24 Sep

Sobriety Check In Dearborn County Saturday

first_imgThe Indiana State Police will stop drivers at a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Dearborn County on Saturday Nov. 30 from midnight until 2:00 a.m.“Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary,” said Sgt. Noel Houze, public information officer for the ISP Versailles Post.The Indiana State Police select check point times and locations based upon statistical data derived from DUI arrest records and crash records.Police say the public can do their part in making roadways safer by observing the following tips:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverage; instead call a taxi, family member, or friend who has not been to drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober drier or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.“Anyone observing erratic driving should contact the police immediately and be prepared to give a detailed description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel,” reported Houze.Callers can remain anonymous.last_img read more

17 Sep

Volunteers Are the Heart and Soul of Russia 2018, Says FIFA…

first_imgThe official FIFA World Cup song is ringing out of the speakers, the ceiling is bedecked with the flags of all 32 competing nations and alongside there is a poster with information on score-line predictions for the first of the two semi-finals, between Belgium and France. The Volunteer Centre at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is a happy, welcoming place full of laughter, impromptu dancing and table tennis matches – and on Media Day, it even has VIP guests.FIFA Secretary, General Fatma Samoura, along with FIFA legends Michel Salgado and Julio Baptista, came to visit the helpers and express their enormous gratitude for all that they have been doing.“You are the heart and soul of this World Cup. You are the ones who have enabled this tournament to become a reality,” the General Secretary said, to thunderous applause from all present. 17,040 volunteers are working at the FIFA World Cup all across Russia in 20 different capacities. They were selected from a record number of candidates – no fewer than 176,870 in total! The volunteers come from a variety of different backgrounds and include the captain of an oil tanker, a former footballer and even a world champion dragon boat racer. What unites them is a love of football and the willingness to show a real sense of commitment over a number of weeks.Thirty-six per cent of volunteers are men, 64 per cent women. They include a grandmother and her grandson, couples and indeed entire families. 93 per cent of them come from Russia while seven per cent came specially from 112 different countries just to take part.One such person is Hiba from Morocco. “It is an incredible experience to be part of this tournament and to come into contact with people from all around the world,” she says with a huge smile on her face. “We’re one big family.”It is a family that Samoura, Salgado and Baptista were delighted to spend some time with, playing table football with the volunteers, listening to excited stories of the tournament to date and even showcasing their dancing skills during a flash mob.“The assistance of the volunteers is amazing, the energy they have,” said Baptista. “The World Cup is not the same without them. This is the best I have ever seen and that’s thanks to them as well.”“We want to say thank you to you all for your friendliness and your smiles,” Salgado added. “You are the ones who have made the most successful event in the world – the FIFA World Cup – into something so special.”After that, it was off to Red Square, where the volunteers took time off from setting the stage for the best footballers in the world to show off their own balls skills and see how they measured up to the FIFA legends.And when it was time to go, the FIFA General Secretary left the volunteers with some words to remember, saying: “You have touched my heart and I was thrilled to meet you all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

16 Sep

Senior year serve changes prepare Dina Hegab for next step

first_imgAs Dina Hegab locked her knees, she tossed the ball to its maximum height — higher than she did before. As it descended, the ball brushed the strings of her racket. The next thing her serve hit was the net’s mesh.It was late in her doubles match against North Carolina State on March 31, and Hegab’s serve was off, but for her, that was OK. The senior wanted to try something new — a two-week-old approach to the serve that held her back all season.Throughout her final season for Syracuse, Hegab has focused on making small changes to all aspects of her serve. It started with reading and returning opponents’ serves better and transitioned to capitalizing off her own. Hegab committed to tweaks in her serve that would cut down on faults and only had one in last Friday’s win against Pittsburgh. Her new serve technique has come to fruition in her last two matches — both singles wins — for No. 31 Syracuse (12-9, 5-7 Atlantic Coast), and has created a new aspect to her game for her professional aspirations.“I’m not ready to stop playing yet, I feel like I’m still improving and have a lot of potential,” Hegab said. “I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon.”In mid-December, Hegab met in head coach Younes Limam’s office with assistant coaches Shelley George and Len Lopoo. Hegab’s last semester of eligibility neared, and as the four met to discuss what she could improve, they agreed Hegab had to “refine” her serve.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore serves, though, it started with returns. Hegab needed to line up and execute return patterns that set up her strength — the forehand.  The first matches during which that change flourished were against Michigan and Purdue in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend, Hegab said. She clinched both with three-set wins, and used her “comfort zone” to exploit Alyvia Jones and Alex Sabe’s weaknesses. The two couldn’t return Hegab’s forehand when the senior played the points properly.Now that Hegab knew how to exploit serves, she needed to play off hers. Too many times, Hegab’s toss brought her forward and disrupted her balance, resulting in serves that either missed the service box or went into the net.“Sometimes in a match … you’re not feeling your serve, and you have to fake it until you make it,” Limam said.Hegab knew that wasn’t a blueprint for long-term success. She might get away with an inconsistent serve for now, but needed to plan for tennis after SU — something she expects on pursuing, she said.Hegab began to bend her left elbow more when she tossed the ball instead. She extended her right arm further and met the ball at its highest point. The ball remained closer to her body and didn’t pull her momentum forward. With her weight held back, Hegab could follow through completely on the serve with her wrists.“It gave me the chance to control the court better in the point,” Hegab said. “And be offensive instead of defensive.”As Hegab approaches the end of her eligibility, she reached out to the coaches about the next step. She still needs to take classes next semester, but can’t play with the team, so Limam told her she could practice alongside the team next year with Lopoo volunteering to play simulated matches. Eventually, she’ll need to find tournaments to play in, Hegab said. When she does, she’ll utilize the serve she’s spent the last four months working on.“It’s just kind of fine-tuning it so she can get it back to where it needs to be,” George said.It took a combination of Limam, George and Lopoo to fix Hegab’s serve. They advised her to not finish the serve if she didn’t have a good toss because she could always reset.As Hegab served for the first set against Pittsburgh, the match Limam called her “best” since making the change, the senior swung her left arm up. Reaching its maximum height, Hegab locked her knees to follow through, but the toss was too far away for her. Two weeks ago, she would’ve still served it, anyway. Instead, she let the ball bounce in front of her. Reset.Hegab had spent the bulk of her season retooling her serve. There was no rush this time, eventually she’d get it over the net. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

28 Aug

Yusif Basigi sets minimum target of semifinals for Black Queens

first_imgBlack Queens head coach Yusif Basigi has targeted at least a semifinal berth for his side at the upcoming African Women’s Championship.The female senior national team confirmed their participation at the tournament after securing a 6-1 aggregate win over Tunisia.After leading the Queens to win gold at the African games, many have touted Basigi’s side as favourites to clinch the African Women’s Championship.However, the Hasaacas coach is eyeing a place in the last four as their minimum target.”The tournament is seven months away from now and it will be too early to say we are going to win it. We have to get there first,” he told the media after the game.”Our main target for the competition is the semifinal stage. After getting to that stage, we will then set a new target,” he added. The Championship, which will be the 12th edition, will be hosted in Cameroon between the 19th of November and 12 December.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

13 Aug

Judge dismisses lawsuit over new judicial nominating law

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.The lawsuit filed in May by a group of Democratic lawmakers and lawyers against Gov. Kim Reynolds was dismissed Thursday by a state court judge who said they don’t have legal standing to challenge the law.The new law passed by Republicans and signed by Reynolds gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission resulting in the governor having a majority of nine appointees. Lawyers continue to elect eight members to the group.The lawsuit alleged that the vote of the lawyer members of the commission has been diluted and that the law is an unconstitutional overreach by the legislative branch of government into the judicial branch.The commission nominates justices for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.Judge Sarah Crane, who was appointed to the court by Reynolds last year, dismissed the case.Reynolds says the decision is good news for the rule of law and Iowans.Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the decision will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.last_img read more