Record number of holiday travelers predicted

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Estimates show more than 54 million Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving weekend. Indiana State Police will join local agencies and agencies in other states for Operation C.A.R.E.Operation C.A.R.E.—short for Combined Accident Reduction Effort—reduces crashes by enforcing laws relating to impaired driving, seat belts, speeding and young-adult driver licenses. It is a year-round effort that increases traffic enforcement around major travel holidays including Christmas and New Year’s Eve.Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter stated, “We are proud to have been the co-founding agency of C.A.R.E. back in 1977, along with the Michigan State Police.” Carter concluded, “It’s important for all to remember, this isn’t about writing tickets; it’s about saving lives.  And now 41 years later there is no doubt that agencies who participate in this project has saved countless lives.”Overtime patrols and equipment purchases are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.Impaired DrivingIn every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. This year, ISP troopers received 777 new portable breath test devices as part of more than 2,600 such devices recently purchased for law enforcement agencies across Indiana.Unlike with alcohol-impaired drivers, there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can also impair drivers. Indiana police agencies are trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving. ISP advises anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug to speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication could have while behind the wheel. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.Getting arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated will result in jail time and loss of a driver’s license, carrying an average cost of about $10,000, including car towing, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses.Seat Belts2018 marks 30 years since Indiana’s seat belt law took effect. Since then, Indiana and 35 other states have enacted primary seat belt laws, allowing police officers to ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers even if no other traffic violation has taken place. Indiana law also requires all passengers under the age of 8 to be in an approved car seat or booster seat.Indiana has made great progress through stronger laws and highly visible enforcement—seat belt usage studies show an increase from 62 percent in 2000 to 93 percent in 2017. Yet the small percentage who don’t buckle up make up half of those killed on our roadways. In 2017, 310 of the 607 people killed in passenger vehicle crashes in Indiana were not wearing seat belts.While pickup trucks and SUVs may feel safer because they are larger and sit higher on the road, state troopers caution against drivers or passengers feeling a false sense of security. Unrestrained occupants of pickup trucks are 12 times more likely to be killed than those wearing seat belts. For unrestrained SUV occupants, the risk is even greater at 18 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.ICJI partners with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute to analyze annual data from the state’s crash-records database. A series of 2017 Fact Sheets summarizing a variety of topics including alcohol-impaired driving, dangerous driving, and seat belts are available at https://trafficsafety.iupui.edu/topical-facts.last_img read more

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi’s shirt like a trophy after Milan’s 1-0 win.Paris, France | AFP | Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain both squandered chances to retain their domestic titles on a weekend which saw a much-changed Barcelona take their eye off the ball in La Liga.In France, the weekend was overshadowed by racist abuse suffered by Amiens player Prince-Desir Gouano.AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points from across the continent:– Racism rearing ugly head again –The Ligue 1 relegation battle between Dijon and visitors Amiens was halted late in the second half after racist abuse targeted the away side’s captain, Prince-Desir Gouano.Gouano and other players remonstrated with fans after monkey chants were directed towards the Amiens defender, and a suspect was later arrested.The incident is another reminder of the need for action across Europe, following recent racist abuse aimed at Juventus players, including young star Moise Kean, in a Serie A game at Cagliari earlier this month.England players were also subjected to monkey chants during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino has appealed for a “zero tolerance” approach to racism in the game. The French league has confirmed it will investigate the Gouano incident.– Tensions grow at PSG –Paris Saint-Germain’s stunning 5-1 defeat at Lille will only delay their inevitable French title triumph, but it was the manner of it that was especially worrying.PSG lost two players to injury in the first 24 minutes and had Juan Bernat sent off before half-time. The accumulation of injuries and suspensions does not help coach Thomas Tuchel, who was unable to name a full quota of substitutes in the continuing absence of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and Marquinhos.Afterwards, the German appeared to point the finger at the club’s hierarchy for the pitiful state of his squad.“We are not even able to put out 16 players. It’s not possible to have to work like that,” said Tuchel, who has seen Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra frozen out this season.“We are missing lots of players but everyone accepts it because we keep on winning. But now it’s too much.”– Barcelona can afford slip-up –Barcelona’s 11-point lead atop La Liga became nine on Saturday after their much-changed team were held to a goalless draw by Huesca. Lionel Messi was left out completely while Gerard Pique watched on television with a bowl of seafood as coach Ernesto Valverde kept one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United.Atletico Madrid capitalised by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata, making light of Diego Costa’s absence, the striker serving an eight-match ban.– Brilliant Buerki saves Borussia –Borussia Dortmund kept the heat on Bayern Munich in Germany, but their narrow 2-1 win over Mainz was no cause for celebration as far as goalkeeper Roman Buerki was concerned.Buerki spared Dortmund’s blushes with a string of late saves after his team came close to capitulation. Jadon Sancho’s brace had given a dominant Dortmund a 2-0 lead at the break.“I don’t know what my team-mates were thinking. At times it felt like Mainz had two extra players,” said Buerki.“If we want to win the league, we have to play at our limit and beyond,” captain Marco Reus told Sky.Dortmund remain a point behind Bayern with five games left.– Kessie, Bakayoko get shirty –Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie could face punishment in Italy for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi’s shirt like a trophy after Milan’s 1-0 win when the rival Champions League contenders met on Saturday.Acerbi had angered the pair when he said there was “no comparison” between the teams before the game, with Bakayoko replying on Twitter: “OK Acerbi see you Saturday”.Acerbi said he had swapped his shirt “to put an end to the issue” but was furious when they held it aloft on front of Milan’s fans afterwards.“Fomenting hatred is not sport but a sign of weakness,” said Acerbi on social media.Both apologised with the Ivorian Kessie, whose penalty sealed the win, insisting it was “just a joke, nothing more”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sue makes a winning debut

first_img Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer made a winning debut in the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Beau Desert, in her home county.The former county champion from Whittington Heath, who is enjoying a new senior career, won the women’s handicap prize with 67 points over 36 holes.She pipped Sue Batchelor (Woburn) on countback, while two other players were just a point behind in a tight finish: Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) and Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin).Butler won the women’s scratch prize, with 56 points, while the men’s scratch honours were taken by John Cox (Rye Hill) on 57. The men’s handicap event was won by Graham Marshall (Peterborough Milton), who finished on 69 – four points clear of his closest challengers.Spencer commented: “The course was superb, it’s in really good condition, but the greens were tricky. It was quite tough, but very enjoyable. I was a member there about 25 years ago and it’s always a pleasure to go back and play there.”She’s making the most of her new senior career, having played in the English senior amateur and stroke play championships. “I’m looking forward to playing for the Midlands in the Jamboree and to playing for Staffordshire vets,” she said.Graham Marshall was playing in his second senior regional event and remarked: “I had a few nervous moments on the back nine of the second round. I had good partners who kept me going and kept me concentrating.”He too had much praise for the course – and respect for the greens. “You couldn’t force the putts, you had to let them die into the hole. If you were tempted to have a go you would be 12ft past.“The course was superb, as was the organisation. These are really nice, friendly events to play in,” added the 15-handicapper, who has entered the other two tournaments at Harrogate in Yorkshire and Saunton, Devon.Marshall is also enjoying his senior career. “I retired last year and now I’m almost a full-time amateur golfer, I probably play five times a week. It was something I always dreamed of being able to do.”Caption (from left): John Cox, Graham Marshall, Sue Spencer and Judy Butler 11 Jul 2015 Sue makes a winning debut last_img read more

Pirates’ 4-1 loss to Reds gives title to Cards

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is hit in the wrist by a bat dropped by Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto as Cueto followed through ona swing in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. Stewart was taken out of the game. Cueto drove in the go-ahead run on the swing. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) – The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card.Pittsburgh needed to beat the Reds and have the Cardinals lose later in the day at Arizona to pull even for first place and set up a one-game tiebreaker Monday. Instead, Cueto (20-9) settled the division race with eight impressive innings.The Pirates will head home to play the Giants at PNC Park on Wednesday, with the winner facing the Nationals. Pittsburgh also hosted the wild card game last year and beat the Reds before losing to the Cardinals.Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Edinson Volquez likely will start the playoff game.Jason Bourgeois opened the eighth with a triple off Tony Wilson (10-2). One out later, Cueto came to bat, worked the count full and singled through a drawn-in infield for a 2-1 lead, pumping his fist as he reached first base.Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer off Justin Wilson.Cueto gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker’s homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. He’s the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.The Pirates went all-out to try to win the game, starting Gerrit Cole – their best September pitcher – instead of saving him for the playoffs. Cole did his part, giving up one run and six hits in seven innings and matching his career high with 12 strikeouts.After talking with team leaders, Hurdle decided to stay with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs. That meant stick with Cole, who had won his last four starts.The right-hander had a tough first inning, giving up back-to-back singles by Negron and Brandon Phillips. Todd Frazier’s groundout made it 1-0.Cole went on a streak of retiring 19 of 20 batters, extending his run of impressive September pitching. Cole is 8-1 in 11 career starts during the month.The Reds played themselves out of contention by going 25-42 after the All-Star break, matching the club record for second-half futility. The 1933 team also had 25 wins after the All-Star game, the fewest in a non-strike season.Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 0 for 4, ending his career-high 15-game hitting streak and hurting his chances for the NL batting title. He started the day at .318, a point behind Justin Morneau, but slipped to .315.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Catcher Jeff Russell missed a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring. Backup catcher Chris Stewart left after Cueto’s bat hit his glove hand as he followed through on his single in the eighth.Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton sat out a fourth straight game with concussion symptoms. He set a club rookie record with 56 stolen bases.ON DECKPirates: Pittsburgh is 51-30 at PNC Park, tied with the Cardinals for best home record in the NL.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekaylast_img read more

Olympia Community School Welcomes New Teacher, Changes Location

first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Community SchoolJoanna Gibson joins the Olympia Community School teaching a fourth/fifth grade class. Photo courtesy Olympia Community SchoolThurston County’s oldest alternative secular elementary school will be all about “the new” this September – gleaming new child-friendly facilities, a newly added fifth grade, and now a new, highly skilled teacher.Joanna Gibson will join the Olympia Community School (OCS) to teach the school’s small fourth/fifth grade class. Gibson joins OCS from teaching fifth grade at Bordeaux Elementary in Shelton. She also taught at Lincoln Options in Olympia, the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, and the Twin Oaks homeschooling cooperative, also in Virginia. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.OCS students began the school year in a brand new building. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community School“We are thrilled to have Joanna join OCS,” said Jane Zerbe, OCS board president. “She is wonderfully suited to do what we do here – inspire, motivate, and challenge our kids. She will empower our students by nurturing their natural curiosity and desire to learn, their belief in themselves, and their ability to participate fully in their community with respect for self, others, and the earth.”“I’m excited to be joining OCS for many reasons,” Gibson said. “One big one is my ability to work one-on-one with each child when needed. My class will be small. In my experience, that is critical to effective teaching.”OCS class sizes never exceed 14 students to one teacher, which is significantly fewer than in public schools, where the number of students can be nearly double. Students at OCS enjoy a wide variety of activities and small class sizes. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community SchoolThe decision to add a fifth grade and become a complete elementary school is a natural progression “We are thriving. More parents are recognizing the value of an alternative elementary education,” Zerbe said.Founded in 1973, Olympia Community School offers two-year kindergarten beginning at age 4 through fifth grades to meet the demand for quality alternative education.The expansion is an exciting opportunity for the community, and OCS plans to host a Grand Opening event, as well as ongoing tours of their new facility.  Enrollment for the 2016/17 school year is nearly full, interested parents should contact the school at enrollment@olyedu.org or call 360.866.8047.last_img read more

Total Chaos completes wire-to-wire season by capturing Mixed Slopitch Title

first_imgThe game was a close affair throughout the contest with Total Chaos, finishing the regular season with a 19-0 record, holding off a late charge to edge Main Jet.In the B final, OK Tire got past Competition to capture bragging rights.In the C-Division Championship, Whitewater got past Shamballer to claim the crown.Twenty teams are entered into the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League, which begins play in April. Total Chaos completed a wire-to-wire finish by edging Main Jet 10-9 to capture the 2016 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday at the Lakeside Diamonds.The victory over Main Jet completed an undefeated season for the Regular Season and Playoff Champions.last_img read more

Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—When all else fails, at least win the basketball gold.While Team Philippines took defeats from several corners, Gilas Pilipinas made sure to pocket the gold that the country craves for the most, drubbing Indonesia, 94-55, for the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball title Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Fil-German Christian Standhardinger chipped 11 as he provided muscle underneath when Indonesia was trying to drag the Filipinos to a slow-burn, half court game. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Before an overflow crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines, sending its Team B here, claimed its 12th straight SEA Games gold medal in a show of undeniable might.The Philippines has won 18 titles in all having lost the crown just once—in the 1989 edition that was incidentally held in this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a wonderful feeling for me. It’s icing on the cake,” said team captain Kiefer Ravena, who has now won  fourth straight SEA Games titles.The flashy point guard served as the pillar for Gilas, which wasn’t very consistent all tournament long and only played as one cohesive unit in the final. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Streaking Ginebra deals Alaska another loss LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He made seven points aside from providing leadership in the team that was assembled off the pool members who weren’t chosen for the Fiba Asian Cup held the previous week.“Given the chance, I will play for the Philippines once again,” said Ravena referring to the 2019 Games that will be held in Manila.Mike Tolomia topscored with 20 points including five three-pointers as Gilas found its mark early in the match to pull away beyond the reach of the Indonesians.“We shot very well tonight, that’s the key,” said coach Jong Uichico who handled the team even as Chot Reyes, head coach of Gilas’ Team A, arrived in the city Friday.Kobe Paras added 14 points—flashing his highlight-reel moves to the delight the gallery.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.” last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal activate Monreal one-year extension

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal activate Monreal one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract until 2020.Monreal, 32, had entered the final year of his contact this season.However, the Gunners have trigged an extension clause that will stretch his current deal for another season, according to ESPN.Talks over a longer extension have been put on hold until the summer.There are a host of Arsenal players who have entered the final six months of their contract, including Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck. last_img read more

9 days agoSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve had

first_imgSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve hadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Dean Henderson says Sheffield United goalkeeper coach Darren Ward can make him the best shot-stopper in the world.Henderson is in the midst of his second loan spell with the Blades, with a recent call-up to the England squad as an indication of his personal development.And the 21-year-old says Ward is the “best goalkeeping coach” he has had.”Wardy has been outstanding,” Henderson said.”The best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with. He’s brought me on leaps and bounds in every aspect of the game – mentally, physically, tactically – and the sessions are brilliant.”I look forward to coming into work every day, and long may that continue. If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”In a weird way, I feel Wardy is more in charge of me at United and the gaffer is outstanding with that. He said to me at the start, ‘Listen Deano; I won’t be chewing your ear off every day. Darren’s your coach, he knows what he’s talking about and I don’t have a clue about goalkeeping. I’ll speak to you before games or whatever, but he’ll look after you because he’s the specialist’.”The gaffer has real good trust for his coaches. So the ‘keepers go off and do our little thing in the corner. He’s always keeping a watchful eye over us and making sure we’re doing well though, not letting our standards slip. His standards are so, so high.”But it’s been a pleasure working with him. Sometimes I feel like I can get away with murder, but he doesn’t let me. He’s the only guy, apart from my dad, who gets on at me and doesn’t let me get away with anything, but does it at the right times. He also wants to have a laugh and I’ve got massive respect for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more