first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE according to Indy Star columnist Matthew Tully his colleagues ”Kaitlin L. Lange and Tony Cook laid it all out last week in an article that told of Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma giving what should be called the “Legalized Loan Shark Legislation” a push on its way to a narrow victory in the House”?  … it’s been alleged if this bill is passed by both Chambers that House Bill 1319 would allow annual interest rates on some loans to roughly triple, to a mind-boggling 222 percent.?IS IT TRUE  if the “Payday Lending” bill passes the Indiana State Senate it would increase interest rates by leaps and bounds on some of our most vulnerable residents? …House Bill 1319 now goes to the Indiana State Senate for consideration and we are told that it may have a hard time passing? …we are told that the four (4) local State Representatives voted “Yes” for this “Predatory Loan” bill was Wendy McNamara, Ron Beacon, Tom Washburne and Hollie Sullivan? …that State Representative Ryan Hatfield voted “no” on this bill?…we are extremely disappointed that members of the local media haven’t picked up on this “Predatory Loan Legislation” issue that seemly might hurt the most economically vulnerable among us? … that State Representative Wendy McNamara was a co-author of this bill?Below is the Link to House Bill 1319 Roll Call vote for your review. below is the link to House Bill 1319 for your review.                 IT TRUE recently the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Tax Advisory Council convened behind closed doors for its inaugural quarterly meeting? … the Advisory Council was created in December of 2017?  …the group’s mission is to “shape the future of tax administration by providing input regarding agency operations, policies and legislative proposals,” according to the department?  …we are highly disappointed that not one individual appointed to this Advisory Council is from this area?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many members of the Evansville City Council are aware that the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 protects people with orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments issues?IS IT TRUE  we wonder if the unreasonable “3-minute Governmental Censorship” rule imposed two (2) years ago by former Evansville City Council President Missy Mosby (D) could be something that members of the “Indivisible Evansville” group should address?IS IT TRUE we wonder if City Council will provide an interpreter for those attending Council meeting who have a major hearing problem or may be deaf that want to address the Council about a city issue? …we also wonder if Council President Jim Brinkmeyer (D) will impose the unreasonable “3-minute Governmental Censorship” rule when a hearing impaired persons address Council?IS IT TRUE we wonder how Council President Jim Brinkmeyer (D) would handle a request from persons who have a speaking challenge because they have a serious studdering problem? …we wonder if Mr. Brinkmeyer (D) will impose the unreasonable “3-minute Governmental Censorship” rule on them when they address Council?IS IT TRUE if a Civil Rights attorney who is well versed on the end and outs of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 made a presentation on this subject would City Council President Jim Brinkmeyer (D) cut him off from speaking on this highly complexed legal subject after three (3) minutes?IS IT TRUE last year the uber-entrepreneur founder of Tesla, Solar City, and Space X, Elon Musk tweeted that he suffers from bi-polar conditions?…Musk went on to discuss in short bursts how he enjoys the extreme highs but also has to deal with the depressive lows?… according to scientific studies genius and insanity may actually go together according to scientists who found that mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are often found in highly creative and intelligent people?…Elon is in the company of some highly intelligent and impactful people with his self-diagnosis including Ludvig von Beethoven, Vincent van Gogh, mathematician John Nash, media mogul Ted Turner, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, author Ernest Hemingway, entrepreneur Rene Rivkin, and a plethora of luminaries from the fields of entertainment including Kurt Cobain, Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe?…technology entrepreneurs Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Ellison of Oracle, and Bill Gates of Microsoft all have exhibited symptoms of bi-polar disorder at some stage of their lives?…Elon Musk personally acknowledged the level of stress he is under as CEO of three large companies and the City-County Observer wishes him peace, serenity, and profitability?…visionaries who can make things happen at a profit while creating jobs and wealth for regular people are few and far between?…most of us cannot even imagine the anguish that comes to the mind of people who truly aspire to greatness?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Indiana House Bill 1319 will be economically hurtful to the most vulnerable among us?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

NYSPSHAA Task Force considers scenarios for 2020-21 school year

first_imgOf the six scenarios laid out by the task force, one involved a full return to school and the same fall, winter and sports seasons as before, though it included social distancing restrictions.Two other scenarios involved sports participation whether schools were open with a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes or had online instruction.In the first case (hybrid) fall sports would only include low-risk activities such as baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, golf, tennis, bowling and girls lacrosse, moving football, soccer and field hockey to the spring.If classes remained online as they were from March to June but sports were allowed to begin, the fall and spring seasons would get broken up into two parts, making for a total of five seasons of eight weeks apiece. Several sports would get shuffled.NYSPHSAA also presented another scenario where the hybrid and distance-learning models remained the same, but high school sports did not start in August.In both of these models, three seasons would cover 10 weeks apiece, starting on Jan. 4, with the sports usually played in the fall (including football) moved in between winter and spring sports and running through June 12.Yet another scenario addressed the possibility that different parts of the state might find themselves in different health-care situations due to COVID-19.If that were to happen, NYSPHSAA said that sections and regions had the right to amend their own schedules and not expect state championships to be contested.“The top priority shall be the safety of all associated with interscholastic athletics, followed by engaging students, with (state) championships being a low priority,” the task force said.NYSPHSAA also noted that a survey it conducted with more than 6,000 superintendents, principals, athletic directors and coaches said that fan attendance at events was less important than assuring that students were safe and healthy.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story What resulted, in a report released by the task force on the first day of July, were six proposals which covered a range of possibilities, though all of it depended on what Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Education decide to do later this month.When schools were closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it also halted high school sports, preventing state championships from taking place in basketball, ice hockey and bowling, and wiping out the entire spring sports season.The NYSPHSAA Task Force, whose members includes Jamesville-DeWitt High School principal Paul Gasparini, was formed to sort out how sports could return once the go-ahead from state officials was given. Of all the questions regarding what the2020-21 school year in New York State might look like, those surrounding the possibility of scholastic sports weigh heavily on the minds of students, parents and school administrators.And the only certainty is that it could go in many different directions, ranging from the status quo built up over decades to a radical overhaul of sports and seasons.A special task force formed by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association spent large portions of its first two meetings on June 10 and 30 discussing these options at length.center_img Tags: high school sportsNYSPHSAAlast_img read more

2018 WCQ: Africa’s 20 teams for final group stages confirmed

first_img–On Tuesday night, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria joined other African heavyweights in the draw for the group stages of 2018 World Cup qualification.With Libya, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana and Nigeria securing their qualification earlier, all of the other expected teams also made their way into the third round.The biggest result was Algeria thrashing 10-man Tanzania 7-0 at home for a 9-2 aggregate result, while Egypt thumped Chad 4-0 to seal a 4-1 aggregate win.Tuesday’s 2nd Round ResultsRwanda 1-3 Libya (Libya win 4-1 agg)Cameroon 0-0 Niger (Cameroon win 3-0 agg)Congo 2-1 Ethiopia (Congo win 6-4 agg)Ghana 2-0 Comoros (Ghana win 2-0 agg)Nigeria 2-0 Swaziland (Nigeria win 2-0 agg)Egypt 4-0 Chad (Egypt win 4-1 on agg)Ivory Coast 3-0 Liberia (Ivory Coast win 4-0 on agg)Tunisia 2-1 Mauritania (Tunisia win 4-2 on agg)South Africa 1-0 Angola (South Africa win 4-1 on agg)Burkina Faso 2-0 Benin (Burkina Faso win 3-2 on agg)Algeria 7-0 Tanzania (Algeria win 9-2 on agg)Mali 2-0 Botswana (Mali win 3-2 on agg)Senegal 3-0 Madagascar (Senegal win 5-2 on agg)Cape Verde 2-0 Kenya (Cape Verde win 2-1 on agg) 20 African teams in 3rd Round (Group Stage)Gabon, Zambia, Uganda, DR Congo, Morocco, Guinea, Libya, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Egypt, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Cape Verde, Senegal, MaliGroup Stage DrawThe 20 teams will be drawn into five round-robin, home-and-away groups of four teams each. The five group winners will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The date for the draw has not yet been announced.last_img read more