Fall Football

first_imgMost schools in the area will be in full swing in the next week or two with fall sports.  All of our area football teams begin this Friday night.  The EIAC should be as competitive as ever.  East Central is returning from a state championship and some think that they may be even better this year!  Lawrenceburg graduated a large senior class but their younger teams were very strong.  That should make Lawrenceburg strong this year at the varsity level.  Franklin County, under new coach Wes Gillman, has doubled their team size from last year. Even though they graduated running back Orschell, they will be under a veteran quarterback.  You can bet Wes Gillman will open his offensive playbook.The rest of the EIAC will not be slouches, either.  The Batesville Bulldogs have quarterback Trey Heidlage and should have a wide open offense.  You can bet Greensburg will have that power running game behind their usual big offensive line.  They have the ability to eat up the clock with that running game.The other 3 schools in the EIAC are still in some type of rebuilding program.  South Dearborn and Connersville should both be improved this year, and Rushville who has not been competitive the last few years, is under a new coaching system.Milan may be a bit young, but they should be a very competitive team sooner than later.  Oldenburg Academy is under a new coach in Eric Feller, and he should bring a lot of enthusiasm to the program.  Coach Stirn at North Decatur lost several of his top players, but you can bet they will be competitive also.last_img read more

Catalytic converter thieves arrested by LAPD officers

first_imgDrivers can now feel a little safer parking their cars near USC.Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested two individuals they believe may be responsible for stealing more than 60 catalytic converters from around the Los Angeles area,including at USC.Catalytic converter theft has run rampant at USC and in the surrounding area, according to Capt. David Carlisle of USC’s Department of Public Safety. Carlisle said there were more than 20 thefts both in 2008 and so far in 2009.Catalytic converters — part of a vehicle’s exhaust system — are stolen because they contain trace amounts of valuable metals, including platinum, palladium and rhodium. Thieves can sell the converters to metal recyclers who can use the precious metals.Most of the time, the converters were stolen from Toyota pickup trucks, because the converters are easily accessible on those models, Carlisle said.“It’s something that occurs all the time and we started having those thefts, so that really comes to our attention as a specific problem,” Carlisle said.The Sept. 4 arrest of two suspects — 28-year-old Juan Calderon and 36-year-old Christopher Williams — came as the result of a joint investigation between LAPD, DPS and UCLA’s campus police force.“Our detectives have been working with LAPD all along in coordinating dates and times and these pieces of information so LAPD would have a clear picture of any trends,” Carlisle said.The two men were arrested by LAPD Pacific-LAX detectives after officers witnessed them removing a catalytic converter from a car parked on USC’s campus.According to Carlisle, LAPD has recovered eight converters so far and expects to recover more.“While we know these suspects completed at least one theft in a structure on campus … I suspect they were responsible for most, if not all,” Carlisle said.LAPD will continue to investigate the series of thefts in an attempt to determine how many converter thefts Williams and Calderon were involved in.Calderon is currently being held without bail and Williams is being held on $20,000 bail.Officer Bruce Borihanh, a spokesman for LAPD, said the two will likely face charges of vehicle tampering, burglary from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.Anyone with information regarding catalytic converter crimes is asked to call Pacific-LAX Detective Axel De Leon, at (310) 577-3473.last_img read more

GambleAware expands UK gambling-harm support network with Citizens Advice partnership

first_img StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share Dr Jane Rigbye – GambleAwareAnnouncing a new long-term initiative, industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it will work with Citizens Advice to ‘to help debt advisors better understand, prevent or reduce gambling-related harms’.Updating the market, GambleAware governance has committed to a two-year £1.5 million partnership with Citizens Advice, the UK charity network which provides consumers with information and advice on money and legal concerns.GambleAware will develop a training program for Citizens Advice debt advisors which will be delivered across nine regions in England and Wales.The initial partnership will focus on the following principal directives:Training CA debt advisors to identify and support consumers who may suffer or be at risk of gambling-related harms.Direct vulnerable or at risk consumers to specialist help that is available.Improving the support structure available to UK gambling-related harm suffers by establishing new regional support hubs.Expanding training and resources to ‘frontline workers’ such as local authority staff, youth practitioners and healthcare workers who will likely be first to encounter gambling-related harm victims.Announcing the Citizens Advice  initiative Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of Education at GambleAware said: “The debt advice workforce has an enormous role to play in supporting and reducing the likelihood of people experiencing gambling-related harms, as do many professions who come into contact with the general public on a daily basis.Encouraging and enabling staff in all public-facing settings to be aware of the possibility that the presenting problems could be related to gambling is key in helping to tackle this issue.”The funding commitment comes after a successful six-year pilot project GambleAware ran with Newport Citizens Advice to deliver the Gambling Support Service.Gillian Guy – Citizens AdviceBacking the new program and its directives, Gillian Guy Chief Executive of Citizens Advice said: “Gambling can have life-changing effects, not just on the individual but also their families and friends. People seek our help to deal with the practical problems that come out of this – including increased debt and relationship breakdown.“We are pleased to be partnering with GambleAware to develop services across England and Wales. These will help our staff make a real difference to people struggling with gambling.”last_img read more