Syracuse Crunch players acclimate to living alone for 1st time, traveling in between cities

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Sarosy has 20 years of stories about helping young players that come through the American Hockey League on their way to the NHL.And while some of the mistakes and issues the Syracuse Crunch Chief Operating Officer helps players deal with come as a result of young adults adjusting to life in a new country, many times it simply comes down to helping a teenager learn to live life on his own.“All his meat was still in the bags in the hall when you first walked in,” Sarosy said, while recalling a time he helped a Russian player adjust to Syracuse. “I was trying to tell him, ‘You have to refrigerate this stuff or it goes bad.’”The player was 18 years old and living on the other side of the planet from where he grew up. The Columbus Blue Jackets — the Crunch’s affiliate for a decade until 2010 — needed the trainer to go food shopping and for Sarosy to check up with him at the apartment. That’s the reality Sarosy and his staff face in their roles as they try help players get comfortable living on their own, often for the first time. For players traveling to new countries and new cities, it takes some assistance to get acclimated. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen a player arrives in Syracuse, he is given a room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Right now Charlie Dodero is staying there — Vladislav Namestnikov, who spent two and a half months in Tampa Bay, Florida in the fall before being sent back north, moved out last week.For the first two months, Namestnikov said he lived in a hotel in Tampa Bay. When that time was up, he was told by the Lightning to get an apartment.When the organization decides his situation is permanent enough to warrant getting an apartment, the Crunch front office will give him a letter that says he has five non-game days to find living arrangements.Namestnikov bought an apartment in Syracuse, and Sarosy said the Lightning would pay for one of his two that he’s leased — usually the one that’s more expensive. “They have to go through the process,” Sarosy said. “They have to learn at this level how to be a professional. For many of them it’s their first time getting an apartment.” It’s part of preparing a player to be able to handle the rigors of an NHL career. However, if the player gets sent to Tampa Bay, the team can handle paying the bills using money the player left it, which was the case for Nikita Nesterov who is currently with the Lightning.Namestnikov said the transition between locations hasn’t been a challenge because he’s already been a part of the Crunch last season and knows the players on both ends of the swap.Off the ice, however, the smallest things of day-to-day life can become a challenge.“Once in a blue moon, an agent will (take care of bills),” Sarosy said. “It’s not uncommon for a player to get all of their mail and then send it to their agent or other representation and they’ll take care of everything.“We don’t like that because we want the kids to become self-sufficient,” Sarosy added.Some players use the War Memorial Arena as their mailing address during training camp and the team finds itself still receiving letters long after the preseason is finished. Sarosy said he sends it along to the proper recipient along with a note that the player should change his address, which doesn’t always happen.Sending the actual player between Tampa Bay and Syracuse is just as complicated for the Crunch as it is for a person going on vacation — except without the planning.“We use all the tricks, get a couple codes here and there, but at the end of the day our first place to go is (travel website like everybody,” Sarosy said.A benefit of the Lightning’s affiliation with the Crunch is Syracuse’s proximity to the northeastern teams that Tampa Bay plays often within the Eastern Conference in cities including Buffalo, New York, Toronto and Philadelphia.Players usually get called up on short notice to replace others who are injured, which results in last-minute flight booking and notification.“You become an amateur meteorologist right away,” Sarosy said. “You have to watch out for the weather.”In Namestnikov’s case, he was given two hours of notice before he had to head for the airport. He had a layover in Charlotte, North Carolina — a commonly used stopover. If and when Namestnikov gets to make the return trip to Tampa Bay, Sarosy will be there to make his flight happen.“We need them and want them to have a pleasant experience here,” Sarosy said. “But at the same time, it’s professional hockey.” Comments Published on February 10, 2015 at 12:10 amlast_img read more

Admir Raščić and Edin Bebanić now players of Velež

first_imgIn the next season which starts in late July, Velež brought two new players and one of them is Admir Raščić who used to play for football club Borac from Banja Luka, reports sportspor.baRaščić said that he hopes Velež will fare better in the next season adding that it is a great club and he’s happy to play for it.Another player coming to Velež is 25 year old midfielder who played in the 1st League of FBIH Edin Bebanić.last_img

Councillor encourages people to go out and deface English signs

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has said he is encouraging people to go out and deface English tourism signs in the Gaeltacht region.It comes as a number of the signs including a number for the Wild Atlantic Way were scribbled out leaving just the Irish language version.Local Independent county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has refused to condemn the attacks on the tourism signs. In fact, he said he encourages anyone who feels strongly enough about the Irish language to go out and take “direct action.”He said “Some people have decided not to be silenced while watching a very beautiful and progressive language dying.“I fully support this action and I would ask others to go out and if they believe direct action then do what they have to do. I will not condemn it.”Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigA number of such signs have been scrawled over in a number of local areas in West Donegal including Gaoth Dobhair and Ranafast. Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said he does not accept the destruction of the English language version of the signs will hinder tourists.He added “If a tourist comes all the way from a remote area of Italy, then surely they can find their way around West Donegal.“Tourism can play a part and can be of economic benefit to our community and I welcome it to a point.“But I don’t believe that we should sell out our own language which is thousands of years old and much older than English just for tourism.“In fact, tourists come to the Gaeltacht area to experience our culture and our language. “These are people who are taking a stand for our language and I will not condemn their actions in any way.”Councillor encourages people to go out and deface English signs was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAELTACHTGaoth DobhairMicheal Mac Giolla EasbuigsignsWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Organic livestock and poultry rules benefits family organic producers and consumers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In an effort to improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize a set of regulations on organic livestock and poultry practices that are currently on hold.NFU President Roger Johnson emphasized the organization’s support in public comments submitted to Dr. Paul Lewis, director of the National Organic Program.“NFU supports organic livestock production standards that are uniform and account for feeding and animal health care practices,” Johnson said. “As such, we strongly endorse the final rule regarding Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices, which will ensure consistency across the organic label.”Currently, organic certifiers are inconsistently applying animal welfare standards to farming and ranching operations, leading to consumer confusion and the endangerment of the organic label’s integrity.“This important set of regulations seeks to even the playing field and standardize organic livestock and poultry practices for the voluntary National Organic Program,” Johnson said.The final regulations include clarification on how, when and what physical alterations may be performed on livestock and poultry; definition of outdoor access; standardization of maximum indoor and outdoor stocking density for avian species; and clarification on the allowed treatment of livestock and poultry for their health and well being.“Food producers and consumers alike benefit from thorough, accurate, and consistent food labeling,” Johnson said. “We strongly urge USDA to enact these rules on November 14, 2017, as scheduled.”last_img read more

Slipping Back Into What You’ve Always Done

first_imgThe challenge you have when you decide to improve your results is not that there isn’t information available to you that would help your progress—and quickly. There is more than enough information, and everything you need to know is already known. If a lack of information was your obstacle, it would easily be overcome.The results you want are not out of reach because you don’t have time to achieve them. All you have is time. What you do with that time is a decision that you make. It doesn’t matter where you are now or where you want to go. You have the time to accomplish much, more than you believe possible.The distance between where you are now and the results that you want are also not likely the result of your inability to do what is necessary. It is almost an absolute certainty that you can do what you would need to do to have what you want. Even if you lacked the ability to achieve your goal in the same manner as someone else, your human creativity and resourcefulness would be enough to get you there some other way.What prevents you from having what you want is an unwillingness to do what is necessary to have it. That unwillingness often comes from the strong desire to seek comfort over discomfort. Even if you have the information, the time, and the ability, the pull of what is comfortable drags you right back to doing what you’ve always done. It’s familiar, it’s easy, and it requires little effort—and all without the lack of the discomfort that goes hand in hand with growth.What should make you uncomfortable is being comfortable. The real danger isn’t in failing, losing, or taking more time than you expected to produce the result you want. The real danger is slipping back into what is familiar, and in doing so, producing a result that is far less than you are capable of and living with the regret of not becoming the version of you that comes after this one.last_img read more

Shoe shortage hits Indian hockey team ahead of final against Pakistan

first_imgThe India hockey team is facing an acute shortage of shoes ahead of the summit clash against Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos on Sunday as most of the players have only one pair of shoes for warm-up sessions as well as for matches.Manjit Kullu, the left half back in the Indian team, has been playing with warm-up shoes in the tournament after his only pair of hockey turf shoes had split into two.Playing with warm-up shoes is akin to running on ice wearing normal shoes and Manjit is lucky that he has not injured himself till now.The other Indian player who is without turf shoes is Harpreet Singh.The turf is slippery here at Ordos and both the players are at constant risk of slipping, which can cause serious injury to them.Both Manjit and Harpreet have just made it to the senior national team and it is difficult for them to afford shoes as a good pair costs around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000.Sources in the team say that the pair provided by the Sports Authority of India are not of good quality and so they don’t last long.On an average, a player uses 3-4 pairs every year.last_img read more

12 hours agoDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany in contact with Barcelona

first_imgDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany in contact with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany is in contact with Barcelona.RAC1 reports Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been in contact with Alemany about taking up a role at the Camp Nou. Marcelino and Alemany worked together at Valencia to bring the club its first trophy in 12 years when they won the Copa del Rey last year. But both have now been discarded.Alemany is currently negotiating with Valencia to let him leave his contract as the breakdown between the executive and owner Peter Lim has broken beyond repair. That would allow him leave Valencia and join another top flight team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Was Photobombed By Larry The Cable Guy While Taking Picture With Kenny G

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh shouts towards an official during the first quarter of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.Jim Harbaugh keeps incredible eclectic company. After hosting a wide-range of athletes and celebrities like Derek Jeter, Migos, and Jim Leyland at Michigan’s massive National Signing Day Event, the Michigan head coach has spent time with Willie Mays and Justin Timberlake. A few of those groupings are strange, but nothing tops being photobombed by comedian Larry The Cable Guy while taking a picture with saxophonist Kenny G during an event at Pebble Beach.Hell ya that’s @officialkennyg and @GitRDoneLarry— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 13, 2016Bill Murray and Toby Keith were also around.Pebble Beach is how you think it is, Awesome! @GitRDoneLarry @TobyKeithMusic— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 13, 2016Harbaugh lives a pretty interesting life in the off-season.[SB Nation]last_img read more

Trudeau pledges money new law to make Trans Mountain happen

first_imgHorgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project. Trudeau made it clear Sunday that Horgan and his government are the ones wholly responsible forthe impasse.“I don’t think we would be in this situation if the British Columbia government hadn’t continued to emphasize its opposition to the project,” Trudeau said. “That is why we are at this point right now.”The federal government can and will do more on the pipeline’s potential environmental impact, he added. But he also accused Horgan of ramping up his rhetoric about environmental uncertainty and gaps in the federal oceans protection plan, without providing details.“Unfortunately, over the course of almost a year, they have not specifically put forward proposals on how they would like to see us improve the oceans protection plan,” said Trudeau. “It’s something we very much are open to doing.” Horgan blamed the lack of specifics on the dispute itself.“We have been working at the official level for some time laying out concerns, and I was encouraged that today’s meeting will allow us to get back on track in that respect,” he said.A lack of scientific clarity on how diluted bitumen behaves in water, and a lack of political clarity over who is responsible to pay in the event of such a spill, are two of his chief concerns, Horgan added.Indeed, knowledge is limited when it comes to how diluted bitumen, known colloquially as dilbit, interacts with water, and how best to contain and clean it up. Dilbit spilled into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up,with parts of the river closed for years afterwards.Notley, meanwhile, said she felt “a lot better” following the meeting and that once Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan were complete, the project would proceed.“I’m quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built, and that is good because the pipeline is in the national interest,” she said.Before Sunday’s duelling news conferences were even complete, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was front and centre, accusing Trudeau of sitting on his hands for too long and frittering away investor confidence in Canada as a whole.“His damaging policies … have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada’s resource sector,” Scheer said, describing an energy sector that is now convinced that “Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada.”Alberta’s Opposition leader, Jason Kenney, also said Sunday’s meeting didn’t bring the pipeline any closer to construction. He said government investment in the project would do nothing to solve B.C.’s continuing opposition.Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C. by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training. He noted Trudeau’s father would not have stood for what the Horgan government is doing, despite his reputation as an oilsandsopponent.“I believe that (former) prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who was no great friend of Alberta’s energy industry, would not have tolerated the … lawlessness and violation of the Constitution that we are seeing right now,” the United Conservative Party leader toldreporters Sunday.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is putting taxpayer money where his government’s mouth is, promising to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia is able to proceed.At the same time, however, Trudeau, speaking after a rare Sunday meeting with the warring premiers from both provinces, concedes“We must recognize that they remain at an impasse, which only the government of Canada has the capacity and the authority to resolve,” he said.center_img As such, Trudeau said he has instructed Finance Minister Bill Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that will soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.He said the negotiations with Kinder Morgan wouldn’t play out in public, and he would not elaborate on exactly what the legislation will say.Kinder Morgan, for its part, would not say Sunday whether it felt mollified by the day’s events.“Our objectives are to obtain certainty with respect to the ability to construct through B.C. and for the protection of our shareholders in order to build the Trans Mountain ExpansionProject,” the company said in a statement.“We do not intend to issue updates or further disclosures on the status of consultations until we’ve reached a sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies our objectives.”Trudeau said the pipeline was approved by his government in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and only in concert with the Liberals’ climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultationwith the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.last_img read more