BCEF seeks nominations for ‘You’ve Made a Difference’ program

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is sponsoring a “You’ve Made a Difference” spring campaign to honor Batesville Community School Corporation employees, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. As the end of the school year approaches, BCEF wants to recognize those individuals who are having a positive impact on the lives of Batesville Community School Corporation students.For a minimum donation of $10, any BCSC employee – past or present – can be thanked for a job well done. The deadline is Friday, April 27 in order to have a sign with the employee’s name placed outside the school in early May during National Teacher Appreciation Week.“We have this campaign twice a year to give community members a chance to show their appreciation to those who help educate our students,” Wilson said. “It has quickly become one of our most popular programs, with each campaign honoring more staff members than the one before. It’s a simple but meaningful way to thank our educators and staff.”Donate online here. Paper forms, which are available at every BCSC school building and the BCSC administration building, can be mailed in, dropped off at the administration building, or returned to school.The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.More information about BCEF can be found at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or Wilson may be contacted at awilson@batesville.k12.in.us or 812-934-2194.last_img read more

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Opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_imgAfter a historically poor 34-point showing against Virginia, Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) starts its nonconference schedule against Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time SU started a season with a loss, it etched out a four-point win over Rhode Island in 2003. In Orange head coach Jim Boeheim’s 44 years at the helm, he’s never started 0-2. Colgate (1-1), meanwhile, enters off its first loss of the season to Clemson.Here’s what to know about the Raiders ahead of the matchup.Gambling Odds: As of Wednesday night, Syracuse is a 10.5-point favorite, with a total of 137, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 126-45Last time they played: The Orange defeated the Raiders, 77-56, on Nov. 21, 2018, as Tyus Battle scored 24. Oshae Brissett and Elijah Hughes posted 17 each and Bourama Sidibe reached double-digit points for the only time in the 2018-19 campaign. SU went into halftime only up three, but a 42-point second half effort, keyed by a 22-3 run, was enough for Syracuse’s 53rd straight-victory against Colgate. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJordan Burns and Will Rayman led the way for the visitors, adding 13 each with six 3s combined. Starter and eventual Patriot League player of the year Rapolas Ivanauskas totaled five points and five rebounds on 2-of-9 shooting. More than half of the Raiders points (36) came via the 3-ball, but they missed 12 of their last 13. The Colgate report: The Raiders cruised through the back-half of their Patriot League schedule in 2018-19, winning eight-straight and then three more for the conference title. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Colgate lost 77-70 to Tennessee. The 15th-seeded Raiders trailed by as few as three with two minutes left but the Volunteers pulled away. Then a sophomore, Burns scored 32 points following eight 3-pointers. In their first game this season, they hosted and beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology by five. On Nov. 10, they lost at Clemson, 81-68. Colgate hasn’t beaten an ACC team since toppling Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1962. Colgate only graduated one senior, center Dana Batt. The Raiders have a seven-to-nine player rotation that relies on mostly Ivanauskas and Rayman. In two games, they’ve averaged 36.5 points per game combined. Burns is still a factor too, now paired with junior transfer Nelly Cummings.How Syracuse beats Colgate: For Syracuse to prevent a second-straight loss, it’ll have to first score more than freshman Cole Anthony individually did in his debut for North Carolina. The Orange won’t be facing another pack line defense, instead hosting one that allowed 75 points to non-power 5 NJIT. Colgate’s opponents are converting 30% of their 3-pointers and 48.8% of all field goals, so Syracuse should be able to create looks. The talent-disparity between the Raiders and the reigning-national champions should make it easier for Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and others to win one-on-one matchups. If the Orange can blow past the Raiders, then more shooters should get open along the perimeter. Defensively, it’ll come down to Syracuse’s guards initially stopping Burns. He does it all, averaging 12.5 points, five assists and four rebounds in two games. He sparks the offense, and like all of Colgate’s starters, he can shoot from three. In its debut, SU held UVA to 48 points with the 2-3 zone limiting shooters. But the Cavaliers turned inside, and the margin ballooned. If SU’s young guards can run Burns, Rayman and others off the arc, the Raiders may look to their frontcourt for an edge. It’ll then be on Syracuse’s forwards to prevent Ivanauskas from taking over. Stat to know: 35.8 — The Raiders team 3-point percentage. Colgate has converted almost many deep balls (14) as free throws (20) through 80 minutes. KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 81% chance to win. The projected final score is a 73-63 SU.Player to watch: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Forward No. 25Ivanauskas transferred to Colgate prior to his junior season and was recently named to the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award watchlist. The Lithuanian forward has had double-digit points in 12 of his last 13 games, the only deviancy in the NCAA Tournament matchup when he sat out the second half with an injury. Comments Published on November 13, 2019 at 3:23 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Who is Jeff Okudah? Get to know the 2020 NFL Draft’s best cornerback from Ohio State

first_imgOhio State’s Jeff Okudah on Thursday could become just the sixth cornerback to be selected with a top-five pick since 2000.”I think it’s big time,” Okudah told Sporting News. “As a freshman, coming in and watching Denzel (Ward) go about his business and three years later I’m almost in the same predicament as he was in. I just think it’s cool that everything has come full circle.” In this case, full circle means Okudah did what was expected with the Buckeyes. He will become the 14th cornerback taken in the first round from the school since 1991. SN’s Vinnie Iyer projects Okudah will be taken by the Detroit Lions with the No. 3 pick.Okudah’s jouney at Ohio State, however, was uniquely challenging. His mother Marie died just six days after he arrived on campus. The five-star cornerback from Grand Praire, Texas, leaned on his classmates, including fellow Texas natives J.K. Dobbins and Baron Browning, during that trying time. That support off the field turned out to be every bit as important to Okudah’s success as the coaching on it.MORE: Ohio State’s first-round cornerback pipeline”It meant a lot,” Okudah said. “That was really big for me in the moment because I didn’t feel like I was homesick. I had guys I could talk to about anything. J.K. kind of went through the same situation. I was able to keep my head on straight.”Okudah stayed focused, learning from defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs his freshman year and maintaining those lessons with co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley through 2019. Ohio State is one of the football factories where practice reps sometimes count most, given the elite talent on campus.”You don’t really get your confidence in games as much as you get from in practice, at least for me,” he said. “Our practices felt almost like games. When you are going against our offense, you kind of know where you are at already.”Okudah played in every game as a freshman, working into a starting role. That’s when he started to hear more from the other cornerbacks in that long line. Ward, Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Bradley Roby, Eli Apple and Kendall Sheffield are all active in the NFL now.”It’s crazy,” he said. “Once you are the starting cornerback at Ohio State you pretty much have the expectation to be a first-rounder and then go to the NFL. The guys are a tight brotherhood. They are always giving pointers and giving tips. That inspires the next guy to kind of follow in the same suit.”In 2019, that meant flipping a defense that allowed 404 yards per game in 2018. Those former defensive backs sent a message before the season.”They had a DB video montage of all the DBs in a video,” Okudah said. “They kind of told us we need to bring the secondary back to an elite level.”Ohio State trimmed that number to 260 yards per game. Okudah and defensive end Chase Young — projected to be the No. 2 pick — were All-Americans who led that defense. Okudah is considered one of the best cover cornerbacks in the draft, but he believes that physical style will separate him at the next level. That mind set started in the weight room with strength coach Mickey Marotti.”The philosophy is you want corners who are tough, physical and can tackle,” Okudah said. “Coach Mick he would tell us straight up before the game, ‘Don’t come back in the facility if you are getting embarrassed in the running game with your tackling.’ When you hear that, you know you have to get after it.”MORE: Why Joe Burrow’s connection to Ohio means more than ever ahead of NFL DraftCornerbacks are a rarity in the top five, but those lessons are what make Okudah one of the safer picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Okudah impressed at the NFL Combine, and even finished his workout after an awkward fall. He likely will join that list of elite cornerbacks, and the next expectation is to become a Pro Bowl-caliber player. That is the standard Ohio State corners are held to.”It’s never losing a competitive edge,” Okudah said. “I believe that competition makes the best of everybody, so it’s about never losing that edge.”Okudah worked with Old Spice on their #NFLDraftRedCarpet campaign, which will include virtual videos on Thursday before the first round. “I won’t get too dressed up, but I won’t be sweats either,” Okudah said. That opportunity allows for prospects to experience the NFL Draft despite not being able to be in Las Vegas because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United State. “They’ve made the best of the experience, and I’m just grateful,” Okudah said. “To have the opportunity to make this work.”last_img read more

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Stop wasting our tax dollars

first_imgDear Editor,Look at how fast this APNU/AFC Government is becoming Orwellian! Ever since the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, the Government and its operatives have used and wasted State resources to stifle our democracy! If paying exorbitant fees on Counsel for legal challenges, chartering planes for 19 Ministers to visit and campaign in Region Nine and using Government vehicles as part of the APNU mash parade contingent were not insulting and abusive enough; check out Imran Khan’s commentary of March 10, captioned “The current political situation – why we are here”. This inflammatory political commentary was produced with State resources and shared publicly on the Department of Information’s Facebook and YouTube channel. Khan has a duty as the Head of the Department of Information to only provide factual information. The DPI’s information dissemination media are for public interests and matters based on facts – not fake news and Imran Khan’s misrepresentation of the facts. Attempting to avoid defamation challenges by not naming persons directly does not excuse Khan’s inciteful behaviour and abuse of State resources. Let me answer Khan’s question – “why are we here?”  And let me add – Where is here?  We are “here” because the Government lost a vote of confidence. Where is here?  Here is 10 days away from a constitutional crisis!  Why?  Because the Government refuses to honour and respect the Constitution. It is that simple!  No amount of name calling by Imran Khan (opened eyed an all) will change the fact that this soon to be illegal APNU/AFC Government is clutching tightly to the reins of power while Guyanese suffer and our country is laughed at!  Every time Imran Khan opens his mouth and eyes, he confirms the widely held view that the APNU/AFC Government is scared, incompetent and power hungry.  Stop wasting our tax dollars! Stop abusing State resources! Stop spreading propaganda! Call elections now.Yours truly,Vickram Bharratlast_img read more

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LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project

first_imgDonegal Local Enterprise Office’s Food Coast project was among 16 projects named by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, when she announced the results of the new €2.5 million Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Competitive Fund.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, Community Enterprise Centres, Education or Training bodies,Local Authorities or colleges.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said he was delightedwith the announcement and said the funding of €230,375 would help theFood Coast initiative continue to build on the momentum it has gatheredover the years. The Food Coast project – a partnership between the public and privatesectors has been working to make Donegal famous for food for some yearsnow – having first launched the strategy in 2012.This specific project with funding of over €230,000, will see funding for a facilitated food cluster, a productivity programme, a best practice visit and anexecutive food marketing programme, project marketing and funding for afull-time executive for two years.Applications were open to individual LEOs; collaborative projectsbetween two or more LEOs; and LEOs working with other local groups likeChambers, local businesses, Community Enterprise Centres, Education orTraining bodies, Local Authorities or colleges.“We are delighted with this approval. We have great commitment from thefood sector to the overall Food Coast project as evidenced most recentlyby the 20 different Food Coast events that were put on by the businessesas part of Donegal Connect. Over the past two years we are seeing theawareness of Donegal as a food county coming to the fore, both withinthe county and at national level,” the Head of Enterprise in Donegalsaid. Mr. Tunney explained that this is the first time Local EnterpriseOffice, Donegal, has received any funding for the delivery of the FoodCoast other than that allocated from the limited budget of the LocalEnterprise Office.“This funding will allow us drive the project forward with renewedenergy. It is very timely and will give added momentum to the overallinitiative,” he said.Those comments were echoed by Chief Executive of Donegal, CountyCouncil, Seamus Neely who said the announcement was a great outcome forthe Food Coast project which has been pioneered by the Local EnterpriseOffice and the food businesses for over seven years.“Food and food tourism are real strengths in our County and we are nowan exemplar location for the quality of our products, the diversity ofour food experiences and for the reputation of our chefs,” the ChiefExecutive of Donegal County Council said.Announcing the successful applicants at a special event in the CouncilChamber of Monaghan County Council, Minister Humphreys said thesuccessful applicants demonstrated a real intent to collaborate, notonly with neighbouring County LEOs but also with other stakeholders suchas ITs, Innovation Centres, Local Authorities and others. The successful applications were selected through a rigorous evaluationprocess based on criteria, which included economic impacts and value formoney, collaboration and participation, Future Jobs orientation,collaboration and building regional strengths and viability andsustainability.Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital SingleMarket and Data Protection Pat Breen TD said: “I very much welcomeMinister Humphreys’ announcement and want to commend all those who haveparticipated in the competitive process. These successful projects willbe rolled out through the Local Enterprise Offices, which are verywell-placed to reach companies and entrepreneurs in even the most ruralareas. I particularly welcome the focus on collaboration and networkingin support of regional and local micro-enterprise capability building,growth and job creation.Mark Christal, Manager, Regions and Entrepreneurship, EnterpriseIreland, said; “This is a significant investment by the Minister and herDepartment in the ideas and ability of the Local Enterprise Offices todeliver results across the country. This will hugely benefit companiesand the enterprise eco-system in all regions, an investment that willhelp to drive enterprise and support the business objectives ofentrepreneurs and small businesses. It shows that Local EnterpriseOffices across the country are committed to improving the businessenvironment and supports for their client companies and theentrepreneurs of the future and Enterprise Ireland will continue to workwith them to support this aim.”Oisin Geoghegan, Chair of the network of Local Enterprise Offices,described the announcement by Minister Humphreys as a great boost toLocal Enterprise Offices across the country. “They have shown their creativity and innovation in proposing a range ofprojects that will solve a number of issues in their regions. Thisfunding highlights the impact that Local Enterprise Offices are makingand shows that they continue to be best placed in driving innovation andenterprise in towns and villages across the country,” he said.LEO Donegal gets its teeth into €230,375 fund for the Food Coast Project was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:food coastgrantLEOlast_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: What’s up with rookie DE Clelin Ferrell?

first_imgALAMEDA — Much of the feedback for this week’s Raiders mailbag had to do with rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell.Ferrell didn’t play against the Chicago Bears because of concussion symptoms, but its expected back for the Raiders’ post-bye game on Oct. 20 against the Green Bay Packers.In Week 1 against Denver, Ferrell had a sack and hasn’t had one since. The website Profootballfocus.com has Ferrell ranked No. 99 out of 102 edge rushers.One reader opined that Ferrell was the fourth-best …last_img read more

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‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Read Next “That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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