first_imgAssociations of app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers have demanded compensation from the government for their projected losses from the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta aimed to cutting the chain of COVID-19 infection in the capital city.The Health Ministry has granted the request of the Jakarta administration to impose the PSBB in an effort to stem the spread of the virus in the country’s hardest-hit province. Health Ministry Regulation No. 9/2020 on the guidelines for the PSBB stipulates various aspects of the restrictions, including prohibiting app-based ojek from taking passengers. However, they are still permitted to transport goods.Jakarta is the first region in Indonesia to enforce the measures, which officially took effect Tuesday. “If necessary, the companies should not receive a commission from the drivers’ income during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Igun added.The Online Driver Association (ADO), which has 50,000 members, also called on the government to provide financial aid to drivers to compensate not only for the losses incurred by the PSBB, but also from the physical distancing policy that was introduced last month.ADO chairman Wiwit Sudarsono said most drivers had suffered income losses of up to 70 percent after work-from-home and study-from-home policies were imposed by schools and companies in compliance with the government’s guidelines.“[The large-scale physical distancing] measures have made it hard for ojek drivers to make a living, support their families and pay the installments for the vehicles they use to work,” Wiwit told the Post.He also said the regulation was unfair, as it only imposed restrictions on ride-hailing services, not conventional ojek drivers.Previously, big data firm Statqo Analytics said Grab and Gojek had experienced 16 and 14 percent downturns, respectively, among their active ride-hailing users within the last week of March, forcing both companies to rely on food and goods delivery services.Grab public affairs head Tri Sukma Anreianno said the company was coordinating with the government and its drivers regarding the prohibition.“Since the initial spread of COVID-19 in December, Grab Indonesia has been monitoring the situation and preparing all stakeholders regarding our response, including our driver partners,” Tri said in a written statement received by the Post on Tuesday.Gojek corporate affairs chief Nila Marita also said the home-grown company was conducting further studies and holding discussions with the government regarding the regulation.“We have made various efforts to help our partners to perform their jobs safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because our driver partners are our mainstay during the calls to stay at home,” Nila said in a written statement.To help those affected, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on March 24 that creditors were prohibited from demanding loan installment payments, especially through debt collection services, for one year, which also applies to ojek and taxi drivers.Wiwit, however, said creditors had only reduced the drivers’ installment fees and extended the repayment period instead of postponing their repayments.Topics : The head of app-based ojek association Two-Wheel Movement Union (GARDA), Igun Wicaksono, said drivers earned around 70 percent of their income from transporting passengers.He demanded the government provide financial aid to compensate for the drivers’ losses, including for GARDA’s 100,000 members.“We expect Rp 100,000 (US$6.12) in financial aid a day,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He also called for ride-hailing companies Grab and Gojek to reduce their cut of the drivers’ fares to 10 percent. Both companies receive a 20 percent commission from every order.last_img read more

first_imgMesut Ozil turned in a man of the match performance against Newcastle on Monday (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal manager George Graham believes Mesut Ozil still needs to improve his attitude if he is to prosper under Unai Emery.The German World Cup winner appears to have won over his new manager having started the last four matches in all competitions, culminating in Monday’s man of the match performance against Newcastle.Emery had previously left the 30-year-old out of high profile matches against Tottenham for tactical reasons and been frustrated by a lack of application in training.Despite his recent improvement, Graham believes Ozil is capable of more but would benefit from playing alongside physical midfielders in the mould of club legends Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When I was a manager, I probably would have bought Vieira and Petit the other side and put Ozil in the middle,’ Graham, who the league title with Arsenal as both a player and manager, told Love Sport Radio.‘He’s a real quality player in possession. There’s no question about it. If they can just get him working a bit harder without possession, they’ve got a fantastic player.‘The modern game now you have to play when you’ve got the ball and you play when you haven’t got the ball.metro-video id=”1896526″ video=”https://videos.metro.co.uk/video/met/2019/04/02/8952770590710580903/640x360_MP4_8952770590710580903.mp4” image=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/04/02/06/11749262-0-image-a-2_1554181730625.jpg“]‘This is the modern way. He’s just got to work a lot harder with the attitude as well as the physical side of the game.‘He’s never going to fly into tackles like Graeme Sounness, who was excellent on the ball but was tough without it.‘Nobody expects Ozil to do that, but they do expect him, when they lose the ball, to get back into the shape the team is playing.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 11:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link187Shares George Graham names the two Arsenal legends who would get the best out of Mesut Ozillast_img read more

first_img Budget News,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today vowed to continue his fight to fund Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure needs with Restore Pennsylvania. First unveiled last year, the bipartisan proposal is still the only plan presented in the commonwealth that can aggressively fund broadband, flooding, and other critical infrastructure projects to help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.“Restore Pennsylvania would make $4.5 billion in critical infrastructure investments. It would repair rural roads, clean up brownfields, remove blight, increase broadband access, reduce flood risk, and so much more,” said Gov. Wolf. “There’s been a lot of talk over the last year about how much we need infrastructure funding, but no viable plan has emerged – except Restore Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania would invest $4.5 billion in high-impact infrastructure projects that would improve the quality of life across the commonwealth. Guided by feedback on the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania’s communities, Restore Pennsylvania was introduced in 2019 with strong bipartisan support. Since then, Governor Wolf and his administration have made close to 100 stops in communities across the state, garnering official endorsements from more than 60 stakeholders and municipal leaders, and verbal support from hundreds more.“One year ago, I unveiled my Restore Pennsylvania proposal,” said Gov. Wolf. “Since then, we’ve talked a lot about how desperately communities need infrastructure funding, but the proposal to create Restore Pennsylvania has not moved in the legislature.”Funded through a commonsense severance tax, the Restore Pennsylvania would support high speed internet infrastructure and provide communities with financial resources to encourage economic growth while reducing the blight that causes health and safety concerns and lowers property values.“Over the past year, we have heard from countless Pennsylvanians from municipalities across the commonwealth—communities devastated by blight and lacking access to critical communication infrastructure,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “These challenges impact millions of people across the commonwealth, threatening their health, safety, and quality of life. The need to pass this commonsense proposal is greater than ever.”Restore Pennsylvania will also help towns and cities prepare for flooding and other severe weather, and establish a disaster relief fund to help survivors with repairs that are not covered by insurance or federal disaster loans or grants.“In 2019 we unfortunately did not get any federal disaster declarations to provide grants to help pay for infrastructure damages,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “The need for disaster assistance remains as urgent as ever.”Infrastructure improvements to develop flood control systems and implement pollution reduction plans for storm water management would help the more than 700 municipalities that must comply with unfunded federal regulations. Restore Pennsylvania would help local leaders to work collaboratively to make improvements.Restore Pennsylvania would also help alleviate pollution threats from legacy contamination. Abandoned oil and gas wells, acid mine discharge, and other legacy pollution presents enormous challenges to communities and residents.“Restore Pennsylvania would be a solution to restoring a lot of the impacts of our legacy pollution,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This pollution comes from a variety of sources, including acid mine discharge and lack of stormwater infrastructure, and we need to invest in a solution that will help our communities now and in the future. There are more than 19,000 miles of streams and rivers in Pennsylvania that are impaired by pollution, and local communities are bearing the brunt of this burden.State forests and parks, as well as county and local outdoor recreation areas would also benefit from Restore Pennsylvania funding in order to maintain facilities that are both appealing to and safe for visitors.“In 2019, DCNR officials traveled throughout the state, visiting a total of 29 state parks and forest districts, local parks, and trails to highlight the need for Restore Pennsylvania funding,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “At the outset of those visits, the maintenance and infrastructure backlog facing just our state park and forest systems was estimated at $1 billon. Since then, our infrastructure costs have increased $50 million due to escalating construction costs, deterioration and storm floods and other damage.”Keeping the impact fee in place, Restore Pennsylvania will provide resources to communities that disproportionately receive impact fee funding, allowing all municipalities to complete much-needed infrastructure projects and improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians in every corner of the commonwealth.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address priority infrastructure areas, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.Learn more about the new details of Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania. 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first_imgSam Arnold from Audi, Ray White sales agents Sally Ireland and Carolyn MacDonald, and Camille Flores and Michel Flores from Essentially Fresh, outside 6a Estate Street, West End.WHEN 6a Estate Street, West End, headed to auction earlier this week, it did so with the support of the local business community.“We wanted to do something different so we decided to get a number of local businesses involved,” says Ray White listing agent Carolyn MacDonald.So together with sales partner Sally Ireland, the duo recruited the help of Audi, catering firm Essentially Fresh and NAB Bank who not only helped promote the home during the campaign, but set up outside the home on the night of auction. And yes, the four-bedroom home sold under the hammer.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve had a lot of interest over the past four weeks and around 50 group through the house,” Ms MacDonald said.“We’ve sold in West End before and had an amazing response. It’s just one of those suburbs that is highly sought after.”Ms MacDonald said Essentially Fresh catered finger food during all open homes which helped keep potential buyers around for longer.“Most people spend around five minutes in a home but this helped keep people in the home for longer which in turn helps spark competition on auction night,” she said.“Besides that, I think it’s a great community approach to selling homes and helping each other as it’s not just the real estate market doing it tough.“We’ve also found that people who grew up here are moving back so this helps introduce them to local businesses that they will most likely deal with living here.”last_img read more

first_img 89 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional PAHO lauds Mexico’s soda tax as a model measure to fight diabetes by: Jamaica Observer – April 8, 2016 Share (Jamaica Observer) MEXICO CITY — Mexico has set an example for other countries by becoming the first country in the Americas to increase taxes on soft drinks and other sugary beverages to reduce consumption, said Carissa F Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), at an event yesterday marking World Health Day, which focuses on diabetes.Measures such as increased taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, regulations on advertising unhealthy foods to children, and food labelling to warn of excess salt, sugar or fat are among measures recommended by this year’s World Health Day campaign to promote healthy diets for diabetes prevention.“Mexico has shown global leadership by increasing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, which managed to reduce soda consumption by six per cent in just one year. This is one component of a comprehensive national strategy adopted by Mexico to fight obesity, overweight and diabetes,” said Etienne. “It is a great start, and other countries of our region, including Barbados and my country, Dominica, have replicated this intervention. As such, I invite the rest of the countries of our region to establish taxes on sugary beverages following Mexico’s successful example.”Etienne’s call to action is part of the global campaign for this year’s World Health Day, whose slogan is “Step up. Beat diabetes.” The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the importance of stepping up prevention and control of diabetes, which is the eighth-leading cause of death globally, the fourth-leading cause in the Americas, and the leading cause of death in Mexico.In the Americas, the number of people with diabetes has tripled over the past three decades, from 18 million in 1980 to some 62 million, about eight per cent of the population, by 2014. This increase has paralleled rising rates of overweight and obesity, a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes in the region. If current trends continue, PAHO estimates that the number of people with diabetes in the Americas will exceed 100 million by 2040.“Diabetes affects people from all walks of life but especially people in vulnerable situations: those with economic limitations, without access to health care, and with fewer opportunities for healthy living,” said Etienne. “We are, without a doubt, facing an epidemic that has devastating effects on the quality of life of those affected as well as on their families, health systems and countries’ economies.”The PAHO director’s remarks came at the opening of a two-day meeting of international experts on diabetes, organised by PAHO and Mexico’s Ministry of Health. Secretary of Health José Narro was also on hand to help launch the World Health Day campaign in the Americas.Narro pointed out that more than 90,000 Mexicans died of diabetes in 2015, accounting for one out of every seven deaths. “This subject is a top priority for us and deserves a comprehensive strategy,” he said.Etienne, meanwhile, congratulated Narro and the Government of Mexico for showing their commitment to “policies and actions that facilitate healthy lifestyles”.last_img read more

first_imgKarolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic triumphed over Madison Keys of the US during their women’s final match in the Brisbane International tennis tournament Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Karolina Pliskova said her tough three-set win over Madison Keys in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday was the ideal preparation for next week’s Australian Open. The Czech world number two won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours, seven minutes on Pat Rafter Arena. Karolina Pliskova won the Brisbane International for the third time Pliskova’s third Brisbane title in four years and her 16th on the WTA tour stamps her as one of the favourites for the year’s first Grand Slam. The former world number one is yet to win a Grand Slam singles title, but she reached the semi-finals in Melbourne last year, falling in three sets to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. Pliskova beat Osaka in a marathon three-hour semi-final on Saturday night, and the way she backed up to defeat Keys in another gruelling clash on Sunday shows she has form and fitness heading into the Australian Open. She said while she still saw the Brisbane International primarily as part of her Melbourne preparations, it was a good tournament to win. “Especially beating the last two players, Naomi and Madison,” she said. “I think it always gives you some extra confidence and at least you know which level are you at, so I think it was a great way to start the year. “But of course, Grand Slam or any other tournament it always starts on zero, so there’s nobody’s really thinking that, ‘Oh, she won a tournament two weeks ago’. “I can still feel well and confident and whatever, but I think we still have to start from zero.” – High-quality final – Read Also: Serena ends three-year title drought, hands winnings to bushfire appeal Pliskova then broke Keys in the seventh game, but faltered under the pressure of serving for the match at 5-4. But the American couldn’t take advantage and Pliskova broke straight back, this time making no mistake, holding to love and taking the title when a Keys backhand return sailed wide. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I think, obviously, it’s great because you’re playing some really good tennis going into some of the biggest tournaments,” Keys said about taking confidence from reaching the Brisbane final into the Australian Open. In a high-quality and evenly matched final, Pliskova seized the early advantage when she broke Keys at 4-4 then held serve to take the first set in 39 minutes. However, in the second set Pliskova’s big serve went off the boil while Keys upped her level. Although Pliskova broke Keys at 2-2, the American broke straight back then took advantage of another poor Pliskova service game at 4-5 to break again and level the match at one set apiece. Loading… Keys, who reached the US Open final in 2016 on her way to a career-high world ranking of seven, had a resurgent 2019, winning titles in Charleston and Cincinnati. She will also fancy her chances at Melbourne Park after coming from a set down to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals and then pushing Pliskova all the way in the decider.last_img read more

first_imgTrainer John Murphy’s phone has been ringing off the hook since the impressive victory of Big Time at Naas on Wednesday evening. Press Association “I don’t think he’ll run again (before Royal Ascot), unless we get some nice, quick ground,” said Murphy. “He’s a beautiful mover so I think we’ll go straight there and he’ll be even better on nice ground. “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing with people showing an interest in him. “We would love to keep him to train as we have no idea where he will end up. I think he’s special. “The ideal thing would be to maybe sell an interest in him but keep him in the yard, like we did with Tuscan Evening (finished second in the Irish 1000 Guineas before being demoted to fourth) a few years ago. “He’s got a good pedigree and had a good blow so there’s plenty more to come.” center_img Sent off at 16-1 in the Fishery Lane Race, taken last year by subsequent Guineas winner Dawn Approach, the Kheylef colt beat a smart field by upwards of a length and a half. Owned by Murphy’s wife, the County Cork handler is now in the enviable position of being able to decide to stick or twist, with the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on the agenda. last_img read more

first_img Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City will come too soon for the former Liverpool forward, who scored seven goals during a loan spell at Upton Park last season, but the trip to Cardiff on Saturday could see Carroll return to the fold. “Andy is training today,” Allardyce said at his press conference ahead of the City game. “Hopefully we’ll see him on the bench in the next week or so.” Without Carroll, West Ham have scored just 19 times in their opening 20 Premier League fixtures and sit 19th in the table having won one of their last 13 league outings. Even with his £15million man on the mend, Allardyce is likely to bring in at least one other forward during the transfer window with Monaco striker Lacina Traore a reported target. Current strikers Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole have just four league goals between them so far, so a return for Carroll would be more than welcome for Allardyce as he looks to keep the Hammers in the top flight. West Ham could have striker Andy Carroll back in their squad within the next two games, manager Sam Allardyce has revealed. Press Associationcenter_img The club-record signing has yet to feature this season after taking longer than first anticipated to heal from a problematic foot injury, but the 25-year-old could be set to come back and help the Hammers’ battle against Barclays Premier League relegation. Allardyce has struggled with injuries throughout his squad this campaign and had just 14 first-team players fit for the FA Cup third round tie at Nottingham Forest, which the Sky Bet Championship side won 5-0. last_img read more

first_imgIt was love at first lift for Josephine Precious Orji, the Nigerian para powerlifting star who is now an Olympic champion and world record holder. Orji’s life changed dramatically for a second time in 2001 when she visited a gym in her hometown, Owerri, Imo State, to try out powerlifting for the first time in her lifeJust two hours later she surprised herself by declaring: “I want to reach the peak of this sport.”It as a defining moment for the 41-year-old, who lost the use of her legs following a bout of polio as a child. Determination, natural talent, a lot of hard work and some support from state and national governments has seen her reach that peak at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.Since then she has had her second child and suffered several setbacks but is determined to reach the heights again in a sport that she is as passionate about today as she was in 2001.“I lifted 70kg on the first day, it was very simple and normal to me,” she told BBC Sport Africa.“The coach said he had never seen anyone lift that even 50kg on their first attempt.”Para powerlifting for disabled athletes sees competitors lie on their backs to push the weights above themselves.“Coach Lucky Ibe told me, I would be a champion, and that I’d get on a plane, travel the world to international competitions,” Orji continued.“I couldn’t sleep, I was carrying those weights in my dream that night, so I went back home and quit my job and I started training.”The then 22-year-old was so determined to make a success of her new-found passion that she walked away from her job the very next day.She had been working as a computer expert in a busy cyber-cafe, a job she says she was good at, enjoyed and a popular member of the team.It was the beginning of career that would see her achieve the heights she was so determined to reach but also leave her with those low moments that all athletes endure.Her highlight so far was winning gold in her category at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio with a world record lift, that has not been bettered since.“I felt like walking that day, leaving that wheelchair to walk with my legs,” she remembers.“People from other countries were jubilating, holding me, asking me to take pictures with them, asking for my shirt, and to sign autographs on their face or anywhere.“I remembered all these popular musicians – I felt like them, that night I could not sleep.”Orji’s category in Rio was one of the final events in Rio and her gold was Team Nigeria’s eighth of the Games and sixth in para-powerlifting to match the six they won in the sport four years earlier.Orji’s gold medal did not come as easily as that first lift 15 years earlier instead it involved an intense training camp with the Nigerian Para-Powerlifting Federation.“We were in camp for six months, we were training like soldiers, my body was strong like stone,” she explained.“We were being taken care of and paid due allowances for the duration, the atmosphere was really positive.”While some Nigerian teams and athletes have to protest and organise strikes in order to be paid their bonuses for their international success Orji was one of the lucky ones.After the games the then Governor of her state of birth (Imo) Rochas Okorocha not only lauded the teams achievements but also ensured they were rewarded financially too.“It is only normal to support people with disabilities and who are less privileged, Imo State athletes won medals and it was only normal to reward them,” Okorocha, who is now a senator, told BBC Sport Africa.That support extends beyond just rewarding success with the state effectively employing a number of its able-bodied and disabled to allow them to train all year-round.Since that golden moment though things have not been plain sailing for Orji.She missed winning a second World Championships in Mexico 2017 as she gave birth to her second child.With just one athlete being chosen in each category for international events that meant her position as the country’s representative hung in the balance.“I was under pressure from the federation and coaches to come back as soon as possible, despite my medical report, it was like no one was listening,” she explained.“I lost some strength, I did not enjoy my maternity leave because I had to get back three months after, I was bleeding at times during training.“But somehow it wasn’t enough, I am still struggling, I get sick sometimes, and I never got sick before.”She overcame those struggles to establish herself as number one choice again and represented Nigeria at the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Kazakhstan, which also doubled as a qualifier for the Tokyo Paralympics.However things did not go to plan after an error from the team manager left her struggling to challenge for the title.He mistakenly told officials that her first lift would be a relatively modest 125kg, meaning she would be lifting in Group B with the lower-ranked athletes.With a limited number of lifts permitted it meant she was not able to react to the totals that other competitors lifted successfully.“My name was showing on the score board as a World Record holder, yet I was stuck in Group B, that was so disappointing, I didn’t want to compete,” she said“But I needed to maintain my position despite that when a champion is defeated, it is shameful.“For the first time in life I came back empty handed, it was a disgrace to me.“But I am doing this for my name and my children will know their mother kept giving her all.”Orji’s biggest lift of 143kg was 17 kilos lighter than her world record and was only good enough for fourth place, the first tournament shew returned home from without a medal.She in fact lifted the same weight as Egypt’s bronze medallist Randa Mahmoud, who was given the podium place as she has the lower body weight.Her lift was enough to qualify her for the postponed Tokyo Paralympics, which are now set for 2021 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, however she is not assured of a place on the team yet.Loveline Obiji is also pushing for selection after claiming the silver in Kazakhstan leaving the world record holder waiting to prove herself at further trials to impress the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation.Once again though Orji’s fierce determination in the face adversity has come to the fore.“I do not believe in ‘what will be will be’, we have to stand and work for what we want, I will not quit until I reach the peak of the sport again,” she insisted.Share 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first_imgAs Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer expressed his satisfaction with how his players performed at Saturday’s FanFest, he made sure to address the turnout that came to watch his team play.“More than anything else, just excited that we had a packed house here at the (SU) Soccer Stadium,” Shafer said as fans poured onto the field for an autograph session. “It’s just great to see the community out and can’t wait to get to that Villanova game and get you fans out there and start having a blast this fall.”The Orange started the day with a morning practice, which was lighter than usual. FanFest kicked off at 3 p.m. and the team took the field at SU Soccer Stadium at 4:30 and scrimmaged for about an hour.More than 1,500 fans attended the free event, which featured food and refreshments, prizes, a merchandise trailer, inflatable bouncers and more. Shortly after the scrimmage, the field was opened up for the autograph session including all coaches and players.Shafer personally backed up his gratitude for the community by reportedly being the last person signing autographs while the field emptied out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on August 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Estime misses FanFest, rehabs sprained ankle during scrimmageFreshman linebackers impress and other defensive observations from Saturday’s FanFestlast_img read more