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China passes security law for Hong Kong giving Beijing sweeping powers

first_imgBeijing is expected to set up a national security office in Hong Kong to “supervise, guide and support” the city government. Beijing could also exercise jurisdiction on certain cases.Judges for security cases are expected to be appointed by the city’s chief executive. Senior judges now allocate rosters up through Hong Kong’s independent judicial system.It is still unclear which specific activities are to be made illegal, how precisely they are defined or what punishment they carry.The South China Morning Post, quoting an unnamed source, said Xinhua will publish details of the law on Tuesday afternoon and Hong Kong officials will gather at Beijing’s top representative office in the city later in the day for a meeting on the legislation.Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have repeatedly said the legislation is aimed at a few “troublemakers” and will not affect rights and freedoms, nor investor interests.The law comes into force as soon as it is gazetted in Hong Kong, which is seen as imminent.Police banned this year’s July 1 rally on the anniversary of the 1997 handover, citing coronavirus restrictions. It is unclear if attending the rally anyway would constitute a national security crime if the law came into force by Wednesday.The South China Morning Post, citing “police insiders”, said about 4,000 officers will be on stand by on Wednesday to handle any unrest if people defy the ban.Hong Kong is one of many developing conflicts between Beijing and Washington, on top of trade issues, the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.But the United States has been joined by others in condemning the new security legislation.Britain has said it violated China’s international obligations and its handover agreement, which promised Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy for 50 years under what is known as the “one country, two systems” formula of governance.The European Parliament earlier in June passed a resolution saying the European Union should take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if Beijing imposed the law, also calling on the bloc to use economic leverage to dissuade China.Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries have called on China not to follow through with the legislation.China has hit back at the outcry from the West, denouncing what it called interference in its internal affairs.Topics : China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago.Cable TV, citing an unidentified source, said the law was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress.The legislation pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the United States, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its July 1, 1997 handover. In response to the legislation, the United States began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under US law on Monday, halting defense exports and restricting the territory’s access to high technology products.Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, speaking at her regular weekly news conference, said it was not appropriate for her to comment on the legislation as the meeting in Beijing was still ongoing.A draft of the law has yet to be published. Beijing says the law, which comes in response to last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces.This month, China’s official state agency Xinhua unveiled some of its provisions, including that it would supersede existing Hong Kong legislation and that the power of interpretation belongs to the Chinese parliament’s top decision-making body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.last_img read more

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Labor Day Crash In Moores Hill Results In Fatality

first_imgA Moores Hill man lost his life after a single vehicle accident on Labor Day.Robert Campbell, 69, was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee on Chesterville Road on Monday evening around 6:00 p.m. when police say his vehicle went off the right side of the road.According to police, his vehicle rolled resulting in Campbell being ejected from the vehicle.AirCare was called onto the scene however Campbell was pronounced dead shortly after.The accident is currently being investigated by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office.No word on if he was wearing a seatbelt.last_img read more

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State Asks Residents To Check Trees For Beetles

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State officials are asking Indiana residents the check trees for the invasive forest insects called Asian longhorned beetles.The beetles have been documented in Cincinnati and officials believe they could soon be in Indiana. The bug poses as a threat to several species of trees found in Indiana. A tree could be killed if infested by the beetles.DNR officials ask residents to specifically check their maple trees and report any that might be infested.last_img

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Local businesses honored for longevity

first_imgKPC Media Group, located in the same Kendallville-based building where the publishing firm was founded in 1911, remains a family-owned business with publication sites in Auburn, Angola, Albion, Churubusco and Fort Wayne.115 years; Noble County Ferguson Law, a Bloomington-based law firm, is committed to client service and relationships. They are dedicated to understanding its clients’ legal issues as well as finding solutions for its clients’ legal problems. The firm has provided informed legal counsel to its clients throughout Indiana since 1956.62 years; Monroe County Brownies Marine Sales Inc., a fourth-generation, family-owned boat provider, sells new and used boats, including fish, sport and pontoon boats.60 years; Shelby County Reit Price Company, a manufacturer of cleaning products, offers its customers a complete line of mops, brooms, handles and hardware for floor care, and its recognized as one of the largest manufacturers of metal band mops in the U.S.118 years; Randolph CountyTerre Haute Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank chartered in 1869, is headquartered in Terre Haute with eight locations in Vigo and Clay counties. As a community bank, the company is governed by a board of directors comprised of local business and community leaders.149 years, Vigo CountyUrban-Winkler Funeral Home Inc, a family-owned and operated funeral home, provides funeral and cremation services to Connersville and Liberty residents as well as surrounding counties.116 years; Fayette CountyThe Half Century Award honorees for 2018:AAA Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company that handles leaky faucets and installations of plumbing, drainage and water systems in commercial and residential buildings. The company, which is family-owned and operated, serves the Frankfort and Lebanon communities. 72 years; Clinton County Ashpaugh Electric Inc., a family-owned and operated electrical service, installation and repair company, was founded by Dave Ashpaugh on the principles of faith and ethics and has served Westfield and the surrounding communities since 1965.53 years; Hamilton CountyAustgen Electric Inc., a privately-owned and operated electrical contractor, has provided industrial and commercial electrical construction and maintenance services since 1945. The company also offers fleet service repairs as well as industrial, commercial and residential real estate leasing, serving northwest Indiana as well as central and northern Illinois.73 years; Lake County Hackleman Auto Collision Repair, a third-generation, family-owned auto collision and body repair shop, has locations in Danville and Avon.56 years; Hendricks County Sycamore Engineering, a third-generation, family-owned construction and engineering company, specializes in commercial and industrial mechanical, electrical, sheet metal, telecommunication, building solutions and DC power systems, and serves the west central Indiana and Wabash Valley communities.58 years; Vigo County Valley Screen Process Company is a second-generation, family-owned company that specializes in decorative graphics for recreational products, including boats and RV’s, wraps and lettering for vehicles and fleets, interior artwork, window film and wall protection products for medical, commercial, hospitality and educational spaces.51 years; St. Joseph County Co-Alliance LLP, a partnership of five agricultural cooperatives in Indiana, is one of the largest agribusiness and energy marketing and supply co-ops in the Midwest, offering services in energy, agronomy, grain marketing, and swine and animal nutrition.91 years; Hendricks County Lehigh Cement Company, a subsidiary of Lehigh Hanson Inc., began operating in Indiana in 1902 and is one of the leading producers of cement in North America.116 years; Lawrence CountyMerchants Property Insurance Company of Indiana, family-owned and operated for four generations, provided property and casualty insurance to Hoosier homeowners and businesses for more than 100 years. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in Indianapolis, the company currently manages investments.111 years; Marion CountyNix Companies, which is a fifth-generation, family-owned business, provides services in industrial product sales, manufacturing and maintenance contracting. The company is comprised of three primary operating entities including Nix Metals, Nix Coatings and Nix Equipment.116 years; Posey CountyOld National Bank is the largest financial services bank holding company headquartered in Indiana. With $17.5 billion in assets, it ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. and has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for seven consecutive years.184 years; Vanderburgh County Cantwell Service Center, a Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) gas station, also provides quality automotive repairs to the residents of west central Indiana.50 years; Knox County Cressy Commercial Real Estate, a full-service brokerage, development and property management company, serves northern Indiana and western Michigan.70 years; St. Joseph County CSO Architects Inc., a design firm for corporate, educational, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, civic, hospitality and research facilities, offers a diverse range of programming, planning, architectural and interior design services. Some of the company’s key projects include Indianapolis International Airport, JW Marriott Complex, The Palladium, Indiana Historical Society and Circle Centre Mall.57 years; Marion CountyCuster Grain Company, a third-generation, family-owned and operated grain elevator has more than 3 million bushel capacity with rail shipping capabilities along the CSX railroad in northeast Indiana.51 years; DeKalb CountyE&B Paving Inc. is a heavy highway, municipal and commercial asphalt and concrete paving and bridge construction company, serving all 92 Indiana counties.51 years; Madison CountyEasterday Construction Co. Inc., a fourth-generation, family-owned construction company in Culver, specializes in commercial and industrial construction projects in northern Indiana.90 years; Marshall County Gray Mill Company, a family-owned and operated home furnishings store based in Logansport, provides furniture and floor coverings for its customers in north central Indiana.66 years; Cass Countycenter_img Glenroy Construction Co. is an Indianapolis-based general contractor that constructs, enhances, and restores prominent buildings for clients such as the state of Indiana, Indiana University, IUPUI, Purdue University, the city of Indianapolis, and numerous local governments and school districts.66 years; Marion County Cooper’s Trenching Inc., a third-generation excavation contractor, offers services in horizontal directional boring and trenching for drainage, water and electric lines.63 years; Noble County Bayman Auctioneers specializes in the sale of real estate, agricultural land and personal property, conducting more than 70 auctions per year.57 years; Whitley County Krukemeier Machine and Tool Inc. manufactures aerospace, power generation and bio-science products, as well as support tooling for the automotive industry. KMT was founded by John E. Krukemeier in 1946 in a 4,000-square-foot facility. The company has more than tripled in size, currently utilizing a 13,500-square-foot building in a temperature-controlled environment housing the latest technology in five axis machining, turning, and WEDM equipment.72 years; Marion CountyLefler Collision and Glass Repair Centers, an automobile body shop for certified collision repair and glass replacement, was named best body shop in the U.S. by ABRN magazine, twice.66 years; Vanderburgh County Mold Service Inc., a manufacturer of specialty machines, cylinders, fabrication, new engineering, precision surface grinding and short-run CNC, serves customers in rubber, steel, stamping, roll former, injection molding and agriculture manufacturing.57 years; DeKalb CountyMuncie Aviation Company is an employee-owned, full-service aviation business that has earned a nationwide reputation for quality in aircraft sales, service and avionics maintenance and upgrades.86 years; Delaware CountyNorris Insurance, an independent insurance agency, provides auto, home, farm, business, life and health insurance protection through insurance companies. Striving to follow their slogan, “We’ll come running,” they assist current and future clients in protecting them from risks by serving clients from 15 locations in north central Indiana.59 years; Miami CountyRobert Tylisz Appliance, a provider of home, kitchen and laundry appliances from brands like Whirlpool and Maytag, operates in two locations across Indiana, which include stores in Michigan City and LaPorte.59 years; LaPorte County Titus Funeral Home provides funeral and cremation services for Warsaw residents as well as its surrounding counties.62 years; Kosciusko County Johnson Petroleum, a family-owned and operated petroleum distributor, offers fuel sales and deliveries, a full line of oil and lubricants, and operates six retail stores and a truck center.90 years; Huntington County United Consulting is an all-Indiana engineering company that provides jobs for over 100 Hoosier families. United specializes in the design of highways, interchanges, bridges and wastewater treatment facilities across the state of Indiana.53 years; Marion County Corbin’s Drapery Inc., a customized window treatment store, offers personalized decorated window design services for homes and offices.64 years; Dubois County Indianapolis, In. — Governor Eric J. Holcomb honored 44 Indiana companies today with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business Award, recognizing each company for its longevity and service to its employees, community and the state.“Today we honor Hoosier business leaders who have been creating jobs and running their businesses in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years,” said Gov. Holcomb. “I’m excited to celebrate this year’s award recipients and extend a sincere thanks for the role they play in making Indiana one of the nation’s top destinations for business.”The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for a minimum of 100 or 50 consecutive years and have also demonstrated a commitment to community service. Nearly 1,500 companies from across the state have been recognized during the 27-year history of the award.Baylor Trucking, which was founded by a World War II veteran, Chester Baylor, after returning home in 1945. The company operates its family-owned, dry-van and refrigerated freight-delivery business in Milan. It has grown to more than 250 trucks, operating in 48 states throughout the U.S. Baylor Trucking focuses its attention on delivering quality customer service with safe, legal and on-time values.72 years; Ripley CountyKnueven Brothers, which operates grocery stores under the name of Save-A-Lot, is estimated to generate $3.5 million in annual revenues and employs nearly 15 people at its Brookville facility.71 years; Franklin CountyDeMotte Mercantile & Sell It Again sells curiosities, antiques and home décor. Since 1910, the family-owned business has provided a variety of services, including goods, appliances, shoes and paint.108 years; Jasper CountyEwing Printing Co Inc., a full-service commercial printer, has an office and plant in Vincennes, offering its customers printing, design and bulk mailing services for flipbooks, photography, binding, vehicle graphics and signs.100 years; Knox County First Merchants Bank of Muncie is the largest financial services holding company located in central Indiana, providing its customers services in personal and business banking, mortgage lending, and treasury and wealth management. Ranked in the top five by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Banks,” First Merchants is consistently recognized as a best employer and place to work.125 years; Delaware CountyGoebel Chiropractic, a third-generation family chiropractor, provides chiropractic care for the Fort Wayne community.102 years; Allen County WITZ Radio, a full-service community radio station, offers local news and sports broadcasting for Dubois County and surrounding communities.70 years; Dubois Countylast_img read more

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Oldenburg student named Franklin County 4-H Fair queen

first_imgPhoto: FacebookBrookville, In. — Oldenburg Academy student, Ingrid Miller has been named the 2018 Franklin County 4-H Fair queen. Grace Moster is Miss Congeniality and First Runner-Up, Clare Weidner is Second Runner-Up and Alexa Brehm was Third Runner-Up.Audrey Campbell, Miss Indiana State Fair 2018 also made a special appearance.The Franklin County 4-H Fair will be held July 11 through 15 this year.last_img

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Cleverley eyes England recall

first_img “I’m looking forward to working with them, but also the other really good midfield players that the club have, like Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and other new lads like Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez.” Villa had agreed an £8m fee with United, but walked away on Monday after failing to agree personal terms. Everton also tried to sign Cleverley on transfer deadline day, but failed to strike a deal, which then saw Villa resurrect the move. They are believed to have a deal in place to make the loan permanent. “It’s a team that plays the style of football I like,” Cleverley added. “They play with high energy, they pass and move and there are a lot of good young players. The manager told me the way that he’d like me to play and it all sat perfectly for me. I’m very happy to be coming down to play for Villa.” Lambert added: “Tom brings big game experience to the club, he’s played international football for England and he still has great potential to kick on in his career. “There’s a lot of good football ahead of him if he performs the way we think he can perform and we’re delighted to have been able to bring him in to join the group.” Press Association The midfielder moved to Villa Park on a season-long loan from Manchester United after the Premier League sanctioned the deal. Villa made a late move before the transfer deadline after initially calling off a permanent deal on Monday because of the player’s wage demands. Tom Cleverley has targeted an England recall after completing his last-ditch switch to Aston Villa. They then had to wait to see if they had completed the paperwork on time before the move was confirmed on Tuesday. Cleverley was out of favour at Old Trafford and has also lost his place in the England squad after playing in seven of their 10 World Cup qualifiers. England host Norway in a friendly on Wednesday and go to Switzerland on Monday for the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign without him. And Cleverley, who was left out of the Three Lions’ World Cup squad this summer, wants to force his way back into boss Roy Hodgson’s plans. “I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team,” the 25-year-old, who has 13 caps, told the club website. “The thing I am concentrating on though is trying to come in and hit the ground running so I can help Aston Villa. “Playing football is what matters most to me and I’m looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. This is the kind of club where I can do that. “The prospect of working under the manager (Paul Lambert) and Roy (Keane, assistant manager), who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one. last_img read more

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Babar Azam’s calmness gives him edge over Kohli, says Saqlain Mushtaq

first_imgLahore: Hailing both as great batsmen, former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq stated Pakistan’s current white-ball captain Babar Azam’s calmness gives him the edge over India skipper Virat Kohli. Azam has been compared with Kohli a lot in recent times due to their consistent performances with the bat and ability to lead the team from the front. Although, Saqlain conceded that it is not right to compare the two cricketers considering Kohli has been in the game longer, he did laud Azam’s calm persona on the field. “Both are great players, with a great technique, and are mentally very strong. They have the hunger and passion to score lots of runs,” Mushtaq was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. “Kohli is more aggressive while Babar is humble. Babar’s calmness gives him edge over Virat Kohli if we look at what sports science teaches us. “But comparing Babar with Kohli is unfair because the latter has been performing for a very long time, all over the world,” he added. Saqlain was recently appointed as Head of International Player Development as part of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s High Performance Centre’s restructuring. According to a PCB press release, he will be responsible for identifying, developing and preparing players so that they could go on to become world-class cricketers. “This is a big responsibility for me and I will try to ensure that I leave no box unchecked. Identification of problems and implementation of their solutions will be my top priority while working with PCB,” Saqlain said. IANSlast_img read more

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Other Sports Kento Momota, World No.1, Wins Korea Open Badminton Tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incheon: Top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men’s singles title at the Korea Open badminton tournament on Sunday with a win over number two Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan. The 25-year-old downed Chou 21-19, 21-17 in a final that lasted 53 minutes. Momota, with over 300 wins under his belt, saw his career descend into controversy in 2016 when he was suspended for more than a year for visiting an illegal casino and was denied a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Japanese star, who was world number two at the time, has since worked his way back to the top and Sunday’s win raises his Olympic hopes a year ahead of the Tokyo Games. In the women’s final, China’s He Bingjiao defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 18-21, 24-22, 21-17.South Korea dominated the women’s doubles, with Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong beating compatriots Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 13-21, 21-19, 21-17. Indonesian pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto defeated Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 21-16, 21-17 to clinch the men’s doubles title. Also Read | Parupalli Kashyap Loses To Kento Momota In Korea Open Badminton SemifinalParupalli Kashyap, the lone Indian left in the BWF Korea Open, had lost in the semi-final of the tournament in Incheon to Momota. Momota, who has a 2-0 head-to-head advantage against Kashyap, won 21-13, 21-15 and entered the final. Kashyap had played some good badminton in the tournament and with his loss, India’s challenge has ended after B Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were all eliminated early. Kashyap was already under pressure as Momota took a significant lead and the Indian never bounced back.Also Read | When Saina Nehwal and her husband met Hrithik RoshanThe 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, who was promoted from the qualifying round, had last played Momota four years ago at the Indonesia Open. Kashyap had a 0-2 record against the Japanese prior to Saturday’s encounter. The 33-year-old from Hyderabad, who had reached the finals at Canada Open this year, showed the intent to hang in the rallies as the duo played a lot of tosses and lifts. However, Kashyap had no answers to Momota’s precision as the Japanese opened up a 9-5 lead early on. A deceptive return and a body smash gave the Indian a couple of points before the Japanese entered the break with a four-point advantage after a long rally.last_img read more

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University installs Nikias as USC’s 11th president

first_imgPresident C.L. Max Nikias was sworn into office Friday morning, during a ceremony that brought together Trojans both young and old to celebrate the 11th USC presidential inauguration.Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan “Today, we live in a time of great anxiety. The wisest experts cannot find an agreement on what the future holds for our society,” Nikias said. “Education is what helps us to be fully human and to appreciate the full range of human experience.”The ceremony began with processions from members of the USC community, including student delegates, half-century Trojan alumni, staff and parents. Third-graders from the Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School also marched in the ceremony.Faculty from every school in the university processed to the stage in Alumni Park, followed by Nikias, his wife, Niki Nikias, and their daughters, Georgiana and Maria.Edward P. Roski Jr., chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, officiated the ceremony.“This inauguration you’re about to witness is truly an historic occurrence. It’s only happened 10 times in the last 130 years,” he said. “The last time we saw a new president, there was no one texting during the ceremony or taking pictures with their cell phones. We didn’t have cell phones.”Undergraduate Student Government President Chris Cheng and Graduate and Professional Student Senate President Jenny Novak made remarks as well, commemorating Nikias for his efforts to connect with students.“We promise to work with you to take our innovation beyond the lab and the studio,” Novak said. “To make a difference in the communities we call home, starting right here at USC where we will shape this campus into a dynamic residential community.”The university hosted John Hood, the former vice chancellor of Oxford University, who spoke about Nikias’ accomplishments and his journey to become president of USC.“I assure you, it is USC’s essential character — today and in the future — that has been consuming President Nikias’ thinking and that will guide his collegiate agenda,” Hood said.Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the university played a key part in the history and culture of the city.“When you see the procession of flags come through as they did a few minutes ago, it is not hyperbolic to say this is a city where the world comes together,” Villaraigosa said.After former President Steven B. Sample inaugurated Nikias, fireworks launched from behind the stage to commemorate Sample’s passing of the University Medallion. The new president then gave a speech about his journey to USC and his vision for the future.“As a child, I grew up reading the various legends of the ancient city of Troy,” Nikias said. “No one worked harder than the Trojans, no one was more determined than the Trojans. And their will toward greatness could even bend the will of the gods in their favor.”The history of the Trojans in ancient civilization was a foreshadowing of the Trojans’ strength today, he said.“Troy would grow into the great city of Rome. Rome — the home of the mightiest and the most enduring of all empires,” he said. “That was the destiny that Trojans began to claim.”The future of the university, he said, lies in the intellectual potential of students and the rich cultural environment surrounding USC. Nikias said one of his plans was to make the Health Sciences Campus as residential and bustling as the University Park Campus.“My own commitment to you is to run the next marathon at a sprinter’s pace,” Nikias said. “We can make incredible progress in just the next few years.”Though Nikias said there was no way to anticipate the future landscape of higher education, he was sure USC would serve as an “intellectual crucible” in the years to come.“Consider the voyage that still lies ahead,” he said. “Uncertainty is the beginning of adventure.”At the end of the inauguration, Trustee Ming Hsieh announced a $50 million gift to the university to go toward cancer research. The Annenberg Foundation will also donate $50 million to build a new building for the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.For reactions from the Trojan Family regarding the inauguration ceremony, click here.To learn more about the generous donations the university received at the ceremony, click here.last_img read more

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Arcidiacono overcomes injury, stars for hometown Villanova

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ryan Arcidiacono grew up surrounded by Villanova’s blue and white. His parents, Villanova graduates, bought him miniature Villanova basketballs as a child. His father Joe drove 25 miles, sometimes through snowfall, to watch the Wildcats in Philadelphia with his son.Arcidiacono’s earliest memory of Villanova basketball came on a snowy January night in 2005, when he watched the Wildcats dismantle then-undefeated No. 2 Kansas 83-62 with a 3-point shooting barrage.“That’s the only game I remember from before I was recruited,” Arcidiacono said. “They pretty much killed them and Villanova’s fans rushed the court.”Arcidiacono’s upbringing in nearby Langhorne, Pa., kept him around Villanova basketball throughout his youth. When it came time to choose a college basketball program, he made the obvious choice.After medical uncertainty in his senior year of high school, the freshman point guard has recovered to dazzle Villanova crowds with sharp shooting of his own. Arcidiacono has had an up-and-down freshman campaign, but has given his hometown crowd more to be excited about.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArcidiacono committed to play for the Wildcats and head coach Jay Wright in October of his junior year of high school. That year, he scored 20.4 points per game, along with 5.6 rebounds and five assists per contest.In March, though, a pain in his back suddenly clouded his future.Arcidiacono initially planned to play through the pain. He sought no medical attention and played basketball throughout the summer. He attended NBA basketball camps hosted by Chris Paul and Deron Williams, giving little thought to the injury.“It probably wasn’t the best decision on my part,” Arcidiacono said. “I tried to gut it out, and I thought I could just put it off until August or September.”But the pain intensified enough that Arcidiacono saw a doctor in September.The visit led to a December back surgery that kept him on the bench his entire senior season.Arcidiacono was relieved he had solidified his college basketball plans before the injury. Rather than dwell on the premature conclusion of his high school career, he worked on getting himself in shape for college.“I didn’t really have any sleepless nights thinking about missing my senior year,” Arcidiacono said. “It was tough not to be out there with my teammates, but I really just started to focus on college.”His work has paid off, and Arcidiacono hasn’t shown any effects of the injury that kept him away from basketball for a season.He made an early splash by scoring 25 points, including four 3-pointers, in his second career game, an 80-68 win over Marshall.But the challenges of college basketball caught up to him. Arcidiacono shot just 8-for-37 from behind the arc during an ensuing 2-4 stretch for the Wildcats.He’s gone through other rough patches this season, like a 2-for-9 3-point shooting stretch in late January and early February.Arcidiacono just kept shooting. Continuing to pull the trigger is the only way to emerge from a slump, he said.“I just need to keep shooting and make the other team fear my shot,” he said. “But if my shot’s not falling on that night, I just need to be more creative and get my teammates involved.Arcidiacono’s maturity has allowed him to grow from his inconsistencies this season, coach Wright said.“He’s kept his confidence. He’s kept a great attitude,” Wright said. “I think his maturity has allowed him to gain from every positive experience and every negative experience.”Arcidiacono exhibited his resilience Jan. 26, when he found himself mired in a 1-for-7 3-point shooting slump, trailing then-No. 3 Syracuse by three points at home. He received a feed with less than five seconds left and drained a 3-pointer from the left corner.The Wildcats prevailed in overtime in front of Arcidiacono’s blue-and-white-clad parents, family and friends. This time, the Villanova fans mobbed Arcidiacono for his 3-point heroics.“People were grabbing me. One kid was trying to take off my jersey,” Arcidiacono told reporters after the game. “It was fun, but hopefully, people know we don’t need that anymore.” Comments Published on March 6, 2013 at 1:08 am Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edulast_img read more

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