Shirley J. Smith, 70, of Milan passed away at 7:50am, Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on October 31, 1949 the daughter of Floyd and Ruby Herring Cutter. She was married to Jerry Smith on November 19, 1972 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Travis (Sarah) Smith of Batesville, and Dustin Smith of Greensburg; one daughter Amy (Jock) Ralston of Greensburg; four grandchildren Allison and Jonathon Ralston, and Jaden and Jevan Smith; one sister Judy (Gary) Stutler of Friendship. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Smith attended Cross Plains High School and was in the first graduating class from South Ripley in 1967. She was a 1970 graduate of the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati. Shirley worked as a Registered Nurse at the Odd Fellows Home in Greensburg, the Milan Health Care Center, and Terrace View in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 2015. She was also a full time homemaker, wife, mom, and grandma (Ma). Shirley was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Due to the current health pandemic, funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in St. Peters Cemetery at Olean. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Peters Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. If you would like to have a Hugs from Home card given to the Smith family, please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171. The Smith family will hold a public memorial service to honor Shirley at a later date.
12 April 2012Over eight-million tourists visited South Africa in 2011 – a 3.3% increase over the 2010 World Cup year that would, if football-specific arrivals were not counted, have amounted to a 7.4% increase over 2010, well ahead of the global average of 4.4% annual growth.Presenting the 2011 tourist arrival figures in Cape Town on Thursday, Tourism Martinus van Schalkwyk saidk said the 8 339 354 arrivals in 2011 showed that the country’s tourism industry had been able to build on the awareness created by the Fifa World Cup.Neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe remained South Africa’s major source of tourist arrivals, while the UK, US, Germany, the Netherlands and France were South Africa’s top five overseas tourist markets.14.6% growth from AsiaHowever, the growth in the country’s tourism arrivals was driven by a 14.6% growth from the emerging markets of Asia – with a 24% increase in arrivals from China and a 26% increase in arrivals from India.Van Schalkwyk said South Africa would continue to invest in marketing the country to India and China, adding that South African Airways’ launch in January of direct flights between Johannesburg and Beijing would add to the growth.While North American numbers grew by 2.3%, European arrivals declined by 3.5% in 2011, in line with worsening economic conditions there – yet despite this, arrivals from Germany increased by nine percent, with 236 000 arrivals, many of them young people.Van Schalkwyk said the hard work by SA Tourism’s Germany office had led to an increased awareness and positivism towards South Africa, particularly around the country’s lifestyle.The UK remained South Africa’s number one overseas market with 420 500 arrivals, despite a decrease of seven percent.Arrivals from two of South Africa’s other key European markets – the Netherlands and France – also declined last year, while arrivals from Italy were up.African arrivals up by 6.8%Arrivals from the African continent increased by 6.8%, with a 38% increase from Nigeria.A new country office had been opened in Angola, and the department planned to open four more SA Tourism offices on the continent over the next five years – with the next office to be opened in Nigeria in the coming financial year.“Tourists from Africa are major leisure tourists, attracted by the country’s beauty, nightlife and lifestyle and shopping attractions,” Van Schalkwyk said.He added that the 2013 African Nations Cup soccer tournament would be a big opportunity for the country to drive arrivals from the African continent.SA Tourism would also open an office in Brazil in the coming financial year, Van Schalkwyk said, adding that arrivals from the South American country were up by just under one percent in 2011, at 54 000.Gauteng and the Western Cape remained the country’s most visited provinces in 2011.Source: BuaNews
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke on Friday said spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s key weapons in the Champions Trophy next month in England.WATCH: India have the firepower to defend Champions Trophy title, Michael Clarke tells India TodaySpeaking exclusively to India Today, Clarke said India definitely have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title which they won in 2013.”Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are going to be two huge weapons for India in England depending on the weather conditions there. If they are getting good summer, the wickets will be dry and I think spin will play a part. Even if it swings there, I think India have got quality fast bowlers whom they can utilise,” Clarke told India Today. (Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today)Clarke also said that the Indian Premier League is a good opportunity for the players to prepare for the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1.”I feel India have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title. I feel the Indian Premier League as the preparation leading to the Champions Trophy is fantastic for the all the players involved. There’s absolutely no doubt that India will be well prepared. They have got good enough players,” he said.Clarke said opener KL Rahul’s absence will be a big loss but added that India have the players to replace him.”I think if KL Rahul is not completely fit, India will not pick him. It is a big loss but India have got replacements. I think Rohit Sharma needs to play and open for India. And then I think the selectors will go for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane’s technique if the ball is swinging is conducive to England, he is a good player of both fast and spin and offers a lot on the field.advertisement”No brainer at No.3… Virat Kohli as captain, Yuvraj Singh at No.4. I think Yuvraj has earned his place, he is experienced. I would go with MS Dhoni at No.5. He is experienced and he’s still the best keeper in the Indian team. At No.6, I would pick Manish Pandey and then Kedar Jadhav at No.7.”Ashwin and Jadeja will be my two spinners and my four quicks would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who continues to show that he can play in all three formats. Then it’s Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” he said.