Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

first_imgShare This!Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)Nobody likes ice cream as much as my sister-in-law. Nobody.Next, I had to determine exactly what I was using as my definition of ice cream. Would the traditional popsicles in the Mexico pavilion count? Kakigori in Japan? Slushies? Long story short, the answer to all of those questions is no. Once we crossed the line into fruit/water-based frozen treats, I decided it was not eligible for inclusion in the passport. (Although I REALLY considered that kakigori!)I then had to look up menus for all the restaurants, kiosks, etc. in all of the locations I was including in the passport. As tedious as it sounds, that’s exactly what I did! I pulled up every menu in each of the targeted areas and scrolled through them looking for ice cream. (It’s quite possible I missed something somewhere, but I did my best!) I should point out that I did not include any of the ice cream carts that have prepackaged ice cream treats. (I know, I know – some of those treats are iconic! In the end, I made an executive decision.)Donna Yan’s art really speaks to me! Cuteness + Disney Food = TOTAL AWESOMENESSFinally, it was time to build the actual passport. Luckily, the amazing artist Donna Yan allowed me to use her fantastic Disney food artwork in the passport. (You should check out her adorable Disney food prints on her website, and I highly recommend you follow her on Instagram here.)I wanted to keep things simple on my end, so I created the passport using Microsoft Word and converted the file to a PDF. I have two different versions for you to download based on your needs. The first version of the passport keeps the pages in order. This is the one I recommend if you are going to use the passport electronically. The second version of the passport has changed the page order so you can print it 2-up, double-sided and assemble it into a simple booklet. With this one you’ll need to cut each of the pages out and bind it along the spine. You can staple it, or even hole punch it and use ribbon. Use your imagination when it comes to putting it together! Here are the steps to print version two of passport:In the Print menu, click the “Multiple” button under “Page Sizing and Handling.”Set the “Pages per sheet” to 2 by 1.Set the “Page order” to “horizontal.”Check the “Print on both sides of paper” box and make sure the “Flip on the long edge” radial is selected.Print your passport!Make sure your settings match this example when you print version two of the passport.I expect that we’re going to look something like this by the time we’re done with our crawl.Next I would suggest that you spend some time planning. Really peruse the options and make a game plan for your absolute must-haves. I’m not saying that you need to plan out every creamy treat you’re going to indulge in, but make sure you pick out some key targets. (Believe me, I’ve already got quite a few on my list!)There is one last thing I’d like to draw your attention to in regards to the passport. All of the items marked with an asterisk are adult ice cream treats. They contain alcohol, so if you and your kids sit down to pick items from the crawl passport, make sure they stay away from the marked ones. (This is noted in the passport, but I wanted to make sure an extra warning was thrown out here!)My husband and I will be test driving our passport the week of Labor Day, so follow me on Twitter at @Angela_Wilhelm if you want to see updates on our progress! (And we will definitely be hitting some of those adult ice cream treats!) While the more extreme might consider tackling this crawl over the course of one day, we are opting to use our vacation as a sort of continual crawl. (Mostly so we don’t spend the trip getting sick from ice cream overindulgence!)Would you try to tackle an ice cream crawl in a single day? What would be your must-have treats? Share your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more

VIDEO: Look How Much Gorilla Grace Has Grown!

first_imgShare This!Our favorite activity at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is now checking in with Grace, the baby gorilla born at the park this spring. It’s been about a month since our last report and she has developed SO MUCH since then. She is stronger and more interactive with her environment.In the video below, you’ll see Grace interacting with her mom, Katasha, as well as her half brother, Cory. Cory is the only other member of the family that Katasha trusts with Grace because he is the most gentle and affectionate.I’m not crying, you’re crying! (No wait, actually I am crying.)Video: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

Viewpoint: There Are New Limits on Disciplining Employees

first_imgNina is a one-person employee and labor relations department for a midsize hospital. Her job can get rather busy because line managers reach out to her often for support in holding their employees accountable.Nina’s approach to employee discipline stems from her sense of fairness and her strong work ethic: While she understands that employees sometimes face challenges that might get in the way of their work performance, she believes they nevertheless need to perform at a minimally acceptable level to earn their pay. Yet she also recognizes that recent changes in employment law may constrain her ability to discipline or terminate workers, and it can be a challenge to explain this to the line managers who look to her for guidance and wisdom.”In truth, the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] has taken an exceptionally aggressive stance in terms of limiting employers’ rights to discipline workers for certain infractions,” said Rich Falcone, a shareholder at law firm Littler Mendelson in Irvine, Calif. (no relation to the author). “Employers are well-advised to take caution before doling out corrective action or moving to termination for certain offenses.”A case in point: Employers historically have had a huge amount of discretion when it comes to dealing with employee misconduct. Depending on the level of egregiousness, employers could typically move to immediate termination (known as a “summary dismissal”) or issue a final written warning even for a first offense. “The NLRB, however, in recent years has curtailed an employer’s discretion in handling certain conduct-related offenses, even for nonunion employee populations,” Falcone said. Consequently, employers need to ensure that their policies and practices are not only consistent with state law but with the National Labor Relations Act as well.To continue reading, please click here.last_img read more

Proposed bill tied to towing industry

first_imgYour legislators are back for the second half of the session.Cole County State Rep. Dave Griffith is sponsoring a bill designed to make the towing industry more accountable.“If your truck overturns, and you’re hauling hazardous material, your fine is doubled if they upright that truck and they tow it away.”Griffith has also sponsored bills setting up veterans’ courts in every county and developing tax credits for historic state owned buildings in Jefferson City.last_img

Ellis selects U.S. roster for SheBelieves Cup

first_imgUnited States Ellis selects USWNT roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jill Ellis USWNT Friendly 06052016 Greg Bartram United States SheBelieves Cup United States v Germany Andi Sullivan and Savannah McCaskill are among the prospects to make the final 23-player squad for matches against Germany, France and England U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has selected her final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup, with Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson and Savannah McCaskill among the prospects to make the cut.The squad announced Friday included a veteran-heavy core, including the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, mixed with players looking to break into Ellis’ regular rotation.Ellis trimmed three players from the 26-woman roster selected ahead of a pre-tournament camp in Orlando, Florida: defender Hailie Mace, midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch. Veterans Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Tobin Heath (ankle) were omitted from the preliminary squad because of injury. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The U.S. opens the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on Thursday at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to face France three days later at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans conclude the round-robin tournament against Phil Neville’s England side March 7 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando.”We have an experienced and hungry group of players,” Ellis said in a news release. “The players relish the opportunities to play the absolute best teams in the world and after a really productive week of training in Florida, we’re ready for the unique challenges that each of these teams will present.”Here is the full roster:GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford), 14-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Lyon,), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign), 3-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)FORWARDS (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), 21-Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)last_img read more

Pele impressed by Tite ahead of World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Pele impressed by Tite’s ability to cope with Brazil’s modern challenges Peter Hanson 08:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tite-cropped Getty Images World Cup Russia v Brazil Germany v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil The ex-Corinthians coach has made a brilliant start in one of football’s most demanding jobs, qualifying with ease for Russia 2018 Brazil coach Tite has a more difficult job to do than many of his national team predecessors, according to Selecao legend Pele. Tite was appointed to the top job in June 2016 after Dunga was dismissed following Brazil’s poor showing at the Copa America Centenario.The 56-year-old has drawn plenty of plaudits for Brazil’s performances under his stewardship and the team is considered among the favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Brazil’s latest 25-man squad for friendlies with Russia and Germany includes just three domestic-based players, and Pele sympathised with the challenges Tite faces.”I don’t want to say that I was the one that supported Tite the most, and it’s not because I wasn’t sure of what he could accomplish, no one can say for a fact what is going to happen but God, only God knows what is going to happen in the future,” he told ESPN. “But Tite, whenever I was with him or talked to him, I could feel he is a serious person with a lot of character. He always talked with confidence. He could even make mistakes as no one is perfect. “But he said something that really made sense to me about our national team in the 70s and 80s. “Tite said ‘Pele, if I have the chance to become the coach of Brazil, and stay there for a while, I want to build a team that will be able to compete for two or three years, so everyone can better understand each other’.”Furthermore, in a fun tone, he said ‘I can’t build a team like the ones you were part of. Back in your day, the best players of Brazil didn’t leave the country to play overseas. Only a few players went on to play abroad. Even you, during your 25-year career played all those years in Brazil, you only left at the end of your career, when you played for the New York Cosmos.”To manage the national team at that time was easy. The players were excellent so it was easier to build the national team. In our modern age, I need scouts everywhere. Three to four Brazilian players are playing in each part of the world. It is harder now, but I want to build a team that can be steady.’ “And I liked a lot what he had to say, I pray to God that he can accomplish his goals.”last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Texas’ 36-30 Win Over Oklahoma State in Austin

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCORETexas downed Oklahoma State in Austin for the first time since 2008 on Saturday evening in an uneven 36-30 game that started and ended with a Poke jolt. OSU struck first and last but struggled in the interim as missed opportunity after missed opportunity flew past them (we’ll get to those shortly).Spencer Sanders had a better game than his numbers would indicate. He was 19/32 for 268 yards and two picks, but he had 109 yards on the ground and a TD. Chuba Hubbard had 121 on the ground, but it came at the expense of 37 carries against Texas’ monstrous defensive front. Those two combined for 55 carries.On the flip side, Sam Ehlinger went 20/28 for 281, 4 TDs and a pick. He ran for 70 yards as well, including the late dagger on third and long with just over a minute left in the game. Keaontay Ingram had 114 on the ground on just 21 carries, and Devin Duvernay caught 12 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and a TD.Similar to OSU’s last few games in Austin, Saturday was often an amalgamation of miscues and electric plays. Unlike OSU’s last few games in Austin, the Pokes came out on the wrong end because they couldn’t capitalize when they had chances.Texas started the game down a couple of DBs as well as their best skill position player and they lost what seemed like two rows on the depth chart worth of defenders during the game, but OSU refused to open the game up and get into a shootout. As a result they took their first L since before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.We’ll get to all of this shortly, but first a quick thanks to our friends at Thrive Landscape and Irrigation. They’ve been sponsoring the 10 Thoughts for two years now, and we finally have a fancy little logo for them at the top. If you live in Stillwater, check ’em out.Onto the 10 Thoughts.1. Missed OpportunitiesA non-exhaustive list of the myriad opportunities Oklahoma State had on Saturday to take control of this game (or at least play their way into it either early, late or in the middle).1. Drive No. 1 — Sanders threw a dime piece to Landon Wolf at the 4-yard-line, and OSU walked away with just three points. Foreshadowing.2. False Start — OSU had 2nd and 5 on Texas’ 12 on its first drive of the third quarter before getting called for a false start to make it 2nd and 10. They pick up 8 yards on the next two plays, which would have been good enough for a first down but instead had 4th and 2 and have to kick another FG.3. The Review — Spencer Sanders picks up a first down at UT’s 3-yard-line, but it’s called short. OSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and whiffs. No points.4. Pick-0 — Kolby Harvell-Peel picks Ehlinger and runs it back to Texas’ 33-yard-line. This drive somehow ends with an incomplete pass from Jake McClure to Jelani Woods. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯5. Pick No. 2 — OSU still has a ton of time left in the game, but Sanders gets hit and throws his second pick with 10 minutes left in the fourth.The rest of the game was a little distorted because Texas was trying to run the clock out and not totally attempting to score. So I think it’s unfair to say that OSU could have just kicked two of these FGs (from the 4-yard-line and on the fake) and say, See they could have been in overtime. But it’s not difficult to extract at least a few points from the five instances I noted above. On the flip side, they did take advantage of two badly fumbled punts from Texas. An aside: Does anyone in the Big 12 practice punt returns?Texas is fine. They’re good. They have good players, and Ehlinger can go a little bit. But OSU can go with them and is actually better than them at the skill positions. But you only get so many chances against good teams. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about OSU in the Gundy era it’s that they’re not good enough to overcome this many mistakes against a team they can’t move around in the trenches like Texas. Not many schools are. And it finally cost them in Austin.2. Sanders Can GoI wondered if Gundy would treat Sanders like a mom treats her first-born on his first trip to college. With tightly-clutched fists and one hand on the emergency brake. Thankfully he let him go a little bit, and after the wrong-foot seeds he tossed on the first drive, I was ready to build a mini Sanders statue next to wherever they put the Pickens and Big Sanders ones.Then he may have had the best run by a QB in Oklahoma State history late in the fourth. I’m sure Zac had some similar ones, but this had me reaching for the oxygen tank.Was he perfect? No. The game — as Gundy might say — still seems a little fast for him, but he’s got the goods. You can tell. It’s easy to see. He’s going to be so special over the next four years, and we’re going to look back at this game and laugh at how far he leaped over the next 45. It’s much easier to discern that in a loss at Texas than a big-stat win at Oregon State or Tulsa. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty hyped about the Spencer Sanders era.3. So Let Him Go …It seemed early on at least like OSU was intent on forcing Texas to run and Texas was intent on forcing OSU to pass. Texas obliged on offense and gave the rock to Ingram over and over again. They had no respect for the middle of the field, and that was the right call. OSU, on the other hand, ran it 55 (!) times with Chuba and Sanders.After the way he slung it on that first drive, I thought they should let No. 3 open up the field and save Chuba for the closing kick. Like how you run your best starting sprinter first in the 4×100 and then let the monster close.Instead, OSU seemed too insistent on getting the run game going even though Texas was begging to get beat deep. OSU eventually (sort of) adjusted, but it felt like a missed opportunity to find some offensive rhythm and led to this fairly unimpressive set of drives in the middle of the game.Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 11.06.46 PM.png4. All of the InjuriesA real, serious question here: Does Texas have a strength and conditioning coach? What in the world? Did they think this FBS season would be played as flag football? Do they lift weights? Why would they not pay Rob Glass $5 million to come do Rob Glass things? Actually, forget I mentioned this!There were certainly a few fakies mixed in there, but for the most part, the Horns’ ouchies seemed pretty real. You can add that as No. 6 on the list of opportunities OSU didn’t take advantage of.5. On that Fake FGI … kinda didn’t hate it. Your goal with a fake FG is to do it when nobody else watching the game thinks you’re going to do it. Down at Texas when you’re starving for points and just took a delay of game and seem like you have no idea what you’re doing could not be a more perfect time!Now listen, they executed it like me trying to run the option with my five-week-old daughter and her bottle of milk, but I still kind of enjoyed the situation.6. Tommy BoyIs there a college football coach more unlikable than Tom Herman? Is there a coach in any sport more unlikable? Is he the most unlikable coach — fictional or non-fictional — in sports history? He makes the Icelandic coach from Mighty Ducks look like Tony Dungy! My favorite of his two handfuls of antics on Saturday evening was going with the “Frank Beamer 0-0 tie” celebration on a third-down stop in the first half.What are you doing, Tom?Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 7.38.19 PM.png7. Chess MatchI’m not steep in the Xs and Os game, but I thought both sides moved around their chess pieces a lot on Saturday. I’m not sure they always moved them to the right spot, but OSU used two of their most effective pass-catchers — Jelani and Tylan — in the run game quite a bit. Jelani was his usual DE-killing self, and I thought Tylan had a massively underrated game with his blocking alone.On the other side of the ball, when OSU started stacking the box a bit, Ehlinger tried to beat them deep and often succeeded. His arm strength was an eye-opener to me. He has the look of somebody who’s like a sixth-string shotputter on his high school track team, and yet he threw a couple of Chris Leakian balls on Saturday that had me like …8. O-Line DisappointmentI don’t know that Oregon State and Tulsa were a mirage, but the line was disappointing in this game. Maybe some of that is on Chuba. Maybe some of it is on the Cowboy Backs. Heck, maybe some of it is on the rhythm of playcalling. But they didn’t open things up for Chuba at all. He’s as fresh and as good as he’s going to be all year, and they couldn’t spring him. It’s been two steps forward, one step back for them so far this season.9. Middle of the FieldWe talked about this after the Tulsa game, but OSU again got exposed down the gut. They face a problem that most Big 12 teams face. You can push more guys into the box and into the middle, but then you’re naked on the outside. I actually thought they did a pretty good job (??) of mixing and matching this against Ehlinger and Ingram throughout the game. They gave up four TDs on long, big-time drives and one on a short field after what will eventually go down as the worst pass in the history of the Spencer Sanders era.Texas scored more against mighty LSU (38) than they did against Oklahoma State (36). OSU’s defense is never going to be what you (we) think it should be. They’re just not. Nobody in the Big 12 is. People talk about Iowa State’s defense in reverential terms, and a crappy Kansas State team put up 38 on them last season. It is what it is.As long as you can keep teams from finding a groove (Texas scored on consecutive drives just once) and create at least a few turnovers (OSU created three, albeit just one on defense), you’re going to be involved in every game you play.10. Big 12 OpenersOSU has now lost four straight Big 12 openers and six of their last eight. They don’t discriminate either. They’ve taken Ls against Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor and West Virginia in that span. They’ve been a world-beater in conference play following Big 12 openers, but the first one off the top hasn’t been pretty.The frustrating part here is that both the schedule and this Texas team opened up for them. Texas was asking to get beat late, and if not for Ehlinger’s will and OSU’s lack thereof, they might have.I have no idea where this OSU team will end up after 12 regular season games this year, but I think I’m actually more confident following Texas than I was before.After the most bizarre season in recent memory in 2018, OSU seems like it’s going to be back to generally what it’s been under Gundy: A quality team that beats worse teams and loses to better ones. The part I can’t help but leave this game wondering — just a little bit — is which category this Texas team should have fallen in.last_img read more

NSW wins Friends of Rugby League match

first_imgIn what could have been an omen for the main event, the New South Wales politicians’ team was victorious over Queensland in Wednesday morning’s annual ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Touch Football match at the Senate Oval, Parliament House.  A very foggy morning and chilly temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of all participants and spectators, including the support of a number of South Sydney Rabbitohs players who were fresh from a regional visit on the South Coast, with all involved getting into the Origin spirit. Led by Alex Hawke (New South Wales) and Barnaby Joyce (Queensland), the sides had some very handy additions, including Petero Civoniceva and Rhys Wesser for the Maroons and Nathan Hindmarsh for the Blues. A roaming NRL CEO, Dave Smith in an Australian Kangaroos jersey, helped out both sides, while the ACT’s three Australian Youth squad members, Rob McCarthy, Steph James and Kasey Dragisic also took to the field for New South Wales. New South Wales were 2-0 winners in what was an exciting match, retaining the title after last year’s win. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Touch Football ACT referee, Adam Flint for refereeing the game. To view some of the photos from the event, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia.  Related LinksParliamentary Touch Gamelast_img read more

Ohio State alumna working toward Olympic dreams after lone year of club

OSU alumna Katiann Scherer.Credit: Courtesy of Katiann SchererA single year of a club sport is paying dividends for one former Buckeye.Katiann Scherer, a 2014 graduate of Ohio State, is the current goalie for the USA women’s team handball squad. The animal science major played just one year on the club team handball team at OSU, while also volunteering and working at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Her path is an unconventional one, but, perhaps, it is a fitting way to arrive on the national team for a sport that receives very little attention in the U.S.Considered to be “soccer with your hands,” team handball features six court players, along with a goalie. Team handball was first played in the Olympics at the 1936 Berlin Games, but it was not until the 1976 Montreal Games that women’s team handball debuted. The U.S. has never medaled at the Olympics in the sport. Both the men’s and women’s top finishes came at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, where the men placed ninth and women placed fifth.According to Scherer, handball is the “most American sport that Americans don’t know about.”Scherer’s journey to the sport began at OSU’s annual Fall Student Involvement Fair, where she and her sister were looking for a club team sport to play together. Since the sisters each played soccer in high school and enjoyed the physical aspect of the sport, the search landed the pair with the OSU Team Handball club.“I had played (handball) a couple times in middle school,” Scherer said. “But besides that, I really had zero experience or knew what I was doing before joining the club team.”With that being said, Scherer began attending practices for about six months, although she admitted she didn’t know just how much she would enjoy the sport. But as time progressed, the team’s then-coach, Mark Ortega, began to notice the potential in the goalie. “I took a shot to the face during the practice, and (Ortega) noticed that I got right back up and liked my hustle,” Scherer said.Ortega, a former men’s national team handball player, became coach of the club team at OSU in order to “recruit” players to possibly try out for the women’s national team.Ortega told Scherer that she had the skills and abilities to make the squad and recommended that she travel to Auburn, Alabama, for the tryout. Following the advice of her coach, Scherer made the trip south to the facility of the USA Team Handball Residency Program, the location of the tryout.The former Buckeye, filled with nerves and with less than a year of handball under her belt, performed sensationally. USA coach Christian Latulippe became aware of Scherer’s ability, and granted her a spot on the squad.“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to represent the United States,” Scherer said. “The opportunity I get to travel, and meet all of these other girls from different countries, is out of this world.”Members of USA team handball. Credit: Courtesy of Katiann SchererAfter making her way onto the national team roster, it was time to train and attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. “I was in Auburn for the past year, and we went to a few different countries to train, and also qualify through the (Pan-American) Games in Toronto this past summer,” Scherer said. Those training sessions and matches included trips to Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as a meeting with the Canadian national team in Auburn. However, the women’s team did not qualify for this year’s Olympics, and will now attempt to work and win its way to a bid to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.Over this past fall, Scherer made her way to France to try out for professional handball teams in order to stay fit and train during the national team’s offseason. “It’s like baseball here in America,” Scherer said. “They have minor league teams for amateurs, and the goal is to work your way up to the professional level.” Scherer made a team in a small town of Hazebrouck, France. However, complicated visa requirements, combined with her little grasp of the French language, led her to opt to pass on the offer to play there. She is still remaining active in finding another professional team to join, she said. “I’m trying to go to a training camp in Hungary at the end of the summer and hope to make some connections there for other possible teams to play with,” Scherer said.Currently, Scherer is living at home in Canton, where she is working to use her animal science degree by applying for jobs in the field. The Buckeye trains in her spare time, both in Canton and at OSU, in order to stay fit for the upcoming handball season.Beyond that, Scherer is working hard to find ways to implement team handball in high schools on the state and national levels. This is an attempt to have others gain knowledge of and passion for the sport, just like Scherer developed. “After that one year down in Alabama, I realized how much I loved (the sport),” Scherer said. “Now I’ve shaped the rest of my life around handball and what (Team USA) is trying to do.” read more

270 Million Allocated to Citizens Security and Justice Programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 20, 2018 – Kingston – The Government has allocated $270.015 million for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.  This is outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.  The programme seeks to enhance security and justice in targeted communities through gender-responsive justice services.For the new fiscal year, the Victim Services Division is expected to identify and retrofit areas to accommodate victim services, provide emergency assistance grants to 50 beneficiaries, assist 110 children exposed to violence and trauma with counselling interventions, and facilitate special therapy sessions with 30 sexually abused children.The programme is also expected to train 65 court officials, police officers, and other first responders; and implement special intervention programmes to support the findings from the West Kingston Inquiry.  Also, the Legal Aid Council is expected to train 250 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues and continue consultations in CSJP communities via the mobile unit.The Justice Training Institute is expected to conduct qualifying and advanced training for justices of the peace; and provide training for justices of the peace in mediation, court petty sessions and new legislation and policies.There are also plans to conduct training workshops for restorative justice facilitators and volunteers, and facilitate 18 restorative justice cases per quarter.  The programme is also expected to conduct training workshops in Child Diversion Practices.In terms of achievements, the Victim Services Division has provided emergency assistance support to 71 victims, provided trauma and grief therapy sessions to 226 children, provided therapy sessions on abuse to 97 teens, and conducted school-based intervention workshops with 94 beneficiaries.  The Legal Aid Council has trained 282 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues, and expanded service operations with the mobile unit.The Justice Training Institute provided qualifying basic training to 881 justices of the peace, and 35 justices of the peace trained and qualified to practise in the parish of St. Andrew.In addition, the programme continued operation in nine Restorative Justice Centres; provided training to volunteers and school administrators in community justice services; hosted 357 community sensitisation workshops; and facilitated 180 restorative justice cases, of which 148 were finalised.The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica; Global Affairs Canada; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the Department for International Development (DFID).Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more