Hospitals impose visitor restrictions to reduce virus spread

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Area hospitals are taking a extra steps to minimize the spread of germs as flu and the whooping cough cases are on the rise.Margaret Mary Health is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective December 15. The hospital is among others in the Tri-State announcing similar regulations.The restrictions include no visitors with respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, aches or stomach virus symptoms, as well as no visitors under the age of 14. Exceptions will be made for newborns’ siblings but they will be screened before visiting.The hospital recommends all siblings of newborns receive the flu vaccine at least seven days prior to visiting. For information on where you can get the flu vaccine, contact your doctor’s office or the Margaret Mary Wellness Clinic at (812) 934-0699.“If you are sick or simply not feeling well, please refrain from visiting patients in the hospital,” said Rachel White, Infection Prevention Coordinator at MMH. “Although it’s difficult for family members and friends to stay away from loved ones in the hospital, we know visitors wouldn’t want to spread illness to our patients.”last_img read more

Call for projects is open in the Community Crossings grant program

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the next call for projects is open in the Community Crossings grant program for shovel-ready local road construction projects. Community Crossings is part of Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Roads program, a 20-year, fully funded plan to enhance Indiana’s highways and local roads.“Our transportation infrastructure plays a crucial role in ensuring Hoosier residents and businesses reach their full potential,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Community Crossings is a partnership between the state and local communities to make meaningful investments in transportation to catalyze economic growth, add jobs, attract and retain talent, all while promoting safety on every mile.”Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.Projects submitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.“Community Crossings is a tremendously valuable tool to cities, towns, and counties as they build and maintain their local transportation assets,” Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation said. “Local roads are the first and last mile of the state’s transportation system. Because of that, INDOT is committed to partnering with communities to make local roads stronger and safer.last_img read more

AITA Tennis Tournament From Monday

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls under 16 years age group will start from June 10 at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex, Chachal, Guwahati. The qualifying round matches of the boy’s event will be held on June 8 and the finals will be held on June 14. There will be no qualifying round matches in the girl’s event. The tournament will be organised by All Assam Tennis Association (AATA).Also Read: LOCAL SPORTSlast_img

Prime Minister Holness hails `global hero’ Bolt at film launch

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has praised Usain Bolt as a ‘global hero’ and says the sprint star has given Jamaica a new level of international visibility.Holness was speaking at the regional premiere of the film ‘I Am Bolt’ which documents Bolt’s life and rise to stardom in track and field.“Usain Bolt is now Jamaica’s biggest ambassador. His personality, his ability to draw people to him (and) his showmanship have really given a boost to Brand Jamaica,” Holness said.“His achievements on the field, tied with his personality and being able to do this while remaining clean (of performance-enhancing drugs), puts him way above the rest, and he is truly not just a Jamaican hero, but a global hero.”The 30-year-old Bolt is a multiple-time Olympic gold medallist, and is widely regarded as the greatest-ever sprinter. He has won the 100 and 200 metres at three successive Olympics and has added another three gold medals in the sprint relay, to bring his tally to nine.He still holds the World records in both the 100 and 200 metres.Holness said Bolt was the ideal example of what could be accomplished through hard work and commitment.“(Usain) is a national treasure, an asset for us and a great ambassador, but he is also a great representation of what we can do as humans by working very hard, being committed and maintaining principles,” the country’s leader stressed.Holness was one of several government officials, in addition to political and business figures who attended the premiere of the film at the National Indoor Sports Centre.Sports Minister Olivia Grange said Bolt remained central to Jamaica’s international marketability.“At the centre of Brand Jamaica is Usain Bolt,” she said.“Usain Bolt is a legend and it is something that we have to cherish and we have to recognise and we have to say thanks for.”last_img read more

Cricket News Inzamam-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan chief selector

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down as the chief selector on Wednesday but was open to take up any new assignment from the Cricket Board.The under-fire chief selector told a press conference in Lahore that he would not seek an extension or renewal of his contract, which expires on July 31.“After more than three years as chief selector, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” the former skipper said.“With the ICC World Test Championship due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring in new ideas and fresh thinking.“I spoke to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan on Monday and conveyed my decision to them separately. I also thanked them for backing and supporting the selection committee since taking over the reins of Pakistan cricket,” Inzamam, the most capped Test player, said.A veteran of 120 Tests came under severe criticism as the chief selector for being uncertain about some selection decisions and poor planning ahead of the World Cup, where Pakistan failed to qualify for the knockouts.Chief selector since mid-2016, Inzamam headed the selection committee that also included Wasim Haider, Tauseef Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti.His decision to rest captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and five other players for the one-day series against Australia in UAE before the World Cup was slammed by former stalwarts, critics and fans alike.Inzamam claimed that the national team had come a long way since the retirements of stalwarts like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan in May 2017 and now the youngsters have grown in experience and stature.“They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats. It has been a pleasure to see these players grow and make names for themselves in international cricket.“I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take the Pakistan cricket team to greater heights,” he said.Inzamam did admit that the team could have done better during his tenure and the players have more potential than their results reflected.“The team could have performed better during my time than the results reflect and I may have inadvertently overlooked some potentially deserving players, but I have always had the best interests of Pakistan cricket foremost in my heart. I hope the passionate Pakistan cricket fans will understand and can see this in my decisions.”Inzamam insisted that he, along with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur had worked well as a group, stayed together in difficult times and continued to collectively move in the same direction. Inzamam, meanwhile, made it clear that he was ready to take up any new job that the PCB offered him.The 4192nd ODI witnessed was one of the greatest clashes in the history of the One Day International Game. In 11 World Cup editions, the closest victory margin was seven runs by Australia against England in 1987 at Kolkata. Now, England, with the pain of three World Cup final losses and New Zealand, the 2015 final losers, clashed against each other. It was already 6:45 AM in New Zealand.100 overs later, a New Zealand-born cricketer playing for England almost hurt the Kiwis. Ben Stokes blasted 83 but the match ended in a tie and for the first time in World Cup history, the title would be decided on the super over.Trent Boult leaked 15 runs and New Zealand needed 16 runs. James Neesham blasted a six off Jofra Archer, who came into the England side as a man of destiny having just qualified to play for the national side. Two runs were needed off one ball. Martin Guptill, who had endured a nightmare World Cup, had a chance for glory.However, when he turned for a second, Guptill was run-out. The super over was tied. England had won the World Cup due to a bigger boundary count. Read that again: England won the World Cup because the boundary count was higher. 22 by England as compared to 16 by New Zealand.(With inputs from PTI)  last_img read more

Former Provost Elizabeth Garrett dies at 52

first_imgFormer USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett died on Sunday, a month after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Garrett, 52, was serving as the president of Cornell University, the first female to ever hold that position.After announcing her diagnosis in early February, Garrett began intensive treatment at Weill Cornell Medicine and was released following surgery on Feb. 19. She died at her home on Sunday night, less than one year after starting her new role at Cornell.Previously, Garrett served as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC for five years, assuming her role in 2010. Before becoming provost, she served as a professor for seven years and was named the Frances R. and John J. Duggan professor of law, political science, finance and business economics and public policy.“Beth served on my senior leadership team for over a decade, and proved herself to be a remarkably dynamic leader with a singular gift for inspired, innovative thinking,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “So many of us recall her remarkable energy, her tenacious commitment to her work, and her deep passion for our community.”In her role at USC, Garrett recruited administrators, expanded the strength and diversity of undergraduate classes, and expanded the University’s residential and online professional master’s degrees. She also played a key role in expanding the University’s postdoctoral programs and programming new academic buildings.Outside of her administrative duties, Garrett was a dedicated professor and researcher of law. The author of more than 50 articles, book chapters and essays, she studied legislative processes, the design of democratic institutions and the federal budget process and tax policy. She was also the co-author of what is considered to be the most influential casebook on legislation and statutory interpretation. Her work, both administrative and academic, left a considerable impact on the Trojan community, according to Nikias and fellow administrators.“Beth’s legacy at the University of Southern California is both exceptional and assured,” Nikias said. “Beth worked tirelessly on our behalf, and her accomplishments will continue to benefit the Trojan Family for generations, as we watch our faculty produce even more transformative work, and as our students achieve even greater successes around the world. Many of these contributions will have their roots in Beth’s stellar leadership, and for this we should all be grateful.”last_img read more

College athletes deserve a fair share

first_img“Leveling the Playing Field” runs on Fridays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Sean at In some ways, senior quarterback Matt Barkley gets a raw deal.It’s not just the astronomical expectations he shoulders with aplomb -— expectations so high that many question why his completion percentage wasn’t higher in last week’s game against Hawai’i in which he threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns — or the reality that, after all he’s contributed to USC, one vicious hit might jeopardize his NFL prospects.It’s mostly the fact that Barkley should already be a multi-millionaire.The USC Athletic Department recently launched a multi-sport marketing initiative. “WE PLAY” billboards and banners decorate campus, with cardinal-colored W, E, P and Y and gold-colored L and A letters printed on stylized black-and-white photos.The wordplayfeels slightly less forced than the “SCampus” manuals we have all undoubtedly read. Any university in Los Angeles could have adopted this slogan.But, my biggest, and most serious, grievance with the campaign is that it’s another feat of student-athlete exploitation encouraged by the amateur rules the NCAA has set in place.In advance of its game against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., USC brought its “WE PLAY” campaign to the East Coast.On a Times Square video board, USC coach Lane Kiffin and senior quarterback Matt Barkley are captured scrutinizing a play chart, under a bold proclamation of “WE P-LA-Y FOR A NEW ERA.”In Los Angeles, No. 7 jerseys can be spotted at on-campus tailgates or swooning in the stands when Barkley appears on the jumbotron. Unfortunately, this doesn’t equate to any money for the prohibitive Heisman favorite to pocket.The NCAA will counter the idea of players making money, saying that its amateur model ensures the “student” half of student-athlete does not become an absolute sham.NCAA athletes not named Cam Newton can’t earn a salary in addition to their scholarships. They can’t appear in a Wrangler jeans commercial playing muddy Mississippi football in backyards with Brett Favre.But it’s only through a comically broken NCAA system that USC can make millions selling the likeness of its most marketable commodity: Barkley — an articulate, humble, lifelong USC fan who is resurrecting the program from dark depths.Some of the T-shirts from which USC has profited read, “Stay in SC-hool” and “Unfinished Business” — the latter of which is a rallying cry Barkley invoked at the press conference announcing his return for his senior season on Dec. 22, 2011.And the exploitation won’t even stop in April 2013, when Matt Barkley will shake NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand and don his new NFL team’s cap.If Barkley wins the Heisman and a BCS bowl game, think of all the memorabilia USC will sell now and in the future. The possibilities are endless.The worst part about this exploitation, though, is that there’s no obvious solution.Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of governance besides all the rest.It’s entirely possible that the NCAA’s rules related to amateurism exist in a similar sense. If there were easy fixes that could still maintain the integrity of the academic degree, they would have already been made.The delineation between college and professional sports must be unmistakable, but as time goes on, our college football-crazed country is making it increasingly difficult for the NCAA to pretend there’s an actual difference.College stars are commodities. If universities plan to exploit that fact shamelessly, student-athletes should be able to pursue their own endorsements.last_img read more

Taxpayers to be on alert for check scammers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— Taxpayers continue to receive their stimulus checks in efforts to lighten the financial load during the corona virus pandemic. The IRS is urging residents to be on alert for potential scammers looking to take your money.Scammers are acting as IRS representatives trying to not only get your stimulus check, but also your personal information. According to the revenue service, scammers seek an opportunity to take advantage of people when they are most vulnerable.Tips to keep in mind …The official term used by the IRS is economic impact payment. Watch out for words such as “stimulus check” and “stimulus payment.”Do not click on suspicious links or respond to text messages. You will not have to click through links to get your money.Also, do not give out your personal information. Most funds are directly deposited or mailed out.Lastly, watch out for bogus checks sent through mail that represent the stimulus check.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Treasury issues guidance on new tax deadlines; estimated payments now due July 15Next Local airport to receive grant fundinglast_img read more

British Open 2019: Shane Lowry’s glory a tonic to Rory McIlroy’s sob story

first_imgThere was one name on everybody’s lips at the start of the week at Royal Portrush — Rory McIlroy.Cast into a leading role he seemed eager to shun, McIlroy winning the British Open on home soil was the story everybody wanted to write, to read, and to talk about for generations to come. Too bad, then, that he shot a quadruple-bogey eight on the very first hole to slide from pre-tournament favourite to a likely bet to miss the cut.The incomplete miracle of his stunning second-round revival aside, McIlroy’s race was effectively run inside 15 minutes of madness on Thursday. Related News After a 68-year absence from these shores, the return of golf’s oldest major to Northern Ireland was never going to be a quiet affair, but Lowry made sure of that fact.He gave the crowd — be they from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, or frankly anywhere on the planet — something to root for; he gave us that story to write, to read, and to talk about for generations to come.Now there is a different name on everyone’s lips at Royal Portrush — and that name is Shane Lowry. British Open 2019: Five reasons Royal Portrush needs another Open Championship ASAPcenter_img Quadruple-bogey 8Rory McIlroy goes out of bounds with his opening tee shot.#TheOpen— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) 18 July 2019It left a void at the Dunluce Links that was initially filled by compatriot Darren Clarke, the 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year getting home in even par on an opening day when he had the honor of teeing off first.But then he fell before the weekend with a gut-wrenching triple bogey on the last ending his fun.At least Graeme McDowell made it to the business end of things, giving the sell-out crowd a home hope to lend their significant backing to.It was no more than a consolation, for sure, but it was still a long way short of filling the McIlroy-shaped hole that had been left by the four-time major winner’s shock exit, because McDowell was not threatening to win it.And, worse still, after two rounds there was an American sharing the leaderboard summit as J.B. Holmes primed himself to complete the first US clean sweep of the majors since 1982.Something had to be done to keep the Claret Jug a little closer to home. Step forward Shane Lowry, the man with whom Holmes was unwillingly sharing that lead.A couple of rounds of 67 had the Irishman in the hunt for a maiden major. Here was Royal Portrush’s new leading man. On Saturday, he lived up to that billing — and indeed went some way beyond it — with a round of golf that he may never surpass.It read on the scorecard as a blemish-free 63 — impressive enough even by the raw data — but the way in which he came to sign for that number was breathtaking.He hit 17 of the 18 greens in regulation and when the chasing pack were threatening he accelerated once more, nailing birdies at 15, 16 and 17 despite having made no gains on those holes over the first two rounds.What a round of golf @ShaneLowryGolf #TheOpen— The Open (@TheOpen) July 20, 2019That run, including a mighty close call with another birdie at the last, worked the Portrush crowd into a frenzy. Where 24 hours prior there had been sympathetic applause for McIlroy’s closing par, which sealed his fate, Lowry’s tap-in four was met by a deafening roar.It left him four shots clear heading into Sunday and ‘Lowry!’ chants rang out around the course, which was again packed to capacity when he returned for the final round.Although he had let a four-stroke margin vanish in a major before, Lowry refused to wilt in abysmal conditions, just as the fans refused to let their spirits be dampened by the wind and rain that so often feel obliged to make their presence known at an Open. British Open 2019: Outstanding Shane Lowry storms to emotional triumph at Portrushlast_img read more

Mike Gundy would treat son the same at Oklahoma State — ‘even if I’m sleeping with your mom’

first_imgMORE: SN top 25, position rankings, All-Americans and moreMark that as another win for Mike Gundy at Big 12 Media Days (the first, of course, being that magnificent mullet).The elder Gundy has a proven track record of producing elite talent at the quarterback position, so his son might be willing to deal with his dad’s eccentric quips at Oklahoma State. Then again, considering the potential for “your mom” jokes his father might lob at him, Gunnar may be safer taking his talents out of Stillwater. “I told him, if you come to Oklahoma State, I’ll coach you like I do everybody else, maybe harder,” Gundy said. “You’re the best player, you’ll play. If not, you won’t play — even though I’m sleeping with your mom.” Let no one ever accuse Mike Gundy of nepotism.During Big 12 Media Days last week, the Oklahoma State coach revealed just how much familial ties matter to him when it comes to choosing a starting quarterback (hint: not a lot). With his son Gunnar Gundy a potential target in the 2020 class, Mike Gundy offered this zinger on how he might coach his son should he choose to play for the Cowboys:last_img read more