County Council Agenda

first_img(A) SHERIFF (2)(B) JAIL(C) SUPERIOR COURTTRANSFERS: (A) SHERIFF(B) AREA PLAN(C) SUPERIOR COURT (3) (D) LEGAL AIDREPEAL: (A)OLD BUSINESS: (A)NEW BUSINESS:(A) TRAVEL REQUESTS: 1. DADS2. HEALTH DEPARTMENT (3)12. AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE: (G)  HIGHWAY(H)  ASSESSOR/REASSESSMENT(I)  SUPERIOR CT ADULT PROBATION(J)  SUPERIOR GRANT(K)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT-WIC(L)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT-LHMF (D) RESERVE FUND (E) SHERIFF/COIT (F) JAIL/COIT(E) HEALTH DEPARTMENT (2)(F) HIGHWAY (3)(G) ASSESSOR/REASSESSMENT(H) CIRCUIT CT SUPPLEMENTAL ADULT PROB PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME: December 7, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.ADJOURNMENT (A) SHERIFF (2)(B) PROSECUTOR(C) COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (D) JAIL(E) SUPERIOR COURT (2)(F) HEALTH DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: AGENDAVANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCIL NOVEMBER 16, 2016 8:30 A.M. ROOM 301OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATIONAPPROVAL OF MINUTES –PERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A)  SUPERIOR COURT/Request supplemental salary increase for Supervisor ofIntake & Dispositional Staff, move 2 Sheriff Deputies in Misdemeanor Probation Department from contract to Superior Grant part-time employees, and move Case Manager from grant match to General Fund & fill vacancy(B)  PROSECUTOR/Request to fill vacancy for Enforcement Officer(C)  COOPERATIVE EXTENSION/Request to fill vacancy for Secretary(D)  JAIL/Request to fill vacancies for 3 Confinement Officers(E)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT/Request to fill vacancies for WIC/Administrative Aide part-time, CPA-RD part-time and LHMF/Health Educator & amend salary FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

What’s the latest trend to lure in buyers?

first_img20 Northgate Rd, Nundah sold at auction for $785,000.DUAL living is becoming a major lure for house hunters, according to Ray White Ascot’s Susan Hollands.Ms Hollands successfully ran the marketing campaign for 20 Northgate Rd, Nundah which sold at auction yesterday for $785,000.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom renovated property includes a self-contained living area on the ground floor with a kitchenette, two bedrooms, home office and bathroom.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago20 Northgate Rd, Nundah“The real big benefit of this one and why it had so much interest was the dual living,” Ms Hollands said.“I think dual living is a real emerging trend, it’s affordable.” A buyer’s agent purchased the property on behalf of her Sydney client, as one of three registered bidders.Ms Hollands said interest in Nundah from interstate was common. “They just see more value for money, they like the village, they like the proximity to the airport and that commute to the city, and the tunnel which is just at Toombul,” she said.last_img read more

UK roundup: PPF 7800 index, Barclays DC consultancy

first_imgThe funding level of defined benefit (DB) pension plans in the UK has risen to nearly 94%, after the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) updated the data used to calculate deficits across the system.According to the PPF 7800 index for the end of October, the aggregate deficit fell to nearly £75bn (€90bn), down £9.4bn over readjusted figures for September.The index’s methodology was reassessed following the publication of the 2013 Purple Book earlier this month, resulting in the funding ratio for September being revised upwards by 2.2 percentage points to 92.9%, after the aggregate deficit fell by nearly £30bn.For the end of October, the funding level across the 6,150 pension funds – down by 166 on the previous dataset – reported a funding level of 93.8%, a significant improvement over the 83% reported for the same period last year. The PPF added that assets within the index now amounted to £1.1trn.“Over the month, scheme assets rose by 2.3%, and, over the year, there was an increase of 8.3%,” it said.It added that, while liabilities increased compared with the end of September, they fell by 4% year on year.In other news, Barclays has launched a defined contribution (DC) investment consultancy to complement a corporate pensions platform launched earlier this year.The service, provided by Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions (BCES), will help trustees “create an investment solution that takes account of different and changing member needs”, according to a statement.The approach will enable investment in a number of pre-selected default strategies, while BCES will also profile the company’s workforce to assess the investment risk suitable for each workforce.Katharine Photiou, head of workplace savings at BCES, said: “Traditional retirement planning and DC investment strategies do not do enough to take account of an individual’s needs, or adapt to changing market conditions.”last_img read more

Iloilo City meets minimum standards for COVID-19 preparedness – Treñas

first_img“We have enacted regulations which complement the efforts of the national government in containing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019,” Treñas pointed out. * 30-day buffer supply of personal protective equipment for health workers and testing swabs These minimum health system capacity standards or parameters covered health and human resources; infrastructure and equipment; supplies and commodities; and organizational and processes. Treñas detailed what the city government had done. Among these were the following: * increased human resources for health by hiring 136 nurses, nine doctors and 39 medical technologists to man quarantine facilities and health centers * 10 dedicated referral hospitals * organized and trained 63 contact tracers, forming nine contact tracings teams for the seven district of Iloilo City * established city epidemiology and surveillance office * trained 25 medical technologists on proper collection packaging and transportation of samples for COVID-19 testing * the city government, along with QualiMed Hospital, Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center, The Medical City, and West Visayas State University Medical Center, initiated to build their own COVID-19 testing centers ILOILO City – Like other areas in Western Visayas that are under modified general community quarantine since June 1, this city has also met the minimum health system capacity standards for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) preparedness and response prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH), according to Mayor Jerry Treñas.center_img * trained healthcare workers to manage suspect, probable and confirmed cases in nine health centers, 87 barangay health stations and two quarantine facilities “We are also considering measures to ease the economic struggles faced by the city,” according to Treñas. * nine private hospitals with 1,287 bed capacity and three government hospitals with 725 bed capacity allotted 165 beds for COVID patients * three quarantine facilities – St. Therese-MTCC Hospital (83 bed capacity), Diamond Jubilee Hall (85 bed capacity) and PHINMA-UI (50 bed capacity) A  modified GCQ is the transition phase between GCQ and the “new normal” when restrictions are made more relaxed and become less necessary such as limiting the movement of people and conduct of business, among others. * one COVID sub-national testing laboratory (Western Visayas Medical Center) “Stringent health containment measures affected almost 65 percent of businesses resulting in either suspension or closure of operations,” said Treñas. Based on gathered data, said Treñas, Iloilo City already incurred a shortfall of P121,349,088.67 in revenues in the first quarter of the year. Iloilo City transitioned from enhanced community quarantine to GCQ on May 16./PNlast_img read more

How the Clippers’ roster looks to start 2016-17 season

first_imgHere’s the Clippers’ roster for their season opener Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers:StartersPG Chris Paul12th season; 19.5 ppg, 4.2, rpg, 10.0 apg 9th season; 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.4 apgDefense remains his calling card, so Doc Rivers is likely to rotate starters depending on matchups.PF Blake Griffin7th season; 21.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.9 apgInjuries and off-court issues hampered him last season, but he’s healthy and gets more well-rounded every year.C DeAndre Jordan9th season; 12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 1.2 apgPerhaps the best rim protector and rebounder in the league, his 43 percent free-throw shooting remains a handicap.ReservesSG Jamal Crawford17th season; 14.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apgWe should all be so lucky as to age as well as the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year.PG Austin Rivers5th season; 8.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apgHe could have made more money elsewhere, but he stayed put and could see time at small forward.PG Raymond Felton12th season; 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apgAn experienced backup point guard, Felton can help keep the 31-year-old Paul more fresh for playoffs.SF Alan Anderson8th season; 5.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apgA reliable, physical defender, he can shoot from distance and is among the possible starters at small forward.SF Paul Pierce19th season; 6.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apgThe future Hall of Famer probably won’t play many minutes during his final season.SF Wesley Johnson7th season; 6.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.6 apgThe Clippers re-signed him and could even start him from time to time depending on matchups.PF Brandon Bass12th season; 7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apgAnother solid veteran to bring off the bench who can bury a mid-range jumper.PF Brice Johnson*Rookie; 17.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.5 apgRecovering from a herniated disc in his back, minutes will be scarce even when he’s healthy.C Marreese Speights9th season; 7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.8 apgDon’t be surprised if floor-spacing Mo Buckets becomes a late-game offensive substitution in place of Jordan.C Diamond Stone#Rookie; 12.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.4 apgHe won’t play much, but Paul Pierce has taken him under his wing. Pay attention, rookie.* — Statistics from North Carolina# — Statistics from Maryland Still arguably the best pure point guard in the NBA, he’s averaged a double-double three consecutive seasons.SG J.J. Redick11th season; 16.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apgPerhaps the most underappreciated player on the roster, he shot a league-best 47.5 percent from the 3-point arc.SF Luc Mbah A Moutecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nets have transitioned from grim to gritty, but Brooklyn’s biggest test lies ahead

first_imgThree years ago, when Kenny Atkinson was plucked from the ranks of assistant coaches around the league and named head coach in Brooklyn, he made a change in culture a priority. The Nets were an aging bunch headed toward rock bottom, and Atkinson sought to establish an uphill mindset.He had good reason — the Nets were entering into a brutal rebuild and were doing so with a bare cabinet, as four of Brooklyn’s five first-round draft picks from 2014-18 had been given to Boston in some form or other. There was no point in tanking. There would be no No. 1 pick rescuing the franchise. MORE: Greatest Nets players of all timeAtkinson and the team’s general manager, Sean Marks, would have to scour the globe for players. When those players came through Brooklyn, they’d not only have to fit Atkinson’s offensive and defensive systems, they’d be held to a high standard for toughness, gumption and — this word comes up when talking to just about every Nets player — grit.”It’s Brooklyn grit,” veteran forward DeMarre Carroll told SN. “Go around Brooklyn, it’s gritty. I feel like that’s the kind of culture we have here, and we want to be identified with Brooklyn grit. When you play the Brooklyn Nets, you are going to be in a tough battle. That’s the kind of culture we want to have here.”The Nets have become that. They’re 34-33 heading into the final month of the season, what will be the most consequential month for the franchise in the last four years, with a chance to earn a postseason spot in the East and forge an important step forward in what has already been a remarkable rebuilding project.The playoffs are no guarantee, even with a lead of 3.5 games over the sliding Magic and Hornets. Brooklyn has a brutal schedule down the stretch, including eight of its next nine games on the road. The Nets open that stretch in Atlanta, but after that, the final 14 teams they play are all fighting for postseason position, and only two of those teams (the Lakers and Heat) are below .500.That’s imposing. But go back to the start of the season, and you’ll remember how little was expected from the Nets coming out of the gate. In Las Vegas, the Nets’ win total was projected at 32.5, and NBA.com’s preview suggested that a 36-win season would register as a success.That’s because, for the first two years of Atkinson’s tenure, the Nets were defined more by grimness than grittiness. They won 20 games in his first season and 28 games in his second and watched as the Celtics took advantage of those struggles by drafting Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.  But Atkinson used those two years to establish his system and the culture he and Marks wanted. It took some stubbornness for Atkinson to absorb all the losing the Nets were doing, though, and stick with the program.  “What’s hard is, when you’re losing, to stick with that culture and not go off the rails and start changing things,” Atkinson said. “Now, we did change some things, but the basic foundation of what we wanted to do, we established in the beginning and kept on the same way. It’s just great to see that we are starting to reap some results.”We have a long, long way to go. We understand that. But getting positive results has helped the guys and their confidence level, and that’s why we’re getting some results people honestly did not think we were going to get.”There have been some basic features of Atkinson’s approach that have not wavered since he took over the Nets, as the following chart shows. His approach is in line with today’s NBA, as the Nets consistently have been among the league leaders in drives to the basket and 3-point attempts, and among the teams that take the fewest midrange shots (from 10-16 feet and 2-pointers from 16 feet and beyond, as measured by Basketball-Reference.com).One of the biggest changes this year is that Nets players have simply gotten better at converting those drives and 3-pointers.SeasonDrives (Rank)Drive FG %% of FGA from 10-16 feet% of FGA from 16-plus feet3PT FGA3PT FG %2016-1746.3 (4)46.1 (9)7.7 (28)7.0 (29)31.6 (4)33.8 (26)2017-1849.9 (3)45.6 (19)8.3 (28)6.2 (29)35.7 (2)35.6 (20)2018-1952.8 (3)48.9 (7)8.5 (22)5.0 (27)31.6 (4)35.3 (12)MORE: Russell says trade to Nets is “best thing that happened” in his career”We have standards analytically where we looked at, was our process correct?” Atkinson explained. “Where, even though we’re not making all the 3s, we are getting a ton of open 3s. We’re not making all our drives, but we’re getting a ton of drives. We’re not defending the 3 great percentage-wise, but we’re limiting the 3s. We’ve looked at those metrics all along.”We’re doing a lot of good things. We’re not finalizing yet, but I think now it is starting to come to fruition where we’re getting the results we want.”That’s been the same approach with the team’s culture. Marks has brought a varied cast of characters through Barclays Center in the last three years, and “Name that Net” would make for a nifty parlor game among NBA fans — from Quincy Acy to Tyler Zeller, from Yogi Ferrell to “Sauce Castillo,” from Anthony Bennett to Jahlil Okafor, from Randy Foye to Luis Scola, Brooklyn has cast a wide net in search of talent.The Nets have a much more settled bunch of players this season, even as tough injuries struck Caris LeVert (42 games) and Spencer Dinwiddie (14 games), two of the team’s top three scorers. But over the years, the revolving-door roster was tough on Atkinson.”Listen,” Atkinson told Sporting News, “there were times where it was very hard and you wonder, ‘Are we doing the right thing? Are we playing the right guys? Is the system right?’ Sure, I think those are natural feelings when you’re not winning. But I think the strength of the group and the support from Sean especially and our ownership, the patience they’ve had, that has really helped.”What remains is a group of players that has often been cast off elsewhere and has gained some NBA redemption here with the Nets. Not one player on the roster was a straightforward draftee of the team — even the players the Nets did pick in the draft (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, LeVert, Jared Allen, Dznan Musa, Rodions Kurucs) were acquired through draft-related trades. “We’ve got a good group of guys that has had to work for everything we get,” said D’Angelo Russell, who this year became Brooklyn’s first All-Star since Joe Johnson in 2014. “So the culture piggybacks off of grinding it out, being that gritty team that’s got to work for everything and not depend on anybody else, go and take everything we get.”A playoff spot is the next thing these Nets need to go and get. It’s not going to be easy, not with a West Coast slog on the near horizon and six meetings against the East’s top five teams after that.If grit was part of the culture that Atkinson has installed in Brooklyn, if these players define themselves that way, then they’re in luck. The next month will be an excellent time to show it.last_img read more