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first_imgLocal News Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Walk MS: Odessa 2018Walk MS: Odessa 2018 will take place on Saturday at Sherwood Park, 4819 N. Everglade Ave.The site opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS.Volunteers are also welcomed.For more information, contact the Fundraising Support Center at 855-372-1331 or [email protected] Pinterest Facebook Walk MScenter_img Twitter Walk MS logo WhatsApp Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Mansfield defeats Odessa High in walk-off fashion to begin area round seriesNext articleCinco de Mayo 5K admin By admin – May 4, 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

JUST IN: Third Quarter Sinks Eagles In Top 25 Battle

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Host Drury University used a 14-0 run to begin the second half and hand No. 9/20 University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball a 71-55 Great Lakes Valley Conference setback Saturday afternoon.After first half that featured six ties and six lead changes, the No. 8/20 Panthers (12-1, 4-0 GLVC) outscored the Eagles 23-12 in the third quarter to take a 59-45 lead into the final 10 minutes.USI (11-2, 3-1 GLVC) saw its deficit balloon to as much as 21 points early in the fourth quarter before trimming Drury’s lead to as little as 16.Senior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) led the Eagles with a game-high 20 points, while senior forward Morgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Illinois) had 17 points and seven rebounds.Junior forward Lucia Fernandez had 16 points to lead the Panthers, who also got 13 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore forward Hailey Diestelkamp.The Eagles return to action Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when they host the University of Indianapolis in a GLVC East Division contest at the Physical Activities Center.Notes:Dahlstrom and Grooms accounted for USI’s first 21 points of the game…USI falls to 0-8 against the Panthers in Springfield, Missouri, and 0-10 all-time against Drury away from the PAC…Drury shot 49.1 percent (26-53) from the field and outscored the Eagles 34-22 in the paint…USI was 20-of-48 (.417) from the field…Drury’s reserves outscored USI’s bench 19-7…USI Head Coach Rick Stein missed the game after the passing of his father Friday morning.1st Quarter (USI 19-18)USI, which shot 8-of-15 (.533) from the field in the first 10 minutes, ended the opening period on a 5-0 run to claim a one-point advantage heading into the second quarter. Grooms and Dahlstrom had 10 and nine points, respectively, to lead the Eagles in the first frame.2nd Quarter (DU 18-14)The Eagles missed their first five shots from the field as the Panthers grabbed a six-point lead midway through the period. USI recovered to shoot 4-of-6 from the field to close the half as it went into the break facing a 36-33 halftime deficit. Junior guard Alex Davidson (Salem, Indiana) led USI with five points in the second quarter.3rd Quarter (DU 23-11)Drury scored the first 14 points of the third quarter to build a commanding 50-33 lead. USI missed its first five shots of the half and had five turnovers before a bucket by Dahlstrom broke the Drury run. Grooms had four points in the third quarter to lead USI, which went into the final 10 minutes trailing 59-44.4th Quarter (DU 12-10)The Panthers opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run, extending their lead to 68-47 with just over seven minutes to play in the contest. Dahlstrom had six points in the final period to lead the Eagles, who closed the contest by outscoring Drury 8-2.Newspaper Box ScoreSouthern Indiana vs Drury01/06/18 1 p.m. at Springfield, MO/O’Reilly Event CenterDRURY 71, SOUTHERN INDIANA 55SOUTHERN INDIANA (11-2, 3-1 GLVC)Grooms, Kaydie 7-13 4-6 20; Dahlstrom, Morgan 7-11 3-5 17; Johnson, Ashley 2-3 1-2 6; Eschweiler, Kacy 3-6 0-0 6; Davidson, Alex 1-5 2-2 5; DeHart, Emma 0-0 1-2 1; Rowan, Mikayla 0-4 0-0 0; Sherwood, Morgan 0-3 0-0 0; Guy, Imani 0-0 0-0 0; Harshbarger, Randa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 11-17 55.DRURY (12-1, 4-0 GLVC)Fernandez, Lucia 6-7 4-6 16; Diestelkamp, Hailey 4-8 5-7 13; Heinzler, Alice 4-12 1-1 11; Harman, Heather 4-9 0-0 10; Parker, Emily 2-3 1-2 6; Vaught, Lexie 2-3 0-0 6; Lynch, Azia 2-3 0-1 4; Richards, Payton 1-6 0-0 3; Bernard, Daejah 1-1 0-2 2; Shipley, Lauren 0-0 0-0 0; Stanfield, Brooke 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 11-19 71.Southern Indiana…………..   19   14   12   10  –   55Drury…………………….   18   18   23   12  –   713-point goals—Southern Indiana 4-8 (Grooms, Kaydie 2-3; Davidson, Alex 1-4; Johnson, Ashley 1-1), Drury 8-27 (Heinzler, Alice 2-9; Harman, Heather 2-6; Vaught, Lexie 2-3; Richards, Payton 1-6; Parker, Emily 1-1; Stanfield, Brooke 0-1; Diestelkamp, Hailey 0-1). Fouled out—Southern Indiana-Davidson, Alex, Drury-None. Rebounds—Southern Indiana 29 (Dahlstrom, Morgan 7), Drury 31 (Diestelkamp, Hailey 12). Assists—Southern Indiana 9 (Rowan, Mikayla 3), Drury 12 (Bernard, Daejah 4). Total fouls—Southern Indiana 21, Drury 23. Technical fouls—Southern Indiana-None, Drury-None. Attendance—1205.last_img read more

Dick Dale, “The King Of Surf Guitar,” Dies At Age 81

first_imgDick Dale, the guitarist fondly known as the “King of Surf Guitar,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. His death was confirmed to The Guardian by his touring bassist, Sam Bolle.While his career took off more than 50 years ago with ubiquitous songs like “Let’s Go Trippin’” and his take on “Misirlou” in the early 60s, Dale continued to perform live up until his death. Despite various serious health problems in his later years, Dick Dale consistently played through the pain, with tour dates scheduled throughout this year.Dick Dale and the Del-Tones – “Let’s Go Trippin’”[Video: sandancapistrano]Dale, born Richard Anthony Mansour, helped shape the sound that would become surf rock, utilizing Middle Eastern and Mexican musical influences, and reverb to create a unique approach to the electric guitar. He was also known for his fast, loud playing and his unusual way of holding his guitar. A left-handed player, Dale played a right-handed guitar turned upside down. He also used unusually heavy strings and picks to go along with his frenetic playing style, adding to the distinct quality of his signature sound. As Leo Fender once said of testing new equipment, “When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for human consumption.”Dale also worked closely with Fender to produce and fine-tune their amplifier technology. After frequently blowing out several of his 10-watt amps, he inspired Fender to create the first 85-watt transformer, which peaked at 100 watts. According to Fender, Dale once described this innovation as being “like going from a little VW Bug to a Testarossa.” Dale’s unique combination of powerful equipment, lightning-fast staccato picking and heavy-gauge strings led many to call him the “Father of Heavy Metal.” Dale also enjoyed a late-career spike in popularity when his “Misirlou” was used as the theme song on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction in 1994.Pulp Fiction – Opening Scene/”Misirlou” Theme Song – Dick Dale[Video: IsrFur89]For good measure, you can also watch a video of Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan performing surf rock classic “Pipeline” from 1987 comedy Back To The Beach below:Dick Dale, Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Pipeline”[Video: ClassicVideos80s]Rest in Peace, Dick Dale.last_img read more

TV3 The Vote – Poverty or Parenting. Our Full Message

first_imgOne of the frustrating aspects of watching TV3’s The Vote “Poverty or Parenting” was that it was heavily edited from our pre-record on Monday night – and therefore statements which explained more of the context of what we said was not included.So here’s a full set of notes.AS FAMILY BREAK-UP HAS INCREASED, POVERTY HAS INCREASED* The state has failed at alleviating poverty. It’s time to go back to the original poverty-beater – strong intact families. As families have broken down, poverty has increased.* Asian families are one of the lowest income groups in NZ yet they are not beset with some of the problems of child abuse and dysfunction that occur in other groups. Good parents can rise above traps of poverty* HINZ (Household Income NZ) notes, “Half of poor children are Maori/Pacific. One in three Maori children lives in poverty. This reflects the high proportion of Maori children living in sole parent beneficiary families. 43 percent of DPB recipients are Maori.” * One in four Pacific children is poor (but more likely to live in a two-parent low-income working household.) Only 10 percent of DPB recipients are Pacific.* The false premise is that poverty causes such problems as crime, school failure, low cognitive ability, illegitimacy, low work ethic and skills, and drug use. Hence, reducing poverty through greater welfare spending will reduce most social problems. History refutes this belief. In 1950, nearly a third of the U.S. population was poor (twice the current rate). In the 1920s, roughly half of the population was poor by today’s standard. If the theory that poverty causes social problems were true, we should have had far more social problems in those earlier periods then we do today.Welfare programs intended to raise family incomes do not benefit children but do significantly increase illegitimacy and single-parent families, which in turn have decisively negative effects on children’s development. * Single parenthood is a risk factor for poverty everywhere – Swedish statistics show parental separation is the biggest driver into child poverty by a large margin. Thus even in the most generous welfare regime in the world, the state does not and cannot prevent single parenthood’s link with poverty.IS THERE REALLY 270,000 KIDS IN POVERTY?* Poverty rates have fallen from the high of 2001 – and have been steady since 2007http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/index.html* To measure child poverty, a line is drawn at 60 percent of the fixed median household income after housing costs (AHC). Children in households below this line are considered to be ‘in poverty’. If the line is drawn lower, fewer children will be in poverty. So the number of children in poverty rests on an arbitrarily drawn line.* For instance the OECD measures developed-world child poverty using a 50 percent threshold. Using that measure UNICEF’s latest report card showed 11.7 percent or around 118,000 New Zealand children living in poverty.http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/rc10_eng.pdf* New Zealand also compares well internationally: On the latest available figures (2008-09) New Zealand’s population and child poverty rates are close to the overall medians for both measures. * HINZ (Household Income NZ) acknowledges that poverty and hardship are about relative disadvantage, not ‘third world starvation’; they are about “being excluded from a minimum acceptable way of life in one’s own society because of a lack of resources.” This is a subjective judgement.* This subjectivity and its undesirability are officially acknowledged by some overseas jurisdictions. According to Statistics New Zealand, “The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) does not produce statistics on poverty because of the subjectivity involved in its measurement,” and “Statistics Canada is strongly of the view that defining poverty involves value judgements and is not the role of a national statistics agency.”* According to the OECD, New Zealand’s spending on families and children (cash transfers, tax breaks and services) as a share of GDP was the 8th highest in the OECD in 2007, with one of the highest levels of cash transfers:IS THERE INCREASING INEQUALITY?* The HINZ report points out:In 2011, 68% of two parent families were dual-earner families with 43% both full-time.In 1982, 52% of two parent families had one parent in full-time work and the other was workless. Only 20% were both in full-time work.“This change and the increasing proportion of dual-earner couple-only households have been the main factors in driving up median household incomes more rapidly than the average wage for individuals…Much of the difference between the growth of wages and the growth of household income is attributable to increased female labour force participation, especially in two parent families with dependent children.” * Half of poor children are from single parent families where there is only one potential earner.* International research suggests that the private costs of divorce and unmarried childbearing include increased risks of poverty, mental illness, infant mortality, physical illness, juvenile delinquency and adult criminality, sexual abuse and other forms of family violence, economic hardship, substance abuse, and educational failureNZ Institute of Economic Research* For children living in sole parent families the rate of poverty is five times as high as that for children in couple households.* The poverty rate for children in families where there is no full-time worker is six times higher than for those where at least one adult is in fulltime work.* According to Demographic Trends 2010:“The number of ‘two-parent’ families in New Zealand is projected to decrease from 481,000 in 2006 to 468,000 by 2031. This is due to a decreasing likelihood of being in this living arrangement type at most ages, reflecting continued trends towards single parenting and fewer couples having children…Nationally, the number of ‘one-parent’ families is projected to increase by 48,000 (an average of 0.8 percent per year), from 219,000 in 2006 to 267,000 in 2031.” One parent with dependent child(ren)133,700 460,400 Household composition2007 Couple with dependent child(ren)486,700 139,700 change 4.50% Source: Household Economic Survey, Year ended 30 June 2007/2012* The population groups that feature the most child poverty are set to grow disproportionately.SHOULD WE JUST RAISE BENEFITS?* Increased welfare payments won’t work. A New Zealand study found that,“…poor children reliant on government transfers, when compared with poor children reliant on market incomes, have lower living standards and a number of compounding shortfalls that can be expected to place them at greater risk of negative outcomes.”* European research shows an increase in yearly benefits of 1000 euros is estimated to increase the incidence of single mother families by about 2 percent. United States research showed a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of AFDC and food stamps led to a 43 percent increase in unmarried births. US research showing the association between the level of benefit payments and unmarried births, comprises numerous studies.* In relation, OECD research shows that alleviating child poverty via greater public transfers results in more workless homes, citing Australia (very similar to NZ in social assistance policy) as a prime example* Raising benefits can be expected to increase workless households and increase single parent families; the very things that are producing so much child poverty.FOOD IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME WILL HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM?* The government’s food-in-schools programme will be a short-term band-aid to mask the more serious issues of parental neglect, loan sharks, budgeting, and high living costs.* The Ministerial Committee on Poverty April 2013 said “People in low socio-economic areas were significantly more likely to have used drugs recreationally or to have used cannabis (MoH 2007/08), more likely to be smokers (MoH 2006/07) more likely to be problem gamblers (MoH 2010).”* A child whose parents cannot even provide two pieces of toast in the morning or a bowl of porridge highlights a number of real concerns. A parent who is unwilling to provide packed lunches may not be providing other necessities that a child requires. And how do we know that they are receiving meals at night or during the weekend? The level of neglect may be far greater than just providing breakfast and lunches on weekdays.* The important question the government should be asking is – what is the household income being spent on, and is that appropriate? Are they receiving their correct entitlement? And in the case of welfare payments, will food vouchers solve part of the problem?* The government should use this funding to provide budgeting advice to families including education on healthy eating and cooking skills, and should stop procrastinating around protecting vulnerable families from loan sharks. The targeting of alcohol outlets and pokie machines in lower decile areas should also be dealt with.* Children should not be punished by having parents who are failing to fulfil a basic parenting role. The danger is that we could be simply rewarding bad parenting.* Reject claims by the Prime Minister John Key that the programme will aid learning. It’s a great theory but it’s not true. A report released in 2012 found that feeding hungry schoolchildren does nothing to boost their learning. The only positive effect was that children felt less hungry. Researchers at Auckland University’s School of Population Health studied 423 children at decile one to four schools in Auckland, Waikato and Wellington for the 2010 school year.Thanks to Lindsay Mitchell for her assistance and phenomenal knowledge and research in this area. http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.com/ -5.40% 2012last_img read more

Infantino Congratulates Pinnick on Re-electio

first_imgIn the letter addressed to the NFF and copied to the Confederation of African Football, Infantino congratulated Pinnick and the other executive members who were elected and wished them the best of luck for the challenges ahead.“Dear Pinnick, allow me to extend to you my warmest congratulations on your re-election as President of the NFF for the 2018 – 2022 period, at today’s NFF Elective Congress in Katsina State.“Also convey my congratulations to all your colleagues of the Executive Committee who were elected with you.“I wish you and your team the best of luck, strength and every success for all the challenges that lie ahead.“I look forward to continuing to work with you and seeing you soon to congratulate you in person,” Infantino said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of World Football ruling body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has sent a congratulatory message to Amaju Pinnick on his re-election as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in the polls conducted by the NFF Electoral Committee in Katsina, Katsina State,  Pinnick swept aside three other contestants, polling 34 votes.Other contestants, Aminu Maigari got eight votes, with former international, Taiwo Ogunjobi getting only two votes, while there were no votes for club owner Chinedu Okoye.last_img read more