State Fire Marshal: Fireworks Are Legal, But Still Dangerous

first_imgFireworks and the Fourth of July may go hand-in-hand, but Hoosiers are being reminded to use common sense when celebrating this weekend. Consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are legal in Indiana, but State Fire Marshal James Greeson says they are still dangerous.“There’s many more fires usually reported on Fourth of July weekends, or those days right around Fourth of July,” says Greeson. “It’s that time of year when more injuries occur, and over a third of those injuries are people under 18 years of age – primarily children.”Greeson says the safest option is to leave fireworks to the professionals and attend local, licensed and approved fireworks displays where proper safety precautions are in place.According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday about 200 people per day visit emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries.State law says fireworks can be set off between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. any day of the week. On holidays, that time period is extended to midnight. Fireworks can be set off on your own property, the property of someone else who gives permission, or at a designated local jurisdiction. Greeson says fireworks should only be handled by adults, even the novelty types.“Sparklers are a big thing with kids,” says Greeson, “and we understand that, especially with little bitty kids. It’s all about the excitement. We recommend in place of sparklers, maybe a parent buys glow sticks. They’re always safe and they last for quite a while longer.”Setting off fireworks in an unauthorized location is a violation of state law, along with damaging property or injuring someone while using fireworks. Penalties range from fines of $500 to $1,000, or possible jail time, depending on the offense.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Super Nationals Deery show is Thursday

first_imgHot laps will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and the 50-lap, $3,000 to win Deery Brothers Summer Series main event starts as close to 9 p.m. as possible Thursday, Sept. 10 at Boone Speedway.The IMCA Late Model tour event was rescheduled from Monday, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, because of inclement weather.A Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus of as much as $1,500 is also at stake for the winner and a minimum of $300 will be paid to start the main event, the 16th of 18 dates on the 2015 series schedule.Sign-in and the draw close 15 minutes before hot laps.Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls chases a third consecutive and record-tying fifth career Super Nationals Late Model crown.last_img

Support in for Prime Minister’s T20 Cup

first_imgINDUSTRIAL Supplies and Services has confirmed its support towards Guyana’s Premier Softball Tournament “Prime Minister’s T20 Cup”, billed for October 27, 28 and 29.The confirmation came last Thursday when the business entity’s Manager, Thelisha Case, presented a cheque to Treasurer of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc., Russel Jadbeer, at the company’s 51 Robb and Albert Streets, Bourda, business location.Prior to the presentation, Case said the company is pleased to be a part of such a prestigious event.Jadbeer in reponse expressed gratitude to the business entity for their support, and at the same time indicated that cricket fans will witness a new dispensation of softball cricket.The tournament will be played in two categories, Masters and All Stars, and entry is open to any number of teams interested to be a part of the tournament.To date, a number of local teams have confirmed their participation. Additionally the confirmed participation of the Toronto Cup Masters Softball cricket tournament 2017 winners, SVC Mafia; along with New York Hustlers, the New York President’s X1 and the Tri-State Masters, will add some international flavour to the event.A requirement for players wishing to play in the Masters’ Category is that they must be over the age of 45 years, but the All Stars format is open to all ages.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.The Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer, and in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000.While, the entrance fee is free, the organising committee is urging the participating teams to have their teams properly uniformed with colour clothing, since the tournament will be played with while balls.Registration forms can be uplifted from Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Lot 13, Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, or any member of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc.last_img read more

Streaking Badgers still alive in Big Ten

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoWithconsecutive Big Ten conference wins this past week, the women?s basketball teamhas finally showed they can compete within the conference and are stronger thantheir 3-6 league record suggests.LastThursday, prior to tip-off against the Penn State Lady Lions, the Badgers werecoming out of a tough overtime loss to Ohio State, the conference leader.Determined to salvage the most out of the remaining games, Wisconsin notched twowins in four days at home, winning by an average of 28 points. Contributing tothe Badger success lately and throughout the season is sophomore starting guardRae Lin D?Alie. Most recently, against Northwestern, D?Alie shot nearly 50percent and dished out four assists, even grabbing a pair of steals.?Ivisit with Rae Lin the day before every game. She?s our point guard; she?s ourdecision maker,? head coach Lisa Stone said. ?Whether she?s shooting thebasketball or handling the basketball, running the team is huge for us. Whenshe has a confident and leadership demeanor, it really helps us.??Unpredictablefinish awaits conference Staringat an abysmal 1-6 and a 10th place standing in a conference in which theBadgers were picked to place second during the preseason, the chance at two-straighthome wins was the make-or-break point of having tournament hopes. With the twovictories however, Wisconsin is currently a half game out of ninth place andjust two games back from cracking into the top tier of the conference. Coachesacross the Big Ten agree: The parity in the league this year makes gamesunpredictable.?Ithink the sky is the limit for us in the Big Ten,? Stone said. ?As you start tolook at us forging forward and building some momentum here, this is a big weekfor us.?Wisconsinis halfway done with their Big Ten schedule, with 10 games remaining. In thenear future, they travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a tough challenge ? winningin a building where the Badgers are 2-24.Witha game at Penn State a few days later, the road durability of the Badgers willbe tested, as the team is winless on the road this season in Big Ten play.Stone evaluated their road woes, realizing offense, over defense, will be thekey for their first road win.?Ithink finding confidence on the offensive end on the road may be more importantthan it is at home,? Stone said. ?I think when you?re at home, you defend. Whenyou?re on the road, you?ve got to find some confidence in scoring and keep thatdefense at a high level.??Seniorshit home stretchRegardingthe entirety of the season, Stone has had to watch her team underachieveagainst the teams of the Big Ten. Not unfamiliar with losing, Stone handles theemotions as well as she can, thanks to the support of her family and closefriends.?It?sbeen hard, it?s been difficult, but you surround yourself with good people,?Stone said. ?I love practice; I love this team. And the fact that I stillbelieve in them makes the stress go away.? JoleneAnderson ? recently honored for her gold-medal performance for team U.S.A. ? andthe other seniors have led the team from the start with their performances onthe court and with their attitudes in practices.?Iwant to send Jolene, Janese [Banks] and Danielle [Ward] out with a trip to theNCAA tournament. I want that for them,? Stone said. ?I?ve talked with [theseniors] and with 10 games to play, there?s still room to get the things donethat we want to get done. I just think it?s a special year with a specialgroup.?Thethree starting seniors have half of a season left to achieve a winning recordand a bid into the NCAA tournament, an expectation from day one.last_img read more

Mea culpa, 49ers: An apology for doubting San Francisco’s surprising Super Bowl run

first_imgMORE SUPER BOWL 54:Expert picks, predictions | Odds, betting lineMy lack of faith in the 49ers winning big started with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his maiden playoff voyage. Yes, Garoppolo was having a solid season, but as I pointed out, he and the team had feasted on a relatively soft schedule over the first half of the season. Garoppolo also had shown a propensity to throw interceptions — 10 through Week 12, and he now has 14, including one in the divisional round win over the Vikings. He did have his biggest game a week after I questioned him with a 349-yard, four-TD performance in the 48-46 shootout victory in New Orleans.But Garoppolo has barely been tested this postseason, as the 49ers have run 75 percent of the time while playing with the lead except for a 7-7 first quarter tie in the divisional round win over the Vikings. Garoppolo threw 19 times against Minnesota with 131 passing yards and attempted only eight passes — completing six for a minuscule 77 yards — in the NFC championship win over the Packers.I knew San Francisco had a good running game (ranked No. 2 in regular season). I was impressed with their offensive line, but I said their running back corps lacked an elite player. So what happens? Facing two good defenses, the 49ers rushed for 186 yards against Minnesota and topped that with an amazing 285 yards on the ground against Green Bay.I obviously didn’t see that level of performance coming from their backs, who have flourished behind a dominating O-line with support from a great blocking tight end (George Kittle) and a Pro Bowl fullback (Kyle Juzczyk) along with wide receivers blocking downfield. In the Super Bowl, I just can’t go against the NFL’s best QB who is on a roll in Patrick Mahomes — even against a defense as formidable as San Francisco’s — due to his ability to escape pressure and make big plays running and throwing to his talented receiving corps. I also still question Garoppolo’s ability to avoid turnovers and make enough plays to win if Kansas City’s D holds down the San Francisco rushing attack as it did with Derrick Henry and the Titans in the AFC title game.So I’m picking the Chiefs, which sets up another golden opportunity for the 49ers to prove me wrong.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. (Getty Images) Tevin Coleman seemed to be the third option among Coach Kyle Shanahan’s stable of backs going into the playoffs. Yet he ran for 105 yards and two TDs against the Vikings. Then when Coleman got hurt early in the title game, Raheem Mostert stepped up and exploded for 220 rushing yards and four TDs against the overwhelmed Packers. This monster performance on the big stage came from a player who has been cut seven times.Sorry, but I didn’t see that coming. (Who did?)I’ve been impressed all year with a 49ers defense that was highly ranked in regular season (finishing No. 2). I thought in early December they were capable of leading a playoff run. Then I saw Drew​ Brees ring up five TD passes and 349 passing yards in that Week 13 game, which made me concerned with how a relatively young defense would perform under playoff pressure.Again, my bad. I underestimated the power of the San Fran front four led by a trio of 49er first-round picks in Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and super rookie Nick Bosa, plus trade acquisition Dee Ford (a former first-round pick of the team he’ll face in the Super Bowl). That group sacked Kirk Cousins five times in the divisional round, and another 49ers first-round pick, Solomon Thomas, added a sixth sack in the 27-10 win.MORE SUPER BOWL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up prediction They followed up by putting immense pressure on Aaron Rodgers, sacking him three times and forcing him into three turnovers — two interceptions and a lost fumble. Rodgers put up some second half yards, but only after the 49ers had jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead.Aiding that stellar front four play has been the work on the back end by Richard Sherman, who at 31 has interceptions in both playoff games and provides veteran leadership in the secondary.As they approached the playoffs, I wondered about the 49ers run defense that ranked No. 16 in regular season. They have played lights out, shutting down a pair of 1,000-yard rushers the past two weeks. Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook was held to 18 rushing yards, and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones picked up just 56 yards on the ground. Stopping the run has led to the front four teeing off on Cousins and Rodgers.MORE 49ERS-CHIEFS:The worst narratives for Super Bowl 54Finally, I also questioned San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould, who as of Week 12 was fighting through a rough season of injuries and inconsistency (14-of-22 on field goals at that point). He has responded to the adversity and has been a perfect 14-of-14 since then. In the playoffs, he has made all five of his field goal attempts, including a 54-yarder in the NFC title game.While the 49ers have answered my doubts about their ability to win more than one playoff game, I now have one more challenge for them (which is probably music to their ears). Back in December, after San Francisco lost in Baltimore and dropped to 10-2, I said I did not expect to see the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I predicted they would lose the NFC West race to Seattle, be the NFC’s No. 5 seed, beat the NFC East champ in the wild-card round and then get knocked out by New Orleans or Seattle.Mea culpa, 49ers. While I was a few inches away from being right on the Seahawks winning the division, I clearly underestimated how far San Francisco’s running game and defense would take them. These are the critical components that have led them to Miami for a Super Bowl date with Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs. (Getty Images) read more

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns seasons may need to be scrapped because of coronavirus

first_imgOptimism is building within pro sports that play will resume this summer. Dr. Anthony Fauci has not reached that point.Fauci, one of the leaders of the White House’s coronavirus task force, remains guarded about sports returning in 2020. He reiterated his view Tuesday in a Q&A with The New York Times, telling reporters James Wagner and Ken Belson that seasons might have to be scrapped if the safety of athletes and staff can’t be assured. “I know it’s going to be difficult for them not to be out in society, but that may be the price you pay if you want to play ball,” Fauci told the Times.The shortage of coronavirus tests, the lack of a vaccine and the likelihood that cases will increase in the fall are key factors in Fauci’s cautious approach.”You can try and influence the virus by your mitigation programs, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to get the virus under some sort of control before you start resuming normal activity,” he told the Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season,'” Fauci is quoted as saying.MORE: Download the TrackTogether appThe NBA, the NHL and MLB suspended their seasons in mid-March, and there are no clear signs as to when games can resume. MLB reportedly is optimistic it can begin an abbreviated season in late June, and there are reports the NBA and NHL have begun taking small steps toward getting players back into training.Fauci told the Times that he has spoken with “some sports executives” about how play can resume. He declined to provide specifics. He has said that MLB could set up in a small number of cities and keep players in strict isolation.last_img read more

RBR-Grown Organic Fruits, Vegetables Donated to Lunch Break

first_imgLITTLE SILVER –While celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Lunch Break, the soup kitchen in Red Bank, asked the community to share any extra produce from their garden to fulfill its mission of providing healthy, fresh food to their patrons.Some of the vegetables harvested by Red Bank Regional High School culinary students and donated to Lunch Break.Culinary students at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) heeded the call and harvested their summer bounty in late August and early September to deliver to Lunch Break. The RBR organic garden is planted and cultivated by students in the culinary arts program.“Several years ago, we created an organic garden to provide fresh produce in our fall recipes and freeze and store staples for the winter months,” said RBR culinary arts teacher Pete Roskowin­ski. “As in the past, our student volunteers came to the campus early to harvest and deliver fruits and vegetables to our friends at Lunch Break.”Included in the donations to Lunch Break were tomatoes, honeydew, watermelon, cherry bomb and bell peppers, jalapenos, eggplant, collard greens and basil.last_img read more

Weightlifter Morea Baru eyes Rio Olympics

first_imgBaru will have to qualify on merit at the Australian Open International at Brisbane in March which is also an Olympic qualifying event.Baru failed to qualify on merit along with sisters Dika and Thelma Toua at the 2015 Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Championships held at Pune, India in October.The trio each won bronze in their events.In November, the three athletes also failed to qualify at the 2015 World Championships held at Houston, United States in November.Oceania was represented by Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Guam, Kiribati, Palau and Nauru.PNG Weightlifting Federation president Sir John Dawanincura said if Baru does well then he will qualify on merit for the Rio Olympics and we will need to qualify only one female during the Oceania titles.However, if Baru fails to qualify then PNG will have to go through the Oceania Championships from 23-28 May in Fiji to qualify only one male and one female.Baru, who won a gold medal in the 62 kg category at the recent 2015 Games lifting 121kg snatch, is training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia under coach Paul Coffa.last_img read more