Batesville Council resumes talks on smoking ban

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville parks department presented their proposal for a smoking ban in the city parks.If approved by the council, no smoking would be permitted in any city park with the exception of Liberty Park.In Liberty Park, no smoking would be permitted in any structures within the park.Council members agreed to have an ordinance written following the recommendations from the parks department.It was brought to the council to consider vaping to be included in the ban.In the draft of the ordinance, vaping will be included to be brought before the council at a future meeting.In new business, the 2017 salary ordinance was brought to the council as a first reading.A special meeting will be held on December 28 to approve the ordinance.You can see the full salary ordinance here.An ordinance to repeal the prohibition of parking on the south side of Pearl Street between Main Street and Park Avenue.Permanent signs would be installed allowing a maximum parking time of 30 minutes.The council approved to suspend the rules to vote on the ordinance at their Monday night meeting.The council then approved unanimously to approve the parking ordinance.The Batesville Parks Department had previously asked the council for a Belterra Funds Request to install a new flag pole at Liberty Park.The department reported that the flag pole has already been ordered thanks to donors from around the city.Mike Baumer withdrew the department’s request.last_img read more

Jose has an iron in the fire – AVB

first_img Tottenham boss Villas-Boas worked under his Portuguese countryman at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan and would welcome his former mentor back. Mourinho has won a significant haul of trophies at all his clubs but has found it most difficult at Madrid. Defeat over two legs against Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals means the Champions League will once again elude the Spaniards this season, and Villas-Boas acknowledged Mourinho probably has not lived up to the expectations Madrid had when he arrived. The Spurs boss said: “When he left (England) he wasn’t that well loved by a few of you guys (the media) and that was something we talked about. “He was loved in all the clubs where he has won titles, in Real Madrid the same. There is maximum respect for what he has achieved, but for it to be at the level of Real Madrid’s expectancy, we will never know. Probably not, but he certainly has won a league against a dream Barcelona team, which is a great achievement.” West Brom manager Steve Clarke and Swansea’s Michael Laudrup would also both welcome Mourinho’s return to the Premier League. Clarke was assistant manager to the 50-year-old at Chelsea, but he insisted: “I don’t know if he’s coming or not, that’s the truth. I know he was happy here because he had a good job at a good club and we were successful. That’s what he likes, he likes to win football matches wherever he is.” Laudrup, a former Real Madrid midfielder, added: “To have good managers in a top league is always good, and there will be a lot of nice press conferences for the media to look forward to. He is a good manager, you just need to look at his CV and what he has achieved with all his clubs, so for him to return to Chelsea would be good for the Premier League.” Andre Villas-Boas believes Jose Mourinho is likely to have a managerial role lined up in the Premier League for next season. Press Associationcenter_img The former Chelsea boss is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer and has made no secret of his desire to return to England, saying this week it is where he feels loved. Chelsea are favourites to re-sign their former boss, with Rafael Benitez’s short-term contract up at the end of the season. “He obviously wants to come back to England, whether he has a club aligned or not, we never know,” Villas-Boas said. “It’s extremely unlikely when someone makes it that public that something is not set out already but he is a great addition to the Premier League. He has a wonderful history in this league and I think it will be spectacular to have him back.” last_img read more

Mercedes conducting two-day test

first_img(BBC) – Mercedes are conducting a two-day test at Silverstone this week in preparation for the resumption of the Formula 1 season next month.The world champions are running a two-year-old car, permitted by F1’s testing restrictions so drivers can “blow off the cobwebs” after a three-month break.The team will also practise the social-distancing protocols organised by F1 to ensure the season can run safely.Valtteri Bottas drove yesterday, and Lewis Hamilton will drive today.F1 has been forced to postpone or cancel the first 10 races of the season as a result of the coronavirus crisis but has now announced the first eight grands prix of a revamped championship.This starts with races on three consecutive weekends in July, with two events at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on July 3-5 and July 10-12 followed by the Hungarian Grand Prix July 17-19.All will be covered by strict social-distancing and coronavirus-testing guidelines to ensure minimal risk.Teams will travel on charter planes, and will be kept apart while away from the UK, staying in separate hotels from each other, with no mixing allowed at the track.Team personnel and drivers will be tested before travelling to the event and every two days while there, teams will be separated into “families” and “sub-families” to limit contact between people.If any team member tests positive for coronavirus, all members of their “sub-family” will have to isolate until they have tested negative, a procedure that is expected to take up to two hours.Some media will be allowed to attend, but they will be kept apart from the teams, and journalists from the written media will not even be allowed into the paddock.All news conferences will be virtual, even for those travelling to the race.The social-distancing guidelines will be under constant review, with the potential for them to be relaxed for the subsequent races in Britain, Spain, Belgium and Italy.Teams returned to work this week after the end of a lengthened factory shutdown, which ran from the end of the week after the cancelled Australian Grand Prix until the end of May.A number of other teams are also expected to conduct similar warm-up tests to Mercedes in the coming days.Testing of current cars is heavily restricted under F1’s rules, with teams allowed to do only 100km a limited number of days a year.Two-year-old cars will generally be used for these tests, as they permit much greater mileage.last_img read more

Hoeppner breathing life into Indiana football team

first_imgThings are finally taking a turn for the better for Indiana football. Senior linebacker John Pannozzo has witnessed first-hand the influence first-year Hoosier head coach Terry Hoeppner has already made in Bloomington.”Just the attitude and the enthusiasm he’s bringing to the Hoosier nation,” Pannozzo said. “When I say that, I mean the town, the team, the student body. He’s just trying to get everybody involved in IU football.”Pannozzo’s excitement is shared by many in the Hoosier state. Indiana’s 3-0 start to the 2005 campaign is its best since 1994, and Hoeppner has brought the winning attitude his teams at Miami of Ohio had, to Bloomington. In their last game, two weeks ago against Kentucky, the Hoosiers played in front of a home crowd of 40,240 — larger than any attendance at Memorial Stadium last season.”Our fans at the last home game were fantastic,” Hoeppner said. “I am looking forward to continuing to improve. The parallels to our football team and football program are similar. The team continues to get better, while the program continues to pick it up.”This needs to be a hot ticket,” he added. “It should be a special time. Going to a school like Indiana University, part of your experience should be to spend Saturday evenings at Memorial Stadium with your friends making memories. You want to come back and enjoy homecomings, to remember those days when the team was fun to watch.”While at Miami, Hoeppner enjoyed quite the run, leading the RedHawks to a 48-25 mark over six years. The highlight of his tenure came in 2003, when star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led Miami to 13-1 record, a MAC Championship and a No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press final rankings. Hoeppner endeared himself so much to the late-blooming Roethlisberger that the now-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback called him “a second father.””I think he’s brought really a positive and enthusiastic attitude,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. “You know, Terry is excited. That’s the job he wanted. He grew up in Indiana. That’s the job that he wanted and [he] is very excited about it. He’s been there. He’s coached. He’s worked his way up through the ranks, been a successful Division I coach at Miami of Ohio, and so he knows how to win.”Alvarez’s words are high praise for Hoeppner, who said prior to the year that Wisconsin’s resurgence under the former Notre Dame assistant was something he planned to attempt to mirror at Indiana. And after spending an off-season and the first three games of the year under him, Hoeppner’s players appear to be buying into his plan.”He’s real enthusiastic,” Pannozzo said. “He’s a proven winner. He’s brought a whole new attitude to Bloomington, a whole new attitude to the team. He’s a great guy.”Pannozzo is practically a case study in the changes affected by first-year Hoosier head coach Terry Hoeppner. Prior to Hoeppner’s arrival, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native lined up in the Hoosier offensive backfield, totaling 28 yards rushing and 375 receiving as a fullback. However, this spring he made the move across the line of scrimmage and assumed his current spot in the middle of the IU linebacking corps.The move has paid off quite nicely for Pannozzo and the Hoosiers through the season’s first three games, in the form of a team-leading 21 tackles and two forced fumbles for the senior. The transition didn’t take too long, either. Against Central Michigan, in just his first game playing linebacker, Pannozzo earned Big Ten player of the week honors after recording three tackles-for-loss to go along with a sack and a forced fumble.”I played eight years of linebacker in my life,” Pannozzo said. “From fifth, sixth grade to senior year of high school I was primarily a linebacker. Of course it’s not the same as playing at the college level, but I did have some background.”Pannozzo and the Hoosiers will now look to take Hoeppner’s reclamation project on the road when they travel to Madison this Saturday. The weekend will serve as the biggest litmus test of the young season for the Hoosiers, who have yet to play a Big Ten conference game.”We’ve been watching them on film a lot,” Pannozzo said of the Badgers. “They’re a hard, physical team. They’re going to run the football; they’re a tough team. Coach Alvarez, that’s the type of teams he has, very hard, good teams. And I’m fired up for the challenge.”last_img read more

Former admissions official to plead guilty for helping student earn admission to USC under false pretenses

first_imgIn addition to procuring falsified personal statements and letters of recommendation, Chong purchased college transcripts from a Chinese supplier from as early as February 2015 to around December 2018 and offered to research how students could enlist surrogate test-takers for the TOEFL, according to the documents.  Chong worked in the Office of Graduate Admissions from 2008 to 2016.  USC believes Chong’s case to be an isolated incident that did not involve other employees, the University said in a statement.  “The university has cooperated with the government’s investigation,” the statement read. “Chong concealed these actions from the university and continued engaging in them for two-and-a-half years after he left USC.” “Defendant Chong, together with others known and unknown to the United States Attorney’s Office, knowingly and with the intent to defraud, devised and participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud USC as to material matters and to obtain property from USC, namely, admission to USC, by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises and the concealment of material facts,” the documents read. Former assistant director of the Office of Graduate Admission Hiu Kit David Chong has agreed to plead guilty for accepting money in exchange for submitting fraudulent documents on the part of Chinese graduate students to help them gain admission to the University, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. center_img “Please DO NOT mail the transcript directly to USC or anyone else,” Chong wrote in an email to the supposed friend in April 2018, according to court documents. According to the terms of the deal, Chong will plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The FBI started an undercover operation in July 2017 in which an agent, posing as a friend of fabricated international student Lin Guoqiang, asked Chong to help him gain admission into USC, according to court documents. Chong acquired a fake transcript showing the student’s GPA at 3.47 and met the agent in December 2018 to collect $8,500 after securing Guoqiang’s admission.  Three students from China paid Chong between $8,000 and $12,000 for admission into USC graduate programs, according to the documents. In total, Chong revealed to the FBI that he had received nearly $40,000 from different international and other undisclosed students for completing these scams. The payments were made after the students had signed a contract through Chong’s now inactive company So Cal International Group, which was purported to specialize in academic consulting.last_img read more

Isaac Asiamah appointed Minister designate for Youth and Sports

first_imgGhana President Nana Akufo-Addo has confirmed the appointment of Isaac Asiamah as the country’s new Youth and Sports minister designate. The Member of Parliament for the Atwima Mponua constituency in Ashanti replaces Nii Lantei Vanderpujye.The Ghanaian leader released the final batch of his batch of ministerial nominees to serve in his government on Thursday.He is currently a member of the Parliamentary select Committee for Youth and Sports.He hails from Tano Odumasi in the Ashanti Region and is married with three children.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon and has also served on the Parliamentary Committees for Mines and Energy as well as the Public Accounts Committee in the past. He had previously worked as the National Youth Secretary for the incoming government New Patriotic Party (NPP).last_img read more

Get those running shoes ready for West Kootenay Cross Country season

first_imgThe West Kootenay High School Cross Country season begins Wednesday, September 21 in Kaslo. The race is hosted by J.V. Humphries Eagles.The four-stop circuit includes races in South Slocan, hosted by Mount Sentinel, at L.V. Rogers and Champion Lakes (J.Lloyd Crowe) before runners flock to the Busk Trails near Apex for the West Kootenay Championships.The East/West Kootenay Finals are in the East Kootenay October 26. A site has yet to be determined.The B.C. High School Cross Country Championships are November 5th in Kelowna.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img

PBA: Blackwater squeaks past Columbian to halt 4-game skid

first_imgAllein Maliksi fired 29 points while Mac Belo mounted his best scoring performance in a long while with 22 markers.“At least we know how to finish the game already,” Blackwater coach Bong Ramos told reporters in the post-game presser. “We finished it strong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They really wanted to win today,” he added. “They continue to try to improve. We all know that there’s talent within the team. But we’re still a bit rough on the edges.”“We just have to continue train, try to get a W,” Ramos shared. “The morale is high within the team not because they’re on top—but because they’re seeing who the system pays dividends.” Blackwater held off Columbian, 106-100, to arrest a four-game skid in Friday night’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Dyip, led by their star rookie CJ Perez and skipper Rashawn McCarthy, had a chance to cut a 100-104 deficit with 13 seconds left to play, but took a while to inbound the basketball.Perez had 22 in the outing to go with eight rebounds while McCarthy had 18 points coming off the heels of a career-best performance and a remark that the tussle against Blackwater is a “winnable game.”“That’s our motivation to my players, too,” Ramos said, apropos of McCarthy’s comment. “We can match up—any position. I asked them to just continue to have faith, to trust the system.Blackwater, which improved to 2-6 in the All-Filipino tournament, is looking to employ a relaxed approach to its final three games.“We’re not thinking about it,” Ramos said of their chances in making the quarterfinals. “We’re just going to take it one game at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ramos and his wards face TNT next at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Mar. 9.Columbian, which dropped to 3-5, looks at a tall task in a bid to return to the win column. It is set to tangle with league-leading Rain or Shine on Mar. 6 at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

SGBV, FGM Liberian Budget Pricks EU, UN Women’s Attention

first_imgMadam Nizigama: “CSOs should analyze the national budget to be reflective of gender needs.”Liberia, with funding from European Union (EU), has embarked on a campaign for the government through the annual national budgets, to prioritize the tackling of gender-responsive problems, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful traditional practices and domestic violence.The campaign formally began with the first training of 40 civil society actors from the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County.On Friday, November 22, at the end of a four-day Gender Responsive Planning, Budgeting and Monitoring Training with 40 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative, Madam Marie Goreth Nizigama, said gender-responsive budgeting is a part of a global program which aims to strengthen rights initiatives and ending sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices.“….we want to end all sorts of sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices in Liberia, because there are many reports of sexual-based violence and harmful traditional practices (including the FGM),” Madam Goreth said.Madam Goreth Nigizama said: “For this program we want to end all sort sexual based violence and harmful traditional practices in Liberia.”She expressed optimism that gender-responsive budget will help to strengthen the fight against ‘gender and societal ills.’Nizigama said UN Women’s partnership with the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is a hallmark in ensuring that the capacities of social actors are developed for proper policy planning, to ensure that the CSOs work with the government to consider [inclusive] gender issues in the formulation of the national budget.She underscored the importance of CSOs which, she said, is vital to ensure that the national budget is more gender-responsive.Madam Nizigama said CSOs should also be able to analyze the national budget in making sure that it is reflective of gender needs.“This is the first of many training opportunities we have organized; this training is helpful to address the hindrances of gender, most specifically how the national budget can address some of the hindrances,” she added.The campaign to prioritize the tackling of gender-responsive problems, such as SGBV in Liberia, formally began with the first training of 40 civil society actors from the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County.It all started on Tuesday, November 19, when IREDD, in collaboration with UN Women, trained 40 civil society actors in the understanding of the national budget, specifically in the gender-responsive arena.IREDD Country Director, Harold Aidoo, said the project brought together CSOs from the 17 electoral districts of Montserrado County to build their capacities, with emphasis on the national budget reflective of gender needs.Aidoo said that strengthening the capacity of CSOs and women’s rights institutions on gender response planning and budgeting will help address many of the difficulties faced in order to meet the needs of women and their male counterparts.He stressed the need to think outside the box, to be more practical in crafting a national budget that will be gender-responsive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC Councillor found guilty of felonious wounding

first_img…could face up to 4 years in jail…sentencing postponed to June 13Embattled Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Abel Seetaram was on Wednesday found guilty of felonious wounding by Magistrate Rhondel Weaver at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court.The case stemmed from a drunken brawl on January 21, 2018 when Seetaram, 36, of Lot 121 B Woodley Park Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), injured his cousin Netram Rabindranauth.The prosecution had contended that Seetaram feloniously wounded Rabindranauth, 54, a vendor of Lot 64 A Woodley Park Village.When the charge was initially filed, Seetaram was released on $100,000 bail.The AFC Councillor was arrested after he was said to have used a piece of wood to injure Rabindranauth during an altercation after a drinking spree.Back in January, the victim of the attack had told Guyana Times that he had intervened in an argument and scramble between Seetaram’s son and his son inGuilty: Abel Seetaramorder to make peace and part them.Rabindranauth recalled that it was at this point that Seetaram arrived on the scene and dealt him several blows with the piece of wood. Both men took their sons to the Police Station and made reports after which the young men were held for questioning and subsequently released.Rabindranauth also reported that he had to be taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital after he sustained a broken jaw, fractured nose, and suffered internal bleeding which also saw him being transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital.At the scene of the confrontation, Seetaram, who was reportedly intoxicated, was heard shouting and telling persons who had gathered that no one could do him anything, since he knows “Khemraj” and is a “big boy in the Government”.Rabindranauth’s son had spoken out on social media against the attack on his father, who he said made his living selling chips.Following the guilty verdict on Wednesday, the Court is now expected to hand down Seetaram’s sentence on June 13.Defence counsel Horatio Edmonson in a plea of mitigation asked the Court to exercise mercy and leniency, since the offence carried a maximum sentence of four years’ imprisonment.A decision was then made to have a probation/welfare report submitted before sentencing took place.When contacted on Wednesday, Seetaram refused to comment on the decision byVictim: Netram RabindranauthMagistrate Weaver, adding that he has no comment to offer to this media house.“Just come and see what happens on June 13…just come,” he said.Seetaram is no stranger to controversy. He was the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, but was fired from that post after crashing a Government SUV.Seetaram was found guilty of three charges in relation to that accident on May 8, 2016. He was charged with driving in a dangerous manner. He was also charged with being an unlicensed driver and with breach of insurance.Seetaram was driving the SUV on the Bath Public Road at a fast pace when he lost control and crashed into a fence, knocking out some of the uprights and damaging several structures at the Bath Market. He also crashed into another fence nearby, causing considerable damage. (Michael Younge)last_img read more