Miami-Dade mayor arlos Gimenez to close restaurant dining rooms, fitness centers, gyms & more

first_imgMiami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he will be signing an emergency order that will issue the closures of restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, gyms and fitness centers, and short-term rentals.Restaurants will still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services.The closures will go into effect  July 8th.“At this time, I plan to keep open various outdoor activities, including condominium and hotel pools with strict social distancing and masks rules, as well as summer camps and child daycare centers with strict capacity limits, requiring masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet,” he said in a statement.For more information, click here.last_img

Campbell; Hetmyer cop Cricketers of the year award

first_img-Chronicle’s Bisnauth takes Journalist of the YearShimron Hetymer and Shamine Campbell copped the male and female cricketer-of-the-year awards respectively when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) hosted its annual award ceremony last evening.Guyana Chronicle’s Rajiv Bisnauth receives his Cricket Journalist of the Year award (Delano Williams Photos)The event saw addresses by Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron and Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. George Norton.Hetymer is on international duty with the West Indies in New Zealand while Campbell’s award was collected by Tremaine Smartt.Guyana Chronicle’s Rajiv Bisnauth won the Journalist of the year of the award for his outstanding coverage of the sport.Details in Tomorrow’s Editionlast_img read more

Santita Ebangwese abandoned a once promising basketball career to play Division I volleyball

first_imgIn her three years at SU, Ebangwese brings vibrancy to the Orange. Before games, Ebangwese yells, dances and does anything that will loosen the team up while still preparing for the game. The senior’s lightheartedness even plays a role in her in-game demeanor.On Oct. 8, 2017, Syracuse held a 20-19 lead in the second set against Georgia Tech. After Yelin challenged a call, every player stood still and waited for the referee’s ruling except for Ebangwese. The middle blocker jived to the music booming over the loudspeaker as if nothing were at stake.“Whatever sport I play, I have energy, especially on game day,” Ebangwese said. “I’m over the top, it’s just what I do.”Though Ebangwese’s thought back to what her basketball career could’ve been, that’s not on her mind anymore. Her focus is on guiding Syracuse to the NCAA tournament in her final season.“You have to be blind not to see it,” Yelin said. “She is so energetic and positive. She always comes to fight. That’s her personality.” As a freshman on the girls varsity volleyball team at Pittsford Sutherland (New York) High School, Santita Ebangwese watched the season from the sidelines, an outcome she was content with. She was a star on the girls varsity basketball team, appearing in 19 games that year and averaging 7.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.But after a successful spring with her club volleyball team, the Rochester native started her sophomore season for the Knights as the third-string middle blocker. This time, she refused to accept her role.“I was on the bench,” Ebangwese said. “At the time I understood why, I understood I needed to get better. It was a humbling experience, and I knew I didn’t want to be on the bench ever again.”By the beginning of her junior year, Ebangwese was a starter on the volleyball team and had received several Division I offers. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Her rapid progress in volleyball put basketball, a sport she could’ve played at the Division I level, behind her. Six years later, Ebangwese enters her senior year coming off a season when she led the Orange in kills (331) and hitting percentage (.374) and was named All-ACC First Team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve thought about it a lot,” Ebangwese said. “Sometimes I miss basketball.”Growing up in Rochester, Ebangwese did everything she could athletically. She ran track, swam, and played soccer, basketball and volleyball until she was 14. Once Ebangwese reached high school, she realized it was impossible to maintain such a rigorous schedule. She chose the two she believed she had a future in: basketball and volleyball.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorShe opted to attend Sutherland rather than a city of Rochester high school to play on more competitive sports teams and receive a better education, she said, which opened the door for recruiting later on.After riding the bench for the volleyball team and receiving substantial playing time for the basketball team her freshman year, Ebangwese thrived in the spring with VolleyFX. The club was a perfect fit for Ebangwese, she said, as it didn’t restrict her participation with the basketball team, something other clubs typically do for multi-sport athletes.“Those (club) coaches were like, ‘You have talent, you should cultivate it.’ They helped me do that,” Ebangwese said. “They found ways to help me balance both club and school and basketball and volleyball.”With VolleyFX, Ebangwese learned the details of volleyball. Along with enhancing her knowledge of the game, she improved the timing of her jumps, conditioning and her quickness in changing direction.While volleyball and basketball have their similarities, Ebangwese said, it took time to develop a skill set specific to volleyball that pushed her to become a Division I-caliber player.“We played on the same club team, we traveled together all the time,” said Aliah Bowllan, an SU junior who played at Sutherland with Ebangwese. “During club season, especially for volleyball, that’s really your time to get a lot better. For (Santita), it was to get ready for high school. She really got a lot better with their VFX.”Though improving in volleyball, Ebangwese stayed committed to basketball. She played in 20 contests for the Knights varsity team in her second year, averaging 7.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. By the end of Ebangwese’s sophomore year, colleges recruited her for basketball and volleyball. She pondered offers from Division II schools that wanted her to play both. But she felt attending a Division I school with a strong program in her preferred line of study — engineering — would better prepare her for a career beyond sports.“(Division II schools) knew I played volleyball so they thought it was more enticing to play both,” Ebangwese said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know,’ because I looked at the schools education-wise and thought, ‘Eh.’”In addition to Syracuse, Ebangwese drew interest from “more than seven” Division-I schools including Iowa, Georgia, Georgia State and Tennessee. After completing her official visits, which spanned from the August to February of her junior year, Ebangwese committed to playing volleyball at SU.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorDespite Ebangwese’s official choice, she had no plans to quit basketball. She posted her best season of her high school career as a junior, averaging a double-double.“It was perfectly okay with us if she played basketball,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “I knew it would be right to give her that advice so she didn’t feel pressured to do something she didn’t have to.”In July before her senior year, Notre Dame and West Virginia offered Ebangwese to play basketball — only basketball — but she declined. Her future was in Syracuse.last_img read more

The Players Championship PGA DFS picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgUnderstanding how the depth of the field impacts optimal PGA DFS lineup construction is crucial to success in golf GPPs. In a stacked field such as this week’s Players Championship, you can gain a significant strategic advantage by prioritizing balance in your daily fantasy golf lineups, thereby leveraging elite players who will see both a price and ownership discount simply due to the appeal of the players priced above them.Consider golfers such as Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, and Paul Casey, just to name a few. These are elite golfers in excellent form all priced around average salary across the industry. This is a rare opportunity to pack so many elite golfers into your lineup without paying up for them, and you should take advantage. Although there is obviously merit to playing golfers at the top end of the price spectrum, the difference between my projections for these golfers and the golfers in the middle of the pricing scale this week isn’t significant enough to justify the premium. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | TPC betting adviceForgoing a studs-and-duds approach this week in favor of balance allows you to build lineups with a higher probability of getting all six golfers through the cut line without sacrificing elite tournament winning upside.*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.The Players Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyContrarian OptionsThe volatility of golf results highlights the importance of leveraging ownership in GPPs. Finding quality contrarian plays is an essential component of a strong strategy. In golf contests, I often like to look toward the top end of the pricing spectrum for players that may be going overlooked. Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are my favorite contrarian plays this week.Coming off their withdrawals from the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Woods and Day will see heavily reduced interest from DFS players for The Players Championship. Most DFS players will be hesitant to invest in relatively high-priced players with health concerns when there are so many other elite options available that will be perceived as safer.Last year at the Masters, Tony Finau dislocated his ankle the day before the tournament and still finished tied for 10th. Suffice it to say, it’s more than possible for an elite golfer to bounce back from an injury with authority. Despite their respective injuries, Woods and Day are still being given 3.4-percent and 2.4-percent Vegas odds, respectively, to win the tournament. These are two of the premier golfers in the world who were playing outstanding golf before their injuries and will likely go largely overlooked. Don’t be scared off by their bumps and bruises – leverage them.For a player of his talent level, Spieth has been in an almost inconceivably long slump. Perhaps the best thing about slumps, however, is that they don’t last forever. Spieth is simply too good not to break out of his cold streak, and it wasn’t all that long ago that DFS players couldn’t get enough of him. His price continues to sit too low for his upside, and he will put four rounds together sooner rather than later. The best players always bounce back, and this is undeniably one of the best players in the world. Spieth is one of the best leverage plays this week from both a price and ownership standpoint.FadesIdentifying players that the market may be overinvested in is critical, as these may be players to strongly consider limiting exposure to or fading entirely. Recent results can be an immensely persuasive statistic when it comes to ownership and often can lead to players receiving more attention than they deserve. Francesco Molinari, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Matt Wallace are all likely to see heavy ownership this week. They all share something else in common: Recent success. In last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Molinari, Fitzpatrick and Wallace placed first, second, and six, respectively. Although these golfers are all in strong form and have solid odds per their prices, a week’s worth of results simply isn’t a big enough sample size for me to justify the resulting expected boost in ownership.One of the best ways to outsmart the golf DFS market is by weighing long-term results more heavily than recent hot streaks. Limiting your exposure to players like Molinari, Fitzpatrick and Wallace is an example of how to execute on that strategy.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings.last_img read more