YMCA presents ‘Snow White Dance Recital and Theater Concert’

September 23, 2020

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA presents the “Snow White Dance Recital and Theatre Concert” Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Batesville High School Auditorium. Free to All.The Y Dance will bring to the life the creativity of Disney’s “Snow White” through various genres of dance and, for the first time, narrations by our theatre students.For more information please call Lizzy Moeller at 812-934-6006 or lmoeller@siymca.org.last_img

Lafferty ruled out

September 21, 2020

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill faces a late change of plan ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Russia, with Kyle Lafferty missing out with an Achilles injury. Those attributes would have been a central part of O’Neill’s strategy against a hotly-fancied Russian side managed by Fabio Capello, but he must now decide how best to cover the 25-year-old’s absence. Brentford’s Will Grigg is the closest to a like-for-like replacement but has just two caps and has yet to start a competitive fixture, while Aberdeen’s Josh Magennis is another option having been added to the squad. More likely, though, is a different brand of centre forward – with the Huddersfield’s Martin Paterson, Derby’s Jamie Ward and Billy McKay of Inverness the other options available. O’Neill may yet opt for a combination of two, but he admits that with Lafferty joining Chris Brunt (suspended) and Chris Baird (unattached) in missing the fixture, he has been left with gaps to fill. “It’s disappointing that Kyle isn’t in the squad but we were always going to be under pressure with players playing on the Sunday,” said O’Neill. “He has an Achilles tendon injury which we hoped would have settled in the past 24 hours but it hasn’t and unfortunately he is unavailable, but it will provide an opportunity for someone else to come in. “One of the other strikers – Martin Paterson, Will Grigg, Josh Magennis – there is a number of options. “We have played Paterson through the middle and his best position is as a lone striker, so it’s a different option in terms of the players we have there, and we also have Jamie Ward back who we haven’t had for a while. Press Association “But to be without Kyle, Bairdy, Chris Brunt… that’s a blow. They are big players for us and in terms of our starting line up but it gives opportunities to players who have been patient. “There are many things in international football which are beyond our control. One thing I have learned over the last 18 months is there are lots of things in international football which you don’t have control over and you have to focus on those you do.” O’Neill has yet to experience a victory on the international stage, having drawn five and lost four of his nine games at the helm. The arrival of a Russia side with four wins from five Group F outings and the experience of Capello on their side is hardly the ideal opportunity to end that sequence, but O’Neill insists that is the target. Fans at Windsor Park have been increasingly restless following draws with Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, as well as a 2-0 defeat to Israel last time out, and the manager is eager to give them something to smile about. “My expectation will be to give a competitive performance and show ourselves as an organised team,” he said. “We have been away to Russia and Portugal so the expectation will be to take something from the game.” O’Neill has no other fitness concerns, with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans expected to start despite remaining on the bench during the Community Shield having suffered a pre-season niggle. The striker scored for new club Palermo on Sunday but also sustained a knock and, due to the short turnaround time, has not been able to join his international team-mates in Belfast. Former Rangers man Lafferty is an automatic pick when fit and available, with O’Neill valuing his physicality and ability to lead the line on his own. last_img read more

Uprising dethroned, new champs to be decided on Easter Monday

September 18, 2020

first_imgNEW champions will be crowned in the East Coast Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ on Easter Monday after last year’s winners, Uprising, could not find the winning formula and were knocked out at the round-robin stage.In front of a full house at the Haslington Market Tarmac, Uprising failed to win a single game in the round-robin stage on Saturday night, losing to Belfield Warriors and Paradise A, respectively, to make an unflattering exit from the tournament.However, the former champions have a shot at redemption in the Plate Competition which will see teams battling it out for $60,000 plus a trophy.Belfield Warriors beat them 1-0 from the penalty spot after both sides failed to find the back of the net in regulation time. Uprising were then needled by Paradise A, who are crowd favourites.Paradise A will now face Liliendaal Hustlers, who beat BV A to seal their semi-final spot.Meanwhile, Melanie B will face Victoria Church Yard with a place in the final at stake.Full results of the round-robin stage:Round-1Melanie B vs Liliendaal Hustlers 1-0BV A vs Buxton Diamond 1-0Paradise A vs Victoria Church Yard 1-0Uprising  vs Belfield Warriors 0-0Belfield won 1-0 on penalty kicksRound-2Buxton Diamond vs Melanie-B 0-0Melanie B won 1-0 on penalty kicksLiliendaal Hustlers  vs BV ‘A’ 3-0Victoria Church Yard vs Belfield Warriors 1-0Paradise A vs Uprising 1-0last_img read more

Panel discusses the interaction of entertainment, politics

September 17, 2020

first_imgPanelists Dee Dee Myers and Jon Macks joined Bob Shrum for a discussion about how the entertainment industry can shape politics through representation of different lifestyles. (Joseph Su | Daily Trojan)Prominent figures in the entertainment and politics industries came together on Tuesday at Tommy’s Place to discuss how entertainment affects the political atmosphere of America. The discussion was part of a weekly series sponsored by the Department of Political Science and was moderated by Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics  director Bob Shrum. Dee Dee Myers, who served as White House Press Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and Jon Macks, a Hollywood writer and producer, spoke on the panel.The discussion covered how Hollywood and politics intersect, particularly through political television programs such as “The West Wing” and “House of Cards,” and talk shows like Jay Leno’s and John Oliver’s. Macks spoke about the relationship between news and late-night comedy shows. He said that recently, the relationship has changed in that the premise of the jokes are no longer necessarily factual. Late-night comedy shows have evolved into a “source of humor.”“In a sense, you could get the news and then you could get the jokes,” Macks said. “Today, people are getting opinions more than they are getting the news.” The discussion covered how monolithically partisan Hollywood is. Macks said that while she worked at “The Tonight Show,” there were two Republican writers on a staff of 18. “Creative people are inherently not conservative,” Myers said. “I think that’s part of the reason why communities like Hollywood are more progressive …  The creative instinct is to look at things a different way and that’s part of why there isn’t a conservative analogue.”Shrum said that in 2016, Hillary Clinton campaigned with a string of celebrities, and posed the question about whether it was helpful or hurtful. Myers said it was “mostly hurtful.”“I don’t think it’s good for the politicians, and it’s generally not good for the celebrities,” Myers said. “They politicize themselves and divide their audiences.” Myers and Macks both agreed that celebrities’ involvement in causal campaigns can have a beneficial impact instead of a detrimental one. Myers said the effect on celebrities’ image is different for causal campaigns, like the #MeToo movement. “#MeToo was born in Hollywood and grew out of the behaviors that came out of Hollywood,” Myers said.” For women celebrities to step forward and hold the industry and the system accountable is a little different.” When discussing the overall impact of Hollywood on American politics, Myers said that Hollywood has a “tremendous impact” on culture, which  affects politics. “There is no question that when you start to see something in your living room it becomes normal,” Myers said. “I think that starts to give people context to start thinking differently about LGBT people [and] colored people who have not necessarily been in their lives. That is very powerful.”last_img read more

New Mexico State’s Zach Lofton not giving up at his 5th school in 6 years

September 16, 2020

first_img Published on January 31, 2018 at 11:57 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 UPDATED: February 1, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.One suspension, one dismissal, four transfers. Five schools in six years. That’s how Zach Lofton is usually defined.The leading scorer for New Mexico State at 19.8 points per game, Lofton is having the best season of his college career. Averaging career-highs in points and rebounds per game, he also sports career-best percentages from the field and the 3-point line. With all the success he’s having this year, it’s easy to forget the circuitous route he took to get where he is now.“Zach was real immature,” said Brian Sandifer, Lofton’s mentor, coach and self-proclaimed “basketball dad.” Sandifer first met Lofton when the latter was 8. Ever since, he’s been around the Lofton family so much that Lofton’s mom calls him stepdad. After the first meeting, Sandifer’s been intertwined with nearly every decision that his “stepson” has made.Immature was the adjective of choice for Sandifer while describing Lofton’s earlier years in school. It’s part of the reason why, out of high school, Lofton was forced to attend and play basketball at Quakerdale Prep Academy. His grade point average wasn’t high enough to qualify for a Division I scholarship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis plan was to attend a junior college, but his first stop was prep school.“He was hell-bent on, ‘I don’t want to go to junior college, I want to go D-I,’” said Jeff Mailhot, another mentor of Lofton’s and current assistant coach at New Mexico State. “But he had to go to Quakerdale.”The Division I offer Lofton remembers most is Nebraska, where he was recruited by current NMSU assistant coach David Anwar out of high school. He wanted to be a Cornhusker, but he couldn’t. After a semester at Quakerdale, he decided to play at San Jacinto College, a junior college in Pasadena, Texas, where he averaged 16.6 points a game for the Ravens.It wasn’t Division I basketball in the Big Ten, but it was a valuable experience nonetheless. It was a new setting and stage for Lofton, and he responded.“I learned a lot, I learned to be a lot tougher in junior college,” Lofton said. “When I went to San Jac, it was probably the best competition I’d played against.”After leading San Jacinto to a 24-6 record and earning NJCAA All-Region XIV Second-Team honors, the offers came flooding in. Kansas State, West Virginia and Baylor were among the teams calling for Lofton’s talents, but it was a small school in the Missouri Valley Conference that caught his eye.Illinois State didn’t have the reputation of some of the other schools recruiting him, but Lofton was attracted to the one thing the Redbirds had that the others didn’t: Dana Ford.The assistant coach contacted him early on and the two of them “hit it off.” Lofton’s mother, Tonia, liked the school as well, and that was enough to sell Lofton on the commitment.After averaging 10.1 points per game through the first 27 games of the season, Lofton averaged 19 points over his last four, including a then-career high 25 in his last game, a loss in the MVC tournament. The Redbirds were named to the College Basketball Invitational, but Lofton wouldn’t be joining them.His poor grades had become an issue again, to the point that he was suspended. In addition to his grades, Lofton found out that Ford would be leaving the school following the season, making him uncomfortable. Mentally, Lofton checked out. Had Ford stayed, Sandifer said, Lofton would’ve stayed as well.“But Dana left,” Sandifer said. “Zach was ready to go.”During Lofton’s suspension, ISU head coach Dan Muller had a meeting with Lofton about his future.“You’ll probably have more success at another school,” Muller told Lofton. “This may not be the best fit for you.”This time, Lofton’s search for a new school began and ended with Minnesota, his hometown team. Sandifer contacted the Gophers, which said they were interested in Lofton. Two days later, during 2014’s Easter weekend, Minnesota contacted Lofton and confirmed that they’d like him to visit.He visited, worked out for the team and decided to transfer, without considering any other teams. For the St. Paul native, committing to play for Minnesota was a dream come true.“It was a great feeling,” Lofton said. “I felt like I accomplished something I always wanted to do … I wasn’t happy I got kicked out.”He didn’t even last until the regular season, getting dismissed from the program after the team’s opening scrimmage for “failing to meet expectations and obligations of the team,” per a release from the program. He was seen arguing with teammates during the scrimmage, per a report after the scrimmage. Lofton maintains that there was nothing specific he did that prompted the dismissal.Sandifer explained that, besides “missing a few classes,” it was never an issue of “physical altercations or brushes with the law.”Instead, it was just a matter of not being able to transition to college life at the school he’d always wanted to attend. Lofton was having too much fun, he said, and had to grow up.The “dream come true” for the kid who grew up as a Minnesota fan was over, nearly before it even started. After meeting with head coach Richard Pitino about the dismissal, Lofton went to his room – where he stayed for four days. An assistant coach told his closest family members about the news. Others learned through social media.“I was torn up. I lost a lot of weight, I wasn’t eating,” Lofton said. “It definitely hit me hard, I let people down. I felt like I just had to turn it around.”Sandifer immediately began contacting schools to see if they’d be interested in Lofton. With the baggage of a suspension and a dismissal in the span of just over six months, offers were harder to come by. As time went on, the possibility of Lofton having to play at the Division II level became increasingly realistic.Sandifer stayed positive and told Lofton to do the same, maintaining that he couldn’t give up.“There’s many times he’s talked about saying, ‘Hey coach, I want to go overseas,’” Sandifer said. “I’ve said, ‘Dude, you’ve got to have some film, you’ve gotta have a resume, you gotta reinvent your legacy. You gotta show coaches that a lot of the things that’s out there about you are not true.’”On July 20, 2015, Lofton signed a national letter of intent with Texas Southern. Despite being intimidated at first by head coach Mike Davis, Lofton eventually bought into his plan. The two discussed ways that Lofton could get his career back on track, first and foremost of which was being on and around a team he was comfortable with.First, though, Lofton would have to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play for TSU. The last game he had played in was on Mar. 3, 2014, his final game with Illinois State. In his first game with Texas Southern, in November of 2016, Lofton scored 35 points in a loss to the University of Texas at Arlington.“Once I played that first season game at Texas Southern, all that stuff went out the window,” Lofton said. “Just moving forward. I didn’t even remember those two years out.”More than three years after being dismissed from ISU, Lofton won the SWAC championship with the Tigers. He was named the conference player of the year and was on his way to accomplishing one of his goals – playing in the NCAA tournament.In the first round of the tournament, Lofton was on the losing end of a 103-64 drubbing by eventual-national champion North Carolina. He scored nine points, the eighth time all season he was held to single digits and made just two of his 11 field goal attempts.With one year of eligibility left, Lofton weighed his options. He declared for the NBA draft but, after not liking the feedback that he heard, withdrew his name in May. Had Lofton scored 30 points against the Tar Heels, Sandifer said, he may have stayed in the draft.Lofton instead set his sights on two final four teams, South Carolina and Gonzaga. The Gamecocks eventually fell off his radar, but the Zags gained steam. Lofton nearly signed to play for Mark Few and the national runners-up, but his grades became a factor again.“When Gonzaga called me they said the only reason they couldn’t get him in was his core GPA wasn’t high enough,” Sandifer said. “If Gonzaga wanted him last spring, then you know damn well he’d be there.”After missing out on Gonzaga, Lofton looked to New Mexico State. Head coach Chris Jans and the Aggies recruited Lofton as soon as word got out that he was pursuing a graduate transfer, and invited him to come on an official visit.New Mexico State had a secret weapon of its own in brand-new assistant coach Jeff Mailhot, who was getting recruited by the Aggies in his own right. Mailhot had known Lofton since he was in eighth grade through the Howard Pulley AAU basketball program in Minnesota. The hometown connection and the comfort Lofton and his mom found with the coaches convinced Lofton to sign, but not without the NMSU coaching staff doing their due diligence.“When someone has a history, is well traveled, you’re a little bit leery as to why he’s bounced around so much,” Jans said.In the past, after negative plays during practice or games, Lofton would pout, affecting his play and demeanor. Jans worried that Lofton would take too much control of the ball and force up shots, but it’s been the other way around.His Aggie teammates have gotten on him in recent games for passing up open shots. From the bench, Jans says, chirps of encouragement ring out in support of Lofton to be more aggressive. Having friends on the team and receiving support from them is new for him, and has changed the way he’s played.“At Illinois State he might miss one three and yell ‘f*ck!’ at the top of his voice,” Sandifer said. “Everybody in the stadium would hear. … He’s proven he’s more mature, he’s coachable.”Earlier this season on Dec. 23, the Aggies took down then-No. 6 Miami in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. With 55 seconds left and NMSU up by one point, Lofton received a pass from a teammate more than five feet behind the three-point line and drained the deep fadeaway to put the Aggies up four. Forty seconds later, his team winning by seven, Lofton grabbed his team-high ninth rebound off an errant Hurricane jumper.He paused, looking toward the baseline before realizing that he needed to advance the ball past half court. As his teammates on the bench jumped up and waved towels in celebration, Lofton sprinted up court and accentuated the victory with a two-handed dunk.On the court or off, Lofton has proven at least one thing about himself: he won’t stop.“Never give up,” Lofton said. “You have a right to dream every day, regardless of mistakes you’ve made in the past. I never quit or gave up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish soccer squad to depart for Vienna today

September 9, 2020

first_imgAfter making his competitive debut in the 3-1 win over Moldova winger Callum O’Dowda will hope for more game time this weekend. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hoping for good news as his side depart for Vienna today.James Mc Clean and John O’Shea are trying to shake off injuries ahead of Saturdays World cup qualifier against Austria.Both are expected to train today.last_img

Eight games across All-Ireland Football and Hurling Qualifiers

September 9, 2020

first_imgThere’s eight games across the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Qualifiers.Cavan and Tipperary are just about to get their second-round football qualifier underway at Kingspan Breffni.After their win at Limerick last time out, Wexford host Monaghan at 3pm. While it’s a meeting of neighbours Kilkenny and Waterford at 7.Waterford haven’t beaten the Cats in the Championship in the last 60 years. At the same time Carlow play Leitrim.Mayo, who needed extra-time to overcome Derry last weekend, travel to Ennis to play Clare at 5pm.Seamus O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor and Conor Loftus have all been brought in to the start for Mayo.Meath and Donegal clash in the Championship for the first time since 2002 – throw-in at Navan is at 6.While there’s a Hurling double-header at Semple Stadium.Reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary play Dublin in the curtain-raiser at 5last_img read more

Guardiola’s Expensively Assembled Defence Will Struggle To Pass The Litmus Test

August 31, 2020

first_imgAdded to the earlier piece of business conducted in the summer-the Bernardo Silva (£42.5million), Ederson (£34.7million)-deals take Manchester City’s summer spending’s to £205million to date. That’s hardly a mind-blowing figure that could easily be ignored, considering the summer transfer window shuts down in 38days, and Guardiola’s desire to replicate his successes at Barcelona and Bayern Munich should most likely take his total spending this transfer window past the £300million mark.The 2016/17 football season marked the first time in the illustrious managerial career of Guardiola, that he failed to win a single silverware, a failure he so desperately wants to fix, that he seems to pressurise the clubs management to approve deals for players who are totally over-priced and got huge question marks regarding their abilities to deliver at the Manchester-based club.The downside in all of this is, Guardiola, preparing a grand sack for himself in the full glare of the watching football community. Last season the defence was an eyesore, as they struggled to play with three-at-the-back, pass the ball out of defence despite the big money signings of Claudio Bravo and John Stones to that effect.Taking a curious valuation of Manchester City’s defence ahead of the 2017/18 season; we will be blown away by some outrageous sums spent in the last four summer transfer windows with little or no success to show for it. The present defence consists of the following; Danilo-£26million, Walker-£50million, Eliaquim Mangala-£42million, Nicolas Otamendi-£32million, Stones-£47.5million, Vincent Kompany-£6million, and Mendy-£52million. The valuation of these players means Manchester City’s defence alone is worth a whopping £255million! Costing more than the annual defence budget of Bosnia-£180million, and Congo-£135million.The aforementioned names exclusive of the rock solid Kompany who is entering his 10th year at the club, do not instil fear in opposition forwards especially on the UEFA Champions League stage, a competition Guardiola so-desperately wants to win, after tasting success last, six years ago.It will be interesting to see how things play out at the Etihad Stadium, especially in defence this coming season, given the initial verdict of the jury which predicts that Manchester City’s expensively assembled backline will struggle to pass the litmus test. Hopefully, we all are proven wrong! Manchester City on Monday announced the £52million signing of French international defender, Benjamin Mendy, from AS Monaco. The left back thus becomes the most expensive defender in football history.The acquisition of the four cap 23-year-old French international means Pep Guardiola has spent £128million on three full backs; Kyle Walker (£50million), Danilo (£26million), Mendy (£52million) in just 10 days. The above-mentioned names hardly send shivers down the spines of future opponents in the weeks and months to come.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

Betfred takes aim on golf becoming title sponsor of the British Masters

August 30, 2020

first_img Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Keith Pelley – European TourUK bookmaker Betfred announces a ‘sponsorship first’, for its marketing portfolio confirming that it has become the title sponsor of the ‘British Masters’ golf tournament (9-12 May –  Hillside Golf Club – Southport Merseyside).Betfred marketing confirms that it has secured a 2-year agreement with the PGA European Tour, becoming title sponsor to one of its lead tournaments for its flagship Race-to-Dubai series.Adding an extra layer of excitement to Betfred’s sponsorship, Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood a native of Southport will act as this year’s tournament host.At the British Masters, the tournament host plays a vital role, as following a seven-year hiatus from the European Tour, the tournament was revived by PGA stars’ Luke Donald (2016), Lee Westwood (2017) and Justin Rose (2018) acting as hosts re-establishing the tournament’s profile.Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce Betfred as the new title sponsor for the British Masters and we look forward to working together to capitalise on the success of the tournament since it came back on to our schedule.“We have another terrific host this year in Tommy Fleetwood, whose own popularity continues to grow, and another fantastic venue in Hillside, so to announce Betfred as title sponsor is another major boost for the tournament”.Fred Done – BetfredFred Done founder of Betfred has personally backed the golf sponsorship, detailing its strategic importance for the bookmaker.  In 2018, Done outlined that Betfred would rethink its sports sponsorship portfolio, moving its brand away from traditional partnerships such as racing.“I’ve been looking at golf sponsorship for some time so when the British Masters, with Tommy Fleetwood hosting in the North West, was put to me it seemed the perfect opportunity to get involved.  I am absolutely delighted to see the Betfred brand alongside such a high profile event in the sport of golf.”Backing Betfred as title sponsor of the British Masters, tournament host Tom Fleetwood said: “It’s great to have Betfred on board, making it the Betfred British Masters. For me, as host, one of my key messages was to push the North West, and they are a North West based company, so it fits perfectly.“On top of that, they have been involved in some great sporting events. So it’s come together nicely and we are very happy to have Betfred on board as title sponsor.” Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020last_img read more

Norsk Tipping boosted funding for Grasrotandelen initiative during 2019

August 30, 2020

first_img Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Related Articles Submit Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020 Share Norwegian state-run operator Norsk Tipping has revealed that during 2019, it had allocated almost NOK700m (£60.2m) towards grassroots sporting initiatives as part of its Grasrotandelen initiative.The operator distributed a total of NOK698.2m last year, marking a 7.6% increase on the NOK649m handed out in 2018.Norsk Tipping revealed that via the Grasrotandelen project, over 35,000 grassroots initiatives secured funding from the operator and its customers.Anne Helseth, who oversees the management of the Grasrotandelen project, said: “Grassroots funding is important for Norwegian voluntary work. Teams and associations receive a welcome addition to their daily operations.”Under the initiative, projects in the Hordaland region benefited the most after receiving NOK76.4m from Norsk Tipping. This was closely followed by schemes in Akershus which secured NOK65.1m in funding, while Trøndelag-based projects received NOK60.1m.At the end of 2019, industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) secured a ‘landmark’ partnership with Norsk Tipping via the technology group’s Global Draw Ltd subsidiary.The agreement saw SGC agree to supply 3,000-4,500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) across approximately 1,000 locations across Norway, which includes convenience stores, bingo venues and other arenas. Share StumbleUponlast_img read more