Franklin FFA Chapter reports successful 2017 convention

first_imgWest Lafayette, Ind. — Franklin County FFA members wrapped up the state convention on the campus of Purdue University recently.Shelby Kolb was the first member from the Franklin County FFA Chapter to run for state office. Kyle Seibert competed in the Freshman Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE Kyle received 1st place and will be representing Indiana at the national competitions this fall.The members that participated in the FFA State Band were Angela Doherty, & Kayla Galyen, and they performed with the band at several of the sessions. Andrew Herrmann was recognized for his Agricultural Processing Proficiency, which he earned 2nd place at State.The members receiving their Hoosier Degrees were Sam Ludwig, Grace Moster, Luke Stirn, & Ben Ball. Our Voting Delegates this year were Ben Ball & Luke Stirn. The members that participated in State FFA Courtesy Corp were Nate Frondorf, Isaac Selm, Austin Volk, Peter Volk, Spencer Meier, Kyle Seibert, Heather Stenger, Luke Stirn, Ben Ball,Grayce Knapp, Sara Weaver, & Emily Wendel. These members helped with setting up for sessions and preparing for the different events the members could participate in, such as the dance.We passed the slate of 2017-2018 State FFA officers, and we are excited to see what they will accomplish as officers this coming year.last_img read more

Mullen cashes in at Clash at the Creek VII

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 25) – In 2014, Mike Mullen started on the pole for 141 Speedway’s 50 lap, $10,000 to win Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature. There were rumblings that there was no passing and that all he did was stay out in front of the field.Mullen quieted the naysayers Thursday night and proved why he is one of the top IMCA Modified drivers in the nation. Mullen won the last-chance qualifier, started 14th on the main event field and picked up his second straight Clash at the Creek win.The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier raced his way into the lead with six laps left and took the rich checkers ahead of Shawn Kilgore, Russ Reinwald, Jeff Taylor and Johnny Whitman.Seventy-four Modifieds vied at the Clash and nine states were represented in the main event.Whitman grabbed the lead early on from the pole and put distance on the rest of the field. Kilgore worked from the sixth starting spot to the runner-up position before the first caution flag flew on lap eight.On the restart, Kilgore powered up on top of the circle and made his bid for the lead. Kilgore and Whitman had a power struggle up top as they exchanged the lead numerous times over the first half of the race.With the lead duo battling hard, Reinwald came into the picture to make it a three-car race. He caught the leaders and made the race a three-wide battle on lap 28. Kilgore grabbed the lead for himself as they made their way into lapped traffic.A final caution on lap 37 bunched the field up for a final run to the checkered flag. Mullen and 12th starting Jeff Taylor made the race up front a five-car battle when the race resumed. Mullen picked his way around both Reinwald and Whitman, then set his sights on Kilgore and had all the open air he needed down low.With Kilgore working the top, Mullen ran the shortest way around the track. Mullen shot into the lead with six laps remaining and never looked back in capturing his second straight Clash at the Creek win.Brandon Czarapata was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and, for a second straight night, Kelsy Hayes prevailed in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Modified feature results – 1. Mike Mullen, Seymour; 2. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 3. Russ Reinwald, Juneau; 4. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 5. Johnny Whitman, DePere; 6. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 7. Josh Long, Little Suamico; 8. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 9. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 11. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, Iowa; 12. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 13. James Tebon, Algoma; 14. Brian Mullen, Seymour; 15. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 16. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 17. R.C. Whitwell, Tuscon, Ariz.; 18. Eric Mahlik, Milwaukee; 19. Tony Wedelstadt, New London; 20. Tim Czarneski, Denmark; 21. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam; 22. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 24. Mike Wedelstadt, New London; 25. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.last_img read more

Writing Rainbow: ‘The Bachelor Vietnam’ defies Western perceptions of queerness in Asia

first_imgShideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily TrojanSurprisingly, the biggest wig reveal of 2018 did not come from the 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In fact, it occurred on an Asian television show, and made waves online when an episode trailer was released last Friday.In a stunning turn of events on “The Bachelor Vietnam,” 20-year-old contestant Minh Thu confessed her love — not for the actual bachelor, but for fellow competitor Truc Nhu during a rose ceremony.  Both women left the set after Truc Nhu’s tearful confrontation with bachelor Quoc Trung. “I went into this competition to find love, but I’ve found that love for myself,” Minh Thu, who had just been eliminated, proclaimed. “It’s not you.It’s someone else.”While Truc Nhu decided to remain on the show after an off-screen meeting with Quoc Trung, the tender moment between the two female contestants went viral and led to hundreds of media headlines, with commenters praising showrunners for putting the moment on air. As an American viewer, it was astonishing to think that a Vietnamese reality show would even dare to air such an event on national television. After all, social media users still go crazy when American celebrities publicly come out. I spent the entire week trying to formulate an opinion on the whole ordeal. Was that moment a sign of progress for LGBTQ+ people in Vietnam? Or was it merely a publicity stunt?According to Vietnamese news outlet Zing, The New York Times and some of my Vietnamese cousins (just to triple-check), the narrative surrounding the iconic television moment was quite different; in fact, most outlets in Vietnam were reporting more about global reactions to the video than about the video itself. While this initially surprised me, I realized that maybe there is a reason why the Vietnamese media reacted so differently compared to American outlets like NextShark, Buzzfeed and CNN, which catapulted the clip into a global viral sensation. After doing some personal reflection, I came to understand that Minh Thu’s confession of love wasn’t so much of a shock to Vietnamese viewers as it was to the rest of the world. It may be as simple as this: Vietnamese people’s perception of the LGBTQ+ community and same-sex relationships is not as conservative as the Western world believes it to be. As with so many other queer people, I spent most of my teenage years seeking self-acceptance and self-love, and one of the ways I did so was by watching TV shows and movies with queer narratives.I recall spending many late evenings as a 16-year-old, hunched over my computer screen watching movies like “Brokeback Mountain” and “Milk” — my guilty pleasures. I would make sure to lock the door so my parents wouldn’t walk in on me crying (or watching a scene of two men having sex). And while I thoroughly enjoyed watching every work I scoured the internet for, it was the Asian movies I consumed that allowed me to truly connect my sexuality with my Asian identity. One of them is “Love of Siam,” a film that I have seen at least 10 times since I first watched it as a shy, inexperienced twink. The Thai feature, which came out in 2007, is a poignant love story between two high school-aged boys who reconnect after being separated as childhood friends. As with the endings of many gay films, Mew and Tong’s romance was tragic, but not in the same way as that of Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain.” The most tear-inducing moment in “Love of Siam” comes at the very end when Tong says to Mew: “I can’t be your boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you.”Another film is the 2011 Vietnamese drama “Lost in Paradise,” which recounts the experiences of three gay men: Khoi, Lam and Dong. Set in Ho Chi Minh City, “Lost in Paradise” explores various facets of homosexuality in the face of cultural conservatism and other societal issues, such as prostitution and gang violence. These two groundbreaking Southeast Asian films allowed me to understand my identity as a young, queer Asian person through a different lens. Both of them were much more about coming of age than they were about tragic endings — the most problematic aspect of American works featuring LGBTQ+ characters. In the same vein, I would argue that Asian media in the late 2000s and early 2010s was much more nuanced than Western media at the time. Going back to the iconic moment on this week’s episode of “The Bachelor Vietnam,” maybe watching Minh Thu proclaim her love for Truc Nhu wasn’t all so earth-shattering for Vietnamese audiences because same-sex relationships aren’t as stigmatized in Vietnam as the Western world often thinks they are. It isn’t so surprising either when you look at legislation passed in the last couple years. In 2014, the Southeast Asian country abolished laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. And in 2015, Vietnamese lawmakers finally allowed people with gender reassignment surgery to reclassify as their new gender on legal documents. While social stigmas against the LGBTQ+ community still exist, Vietnam’s government is making healthy strides toward equality through legislative reform.This week’s episode of “The Bachelor Vietnam” shattered long-held stereotypes about the “supposedly backwards” Eastern world, and educated me as a Vietnamese American, about the contextual analysis necessary to buy into commonly held narratives about queer people. It’s time we stop placing shock value on queer relationships, and arbitrarily labeling queerness as a binary between Eastern and Western perspectives.Allen Pham is a senior majoring in public relations. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His  column, “Writing Rainbow,” runs every other Friday.last_img read more

Updated AML regulations to come into force in January says UKGC

first_img Share UKGC reaffirms commitment to making progress on tackling problem gambling June 29, 2020 Related Articles Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that the updated Money Laundering Regulations, which will oversee the implementation of the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, will come into force on 10 January 2020.The changes to the AML requirements will mean that all land-based and remote casino operators licensed by the UKGC must continue to carry out business reviews ‘and accordingly amending, their money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessments, as well as the associated policies, procedures and controls’.Alongside the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, the UKGC will also publish the 5th edition of its guidance for remote and non-remote casinos on ‘The prevention of money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism’, which will come into force immediately on publication.In a statement on its website, the UKGC said: “The Commission recognises that it takes time to implement changes and we will take that into account, but we expect to see that operators have acted promptly, invested appropriately (if technology is required to accommodate the changes) and implemented changes with the requisite urgency.”Under the new directive, all land-based and remote casino operators must invest appropriately in technology which will mitigate the risk of money laundering.In addition to this, casinos must implement ‘further requirements for enhanced customer due diligence measures for high-risk third countries, complex or unusually large transactions, and where there are unusual patterns of transactions, or the transactions have no apparent economic or legal purpose, as well as customers who are beneficiaries of life insurance policies or the customer is a third country national who has received citizenship in an EEA state in exchange for the transfer of capital, purchase of property, government bonds or investment in corporate entities in the EEA state.’ Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Klitschko’s retirement ends Joshua rematch hopes

first_imgBritain’s Anthony Joshua (L) throws a jab at Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko during the seventh round of their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017.Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Ukraine’s former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday to scupper any hopes of a November rematch against Britain’s Anthony Joshua.Hamburg-based Klitschko, 41, hangs up his gloves as one of the all-time greats of the ring after a nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion, which was ended in 2015 and his last two fights ended in defeat.He is behind only the great Joe Louis as the second-longest serving heavyweight champion of all time having enjoyed 18 consecutive defences over a nine-year span. Louis had 26 title defences between 1937 and 1949.Klitschko, nicknamed ‘Dr Steelhammer’, won super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.After turning professional, he was the undisputed world champion from 2006-2015, a period in which he held several belts.His reign was ended two years ago when he finally lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury on points.Klitschko’s last fight was in April when he was stopped by Joshua in the 11th round of the WBA title fight in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London in a hard-fought bout in which both fighters hit the canvas.Klitschko showed plenty of heart by recovering being put down in the fifth to drop Joshua to the floor in the next round.Klitschko’s retirement dashes a mooted blockbuster rematch with Joshua possibly in Las Vegas in November.Joshua is now most likely to fight mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, as he chases a unifying bout against WBC champion Deontay Wilder of the United States or New Zealand’s WBO champion Joseph Parker.– website crash –Such was the interest in Klitschko’s announcement that the demand crashed his website on Thursday morning.“After my last fight against Anthony Joshua, I deliberately took the time to make a decision,” said Klitschko, whose elder brother Vitali, 46, is also a former world heavyweight boxing champion.“I never thought I’d have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he told his fans in a statement.Klitschko bows out with a record of 64 wins and five defeats with 54 knock-out wins in 69 professional bouts. “I have achieved everything I dreamt of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” added Klitschko in a video statement.“27 years ago, I started my journey and it was the best decision I could have ever made.“Because of this choice, I have travelled the world, learnt new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.“I became a scientist, an entrepeneur, a motivator, a leader, a trainer, an investor and much more.“I’m still able to do all this because of the global appeal of the sport of boxing.– Hotel interests –“At some point in our lives, we need or just want to switch our careers and get ready for the next challenges, I’m no exception.“Now it is my turn, I’m honestly doing this with respect for the new challenges and also with tremendous excitement, passion and dedication.“I am expecting and hoping that my next career, which I have been planning and working on for a few years, will be at least as successful as my old one.”Among his future projects, Klitschko will now turn his attention to the hotel industry.He is involved in a chain of luxury hotels — 11 Mirrors — in Ukraine and has plans to expand.“We are concentrating on expanding with 11 Mirrors to Germany and the USA,” Klitschko told German finance magazine Euro am Sonntag.“I like to spend a lot of money on the training of my employees.“There is no better return on investment than investing money in its team.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Broward man charged for killing peeping tom outside girlfriend’s home

first_imgA Florida man was charged with manslaughter for fatally beating a peeping tom who had been watching him, and his girlfriend have sex through a window.Victor Vickery was charged Thursday in connection with the July 2018 death of 57-year-old Assad Akar.The 30-year-old and his girlfriend were in bed at her house when they heard a sound, which they’ve reportedly heard before.Vickery went outside and found Akar, who had a criminal record for peeping.Shortly after, a fight ensued, and Vickery’s girlfriend called 911.Vickery told Fort Lauderdale police that he punched and kicked Akar “a few times” in response to being attacked.Akar died at the hospital later that evening.Vickery is currently in jail on a $100,000 bond.He is also charged with sexual battery in a separate incident that occurred a month after Akar’s death.last_img read more

Woman dies attempting to stop hit and run driver

first_imgA 42-year-old woman has died after she was run over while attempting to stop a hit-and-run driver.The incident was reported on October 25th in Hialeah, Florida.Officials say the victim was driving in a vehicle with her family when a woman in a van struck their car and fled the scene.The victim then followed the van which eventually pulled into the parking lot of a pawn shop.  The victim then stepped out of her car and stood behind the van in an attempt to prevent the driver from leaving. When the suspect in the van noticed the woman standing behind her vehicle, she suddenly reversed the vehicle and pinned the victim up against a metal fence. The victim, however, was able to get free and this time stood in front of the van.The suspect in the van then accelerated forward forcing the victim to jump on the hood of the van or be run over. As the victim clung to the hood of the van, the suspect began speeding and driving erratically in an attempt to get the victim off of the vehicle.Eventually the victim fell off of the van and was run over as the suspect fled the scene.  The victim was later flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead.Investigators reported that they searched surveillance video in the area and were eventually able to identify the van’s driver as 22-year-old Natasha Boothe.Boothe has since been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree murder and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.last_img read more

Actress Lori Loughlin Accuses Prosecutors of Withholding Exculpatory Evidence

first_imgWhile other defendants have fallen on their swords actress Lori Loughlin continues to fight and is urging courts to release evidence that she claims could help prove her innocence in the ongoing college admissions scandal.In court documents filed Friday, attorney Sean Berkowitz, who represents Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, claims evidence that could be used to strengthen their case is being withheld by prosecution because it was deemed irrelevant and immaterial.By sharing FBI interview statements from William “Rick” Singer, the man at the center of the college admission scandal, the celebrity couple’s defense team hopes to show that Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, didn’t know their donations would be used as bribes. The motion asserts that not sharing the evidence prevents a fair trial.“But the Government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both Defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself — for legitimate, university-approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes,” read the motion, which was filed at Massachusetts’ U.S. District Court.The document continued: “The Government’s failure to disclose this information is unacceptable, and this Court should put a stop to it.”The United States Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts declined to comment.last_img read more

A German train company says Climate Activist Greta Thunberg is “full of hot air”

first_imgThunberg tweeted of herself sitting amid bags and suitcases on the floor of what she called “overcrowded trains through Germany.”The company released a statement apologizing and saying they “continue working hard on getting more trains, connections and seats.”They also thanked Thunberg for supporting the company’s battle against climate change.But upon reflection, Deutsche Bahn said that Thunberg’s “overcrowded” claims were just hot air.DB responded testily, pointing out that Thunberg had travelled in first class during her journey through Germany.“Dear Greta, thanks for supporting us railway workers in our fight against climate change. We are happy that you travelled with us on the ICE 174 on Saturday,” tweeted DB’s official account in German.“It would have been nicer if you had also mentioned the friendly and competent manner in which you were treated by staff at your seat in first class,” they added.The company then followed up the tweets with a press release, in which they added that Greta’s travel companions “were sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards”.Thunberg hit back on Twitter, claiming she had found a seat at a stop after Frankfurt, which she said was “no problem”.The rail company claimed that the teenager had a seat in first class between Kassel and Hamburg and that other members of her team were already sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards.“It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently our team served you at your seat in first class,” the company added.Thunberg then claimed that jam-packed trains were actually great and having to sit on the floor wasn’t an issue. A German railway company has taken back an apology they made to Greta Thunberg after they realized the climate activist wasn’t schlepping it on the train’s floor but instead was treated “friendly” in first class.Thunberg, 16, provoked a testy reaction from Germany’s oft-maligned rail operator when she tweeted from a DB train on her journey home from the COP25 climate summit in Madrid.“Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!” wrote Thunberg above a picture of herself sitting on the floor of a carriage surrounded by suitcases.Greta Thunberg, a self-described activist with psychological problems, wrote that she was travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany. It turns out that she had a first class train ticket but opted to sit on the ground without any reason! SHAME ON YOU! #GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/2JeE0ZORWj— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldtrodi) December 15, 2019last_img read more

Wrongful Death Lawsuit against PBSO Heads to Federal Court Next Week

first_imgThe civil wrongful death trial of former Palm Beach County Deputy Justin Rigney in the fatal shooting of a Loxahatchee man is set to begin on January 13th.Both Rigney and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office are defendants in the case brought by Whidden’s family. Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan of Palm Beach Gardens is representing the family. He explains the case in Karen Curtis’ Full Rigor Podcast.According to investigators, Rigney shot Whidden when a suicidal Whidden charged at him with a knife during an emergency call made by Whidden’s mother in 2016.Rigney was cleared of wrongdoing and did not face criminal charges.But, Kaplan says videos that captured the final moments of Ricky Whidden’s life raise doubts about a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy’s claims that he had good reason to shoot the mentally ill Loxahatchee man in 2016 and an appeals court agreed.The ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sets the stage for a federal jury to decide whether then-Corporal Justin Rigney used excessive force when he shot the 42-year-old eight times after Whidden’s parents summoned deputies for help.Two videos, shot from a neighbor’s security cameras, show Whidden running away from Rigney and other deputies, the Atlanta-based appeals court said. While Rigney claims Whidden threatened him with a knife, the videos don’t show the threat and other deputies disputed it, the court wrote.“Several of the deputies on the scene testified that they did not see Whidden’s knife until after they rolled over his dead body, which is evidence that could support a finding, for example, that Whidden had the knife tucked into his jacket,” the appeals court wrote.Further, they said, even if Whidden had threatened Rigney with a knife, the officer was in no danger.“There was at least 15 feet between him and Rigney, which included a three-foot tall hedge that he would have had to get over to attack Rigney,” they wrote.Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies receive crisis intervention training so they know how to deal with people with psychological problems.Kaplan said he is hopeful that the family prevails at trial and declined to say how much he would be seeking.PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has settled roughly a dozen excessive force lawsuits in recent years. The last time one when to trial, a jury in 2016 ordered the agency to pay $22.4 million to shooting victim Dontrell Stephens, who was paralyzed from the waist down when a deputy’s bullet severed his spine. Bradshaw has blocked Stephens’ efforts to recover the money.last_img read more