Blackadder prefers to look to Bath’s future rather than past glories

first_imgThe Aviva Premiership season is almost upon us and more scrutiny than most will centre on Todd Blackadder’s start at Bath If you can work out what the next number in this sequence is then you should probably get a job writing a horoscope column in a newspaper or apply for a maths professorship at Oxbridge.It is 8, 3, 4, 4, 4, 8, 7, 5, 2, 9 and each figure denotes where Bath have finished in the regular season of the Premiership over the last 10 seasons.That is the same Bath who won six league titles between 1989 and 1996, won 10 domestic cups and were Kings of Europe in 1998 after their heart stopping win over Brive in Bordeaux.Since that they have won nothing at first team level, apart from the European Challenge Cup in 2008, which is a pretty poor return for the club that gave us Jeremy Guscott, John Hall, Roger Spurrell, Andy Robinson and the rest of them.Out on his own: With his father having left Bath, George Ford will be vice-captain this yearThis season’s launch was held at Twickenham last Thursday and Todd Blackadder , the man charged with launching Bath’s season, was there just a week after being introduced to his players.In that week he had appointed a new captain, in Guy Mercer, a vice-captain in George Ford and worked out that fly-half Ford was the next Dan Carter.He had also had a look around the Rec where the pictures of former internationals adorn the walls in the bar looking down on proceedings like disapproving ancestors and they are the elephants in the room. The New Zealander has been down this road before and not wholly successfully – but he has learned a bit.When Blackadder took over at the Crusaders, in New Zealand, in 2009 ,he inherited a side that had won seven Super Rugby titles and had a more than adequate stack of big name players on the pay-roll and a lot of former players in pictures looking down on him. And that is almost what he faces at Bath.Distinguished: Blackadder enjoyed a hugely successful playing career with the Canterbury CrusadersAt the Crusaders Blackadder, who had won a few titles with the side as a player, coached them to four semi-final defeats and one loss in a final, to the Waratahs in 2014, and he admits the ghosts of the past haunted him.“At Crusaders, it almost became a burden when you talk about the legacy and great names on the wall, especially for young guys coming in,” he says. “All that is great, but it’s about this team creating its own legacy. It’s about this team making its own stamp. Man with a plan: Todd Blackadder has been tasked with reversing Bath’s fortunes “When I look at pictures and think how many of our guys now and how many of this group will have their picture on the wall? It’s great to embrace tradition and legacy – I’m a huge believer in that – but it is about this team expressing themselves and I want these guys to play for this club for the rest of their lives if they carry on performing.”Talent to burn: Anthony Watson has recently signed a long-term deal at The RecAt Bath the past victories are a lot more distant and Blackadder has found a squad who finished last season in disarray and with their confidence shot to pieces. They closed their campaign with three defeats out of five and did not get out of their group in Europe but a look at the squad list shows Blackadder is not exactly embarking on Mission Impossible.Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson all played in England’s summer wins over Australia and Darren Atkins, Zach Mercer and Jack Walker, recently signed from Yorkshire Carnegie, were all in the Under-20 World Cup-winning squad. Chuck in the likes of Francois Louw, Dave Attwood, Matt Banahan, who is playing better than he did when he was an international, and David Wilson and the Bath boys have a few things going for them.World class: Taulupe Faletau will complement a powerful Bath backrowAnd that is without factoring in the other newcomers such as Taulupe Faletau, Luke Charteris and Kahn Fotuali’i and the possibility of Crusaders’ centre Robbie Fruean arriving in the West Country so Blackadder has a bit to work with.Mike Ford had most of that lot to work with last season, and after being runners-up in the Premiership the year before, most supporters were looking at having a real crack at the title but instead of the chaos attack of a year before it was just chaos.There was the Sam Burgess fiasco, Amanaki Mafi had a bust-up with a club medic and Alafoti Fa’osiliva was sacked after being charged with assault.On the pitch was not much better but Ford said just before he left that none of it was the players fault so Blackadder and his head coach Tabai Matson have half a chance. But talk of last season has been banished as everyone starts with a clean slate.Failed experiment: Sam Burgess’ signing rocked the Bath squad’s stabilityBlackadder added: “I know what it is like to experience disappointment and it can actually quite galvanise you. What I have sensed from the players and the club is they really want to be going forward in a new direction.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “They want some stimulation, they want some belief. There has been no talk of what happened last year which to me is quite refreshing and shows that the future is more important than the past. That is really important when you are surrounded by such legacy but this is a special team because it is the first team we have all been together in – so we are looking at it through that lens.“There’s no point trying to eat the elephant in one mouthful. We’ll chip away and take small bites slowly. Hopefully by the end of it of it we’ll have given ourselves a chance.” If Bath do give themselves a chance, and they should with the squad they have got, the elephants in the room might not be around much longer.last_img read more

Brumbies snatch victory from Bulls to reach Super Rugby Final

first_imgMonday Jul 29, 2013 Brumbies snatch victory from Bulls to reach Super Rugby Final Brumbies coach Jake White says that the Bulls’ decisions to turn down three kicks at goal heavily played in his teams favour during the dramatic second Super Rugby Semi Final on Saturday. The Brumbies won the game 26-23 after snatching a late try. The Bulls could have extended their lead on more than one occasion in the final ten minutes, but instead opted to go for lineouts, much to the dismay of the local fans at Loftus Versfeld.“The players said they grew a bit of a leg on the basis that they weren’t going for poles, it almost I suppose helped us a bit because we kept saying: ‘They are leaving the door open’,” Brumbies coach White said post match.“I don’t know what the reason for that was, considering that they took Ralepelle off and they had a new hooker, and then you have the best goal kicker in the competition (Morne Steyn) on the field.”The Bulls failed to score tries on all three occasions, but coach Frans Ludeke, who was clearly unhappy with the decisions at the time, has said that captain Dewald Potgieter’s thinking was that keeping them down in that half was safest. In the end, it backfired anyway.“He felt like keeping them down there and if you look at the whole evening getting out of our half – we weren’t on top of that area of our game,” Ludeke said. “His feeling was to keep them down there and the pressure is on them as they can’t get out of their half.”In the end, with a minute to spare, Tevita Kuridrani snatched a try and gave the Brumbies a place in the final, where they will face the Chiefs in Hamilton next weekend.“The most important thing is just mentally and physically recovering as quick as possible,” said White. “It will be about believing it’s going to happen and believing the things we’ve practised for the past two seasons is enough. We’ve just got to believe and get it right.”Time: 11:19Credit: ttrugbyvidsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2013 Related Articles 410 WEEKS AGO The Chiefs celebrate Super Rugby victory… 410 WEEKS AGO The Chiefs go back-to-back with Super Rugby… 411 WEEKS AGO The Chiefs edge the Crusaders in classic… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Detroit recovery?Don’t believe it

first_imgA recent study of residential patterns and employment availability in the Detroit area has exposed the lie told by the corporate media that this majority African-American city is undergoing an economic resurgence.Reporter Mike Wilkinson described some of the truth in Bridge magazine: “Hundreds of thousands of city residents, many without access to a car, live in areas where there are fewer than 200 jobs for every 1,000 residents, neighborhoods that are miles away from where most jobs can be found, both in and outside of the city. Nearly 80 percent of city residents live over 10 miles from a central business district, one of the highest rates of the country.” (Aug. 6)Corporations such as the auto companies that took jobs out of the city are heavily responsible for the present situation.Successive administrations in Washington, D.C., and Lansing, the Michigan state capital, have refused to initiate jobs programs that could employ hundreds of thousands of people on a permanent basis.With the decline in jobs and subsequent drop in population and falling tax revenues, the city was forced to borrow from banks. This ensnared the city in predatory arrangements that drained Detroit further. All of this came to a head during the recession of 2007-09, causing further disaster.The city of Detroit was forced into emergency management and bankruptcy during 2013-14 on the pretext that it needed major financial restructuring. This process suspended bourgeois democratic rights — pushing aside the elected government. Meanwhile, city workers, retirees and residents witnessed the wholesale theft of at least $7 billion in health care and pension benefits. This theft benefitted the banks and financial institutions that caused Detroit’s massive home foreclosures, devastating neighborhoods throughout the city. The sell-off and seizure by the state of public assets such as Belle Isle, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Detroit Public Works and the Detroit Institute of Arts were also in the works.Take from the poor, give to the richPresently, hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks are being given to two leading billionaires whose businesses are based in the downtown area. Pizza magnate Mike Illitch, who owns the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team, and Dan Gilbert, CEO of Quicken Loans, have greatly benefitted from the restructuring through donated public land and real estate speculation funded through taxes.None of this large-scale transfer of wealth that accompanied the denial of civil and economic rights has trickled down to benefit the majority of residents. Poverty, joblessness, educational decline, water shutoffs, foreclosures and evictions continue unabated.Tens of thousands of property tax foreclosures have been carried out, and homes in the city will now be auctioned off to real estate developers, causing the eviction of thousands of homeowners and residents.Gilbert chairs the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, which targets properties throughout the city for seizure through the Detroit Land Bank Authority. The principal focus of the seizures is residential properties, not the thousands of abandoned factories, warehouses, commercial structures and schools.More than $200 million allocated under the federal Hardest Hit Fund in 2009 remain in state coffers. Despite this, the Wayne County Treasurer and other public officials have not filed suit against the state and the U.S. Treasury Department for failure to use the funds for their original purpose — to keep people in their homes.Tens of millions of these dollars are being misused by Gilbert and his task force to tear down homes. Instead, these homes could easily be rehabilitated, creating thousands of jobs and revitalizing communities. Gilbert is currently being sued by the Department of Justice for mishandling Federal Housing Administration loans.Economic “development projects” are underway. These are geared to maximize profits for the rich by utilizing expropriated public assets and tax revenues. Meanwhile, the people of Detroit are being denied the right to decide how public funds are being used in the city.People’s Assembly on Aug. 29A petition drive is underway to place the proposed regionalization of the water system in a ballot initiative. The Detroit Active and Retirees Association (DAREA) is spearheading the petition drive.This burgeoning struggle will be the focus of an upcoming People’s Assembly and Speak-Out on Aug. 29 in downtown Detroit.Issues to be discussed include the rise in police killings of civilians; the demand for a federal and bank-funded jobs program to rebuild the city; and the restoration of public control of Detroit Public Schools, which have been under emergency management in one form or another for over a decade. Ending foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs; the release of the Hardest Hit funds to assist homeowners; freedom for Michigan political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney; support for African-American shop owners and taxi drivers being driven out of downtown; and other struggles will also be addressed.For more information, contact the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs at moratorium-mi.org or call 313-680-5508.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

WWP salutes Chicago teachers strike

first_imgWorkers World Party’s 2016 Presidential Election Campaign released the following statement on April 1.On April 1, 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union alongside over 50 community and union organizations will launch a massive strike against the status quo, against the racist capitalist ruling class of Chicago.This strike promises to spread the power of solidarity like wildfire across this country. Not only are Chicago teachers fighting for working conditions and students’ learning conditions, they are fighting for all of the demands that impact working-class and oppressed people. Strikers will be marching on the Cook County prison to demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. Strikers will be marching with the Fight for $15 campaign, demanding an immediate rise in the minimum wage for all workers. Parents will be demanding an end to racist standardized testing schemes. Still more will be demanding an end to charter schools, the privatization of education and the death grip of cutbacks, which have destroyed public education.In the past few months, Chicago has been on fire with struggle. The rebellion against the Chicago Police Department’s killing of Laquan McDonald, a student at Sullivan House High School in Chicago, was supported by the CTU. McDonald was a student with special needs, much like thousands of the people of color who languish in the prisons across this country and never receive the mental health care they need. Chicago’s Black Lives Matter movement has rightfully called for the removal of “Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel. This energy spilled onto the national scene as, months later, thousands of Chicagoans shut down racist presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally. In this context, the strike of the Chicago teachers promises to be an important moment in a growing tide of people’s struggle.By going on strike, the Chicago teachers and their allies show the power of unity and solidarity as the main weapons to fight back against endless austerity, mass incarceration, racist police brutality and union busting. We know this social justice union model will spread to cities across this country that are under assault by Wall Street.The CTU is leading the way towards a better world, a world in which youth of color, immigrants, Black people, LGBTQ people, and all working-class people are valued and whose needs are put first. We stand in total solidarity with and admiration for this fighting organization and its allies. Workers World Party’s 2016 Presidential Election Campaign, including presidential candidate (and former public school teacher) Monica Moorehead and vice presidential candidate Lamont Lilly, encourage all progressive people to build solidarity with the struggle in Chicago by escalating the struggle against racism, austerity and injustice in their cities. We fight for revolutionary socialism, a system in which unions, community organizations and the people run society for their own needs, not to serve the profit goals of billionaires and Wall Street. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Support for Mariane Pearl’s lawsuit against Al-Qaeda members, Pakistani bank and Islamic trust

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists July 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Support for Mariane Pearl’s lawsuit against Al-Qaeda members, Pakistani bank and Islamic trust PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 21, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News News Reporters Without Borders supports the US lawsuit that Mariane Pearl has brought against Al Qaeda members, a Pakistani bank and an Islamic charity for their alleged role in the January 2002 murder of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. She said in a statement: “I am trying to find out the truth of what happened to Daniel for the sake of our family, our friends and for public information.””We welcome the filing of a lawsuit in this tragic case, many aspects of which have remained obscure and unresolved,” the press freedom organisation said. “The US courts must take up this case quickly in order to shed light on Pearl’s murder and to bring those responsible and their accomplices to justice.”Pearl’s widow filed her suit on July 18th in New York against Al-Qaeda members, Habib Bank of Karachi, which allegedly provided financial services to Al-Qaeda members, and the Al-Rashid Trust.Those named in the lawsuit include alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is being held in Guantanamo. He is accused of beheading Pearl in Karachi in January 2002. Also named is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for kidnapping Pearl.The suit also targets Fazal Karim, who is being held in Pakistan and who reportedly confessed to the Pakistani authorities that he beat Pearl when he tried to escape from his kidnappers, and held his head when he was decapitated.The Al-Rashid Trust is an Islamic charity based in Pakistan and Afghanistan that is said to be close to jihadist groups. It did business with Habib Bank. Mariane Pearl believes it provided logistic support to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al-Qaeda, and that they therefore effectively encouraged the plot against her husband.The Pakistani government banned the trust this year with the aim of drying up the sources of financing for terrorist networks.Habib Bank vice-president Zafar Aziz Osman reacted today to the lawsuit, saying: “We have never been involved in any terrorism.”According to the information available to Reporters Without Borders, three other Islamists – Salman Saquib, Fahad Nassem and Sheikh Adil – have been sentenced to death by a Pakistani court in connection with Pearl’s murder.Five other persons are detained in Pakistan in connection with the Pearl murder but the current state of the proceedings against them is unclear. They include Qari Abdul Hai, Malik Tassadaq and Nadir Khan, all members of the Islamist group Lashkar-Jhangvi, who were arrested on 23 May 2003 and 16 April 2004. Their appeal is still pending.No information is available about Hashim Qadeer and Mohammed Sohail, who are also suspected of participating in Pearl’s kidnapping and murder but have not yet been tried. Follow the news on Pakistan Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist gunned down in Mosul, fourth in less than two months

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders condemns cameraman Alaa Edward Boutros’s murder yesterday in Mosul, the capital of the northern province of Nineveh. Employed by Nineveh Al-Ghad, a local TV station supported by the provincial authorities, Edwar was gunned down hear his home in the northern suburb of Al-Majmoaa Al-Thakafiya.Aged 41, Edwar was shot three times in the head and chest by unidentified gunmen and died on the spot. He had previously worked for Al-Rashid TV and for other TV stations as a freelance cameraman.“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Edwar’s family and colleagues,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are very concerned by the decline in security for news providers in Iraq, especially in Nineveh province. Edwar was the fourth journalist to have been gunned down in similar circumstances in Mosul in less than two months. “The identity of those responsible is still unknown in all of these cases. We urge the national and local authorities to deploy the resources needed for independent investigations so that both the perpetrators and instigators of these shocking murders can be brought to justice. Investigators should not rule out the possibility of links with the victims’ work as journalists.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The security forces have meanwhile learned of a list naming 44 journalists for ‘physical liquidation.’ We urge the authorities to do everything necessary to ensure that those on the list are protected.”All of the four journalists killed in the past two months were deliberately targeted. Gunmen shot Al-Sharqiya TV reporter Mohamed Karim Al-Badrani and his cameraman, Mohamed Al-Ghanem, in the head while they were doing a report on the preparations for Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in Al-Sarjakhaneh market, in the centre of Mosul, on 5 October.Al-Mosuliya TV cameraman Bashar Abdulqader Najm Al-Nouaymi was shot by gunmen using silencers outside his home on the afternoon of 24 October. Al-Masar TV correspondent Falah Hassan was badly wounded when gunmen shot him in Mosul on 27 October.Iraqi journalists are often threatened, especially when they cover stories involving corruption and armed violence, and many have to flee to other cities or flee abroad. They include Houssam Mahmoud Farj and Salim Mohamed, who received death threats after satellite TV station Al-Etejah broadcast a documentary by them at the end of October called “The reign of chaos,” in which they criticized corruption in state institutions. Farj had already been threatened in connection with his reporting in the past.Iraq is ranked 150th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders index, which measures respect for media freedom, and is ranked No. 1 in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual Impunity Index, which measures failure to punish murders of journalists. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en November 25, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down in Mosul, fourth in less than two months December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further Newslast_img read more

Man indicted on charge of sexually assaulting ex-wife

first_img Man indicted on charge of sexually assaulting ex-wife Twitter Pinterest Local NewsCrime WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook Julian Rodriguez A man was indicted by a grand jury this week after he reportedly broke into his ex-common law wife’s apartment and sexually assaulted her while their children were in the next room.The defendant, 27-year-old Julian Gerald Rodriguez, was indicted on the charge of sexual assault, a second-degree felony.Rodriguez’s ex-wife first told police last December she had been assaulted by him, a probable cause affidavit stated.She told police Rodriguez had sent her a text message asking to come over and see his two children that day, but she denied his request and told him he would see them the following day per visitation orders, the report detailed.A few minutes later, Rodriguez reportedly entered the apartment when one of the children opened the door for him while she was in the apartment, she told police.After fighting Rodriguez off and running to the bathroom, the affidavit stated Rodriguez caught her, pinning her arms behind her back and locking the bedroom door behind them, where he sexually assaulted her.The woman told police Rodriguez had demanded she allow him to see his children on Christmas, and released her after she agreed to his demands, the report detailed. Rodriguez reportedly told her “I’m just trying to make it work,” as he left the apartment.A warrant was issued for Rodriguez and he was later arrested and charged by the Odessa Police Department in early February. He has been in the Ector County Detention Center since that time. Jail records show he has two bonds totaling $50,000.Should Rodriguez be found guilty of sexual assault, he could be sentenced anywhere between two and 20 years in prison.Court records show Rodriguez has an arraignment hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. May 7, where he will be formally issued the charges in the 244th District Court of Judge James Rush. Daniel Sarabia Jr. is listed as his attorney. WhatsApp By admin – April 27, 2018 Previous articleTxDOT announces seal coat projects on area roadsNext articlePermian Basin rig count down as national count rises adminlast_img read more

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Horn helps Falcons in win

first_img utpb falcon shield logo UTPB’s Jordan Horn converted a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining to play to cement a 104-102 victory against Cameron in Lone Star Conference play Friday at the Falcon Dome. Trevion Lamar led the Falcons (4-0 overall, 3-0 conference) with a game-high 35 points. Horn added 26, Jay Workman 13, Wesley Hayes 11 and Malik Brikat 10 in the victory. Brock Schreiner scored 31 points to pace Camerion (0-3 conference), with Andrew Nguyen adding 18, Kendall Scott 15 and Marques Warrior 11 in the loss. The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Saturday to conclude their conference weekend doubleheader. COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Horn helps Falcons in win WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 18, 2020 Facebook Pinterest TAGS  center_img Twitter WhatsApp SportsCollegeLocal News Twitter Facebook Previous articleOAT122020 Conaway reading.jpgNext articleHIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Permian comes away with road win against Wall Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

SANDHILLS STOCK SHOW AND RODEO: Coliseum makes quick transition from hockey to rodeo

first_img SANDHILLS STOCK SHOW AND RODEO: Coliseum makes quick transition from hockey to rodeo WhatsApp Facebook On Jan. 2, a sheet of ice covered the floor at Ector County Coliseum as the Odessa Jackalopes were finishing up their weekend series against the Shreveport Mudbugs.Immediately after the game concluded, the crew at Ector County Coliseum set to work, spending the next 24 hours transforming the arena from a hockey venue into a rodeo venue for the annual SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo that began on Jan. 8.The transition, according to coliseum director Aaron Martin, takes a lot of work and prep time.“We actually start preparing for the rodeo in December, so it takes us quite a long time,” Martin said. “We give the guys a little bit of time off for Christmas and then get going.”Martin’s crew will prep the main coliseum before Christmas with the holding pens for the bulls that go into the coliseum annex.“We play a few hockey games into the New Year,” Martin said. “We had a hockey game on Jan. 2 and then we took the entire rink down and were putting dirt in the very next day.”As soon as the Jackalopes’ game was over, the crew removed the glass from the dasher boards while the chillers were turned off to melt the ice, a task that’s made more complicated when they try to remove the Jackalopes and corporate sponsor logos without damaging them.“We have a crew that starts tearing things down,” Martin said. “While that’s going on, we spread ice melt over the ice on top of the logos because those logos are reused and sponsors are taken out of the ice without damaging them. When you have an inch of ice over it, it can be a tough undertaking.”Martin said the transition lasted from about 10 p.m. Jan. 2 to 5 p.m. the following day.After that, the rodeo board comes in and takes over.“They do their magic with setting up the arena with dirt and sponsorship banners while we’re keeping things clean,” Martin said.With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, Martin said they disinfect everything after every single event.“That adds to a new level to what we’ve never done before,” Martin said.The entire crew at the Ector County Coliseum is about 13 people including Martin himself, but he’s proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.“These guys perform miracles time after time,” Martin said. “A lot of it is behind the scenes and the guys don’t want to be in the limelight, but it’s amazing what we’re able to do going from one event to the next.”Even after the rodeo starts, there’s plenty of things to worry about. Martin said the opening weekend of the rodeo is usually the most stressful.“I would say that first weekend is where you’re juggling all the livestock with the rodeo contestants,” Martin said. “That does put a lot of strain. We have a lot of trash. We’re trying to disinfect everything and keep it clean. The second weekend is when things are a little bit calmer. The livestock portion of the rodeo is closed.”It’s not easy, but events manager Adam Contreras had plenty of praise for his employees for making everything work.“First off, big shout out to our guys,” Contreras said. “It’s not easy. It’s hard to melt the ice and take everything out and take the glass out. It’s a big weekend you can say.”After the rodeo, the coliseum will host the O’Reilly’s Arenacross event Jan. 22-23.Then, the Jackalopes return to their home where they will face Wichita Falls beginning Jan. 29.Getting the venue back to ice hockey is probably the trickiest, according to Martin.“It’s certainly more challenging to go back to ice just because dirt goes everywhere and it’s hard to clean everything up,” Martin said. “We wipe down everything for a few weeks afterward. As soon as we get it cleaned out, we’re putting dirt in for the next rodeo.” Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – January 14, 2021 Previous articleOC student wins Spring Starter KitNext articleGIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Compass Academy using pandemic-shortened season to build for future Digital AIM Web Support Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsSportslast_img read more

Staff at Florida bar pulls $14,000 off walls to donate to Hurricane Dorian relief

first_imgiStock(SARASOTA, Fla.) — Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida, has made it a novelty for patrons to write messages on dollar bills and secure them to its ceiling and walls. Now, the establishment is donating thousands to Hurricane Dorian relief.“After we saw the videos and everything that came out of the Bahamas, it was unreal,” Siesta Key Oyster Bar’s general manager Kristin Hale told Good Morning America. “What better reason to pay it forward?”SKOB has been open for 16 years. The hanging dollar bills have become a well-known aesthetic at the bar-restaurant, in which tourists and locals will leave bills scrawled with dates, names and sweet notes.“It’s meant for memorabilia,” Hale explained. “We found one — somebody expecting, and wrote ‘baby coming soon’ on the bill — and we started it, and it just took off.”For one month, 40 SKOB employees carefully removed the money off the walls where it was secured with a heavy duty staple gun. Once word got out of SKOB’s efforts, customers began giving $5 and $20 bills, Hale said.This week, Hale brought the large container of cash to a local bank, which counted out $13,961.In the past, sisters and owners Jill Pedigo, Beth Owen-Cipielewski and their husbands would take money off the walls and donate some of it to local charities. Hale said they once gave it to a safe house for battered women.This time, the money will be given to the American Red Cross for those affected by Hurricane Dorian — a Category 5 storm that killed at least 50 people and left about 76,000 homeless.“Honestly, I’m shocked, I think the staff is shocked,” said Hale, adding that quite a few bills still dangled from SKOB’s ceiling and walls. “I don’t think we ever expected it to amount [to] that much. Knowing it was such a lump sum of that magnitude is overwhelming.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more