USI’s Wascher Nets GLVC Weekly Honor

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball senior forward Hannah Wascher (Rantoul, Illinois) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 2-0 record at the Puerto Rico Classic this past weekend.Wascher averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest as the Eagles improved their current winning streak to five games.In USI’s 92-46 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Friday night, Wascher scored a game-high tying 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes of work. She was 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe as USI cruised to the 46-point win.Wascher saved her best for last as she racked up a career-high 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in USI’s 88-71 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Saturday afternoon. She went 11-of-16 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line as she recorded her second straight double-double and third of the year.A second-team All-GLVC honoree a year ago, Wascher earns her first GLVC Player of the Week award. She is the first USI women’s basketball player to earn the award since Morgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Illinois) garnered GLVC Player of the Week honors nearly a year ago (December 21, 2015).USI returns to action December 30 at 6 p.m. when it hosts Midwest Region foe Ohio Dominican University at the Physical Activities Center. The Eagles resume GLVC play January 5 when they host William Jewell College.FootNote: Also earning GLVC Player of the Week honors was USI Men’s Basketball senior guard Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Kentucky)…it marks the first time since November 24, 2014—when Anna Hackert and Gavin Schumann earned GLVC Player of the Week accolades—that USI has swept the conference’s weekly basketball honors.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Beach Reading: Carol Ruckdeschel’s New Book Is the Defining Natural History of Cumberland Island

first_imgIf you read only one book about Cumberland Island, this is it: Carol Ruckdeschel’s A Natural History of Cumberland Island is the authoritative guidebook and encyclopedia for Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. This book tells the story of everything that lives on Cumberland Island, from coyotes and bobcats to the ticks that feed on them.Cumberland Island is a national seashore, wilderness, and global biosphere reserve—recognized internationally because it shelters so many rare and endangered species. Ruckdeschel has observed and studied every one of them, and her detailed accounts in this book contain breathtaking first-hand encounters and notes from the field.It’s filled with insightful details into island life, including the diets of the first aboriginal people to live on Cumberland (mussels, clams, mullet, shrimp, deer, and the occasional alligator, sea turtle, and manatee, along with abundant berries, nuts, and leaves). It’s filled with other fascinating facts: Cumberland Island’s shoreline was once 78 miles east of its present location and Whitney Lake is the largest natural body of freshwater on the Georgia barrier islands (and it almost completely dried up during a 1981 drought).No one knows more about Cumberland Island than Carol Ruckdeschel. She has lived on the island for the past 45 years, and she has devoted much of her life to researching and writing this book. For over four decades, Ruckdeschel has been studying the wildlife of Cumberland Island—wading into alligator dens, climbing trees to survey bald eagle nests, and autopsying endangered sea turtles that wash ashore.Ruckdeschel also powerfully and definitively describes the geology and ecology of Cumberland with lucid, lively, and engaging prose. She also tells the island’s human story, from the earliest indigenous inhabitants to the Carnegie and Rockefeller families today. The influence of their agriculture, timber harvesting, and expanding development on natural communities has been profound. The introduction of feral animals and the suppression of fire has also significantly altered the diversity and health of island ecology.The opening chapters provide sweeping summaries of the island—from a spit of sand 40,000 years ago to the 18-mile barrier island today. Most of the book is dedicated to species accounts, which provide incredibly detailed, first-hand, extraordinary insights into every fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, and parasite that inhabit the island. Her accounts are supported with authoritative research from leading scientists in every field.This is not necessarily a light read for summer vacation, but it is an essential companion for anyone visiting the island or seeking to understand its living community. A Natural History of Cumberland Island is a groundbreaking, landmark publication for Southern ecology, and it provides powerful new insights into the natural and human history of the South’s wildest island. last_img read more

Nicaragua Has Seized 2.5 Tons Of Cocaine From Drug Traffickers So Far This Year

first_imgBy Dialogo May 19, 2010 So far this year, Nicaragua has seized more than 2.5 tons of cocaine from international drug-trafficking gangs, military and and police spokespersons announced. Authorities have seized 2,511 kilos of cocaine, 43 kilos of methamphetamine, and 840 rocks of crack this year, the sources said. Slightly more than half of the cocaine has been detected by the navy, which on Thursday found more than a ton of cocaine hidden in containers on a Cypriot-flagged merchant vessel, at a port on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The ship, arriving from Colombia with an Egyptian captain and twenty-four crew members, was able to continue its voyage to Guatemala without charges being filed against any of the crew. The police also take credit for 43 kilos of methamphetamine confiscated at two clandestine laboratories linked to Mexico drug cartels, according to the spokesperson for the National Police, Commissioner Vilma Reyes. Central America is a transit corridor used by cartels moving drugs from South America to North America.last_img read more

Rockville Centre Man Admits Stealing $1.3M from Nonprofits

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rockville Centre man has admitted to embezzling nearly $1.3 million from two women and two nonprofits that raises funds to help children with special needs children.Drew Morgan pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny. Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence the 44-year-old man on May 22 to 3-1/3 to 10 years in prison and to order him pay full restitution to his victims.“Drew Morgan used his position as treasurer and president of two nonprofit organizations to steal money that should have been used to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said he embezzled $1,086,453 from the Anchor Building Fund, Inc. while acting as its treasurer of the not-for-profit corporation that runs Camp A.N.C.H.O.R., which is short for Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation—a program serves children and adults with special needs—between 2008 and 2013He also stole $130,558 more between June 2010 and December 2012 from the Corporation for the Social and Exceptionally Challenged Kids, a nonprofit that raised funds for Camp A.N.C.H.O.R. and Impact OASIS, a group that promotes the acceptance and inclusion of people autism.Investigators uncovered the alleged thefts while examining Morgan’s bank records during a separate probe into allegations he stole $475,000 from two sisters that hired him as their financial planner as the principal of DKM Financial Corp. and owner of Rockstead Venture Capital LLC.Prosecutors said that he spent the victims’ investment to pay for a membership in the Hempstead Golf Club, airline travel and hotel stays, restaurants, credit and debit card purchases, appliances, home furnishings and personal expenses between 2008 and 2010.Morgan was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013.last_img read more

Manchester leisure: Camping out in Canal Street

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Amuneke Lists 15-year-old in Tanzania’s 39-man Squad

first_img“I believe it is time we start to build a team and think of the future,” Amuneke said.“We need to start to think of the youth and see how we can start to integrate in the system.”John scored in the Tanzania’s opening game as they lost 5-4 to Nigeria and went onto play in the losses to Uganda and Angola as the hosts failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.Amuneke also pointed out that Tanzania have an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Sudan a week after the Nations Cup.As well as the youngsters the squad includes both overseas-based players and those from the local leagues for the CHAN.“The squad is not just for the AFCON but also the CHAN after that,” he explained.“So as the technical team we are planning how we can switch straight to CHAN after the AFCON.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Amuneke Tanzania’s Nigerian coach Emmanuel Amuneke has included 15-year-old Kelvin John Pius in his initial 39-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.John, who is nicknamed Mbappe after the French star Kylian, impressed at the recent Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations that Tanzania hosted last month.Another youngster Claryo Boniface from the under-20 side is also on the list.last_img read more