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Sick note responsibility may pass on to OH professionals

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. GPswill give up the right to issue sick notes to workers by April 2006Withinthree years, OH professionals may take over the issuing of sick notes, underradical plans being drawn up by the Government and the medical profession.GPswill give up the right to issue sick notes to workers by 1 April 2006, as partof a new contract between negotiated by the British Medical Association (BMA)and the Department of Health (DoH) designed to reduce the workload of familydoctors.Sicknotes would instead be issued by OH professionals, either company doctors ornurses, according to Dr Simon Fradd, joint deputy chairman of the BMA’s GPs’committee.”Itwill be occupational health, but not just nurses. If it happens to be anurse-run system, then it will be nurse delivered,” he said.Atleast six pilot schemes are due to be set up by the autumn, with Coca-Cola’splant in Macclesfield one of the first expected to join. Negotiations are alsotaking place with a number of motor manufacturers and an NHS Plus site.Althoughopposition to the contract is growing among GPs, and it is not certain it willgo ahead, the plan to change illness certification will go ahead irrespectiveof the outcome, insisted Dr Fradd.Talksare due to begin with the CBI, the TUC and other unions on how the pilots willwork in practice, as well as continuing fine-tuning discussions with the DoH.Themain outstanding issues surrounded capacity – how the OH profession will copewith this new demand – and how it will work for smaller employers that do nothave OH schemes, he suggested. It is expected smaller firms would be allowed tobuy in illness certification services through specialist doctors or an existingOH scheme.Firmsare increasingly worried about the amount of time employees take off sick,despite the number of days lost to sickness falling to their lowest level for15 years.Undercurrent law, employees do not need a sick note until they have been off workfor seven days, although many firms insist on a note within this period. Sick note responsibility may pass on to OH professionalsOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Wondolowski scores twice, Earthquakes top Real Salt Lake 2-0

first_imgOctober 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Wondolowski scores twice, Earthquakes top Real Salt Lake 2-0 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored twice and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Wednesday night.San Jose moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, one point behind LAFC and FC Dallas.Real Salt Lake has been shut out in back-to-back games and remains two points back of eighth-place Vancouver with two games remaining.Cristian Espinoza fired a shot that hit the left post and Wondolowski tapped in the rebound from close range in the 16th minute. Shea Salinas later crossed to Wondolowski, who tapped in his sixth goal of the season in the 74th minute. Wondolowski, who has 165 career goals and is the MLS all-time scoring leader, snapped an 11-game scoreless streak. Tags: Chris Wondolowski/Real Salt Lake/San Jose Earthquakes Written by Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgDr. Dan Adams CITY COUNCILMAN DR. HERBERT DAN ADAMS, MD  SELECTED  “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” WINNER FOR 2015 BY CCO.The City-County Observer is excited to announce that CITY COUNCILMAN DR. HERBERT DAN ADAMS MD, FACS, ACPE and MBA has been selected an “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” WINNER FOR 2015.  Since May, of 2011 Dr. Adams along with Dr. Steven Becker, MD,  the Director and Associate Dean of Indiana School Medicine-Evansville have been quietly working on attracting the IU Medical School to locate to Evansville.  Because of the due diligence of Dr. Becker and Dr. Adams trying to convince our local and State elected officials to support the IU Medical School is now a reality.  Tomorrow we shall profile Dr. Steven Becker, MD  who also has also been selected an “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” WINNER FOR 2015 for his work on bringing the IU Medical School to Evansville.This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.So far the “Outstanding Community Services Award” winners for 2015 are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local Attorney Joe Harrison, Jr,  Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth.SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT OF DR. DAN ADAMS, MDEvansville Airport Board, Port Authority.  Evansville City Council member, doing hiring evaluations, contract studies and creating value for the city residents.  Executive level surgeon with high-level experience in health care services.  Seasoned Leader of medical teams with technical expertise in practice management, clinical operations design, implementation, and expansion.  Record of Bipartisan Board Work.  Extensive mentoring experience.  Medical malpractice reviews; Cardiac Surgery Serviceline enhancement @ Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes IN; Quality Assurance; & executive coaching of physicians, graduate students, college attendees, and high school members; Substitute high school teacher EVSC; Lecturer @ Signature School, University of Evansville, USI School of Nursing, IU Medical School – Evansville.   Evansville City Council: January 2008 – December 2015.  Evansville City Council Vice-President 2011, 2013 & 2014.  Evansville City Council President 2015CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCESCity Councilman At-Large Evansville, IN  2008-2015Shining Light Medical Business Consultants Evansville, IN.  President-Owner 2002 to presentOhio Valley Heart Care Evansville, IN .  President & Chief of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgical Section 1996 – 1999Cardiovascular Surgery Inc. Evansville, IN.  President, Adult CVT  Surgeon       1982 – 1995Western Montana Clinic Missoula, MT.  Adult CVT Surgeon 1975 – 1982EDUCATIONExecutive MBA, Health Care Management, The Olin School of Business, St. Louis, MO 2002Senior Registrar, Brompton Hospital, London England, 1/75 – 7/75Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgical Fellowship, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 7/74 – 12/74Cardiovascular Surgical Fellowship, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX, 7/73 – 6/74Active Military Service 6/71 – 6/73Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgical Chief Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 7/70 – 6/71Senior and Chief Surgical Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 7/68 – 6/70Junior Surgical Residency, The Children’s Hospital/ Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA, 7/66 – 6/68Straight Surgical Internship, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA, 7/65 – 6/66M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1965 B.A., American Studies – Pre Med, Yale University, 1961Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1957MILITARY SERVICECommander, USNR, 7/73 – 7/79Naval Reserve Unit, Missoula, MT 9/75 – 7/79Marine Reserve Battalion Surgeon, 1st BR 23MAR4th MARDIVFMF USMCR, Houston, TX 8/-73 – 6/74, Created Pilot Teaching Program with BenTaub Hospital Emergency Room For OJT of USN CorpsmenStaff Thoracic Surgeon, Pensacola Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL, 8/72 – 6/73,Team partner in creating pilot PROMIS SystemShip’s Surgeon, USS John F. Kennedy, CVA 67, Atlantic/Mediterranean Cruise, 7/71 – 8/72, Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for Professional Excellence.BOARD CERTIFICATIONAmerican Board of Surgery, 10/71American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 10/74MEDICAL AFFILIATIONSAmerican College of Physician Executives, DiplomatAmerican College of Surgeons, FellowThe Society of Thoracic SurgeonsThe Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular SocietyIndiana Medical AssociationVanderburgh County Medical SocietyCIVIC AFFILIATIONSOne of five individuals on the original YMCA Board that first brought soccer to Missoula, MT in 1975For the enjoyment of over 1000+ children & their families within 4 yearsMember of Evansville Regional Airport Board 2004-2005Evansville Northside Kiwanis Club, Board & Foundation Member 2004-2008Mentor Indiana –2004ISMA 2005 Physician Community Service Award NomineeEvansville Port Authority Board 2005Boys & Girls Club Devotee & Soccer CoachVolunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery,Indiana University Medical School–Evansville Community Advisory Committee 2010- PresentArea Health Education Committee Forming Committee 2007- presentPOLITICAL  ACTIVITIESEvansville City Councilor At-Large 2008-2012City Council Vice-President 2011, 2013, 2014City Council President 2015City Council Liaisons – Area Plan Committee, Animal Control, Computer Services, Evansville Redevelopment Commission, Fire Department, Evansville Endowment Fund.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read.  Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Members Of The Motet, Big G, and Kyle Hollingsworth Band Pay Homage To Herbie Hancock In Colorado

first_imgThis past Thursday night at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, CO, the funk gauntlet was thrown down, as Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), along with Dave Watts, Joey Porter, and Garrett Sayers (of The Motet), and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) paid tribute to one of the masters of jazz-funk and fusion, none other than Herbie Hancock. As Porter told the crowd, “This is our favorite music to play,” it was quickly realized early on in the first set that his statement was no lie, with the group putting on a collaborative clinic.The two-set show consisted of classic tracks such as “Heartbeat” (from 1975’s Man-Child), “Sunlight” (from the 1978 album of the same name), “Actual Proof” (off of 1974’s Thrust), and “Tell Everybody” (1979’s Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now), among others. Each member of the group displayed the skills necessary to pay homage to one of the OG’s in the jazz-funk scene, which is no easy feat. Porter utilized every key and knob on his setup, while Dom went off on some nasty sax solos. Watts and Sayers are undeniably one of the best rhythm units in the scene today, and Schwindt is essentially the sleeper of the group. He is straight filthy on guitar and deserves way more recognition than what he gets.The crowd responded to the two-set tribute with plenty of moving, grooving, and a whole lot of sweat. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night. The group plays Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Casey Russell’s Soul Shack tonight, July 29th (purchase tickets here). Check out video from the Aggie show, including video of the band performing the classic 1975 track “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” below:last_img read more

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Join Red Hot Chili Peppers In Brisbane [Video]

first_imgRed Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring Australia and New Zealand with George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. On Tuesday night at Brisbane, Australia’s Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Clinton and members of P-Funk joined the headliners on stage during their encore, for a funky, full-throttle take on “Give It Away”, off of the band’s 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik release.The Parliament/Funkadelic frontman, who turns 78 in July, recently announced his final outing, the “One Nation Under A Groove” tour, which will feature a variety of artist lineups to celebrate George Clinton’s final dates at the helm of the Mothership. Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton & P-Funk will be joined by Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf, all of whom are taking time out of their own busy touring schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, formerly-rainbow-dreaded funk, hip-hop, and rock & roll pioneer.The Chili Peppers first collaborated with George Clinton over three decades ago, when the funk hero produced the band’s early funk album, 1985’s Freaky Styley. They’ve collaborated since, notably at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but have never toured together. With a few dates left together before Clinton retires, there’s certainly potential for more collaborations.Watch George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic join Red Hot Chili Peppers for their “Give It Away” encore below:Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic – “Give It Away”[Video: RHCPtv1]Head to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ website for ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.Setlist: Red Hot Chili Peppers | Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Brisbane, Australia | 2/26/2019Set: Intro Jam, Can’t Stop, Fortune Faded, The Zephyr Song, Jam, Dark Necessities, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, Me & My Friends, Snow ((Hey Oh)), I Like Dirt, Californication, Nevermind, The Getaway, Suck My Kiss, Under The Bridge, By The WayEncore: It’s My Life, Goodbye Angels, Give It Away** w/ George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Media project aims to promote racial discourse on campus

first_imgThe Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy are collaborating to launch a project recording members of the Notre Dame community on the topic of race called “With Voices True.”Richard Jones, director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said the project gives the University the opportunity to reflect on Notre Dame’s racial climate while following in the footsteps of previous University initiatives.“[The project] involves collecting and preserving voices of those in our community as they offer their thoughts and perspectives and opinions on the racial climate and issues concerning race here on campus,” Jones said. “We think — given the legacy of [University President Emeritus] Fr. Ted [Hesburgh], given the mission of the University, given what we try to do as journalists — it is a project that really is aligned with the kinds of things we like to be working on, focusing on and raising awareness about.”Director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward said the collection of recordings will assist in opening a discourse on race at Notre Dame.“The most important goal is to just get people engaging with the question of race and what it means in their lives, so we want to talk about it,” McAward said. “We think there’s real value in having people articulate their experiences, and we want people to listen to it and experience it because having that dialogue will just enrich the conversation.”The project is going to be presented digitally in a multimedia format, Jones said, and there are hopes that the project will be made accessible online.“It will probably be a range of media, audio and video text, and some of that will likely be driven by the people with whom we speak and some of that may be driven by the expertise of those collecting the voices,” Jones said. “ … There have been some discussions in making it available online, in a website, and I think that feels like a natural fit for this kind of project, especially given the multimedia, digital media aspect of it.”While the project is still in its early stages, Jones said he is excited to ramp up operations and begin working with members of the Notre Dame community.“We’re going to really begin in the next month or so in terms of the collection, and we hope that by the end of the semester we’ll have the beginnings of a really nice repository,” he said. “We are eager to not only work with the Klau Center, but also to work with the members of our community on this project as well. They’ve put out a call for members of the community to take part in this project, and we’d like to certainly reinforce that call and let folks know that we’re open to hearing their stories in whatever form they may take.”Jones said students from the Gallivan Program will assist with the program by collecting data.“As a journalism educator, I am very excited about the opportunity for our students to build their skills as interviewers, to build their skills using digital media and to have a sense and appreciation to be a part of life on campus that not a lot of us talk about,” he said.“With Voices True” is ultimately an attempt to build a common understanding of race through which the Notre Dame community can grow together, McAward said.“We hope it’s going to strengthen our community and help people understand each other in a new way and a deeper way and to build our Notre Dame community,” she said. “We hope it’ll be beneficial for every person on campus to participate in this in one way or another.”People who want to participate in the project can express their interest at dialogue, Ethics and Democracy, Gallivan Program, Gallivan Program in Journalism, Jennifer Mason McAward, Klau Center, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, news, Richard Jones, With Voices Truelast_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Former College administrator reflects on mission

first_imgThe word ”mission” is an important part of Sr. Rose Anne Schultz’s life, as much of her work at Saint Mary’s has aimed to apply it to the College community.Schultz first came into contact with the Sisters of the Holy Cross when she attended Holy Cross schools in California, she said, beginning in the fifth grade.“When I look at it now from the vantage point of Fr. [Basil] Moreau, who wanted education of the mind and heart … they were doing that,” Schultz said. “I didn’t know that was what they were doing, and doing it ever so well. They were not only excellent educators — they were very, very friendly.”Schultz said her understanding of the Sisters as being kind, happy women followed her throughout grade school and the Holy Cross high school she attended. When she came to Saint Mary’s in the 1950s, it was with the intention of joining the Sisters. Everything since then has continued as a journey, she said.Schultz taught in schools in Indiana and Illinois and also held some administrative positions before making her return to Saint Mary’s. Already serving on the College’s board of trustees, she was offered the chance to work with the Center for Spirituality and its founder, Keith Egan.“To me, it was a gift just to work with Keith and the Center [for Spirituality],” she said.As Schultz did the work she enjoyed, ongoing discussions within religious institutions and other organizations began to change the way they viewed the purpose of their work.“During that time, the word ‘mission’ was becoming more of a phenomenon,” Schultz said. “Its meaning was being explored, and so at that time I was asked to work in the administration for mission.”Her role in the administration eventually became full-time, though her heart was still with the Center for Spirituality, Schultz said.The meaning of mission still remained elusive to much of the College community, Schultz said, but the growing division for mission continued its work promoting the values of Fr. Moreau at the level of the College administration.“The thing is, it’s a positive area of change,” Schultz said. “It’s not diminishing what you’re doing, but it took a long while. … It gives me great comfort and joy to see how the mission was incarnated in the College.”Among the division of mission’s projects was sending laypeople who were members of the College faculty to Le Mans, France, to learn about the history of the Sisters.“They learned about Holy Cross and our mission,” Schultz said. “People just had the best experiences there.”Schultz served as vice president for mission from 1994 until she retired in 2009. The relationships she built with students and faculty through her work are ones she still maintains today.These days, Schultz is still in touch with past members of the board of trustees and those involved with the division for mission. She also teaches first-year novices a course on the life of Fr. Moreau. She is also involved with Friends with Sisters, an organization that seeks to connect students and the sisters.The relationship between the Sisters and the College is an important one, Schultz said.“You have to keep that bond between the two,” she said. “It shouldn’t be separated.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, mission, sister spotlight, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

Listen to Two Tracks from the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway Cast Recording!

first_img Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Lena Hall We still have to wait until July 1 to download the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway cast recording, but these tracks might just satisfy our craving until then. Pop some gummibärchen, pull your wig (we know you have at least one) down from the shelf and rock out to Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and the Angry Inch band performing “Sugar Daddy” and “Wig in a Box.” We can’t wait to belt out Stephen Trasks’ score in its entirety with the rock goddess herself on the new album! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015center_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

West Babylon Fire Victim Identified

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Tuesday identified the woman killed in a West Babylon fire two days ago and also released details regarding the cause of the blaze.Police identified the woman as 59-year-old Gail Giampino. She was found inside the Little East Neck Road apartment that caught fire Sunday just after 4:30 p.m., police said. Giampino was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of Suffolk police’s Homicide Squad, said the fire was sparked by a tenant cooking chicken wings in hot oil that “flamed up.”Fitzpatrick noted that the fire is still under investigation. Detectives are still waiting on Arson Squad investigators to submit their report, he said.The fire also damaged four other apartments and injured two others, police said. Both victims were treated at local hospitals and released, police said.last_img read more

5 Long Islanders Go For Gold in Rio Olympics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonFive athletes with Long Island ties are among 11,000 from around the world competing for their chance to take home a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which officially starts Friday.The four native Long Islanders representing Team USA are soccer stars Allie Long of Northport and Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, WNBA all-star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird of Syosset, and race walker Maria Michta-Coffey of Nesconset. A fifth, sailor Bora Gulari of Michigan, lived on Long Island when he was a youngster.“Since I was 10 years old, I’ve dreamed of being an Olympian,” Michta-Coffey told the Press last month. “If someone had told me, here’s your wish, make your life how you want… I don’t know that I could have made as good a wish as what’s actually happened.”Representing the United States in Rio will be 555 of the nation’s most disciplined athletes. Among them are 292 women—the most women to compete for a single country in Olympic history, according to the U.S Olympic committee.The local athletes described getting to represent their country on the world stage as a privilege. But it’s not easy. Training for the every-four-year’s Olympic Games consumes the lives of its participants. For four years at a time, Olympic hopefuls devote their lives to wearing the colors of their respective nations.For those who do get the call—now the hard work really begins. The goal is to win gold or medal in the athletes’ respective events. It’s a goal that U.S. Olympians have evidently taken seriously; The United States has won 2,189 medals at the Summer Games, more than any other country, according to the International Olympic Committee.“As New Yorkers, we are proud of all of our Olympic athletes and their extraordinary perseverance and strength.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “At a time when our country wrestles with division and intolerance, we are unified in our admiration of the achievements of these athletes. The Olympics provide more than gold and glory; they remind us of the strength of our diversity and the triumph of the human spirit.”RELATED STORY: Long Island Olympic Hopefuls Vie for Chance to Compete in RioThirty New Yorkers will be competing in Rio. Having one homegrown Long Island Olympian among them is impressive. But five? That’s downright awesome.THE POINT GUARDSyosset native Sue Bird has had success on every basketball court she’s stepped foot on. In Rio, Bird will be going for her fourth gold medal in as many tries.Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Bird’s professional career is her success in international play. If she wins her fourth Olympic gold medal, Bird stands to join an illustrious list in the basketball world.“It’s incredible,” Bird told the Press after practicing at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown last week shortly before departing for Rio. Just like she has her entire basketball career, Bird distributed the glory to her teammates. “I think it says even more that there are three or four others on this current team who also have a shot at that this year,” she saidBird, who was born and raised in Syosset, remained in Syosset public schools until her junior year of high school, when she transferred to Christ the King High School in Queens. Her experiences through high school undoubtedly helped shape the person, and the player, Bird has become.“I had lived and gone to Syosset schools my entire life, with that comes all your friends, everything you know is all in that one place,” Bird recalled. “To leave all of that, being the new kid in school, that part was really hard.“I was really lucky to have a lot of my AAU teammates already playing at Christ the King,” she continued. “Immediately I had friends to help me out.”And so Bird’s winning ways began. At Christ the King, she established herself on the watch list of top Division 1 programs such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and the University of Connecticut. In her senior year, Bird led Christ the King to a State Championship and the National Title.She was awarded many personal accolades her senior year, including The New York State Player of the Year and The New York Daily News Player of the Year.Upon graduation, Bird chose to attend UConn. That’s where Bird established herself as a household name in women’s basketball, joining head coach Geno Auriemma and a recruiting class that was touted as the best the country had ever seen at the time.During Bird’s tenure at UConn, the Huskies won two National Championships with an astonishing aggregate record of 114-4. The personal accolades came in bunches, too. Most notably, Bird was awarded the Naismith trophy, recognizing her as college player of the year during her senior year as she led the Huskies to an undefeated season.Bird, a point guard, entered the WBNA draft in 2002, and was taken first overall by the Seattle Storm. She’s had an illustrious career that includes over half a dozen All Star selections. And now she’s vying for a fourth gold medal to add to her trophy case.THE FORWARDCrystal Dunn is one of several younger soccer players who will get their first shot at Olympic gold for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT).Dunn, 24, is a graduate of Rockville Centre’s Southside High School. At Southside and everywhere she’s been since then, Dunn has dominated. She’s achieved numerous personal accolades, including New York State Player of the Year, and the praise of her peers.“One thing that Crystal has proven is that she’s been a winner at every single level,” former USWNT defender Kate Markgraf told The Huffington Post. “I first saw her at the U-20 World Cup, and she was the MVP for me. You watch her in college and she’s dominating at forward. She’s a match winner, at every single level she’s played at.”One thing is for sure, Dunn can beat opponents in many ways. Her primary attribute is her speed. As a forward, her ability to get around defenders and create chaos from the flank is second to none. Dunn uses her speed to dart into crowded areas around the net and pounces on loose balls. As a high schooler Dunn scored 46 goals and notched 35 assists in three varsity seasons.Like all great athletes, Dunn had to undergo some adversity before she could really take off. She was the last player cut from the 2015 USWNT that won the World Cup in Canada last summer.“I’d never felt this way and I kind of had to teach myself how to respond,” Dunn wrote in an op-ed published in The Players Tribune. “I suddenly had to figure out how to get used to failure, because up until that point, success was all I ever knew.”That’s easier said than done for an athlete when on-field dominance is something that’s been ingrained in them from an early age.“In 2015, I was coming off a collegiate career at North Carolina during which I had won a national title and the Hermann Trophy as the country’s best player.” Dunn wrote. “I had also won a World Cup with the U-20 team and earned a handful of caps with the senior squad. So when I showed up to training camp for the national team last January, I was confident.”Now after years of hard work, Dunn will be representing Long Island for the USWNT in Rio. She’ll be playing a big role in the hunt for the team’s fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.THE MIDFIELDERThe road to Rio for Northport native Allie Long hasn’t been such a smooth ride. The 28-year-old midfielder for the US women’s soccer team was on the cusp of being an international regular for some time, but she couldn’t seem to catch a break.Her first game as a member of the USWNT came and went. It was a friendly against Team Canada in Winnipeg. In the two years following that short taste of international play, Long watched the USWNT from afar. She wasn’t called to play in the 2015 FIFA world cup, or in either of the team’s two major tournaments earlier this year. Naturally, doubt began to creep in.“I remember looking back and having days when I would just be thinking, ‘Is this ever going to happen?” Long said on the team’s website. “I was working so hard and I was frustrated.”After an off-season of training unlike any she’d had before, Long’s hard work paid off in the form of an invite back to USWNT camp in March. By April, she was back on the field. Long started in a game against Columbia and scored the first two goals of her international career in that match.She is now fixed into place as a regular on the USWNT, and expectations are higher than ever for both the ladies’ national squad and Long herself. Like Bird and the US women’s basketball team, the USWNT will be gunning for their fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.From the turf at Northport High to the pitch in Rio, Long’s journey has been fulfilling as any. During her time at Northport High School she was a four-year varsity player, and her team never lost a regular season game. Long was the Suffolk County Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons.She spent time at both Penn State and the University of North Carolina. She’s been a winner no matter what program she’s played for. But medaling in Rio would be the biggest notch on her belt yet.“[Winning gold] would mean everything,” Long said. “I have thought about it, obviously, and I feel like all of the hard work, the times that I’ve struggled have led me to this.”THE RACE WALKERTwo-time Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey has been an elite performer both in the athletic arena and in the classroom from a young age.Thirty-year-old Michta-Coffey graduated from Sachem High School, where she was a national track and field standout. In the classroom, Michta-Coffey was perhaps even more impressive.“I consider myself a professional student-athlete,” Michta-Coffey told the Press after receiving the Suffolk County Distinguished Service Medal from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone last month.After graduating high school in 2004, and missing her graduation ceremony for the junior race walk nationals, Michta-Coffey enrolled at LIU Post, where she earned her bachelors in biology. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA—her class’s valedictorian. Michta-Coffey then moved on to graduate school, attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.Her performance on the athletic side of things has earned her a trip to Rio, where she’ll be competing among the world’s very best race walkers for a chance to medal at the Olympics.Michta-Coffey is where she is now due in large part to a tireless work ethic and setting both short-term and long-term goals. Her academic status in conjunction with a jam packed training regimen proves this.She’s at the top of her game, making strides in the bio-medical field while keeping another high end goal in mind: to be the best race walker she could be. This culminated in an Olympic bid when she qualified for her first trip to the Olympic games in London, during the summer of 2012. She said it’s a dream that couldn’t have come true without her Long Island-based support system.“To see my family here, to see my high school and race walk coaches… It’s really special to see these guys here,” Michta Coffey said. “When I’m racing, I’m racing with you guys and for you guys. Nothing I’ve ever accomplished has been done on my own… [family, coaches and friends] have been there every step of the way.”THE SAILORBora Gulari is a skipper on the U.S Olympic sailing team. Originally born in Istanbul Turkey, Gulari moved with his family to Long Island when he was a child as his parents did their post-doctoral work at Stony Brook University.Gulari was introduced to windsurfing by his parents at age 4. He later moved to Michigan. It wasn’t until he graduated from the University of Michigan that he took up sailing.In Rio, he’ll be competing in the two-person mixed multi-hull event with his teammate, Louisa Chafee, daughter of ex-Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, on their Nacra 17, a high-speed catamaran.“I’m proud to represent my country, I feel like the hard work has just begun,” Gulari said. “My heart might flutter a little bit, but it will mean a lot. I’m really proud.”How many of LI’s five Olympians will bring home the gold? Stay tuned.last_img read more

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