Gov. Holcomb Names Lyles As Indiana National Guard Adjutant General

first_imgGov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Col. R. Dale Lyles to serve as the new adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard.Concurrent with his appointment as the adjutant general, Lyles will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general. He has been eligible for this promotion since May when he received his U.S. Senate confirmation and letter of eligibility.“I am confident that Colonel Lyles has the proven leadership skills, ethical character, and practical know-how to lead the Indiana National Guard,” Gov. Holcomb said. “His vision for the Guard will create a culture of safety, success, and stability that is critical for the defense of Indiana.”Lyles, a native of Salem, has served most of his 32 years in the military in Indiana. He was deployed to Bosnia shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in support of Operation Joint Forge and to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.Most recently, Lyles has served as the deputy chief of staff for operations at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., where he focused on the operations training and readiness for the Army National Guard. During his time in Indiana, he served the director of Atterbury Muscatatuck operations, commander of the 219th Engineer Brigade and commander of Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, among many other assignments. Lyles earned the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other military awards and decorations.Lyles earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in management from Oakland City University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.As Indiana continues to strengthen its defense strategy, Lyles will partner with Major General Omer C. (Clif) Tooley Jr. at the Indiana Office of Defense Development under the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to further grow Indiana’s defense sectors.The Indiana Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. During times of national emergency, National Guard members may be called into active federal service by the President of the United States.During times of peace, the National Guard is commanded by the governor. In its state role, the National Guard assists local law enforcement agencies during emergencies at the direction of the governor. The distribution of soldiers, equipment and facilities across the state allows the National Guard to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies statewide.Lyles will begin his new position Oct. 1, and he will be sworn in during a promotion ceremony at a date to be determined. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Stephen Colbert, ‘Late Show’ to Stay in New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The “Late show” will have a new face, but historic Ed Sullivan Theater will remain its home.New York State and CBS Wednesday announced that the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will remain in The Big Apple when the comedian takes over for David Letterman, who announced in April that he’d retire after hosting the show for 21 years. One week after Letterman’s on-air announcement, CBS said it agreed to a five-year deal with Colbert to take over the show.Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s widely-popular satire show, “The Colbert Report,” in which he plays a conservative blowhard, will takeover in 2015. CBS has yet to reveal the date of Letterman’s last show.“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s ‘Late Show’ from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said CBS President Leslie Moonves. “David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation.“When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater.”The agreement includes a commitment from CBS of 200 New York-based jobs to support the show’s year-round schedule.Ed Sullivan Theatre (Photo credit: Andreas Praefcke/WikiMedia Commons)CBS will be eligible to receive $11 million in tax credits as part of deal. Also, the state will provide CBS with a $5 million grant to offset renovations of Ed Sullivan Theater.The state in recent years has enticed large film productions to the state by offering generous tax breaks under the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program, which started in 2004. For some productions, the tax credit can be as high as 30 percent. The largest ever production in the state was “Amazing Spider Man 2,” which filmed for nine months at Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.The state also lured NBC’s “The Tonight Show” to New York from California when its current host, Jimmy Fallon, replaced Jay Leno.last_img read more

Breastfeeding has a public health benefit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Breastfeeding? Why are you interested in that?” These are the things I heard from my family when I was explaining to them my internship for the spring semester. I have always had an interest in maternal- and child health, and when I saw this internship with Schenectady County Public Health Services working on the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities (CBFC) grant, I jumped at the opportunity.Interning with a local county health department has given me a different perspective on breastfeeding and public health in general. Working with my mentors on the CBFC grant has allowed me the opportunity to see all the benefits breastfeeding can provide mothers and babies in our community.The CBFC grant has multiple goals, but outreach in our communities is what has impressed me the most. The grant enables us to provide multiple baby cafés throughout the Capital Region for mothers and their partners to receive breastfeeding support or just provide a listening ear as they navigate parenthood. There have been multiple moms of various racial, ethnic, educational and social backgrounds who attend. Observing them sharing their stories of motherhood is heartwarming and has broken down barriers.In recognition of IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Day on March 7, I believe the need for trained lactation professionals to provide breastfeeding support to all families in our communities is essential. Continued support is necessary to ensure all families have access to lactation support within their community. Seeing how effective this grant has been thus far makes me excited to see how this will change the landscape of infant feeding in the future.Martha LitardoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Sweden’s Duplantis soars 6.17m to break pole vault world record

first_imgTopics : His father Greg, who is his coach, was a talented US pole vaulter.His mother, Helena, is a former heptathlete and volleyball player in Sweden.After celebrating his victory, Duplantis, whose given name is Armand, went to the edge of the stands and embraced his mother. He broke the record on his sixth jump of the competition, having narrowly failed to clear the same height in Dusseldorf on Tuesday when he brushed the bar on his way down.Duplantis had the runway all to himself for much of the evening as none of the other six competitors could vault higher than 5.52m.The wunderkind in the pole vault who began setting age group records at age seven opened his day at 5.52m, then cleared 5.72, 5.92 and a indoor lifetime best 6.01 without a miss.Although born in the US state of Louisiana, he chose to represent his mother’s native country of Sweden.center_img World silver medalist Mondo Duplantis realized a lifetime dream when he broke the pole vault world record on Saturday by soaring 6.17 meters on his second attempt at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun in Poland.American-born Swede Duplantis broke Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie’s record of 6.16m set in February 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine.”It’s something that I wanted since I was three years old,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s a big year, but it’s a good way to start it.”last_img read more

CONCACAF qualifiers will not start until March: FIFA

first_imgThe start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying competition in the CONCACAF region, comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean, has been delayed until March next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday.FIFA said it had taken the decision jointly with the CONCACAF confederation after deciding that the international dates in October and November were too early for play to restart.”Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision,” said FIFA in a statement.”Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.” Topics :last_img read more

COLUMN: We can’t forgive violent athletes

first_imgWhen I first began researching the topic of violence in football for the Daily Trojan’s supplement a month ago, I thought I knew what to expect.I’ve read the headlines, I’ve seen the statistics. But as I researched, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the violence that athletics programs, both collegiate and professional, attempt to gloss over to protect their talent.I love sports. I always have, and I always will. Yet the more that I learn about the darker side of athletics, the more I wonder what we’re getting wrong. I spent the last few weeks looking, and I finally realized that the trait that most commonly protects violent athletes and allows this cycle to continue is rather unexpected — forgiveness.For me, the most disturbing part of the rhetoric surrounding the issue of sexual assault and violence in athletics is the myth of the “second chance.” We hear it time and time again — an athlete made a mistake, slipped up, got himself in trouble when he was young and stupid and didn’t know any better. Now we’re supposed to believe that he’s taken a turn for the better, that his head and heart is in the right place. We’re supposed to believe that he isn’t a threat anymore.I do believe in second chances, and third and fourth and fifth chances, but only in circumstances where the possibility of redemption outweighs the atrocity of the past errors. Earlier this month, I binge watched the entirety of the Netflix docuseries Last Chance U, which follows the paths of several young men spending a year playing football at a junior college in Scooba, Miss. after leaving Division I colleges. The main subjects of the series are entertaining, passionate and spirited, and it’s hard not to root for them throughout its six episodes. Each of these athletes messed up — some with grades, others with position competition — and is looking for a second chance. These athletes are easy to relate to because their mistakes only hurt themselves, and their only wrongdoings come from not living up to their own potential. They deserve second chances because the weight of their error is carried entirely upon their own shoulders.But young athletes who commit violent acts don’t deserve that second chance. It’s one thing to truly “mess up,” to fail a class or get drunk and miss practice or even to yell at a coach. It is completely different for an athlete to harm another person, and that can’t be tolerated anymore.Something has to be done. It’s absurd, preposterous and dangerous to let this go any longer.I understand the complexities of enforcing this stance. As a fan of the Kansas Jayhawks this year, I was completely shocked to see one of my favorite players, Carlton Bragg, charged with assaulting a woman at a campus apartment building. For a week, I was horrified that this player, who always attacked the court with warmth and a goofy grin, could have hurt a woman.In Bragg’s investigation, however, security footage revealed that he was completely innocent — the woman who accused him of assaulting her had actually been the one responsible, both verbally and physically attacking Bragg, who attempted to keep her at arm’s length. If it weren’t for a conveniently placed video camera, that case could have ended Bragg’s career. And I know that similar situations happen without a camera across the country. Ambiguities occur constantly in situations of assault, particularly when all that is involved is one person’s word against another’s. But in the cases of cut-and-dried violence, there is no reason for any exceptions, any forgiveness, any second chances. Take Joe Mixon, who spent a season suspended from Oklahoma after knocking out a girl at a restaurant, or Tyreek Hill, who was kicked out of Oklahoma State after brutally attacking his pregnant girlfriend. These players committed acts that should be unforgivable, yet their futures seem destined for NFL stardom.At the end of the day, though, what are teams gaining by picking up these athletes? Maybe they can run 4.24-second 40-yard dashes, maybe they can slice through offensive lines like butter. But what is gained by picking up a talented athlete who is also capable of causing harm off the football field?Sports are, and always have been, about so much more than just winning. Sports are about loyalty, dedication, faith, heart and inspiration. We don’t paint our bodies red and gold, we don’t stand in negative-3-degree snowstorms, we don’t fly halfway across the country and spend hundreds on jerseys and scream at our TVs because of a score.We do this because of love. For our teams, for our games, for our players — we all do this out of love, whether we are coaches or athletes or fans. There is nothing like a love for sports because it can outlast a lifetime of losing streaks and poor trades and untimely injuries.There’s no place in that love for violence. And as fans, we must stand strong in this belief to protect the games we love.Julia Poe is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. 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Decision in Kartel’s appeal delayed

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in the challenge filed by incarcerated Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and three others against their murder convictions and prison sentences.In court on Tuesday, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Morrision gave no indication as to when the decision will be handed down.Priority attention After defense attorneys wrapped up their oral submissions, Morrison only said that the case will be given “some priority attention” and registrar will advise of the date when the judgement will be handed down.Morrison thanked the defense and the prosecution for the effort made in the case, adding that the case consists of more than 6,000 pages of transcripts and a large number of submissions.Contaminated evidence  During five days of submissions in the appeal that was heard before Justices Morrison, Frank Williams and Patrick Brooks, their lawyers argued that their right to a fair trial was prejudiced by several factors, including the admission of “contaminated” evidence during the 17-week murder trial.Among that “contaminated” evidence was a message lifted from Kartel’s BlackBerry phone –  “Between me and you a chop we chop up di bwoy Lizard fine fine and dash him weh.”However, prosecutors insist that the integrity of the evidence remained intact and urged the court to treat the message as an admission to murder.Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer; fellow dancehall artiste Shawn Storm, real name Shawn Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John are appealing their 2014 convictions and life sentences, for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in August 2011.last_img read more

World Poker Tour championship opens in NJ 1st time

first_imgIn this July 15, 2009 file photo, Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — After 11 years in Las Vegas, the championship event of the World Poker Tour is underway in Atlantic City.The weeklong event, sponsored by partypoker, is being held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, its partner for online gambling in New Jersey.Borgata president Tom Ballance said moving the championship to Atlantic City shows the growing appeal of poker in New Jersey, particularly since the state began offering Internet gambling last November.“With online gaming and the popularity of the Borgata brand, the center of gravity of poker is moving to New Jersey,” he said.Ten players qualified for the event through Internet play. Another 30 qualified online for events in the Borgata Spring Open, which began earlier this year.“The fact that after such a short time we have had people qualifying online says a great deal about the changing face of poker,” Balance said.The amount of entrants to the WPT championship was not immediately available Monday.The winner is guaranteed at least $1.3 million from a guaranteed $5 million prize pool.One of the hopefuls chasing that prize is Ken “Teach” Aldridge, a poker player from Pleasant Gardens, N.C., who drove to New Jersey for the tournament.“I enjoy these tournaments and I’m fairly successful in them,” said Aldridge, who has won more than $1 million in live tournaments according to bluff.com. “I’m using poker to travel the world. I just got back from Chile.”Televised highlights will be broadcast nationally next month.Adam Pliska, president of the World Poker Tour, said the move to New jersey was done in part to take advantage of and highlight the availability of online poker here. New Jersey is one of three states to offer Internet gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

Discounted Bus Pass Program Accepts Applications for 2018

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit is accepting applications for the 2018 Discounted Bus Pass program. The program discounts the price of adult and youth bus passes for qualifying local non-profit and human service agencies, who pass them on to their clients. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 17. Applications are available on the Intercity Transit website or by calling 360-786-8585. Awards will be made on December 6, 2017. The program begins January 2018.Qualifying agencies must serve clients within the cities or urban growth areas of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, or Yelm, demonstrate a direct link between transportation and the provision of agency services, and address how using the transit pass program benefits the overall community. Once selected, organizations can purchase passes at half price, good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service. Intercity Transit will discount up to $300,000 worth of monthly bus passes in 2018.Twenty-two organizations took advantage of the program in 2017. They include: Catholic Community Services, City Gates Ministries, Olympia Union Gospel Mission of Olympia, South Sound Parent-to-Parent Tumwater School District, and more. The passes are good for transportation on Intercity Transit local fixed-route bus service.Our community has many worthy agencies doing important work. Supporting these agencies helps everyone,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit General Manager. “It’s one more way we work with local partners to help address the community’s unmet transportation needs.”last_img read more