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Interstate 74 work set to begin for 2019

first_imgBatesville, In. — Construction activity is set to ramp up as INDOT continues a $61 million project to rebuild a 13-mile section of I-74 in northern Ripley County, southeast Franklin County, and southwest Decatur County.Work includes pavement replacement between interchanges at New Point (mile marker 143) and State Road 101 (mile marker 156) and new bridge superstructures at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek.In 2019, the project enters its third and final major phase.Scheduled operations for 2019 include shifting all I-74 traffic to the rebuilt eastbound lanes, with one lane in each direction separated by a concrete barrier wall, while westbound lanes are reconstructed. Westbound bridge superstructures will be replaced at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek. The traffic shift is anticipated to begin on or after Tuesday, March 26.During reconstruction of westbound I-74, the Batesville Welcome Center at milemarker 151 will be closed.All traffic is scheduled to return to normal eastbound/westbound configuration and the westbound welcome center to reopen by mid to late fall.Ancillary tasks, such as final clean-up and seeding, may continue into Spring 2020.last_img read more

Is it Safe to Open Mail and Packages During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

first_imgHealth experts add that the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages long enough to infect anyone who handles them.Officials reiterate that it remains a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and to also avoid touching your face, after handling deliveries.As many other businesses across the nation, the U.S. Postal Service has been limiting visitors to its facilities, and is practicing social distancing guidelines. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?According to the the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the answer is “yes.”They say there is no evidence that the virus is spreading through mail or parcels.Instead, it is mostly spread as droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes are then inhaled by people nearby.We will continue to ensure our customers and business partners can depend on our mail and shipping channels, while keeping employees safe.— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) April 13, 2020last_img read more

England Confirm Wales Friendly for October 8

first_imgEngland will face neighbours Wales in an international friendly at Wembley on Thursday 8 October for what will be the Three Lions’ first home game of 2020.The game will form part of October’s triple header international break and will be played behind closed doors in keeping with current government guidelines on the coronavirus crisis.Both the October and November international breaks later this year will feature three games instead of the usual two in order to make up for cancellations and postponements of summer matches. By the time England face Wales in three months’ time, Gareth Southgate’s side won’t have played a game at Wembley for nearly a year as a direct result of the pandemic. March friendlies against Italy and Denmark were both cancelled, while Euro 2020 has been pushed back to next year.England’s last home game was the 7-0 annihilation of Montenegro in November 2019.England will actually be back in action a month sooner than the Wales friendly when the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign kicks off in September.Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and co. will open with a game in Iceland on 5 September to start League A Group 2. That is quickly followed by a visit to Denmark three days later on 8 September, with England’s first match in October the friendly against Wales.Later in the October international break, England will host Belgium and Denmark at Wembley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NIS Reschedules Silver Jubilee Convocation Ceremony

first_imgIn his words, “NIS graduates are prominently engaged in services at National, State and local government levels as well as clubs” noting that a sizeable number are in ECOWAS sub-regions and other parts of Africa coaching and managing talents who are breaking barriers in global sports events”. “We have produced graduates who have attained their career peak and hauled laurels, awards and medals for their distinguished and outstanding sporting feats”, the Director hinted.Consequently, he said, “in a patriotic effort to take stock and celebrate the past 25 years; we have put together a number of very exciting programmes and events to mark this epoch and document for posterity”. He said that the epochal event which is also aimed at repositioning and rebranding NIS is intended to resonate throughout the length and breadth of the country and beyond, adding that it will evoke a memory that stakeholders will live with for a long time to come.NIS is a statutory agency of the federal government set up for the sports research, training and development of sports personnel in Nigeria. Though established in 1972, the institute was only upgraded to a full-fledged parastatal through the 1992 decree. Since then, the institute has been at the vanguard of sports training, research and developments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Institute for Sports (NIS), a leading sports training institute in Nigeria has rescheduled the celebration of its Silver Jubilee anniversary and convocation ceremony. The event which had earlier been slated for January this year will now hold on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March, 2019 in Lagos. The combined convocation ceremony will involve no fewer than one thousand five hundred graduates who had completed their training programmes from 2005 – 2017 sessions.Some of the plans to mark the Silver Jubilee celebration of the institute are: Anniversary Lecture ad Workshop, Gala Night and NIS Awards for Sporting Excellence, Convocation and Investiture of Honorary Fellows of the Institute as well as Recognition Awards for Sports Journalism.A statement announcing the new dates and signed by the Director/Chief Executive Officer of NIS, Dr. Kingdom Chukwudi Eke revealed that the Silver Jubilee celebration is being organized in line with NIS vision “to be a first class institute transforming Nigeria and sustaining it as a world leader in sports”, adding that this initiative will no doubt make a clearer and loud statement about NIS resolve before all its stakeholders. The Director added that the date change became imperative in view of the forthcoming elections and the need to give the event the requisite national awareness it deserves. He further disclosed that the institute has in the past years of existence been consistent and committed to delivering on its statutory mandate as it has produced over 15,000 manpower in sports who have continued to place Nigeria on the global sports arena winning medals, laurels and awards.last_img read more

Meyiwa funeral moved to Moses Mabhida

first_imgSenzo Meyiwa’s funeral has been moved to Moses Mabhida Stadium to accommodate the masses of supporters who are expected to attend.The funeral for the slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was originally scheduled for King Zwelithini Stadium in his home town of Umlazi.However, the PSL has now confirmed that the service has been moved to the 54 000-capacity Moses Mabhida due to the massive turnout expected to honour the life of the late Meyiwa.last_img

Heisler: Kind words for the Clippers, while there’s still time

first_img DeAndre Jordan, Clippers use a third-quarter surge to rout Knicks Nevertheless, everything changed when Paul bolted last summer. I wrote that Rivers was “doomed” – back when they were 8-15 and it was easy to get carried away, which I did.Not that Doc is sure to be back. He’s no longer the Indispensable Clipper he was in 2014 when Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the franchise that Doc had held together in the wake of the Sterling debacle.Now they’re rebuilding. If Doc has one more year at $10 million on his contract, they could decide they want a new face they won’t have to pay that much after next season.Then after the Griffin trade, I noted they were headed back for the old days – just “without the laughs.”My bad. Rivers has done some of his best work here this season. The gritty team is on a 24-13 run without Patrick Beverly and usually Danilo Gallinari. That might not bring Doc back or get them to the playoffs but it’s remarkable for a team starting 18 players, including two from the G-League. I’ve always appreciated the Clippers, not only for Donald Sterling’s pratfalls but the amazing turns of fortune like their turnaround with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Doc Rivers who arrived with the Donald still in charge.Not that they ever got much credit for things when things went improbably right but that’s an idiosyncrasy of our market.It’s not the Clippers’ fault that the Lakers hung the moon, setting the local standard … which the Lakers haven’t lived up to recently, either.Nor is it appalling that the Clippers didn’t make the Western Conference finals while compiling the NBA’s No. 3 record the last five seasons in a loaded conference with the Warriors, Spurs and the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook Thunder to get through. It wasn’t a triumph, but it was a long way from failure. Happily, he has no need of a return from the Clippers. Forbes projects operating income has averaged $16 million under him. Divided by the $2 billion purchase price, that’s less than 1 percent.Wait, this just in!“I didn’t pay much for the Clippers,” Ballmer informed Bloomberg News, the financial news wire, last week.“Houston (just sold for) $2.1 billion. We’re $2 billion – and we’re in L.A. and they’re not!”Well, they’re in L.A. at the moment but Ballmer keeps talking about moving into a new arena in Inglewood, which is where the Lakers came from.No one has to worry that Ballmer can’t afford the Clippers. What they can afford, and where, and why, remains to be seen. Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari has a fractured hand, adding to his injury-plagued season Clippers’ goal for the stretch run is simple: just play well and keep winning Clippers taking a cautious approach with injured guard Avery Bradley If Paul blamed Rivers, as insiders say he did, it was CP3 who personally recruited Doc in 2013 when the point guard virtually ran the franchise. Whatever you believe, it was time. Paul no longer believed he could beat the Warriors as a Clipper and went somewhere he deemed it possible.As for where the team goes from here, who knows?The Clippers are a vanity project under Ballmer as they were under Sterling. They don’t belong to a fan base as much as an owner. You know what fans expect. What owners want, or are capable of, varies.Only Donald would have brought the Clippers here from San Diego to show he wouldn’t fail on the same level if they were closer to home.(Snicker.)With less competitive, more hospitable sites like Seattle yearning for teams, only Ballmer might keep them here to show they’re worth that $2 billion he paid.(As if.)Ballmer was at MIT’s Sloan Conference last week where sports management people compare new metrics, explaining they knew they were on the wrong track if one guy scored (Griffin), one assisted (CP3) and one rebounded (DJ). Ballmer is new to the game to be sharing insights but if there’s one thing he can do, it’s charm a modernity-worshiping audience.Not that Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, was from the computer side of the business as much as the sales side.“For a time in the mid-1980s, Steve Ballmer used to stop by my cubbyhole at Time Magazine on his visits to New York,” Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt wrote. “I was a struggling staff writer and he was Bill Gates’ oversized salesman but he didn’t impress me as a man with a vision or deep knowledge of computers and he did nothing during his 13½ years as Microsoft’s CEO to persuade me otherwise.”Skepticism about Ballmer runs deep among computer geeks. Fortune quoted several when Ballmer retired in 2014 including MacDailyNews, noting “The luckiest dorm assignment in the history of the universe has finally run out of luck.”Indeed, Ballmer and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates became pals living down the hall from each other at Harvard. Five years after starting Microsoft, Gates made Ballmer the company’s 30th employee.Ballmer rose to CEO, retiring with a fortune now projected at $39.9 billion by Forbes with a straight-forward blurb, noting that he ran Microsoft from 2000 to 2014, “a difficult time after the first dot.comcrash and through efforts to catch Google in search and Apple in mobile phones.”Oh, right, phones.Ballmer laughed at Apple’s belated entry with the costly, vendor-subsidized iPhone (“$500? Fully subsidized with a plan?” he said in 2007. “… We’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.”)Ballmer was nothing if not committed to Microsoft, leaving with 332 million shares of stock – that led him to make  back the $2 billion he spent on the Clippers in less than two years in the market.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oklahoma football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Sooners

first_imgMORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019Ho hum. It’s another new day in Norman, and Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts is already regarded among the favorites to land in New York City as a Heisman candidate. Riley will polish Hurts’ passing skills just fine, but what the Sooners really need from the position this time is leadership and poise to offset a rebuilt offensive line and a rebuilding defense.Alex Grinch is the new defensive coordinator and brings not only two new assistants, but a new mentality and new directive: Get the football out, turn it over, and get it back to the offense where playmakers like Kennedy Brooks, Trey Sermon and CeeDee Lamb await.The Sooners rank No. 4 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for the 2019 season. Can they keep their stranglehold on the Big 12 for another year?Oklahoma football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationAug. 31HoustonNorman, Okla.Sept. 7South DakotaNorman, Okla.Sept. 14at UCLALos AngelesSept. 21ByeOffSept. 28Texas TechNorman, Okla.Oct. 5at KansasLawrence, Kan.Oct. 12No. 6 TexasDallasOct. 19West VirginiaNorman, Okla.Oct. 26at Kansas StateManhattan, Kan.Nov. 2ByeOffNov. 9No. 23 Iowa StateNorman, Okla.Nov. 16at BaylorWaco, TexasNov. 23TCUNorman, Okla.Nov. 30at Oklahoma StateStillwater, Okla.Dec. 7Big 12 championshipArlington, TexasBold denotes Big 12 games MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonOklahoma football recruiting 2019The Sooners have the No. 2 class in the Big 12 and the No. 6 class in the country, according to the 247Sports’ Composite rankings, thanks to a massive influx of offensive talent. Jadon Haselwood is the No. 1 receiver in the nation, Theo Wease is No. 3 and Trejan Bridges is No. 11. Austin Stogner is the No. 3 TE prospect. Throw in dual-threat QB Spencer Rattler — the nation’s top high school quarterback — and Lincoln Riley’s offense looks set for the near future.Oklahoma football roster 2019Oklahoma’s roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Big 12 2019 primerWhat to watch from Oklahoma in 20191. Bama transplantHow in the world does Oklahoma replace back-to-back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks? No school has ever had to ask that question before, but Lincoln Riley is two for two as a head coach. Enter none other than Jalen Hurts, the grad transfer from Alabama, a national champion and two-time runner-up. Hurts may have lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa midway through the 2018 national championship game, but he was the SEC’s 2016 freshman and offensive player of the year for nothing. He also saved the Tide with two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Georgia in the 2018 SEC championship game. He’ll be a better passer in a more sophisticated offense in Norman. Riley says the job is open, but Rattler and Tanner Mordecai will compete to back up Hurts.2. How the Grinch stole (back) defense Under Mike Stoops, Oklahoma’s defense sank to its lowest levels ever. Riley fired Stoops at midseason, and in January, he hired Alex Grinch from Ohio State. In Columbus, Grinch was supposed to replace Greg Schiano, but Schiano’s gig at Tennessee fell through. Grinch made his name under Mike Leach at Washington State with the impossible task of turning around the Cougars with mounds of turnovers. In Norman, he just needs to field a serviceable defense — but Grinch thinks a powerhouse like Oklahoma should have no limitations and high expectations. Expect immediate improvements, particularly with turnovers.3. Who’s got next?The Sooners just sent four starters — left tackle Bobby Evans, left guard Ben Powers, right guard Dru Samia and right tackle Cody Ford — to the NFL. With its only returning starter (center Creed Humphrey) missing the entire spring as he recovers from injury, all of spring practice is a rebuild project for co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. But while his group won the Joe Moore Award last year as college football’s best offensive line, it was his coaching over the years that helped shape them. He’s regarded as one of the best OL coaches in the country for a reason. There will be rough spots, but having an established, veteran QB behind center like Hurts should help. Change in coach, no problem. Change in quarterback, no problem.Oklahoma has ruled the Big 12 Conference for four years running because of a logic-defying consistency. Whether Bob Stoops or Lincoln Riley, Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray, the Sooners have dominated the league since 2015 with a 33-3 record. Oklahoma State, with 13 losses, has been second-best in that stretch. Chief rival Texas had 16 losses in those four seasons.last_img read more

Spoiler alert: Lakers set to run gauntlet of Western Conference playoff hopefuls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLuke Walton has said the Lakers (33-43) should focus on playing their own game rather than try to serve as a playoff spoiler. The two objectives inherently go hand-in-hand. Wins will benefit the Lakers and disrupt the natural order of the playoff race.That said, after scoring 83 points and losing to the 25-win Kings on Sunday, those victories might be hard to count on.“We’re going to have to play a lot better for the remainder of the season,” Walton said. “We’ve got some really good teams that are coming to town that are playing for something pretty significant. So we’re going to have to elevate our game a lot or it’s going to be a long six games to end the season.”Either way, Tuesday will mark the Lakers’ final game outside of Staples Center, with four of their final games home games and the finale against the Clippers a designated road game.“We just want to go out with a bang, period,” Kuzma said. “Whether it’s last road game or last home game we really just want to keep capitalizing, keep winning so.” HART OF TEXASHere’s a back-to-back-to-back you don’t see every day: After logging 26 minutes in the Lakers’ loss on Friday, Josh Hart was on a private jet to San Antonio to cheer for his alma mater Villanova in the men’s NCAA semifinals.In a locker room with diverse college representations, Hart found himself going into the finale of March Madness at odds with General Manager Rob Pelinka, who won a national title with Michigan in 1989.It raises the question: Can a rookie talk trash to the man who made the call to draft him?“That’s allowed,” Hart said. “I can talk trash to anybody – besides Jesus Christ, that’s the only one I will not talk trash to.”Hart was on the court when Villanova won the title in 2016. He described the run to the title as “the most fun you ever have playing basketball, especially when you win it.”“We were just having fun,” Hart said. “The Final Four can be a circus at times, but that’s some of the most fun basketball you’ll ever have.” SALT LAKE CITY — It will be at least another year before the Lakers are in the playoff race themselves. For a franchise on the rise, however, the final six games of this current campaign present an opportunity to play a hand in the fortunes of teams jockeying for postseason position.If teams such as the Jazz, Spurs and Timberwolves are going to reach the playoffs, the Lakers can at least make them earn it.“Every team is going to play their A-game,” rookie forward Kyle Kuzma said following the Lakers’ 84-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday evening. “Because they’re trying to make the playoffs and trying to keep that seed, so for us we just want to win.”Starting against Utah (44-33) on Tuesday, the Lakers will only face teams in the Western Conference playoff hunt from here on out, although the Clippers (41-36) are perilously close to being eliminated and might be out of the race by the time they clash with the Lakers in the season finale.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NASCAR lineup at Homestead: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

first_imgBelow is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Homestead:Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at HomesteadThe same protocol that set the lineup for Sunday’s Homestead race will be used to set the lineup for the upcoming Cup Series race at Talladega (June 21). The next race, however, will be the first to include a practice session since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.As for Sunday’s race at Homestead, the draw for the starting lineup took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing2Joey Logano22Team Penske3Brad Keselowski2Team Penske4Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing5Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports6Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing7Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports10Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing11Ryan Blaney12Team Penske12Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing13Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing16Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing17Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports18John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing20Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing21Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing22William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports23Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing24Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing25JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing26Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing27Josh Bilicki53Rick Ware Racing28Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports29Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing30Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports31Quin Houff00StarCom Racing32Ty Dillon13Germain Racing33Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing34BJ McLeod77Spire Motorsports35Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing36Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was set by the same procedure that determined the starting lineup for the last three Cup Series races and will set the field for the next one, all of which were scheduled to run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Homestead, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers and a pair of Team Penske drivers in the first four starting spots as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup. MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Martinsville winner Kevin Harvick had the first pit stall selection for Sunday’s race and chose the No. 1 stall.Cup pit stalls for Sunday at Homestead. Selection order based on Martinsville finish:— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 11, 2020Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Homestead and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Homestead?Getting the No. 1 starting position for Sunday’s race at Homestead had to be a relief for Denny Hamlin, who had a rough night Wednesday at Martinsville. There’s a good chance Hamlin will choose the outside lane to start the race so his JGR teammate Kyle Busch (starting fourth) can roll off behind him.Of course, that would put a pair of Penske drivers, Joey Logano (second) and Brad Keselowski (third), on the bottom row to start the race.last_img read more

Motorcyclist Leads 8 Deputies on 100 MPH Chase through FL Keys

first_imgIt took eight deputies to stop a motorcyclist going more than 100 miles per hour at times through the Florida Keys on Saturday.According to Monroe County Sheriff’s officials, 43-year-old Paulo Bernabeau fled as they tried to pull him over. The chase reached triple digits but slowed down when the deputies became concerned about safety.As officers searched the area, one of them noticed a red reflector light that was hidden behind a palm tree. He then saw the suspect leave the back of a nearby residence. Authorities say Bernabeau had hidden black motorcycle pants, a jacket and helmet under a kayak.Bernabeau told the deputies that he fled because he does not have a motorcycle license.He has been charged with fleeing and eluding, driving without a motorcycle license, and tampering with evidence.last_img read more

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