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Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgBoard AppointmentDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesApproval of July 10, 2018 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes County Auditor: 7/9-7/13/18 Claims Voucher Report Statement of Salaries & Wages (Form 144) Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-4-2018 Petitioner: Kloc Holdings, LLCAddress: 610 E. Hillsdale RoadRequest: Change from R to C-4 and Ag Public CommentRezoningFirst Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-6-2018 Petitioner: Robert & Kimau FaulknerAddress: 1809 Allens LaneRequest: Change from Ag to C-2 County Clerk: June 2018 Monthly ReportRoad Closure Request:West Terrace PTA, West Terrace 4K4 Kids on 9/22/18Christian Fellowship Church, Hope for Uganda 5K on 10/27/2018center_img Soil and Water Conservation District: June 25, 2018 Meeting MinutesCounty Commissioners: Memorandum of Sublease with SEZ Holdings Purdue Extension: ANCS phone system quoteCounty Treasurer: Travel Request County Engineer:Department Head ReportClaims  Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-5-2018 civic center AGENDA of Vanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersJuly 17, 2018, at 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Vanderburgh County Life Insurance RenewalFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.07-18-014 As Amended: County Health Department Fee Change Petitioner: B & L PropertiesAddress: 12401 Browning RoadRequest: Change from Ag to PUDAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mayor Davis presents proclamation to local baseball player who pitched a…

first_img× Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that he has presented a proclamation to Anthony Klich, Jr., a Bayonne resident who pitched a perfect game in the Pony League last month. In a perfect game, none of the batters from the opposing team ever gets on base.On May 6, Anthony pitched his perfect game for the Mona Lisa team in the Pony League. He struck out sixteen of the eighteen batters he faced in the six-inning game. Fifteen of the sixteen were consecutive strikeouts. According to Anthony, he pitched curveballs and change-ups throughout the game.On May 6, pitching was not Anthony’s only strength. As a batter that day, Anthony Klich, Jr. got three hits in four at bats, and achieved four runs-batted-in.In Pony League history, Anthony Klich, Jr. is only the second pitcher to hurl a perfect game. The first to do so was his father, Anthony Klich, Sr., who pitched a perfect game thirty-four years ago.In honor of the perfect game he pitched last month, Anthony received a proclamation from Mayor Davis that declared May 31 “Anthony Klich, Jr. Day” in the City of Bayonne. The proclamation requests “all residents to congratulate him for his remarkable achievement of pitching a perfect game.” Joining the young pitcher for his proclamation presentation at City Hall were his parents, Anthony, Sr. and Marie, and his sister, Kayla.Anthony Klich, Jr., a student at Bayonne High School, is fourteen years old. He has played baseball since the age of four. Previously, he participated in Cal Ripken Baseball.Mayor Davis concluded, “It was a pleasure to honor Anthony. The entire community should be proud of his pitching a perfect game, which is a rare thing in the great game of baseball. I wish him continued success in the years ahead.”last_img read more

Pedal On The Pier Hosts The Nth Power For Charity Spin-A-Thon On Santa Monica Pier [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Sunday, The Harold Robinson Foundation put on the seventh annual Pedal on the Pier fundraiser at the historic Santa Monica Pier. The charity event raised about $1,015,000, which will go toward allowing Los Angeles’ underserved youths to attend the organization’s summer camp, Camp Ubuntu. The charity benefit featured 100 teams pedaling on stationary bikes to raise money for the Harold Robinson Foundation. Luckily, during the five-hour, one-hundred-mile spin-a-thon, to keep spirits high, the riders were treated to performances by the Nth Power doing their special tribute Earth, Wind, and Power. You can check out photos from this year’s Pedal on the Pier below, courtesy of photographer Rob Chapman.Watch The Nth Power’s ‘Earth, Wind & Power’ Perform “Devotion” At Brooklyn Comes Alivelast_img read more

Dance Team wins Ireland championship

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame’s Irish Dance team was victorious over the weekend in their competition held in Killarney, Ireland.The group, comprised of eight women — five from Saint Mary’s and three from Notre Dame — took first place during the All-Ireland Dance Championships, competing in the Ceili Club Competition Feb. 21. The team is coached by Deirdre Robinett, a senior at Saint Mary’s who won the 2009 World Irish Dancing Championships, and Katie Grennan, a senior at Notre Dame.This was the group’s first time at this event, said Caitlin O’Brien, a Saint Mary’s senior on the team.O’Brien said even though this was the team’s first time competing together at the international level, all of the girls have competed at the national level before individually. Mary Miller, a Saint Mary’s junior on the team, said it was nice to finally come together with her former opponents to compete.“It was just so exciting competing with all my Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame friends,” Miller said. “We all went to different dance schools and competed against each other when we were younger, and it was awesome for all of us to compete on the same team years later in Ireland.”O’Brien said each competing team performs two choreographed dances, which are judged by a panel of five judges.“In this particular competition, the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Ceili was the only American team and also the only college team to participate,” O’Brien said.She said the team hoped to represent the Irish background of both the University and the College.“Because the team is comprised of both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students, we hoped that attending the All-Ireland Dance Championships would bring further recognition to the strong Irish heritage that is prominent between the two campuses,” O’Brien said.She said she hopes this victory will bring more attention to the club on the two campuses, like the recognition they have gained in the Irish dancing community.“We also hoped that beginning this tradition would help to provide great recognition to a club that is very much involved with activities between the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame community,” O’Brien said.O’Brien said the team wants to make the All-Ireland competition a tradition in the years to come.“We hope that our success at the competition has laid a strong foundation for future teams to be sent on behalf of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame,” she said.The entire dance team at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame is actually made up of more than 50 dancers, and is “one of the largest and highest quality teams in the country,” O’Brien.The decision to participate in the competition was “made to further perpetuate the growth and improvements that the team has been experiencing since its inception in 2000,” O’Brien said.last_img read more

Smart as a tree

first_imgBy Kim D. CoderUniversity of GeorgiaAre black mulberry trees smarter than people? You’ve probably metsome people you have suspicions about.Many people think humans are the most complex creatures on Earth.And we are complex. We carry around a huge amount of geneticmatter that tells our bodies what to do and how to do it.But we don’t even come close to a tree like the black mulberry.Trees are smart. They’ve developed defenses to competition andpests, adjusted to stress and modified growth because of changingenvironments.All the while, trees are stuck in one place. They can’t get outof the way of damaging agents or move to better sites. Trees mustfigure out how to survive and make it on their own without moving.CopingTo do this, they carry responses in their genes for everyenvironmental event they may encounter. As its world changes, atree reads its genetic material to see how to respond. It reactsto changes through predetermined responses recorded in its genes.Tree genes, like animal genes, are a part of larger units calledchromosomes. As animals or plants reproduce, the chromosomes areshared or traded. The chromosomes contain the genes that allowliving creatures to respond to their environments.People have one set of 46 chromosomes matched in 23 pairs. Treescan have many more or fewer chromosomes in their cells.Three genetically simple trees are the redbud, red alder andriver birch. They have 12, 14 and 14 chromosomes, respectively.If chromosome number is a gauge of complexity, these trees aremuch less complex than people.WhoaOther trees, though, like American basswood (82 chromosomes),white ash (138) and silver maple (78), could be considered muchmore complex than people. Green ash and the fringe tree each have46 chromosomes, just as people do.Of course, counting just the number of chromosomes doesn’t tellthe whole story.In people, each of the 23 chromosome pairs is unique. Each cellhas only one copy of each pair. Trees may have many sets of thesame chromosome pairs.For example, southern magnolia has three complete sets ofchromosome pairs in each cell. Sassafras (two sets), redwood(three), weeping willow (two) and black gum (two) all have morethan one set of chromosome pairs.Some tree species have different races in which each has adifferent number of chromosome pairs. Yellow birch and red maplecan each be found with two, three or four chromosome sets. Yetall members of each species look similar.Most of our conifers are fairly simple, with 22 to 24chromosomes. Pines have one set of 12 chromosome pairs, as dospruce, fir and hemlock. Ginkgo also has 24 chromosomes, likepine. Giant sequoia can have 44 chromosomes.Finally, though, the black mulberry — are you ready for this? –has 308 chromosomes in 11 complete sets.Does this mean the black mulberry is better prepared for itsenvironment or smarter than people? Judge for yourself.(Kim Coder is a professor in the University of Georgia’sWarnell School of Forest Resources.)last_img read more

UN To Reduce Haiti Mission, Peacekeepers At Record High

first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2011 The United Nations aims to cut back its peacekeeping force in Haiti this year as the number of blue-helmet troops around the world hits a record of more than 120,000, officials indicated on October 13. The new head of UN peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, said cutback was not linked to the sexual assault and cholera scandals that have hit the Haiti mission, known as MINUSTAH, this year. The UN Security Council is to approve an extension of the MINUSTAH mandate. The United Nations sent a “surge” of about 3,000 specialist engineering troops to Haiti after the January, 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people. “We believe that it should be possible to reduce, to come back to the levels of MINUSTAH before the earthquake,” Ladsous told a press conference. At the end of August there were about 8,700 troops from 18 countries in the mission, 3,500 police and 500 civilian personnel. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended reducing this by about 2,750 over the next 12 months. “In general I think there is a desire from the government of Haiti to retain MINUSTAH,” Ladsous said, quoting one survey which said 60 percent of the population wants to keep the mission. Ladsous said there were now more than 120,000 peacekeepers around the world, including about 98,000 uniformed troops. “We are at about the highest level ever,” the Frenchman added. “It is true that we have to cut back where we can,” he said. “Of course we are going to reduce numbers where we can, and of course costs.” UN peacekeeping has an annual budget of about $8 billion and the Haiti mission alone will cost about $800 million in the current financial year.last_img read more

Italian cruise ship in Japan has 48 coronavirus cases

first_imgTopics : To make room at hospitals for severely ill patients, some local governments have begun monitoring those with milder symptoms in hotels or at their homes – a move that proved fatal for one man in his 50s in Saitama prefecture who died at home on Wednesday while waiting for a hospital bed.Asked about the man’s death, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday the health ministry was working to find out how many COVID-19 patients were being monitored at home.On the Costa Atlantica, 48 positive cases have been found out of 127 people tested so far, bringing the infection rate to 38%. Those showing only mild or no symptoms remain on board, and officials said they hoped to complete testing of all 623 crew this week.  The Costa Cruises-operated ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki in western Japan in late February by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after the COVID-19 pandemic had scuttled plans for scheduled repairs in China.The latest cases have raised concern about the potential impact on Nagasaki residents after revelations some crew had left the restricted area despite assurances from the ship operator that they would stay within the wharf, according to Nagasaki officials.Authorities are also concerned about the potential rise in patients who require hospitalization, as an increase in domestic coronavirus cases strain medical services around the country.Japan has seen more than 11,500 infections and close to 300 deaths from the new coronavirus, excluding figures from the Diamond Princess.center_img Nearly 50 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs in Japan’s Nagasaki have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising concern about the strain on the city’s hospitals if conditions worsen for those infected.Results on Thursday showed 14 more aboard, all either cooks or those serving food, were infected with the virus, an official in Nagasaki prefecture said. One patient who had been taken to hospital previously was now in a serious condition and on a ventilator, he told a live-streamed news conference.The Costa Atlantica infections come after the cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama two months ago, where more than 700 passengers and crew were found to be infected, although this time only crew members were on board.last_img read more

German media scheme piles up reserves to invest in infra, alternatives

first_imgVersorgungswerk der Presse, the provider of pension provisions for employees in the German communications and media industry, has piled up “enough reserves” to invest in asset classes with attractive risk-return profiles such as infrastructure or other alternatives, chief executive officer Manfred Hoffmann told IPE.The scheme has invested in fixed income with a focus on a very accurate asset-liability management approach, he said, adding that it currently turns to illiquids to generate returns.Hoffmann said: “Low interest rates and volatility are here to stay. We will continue to minimize downside risks and focus on diversification while taking advantage of market opportunities.”The scheme’s investment portfolio is broadly diversified in more than 50 asset classes and invested in various countries, regions and currencies, according to its latest financial statement. Its portfolio includes government bonds in developed countries (24%), corporate bonds (21%), government bonds in emerging markets (14%), equities (11%), mortgage lending (10%), real estate (8%), secured loans (7%), and infrastructure, renewable energy and convertible bonds making up 5% of the portfolio.The scheme holds 77% of capital investment in nominal values, and 94% have an investment grade rating.Besides nominal values, 23% of the capital investment is deployed in value assets, including equities, real estate renewable energies and infrastructure.The net return was 4.1% last year compared to 3.8% in 2018. The book value of security assets rose year-on-year by 2.9% to €6.7 bn at the end of 2019.The valuation reserves grew from €1.1bn to €1.9bn based on a broad increase in value in almost all asset classes. This corresponds to 28.9% of the book value at the end of 2019, the statement disclosed.“The Presse-Versorgung has had an excellent new business growth of more than 30% last year,” Hoffmann said.It recorded an increase in new businesses of 36.1% to 6,640 members. The sum insured rose by 34.1% to €285.8m. Contributions were also up by € 7.1m to €334.7m.“Our customers enjoy a profit participation of up to 3.7% in 2020,” Hoffamn said.The scheme will, however, stop taking on new businesses for its Pensionskasse product from 1 October 1.“It was a formality – we have never had our own Pensionskasse but implemented this form of corporate pension as part of the Allianz-Pensionkasse when deferred compensation (Entgeltumwandlung) was introduced by law in Germany in 2002,” Hoffmann explained.The demand for the Pensionskasse product was non-existent for a number of years, and closing it for new businesses reduces complexity and costs.The fund has always focused on direct insurance (Direktversicherung), Hoffmann said.“When the law changed in 2005 and deferred compensation opened up for direct insurance, most of our customers moved away from the Pensionskasse,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Boy, 5, killed in house fire

first_imgThree more houses were partiallydamaged.  The BFP declared “fire out” around6:10 a.m.            Authorities have yet to determine thecause of fire./PN The estimated worth of damage toproperties was P50,000. center_img According to the Bureau of FireProtection (BFP), the blaze started at the house of Belinda Cuadra around 5:20a.m. on Nov. 28. Her house was totally gutted.       Bacolod City – A 5-year-old boy, who sustained burns on the body, has diedin a house fire in Barangay 2.         last_img read more