Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of July 30, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Health Department: Waiver of ONEP Fees, not overtime for Red Cross Blood Drive on November 21Superintendent of County Buildings: Old Courthouse Boiler Repairs QuoteCounty Council: Request to Surplus Desktop PrinterCounty Auditor: Claims Voucher ReportDADS: Travel Request County Engineer: Department Head ReportClaims AGENDA Of The Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersAugust 6, 2019 At 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Health Department: Administrative Aide Contract with Riley SmithSuperior Court: Professional Services Agreement with Laura M. FairPurchasing:  Joint City/ County/ EVSC Purchase Agreement with Altstadt Office City for Copy Paper  Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Flower shop caters to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s students

first_imgWith the new school year in full swing, Irish Gardens — Notre Dame’s flower shop located in the basement of the LaFortune Student Center — is ready to take on the opportunity to grow and develop their business. Unlike some businesses or restaurants located on campus, Irish Gardens is entirely student-run and student-managed.Discussing the services the business offers, senior Sammy Loper, the store’s general manger, said Irish Gardens aims to offer a more affordable product than other flower shops.“We really cater to the student body. Other florists charge high prices, so much for delivery and there are hidden fees,” Loper said. ”We realize that college students don’t have that kind of budget, so what you see is what you get.”Irish Gardens offers the student body a wide variety of options from bouquets wrapped in paper to full-vase displays; delivery on Notre Dame’s campus is $5 and the price for delivery for Saint Mary’s students. is $7. Loper explained that the store’s delivery capabilities cover the entirety of both campuses.“We can deliver anywhere on the campuses,” she said. ”We do balloons also which a lot of people don’t know about, for birthdays and pretty much any occasion.”Emily Chen, a sophomore in McGlinn Hall, said Irish Gardens provided the perfect gift when her mom came to visit campus last spring.“It was Mother’s Day and I wanted to do something nice for my mom because she was coming to see me,” she said. ”I wasn’t sure what to do because I couldn’t get off campus, so I decided to check out Irish Gardens to get her flowers.”Opening its doors in 1983, the flower shop has been serving the students of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s for nearly four decades. Loper said she found the application on Facebook several years ago and decided to apply for the position. She enjoyed the work and decided to continue.“I saw the application on the Carroll Hall Facebook page when I was a sophomore, and so I applied and got the job. It’s a great place to work here, and so I just continued working. And then when it was time to choose new managers I applied and got the position,” she said.Senior Alicia Cristoforo is another Irish Gardens employee. She started working in the shop last year and said the opportunity presents a chance to showcase her creativity as well as get a taste of the warmer months during the winter.“I started working here my junior year, and it has always been a great creative outlet in between classes,” she said. ”Getting to make flower arrangements in the middle of the winter was something that is nice to do.”The group that operates Irish Gardens is tight knit, Cristoforo said. She also said the job has given her an opportunity to bring joy to members of the Notre Dame community.“This has been by far the best job I’ve ever had. We get to make people really happy,” she said ”Sometimes people will come in here just to look at the flowers. I work with really great people and we call ourselves the Flower Fam.”As the new school year begins, Loper said the business is focused on raising its profile. In particular, she said the flower shop is trying to make more people aware of its existence and presence in LaFortune through heightened social media engagement.“We are really trying to increase our social media presence and get our name out there more,” she said. ”One of our biggest obstacles is that people don’t know we exist, being tucked away in the basement.”Students can stay up to date on all things Irish Gardens on Instagram at @irishgardens or twitter at @flowershopnd.Tags: Flowers, Irish Gardens, LaFortune Student Centerlast_img read more

CVPS honors retiring CEO Bob Young, plans for future with Larry Reilly

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) honored retiring leader Bob Young at the annual meeting of shareholders today, and set out a bold new vision aimed at improving value for customers, shareholders and the state of Vermont. Lead Director Bill Sayre honored Young for transforming CV during his tenure as president, and presented him with a framed page from the Congressional Record that included a speech from Representative Peter Welch, D-VT, who feted him on the House floor. ‘When Bob Young became president, that utility faced many challenges,’ Welch said in the speech. ‘He faced them directly: rising costs, transmission system upgrades, a customer base that wanted reliable power but green power. Bob Young succeeded in making CVPS an award-winning company. He focused on customer service and environmental concern and stewardship, proving that green power could be reliable and affordable.’ Sayre showed a brief film of Welch’s speech, and praised Young for what he called his gentlemanly ways even in difficult times. ‘Bob had to orchestrate the complete reorganization of the company in the late ‘90s, the rebuilding of a clean, affordable power supply over the past few years, and the rehabilitation of CV’s reputation starting on day one,’ Sayre said. ‘Perhaps most importantly, he led senior management, the board and employees through a cultural transformation that is the stuff of business textbooks. Through it all, Bob remained focused on the big picture, and provided employees and the board of directors with a steady hand and calm, thoughtful guidance. ‘Bob revamped this company from top to bottom, improving its way of thinking, its environmental footprint, its commitment to customers and Vermont, and indeed its very soul. The CV Bob leaves today is a dramatically better company than the one he took over on December 31, 1995, and he deserves tremendous credit for that,’ Sayre said. ‘I am truly proud of the work we have done,’ Young said. ‘We’ve turned CV into a solid investment, a civic leader, an environmental steward, a great place to work, and a values-based, customer-focused business that is the envy of many in the industry. We’ve certainly faced many trials and tribulations over the years, but we’ve acted with integrity, and our employees have become true ambassadors for the company.’ Young praised CV’s employees, who he said were committed to customers and shareholders alike, and his successor, Larry Reilly. ‘He’s humble, intelligent, collaborative and focused, and he constantly espouses a belief that I have held every day at CV: Value creation for shareholders has to begin with value creation for our customers,’ Young said. On that point, Reilly announced a new CV vision: to be the best small utility in America. ‘We think we already are one of the best small utilities in America ‘ but we aren’t satisfied with that,’ Reilly said. ‘We’ll work extremely hard to get even better.’ Reilly said CV would work to improve already-high customer satisfaction and reliability; provide rates that are competitive in the Northeast; protect the environment; give customers new tools to manage energy consumption and reduce their costs and environmental footprints; demonstrate and expand CV’s corporate citizenship; and provide exceptional value for shareholders over time. ‘All that adds up to a tall order,’ Reilly said. ‘But the board, officers and employees are committed to our new vision, and will work hard every day to achieve itâ ¦ From J.D. Power scores to third-party assessments of CVPS SmartPower®, from total shareholder return to independent reviews of our corporate governance and management, we will look at every aspect of the company. Measures we’ll rely on will include bond ratings, dividends, carbon footprints, environmental achievements, bill comparisons, service quality matrices, surveys and a host of other independent measuresâ ¦ ‘CV already excels in many, many ways, and we wanted to create a vision to help management and employees build on our successes, ward off complacency, and continue to improve our value for all stakeholders,’ Reilly said. ‘I think we’ve done just that. This will not happen overnight. Just as it took many years for Bob Young to lead the way to CV’s turnaround and make the company the success it has become, we are in this for the long haul. We have no illusions about how much work will be required to achieve our vision. ‘But CV and its employees have demonstrated a substantial ability to develop and implement plans to improve service, reliability and value over a period of years. The difference this time will be that we are beginning from the great spot that Bob will leave us, with a team of employees dedicated to each other, our customers and our shareholders.’ May 3, 2011. Photos of Bob Yound and Larry Reilly courtesy of CVPS.last_img read more

Three factors for success with credit union data analytics

first_img continue reading » The credit union industry looks very different now than it did twenty years ago. Just think about what credit unions will look like twenty years from now. Where does the journey for the next twenty years start? Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine remote deposit capture, peer-to-peer payments, or even mobile banking. It is equally hard to imagine what banking will look like twenty years from now. However, one thing is certain: the trend of digital transformation will continue. For many credit unions, data analytics will play a big role in that.Credit unions don’t necessarily need data analytics programs. However, credit unions that leverage their data remain better-positioned to provide individualized member experiences, remain in compliance, or identify attriting members—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It all comes down to the basic idea that knowledge is power. And data provides that  knowledge. As credit unions continue to consolidate and disappear, those that are strongest come out ahead and leveraging data is a competitive advantage. Here are some basic success factors.The Right PeopleHow many people your data analytics program needs depends on the resources available to your credit union. Typically, larger credit unions can commit more personnel. The most important person is someone from the management team – every project needs an internal champion. They own the process and serve as a driving force, keeping everything moving and on track. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

One buyer equals big auction result

first_img30 Long St West, GracevilleONE of Queensland’s highest sales results under the hammer on Saturday was also one of the quieter auctions. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoOnly one person actively bid on 30 Long St, West Graceville which sold for $2.32 million.Bidding opened at $1.9 million, a vendor bid was placed at $2 million, the process paused and negotiations happened before auctioneer Matthew Condon dropped his hammer and declared the property sold. “I think it was one of Brisbane’s most boring auctions,” he laughed.Belle Property Sherwood sales agent Kathy McPhie was responsible for marketing the renovated four-bedroom, three-bathroom property. According to CoreLogic, Queensland’s auction clearance rate last week was 45 per cent with 81 homes selling from a total 180 auctions.last_img read more

NEST, Railpen plug cyber security advice gap for pension fund trustees

first_imgThe report lists recent cyber attacks and their financial impact, such as the hacking of 380,000 British Airways accounts in September 2018 that led to a $229m (€208m) fine “with a possible £500m (€581m) lawsuit on top”.The document presents case studies on research and engagement carried out on cyber security by some UK pension funds, and suggests questions trustees can put to their asset managers and portfolio companies on the topic.Richard Williams, CIO at RPMI Railpen, the investment manager for the UK’s £31bn (€34bn) railways pension schemes, said: “Trustees need to acknowledge that it is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ their investee companies will face a serious cyber security breach.“[This] publication provides a toolkit for pension scheme trustees. Companies should be ready for questions from investors, and pension funds need to start raising the topic with their managers.” NEST and RPMI Railpen, two well-known UK pension investors, have moved to fill a gap in the advice available to pension scheme trustees on cyber security risk with a report concentrating on the risk it poses to their portfolios.In a statement announcing publication of the report, the schemes said that while there is guidance for trustees on how to build cyber resilience with regard to the scheme itself and its data, there was to date no equivalent advice for them on how to incorporate cyber security into their investment and stewardship processes.”Generally,” the report states, “little is understood by pension funds about these risks and there is seemingly no obvious common or standardised approach for addressing them.”And yet cyber security risks were financially material and of interest to members and other stakeholders, according to the report, referring to “numerous papers and articles […] citing cyber security as a prominent and growing issue that can have strong, negative implications on investment performance”.last_img read more

Chief Justice John Roberts calls Sen. Chuck Schumer comments ‘dangerous’ threats

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a rare public rebuke of a sitting member of Congress on Wednesday, accusing Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of making “dangerous” threats against two justices by name.Schumer, speaking at a rally earlier Wednesday outside the court, which was hearing a case on abortion, called out the two justices appointed by President Donald Trump — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — saying, “you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”The comments were delivered before a raucous crowd of several hundred abortion rights activists who had assembled at the steps of the high court as the justices heard oral arguments over a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinic.The case marks the first time Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will weigh in on the issue of abortion since being confirmed.“We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history,” Schumer shouted as the crowd roared. “We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues that you’re going to be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now ever, ever again.”Several hours later, after Schumer’s comments ricochetted across social media, Roberts issued a statement through a court spokeswoman.“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said in the statement. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”Roberts has said he feels an obligation to defend members of the federal judiciary who typically cannot defend themselves from intense public criticism in order to remain impartial; but he has also deliberately sought to avoid the spotlight and public statements that might politicize the court.In 2018, Roberts issued an extraordinary direct response to Trump’s criticism of federal judges, but did not mention the president by name.Roberts did not respond last month when Trump, for the first time in the White House, directly attacked Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, accusing them of bias.Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman said the Democratic leader’s comments were “a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”He accused conservatives of “deliberate misinterpretation” of Schumer’s remarks.“To me this sounds like he’s talking about a physical price, violence,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in an emotional statement from the Senate floor. “These are members of the Supreme Court — he the minority leader of the United States. … I believe these statements are outrageous. They’re uncalled for. They’re out of bounds. And on their face, they appear to invite violence against members of the Supreme Court.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Genesee softball goes 1-1, defeats RFA

first_imgHelped by three runs in the top of the third, WG was up 5-0 before RFA fought back, scoring twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth inning to tie it 5-5 as Kaylei Wood and Brianna Kelley each drove in two runs.Absorbing all this, the Wildcats reclaimed the lead with a run in the top of the seventh and had Rachel Shackleton, who relieved Kayla Hoovler early in the game, get the last three outs.Jessica Simon and Sophia VanHorn had two hits apiece as they, along with Hoovler and Arlea Vecchio, drove in runs, Vecchio walking twice. Tags: Bishop LuddenJ-ESoftballWest Genesee Nothing is proving easy for the West Genesee softball team, who tested itself plenty before heading into the heart of its Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division slate.The Wildcats would face Fayetteville-Manlius last Wednesday afternoon, two days after the Hornets got its first win over Liverpool in 12 years, and while it put up lots of runs, it could not slow down the Hornets and took a 9-6 defeat.A day earlier, WG had visited Rome Free Academy, and it proved yet another close game that the Wildcats were able to pull out as it edged the Black Knights 6-5.center_img Now, facing F-M, the Wildcats surrendered four runs in the first inning, only to score twice in the third before the Hornets restored its margin an inning later.Trailing 6-2, WG used a four-run rally in the top of the sixth to pull even, 6-6, Mo Hoover earning a pair of RBIs and Emma Garvey also driving in a run. But F-M countered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth that proved decisive.Jordan-Elbridge took over late in last Tuesday’s 10-1 win over Phoenix, with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before it broke out for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to get away.Emily Bard went four-for-four and finished with four RBIs. McKayla Rohmer drove in a pair of runs, with Alexis Delfavero and Gabriella Bard each getting two hits, including doubles. Ranait McGuire, Megan Bard and Meghan Whalen had one RBI apiece.When the Eagles faced defending sectional Class B champion Christian Brothers Academy on Thursday afternoon, it did a terrific job containing the Brothers’ bats, yet could not produce enough at the plate, taking a 3-2 defeat.Bishop Ludden rode a fast start to a 7-2 victory over Cato-Meridian last Tuesday as pitchers Ally Royal and Katilyn Kibling combined to hold the Blue Devils to just one hit.A two-run first inning and four runs in the bottom of the second was all the Gaelic Knights needed as Amarah Streiff smashed a home run and got three RBIs. Royal, Ashley Kochanek and Jade Regner each had two hits and two runs scored. Kibling added an RBI.Two days later, Ludden scored more runs against Onondaga, yet lost 16-8 to the TigersShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Cassidy Barrios Earns Fourth Player of the Week Award of the Season

first_imgSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 17 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time this season, Nicholls junior Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by Nicholls (14-13, 9-7 SLC) is currently tied for sixth in the conference standings as the team prepares to close out its regular season against Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT and at Southeastern Louisiana (18-19, 7-9 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios continues to be the Colonels’ most valuable player, turning in another pair of 20-point games to lead Nicholls to double-digit victories in their two home games last week. In wins against rivals McNeese and New Orleans, the Raceland, La., native averaged 22.5 points on 50 percent from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point range. She added 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. Barrios started the week with her league-high 13th overall double-double against McNeese and nearly recorded another with 20 points and eight rebounds against UNO. She enters the final week of the regular season ranked third in the Southland in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, and three-point field goal percentage, second in steals and blocks, seventh in assists and ninth in field goal percentage.center_img Barrios previously earned the award this season on Nov. 13, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12. Honorable Mention: DeA’ngela Mathis, Lamar; Brittany Mbamalu, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Randi Brown, New Orleans.last_img read more