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Lost students find way back home

first_imgNearly 150 students took part in Oxford Lost 2011 this weekend, being dumped in different mystery locations and forced to find their own way back. The event is set to raise £14,000 for Shelter, a new record for the University.

147 students took part in the RAG event last Saturday, doubling the number of participants from last year. Lost was open to students from both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes.

Having been divided and taken to three secret locations of Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Sandbanks, contestants competed in a race to hitch their way back to OUSU. read more

EDITORIAL: REBIRTH OF CORE

first_imgCORE has just announced that they shall be sponsoring a “Community Roundtable” aimed at gauging public interest in the formation of a group that would study current events, community issues and government activities in Evansville and Vanderburgh County?  CORE has invited the general public to attend this “Community Roundtable” discussion of local issues to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, in the meeting room at the North Park Library, 960 Koehler Drive?The City-County Observer staff was very happy to receive and immediately share the news with our readers on Saturday.  We think the news is too good not to share immediately. The CORE group that so successfully opposed the bid to consolidate City and County governments is reorganizing itself as a nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group to serve as a voice for the citizens of both the city and Vanderburgh County, and we believe this is the perfect time for them to do so.This news is especially welcome as it comes on the heels of the dismal outlook presented at the last City Council meeting by Kelley Coures, who tells us that Evansville has spent the last five years losing population and falling further behind the state’s median income. This happens at a time when we have a City Council that that functions primarily as a rubber stamp for Mayor Winnecke’s agenda, The public has been effectively muzzled by Missy Mosby in her capacity as the President of the 2016 City Council by exercising her discretion as to whether or not speakers can address the Council for a maximum of three minutes. She is quick to remind everyone that Council has no legal obligation to hear them at all. While it is true that Indiana law makes no provision for public input on issues before the Common Council, we believe it is the implicit duty of our lawmakers to hear and consider the thoughts and wishes of the governed.City Council meetings are the appropriate venue for the taxpayers to address their concerns and for the Councilors to consider the various stances. Too often, we are seeing a carefully planned presentation by civic groups who have been coached by city staffers, usually DMD employees, that support the opinions that have been pre-sold to them. There are a few groups, UNOE, the Chamber of Commerce, Evansville Brownfields Corp., ERC and ECHO are examples, that have seemly been chosen by the Mayor and Ms. Mosby to be the only legitimate spokesmen for the public. In reality, those groups represent a membership that is a small sliver of the populace, but they can be depended upon by the “powers that be” to come to Council and present a performance that is as well-choreographed as a Rockettes’ routine.The public is unable to depend on the mainstream media to serve its interests, because the professional distance that should be kept between elected officials and a couple members of the media has been breached irreparably. The fraternization between a couple media members and officeholders is clear for all to see on most nights in the Haynie’s Corner and West Franklin Street area bars, where they can be seen drinking and socializing. It’s hard to take a stand against the people in your social circle, so we don’t hear about the negative behavior of our officials.We believe a local group that has the means to present research and arguments that may run counter to the agenda that is being pushed by the Administration is needed more than ever before. From what we have observed of CORE’s past accomplishments, this is very likely what the “Silenced Majority” needs in order to have a voice in the spending and goals pursued by local government. There are some political partisans who will argue that the voters had their say on election day, but we believe the voters should be heard on all of the important decisions made by both City and County elected officials. This organization will give everyone who has a vested interest in growing and enriching the area a chance to be heard. It is time that the public hears and discusses both sides of the projects that have just been packaged and sold to interest groups in recent years.The City-County Observer has frequently made reference to the quote by Thomas Jefferson that “When the People fear government, there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty.”  We believe the time has come for the people to capture the attention of our elected representatives and band together for good public policy and against political patronage, cronyism, and nepotism. This organization has the potential to do exactly those things.It looks like we may be experiencing the “REBIRTH OF CORE” in the making!  We urge everyone who can to attend the CORE sponsored discussion concerning “good public policy”  on May 24 at 5:45, at North Park Library.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Center for International Development’s ‘Globe’ generates innovative 3-D visualizations of world trade

first_imgData visualization researchers at Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) have unveiled The Globe of Economic Complexity – an interactive tool which colorfully captures $15 trillion in world trade data in cutting-edge 3-D visualizations. Powered by the UN’s international trade data, the Globe uses “confetti” or dot-based representation to generate dynamic maps, stacked graphs and network diagrams. The Globe is a spin-off of The Atlas online, an interactive tool that takes users on a granular journey by not only visualizing trade, but by tracking changes over time and by helping users identify growth opportunities.“The Globe allows users to see which parts of the world are still exporting agricultural commodities versus those that have moved onto machinery and more complex products, all in spectacular animation,” said Marcela Escobari, executive director of CID. “Innovations in visualizations like this one help us disseminate our research on how countries grow in an ever more accessible and powerful way.”By navigating the Globe’s Geo Maps, users can jump into any country to view its range and volume of exports. The Globe also generates new points of view on the Product Space – a network of product similarities which details nearly 800 products into 15 color-coded industries – by vertically stacking products in 2-D representation or by using a novel 3-D layout.last_img read more

Tourist employees of Belišće presented their offer to the people of Poreč

first_imgThe delegation of the City of Belišće is on an educational two-day visit to Poreč to see the tourist offer, learn something new and see how to work and live with tourism and in tourism. The delegation is headed by Deputy Mayor Domagoj Varžić and Director of the Belišće Tourist Board Janja Čeliković, reports Istria Terra Magica. Deputy Mayor Varžić added that more than 50 percent of their guests come for wine and a tour of the cellar, and they are lucky that there are as many as four famous vineyards near them. He also pointed out that their trump card is gastronomy, but also natural and cultural sights, and that they are working on the development of cycling tourism. The landlords emphasized that they are delighted with the villas and holiday homes they have visited and that they still have a lot of work to do in Belišće. Source / photo: Istra Terra Magica; Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board They were welcomed by the Mayor Loris Peršurić and the Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč Nenad Velenik, who presented this initiative, which was initiated by employees of the Tourist Board Belišće who expressed a desire to organize a study trip to Istria. The guests presented their city and numerous projects, among which is the stronger development of tourism. Today, Belišće has about 50 beds in private accommodation, it will soon get a hostel, and next year the first hotel. The director of the tourist board, Čeliković, emphasized that they have a number of well-known and large events. It was concluded that Belišće also has a lot to offer and a mutual visit of Poreč residents was agreed in the foreseeable future. This will be an ideal opportunity for the people of Poreč to present their tourist offer to Slavonians. They point out that the cooperation between these two tourist boards will certainly continue. An excellent example of cooperation and exchange of experiences of tourist boards with completely different tourist products will certainly raise the quality of the offer of both parties. On Thursday, guests from Slavonia visited high-class apartments and holiday homes in the area of ​​Kaštelir and Vižinada and the luxurious Villa Euphrasiana in the old town of Poreč, and later in the evening they prepared a gastronomic presentation of Slavonian delicacies to the people of Poreč. This included dishes such as kulen, shepherd’s pie and poppy seeds and walnuts. last_img read more