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George Lumley the Author Of The “Let’s Fix That” Series

first_imgDear CCO EditorWhat happened to $3,605,204.00 given to Evansville to invest? Was the investment a bust? Did the investment only generate construction and rehab of 17 homes and 86 demolitions? That is what this report dated January 4, 2016 indicates. https://drgr.hud.gov/public/downloads/reports/National%20NSP%20Production%20Report%20-%20DetailsThis money was given to us a long time ago, and it seems local government wants to forget it and move forward. I made some investments before the tech bubble burst and would like to forget them, but I also made a few that have paid returns. I keep track of these investments: daughter number one and daughter number two.Not all investments have a monetary return, but the difference between spending money and investing money is that one expects a return of some type on investments. The City of Evansville received the authorization to invest $3.6 million from the federal government under the National Stimulus Plan (NSP) in 2009. This was part of the bailout where we taxpayers, through our government, bailed out Banks, GM and others by investing in those businesses. I understand many of those billions have been repaid.Let’s say you and I were given $3.6 million to invest in housing for the economically disadvantaged with the goal of helping people with housing cost; fighting blight by reducing vacancy and stimulating the economy. How would we proceed? I don’t know how things were in 2009 in Evansville but there appears to be plenty of opportunity in rehabbing or flipping houses. Vacant houses needing a little repair seem abundant. Say we buy them at a steal, add value, and then resell just like the private sector does but subsidize each buyer with 20% of the cost. Remember, we don’t want to make money with this investment, just make a difference. If we stick with homes in the $75,000 range we could subsidize each buyer 15% or $11,250. That is a pretty good housing gift. With $3.6 million we could each take $300,000 for administering the program and provide ($3,000,000/$11,250) 266 subsidized homes. Why did the city only come up with 17?The city invested the money for us in 17 homes! There are some demolitions, but no one can live on a vacant lot. The program documents indicate they had a “little” program income. To date as of 6/30/2015 the program income is reported to be $136,243.51. Important here is the date and the amount. Although this program started in 2009 and everyone wants to forget about it – it is not over. There is not much activity listed on the quarterly reports these days; mowing grass was the only thing I noticed. I have been trying to get information on this program from the DMD for almost 2 years. I started when I read the news report that reported DMD/Brownfields was to dispose of property acquired and land banked. Lately they have a different plan for us to fund an even bigger land banking operation. My detailed questions have been answered with responses such as “it was a verbal agreement”, “we are in compliance”, and “we decided to go in a different direction” to list a few.Program income would include the sale of each property invested in. Why do the quarterly reports, http://www.evansvillegov.org/index.aspx?page=280, list $3,678,798.86 in expenditures and only $136,243.51 in income? Did Evansville give these homes away? Did Evansville actually spend $216,399.00 ($3,678,798.86/17) to subsidize each of the selected needy families?George LumleyLet’s Fix ThatFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Americas Space Conference Brings Together 5 Nations to Discuss Research, Development Opportunities

first_imgBy U.S. Space Command Public Affairs Office/Edited by  Diálogo Staff November 13, 2020 In a historic virtual event, five nations of the Americas gathered to focus on coordination, cooperation, and collaboration for space research and development opportunities.The Americas Space Conference — co-hosted by U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and the U.S. Space Force — was a two-day event held on November 4-5 that aligned with the U.S. Department of Defense strategy of multinational security cooperation and strategic partnership.Space defense experts from the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru participated in the conference, and though each nation has different strategies, there are natural overlaps, said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Galen Ojala, SOUTHCOM’s director of Space Forces at Air Forces Southern.“These overlaps are opportunities to solve challenges together,” Lt. Col. Ojala added.The participating nations coordinate efforts in regular bilateral agreements, but the conference was a way to identify challenges and opportunities in a multilateral forum, said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Atkinson, SPACECOM’s chief of International Engagements.“Space is a fundamental domain for the security and development of our nations and a relevant variable for the multilateral collaboration among the air forces of the American continent,” said Chilean Air Force Major General Francisco Torres, director of Operations.U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Mike Bernacchi, SPACECOM director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, called the conference and subsequent conversation an opportunity to “grow and strengthen the great partnerships we have with each of you.”“Our space engagements are just the beginning of determining just how strong our future collaboration can be,” Rear. Adm. Bernacchi said to the participants on November 4. “By facilitating dialogue on the topics of space situational awareness, and cooperation and planning, partnerships with the commercial and civil space industry, these and future talks strengthen all our respective space programs and support the safe and peaceful use of space worldwide.”In recognizing the extreme importance of space as a new, contested domain “where there are no sidelines,” this is one of the most transformational periods in the U.S. military’s history, Rear Adm. Bernacchi said. The U.S. relies on allies and partners in daily operations, planning, and strategy development to achieve common objectives.“Space debris, of any result, does not stay in one place. It passes through the space traffic of all nations,” Rear Adm. Bernacchi said. “The only way to truly counter that is to dissuade, deter, and establish norms of responsible behavior as we have for the sea, air, and land domains.”Cooperation and coordination are defining attributes of space security and shared success in the space domain. The presentations on research and development during this conference were yet another example of where participants could partner, said U.S. Space Force Lieutenant General William Liquori, deputy chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis.During one of the sessions, Lt. Gen. Liquori emphasized the participating nations’ shared interest in space moving forward.“The best part of this conference is being able to listen to your thoughts today and to recognize the path forward on how we can continue to work together as we venture into this new frontier,” he said. “As sovereign nations, we all have our own goals, our own objectives. But we do have shared interest in the ensuring access to, and peaceful use of the space domain.”More people throughout the world are understanding the importance of space to their everyday lives — including communication, navigation, and weather forecasting — and it would be devastating for many people to lose these capabilities, said U.S. Space Force Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Schmitt, SOUTHCOM’s Space Integrated Planning Element chief.Peruvian Air Force Major General Javier Martín Tuesta Márquez, head of the Space Agency of Peru, highlighted common interests from the participants with topics such as space situational awareness, space weather, and the use of satellite images to attend multiple needs, especially those related to humanitarian aid in case of disasters.“The Americas have seen a surge of space activity,” Lt. Col. Ojala said. “Various civil and defense ministries actively operate and pursue additional capabilities across industry and academia for the good of their people and regional security. On a single overflight of Earth, their satellites support urban planning, crop estimates during COVID, law enforcement, environmental monitoring, and territorial security.”The Americas Space Conference revolved around the tireless search for the development of space capabilities and the consolidation of alliances in Latin America, Colombian Air Force Brigadier General Eliot Gerardo Benavides González, commander of Human Resources Command, said.These are extremely important “so that the five countries involved significantly improve access and exploitation of the space domain for the growth and well-being of our peoples,” he added. “With a strong commitment to research, innovation, development in nanosatellites, artificial intelligence, propulsion, and multiple areas of research across space.”Discussion during the first Americas Space Conference was guided by Dr. Thomas Cooley, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate chief scientist. Cooley is a flag officer-level technical civilian.“This event was extremely useful to equalize the diverse views of the air forces of the allied countries on important topics to be developed,” Brazilian Air Force Major General José Vagner Vital, executive vice president of Brazil’s Space Systems Commission. “Common interests were identified and opportunities for joint actions were highlighted. Without a doubt, this event brought the prospect of a promising future for multilateral activities in outer space for the countries of the American continent.”last_img read more

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Almost $4M at stake at this year’s AP Invitational this Saturday

first_imgIT’S going to be more than double the money to be won at this year’s Aliann Pompey (AP) Invitational, where athletes from across 19 countries will descend upon the National Track and Field Centre this Saturday, in Guyana’s biggest international track and field event.This was revealed when the meet was officially launched yesterday at Olympic House. The organiser Aliann Pompey, and representatives from several of the sponsors were also present at the head table.Some US$6 000 was up for grabs at the inaugural hosting of the event last year, but this year will see a whopping US$18 500 for the taking when the best of Guyana’s athletes measure up against their international counterparts, including the likes of world champion Kim Collins, who will be headlining the Banks DIH Men’s 100m.All thanks to the increase in sponsorship that the event has seen, the Men’s triple jump, as well as the Ramada Georgetown Hotel Men’s 400m hurdles and Fly-Jamaica Women’s 400m hurdles will be added as international events, and now join the Banks DIH Men’s and GOA Women’s 100m events as carrying a purse of US$2 000.In those events, first place will get US$1000, while it will be US$600 for second place, and US$400 for third.“I am extremely happy about the level of support for this year’s AP Invitational,” Pompey said.“In all three of those additional events we have Olympians. We have a pretty substantial international field that I feel warranted the increase in price money structures.”This year, Star Party Rentals and Douglas and Associates Law Firm have come on board as sponsors of the event, joining returning sponsors Banks DIH, Fly Jamaica, National Sports Commission (NSC), the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Quality Plus, IAAF, CONSUDATLE and Ramada Georgetown Hotel.“Despite not having names like Usain Bolt, I’m sure that if you will be scorched at the Leonora Stadium, we look for it an action-packed meet on Saturday and we encourage fans to come in their numbers and once again we lured a lien for initiative and thanks for having Banks on board,” said Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters.Banks DIH is sponsoring the event under their Powerade, Rainforest Waters, and Malta Supreme brands.In addition to the increased international events, the cash prizes for the national events increased from US$200 to US$500.However, Pompey explained, that the meet is still far from where it needs to be, as some events still remain to be sponsored.“There still are a couple events that are unnamed and we would be grateful for any last-minute sponsors. There are a couple of field events as well as the women’s 1500m and that’s not sponsoredAdditionally, for the national events to be upgraded to international events by attracting world class athletes, the cash prizes for those events will also need to increase significantly.“It has to be worth it to the athletes and then you can see that’s why the other events are more populated. That’s why we have so many more events where there are Olympians and World Championship qualifiers because the prize money structure reflects that.Hopefully with the public support, and the continued corporate support and the support of the government we can see all those events being fielded by an international field; that’s the process that were working to,” Pompey explained.last_img read more

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Syracuse pitching falters in 3-game sweep to DePaul

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A smile spread across Corinne Ozanne’s face as she rounded third base for home plate, jogging lightly to her waiting teammates. The ball was long gone, hit well past the center-field fence with bases loaded.Moments later, on defense, Syracuse looked on dejectedly as DePaul regained three runs, leveling the score and rendering Ozanne’s grand slam in the previous inning void. The onslaught of hits kept pouring and Syracuse stayed down.“1 … 2 … 3 … Go get my ball!” DePaul players chanted, lining up at home plate to congratulate its players following every Blue Demon home run in Saturday’s doubleheader.The runs kept mounting against the Orange, who fell 15-6 then 11-0 to the Blue Demons on Saturday. The hits were telling — 18 and 10 for DePaul in the two games, compared to five and two for the Orange. Compounded with struggles at the mound for Syracuse, Saturday’s outing added to a less-than-picturesque season for the Orange that, after a 16-2 loss to DePaul on Sunday, sits 1-5 in conference play and 13-20 overall.“Deflating,” head coach Leigh Ross said, describing Syracuse’s slide following Ozanne’s second-inning grand slam in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. “Deflated is the word that comes to my mind. But then you need to bring the team in, you need to regroup and say ‘OK, you got to let that go.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDePaul’s hot streak at the plate was more than Syracuse could overcome, with each of Saturday’s games being called one inning early.“They just got really good hits. Good, timely hits,” junior captain Jasmine Watson said. “It just wasn’t there for us today.”Syracuse played three different pitchers in the first of Saturday’s two-game set — with Stacy Kuwik starting and Danielle Chitkowski and Lindsey Larkin stepping in for relief. DePaul’s offense had an answer for each pitching change, scoring at least three runs in each of the last four innings on Sunday.Though Kuwik threw the change-up successfully in Saturday’s outings, pitching coach Jenna Caira said Syracuse wasn’t hitting its spots across the board.“We can’t be content with just throwing it and hoping it hits the corner,” Caira said. “We have to demand the corners. If we don’t, it’s going to hit the right part of the plate, and these players are way too good.”Sophomore Lindsay Taylor, who has been credited with growth as a pitcher this season, sat out all three of the weekend’s games with an undisclosed injury.Kuwik allowed just one run in the first three innings of work in Saturday’s second matchup, but struggled to maintain that success. For Caira, it comes down to sustaining the mental toughness that has become a season-long question for the young Syracuse team, adding that the consistency she’s witnessed in warm-ups and practice doesn’t translate to games.“She just has to keep that mental toughness there,” Caira said of Kuwik. “We have the physical part down; we just got to get the mental part down.”Coming off last season, one of the winningest in program history, Caira and Ross agree this year’s team lacks a defined leadership.“We’re young, and the team needs to find itself and define themselves,” Ross said. “It’s time for somebody to kind of make a spark and step up and be a leader.” Comments Published on April 8, 2013 at 1:21 am Contact Debbie: [email protected] | @debbietruonglast_img read more

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Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps off to great start, winners of six of seven games

first_imgLast season it was a Nelson/Castlegar mix.This season Nelson Minor Hockey decided to affiliate with Kaslo to form its Midget Rep squad and the decision appears to be paying dividends on the ice.Nelson/Kaslo Leafs won its sixth game of the young minor hockey season Sunday in Nakusp, defeating the host club 4-1 thanks to a two-goal performance of Colton Dawson.”The boys are playing pretty well,”  said head coach Tony Maida, doing his best to keep the kids focused on hockey.For most of these players the dream of junior may be a bit of a stretch as local Kootenay International and B.C. Junior League coaches generally fill their respective rosters with Major Midget players.However, each season and each coaches’ need is different, meaning playing second fiddle to Major Midget is not necessarily the end of the line.Sunday, Dawson, who got more than just a passing look at the Nelson Leafs camp, sparked the visiting team to the rebound victory after the Nakusp posted a 3-0 win in the opening tilt.John Katountas and Ross Jacob also scored for Nelson/Kaslo.James Tucker went the distance in the nets for Nelson/Kaslo.”We were missing four kids to sickness for the two games in Nakusp,” Maida, pleased with the play of the remainder of the roster, admitted.Nelson/Kaslo opened the four-game weekend Friday at the NDCC Arena by defeating Castlegar 5-2.Dawson led the attack with three points as five different players shared in the scoring.Matt MacDonald, Sam Webber, Dylan Whiffen and Katountas scored for Nelson/Kaslo. Tyler Maida finished the game with three assists.Nelson/Kaslo continued its torrid start to the season by outlasting Grand Forks 9-5 Saturday. Webber scored twice while Peter Reimer, Zach Grimshaw, Liam Butterfield, Dawson and McLain Sandeveland added singles.For Butterfield and Sandeveland, it was their first goals in rep hockey.Tyler Maida continued his Wayne Gretzky-like play, setting up there goals for Nelson/Kaslo.Tucker played most of the weekend as teammate Brayden Pompu suffered an injury during Friday’s game against Castlegar.Nelson/Kaslo entered the weekend with three consecutive road wins over Grand Forks (4-1) and Castlegar (5-4 and 5-2).Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps take to the road Friday for a tournament in [email protected]last_img read more

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Ross, Doyle combine to spark Kootenay Ice past Thompson Blazers

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice skated into the Christmas Holiday break on a two-game unbeaten streak after scoring a 2-0 shutout of Thompson Blazers of Kamloops Sunday in BC Major Midget Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Timely goals by Bradley Ross of Trail combined with stellar netminding from Nelson’s Curt Doyle paced the Ice to the shutout win.Saturday, the two teams played to a 3-3 tie.”We had a strong weekend overall,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.”It would have been nice to have both wins but that’s the way it goes sometimes.” Sunday, the teams took turns forcing the opposing goalies to be sharp before Ross converted the game’s first goal in the second period.The Trail Minor Hockey product added some insurance with his second of the game midway through the third period.Doyle then shut the door on the Blazers for Kootenay’s third game of the season. The win allowed the Ice to move into within two points of the Blazers in BCMMHL standings.Saturday, Brendan Makay of Trail and Hunter Floris of Vanderhoof scored to give the Ice a 2-1 lead after one period.Ross increased the lead to 3-1 with a goal in the second before the Blazers scored twice in the period to even the score at 3-3 after 40 minutes.”Everyone played well all weekend and executed our systems really well consistently,” said Jones.”Curt Doyle, with the shutout, and Brad Ross, offensively, stood out for us.”Ben Kelsch of Nelson was in goal for the Ice.Kootenay, a collection of players from throughout the region, returns to action January 9 against Greater Vancouver Canadians at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Del Norte scores early and often in blowout win over McKinleyville

first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> For the second straight week at Panther Field, there was a team putting up a big-time point total just a few short minutes into the game. Unfortunately for the hometown Panthers, it wasn’t a repeat of last week’s Big 5 opener.All three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — scored touchdowns as part of a 35-point first quarter for the Del Norte High football team stormed to a 75-13 win over McKinleyville on Friday night.“It was executing and getting that …last_img read more

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Google’s Sergey Brin & Facebook’s Zuck Team Up On $33 Million Breakthrough Prize

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Google#Mark Zuckerberg#philanthropy#science taylor hatmaker Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Google’s flashy visionary and Facebook’s hacker boy-king are putting their heads together – but they’re not cooperating to drum up more likes or clicks, thank goodness.The pair, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have teamed up for social good, establishing a science research prize that’s already awarded $33 million in its inaugural round. A Big Stakes Science FairThe award, known as the Breakthrough Prize, will be doled out to five winners each year, though a robust selection of 11 recipients were announced in the first round. The founding members of the new science foundation have committed to establish five annual prizes of $3 million for outstanding research that advances cures for intractable diseases. Other founding members of the Breakthrough Prize include the wives of both Brin and Zuckerberg, who are both more science-minded than their tech-star partners. Anne Wojcicki, married to Brin, is the founder of 23andme.com – a genetics startup. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg’s wife, graduated from medical school after meeting Zuck at Harvard and was accepted to a prestigious pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) last year. “Priscilla and I are honored to be part of this,” Zuckerberg wrote in the prize’s announcement. “We believe the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences has the potential to provide a platform for other models of philanthropy, so people everywhere have an opportunity at a better future.”Apple chairman Art Levinson will serve as the new foundation’s chairman, rounding out the trifecta of major tech companies with a hand in the new science prize.Zuckerberg, Forgotten Philanthropist (In A Hoodie)From disheveled boardroom 20-something to amoral hacker, Zuckerberg’s image runs the gamut – and it isn’t always flattering. But in 2012, the Facebook founder ran up a tab as the second biggest philanthropist in the U.S., giving away 18 million shares of Facebook stock valued at $498.8 million to a health and education foundation in Silicon Valley.Brin is no stranger to writing epic tax deductible checks – or to co-founding his own nonprofit. Beyond Google’s own active nonprofit arm, the quirky Google co-founder has donated millions to foundations ranging from fighting poverty in the Bay Area to Parkinson’s disease research. For more on the prize, the Breakthrough Foundation’s site has the full list of its first prize recipients. Photo by Taylor Hatmaker. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Man From Moscow

first_imgAleksandr DyachenkoThis Russian import can romance like Rajesh Khanna and simmer like Amitabh Bachchan. Yet Aleksandr Dyachenko met a sorry end at the bottom of a snake pit as Priyanka Chopra’s fourth husband in 7 Khoon Maaf. The 45-year-old is a TV actor back home in Moscow and has performed with figure skater Margarita Drobyazko for the Ice Age Show. He plays ice hockey, has worked as a sports manager and has even recorded a CD of his songs. Nothing less from the land of Pushkin.last_img read more

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Is London ready for the Olympics?

first_img“Welcome to the host airport of the London 2012 Olympics” screams a huge banner as you exit Heathrow. The mascots Wenlock (for Olympic Games) and Mandeville (Para Olympics) are all over the place. A few miles on the road towards central London, global pharmaceutical major GlaxoSmithKline claims that it is the official laboratory services provider (for anti-doping tests) for the Games. It is end March and I am in London as part of an international press tour organised by UK Trade & Investments to showcase some of the advanced engineering skills of UK-based companies as part of its Olympic legacy programme.READ FULL STORY HERElast_img read more

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