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Volunteer for the annual butterfly count at Big Oaks NWR

first_imgMadison, IN—Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers!These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when volunteering at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count.Fifty-Two species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count.Those attending are asked to meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association is appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time spent in the field. You may choose to join for the entire day or make it a half-day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch, and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or click here.last_img read more

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“Egregious” Behavior Gets Two Miami Police Officers Fired

first_img“I terminated the officers because the behavior was egregious and will not be tolerated at the department,” Noel-Pratt added in a statement.It is inexcusable, unacceptable, unjustifiable, and criminal what occurred to Mr. G. Floyd. I don’t have any sons, but I have a husband, brother and nephews. This cannot be our reality, we must be professional and treat others with respect, compassion and dignity. @MGPDFL— Delma K. Noel-Pratt (@ChiefNoelPratt) May 28, 2020 The firings took place due to a beating that was caught on several videos. A police chief in Miami-Dade County said she recently released two of her officers from the department for “egregious” behavior.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt explained Wednesday that the two men, identified as Jaiver Castano and Jordy Yanes Matel, are under a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.center_img One of the officers is accused of physically attacking a suspect’s acquaintance. Meanwhile, the other officer is accused of trying to cover up that act by not downloading his bodycam footage, which is officers are required to download after every shift.Records show the Miami Gardens Police Department hired Castano in August 2018 and Yanes Matel in October of that year.According to the victim in the case, the beating happened on March 21 at the RaceTrac gas station located at 19100 NW 2nd Ave., in Miami Gardens.last_img read more

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County Cheering Champs

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) BANGOR — Three Hancock County cheering squads placed first and two more were runners-up at the recent State Elementary and Junior High Cheering Invitational at the Bangor Auditorium.In the Superstars 3 Division, the Lamoine Lions took top honors — for the ninth consecutive year. A squad from the Beech Hill School in Otis placed sixth. In the Superstars 2 Division, the Ellsworth Middle School Falcons, coached by Jane Stackpole and Kelli Mitchell, took top honors with 124.3 points. The Cave Hill Bears from Eastbrook, with just four cheerleaders, finishing as runners-up, just three points behind Ellsworth. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso competing in Superstars 2 were Trenton, placing fifth, and Hancock, placing ninth. In the Superstars 1 Division, a squad from Deer Isle-Stonington finished as runner-up with 122.9 points, just 1.2 points behind a team from the Mount Blue Middle School. In the Northern Stars Division at the elementary school level, the Union 96 cheerleaders took top honors, besting four other teams, with a score of 87.7. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Biocenter_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Simmons latest addition to upcoming Golden Republic T20 Bash

first_imgFLASHY West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, joins Rayad Emrit as the next high-profile International T20 star confirmed for the Golden Republic T20 Bash set for February 21, 2020, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Simmons, the West Indies opener and one of the more reputable T20 guns-for-hire, was confirmed as the latest addition to the upcoming event set to mark Guyana’s 50th Republic anniversary celebrations.All-rounder Emrit is considered a limited-overs specialist with his skill-set earning him places in many franchise teams globally, while Simmons is an attacking top-order batsman who was part of the West Indies T20 side that won the title in India in 2018.Both players are no strangers to local fans having played a number of seasons for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League with tremendous success.The Golden Republic T20 Bash will see two exciting matches for all cricket fans to enjoy as Guyana celebrates 50 years as a Republic on February 23.In the first game starting at 14.00hrs, national softball champions Regal All-Star will take on the up and coming Ariel Speed Boat All Stars, followed by the feature event at 18:00hrs (6:00 pm) when Hetmyer Hurricanes take on Rutherford Renegades.The event is organised by the Guyana Cricket Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Cohesion Department of Culture Youth and Sport.last_img read more

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Cruse, Freeman will not return in ’06

first_imgTwo more troubled members of the UW football team waved goodbye Tuesday afternoon as head coach Bret Bielema announced that defensive lineman Gino Cruse and Antonio Freeman would not return to the team next year.”After several discussions with both Gino and Antonio, I felt it would be in the best interests of both student-athletes and the Wisconsin football program if they did not return to the program,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said in a written statement.Cruse was credited with eight tackles, including a sack last season, while Freeman did not register a stat as a reserve defensive back.Cruse, who was slated to be a sophomore next season, was put into the first offenders program last December for destruction of property after he smashed the window of his then-girlfriend’s car in February 2005. Cruse was also cited for possession of marijuana and underage drinking at the time.Freeman also had legal run-ins as, according to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Jefferson County police arrested Freeman for possession of marijuana in January, after stopping the players’ car for driving more than 100 miles per hour and suspicions of driving while intoxicated.The two join former running back Booker Stanley as players that have been released from the team since Bielema took over as head coach. According to published reports by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Freeman and Stanley are considering transferring to UW-Whitewater.Meanwhile, Bielema also released his first depth chart, letting out a limited chart listing the starter and reserve at each position, and also revealing that former center Mark Gorman would move back to the defensive line and that Jaevery McFadden’s move to linebacker from tight end would be permanent. Perhaps the most notable item on the depth chart is P.J. Hill being named the starting tailback for now, with Jamil Walker and Dywon Rowan tied for the No. 2 duties, and wideouts Luke Swan and Jarvis Minton were listed as the third and fourth receivers, behind Marcus Randle El and Paul Hubbard despite rarely playing this spring due to injury.Also, sophomore Kraig Urbik, who started every game last season at right tackle as officially been moved inside to right guard to make room for sophomore Eric Vandenheuvel. Vandenheuvel most notably filled in for Joe Thomas after the left tackle went down with a torn ACL in the Capital One Bowl.last_img read more

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USC men’s tennis team tackles the Sherwood Collegiate Cup

first_imgLooking to shake off a rough start to the new year, the defending NCAA champion USC men’s tennis team will try to divide and conquer at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup this weekend. From today through Jan. 19, the Trojans will partake in singles and doubles individual tournaments in Westlake Village, Calif., along with competitors from Baylor, Stanford and UCLA.The USC men’s tennis team collectively struggled in its first tournament of 2015, the Southern California United States Tennis Association Pro Futures Circuit event – senior Eric Johnson was the lone Trojan able to progress beyond the first round of singles competition, only to fall in the second round, and in doubles, the No. 1-ranked senior duo of Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann was eliminated in the tournament quarterfinals.Following the USTA Pro Futures Circuit event, head coach Peter Smith cited a lack of match fitness from the holiday layover as a primary factor for his team’s woes.“It’s kind of like waking in the morning and not having your coffee,” Smith said. “That was their introduction to the new year. They woke up and went ‘Oh man. Alright, I do have to play at this level.’ To be honest, they were playing against some top competition, so it was the perfect way to start the new year.”After coming back and turning it up a notch in practice this week, Smith is confident that the defending champion Trojans will return to form at Sherwood during the weekend.“We’re playing much better,” Smith said. “They enjoyed Christmas, what can I say. They’ve gotten into the routine, they’ve gotten their workouts. [The USTA Pro Circuit] put a sense of urgency to their workouts this week, and everyone really played a lot better – a couple levels higher this week.”Of the 32 singles and 16 doubles entries, four individual Trojans and two USC tandems are seeded in the tournament. In singles, Hanfmann earned the No. 1 seed in the competition. Senior Jonny Wang enters as the No. 4 seed, followed by sophomore Nick Crystal at the No. 6 spot and rounded out with Quiroz in the No. 7 ranking. In doubles play, the pair of Hanfmann and Johnson take the No. 2 seed, with the duo of Quiroz and junior Max de Vroome set at the No. 4 spot.The remaining top eight seeds for singles pit Baylor’s Julian Lenz at No. 2, UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald at No. 4, and Stanford’s Tom Fawcett and David Hsu at No. 5 and No. 8 respectively. UCLA’s team of McDonald and Martin Redlicki top the doubles bracket, while Baylor’s pair of Lenz and Felipe Rios take the No. 3 seed in team competition.“Every time you enter a tournament, you expect it to be as tough as any other,” sophomore Connor Farren said. “I think it’s going to be a great competition, and hopefully we can get better every match.”Last year in the Sherwood Collegiate Cup, then-junior Quiroz reached the singles quarterfinals and then-sophomore Vroome won the consolation tournament in singles play. Quiroz and then-freshman Farren battled their way to the semifinals of last year’s Sherwood doubles tournament.With a team of half underclassmen this year, Smith will use the Cup as a diagnostic for the level at which his players are competing.“A lot of the lineup has been established through the fall season, but it’s a fresh look to see how everyone is playing,” Smith said. “It’s really just to see where everybody’s at on the court.”The team’s freshmen will get their first taste of spring competition this weekend. Freshman Tanner Smith, set to make his regular season debut at Sherwood, feels the longtime powerhouse tennis program has primed him for collegiate competition.“Our seniors are great, they really know how to push us,” Smith said. “It’s just so exciting, being surrounded by so many good players. This [tournament] is going to be fun”Still in the opening stages of the spring season, the Trojans will hope to gain early momentum as they shake off the rust and pursue their sixth NCAA championship in seven years.“When you sign up to come to USC, whether you’re a player or a coach, the tradition here is good and the expectation is to do the best,” Smith said. “But to do that, you have to prepare your best.”last_img read more

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After 30 years, college basketball lives and dies by the 3-pointer

first_img Published on December 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ In April 1986, a black line was taped around each key of the Christian Brothers Academy basketball court for an under-19 AAU tournament. Any shot made from behind the lines, which were 20 feet, 8 inches from the basket, counted as three points.A few months later, the 3-point arc was painted on the Carrier Dome court only few miles west of CBA. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim vehemently opposed it, just like fellow head coaches across the country who believed it would stretch the floor and turn the game into a shooting contest. Thirty years later, the line has ushered in a whole new style of basketball and changed the collegiate landscape.This season marks the 30th anniversary of the 3-point shot’s debut in college basketball. A 19-foot, 9-inch arc was officially established for all schools at the start of the 1986-87 season, then was extended to 20 feet, 9 inches for the 2008-09 season. Basketball analysts say the shot has taken on new meaning in recent years because of several factors, not the least of which is the rise of the shot in the NBA. Many teams recruit for it. They practice it. And they live and die by it.“It’s called the Golden State effect, man,” said ESPN analyst Jay Williams, the national college player of the year in 2002 at Duke who hit 39 percent of his career 3s. “When I work with kids, the first thing they do is start chucking 3s. The style in which the game is being played is you have the versatility of the power forwards and centers. You have bigs who want to shoot 3s, too.”Three-point attempts rose each successive season between 1987 and 2008, when the line was moved back a foot. After a lull period, the number of 3s has exploded. During the 2013-14 season, teams took 32.9 percent of their shots from deep. It jumped to 34.2 percent in 2014-15, 35.4 percent in 2015-16 and 36.4 percent last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaily Orange File PhotoSyracuse doesn’t rank within the top 50 in 3-point field goal attempts per game this season, though its next opponent, Colgate, does. While the Orange make just five 3s per game — tied-336th in the country — the Raiders average 11.3 3-point makes per game, 12th in the country. It is reflective of a wider trend rooted in AAU, high school and lower levels. A high school basketball team in Pine City, Minnesota, almost exclusively shoots 3-pointers and layups.Both Williams and Jay Bilas, of ESPN, said players are spreading out the floor more over the past several years. There’s more of a premium on shooting in both recruitment and retainment of players because a 3-pointer is a higher-value shot than a regular basket. The most efficient shots on a basketball floor come at the free-throw line, via the layup or behind the arc, Bilas said. It’s a trickle-down effect from the NBA, whose teams, for the sixth consecutive year, took more 3-pointers than ever last season. Eleven years ago, no NBA team averaged more than 24 3-point attempts per game. Last season, 22 of 30 teams exceeded that mark.The calculus teams are taking at both the pro and college level: 3s are worth more than 2s. Shooting 33 percent from 3 is equivalent to shooting 50 percent from inside the arc. Three-pointers are a quick way to generate points without having to chew the clock it takes for an open layup.“When I was playing you never saw someone grab an offensive rebound and kick it out,” said Bilas, who played forward at Duke from 1982-86, the final seasons before the 3-point line was added. “Now they’re kicking it out for a step in 3. That’s the best 3 you get: after an offensive rebound. You get an offensive rebound, if you don’t have an immediate stick back, you look out, you get a shot that would take you 25 seconds of brilliant offense to get.”In the shot’s inaugural season, Syracuse advanced to the national championships game but was beaten by the 3-point shooting of the Indiana Hoosiers. Keith Smart hit a midrange jumper to lift Indiana over Syracuse with five seconds on the clock. That shot wasn’t from behind the arc, but the Hoosiers were only in position to shoot a game-winner because Steve Alford had gone 7-for-10 from deep.Syracuse’s lone national title, in 2003, could not have been won without freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara. Now an assistant coach at SU, McNamara hit six consecutive 3-pointers in the title game — all in the first half. McNamara shot 35 percent from behind the arc his freshman season and Anthony, now an NBA star, shot 33.7 percent from 3.Daily Orange File PhotoA year ago, graduate transfer Andrew White broke McNamara’s program single-season 3-point field goal record, knocking down 109. Syracuse’s 1987 Final Four run, the shot’s first season, was built on the shooting of Greg Monroe, a year during which the Orange shot a program record 40.3 percent from deep. Later, the 1995-96 run was powered by Marius Janulis and Todd Burgan’s abilities to spread the floor with the 3.“It’s mandatory if you want to win big, you have to have shooters to get momentum with the 3 ball,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. “That shot is momentum. It breaks up certain spurts on team. It’s tough to offset. The 3-point shot has become a weapon needed to really be a superteam.”The Orange went 30-5 in 2009-10, when SU shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range. Brandon Triche, a starting guard on that team, said the 3-point shot has almost come to remove the midrange game. While he prefers the 17-footer, he said he knows teams are drawing up more plays specifically to generate an open 3-point shot. Triche said he has been taught throughout his career to run back to the paint on transition defense, a time when teams are most vulnerable to be hit by a 3.“The 3-point shot is deadly,” said Triche, who drilled 173 3-pointers as a four-year starter at Syracuse from 2009-13. “It’s a shot in which you create a lot of points in a short amount of time. And it’s demoralizing. It’s hard if someone can dribble to take away the shot and drive and defend the 3. For the most part, you have to give up one.”That is why teams are deciding to play small and spread the floor, Bilas said. Not every team can play 6-foot-11 centers, but many more teams can recruit and cultivate shooting talent. Against teams that play a zone or have a size advantage, both of which Syracuse has, teams try to compensate for lack of size or interior presence by shooting 3s, Williams said.The balance of power in college basketball has transferred to those who can shoot the trifecta. The shot has redefined the identities of perennial powers and Cinderella teams alike. Analysts said it has made games faster-paced and brought fans out of their seats. It could phase out soon and big men could soon become the face of the game again, Williams said. But recent years show the 3-point shot has no end in sight.“Teams always shoot a lot of 3s against us,” Boeheim said. “We like it when they shoot a lot, as long as they don’t make a lot.” Commentslast_img read more

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Zamalek, El Merreikh Oppositions for Rangers, Rivers Utd

first_imgThe fresh pairing also means Rangers will return to North Africa for another battle against hostile weather and crowd after scaling the JS Saoura of Algeria challenge on a superior away goal rule. Rangers were held to a scoreless draw in Enugu last Sunday but progressed because of the edge of one-all draw a week earlier away.Rangers will travel to Cairo for the first leg match on March 10 with the return leg in Enugu on the 17th of same month.River United, still basking in the euphoria of 4-0  hammering of AS Real Bamako of Mali  in the opening round will host El-Merreikh of Sudan the same weekend as Rangers and the return leg a week later in Khartoum.Should both teams secure passage against their respective opponents, they will qualify into the money spinning group stage of the competition which is in league format of four teams in two groups.Meanwhile, Rangers have received a cash boost after they advanced to the first round of this year’s CAF Champions League at the expense of Algeria’s JS Saoura.Team Officials announced yesterday that instead of a proposed $190 per player as travel allowance to Algeria, each player will now be paid $730, while officials and coaches will be paid $1,000 each.The players will also each receive N50,000  as match bonus for the Champions League tie.Other pairings for the next stage of the competition include; Étoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia will take on Association Sportive de Tanda of Morocco while defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa will host Kampala City Council of Uganda. Ahly Tripoli of Libya will host Fath Union Sports FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF LEAGUEFemi SolajaNigerian league champions, Rangers International FC have been drawn to face last year’s losing finalist, Zamalek FC of Egypt in the next stage of the CAF Champions League while Rivers United FC will tackle El Merreikh FC of Sudan.last_img read more

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City of Miramar Announces Rent and Utility Assistance Fund To Assist…

first_imgMiramar City Hall To keep up with the latest information related to COVID-19 in the City of Miramar and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to the Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program, visit MiramarFL.gov/coronavirus. MIRAMAR, FL (Thursday, May 14, 2020) – The City of Miramar today announced an Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program, which will provide one-time rental and utility assistance to income-eligible City of Miramar households that suffered job loss or pay-cuts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program’s funding will come from the City’s reallocation of Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds. The one-time assistance does not have to be repaid and the program will be administered by the City’s Community Development Department. The program will provide relief payments of up to $7,000 per household to help cover a maximum of three months past due rent and utility costs. This assistance does not need to be repaid by the qualifying residents. Applicants must reside within the City of Miramar, no exceptions.Applicants must be qualified as Extremely Low, Very Low or Low-Income residents of the City of Miramar.Apply starting Friday, May 22, 2020.Applications can be downloaded at MiramarFL.gov/CovidRentalAssistance or by calling Community Redevelopment Associates of Florida at 954-431-7866 Ext: 110 to have an application mailed.Residents with limited or no internet access should call the City of Miramar’s Community Services Department at 954-889-2719 for assistance. The Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program is open to City of Miramar residents only who earn up to 80 percent of area median income based on household size, as determined by the chart below.“COVID-19 has greatly impacted many of our residents and some are having difficulty covering their basic needs which include paying the monthly rent and utility bills,” said Mayor Wayne Messam. “This program will help our residents who are most in need and priority will be given to special needs households,” he continued.The following are details on who may apply for the Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program and how to apply:last_img read more

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GFA to announce either Botswana, Togo for Stars June friendly

first_imgThe Ghana FA is set to announce either of Botswana or Togo as friendly opposition for the Black Stars ahead of their Afcon 2017 qualifier in June. Reports on Wednesday had it that the football governing body had chosen Togo at their Executive Committee meeting, but FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara says the announcement is yet to be made.”It is true we have been in discussions with the two countries. Nothing had been concluded but hopefully, we would have a meeting this morning and settle on one of them. When that is done, an official announcement will follow it,” Daara told Supersport.All these are part of preparations for Ghana’s hosting of Mauritius in the Afcon 2017 qualifiers on June 14.FA sources say due to the geographical proximity of Botswana to Mauritius and a seeming similar style, it is likely the Southern Africans will be chosen ahead of Togo.The Black Stars squad is expected next week, after which camping is supposed to start on June 1. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

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