Culvert replacements begin this week on S.R. 62 in Ripley and Jefferson Counties

first_imgRipley and Jefferson County, IN— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin culvert replacement work began this week on S.R. 62 in Ripley and Jefferson Counties. A total of six pipes will be replaced between Cross Plains and S.R. 250 near Canaan.This will result in daily road closures from approximately 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The replacements are expected to be complete by the end of next week. Access will be maintained for all residents within the closure.Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.last_img

Chris Paul, bench lead Clippers past Spurs

first_imgThis wasn’t straight déjà vu – Paul didn’t limp back on the court, he didn’t deliver the biggest plays in the biggest moments.No, in the Clippers’ 106-101 win Thursday over San Antonio, they let things get weird.Going with an all-bench lineup for nearly the entire fourth-quarter, Doc Rivers relied upon his improved depth to seal a win against a NBA title contender.“It’s the confidence we have in our bench,” Rivers said.Marreese Speights scored 14 while grabbing seven big rebounds, while standing in and drawing charges. Raymond Felton, Paul’s back-up, relentlessly attacked the San Antonio defense off the dribble for 13 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He was awesome,” Rivers said of Felton.And Wes Johnson and Austin Rivers, who combined to shoot 5-of-20, both hit crucial fourth-quarter 3’s.“I thought it was amazing,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Everyone in the second unit is why we won this game.”At one point, Jordan walked to the scorer’s table to check in just as Speights launched a 3. As the shot went through the hoop, Jordan walked back to the bench with a smile on his face. Luc Mbah a Moute also went to check in on multiple occasions only to be called back.The unconventional lineup forced the Spurs to abandon their starting frontcourt, negating some of their size advantages.It’s the second time this season the Clippers have beaten San Antonio. The Spurs have lost only four other times this season.Prior to the game, Popovich said the biggest difference with the Blake Griffin-less Clippers was a more aggressive, urgent Paul.“Chris takes on a lot more leadership and becomes a total, total monster,” Popovich said pregame. He’s got Kobe-like heart of a lion. We’ll see that. He’ll do that while Blake is down. He’ll take a lot on himself and be even more demonstrative in scoring and doing what he’s got to do to motivate his team.”For 22 minutes or so, that’s exactly what Paul did.He scored 19 points on only 11 shots. He grabbed seven boards and handed out six assists to go with a pair of steals.But instead of leaving the bench to check in for his normal fourth quarter minutes, cameras caught Paul trying to do defensive slides while team trainer Jasen Powell looked on.Paul never returned to the Clipper bench because of what the team called “a strained left hamstring.”“I’m OK,” Paul said. “…I’m glad I caught it when I did.”Thursday’s game against San Antonio began a stretch of seven games in 10 days. His status is unknown for the next contest, a home game Friday against Dallas.Instead of walking off the floor into the locker room as a hero, the Clippers celebrated a different group postgame. The cheers could be heard through the walls, as guys like Speights and Felton helped them pick up a huge win.“This group, they really get along,” Rivers said. “They kinda get it.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> San Antonio’s sometimes cantankerous coach Gregg Popovich said he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the Clippers and Spurs epic playoff series two seasons ago.That series ended with Chris Paul hobbling loose long enough to hit a series-ending game winner, a punctuation on the end of an incredible seven-game series.Thursday, he got a reminder.Paul dominated the Spurs, scoring, passing and controlling things, helping his team own a double-digit lead. But during the third quarter, Paul reached for his left hamstring, the same one that slowed him before the biggest shot of his pro career.last_img read more

Reflections on a Green Home Tour

first_imgOne thing our local Green Building Council really does right is the annual green home tour. We get great turnout from the public, and it gives the more experienced green builders a chance to open their homes to the novice green builders and share what’s working and how we choose features that make sense for our region. Here are a few of the elements that make our tour such a success.We have a really good tour guidebook with descriptions of the houses and an accurate map of the homes, so participants can plot out itineraries that makes sense for them. We get the guides out on the newsstands in local meeting places and on the Internet a couple of weeks before the tour. Builders link to their page in the online tour book and e-mail it out to friends, prospects, and past customers. Tour goers show up with the books or printouts from the website marked up with the houses they most want to see and questions they want to ask at each house.We don’t charge a fee for the tour. We charge our builders a reasonable fee to participate and sell ads in the tour guide. This way we make it possible for people to stop by only one or two houses as it works into their weekend plans. We also hand out lots of directional street signs and put out very large job-site signs listing the tour hours and the builder’s name and contact info, so we bring in the neighbors and others who may not have heard about the tour from our ad campaign.We work hard to have a good mix of building types. Some people are really offended by light-green or high-priced green-certified homes, some want to see “mainstream green”, some want to see the state-of-the-art energy and water conservation features, some want to see a lot of recycled materials and creative reuse. We always work hard with Habitat for Humanity and the local affordable housing folks to make sure that they have the support they need to get their homes Energy Star approved and Green Certified and to make sure they can show off their efforts on the tour. People have the impression that green homes are a lot more expensive and that they may look or even smell funny. The best way to counter this impression is to show them green in all sizes and prices.We hold a press conference on the Monday before the tour. The builders come to pick up their tour guides and directional signs and to get a briefing on the details that we all need to know to make the tour work. On the first morning of the tour, we’ll have a two-hour event in a central location with educational panels and booths for our tour-book advertisers and sponsors.The green tour is such a strong motivator to be part of our HBA’s green-building council that builders who enroll a house in our program but fail to follow through on certification within a set time from pulling a CO can be banned from participating in the tour.last_img read more

How Women Are Breaking Into the Tech World

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts It’s no secret that tech has become a male-dominated industry. The press has discussed at length the gender discrimination prevalent throughout the tech sector, resulting in everything from pay inequities to sexual harassment. Study upon study has shown that women with the same educational backgrounds and experience levels as their male counterparts aren’t receiving the same opportunities for pay raises, projects, or promotions.While some in tech point back to education for failing to engage and prepare women for roles in the industry, Bloomberg’s Sarah McBride explained that the smaller number of female computer science graduates isn’t to blame and that the industry makes too much of its “pipeline problem.”“In fact, many tech offices can seem less accommodating to female workers, especially with frequent reports of harassment and sexism. This may deter women from applying even for less technical roles or leadership positions,” McBride says. “Merely getting more women to study software provides no guarantee that the graduates will seek careers in technology or stay in those jobs if they find them.”The statistics surrounding women in the tech sector can be demoralizing, but this public “flogging” of bad behavior brings the darkness into the light so it can be changed — not so it can remain.Working Their Way Up — or InThe strongest deterrents to the prevailing atmosphere in places like Silicon Valley are, of course, companies that strive to welcome women and women who find success despite the odds. As more examples become well-known, they’ll begin to feel mainstream — and dilute the impact of the bad apples that came before.Christina Kline worked her way from an intern to a developer at JVZoo, an online software affiliate marketing solution. She said her work as an intern gave her insight into the business logic of how JVZoo was run and enabled her to create small features, mainly for the administrative side of the site, to help facilitate everyday tasks. Although the development team at the affiliate program was all men, she wanted to earn a spot on it.“I fell in love with making small adjustments to existing websites,” Kline said. “The more I worked with them, the more intrigued I became with the way code in general works.” She enjoyed working with a team to put pieces of code together, and she viewed the shift from her college’s own predominantly male computer science program as a challenge. Her impact on the affiliate network’s team has been felt: JVZoo is pioneering career paths for women in tech and now boasts a development team that’s one-third women.Sande Chen entered the video game fray at a significant disadvantage: As Gamasutra reports, men represent 95 percent of the video game industry and make about $15,000 more than women on average. She transferred her film school knowledge to the gaming industry, believing the arena left a lot of room for creative screenwriting. While there weren’t many opportunities available, she focused on teaching through speaking, writing a book, and starting a nonprofit to help other women join the industry. And she had the bona fides to back her up: She was architect of the 1999 Independent Games Festival winner, an MMO Hall of Fame inductee, and creator of the 2007 PC RPG of the Year, for which she scored a Writers Guild of America Award nomination in video game writing.Her take on the industry’s “big, invisible sign that tells women to stay out:” “I had to be really persistent and keep at my goal. There were times when I felt like I was clawing my way up. To know that so many people cherish a game that’s occupied my life for months, that is success to me.”What Tech Companies Can DoThose are examples of women who have managed to hang tough and make an impact on their industries or companies. What can leaders do to meet them halfway and welcome women to tech?1. Make success look achievable. While forcing women into the limelight can make them seem more like an anomaly than part of the mainstream, highlighting how women have found success in a particular company can make both the opportunity and the company feel accessible. Great recruiting revolves around showing people what’s possible, so highlighting possible career paths, common trajectories, and available training and professional development can not only get women in the door, but can also make them feel they have the ability to grow.2. Create a mentor program. Both women and men should mentor fledging women contributors. While women can reflect their reality and experiences, helping other women climb the ropes, male mentors offer benefits as well — including ensuring that mentors don’t simply help those who resemble them make progress at the company. Mentors can help women in tech navigate tricky situations, explore opportunities, and develop their skills so they can make a greater impact on the company as a whole.3. Make tech opportunities visible. A company’s best engineer may not even know she has the natural talent to become one. Because so many programs and workplaces divert money and attention toward men in tech, women who have an aptitude for tasks like programming or analysis may not realize what those roles entail or how they could contribute. By hosting lunch-and-learns or department profiles at company wide meetings — or simply introducing opportunities during one-on-one meetings — companies can ensure that women know their options and can opt in to learn more.While the tech world hasn’t been entirely welcoming to women, the tide is set to turn. Women and companies that partner together can not only make a real impact on their businesses’ bottom lines, but they can also influence the industry — and change the conversation. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

London set to welcome athletes for Paralympic Games

first_imgAfter hosting a successful Olympic Games a few days ago, London is readying to welcome about 4,000 athletes for the Paralympic Games and the organisers are confident of leaving a rich legacy.James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India, said the Games will be beneficial in “building a more open and a more inclusive society”.”Around 4,000 athletes from 150 countries will be participating in 20 different disciplines during the upcoming Paralympic Games. There will be around 1,500 women athletes, which is the highest number to have participated in the Pralympics,” Bevan said on Monday.”The Olympics gave us an opportunity to show that we are proud of our past and confident about a bright future and we are committed to repeat that success during the upcoming Paralympics,” he said.Bevan said the enthusiasm for the Paralympics among people is no less than the Olympic Games.”The people are as enthusiastic about the Paralympic Games as they were about the Olympics. There has been tremendous demand for the tickets,” he said.India will be represented by a 10-member contingent at the Pralympic Games, including one swimmer, one shooter, three power-lifters and five athletes.The Commissioner said the upcoming Games will not only help in raising the profile of the Paralympics, but will also provide more opportunities to the disabled.It was in Stoke Mandeville in southern England in 1948 that a doctor organised sports events for World War II veterans with spinal injuries, 12 years before the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and Bevan said they were eagerly awaiting the event that was born in their country.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAfter some heavy rain leading up to the tournament, the sun was shining for the opening ceremony for the 2007 National Touch League at BCU International Stadium. The NTL was officially opened by Coffs Harbour City Council Deputy Mayor Councilor Ian Ovens and TFA CEO Colm Maguire, and featured a special presentation was also made by  to Austouch Coordinator Marianne Maguire for her contribution and commitment to the Australian World Cup campaign.Following Australia’s World Cup victory in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January, World Cup Flag bearer Dean Russell, and Mens Australian captain Gavin Shuker and four time World Cup womens representative Amanda Judd presented CEO Colm Maguire with the World Cup. Russell made the presentation to Marianne, who was not in South Africa for the official team function. “One of the people who played a crucial role in the organisation of World Cup travel, uniforms, logistics, communication and administration of the World Cup campaign was not present in South Africa to receive the personal thanks and gratitude of the Australian World Cup contingent.,” Russell said.“I have the great pleasure in asking Marianne Maguire to come forward and receive a small token of our appreciation for her professionalism, hard work, and commitment towards the retention of the World Cup.”CEO Colm Maguire thanked all those who contributed to the successful World Cup campaign, particularly those players and officials who returned to contribute at the NTL. “It is an amazing feat for the players and referees to back up in such a short time, and those who have made the decision to take part would be in the best form they can be in, given they have just returned from international competition.” Maguire said.last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoff

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoffby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham lost Hugo Lloris before kickoff against Leicester City.He was forced to rush back to London to attend the birth of his child.Lloris was due to start but left the team hotel on Saturday morning to be by his wife’s side in hospital, meaning Spurs have had to make a late selection change.Back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has replaced Lloris between the posts, as the 27-year-old makes just his 13th appearance since joining the club in August 2017. last_img

Video: Two Kentucky Fans Recorded “Big Blue Train,” A Bluegrass Ode To The Undefeated Wildcats

first_imgKentucky fans play bluegrass song about Wildcats.When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]last_img read more

Dr Jill Biden Responds To Attack On Save The Children Office In

first_imgIn response to this week’s attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. Board Chair, on behalf of its Board of Directors today issued the following statement:“Our hearts are broken, and our prayers are with the victims, our beloved colleagues, and their families.“While Afghanistan is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous places to work in the world, Save the Children has been dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan children and their families for more than 40 years. Through community-based education and healthcare programs in 16 provinces across the country, we have reached more than 1.4 million children. And when disaster strikes, our staff is ready to respond, ensuring that we quickly meet the needs of the most vulnerable children.“While we are united in our sorrow we remain determined to honor the legacy of those who lost their lives yesterday through the work of Save the Children. Our mission will guide us through this trying time – we will continue to serve the children of the world with hope and courage, and we will continue to defend the safety of the men and women who heed that call.”last_img read more