Haiti Episcopal college prepares students for agriculture, agribusiness

first_img Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ February 23, 2016 at 7:50 am Couldn’t agree more to Ann’s post. Great project. Comments are closed. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tim Myers says: Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Click here to read this story in French. [Episcopal News Service –Terrier-Rouge, Haiti] On a recent February morning a young Haitian man riding high on a John Deere tractor tilled the fields, readying them for the first planting of the year at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture, an Episcopal college located on 475 acres of fertile coastal plain in northern Haiti.As the tractor turned over the dark, clay soil, preparing it for planting, two young men worked to patch a crack in a cement water tank, two others pulled weeds from a carrot patch, and another two used blue and green plastic watering cans to hand-water beets, carrots and leafy greens growing in test plots and the seedlings coming to life in the greenhouse. Another young man drove cattle across the back of the property, while others continued to clear more land for the tractor and future planting.On a February day, a worker hand watered the seedlings in the greenhouse at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture in Terrier-Rouge, Haiti. Located in the country’s north on the coastal plain, the 475-acre school is 1.5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceMeanwhile, students dressed in matching polo shirts with big block letters, “CASB” for the French “Centre D’Agriculture St. Barnabas,” written across the back, were studying in the classroom.The beginning signs of abundant life after a period of financial hardship and drought were everywhere; it was a $100,000 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island in 2014 that helped St. Barnabas begin its revitalization.“St. Barnabas was created in the name of God, and in the same name of God, St. Barnabas will be alive again,” said Etienne Saint-Ange, coordinator of field operations, in Creole through an interpreter.Etienne Saint-Ange, coordinator of field operations, talks with workers weeding carrots in the test plot, where plants are being tested for their viability. Everything grown at the school is grown organically. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFor a decade the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture operated without financial support, yet has continued in its mission to train agricultural technicians. Half the population works in agriculture, but a majority of Haitians lack food and 30 percent of all children suffer from malnutrition. It was Saint-Ange and other dedicated staff members that kept the school running, living off the produce grown in its fields.“The college leaders were the ones who kept it going from 2005-2014,” said Dan Tootle, an Episcopal Church Volunteer in Mission who serves as St. Barnabas’ program manager. In December 2015, faculty received seven months of back pay, a small amount of the $140,000 they are owed. “That’s not a show stopper because the people who were able to sustain this place now have a sense of hope,” said Tootle.Dan Tootle, an Episcopal Church Volunteer in Mission, has worked diligently on the St. Barnabas’ revitalization plan, which is intended to turn the agriculture college into a regional center for agriculture and economic development. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceTootle, 74, has served as a missionary to Haiti since 1999, when St. Martin’s-in-the-Field in Severna Park, Maryland, sponsored him. He became an Episcopal Church-appointed Volunteer in Mission in 2013, and has since focused on St. Barnabas, working on a five-year, $11.7 million revitalization plan that will modernize the college and transform it into a regional center for agriculture and economic development. It will also employ more than 180 people.“We took a hard look at the college to determine what it would take to revitalize this institution,” said Tootle, scrolling through the 35-page, comprehensive master plan, a scaled down version of the full 76-page study. “It was not just a matter of restoring it to what it was doing in the past, but moving it forward into what’s needed in the 21st century, beyond just the uses of traditional Haitian agriculture.”Ultimately, the college will be self-sustainable and able to provide assistance to other diocesan institutions.Now in its fifth iteration, including feedback from regional stakeholders and a full staff build out, the first 2.5-year phase includes construction of new academic facilities and preparing the land for proper drainage and access, as well as other foundational work. The second 1.5-year phase includes the infrastructure needed to raise and process animals, as well as establishing a regional agricultural support center. The third and final phase includes building a dormitory for 250 residential students, and the remaining administrative and support buildings. Other plans are to partner with FreshMinistries on aquaponics, establish orchards, and grow plants like sisal specifically to sell to processors.Teacher Georges Gabriel Etienne, who teaches botanics and vegetable crops, leads students on a lesson outside in the test plot. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe training that students receive at St. Barnabas is equivalent to that of students attending a community college in the United States, said Tootle, adding that it equips them to move directly into agribusiness and farming operations. As the curriculum evolves, he added, students will be encouraged toward entrepreneurship, and given the resources to help them along the way.Established as a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and the Presbyterian Church USA in 1984, St. Barnabas gained a nationwide reputation for educational excellence graduating some 30 classes over the years.“Young people from all over the country come here to be trained as agricultural technicians,” said Yves Mary Etienne, an economist and St. Barnabas graduate who joined the faculty in its early years and has stayed on.Yves Mary Etienne, an economist, pulls bok choy from the test plot and gives it to a woman from the community to sell at a local market. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“St. Barnabas was created to further train farmers that couldn’t afford to go to school,”Etienne said in Creole through an interpreter, adding that students typically returned home, sharing what they’d learned for the benefit of the community. “St. Barnabas is not only for the north and the northeast, but educates students from around the country.”St. Barnabas’ graduates also developed a reputation for being well prepared.In Haiti, it’s important that job seekers have references, said Merlotte Pierre, who has served as St. Barnabas’ secretary and a French grammar teacher since 1997. A certificate from St. Barnabas often stands alone, she said, also in Creole through an interpreter.Merlotte Pierre teaches French grammar to students studying at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture. Pierre works as both the college’s secretary and a French teacher. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFor students like Jonas Bien-Aimé, 22, who wants to become an agricultural expert, and Jouveline Pericles, 21, whose favorite subject is soil conservation and who someday would like to work for a nongovernmental organization, St. Barnabas provides the training, education and skills to move into such jobs. St. Barnabas’ students learn sustainable agricultural practices; all crops are grown organically, fertilized with compost rather than chemical fertilizers, and water and soil conservation are high priorities.St. Barnabas is one of two trade schools in the northern region of Haiti belonging to the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti – the other is Holy Spirit in Cap-Haïtien that trains students to works as plumbers, electricians and mechanics. Across the diocese, which has the most people in the Episcopal Church, education is a focus. The Diocese of Haiti operates more than 250 primary and secondary schools across Haiti that still is recovering from the magnitude-7 earthquake that devastated the country, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing more than 1.5 million people in 2010.Eliza Brinkley, a Young Adult Service Corps missionary from the Diocese of North Carolina, teaches English to students at the St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture. In addition to studying agriculture and agriculture techniques, students study English, French, economics and other general education topics.In the aftermath, governments and international relief agencies committed billions of dollars in aid to rebuild the Caribbean nation, long considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. More than five years later, many of the NGOs are gone and Haiti remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The Episcopal Church, though, has stayed the course and has committed to rebuilding the diocesan institutions destroyed near the earthquake’s epicenter near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in the south. The Episcopal Church’s Development Office has led the rebuilding effort.“Along with rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral and St. Vincent’s School for the Handicapped, St. Barnabas is a priority for the Development Office because its existence will strengthen and support the mission and ministry of the diocese,” said Tara Elgin Holley, director of development for the Episcopal Church. “Furthermore, the revitalization of the college and the 475 acres it sits on directly addresses the Fifth Mark of Mission, ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’ ”Despite having half the country’s 10 million people involved in farming, Haiti imports half its food, much of it from its neighbor, the Dominican Republic.“Growing hundreds of acres of crops that can be harvested and sold locally is an exciting prospect not just for the students of St. Barnabas, but for the region,” said Holley. “Teaching young people from all over Haiti to be agriculture technicians and small business owners will help create a brighter future for many. And the income from the sale of crops will allow the college to support its own operational budget and make its ongoing existence sustainable.”The momentum for St. Barnabas’ revitalization “had been present but dormant for some time,” said Tootle.The St. Barnabas Center for Agriculture is located on a major fault line. The school has built temporary classrooms and administrative buildings since the original building is vulnerable to collapse should a seismic event occur. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn 2014 two key things happened, he explained: The diocese’s Standing Committee took direct control of St. Barnabas’ revitalization, applying good governance principles. And the Diocese of Long Island gave St. Barnabas the $100,000 unrestricted gift, which has allowed the college to make immediate updates, including building temporary buildings, buying seeds and compost, performing maintenance on wells, and connecting St. Barnabas to the Caracol Village electrical grid.The gift from the Diocese of Long Island was part of a tithe, said Bishop Larry Provenzano.The diocese sold church property in downtown Brooklyn, and before investing the proceeds, made more than $2 million in grants to domestic and international ministries.“We have a large Haitian population in the diocese and we’d been hearing about the work in Haiti,” said Provenzano, adding that supporting St. Barnabas was an easy decision that also fit with the diocese’s commitment to an “ecological theology.”In addition to support from Long Island, St. Barnabas has received support from others, includingConsortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, the Diocese of New York and the Diocese of California. With the support of California Bishop Marc Andrus, Volunteer Missioner for Haiti Davidson Bidwell-Waite and his husband, Edwin Bidwell-Waite, have spearheaded efforts to raising money for scholarships, and in April will be sending a group of students to St. Barnabas to help with planting.In addition to support from Long Island, St. Barnabas has received support from others, including the and the Diocese of California, which in addition to providing financial support and raising money for scholarships, will in April send a group of students to St. Barnabas to help with planting.As St. Barnabas continues on its path to revitalization, the faculty and students are looking to create partnerships with individuals, parishes, and dioceses that are interested in environmental stewardship and sustainable development as well as gardening, farming, animal husbandry, and beekeeping, said Holley. “Partnerships are what will help St. Barnabas to grow and thrive … as both an educational institution and a regional resource center for agriculture technology.”For more information on how you, your parish or your diocese can get involved, click here.– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service.    Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ By Lynette WilsonPosted Feb 22, 2016 last_img read more

Deputy MacLochlainn calls on Government to listen to concerns of rural Ireland

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Deputy MacLochlainn calls on Government to listen to concerns of rural Ireland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleCllr McBride calls for reduction of speed limit on Letterkenny roadNext articleNo legal standing in the threats to withdraw third-level grant applicantions News Highland WhatsApp Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Justice has called for the government to listen to the concerns of rural Ireland and commit to not closing any more rural garda stations.Speaking in the Dail, Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn quoted a recent IFA crime survey and the comments of a former assistant Garda commissioner to make his argument against the closures.A further 95 rural garda stations across the country may be shut.Deputy MacLochlainn says the government needs to listen to the people:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/padam.mp3[/podcast]Responding on behalf of the Justice Minister for junior Minister Kathleen Lynch.She says the Garda Commissioner must get the best value for the resources he has available to him:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/katham.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – September 20, 2012 Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook News Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

East Harlem Gas Explosion Collapses Two Buildings, Leaves 3 Dead, 24 Injured

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York At least three people were killed, 24 injured and nine people missing when a gas explosion leveled two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning.The blast and subsequent building collapses on Park Avenue at East 116th Street sent billows of smoke pouring through surrounding blocks and emergency crews and first responders rushing to the scene. The New York Times reports the first call to the New York City Fire Department came at 9:31 a.m. A fire was still burning at the site as of 12:30 p.m.The two leveled buildings were five stories with at least a dozen apartments between the two of them, reports the newspaper, and witnesses reported hearing the explosion from more than a mile away.“We saw people flying out of windows,” a witness told the Daily News. “For weeks we’ve been smelling gas.”“It was loud, like boom, boom!” said another. “It rocked the whole block. A window blew out of the other shop down the street. It looked like the towers all over again. People covered in dust and covering their mouths.”The New York Post identified the buildings to include a piano store and Spanish Christian Church. More than 250 firefighters were on the scene battling a five-alarm blaze.Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed during a press conference near the site that the explosion was due to a gas leak.last_img read more

CUNA estimates show 2016 off to good start for credit unions

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The steady, upward trajectory for credit union growth continues in membership numbers and lending–although opportunities exist, particularly in the housing market.The monthly credit union estimates from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) show memberships are up 105.6 million in January from 105.3 million in December last year. Loan growth increased 0.64% for an annualized basis of 7.62%, cresting loan balances at $102 billion in January.“Our estimates are consistent with a macroeconomic theme we see this year, that is continued U.S. expansion–although under 3%,” said CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda. “We are confident that loan growth will reach our annual forecast of 9% this year. Recovery in housing however has been the slowest in history.”Adjustable mortgages led loan growth in January with an increase of 2.6%. Home equity loans ticked upward by 1.6%; however fixed-rate first mortgages slumped 1.3%. continue reading »last_img read more

In defense of friction

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m about to commit heresy in the eyes of most financial services professionals—so I might as well do so in the company of my credit union friends, where I’ll have at least a fighting chance for a few nods of agreement.For some time now, mobile payments and digital wallets have been the bright, shiny objects of the payments scene. Whether Apple Pay, MasterPass, Venmo, M-Pesa, or countless other solutions, their ultimate goal is to simplify the process of paying anyone, anywhere, at any time.And while the myriad players—banks, merchants, fintechs, handset providers—may also have their own agendas, the underlying objective of streamlining a low value-added consumer process is a valid one.The next step of this journey is quickly coming into focus in the form of beacon technology. Imagine being able to bypass the checkout line altogether at your brick-and-mortar grocer, convenience store, etc., with beacons tallying up the contents of your cart and seamlessly charging the card on file in your app. continue reading »last_img read more

Masks prevented major coronavirus outbreak at hair salon: Study

first_imgStylist A ignored medical advice to self isolate after her test on May 18.A second hair stylist (stylist B), who had been exposed to the first, developed symptoms on May 15 and also continued working until May 20, when stylist A got her result. Stylist B tested positive two days later.At this point, the salon closed for three days for disinfection while Greene County health officials performed contact tracing, identifying a total of 139 clients seen by the two infected stylists. The rest of the staff were also quarantined for two weeks.During their interactions with clients, both stylists had worn masks: stylist A had worn a double-layered cotton face covering, while stylist B had worn either a double-layered cotton face covering or a surgical mask.But even when stylist A had symptoms, the two stylists interacted with each other while neither was masked in intervals between clients.All 139 clients were monitored for symptoms for the next two weeks, and testing was offered to all of them, to be performed five days after their exposure.None of the 67 who were tested were found to be positive, and none of those who refused testing reported symptoms over the next 14 days when they were sent daily text messages inquiring after their health.The customers were roughly gender balanced, and their ages ranged from 21 to 93, with the mean average 52. The overwhelming majority wore masks for the entire duration of their appointments, which ranged in duration between 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The clients mostly wore cloth masks or surgical masks, while about five percent wearing N95 respirators.Scientists believe that although large droplets emitted by people when they cough or sneeze are primarily responsible for spreading COVID-19, smaller droplets released during ordinary speech are also potentially dangerous.This is particularly important because people might spread the virus unknowingly in the two to three days before they develop symptoms, or a carrier in rare cases may never develop symptoms.The authors of the CDC report concluded: “Widespread adoption of policies requiring face coverings in public settings should be considered to reduce the impact and magnitude of additional waves of COVID-19.” Two US hair stylists who wore masks while infected with the coronavirus did not pass on COVID-19 to nearly 140 clients they saw over the course of several days, a study said Tuesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the report, said the findings added weight to universal face covering policies as a means of slowing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.On May 12, a hair stylist (stylist A) developed respiratory symptoms at a salon in Springfield, Missouri and continued working with clients until May 20, when she received a positive test for the new coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

A piece of Port Douglas land with a pool but no house is for sale

first_imgThe very nice pool which comes with a swathe of vacant land.“Unless someone comes and buys it soon, I’ll still build a house there and rent out my house around the corner.“We finished the pool in November, it’s a good pool, we come over and swim in it. You catch a lot of mangrove jack and barramundi in the lake too.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoLakefront land with new pool but no house in Craiglie for sale on Facebook.However, sometime between buying the land and starting on the build, Douglas Shire Council’s planning regulations changed outlawing short-term accommodation on the block which is for sale on Facebook for $425,000.“The bank hasn’t been great. When I was doing pool they messed me around a bit and the house loan was tied up with that,” the Ulyssess Getaways owner said. Lakefront land with new pool but no house in Craiglie for sale on Facebook.Water views, stunning pool, the only thing missing from this Far North property is a house.Port Douglas businessman Johnny Riley bought an 1100sq m piece of land at Craiglie with plans to build a holiday home on it.last_img read more

Complaint lodged over Boobs on Bikes

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 5 October 2015A complaint has been lodged with the police over the planned Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland.The parade, which features bare-chested women on motorcycles parading down Queen Street, is scheduled for Wednesday as part of the Erotica Expo.Conservative lobby group Family First have lodged the complaint.Spokesman Bob McCoskrie says he’s written a letter to the Auckland Police Area Commander and the Minister of Police asking them to prevent the stunt going ahead.“We believe it’s shocking that an offensive parade, which is basically promoting the pornography industry is allowed to go down a main street in Auckland during school holidays.”“There’ll be lots of families, lots of kids, and it will be highly offensive.”“We’re calling on police and the council to stop this parade going ahead. This is not a Santa parade or a sports event or a celebration. This is a marketing ploy for the porn industry.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/complaint-lodged-over-boobs-on-bikes/Boobs on Bikes complaint sent to police3News 5 October 2015Lobby group Family First has complained to police about the upcoming ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade in central Auckland, saying it could cause “widespread offence”.The parade is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and involves both topless men and women riding on motorcycles along Queen St.In a letter to police and Minister of Police Michael Woodhouse, the conservative group argues the parade shouldn’t take place at a time children are on their school holidays.“We would strongly argue that the ‘Boobs on Bikes’ event will cause widespread offense to many families and the police should not allow it to happen,” writes national director Bob McCoskrie.“Most New Zealanders know it is indecent and inappropriate for a woman to be topless in a public place – which is why there is no acceptance of the behaviour in schools, workplaces or public gatherings.”He says it is not up to families to avoid the parade, but rather up to the parade to “meet community standards”.“Unless you can absolutely guarantee that no children will be exposed to this parade, we would plead with you that you ban the parade from happening.”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/boobs-on-bikes-complaint-sent-to-police-2015100513#axzz3nk6Rj5vnlast_img read more

Dodgers beat Colorado Rockies 2-1 in rain-shortened game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has appeared in 2,164 major league games between the regular season and postseason. He’d only been on the field during a heavier downpour once before Friday.“The (2008) World Series rain had bigger drops,” Rollins said. “But when the ball went up (Friday) you couldn’t really see it.”The umpires agreed with Rollins at 9:23 p.m. Mountain Time with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the sixth inning. After a delay of one hour and 40 minutes, the Dodgers were declared the victors of the rain-shortened, five-inning game.Dodgers starter Brett Anderson pitched all five innings and allowed only one unearned run. “I’ve given my opinion on replay,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You like it when it goes your way but I think (MLB) should take the human element out as much as possible.”Mattingly advocated against the notion of a call being upheld by virtue of lack of evidence to overturn it Tuesday, when the Dodgers lost on such a play in Milwaukee.By the time the review was complete, the infield was soaked. The grounds crews dumped dirt on the field and the mound, and play resumed for the sixth inning.The Dodgers were threatening to score with Alex Guerrero at bat. But the rain hadn’t let up, and umpires postponed the game for an hour and 40 minutes before calling it off. The start of the game had already been postponed by 64 minutes due to the weather.The actual game lasted just an hour and 41 minutes.Prior to the series, Mattingly said that Friday’s game had the best chance of the three to be played. Forecasts called for more rain over the weekend with the possibility of snow over Denver on Sunday.This one nearly didn’t become official.“I can’t believe we played through the fifth,” Anderson said. “That was probably the hardest rain I’ve ever been a part of.”Anderson said that gripping the baseball was becoming an issue for him, to say nothing of Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler’s struggles in the sixth. Anderson appeared to slip on the mound at least once.Had the game been allowed to resume, Anderson said he would not have gone back out to pitch. So he went back into the clubhouse for a meal while his teammates played cards.By the time the game was declared official, few of the announced crowd of 32,974 remained.The Dodgers scored both their runs off Butler in the first inning, on an RBI double by Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Grandal.center_img “You’d probably win a lot of money if you had this as the first complete-game win for the Dodgers,” he quipped.The rain was so hard, Anderson wasn’t sure the fifth inning would be completed. The umpires extended the game even farther than that.The fifth inning ended on a disputed call at home plate, when Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tagged out Charlie Blackmon for the third out.With Blackmon on second base, Corey Dickerson beat out an infield single to Dodgers second baseman Justin Turner. Blackmon rounded third base and headed for home.Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wheeled the ball to the plate, and home plate umpire Tim Timmons called Blackmon out on the tag. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call and after a 3-minute, 11-second review the call stood.last_img read more

College football rankings: SN’s updated preseason top 25 for 2019

first_imgThe 2019 college football season is less than a month away. Media days are over, and training camp is here, leading up to the 150th year of college football. With that in mind, it’s time for Sporting News’ preseason top 25. No. 1 is no surprise. Most publications will have either Clemson or Alabama atop their poll knowing they’ve split the last four national championships. Those two teams have played each other in the College Football Playoff each of the last four seasons too, including three in championship games. For those who don’t like preseason polls, keep in mind that all the teams in this year’s Playoff opened in our top 10 — with Notre Dame the lowest team at No. 10.We have made all the adjustments, from National Signing Day to spring ball and media days. Here is a look at Sporting News’ final preseason top 25 ahead of the 2019 season. MORE: Sporting News 2019 preseason All-AmericansSporting News 2019 preseason top 2525. NebraskaThe Huskers were picked by the media to win the Big Ten West, and there’s a lot of hype around Scott Frost entering his second season. Adrian Martinez will improve as a sophomore after totaling 25 touchdowns last year, but a defense that gave up 31.2 points per game in 2018 still must improve. The Sept. 28 home matchup against Ohio State is a candidate for ESPN “College GameDay.” We’ll find out then if the hype is warranted.24. UCFMcKenzie Milton remains on the comeback trail, and quarterback remains the biggest question after Darriel Mack Jr. was also injured in the offseason. That puts the pressure on Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush to keep the Knights on track in the American Athletic Conference for a third straight championship run. UCF faces FAU, Stanford and Pitt Weeks 2-4 in nonconference play. It will know where it stands by the time the Knights head into the conference slate.23. Washington StateMike Leach won’t have Gardner Minshew in 2019, but he continues to make it work with a pass-happy system where it’s next man up. Anthony Gordon took the lead in the spring, but Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud will be in the mix in fall camp. The Cougars have been close to a Pac-12 championship, but that next step won’t happen until they unseat rival Washington in the Apple Cup. The Cougars travel to Utah, Oregon and Washington this season, too.22. StanfordK.J. Costello returns at quarterback, and he will have to be a difference-maker if Stanford wants to be more than just a contender under David Shaw. Cameron Scarlett is slated to take over at tailback for Bryce Love, but did miss most of the spring. The offensive line will be a strength behind preseason All-American tackle Walker Little. The Cardinal will get all the attention they need in season-opening stretch against Northwestern, USC, UCF and Oregon.21. WisconsinWisconsin slipped to 8-5 in Paul Chryst’s fourth season, and Alex Hornibrook transferred to Florida State. Who starts at quarterback now? Jack Coan could take the first snap, but freshman Graham Mertz will push for playing time early. That’s the missing piece for a roster that’s good enough to win the Big Ten. Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor returns. The crossover games against Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are tough, but Chryst never shies away from that challenge.MORE: Top 40 players of 201920. Iowa StateMatt Campbell is 19-19 after three seasons in Ames, and the Cyclones were close to a Big 12 championship game berth last season. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy will be the main leader of the offense now that receiver Hakeem Butler and running back David Montgomery are gone, but there was plenty of spring-practice buzz around four-star running back Breece Hall. Iowa State plays four of its first five games at home. The Cyclones will get off to a fast start, but will have to beat Oklahoma and Texas in November to keep their Big 12 hopes alive.19. Mississippi StateThe Bulldogs won four of their last five regular-season games and offered a glimpse of what could be with second-year coach Joe Moorhead. There are huge losses on defense with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons and Johnathan Abram, not to mention quarterback Nick Fitzgerald on offense. Now it is either Keytaon Thompson or Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens’ turn. Stevens played well given the chance last season and ran with the first team in the spring. If the Bulldogs can get through midseason road trips to Auburn and Tennessee, then November presents an opportunity in Starkville.18. SyracuseSyracuse is the best bet to challenge Clemson in the ACC Atlantic. Dino Babers and the Orange have proven that the last two seasons. Tommy DeVito takes over at quarterback, and he was 13 of 15 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. The offensive line’s development is worth monitoring, but most of the skill players return from an offense that averaged 40.2 points per game last season. Preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco leads the defense, and the special teams are in good hands with Andre Szmyt. Clemson visits the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14. 17. UtahThe Utes have a talented team that can build on last year’s Pac-12 championship game appearance, and that starts in the backfield with quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Leki Fotu and Jaylon Johnson are impact players on defense. Kyle Whittingham’s no-frills approach works. This year will be no exception.16. ArmyArmy is 21-5 record the last two seasons under Jeff Monken, and won a school-record 11 games last season. Star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. returns on a team that has experience on both sides. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman’s departure to North Carolina is the only downer. The Black Knights gave Oklahoma a scare in 2018; if they can do the same at Michigan on Sept. 7, this independent team could work its way into the New Year’s Day Six conversation.MORE: Bowl, Playoff projections for 201915. AuburnAuburn has a two-way quarterback competition between Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood, and that is the big question for the Tigers. Gus Malzahn needs to find the answer in a pivotal season on The Plains. The Tigers have had four or more losses in each of the last five seasons. The good news? Alabama and Georgia visit Jordan-Hare Stadium. The defense should be tough up front with future first-round picks Derrick Brown and Nick Coe. Per usual, consider the Tigers this year’s potential chaos team.14. WashingtonJake Browning and Myles Gaskin are gone, and the defense must replace five seniors off the front seven. It’s time for transfer quarterback Jacob Eason to seize the opportunity, and the schedule is set up for a quick start after the opener against FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington. Chris Petersen still has one of the most talented teams in the Pac-12, but the competition in the division will be fierce with Wazzu, Stanford and Oregon. The Huskies’ defense dominated the spring game, and that is not such a bad thing.13. OregonJustin Herbert’s decision to stay in school has the Ducks thinking about Pac-12 championships again. CJ Verdell returns as one of the conference’s best backs. Penn State transfer Juwan Johnson could develop into a go-to receiver in this offense, and he played well in the spring game. Mario Cristobal has elevated that belief with a top-10 recruiting class. Now it’s time for the Ducks to win big conference games again. Road trips to Stanford, Washington and USC make that possible, but not until after the season opener against Auburn at Jerry World. 12. Penn StateTommy Stevens’ decision to enter the transfer portal shook up the quarterback race, but Sean Clifford impressed enough in the spring to take the lead for the job. The Nittany Lions likely will have a running back committee, and receiver KJ Hamler will build on a breakout season. Yetur Gross-Matos returns after leading the defense with eight sacks, and Micah Parsons could enjoy a breakout season. Close losses to Ohio State have kept the Nittany Lions out of the Playoff race the last two seasons. James Franklin upgraded the talent, but it’s time to close the gap with the Buckeyes.11. Texas A&MJimbo Fisher returns a talented team that includes quarterback Kellen Mond, and the Aggies have enough four- and five-star talent to be an SEC West contender. The Sept. 7 trip to Clemson won’t be easy, and the Oct. 12 matchup with Alabama will again be a measuring stick. Texas A&M will have a challenge with consecutive road trips at Georgia and LSU to end the season. If Texas A&M can win 10 games against this schedule, then they might deserve Playoff consideration.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 season10. MichiganThe Wolverines have the ninth-best record among Power 5 teams since Jim Harbaugh arrived at Ann Arbor in 2015, but the only record that gets air time is 0-4. Harbaugh still hasn’t beat Ohio State, and the schedule features the same potholes with an early matchup against Army and road trips to Wisconsin and Penn State. The hire of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis builds some enthusiasm around quarterback Shea Patterson and a talented group of receivers that includes Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. Dylan McCaffrey might play a role in that success, too. The Wolverines still need to find a running back, and defensive coordinator Don Brown has several pieces to replace on defense.9. Notre DameThe Irish took a big step by reaching the College Football Playoff in 2018, but Ian Book must break in some new skill position talent this season. Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg lead another talented offensive line. The defense returns Khalid Kareem, Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman. Notre Dame’s depth through recruiting will be tested under Brian Kelly, but there should be no complaints about a schedule that features road trips to Georgia, Michigan and Stanford. The early test against the Bulldogs will be a season-shifting game, too. 8. FloridaThis is the first of four SEC teams in the top 10 capable of competing for a national championship. That is not a perception. It is a product of conference depth, and Dan Mullen proved what a difference one year makes in Gainesville. Feleipe Franks has taken control of the starting quarterback job. The defense, despite a mass exodus of talent in the secondary, is led NFL-caliber cornerback CJ Henderson. The September schedule includes Miami, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Gators will get more big-stage opportunities in October against LSU and Auburn before that all-important matchup against Georgia on Nov. 2. High expectations are a good thing.7. LSUThe Tigers steadied the program with a Fiesta Bowl victory under coach Ed Orgeron, and despite a few early departures should feel good heading into 2019. Joe Burrow, who took command of the offense last season, returns for his second year as the starting quarterback. LSU also hired Saints passing game coordinator Joe Brady to supplement second-year offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s system. The defense features All-American candidates Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton in the secondary, and incoming freshman Derek Stingley arrives with huge expectations. The road trip to Texas and the usual date with Alabama on Nov. 9 will determine the viability of the Tigers’ Playoff hopes.6. TexasTom Herman has another cycle of four- and five-star talent to work with, and the Longhorns will get another chance to show they’re ready for the big stage. Herman also has an experienced quarterback in Sam Ehlinger, and Collin Johnson’s decision to return to school is huge. Keaontay Ingram and Daniel Young add to the backfield. The defense will be led by safety Caden Sterns. That huge September game against LSU will determine how right (or wrong) this preseason billing is, and whether we can belt out that three-word phrase.POSITION RANKINGS: Quarterback | Wide receiver | Running back5. OklahomaBaker Mayfield and Kyler Murray led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff with Heisman Trophy-winning seasons the last two years, and now it’s Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts’ turn. Trust third-year coach Lincoln Riley and a high-flying offense that will be good enough to win the Big 12 with playmakers Kennedy Brooks and CeeDee Lamb, even with an offensive line that will need a rebuild after a massive NFL exodus. The defense must improve under new coordinator Alex Grinch if the Sooners want to go from Playoff contender to national champion after losses to Georgia and Alabama the last two seasons. The Big 12 is counting on it.4. Ohio StateRyan Day takes over the Buckeyes, and he already brought in a new-look staff with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison from Michigan. The latter move will be in the spotlight given the rivalry ties, but the defensive line features Chase Young and freshman instant-impact player Zach Harrison. Georgia transfer Justin Fields took over at quarterback in the spring, and he will have competition from Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak, a Columbus native. Expect J.K. Dobbins to be more involved in the offense, and freshman Garrett Wilson will make some head-turning catches. The schedule is set up for a continued honeymoon in Day’s first season, but the Buckeyes’ season will be defined in the last two weeks against Penn State and Michigan. 3. GeorgiaGeorgia has put the season-ending losses to Alabama and Texas in the past, and now it’s on Kirby Smart to deliver the school’s first national championship since 1980. They have the talent to do it. Jake Fromm is a three-year starter at quarterback with several new targets in the passing game, but the running back will be strong around D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White. Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is a first-round talent that leads the offensive front. Smart has recruited at a ridiculous clip on the defensive side the last two years, and now that talent must stand up. A September matchup with Notre Dame should set the tone for another run toward the SEC championship game, where Alabama should be waiting again.2. ClemsonThe Tigers handled the media day circus a little better than the Crimson Tide, but last year is over. Clemson has the unique opportunity to win three national championships in four seasons under Dabo Swinney, and there is no way to contain the hype around megastar quarterback Trevor Lawrence after his performance against Alabama in last year’s championship game. Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins all return to an offense that could score 50 points per game. The defense will have to rebuild after sending three defensive linemen to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but Xavier Thomas is ready to fill that void along with linebacker Isaiah Simmons and cornerback A.J. Terrell. As good as this team could be — and we will find out early against Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Syracuse — they will be even better in 2020.1. AlabamaSurprise! The beat goes on for the Crimson Tide, and Tua Tagovailoa will be a Heisman front-runner with Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy back in the fold. Najee Harris, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Henry Ruggs IV all are back on offense, too. Alabama has 10 of the top 50 players on our 2020 NFL Draft big board. The coaching staff was remodeled and brought back offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian while promoting Pete Golding to defensive coordinator. Expect a few freshmen to jump right in, including defensive end Antonio Alfano and running back Trey Sanders. Alabama will have to weather the usual set of NFL defections, new coordinators and an SEC schedule that features road trips to South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn. Since when has any of that stopped Nick Saban? Prepare for Clemson-Alabama V, and we’re going to give Alabama the slight edge in the rematch.last_img read more