The smoking rate in Southeastern Indiana remains higher than the national average.According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, 33.7% of adults in the Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland counties are current smokers. The figures are nearly unchanged since 2010.The report revealed the Tri-State smoking rate of 25% is higher than the national average of 20%.Rural areas in the region generally have higher smoking rates than urban areas. The past three years have shown some improvement, as the Tri-State rate remains double the number from the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%.Healthy Choices about Substance Use, Interact for Health Senior Program Officer Ann Barnum says the numbers show the region is moving in the right direction but not as steady as preferred.“What we have seen in our communities in Indiana, is that Indiana has dropped significantly,” Barnum said. “One of the reasons, is because they have put a lot of effort into countering the advertising that goes on for tobacco and countering it with messages about health promotion.”The smoking rate in the Tri-State has been steadily decreasing over the past 14 years, down from 35% in 1999.
Just as he had done in the semi-final triumph over South China, Dzeko scored the only goal to give the Blues a deserved victory. It was not quite a trouble-free victory for City as key defender Matija Nastastic was stretchered off in the second half, but they were the better side and only two goal-line clearances from Craig Gardner kept the score down. Edin Dzeko was Manchester City’s hero once more as Manuel Pellegrini’s men overcame Sunderland to lift the Barclays Asia Trophy. It has been a productive few days for Dzeko. Expected to be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer, the Bosnian remains and until reinforcements are brought in to compensate for the departure of Carlos Tevez and, last season, Mario Balotelli, so he is destined to remain. On Saturday the former Wolfsburg man struck early. Yaya Toure created the opportunity with a flick-on intended for Pablo Zabaleta. Wes Brown got there first, but the former Manchester United man could only turn the ball into the path of Dzeko, who duly rammed home a brilliant half-volley which flew in off a post. Alvaro Negredo should have made it two after being played in by David Silva but the Spaniard blasted disappointingly over. Negredo did no better when he was picked out by Dzeko later on, this time ballooning the ball over from a central position. City keeper Costel Pantilimon did not have much to do and even when Emanuele Giaccherini had a chance, his shot went straight at the Romanian. Sunderland had a lucky escape just before the break when Gardner headed Silva’s free-kick against his own post, then clattered into the upright himself as the Black Cats scrambled clear. With heavy rain falling on an already saturated surface, an area of approximately 50 yards either side of the halfway line resembled a bog. Press Association Dzeko was certainly looking suspiciously at it when he skied a penalty high over the bar midway through the second half. On this occasion, though, the surface did not seem to be any more responsible than Dzeko’s poor finishing. City suffered a blow 17 minutes from the end when Nastastic was stretchered off following an innocuous-looking incident involving Giaccherini. Following his earlier heroics, Gardner went one better after Samir Nasri had presented Jesus Navas with a shooting chance, sliding back to make a brilliant goal-line clearance. Pantimilon’s save from Sebastian Larsson’s free-kick ensured there was no late reprieve for Sunderland.
Stenson was three up on a wayward Blixt with five holes to play but saw his compatriot birdie the 14th and 15th to force the match to the 18th. ” Everyone comes back at me,” Stenson said. “No one lets me have an easy finish here, which you kind of expect that but not every time. He definitely pushed an old man all the way to the last there and made it very interesting.” The second semi-final will see Holland’s Joost Luiten take on Finland’s Mikko Ilonen after the pair enjoyed contrasting wins over Pablo Larrazabal and Victor Dubuisson respectively. Luiten maintained his 100 per cent record – he was the only player to win all three of his group matches – and recorded the largest winning margin of the week by thrashing Larrazabal 6&5, while Ilonen beat an erratic Dubuisson by two holes. Luiten, who was considered for a Ryder Cup wild card by European captain Paul McGinley, was gifted the opening hole when Larrazabal found water with his approach to the par five, and then won the second, fifth, sixth and seventh to move five up. The 28-year-old moved further ahead with a birdie on the 11th and even when Larrazabal recorded just his second birdie of the day on the 12th, Luiten followed him in from 20 feet for a half before closing out the match on the next. “The course is playing soft so I think a lot of the boys out there are having a lot of birdies and you really have to make birdies to win holes,” said Luiten, who won the Wales Open last month. “A lot of times you make birdie and you only halve the hole. You have to be aggressive and stay aggressive in this format and I’ve done that well in the last couple of days.” Dubuisson recorded two eagles and five birdies but also made bogeys on three of the four par threes while Ilonen carded eight bogeys and no dropped shots. “It felt like it could have gone either way and I was lucky to come out on top in the end,” Ilonen said. “The goal was obviously to play all week and we’re there. So now we just have to keep pushing.” South Africa’s George Coetzee could turn a last-minute call-up into the Volvo World Match Play Championship into easily the biggest payday of his career after producing a brilliant display to beat Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed. “I wish I could get into every tournament as the last man if this is the golf I’m going to play,” joked Coetzee, who will face Henrik Stenson in the last four after the world number five beat fellow Swede Jonas Blixt by two holes. Coetzee finished 21st in the rain-shortened Portugal Masters on Sunday and admitted he would have flown home to South Africa if any flights were available. But when tournament organisers told him he was first reserve and that they wanted him on site, he asked his manager to check if anyone was likely to withdraw. “I told him the only guy who might was Thomas Bjorn because he was the oldest guy and he might be tired of playing golf,” Coetzee added. “He phoned me back and said the rumour was true and Bjorn had withdrawn. I told him it wasn’t a rumour, I had just made it up!” “If my flight had been Sunday night it would have been a totally different story. I t could be lucrative timing.” Reed, who was the United States’ top points scorer on his debut at Gleneagles, said: “I played well and any time you are six under you would hopefully win the match but George played extremely well. “He beat me in extra holes in the Accenture Match Play earlier this year but that was a match where we both played really poorly and it was more of a pillow fight. Today was just one of those things about match play – even if you play really well you can still get beat.” Stenson and Coetzee met in the group stages on Wednesday and finished all square, Coetzee adding: “He kind of gave me that half. He missed a putt to win the match on the 17th and three-putted the last so I won’t be going in feeling too confident.” Coetzee only got into the event on Monday as a replacement for the injured Thomas Bjorn and at 89th in the world was the lowest ranked player in the 16-man field. But the 28-year-old was eight under par in beating Reed 2&1 in their quarter-final in blustery conditions at The London Club and is just two more wins away from the first prize of 650,000 euros (£515,290). His previous biggest cheque of 206,000 euros (£163,307) came from winning his first European Tour title in the Joburg Open in February. Press Association
Multiple people are dead following a massive pileup that ended up in a fire ball on an interstate in Colorado.A stretch of Interstate 70 remains closed on Friday morning, just west of Denver and is not expected to reopen until Saturday.The crash involved more than two dozen vehicles and trucks.The number of casualties is unknown.Police say a truck driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide in connection to the crash.
London: Former BCCI chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has backed the inclusion of rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in India’s playing XI for the third cricket Test against England, starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Already in the backfoot after losing the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India find themselves in a must-win situation in the five-match Test rubber with all eyes on the non-performing batting order with the exception of skipper Virat Kohli.Vengsarkar, who was the chairman of selectors when Kohli made his debut, has now called for the inclusion of the explosive southpaw in the playing XI.“Rishabh Pant should get in. Apart from Kohli, nobody has shown that they could score runs here. Whether it’s English or Australian conditions, you have to adapt quickly. You have to apply yourself and get runs,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by BBC Radio.“You have to give respect to the bowlers,” he added.If Pant gets his maiden Test cap in Nottingham, that means Dinesh Karthik will be shown the door. Karthik, with scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in the four innings so far, has failed to justify his inclusion in the side.Earlier, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly had also backed the inclusion of Pant for the third Test. IANS
As midterm elections quickly approach, USC’s political organizations are doing what they can to send students a message: Get out and vote.Participation · Jonathan Brebner, a senior majoring in film production and political science, tables on Trousdale Parkway on Thursday to get students involved in USC College Democrats this election season. – Aditya Tannu | Daily Trojan Though nothing’s been finalized, both major on-campus political groups — USC College Democrats and USC College Republicans — are planning events, lectures, trips and meetings to recruit new members and spread word about the upcoming elections.“We’re really excited to hear what people want to do,” said Micah Scheindlin, a senior and political director of the College Democrats. “We want to get to know our members and see what they’re interested in.”Scheindlin added that once the group gets an idea of what students are interested in, it will be able to cater more directly to student needs.“We got hundreds of sign-ups at the involvement fair,” Scheindlin said, adding that he hoped the high number of recruits would mean a high voter turnout.He noted, however, that voter turnout hasn’t been as high since the 2008 presidential election.“There’s a lot of activity that came out of that election,” said Ann Crigler, interim director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. “Students wanted to play a role in the political decision-making process.”Still, she said USC mirrors the national trend. After such a major election, it was expected for voter turnout to die down.“Involvement varies from year to year,” said Katherine Cook, chairwoman of the College Republicans. “Of course, during presidential election years, involvement is at its peak as students come out to support candidates. We hope to encourage more people to get involved not only in College Republicans but in local campaigns as well.”This doesn’t mean that there isn’t student interest. Some students on campus want to get involved and say they wish there were more opportunities to do so.“They’re not doing anything, honestly,” said Angel Lopez, a junior majoring in political science and international relations.Lopez also said he’d like to see more academic and unbiased political information discussed out in the open, especially concerning major controversial issues.“It would be cool to have a public religions discourse out on McCarthy Quad — just have panels where people talk and clarify the notions of the Middle East,” Lopez said.To increase voter numbers this time around, the Unruh Institute will also host a number of events, including its Students Talk Back lunch series — weekly discussions involving political consultants, USC’s political organizations and students — as well as post-election night events.The College Republicans also plan to host events, starting with a bipartisan memorial for the Sept. 11 attacks.“Later in the year we will absolutely be hosting speakers that reflect the conservative values and interests of the club,” Cook said. “But this particular event isn’t about being partisan. It’s about being American, and I think people respond to that.”Both clubs said they hope to increase voter participation through discussion and debate in order to encourage students to become informed.“We’re past the era where I can say, ‘Read the L.A. Times or Daily Trojan to know [who to vote for],’” Scheindlin said.Overall, both organizations urged students to do what they can to become informed and vote.“There are a lot more people involved, and it’s a lot less glamorous, but at the end of the day, your representation elected in this midterm cycle and the decisions they make in office will have a much larger impact on your day-to-day life,” Cook said. “Students should know their vote is critical.”
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Robinson was a star almost from the moment he debuted with the Reds at age 20 in 1956.He set a National League rookie record with 38 home runs that season and was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. The record stood until 2017 when the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit 39.Five years after his rookie success, Robinson earned NL MVP honors in 1961 for leading the Reds to their first league pennant since 1940.MORE: Highest percentage of African-American players in six years at start of ’18On Dec. 9, 1965, he was dealt to the Orioles in what became one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. After being shipped to Baltimore for a package led by pitcher Milt Pappas, Robinson in 1966 won the Triple Crown, spurred the O’s to their first World Series championship and became the first (and only) player to be voted MVP in both leagues. He played in three more World Series with the O’s (1969-71), with Baltimore beating Cincinnati in 1970.In 1974, Robinson was wrapping up a Hall of Fame playing career when the Indians hired him to be the majors’ first African-American manager. He was a player-manager for Cleveland in 1975 and 1976, famously hitting a home run in his first game with the Tribe. He retired with 586 career homers, behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Frank Robinson, a pioneering superstar who has been involved with Major League Baseball for six decades, is seriously ill, The Baltimore Sun reported late Tuesday.The Sun’s Peter Schmuck, citing a source with direct knowledge, reported that Robinson, 83, is “in the late stages of a long illness.” Robinson has been dealing with health issues for several months, Schmuck reported. Cleveland fired Robinson 57 games into the 1977 season. He later managed the Giants (as the NL’s first black skipper), Orioles, Expos and Nationals. His final season in the dugout was with Washington in 2006.The Reds, Orioles and Indians have all retired his No. 20 jersey.Robinson’s post-playing career has also included work in the Orioles’ front office and the commissioner’s office. He was MLB’s vice president of on-field operations from 2000-02. His most recent role has been special adviser to commissioner Rob Manfred and honorary American League president.
The delegation of the B&H Football Association, made up of President Elvdein Begić, Vice-Presidents Darko Ljubojević and Ivan Beus, General Secretary Jasmin Baković, Secretary of the coaching staff Elmir Pilav, Manager Adnan Džemidžić and Spokesperson Slavica Pecikoza, participated at FIFA’s seminar yesterday on occasion of today’s lottery draw for the World Cup in the Brazilian city of Costa do Sauipeu. Some of the topics they spoke about are procedures for the lottery, team bases, transport, etc.The seminar began with a film on the host country, and the President of FIFA Sepp Blatter opened the seminar.In his introduction speech, Blatter singled out the B&H team as a debut and congratulated them for placement to the World Cup, and told a short story about the B&H team: ‘’One month ago I was in Sarajevo as part of the manifestation of the International League of Humanists, of which I am a member. Then, the B&H team had still not qualified for the World Cup, but you all know that there are three religions over there that football united’’, announced from the B&H Football Association.(Source: Fena)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Iowa want to limit the powers of the state’s attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump.Attorney General Tom Miller joined six lawsuits in 2018 that aimed to obstruct Trump’s policies, which included separating families of immigrants on the southern U.S. border and requiring additional citizenship information on the 2020 census.Miller’s office was also involved in 26 amicus briefs and 50 letters to federal agencies opposing the Trump administration’s actions.The Des Moines Register reports that Rep. Gary Worthan’s sponsored measure would require Miller’s office to get permission from the governor, the General Assembly or the Executive Council before joining any out-of-state lawsuits.Miller is the longest-serving sitting state attorney general in the U.S.