Image: Indiana State PoliceOne person was killed and three others were injured in a two vehicle crash in Greensburg Thursday morning.Decatur County Dispatch received an emergency call at 10:26 a.m. reporting a collision on the S.R. 3 Bypass at Carver St.A 2005 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Margaret Folkman, 55, of Batesville was northbound on S.R. 3 approaching Carver St.Linda Phillips, 57, of Rushville , was driving a 2005 Pontiac Vibe southbound on S.R. 3 approaching Carver St.“Both vehicles had the green light however Phillips failed to yield and turned left onto Carver St. into the path of the Suburban,” reported Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Noel Houze.“The Suburban struck the Vibe in the passenger side,” he added.Phillips husband, 65-year-old Stephen Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries. Linda Phillips was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with severe chest injuries.Folkman and her passenger, 77-year-old Carol Firisch of Greensburg, were taken to Decatur County Hospital for pain their lower extremities.
There has been fresh talk this week of Real Madrid being interested in the goalkeeper, with it even being suggested in Spain that talks had opened between the club, Begovic’s representatives and his current employers. But, at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Southampton, Hughes said: “There will be a lot of stories bandied about, but I would take that one with a pinch of salt to be perfectly honest. I don’t think that is true.” Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes has dismissed the latest reports linking Asmir Begovic with a move away from the Britannia Stadium. Muniesa misses out due to a slight hamstring strain, while on-loan Moses has returned to parent club Chelsea because of a hamstring problem of his own that is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. Defenders Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters are both nursing knocks to the wrist but Hughes is hopeful the pair will be available for the visit of the Saints. Ronald Koeman believes Southampton will have to win their six remaining games to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League. This has been a remarkable season at St Mary’s, with the club already having levelled the record Premier League points tally of 56 set last year. That record will no doubt be broken in the coming weeks and things could get better still, with Manchester City’s sudden drop-off opening up the potential for a top-four finish. Saints have five points to claw back on the reigning champions but Koeman believes it is possible if they win all their remaining games. “Normally yes,” the Dutchman said. “The distance is five points. We need to win I think all. “They (City) don’t lose three games, no. They have the next two at home. Normally, with the players that they have, the qualities. “You never know, but it’s all about to win the last six to have really a good chance to be one of the top four teams.” Saints travel to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the season and, by contrast to the other sides chasing a top-four berth, have a kind set of fixtures before that. Tottenham and Aston Villa come to St Mary’s, while trips to Sunderland, Leicester and City follow Saturday’s match at Stoke. “Yeah, but in the last part of the season, okay, what’s the best to play against?” Koeman asked. “A team who’s fighting for no relegation or two teams who are fighting for the title? I don’t know. “Every game is difficult. You have to be on your level to win a game. All are difficult. “We play Sunderland away, we play Leicester away and they’re fighting for not going down and that’s even difficult.” Koeman is certainly not taking the run-in lightly and the trip to the Britannia Stadium will be an interesting test for Southampton’s players at this stage. “It is a difficult one,” the Dutchman said. “We have that experience this season two times we play Stoke, one time at home and one time away for the League Cup. “Both games we won but in both it was difficult because we know the qualities of them.” Begovic is out of contract in 2016 and Hughes has repeatedly emphasised his optimism the 27-year-old Bosnia international will sign a new deal with Stoke this summer. “We are scheduled to have talks with Asmir’s people in the next few weeks I think,” the manager said on Friday. “I think both parties have stated that probably at the end of the season those talks will come to a conclusion, and we are very hopeful Asmir will stay here. “There will be speculation around better players at football clubs, and we are no different. He has attracted attention because he is an outstanding goalkeeper.” In terms of other potential items of summer business, Hughes is also hopeful Stoke will wrap up the signing of teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona. It was reported earlier this week that the 19-year-old Moroccan-born player was bound for the Potters this summer after deciding joining them was a better option than accepting the new contract offer made to him by Barca. And Hughes said on Friday: “There is a hope that we will be able to conclude that deal.” Stoke will be without defender Marc Muniesa and winger Victor Moses.
When the Ronald Tutor Campus Center opens its doors in August, graduate students will finally have their own place to go — a new 3,000-square foot lounge that the Graduate and Professional Student Senate has decided to purchase.GPSS voted earlier this week to spend $200,000 over the course of the next five years to name a lounge on the fourth floor of the new campus center. Though there was debate about whether the cost was worth it, the decision ultimately passed with a slim majority.GPSS President Johannes Schmitt said he started exploring the possibility of purchasing the lounge with USC Student Affairs last semester.He said he went in wanting to find some place for graduate students in the new building and was surprised by the administration’s swift response in offering them a space to call their own.For five yearly payments of $40,000, the GPSS obtains naming rights for the lounge, allowing GPSS to name the space “The Graduate Student Lounge” and dedicate it to all graduate and professional students at USC.Schmitt said he hopes naming the lounge will encourage graduate students to use it as a common space.“There’s this problem of visibility of graduate students,” Schmitt said. “Every graduate program individually has a lounge within their department, but we want to encourage [graduate students] to come out of their comfort zone.”Schmitt presented his proposal to the Senate on Monday night. Patrick Bailey, executive director of Student Life and Involvement, also spoke to the Senate, discussing a recent survey that revealed most USC graduate students sit in their cars between classes.“Graduates at large have nothing specifically to themselves,” said Abhinav Chandran, public relations chair for GPSS. “Undergraduates have places to go. I know people who just do their work in Leavey, spend time in Leavey — having a place specifically for us, we’ve never had that before.”Deborshi Saha, a graduate student studying computer science, said the lounge will be particularly useful for international students.“I think a lounge would help international students meet local students,” Saha said. “Most graduate students I know go to the library or Burger King or the UV between classes.”Some graduate students, however, think spending money to name the lounge was not a smart investment.“Personally, I think we shouldn’t waste money [on naming the lounge],” GPSS Senator Sean Taitt, a first-year graduate student with the USC School of Social Work, said.Taitt was one of several students to speak out against the proposal during the meeting.“It’s another forum for networking, but it’s going to cost future graduate students more to pay for the building,” he said. “It takes away from others later on.”One student senate member called out, “If it’s called the Barack Obama lounge, can I still use it? I don’t get why we need to name it.”But Schmitt believes the name will encourage graduate students to “linger on and be there” and might help “foster a more prominent, unified graduate student community” on the campus.Additional criticism of the proposal addressed the fact that the lounge will not actually be for the exclusive use of graduate students; as a common space in the campus center, it will be open to all students. Schmitt pointed out the potential benefits of the situation.“Undergraduates should know there’s a place on the fourth floor they can go to ask questions or meet graduate students,” he said.Schmitt said, though it seems like a lot of money, some students may not understand how large this year’s GPSS budget is.In fall 2009, the graduate programming fee — which enables graduate students to attend and benefit from GPSS programs — was expanded to include all students taking less than six units. This expansion has generated approximately $200,000 in additional funds available to GPSS this year. Of this, 80 percent must go toward the GPSS travel grant fund. GPSS plans to make the payments for the lounge from left-over money in this fund.Schmitt said he thinks this is an important step for graduate students.“Undergraduates have so many opportunities to be a part of that Trojan experience,” Schmitt said. “I don’t think that Trojan experience exists for graduate students as much. Most graduate students, I think, would be interested in having more going on at the graduate community level, and I think The Graduate Student Lounge may help with that.”
USC’s student-run radio station, KXSC, can now add another achievement to its list of awards.KXSC recently beat out four other stations to win the “Biggest Improvement” award last week at the CMJ College Radio Awards in an annual conference held in New York City.The station has been growing in size, getting more DJs and creating new programs, which contributed to the reception of the award, said Michel’le Roddy, promotions director of KXSC and a junior majoring in public relations.“It’s very satisfying because all of our hard work is being recognized by people that are leading the industry for college radio,” Roddy said.The station, which is completely funded by donations and sponsors, competed against four other radio stations that also made the final cut.Since this was a national competition which also included schools from Canada, senior Karl Nickenig, general manager of the station, said he was humbled that the station took the award home.“To be honest, I was pretty surprised. We had done a lot of work for it but we didn’t have high hopes coming into it,” Nickenig said. “I was very happily surprised with the results.”According to Nickenig, winning the award consisted of several stages.“You have to be nominated by multiple people such as industry promoters, representatives, record labels and other people working at CMJ,” Nickenig said.Nickenig, who delivered an acceptance speech at the CMJ award ceremony, said the entire experience was surreal.“It was a really great feeling. It felt incredible to be honored like that by your peers and other people in the industry,” Nickenig said. “I wasn’t expected to give a speech but I said thank you and I meant it.”The radio station, which has 32 employees and numerous interns and volunteers, has been working hard to get its name out in the public.Roddy has been with the radio station for the past three years and said she is excited about the direction the station is headed — which, she said, is largely because of the dedication of its employers.“We don’t do it for the awards. We do it because we love radio, working with each other and doing quality broadcasting,” Roddy said. “All of these achievements will simply get people to know us more and listen to our radio station.”The station is looking forward to a lot more in the upcoming future, Nickenig said.“This is just the beginning,” Nickenig said. “Getting this award shows that people are starting to recognize us but we are in no way finished.”
The Audit Office has recommended that the Finance Ministry take a definite decision and action toward regularising the status of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) since it is operating as an autonomous body, while still receiving funding from the Public Health Ministry as though it is a “department.”The Linden Hospital ComplexDuring 2015, the Public Health Ministry transferred to the LHC amounts totalling $261.129 million from its current provisions. The sum was to have met the operational costs of the hospital. However, the operation of the current appropriation to fund the hospital was questioned since funding for that entity was included under a programme in the budget of the ministry, as though it was a department, while funding was disbursed as if it was a subvention agency under the ministry, the Auditor General’s Report disclosed.It stated that the Linden Hospital Complex was approved by Cabinet decision dated November 24, 2015 to function as a board during the period of December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016. It was highlighted that the Complex was not an autonomous or semi-autonomous body regulated under an Act of Parliament and that it was managed by a Board of Directors and was not required to provide the ministry with financial or other reports that would indicate that some form of ministerial supervision was exercised over its processes.Nevertheless, the report indicated that it was explained by the Head of the Budget Agency, that the hospital provides receipts and statements to cover all expenditures incurred to the ministry.Therefore, the Report suggested that the ministry take affirmative action to discuss this matter with the subject minister and, if necessary, the Office of the Budget of the Ministry of Finance, with a view to having definite decisions and actions toward regularising the status of LHC.Additionally, during 2015, audit checks the hospital revealed a number of other discrepancies; examination of the payroll and other related documents revealed that pay change directives for the termination of employment in respect of one employee was forwarded late to the Central Accounting Unit of the hospital, as a result, the employee was overpaid; the Stores Regulation require that a master inventory be maintained, however, the hospital has not adhere with this requirement, since this record was not maintained for the period under review; and log books presented for audits were not properly maintained to reflect the signature of the authorising officer for the journeys undertaken. As a result it could not be ascertained whether proper control was exercised over the use of the complex’s fleet of vehicles.The Report noted that the ministry acknowledged that overpayment of salaries is an issue but stated that they are trying to retrieve money.The Audit Office recommended that action be taken to recover the overpaid money, put systems in place to ensure that all records are maintained, as required by Store Regulation 1993, and present all outstanding documents for audit examination.