Complete streets’ bill ensures road design includes needs of bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont’s roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. ‘This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future ‘ for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,’ the governor said. Among those on-hand for the bill signing were representatives for AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Those organizations and other advocates supported the legislation and worked for its passage at the State House earlier this year. The law amends current transportation statutes and covers state and municipal roads, with a few exemptions (dirt and gravel roads, for example). The policy would apply when new roads are being constructed and in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of paved roads. It would not be a mandate to retrofit existing roads. Local and state transportation agencies would have to design to safely accommodate all users. Examples of design changes to improve safety would include:· Retiming crossing signals to allow for slower walking speeds· Adding/maintaining sidewalks that are connected to services· Installing curb ramps, sidewalk seating and bus shelters with seating· Improving lighting, signage with larger fonts, and reflective signs and pavement markings· Protecting left turn lanes with green arrows (this can cut left turn crashes in half). Complete Streets legislation or policies have been passed in Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey. In Vermont, Montpelier and Burlington are already considering policies. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img read more

Success means supporting CU champions who will work across aisle

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) have both seen their districts hit hard by the pandemic, and both have seen credit unions in action as financial first responders working to help their communities recover. Murphy and Reed appeared together in a video discussing ways credit unions help their communities, and why it’s important to come together across the aisle to support legislators that champion credit unions.Murphy praised credit unions for being the “first place people turn to for help and guidance” as the economic effects of the pandemic struck.Reed thanked credit unions for “leading the way” when it comes to helping small businesses, including through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping keep people employed.Both legislators touted the importance of working together in a bipartisan fashion on behalf of Americans and talked about the importance of credit unions heading to the ballot to support candidates that support the credit union mission.last_img read more

Fourth Cambodian dies of avian flu

first_imgApril 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 20-year-old woman who died Tuesday in a Vietnamese hospital has been confirmed as Cambodia’s fourth victim of H5N1 avian influenza, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Chal Bo Pha had suffered high fever and heavy coughing for a week before leaving her home in Kampot Province to go to a hospital across the border in Tien Giang, Vietnam, AFP reported. She died there within hours.Tests at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed that the woman died of H5N1, the hospital director, Nguyen Van Dom, told AFP. Cambodian and World Health Organization (WHO) officials quoted in the story had not yet been notified that the case was confirmed.The case brings the unofficial H5N1 case count to 90 cases, including 53 deaths, since January 2004.It also indicates that Cambodia may continue to see cases, Dr. Peter Horby, WHO epidemiologist in Hanoi, told AFP.”If the results are confirmed, it does demonstrate that in that part of Cambodia the situation is not so different from Vietnam for avian influenza and we’ll continue to see human cases,” Horby said.The woman lived in an area where many poultry had died of an unknown illness, relatives reportedly told the doctor quoted by AFP. She had eaten chicken before falling ill.Health officials in Cambodia are continuing education efforts, particularly in Kampot Province, where all four known H5N1 victims lived.Megge Miller, a WHO official in Cambodia, told AFP that officials in two areas of Kampot are teaching health center staff and local health volunteers how to identify avian flu. She said workers are being instructed to notify the provincial health department if they see someone who has a fever, cough, and difficult breathing after having contact with poultry that recently died.last_img read more

Tomislav Maglić, private landlord: “Self-registration of guests is the future of renting private accommodation”

first_imgIt is stated that a personalized digital guide is available. What exactly is it about? How is it personalized? You can check the website of the Digital Welcome Book made by Tomislav Maglić HERE. But can the amount of work be reduced? Is there any way in which part of the work, such as welcoming and saying goodbye to guests, could be done without the presence of the host? Zagreb landlord Tomislav Maglić has the answers to these questions. In his cozy apartment with the symbolic name Tom’s Cozy, which is located in Zagreb’s Trešnjevka, check in and check out are a thing of the past. Namely, Tomislav created his own website in which the whole process is explained, and at the same time it serves as a digital city guide. Not available to everyone. You get a reservation and send a Welcome Book, in which you have the category Self Check In. And there it is nicely written that only after sending the ID the guest gets the entry codes. Or note whatever you want, the Welcome Book is personalized so you can customize it however you want. The answer is yes, it is a safe method. Plus you have apartment insurance (most renters pay for it anyway) and a lot of different protections, if you really want to go deeper. Excellent. In my opinion, there are several types of renters. Those who have more apartments or dozens of apartments and for whom it is exclusively a job they are engaged in to make money. They can’t clone and welcome guests to multiple locations at once and then mostly have Self Check In or pay someone for that service. The second type of landlord is the one who lives in the same building where their apartments are (most often in Dalmatia), so it is not such a problem for them to welcome a guest because they are mostly at home. Although they are also slaves to their apartments because they cannot afford a vacation or a variant that they are not present in the facility in the heart of the season. There is also a third type of landlord who, as they say for themselves, loves that eye-to-eye contact. My opinion even experience says that this is the type of renters who want to feel good after tourists have praised them for being great and simply enjoy that feeling, although they would get the same effect if they allowed the guest independent entry and a Welcome Book to list all your recommendations, information, ie everything that the guest needs for a better stay. Only they would not experience it at that moment but through evaluating the overall impression (reviews). In that case, a physical host is needed only in cases of some urgency. Floods, damage to buildings, etc., which is a rare case in practice. I have not yet experienced criticism, either oral or through reviews, from any tourist in this way of doing business. My rating is still as high as when I personally greeted them and wasted time and nerves on welcoming and explaining where to eat, drink, where the nearest store is, etc. That is why the combination of self-entry and a well-informed guest via a guide or digital Welcome Book- and a solution. Never. Although I note again, the insurance of the apartment in the amount of 1.000 kn / year covers everything and I doubt that there are renters who are not insured. It’s just a loan for a completely carefree dream, even though I haven’t had any major problems that would have “knocked” money out of my pocket. It is personalized because it is done for each accommodation unit individually. Every host has their suggestions for their guests, not every neighborhood is the same, and they expect recommendations from their host. Why shouldn’t these recommendations be in one place, on one web link that can be easily shared via any form of communication – WhatsApp, Viber, SMS, e-mail, booking messenger, Airbnb messenger… I personally have it saved in automated messages and after each booking I send that message. And it looks like the picture below. Do you think this method is safe for you and your visitors since the key password is available to everyone online? What are your experiences with this type of rental? Would you recommend it to others? The occupancy is excellent. If it is great for me, it means that it is great at sea because they are the same tourists. The problem happened with the price. You can’t keep the price as high as the last two years because a lot of new accommodation units in the city are open and that has reduced the price of the daily rent and the number of arrivals is the same or slightly higher. There is more supply than demand so there is a struggle for the guest through price and reviews. You in the Welcome Book give a reception from 0-24 for all questions, and each host knows very well what those questions are, ie what answers should be given. I have when the market is “cleansed” with low prices, it will soon not be possible to pay the owner of the apartment a certain amount of money and make extra profit for yourself according to the current price list of overnight stays in the city. Many will drop out. How did you come up with the idea of ​​the Self Check In method? Is there any specific reason? Do you think Self Check In is the future of renting? What are the reactions of visitors to this approach to renting? A Digital Welcome Book, digital welcome book or digital guide is becoming standard in this business. Every guest wants to know what awaits him in the neighborhood where he is staying. These are their most common questions, and you need to have ready and detailed answers. Where is the nearest shop, laundry, market, restaurant nearby, coffee bar, pharmacy, ATM, exchange office, as well as basic instructions needed by each guest: codes for independent entrance, parking options, house rules, WI-FI codes, unique emergency numbers, energy saving warnings, tap water, garbage disposal in front of the accommodation unit, transport options from / to the airport. Just put yourself in the passenger position, or if you have travel experience, so remember all the information you need? I was recently a guest of an apartment in Sarajevo. On the way out, I didn’t know where the street trash cans were. It is assumed that they are in front of the building, but they were not there. I circled around the building for about 10 minutes until I found where the garbage was dumped because it was so organized, and I couldn’t reach the host because I didn’t have enough kuna on my cell phone to call, and I could wait for the answer of the message I sent him. . Here is a banal example of why the Welcome Book is useful. Do you plan to open more apartments or rooms? If so, will these apartments also be Self Check In? It is important to send the Welcome Book to the guest immediately after booking because in that case he has time to prepare for the trip and knows what to expect, not to mention the importance of the first impression to which you are entitled only once. There is a proverb I personally invented: “There is no demanding guest, only an unprepared host.” Photo: Tom’s Cozy apartment Have you noticed the thefts or devastation of the apartment given that communication with guests is not face to face? Of course. I have been renting for 3 years and since Zagreb is a transit city, the change of tourists is daily. From day to day. You are lucky if someone stays 2-3 nights in a row. These are mostly tourists who return from the coast or go towards it and stop in Zagreb along the way. For two years, I personally welcomed guests, and if I did not have time for that, then I paid an average of 30-50 kuna per reception (without cleaning). I lived near the apartment so I could do it even though I was constantly in anticipation because the guests are not accurate, i.e. they say they will come at 14pm and come at 17pm or who knows when. The third year disrupted my life, ie I had to change my place of residence and went to a small town 15 km away from Zagreb. I knew that this would be a problem for me in the future when I was waiting and I decided to try Self Check In. To note, my ratings before Self Check In on Booking were 9.8 (out of 10) and on Airbnb 5 (out of 5). I installed a digital lock on the entrance of the building and a key box in front of the door of the apartment. I sent the code for entering the building to my guests via the Welcome Book as well as the code for the key box. With the Self Check In approach you can combine. It can be all digital via code (the most expensive variant) or a combination of a digital lock at the entrance of the building (so that someone doesn’t tear off the key box that would actually be on the road) and a key box at the entrance to the apartment. How is your apartment full? Do you feel a weaker tourist season this year? Combined with Self Check In, Welcome Book and a good cleaner, I would. Of course if other conditions are met you can be competitive with the price. I would rather tell them to wait a year or two until the market price improves. Anyone who rents out private accommodation is aware that this business is not as fabulous as it seems. Especially in destinations where guests do not stay longer than a day or two. Duty from 0 to 24, check in, check out, cleaning and the like, there is a lot of demanding work. Especially nowadays when the hosts depend on online reviews and, in order to be competitive, they have to do their best to make the guest feel at home. How he came up with the idea, whether he thinks Self Check In is the future of renting private accommodation, whether there are problems with theft and devastation of apartments and many other things he revealed to us in an interview. I believe that all technologically high-quality and reasonable novelties are the future. First, you have guests who come from such an environment that they are more computer-savvy. You have a bunch of young people who have grown up with technology and just expect such an approach. Your benefits as a single renter are huge. You save time, you have a life, you earn, and you are not a slave to work, you have raised your business to a higher level, you have better grades because your guests are the ones to whom it is the standard. I could count until tomorrow… Welcome Book websitelast_img read more

ING’s Dutch pension fund appoints chief executive from within

first_imgAldrik Venemans is to take the helm at the €25bn Pensioenfonds ING, succeeding Jos van Kleef, who has been in the job on a temporary basis since January.Venemans has been working at the ING scheme’s pensions bureau since 2011 as a financial risk manager and an investment strategist.He participated in negotiations over the pension fund’s financial independence from ING in 2014, and was the driving force behind the resulting plan for balance management.Last year, the scheme closed to new entrants. Pensions accrual is now taking place in a new ING collective defined contribution Pensioenfonds.Prior to joining ING in 2011, Venemans held actuarial positions at consultancy Mercer and PVF Achmea, one of the predecessors of pensions provider Syntrus Achmea.The Pensioenfonds ING has seen several changes in leadership since the departure of Daan Heijting in 2013, who, after five years at the helm, left for Timeos, provider for the €20bn pension fund PGB.Heijting was succeeded by Albert Smolenaers, who acted as interim chief executive for 10 months.His successor, Corné van Nijhuis, left after just eight months for unknown reasons.In a statement, Rients Prins, chairman at the pension fund, said the board had sought a chief executive with expertise in pensions, as well as knowledge of the ING scheme.He added that the board had looked for a candidate who enjoyed “support” within the ING scheme.As of the end of August, the Pensioenfonds ING’s funding stood at 139%.last_img read more

Index warns council unit ban will impact boomer downsizers

first_imgThe townhouse amendment includes an amendment to ban high density unit developments in low density suburbs. Picture: Liam Kidston.Place Bulimba lead agent Matthew Hackett said buyers were already “looking for quite a while” to find properties to downsize into in their suburbs or close to them.“In my 21 years of selling in Bulimba what I find, especially recently, is people want to downsize into the same area because they feel safe, they know the area and have friends or it may be as simple as a bridge club they go to every week,” he told The Sunday Mail. Homes with parking for the plane Own home is architect’s grandest design yet MORE: Own your own cop shop The DORIS Index — Ranking suburbs from 1 to 8, 1 (lightest red) being the easiest to downsize and 8 being the hardest (darkest red). Source: Place Design Group.Suburbs like Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Wacol, Riverhills, Chapel Hill, Ashgrove, Tarragindi, Wishart, Wakerley, Belmont, Geebung and Graceville were among the hardest for residents to downsize into, according to the report by Place Design Group and AHURI.Report analyst Chris Isles of Place Design Group said the irony was the “grey haired keyboard army” had forced the issue, after fighting against higher density residential development in low density suburbs.But he warned, it was a decision that “will come back to bite them”. She supported improved higher density properties in the suburbs. “Why not? I don’t see a problem with it. All of the houses here are raised but when those people get older, I wonder what will happen. If they have bigger units, that would be good, You need a spare room for when the kids come over.”Townhouses were ideal, she said, “because you get a little garden or courtyard and we’ve got two pets” but they could not find a suitable one.According to AHURI, new housing options “need to be designed with older Australians in mind” including not just apartments but also smaller houses. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Putting in new townhouses in low density suburbs will be banned if the proposal goes through. Picture: Liam KidstonThis as the Brisbane City Council works its way into the final week of public feedback on its proposed citywide amendment restricting townhouses and high density housing from single-home areas.Among the changes would be the removal of provisions in zone codes, development codes and neighbourhood plans that support multiple dwellings like townhouses and apartments in low density residential zones.A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said the proposal came out of concerns by residents during Plan Your Brisbane consultations.“One in five households gave feedback and stopping townhouses being built in areas for single homes was a strong theme,” she said, adding that it was not expected to impact council’s ability to meet the state target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoProportion of households in each suburb that are 55-64 years old, with red being the highest levels 20 per cent, orange 10 per cent and yellow being single digit percentages. Source: Place Design Group.“Brisbane City Council is currently calling for residents to help shape Brisbane and have their say on proposed plans to restrict townhouses in low density residential zones,” she said. “These changes are about protecting the Brisbane backyard and our unique character by ensuring our planning scheme reflects community expectation on townhouse developments.“Council is committed to supporting a broad range of housing options for all of Brisbane’s current and future residents and ensuring our city remains a great place to live, work and relax.”She said there were several different residential and commercial zones available in suburbs across Brisbane that supported a broad range of housing types.“While the State Government’s SEQ Regional Plan sets a target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041, this amendment would not impact Council’s ability to meet this,” she said.“The proposed amendment cannot be finalised until after community consultation and a second sign off from the State Government.” Building approvals for all dwellings excluding detached houses as an average of the last 3 years, with the darkest green being 685 and the lightest being 0. Source: Place Design Group.Long time Bulimba residents Pauline Burchardt, 67, and Lyall Gamble, 69, were among the fortunate ones, having found property to downsize into about 800m from their family home.The couple is trying to sell their three storey family home at 16 Shakespeare St in the $2m price range, effectively looking to sell it off for two smaller units.They’ve already moved into a three-bedroom apartment overlooking the river. at Bulimba — though it was not their first choice — and have a holiday unit on North Stradbroke.“We had been looking for at least two years,” Ms Burchardt told The Sunday Mail. “We wanted single storey because as you get a bit more frail you worry about stairs.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 A battle royale is in play as residents of low density suburbs look to prevent townhouses and unit developments in their neighbourhoods. Picture: Liam Kidston.A NEW housing index has warned that Brisbane will face a flood of ageing baby boomers with nowhere suitable to live unless it embraces greater density in suburbs where houses dominate.The DORIS Index — Downsizer Opportunity to Remain in Suburbs — compared just how ready various Brisbane suburbs were to face the challenge, marrying the availability of smaller housing options with the ageing population. Ugly duckling headlines auction daylast_img read more

Signs your relationship will not end with a marriage proposal.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share By Tiffany BaileyWe have all been in relationships that just weren’t going to progress into marriage. Besides having fun, dating is a process designed to find your soul mate. Sometimes the process of weeding through the duds can take time. When evaluating the future, you need to consider the standing in the relationship and the vibes your guy is giving you. Men aren’t always subtle creatures, and often times they drop hints about how they feel along the way. These are some signs that your relationship is destined to end without a marriage proposal.He stops using words like we/usThis is a huge sign that things are going south in your relationship. After being together for a while, you should be getting comfortable with one another. As a couple you should being using the words we/us to describe your partnership. When things start to change, you need to open up communication with him. If he sees things as his and yours instead of “ours,” marriage won’t be around the corner anytime soon. I watched as this happened to one of my best friends. The first year of their relationship went well. They used the us/we words for everything. About 18 months into living together, her boyfriend stopped using those words. His money was his, they stopped doing things as a couple, and he just didn’t care any longer. Needless to say, that scenario did not end with a marriage proposal.He avoids the marriage talkSometimes men have a fear of commitment. They have this vision that being married takes away your freedom and you become a different person. After a certain amount of time in a relationship, there should be a talk about marriage. If he is hesitant at first, you can put it off and try again in a few weeks or months. After a few times of trying, if he is still resistant, chances are he doesn’t feel like you are the one for him. I dealt with this in my first long-term relationship. I wanted so badly to marry him, but he wouldn’t even entertain the idea. Eventually, I took the hint and the relationship ended.You have been together an extended time with no progressEvery relationship has milestones. Your first kiss, the date you make love for the first time, your one-year anniversary, and when you move in together. Little girls often dream about the day their boyfriend asks for their hand in marriage. That is another step in your partnership that should follow suit with the others. If you have been together for an extended period of time and haven’t gotten a proposal, something is up. For me, a personal view on how long is too long, is about five years. In that time, you should know each other fairly well and be able to decide if you have a future together. Anything after that is a time waster and usually will not end up in marriage.Realistically, no one can be the judge for you when it comes down to whether or not he will marry you. Being sensible about what is actually happening between the two of you is important. If you are noticing this behavior, approach the subject with him. Wasting your time in a relationship that is going nowhere will only drive you crazy in the end.Yahoo Contributor Share 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LifestyleRelationships Signs your relationship will not end with a marriage proposal. by: – August 6, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Barcelona in crisis as six Directors resign

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee Makinde to OYSIEC: Conduct credible, unbiased LG poll Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces a huge problem at the Catalan club after six Directors resigned in a move that questioned how it has been managed in recent months and what is being planned for the future. Earlier in the week vice-president Emili Rousand had announced that he had been asked to stand down as Bartomeu was looking to remove four members of the board. However, on Thursday, Rousand along with fellow VP Enrique Tombas and four other directors, Silvio Elias, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont and Jordi Clasamiglia, had sent a letter to the club announcing they had handed in their notice. Within the letter, they stated the reasons for their resignation was due to the mismanagement of the social media scandal earlier in the year, which saw Barca deny reports they had paid a company to post messages to protect the reputation of Bartomeu, while also targeting other players, club legends and potential presidential candidates. The Directors also questioned how Barca is reacting to the current coronavirus pandemic and how the club will cope in the future. “We hereby want to communicate that the directors below signatories have transferred to President Bartomeu our decision to irrevocably resign from our status as FC Barcelona executives,” the letter said. “We have reached this point by not being able to reverse the criteria and forms of management of the club in the face of the important challenges of the future and, in particular, from the new post-pandemic scenario. “We must also highlight our disillusion over the unfortunate social media episode, known as ‘Barcagate’, of which we found out through the press.” The letter went on to call for “new elections” when circumstances allow, and the directors also expressed how it had been an honour to sever their “beloved Barca”. And while the departing directors called for early elections, this is unlikely. Elections are currently scheduled for the summer of 2021, and Bartomeu, who will not be able to run having already served two terms, has remained adamant that he will not bring them forward. Even though Bartomeu had been planning for four resignations, six departures from the board raises another problem for the 57-year-old. According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu is now considering adding two new people to the board. The report claimed there are now thirteen directors left following the six resignations. However, it also stipulates that there must be a minimum of fourteen members on the board. While Bartomeu requires at least one, it is claimed the Spaniard will “most likely” bring in two new faces after carefully considering who he can work with.Tags: Barcelona FCClub DirectorselectionsPresident Josep Maria BartomeuResignationslast_img read more

After years of booming kicks, Taylor Bennett seeks a diversified approach

first_img Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:50 pm Contact Bobby: Facebook Twitter Google+ When she needs to clear the ball out of her zone, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan defers to Taylor Bennett. Bennett winds up, swings and pummels the ball 60 yards downfield. It’s a skill that got her to this point in her career. It’s also one she’s looking to stifle.Bennett has relied on her ability to drive or serve the ball far across the field. It’s a staple of her game. Now, to fit head coach Phil Wheddon’s philosophy of short passes for Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast), she’s working to offer shorter passes to bolster SU’s transition game.“My philosophy is very much in possession and keeping the ball,” Wheddon said. “I think any time you put the ball in the air and play a long ball it’s a 50/50 ball. I’d rather keep the ball on the ground and keep it moving.”Growing up in Dryden, New York, about 40 miles south of Syracuse, Bennett made varsity as a seventh grader.  Her mother, Janine, doubled as her physical education teacher and soccer coach. Her sister, Leighann, owns Dryden High School’s single-season goals record.Bennett loved to score. She practiced the timing and precision needed to launch the ball high and far, and it began to yield encouraging results. She flourished by putting the ball in the air above young goalkeepers who couldn’t block the upper parts of the net. She grew into a larger frame and diversified between shooting, serving and driving off her right leg.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBennett was recruited to SU as a defender, so she shifted her focus away from goal-scoring and toward defense. She moved positions under her mother’s coaching on the Syracuse Development Academy. Instead of firing balls on net, she worked on kicking them across midfield out of her zone.Last year, Bennett started in all 19 games. Her leg was an asset on free kicks. It also gave Wheddon a layer of versatility. She scored against Cornell on Aug. 31 after an early foul in the box gave Syracuse a penalty shot from close-range.“We can connect with one or two touch-passing,” Wheddon said. “But also (have) the ability to play that longer ball when needed.”This year, Syracuse shifted to a three-back system, placing more pressure on Bennett and the rest of the defense to get stops shorthanded and start a counter attack.For Bennett, that meant playing wider on her section of the field, positioning herself while organizing players and kicking fewer long balls.This season, SU has turned over balls immediately after getting stops when opposing teams cut in between its defense. The long ball can quickly move it out of the zone, but it becomes readable by defenses who drop back to track and fight for the ball.“You have to pull it out, play short around them and play some balls in on the ground at player’s feet,” Bennett said, “so that I give my own players a rest and they don’t have to run all the time.”On Sunday against Clemson Bennett set up several opportunities for the Orange by looping balls from the midfield on set pieces into the goal area.On passes, she’s looking to bend the ball around defenders and keep the ball on the ground. The goal is to not rely on the long ball for advancement. Her power jump-started her career early in her life. Now she’s adjusting to keep pace.“We’re challenging Taylor to play with more diversity,” Wheddon said, “and play penetrating balls on the ground and link passes and combine more.” Commentslast_img read more

Official launch of women’s GPA

first_imgSixteen year’s after the Gaelic Players Association was created, the women’s GPA will be formally launched today.The representative body for female inter-county players will be aligned to the men’s GPA, which has also helped to get them up-and-running.The Women’s GPA will seek to defend and protect the rights of our ladies footballers and Camogie stars and this morning’s launch is expected to be attended by several Irish sports stars.last_img