first_imgMary Jon “Jonnie” Dunham (Heinlein), 70, of Milford Ohio, passed away October 4th, 2017.Mary Jon was born in Batesville, IN on October 26th, 1946 to the late Chester and Ruth (Hotopp) Heinlein. Mary Jon is survived by her daughter Annie (Dennis) Hoffman, grandsons Ryder and River Hoffman, stepdaughter Amy (Joe) Licata, step grandchildren Jordan and Alexis Hoffman, brother Bill Heinlein, Nephews Jeff Connelly, Joseph Connelly, Kenton Heinlein, Keith Heinlein, and niece Kara (Heinlein) Reatherford, as well as four great nieces and four great nephews. Mary Jon is preceded in death by husband Harry Dunham, and sisters Judy (Heinlein) Hillenbrand and Beth (Heinlein) Connelly.Mary Jon was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy, class of 1964. She went on to work at Kenner Products for several years. She was then employed at Proctor and Gamble for 20 years before retiring in 2001.Mary Jon was a devoted wife, and a loving supportive mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Mary Jon was an accomplished seamstress and impressed everyone with her creative talent. She was most famous for her German potato salad, cheese balls and numerous other delicacies she prepared for the Heinlein Family Christmas Eve hors d’oeuvre buffet. Mary Jon was most admired for her positive attitude, humility, acceptance, and great sense of humor.Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 11th, 10-11:30 am, with funeral service following at Evans Funeral Home, 741 Center St., Milford Ohio.  The family requests memorials to be forwarded to The Oldenburg Academy Tuition Assistance Program, PO Box 200 Oldenburg, IN  47036 or YWCA Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202, with a designation for funds to be directed to The House of Peace Battered Women’s Shelter Clermont County.last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Anthony Joshua Share on: WhatsApp “For all the underdogs out there who are told they’re not good enough, I’m proof that with one or two cheeseburgers and hard work and dedication you can go far.”But Joshua insisted he too had known hard times.“I got banned from the area I was growing up in because I was getting into too much trouble,” he said.“The state of my hands — this isn’t from boxing, this is from street-fighting. I’ve changed my whole lifestyle around.“All this spirit this boy’s got, I’m going to strip him of his soul. I’m going to be a surgeon because I’m going to give him a makeover.”Last week Brooklyn native Miller, a former kickboxer, was adamant he would stop Joshua in seven rounds, a claim he repeated on Monday.“I don’t need to think, I’ll just get it done. You’ve got to go balls to balls. If I ever doubted myself I would not have made it this far,” he said.“The game plan’s to stop him in seven rounds. You know how I feel about AJ, and my back-story and where I come from and where we’re going.”After abandoning plans to fight again at Wembley on April 13, Joshua is now trying to break in on the US market where Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion and Fury have held sway since their controversial draw in Los Angeles in December.The 29-year-old Joshua last fought in September at Wembley, stopping Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds.center_img Twickenham, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Joshua has promised Jarrell Miller he will “strip him of his soul” when he defends his world heavyweight titles as he responded to taunts from his US challenger he was a “posh” champion.British boxer Joshua will fight in the United States for the first time when he defends his IBF, WBA and WBO crowns at Madison Square Garden in the challenger’s home city of New York on June 1.It will be a clash between two unbeaten boxers, with Joshua boasting a record of 21 knockouts in 22 wins compared to Miller’s mark of 23-0-1, with 20 KOs.The pair had already held a testy press conference in New York last week, with Miller proclaiming Joshua a “fraud” and “a pussy”.Monday’s event was relatively restrained until Miller suggested London’s Joshua had had things “easy”.“I’ve still got 10 years left in the sport,” Joshua said. “I don’t know anything else. I like to knock people out and beat people up.”Former Olympic champion Joshua has largely avoided the kind of ‘trash talk’ common in the promotion of many boxing bouts but he appeared riled Monday, particularly when Miller said Tyson Fury was now the talk of the British heavyweight scene.Miller, making mock snoring noises during Joshua’s opening remarks, said: “The facial can’t fight for him, the fans can’t fight for him, he’s not the popular one, all I here is Tyson Fury now — he (Joshua) is a sucker.”But Joshua said: “I’m going to strip him of his soul in that ring. I’m going to reconstruct his face and his body on June 1.”‘Cheeseburgers and hard work’Miller, alongside Joshua on a stage at a hotel near London’s Heathrow Airport, said: “I’ve been hearing AJ’s too posh, his nose is up here sometimes.last_img read more

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels open the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Thursday against tournament host Glacier Kings at Comox Valley Sports Centre.The game is the feature match during opening day of the four-team tournament to crown the B.C. Junior B Champion, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Comox Valley lost out to Victoria Cougars in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League final.Victoria opens the tournament at 3:30 p.m. against Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Round robin play continues through Saturday before the playoff round Sunday. Castlegar, entering the tournament with a 16-4-0-1 record after disposing of the North Okanagan Knights in five games to clinch the KIJHL title, plays Victoria Friday before concluding the tournament Saturday against Richmond.The gold medal game between the top two teams goes Sunday at 2:30 p.m.The third and fourth place finishers meet in the bronze medal contest at 10:30 p.m.The Cyclone Taylor Champ represents B.C. at the Keystone Cup April 17-21 in St. Malo, Manitoba.Abbotsford Pilots won the 2012 Cyclone Taylor Cup and went on to capture the Western Junior B Championship, the Keystone Cup.  The win gave British Columbia three of the past four Keystone Cup victories. In 2009 and 2010, the BC representatives won back-to-back Keystone Cups with the Richmond Sockeyes winning in 2009 and the Revelstoke Grizzlies in 2010. The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Taylor Final in 2009.The Nelson Leafs host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup at the NDCC Arena.See: read more

first_imgFrom turtles to national contenders, there’s a spot for everyone in the Humboldt Swim Club.In fact, according to head coach John Pearce, the only requirement needed to join is the ambition to have fun.“Our only goal here is one, to have fun, two, to have fun swimming, and three, to have fun swimming fast,” Pearce said.The HSC, which operates out of the Arcata Community Pool, was formed a decade ago and offers the opportunity for swimmers of all abilities to swim competitively or just learn …last_img

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors play the Trail Blazers in Portland in their last game before the All-Star break.The Warriors (41-15) have won their last 11 games on the road and have also won 16 of their last 17 games overall, but they’ll be challenged Wednesday when three of their main players sit out. Center DeMarcus Cousins, forward Andre Iguodala and guard Shaun Livingston will all be rested. The Warriors are 9-0 since Cousins returned …last_img

first_imgAfrican mangroves are getting a helping hand from Nasa. (Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Temilola FatoyinboEnvironmental scientist, Nasa+1 818 354 9609 USEFUL LINKS • Nasa • WWF – mangroves • African Mangrove Network • East African Mangroves• World Rainforest MovementRELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • SA scientists find plant barcode • African projects to save the earth Janine ErasmusAfrica’s endangered mangroves are getting a helping hand from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa), thanks to a Beninese scientist from the US space agency who recently completed what is believed to be the first ever comprehensive survey of the continent’s mangrove swamps.Results of the survey will help African countries anticipate changes and implement measures to manage and protect this sensitive ecological system, which is threatened by commercial fishing, pollution, real estate development and deforestation.In many parts of the world, mangrove swamps are disappearing faster than tropical rainforests or coral reefs – faster, in fact, than survey data can be produced, giving ecologists no time to take action.However, the study carried out by environmental scientist Dr Temilola Fatoyinbo, currently based at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Fellow under its post-doctoral programme, could turn the situation around.Earlier in the decade, as a graduate student at Virginia University in the US – and always mindful of the delicate situation of the mangroves back home – Fatoyinbo decided to tackle the issue.Her project included the development of a new satellite technique for surveying the area, height and biomass of mangrove stands. Biomass in this case refers to the sum total of all parts of a plant, both above and below ground, and is helpful to scientists for calculating the amount of stored carbon dioxide.“We’ve lost more than 50% of the world’s mangrove forests in a little over half a century; a third of them have disappeared in the last 20 years alone,” she said, “but hopefully this technique will offer scientists and officials a method of estimating change in this special type of forest”.Mangrove conservationists now have three new types of mangrove maps to draw on – area maps depicting how much of the continent is covered by mangroves; a 3D representation of the height of mangrove forest canopies; and biomass maps.To check the accuracy of her measurements, Fatoyinbo travelled to Africa to personally measure trunk diameters and tree heights. Her empirical data closely matched the numbers generated by the computer.Dwindling livelihoodAn August 2009 Nasa report, detailing Fatoyinbo’s research, claimed that “impoverished fishermen along the coast of tropical African countries like Mozambique and Madagascar may have only a few more years to eke out a profit from one of their nations’ biggest agricultural exports”.The report went on to say that in a few decades’ time, this source of livelihood may have disappeared altogether. Should that happen, said Nasa, the implications are severe not only for the botanical world, but also for climate change, biodiversity and general quality of life on earth.Salt-loving plantsMangroves, which grow in the salty zone between land and ocean, occur along much of Africa’s coastline – from Mauritania in West Africa down to Angola, and from Somalia to South Africa on the east coast. They’re also found in the Seychelles and Madagascar.They play a crucial environmental role, as they stabilise the coastline against erosion, act as a buffer for ocean surges brought on by storms, and provide a haven for over 1 300 species of sea creatures, birds and animals. Many of these species are themselves endangered.Mangroves also take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at an estimated rate of about 123kg per hectare.However, they play an equally important social and economic role in the fortunes of nearby communities. The swamps are ideal for small-scale rice and shrimp farming, the creatures that dwell among their gnarled roots provide added food security for communities, they provide timber and firewood and they protect villages from harsh storms, winds and floods blowing in from the sea.Africa’s 3.2-million ha of mangroves, running along 2 700km of shoreline, amount to roughly 19% of the global total.The largest surface area of mangroves in all of Africa is found in Nigeria, where the leafy stands play an important role in supporting regional wildlife as well as fishing. However, the plants are threatened by oil spills. In East Africa, the highest concentration of mangroves is found in Madagascar.Species found on the west coast include Avicennia germinans (white mangrove); Laguncularia racemosa; Conocarpus erectus; and Rhizophora harrisonii, R. mangle, and R. racemosa (red mangrove). Among the 10 species found on the east coast, the most dominant are Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal and Avicennia marina.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for driving and crashing in a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown, in December 2012.He faces up to 20 years in prison. He could also get probation, as did North Texas teen, Ethan Couch, who received probation for intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that left four people dead a few weeks ago.Brent was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after the jury returned its decision following nine hours of deliberation over two days. Among those sitting with Brent’s sobbing family was Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother. Jackson left the courtroom with Brent’s family and did not answer questions. She said in previous interviews that she’s forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday.Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting after the proceedings.“We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown’s death,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.Prosecutors say Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.Police say Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks the night of the crash.Brent’s attorneys argued the blood tests used by police were faulty and that Brent couldn’t have had nearly that much to drink. Attorney George Milner said his client was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not drinking beforehand.Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of Champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police camera footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers. read more