Winter Weekend Getaway kicks off Clifty Falls SP’s centennial year

first_imgMadison, IN—The Winter Weekend Getaway at Clifty Inn on Jan. 24-26 kicks off activities celebrating Clifty Falls State Park’s 100th anniversary.When Indiana State Parks’ full-time naturalist service began, the naturalists were known for hosting two- to three-day “getaway” events, and today’s interpretive naturalists are bringing back this special weekend to celebrate this park’s centennial birthday.The weekend starts with a Live Birds of Prey program on Friday night. Saturday will include a caravan tour to see the park’s four main waterfalls, a winter wildlife hike, and programs on mushrooms and fossils. The event concludes on Sunday with a bird hike and winter luminary workshop. Throughout the weekend there will be time to enjoy Clifty Inn’s food, socialize, and enjoy downtown Madison.Advance registration is required by calling the park naturalist at 812-273-0609. There is a $2/person fee for the Live Birds of Prey program and a $5 fee for the luminary workshop. All other programs are free. Rooms at the Clifty Inn can be reserved for $69 per night plus tax by calling 877-563-4371 and using Group Code 0124WW.last_img read more

Cricket News Kohli admits selection has been off, tells batsmen to keep it simple

first_imgLondon: India captain Virat Kohli conceded that team combination was “a bit off” in the lost second Test against England and urged his struggling batsmen to ‘’keep it simple” in the head to save the ongoing series.”I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. We have a chance to correct that next game. (At) Two-nil down the only option is to come out positive, make it 2-1 and make it an exciting series from there,” Kohli said after the team lost by an innings and 159 runs to be 0-2 down in the five-match series.             India could only make 107 and 130 in the second Test and will need to avoid a loss in the third game due to start on August 18 in Nottingham to stay alive.Also Read | I will be fine in five days’ time, says Virat KohliKohli reiterated that his batsmen’s problem is more mental than technical. “I don’t see any technical deficiency. If a batsman is clear in the head and he’s clear about the plans he’s taking, then if the ball does something off the pitch, you’re able to counter it,” said Kohli at the post-match media interaction. “If my head’s clouded then I feel like the ball can do this, or that, or even that. You know there are three-four scenarios that run in your head. It sounds cliche but as the greats have said, keep this game simple, that’s all you have to do. You can’t come here and think the conditions are too difficult because they are really not if you’re prepared to counter them.’’ The weather also did not favour India, who batted in overcast conditions while England scored their runs in bright sunshine on day three.”A lot of people are talking about the conditions, that we batted during a difficult time. On the day that was good, we had to bowl. And again, today was overcast and we had to bat. If we think about these things, we won’t be able to plan for the future.Also Read | England beat India by an innings and 159 runs; lead series 2-0 “There is nothing to be gained from thinking about what has happened and thinking what if. Going ahead in this series, we need to look at the mistakes we’ve made in this game and correct them. A sportsman has no other options,” felt the captain.Bowlers did well in the series opener but were not consistent enough at Lord’s, he said. “You can’t control the toss or the weather. We didn’t play good cricket in this game. We bowled well in the beginning but didn’t hit our areas consistently. We didn’t get enough chances in the field to miss any, but with bat and ball we could have done much better than we did.”During the second innings, Kohli batted at number five as his back problems resurfaced. The star batsman was hopeful that he would be fit in time for the next match.”Back is one thing that can be very tricky when it goes off. It happened during the latter half of the last leg of the South Africa tour when I missed a T20 game because that was very sudden. It happened one day before. The good thing is I have five days before the next Test.Also Read | Andre Russell takes hat-trick, scores fastest ton in CPL “We are confident with rehab and strengthening I should be ready for the next game although not (with) the same intensity in the field. But I should be good enough to hold a position in the field and be 100 per cent with the bat.”Again I will have to look at the running bit of things, which was difficult today. As of now it is sore. I am not hiding that fact, but that is part of the game. I had to do what I could do to go there, bat again and try my best,” said the skipper. There are problems across the board for India, as their openers failed in both Birmingham and Lord’s, while barring Kohli, the middle-order didn’t turn up either. Kohli said that no particular batsman could be blamed for this failure.”Right now, it’s not purely thinking that the openers haven’t fired or the middle order hasn’t done well, because as a batting unit, we haven’t done well in this game as a whole. “It’s very difficult to pinpoint anyone. All we have to do is gear up for the next game, come out positive and not think about that I’ve done well…It’s all about making the team win, and doing anything that we can to make that happen.”Also Read | Scorecard at stumps as brilliant Woakes-Bairstow power England When asked if the Indian batting is too dependent on him, the skipper replied, “We definitely as a team don’t and can’t think from that point of view. No one’s doing anyone a favour by going out there and performing. It’s our job to do that and it’s a duty we’ve been given.”What we did in this game we should definitely be better than that. I’m the first one to come out and accept that because unless you accept your mistake you can’t improve on it. Because this is the first time in the last 5 Tests that we’ve been really outplayed.”This loss allows them an extra day of contemplation, albeit it will be tough to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the series.”We are only thinking about the fact that we do have the bowling attack to pick up 20 wickets and as batsmen we should think of that as an opportunity to score runs, and make the team win games. “What’s been sad is that we haven’t had those two skills coming together. I don’t think it’s unfortunate totally because you can’t rely on fortune and luck in every game that you play,” said Kohli. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Rookies Peters, Hector in WI Women’s World Cup training squad

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Uncapped Akeira Peters and Shawnisha Hector have been named in a 20-member training squad to prepare for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in June.The 23-year-old Peters is an all-rounder from Grenada who was part of the training setup ahead of last year’s home series against England, in Jamaica, but failed to gain selection.She was also a member of the Windward Islands squad for the Women’s Regional Championship in Guyana last year.Seventeen-year-old Hector, meanwhile, is a fast bowler who hails from Antigua and who captained Leeward Islands during the Regional Championship.The call-up represents her first to the West Indies setup.The duo will join the likes of mainstays Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira in the squad which will undergo camp from March 7 to 20 in Antigua.Later this year, West Indies Women will have a two-week camp in England to further prepare them for the Women’s World Cup which is also being staged in England from June 24 to July 23.At the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, West Indies Women were good enough to reach the final before losing to Australia Women.West Indies Women are the reigning World Twenty20 champions following their triumph last April at the T20 World Cup in India.SQUAD – Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.last_img read more

Syracuse players, coaches in awe of setup for Battle on the Midway at practice Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 ABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Mike Hopkins was the kid in the candy shop.Syracuse’s 42-year-old assistant coach scampered around the court as spritely as the players — some of which are teenagers — he instructs. He took jump shots on the flight deck of the USS Midway, posed for photos with his fellow assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara and basked in a moment he had never experienced before.“This is sweet,” Hopkins yelled with a smile a few minutes after the Orange took the court. “Are you sh*tting me?”All around him, the reaction was the same. From the moment the Syracuse players and coaches stepped onto the aircraft carrier just after 11 a.m. PST on Saturday, it was a barrage of smiles, picture taking and countless variations of the expression “this is so cool.”On Sunday, No. 9 Syracuse will take part in the Battle on the Midway against No. 20 San Diego State, and from Jim Boeheim to former walk-on Nolan Hart, all were entranced by the amazing spectacle that is basketball on a ship during their practice on Saturday. A game that was almost canceled twice — one for lack of sponsors and again because of weather concerns — appears as though it will run smoothly according to the revised schedule and create a unique new chapter in Syracuse basketball’s storybook.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it’s great for these players to be in this venue,” Boeheim, Syracuse’s head coach, said. “I’m happy to be here. I think it’s great. It’s a life experience that these guys will be able to think about for the rest of their lives.”The cell phones emerged for tweets and pictures as soon as the Orange exited the bus and climbed the gangway up to the flight deck of the USS Midway. With headphones draped around their shoulders, players and coaches snapped pictures of the hoop, ship and each other.Hopkins, a California native, asked McNamara to take a picture of him and his father before boarding the ship. And once he reached the flight deck where the court is located, Hopkins called the experience “something you’d never do in your life.”With playing outdoors comes the risk of weather-related issues. But Boeheim said on Saturday that the team’s top priority from day one was to strive for the game to be played on the boat.He said San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher, a longtime friend, agreed with him, and they were both pleased that moving the game from Friday to Sunday was feasible.“We’re thrilled to be here,” Boeheim said. “Obviously it was a little more difficult than we had planned. But I think when we saw that the rain was going to be here yesterday, we made, I think, a very difficult decision to move things around a little bit, and I think it will turn out good.”The difficult decision had more to do with the USS Midway Museum than either of the universities involved. With the game being played on Sunday, Veterans Day, it means the museum must close down on what its marketing director, Scott McGaugh, called “the last day of the year we would ever want to close.”Boeheim said on Saturday he hoped members of the military and their families could still tour the ship in the morning before the game, but that won’t be the case. The museum is closed for the full day due to the 4 p.m. tipoff.But he was quick to thank the members of the military — both locally in Syracuse and across the country — for their services, saying these games on aircraft carriers are really to honor those men and women.“I don’t think we can do too much to draw attention to what the military has done for this country, what the military means to us as individuals,” he said.Without them, the game that will surely last in the minds of Boeheim and his players wouldn’t be possible. Michael-Carter Williams called it “a moment to cherish,” and DaJuan Coleman described the overall experience as crazy.So as the team practiced atop a ship so mammoth it’s been dubbed a “city at sea” but whose ceilings are so low most of the players must crouch in their locker room, the allure of basketball on a boat was imparted on Syracuse for the very first time.“I can’t believe we’re on a ship though,” Coleman said. “This is crazy.” Commentslast_img read more

Students Talk Back takes on Obama policies

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its weekly Students Talk Back event in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday afternoon. Students and panelists at the event discussed the domestic and foreign policy of President Barack Obama’s second term in office.The discussion, entitled “Obama’s Second Term: Stronger at Home, Troubled Abroad,” focused on the president’s political trends since when he was first elected.The panel featured Bob Shrum, a political consultant and the USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Michael Davidson, the CEO of Gen Next, a nonprofit organization that encourages success by expanding educational, economical and global security opportunities.Co-moderators included Dan Schnur, director of Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Nick Thomas, a member of the USC College Republicans.Schnur fostered discussion among the panelists and audience members about Obama’s trends in foreign policy and his use of executive power to push through his policies.“Now, Republicans have so much control over the House and the Senate,” Davidson said. “But I … think the center of gravity and the seat of power is still with the president.”Shrum felt that the issue of whether Obama is overstepping his authority through executive order is more of a partisan one.“Whether the president has too much power or not depends on if the president is in your party or not,” Shrum said. “The Republican effort to defunct the president’s efforts was always doomed to fail, and this leads to counterproductive effects for the Republicans, such as sanctions for Iran.”According to Davidson, the American people don’t know what they want because of the massive flow of information from the media and distress within the government. He said this leads to an elected leader who doesn’t know how to lead.“I would like the country to participate in a rigorous debate on the issue,” Davidson said. “The American people need to be more engaged in these topics, but if they’re going to be run on executive orders, then the American people won’t see it.”Davidson said that as a panelist at the event, he wanted to get more people to think about these issues and to attract others to be a part of it.“USC has a Dan [Schnur] for a reason,” Davidson said. “There are few people in the world that care so much about getting students and young people in leadership positions, and this is just one of the many examples of what Dan does to make that happen, so it was an honor to just be a small part of it.”Schnur hopes to show students that disagreement is not necessarily a bad thing because it fosters conversation about the issues. Schnur said that the purpose of the panels is to bring people from different perspectives together for a discussion, not a fight. He said that he attempts to portray a model of discussion in which the participants respect each other’s intelligence, while acknowledging that they may come to different, but equally valid, conclusions.John Vitzileos, a sophomore majoring in international relations and global business, enjoyed the conversational aspect of the event.“There were probably 20 or 30 people here total, so getting to talk to them upfront, up close and getting their opinions on certain issues is something that you couldn’t get in big lecture, where they’re a little bit concerned with the things that would get recorded and put out there,” Vitzileos said.last_img read more

Host Nation France Play Ronaldo’s Portugal for European Title

first_img“France are playing at home but they haven’t shown their spectacular football,” he said at a pre-match press conference. “We know we always lose to them but this will motivate us.“The French media are sure of the win (for France.) We have lost a final already but this time we can make it. Probability counts for nothing and all the Portuguese bet on us. There is nothing like playing in a competition like this for our country.”This will be the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. The French have won the previous three, all in semi-finals at Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and World Cup 2006.Portugal have played the most games (34) in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament.Before Portugal, the only previous cases of third-placed teams in the group stages reaching the final of a major tournament (World Cup and Euro) was Argentina in the 1990 World Cup and Italy in the same tournament four years later. Neither lifted the trophy.Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (winning nine and drawing four). Eight of those nine wins were decided by a single goal.Portugal have conceded only one goal in their last five knockout games at the European Championships, it was against Poland in this year’s quarter-finals.This will be France’s fifth major tournament final. They have won three of their previous four (Euro 1984 and 2000, World Cup 1998), losing their most recent (World Cup 2006).France are unbeaten in their last 18 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 16 and drawing two.Only Germany and Spain (three) have won more European Championships than France (two).France are the top scorers at Euro 2016 with 13 goals in six games. They had not netted that many in a major tournament since Euro 2000 (13).Team NewsPepe has been passed fit for this evening’s match after returning to full training. The Real Madrid defender missed last Wednesday’s semi-final win over Wales with a thigh injury and had been considered a doubt ahead of the Paris showpiece against the hosts.William Carvalho is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final through suspension.France have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions. The host nation named an unchanged team in consecutive games for the first time in their European Championship history in the semi-final, and Deschamps could name the same XI again today.Ronaldo vs GriezmannWhile there are many star players on show today, two are sure to stand out. Cristiano Ronaldo is a three-time World Footballer of the Year and a contender for this year’s award after leading Real Madrid the Champions League title a few weeks before the Euros.On the French side is Antoine Griezmann, a player who was on the losing side in that final playing for Atletico Madrid but top scorer at this tournament with six goals, with a legitimate claim to be player of the tournament.Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player at the European Championships (20). None of his three goals and two assists at Euro 2016 have come outside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.Ronaldo has now equalled Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championships. He has never scored against France (234 minutes of play).Griezmann has scored/assisted more goals than any other player at Euro 2016 (6 goals, 2 assists). He has the opportunity to become the third French player to finish as sole top scorer at a major tournament after Just Fontaine (World Cup 1958) and Platini (1984).Meanwhile French manager Didier Deschamps could become the second person to win the European Championships as a player and as a manager after Berti Vogts (unused sub in 1972, winning manager in 1996). Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Kick-off 8pmAfter one month and 50 games, France and Portugal are the only teams left of the 24 that played across 10 French cities for a tilt at the European title. This evening at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, France take on Portugal in the Euro 2016 final aiming to win a European Championship on home soil for the second time.Didier Deschamps’ side have the chance to match the triumph of Euro 1984, when Michel Platini scored a tournament record nine goals on route to lifting the trophy. They face a Portuguese side looking to win their first major tournament, having lost 1-0 to Greece in their only other appearance in a European Championship final, in 2004.Portugal have lost their last 10 games against France, who in Antoine Griezmann boast the competition’s top scorer with six goals, but midfielder Joao Mario believes they can spring a surprise at the Stade de France.last_img read more

Bin Hammam wants open World Cup bidding process

first_imgFifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has stated that he will make the bidding process for future World Cups more open if he is elected to the post.Bin Hammam said Fifa was not corrupt but told the BBC the organisation needed to be more transparent.“We need to explain decision making – people are making decisions that affect millions,” he told BBC sports editor David Bond.Bin Hammam added: “We belong to the people – acting on behalf of them.”Fifa president Sepp Blatter came under fire after Fifa’s vote in December for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.There were allegations of corruption in the bidding process and two executive committee members were suspended, while four other officials were sanctioned. Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president, said the public would have more confidence in Fifa if the process was opened up to scrutiny.“It’s reasonable and logical to vote openly – it happens in other organisations, why shouldn’t it happen in Fifa?” he said.The election for a new president takes place at the two-day Fifa Congress in Zurich, which starts on 31 May.Blatter, 75, has been in charge of world football’s governing body since June 1998, and has not been challenged since 2002 when he defeated African confederation president Issa Hayatou by 139 votes to 56.Source: BBClast_img read more

Clippers’ Ivica Zubac says basketball kept him motivated through 2020’s challenges

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I don’t think any of us was away from the game for that long,” Zubac said Sunday, before leaving the fanless AdventHealth Arena shortly after the Clippers’ loss to the Nets — in which he pulled down 15 rebounds, his fourth consecutive game with at least 10 boards.“Just that hope that we were gonna return, just waiting for that date to come up,” he said. “Working every day, because we know we’ve got a bigger goal and we all know why we’re here, we know we want to win the championship. That’s what kept me sane.”Wasn’t easy, though, he said.When the pandemic interrupted life — including basketball — in the United States in March, the 23-year-old was in a groove in his first full season with the Clippers, contributing 8.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as the starting center on a championship contender.Then, on March 24, just a couple weeks after the NBA paused play without any real idea when or how it might resume as the coronavirus was ravaging the world, a destructive 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Zagreb, Croatia. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “He’s been doing it all season, he’s just able to get more minutes,” Kawhi Leonard said, via Zoom, on Sunday. “He’s been very active on the offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocking shots. He’s doing a good job for us.”Doing a good job and feeling good, too, Zubac said. Really good.“I can’t say I’m feeling tired or anything, I’m feeling great,” he said. “I’m happy, and I’m happy nothing serious happened and I’m able to play again.”center_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The temblor destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings and left many residents without electricity, heat and internet in the city where Zubac lived for about six years and maintains many close friendships.“I had a lot of friends that I consider as family affected by it,” he said. “Fortunately, no one got hurt, but it was a tough period for the country. We all came together and we tried to help as much as we could, the athletes included. It was just tough, especially because it happened in the middle of a pandemic. Everyone was trying to stay in when that happened, but a lot of people’s apartments were ruined, a lot of people ended up on the streets.“It was tough seeing it from over here, but Croatians are tough people. They’re gonna rebuild, but it’s a tough thing.”Zubac donated funds to the recovery effort, an offering that was matched by the NBPA in May, when it announced it was directing more than $500,000 to both coronavirus relief activities and disaster relief in Croatia, where money was funneled to rebuilding efforts and to a Zagreb hospital.Otherwise, Zubac said he spent the hiatus determined to emerge from it stronger and better.“I worked out throughout the whole stoppage time,” he said. “I worked super hard. I was in great shape, I was lifting a lot, I got much stronger.”“And then, the week before we were about to go to Orlando, that happened to me.”Zubac contracted the coronavirus, which he said left him fatigued and aching, and unable to exercise for 10 days. It undid much of his progress over the previous four months and delayed the return to competition he’d so been longing for.He said he quarantined with his fiancee, who also had the disease but was asymptomatic.“I’m happy I had her with me,” Zubac said. “If I were by myself, I don’t know how that would have ended up, I would probably go crazy. It’s super tough going to test every day, hoping for negative and the doctor calls you and says, ‘You’re positive again.’ And to get that for three weeks, it messes with your mind. But I’m happy I had her with me and we got through it together.“I don’t even know how I got it,” Zubac continued. “That’s what people don’t realize, it takes just a little bit to get it and all the things that the NBA is doing here, making it tough for people to get out and come in and all that, all the masks, all the social distancing and everything, you gotta be like that.”Meanwhile, his teammates were across the country, acclimating to bubble life and preparing to play basketball without him.“It was tough. It was frustrating,” he said. “Everyone else went there and I had to stay at home. I couldn’t go anywhere, I couldn’t work out at a facility. The first seven to 10 days, I couldn’t do nothing. I was super tired and had overall body aches and everything.“After that period I started doing some stuff at home, I got a bike, so I was working on my conditioning, just a little bit of lifting. And when I finally got the cleared all the NBA protocols, got here and straight into it.”Straight into the Clippers’ final scrimmage July 27, when the 7-footer played 13 minutes, made his only shot and collected six rebounds and four fouls.Since then, Zubac’s conditioning has improved, and his play has reflected it. He’s made the most of more playing time, his minutes-per-game average increased from 18.1 before the hiatus to 22.9 in the bubble, where the Clippers have been without reserve center Montrezl Harrell, who was, until just the past day, away from the team, mourning the death of his grandmother.During seeding games — in which the Clippers are 3-3 — Zubac is averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 67.6% from the field. He’s also averaging close to two assist per game, setting helpful screens and dissuading opponents from driving to the rim.Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> This year that keeps giving and giving, it didn’t leave out Ivica Zubac.In the past few months, the Clippers’ good-natured center has been touched by a pandemic, an earthquake and a taxing case of FOMO.Now, at last, he has basketball back.That’s been the one thing, he said, that’s buoyed him and his teammates through recent challenges. And it’s been a glorious reunion for the Croatian big man, who’s attacked his time on the court with purpose and verve, and with a fresh appreciation. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Jordyn Huitema then fired home through Sari van Veenendaal’s legs after running on to a Sophie Schmidt pass, but her strike was ruled out for offside.Netherlands had been second best throughout the first half but they took the lead in the 54th minute.Sherida Spitse delivered a free-kick from wide on the left wing and Dekker got in front of Kadeisha Buchanan to nod home a deft header.5 – Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta. Legend. #FIFAWWC #NEDCAN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Within six minutes Huitema combined with Ashley Lawrence to set up Sinclair for a close-range finish that sent her into the history books behind Brazil great Marta.Netherlands claimed the points and top spot, however, as Van Lunteren raided down the right wing and delivered the perfect cross for Beerensteyn to convert the winner. Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s Canada hit back with an equalizer scored by captain Sinclair, but Beerensteyn arrived at the back post to score a 75th-minute winner for Netherlands.Canada was awarded a penalty in the second minute when Desiree van Lunteren clipped Janine Beckie’s heels, but, after consulting VAR, referee Stephanie Frappart decided the contact was outside the box and gave a free-kick instead. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Scotland ‘devastated’ by late collapse, Shelley Kerr sayscenter_img Christine Sinclair scored at her fifth Women’s World Cup but Canada finished second behind Netherlands in Group E after Lineth Beerensteyn scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win for the Oranje.Netherlands’ Anouk Dekker rose highest in the box to score the opener in Thursday’s clash between two teams who had already qualified, with her side set to face 2015 runners-up Japan next thanks to their victory in Reims.  Key Opta Facts:- Netherlands has won Group E with a 100% record from their three games and have not trailed for a single minute in any of their matches so far.- Canada striker Christine Sinclair became only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta, who achieved the feat last Thursday.- Lineth Beerensteyn’s winning goal for Netherlands came just five minutes and 31 seconds after her introduction as a substitute – the second fastest sub goal at this year’s World Cup, behind only Jamaica’s Havana Solaun (3 minutes 55 seconds vs Australia).- Canada suffered its first group stage defeat at the Women’s World Cup since losing 0-1 to Nigeria in 2011, ending a run of five unbeaten games at this stage (W3 D2 L0).last_img read more

Five Cueball thoughts: Election filings, utility agreement, college football playoffs, a translation, and Stallbaumer

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Jan. 18, 2015 …1. Election coming up…Currently running for a specific seat in many Sumner County races.There are nine days left before the filing deadline closes to run for Wellington City Council, Wellington School Board and all other county races. “Deadline” — which is Jan. 27 — is an appropriate term for this election so far. Because the number of  filings is dead, dead, dead.I don’t care to lecture. You either run or you don’t want to run. But there are a lot of big time races out there this year, and there has been lots of chatter on the comment section of Sumner Newscow and on various social media websites. There’s obviously a lot of discontent out there.We have a Wellington mayor’s race that is wide open, we have three open positions for the city council, and there are four positions open for the Wellington school board. There is an opportunity for you to make a difference.Granted public office isn’t easy and not very gratifying. You don’t get paid, there’s long hours of volunteer work, some people grow to hate you, you have to deal with media types like me, you have all these Internet chatterers, there’s internal politics, misinformed administrators, lobbyists, controversies that seem to materialize out of nowhere. And that doesn’t account for the actual business at hand. But, you know what? If you can make this world just a little bit better not just for you, your kids, your friends, and the community at large it’s all worth it.Because someday someone is going to be writing your obituary.They aren’t going to list the number of Fantasy Football Championships you won, or your golf average, or if you diligently watched every episode of House of Cards in one weekend. They are going to list your contributions to your family and to the community.You have one life to live. Did you make a difference?Think about it. 2. Heating issues…I retracted a story this week — the first time I did so with a news report with my byline on this website. The story, published Monday, dealt with the Wellington School Board and a proposal to work with Building Control Services, Inc. of Wichita concerning the HVAC units at the seven USD 353 buildings.I pulled the article, not because I had some factual errors with the article — which I did. But those errors can easily be rectified with a correction and rewrite.The main reason I pulled the story is after attending the January 9 meeting for which the issue was discussed, listening to the tape of same meeting twice thereafter and discussing the matter with both a school administrator and a representative at BCS, I determined I was uncomfortable with supplying a story with incomplete information. Mistakes I can handle. Misinformation with my byline on this site, I can’t tolerate.In the article, I stated that BCS is a consulting firm that will oversee the USD 353 utility operations. In reality, BCS will only deal with the HVAC units and the company will assist the school district in improving the operation of the current units and make recommendations for future purchases. If an agreement is brokered, which it has not thus far, it will be a five-year commitment for USD 353.The $180,000 figure in the first year mentioned in the story was the budgeted estimates of the money going toward HVAC expenditures plus $35,000 USD 353 will pay BCS for fees to train staff, set up an automation plan, consulting expenses, etc.However, I’m not sure that is the complete story.My biggest question as a USD 353 taxpayer is: What are the peripheral costs to the school district?My Dad used to tell me to “follow the dollar” because it will lead you to exactly why something is being done.My concern is if USD 353 signs an agreement with this utility firm, will a system be implemented for which it would be impossible for USD 353 to leave the company five years down the line?And while I’m sure school fees are part of BCS’s profit margin, my hunch is the company makes the bulk of its change on the products it sales, and other companies who pay them for referral services. Will USD 353 be obligated to buy only HVACs and other utilities supplies through BCS – thus ultimately removing the competitive bidding process from other independent venders including those with a Sumner County address? 5. Shout out of the week… Roger StallbaumerThis week’s shout out goes to Roger Stallbaumer, who announced he is not running for mayor. Stallbaumer has served as mayor since 2007, and he has been a good one. He has not only ran the meeting in a professional matter,  but has served the city on various committees and community projects.Perhaps, his biggest skill, is being a diplomat. The past three months have been perhaps his greatest work. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes in getting us a new city manager and negotiated the warring factions involved in the Wellington Capital Manor controversy.I can’t emphasize the importance of having a good mayor. Not only is this the person who will be the “face” of Wellington when outsiders look to the community for something or another, but he/she will be a manager of the Wellington people.Again, deadline to run the mayor is Jan. 27.You can make a difference. Have I said that before?Follow us on Twitter. 3. College football playoffs…Last week, the college football world crowned a football championship in the first four-team playoffs. The Monday game was a snore fest with Ohio State beating Oregon convincingly. But, I’ll admit, the college postseason is getting closer to respectability.The game was basically an afterthought. We spent all weekend watching the NFL playoffs — the best sporting weekend of the year — only to ask us to retreat and wrap our minds around a college football game. It was like having to pick up milk before going home after a long day at work. But those games on New Years Day were sure exciting and I loved the debate on who got in (TCU got robbed).Here’s my proposal: make college football like high school football playoffs. Start them right after the regular season.On the first week of December have a 16-team tournament with the five major conference champions and three wildcards hosting the first round games. Then have a second and third round games thereafter.Then have the college football championship game on New Year’s Night. Such a game would be epic and college football wouldn’t have to share the limelight with the NFL.Now someone make me in charge of the world, and I’ll get it done.center_img 4. Casino story…A couple of weeks ago I said I was going to do a series of stories on the Kansas Star Casino, and I would start running them in a week. Translation: I am going to have a series of Kansas Star stories and I hope to start running them in in a month or maybe two. Read between the lines people!Dang, I could really work for the government. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 290 weeks ago There are plenty of qualified, exemplary individuals in wellington who would serve our city so well. It seems to me, one of the biggest blocks to the decision to serve is the aspect that someone, somewhere will always be displeased and get vocal. Then, the “mess” will make the news media and city servants are just grilled. It would maybe be a good idea to find some way of extending the filing deadlines and/or even holding a couple “open to all city service seminars” for those who may be interested but not quite “off the fence” about it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 290 weeks ago I believe there is a correction to be made. city councilmen (women) get a smitten of pay for the job, board of education members get $0 dollars for their position. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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