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“READERS FORUM” MAY 8, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” 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.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Do you think that the Democrats will keep control of the Evansville City Council in 2019?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Federal Report Casts Doubt on Future of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Heavy Ion Collider

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Inside the workings of the Relativistic Heavy Ion ColliderPhysicists exploring the subatomic realm are well aware of the uncertainty principle at work on the particles there but now a federal report has come out that casts the future of America’s most advanced physics experiments in doubt at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).The issue, as it is with many things involving the federal government these days, involves funding. But more importantly what’s at stake is the United States’ ability to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge science.Last week a report was released by a subpanel of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee that recommended closing the heavy ion collider if federal funding remains flat or just keeps up with inflation in the coming years. The report, named after the subpanel’s chairman Robert Tribble, a nuclear physicist based at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University, favored completing a facility now under construction at Michigan State University and maintaining another facility at the Jefferson Lab in Virginia, which is being upgraded.A modest increase more than inflation, the report suggested, might keep all facilities at least on track. Of America’s the three large atomic research labs, only BNL’s RHIC is currently operating, and it is set to run a series of high-level experiments starting Feb. 11 that will last until the summer.In Monday’s response to the report’s worst-case scenario, the Empire State’s Congressional representatives have begun to weigh in. Both New York’s Democratic Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy to increase funding of its nuclear physics program by an additional $50 million for the next fiscal year.“Even though this report is non-binding, it should serve as a call to arms for those who care about scientific research, Long Island’s economy, and our nation’s position at the forefront of innovation,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  “The solution to the problem is simply to make sure that the budget for nuclear research in this country is given a modest boost, so that hundreds of jobs on Long Island are preserved and America remains at the cutting edge of nuclear research.  Cutting our nuclear research now, and ceding our advantage to our competitors, is penny wise and pound foolish.”“Closing a facility that plays an important role in the future of U.S. competitiveness and supports hundreds of jobs is the wrong approach,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “If we are going to out-innovate and out-compete other countries in the fields of science and technology, we must continue to invest in cutting edge facilities like the country’s only ion collider at Brookhaven National Lab.”In a jointly authored letter to the outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients, the senators wrote: “Now is not the time to scale back federal funding for such critical basic research and important scientific facilities and cede our position of leadership in these fields of study.  Our economic competitors in China, India and other countries have seen our success in these areas and now copy our approach to innovation and are increasing their rate of investment at a time when we seem to be considering the opposite.“Strengthening U.S. investment in nuclear physics is the right thing to do to develop technologies to improve national security, identify and cure disease and meet our energy challenges, as well as to expand our knowledge about the makeup of the universe through scientific discovery.  Americans stand to benefit today and in the future from U.S. investment in nuclear physics through better medical imaging and diagnostic tools, new cancer therapies, advanced tools to deter nuclear proliferation and innovative energy storage systems.”Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has been working closely with the offices of both senators to coordinate a response, and together they reversed deep cuts Republicans in Congress had proposed in spending bills in the past. They hope to do the same this time around, too.“I have fought successfully in the past to protect Brookhaven National Lab from damaging budget cuts that would hurt Long Island’s economy and threaten America’s international leadership in research and development,” said Rep. Tim Bishop. “I am coordinating closely with Lab officials and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to make the case that the cutting-edge research in energy, medicine and other fields performed at the RHIC is a national priority that deserves sustained funding.”The RHIC is world-renown for its ability to recreate the conditions presumed to match the universe in the first moments of existence so scientists can study in detail the type of matter at the beginning and understand the force that holds together “the fundamental particles that make up 99 percent” of the visible world—from stars to planets to people.“We believe that RHIC science, past and future, is compelling and essential both for the DOE mission as well as for U.S. leadership in nuclear physics — and the Tribble report strongly reflects that view,” says Doon Gibbs, BNL’s interim laboratory director. “We will continue to advocate for science, for RHIC, and for Brookhaven Lab in all that we do.”In a statement on the lab’s website, Gibbs said that he’s been in touch with the other two labs’ directors and “we have agreed to work together to realize the modest growth path.”last_img read more

Tips for creating the perfect job posting

first_imgWhen you’re on the lookout for the best candidate for your open position, it’s essential your posting stand out from the rest. Prospective hires are sifting through countless job opportunities, so consider the tips below for grabbing their attention and getting them in the door.Remember the title countsSeeking out new employment can be stressful for job hunters, so make sure your job posting’s title is direct and concise. There was a time when creative and quirky titles were the thing (“copywriter extraordinaire”), but prospective hires are busy and don’t have time for the fluff. Keep it simple, but make sure the title correctly describes what you’re looking for.Make it fun to readIt’s important to include all the necessary components of the listing, but remember you can still make your point without being stuffy and formal. You don’t need to be overly creative, as job hunters want the facts, but compose the posting in a way that’s warm and welcoming. You want them to want to work with you, so remember that your posting is a reflection of your workplace.Tell them what they’ll gainSure, it’s a good idea to brag on your company a bit by highlighting your successes and accomplishments, but be sure to also include what they will personally gain from working with you. Any job perks you can include are appealing and help your company to stand out from the rest. Include compensation, vacation time, flexibility, training, and incentives.Check out CUInsight jobs page for exciting opportunities in the credit union industry! 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Franklin County Sheriff: Alcohol May Be Factor In Metamora Crash

first_imgPolice believe alcohol is a factor in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Metamora over the weekend.24-year-old Tyler Wilson, of Rushville, was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy eastbound on U.S. 52 following a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Saturday around 5:17 p.m.The motorcycle was driven by Robert Stickleman, 76, of Middletown, Ohio.When Stickleman slowed down to turn left into the Hearthstone Restaurant, police say Wilson was following too closely and struck the Harley Davidson in the rear end. The bike traveled off the roadway and resulted in Stickleman and his passenger Donna Roberts being thrown from the vehicle.They were transported to McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford for injuries to the neck and spine. Stickleman also suffered an injury to his right arm. Their current conditions have not been released.Police say Wilson stopped for a short time, then fled the scene by traveling east on U.S. 52. Wilson was located near Cummins Road and taken into custody without incident.He was arrested and is facing preliminary charges of leaving the scene of an accident and OWI resulting in serious bodily injury. He was booked into the Franklin County Security Center on $5,000 bond.Police were assisted on the scene by the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department, Brookville EMS 2 and Laurel EMS 3.last_img read more

Video: One game, one goal – the right decision to leave Spurs?

first_img1 After we all had a laugh at his Villarreal unveiling, Roberto Soldado scored on his debut for the Spanish club.The striker made the move from Tottenham earlier in the transfer window and when meeting his new fans, failed to find any of them when kicking footballs into the stands.But on La Liga’s opening day, Soldado put his side ahead in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis. He spent two seasons at Spurs, but found goals hard to come by and claimed he lost his confidence during his stay.Check out the goal below. Video: Roberto Soldado scores on his Villarreal debut last_img read more