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Records: Probe of Indiana’s AG Cost Taxpayers At Least $26K

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IL for An investigation into allegations that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped four women at a party last March cost taxpayers at least $26,300, according to records obtained through open records requests.Special prosecutor Daniel Sigler’s bill totaled $5,217 — mostly for hourly wages — while the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department paid an estimated $3,226 for a sex crime detective’s work on the Hill investigation, The Indianapolis Star reported.But the bulk of the expenses, $17,861, came from the office of Inspector General Lori Torres, which opened its inquiry after requests by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leadership.Documents from Torres’ office show that a special agent worked 285 hours for total expenses of $8,618, while various legal professionals worked about 200 hours, with an average hourly wage of $41.62, for a total of $8,344, the Star reported.The remaining balance was paid for 27 hours of work from a transcriptionist and 1.5 hours of an administrative assistant.Hill, a Republican, has denied allegations that he inappropriately touched an Indiana lawmaker and three legislative assistants during a March 15 party held at an Indianapolis bar to mark the end of the legislative session.In October, Sigler declined to file criminal charges against Hill, saying he lacked sufficient evidence to secure a battery conviction.Hill was also cleared of any ethical breaches by the Inspector General’s office, which released a searing report detailing its findings.That report said eyewitnesses told investigators that Hill’s behavior at the party was inappropriate, “creepy” and made many of the women at the party uncomfortable. But he didn’t break any state ethics rules.Hill declined to comment on the cost of the investigation through his spokesman, Chris Proffitt, who noted the costs were incurred by other agencies. Hill hasn’t used any public funds to defend himself, instead of drawing on campaign money and creating a legal defense fund.It’s unclear whether taxpayer funding would pay for Hill’s defense in a potential civil case. Documents first disclosed by the Star show that Hill’s office drafted a contract that would pay $100,000 to the Indianapolis law firm of Betz and Blevins to represent Hill and his office.Hill’s office has declined to answer questions asking whether Hill intended to pursue that agreement.Hill’s private attorney, Kevin Betz, said he doesn’t plan to take any public funds to defend Hill against any civil or discrimination claims.last_img read more

Subcommittee Silently Makes Sexual Harassment Recommendations; Legislative Council Must Act

first_imgA legislative subcommittee has quietly issued new recommendations for how Indiana’s Legislature should respond to complaints of sexual harassment by legislative employees, but it’s still unclear whether the Legislative Council will meet next week’s statutorily-mandated deadline to officially adopt the recommendations.The Legislative Council’s Personnel Subcommittee has released a proposed report that includes two recommendations for ways in which the Legislature can improve its sexual harassment policies: amending legislative ethics rules and mandating training for legislators and members of the legislative ethics committees. The recommendations were developed pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1309, which required the subcommittee to develop sexual harassment prevention and investigation recommendations and the full council to approve those recommendations by Nov. 20.In light of the #MeToo movement, HEA 1309 represented an initial legislative step toward curbing sexual harassment at the Indiana Statehouse. The bill, authored by Rep. Sharon Engleman, R-Georgetown, mandated that each legislator complete one hour of sexual harassment prevention training each year, as well mandating that the Personnel Subcommittee develop additional prevention and response recommendations.According to the proposed report, the subcommittee “directed the Staff of the Legislative Services Agency (‘LSA’) to conduct background research related to sexual harassment prevention and prepare proposed policy language for review by the Subcommittee.” LSA’s research yielded four findings, including:“Legislators with oversight over legislative staff have existing policies that expressly prohibit sexual harassment of a legislative employee by a legislator and that include the processes and procedures for filing and investigating a complaint;”The Indiana Constitution, House and Senate rules and state statute “protect employees, legislators, and other persons interacting with legislators from unlawful sexual conduct;”Indiana Code section 2-2.2-3-9 “treats sexual harassment prevention instruction as an entirely separate subject from ethics instruction” and does not require additional training for members of the ethics committees, and;“The General Assembly has a legal duty to protect legislative employees from sexual harassment by legislators.”According to the report’s findings, the House and Senate employee handbooks prohibit sexual harassment and provide that reports of such harassment should be made to the chief of staff, chief counselor clerk of the House, and the immediate supervisor, majority chief of staff or secretary of the Senate. LSA and Indiana’s fourth legislative employer, the Indiana Lobbyist Registration Commission, include similar provisions in their personnel rules.The subcommittee’s first recommendation would build on those existing policies by amending the language in the House and Senate codes of ethics to prescribe a clear reporting process. In the House, sexual harassment complaints would be made to the speaker, while Senate complaints would be made to the president pro tempore. If either the speaker or the president pro tem is the subject of the complaint, then a complainant would contact the majority caucus chair in the appropriate chamber. The amended ethics rules would further explicitly define sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a member” that is made as a quid pro quo employment expectation or creates a hostile work environment. The proposed language would also explicitly prohibit retaliation for either filing a sexual harassment complaint or participating in a subsequent investigation and would require confidentiality for the complainant/victim “to the extent possible.”The House and Senate ethics committees would be permitted to investigate complaints made to the legislative leaders. The subcommittee report notes that current Indiana statute requires the ethics committees to base a finding of sexual harassment on “competent and substantial evidence,” and subcommittee members urge the Legislative Council to approve the continued use of that standard. The subcommittee also notes that while independent investigators may sometimes be beneficial, the decision to use an outside investigator falls within the discretion of the ethics committees.Looking to the second recommendation, subcommittee members are urging the council to further amend I.C. 2-2.2-3-9 – the statute amended in 1309 – to merge the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training into the mandatory legislative ethics training. A proposed bill attached to the report would add language requiring that, “The ethics instruction required in this section must cover this article, the house and senate ethics rules, and other relevant statutes. Of the two (2) total hours of ethics instruction required between general elections, one (1) hour must be devoted to sexual harassment prevention instruction.”Further, the subcommittee is recommending that members of the ethics committees receive additional training “designed to assist them in their responsibilities.”“This training should focus, at a minimum, on how to end disrespectful conduct, how to handle complaints, the investigation process, anti-retaliation rules, and related matters,” the report says.HEA 1309 also required that House Speaker Brian Bosma, former House Minority Leader Terry Goodin, former Senate President pro tem David Long and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane each appoint a legislator to serve on the subcommittee solely for the purpose of developing the sexual harassment recommendations. According to a Bosma spokeswoman, those four appointed legislators – Reps. Holli Sullivan and Cherrish Pryor and Sens. Liz Brown and Karen Tallian – met in executive session Nov. 7 and adopted the report.Indiana Lawyer attempted to watch the Nov. 7 meeting via the General Assembly’s live stream, but was told that because the meeting was an executive session, it was not open to the public.Bosma’s spokeswoman also said the Legislative Council has not yet set a date to consider the recommendations, and she did not comment on whether the eventual meeting will be held by the Nov. 20 deadline. Subcommittee Silently Makes Sexual Harassment Recommendations; Legislative Council Must ActNovember 14, 2018Olivia Covingtoncenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

7 ways to make the most of credit union member data

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Leaders and business intelligence at credit unions are putting a tremendous focus on ways to use advanced data analytics to identify trends, detect patterns and glean other valuable findings from the sea of information available to them. Without question, member data is valuable. But the greatest value lies in the ability to empower each line of business to achieve strategic initiatives and performance goals. When this empowerment is coupled with improving member service, a proven, repeatable best practice results.Today’s “analytics” are often visuals, graphs and trends while advanced analytics, while a journey, result in quantitatively-proven prescriptive statistics from regression and machine learning. Advanced analytics enable the credit union to effectively segment members to identify opportunities, improve service and retention, and target new products and services.Start the advanced analytics journey with the end goal in mind and consider these seven, “top-down” best practices as a roadmap to guide the credit union through each step.last_img read more

Okpekpe Tops List of IAAF Label 10km Road Races for May

first_imgThe sixth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will officially flag off a number of IAAF label 10km road races in the world this year.The race in Okpekpe, a town in Etsakor East Local Government Area of Edo State located about 25 km North East of Auchi will be the first IAAF silver label road race in West Africa just like it did in 2015 when the town became famous for hosting the first ever IAAF label road race in sub-saharan Africa.The history-making event will hold on Saturday, May 12 and it is the only IAAF silver label 10km road race for the first half of 2018. A day later, all eyes will be on the Indian city of Bangalore for the IAAF gold label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru which holds a day after the Okpekpe race.Ottawa in Canada will host the third and final IAAF label 10km road race for the first half of the year. The Ottawa 10km race will hold on May 26 and it is an IAAF gold label road race.Meanwhile, organisers of next weekend’s first-of-its-kind race in Okpekpe have warned that registered athletes must wear the temporary timing chip attached to their race number.Failure to wear this will result in the participant’s name being omitted from the results. This means such a participant will not be eligible for the prize monies on offer.”The race number and temporary timing chip are linked to your name and finishing time. Allowing another person to compete with your number will result in disqualification of the other person and your exclusion from next year’s event,’ warns Henry Amike, the elite athletes manager for the silver label race.Amike also revealed that the use of personal music players with headphones will not be allowed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Eagles G Brooks, RB Sanders hurt against New York Giants

first_img First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:29 IST Written By LIVE TV Guard Brandon Brooks and running back Miles Sanders were injured Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up the NFC East with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants.Smith left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Brooks injured his right shoulder blocking on the extra point after a Carson Wentz touchdown pass to Joshua Perkins with 1:52 left in the half.Neither player returned for the banged-up Eagles (9–7), who will be the host for a wild-card game next weekend.Philadelphia played Sunday without tight end star Zach Ertz (ribs/back), receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) and tackle Lane Johnson (ankle).The Giants (4-12) had a late major injury when center Jon Halapio hurt his left leg. He was carted off. Coach Pat Shurmur said the early diagnosis is a torn Achilles tendon.Halapio missed most of last season after breaking his right ankle and injuring his lower right leg in September. Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:29 IST Eagles G Brooks, RB Sanders Hurt Against New York Giants Guard Brandon Brooks and running back Miles Sanders were injured Sunday as the Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up the NFC East with a 34-17 win over the New York Giants. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Bombers drop 111 on Wildcats in High School Hoop action

first_imgThe Cats are shooting for a provincial berth at the A-Boy’s tournament in Chilliwack March 7-11 while the Bombers are hoping to make a return trip to the AA finals in Kamloops.Bombers beat up on J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks at the HangarThe L.V. Rogers Bombers turned up the defence, holding the Hawks to two first-half points en route to a convincing 66-15 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail Wednesday night at the Hangar.The Bombers outscored the Hawks 49-2 in through two quarters to put an exclamation point on the Silver City squad.Jesse Zak led the Bomber charge with 12 points — all coming from three-point land.Center Adam Berg added 10 points while Jack Sturrup and Ethan Perkins each had eight.The Bombers get right back onto the court to conclude the regular season Wednesday in the South Slocan against the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Game at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium is 6 p.m.OVERTIME: The road to the B.C. High School AA Basketball Championships for Kootenay teams goes LVR as the Bombers play host to both girl’s and boy’s tournaments February 22-23 at the Hangar. Schedules and teams will be announced in the next week. Bomber coach Ross Naka let the boys out of the barn in the last tune-up game before playoffs.Matt Zukowski dropped in a game-high 30 points and Jesse Zak added 20 to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 111-46 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Thursday in South Slocan.The Bombers broke open a close game in the third quarter, out scoring the Cats by a 32-9 margin.Cail Spencer chipped in with 15 points for the Bombers.Replying for the Cats were Devon Kabatoff  with 17 and Adam Twible with 13.Both teams now prepare for the Kootenay playoffs.last_img read more

PNC recommits to APNU coalition, amps up LGE campaign

first_img– at party’s first General Council for 2018Even as the minority Alliance For Change is mulling contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) separate from its governing Coalition partner, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is looking to amp up its campaign efforts at the community level as it recommits to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition party.The gathering at the PNCR’s General Council on Saturday at Congress PlaceThis was revealed by party leaders on Saturday at the PNCR’s first General Council for 2018, which was held at its Congress Place Headquarters under the theme “PNCR – The Vanguard of a Green Economy”.Delivering the feature address, President David Granger, who is the party’s Leader, pointed out that 2018 would be a very challenging year for the PNCR, and called for steps to be taken to improve its work in communities all across the country in preparation for local government elections.Granger further recommitted the party to its coalition with the APNU. “We are better together, we are not leaving APNU. All five parties will stay together and contest the local government elections,” he said.Referring to the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, the President said Guyana was now in the best place it has ever been in 52 years. He then went on to call for vigilance and attention to the security of the nation. President Granger said the best guarantee of Guyana’s defence was its people. In this regard, he said, “The Militia was on the march again.”The PNCR Leader also emphasised the importance of Community Policing to the security of neighbourhoods and the suppression of crime. The president called on Guyanese to come forward and volunteer for Community Policing. “We have to establish a system which can guarantee the safety of every citizen of this country,” the leader said.Sugar industryTurning his attention to the sugar industry, Granger said a plan was being put in place to keep the sugar industry alive, and that workers whose jobs had been terminated will get their benefits.In his address, which covered several areas of national interest, Granger further called for a revival of the village economy. He stressed the importance of agro-processing, buying and eating local produce, and creating jobs for youth and women.Meanwhile, PNCR Chairman Basil Williams’s presentation called attention to the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations to refer the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He complimented the work of the Party Leader and President over the last thirty months in securing this outcome.Additionally, the party’s General Secretary Amna Ally, in her report to the gathering, brought the General Council up to date on the state of the Party and the work of the Party Secretariat over the period between General Councils.She informed General Council that the Party was already in campaign mode for the upcoming Local Government Elections, and called for regional leaders to work harder in their communities in order to secure victory in the 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and nine municipalities.Ally implored all Party leaders to work relentlessly to achieve success, as she called for good leadership, good governance, and a united Party.The General Council, second highest decision-making forum of the PNCR, meet once every quarter.last_img read more

You won’t believe the twist this Man United transfer saga has taken now!

first_img// Rio Ferdinand posted a video on Instagram which was directed at David De Gea A video posted by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12am PDT Rio Ferdinand REALLY wants Man United goalkeeper David De Gea to stay at Man United.So much so that he posted this message to his former team-mate on Instagram.De Gea continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, with the latest rumour suggesting United would like Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas plus cash in return for the Spaniard. 1last_img read more

Theophane furious over cancelled fight

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane claims Ricky Hatton’s promotional company is in breach of contract after his planned fight at the weekend was cancelled at the last minute.Theophane was due to face Chris Truman at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Hatton’s unsuccessful return to the ring.He signed with Hatton Promotions earlier this year and says he does not blame the popular former world champion for the events of Saturday night.Instead his anger has been directed towards the company’s director of boxing Richard Poxon, who Theophane says is responsible for what he branded “a shambles”.The former British light-welterweight champion says he was initially told his would be the third fight on the bill and was later informed he would be on after Hatton’s clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko.In the end, a curfew meant Theophane did not enter the ring, leaving the 32-year-old furious – not least because his trainer had travelled from New York to be in his corner.He believes Poxon ensured two fighters he manages, Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins, were prioritised so that their bouts went ahead.“I was told at 12.10am when I was warming up to fight that I wouldn’t get on due to the curfew,” said Theophane.He added: “My team paid for my travel expenses to Manchester which should be paid for by Hattons.“Hattons were supposed to have transport for me to and from the venue but none was given.“Ricky is not to blame for this. He has employed people to do a job.”Poxon told West London Sport that Theophane had been paid in full.He also pointed out that fights being cancelled because of curfews is an unfortunate but accepted part of boxing.“It’s always disappointing when a fighter doesn’t get on but I’m afraid these things do happen,” said Poxon.“There was a curfew and it was simply the case that there wasn’t time for four of the fights to go ahead.“The others have accepted this, because it’s part of boxing, and the only one who has complained is Ashley.“It was always the case that we had title fights plus the Ricky Hatton fight that would be on television and we would put on whatever other fights we could.“It’s disappointing for Ashley and the other fighters that didn’t get on but they know this can happen in boxing and they were paid.”Theophane confirmed he had been paid, but insisted: “It’s about timekeeping and basic organisation.“I was told I was fight number three, so I definitely should have been on. You have a schedule and you should stick to it.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Howard, Walker help Hornets send Nets to 8th straight loss

first_imgView comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Howard set the tone from the start, with 10 points and 11 rebounds after just 10 minutes of play in the first quarter in leading the Hornets to a 32-28 edge.“That first quarter really hurt us,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It wasn’t going as well with Dwight Howard in there, but we all have to help him (center Jarrett Allen) and do a better job; that is a load and a half.”Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant in Orlando when Howard began his NBA career there, said he is surprised the 32-year-old who has had both knee and back surgery still is capable of nearing his career high in rebounds (26).“You’re talking about a guy that’s had major knee surgery and major back surgery,” Clifford said. “You’d never know it.”It is what his Hornets teammates have come to expect from Howard, who recorded his 37th double-double.ADVERTISEMENT “When guys get into a rhythm of playing 3-4 times a week, even though they’re fatigued, they’re in a rhythm,” Clifford said. “The break is great for everybody, it’s a reset. You get refreshed. And then the first game or two, it’s a little bit more like early in the season where they’ve got to get back into rhythm, feel comfortable again.”UP NEXTNets: Host Chicago on Monday.Hornets: Visit Washington on Friday. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Even with his exhaustion, Howard dominated the interior Thursday night, grabbing a season-high 24 rebounds while adding 15 points as his Hornets topped the Brooklyn Nets 111-96.Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting as the Hornets improved to 25-33 with their second straight win. All five Charlotte starters scored in double digits and the Hornets hit 52.4 percent from 3-point range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDante Cunningham had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who lost their eighth straight game and fell to 19-41.D’Angelo Russell, starting for the first time since November knee surgery, scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Read Next “That’s what he does, man,” Walker said. “That’s what he does. He gets every rebound, he dominates the paint. It showed in his numbers. Twenty-four? That’s unbelievable, man. We’re going to need that from him every night if we want to make a push. We’re going to need that Dwight Howard to be there every night for us.”Even with Howard’s early dominance, both teams were playing their first game since the All-Star break and had to shake off the accompanying rust that resulted in roller-coaster play. The Hornets held a 55-53 halftime lead after hitting 46 percent behind the arc. Charlotte then had a 13-0 run to start the third quarter, sparked by seven points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.And the Hornets still needed Walker’s big fourth quarter, when he had 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting, to secure the victory.The Hornets outscored the Nets 31-22 in the fourth, and Howard managed to tack on just two more rebounds to his total in that final quarter.“I was tired,” Howard said with a sigh afterward. “I was tired. I should’ve got more.”TIP-INSNets: Have yet to win in February. Their last win came Jan. 31 against Philadelphia. … Russell started for the first time since Nov. 11. The guard had arthroscopic surgery to “remove loose bodies” in his knee. Russell returned to the lineup Jan. 19, but has been playing in a reserve role. … Allen Crabbe’s second 3-pointer was his 140th of the season, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in Nets’ single-season history.Hornets: Howard had his fifth game of 20 or more rebounds this season, one shy of the most by a player in Charlotte franchise history. … Charlotte has just 10 home games remaining this season. … This marked the first game the Hornets played since general manager Rich Cho was fired last week. Assistant general manager Buzz Peterson has assumed the position in an interim role.STATUS: HOPEFULAtkinson said he’s “hopeful” that both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert will be able to return to the lineup for Monday’s game against Chicago. Hollis-Jefferson has missed the last 10 games with a right groin strain, and LeVert has missed the last four games — the first for a concussion, the last three for a right knee sprain.“I know that’s not an NBA official term — hopeful — but I’m going to stay with hopeful,” Atkinson said. “They both worked out pretty hard again (Thursday) morning, but we’ll see how they look (Friday).”FINDING RHYTHMThe All-Star break has both positives and negatives, according to Clifford. Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) gets by a grimacing Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, who was caught in a screen by Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwight Howard said he was tired. He called his legs “noodly” and “wobbly.”“My legs and mind wasn’t on the same page,” the Charlotte center explained. “Next time, I’ve got to make sure they’re on the same page so I can get more rebounds for the team and we can get a good win.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Scotland’s best here to test their skills

first_imgBy BEN HARRISScotland, the host nation of the 2011 World Cup, have brought over their strongest possible squad to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They have taken the best players from their men’s, women’s and mixed opens divisions, and put them in the one team in the mixed opens division.At last year’s European Championships, where 20 nations participated, the kilt-wearing Scots were overall winners of the opens division – a first for the country. But with a World Cup in two years, Scotland coach Robbie McKenzie says the NTLs act as a warm-up event.“Not only is there an requirement to develop in terms of touch physicality and mentality but it is getting over to this environment, getting to see how it works and getting used to the temperature and all that. It’s a no brainer,” McKenzie said.“We have done a lot of hard work in terms of analysis. The style that we are seeing is not a surprise for us because we know how we should be playing against that type of style but we don’t have the quality of opposition in Europe to actually do it.“We have the knowledge but it is a case of coming over and applying that knowledge on the field. It has taken a little bit longer to do it but each game we are going up and up.”Since the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, McKenzie said the Scotland Touch Association has been busy promoting the sport.“It has enabled us to get into schools a little bit more,” he said.“We are in a constant battle with other sports obviously in Scotland, even Scottish Rugby Union we are in a battle with them to try and have touch as a main developmental tool for the game.“We are fighting those battles but to have that spotlight on us in Edinburgh in 2011 has absolutely helped us. It created a lot of money and investment in the game as well. It is working well for us.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksScotland touchlast_img read more

24 days agoArsenal defender Sokratis: Big positive Man Utd point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Sokratis: Big positive Man Utd pointby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sokratis was happy with their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.The Greek insists they could’ve taken all three points.He said, “It will give us a lot of confidence. We are a big team and play every game to win but some games you have to know also what you have to do better and when is your strong moment.“We had the chance to win, we didn’t win but we take a point and it gives us confidence and we go to the next game.” last_img read more

8 days agoArsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Saliba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Salibaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal management have rubbished injury doubts for William Saliba.There’s been claims from The Athletic of concerns regarding the defender’s ‘groin strength’.But the Metro says the club are confident he will be ready to compete for a first-team spot next season. Saliba joined Arsenal from St Etienne in the summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.But Arsenal soon got a chance to have a closer look at the 18-year-old centre-back as he visited their London Colney training base after being ruled out of the first seven games of the season with a hamstring injury.Saliba eventually made his return to action in Ligue 1, making his first three appearances of the season prior to the current international break. last_img read more

Mahanadi in spate 11 Odisha districts on high alert

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi on Wednesday asked Collectors of 11 districts to prepare for the impending flood in Mahanadi river. Due to heavy rainfall in the lower catchments of the Mahanadi, about 11.5 lakh cusec of floodwater is likely to be discharged at Mundali in Cuttack between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday. Sethi asked Bolangir, Boudh, Subarnapur, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Angul, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur Collectors to take necessary steps. One gate of the Hirakud dam in Sambalpur on Wednesday was also opened following heavy rain on the upper catchment areas. “This is likely to cause a medium flood in river Mahanadi and its distributaries,” said the SRC. He informed that 12 ODRAF teams and three NDRF teams have been deployed in the likely affected districts for rescue and evacuation operations. Besides, fire service teams in respective districts will be deployed, he added. The Collectors have been instructed to immediately activate District Emergency Operation Centres and Control Rooms of different departments round the clock. Hirakud Dam authorities on Wednesday released first flood water from the reservoir in this rainy season. The flood water from the Hirakud Dam was released from one gate at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. “Keeping in view a medium level flood situation downstream, we wouldn’t release the amount of water earlier planned. Symbolically, one gate will be opened for some hours and it will be closed,” informed Water Resources Secretary P.K. Jena. “Keeping in view the situation downstream — aiming to keep it moderate. We will wait a few more days, calculate and take onward decision when to release the flood water,” said Jena.last_img read more

New Parkour Park Vandalized

first_imgCity staff updated the post sharing there is video surveillance in the area and the video captured has been given to Fort St. John RCMP and is now under investigation.The budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view the FB post; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recently opened ‘Parkour Park’ that was opened at the Centennial park was vandalized with graffiti, this past weekend.Reported to the City of Fort St. John’s FB page on Sunday, August 25th, 2019, the vandal’s used spray paint to tag the new play structure.last_img read more