Emergency Officials: Calling 911 Still The Best Bet

first_imgWhile text-to-911 is now available in Franklin County, some emergency officials hope that individuals continue to call 911 as the first option.There are areas of Franklin County where 911 calls are received in Ripley County. Ripley County does not accept texting to 911 but can still take 911 calls from the deaf or hearing impaired by TTY or relay operator.Ripley County Communications Director Judy Schebler said, “Texting 911 should only be used in areas that accept text if it is not possible to call 911. In a life threatening emergency seconds count and you will get the help needed much quicker by calling instead of texting.”“If you are a Franklin County resident but in the area that your call will go to Ripley County time will be wasted by texting 911,” she added.last_img read more

Osgood adds hotspot

first_imgOsgood, IN—The Town of Osgood has installed a hot spot at the Osgood Trails to assist with the new eLearning. Gov. Eric Holcomb had announced last week that Indiana schools would all be switching to some sort of eLearning to finish out the 2019-2020 school year.  For rural communities, having internet capabilities at home can be difficult.last_img

Batesville Employees Get Raise

first_imgBatesville, IN — The Batesville City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the 2021 salary ordinances for city employees. All city employees will see at least a one-percent pay increase.  The Wastewater Utility Manager will receive a greater increase in order to bring that position’s compensation into line with other similar city positions.  The hourly rate offered to seasonal help will also be increased to be more competitive with area wages. Councilman Jim Fritsch cast the lone vote against the two pay ordinances, stating that he felt giving raises in the current economic climate is unfair to Batesville taxpayers.last_img read more

Tonev completes Celtic move

first_img Press Association As Tonev prepares for his big chance in the green and white hoops, the winger said: “Joining Celtic is unbelievable, and I feel really good about it. I’m delighted to have joined the club and I can’t wait to meet up with my new team-mates and start playing for Celtic.” He added on Celtic’s website: “I already knew all about Celtic. Everybody in Bulgaria knows Celtic. “I spoke to Stiliyan Petrov yesterday and he was very happy for me. He wished me good luck and I hope I can do as well for Celtic as Stiliyan did.” Tonev has won 15 caps for Bulgaria and Villa hoped he could be a Premier League threat when Paul Lambert signed him from Lech Poznan in June 2013. Petrov, who was on the Villa coaching staff at the time after an earlier battle with leukaemia, predicted his countryman could make a substantial impact, but the reality was that Tonev struggled in the English top flight. The move to Scotland could open the door to Champions League football, with Celtic having been handed a dramatic reprieve and a shot at Slovenian side Maribor in a play-off to reach the group stages. The Scottish Premiership champions looked to have seen their hopes killed off by a 6-1 aggregate loss to Legia Warsaw, however the Polish side were later punished for fielding an ineligible player. Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Tonev has more to offer than he showed in England. Deila told Celtic’s website: “Aleksandar’s a very quick player and he has two good feet which he can shoot with. “He has scored a lot of goals during his time at Lech Poznan and I think he can help bring the club forward with his qualities. We can also make him better.” The Aston Villa player will spend the season with the Scottish champions, who announced on Monday the deal includes an option to buy the 24-year-old next summer. Midfielder Petrov spent seven years with Celtic before taking the opposite path to Tonev, by moving south of the border to join Villa. center_img Aleksandar Tonev will aim to follow the example of fellow Bulgarian Stiliyan Petrov by becoming a Celtic hero after sealing a loan move to Parkhead.last_img read more

Berahino has to get his head in gear – Pulis

first_img Pulis said: “It is the first time I have had to manage this situation. I have been in management a long time, but it is the first time someone has had that opportunity and has not gone and then he has just faded away as much as Saido has. I am not blaming the kid one bit about that, it is just the way it has been. “Obviously, with the press focusing on what he is going to do and what he is not going to do, it is going to point the gun firmly at him again. He has got to make sure that he gets his head in gear and performs well. You can’t condemn people.” Tottenham’s offers were heavily clause-based, with their final bid rising to £23million in several instalments, and Pulis still feels Albion could keep the England Under-21 forward. He said: “I don’t think it is inevitable (he will go). It is up to the chairman and people. If you are buying a house, the buyer has to put the right offer in and the one who is selling has to accept that offer. There is always a price for people and always a price people will go to. But that doesn’t mean the deal is going to be done.” Tottenham are expected to renew their interest in the striker in January, especially with Clinton Njie out for at least two months, after having four bids rejected in the summer. Berahino threatened to go on strike after two offers were turned down on deadline day. The 22-year-old’s form has dipped and he has scored just three goals this season, with Pulis naming him on the bench for the last six games. H e could, though, make a comeback at Swansea on Boxing Day with Salomon Rondon suspended. West Brom boss Tony Pulis admits the on-going speculation surrounding Saido Berahino has affected the striker in ways he has never seen. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hancock’s Bagley wins Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot

first_imgHANCOCK — Kaylee Bagley put her free-throw shooting prowess on display once again Saturday afternoon when she won the Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot New England title at Deering High School in Portland.The Hancock Grammar School fifth-grader made 20 of her 25 attempts from the free-throw line to take first place in the competition’s 10-11 age group. Bagley’s win earned her a spot in the national championships April 27 in Chicago.Bagley’s win was her second in a free-throw competition this month; on March 9, she claimed the state’s Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship title at Old Town High School.Last year, Bagley became Knights of Columbus international champion when her 23 makes in 25 attempts at the state championships were determined to be the best among all competitors from her age group in the United States and Canada. She had previously placed first in the Elks competition’s 8-9 age group in 2017 before an illness prevent her from entering the 2018 event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKaylee began shooting free throws after spending years watching her brother, Jacob, participate in competitions. Jacob won the Elks Maine Soccer Shoot in October.Those wishing to extend a congratulatory message to Kaylee can do so via the Elks website.last_img read more

Cricket News Mithali Raj-Ramesh Powar face-off has hurt women’s cricket team: Shantha Rangaswamy

first_imgNew Delhi: The India women’s cricket team was experiencing an upswing in the last couple of years. The team made the final of the ICC World Cup in 2017 where they lost to England by nine runs. The result and the performances of the side resulted in an increase in popularity of the women’s game. In the recently concluded ICC World T20 in West Indies in 2018, India had registered magnificent wins over New Zealand and eventual champions Australia. However, in the semi-final, Harmanpreet Kaur the skipper decided to bench Mithali Raj, the leading run-getter for India in ODIs and T20s and the team went on to lose the match by eight wickets to crash out of the tournament.Following the conclusion of the match, things took an ugly turn. Mithali’s manager called Harmanpreet a “manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain” in a series of tweets. Following the incident, Ramesh Powar, the coach of the side admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her ‘aloof’ and ‘difficult to handle’. This prompted Mithali to slam Powar and accuse Committee of Administrators head Diana Edulji of bias. “For the first time in a 20 year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence,” Mithali wrote on her Twitter handle.Read More | Kirsten reportedly applies for India women’s cricket team coach postShantha Rangaswamy, who was the first captain of the India women’s team and who led them to their first Test series, said the Mithali-Powar face-off has not helped women’s cricket. “This face-off is a massive blow. Before the game (vs England), India women’s cricket was in the news for the right reasons. The after-effects following the loss have not helped the growth of women’s cricket. The game   is now remembered for all the wrong reasons,” Rangaswamy said in an exclusive chat to News Nation.Read More | WATCH – Harmanpreet Kaur takes a stunning catch in WBBLFollowing the uproar, Powar did not get an extension in his coaching tenure. However, the former India cricketer applied for the post by saying that he could not let Smriti [Mandhana] and Harmanpreet [Kaur] down. When asked whether players had the right to choose their coach, Rangaswamy was dismissive. “No way. Whether  it is me, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, Mithali or Harmanpreet, no player should have the right. This is an administrative policy and decision. If players get the chance, it sets a very dangerous precedent,” Rangaswamy said.Coach should be total packageFollowing the non-renewal of Powar’s tenure, the BCCI invited fresh invitations for the post of India women’s cricket coach. There have been several notable names who have applied, including Gary Kirsten, who helped India win the World Cup after 28 years in 2011. Along with Kirsten, the other names in the list are Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Rakesh Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Dominic Thornely, Gargi Banerjee, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ramesh Powar, Colin Siller and Dav Whatmore. The interview will be conducted by a three-member panel, which includes former India skipper Kapil Dev, former manager Anshuman Gaekwad and Rangaswamy.Read More | Harmanpreet, Mandhana write to BCCI, back Ramesh Powar However, the names of Manoj Prabhakar and Herschelle Gibbs, who have been accused of match-fixing, have generated controversy. Rangaswamy was cautious when asked about the application of these candidates. “I am not aware of this situation. All three of us, me, Kapil and Anshuman should sit down and discuss. There have been no discussions so far. We have to think of all aspects. Nothing is easy when it comes to selection. There is a lot of experience in the panel about close to 150 years to be precise. There are no favorites,” Rangaswamy said.However, India’s first woman cricket captain was clear on what the new coach has to do. “The new coach can’t do any kind of hair-splitting. Results will come only if the dressing room atmosphere is good,” Rangaswamy stated.The interviews will be conducted in Mumbai on December 20 and the decision will be made before the India women’s team travel to New Zealand for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in January 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

New Dornsife, L.A. Times poll shows support for Gov. Brown

first_imgIn anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times discussed the results of their latest public opinion poll project in a conference call on Monday.The four topics assessed in this month’s poll included the California gubernatorial race, unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States, Proposition 46 and police discrimination in local communities.Panelists speaking in the conference call included Dan Schnur, director of the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll project and executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC; distinguished Unruh Institute fellow Michael Madrid; and Drew Lieberman and David Kanevsky from the polling firms Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint, respectively.This month’s poll results revealed a high amount of political support for incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in his campaign for reelection against Republican candidate Neel Kashkari. When voters were asked which candidate was opposing Brown, many were unable to even identify Kashkari.If the election were held today, Brown would defeat Kashkari 57 to 32 percent, according to a press release from Dornsife. The results showed that Brown has the support of 82 percent of Democrats and 18 percent of Republicans. Kashkari, meanwhile, has the support of 72 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats. Among voters who declined to state a party affiliation, 59 percent supported Brown, and 25 percent supported Kashkari.Dornsife and the L.A. Times partnered in November 2009 to conduct statewide public opinion surveys, initially to cover electoral trends. Since then, the two institutions have expanded their research and have conducted more than 20 polls surveying registered California voters on a wide range of political, social and economic topics.Kanevsky said that the wide range of issues up for a vote this year will allow voters to make more critical choices.“Throughout the different topics we have on this survey — the water crisis, looking at the views on medical malpractice reform, immigration and police — I’d say there is a lot of nuance in the California electorate,” he said. “People think voters are uninformed, not thinking of the issues, just voting on partisan lines or ideological lines. You really don’t see that here. Voters are judging every issue on a different context and weighting the pros and cons for all of them.”Issues concerning illegal immigration showed a divided electorate. Kanevsky said there was a split between voters who wanted to implement wide-ranging youth immigration reform, but opposed measures to raise taxes or contribute monetarily for legal aid.“Comprehensive youth immigration reform still gets very broad support, 73 percent favor overall,” he said. “But, then you go and look at the unaccompanied minors questions that ask whether they should stay or be sent back and the opinions are much more divided, [48] percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.”Lieberman emphasized that immigration was a topic of high importance to California voters.“I think there is a current situation that underscores the level of concern that California voters have about illegal immigration,” he said. “A third of the voters here believe illegal immigration is a crisis — a crisis is a pretty high bar to cross.”Other issues, such as police relations in the community and Proposition 46, have gained more attention recently among voters.Proposition 46, a measure that would increase the caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and require drug testing of doctors, has lost significant support, according to the polling results. The first batch of data released from the polls revealed 62 percent of voters in support of the initiative. Later polling results, however, show only 39 percent of voters supporting the proposition.Schnur said that the language of the proposed measure is misleading.“They [the writers of Proposition 46] tried to cover up a very controversial policy measure with a very popular one,” Schnur said. “But a ballot initiative is only as strong as its weakest link, and the polling shows that voters’ concerns about medical malpractice are outweighing their eagerness for doctors to be drug tested.”Meanwhile, 85 percent of Californians said that police had not treated them unfairly in the past year. The results follow nationwide controversy regarding use of police force this past summer after Michael Brown, a black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.In the same poll, however, two-thirds of respondents said they believed others had been mistreated by police.“The good that the police and cops do, outweigh some of the bad a few members in the police force may do,” Kanevsky said.last_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: Bland case didn’t result in needed changes

first_imgFormer USC basketball assistant coach Tony Bland was arrested last year on a bribery charge. (Daily Trojan file photo)A year ago from yesterday, I woke up way too early to a text from one of my best friends in the sports reporting business. She told me to get up and get out of bed because I had work to do — USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland had been arrested by the FBI.I look back on that day fairly fondly (unlike managing editor Eric He, who answered my text about this anniversary with an automatic “ugh”) because despite the stress, it was a highly memorable day of breaking news and writing on deadline. However, as we approach this one-year anniversary mark, it’s strange for me to look back at the last year and see how little has changed.Last year’s FBI investigation rocked the world of basketball, and it particularly rocked mine. I grew up cheering for the Kansas Jayhawks, and later started backing the Louisville Cardinals, the school of choice for my dad’s side of the family, most of whom live in Louisville. Then I came to USC for college and became a (somewhat lukewarm) fan of Trojan basketball. And somehow last year, all of my teams were embroiled in one of the biggest college sports scandals of all time.Since the news broke and the FBI made its initial arrests, a lot has changed around the NCAA. Louisville cut off legendary head coach Rick Pitino, and USC let go of Bland. Other schools, like Kansas and Arizona, were comparatively unphased. But still, the atmosphere of college basketball seemed to shift in an inescapable, irreparable way. The gig was up, and now everyone — fans, boosters, coaches, players — knew the truth about how recruiting plays out in the NCAA.A year later, the NCAA has yet to make any real changes. Sure, there was an action plan and a few committees put together, but the process of NCAA recruiting on the whole looks the same. As the FBI investigation trudges on and individual coaches await their fates, I can’t help but wonder — could this happen again?It’s my personal belief that all college athletes should be allowed to make money off themselves. Plain and simple. The concept of the purity of “amateurism” is sweet and also naive, and it allows for young athletes to be used and abused by their college programs with little reward outside of a few years of fame and a communication degree.College athletes should earn revenue cuts equivalent to what a professional player would make from the earnings of their team. The price of tuition and housing might be subtracted from those revenue cuts — say, an Alabama football player is making $750,000 a year for a team, but Alabama wants to subtract the $70,000 tuition and board.Nonetheless, athletes who drive revenue for athletic institutions deserve a fair cut of the profits.With that being said, I have equal expectations of the college recruiting process. Because when it comes down to it, I don’t see the ethical quandary. If a coach wants to buy a kid dinner on a recruiting visit, who does that hurt? And who does it hurt when the stakes are higher (an Xbox, a car, a $10,000 check)?College athletes give everything to their programs, often sacrificing social lives and GPAs to help their team reach the next level. Sure, there are the few who can make it all work — Bryce Love and his stem cell research, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and his doctorate — but these are exceptions, not the norm.I remember interviewing Sam Darnold last year, and he described laying around his house with his teammates after a long day of classes, meetings and practices, “trying not to move too much” because they were so tired. Most college athletes can’t join clubs or student publications, intern in the summers or gain work experience.A year ago, the lives of many in the NCAA basketball community changed forever. Bland might go to jail, along with other coaches and lawyers involved in the mess of the FBI investigation. And despite the drastic impact of the investigation, the nature of the NCAA hasn’t been impacted that much at all.The NCAA must change. If last year taught us anything, it is that the status quo is not sustainable. Not only are the rules being broken consistently and consciously, but they’ve also become unjust rules in their own right. Making this change and righting this wrong won’t be easy for the NCAA, but the first steps must be taken now — and should have begun a year ago — before another mess like this is made.Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

West Brom host Burnley in EPL

first_imgWest Brom defeated champions Leicester 2-1 in their last game, while Burnley are on a run of three games without defeat.Kick-off at the Hawthorns is at 8pm.In the Scottish Premiership meanwhile Hearts travel to Hamilton at 7.45pm.last_img