Great project! An “identity card” is being prepared for each building in the Šibenik city center

first_imgEach of the approximately 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik should soon have its own publicly available ‘identity card’ with all the relevant information, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world.That is one of the goals of the new great project “Information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik”. conducted by the Šibenik Citizens’ Association Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac.”We are actually working more actively on this project for a long time, and it was formally started after a meeting we organized two years ago and gathered representatives of the City of Šibenik, the city department for property and legal relations, utilities, the Tourist Board, the Association of Architects and Conservators. Our wish was to do something to preserve the core of Šibenik, the city’s greatest value, as efficiently as possible, and to protect it from devastation and inappropriate construction.”Points out Nikola Grubić, president of the association.As a first step, careful registration of all buildings in the city center was imposed, so in cooperation with the Society of Architects Šibenik, ie the youth section of the Society of Architects Šibenik (ROOM) started recording the first 300 buildings in accordance with guidelines and recommendations of the Conservation Department. After six months of work, with the help of a donation from the Adris Foundation in the amount of HRK 50 awarded to them in the tender, the Juraj Dalmatinac Society and DAŠ collected all the necessary data for the first 300 buildings. “Nine members of the Society of Architects Šibenik participated in the project, and in addition to the records of the current condition of the buildings, information was collected on guidelines for potential renovation. Otherwise, the content of the identification card of the building, which can also be called the ‘personal card of the building’, contains general information: the number of the cadastral parcel, the area, the address and the house number. Then there are data on protection with markings of cultural property and protection system, and a description of the building with a prominent time of construction, purpose, number of storeys, data on the roof, etc. ” Grubic points out.In addition to the above, on the website for public use with a simple click of the mouse for each of the buildings will be able to find valid provisions from the GUP of the City of Šibenik, photos of all street facades, the so-called cadastral situation, and, most importantly, guidelines for restoration. Namely, once these basic guidelines are readily available, potential renovators of buildings in the core should not violate conservation guidelines by using unsuitable renovation materials (roofs, facades, windows, doors, etc.), or by otherwise damaging protected buildings.The Juraj Dalmatinac Society is satisfied because this project is the first of its kind in Croatia and beyond, and could become applicable to other cities in the country and abroad, and it is a special pleasure that in cooperation with other professional associations (DAŠ) what at first seemed like an impossible task. ”This is just the beginning. There are still about 1.700 buildings that need to be treated in the same way. We launched this project solely to protect our core, and to help our citizens have as few problems as possible during reconstruction. ” Grubic concludes.I constantly emphasize that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and that I have to start respecting our culture, heritage, identities… because that is exactly our greatest tourist value. The stone heart of Šibenik is what makes the city of Šibenik, ie a tourist destination, unique, and this is an excellent example of sustainable development and preservation of our tradition and heritage. If we look at the bigger picture, it is unfortunate that under the prism of development we are constantly copying others, and we have exactly what others want – a unique and authentic story. take a look around and ask yourself how hotels are built on our coast, I mean design them? Do they fit into our unique space and ambience? Do we have any guidelines on how many floors and widths they can have, what material…President and vice-president of DJD Nikola Grubić and Gustav Červar with the president of DAŠ Dario Crnogač and project manager Iva Petković Pavić.This is not about banning investments or hotels, private capital looks exclusively at its own interest and dances within the framework we set for it. This is about sustainable and strategic development. We are irreversibly destroying our destinations with wild construction in the past, and now at the same pace without any framework and care, we allow the construction of hotels without any rules of the game, ie to follow the guidelines to better fit into the space.A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming. And that is why this example, both as a project and as a Society for Heritage Preservation, is one of the most important projects in Šibenik. Because if we turn into copies, the question arises as to why people would travel. Do not forget that the very motive of tourism, ie travel, is to get to know new ways and cultures of living.It is up to us, and the biggest responsibility is not on the Ministry of Tourism or the CNTB, but on the cities and the local population, which are themselves most responsible for the development of cities and tourist destinations.Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. It’s all up to us. &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuit

first_imgThe singer-activist further highlighted the prolonged process for the case settlement.”The case has been going on for one year […] but our demand for clearer air has yet to be heard,” she added.The historic lawsuit was filed on July 4, 2019, by 32 citizens against seven state officials, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the environment and forestry minister, the health minister, the home affairs minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java.The move was made in response to the severe air pollution in Jakarta, which stems mostly from vehicle emissions, factories and coal-fired power plants.According to a 2017 Greenpeace report titled Jakarta’s Silent Killer, eight coal-fired power plants operate within 100 kilometers of Jakarta, producing hazardous pollutants that affect the capital city.Data show that Jakarta’s air is contaminated by various pollutants, including PM 10, PM 2.5, SO2, O3, CO, NOx and Pb. From the list of the contaminators, activists have singled out PM 2.5, warning citizens that the particles in this category are so small that surgical masks cannot prevent them from entering the human lungs. The pollutant can cause serious respiratory problems if one is exposed to them over a long period of time.Topics : Activists have lambasted the Central Jakarta District Court’s decision to postpone the interlocutory hearing of the landmark air pollution lawsuit they filed against the government, citing the court’s negligence in the case.The activists, grouped under Gerakan Inisiatif Bersihkan Udara Koalisi Semesta (Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative) noted that the hearing had been delayed twice by the court’s panel of judges within the past month.The hearing was first scheduled to take place three weeks ago, but it was postponed until June 9 due to the Idul Fitri holiday. Then, the judges pushed it back by another two weeks “without any strong reason”, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.”The repeated postponement of the interlocutory hearing shows how public health issues are not prioritized in this country,” a plaintiff, Melanie Subono, said as quoted in the statement. Read also: Hearings over historic air pollution lawsuit continues after failed mediationlast_img read more

ESB Pre-Qualifying for Ecological Consultancy Tender

first_imgElectricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland’s state owned electricity company, has issued a pre-qualification call for the provision of renewable energy ecological consultancy services related to offshore wind farms.ESB plans to develop or acquire the offshore wind farms commencing in 2018, through a pipeline of projects which are currently going through the consenting process.The size of the projects is expected to range between 200 and 500MW, although some might be larger.The location of the wind farms is expected to be in the Irish Sea.The tender is divided into two lots. The high level scope of Lot 1 services includes, but is not limited to, terrestrial and aquatic ecology consultancy services; terrestrial ecology, habit, botanical and invasive species surveys; bird, bat, large mammal and invertebrate surveys, as well as freshwater aquatic ecology surveys.The high level scope of services for Lot 2 includes marine ecology surveys; intertidal and subtidal surveys; marine benthic flora and fauna surveys; fisheries and shellfish surveys; marine invertebrate sampling and identification; seabird surveys and collision risk assessment; marine mammal survey, monitoring and collision risk assessment; marine habitat identification, classification and mapping, as well as marine water quality.Both Lot 1 and Lot 2 include ecological reporting; Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Appropriate Assessment (AA) Reports and Habitats Regulation Assessment; ecological management plans; invasive species management plans; consultation with stakeholders; site supervision and ecological and environmental clerk of works; expert witness evidence at oral hearings, as well as other ecology services and advice as required by the ESB Group.The services are related to offshore wind farms acquired, developed or built during the framework, including joint venture or subsidiary developments.The duration of the contract is 8 years, and it is not subject to renewal.The deadline for applications is 12 October 2017.At the beginning of September, ESB invited a tender for the for the provision of renewable energy marine services related to offshore wind farms.The tender will remain open until 02 October 2017.last_img read more

No letup vs traffic violators: 4K nabbed in a month

first_imgThe violators were issued tickets andwere fined, as prescribed by Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation andTraffic Code, said Vilela. “We noticed that there’s anincrease of crime rate in Iloilo, so I directed my men to intensify theiroperation,” said Vilela. Under “Oplan Hilway Dalan,” copsconduct checkpoints and intensify the enforcement of ordinances. A week after Vilelaassumed office on September 1, he also posed a 24-hour challenge to his chiefsof police to accost at least 10 traffic violators per police station. Theexercise was able to accost 497 traffic violators. Most of the violations recorded weredriving without the use of helmet. “I advise the drivers to drive slowlyto avoid accidents, especially buses and passenger jeepneys kasi buhay ng pasahero nyo ang dinadala nyo,”the province’s top cop stressed.   Recently, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.,directed police and local government to create a task force to ensure theenforcement of road safety. ILOILO City – Within one month, more than 4,000 traffic violators were caught by the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) under its “Oplan Hilway Dalan” – an intensified campaign against erring drivers. IPPO director Colonel Roland Vilela said they have accosted a total of 4,082 traffic violators from Aug. 10 to Oct. 3, noting the prevalence of traffic accidents in the province which killed 72 people since January this year. Part of the resolution said, “with thenoted increase of road accidents, the need to raise the level of awareness andfor the corresponding towns to jointly and harmoniously advocate and implementthe road safety regulation in Iloilo.”/PN “One of my prioritythrusts is relentless law enforcement so we will continue our operationsdaily,” he said.  Meanwhile, Provincial Board memberDomingo Oso Jr. also authored a resolution requesting Defensor to establish oractivate the task force on road safety because of the increase of road mishapsbecause of fast driving. Vilela noted that most of theapprehensions include violations of municipal ordinances. last_img read more

Man United, City to miss start of new Premier League season

first_img Promoted Content7 Mesmerizing Facts About HypnosisBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Loading… Premier League: No positives from latest round of testing. Read Also: PSG fans celebrate UCL final qualification with fireworks Unless they are paired with one of the Manchester clubs on the opening weekend, Wolves, who were knocked out of the Europa League at the last-eight stage, will start their top flight campaign on time. That defeat on August 11 came 32 days before the planned start of the 2020-21 season. The fixtures are expected to be announced before the end of the week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Manchester United and neighbours City are both set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after reaching the latter stages of European competition this month, according to reports. The Times say it was agreed at a Premier League shareholders meeting earlier this month that teams must be given at least a 30-day break between this coming season and the end of the 2019-20 campaign. City’s season was brought to an end at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League on Saturday evening, while Manchester United were sent packing by Sevilla in the last four of the Europa League 24 hours later. It means both clubs are set to play their opening Premier League fixtures in the week following September 12, when the top flight is scheduled to return.Advertisementlast_img read more

Brady doubles up in Republic win

first_imgRobbie Brady helped himself to a superb double as the Republic of Ireland bounced back from their Euro 2016 disappointment to put the United States to the sword. Given had to be at his best to keep out an Altidore piledriver five minutes into the second half, but it was the Republic who made the breakthrough once again when Brady made the most of more good work by McGoldrick to fire them back in front. Substitute James McClean extended the home side’s advantage with eight minutes remaining, but Brady capped a good night with the best goal of the game as time ran down. Manager Martin O’Neill had hinted he would use the depth of his squad having already confirmed Derby full-back Cyrus Christie and McGoldrick would be handed debuts, but in the event, he replaced the entire XI which started in Glasgow with Hull midfielder David Meyler wearing the armband. Opposite number Jurgen Klinsmann, who had earlier released DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Lee Nguyen ahead of vital MLS play-offs fixtures, retained only four of the men who started the 2-1 friendly defeat by Colombia four days earlier. The home side, understandably in the circumstances, had something of a makeshift look about it with Brady lining up at the back, but it was they who took the lead with just seven minutes gone with McGoldrick at the heart of the action. The striker exchanged passes with Meyler on halfway and then repeated the feat with Pilkington, who ran on to his inviting through-ball before delicately lifting it over the advancing Hamid with the outside of his right foot and into the empty net. Klinsmann’s side might have been level within two minutes had Christie not hacked Diskerud’s steered shot away, and it was they who made much of the running as the half progressed with Alex Pearce managing to block a 20th-minute Altidore header before full-back Johnson clipped the outside of the post with a speculative long-range effort. But despite their relative lack of possession, Ireland managed to pose a threat and could have doubled their advantage when Murphy’s 27th-minute flick-on was returned with interest by McGoldrick, only for Hamid to block his rising strike at point-blank range. Pearce headed the resulting Brady corner over the bar with O’Neill’s men starting to get to grips with the game. Press Association However, they were pegged back with six minutes of the half remaining when Chris Wondolowski headed down Altidore’s cross to Diskerud, who gleefully stabbed home to level. And the Americans would have led at the break had Altidore’s 42nd-minute shot from the lively Alejandro Bedoya’s pull-back flown under, rather than crashed against, the bar. The Sunderland striker provided the threat once again within five minutes of the restart when, after being picked out in acres of space on the right, he unleashed a fizzing drive which Given somehow managed to block with his legs after appearing to be wrong-footed initially. But Ireland responded and after Murphy had come close to restoring their lead, Brady did, combining with McGoldrick before beating Hamid from close range to make it 2-1. O’Neill introduced wingers Aiden McGeady and McClean as he looked to finish the game in style, but it took Given’s intervention once again, this time with his studs, to keep out substitute Bobby Wood’s shot after he had slipped through the cover. The home side gained some breathing space when McClean’s 82nd-minute shot was deflected past the unfortunate Hamid by defender Geoff Cameron after fellow substitute Shane Long had been denied a fine solo effort by the post, and Brady put the icing on the cake with a delicious free-kick three minutes from time. He was involved in the first two goals in a team performance which went some of the way towards easing the disappointment of Friday’s 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat in Scotland. Ireland were in front with seven minutes played when McGoldrick announced his arrival on the international stage with a telling assist. The Ipswich striker, a beneficiary of the so-called “granny rule”, played in Pilkington with a superbly-weighted pass and looked on as the Cardiff midfielder applied an assured finish to claim his first senior international goal. Daryl Murphy was denied a second goal by keeper Bill Hamid’s instinctive save, but Ireland found themselves playing on the break for much of the first half and finally succumbed when Diskerud levelled with 39 minutes gone. Goalkeeper Shay Given, winning his 127th cap, was grateful for the assistance of both the post and the crossbar as Fabian Johnson and then Jozy Altidore came close to beating him before the half-time whistle sounded. Brady produced a deft 55th-minute finish and then dispatched a late free-kick to cement a 4-1 victory on a night when he shared the headlines with debutant David McGoldrick. Goals from Anthony Pilkington and Brady either side of half-time eclipsed Mix Diskerud’s equaliser, but McGoldrick’s contribution on his first appearance for his country captured the imagination as the Republic brought their 2014 fixtures to a positive conclusion. last_img read more

3rd Lagos Inter-club Para Soccer Championship Kicks off

first_imgThe third edition of the Lagos Inter-clubs Para Soccer Championship kicked off at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, wednesday and it expected to end on Saturday.The tournament which is being facilitated by the Lagos State Sports Commission and corporate organisations is organised by the Lagos State Para Soccer Association as part of an all-inclusive policy thrust of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in sports. It also creates an avenue for the physically challenged soccer players in Lagos to get the much needed competitive practice, and showcase their soccer skills to the general public.According to the Chairperson of the association, Miss Nkechi Obi, the tournament will feature 12 clubs which are, Total Consult Club, Premium Sports Blazers, Ojokoro Club, NAS Club, Lead United Club, Jufema Club, A.Y Club, Double Star Club, I Mekusah Club, Islanders Club, Osun Club and SOAS Club.The championship is aimed at selecting formidable players to represent the state in future championships, while the Lagos State Para Soccer Association will use the championship to appraise its developmental strides and impact on the sports commission’s policy as well as its preparation for the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Cross River State in November.The association will also use the competition to select the team to represent Lagos State at the National Anti-Polio Para Soccer Tournament holding in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in October this year, as part of the World Anti-Polio Day celebrations.It is expected that the championship would also help the association to evaluate the performances of its coaches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wozniacki to Face Sharapova in Third Round

first_imgAUSTRALIAN OPENDefending champion Caroline Wozniacki eased into the third round of the 2019 Australian Open yesterday with a straight-set win over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.The Danish third seed needed just 66 minutes to beat world number 75 Larsson 6-1 6-3. Wozniacki will face Maria Sharapova, who won the tournament in 2008, in the third round on Friday.Russia’s Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, swept past Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-2 6-1.“That’s a tough third round,” said Sharapova, the 30th seed. “There’s no secret she loves playing out here. I’ve set up the challenge and I’ll need to go out there and take it.”Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber overcame Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3.The German, who won the Australian Open title in 2016, made just 10 unforced errors to the Brazilian’s 39.She will face wildcard Kimberly Birrell next after the world number 240 stunned 29th seed Donna Vekic.The Australian, 20, beat Croatia’s Vekic 6-4 4-6 6-1 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova made quick work of her second-round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu.The Czech, seeded eighth, won 6-1 6-3 in 69 minutes and will face Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic next.American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open winner, set up a third-round meeting with Petra Martic after seeing off Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-3 6-1.Ninth seed Kiki Bertens suffered a surprise exit to world number 42 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, despite the Dutch player taking the opening set.Russian Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist in Melbourne two years ago, won 3-6 6-3 6-3.Australian Ashleigh Barty impressed the home crowd on Rod Laver Arena as the 15th seed saw off China’s Yafan Wang 6-2 6-3 in little over an hour.“I feel great,” said Barty. “It’s certainly nice to be playing in Australia and playing well.”In the men’s singles, second seed Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Australian Open with a straightforward victory over Australia’s Matthew Ebden.The Spaniard, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, overcame his 47th-ranked opponent 6-3 6-2 6-2 in Melbourne.Nadal is aiming to become the first man in the Open era to win each of the four Grand Slam titles at least twice.The 32-year-old will play Alex de Minaur after his battling 6-4 6-2 6-7 (9-7) 4-6 6-3 win over Henri Laaksonen.Ebden had an early chance to take the lead, creating three break points on the Nadal serve in the first set.However he was unable to convert them, with a missed backhand volley allowing Nadal back into the game before the Spaniard held for 4-3.Nadal – who won the Melbourne title in 2009 – then broke in the next game as Ebden double faulted and served out the first set in 35 minutes.His remodelled, quicker serve worked well, with Nadal hitting six aces and winning 81% of first-serve points.The only slight sign of nerves came when Nadal served for the match, with Ebden saving match point before creating another break opportunity.However, Nadal produced a fine body serve to wrong-foot his opponent and hit a clean forehand winner to secure the match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Caroline Wozniacki has set up clash with Maria Sharapova in the Third Round of the 2019 Australian Openlast_img read more

Pascale OT goal puts girls lacrosse Bees in state final

first_imgWith 1:52 left, Pascale, who already had four goals and three assists, found the net again to make it 13-12. Then she won the ensuing draw, B’ville charged and, 38 seconds later, Jenna Pastore pulled her team even.Bethlehem gained possession, called time-out and, with 45.9 seconds left, went back in front, 14-13, when defender Sophie Glassman scored for just the third time all season.That still left lots of time, though, for the Bees, who again had Pascale claim the draw, setting up an attack where  Emma States, with 26.4 seconds to play, converted. Katie Pascale led the way in the beginning, and then returned to deliver the decisive blow that moved the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team within one victory of a state Class A championship.In between those extremes, a whole lot went wrong for the Bees in Friday’s state semifinal against Bethlehem at SUNY-Cortland, but just in time B’ville saved itself and prevailed, 15-14, in overtime over the Eagles.Trying to become the first Section II team to ever win a state title, Bethlehem roared back from an early 8-2 deficit and led, 13-11, late in the second half when Pascale fueled the Bees’ own comeback. Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls lacrosse B’ville’s defense made a crucial last-second stop to force it into overtime, where again Pascale would go up against the Eagles’ Caroline Wise, who had earned a majority of the game’s draws.“We needed to win it,” said Pascale. “The draw was everything.”Pascale did enough with the draw to work the ball toward Hannah Johnson, who as a focal point of Bethlehem’s defense was held without a point, but picked up the day’s most important ground ball.Attacking immediately, the ball got back to Pascale, who was fouled. Taking a free-position shot from the left side, Pascale said the hours of practice of these shots made it easier to face, and she ripped a shot past Eagles goalie Sophia Koch to end it.That it even turned out so dramatic was a tribute to Bethlehem’s resilience after B’ville had jumped out to an 8-2 first-half lead, Pascale scoring or assisting on six of the Bees’ tallies.The Eagles closed within four, 10-6, by halftime, and then scored four times early in the second half to tie it, 10-10. It went back and forth until Lindsey Ayres found the net with 8:47 to play and Ashlynn McGrath converted four minutes later.Overcoming its mid-game struggles, B’ville’s defense forced a crucial turnover when Bethlehem tried to run out the clock, and Pascale took over from there.Seeking the second state title in program history, the Bees will face Northport (Section XI) in Saturday’s state final after Northport defeated Pittsford 13-3 in the other state semifinal. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

The departed: The other side of Syracuse football’s 28 player exodus

first_imgWhen Lamar Middleton remembers his time at Syracuse, he thinks about all of the opportunities he had. Growing up in the desolate city of Newark, N.J., they were opportunities Middleton never thought would come.So when he thinks about it, he remembers the relationships that he built. With his friends and coaches in the Syracuse football program. With professors and teaching assistants in his classes. With students in his drama and acting minor.Before the opportunity of coming to Syracuse was presented, Middleton never thought any of this would ever be possible. That’s why he remembers when it was all taken away from him: April 18, 2009, when he was kicked off the football team and effectively out of the university.‘Everything was rolling,’ Middleton said in a phone interview a little more than one year later. ‘And my focus level was so high, I didn’t think it could’ve been broken. And once that happened, that really sent me down because that was my life.’After being let go from the team for a curfew violation, Middleton became one of 28 players The Daily Orange has found that have vanished from the program in the past year. SU head coach Doug Marrone said he did not know the exact number, but said it was ‘somewhere in the numbers (The Daily Orange) mentioned.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the departing players piled up in a turnover of massive proportions, no reason was given for their exodus. It became Marrone’s policy to not discuss players who were no longer with the program. Nothing more than an e-mail from the program or a passing statement from Marrone accompanied each player’s exit. A day later, each player was removed from the team’s official roster.Some turnover has come to be expected with new coaching regimes. More than 10 players left the Michigan program when Rich Rodriguez replaced Lloyd Carr as head coach following the 2007 season. At Tennessee, 11 players departed the football program by the end of spring practice during former head coach Lane Kiffin’s first season on the job.But with each passing day, the number at Syracuse flew beyond the norm. One after another they disappeared, and Marrone saw the number of scholarship players on his 2010 spring roster dip to just 49 non-specialists.A coincidence became a trend. Marrone would vaguely address who, what and when. But he would never discuss why. And so the question became why. Why the mass exodus from the Syracuse football program?‘I don’t know. You would have to get that from them,’ Marrone said. ‘I think it’s important for them in life to explain what their situation was. … I think you’ll find out there are a lot of reasons for each individual person.’‘We’re talking about curfew‘Lamar Middleton just wanted to read Doug Marrone the letter. The letter that explained why he should remain on the team. The letter that admitted he was wrong about what had happened that night at 231 Slocum Heights.‘He wouldn’t let me read him my letter,’ Middleton said. ‘… Basically, Coach Marrone was treating me like I was some bum off the street asking for a dollar. He didn’t want to speak to me. He told me that ‘you’re done.’ He said you have to move on and go play with somebody else.’Middleton penned the letter after he was let go by Marrone due to what Middleton describes as a ‘simple misunderstanding of one night last spring semester of the curfew situation.’ Marrone confirmed Middleton’s dismissal but wouldn’t comment on the specific case, saying only that it was a ‘violation of team rules.’Middleton’s ex-teammates, Donte Davis and Nico Scott, similarly describe the situation. Because they were both there that one night at 231 Slocum Heights. In the four-apartment complex, they lived upstairs, and Middleton lived directly below them.The situation arose, all three say, as they came back from a T-Pain concert in Goldstein Auditorium on April 17, 2009, the night before the spring football game.It came one night after Middleton says he was in the hospital for what turned out to be a ‘stomach bug.’He ended up missing a 6 a.m. meeting the next morning, and said it added to another previous misunderstanding he had with the coach — Marrone, Middleton said, believed him to be an alcoholic.‘(Marrone) thought I was an alcoholic because I told him that I had a Long Island ice tea,’ Middleton said. ‘After that, he tried to put me on alcoholic counseling. I said, ‘OK, if that’s what I need to do to gain your trust back, then I will do that.”Marrone would not comment on specific incidents with his former players. But he did say that if he feels a player is in ‘trouble or is struggling’ for a variety of reasons, he will determine whether to direct those players to the appropriate counseling services.‘If I saw a player that had given me any types of signs for anything — and it’s such a wide range — yes, I’m going to contact our trainers,’ Marrone said. ‘And I’m going to contact the player to encourage him to go for counseling.’That night, coming back from the concert, Middleton and Davis engaged in an argument with a graduate assistant checking their apartments at curfew time, which both said was at 10:30 p.m. Walking into his apartment, Davis said, it was 10:15.Middleton got the call to Marrone’s office the next morning, the day of the spring game. There sat Marrone, the graduate assistant and the rest of the Orange defensive staff.That was it. He had missed curfew, Marrone told him. Just like that, Middleton was gone. He didn’t get a chance to speak in the meeting.‘Basically, he was saying that he gave me enough opportunities,’ Middleton said. ‘And that was it.’He, his teammates and good friends were stunned. He went into a ‘shell,’ Scott said, composing the letter and begging Marrone to read it. When it happened, Middleton saw it all slipping away.‘When I got kicked off the team, we’re talking about curfew, man,’ Middleton said. ‘We’re talking about curfew. And a curfew that I really didn’t miss. We’re talking about curfew. We’re not talking about a rape charge. We’re not talking about DUI. We’re not talking about any of that. We’re talking about curfew.’For Marrone, once again, he would not delve into specifics. But he talked about the importance of making the imposed curfew.‘We do have curfew restrictions for the players for their benefit,’ Marrone said. ‘From the standpoint of whether they’ll be able to go out on the field and perform at a level where they will not have injuries occur to them, so they get the proper amount of rest or to a standpoint of them being home at the right time so they can start school the next day and go to classes fully alert.‘I’m not going to go back to a ‘he said, she said,’ but we do have a curfew for our players at different times during the year for different reasons.’‘Boot camp’JohnMark Henderson’s sanctuary was the Manley Field House parking lot.Drained from a grueling practice and admittedly tired of every rule Marrone’s staff enforced, Henderson would often retreat with some of his teammates to the parking lot. For them, it seemed like the only place they could gather and just vent.‘After practice, we weren’t happy,’ Henderson said. ‘So there was a lot of moping around. After practice sometimes, the only thing keeping us together was to go out in the parking lot and talk about how much we hated it and wished it wasn’t like this.’Henderson couldn’t accept the tight-shipped Marrone. It just wasn’t what he was used to.As he came into Syracuse, Marrone instilled a system built around the components of discipline and structure. Two elements he says are necessary to keying the success of any organization.‘When you look at any successful organization,’ Marrone said, ‘whether it be in sports, whether it be in business, or whether you want to say it has discipline or structure, it has those components in both. And I just think that when you get in, you go ahead and you try to build a trust factor between player and coach.’As Randy McKinnon says, players either ‘love it or hate it.’For McKinnon, a safety who recorded 11 tackles last season, it was not a reason he left the program. (He says he hopes to graduate early this May and focus on pursuing a master’s degree at Southern Methodist.) Growing up in an Army-heavy family that enforced strict discipline, McKinnon just thought of it as a continuation of his roots. That’s why he didn’t have a problem with the rules other players thought were petty.Marrone’s disciplinary structure included rules that barred players from growing facial hair or any hair that hung out of their helmets during the season. Last season, the players weren’t allowed to wear wristbands or any accessories during games.Marrone says the rules are strictly meant for safety. He repeats the word over and over, giving the same speech to all his players and recruits.But the combination of those restrictions with the demanding practices, Henderson couldn’t take it anymore more. The game he grew up loving, playing since he was a 6-year-old, wasn’t fun anymore, he said. And so in October, Henderson decided to transfer to Prairie View A&M, becoming the 21st player to leave the program since Marrone’s hire.‘I did feel a little disrespected. That’s what it was,’ Henderson said. ‘Because I wasn’t told any of this when I came here. I wasn’t told I would have to cut my facial hair. I wasn’t told they were going to strip every little thing away from us like accessories.‘It felt like a boot camp. It just wasn’t fun at all.’‘Thank You’Coming out of high school and into the Syracuse football program in 1983, Marrone says his attitude was just like the players he coaches now.In the strict disciplinary system of legendary SU head coach Dick MacPherson, a coach he now fondly refers to as ‘Coach Mac,’ Marrone did not always see eye to eye with him. In the other role now, though, he gets it.‘When I was a player here, there were a lot of things Coach Mac did that I did not agree with,’ Marrone said. ‘And all of a sudden, when I left college and went along in my career and became married and had children, I’m always calling Coach Mac and I’m always saying, ‘Hey, I get it now. Thank you.”This is the basis of Marrone’s system today. With a penchant for discipline and structure, he knows not every player is going to agree with his style.But he believes that down the road, he’ll get those calls like his to MacPherson. Calls he says he already gets from former players who go through the NFL Draft process.‘That’s what we’re trying to do,’ Marrone said. ‘We’re just trying to do the right thing for the players so that we’re trying to have the consistency for the long haul.’It’s a system that former players agree is exceedingly different from Greg Robinson’s, the coach Marrone replaced last season.Mike Jones, an ex-Orange running back who made noise by leaving the team just hours before the start of spring practice on March 22, is an advocate of the way Marrone ran the program. Jones said he left the team because he wasn’t happy with where he was headed academically at Syracuse.Jones pointed to an incident in March 2008 in which SU players Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich were chased on foot by police after allegedly breaking into Manley Field House. After deliberation, Robinson decided to keep both on the team. (Marinovich, a rising junior, is still on the team.) Under Marrone, Jones said, that wouldn’t be the case.‘Yeah, I don’t think they would’ve been anywhere near the team anymore,’ Jones said. ‘Even in the past year, the little things that people do wrong, they get punished for.‘There’s no bullshit allowed.’So even though they lament the fortune of their good friend and teammate Middleton, and though they may not have agreed with the ultimate verdict, Davis and Scott defer to their former head coach. They respect his system and his decision-making.‘Coach Marrone came in and what he wanted to do was instill discipline on the team to help better the program,’ Scott said. ‘He set rules and boundaries for the team to abide by. If you follow the rules, everything else will take care of itself. I’m going to leave it at that.’‘I mean, I think he didn’t have to go that far,’ Davis adds. ‘But then again, I was seeing what he was trying to do. Because coming off (Robinson), we got away with a lot of things. (Marrone) was just a stickler on doing the little things right.’‘Dolls’Middleton, the player who missed curfew and was removed from the team, had just gotten the script. He was about to immerse himself in it for the next three months.In addition to likely starting at defensive tackle, Middleton was a drama and acting minor at SU. He was likely to earn one of the lead roles in a production called ‘Dolls’ at Syracuse’s Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company last July.‘Dolls’ was one of the things that Middleton lost when he was forced to leave Syracuse. Without a scholarship, he and his family couldn’t afford to pay the bills themselves. Telling his mother and seeing the devastation on her face, he almost couldn’t take it.He still imagines himself up on that stage, the crowd clapping for him for something other than football. Acting still remains one of his true loves. But like his football career at Syracuse, his acting career and his life at the university vanished when he was kicked off the team.‘He didn’t just kick me off his football team,’ Middleton said. ‘That was my life.’Middleton has found a second opportunity at James Madison, where he recorded two tackles in limited action last season.But he yearns for it all back. To be with his old friends and teammates — his ‘family.’ To read Marrone the letter. To go back to his life.‘I never got to talk to Marrone after that,’ Middleton says. ‘… I love Syracuse. I still want to go back after all that.’ Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more