State Senate Republicans identify 2019 priorities

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Recently, the Senate Republican Caucus announced our 2019 legislative priorities. During the next several months, we will work to prioritize the following initiatives:Maintain an honestly balanced budgetLike all hardworking Indiana residents who balance their checkbooks, we know that responsible government means making tough choices and spending within our means. This legislative session, we will work to pass a two-year state budget that funds priorities and protects reserves.Protect vulnerable children Due in part to the drug epidemic, the Department of Child Services’ (DCS) staff and resources are being stretched too thin when it comes to protecting our state’s children. We will support operational reforms as well as an appropriate level of new funding for DCS.Support education With more than half of the state’s General Fund devoted to K-12 education, Indiana spends a higher percentage of its budget on education than all but two other states. We will maintain that strong commitment to students, teachers and schools in the next budget.Improve school safetyProtecting schools from violence takes vigilance on the part of every Indiana resident. At the Statehouse, Senate Republicans will work on school-safety improvements based on the recommendations made to Gov. Holcomb last year, including allowing Secured School Safety Grantsto be used for mental and behavioral health services.Advance workforce development To address Indiana’s long-term skills gap, the General Assembly has implemented many workforce-development reforms in recent years. In 2019, we will focus on changes to ensure our existing training programs result in meaningful career paths for all Indiana residents.To stay up to date on what is happening at the Statehouse during session, visit to view session meetings, committee hearings, calendars, proposed legislation, vote tallies and more.last_img read more

Mourinho: Wenger is ‘failure specialist’

first_img “He is a specialist in failure. I’m not,” said Mourinho, whose side play City in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday. “If supposedly he is right and I’m afraid to fail, it’s because I haven’t failed many times. “Maybe he’s right. Maybe I’m not used to failing. “The reality is he is a specialist. Eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure. “If I do that at Chelsea, eight years, I leave London and I don’t come back.” As defending champions, the title is Manchester United’s to lose, not leaders Chelsea’s, Mourinho argues. Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful manager after twice winning the Premier League in his first spell and was reappointed by Blues owner Roman Abramovich last summer on a four-year contract, which the Portuguese hopes to extend, but only on merit. “I don’t want eight years,” Mourinho said. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described Arsene Wenger as “a specialist in failure” as he responded to the Arsenal manager’s Premier League title race taunt on Friday. “I just want my contract of four years to do my work and after that (I will) deserve or not deserve a next contract.” After delivering his riposte to Wenger, Mourinho was reluctant to discuss further the Premier League title race, with his attention on the FA Cup. Mourinho’s most recent trophy as Chelsea boss was the 2007 FA Cup and his side could end Manuel Pellegrini’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple with a second successive victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. Chelsea were expected to “park the bus” in a defensive performance at the Etihad Stadium last week, but surprised with a counter-attacking display which earned a 1-0 win courtesy of Branislav Ivanovic’s goal. Mourinho, who is without key defenders John Terry (gluteal muscular strain) and Gary Cahill (calf), will not alter that approach. “There are not two games the same,” he added. “Is the approach the same, in the sense we are going to try to win in spite of playing the best team in this country? Yes. “We don’t want a replay, we don’t need a replay. “We are not going there to try to get a draw and to bring the game to Stamford Bridge. “We want to play, we want to try to win. If we do, we do. If we lose, we lose.” On Friday morning Wenger declared the title is Chelsea’s to lose and insisted anyone who claims their team are not in the race does so out of fear of failure. Mourinho has repeatedly played down Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League this season, describing his side as the “little horse” in the race and making them third favourites behind Manchester City and the Gunners, despite currently leading the standings. last_img read more

Lloyd to Brathwaite: Turn potential into reality

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd believes Carlos Brathwaite can be among the best all-rounders in the world but needs to show the consistency required to get to the highest level.Brathwaite smashed an amazing 101 off 82 deliveries last Saturday as West Indies went down by five runs to New Zealand in a nerve-jangling World Cup encounter in Manchester.The hundred was his first in international cricket and Lloyd said it spoke volumes about Brathwaite’s potential.“I’m hoping that after his hundred against New Zealand, Carlos Brathwaite realises that he can be as good as any all-rounder in the world,” Lloyd wrote in his tournament column.“He hits the ball so well and is a top-class cricketer; he’s not a T20 player alone, as his performance at Old Trafford demonstrated.“There’s no doubt in my mind that Carlos can make big scores and win games for the West Indies, but now he needs to turn his potential into reality.”West Indies’ batting has been generally under par for the tournament and Brathwaite’s century was the first of the campaign for the Caribbean side.Asked to chase attainable totals of under 300 against Australia and New Zealand, West Indies’ batting came up short on both occasions resulting in two of their four defeats in the tournament to date.Lloyd, who presided over West Indies’ World Cup successes in 1975 and 1979, said the Caribbean side’s batsmen needed to follow the example set by New Zealand Kane Williamson in terms of constructing innings in one-day cricket.Williamson stroked a magnificent 148 against West Indies to lift his team out of trouble at seven for two in the first over. The knock followed up his unbeaten 106 against South Africa three days earlier.“Everyone in this tournament is making hundreds, but it says a lot that Carlos is the only West Indies player so far to do so,” Lloyd pointed out.“We have the talent it’s just a case of pushing on and batting long. In that regard, they need to look at the example set by Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain didn’t break sweat at all and just knocked it around on his way to a match-winning 148.”West Indies lie eighth in the 10-nation standings on three points, and face India tomorrow in their next match at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Ojo Emerges Best Overall Athlete as Lagos Dominates Maltina School Games

first_imgIn other awards, Sikirat Anifowoshe won the Best Junior Girl award with gold medals in 100 m and 4 x 100 gold races while Moses Okon of EUBA Junior Secondary School, Lagos won the Best Junior Boy athlete with gold medals in 400 m and 4 x 100 relay.Ojo also doubled as the Best Senior Girl with gold medals in the events that gave her the best overall winner just as Onyebuchi Nnebedum of Christ Redeemer College, Anambra State won the Best Male Athlete with gold medals in Javelin and Shot Put events.Aside the sporting aspect of the day, all the athletes were treated to high level entertainment as rave of the moment, Mayorkun and Teni stimulate the crowd with some of their favorite lyrics. Calisthenics display from school children rounded up a memorable final day of competition for all the participants.The programme was later rounded up with a dinner party for all the athletes and officials where prizes were given out to deserving winners in all the tracks and field events competed for in the three-day national finals.The Maltina School Games is a new intervention in School Sports by the country’s number one family drink from the stable of Nigeria Breweries PLC.Over 20 million children have been impacted in this maiden edition of the Maltina School Games which many describe as a new chapter in sports development in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The maiden edition of Maltina School Games ended last night as 17-year old Joy Ojo of Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior High School emerged as the Overall Best Athlete of the national final that was rounded up at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.The budding star won three gold medals in 100m, 200m and 4x 100 meters races to become the first winner of the major prize and earn for herself a scholarship to any federal university of choice.Aside Ojo’s feat, Lagos State also emerged as the overall winner of this maiden edition with 21 gold, 15 silver and 5 bronze medals just as Federal Capital Territory (FCT) placed second with 4 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze. Kano State placed third with 4 gold, and 6 bronze medals. Anambra took the rear position with 3 gold, 4 silver and 11 bronze medals. Finance Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Rob Kleinjan (Right) poses with some of the deserve medals winners yesterday at the final of maiden edition of Maltina School Games in Lagos… yesterdaylast_img read more

Historical finish in loss for Badgers

first_imgWisconsin capped off a historical season Thursday.For the first time in the program’s 33-year history, it failed to win a Big Ten match, losing 4-1 to Purdue in the opening round of the Big Ten Championship.”You can say all you’d like to say about would have, could have, should have, whatever,” UW head coach Patti Henderson said in a press conference Monday. “However, we came out on the short end of the stick.”Wisconsin (4-16 overall, 0-10 Big Ten) held out hope that Thursday’s dual match would mark the end of a season-long slump due in large part to injuries. The last time the Badgers played the Boilermakers, they played close, losing just 4-3.But from the outset, Wisconsin struggled to find its game, especially in doubles — normally one of the team’s strongest points. And the Boilermakers took advantage, winning all but one match to take the early 1-0 lead.Wisconsin’s lone victory came from freshman Kim Roberts and junior Chelsea Nusslock, who played at No. 3.After winning their previous six matches, the No. 56 duo of senior Caitlin Burke and sophomore Liz Carpenter fell 8-5 to the No. 57 duo of Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker at No. 1 doubles. It was Burke’s last doubles match as a Badger. She and Carpenter finished the season 11-3.The meet didn’t get much better from there.At the No. 4 spot, Purdue’s Cigdem Duru breezed past Nusslock, 6-1, 6-0 to give the Boilermakers a 2-0 lead. Beier followed Duru’s dominating performance with one of her own. She downed UW senior Kaylan Caiati 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 2 position to conclude the latter’s career.Despite going down 3-0 — one point away from going home empty-handed — UW remained steadfast. And that, Henderson says, is something that can’t be taken away from her team.”Time and time again, we keep getting knocked down,” she said. “But each time, we stand up, we’re ready to fight, and we’re ready to play.”From there, sophomore Erin Jobe outlasted Alejandra Boeker 7-6 (3) tie-breaker in the first set and finished off the second set 6-4 to give Wisconsin its first point of the night. However, the momentum stopped there, as that was both the first and last time the Badgers would score.The Boilermakers put the finishing touches on the match win when Anna Dzeva defeated UW junior Morgan Tuttle 7-5, 6-2.Nationally ranked Burke (No. 31) and Carpenter were playing well at No. 1 and No. 3 in singles, but they didn’t get the chance to finish — there was no need.Burke ended the season with a team-leading 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten. Although the season can hardly be considered a success, it was a learning experience. And it was a test of will.”There aren’t too many more things that we could be faced with this year as a team and how they’ve handled it — and the character that they have handled it (with) — some of those things internal early in the fall, some of those things, injuries, illnesses, various other things…” Henderson said, “We talk every day about what’s a winner, and what are the qualities of a winner, and just always putting yourself in the line of fire, and they’ve [done] that every single time.”Seniors honoredBurke and Caiati were honored by the Big Ten Thursday when the conference announced this year’s awards. Burke earned All-Big Ten Team honors while Caiati was named a 2007 Sportsmanship Award Honoree. It was Burke’s third such award and Caiati’s second.— contributed to this report.last_img read more

Jamie Trimboli leads Syracuse comeback, 9-7, victory over Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s Jamie Trimboli took a pass while darting in from outside the restraining box. Winding up a shot, he baited Army’s Ryan Sposito into stepping forward. He then shrugged the midfielder off and stepped further toward the cage. He pulled his stick back once again, out of the reach of another Black Knight defender and fired a shot while falling to the ground.As the two Black Knights Trimboli made miss shook their heads, the SU midfielder ran to the Orange sideline where he was mobbed — knocking helmets with teammates and high-fiving coaches.The senior had just scored his fourth goal of the game. His second in 59 seconds and third of the opening five minutes of the half.Trimboli opened the scoring for Syracuse, dragged SU back from a 5-2 halftime deficit and later grabbed its first lead. After putting up its lowest offensive output of any half this season through the first two quarters, Syracuse clawed back on the shoulders of Trimboli. Second-half adjustments — inverting and spreading the offense — allowed the No. 5 Orange (3-0) to open space in the middle of the field and manufacture mismatches to overcome a suffocating No. 9 Army (3-2) defense en route to 9-7 win in the Carrier Dome Sunday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorOut of the locker room, Brendan Curry took the ball up the right alley and, after dodging wide, passed into the middle to an uncovered Trimboli. The senior cut Army’s lead to two just 30 seconds into the second half.Syracuse had finally adjusted. Curry had the ball 20 yards from the Army net, but he doubled back to spread out the Black Knight defense. Army’s man-to-man forced the Orange to win one-on-one battles, and that’s exactly what Curry did, opening space and drawing a late slide to leave Trimboli alone in front. “We knew they were gonna press out, they have been doing it on film all year,” Trimboli said. “We just hadn’t gone against it so it was a little shock but we took the shock well.”While Army’s game plan was predicated on slow, often non-existent, slides, the Orange slid on the catch to cover the Black Knights’ top attack, Brendan Nichtern. Brett Kennedy was tasked with the bulk of coverage duties in the absence of Nick Mellen, but Nick DiPietro often left his man to pressure Nichtern. While the close coverage prevented the 2019 30-goal scorer from finding the net more than twice, it allowed Nichtern to find open teammates.With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Nichtern drew Kennedy and DiPietro to push up on him, leaving Sean O’Brien open at the side of the cage. While both SU defenders reached for the high pass, O’Brien snagged it, faked high, and bounced the ball under Porter’s stick. The ball beating Porter was a rare sight Sunday, though, as the Ontario native set a career high in saves (18), including nine in the first quarter. From the end of the second quarter, Porter and Syracuse held Army goalless for almost 15 minutes. But Army goals bookended the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter, and the Black Knights rebuilt a two-goal lead. Tucker Dordevic took the ball behind the net with nine minutes remaining. Sprinting and dodging from X, the redshirt sophomore skirted Army’s crease before turning and releasing a shot high and in. SU’s offensive shift was paying off. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerDavid Lipka scored on an identical question-mark dodge 40 seconds later. A move that had resulted in shots high and wide from Griffin Cook all game finally worked, and it evened the score. The difference was the defender. While 5’7 Cook matched against one of Army’s poles all afternoon, Dordevic drew short-stick defensive midfielder Matthew Horace. The inversion — moving midfielders like Dordevic and Lipka behind the cage — exposed some of the largest offensive mismatches.“In the second half we just kind of took a step back and realized that they weren’t going to come to us,” Trimboli said. “So it was up to us to beat our guy one-on-one.”Trimboli didn’t have the same benefit of a positional mismatch — Army covered him with a pole defender, Black Knight coach Joe Alberici said. But it didn’t matter.Less than a minute after his second goal, Trimboli cut down the middle once again. Even when a Curry pass was earmarked for Rehfuss it still somehow found a way into Trimboli’s pocket and soon later under Army’s Wyatt Schupler. Trimboli later finished off SU’s eighth goal, which put the Orange ahead for good. “We were telling our guys to shoot high,” Trimboli said. “But I was pretty stubborn and still snuck a couple low on him.”The second-half adjustment put the game into the hands of Syracuse’s first midfield line. Every single SU score came from its midfielders. It was an adjustment that came after Syracuse’s attack failed to register a point in the first half. And while the attack stayed quiet, the midfield — and specifically Trimboli — showed up.“Today was our day,” Trimboli said. Comments Published on February 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edulast_img read more

Dominica Opens Embassy In United Arab Emirates

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – The Commonwealth of Dominica has established a new embassy in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – becoming the first Dominican mission to the country, but also to the Middle East.Speaking during the opening ceremony, earlier this week, Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said the embassy also comes to service a ‘small but dynamic’ community of Dominican economic citizens, which is growing via the island’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme.The government of Dominica has appointed Hubert John Charles as the Ambassador to the UAE.Prior to his new appointment, Charles served as the Dominican Ambassador to the United States and as the Permanent Representative of Dominica at the Organisation of American States.“Thanks to the Citizenship by Investment Programme, Dominica already has a small but dynamic population, resident in the UAE and contributing to the dynamism of its service sector and to sustainable development at home,” said Skerrit.He added that the new Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will serve as “a crucial link between what is in effect the Dominican diaspora, here, in the UAE and the homeland.”“As a result of the success and good reputation of the CBI Programme, investors’ trust in both, Dominica and its Programme remains unshaken. Dominica grants successful CBI applicants valuable citizenship benefits like family security, visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 140 destinations and growing business opportunities.”Middle Eastern families and single individuals can obtain Dominican citizenship upon making an investment into the island’s economy, but only if they pass all the due diligence checks. Applicants choose from either making a minimum US$100,000 contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or an investment worth at least US$200,000 in pre-approved real estate, comprising a selection of luxury hotels.With a growing number of economic citizens from the UAE, the Prime Minister said that his administration will assist its new citizens.The Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will provide consular services to Dominican nationals, issuance of documentation, emergency notices, tourism advice and other services.last_img read more

Blexr promotes Ian Hills to Malta General Manager

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Industry publisher and lead generation network Blexr has confirmed the promotion of Financial Controller Ian Hills to the leadership position of Malta General Manager.A former Mr Green executive, Hills joined the Malta-based publisher in December 2018 heading up Blexr’s financial and commercial units.In his new remit as General Manager, Hills will be tasked with leading the firm’s Malta HQ operations, supporting Blexr’s commercial capacity and global growth strategy.Confirming the promotion, Blexr management states that Hills has proven his leadership capacity having streamlined a number of business components and resources during his tenure as  Financial Controller.“He introduced a dedicated business development team and set up commercial partnering, creating a dedicated analysis and reporting resource for all of Blexr’s major properties,” explained Blexr management in its statement.Hills commented on his promotion: “I’m delighted to be taking ownership of Blexr’s operations in Malta.“I’m excited to come to work here every day and I want our staff to feel the same way. We have achieved a great deal already but there’s even more that we can do, so I’ll be guiding our team to reach our ambitious goals.”last_img read more