Birding classes coming to Fort Harrison November 17 and 18

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Audubon Society is holding two beginning birding workshops in partnership with Fort Harrison State Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 through 18.  The workshops will be led by Indiana Audubon Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner and takes place in Fort Harrison program room, located in the park office.The first workshop is called Indiana Birding: Crash Course and is an introductory and interactive beginners’ workshop to all things birds and bird watching. The workshop will include a look at birding opportunities around the state, a look at the history of birding, important bird areas in Indiana, purchasing and using binoculars, and an introduction to the common birds of Indiana.  The workshop will take place at 2 p. m. Registration fees are $20, with discounts available to Indiana Audubon members.The second workshop will take place the next day and is an eBird 101 workshop. eBird is a widely popular online tool for submitting and storing your personal bird sightings and an online database for searching for specific birds near you.  This two-hour workshop, partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will explore the ins and outs of using this vast resource for birding.  Registration fees are $5, or free for Indiana Audubon members.  The workshop starts at 3 pm on Sunday, November 18.Register online by clicking here.last_img read more

Heisler: Lakers need one person in charge – and not Jeanie Buss

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs For Lakers fans wondering when that return to glory is coming …Just wait until 2021 when they get Giannis Antetokounmpo!In the meantime, can you all just hang in there?It’s actually good for the Lakers that Antetokounmpo won’t be free for two years because it will take that long to fix their front office … or would if they had started … which they haven’t. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs for the Lakers’ current ability to plan for the future, targeting Giannis so far off recalls all the years they spent drooling over Kevin Durant and failing to even get a meeting when the time came in 2016.Last week’s press conference wasn’t just to announce the hiring of Coach Frank Vogel, “exciting, exciting day” that it was for GM Rob Pelinka. Forty-one days after Magic Johnson fled April 9, in which no Lakers official would comment, it was supposed to show them going back to normal.Instead, beneath an ironic backdrop of the 10 championship trophies won under Jerry Buss, the Lakers showed how lost they are, introducing the warmed-over, twice-fired Vogel … only hours after Johnson bombed them anew as if he had been waiting for them to come out of hiding to charge Pelinka with “back-stabbing” him.As much as Johnson clings to it, his charge defies credibility. The marginalized Pelinka couldn’t possibly have thought he could unseat Magic, so why undermine him?If all Pelinka did was joke about Johnson not being around, Magic could easily have told him it wasn’t funny and to knock it off. Pelinka’s No. 1 client, the arch-secretive Bryant, didn’t want him talking, even on an unnamed source basis like other agents … leaving Rob with no friends in the press.Nevertheless, Pelinka is clearly the best the Lakers have and should be empowered … as opposed to taking everything to the committee and seeing what comes out.If Rob’s not good enough, get someone better – and this time look at top execs around the league.Going outside isn’t the Laker Way, but Jerry Buss did it when he had to, hiring Jackson in 1999 when Shaquille O’Neal asked for him.Ask Jeanie, who was soon in a 17-year relationship with Phil. Those were the days. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years In fact, Magic wasn’t around and it was getting into the press, where he was getting unaccustomed heat.More to the point, Jeanie Buss didn’t think it was credible or Pelinka wouldn’t still be there.Of course, Magic had a long list of slights and complaints: Pelinka was disloyal; Luke Walton couldn’t coach; Jeanie wouldn’t let him fire Luke; Kurt and Linda Rambis, Tim Harris, Jesse Buss and Joey Buss were crowding him.Most telling, Magic didn’t feel like exerting the power he surely had to supersede them all because it was no longer “fun.”Showing how bankrupt the Lakers’ decision-making process is, all of the above remain in the loop … including Johnson, at least until Magic’s latest outrage.We’ve gone beyond the Lakers’ days as marquee franchise and long-running soap opera into slapstick comedy with Pelinka cast as boss, noting he now makes the basketball decisions with “collaboration of the staff.”That’s some “collaboration.” That’s some “staff.”No fewer than seven Lakers officials sat in on coaching interviews. Three were from the business side with no experience in basketball – Jeanie, Linda Rambis and Harris – a check on Pelinka’s power that makes him more like a figurehead than a GM.The committee dragged it out for a month, then lost both top picks, Monty Williams and Ty Lue, before turning to their assistant coach names and choosing Vogel.Face-plant that it was, no Laker was held responsible. With so many involved, no one was in charge, leaving no one accountable.Someone – singular – needs to run the basketball operation, as opposed to Jeanie going back and forth between friends, spouses, marketing officials, younger brothers and mentors Magic, Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant.If Jeanie has no confidence in Pelinka, let her hire someone in whom she does.Instead, they have an ugly situation with Pelinka being vilified by Magic, fueling a skeptical press and social media scorn.Meanwhile, on the coaching staff, master of intrigue Jason Kidd, who has been accused of stabbing a few backs himself, will assist Vogel as long as the new coach lasts.If next season looks less than hoped for, they no longer promise greatness with Pelinka deftly trying to deflate expectations, noting they hope to be a “competitor.”The word the Lakers always used to use was “contender,” as in trying to win titles, while competing can merely mean fighting for a playoff slot.Kidd, the coach-in-waiting, is the linchpin of the strategy to lure Antetokounmpo, who defended him warmly when the Bucks fired him.Not that Giannis necessarily pines for Kidd. The Bucks, 88-111 in three seasons under Kidd, went 60-22 under NBA Coach of the Year candidate Mike Budenholzer.In the really bad news for the Lakers, Magic’s outcry provided the clearest view of their chaos … aside from his own weighty contribution, of course … telling Linda, Kurt, Joey, Jesse and Tim to butt out.“Tim Harris, you got to run the business,” Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m sorry but you can think you know basketball but you really don’t. …“Jesse, continue to be assistant general manager and a scout. … Joey, run the G-League, the South Bay Lakers. … Whatever role Kurt has, that’s his role. Whatever role Linda has, that’s her role.”In other words, Magic doesn’t know what the Rambises were doing … or should do.That leaves Jeanie, who doesn’t want to run the basketball side but has created a power vacuum, into which she invited family, friends and mentors … who all, of course, see things differently.Magic is Showtime incarnate, revering Pat Riley.Phil, a rival of Riles in the heated Bulls-Knicks battles of the 1990s, thinks in terms of the triangle offense, a traditional approach in the modern three-point-centric game.Kobe is a smart guy, who, unlike Magic, understands the job is 24/7/365 and doesn’t want to make it his life’s work, aside from tossing off an opinion or two.This leaves Jeanie to find a consensus … making her the one who’s really in charge … leading to timid steps like hiring Vogel and awkward compromises like making him include Kidd on his staff.Despite near-universal condemnation, Pelinka is a bright guy capable of the learning curve required.Unfortunately for him, Magic’s petulant accusation prompted a pile-on from the press bristling from years of not getting calls returned.To be sure, Pelinka was never one of the popular agents like Golden State’s Bob Myers, who moved easily into management.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Public invited: WSDOT discusses I-5/Marvin Road improvements in Lacey

first_imgFacebook81Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCommunity members and local businesses are invited to learn about plans to upgrade the Interstate 5 and Marvin Road (State Route 510) interchange in Lacey, including a new-to-Washington design.Construction begins late this summer on the Washington State Department of Transportation project, which creates a diverging diamond interchange. While new to the state, this innovative and proven interchange design is intended to improve traffic flow and help reduce the potential for crashes. Cyclists and pedestrians will also see safety and access improvements.WSDOT will host two separate open houses where staff will share project information, discuss what to expect during construction and answer questions. No formal presentation will be provided; community members can stop by any time during both events.Those interested can learn more by visiting I5exit111.com.Diverging diamond interchange open houses informationWhen: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m Tuesday, May 15Where: Nisqually Middle School8100 Steilacoom Road SE, Lacey, WAWhen: 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22Where: Salish Middle School8605 Campus Glen Drive NE, Lacey, WADetails: WSDOT staff will discuss the design and construction timeline.The $72 million project is scheduled to be complete in 2020.last_img read more

Black Jack to host NorAms this weekend

first_imgThis weekend the Black Jack Ski Club will be hosting a NorAm/Teck Sprint Series race. According to a press release from the club, the event will “bring in about 120 athletes, with a total of 400 people including coaches and families.  This is the top level of Cross Country skiing in North America and attracts skiers from the US and Canadian National teams including several 2010 Olympians.”Deanne Steven from Tourism Rossland said that “This event has proven to be a major economic generator for the Rossland tourism community.  We see a terrific amount of spin-offs for accommodation, restaurants and retail during these races.”Ian Sibbald, Chief of Competition, from Black Jack is delighted with the level of sponsorship from the local community and would like to acknowledge the series sponsors Haywood Capital Markets and Teck, as well as the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Diamond Sponsor), Red Mountain Resort Lodging, Nelson and District Credit Union, Gerick Cycle and Sport, Kootenay Nordic Sports and Able Plastics( major local sponsors).  Black Jack is excited to be able to showcase not only the club but also the fantastic facilities that have been made possible thru generous grants and donations from the local community. Black Jack is seeking volunteers for this great community event for various positions and skill sets.  The public is encouraged to attend the races and full details can be found on Black Jack’s website.Black Jack Cross Country ski club is Rossland’s world class Nordic ski facility whose mission is to build a community of Nordic Skiers by providing and sustaining excellence in programs and services Saturday will be a free technique sprint and Sunday will be a free technique mass start.  Race times are 9am Saturday with the heats starting at 11am.  On Sunday the races start at 10am.The club would like its members to know that hosting a race of this size will result in some disruption. “These events are a significant fund raiser for our club but do lead to some disruption.   We appreciate your patience and cooperation.”On Saturday the trails will be open but access will only be out Gibbards.  The other trails from Aquaduct in to the trail head will be closed until about 2pm.On Sunday  the trails will all be closed until about 2pm. Try skiing at biathlon that day or come enjoy the race.  Jackrabbits is still on at 1pm in the field across the road.last_img read more

BAFFERT’S CAT BURGLAR SPRINGS SURPRISE & WINS $65,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NECK; WITH BEJARANO UP, HE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.54 AS STABLEMATE MIDNIGHT HAWK IS WELL BEATEN AT 4-5

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2016)–The “Other Baffert” in a compact field of five older horses, the Bob Baffert-trained Cat Burglar wheeled three-wide turning for home en route to a neck victory in Friday’s $65,000 allowance feature. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Cat Burglar blew by favored stablemate Midnight Hawk at the top of the lane and outran runner-up Cyrus Alexander the final three sixteenths while covering one mile in 1:35.54.“I knew the only speed horses were Midnight Hawk and Cyrus Alexander,” said Bejarano. “I wanted to put him where he was comfortable but I knew that if he didn’t break on the lead, I’d have to make sure he was pretty close.“I knew that Midnight Hawk didn’t have anything left at the three eighths and I saw Cyrus Alexander take off a little, so I wanted to stay close to him and make one run.”The second choice at 2-1, Cat Burglar paid $6.40, $3.60 and $2.80. Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, the 6-year-old Unbridled’s Song horse got his fourth win from 14 starts. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $334,400.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Cyrus Alexander sat second to Midnight Hawk to the quarter pole and finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Class Leader for the place. Off at 7-1, “Cy” paid $5.20 and $4.00.Class Leader was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and finished 6 ¾ lengths in front of a tiring Midnight Hawk. Class Leader paid $4.60 to show.A winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes in January, 2014, Midnight Hawk had been idle since running a close second in the Grade III Razorback Handicap March 14 at Oaklawn Park.“He broke a little slow, but he always does that,” said Victor Espinoza, who rode Midnight Hawk. “I had to rush him (to the lead) a little, but he hasn’t run for a long time…He was kind of flat today, but he’s had such a long time off that you don’t know how they’re going to perform…”Baffert echoed Espinoza’s sentiments, stating, “He was flat today…Terribly flat in the paddock and that’s how he ran.”With 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome taking center stage in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Santa Anita will present a nine-race card on Saturday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

SA filmmakers beat the odds

first_img15 August 2007South African film producer Anant Singh this week acquired worldwide distribution rights to Darrell James Roodt’s latest film, Meisie, which focuses on a gifted young girl who yearns to go to school rather than stay at home and tend to the family’s goats.What sets Meisie apart is that Roodt and producer Diony Kempen put the film together with a modest budget, started shooting without a screenplay and cast local people, with only the lead actress being a professional.The crew was also kept as small as possible to minimise costs. “We were barely noticed and made very little impact on the delicate environment,” Kempen said. “A smaller crew also meant faster setups.”According to Kempen, they decided to start production without a screenplay due to previous experiences of not being able to complete projects due to hold-ups with writing.“I went with the idea of making Meisie for three reasons,” Kempen told Andrew Worsdale in an article for the Gauteng Film Commission’s newsletter. “Her story could be told on our tight budget, the location would add tremendous value, and the film showcases the important role education and teachers play in society.“I would not, however, have attempted this without Darrell [Roodt]. He understands story and character and his strength is his ability to tell dramatic stories on screen.”The two managed to garner more support as production progressed, with leading local producer and Videovision Entertainment chief executive Anant Singh deciding to take up distribution rights for the movie following a screening at the Durban International Film Festival at the end of June.This means the filmmakers will have more money to finish the movie and then launch an advertising campaign to support distribution.“We are delighted to have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Meisie,” Singh said in a statement. “The film is an authentic, indigenous film to emerge out of South Africa. We are committed to supporting the amazing talents of South Africa and to creating a global profile for the South African film industry.”Kempen told Worsdale that while the movie should give hope to filmmakers with limited budgets, there was still a need for big investors to come on board and champion local filmmaking efforts.“Give them the money to make big movies that the world will look at to see South Africa in a new light,” he said.MeisieSet in Riemvasmaak, a town in the remotest part of the Northern Cape, on the edge of the Kalahari desert, the film tells the story of a gifted young girl whose father forbids her to go to school, insisting she rather stay at home to look after the goats.However, the girl has a genius-like natural talent for maths, and it is only when a young replacement teacher arrives in town that she realises her unfulfilled potential.Worsdale says that Kempen and Roodt also met Abrina Bosman, the actress who plays Meisie, by a stroke of luck after their hired car got stuck in the desert, and found her to be captivating.“We were exhausted from hiking back to the main road, covered in sand and sweat, when we met this man who was walking back from work,” Kempen said. “He knew a guy who could drive a tractor – the only tractor for miles – to help tow our car.“We walked into the village and Abrina ran up to greet her dad and, wow, there she was!”The only professional acting in the movie is Renate Stuurman of Isidingo and Scandal fame, playing the role of the replacement teacher. According to Kempen, she joined just one night before production began.“At short notice another actress became unavailable and Renate stepped in,” Kempen said.“She is perfect for the role and was superb working with local non-actors. Not only was it an issue of budget, but it was also relevant to the story – an outsider stepping into a tight-knit community.”Roodt has made several films with Videovision Entertainment over the past two decades, including A Place of Weeping, The Stick, Sarafina!, Cry, The Beloved Country, Yesterday and Faith’s Corner.SAinfo reporter. Source: “The No-Budget Movie With Legs” by Andrew Worsdale / Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

UP ‘still adjusting’ to departure of Gaiser, Tiamzon, Bersola

first_img“This is a new team, and some of the players here right now did not play last season and of course we’re still adjusting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Parks added to Gilas’ Jones Cup roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “They really helped the team a lot during their stay and they were the ones who we played with last season,” said Molde at Filoil Flying V Centre. “And we’re still trying to fix our middle blocker position.”UP started the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on a three-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMolde added that it’s up to her and the other older players to try to patch up the hole the three graduates left in the team.“It’s up to us older players to improve and help the team because we’re now the seniors here,” said Molde who came into the UP program with fellow open hitter Diana Carlos, and skipper Ayel Estrañero Jocemer Tapic of Air Force unleashes a power hit as she defies UP’s triple-team defense made up of Rose Mary Cailing, Jessma Ramos and Isa Molde. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of the Philippines spiker Isa Molde said Wednesday the Lady Maroons are still adjusting to their life without the triumvirate of leaders who left the team right after Season 79 of the UAAP.Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon, middle blocker Kathy Bersola, and libero Pia Gaiser all left the UP program at the same time and Molde, who’s entering her third year, said they’re still trying to fill the void the three left in their team.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Meralco acquires Raymond Almazan for 1st round draft picks

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss READ: As Almazan goes missing, six PBA teams interestedAlmazan is just what the doctor ordered for Meralco, which has long sought for a big man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-8 Almazan is expected to make his debut for the Bolts in the coming Commissioner’s Cup where he will be teaming up with import Gani Lawal down low. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting History made as women to referee men’s AFC Cup clash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA big man Raymond Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Meralco has acquired the services of star center Raymond Almazan from Rain or Shine on Tuesday, team manager Paolo Trillo said.The PBA approved the trade that sent the Bolts’ rights to the 2019 and 2021 first round picks to the Elasto Painters in exchange for Almazan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton draw

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more