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first_imgUtah Valley received a total of 26 points in the coaches poll while defending conference champion Grand Canyon was picked to win the title. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Wednesday, the WAC released its 2019 preseason coaches poll with the Wolverines slated to finish ninth overall. The Wolverines commence their season Friday February 15 at Fresno State. Tags: Brock Whittlesey/Fresno State/Grand Canyon Antelopes/New Mexico State Aggies/Quin Cotton/Utah Valley Wolverines/WAC Baseball The preseason player of the year is Grand Canyon junior outfielder Quin Cotton and the preseason pitcher of the year is New Mexico State senior right-handed pitcher Brock Whittlesey. Brad James The Antelopes received 75 points in the polls while 2018 WAC tournament champion New Mexico State was slated to finish second. Written by February 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local WAC Baseball Preseason Baseball Poll Announced; UVU Picked 9th By Coacheslast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. We 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 we are told that the Vanderburgh County Library Board only keeps a summary report of their official meetings?  …this Board receives their funding from the City and County taxpayers? …the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County expect that this Board to be transparent when it comes to providing accurate and detailed minutes concerning the important decisions made by this publicly funded Board?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Council meets next week?  …that the subject of appointing a new board member to the Vanderburgh County Library Board is on the agenda? …that a member of this board’s term ends this month?  …we have been told that the Vanderburgh County Council will not reappoint this Library Board member?IS IT TRUE we are told that the potential Democrat candidate for Mayor of Evansville is a well-educated millennial with John F Kennedy good looks, great personality with some impressive professional achievements? …it could be possible that someone is trying to trick the CCO but Mole #3 tells us that there really is a person fitting this description who is pondering a run for the Mayor of Evansville?IS IT TRUE we are told that in the event a challenger from the Democrat Party does come forward to oppose Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke there are hints that his opponent may allege that there are a couple of campaign contributions that has the smell of payola on them?IS IT TRUE it is widely known that Mayor Winnecke is starting out with a $600,000 political war chest but what is not widely known is where the money is coming from?…in the most recent financial disclosure form there are 37 people or companies that made contributions of over $5,000 to the Friends of Winnecke fund and 30 of those generous fatcats were from other locations?…that means that only seven (7) local wealthy folks stroked the Mayor a check for $5,000 or more?…of those 30 out of town generous fatcats, many of them were listed as engineers or engineering companies?…engineering in the sense of political contributions almost always means construction contracts for civil engineering work?IS IT TRUE that building projects that have been paid with public money it is a time-dishonored tradition for some of that money to go back to the politician’s re-election campaign coffers who made the contracts happen?IS IT TRUE attached below is the link of  Mayor Winnecke’s 74-page political campaign finance report for 2018?  …we urge you to take your time to read and analyze this extremely interesting report?    Mayor Winnecke’s campaign finance report. IS IT TRUE that Scott Massey, a Purdue University graduate and founder of Heliponix, a company that makes an appliance that fits under a kitchen counter and grows produce year-round, is hoping to change that by bringing sustainable agriculture methods in Cameroon?  …that Scott Massey has been selected for a second Mandela Washington Fellowship to lead educational workshops at Cameroonian universities this month?  …that  Approximately 200 million hectares of suitable land remain unfarmed across Africa, causing many observers to wonder how African nations can unlock their full agricultural potential?  …we hope that Scott Massey will lead the way in achieving this lofty goal for Cameroon?last_img read more

first_imgIn what some critics are calling political retribution, the Trump administration has put the brakes on the construction of a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.Already years behind what transportation officials hoped for, “the Gateway Project” as it is called, seemed to be back on track last year when the departments of transportation for both New Jersey and New York agreed to split their share of the $13 billion price tag. Under President Barack Obama, the federal government agreed to pay half the total cost as long as the state paid for the other half.The project seemed to be full steam ahead after a series of public hearings cleared the path for it, and set a route that would go from New York City under the Hudson River, Hoboken and Weehawken and the Palisades to connect with the rail facility in Secaucus.But a letter issued to both states from Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator K. Jane Williams on Friday said no agreement between the states appeared to exist.;“We consider it unhelpful to reference a non-existent ‘agreement’ rather than directly address the responsibility for funding a local project where nine out of 10 passengers are local transit riders,” the letter said.The tunnel proposed would be constructed in order to allow both states to do major repairs on the exiting tunnel – which saw significant damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy in 2012.Gov. Chris Christie killed a similar project called “The ARC Project” just after he took office in 2009, causing an extensive delay in expanding service to and from New York Penn Station.It is unclear if the letter guts the current project or merely requires local officials to renegotiate the Hudson Tunnel project with federal officials.Some local officials speculate that there may be a political motive behind the latest move, in which the GOP administration may be seeking to steer federal money way from heavily Democratic states.last_img read more

first_imgIrish free-from bakery supplier Promise Gluten Free has sold its majority stake to private equity firm Mayfair Equity Partners.Promise’s products including sliced bread, rolls and cakes that are available across the UK, the US and Australia. The business supplies a mix of branded and private-labelled lines to retailers including Costco, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Spar and Woolworths.The deal will enable Promise to accelerate its international expansion strategy in the US, across Europe and Australia. Plans are also in place to further develop Promise’s presence in the US and European market to meet demand.Promise, a group of companies comprising Aran Ard Teoranta (trading as Gallagher’s Bakery) and Cuisine Royale Manufacturing, has grown domestically and internationally in markets including the UK, US and Australia under retail brand Promise Gluten Free.Declan Gallagher, founder of Promise Gluten Free, said the company had found a partner with a proven track record in its sector that would help it achieve success, and match its entrepreneurial spirit.“Mayfair’s backing will provide us with the ability to increase capacity in new and existing markets, including supporting the growth of our facility,” Gallagher said. “We look forward to benefiting from their sector expertise and insight as we enter this exciting new chapter of growth.”last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: The University announced the tornado warning has expired. Students are returning to normal activity. Notre Dame issued a campus wide alert this morning notifying the community of a tornado threat and urging everyone to move to the lowest level of their building. The University notified students via e-mail, phone calls, text messages and overhead announcements to take cover. The messages called the threat “imminent.”  Students are presently not attending classes. The University said it will notify students when the threat is over and they can resume their normal schedules. No funnel clouds were reported, but winds are reaching 70 mph. A tornado watch is in effect in St. Joseph County, where power outages have been reported, according to the South Bend Tribune.last_img read more

first_imgPrintThe music of Toubab Krewe creates a meeting of the mountains of Western North Carolina and the desert of West Africa. The Asheville-based quintet has cultivated a cross-cultural fusion of traditional Afro grooves and high-energy roots rock.Since emerging in 2005, the band has consistently delivered a percussive, dance-friendly sound that bridges musical influences from around the world. In certain moments it floats melodically with Justin Perkins’ traditional string toys, the kora and kamelengoni, while during others it pulses with hearty funk struts or blasts off with the Dirty South distortion of Drew Heller’s guitar runs. The dynamic and diverse sonic exploration has garnered the band a loyal fan base with international reach.The craft has been honed with a tireless touring ethic and diligent study of musical interests. Early in the band’s existence, members (founders also include David Pransky on bass and Luke Quaranta on percussion) traveled to Mali to learn from traditional players and perform at the famous Festival in the Desert. The result has been torch-bearing interpretation of originators like Ali Farka Toure in the context of modern jam-rock journeys.In the past year, the group’s sound has particularly evolved thanks to the acquisition of drummer Terrence Houston—best known for his work with New Orleans bass legend George Porter, Jr. (The Meters), and Houston’s current band, the Runnin’ Pardners. Houston contributes some driving Crescent City backbeat to the band’s broad instrumental forays.“He’s definitely pushed us and affected the way all of us play,” says Heller of Houston. “The sound is continuing to change, as far as our approach and just the way it feels on stage.”Toubab hasn’t released an album since 2010’s “TK2,” but with the revised line-up new material is currently being developed. Last fall the band recorded some tracks in Brooklyn with a full horn section. “Those sessions yielded a much bigger sound for us,” says Heller. “It shows the more orchestral side of what we do.”The band is currently gearing up for festival season with an appearance slated for Camp Barefoot in Bartow, W.Va., on August 24. While new studio output is still incubating, there are plans to release some live recordings from two particularly energetic shows in New Orleans, where the band performed this past New Year’s Eve and has fostered a particularly fervent following.“It’s a really inspiring place with so much music happening,” Heller says. “That infectious carnival spirit has started to influence our sound. It’s about revelry for life, including life on stage.”New Doc BoxDoc WatsonTwo days after the first Merlefest (April 25-28) since his death, late flat-picking folk icon Doc Watson will be honored with the release of a new four-disc box set curated by his only daughter, Nancy. The tribute, Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan, features rare, previously unreleased songs and stories from throughout Watson’s musical evolution, as well as music from various family members that influenced Watson’s career. The release features 94 songs and more than 500 Watson family photos. Material dates back to Watson’s early days growing up in the mountains of Deep Gap, N.C., and also includes latter-day recordings of the multi-Grammy winning folk hero who died last May.“This set is a broad and personal offering from within the Watson family itself and is presented with such care,” says project producer Roy Andrade, a member of the Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Studies faculty at East Tennessee State University.Unlike an expected greatest hits collection with repackaged favorite songs, Milestones will feature home recordings dating between 1954 and 2007. Much of the music and commentary was only recorded for personal entertainment. The set will offer plenty of intimate moments like Doc and his wife Rosa Lee singing “I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again” in 1967 and a Doc and Nancy duet of “Let The Rest of The World Go By” from 2006.“I’m so happy that my project is finally seeing the light of day,” says Nancy Watson about the release she curated with input from her father before his death. “I’m looking forward to inviting everyone to be part of the family for a bit.”last_img read more

first_img During a ceremony to honor Colombian Army Colonel José Alejandro Forero on June 29, General Douglas Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) expressed his thanks for the colonel’s year of service as one of the Partner Nation Liaison Officers. Col. Forero came to SOUTHCOM in the summer of 2011 with extensive experience in fighting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as a war college professor and with more than 27 years of service in his country’s Army. In Gral. Fraser’s words, during his tenure in SOUTHCOM, Col. Forero was instrumental in facilitating the communication between the Armed Forces of the United States and those of Colombia, and especially in sharing the necessary information to coordinate collaborative efforts in support of the regional fight against narcotrafficking and Countering Transnational Organized Crime. “José, Sandra, we’ve learned from you and benefitted from your knowledge of Colombia, from your willingness to learn how we work and to engage within our command,” said Gral. Fraser to the colonel and his wife. “Your dedication to our duties shed invaluable insight into the mutual understanding of our nations,” he added. Attendees not only included members of SOUTHCOM’s Joint Staff, but Brigadier General Leonardo Barrero, Director of Operations, Colombian Military, who has known Col. Forero for the last 27 years, was also present. “I am… we are truly saddened today to bid farewell to a family like SOUTHCOM, that has welcomed us with open hearts since our first day,” said Col. Forero for his part. He explained that as they made the trip to Miami one year ago, he and his family fretted feeling like strangers in a foreign country and far from home. “But it was not the case,” he stated. “We have made very good friends and felt like we fit right in…we have been introduced to great commanders and we depart very thankful of our time here.” “I will take back with me valuable lessons from this experience and share them with my peers to implement in our own development of new projects. My job was to bring the Armed Forces of the United States and Colombia closer together and am thankful to all of you who have made my duty a success,” he ended, as he received a Joint Service Meritorious Award for his service. SOUTHCOM established the Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) Program in 1998, with the focus of establishing links with U.S. partner nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that would serve as a conduit to foster a better understanding of mission and tactics, facilitate the ability to integrate and synchronize operations, assist in the transfer of vital information, enhance mutual trust, and develop an increased level of teamwork. Congratulations on the very important work performed in our country by Comando Sur, also thank you for having built the Youth Comprehensive Care Center in Buenaventura; unfortunately that place is abandoned and run down, we are a group of young people who are demanding answers regarding its administration from the management, as we are worried that it will deteriorate without having been used. We hope to get in touch with you in order to send you pictures and better describe the situation of the establishment, we only wish you were in our city so that you could verify everything that I am telling you. By Dialogo July 02, 2012last_img read more

first_imgA handful of US lawmakers have a unique argument for asking President Donald Trump not to slash the food stamp program – they themselves once relied on it.The Republican president this week proposed $15 billion in cuts to the $71 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, as part of his $4.8 trillion budget plan.Trump argues that many Americans receiving food stamps do not need them, given the strong economy and low unemployment. His administration already has tightened eligibility guidelines for the food assistance program. In their letter to Trump, nine Democratic lawmakers said they had each participated in the program “during times of financial struggle for our families.”Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi said he was a toddler when his parents, immigrants from India, received food stamps for a couple of years in the 1970s.”My parents don’t like to talk about it,” he said. Krishnamoorthi’s father was an engineering student in New York, whose job as a teaching assistant did not pay much. When that was suspended, “things were really rough” for them, he said.Asking the administration to “remove all intended cuts” to the program, the lawmakers said in their letter: “We are writing today on behalf of the over 36 million American families who currently depend on SNAP, like ours once did, to make ends meet and help the next generation achieve upward mobility.” It was signed by Senator Patty Murray and eight House members: Krishnamoorthi, Barbara Lee, Robin Kelly, Rashida Tlaib, Salud Carbajal, Jahana Hayes, Gwen Moore and Alma Adams.Trump’s proposals for food stamp cuts are not expected to pass. Even when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, the administration could not get lawmakers to approve them, and Democrats now control the House of Representatives.But the Trump administration has already stiffened eligibility guidelines for food stamps, a move projected to end benefits for nearly 700,000 people.Krishnamoorthi said it was important to send a message to the Trump administration that “you really are touching on a support system that a broader swath of society utilizes than you may think.”The congressman said he did not have a memory of the food stamps, “but I remember I was not hungry.”Topics :last_img read more

first_img“This bill is considered important to increase business certainty, simplify business procedures and generate new jobs.”Deni said the government and the House should raise public awareness on the legislation, explaining that the 26 percent of people knowing about the bill was a small number for such an important matter. “Seventy-four percent of the respondents still don’t know about the bill. Therefore, it is a task for the government and the House to raise public awareness about it,” he said.Read also: Labor groups plan nationwide rallies against jobs bill as deliberation continues Most Indonesians who are aware of the omnibus bill on job creation want the House of Representatives to pass it, hoping the regulations could increase the number of jobs, a survey by Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) shows. According to the study, which surveyed 2,215 people from July 8 to 11, 52 percent of the 26 percent of people who said they knew about the bill wanted the House to pass it. Meanwhile, 37 percent of them said they did not support the bill and 11 percent did not answer.”The majority of people who know about the job creation bill said it would bring benefits to the country’s economy,” SMRC research director Deni Irvani said in a statement on Tuesday. The survey also revealed that opposition to the bill was higher among those with higher education and income as well as those living in cities.Among those who know about the bill, 42 percent of highly educated people rejected it. Fifty-four percent of the people with income exceeding Rp 4 million (US$274.31) who know about the bill also rejected it. Among those who know the bill, only 49 percent of people living in cities support it.According to the report, support for the bill was stronger among people of lower socioeconomic status and those living in rural areas.”Support for the bill is higher among women in rural areas, those of higher age, lower education and lower income, and among blue collar workers and the unemployed.”The deputy chairman of social and political research institute Cakra Wikara Indonesia, Dirga Ardiansa, questioned the survey’s objective, saying the SMRC should highlight the 74 percent of the respondents that still don’t know the bill.“They are hiding something by highlighting that 52 percent of Indonesians support the bill, while really [only] 26 percent of the people are [even] aware of the bill,” he said.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutes“The survey should not highlight the [aspect of] who support the bill and who doesn’t, but the fact that 74 percent of the people still don’t know about the bill. The SMRC’s survey tries to lead the readers to a certain public opinion. The way it is presented is biased,” he added.The government expects the House to finish deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation by early September, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has said.The omnibus bill includes 80 articles to revise prevailing regulations related to investment and business permits. Several of the articles are expected to improve the ease of doing business.The bill also contains 19 articles to revise regulations on land acquisition, which has become one of the biggest obstacles for direct investment in Indonesia. Some investment projects have been in limbo for years due to land issues, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).The omnibus bill also includes five articles related to employment. However, the government decided to delay deliberation on these articles in response to mounting pressure from labor unions over fears that the articles would lure investment at the expense of workers’ welfare.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMuhammadiyah, one of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organizations, has criticized what it called an excessive use of force by police officers against people protesting against the controversial Job Creation Law over the past week.Busyro Muqoddas, the head of Muhammadiyah’s legal division who formerly served as a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairperson, said the repressive measures taken by police personnel against members of the public contradicted their mission to protect and serve civilians.“The National Police is not a tool of the ruling power,” he said on Wednesday, “Therefore, it must side ethically with the people.” Busyro went on to say that the violence committed by the police force had to be fully accounted for. The general public and the press played an important role in exposing possible abuses of power by the police as a form of control, he said.Read also: Hundreds remain unaccounted for after jobs law protestsPolice brutality represented a step toward political mayhem, Busyro claimed.“If it goes out of control, [violence] will continue to happen, breeding a brutal form of democracy expressed through police brutality,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.On Tuesday, four medical volunteers affiliated with the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center reportedly fell victim to police brutality while doing their job to monitor the protests against the jobs law in Jakarta.Human rights activists and civil society groups have called out the police for using excessive force against protesters and journalists during protests against the controversial law last week, with hundreds of reported cases of alleged assault and of missing people. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more