Greensburg, In. — On Sunday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to honor and show appreciation to the brave men and women who pledged their allegiance to our country and served in times of both war and peace. This Veterans Day, let’s acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who chose to put their lives on the line to protect ours.The origins of Veterans Day dates back to Nov. 11, 1919, when America celebrated the first anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day. The date became an annual observance in 1926 when Congress passed a resolution recognizing the anniversary. Finally, in 1954, the name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Indiana is home to nearly 500,000 military veterans. A variety of programs are available to help them take advantage of everything the Hoosier state has to offer. The Next Level Veterans program helps in- and out-of-state veterans put their skills to use in the Hoosier workforce. It works to attract veterans to Indiana and encourages public and private organizations to consider discharged military personnel in their employee search. You can find more information and resources for Next Level Veterans housing and job training at in.gov/veterans.The Indiana Veteran Owned Small Business program promotes business opportunities between the state and veteran-owned companies and works to integrate them into Indiana’s business infrastructure. The Indiana Department of Administration uses the program to meet their goals of allotting 3 percent of state contracts to veteran-owned businesses. To find a directory of Indiana veteran-owned businesses and learn more about this program, visit in.gov/idoa.Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those military members that sacrificed their time and safety to protect our country. If you have a moment during the coming week, stop and thank those who have served or continue to serve our country every day. To all of our veterans, thank you for your unwavering commitment to keeping our community and country safe.
The 2012 gold medallist fights in the afternoon session which starts at 2 o’clock.Dublin’s Kellie Harrington has guaranteed at least a bronze medal as she has won her quarter final.Harrington won every round of her bout. Grainne Walsh misses out on a medal having lost her quarter final.
The Toyota Sports Center has long been inadequate, as the Lakers share space with the NHL Kings, kids’ sporting practices and the like.“If you visit our current facility, the name ‘Lakers’ is listed once on a little, tiny sign,” Harris said. “What’s become important to the Lakers and the players is their brand. The notion of having a training center where no one can find us doesn’t really work anymore. It worked in 1999, but it doesn’t work now.”The Los Angeles Clippers opened a $60 million practice facility in Playa Vista in 2008 after previously holding practices at an El Segundo Spectrum health club and a community college.The new Lakers facility, to be constructed of steel, aluminum and tinted glass, will allow natural sunlight to shine through, including in the locker rooms, and will feature digital signage integrated on the facade of the building.Architect Jim Renne emphasized that the building was designed to feel like a “second home” for the players and to allow fans access to everything Lakers.The facility is expected to generate $180,000 in annual taxes to the city and $350 million in annual economic benefits, according to a report by Kosmont Cos. During construction alone, the project is estimated to produce $136 million in economic benefits.Meanwhile, the Kings are expected to grow their footprint at the Toyota Sports Center, moving in their corporate team and expanding their business operations once the Lakers vacate their space.Council members last week could barely contain their excitement over the new Lakers facility, each raving about the proposal and enthusiastically supporting construction begin as soon as possible.“The design is beautiful,” Councilwoman Marie Fellhauer said. “I think it’s only going to add to the character of El Segundo.”Mayor Suzanne Fuentes said the Lakers have continually proven to be a good neighbor — donating to various organizations and schools in town and recently pledging $250,000 toward the new aquatics center.Fuentes, an El Segundo native, said the proposal is “thrilling,” especially for someone who grew up in the city.“If you had told us when we were growing up that the Lakers were going to be in the strawberry fields, I never would have believed you,” she said. There was a time when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson would battle podiatrists on the basketball court. Not over ability, but space.The Showtime Lakers would hop from place to place, finding anywhere they could to practice, even local YMCAs.Now the Los Angeles Lakers will finally have a court of their own. The El Segundo City Council has granted unanimous approval of a new state-of-the-art training facility and exhibition venue for the NBA team, just one block north of the home it shares with he Los Angeles Kings at the Toyota Sports Center. The two-story, 122,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in spring 2017 at 710 N. Nash St. in Campus El Segundo.“We’re sort of like the resident who’s been living in an apartment and is finally going to own his own home. We’ve never built anything,” said Tim Harris, chief operating officer of the Lakers. The $80 million facility on 5 acres will not only house a double basketball court for Lakers practice and D-Fenders home games, two half-courts, a training area, team area, atrium, and courtyard but it also will serve as the team’s corporate headquarters.Harris said the new facility was a necessity to bring the team in line with today’s recruiting standards and give the players a second home.Before the year 2000, it was OK for the team to be nomadic — bouncing from space to space, Harris said. But, the sport and standards have evolved, he noted.“What’s acceptable for a training center has changed,” he said, adding that players and the NBA expect teams to provide high-quality nutrition, weight rooms, video-watching facilities and a community space.“Now you need so much more,” Harris said. “We have to provide players with a second home where they can grow and extend their career.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
AMES — The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday but the pandemic has forced the cancellation of environmental awareness activities, including the Iowa State University Extension program “Water Rocks!”The staff visits Iowa schools throughout the year to hold water quality assemblies. Outreach specialist Hilary Pierce says students are urged to commemorate Earth Day by gathering objects from nature to create works of art. “And then snap a photo of it and share it with us on social media,” Pierce says. “We will enter that into our contest where winners will be selected based on who gets the most shares, who has the most creative ideas, and we will be giving out prizes.”Pierce says Earth Day served as an inspiration for “Water Rocks!” to begin publishing four short weekly educational videos on YouTube. Half are original music performances about the environment and the others are classroom lessons. Also as part of Earth Day, the Iowa Environmental Council is encouraging people to make changes they may not have otherwise considered.The council’s spokeswoman, Angelisa Belden, says while many are working from home during Earth Week, they can pay attention to personal energy and product consumption. “This situation has had us start to think more about the ways that we get them into our homes, how quickly we use them,” Belden says. “People are just more aware of how quickly they’re putting items into the recycling bins because they’re home all day. I think it makes you more aware of your consumption and that’s a good thing.”The Iowa Environmental Council will release a report this week proposing how the state can meet electricity demands by 2050 without using fossil fuels.