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

Video: Stephanie Roche’s Puskas award contender

first_imgStephanie Roche, runner up in the 2014 FIFA Puskas award to James Rodriguez, has signed a two-year contract with Sunderland Ladies after leaving Houston Dash.The Ireland international, whose claim to fame came when she was playing for Peamont United, failed to settle in America and has agreed a deal with the WSL side.Shall we relive that magical strike again?last_img


first_imgMissing Mary BoyleThe twin sister of Mary Boyle has identified a new location in Co Donegal where she suspects the murdered schoolgirl may have been buried.Ann Doherty has written to the Garda Commissoner Noirin O’Sullivan requesting the area be sealed off as a matter of urgency and forensically examined by a team of experts.This site has never been searched before.She has also asked the Taoiseach to intervene in the matter given her concerns about a garda cover-up in the case. Mary vanished in March 1977 at her grandparents’ home in Cashelard, Ballyshannon and her remains have never been found.In the days after her disappearance, it is claimed a politician telephoned Ballyshannon Station and requested that certain people were not to be considered suspects.This claim has been verified by a number of retired senior officers who were working on the case at the time.Ms Doherty has requested the new search on foot of evidence given to her in recent days, which supports her belief that Mary was murdered by someone known to her. The information has been provided by a number of individuals who witnessed unusual events in the aftermath of Mary’s death and also in recent times.Several officers support Ms Doherty’s belief that her sister’s body may have been brought to the location she is now pinpointing.Ms Doherty has also demanded that any garda search is supervised by independent experts and her legal team. Almost three months ago, she made a statement to officers in Dublin’s Pearse Street Station identifying the person she believes killed Mary.That individual has to yet to be arrested.Ms Doherty’s lawyer Darragh Mackin will also seek the assistance and expertise of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR), the north-south body set up to trace the remains of victims of the Northern Ireland conflict. Ms Doherty hopes that this organisation will broaden its remit for her given her struggle for justice, allegations of a state cover-up in her sister’s murder, and the fact that Mary disappeared just four miles from the border with the North.Speaking today, she said ‘I have very strong reason to suspect that Mary’s body may have been buried in this new location temporarily or that her remains are still there. I want a search to take place in the coming days without any delay and I have informed the Garda Commissioner of this. The gardai have utterly failed my sister and me.“I am certain that Mary was brutally assaulted and killed by someone who knew her. That person is still walking around Donegal, a danger to all citizens, especially children.“I will carry out my own search if I have to but I am pleading with the gardai to finally do the right thing and bring Mary’s killer to justice. I am asking them to look into their own children’s eyes and imagine how they would feel if one of them was violently murdered and the killer was protected for almost four decades. “Nothing will stop me from finding Mary’s remains and giving her the decent burial she deserves.”MISSING MARY BOYLE’S TWIN SISTER IDENTIFIES POSSIBLE BURIAL SITE was last modified: December 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannonCashelarddonegalMARY BOYLEmissinglast_img read more

Investigation into crash continues as two tragic women named

first_imgThe two young women who died in yesterday’s tragic crash outside Ballybofey have been named locally as Kiara Baird, 19, and Maria Wallace-Carlin, 38.The women were in a car which struck a pole on the Glenfin Road around 4.30pm.The pair died from their injuries while a man who was also in the blue Citreon C3 car is being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital for non life-threatening injuries. A full forensic examination of the scene took place yesterday and the road was reopened to traffic last night.Although both women were not from Co Donegal, they lived locally in Ballybofey.Kiara is understood to be originally from Dublin while Maria, a mum of three boys, is understood to be from Derry originally.Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time near the townland of Camish and who may have witnessed the single-vehicle crash to come forward. The women’s deaths means that ten people have now died on Donegal’s roads so far this year.Investigation into crash continues as two tragic women named was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The winning goal on the night Wealdstone sealed their promotion

first_imgOn-loan Millwall youngster Charlie Penny scores a late winner at Margate as Wealdstone seal promotion to the Conference South as Ryman League champions.(Video courtesy of Wealdstone FC)See also:Joy as Wealdstone clinch promotionStones chief hails boss after promotionEx-Stones skipper Cronin joins Hayes & YeadingFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Cost key to SA cellphone banking

first_img14 November 2006Just over one in 10 South Africans with bank accounts have used their cellphones for banking, according to a new study on cellphone banking by technology research firm World Wide Worx.The study, part of a year-long “Mobility 2006” research project funded by First National Bank, Virgin Mobile and Verizon Business, was released on Tuesday.Youth market lagsOne of the big surprises from the research is that South Africa’s youth market, which is usually assumed to be at the cutting edge of all things technology, is the least likely to have tried cellphone banking.The opposite is true: usage of cellphone banking tends to increase with age. In fact, almost a quarter of South Africans with bank accounts who are aged from 46 to 55 have used their cellphones for banking, versus less than 10% in the youth and young adult markets.According to the study, 87% of South Africans who have tried cellphone banking have used it to access balances, with the next most common usage being purchasing airtime through the cellphone.A quarter of SA cellphone bankers have used their handsets to pay accounts, while 17% have made once-off payments from their cellphones.“It is clear that mobile commerce is happening, but only for very specific activities,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement.Once the costs come down …“There is a strong relationship between the need for banking access and likelihood of using it. And once the costs of cellphone usage comes down, we will see a rapid increase in uptake.”The research is supported by the experience of First National Bank, which was the first bank to introduce banking via SMS in 2005.“Cellphone banking is taking off right now because we are giving people what they need, rather than focusing on what technology can do,” said Len Pienaar, CEO of FNB Mobile and Transact Solutions.“While many users do not yet feel comfortable with transactions, it is clear that there is a great need for information about their accounts and the purchases of pre-paid products, and a growing need for paying accounts without having to go to a bank.“Once more users are ready to transact via their cellphones, we will be ready for them.”Higher demand in rural areasWorld Wide Worx also found that demand in South Africa’s rural areas was often far higher than in urban areas, supporting last year’s finding, from Mobility 2005, that need for access was a far more important determinant of cellphone banking than being “switched on” to the possibilities of technology.According to Mobility 2006, the issue of high perceived cost remains the largest inhibitor for people who would consider using their cellphones for transactions, with 44% saying lower cost of transactions would convince them.“Nearly a third are held back by the apparent difficulty of using cellphone banking, while security is a concern for 29% of people who might be encouraged to become users if they were given guarantees,” World Wide Worx said in a statement.“Nearly a quarter of people feel that nothing would convince them to use cellphone banking for purchases!”According to Pienaar, awareness and education are also factors. “In the next few years, as cellphones become a standard way of doing your banking, people will wonder how they ever managed without it,” he reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

first_imgUSA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments Read Next FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.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 shutoutNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center.center_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Krizziah Tabora wins 53rd Bowling World Cup championships Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMarco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Boxers focus on maintaining weight

first_imgJust eight days before the boxing competition begins at the Commonwealth Games here, the focus of the Indian boxers shifted to maintaining weight.When the 10-member Indian team hit the Games venue, the Talkatora Stadium, for their first training session in Delhi on Sunday, it was not business as usual for them. They restricted themselves to the weight-maintaining exercises.”We will not be doing anything new for next eight days. At this stage, the aim is not to add anything new to the skill of the boxers, but just to help them maintain their fitness and remain in fine shape.So, our focus is on weight-maintain exercises,” national coach Gurbax Sandhu told MAIL TODAY . Light heavyweight boxer Dinesh Kumar said that the training sessions started off with light exercises and was followed by sparring and shadow boxing.”Five groups of two boxers each were formed and were given different tasks, like rope skipping, stretching, sparring, shadow boxing and mock fights.It lasted almost two hours,” said Dinesh.Boxers have been training in the national camp at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala from where they reached Delhi on Saturday.Sandhu said that the sparring and mock fights gave the boxers a feel of competition ahead of the Games. ” There were three rounds of sparring for each boxer which means everyone gets enough time to train. Mock fights is a good option to get a feel of the competition,” he said.One of the distinguished features of the training session was that boxers spent most of the time in the main ring where the main competition will begin on October 5.advertisement”Our boys trained in the ring where they will fight in the main competition only a few days later. It always helps when boxers get sufficient time to train at the main arena and that’s why we go to other competitions well in advance,” said Sandhu.”The Indians will bank on home advantage at the Games and a decent exposure of the main venue will boost their chances.” Bantamweight ( 56kg) boxer Akhil Kumar concurred with his coach.”It is always good to practice at the competition venue. It helps us to adjust to the conditions. Eight days of training at the Talkatora Stadium means we will have a good idea of the ring and we can utilise this experience during the competition,” he said.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarino

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarinoby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino is hyping up the club’s youngsters as they continue to produce on the pitch.The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are starting to reward Frank Lampard’s faith in their talent.With Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come into the team, Cascarino believes the Blues have a core of great young players.He is even comparing them to Manchester United’s famous Class of 92, which included the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.He told talkSPORT: “When we had the ‘Class of ’92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through.”Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.”I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team.”Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.”So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward [against Wolves].”At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.”Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.”I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.” last_img read more