What will happen to BHS German program

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — What is the future of the German program at Batesville High School after the passing of Andy Koors?Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/German-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Andy Allen, Batesville High School Principal.Allen also thanks the community for their support.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/German-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Winner banks $2,500 at Hancock County’s IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (July 10) – There’s a $2,500 check waiting for the winner of tonight’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Nationals at Hancock County Speedway.The MaxYield Seed-sponsored special pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded. Top finishers from each heat advance to the $200 to win DeKalb/Asgrow Dash to determine their starting spots in the main event.The evening’s IMCA Modified feature pays $1,000 to win and is both a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and Wehr’s Dash at the Harris Clash qualifier. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $600 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win.National, regional and state points will be awarded in those three divisions.Pit gates at Britt open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students, seniors and veterans. Kids 12 and under get in free. Pit passes are $25.More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website. Other event sponsors are Croplan by Winfield and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.The Northern SportMod Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. The event was postponed from June 19 because of inclement weather.last_img read more

Nikias’ first year marked by growth

first_imgSaturday marked the one-year anniversary of President C. L. Max Nikias assuming his presidency at USC.Achievements ·Since taking office last year, President C. L. Max Nikias has strengthened the school’s athletic compliance standards. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan“Niki and I feel deeply honored to serve as president and first lady of this great university,” Nikias said in a statement issued to the Daily Trojan. “This has been a truly extraordinary year for us, and as a community, we can celebrate a number of significant successes.”The university has seen a great deal of  financial development since Nikias’ inauguration. In the last 12 months, USC raised an unprecedented $1 billion, launched the largest fundraising campaign in the history of higher education, advanced medical research and education, and welcomed its most international freshman class to date.The university also broke ground on a new university health center and athletics complex and raised and strengthened athletic compliance standards.James G. Ellis, dean of the Marshall School of Business, said Nikias’ leadership helps the university flourish.“President Nikias has become an exemplary leader of a world class university,” Ellis said in an email. “He sets the tone for all of us with his work ethic, his values, and his ability to accomplish all he does with a smile and a kind word for everyone.”Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, praised Nikias for the leadership and energy he has shown during his first year.“He started with the explosive energy we all expected and has surpassed all expectations in the momentum he has created for this university,” Yortsos said in a press release.Undergraduate Student Government President Monish Tyagi said while President Nikias has done a tremendous job in his first year, what has been especially unique about his presidency is the importance he places on connecting with students.“In the midst of all of the things he has to do and the demand in his schedule — the fact that he has time to engage with students speaks a lot to [his character],” Tyagi said. “He hosts monthly teas where he interacts with students, meets with our student government a few times a semester and he is very student-friendly.”Tyagi said Nikias is known to have said, “Without students, this wouldn’t be a university; it would just be a research center.”Nikias focused on encouraging students to engage with the community,  to have a stronger social experience and to have a richer academic experience during his first year, Tyagi said.“He always talks about how to get students involved in the community,” Tyagi said. “He’s been working with Provost [Garrett] to emphasize making USC a home for students, through creating residential colleges that provide more of a wholesome experience for freshmen. [He has also continued working on] improving the overall academic experience, from recruiting the best faculty members in the world to getting new facilities.”Some students said they were happy with the changes they’ve seen Nikias implement in his first year and are excited to see how the university continues to evolve under his leadership.“Nikias has truly re-established the foundation [on] which our university is based and I’m incredibly excited to see how the fundraising will better every aspect of the university,” said Yimu Xue, a junior majoring in communication.Monroe Ekilah, a sophomore majoring in computer science and computer engineering, said Nikias has raised the university’s profile through the Campaign for the University of Southern California.“If the goal is achievable, [Nikias’ campaign] would be unprecedented for the university, as well as the surrounding community, since a portion of that money goes beyond USC as well,” Ekilah said. “He’s already raised more than a billion dollars within a year, which really reflects well on the university.”Christopher Organ, a junior majoring in international relations (global business) and East Asian languages and cultures, said although Nikias has done a good job overall, his leadership could focus more on updating existing campus facilities.“Leavey Library doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of the university or other buildings,” Organ said. “If USC [were] to focus on facilities that students use the most, it would make more of a tangible impact on students’ daily lives.”last_img read more

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in Calabasas helicopter crash

first_imgUSC students reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and legacy. He was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, bringing the Lakers to five NBA championships. (Photo via Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter) Bryant was always one of the most respected players in the league during his career and a staple of Los Angeles inside and outside of sports. The news of his passing impacted USC students — Lakers fans or not — who grew up watching and idolizing the “Black Mamba.”  Bryant moved to Italy when he was 6 as his father had retired from the NBA to play internationally. Overseas, Bryant not only learned how to speak fluent Italian and play soccer but he started to seriously learn how to play basketball. Almost four years after the final game of Bryant’s career — a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in April 2016 — his impact is still felt in the NBA. Now, after Bryant’s passing, his legacy in the sport and in the lives of fans around the world is sure to live on.  “Kobe’s legacy isn’t even basketball, it’s work ethic and dedication,” said Jayden Smith, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The way Kobe trained, he did that in every aspect of his life. Everything he does he obsesses over it, over the minute details, and does everything he can to be better than the person that he’s competing against.” Bryant’s legacy is a somewhat complicated one. In 2003, Bryant was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado. The accuser later dropped the charges after refusing to testify but later filed a separate civil suit against Bryant. Bryant did not directly admit guilt but publicly apologized for the circumstances between himself and the employee. After the news of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ Sports and followed by confirmation by multiple outlets, numerous celebrities, sports figures and fans were quick to share their grief on social media. Memorials were quickly set up near the crash site and outside Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena and site of the 2020 Grammy Awards show that began just hours later, bringing a mix of attendees and mourners to L.A. Live. Bryant had three straight championship-winning seasons with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and head coach Phil Jackson from 2000-02 before O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. That trade, however, cemented Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ franchise leader. He would go on to win two more championships with Jackson and teammate Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010 before tearing an Achilles tendon in 2013 at age 34. “It’s more than just basketball really with Kobe, he kind of just encompassed everything L.A.,” said Diego Briones, a junior majoring in political science. “Especially because it’s such an artsy town, he was such a sophisticated, intellectual person … He really viewed the sport like an art and I think that really resonates with a lot of Los Angeles citizens.” “He’s an international icon,” Briones said. “He helped take basketball international … I think he’s pivotal in that regard.” Bryant has become a household name for many across the globe, including those outside of the basketball community and fanbase. His legacy and approach towards his goals even impacted people off the court that did not tune in to witness his impressive on-court performances. Bryant and Gianna are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa and three daughters — Natalia Diamante (17), Bianka Bella (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). Tributes to Kobe Bryant hang on the windows of Cale & Irani Residential College at USC Village. (Photo courtesy of Jayden Smith)center_img Bryant’s tenacious work ethic, highlighted in his book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” has served as a model for young athletes and others inside and outside the realm of sports. He was known for his unwavering, constant willingness to improve. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed Sunday morning after a helicopter crashed in Calabasas just before 10 a.m. Bryant and Gianna were on their way to Thousand Oaks for her basketball practice. He was 41. Bryant grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for all of his 20-year career. Considered by many as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships.  Bryant — especially after his retirement — was also an outspoken advocate for growing women’s basketball, frequently attending college and WNBA games, coaching Gianna’s teams and using social media to praise women’s basketball players. For many, that drive and determination extends past basketball. “I think his passing is definitely a part of the city is passing, too,” Ghajar said. “And any sport you can apply his mindset, the Mamba Mentality to it. You can apply the Mamba Mentality to anything in life, really. [He] will be missed everywhere.” “Kobe has been my role model my whole life, sort of my idol,” said Tyler Ghajar, a freshman majoring in art. “I got inspiration from his work ethic and determination … to sort of apply that to my life. He was more than an athlete in terms of what he meant for this city and just for people in general.” “Kobe Bryant really was a huge influence even on those of us who never really were big on basketball,” freshman Economics major Freya Haksar said. “He was the kind of icon that gave you a vision of success…He was always kind of a figure for us to keep pushing forward, to turn our challenges and pressures into lessons, and a drive to always keep our heads up and better ourselves and spread that energy to the people around us.” Bryant was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London and served as a key figure in helping expand the NBA’s international reach, attracting and inspiring young fans from all across the world. “I hope people — regardless of their affiliation to teams, whether they’re a Laker fan or whether they’re a Celtic fan, whether they’re even a basketball fan or even a sports fan — just recognize what he meant to the city,” Smith said. “He was able to get a whole city to get behind him and embrace him … Kobe is L.A. basketball.” Bryant’s death comes just one day after he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James for third all-time on the NBA’s career scoring leaderboard. James was seen in tears after the Lakers landed in Los Angeles after flying in from Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.last_img read more

NBA All-Star voting 2020: How it works, fan vote end date, latest results & leaders

first_imgThe NBA calendar has flipped to 2020, and that means All-Star festivities are on the horizon.Ahead of All-Star weekend (Feb. 14-16 in Chicago), the league has released the final fan voting results. A few big names are unsurprisingly at the top of the lists, but there are some eye-openers on the leaderboards for each conference. MORE: When is the 2020 NBA trade deadline?Lakers forward LeBron James finished slightly ahead of Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo with the most overall votes. Fan favorites Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall landed in the top 10 at their respective positions, and Carmelo Anthony jumped up to sixth in the Western Conference frontcourt after joining the Trail Blazers in late November.Check out the final results below ahead of the All-Star break.How does the NBA All-Star voting process work?The fan vote accounts for 50 percent of the total vote to determine the starters for the NBA All-Star Game. Current players and media members split the other 50 percent. Each ballot consists of two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches, and league commissioner Adam Silver chooses injury replacements if necessary.All-Star captains will then draft their teams from the eligible pool of players (starters in first round, reserves in second round). Captains will be selected based on which players earn the most fan votes in each conference. They are not required to draft based on conference affiliation or position.Key dates ahead of the 2020 NBA All-Star GameFan voting for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game ends Monday, Jan. 20, and the starting pool will be announced three days later on Thursday, Jan. 23.Fan voting rounds: Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Jan. 16Fan voting ends: Jan. 20All-Star starters announced: Jan. 23All-Star reserves announced: Jan. 30All-Star Draft: Feb. 6Rising Stars Challenge and Celebrity Game: Feb. 143-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest: Feb. 152020 NBA All-Star Game: Feb. 16NBA All-Star 2020 fan voting results*Named All-Star starterWestern Conference guards RankPlayerVotes1.Luka Doncic, Mavericks*6,111,7352.James Harden, Rockets*3,751,3623.Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers1,337,5404.Alex Caruso, Lakers1,284,9325.Russell Westbrook, Rockets1,094,2546.Stephen Curry, Warriors1,043,8827.Donovan Mitchell, Jazz928,9118.Devin Booker, Suns811,4799.Ja Morant, Grizzlies629,47310.D’Angelo Russell, Warriors619,298Western Conference frontcourtRankPlayerVotes1.LeBron James, Lakers*6,275,4592.Anthony Davis, Lakers*5,813,7693.Kawhi Leonard, Clippers*3,917,1904.Paul George, Clippers1,505,6915.Nikola Jokic, Nuggets1,232,9796.Carmelo Anthony, Trail Blazers1,058,5437.Kristaps Porzingis, Mavericks1,029,4038.Brandon Ingram, Pelicans1,015,4539.Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves960,60010.Dwight Howard, Lakers948,368Eastern Conference guardsRankPlayerVotes1.Trae Young, Hawks*2,829,9692.Kyrie Irving, Nets2,426,9463.Kemba Walker, Celtics*2,039,4164.Derrick Rose, Pistons1,891,7325.Zach LaVine, Bulls1,218,2806.Kyle Lowry, Raptors1,199,5187.Jaylen Brown, Celtics912,1668.Ben Simmons, 76ers824,1289.Bradley Beal, Wizards805,27610.Fred VanVleet, Raptors797,196Eastern Conference frontcourtRankPlayerVotes1.Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks*5,902,2862.Pascal Siakam, Raptors*3,293,4943.Joel Embiid, 76ers*3,110,1854.Jimmy Butler, Heat2,784,7175.Jayson Tatum, Celtics2,177,9106.Tacko Fall, Celtics947,3787.Bam Adebayo, Heat718,2408.Domantas Sabonis, Pacers564,0279.Gordon Hayward, Celtics516,70310.Andre Drummond, Pistons428,418last_img read more

NOBODY KICKS SAND IN DUNFANAGHY’S FACE AS IT CLAIMS WORLD RECORD!

first_imgA Donegal community has kicked sand in the face of its rivals by breaking a unique world record.The scene of the record attempt!Last summer the people of Dunfanaghy attempted to break the world record for the most number of sandcastles built in one hour.And the group have now received confirmation that they will be in the Guinness Book Of Records after managing a staggering 1939 castles thanks to the work of a number of groups. The previous record of 683 was held by Yorkshire Water in the UK.Co-organiser Sian McCann said they were delighted to have broken the record but didn’t think they would literally blow it out of the water.Credit must also go to one Cliffy Kelly (banished from Letterkenny and now living in Dunfanaghy!) who did commentary on the day of the record attempt.  NOBODY KICKS SAND IN DUNFANAGHY’S FACE AS IT CLAIMS WORLD RECORD! was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dunfanaghysandcastlesworld recordlast_img read more