March 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/20 Written by Brad James Tags: Baseball/Boys Soccer/Gunnison/Juab/Milford/Piute/Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerDELTA, Utah-Joshua Mendez and Tanner Gonder each scored twice as the Delta Rabbits smacked Juab 8-0 in Region 14 boys soccer action Tuesday. Brayden Gonder, Diego Angeles, Jager Springer and Sam Clark also added goals for Delta in the rout.MOAB, Utah-Deklynd Chant scored the sole goal of the game as the Grand Red Devils blanked Manti 1-0 Tuesday in Region 15 boys soccer action. Jacob Shumway earned the shutout for the Red Devils.GUNNISON, Utah-Alex Wall and Aron Trejo each scored twice and the Millard Eagles outlasted Gunnison 4-3 in overtime in Region 18 boys soccer action Tuesday. Brayan Ruiz, Jace Clark and Kris Edwards all scored in the loss for the Bulldogs.SoftballJUNCTION, Utah-Maddie Edwards belted a grand slam and Emily Bracket posted a 3-inning no-hitter in the circle as the Gunnison Bulldogs routed Piute 18-0 Tuesday in 2-A Central softball action.NEPHI, Utah-Kaitlyn Sperry doubled and the Juab Wasps outlasted Union 12-11 Tuesday in Region 14 softball action.MANTI, Utah-Jayda Shaw went yard in the bottom of the 6th Inning to lead the Manti Templars to a 6-2 win over Richfield in Region 15 softball action Tuesday.BEAVER, Utah-Karlie Hollingshead doubled and the Beaver Beavers smacked Millard 19-9 Tuesday in Non-Region softball action.BaseballDUCHESNE, Utah-Creed Mogle went yard and Janzen Keisel earned the win on the mound as the Gunnison Bulldogs pounded Duchesne 21-5 in 2-A North baseball action Tuesday.NEPHI, Utah-Tucker Memmott doubled and tripled as the Juab Wasps bested American Leadership 7-3 Tuesday in Region 14 baseball action. Alex White, Damon Davidson and Jakoby Kelly also doubled in the win for the Wasps.MANTI, Utah-Jake Shepherd earned the win on the mound by posting 9 strikeouts in a complete game performance as the Richfield Wildcats routed Manti 8-1 in Region 15 baseball action Tuesday. Emmitt Hafen, Morgan Albrecht and Payson Reed added doubles for the Wildcats in victory.CASTLE DALE, Utah-Yates Taylor tripled and the South Sevier Rams beat Emery 12-6 Tuesday in Region 15 baseball action. Easton Hunt added a double, while also earning the win on the mound for the Rams.MILFORD, Utah-Alec Williams and Paxton Henrie each doubled, helping the Milford Tigers to a 7-3 win over North Sevier in non-region baseball action Tuesday. Bret Beebe earned the win on the mound for the Tigers.
“It means a Green New Deal, a referendum with the option to Remain, and equal pay for women by 2030. It means halving foodbank use in a year, ending the need for foodbanks in three, and stopping the Tories from pursuing their damaging Brexit and eroding workers’ rights.” A Labour government means better pay, affordable housing and investment in public services.” Rosie Sourbut, former Oxford University Labour Club co-chair and current student, has announced she is running as the Labour candidate in Oxford West and Abingdon. In a statement posted on Facebook, Ms Sourbut Said, “I’m really excited to announce that I’m standing to be your Labour MP for Oxford West and Abingdon. I can’t wait to fight for a Labour government and the change we need in the wonderful area I’m proud to call home.
January 25, 2018 By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration.After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there was immediate and unexpected negativity from school leaders.The current name of the publication — The Shakeout — was not chosen by the staff. After their first issue in October, their principal noted that its original name — The Shakedown — had mafia connotations. He soon ordered them to find a new title.“So far, they’ve made pretty minor changes,” Nattam said. “But it’s going to be like a snowball effect. If they’re changing this now, what are they going to change later?”Though Nattam does not plan on becoming a professional journalist, she said her work still deserves the necessary freedom to capture the truth in student life.That is why she and dozens of students from Indiana high schools traveled to the Statehouse Thursday to hear and testify on House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany.HB 1016, which passed out of the committee by a 9-2 vote, would require administrators and student media advisers to set guidelines for student journalists and their publications.“This legislation leaves school officials with a high level of control. School officials hire the teachers and make the rules,” Clere said. “All this does is help ensure when students and teachers play by the rules, the important speech will not be censored just because it makes government officials uncomfortable because of the information or topics presented.”Clere said student journalists have a special importance to a school community in that they can capture the truth in the experiences of their peers.In The Shakeout‘s first issue, Nattam said some of these important issues included LGBTQ+ interests, dating violence and how to find a lasting relationship.“There was really nothing unlawful in that issue,” Nattam said. “But, because a school board member felt uncomfortable about it, now we are under prior review and have to show everything we publish to administrators, people who have no experience in journalism.”Plainfield Community Schools declined to comment on Nattam’s testimony.Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, told Nattam to be proud of defending her constitutional rights.Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, listens to testimony on House Bill 1016, which he authored. Photo by Eddie Drews, TheStatehouseFile.com“I take it the reason you’re up here is that you’re upset your constitutional rights are being infringed,” Lucas said. “It’s good to see you and so many people up here fighting for your constitutional rights.”Dr. J.T. Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public Schools, offered a different perspective.“School-sponsored publications are a public relations tool, but without the guidance and oversight from the administration, a school-sponsored publication can become a public relations nightmare,” Coopman said.Lisa Tanselle, general counsel for the Indiana School Boards Association, echoed claims made by other organizations, saying a student’s rights should be limited because there are “alternative avenues” for voicing concerns to an administration, such as through social media.“We are talking about a balancing act,” Tanselle said. “No right is pure. The court has already struck that balance between the right of a student and the right of a school administrator.”Of the school representatives who testified, some said there is a harmonious relationship between administrators and student media in their schools.David Clark, the principal of Columbus North High School, said journalism programs can only thrive with a trusting administration.“Everyone believes that students should be responsible, so let’s create an environment where they can learn to do just that. Shouldn’t we proactively educate by creating an environment of thoughtfulness and trust? It works,” he said.Students of Plainfield High School students are among the many who turned out for HB 1016. Photo by Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.comThough only two members voted against HB 1016, several who voted yes raised concerns.Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, and Rep. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, both said they wanted to see more clarification in the bill’s language. Klinker proposed amending the bill to gain more support from administrators currently in opposition to HB 1016.Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, and Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, voted no.While Cook voted yes on last year’s version of the bill, he changed his vote this session after saying HB 1016 does not do enough to unite administrators and student media.Last session, the bill’s predecessor passed in both the House Education Committee and in the House. It later died in the Senate.Clere said that HB 1016 is especially relevant this session. The Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision turns 30 this month, signaling a decades-long run for the landmark case that put high school journalism under a different set of rules.For Clare, the consequences of the Hazelwood decision deprive student journalists of a rigorous, real-world environment.“The stronger the censorship, the weaker the education,” Clere said.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Where Did The $ Go by George LumleyMoney appropriated for demolitions is not going toward demolitions based on information provided by the City/County building commissioner Ron Bean and City Controller Russell Lloyd. Where did the money go, why is it so hard to find out, and can we believe what we are told?A lack of information almost prevented me from writing this article. I still have a lack of information; however, the search and request for information is very slow and because time is of the essence, with the city budget season here, I will present this now, and just plan to add to it around Christmas if I get additionally requested information from the City by then. I may be waiting until hell freezes over. Yes I know, if I was just nicer and more willing to collaborate with them (join them) they would be more cooperative. For me collaborate is too much like coagulate. Plans with good ideas that could flow get collaborated with everyone or compromised down to the same ole same ole going nowhere coagulation.The City’s coagulated demolition history is hard to understand. For last year’s 2014 budget the city’s nine member Council appropriated money for demolitions but the Building Commission did not spend it. Well it appears not on demolitions anyway.First let’s look at the money not being spent. The 2014 yearend financial statement shows that $786,000 was budgeted for “demolition”. That should take out a lot of houses. At about $5,000 each you would think close to 150 houses. But surprisingly the City did not spend all of the money set aside. According to the same yearend financial statement the city only spent $550,000 on demolition. So the city did not spend $236,000 that they could have and said they would. This is actually the Building Commissioner not spending the allocation the Council says that he can or is recommending that he does spend. That sounds good you say, he is saving us money. Well if you like Evansville having more than 2000 blighted houses that are rotting and promoting neighborhood decay you might like saving that money. But if you are like most residents or If you happen to live next to one of these zombie houses like the burnt out shell at 2831 Egmont (burned in December 2012) you might be upset knowing that a nine member council authorized funding that could have taken out that house but one Building Commissioner just didn’t care enough to spend the money. The $236,000 not spent could have taken out 40 more houses last year and that forty a year missed each year is one reason why we have such a big problem today.Now let’s look a little closer at the demolitions we did get. Exactly what did we get for our actual $550,000 spent? A formal request for a listing of all the demolitions and cost for 2014 and the first six months of 2015, several weeks back, resulted in the Building Commission providing such. According to the official information provided for 2014: 62 homes were taken out at a cost of $346,000. That’s a little more per home than my $5’000 estimate, but I see some were over $10,000 with one costing 14,750. But wait a minute, those 62 properties only total $346,000. We budgeted for $786,000.What went wrong with the program for 2014? It does not look good that we the public were promised $786,000 in demolition but ended up with less than half of that. Maybe the rumor that the city is out of cash is true. Maybe the Building Inspectors did not see more than 62 houses that needed demolished. Maybe this program is just being overlooked by the current administration because Hotels are much more exciting than abandoned houses.How about that 2014 money that was spent from this appropriation (riverboat demolitions) but did not go for demolition. I am sure it did not just disappear; however, something is wrong with this picture where $786,000 was budgeted for demolition, $550,000 was spent for demolition, but the demolitions only cost $346,000. What happened to $216,000 ($550,000 spent – $346,000 actual cost)? Did this go for operating expenses that are supposed to be under another appropriation for such or maybe this is where the $120,000 that the DMD director claimed was spent on mowing the 120 land banked Brownfields Corp properties is buried. I had hoped to tell you where this went but after waiting for an answer and even a formal request for the records, all that I have from the city is a couple of written response letters that state they may have records responsive to my request and they will look for them.Maybe 2015 is going better. I visited the Controller’s office and spoke with the Controller Russell Lloyd about the 2015 expenditures from the Demolition fund. Even though we were into the 3rd week of the seventh month Mr. Lloyd said he couldn’t provide the first six month expenditure amount. He was very nice and personable indicating that the books were not closed out but he planned to do that Monday. I wondered in my mind why cash basis books would need to be close out to tell me how much had been spent but I left with the understanding that he was closing the books on Monday and I could return for the information on Tuesday. Well on Tuesday I returned and was informed at the front desk that there were a lot of official requests ahead of mine and it would take some time to process them. More than a week later all that I have is one of those letters that says they may have information and they will look for it.What do we know about the 2015 demolition account? The nine member City Council funded demolitions in the budget at $500,000. The Building Commissioner (officially) shows 24 demolitions to date at a cost of $148,000. Ok that’s $500,000 with 30% spent for half the year leaving 70% or $352,000 for the rest of the year. But wait, with all the news about demolitions the City clearly stated that they had to “come up with funds” for the highly publicized W Maryland demolition. If they don’t have those funds available for demolitions, what happened to them? What did they spend the $352,000 ($500,000 – $148,000 spent) earmarked for demolition on?The city is going to announce a new plan for demolition with a huge requested appropriation for the Evansville Brownfields Corp (Brownfields) to become a Land Bank. This is the Brownfields that already has City Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) in trouble with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) people for land banking properties with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. DMD says we are currently “in compliance” according to HUD. How can this be when the Brownfields did not dispose of the properties per the agreement between DMD and HUD. How were those funds spent and where do we stand? This sounds like another chapter in the same old book. We don’t need more chapters in the same book titled “Brownfields Corp Secret Deals”. Please ask you officials to start a new book on blight. Let’s look at the real numbers in public. What are we spending on demolitions, what are we spending on maintaining land banked properties owned by the cities Brownfield Corp, why combine the demolitions, land banking, and tax sale into one secret behind closed doors Brownfields Corp, why did the cities stimulus grant only accomplish half of the forecast, what are the other initiatives to fight blight that need consideration and funding? Ask for and insist on transparency and control while we work on improving the blight situation.by George LumleyPlease take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. New addition to the CCO is the Cause of Death reports generated by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Sturdy Savings Bank recently presented 25 food banks and pantries in Cape May County and Somers Point with checks to help them meet increased demand during the COVID-19 crisis.In addition to the established food pantries in the area that the bank has always supported annually, many others have been formed during the pandemic to further assist in feeding families in need.“Demand is great in times of crisis, and it is our hope that our donations to each of these pantries will help families in the communities we serve,” Sturdy Savings Bank President Jerry Reeves said.Food banks receiving donations to assist in their emergency work related to COVID-19 relief include:Angel Visit Baptist Church – WildwoodBethel Commandment Church – WhitesboroCape May Community Food Closet at First Presbyterian Church – Cape MayCatholic Charities – Rio GrandeCoalition Against Rape & Abuse – Cape May Court HouseCrest Community Church – WildwoodCCWI Vera Smith Community Food Pantry – WhitesboroDennisville United Methodist Church – DennisvilleDorothy Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary – DorothyFirst United Methodist Church – Cape May Court HouseGrace Lutheran Church – Somers PointGreen Creek Bethel United Methodist Church – Green CreekHoly Redeemer Home Care and Hospice – SwaintonHoly Spirit Lutheran Church – VillasLazarus House Emergency Food Pantry – WildwoodOcean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard at Saint Peter’s Methodist Church – Ocean CityRussell’s Pantry – VillasSaint Barnabas Parish Food Pantry – VillasSea Isle City United Methodist Church – Sea Isle CitySeashore Community Church of the Nazarene – ErmaSeaville United Methodist Church – SeavilleSaint Maximilian Kolbe Parish (Church of the Resurrection and St. Casimir’s Catholic Church) – Marmora and WoodbineStar A & M Masonic Lodge – TuckahoeThe Branches Center – Rio GrandeSturdy Savings Bank serves the community at 14 different locations, including Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, Marmora, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe and Wildwood Crest.Each of Sturdy Savings Bank’s branches consider the communities in which they are located their homes, and are dedicated to see those areas succeed. The bank often donates to local organizations, and supports schools because it values the development of the youth in the communities it serves.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.SturdyOnline.com or call 609-463-5220.
Read Full Story The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is now “the world’s most powerful factory for analyzing genes from people and viruses,” according to an article in the New York Times, published December 1, 2014. The article highlighted the work of Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad, associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, and associate professor, Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She has been a leader in the effort to analyze Ebola’s genetic code and track its mutations.Sabeti and her colleagues have found that the virus is continually mutating — and this is “always something we should be concerned about,” she told the Times. However, she added that it would probably take many major mutations for the virus to become airborne or more virulent. “But, again, any change is one change too many, and we should stop this thing as quickly as we can,” she said.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaA network news show reported a Web site last week with more than 600 photos of children who were separated from their parents by Hurricane Katrina. Some are too young to know even their own name. Others don’t know the names of relatives who may be able to help them.Workers from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working alongside law enforcement officers to piece together information to help find family members to rescue these children.It made me wonder: How much help would my own children be in that situation? What kind of information should I make sure my 3-year-old could give authorities?Don Bower, a University of Georgia child development expert, offers these recommendations:Be prepared. If possible, havevital information — names, addresses, medical information — written down and safely attached to children, especially preschoolers, who may not communicate well with strangers.”In this situation,” said Bower, a Cooperative Extension specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, “that wasn’t always practical unless you could put it in a waterproof enclosure.” Put the sealed information in a child’s pocket, pin it to their clothes or put it on a bracelet or necklace. Don’t have that information in public view.Educate your child. By age 5,most children should be able to recite their name, address and phone number. That will help them work with rescue workers to contact family members. Because children younger than 5 may only know their caregivers or grandparents by nicknames like Grandma and Grandpa, it’s essential to have the information in written form.Teach children, too, to approach people in uniforms — police, firefighters, military or EMS workers — to ask for help in an emergency.Schools can be critical. Ifchildren can identify the school they attend, that can be critical information to identify them. School officials would have information to help contact family members.Have an identification kit.Parents should have a kit that includes their children’s recent photos, physical descriptions (including easily identifiable marks like scars or birthmarks) and any medical conditions children may have or medications they may need.”During the missing-and-murdered-children era in Atlanta, it became very popular to have your child fingerprinted,” Bower said, referring to a period in the late 1970s and early ’80s when 22 children disappeared in metro Atlanta. Many were later found murdered. “While there’s nothing wrong with having a child’s fingerprints on file, it shouldn’t give parents a false sense of security.”Connecting a child to a set of fingerprints and then back to a caregiver can be a long, time-consuming process. “It shouldn’t be parents’ only means of identifying their child,” Bower said. “You need a more complete system.”We should all know our medical status, no matter what age.”As we saw in the case of this hurricane disaster, there were lots of people, not just children, who showed up at medical facilities and knew they took regular medication, but had no idea what the medication was or what condition they had that required it,” Bower said.”If you show up without medical history or medications, it’s hard for medical personnel to help you,” he said. “It’s especially important to have this written down for kids.”My parents once got a Christmas card mailed simply to Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga. No zip code, no street address, no last name. My oldest child now knows the names and phone numbers of most of our relatives. But “Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga.,” could be my 3-year-old’s ticket to safety.If you have family or friends in the hard-hit area, visit www.missingkids.com to see if you recognize any of these children. The authorities and the children need your help. You can also contact the Katrina Missing Persons Hotline (1-888-544-5475).(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An LIRR train hits a computer-generated car in this PSA campaign designed to discourage people from ignoring downed crossing gates (MTA).The Long Island Rail Road has launched an advertising campaign to combat an increase in people ignoring downed crossing gates resulting in trains crashing into vehicles and pedestrians, often with fatal consequences.The “Wait for the Gate” public safety campaign will include television, radio and print advertising targeting Long Islanders in addition to six outdoor billboard locations near LIRR stations.“It only takes a fraction of a second to make a very bad decision,” the narrator says in the 15-second video showing a computer-generated car being driven around a downed crossing gate before its hit by an LIRR train. “Your life is worth the wait.”There have been nine pedestrians or vehicles struck by trains at a few of the LIRR’s 295 crossings so far this year, including six fatalities and one suicide. Last year there were 11 such incidents resulting in six deaths, half of which were suicides. And in 2011 there were a half dozen crossing collisions, including two fatalities, one of which was a suicide. In 2010, there were four incidents, none of them fatal.Although the scene depicting a train hitting a car is fake, the image of a mangled vehicle at the end of the video is real. Both occupants were killed.“Sadly, it’s a scene that plays out too often,” said LIRR President Helena Williams. “We have addressed the crossing gate problem in public service announcements time and again over the years and felt it was time to raise our voice once more.”
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Quimson Jennifer Quimson is the Marketing Coordinator at Bluepoint Solutions and oversees the company’s customer communications including newsletters, email campaigns, social media channels, and resource development. Quimson holds a master’… Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Details Savvy credit unions are using the evolution of traditional branches and omni-channel banking as an opportunity to flex their muscles and take on much bigger financial institutions. Mid Missouri CU ($214 million, 26,000 members), met the challenge by boldly expanding its digital services, while enriching personal connections to their members and communities in a way big banks find hard to match. They are successfully combining key digital services like remote deposit capture (RDC) with a “branch of the future” strategy that both caters to member convenience and lowers branch operating costs.A key component of their strategy is QwikDeposit ToGo, the mobile RDC solution from Bluepoint Solutions. Since the launch in December 2014, mobile adoption has boomed—30% in the first six months. According to Bryan Gentle, IT Director, “Our goal with RDC and our new mobile app was to provide members with mobile access to everything they can do online and more, including opening subaccounts, changing names, adding nicknames for accounts, paying bills, and depositing checks. Our new online and mobile banking platform opened many new doors for our members…we’ve received nothing but positive feedback.”Like other credit unions, Mid Missouri also struggles to balance mobile initiatives with more traditional investments, such as branch and ATM networks. Mr. Gentle pointed out that adding a new mobile banking platform and RDC was a significant investment that was easily justified when they considered the cost of teller transactions in the branch versus through the mobile channel. According to Javelin, mobile deposits are drastically more cost effective—the industry average for branch deposit is $4.25, while the same deposit via a mobile device is only about $0.10.Mr. Gentle added, “In everything we do, we try to make our member experience as simple and great as we can. Now that our members are doing so much through our digital channels, we are free to cut down on branch operations and redirect our efforts to other ways to help members when they do come into the branch.”And Mid Missouri’s advice to other credit unions? Lose the ‘we are a small hometown financial institution and there’s no way we can offer everything the big players can,’ and the ‘that’s how things have always been done’ mentality. Can a credit union offer every feature that some national banks can? No. Can they come close, and do a better job of making our member’s experience more personal? Yes, and for Mid Missouri, the upswing in mobile engagement is proving it.
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