Cincinnati’s New Coach

first_imgCincinnati did not go far to find a new head coach for their men’s basketball program.  They went across the river to Northern Kentucky University and hired John Brannen.  Brannen led the Norse to two NCAA appearances in the 3 years they were elegible at the Division I level.The Newport Catholic High School graduate will bring an entirely new style of basketball to UC.  Under Brannen the Bearcats will try to outscore you rather than out-defense you.  Brannen will be very familiar with the local area in his recruitment.I think the Bearcat fans will be happy to have him as the replacement for outgoing coach Mick Cronin who left to take the UCLA job.last_img read more

ISDH reports 675 new cases of COVID-19

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 675 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 23,146 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 124,316tests have been reported to ISDH at a 17.8% positive rate and 33 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,328 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 210 positive cases and 28 deaths, Franklin County has 104 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 98 positive cases and 6 deaths.last_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College offering Accelerated Degree Program

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Ivy Tech Community College’s Lawrenceburg campuses are currently accepting applications for Autumn into their Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP). Ivy Tech’s ASAP pathway allows students to receive an associate degree, typically a 2-year program, within an 11-month period. The degrees offered through the ASAP at Lawrenceburg and Batesville include general education, liberal arts, psychology, business administration, accounting, and criminal justice.Unlike typical associate degree programs, ASAP is cohort-based. Students enrolled in ASAP will progress through the program with peers they started the program with. The program offers additional peer-support every Friday, which is reserved for team meetings, enrichment, and team building activities. Similarly, students are assigned their own advisor that will help them navigate the program.ASAP is open to anyone under the age of 22, though students interested in ASAP through Ivy Tech will need to have completed dual-credit courses through their high school including ENGL 111, COMM 101, or BUSN 101, along with completing Ivy Tech’s IVYT 111 course by the fall start date of August 24.Any questions about the Associate Accelerated Program should be directed to:Heather Gard, Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) Director, at 812-537-4010 x5327 or hgard3@ivytech.edulast_img read more

Pellegrini’s warning for defence

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned his defenders they must raise their levels. Pellegrini said: “I think that we must improve. It’s very important to have a clean sheet because if you are always conceding one goal before you score you are playing against time, against the rival, the score, against a lot of things. “One of the things that we did last year was improving clean sheets. “We had a second round (of fixtures) with a lot of clean sheets. “At this moment last year we had conceded more goals, but in the last three games in Premier League we have conceded five goals and that is too much. We drew two games and won one, but it’s too much.” Pellegrini admits he is still unsure what his first-choice central defensive pairing should be. Martin Demichelis was restored alongside influential captain Vincent Kompany for the midweek Champions League draw against Roma after £32million summer signing Eliaquim Mangala had a poor game at Hull last Saturday. Demichelis and Kompany had started the season together while Mangala built up his match fitness. Pellegrini said: “I cannot say because it depends on their performance. Press Association “We bought Mangala for an important amount of money because we thought that we needed a centre-back, but I’m very happy with the performance of Martin and Vincent Kompany, also. “Mangala was not out because he made a mistake against Hull on Saturday. “We are just starting the season and we must finish in May so we must have a lot of games to play. “Of course players not in a good performance cannot play, but it’s important to make a good rotation, it’s important to decide tactical things. “For that game I decided that it was better to play Demichelis, who was also playing very well. “It was not linked with what happened against Hull and I think he (Mangala) will be a very good defender for us during the whole year.” Pellegrini also has strong competition for places in midfield. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho were the first-choice pairing last season but this term Pellegrini has the extra options of Fernando and Frank Lampard. Fernando impressed in the opening weeks of the season before suffering injury while former England international Lampard, signed on a six-month deal from sister club New York City, has shone of late. Pellegrini said: “I have four very good midfielders because we have to play around 60 games during the whole year. “We’ll see which midfielders are in the best moment to play each game. That’s never a problem when you have good players, it’s a problem when you don’t have good players.” Pellegrini will be without the bulk of his squad next week as they head out on international duty. Fitness concerns over Liverpool’s England striker Daniel Sturridge have reignited the club-versus-country debate this week but Pellegrini has no complaints about the situation. The Chilean said: “Of course you have concerns about that but you can do nothing. “If I am in charge or managing a national squad, I (would) hope that all the managers will help me. I think it’s our duty to help all the other managers. “If not, you cannot have World Cup, you cannot have European Championships. It’s an obligation for us to do it.” When City’s players return to club training, they will do so not at their familiar Carrington base, but at the new £200million City Football Academy. The state-of-the-art complex adjacent to the Etihad Stadium will start opening in stages from next week. Pellegrini said: “It is unbelievable. I have been in another important training ground at Real Madrid, but this one I think is the best I have seen.” The Barclays Premier League champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight games, and that came in a 7-0 thrashing of Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup. City have not shut out the opposition in the Premier League since they won 2-0 at Newcastle in their opening match of the season. last_img read more

AXA Mansard Partners Liverpool FC

first_imgAXA Mansard, a member of AXA, the global leader in insurance and asset management is proud to announce that the global Insurance brand is partnering with Liverpool FC.AXA reignites its sponsorship strategy and is proud to join forces with one of the most famous names in sports.The multi-year partnership with English Premier League legends Liverpool Football Club sees AXA become the club’s official global insurance partner. Commenting on the partnership, the CEO of AXA, Thomas Burbel said, “I am delighted to announce this long-term partnership with Liverpool FC, which comes at a particularly exciting moment for AXA as the Best Global Brand Ranking, announced by Interbrand, recognized AXA as the number one insurance brand for the 10th year in a row.”Building on shared values, AXA and Liverpool FC will create innovative experiences for clients, partners and fans around the world, as well as making meaningful contributions to the local communities in which they both operate.Working closely with Liverpool players, manager, coaches and health professionals, AXA will also create unique and relevant content that will help support the shared goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle, delivering on the AXA brand purpose of empowering people to live a better life.Also commenting on the Partnership, the Head, Strategy and Marketing at AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, Mr. Emeka Muonaka noted, “We are excited about this partnership with Liverpool FC.  It’s our way of identifying with the passion and energy of football fans both in Nigeria and all over the world, which reflects our passion to consistently provide quality products and services to our esteemed customers.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Program analyzes tweets to predict Oscar winners

first_imgWith the Academy Awards coming up Sunday, the Annenberg Innovation Lab hopes its new tool will help predict Oscar winners.The Oscar Senti-meter, developed in partnership with the Annenberg Innovation Lab, the Viterbi Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab, and the Los Angeles Times, analyzes opinions using thousands of tweets about the Academy Awards to chart popular opinions.The device uses language-recognition software Streams to find tweets about best actress, best actor and best picture nominees and plots the results on a graph.Annenberg Innovation Lab director Professor Jonathan Taplin said the lab used the IBM-donated software for several other projects before the Senti-meter.The lab first used the software to analyze political tweets, then moved to track the success of the box office.The team first became inspired with the idea for the Senti-meter by the software’s accuracy at predicting the success of movies, Taplin said.“We saw that Cowboys and Aliens was going to bomb in the box office when the studios thought it was going to be a big movie,” Taplin said. “We saw The Help was going to do well when Disney wasn’t too sure about it.”Taplin said the Senti-meter measures anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 tweets each day.Shrikanth Narayanan, director of Viterbi SAIL and a professor of psychology, linguistics and computer science, said the lab had previously used the software for understanding language in settings such as marriage counseling, but Twitter presented a new challenge.“The power of Twitter is in using only a few characters to pack a lot of your emotions and feelings into the message,” Narayanan said. “What we try to do is see the kind of words people use and how they use them to map it to their sentiment.”The shortness of tweets, however, can also make them more difficult for the software to read. But now the Senti-meter can understand complex features of language such as emoticons and sarcasm, though Taplin said achieving that result took hard work.“What we do is we have students look at 5,000 or 7,000 tweets and compare their meaning to what the computer thought they meant,” Taplin said.Nuances in meaning that humans naturally analyze in speech patterns can be difficult for the computer to read as well.“Sentiment expressions are very complex to quantify. People might say one thing but mean the opposite, such as when they are being sarcastic. But if you look in context, you can try to figure out what the words really mean,” Narayanan said.Narayanan said he hopes to put the technology to use in other areas.“One of the big problems that interest us a lot is to watch for patterns over time, see how opinions change over time and see how long opinions last,” Narayanan said.The Oscar Senti-meter will be updated on the Los Angeles Times website.last_img read more

Forward Madison FC: UW alumnus looking forward to upcoming exhibition match against Badgers

first_imgCarl Schneider can’t seem to shake free from his hometown. He was born and raised in Madison, played four years as a defenseman and midfielder for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team, and now he’s an inaugural member of Forward Madison Football Club, the professional soccer team that will take the field this spring.Before his days as a Badger, Schneider gained notoriety as a local soccer icon. As a senior at La Follette High School, Schneider was named the Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year on his way to leading La Follette to a 21-2-1 overall record and its first-ever Big Eight Conference title. A three-time La Follette MVP and four-year All-Big Eight Conference honoree, Schneider took his talents to UW in the Fall of 2011, where he redshirted his freshman year before becoming a starter by his redshirt sophomore season.Schneider was a strong presence on the field as a defender at UW, allowing him the opportunity to move to the professional level after graduation. He went on to play for a low-level professional Swedish team before returning to the U.S. in the fall of 2018 to pursue a career with Forward Madison, where he will once again be playing defensive back.Forward Madison FC Head Coach Daryl Shore offers insight, optimism on inaugural seasonDaryl Shore, the head coach of Forward Madison FC, the new professional soccer team that calls Madison its home, is Read…The La Follette High School graduate expressed excitement in playing against his former team in an upcoming exhibition match between the Badgers and Forward Madison.“It’s awesome,” Schneider said. “I think when I look back at my sophomore year as a redshirt, even the coaches would admit that they’d be surprised that I’m coming back as a professional player. This game is an opportunity to show that I’ve really grown as a player since I graduated.”The exhibition will take place April 16 at Breese Stevens Field and will be quite the spectacle for Madison’s soccer community. The game provides the first opportunity for fans of Forward Madison to see the team in action, as all of their earlier exhibition matches will be either closed to the public or away from Madison.“We are very excited for the opportunity to play Forward Madison,” UW Head Coach John Trask said. “This match will provide us the opportunity to expose our current student athletes to another level of soccer. We look forward to an entertaining and challenging game, and will be thrilled to see UW alumnus Carl Schneider potentially representing Forward Madison.”Forward Madison will also be hosting an exhibition against their Major League Soccer affiliate — Minnesota United — June 25 at Breese Stevens Field. The match marks the first time since the Chicago Fire visited Milwaukee in 2005 that an MLS team will play in the state of Wisconsin. As Forward Madison’s affiliate, Minnesota United will also be loaning players to them throughout the season.So far, Forward Madison has played in two exhibition matches, one against Indy Eleven and another against St. Louis FC. Both teams compete in the United Soccer League Championship division, one tier above Forward Madison, but the team scored a 1–0 victory against Indy and battled hard in a 1–0 defeat at the hands of St. Louis.“As a whole, I was really impressed with us. I felt that to not only win but to hold our own possession-wise and defending, that’s a good sign for us heading into the season,” Schneider said, discussing the win against Indy Eleven.Forward Madison FC: UW alumnus looks to be hometown favorite as new inducteeUniversity of Wisconsin soccer alumnus Carl Schneider is the newest signee of Forward Madison FC, Madison’s first ever professional soccer Read…Schneider also approved of how Head Coach Daryl Shore has approached the team thus far, saying he’s built them up instead of knocking them down.“So far, it has been more of a build-up to the season,” Schneider said. “Slowly learning all of the principles that coach wants us to play with: pressing, attacking shape and possession in general. It’s been a work in progress, but we are learning something new every day.”With the regular season set to begin on the road April 6 against Chattanooga, Forward Madison is in full-on preparation mode, getting ready for a grueling 28-game regular season. The season features a few additional exhibition matches, including those against UW, Minnesota United and another against the Green Bay Voyagers in early June. There is also the potential for more exhibition matches, depending on scheduling conflicts.After the regular season concludes in the first week of October, the top four teams in USL-League One will head to the postseason in a single elimination bracket. With only ten teams in the league, there is a high chance that Forward Madison can make the postseason. There will be a total of three postseason games, two semifinal matches and the final.In a previous interview, Shore said he believes his team has what it takes to win the league in its inaugural season.Shore said he expects to be “holding up a trophy, hopefully in front of a home crowd, as well as a parade down State Street.”Needless to say, as we approach the spring soccer season in Madison, it is evident that the team and fans alike are excited to begin a new era of professional sports in the city.Carl Schneider is no stranger to the Madison soccer community. But Forward Madison FC has provided him a unique opportunity that did not previously exist — playing professional soccer in the city he loves.last_img read more

Nenagh Ormond ‘in good shape’ heading into UBL season

first_imgKick-off in Deramore Park is at 2.30 tomorrow afternoon – we’ll bring you updates on the match and will also have the latest from the other Division 2A game involving a Tipperary team, Cashel’s home encounter against Malone. John Long’s team open their Division 2A campaign away to Belfast Harlequins tomorrow afternoon.Last season Ormond just missed out on a place in the promotion play-offs.John is hopeful that the additions to their playing roster will help them to have a good season.last_img read more

Cycling worlds moved to Imola after Swiss host backs out

first_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 18:15 IST Cycling Worlds Moved To Imola After Swiss Host Backs Out This month’s road cycling world championships were moved to Imola, Italy, on Wednesday after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out because of a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. This month’s road cycling world championships were moved to Imola, Italy, on Wednesday after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out because of a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.The revised event from Sept. 24-27 will feature only elite men’s and women’s categories, eliminating junior and under-23 races.“The majority of the top athletes in the elite men and women categories are already in Europe, as opposed to their younger counterparts (juniors and under 23) whose national delegations, in a significant number of cases, will not be able to travel to Italy due to travel restrictions imposed in numerous countries,” the International Cycling Union said in a statement.The Swiss organizers of the championships, which were supposed to be centered around Aigle, where the UCI is based, said they could not continue within a federal limit of 1,000 people for major events during the coronavirus pandemic.The races in Imola, which hosted the worlds in 1968, will all begin and end on the city’s auto racing circuit.“I congratulate the Imola organizing committee for the excellent quality of its bidding file which it succeeded in producing in a short lapse of time,” UCI president David Lappartient said. “I would also like to thank the three other candidates Peccioli (Italy), Alba Adriatica (Italy) and the Haute-Saône (France) who also sent solid files to the UCI. … It goes to show that even in this difficult period that we are going through, the UCI world championships are still very attractive for cities and their regions.”The new schedule features the women’s individual time trial on Sept. 24, the men’s time trial on Sept. 25, the women’s road race on Sept. 26 and the men’s road race on Sept. 27 — exactly a week after the Tour de France ends. First Published: 2nd September, 2020 18:14 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

TBJH Students Celebrate Health Achievements with a Unique Pizza

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMore than 80 classes at Thunder Bay Junior High School took part in the ‘Get Fit Don’t Sit’ exercise challenge b there was only one winner. Some of the exercises included walking laps around the track, jumping jacks and more.‘Get Fit Don’t Sit’ day is inspired to help people get up and move throughout the day. Sitting for long periods of time can be more dangerous than smoking.8th Grader, Brianna Boyk said the program is great and it feels good to be able to get up and move during school hours. Mrs. Samp’s third hour Social Studies class won a healthy pizza for their participation.The healthy pizza wasn’t your typical cheese and pepperoni. Students indulged into a unique slice of fruit for breakfast.Community Health Coordinator, Erica Phillips said the idea is to help kids become more aware of what they are eating so they don’t suffer from health problems.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Locals Honor Alpena Fallen Police Officers During National Police WeekNext Hoeft State Park gets nominated for ‘Best Michigan Park’last_img read more