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


FIBA Zone 3 appoints Kida, Joe Apu

first_imgRelatedPosts FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return D’Tigress end Olympic Qualifiers on a high Nigeria win U-18 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup of Nations bronze Two Nigerians have been appointed by the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Board to serve for the 2019 to 2023 term in office.Engr. Musa Kida was nominated to serve in the capacity of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Vice President, while Joseph Apu was confirmed as Administrator.The Nigeria Basketball Federation President, who was nominated by the federation’s delegates to the 2019 Zone 3 congress in Cotonou, Benin Republic, was confirmed by the General Assembly.The Nigerian duo of Andrew Isokpehi and Oni Afolabi (Board Member) unanimously nominated Kida to assist the zonal President, Colonel Sam Ahmedu (retd), after the position was zoned to Nigeria.Kida, who was formerly the Secretary General of FIBA Africa Zone 3, was recently appointed into the Marketing and Finance Committee of FIBA.Meanwhile, Abu, one of Nigeria’s foremost basketball journalists, has also been appointed as the Executive Administrator of the zone.Their appointments are with immediate effect and will run till 2023.FIBA Zone 3 consists of Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic. Tags: FIBAlast_img read more


Gunshots ring outside party at USC

first_imgAnnalise Mantz and Yasmeen Serhan contributed to this report. It was nearly midnight  on Wednesday when Autumn Battani, a freshman majoring in psychology, heard several loud sounds while standing by the center of campus — a Halloween prank, she thought at first.“And then all of the sudden everyone around us got on the ground,” Battani said. “Then they all got up and started running. It happened so fast, I didn’t even know what happened or why everyone was running, so I ran too.”Like hundreds of other students and guests, Battani was waiting in line to enter “Freak or Greek,” an on-campus Halloween party. Then, several gunshots rang out, sending a mass of panicked students running in all directions.The Los Angeles Police Department has detained two suspects — both unaffiliated with USC — related to  the shooting, which left one victim in critical condition and three other victims injured. The shooting occurred about 100 yards from the campus center.As students ran for cover after the shooting, the party underneath in the Campus Center basement continued because the area was on lockdown.“Music continued to play, and they continued to party,” LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green said during a briefing early Thursday morning.The event, which began at 9 p.m. and hit an attendance of about 400 students, was planned as an exception to the university’s scheduling rule — events taking place past 10 p.m., play loud music or serve alcohol are required to take place on weekends.“In this case, the event in question was approved as an exception to the university’s date and time requirements because no alcohol was to be served and to allow the student group to hold an event on Halloween,” Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson said in a statement.An outside promoter, LA Hype, advertised the event on social media and event pages. Admission was free for USC students, according to an advertisement on the online aggregator AllEvents, and discounted for guests who were members of fraternities or sororities, or in costume.Though alcohol was prohibited, the advertisement AllEvents told students to “PreGame before the party” and “not bring any substances on campus” because of citations.LA Hype could not be reached for comment.Eleven Dept. of Public Safety officers were sent as security for the event, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle. In addition, students confirmed that at least two Contemporary Services Corporation officers checked IDs, searched for alcohol and conducted pat-downs. DPS uses CSC officers to provide security checks at events.DPS uses a special events coordinator to recommend the amount of security personnel necessary at events, Carlisle said.As more people flocked to the Campus Center for the event, DPS deployed three additional officers to organize those waiting to enter the party. More than 100 people were lined up outside moments before the shooting, according to eyewitness reports.“They were a large mass of people trying to funnel into the entrance of the ballroom,” Carlisle said. “And we were in the process of trying to line them up on Trousdale [Parkway] when the shooting occurred.”The party, having been advertised heavily on the Internet, attracted students who were not affiliated with the university, such as Rayamen Middlebrooks, a 21-year-old community college student. Middlebrooks said he knew the event might get out of hand.“Honestly, from the beginning, I knew how the crowd was,” Middlebrooks said. “Things were going to happen.”The university required attendants to show an ID from USC or another university, according to a statement from USC President C. L. Max Nikias.Following the shooting, Middlebrooks and his friend Andre Shields, a 20-year-old community college student, were in disbelief that gunshots would be fired at USC.“And you just don’t think it was gunshots on the USC campus, out of everywhere else,” Middlebrooks said. “But yeah, gunshots on USC campus.”Law enforcement officials are not aware of the reason behind the altercation that led to the shooting. LAPD’s investigation is ongoing.BSA Executive Director Lamar Gary declined to comment for this story. Undergraduate Student Government, which oversees BSA, also declined to comment.last_img read more


Clippers seek to stop slide, maintain playoff position

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The really bad news for the Clippers is their remaining regular-season games are against the Warriors (55-24) on Sunday and then, in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, at home versus the Utah Jazz (49-30). The Warriors won’t lack motivation Sunday, when they can lock up the top seed with a win.The Clippers (47-33) are a combined 1-4 against those teams, which are a combined 17-3 in their past 20 games.And what about the two teams aggressively nipping at the Clippers’ heels?Oklahoma City (46-33) currently holds the seventh seed and is just a half-game behind the Clippers. The Thunder have three regular-season games remaining: Sunday at Minnesota (36-43), Tuesday vs. Houston (52-28) and Wednesday at Milwaukee (59-20).San Antonio (46-34) – occupying the eighth seed and one game behind the Clippers, for now – has two games left, against lowly Cleveland (19-61) and Dallas (31-48). Having split the season series with both teams, various tiebreakers could determine seedings should the Clippers finish tied with Oklahoma City or San Antonio.If the Clippers and Spurs wind up tied, San Antonio holds a tiebreaker with a better in-conference record. And if the Thunder and Clippers finish in a tie, it could come down to which team has a higher winning percentage against playoff teams in the conference. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Still, with Friday’s result at Staples Center serving as a reminder, it’s never safe to assume. And as Montrezl Harrell pointed out before the Clippers beat the Warriors on Nov. 12: Golden State has to “play us.”“From a mental standpoint, we have kind of strayed away from the things that got us here,” rookie guard Landry Shamet said Friday, when the Clippers’ ball movement was sluggish and he missed the only three shots he took.Lou Williams suggested the Clippers’ inexperience might be a factor in their abrupt slide, adding that the team’s veteran leaders need to do more to steer the squad in the right direction.“We have a lot of first-time guys, and once we clinched, we kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit,” said Williams, who was 4 for 12 from the floor en route to 18 points Friday. “That comes with experience. I think myself and (Danilo Gallinari) need to try and do a better job to get the message across to those guys that they have to finish the season as strong as they can.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Quite suddenly, the Clippers’ last-gasp grasp on the sixth seed in Western Conference standings seems tenuous, at best.Two consecutive stunning losses – a blowout vs. Houston and a missed opportunity against the short-handed, struggling Lakers – leave the Clippers with just two games to regain their footing. At risk is the real possibility of slipping into eighth place for a probable matchup against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.These last two regular-season games might not be must-wins – the Clippers are playoff-bound no matter how many points Alex Caruso drops on them – but they might want to think about them that way, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“(Seeding) matters, it absolutely matters,” Rivers said after Friday’s 122-117 loss to a Lakers lineup loaded with G League players. “I don’t think anyone wants to play Golden State. If we have to, we’ll be ready, but my guess is the other seven teams aren’t volunteering. That’s all I’m gonna say.” Not having professional instigator Patrick Beverley available – he’s been out three of the past four games with a hip pointer – hasn’t helped either, the Clippers agreed.“We’ve always been a collective group,” Williams said. “So any time anybody goes out, it hurts the chemistry of the team. Obviously, what he brings to the table, lots of intensity and energy, those are the things we’ve been lacking. We try to fill that void the best we can and we haven’t been successful doing it.”“Luckily,” Shamet said, “we have time. It’s not like our season comes down to tomorrow. But we want to fix it as quick as possible, start playing the way we can play and hopefully go from there.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more


Onduparaka make long trip to face relegation threatened Nyamitobora

first_img Tags: Abel EtrudeNyamityobora FConduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir League Onduparaka have lost only one of their last 7 League games (Agency Photo)MBARARA – Arua based club Onduparaka FC make a long trip away to Nyamitobora FC in one of the three StarTimes Uganda Premier League games to be played on Tuesday.Onduparaka come into this game after defeating Maroons 2-1 at the Green Light Stadium while Nyamitobora lost to Kirinja Jinja SS 2-1 in Jinja.The Caterpillars have lost only one of their last 7 games, with the defeat coming against KCCA (1-0) and they will hope to keep the good performance when they visit Nyamitobora.Nyamitobora will hope to take care of Onduparaka to kick-start their push for survival after losing its previous encounter at home to Express.“We have travelled all the way from Arua so we don’t expect to lose in Mbarara, said Onduparaka midfielder Abel Etrude ahead of the game.“All the players are ready and we have trained well to keep the good performances going.Team news. Denis Okot and Nicholas Kagaba won’t feature for Onduparaka because of Injuries.Nyamitobora has no injured players so the team is ready to take on the visitors.Nyamitobora will need Mujuni John Sserunjogi, Fred Mayindi, Peter Mutebi and James Tongi to get the three points at home.Match Facts.This is going to be the second encounter between the two clubs. Onduparaka won the first game 2-0 in AruaOnduparaka is 5th with 34 points while Nyamitobora is 15th with only 13 points.Comments last_img read more