Luella J. Lecher, 83, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg. Born, May 1, 1936 in Sandusky, Indiana, she was the daughter of Bernard J. and Cecilia M. (Hessler) Harpring. Luella had been a Nanny in Cincinnati. She was a seamstress and she had worked at the Carol Cook Dress Factory, Minears, and Weddings by Wolter. She designed many bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the St. Lawrence Ladies Auxiliary, and the Night Extension Homemakers. She was married to Edward J. Lecher on May 1, 1954 and he survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Brenda (Chuck) Emsweller, Clarksburg, Julie (Tom) Keillor, Greensburg; one brother, Vernon (Maureen) Harpring, Batesville; one sister, Elvera Wissel, Batesville; three grandchildren, Ashley (Adam) Hungate, St. Paul, Chad (Jennifer) Emsweller, Evansville, Danielle Keillor and her Fiancé, Bradley Whittaker, Milroy; six great grandchildren, Charlie & Julia Emsweller, Eddie, Joey, Ella, and Paul Hungate. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant sons, Nicholas and Bernard Lecher; two brothers, Edgar and Bernard Harpring; three sisters, Irma Harpring, Lois Laudick, Joan Schoettmer. A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. A reception style visitation will follow in the large assembly room at St. Mary’s. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana or to the March of Dimes. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
After an up-and-down home stand in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play last week, the USC men’s volleyball team will get another big chance to assert itself in the MPSF on the road with a matchup at UC Irvine today. The Trojans (6-4, 5-4 MPSF) pulled off a dramatic comeback five-set win against UC Santa Barbara (6-3, 5-3) last Thursday before they were swept by UCLA (10-2, 7-1) on Sunday in three sets before today’s bout against the Anteaters.You dig? · Senior libero Henry Cassiday tallied 15 digs — a team high — in last month’s narrow win over UC Irvine at the Galen Center. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily TrojanAgainst UCSB, the Trojans came in as the home favorites as the fifth-ranked team in the nation, while the Gauchos were ranked eighth. USC lost the first set 25-20 and nearly lost the second set on several occasions before pulling out a nerve-racking 34-32 win.The Trojans proceeded to lose the third set 25-23 and found themselves down 24-21 in the fourth set before storming back to win 27-25. They then clinched the decisive fifth set 15-9 to escape with a victory.“This was huge,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said after the match. “Not only in the standings, but it was huge for our team psyche to be able to battle back, get a couple breaks and take advantage of it. This one’s a really big match in the scope of things.”Despite a packed crowd filling much of the Galen Center on Sunday and plenty of momentum from the game before, the Trojans were unable to keep their winning ways going against the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, then the top-ranked team in the country by the AVCA and the first overall team in MPSF standings.USC senior libero Henry Cassiday noted after the game that the Trojans made far too many errors to compete against a very strong Bruin team, particularly in passing and serving. The Trojans had 12 serving errors in addition to seven receiving errors.“The passing and serving game are the biggest things in volleyball,” Cassiday said.In both games last week, senior opposite hitter Tanner Jansen and redshirt junior outside hitter Joey Booth were featured prominently in the rotation. Booth was out with an injury all season until the UCSB match, but may have earned a starting spot alongside freshman Lucas Yoder at the outside hitter spot, though sophomore Alex Slaught got the majority of the starts at the second outside spot while Booth was hurt.Jansen has split playing time at opposite with junior Cristian Rivera and senior Maddison McKibbin for most of the year so far, but Jansen might start receiving noticeably more playing time at the position after his breakout performance in the game against UCSB.UC Irvine (7-7, 4-6) comes into today’s matchup as both the No. 9-ranked team in the AVCA and ninth in the MPSF standings, whereas the Trojans come into this week as the No. 5-ranked team in the country and seventh in the conference.“They’re always good and well-coached,” Cassiday said of the Anteaters. “They’ll come out with strong pins, good servers and good passers, so we always have to be ready for that.”UC Irvine is the two-time defending national champion in the sport, having beaten USC at the Galen Center in the national title game two years ago. The Trojans defeated UC Irvine earlier this year at the Galen Center on Jan. 14 in similar dramatic fashion to their victory against the Gauchos, coming back from a 2-1 set deficit to win in five.“Our two programs have been battling for years now, and it’s always a good night of volleyball when our two teams play,” Ferguson said after the victory.In that match, USC’s dynamic pair of freshmen — Yoder and middle blocker Andy Benesh — combined for 36 kills to carry the Trojans. Benesh was especially crucial to the team’s effort, recording 15 kills on 19 attempts without any errors.It might be harder this time around for USC to come away with a win since the match will take place on the Anteaters’ home court, but the Trojans appear ready to embrace the raucous road environment.“We always have fun going down there and playing there,” Booth said. “It’s a good environment and we’re excited about it.”After playing in Irvine tonight, the Trojans will continue on south to UC San Diego for a match against the winless Tritons (0-11, 0-10) on Friday night.USC swept UC San Diego last month –— a common result for the hapless Tritons, who have claimed only three sets in 11 matches so far this season. This might be attributed to the fact that the squad has only had the advantage of hosting two matches at home, though.Both of the Trojans’ matches will begin at 7 p.m.
What do you think of autonomous aerial drones? Let us know in the comments. MIT Researchers are developing a new software-based system for aerial drone cinematography.Cover image via Shutterstock.The days of dual drone pilots and camera operators may be numbered. According to MIT News, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently developing a new software that allows drones to frame (and maintain) shots while performing aerial maneuvers — while also avoiding obstacles).Autonomous Filming“There are other efforts to do autonomous filming with one drone. They can follow someone, but if the subject turns, say 180 degrees, the drone will end up showing the back of the subject. With our solution, if the subject turns 180 degrees, our drones are able to circle around and keep focus on the face. We are able to specify richer higher-level constraints for the drones.” —Daniela Rus, MITWhile self-flying drone technology already exists on the market, MIT’s new software may be the beginnings of a far more autonomous and intelligent version that can recognize more precise framing concepts and opportunities. As you can see in the examples above, the technology can recognize and program variables such as shot size, viewing angle, and screen position.Viewpoint and Obstacle Avoidance“The key to the system is that it continuously estimates the velocities of all of the moving objects in the drone’s environment and projects their locations a second or two into the future. This buys it a little time to compute optimal flight trajectories and also ensures that it can get recover smoothly if the drone needs to take evasive action to avoid collision.” —Javier Alonso-Mora, MITThe new software also represents a major advancement in AI-recognized elements such as velocity and location. The drones can “update its position projections about 50 times a second,” which allows for greater calculations and predictions for where it needs to be to avoid collisions while maintaining viewpoints.An Open FutureWhile MIT’s new technology and software may be a work in progress, it shows how quickly the tech is advancing and offers a glimpse into just how intuitive and autonomous future iterations may be.For more resources on future tech and drone technology, check out some of these resources.This Stabilization Tech Will Change Drone Footage ForeverThe Technology Behind Brain Farm’s Breathtaking CameraworkNAB 2017: DJI Announces New Goggles
Hy-Vee Food Stores will be accepting and matching customers donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.Hy-Vee says it will match all donations received from August 30th through September 30th up to $100,000.Customers will have the ability to donate $1 or $5 amounts at the cash register of any Hy-Vee store.You may add the amount to your purchase, or donate separately if not purchasing groceries.Funds will be provided to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts, including supporting volunteer work, opening shelters and providing meals and other supplies.
Massive Chinese offer made for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Chinese Premier League club have tabled a huge bid for Barcelona attacker Malcom.While unnamed, AS says the offer is worth a massive €65m.Malcom only joined Barca last summer from Bordeaux and has battled to find a place in coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans so far this season. His move from France cost Barca €40m.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is now weighing up whether to accept.With plans to buy a centre-half and a striker next month, Bartomeu could cash in on Malcom with the aim to put the money raised towards their own transfer targets. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say No chance! Bournemouth boss Howe rules out Wilson joining Chelsea in Januaryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has once again denied reports Callum Wilson will join Chelsea in January.The Blues got a good look at Wilson in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over the Cherries.Asked about his top striker after the game, Howe was adamant he was not for sale.He said: “Callum’s our player and very, very focused on us. I think you could see that with his performance.”Asked if there was any scenario in which Wilson could be sold in January, Howe replied: “Not from my perspective, no.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi reveals big World Cup ambitionsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is determined to break into the France squad.The Gunners revelation has only just been capped at U21 level by France, but already has bigger ambitions.Guendouzi declared, “My dream is to win the World Cup one day. “Wearing the A’s jersey is the Grail, it’s above all. If I continue to work like I do with Arsenal, I’ll get there.”It’s been an eventual few months for Guendouzi, who has turned down Morocco to pledge his international future to France.
Instagram/sterlingbrown3 Duquesne isn’t the only college basketball program to run into some serious blizzard-related bus problems in Pennsylvania. Undefeated SMU is in Philadelphia for tomorrow’s game against Temple, and the team had to push its bus out of the snow in order to make it to practice this afternoon. #PhliiyChroniclesA video posted by SB (@sterlingbrown3) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:55am PST Our Bus got stuck. pic.twitter.com/yyswmZkE6E— Ben Moore (@JaminTheFiend) January 23, 2016Things aren’t nearly as dire for the Mustangs as they are for the Dukes, however. SMU was able to make it to the gym.Oh the weather outside is frightful But the gym is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/DalyoNsdjY— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) January 23, 2016Not even a blizzard can beat SMU. Bus stuck until players helped push. Practicing now. SMU-Temple 11am CT ESPN2 https://t.co/jUFr0Ixdzp— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) January 23, 2016“We’re talking about PRACTICE?!” … Not even #blizzard2016 can stop us! SMU vs Temple – Noon Sunday #ESPN2 #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/qfV9K5041s— Jay Duncan (@JayDunks) January 23, 201618-0 SMU faces Temple at noon tomorrow.
APTN National NewsA Canadian Human Rights case against the federal government will be heard in court this week.A First Nations child welfare complaint will go under a judicial review in Ottawa. The hearings begin Monday and will run to Wednesday.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.
OTTAWA – After enduring months of withering fire from Donald Trump’s bombastic Twitter feed, Canada’s dairy industry waded into the fray on Monday by accusing the U.S. president of wanting to put Canadian farmers out of business.Yet even as it did so, some in this country were calling for major reforms to the very system of protections for Canada’s dairy, egg and chicken farmers that first ignited — and has continued to sustain — Trump’s anger: supply management.Trump’s most recent salvo came in a series of tweets from Singapore late Sunday, where he again blasted Canada for charging a 270 per cent tariff on U.S. dairy imports, and levelled more personal attacks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Dairy Farmers of Canada president Pierre Lampron, which represents Canada’s roughly 12,000 dairy producers, fired back Monday by blasting Trump’s “personal attacks on our prime minister” and defending its supply-managed system.“Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home,” Lampron added.The comments came as MPs from various parties followed what has become a tradition in Canada: declaring their unwavering support for farmers and the oft-maligned supply management system, which was first established in the 1970s.Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was grilled by the NDP during question period after Trudeau indicated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last week that the government was open to relaxing the system as part of a new NAFTA deal.“Our government strongly supports and is fully committed to maintaining the supply management system,” MacAulay replied. “The prime minister has indicated this clearly … and our negotiators at the NAFTA table have also indicated this clearly.”Yet some say it is past time to phase out the system, which limits dairy, egg and chicken production in Canada and imposes steep tariffs on foreign imports beyond a certain amount to keep the market from becoming saturated.For dairy products, which has been the focus of Trump’s anger, those tariffs range from nearly 300 per cent for excess imports of butter and cream to 270 per cent for certain dairy powders to 240 per cent for cheese, whole milk and yogurt.“No one wants to look like they’re conceding anything to Trump,” said Martha Hall Findlay, a former Liberal MP and leadership candidate who is currently president of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation and a longtime advocate of ending supply management.“But this is a huge opportunity. We should actually move beyond supply management. It’s good for Canada, it’s good for the dairy industry.”Proponents of the system as it stands say it protects Canadian dairy, egg and chicken farmers from damaging price fluctuations in a manner that’s comparable to the way other countries support their agricultural sectors with subsidies.Critics like Hall Findlay say it is a barrier to successful free-trade deals such as NAFTA, and increases the cost of dairy, eggs and chicken for consumers, which has an unfairly disproportionate impact on low-income families.Yet there is also a tacit acknowledgment of the reality that virtually all federal political leaders face when it comes to supply management: the farmers who benefit are grouped in key ridings, particularly in Ontario and Quebec.In his forthcoming new book, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier suggests that his opposition to supply management was one of the reasons — if not the main reason — that he lost last year’s Conservative leadership campaign to Andrew Scheer, who supports it.The Harper Conservatives planned to ease restrictions on foreign dairy imports in 2015 as part of its plan to sign onto the Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-country free trade agreement.But the Harper government was uniquely positioned, said Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in that it had money to compensate farmers, few seats in Quebec and a massive trade deal to sell at the time.For Trudeau, “there are fewer things he can get in exchange, there isn’t money to splash around to get farmers who have a quota to give it up and this is an important issue in Quebec, which provides many seats for the Trudeau government.”Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute, which has long opposed supply management, nevertheless suggested it is potential winner for Canadians — and any party brave enough to take a stand.“If we had a federal leader who’s willing to stand up and say: ‘Yes, I’m willing to lose those seats in Ontario and Quebec because this is a national issue and we need to reduce prices on staple goods for all Canadians, particularly the poor,’ I think there would be resounding support for that policy.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the Harper government planned to eliminate supply-managed dairy.