German car sales slashed in half in May: Official data

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel and ministers unveiled late Wednesday details of a 130-billion-euro (US$146 billion) stimulus package aimed at getting Europe’s top economy moving again.But aside from increased subsidies of up to 6,000 euros for electric car purchases, there was no direct aid for carmakers – reflecting opposition from both economists and environmentalists to a repeat of 2009’s post-financial crisis “cash for clunkers” scheme.Some politicians pointed to slashed value-added tax as a potential boost to auto manufacturers.May’s data showed that “reopening car showrooms at the end of April had next to no positive effect on demand,” said Reinhard Zirpel, president of the VDIK car importers’ federation.”The sector now hopes that the measures announced in the stimulus package will end buyers’ restraint and bring about an improvement in the second half of the year.”Topics : German new car registrations plummeted by almost 50 percent year-on-year in May, official data showed Thursday, with virus lockdowns hitting the vital industry hard ahead of a massive new economic stimulus package.Just over 168,000 cars were registered last month, the KBA transport authority said, down 49.5 percent compared with May 2019 and following a 37.7-percent drop in March and 61.1 percent in April.The May figures showed “some reduction in tensions on the new car market,” EY analysts commented, but “the car sector remains in a deep crisis”.last_img read more

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Administración Wolf: Se aprobaron más de 200 nuevos proyectos de mejora de la infraestructura hidráulica en todo el estado

first_imgAdministración Wolf: Se aprobaron más de 200 nuevos proyectos de mejora de la infraestructura hidráulica en todo el estado Infrastructure,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy 276 nuevas aprobaciones de proyectos del Programa de Pequeños Sistemas de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Pennsylvania a través de la Autoridad de Financiamiento del Estado (CFA, por sus siglas en inglés) para proteger y mejorar los sistemas relativos al agua de los municipios.“Este programa vital de subvenciones permite mejoras costosas pero necesarias a la infraestructura hidráulica que de otro modo no serían posibles para las comunidades más pequeñas de Pennsylvania”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Cuando invertimos en nuestras comunidades ahora, se benefician en los próximos años, y los proyectos aprobados hoy mejorarán significativamente la calidad de vida en estas comunidades”.Los proyectos de pequeños sistemas de agua potable y alcantarillado aprobados hoy incluyen reemplazar la red de abastecimiento de agua potable de Troy Street en el condado de Bradford; mejorar la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales en el condado de Huntingdon; mejorar la rehabilitación del reservorio sobre el nivel del suelo en el condado de Lehigh; expandir el sistema de agua del municipio de Pine Grove en el condado de Schuylkill; y la extensión de la línea de flotación de Alexander Spring Road en el condado de Cumberland. Otros proyectos incluyen mejoras y reemplazos de las redes de abastecimiento de agua potable, plantas de tratamiento de agua, sistemas de alcantarillado y extensiones de tuberías de agua en cientos de municipios en 49 condados en todo el estado. El monto total de la financiación supera los $61 millones de dólares.Se puede encontrar una lista completa de los proyectos de Pequeños sistemas de agua potable y alcantarillado aprobados ayer en la reunión de la CFA aquí.El Programa de Pequeños Sistemas de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Pennsylvania ofrece subvenciones para ayudar a los municipios con la construcción, la mejora, la expansión o la reparación de sus suministros de agua o sistemas de alcantarillado sanitario. Los municipios y las autoridades municipales son elegibles para solicitar hasta $500,000 dólares en subvenciones. Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Pequeños Sistemas de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Pennsylvania, haga clic aquí.Para obtener más información sobre el DCED y la CFA, visite dced.pa.gov.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img August 18, 2020last_img read more

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ConocoPhillips gets consent to begin Ekofisk platform removals

first_imgNorwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has given ConocoPhillips consent to prepare and begin the removal of minor structures from the Ekofisk field in the North Sea.The PSA said on Thursday that the consent also includes the installation of a temporary crane on Ekofisk 2/4 field terminal platform (FTP).The safety watchdog added that ConocoPhillips applied for consent to dispose of the Ekofisk 2/4 H, Ekofisk 2/4 A, Ekofisk 2/4 FTP, and Ekofisk 2/4 Q platforms.According to the statement, the PSA gave the company consent for parts of the work.For now, the consent covers the initiation of preparatory work offshore and the start of the removal of minor structures and installation of the crane on the FTP. The remainder of ConocoPhillips’ consent application will be dealt separately by the PSA.Regarding the removal itself, Offshore Energy Today reported in April that ConocoPhillips was set to award a contract for the removal of Ekofisk field platforms to Heerema Marine Contractors.At the time, AF Gruppen, one of the largest civil engineering and construction companies in Norway, claimed that it received notice that ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS intended to enter into a contract with HMC for the removal and disposal of platforms connected to the Ekofisk field.AF Gruppen, a key subcontractor to HMC, said that the contract included engineering, preparation, removal & disposal (EPRD) of four platforms with a total tonnage of approximately 36,000 tonnes. The removal is part of ConocoPhillips’ Ekofisk I Cessation plan which should begin in 2017 and end in 2022.EkofiskOn December 23, 1969, Phillips Petroleum – now ConocoPhillips – informed the Norwegian government that it had discovered Ekofisk – one of the largest offshore oil fields ever found.The field, located some 200 kilometers south of Stavanger, started production in 1971 via the Gulftide platform, and is in production even today, more than four decades after the original discovery.The Greater Ekofisk Area today comprises four poducing fields: Ekofisk, Eldfisk, Embla and Tor. Crude oil is exported to Teesside, England, and the natural gas is exported to Emden, Germany.last_img read more

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Phil Goff: Parental leave takes priority over pandas

first_imgStuff co.nz 1 November 2015OPINION: New Zealand’s fertility rate of over four per cent in the early 1960s has more than halved today to be under 2 per cent.  Even since 2008 there has been a significant drop in the number of new-born babies.Meanwhile our population is aging as baby boomers live longer and are retiring in large numbers.Changing lifestyles are part of the explanation.  So, too, is the cost of having children, with young people needing to meet high rent or mortgage costs when house prices in Auckland are approaching 10 times the median household income.Other developed countries have responded by providing generous paid parental leave.  Labour introduced paid parental leave for 12 weeks in 2002 and increased it to 14 weeks.Since then, however, New Zealand has fallen behind to become the second least generous paid parental leave provider of 34 developed countries.Labour MP Sue Moroney introduced a Paid Parental Leave Bill in 2013 to increase the period of payment to 26 weeks.  This was defeated by one vote when National and Act opposed it.  National was however embarrassed into agreeing to increase the period of payment over time to 18 weeks.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/73456073/Phil-Goff-Parental-leave-takes-priority-over-pandaslast_img read more

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Army foils ‘NPA attack’ in Igbaras

first_img“The eyes and ears from the community reported thecommunist-terrorists’ presence in Igcabugao who are planning to sabotage andburn the equipment of Century Peak Energy Corporation (CPEC) and itshydro-power plant in the area,” he said.  Batara also underscored CPEC’s cooperation to the AFP’s campaign against insurgency by nor giving in to the extortion demands of the CNTs./PN No casualties on government side. Batara added that his troops are conducting pursuitoperations against the group of communist-terrorists they encountered inBarangay Ongyod, Miagao, Iloilo last Sept. 23 when they received a reliableinformation about the presence of the terrorists in Igcabugao. Lieutenant Joel Benedict Batara, Philippine Army’s 61stInfantry Battalion commander, said they have managed to repel the communistrebels’ plan of sabotaging a hydro-power company’s equipment in the saidvillage. Military forces thwarted an attack, which was carried out bya group of armed men believed to be New People’s Army fighters, in BarangayIgcabugao, Igbaras, Iloilo Wednesday morning. The troops recovered from the encounter site 3 Molotovebombs; 1 Rifle grenade; 1 Hand grenade; 1 Blasting cap; 2 Packs ammoniumnitrate; 2 Dynamites and 1 CNT shirt. last_img read more

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Health care heroes nominations sought for honorary starters of last-chance features

first_imgLetters or emails of nomination should be 500 words or less and tell about the nominee and how they have gone above and beyond in providing care during the pandemic.  “This is one more way we can recognize and thank individuals who have provided care and encouragement to so many of us in recent months,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “There is no better time or place to do so than on Saturday night during Super Nationals at Boone Speedway.”  Anyone currently working on the frontline of health care can be nominated to be an honorary starter for each of the Modified last-chance features on the Sept. 12 race program. Nominations should be directed to Yoder at the IMCA home office or kyoder@imca.com. BOONE, Iowa – Fans and drivers will get the opportunity to applaud three health care heroes Saturday during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. last_img read more

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Police arrest Federal Winners 4-1, Tigers claw Ann’s Grove 3-1

first_img… Final and third-place set for SundayPOLICE football team inflicted a drubbing on Federal Winners Connection, arresting them by a 4-1 margin while Western Tigers `clawed’ their way to a 3-1 victory over Ann’s Grove when the semi-finals of the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Cup Football tournament were played on Sunday at the Victoria ground, East Coast Demerara.In the opening game of the double-header card, Western Tigers’ Darren Benjamin opened the scoring for the West Ruimveldt-based unit with a 29th minute goal from a free kick that sent the ball into the right corner of Ann’s Grove’s goal.Dwayne McLennon increased the lead five minutes later with a right-foot shot from inside the 18-yard box.Ann’s Grove responded with their lone goal of the match as Phillip Williams found the back of Western Tigers’ net in the 42nd minute.Leading 2-1 at the interval, Western Tigers increased the lead 38 minutes into the second session, as Randolph Wagner latched onto a poor clearance outside the centre of the box and netted with a well-placed shot into an empty goal.Six minutes later, Dellon Kelly sealed the issue with a shot that found the left side of Ann’s Grove’s net.In the Police versus Federal Winners Connection, Lerone Charles opened the scoring for Police with a 14th minute goal by lobbing the ball over the head of the advancing Winners Connection goalkeeper’s head into the goal.Charles then made it 2-0 in the 48th minute with a shot from the top of the box 15 minutes into the second session. Trevor Jones increased the lead further for the lawmen with a header into the left corner of the opposition’s net.Rawle Gittens of Federal Winners Connection was shown the red card in the 72nd minute for using abusive language towards the referee, reducing his team to 10 players. However, the Linden side were able to pull one back through a Keon Sears’ 88th minute goal from the penalty spot.Police will meet Western Tigers in the final on Sunday, while on the same day, Federal Winners Connection will battle with Ann’s Grove in the third-place playoff.The venue for the double-header is yet to be decided.last_img
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The Latest: Cowboys star Prescott pledges $1M in Floyd wake

first_img June 3, 2020 The plan calls for roommates to work out together and to break up position groups in hopes of containing the spread of COVID-19 — if there is a positive test.“You can’t say there’s no risk, there’s risk in everything you do,” Allen said. “I’ve had some questions (from parents) that I don’t have answers to yet, like what’s July going to look like or what’s the season going to look like. You just have to communicate with them over and over and make sure they feel good about it.”Allen says he believes the Hoosiers would need about six weeks of practice time to be ready for the season opener against Wisconsin, currently scheduled for Sept. 4.The plan also gives men’s and women’s basketball players a resumption date of June 18 for voluntary workouts followed by women’s soccer July 6, volleyball July 8, men’s soccer July 13, field hockey July 15 and cross country Aug. 18.Fall classes are tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 24. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says he is pledging $1 million “to improve our police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy in our country.” The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking.Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.___A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms.ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. ___Sara Hall, Tyler Andrews and other elite distance runners will try to break treadmill world records this weekend as part of a virtual road race to raise money for a coronavirus relief program.Called the “Chaski Challenge,” the event features 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) and 50-kilometer (31.1) distances as well as a team relay. Runners have 24 hours starting Friday to post a time on their treadmill or outside if permitted. There will also be a live broadcast for the “Festival of Records” event Saturday in which elite athletes chase after seven world records.The marks range from the men’s and women’s treadmill half marathon records to a 100-kilometer (62.1) treadmill attempt. Among those planning to compete in the events are Hall, ultra-marathoner Michael Wardian, British distance runner Adam Holland and U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier Regina Lopez. A Zoom screen will help keep track of the progress along with a live tracker visualization app. There will also be an announcer.“It gives people something that’s really fun to do as a runner, whether it’s the weekend warrior or the elite runner,” said Andrews, an Olympic marathon trials qualifier who helped organize the event. The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event.The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.The tour says results from the PCR tests are expected back in a manner of hours. Senior vice president of tour administration Andy Levinson says it also allows ample testing without taking away resources from the community where the tournaments are played.The tour expects about 400 people to require testing at tournaments upon the restart. No spectators are allowed for the first five events on the PGA Tour. Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. ESPN2 will televise two games Thursday night. Games on Friday and Saturday are pay-per-view.The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark.The players were split into four teams and are mostly from Division I schools, but junior colleges and NAIA schools also are represented. Among the coaches are former major leaguers LaTroy Hawkins and Drew Sutton.“Baseball has united us throughout the history of this country and we’re truly blessed to be able to come back to share some much-needed relief during these difficult times,” CSBI organizer Uri Geva said. “We’re continuing to work closely with local health officials to ensure the safety of all involved during this event.”Geva is donating 5 percent of pay-per-view subscriptions to No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting child hunger in the United States. The other tests will be played in Manchester starting July 16 and July 24.___The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month.Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced.Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.” The Major League Soccer Players Association announced the ratification of the CBA on Wednesday morning. Players had approved economic concessions for this season, including across-the-board salary cuts last weekend. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.“Today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love,” the MLSPA said announcing the agreement.The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February through 2024, but that had not been ratified as the virus spread.The season was suspended March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teams had played just two games. Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. ___Indiana football players will start returning to campus on Monday and can resume voluntary workouts on June 15 as part of a phased-in plan announced by the athletic department.Coach Tom Allen expects about 65 players to travel to Bloomington, Indiana, next week. Another 25 players are slated to come back June 29 with the third and final group set for July 6.During a Zoom call, Allen told reporters all players will be tested after arriving. They will then be quarantined for two or three days, awaiting test results.Players also will undergo an orientation program detailing the procedures and policies in place before they will be cleared to start weight lifting and running in groups of 10 or smaller. Each player must complete a daily medical check and agree to abide by a series of CDC guidelines, too. ___The Premier League says one person was found to have the coronavirus after the fifth round of testing of players and staff at soccer clubs.The league did not identity the person.Testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.___center_img Barceló says the revelation by Gasperini shows that authorities were right by ordering the second leg to be played without fans.___The West Indies says three cricket players have turned down the chance to travel to England for the postponed three-test series that will be played in bio-secure environments amid the coronavirus pandemic.Cricket West Indies says Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul “all declined the invitation” to join the squad and “will not hold this decision against these players when considering future selection.”West Indies players must travel a month before the first test in Southampton starting July 8 in order to quarantine and begin training. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.Athletic director Jamie Pollard says “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”The Big 12 is allowing Iowa State and other conference schools to have football players return June 15 for voluntary workouts.___A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. ___English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Premier League club did not identify the person.It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff.The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named.The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches.The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt.Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period.Karpaty player Egor Nazarina told Ukrainian TV channel Futbol that he didn’t believe anyone at the club had displayed symptoms of COVID-19. Prescott made the pledge at the end of a lengthy statement on Instagram in his first public comments over widespread unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.Prescott wrote that he had respect for law enforcement officers but implored them to “hold your own accountable.” He said he viewed the “protests and riots in our streets as a form of strength” in the effort to raise awareness of racial injustice.The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year said he was having a difficult time without football during the pandemic. Prescott also publicly acknowledged the recent death of his older brother, Jace Prescott, for the first time. The 31-year-old former offensive lineman at Northwestern State in Louisiana died in April.Prescott isn’t participating in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program because he hasn’t signed the $31 million one-year contract that goes with the franchise tag. The sides have until July 15 to reach a deal on a long-term contract. The two-time Pro Bowler just finished a four-year rookie contract that paid Prescott $2 million in the final season.___ ___The top health official in the Valencia region says Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was irresponsible for traveling to Spain for a Champions League match with symptoms of the coronavirus.Ana Barceló says Gasperini “lacked responsibility” and “shouldn’t have made the trip” from a high-risk area knowing that he had COVID-19 symptoms.The 62-year-old Gasperini told Italian media he started feeling sick on March 9. That was a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the round of 16.Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak.It could be held without fans but golfers like Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are among those saying they are against that idea.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Andrews will be chasing after two treadmill records on a machine set up in an office at his parents’ house. He will attempt to break the marathon record while he competes in the 50-kilometer race.“I’m feeling really fit,” Andrews said. “I’m super excited.”The donations from the race will go to Feeding America as part of its COVID-19 relief fund.___Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida. The Latest: Cowboys star Prescott pledges $1M in Floyd wake The first event is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on the PGA Tour. The smaller Korn Ferry Tour has an event at PGA Tour headquarters in Florida.___The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months.The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. 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Recruiting the future never stops with Kiffin

first_imgIn the midst of an up-and-down campaign on the field for his football team, USC coach Lane Kiffin is quietly doing what he does best off of it: recruiting.With scholarship reductions set to kick in once the NCAA decides on USC’s sanctions appeal, this year’s recruiting season might be the Trojans’ last chance to bring in a full class for several seasons.USC’s coaches are off to a good start: 16 high school seniors have already verbally committed to play their college ball for the Trojans.Although nothing is written in black ink just yet — National Signing Day isn’t until February — it is likely that most of the 16 will suit up for the Trojans next season.USC fans certainly have reason to be excited.De’Anthony Thomas, a senior at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, headlines the class. Recruited as an Athlete by USC, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound standout is a five-star recruit at both running back and defensive back.Defensive end Jalen Grimble of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., the cousin of USC freshman tight end Xavier Grimble, is ranked the No. 4 player at his position by Scout.com.Wideout Victor Blackwell, a speedster from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif., will add to USC’s already impressive young wide receiving core led by freshman Robert Woods.The Trojans also snagged verbal commitments from two of the nation’s top four pro-style quarterbacks as ranked by Rivals.com. Max Wittek, a teammate of Blackwell’s at Mater Dei, and Cody Kessler of Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., will likely compete with current USC freshman Jesse Scroggins to replace Matt Barkley, once the sophomore ultimately heads to the NFL.The real headliners, though, play at a much more underappreciated position.With this class, the Trojan coaching staff seems to finally be addressing USC’s need for a stronger kicking game.Kicker Joe Houston’s struggles this season have been well-documented. The senior has made just seven-of-13 field goals while his longest make came from only 34 yards. A former walk-on who transferred from El Camino Junior College and just earned a USC scholarship this year, it’s hard to blame Houston for not being one of the nation’s top kickers.USC simply hasn’t been able to recruit elite high school kickers during the last several years. In fact, the last time the Trojans brought in a kicker or punter directly from high school was way back in 2005, when Troy Van Blarcom came to USC from Orange Lutheran.Enter Andre Heidari of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif.Scout.com ranks the 5-foot-11 kicker as the nation’s top recruit at his position. Heidari committed to the Trojans in June after attending a kicking camp at USC.Heidari has connected on six of his nine field goal attempts this season for Stockdale, including a 50-yarder last week in his school’s homecoming game. He’s also made kicks this season from 47, 44 and 41 yards.Heidari said he plans to graduate in December and enroll at USC for the spring semester.Senior Jacob Harfman has done a respectable job handling the punting and kickoff duties for the last two seasons. USC is tied for 21st in the nation with 14 touchbacks on kickoffs.Harfman, though, will graduate this year and leaves no apparent heir to take over as the Trojans’ starting punter.That’s where Kris Albarado of St. Louis Catholic in Lake Charles, La., comes in.Ranked the No. 5 punter in the nation by Scout.com, Albarado committed to USC two weeks ago.Albarado is averaging just less than 48 yards per punt for his high school team, besting Harfman’s 42.5 yard average for the Trojans. Gifted with a strong leg, Albarado has booted punts this season of 65, 62 and 61 yards.It’s much too early to say that Heidari and Albarado will vastly improve USC’s kicking game. Heck, it’s not even a sure thing that these two will honor their verbal commitments and play for the Trojans.It can be said, however, that by aggressively recruiting these two kicking prodigies, Kiffin and the rest of the USC coaches are putting their best feet forward.“Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jonathan at jkendric@usc.edu.last_img read more

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