Southridge Football Captures First State Title

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Channel 44 News: Southridge Football Captures First State Title NOVEMBER 25TH, 2017  NICK RUFFOLO INDIANA The Southridge Raiders are state champions.In the final minutes of the game, down 14-7, senior quarterback Jayce Harter connected with Tucker Schank on a 42-yard screen pass for a touchdown.Instead of kicking the extra point, head coach Scott Buening and the Raiders went for the win.On the two-point conversion attempt, Harter found Schank again and gave Southridge a 15-14 lead.The Raiders stopped Woodlan on the ensuing possession and held on for the program’s first football state championship.Southridge’s 15-14 win is the second state championship on the weekend for the Tri-State.Memorial football also won a state title Friday, defeating Brebeuf Jesuit 29-17.Watch 44News at 10 for highlights from the game.Photo Courtesy: IHSAANick RuffoloSports Anchor/Reporter for 44News.More Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Skaters, Park Find Niche in Ocean City

first_imgZoe Herishen’s skateboarding skills earned her the respect of the boys at the park.  By Tim KellyOcean City’s Skate Park has come of age.The facility on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 5th streets is no longer new, no longer a novelty. It is the established local home of a community of people, and a very successful one at that.It is a community grateful for the park, one that takes pride in it and one that gives back to its own and to Ocean City.  During most hours it is open, from 9 a.m. to dusk on rain and snow-free days, regardless of season or temperature, some from the dedicated band of skateboarding enthusiasts can be found using the park, rated one of the best on the entire East Coast.  On weekends, warmer days and in the spring and summer, the skaters haven, which is free to use and open to all, is jumping with activity. “Ocean City is a skate town and a surf town,” one skateboarder said. “The city embraces it. It’s good for tourism.”On Tuesday, with patchy sunshine and temperatures hovering in the high 50s, about 15 to 20 skaters were taking advantage of a warmer February day, enjoying the facility and each other’s company and doing what skaters do: freestyle skate and work on their technique.Not too shabby for a facility that faced opposition when first proposed, and for a community that suffered in some circles, from a bad reputation. The crowd is mostly young and respectful, high schoolers down to skating toddlers, and predominantly male. However, there are always a few skating parents and others from the previous generation, and more girls all the time. Kevin Hutchinson and his son, Zachary, of Ocean City, are typical representatives of the skate park’s family vibe.One park regular, 12-year-old Zoe Herishen, and another girl were on the scene when visited.“I got a few looks from some guys when I first started coming here,” Zoe said. “Once I dropped in (skater lingo for entering the park’s large bowl) and they saw what I could do, I was accepted.”It’s not enough for Zoe to be a trailblazer for girls at the park. For the past three years in May, she organized a girls’ skating event she calls “Chica de Mayo,” the first two in New York City and last year in Asbury Park.  She hopes to work with Ocean City to host it this year, her mom Tracey said.Zoe said she loves the sport “because it makes me feel free, and it makes me feel like I can do anything.”Ocean City’s skate park is one of a kind. Google “family-friendly skate park” or similar terms, and no place else is likely to appear in the search results.Willie Fannon, of Ocean City, is a local skater, surfer, entrepreneur and event planner, who grew up skateboarding and has seen the town’s progress in growing right along with the sport.“There is no other skate park anywhere, quite like the one we have in Ocean City,” Fannon said.“You can go to many other skate parks in very nice communities and you’re going to find nice facilities but along with it graffiti, bad language, smoking and drinking,” Fannon explained.  “The difference is this park is always supervised, there are rules and they are enforced,” he added. “It’s next to the Fire Department headquarters so there is always someone nearby 24/7. There are cameras. And the fence … that’s not an easy place to break into.”The skateboarding park is rated among the top facilities of its kind on the East Coast. (Photo courtesy Jaime Pustizzi)In 2014, the city applied for and received a $500,000 Cape May County Green Acres Recreation grant to finance the bulk of the cost of building the park. Ocean City earmarked the additional $250,000 required as part of its capital plan, in the form of a loan.Councilman Mike DeVlieger, whose First Ward constituency strongly backed the project, spearheaded a committee of local officials and skaters to advocate for the park and to collaborate on its design and rules.They hit a home run, coming up with a park that was rated near the very top of all East Coast skate parks, according to online ratings sites. Eventually, the rest of Ocean City would grow comfortable with the park.Parents, such as Lora Fenstermacher, love it.  She was reading a book on Tuesday while her son, Michael, an Ocean City Primary School student, rolled smoothly across the park’s undulating concrete surfaces.“It’s clean, it’s safe,” she said. “It’s a nice chill place to come and hang out.”The facility’s rules, strictly enforced by a paid city staffer at all times, are prominently displayed outside its gates.The posted rules stress safety first – helmets and pads must be worn – and also no food or smoking or littering, no foul or abusive language, and no bullying.  Because an on-site supervisor paid by the city is always on duty and enforcing the rules, some skaters would rather shed their pads and engage in banned activities. Those who choose this route do so at their own risk, and outside of the park’s boundaries.“It’s a nice vibe here,” Fenstermacher said. “The big kids help and look out for the younger ones, who are not intimidated to come here, learn and improve their skating.”In building and maintaining the park, the city learned what works. It also listened to the skaters and their parents. Canopies were installed at the entrance gate and surrounding the seating area to provide shade. Beverage and candy machines were added, and portable toilets are placed at the park in the high-demand summer months.Also, special events, competitions and parties have been successfully held at the park. Kai Demarco, an Ocean City High School senior, formed a skate club at school and worked with Fannon to organize several competitions and charitable events.“I just gave Kai some (event planning) guidance,” said Fannon. “He ran with it and crushed it.” City officials also received kudos from Kai for their cooperation and support. “When we contact them (with ideas for events) they always do what they can to help us out,” he said.The park’s big bowl gives skaters plenty of room to show off their moves. (Photo courtesy Jaime Pustizzi)As with most growth processes, though, there were some accompanying pains. An earlier attempt at a skate park wasn’t the right fit. It was a relatively cheap park constructed of metal equipment and located in an isolated corner of a parking lot next to Wonderland Pier. “That was a great spot during the summer,” said Fannon, a former manager of the original park. “Not so great in the offseason.” The location was dark, off the beaten track and prone to break-ins and vandalism. Eventually it was dismantled and removed. It was also used as an example by opponents of the current park when it was initially proposed. Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council listened to both sides and committed to a new and more effective plan and a workable location. Over the vocal objections of some neighbors, the current spot was selected, replacing a trailer-like modular building that housed a Comcast cable customer service facility. Even the park opponents conceded that was an aesthetic upgrade.Now, three years since the park’s opening, the skaters have settled into their role in the community and continue to grow and nurture it.“This park works because everyone respects each other and does their part to keep it running the right way,” Fannon said. “It should really serve as an example to other towns and cities.”Linwood resident Adam Walcoff and his son, Jack, 13, prepare to take on the large bowl as Kai Demarco glides by at left.Attorney Adam Walcoff, of Linwood, who was skating Tuesday with his 13-year-old son, Jack, said his town was in the process of trying to build a similar park of its own.“This is a place where I am able to share experiences with my son doing a healthy activity we both enjoy,” said Walcoff, who has been driving across the 9th Street Causeway with Jack for the last year and a half.To some degree, the evolution of the skate park is being driven by changes in the sport itself. Skateboarding is now an official Olympic sport, and the underground aspect is yielding in part to a pull into the mainstream.When the first Olympic skateboarding gold medals are awarded at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there could be new faces of the sport, and new attitudes and respect.“When parents see that something can come out of their kids’ participation, when there are new opportunities to become a professional, then skating will be less of a hobby and more of an established sport,” Fannon said.In the meantime, the Ocean City Skate Park and its fans will just keep on rolling along. You might not think of a skate park as a place to catch up on your reading, but that didn’t stop skateboarding mom Lora Fenstermacher from enjoying her book.last_img read more

Indiana to remain at Stage 5 w/mask mandate, Indiana’s top doctor tests positive for…

first_img By Network Indiana – October 14, 2020 7 707 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana to remain at Stage 5 w/mask mandate, Indiana’s top doctor tests positive for COVID-19 Google+ Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleUPDATE: Wounded K9 officer Luna is expected to recover; cleared to go homeNext articleUPDATE: South Bend teen found safe, Silver Alert cancelled Network Indiana (Photo supplied) Governor Holcomb is extending Indiana’s mask mandate, but won’t reimpose restrictions on restaurants and bars.There are more Hoosiers in the hospital with coronavirus than at any time since mid-May, and Indiana’s five highest one-day totals for new cases have all come in the last week. The state has diagnosed 11-thousand new cases in that span.Holcomb says the problem isn’t the lifting of capacity limits on restaurants and bars, but too many people he says are “literally whistling past the graveyard” by holding big gatherings without masks or social distancing. He says he understands “mask fatigue” is setting in, but says capacity limits aren’t the issue. He notes the Indianapolis Colts and Indy Eleven successfully admitted thousands of fans to Lucas Oil Stadium by enforcing mask and distancing precautions.In contrast, he says, many new infections have been traced back to weddings or family gatherings where people failed or refused to wear masks. He says the virus’s resurgence across the Midwest is a reminder that people need to do what they can to reduce the odds of the virus’s spread, with masks being one of the main steps within people’s control. He says not masking up represents a disregard for fellow Hoosiers.Holcomb says he’ll reevaluate whether to reimpose restrictions in another week. And Indiana State Department of Health chief medical officer Lindsay Weaver says the department will consider imposing its own restrictions in counties categorized as “high risk” due to a combination of high numbers of cases and high positivity rates. Currently, only Fountain County is in that category, but 21 others are classified as nearing high risk. Weaver says the state will confer with local health departments on steps to control the virus. In high-risk counties, she says the state could restrict visitation at jails and nursing homes or order new limits on large gatherings, including school events.Weaver says contact tracers are finding higher numbers of direct contacts of infected patients, another indicator that people are letting their guard down. She says many people are refusing to cooperate with tracers, which she says makes it more difficult to track and control the virus’s spread.About 400 Hoosiers are in intensive care with coronavirus, the most since May. Weaver says it’s straining I-C-U staff and capacity in three of the health department’s 10 districts, in southwest and eastern Indiana, and in the Elkhart-South Bend region.The tally of new cases includes the official in charge of Indiana’s virus response: ISDH Commissioner Kristina Box. Box says she took a COVID test after two staffers at her one-year-old grandson’s daycare tested positive. Box says she has no symptoms, while her grandson and her daughter have tested positive with mild symptoms.Box says her contacts outside her family have been minimal, but Holcomb and other administration officials are getting tested out of what Holcomb calls “an abundance of caution,” with results expected Thursday. Pinterest Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Talks 50 Shades of Stalker Frogs

first_img View Comments Star Files If you have ever been denied an autograph by Kristin Chenoweth, don’t take it personally. She probably just had to rush back to her place to pick up where she left off in 50 Shades of Grey! The sassy soprano joked about the naughty novel with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show on April 9 and also discussed her latest role, the poisonous dart frog Gabi in Rio 2. Watch the clip below to find out why the Tony and Emmy winner thinks her character is “a little bit of a stalker,” the details on her boyfriend’s latest movie project and just how many octaves she can let out (hint: it’s one for every complete foot tall she is)! Rio 2 opens in movie theaters on April 11.center_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Nicaragua Creates a Unit to Investigate Money Laundering

first_imgBy Dialogo June 14, 2012 On June 12, the Nicaraguan Congress approved the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF), an entity with the power to investigate, at its discretion, individuals or firms suspected of money laundering or links to drug trafficking, an official source announced. The law seeks to prevent the “laundering of money, property, and assets originating in illicit activities and the financing of terrorism” in Nicaragua, according to the text passed by 63 of the 91 legislators, the president of Congress, René Núñez, announced. The UAF will serve as a decentralized government agency, under the leadership of a director and a deputy director, who will, however, be named by President Daniel Ortega. The entity will be able to investigate individuals and public and private institutions “that may be linked to money laundering,” report its suspicions to the authorities, and exchange information with authorities outside the country. It will also be able to demand information from the Office of the Superintendent of Banks, microfinance firms, currency exchanges, pawn shops, lenders, money-transfer businesses, casinos, and gaming businesses, and from the police themselves, as well as having access to confidential documents of the individuals it may investigate. According to the law, the officials who exchange information with the UAF must maintain “complete confidentiality about the reports” and investigations. Businesspeople and opposition politicians fear that the administration might use the UAF to investigate the finances of individuals and firms opposed to its ideals. “They can declare the civil death of any businessperson or citizen” who does not support the administration, opposition member of Congress Eliseo Núñez warned. The chair of the Private Enterprise Senior Council, José Aguerri, announced that he will go to court to seek to have the law creating the UAF, which he considered a “terrible signal” for the country, ruled unconstitutional.last_img read more

4 simple steps for dealing with work frustrations

first_imgYour coworker is smacking their gum. Your boss just piled more work on your plate. Your computer just crashed … again. As the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” None of us are immune to the work challenges that can so easily frustrate us. Below are four easy steps you can take to surpass those work frustrations and improve your overall outlook.Point out the problem: What is the exact source of your irritation? Is it something you can immediately alter or is it a situation you must accept and adapt to? The first step to overcoming the aggravation is pinpointing its precise source. After examining the root of the problem, decipher whether you can change things by directly confronting the problem (i.e., politely asking your coworkers to stop the gum smacking). Or, if you must accept the situation (i.e., if you’re given more work) prioritize and plan for how you can accomplish your goals without getting overwhelmed.Keep your head up: You are the only person who can truly control how you deal with work challenges. If you choose to stay positive and look for the silver lining as often as you can, your outlook will almost instantly improve. For example, if your coworker fails to hold up their end of the bargain and you’re forced to pick up the slack, look at it as a learning experience and a chance to show others your dedication to the company.Recall similar experiences: What will help to get you through your tough time is remembering it’s not the first time you’ll be frustrated, and it won’t be the last. Think about it: how many times has your computer frozen up or crashed unexpectedly? Even when you get it working and get passed the hiccup, unfortunately down the road it’ll probably happen again. How much good does getting frustrated really help the situation? Learning from the past and adjusting for the future will help you to feel less stressed the next time you’re confronted with something similar.Get help: If you’re having trouble keeping your frustrations in check, it may be time to sit down and talk it out with someone you can trust. Don’t let your temper or your weariness cloud your judgment. Instead, take a breath and turn to someone for help. Express to them what’s troubling you and ask for their feedback on ways you can get through it. Feeling less than chipper is not something to be ashamed of and seeking assistance shows strength and the desire to make personal and professional improvements. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

ATTA: Adventure Tourism Development Index 2020 Published

first_imgThe Adventure Travel Association (ATTA) and the George Washington International Institute for Tourism Studies have published a new edition of the Adventure Tourism Development Index 2020 (ATDI) Source: ATTA / UHPA For the third year in a row, Iceland is the world’s leading competitive destination for adventure tourism among developed countries. For the fourth year in a row, the Czech Republic holds the first place in terms of competitiveness among developing countries, while Croatia is in 11th place in that category. This year’s research was conducted at a very challenging time, amid a global coronavirus pandemic with devastating consequences for the tourism industry. The competitiveness analysis of adventure tourism included 191 countries, of which 28 are in the category of developed and 163 in the category of developing countries. Data were collected and analyzed in 10 categories: sustainable development policy, protection and security, health, natural resources, cultural resources, resources for adventure activities, entrepreneurship, humanity, tourism and infrastructure, and image. Identifying and understanding the factors affecting competitiveness, as well as specific strengths and weaknesses, can help national policy makers create better and more effective strategies and development plans, with strengthening public-private partnerships being extremely important.center_img Read the full report in the attachment. The publication is a very useful source of information and tools and helps destinations to understand and monitor their position in the global market in terms of adventure tourism competitiveness. Side dish: GSTC Global Destination Sustainability Report The report also presents the results at the regional level, so that Croatia ranked first in terms of competitiveness among the top 5 destinations in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.last_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny reveals conversation with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after he was caught smoking

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 9:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link391Shares Wojciech Szczesny reveals conversation with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after he was caught smoking Tadic and Mane beat Szczesny either side of the break at St Mary’s (Picture: Getty)The north London club would go on to finish third in the table, four points adrift of second-placed Manchester City and a massive 12 points behind champions Chelsea.‘Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well,’ the Juventus and Poland shot-stopper explained to the Arsenal Nation podcast. ‘He just didn’t want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also. ‘Because of the emotion of the game, I had a cigarette after the game when the team was still in. ‘I went in the corner of the showers, so it was at the other end of the dressing room and nobody could see me, and I lit one up.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSzczesny was fined for his behaviour and lost his place to David Ospina in the first-team after a frank discussion with Wenger.‘Somebody saw me, it wasn’t even the boss himself, and just reported it back to the boss. I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said, “Yes”. He fined me and that was the end of it,’ he added.‘He then said, “Look, you’re going to be out of the team for a little bit” but there was no big bust-ups or big confrontations. I was very professional about it. ‘I was fully expecting to be back in the team a few weeks later but we had a good run of form and David Ospina, who came in goal, played really well for those few games. He stayed in. ‘That meant I was waiting and trying to win my place back in the team, or trying to convince him that I was still the best goalkeeper at the club by going out on loan. ‘That sounds strange but sometimes it’s the best way of doing it.’MORE: Jack Wilshere reveals the bizarre story of how he signed for ArsenalMORE: Gilberto Silva names the three Invincibles who would improve current Arsenal team the most Advertisement Advertisement Wojciech Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger after he was caught smoking (Picture: Getty)Wojciech Szczesny has lifted the lid on the conversation he had with Arsene Wenger when he was caught smoking in the dressing room after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat away to Southampton back in 2015.Emotions were high in the away changing room at St Mary’s after goals from Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic either side of half-time consigned the Gunners to their fifth loss of the Premier League campaign.The New Year’s Day disappointment also meant Wenger’s men had gone seven matches without recording a single clean sheet and it badly affected Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny, who openly admits he was smoking ‘regularly’ at the time.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Clarifying Changes to Child Protective Services Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed a bill aimed at clarifying recent changes made to the Child Protective Services Law.Act 15 — House Bill 1276, sponsored by Representative Katharine Watson, revises last December’s enactment by creating additional definitions to clarify who needs to obtain clearances for working or volunteering in programs that supervise children. These amendments will make it easier for high school students to engage in workplace learning experiences.The bill also pushes back the date for which volunteers are required to begin getting clearances from July 1, 2015 to August 25.  On June 10, Governor Wolf announced fee waivers for volunteers seeking background checks.# # # Governor Wolf Signs Bill Clarifying Changes to Child Protective Services Law July 01, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Accept cannabis use, says Auckland deputy mayor

first_imgNZ Herald 15 May 2014Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says it is time to decriminalise natural cannabis because it is safer than the synthetic versions that were banned last week.The veteran councillor and former industrial laboratory technician said she had always opposed decriminalisation, but changed her mind after reading scientific papers about the dangers of synthetic cannabis.Yesterday, she told an Auckland Council committee drawing up a policy on “legal highs” that it made no sense to regulate when synthetic cannabis could be sold without considering safer alternatives.“I think we need to take a deep breath in this conversation and say, ‘What are we trying to achieve? Are we going to deal with the issue that people are going to make choices to smoke things that get them stoned? Have we been able to stop people doing that?’ Absolutely we haven’t.”Ms Hulse stressed she was speaking personally and not for the council.Mayor Len Brown said through a spokesman that he welcomed last week’s ban on synthetic cannabis but also supported the status quo, which bans natural cannabis.“He is comfortable with the fact that Penny has a view of it,” the spokesman said. read more