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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCongress wants to create jobs by cutting taxes. But who should get the biggest cuts?Republicans prefer to stimulate the supply side (investors and corporations), while Democrats favor directing most of the cuts to the demand side (consumers). I suggest that we can choose between these options by examining the current state of the economy.Supply side: The stock market is booming, and investors are buying equities at unusually high price/earnings ratios, which suggests there is lots of hot money out there chasing too few opportunities. Furthermore, corporations are sitting on large piles of cash. So, it would seem that the supply side is not hurting for money.Demand side: It’s reported that consumers have accumulated historically large debts, in credit cards and second mortgages, to maintain their lifestyles. This suggests a lack of resources on the demand side. If consumers were given large tax cuts, they would spend the money rapidly, increasing demand for products and services and providing an impetus for businesses to grow. So, why are Republicans focused on the supply side, as in the Reagan and “W” Bush administrations? Probably because investors and corporations are their biggest donors.Bruce PomeroyDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Get Rural Students Involved in Manufacturing and Robotics This Summer Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for Bridge Builders Community Foundations to get students in rural areas of Northwest Pennsylvania involved in educational summer workshops focused around manufacturing and to increase student interest in robotics. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“When we get rural students involved in STEM and manufacturing, we’re not just promoting opportunities for their future careers – we’re helping Northwest Pennsylvania’s entire advanced manufacturing and robotics sector,” said Governor Wolf. “We will remain committed to supporting programs like this that help reduce the skills gap and strengthen the commonwealth’s workforce.”The $188,300 grant will support Bridge Builders’ Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative. This program collaborates with local manufacturers to offer “school to work” summer workshops for students to meet the manufacturers, explore mentorship opportunities, and learn essential skills that will enable the students to land family-sustaining manufacturing jobs after graduation. Manufacturing partners include Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating, Komatsu Mining, Miller Fabrication Solutions, and Kronospan. Additionally, the funding will enable rural schools to start their own teams to compete in the annual VEX Competition, the largest middle and high school STEM robotics program in the world. In the VEX Competition, teams of students design robots to complete complex challenges faster than opposing teams.“We’re grateful to the Wolf Administration for this investment into NWPA that will create opportunities for its students immediately,” said Jill Foys, executive director of the Northwest Commission and steering committee member of the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative. “The summer camp will allow students to be taught by VEX Trainers and be engaged with our regional industry partners as well as those from workforce and economic development. They create a platform for students to develop skills that manufacturers say are important to them when selecting new hires including communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, critical thinking and initiation of ideas.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.The Training-to-Career grant is part of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget, Governor Wolf proposed the new Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) to provide workforce development opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP will expand access to early childhood education, increase investments in schools and educators, and further partner with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative. Through SWEAP and PAsmart, the governor is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img May 28, 2019last_img read more


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first_imgSeaBird doubles revenues, cuts loss Also on Thursday, SeaBird reported revenues of $5.4 million for the third quarter 2018, compared to $2.9 million in 2Q 2018 and $2.7 million in 3Q 2017. The company reduced its third quarter net loss to $4.6 million from a $26 million loss in the same period last year.SeaBird said that the reactivation of the Harrier Explorer and the beginning of two ocean bottom surveys (OBN) and two 2D surveys led to 55% vessel utilization in 3Q 2018, compared to 22% in 2Q 2018 and 22% in 3Q 2017.According to the company, the improved oil & gas sentiment seen earlier in the year continued in quarter three. Tendering activity was significantly up from previous periods. Moreover, new tenders were relatively evenly balanced between source contracts and streamer surveys. SeaBird expects the increased tender volume to continue for the rest of the year. Current tender discussions are still in the planning phase and relate primarily to potential contracts starting in 1H 2019.Most contracts year to date have been related to OBN surveys largely driven by the oil & gas companies focus on increased oil recovery on producing fields. The OBN market is thus experiencing strong growth with tenders coming from all regions. A high proportion of the OBN tenders is resulting in source vessel contract awards.“We now also see an increased number of exploration related 2D and 3D streamer survey tenders. However, prefunding of planned 2D and 3D surveys is still lagging,” the company said.The company had three active vessels during the quarter and one vessel warm stacked. Looking ahead, SeaBird expects to maintain the same three vessels in operation for the remainder of the year and expects utilization for 4Q to remain generally in line with 3Q.Offshore Energy Today Staff Harrier Explorer; Source: SeaBirdMarine acquisition provider SeaBird Exploration has received another contract extension for one of its seismic vessels amid an increasing tendering activity, which more than doubled its vessel utilization in the third quarter of the year.SeaBird said on Thursday it has received a second 30-day extension for the Osprey Explorer vessel, following its previous 30-day extension announced in October.The vessel is currently working on an OBN survey in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that was announced on June 25, 2018 and started in late August.This latest extension is in accordance with the contract and brings the firm period of the contract to a total of 120 days.In addition, the company has started a multi-client 2D survey with a duration of approximately two weeks in North-West Europe, which is to be acquired in November.The multi-client survey is pre-funded and approximately cash neutral. The company is using the Harrier Explorer for the survey.last_img read more


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first_imgLocalNews Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day by: – October 5, 2011 Share Share Share Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their lives to teaching children, youth and adults. This year’s theme, “Teachers for Gender equality”, reminds us that in order to achieve Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the gender dimension of teaching must receive particular attention, beginning with girls’ access to schools. We know, for example, that in many regions a low proportion of female teachers will mean fewer girls at school and consequently even fewer women teachers in the future. Yet educating girls and women has cascading benefits for human development: fewer deaths in childbirth; more healthy babies; more children in school; better protection for children and women from HIV and AIDS, trafficking and sexual exploitation; and the economic and political empowerment of women, leading to stronger and more inclusive development.If we want to give equal opportunities to our daughters and sons to realize their full potential and claim their rights, we must devise policies and strategies that attract and motivate capable women and men to teach, while also enabling them to create gender-equal learning environments. More and better education for all requires good teachers and incentives to encourage male and female teachers into all areas and levels of teaching. This will ensure that boys and girls have appropriate role models throughout their schooling.Women make up the majority of the teaching profession at the primary level, 62 % globally but as high a proportion as 99% in some countries. Yet as the profession has become increasingly feminized, conditions of service, pay and status have deteriorated. If teachers are to be good role models for gender equality for boys and girls in all areas and at all levels of schooling, inequities within the teaching Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 5 October 2011 profession must be addressed. We must promote equal opportunities for women tobe school leaders, institutional managers and decision-makers within ministries of education, for more women to become science, mathematics and technology teachers, and for more men to be recruited as early childhood and primary school educators.It is also important to identify the causes for the shortage of women teachers where they exist. Adequate provisions for maternity protection and parental leave, as well as effective protection from sexual violence and abuse, are essential. If qualified female teachers avoid postings in disadvantaged and rural areas, how can we convince reluctant parents to send their children to school?Such issues, including opportunities for teachers to shape education decisions through social dialogue, must be addressed if decent work for teachers – and quality education for children – is to become a reality. We call on all partners in educationto work towards full respect for the rights and responsibilities set out in the 1966 ILO-UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers and the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel – the starting points for this special day. These are pillars for building a quality, professional teaching force.We renew our gratitude and appreciation for the efforts and dedication of women and men teachers, who bear the responsibility of educating future generations to build societies based on sustainable development, peace, democracy, human rightsand equality.Join us today, 5 October 2011, in celebrating teachers around the world!Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCOAnthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEFHelen Clark, Administrator, UNDPJuan Somavia, Director-General, ILOFred van LEEUWEN, General Secretary, Education Internationalcenter_img Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more


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first_imgWICKETKEEPER/ batsman Anthony Bramble led the Guyana Jaguars spirited fightback with his maiden first class century and stole the limelight on day one of the seventh round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter between the title-holders, and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.The 27-year-old Bramble held the innings together after the hosts were reduced to 41-4 at one stage of the Day/Night encounter at the National Stadium, Providence.Watched by a handful of spectators, the right-hander’s effort with the bat has been instrumental in taking the Jaguars to 276-8 when bails were lifted.However, it was Bramble and Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s partnership which ensured the hosts ended the day with a marginal points victory.The pair had manufactured a salvage operation after they had been thrust together with the Jaguars in deep trouble just before the close of the first session. They added 118 for the fifth-wicket, with the ex-West Indies captain contributing 51.Bramble, who brought up his century when he cut Mervin Matthews through backward point for his 14th boundary, is unbeaten on 116 from 197 balls, hitting 16 fours and three sixes.Veerasammy Permaul is the other not out batsman on one.Shivnarine Chanderpaul drew on every ounce of his experience and defied a strong Leeward Islands Hurricanes bowling attack.After opting to bat, the Jaguars were left gasping for breath. Their openers’ Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Chanderpaul Hemraj were off to a sedate start, which resulted in a partnership of just 17 runs off 69 balls.The tourists’ seamers were tight and disciplined, and the dismissal of Chanderpaul was a combination of out-swingers and patience.The 21-year-old struggled once again to rotate the strike and his 35-ball resistance was ended when Jeremiah Louis nipped one away from the opener to have him caught behind for 10.The left-handed Leon Johnson was then trapped leg before wicket to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall without scoring, and from 21-2 it became 36-3 when Matthews then claimed the wicket of Vishaul Singh (5) with an extra bit of bounce from the track when the batsman edged him to Devon Thomas in the slips.The session turned decisively in the visitors’ favour as Hemraj, who struck four delectable boundaries in his 25, edged Cornwall to slip where Thomas again obliged with a sharp catch.But Chanderpaul and Bramble then cautiously guided their side through to the first break without further trouble.However, after the break the pair had other ideas as they began the rebuilding process with a steady partnership without major alarm. They gathered the runs at a decent pace – rotating the strike well and putting away the bad balls – as they extended their stand as the session progressed.Bramble was the faster of the two to reach fifty, registering his ninth at this level off just 70 balls, finding the fence on nine occasions, while Chanderpaul, who occasionally came out of his shell with crisp attacking strokes, had no problems in wearing down the tourists’ bowlers, as the pair continued untroubled until the interval.Soon after the interval, Chanderpaul smashed Chesney Hughes for his second six to reach his fifty off 115 balls, but medium pacer Thomas, after getting some reverse swing, then took the key wicket, trapping the left-hander leg before, at 159-5.Keemo Paul (5) went immediately after, caught off the bowling of left-arm spinner Hughes, but Bramble, who was joined by Sherfane Rutherford continued his resolute knock. The pair put together 64 before Rutherford was trapped leg before wicket to Cornwall for 23.Romario Shepherd (22) joined Bramble, and he too provided valuable support until he was bowled by Gavin Tonge. Play resumes today at 14:00hrs.SCOREBOARD GUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings Chanderpaul c wk Hamilton b Louis 6 Hemraj c Thomas b Cornwall 25 Johnson lbw b Cornwall 0 Singh s Thomas b Matthews 5 Chanderpaul lbw b Thomas 51 Bramble not out 116 Paul c Thomas b Hughes 5 Rutherford lbw b Cornwall 23 Shepherd b Tonge 22 Permaul not out 1Extras: (w-1, nb-15, lb-6) 22Total: (for eight wicket; 88 overs) 276Fall of wickets:1-17, 2-21, 3-36, 4-41, 5-159, 6-164, 7-228, 8-263Bowling: Tonge 12-3-43-1, Matthews 17-10-18-1, Louis 16-6-46-1, Cornwall 21-2-80-3, Warde 9-2-30-0, Thomas 9-0-30-1, Huges 4-0-23-1last_img read more


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first_imgBy Clifton RossANTHONY Bramble, Chris Barnwell and Tagenarine Chanderpaul stroked half-centuries as the Guyana Jaguars ended day one on 263 for six against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and in a promising position, yesterday, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. Barnwell clobbered 10 fours in his 58 off 104 balls while Bramble made amends for his failures in the previous rounds, ending on 63 not out off just 49 balls.Meanwhile, it was another Ironman knock from the opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul who grafted 68 from 251 balls with 9 fours before he departed.The gritty opener followed up fifties in Barbados and Antigua, with another innings which spanned 338 minutes. At stumps, the defending champs were 263-6 with Bramble eyeing what could be a brisk century when he resumes today with partner Devendra Bishoo who is 10 not out.Red Force spinner Bryan Charles was the pick of the Red Force bowlers with 4-62 from 23 overs, providing the big breakthroughs when his team needed it.After winning the toss and electing to bat, Jaguars opener Chandrapaul Hemraj cracked six fours and a solitary six during his 36 off 41-ball stay at the crease before he had his stumps disturbed by the cunning spin of Charles. When Hemraj departed, Guyana were 37-1 with Chanderpaul yet to find his gears. Captain Leon Johnson (20) found the ropes on three occasions, but as the former Test batsman seemed to be finding his rhythm, left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (1-65) served up a beauty which trapped the Jaguars lbw; minutes before the lunch break.When play resumed at 69-2, Chanderpaul on 13 and Vishaul Singh, yet to come off the mark, then sought to get things going for the afternoon session.Fresh off a half-century in the last game, Singh failed to replicate from the last match and succumbed to a catch at gully for 4, to give Charles his second scalp.Tagenarine continued to grind the bowlers and found the occasional boundary as he was joined by Barnwell. The emergence of Barnwell saw the pair upp the scoring as they shared a half-century stand with both players eyeing fifties as the tea interval loomed.Barnwell reached his milestone off 98 balls, batting for roughly 120 minutes with eight fours, motoring past Chanderpaul but departed shortly after, trapped lbw by skipper Darren Bravo’s (1-17) medium-pace, ending the 86-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Bramble announced his presence at the crease with a four and six off Hosein and quickly raced into the 30s. Chanderpaul reached his third fifty of the season after some 295 minutes in the middle, facing 219 balls with just six fours as the Jags held down the final session of the day.After 37 balls, Bramble raced to his half-century with 2 sixes and 8 fours, one of which was smashed through backward-point to bring up his milestone, as the Jags took their score well past the 200-run mark.The Jags suffered a bit of heartache before play ended when Chanderpaul was caught by Red Force wicketkeeper Joshua DaSilva off Charles.The spinner then grabbed his fourth wicket when all-rounder Kevin Sinclair lobbed a simple catch back at him to depart for a 3-ball duck, as Bishoo and Bramble remained firm when play ended. Action continues at 09:30hrs today.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF), thursday announced that the next edition of its premier tournament after the one in Cameroon will hold in June/July of 2023.According to the acting scribe of CAF, Abel Bah, the event would hold at a different calendar from the AFCON 2022 in Cameroon. The preference of January/February date for the edition in Cameroon is because of weather situation of the Central African country.The timing of the competition has been the subject of speculation after President Ahmad stated in June that it would take place in 2023 while saying he ‘did not know what month’. “As of today, the 2023 Nations Cup is planned for June/July because, to make it clear, in the regulations we have decided to play all Nations Cups in June/July,” Bah told BBC Sport Africa.In 2017, CAF decided to schedule all future Nations Cup for these months, enshrining the change in its tournament regulations.The next Nations Cup will take place in January 2022 however owing to unfavourable weather conditions in Cameroon in June and July, when the host country suffers some of the wettest months of the year.“The Nations Cup in Cameroon, after the request of the authorities, was postponed to January/February,” added Bah.“As of today, we haven’t received the same request from Ivorian authorities.”Given that Cote d’ivoire suffers its wettest month of the year in June, such a request should not be ruled out.However a move to earlier dates in 2023 could prove difficult as the 2022 World Cup will be played between 21 November and 18 December.With a Nations Cup in early 2022 and mid-2023, and the 2022 World Cup it means some of Africa’s leading footballers could play three major tournaments in the space of 18 months.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_img Published on November 12, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ ABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — In a game that was ultimately decided by antithetical beginnings, the contrasting performances from each team’s star shed light on the bigger picture. While one struggled, the other surged. One was splendid, and the other self-destructed.Behind a torrid start from C.J. Fair, and an inversely horrific one from San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin, Syracuse raced to a 13-point advantage less than 10 minutes into the game. The lead was never relinquished, Franklin never recovered and Fair compiled arguably the best game of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Syracuse to a 62-49 victory in the Battle on the Midway in San Diego Harbor.“I felt really confident coming into the game,” Fair said. “And I saw that I was feeling it early, so I just tried to see how far it could go.”Fair guided the Orange to a 17-4 lead by the 11:51 mark of the first half, as he poured in seven of his team’s first nine points. He took full advantage of the calm breezes that fluttered lightly across the flight deck of the USS Midway in the first half by burying a pair of jumpers in the opening minutes.His midrange jump shot from the left baseline broke a 2-2 tie, and San Diego State never knotted the game or took the lead from that point on. Three possessions later, Fair drilled his team’s only 3-pointer of the game on the left wing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The first couple shots I had available were jumpers,” Fair said. “I took them and I made them. But you could see as far as the conditions out here that a lot of shots were getting altered by the wind. We didn’t want to just settle on jumpers instead of getting to the basket.”Where Fair refused to settle for jumpers following his first two makes, Franklin, the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, grew content. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts on Sunday, four of which came in the second half when the winds picked up significantly.Franklin’s afternoon began inauspiciously, and he turned the ball over three times in the first 2:10 of the game. By the time he managed to enter the scoring column, there were less than five minutes remaining in the half and his team trailed by double digits. He scored just two points in the first half on 1-for-3 shooting and missed all four of his free-throw attempts. His turnover total stood at six.His counterpart, Fair, finished the half with 11 points and six rebounds.“I’ve played against a lot of good teams, but they’re definitely up there in the top five of the best defensive teams we played,” Franklin said.It was a statement personified by Baye Moussa Keita’s chase-down block with 11:22 remaining in the second half. Franklin emerged ahead of the pack on a fast break for what appeared to be an easy right-handed dunk. But Keita raced down the court to block the ball at the rim with his right hand.A foul was called, and Franklin hit both free throws, but it showed he would get no easy baskets against the Orange — fast break or otherwise. Franklin finished the game with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting and committed seven turnovers while missing seven free throws.“They are really big, and it was frustrating that we couldn’t score,” Franklin said. “When you have someone real big in front of you, it makes it a lot more frustrating.”Meanwhile, Franklin was tasked with guarding Fair for much of the game. And though he said his goal was to keep Fair out of the paint, he failed in that regard. Twelve of Fair’s 17 points were scored in the lane, including a crucial tip in off a miss by Michael Carter-Williams midway through the second half that ended a quick 4-0 run by the Aztecs that saw them pull within 12.Franklin allowed Fair to pull in just two offensive rebounds, but they both resulted in points for the Orange.“I thought when we made a couple of runs and had a little bit of momentum going, we said, ‘One more stop, one more stop,’” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. “Either we couldn’t make a stop, or when we did and had an opportunity, we weren’t able to capitalize on it there.”By that time, though, the winds had picked up and the hole was too deep to climb out of. Fair’s initial outburst seized control for Syracuse early, and when coupled with Franklin’s dreadful performance, it sealed a victory for the Orange.“It was important to get that lead,” Fair said. “You couldn’t really shoot 3s, so we were basically trading baskets. And that kind of hurt them because they couldn’t really get over the hump.” Commentslast_img read more


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first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, email Michael at katzml@usc.edu or comment below. The highlight of Saturday’s spring game did not involve football.It wasn’t the touchdown that senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw to sophomore receiver Marqise Lee in the corner of the end zone.It wasn’t the pair of interceptions that senior cornerback Isiah Wiley made either.No, it happened when the Trojans stood around with their helmets off, looking down at the field at a 5-year-old boy wearing a cardinal No. 7 jersey.Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanBefore the highly anticipated game even began, Barkley, senior safety TJ McDonald and senior punter Kyle Negrete stood around as a boy, who goes by the name McClain, stabbed the field as only true USC Trojans can with a fake sword roughly a quarter the size of Tommy Trojan’s.McClain suffers from a rare blood disease that might ultimately prove fatal, but, looking at the boy on that cool Saturday afternoon, you sure wouldn’t know it. As he ran through Negrete’s legs and playfully tackled him, his       life-threatening illness hardly seemed to matter.McClain was able to get on the field with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which has made it possible since 1980 for terminally ill children to live out their dreams while they can. The foundation has made these sorts of dreams realities for 250,000 children around the world.For many children, their dream is to be on the field with their favorite professional team or to practice with stars like Jets quarterback Tim Tebow or Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.McClain’s dream? To lead his favorite team, the USC Trojans, out of the tunnel at the Coliseum.And the players seemed to love it. Barkley was seen smiling on the JumboTron, helping the boy stab the field and helping him do traditional Trojan poses, including the “V” for victory. McDonald was beside Barkley, having fun and carrying McClain around the field. And there was Negrete, who, when tackled, received loud applause from the more than 15,000 fans at the game.Traditionally, a spring game is the chance for a player to prove himself, to make his way up the depth chart, to make an impression on coaches and to excite fans for the season to come.But Saturday was so much more than that for everyone at the Coliseum.We didn’t learn who is going to be Barkley’s backup. We didn’t learn who is going to start opposite junior cornerback Nickell Robey, either.We did, however, learn that football is just a game. It is a game that ends when the final whistle blows and the clock hits zero.Unfortunately, a boy like McClain does not necessarily have the luxury of playing a game. Every day is a fight.And to the delight of fans in attendance, the Trojans took a few minutes out of their hectic day to realize this in the midst of Saturday’s chaos.For fans, the lasting memory of Saturday probably isn’t going to involve football at all. Sure, it is going to involve a football field, but that’s about it.Fans will remember McClain being lifted on the broad shoulders of Barkley and McDonald, who already have the weight of an entire fan base on those shoulders, and of the boy doing his best Tommy Trojan impression.And I don’t think the Trojans would have it any other way.In a game that can be so violent and so time-consuming, it was obvious that when McClain was on the field, the only thing that mattered was McClain getting his chance to have a dream come true. It was a chance to show true emotion and humanity and to give hope for those who need it.And without hesitation, the Trojans obliged.As much as we like to think that our student-athletes train 24 hours a day, seven days a week to prepare for the grueling season that begins in September, these are actual people under the helmets and beneath the shoulder pads.People who realize football is only a part of life, who know that sometimes doing the little things can mean so much to someone so small and that making a sick child’s dream come true is more important than throwing four touchdowns or beating a top-ranked team.Besides, the smile that McClain wore was worth more than any tackle or touchdown could ever prove to be.last_img read more


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first_img Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guide CAPTAIN FANTASTICFarrell is a natural leader in the squad and acted as co-captain with Dylan Hartley for the November Tests. However, with Hartley ruled out of the Ireland clash with a knee injury Farrell is set to be sole skipper, providing he is fit after a minor thumb operation, and will have the chance to stake his claim for the armband permanently. Farrell demands high standards from those around him and leads by example on the field. The chance to captain England to a Six Nations triumph is sure to be a huge motivator.SETTING A WORLD CUP MARKERFour years ago, Farrell was part of an England squad that suffered a humiliating pool-stage exit at the Rugby World Cup – becoming the first home nation to crash out in the groups. It was that poor showing that prompted the sacking of Stuart Lancaster and the appointment of Jones. With the next World Cup taking place in Japan later this year, England will be chomping at the bit to head into the tournament with plenty of momentum and Farrell will be desperate to be the catalyst for doing so.Countdown to #IREvENG #CarryThemHome pic.twitter.com/IPkfCSv9sl— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 29, 2019BIG HITTERS BACKEngland has had its fair share of injury problems, with Billy Vunipola missing the entire 2018 Six Nations and the November internationals, while brother Mako was also absent for the latter fixtures. Powerhouse Manu Tuilagi has been blighted by injury throughout his career, and Joe Launchbury missed out in November as well. But all four are in the 25-man squad retained for the Ireland game and England is sure to pack more of a punch with them on the pitch, which should help to create the gaps for Farrell to exploit. The 2018 Six Nations was one to forget for England and Eddie Jones but Owen Farrell can be crucial in a bid for vengeance.England headed into last year’s competition on the back of consecutive Six Nations triumphs, having only been denied a second straight Grand Slam by a final-weekend defeat to Ireland. England will go from the hunted to the hunters against Ireland in its opening game in Dublin on Saturday, but Omnisport looks at why the dangerous Farrell can be pivotal in the bid for Six Nations glory.#IREvENG |  days to go…#CarryThemHome  pic.twitter.com/OR9L4icib8— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 29, 2019TIME TO FLY AT 10?One of Farrell’s biggest strengths, but perhaps also a frustration to himself, is his versatility. The Saracens star is one of the best fly-halves in the world but has largely featured at inside center under Jones as part of a 10-12 axis with George Ford. However, in last year’s November internationals Farrell was utilized in his most effective position in wins over South Africa and Australia, and the narrow loss to the All Blacks. Farrell now appears more likely to start at 12 against Ireland after Ben Te’o was ruled out through injury, but it remains a possibility that England’s captain takes the No. 10 jersey. But that status as pre-tournament favorite proved well wide of the mark, with Jones’ men routing Italy and scraping past Wales before losing their last three to Scotland, France and Ireland.That was the start of a six-match losing streak in 2018, before England finished the year strongly with four wins out of five, the only blot a narrow 16-15 defeat to world champion New Zealand at Twickenham. Related Newslast_img read more