A historic year for Harvard admissions

first_imgFor the first time in Harvard’s history, more than 30,000 students applied to the College, leading to an admission rate of 6.9 percent for the Class of 2014. Letters of admission (and e-mail notifications) were sent on April 1 to 2,110 of the 30,489 applicants. More than 60 percent of the admitted students will receive need-based scholarships averaging $40,000, benefiting from a record $158 million in financial aid. Families with students on scholarship are expected to contribute an average of $11,500 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.A number of factors contributed to such unprecedented results. “In these uncertain economic times, prospective students and their families have been particularly drawn to the excellence of Harvard’s faculty and students, and its remarkable academic programs,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Harvard’s new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has underscored Harvard’s commitment to expanding opportunities in engineering and all the sciences. The University is also highly focused on fostering closer relationships between the College and Harvard’s rich array of graduate and professional Schools, as well as its numerous research and regional centers. These University resources, many of which focus on national and international public policy issues, greatly expand and enrich the experience for Harvard College students,” he said.Applications to Harvard have doubled since 1994, and about half the increase has come since the University implemented a series of financial aid initiatives over the past five years to ensure that a Harvard education remains accessible and affordable for the best students from all economic backgrounds. “Financial aid has never been more important to students aspiring to higher education,” said Fitzsimmons. “The unwavering commitment of President Drew Faust, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith, and Dean of the College Evelynn Hammonds to keeping Harvard’s doors open to all talented students sends a powerful message that reaches far beyond our campus,” he said. Seventy percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.In 2004, Harvard introduced the first in a series of financial aid initiatives that have greatly expanded its appeal to students from a wide range of backgrounds. For the first time, more than 25 percent of admitted students are eligible for this program that asks for no parental contribution from those with annual incomes under $60,000, and reduces contributions from families with incomes of $60,000 to $80,000. “The search for talented students from modest economic backgrounds is more intense than ever before — a public policy result that is of significant benefit to our nation,” said  Fitzsimmons. “We hope the current economic environment, which is particularly challenging for families of modest means and for the school districts in which many of them live, will not discourage students from reaching their full potential and slow the progress evidenced in the past few years.”Many additional students are eligible for the expanded aid, announced in December 2007, for middle- and upper-middle income families. Families with incomes up to $180,000 a year and typical assets are now asked to contribute from zero to 10 percent of their income; home equity is removed from financial aid calculations; and loans have been eliminated for all students.By standard measures of academic talent, including test scores and academic performance, this year’s applicant pool reflects an unprecedented level of excellence. For example, more than 3,000 applicants scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Critical Reading Test; 4,100 scored 800 on the SAT Math Test; and nearly 3,600 were ranked first in their high school classes.More than half of the applicant pool and more than half (52.4 percent) of those admitted are men. Last year, both the pool and the admitted group were also comprised of more males, but the matriculating class had slightly more women, because a higher percentage of them accepted their offer of admission.Minority representation remained strong in this year’s admitted group, and similar to last year’s numbers, although it is difficult to make precise comparisons to previous years because of changes in federal requirements concerning the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity information. A total of 18.2 percent of the admitted students indicated they were Asian-American (17.5 percent last year), 11.3 percent African-American (10.4 percent last year), 10.3 percent Latino (10.6 percent last year), 2.7 percent Native American (1.1 percent last year) and 0.4 percent Native Hawaiian (0.2 percent last year).Geographic representation remained similar to last year’s figures. Nearly 24 percent of the admitted students are from the mid-Atlantic states, 21 percent from the Western and Mountain states, 18 percent from the South, 16 percent from New England, 11 percent from the Midwest, and 10 percent from the U.S. territories and abroad.Foreign citizens make up 9 percent of the admitted students. In addition, a significant number of other entering students will bring an international perspective, including 135 U.S. dual citizens, 92 U.S. permanent residents, and many Americans who have lived abroad. Together, foreign citizens, U.S. duals, and U.S. permanent residents constitute nearly 20 percent of the class. There are 79 countries represented in the Class of 2014. “Students with international living experiences add immensely to the education of their college classmates,” said Robin M. Worth, director of international admissions.[chart data=”24.9,12.2,21.3,24.3,8.3,6.8,2,0.2″ labels=”Humanities|Engineering|Social Sciences|Biological Sciences|Physical Sciences|Mathematics|Computer Sciences|Undecided” size=”500×200″ colors=”a6cee3,1f78b4,b2df8a,33a02c,fb9a99,e31a1c,fdbf6f,ff7f00″ title =”2010 Concentrations” type=”pie”] Students’ academic interests shifted somewhat this year. Nearly one-quarter (24.9 percent) of the admitted students intend to concentrate in the humanities, compared with  22.7 percent last year. Engineering attracted 12.2 percent, (10.2 percent last year), while students expressing an interest in the social sciences constituted 21.3 percent, (24.6 percent last year). Other choices remained similar to those made last year, with 24.3 percent planning a biological sciences concentration, 8.3 percent physical sciences, 6.8 percent mathematics, 2 percent computer science, and 0.2 percent undecided.The Class of 2014 will bring extraordinary extracurricular talents to Harvard across a wide range of endeavors. Major activities cited by students as extracurricular interests are music and other expressive and performing arts (46 percent), debate and political activities, including student government (34 percent), writing and journalism (21 percent), and social service (21 percent). In addition, 58 percent of the class expects to participate in recreational, intramural, or intercollegiate athletics.“The help of alumni/ae interviewers is more important than ever as the Admissions Committee chooses a small number of students from an ever-increasing applicant pool,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Personal qualities and character remain central to each and every admissions decision. Our 10,000 alumni/ae volunteers around the world make a huge difference to us in many other ways as well — attending college nights, visiting schools, and calling newly admitted students and hosting gatherings for them in April. We can never thank them enough for their loyalty and devotion to Harvard,” she said. Added James Wigdahl, liaison to the Alumni/ae Schools and Scholarship Committees, “We are particularly grateful to our alumni/ae volunteers for their patience and hard work in making our new electronic system function so well, a change that enabled interviews to be submitted in a much more timely and effective manner, even as the number of applications has risen.”Recruitment is the foundation of Harvard’s strength. Nearly 70 percent of all admitted students and 90 percent of minority students appeared on the original College Board Search List that helped launch Harvard’s outreach program for the Class of 2014. Staff will visit 60 cities this spring, targeting the high school juniors who may eventually join the Class of 2015. Joint travel trips will be conducted with Duke, Georgetown, Penn, and Stanford universities. “Joint travel is the fundamental element of our recruitment. Last spring and fall, Harvard admissions officers visited all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, where we saw 40,000 high school students and parents. We also met with more than 3,000 high school guidance counselors,” said Angela Flygh, director of the Joint Travel Program. In addition, Harvard students visited some of these areas and others to speak at high schools.Eliminating Early Action two years ago allowed more time in the fall for staff to communicate with students who might not have otherwise thought about applying to Harvard. Joint outreach events with Princeton University and the University of Virginia (both of which also eliminated early admission) met with an overwhelming reception in November, previously a time when all three institutions were off the road conducting early-admission selection meetings. Harvard once again will visit nearly 20 cities with this group.“Undergraduate recruitment has a long and distinguished history at Harvard,” said Roger Banks, director of undergraduate recruitment. “Members of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program [UMRP] and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative [HFAI] played a crucial role in attracting this year’s record pool of admitted students.” Members of both organizations telephoned and sent e-mail messages and letters to prospective applicants. They also conducted recruitment trips to various parts of the country and met with middle school and high school student groups who visited campus.“HFAI is one of Harvard’s highest priorities, and once again we were able to attract outstanding students from families with annual incomes under $60,000 and $80,000,” said Patrick Griffin, director of HFAI. Precious Eboigbe, HFAI assistant director, noted, “Undergraduates worked closely with staff and alumni/ae, forming a partnership that enabled us to reach out to talented students from modest economic backgrounds.” Monica Del Toro-Brown, the other assistant director, added, “HFAI opens up new worlds that many students never dreamed were possible.”Fitzsimmons and McGrath again praised the efforts of the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) and the undergraduate tour guides and greeters who work throughout the year with visitors to Cambridge — leading tours, hosting prospective applicants overnight, and visiting high schools. David L. Evans, director of the UAC, noted that “prospective students are extremely interested in meeting current undergraduates to learn firsthand about the Harvard experience.” Added Elise Eggart, UAC associate director, “UAC members extend a warm welcome to students interested in Harvard. Their hospitality and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated, both by prospective students and their families.”Elizabeth Pabst, director of the Undergraduate Tour Program, said, “Our tour guides and greeters welcome students to campus throughout the year. They love to share personal anecdotes about life at Harvard, both inside and outside the classroom. They often are the first Harvard students a prospective applicant meets, and they introduce college life with grace, humor, and enthusiasm.” Added Devery Doran, assistant director of the program, “Rain or shine, in small groups or large, you’ll find them walking backward through Harvard Yard, leading groups of prospective students and their families from around the world.”McGrath emphasized the important role of the teaching faculty in the admissions process. Faculty members speak with many prospective students in person or on the phone and answer their letters and e-mail inquiries. “Faculty accessibility is a clear demonstration of Harvard’s commitment to undergraduate education. In addition, faculty members read hundreds of applications, evaluate academic research of all kinds, and assess portfolios across a range of academic disciplines,” she said.Members of the teaching faculty serving on the Admissions Committee are: Peter J. Burgard, John E. Dowling, Edward L. Glaeser, Benedict H. Gross, Guido Guidotti, Evelynn M. Hammonds, Joseph D. Harris, J. Woodland Hastings, Eric N. Jacobsen, Thomas Jehn, Harry R. Lewis, Richard M. Losick, David R. McCann, Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Cherry Murray, Richard J. O’Connell, Orlando Patterson, Frans Spaepen, Christopher Stubbs, Steven C. Wofsy, Robert M. Woollacott, and Amir Yacoby.Personal contact with admitted students will be important over the next few weeks. Members of the Undergraduate Admissions Council, the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, the admissions and financial aid staff, and the teaching faculty will telephone and meet with admitted students.For the seventh year, the Admissions Office hosted message boards for students throughout the year. In addition, chat sessions in April will provide an opportunity for admitted students to speak with Harvard undergraduates and one another. Danielle Early, director of Internet communications, said, “The chat sessions and message boards extend our outreach and recruitment to students across the world.” Prospective Harvard students can post questions to Harvard undergraduates and admissions representatives on the message board. “The boards provide yet another way for students to meet and make connections with future classmates,” said Early.To give admitted students the opportunity to experience Harvard life and meet their future professors and classmates, a Visiting Program for admitted students is scheduled for April 24-26. In addition to visiting classes, students will attend faculty panel discussions, concerts, receptions, department open houses, symposia, and dozens of events organized by extracurricular organizations. More than 1,300 admitted students will visit during April, and 1,100 will be here during the Visiting Program. “We know that contact with current undergraduates and faculty is critically important to students as they evaluate their college options. Students often cite the Visiting Program as pivotal in their decision to choose Harvard,” said Visiting Program Director Valerie Beilenson.Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid, and her colleagues will be available to talk with admitted students and their families on weekdays during April from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT. “Especially in these challenging economic times, we look forward to talking with students and parents who have concerns or questions about how to finance a Harvard education, including families who may not have applied for financial aid but who are interested in the wide range of available payment options. Our program offers assistance to all students and families, ranging from full financial aid to a number of financing alternatives: a monthly payment plan, the opportunity to prepay tuition at current rates, and a variety of parent loan programs that extend payments up to 15 years,” she said.“Students and their families should know that there are other forms of financial assistance, such as the Faculty Aide Program, the Harvard College Research Program, and the Dean’s Summer Research Program, which enable students to create paid partnerships with faculty members on academic projects of mutual interest,” said Meg Brooks Swift, director of student employment and the Harvard College Research Program.Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers of admission.last_img read more

Tuition assistance available for IT training through Vermont Information Technology Center and Champlain College

first_imgDo you need additional information technology education to move up the career ladder? Have some IT experience but need more to land a job? Through a new federal grant, the Vermont Information Technology Center may be able to help.Vermonters are invited to apply for high-tech training and substantial tuition assistance from the Governors IT Training Initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the Vermont Information Technology Center (VITC), Champlain College, the Vermont Department of Labor and the Human Resources Investment Council. It is funded by the Presidents High Growth Job Training Initiative in the U.S. Department of Labor.For qualified employed individuals, up to 70 percent of tuition costs for an IT professional certificate–available on campus in Burlington or online from anywhere in Vermont–will be covered under the grant. Additional tuition assistance may be available through a student’s employer. For qualified unemployed and dislocated individuals, 100 percent of tuition costs will be covered under the grant.Applicants can choose from the following professional certificate programs at Champlain College: Computer Networking; Computer & Digital Forensics*; e-Business Management*; Foundations of Network Design*; Global Networks & Telecommunications*; Information Security*; Internet; Network Administration; Java Development*; Managing through Information Technology*; Multimedia & Graphic Design; Software Development*; Web Production*; Web Programming*; Website Development & Management*; and Wide Are Network Management. Those programs with an asterisk are available both on campus and online. Tuition assistance is not available to current Champlain College students.In order to maintain a competitive edge and operate more efficiently, employers want computer specialists who are knowledgeable about the latest technologies and are able to apply them to meet the needs of businesses. They require IT professionals who can use technology to communicate with employees, clients and consumers, said VITC director Dave Binch.Binch noted that as companies adopt more sophisticated and complex information technology, the U.S. Department of Labor expects IT employment to grow by 36 percent by 2012. In that same time period, Vermont labor market projections indicate that there will be more than 4,500 people employed as software engineers, network systems and data communication analysts, and computer support specialists.Champlain College’s professional certificates offer industry-recognized, concentrated skills training for incumbent IT workers who need to increase their occupational expertise, or for job seekers in need of the quickest route to new career opportunities in IT. Students take between eight and 24 months to complete a certificate, depending on factors such as the number of courses taken per semester, number of courses required per program, prerequisite courses required, or the availability of required courses.Interested applicants can contact VITC at (802) 865-6402 to learn more about the Governors IT Training Initiative grant program. Champlain College’s spring semester starts January 9.last_img read more

Moses Cone Closed to Runners?

first_imgFor decades, Moses Cone—a national park unit near Blowing Rock, N.C.—has attracted elite runners to its wide, rolling carriage trails and scenic lakeside paths. One of the country’s elite Olympic training centers —ZAP Fitness—is headquartered near Moses Cone. Many Olympic hopefuls have been forged on the trails of Moses Cone.Earlier this month, the National Park Service proposed restrictions on trail running in Moses Cone. According to the Blowing Rock News, a senior Blue Ridge Parkway official said that the park’s “frequent use by running groups and trail rides disrupts the experience of anyone wanting to walk in solitude.” Its proposed plan would likely result in a substantial reduction in the carriage roads’ use by organized running groups. Future Olympians—who live and train in our mountains—may have to look elsewhere to chase their dreams. And thousands of everyday runners will be denied access to some of the most scenic and exceptional trail running in the Blue Ridge.Fortunately, the draft plan can still be changed. The National Park Service is seeking comments on the draft plan. Express your thoughts on the proposed trail running restrictions in this beloved national park here.last_img read more

ASTA named Croatia “International Destination of the Year 2020.”

first_imgThe conference “ASTA DESTINATION EXPO 2020”, which will be held from 03 to 06 December 2020 in Dubrovnik, is a unique opportunity to promote Dubrovnik and Croatia. Croatia was named “International Destination of the Year 2020” at the annual ASTA Global Live convention. This is a prestigious award given by the Association of American Experts in Tourism ASTA, which is invaluable for the promotion of Croatia.  The hosting of about 300 American tourism experts in Dubrovnik, who will negotiate deals directly with Croatian tourism service providers at B2B meetings, will surely make this conference the most important tourist event for Croatian tourism in 2020. center_img The American market is the second most important emitting market for Dubrovnik, right after the British one. Last year, 159 American tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (146% more than in 16), and 2018 overnight stays were realized (442% more than in 256), according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.last_img read more

RICS: revamped with a new look to embrace the 21st century

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Cricket News Mitchell Marsh booed by Melbourne crowd in Boxing Day Test vs India

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, both India and Australia announced their playing XIs well in advance. India had three changes, with Mayank Agarwal handed a debut in place of KL Rahul while Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja replaced Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav. For Australia, the only notable change was Mitchell Marsh replacing Victoria’s Peter Handscomb. This change did not go down too well with the Australian public present in the Melbourne Cricket Ground and when Marsh came on to bowl in the first innings, he was booed by a section of the crowd from the Great Southern Stand end. Both Marsh and Handscomb have been rotated in the side ever since the Pakistan series and both have struggled.Handscomb was picked in the first two Tests against India after he was overlooked for the series against Pakistan. In Adelaide, he had scores of 34 and 14 but in the Perth Test, he struggled in seaming conditions and was dismissed cheaply for 7 and 13. Handscomb, ironically, came into the Australia side at the expense of Mitchell Marsh, who struggled with both bat and ball in the Pakistan series. In the Dubai Test, he managed 12 runs and did not take a single wicket. In the Abu Dhabi Test, he picked up two wickets but scored just 13 and 5 as Australia were routed by 373 runs to lose the series 1-0.Read More | Bancroft says Warner encouraged him to tamper with the ballMarsh played a couple of first class games for Western Australia but he continued to struggle while Handscomb had fought his way back into the side for the India series after scoring three fifties and a century for Victoria. The century was against South Australia and he hit it at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the ongoing Boxing Day Test, Marsh has struggled for rhythm and has not been effective with the ball on a wicket which is good for batting.Read More | Agarwal, Vihari achieve a 1st for India in Boxing Day after 500 TestsThe current four-match series is level 1-1 after India won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and Australia fought back in style with a magnificent 146-run win. India will be determined to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series while Australia would be hoping to end what has been a tough year for them with a win. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Whicker: MLB’s punishment of Astros was the least it could do

first_imgJeff Luhnow believed he was smarter than baseball. That belief was suspended on Monday, as was Luhnow.He is no longer the general manager of the Houston Astros, who, in winning the World Series in 2017 and the American League pennant in 2019, tried to spook the game.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Luhnow for one season. In an eruption of conscience rarely seen in owners, Jim Crane fired Luhnow.Manager A.J. Hinch got the same suspension and dismissal. The Astros were fined $5 million and lost their top draft choices in 2020 and 2021. That will not be enough for baseball people who wanted Luhnow suspended permanently.When John Coppolella, the Braves’ general manager, misreported signing bonuses for international players and made separate deals with agents, he was banned for life.When Chris Correa, a functionary in the Cardinals’ office, hacked into Houston’s computer networks because he knew where Luhnow was burying his data, he went to the slammer for 46 months and also was banned for life.Manfred could have been far tougher. He could have taken an entire draft class or two away from the Astros, or fined them the equivalent of the national TV money they’d receive. But he cited the Astros’ cooperation, as opposed to Coppolella’s obstruction.The next casualty almost surely will be Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 and Boston’s 2018 manager. The Red Sox beat Houston in that AL Championship Series and the Dodgers in the World Series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img Cora helped design the Astros’ plan to relay the signs electronically to a trash can-banger in the dugout, whose signals told the hitter what pitches were coming.Since the banger could not transmit the nature of the pitch’s movement or velocity, it’s difficult to believe this really helped the Astros, as Manfred acknowledged. Their strikeouts plunged in 2017, but apparently the signals were garbled in Game 4 of that World Series, when they got one hit on Alex Wood’s 84 pitches.Houston struck out two fewer times per game in 2017 than in 2016. But the 2017 and 2018 Astros had better hitting numbers on the road than at home.Manfred said the players were the prime movers in Garbagegate, but couldn’t justify suspending them. He threw the book at Hinch for hiding his knowledge of it. He reprimanded Luhnow for lack of institutional control, saying there was no evidence he knew. It would take major gullibility to assume he didn’t.“I am deeply disappointed that I wasn’t informed of any conduct,” Luhnow said in a statement, “because I would have stopped it.”Luhnow descended upon baseball like a mall developer upon a family farm. He worked for McKinsey, the powerful consulting firm. There, he met the son-in-law of Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, and legend has it that his mastery of fantasy-league baseball helped him get inside the door, where he ascended from the scouting department.Once in Houston, Luhnow began firing scouts and managers and wound up with perhaps the strongest roster in baseball. But Bobby Heck, one of the fired scouts, was responsible for drafting George Springer and Carlos Correa, and Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel were already there.Luhnow’s regime released J.D. Martinez and drafted Mark Appel with the top pick instead of future MVP Kris Bryant. To be fair, he pulled off the audacious trade for Justin Verlander that led to a championship.Related Articles Luhnow also traded for spouse-beater Roberto Osuna. He didn’t recognize that he couldn’t close the clubhouse to reporters because Verlander didn’t like one of them. He didn’t disapprove when assistant GM Brandon Taubman could make a jackass of himself in a post-win celebration, or when pro scouting consultant Kevin Goldstein encouraged scouts to steal signs with their cameras. He thought baseball would prosper with fewer minor league teams, an idea from the McKinsey playbook.In the end, he was undone by a decision to leave Michael Fiers off the 2017 postseason roster. Fiers was 10-8 for the season and led Houston in innings, and the Astros were 8-2 in his no-decisions. Everyone forgot it but Fiers, now with Oakland. He told The Athletic about the inner workings.It’s fashionable to scoff at baseball’s unwritten rules and ethics, made up by Boomers who disavow “fun.” Luhnow thought he could skirt the written rules, too, even after Manfred warned him.The Dodgers will bask in their aggrievement, but no sign-stealing made them hit .205 in that series.No, the real issue is whether the punishment fell short of the crime and whether the Astros would do it again even if they knew the penalties. And they probably would. If cheating is your thing, cheat loud. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

first_imgJacoby Jones out runs New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley on a punt return in Baltimore, Nov. 24. The Baltimore Ravens receiver and former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ performer accounted for 249 yards and scored the game’s lone touchdown in a 19-3 win over the New York Jets.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The black and gold are riding a three game win streak and find themselves in the thick of the wild card chase at 5-6. They’ll need to take their momentum to Baltimore on a short week and play the Ravens in an extremely hostile environment Thanksgiving night.The team knows this will be a huge test as the Super Bowl champs are just as hungry as the Steelers are to get to .500. The winner will be in great shape, the loser will be in big trouble. In traditional Steelers vs. Ravens fashion it will be a hard hitting, venomous, tight game that will probably come down to whoever has the ball last.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. Pittsburgh needs to continue to run the no huddle. It’s been their most effective form of offense and has enabled Big Ben to avoid sacks and make more plays downfield.2. The o line must keep an eye on Terrell Suggs at all times. They did a pretty decent job of stopping him in the first matchup in Pittsburgh however he was still able to get to Big Ben a few times. The O line must not allow Suggs in the backfield or he’ll cause mayhem all game long.3. Stopping Torrey Smith is a must. Smith is a burner and a huge deep threat. Ike Taylor will most likely be matched up with him all game long. Taylor hasn’t fared well the past few weeks, he’ll need to make sure Smith doesn’t get behind him and keep the Raven’s deep threat to short gains only.4. The defense must continue to play effective football. The past few weeks they have gained 8 turnovers and have really turned up the pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. Led by Jason Worilds, they’ll need to continue to find themselves in the offensive backfield, forcing bad throws, gaining sacks and punching the ball loose. The Ravens are a ball control offense and having a defense cause that kind of ruckus would be a huge step towards gaining a win.last_img read more

Dhawan, Bumrah make returns from injury while Rohit Sharma rested for upcoming Sri Lanka…

first_imgAdvertisement 5i2vNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbvbfrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El34( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 79gq3Would you ever consider trying this?😱ee4ipCan your students do this? 🌚3l4kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Anong the players that are back in the squad for the upcoming T20I against Sri Lanka and ODI against Australia are Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan. The speedster Bumrah is expected to lead the team’s pace attack on his comeback to the T20I and ODI. Bumrah was away from the field for a while due to a fracture, but now the India team’s physiatrist, Nitin Patel has declared him fit to play in the matches. The speedster will be taking part in the Ranji Trophy game that is to be held in Surat. Like his junior, Shikhar Dhawan will also be seen taking part in both of the series.Advertisement Their return also means that there will be few players who will be taking some time off from the game. Mohammad Shami and Rohit Sharma will not be seen in the upcoming match against Sri Lanka. Navdeep Saini will take the place of Mohammad Shami, while Sanju Samson will be the backup opening batsman for the T20I.Advertisement The Indian team selection committee’s head MSK Prasad announced this to the media soon after the squad selection was over.“Jasprit Bumrah is back in both the teams for Sri Lanks and Australia and we have rested Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami for the Sri Lanka T20Is. Shikhar Dhawan also comes back and Sanju Samson will be the back-up opener in T20Is. Navdeep (Saini) will replace Shami in the T20Is.”Advertisement Cricketer Prithvi Shaw will be playing the match against New Zeland after being away from the field for eight months. Despite all the changes in the team, the big question still remains whether Mahindra Singh Dhoni will be part of the squad or not. When Prasad was asked about his position in the team, he was quick to say that Dhoni needed to play again in order to be considered. The ex-captain of India has been enjoying a vacation with his family for a while now.“I can’t comment on that. Mahi has to first play to be available for selection.”Regarding the return of Hardik Pandey, fans have to wait for him to recover from his injury first before he can be back in the team.Jurgen Klopp’s Magic is Propelling Liverpool to their First League Title in 30 years  Advertisementlast_img read more

Sea Bright Voters To Consider Bond Referendum

first_imgThe total bonded amount to be repaid through taxes will be $4,275,000 according to the statement.Another explanatory draft statement was suggested by borough resident Marianne McKenzie which gave a fuller description of the new buildings that would be paid for by the bonds.At the July 26 meeting, Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni asked council members to submit their comments and suggestions for an explanatory statement by Thursday so one could be drawn up to be voted on at the Aug. 2 meeting.The referendum on the bond issues was required after a petition signed by 87 residents (of which 69 were qualified), was filed, according to Borough Clerk Christina Pfeiffer.She said the law states when a petition is signed by more than 15 percent of the voters in the last election in which members of the State Assembly are on the ballot, it qualifies. Pfeiffer said that number was 47.In a previous meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said the bonds, after factoring in fees for a new metered parking system in the town and the stopping of rent payments for facilities that were paid to replace the lost buildings would raise taxpayer costs by around 2 cents per $100 of valuation.Borough official Frank Lawrence said Wednesday that the town now pays around $150,000 a year in rentals for facilities that replace the ones lost in Sandy.Lamnia, in speaking to the people who signed the referendum petition, found they were not against the replacement of the facilities but wanted them to be less costly than proposed. Lamnia said after the July 26 meeting “let the people speak.” He said he thought the added expenses in the plans for the new buildings were “not warranted.”Mayor Dina Long said after the meeting that there would be a public Town Hall presentation on the bonds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 23, and a drop-in information session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at which time questions about the bonds can be answered by council members and members of the borough staff. Another drop-in session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Story and photo by Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The plans drawn up after years of working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finance the two buildings that will be replacements of the fire house, police headquarters and library, which were destroyed by Super Storm Sandy almost four years ago, and for the existing Borough Hall will be the subject of a referendum on Sept. 27.The Borough Council will consider at its Aug. 2 meeting what explanatory statement will appear on the ballot for the September bond referendum vote that will determine the fate of the three bond issues approved by the town to finance the construction of the two buildings.At its June 1 meeting, the council, in a 4-2 vote approved the bond issues, with councilmen Jack Keeler and John Lamia Jr., voting against them. Both said they were concerned with the costs and wanted less costly alternatives considered.According to a draft explanatory statement prepared by Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin, distributed at a special meeting of the council on July 26, the total costs of the Municipal Center, which would contain municipal offices and the fire and police departments and First Aid offices, will be $7,851,721 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding $3,058,335 and insurance payments funding $1,032,742, with $3,942,500 to be bonded.The cost of the library and beach building is $4,875,248, the statement said, with FEMA providing $845,733 towards the library and $1,486,733 towards the beach portion of the building, and insurance payments and beach fees $813,609 to the beach section of the building and insurance payments $166,071 to the library section.The bonded amount for the library portion of the building will be $332,500 and for the beach portion, $1,486,750, with the beach amount having no effect on taxes as it will be paid by beach fees, the statement said.last_img read more