first_imgIf you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare  Please take time and read our other articles entitled “StatehouseFiles, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.center_img We hope that todays “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 in our most recent “Readers Poll” we asked the question: Do you feel its time to address the overcrowding problem at the Vanderburgh County jail?  …349 people voted in this non scientific but trendy poll?  …a whooping 253 people voted “YES”?  …64 people voted “No”? …32 people had “NO IDEA”?IS IT TRUE if the powers that be would have listened to past County Commission Dave Mosby, Vanderburgh County wouldn’t be experiencing the current jail overcrowding problem today?  …Mr. Mosby wanted an additional pod added to the jail plans that would had housed 250 plus inmates about 20 plus years ago?IS IT TRUE that the Elton John concert at the Ford Center on Saturday night was one that seems to have been a most enjoyable event in a town that has always loved Elton John?…the 70 year old rocker got a little testy on stage when his piano was not to his liking which caused a 10 minute delay and a couple of audible F-Bombs from Elton who stated, “I am not going to play this wonky piano?”…even the tabloid site TMZ picked up on the feisty fellows disappointment with the piano giving Ford Center some less than  appreciated press for a sell-out crowd so see the senior citizen rock and roller perform?…Elton’s concert in Evansville was one of only six on the current US Tour with the other places including Moline, IL, Portland, ME; Bangor, ME; and a couple of Vegas dates at Caesar’s Palace?…Elton spoke about slowing down to spend more time with his family but that must just be as far as United States concerts are concerned because he has concerts scheduled in Canada and across Europe before settling in for a 3 month run at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas starting in February? …we congratulate the officials at the Ford Center for bringing the Elton John concert to Evansville?IS IT TRUE that cost of living website recently named Evansville the 2nd cheapest place in the United States to live?…we found that hard to believe given the cost of utilities, water and sewer where we are one of the most expensive places in the country?…on examination, uses CPI data which excludes the cost of energy and food in their cost of living calculations?…other things and especially rent does seem to be quite cheap when compared to other cities so given the tarnished way the calculation was done, we accept the results?IS IT TRUE the pile of dead bodies kept piling up over the weekend with 2 bodies being found in greater Evansville and another one being found dumped at Ellis Park with a bullet wound in a non-disclosed location?…investigators suspect foul play in the case of the body found at Ellis Park?…investigations for these deaths and the ones from last week are continuing according to law enforcement officials?  …we have great confidence that our outstanding law enforcement professionals will find out who are responsible for these tragic   murders? IS IT TRUE that Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke demonstrated a skill that no one knew he had developed so well in a Youtube video that was posted on Facebook?…we wonder who knew that our fearless leader Mayor was a phenomenal Hula Hooper?…we should have gotten the hint in the chicken fat video circa 2012 where he busted some real dance moves but spinning the Hula Hoop is a valuable public relations skill for the self-proclaimed ambassador from Evansville?IS IT TRUE we feel that Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden is doing an outstanding job?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Public Defender’s Agency play an important role in our social fabric by insuring that those who can least afford legal representation in our Courts are fully protected?Todays READERS POLL question is: Would you like to see a weekly TV program featuring the local GOP and Democratic party Chairmen?last_img read more

UPDATE: Severe weather threat for Michiana now over

first_img WhatsApp UPDATE: Severe weather threat for Michiana now over WhatsApp (Photo supplied/National Weather Service) UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, the severe weather threat for Michiana is over. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled.Follow Indiana Michigan Power Outages hereORIGINAL STORY: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble and several other counties in centeral and northeastern Indiana, and Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan which face the highest risk of severe weather, says the National Weather Service.The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 6 p.m. EDT.For Severe Weather Text Alerts from 95.3 MNC, text WEATHER to 45364Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center ForecastThose areas are either under an enhanced risk or a moderate risk. An enhanced risk means numerous severe storms are possible. They can be more widespread or consistent. A moderate risk means widespread severe storms are likely to happen. They are also most likely “long-lived and intense,” according to the Storm Prediction Center.“It looks like some storms will pop off beginning in the early afternoon (Wednesday) and we’re mainly concerned about a damaging wind threat with these storms,” says Kyle Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.Brown says the storms will move through anywhere between noon and 8 pm. He says the threat of a tornado is “small” and looks to be “isolated in nature.”“Not everyone is going to see a tornado, but we are definitely more concerned about the damaging wind gusts to about 60 mph, which can certainly bring down some trees and even some power lines,” says Brown.The storms will be “juiced once again”, so heavy downpours will also be a concern, says Brown. The threat of severe weather decreases the further south you go.“The rest of the state could see a few passing showers and thunderstorms. This cold front still has some moisture to work with, so we could still see those showers and thunderstorms,” says Brown.Once the storms move out, Brown says much of the state will see mostly sunny and clear skies for the next few days with high temperatures ranging from the upper to 70s to low 80s. Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – June 10, 2020 0 693 IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ Previous articleDiabetes medication recalled over cancerous contaminantNext articleIndiana Beach pushing to hire those with disabilities Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Women’s squash wins 17 Ivy title

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked Harvard women’s squash team clinched their 17th Ivy League title on Saturday (Feb. 13) with a 7-2 victory over No. 5 Yale, and, after finishing the season with a perfect 9-0 (6-0 Ivy League) record, there is no doubt that college squash’s best team resides in Cambridge.Although the road to perfection appears to have been an easy one (the Crimson’s closest victory was a 6-3 win over Princeton), Harvard’s schedule couldn’t have been any tougher. Each of their nine wins were against top-10 teams — their most impressive being a 7-2 road win at Trinity.Along with the Ivy League title, Harvard’s first since 2006, the Crimson also receives the Barhite Award, presented to the team with the best dual match record in the nation. It is the 11th time in program history Harvard has won the award, which dates back to 1986.The Crimson will take the court again Feb. 26-28 in search of their 12th College Squash Association National Team Championship when they travel to New Haven, Conn. Last year, Harvard came one win shy of No. 12, falling to two-time champion Princeton in the national final, 5-4.last_img read more

Echoes of El Salvador in Egypt

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Hainer Sibrian’s desire for a career as a U.S. diplomat was ignited while studying in Egypt during the Arab Spring, where he recognized the same democratic ambitions and thwarted dreams that had gripped the El Salvador his father fled in the 1980s.“A lot of what I understand about the world is shaped through the perspective of the Salvadoran Civil War and my father’s experience in it,” he said.Sibrian, M.P.P. ’20, described his parents’ early struggles in the United States. After arriving from El Salvador, his father was undocumented in Los Angeles, living in a car with his cousin. When Sibrian and his siblings were young, his mother, an immigrant from Mexico, cleaned offices and hotels in East L.A.Eventually, his father moved the family to the Atlanta suburbs so he could take a job installing hardwood floors, which he built into a successful business. But Sibrian was always aware of his family’s minority immigrant status, and he increasingly focused on issues of inequality and opportunity, at home and in the world.After Sibrian’s ROTC scholarship to Tulane University was upended during his freshman year by the federal budget sequester, he returned home and enrolled at Georgia State University. During his senior year in 2012, he landed a scholarship to study a foreign language abroad in 2012. He chose the American University of Cairo.“I chose to study Arabic because I was seeing U.S. policy in the region taking on a character that seemed to mirror in a lot of ways the actions that were taking place in Latin America in the 1980s,” he said.Sibrian saw the Middle East as a region “consistently regarded as expendable by the powers that be, in particular by the United States, where the focus was almost entirely counterterrorism.” And he concluded that “the costs to the populations in Iraq and Egypt were not going to be different from what was going on in Latin America.”,The Egyptian experience prompted Sibrian to pursue jobs in international democracy promotion in Washington. He worked for The Project on Middle East Democracy, which supports strengthening voices that promote democratic principles in the region. He moved on to a job with the National Endowment for Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that provides international grants funded by Congress through the State Department. As a State Department contractor, he managed multimillion-dollar funding, including the entire European assistance portfolio.Sibrian says he realized that he needed to combine his passion for fostering democratic change in the world with skills in project management and negotiation, so that he could deliver results for people.He made his way to the Kennedy School (HKS) in 2018 through a Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship, which prepares students for U.S. Foreign Service careers. He will be commissioned this fall as a foreign service officer in the State Department.“I hope to have conversations as a political officer with country counterparts that help uphold the scaffolding of liberal democracy,” Sibrian says. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be everything they want, but just getting them to a place where the people feel represented, heard, and feel that they live in a system that is just.”Sibrian cites a formative lesson from his adolescent years in Atlanta, when he took part in Christian athlete fellowship programs, in the prayer of St. Francis. “We shouldn’t seek to be understood, but more so to understand.”last_img read more


first_imgFebruary 2, 2006 CIRC-WILLISTON STUDY TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOPSProject seeks input on design of Route 2A Improvements, Circ A/B, and Hybrid AlternativesMONTPELIER Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary Dawn Terrill announced today thatthe agency will be holding public design workshops on the eight alternatives short-listed for detailed study inthe Circ-Williston Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).The alternatives include three options for making improvements to Route 2A from I-89 to Five Corners inEssex Junction, two Circ Highway options (segments A/B) from I-89 to Route 289, and three hybridalternatives combining Route 2A improvements and a Circ roadway extending only to Mountain View Road.The short-listed alternatives were selected from a list of 23 options and advanced from Step 2 (Screening) toStep 3 (Detailed Analysis) in the 5-step EIS process.The purpose of the Design Workshops is not to evaluate the alternatives but to help refine their design. Beforewe analyze the short list of alternatives, we hope to get specific feedback on how to make the design of eachone as good as it can be, said Secretary Terrill.At the workshops the consultants will present the detailed design of the eight alternatives and solicit commentsand suggestions from the public. The alternatives will be further refined after the workshops and then analyzedfor environmental impact.Each workshop will focus on a separate part of the project area so we can have in-depth discussions, saidTerrill. The public will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the designers.The workshop on Tuesday February 7 at Williston Town Hall is being hosted by the Williston PlanningCommission; it will focus on the Route 2A corridor from I-89 to the Winooski River. Wednesdays workshopat Essex High School will focus on Five Corners and Route 2A in Essex Junction. The Thursday February 9workshop will focus on the Circ A/B corridor in Williston. All workshops are from 6:30 to 9PM.For more information, visit is external).# # #State of VermontAgency of Transportation1 National Life DriveDrawer 33Montpelier, Vermont05633-5001last_img read more

PediaVision partners with Mack to produce new vision screening device

first_imgAbout Mack MoldingMack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO. For more information, go to is external).  About PediaVisionPediaVision (Lake Mary, Fla.), inventor of the Spot vision screener, is dedicated to solving the critical problem of undiagnosed vision problems through automated and objective vision screening. Supported by ophthalmologists, optometrists, scientists and leading technology innovators, the Spot vision screener is breakthrough technology that empowers public health organizations and private medicine to positively affect the outcomes of a child’s educational performance. For more info, contact Jeff Mortensen, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or visit is external).ARLINGTON, Vt. (Oct 17, 2011) ‘ Mack Molding PediaVision, inventor of a new breakthrough vision screening device called Spot, has chosen MackMedical/Mack Molding as its manufacturing partner. The first customer shipments were released earlier this month. Geared toward children, the patent-pending technology can assess a child’s vision quickly, accurately and objectively, eliminating the subjective analysis that results from many of today’s vision screening tools. Easy to useThe wireless, handheld, screen-anywhere device makes vision screening as easy as taking a photo, which is particularly important for toddlers and young children. Similar to a point-and-shoot camera, Spot captures results in less than one second, making it equally efficient for use in a physician’s office or a large-scale public screening. For example, a typical school can be screened in one day, dramatically lowering the cost to screen students. A five-inch touchscreen clearly displays results in an instant, immediately followed by a printed report that graphs where key measurements fall within an industry-defined standard. Built on a robust technology platform and new optical design, Spot produces high-quality imagery and data, according to PediaVision President & CEO David Melnik. ‘We’re also using new processes to analyze the data, resulting in consistent, predictable accuracy across a wide range of measurements, and a very low false positive rate,’ he adds. Spot screens for several common vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal refractive power, structural abnormalities and unequal pupil size. When the screening is completed, the resulting report indicates whether all measurements are in range or a complete eye exam is recommended.                                                                       Reaching full potentialThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children. Approximately 80 percent[1] of what children learn in their early school years is visual; so if they can’t see a teacher’s writing on the blackboard, for example, they will struggle. To complicate the issue further, vision problems rise as children get older. In children six to 11 years old, an estimated 21.5 percent have a vision problem. In students 12 to 17 years, 24 percent are affected.[2] In a recent study of the top seven health issues in schools, vision disability was ranked number one.[3] Yet, according to the CDC, less than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye exam, and fewer than 22 percent receive any type of vision screening. Of all school-age children across the U.S., 25 percent suffer from a vision problem.2 ‘Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential,’ says Melnik. ‘Many of the things we can do to move the educational performance bar in this country require long-term, big-ticket investments. Ensuring that young people have an opportunity to see clearly does not. So we must do better. The status quo simply isn’t working.’ Why MackPediaVision wanted Spot to be designed and manufactured in the U.S., according to Melnik. ‘I liked the notion of manufacturing at home rather than going overseas. Mack provides the high quality, knowledge and experience we were looking for, plus they got it ‘ they saw the value of our product and got legitimately excited about wanting to be a part of it. That was really important to us,’ adds Melnik. Mack wrote and executed the validation process for manufacturing Spot. The company molds four unique parts from three tools for the exterior skins, and machines the lens holder from aluminum. Additionally, Mack manages a supply base of 35 vendors for 65 unique parts, and totally assembles the product. After performing 14 functional tests, Mack ships the product directly to PediaVision’s customers.  last_img read more

Liverpool celebrate long-awaited title in front of empty Kop

first_imgSadly, because of the pandemic that interrupted Liverpool’s charge to the title, the fans missed out on what would have been a momentous night at Anfield stadium.Merseyside police had issued a 48-hour dispersal order to stop fans gathering in large numbers across the city, as they did when the title was won on June 25 when nearest rivals Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.Many did gather outside, however, letting off flares and fireworks.Despite the sanitized ceremony in the 53,000-seater stadium, Liverpool’s players did their best to fill the void, belting out a rendition of the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” along with manager Juergen Klopp and his staff. Topics : “If you don’t see that we do it for you I can’t help you,” Klopp said when asked for his message to the fans.”You made us happy, we all should celebrate at home. Prepare for a party and when this virus has gone we will have a party.”Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said the players and fans will “come together to celebrate” when the time is right.”It’s been an amazing season,” Henderson told former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher at pitchside.”It’s been a journey, a process, and every single player has been part of it.”A trophy presentation without fans was always going to feel a little flat, although the real fireworks have been provided over a sensational season by a superb Liverpool side.Liverpool missed out by a point last year to Manchester City despite losing only one game.Although they won the Champions League title last June, the English crown is what the red half of Merseyside has craved for three decades.During that time they have watched arch-rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate the league.The manner in which Liverpool took it back suggests it will not be a one-off.”This won’t be the last one for this team,” former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness said. “This club is geared to be a very successful football club, this is Liverpool back to where they were 30 or 40 years ago.”They will be challenging for this and the Champions League for the next decade.”center_img Liverpool’s players finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy on Wednesday in a muted presentation ceremony in front of an empty Kop after a thrilling 5-3 victory over Chelsea in their last home game of the season.The club’s first English title for 30 years had been sealed almost a month ago with seven games remaining, following a three-month stoppage because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Kenny Dalglish, the last Liverpool manager to deliver the title, presented the medals wearing a red face mask before handing the trophy to captain Jordan Henderson who raised it to the night sky as fireworks and tickertape filled the air.last_img read more

Wilfried Zaha urges Crystal Palace to agree transfer fee with Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to join Arsenal (BPI/REX)Wilfried Zaha has urged Crystal Palace to reach an agreement with Arsenal, according to reports.Earlier this year, Zaha made it clear that he wants to play for a club in the Champions League but Palace value the 26-year-old at £80 million.Despite Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the MailOnline reports that Zaha wants to join the Gunners and has told Palace’s hierarchy that he wants an agreement to be reached.Palace, however, are reluctant to let Zaha leave having already agreed a £50m deal with Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Wilfried Zaha urges Crystal Palace to agree transfer fee with Arsenal Zaha is valued at £80m and is currently out of Arsenal’s price range (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal, meanwhile, can only hope that Palace drastically reduce their asking price for Zaha.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery has just £45m to spend on new signings and Zaha is currently well out of their price range.Emery is keen for Arsenal’s hierarchy to dig deep and find funds that would finance a move for Zaha.Arsenal are also in talks with Celtic over Kieran Tierney but the Scottish champions are holding out for a £25m transfer fee.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 2:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18Shareslast_img read more

NEST to add emerging market equities to investments for first time

first_imgThe aim with the alternative index global EM fund search is to find a fund with a value style bias or tilt, NEST said.These are the first EM mandates the trust has put out, a spokeswoman for NEST said, but added that NEST does already have some exposure to the asset class through one of its pooled funds – a Blackrock Aquila Life fund.The EM investment funds will be used as building blocks in the default NEST retirement date funds and in other fund choices as appropriate, the trust said. The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) is adding emerging market (EM) equities to its investments as dedicated funds for the first time, and has put out a tender in search of managers to run two different strategies within the asset class.The workplace pension scheme, established as part of the country’s auto-enrolment reforms, said it was looking to procure a global EM equity index-tracking fund and an alternative index global EM fund.Mark Fawcett, CIO at NEST, said: “These emerging markets mandates will allow us to further access an asset class with the potential to deliver good growth for our members, as well as greater scope for diversification.”For the global EM equity index-tracking fund, NEST said it would consider any established, well-constructed EM equity index, including funds that applied an environmental, social and governance screen.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgAP3, Pension Protection Fund, Aviva Staff Pension Scheme, Arabesque Partners, UN Global Compact, M&G Investments, Impax Asset Management, AXA IM, Independent Trustee Services, Mercer, Aon, AMP CapitalAP3 – Mårten Lindeborg has been named the Swedish buffer fund’s deputy managing director and CIO, replacing outgoing CIO Kerim Kaskal. Lindeborg has been with AP3 since 2009, first as head of strategic asset allocation and more recently as head of asset allocation. Pension Protection Fund – Trevor Welsh has been named the UK lifeboat fund’s inaugural head of liability driven investments (LDI). He joins from the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme, where he was head of UK sovereign and LDI, and has also worked at Aviva Investors and UBS. Arabesque Partners – Georg Kell has been appointed Arabesque’s vice-chairman. Kell has spent the last 15 years as executive director of the UN Global Compact and oversaw the launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment and UN initiatives on responsible management education and sustainable stock exchanges. M&G Investments – Ominder Dhillon has been named global head of institutional distribution. Reporting to chief executive of fixed income Simon Pilcher, Ominder will oversee distribution for all asset classes. He joins from Impax Asset Management, where he was managing director of global business development, and has worked at Fidelity International and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.AXA Investment Managers – Laurent Clavel has joined the manager as senior international economist. Working within AXA IM’s research and investment strategy team, Clavel will be based in Paris. He began his career at INSEE, France’s national statistics authority, and was most recently head of its forecasting unit. Clavel has also worked at the French finance ministry and as economic adviser to the French embassy in Sweden.Independent Trustee Services – Janine Wood has been appointed client director based in Manchester, joining from Mercer. Wood spent 20 years at the consultancy and was most recently principal consultant and scheme actuary.Aon – James Monk and Gisele de Werra have joined the consultancy’s DC investment team. Monk joins from P-Solve Investment as senior DC investment consultant, while de Werra was previously a European government bond broker at BGC Partners.AMP Capital – Antonio Barbera has joined the company’s London offices as portfolio manager within its global listed infrastructure team. Barbera joins from Kalis Capital, where he was portfolio manager and co-founded one of the company’s equity funds.last_img read more