SPORTS: The most popular sport is soccer. The national soccer team has won two FIFA World Cups and 14 Copa Américas. THEATER: Teatro Colón (Columbus Theater) in Buenos Aires is considered one of the best in the world. FOOD: A typical meal is the “asado,” a style of preparation of various types of meat cooked on a grill over an open fire. DRINK: “Yerba mate,” an indigenous drink, is Argentina’s national beverage. The country is one of the world’s most prominent wine producers. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner invites Argentines to rethink their country during the bicentennial. “The bicentennial will offer us a great opportunity to rethink our country, not looking back but looking forward, yet with a vision of those things we could have done better or where we went wrong so that we do not make the same mistakes again,” Fernández said during the official presentation of the bicentennial program in December 2009. The country is preparing to show the world the special things Argentines have to offer: LITERATURE: It has a rich history of worldclass literature. Argentine Jorge Luis Borges is one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed writers. MUSIC: Tango is the traditional music. FILM: The world’s first animated feature films were made and released in Argentina in 1917. By Dialogo January 01, 2010
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – A longtime Connersville employer could relocate its headquarters and operations to Michigan.Stant Corporation announced it has entered into second-round negotiations with the state.Company officials say a final decision has not been made, but are excited about the business possibilities up north.The company appears to be attracted to Michigan’s automotive economy along with the closer proximity to its customer base.The Fayette County plant employs approximately 300 associates and is a manufacturer of vapor management systems, fuel delivery systems and thermal management systems, and a provider of other engineering services.
Middle School Track Results from 4/15-Milan & Greendale @ BatesvilleGirls: Batesville 77.5, Greendale 50, Milan 14.5For Batesville-Discus-1 Veronica King (79’2.5”) 4 Alyssa Nobbe (59’2”); High Jump-3 Cora Deputy (4’0”) 4 Kaylie Raver (4’0”); Long Jump-2 Madelyn Pohlman (13’7.5”); 100M Hurdles-2 Cora Deputy (20.27) 4 Ryan Oesterling (20.99); 100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.38) 2 Elena Kuisel (14.06); 200M-1 Nadine Davis (29.41) 3 Ava Hanson (29.45); 400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:02.56) 2 Ava Hanson (1:08.03); 800M-1 Jada Day (2:54.4) 2 Kaylie Raver (2:55.28) 3 Margaret Wilson (3:03.53); 1600M-1 Jada Day (6:16.93) 2 Kaylynn Bedel (6:17) 3 Kaylie Raver (6:33); 800M Relay-1 BMS Nadine Davis, Jenna Honnert, Lizzy Nobbe, Ava Hanson (1:58.09); 1600M Relay-1 BMS Lizzy Nobbe, Laura Schwegman, Ava Hanson, Jenna Honnert (4:49.38); 3200M Relay-1 BMS Kaylie Raver, Margaret Wilson, Jada Day, Kaylynn Bedel (12:05.43).Boys: Batesville 53, Greendale 46, Milan 42For Batesville-Shot Put-3 Blake Hon (30’6”); Discus-1 Eli Loichinger (94’6”); High Jump-1 Trenton Kincade (5’0”); Long Jump-3 Evan Williamson (15’7”); 110M Hurdles-2 Trenton Kincade (18.48); 100M-2 Evan Williamson (12.14); 200M-1 Evan Williamson (25.35) 4 Deacon Hamilton (28.11); 400M-4 Will Sherwood (1:01.8); 800M-1 Eli Loichinger (2:30.59) 2 Emi Lopez (2:36.6) 3 Isaac Kramer (2:37.8); 1600M-1 Eli Loichinger (5:28.5) 4 Jake Chapman (5:48); 400M Relay-1 BMS Trenton Kincade, Will Sherwood, Seth Pierson, Evan Williamson (51.47); 3200M Relay-1 BMS Emi Lopez, Talan Rowlett, Jake Chapman, Eli Loichinger (10:43.47).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits. read more
– Upper Corentyne edged West Berbice by two wicketsMEDIUM-pacer Sherfane Rutherford claimed his second five-wicket haul as East Bank franchise completed a 29-run win over Georgetown, inside two days yesterday at the Lusignan Community Centre ground.Rutherford followed up his first innings 7-48, and bowled within himself with a focus on hitting line and length on a deteriorating second day pitch, in another impressive bowling display in which he claimed 5-11, to finish with figures of 12-59.Set 83 to win, the City team’s second innings folded inside 26 overs, with only Sunil Singh (32) managing double figures as his team folded for 56.Rutherford, who produced an outstanding effort of consistent medium-pace bowling, was well complemented by spinner Totaram Bishun (4-15), as the pair created the problems for the city batsmen.The East Bank franchise who resumed on 20-2, a run short of the first innings deficit, were quickly dismantled for 103 in 36.1 overs.Only a late resurgence from Ershad Ali (32) brought some pride to the total. Earlier, skipper Vishual Singh who resumed on six, managed to score 28. Corwin Austin (10) was the other batsman who managed double figures.It was a total bowling effort from the City side, with off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan continuing his good form, with another three-wicket haul, (3-22).Devon Lord (2-0), Qumar Torrington (2-12) and Joshua Wade (1-27), were the other successful bowlers who have complimented Paul Wintz (2-19).Meanwhile, Upper Corentyne edged West Berbice by two wickets in their encounter.Set 104 to win, Upper Corentyne reached 106-7. read more
Ohio State (18-0, 5-0):Once again, the Buckeyes are on top of the Big Ten. After beginning the season as the No. 5 team in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Ohio State has surged to No. 2 in both the coaches poll and the AP Top 25.OSU’s first test, interestingly enough, came Dec. 9 against the IUPUI Jaguars, who were 4-6 at the time, of the Summit League. Both teams were even at 35 at halftime, and IUPUI’s largest lead blossomed to nine points in the second half. Yet, behind a 40-point, 13-rebound effort by freshman sensation Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes outscored the Jaguars 40-29 in the second half to finish with a 75-64 win. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound forward has been the nation’s best freshman, leading OSU with 17.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.William Buford is OSU’s second-leading scorer, with 13.3 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Rounding out the Buckeyes’ starting five are guard Jon Diebler, guard-forward David Lighty and forward Dallas Lauderdale. Lighty and Diebler are third and fourth in scoring, with 13.1 and 12.3 points per game, respectively.February will also test the Buckeyes, as Ohio State must travel to Minnesota Feb. 6 and Wisconsin Feb. 12 before returning to Columbus for Michigan State Feb. 15. Four days later, the Buckeyes get the Boilermakers again in West Lafayette and then host Illinois Feb. 22. If Ohio State can survive February at or near the top of the Big Ten, a return to at least the NCAA tournament’s Sweet Sixteen is likely.– Mike FiammettaPurdue (15-3, 4-1):The “Baby Boilermakers” are all grown up. The 2010-11 season was supposed to be gift wrapped for them. But that was before star forward Robbie Hummel went down with his second ACL tear just before the prophesied season had commenced. Despite Hummel’s absence, Purdue still packs a punch, of course.Halfway into the college season, seniors E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson have been brilliant for the Boilermakers, each owning a spot among the top five scorers in the Big Ten, averaging 19.4 and 18.8 points per game, respectively. And their dominance extends beyond the scoreboard as well. Moore is fifth in the conference in steals (1.69), while Johnson is first in blocked shots and fourth in rebounding.The Boilermakers enjoyed a much nicer icebreaker to the conference season than other teams, beginning with what many perceive to be the bottom feeders of Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Iowa. Purdue then dropped their first test on the road against Minnesota, 70-67, which keeps the doubts behind the Boilermakers’ “elite” status alive.— Elliot HughesMichigan State (12-5, 4-1):For a moment there, the Spartans’ season almost took a wrong turn that would’ve been hard to reverse. With less than three minutes left and down by nine points against Wisconsin, Michigan State was teetering on the edge of its sixth loss at just the midpoint of the season. That isn’t really the kind of blemish that MSU – a team that’s reached the Final Four the last two years – wants on its NCAA tournament r?sum?. But Michigan State rallied by scoring nine consecutive points to force overtime, where the Spartans outlasted the Badgers to save the game and their season.Not many teams put themselves through as tough of a non-conference schedule as Tom Izzo’s Spartans, whose team has gone 2-4 against ranked opponents so far this season. Its latest loss, however, came against Penn State, who finished dead last in the conference a year ago and was not expected to do much better coming into the 2010-11 season. That loss called into question why a team that is returning basically the same roster from its Final Four appearance a year ago could possibly be struggling to keep its head above water, no matter how difficult the schedule. The only sufficient answer fell summer injuries, but those maimed are now healthy and following the overtime wins against Wisconsin and Northwestern, Michigan State should be expected to reacquire its chemistry and make the run it was supposed to make.– Elliot HughesWisconsin (13-4, 3-2):In Madison, it’s been a season of change for the Badgers. Last year’s senior backcourt duo of Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon – both were also team captains – is now departed, which opened two spots in the starting lineup. Against Michigan State Jan. 11, Wisconsin’s lack of clutch shooters – such as Hughes and Bohannon – was quite apparent. Up by as many as 12 in the first half and nine with 2:37 left in the game, the Badgers ultimately surrendered their lead and went into overtime. In the extra period, the Spartans rode the wave of momentum and their homecourt advantage to come out with a 64-61 win.While role players like Josh Gasser and Mike Bruesewitz have stepped up for Wisconsin, the stars have been rock solid all year. Six-foot-10, 228-pound forward Jon Leuer leads the Badgers in points, rebounds and blocks with 19.2, 7.4 and 1.4 per game, respectively. At point guard, Jordan Taylor has emerged as one of the nation’s best. Taylor is second behind Leuer with 17 points per game, and he leads UW with 4.6 assists per game. With Taylor directing the offense, the Badgers have the nation’s best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) and the fewest overall turnovers (8.2 per game). Wisconsin also boasts the nation’s fifth-best scoring defense, allowing only 56.4 points per game.After traveling to Iowa Feb. 9, UW’s next two games are at home vs. Ohio State and on the road at Purdue. The outcome of that pair of games could decide Wisconsin’s season, although the Badgers do travel to Columbus to play the Buckeyes in the final game of the season Mar. 6.– Mike FiammettaIllinois (13-5, 3-2):Demetri McCamey was expected to have a big year for the Illini in his final collegiate season and he has not disappointed. The senior point guard leads the team in points per game, assists and three-point percentage, and with McCamey running the show, Illinois is right in the thick of the Big Ten title hunt.But McCamey isn’t doing it alone for the Illini. D.J. Richardson and Mike Davis have served as nice compliments with each scoring over 11 points a game and both Brandon Paul and Jereme Richmond have made solid contributions throughout the season. 7-foot-1 center Mike Tisdale continues to be an X-factor for the Illini with his ability to stretch the defense and knock down perimeter shots, but when those shots aren’t falling, Tisdale becomes more of a liability on the defensive end.Illinois got off to a hot 3-0 start in conference play, including a win in Champaign over Wisconsin, but after two games on the road, the Illini are on a bit of a losing streak. After losing to the Penn State, Wisconsin enacted some revenge and came away with a 10-point win in Madison. Things don’t get any easier for the Illini, who have Michigan State and Ohio State next on the schedule.— Max HensonMinnesota (13-4, 2-3):Early in the season the Golden Gophers displayed the type of the athleticism that made Minnesota appear to be a Big Ten title contender. Back-to-back wins over North Carolina and West Virginia instilled inspired plenty of confidence, but then the disciplinary issues struck.Guard Devoe Joseph left the team recently after a series of off-court issues coupled with academic concerns, but that blow to the backcourt was followed by a problem with one of Minnesota’s top all-around performers. Junior forward Trevor Mbakwe, the team’s second leading scorer and top rebounder averaging a double-double, was arrested for violating a restraining order and forced to spend a night in jail. Mbakwe did not have to miss any action however, and the Gophers will need him to play a big role down the stretch.Minnesota lost to Wisconsin and Michigan State to open the Big Ten season and just barely escaped with a win over Indiana before losing a tight game to Ohio State. But after that rough start to conference play, the Gophers met Purdue and notched their biggest win of the season. Minnesota took down the Boilermakers and put themselves back in the conference race. The schedule now gets a bit easier for the Gophers who have already faced a ton of adversity and have the talent to compete with the top dogs in the conference.– Max HensonMichigan (11-7, 1-4):To begin the season, Michigan won its first three games by a combined 215-143. However, that trio of games matched Michigan up against the likes of USC Upstate, Bowling Green and Gardner-Webb. One day after Thanksgiving, though, the season got real for the Wolverines in a 53-50 loss to the Syracuse Orange in the Legends Classic semifinals. The next day, Michigan fell to UTEP in the consolation game, 65-56.The Wolverines won the remainder of their non-conference games, but to begin Big Ten play, they were blown out by Purdue, 80-57. The Wolverines’ sole conference win came Jan. 2 against Penn State.Sophomore guard Darius Morris leads Michigan with 15.2 points and 7.3 assists per game. The Wolverines have zero seniors on their roster, so their youth has been both a boon and a burden. Freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is right behind Morris with 11.3 points per game, while fellow first-years Jordan Morgan (8.9 ppg, team-leading 6.3 rpg) and Evan Smotrycz (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg) form a solid frontcourt duo. Junior, guard/forward Zack Novack rounds out the Michigan starting five.After traveling to Northwestern Tuesday, Michigan faces a tough slate, as Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State make up three of its next four games. Consequently, the Wolverines will have to take advantage of an apparently easier slate of games until late February, when Michigan ends the season at home vs. Wisconsin Feb. 23, at Minnesota Feb. 26 and home vs. Michigan State Mar. 5.– Mike FiammettaPenn State: (10-7, 3-3):Entering the 2010-11 season, not much was expected of Penn State, who landed at the bottom of the Big Ten food chain. Now beginning his eighth season as head coach, Ed DeChellis found the seat underneath him as hot as ever. And while many just assumed Penn State would bring up the rear for the Big Ten once again, it appears the Lions might just escape irrelevancy and help shake up the conference.Penn State broke the natural order of the Big Ten with shocking upsets against conference giants Michigan State, 66-62, and Illinois, 57-55, in a pair of home court thrillers, but before that it got hammered by Purdue at home 83-68, and got tipped over by Michigan on the road, 76-69. One of the most experienced teams in the conference with four seniors in its starting lineup, Penn State is led by senior guard Talor Battle, a two-time All-Big Ten selection who is averaging a conference-best 20.9 points per game.An experienced roster can’t be expected to go quietly, and while their chances in the long run still aren’t quite shining bright, the Lions’ aggressive style of play mixed with Battle’s elite talent makes this team a bit of a wild card.– Elliot HughesNorthwestern (11-5, 2-4):When will they finally break through?Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody has made the Wildacats competitive in the rugged Big Ten and making it to the NCAA tournament is the next step. Unfortunately for the Wildcats though, history isn’t on their side. Northwestern has never been to the big dance and their chances look slim once again in 2011.NU has nice wins over Georgia Tech and St. Johns, but the losses began to pile up in Big Ten play. The Wildcats were beaten badly by Purdue and Illinois, but handled Indiana and Iowa in comfortable wins. Northwestern already played Michigan State twice and both games were great opportunities for a signature win, but the Wildcats couldn’t find a way to notch a victory over the Spartans. MSU won 65-62 in Evanston and then escaped with an overtime victory over the Wildcats in East Lansing.John Shurna has had a great season, averaging over 20 points a game for the Wildcats, and Michael Thompson has proven himself as a solid floor general, but there is little room for error the rest of the way if NU hopes to crack the tournament field.– Max HensonIowa (7-9, 0-4):First year head coach Fran McCaffery has quite a bit of rebuilding to do for a Hawkeyes squad that has not managed a winning season since the 2006-07 campaign and has not tasted the Big Dance since the year before. McCaffery, who posted three MAAC conference championships and NCAA tournament births with Siena over a five-year stay, inherits the Hawkeyes in the right position to begin a makeover. Nine players average more than 10 minutes per game and only four of those are upperclassmen, while three of the underclassmen are freshman.So while a youthful team may bring better fortunes in the future, it’s going to take some rough learning experiences first. Iowa opened its Big Ten season with arguably the conference’s three best teams in Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue, and lost those three games by an average score of 12.6 points and have begun the year with the conference’s worst assist-to-turnover ratio.Improvement is all that’s expected of Iowa this year, a team that many think will dance with Indiana for last place. After going 10-22 last year and finishing second-to-last in the conference, Iowa finished its non-conference season with seven wins but will still need to grind out others if it hopes to see progress in the left-hand side of its record.– Elliot HughesIndiana (10-8, 1-4):This was supposed to be the year head coach Tom Crean finally got the Hoosiers turned around. For a while, that looked to be the case. Indiana won its first six games, its best start under Crean. The Hoosiers’ first loss came Dec. 1 to Boston College in an 88-76 ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. IU lost its final two non-conference games, finishing that portion of the schedule 9-4.Then it got worse.Indiana has lost its last four games, the first of the Big Ten schedule, against Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Northwestern. For the mathematically challenged, that makes six consecutive losses for the Hoosiers. It won’t get any better, either, as they travel to Wisconsin Jan. 20 and then face Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota. To make matters worse, Indiana ends its schedule with games against Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois – two of which are on the road.Sophomore forward Christian Watford, despite occasionally inconsistent play on the offensive end, leads Indiana with 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Verdell Jones III leads the Hoosiers with 3.7 assists per game and is second with 12.1 ppg.– Mike Fiammetta read more