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Let’s go easy on the caffeine Clifton Park

first_imgPeople in Clifton Park have a serious coffee issue. They say that caffeine is the most abused drug in the world, and Clifton Park is a great example of this. Many people in this town visit coffee shops every day like Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and others and they demand their coffee to be made just right and perfectly on time. I have seen customers throw hissy fits because they didn’t get a “fresh pot.” But at shops like Dunkin’ Donuts, the coffee is never more than 17 minutes old. So don’t expect the employees to waste perfectly good coffee just because you want the top of the pot. Maybe consider other ways to wake yourself up in the morning. If you are dependent on caffeine just to function, then you have a serious issue.MacGregor WinegardClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning Board Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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The beginning of the end

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NOLA CEO: Trump’s Trade Tariffs Not Good for US Ports

first_imgThe United States ports are likely to be negatively impacted by the latest trade tariffs being proposed by the Trump Administration.On March 1, the U.S. President announced a plan to boost domestic manufacturing by imposing tariffs of 25 pct on imported steel and 10 pct on imported aluminum.According to Brandy Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans (NOLA), imposing and enforcing tariffs arbitrarily on imported steel and aluminum would negatively impact ports, the larger maritime community, manufacturers throughout the U.S., and other steel-consuming industries.“Port NOLA is particularly sensitive to tariffs on imported steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum because the commodities are important revenue sources and generate significant transportation jobs,” Christian said.Port NOLA imported 2.48 million tons of steel in the fiscal year 2017, which represents 83 percent of its breakbulk tonnage and 30 percent of its total general cargo tonnage. Port NOLA also imported 665,154 tons of aluminum traded on the London Metals Exchange, the port figures show.“Make no mistake, this is a tax on American families. When costs of raw materials like steel and aluminum are artificially driven up, all Americans ultimately foot the bill in the form of higher prices for everything from canned goods to automobiles. The reality is that there is nothing this country will gain from such a one-sided policy. These tariffs threaten to destroy more U.S. jobs than they will create while sending an alarming signal to our trading partners and diminishing markets for American-made products overseas,” U.S. National Retail Federation’s CEO and President Matthew Shay said.The plan has been fiercely opposed by the European Union and Canada which threatened to retaliate with their own tariff schemes.“The reaction of other countries and their desire to retaliate against U.S. exports is a concern for Port NOLA and ports along the Lower Mississippi River. Louisiana is a leader for exporting the nation’s agricultural products to overseas markets, with a nearly 60 percent market share of export grain from the U.S. Midwest,” Christian added.As stressed, the new law could have a much greater impact than the steel tariffs imposed by former President Bush in 2002 when the port NOLA suffered a 46 percent decline in steel imports.“Port NOLA believes free and open trade policies, combined with appropriate incentives for U.S. steel producers is the best means to promote all sectors of the U.S. economy. We will continue communicating to members of the Louisiana delegation that it is in the best interest of the Port and U.S. economy that the Administration limit actions related to this matter,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Study: 100 requests for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in Belgium

first_imgIt then examines the data from the reported euthanasia deaths indicating that the number of reported euthanasia deaths has been increasing in Belgium from 742 (2004/2005) to 2086 (2010/2011). Belgian statistics indicate that there was a 26% increase in euthanasia deaths in 2013.The study suggests that an increase in reporting of euthanasia, a requirement of the Belgian euthanasia law, may be reflected in the increased number of reported euthanasia deaths.“This rise over a 6-year period may reflect a true increase or better reporting of cases of euthanasia.”A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (March 19, 2015) found that euthanasia represented 4.6% of all deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium in 2013, while the official reports indicate that euthanasia represented 2.4% of all deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium in 2013.When comparing the NEJM (March 2015) data (Jan – June 2013) from Flanders Belgium to the data in a previous study that was published in the BMJ (November 2010) (June – Dec 2007) from Flanders Belgium, it appears that the percentage of unreported euthanasia deaths is statistically unchanged between 2007 (47%) and 2013 (49%).Last year, Dr Marc Cosyns, a Belgian euthanasia doctor, admitted that he does not report his euthanasia deaths. With nearly half of all euthanasia deaths not being reported one can safely conclude that the “safeguards” in the Belgian euthanasia law are often ignored.The study continues to suggest that the Belgian euthanasia law is careful. The study states:Legally, the physician is required to discuss the wishes of the patient with the relatives named by the patient. Consent from the relatives is not required, and the attending physician needs the patient’s permission to inform family members of the euthanasia request.This statement may be a response to complaints by families. Tom Mortier was shocked when his depressed mother died by lethal injection, and that her  family was not informed of her impending death.People with disabilities are more likely to die by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. Of the 100 requests for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons, 81 of them were not employed (8 were retired, 73 were receiving disability allowances or retired early), 14 were working or on a temporary leave, 1 was a student, 1 was in prison, and 1 was on welfare. Primarily, these were people with disabilities who are receiving a disability allowance.The study does not examine whether the person also had physical disabilities but it indicates that people with disabilities disproportionately die by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.Euthanasia as “treatment” for psychiatric reasons:  The study states that: Alex Schadenberg.blog 24 July 2015The British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a “study” on July 28, 2015 examining 100 requests for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in Belgium.Four of the six authors of the study are connected to the euthanasia clinic in Belgium.What did the study find?The “study” examines 100 consecutive requests for euthanasia at a psychiatric out-patient clinic between October 2007 and December 2011. The analysis of the data closed in December 2012. The data states: of the 35 people who died by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons, 14 of them were lethally injected by a doctor at the euthanasia clinic. 77 euthanasia requests were made by woman, 23 were men,of the 48 approved requests, 35 died by euthanasia,1 died by palliative sedation (sedation with withdrawal of water),the average age was 47,58 were depressed, 50 had a personality disorder,12 were autistic, 13 had post traumatic stress disorder, 11 had anxiety disorder, 10 had an eating disorder, and moreThe study begins by promoting the “safeguards” in the Belgian euthanasia law and explaining how the safeguards for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons follows tighter guidelines. The first section of the study takes pains to convince the readers that euthanasia is carefully done in Belgium. 38 people who requested euthanasia for psychiatric reasons were referred for further testing. Out of these, 17 of them were approved for lethal injection and 10 died by euthanasia. 35 of 48 people who were approved for lethal injection died by euthanasia. The 13 people, in this group, who did not die by euthanasia, 8 changed their mind, 2 withdrew their application based on family response, 2 died by suicide and 1 was in prison.center_img 65 people did not die by euthanasia. By the end of 2012, 57 were alive, 48 of the 57 cases were on hold based on the person receiving therapy or not needing therapy, 9 of these cases the euthanasia request was still being considered. Psychological suffering?The study concludes by pointing out that the concept of “unbearable suffering” is subjective and undefined. The study states:A literature review made clear that the concept of ‘unbearable suffering’ has not yet been defined adequately, and that views on this concept are in a state of flux. It is generally accepted that this concept is considered to be subjective, dependent on personal values, and that it must be determined in the first place by the patient.Unbearable suffering for psychological reasons is even be more subjective and undefined, as stated by the study:Unfortunately, there are no guidelines for the management of euthanasia requests on grounds of mental suffering in Belgium.To reiterate, this “study” has been carried-out by members of the euthanasia movement. All of the requests for euthanasia were made by people who were patients of Lieve Thienpont, a psychiatrist who works with Wim Distlemans at the euthanasia clinic.http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2015/07/study-euthanasia-for-psychiatric.html?utm_source=Euthanasia+Prevention+Coalition+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c6c5911371-Respond_to+the+assisted+suicide+panel.&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_105a5cdd2d-c6c5911371-157142057 The authors should have collected further data for the 57 people who were alive at the end of 2012. Since the study was published in July 2015 and since all of the participants were Lieve Thienpont’s patients, therefore further information would have been available and helpful, if the authors had wanted the study to be valid. 62 people who requested euthanasia for psychiatric reasons were not referred for further testing. Out of these, 31 were approved for lethal injection and 25 died by euthanasia.last_img read more

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Is polyamory on the rise?

first_imgRadio NZ News 28 March 2019Family First Comment: As predicted, the promoting and normalisation of polygamy / polyamory continues. Once you redefine marriage to include any genders, there is no reason to oppose any number – unless you’re a bigot. Apparently.No thanks. #MarriageOneManOneWomanwww.protectmarriage.nzInterest in polyamorous lifestyles may go beyond mere titillation, says an Auckland intimacy counsellor, as more people express an openness to define their own sexuality and sexual behaviours outside of traditional norms.Angela Rennie, 43, has been offering specialist sex and intimacy counselling from her Mount Eden practice for the past seven years.She says her anecdotal experience of talking to clients suggests traditional relationship paradigms are being challenged, revised and even replaced altogether, with more interest in polyamory, where more than one partner is in an intimate relationship with the consent of all involved.“It is hard to know exact statistics, but many people feel freer to be open about their lifestyle choices in today’s society,” says Ms Rennie.“Polyamorous relationships are not necessary less intense than monogamous relationships.“These relationships can be very intense. I have seen many couples live this lifestyle in healthy ways, remaining deeply connected.“However, just like monogamous relationships, many poly relationships don’t work out.”READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/385825/is-polyamory-on-the-riselast_img read more

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FACEMASK NOW MANDATORY: Fine, imprisonment for violators in Iloilo

first_imgILOILO City – Wearing facemask is nowmandatory in this city and Iloilo province – an added precautionary measure asIlonggos battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).It complements other “response mechanisms” to the COVID-19 pandemic such as theenhanced community quarantine, social distancing and proper hygiene, accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order (EO) No. 60 issued yesterday. BY GLENDA TAYONA and IME SORNITO “Indikita kabalo kon sin-o may ara virus, kundi i-presume ta na lang nga mayara para tanan mag-facemask,” he told PanayNews. “There is no specific evidence tosuggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potentialbenefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuseof wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executivedirector of the WHO health emergencies program, said. “People are strongly encouraged topractice social distancing and use facemasks, especially those who areconsidered at high risk (because) one way of spreading COVID-19 is throughsneezing, coughing and spitting,” read part of the provincial ordinance. Barangay officials and policemen aretasked to enforce the facemask ordinance. Across the Iloilo Strait, theprovincial government of Guimaras also made mandatory the wearing of facemaskbeginning yesterday. Violators of the facemask EO “shall berequired to go home or to secure a face mask.” They may also be slapped with sanctionssuch as but not limited to reprimand and/or the filing of appropriate chargespursuant to Republic Act 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases andHealth Events of Public Health Concern Act) and other applicable laws. “In the community, we do not recommendthe use of wearing masks unless you yourself are sick and as a measure toprevent onward spread from you if you are ill,” Van Kerkhove said. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectiousdisease epidemiologist with the WHO, also said at Monday’s briefing that it isimportant “we prioritize the use of masks for those who need it most,” whichwould be frontline healthcare workers. In Iloilo province, the SangguniangPanlalawigan passed an ordinance “requiring the use of facemask in all publicplaces during the enhanced community quarantine.” In paying the administrative fine, theviolator should transact with the Office of the Treasurer of thecity/municipality where the violation happened. Upon receipt of the payment,the treasurer’s office shall issue the corresponding official receipt. If the violator fails or refuse to paythe administrative fine, appropriate charges shall be filed in court. * third and succeeding offenses – afine of P2,000 or imprisonment for 10 days, or both at the discretion of thecourt However, in Section 8 of theordinance, a violator “may offer to compromise by paying the administrativefine.” Proponent Provincial Board member JuneMondejar said wearing a mask is the most sensible thing to do because somepeople could be COVID-19 virus carriers already but not showing symptoms, hencehard to detect and avoided. A compromise, however, shall only applyto the first and second offenses; “for this purpose, the fines prescribed…forthe first and second offenses shall be treated as administrative fines.” * first offense – reprimand * second offense – a fine of P1,000 orimprisonment for three days, or both at the discretion of the court Under the facemask ordinance,violators face the following sanctions: The facemask could be but notnecessarily limited to cloth masks, surgical masks and other similar forms, headded. Treñas ordered barangay captains toenforce the facemask EO. “There also is the issue that we havea massive global shortage,” Ryan said about masks and other medical supplies.“Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workerswho are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them nothaving masks is horrific.” “Appropriate disciplinary measures andpossible charges may be filed against those who fail or refuse to comply withthe directives mentioned herein,” stressed Treñas in a memorandum issued tobarangay captains. According to Treñas, facemask coveringthe nose and mouth of the wearer prevents droplets expelled when coughing orsneezing from infecting others. Mondejar cited Western Visayas’ 18thCOVID-19 case – a 51-year-old househelp infected by her employer (a 59-year-oldmale and the region’s Patient No. 2). The househelp was not showing COVID-19symptoms (fever, cough, tiredness, diarrhea, difficulty breathing), saidMondejar. Interestingly, just this March 30at a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland,World Health Organization (WHO) officials said they still recommend people notwear face masks unless they are sick with COVID-19 or caring for someone who issick. In Iloilo province, the facemaskordinance was approved on March 31. Not wearing facemask in public places is now an offense in Iloilo city and province. Facemask covering the nose and mouth of the wearer prevents droplets expelled when coughing or sneezing from infecting others, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The quarantine both in this city andIloilo province will end on April 14. “The masks that we recommend are forpeople who are at home and who are sick and for those individuals who arecaring for those people who are home that are sick,” she said./PNlast_img read more

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Billy G. Ison

first_imgBill’s memory will be cherished by many including three sons, Steve Ison of Brookville, Lambert (Janet) Ison of West Harrison, and Robert Ison of Scipio; two daughters, Beverly Ison of Euless, TX, and Marilyn Ramey of West Alexandria, OH; two sisters, Ann Calihan of Harrison, OH, and Lavonne Halburt of Fayetteville, NC; one brother, Hubert Caudill of Stokesdale, NC; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sarah Louise Ison; a great-grandchild, Trevor Ison; a daughter-in-law, Haroline Ison, and several brothers, sisters and other family members. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Brother Charlie Combs and Brother Bill Halcomb will officiate the funeral services on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and burial will follow in Mt. Carmel cemetery. Billy G. Ison, age 89, of Mt. Carmel, Indiana, passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Knolls of Oxford, Ohio.  Born on February 27, 1928 in Letcher County, Kentucky, he was the son of Dee and Virgie Caudill Ison and the stepson of Jonah Hogg.  Billy married Jean Ison on May 22, 1948 in Whitesburg, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on December 6, 2013.  Bill was a full-time farmer and was employed by Fisher Body in Fairfield until his retirement in 1980.  He had a passion for the Lord and was a devout servant.  Billy was very active in his church, Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church in Sunman for over 54 years and served as a deacon, clerk, treasurer, and over-seer of the church cemetery.  He also served as President of the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Board.   Billy loved farming, fishing, telling stories, reading his Bible, going to church, and spending time with family and friends.center_img Memorial donations can be directed to Drewersburg EMS or to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Association.  To sign the online guest book or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Billy Ison.last_img read more

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Just-in: Zlatan signs new Milan deal

first_imgWait is over for Milan, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has, according to MilanNews, signed the new contract worth €7m until June 2021. The Swede has just left Casa Milan and heads straight to Milanello, where the training session is scheduled in the afternoon today.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… center_img read also:Ibrahimovic: ‘Not here to be Milan mascot’ The 38-year-old is back and ready to help Milan ahead of a busy campaign including the Europa League in 2020-21. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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GDF marches on to the top of Elite League

first_img…..Top XX earns 1st pointTHE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) maintained its perfect run in the GFF-Stag Elite League with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Monedderlust FC, last Friday night, to take pole position at the top of the points table after the completion of the last two matches in the fourth round ofCustodian Jamal Caster of Top XX gathers cleanly while players from both sides watch on anxiously.Custodian Jamal Caster of Top XX gathers cleanly while players from both sides watch on anxiously.competition.The Number Five Village home side, urged on by the several hundred fans on hand, did not disappoint as they took the attack to the Army from the start and in the 8th minute took the lead, much to the delight of their supporters. A well-executed ‘one-two’ combination pass, just outside the area on the attacking left, between Teron McDonald and Kevin Cottoye, caught the Army’s defence flat-footed and caused goalkeeper Enoch Carmichael to leave his line.The diminutive and speedy Cottoye then calmly rounded the advancing keeper before confidently scoring from inside the box into an open goal.It was the first time the Army trailed in a match this season and for the first time their defense looked lame and they somehow survived a three-minute onslaught by the hosts.First it was Athlyne Bailey’s thunderous right booter from the penalty arc that rocked the cross bar, then Teron McDonald’s rifled effort went inches wide of the left post before Carmichael was forced to dive low and full-stretch to his left to brilliantly tip around the post a powerful right-footed shot from Henry Watts, from the top of the box, that had goal written all over it.The soldiers militantly and, luckily at times, soaked up the pressure before mounting their raids on the Red shirts’ defence ably marshalled by Norde and Alvin McDonald. The fast-paced game was brought to a sudden hush in the 26th minute when the Army’s lanky central defender, Aubrey Greene towered above all in the box to silence the home fans as he buried his header in the ‘onion bag’ from a free-kick just outside the area on the attacking right.The setback did not daunt the aggressive intent of Monedderlust, led by the speedy Cottoye, while the all-green with yellow and black trimmings Army unit, spearheaded by Eusi Phillips in midfield, were equally attacking but the score remained 1-1 at the interval.Both sides kept up the tempo after the break in search of breaking the deadlock as the two Coaches went to their respective benches in pursuit of the winner. The Army looked more fluid and confident in midfield and at both ends of the pitch there was resolute defending as the minutes ticked away.Just when it looked like the Army would have to share the points with the home side, the League’s top marksman, Sherwyn Caesar took centre-stage with a 2-minute explosion that pushed his season tally to six goals and the GDF to the top of the 6-team table on a maximum 12 points.The solidly built Caesar capitalised on a quickly taken free-kick about thirty five metres out as he ran away into the box past a now tired defence and beat the advancing Selwyn Jack.The goal took the spirit and fight away from the combative Monedderlust and within two minutes Caesar raced unto a ball squared across the goal from the left side to beat Jack as he left his line again.While the Army celebrated, some angry home fans on the touchline cried off-side while surrounding the assistant Referee in a threatening manner, forcing the game to be held up for seven minutes. After all was brought back to order referee Dwayne Johnson continued with the remaining four minutes and at the final whistle the score was still GDF 3, Monedderlust FC 1.The opening match-up was delayed by an hour and 39 minutes due to a poorly marked penalty area at one end of the pitch, but at the end the two newcomers to the Elite League, Victoria Kings and Top XX played to a dull 1-1 draw.Kings took the initiative in the 7th minute when Kenroy Alfed fired a right-booter from the top of the area which Jamal Caster failed to grasp properly as the ball rolled across the goal line. As though motivated, the Linden unit started to make several raids on the Kings goal but poor finishing by Terrence Aaron let the East Coast side off the hook.Aaron atoned for his misses when he headed home the equalizer at the far post from a right side cross four minutes after the half time break. Thereafter neither side could create a goal scoring opportunity as they were content on just kicking the ball away from danger for the remainder of the contest.Kings moved to 5 points while Top XX earned their first point in a game from which they should have taken maximum points.The final three games of round one will be played at the Buxton Community ground tomorrow where unbeaten leaders, GDF tackle the only other unbeaten team, second placed Fruta Conquerors in the first game at 16:00 hrs. The second match-up will feature Monedderlust against Kings and in the ‘night cap’, home side Buxton United do battle with Top XX.last_img read more

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National : Supreme will, work ethic transform Pannell into elite scorer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Rob Pannell wasn’t good enough. He was too small. He wasn’t fast enough.As a freshman in high school, Pannell was relegated to the junior varsity lacrosse team, while the rest of his friends made varsity. For Pannell, getting cut was tough.But that failure served as motivation. Over the next year, Pannell worked with a personal trainer to improve his speed. When he wasn’t at practice or a game, he was in his backyard shooting and working on moves.‘I think that definitely helped a ton in making me the player that I am today, as far as constantly challenging myself,’ Pannell said. ‘Not getting that starting spot, I wasn’t going to accept that.’His hard work earned him a starting spot on varsity as a sophomore, but he never lost that desire to get better. Now a junior attack for Cornell (7-2, 3-0 Ivy League), Pannell is a frontrunner for this year’s Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top college lacrosse player. He is currently the highest scoring player in the country in points per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore he could be mentioned among the game’s best players, though, Pannell had to overcome the same doubts that plagued him as a high school freshman.Going into his senior year at Smithtown High School West, Pannell was considered too small and not fast enough to play at top Division I programs. By the fall of that year, he had only received scholarship offers from Towson and Quinnipiac — the latter receiving his commitment to play.His high school head coach, Sean Keenan, remembers seeing Pannell in the weight room every day his senior year. Keenan said it was clear Pannell could play at an elite program after his first game that year. Pannell scored nine points to lead his team to victory against a nationally ranked Garden City team.On one play in that game, Keenan was left in awe as Pannell split a double team and fired the ball into the upper corner of the net for a goal.‘You could just see that he was going to be something special,’ Keenan said. ‘You say that about a lot of kids, but his ability to make other players better sets him apart from any other player that I’ve ever coached.’By the end of the year, Pannell set the school record with 130 points, said his uncle Jim Metzger.After the breakout year, Pannell wanted to play at a big-time lacrosse program. But Quinnipiac refused to release him from his commitment. After consulting Metzger, Pannell enrolled at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, giving him an extra year to improve. An All-American attack himself at Hofstra in 1980, Metzger became heavily involved in his college decision process.While at Deerfield, Pannell still couldn’t get a release from Quinnipiac. This limited his choices to Ivy League schools because they do not participate in the National Letter of Intent program. So Metzger and his former Hofstra teammate, Vinnie Sombrotto, called then-Cornell head coach Jeff Tambroni.Sombrotto, a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, saw Pannell play in high school and gave him a ringing endorsement. Metzger remembers Tambroni asking how Pannell compared to other top Long Island players in his class.‘Vinnie said, ‘No, this kid is on a different level,” Metzger said. ‘And the coach said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘I want him.”They then sent Tambroni highlight tapes of Pannell. After seeing the tapes, Tambroni contacted Pannell and asked him to visit Cornell. Pannell said he fell in love with the school and coaching staff during the visit.‘I knew that this was the right place for me,’ Pannell said. ‘Not having many other options, it was a no-brainer decision for me to make.’Since arriving at Cornell, Pannell has helped the team reach two final fours. Last season, he was named a first-team All-American and was honored with the Jack Turnbull Award as the top attack in college lacrosse.Pannell is currently leading the nation in assists per game with 3.11. And his 5.89 overall points per game are more than a full point above his next closest competitor — Jeremy Boltus of Army — who averages 4.80 points per game.Metzger believes Pannell’s dominance can only be compared to former Syracuse attack and four-time All-American Mike Powell. Powell remains the only four-time winner of the Jack Turnbull Award.Metzger said Powell had a unique ability to penetrate the defense and beat his man one-on-one. And he sees that same knack for playmaking in Pannell.‘Rob has that gift,’ Metzger said. ‘You can say he’s reminiscent of Mikey Powell in terms of the way he attacks a defense and plays one-on-one.’With 200 career points so far, Pannell’s numbers validate the comparison. Through three years at Syracuse, Powell scored 218 points.Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca said Pannell is his own toughest critic. DeLuca said Pannell studies film religiously, analyzing his game and opponents. And as he did in high school, Pannell spends hours working out.‘He pushes himself every day,’ DeLuca said. ‘You never see that young man resting on his laurels or being satisfied where he is.’After his All-American campaign last year, Pannell spent the offseason improving his shot — the biggest criticism of his game at that point. Pannell set up balls around the field and took shots from each area a couple of days a week for about an hour. He would start behind the cage and drive toward the goal line. He took shots on the run with both hands and fired some from the perimeter.The kid who was always too small and never fast enough is now one of the top players in college lacrosse. As his game has changed, though, his work ethic has remained constant.‘I know the path that I’ve taken, and I was never really the star or in the limelight, so to say,’ Pannell said. ‘I don’t take anything for granted, and it allows me to continue to work hard and continuously evaluate myself.’Virginia going through rough stretchThe Virginia lacrosse team lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. After beating Johns Hopkins in the previous six meetings, the Cavaliers lost to the Blue Jays 12-11 on March 26. Virginia lost again to Maryland 12-7 on Saturday.The team played without two-time first-team All-American Shamel Bratton in the second loss. Bratton was suspended by head coach Dom Starsia, according to Inside Lacrosse. Bratton and his twin brother, Rhamel, were suspended for the team’s game against Stony Brook in February after violating team rules.Bratton has been practicing, but Starsia hasn’t decided if he will play when No. 9 Virginia faces No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday.rjgery@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more