Batesville, IN—The City of Batesville just opened a new park on the northside of Batesville across from Batesville Tool and Die and behind the Margaret Mary Outpatient & Cancer Center located on Six pine Ranch Road.The new park was funded through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The match for the $200,000 grant came from the land value of the 3 acres Margaret Mary Health generously donated a few years ago.The grant, unfortunately, did not cover all the park expenses, so the community stepped up with donations for all the amenities including picnic tables, benches, dog waste stations, trash cans, message boards, and a shelter. All donated items at the new park have plaques attached stating the donor’s name, organization, business, family, or loved one’s the item was sponsored in memory of. The playground was made possible through a donation from Lance and Ronda Green and the Belterra Community Fund. Donations for an overlook deck to view the wetlands with many various kinds of wildlife will be installed this winter and be located next to the playground.The park is a 3-acre park that offers a .22 mile paved, multi-use 9’ wide trail. There is a 5 car parking lot, which is scheduled to be paved, off of Six Pine Ranch Road, and the entire park is A.D.A compliant. There is a small shelter with 3 picnic tables next to the playground. The shelter was salvaged from the I-74 eastbound rest area before its demolition. Thanks to Leising Excavating and Mulch for moving the shelter for the city and to Batesville Tool and Die for allowing the parks department to store the shelter there while it was being refurbished for use. The playground equipment is unique and challenging with a synthetic turf (fake cushioned grass) underneath.The new park has a connecting trail to the walking trail around a small pond on the hospital’s land, and the hope is to also have a connecting trail to a small looped trail behind Batesville Tool and Die.The park is open and a ribbon-cutting will be held in the spring after the grass is up, overlook deck complete and trees planted.Now the park needs a name! You are encouraged to get out and enjoy the new park and if a name comes to mind, the City wants to hear what it is. New park name submissions can be made online by clicking here. All new park names must be submitted by December 10th, 2019. The chosen name will be unveiled at the spring ribbon cutting. Batesville Parks currently consist of Liberty Park, Veteran’s Park, Memorial Pool, Brum Woods, and the Weberding’s addition Park.There will also be a link on the Liberty Park Facebook page, along with the city of Batesville website. The new name will be unveiled at the spring ribbon cutting.
Midfielder Joe Allen believes Liverpool are now better equipped to deal with the absence of last season’s leading goalscorer Luis Suarez. While Liverpool have remained steadfast in their stance that Suarez is not for sale, speculation about his future refuses to go away, with legal action and Premier League arbitration reported to be possible routes his advisors are exploring. Allen, unlike captain Steven Gerrard who has told Suarez he wants him to stay, has steered clear of becoming involved in the saga. “I think there are individual situations and as players you just get on with it,” he said. “You keep your nose out. We are all waiting to see what will happen.” But the Wales international feels there are more goals in the side now than 12 months ago to lessen the impact should Suarez depart. At the start of last season Suarez, who finished the campaign with 30 goals, almost single-handedly carried the club as their only senior striker after Andy Carroll was loaned to West Ham and a last-minute deal for Clint Dempsey fell through. This summer manager Brendan Rodgers has brought in attacking reinforcements early, securing the services of Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto, and is currently pursuing a £21.8million deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa. “Maybe that was a slight problem last year in that we didn’t quite get the players we wanted in time and it left the squad a bit bare at times,” Allen added. “There were a lot of games, especially early on in the season, when we didn’t quite get the breakthrough goal. The Uruguay international, who has told the club he wants to play in the Champions League, is suspended for the first six games of this season as his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is carried over. There is also the prospect the 26-year-old will not still be at the club come next month as he has been the subject of two failed bids from Arsenal – the last being an offer of £40million plus £1 which they thought would trigger a sale clause. “But with the quality that has been brought in to add to the quality we already have, you can see the attacking way we want to play and we are reaping the rewards of that. “This season we have had the chance to get players in early, which has been great to allow us to have a full pre-season working together. “If we have any injuries or suspensions we have players who can step in and do the job just as well, so I think the signs are really positive in those regards.” Allen himself was on target in Gerrard’s testimonial victory over Olympiacos on Saturday and could easily have had a first-half hat-trick. Having begun his first season at the club positively his performances tailed off as a shoulder problem got progressively worse and he eventually underwent surgery in March which prematurely ended his campaign. It did, however, allow him to come back in plenty of time for pre-season and he feels he has benefited from that. “It has been different. Obviously I’ve had the chance to have the full pre-season this year because I missed the tour last year (having signed just a week before the new season started),” he said. “I got a goal and things went quite well on Saturday, although I missed a couple of chances. “I’d like to think there are a couple of positions I can offer something in so when I get my chance to play whatever position I need to show I can perform and do the job. “There is massive competition for places in the squad and that is what you want as it as it always brings out the best in everyone. “You know if you are off your game slightly there is someone waiting in the wings to take your spot.” Liverpool have won all five of their pre-season friendlies and are yet to concede a goal. They face Valerenga in Norway tomorrow before heading to Dublin to play Celtic in their final warm-up ahead of the season starting at home to Stoke. “From the team’s point of view we’ve had a successful tour and some great performances and results in friendlies,” Allen said. “It’s an exciting time for the club and everyone involved.” Press Association
“What we have decided to allow, but this will be under observation, if it does not work, we will shut that down as well, we will allow drive through meaning that the political party should present a route to the police…and they can drive through but not stop and greet”. Holness said that the curfew was necessary to restrict the movement of persons, since the virus cannot move on its own and among the measures would be restrictions regarding churches being prohibited from holding funerals. He said the government would also be reviewing the access to beaches and water parks. The police information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), says he is now in isolation at home after presenting flu-like symptoms. He says members should strictly observe the established COVID-19 protocols and immediately seek medical support once they exhibit any flu-like symptoms. “This is to say that motorcades with more than two buses what we call Coaster buses, motorcades that are stopping and greeting, motorcades that are carrying persons by bus that will be prohibited and the police have been advised. According to the CCU the commissioner’s immediate support staff are all being tested and have been placed under quarantine and sections of his office have also been closed for sanitisation. The coronavirus has also affected the operations of several entities in these parishes, including the Jamaica Defense Force, Digicel, the National Commercial Bank, Kingston’s tax offices, the Kingston health department and Jamaica Customs, which have all had to temporarily close due to one or more positive cases among their staff. Anderson has also called on all members of the force, particularly those on the frontline to take all necessary precautions as they carry out their daily functions. “They will of course be able to hold their regular worships. Burials however will continue with strict observations and enforcement of the 15 person rule and the 15 includes the funeral officials and the persons preparing the grave sites”. “It just takes on errant person who is not following the protocols to come in the midst of a campaign event even if it is just 20 persons and infect the entire gathering,” Holness told reporters, adding that motorcades in the convention sense will be prohibited. “It is just a very controlled drive-through. We will ask the police to observe and report and if the activity, which is one that suggests it is not being followed then we will have to ban all kinds of such campaign activities,” he said, adding that the authorities will allow five persons to undertake door to door campaigning. The news comes after the government announced a 7 PM to 5 AM curfew for Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon following a spike in cases in these parishes over the last two weeks. Over the weekend, it was announced that Jamaica’s Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has tested positive for COVID-19. Holness said as a result “there should be no gathering at any point” and persons would not be allowed to alight from the vehicles and mix with the crowd. Holness said that the new measures would also affect the campaign for the September 3 general election and that discussions had taken place with the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in that regard. The government says that the island is now beginning to show signs of community spread as the COVID-19 cases are steadily on the rise and also becoming more random. The curfew in the four parishes is set to expire on September 2, the day before the island’s general elections. As of Sunday, Jamaica had over 1,500 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. Some 31 staff members at the Kingston Public Hospital were also placed in quarantine after eight positive cases were detected among the staff.