Reptile session set for Feb. 19

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center will kick off the Saturday at the Rock series on Feb. 19 with Herpetology: the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians. Participants will learn to identify common local reptiles, dispel myths and perhaps touch a turtle or a snake. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Sessions are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. Each session includes the day’s scheduled program and an opportunity to visit Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum. Advanced registration is required. Saturday at the Rock programs are set for the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. For more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706)484-2862 or [email protected] A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.htmllast_img read more

Bloke denied from playing womens AFL – Correct decision (Aust)

first_imgHannah Mouncey knocked back from playing AFLWNews.com.au 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Of course a ‘bloke’ shouldn’t be playing such a physical sport with the ‘sheilas’. Common sense. But the international Olympic Committee have confused things with decisions on weightlifters, for examples – so expect this problem to continue.THE AFL has blocked transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from participating in the AFLW’s 2018 season.‘IT COULD GET QUITE MESSY’A leading Australian media lawyer says the AFL is in danger of being accused of discrimination for the polarising decision to deny Mouncey a spot in the league.The 190cm, 100kg ruck played eight games for Ainslie in Canberra’s women’s competition this season and kicked 17 goals — but AFLW clubs are still unsure if they will be able to recruit her through the AFLW draft.Having previously played for Australia’s men’s handball team, Mouncey began taking gender transition hormones in 2015.Melbourne-based lawyer Justin Quill on Tuesday warned the AFL it will leave itself open to a “messy” legal challenge if it denies Mouncey accreditation as a sanctioned AFLW footballer.“If they don’t it could get quite messy and quite complicated if they go the other route,” Quill told SEN’s Breakfast on Tuesday.“I think they will allow her to play. I think her levels that she’s tested at, as I understand it, you guys just talked about the IOC guidelines, she’s well, well within the testosterone levels that the IOC will allow and I think they (The AFL) will rely on that.“They will use that. I also think they will develop a policy for future cases.”He said the IOC precedent means there is little scope for the AFL to try to block her inclusion if they decide Mouncey should not be allowed to compete.“That’s going to be very difficult for them to do and that’s why I think they will allow her to play,” Quill said.“They could say, ‘She’s too big. She’s too strong. Her strength and stamina et cetera is greater’. They could try and say that, but I don’t think there really is much of a basis because if they don’t allow her to play I think there is a reasonable chance that they could be facing a legal challenge and I’m sure there are bodies out there that would support her to make such a challenge.“She would say, ‘I’ve been discriminated against because of my gender’. In the eyes of the law, she would say, ‘I’m a female and I should be allowed to play and you’re not allowing me to play and therefore I’m being discriminated against’.“That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision.”The AFL follows International Olympic Committee rules which state an athlete must prove their testosterone count is below a certain level.It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.Inspired by the success of the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Mouncey has previously spoken of her desire to test herself at the highest level. But she took to Twitter on Monday to decline further comment. “At the moment I am not in a position to make any comment surrounding my availability for the draft,” Mouncey wrote.“(I) will not be doing any interviews or making comment on the situation.”READ MORE: http://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/afl-playing-with-fire-over-transgender-player-hannah-mouncey/news-story/a21ec2bd491a38a5fd378e388e501c0flast_img read more

Lonzo Ball-De’Aaron Fox duel doesn’t emerge as Kings top Lakers

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, hangs from the rim after stuffing dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Garrett Temple, left, and De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, center, grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, and Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, drives against Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, hangs from the rim after dunking over Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III, right, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton questions referee Leon Wood about a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, of Serbia, gestures after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, right, talks with Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, of Serbia, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, left, and Bogdan Bogdanovic exchange high fives in the closing moments of the Kings 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandSACRAMENTO – Drafted three spots behind Lonzo Ball in June, Kings point guard DeAaron Fox understands pressure.He played at Kentucky, after all. Still a teenager, he is the starting point guard for a moribund NBA franchise desperate for a savior.Not even Fox, however, can relate to what Ball faces with the Lakers.Related Articles Yes, the LaVar Ball, Donald Trump feud is still going and now Don King and LeVar Burton have been sucked in too Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers After Ball snatched 29 rebounds over his previous two games, the Kings (5-13) limited him to just six boards.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 20 points, while Kings reserve center Willie Cauley-Stein led all scorers with 26. Veteran center Zach Randolph added 22 points.It was a more efficient, though quiet, night offensively for Ball (4 for 8 from the field) whose 30.8 field goal percentage entering the night remains cause for concern. He did, however, record the highlight of the night when he cut backdoor to receive a lob from Corey Brewer and dunked with one hand over Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein with 8:17 left in the second quarter. Fox has been among those studying Ball’s every move. It’s not so much that the Kings rookie seeks out the latest updates on LaVar vs. Donald Trump, or Lonzo’s haircut.It’s that they can’t be avoided.“I wake up in the morning, it’s 8 a.m. and the first thing that’s trending is that,” Fox said. “So you see it.”He toed the line of equating the Life of Lonzo to that of members of another reality TV family.“It’s basically a famous family,” Fox said. “I was going to compare it to the Kardashians. Just necessarily saying how famous the family is, not what you do to get famous or anything like that. They are all being watched.”Fox has had a more sheltered NBA experience than his Lakers’ counterpart. Though he started Wednesday, he has come off the bench in all but five of his first 18 games.The Lakers have not had the same luxury with Ball, who was declared the star and starter from the beginning.“Being a rookie you usually have more time to adjust to NBA life,” Coach Luke Walton said. “You get little opportunities here and there and you grow from those, you have vets that kind of take you under their wing and show you how it’s done at this level.“It’s more of a patient process. I think he (Ball) is handling it well, so I think this way is working for him.”A night earlier, Ball checked into a game with the Lakers trailing by seven against the Chicago Bulls. He keyed a rally that completely flipped the game and saw the Lakers emerge with a 103-94 win.There was no such comeback magic on Wednesday. The Lakers simply could not stop the Kings offense, which ranks last in the NBA at 94.3 points per game.“It’s tough to win on the road in the NBA,” Walton said, “and I think our guys are still learning that.” Put LaVar Ball in Parent Hall of Shame: Letters AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith four days until their next game, the Lakers, who did not lead after the first quarter, saw their two-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 8-11.After Ball missed scheduled matchups with Fox in summer league and the preseason due to minor injuries, the two rivals finally met on an NBA court Wednesday night, their first tilt since Fox scored 39 points in a victory over Ball and UCLA in a regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament last spring.Earlier in their freshman seasons, Ball scored a victory over Kentucky at Rupp Arena.In Chapter 3 on Wednesday, Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 37 minutes, while Fox recovered from two ugly airballs to score 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.“It was a lot of fun playing against him,” Ball said. “It’s always fun. Everybody in the crowd loves it and all the fans and stuff, so it’s good for basketball.” Fox has also been criticized for his shooting. Before Wednesday he was shooting just 26.1 percent from 3-point range. Against the Lakers he made both his attempts.Fox, who was among the players the Lakers considered drafting with the No. 2 pick, has been friends with Ball since he was starring at a high school in suburban Houston and Ball was at Chino Hills. This was before LaVar Ball became a presidential nemesis; before Big Baller Brand molded its first prototype.“He is the same kid that I met,” Fox said. “I mean, you just got more followers, you got more money and people really look upon everything that you do now. He is still the same chill, laid-back, doesn’t-say-much guy that I met in high school.” In the Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball exchange, does one brand help another? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The expectations are out of this world for him,” Fox said before the Kings’ 113-102 win over the Lakers. “I couldn’t imagine it.”last_img read more