Fire in Dillsboro displaces three families

first_imgDillsboro, IN—Wednesday evening the Dillsboro Fire Department received an alarm of a working structure fire on North Street in Dillsboro, of a three-story storefront brick building with four apartments above the ground floor.  The building sits between a building that houses Deville’s Pharmacy and the United States Post Office, and on the other side, a storefront and apartment building. When firemen arrived on the scene, they found heavy fire venting through the roof and spreading smoke all along the west side of the town. Firefighters attacked the fire both from the interior and by deploying mutual aid companies’ aerial ladders to suppress the spread from the top of the building according to Lieutenant Kevin Turner, the Public Information Officer for the Dillsboro Fire Department. Firefighters were able to limit the spread of fire to the upper portion of the building, and no other structures were heavily damaged by the fire.  A dog was rescued from one of the apartments upstairs. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian to received treatment and last known to the fire department is expected to make a full recovery from some smoke inhalation.  No people were injured on the scene.  However, three families were displaced and are now receiving aid from the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter of the American Red Cross.  To donate, call 513-579-3000 or click here to donate online. Difficult conditions inside with the roof collapsing against the ceiling of the third floor hampered putting the fire out, requiring firefighters from seven area departments to remain on scene until well after 1 am.last_img read more

"Fire in Dillsboro displaces three families"

Chemistry among players, franchises will be tested during CPL 2020

first_img–Teams will need to seek cohesiveness after time away from training together By Clifton Ross WITH the 2020 Bio-secure Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) just a few days’ players will relish their time spent over the last few months training and staying fit during lockdown, but will be keen on gelling as a unit ahead of the August 18 start to the tournament.All the franchises including their players and staff, along with the technical guys and a lot more have been in the Trinidad & Tobago ‘Bubble’ for more than a week now, settling in and adjusting to what will be their new lifestyle over the new few weeks.A few days ago, the lid blew and whistleblowers, most notably Darren Sammy took to social media in order to air their views on what they felt was favoritism being shown to the local Trinidad players and those in the Trinbago Knight Riders franchise.The allegations were that the local players were permitted to train and move around outside the ‘Bubble’ while other teams were relegated to their hotel rooms, thus having to adhere to social-distancing regulations. With the local players having the edge to train and have match simulations and further familiarize themselves with the already accustomed conditions; means other players will now have to double up on the work they have been doing indoors recently.It’s obvious that no amount of training in the next few days can erase the possible months of live preparation and team training which plays the most important role in freelance T20 cricket. Although franchises would have retained almost all their key pieces from last season, they have not gotten the opportunities to run scrimmages and try out their various combinations.Also, with not that much overseas players to go around this season, spotlight and responsibility will be on the shoulders of the Caribbean stars. Again, it is possible that TKR will have an edge over most teams, despite a number of Trinidadian players being scattered around the various franchises.The former champs have the key Trinidadian stars the likes of the Bravo brothers, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons; renowned T20 world-beaters. If those key players along with their overseas teammates managed to actually sneak in some type of work out and practice while their opponents were kept in the Bubble; then TKR’s gelling factor will outweigh that of the other teams.Sizing up the odds, talent and form alone won’t get any team over the edge this season especially coming off of 5 months of no cricket and no time spent with coaches and teammates. Ironically, the gelling process could likely be smoother than it has ever been over the years.With a minor influx of international stars this year due to the pandemic, acquaintances among the West Indian players could play a pivotal role for the franchises. Most, if not all the players involved in CPL this season are well-known to each other, either from playing for the West Indies or franchise teammates during Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) Regional senior season.Coaches might see it a bit more strenuous, particularly those who might be coming in from overseas or might be coaching a specific franchise for the first time. But being stuck in the Bubble and not being able to practice could result in players bonding more off-field over the next few days.That newer chapter of comradery could be the X-Factor team’s need when action starts, as player will be more comfortable with their new teammates while old mates will have time on their hands to formulate and strategize team tactics.In all, it is expected that all players some having documented their time spent during lockdown, will be in the best playing shape physically after putting in sessions indoors.Ideally, it will be left to see if teams are on the same page while cricketers should also be fully-healed from any injuries or niggles they may have been carrying prior to the pandemic running amok; making for one of the most intriguing CPL’s in history.last_img read more

"Chemistry among players, franchises will be tested during CPL 2020"

UW Athletics: A look at controversial calls in Wisconsin sports history

first_imgAny die-hard Badger fan remembers the blown call from when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.With just under two minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by just five, refs called the ball out of bounds on Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig. Refs immediately grouped together and decided to look at the play closer on the monitor.Despite the fact that the ball was clearly touched by Duke forward Justise Winslow, officials did not overturn the call and awarded the ball to the Blue Devils. Duke would score on the ensuing possession and ultimately win the game, 68–63.Just days later, NCAA Vice President Dan Gavitt stated that the call was, in fact, incorrect, potentially costing Wisconsin the game and the championship.National championship breakdown: Wisconsin vs. DukeINDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as Read…While Wisconsin fans have a right to be upset about the loss, the refs’ error is one of a number of major blown calls in sports. Blown calls are fairly common in sports thanks to simple human error, but there have been several notable calls/no calls in UW athletics in recent years. With that, let’s take a look at a few:2011 — Big Ten Football Championship GameIn the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Wisconsin led the Michigan State Spartans by a field goal with 1:37 to go in the game. Wisconsin sent out punter Brad Nortman on fourth down, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game on the ensuing possession.During the punt, however, Nortman got nicked by a Spartan defender after getting the punt off and dramatically fell to the ground. Nortman’s performance got the officials to throw a flag and give the Badgers an automatic first down, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock and win the game, 42–39.With the win, the Badgers got an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, where they would lose to the Oregon Ducks, 45–38.Clutch 2nd-half, 3rd-down conversions carry Wisconsin to victoryINDIANAPOLIS – At halftime of the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team couldn’t help but feel a little Read…2013 — Bizarre loss to Arizona State footballIn an early-season game against Arizona State, the No. 20 Badgers trailed the Sun Devils with less than a minute to go, but had an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. Badger quarterback Joel Stave rolled out to his left and took a knee, setting up the field goal opportunity inside the 20-yard line.This is where the confusion began.Players from both teams stood around confused, and ASU players even dove onto the ball. Officials did not stop the clock when this happened, however, and the clock ran out before the Badgers were able to get another snap off.Stave and the rest of the team tried to argue the call, but the officials left the field, leaving Wisconsin on the wrong side of a 32–30 loss.UW Athletics: An examination into argument over student-athlete compensationThe University of Wisconsin Athletics Department will likely face an issue in the coming years that is becoming more common Read…2015 — Final Four NCAA Tournament GameIn the Final Four game just before the loss to Duke in the championship, Wisconsin benefited from a late blown call against the seemingly unbeatable Kentucky Wildcats.Wisconsin trailed by two with less than three minutes left in regulation when Badger forward Nigel Hayes air-balled a short shot in front of the hoop as the shot clock expired. Hayes grabbed his own air-ball and put up another shot that managed go in, but it was clear that the basket shouldn’t have counted.Kentucky’s players immediately signaled for a travel, probably not realizing that it was also a shot-clock violation, but officials did not stop play and the game stood tied at 60. Wisconsin would go on to beat Kentucky 71–64, ending the Wildcats’ perfect season one game short of a championship.Final Four breakdown: Wisconsin vs. KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed the once-undefeated Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season in Saturday Read…2019 — Targeting call against safety Eric BurrellThis is the call that is probably most fresh on the minds of Badger fans.Despite this play being overshadowed by the targeting penalty and ejection of Reggie Pearson Jr. just a few plays later, this targeting call was much more controversial in terms of officiating.In a blowout win over Michigan earlier this season, safety Eric Burrell went in for the tackle on Wolverine quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who decided to slide. With the slide, Burrell inadvertently had helmet-to-helmet contact with McCaffrey, drawing a flag from the officials and resulting in an ejection of Burrell for supposedly targeting the quarterback.While this play had no real impact on the outcome of the game, the call was definitely a mistake in the eyes of many, including several NFL players.Looking at the blown calls presented here, it’s clear that the mistakes of officials can go either way depending on the luck of each side on any given night. Unfortunately, human error exists in officiating and will continue to exist so long as referees are human, which may not be the case in the future.last_img read more

"UW Athletics: A look at controversial calls in Wisconsin sports history"

Acquisitions strengthen Better Collective’s home market stance

first_img Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Better Collective has detailed the acquisition of Danish affiliate activities from Xperten Ltd and Xpert Ltd, including the SpilXperten brand, continuing the company’s long-term strategy.Stating a preference to build strong relationships within regulated and established European markets, the firm states that the acquisitions strengthens its place as “leading iGaming affiliate” and “market leader” within its home nation.Søren Kristensen, Co-Founder at Xperten Ltd & Xpert Ltd, commented: “It’s been really great developing and celebrating the achievements of our website portfolio over the past 11 years. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the team at Better Collective, and we are happy that we are able to hand over our successful products to a group with such a great track record and approach to the industry.”Over the course of the next twelve months both Xperten and Xpert are to remain involved with the acquired portfolio of sites, as they become integrated into the pre-established working systems for Danish products and sites at Better Collective’s Copenhagen office.Michal Kopec, Head of M&A at Better Collective, said: “After making a number of international acquisitions it’s a real pleasure to finalise a deal in Better Collective’s home country. “We have known the sellers  for a long time, and we know they represent quality and values in perfect alignment with Better Collective. We are confident that we along with the founders can grow the great products in the coming 12 months, and beyond”Jesper Søgaard, CEO & Co-Founder at Better Collective, added: “We have always been strong in the Danish market, but acquiring the Danish activities from Xperten Ltd & Xpert Ltd makes us the unquestionable market leader here in Denmark. “Our long term M&A strategy has always been to further strengthen our position at the top of the European iGaming affiliate market. This tenth acquisition is another strong step for us in reaching this goal.”last_img read more

"Acquisitions strengthen Better Collective’s home market stance"