BATESVILLE, Ind. — As people across the state are thinking about Christmas Parties and New Year’s Celebrations, the Indiana DNR is planning to kick off 2017 with its First Day Hikes and Horse Rides at Indiana’s State Parks on January 1.The DNR says that First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2017 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and connect with friends.There will be 32 First Day events throughout the state.Brookville Lake, 4 p.m.: Meet at the Mounds State Recreation Area campground shelter house for an easy 0.7-mile hike on the Wildlife Wander Loop Trail. The hike should last about 45 minutes. Hot cocoa and a fire will be available afterward.Brown County State Park, 11 a.m.: Meet in front of Abe Martin Lodge for a “Hills ’n’ Hollers” hike. The 1.5- to 2-mile hike will last about an hour. After the hike, a hot chocolate bar will be available at the lodge.Charlestown State Park, 10 a.m.: Meet at the Trail 3 parking lot for a Rose Island History Hike. At 2.4-miles long, the leisurely hike should last about two-and-a-half hours. Hikers will see the remains of an amusement park and new exhibits interpreting them. Hot cocoa will be provided.Clifty Falls State Park, 2 p.m.: Meet at Lookout Point for a First Day Waterfall Walk. The moderately rugged hike is 1 mile long and should last about an hour. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and a camera.Falls of the Ohio State Park, 1 p.m.: Meet at the interpretive center for a Falls River Greenway Hike. The 3-mile, easy hike will last about two hours as visitors hike to the George Rogers Clark home site on the Ohio River Greenway.Hardy Lake, 1 p.m.: Meet at the main office for a 1.5-mile-long Wildlife in the Winter Hike. The hike is moderately rugged and will last about an hour.McCormick’s Creek State Park, 2 p.m.: Meet at Canyon Inn for a Canyon Hike and Photo Contest. The roughly 3/4-mile hike is easy to moderate. Hikers can bring cameras or smart phones to snap photos for an optional contest. Refreshments will be available at the end of the hike.Monroe Lake: Monroe Lake will host the fourth annual First Day Trail Run/Walk at Fairfax State Recreation Area. Registration/check-in runs from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. at Bayview Shelter. The run/walk starts at 3:30 p.m. The event is untimed. Participants can choose from a 3.5- to -4.5-mile course or a 1.5- to 2-mile course. Registering in advance costs $15. The advance registration deadline is Dec. 30.Those who register in advance will have access to a post-event hors d’oeuvres buffet at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn. The first 300 people to register in advance will receive a commemorative patch and a $15 gift certificate for the restaurants at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn.Same-day registration is also $15. More information and online registration is at mag7raceseries.comO’Bannon Woods State Park, 1 p.m.: Meet at the nature center to walk with the park’s oxen, Forest and Gump, and its donkeys, Garth and Gracie. The walk will be on a roadway for about 1 mile. Enjoy refreshments upon return to the nature center. The event is contingent on weather and road conditions.Spring Mill State Park, 10 a.m.: Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center for a two-hour, 2.5-mile hike. Hot chocolate and coffee in the Lakeview Activity Center will be available after the hike, courtesy of Spring Mill Inn.Summit Lake State Park: An indoor activity for kids starts at 11:30 a.m. At noon, hikers should meet at the park office for a “Hike in the Hidden Prairie.” The hike will be 3/4-mile long along a mowed path and will last about an hour. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be available.Versailles State Park, 2 p.m.: Meet at the pool parking lot in front of the mountain bike trailhead for a 4-mile hike. The hike will last about two hours. Sturdy hiking boots, water and hiking sticks are recommended. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.Whitewater Memorial State Park, 11 a.m.: Meet at the Poplar Grove Shelter for a moderate, 2.5-mile hike on the Memorial Loop Trail. The hike will take approximately 90 minutes. Participants can drink hot cocoa around a fire afterward.
Tracy Domagala won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event at Jamestown Speedway’s 45th annual Stampede. (Photo by Cody Papke)JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Oct. 15) – Tracy Domagala won’t just return to Jamestown Speedway next fall to defend his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Stampede title.He’ll come back to buy a souvenir sweatshirt … the one with his name listed among the winners of the prestigious event.Domagala earned $2,000 along with a spot on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“This has to be one of the biggest events in the three-state area,” Domagala said. “The trophy and the money are great but having your name on the sweatshirt for the rest of your life is really special.”Fifty-two IMCA Modified drivers vied at the 45th annual Stampede. Domagala, whose best finish in three starts this season at Jamestown was 11th, started ninth in the main event.“We knew we had a pretty tough row to hoe but we’ve been figuring some stuff out with this new Taylor Chassis,” he said. “I thought if I stuck on the bottom that maybe it would come in. Around lap 15 I got next to the leader (Tyler Hall) and ran with him side-by-side for a few laps.”“After I cleared him, with about 10 laps left, I stayed on the bottom,” Domagala continued. “From where I started I had thought a top five finish would be a good goal. Winning this race is a pretty big deal.”Hall, 15th starting Jason Wolla, Mike Greseth and Mark Dahl rounded out the top five.The Stampede was rescheduled from the final weekend of the point season due to inclement weather. Ryan Schroeder topped the $500 to win race for non-feature qualifiers.Feature results – 1. Tracy Domagala; 2. Tyler Hall; 3. Jason Wolla; 4. Mike Greseth; 5. Mark Dahl; 6. John Corell; 7. Ryan Mikkelson; 8. Josh Eberhardt; 9. Jarrett Carter; 10. Mark Trautner; 11. Dave Shipley; 12. Rich Pavlicek; 13. Marlyn Seidler; 14. John Nord; 15. Tyler Peterson; 16. Andrew Michel; 17. Eric Edwards; 18. Hank Berry; 19. Shawn Nostdahl; 20. Troy Heupel; 21. Marcus Tomlinson; 22. Jordan Huettl; 23. Greg Friestad; 24. Randy Kollman.Non-qualifier feature results – 1. Ryan Schroeder; 2. Travis Olheiser; 3. Dan Aune; 4. Mike Johnson; 5. Wayne Johnson; 6. Bob Banish Jr.; 7. Jordan Zillmer; 8. Quentin Kinzley; 9. Rusty Kollman; 10. Ben Mickelson; 11. Adam Fischer; 12. Kelly Hagel; 13. Dwight Wegner; 14. Kit Baumann; 15. Jerry Martin; 16. Travis Ulmer; 17. Josh Jones; 18. Jeremy Keller; 19. Chad Bush; 20. Myles Tomlinson; 21. Randy Klein; 22. Josh Anderson; 23. Jerry Lamb; 24. Tony Marsh; 25. Chad Hausauer; 26. Allan Fetzer; 27. Trent Grager; 28. Travis Hagen.
Senior Jenna Ertel posted a 6-2 and 6-0 victory over Sarah Schneider at No. 3. Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer were 6-3 and 7-5 winners over Kristen Fong and Bailey Menkedick at No. 1 doubles.Courtesy of Batesville AD Bryan Helvie. Batesville recorded victories at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. The Batesville High School Varsity Tennis team suffered a 3-2 loss at Greensburg.
On Saturday, a 27-year-old employee was arrested for allegedly sneaking a gun into a secured area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.A Broward County deputy was dispatched to Terminal 3 of the airport and found a 9mm Rugar pistol, two pistol magazines, a box of ammunition with 33 rounds and a blue Sunshine Cleaning Systems hat inside a black trash bag, according to a federal affidavit.The bag was initially discovered by an employee who was removing a ceiling tile to inspect the plumbing, according to the federal affidavit.The employee also found a separate black trash bag inside the ceiling that contained a blue zip-up handbag with a silver tag labeled “Forecast.”The suspect was identified as Mikenson Regis of Pompano Beach after the Broward Sheriff’s Office traced the serial number on the pistol through a law enforcement database and found he bought the gun at a pawn shop.Surveillance footage from Monday, May 20th shows Regis, who worked at the airport at the janitor, with the blue zip-up handbag outside the airport.The footage then showed him entering the janitor closet where the weapons and ammunition were found at a later time.Regis flew out of Fort Lauderdale to Haiti on the morning of May 21st.Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI tried to speak with Regis upon his arrival on May 25th, but he invoked his right to an attorney.He’s is charged with entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements.
Kolkata, June 24: Olympic gold medallist and former India captain Gurbux Singh feels hockey should be ‘immediately’ given National Game status and the legendary Dhyan Chand conferred a much-delayed Bharat Ratna.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stirred up a hornet’s nest after he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to officially name hockey the National Game recently.Odisha will host this year’s hockey World Cup and in a first such deal, the state will also sponsor the national teams.“It was a national sport but it wasn’t recognised by the Government of India. But now there is a demand and it should be,” Gurbux told IANS on the sidelines of 25th annual Bharat Nirman awards where he was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award.“But then you’ll find lot of people will go for cricket and other games. But I think hockey is definitely the pioneer in getting honour to the country from 1928. And it should be recognised as a national game.“I hope and pray that this is done immediately,” said Gurbux, who led India to the 1966 Asian Games gold.Like many other sports, hockey was introduced to India by the British colonialists.Patnaik’s letter has opened a debate over whether hockey should be notified as the National Game, or indigenous Indian sports like kabaddi or kho-kho given the honour.The Indian hockey team has won eight gold medals – the last of which was at the 1980 Moscow Games – and one silver and two bronze medals at the Olympics. But results in the recent past, including at the Olympics and World Championships, have been below-par.Gurbux also demanded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, for the late Dhyan Chand who helped India bag three gold medals at the Olympics (1928, 1932 and 1936).“It’s unfortunate. What to do? I do not know the reason why it’s not being done. It is high time,” said Gurbux who in his autobiography “My Golden Days”, has shed fresh light on the hockey wizard, whose birth anniversary is celebrated as the National Sports Day.“Earlier, government gave (Bharat Ratna) to (Sachin) Tendulkar, okay he deserves but I think Dhyan Chand also deserves it better. It should be done now. Whatever wrong has been done to hockey and Dhyan Chand should be rectified immediately,” he added. IANS
The Office of Equity and Diversity is twice as large since the Los Angeles Times first reported on sexual assault incidents that occurred during former USC gynecologist George Tyndall’s career. (Joelle Tenderich/Daily Trojan) Since the Los Angeles Times published its investigation on former campus gynecologist George Tyndall’s allegedly misconduct-riddled career, Jividen said that the office has doubled in size. Currently, there are eight investigators and typically about 40 to 50 cases open at a time, covering a wide range of issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination. During the event, discussion surrounding Tyndall’s alleged misconduct dominated most of the conversation. Many female faculty and staff members present spoke out about systemic sexism instilled in American culture. Jividen continued to emphasize the importance of addressing any kinds of issues on campus. “I’m looking forward to building and contributing to the [diversity and inclusion] work here at the University and building it enough to not have to be its own week or a special thing,” Crenshaw said. “I can see the long-term vision of the [Diversity and Inclusion] week is bringing that work [to say], ‘We’ve done all of this, and how can we push it further? How can we continue to grow and expand and make it open and honest for everybody?’ Because diversity and inclusion is a whole umbrella.” “Who is going to have the guts to report that kind of behavior, knowing that their job is on the line or their colleague’s job is on the line or something like that?” Jividen said. “We have to feel like the institution is going to be responsive to your concerns.” OED Director John Jividen led the discussion and represented the office during the event. The OED is responsible for investigating cases of protected-class discrimination and harassment in the USC community. Various women at the event emphasized the need for proper new-hire training at USC, citing that power dynamics in many professional relationships among faculty members and with students can ultimately pose a problem. “[The goal] is to start a conversation about equity and inclusion on campus and just get people talking about these issues more, meeting people that are like-minded and want to learn more about this and engage in this important conversation,” Jividen said. The USC Office of Equity and Diversity hosted a public meeting Tuesday to address ongoing patterns of discrimination and harassment cases on campus. The event, titled “What We Have Learned: The Ramifications of Not Having Difficult Conversations,” was part of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week and stressed the importance of having open conversations about the current challenges facing the University. “Don’t talk about it, be about it,” said Erika Crenshaw, a project specialist in the Information Technology Services department who attended the event. “[The OED should] show me that things have changed. Actions speak louder than words.” “We’re missing one big component and that’s the difficulty to have these conversations,” he said. “People feel [the] administration isn’t responsive and hasn’t been responsive to bad misconduct and behavior in the past,” Jividen said. “The hope is that with the proper resources and the proper attention, we will move forward onto a better path after the things that have gone wrong in the past years.” Attendees discussed how the OED has an obligation to address incidents of discrimination and misconduct sooner and more carefully. Jividen said an incident of someone saying the N-word took six months to investigate. Jividen discussed instances of inappropriate behavior, racism and sexism that have been ignored for decades at the University. During his presentation, Jividen discussed four examples of misconduct that have occurred on campus. These include a senior administrator hearing sexual comments from a subordinate, a manager hearing someone use a racial slur, colleagues describing a faculty member as “tyrannical and offensive” and a faculty member friending a student on social media and chatting with her.
“He’s a dude that can dance a lot, that’s for sure,” sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga said. “He just brings a great attitude of energy — a sense of charisma. Everybody wants to be around him all the time.” Football and music have been two of Griffin’s greatest loves in his life. To this day, he enjoys getting in the recording studio at his family’s house, playing around with his dad’s equipment and having fun on the drum machine. “You’ve got to have a good rhythm to have good technique as well,” Griffin told the Daily Trojan. “And so once those two kick in, it’s just like a beat just going in my head that just matches with my feet. And that’s why I think I have great feet. And my rhythm is just on point.” Griffin’s expressive nature has endeared him to his Trojan teammates, who know him as “OG.” He recalls watching former Browns running back Jim Brown on TV and mimicking his plays on the field. He was just 4 years old. It’s hard not to think of music when watching Olaijah Griffin play football. “Music to me is just something that’s always in my head,” Griffin said. “That’s why people see me dancing on the sideline, because just being around music, just getting the rhythm, hearing beats, it’s just something that makes me move, and that’s something I love as well. The world wouldn’t even be the same without music.” Griffin speaks about all of his teammates, especially the defensive backs, as though they are family. But there was a time that he seemed unlikely to become as ingrained in the USC culture as he is now. After initially committing to UCLA, the five-star recruit didn’t choose the Trojans until National Signing Day. There’s a rhythmic energy to the sophomore cornerback’s footwork and his ability to react to the receiver he’s covering, similar to the improvisational ability of some of the greatest jazz musicians. There are the leaping deflections he makes to keep receivers from getting their hands on the ball. There’s a grace with which he covers ground and jumps high in the air, arms outstretched. On the field, he’s the skilled ballroom dancer on a dance floor. In OG’s case, however, the son of the star has already made a name for himself. “He’s [got] attention to detail,” Pendergast said. “He wants to be the best that he can be at his position. And, you know, he’s a guy that loves challenges, and that’s one of the things I liked about him as a player.” Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said Griffin has learned to channel his energy in a way that helps the team. Fans may have noticed Griffin frequently dances during games, whether it be on the sideline, during timeouts or waiting for kickoffs. That’s just part of who he is; he has a deep appreciation for how music and rhythm affect life — and it’s hard for him to contain. But his family, including his father, also helped Griffin discover his true passion on the gridiron. That desire traces back to early childhood, when he first fell in love with football. From a young age, Griffin always knew he wanted to go to the NFL. Griffin’s moves are a hot topic of discussion among his teammates. Redshirt sophomore safety Isaiah Pola-Mao joked that he thinks Griffin sits in his room for hours on end dancing in the mirror to see what he thinks looks cool. He’s certainly progressing along that path. Despite being a sophomore, Griffin has established himself as the team’s top cornerback. Granted, just about every corner on the team’s roster is a sophomore or younger, but Griffin has set himself apart with his growth from his freshman season. Pendergast noted Griffin’s jump in performance and chalked it up to improved focus. Sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin fought through injuries to both shoulders to become one of USC’s best defensive players this year. (Photo: Sarah Ko, Design: Kitty Huang / Daily Trojan) Griffin’s passion doesn’t always manifest itself in productive or entertaining ways, though. Too many times this season he has let his competitiveness get the best of him, picking up bad unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for late and unnecessary hits. That’s something he needs to iron out, but it’s also part of the OG experience — for now. He wouldn’t be the same player if he wasn’t ruled by his need to succeed. Griffin is proud of his family name and his role in representing it. He said his 4-year-old brother Royal loves watching him play and that he wants to be a role model for him. Griffin could hardly contain his smile when he said he hopes Royal turns out like him. “Just seeing him playing and getting the chance to see him play in front of my eyes, it was just a great experience,” Griffin said. “But now I know it’s my time to finally take over his place.” However, it hasn’t always been easy for Griffin. After undergoing surgery on both of his shoulders over the offseason, Griffin struggled with back spasms that kept him out of the Washington and Arizona games. At times, he said, the recovery process was disheartening. “That’s a dream that I’m trying to fulfill, and I’m getting closer to that accomplishment, and that’s something I’m proud of as of right now,” he said. “But I just need to keep going.” “He’s jokes. Funniest guy ever,” Jackson said. “He’s just full of energy, always dancing, always hyping other people up. Being around OG — he makes sure you’re naturally happy.” It was Griffin’s given family that ultimately played the biggest role in determining his chosen family. When he switched schools, he picked USC so that his family could still come see him play every game, and he doesn’t take their support for granted. Freshman defensive lineman Drake Jackson, in particular, connected with Griffin upon arriving at USC. Jackson said he was drawn to both Griffin’s musicality and his comedic nature. “At first, I didn’t think I was going to be the same because I was out for so long,” Griffin said. “I never had football not [be] in my life for that long, and just to be back and doing more than what I was doing before, it’s just a great feeling.” The connections are no accident, Griffin admits. As the son of rapper, songwriter and producer Warren G, music has undoubtedly influenced and, in his opinion, assisted his game. “One day, my [older] brother went to practice, and I was too young to play, but I was practicing with him,” he said. “And once it was my time, I put on the cleats and I shocked everybody on the field.” Griffin said a big reason for his development was his relationship with former USC cornerback Iman Marshall, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. The two Long Beach products had known each other for years before Griffin arrived on campus, and their relationship only grew when they became teammates. “It means everything to me, because even while I’m playing, I could hear my family’s voice cheering me on or telling me something that I need to know,” he said. “Music to me is just something that’s always in my head. That’s why people see me dancing on the sideline, because just being around music, just getting the rhythm, hearing beats, it’s just something that makes me move, and that’s something I love as well. The world wouldn’t even be the same without music.”Olaijah Griffin Increased attention comes with the territory of having a famous father, but it’s not too often that celebrities’ family members make waves in their own right. Griffin’s background has played a prominent role in his sports career. He has a self-assured nature that comes naturally from seeing high-profile celebrities visit his home from an early age. 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There’s more last-16 action tonight.Gent of Belgium will host VfL Wolfsburg for the first-leg of their tie while Real Madrid will travel to the Italian capital to take-on AS Roma.Both games will kick-off at 19:45. The Blues were beaten 2-1 by their hosts Paris Saint Germain in the first-leg of their last-16 tie last night, which leaves them needing a win at Stamford Bridge in three week’s time.However, the Premier League side will be hoping that the away-goal scored by John Obi Mikel can boost their chances of avoiding a similar fate to last season when they also suffered an early European exit at the hands of PSG.Also last night, Portuguese side Benfica beat Zenit St. Petersburg by a goal to nil.
It’s finally carnival weekend in Miami-Dade County and that means bacchanal time.The 34th annual Miami Carnival will conclude in spectacular style this weekend with music, fashion and culture. On Friday night, it was all about steel-pan, as Panorama 2018 came to the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida on Friday, October 5th from 4-11 p.m. Revelers enjoyed the sweet sounds of world-renowned steel bands as they competed for the crown of Panorama Champion 2018.On Saturday morning, October 6th, get ready for J’Ouvert with 25 participating mas bands that will bring the mud, paint, powder and pure bacchanal from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Grand culminationAnd of course, on Sunday, October 7th, the annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with a cultural spectacle from 11 a.m. -11p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33165. Over 17 masquerade bands will compete for prizes, pageantry and bragging rightsConcert goers will be able to catch live performances from Kes The Band, Patrice Roberts, Shurwayne Winchester, Teddyson John, Dil E Nadan, King Bubba, Peter Ram, Stiffy, Ricardo Drue, Trinidad & Tobago Prison Band, P Goodz, Prime Ethic, Soca Empress J, Scrappy, Rudy Live, Mr. Pearly, Julien Believe, Kiprich, Tara Lynne, Sweet Shells and Imma Haitian 257 while DJ Chosen, DJ Spice, DJ Dorenzo, Survivor International, DJ Stichiz and DJ The Party General will drop the latest beats to keep fans rocking. Rapper Flo Rida is set to make a special appearance. For tickets and more information see miamibrowardcarnival.com.
Los Angeles never recovered and was officially eliminated from playoff contention on March 23.James’ first season in Los Angeles was a good one statistically as he averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists with the Lakers, but he will wind up missing a total of 27 games and the team went only 28-27 with him on the floor.If the season were to end on Saturday, the Lakers (34-42) would have the 10th worst record in the NBA and would get a lottery pick. LeBron James’ season is done.The four-time MVP has been shut down for the final six games so he can recover from injury, the Lakers announced on Saturday. “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” team president Magic Johnson said in a statement. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”Magic Johnson statement: “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season. This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 30, 2019James suffered a groin injury in the Lakers’ Christmas Day win over the Warriors and missed Los Angeles’ next 17 games. The team went 6-11 in his absence and dropped from a playoff spot in his absence. Paul Pierce to LeBron James, Lakers: ‘Y’all need more than Zion Williamson’ Lakers had eyes on Jimmy Butler before he was dealt to 76ers, report says Related News