Decatur County REMC elects new board members


first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. –The Decatur County REMC held their annual meeting at the Greensburg High School Tuesday evening, and new board members were elected before the night was over.Jeff Lawrence was elected to District 3.Steve AmRhein was re-elected for another term in District 4.Jason Barnhorst was elected to District 7.Dan Schantz was elected to a one year term to District 8 after the previous board member resigned.Randy Ostendorf, Edward Hodson, and Rick Hoeing were elected for nominating committee to Districts 2, 4, and 5 respectively.At the meeting officials gave a re-cap of 2016.Don Schilling was recognized after serving as CEO for 38 years, and Brett Abplanalp was recognized as the new CEO.last_img read more

Professor uses Afro-Latina identity to foster community at Price school, South LA


first_imgAdjunct professor La Mikia Castillo said it can be hard to find a space where she “fits in,” due to her Afro-Latina identity. Castillo works to bridge her two communities, since she thinks members of both face similar issues. (Sarah Johnson| Daily Trojan)Born and raised in South L.A., alumna and adjunct professor La Mikia Castillo strives to make a difference in communities in need by focusing on public policy and urban planning.“I grew up in a low-income community,” Castillo said. “It wasn’t until that I got to college when I realized that my community didn’t have access to the same resources as other communities.”Castillo received her bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, where she said she noticed a stark contrast in access to resources among her peers.“When I began to see the disparities between what I had access to and what my friends from home had access to versus my peers in college, I realized that there was something wrong there and I wanted to change it,” she said. In college, Castillo learned that communities looked the way they do due to policies implemented by policymakers and urban planners, who decide which areas certain populations will be placed in. “I became a community organizer because I really wanted to work on organizing community members to learn what I had learned in college and use that information to change the community, to actually advocate for policies that would be positive for us,” Castillo said.As a graduate student at the Price School of Public Policy, Castillo founded the Black Student Association at Price after noticing that there was a need for black students to speak about issues that impact the black community. In addition, she was a board member of the Latino Student Association at Price.“[These groups] were very meaningful for me because as a person who identifies as black and Latina, sometimes it’s hard to find the space where I feel like I fit in, where I can be my whole self,” Castillo said. “I’ve always been involved in black student organizations and Latinx student organizations and then act as a bridge between them because I think that issues our communities face are so similar, that it makes sense for us to overlap and work together to address them through policy and planning,” Castillo recently worked as a national director at the National Foster Institute, where she worked on local, state and federal child welfare policies. She also helped empower foster youth by helping them understand how policy is created.  “I would bring foster youth from across the country to Washington D.C. to meet with their Congress members,” Castillo said. “They would shadow them to learn about how Congress works, and they would then tell their own personal stories about what their experiences were like in the foster care system … They would also make recommendations for how they can address those challenges through policy.” Currently, Castillo teaches both of Price’s undergraduate social innovation and graduate social context courses at Price. In both classes, Castillo allows students to work together to solve challenges through social innovations and hands-on activities. “I know that there’s so much for [students] to contribute to the class, so if you would like to lead a session in the class, I want you to take the lead on that,” Castillo said. “I absolutely love when students take that opportunity to lead, and I think it helps them feel empowered that you have something to bring and something to offer, and your peers can learn from you as well.”This story is part of a mini-series highlighting Latinos at USC. It ran every week during Hispanic Heritage Month, which ended Oct. 15.last_img read more

Germany Looks to a New Generation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup


first_imgFIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Groups are IN! The #WorldGotGame! #FIBAWC starts on August 31 2019!A post shared by FIBA Basketball World Cup (@fibawc) on Mar 16, 2019 at 5:00am PDTAfter they discovered their fate in the official draw, matching up with France, the Dominican Republic and Jordan, there has been little to stop optimism from growing within the camp like wild fire. Whilst France will provide formidable opposition, Germany will go to China confident of qualifying from the group. Their strong showing in qualification will only build on their confidence. A new generation of German basketball are heading to China, for the FIBA Basketball World Cup of 2019 and it is time for them to find new heroes on international basketball’s biggest stage. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/fa/dennis-schroeder-germany-fiba_1l7nm76p5iad91ukycu5p7r8gv.jpg?t=-1683115495&w=500&quality=80 Legendary forward Dirk Notwitzki recently stated that he was ‘super excited’ by the potential of the current roster at the disposal of head coach Henrik Rödl. High-profile talent such as Dennis Schröder and Maxi Kleber are players that he feels confident handing the baton to, as he slowly creeps out of the back door of basketball with little fanfare. However, as is often the case with qualification, Germany have an all-for-one, sustained team effort with star cameos to thank for their place in the tournament.It was fairly smooth sailing in the first round, as the Germans swept through a Group G that included Serbia, Georgia and Austria, without losing a game. The second round began in in September of 2018 and it presented more of a challenge to the team in Group L. Germany finished the round 3-3, as the competition intensified and difficulty of opposition heightened. As well as slipping up against Israel in Tel Aviv, Germany lost both of their games against a strong Greece side who topped the group as the teams forged an interesting rivalry that is worth monitoring, should they meet in the latter stages of the main competition. Momentum could be an issue, as Germany began to falter when qualification was virtually secured. At the close of qualification, they sit at 9-3 overall and finished second in their group, having scored 1017 points through both rounds – more than any other European outfit. View this post on Instagram With Nowitzki retired from the national team since 2016, Germany’s most recognised figure is Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schröder, who showed exactly why his name holds so much weight during the four games in which he featured. When available, Schröder was the team’s unequivocal focal point; the 25-year-old had the highest usage rate among all European players in qualification (37.9) and only one other player scored more total points than him for Germany, despite his small four-game sample size. He averaged 23.5 points, while handing out an impressive 7.5 assists per game and was active on the defensive end. It is expected that he will feature heavily as a leader when the World Cup begins in August and his performances in these games justify this.In September, during the clinching overtime win against Israel, Schröder set a new assists record for the European Qualifiers, dishing out a total of 13, while scoring 30 points. “I think we can be a pretty tough team to beat,” he said just month after. “We will go to China with ambitions and we aren’t afraid of trying to have a good run next summer at the FIBA World Cup. We are not going to China for fun.”It’s also worth noting that in an effort to demonstrate his skill and adaptability even further, Schröder took his game to streets, when he graced the 3×3 court in Hamburg during downtime from the NBA season, as part of the 2018 ING 3×3 German Championship.The German team’s highest total scorer throughout the campaign was 30-year-old Besiktas forward Robin Benzing, who featured in eight games, logging 146 points at an average rate of 18.3 per game and 49% efficiency. Interestingly, in two of the team’s three losses, Benzing and his significant scoring punch were absent from the team sheet. When the team were missing Schröder, he was a huge component of the team’s success. Back in November, he articulated the challenges that present themselves when a team attempt to build consistency, while maintaining a certain level of quality through qualifying:“It’s not easy to get new guys in the national team who weren’t there last summer all together on the same page and to get good games against good teams,” Benzing told basketball.de. “Every team in Europe and in the world is playing good basketball; there is no easy opponent anymore.”“I think that we played really good in qualification. It was not easy for us but also for other teams.” The most impactful mainstay for the German side was Ismet Akpinar, who – along with Karsten Tadda and Bastian Doreth – donned the uniform for all twelve games, averaging 7.2 points per game and 37.1% from beyond the arc. The play of the promising 23-year-old guard buoyed the team consistently as the roster rotated around him throughout both rounds.One of the more romantic stories over the course of qualification is the performance and growth of 27-year-old forward Maxi Kleber, who reaped the rewards from the international platform to showcase what he can do at a high level, while earning himself a call up to the NBA. After going undrafted back in 2014, Kleber excelled for teams such as Bayern Munich in Germany and when he featured in the qualifiers, he continued that form during a period that aligned with his breakout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he has become a solid contributor. As the team battled for their place in the World Cup, he contributed with 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 11 points per contest. He impressed particularly when combining with Schröder, when the duo shared the court like they did in a tough battle against a strong Serbian side.A potential x-factor for this German side could be Johannes Thiemann – an immensely athletic forward who brought a great deal of energy to the front court in the ten games that he played. In just 14.2 minutes per game, he logged 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, from 57% field goal percentage. Some teams boast players that can create a spark from the bench with highlight plays that galvanise his teammates; Thiemann does exactly this for Germany, as he proved when he completed a contested baseline dunk against Greece in 2018 that caused a few ripples in the online basketball community. While the team will be delighted by the positive displays shown from the personnel that have contributed so far, they will be ever more enthused by the potential to bolster the squad even further with players like Boston Celtics big Daniel Theis and small forward Paul Zipser. After spending most of his career representing various German teams, a 26-year-old Theis was picked up – seemingly out of nowhere – by Boston General Manager Danny Ainge to strengthen the NBA team’s frontcourt and has served the team effectively, which his national side hope will be the case for them too. He did not play a minute in in either qualifying round, but it would be safe to predict that he could play a part in the summer. Former Chicago Bulls forward Zipser played a single game in qualification and put up 15 points in only 16 minutes. Unfortunately however, he missed some key games due to a foot injury. It is expected that he will likely feature for the team going forward, offering skills and experience at the highest level when healthy.“Right now, I feel pretty good,” Zipser told FIBA last month, making his intentions clear. “Every week of practice and games, I feel better and more comfortable on the court. I’m happy. My foot’s happy right now. I missed playing for the national team a lot. I just wanted to get back with the team, with the coaches and enjoy my time on the court, get as many minutes as possible”Another potential development to look out for is the possible inclusion of physical centre Moritz Wagner and 19-year-old forward Isaac Bonga. As a by-product of a depleted Los Angeles Lakers roster, the developing Wagner – a Berlin native – has found an opportunity to start for the team on a few occasions and has recently become somewhat of a bright spot for them when called upon. Wagner did not take part in any qualification games, but has won gold with the German Under-18 FIBA Europe Championship in 2014 and led the team in scoring through the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Similarly, Bonga has featured heavily in youth competition for the national side and has joined Wagner in trying to establish himself in Los Angeles, going back and forth from the G-League. In qualification, he was awarded only a handful of minutes of playing time.  Unlike many of the successful World Cup teams since the tournament’s formation, Germany don’t have a team of seasoned veterans with fully-defined roles, but they certainly have the talent. A strong showing would be seen as progress for this side but they have enough weapons to make some noise if they find their form early on. Success in this tournament and qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 would be major steps for the team.As Nowitzki told BIG magazine, “If everybody is healthy, then the DBB (German Basketball Federation) has assembled a great young group. It’s been fun observing the positive development”. There is a growing feeling of belief amongst this German side that on their day, they can compete with any other top-tier team in the world. Dirk is arguably the greatest European basketball player to lace them up and his crowning achievement for the national side was a bronze medal at the 2002 tournament. He is not alone in hoping that the group being ushered in to represent his country through this generational shift can surpass his triumphs.The fondly-remembered Nowitzki legacy is now complete and a new one may be underway, with Schröder & co ready to take the mantle.last_img read more

PEARSE DOHERTY – “NEW CENTRAL BANK MORTGAGE TARGETS ‘PITIFULLY UNAMBITIOUS’


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described the Central Bank’s new targets for mortgage distress as ‘pitifully unambitious’. Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said; “We are in the sixth year of the mortgage crisis and it is still raging out of control.“We are half a decade into a mortgage crisis and the Central Bank is only proposing that 45% of cases be concluded by the end of this year. “These new targets are pitifully unambitious.This week the EU Commission underlined how ineffective the banks, Central Bank and government have been in tackling this crisis.The EU Commission has called for ambitious targets ‘with a view to substantially resolving mortgage arrears by the end of 201.Doherty continued, “Instead what we have got is an unambitious target of only 45% for concluded settlements. “I am disappointed once more that the Central Bank is silent on the issue of what a concluded arrangement can mean.“We have seen to date the banks using repossessions and so-called voluntary surrenders to reach these targets, he added.Doherty concluded, “The Central Bank’s silence and more importantly the silence of Minister Noonan is as good as a green light to the banks to step up their policy of removing people from their family home.“This government is continuing to fail those in mortgage arrears and today’s announcement amounts to a re-commitment to an unambitious and hands off approach which is not working.”PEARSE DOHERTY – “NEW CENTRAL BANK MORTGAGE TARGETS ‘PITIFULLY UNAMBITIOUS’ was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPearse DohertyPoliticsSinn Feinlast_img read more