“IS IT TRUE” JULY 12, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare 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 according to our most recent “Readers Poll” the large of majority of our readers would like a response from Mayor Winnecke concerning who’s responsible to pay all the operational costs involved in the ownership of the Evansville Thunderbolts? …our “Readers Poll” is considered to be trendy, not scientific?IS IT TRUE when the Evansville IceMen leased the Ford Center they paid all the costs associated with playing hockey at the Ford Center?  …not only did the Evansville IceMen pay all their bills at the Ford Center but also generated big profits for the arena during the time they played hockey at this arena?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that several citizens are talking about starting a local government watchdog group? …we are told that the mission of this organization will be to encourage locally elected officials to practice fiscal responsibility and good public policy?  ..we are told when this group is fully organized they will file Freedom of Information Requests, attend local political meetings, send out informational newsletters via social media, endorse candidates vying for elected for local offices and when deemed necessary will stage public protests?  …if this group decides to organize it should be a fun group to watch?IS IT TRUE we encourage you to drive down Lincoln Avenue starting from Highway 41 and go east towards Boeke Road during the late evening time?  … last week a staff member of the CCO drove down Lincoln Avenue and headed east and observed that around 20 overhead security street lights were not working?  …please don’t tell us that the City Controller used the money in the 2018 City Budget earmarked for the street lights to fund the penguin and anteater exhibits at the Zoo?IS IT TRUE that Jon Webb created another piece of prose on the resignation of Scott Pruitt who served briefly as head of the EPA?…the assumption was that his resignation was going to be bad for Evansville since the person who is replacing him is pro-coal and may just let Evansville, the Ohio River, and the air in the Tri-State get by without compliance on EPA regulations?…while we understand the spirit of the article we also realize first that the EPA hasn’t exactly been breathing down local government’s neck during the last 10 years since the consent decree to reduce the raw sewage dumps into the Ohio River were agreed to?…the EPA Directors under President Obama have not enforced fines against Evansville and neither has the departed Mr. Pruitt?…it almost seems as though one of the strategic initiatives to keep spending money on fun and games is to kick the can called the dilapidated sewer system down the road as far as possible?…it is working too?…since being saddled with the consent decree to repair the sewers so that raw sewage is not spilled into the Ohio River, the City of Evansville has borrowed money to build the Ford Center, highly incented a downtown hotel, subsidized the medical school, contributed to some overpriced ball fields, and with the exception of the ball fields all of these $200 million plus fun and games monuments are connected to the very sewer that needs to be replaced?IS IT TRUE that the reality is that Scott Pruitt was just one more government employee that did not hold the City of Evansville’s feet to the fire to comply with the consent decree and it is highly likely that his replacement won’t either?…we live in one of the most polluted places in the country on the banks of the well documented most polluted river in the country?…between the Ohio River, the contaminated air, the not so well publicized soil contamination problem due to plating factories and an old cannon ball factory, Evansville has some serious pollution problems to deal with and the EPA has been lax about enforcing things since it was formed by President Nixon?…if the people of Evansville make strong demands these issues may have a chance to be mitigated?…without local voter support for cleaning the air, water, and soil, the politicians will keep spending borrowed money on fun and games?…based on reality Mr. Pruitt’s departure will just usher in a new boss that is the same as the old boss and the boss before him and the boss before him ad nauseum? IS IT TRUE yesterday one of our posters made the following comment we found very entertaining concerning the ongoing Forensic audit of ECHO Housing?  …our poster said: “Has Robert Mueller finished the Echo Housing investigation yet? Everything thing has been quiet hoping everyone forgets about it. Am I sure the Russians are involved”?IS IT TRUE we wonder why we haven’t heard any complaints about the noise level at KC’S Marina Point Bar and Grill?  …could the reason be that the adjoining property owners can’t hear the live music anymore is because the work done on the building to reduce the nose level worked?IS IT TRUE we apologize to County Commissioner Ben Shoulders for not telling him that yesterday he could have gotten a free “slushy” from the local 7-11 store?  …its legend that Mr. Shoulder is the “Taco” eating and “Slushy” drinking king of this region?Todays“Readers Poll” question Is  Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke is a better public relations person or is stronger at making business decisions?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img read more

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Mail order magic

first_img“A cake is suitable for any gender, any age, any faith – everyone would be happy to receive a cake,” is Julian Day’s simple analysis of why his mail-order cakes business, Meg Rivers, is doing so well.Its cake club has seen considerable growth in the last year with turnover up by around 50% per year over the last three years. This has prompted Meg Rivers to delve further into the gifts market. Cakes offer a thoughtful alternative to a predictable bunch of flowers, says the company’s owner.“An awful lot of our trade is in the gift market. We sell a cake for £10 that costs £5 to deliver – that seems quite expensive, but not if you’re sending a gift. Few people are realistically going to wander into a local shop and think, ‘I’ve got to have that £20 chocolate cake for the weekend’. But when they want to send a thank you and they want to do it remotely, they’re in a different frame of mind to buy them.”Direct salesDay says 99% of the Warwickshire-based company’s trade is now direct to the consumer. Meg Rivers Cake Club members receive a regular supply of cakes delivered to their doors throughout the year, ordered from its twice yearly spring/summer and autumn/winter catalogues, or via its website. An informal newsletter keeps customers aware of promotions and news from the bakery.Because of the premium price of its cakes, Meg Rivers’ core customers are inclined to purchase mainly for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. But that is not enough to grow the business, says Day, and the need to foster an all-year-round trade is crucial to maximising turnover – hence a renewed focus on its internet operations.Its website, which has been live for four years, underwent a revamp last year at a cost of around £5,000 – a high price for a company that employs just six people, but it is money well spent, he says. “The world and his wife will say they can design you a website for a couple of hundred quid. But I put as much money as I could afford into it. Mail order cake websites are often fairly basic. If customers see a good quality site, then that makes them feel assured that the cakes are going to be quality too.”Very little ‘e-marketing’ is undertaken, which speaks volumes for the value of a smart, contemporary design and simple navigation for drawing web surfers towards a purchase. “It’s very easy to be seduced by bells and whistles,” he says. “But our website was well set up at the outset. The technical matters go completely over my head, but whatever they did, they did it well! We sell at the top end of the market and we need to get that across; we do that with our brochures and our website.”Good public relations, through coverage in national women’s magazines, has helped get the company’s cakes noticed and sparked word-of-mouth sales.Teatime treatsThe bakery is “an old established business but also a new business”, says Day. Australian-born Meg Rivers – the company’s late founder – had served in the family tearoom in Bowral, 80 miles south of Sydney, learning to bake from an early age and developing a love of traditional English teas. She arrived in England in 1973 and began making cakes in an old parsonage in Lower Brailes, Warwickshire. Realising that the quality and presentation of her cakes could provide the key to a successful business venture, she set up the company in 1988.After a friend left to live in Zimbabwe, begging Meg to send her homemade cakes overseas, the mail order business was born. While the majority of orders still come from within the UK, they frequently arrive from destinations as far flung as Alaska and Australia.Meg Rivers built up a healthy mail-order trade, offering a range of traditional and innovative English cakes, biscuits and traybakes. At first, classic fruit cakes were produced in her own home before moving into a small purpose-built facility in Tysoe, Warwickshire. By 1998, she had a small team of staff offering a wide selection of teatime products, including gift-packed celebration cakes and hampers. The business now employs six people, with extra staff drafted in during peak periods. The death of Meg Rivers in 2000 brought the firm to a temporary standstill, and the family turned to friend and colleague Julian Day who had helped develop the business. Day’s first action on taking the reins was to write to all of the original customers to tell them of the change of ownership and to reassure them that he shared Meg Rivers’ commitment to natural, wholesome foods. Very quickly it was back to ‘business as usual’. This partly explains why the operation is geared predominantly towards selling direct to the consumer rather than through wholesale.“The biggest thing I noticed when I first took over was that we had a core of very loyal customers who order on a regular basis, several times a year,” he recalls. “We now want to sell more cakes to more people rather than try to sell more to our existing customers.”Still essentially a cottage business, operating in the Warwickshire village of Blackwell, he has since developed the operation with the addition of the website as well as an attention to brand-building. One factor in developing a loyal customer base has been successfully communicating with customers through the regular chatty newsletters, he says. Although it retains a small number of café and restaurant customers, running a mail-order business has many benefits. “We are not paying high street rents or rates, which is perhaps one of the reasons a lot of bakers have closed. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tiny enterprise in a former barn in Warwickshire like we are – the world is your market,” he continues. “It’s just as easy delivering a cake to Alaska as it is to Chelmsford.” – Meg Rivers’ products include chocolate, cherry and almond fruit cakes, which sell for between £9.95 and £19.95 for eight- and 16-portion sizes respectively; lemon cookies; brownies, Bakewells and flapjacks; and celebration cakes made to order. Many products reflect seasonality and availability of fresh produce, such as elderflower and gooseberry, rhubarb and ginger, and carrot cake, while ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible. Novelties include a ‘Starving Student’ pack, which contains 60 portions of traybakes, costing £40, plus £5 delivery.last_img read more

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Neil Young, Beck, Dave Matthews Band Lead Stacked 2018 Festival D’été de Québec Lineup

first_imgToday, Festival D’été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival in English), announced the packed artist roster for their 2018 event. This year’s diverse crop of headliners is led by Canadian hero Neil Young, whose set is being billed as his only performance in his native country this year. Other headliners include Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Sturgill Simpson, John Butler Trio, Jethro Tull, The Weeknd, Jane Birkin, The Chainsmokers, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Cyndi Lauper, Avenged Sevenfold, Future, and more.Other Quebec City Summer Festival performers scheduled throughout the event include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Con Brio, Busta Rhymes Bella’s Bartok, Bonobo (Live), Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Soul Rebels, The War On Drugs, Greta Van Fleet, Car Seat Headrest, Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project, Tory Lanez, Gorgon City, The Funk Hunters, Phoenix, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Busty And The Bass, Brockhampton, Sum 41, and many more.The Festival D’été de Québec, hosted annually in Quebec City since 1968, is set to take place from July 5th-15th at 10+ outdoor and indoor venues throughout the city, with the main stage located at the historic Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park.According to a release from the event, Festival D’été de Québec promises “1,000 emerging and established artists and more than 250 performances.” The event has also made an effort to continue improving the fan experience with several new improvements, including expanding their front-of-stage audience zones by 1,500 seats, adding several new viewing screens, and beefing up the sound on their outdoor stages.Festival D’été de Québec’s 11-day festival pass, which grants access to all of the performances throughout the duration of the event, goes on sale March 8th. Despite the extensive lineup over the course of a week and a half, the pass costs just $80 U.S./$100 Canadian for the first tier, which lasts until Jun 6th. For more information, head to the festival’s website.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

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Tonya Pinkins Mysteriously Exits Mother Courage and Her Children

first_imgTony winner Tonya Pinkins is set to quit Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children off-Broadway after the January 5, 2016 performance. No reason was given for the departure; the Classic Stage Company production had been set to officially open on January 7. CSC has now postponed the opening with replacement casting to be announced later. Directed by Brian Kulick and featuring original music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, the show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 24.Pinkins won the Tony for her performance in Jelly’s Last Jam. According to The New York Times, the actress penned a statement revealing why she was departing the show, but her lawyer advised her not to share it.The indomitable Mother Courage (Pinkins) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo.The cast also includes Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi Williams. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Related Shows Mother Courage and Her Children View Commentslast_img read more

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10 Reasons Why Spring in Southwest Virginia is an Exceptional Time to Visit

first_imgBackbone Rock Recreation Area is part of the CherokeeNational Forest that straddles the border of Virginia and Tennessee. The mostnotable feature is Backbone Rock, which features a 20-foot long hole that wasblasted through it to make way for the railroad back in the early 1900s. The storied Appalachian Trail covers a 167-mile stretch of Southwest Virginia. Abingdon is an official AT Community partner, and some hikers on the AT take the 12-mile detour to visit the town where they’re welcomed with a variety of lodging options, access to outfitters, and lots of friendly restaurants. Southwest Virginia is filled with places to listen to livemusic. Wolf Hills Brewing features musicians performing on Friday andSaturday nights, in addition to various events during the week. Spring is alsothe start of festival seasons. The Virginia Creeper Fest at the endof April features a wide variety of outdoor activities surrounding the area’smost famous trail. 7. Paddle the North Fork of the Holston River The Class I/II rapids make for a relaxing ride along aremote section of this scenic river flanked by rocky bluffs. It’s the perfectsetting to learn kayaking techniques—kids as young as eight can navigate theriver on their own. Pack your water shoes and book a trip with AdventureMendota. Open from the April until Thanksgiving, the AbingdonFarmers Market sells local produce, meats, cheeses, and wine directly tothe consumer. Some vendors have sold their wares here since the GreatDepression. Mountain ridges and thick forest make up the undevelopedshoreline of South Holston Lake. It’s a popular place to rent a pontoon orkayak and spend the day enjoying pristine scenery. 2. Explore South Holston Lake 10. Eat at a Farm-to-Table Restaurant The biggest attraction at Grayson Highlands State Park is its wild ponies, which were first introduced to the park in 1974 to graze on the grassy balds. During the spring you’re most likely to see foals taking their first steps while the mares look on protectively. Photo by Bob Diller 5. Enjoy Springtime Blooms Roads through this neck of the woods are winding, but you’llbe glad for the slower pace thanks to the eruption of color on either side.White and pink laurel and magenta rhododendron grow to enormous heights here,while the flowering dogwoods have white and pink flowers growing on theirdelicate branches. 1. Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail! If you crave small-town friendliness and adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better time to explore the town of Abingdon, located a particularly beautiful corner of Virginia. We’ve found the top 10 ways to enjoy a trip to Southwest Virginia this spring. 3. Scale the rocky heights of Backbone Rock Recreation Area Photo by Bob Diller 8. Mingle with Locals at the Abingdon Farmers Market The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile, rails-to-trails bicycle path that travels from Abingdon to Whitetop Station, Virginia. Start at either end of the trail and enjoy a breezy, downhill ride with a convenient shuttle pick up at the bottom. 6. Day Hike the Appalachian Trail! 4. Visit the Wild Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park Avid readers know Barbara Kingsolver for her many bestsellingbooks, but she and her husband Steven Hopp are also advocates for the localfood movement, and co-owners of The Harvest Table restaurant in Meadowview.At Abingdon Vineyards, order a flight of wines and a plate of cheese,crackers, salami, nuts, preserves, chocolates and other artisan snacks for ariverside picnic. Dogs, kids and kayaks welcome!  9. Music and Festivals last_img read more

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Here are Wall Street’s favorite stock plays for an effective vaccine

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 4th. 2020.NYSE (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only).The stock market was roaring on Monday after Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate appeared to be more than 90% effective in its phase-three trial, creating a rush of money into Wall Street’s favorite plays that stand to benefit from a vaccine that works.As several vaccine candidates worked their way through the regulatory process in recent months, Wall Street strategists and analysts put together lists and recommendations of the stocks most likely to bounce on positive vaccine news. Pfizer said Monday that it plans to apply for emergency use authorization for its vaccine by the end of the month. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Papuk Nature Park has retained the status of a UNESCO World Geopark

first_imgAs part of the regular revaluation process in July 2019, a two-member commission of UNESCO Geoparks visited. During the four-day visit to the Papuk Geopark, they were introduced to the progress made in the past two years, from infrastructure innovations, new projects, and they also met with stakeholders and representatives of local government. The UNESCO World Geoparks Council, based on the revalidator’s report, decided to extend the status of the UNESCO World Geoparks for four years, citing recommendations for work in the coming period. “We base the entire future of the Park on the signature of UNESCO. And our biggest Geopriče project is named after him. Therefore, the entire progress of the tourist offer of the Park, which is carried out for the benefit of the local community, is happening largely due to the status of the UNESCO geopark. We are extremely happy and proud that our membership in the world community of geoparks has been extended for another four years. ” – said on this occasion Alen Jurenac, director of the Park. In the Papuk Nature Park, near Voćin, there is the first geological monument of nature in the Republic of Croatia, protected back in 1948 due to a unique morphological phenomenon in Croatia – the columnar eruption of volcanic rocks. Papuk was protected in the category of nature park in 1999 due to its exceptional natural value, which includes a great diversity of habitats and species of plants and animals, but also geological diversity represented in numerous geological formations formed in different periods of the Earth’s past. Photo: PP Papuk Papuk Nature Park, otherwise the first UNESCO geopark in the Republic of Croatia, has retained the status of a world geopark. Of particular value are the numerous fossil finds of organisms that lived in the “Pannonian Sea” 16 million years ago.last_img read more

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Cleaning up: the Act

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Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists

first_imgThe safety team said it was applying lessons learned from prior incidents.Hackers in July took over dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts with an attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials, according to the company.The incident by bitcoin scammers stemmed from a “spear phishing” attack which deceived employees about the origin of the messages, Twitter said.While that massive hack duped people out of money, it sparked concerns that legitimate accounts could be commandeered by malicious characters out to sway elections or cause conflict.Twitter and other social media platforms are under pressure to stop being used to spread misinformation or exacerbate social division, ahead of the US presidential election in November. Twitter on Thursday said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a “critical preventative step” ahead of the US presidential election.Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to the social media platform popular with US President Donald Trump.”Implementing these security measures is a critical preventative step,” the tech firm’s safety team said in a blog post. Twitter maintained that it is “focused on keeping high-profile accounts on Twitter safe and secure during the 2020 US election.”Accounts targeted for heightened security include federal and state politicians; political parties; candidates; presidential campaigns, and journalists who cover them.Such accounts will be required to use strong passwords, and Twitter will enable a setting that requires confirmation by email or phone number to reset passwords.Twitter also encouraged people managing those accounts to use two-factor authentication that requires a back-up validation, for example a confirmation code sent by text message, when logging in.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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How the financial crisis took the shine off the Dutch pensions system

first_imgThe Dutch pensions system has lost part of its attractiveness since the financial crisis, which hurt its large capital-funded second pillar, according to a pensions law professor.Yves Stevens, professor of pensions law at the Catholic University of Leuven in the Belgium, argued in an interview with IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro that the Netherlands’ generous state pension (AOW) was the best feature of the system.He said that it would be very difficult to “export” the second pillar to other European countries because of the current low interest rates and the increasing individualisation of the labour market.Stevens is also a member of the European High Level Expert Group on pensions, which is to advise the European Commission about the improvement of second and third pillar pensions by the end of this year. Yves StevensThe professor argued that the financial crisis had changed the governments’ approach to the so-called ‘Aaron Condition’, which reflects whether supporting pay-as-you-go or capital-funded pension provision is more efficient.If the real interest rate is lower than economic growth, pay-as-you-go is more attractive, he said.“Until the crisis, the Aaron Condition had always favoured capital-funding,” Stevens explained. “However, the low interest rates and [low] return assumptions have made pay-as-you-go more favourable.”According to the professor, the individualisation of the labour market – also known as the ’gig economy’ – had led to a greater variety of types of employment, with fewer fixed contracts and waning trade union power.“As a consequence, the second pillar has come under pressure from the first and third pillars all over Europe,” he explained. “Some countries, including Poland, Romania and Hungary, are reducing their second pillar.”Poland, for example, removed its own government bonds from the second pillar in 2014, transferring them into the first pillar to help fund the state pension.Stevens noted that, where capital-funded plans are being set up, the trend in many countries was towards auto-enrolment, with the option of opting out – as is the case in the UK, Ireland, Poland and Turkey.“But this is all about an individual approach and not about collective labour conditions.”In Stevens’s opinion, the Netherlands should be proud of its state pension arrangement, which is available to all citizens, regardless of their labour history. The only other country where this applied was Iceland, he said.Stevens: “Moreover, the AOW benefits are much higher than in many other countries, including Belgium.“This is a really strong foundation of the Dutch pensions system. As a consequence, there is hardly poverty among the elderly in the Netherlands.” According to Stevens, the perception of capital-funded pensions has changed since the crisis. In Belgium, for example, the Dutch system was no longer viewed as a good example.“Although many sector schemes have been established in Belgium since 2003, they never raised their premiums from 1-2% to the envisaged 4-6%, as the crisis has dented confidence,” he said.“Companies opted for salary and bonuses, rather than investing in a pension fund. As in Belgium, a pension is more considered as salary than as social provision, this choice was easier here.”‘Pay as you go’ versus ‘capital funded’last_img read more

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