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September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Decatur County REMC (DCREMC) recognized eight local organizations Tuesday morning upon receiving Operation Roundup grant funds from the DCREMC Community Trust.  DCREMC CEO, Brett Abplanalp, thanked each organization for their contributions and efforts throughout the community.  “DCREMC is proud to support our communities.  One of our cooperative principles is Concern for the Community, so we love giving back and helping make an impact through this program,” said Abplanalp.Each organization shared information about their purpose and the project or program in which the Operation Roundup funds will support.  Organizations receiving funding this cycle include South Decatur Elementary, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Totes for Tots and Teens, St. Vincent DePaul Society Thrift Store, Ivy Tech Foundation/Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg Adult Center, Developmental Services, Inc., and the Town of New Point. Operation Roundup is a member-funded trust established to support local charitable organizations serving DCREMC members and communities.  When DCREMC members round up their bill to the next whole dollar each month, they are making a direct impact in their community.  With DCREMC’s Operation Roundup, a little change can do a lot.  Since the program was established in 1999, DCREMC has awarded 248 grants totaling over $460,000.  Operation Roundup information and grant applications can be found on the DCREMC website,  Non-profit organizations can apply for the next grant cycle by January 31, 2020.Decatur County REMC, located in Greensburg, Indiana, is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 6,500+ members in Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ripley, and Rush counties. For more information about the cooperative, visit read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVIRAT Kohli needs to score runs in England to prove himself as a great batsman, according to Michael Holding.Kohli is renowned as one of the best batsmen on the planet in all three formats of the game and, though India have already lost the three-Test series with South Africa, the India skipper produced another demonstration of his prowess with the bat.He scored 153 in the first innings in Centurion, racking up his 21st century in the longest form of the game.But his only series in England in 2014 saw him struggle significantly. Kohli averaged just 13.4 in 10 innings but will have a chance to make his mark in England again in 2018, with India playing a five-Test series against Joe Root’s men.Former West Indies fast bowler Holding wants to see Kohli deliver the goods on that tour.“Virat Kohli is a fantastic batsman. I was asked to name three top cricketers and I included Kohli in that list,” Holding told the Mumbai Mirror.“He is a very, very good player. When I see him score runs in England, I would call him a great player. I like people who score runs everywhere. He is an extremely good player.“The three cricketers I think are the best now are Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. AB de Villiers has just come back into Test cricket and let’s see how he does. I don’t want to include him yet in that list.” ( read more

September 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSamaritano was where Havelange had been treated for pneumonia last month.The influential Brazilian was president of the Brazilian Sports Confederation from 1956 to 1974, and head of world football governing body FIFA from 1974 to 1998. He helped Brazil win bids to host the 2014 World Cup.Havelange is credited with helping transform football into a global success story, but his legacy has been tarnished by serious corruption allegations.He resigned as honourary president of FIFA in 2013 after a report found he had taken bribes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in Rio de JaneiroBrazil’s former FIFA President, Joao Havelange, has died at the age of 100 years.Brazilian media yesterday quoted a Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro spokesperson, Andresa Feijo, to have confirmed the news of the death of the man who helped his country get the hosting of the Olympic Games.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAs if signing day wasn’t annoying enough for the Trojans.The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that redshirt freshman tight end Junior Pomee was recently arrested and now faces felony charges of burglary, possession of stolen goods and grand theft. He was found passed out at The Row with a plethora of electronics on him.Really?Pomee “was charged with five felony counts, including burglary, grand theft and three counts of receiving stolen goods including an iPad, an iPad Mini and an iPhone 5,” according to the article.I read a comment in the story about Pomee that said something to the effect of, “Wow, a USC player gets arrested? That’s surprising.” And that got me thinking.Last year, fellow columnist Joey Kaufman wrote about the arrest of basketball player Ari Stewart when he was busted with marijuana. He talked about then-USC head coach Kevin O’Neill and how one of the main reasons he was kept around despite a poor season was because of his ability to keep players clean. I agreed. I really liked O’Neill. He’s a good guy and a pretty good coach, honestly. And minus the Stewart issue, he kept the program out of trouble.So where does this leave Lane Kiffin, then?Now, I’ve been hard on Lane. I’ll be the first to admit it that I haven’t always liked the job he’s done. On the whole, however, his program has stayed out of trouble. There haven’t been major scandals dealing with players. The deflated ball scandal is another story, as was the Cody Kessler jersey scandal. But when it comes down to it, Lane has done a pretty decent job keeping his players in check.Now, Kiffin is facing a crossroads of sorts: A lot of people want his head after USC’s 7-6 record in 2012. Recruiting didn’t go too well on Wednesday, despite the high-caliber recruits, because they lost some key athletes to UCLA and Notre Dame. Pomee’s situation does not make Lane look any better.But at the end of the day, I really can’t fault Kiffin here. He didn’t steal the iPads. He didn’t get charged with grand theft. A coach can preach all he wants about the need to stay clean. Kiffin has probably told his players to stay out of trouble. But he can only do so much. He can’t be everywhere at once. Dealing with 75 high-quality Division I athletes from varied backgrounds is difficult. All the players aren’t going to be in the same place at the same time every weekend. Kiffin can’t keep tabs on them 24/7. And we really shouldn’t expect him to.Kiffin has coached players who have done great things in the community that should be praised. Matt Barkley, T.J. McDonald and Robert Woods all went on                      a well-documented trip to Haiti to help the less fortunate last year. For all the negativity surrounding Kiffin, he has as many, if not more, players who have their heads on straight. For every Pomee incident, there have been three players doing community service and making positive impacts. Kiffin might not be the world’s best coach, but, for the most part, his players don’t make off-the-field mistakes.Pomee’s problems off the field do not fall solely on Kiffin. Despite what you might think of him as a coach, this was Pomee’s issue and Pomee’s only. If Kiffin had stolen an iPhone 5, then that would be his fault. But he didn’t. His job is to coach a winning team and to lead young men. He is supposed to keep these guys in line. And except for this slip-up, he’s done a fabulous job. There comes a point when Pomee has to be held responsible for his actions and his crimes. Kiffin can only do so much.“Goal Line Stand” runs every Friday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael Katz at read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA strong, unified Wisconsin women’s soccer team left the field Friday night with a sense of accomplishment after a solid performance of beating Michigan State 1-0.But a different, more sluggish Badger team showed up Sunday afternoon. A lack of offensive opportunities matched with a misfiring defensive line led the Badgers (7-3-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) to a troubling 3-0 loss against the Michigan Wolverines (9-2-0, 3-0-0).This discrepancy in UW’s play is a problem head coach Paula Wilkins has stressed the past two weeks, but the tale of inconsistent performances continued this weekend, and Wilkins remains focused on correcting this issue.“We need to go back to the details. We gave away some balls that we shouldn’t have, and we weren’t doing the details that we have done all season and that shows,” Wilkins said after Sunday’s game. “We can only get better.”Defensively, the Badgers struggled to keep up with the speedy and physical Wolverine offense. Deadliest to UW was Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike. The sophomore managed to get four shots on goal throughout the game, two of which turned into scores. Her aggressive style of play proved almost impossible to combat and led to Wisconsin chasing her towards its own goal multiple times.“She is a big player; she can hold herself and can spin people easily,” senior captain and defender Lindsay Johnson said. “She is just good player and is someone who takes her opportunities and chances. We definitely gave her more than we should have this game.”The inconstancies against Michigan were not just the result of a well-organized Wolverine offense. Wisconsin struggled to connect passes and maintain possession in the middle of the field, which led to turnovers and scoring opportunities for Michigan.A breakaway situation unfolded for the Wolverines fifteen minutes into the second half, situation sparked by a miscommunication from the Badgers in its defensive third, giving Ezurike the ball and an open shot. In a lucky break for UW, the ball went right into the hands of goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson.Adding to the defensive line’s struggles was the loss of defender Alexandra Heller in the first half. Heller left the game with a knee injury after a physical one-on-one play sent her to the ground.“Ali is a big player, she tackles hard and does a lot of good things for us,” Johnson said. “I think we got a little more unorganized than usual, we tried to make it better, but I don’t think it happened.”Midway through the second half, Wilkins switched her team to a formation with three forwards in an attempt to generate offensive opportunities and keep the ball out of its defensive end. Until that point, the Badgers were stuck playing defense for most of the game, unable to put a single shot on goal. Though they didn’t convert any chances into scores, UW challenged Michigan goalkeper Haley Kopmeyer with several quality shots.“It did help, not the score of the game, but [Michigan] did some changing of their personnel, and I don’t think they were as focused,” Wilkins said. “I think [adding a forward] helped a little bit … our urgency got a little better, closer [to] where it needed to be.”However, Friday night Wisconsin showed much more resiliency and pulled off a shutout over Michigan State. Though pleased with her team’s performance and the outcome of the game, Wilkins still said there was room for improvement, especially on the defensive side.“I think we just need to be consistent with some of our passes; I think we gave them their greatest opportunities,” she said Friday. “My heart stopped there at the very end.”A scramble in UW’s defensive box with under 10 seconds to play in the game nearly sent the teams to overtime. Freshman defender Lexi Peterson saved her team, kicking a ball headed for the back of the net off the goal line to end the game.“Lexi saved it off the line and that is amazing for her to have that confidence as a freshman,” Gunderson said. “I think the whole time we had this mentality that we were going to win and finish the game, but it is always close and they got an opportunity.”UW’s defense is young with two freshmen starters, Peterson and Brianna Stelzer, and getting into a rhythm as a unit has been an ongoing improvement for Wisconsin. However, the effort took a dive Sunday when compared to Friday’s shutout effort against the Spartans. Although not perfect, Wisconsin has shown the capability and talent to keep good teams off the scoreboard.With a road trip to Minnesota up next for the Badgers, the team remains eager to put this Sunday’s loss in the past and get back to the quality of play they know they are capable of.“This is one game of the season,” Johnson said. “We have to move on to get going on the rest of our season and not focus on this game.”Follow Caroline on Twitterlast_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe reminder is coming from Jim O’Shea, who’s the Referees Administrator for the Premier County.Gum shields have been mandatory for players at all age grades since the start of 2014.Jim says everybody has to abide by this rule. In GAA action, The Clare minors host Kerry this evening in their Electric Ireland Munster Football Championship semi-final.Throw-in at Miltown Malbay is at 7pm.last_img

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBetway Ghana today unveiled a new Ashanti Gold Sporting Club (Ash Gold SC) kit for the 2016/17 season. The launched kit marks the beginning of the Betway-Ash Gold SC sponsorship agreement which was signed in October this year.  The new kit pays homage to the club’s illustrious history and makes use of the club’s colors of yellow and black.Country Manager of Betway Ghana, Kwabena Nkrumah, said Betway recognised Ash Gold SC as one of the most successful clubs in the history of the Ghanaian Premier League.“The club boasts of one of the best FIFA-accredited sporting facilities in the country, and is the only club in the Ghana Premier League to own a multi-purpose stadium,” he said. “This, and the fact that they have produced some of the country’s most successful footballers, are a few of the reasons we partnered with Ash Gold SC to further their effective and professional administration.”Betway looks to assist the club in the areas of branding, technical support and their general performance in the Ghana Premier League. The kit is the first of many other progressive measures the company is helping with. Betway plans to facilitate the club’s logistics and output as well as invest into helping the development of sports in the country.Chief Executive Officer of Ash Gold SC, Kudjoe Fianoo expressed his excitement for the new kit and technical support. “Betway has come at a very important and opportune time that will help the club to reach another level in Ghana and the Premier League” he said.  “We are prepared for the upcoming season with this milestone that would boost the club’s fortunes to another level.”The yellow kit with black accents takes inspiration from the City of Obuasi’s Gold which features an elephant with its nose balancing a ball on its head, a symbol of the city’s history as a leader in the mining of gold.Betway has incorporated this symbolism into the new design as a badge of honour to demonstrate that, through hard work, an ‘Osono Aboakese’ attitude and the highest of standards, Ash Gold SC has evolved to become a pioneer of the Ghana Premier League. In continuously striving for greatness and success, Ash Gold SC has become a reputable football club.The kit will be worn for the first time next season by the Ash Gold SC team during their first league match.Ash Gold SC has produced notable players in the country, including current Black Stars internationals Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos), Jonathan Mensah (FC Anzhi), Lawrence Lartey (Kaizer Chiefs) and national goalkeeper Fatau Dauda. The Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class sports betting entertainment and the official principal sponsor of English Premier League football club West Ham United, Onduparaka FC in Uganda, Mathare United in Kenya and now Ash Gold SC in Ghana.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Kamara Abdullai Kamara has urged Liberian journalists to exert more efforts in reporting on Liberia’s agricultural sector in order to improve the country’s food security.He raised the concern Friday, May 23, at a local hotel in Monrovia.According to Mr. Kamara, there are many issues in the sector that the media needed to report.He named the bad road conditions, farmers’ involvement toward food production, role of government in supporting agriculture, women and youth participations in Agriculture as some of the crucial issues that the Liberian media must highlight if the country is going to become self-sufficient in food.He said “Agriculture is very significant to the Liberian economy and therefore requires serious reporting.”“There are diverse issues that the media could look for in the agricultural sector as statistics show that one third of the gross domestic product (GDP) of this sector makes up the economy. About 80 percent of the workforce of Liberia is involved with agriculture activities. Those are reasons why we the press should see to report on the sector,” he reiterated.The PUL president said, “If we say citizens are making living on Agriculture and not reporting much, we probably not doing the right thing.”He further mentioned that there is a problem to realize that half of the rice consumed in Liberia is imported and therefore it was important that the media report such issue to make Liberians invest in food production.“Half of the food we eat in this country is imported; indicating that the country is suffering food insecurity. This is an issue that the media must not keep silent about,” he emphasized.He said statistics also show that the number of Liberian households producing food crops has reduced drastically, noting that it is seriously affecting food production.The PUL president disclosed that it is reported that one reason why the country is experiencing budget shortfall is because of the lack of actual revenue collection from the agricultural sector.“If you are reporting on agriculture relating to the national budget, you need to follow the lack of revenue collection in the sector,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Kamara urged journalists interested in reporting on Agriculture to form a network of agriculture reporters.He said specialized agricultural reporting will help the PUL realizes its goals of adequately informing the public, adding, “The capacity of Agriculture reporters will be strengthen by the PUL. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDuring several electrifying performances over the last three weekends, several popular Liberian musicians collaborated with Goodwill Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh to spread an important message to youth of the nation.In partnership with USAID, UNFPA and WHO, the Ministry of Health has embarked upon a nation-wide campaign to promote safe practises in a bid to stem the tide of maternal and newborn mortality affecting teenagers in the society,Miatta Fahnbulleh, who represents the Ministry of Health as Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Mortality Reductiion and Child Health, decided to invite her artistic counterparts to join her on this particular campaign, which got off to a great start in Margibi County on Saturday, September 19th. The musicians have already made stops at schools in Harbel and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Popular musicians Soul Fresh, composed of Shining Man and JB, opened the campaign, dubbed Mortality Reduction Through Music, to a fantastic reception at the Lango Lapaaye High School in Kakata, highlighting the dangers that teenage pregnancy poses to youth of the current generation. The musicians handed out condoms to the large crowd gathered to hear the message and watch the performance.In her presentation, Goodwill Ambassador Fahnbulleh said, “It hurts that our children are dying while giving birth. Everyday four women, mainly girls between the ages of 15 and 19, die in childbirth. That is why we are urging sexually active students and young people to seek out family planning education and to use condoms to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to prevent sexually transmitted diseases”.This national campaign, spearheaded by Aunty Miatta, who is herself one of Liberia’s most renowned musical artist, embraces the talents of several musicians, including Eric Geso (aka Hard Head Boy) along with Joseph Dean, Marvelous and Kzee (the‘Spoil Your Love’ team). The campaign will also be going to Sara Barclay in Virginia, Gabriel Kpolleh High in New Georgia, and E.J.Goodridge in Bardnersville.STORY & PHOTOS BY OMANZA SHAWShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgECD attempted murder/sucideThe estranged wife and three-year-old daughter of Balkarana Persaud aka “Clement”, the taxi driver who allegedly committed suicide moments after feeding them a poisonous substance, continue to battle for their lives at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Balkarana Persaud and Kavita Persaud in happier timesThis was related by Commander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Calvin Brutus, who told Guyana Times on Sunday that the two victims are still receiving treatment for the ingested poisonous substance that they had consumed on Monday last.On this note, he added that investigations are still ongoing while noting that statements will be obtained from Kavita Persaud as soon as she is in a position to do so.It was reported that Persaud attempted to kill his estranged wife and their daughter but there was a possibility that the trio could have mistakenly consumed the poisonous substance.Meanwhile, according to a police source, the post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the taxi driver’s body revealed that he had died from consuming pesticide.According to reports, the now dead man’s estranged wife, Kavita, did not reside at the Mon Repos home where the incident occurred, but the couple’s young daughter, Sarswati, lived with her father.This newspaper was told that Kavita, who separated from her husband a few months ago, would visit the home to assist with taking care of the child.However, last Monday morning at about 07:30h, neighbours heard screams from Balkarana Persaud’s home, and upon investigating, they discovered the trio lying on the floor, frothing from their mouths.The neighbours sounded an alarm and persons living in the street rushed to the scene.However, Balkarana Persaud had already died before the efforts were made to save his life. The woman and her child were rushed to the GPHC where they were treated and admitted.last_img read more