Image source: Mark Villar facebook pageThe Government of Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) today officially started the Manila Bay dredging operations – from the Manila Yacht Club breakwater to the United States Embassy in Manila.Under the project, approximately 225,000m³ of silt is set to be removed from the mentioned areas, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported today.DPWH Secretary, Mark Villar, said that the heavy equipment composed of amphibious excavators, dumping scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, street sweepers and vacuum sewer jet cleaners are deployed in the area and other strategic locations for the cleanup operations.This event marks the full-blast dredging within this critical section of Manila Bay. The Bureau of Equipment (BOE), Regional and District Engineering Offices in Metro Manila have deployed a total of 28 machines and 50 personnel to operate 16 hours a day, six days a week, said the secretary during the launching of the Manila dredging program.“Excavation will be the major mechanism for the removal of the accumulated pollutants in Manila Bay. Through our hardworking crew and equipment fleet, we aim to de-silt within 150 meters from the shoreline of Manila Bay,” Villar said.DPWH-BOE Director, Toribio Noel Ilao, added that implementation of de-silting activities will be divided into five sectors, each ranging from 200m to 300m long, until the entire 1.5km is finished.Each sector will be de-silted approximately within 90 to 120 days.
Published on December 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 West Lindor has decommitted from Syracuse’s Class of 2015, he told The Daily Orange on Monday night.The three-star tight end from Affton (Missouri) High School said that he made his decision because he had not heard from anyone on the coaching staff since early October, had made numerous calls that were unanswered and was one of two tight ends in the class — the other being junior college transfer Trey Dunkelberger — when he was told that he’d be the only one.“I wasn’t too happy about it, it’s whatever I guess,” Lindor said. “It’s just a business. It’s just a business and there’s nothing I can do about it.”He said he broke the news to the media first because he didn’t know who to call from the school since no one would pick up.Running backs coach DeAndre Smith recruited him, Lindor said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLindor said he’d been looking at other colleges, and is interested in Missouri and Indiana, but only has one other offer from Arkansas State. He said that he was being recruited to play at Harvard, but that he cut off communication after his commitment to Syracuse on July 9.“I talked to some of the commits in the class, and they said they had been talking to the staff every single day for the past month so, yeah,” Lindor said.In October, Gerald Robinson, a cornerback commit, left the class because he said he had only been hearing from the coaching staff once a month. But Daivon Ellison, another cornerback commit said he was talking to different coaches every day and that he heard from his main recruiter, SU tight ends coach Bobby Acosta, every other day.Lindor is now the fifth player in the now-22-person class to decommit.“It sucks. Now I’m just restarting again,” Lindor said. “After all the stuff I just started, I kind of wish for that time back. But I’ll bounce back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 23, 2019 at 12:01 am [email protected] | @cincinnallie Sam Marteka grew up without major league sports teams near his hometown in Durham, Connecticut. But that didn’t matter to the SU junior. He still played ball whenever he had the chance.A three-sport athlete in high school, Marteka was one of the most well-rounded players on his baseball team, he said. While he played baseball during the spring and summer months, he stayed active with cross country and basketball during the offseason.Marteka entered Syracuse wanting to play club baseball, despite having connections to NCAA Division II and III teams, he said. He was drawn to the newly formed sport analytics program — the only one in the nation — which started his freshman year.“You can’t get a sport analytics degree anywhere else,” Marteka said. “That academic opportunity combined with the Division I atmosphere that Syracuse brings outweighed everything else in terms of playing at the college level.”Now 20 years old, three years into his time at Syracuse, Marteka is using the sport analytics knowledge he’s learned in David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamic classrooms on the baseball diamond for the club baseball team. Since the club baseball team has no manager, Marteka leads practices, mentors younger players and applies analytics to day-to-day strategies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClasses for Marteka’s major such as “Baseball with R” deal with more advanced stats and ways of thinking about the game, giving him a new insight that some of the other players on the team might not have. He’s learned about the intricacies of spin rate on pitches and launch angle on swings, both suggestions he makes to his teammates.“If people have concerns or if they have questions about stuff, he’s always trying to help them,” sophomore infielder Evan Hummel said. “Marteka is always looking to make the team better.”Marteka said that he has grown close with other players in the sport analytics major because they view sports from a different angle, just like him. Concepts such as launch angle — the angle that the ball comes off the bat — might be difficult to explain to less experienced players, but talking to his teammates who understand it can improve the way they play.While Marteka buys into the launch angle trend for hitters, he also notes the importance of spin rate — rotations per second of the pitch — for pitchers.While he’s learned baseball sabermetrics at SU, Marteka also honed his craft this summer as an intern with the Orleans Firebirds, a team in the Cape Cod Baseball League. His main job was to help keep statistics for the team, but he also applied data and learned how to better explain it to the players.Marteka (right) interned for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer. Courtesy of Sam MartekaStudents in the sport analytics program are required to take classes in sport management as well as sport analytics to give a well-rounded view of sports as a whole. They are encouraged to think outside the box to view the game from a different angle than the average person would, Marteka said.Back at Syracuse, the club team’s 2019 season begins on Sept. 22 at Hobart. While he was the treasurer of the team last year, Marteka will be stepping back from the role for this season. His schedule is packed with academic advising and running charity events as president of the sport management club. He won’t have an official leadership position on the team, but he’s dedicated to continuing the development of the players and making the most of the rest of his time at Syracuse.“I only have two years of this left,” Marteka said. “I want to make the most out of it before I graduate from here and not have time for organized baseball.” Comments