Statewide—The Indiana Secured School Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grant funds, marking the largest ever single-year investment in safety initiatives at Hoosier schools.The $19 million in awards allows the Board to partially or fully fund all top-priority projects identified by 429 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant program (SSSG). In addition, the Board fully funded all eligible projects geared toward implementing health and wellness support services for parents and students, a newly eligible grant request passed in April by the General Assembly.Every school that applied for FY20 funds has received notification that their top priority requests were fully funded for all eligible items. With the matching funds required by schools, more than $35 million will be invested in school safety this year in Indiana.“Indiana remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of Hoosier schools,” said Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. “I’m proud this critical grant program can meet the top safety needs of school districts across the state. This is the latest evolution of how our state partners with local schools to address this issue and help parents, students and staff feel safe and secure each day.”The SSSG fund is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Considering the funds committed this year, the SSSG program will have distributed more than $72 million in state matching grants to schools since the program became law in 2013. All of these funds focus specifically on school safety. Visit the IDHS website for a full breakdown of SSSG awards.“The focus on school-safety initiatives in Indiana continues to grow each year, and thankfully the funding was on hand to support every school (applicant) in some capacity,” said Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Board. “Schools were asked to identify their top priority in their district, and the Board approved matching grants for all of those eligible projects.”The SSSG issues matching grants for eligible items and then schools match those funds at a certain level, either 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. The match requirement is based on average daily membership of the school district, the total amount of the project or what the request covers.Eligible items in the grant include funding for school resource officers (SROs) and law enforcement officers in schools; equipment and technology; active event warning systems (no matching requirement); firearms training for teachers and staff that choose to allow guns on school property; threat assessments and to implement a student and parent support services program.In addition, the Indiana Department of Administration operates a free metal detector program that has distributed more than 3,400 metal detectors to more than 420 Indiana schools since mid-2018.The Indiana Department of Education has supported its nationally recognized School Safety Specialist Academy since 1999 to train personnel to address safety concerns. The Indiana School Safety Hub also provides schools with a wealth of resources, training opportunities and other information designed to give schools the tools they need to keep students and staff safe
Sylvia Ann Wirth, age 88 of Greensburg, formerly of New Pennington, IN passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Manderley Health Care in Osgood, IN. The daughter of Myron and Sylvia Lay was born on September 15, 1931 in Forestville, OH.The 1949 Sycamore High School graduate married Wallace Wirth on June 30, 1951. Sylvia loved to work in her garden tending to her vegetables and her flowers. She liked spending time canning food, doing puzzles and playing cards. She especially liked being with her grandsons, she even broke her ankle while playing baseball with them once, but they were having fun. Sylvia will be dearly missed by her family and friends.She is survived by her daughter Judith Wirth of Commiskey, IN; grandchildren Zebulan Hildebrand of Milan, IN and Abraham Hildebrand of Versailles, IN; great grandchildren, Wesley, Kaden, Chance, Erica and Sam Hildebrand; along with her sister, Joyce Wirth of Greensburg and brother, David Lay of Lebanon, OH.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Wirth, sisters, Carol Raya and Mary Hurst plus her brothers, Myron and Bill Lay.Graveside services are 2:00pm on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN. Rev. Chris Renick officiating.Memorials may be given to Our Hospice of Southeast IN or American Heart Association by mailing to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Bateville, IN 47006.We also encourage you to leave a message here on Sylvia’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.
Batesville, IN — Lucas Garvey and Donovan Imel, firemen with Batesville Fire and Rescue participated in the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA in Batesville. Normally, the event takes place in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, however, the FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb has gone virtual this year as the annual fireman conference was canceled, like many other events, due to the pandemic. This is the third time Imel has taken on this challenge. They were joined by YMCA member, Jim O’Rourke, who was formerly from New York City and lost four high school classmates on that fateful morning. O’Rourke joined in with the firemen to finish the challenge while at the gym. Lucas and Donovan put on their department gear and set a goal to see who could finish first on the Y’s stair climbers to climb 2,200 steps. These steps symbolize the 110 stories of the World Trade Center Towers, the ascent that FDNY firefighters took on September 11, 2001, and the ultimate sacrifice that 343 first responders made that day.
RelatedPosts Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame unveiled Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium near completion As Nigeria firms up preparations towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the organic Japanese City of Kisarazu as camp venue for Team Nigeria.The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, made the disclosure in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Kola Daniel.He said that the MoU was jointly signed by Nigeria and the Mayor of Kisarazu City, Yoshikuni Watanabe, who noted that the development tallied with the new direction of early preparation for tournaments.Dare said he was happy to have started the preparation towards the Olympics early enough which was a sign good things to come.“About three weeks ago, Nigeria started in earnest its Olympics preparations. We had waited for the completion of the Doha Athletics Championship before starting officially our preparations.“We have less than 9 months and where the pre-games camping will take place is critical to our preparations for Tokyo 2020.“I’m glad that this morning we are able to follow up on initiatives of previous Ministers and Ambassadors who have acted rightly on behalf of this country,” he said.The Minister also expressed gratitude to the mayor for keeping faith with the proposal initiated under the previous administration, adding that Nigeria with the rest of the world looks forward to Tokyo 2020.“This meeting offers us an opportunity to formalize the pre-games camping with the city of Kisarazu, so even after the MOU, there are still a couple of issues we have to work on together.“The MOU establishes an understanding with the City and also the country of Nigeria. I have read the MOU, it is in good faith and we trust that good faith will pervade the entire period that would be engaged.“We are still coming up with a list of sports that would be camped in Kisarazu, so we will provide needed information going forward.“We should perhaps from now on a weekly basis try to maintain the feedback so as to be on the same page,” he said.Dare praised Japan for the country’s preparedness to host the world, saying though he had yet to visit Japan, everyone who visited had brought back nice words about the beauty of the country.“It is also about the preparedness to host the Olympics and the world, and that the Ministry looks forward to a successful pre-games camping and also a very successful Olympics itself,” he said“Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe, expressed gratitude to the Minister for hosting the delegation, adding that his city is proud identify with Nigeria because of its football loving nature.Tags: Tokyo 2020 Olympic
RelatedPosts Ronaldo splashes £8.5m on Bugatti Pope apologises to sex abuse victims Nigerian asylum seeker kills girlfriend in Germany, stuffs body in bag + photos Bayern Munich have turned Arsene Wenger away from taking over at the club after talks broke down, according to BILD.The Frenchman had been the bookies’ favourite to take the reigns after Niko Kovac was axed this week.It came after the ex-Arsenal boss was made the Bavarian club’s top target after Ralf Rangnick turned them down.However, after this latest development it remains unclear where the Bundesliga champions will go next.There has been talk of Jose Mourinho taking over while Massimiliano Allegri is also on the shortlist.Enquiries were made over Thomas Tuchel at Paris St-Germain, who was a previous target before the club opted to go for Kovac.The Croatian was sacked on Monday after witnessing a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of his former side Eintracht Frankfurt.Wenger had been earmarked as a safe pair of hands to deal with a particularly powerful dressing room.However, BILD reported that a meeting between Wenger and Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ended with the latter ruling him out of for the job.Earlier this week, the 70-year-old had hinted that he was interested in taking over at the European giants.“I never refuse to talk to Bayern Munich because I know these people who lead the club for 30 years.“I was nearly going to Bayern a long, long time ago. At the moment, that is all I can say.“At the moment, I haven’t talked to them at all.“We have not talked to each other and I don’t know (if we will).” Tags: Bild
RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Spain have recalled Alvaro Morata for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Malta and Romania after the striker scored five times in his last five games for Atletico Madrid.Spain, who have already qualified for next year’s championship, need to avoid defeat in one of their two remaining games in order to progress as Group F winners.There was a maiden call up for Dani Olmo.However, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos missed out.Zagreb forward Olmo, who was a key part of the Spain Under-21 side that won this year’s European Championship, has impressed for the Croatian side in the Champions League this season.The squad contains just five players from Spain’s so-called “big three” sides: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.Manchester City midfielder Rodri, who has not played since October 22 due to a hamstring problem, is included, while Barcelona’s Jordi Alba misses out through injury.There is also no place for Barca teammate Fati.The 17-year-old forward was granted Spanish citizenship in September before making his Under-21 debut last month.He is expected to be named by Luis de la Fuente in the U-21 squad later on Friday.Spain host Malta on November 15 and Romania three days later.Spain squad in full:Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Roma)Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Inigo Martinez (Athletic), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juan Bernat (PSG), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Thiago (Bayern), Saul Niguez (Atletico), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal)Forwards: Rodrigo (Valencia), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Alvaro Morata (Atletico), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb).Reuters/NAN. Tags: Dani OlmoReal Madrid
RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Inter Milan have been dumped out of the Champions League after they were beaten by Barcelona inside the San Siro on Tuesday evening. Inter thought they got off to the perfect start when Romelu Lukaku had the ball in the back of the net after seven minutes but his effort was ruled out for offside. However, joy turned to despair when Carlos Perez broke the deadlock 16 minutes later, after he finished off a neat move inside the area. Clement Lenglet then had the glorious chance to double Barcelona’s lead after just half-an-hour but the French defender dragged his shot wide after he found himself in space on the penalty spot. The centre-back was made to rue his missed chance when Lukaku did end up getting his goal after his shot shot deflected into the Barcelona net, levelling the scores at 1-1 on the stroke of half-time. Inter thought they had won it inside the final 10 minutes when Lautaro Martinez scored to spark frantic scenes inside the San Siro. However, it was Lukaku who was offside in the build-up with the goal ruled out by the linesman once again. However, just minutes after coming on, Ansu Fati scored the winning goal with a delightful shot from outside the box to win the game for the Catalan giants.Tags: Ansu FatiUEFA Champions League
RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Former Super Eagles’ captain and coach, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as the head of the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Federation, according to Owngoalnigeria.com reports. Amokachi’s appointment was communicated by the NFF to the board members with the ex-Everton forward expected to help the technical committee in their dealings. He will immediately swing into action on the appointment of national team coaches for the junior national teams of Nigeria and also be a part of the contract renewal talks for coach of the senior national team of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr. Last week, Amokachi was appointed as football ambassador of Nigeria by President, Muhammadu Buhari, a role that is largely ceremonial. But his latest appointment means he will play a crucial role in technical matters that concerns the NFF. His appointment is with immediate effect with the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF keen on having more ex internationals involved in the running of football in Nigeria, particularly, in areas of technical assistance.Tags: Amaju PinnickDaniel AmokachiEvertonGernot RohrMuhammadu BuhariNFF
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The International Olympic Committee has ruled out staging the Tokyo Games behind closed doors because it would be anathema to the whole philosophy of a movement that seeks to bring people across the globe together in celebration of sport. Almost every major sport has shut down because of Covid-19, but the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee are continuing to maintain the Games will go ahead in July. While such an approach has drawn criticism, those with knowledge of the situation say the IOC wants to give athletes every chance to compete in Tokyo and it believes there is no need to make a quick decision regarding postponement given the opening ceremony is four months away. Some sports, including horse racing and snooker, are continuing behind closed doors, but such an approach has already been rejected by the IOC in internal meetings. One source said: “It would go against everything we stand for. “The Olympics is more than just a series of competitions, it is about bringing everyone together to celebrate sport.” Another put it more bluntly: “An event with closed doors and no spectators is not an option.” Any major disruption to the Games’ scheduling would have serious consequences for sponsors, broadcasters, 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes, staff, airlines, hotels and volunteers and could saddle organisers with $1 billion in lost ticket sales. The IOC has accepted it will need to relax qualification standards so athletes who are on the borderline can be selected even if they are unable to compete in the coming months because of the pandemic. Nearly 60 per cent of athletes have qualified, but with qualifying events, including those for climbing, boxing, fencing and judo, having been cancelled or postponed, many athletes are worried about being left in the lurch. Dai Greene, the 2011 400m hurdles world champion, said there needs to be flexibility, otherwise “a lot of athletes will not be able to qualify for Tokyo – regardless of whether the Games will go ahead”. The problem will be discussed at an executive board meeting on Tuesday and the IOC is already looking at ways to house more athletes in Tokyo if the number increases. Olympic organisers have also held conference calls with individual sports to discuss how best to plan for the Games amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said on Monday he wanted the Olympics, which has cost at least $12 billion and attracted more than $3 billion in domestic sponsorship, to represent a world victory over coronavirus. According to a telephone poll conducted by the Kyodo news agency, Abe’s fellow citizens are less optimistic, with 69 per cent saying they did not think Tokyo would be able to host the Games as planned.Tags: COVID-19International Olympic CommitteeIOCTokyo
RelatedPosts Sheyi Ojo joins Cardiff City on season-long loan Crystal Palace boss relishes Eberechi Eze capture Crystal Palace insist on £20m Eberechi Eze Queens Park Rangers Chief Executive Lee Hoos has slammed the English Football League’s plan to resume the Championship (second-tier) season on June 20, saying clubs were informed of the decision only moments before it was made public.The Championship has been suspended since March 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the government has given the green light for elite sport to return from Monday behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met. Hoos told QPR’s website: “I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, and our manager, Mark Warburton.“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs, nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by anyone in the Football League regarding this matter.“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.”Clubs are set to resume full contact training this week and Hoos is worried players will not have time to get up to speed before the season’s restart.“I have made our feelings known to the EFL; having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter,” Hoos said, adding: “We are absolutely appalled.” QPR were 13th in the Championship, six points behind Preston North End, who occupied the final playoff spot when the season was halted.The top flight Premier League will resume on June 17, with all matches also to be played behind closed doors.Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Football LeagueLee HoosQueen’s Park Rangers