Watch Phil Lesh Jam With Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring & More For The Cap Finale

first_imgLast night marked the finale of Phil Lesh’s three-night stand at the Capitol Theatre. What started as a 76th birthday celebration quickly steamrolled into a monumental run, as Lesh welcomed “The Q” for the second and third nights of the stand. Comprised of Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo, and Rob Barraco, this is one of the longest standing lineups of Friends, and the group did not disappoint.The band opened up the show with a tight jam that wound its way into “Dark Star.” Enjoy video of that below:The set saw the group nice and loose, and they jammed out on a Grateful Dead classic, “New Speedway Boogie.”Afterwards, the band broke out into a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” which magically segued into “Broken Arrow.” What a combination!“End of the Line” came up next, listen in below.Finally they closed out the set by finishing “Dark Star,” and jamming into “I Know You Rider.” Set two was more of the same magic, opening with a soulful version of “Unbroken Chain.”With jams on songs like “The Wheel,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Uncle John’s Band” and even a cover of Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys,” this was one for the ages! The show ended with an encore of “Patchwork Quilt.” Check out the full setlist below:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/18/16Set One: Jam > Dark Star pl wh rb > Again & Again wh rb, New Speedway Boogie wh pl, Sunshine of Your Love wh > Broken Arrow pl wh, End Of The Line wh > Dark Star v2 pl wh rb > I Know You Rider pl whSet Two: Unbroken Chain pl, Jam > The Wheel pl wh rb > Cumberland Blues pl wh rb, Uncle John’s Band pl wh > No More Do I wh rb > The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys wh > Franklin’s Tower pl wh, Donor RapEncore: Patchwork Quilt wh rb[Photo and videos by Sean Roche]last_img read more

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Cotton Nearing Final Exam

first_imgA brave new cotton is getting mixed reviews as its first big Georgia harvestapproaches. But any critique is too early until all the cotton is picked, says aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service expert.”We still have many growers who are very happy with the product,” saidPhillip Roberts, an extension entomologist. “However, we also have some who aredispleased. But we won’t really be able to evaluate it until the harvest is in and we knowwhat kind of yields we’ve got.”The new cotton is a modern wonder. Using genetic engineering, scientists inserted agene from a bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, into cotton plants. This Bt geneallows the plant to produce a toxin common in nature. In a sense, the new cotton grows itsown insecticide.The toxin is deadly to tobacco budworm and helps control corn earworm, the two maininsect pests of Georgia cotton.So far, growers’ assessment of Bt cotton varies from place to place. But Roberts saidit’s not over until the cotton is picked. The harvest is Bt cotton’s final exam.”We may still have better yields with Bt cotton because of the bollworm control itprovides,” he said. “So we can’t really give it a final grade until then.”The Boll Weevil Eradication Program chased the worst cotton pest, the weevil, out ofGeorgia by 1994. “Since then, our farmers have spent more money controlling tobaccobudworm and corn earworm than all others combined,” Roberts said.The two caterpillars are both called bollworms when they attack cotton.”You really can’t distinguish between the two when they’re small,” Robertssaid. “When they’re adults, though, you can.”Bt cotton made its debut this year across the cotton belt. The seed cost growers morethan normal varieties. But they figured to come out ahead, since they wouldn’t have tospray costly insecticides to control bollworms.That hasn’t been entirely true, partly because of an oddity among bollworms.”Tobacco budworm is more susceptible to Bt than corn earworms,” Roberts said.”Normally we have a fairly even mix between the two. But this year the population isskewed heavily toward corn earworms.”No one knows what happened. “Something happened over a large area of the cottonbelt that reduced tobacco budworm populations,” Roberts said. “But we don’t knowwhat that was.”The result is that Bt cotton’s control of bollworms has disappointed some growers.”We have some Bt cotton that hasn’t been sprayed at all for bollworms,” hesaid. “In other areas, growers have had to spray once, and sometimes twice.”Statewide, Roberts said, farmers have had to spray for bollworms in about a fourth ofthe Bt cotton. “One of the things we’ve learned this year,” he said, “isthat Bt cotton isn’t immune to bollworms.”Some conventional cotton fields haven’t had to be sprayed this year. Others have beensprayed up to six times. The state average, Roberts said, is probably around three sprays.If Bt cotton does prove successful, it could add to the supply U.S. farmers grow. Butit may not affect the price of cotton products at the store.”The main benefit would be a lower cost to farmers,” Roberts said. “Thatwould give them a better profit for all the work and risk of growing cotton.”last_img read more

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Peru achieves drug eradication milestone in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 10, 2014 Peruvian security forces made significant gains in 2013 in their ongoing effort to destroy coca crops, and are planning to build on that success by increasing the eradication of coca fields in 2014, authorities said. In 2013, Peruvian security forces destroyed about 24,000 hectares which were used to cultivate coca crops in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), the largest coca-growing basin in the country, Carmen Masías, president of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) announced at a press conference on Jan. 4, 2014. Authorities have set a goal of destroying 30,000 hectares of coca crops in 2014. “This marks a milestone in the fight against drugs because this is the first time we will eradicate in the VRAEM,” the director of the Anti-Drug Police of Peru (DIRANDRO), General Vicente Romero Fernández, told the newspaper El Comercio. Building on successful security initiative Drug eradication is a challenging task Fighting the Shining Path Identifying, reaching, and eradicating coca fields will be a challenging task and potentially dangerous task for Army soldiers and police agents, Mendoza Mora said. Security forces may confront armed drug traffickers who will try to protect their illegal crops, the security analyst said. “The Armed Forces and police know that they will not only face rough and inaccessible terrain, but will also face a scenario of conflict and confrontation,” Mendoza Mora explained. “The first reaction from drug trafficking groups and the Shining Path organization will be to increase violence in the VRAEM region as a deterrent exercise to try to demonstrate that they have control. It will involve intelligence work that is precise and surgical. The authorities will try to stay a step ahead.” International cooperation center_img The eradication efforts are part of a broad strategy to crack down on drug trafficking. The DIRANDRO and the Ministry of Interior will cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking and will share a centralized command, according to published reports. For security reasons, authorities declined to provide details about the initiative. “For strategic reasons, we cannot reveal what security forces will do in the main coca-growing valley,” Masías said. “But, they are going in to do what they need to do. The strategy has been in planning for months with President Ollanta Humala and various ministers”, Masías said. The government’s anti-drug plan will focus on a major offensive against drug trafficking. The plan will have a centralized command for police and military forces, according to published reports. The eradication efforts will continue to focus on the VRAEM, where 54 percent of the country’s coca crop is produced, authorities said. There are a little more than 60,000 hectares in the VRAEM that drug traffickers use to produce coca, authorities said. The VRAEM is the world’s leading producer of coca leaves, coca paste, and cocaine hydrochloride, according to a recent United Nations report. In addition to eradicating coca fields, security forces will intercept narco-flights between Peru and Bolivia, authorities said. “The first reaction from drug trafficking groups and the Shining Path organization will be to increase violence in the VRAEM region as a deterrent exercise to try to demonstrate that they have control,” Mendoza Mora explained. Providing an alternative to farmers A Shining Path faction is responsible for much of the drug cultivation in the VRAEM region, authorities said. The “Proseguir” faction is operating in the VRAEM region. This faction is led by two brothers, Víctor Quispe Palomino, who is also known as “José”, and Jorge Quispe Palomino, who is also known as “Raúl.” In recent years, members of the Proseguir faction have killed 65 police agents and Army soldiers who were carrying out security operations in the VRAEM region, according to published reports. The Shining Path traffics drugs and engages in other criminal enterprises, such as extortion, to buy weapons and fund its terrorist activities. The Shining Path and drug traffickers from Colombia and Mexico operate about 300 clandestine laboratories in the VRAEM region, authorities have said. The laboratories are where organized crime operatives process coca leaves into coca paste. As part of the anti-drug trafficking initiative, the government is providing financial support to farmers, so they can make money growing legal food crops rather than coca crops. Authorities estimate that 75,000 farmers will participate in the program and cultivate legal food crops. Providing alternatives to cultivating coca corps would eliminate the economic incentive for farmers to work for organized crime groups, said security analyst Carlos Mendoza Mora, director of Strategic Projects Consulting, a private security company in Mexico City. Helping farmers convert from cultivating coca to legal crops would be an important element of a successful strategy against drug trafficking, the security analyst said. It is important to help farmers continue to make a living without relying on working with organized crime groups, Mendoza Mora said. “It is possible for the strategy to not be a strategy of confrontation, but a strategy of serving and making viable communities,” said Mendoza Mora. International cooperation is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking, Mendoza Mora said. Peru is working with international partner nations in the fight against transnational drug trafficking. For example, Peru and the United States share information about transnational criminal organizations. The U.S. is also providing $85 million (USD) in 2014 to Peru for security initiatives. The European Union is providing $43 million (USD), part of which will be used for programs to divert young men from drugs and crime. In 2013, Peru spent $278 million (USD) of its own money to fight drug trafficking. Much of that money was spent on equipment and technology, authorities said. “Peru is heavily investing in equipment and satellites. If you’re not armed, if a government and its Armed Forces, its police forces, are not equipped, it’s unlikely that operations will be successful,” Masías said.last_img read more

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IORP II: Not bad but could do better

first_imgPredictably, the UK’s pension minister Steve Webb heaped praise on the new British policy of allowing lump-sum beneficiaries off the hook of having to put it into an annuity. The British citizen’s innate sense of wisdom could be trusted not to blow any windfall on whatever, was the implied boast. Webb then urged against EU cross-border “excessive harmonisation”. After a slight hesitation, he softened this with approving nations “learning from each other”.But Webb came up, unsurprisingly, with the best anti-EU barb. As for the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, he said: “No-one in the UK has ever even heard of it. [But] it’s creeping in.”Not dissimilarly, “we can’t have legislation coming in through the back door” came from the boss of BusinessEurope, Markus Beyrer. He made it clear that pension funding has no “need for any extra capital”. That is a sentiment expressed at virtually every conference on the subject of pensions. Its repetition would make a parrot swell with pride. And, sadly, it ignores the key challenges of increased longevity, low fertility and the prospect of soup-kitchen lives for future retirees.Also on the top table of the relevant panel, but generally ignored, was someone from the Commission itself. Nadia Calvino, a deputy director general, listened, once lightly scratched her face, but mostly she sat still. However, when something was said she clearly found to be particularly obstructive, her eyes turned up to the heaven. Ah! A Latin gesture!At last her turn did come. “To think we can solve all our problems by working at national level,” she said, “is, I think, not very credible.”As for the attacks on back-door legalisation, her answer was: “I have never seen the European Commission proposing anything out of the blue!” No doubt, she will have devoted many hours of her life to the Brussels activity of ‘committology’ – endless meetings for ‘stakeholders’ to have their say. Jeremy Woolfe on the latest skirmish between Brussels and EU member states on the thorny issue of pensionsThe European Commission’s conference in Brussels last week on the future of pensions was billed as a stocktaking exercise of reform developments over the past two years. It also had the objective of looking ahead.On stocktaking, the consensus turned out as ‘not too bad, but could do better’. Twenty-three countries have managed to raise their official pensions age, and seven have linked it to longevity, commissioner László Andor was pleased to report. But equal treatment for the female gender remains one of the vital issues he noted. New thoughts? Yes, indeed!Commissioner Michel Barnier emphasised that the subject of cross-border pensions needed a good looking into, and this was something that came up more fully the following day, at the presentation of IORP II Directive. Joanne Segars, chair at PensionsEurope, who wants to see “less red tape coming out of Europe”, called for efforts to centre on tackling the fact that half of European workers have no occupational pensions lined up.last_img read more

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DC audit to investigate all schemes above auto-enrolment charge cap

first_imgAn independent audit of workplace defined contribution (DC) insurance products is set to examine the appropriateness of charging structures that are above a cap set by the UK government.It was originally expected to audit only workplace DC products set up before 2001, after an investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), a former competition watchdog, highlighted fees in these schemes as a concern.However, the committee said it had decided to use the charge cap as a baseline and audit all schemes above this limit, alongside those in its initial remit.This is despite the government’s charge cap only covering auto-enrolment default schemes and not any of schemes within the audit’s initial remit. “We have considered the implications of the charge cap proposed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) for the scope of the audit,” the committee said.“We have decided to include in the audit those schemes with charges above the cap. These are schemes that only have an annual member charge (AMC), and all member borne charges are between 0.75% and 1%.”The new scope will now audit all DC workplace schemes set up before 5 April 2001 and schemes set up after this where member-borne charges, excluding transaction costs, exceed 1%.It will also audit schemes that use combination charges, or more than one basic charge, regardless of when these schemes were set up.Pensions minister Steve Webb introduced a 0.75% cap on charges for all default funds used for auto-enrolment to come into effect next April.This includes schemes using all-inclusive fees, but excludes transaction costs while the government consults on the most appropriate method to include this.However, while the cap only tackled high-charges for auto-enrolment schemes, a study from the OFT, published last year, found a legacy of high charges and poor returns within insurance products set up before 2001.As a result, the OFT recommended these legacy schemes be audited as a better option to imposing a charge cap – which would affect some products such as guaranteed annuities.The OFT did not propose any charge caps, warning of unintended consequences.However, the government went against its advice is response to auto-enrolment funds.Carol Sergeant, who chairs the board responsible for the audit, said the final report would be published at the end of 2014.“It will set out the charging structures of in-scope workplace pension schemes, as well as show the impact of these charging structures on different types of scheme members,” she said.“It will also include any IPB recommendations for industry-level actions.”Steve Webb added: “The OFT identified £30bn of savers’ money in pension schemes with charges at risk of being poor value for money.“It is right the audit looks closely at these arrangements.“It is important all schemes give savers the confidence they are acting in their best interest.”last_img read more

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Race activist Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’

first_imgBBC News 16 June 2015On Monday, Ms Dolezal resigned from the anti-racism organisation NAACP, after her parents said she was pretending to be black.Speaking to NBC, she said that from the age of five she “was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon”.She added that she “takes exception” to suggestions she had deceived people.“This is not some freak-show, Birth of a Nation blackface performance,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “This is on a real connected level how I’ve had to go there with the experience.”Hours beforehand, her mother Rutheanne Dolezal told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that her daughter had become “disconnected from reality”.Ms Dolezal’s estranged parents say her origins are mostly white, with a small amount of Native American ancestry. They say that she has no black origins.They have produced childhood pictures of her daughter with pale skin, freckles and fair hair.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33152596last_img read more

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Modified king Wolla reigns as first North Dakota IMCA national champion

first_imgJason Wolla became the first North Dakota driver to win an IMCA national championship in any division by topping the 2017 Modified point standings. He is pictured with Clay Smith of Speedway Motors at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)RAY, N.D. – His season-opening sweep of Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona got Jason Wolla thinking that the 2017 season could be special.After his runner-up finish in the Iowa Frostbuster Series, he knew it would be.“There are a lot of good cars in the Frostbuster. It helps us tune up for the point season,” said Wolla, who went on to win 23 IMCA Modified features in his home state and become the first driver from North Dakota to win a national championship in any sanctioned division. “Getting in more laps early in the year is key to winning later in the season.”“We have a lot of quality cars that race weekly in North Dakota. A lot of people don’t realize the car count averages we have,” continued Wolla, nicknamed The Big Show. “We proved this year that if you’re willing to put the miles on, you can be in the hunt. There are enough cars that bonus points definitely work in your favor.”From Ray and also the first North Dakota driver to wear IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region crown, Wolla more than doubled his career win total in the division with his 25 checkers in 2017.With new crew chief Jake Steffen on board, he won nine times at Southwest Speedway and six times at both Nodak Speedway and Dacotah Speedway, earning track titles at Williston and Minot and ending fifth in points at Mandan.“We’d drive three hours to race at Mandan on Friday, then another hour and a half to race Saturdays at Dickinson, and three to three and a half hours to race Sundays at Minot,” Wolla said. “A lot of weekends we left home on Friday and got home late Sunday night or early Monday morning.”Battling Cory Sample for the national title, Wolla won seven of nine August starts, including five in a row to end the month. Another weekend sweep, at Dacotah, Southwest and Nodak on Aug. 25-27, helped him clinch the national prize.“Things worked out good for us,” Wolla said of his banner August. “There were times in the year when we were close to a weekend sweep. Those elevate you. You work for weekends like that.”The repeat Allstar Performance State champion was also a two-time winner at McLean County Speedway. Wolla qualified all six nights of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and finished fourth in those standings.“It means a lot to me to have the title of national champion,” he said. “There were a lot of good drivers I watched growing up and I wanted to have the kind of success they did. It means a lot to me to be the first IMCA national champion from North Dakota.”That title is one of two Wolla gained this year. The other is Dad.“Winning the national championship would have to be number two on my list of highlights,” he said. “Samantha and I became parents of twins (son Odin and daughter Lily) on March 14. There are nights when you don’t get a lot of sleep racing. There are more nights when you don’t get a lot of sleep when you have twins.”Starts-62Wins-25Additional Top Fives-18HIS CREW: Jake Steffen, father Rick and Duane Knutson.HIS SPONSORS: Wolla Trucking, Wolla Oilfield Services, Fusion Fabrication and Basin Tubin’ Testin’, all of Williston; Gohrick Farms of McGregor; Dirt Defender of Red Oak, Texas; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Precision Performance of Cosgrove, Iowa; and Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa.last_img read more

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Saha backs Giggs for United job

first_img “I could see that in the dressing room. The charisma was there when he was a player. You could feel that straight away. “He has the right character. He could have a laugh and a joke but he also kept his distance sometimes. “He has the pedigree and the biggest weapon he has is that he knows exactly what the fans are after – that they want the team to play the United way. “He was an attacking midfielder so he knows they want to see dribbling and counter-attacking football.” The hallmarks of the ‘United way’ were present during last week’s demolition of Norwich. And Giggs is doing all he can to make sure there is a repeat performance when United host Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. Press Association Sport understands Giggs has introduced double-training sessions at the AON Training Complex to make sure his players are up to speed for the game. By the time the next game comes around against Hull on May 6, Van Gaal may have been appointed as Moyes’ successor. The Dutchman is keen to finalise his contract at Old Trafford before he gets his Holland squad together for their training camp on May 7. United are keen for Giggs to stay at Old Trafford in some capacity, but they will not force the new manager to include the club’s record appearance maker among his backroom staff. Whoever takes charge next year, they will have to do far better than Moyes, who left United seventh in the Barclays Premier League just a year after Ferguson won the title by 11 points. Saha firmly believes the club will bounce back and start challenging for honours provided the new manager spends big in the transfer window. “You have to bring players in and if those players are the right ones then they will definitely bring success back to the club,” said Saha, who won two Premier Leagues, one Champions League and one League Cup during his four-year spell at Old Trafford. “When we bought Robin van Persie (in 2012) he was a big signing, he lifted the club and he won us the league and this is what one signing can do. “People talk about money and say this is destroying the game but money talks.” Press Association Giggs has been placed in charge of the team until the end of the season following the sacking of David Moyes. After last week’s 4-0 win over Norwich, there is a growing sense within the United dressing room and among the club’s vast fan base that Giggs should be allowed to carry on as manager beyond the summer. RYAN GIGGS has all the credentials to successfully manage Manchester United next season, according to his former team-mate Louis Saha. The United board regard Giggs as a potential manager of the future, but they are expected to appoint Louis van Gaal as their next boss instead as he has far more experience. But Saha, who played alongside Giggs for four years, thinks the Welshman is good enough for the position now. Speaking at the launch of the Soccerex global convention in Manchester, Saha said: “He can do the job now, for sure. “It seems like an easy choice for now because he proved he can do it last weekend. “I was sad to see David Moyes go. But maybe it would have been more clever to give (Giggs) his chance months ago.” Giggs is yet to complete his UEFA Pro License, but Saha thinks that should not prevent the 40-year-old from being a successful manager. Saha believes Giggs has already gained a wealth of knowledge from the 23 years he spent working under Sir Alex Ferguson. “The foundations are there (for Giggs to be a success). He was learning from the best,” Saha said. last_img read more

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President Trump suggests Delaying the Election until people can Safely Vote

first_imgBut the President has no authority to reschedule the general election per Federal law set in 8145 which stipulates that it always be held on the first Tuesday of the month of November. To move the election, Congress would have to pass new legislation to change the voting schedule, something experts say is extremely unlikely but not impossible given the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever, a sitting president, Donald Trump, has suggested delaying the presidential election set for November 3rd.President Trump on Twitter this morning raising the idea of delaying November’s election, writing that mail in voting would lead to what he believes will be quote “the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.” The president asking quote: “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020last_img read more

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Kyle McKenney moves past concussions to become top rower

first_imgEight years ago, Kyle McKenney would’ve never guessed he’d end up rowing for Syracuse.Eight years ago, he suffered his third concussion while playing basketball. Doctors told McKenney that he needed to stop playing contact sports, leaving him with few options.“We thought, well, how about tennis? How about swimming?” said Lynnda McKenney, Kyle’s mother.McKenney had other ideas. He lived on Lake Sammamish in Woodinville, Washington. His friends had just joined Sammamish Rowing Association, a private program, and he thought he’d give it a try.Eight years later, McKenney, a junior, is one of Syracuse’s top rowers. He shifts around on the first varsity eight boat, a role he filled in the spring. Needing a sport to salvage his athletic career in eighth grade, McKenney has made the most of his talents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I liked being better than the guy next to you, always seeing where the other boat is and knowing that you could make your boat go a little further than the other guy,” McKenney said.Although rowing is becoming more popular, McKenney said, his parents weren’t completely sold on its unconventional aspects.“Especially when I started wearing spandex,” said McKenney. “They weren’t used to it. We’re a baseball family. I just got hit too many times that I had to start wearing the spandex.”McKenney would become a member of Sammamish’s high school men’s boat, leading his team to second-place finish in a competition at the Head of the Charles in Boston in 2012. He began hearing from multiple colleges, one being the University of Washington.At the time, it seemed like a good fit. Three out of Washington’s five coxswains are from Sammamish. With the close connections between the two organizations, McKenney’s mind was made up.“That’s where I was going to go because that’s what I could afford and what I really wanted to do,” he said.In the winter, Shawn Bagnall, then-assistant men’s rowing coach at Syracuse, met with McKenney. He had barely heard of Syracuse, but as he looked more into it, he started to consider the school seriously.McKenney first visited SU in March 2013, where he was sold by the expertise and style of men’s rowing head coach, Dave Reischman.“When he’s watching your stroke, he can tell what needs to be changed, and he says it in a way that can hit home for me and make those types of changes quickly,” said McKenney.The quality of the school, along with a scholarship, swayed McKenney into choosing Syracuse over Washington. He chose a path that he believes will result in greater, long-term success.“We think kids who want to come to Syracuse want something different,” said Syracuse men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman. “Kyle is the ideal kid we try to recruit.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm Contact Chris: [email protected]last_img read more

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