Batesville, IN—The Ripley County Community Foundation is continuing to award COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants as local businesses and organizations get back on their feet. The recent recipients of this grant are as follows:*The Ripley County Economic Development received $2,500 to provide resources for local businesses.*The Southeastern Indiana YMCA received $2,500 to support the Summer Food For Kids Program, which provides food for children who do not have a consistent source of food during the months away from school.*Safe Passage received $240.00 for operating support.*The Batesville Area Ministerial Association received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Sunman Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Ripley County Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Holton Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Milan Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*Feed My Sheep Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Raider Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.RCCF has granted a total of $42,055.50 to local organizations in response to COVID-19 hardships. This grant continues to positively impact Ripley County’s residents through the generous donations of donors. Fund contributors include First Financial Foundation, Global Atlantic, the Todd and Diane Rynn Fund, Duke Energy, Hillrom, Bull Fork Honey, Darlene Gerster, Carl and Katherine Taul, and Bobbie Brandes, who are greatly appreciated by the foundation and the community it serves.To learn how you can also help those affected by COVID-19, contact the Ripley County Community Foundation, 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, (812) 933-1098, or donate online by clicking here.
Australia skipper Steve Smith is determined to secure the one major international cricket trophy his country has never won but thinks India are going to be tough to beat when they host the World Twenty20 next month.The Australia squad, world champions in 50-overs cricket and number one in the Test world rankings, flew to South Africa on Sunday morning to prepare for the March 8-April 3 tournament. Also read: Kohli steers India to win against Pakistan Their best result in the five previous versions came when they reached the 2010 final, however, a 3-0 drubbing by India in a recent Twenty20 series has given them plenty of food for thought.”On any given day in T20 cricket any side can be dangerous, an individual can take a game away from you,” Smith told reporters at Sydney airport.”(But) I think India in Indian conditions are going to be very tough to beat. They’re a very good side as we saw out here in the three Twenty20s we played in Australia so I think they’re going to be right up there.”No Australian cricket captain goes into a tournament or series believing victory is impossible, though, and Smith is no exception.”It’s one that’s alluded us, the T20 World Cup, and it would be great to win that trophy, that’s our goal,” Smith added.”It’s going to be a tough tour in India, in conditions that are foreign to us. But it’s really exciting and I think we’ve got the squad to give that tournament a real shake.”advertisementDeprived of the advantage that their pace bowling brings them on home soil, Australia will look more to the batting line-up to make the difference in India – even if Smith is not yet sure how it will look. Also read: Asia Cup pitches not helping in World T20 preparations, says Dhoni “I’m not really sure of the make up of our top three or four yet, obviously, there’s a lot guys who that fill those position,” Smith said.”We’ve got three games to have a look at that before the World Cup. We’ve got some very destructive and talented batters up the top of the order that we can choose from.”Smith said all four injury concerns – Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile – were “tracking well” and should be in contention to feature in the three matches in South Africa.Australia get their World T20 campaign underway against New Zealand in Dharamsala on March 18.
For Obama, this will be his last tour to Asia as he isFor Obama, this will be his last tour to Asia as he is set to relinquish after two terms. But his meeting with Xi is taking place in the backdrop of July verdict of the South China Sea and Washingtons stand that the judgement, though rejected by China, is legal and to be implemented.Chinas claim over almost all of SCS is contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.They enjoy the backing of the US.Beijing is emphasising that Washington shouldpeg down tensions over the SCS and is also trying to persuade the US not to go ahead with its plans to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in South Korea as it considers them a security risk in view of their radars powerful ability to monitor deep into China.The tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East Chinas Sea and Beijings ire over Tokyo wading into the SCS besides their strategic competition around the world remained a source of friction reflecting in Xi, Abe meetings.Xi will also be meeting new British Prime Minister May but again China is very upset about her governments move to halt theUSD 24 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant agreed to by her predecessor David Cameron.Reports from London said the May government explained thedelay saying that it needed time to consider all components of the deal. But speculation is rife that concerns over Chinese investments was at the heart of the reassessment.advertisementFor its part, the Chinese official media has been saying that the focus of the G20 summit will serve as a vital platform for reversing the trend of trade protectionism and giving new impetus to global trade growth.The G20 summit comes at a time when the growth of global trade is lower than that of the global gross domestic product (GDP), which is “indeed rare”, Zhang Yuyan, director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Xinhua news agency.Protectionism, as it often does at times of sluggish economic growth, is on the rise.The World Trade Organisation (WTO) in June this year urged the G20 economies to dismantle anti-trade measures, 1,583 of which have been erected at an all-time-high pace, while just 387 have been removed since 2008, a Xinhua commentary said.Since taking the rotating G20 presidency at the end of last year, China has done “considerable amount of work,” Zhang said, citing the initiation of the G20 trade and investment working group and the institutionalisation of the G20 trade ministers meeting.These efforts are believed to be a good beginning for the upcoming summit, he said.The G-20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union. PTI KJVPMS AKJ PMS