Wednesday Hearing Delayed For Another Week

September 24, 2020

first_imgThe hearing was delayed  for Kristina Schneider, 54, of Sunman.It had been rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon, however Special Judge John Webster, of Jennings County, was unable to proceed over the hearing, according to the Versailles Republican.The hearing will now be held on Friday, November 1.The Sunman Clerk-Treasurer is accused of illegally accessing town credit card funds to make personal purchases that totaled over $3,600.Original Story (Posted 10/23)A Sunman Clerk-Treasurer will be in a Ripley County Courtroom on Wednesday.According to the Ripley County Prosecutors Office, a guilty plea/ sentencing hearing for Kristina Schneider, 54, is rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon.Schneider is accused of illegally using town credit cards to make personal purchases that totaled over $3,600. According to several reports, she has repayed the debt.At the Sunman Town Council meeting on Thurs., Oct. 18, resident Neil Bowers asked board members, “Does the town have a contingency plan in place if she is forced to remove.”“It is all covered by statute,” said town attorney Amy Streator. She indicated that a caucus will be formed if Schneider is removed.The town council declared an executive session on Monday, Oct. 21. No word on if pertained to the pending trial.last_img read more

Halfpenny shines in Lions victory

September 21, 2020

first_img Wales full-back Halfpenny scored 30 points – two tries, four conversions and four penalties – while fly-half Jonathan Sexton, flanker Tom Croft and centre Jonathan Davies also added touchdowns to complete an outstanding team performance. The Waratahs played their part – centre Tom Carter claimed two tries – but they were ultimately outclassed, with Halfpenny finishing just seven short of equalling the all-time individual Lions points record set by Alan Old in 1974. There was, though, another injury scare for the Lions when centre Jamie Roberts limped off. There were outstanding displays by Halfpenny, Davies, Sexton, wing Simon Zebo – he enjoyed a high-class Lions debut just four days after arriving from America as injury cover – locks Paul O’Connell and Alun-Wyn Jones, plus hooker Tom Youngs. The Lions made a blistering start, moving 10-0 ahead after just six minutes – and it could have been even more. Zebo thought he had scored with his first touch of the ball in a Lions shirt on 40 seconds, but Waratahs full-back Drew Mitchell completed a superb try-saving tackle. Halfpenny, though, kicked a 50-metre penalty three minutes later, before superb approach work from the Wales full-back, Zebo and Davies created an opening for Sexton that he finished emphatically. Halfpenny landed the touchline conversion, leaving the Waratahs with an early mountain to climb. Sexton then took a huge tackle from Waratahs lock Will Skelton, and as he was receiving treatment the Lions conceded a soft try, with Carter capitalising on some weak defensive work. Scrum-half Bernard McKibbin added the extras before another successful Halfpenny penalty ended a fast and furious opening quarter with the Lions 13-7 in front. Another Halfpenny penalty extended their advantage to nine points. McKibbin then found his range from 45 metres, though, before Halfpenny converted his own try and the Lions trooped off well ahead at the halfway stage. And they began the second period in similar fashion to the first by posting an early try when Sexton, Roberts and Davies combined at pace to give Halfpenny an easy run-in. Halfpenny’s conversion gave him 25 points, and even though Carter claimed his second touchdown shortly afterwards – converted by McKibbin – the Lions still enjoyed control. After another Halfpenny penalty, his fourth, Lions head coach Warren Gatland made six substitutions in one go with 20 minutes left, but they played the final 10 minutes with 14 men after Roberts departed, yet there was still time for Davies to sprint clear and claim try number five, with substitute Owen Farrell converting. Leigh Halfpenny produced a commanding performance as the unbeaten British and Irish Lions beat NSW Waratahs 47-17 and delivered their best display Down Under just seven days before tackling Australia.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jon Gruden’s not adjusting, and that’s a big issue for the Raiders

December 20, 2019

first_imgJon Gruden is a grinder. He wakes wake up before some of us go to sleep to watch hours of tape.He loves this stuff. He lives for it. He even did it when he wasn’t coaching.And in that frame-by-frame analysis, he’s looking for advantages, big and small, for his weekly gameplan and the piece de resistance of it — his play-calling script.Gruden learned about scripting his early plays from the great Bill Walsh — the first 10, 15, sometimes 20 plays of the game will go according to the plan …last_img read more

Gender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close say experts census

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.“It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.“And also, they’re all dudes. They’re also all white.”O’Meara, a 19-year old first-year bioengineering student, is well aware she doesn’t represent the face of most engineering hopefuls.Her presentation is part of a wider effort to change the fact that women remain vastly under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, despite sustained efforts to close the gap.More than four in 10 Canadian women aged 25 to 34 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, compared with less than 33 per cent in 2006, according to the latest batch of census numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.However, of those women with an earned doctorate, only about one-quarter opted for architecture, engineering and related technologies, the numbers show. And among those younger Canadians with bachelor’s degrees, men who studied engineering or computer and information science outnumbered their female counterparts by a ratio of more than five to one.Considering the fact that overall, fewer than 20 per cent of working-age Canadians with post-secondary degrees, men and women alike, chose the STEM path, the female ranks are small indeedAs demand for STEM-related jobs increases, the lack of women in such high-paying fields could have serious economic consequences, a report released earlier this year by TD Economics suggests.“It will be difficult to close, or possibly even further narrow, the overall gender wage gap if women fail to make stronger inroads,” it read.The gender divide persists, despite years of efforts by advocacy groups, universities and individuals to tackle systemic gender bias and promote the importance of STEM.These efforts range from pink-coloured building blocks for toddlers and science camps geared towards girls to a governmental threat to strip funding from research universities that fail to address diversity issues.“It’s really upsetting, and it’s something we’re thinking about a lot,” said Ketra Schmitt, a professor at Concordia University’s Centre for Engineering in Society.Experts struggle to explain why women continue to flock to fields such as education and health sciences — women accounted for 92.7 per cent of young nursing graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2016 — while more men choose engineering.Studies suggest the reasons are multiple and complex, including systemic gender bias, a tendency for girls to underestimate their own math abilities and a lack of role models at the top levels.The TD Economics report found that even after graduation, women disproportionately end up in lower-paying technical roles than higher paid professional ones.Schmitt said researchers often sum up the problem using the metaphor of a “leaky pipeline” that sees girls and women drop out at every step, beginning in elementary school and continuing into their professional lives.The student group O’Meara represents, called Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), is trying to create a supportive community for female students that also offers mentorship and networking opportunities to help them break into the field.They also do outreach work with local elementary schools, high schools and junior colleges, including O’Meara’s recent presentation and workshop.Part of the group’s mission is to look at the lack of female role models found at every level of the profession.“When you don’t have role models, that affects everybody further down on the chain,” said Taylor Lynn Curtis, a second-year software engineering student who co-presented with O’Meara.They’re hoping to make a difference to girls like 16-year-old Maya Esar, who attended the presentation with the rest of her class.Esar hopes to go on to study computer science, eventually translating her interest in programming and art into a successful career designing websites or video games.Despite being the only girl in her school’s coding club, the teen says it’s never occurred to her to think of programming as just a “guy thing.”“Nobody ever told me it was.”last_img read more

Calgarian honoured with entrepreneur award

October 13, 2019

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgarian has been honoured with the Integrated Entrepreneur of the Year Award.The presentation was made last night in Ottawa, at the 14th annual eBay Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.Matthew Dirk, as a member of the Silver Gold Bull Team, set up a store on eBay.ca offering bullion products such as Canadian maple leaf coins and retro imprinted gold coins.Things took off and shattered the company’s sales goals in just the first few weeks.Dirk then opened another store for US customers on eBay.com and has further expansion plans.Sales are up 400 per cent and expected to reach $8-million by the end of this year.last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Giorgio Chiellini Andrea Barzagli renews contracts with Juventus

first_imgTwo Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli of Juventus have renewed deals with the club; a deal which will keep them with Juventus until 2020 and 2019 respectively.Chiellini has played 26 times in the Bianconeri’s  Serie A last season, while Barzagli was featured 25 times as either center-back and right-back.The two defenders will continue their play with the club for another season which could be a major boost for Juventus to concede an average of 0.7 goals-per-game, win 2.3 points-per-match when they link up together, Spotsmole claimsFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.A club statement read:“Side by side they fought, they brought Juventus into #My7H and the historic fourth consecutive Italian cup and now they will continue. Always side by side, to defend the Bianconeri colours with pride, class and passion.“Juventus could not be happier to maintain the services of two men, who for so long have embodies the club’s Fino Alla Fine (to the bitter end) mindset. Here is hoping for further success for both players and the club starting next season.”last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Morality over money Escondido passes toughest marijuana laws in California

first_img Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Not many people were watching, but the City of Escondido quietly outlawed every shape and form of marijuana possible.“The Escondido City Council has approved the most restrictive ordinance possible against marijuana,” said Mayor Sam Abed. “We’re against the sales, the delivery, the dispensaries, everything. We don’t want marijuana in our city.”After watching other cities approve a variety of regulations, Escondido has done the opposite. Approving absolutely nothing, as it pertains to state law.“How’s it feel to be police chief with the toughest pot laws in California? That’s not a bad title, it sounds good, I’m good with that title,” said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter.Along with passing the toughest pot laws in California, they also modernized the so-called social host ordinance.From now on, parents will be held responsible if they let their kids drink alcohol, smoke pot or take pills at home.Parents could see jail time and a $10,000 fine.“It tends to get their attention, when they see the fine, they think twice about having that party,” Chief Carter said.Outside groups have threatened to come after Escondido. A variety of Cannabis advocates are threatening to make their own laws by using the citizens inititive sometimes called “direct democracy.”“Now that they see these tough laws, I’m sure they’re going to come after us,” Chief Carter said. “They have the right to put it on the ballot, and we fill fight it. Our council and our community will fight it. I chose morality over money,” referring to the lost tax money for the city.One thing the cities can not change, growing plants and possessing pot. Every adult in California has the right to grow six pot plants and possess up to an ounce of pot. No city government can change that part. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:52 PM Posted: February 20, 2018 ‘Morality over money’: Escondido passes toughest marijuana laws in California Dan Plante, February 20, 2018 “Morality over Money”. Escondido Passes Toughest Pot Laws in California. Zero Tolerance Policy. Marijuana Advocates Could Force Issue to Ballot to Overturn Politicians Policy. KUSI 5, 6 and 10. pic.twitter.com/BXZebUx5If— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) February 21, 2018last_img read more