Local woman seeks volunteers and donations to continue making sleeping bags for those in need

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A Binghamton woman is asking for the community’s help to make homemade sleeping bags for people in need. For the past five years, Jill Madigan and Lorna Koberlein say they have been collecting donated blankets, comforters and ties to make the sleeping bags for people of all ages. Madigan says she is also accepting donations of used sheets, blankets, comforters, and new toiletries. The volunteers say the sewing is not just a bonding experience but a mission to make a better community and help those less fortunate. “When people come in that don’t have anything to sleep with or are homeless. Or if people come in that move in from out of town, they have kids they don’t have beds yet. Sometimes I’ve given away four or five at a time so the family can have something to sleep on,” said Madigan. “We are very busy in this basement,” said Madigan. “One of my gifts from God is giving and this is a good way to give back to the community.” “You don’t get paid or anything, that’s not the point of it all. The point is just knowing that somebody is going to have something to sleep on. When you go to bed at night, aren’t you comfy in your bed? Well I think of people who don’t have a bed,” said Madigan.center_img Madigan says she with the help of volunteers, has made and distributed more than 30 sleeping bags this year and they continue to make them in her home. “Every sleeping bag has toiletries in them. From shampoos, to conditioners, combs, brushes and wash clothes,” said Madigan. If you would like to donate or take part in making homemade sleeping bags, you can contact Madigan via email at [email protected] “If one of the colleges, either Binghamton University or Broome would have some kind of student group that would want to help do this and carry it on because let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger and the majority of people that have been making these for Broome County are older than me and they are no longer doing it,” said Madigan. Madigan then distributes the bags to local food or clothing banks in the Southern Tier including Nearly New Shop.last_img read more

Biden racks up endorsements as Sanders goes on the attack in US presidential race

first_imgTwo former presidential rivals endorsed Joe Biden on Friday in the latest sign that the Democratic establishment is coalescing around the former vice president to stop the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, who ratcheted up attacks on his rival ahead of crucial contests next week.Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman – both onetime 2020 candidates – backed Biden, as did a slew of other Democratic officials in states soon to hold nominating contests.Sanders, who is desperate to regain some momentum after Biden’s strong ‘Super Tuesday’ showing this week, launched a full-throated attack on his rival, assailing Biden over his record on trade, abortion, gay rights and Social Security. Topics : At a news conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, Sanders dug deep into Biden’s 40-year record. He criticized Biden for having opposed the rights of gay people to serve in the US military and for voting against federal funding for abortions, stances the former vice president has since rejected.”I was there on the right side of history, and my friend Joe Biden was not,” Sanders said.Sanders also lambasted Biden for supporting trade deals he said had been “a disaster for Michigan” and accused Biden of trying in the past to cut Social Security, the government-run pension and disability program.Biden, who denies ever advocating cuts to Social Security, snapped back in a tweet on Friday: “Get real, Bernie. The only person who’s going to cut Social Security if he’s elected is Donald Trump. Maybe you should spend your time attacking him.”The exchange reflects mounting tension between the two White House hopefuls. The race became a tight two-way contest after US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended their White House bids after disappointing showings in the Super Tuesday primaries.Sanders, 78, said he would support Biden, 77, if he becomes the Democratic nominee but insisted that only he, not Biden, could “energize the American people” enough to beat Trump.Warren’s exit meant that what had been hailed as the most diverse field of candidates in US history narrowed to a race for the nomination between two white, septuagenarian men. Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii with virtually no chance of winning, is the only other remaining Democratic candidate.On Friday, the Democratic National Committee, which oversees the party’s presidential debates, released new qualifying thresholds for the next debate in Arizona on Mar. 15. Candidates will need at least 20% of delegates awarded so far, essentially excluding Gabbard, who has won less than 1 percent.Biden’s Super Tuesday turnaround benefited as the Democratic Party establishment began mobilizing this week to try and stop Sanders, a democratic socialist. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden.The former vice president said at a private campaign event on Friday that his campaign had raised about $22 million over five days.Biden also received endorsements on Friday in other states with upcoming primary contests, including from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in Washington state, and Ruben Gallego, an Arizona congressman.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois are expected to soon announce endorsements of Biden, according to a source familiar with the matter. Illinois and Arizona vote on March 17, along with Florida and Ohio.center_img The pair contest six Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday, including the big prize of Michigan, with 125 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination at stake.Sanders, a US senator from Vermont who was until recently the front-runner in the party’s race to face Republican President Donald Trump in November, now trails in delegates. A big win for Biden in Michigan would deliver another major blow to Sanders’ hopes of becoming the nominee.Ahead of Michigan’s primary, the state’s lieutenant governor, Garlin Gilchrist II, backed Biden, as did part of the state’s United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and former US Senator Carl Levin.Four other states will hold primary elections on Tuesday: Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington state. North Dakota will hold caucuses.last_img read more

Proposed Prison Reform Bill Could Save Florida $850 Million

first_imgCrime victims, former inmates and parents of current ones are pushing for passage of meaningful prison reform.The proposed legislation, known as House Bill 189, would increase good behavior credit for first-time, non-violent offenders, from 15 to 35 percent.“I feel the presence of something going to happen,” said Kay Cardona, mother of a Florida inmate who attended a rally on the steps of Florida’s Old Capitol Wednesday morning. “It’s 2020. This thing has been a long time coming.”The reduced time behind bars could result in a savings of around $850 million for Florida Corrections, according to the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Hart of Tampa.According to Hart, “I say let’s put that $850 million back into our facilities for vocational training, educational opportunities. I firmly believe we can no longer give people $50 and a bus ticket and send them home without any hope or opportunity.”Republican Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg adds, “The Florida system isn’t working as well as it could. We simply warehouse people in the Florida Corrections System. We aren’t correcting their behavior, though we call it the Department of Corrections.”Wednesday’s rally attracted nearly 350 people.Crime justice bills have been receiving bipartisan support in the Senate, but have been failing to then move in the House. In addition, law enforcement officials say that even non-violent offender releases could be dangerous.last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes: Mark Shepard is Living his Childhood Dream

first_imgFacebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesAt 27, Mark Shepard is the superintendent for several Rob Rice Communities, supervising more than a third of the 75 homes the local builder has under construction at any one time.Through the mentoring offered generously by his boss, Mark is the youngest on any of his job sites though his passion for building started at a much younger age.“I was drawing floor plans at the age of 12 because I have wanted to build homes since I was a kid,” Mark explains. “I love every part of building our homes and hearing buyers tell me they have bought ‘the best house out there’ or that they would ‘only buy a Rob Rice Home.’”Mark has learned everything he knows about building homes from his mentor, Rob Rice.Though his path is paved with educational opportunities that contribute to his work today, Mark knew a great builder would ultimately have to teach him the ropes.“There is really only one way to learn,” says Mark. “Most construction managers spend many years on the job site before they become a superintendent. I got thrown into it and I am learning from the best builder.”The Chance of a LifetimeRob’s desire to teach and mentor, along with his loyalty to those important to his family, have made it a perfect opportunity for Mark.“Mark grew up in Spokane and is best friends with our nephew, Rob’s sister’s son,” explains Helena Rice who often works with Mark on the design choices for their homes.“He needed an internship to complete his degree in construction management and business at Eastern Washington University so Rob brought him on. He assisted him with permits and, with his advanced computer skills, organized our plan library and all of our budgets.”“When our community of Chestnut Village in Olympia, Washington opened up, Rob made him the job superintendent and since then, he has taken on the community of Kensington in Lacey, Washington and most of our Select Home Sites in Thurston County as well as building three of our homes in Napavine— a monumental amount of work within just a two-year window.”The Path to Building HomesEvery home built in Chestnut Village and other Rob Rice Communities must meet the high standards of the area’s largest builder.Mark considers himself fortunate to have had preparation in high school that fueled his dream.“At Mount Spokane High School, I took engineering design classes through a nationally accredited program not offered anywhere else. It gave me a real leg up in college where I was showing my drafting professors short cuts with AutoCAD software, something I had learned as a freshman in high school.”Mark spent three years at Washington State University in civil engineering following in the footsteps of several family members. But when an internship convinced him it wasn’t for him, he decided to return to exactly where he wanted to be as a kid, building homes. He transferred to Eastern Washington to major in construction management with an emphasis on residential building.Right when he was finishing his class work and needed an internship, he happened to meet Rob Rice at a family wedding. There he discovered his best friend’s uncle was a well-respected builder.“The first day of my internship at Rob Rice Homes was October 1, 2012,” a date etched in Mark’s memory. “After I graduated, I continued to work in the office. I wanted to learn everything from the office to the field.”In May of the following year, Chestnut Village opened up and Rob made him the superintendent of the new homes community.“It was not easy,” says Mark acknowledges. “I had a lot to learn. I had all my education, I could do the math and add up all my concrete, but it was real hard to figure out how to get the actual work done on the site.”Huge Lessons in BuildingMark discusses the upscale finishes they will put in a new Rob Rice Home with Helena Rice.Mark learned quickly that he needed to get out in front of his mentor and boss.“Rob Rice is on top of everything and is very hands on,” Mark notes. “I went through a rough period where he was always out on my site finding things I needed to take care of before I did. I learned that in order to beat him to it, I need to be on the job site before him.”Mark now starts work at the crack of dawn and doesn’t get home till long after most people quit. He takes full accountability for his homes and his customer service mirrors the lessons of the builder that hired him.“Our home buyers don’t contact the siders or the plumbers if they think something is not done right. They are looking for me. I will take care of it immediately or make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. I don’t like it when someone is not happy.”Mark says he has grown in his ability to get things done, even when they look hard or impossible. “You don’t know what is going to happen each day keeping workers, subcontractors and vendors coordinated and moving forward.”Setting precedents with workers helps avoid any chaos and ensures things are done right. “No one is allowed to park off of paved surfaces,” he sites as one example. “If one person does and I don’t get them back onto the street quickly enough, there will be five cars out there parked on the lot.”Mark knows that Rob’s standards are strict but they are what makes his homes and communities shine above the rest and voted the Best of South Sound two years in a row.“His standards are what is right, what is correct,” says Mark. “When I do walk-throughs, homeowners remark at how clean the job site is. Keeping our sites clean is a big priority for me.”Future and Family DreamsMark Shepard is living his dream working and learning from Rob Rice.Mark is now engaged to Katye, another graduate of Mount Spokane High School. Though he works long hours, they both understand they are young and establishing themselves in their careers.“Even though it can be stressful in the day-to-day, it feels good when I get home, even if I am exhausted…almost better if I am exhausted. If I come home with a lot of energy, it feels like I didn’t accomplish a lot.”Mark enjoys being part of the family that not only opened up the opportunity of a lifetime, but makes him feel right at home. He now even bowls with Rob’s Dad on the Rob Rice Homes bowling team. “We have shirts,” Mark brags.Mark appreciates the close mentoring of the area’s largest builder. “My ultimate goal is to be a builder myself, which is why I wanted to learn as much as I can from this amazing opportunity,” he shares. “I had the education but I needed a builder to teach me. Rob Rice has taught me everything I know about building.”Learn more about Rob Rice Home at their website.Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.last_img read more

2019/20 BDFA Super Division: 10-man South United suffer last-minute defeat to Bangalore Independents

first_imgAdvertisement 2aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3jpw6dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E892i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) saqyWould you ever consider trying this?😱25purCan your students do this? 🌚usRoller skating! Powered by Firework South United FC conceded in the 92nd minute having played most of the game a man down.Advertisement  South United FC appeared for a few precious minutes like they may just pull off a win despite going a man down, but it was not to be. Two second half goals put Bangalore Independents ahead and clinched three points for them.Advertisement South United began the game on the back foot and only got a foothold in the game halfway through the first half. They were just about starting to create some dangerous chances and threatening the Independents goal when they had a man sent off. Aaron’s cross was met by Umesh on the far post and as he went into a 50-50 tackle with the goalkeeper he appeared to make contact with the custodian. The referee waited for the keeper to be treated and only showed the red card to Umesh after nearly 5 minutes of break in play.Advertisement That strange period seemed to have rejuvenated South United FC who then went on to win a penalty that Rungsing converted in the 42nd minute as the 10-man South United went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.The second half predictably saw Independents press South united deep in their own half. They were making the extra man count and it showed as Subhash took his chance in the 57th minute having threatened the goal on a couple of occasions before.Independents then started to move forward almost continually putting pressure on the SUFC backline. They weren’t getting much joy from the defensive unit or from the custodian Royal Basumatary. South United even looked like they could score on the counter for a while but they weren’t able to take their opportunities.Just as it looked like South United may have sealed a valuable point, Marta Nelson sneaked in to clinch a 92nd minute winner and three points for his side.South United 1-2 Bangalore Independents (Rungsing [P] 42’; Subhash 57’, Nelson 90+2’) Advertisementlast_img read more

Coming to Fort Monmouth: Lifestyle and Retail Hub ‘Freedom Pointe’

first_imgStory and photos by Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – The first shovels to begin construction on Freedom Pointe, “a premier, mixed-use lifestyle destination,” could be in the ground at Fort Monmouth by the end of this year, with completion anticipated for 2019.Plans for the 89-acre development by Parcel B Redevelopment, LLC, owned by Paramount Realty Services, Inc. of Lakewood, were revealed at a Jan. 26 press conference at the Marina at Oceanport waterfront restaurant.Paramount and LMS Commercial Real Estate vice president Lee Zekaria described a “walkable town center” with approximately 350,000 square feet of retail and 302 residential units, located directly inside the “Johnson Gates” fronting Route 35 in Eatontown, along the recently re-opened Avenue of Memories. The site was designated “Parcel B” by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).“Freedom Pointe will bring an unparalleled experience to the Jersey Shore,” said Zekaria, a New Jersey native. “We want this to be a second home where people can go before and after work, and on weekends and holidays, to spend quality time and enjoy memorable experiences.” He said the project, which he termed a “crown jewel” of the 1,127-acre fort’s reincarnation, will bring thousands of new jobs to the area. Also speaking was Tether view Joint Venture Partner and vi Collaboration Hub Founder Chris Pallé whose cloud solution firm now occupies Russel Hall in Oceanport.“We’re seeing a trend of technologists and entrepreneurs rising up in Monmouth County,” Pallé said. “By creating an environment that’s conducive to collaboration, that talent is multiplied. The more people come together, the more innovation and ideas we can create. It’s the future of work.”Hosting the event were members of the Criscione family, now owners and operators of the Marina at Oceanport, the fort’s former marina which was completely rebuilt following Super Storm Sandy. Family member Deanna Queenan said, “In the past year and a half, we have become a part of the community while refining and growing our business. From here you can see the vision at the fort coming to fruition.”“Fort Monmouth’s redevelopment is extraordinarily important for Monmouth County, and what’s important for Monmouth County is important for New Jersey,” said Timothy Lizura, president and chief operating officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and a FMERA board member. “We envisioned this to be a 20-year effort but we are well in advance of that. The team here has done a tremendous job fitting assets into the marketplace and bringing back jobs. We are very pleased with the world class developers and businesses. It will be a sustainable and impressive development.”Related Story: Among Fort Monmouth Developers, Three Local ResidentsThis story was originally published in the Feb. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. “With e-commerce today, we are working on ‘alert technology’ that will give notifications of store sales and more,” he said, adding, “Our area is starving for something like this.” Zekaria traveled the country to view similar developments at Legacy Place and Market Street at Lynnfield, both in Massachusetts, Crocker Park in Ohio, and The Point in El Segundo, California.“It takes a special kind of investor to take on a project at a closed military installation,” said FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman. Local and county officials have expressed support for the project, which must secure local approvals including ingress and egress on the Avenue of Memories, an extension of County Route 537. Steadman said 65 percent of fort properties are “now in play” with about 18 different projects.The press conference followed November’s purchase of the fort by the county from the U.S. Army, and last month’s announcement of the sale of its former Officers Housing where the first residential redevelopment has begun on 117 historic structures along the parade grounds. The developer is RPM Development Group of Montclair.“Historic renovations are our specialty and we work exclusively in New Jersey,” said Brendan McBride, vice president of RPM Development, adding that the exteriors of the neo-Colonial homes will be preserved. “Crews began construction the day after closing. We were attracted to the fort because the key components are in place – transportation, amenities, jobs, the beach. This will be an entire new neighborhood where people already want to live. We like a development that has a story behind it.” The firm is investing $25 million in the project.David Nuse, FMERA’s director of real estate development, said the authority’s three redevelopment themes are jobs, development, and creating a unique, desirable environment. Some 5,000 civilian jobs were lost when the fort closed. Nuse said over 1,200 permanent jobs have been created so far.“Our goal is 10,000 jobs by 2027, with 1,300 housing units currently in play,” he said. “Over $1.5 billion will be invested at Fort Monmouth. Out for bid next are seven historic buildings at Barker Circle. Over 2 million square feet will be out for bid soon. Forty percent of the fort will be open space and recreation. Lifestyle, amenities, and employment opportunities will attract young people to live and work here. We are very optimistic about the fort’s future. ““Everywhere I go, people ask me what’s going on at Fort Monmouth,” said FMERA chairman James V. Gorman. “Purchasing the fort was important because before, we had to go through six different departments at the Army and then had to get approval of the Department of Defense. It took an average of 30 months until construction could start (on each project). You will now see things develop rather dramatically.”center_img Freedom Pointe – featuring entertainment, food, grocery, public art, fire pits, two levels of offices, and hospitality – will be one-third residential and two-thirds commercial. Parcel B Redevelopment partnered with Ryan Homes for the townhouses. There will be two levels of parking on each side of the circular development and more on the outskirts. “Bellagio-style” fountains will line the perimeter in a man-made canal. Zekaria promised amenities including bocce ball, an ice-skating rink, and community and holiday events. High-tech will also be incorporated.last_img read more

Middletown Approves Residential Development

first_imgBy Philip Sean Curran Toll Brothers did not indicate whether it intended to appeal the board’s vote or not. Company spokeswoman Andrea Meck said the company is reviewing its next steps. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Middletown as part of her legislative district, said she applauded the township for “pushing back.” In combination with a 342,000-square-foot commercial project that includes a new Wegmans supermarket, that section of town will be transformed in the coming years, fulfilling a two-decades-long vision for the area. The municipal planning board voted Sept. 4 to approve Toll Brothers’ plan, having voted in July for the commercial piece that also includes a CMX movie theater and retail space as part of the overall Village 35 project. “Maybe it takes a ground-swell from towns banding together to stop this affordable housing mandate,” she said. “I mean I think the whole system just needs an overhaul. It has to be fixed. We can’t have this the way it’s going now. We will not be the Garden State for very much longer if we continue down this path.” He said the area oncewas eyed for 1.6 millionsquare feet of commercialspace and almost doublethe number of residentialunits that ended up gettingapproved. An interior view of a home Toll Brothers says will be similar to those built in Middletown Walk. Photo courtesy Toll Brothers In 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court shifted the responsibility of enforcing towns’ affordable housing mandates, as outlined in the high court’s earlier Mount Laurel decisions in the 1970s and ’80s, from the state Council on Affordable Housing to superior court judges. “Despite our plans for Middletown Walk not being approved as presented, Toll Brothers has a long history of working within town approvals, addressing neighbors’ concerns and delivering exceptional homes in the best communities,” said Toll Brothers division president Craig Cherry in a statement. “We are very excited about Middletown Walk, located in a town that we love, and we know our future home buyers will be very pleased with the homes and amenities planned.” But Campisi said communities have “many” ways of meeting their affordable housing obligations, with inclusionary developments being just one of them. He said towns can develop 100 percent affordable housing projects. “My two cents is that it seems to me that a lot of this was done for affordable housing,” said Oley DiCenso, with Minding Middletown, after the planning board hearing. “And the affordable housing aspect of this is only sitting on four acres.” The decision by thetownship has led to a war ofwords between Fair Shareand Middletown, a conflictthat continued last week. An architectural drawing by Toll Brothers is representative of the 280 homes planned for a new housing development on Route 35 called Middletown Walk.Photo courtesy Toll Brothers MIDDLETOWN – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north. Perry said his community would no longer be “dictated to by a nonprofit organization that is funded by special interest groups who are going to dictate terms to municipalities.” center_img “It has every kind of rule and regulation about all kinds of different things they’re allowed to do, but this wasn’t discussed with the public,” said resident Monica Manning, the leader of Minding Middletown, a group opposed to the project. “This was the deal they made behind closed doors, then presented it.” As other communities have done, the township had been in talks with the advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center to try and reach a settlement for what Middletown’s requirement would be for a span from 1999 to 2025. Yet Fair Share said lastweek that the township “isone of the worst actors inthe state when it comes toaffordable housing.” In 2018, the governing body approved a redevelopment plan for the overall site, a plan that critics said lacked public involvement. Fair Share spokesman Anthony Campisi said in a recent interview that the township has a track record of approving luxury housing units that do not include affordable units, including at the former Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. “This is a long-time-coming project,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Township committees of the past have worked to dramatically reduce the overall size and scope of this project by more than 400 percent.” The planning board voted 5-3 to give Toll Brothers the approval but without roof decks on any of the buildings. Toward the end of the hearing, township committeewoman Patricia A. Snell, who also sits on the planning board, made a motion to that effect. Yet affordable housing in the Village 35 project and elsewhere around the state also has involved the construction of many more market-rate houses to go along with it as part of high density, inclusionary developments. For instance, West Windsor, located about an hour away from Middletown, reached a deal with national builder AvalonBay for 800 units, a hotel and retail space on land next to a train station in that Mercer County community. Of the 800 units, 132 of them will be set aside as affordable. The township has saidthat since 1999, more than600 affordable housingunits have been created inthe community. The timing of the Toll Brothers’ approval came two months after the township announced it was withdrawing from a legal proceeding in state Superior Court regarding its affordable housing requirement. “There are 565 municipalities in the state of New Jersey. One of them is standing up to Fair Share Housing and that’s Middletown, New Jersey,” Perry said. “It sounds like a great idea, let’s create affordable housing, let’s give people the opportunity to live in different towns. And that sounds great. But you know what I want, you know what I stand for? I stand for making New Jersey affordable. I stand for making Middletown affordable, not just for this person or that personbut for everyone.” The 70 apartments willbe set aside as affordablehousing or at below-marketrate. “They have no problems seemingly building homes that are affordable to doctors and lawyers, but have a whole lot of trouble building homes that are affordable for nurses and paralegals and cashiers and teachers for that matter,” he said. “They have no problem redeveloping big chunks of land for wealthy people. The problem comes when working families want a seat at the table.” last_img read more

Nelson’s Amit Bhabra qualifies for Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships

first_imgHe snatched 150 pounds on his second attempt and failed to complete his third attempt at a heavier weight because nerves got to him.Bhabra then clean-and-jerked 183 pounds successfully and got called for a technical error on his third attempt at 191 pounds.”(Bhabra’s) strength is there to be lifting heavier weights . . . it’s a matter of perfecting his technique and increasing his flexibility,” Abbey explained.Abbey said Bhabra plays hockey for the local Midget rep team so it has been a constant work in progress to increase his flexibility – a very important aspect of Olympic weightlifting.“People don’t realize it but it is the second most flexibility demanding Olympic sport at the second only to gymnastics,” Abbey said.“Hockey tightens hip flexor, groin and calf muscles making a deep squat position challenging and unnatural for most hockey players,” Abbey adds.“Amit is beginning to realize his potential in the sport of weightlifting something I have been trying to communicate to him for over a year so I am slowly seeing him switch his focus from hockey to weightlifting.“He has natural gifts to excel in weightlifting so success may come easier to him in this sport.”Bhabra comes by the sport naturally as his father Hardial Bhabra is a former Canadian Champion.During the next month Abbey said Bhabra is going to be pushing to increase his total in the two lifts by 20-25 pounds. Amit Bhabra is used to being in the middle of body checks and bluelines as the Nelson Minor Hockey product holds down a roster spot on the Castlegar/Nelson Midget Rep squad.However, this past weekend in Vancouver, Bhabra flipped the switch from hockey to weightlifting to earn a spot at the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in January in in Regina.The accomplishment came at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver.“Amit has been training for a little over four years,” said coach Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness in Nelson.“He has been my most loyal student-athletes in that time. I can’t say enough about his exceptional character as a young man.”Abbey said the 17-year-old Bhabra competed in the 62 kg (136 pound) category.last_img read more

Football Picked Third In PFL Preseason Poll

first_img Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team has been picked to finish third in the Pioneer Football League standings in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches.The Bulldogs, set to begin their third season under head coach Rick Fox, return three all-PFL performers and 19 student-athletes that started in 2015.Drake earned 68 total points in the poll. San Diego was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 95 points and five first-place votes, edging out defending champions Dayton with 94 points and six first-place votes.The upcoming 2016 season marks the 24th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA FCS Championship.The Bulldogs have laid claim to two of the last five PFL titles and begin their 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 against Quincy. The home slate also features contests against McKendree, PFL rivals Morehead State, San Diego, Campbell and Butler.For tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season visit www.DrakeTix.com, or call (515) 271-DOGS.Pioneer Football League 2015 Preseason Coaches’ PollTeam, Points1. San Diego (5), 952. Dayton (6), 943. Drake, 684. Morehead State, 645. Campbell, 626. Marist, 567. Butler, 54 8. Jacksonville, 539. Stetson, 2710. Valparaiso, 2111. Davidson, 11• First-place votes in parentheses.• 10 points awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. (Maximum score = 100)• Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.last_img read more

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest line-ups: Hazard plays, youngsters included, Forest man out

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard makes his first Chelsea start of the season and is joined in the side by Charly Musonda and Kenedy for the EFL Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.As expected, a number of Blues players have been rested, with Alvaro Morata among the substitutes as Michy Batshuayi leads the attack. There are places on the bench for youngsters Jake Clarke-Salter, Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu.Forest are without midfielder David Vaughan, who has a groin injury. The visitors are captained by former Chelsea man Michael Mancienne.Midfielder David Vaughan could return from a groin injury for Forest.Chelsea: Cabellero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kenedy; Musonda, Hazard, Batshuayi.Subs: Eduardo, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Ampadu, Moses, Willian, Morata.Forest: Henderson, Lichaj, Mancienne, Osborn, Fox, Dowell, Hobbs, Bouchalakis, Walker, Cummings, Worrall.Subs: Smith, McKay, Clough, Brereton, Carayol, Darikwa, Vellios. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more