3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Federal prosecutors allege a former mailroom employee of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Vystar Credit Union embezzled $5.4 million over 15 years.Duane Allen Sikes is scheduled to be arraigned on 10 felony counts of mail fraud and five felony counts of embezzlement of credit union funds in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville Tuesday.“Upon our discovery that a former employee had defrauded the company during his employment, VyStar immediately conducted a more comprehensive internal review, reported the matter to authorities and is cooperating fully with their investigation,” VyStar said in a prepared statement.“Importantly, this isolated incident did not in any way compromise member personal information or accounts, and is immaterial to the company’s financials. VyStar does not tolerate behavior that is contrary to our culture and high ethical values, and has taken immediate action to address the situation and even further enhance our internal processes.”
Batesville, In. — Two Indiana cities landed in the top 15 of a list of WalletHub’s “2018’s Best Small Cities in America. Carmel, Indiana landed at #2, Fishers was ranked 13th and Mason, Ohio made the list at #15.A link to the complete study is here.
New Zealand upstaged India in the semi-final of World Cup. India is all set to play a bilateral series against West Indies which starts on August 3. Ravi Shastri and support staff has been given an extention of 45 days. New Delhi: After a semi-final exit against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019, the Indian team is all set to play a full bilateral series against West Indies. Ravi Shastri and the support staff has been given a 45-day extension and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already invited application for the vacant position. It is known that the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Tom Moody, and Jonty Rhoades have applied for their respective interest role.Former Indian cricketer Robin Singh also threw his hat in the ring for the high-profile head coach’s role. After applying for the position, he made a bold statement about Shastri and how the current Indian coach has fared under him in the knock-out stages of the tournaments, hosted by the ICC.“Under the current coach, India has lost in the semi-finals of two successive ODI World Cups, and in the last four stage of the World Twenty20 championship as well,” the 55-year-old Singh was quoted as saying in Times Now.Singh also talked about the importance of reading into the player’s thoughts and formulating tactics as per that. The veteran feels that it’s essential for a coach to put himself/herself in the player’s shoes in order to understand the game better.“You got to transport yourself mentally into the game, put yourself in situations that the team and the players face, be a part of the moves, get into the players’ mind. You can do this, only if you understand the game technically,” he added. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
View Gallery (3 Photos)When J.J. Watt left Madison for the lockout-sullied National Football League, he took with him more than just 62 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and seven sacks.Rather, as anyone with a Twitter account or access to Madison-area newspapers will tell you, Watt also took his remarkable leadership abilities. Everything from the tried-but-true “Dream Big, Work Hard” mantra – wristbands reportedly coming soon – to his tendency toward steady, consistent production that undoubtedly kept the Badgers afloat during the trying portions of their schedule.So now, with voids to fill both on and off the field, UW needs to figure out how it will return to within three points of a Rose Bowl victory – or better. Augmenting the significance of those voids is the fact that Watt wasn’t alone in departing the defense. Seniors Blake Sorensen, Culmer St. Jean, Jay Valai and Niles Brinkley are also gone, leaving even more holes to fill in the defense. Sorensen led UW with 66 tackles, while St. Jean, at middle linebacker, was essentially the quarterback of the defense. Valai was known for his big hits and smack talk, but he also kept the team an interesting combination of energized and loose, while Brinkley was a consistent defensive back throughout the season.Coupled with the expectations of a preseason ranking likely ranging from top-five to top-15, the pressure to fill these defensive gaps figures to be monumental. However, despite two consecutive disappointing years following his impressive 12-win debut in 2006, head coach Bret Bielema has proven capable of achieving sustained success in Madison. The Badgers won just nine games in 2007 and seven in 2008, but improved to 10 wins in 2009 and 11 in 2010.So, as Bielema himself likes to say, who will be the “next man in” for Wisconsin’s defense in 2011?Aaron Henry, free safetyDon’t let Aaron Henry’s “Yes, sir; No, sir,” act fool you – the Badgers’ returning free safety and former cornerback may be one of UW’s more polite players, but he rarely lacks for confidence. Last year Henry paired with Valai to form a stout safety duo. The two of them were hard hitters (Henry even took that title from Valai more than a few times), playmakers and significant leaders on Wisconsin’s 20th-ranked defense.Henry finished last season tied for fourth in tackles with 58, tied for second in interceptions with two (one of which was returned 50 yards for a touchdown in Wisconsin’s final regular season game against Northwestern) and pass deflections with nine and first in fumble recoveries with three. In UW’s season opener at UNLV, Henry returned a fumble for a touchdown. At Michigan Nov. 20, Henry recorded a career-high 10 tackles, and one week earlier against Indiana he returned another interception for a touchdown, giving him three defensive touchdowns on the season.With Valai and Brinkley no longer around, Henry will be entrusted with continuing the marked improvement of the Badgers’ secondary. The unit entered last season under extreme pressure as one of the most maligned units in recent years, but under first-year defensive backs coach Chris Ash – now co-defensive coordinator – the secondary thrived. Henry will likely pair with redshirt junior Shelton Johnson at the safety position, and aside from returning starter senior defensive back Antonio Fenelus and senior Devin Smith (mainly a reserve last year), there isn’t much experience in UW’s secondary.Chris Borland, linebackerChris Borland’s UW career started as well as anyone could have expected. At outside linebacker he amassed 54 tackles, five forced fumbles and three recovered while finishing the season as Big Ten Freshman of the Year.Last season Borland played in just two games after suffering a shoulder injury in the opener against UNLV. He missed the following game against San Jose State, and then after recording two tackles in the first quarter of the next game against Arizona State he reaggravated the injury and missed the remainder of the season.This spring, Borland said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of the Badgers’ summer workout program in June. Regardless of if that’s the case, Borland will be preparing for the fall at a new position – middle linebacker. Despite losing St. Jean, Wisconsin still boasts impressive talent at linebacker with redshirt junior Mike Taylor and senior Kevin Claxton.At 5-foot-11, 242 pounds, Borland figures to be a solid fit at the inside position. In his 15 career games, Borland has shown an impressive nose for the ball and a knack for making big plays, as well as an ability to maintain ground to stop the run. All that remains is picking up the mental part of the game St. Jean played so well. But after two years in the system and an already strong football IQ, nobody expects Borland to struggle with the change.Mike Taylor, linebackerAs impressive as Borland has been around the football in his still-young UW career, Taylor might have an even better nose for the ball. He redshirted his freshman year due to a neck injury, and after starting the first seven games of the next season he suffered a season-ending knee injury. In those seven games, he averaged 6.6 tackles per game.Last season, Taylor missed only the opening game while still rehabbing. He started the remaining 12, though, finishing with 58 tackles (tied with Henry for fourth), eight tackles for loss (second after Watt’s ridiculous 21), one sack and two interceptions.Taylor has regularly been more reserved than Borland, who isn’t exactly a vocal leader either. But with Henry likely to fill that role, Taylor and Borland can afford to focus on staying healthy and anchoring what could be the Big Ten’s top linebacking core.All that’s left is a Twitter hashtag worthy of Watt’s #DBWH.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Who do you think will step up to lead Wisconsin’s defense this season? Who needs to? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.