LETTER TO EDITOR: Let’s Fix That  by George Lumley

first_imgCOMMUNICATION WITH THE CITY?Communicating with the city of Evansville is very difficult for me.  I try to explain things in simple terms and ask the right people the right questions but the responses I get, when I do get one, are quite odd. It is kind of like watching a candidate debate on t-v where the EMCE ask a question but the politician clearly answers a different question than that posed. I am having trouble communicating recent dealings with the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) and the Evansville Brownfields Corp (EBC) regarding my questions about the Hardest Hit Fund’s (HHF) Blight Elimination Program (BEP) being administered by the Indian Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). The DMD uses all these acronyms and about a thousand more that are specific to their Bailiwick of government and nonprofit.  The acronyms make the communications look like a foreign language but that is not the real problem.The real problem is understanding the manipulation, the conspiring of agendas, and who is representing who in what capacity.  Where there should be independence and open public dialogue there seems to be clandestine private agendas laced with conflict of interest, miss information, and conspiracy. The recent “stop the tax sale hoopla” is a good example.  Note the link to the city ordinance c2015-15 recently passed. http://www.vanderburghgov.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=19868 This ordinance was conveniently not posted until I complained to the City Clerk. This transferring of property is nothing new.  Vanderburgh County can and does hold properties from the tax sale each year and transfers them to the EBC.  The City can DEMO all the houses they have funding for without expansion of EBC land banking or stopping the tax sale.  Stopping the tax sale and expanding the land bank was a conspiracy to fund the private activities of the rogue DMD by taking private sector competitive opportunity and gifting it to the EBC as a new revenue stream.Below is an Email to the DMD and EBC.  Although I feel I am asking reasonable questions I have not gotten any response.  Do you think these questions are reasonable?Dear Mr. Coures and Ms. Rusk,I am addressing this to the two of you in your capacity as representing the city of Evansville Department of Metro Development (DMD) and your capacity in what you have termed the “city owned” Evansville Brownfields Corp (EBC).Since coming to Evansville 2 years ago, I have been trying to get a handle on how the city can own and operate a nonprofit and when the city operators, you, Kelly Coures and you, Carolyn Rusk, city employees of that nonprofit, want the advantage of calling it part of the city – it is the city, and when you want the advantage of calling it a separate entity – it is separate.You seem to think this arrangement is fine and commonplace.  I take exception to that.  Especially considering the experience I have had trying to work with the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Blight Elimination Program (BEP) this year.  I don’t understand if the issues restricting my project are a lack of follow through with DMD officials or a lack of follow through with EBC officials.  I am starting to think it is a matter of competing interest and an intentional lack of cooperation, intended confusion, and no follow through with the common elements being DMD and EBC representatives – You two.It is so confusing, I don’t know whether to bring my concerns to the DMD or to the EBC.My current issue is the handling of the HHF BEP program.  It appears that when this program was first announced the DMD did not reach out for program partners but chose instead to utilize the funding on their own city DMD/EBC owned or acquirable properties.  (See attached: BEP County Properties) It looks like some of these were later substituted to accommodate the J-bell (d-pat) additions and a couple of other nonprofit organizations that wanted parking lots or houses taken out on properties they had been land banking, like ECHO’s Garfield street properties.  I reference and attach the document included in the grant application detailing the local support, 10 percent match required by IHCDA, as more sustenance for this claim.  (See attached: BEP Match requirement)  Also note in the document, inclusion of taxes as a match.  I have asked how this works but no one has even attempted to explain.  I do see on the local match break down, end of page two, that none of the d-pat lot properties had any charges for weeds, trash, or Building code violations. I assume there were none because these properties were not vacant, abandoned, or even seriously blighted, until the developer started moving residents out.How will the 10% match requirement affect my project?I brought a project to you in February, the success or failure of which was dependent upon the DMD and “their” EBC.  It appears that my project of real – vacant, abandoned, and blighted structures within a neighborhood has been pushed aside or neglected in favor of the city and the city operated EBC projects. Maybe this is why the cities and counties of Indiana were not allowed to be a “program partner” for the Blight Elimination Program.  If the city could not be a program partner how can you justify the cities’ brownfields division being a “program partner”?  Linked is last week’s Sunday C & P newspaper article discussing the tax sale?   http://www.courierpress.com/news/people-living-in-blighted-county-owned-homes-20aa0f35-8e87-20ca-e053-0100007feaad-329659311.html Note it mentions “City-run non-profit Brownfields Corp”.  There are many articles where the relationship is described as such.In legalese – If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and acts like a duck – it is a duck.  You can call a duck a pig if you like but the courts usually agree that a duck is a duck.Now why should my Reitz school project, located between Howell Park and the School be competing with City DMD/Brownfields if they should not even be eligible as program partner?  Again in Legalese – they should not have a horse entered in this race.You might ask the EBC attorney to consult with the DMD attorney on this issue.  Or if they are one in the same, I guess the attorney could talk to himself about it. But, Could one of you two define some kind of separation for me so I can address my issues to the proper individual?  Maybe decide that you, Kelly represents the DMD and you, Carolyn, represent the Brownfields? Or maybe if I send something in the AM hours you two will be working for the DMD and in the PM hours you will be representing the Brownfields?  I read that you, Carolyn, works 20 hours per week for EBC, are those scheduled on specific days? Do you, Kelly, work a certain number of hours or specific days for the EBC?With the upcoming County Commissioners sale of delinquent tax properties, will the city operated EBC be competing in the bid process?  Will they be bidding on properties in my project, or do I, or other program partners need to do that?  At one time the EBC was to be the program partner on most of my project properties. I still have not had an answer on why that was dropped at the 11th hour.  As the Sale approaches we need a decision on who is program partner – is and if EBC is not the program partner for my project properties, I need to know how much of the program funds can reimburse purchase cost at the auction so that I can Bid accordingly.Could you please respond with two responses one from the city and one from the city owned brownfields so I can determine who I am dealing with and how to address additional questions, like why the brownfields dropped being program partner on my project? Please as DMD employees keep any confidential information I might share confidential and away from my competition, those representing the EBC, unless absolutely necessary to share it.Thank you for your attention to this matter.George Lumley“let’s fix that”, volunteerFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Database lists choice pandemic-planning resources

first_imgSep 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials looking for ideas and tools to help them prepare for an influenza pandemic can find an online collection of peer-reviewed resources on a Web site that was officially launched today: PandemicPractices.org. According to the release, the site describes approaches that communities have developed to address three key tasks: altering standards of clinical care, communicating effectively about pandemic flu, and delaying and reducing the impact of a pandemic. Specific topics cover a wide range, from triage of possible flu patients and reopening closed hospitals to guidance for schools, isolation and quarantine strategies, and mortuary planning. The site describes and links to 130 “promising practices” from four countries, 22 states, and 33 counties. It was developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, and the Pew Center on the States, part of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Items for the database were gathered through a combination of Web-based research, targeted surveys, interviews with key public health leaders, and collection of material at conferences, said Amy L. Becker, MPH, the project coordinator at CIDRAP. She said more than 200 practices were considered. “Pandemic Influenza Mortuary Planning Guidelines.” The materials recount how a committee in Barron County, Wis., assessed the county’s capacity for processing human remains and established a Unified Mortuary Preparation Facility and a Family Assistance Center. The group developed a “strategy to increase remains processing capacity through resource sharing and utilization of a unified command structure.” The database can be searched by state or topic and by area of special interest, such as materials translated into multiple languages, materials for vulnerable populations, and tool kits for schools. Jim O’Hara, director of health policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, said the federal government’s pandemic flu plan will be “useless” if states and local communities are unprepared for a pandemic. Promising Practices sitehttp://www.pandemicpractices.org/ “Isolation and Quarantine in Alexandria, Virginia.” The document details the city’s strategy for invoking and enforcing isolation and quarantine for any contagious disease that poses a public health threat. “There are strong examples throughout the database of innovative practices developed in one part of the country that would be applicable elsewhere,” Sue Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on the States, said in the news release. Here are a few examples of resources in the database: “Communities across the country are facing the challenge of translating broad requirements into local action, often with limited resources,” he said in the news release. “This database is an excellent tool to help public health officials inform their own pandemic planning and may save valuable time and resources that would be spent crafting strategies from scratch.”center_img See also: More materials will be added to the database in time, Becker told CIDRAP News. “Compiled as a resource to save communities and states time and resources, the database enables public health professionals to learn from each other and to build on their own pandemic plans,” states a news release from CIDRAP and Pew. “Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity.” The materials, provided by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, describe the authors’ experiences in reopening a closed hospital in Boston and offer an extensive tool kit to address problems others may encounter in doing the same. Work on the project began in July 2006 with Jill M. DeBoer, MPH, associate director of CIDRAP, serving as principal investigator. “North Carolina’s Ethical Guidelines for an Influenza Pandemic.” A task force of public health and medical experts, according to the description, carefully addressed three ethical issues: the responsibility of healthcare workers to provide care and to be protected, the balance of individual and community needs, and the “prioritization” of limited resources. “Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza.” The kit, from Montgomery County, Md., is “a user-friendly guide for family reference, including tabs.” “We’ve already received new submissions that will be entering the review process soon,” she said. “As we get those reviewed by, first, our internal staff experts and then some of the expert reviewers nationwide, we’ll post those materials on the site. I would encourage people to check back for updates.” The database provides a brief description of each resource along with comments from the reviewers and links to the resource. The reviews were done by a group of 27 experts, including CIDRAP staff members, national reviewers from various disciplines, and an advisory committee. CIDRAP-Pew news releasehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/files/94/pprelease.pdflast_img read more

Whicker: Can the NBA survive in the ecosystem it built?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “So, yes, this will be the longest trip,” James said Tuesday, implicitly projecting the Lakers into the Finals.How will it affect competition? Performers, at least since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, crave immediate feedback. A frenzied home crowd drives them all beyond their ambitions, at times. The really good teams use road hostility for the same purpose.The problem with the “road” is not just a foul-mouthed fan. It is the quiet time leading up to the game, the mental isolation. How does it work when everyone is a roadie?“They’re used to playing for a higher seed and getting home-court advantage,” Van Gundy said. “It will be fascinating to watch it play out.”Legend has it that a scrimmage among 1992 Dream Teamers, in Monaco, was the best game Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson ever played. It’s a legend because nobody saw it.“The teams will generate their own energy,” Jackson said. “The best in the world will show out on the court.”Baseball is struggling with autophobia as well. When the Dodgers cut a Giants lead to 5-4 in the ninth in real life, the torrential noise from all the stadium decks can drive a young pitcher from the mound by itself. And closers can no longer pump themselves up with theme songs and joyful noise on their trot to the mound.How will the coaches coach? If Team A goes on a 10-2 run, will Team B call a timeout to keep the fans at bay, or is it more likely to keep playing? How carefully will the coaches disguise their play calls? Will we think differently of certain players when we hear what they’re actually saying?“There’s something like 39 mics around the court that will pick up everything,” Van Gundy said. “It will make it easier for the other team to know what’s coming. And how will the players handle it mentally?”James says his body “completely shut down” in the spring after reaching “sixth or seventh gear,” and his engine is more combustible than most.The stars will remain stars. The others might be more questionable, but name any week of a typical NBA season, even a playoff season, that is played with uniform precision.In the end, the fans face the most adjustments. No longer can they celebrate or agonize communally. Will a Lakers win be as important, as valuable, if there’s only one pair of hands clapping?“It’s 2020,” said Javale McGee, with a shrug. “The whole world has a lot on its shoulders.”Wisely, the NBA created a new world. Now we see if it supports life as we knew it. With nearly a full season in the books, this will not be a “yeah-but” champion.“You can make the case that, if all goes as planned in the bubble, this will be the toughest championship to win,” said Mark Jackson, who analyzes ABC/ESPN games with Jeff Van Gundy. “If there’s an asterisk, maybe it should go the other way.”Say what you will about the fast test results that the privileged jocks get but no one else can. The NBA, NHL, MLS and WNBA have gone to unforeseen lengths to determine a champion and to make sure these short-term professionals do not lose a year of their careers, which are severely pro-rated.The networks assault us with this endless, pointless LeBron vs. Jordan debate, but you don’t clarify that argument if you let a virus deprive James a chance for another title at 35.The NBA is spending $150 million on the Orlando bubble itself and losing more than $1 billion in revenues atop that. A champion will be identified no later than Oct. 13. Aside from Olympic years. James never has been separated from his family like this.center_img Where were they all standing when the music stopped?The Lakers were sitting on top of both the Western Conference and the rim, knocking away shots like kings on a mountain. The Houston Rockets, also known as Smurfin’ USA, were trying to find a title by running through everyone’s legs.The Milwaukee Bucks, a fiery dumpster for so long, were setting historic standards for creating garbage time. And the Clippers had learned to win in between guest appearances by Kawhi Leonard.The music comes back on Thursday night, with the dance floor moved to Orlando, with the players comfortable but locked down nevertheless. No fans, no home courts, no long flights. Emotions must be homemade. Escape will be impossible.last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 28

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we react to England’s humiliating exit from Euro 2016 after a 2-1 defeat to Iceland. After the match Roy Hodgson announced his resignation as England manager, we bring you all the fallout from that. There is also reaction to yesterday’s other game at the European Championship as Italy knocked out holders Spain and we looked ahead to day two at Wimbledon.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh returned as Mayor for Glenties

first_imgSinn Féin’s John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh has been returned as the Mayor of the Glenties Municipal District on Friday. Last month, Ó Fearraigh was elected after achieving 2,050 votes on the eighth count.Fianna Fáil Councillor Noreen McGarvey was elected as the Leas Cathaoirleach. Cllr Noreen McGarvey was elected as the Leas Cathaoirleach. John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh returned as Mayor for Glenties was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

10 months agoLazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exitby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazar Markovic’s agents are on the lookout for a new club for the Liverpool midfielder.The Serbian midfielder has spent the first-half of the season with the club’s U23 squad after being informed by manager Jurgen Klopp he was not a required player.There had been talk of a move to Fiorentina, but that trail has run cold after their swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.However, Markovic remains determined to find himself a new club and a return to Portugal has been mooted.The midfielder joined the Reds from Benfica four years ago. last_img read more

Commentary Will the real Lance Armstrong please stand up

LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins finishes season with decision on future uncertain

The most passing yards in Big Ten history.The most total touchdowns in Big Ten history.The sixth quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 50 touchdowns.Ohio State redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins finished his first season as starting quarterback with each of these accomplishments in his resume, leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record as Big Ten champions and winners of the Rose Bowl.But immediately following the game, Haskins, who has a decision to make regarding his future, said his key motivation for returning would be to not finish tied for fourth in pass touchdowns, but first, aiming for the 58 scores Colt Brennan threw for Hawaii during the 2006 season.“It was a blur, but I wanted the Colt Brennan touchdowns,” Haskins said. “The Colt Brennan touchdowns, that’s a motivator.”Haskins ends his historic season under center with no clear answer about his future. He can return to Ohio State, lead the first season with head coach Ryan Day at the helm and go for the Brennan record he so desperately wants. Or the redshirt sophomore could go to the NFL, where he will be one of the clear top options at the quarterback position, and likely will be selected near the top of the first round.For now, Haskins isn’t feeling the pressure of picking one or another. Right now, it’s a coin flip in his mind.“50-50,” he said.In what has a supposed 50 percent chance of being his final game, Haskins threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, helping to give the Buckeyes a 28-3 lead after three quarters.Haskins made NFL-caliber throws up and down the field against what many consider to be an NFL-caliber defense, proving the capabilities the quarterback has after just one season as a collegiate starter.But it is not just about talent for Haskins. It is not just about if he can make the jump.It’s about things outside of football, making the redshirt sophomore question if he wants to make a move to the NFL.“The school, the teammates, the coaches, the friends, girlfriend’s here … I gotta finish my degree in a couple semesters,” Haskins said. “A lot of positives.”Further factoring into Haskins’ decision is what will be happening with the position once he does leave the program.Ohio State has been linked to freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia. Haskins said he has talked to Fields and that he is waiting to see what Haskins ultimately ends up doing.But already at Ohio State, redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell has proclaimed himself as the starter if Haskins heads to the NFL.For Fields to transfer, it would take a commitment from Haskins that he is leaving, potentially speeding up the urgency for the redshirt sophomore.Even with Fields, his teammates and fans all waiting to hear the decision, Haskins isn’t rushing his decision. The only date on his calendar is Jan. 15, the final day he is allowed to declare for the draft.“The 15th, so we’ll see,” Haskins said. “My teammates want me to come back every day, so I’m used to teammates telling me to come back.”For weeks, Haskins said he will start to think about his decision after he is finished with the Rose Bowl.Now, the Rose Bowl is finished, and Haskins has two weeks to make up his mind.Will the quarterback who broke nearly every passing record in program history return for another run under a new head coach? Or will the quarterback who already proved everything he needed to for the NFL become one of the highest draft prospects at his position, the highest for Ohio State since Art Schlichter was drafted by the Baltimore Colts No. 4 overall in 1982?At this point in time, Haskins is 50/50, and he has two weeks to decide which of his dreams is more important for him in 2019.“It’s hard, it’s my dream to play in the NFL, it was my dream to play at Ohio State,” Haskins said. “One day I’ll look back on it and see how much the season it was and how great it was, but right now it’s day by day, so I got a lot of decisions to make in the near future.” read more

Its a difficult group Valencia coach

first_imgSpanish manager Marcelino Garcia Toral believe the UEFA Champions League group for Valencia is difficult but not impossibleSpanish La Liga side Valencia has been drawn into one of the most difficult groups of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League.The Spanish team will have to play against Italy’s Juventus, England’s Manchester United and Switzerland’s Young Boys.But Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that while the group is difficult, it is not impossible to qualify to the next round.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a difficult group and we knew that being in the third pot would expose us to risks, but there’s nothing impossible in life and that includes this group,” Marcelino told the official Valencia radio station as quoted by Football Italia.“It’s an attractive group, exciting for us and the fans. We’ll try to go through to the next phase and after six games we’ll see where we are.”“Our hope and ambition are to keep going. I’m certain Juventus and Manchester United will consider Valencia to be a minefield and it’ll be very motivating for us against these opponents,” he added.last_img read more