EVSC, EVSC Foundation to Name Central High School Baseball Field

first_imgEVSC, EVSC Foundation to Name Central High School Baseball Field In Honor of Paul GriesIn honor of longtime Central teacher and baseball coach, Paul Gries, the EVSC, EVSC Foundation, and Paul Gries Field Campaign Committee will announce the “Paul Gries Field” dedication before the Central High School boys’ varsity baseball game versus Mater Dei on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. The game will take place at Central High School, 5400 N. First Ave., Evansville.Ed Cole, also a longtime teacher at Central and chairman of the Paul Gries Field Committee, will be in attendance as well as former Central and Cardinals player, Andy Benes; EVSC Foundation President, Brian Hancock; Central High School Athletic Director, Andy Owen; Central High School Principal, Andrea Campbell; and former Central Bears players. A short ceremony will take place before the game and Gries will throw out the first pitch.Gries was named Central High School’s baseball coach in 1981 and immediately began transforming the field into a showcase. Over the next 21 years, Gries tirelessly worked to transform the facility by raising money through Central’s Baseball Booster Club.During the 20 years he coached, Gries recorded 408 wins and 196 losses, which included seven IHSAA Sectionals, two regionals, and one semi-state championship. The Bears were State runners-up in 1987. In addition he coached his players to win seven SIAC titles.Gries also earned SIAC Coach of the Year in 1981, 1987 and 1998; North-South All-Star coach in 1987; and National Regional Coach of the Year in 2000. He was inducted in the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.Proceeds from the Paul Gries Field Campaign will benefit improvements to the baseball field and naming of Paul Gries Field.Donate online at www.evscfoundation.org/give-today or mail a donation to EVSC Foundation, ATTN Paul Gries Campaign, 951 Walnut Street, Evansville IN 47713.  For questions, please contact the EVSC Office of Development at 812-435-0913 or [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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FIMBU: DR Congo’s dancing footballers leave mark at AFCON

first_imgKinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | They may be out of the tournament, but the Democratic Republic of Congo’s footballers will be forever remembered by Africa Cup of Nations fans for their dance moves on the pitch.DR Congo players danced the “Fimbu” seven times at the CAN 2017 tournament in Gabon — once for each goal scored — as their supporters in the stands cheered with delight.After each goal, the players would gather side by side, hold their left arm up and wave their right as they moved down the pitch in unison.The move is based on a much more elaborate dance accompanying the Congolese pop hit “Fimbu” by Felix Wazeka, which in a light-hearted music video with over half a million views on YouTube is performed by dozens of men and women in colourful dress.“Everything about this dance is easy,” singer Wazekwa told AFP.“But what it expresses is huge. It’s the fact that we won, and that we’re looking for the best way to celebrate our goals.”DR Congo’s music is already known worldwide for its upbeat tunes — with superstar “rumba king” Papa Wemba leading the Kinshasa music scene for four decades until he died last year.In the Lingala language, the word “fimbu” refers to a type of whip that was once a symbol of Belgian colonial violence in the vast central African nation and is still used in many schools and homes, despite a ban on corporal punishment.Despite the dark overtones, football stars and fans say the “Fimbu” dance is all about fun.“The idea (behind the dance) was never to mock the opponent or to go against the spirit of sportsmanship or fair play,” said Kabulo Mwana Kabulo, director of sports at DR Congo’s national radio and television service.“The goal is to entertain the audience, it’s just a way to express joy,” he said. Neeskens Kebano, the squad’s number 10, is a little more provocative.“It means ‘whip’ — and quite simply, it’s about whipping our opponents,” he said.The dance seems to be spreading around the world, with French player Blaise Matuidi of Paris Saint Germain and Cedric Bakambu, who plays for Spain’s Villareal, doing the “Fimbu” to celebrate their goals.– World Cup dreams –Congolese players first danced the “Fimbu” in 2016, during the African Nations Championship in Rwanda.Far from being favourites, they surprised their fans by defeating Ethiopia 3-0 at the opening game.Winning one match after another, they ended up bringing the trophy back home to euphoric supporters in DR Congo.This time, the team — nicknamed the Leopards — has fared worse, eliminated on Sunday by Ghana in the quarter finals.But rather than mourn their loss, fans are already looking forward to the next big challenge: the 2018 World Cup in Russia.And just for the occasion, Wazekwa is working with rappers Maitre Gims and Youssoupha on a new version of the dance.“My goal is for the ‘Fimbu’ to be danced at the World Cup,” Wazekwa said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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FL man gets 10 years for knowingly spreading HIV

first_imgA Pensacola man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly spreading HIV.Human Immunodeficiency Virus known as HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS.Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, 27, was convicted of having sex without notifying the persons that he was HIV positive and sentenced on Friday.Prosecutors say Bodiford had sex with two women from September 2016 to October 2017 and lied about his condition.In 2017, a woman told Escambia County police that she had tested positive for HIV and listed Bodiford as her last sexual partner.She also said she saw HIV medication in Bodiford’s possession, but he told her he was selling it for his uncle.Bodiford later admitted to police that he’s been aware of his diagnosis since September 2016.last_img read more

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Mo’ne Davis’ Taney Dragons eliminated from LLWS by Jackie Robinson West

first_imgMo’ne Davis hits RBI in Pennsylvania’s Taney Dragon’s win over Texas (AP Photo)Mo’Ne Davis, the breakout star of this year’s Little League World Series, and her Taney Dragons of Philadelphia were eliminated from the tournament by an all-Black team, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, in a 6-5 loss Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.Davis wasn’t eligible to pitch after taking the mound Wednesday in an 8-1 loss. Instead, the pitching spotlight was on Jackie Robinson West’s Marquis Jackson, who pitched a beautiful game despite a slow start. Taney’s Zion Spearman hit a double off Jackson in the first inning, and Jack Rice followed with a two-run single to stake Taney to a quick 2-0 lead.Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis, center, heads back to the dugout with her teammates.But Jackie Robinson West fired back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including two runs off a double by Joshua Houston. Jackie Robinson West scored two more runs in the second inning to extend their lead to 6-2.After the early slips, Jackson didn’t give up another run while he was on the mound and pitched through most of the third inning, striking out several batters to keep the Taney Dragons scoreless. He eventually reached the Little League World Series maximum pitch count of 85 pitches and was forced to leave the mound and switch to second base.After a scoreless third inning, Spearman nailed a two-run RBI single in the top of the fourth inning to cut Jackie Robinson West’s lead to 6-4. Taney’s Kai Cummings then blasted a home run in the fifth inning to make it 6-5; but thereafter, the Dragons’ offense dried up in the sixth inning and their comeback bid fell short.Jackie Robinson West now advances to the U.S. Championship game, and will play Las Vegas on Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.– See more at: http://www.afro.com/mone-davis-taney-dragons-eliminated-from-llws-by-jackie-robinson-west/last_img read more

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Girls Encouraged to Consider Roles in Government

first_imgStory and photos by Jenna O’Donnell | TINTON FALLS – On Friday, several dozen high school girls sat down and chose an issue they cared about, then stood up and argued for it in front of a hypothetical school board.One of the issues was inspired by a team member’s frustration at her local high school, where the boys’ soccer fields are far superior to the one where the girls play. The team rallied around the cause and made an argument for a literal equal playing field.“We are proposing a new field that will benefit the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams equally,” a student from the group argued. Their platform: Women for the WIN.Running and Winning was the theme of the day­ – and the name of the event – an annual workshop held at Monmouth Regional High School, during which high school girls spend a nonpartisan day hearing from women in government before breaking into groups to take on the issues themselves.“Girls don’t always see role models in government,” said Marian Wattenbarger, a member of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW) of Northern Monmouth County who co-chaired the workshop on March 17. “So this is an opportunity.” AAUW, along with The League of Women Voters of Greater Red Bank, the Junior League of Monmouth County and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah sponsored the event, which is now in its eleventh year.“We started the day with the statistics of how poorly represented women are in government,” said Wattenbarger.That statistic shows that while more than half of the United States population is made up of women, the number of women in elected positions are far surpassed by men, particularly in New Jersey.“It does not reflect us,” said Linda Bricker, a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County and a chairperson on the steering committee for the event. “We’re just not represented the way we should be.”Workshop organizers would like to change that status quo, and they hope this event will inspire young women to take an interest in public life and politics, and give them the confidence to seek out leadership positions.Preparing their arguments for their chosen issue were (clockwise from left) Claire Hayes, 17, of Rumson Fair Haven High School; Rachel Lam, 17, of Middletown High School South; Deja Caton, 16, of Matawan Regional High School, and Shannon Ross, 17, of Ocean Township High School.During the workshop, 60 young women from ten local high schools gathered at Monmouth Regional High School to learn about how to get involved in public life from women who successfully won positions as mayors, councilwomen, county clerks, assemblywomen, state senators and more. Students spent the morning interviewing female leaders, including New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, and Janice Fuller, Chief of Staff for Congressman Frank Pallone, on what it takes to run for office, how to face their fears and overcome challenges and how to choose positions on the issues.The girls then had an opportunity to take a position of their own. Students broke up into small groups for a “Finding Your Voice” exercise during which they chose an issue to be presented to a fictional school board. After taking a position, accounting for the pros and cons of their argument and proposing changes, the teams stood up and campaigned on platforms that included “Less HW=Less Stress,” “Press for Equal Dress,” “Earth Without Art is Just Eh,” and “Less Stress Leads to Success,” among others.“The only thing in common was that the issue was coming before a school board,” said Bricker. “The idea is to pick something in your community, which is your school, decide what your issues are and how you are going to make your argument.”Girls argued, sometimes passionately, for less restrictive dress codes at their schools, more free time to pursue their dreams and personal interests, and proposed a less stressful high school experience for overworked students.One group, arguing for more focus on creativity, asked their “school board” to protect funding for the arts.“We’re asking you to put a spotlight on creativity,” one student said. “Because you can memorize all the words in the dictionary, but if you lack creativity you cannot put them together in a sentence.”For organizers, the group sessions are a key part of the day in helping students from all different backgrounds find common ground and work together on an issue. They asked participating schools to send not the girls who were already in student leadership positions, but the ones who had the potential to lead.At the annual Running and Winning workshop, high school girls were encouraged to “find their voice.”“We look for the girl who, through this type of experience, might find her voice,” Bricker said, noting that her own daughter, who participated in the workshop several years prior, left with the confidence to run for student government at her large university. “We hope this kind of a day might tap into something.”Young women finished the day with a new grasp on the possibilities that lie ahead. Claire Haynes, 16, of Rumson Fair Haven High School said she most enjoyed speaking to women leaders during the morning session.“It made me want to get involved,” Haynes said, of the experience. “And It taught me a lot about local government. I didn’t know too much about it before.”This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Something New: Senior Hours at the Grocery Store

first_imgBy Mia Glass Sickles Market of Little SilverSickles is not offering senior hours, but is operating on shorter hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in order to maximize cleaning. The store is also doing deliveries and curbside pickups. Deliveries for Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Red Bank will be free until March 31. Many grocery stores have recently implemented “senior hours” and special services to respond to the needs of their older shoppers and the immunocompromised. Here is a list: Stop & Shop of Keyport and Middletown Shoppers 60 and older and immunocompromised shoppers are allowed to enter the store an hour and a half early, 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily. The rest of the day, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., will be for any shoppers. Dean’s Natural Market, ShrewsburyAlthough Dean’s is not offering senior hours, it is doing curb- side pickup and Instacart for anyone who does not want to go inside the store. Orders can be placed by phone or online and an employee (with gloves) will bring the package to the curb. Target of MiddletownEvery Wednesday, the first hour of shopping, 8 to 9 a.m., will be for the elderly and other vulnerable shoppers. The store is keeping its usual hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Shoppers lined up around the side of Costco in Hazlet. Grocery stores limited the number of shoppers to respect social distancing guidelines, and some imposed limits on how much shoppers could purchase of in-demand items. Photo by Fred Yah / Eagle Drone Solutions Trader Joe’s of ShrewsburyThe first hour, 9 to 10 a.m., is set aside for senior shoppers. Store hours are have been shortened from the usual 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Foodtown of Atlantic Highlands and Middletown Foodtown is not currently allocating time slots for seniors, but is offering curbside pickup for a fee of $4.99. They have reduced store hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The article originally appeared in the March 26- April 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Walgreens of Little Silver and Red BankEight to 9 a.m. every Tuesday will be reserved for cus- tomers age 55 and older. The store operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods of Middletown Whole Foods stores across the nation are allowing those age 60 and older to enter the store an hour earlier than its usual start time every day. For the Middletown location, seniors may start shopping at 8 a.m. daily. Acme of Little Silver, Fair HavenThis supermarket is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The first two hours, 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday are set aside for those 60 and older and other at-risk members of the community.last_img read more

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SA investment incentives portal launched

first_imgGrants for small R&D projects;Grants for large R&D projects;R&D tax incentives;Grants for feasibility studies;The Technology and Human Resources in Industry Programme (THRIP);The SEDA technology programme;A technology venture capital fund; andR&D in the automotive industry. Subcategories of incentive The first category breaks down into eight subcategories, namely: And the competitiveness enhancement incentives are for: The capital expenditure category includes incentives for: Completing the website’s initial offering is a set of answers to frequently asked questions on incentives and the process of applying for them. SAinfo reporter Concept, research and development incentives – for private sector businesses that invest in the creation, design and improvement of new products and processes.Capital expenditure incentives – for companies that want to acquire or upgrade assets in order either to establish or expand their business’ productive capacity.Competitiveness enhancement incentives – for investments that facilitate increased competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and development in a specific sector. 15 June 2012 Businesses looking to get involved in creating employment and growing productive capacity in South Africa can now access information on government investment incentives through a one-stop portal, www.investmentincentives.co.za . The government offers a wide range of incentive schemes to encourage the growth of competitive new enterprises and the creation of sustainable employment. However, these have tended to become lost from view within the websites of particular departments. This week’s launch of the Government Investment Incentives portal is set to change all that.Promoting private sector involvement A joint project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Economic Development Department and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the new website pulls together state incentive schemes, including grants and tax breaks, together in one easily navigable package. “It is important to establish sustainable enterprises to boost job creation and to increase the state’s participation in development,” Meryl Mamathuba, head of the IDC’s development finance department, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Ultimately, the aim is to promote private sector involvement in both the creation of productive capacity and research and development (R&D) in the country,” Mamathuba said.Three types of incentive The website helps the potential applicant find the incentive that might fit by dividing state incentives into three categories: Business process services (outsourcing);Black business supplier development;Export marketing and investment assistance;Sector specific assistance;Film production;Competitiveness in the clothing and textiles industries;Co-operatives;Female economic empowerment through the Bavumile and Isivande Women’s Fund; andManufacturing competitiveness enhancement. Small industry;Large industr;Critical infrastructure;Industrial development zones;Capital expenditure in the automotive industry;Foreign investment;Capital expenditure in the textiles industry; andManufacturing competitiveness enhancement.last_img read more

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Day after Diwali, Muzaffarnagar among the most polluted cities

first_imgWith an average Air Quality Index of 424, Muzaffarnagar remained among the most polluted cities in the country on Monday. Marked in the ‘severe’ category by the Central Pollution Control Board, the prominent pollutant here was PM2.5. With Moradabad, Meerut and Hapur not far behind on the pollution index, it seemed as if the stocks of crackers that were shunned in Delhi-NCR found their way into the region.District officials said they tried to enforce the Supreme Court directions on using green crackers but its result could not be felt in the green belt. Additional District Magistrate (City) Atul Kumar held the meteorological conditions responsible for the sudden spike in the AQI. “We enforced the ban on crackers by putting up hoardings, promoting green crackers and organising local melas. The practice of gifting crackers on Diwali has come down considerably in the region. Sunday was the first day when we felt a nip in the air. It seems the smog has settled down.” He said there was no stubble burning as it was the sugarcane hub. “Winds from Punjab and Haryana could have a played role,” he mused.‘Cracker busting still on’However, Rakesh Singh, a farmer from Beda Sadat village, who is known for practising organic farming, said ban on crackers proved ineffective in the region. “It was rampant both in the urban and rural areas. The bursting of crackers started two days before the festival and is expected to continue for two more days,” said Mr. Singh, adding the ‘kolhus’ that crystallise jaggery also adds to the pollution as they run on diesel. More than the administration, Mr. Singh held the people responsible for the problem. “Even the educated indulge in the practice which affects not only humans but also animals and microorganisms which are useful for farming,” he added.last_img read more

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Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Activists raise their fists as they rally in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick outside the offices of the National Football League on Park Avenue, August 23, 2017 in New York City. During the NFL season last year, Kaepernick caused controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem at games to protest racial oppression and police brutality. Kaepernick is currently a free agent and some critics and analysts claim NFL teams don’t want to sign him due to his public display of his political beliefs. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILEHUNTSVILLE, Alabama — President Donald Trump has a suggestion for National Football League owners whose players decide to take a knee during the national anthem: fire them.And the president has a similar suggestion for fans of the sport: walk out of the stadium in protest.ADVERTISEMENT Delarmino, Chua settle for silvers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He hasn’t been signed by an NFL team this season.READ: NFL: Kaepernick’s controversial protest puts QB on cover of TimeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTrump’s hard-nosed reaction to protests by several athletes over treatment of blacks by police came Friday night during a freewheeling rally in Alabama. He says such players are disrespecting the flag and deserve to lose their jobs.Trump also bemoaned that football has become less violent. That view comes amid growing concerns over repeated head blows and a brain disease. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Ateneo’s Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments What to do post-run to maximize your results Nieto looked at the rim, dribbled the ball twice, and shot his free throw. Swish. He repeated the same motion one more time and the scoreboards now read 76-75 in favor of the Blue Eagles.“Actually, I was just relaxed, we’re always practicing our free throws each and every day,” said Nieto now in a more somber area inside the venue. “It’s always my routine, it’s the same routine, whether it’s the first free throw in the game or the last.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just shot it like it’s my normal routine and luckily my practice paid off.”The game, however, wasn’t finished yet as the 3.9 seconds that got stuck during Nieto’s free throws would now tick away. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Matt Nieto took his spot just an inch behind the free throw line with the game clock stopped at 3.9 seconds and the scoreboards at 75-74 in favor of archrivals De La Salle.The blue crowd collectively held its breath while the people in green tried every distraction allowed by Mall of Asia security.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next And tick away it did as the Green Archers failed to shot a sensible attempt as a bright red light illuminated the clocks’ borders.Ateneo emerged as the victors and capped off its 7-0 first round with a 76-75 win over the defending champions.And as the tournament heads into its crucial stage, Nieto also looked forward and would treat his heroics as mere memory.“I won’t let it go to my mind, I’m more focused on our next game,” said Nieto, who finished the game with 16 points. “When another opportunity like that comes my way, I will just follow coach Tab [Baldwin] because he knows best.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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