Batesville Native Hoping For Florida Primary Win

first_imgCurt Clawson is running for office in Florida’s US Congressional District 19.A former Batesville basketball star and businessman has a big day Tuesday in Florida.Curt Clawson is running for office in Florida’s US Congressional District 19. The primary will be held Tuesday as part of a special election to replace former congressman Trey Radel, who resigned in January for buying cocaine.Clawson attended Batesville High School, and as a senior, led the state of Indiana in scoring and was recruited by Purdue Head Basketball Coach Gene Keady.Clawson attended Purdue from 1981 through 1984. While at Purdue, Clawson served as a senior captain on the 1984 Big Ten Championship Team. He is known for making the first 3-point basket in Purdue history and making two clutch free throws to clinch the Big Ten Championship.Locally, the Clawson name is well known for business success and community charity. Curt’s father, Jack, served as CEO and President of Hill-Rom from 1975 to 1993. Some current and former associates may recall Jack Clawson for his involvement, as he was seen regularly in the manufacturing plant and other areas of the company. The Clawson family was also prominent in the Mormon faith community in Batesville.Before announcing his candidacy for congress, Curt had success as a top executive for Honeywell and American Can Company.With minimal experience in politics, Clawson has chosen to run as the ‘outsider for congress.’“As an outsider candidate who has never held political office, I think one of the things we bring to the table, is that we are going to go at it alone,” Clawson said. “If we do get elected we can represent the will of our constituents and not somebody who helped me win the campaign by making a donation.”The campaign trail has garnered national attention, with him receiving endorsements from Michelle Bachman, Rand Paul and the Tea Party Express.The Clawson family will be all eyes on Southwest Florida on Tuesday, but Curt has not forgot where he comes from.“If I could move Capitol building in Washington D.C. to Batesville, Indiana, we would all be better off in my view, because they could use some of our values!”last_img read more

Saints march on

first_img Press Association Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez strikes secured Southampton a third successive Premier League victory, albeit in somewhat fortuitous fashion in a 2-0 win over Swansea. An intelligent Rickie Lambert pass just evaded Lallana as Saints continued to threaten, finding the breakthrough in the 19th minute. Morgan Schneiderlin cushioned a header back to Davis, whose delicate chipped pass found Lallana and the Saints captain rifled home. It was just the hosts’ second goal from open play this season, but they almost had another soon after as Lallana came close to latching onto a Lambert knock back. The match was now flowing from end to end and Swansea were testing the Southampton defence with increasing regularity. Jose Fonte had to react quickly to head behind a threatening Wayne Routledge cross, before Boruc fantastically denied a header from Michu, wearing a protective scrum cap after receiving a head injury on Thursday. The Polish goalkeeper was again called into action to thwart hopeful efforts from Shelvey and Bony, as well as smother a low Dyer cross. Lambert saw a long-range free-kick parried away when Saints returned to the attack, only for Swansea to come agonisingly close to levelling. Dyer collected a clever backheel from Bony and had time to strike a left-footed effort that hit the inside of the post and flew across the goal before going out for a goal-kick. Davis and Lambert had attempts for Saints, only for Swansea to again threaten as a Dyer cross found Bony, whose powerful header was just pushed around the post by Boruc. Shelvey, Dyer and Bony all had efforts early in the second half as Swansea continued in the ascendancy after Jose Canas was booked for a lunge on Osvaldo. Saints were struggling to deal with the hosts’ possession game and Lovren was given a yellow card for bringing down Bony on the edge of the box. Shelvey floated the resulting free-kick just over, with James Ward-Prowse replacing Osvaldo as Pochettino looked to stem the flow. The change appeared to work as Swansea attacked with less regularity and Saints managed to secure a better foothold on the game. The hosts thought they had made it 2-0 in the 76th minute when Wanyama prodded home Ward-Prowse’s corner, which should not have been awarded in the first place. The Kenyan raced to the corner in celebration, only for the goal to be ruled out by referee Mike Dean to the puzzlement of those inside the ground. The home fans did not have to wait long for a second, though. Chico Flores failed to deal with a ball over the top and Rodriguez took advantage, grabbing possession and slotting home to secure three points. The result was harsh on Michael Laudrup’s team, who showed no signs of a hangover from Thursday’s Europa League clash against St Gallen as they pressed from the outset. After Lallana latched onto a neat ball from Steven Davis to put Saints ahead, Artur Boruc was forced into fine saves to stop Michu and Wilfried Bony levelling. Nathan Dyer also hit the inside of the post as half-time approached, with Swansea continuing in the ascendancy after the break. However, Southampton kept the Welsh side at bay to earn a fifth clean sheet of the term, with Rodriguez slotting home seven minutes from time after seeing a Victor Wanyama goal dubiously ruled out. It was harsh scoreline on a Swansea side that made five changes from the win over St Gallen. One of those to come in was Saints academy graduate Dyer, who burst down the right flank early on only to be blocked off by Dejan Lovren. Jonjo Shelvey tested Boruc soon after as Swansea controlled the early tempo, but Saints soon settled into their stride. Michel Vorm was fortunate to avoid punishment after appearing to handle outside the box under pressure, before Dani Osvaldo wriggled free and fired into the side netting from an acute angle. The clash between two sides known for their attractive style lived up the billing, with play flowing from end to end in a pulsating encounter at St Mary’s. Swansea dominated proceedings after Lallana’s first-half strike, only for substitute Rodriguez to make the most of slack defending to secure a 2-0 win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp expected to name strong Liverpool squad for crunch European tie

first_img Press Association Most of the players who were involved in the weekend win at Chelsea are scheduled to travel, although one definite absentee will be Joao Teixeira, who is ineligible for the competition. Liverpool at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign. They currently trail leaders Sion (on seven points) by three and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December. Klopp named a strong side for the home game against Kazan – which ended in a third successive 1-1 draw in Europe. Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho hopes his performance against Chelsea on Saturday can kick-start his season. The Brazilian playmaker had been below his best prior to his two goals at Stamford Bridge that set the Reds on the way to a 3-1 victory. It gave Klopp the first Premier League win of his tenure, and Coutinho hopes there is plenty more to come. He told the Liverpool website: “For me, it was great. I wasn’t playing so well and hadn’t scored for a while, so I was glad to score again and help the team. “I hope (it can be a turning point for me), I hope so. Sometimes when you play, things don’t always go well, but I always work hard. “I’m always looking to improve and I hope from now on I’ll continue improving; not only me, but the team, which is the most important thing.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to take a strong squad to Russia on Wednesday for the Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan. Meanwhile, youngster Jordon Ibe has hailed the methods of Klopp, saying he feels “like a new player”. The 19-year-old came off the bench at Stamford Bridge and played a part in Christian Benteke’s clinching goal. Ibe said: “There is a lot of learning in training. There are times when we are watching and he is explaining something. We have quite a few meetings where he shows us things on video from previous games. It’s great to learn and I’m enjoying it. “Everything is fresh. I feel like a new player and it’s for me to keep improving and trying to stand out in training. I feel good – the whole team are feeling great and fresh. “We’ve won two games, so it’s still new. We just need to win a few more now and I am sure that mentality and confidence will come where we think, ‘We can go there and beat them.'” last_img read more

Study links pollution hazards to socioeconomic status

first_imgA study conducted by a USC professor recently found that low-income communities and communities of color are far more likely to be negatively impacted by climate pollution than their counterparts. The report, co-authored by sociology and American studies and ethnicity professor Manuel Pastor, was released last Wednesday and showed that even though greenhouse gas emissions have decreased overall in California, many industries have actually increased their localized carbon footprints.Common pollutants include particulate matter such as PM10, which has been linked to asthma, cancer, lung disease and heart disease. Such illnesses can be costly, both in terms of medical care and income lost due to missed days of work. Since the report states that communities who live within 2.5 miles of a greenhouse gas-emitting facility have a far higher proportion of low-income people of color, these already at-risk populations are faced with an additional threat to their health.“Often, marginalized or impoverished communities are experiencing other socioeconomic challenges simultaneously,” said Monalisa Chatterjee, a professor of environmental sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “In this case, these communities are located in close proximity to industrial activities with high pollution levels because of limited affordability and any increase in these pollutants immediately increases their exposure.”California chose to implement the cap-and-trade program in 2013 as a means of reducing emissions. This means that every year the state sets a cap on the amount of emissions that all greenhouse gas emitting facilities must conform to. However, if the facility emits less than its allotted amount, it is allowed to trade the remainder to another company for a profit.One possible reason for the localized increase is a loophole that makes use of offsets — a system whereby a polluting industry can offset its pollution in California by participating and investing in greenhouse gas emission-reduction projects. These reductions are added to the industry’s total in order to meet its target emission rates. However, according to the report, 76 percent of offset credits were generated outside of California. This means that even though these greenhouse gas-emitting facilities are meeting their reduction targets, they continue to pollute their immediate vicinities, increasing the risk of health complications for nearby residents.In California, the cap on greenhouse gas emissions has been dropping annually. In 2006, the target was to reach 1990 levels of emissions by 2020, a target that was recently updated to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While these goals may be attainable at the statewide scale, Environmental Student Assembly Co-Director Joshua Blockstein said that government leaders must not ignore those who are being directly affected by pollutants in their homes, with nowhere else to go.“It’s a shame that these already challenged communities continue to be impacted by pollution,” Blockstein said. “For residents in lower-income neighborhoods, the harmful health effects of pollution can make it even more challenging to improve their quality of life and living situation.”Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a statewide deal that freed up hundreds of millions of dollars from the cap-and-trade program to be used in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Out of some $900 million, $140 million will be channeled into helping disadvantaged communities combat local climate change. However, the exact strategies were not specified and it is currently unknown how the money might be used to reduce the effect of pollutants on residents.“Systematic evaluation of climate change policy and its impact beyond the process of global warming is very important in getting it right,” Chatterjee said. “We do not want to solve a problem by creating another problem that reduces the quality of our lives and ecosystems in the long run.”last_img read more

Broward County Schools Sues Florida

first_imgThe Broward County School Board has voted to sue the state of Florida over a new law that requires public school districts to share property tax revenue with charter schools and relinquishes their authority to approve charter applications.The school board was the first to take action, but other districts are holding similar meetings within the next two weeks, said District legal counsel Barbara Myrick. Miami-Dade, Orange, and Pinellas counties are among the others that may collaborate in the case.The school board agreed to spend $25,000 towards a lawsuit that will argue several components of the law are unconstitutional. The law, signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 15, enacts measures ranging from recess requirements to additional funding for scholarships for children with disabilities. It also steers millions of dollars to charter school operators, by making districts share property tax revenue and setting up a fund for a program called “Schools of Hope.”Under the law, charter operators will be able to access $140 million to open schools in areas where elementary and middle schools have been rated D or F for at least three years in a row.The charters wouldn’t have to adhere to the same rules that district schools do, including class size and teacher certification rules.Read More: Palm Beach District Schools Improve GradesBoard member Donna Korn said the law should allow district schools the same flexibility as charters, and another member, Rosalind Osgood referred to the law as “strong-arm robbery.”The district would lose at least $100 million in capital funds over the next five years and possibly owe tens of millions more in debt service because bond ratings are likely to get downgraded, district staff said.Broward District Superintendent Robert Runcie has long pointed out that funding per student in Florida lags thousands of dollars behind the national average.Proponents have hailed the law’s focus on school choice as a gift for parents to make the best decisions for their children.Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said the program would help students who have been left to “languish in chronically under-performing schools.”He and other Republican legislators said those campaigning against the bill are interested in preserving the status quo, not providing reforms to help students, parents’ concerns and offer good teachers higher salaries.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Hyundai signs Kaka and Casillas for World Cup

first_imgHyundai has named Kaka and Iker Casillas as brand ambassadors for its sponsorship of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.Hyundai has named Kaka and Iker Casillas as brand ambassadors for its sponsorship of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.The Brazilian midfielder and Spanish goalkeeper will participate in a year-long campaign for the Korean carmaker, including print and TV commercials and fan engagement activities.“We are very excited to announce these legendary football stars as our World Cup ambassadors,” said Tak Uk Im, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor Company.“Through Casillas and Kaká, we hope to share the passion and excitement of the tournament with every corner of the world, while once again showcasing Hyundai Motor’s commitment to the world’s most popular sport.”last_img read more

AUDIO: Guardiola’s summer arrival at the Etihad discussed on JOY/BBC two way

first_imgThe most open secret was confirmed this Monday when Pep Guardiola was confirmed new coach of Manchester City for the 2016/17 season.Wiil he be a hit or miss?Alsp discussed is the crunch encounter between Man City and leaders Leicester City this weekend.Click link to listen to this week’s conversation.https://soundcloud.com/addojnr/joysportsbbc-epl-surf-5th-feb-2016 Click link to listen to this week’s conversation.Click link to listen to this week’s conversation.AUDIO: Winter transfer window in review on JOY/BBC two way – See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2016/January-29th/audio-winter-transfer-window-in-review-on-joybbc-two-way.php#sthash.XqoepZkF.dpuflast_img read more

Tuesday May 19th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — Drake football coach Todd Stepsis is looking at various options for summer workouts. Bulldog upperclassmen are scheduled to report on June first if they receive the all clear due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Stepsis says they have looked at all options, including those with a reporting date as late as August.Stepsis says there is still a chance of having a pretty routine summer conditioning program.Drake is scheduled to play Hastings College in Des Moines for their season opener on September 3rd CHICAGO — Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren says he continues to work with the league’s administrators to address several issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the next two months are important in putting a plan together to make sure students are safe to return to campus, whenever that decision is made.He says the Big Ten has also offered added resources to help student-athletes deal with the mental stress of the situation. In fact, Warren says they have made available the “CALM” smartphone app to every one of the nearly ten-thousand current athletes in the conference. The application offers mental health resources, including meditation, stories, motivational messages and more.Warren says it is especially important to look out for mental health during this stressful timeWarren says he is committed to providing resources and knowledge in mental health for the long-term, well past this pandemicPrior to taking over the Big Ten Commissioner duties, Warren was the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings, and also served in the front offices of the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams prior to that. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — 1991 World Series — Minnesota vs. Atlanta — 7:00center_img MINNEAPOLIS — The virtual off-season continues for the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer says he’s been impressed with how well his coaching staff and players have handled the situation. Zimmer says the typical day starts with offensive virtual meetings, followed by special teams meetings, and wrapped up with defensive on-line briefings. Zimmer says he is happy with how the on-line meetings have been goingZimmer says the rookies are a bit behind, which isn’t a surprise. Zimmer says the first-year players need to learn fast during these virtual meetings, which he says is going well for everyoneHe says the biggest negative of the situation from a football perspective is not having time on the practice field to correct mistakes.last_img read more

2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge is launched

first_img10 May 2012 2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge is launched England Golf has announced its third overseas competition for women: the 2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge will take place from 29 September to 4 October.  The event will be based at the five-star InterContinental Hotel in Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain, and will include four rounds of competitive golf on Jack Nicklaus courses at Mar Menor, El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme. The 2012 Challenge builds on the success of two previous events and a winning mix of competition, friendship, fun and sun. It offers five nights at the InterContinental Hotel, a 64-bedroom boutique hotel with a Moorish-themed spa, indoor pool and fitness suite; four days of competitive golf; a Gala Dinner and prize giving, all for £570 per person. The first two Challenges have prompted enthusiastic praise from players and bookings are already being taken for this year’s event.  Last year’s overall winner was Judie Lewis from Hockley in Hampshire who declared at the time: “This week has been fantastic, we’ve had a wonderful time. The girls are all very friendly and it’s lovely to play golf with women like this – you become such good friends straight away. “There’s a great mix of people and handicaps right across the board and we have had great fun. I can highly recommend it.” Click here for full details and to book.last_img read more

Harlequin Production Hires Hap Clemons as Development Director

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions is pleased to announce its newest staff member, Hap Clemons.  Clemons joins Harlequin as its director of development. As Harlequin moves into their 26th season, Scot Whitney, Harlequin’s Managing Artistic Director, is excited about this addition. “With his experience and impressive track record, we expect to deepen our community relationships within Thurston County and beyond.”Clemons recently moved to Washington from Indiana where his career in fund development allowed him to work with several non-profits spanning the fields of medicine, education and fine arts, gaining experience in all aspects of fund development.Clemons is looking forward to engaging with the greater Olympia community. “My goal is to expand on the success that Harlequin has already experienced as a key player in the Olympia arts community,” he explains. “My experience as a collaborative leader will allow me to build on the success of Harlequin, expanding our base of friends and supporters, which will allow Harlequin to continue its dedication to quality live theater in Olympia.”“In our initial meetings with Hap, we could tell immediately that he held the arts in high esteem. Combine that with his extensive experience in development, and we feel he is the perfect complement to the dedicated Harlequin staff.” says Whitney.Hap Clemons can be reached at hap@harlequinproductions.org or 360-705-3250 ext 104.last_img read more