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Lindsey Vonn Is The Greatest American Skier — And Its Not Even

Women’s RankingMen’s Ranking 7Mikaela ShiffrinUSA191.87Kjetil Andre AamodtNOR201.2 5Janica KostelicCRO202.25Aksel Lund SvindalNOR220.7 10Renate GoetschlAUT160.110Gustav ThoeniITA173.7 13M. DorfmeisterAUT143.713Lasse KjusNOR149.6 4Anja PaersonSWE217.14Marc GirardelliLUX227.5 14Maria WalliserSUI129.914Ted LigetyUSA135.5 18Marlies SchildAUT109.718Didier CucheSUI99.6 2A. Moser-ProellAUT272.52Ingemar StenmarkSWE290.1 Vonn built her No. 1 ranking by dominating two specific disciplines: the downhill and the super-G. She occupies the top spot in the super rankings for both. They are the fastest events — speeds regularly exceed 80 mph — and they require a particular mix of balance, speed and — most especially — courage in order to excel.Nathaniel Vinton is the author of a book about the U.S. ski team’s sudden rise to dominance. The title, “The Fall Line,” refers to the path a skier would take straight down a hill if gravity were the only factor. “The fall line is the fastest way down a mountain, but because race courses require athletes to move sideways across the hill between gates, they repeatedly pass in and out of it,” he writes. “Much of the art and technique of ski racing involves channeling the power of the fall line while diverging from it, maneuvering body and skis in a way that transfers gravity into an energized traverse.”In other words, world-class skiers naturally find paths that balance the pull of the fall line against the gates they have to clear. So beating them the way Vonn has done so often over the years requires riding on the ragged edge between speed and madness: “Only the best racers have the strength and self-control to cut inside [the paths of other competitors] and go even straighter, even faster, and even closer to the fall line and all its promise of glory and destruction.”Vonn has a special knack for pushing away the fear and finding that perfect path. As Vinton writes: “Vonn seems to possess an internal gyroscope that allows her to find the fall line and embrace gravity whenever possible.” Vonn was so quick in the prime of her career that she posted speeds comparable to those of the top male racers, and she expressed the desire to race against men several times over the years.Vonn’s take-no-prisoners approach to racing has led to numerous wins, but it has also led to numerous crashes. She missed the 2014 Winter Olympics and parts of a half-dozen World Cup seasons with injuries that ranged from broken bones to torn ligaments. The cumulative toll on her body — not including Tuesday’s crash — is what convinced Vonn to retire. But she probably would not have been as great without pushing herself past the limits of safety in the name of speed.“I never think about what if I crash,” Vonn told Vinton. “While I’m skiing, I try to make the next gate. I’ll still try to not crash while I’m crashing into the net. I try to save myself until the last second. There’s no time for me to change my mindset. I’m still fighting.”It’s no coincidence that the U.S. put up a much tougher fight in Alpine during Vonn’s career. Between men and women, American skiers have won nearly twice as many World Cup races since Vonn’s first full season (2001-02) as they had in the U.S. ski program’s entire previous history combined. 1Lindsey VonnUSA295.51Marcel HirscherAUT321.7 9Maria Hoefl-RieschGER164.89Bode MillerUSA175.9 As of Feb. 6, 2019Source: Ski-DB.com 20D. CompagnoniITA107.920Karl SchranzAUT94.8 11Hanni WenzelLIE150.811Benjamin RaichAUT173.3 15Pernilla WibergSWE127.015Jean-Claude KillyFRA130.8 Vonn is the American GOATBest Alpine skiing careers since 1966, according to Ski-DB.com’s “super ranking,” which awards points for results in the FIS World Cup, Olympics and World Championships 8Tina MazeSLO166.68Alberto TombaITA195.6 12Erika HessSUI147.612Stephan EberharterAUT157.5 One of the great careers in international sport is coming to a close this weekend. Ski racer Lindsey Vonn’s final run will be Sunday, at the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden — and in typical Vonn fashion, she’ll be bouncing back from a nasty crash to make her farewell race. Some of Vonn’s legacy will involve that toughness and perseverance, fighting back from injury after injury to make it down the mountain one more time. But Vonn’s career will also be remembered for her unparalleled speed and success, as well as the effect that success had on America’s surging ski program — an impact that will probably be felt many years after Vonn’s retirement.To survey the career of Lindsey Vonn is to watch the golden era of United States Alpine skiing take shape. Before Vonn won the FIS World Cup overall championship in 2008, only one American woman (Tamara McKinney) — and three Americans, period (McKinney, Phil Mahre and Bode Miller) — had ever pulled off the feat. Vonn would go on to do it a total of four times as part of a resume that includes a record 82 World Cup event victories, 20 more than any other woman in history.Statistically, Vonn is the most decorated American skier in history, as well as the greatest women’s skier ever. At least, that’s according to the Ski-DB.com “super ranking,” a system that awards points for finishes in World Cup races, the World Championships and the Winter Olympics (since 1966, when the World Cup circuit was originally launched). The ranking puts heavy emphasis on World Cup performance — where Vonn has been at her most dominant, relative to the other competitions tracked — probably because that is the area that has carried the most weight in evaluations of champion skiers and their legacies.Occupying the second spot, behind Vonn, in the women’s super ranking is Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell. And there are arguments to be made that the positions should be reversed, or that other skiers are more deserving: Moser-Proell supporters can point to her six World Cup overall titles, versus Vonn’s four, and other skiers have enjoyed more Olympic and World Championship success than either Vonn or Moser-Proell. (It’s true that Vonn has only one Olympic gold medal to her name. But then again, the Olympics come around so infrequently that, depending on the timing, missing an entire Olympics — like Vonn did in 2014 — can dramatically curtail a skier’s lifetime medal count.)What might be most striking about Vonn’s placement atop the list, though, is the standard she has set for American racers. The closest American woman to Vonn is the great Mikaela Shiffrin, at No. 7 overall. The highest-ranking American man is Miller, who checks in at No. 9. The golden age of American skiing has been about more than Vonn, of course. Miller and Ted Ligety emerged around the same time as Vonn, and Vonn credits her friendly rivalry with Julia Mancuso for spurring her to work harder when the two were a promising pair of up-and-coming junior skiers.And it may be only a matter of time before Shiffrin passes Vonn as America’s greatest-ever alpiner. Eleven years Vonn’s junior, Shiffrin has far more wins and World Cup points than Vonn had at the same age, and she is already zooming up lists like the career super ranking at an unbelievable pace. And unlike Vonn, whose signature events are in the dangerous downhill, Shiffrin picks up the majority of her World Cup points in the technically demanding but comparatively safer slalom and giant slalom disciplines, so she might be able to avoid the kinds of injuries that ended Vonn’s career.1Granted, Shiffrin has begun winning more often in the fast races, taking gold in the World Championship super-G on Tuesday. As great as Vonn has been, her days as the GOAT are probably numbered.But that kind of torch-passing is at the essence of the American skiing renaissance. When Vonn was a young girl, an encounter with American gold-medalist Picabo Street at an autograph session changed the course of her life, setting her down a path toward skiing glory. Now that her career is coming to its end, Vonn is leaving U.S. skiing in the hands of a new generation, one spearheaded by Shiffrin. That legacy will last even if the records are broken and the rankings surpassed. 16Anna VeithAUT126.116Phil MahreUSA123.1 RacerPointsRacerPoints 19Petra KronbergerAUT109.519Kjetil JansrudNOR97.4 6Katja SeizingerGER194.46Pirmin ZurbriggenSUI211.2 3Vreni SchneiderSUI255.13Hermann MaierAUT252.1 17Michela FiginiSUI125.417Ivica KostelicCRO112.3 read more

Womens soccer puts past behind them focused on No 10 Nebraska and

Junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team returns home in search of its first win in two weeks.The Buckeyes suffered a loss to then-No. 13 Minnesota and tied Wisconsin last weekend. OSU also lost redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker for the season due to injury.The Buckeyes face off against tenth-ranked Nebraska in the first of two home games this weekend. Redshirt senior defender/forward Morgan Wolcott doesn’t anticipate Nebraska being an easy comeback game.“Nebraska always gives us a challenge,” Wolcott said. “They are a physical team … and we’ve struggled against them. (The team) feels prepared coming off of last weekend, which didn’t go as planned.”Nebraska has a 7-3-0 record in 2016, and the Cornhuskers will be coming to Columbus off of their most recent loss to Michigan. Overall, Nebraska has been playing a very consistent game with no notable statistical difference between its goals scored or its shots attempted in the first and second halves. The Buckeyes take on Iowa this Sunday at noon. Iowa owns a 6-4-0 record, with its two most recent losses being against Big Ten teams, Michigan and Michigan State. Before the Hawkeyes play OSU this weekend, Iowa takes on Penn State. The Hawkeyes have scored almost two-thirds of their goals in the second half. The Buckeyes have allowed 15 goals this season, 11 coming in the second half.OSU is determined to not allow the outcomes of their recent games affect their performance for the future.“Sometimes we get caught off guard … we need to get back to the basics of our system,” Wolcott said. “We tried to complicate things too much.”To keep things simple, the team has adopted a new mantra. In practices, the Buckeyes try to “get one percent better every day.”“If we can just keep getting one percent better, we feel like by November, when post-season comes, we’re going to be the team we want to be, but right now I’m pretty happy,” said senior forward Lindsay Agnew. “We have a great group of girls, so we just have to keep it going.” read more

New Ohio State field hockey assistant to make 55000

Ohio State field hockey announced the hiring of former Dartmouth University coach and Doncaster, England, native, Andy Smith as assistant coach this week.Smith replaces Jon O’Haire on the team’s staff and is due to make $55,000 in 2012, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email.Smith helped lead the Big Green for 10 seasons, six of which were spent as associated head coach. He joins OSU coach Anne Wilkinson’s staff just months after the Buckeyes’ 2011 campaign, which saw the team achieve a 12-9 overall record and a berth in the NCAA tournament.The Dartmouth athletic department did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding Smith’s departure from the program.“I am extremely grateful to (OSU athletic director) Gene Smith and Anne Wilkinson for the opportunity to be part of the Ohio State field hockey program,” Andy Smith said in a Tuesday press release. “My family and I are delighted to be moving to Columbus. I join a university and athletics department that are known for excellence and look forward to helping Ohio State compete at the highest level.”Andy Smith helped lead the Big Green to a 10-7 overall record and a 5-2 record in Ivy League play in 2011.Wilkinson said in a release that she is excited to have a coach of Andy Smith’s caliber join the program.“He is an outstanding coach in all aspects — on the field, in the classroom and as a recruiter of exceptional student athletes,” Wilkinson said. “We are proud that Andy and his family will be a part of the outstanding tradition of The Ohio State University.”Andy Smith was not made available for comment. read more

Braxton Miller Taylor Martinez set to battle under the lights

If he is given even the slightest bit of running room, he will speed through it and make the opposition pay. That’s how Ohio State coaches and players described the danger that Nebraska redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez poses for the Buckeyes’ defense this Saturday. “(Martinez) is one of the best runners I’ve ever seen at the quarterback position,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer, who has coached the likes of former Florida and current New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. A quarterback who can just as easily break a long touchdown run as he can loft a 50-yard pass, Martinez has thrown for 1,059 yards this season while running for 298 more. He has 14 total touchdowns – three on the ground, including a 92-yard scamper against UCLA on Sept. 8. In his two-plus seasons as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, Martinez has 4,779 career passing yards and 2,137 career rushing yards. Three times since 2010 – Martinez’s redshirt freshman season – the quarterback has broken runs longer than 80 yards. To put that in perspective, former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher at the quarterback position, never had an 80-yard run. Former Auburn quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton’s career-long run was 71 yards. Last year’s Heisman, former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, also has a career-long run of 71 yards. Martinez is one of the country’s premier dual-threat quarterbacks, and for a college defense, there might not be a more daunting task than trying to defend one. “Certainly a threat for us, running around making plays. He knows where his strengths are. His strengths are his feet, his mobility,” said OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. Luckily for OSU, the Buckeyes have a pretty good dual-threat quarterback of their own in sophomore Braxton Miller, who has 1,510 total yards this season – 577 of which are rushing yards. The Buckeyes’ defense defends Miller multiple times a week in practice. OSU players said that should help them this Saturday when the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes’ square off against the Martinez-led, No. 21-ranked Cornhuskers. “Definitely I think it helps us. There’s not many quarterbacks out there that run sub 4.4s, high 4.3s (in the 40-yard dash),” said redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino. “Braxton’s obviously one of them, but so is Martinez. I think it definitely helps us going against Braxton everyday.” Meyer agrees, but he added that while OSU will benefit, so will Nebraska. They too face a speedy quarterback in practice. “I think both defenses will not be shocked by the speed. They’ve seen it in practice,” Meyer said. Miller and Martinez could not be much more alike. Both are a little undersized – Miller is 6-foot-2 and Martinez is 6-foot-1. Both lead their respective teams in total yards, and both are among the country’s fastest players, not just quarterbacks. If there is a difference between the two, it is probably straight-line speed, and according to Sabino, Martinez might have the edge. “If he sees a crease, he’ll roll with it. He’s a fast guy so we have to be very disciplined in our assignments,” Sabino said. Sabino is familiar with Martinez’s speed because he, and the rest of the 2011 Buckeyes, played against him last year in OSU’s 34-27 loss in Lincoln, Neb. Practicing against Miller last season didn’t seem to help the Buckeye defense much in defending Martinez during the 2011 contest. The then-sophomore quarterback threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns while running for 101 yards and a score last Oct. 8. This Saturday, the task of defending Martinez will be even greater. The redshirt junior has matured significantly as a player. To go along with his running ability, Martinez is now a very able and accurate passer. And Martinez is probably not just able, but elite. Martinez is 11th in the country in quarterback efficiency with a 169.6 rating, completing 67.8 percent of his passes with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-1. Last season, Martinez had a 126.5 rating and completed 56.3 percent of his passes with a 13-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The improvement did not come easily for Martinez. The California native worked tirelessly on his throwing mechanics during the offseason. Las Angeles-based quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun, a former New Mexico State quarterback and teacher of the pass since 2004, worked with Martinez on his motion, footwork and more. Martinez’s stats prove the hard work paid off. The OSU coaching staff has noticed Martinez’s progression, too. “I think he’s got a great understanding of what (Nebraska tries) to do,” Vrabel said. “Whether he’s running option or whatever, he’s not going to just drop back and try to beat you that way.” Vrabel, and the rest of the OSU coaching staff and defense understand the task at hand Saturday. “He’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” Vrabel said. Despite Martinez’s speed and breakaway ability, at least one OSU defender is confident the Nebraska gunslinger won’t be chalking up any long runs against the Buckeyes. “I don’t know what (Martinez’s) 40 time is, but if he’s out there, I’m going to catch him,” said redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby and OSU are set to take on Nebraska at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by ABC. read more

Ohio State inks homeandhome series with Boston College for 2020 2021

Ohio State continued its scheduling flurry after locking up its fourth home-and-home series in less than a month, securing contests against Boston College for 2020 and 2021 on Wednesday. The Buckeyes will host the Eagles at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020 before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2021. OSU athletic director Gene Smith called BC “a fine program from an outstanding conference.” “This gives Ohio State fans a chance to watch their Buckeyes in back-to-back games against Pacific 12 and ACC schools,” Smith said in a released statement. BC athletic director Brad Bates said the matchups against OSU serve as a way for the Eagles to gauge themselves against one of the nation’s best teams. “This will be a great opportunity for our team to measure itself against one of the premier programs in college football,” Bates said in a released statement. The Buckeyes are 3-0 against BC and haven’t played the school since a 38-6 win at the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in 1995. Over the course of those three games, OSU has outscored BC, 103-45. The Buckeyes will also face Oregon in 2020 and 2021 after locking in a home-and-home series with the Ducks on Oct. 23. On Oct. 18, OSU announced a rematch against Texas for 2022 and 2023. On Oct. 2, the Buckeyes inked a home-and-home series with Texas Christian University for 2018 and 2019. OSU is a combined 16-3-1 against BC, Oregon, Texas and TCU. read more

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Gareth Southgate I dont want to go home yet

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has been emboldened from his side’s Tuesday victory that helped his team reach the quarter-finals of 2018 World Cup.Southgate now targets an extended run at the World Cup saying that he is now thinking about the clash with Sweden in the next round, and is not ready to go home just yet.“We played so well in the 90 minutes, we showed resilience to come back from huge disappointment and kept calm. It’s huge credit to all our players and staff,” Southgate told ITV via Sportsmole.“Shootouts are tough. We had talked long and hard about owning the process of a shootout. They kept calm. The players have taken it all on board, it’s a special moment for us.“We looked at technique, how we needed to be as a team, the goalkeeper’s role. A special moment but now I’m thinking about Sweden.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.He added:“They have created their own story and made history. I don’t want to go home yet.”England and Colombia clashed and drew 1-1 after normal time in which Harry Kane gave the Three Lions hope with a penalty before Barcelona’s Yerry Mina equalised.last_img read more

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Hernandez not worried about Hazard

first_imgFollowing France’s 4-2 win over Argentina in their last-16 clash, Lucas Hernandez claimed they should not worry about Hazard as they already eliminated Messi.Deschamps’ team then went on to beat Uruguay 2-0 on Friday and will be facing Belgium in the semi-final, as they, on the other side, eliminated Brazil 2-1.Despite claiming Hazard and Lukaku are dangerous, Hernandez voiced his opinion that they are not as much of a threat as Messi, who Les Bleus already dealt with.“We have already eliminated the best player in the world [Messi] against Argentina,” Hernandez said, according to Sportskeeda.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“He didn’t touch the ball. That’s the truth.”“Against Belgium we also have the players to make sure Hazard touches the ball as little as possible.”Pavard, Varane and Umtiti will most likely be in support of Hernandez, even though there are fitness concerns over Umtiti.Varane, on the other side, backed his teammate’s claim, adding that everything is up for the taking, as long as the whole team puts the effort in.last_img read more

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Egypt coach Salah is the equal of Ronaldo Modric

first_imgMohamed Salah is the equal of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, claims Egypt coach Javier AguirreThe 26-year-old had an incredible debut season at Liverpool and received many plaudits and accolades for his efforts.However, Salah was beaten to the UEFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award by Modric with Ronaldo finishing second.Now, after missing out on Europe’s top individual prize, Salah has once more been pitted against the duo for the world football’s most prestigious personal honour in FIFA’s The Best award.“I think that the three players are equal, none of them is above the other, but there can be only one winner. Hopefully, it’ll be Salah,” Aguirre told EFE.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Salah has only managed two goals in his first five games of the new Premier League season.But Aguirre feels that even the most prolific goalscorers like Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have their dry streaks.“This is just the beginning. The scorers go through streaks, suddenly they score three goals in one match.“Scorers like Salah, Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi can be three or four games without a netting goal, and then they let go.”Salah will likely line-up for Liverpool in this evening’s Champions League opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

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Dead baby goes missing for 18 hours at Cheshire Hall Medical Center

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 27, 2016 – A dead baby goes missing at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and now two investigations are launched to determine how a fetus got lost for 18-hours between Monday and Tuesday here in Provo.  A report of a startling case emerges and the myriad of problems in this medical mishap are not only many, but frightening.  In a late night report to Magnetic Media by PDA candidate for the Leeward & Long Bay Constituency, we learn of a young Turks and Caicos woman who not only miscarried her baby but was told by the medical staff at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, that they could not find the child.  Calsada Johnson recounted the horrific facts of the situation, saying for 18 hours no one knew where the baby was and it was her incessant requests that caused a Ministry of Health senior official to step in and to personally search the trash, where the three month old, prematurely born, baby boy was found.Johnson explained that around 5pm Monday the woman miscarried the child, that her body just expelled the baby and that it took calling the Police to get to 911 which was not answering the phone.  By the time medics arrived at the Lower Bight home, the mother was ready to go, her child was apparently already deceased.  Johnson said the service at the Emergency Room was slow, no sense of urgency and with the focus on the bleeding young woman, they trusted that hospital staff had the child.  By 9pm, the family felt the woman was out of medical danger and asked for the baby.  No one knew, said Johnson, where the miscarried baby was.  She said that hours later, there was a promise by a senior health official to get involved; that promise was kept but did little to allay family fears about what happened to the child.  Around 1pm on Tuesday, the health official called and explained that the baby was found… when pressured about where, it was said the premature fetus was found in the garbage bin.Calsada Johnson said it was unbelievable the treatment the family received and said this to Magnetic Media when we asked her what she wanted to see happen.  “Someone needs to take responsibility for what happened and we need people at the hospital who will be more sensitive and responsible professionals.  The baby is a human being and no one deserves to be discarded like that.” The young woman, who is already the mother of one was admitted and suffered at least one emotional break down.  The woman, whose identity we were asked to withhold was described as: “She is better today, still down because of all that has happened and she seems to be in good health.”  Johnson, who said these types of representations are a part of the work she now finds herself doing as the named candidate for the PDA in Electoral District #5, told us what she thinks of this mess where a dead baby was lost by the hospital or the ambulance crew for nearly a full day; “I think it is appalling that in this day and age that we are still going though things like this and at a hospital that is supposed to be state of the art.” The TCI Hospitals and the Ministry of Health are both investigating the matter, independently of each other.  Health Minister Rufus Ewing informed Magnetic Media that he has authorized a team and new PR Executive for Interhealth Canada, Nikira John explained their findings at TCI hospitals will be turned over to the Ministry of Health to aide in the Ministry’s mission to get to the bottom of this case. Interhealth Canada says media report is inaccurate and sensationalized Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fetus goes missing at hospital, investigation launched into missing fetus at cheshire medical, service slow at hospital says mother who miscarriedlast_img read more

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March Jobs Up 03 Percent From Last Year

center_img Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish.”  Construction added the largest number of jobs from last March (1,100), followed by health care and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, which both added 400 jobs. Manufacturing — which is mostly seafood processing in Alaska — had the biggest over-the-year decline at 500 jobs. Professional and business services fell by 300.last_img