Three arrested following Greensburg traffic stop

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Police in Greensburg arrested three residents and confiscated marijuana and methamphetamine on Saturday.The incident unfolded following a traffic stop near Washington and N. Broadway Streets. The driver, Kyle Jones, 27, and passengers, Derik Moore, 26, and Vanessa Motz, 29, were taken into custody after police found the drugs.All have been charged with drug possession and were taken to the Decatur County Jail.The Greensburg Police Department has established a tip line, 812-66-CRIME or 812-662-7463 for residents to report crime or suspicious activity. Residents cab assured that messages will be forwarded to the proper police department employee.last_img read more

Sevilla FC holds football fiesta for Pune schools students

first_imgPune: LaLiga Santander Club, Sevilla FC and LaLiga Football Schools recently organised an engagement activity for aspiring footballers in Pune. Over 70 kids, who are a part of the LaLiga Football Schools program in the city, participated in the masterclass and football fiesta at Turf Up on January 20.The masterclass was led and executed by Javier Cabrera, Technical Director and Saul Vazquez Chas, Regional Technical Head (West) from LaLiga Football Schools India and David García Gomez, Senior Specialist, Sports Projects Development, LaLiga for the young footballers from the centre.Apart from the technical training, activities were organised as a part of the Football Fiesta including 3v3 tournament, dribble circuit, juggling contests, cross bar/accuracy challenge, shooting and possession challenges and more to develop the technical and competitive skills in an exciting manner.The students, from age categories 8 to 18, were divided into two groups and played with official Sevilla FC equipment which was provided by the Spanish club.Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “The success of LaLiga Football Schools and the response we got from the kids just goes on to show that India is ready to overhaul its football landscape.”“Like last year, Sevilla FC, has again showed their commitment towards grassroots development in the country and has made sure that it will not only provide an immersive experience for the aspiring footballers but also motivate them to perform their best and become the first Indian global football superstar.”Jose Maria Cruz, CEO, Sevilla FC said: “Last year when we collaborated with LaLiga Football Schools, we were glad to see the enthusiasm in the young Indian footballers and we decided to continue with this initiative as it gives an opportunity to students to tap their potential and learn the necessary skills to pursue their passion.”“Our partnership with LaLiga for LaLiga Football Schools in Pune and for initiatives such as this Masterclass and Football Fiesta is a step towards Sevilla FC’s commitment to work with and train the future generations of Indian footballers.”LaLiga Football Schools is the Spanish football league’s flagship project in India, aimed at grassroots development of the sport. Under this program, LaLiga has undertaken several impactful projects including an annual Scholarship, ‘Train the Trainer’ to impart technical training to coaches, Training Camps and association with three top LaLiga clubs, Sevilla FC, Celta de Vigo and Real Betis in select centres to name a few.Since its launch in 2018, LaLiga Football Schools has expanded to over 30 centres in 14 cities and has impacted over 10,000 Indian students. IANSAlso Read: Sevilla FC trounce LevanteAlso Watch: Eminent litterateur Golap Chandra Goswami passes away at 96 in Guwahatilast_img read more

Thompson anchors Jamaica to 4×200 gold

first_imgWith a slight change in the order of the runners, Elaine Thompson anchored Jamaica to what was an easy win in the 4×200-metre final at the IAAF/BTC World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.Running out of lane 6, the Jamaicans were given a flying start from Jura Levy, who put the team in front, a lead that would never be relinquished.Shericka Jackson’s second leg was also very impressive, the tall powerfully built 400-metre runner outclassing her opponents, before Sashalee Forbes’ leg proved there would be no contest.Thompson’s anchor was nothing more than a stretch of her legs, the fastest woman in the world over 200 metres facing no challenge except for the clock.She beat that clock too, the race ending in a World Relays record, 1:29.04.The United States, who were expected to challenge the Jamaicans, were beaten into third by a dangerous looking German team, finishing in 1:30.68 seconds.The United States team stopped the clock in 1:30.87.Trinidad and Tobago finished just outside of the medals, though a long way back in 1:32.63, while the other Caribbean team in the finals, the British Virgin Islands were seventh in 1:35.35.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Sports events in March ’caused increased suffering, death’

first_imgTWO major sporting events held in March “caused increased suffering and death”, the scientist leading the UK’s largest COVID-19 tracking project has said.Data gathered from millions of volunteers found coronavirus “hotspots” shortly after the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.Professor Tim Spector said rates of cases locally “increased several-fold”.The government said many factors could influence cases in a particular area.Less than three months ago sport across the UK was continuing as normal, despite the impending threat of coronavirus – which had already prompted some European countries to stage such events without spectators, or completely call them off.Sports governing bodies in the UK were taking their cue from Prime Minister Boris Johnson who declared in early March that people should “as far as possible, go about business as usual”.On the first weekend in March, there was a full programme of football in both England and Scotland, five horse racing meetings, and Six Nations rugby at Twickenham between England and Wales – which the prime minister himself attended.It was a different matter elsewhere. A forthcoming Six Nations match in Dublin had already been postponed, along with the Chinese Grand Prix and football matches in virus-stricken northern Italy.The UK government’s stance remained consistent. Just 24 hours before Cheltenham opened its gates to 250 000 spectators on March 10, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden rebuffed growing calls for a ban on mass outdoor gatherings.He told the BBC: “There’s no reason for people not to attend such events or to cancel them at this stage.”But Prof Spector from King’s College London said “people will have probably died prematurely” because of the decision.So did these events contribute to a surge in coronavirus cases?It’s impossible to say for certain, but figures seen by the BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme show in the last week of March, Liverpool and Cheltenham were among the areas with the highest number of suspected cases.The figures come from the COVID-19 Symptom Study, and show an estimated 5-6% of the population, aged 20 to 69, having symptoms in those two regions.Not to be confused with the government’s contact-tracing app, the research draws on information uploaded by more than three million volunteers around the UK, who submit daily reports identifying whether they have any of the 15 symptoms associated with COVID-19.Irish journalist Melanie Finn recalls the stark difference in approach on either side of the Irish Sea, as she flew in to the Cheltenham Festival from Dublin.“We had already cancelled the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and that in itself was huge for us,” she said.“People were in shock. No-one could believe that was happening. That was an indicator of how serious the Irish government was. When we flew out of Dublin Airport it was literally like a ghost town.”Melanie said that racegoers at Cheltenham, on the other hand, believed the UK government would have cancelled the event if they had thought it was unsafe.She said people ignored basic safety rules: “It was like the last days of the Roman Empire, and I think there was a little bit of a sense that if it was open, by God they were going to party.”She was so concerned by what she saw that she asked her employer to fly her home midway through the festival.A week later she developed the symptoms of COVID-19 and had to take two weeks off work.The Jockey Club had previously defended the decision to go ahead with the festival, telling the Guardian on April 2 that it had followed “clear and ongoing guidance” from the government and science experts.It added: “We promoted the latest public health advice and introduced a range of additional hygiene measures at the event, including hundreds of hand sanitiser dispensers and extra wash basins.”On March 11 – the second day of the festival – the World Health Organisation declared coronavirus a pandemic.‘JUMPING ALL OVER EACH OTHER’Later that evening, Liverpool hosted Atletico Madrid in a Champions League football match at Anfield.Around 3 000 visiting fans were allowed to travel to Merseyside and mingle in bars and restaurants, despite the fact Madrid was the epicentre of the outbreak in Spain, and at that point accounted for almost half of the country’s confirmed cases.Liverpool supporter Joel Rookwood, who has been ill for eight weeks, believes he contracted COVID-19 that evening, and recalled how when goals were scored, spectators were oblivious to the risk of transmitting the virus.“The celebrations were some of the most physical that I’ve experienced,” he said. “People were jumping all over each other.”The Spirit of Shankly, a Liverpool supporters group, said it raised concerns about the arrival of fans from Madrid at a council-chaired safety meeting two days before the match but were told it would go ahead in accordance with government advice.But Liverpool FC would not have been able to unilaterally call off the match – to decide which of the two clubs progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals. That decision would have had to come from one of football’s governing bodies, such as the competition’s organiser UEFA.Prof Spector said: “I think sporting events should have been shut down at least a week earlier because they’ll have caused increased suffering and death that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred.”In a statement, the government said: “There are many factors that could influence the number of cases in a particular area, including population density, age, general health, and the position of an area on the pandemic curve.”last_img read more

UW rides streak into Big Ten road trip

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team will venture back into Big Ten play this weekend with two games at No. 19/21 Iowa (41-9, 8-4 Big Ten) today and Saturday before heading into a doubleheader at Illinois (20-23, 1-11) Sunday afternoon. Both teams should prove tough opponents, as Iowa looks to maintain its third-place position in the Big Ten and Illinois has basically nothing to lose at this point.Wisconsin (22-20, 6-8) comes into the weekend on a four-game winning streak after sweeping its last two doubleheaders against Indiana and Northern Iowa, but they face a tough Iowa team that has won its last 11 games and took three of five games from the Badgers last season.The Hawkeyes present a myriad of problems for the Badgers. As of Monday, Iowa had a team ERA of 1.30, second in the Big Ten and better than any single pitcher on the Badger staff. The Hawkeyes are led by senior hurler Lisa Birocci. Birocci currently leads the conference in wins with 23 and has struck out 206 batters on her way to a miniscule 1.10 ERA. The other arm on their staff is Ali Arnold, a junior with a 17-2 record, 169 strikeouts, and a 1.42 ERA.The Badgers and Hawkeyes are a little more evenly matched on offense. Their team averages are nearly identical, but Iowa has slightly more power than Wisconsin. Led by Emily Nichols, a slugger with 16 home runs and a team-high .349 batting average, Iowa has collectively knocked 54 balls out of the park this year.But Wisconsin has also been familiar with the long ball this year. The Badgers have already broken their previous team record of 23 home runs in a season, and they have hit home runs at a phenomenal rate, with 39 homers in their 42 games so far. Boo Gillette has been at the forefront of the power surge, with 10 home runs this season, followed closely by Anastasia Miller with nine blasts of her own.The key for the Badgers against both Iowa and Illinois will be their defense. Along with the excellent team hitting, Wisconsin’s pitching has continued to be reliable. Eden Brock and Katie Layne have performed strongly this season, with ERAs of 2.43 and 2.79, respectively. The defense, on the other hand, has struggled. The Badgers are the worst in the Big Ten in fielding percentage. But things have improved in recent games, and head coach Karen Gallagher thinks the team is finally putting everything together.“You have to hit well, pitch well and play good defense, and that’s been an issue for us this year to make sure all those three are complete,” Gallagher explained. “I think we’ve been doing a much better job of it the last couple of weeks. I feel like we’re getting there.”After facing the Hawkeyes, Wisconsin will meet a far less fierce, yet still determined Illinois ball club. Illinois has had something of a fall from grace this season, dropping from a second-place conference finish and an appearance in the Big Ten tournament last year to a 1-11 record in conference play. But the Badgers will be ready for anything when they head to Champaign on Sunday.“Illinois is tougher than they look,” Gallagher said. “We don’t take any team lightly in the Big Ten. Illinois might look like they’re down, but I know the talent that’s there. They’re at a point where they have nothing to lose, too.”With a team ERA of 4.03, Illinois’ biggest threat comes on offense. The Badgers will have to watch out for first baseman Jenna Hall, who leads Fighting Illini with a .350 batting average, 36 RBIs and 7 home runs. Illinois also has some speed in Rachelle Coriddi, the shortstop that shares the conference lead in triples and has stolen 19 bases in 21 attempts.This weekend will be one of the most important of the season for the Badgers. They have only six conference games left this year, including the four against Iowa and Illinois, and their Big Ten tournament hopes are riding in the balance. Wisconsin is currently tied for seventh with Minnesota and would be in the playoffs were the season to end today, so Gallagher’s squad hopes to secure their spot in the playoffs as soon as possible.“You can’t rely on other people to knock each other off,” said Gallagher of the team’s tournament hopes. “I think we have to know that we have to win some more games in the Big Ten to make sure that we’re in that Big Ten tournament.”By Sunday night, the Badgers could be as high as third in the conference, or as low as a tie for ninth. If they put together the complete games that Gallagher has talked about, they should soon be looking forward to the Big Ten tournament.“There is no reason why we shouldn’t be there,” Gallagher said of the playoffs. “With the talent we have and the motivation, seeing that we have this many seniors that want to make sure we have that experience, I’m planning on being there.”last_img read more

Trojans focus on tackling as starters begin to return

first_imgThe Trojans returned to practice a day early to get a head start on preparation for what many say is the biggest and most anticipated game of the season against No. 1 Oregon. Everyone recognizes the importance of this game, from the walk-ons to the experts at College GameDay.Going up · Sophomore cornerback T.J. McDonald leaps to intercept a pass in practice. The USC defense has prepared for the last week to face Oregon’s high-speed offense that currently ranks second in the nation. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan USC coach Lane Kiffin, in an attempt to shore up USC’s tackling issues before facing the fast-paced Oregon offense, instituted a number of tackling drills for the linebackers and secondary. He has identified tackling as the weakness of the team thus far.“If we could tackle at all in the secondary, we’d be 7-0 right now,” Kiffin said.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo understood the importance of the drills as well, emphasizing that the team has to be able to adjust to what the game plan calls for.“The tackling drills caught us by surprise, but if that’s what the week calls for, then that’s what we have to do,” Galippo said. “Having coach Kiffin watch the drills also added a different level of intensity to it. We knew he was watching [the linebackers.]”—A lot of the talk around practice was about the tempo of Oregon’s “blur” offense. Oregon’s average time of possession is 26:40, 114th in the country. The Ducks lead the nation, however, with an average 55.1 points per game. Kiffin discussed the tempo of the Oregon offense, saying he “has never seen a team play with that tempo.”“They are at a whole other level,” he said.Despite the Ducks’ speed, sophomore safety T.J. McDonald said the team will be prepared for Oregon’s offense and special teams.“We’ll definitely be ready. The big thing for us is just getting lined up and being on all of our assignments,” McDonald said.Redshirt sophomore defensive end Wes Horton echoed that statement.“We are ready. We have the best coaches to help us game plan. [Oregon] lines up in pretty simple formations. They can be stopped. Hopefully, we have a great week of preparation and we’ll be ready for Saturday,” Horton said.—A lot of players returned to practice on Monday, including Horton. Senior tailback Allen Bradford and senior center Kristofer O’Dowd also practiced Monday after being sidelined last week.“It was good to get some guys back, but we’re obviously not at 100 percent,” Kiffin said.Senior tailback C.J. Gable and freshman tailback Dillon Baxter sat out practice, giving Bradford and redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler the bulk of the reps at the tailback position during practice. Junior tackle Tyron Smith was limited.last_img read more

Tipp suffer All-Ireland semi heartbreak

first_imgThe Banner powered ahead after the break and soon built up a six point advantage but they couldn’t shake off the side that beat them in July’s Munster final.Tipperary registered four points without reply and went in front when substitute Róisín Howard scored a great goal sixteen minutes from time.Clare responded with a point shortly afterwards.The lead changed hands on a few more occasions but the decisive point from player of the match, Clare’s Niamh O’Dea, took the Banner into the final against Kildare on the 25th of this month. Gerry McGill’s side went down 3-14 to 2-16 in the semi-final of the compeition, which was played at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.Tipp’s chances were given a blow before the game got underway when injury prevented Aisling Moloney from taking to the field – she was replaced by Elaine FitzpatrickClare started strongly but the Premier County worked their way back into the match and trailed by just 2-7 to 1-9 at the break, their goal coming from Cathriona Walsh.last_img read more

Brexit upheaval sees GVC shift focus to Ireland and Malta

first_img Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Related Articles With negotiations between the UK and the European Union (EU) still ongoing, and only 24 days until the formal departure date, GVC Holdings (GVC) has released its Brexit contingency plans which will see the online gambling company alter its operational strategy.No deal has yet been reached between the UK and the EU, and so it is difficult to say what the true impact of Brexit will be on businesses. GVC stated as part of its full year results released today: “For legal and regulatory reasons, the Group companies providing our gambling offering to customers in the EU need to be established and licensed in an EU member state.“Secondly, under the regulations of some EU countries, the servers hosting our online gambling platform need to be located in an EU member state.”With this in mind, plans are to be implemented which will see its EU-focused divisions begin to operate under a Maltese Online Gambling Licence and parts of its server technology relocated to the Republic of Ireland. The group’s European retail operations enjoyed a 16 per cent growth in Net Gaming Revenue last year, with the group enjoying growth in all territories. Given the ongoing discussions over the Brexit process and the deadline approaching this month, it is not surprising that the company has had to reorganise in order to keep the ability to service EU markets.GVC has reported that while it will be relocating large parts of its operations to Ireland and Malta, its headquarters are to remain in Gibraltar, with no significant impact expected for the number of its Gibraltar employees. Share Submit StumbleUpon GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business   July 30, 2020 Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020last_img read more

Public Health England to publish gambling-related harms review in 2020

first_img StumbleUpon BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share Submit Share Cross-party MPs to review Gambling Act April 22, 2020 Related Articles GBGB reveals ‘five-phase approach’ to resume sport May 5, 2020 Public Health England (PHE) is due to carry out an evidence-based review into the health implications associated with gambling-related harm, which will inform future prevention and treatment efforts. The health body has been asked to “inform and support action on gambling-related harm as part of the follow up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport-led review of gaming machines and social responsibility” in its remit letter for 2018 to 2019. In the remit letter, DCMS confirmed that “PHE will conduct an evidence review of the health aspects of gambling-related harm to inform action on prevention and treatment.”The review, which is expected to be published in spring 2020, will take a two-pronged approach. Firstly, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has commissioned a research unit at Sheffield University to review the effectiveness of national and international policies and interventions to reduce gambling-related harms.PHE, meanwhile, will carry out a broader evidence review on the prevalence of gambling and associated health harms and their social and economic burden.The review will primarily consider the ‘prevalence, determinants and harms associated with gambling, and the social and economic burden of gambling-related harms’ which is hoped will ‘support policy-making and practice aimed at preventing and addressing problem and dependent gambling, and gambling-related harms.’last_img read more