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 Vanderburgh County School Board member Anne Ennis that the iLearn test has cost the Indiana taxpayers about $45 million over the last three year?IS IT TRUE that Dr. Adrian Brooks niece is the newly appointed Superintendent of the Indianapolis public school system?IS IT TRUE we are told that a couple of local of financially well-heeled business people would be interested in bringing back an ECHL professional hockey team to Evansville if they could get the same $1,000 Ford Center home game rate as the Evansville Thunderbolts?IS IT TRUE that the person calculating the official attendance of September 1, 2019, live race at Ellis Park must have had a serious computer glitch? …they reported around 18,000 people attended September 1, 2019, live races at Ellis Park? …the track largest recorded attendance was 8,500 people when they had the Camel and Ostrich races on the same day?IS IT TRUE a couple of years ago the only grocery store in Jacobsville closed without warning?…this creates a food desert right after a politician proclaimed Jacobsville is an up and coming neighborhood?…the reasons given by the Buehler’s IGA for closing the doors was the high levels of theft that were occurring at the store?…this is the same kind of criminality that supposedly killed the Wesselman’s, the Sunshine Market?IS IT TRUE that a neighborhood grocery store is a vital part of any redevelopment effort? …if you want to clean up places like Jimtown and Jacobsville, the first step is to get rid of the Jims and Jacobs who rob and pillage everything that is out there? …good-paying jobs, reliable public transportation, affordable livable housing, good schools, affordable daycare services, a quality grocery store, and accessible and affordable healthcare would go a long way in helping people in that area?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that there is a quiet movement afoot to find a way to fund a discount grocery operation on North Main Street? …we won’t be surprised if Mayor Winnecke will announce that he has found someone to build aa new grocery store on North Main street just before the election? …we really hope that happens?IS IT TRUE we also wonder when construction will begin on the old downtown YMCA annex building? … this building has been vacant of at least 35 plus years? …many years years ago we read in the local newspaper that local developers were going to turn this former 5th Street YMCA annex building into housing for the homeless? …this proposed housing project turns out to be another downtown “Pie In The Sky“ venture that can’t get bank financing?IS IT TRUE that the Executive Director of the “Right To Life of Southwest Indiana”, Mary Ellen Van Dyke is doing an excellent job of protecting the unborn?IS IT TRUE we have an outstanding group of law enforcement professionals that are doing everything they can to protect us? …It’s almost impossible for members of law enforcement to stop anyone from killing someone? …It’s obvious that its time for our elected officials to look for more creative ways to help of our law enforcement agencies so they can do a better job fighting violent crime?IS IT TRUE the City-County Observer is somewhat distressed over the number of shootings and beatings that are happening in Evansville that are being reported?…nary a day goes by that some poor soul gets shot in either the Southside or downtown Jacobsville? …our local first responders are doing one heck of a job in chasing down the bad people that are responsible for these criminal acts?IS IT TRUE that 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur on the weekend? …more drunk drivers are on the road Saturday nights between midnight and 3 AM than any other time of the week?IS IT TRUE since the Evansville Courier and Press sold their office building on Walnut Street, laid many employees off and moved the printing of their paper to Lousiville, Ky we hope that they will become more productive and profitable? …that the City-County Observer wishes the good people at the Courier and Press many more successful years in the publishing business?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Regional Airport has experienced several multi-million dollar expansion projects over the last several years? …there has been some extensive expansion of the flight terminal and the runways and also an increase in new flight destinations to other cities during the last several years? …we give five (5) cheers to the Board and Directors, management and staff at the Evansville Regional Airport for a job well done?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many people have received a summons to appear at the Warrick, Posey and Vanderburgh County Superior Court-Small Claims Division to dispute the validity of a medical debt allegedly owed for medical services at our local hospitals and medical clinics during the last two years? …that ProPublica claims that medical bills are often riddled with errors? …that they also suggest that you should ask your medical provider if they have a financial assistance policy, which could result in a sliding scale discount?IS IT TRUE that we are pleased to report that the Toyota plant in Princeton is growing by leaps and bounds? …Toyota provides people with high wage jobs with impressive benefits and it is hard to imagine the Tri-State without Toyota?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that many people are extremely pleased with the way our Vanderburgh County Commissioners are conducting themseleves?Todays “Readers Poll” question Is: Should State official be held harmless because of the extreme drop in the state ILEARN test scores?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS, LOCAL SPORTS, AND OBITUARY. 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Date: July 13, 2017Time: 11:00 amLocation: 717 West Broadway, LouisvilleEvent: Announcement of federal charges in WDKY as part of national health care fraud takedownParticipants: Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division, Drug Enforcement Administration ; John E. Kuhn, Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky joined by J. Michael Brown, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, Andy Beshear; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Atlanta; Tracey Montano, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigations, Nashville Field Office; Jeremy Brilliant, Director of Communications, Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Announcement Of Federal Charges In Western District Of Kentucky As Part of National Health Care Fraud TakedownLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division, Drug Enforcement Administration; John E. Kuhn, Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky joined by J. Michael Brown, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, Andy Beshear; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anthony S. Gooden, Senior Supervisory Agent, Louisville Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Atlanta; Tracey Montano, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigations, Nashville Field Office; Jeremy Brilliant, Director of Communications, Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill; Lt. Colonel Gregory C. Burns, Jr., Assistant Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department; will announce multiple charges and arrests in four separate cases involving physicians and alleged medical practitioners – illegally distributing opioids and other controlled substances, billing for medically unnecessary treatments including never provided treatments, identity theft and money laundering. “We trust the medical community to do no harm,” stated United States Attorney John Kuhn. “Today we announce the cooperative efforts of multiple agencies, working to stop the dangerous and illegal practices by a small segment of the medical community and hopefully restore safety for those who seek and need medical assistance.”_______________________________________________________________________ FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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With the weather still behaving there was plenty of golf played over the weekend in Ballyliffin.The Friday Open was won by Brendan Conneely  with 37pts. Brendan likes to take a prize back whenever he visits us. In 2nd place was Mat Concannon  with 36pts.The Saturday Open on Glashedy was won by a visitor Vincent O’Rourke  with 38pts. The tougher back 9 proved no problem to him, he gathered 24pts there just to make sure. In 2nd place was a man who has had to build another room onto his house to hold prizes, Eamon O’Donnell  with 37pts. If he just could just win a match on a Sunday he would swap most of his prizes. Another of the Concannan clan Tony Concannon  took 3rd spot with 36pts. Francis Dillo n got in there again to take 4th with 36pts also. The Saturday Gross is turning into the Ernie Heywood  show with him taking the prize again with 33 gross pts.The Sunday Confined on the Old course had a strange look at the top of the prizes. It looks like Liam Doherty[w] was so relieved to be finished with the Captain’s job that he took top spot with 40pts. A level par back 9 saw to that. It looks like Bryan Northey  was so excited at taking over as Captain that he took 2nd with 38pts.J J Lafferty  slipped in again to take 3rd with 37pts. A former old Rasheney striker Liam Collins  took 4th also with 37pts on the break of a tie. The Gross went to 7 handicapper Noel Quigley with 29 gross pts. I’m told there was a few tears shed in that fourball again this week. The Wednesday Society had their end of year Christmas party and competition last week. On a day that was so windy we couldn’t even locate the winner to give him his prize Philip Doherty with 32pts. We have found him since hanging on by his fingernails to Doagh Castle. In 2nd place was a man who was born and bred without a tree for shelter Patsy Toland with 31pts. In 3rd place was that man again Eamon O’Donnell with 29pts. Martin Boyle had it so well organised that there was a prize for everybody, if you managed to get the clubs out of the boot you got a prize. Well done Martin.After the AGM on Friday night Just want to wish all the best to new Captain Bryan Northey and new President John McEleney for the coming year. Believe it or not we are indebted to a frog for a successful and prompt meeting. Happy Golfing.Sunday Confined 11th December 20161st Liam Doherty(W) (7) 40pts2nd Bryan Northey (5) 38pts 3rd JJ Lafferty (18) 37pts4th Liam Collins (21) 37ptsGross: Noel Quigley (7) 29GrossCSS: 71 Saturday Open 10th December 20161st Vincent O’Rourke (13) 38pts2nd Eamonn O’Donnell (16) 37pts3rd Tony Concannon (19) 36pts4th Francis Dillon (6) 36ptsGross: Ernie Heywood (0) 33ptsCSS: 72Friday Open 9th December 20161st Brendan Connelly (15) 37pts2nd Matt Concannon (9) 36ptsCSS: 70Wednesday Society 7th December 20161st Philip Doherty 32pts2nd Patsy Toland 31pts3rd Eamonn O’Donnell 29ptsTwo’s: Tony Doherty, John Gill, Frank HarkinLadies:Confined 9 Holes 11th December 20160-181st Mary McGeoghan 18pts2nd Mary T Hackett 17pts19-281st Ruth McGartoll 18pts2nd Kathleen McEleney 17pts29-361st Yvonne McCarron 21pts2nd Aine McElhinney 20ptsForthcoming Events & FixturesFriday 16th Dec Open Competition on Glashedy Links. Visitors €30ppSaturday 17th Dec Open Competition on The Old Links. Visitors €30ppSunday 18th Dec Members Christmas Party on both coursesFestive Opens at Ballyliffin Golf Club only €25 for visitors. Dates for festive opens: Friday 23rd Dec, Sat 24th Dec, Mon 26th Dec, Tues 27th Dec, Wed 28th Dec, Fri 30th Dec, Sat 31st Dec. Contact us on 0749376119 to book.Bryan Northey is the new Captain at Ballyliffin Golf Club was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffinBallyliffin Golf Club
The Mets got out to a strong lead, and were able to maintain their momentum to take the game over the young Mavericks team by five touchdowns at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium. The game started off at a frenetic pace, with both team moving the ball well and making plenty of metres in attack. It took until the sixth minute for either team to get on the scoreboard, with a diving touchdown to the Mets’ Stacey Lapham giving her team a 1-0 lead.Impressive ball movement from the Mets at the midway mark of the first half saw the side create an overlap, with Claire Winchester giving her side a handy 2-0 advantage. The Mavericks were quick to hit back, with captain Kylie Hilder leading by example in the next set of six, diving over the line to get her side back within one touchdown. Some great teamwork by the experienced duo of Louise Winchester and Kristy Judd resulted in another Mets touchdown to Judd with six minutes remaining in the first half, and when Nola Campbell squeezed through a gap to score, the Mets took a 4-1 lead with just minutes of the first half remaining. But the Mets weren’t done for the half yet, scoring another two touchdowns, one to Kristin Boss in the seventeenth minute and one to Pepita Macalister-Knight two minutes later, to take an impressive 6-1 lead to the half-time break. The Mets picked up where they left on in the early exchanges of the second half, with Elin Mortimer diving over in the corner, and Nicole McHugh also scoring to take their side’s lead out to 8-1.The Mavericks got back on the scoreboard in the ninth minute of the second half, through Nicole Beck, to get back within six touchdowns of the Mets. Two more quick touchdowns to the Mavericks, through Beck and Jess McCall, got the side back into the game at eight touchdowns to four. The Mets hit back through a Mortimer touchdown in the late stages of the game to take a comprehensive win, 9-4. Mets captain Louise Winchester was rewarded for her strong game, being named the Player of the Final. The Queensland Pride’s Peta Rogerson was named the Karen Smith medallist, the medal for the Player of the Series. Stay tuned to the website and TFA’s Youtube page for all of the highlights from finals day at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League.
Story Highlights With an enrolment of more than 120 members, the club is a model organization for other clubs. The leadership of the Lauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club is receiving kudos for the organisation’s outstanding performance in the Jamaica 4-H family of clubs, and the impact it has been having on the St. Catherine community where it is located.“The performance of the club has been excellent. It has been a lot of hard work and sleepless nights,” says founder, Shian Christie, following the organisation’s successful staging of its seventh annual Stew Festival in the Spanish Town community, on November 2.Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the club was named 2013 Jamaica 4-H champion community club, capping what has been a highly successful year of activities. Among the many achievements are top prizes in key 4-H activities, such as budding and grafting, composing and potting, cake baking, pig care and management, goat care, and towel folding.“Our 16th anniversary celebration was outstanding, and the sponsorship was overwhelming,” a proud Mr. Christie tells JIS News.With an enrolment of more than 120 members, aged five to 25 years, the club is a model organization for development of other clubs.“Lauriston and Thompson Pen Club is the leading 4-H community club in Jamaica and has created significant impact in Lauriston and its environs. It has, in fact, prevented many young persons from a life of crime and violence and many of them who have benefitted have taken up viable careers in teaching, agriculture, social work and business,” informs Ron Blake, Acting Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Club.Mr. Blake identifies factors that have accounted for the accomplishments of the club as outstanding leadership and strong networking.“The success of the club is hinged on the strong leadership of Shian Christie, the founder, and the network forged with the political, security, community and corporate St. Catherine. It underpins the energy and life of the club,” he says.For his part, Mr. Christie attributes the club’s success to the involvement of the members and the community. “We work together. We achieve much because of the commitment,” he tells JIS News.“We have chemistry and we gel,” adds Club President and Caribbean Maritime Institute student, Antonio Williams.Mr. Williams notes that being a part of the 4-H movement provides practical benefits which enhance the lives and advance the careers of members. “We learn to develop our skills and see how successful we can be,” he says.According to Vice President of the club, Tashine Charles, membership in the 4-H club equipped her with know-how, which she was able to apply to CXC examinations.“I already had the knowledge and skills in Agriculture and Science, which is what I now teach,” says the proud clubbite. Miss Charles, now a trained teacher, who also specializes in Mathematics, is hoping that the club will attract new membership and impact more lives.“My vision is for us to get more youth involvement, membership to grow, more persons to get into leadership, and develop more skills,” she says.Meanwhile, Mr. Blake said the umbrella organization, which is active in hundreds of schools across Jamaica, is on a growth path.“As an organization, the 4-H Club is strongly positioned at this time to continue to improve on our Key Performance Indicators. It is still by far the largest club and society in our schools,” he notes.He says that the organization is working to meet the needs of its stakeholders in order to remain relevant. One such area is in the field of Information Technology.“In responding to the dynamic expectation of our youth, the 4-H Club has significantly expanded its IT capabilities to deliver training, registration and social space for membership to interact. We have social media. All main platforms are available to our membership,” he points out. The club’s success is attributed to the involvement of the members and the community. The Lauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club was named 2013 Jamaica 4-H champion community club.
NEW YORK — It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label.The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any type of romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday that romaine recently harvested in Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California’s Imperial Valley is OK to eat. It says romaine from those places wasn’t yet shipping when the illnesses began.It says the tainted romaine appears to have come from the Central Coast region of California.The produce industry agreed to start putting harvest dates and regions on labels. For romaine that doesn’t come in packaging, grocers and retailers are being asked to post the information by the register.The FDA warned Americans not to eat romaine that isn’t labeled with that information, and it said it had commitments from the industry that such labeling will become standard for romaine. It also noted hydroponically grown romaine and romaine grown in greenhouses isn’t implicated in the outbreak.The labeling arrangement was worked out as the produce industry called on the FDA to quickly narrow the scope of its warning so it wouldn’t have to waste freshly harvested romaine. An industry group said people can expect to start seeing labels as early as this week. It noted the labels are voluntary, and that it will monitor whether to expand the measure to other leafy greens and produce.Robert Whitaker, chief science officer of the Produce Marketing Association, said labeling for romaine could help limit the scope of future alerts and rebuild public trust after other outbreaks.“Romaine as a category has had a year that’s been unfortunate,” Whitaker said.The FDA still hasn’t identified a source of contamination in the latest outbreak. There have been no reported deaths, but health officials say 43 people in 12 states have been sickened. Twenty-two people in Canada were also sickened.Even though romaine from the Yuma, Arizona, region is not implicated in the current outbreak, it was blamed for an E. coli outbreak this spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five. Contaminated irrigation water near a cattle lot was later identified as the likely source.Leafy greens were also blamed for an E. coli outbreak last year. U.S. investigators never specified which salad green might be to blame for those illnesses, which happened around the same time of year as the current outbreak. But officials in Canada identified romaine as a common source of illnesses there.The produce industry is aware the problem is recurring, said Jennifer McEntire of the United Fresh Produce Association.“To have something repeat in this way, there simply must be some environmental source that persisted,” she said. “The question now is, can we find it?”Growers and handlers in the region tightened food safety measures after the outbreak this spring, the industry says. Steps include expanding buffer zones between cattle lots and produce fields. But McEntire said it’s not known for sure how the romaine became contaminated in the Yuma outbreak. Another possibility, she said, is that winds blew dust from the cattle lot onto produce.McEntire said the industry is considering multiple theories, including whether there is something about romaine that makes it more susceptible to contamination. Compared with iceberg lettuce, she noted its leaves are more open, thus exposing more surface area.Romaine harvesting just recently began shifting from the Central Coast growing regions in central and northern California to other regions. Since romaine has a shelf life of about 21 days, health officials said last week they believed contaminated romaine could still be on the market or in people’s homes.Food poisoning outbreaks from leafy greens are not unusual. But after a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach, the produce industry took steps it believed would limit large scale outbreaks, said Timothy Lytton, a Georgia State University law professor. The outbreak linked to romaine earlier this year cast doubt on how effective the measures have been, he said.But Lytton also noted the inherent risk of produce, which is grown in open fields and eaten raw.The FDA said the produce industry also agreed to consider longer-term labeling options that would help identify and trace leafy greens.___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Candice Choi, The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Fresh off winning their first Canadian Country Music Association’s Group of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year for the 3rd consecutive time, The Washboard Union will be riding into Dawson Creek. The award-winning trio will be headlining the PBR Bull Riding event on December 1st at the Encana Events Centre.The Washboard Union have defied classification and have become one of the most exciting and talked about bands in Country music. Led by Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, The Washboard Union share an innate love for the art of songwriting and storytelling that has resonated with audiences from North America to Europe. “They are destined to be the new kings of country music” (CBC Canada). The band was certified gold this past year and have now had 3 Top 10 hits in Canada with more on the way from their latest album “What We’re Made Of”.One of the busiest bands touring in Canada, The Washboard Union have shared the stage with Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Lonestar, and were direct support for Old Dominion on their 2018 Happy Endings Canadian Tour. Bull riding enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy what Canada has to offer and has been celebrating this year with these boys. The Washboard Union are excited to be part of this great PBR event that features some of the top Canadian Bull Riders as they bring the toughest sport on dirt to Dawson Creek December 1st As the top men on the PBR Tour ride their way into town, joining them will be reigning PBR Champion, Zane Lambert. Lambert is also the top bull rider in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s standings.With top pro Bull Riders and the award-winning Washboard Union, Dawson Creek will be rocking this December. Get your tickets today and don’t miss all the fun and excitement.Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased at the Tiger Box Office Plus, Systems Sound Source in Fort St. John, or at www.tigerboxboxofficeplus.ca or by phone at 1-877-339-8499.