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

India hit back with two run outs to halt SA progress


first_imgPRETORIA (Reuters) – India surged back into contention against South Africa after two run outs late on Saturday, including the key wicket of Hashim Amla, saw the hosts slip to 269 for six at the close on the opening day of the second Test.South Africa had seemed set for a big first innings total when they reached 246 for three but some brilliant fielding and poor decision making combined to rattle their middle order and leave the honours even after the first day. Home captain Faf du Plessis is not out on 24 and will resume his innings on Sunday with Keshav Maharaj (10) on a slow wicket that is expected to quicken over the next few days. Amla looked in total control of his innings and struck 14 fours in his 82 before being called through for a risky single by Du Plessis.The bowler, Hardik Pandya, reacted quickly though and his speed to the ball, swivel and quick release to the bowlers’ end found Amla two feet short. Quinton de Kock was then out for a first ball duck, caught at slip by India captain Virat Kohli off the bowling of hard-working spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3-90), who sent down an impressive 31 overs on the opening day. The hosts’ misery was compounded when Vernon Philander was also out without scoring, charging down the wicket for a run as Du Plessis screamed at him from the non-striker’s end to stop. Both players ended up on the same side of the wicket.The poor half-hour undid the excellent work of opener Aiden Markram earlier as he compiled an eye-catching 94 before being caught by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel off Ashwin, denied a third test century in seven innings. Dean Elgar (31) was Ashwin’s other victim, while impressive seamer Ishant Sharma (1-32) induced an edge from the dangerous AB de Villiers (20) onto his own wicket. The wicket has also shown some variable bounce already and is expected to break up on days four and five.South Africa have selected uncapped seamer Lungi Ngidi as a replacement for the injured Dale Steyn, the only change to their side from the 72-run first Test victory in Cape Town. India made three changes as opener Lokesh Rahul, Patel and Sharma replaced Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar respectively.SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsElgar c Vijay b Ashwin 31Markram c †Patel b Ashwin 94Amla run out (Pandya) 82AB de Villiers b I Sharma 20F du Plessis (c) not out 24Q de Kock † c Kohli b Ashwin 0Philander run out (†Patel/Pandya) 0Maharaj not out 10Extras: (lb 7, nb 1) 8Total: (90 overs 269-6To bat: L. Ngidi, K. Rabada, M. MorkelFall of wickets: 1-85, 2-148, 3-199, 4-246, 5-250, 6-251Bowling: J. Bumrah 18-4-57-0, M. Shami 11-2-46-0, I. Sharma 16-3-32-1, H. Pandya 14-4-37-0, R.Ashwin 31-8-90-3last_img read more

The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates


first_imgThis year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum.But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says the rescheduled enshrinement festivities, the diminished museum visitation and the uncertainty regarding the Hall’s college and high school basketball events this fall “has forced us to make these very difficult decisions.” Mohegan Sun is a long-time partner of the Hall. Doleva says it can a operate a “near-bubble” to provide a secure environment for guests.___ ___The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed all fall sports including football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball and asked members to develop plans for league competition and championships in the spring.The decision by the OVC Board of Presidents also includes the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf and men’s and tennis along with the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball.But OVC members will be allowed to play up to four nonconference football games if a team is willing using NCAA standards for practice and and mental health guidance.OVC commissioner Beth DeBauche says the board voted to postpone after careful deliberation of the current uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. OVC officials will continue monitor the situation hoping students will be able to play their fall sports in the spring. DeBauche says the OVC intends to ensure the postponed seasons are not eventually canceled if facts support that decision. ___Colonial Downs, Virginia’s pairmutuel horse racing track says it is cutting its 18-day racing meet short after just six days because of COVID-19.The track, in New Kent County, about 30 miles from Richmond, cited “recent test results” in a release announcing the decision, but spokesman Mark Hubbard declined to say how many people connected with putting on the meet had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Hubbard said the decision was made with collaboration from the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association and the Virginia Racing Commission.The meet was scheduled to run through Sept. 2, with racing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, ‘If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.’”That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.” North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus.___Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball.The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. August 14, 2020 The OVC’s plans to play winter and spring sports remain unaffected as of now.__The Houston Texans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Baltimore Ravens.The Texans added on Friday they have yet to decide if fans will be allowed to attend games later in the season. The Texans say a decision on fans attending games this season will be dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Houston area, which is currently a hotspot. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority.“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___ ___ Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined.___ The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates Associated Press Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled its plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.Charleston Southern said in it statement Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall. The school said the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring.___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Arsenal, Liverpool Kickoff New Premier League Season with Thrilling Wins against…


first_imgBy Demola OjoJust 48 days after last season’s delayed conclusion, the Premier League returned with a bang as Liverpool and Leeds served up a feast of goals to open the 2020-21 campaign.Mohamed Salah hit a hat-trick as Liverpool kicked off their Premier League title defence with a thrilling 4-3 win against Leeds, while Arsenal turned on the style in a 3-0 victory at Fulham yesterday. Jurgen Klopp’s side are English champions for the first time since 1990 and their bid for a record-equalling 20th title got off to a memorable start. Liverpool didn’t have it all their own way as Leeds came from behind three times before Egypt forward Salah finished them off with two minutes left.Leeds are back in the top-flight for the first time in 16 years and Marcelo Bielsa’s team deserve credit for putting Liverpool under enough pressure to expose flaws in a team that won the title by 18 points.After Liverpool lost the Community Shield to Arsenal last month, this was another warning that the Reds can’t afford to rest on their laurels.Salah won a fourth-minute penalty when his shot hit Leeds debutant Robin Koch on his outstretched arm and he dispatched the spot-kick himself.Leeds fashioned a stunning equaliser in the 12th minute when on-loan Manchester City midfielder Jack Harrison cut past Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez before drilling a superb low finish into the bottom corner.Virgil van Dijk restored Liverpool’s lead eight minutes later with a thumping header from Andrew Robertson’s corner. Leeds equalised again in the 30th minute when Van Dijk made a hash of a flicked attempt to clear and Patrick Bamford pounced to guide his shot past Alisson Becker.A remarkable game produced more drama as Salah struck again three minutes later with a thunderous drive into the roof of the net. Leeds equalised for a third time when Mateusz Klich made a well-timed run to meet Helder Costa’s pass with a composed finish in the 66th minute.But Liverpool won it in the 88th minute when Leeds debutant Rodrigo tripped Fabinho and Salah slotted in the penalty, leaving Klopp to sum up the feelings of both teams when he mouthed “wow” at the final whistle.At Craven Cottage, Arsenal hit the ground running with the kind of confident display that has become their hallmark since Mikel Arteta took charge. Arsenal’s free-flowing attack was too incisive for promoted Fulham and Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors an early lead.Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes scored Arsenal’s second after the break in his first appearance since his close-season move from Lille.Aubameyang added the final flourish with a typically eye-catching strike that emphasised why Arsenal are so desperate for the Gabon forward to sign an extension to the contract which expires at the end of the season.Gunners boss Arteta had good news for fans concerned Aubameyang might leave as he revealed their team’s talisman is set to accept the contract offer.“I’m really positive we are going to get it done very soon and hopefully in the next few days you will get some news,” Arteta told BT Sport.With former Chelsea winger Willian providing a pair of assists on his debut, it was the ideal way for Arsenal to start a season that appears full of promise after last season’s FA Cup triumph.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Joe Maddon wants Angels players to relax amid early slump


first_imgANAHEIM — In past years Joe Maddon would have had his team do American Legion Week — minimal pregame work, just show up and play — to help the players relax in the dog days of August.Except the dog days came early this season.The Angels have started this season in just the type of funk for which Maddon usually prescribes cutting back on work. It’s a little more tricky, however, to abandon batting practice when players are still trying to get their timing in the shortened season.While Maddon said he won’t do full-scale American Legion Week, he nonetheless would like to see his players work a little less to relieve some of the pressure of the slow start. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “Right now the theme I’m trying to get across is do less to get more,” Maddon said before Monday’s game. “There’s nobody that can swing more than our guys swing or look at more video or care more or look at more data. Nobody. It’s impossible. But that’s not always the route back. If it was that easy, every team would have a bunch of .300 hitters with an .850 OPS.“You’ve got to find what works for you, and I think a lot of times what works, what they’re afraid to try, is less. Try easier.”The Angels have done particularly badly in clutch situations lately. Over the previous eight games they hit .137 with runners in scoring position, the worst average in the majors over that span.SUPPORTING ADELLJo Adell was back in the lineup, hitting ninth, a day after he made a four-base error and went hitless in four at-bats, with four strikeouts. Maddon said he personally did some extra work with Adell on defense before Monday’s game.As far as his offense — Adell was 2 for 15 with nine strikeouts — Maddon said they’re trying not to give him too much to think about. “Just supporting him,” Maddon said. “That was a tough game yesterday and I thought he handled it well. He’s a sharp kid. He listens well. Knows he doesn’t know everything. He has all the right stuff to be great. He’ll figure it out and we’ll keep working through it.”Regarding the error, the Texas Rangers plan to appeal the decision that charged Adell with a rare four-base error on the ball that Nick Solak hit on Sunday, general manager Jon Daniels told reporters in Texas.Solak’s drive hit Adell’s glove and bounced over the right field fence. The official scorer initially called it a homer but then, after consultation with the Elias Sports Bureau, changed it to a four-base error.SIMMONS UPDATEAndrelton Simmons, who is out with a sprained ankle, is accelerating his progress toward a return.“He’s getting close,” Maddon said. “He’s taking BP on the field, which puts him in line for a return. So he’s on the horizon.”Maddon did not have a more specific timetable for Simmons, who has been out since getting hurt on July 27. Simmons spoke to reporters a few days after the injury and it wasn’t as bad as a similar injury that cost him five weeks in 2019.ALSOFor the second day in a row, Maddon moved Mike Trout from his familiar No. 2 spot into the No. 3 spot. Generally the Angels have preferred Trout hit second because he came to the plate more often and they didn’t have two high on-base players to set the table for him, but Maddon feels that David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella are currently swinging the bat well enough that they can both create opportunities for Trout…The Angels activated Jose Suarez, who had been on the injured list for undisclosed reasons, and optioned him to the alternate site in Long Beach, where he had been working out for a couple weeks. The Angels also cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by designating Jose Rodriguez for assignment.Related Articleslast_img read more

WHS celebrating winter homecoming next week


first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow —  The week of February 2 – 6 will be winter homecoming for Wellington High School.  This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past.”  The themes for each day are as follows:Monday:  50s – Grease!Tuesday:  Sitcoms of the 60sWednesday: Disco FeverThursday:  80’s BandsFriday:  Crusaders Through the Decades.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – L.V. Rogers Senior Boy’s Rugby


first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers came ever so close to winning back-to-back BC High School Tier I Rugby Championship.The Bombers dropped a heartbreaking 17-13 decision to Glenlyon Norfolk of Victoria in the Division Final Saturday in Abbotsford. The Bombers advanced to the final by stopping Seycove 22-17 in the semi-final.The Bombers, representing the Kootenay zone, opened the tournament with a 24-5 shellacking of DW Poppy of Langley.Michael Caldecott was named winner of the Commissioner’s XV award as top player on the Bombers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Silver Medal showing of LVR with Team of the Week honours.The Bombers include, Dyllen Dixon, Relmu Sanchez, Sebastien Bohdine, Ezra Harding, Michael Caldecott, Seamus Howard, Liam Smith, T.J. Winters, Raven Johnson, Rowan Megale, Eli Lusted, Joel Bokenfohr, Owen Pfeffer, Cian Sanchez, Evan Klenk and coach Michael Joyce.last_img read more

Federer donates almost a million euros to help Switzerland


first_imgSport has turned to struggle the coronavirus disaster, which has already left greater than 400,000 contaminated worldwide, lots of them within the international locations of Europe with Italy and Spain as essentially the most affected.The coronavirus has additionally reached Switzerland, the place the federal government has decreed quarantine after greater than 10,000 infections and 135 deaths.. Confronted with this example, the nation’s highest ambassador wished to take a step ahead to get entangled within the struggle in opposition to the virus. This Wednesday Roger Federer introduced by way of social networks that he and his spouse Mirka Vavrinec have determined to donate one million Swiss francs (943,000 euros) to help the neediest households within the nation by way of a assertion written in English, German and French. “These are difficult occasions for everybody and nobody ought to be left behind. Mirka and I’ve determined to donate one million Swiss francs to essentially the most susceptible households in Switzerland. Our contribution is the start. We hope that others will be part of us to help households in want. Collectively we’ll overcome this disaster! Keep wholesome!“Federer stated. Yet another instance that demonstrates the magnificence of the Swiss each on and off the tennis courts.last_img read more

Implementation of new insurance laws has implications – GTM Chairman


first_imgThe GTM employees who were awarded for their outstanding contributions and achievements…as company records $1.93B profit in 2018The recent implementation of the Insurance Act 2016 is causing major setbacks for local insurance companies, according to the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life Insurance Company Limited (GTM).The Insurance Act of 2016 and its supporting Regulations of 2018 took effect mid-last year.At the company’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Chairman Ram L Singh spoke of the factors that have influenced the performance and operation of the company.“The myriad of new requirements have had and will continue to have significant and profound implications for your company financially and operationally well into the future,” he told stakeholders at the Georgetown Club.The Chairman pointed to Note No. 48 of the Insurance Act, which sets a limit on investments for statutory fund requirements. “Though the Insurance Act gives an implementation of five years from the date of the Act came into force, the implication for all companies carrying on long-term business in nonetheless far-reaching,” he noted.Singh explained that a key investment requirement for any insurance company, especially life insurance companies, was viable, secure long-term investments. GTM currently has substantial investments in shares of large entities such as Banks DIH Limited; Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL); Republic Bank Guyana Limited and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).The Chairman noted that some of the equity in these companies was pledged towards the statutory funds.“The new regulations seek to limit the equity pledged to a paltry 20 per cent of the statutory fund. If your company is to comply, it will need to dispose of millions of shares in companies that are considered in the investment world as ‘blue chip’ or reliable high- quality investments. With the unavailability of alternative sources of viable secure long-term investments, liquidating these shares means your company would now have billions of dollars in deposits earning far lower rates of return,” he told shareholders.Singh went on to outline that beyond the issue of excess liquidity and unnecessary exposure to low-yielding returns, the sudden disposal of large amount of shares in a company would inevitably have negative repercussions for the company’s share price and value. Moreover, three or four insurance companies disposing of their shares in these large companies would, according to the Chairman, not only be devastating but catastrophic for those companies.In fact, he disclosed that the 24 per cent appreciation in value of GTM from $10.31 billion to $12.78 billion at the end of December 2018 was a direct result of increased share prices from these investments. This, he added, contributed to the company’s “favourable performance” as reflected in its accounts.Financial positionTurning his attention to the company’s financial position, Singh revealed that GTM’s total income for 2018 was pegged at $1.93 billion, which is $124 million more than the previous year. At the end of December 2018, the company’s asset base increased by $2.47 billion. This 23.97 per cent growth over 2017’s figure is as a result of the increase in value of non-current assets and improved share values of the local companies in which GTM invested.Further, the company’s insurance premiums written, unlike 2017, recorded a growth of $133.76 million or 7.74 per cent in 2018. After the payment of reinsurance, GTM’s net premium growth was $121.67 million over 2017.Meanwhile, of the company’s 1.86 billion insurance premiums written last year, Guyana continues to be the top contributor with $899 million or 48 per cent, followed by St Lucia with $589 million or 32 per cent and Grenada with $281 million or 15 per cent.According to the Chairman, GTM settled some $568 million in insurance claims during 2018 compared to $461 million paid out in 2017.“The increase is a direct result of claims association with routine health, car, surgeries and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, renal failure and heart-related illness. As opposed to being a cause for alarm at this stage, an increase in the use of health-care services is seen as the growing awareness of the importance of preventative health care which provides an opportunity to expand your company’s health insurance portfolio,” he told the shareholders.On the other hand, Singh explained that concerted efforts were made to aggressively manage expenditures and as such, a decline in management expenses was recorded. Notwithstanding this, however, he noted that the new Insurance Act and its attendant Regulations required the introduction of additional positions at senior levels.“Steep increases in insurance levies to fund operation of the insurance regulator’s office and charges that are not imposed by other regulators in other territories in which your company operates, run counter to the regulator’s call for cost efficiency. Nonetheless, the Board of Directors working in collaboration with management have taken steps to comply and have already established a fully functional Compliance Department and identified persons for the positions of Risk Officer and Client Ombudsman,” he added.As customary at its Annual General Meetings, GTM also recognised its staff for their contributions and achievements over the past year.GTM Chairman Ram L Singhlast_img read more

Halfway River Fire Update


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Halfway River Fire has also grown.The fire now currently sits at 5,000 hectares, up from 3,000 yesterday. It is now 50% contained. The B.C. Wildfire Service says there was growth on the Nort Side of the fire and it did cross parts of the Halfway River, but it didn’t significantly grow after it crossed the river. – Advertisement -The Wildfire Service also says they did a planned ignition on the South Plank yesterday and it was successful. If weather permits today, they want to do another planned ignition on the West and the North planks.With rain forecasted Wednesday evening to possibly Friday, that is bringing some relief to those currently battling the blazes.last_img read more