High Five: April 2012

first_img1. Doctor’s Orders – Atlanta, GAPhysician assistants can now prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, which can then be turned in for free passes to Georgia’s state parks. The program is part of a larger effort by the park system to encourage people to use the outdoors as part of their exercise routine. A prescribed calorie burn is an effort everyone can get behind. Just don’t be offended if, during your next physical, your doc tells you to “take a hike.”2. Wet Trails – Chattahoochee River, GA The Chattahoochee River will become the nation’s first designated National Water Trail under the new National Water Trail System unveiled by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Salazar signed a Secretarial Order that establishes national water trails as part of the National Trail System Act of 1968, which allows for more water trails to be signed into law without being bogged down in Congress. Recreational tubers rejoiced by cranking up Alan Jackson and chugging Silver Bullets.3. Solar Blessing – Prince George County, MDA group of 36 church officials in Prince George’s County recently sent a letter to their lawmakers, imploring them to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to use Maryland’s portion of the Atlantic Coast for off-shore wind farms. The multi-denominational clergy clan—which included priests, nuns, rabbis, and an imam—called out air and water pollution from coal-burning power plants. In their view, going green isn’t hippie—it’s godly in a do-unto-others kind of way. “As clergy we recognize the core issue is the impact this has on people,” said Reverend Kip Banks Sr. of Upper Marlboro, Md.4. Leading the Blind – Washington, DCEJ Scott is slowly losing his sight due to the genetic eye disease choroidarema, but that has not slowed him down; in fact, it may have sped him up. Scott is now in the midst of running 12 marathons in 12 different cities in 2012 to benefit The Choroideremia Research Foundation. Running blindfolded to prevent further damage to his eyes, Scott has caught the attention of several national news outlets and plans on running in marathons in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to promote the cause. Even though he can’t see the runners around him, they can see him and that’s the point.5. Streaking the South – Raleigh, N.C. 70-year-old Barbara Latta holds the longest women’s running streak in the country. She has been running every day since December 5, 1983—that’s over 28 years of consecutive running. Several men from the South have even longer running streaks, including 73-year-old Jon Simpson of Memphis, Tenn., who has been running every day since August 30, 1971, a span of over 40 years. The national leader is 61-year-old Mark Covert, of Lancaster, California, who began his streak on July 23, 1968. Covert has run over 16,000 consecutive days. There’s even an organization dedicated to tracking these relentless runners: the U.S. Running Streak Association lists hundreds of streakers across the country: runeveryday.comBeyond the Blue RidgeCentury Mark – FranceRobert Marchand set a speed record for riding his bike 15.1 miles in 60 minutes, at the age of 100. Following the race, he said, “I could have gone faster; I didn’t want to.”Losing by Winning – Fort Worth, TXScott Downard broke the tape at the Cowtown Marathon, then broke the news that he was wearing a buddy’s number and never registered for the race. The event sparked controversy across the web and Downard was disqualified, going from first to worst, and chat forum pariah, in a matter of seconds.Is it drafty on this waterfall? – Spearfish, S.D.A man received a verbal warning when he was busted for climbing Bridal Veil Falls in the buff on a cold, snowy day last month. The man explained he did it for a laugh and luckily got away without a fine—or frostbite.last_img read more

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BLOG: Gov. Wolf Announces Partnership With Waze to Improve Traveler Information (ROUND-UP)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 15, 2015 BLOG: Gov. Wolf Announces Partnership With Waze to Improve Traveler Information (ROUND-UP) By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Government That Works,  Round-Up,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf yesterday announced travel information available for Pennsylvania roadways is being expanded through a free, two-way data-sharing partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Waze, a real-time crowdsourced navigation app through which drivers share road conditions.“As travelers rely more and more on their smartphones for real-time traffic data, this new partnership represents yet another way PennDOT is modernizing to keep up with the demands of its customers,” Governor Wolf said.Check out the coverage:AP: PennDOT, Waze to share information on roads“The state of Pennsylvania and popular navigation app Waze are partnering to offer drivers even more real-time information about crashes, road conditions and construction zones. Governor Tom Wolf announced the partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Waze on Monday. Wolf says Waze will get PennDOT’s road condition reporting data to share with the app’s users. The department will use data reported by those users to boost traffic-condition monitoring. They say the partnership can help agencies respond more quickly to congestion.” [AP, 12/14/15]Philadelphia Inquirer: Waze, PennDOT to share road-condition info“More information about crashes, construction and other traffic problems on Pennsylvania’s highways is headed to your smartphone, thanks to a new partnership between Waze and the state Department of Transportation. The data sharing will boost the information available to travelers using the crowdsourced navigation app and improve PennDOT’s internal traffic monitoring, officials said. Waze will now receive PennDOT’s data about road conditions to share with its users. The real-time PennDOT data will supplement the incident and slow-down information reported by the app’s users.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/14/15]Fox 29: PennDOT, Waze Team on Traffic Info“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and popular traffic app Waze  have formed a partnership in order to improve traffic information, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Under terms of the deal, Waze and PennDOT will share data with one another. Waze will share its crowd-sourced traffic and incident reports with PennDOT, while PennDOT will share its road condition reporting data with Waze.” [Fox29, 12/14/15]Fox43: PennDOT and Waze to share road condition info“Governor Wolf believes motorists will benefit from a partnership between PennDot and Waze,  a real-time crowdsourced navigation app through which drivers share road conditions. ‘As travelers rely more and more on their smartphones for real-time traffic data, this new partnership represents yet another way PennDOT is modernizing to keep up with the demands of its customers,’ Governor Wolf said. Waze will receive PennDOT’s road condition reporting data to share with its users, while the department will use data reported by people using Waze to supplement internal traffic-condition monitoring.” [Fox43, 12/14/15]NBC10: PennDOT, Navigation App Waze to Share Road Information“The state of Pennsylvania and popular navigation app Waze are partnering to offer drivers even more real-time information about crashes, road conditions and construction zones.Governor Tom Wolf announced the partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Waze on Monday. Wolf says Waze will get PennDOT’s road condition reporting data to share with the app’s users. The department will use data reported by those users to boost traffic-condition monitoring.” [NBC10, 12/14/15]last_img read more

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Indiana has 10th Most Overworked Police

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — A new report published by SafeWise, places the state of Indiana at number 10 on the list of the Top 10 States with the most overworked Police Officers.According to the report, as of 2014, there is one police officer for every 294 people in the state. In 2014 each police officer had to handle an average of 13.76 violent and property crimes.There are nearly 12,000 officers in Indiana, and they had to share the load of 435,298 total crimes.Everyone at WRBI would like to thank our officers, dispatchers, paramedics, EMT’s, and firefighters for everything they do to keep our communities safe.last_img read more

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Joyce Bascom

first_imgJoyce Bascom, 81, of Rising Sun, Indiana, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Rising Sun.She was born February 24, 1935 in Aurora, Indiana, daughter of the late Walter and Frieda Bascom.Joyce worked previously as an owner and sales rep. for Merle Norman Cosmetics in Madison, Indiana.She loved her church, Central Baptist Church in Winter Haven Florida, her faith was very important to her. She loved animals, and rescued several cats, but she especially loved her cats, 20 year old white, “Pinky Lee” and 15 year old Harvey. Joyce was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.Surviving are her sister, JoAnn See and brother, Jerome K Bascom both of Greendale, Indiana.She was preceded in death by her parents.A private graveside service was held at River View Cemetery, Monday, December 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Jim Jackson officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana 47001.Contributions may be made to PAWS. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Jofra Archer Awarded Test and White-Ball Contract by ECB

first_imgLondon: England pacer Jofra Archer was on Friday awarded a Test and white-ball contract by the England Cricket Board (ECB) after his sensational debut international season.Jofra Archer played an instrumental role in England’s win in the 50-over World Cup for the first time by taking 20 wickets, the most by an Englishman at a single World Cup.The 24-year old also played a major role in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia by picking up 22 wickets in the four matches he played and helped England draw the five-match rubber 2-2.Archer’s Ashes highlights included six-wicket hauls in both of England’s victories, at Headingley and The Oval, and a thrilling spell at Lord’s when bowling to Steve Smith during the second Test, a statement by Sussex Cricket said.“Test specialists and those playing in all forms of the game will have their salaries paid in full by the ECB. From 1 February 2020, the start of the ECB 2020 Financial Year, those on White Ball contracts will move from receiving a supplement on top of their County salary to have their salaries paid in full by the ECB as per Test contracted players.“Under the structure, players in both formats receive a ‘ranking’ based on their performances on the pitch, as well as a number of other factors, including off-field contribution, fielding, and fitness. Those rankings then correlate with the level of remuneration,” the statement further read.The contracts, which cover a 12-month period commencing October 1, have been awarded to the following players:Tests: James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).ODI/T20: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Joe Denly (Kent), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).Incremental: Tom Curran (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset). IANS Also Read: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya Seal 2020 Tokyo Olympics BerthsAlso Watch:Watch CCTV Video | SP Rajen Singh allegedly assaulted Magistrate in Kokrajhar | The Sentinel Newslast_img read more

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BWF suspends tournaments into July amid COVID-19 situation

first_imgKuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Monday the suspension of tournaments scheduled for May, June and July amid the current COVID-19 situation.The events affected include the several BWF World Tour events headlined by the Blibli Indonesia Open 2020 (Super 1000) and a number of Grade 3, junior and para badminton competitions, the world governing body of badminton said in a statement.”The escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic globally has led all parties to confirm the suspension of these tournaments. The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourages, officials and the greater badminton community remains the top priority,” it said. BWF has suspended tournaments since mid-March. BWF has also announced the freezing of the world rankings and world junior rankings until further notice. It is also reviewing the impact of rescheduling the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games based on the qualification system.Also read: Can’t remember the last time I had such a long break: PV SindhuAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

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The Latest: Coyotes staffer in isolation with coronavirus

first_imgThe staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well, the team said.All other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday.NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.___With curling suspended in its Canada stronghold, Hall of Famer Warren Hansen says alternate plans need to be made to at least get top competitions on television. June 13, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. “How it’s going to work and how it’s going to be, you’re never going to know until you try it.”The trials for the Beijing Winter Olympics are less than 18 months away, and Hansen, “We’ve got to make sure that we do everything we possibly can to keep something forging ahead in some way, shape or form.”___Celebrated Pakistan cricket allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19.“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted Saturday.center_img A few lower-tier curling tour stops have been canceled but the first top-flight event of the campaign, the Masters in Ontario, remains a go for Oct. 20-25.But with nothing on since March, Hansen, who spent more than two decades running event operations for the national federation until 2015 and has done consulting work since, says that’s too long for curling to go without a presence. Especially with other sports coming back such as soccer, golf, and auto racing.“Find an arena that’s close to the airport, make a deal with some hotels and try and stage the things for at least your television audience,” Hansen said from Vancouver.With the potential for air travel skittishness or restrictions hampering transport, Hansen thinks holding events in major cities such as Winnipeg or Calgary would be a solid alternative. That way, Hansen said, most of the top curlers could probably drive to the competition in a small rink to keep costs down.“I think you’re going to have a (TV) audience that’s so starved for any sport and starved for curling,” Hansen said. “The audiences … I think will be good regardless of what you do or how you do it. The Latest: Coyotes staffer in isolation with coronavirus Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world.Former test opener Taufeeq Umar contracted the virus in May and has made a full recovery.A former Pakistan first-class cricketer, Zafar Sarfraz, died during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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The Latest: Atlanta Falcons send out ticketing plan to fans

first_img July 22, 2020 The Atlanta Falcons have told season ticket holders that the team plans to have as many as 10,000 to 20,000 fans at home games this season.The Falcons said in Wednesday’s email the reduced capacity meets local requirements as well as the social distancing guidelines set by the NFL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Season ticket holders who are current on their payments will be asked to rank the first four home games they’d like to attend, if any.The team says plans could be affected by changes in the coronavirus pandemic. Barring changes, the team plans to send a second survey in October for the final four home games.All fans must wear face masks. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of college basketball game scheduled in China this November. Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month.Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin.All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Westbrook, who wore a mask as he spoke to the media despite being inside the NBA bubble, urged people not take the coronavirus lightly and to wear a mask.“I’m not a doctor nor a specialist, but I do know that it’s definitely something to take very seriously,” he said. “To understand that wearing a mask can be between life or death honestly … there are people dying from this virus each and every day and it’s something that we all need to take very, very seriously.”___Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead.Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine. ___Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers with 84 RBIs and tying for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.Dozier said in a statement that he had been feeling “a couple of symptoms that go with the virus” and is now following the medical team’s direction by quarantining. He will need to test negative twice before returning to the club.The Royals still have catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, catching prospect Nick Dini and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo on the injured list with COVID-19. All-Star catcher Salvador Pérez, starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis, and third baseman Matt Reynolds tested positive but have been cleared to return. ___Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus.Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday.Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice on Wednesday.He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose and that he’s feeling great now and ready to get to work with the Rockets, who open the season July 31 against Dallas. Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been taken to the hospital.He will remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours.Petrescu currently coaches Romanian club CFR Cluj. Fourteen staff members and players at the club have tested positive in recent days. Three of those have since tested negative but will remain under observation.Clubs are considering suspending the Romanian league as the country registers a growing number of virus infections. There were 1,030 new cases in the last 24 hours. That is the highest amount since the pandemic reached Romania in February.Petrescu played at Chelsea for five years from 1995-2000. The Latest: Atlanta Falcons send out ticketing plan to fans The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020.Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31.The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days.___The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Boxing and mixed martial arts competition may resume in California after the state athletic commission approved new safety regulations for the coronavirus pandemic.The commission will require a “quarantine bubble” around participants in every event, including referees and judges. The events also must be held without fans.Golden Boy plans to stage a boxing show Friday night in Indio as the first event since the end of the combat sports suspension. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his minor welterweight title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in the main event.___ Tulane was slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai.A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event, Alibaba and the Federation of University Sport of China.The decision to call off the game also comes amid rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The US State Department this week ordered China to close its consulate in Houston after the indictments of Chinese hackers who’ve allegedly sought to steal coronavirus vaccine research being done by institutions in Texas.China has condemned the order to close its Houston consulate and warned of a firm response.___last_img read more

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Syracuse completes nonconference schedule with Arkansas State

first_img Published on August 16, 2018 at 12:12 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The Orange’s nonconference schedule features one team ranked in the most recent USA Today Coaches’ Poll Top 25, which was released Thursday: Ohio State. The Buckeyes came in at No. 21 in that poll. OSU is also the only team on SU’s nonconference schedule to have finished last season in the AP Top 25, at No. 17. The Orange play at OSU on Nov. 28.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will play all but one of its nonconference games in the Carrier Dome or at a neutral site. The lone exception to that is a road trip to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes. The Orange takes part in two 2K Classic games at Madison Square Garden in November, as well.Here is Syracuse’s complete nonconference and exhibition slate.Thursday, Oct. 25 — College of Saint Rose (exhibition game)Wednesday, Oct. 31 — Le Moyne (exhibition game)Tuesday, Nov. 6 — 2K Classic vs. Eastern WashingtonSaturday, Nov. 10 — 2K Classic vs. Morehead StateThursday, Nov. 15 — 2K Classic vs. Connecticut (at Madison Square Garden)Friday, Nov. 16 — 2K Classic vs. Iowa or Oregon (at Madison Square Garden)Wednesday, Nov. 21 — vs. ColgateWednesday, Nov. 28 – at Ohio StateSaturday, Dec. 1 — vs. CornellTuesday, Dec. 4 — vs. NortheasternSaturday, Dec. 8 — vs. GeorgetownSaturday, Dec. 15 — vs. Old DominionTuesday, Dec. 18 — vs. BuffaloSaturday, Dec. 22 — vs. Arkansas StateSaturday, Dec. 29 — vs. St. Bonaventure Syracuse will host Arkansas State on Dec. 22 in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced Thursday. It will be the first ever meeting between the Orange and the Red Wolves. SU’s full nonconference schedule has now been announced, per the release.Arkansas State finished the 2017-18 season with an 11-21 record. That Red Wolves squad set a school record for 3-pointers made, with 236. ASU returns two of its top four scorers in senior guards Ty Cockfield (14.9 points per game last season) and Grantham Gillard (8.7).The Red Wolves will be led by second-year head coach Mike Balado. He took over the job before last season after being an assistant coach for four seasons at Louisville.last_img read more

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Edo Sports Commission Bill for Final Reading Today

first_imgThe Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Frank Okiye, has assured that he and his colleagues are committed to the early passage of the Edo State Sports commission bill.The bill had earlier been sent to the last Edo House by Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2018 shortly after he set up the Edo State Sports Commission through an Executive bill. That House failed to do any serious work on the bill until their tenure lapsed.However, the Hon. Okiye led House immediately upon their inauguration commenced work on the bill. In one month, it has effected the first and second reading of the bill with the third and final reading slated for today, September 24, 2019. Hon. Okiye who disclosed this, said the |House was irrevocably committed to passing the bill in order to fast track sports development in Edo State.“There is no going back. We are wholly committed to this project, “ he noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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