Free pre-K just expands statewide

first_imgStatewide—Free pre-K just expanded statewide in Indiana, and spots are currently open. A change in state law is allowing more Hoosier families to do the same. State lawmakers decided to expand On My Way Pre-K beyond a handful of counties.“On My Way Pre-K is a program to make sure children have access to high-quality prekindergarten services,” Maureen Weber, President and CEO of Early Learning IndianaNow, all of Indiana’s 92 counties can be part of the program. Early Learning Indiana currently has the program at nine locations in Marion County. They have more than 100 spots open right now.“Now is the absolutely perfect time to be applying to those services,” Weber explained. “We know that children that have access to high-quality pre-K will show up more ready for kindergarten.”The program is income-based, and free if you qualify. Your child must be 4 years old by August 1. “They meet an income requirement of less than 127% of the federal poverty level,” Weber said. “Then that family has a service need because the family members are either working, attending school, or in job training.”Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has an application if you’d like to apply for free pre-K anywhere in the statelast_img read more

The Latest: Guardiola won’t hold breaches against Walker

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will not hold Kyle Walker’s lockdown indiscretions against him when the Premier League resumes on Wednesday. Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says an antibody test revealed he had COVID-19.Malone says in an interview with CBS4 in Denver he wasn’t feeling well shortly after the season was suspended March 11. He reached out to the team’s medical staff to be tested but no tests were available at the time. Malone says he had an antibody test around Memorial Day weekend.Malone says the team doctor called up and said “you tested positive.”Malone adds that he likes to say “I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.”His squad was in third place in the Western Conference when the season was halted. The league is working on completing the health and safety protocols for a restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The Latest: Guardiola won’t hold breaches against Walker Walker apologized for hosting a party at his home during the 100-day shutdown of the league because of the coronavirus outbreak. The England right back also said he was being “harassed” after acknowledging in a statement he breached lockdown rules to visit members of his family.Guardiola was asked if Walker’s actions affected his chances of being selected against Arsenal on the first day of the Premier League’s resumption. He says “I judge my players on what happen on the pitch.”Guardiola says Walker made a “brave statement” about the effect the lockdown had on him and his family and adds “the human being always goes first before the football player.”Guardiola says there is no chance his players would be fully fit after only three weeks of training ahead of the restart and is worried about the risk of injuries.___ Associated Press center_img June 16, 2020 Malone says “I hope that going down to Orlando will be in a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people that actually get it.”___The Russian anti-doping agency says it is resuming the testing of athletes after a break of nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The agency says its staff has been equipped with protective equipment and will have to test negative for the virus before working with any athletes.It has also offered athletes advice on how to register their status if they have to isolate themselves because they have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The agency initially suspended testing on March 27 for one week but that was extended because of Russian government measures to prevent the spread of the virus.___More AP sports: and read more

From the Vault: Brian Lara makes history with 226 in Adelaide

first_imgBy Martin SmithTHE build-up to the West Indies tour of Australia in late 2005 was a microcosm of both Brian Lara’s career and his team’s fortunes in the first part of this century.The legendary left-hander, still one of the best batsmen in the world despite reflexes that had been dulled slightly by his 36 years, had blasted four centuries in five Tests against South Africa and Pakistan earlier in the year.But his team came into the series having won just five of their previous 30 Test matches and faced the prospect of taking on a mighty Australian side that, while wounded and slightly diminished by their famous Ashes defeat in England, had not lost a Test series at home in 13 years.The first two Tests of the series went to script, with Australia winning by 379 runs in Brisbane and nine wickets in Hobart, while Lara contributed 102 runs across four innings and was twice the victim of a poor umpiring decision.Heading into the third Test, Allan Border’s long-standing Test run-scoring record was still some 213 runs away and seemingly out of Lara’s reach, for this series at least.As per usual, he had copped more than his share of criticism for the result of the first two Tests and was under pressure due to a perceived weakness against fast, short-pitched bowling.It was no surprise, then, that Lara began nervously when he walked onto the Adelaide Oval with his side 16-2 on the first morning of the third Test, a rampaging Brett Lee at the top of his mark and the small matter of McGrath, Warne and MacGill waiting for their chance.But when he emerged from the 40-minute lunch break unbeaten on 27, the nerves that had underlined the opening session had gone. It was as if he’d turned the clock back some five or ten years.He welcomed Warne into the attack with two boundaries from two almost identical deliveries, one cracked past point and one swept viciously in the complete opposite direction.He marked McGrath’s return by standing tall and crashing a good length delivery through the covers and then brought up his half-century, which Tony Greig ominously observed in commentary was “only the beginning”.Lara’s first fifty may have taken 92 deliveries, but his subsequent 50-run milestones took just 52, 56 and 61 balls respectively as he pummelled the advertising boards all around the famous old ground.Sixteen of his 22 fours were hit to the short square boundaries, eight on the off-side and eight on the leg.The genius of his innings was marked by the reaction of his opponents and the 20 000 strong crowd on that first day. Warne warmly shook Lara’s hand when he brought up his hundred, while his double-century was met with a standing ovation so prolonged that Lara was forced to wait before taking strike again.He finished the day unbeaten on 201 out of a total of 352-7, just 12 runs shy of Border’s record.The manner in which he captured the Australian’s mark the next morning, which had stood for 11 years, was a measure of the West Indian’s ability to thrill and surprise in equal measure. He moved right across his crease and paddled McGrath down to fine-leg, exposing his leg and middle stumps with such risk that didn’t seem to be justified by the result of a single run.But it mattered little as Lara punched the air and again received the hearty congratulations of the Adelaide crowd and all 11 Australian players.Lara’s total of 226 out of 405 wasn’t nearly enough for the Windies in the end, with Mike Hussey, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden and Warne steering the Aussies to a seven-wicket winBut there was little doubt which player produced the standout performance of the match, and the manner in which Langer spoke underlined the esteem with which the West Indian was held by his peers.“I love watching Lara bat, he’s the king,” Langer said.“I just wish I could bat like that. If I was Lara I would have danced down the pitch and whacked it over the top (when on 99). But that’s why I’m Langer and he’s Lara.”And there will only ever be one Brian Lara. ( read more

Bringing ideas to life

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Hellen Kiprizloglou started in graphic design, the world was a different place. A niche industry, design was a necessity for every business but corporate branding and the experience of visual design for a business were ideas that didn’t flourished until the boom of technology and the onset of corporate marketing. The year was 1996, and Hellen was a fresh-eyed designer ready to make her mark on the world. Hellen’s creative flair was obvious from a young age. She always did well at art in school and was always looking for ways to express herself and talk through her artwork. Clever mentoring saw that she was encouraged to apply for a university course in Visual Communications. In the early 90s, budding designers had to jump through hoops to be accepted in the course that would see a select 40 students graduate each year. It was while she was studying that Hellen started to understand “what kind of designer [she wanted] to be”. “The course gives you the fundamental design principles and allows you to develop your personal style,” Hellen tells Neos Kosmos. Her curious nature got the better of her and she became intrigued by corporate design and branding. But what is it all about? “It’s about creating a visual identity for an organisation and using their logo in a tangible method,” she says.A new client is asked to fill in a design brief for Hellen. There she finds out the core ingredients that make up this business which enables her to create a stand-alone definitive design. “A design brief is the most important part of the branding process because that’s where you ask questions of the clients that they may not have thought of themselves. You can ask them their values; the philosophy of the business; who they are in terms of their services and products; what are their expectations of the design; and how they differentiate themselves in the market. This way I get a really good idea of what these businesses are about and what they want their design to do.” As the proprietor / creative director and project designer of Prana Design and Art Studio’s, Hellen takes full control of every aspect of every project she is working on. A boutique high-end design studio, she gives full attention to detail for every client. “People come to Prana Design Studios because they want me to be very heavily involved, and me to do the work. I am quite hands on and when I have a vision after I have spoken to someone I really need to do it as that’s the best way for me to get the message across much faster. That’s what I find my clients want, they know that Hellen is going to be doing the work,” she explains. Her clients range from Sweet Pie Patisserie, Aquadome, Hilton Hotel, Citrus, Chasecrown Living and Sooki – a variety of clients for a designer who doesn’t like to limit herself to one market or industry. But it’s her recent work with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital that has been the most fulfilling for her so far. “Working on this has definitely been a highlight,” she says gushing with pride. She confesses that the work has at times been “painstakingly hard” but the fulfilment she gets when she knows that her work is going to somehow make the day of an unwell child makes it all seem trivial. “Knowing that you could potentially put a smile on one of these kids’ faces – even if it’s just for a minute – is so rewarding. Not only is it fun and creative, it borders more on the art side of things. For this project, Hellen uses Super Graphics, which is an illustrative style of design that’s almost like a wallpaper. She creates these wall-to-wall artworks to almost distract the children and excite them so they lose themselves in the scene Hellen’s artwork creates. Based in Adelaide, most of her clients do come from the Festival State but Hellen has worked on a national and international level having worked on the signage for terminal three at the Singapore airport and international Conrad Hilton. But for now, Hellen is content with her work and has chosen to hone in and focus on her client base as it stands to give personalised services with a high level of professionalism and true vision, ensuring each project has the same level of enthusiasm, imagination, commitment and intuition. After all, Prana in Sanskrit means energy force, life and breath. And Hellen is the energy force, life and breath behind every design.last_img read more