IS IT TRUE MARCH 12, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE when the former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Dr. Sue Ellspermann was hired as President of IVY Tech State back in 2016 she was paid a $300,000 base salary? …she also has the opportunity to earn as much as $100,000 in performance bonuses, in addition to other perks and reimbursements.  …we wonder how the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees determine her performance bonuses and other perks?  …we wonder what she is being paid for the 2018 academic year?IS IT TRUE yesterday the Courier and Press published an article about 111 local public employees in Vanderburgh County that made more than $100,000 in 2017?  …we highly recommend that you go to the Courier and Press web site and read this article? …if you do, you will be amazed how much some of these public employees were paid in 2017? …these figures don’t include perks or benefits? …we have posted a few of the salaries that caught our attention?  …we wonder what some of these individuals are being paid for 2018?IS IT TRUE that the outgoing President USI made $294,919 in 2017, not including perks, bonus, and benefits?IS IT TRUE that in 2017 the EVSC Superintendent of Schools made $241,787? …this figure doesn’t including bonus, perks, and benefits?   …we wonder what he is being paid for the 2018 academic year?IS IT TRUE that the Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville was paid $214,516 not including his bonus, perks, and benefits?  …we wonder what he is being paid for the 2018 academic year?IS IT TRUE that the most underpaid public employees are the Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judges who only made $147,217 last year?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Sheriff made $129,653 and the Chief Of Staff of the EVSC made $126,743 in 2017?  …we wonder if you can tell us what’s wrong with this picture?IS IT TRUE that the EFD Assistant Fire Chief was paid $108,686 and an Investigator of the EFD made $104,012 in 2017? …we wonder how much the Evansville Fire Chief was paid in 2017 since it wasn’t listed in the Courier and Press article?IS IT TRUE that Evansville Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer makes $156,239 a year?  …that the EHA Director of Operations was paid $108,362 and their Director of Finance was paid $103,406 during 2017? …this figure didn’t include bonus, perks or benefits? …that Evansville Housing Authority is responsible for a helping the poor and disadvantaged citizens of our area with affordable subsidized housing?IS IT TRUE that a Corporal of the Evansville Police Department made $102,909 in 2017?  …that the Evansville Chief of Police made $100,072 in 2017?IS IT TRUE that the Mayor of Evansville was paid a salary of $100,533 in 2017?  … it’s obvious that the position of the Mayor of Evansville is grossly underpaid and should bebe increased?IS IT TRUE that individuals in upper management positions at the University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech and the EVSC are well paid for the jobs they do?IS IT TRUE you must not forget that many of the above positions also received additional bonuses, perks and benefits not included in the salaries published in the Courier and Press article?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that many people are watching to see how the Evansville City Council members are going to vote on the Councilmen Justin Elpers term limit proposal at tonight’s Council meeting?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate City Councilmen Dr. Dan Adams for deferring the vote on his proposed noise ordinance at tonight’s Council meeting?  …we are told that he has decided to get input from people that are affected by this overreaching ordinance?  …that reasonable people sit down and reason together?Today’s READERS POLL question is:  If the Republicans primary for Vanderburgh County Commission was held today who would you for?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS, YESTERYEAR, COMMUNITY AND LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City-County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Community Groups Rally Resources to Educate Miami Residents on Participation in…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – A collaborative of funders and partners have come together to improve Greater Miami’s outcomes in the 2020 US Census count, to ensure one of the most diverse metropolitan regions in South Florida is accurately counted and represented.Last week, the Miami-Dade Counts Census 2020 collaborative announced grant awards totaling $475,000 to 29 local organizations to support census participation in Miami-Dade County. Organizations.These organizations including, iCamillus House, Emgage USA, the Florida Association of Free and Affordable Clinics, and the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, received grants ranging from $10,000-$25,000 to fund grassroots efforts working on outreach and education about the census in hard-to-count communities.“These grants will be used to advance strategies for reaching communities that have historically low rates of participation in the census. The Miami-Dade Counts Census 2020 collaborative wants to put financial resources into the hands of trusted messengers and community-based organizations that will spread the word about the importance of census participation,” said Lindsey Linzer, senior director of programs and grants administration for The Miami Foundation.“The efforts of these grantees will reach across the entire county with a distinct focus on traditionally hard-to-count communities – from the farmworker communities in Florida City to the Haitian communities in Little Haiti and North Miami,” said Donovan Lee-Sin, director of public policy and community engagement for The Children’s Trust. “When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census.”The 2020 Census will determine how an estimated $800 billion in federal government resources will get distributed each year for the next 10 years. Forty-five billion dollars per year are identified for Florida families.These funds will support schools, hospitals, roads, public works, housing, small business development, and other vital programs and services.The data collected also affects how congressional districts are determined, including how much representation Florida and Miami-Dade County have in Congress.The Miami Foundation partnered with the FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center to conduct community surveys and focus groups to learn more about local residents familiarity with and personal perspectives on the census.The findings aligned with national research, which determined that increasing awareness of the census purpose will increase participation and that residents need to understand how the information collected by the census will impact their lives.“It is critically important that the community address the concerns about why local constituents don’t participate in the census because there is so much at stake,” said Natalie Castellanos, director, policy and public affairs, for Health Foundation of South Florida.The grant awards are just the beginning of the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 efforts. The collaborative is working to build the capacity of grantees to do the outreach by creating communications toolkits and bringing together grantees to share resources and strategies.Additionally, the collaborative is working with partners like Microsoft and engineering students from Florida International University’s Upsilon Pi Epsilon to develop an online data visualization tool to track local census efforts.With support from the Knight Foundation, Poynter Institute will also host a free, two-day training in South Florida for journalists on how to cover the census.last_img read more

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Rio 2016 stadium indefinitely closed

first_imgA stadium in Brazil that was due to host athletics at the 2016 Olympics has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems with its roof.The Joao Havelange stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built only six years ago.It was also being used as the main football venue in Rio, while the city’s Maracana stadium is being renovated for next year’s World Cup.It is an embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares for its two huge sporting events, say correspondents.The authorities have also acknowledged delays in work on the Maracana and a funding problem at another stadium, which is set to host the opening match at the World Cup.‘Not acceptable’ Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told a news conference on Tuesday that he had been told about the structural problems at the stadium – locally referred to as the Engenhao – earlier the same day.“I asked if this represented a risk for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature.“On that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we had more details.”He said the situation was “simply not acceptable” for a stadium which opened such a short time ago, and warned that those responsible would be held to account.The stadium opened late and over budget in 2007. It has since been leased to local football club Botafogo.last_img read more

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10 months agoSunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland face having to cash in on Josh Maja this month.Owner Stewart Donald is furious that Maja’s agent has now advised him not to commit his future to the Black Cats.”Yesterday (Thursday), Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign,” the chairman wrote on social media.”Today (Friday) I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised (us) that his agent has said don’t sign, but no courtesy to tell the club.”Also, we offered what the agent indicated! Busy January ahead.’ But he later added: ‘He wants to sign it, the agent has said don’t! Stay behind him and don’t get on his back – we will try and change his mind.”Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have been monitoring his situation. last_img read more

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Theyre coming Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

first_imgThe flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or testing flying cars or passenger drones, according to a Deloitte report from January.Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035, with aerial delivery and inspection services adding on another $42 billion, a study by Porsche Consulting predicts.Vertical takeoff and landing craft (VTOLs) carry the promise of delivering people and goods across congested urban and suburban areas in a fraction of the time a driver would need, taking cars off the road in the process. But technological and regulatory hurdles remain. And whether aerial vehicles can substantially change commuter behaviour and emissions — or overcome questions of safety and public perception — is still up in the air.Most VTOLs — or eVTOLs if they are electric-powered — resemble an oversize drone, sporting a halo of small rotors around a passenger pod and taking off and touching down like a helicopter. But they will be quieter, cheaper and greener than their heli-cousins, experts say.“Instead of this deep, guttural, penetrating-through-walls sound, you have a much more acceptable sound, similar to a ceiling fan,” said Nikhil Goel, head of product at Uber Technology Inc.’s aviation team, dubbed Uber Elevate.Uber hopes to start hauling passengers in five-seat, hybrid VTOLs above Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and a third city outside of the U.S. by 2023.“The vehicles are real. They’re coming. I think it’s going to be faster than anybody thinks is possible,” Goel said.He sees the first wave of aerial taxis providing a shuttle service between major airports and downtown vertiports that integrate into the mass transportation system, rather than leapfrogging from block to block — a hub-to-hub travel option akin to a monorail.“We are not building this product for the elite,” Goel said.A few years after the launch of Uber Air, as it’s dubbed, the cost of an aerial trip will be the same as one on the asphalt, he said.He calculates that an aerial taxi would cut a 90-kilometre commute between the downtowns of San Francisco and San Jose to 15 minutes, down from an hour and 40 minutes.Uber is not alone in setting its sights on VTOLs. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang carried out flight tests with a single-passenger drone earlier this year, according to the company’s website. German startup Volocopter has produced an air taxi prototype, taking to the skies above Dubai in 2017. And Kitty Hawk, a California-based company funded by Google founder Larry Page, produced a sleek, one-seat VTOL prototype this year.Bell (formerly Bell Helicopter), is one of five companies Uber has teamed up with, along with Karem, Pipistrel and aerospace rivals Embraer and Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences.Scott Drennan, Bell’s vice-president of innovation, sees 2025 as a more realistic commercial launch target than Uber’s goal of 2023.Battery life is one area that needs to advance, with lithium-ion packs today lasting for between 50 and 100 kilometres on a multi-rotor electric propulsion system, he said.Regulations are another obstacle. To avoid crowding urban skies, VTOLs could trace existing airplane takeoff and landing routes, but at a lower altitude, buzzing along at between 150 and 330 km/h.Western aviation regulators bar out-of-sight drone operations for the most part. Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, said Drennan, who said he has also met three times with Transport Canada regarding VTOLs.Mark Cousin, chief executive of Airbus’s A3 unit, stressed the traffic management hurdles on the horizon.“The vehicle is the easy bit,” he said. “The real challenge lies in integrating thousands of these vehicles into an urban air mobility system within cities.”A3 has put out an electric-powered VTOL dubbed Vahana. The autonomous prototype launched its first vertical flight in February.Drones would typically beat other modes of transportation, such as taxis, at distances of 20 kilometres or more in congested areas, according to the Porsche study.The report notes the technology’s limited potential, stating that it can relieve some pressure from congested urban hot spots — “but only some.”“If one tried to solve all traffic problems on the ground by moving into the air, the myriad take-off and landing spots would become the new choke points.”A city with more than five million inhabitants will likely have no more than 1,000 passenger drones in operation by 2035, the study predicts. That would make a relatively small dent in ground traffic.Uber cited Los Angeles as an appealing launch city in part because of the abundance of flat roofs there — a long-standing fire safety regulation required helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings.“But they’re actually not that well suited, because it’s not just a pickup and drop-off point,” said Robin Lineberger, head of aerospace and defence at Deloitte.“It has to be a place where people come, get ready to get on the aircraft…the vehicle has to land, recharge, refuel, maybe light maintenance and inspection going on. If you think about it, it really needs to be a small, multi-function airport service area.”Large parking lots downtown are ripe for conversion into vertiports, complete with conveyor belts, charging stations and hangars, he said.Insurance would function in ways similar to a helicopter manufacturer or transport service, Lineberger said, with premiums hinging on the probability and severity of accidents.However, public perception will be an issue for the foreseeable future. Fewer than half of respondents in a Deloitte global survey of 10,000 people this year were convinced that aerial passenger vehicles would be safe, with one-third undecided and one in five disagreeing. Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Can Utahs NewLook Offense Lead The Pac12 Back To The Playoff

And it’s working. Since 2005, only once has Utah had a more efficient start to the season offensively. Trailing only Mike Leach’s perennially magnificent Air Raid at Washington State, Ludwig oversees the conference’s second-best offense, which ranks in the top 25 nationally in expected points added on passes a season after it finished 96th. If maintained, the Utes’ 2.59 points per drive would be their best mark since 2008, when they went undefeated.Starting quarterback Tyler Huntley reportedly spent the offseason packing on 25 pounds. Armed with a new physique, the senior leads the country in adjusted completion percentage (90), ranks fifth in yards per pass attempt (11.2) and is 12th in QBR (85.4). He hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked.4Utah is the only Power Five team to not have allowed a sack. He has help in the backfield from Zack Moss, who is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. Moss has accumulated more yards after first contact this season than all but two players in college football and will likely leave as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Utah has slowed its offense way downThe Utah Utes vs. Pac-12 average in four metrics, for the 2019 season Time of possession per play34 seconds26 seconds Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP Under-center rate43%15% The most realistic shot for the “Conference of Champions” to break its College Football Playoff drought rests on the shoulders of one of its newest and most unproven members. It falls on a coach who traditionally oversees .500 ball once the regular season passes the midway point and on a quarterback whose last two seasons have been derailed by upper-body injuries.And with the Pac-12 Conference’s preeminent powers having already lost, Utah is perhaps the last team standing between the conference and a third consecutive season of missing the playoff.But contrary to what the school’s trophy case might indicate, Utah is now more than just a powerhouse on the slopes. The Utes’ football team has made a convincing case to be taken seriously so far this season: They have three wins, with each decided by at least three possessions.1Starting QB Tyler Huntley has only thrown two fourth-quarter passes this season. Kyle Whittingham’s 15th full season at the helm in Salt Lake City opened with unprecedented expectations: They were ranked in the preseason top 15 for the first time, picked by the media and oddsmakers to win the Pac-12 and even deemed a national title contender by the lovably eccentric Lee Corso. And the prognostications were for good reason, too: Utah returns more than half of its starters on each side of the ball and features arguably the best defensive line in the nation. As Stanford coach David Shaw candidly put it at Pac-12 Football Media Day, “I think it’s great they’re not on the schedule for us this year.”The program’s trajectory has reached an inflection point in recent years. From 1950 through 2013, Utah managed to crack the Associated Press Top 25 poll in just seven seasons. This year marks the sixth consecutive that the Utes have barreled into the top 20.Since joining the Pac-12 eight years ago, the Utes have finished each season with a defense more efficient than its offense.2According to ESPN’s measurement, which is based on the point contributions of each unit to the team’s scoring margin. The average is around 50 for each unit. The team’s average defensive efficiency over that time (73.3) grades out as tops among all defenses in the conference, while its offense (46.9) grades out as the second worst. This season, the two are within 2 points of each other, as the Utes feature a smashmouth offense that has vaulted the program onto the national scene.In a conference marketed by speed and governed by spread offensive principles, Utah has been as deliberate as it gets. That’s the work of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig, who returned to Salt Lake City this offseason after previously serving in the former role from 2005 to 2008.3 Ludwig shepherded the Utes to a 13-0 record and a Sugar Bowl victory the last time he called the plays. Like many coordinators, Ludwig adapts his system to the personnel on hand. This season, that flexibility has arguably produced the kind of offense that, according to Utah backup quarterback Jason Shelley, will “smash you right in the face.”Last season, Utah huddled on just 60.7 percent of snaps. Two seasons ago, only 27.5 percent of offensive plays involved that traditional gathering. But this year, Ludwig has the Utes huddling before 98.4 percent of plays, a rate outpaced by only a handful of teams. The Pac-12 averages a huddle rate of 52.2 percent, with six teams opting to huddle on less than 40 percent of snaps. In turn, Utah has gone almost entirely under center. While Arizona, Oregon and Washington State have used just two under-center snaps this season combined, Utah has racked up 78. By average time of possession per play and per drive, this is easily Utah’s slowest offensive cadence in at least 15 years — and it’s on pace to be the slowest Pac-12 offense over that same stretch. MetricUtahPac-12 average Time of possession per drive3:122:30 Huddle percentage98%52% These team performances have come via an abridged playbook. “Ludwig has done a very good job of just keeping things really basic,” Moss said after the Utes thrashed Idaho State. “We’ve just been running the first couple installs we did going into this year. If you can win with your basic stuff, that’s really good for your offense.”Friday’s matchup at USC presents an opportunity for the Utes to allay fears that the moment will grow too big for them. It would mark a historic victory for Utah, which hasn’t beaten the Trojans in Los Angeles since 1916 (though in only nine attempts). Since arriving in the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah has never shown the flash of Oregon or the imagination of Washington State. It has even found itself in the shadow of Stanford, another program that bucks conference norms behind a conservative, play clock-drowning style. So it’s fitting that Utah, a program conventionally known for a stout defensive front, is gunning for contention behind an old face and a new offensive blueprint.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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Podcast Hockeys Modern Dynasty NBA Finals And A Baseball Hacking Scandal

Hot Takedown Video Excerpt: Baseball, Big Data, And Espionage More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 16, 2015), we discuss how LeBron James could win the NBA Finals MVP even if his team loses, whether the Chicago Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty, and the news that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked data from the Houston Astros. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week, on the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the Blackhawks are a dynasty.The Cardinals are accused of hacking the Astros.Last year, Bloomberg profiled “Ground Control” and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.Neil Paine on how proprietary data is a growing issue in pro sports.Neil Paine on LeBron James possibly going down as the greatest loser ever.Benjamin Morris offers another story about how great James is.Significant Digit: 6 percent. That was Colombia’s win probability going into its game with France, according to our Women’s World Cup predictions. Colombia won 2-0, the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Chelsea assistant compares Sarris era to Guardiolas

first_imgAccording to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.#OnTheGrill: Could Maurizio Sarri face the #CFC sack if he comes up short to #MUFC in their #FACup clash? 👀The Stamford Bridge boss is under immense pressure 🔵 pic.twitter.com/UT72qBpxBg— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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