16 Oct
2020

Weekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws

first_imgWeekly Update: Providing Access to Medical Marijuana, Submitting Fair Congressional Maps, and Strengthening Lobbying Laws February 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Congressional MapsAfter Republican legislative leaders submitted their proposed congressional map last Friday, Governor Wolf announced on Tuesday that he would reject this proposal.“Partisan gerrymandering weakens citizen power, promotes gridlock and stifles meaningful reform,” Governor Wolf said. “As non-partisan analysts have already said, their map maintains a similar partisan advantage by employing many of the same unconstitutional tactics present in their 2011 map.“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional.”Before the deadline at midnight on Thursday, Governor Wolf submitted a map to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. According to analysis by Tufts University Moon Duchin, the governor’s map exhibited no partisan skew in comparison to a billion randomly generated maps.“From the outset, I have made clear I wanted a map that was fair and removed the partisanship that Pennsylvanians have been forced to live under since the 2012 elections,” Governor Wolf said. “This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. ​“While my preference would have been for the General Assembly to send me a fair map, I believe this map sets forth a new standard of fairness.”View the full contents of the governor’s proposal here.Medical MarijuanaOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced that medical marijuana would become available on February 15 for patients at approved dispensaries across the commonwealth. To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate, 17,000 patients have registered to participate, over 700 physicians have registered to become certified practitioners, and almost 400 of those physicians have completed training.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. On Thursday, the governor offered his thanks as Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana patients received their medication.“We reached this historic day through a lot of hard work by many dedicated people at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana, and through the support of advocacy groups, the General assembly, and especially Pennsylvanians – the parents, doctors, and patients – whose tireless efforts helped make today a reality,” said Governor Wolf.“My thanks to staff and supporters, and to the more than 700 physicians who have either completed or are in the process of completing the necessary steps to certify patients. The nearly 3,000 patients with medical marijuana ID cards (with more than 17,000 registered to participate in the program) are now able to find some relief from their serious medical conditions and, for that, I am most grateful.”Government ReformOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1175 into law, now Act 2 of 2018, which underlined his commitment to change the culture of Harrisburg by making government more efficient and transparent.The new law strengthens lobbying reporting rules, including:Requiring lobbyists, lobbying firms, or principals to file lobbying disclosure reports electronically to quicken Department of State processing and provide more time for compliance efforts. Approximately 20 percent of lobbying disclosure reports are filed by paper;Increasing the daily maximum penalty for not filing a report by the quarterly deadline from $50 per day to: $50 per day for the first 10 late days; $100 per day from late day 11 to 20; and $200 per late day after 20 days; andDoubling the maximum penalty for not filing a lobbying disclosure reports by the quarterly deadline from $2,000 to $4,000;Requiring the Department of State to post all lobbying disclosure reports online within seven days of receiving the filing. The department typically posts electronically filed reports within minutes of submission.Governor Wolf’s Week, February 11 – February 17, 2018Monday, 2/12/18Governor Wolf Announces Pittsburgh Has Emerged from Distressed Status Under Act 47Governor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New InvestmentsTuesday, 2/13/18Governor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered MapWolf Administration Unveils When and Where Medical Marijuana Will be Available to PatientsWednesday, 2/14/18Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Federal Representative Jon FoxGovernor Wolf Signs Stronger Lobbying Restrictions Bill into LawThursday, 2/15/18Governor Wolf Offers Thanks as Medical Marijuana Now Available in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Statement on Parkland, Florida TragedyGovernor Wolf Submits a Fairer Congressional Map to Supreme CourtFriday, 2/16/18Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West PhiladelphiaHundreds Join Wolf Administration in Erie for Cabinet in Your Community EventHighlights from The BlogPA.gov That Works: New and Improved Site SearchFebruary Jobs That Pay Update: #AmazonInPA, PA Business One-Stop Shop, 21st Century Workforce Development, and Community InvestmentsGUEST BLOG: New Online PA Business One-Stop Shop LaunchesGovernor Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map (Round-Up)Lunar New Year – Celebrating the Year of the DogMedical Marijuana Available for Patients in Pennsylvania (Round-up)Highlights from TwitterI have made clear from the outset that I wanted a congressional map that was fair and removed from partisanship. This map takes features from Republican and Democratic submissions, while still meeting the court’s orders and opinion, to provide Pennsylvanians with a fair map. https://t.co/DELsrklJq3— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 16, 2018 Many of you have waited years for this moment. Medical marijuana is legal, safe, and now available to PA patients. Proud of the work so many have devoted to making #MMJ a reality in PA. https://t.co/bfDBbSluzt— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 13, 2018 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

PensionDanmark backs government plan for agriculture investment fund

first_imgHe said this would result in growth and employment particularly in those parts of Denmark where they were most needed.Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s minister for business and growth, said there were many farmers with effective businesses that they were ready to invest in, but who were hindered by high levels of debt.“Several hundred businesses are assessed as being effective enough to be able to remain profitable by investing more in their production combined with a long-term solution for their overall debt,” he said, adding that these were exactly the farmers the fund was targeting.Danish Agricultural Capital would receive a DKK500m transfer from the state.The ministry said the goal was to attract at least a further DKK500m from pension funds and possibly other investors to reach the initial goal of raising DKK1bn.It said the Danish Growth Fund would run the new farms fund, and that it was working right now on making deals with a range of larger pension funds to invest in it.“If the negotiations go as we expect,” Lund Poulsen said, “Danish Agricultural Capital will be able to grant its first loan at the start of 2017.”The new farm financing fund would offer subordinated loans that are non-callable by Danish Agricultural Capital. The ministry said there were no fixed sizes or terms for the loans and that they were expected to be for DKK5m to DKK10m, with terms of up to eight years at an individually fixed rate of interest.Loans are expected to be given to 150-200 farms over the next few years. PensionDanmark has voiced its support for an investment fund being launched by Denmark’s Ministry of Business and Growth to raise DKK2bn (€269m) of equity and debt financing for Danish farms.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of the DKK189bn labour-market pension fund, said: “There has been a constructive dialogue for some time between the Ministry of Business and Growth, the Danish Growth Fund and several Danish pension funds about setting up Danish Agricultural Capital (Dansk Landbrugskapital).”The Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden) is a state investment fund set up in 1992 that invests equity and provides loans and guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises in conjunction with private partners and Danish financial institutions. “It now looks as if a model has been found in which PensionDanmark and other investors can put capital into the new fund, thereby making a reasonable return while at the same time helping supply financing for skilled farmers keen to invest in their businesses,” Möger Pedersen said.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Hoyer Group boosts its LNG business

first_imgIn addition to LNG logistics, Hoyer Group is expanding its fleet by including LNG trucks as well as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles. Engines fuelled with liquid natural gas emit around 15 per cent less CO2 emissions and approximately 60 per cent less nitrogen oxides compared to conventional diesel engines. An LNG engine also consumes less fuel. HOYER has already put four LNG trucks and seven CNG vehicles on the road. German logistics services provider Hoyer Group is expanding its liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport business footprint. In its statement, the company said that all of its equipment has the necessary approvals entitling the company to load at major European LNG storage terminals. Ortwin Nast, chief executive officer of the Hoyer Group says, “expanding our truck fleet by including climate-friendly trucks is a logical consequence.” Courtesy of Hoyer Group The market for alternative energies is growing rapidly worldwide. This trend has prompted the Hoyer Group to take the step further. The company noted in its statement that LNG also shows potential as a fuel. The company’s portfolio of services in this segment includes supplies to petrol stations and deliveries to industrial companies, as well as, supply to shipping. Overall, the demand for LNG as fuel for road transport, industry and shipping is growing. As a response, the Hoyer Group is accelerating the LNG transport business. The topic of alternative drive systems will be followed up intensively in the future. The steady expansion of the service station infrastructure, together with attractive measures such as exempting LNG trucks from highway tolls reinforces the trend towards LNG trucks, despite higher acquisition costs compared to their diesel equivalents, the company said.last_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Polyamorous marriage in NZ

first_imgThe Daily Blog 2 April 2013Features writers such as Chris Trotter, David Slack Efeso Collins, John Minto, Keith Locke, Sue Bradford and moreWhen Bob McCroskrie stirred the pot by pointing out that we can’t call it ‘marriage equality’ if we’re not including anyone who wants to get married, many clever and supposedly intersectional activists went to a very strange place to prove Bob wrong. It’s entirely fair to focus this argument on same-sex marriage. This legislation at hand. This international movement of acceptance. But in order to do that, we don’t need to run screaming and emphatically separate ourselves from those poly people. Those people, who by the way, have not tried to ‘hijack’ this stage in marriage equality publicly once. Those people who are loudly supportive of queer marriage and waiting for their turn. Or, like many queer and straight folk, don’t personally want to get married, but don’t agree with a glaring legislative difference.To separate ourselves from McCroskrie’s attempts to derail and divide, all we have to do is ignore him. Because currently the only person who IS conflating this phase in marriage equality with poly marriage, is a dude who ran a nationwide campaign in support of child abuse. He is no one’s ally. So let’s not give him any time at the big people’s table. If this isn’t the fight we’re fighting, our responses to his attempts to mess with us from his tiny swivel chair in a basement laden with Christian motivational posters, should simply say that and move on. But for “marriage equality” activists to go to great lengths to emphasize that’s definitively not going to happen so please move along oh my god don’t conflate us with that argument, it’s too far out and weird and you’ve got the wrong people, these are not the droids you’re looking for is offensive. Tell me why, exactly, poly marriage isn’t something we shouldn’t be actively setting our sights for once this hurdle is over? Is it because of the slippery slope? Is it because of ‘the children’? Is it because amending legislation to enable it would be literally the hardest thing ever and we have never needed to amend those things before in the history of humanity? Because I’m pretty sure those arguments should be all too familiar to “marriage equality” activists.…Extending marriage to any informed consenting adult who wants to, should be something eventually incorporated in marriage equality. Unless you subscribe to the idea that loving, adult relationships should be prescribed and confined in accordance with…what, exactly? If you subscribe to that idea, then please, don’t talk about “marriage equality”. Talk about “same-sex marriage” because that is really all you stand for. If you’re at least broadly open to it, but you want to distance yourself from the poly discussion because you’re well aware that now is not the time, and that people do have super toxic hang ups about poly marriage, then sure. But do so with acknowledgement, at least internally, that you’re prioritizing this milestone over a discussion poly folk have been waiting for, and will continue to wait for. And maybe try not to spit in their face while you do it. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/02/polyamorous-marriage/last_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Mrs. Betty Mardelle (Reese) Hughes

first_imgMrs. Betty Mardelle (Reese) Hughes, age 83, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on August 1, 1935, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the daughter of the late, J.C. and Ruth (Thomas) Reese. She was raised in Posey Township and was a 1954 graduate of the Patriot High School. Betty was united in marriage on May 16, 1959, at the Old Methodist Church in Patriot, Indiana, to the late, Ralph Hughes. This union was blessed with three daughters, Marlene, Marsha and Melissa. Betty was a Switzerland County 4-H Leader and attended the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church. Betty worked on the family farm alongside her husband and was a wonderful homemaker. Betty enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in the band, choir and sports and will be deeply missed by her loving family. Betty passed away at 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Betty is survived by her daughters, Marlene Peters and her husband, Rick of Vevay, IN, Marsha Chase and her husband, Lawrence of Vevay, IN and Melissa Hughes of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Meghan Kaczmarek and her husband, Anthony of East Enterprise, IN, Kayla Nelson and her husband, Zac of Vevay, IN, Ashley Kitts and her husband, Chris of Vevay, IN and Lauren Chase of Vevay, IN; her great-grandchildren, Presley Kitts, Eli Nelson and Jimmy Kaczmarek; her sister, Billie Green and her husband, Galen of Vevay, IN; her brother, Chuck Reese of East Enterprise, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Ruth (Thomas) Reese; her husband, Ralph Hughes, died April 20, 2003 and her sister, Myroleen Henry.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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22 Sep
2020

Japan withdraws 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

first_imgRelatedPosts Japanese firm develops robot able to kill COVID-19 with ultra-violet rays Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved NAFDAC warns Nigerians against apple, blackcurrant from Australia The Japanese Football Association announced that Japan is withdrawing its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, just days before football’s world governing body holds a vote to determine the successful candidate.Following an executive board meeting on Monday, the JFA withdrew its candidacy and decided to support the Australia/New Zealand bid, which will go up against a bid from Colombia. Earlier this month, FIFA rated the joint Australia/New Zealand bid as the best to host the tournament, with Japan in second place.The JFA said a key factor behind their decision was losing the support of the Southeast Asian ASEAN Football Federation, who have publicly said they would support the Australia/New Zealand bid.With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games now being delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the JFA said they found it unlikely one country would be awarded women’s soccer’s two biggest tournaments back-to-back.JFA chairman Kozo Tashima left the door open for another bid in the future.Tags: 2023 Women’s World CupAustraliaColombiJapanNew Zealandlast_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

Van Ginkel set to miss season

first_img Van Ginkel – making only his second start following a summer switch from Vitesse Arnhem – went down after an early challenge from Alex Pritchard and, despite briefly trying to carry on, he soon hobbled off in the 10th minute. It is understood that reports in the Dutch media that the 20-year-old will have surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out for six to nine months are accurate. Chelsea paid around £8million of Van Ginkel in July, but it looks as though his season has now ended after seeing just 97 minutes of action. The Dutchman showed glimpses of his potential during his only other start against Basle in the Champions League, and he also looked impressive when coming off the bench against Hull and Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League. Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said he feared the worst for Van Ginkel after the Capital One Cup clash at the County Ground, which Chelsea won 2-0. “It doesn’t look good,” he said. “He’ll have a scan on Wednesday on an injury to his knee. It’s too early to say (if it’s a bad one) but let’s hope that’s not the case. “It didn’t look good as he came off so early in the game.” The injury also severely hampers Van Ginkel’s chances of making Holland’s World Cup squad. The 20-year-old made his international debut last November and was expected to challenge for a place in Louis van Gaal’s squad for Brazil. Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Swindon on Tuesday and is expected to be out for around six months. Press Association Chelsea later confirmed the Holland midfielder had undergone an operation. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Marco van Ginkel successfully underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery today (Thursday). “The 20-year-old midfielder is expected to be out for approximately six months. “Van Ginkel suffered the knee injury during the first half of our Capital One Cup match at Swindon on Tuesday evening.” last_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

New driver is improvement – McIlroy

first_img McIlroy admitted the non-Manchester United fans in the room also made their presence felt, with team-mate Sergio Garcia adding: “Obviously I am a Real Madrid fan and probably not his (Ferguson’s) biggest fan in the world, but I think when you have the possibility of listening to somebody that has been up there in sports and been able to perform at a really high level for that long, it’s always interesting to kind of pick his brain and see what things he’s gone through. “It was really, really interesting, and I’m actually glad that I got to… I think we all did, got to know him a little bit better and listen to him a little bit.” Celtic fan Stephen Gallacher revealed he had received a good luck message from former Parkhead boss Martin O’Neill, but was also impressed by Ferguson. “I thought he was brilliant,” Gallacher said. “He spoke for half an hour and then we sort of asked him some questions and he was very candid and very open. “There’s bits that I definitely would take away from it, not just as a team aspect, but for progression going forward. “I kind of knew he was (a confident person) anyway, but to hear him talking you can see why the players respected him so much. You can see his sort of passion for the game and how much he loves football and how much he loves the strategy and the game. “He misses it a bit he said, but you know, an absolute legend in my eyes.” McIlroy has won four times this season, including the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship in consecutive appearances, but used a new driver in practice on Tuesday. Phil Mickelson famously changed from Titleist to Callaway clubs shortly before the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, lost twice on the opening day in partnership with Tiger Woods and won just one point from four matches as Europe stormed to a record nine-point win. Rory McIlroy has allayed fears that he was about to make a risky change of equipment on the eve of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. But McIlroy revealed on Wednesday that he had been practising with the club for months and was all too aware of the Mickelson’s struggles a decade ago. “Phil Mickelson nearly hit me off the first tee in 2004,” joked McIlroy, who was in Detroit as a spectator after helping Europe win the junior Ryder Cup in Ohio. “I was standing down the left-hand side, so I’m very aware of what he did that week. “Hey look, Phil changed from one equipment manufacturer to another. This is a driver that I’ve actually been using and practising with since June. I wouldn’t be putting it in the bag if I didn’t feel it was better. “I think everyone saw yesterday it was the only driver I had out there in the bag. It’s looking likely that it’s going to be in the bag this week.” McIlroy also revealed he was thrilled that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was brought in to speak to the European team on Tuesday evening by captain Paul McGinley. “For me being a Manchester United fan it was the highlight of the week so far,” added the Open champion, who paraded the Claret Jug at Old Trafford earlier this season. “I was just sitting there and looking up at him and I didn’t take my eyes off him. I was sort of in this trance just listening to everything that he was saying and I’m sort of thinking, this is all the stuff that he’s probably said to Manchester United teams over the years. “He told us a couple of stories just of past experiences in some big games and some of the players that he managed and it was a great evening. It was a really cool thing to be a part of.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Allardyce has sympathy for Pearson

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes the Football Association were wrong to charge Leicester boss Nigel Pearson over his argument with a fan, and feels more can be done to stop tempers boiling over behind the dugout. Press Association Pearson has accepted an FA charge of using insulting words towards a supporter but has requested a personal hearing. A video has emerged of the incident during his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 2. The Foxes boss had refused to apologise for the altercation, which Allardyce, himself the target of boos from some West Ham supporters during a difficult spell last season, feels is now all too commonplace. Allardyce, speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash between the teams at Upton Park, said: “I think it is wrong, personally. I think he should get a warning about his future conduct, because he hasn’t stepped out of line, but the FA are just as scared as everyone else about being politically correct. “It depends on what position you are in at that moment in particular time and if somebody has baited you as much as that fella did (with Pearson) then if you get a reaction, you get a reaction. “We are all human beings aren’t we? When you lose your rag, what do you do? Do you stay calm? No, so we cannot be angels all the time in this badly politically correct world we have. “This politically correct world drives you up the wall – we will be shutting the door too hard soon, it will make too big a noise for somebody and that will upset.” While it remains to be seen what the outcome of Pearson’s disciplinary case will be, Allardyce feels his former assistant coach during their time at Newcastle will emerge stronger from the saga. Allardyce explained: “It is one isolated incident, I can’t remember Nigel Pearson ever doing anything like that before. I worked with him at Newcastle for seven months and he is a guy who has got great morals and great standards. “He takes those standards into the way he is managed since he left Newcastle, that is why the football clubs he has been at have been successful. The Foxes are three points adrift at the foot of the Barclays Premier League after four successive defeats but Allardyce said: “Nigel has had a little blip and there is always a big fuss made about it – but it hasn’t happened before and he probably regrets it, but you have got to move on.” On the clash at Upton Park, Allardyce accepts the visit of the struggling Foxes, without a win in 11 matches, will be key, given what other matches lie ahead. “The most important thing is trying to get three points against Leicester because on paper, it is a more winnable game and we have got to focus and make sure that is the one we do win,” he said. “But it is only on paper because sooner or later, they will win a game. “Nigel Pearson’s team are so close to winning matches, they have just failed with their chances, but never really got hammered. “So we have got make sure we are on song and not the ones that they turn the corner by gaining the victory against us.” David Nugent is set to return for Leicester after missing last week’s defeat to Manchester City with a calf injury. He will be assessed before the game while goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is out after breaking a metatarsal last week which will rule him out for at least five more weeks. Matt Upson is close to a comeback after a long-standing foot injury but will not be risked as he returns to full fitness. Pearson has eased fears over Leicester’s transfer plans – despite the sacking of director of football Terry Robinson. The Foxes acted this week after an 11 game winless run left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Robinson has been replaced by academy director Jon Rudkin ahead of Saturday’s vital trip to in-form West Ham. Pearson is already hunting a goalkeeper after losing Schmeichel for at least six weeks with a broken foot but insisted he is not worried about the January window. He said: “Whether it does or does not affect my transfer plans is irrelevant. We always work to get the outcomes we think are best for us and I remain very much a part it. We’ll try and achieve the outcomes we’re looking for. “What happens internally at the club is important. There are certain questions that people have the right to know but I’m not the person to ask. “I fully understand my sphere of influence in terms of my authority.” last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

The wunderkind: 24-year-old White brings in improved class as director of recruiting

first_imgEric White walks into his office at 8 a.m. — maybe earlier if there’s a staff meeting. He’ll spend his day zipping through schedules, chatting with recruits, scheduling visits and making travel arrangements for Syracuse’s assistant coaches — anything he can do to piece together an elite class for the Orange. And then he’ll finally call it a night around 9 p.m. That is, on the nights that he actually leaves. Because a big office means a big closet and plenty of room for that air mattress that he’s spent more nights sleeping on than he would like to admit.“I’ve slept here quite a bit,” White said with a laugh. “It’s a seven day a week job, but you knew that when you signed up.”Maybe he works too much, but maybe that’s what Syracuse’s resident wunderkind needed to do to reach that status. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt just 24 years old, White is the Orange’s director of recruiting operations and has helped put together one of the program’s top classes in recent memory. On Wednesday, that will become official when at least 20 recruits sign letters of intent on national signing day.The profession is trending toward younger recruiting leaders, but White’s rapid ascension in the field is still rare. He’s far and away the youngest director of recruiting in the Atlantic Coast Conference — no other team in the league lists a recruiting director younger than 30.“It’s kind of unusual, but personally I prefer it,” linebacker verbal commit Zaire Franklin said, “because Eric, like, understands what we’ve been going through.”White graduated from Kansas in the spring of 2012. Three jobs and less than two years later, he’s running the show at SU.“He just left college,” Franklin said. “Eric can relate to us on a level that a lot of these other guys can’t.”At Toledo, he washed windows and mopped floors. At Wisconsin, he got a chance to be more hands-on. At Arkansas, he joined the Razorbacks’ quality control group.He was only in Fayetteville, Ark., for a couple of months, but his brief stint there happened to overlap with George McDonald’s even briefer tenure as Arkansas’ wide receivers coach.“He was there, like, three weeks. Maybe,” White said. “I don’t know if he ever even got a paycheck.”Reunited at Syracuse, the duo has formed a two-headed, Twitter-crazed recruiting monster.Between their subliminal tweets each time Syracuse lands a recruit and directly reaching out to prospects on Facebook, White and McDonald have made social media an art form and the Orange’s most valuable weapon on the recruiting trail.“Sometimes it’s easier just to send a message that only a couple people know what you’re talking about. Sometimes we’re just playing around with each other,” McDonald said. “I like social media, Eric likes it, so we’re just trying to have a little fun.”Right now is a contact period, so coaches can call recruits whenever. During quiet or dead periods, those conversations are limited to one per week. Schools can send as many letters to recruits as they want — tales of mailboxes stuffed with dozens of letters from a single school are popular sports-blog fodder — but they can never text.Facebook messages and direct messages on Twitter, however, are always fair game.“He’s pretty much the master of all that,” wide receiver target Steve Ishmael said.White messages players, then keeps tabs on them throughout the process — even if a recruit verbally commits elsewhere.The ones that do choose Syracuse, though, get maybe their most active Facebook friend. The Orange’s commits share a group chat with White where they talk about anything — not just football.“There will be something like, ‘I’m on a date right now,’ in the group chat,” Franklin said. “If it were someone older, that would be kind of weird, but it’s Eric, so it’s not that big of a deal.”And therein lies the greatest advantage that White gives SU. Recruits view him as a peer rather than a superior.“It was kind of like a friend was recruiting you,” cornerback commit Lamar Dawson said.None of the recruits interviewed for this story said it was strange dealing with someone so young, and said the guardians who accompanied them on visits felt the same way.Not everyone he encountered getting to Syracuse, though, felt the same way. White started at Toledo where he was asked to do little more than scrub floors and windows. When Chris Hauser — the former director of high school relations for the Rockets — took a job as Wisconsin’s on-campus recruiting director, he had to convince Bret Bielema to embrace White, 22 years old at the time, in the office. “He looks at the kid like, ‘How young is this kid?’” Hauser said. “Even when we went to Arkansas, he said, ‘Is Eric the right guy?’”White made an immediate impression on Hauser, though. His work ethic, efficiency and ambition — he wrote a letter to every Division I school looking for a job — meant that he would push to bring White with him everywhere he went. He even let White live in his basement while the two were working for the Badgers.In exchange, White watched the Hausers’ infant daughter when Chris and his wife Whitney wanted a date night. He got up early on Black Friday to buy them a television for Christmas.In the office, his experience with technology and social media lets him do some things Hauser would try to do in “half the time,” Hauser estimated. White even took the initiative to organize UW’s entire library of Hudl scouting videos.When Bielema left Wisconsin for Arkansas, he decided to bring Hauser with him. Again, Hauser had to convince Bielema to ignore White’s age and let him come to Fayetteville.So when Bielema heard that White would be leaving to become Syracuse’s director of recruiting, he was shocked.“(Bielema) said, ‘What? He got that opportunity?’” Hauser recalls. “‘We can give him more money.’ And I said, ‘No. I think this is what he needs to do and I can’t tell him not to take this opportunity.’”His show at Syracuse isn’t quite Arkansas’ but it is climbing. Instead of being worlds behind Southeastern Conference teams, the Orange’s class is only 21 places behind the 35th-ranked Razorback class.Those are just numbers, of course, but White is a reminder that so is age.“Whether you’re 40 or 21,” McDonald said, “every organization in the country is just trying to get the most talented person.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2014 at 2:12 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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