Written by December 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/18/19 Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 100, Charlotte 98Chicago 110, Washington 109 — OTMiami 108, Philadelphia 104Toronto 112, Detroit 99 Oklahoma City 126, Memphis 122New Orleans 107, Minnesota 99Denver 113, Orlando 104Boston 109, Dallas 103Portland 122, Golden State 112NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENew Jersey 3, Anaheim 1Colorado 4, Chicago 1St. Louis 2, Edmonton 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 94 North Carolina 81Louisville 70 Miami (Ohio) 46Virginia 56 Stony Brook 44Michigan St. 77 Northwestern 72San Diego St. 92 San Diego Christian 48Cincinnati 78 Tennessee 66Baylor 91, UT Martin 63Oregon 81, Montana 48Utah 69, Kentucky 66Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The New-Harmony Gazette Publisher Ask For Public RecordsMay 11, 2017Carl Schmitz, Commissioner, Posey County, Indiana 132 East 2nd StreetMt. Vernon, Indiana 47620Dear Commissioner Schmitz:Pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act ( Ind. Code 5-14-3) I would like to obtain a copy of the following Public Records:In a cell phone text dated March 24, 2017, you stated to me that you had an engineer’s report stored in your barn that would confirm the remarks that you made to citizens of Posey County, Indiana at a public meeting on March 11th, concerning the status of the Harmony Way Bridge. You indicated, after I requested the report for the New Harmony Gazette, that it would take a couple of weeks for you to get it.More than two weeks have come and gone and I have not received the report nor any word from you regarding this matter. I also requested the report from you via a text message to your cell phone at 812-483-1629, on April 12, 2017. Again, no response! I believe the statements that you made were false and I am now taking steps to formally request the engineer’s report, that you say you have, through Indiana’s Public Access Act.Also on March 24, 2017 you indicated, via text, to me that the reason you voted “NO” twice in 2014 for Posey County to “Not” take title to the Harmony Way Bridge, was because of this unsubstantiated information which you indicate shows that it would cost $41 to $50 million to reopen the bridge. This decision had a potential negative effect on the economy of both The Town of New Harmony and Posey County. It has been calculated that the Harmony Way Bridge can attract gross receipts of nearly $600,000 per year and possibly as much as $500,000 in transient income per annum. It’s important for the voters and citizens to know that what you said that you depended upon to make your decision was based on factual data, such as a valid engineer’s report.On March 11, 2017 at a Public Meeting in Poseyville Indiana, entitled, Farm Bureau/Cracker Barrel Legislative Forum, you made the following statements pertaining to any assistance by the Posey County Government, whom you represent, participating in the reopening of the Harmony Way Bridge. The bridge is located on the Wabash River between New Harmony, Indiana and Crossville, Illinois:1)”I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler.”2)“No one owns it.”3)The cost to update the bridge is $41 to $50 million dollars.Regarding the first comment, it must be pointed out that in July 2016, six citizens of Indiana and Illinois, myself included, walked across the entire Harmony Way Bridge together from Indiana to Illinois and back without any bridge structure reverberations. Everything went just fine.New Harmony Indiana, Road Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Grider has been observed by me and by several other residents of New Harmony over the past two years crossing the Harmony Way Bridge by bicycle from Illinois, where he lives, to New Harmony, Indiana, where he works. Grider comes over on the bridge in the morning, and back to Illinois in the afternoon. The bridge has not shown any negative effects from Mr. Grider’s many crossings back and forth on his bicycle. Please furnish the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention, the proof that you say you have in the form of an engineer’s report that validates your statement, “I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler,” pertaining to the Harmony Way Bridge.In your second statement, “No one owns it,” I merely ask that you answer the following questions, in writing. Have you ever heard of the White County Bridge Commission? Are you familiar with the names David Rice and Michael Spud Egbert in that regard? Are you familiar with an Act of Congress dated April 12, 1941 under 55 Stat. 140, which created the White County Bridge Commission and authorized the Commission, the current owners, to purchase the Harmony Way Bridge? Please be so kind as to answer these questions in writing so that the New Harmony Gazette can convey your answers to the People of New Harmony and Posey County, Indiana.Your last statement was about the cost to update and reopen the Harmony Way Bridge at a cost of $41 to $50 million dollars. You confirm in a text message to me dated March 24, 2017, that this cost was your primary reason for voting “no” on the option of Posey County taking title to the Harmony Way Bridge on two separate occasions in 2014. You say it was from data on the engineer’s report which you have in your barn. According to all of the engineers reports, that I personally have in my possession currently, your comment has no basis in fact. This is the third time that I have requested the engineer’s report that you say you have, that proves your assertion regarding these inflated cost figures and was reported by you to the public on March 11, 2017. Please forward that engineer’s report to my attention at The New Harmony Gazette.I understand that if I seek a copy of these records, there may be a copying fee. Could you please inform me of that cost prior to making the copy. I can be reached at 347-757-8142 and email at [email protected] to the statute you have 7 calendar days to respond to this request.If you choose to deny the request, then you are required to respond in writing and state the statutory exception authorizing the withholding of all or part of the public record and the name and title or position of the person responsible for the denial.Please comply and release these reports to the New Harmony Gazette, to my attention at:The New-Harmony Gazette. Dan Barton, PublisherP.O. Box 551New Harmony, Indiana 47631Thank you for your assistance in this matter,Respectfully,Dan Barton, PublisherFOOTNOTE: The City County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Carl Waterman. Photo courtesy of the Exchange Club of Ocean CityThe Ocean City Exchange Club is organizing a fundraising effort to help the family of one of its members, Carl Waterman, a decorated veteran familiar to just about anybody who’s attended a parade in Ocean City.Waterman recently suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Facing staggering medical bills, Waterman’s wife, Pat, is unable to pay rent, utilities or even buy food.Forty donors have contributed $6,250 since the Exchange Club launched a GoFundMe page on Wednesday, but the family’s needs are much greater, according to Bill Culp, club president.__________If you can help the Watermans, visit http://www.gofundme.com/k5wr5g__________“He’s just a fabulous guy,” Culp said. “Nobody doesn’t like Carl Waterman.”Waterman is a retired Marine and a key member of the U.S. Marine Corps League Color Guard, marching in local parades (2014 Miss America and many others) and posting the nation’s colors at city and county events.Waterman, an Ocean City resident who worked in the construction trades for decades, is an active member and former board member of the Exchange Club and the Riverboat Club. His wife had been ill for about a year and had recently recovered, Culp said.“Please be as generous to Carl as he has been to our great country,” the Exchange Club writes on its GoFundMe page. “He is an American Hero and exemplifies the best that America has to offer.”
Ashbourne-based bakery Artisan Biscuits has expanded its Two by Two children’s shortbread range with the introduction of peach biscuits.The peach biscuits will roll out from next month, and can be purchased from Artisan Biscuits’ online store and The Fine Cheese Co’s shops in Bath and Belgravia, at £2.50.The variant is an all-butter shortbread made with peach juice and clotted cream, with an illustration on the packaging telling the story of the nursery rhyme ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’.The biscuits are also engraved with the nursery rhyme characters, one being a lamb and the other Mary.Ann-Marie Dyas, director of Artisan Biscuits, said: “The fragrance of these biscuits is so fresh and natural, and is like burying your head in a bowl of peaches.”The brand name Two by Two comes from the story of Noah’s Ark. The biscuits in each pack are always two characters, making a pair.
With all 10 towns reporting, the $37.1 million budget approved by voters at the May 28 meeting has passed, taking roughly two-thirds of the vote.Chesterville and New Vineyard both voted against validating the budget, which represents an increase of $1.58 million or 4.44 percent over the current fiscal year, with the other eight towns voting in favor. The total vote was 909 in favor and 445 opposed.A second question, asking if voters wished to continue holding budget validation referendums, easily passed in every town.###Results for the Regional School Unit 9 budget validation will be posted here as towns report their vote totals. A ‘yes’ vote will validate the $37.1 million budget approved at the May 28 meeting, while a ‘no’ vote will reject it, effectively restarting the process.The budget includes an increase of $1.58 million or 4.44 percent over the current fiscal year. The projected local tax impact would be an increase of $36,050, or .27 percent over the entire district.Question 1 addresses the 2019-20 budget. Question 2, a recurring item that appears every three years per state law, asks whether voters wish to continue holding budget validation referendums.Town results:Chesterville – Question 1 – 45 yes, 65 noChesterville – Question 2 – 64 yes, 43 noFarmington – Question 1 – 355 yes, 115 noFarmington – Question 2 – 307 yes, 152 noIndustry – Question 1 – 39 yes, 20 noIndustry – Question 2 – 41 yes, 16 noNew Sharon – Question 1 – 81 yes, 61 noNew Sharon – Question 2 – 92 yes, 48 noNew Vineyard – Question 1 – 13 yes, 28 noNew Vineyard – Question 2 – 22 yes, 18 noStarks – Question 1 – 50 yes, 5 noStarks – Question 2 – 44 yes, 10 noTemple – Question 1 – 37 yes, 21 noTemple – Question 2 – 40 yes, 18 noVienna – Question 1 – 31 yes, 12 noVienna – Question 2 – 26 yes, 16 noWeld – Question 1 – 28 yes, 16 noWeld – Question 2 – 36 yes, 6 noWilton – Question 1 – 230 yes, 102 noWilton – Question 2 – 209 yes, 115 noTotal – Question 1 – 909 yes, 445 noTotal – Question 2 – 881 yes, 442 no
On Tuesday, Live for Live Music presented the third edition of The Funk Sessions, a new monthly residency based at Denver, CO’s Cervantes’ Other Side. The Funk Sessions features a rotating cast of players from across the funk and jam scenes playing in unique and creative lineups. Each month’s lineup centers around a host artist and a hand-picked, curated lineup of colleagues, friends, and musicians whom they admire.Of course, it wouldn’t be The Funk Sessions without a very special surprise. At the first edition of the residency in January, the show closed with a surprise brass band second line parade through the crowd and up to the stage. In February, the first 400 people through the door got a free slice of pizza. This month, The Funk Sessions promised a very special surprise opener—which the crowd was ecstatic to discover was powerhouse Memphis quintet Southern Avenue. Check out the full video of Southern Avenue’s surprise opening set at The Funk Sessions below:Southern Avenue – Surprise Opening Set – The Funk Sessions – 3/26/19<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Jack Gould/Ninja Video]Last night’s March edition of The Funk Sessions was hosted by Michelangelo Carubba, drummer for Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz. Mikey was joined by keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), percussionist Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation/Congo Sanchez), bassist Garrett Sayers (The Motet), guitarist Ryan Jalbert (The Motet), vocalist Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach aka “Mr. Invoice” (Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics), trumpet player Gabriel Mervine (formerly of The Motet), and more for his sold-out session.The all-star cast of musicians opened up the Tuesday night funk affair with James Brown‘s “Brother Rapp”. Mikey made it clear that he was ready to funk Denver up within the opening minutes of the show, locking into a tight-knit rhythmic groove with Sayers. The band continued in the James Brown groove as they moved forward with “Ain’t It Funky Now”, followed by Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers‘ “Bustin’ Loose”. Backed by Gerlach and Mervine’s potent horn section, Mikey and his musical comrades invited the Denver crowd to get down and boogie, with TAUK’s Isaac Teel adding some auxiliary percussion.The band changed gears with Funkadelic‘s “Red Hot Mama”, giving Jalbert a chance to flex his chops with a series of explosive guitar solos. Divinsky and special guest Michelle Sarah dazzled the crowd with their jaw-dropping vocal prowess, alongside Mikey’s infectious snare hits from behind the kit. Up next was Earth, Wind & Fire deep cut “Kalimba Story”, highlighted by Sayers’ aggressive approach on the song’s main bass line. The band then invited up Michelle Sarah back up for a take on “I Like It” by Space Capone, a band with whom Mikey implored the crowd to get familiar.Sold-out crowd’s energy was clearly evident as these behemoths of funk moved forward with Marvin Gaye‘s “Got To Give It Up”, which included Teel and local percussionist Will Trask lending some extra hands. Divinisky continued to shine on lead vocals, challenging himself with some high vocals before unveiling the third James Brown song of the night, “Mother Popcorn”. Gerlach and Mervine heated things up with spicy horn licks as Divinsky broke it down in a fashion that would have made the Godfather of Soul proud. Special guest Reed Mathis took over the bass duties from there as Carubba powered the band into Al Green‘s “Love and Happiness”.The all-star squad kept on chuggin’ with “Roller”, highlighted by some spacey synth work out of Stoops’ corner and a silky-smooth saxophone solo from Gerlach. The horn-heavy vibe continued into Freddie Hubbard‘s “Red Clay”, which was followed by noteworthy renditions of Michael McDonald‘s “I Keep Forgetting”, Tower of Power‘s “What Is Hip”, and a raucous set-closing take on Funkadelic’s “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”.Luckily, you can watch a full pro-shot video of last night’s performance below:Live For Live Music Presents: The Funk Sessions – 3/26/19[Video: Jack Gould/Ninja Video]Setlist: The Funk Sessions with Mike Carubba | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 3/26/2019Set: Brother Rapp, Ain’t It Funky Now, Bustin’ Loose*, Red Hot Mama^, Kalimba Story, I Like It^, Got To Give It Up&, Mother Popcorn, Love and Happiness#, Roller, Red Clay, I Keep Forgetting, What Is Hip, Standing On the Verge Of Getting It On*with Isaac Teel (TAUK)^with Michele Sarah&with Isaac Teel, Will Trask#with Reed MathisBuilding on the excitement of last night’s sold-out blowout, Live For Live Music has announced the details for the April edition of The Funk Sessions. Lettuce/Break Science drummer Adam Deitch will host the affair with help from his Lettuce bandmate Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, The Motet bassist Garrett Sayers, and Hammond B3 organ master Wil Blades. As always, The Funk Sessions will also feature a surprise. For the April session, that surprise will come in the form of a mysterious special guest!For more information about the upcoming April edition of The Funk Sessions, head here.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) opened Route 9 Friday to full public travel, restoring a critical east-west travel corridor that is vital to safety, mobility and state commerce. The agency today also reopened a bridge along Route 30 at the Dummerston and Newfane town line. The opening reestablishes public access along Route 30 as far northwest as Jamaica, where the road remains closed due to storm damage that is still under repair. Tropical Storm Irene caused considerable damage along Route 9, knocking out a bridge in Woodford and washing away several roadway segments between Marlboro and West Brattleboro. Route 9 through the heart of Wilmington also received considerable damage. As a result, the entire 35-mile stretch of Route 9 between Woodford and West Brattleboro was closed. “Travel between Bennington and Brattleboro since the storm has been challenging as the detours were exceptionally long,” said Gil Newbury, incident commander for VTrans recovery efforts across southeast Vermont. “Reopening Route 9 allows not only residents but businesses to return to something that is close to normal.”Motorists using Route 9 should expect delays in and around Wilmington as well as throughout the seven-mile stretch between Marlboro and West Brattleboro where crews are still conducting repairs and much of the once paved roadway is now gravel. The speed limit, normally 50 mph through much of this stretch, has been reduced to 35 mph for safety reasons. VTrans is advising commercial traffic that is through traffic to use the Massachusetts Turnpike or MA Route 2 to the south as travel on Route 9 will be slow and rough in places.Route 9 is the latest major east-west roadway to reopen since the storm closed more than 450 miles of Vermont State Highway on August 28. In less than two weeks, state work crews in conjunction with dozens of private contractors and hundreds of National Guard troops also have restored services to Route 103 between Rockingham and Rutland, as well as Route 11 between Chester and Manchester. The remaining major east-west corridor that remains closed is Route 4 between Rutland and Woodstock. VTrans, baring some unforeseen setback, anticipates opening this vital stretch of roadway next weekend. “Reestablishing east-west mobility is vital to both our safety and to our economy,” said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. “From day one, reopening these roads was one of our top priorities. But as good as today’s news is, everyone needs to remember that many of our reopened roads are still under construction. If you do not need to be on them, please don’t be. And if you do use them, drive with caution and leave additional time to reach your destination.”The effort to reopen Route 9 involved crews of more than 75 workers from not only VTrans but the Vermont National Guard and several private contractors, including Deloury Construction, C. J. Weaver Excavating, Zaluzny Excavating, Berard’s Excavating, Eilers Brothers Trucking and Construction, Brown Logging and Chipping, Cold River Construction, and Kubricky Construction Corp.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details Before embarking on your organization’s quarterly performance review take a moment to think about what is being measuring. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about what you are evaluating.Are Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in place that go beyond the scope of the balance sheet?Are you measuring the loyalty and satisfaction of your members AND staff?Do your efficiency ratio’s include delivery channel data? Specifically are the physical and electronic channels profitable?How engaged are your new members? The ones that opened in January. They have been with your credit union for 90 days now. Are they using the products and services you would like?In the white paper titled, “Innovative Strategic Process to Create Thriving Financial Cooperatives,” which I presented at the International Cooperative Summit held last fall puts forth the concept of evaluating the performance of an organization in the four key areas of human capital, competitive advantage, delivery channel and member engagement. The following are insights from that paper.As a measurable and controllable aspect of the credit union, human capital is a factor that can improve future business performance. Understanding how to tap into human capital potential and harness culture can have a positive short-term impact on performance as well as lasting effects in terms of competitive edge….While many strategic decisions are based on competitive information, it is important to have an accurate understanding of members’ share of wallet. Often there’s a significant difference between a credit union’s perceived and actual competitors. Rather than making assumptions, credit unions should analyze data to determine who else members are using for financial services. This is also a great opportunity to identify areas in which the credit union excels due to its cooperative business model.With a clear understanding of who has a presence in members’ wallets and why, credit unions can make informed decisions patterns, develop an effective marketplace position, tap into social network affinities, improve website visits, develop loyalty programs and gather other information to build impactful strategies….Assessing a credit union’s delivery channels is particularly important because the digital age is constantly bringing new ways for the consumer to purchase and pay. This is forcing a re-evaluation of how members access and engage the credit union. By analyzing member engagement data, credit unions can identify which of the credit union’s current channels are used the most and which member demographics prefer each channel. This is a particularly important distinction for credit unions because most want to attract prospective members who are younger than the average current member and therefore may have different engagement profiles. Understanding how members engage is the also starting point for building an effective omni-channel experience….And, finally, credit unions typically have higher satisfaction ratings than banks, yet few understand how to effectively offer member service and member engagement across a variety of channels. In effect, credit unions are failing to make the most of an existing competitive advantage. For example, most credit unions that have mobile apps provide limited service via those apps. However, the average consumer uses mobile apps 10 times a day, and 78% of all mobile users use apps for customer service purposes. Credit unions should strive to make two-way communication accessible, easy, and satisfying for members in order to build trust and grow loyalty.To gain the true performance insights, the metrics have to be more than financial. While financial performance is valuable, it is only part of the picture and to gain success an organization needs the entire picture.
continue reading » We believe that collaboration, trust, and open communication are the foundation of a successful project. In the design-build project model, where partners and stakeholders are integrated into a project at the optimal time, sharing knowledge and ideas is fundamental. This model also builds a stronger sense of trust by shifting risk from the owner to the design-builder.In our combined years of experience in project management, we’ve come to identify one factor that can reliably predict a project’s success more than any other: communication. A completed branch or workplace project represents the contributions and expertise from many people, and there is an ideal time to integrate each of them: where their input can have the greatest impact.The challenge with the typical construction process, design-bid-build, is that planning, design, and construction happen in three discrete phases where partners in the design and build phases aren’t brought on board until the previous phase is complete. This raises a barrier between the design team, construction team, and the people who will actually be using the building, and this barrier creates missed opportunities where a participant could have made more impactful contributions had they weighed in on the project earlier.This concept is best illustrated by the McCleamy Curve, seen in the chart below. At the beginning of a project it is easy and low-cost to make changes, but as the project progresses it becomes more difficult and costly to make design changes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Rio Tinto is facing accusations it “side-stepped” responsibility to clean up poisonous waste from a closed mine on Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville island in a complaint filed Tuesday in Australia.The complaint, lodged with Australian authorities by the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of more than 150 Bougainvilleans, heaps more pressure on the mining giant already under public attack for blowing up sacred Aboriginal sites.It alleges the former Panguna copper and gold mine, which was at the center of a decade-long civil war in PNG, continues to leak waste into rivers more than three decades after it was shuttered. “Our rivers are poisoned with copper, our homes get filled with dust from the tailings mounds, our kids get sick from the pollution,” a traditional landowner and member of local parliament, Theonila Roka Matbob, said in a statement.When it operated between 1972 and 1989, Panguna was one of the South Pacific’s largest mines for copper and gold but anger among locals over the environmental damage and distribution of profits triggered an uprising that forced its closure.The ensuing civil war left up to 20,000 people dead and led to a peace agreement opening the way for possible Bougainville independence.In 2016 Rio divested from the mine, passing on its shares to the Papua New Guinea and Bougainville governments, in a move locals say allowed the miner to entirely avoid the costs of clean-up. “These are not problems we can fix with our bare hands. We urgently need Rio Tinto to do what’s right and deal with the disaster they have left behind,” Matbob said.The complaint alleges the Anglo-Australian company failed to mitigate the risks posed by billions of tons of mining waste that have turned riverbeds blue and caused health problems for more than 12,000 people living downstream. It urges the Australian government to bring the miner into negotiations with locals and investigate the situation if talks fall through.Keren Adams, legal director at the Human Rights Law Centre, compared the miner’s inaction over the Bougainville mine to the destruction in May by Rio Tinto of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal sites at the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia. “As we saw at Juukan Gorge in Australia and we see here in Bougainville, there is a total disconnect between Rio Tinto’s rhetoric and the reality experienced by Indigenous communities,” Adams said. “If Rio Tinto is serious about learning lessons, it needs to listen to communities and take responsibility for the human impacts of its activities.”Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Rio Tinto said it was willing to enter into discussions with Bougainville locals following the complaint.”We are aware of the deterioration of mining infrastructure at the site and surrounding areas, and claims of resulting adverse environmental and social, including human rights, impacts,” a spokesman told the newspaper.The firm blasted rock shelters in the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia’s remote Pilbara region on May 24, destroying one of the earliest known sites occupied by Australia’s indigenous people.The backlash sparked by the destruction, which was described by traditional owners as a “shocking act of corporate vandalism”, led to the resignations earlier this month of Rio Tinto’s CEO and two top lieutenants. Topics :