Seven-day closure of S.R. 48 begins Monday in Ripley County


first_imgSunman, IN— S.R. 48 will close on Monday, October 14, between S.R. 129 and S.R. 101 for a box culvert replacement over a Branch of Ripley Creek in Ripley County. The road is scheduled to close for seven days and is expected to reopen by Monday, October 21, weather permitting.The culvert is located approximately four miles east of S.R. 129 and just west of Spades Road. The official detour for the closure is S.R. 129 to S.R. 350 to S.R. 101. The contract was awarded to Sunesis Construction in July 2019 for $164,500.last_img

Kiprop insists on innocence despite doping ban


first_imgFILE PHOTO: Asbel Kiprop Paris, France | AFP | Kenya’s former Olympic and world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop has vowed to fight on to clear his name after being handed a four-year suspension on Saturday for using the banned blood-booster EPO.The 29-year-old failed an out of competition test in November 2017 and was provisionally suspended in 2018.On Saturday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) upheld that ban, concluding that the case had been “convincingly made out” despite an “a la carte menu of reasons why the charges should be dismissed” from Kiprop’s representative.After the verdict, Kiprop continued to maintain his innocence.“The decision is not only a blow to me, but it is not good for the sport of athletics,” Kiprop told AFP.“I have been insisting that I did not dope,” he said. “I will continue to maintain my innocence, even if this decision now means I will not be eligible to run again for the next four years.“It’s sad that the world will believe that I am guilty of taking the performance-enhancing drugs and yet I have been at the forefront of fighting doping in the sport.”The AIU said in its statement that Kiprop had “at various times and various formats…proposed a number of possible explanations” for the positive test.It went on to state that at the hearing his representative, Katwa Kigen, presented an “a la carte menu of reasons why the charges should be dismissed.”Among these, the AIU said, were that the “EPO was naturally produced due to intense exercise at altitude,” that it was produced by medication, that the test, or the analysis, was badly conducted or that the sample was spiked. His ban is backdated to last February.The AIU statement added that while Kigen presented his arguments with “tenacity and charm” the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) representative Ross Wenzel had argued that “none of the various reasons proposed…when subject to strict scrutiny had any plausibility.”The three-man panel agreed.It concluded that high altitude could not explain the presence of EPO in the test and that Kiprop had produced no evidence to support the other possible explanations.Kiprop accepts the long ban virtually puts an end to a long and illustrious athletics career, but he can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.He originally came second in the 1500m final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was upgraded when Rashid Ramzi tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and was stripped of the gold medal.A total of 138 Kenyan athletes have tested positive in anti-doping campaigns since 2004.In 2016, Kenya were placed on the list of countries under IAAF surveillance.And it was only after the adoption of a new anti-doping law just before the Rio 2016 Olympics that the country was removed from the list of “non-compliant” WADA nationscenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

West Palm Beach sailor celebrates U.S. Navy’s 244th birthday


first_imgThe U.S. Navy celebrated its 244th birthday on Sunday which was established on October 13, 1775.U.S. Navy Boatswain Mate Seaman Roseny Joseph who is from West Palm Beach was photographed celebrating aboard the “amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).”In the photo above, she is seen cutting a ceremonial birthday cake with the ship’s commanding officer U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Lane.BM Joseph and Cpt. Lane celebrated the occasion with fellow shipmates stationed in the South China Sea.According to DVIDS, “the John P. Murtha is participating in KAMANDAG 3, a Philippine-led, with participation from Japan, designed to increase counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief capabilities through military exchanges that strengthen partnership and the ability to respond to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific region rapidly.”“KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase ‘Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,’ which translates to “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnership between the U.S. and the Philippine militaries, DVIDS added.”The John P. Murtha ship has been in active service for the U.S. Navy since 2016.last_img read more

Miami-Dade, Broward Order Face Coverings in Public; PBC Residents Sue Over Masks


first_imgAs coronavirus cases continue to climb in South Florida, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties on Wednesday issued emergency orders requiring that people wear face masks when out in public.In a statement, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the two counties agreed to a “blanket facial coverings” order, to try and avoid overwhelming smaller hospitals.“I want to once again reiterate that if everyone follows the New Normal rules of social distancing of at least six feet, wear facial coverings (which can be homemade) and stay safer at home unless they need to go to work or to a store, we can get back to opening up our economy,” Gimenez said in a statement.Broward’s emergency order also requires that businesses remain closed between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. However, take out, delivery and drive-thru service are still permitted.Miami-Dade issued a similar order late Tuesday night, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. In addition, establishments in Miami-Dade that seat more than eight people must stay closed from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. nightly until further notice.“Please, follow the rules. Do it for your family, your friends, your community – if not for yourself. This pandemic has no borders and no age limits. It is attacking younger people who are ending up in the hospital,” Gimenez added.Meanwhile, four Palm Beach County residents are taking their officials to court over a mask mandate.The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in Palm Beach County court, is seeking injunctive relief to overturn the county’s order.Attorneys representing Josie Machovec, Carl Holme, Rachel Eade and Robert Spreitzer claim that the order requiring everyone to wear a mask in public places “interferes with [their] personal liberty and constitutional rights,” including “freedom of speech, right to privacy, in addition to the constitutionally protected right to enjoy and defend life and liberty.”Last week, Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved the mask mandate to help stop the spread of COVID-19, to the disappointment of some residents. Palm Beach County has a total of 14,150 cases as of Wednesday. Lawyers for the county have 10 days to respond to the filing.last_img read more

Moonshine Makes Its Mark on Monmouth County


first_imgFor some this may come as a surprise but not to Bill Stavola: “Moonshine has really gone mainstream,” and is a burgeoning trend in the spirits industry, he believes and is now marketing one of the brands in New Jersey and eventually nationally and internationally.Stavola, who also co-owns the Driftwood Beach Club in Sea Bright with his company, National Certified Distribution, is now marketing Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, a white whiskey from Gilbert, West Virginia, with a storied history.While home in Florida, Stavola said he was approached by a member of the Hatfield family, a direct descendent from the clan who once waged the long-running and violent feud against the McCoys in the 19th century, who proposed partnering with National Certified Distribution to market white whiskey, which has been on the market since 2012.The Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine is unaged corn whiskey. The whiskey is advertised as the “Drink of the Devil,” but isn’t referring to Satan; the devil in this case is Devil Anse Hatfield, whose original recipe, dating back to the 1860s, is used to this day. The 90-proof corn whiskey is made in handmade batches, distilled in copper kettles, from West Virginia-grown corn at the company’s Gilbert West Virginia micro-distillery.“It’s got a distinct flavor. You can taste the corn,” Stavola said, adding “there’s no back-burn; very drinkable.”“Hatfield and McCoy is staying true to the heritage and history,” observed Tony Thornton, director of wine, liquor, spirits and importing for Shore Point Distributing, Freehold, which began distributing the whiskey in much of New Jersey in January.Shore Point is making the moonshine available throughout the eight counties it covers, which includes Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex, through 47 accounts and numerous locations. Locally, it can be found at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank and Middletown and at Crates liquor store, Red Bank, according to Thornton.So far, “The response has been great,” said Thornton, in no small part because of the interest in its history.“It’s a very well made product,” he noted. “But it’s the history behind it that sells it.”The Hatfield-McCoy story has long fascinated the public, being the subject of movies, books, songs and most recently an A&E cable TV docudrama and now a History Channel reality show featuring members of the two warring families.All of which has Stavola figuring it’s a good time for this line. “We’re hoping to not just take this nationally but internationally,” he said.“It’s not a large part of the industry at the moment,” Thornton offered, “but white whiskeys are on the rise,” gaining ground in the industry, becoming increasingly available overseas, Thornton pointed out.Shore Point didn’t have a moonshine on its lists of products. “We found the quality and history of it something that we could work with,” noted Holly Annarella-Flego, Shore Point’s owner and craft beer representative.The market for the whiskey is pretty wide, the three maintained. “It’s pretty versatile,” Annarella-Flego observed.The thinking is it would appeal to young 20-somethings, college age kids, who would do it as shots, Thornton said. And that has happened; but men in their 30s and 40s like it a s a sipping whiskey and women like it with a mixer.In fact, the Hatfield & McCoy company has begun making available fruit juice mixers – or more accurately called “moonshine mixin’s,” such as Apple Pie, Georgia Blackberry Cobbler and Georgia Peach. “It’s very refreshing” that way, Stavola said.Coming next will be a cinnamon-flavored mixer, expected in the next two months. “We think it’s going to be a viable product to compete with Fireball,” Stavola said, referring to the popular spicy cinnamon-flavored whisky.“What we’re doing now is setting up distribution state-by-state,” Stavola said and promoting the product. Recently it was marketed in Daytona, Florida, during the NASCAR auto races last month. Coming up, expect to see the “drink of the devil” appearing at Bike Week in Daytona, according to Stavola.— By John Burtonlast_img read more

Raiders 3 & Out: Yes, Oakland really ran ‘Spider 2 Y Banana’ for a touchdown


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Jon Gruden called NFL games for ESPN for nine years, and during that time, America came to understand that one of his favorite plays in the world is called “Spider 2 Y Banana”.It seemed as if there wasn’t a Monday Night Football game where the play wasn’t mentioned. Spider 2 Y Banana became an inside joke of sorts for football nerds.But it’s a real play and Thursday night, Gruden called it just …last_img

Josh Jacobs’ primary Raiders job: Giving NFL defenses a rude awakening


first_imgALAMEDA — First impressions are everything, and the Oakland Raiders are intent on making rude introductions every week.For whatever the Raiders lack in offensive explosiveness, they more than make up for by establishing an aggressive tone on the very first drive of the game.Luckily they have a willing-and-able Mr. Rude Awakening in rookie Josh Jacobs, the sparingly used Alabama running back who saved up his energy to provide the Raiders with strong starts and make his own early push into …last_img

SA mobile content start-up goes global


first_img31 May 2012 Cape-based mobile application start-up Snapplify signed its first client on debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has gone on to become one of Africa’s leading mobile app developers within the space of 12 months. Most recently, the fledgling firm outshone its African rivals in a competition organised by mobile giant Nokia to come up with “societal, structural, financial and technological” ideas that could foster innovation leadership in Africa. On Monday, as winner of the competition, Snapplify showcased its online platform to an audience of 105 of its peers, along with conference organisers Capgemini, infodev and Nokia, at the Open Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya.Instantly digitising content for mobile Snapplify’s turnkey online platform instantly digitises content for mobile devices, including iOS and Android, content producers or distributors such as authors, artists, publishers, retailers and corporates to manage, distribute and monetise content in custom-branded mobile applications. Books, magazines and brochures are packaged into digital publications for branded mobile apps which are then distributed globally via the relevant app stores. Snapplify claims to be “the first to offer this kind of service to publishers at zero upfront cost”. It hasn’t taken the company long to make global inroads. Following the launch in Frankfurt in October, it has set up a UK and South African office and has enjoyed an amazing run of success. Global clients signed up include Peanuts creator Ka Boom Studios, leading Arabic content publisher Kotobarabia, New Holland Publishing SA, Random House Struik, and iMaverick, a daily magazine published only on iPad. According to founder and CEO Wesley Lynch, Snapplify’s choice of mobile apps over physical magazines and books (or “e-pubs”) was critical to its success – “they are easier, more cost-effective and interactive”.‘An immense hunger for going digital’ “There is an immense hunger for going digital. Every presentation [in Frankfurt] talked about it, but besides the larger players – publishers, retailers and device manufacturers – few had the strategy or knowledge to do it. “It didn’t take much to see the enormous benefits of our solution for publishers in their current predicament. We told one publisher we could instantly repurpose their publication for iPad, and they gave us their content there and then.” According to Lynch, one client, an academic institution, is converting textbooks into apps, describing it as “a much easier and affordable way to teach and learn”. The company is working on enhancing the apps’ interactiveness, to allow publishers to add features such as quizzes or mobile colouring books, and is also looking to incorporate a social media component. Next up for Snapplify: to represent Cape Town at the Barcelona Global Entrepreneurship Competition in June. “It is an exciting time to be African, because we can make a global difference,” says Lynch. “Africa knows mobile, and it is through mobile that we will show the world what we’re capable of.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

23 days agoInter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelona


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.” last_img read more

Rum vodka gin Nova Scotia kindles sudden explosion of craft distilleries


first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has kindled an explosion of spirit makers — there are now 16 in Canada’s second-smallest province — through attractive craft distillery policies and collaborations with local farmers.The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) said 12 of those distilleries have popped up in the last five years, producing rum, gin, vodka and other spirits in all corners of the province.Pierre Guevremont, co-owner of Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg, N.S., said Nova Scotia is a leader among provinces in terms of its policies for craft distilleries, along with B.C. and Saskatchewan.Guevremont said distilleries get favourable margins when selling through the NSLC, and an additional markup reduction when their tipples are made with entirely Nova Scotian agricultural products.“It encourages development in the local industry,” said Guevremont on Wednesday. “We most certainly are in the midst of a boom.”NSLC spokeswoman Beverley Ware said the annual craft distillery permit is only $500, on-site store permits are $100 and if the distillery has a tasting room, a hospitality permit costs $100.Ware said the province wanted to create policies that would encourage job creation in the sector, particularly in rural areas, and spur economic growth.“It’s certainly paying off,” said Ware. “They’re contributing to the local economies and they’re contributing to the economy overall of Nova Scotia. And they’re creating a wonderful reputation for Nova Scotia spirits.”She noted Glynnevan’s Double Barrelled Canadian Rye Whisky, made in Guysborough, N.S., is a two-time silver medallist at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.Guevremont’s boutique and micro distillery received a $159,748 repayable loan Wednesday from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to expand and modernize its production facility in the picturesque port town, home of the famed schooner Bluenose II.His range of products make use of the province’s agricultural bounty, buying 20,000 pounds of berries, 5,000 pounds of pears and 17,000 pounds of apples from local farmers each year for its liqueurs, brandy and vodka.Evan MacEachern, a partner at Nova Scotia Spirit Co., said the province’s distillery boom has allowed his two-year-old company to expand its operations in Trenton, N.S., to a larger facility in nearby Stellarton, with plans for a distillery, brewery, and restaurant.Nova Scotia Spirit Co. is one of a number of distilleries that have set up shop in the province’s rural areas, with aspirations for creating tourist destinations.“We want to create an experience. The craft breweries, wineries and distilleries — we’ve all helped create a culture where people want to come and tour our facilities and really experience the whole brand,” said MacEachern, whose company makes Blue Lobster Vodka, Fisherman’s Helper White Rum and Willing To Learn Gin.Guevremont said before the explosion of distilleries came the rise of craft breweries — of which there are now roughly 55 in the province — and before that a growth in wineries.“We’re really following along in the footsteps of those other two parts of the beverage alcohol business that have come before us,” said Guevremont, who said there were only roughly three distilleries in the province when he started Ironworks nine years ago.The Crown liquor corporation said Nova Scotians are enjoying craft spirits — sales were up 85.2 per cent during the second quarter of its fiscal year from July and October 2017, reeling in $1.6 million.Ware says local brands represent three per cent of overall spirit sales, “so there’s still plenty of room to accommodate growth and our policies are in place to support that.”last_img read more