State Parks and INDOT partner to celebrate Public Lands Day

first_imgMadison, IN—National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.To encourage volunteerism, the Indiana Department of Transportation has partnered with State Parks so its employees have a place to volunteer as part of the INDOT Cares initiative. Agency employees will volunteer their time to help maintain trails, paint structures, clean lakes, and help with various other projects.“Volunteering is a great team-building activity for businesses and organizations,” said Jody Heaston, state parks volunteer coordinator. “The state parks are thankful INDOT chose us as a place to volunteer. With a large group of people, we will get a lot of much-needed work accomplished.”“Through our INDOT Cares program, our team strives to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “One of the most meaningful ways we can make a difference is through completing projects in Indiana’s beautiful state parks.”State Parks properties participating with INDOT Cares include Chain O’Lakes, Turkey Run, Prophetstown, Fort Harrison, Potato Creek, and Clifty Falls state parks, and Patoka Lake.In 2018, more than 100 INDOT employees volunteered their time for National Public Lands Day. Employees removed invasive plants, picked up litter, cleaned and widened trails, pulled weeds, painted signs, and repaired erosion.To find a National Public Lands Day event near you, go to calendar.dnr.IN.gov and look on Sept. 28.last_img read more

House approves rules for Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgThe possible impeachment of President Trump is gaining momentum in the US House.On Thursday, the House passed a Democratic resolution, which moves the impeachment process into a new phase, one that includes public hearings.The investigation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conducted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where multiple government officials and witnesses have been called to testify.But the hearings will now be brought into the public eye after the result of Thursday’s House vote.The measure drafted by House Democrats lays out the ground rules for public hearings, provides procedures for the president and his counsel to respond to evidence, and sets out the process for considering articles of impeachment in the Judiciary Committee and the full House.Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry last month after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but has adamantly denied any wrongdoing in the matter, slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”Shortly after the scandal went viral, the Trump administration released the unredacted, declassified transcript of the controversial conversation in which the Department of Justice concluded that he did not break the law.But US officials opted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry as it moves into a new phase as of Thursday.last_img read more

Strong singles play sends Syracuse to win over Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Luke Jensen wasn’t satisfied with his players’ efforts. During the break between doubles and singles play, Jensen huddled his players around him and demonstratively instructed them to focus on their matches.“The mind is the biggest thing,” the Syracuse head coach said after the match. “When you’re going into competition, it can be your greatest enemy or your greatest strength.”The Orange took Jensen’s words to heart.Syracuse used a strong effort from its top singles players to dominate its match against Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1 Big East) on Sunday morning at Drumlins. The win was the fourth straight for Syracuse (4-5, 1-1), and the first of the year in conference play.The top three singles players propelled the Orange, making quick work of their opponents to ensure the 6-1 victory. Sophomore Amanda Rodgers led the way for Syracuse at the No. 1 singles spot for the second time this season, taking a 7-5, 6-2 win over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Washington.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think I just needed to weather the storm a little bit,” Rodgers said. “I played her last year, and I knew I was in for a fight today.”Like Rodgers, both Maddie Kobelt and Jimena Wu didn’t spend much time on the court before getting the win. All three top singles players were the first on the court to finish their matches.“It’s a really good sign that we have a really tough top three or top four,” Jensen said. “We can battle, and we’ve got to be able to battle.”Syracuse earned its fourth straight doubles point on Sunday, taking two of the three matches to jump out to the early lead.Kobelt and Wu each dropped four games en route to their respective victories. Brittany Lashway also stepped up in her second match since recovering from injury. She went on to win 6-3, 6-4.Lashway’s return allowed junior Aleah Marrow to get a breather. She suffered a mild sprain in her foot in the match against Binghamton on Friday.With Syracuse’s win Sunday, the Orange now has four straight wins at home. Syracuse entered the stretch with a record of 0-5.“We’re really big about how this is our house,” Rodgers said. “We don’t lose here.”The win over Pittsburgh comes on the heels of Friday’s victory over Binghamton. Syracuse dominated the Bearcats, not dropping a single set. Both Kobelt and Lashway cruised to 6-0, 6-0 finals.Overall, in the four matches at home this year, Syracuse has lost only three head-to-head matchups.“Drumlins has always been amazing to us. Our crowd has always been amazing to us,” Jensen said. “Look at what we do in other sports. It’s tough to play us here in Syracuse. It’s tough to get up here. It’s tough to live around here. It wears on [our opponents], and I think our athletes feed on that.” Comments Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:24 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Ghana hails exciting new talent

first_imgThe emergence of exciting young players is not a new phenomenon in Ghana.Over the years, many youngsters have burst onto the stage amid shouts of, “he’s the next legend!”Sadly, many of them have flattered to deceive while others have sunk without trace.But in Christian Atsu the Black Stars have a player of undoubted ability, an excellent prospect, whose movement with the ball at his feet is exceptional.If the 19-year-old goes on to become a football great, many will remember 8 September 2012 as the day he officially announced his arrival.That is the day Atsu – who plays for FC Porto in Portugal – made only his third appearance for Ghana against Malawi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Accra. Although he impressed in two previous matches against Lesotho and China, it was against the Flames that Atsu made people sit up and take more notice of him.His first touch was a thing of beauty – gliding past opposition defenders with remarkable ease – and his overall use of the ball was so mature for someone so young.Continue reading the main story“For anyone to dribble, the first touch has to be perfect”Christian Atsu Ghana international playerAt some point we thought we were watching a reincarnation of the legendary Abedi Pele, especially when Atsu had the ball glued to his left foot while running at and scaring Malawian defenders. Flare, movement and technical skill all intertwined into a Ghanaian football machine?Naturally, many Black Stars fans, thrilled by his goal against Malawi, went on social media to hail the arrival of the ‘Ghanaian Messi’.Not that being compared with the Barcelona magician unsettles Atsu.“Messi is my idol. There’s no Ghanaian Messi, there is no other Messi in this world,” he told BBC Sport.“I can never play even one percent of what Messi is doing. It’s impossible.” Two goals in his first four games for Ghana suggest an eye for goal but Atsu believes his biggest quality lies elsewhere.“For anyone to dribble, the first touch has to be perfect. I think that is my biggest quality.”Not many who have seen him in action would disagree with that self-assessment.Having begun his football education at the Feyernood Academy in Ghana, Atsu earned a contract with FC Porto in 2010 and was immediately loaned out to Rio Ave.Twenty-seven appearances and six goals later, national team officials came knocking on his door. Ghanaian football connoisseurs, fans and fellow-players are unanimous in their belief that Atsu has a bright future ahead of him.“Ghanaians shouldn’t put too much pressure on him,” cautions Black Stars striker Dede Ayew.The 2011 BBC African Footballer of the year added: “I believe that he’s going to be a great player.”Asamoah Gyan has also seen enough to be excited about: “I’ve seen all three games that he has played for Ghana and he’s been incredible.“If he continues this way he’s going to be a star.”last_img read more