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Local business and community leader awarded Glenn Shepard Servant Leadership award

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Leslie Thackery of Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg, has been honored with the Glenn Shepard Servant Leadership Award.The award was created in 2010 to recognize people who practice servant leadership with character and integrity by walking the walk (instead of talking the talk like so many people do). It is a way to edify and honor the recipient by recognizing their service to others.Leslie also received $1,000 from Glenn Shepard to help further her service to others in any way she chooses. Thackery has been the Manager of Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home since 2013.Thackery is a member of the Greensburg Breakfast Optimist Club, VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5584, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Community Action Coalition, Greensburg Prevention Group, Greensburg Women in Business, and a Board Member of the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008, after the Working Women in Business organization closed its local chapter, Leslie picked up the reigns of a program that turned into Reality Check, a program for 8th-grade students to give them a sample of real-life experiences such as budgeting, purchasing a home, car, and necessities for life as an adult. That program continues today. Leslie also organizes and leads the efforts for the annual Veterans Day parade event, and she organized the local effort for the National Wreaths Across America, an event in December dedicated to remembering the sacrifices veterans have made in wars since the American Revolution. In 2015, the local effort of Wreaths Across America effort laid seven military wreaths. In 2016, 413 wreaths were laid; 2017 saw 426 wreaths laid; 2018 had 585 wreaths laid and in 2019, there were 1,035 wreaths laid at the graves of veterans locally.last_img read more

Pardew backs Taylor for England

first_imgAlan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at Newcastle defender Steven Taylor after watching him withstand a battering from Stoke. He went on: “They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it’s a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us – because we had no height in the team. “Steven Taylor had to do everything on that side of it and he was brilliant.” Taylor’s hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past. Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach. However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration. The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James’ Park. Magpies boss Pardew said: “He was immense. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vive victorious for Martin

first_img The French import was sent off at 14-1 but that seemed short enough considering he hadn’t managed to make the frame in eight previous attempts on Irish soil. He travelled like a dream in the hands of Adrian Heskin, though, and after taking up the running turning in, he hardly came out of second gear to beat The Plan Man by six lengths. Vive La France left his previous form a long way behind when initiating a treble for Tony Martin in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at Galway. Press Associationcenter_img “Today everything fell right for him and hopefully he can improve off it. As a young horse he was doing too much the whole time but the penny is really after dropping now and we’re delighted with where he is,” said Heskin. “Those valuable handicap hurdles will be the road for him now. Tony and the lads have done a great job settling him.” Martin followed up when well-backed 5-2 favourite Tudor City prevailed in a three-way photo in the Arthur Guinness Handicap. The trainer said: “He is a nice horse in the making and has already schooled over hurdles. He’s still green and raw, though, and is improving all the time. “He didn’t have the easiest of passages but had to knuckle down and battle.” The treble was completed by Dark Crusader (7-4) in the Guinness Race. last_img read more

BCCI gets Mohammed Shami’s Visa Approved

first_imgNew Delhi: The US visa of Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, who is part of the India squad for the upcoming West Indies tour, got rejected initially because of his existing police record and charges of domestic violence. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) intervened to get the issue sorted and the visa was given to the fast bowler. Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary said that Shami’s visa had been rejected due to the police records after the family problems that the player had gone through, but the board wrote to the embassy and the matter was cleared. “There was some issue with the police verification part as he was involved in a problem with his wife. But the BCCI then wrote to the embassy and the matter was sorted,” the functionary said. IANSAlso Read: BCCI Officials Want Ravi Shastri To Continue As Head Coachlast_img read more

UW can and should bring back baseball

first_imgJason Schlutt, the pitcher who threw a complete game one-run, three-hitter in the last University of Wisconsin baseball game, still has the ball from the final out. Much like his short career in the minors, Schlutt is just waiting for the call.This time, instead of waiting for a call up to the majors, Schlutt is awaiting a call from some UW official asking him to throw out the first pitch.But will that call ever come?It should, but don’t hold your breath.Wisconsin should start taking steps towards bringing back America’s pastime to Madison. All the reasons that the sport was cut in the first place, 15 years ago, have since been rectified.The common argument is that Wisconsin would be violating Title IX, by adding another men’s sports, but not a women’s sport, since the athletic program is currently in equilibrium.However this is a common misunderstanding of the rule. Many schools are not in equilibrium with the number of sports that an athletic department offers. Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State all are uneven, with one sex having more sports than the other.What the Title IX legislation actually states is that a school’s athletic department must be proportionate to its enrollment. The percentage of a school’s female student athletes must be within five points of the school’s percentage of total undergraduate women.For example, 53 percent of Wisconsin’s full-time undergraduates in the 2004-2005 academic year were women, and 51 percent of the student-athletes were women. Thus they were in compliance.Adding the 30 male student-athletes baseball players needed to constitute a typical team would not put UW in violation of Title IX by that account.They also would not be in dire danger of spending an unfair amount on men’s sports either. According to the 2004-2005 UW Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report, outside of football and basketball, which in nature are high-revenue, high-expenditure sports, Wisconsin spent over $1.25 million more on women’s athletics then men’s, giving UW a little room to work with already.Baseball is not the most expensive sport to run either, as the total operating expense of a baseball team in the Big Tens tends to hover between $250,000 and $350,000.The only area where the spending could be seen as totally one-sided would be relating to student financial aid, as female athletes at Wisconsin currently only receive 42 percent of the financial aid given to student athletes. That number is too big as it is and would have to change in order for a baseball team to be ethical.In reality though, that 16 percent gap shouldn’t be so large in the first place, baseball or not. No, when it comes to equality in sports, Wisconsin would not be in danger of a lawsuit, especially considering how they cut baseball in the first place in order to better aid women’s sports.When baseball was cut, the athletic department was bleeding to death, having an almost $2 million deficit that needed to be filled.That couldn’t be further from the truth today, as the athletic department is as healthy as it has ever been.Wisconsin sold out the season in football and basketball, while having the No. 1 attendance in the nation in college hockey. The football team won the Capital One Bowl in January, a game which has a payout of $5.1 million. That has to be among the top-10 athletic programs in the country.If they can’t add baseball now for financial reasons when could they ever? Not to mention how the boosters would jump at the idea of adding yet another major sport to the UW palette. Financing for a new, conservative baseball stadium would be very feasible.The point is, Wisconsin can afford to add baseball.The school just isn’t interested. While baseball in Wisconsin would certainly be received well by baseball-hungry undergrads with a jones for intercollegiate athletics once basketball and hockey season draws to close, it probably wouldn’t earn a great deal of money, if any at all.The athletic department has no problem in taking away media seating at the Kohl Center to sell courtside seats to high-rollers — allocating none to students, who are already in the worst seats in the house. It has no patience for adding another sport that would probably require extensive travel and eat into the budget, even if it is the right thing to do.Baseball and spring belong together everywhere, the UW campus included. This is not an indictment on the athletics department. It is just a plea. Give back to the students and give us baseball.I for one, would kill to see if Schlutt can still bring the heat, on opening day.last_img read more

Badgers down Redbirds 3-2 in thriller

first_imgWisconsin benefited from a well-placed corner from freshman Kinley McNicoll (13) in the 103rd minute. Senior Joana Bielefeld won the ball on a header, which sophomore Cara Wells put away for the game-winner.[/media-credit]It took extra time, but the Wisconsin women’s soccer team left the McClimon Complex with a 3-2 win over Illinois State Sunday to remain perfect at home.The Redbirds (3-2-2) gave the No. 15 Badgers (5-1) all they could handle, forcing the game into two overtime periods before sophomore forward Cara Walls lifted UW to victory over the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference champions. After the game, head coach Paula Wilkins was quick to praise Illinois State’s effort.“I give great credit to Illinois State,” Wilkins said. “They were organized, which we knew they would be. They had a game plan that we didn’t do well to adapt to. A huge credit to Illinois State and what they tried to do when they came in here.”UW’s offense had some early opportunities to score against ISU but was unable to capitalize on its chances until the 26th minute, when Walls was able to get a ball past the opposing goalkeeper.Wisconsin was able to fend off the Illinois State attack until the 52nd minute, when junior midfielder Anna Stinson evened the score at one from 18 yards out.In the 59th minute, the Redbirds committed a crucial mistake after officials called them for a handball in their own box. The call resulted in a chance at a penalty kick which redshirt junior Paige Adams took full advantage of. Adams buried the penalty kick, giving Wisconsin the edge once again in the back-and-forth battle.The game seemed all but won for UW in the closing minutes of the game until Illinois State’s sophomore sensation and back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Tejada delivered the tying blow with a missile from 12 yards out. Tejada’s score added to her MVC-leading goal total, giving her nine on the season.Coach Wilkins admitted her team may have gotten a little complacent after taking the lead which resulted in the game-tying goal.“I think [we became complacent] a little bit,” Wilkins said. “I think that they won a ton of second balls … and they were running by us in the midfield and I think tactically we had to make a better decision as coaches. I think that we lost some of our transition ability and we got a little lackadaisical.”Tejada’s late goal forced the Badgers into overtime. Neither team was able to put the ball in the back of the net in the first 10-minute overtime period. However, it was in the second overtime period with six minutes left when Walls scored the game-winning goal.“We played a short free kick. I just wanted to catch them off guard,” Walls said. “I remember seeing the cross go up and I knew Joana (Bielefeld) was going to win the head-ball so I just wanted to get around it for the knockdown.”Both offenses were generating chances against the opposing defense with each team racking up 18 shots. UW managed to put six shots on goal while ISU put four shots on net.Wisconsin continued to find the back of the net, as Sunday marked the fourth game in which the Badgers were able to score three or more goals.Although the Badgers did score three goals on the game, they could have done a lot more damage to the Redbirds, failing to finish on a number of opportunities that presented themselves in the opposing box.Coach Wilkins said she hopes UW will be able to capitalize on more offensive opportunities as her team gets deeper into the season.“[Being able to finish] usually comes a little bit later in the season but I’d like it to be higher right now,” Wilkins said. “I’m not going to complain about three goals but I would like to finish more of our chances if we can.”Walls was equally critical of the way her team played offensively, as she would also like to see more consistency out of the offensive unit.“[The offensive play] was OK,” Walls said. “It was in spans. We would play well for 15 minutes and then it was kind of like we didn’t get the ball a lot so we just need to put it all together.”On the defensive side of the field, Wisconsin gave up two goals for the second consecutive game. The Badgers were able to shut down the Redbirds for most of the game but committed some untimely turnovers that resulted in quick transitions and points.Joana Bielefeld, a team captain and senior defender, thought the defense played well at times but needed to do a better job limiting the number of turnovers.“We did what we needed to do to win the game,” Bielefeld said. “Maybe it wasn’t a good game for us overall, but we got the result we wanted.“I think we had moments when we were really brilliant and then I think we had moments that kind of killed us. So we just need to make sure that we work on those things in practice and make sure we don’t give away those easy balls.”last_img read more

UFC 244: Nate Diaz hints at retirement after BMF loss to Masvidal

first_imgLast Updated: 7th November, 2019 16:57 IST UFC 244: Nate Diaz Hints At Retirement After BMF Loss To Masvidal Nate Diaz says that he is out the fight game through his recent Instagram post. Diaz faced a TKO loss against Masvidal at UFC 244. Know more details about Diaz Written By FOLLOW US LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC: Corey Anderson set to quit if not given fight with Jon Jones Also Read- UFC: Nate Diaz Feels He Is The King Of 155 Lbs Category, Eyes ProgressUFC: Nate Diaz says he is on a peace tourAfter the post-fight interview, Nate Diaz said that he’s coming after Masvidal but in his recent Instagram post the younger Diaz shocked the UFC fans by saying that he is out of the fight game. In the Instagram post, Nate wrote “F**** a rematch, this s**** was over before it started. I’m going out on tour”. COMMENT First Published: 7th November, 2019 16:57 IST 10 months ago UFC 244: Where to watch, schedule and live streaming details Well, Nate has faced a medical suspension due to those severe cuts he has faced in UFC 244 against Masvidal and he will be out of the octagon for a while. The doctor stoppage at UFC 244 faced heavy backlash and hatred from the fans but Dana White posted a photo of Diaz’s injury after the match and it actually horrifying to see. The UFC wrote in his Instagram post “These cuts were much worse then they looked on TV. Respect to @natediaz209 for pushing the Dr to continue”. Diaz was out of UFC for 2 years after losing against Conor McGregor at UFC 202. He made a great comeback at UFC 241 by defeating Anthony Pettis but it seems that he is again gone after losing at UFC 244. Also Read- UFC: Conor McGregor Shows Off His Lean Physique On InstagramUFC: Nate Diaz’s current UFC statusNte Diaz recently said that he is done with 155lbs and he will never ever compete at the featherweight division. Nate Diaz was at the seventh spot of the welterweight ranking but came down to ninth after his recent TKO loss against Jorge ‘Gamebred’  Masvidal. He is still visible and an ‘active player’ on the UFC official website but his recent Instagram is surely making his hardcore fans worry.Also Read- UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary RevealedAlso Read- UFC: 3 Major Fights In UFC History With Controversial Endings WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz feels he is the king of 155 lbs category, eyes progress WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago UFC Nate Diaz: Fighter’s salary, net worth and next UFC fight Nate Diaz has reportedly hinted at retirement after losing the BMF title against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. Nate Diaz faced a TKO loss at UFC 244 due to a doctor stoppage and the Stockton Gangsta clearly did not like it. Well, Masvidal and Nate immediately showed their interest in running back the fight once again but it seems that the probability has just gone from hundred to zero. Raj Sarkar 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for the season

first_imgDodgers farm director Gabe Kapler said Arruebarrena was suspended for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract, but declined to specify which terms Arruebarrena violated. For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have suspended minor-league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the season for violating his contract.The 26-year-old, who was on the roster of Double-A Tulsa, has three years and $13 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in February 2014. He was not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.The Dodgers suspended Arruebarrena last May for the duration of the 2015 season. He appealed the suspension and his ban was reduced to 30 days.Arruebarrena slashed .287/.317/.368 at Tulsa last year. In 17 games this season, he had a .182/.224/.400 slash line with 21 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Patriots WR Josh Gordon doing better in rehab, could be back for camp, report says

first_img Super Bowl 54: Chiefs open as favorites to win it all next NFL season From @NFLGameDay: #Patriots WR Josh Gordon is doing better in rehab, and while the focus is solely on improving his life, he could be back by camp. pic.twitter.com/iVW69gBioi— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2019Gordon is at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla., undergoing drug treatment, which the Patriots are reportedly paying for. The team is also working with the league and NFL Players Association to treat the troubled former All-Pro with the hope that he can play football again and be successful in all aspects of life.Gordon, 27, played 11 games for New England this season before being suspended indefinitely on Dec. 20 for violating the terms of his reinstatement into the NFL. He caught 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns in 11 games with the Patriots this season. He also caught one 17-yard touchdown with the Browns before he was traded to New England. Related News Josh Gordon couldn’t finish his first season with New England, but is on track to start the next one.According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots wide receiver could be reinstated into the league by the start of training camp for the 2019-20 season. Even though he didn’t play in Super Bowl 53 against the Rams, Gordon will still get a ring. Patriots paying for Josh Gordon’s inpatient drug treatment, report sayslast_img read more