‘Ground Zero 360’ exhibit open in Indianapolis

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett with state and local leaders took part in a tree planting ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial over the weekend in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago.The tree planted during the ceremony is a sapling from a Callery pear tree that withstood the 9/11 attacks and was replanted in 2010 at the Memorial in New York City after much rehabilitation by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.“The tree was once burned and broken and now has smooth, blossoming branches,” said Paul McCormack, Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector. “The sapling from the tree that is now planted in Hoosier soil in commemoration of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, stands as living proof of America’s resiliency and survival in the face of terror.”McCormack made the journey to Indiana with family members of first responders who lost their lives during the deadliest terror attack on American soil. They are traveling the United States with the Ground Zero 360 Exhibition.The Ground Zero 360 Exhibit is comprised of photos, stories and donated artifacts from 9/11, allowing Hoosiers to take a step back in the past and feel what 8 million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks in 2001 and cost 3,000 Americans their lives.“The Ground Zero 360 Exhibit serves as a powerful reminder of the tragedy that our country faced on September 11th, 2001,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “In the wake of the attacks that September morning, brave Hoosiers stepped forward, as they always do, to assist their brothers and sisters in critical rescue and recovery efforts. Now, with the planting of this tree, we will have a permanent reminder of the incredible courage shown by first responders in our country’s time of need.”Hoosiers can visit the Ground Zero 360 Exhibit now through February of 2019. The survivor tree planted at the Indiana War Memorial will be a permanent remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price and as a tribute to the Hoosiers that joined in the rescue efforts after 9/11.For more information go online here.last_img read more

Near ekes out Tri-City feature win

first_imgBy Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (June 9) – Inches made the difference between first and second as Timmy Near topped Friday’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Motor Speedway.Matt Szecsodi led the opening laps before Near took over from his fourth place starting position.  All eyes were on 10th starting Chad Wernette as he found speed in the bottom groove and caught Near after halfway.Wernette cleared Near and led on the white flag lap, but Near was able to make the winning pass coming out of turn four to win by inches.Chaz Pray, Kody Johnson and Szecsodi rounded out the top five.last_img read more

Why we resuscitated Kwara Sports Festival 15 years after — AbdulRazaq

first_imgRelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme COVID-19 taught us to be closer to God – ex-NAN Director Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said he approved the resuscitation of the state annual sports festival as part of his belief in productive engagement of the youths to attain their full potentials. The state is currently engrossed with excitement as contingents from across its 16 local government areas participate in at least 26 games in the seventh Kwara State Sports Festival, which was last held in 2005. AbdulRazaq, who paid an unscheduled visit late on Wednesday to the Kwara State Stadium Complex to watch some of the games, said such event would also help to promote talents and sportsmanship in the populace. “The resuscitation of Kwara State Sports Festival hinges on the need to invest in the youths and sports. Hitherto, the state hired athletes to represent the state in festivals and we need to invest in ourselves and get the home-grown youths to take part in various sports events (nationwide and internationally),” he told reporters shortly after watching a photo finish (volleyball game) between Ilorin West and Offa. AbdulRazaq also said the administration plans to upgrade some facilities in the sports complex in the 2020 fiscal year, especially the indoor hall, to provide the right environment for local talents to thrive. “(There will be) renovation of the sports complex, investments in youth and sports. You will see a face-lift of the Indoor Sports Hall of the state stadium, a new squash court and renovation in all facets,” he said, offering insights into what the sector should expect in the 2020 budget that was passed on Wednesday. “It is a pity that we’ve allowed (sports) infrastructure to decay. But despite that we can see the zeal, commitment of the sportsmen and women as well as the officials. You can see that they want to participate in sports. So, we need to provide the enabling environment to do what they need to do.” AbdulRazaq said Kwara State looks forward to greater showings in the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival in March in Edo State, adding: “In fact, this is the good beginning. We are not going to hire athletes to represent the state. The home-grown talents will represent us. So, we’ll have a 10 year plan. We are not saying that we will be at the top of the medals table in Edo but gradually we will be the best.” The Governor had earlier met with members of the main organising committee of the festival in the indoor hall where he commended them for a good job. He was received by top government officials, sports veterans and entrepreneurs, including the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Joanna Nnazua Kolo; Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development, Attahiru Ibrahim; Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem; Serah Adebooa Esan; Olusola Abubakar Sheu; ex-international Hameed Adio; Coach Bola Mogaji; Dr. Steve Olarinoye; Razaq Olorunmako; Ibrahim Bako; and Abimbola Agbeke Olaoye.Tags: Abdulrahman AbdulrazaqKwara Sports FestivalKwara Statelast_img read more

DeSantis Drops Florida Quarantine Order for New York Travelers

first_imgPeople traveling to Florida from three northeastern states just got a break.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday quietly rescinded an executive order that required travelers into the Sunshine State from areas with “substantial community spread” of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.The rule had affected those coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.DeSantis implemented the requirements on March 23, when New York City was a hotspot for the new coronavirus.We must stay the course. These steps are simple, and we’ve said them all along, but they make a difference. #OneGoalOneFlorida pic.twitter.com/npIVueQ7Gx— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 6, 2020 Since then, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen in New York.Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order requiring travelers from Florida and 34 other states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to his state remains in effect.To read DeSantis’ full executive order, click here.last_img read more

GFF, Denmark FA hold talks of collaboration at FIFA Congress

first_imgFIRST vice-president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Brigadier (Ret’d) Bruce Lovell, met yesterday with the president of the Denmark Football Association, Jesper Moller, in Paris, France on the side-lines of the 69th FIFA Congress, to discuss areas of cooperation between the two football bodies.The discussions centred on Denmark providing assistance to the GFF in the areas of coaching and refereeing education, infrastructure development, governance and football administration, and girls and women development, and will lead to the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding for which the Danish president will visit Guyana in October this year to sign.The meeting was done within the framework of UEFA Assist programme, which was launched in 2017, where UEFA member associations provide assistance to other confederations and member associations to develop and strengthen football across the globe.At the FIFA Congress Brigadier (Ret’d) Lovell is representing GFF president Wayne Forde, who remained in Guyana to streamline the National team’s preparation for their Gold Cup debut.last_img read more

Penn State : Paterno hires defense attorney

first_imgSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. The son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno issued a statement on his father’s behalf Friday, indicating that Paterno has hired an attorney.Scott Paterno said in a statement that he retained Wick Sollers of the King & Spalding law firm.‘On behalf of my father, I have retained Wick Sollers at the law firm of King and Spalding,’ Scott Paterno said. ‘My father’s desire is for the truth to be uncovered, and he will work with his lawyers to that end.Scott Paterno said his father asked him to make a short statement on his behalf.‘Like everyone who has watched this story unfold, my father is experiencing a range of powerful emotions,’ Scott Paterno said in the statement. ‘He is absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families. He also wants very much to speak publicly and answer questions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘At this stage, however, he has no choice but to be patient and defer to the legal process,’ he said. ‘He cooperated fully with the grand jury and he will continue to cooperate with the investigation as we move forward.‘ … Going forward, Mr. Sollers has directed my father, our family and everyone associated with us to make no further public statements and to respond to no media inquiries. We will honor this request. Accordingly, all requests for comments or other information should be directed to Mr. Sollers,’ Scott Paterno said.As of Friday, there have been no charges filed against Joe Paterno in the fallout of the sex abuse scandal involving former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys, and his attorney said that Sandusky maintains his innocence and denies the charges.mjcohe02@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

One of the best: Decker honored with 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

first_imgDULUTH, Minn. – Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker emotionally embraced her family and made her way to the podium Saturday afternoon as she became the 15th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.The award recognizes the best player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey each season – much like football’s Heisman Trophy. Decker was one of three finalists for the award, including Jocelyne Lamoureux of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern.“It is quite an accomplishment,” Decker said. “I think it shows a lot about the depth of our program and the type of players that get recruited to Wisconsin. I think we have all-around staff and resources that are phenomenal.”Decker anchors one of the best offensive lines in hockey, playing alongside senior forwards Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Pr?vost in a unit that combined for 77 season goals. Decker led the nation this season with 37 goals, and her 82 overall points tied for the nation’s best.Decker attempted six shots in the national championship against Minnesota Sunday but did not find the back of the net in the 4-2 loss.She became the fourth player in Wisconsin history to win the award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan (2011). Four Wisconsin Patty Kazmaier winners in the past six years is quite an impressive feat for head coach Mark Johnson as well as the program.“We’ve had a couple of kids go though this arena before,” Johnson said. “Each one, if you look at all four, earned it. Brianna isn’t different than the other three; she went out and continues to grow as a player and continues to develop as a leader off the ice.”Although the Patty Kazmaier celebrates the nation’s best hockey player, Decker said the honor reflects the success of the team more than her individual play. The Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn. – host of this year’s ceremony – erupted with cheers from Decker’s teammates, a testament to the tight knit camaraderie within this Wisconsin squad.“I honestly don’t think this is an individual award,” Decker said. “Obviously it is given to one person, but it comes from the team and the team makes each player who they really are. I think that is exactly what my team did for me this year.”Johnson said the team held a dance contest after practice last Thursday, calling them an energetic group. That contagious attitude translated to Wisconsin’s play on the ice the season, uniting Decker and the entire Badger team.“If you are going to be successful in this game you have to play as a unit, and certainly players can make a difference, but it takes a group of players,” Johnson said.The success of Wisconsin’s program in recent years, including multiple national championships and Patty Kazmaier award winners also projects a good image to young hockey players.“I think it gives some young girls in Wisconsin some hope either to want to be a Badger one day or play hockey and be able to be successful, like Jessie (Vetter) and myself,” Decker said. “I hope the young girls take a lot out of it and come support our games.”As a sophomore last year, Decker cheered on Duggan – the 2011 Patty Kazmaier winner – never believing she would follow up her friend’s performance just a year later.Johnson believes playing alongside past UW leaders like Duggan helped develop Decker into the player she is today.“With the season last year, and the help of Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight, she understood what she needed to do to make the choice to go to the next level and the type of player she wanted to become,” Johnson said.Decker’s work ethic and will to win can’t be undermined, but she said her award-winning season relied upon support of those around her. “I can’t do any of this without my team, and I give so much credit to them and the coaches because they made me the player I am right now.”last_img read more

Tipp footballers maintain promotion push

first_imgThere were also points from Liam McGrath, Steven O’Brien, Jason Lonergan, Brian Fox and Kevin O’Halloran.Tipperary Senior Football manager Liam Kearns believes a strong start really stood to them. It was two for two for Tipperary at Semple yesterday as the Senior Footballers also secured victory in their league clash with Louth.Liam Kearns’ men secured Division 2 action next season and possible promotion after breezing past the Wee County by 2-17 to 0-09.Conor Sweeney clocked up 7 points including five from frees while the goals came courtesy of Michael Quinlivan and Bill Maher who also put a point each on the scoreboard.last_img read more

Marta Kostyuk: Kid with Lion’s Heart

first_imgMarta Kostyuk was such a perfectionist when she started playing tennis as a child, she’d blow up in anger if she missed even a single ball. It made tennis completely unenjoyable. At just age 15, Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the Australian Open’s third round in two decades after defeating Olivia Rogowska. This brings the question of when Nigerian’s own celebrated tennis kid, Marylove Edwards will grace the Grand Slam. Kunle Adewale reports ”I always wanted to win, no matter what. If I was losing, it was a tragedy. It was, like, ‘I don’t want to play anymore”, the Ukrainian teenager said.After beating Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5 to become the youngest player to reach the Australian Open third round in two decades, Kostyuk is finding peace with the ups and downs of the sport. All at the wise old age of 15.”Now, I start to enjoy it”, she said.Kostyuk’s performance in Melbourne was remarkable considering just how far she’s come in such a short time. The Australian Open is not only her first Grand Slam, but her first main draw at any WTA-level tournament.Yet, the bubbly Kostyuk’s game looks more than ready for this moment. Granted a wild card to the qualifying draw after capturing the Australian Open junior title last year, Kostyuk won three matches to earn a spot in the main draw, then upset the No. 25-seeded Chinese veteran Peng Shuai in the first round.Perhaps an even tougher challenge, she followed that up with a convincing win over Australian wild-card entry Rogowska in front of a partisan crowd at Margaret Court Arena, the No. 2 show court at Melbourne Park.The stats weren’t pretty – 45 unforced errors to just 22 winners but Kostyuk handled the pressure well. A power player who hits big off both sides, she kept going for her shots even when she misfired.And misfire she did aplenty. While serving for the match, she clubbed a ball off the frame of her racket that nearly hit a spectator in the crowd. Kostyuk blamed serving into the sun: ”You throw the ball and you hit the sun, actually.”Kostyuk was an acrobat growing up and was so talented, she placed fourth in the Ukrainian national championships – as a child. But she wanted to spend more time with her mother, a former professional tennis player and now coach, so she gave up acrobatics to focus on tennis at age 11.Since winning the Australian Open girls title last year, she’s made the jump to the pro level and is represented by a high-profile manager, former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic, who currently coaches Roger Federer. The impact on her game has been immediate.”Ivan is always helping me when he sees me,” she said. ”And Roger, we speak twice. You know, really, like speak. Not like, `Hey, how are you.’ That was nice.”With her run in Melbourne, Kostyuk has now become the youngest player to reach the third round since Martina Hingis made the quarterfinals at age 15 in 1996.This has already brought her a great deal of attention-the kind that has proved so difficult for other young players in the past. Part of the reason breakthroughs like Hingis’ are so rare these days is that the WTA Tour has sought to protect teenagers by limiting the number of tournaments they can play. Kostyuk is only eligible to 10 tournaments as a 15 year old.Even so, young players are still ”hyped a lot,” said one-time Swiss prodigy Belinda Bencic, who was a U.S. Open quarterfinalist at 17.”When you win one, two matches, everybody focuses on you,” said Bencic, who has since struggled with injuries and lost her second-round match at the Australian Open only two days after an upset win over Venus Williams. ”Suddenly, you’re the one who has to win, which actually shouldn’t be like that.”Bencic hopes Kostyuk ”keeps enjoying all of this and remembers the feeling how it is when you’re excited first time, first Grand Slam, and to keep it this way.”Kostyuk was however handed a tennis lesson by Elina Svitolina, who is seeded fourth in the third round.This raises to the questio: when will a Nigerian grace the Grand Slam?Nigeria has recorded little success when it comes to tennis. In the country, tennis is still regarded as an elitist sport and no doubt, capital intensive. Little wonder, Nduka Odizor’s fourth round feat at the 1983 Wimbledon is still a reference point, 35 years after the achievement.However, 13-year old Marylove Edwards looks good to turn things around for Nigeria. With 17 titles in the kitty, both locally and internationally, and headed for the famous America tennis camp (IMG) in Florida, that produced such stars as Andre Agasi, the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) Marylove sees herself playing her first Tennis Grand Slam in the next three years. Her father, Eddy, projects that the next eight years would see the first African winning a Grand slam title with her daughter.For Marylove, her father has been the brains behind her success. “My father has been very supportive; he has invested so much in developing me. He hired the services of a coach in the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to train me, while at home; he spends time to train me daily after school. He has been very encouraging, ensuring that I attain the height I want to as a player. The training kits such as shoes, soft balls, rackets, and sportswear are provided by him. The tennis circuits I have attended have been sponsored by him. My father has been everything to me.”According to her coach, Kayode Savage, it was as if her development was fast-tracked.“The level at which she is developing is tremendous and unbelievable. She won her first tournament at eight and we felt that by the time she’s 12 or 14 maybe she will be playing U-12 but she’s already rated eight in Africa; already in the Under- 14. She has great determination and her never say die attitude is one of her greatest strength. Even when she’s down, she keeps fighting on and this is very good considering her age. She trains four to five hours daily,” Salvage said.With 17 titles in the kitty at a very young age, it is not surprising therefore that Marylove is already targeting playing in a Grand Slam in the next five years.“Growing up, I always watch the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and hoping that one day, I’ll be like one of them and even better their records. So, in the next five years, I hope to have a shot at the Grand Slam,” she said.Marylove’s dream of becoming a tennis superstar may come to fruition, thanks to the involvement of Temple Management Company, TMC which was magnetised by her ingenuity recently.“With the partnership with TMC, who are now driving her higher, they have made the project easier. She now participates in tournaments and circuits outside Nigeria. She trains with ease and travelling to tournaments is done on time. In the next five to six years, I do see her participating in World Tennis Association tournaments. We are aiming at the top in the nearest future,” Eddy said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Airtel Rising Stars 2015 kicks off in Takoradi on Saturday

first_imgGhana’s most authentic and credible football talent competition, Airtel Rising Stars is set to begin in Takoradi on the this weekend, Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th July, 2015.The award winning competition will see the Regional Under-15 select teams of the Western and Central regions go head to head in a feisty competition for a slot at the national finals of the tournament hailed by the bigwigs of Ghana football.Anchored on Airtel’s thematic campaign dubbed “Its Now,” Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi wished all teams the best of competition and talent showcasing during this year’s Airtel Rising Stars.“This is the most important competition in Ghana football. There is so much talent at this Under 15 level. Being identified early means being developed early. Very soon, only players from competitions such as the Airtel Rising Stars which combines football with education will be the ones playing for the national teams. I wish every region well,” the GFA boss concluded.The Takoradi event will feature two male teams from both Western and Central Regions as well as a female team each.  The female teams will face off in one single match while the male teams will be locked in a knockout fight for honors. “Airtel Rising Stars is the most potent competition we have in Ghana at the Under-15 level. It is the competition for the year. All the Under 15 players want to be part of it and it means a lot to the players,” said National Juvenile Football competition Chairman, Nii Doku.”In Takoradi, we expect some youngster’s national dream to begin. Both Central and Western Region have strong football traditions. So I tell you my brothers, we know it’s going to be extremely tough,” he continued.”The beauty of Airtel Rising Stars is that the players are so talented and they want to make their families and friends proud of them. So it is the most beautiful spectacle of football you can find,” Nii Doku affirmed.The Gyandu Park will host the Takoradi event, which is one of five zonal competitions preceding the national finals in Sunyani later in the year. Other venues this year for the zonal games of Airtel Rising Stars are Konongo for the Ashanti Region, Tamale for the Northern Region, Wa for the Upper West Region and Denu in the Volta Region.”We want to increase the footprints of Airtel Rising Stars across the country,” said Kwame Gyan, the Brands and Assets Manager of Airtel Ghana. “Very few celebrated or award winning national competitions happen in Wa, Denu or in Konongo and there is certainly no national finals that chooses Sunyani as a shrine. This is Airtel’s way of saying we are willing to spread the efficacy of our network and the beauty of our competition to as many touch points as possible every year,” Mr. Gyan added.From Takoradi, Airtel Rising Stars heads to Konongo which will host the Ashanti and Eastern Regions. Tamale and WA follow in quick succession where Upper East and Northern Regions will compete followed by the Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions. The Volta Regional town of Denu completes the zonal journey and the national finals will be held in Sunyani on the 29th and 30th August 2015.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more