 1959 National Championship team.Bemiller was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, played for nine years, and had four children. One of his three daughters, Tia, married a college football player. Greg Dolegala played at Buffalo in the 1980s, and together they raised three boys as Syracuse fans and eventually football players.Jake and Jarrett, the two eldest Dolegala brothers, will carry their family’s history back into the Carrier Dome on Friday night as the starting quarterback and tight end, respectively, of the visiting Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. In what’s shaping up as a homecoming for the brothers, around 30 family friends will pile into the Dome and wave flags with their numbers. Neither brother envisioned playing at CCSU, but their injury-filled roads paved with similarities and self-doubt brought them there together.“(Football) is in their blood,” Greg said. “(Syracuse) is a home game for us.”Greg noticed his children’s talent at an early age and worked to give them the best chance to become the next generation of Dolegalas to reach one of the highest levels of the sport. That meant enrolling both boys in Saint Francis (New York) High School, a private school whose alumni includes former NFL players and general managers. Tia and Greg indefinitely postponed vacations to pay the $10,620-per-year tuition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Greg and Tia DolegalaA nose for the ball made Jarrett a middle linebacker and a varsity starter in ninth grade. Schools such as SU and Albany scouted Jarrett before two labral tears — one in each shoulder — hurt his careers prospects. Potential offers remained potential.“We were pulling our hair out,” Greg said. “We didn’t know where he was going to go to college.”Jarrett worked his way into a starting linebacker position at Mercyhurst before he suffered two more labral tears. Displeased with his current coaching staff and upset with his own body, Jarrett listened to his dad’s advice and asked Jake if there was a spot for him at CCSU as a tight end or fullback.“I felt bad he had to leave his old school but it just wasn’t going to work out,” Jake said. “I’m not going to say no to my brother.”Jake’s path to CCSU mirrored Jarrett’s. Jake tore his right labrum — the one in his throwing shoulder — while diving to make a tackle after throwing an interception. It was the third game of his senior season and he threw his last pass in high school at the age of 16. The few Patriot League schools that were interested in Jake went silent. John Scibetta, their assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at St. Francis, recalled visiting Jake around Christmas and having his quarterback ask him if he would ever play again.Scibetta recommended Jake to Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin, New York. The school allows college-caliber players to raise their grades before moving onto Division I. Jake wasn’t there to bolster his grades but to prove he belonged. Tuition plus room and board can run upward of $20,000. They took a gamble on their son and an arm that could barely make 15-yard throws at the time of enrollment.Courtesy of Steve McLaughlin“We had nowhere to go,” Greg added. “We didn’t know what to do. He was devastated. We took a loan out because it’s something he wanted to do. It was his dream.”After winning the starting job, Jake led his teammates to victory on the field and tutored them off it. CCSU was the only school that offered Jake a scholarship. With a chip on his shoulder above the scar that put it there, he’s led the high-powered offense since his freshman year, throwing 19 touchdowns in 22 games. Last year, he watched the Philadelphia Eagles select Carson Wentz as the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jake texted Scibetta, “OK, maybe someday that’s me.”“Everybody that I’ve talked to thinks that (Jake) has the NFL throws,” Bill Chaplick, the head coach at Milford, said. “He just has to finish strong at Central for his sake and for his teammate’s sake. He can start by having a big day against Syracuse. If you want to be a 1A guy, you’ve got beat the 1A guys.” Comments Published on August 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more