Ithaca Fire Department warns swimmers of gorge dangers

first_img“A lot of folks think, ‘Well there’s deep water so I can swim here and I’ll be fine,’ but it might not be as deep as they think,” he said. “Even though it might not look like the water is moving that fast, there are unpredictable currents that pull people in so they can’t get out of the water.” ITHACA (WBNG) — The Ithaca Fire Department is warning anyone thinking about swimming in unauthorized swimming areas to make other plans. “I understand why you want to do it, but probably the best choice is to find another site that has lifeguards and is designed for people to go swim,” he said. Weinstein said he understands the appeal, but swimming in the gorges is just too dangerous. The departments say they have noticed an uptick in incidents involving swimmers in the city’s gorges this year, and have already made eight rescues. “Folks working here will tell you we’ve been in the gorges more this month than probably all of last summer,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Weinstein. But whatever the case may be, Weinstein said the Ithaca Fire Department is asking people to stay clear of the dams. Weinstein added injuries in the gorges can put first responders in danger. According to, swimming at Ithaca’s first and second dams along Six Mile Creek is prohibited by the city. Weinstein says the dams are off limits for a reason. While public swimming areas at Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks are closed this weekend due to heavy rains, the parks are expected to re-open by Monday. “We have to hike into places that aren’t designed for occupancy, we have to use ropes, we have to use specialized equipment to get people out,” he said. “So before we can even get them medical care we have to get in there.” “I don’t blame you for wanting to go there,” he said. “I think they’re beautiful places, but you should pick a place that’s a little bit safer.” Weinstein said the uptick may be due to the coronavirus, as people are looki g for activities to dolast_img read more

Police Blotter 04-05-2020

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T&T head coach hints at role for retiring Kenwyne Jones

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Dennis Lawrence, has left the door open for retiring national forward Kenwyne Jones to play a role in the country’s development programme.Speaking following Jones’ shock retirement from the game earlier this week, Lawrence said the 33-year-old possessed an abundance of experience which could be used to help develop the new generation of players.“It’s not just about being on the football pitch. People play different roles and sometimes it’s off the football pitch,” Jones told the Guardian newspaper here. prolificKenwyne has an undisputed amount of experience and it’s something he can pass on to this generation so as long as Kenwyne is around and willing, he will always have a part to play with me because I think we cannot afford to let these type of people walk out of our football.”Jones played 89 times for T&T, scoring 23 goals, and was involved in the national team as recently as their failed qualifying campaign for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.He was also a member of the historic squad which qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, while suiting up for three CONCACAF Gold Cups.The six-foot, two-inch striker played extensively in the English Premier League, representing the likes of Sunderland and Stoke City, and also turned out for Bournemouth and Cardiff City in short stints.Lawrence said it was this type of quality record that was hard to ignore.“He played the highest level you could get in world football. This guy has been involved in the English Premier League, he’s been at a World Cup and he’s done himself no in-favours whatsoever; so I think he’s done well and I’m delighted for him,” said Lawrence, who has played alongside Jones in the past during his time as a national defender.“We need to focus on every positive thing he’s done for himself, he’s done for T&T football and let that be the legacy that Kenwyne has left.”last_img read more

Spartans still face plenty of questions after bowl victory

first_img First Published: 31st December, 2019 12:59 IST After ending the season on a positive note with a bowl victory, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State now face a daunting future.That reality was clear Monday when cornerback Josiah Scott announced he was leaving early for the NFL draft. After finishing 7-6 in 2019, the Spartans face questions about their coaching staff, their offensive philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, their talent level. Their“I keep talking to our players about: What is next?” Dantonio said after finishing his 13th season as Michigan State’s coach. “How do you handle your challenges coming down the road for you? That’s how we’ll spring forward. That’s always how we’ve done it.”It was a memorable decade for the Spartans, who won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and reached the College Football Playoff in the last of those three seasons. But over the past four seasons, Michigan State is just 27-24.Before this season, Dantonio reshuffled his offensive staff, keeping his assistants but giving them new roles. That didn’t seem to help much. When the Spartans went up against their toughest competition, they were routed by Ohio State (34-10), Wisconsin (38-0), Penn State (28-7) and Michigan (44-10). Dantonio’s own future seemed uncertain, although he said last month he planned to be back. The Spartans avoided an even bigger debacle when they won their last two games of the regular season against Rutgers and Maryland and qualified for the postseason. Then they held Wake Forest scoreless in the second half of the bowl.Pat Narduzzi, Dantonio’s former defensive coordinator who is now the coach at Pittsburgh, was back in Michigan because his team was in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. He said he expects Dantonio’s program to bounce back. “Dantonio will feed off that. That’s what he does. He’s been the underdog for years,” Narduzzi said. “I think what people fail to realize is in the game of football it’s hard to do it year after year.”This was more than one down year, however, and while Dantonio’s team may indeed relish the underdog role, the Spartans have significant losses to deal with. Quarterback Brian Lewerke was a senior, and so were defensive linemen Kenny Willekes, Raequan Williams and Mike Panasiuk. Scott announced his departure“Josiah has been nothing but professional during his time here in East Lansing in how he handles his business, both on and off the field,” Dantonio said in a statement. “We wish him the best.” The Spartans, meanwhile, will move on. Over the past decade, Dantonio has changed the sense of what’s possible at Michigan State. The Spartans were legitimate national title contenders for a few years.That makes the recent decline even more sobering, and as Michigan State sputtered this past season, it was fair to wonder when the program might reach those heights again. For the Spartans and their fans, a 7-6 record was no real cause for celebration.“To me, it’s the basic minimum that you have to do,” Dantonio said. “That’s where this program has come in the last decade. That’s a good thing. You don’t ever want to take anything away from the guys that have accomplished what they’ve done. We’ve had a lot of things go against us this year.” The season opener is at home Sept. 5 against Big Ten foe Northwestern. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 12:59 IST Spartans Still Face Plenty Of Questions After Bowl Victory After ending the season on a positive note with a bowl victory, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State now face a daunting future. FOLLOW USlast_img read more