Indianapolis, In. — Indiana governor Eric Holcomb and Lt. governor Suzanne Crouch have unveiled Indiana’s Next Level Veterans initiative. This new statewide program brings together public and private organizations to recruit, employ and connect discharging military personnel to Indiana and retain veterans who are already in the state. A new website has launched and will be the one-stop-shop for veterans across the nation who are looking for jobs, training, housing or information about the Hoosier state.“Bringing veterans from around the country here to fill high-wage, high-demand jobs is a win-win-win for military service men and women, employers and our state’s economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Next Level Veterans will encourage partnerships around the state to bring our nation’s skilled and talented veterans back home to our welcoming and vibrant Indiana communities.”More than 200,000 service men and women leave the military each year, and more than half of them face a period of unemployment. Currently, there are about 85,000 unfilled jobs in Indiana. To fill these positions, employers need skilled workers with strong commitment and work ethic. Next Level Veterans focuses on connecting military personnel, who have honed their skills during their service, with these career opportunities.“Indiana wants veterans from out of state to know they are welcome here and that Indiana is a prosperous place, where employers are eager for their skills and talent,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said. “I am inspired by the work our state agencies and partners have done to create a positive future for veterans.”Under Crouch’s leadership, Next Level Veterans will provide veteran incentives, support personnel and provide marketing assistance. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Indiana National Guard, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority are partnering with Conexus Indiana, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership initiative focused on advanced manufacturing and logistics, and the Indiana Economic Development Association to support the program and the veterans who relocate to Indiana.The Next Level Veterans website at in.gov/veterans, includes information about available jobs in Indiana through Conexus Indiana, education and training opportunities, quality of life and community aspects. It also provides information on a new veterans-based mortgage program, which helps veterans find affordable housing and gets them into their own home. This new incentive is provided by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.The Conexus Indiana INvets program is featured prominently on the Next Level Veterans website. INvets connects discharging veterans around the country with jobs at Indiana manufacturing and logistics companies. This program was initially created in partnership with Allison Transmission, Faurecia, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.INvets staff will regularly visit major military installations in coordination with a multi-channel marketing campaign. These efforts are supported by a web platform that serves to both educate service members and connect them with employers. This platform will grow to include detailed career path information as well as education and training opportunities. Employers throughout Indiana can leverage this platform to connect with service members prior to their separation from service.“Conexus Indiana launched INvets as an evolution of our work to bolster the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors by specifically attracting veterans to high-wage, high demand careers,” said Wes Wood, INvets’ Program Director at Conexus Indiana and U.S. Army veteran. “We are thrilled to partner with the state to attract more veterans and expand the pool of employers to other industry sectors, all offering great opportunities for current and future Hoosiers.”The Indiana Economic Development Association will also assist communities in partnering with the initiative both in advertising their communities and in helping to welcome incoming service members.“It is vital we are making sure there is a focus on attracting those outside of the state to come here. Through IEDA we are going to attract people not only to Hoosier jobs but to Hoosier communities,” Lee Lewellen, Indiana Economic Development Association President/CEO. “We will help veterans and their families integrate and thrive in all Hoosier communities have to offer.”Crouch said that by bringing the different agencies and organizations that can help veterans, we are opening ourselves to the chance to have more veterans relocate or stay in Indiana, which will keep Indiana’s economy growing.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered three losses on Saturday. Rain forced play indoors as the Lady Bulldogs battled Roncalli, New Palestine and Franklin.Batesville opened the day with a 4-1 loss to Roncalli. The team’s lone victory came at No. 1 doubles. Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer posted a 7-6 (7-5) and 6-2 victory over Claire Wagner and Cambri Lux.The Lady Bulldogs and New Palestine went to a third set in four of the five matches. Unfortunately, Batesville came up short by a score of 3-2. Jenna Ertel was a winner over Kylie Almond at No. 2 singles, while the doubles team of Stone and Harmeyer beat Claire Cherry and Josie King. Sophie Brown played well in a three set loss at No. 1 singles. Maggie Walsman played No. 3 single for the first time this season and lost in three sets as well. Caroline Kellerman and Kate Poltrack teamed up at No. 2 doubles.The final match of the day was a 5-0 loss to host Franklin. Brown, Poltrack and Kellerman suffered losses in singles play. Corinne Stone and Kayla Stone lost at No. 1 doubles, while Harmeyer and Ertel were defeated at No. 2.Courtesy of Batesville AD Bryan Helvie.
Their Champions League effort looks all but over after Bayern Munich opened up a commanding 3-1 lead in the first leg of their last-16 clash in London but Wenger believes how his team respond will shape the outcome of a season which sees them struggling to make the top four in the Barclays Premier League. “Of course, you are not feeling great if you can’t win, but we can stay solid or crack under the pressure,” Wenger said in an interview with Eurosport. “If you want to know, I am still solid, but I can’t tell you that I feel great right now because my job is about winning games and when you lose you will not find a single coach in this world who feels good.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for his squad to “stay solid” as they look to prevent their campaign ending in more bitter disappointment. He went on: “I am not worried about us potentially coming back against Bayern, I am more worried about consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players. “You will never know how they can absorb those blows and how the team responds to disappointment. This is the most worrying aspect for me. “But from the experience of how to handle the end of the season, we know how to deal with that. We have had lots of experience.” While there is nothing Wenger can do now but rely on his continued belief the current group of players will be able to overall either Spurs or Chelsea to finish in the top four, Arsenal are expected to strengthen the squad in the summer. Several fringe players, like Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci are set to be offloaded to trim the wage bill, with reinforcements brought in on the back of the club’s new sponsorship deal with Emirates Airline, which has been frontloaded to hit the summer transfer market. Defence is one area where Wenger will look to bring in new additions, with Swansea’s Ashley Williams a reported £8million target. In midfield, Jordy Clasie of Feyenoord is said to be another on the Arsenal radar. There could also still be developments off the pitch should American owner Stan Kroenke elect to sell his majority shareholdings to a so-far unnamed Middle East consortium reportedly to be ready to pay some £1.5billion for the Gunners, who have long championed a self-sustaining model based around the income generated from their 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium home. Press Association
The 19-year-old winger has been out since February because of knee-ligament damage but his return to full fitness has left Rodgers confident he can recapture his pre-injury form. Having returned from a loan spell with Sky Bet Championship side Derby in the new year, Ibe had enjoyed an extended run in the Reds’ starting XI and his manager is excited for his comeback against the Magpies. “He knows the club inside-out, has been there a long time and he will want to get back on track again having been disappointed in their last performance and result. “We expect it to be a tough game, they always are against Newcastle.” Although Adam Lallana (groin) and Mario Balotelli (illness) are unlikely to bolster Rodgers’ attacking options just yet, the recent form of midweek matchwinner Philippe Coutinho has been a pleasing aspect for Reds supporters. Chelsea captain John Terry revealed in an Instagram post that he had voted for the Brazilian to be this year’s PFA Player of the Year and Rodgers believes there is more to come from the diminutive playmaker. Rodgers said: “His best years are way ahead of him. H e’s such a humble boy, he wants to train and loves his football every day. “John’s probably looking at his performance level; his performance level since he’s been here has been outstanding and is only going to get better which is the pleasing thing for everyone.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to welcome back “sensational” teenager Jordon Ibe on Monday night for Newcastle’s visit to Anfield. “Young Jordon Ibe will come back in and I’ve got to say he’s looked absolutely sensational in training,” said the Northern Irishman. “He’s been out for a while but he’s been a couple of weeks now out on the field doing his preparation work and he’s joined in the training. “He’s looked absolutely outstanding. He’s got real natural fitness and he’ll come into the squad for Monday night. ” Liverpool will head into the fixture buoyed by their FA Cup quarter-final replay win at Blackburn on Wednesday night which came after back-to-back defeats had resulted in Rodgers fielding questions about a crisis. Their next opponents are in much worse form having lost four successive fixtures, the most recent of which came against their bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday. Sections of Newcastle’s support have been left furious with the hierarchy’s reluctance to bolster a squad left threadbare by injury and suspension, but Rodgers insists they have a manager who cares deeply about their cause in John Carver. “They’re probably a little bit unfortunate in that a number of players are injured,” added Rogers. “They’ve got arguably the most passionate man involved in John in terms of Newcastle United – it runs right through him. He’s also a very, very good coach; an excellent coach who looks like he wants to step into management and will do everything he possibly can to get the role there. Press Association
Former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association Costas Takkas has received a life ban from FIFA.Takkas was among three football officials who received the sentence from the sport’s governing body, with the others being former chairman of the North American Soccer League Aaron Davidson and Colombian ex-FIFA match agent and sports consultant Miguel Trujillo.Takkas was an advisor to former disgraced CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb who was banned from football by FIFA’s ethics committee in 2015.The trio, who were found guilty of bribery and corruption, will also have to pay fines of US $1.03 million each.In Brooklyn federal court, Davidson pleaded guilty to racketeering and wire fraud, Takkas admitted money laundering and Trujillo pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.The 61-year-old Takkas received a 15-month prison sentence last year and faced being deported from the United States.It is unclear if FIFA has power to enforce the fines, although ethics judges have typically imposed large financial penalties in cases arising from the sprawling U.S. federal probe.
Cam New(ton) England? Not likely.With Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, Andy Dalton in Dallas and Jarrett Stidham the current QB1 on the Patriots’ depth chart, some connected free-agent quarterback Cam Newton to Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Some pegged New England as the most likely landing spot for Newton after Brady signed with the Buccaneers, leaving a starting QB vacancy in Foxborough. Newton’s injury history and reported desire to be a starter have, reportedly, turned teams off from wanting to sign him.Newton, 31, has dealt with various injuries in the past few years, with a shoulder problem leading to on-field issues since his 2015 MVP campaign and Super Bowl appearance. He missed 14 games last season after dealing with a foot injury.There’s still plenty of time left for New England to change its story on the former Panthers quarterback, but at the moment, any Newton-to-New England rumors should be treated as that and nothing more. Not so fast.According to a report from The Athletic, the Patriots aren’t too hot on the hottest quarterback free-agent commodity. The reason: New England OC Josh McDaniels “wasn’t necessarily high on Newton” when speaking with the Panthers about their head coaching vacancy. Couple that with New England’s limited cap space, and the fit is imperfect at best.MORE: There’s ‘no way’ Cam Newton signs as a backup QB, but he may not have a choiceAs it stands, there’s limited experience on the Pats’ bench, with Stidham the presumed starter, flanked by journeyman signal caller Brian Hoyer. The Patriots’ depth chart also pegs undrafted free agents Brian Lewerke and J’Mar Smith as Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
Secondly, and this should come as no surprise, he has built this nationally recognized operation with the “Best of the Best.” They include former Penn Hills star Chris Horne; City League legend David “Quick Draw” Strothers (why did they call him Quick Draw? Just check with all the great City league players he scored double figures on and they’ll tell you that they never saw the ball leave his hands); Assistant Director Dennis Boyce; along with some of the area’s greatest basketball minds in Chey Tyler, Director of Basketball Operations; Vince Natoli, Assistant Director; and Coach Toni Allen, former Allderdice star and wife of former Pitt great George Allen; plus former star players, Coach Cory Fulton, Quinzez Taylor and Reggie Tolliver.This all volunteer organization and its coaches established early on a no-nonsense approach to the game. Get good grades, be a good person, do something to help others, work on your game and we’ll let you be a part of our program. Sounds easy enough?Not as easy as you might think. Coach Wright will tell you life is tough and making this team is tough, but your efforts will only serve to make you a better person. Out of the 200 or more kids that try out, only 80 are lucky enough to make it.In the end, the rewards are well worth it. If you attend the tryouts and meet the standards and are between the ages of 10 and 15 years old, or 4th thru 9th grade, you get to be a part of one of the state’s best run organizations who travel the country all summer long to locations such as New York, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia to compete against some of the nation’s best players.The success of the program can be recognized through the likes of Lincoln Davis of Central Catholic, Dante Forte of Obama Pittsburgh, John LeGrande of North Catholic and Will Supowitz of Shadyside Academy.But even more importantly, the reality of the quality of this program can be told from the parents. Bernard Mathis, of Homewood, has two sons on the squad, Malik and Hollis; Danielle Halloway, of Penn Hills, also has two sons aboard, Darrell and Devon; and Louis DeVito knows this is the best program for his two boys, Jonathan and Marc.They all echo the same feeling that the Rise High program offers their kids the best opportunity to have a safe, well structured, highly organized, disciplined, fun and competitive environment. They are not only developing as student athletes, but also as quality people. And the last time I checked, that’s what it’s all about.The Rise High program is always looking for potential sponsors, coaches and volunteers. For more information call 412-874-8762. Rise High is also on Facebook at email@example.com. RISE HIGH PLAYERS AND COACHES (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) The first thing you need to know is that the man behind this operation is one of western Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets. Coach Marvin Wright, now in his 10th year as founder and director of the Rise High AAU Youth Basketball Organization, has made it his life’s work to use basketball as a means to a successful end for young boys to become great young men.
Nahikari, come down last minuteThe technical staff of the National Team has had to deal with a last minute drop. Nahikari García has not traveled with the team to the United States due to physical discomfort. It seems that the Real Sociedad striker has relapsed from his ankle injury, which has taken part of the season off. Vilda called Alba Redondo of the Levant instead. Once again, the coach runs out of his reference forward. We will have to see if you choose Jenni Beautiful on tip, although it is not usually their usual position. However, the Madrid has record numbers: 18 goals in 16 games. It will be the big threat in this SheBelieves Cup. Matches: -5 March: Spain-Japan (Florida, 22:15)-8 March: United States-Spain (New Jersey, 23:00)-11 March: England-Spain (Texas, 22:15)List of 23 summoned: Porters: Sandra Paños, Marisun Quiñones and Lola Gallardo.Defenses: Andrea Pereira, Leila Ouahabi, Irene Paredes, Mapi León, Ivana Andrés, Marta Sliding, Ona Batlle and Ainhoa VicenteMidfielders: Virginia Torrecilla, Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmatí, Patri Pebble, Angela Sosa and Amanda Sampedro.Forward: Jenni Hermoso, Lucía García, Mariona Caldentey, Alba Redondo, Marta Cardona and Sheila García. The Spanish women’s team already on American lands, where he will play the She Believes Cup (from March 5 to 11), the most prestigious friendly tournament in the world. On Monday morning, he set out for Florida, just a few hours later That the most of the 23 summoned They will play a game of the First Iberdrola with their respective clubs.Six of the eight games were played on Sunday. The nine players of Barcelona, for example, faced Madrid CFF at 12:00 in the morning and stayed at night in the capital. They were not the only ones. Atlético-Real Sociedad was played at 6:00 pm in Alcalá de Henares and after the clash the internationals began the concentration with La Roja.Jorge Vilda has not had this time room for improvement. The team has not been able to exercise in Spain. He will do it directly in Florida, counting only two days before the game against Japan from Thursday. His rivals are in a more favorable situation. In England there has been no Women’s Superleague day and the English team has been working for days. The US has linked the Pre-Olympic with the SheBelieves. With the Nadeshiko The same thing happens, since the league is currently stopped. It is the first time that the National Team has played the SheBelieves Cup, since on this date FIFA other years chose to go to the Cyprus Cup or the Algarve Cup. The level will not be comparable, as it will face the best selections today. A good test to measure the growth of La Roja, after giving a good image at the World Cup in France and also in the qualifying phase for the European Championship of 2021.
Former Inquirer photo-journalist, James Momoh, last Friday donated three cartons of stationeries to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) at the union’s Clay Street offices in Monrovia.The donated items cash value is about U$250, he said.Making the presentation at the PUL’s office on Clay Street in Monrovia, Momoh, presently based in the United States, said the donation is to augment the activities of the PUL to become stronger.He said in the wake of the 2017 Presidential Elections, the PUL must be supported in every way to be able to provide education to the masses.“It is the duty of the PUL to educate the people so that they are able to understand the electoral process.“If the people are not educated to make better choices of candidates, our society will stand to lose,” says Momoh, who is an adjunct faculty member on media relations at the African Center for Strategic Studies, (ACSS) said.The ACSS is within the National Defense University in Washington D.C, in the United States.He called on the media to play its statutory role to ensure an informed Liberian society that is able to make better decisions in the 2017 presidential elections.Meanwhile, he said his role at the ACSS is to ensure that the media in the West Africa sub-region get educational support to operate freely to educate the masses.Receiving the items, outgoing Secretary General of the PUL, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh said the PUL is overwhelmed by the donation and assured Mr. Momoh that the items would be used for the intended purpose.He called on Liberians in the Diaspora to identify with the PUL to ensure better performance in educating the people.He commended Mr. Momoh for his support and expressed the PUL’s gratitude for his selfless donation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of World Cancer Day 2018, a non-profit organization took the opportunity to launch its services to the general public. The Sar and B Non-profit Foundation aims to combat and reduce the effect of cancer on the Guyanese population by providing treatment and screening for citizens.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine, with the help of her close relatives, friends and medical colleagues, launched the organization after experiencing first-hand the effect that cancer can have on patients and their families.Mrs Sheonarine expressed that the organization was founded in honor of her parents — Sarifan Amjad Yusuf and Mohamed Yusuf, and her mother-in-law Mangri Sheonarine, who all passed away due to varying types of cancer.Volunteerism enthusiast Bibi Sheonarine (centre) is flanked by members of the Sar&B FoundationShe explained that whilst on a volunteer mission distributing clothing to Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, she noticed that citizens of the other two countries seemed carefree, but a lot of Guyanese citizens told stories of being affected by cancer. As a result of this, she said, she felt compelled to leave her home in California to return home and start the organization.Specifically, the Sar and B Foundation is working to provide cancer screenings, mammograms and pap smears for citizens around Guyana. The foundation has already begun doing outreaches, providing pap smears for women. At the moment the foundation has 50,000 pap kits on order, to continue this type of outreach.Speaking at the intimate gathering of the launching of this foundation, Dr Narindat Sooknandan spoke about the struggle it has been to get accessible treatment and testing for patients.“We never had radio therapy, we never had chemotherapy, now we have all this,” he said.He expressed gratitude at being part of such an initiative, where he could be of service to those in need.To date, the Sar and B Foundation, with the assistance of Dr Sooknandan has done approximately 97 pap smears in areas on the West Coast of Demerara and in Berbice; and is looking forward to working with Government, hospitals, private doctors, businesses, and like-minded entities to bring a halt to cancer in Guyana.