Bowman Academy

first_imgBowman Academy was Greensburg’s opponent this year in the 3A basketball championship.  Since their inception, they have won championships in the 1A and 2A classes.  Because of their consistent finishes in the state tournament, they are now in class 3A.  Even without winning the state this year, they could be pushed up to 4A next year if they win another semi-state in basketball.  This is one of the schools that the rule of reclassification was meant to affect, and it certainly has.Bowman is not a true public school nor is it a true parochial school.  It is a private academy.   Even if some people say they are not recruiting, check the roster of the ball players and see where they played their pre-high school basketball.  I think you will find that some of these kids may not even be from the state of Indiana.  This is conjecture on my part, but I have some pretty good sources giving me information.Bowman Academy is not an East-Coast Academy which allows players to play more than 4 years of basketball.  It is strictly a 4-year high school, but it is not like 95% of the schools it is completing against.  They definitely have an advantage.  This makes Greensburg’s feat even more impressive!last_img read more

Two-goal Ronaldo gives Real 12th European title

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsCARDIFF,(Reuetrs)-Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in a superb Champions League final full of attacking verve and brilliant goals on Saturday as the Spaniards won the title for the third time in four years and 12th in all.Ronaldo swept in a neat opener after 20 minutes but Mario Mandzukic hit a deserved equalizer for the Italian champions with a spectacular effort seven minutes later.Real, however, took command in the second half and a long-range deflected effort by Casemiro after 60 minutes, a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo and an 89th minute tap-in for substitute Marco Asensio settled one of the most entertaining finals of recent years.It was Real’s 12th title in their 15th final as they became the first team to successfully defend it in the Champions League era. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe’s top prize when they won in 1989 and 1990.It was heartbreak again for Juventus, however, who were seeking a treble after winning the Italian league and cup. They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015.Juve conceded more goals on Saturday than the three they had in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack v Juve defense scenario went emphatically Madrid’s way.It did not look that way initially as Juventus were full of attacking intent in the opening exchanges.Real gradually settled, however, and scored with their first chance after a trigonometric build-up. Ronaldo was at the heart of it, playing the ball into the path of Dani Carvajal who cut it straight back to allow the Portuguese forward to sweep the ball sweetly into the far corner.That made him the second man to score in three finals, after Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored in five in a row for Real in the 1950s, but he was far from done on the night.GREAT GOALThat effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.Juve center back Leonardo Bonucci drove a long diagonal ball towards the byline to set off a brilliantly skilful exchange.Alex Sandro reached it and cushioned the ball back across the box. Gonzalo Higuain knocked it back to Mandzukic who took a touch on his chest and leaped, with his back to goal, to connect with a stunning bicycle kick that looped over Keylor Navas.The Juventus fans in the 72,000 crowd erupted, ramping up the atmosphere that was already crackling under the closed stadium roof.It was a different story after the break, however, and Real’s dominance settled the match with two goals in four minutes.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro made it 2-1 when his 30-yard shot took a deflection that wrong-footed Buffon and Ronaldo, the man who loves the big occasion, expertly swept in the third at the near post after a great run and cross by Luka Modric.The goals knocked the stuffing out of Juventus, who ended with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute – 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute – following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on Sergio Ramos.Ramos’s theatrics were an unedifying moment in a generally uplifting final and fittingly it ended on a positive note when Marcelo charged to the byline and crossed for Asensio to tuck home the fourth.last_img read more

Skills boost for tourism, hospitality

first_img21 July 2008Workers in South Africa’s tourism sector can now improve their skills at accredited service providers through a new training programme launched by the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority (Theta).The programme aims to contribute to the improvement of skills and to bring skills to the unemployed, or those wanting to be employed, in the sector.At least 28 000 tourism sector employees are to benefit from the programme, which is part of plans to boost the country’s skills base in various sectors while tackling unemployment, particularly among black youngsters and women.Government backingSpeaking at the programme’s launch at the Kruger National Park on Thursday, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said she hoped the programme would go a long way in addressing the country’s skills shortage and unemployment.“South Africa simply cannot afford these high levels of unemployment, inequality and poverty, and this is the main reason why government endorses this initiative of the Abet-Theta programme, in particular and especially if we can show a direct link between skills and a job,” she said.Major economic contributorThe potential for job creation in the tourism sector goes hand in hand with hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which is expected to create numerous opportunities in the sector through attracting large numbers of tourists wanting to watch matches and be part of the event.Tourism is seen as one of South Africa’s biggest economic sectors, contributing an estimated 8.1% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and accounting for about 940 000 direct and indirect jobs.The government aims to increase the contribution of the sector to the country’s economy to 12%, and it is estimated that by 2015 the sector will support some 712 000 direct and 870 000 indirect jobs.Priority sectorMlambo-Ngcuka said the government had identified tourism as a priority sector for bridging the divide between South Africa’s “first” and “second” economies, and now classified tourism skills as scarce and critical in terms of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa).“It is a fact that this industry offers significant opportunities for young people and for women eking out a living in the second economy,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.“As government, working with our social partners, we firmly believe that all provinces can and must benefit from the golden egg laid by tourism.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Football tournament lures future stars

first_imgThe Cape Town Stadium will host someof the matches of the tournament.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) Midfielder Jabulani Ncubeni is expected tofeature in the Amajita side.(Image: Mtnfootball.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Norman Arendse Safa Cape Town chairman+27 21 637 2232Shamin ChibbaSome of football’s future stars are making their way to the Mother City for the prestigious Cape Town International Soccer Challenge, a tournament featuring the under-20 squads from eight African and South American teams.Amajita, as the South African under-20 is known, will host Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya and Japan. Brazil is the current Fifa U20 World Cup champion, while Nigeria lifted the 2011 African Youth Championship trophy in South Africa.Egypt was initially selected to compete, but after the Port Said Massacre, withdrew from the competition and was replaced by Kenya.The tournament will be held between 24 May and 3 June at the Athlone and Cape Town stadiums.According to South African Football Association (Safa) Cape Town chairman Norman Arendse, the tournament will focus on cementing the legacy from the 2010 World Cup and to contribute to the development of the game in the country.Asked if Brazilian prodigy Neymar will be playing in the tournament, Arendse said he was unsure.“Even if Neymar does not come, there will still be good players on display. We will see the names in this tournament cropping up in the Brazil 2014 World Cup,” he said.Experience will bode SA team wellFormer South African U20 international and Moroka Swallows striker Shaun Haschick is optimistic about Amajita’s chances of progressing in the challenge, as most of its players have professional experience.They are contracted full-time at various professional clubs in the country’s top tier – the Premier Soccer League (PSL). This, said Haschick, is a sure sign that national teams have improved over the years.He added that the 2010 Fifa World Cup gave the local game a major boost and it is evident in the amount of young players in the PSL.The tournament, he said, can help identify quality players as there seems to be a lack of them at the moment.Development neglected in SAThough development is a major focus for the tournament, Arendse acknowledged that very little is being done in South Africa to grow football at grassroots level.“Development is largely neglected. Only elite youngsters are being chosen,” he said.Haschick supported Arendse’s view, saying that youngsters coming through the ranks are not equipped to play at the highest level.He said almost none of the junior national players graduate to the senior side. This is because there is a lack of development structures.“The junior teams are supposed to act as a feeder system so that by the time the youngsters reach the senior team, they have the skills to compete at that level.”Haschick added that other developments such as a reserve league within the PSL will help in nurturing talent.“One reserve league was implemented but fell away. This season they restarted it but it is only in Gauteng,” he said.Learning from other countries’ development strategyHaschick listed a number of issues that he feels impede the growth of the sport. He claimed there are inconsistencies amongst the provinces, too few academies, no access to quality coaching and not enough football in schools.Haschick said players are recruited at least six years later than their European counterparts, who start their footballing education as early as six years of age.“That is why our youngsters are not good at crossing and shooting, because they lack those skills that should be taught at an earlier age.”He believes that South Africa can learn from Brazil, which produces quality players regularly but is similarly developed both economically and socially.Young Brazilians begin their footballing education on the futsal court and only after 12 years of age do they play on the field.“In futsal you learn to play with limited space, with quicker feet and quicker passing. A player develops a unique vision on the court,” said Haschick.About the Cape Town ChallengeThe tournament originally began with four teams in 2010 as a test for the World Cup staged in South Africa in the same year. Its first participants were South Africa – the then African Youth and Fifa U20 World Cup champions – Ghana, Brazil and Nigeria.Arendse said the organisers are looking to structure future tournaments according to the eight-team Fifa Confederations Cup format. This means winners from the six confederations will be invited as well as a World Cup winner and the host nation.The tournament will be broadcast on the SuperSport channel on DSTV.last_img read more

Legal with Leah: Ohio’s Gas Tax

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn this Legal with Leah, Ty Higgins, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of media relations, visits with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis about the reasons for Ohio’s tax hike on gas, how those funds will be used and how the new gas tax compares to other states in the region.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptionTy Higgins: Earlier this year, Ohio’s gas tax increased to 38.5 cents per gallon for gasoline, 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel. That’s a 10.5% and a 19% increase, respectively. For today’s Legal with Leah, we’re covering the reason for the tax hike on gas — how those funds will be used and how those numbers compare to other states in the region. I’m Ty Higgins joined by Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau policy counsel, and Leah we have heard a lot about America’s crumbling infrastructure and that was the main driver, no pun intended, for Governor DeWine to to seek this higher gas hike.Leah Curtis: So in 2017 the American Society of Civil Engineers found that 17% of Ohio’s roads were in poor condition and 7% of our bridges were structurally deficient. So they estimate that the cost of driving on roads like this in need of repair actually costs the average Ohioan about $475 per year. So a pretty big price tag that you’re not directly paying but you’re paying it in car maintenance and you know problems with traffic and congestion and all that kind of thing.Ty Higgins: There’s very little wiggle room as to where monies raised from this gas tax will go. In fact it’s part of the state’s constitution.Leah Curtis: So this is something that I think a lot of people don’t totally know, is that they think …they see that gas tax and just think ‘Oh they’re just raising taxes. It’s just gonna go for whatever.’ Actually any fees that come from registration, operation or use of vehicles including those fuels for those vehicles, they have to be used for highway obligations, construction maintenance, repair of public highways and bridges and that’s in our constitution and the Supreme Court has upheld this in multiple cases including when we had the Commercial Activities Tax which was collected from all businesses including fueling stations and motor fuel that was sold by retailers. The Supreme Court later said you can’t collect that Commercial Activities Tax from those fuel retailers unless you’re putting it only to roads and bridges and construction and maintenance. So we now have what’s called the Petroleum Activities Tax which is different and goes into that fund for roads and bridges and maintenance.Ty Higgins: Of course any increase is going to sound high to the average consumer. But how do these new gas tax rates compare to our neighboring states?Leah Curtis: In comparison we’re pretty similar actually and we’re actually a little bit lower than some of our neighbors. Pennsylvania is at 58.7 cents. Michigan’s at 44.1 cents, Indiana at 42.9. We have two states neighboring that are less than us now that we’ve had the increase. West Virginia is at 35.7 so pretty close to us on our gasoline. And then Kentucky is at 26 cents.Ty Higgins: We hear mostly about regular fuel and about diesel, but other fuel sources, they didn’t dodge this tax either.Leah Curtis: No. So this tax is also going to also apply to compressed natural gas vehicles. So that’s kind of a new fuel option that’s out there on the market. And then the transportation budget where this was included also created new fees for hybrid and electric cars. So $100 for hybrid. $200 for electric cars. That will help to kind of level out that playing field of those cars not spending as much on the gas but still using the roads and causing wear and tear on the roads.Ty Higgins: This is pretty controversial. Any tax increase will be. You’ll have proponents and opponents of course, but one of the biggest issues that came out of a lot of these talks was that front license plate on vehicles. Some states have done away with it. Ohio of course has talked about it for a while and maybe have gotten a little closer to that solution. Where does that stand and how does Farm Bureau feel about it?Leah Curtis: What happened in the transportation budget was that after 2020 there would be no need for a front license plate. But there is going to be a study committee done to look at that issue. Some of the questions around it are lots of new cars have lots of technology in their front bumper. So that causes a problem. But on the other hand that front license plate does help with law enforcement and with you know looking for vehicles and their enforcement obligations. So there are some pros and cons to it. So the study will be happening over the next year. Farm Bureau does have policy that supports keeping the front license plate, but that was the decision that was ended up in the transportation budget was to eliminate it. Now we’ll see what this study committee comes out with. They may come out with you know, new options or other things that would maybe not have the problem with the technology in the cars but also allow for that enforcement perk as well.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Over $1 Billion Spent on Potable Water Project in Portmore

first_imgOver $1 billion has been spent to improve the delivery of potable water to several communities in south eastern St. Catherine and its environs, says Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.The improvements, which were completed in May 2013, fall under the Portmore Pipeline Project implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC).Mr. Fagan, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives, said the project involved the construction of 10 kilometres of 30-inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, and to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton.It also included reinforcement of the distribution network in Passage Fort Drive, Germaine Road, Port Henderson Drive, and Portmore Parkway.“While the inconsistent water supply has not been fully resolved, it has certainly improved. The residents in areas of Cumberland, Edgewater, Independence City, Passage Fort and Waterford, to name a few, are already experiencing the benefits of this work which was completed…two months ahead of schedule,” he said.Mr. Fagan informed that phase two of the water supply improvement exercise is underway and will see the replacement of the transmission line from Flat Bridge to Mandela Highway.“This will then be interconnected with the transmission line that was recently completed. This phase is expected to take 18 months, after which, the residents of Portmore will have consistent and reliable high-pressured quality water,” he said.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

VÉRITÉ FILMS RETURNS TO CHILDRENS TELEVISION WITH THE ANIMATED MUSICAL ADVENTURE SERIES

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jeremy and Tunebug is designed as a multi-platform entertainment brand that includes fully-animated television half hours, digital shorts, a play-to-play-music/play-to-read-stories app, and a website where kids can interact with Jeremy, listen to his music, and learn to play music online. Parents, caregivers, and educators will have the opportunity to bring Jeremy and Tunebug to the classroom or see a live concert performance. Social Media Links:Website: jeremyfisherjunior.com veritefilms.ca hiddenpony.caTwitter: @JFishJunior @VirginiaTV – Virginia Thompson @VeriteCanada @HiddenPonyFacebook: Facebook.com/JeremyandTunebug  Facebook.com/Verite.Films.Canada  Facebook.com/HiddenPonyRecordsInstagram: @jeremyfisherjunior @hiddenpony Advertisement Advertisement Jeremy and Tunebug animated image courtesy of Vérité Films Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO – Vérité Films, the boutique production house behind Canada’s #1 comedy brand, Corner Gas, is thrilled to announce their return to children’s television with Jeremy and Tunebug. The animated children’s television, music, and multi-platform digital brand stars three-time JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher Junior and is produced in association with Jeremy Fisher Music and Hidden Pony Records & Management. With support from the Canada Media Fund-Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Digital Animated Series Program, Jeremy and Tunebug will begin its first phase of production in Fall 2019.Jeremy and Tunebug brings to life the whimsical characters, stories, and songs from Fisher’s acclaimed debut children’s album Highway to Spell (available on Spotify and Apple Music). The series revolves around Jeremy, a story-telling singer-songwriter (voiced by Fisher), and Tunebug, his best friend and magical recording studio on wheels. Together they share their animated adventures to Destination: Imagination, where they discover how feelings and emotions inspire story and song. Facebooklast_img read more

Church considering request to rescind doctrine of discovery

first_img(Kenneth Deer, right, had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican in May. Photo courtesy: Kenneth Deer)Paul BarnsleyAPTN National NewsROME— A senior Roman Catholic Church official is considering a request from Indigenous leaders to rescind the 15th century church decrees that formed the legal basis for colonialism.Kahnawake Mohawk Kenneth Deer, a representative of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee, which represents the Iroquois Confederacy Council on international matters, was part of a delegation – that called itself the Long March to Rome — that attended the May 4 meeting with senior members of the Catholic Church.The meeting followed a short, face-to-face encounter in Vatican City with Pope Francis.Each Wednesday, the pope greets the public in St. Peter’s Square. There were approximately 20,000 people present on May 4, Deer said.The delegation wanted the meeting on that date because it was the anniversary of one of the papal bulls of discovery, decrees issued by the pope of the day which lent the church’s approval to the colonization of lands because they were “terra nullius” or lands empty of Christian people.The pope appeared on a stage and addressed the crowd.The Long March to Rome delegation was invited to sit on the stage and await their short face-to-face, individual meetings with the pontiff.The delegation issued a press release saying they were seeking revocation of three papal bulls because: “They were the ‘blueprint’ for conquest of the New World; they provided moral justification for the enslavement and conquest of Indigenous peoples worldwide; they are an ongoing violation of contemporary human rights legislation; and other communities currently struggling to save their lands are threatened by modern-day ideologies of inequality anchored in the papal bulls.”The original plan was for representatives of Indigenous nations around the world to assemble in Paris and actually march to Rome to demand a meeting with the pope, raising awareness of the issue as they progressed.But as negotiations with Vatican officials got more serious, the plan was changed. A smaller delegation met in Florence, about 300 km north of Rome, to wait and see if the meeting in the Italian capital would happen.David McKinnon, a Canadian lawyer who now resides in Amsterdam, worked closely with the Indigenous leaders to push for a meeting with the pope. The group had been working towards that day for more than a year.The call finally came the day before and the 11 delegates then made their way south.“The leaders were determined to tell Pope Francis that it was time for the Vatican to own up to its responsibility for legitimizing a genocide committed against Indigenous peoples and to show its good faith by revoking three Papal Bulls of Discovery: Dum Diversas (1452), Romanus Pontifex (1455) and Inter Caetera (1493), still in force today,” the delegation’s press release states.Claiming they carried the weight of 370 million Indigenous Peoples on their shoulders, the delegation says it represented the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, the Assembly of First Nations, representing 634 First Nations from across Canada with 1.4 million citizens from 58 different Indigenous nations, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Umatilla confederacy of the Pacific Northwest, the Yakama, Oglala Sioux, Shawnee, Mapuche, Navajo Diné and Apache Ndee.Kenneth Deer set the scene for APTN National News. He first met with a priest who served as the pope’s interpreter.“When he came up to me I told him we were going to talk about the papal bulls that make up the doctrine of discovery and we want the pope’s support to rescind it because states are still using it today. And right away he got very defensive and said, ‘Well that was a long time ago and we already rescinded them and it’s not necessary to say anything because we’re not using them to dispossess Indigenous people.’ I said, ‘That may be so but states are still using them today in court cases. In the United States and Canada they continue to use the papal bulls to dispossess and disempower Indigenous people,’” Deer told APTN. “So he said OK. When it was our turn to see the pope, the first two were [former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner] Willie Littlechild and [former South Thompson Indian Band Chief] Keith Matthew. And they talked to him about the bulls as well.”Then it was Deer’s turn.“I greeted him and we shook hands and I told him that we want his support to rescind the papal bulls that make up the doctrine of discovery because states are still using it today,” said Deer.“The pope was very kind. He kept eye contact and he was very attentive. And all he said was ‘I will pray for you.’ That’s the only thing he said. And he gave me a little red box with a set of rosaries in it. And that was it.”Then it was time to get down to business.“Right from there, then we got whisked to the little compound in Rome. It’s not in the Vatican City. There’s not enough room,” he said.“The most important part of May 4 was meeting with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. There we met with Cardinal Silvano Tomasi, who is the chair. And that was the key meeting. That was the meeting where we addressed the whole issue of the papal bulls and the doctrine of discovery. That was key. That was the original intent. That was the original appointment,” he said.At first it appeared the archbishop was not going to listen to the Indigenous leaders.“At first when he first started he started giving the usual spiel that the papal bulls are no longer in effect, that they’ve been superseded by other papal bulls and there was no need for us to do anything. Then we interrupted him to do an opening prayer,” Deer said. “Then we did introductions around the table and then we got into the issues. By the time we had done with him he was changing his position. At the end he said, ‘Maybe the Vatican does have to make a statement. We have to consider making a statement.’”That was a very significant choice of words, Deer said.“He didn’t say rescind, he said abolish – a much stronger word – he said we have to abolish the papal bulls and that maybe there should be an apology from the pope,” he added.That was more than the delegation had asked for.“We didn’t ask for an apology. I’m not a big fan of apologies. I need something stronger than that,” Deer said. “Then he said they would need to have further meetings on this to discuss . . . we’d like to discuss what kind of statement he would make. So he was open to that idea. He committed himself to meetings but he wouldn’t commit about when and where because he wasn’t prepared for that when we came in there.”The group feels they got what they travelled to Rome to get.“We thought that was the most significant part of the whole trip was Tomasi saying that maybe we should make a statement,” said Deer.The message has reached the ears of one of the most highly placed clerics in the church. Archbishop Tomasi has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Francis when the time comes, Deer said.“That’s what I’ve heard. And he’s a good friend of the pope, a confidante of Pope Francis. And some of us knew him because he was stationed in Geneva for few years. So he’s familiar with some of us. So I thought that was amazingly significant,” he added.The process of working towards the goal of getting rid of the roots of the colonial era has commenced, Deer said.“The other thing he wanted was to get more information about how states are using the doctrine of discovery today. So we’ll have to send him some documents how the Canadian government is using them in their court cases. And apparently they’ve been using them as recently as last year from what I’m hearing,” he said.Deer acknowledged that the idea gained strength because this pope seems more open to dealing with the matter than his predecessors.“I think the people felt that if there’s a pope that’s going to do anything it’ll be this one,” he said.Deer said Canadian lawyer David MacKinnon worked for more than year to make the meeting happen. Deer praised MacKinnon’s “tenacity in getting the appointment with the pontifical council.”“In the end he didn’t go to the meeting because he wanted us to take the lead,” he said.The Indigenous leaders are now waiting to see if Tomasi will follow through with action.Deer said that when he sees how hard it is to get that second meeting he’ll get a better idea of the church’s [email protected]last_img read more

Kingsclear First Nation vows to change highway crossing that claimed young mother

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsThe Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick is divided.Not by politics or any particular issue – but by a highway.For years cars have been speeding through the community – and the route has now turned deadly.On September 7, a 27-year old mother was killed trying to get across.Now the community is vowing to hold a vigil at the site until the province helps to make the crossing [email protected]@angelharksenlast_img

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