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UTPB Graduation

first_img UTPB graduates and their families meet together outside the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion following their graduation ceremony Saturday morning in Midland. Eli Hartman|Odessa American Local NewsMultimediaPhotos A UTPB Student receives her diploma as she walks the stage during the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American A student poses for a photo with the UTPB President Sandra Woodley, left, during the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American By Eli Hartman – May 1, 2021 Facebook A student walks the stage during the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American UTPB graduate Jeremy Barker, right, is kissed by his partner Shanna Mcrae, left, following his graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleSt. Ann’s Youth Center opensNext articleLife Challenge Academy Mock Trial Eli Hartman Shannon Morales Gonzales waits in orientation before the start of the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Morales Gonzales decorated her graduation cap with a Whataburger motif reading “Whata Journey.” Eli Hartman|Odessa American Twitter UTPB Graduation UTPB students line up as they wait to walk the stage during the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa Americancenter_img Photos from UTPB’s 2021 graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. UTPB students look up at the stage before the start of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American UTPB students look up at the stage at the end of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American UTPB Psychology major Trey Atwater holds his diploma as he watches his fellow classmates walk the stage during the UTPB graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American President of UTPB Sandra Woodley addresses the body of graduating students at the start of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American UTPB students look up at the stage during their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Daniel Heimmermann adjusts the cape on UTPB Masters student Autumn Zimmerman as she walks the stage during the graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American 1 of 16 Facebook Twitter Jacob Virdell, left, looks over his shoulder at the soon-to-be UTPB graduates as they file in before the start of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa American Pinterest Soon-to-be UTPB graduates line up outside of the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion before the start of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning in Midland. Eli Hartman|Odessa American Soon-to-be UTPB graduates walk between buildings before the start of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena and Pavilion. Eli Hartman|Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Driver fined outside Ballybofey for non-essential travel

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Driver fined outside Ballybofey for non-essential travel Previous articleSeamus Coleman reacts to Everton’s Premier League defeat to NewcastleNext articleUnaccompanied Learner Driver caught travelling at 166km/h News Highland Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai say they continue to implement the 4 E’s engage, explain, encourage and as a last resort, enforce at their checkpoints.It comes as Gardai in Ballybofey were conducting an Operation Fanacht checkpoint yesterday afternoon at Mcgrory’s Brae, when they encountered a driver who was believed to be conducting a non essential journey.A Fixed Payment Notice was issued for breach of the Covid travel restrictions.Gardaí say they had engaged with the driver involved in recent weeks and had previously advised against non essential travel. Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan WhatsApp By News Highland – January 31, 2021 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Homepage BannerNews Google+last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian kills at least 5 in the Bahamas; US coastline braces for impact

first_imgABC News(MIAMI) — Hurricane Dorian, a Category 4, was at a virtual standstill over the Bahamas Monday afternoon, where at least five people died on the Abaco Islands because of the powerful storm.The “destructive” Dorian is “unprecedented and extensive,” Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Monday.Homes and businesses are completely destroyed and the country is inundated with an extraordinary amount of flooding, he added.Meanwhile, U.S. officials are bracing for a similar fate as the monster storm next targets the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.‘I don’t think I’ve ever been afraid before like this’Residents of the Bahamas who rode out Hurricane Dorian as a Category 5 storm described buzz-saw-like winds that splintered homes, flooded streets and left them terrified for their lives.“There’s houses that are torn apart. There’s tree limbs in the road. There’s no green shrubbery left. It’s just shredded. It looks like a bomb went out,” Bruce Sawyer, a resident of the hard-hit Abaco Islands told ABC’s “Good Morning America” after enduring a night of abject uncertainty and fear.Dorian made landfall Sunday afternoon at Elbow Cay of the Abaco Islands as the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, and witnesses like Sawyer, who have chosen to shelter in place for other major hurricanes, said they’ve never seen anything like it.“I think when the eye wall hit, we had 200-plus mile per hour winds that ripped everybody’s roofs and destroyed everybody’s structure and houses,” Sawyer told ABC News. “Probably one of the most terrifying things that ever happened. The windows were caving. The doors were caving in. I honestly thought that our roof was going to be ripped off as well.”ABC News correspondent Marcus Moore and his news crew hunkered down in a hotel in the Abaco Islands — and by Monday morning, he said their hotel appeared to be the only structure still standing in the immediate area.“It really is a catastrophe here. And riding through this Category 5 hurricane was something I have never done before. I’ve covered many hurricanes but none like this one — we’re talking about land speeds of 180 mph-plus and then 200 mph wind gusts,” Moore said. “The feeling really moves you. As the winds were blowing, our ears were popping.” “You could hear the wind, you could hear bits and pieces of debris and large objects hitting the building, including a boat,” Moore said. “A yacht hit our building and right now is resting up against the three-story condo complex where we have been staying.”Moore said he could also hear people screaming through the night.Kim Mullins, a resident of Grand Bahama Island, told “GMA” she lived through Hurricane Floyd in 1999, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. But she said Hurricane Dorian is the most menacing beast yet.“The winds, they sound crazy. It literally feels as though something is about to happen even though my house is secure,” Mullins said. I don’t think I’ve ever been afraid before like this.” “It’s extremely dangerous, I’ve never seen anything like this before in my entire life,” said Iram Lewis, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Public Works. “Thank God I’m on high ground with my family, but there are persons out there in distress. I wish I was able to help them…I’m hoping that this weather will break soon and that as soon as possible the rescue teams can get on the road and help.”On Monday, Prime Minister Minnis said the government “will bring to bear every resource possible and all of our collective energy to assist those in the devastated and affected areas.”‘Get out now while you have time’As Dorian pummels the Bahamas, it’s also slowly inching closer to Florida.The latest path shows Dorian nearing Florida by Cape Canaveral on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as a Category 3 hurricane.Floridians are bracing for impact, stocking up on water and grabbing plywood to board up their homes.Richard Stern, owner of a Ben & Jerry’s store in Delray Beach, Florida, spent Sunday boarding up windows and safely storing the ice cream.“It’s a very dangerous storm. And a lot of people don’t realize that even if it doesn’t hit us directly, the winds and the rain are gonna be devastating. Especially with storm surge, we’re right off the beach,” Stern told ABC News.“We’ve been through so many of them you kind of know what you need to do,” Stern said. “The thing we have no control over is the size and strength of the storm…We’re gonna do everything we can, and hope and pray that is gonna be enough.”“Our east coast is certainly within the cone still and people need to remain vigilant,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Monday. “Get out now while you have time.”The governor said mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been issued for coastal communities from Palm Beach County to Nassau County near the Georgia border, a distance of 361 miles.“If you’re ordered to evacuate, you need to do that,” he said. “Get out now while you have time.”The governor said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the coast have been evacuated and some Florida hospitals were following suit.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport and Orlando Melbourne International Airport have already shut down as the storm moves in.The U.S. Postal Service shut down operations at its West Palm Beach plant Sunday night while Amtrak temporarily suspended service in Florida through Tuesday.Regardless of landfall, wind gusts of up to 80 mph and storm surge will be the biggest threats for the eastern coast of Florida over the next few days.From Florida, Dorian is forecast to turn north toward Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.Coastal Georgia communities are under mandatory evacuation orders as Dorian may bring 4 to 6 inches of rain, up to 7 feet of storm surge and dangerous flash flooding.“Please don’t take this risk — if you’re able to evacuate please do so,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday.Dorian is expected to be a Category 2 when it nears the Carolinas.South Carolina’s governor issued an evacuation order for the state’s coastal residents. A mandatory evacuation order was issued Monday for North Carolina’s Outer Banks as well.The heaviest rainfall from Dorian is expected to hit North Carolina, which could see up to 15 inches of rain.“We have to respect the threat that Dorian brings,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday. “Time is running out to get ready.”Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of FEMA, said his greatest concern was storm surge.“It’s water flooding that causes the most death in natural disasters; 90% of all deaths from natural disasters are caused from flooding, storm surge, inland flooding,” Gaynor said. “What we really want to get across this morning is that time is running out to make preparations.”“The unpredictability, the uncertainty of where Dorian will go is something that we’re all anxious to find out, but you have to be prepared for any scenario,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

The assessment of competition between seals and commercial fisheries in the North Sea and the Antarctic

first_imgMost of the exploited fish stocks in the North Sea are also used as a food supply by a number of seal species; the same is true for some fish and invertebrate stocks in the Antarctic—although the fisheries there are, at present, much smaller than those in the North Sea. The information needed for a critical assessment of such interactions is reviewed. Using existing techniques it is possible to estimate the quantity and size‐classes of each fish or invertebrate species consumed by seals and to compare this with the commercial catch. If fishing mortality is known, these estimates can be used to calculate the level of mortality imposed by the seals. However, a realistic evaluation requires information on the distribution and movements of the fish, the seals’ feeding effort, and the fisheries effort in time and space. At present it is difficult or impossible to obtain this information, but recent technological developments in telemetry equipment will soon make it feasible. To assess the economic effects of changes in seal numbers on the fishery, or the ecological effects of changes in fisheries effort on seal populations, requires additional information on the responses of the fishery and the seals to changes in fish abundance, and of the commercial market to changes in the supply of fish.last_img read more

OUSU for free Wednesday afternoons

first_imgWednesday was suggested as suitable because it is the day many national universities choose to allow students time to pursue extra-curricular activities.It is also the day that the majority British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league matches take place in many sports. When asked whether he thought he was representing students’ wishes, Trup responded by citing OUSU’s role as representing students. The agenda for the meeting concedes, “as OUSU has no policy on this, OUSU’s representative, Louis trup, could only speculate as to what students want”. First-year English and French student Emma Millington commented, “The idea of having delegated time where you’re not working is quite radical and could benefit students’ physical and mental health. I have two and half hours of French class on Wednesdays when I would like to go to our college’s Zumba class.” However, she highlighted how the motion may be short sighted in its understanding of the logistics behind the way the university creates its timetables. She said, “If the class wasn’t in the evening it would clash with some English contact hours.” This debate comes in the wake of calls for a reading week, which so far have remained unanswered. A motion was passed by the OUSU Council’s 5th Week meeting on Wednesday 27th May in favour of setting aside time on Wednesday afternoons for students to pursue extra-curricular activities. The policy was proposed by Louis Trup and called for Wednesday afternoons to remain free from any mandatory course commitments. This would allow students “the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities”. The motion proposed that these might include taught and research courses. The motion began by mentioning OUSU’s previous adoption of this policy, “OUSU once had policy in support of having Wednesday afternoons free for course commitments for students”. This referenced OUSU’s last affiliation with the idea of free Wednesday afternoons which ended in Michaelmas of 2003. This was because the motion lapsed when no one campaigned in favour of it. Louis Trup, OUSU President and proposer of the policy, told Cherwell, “I’m proud to be bringing this motion alongside the legend that is Hector Bagley. Wednesday afternoons are free in other universities, and it certainly enhances the student experience. “It allows for more people to get involved with extra-curricular activities like sport, which I believe can only be a good thing. That is why I think it should be OUSU policy.” During the meeting he also defended his motion, saying it would “give us more choice”. He also said that students shouldn’t be forced into doing things by timetabling, concluding that “it’s a start to bringing about change”. OUSU’s return to this policy was sparked by a meeting between the President and the University’s Sports Strategic Sub-Committee, where the issue was raised.last_img read more

WHY AMERICANS ARE THE ONES SMILING (OR CONTROL MAKES ONE HAPPY)

first_imgrequires much more careful deliberation when Congress is involved. Also, when we eliminated the military draft we turned from a citizen minute man type military to a professional and less ecumenical type force. To make the tragic choice to go to war all Americans should feel the direct cost. That’s one of the main reasons we went from 1918 to 1941 at peace. But after we ended the draft we have been without conflict. It is too easy to hire others to impose our will on the powerless. With a professional standing military our armed forces never stand down and the temptation for any of our presidents to play with these awesome powers as if they were toy soldiers is too intoxicating for most to resist.One of the good things we received from one of our British cousins and the ideals Robert Owen’s commune ascribed to, were John Locke’s enlightenment philosophies as highlighted by the Doctrine of Separation of Powers. Our independence as a nation has survived great trauma due in large part to our government’s three separate and equal powers: Executive; Legislative; and, Judicial. We forget this at out peril.Our founders understood human nature. That’s why we have an elected president instead of an anointed king. It seems that almost no matter who the chief executive is, the temptation to control others by military might is irresistible.Control of our lives is an inherent need for individuals and nations and, if lost, can lead to long-term bad effects for both the invaders and the invaded.A couple of weeks ago Peg and I attended a rodeo in Osage County, Oklahoma where thirty-five competing cowboys were introduced as they held a gigantic American flag in the middle of the arena. Each cowboy stood at attention as he held the flag with one hand and held his western hat over his heart with the other while a cowgirl on horseback sang “The National Anthem”. It was a moving experience for Peg and me as we stood at attention with out hands over our hearts. It made me think about the National Football League and silent protests by players as well as raised fists at the 1972 Olympics and members of the U.S.A.’s Women’s Soccer Team who choose to stand but not place their hands over their hearts. What a feeling of freedom it should give us all when our fellow citizens voice their dissent even if we disagree with their positions. These Patriots harken back to Patrick Henry and his preference for death over life without choice. Dissent by others, especially by those diametrically opposed to my beliefs, helps to remind me Independence Day is one of life’s greatest gifts and reinforces my gratitude to our Fourth of July 1776 heroes. It makes me think of James Madison and his demand that the first ten amendments to the Constitution be adopted.The First Amendment is that ultimate recognition of the importance of choice: Freedom to Petition our government whether in writing or by demonstration. I am proud that in the United States of America if Peg and I want to stand for “The National Anthem” or for any other cause, such as “The Hallelujah Chorus” or the “Indiana University Fight Song”, we may. And, if others do not wish to, they have the right not to . Even those misguided people from Purdue University, Kent Schuette.For some reason that rodeo experience reminded me of what our soldier son, Jim, told us he observed when he visited the old Soviet Union before the wall came down and before he was sent to war in Iraq. Jim said when he happened to see other Americans in the old USSR he could always pick them out from the crowd of Russians because the Americans were the only ones smiling.Then when I was sent by the National Judicial College to teach Ukrainian judges in 2000 and then to Russia to teach Russian judges in 2003 I had similar experiences. In Ukraine I took their dilapidated great subway train and was crammed in with many Ukrainian men and women and one boy about six years old. The adults were all dressed in dark clothing and had sober dark expressions. No one smiled or nodded hello. Then I caught the little boy’s eye and smiled at him. at first he almost smiled back then cast down his eyes. WHY AMERICANS ARE THE ONES SMILING (OR CONTROL MAKES ONE HAPPY)THE NEW-HARMONY GAZETTE.SPECIAL FOR JULY 4TH 2019(July 4th , 2019 Speech by James Redwine in New Harmony, Indiana)Thank you, Nathan. And thank you all for being here. By the way, you can relax and rely upon this being a short speech, although you may say not short enough. You see, you have an insurance policy as some members of the Redwine family insisted on attending today to make sure I do not go over my allotted twenty minutes.When my sister and our two brothers and I all sang in our church choir, our minister, Reverend Max Wolfe, would sometimes rattle on as the congregation yearned for relief. So his daughter, Judy, who was the church organist would allow max to go about five minutes long then she would begin softly playing the introduction to “The Doxology”. Therefore, if you hear my family begin softly mumbling “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow…” Just join in and I will sit down. Not yet, David Campbell!It is good to be with you on this day of celebration of America’s Independence. It is called Independence Day with good reason. Our founders were willing to die for the right to control their own lives. They were not seeking war with the most powerful nation on earth in 1776. They were not attempting to dictate to King George III how the English should behave. They sought only free will for America to determine its own course.I am honored to have been asked to speak by the Friends of The Working Men’s Institute, The University of Southern Indiana and The New Harmony Kiwanis Club. When my friends, Jeanne and Nathan Maudlin, contacted me they asked me to address issues swirling around America’s struggle for Independence during the Revolutionary War. I believe they thought I was old enough to have served in it. While I am proud to be an Honorably Discharged Veteran it is not true that I served during the Revolution. There was no United States Air Force in 1776.However, I do understand the desire to get a first hand account of history. All of us wish we could ask our parents about things long past or perhaps have a chance to ask past heroes such as George Washington or James Madison what really happened in those secret meetings in Philadelphia that produced our Constitution.For example, one of my heroines is Frances (Mad Fanny) Wright, that fighter for Women’s Rights, Black Rights and Freedom from Religion who spoke here in New Harmony on July 04, 1828. Oh how much we could learn if we could speak with her now. Then I remembered we may have someone with us here today who may have known Mad Fanny and what she really thought. Is my friend Charlie Gaston here? Hello Charlie. Do you mind me asking? Didn’t you use to date Mad Fanny Wright? Well, thanks. Maybe we can talk about Mad Fanny later at MacLure Park over a hot dog.Another of the great independence type questions those of us privileged to live in Posey County often ponder is why did Father George Rapp’s celibate religious commune last from 1814 to 1825, but Robert Owen’s atheistic enlightenment commune only made it about three years from 1825 to 1828? Well, in doing research for today’s gathering I read that at their Fourth of July galas Father Rapp’s Rapittes gave out free beer, but according to Robert Owen’s Fourth of July speech in 1826 Owen called for his followers to “…abandon the use of spirituous In Russia Peg was with me and we took the subway to see the Onion Domes of The Kremlin. Peg had on a light blue coat and I was wearing my red ski jacket. Every other person on the train had on dark clothes and dour faces. When Peg and I smiled at one another because we were happy to be in Moscow together we were the only ones smiling. That’s when we realized what freedom and independence and the Fourth of July are all about. We are confident we have the Rght as Americans to control our own destinies. That means everything. And that is why when Americans are seen among the people of other nations often the Americans are the only ones smiling. But if we insist on imposing our will on other countries or upon one another, we should not be surprised if they do not smile back.We can keep smiling as long as our friends and fellow citizens respect our opinions and they will keep smiling at us as long as we respect their right to their opinionsUh oh, I think I hear the off-key strains of “The Doxology”, so thanks and I’ll see you later for hot dogs at MacLure Park. That is, of course, if you independently choose to go there. And maybe we can ask Charlie Gaston about Mad Fanny Wright.ThanksJames Redwinecenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare liquors…” Apparently we can make it without sex, but not without beer. That’s another of those Free-Will options we celebrate on the Fourth of July.*CONTROL*Isn’t that what matters most to all of us? The visceral need for the freedom to make our own choices is why on that day we now call Patriot’s day, April 19, 1775. At Lexington and Concord those suppressed colonists, “Fired the Shots Heard ‘Round the World”. And in our current political climate, when Americans today get embroiled in political discussions it sometimes feels as if both sides have muskets at the ready.When I find myself surrounded by the competing political Mini Balls I try to remember to remind myself this is nothing new. Over the two or three hundred thousand years we Homo Sapiens have been around, after air, water, food, shelter and procreation, we seem to have two more basic needs: The control of our own lives; and the strong desire to control the thoughts and behavior of others. These two related but directly oppositional impulses apply to groups of people and nations as well. You know, we will each defend to the death the Right of our political adversaries to agree with us. But conversations can rapidly turn to confrontation if someone comes down on what we believe is the wrong side of such issues as religion, global warming, immigration, war and peace, and especially today, who should or should not be president of the United States.The Right to control our own lives makes us smile. The desire to control other peoples’ lives can lead to such things as vitriolic statements and sometimes even vicious interchanges in our public interactions. Sometimes the discussions about control may center on sexual assault and the “Me Too Movement” or hate crimes and “Black Lives Matter” or perhaps even questions of War and Peace.Rape is a terrible crime not because of forced sexual contact, billions of humans have had sexual relations. No, rape is a terrible crime because of the victim’s loss of the right to decide for themselves whether and with whom to have sex. The fear, terror, anger and humiliation caused by losing total control of one’s body is incalculable. It is in itself a life sentence that can lead to permanent bitterness toward and distrust of our legal system. Much as lynchings can result in an entire race of people living with constant concern about their freedom.Lynchings, such as those that were committed on our Posey County Courthouse lawn on October 12, 1878, are a collective denial of another’s right to control their own destiny. And it is not just the victims who lose, but even those who deny justice to others may reap the whirlwinds of retaliation and political correctness.Wars of aggression, not constitutionally authorized wars for national defense, are our country’s or people’s Right to independently determine their own destiny. One of the main causes of our country’s post-WWII denials of the right of other countries to control their own lives are wars instigated by independent executive action without Congressional authorization.We can each quickly cite evidence of such wars based on false premises and rash executive action. President Lyndon Johnson used shaky premise of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution to get us hopelessly embroiled in Vietnam. President George W. Bush relied on false intelligence reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was involved in 9/11. President Bush then precipitously led us into what appears to be an endless and pointless war in the Middle East. And now, if we in America as led by President Donald Trump, insist on controlling Iran, it could be the Persian Gulf War Redux based on the pretext of torpedoed oil tankers or downed drones. As Pete Seeger’s song “Where have all the Flowers Gone?” asks us, “When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?”Our founders’ wisdom of placing the authority to wage war in Congress is that such a procedure keeps all of our citizens more closely involved in these grave decisions. And, itlast_img 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

Nimbus Dance Works performance and gala coming to Jersey City’s White…

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Nimbus Dance Works, the local dance troupe that focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences, will present “Proliferate,” a special evening of dance at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.This co-presentation of Nimbus Dance Works and Jersey City Theater Center features the company in “All Star Ball Passing Redux,” Charles Moulton’s renowned masterwork; audience favorite “Mapping,” by UK Choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller; Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott’s “Surface Tension”; plus a guest appearance by internationally-acclaimed PeiJu Chien-Pott in a preview of Mr. Pott’s “Esther.”The performance will be immediately followed by a gala reception honoring the Dance To Learn Program, a statewide creative movement program that Nimbus Dance Works provides for over 350 Jersey City students annually, while raising funds for Nimbus’ Dance Programs in the Jersey City Schools.Gala honorees will include Laura Marchese, Dance To Learn Curriculum Author; Michelle Marigliano, Special Projects/Assessment, Young Audiences of New Jersey;Wendy Liscow, Education Program Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Lisa Grimes, Executive Director, Dance New Jersey; and Raegan Wood, Director, Taylor School, Dance To Learn Curriculum Author.The Nimbus Award for Service through the Arts will be given to Justin Perez, Nimbus Company Dancer and Company Manager.The evening includes drinks, light fare, a live and silent auction, and dancing. Requested attire is “festive.”Tickets are available at www.jctcenter.org for the gala and performance at $85-$125.Performance only, $25-$55. The event is sponsored by Ben Lopiccolo Development Group ×last_img read more

Bayonne Little League registration

first_imgBayonne Little League is pleased to announce open registration for their 2018 Baseball and Girl’s Softball season. You can register online at: www.LeagueLineUp.com, Bayonne Little League or do so in person, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, at 200 West 1 St. between 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more info, please call: (201)-858-9147.last_img

String Cheese Incident Covered ‘Spanish Moon’ With Half Of Little Feat, Fifteen Years Ago Today

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has enjoyed a great many collaborative sets throughout their career. They’ve played with pretty much everyone, from Ms. Lauryn Hill to Skrillex to Peter Rowan and David Grisman. Back in 2001, when SCI was making a name for themselves, they managed to link up with three members of Little Feat for a memorable performance at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.Opening with “Black Clouds” is always a good start, and there was a fun moment when longtime fan Daev Brown came on stage to help sing “Resume Man” in the first set. However, when Bill Payne, Fred Tackett and Sam Clayton were introduced halfway through set one, for a live rendition of Little Feat classic “Spanish Moon,” all bets were off. The Little Feat members stuck around for a jam session and a rendition of the long-lost favorite, “San Jose.”The second set is also some great work, with a fun “Rivertrance > Rhythm of the Road > Rivertrance” opening things up, as well as a “Round the Wheel” that incorporated a number of classics. However, the encore of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” featuring Payne and Tackett, brings the show home in fine fashion.Tune in to full audio below, thanks to an uncredited source with soundboard audio (via Archive.org):SCI kicks off a “March Madness” tour one week from today, Thursday, March 10th, in Reno, NV. The full schedule is available here.Setlist: String Cheese Incident at The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – 3/3/01Set 1: Black Clouds, Want > Inspiration, Resume Man¹, Shantytown, Spanish Moon² > Jam² > San Jose² > Drums² > San Jose² Set 2: Rivertrance > Rhythm of the Road > Rivertrance, Let it Go, Round the Wheel > The Hobo Song, Sand Dollar > Drums > Round the Wheel Encore: Superstition³¹ with final verse sung by Daev Brown (introduced as Rob Thomas) ² with Bill Payne (keyboards), Fred Tackett (guitar) and Sam Clayton (percussion) ³ with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett.last_img read more