first_img The Vanderburgh Humane Society is standing by to accept at least 12 dogs, possibly more, from Puerto Rico disaster relief on Monday, October 16th.Approximately 120 animals will arrive at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (KMQJ) around 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern time and a team from IndyHumane (Humane Society of Indianapolis) will unload them. The animals will then be divided between the receiving organizations which includes the Vanderburgh Humane Society. The Humane Society of the United States spearheaded and organized this transport.At this time the VHS is unaware of the breeds, sizes, ages, names, or other details regarding the incoming dogs. They will have health certificates, but they will all undergo preliminary health and behavioral evaluations by VHS veterinarians and medical staff members before going up for adoption. The VHS is prepared to take at least 12 adult dogs and possibly more if any puppies are available.Two VHS team members will be picking up the dogs at the airport and returning to the shelter in Evansville. Their estimated time of arrival at the VHS at this point is approximately 1:00-2:00 am Central time. This will depend on the timeframe between the dogs’ arrival at the airport and the transfer to the VHS vehicle.Upon arrival at the VHS, the dogs will be placed into a separate holding kennel until the morning of Tuesday, October 17. At approximately 11:30 am, VHS staff will begin to process them.Please contact Amanda or Kendall at the above information to arrange a photo opportunity.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wilco Releases New Track, “All Lives, You Say?”, To Benefit The Southern Poverty Law Center

first_imgIt’s clear that the happenings over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, has left many Americans shaken. The “protest” of white supremacists dubbed “Unite The Right” left one woman—Heather Heyer—dead and over a dozen more injured after an alt-right protester rammed his car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters. Videos of the murderous incident of the car plowing into the counter-protesters as well as the images of a group of white supremacists brutally beating a 20-year-old black man, Deandre Harris, among others soon went viral and sparked outrage, creating a new wave of anti-bigotry activism across the country.MonoNeon Jazz-ifies Michael Rapaport’s Viral Roast Of White Supremacists In Charlottesville [Watch]Yesterday, Wilco released a brand new song called “All Lives, You Say?”, with the title making fun of the “All Lives Matter” slogan that is largely thought to minimize the importance of “Black Lives Matter”—a movement that seeks to address the racial inequalities within the criminal justice system. The band’s newest single is available for download or free stream, with the download available for a minimum donation of $1. All proceeds from the donation will go toward Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate and anti-bigotry organization that tracks and exposes the activities of hate groups, litigates civil rights cases, and teaches tolerance through a free school program.In Wilco’s post about “All Lives, You Say?”, the band announced that the proceeds would be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in honor of front man Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy, who died earlier this year. The post also contained a quote from Jeff Tweed about his father, with Tweedy stating, “My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America – we know better. We can do better.”You can stream the latest from Wilco, “All Lives, You Say?”, below, or download the track from their Bandcamp after a charitable donation here. <a href=”http://wilcohq.bandcamp.com/track/all-lives-you-say”>All Lives, You Say? by Wilco</a>[Photo: Steve Olker]last_img read more

Amy Spanger Begins Performances in Chicago on Broadway

first_imgBroadway baby Amy Spanger is back raking in the chips! She return to the long-running revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre on October 6 in the first of three limited engagements. This time she will play through October 26 and subsequently November 3 through November 16 and December 1 through December 21. She takes over for current Roxie, Bianca Marroquin, who will kick off the first leg of the tuner’s 16th national tour. This is Spanger’s third stint in the production, having previously done the “Hot Honey Rag” in 2002 and returning in 2012. from $49.50 Related Shows View Comments Chicago With an iconic score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a musical tale of “murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery—all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.” The current cast includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn, Carmen Ruby Floyd as Matron Mama Morton, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. In addition to Chicago, Spanger has appeared on Broadway in Elf, Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown, Kiss Me, Kate and Sunset Boulevard. She starred in tick, tick…BOOM! off-Broadway and her regional and touring credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Rent, Chicago, A Chorus Line and Robin and the Seven Hoods.last_img read more

Switchback Results: Fracking and River Travel

first_imgFracking illustration: Wade MickleyShould Fracking be Banned?Fracking is the controversial practice of fracturing rock with pressurized fluid to extract natural gas. Yes: 69%The idea that we would pump untold amounts of often-carcinogenic chemicals into the ground to release what amounts to just another non-renewable resource is ludicrous.The non-renewable resource we should be most concerned about right now is water, specifically the water that is contaminated and poisoned by the fracking solutions we are so hurriedly pumping into the earth with reckless abandon.All the water that ever has been is on the earth right now. You think fossil fuels are important to our way of life? Try going without water for 72 hours and see how your life is then. We need to end the gold-rush mentality that surrounds natural gas and fracking, before it’s too late. —Jesse Cecil, Richmond, Va.Scientific data does not account for company greed and the shortcuts those companies take in the pursuit of profit. Big corporations have enough power and money to be above laws and regulations. Just look at the people who live near the fracking sites and you will find the answer on whether it’s safe or not. —Rena, Charlottesville, Va.Fracking is far too dangerous, and the natural gas it provides won’t last very long. We must explore renewable, sustainable energy alternatives. Anyone who believes anything else is in denial. —Finn, Floyd, Va.Fracking is deadly and destrucutive. It’s absurd that we’re poisoning communities when we could be investing in healthy, long-lasting, renewable energy. —Amanda Goetz, Asheville, N.C. No: 31%It would be great if we could ban it, but we need it. Without fossil fuels our energy costs will skyrocket, and our economy will worsen. Until we can depend on green energy, we need practices such as fracking. It should be regulated, but it can’t be banned. —Jay, Charlottesville, Va. 1 2last_img read more

Confronted by the government, section holds its ground

first_img August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Confronted by the government, section holds its ground Confronted by the government, section holds its ground Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Little did Scott Solkoff realize when he became chair of the Elder Law Section that he would wind up summoned to the Capitol and threatened with criminal prosecution.The government accused him — and Florida’s other elder law attorneys — of illegally helping qualify rich clients for Medicaid.Solkoff countered that elder law attorneys are simply doing their duty to advise their clients on how to protect their life savings so they can qualify for needed insurance through the Medicaid program and receive needed health care without becoming impoverished.“It was a call to courage and a call to principle,” Solkoff told members gathered at the Elder Law Luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando June 24.“I was never prouder of this membership when we voted as an executive council that our clients will always come first. When we look at reforms to the Medicaid program, that even if it meant we were going to negotiate ourselves to a worse position business-wise, if we would lose money because we would end up solving the problems that we help people with, that we would prefer that fate. So we recognize that we are advocates, above all, rather than a trade organization.”Here’s what happened, according to Solkoff, a Boyton Beach attorney who is the son of Jerome Solkoff, a founding member of the Elder Law Committee and the second chair when it began as a section:On March 9, he and then-Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson were called to a meeting at the Capitol by the office of the secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration.When they walked into a conference room in the Office of the Attorney General at the Capitol, Solkoff said in an interview, “It turned out to be an ambush.” In the room were high-ranking officials from the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Elder Affairs, the Office of the Governor, and AHCA.One government official, he said, was holding an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal and the accusation was that “those elder law attorneys are qualifying those rich clients for Medicaid.”“It took an hour from us educating them,” Solkoff said. “The tone in that room was completely changed after we left.”In summing up their argument, Solkoff offered this scenario:“If you have a married couple who saved up to $200,000 throughout their life, one needs nursing home care that costs $5,000 a month, they will be completely wiped out and the other spouse has nothing. What we do is protect what they have saved, and so they can qualify for Medicaid for care, and use their own dollars to pay for what Medicaid doesn’t cover.“We tried to turn the discussion around that we are not nefarious attorneys trying to bilk the system, but that this is a real social problem that people are facing.”What started with threats of criminal prosecution ended in a changed tone of agreeing to work together to solve the problem, he said.“I say with no ego that I felt that I was at my very best that I have ever been that day,” Solkoff told the elder law attorneys at the luncheon.“It was largely because the words coming out of my mouth were your words, and the words I had heard from all the seminars I attended, and from listening to my father. I was able to explain to the government that we weren’t crooks; we are actually helping people and we are following the law.“I commend this membership for standing strong this year and for being able to talk to the government in a way that was respectful, but not cowed,” Solkoff said. “doing that, we were able to mend fences and help educate people.”During his term as chair, Solkoff created the Joint Public Policy Task Force, a combined effort of the section and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.Lauchlin Waldoch, a co-chair of that task force, praised Solkoff and Johnson for their efforts on the issue.“On that particular issue, I had a very good meeting,” Waldoch said. “The Attorney General’s Office has told us unequivocally that we are not on their radar screen. We are not even on their list, not even at the bottom of the list. So we are going to use that as an opportunity. They have asked us to work with them on a going-forward basis.”The section also now has two lobbyists.“There is a strong likelihood of a special session on Medicaid in October or November,” Waldoch said. “So we’ve got a very, very busy time ahead of us in the next four or five months.”The section’s goal, Solkoff said, is to work with the legislature “to ensure that there is a government system that provides for the health care for people who need it. It’s rather basic. You have people who have worked all their lives and saved their small fortune, and they will lose it all and then be totally reliant on the government dole. We want to make sure there is a health care system in place that doesn’t require total impoverishment.”The section’s new chair, Chris Likens, said, “I am sure Scott had absolutely no clue what was coming ahead,” when he became chair.last_img read more

UHPA and DHT days are not in Vinkovci and Osijek, but in Slavonia

first_imgThus, it will be held from March 21-23.03.2019, XNUMX in Vinkovci UHPA Days, and from October 02 to 05, 2019, the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Osijek. It is important to emphasize that the mentioned events will be held in Slavonia for the first time. The opportunity to finally tell a positive story, not only about everything it currently offers, believe me many will be positively surprised if not shocked, but show how ready it is for more serious investments, as well as boldly step into year-round continental tourism. Whoever came to Slavonia for the first time was delighted with everything he saw, and saw only a small part of the whole story. And not only that, but the level of enthusiasm was far above expectations.  It has all the predispositions and potentials, regardless of the fact that it is at the “beginning” of development and that the real investment development has yet to begin, and now is the time to show it all. In 2019, Slavonia has a historic opportunity to tell its tourist story in front of the whole of Croatia, both to the professional and the general public. But let’s get back to the beginning of the story. Days of Croatian Tourism and Days of UHPA are not in Osijek and Vinkovci, but in Slavonia. Of course all of the above is great form, but the content is always the most important. It’s all up to us. There are no excuses this time. It is pointless to emphasize that it is necessary to define the Slavonia brand as one tourist destination, and not five Slavonian counties, each of which “develops” tourism and its own tourist products. Now is the opportunity, when if not now? Synergy, synergy, synergy… Here is one test: Try to list all five Slavonian counties? The UHPA and DHT Days are an opportunity for the entire destination to be shown and presented. To delight all partners and to be impressed by the entire tourist offer of Slavonia after the UHPA Day.  I could write a book on this topic, but I will only build on one fact. In Vinkovci, Vukovar and other cities, I talked to several people about tourism, where, among other things, it was pointed out that Osijek has a great advantage of having an airport. Wrong, Slavonia has an airport in Osijek and an air connection to Europe and the world. Everyone looks only at themselves and within their boundaries. From Osijek airport to Vukovar is 15 minutes by car or 25 minutes to Vinkovci. Thus, Slavonia has an airport, excellent road and rail connections with Zagreb, and even across the Danube through the river European “highway”. To say: “WOW, this Slavonia is a miracle. Well here we can organize dozens of programs”And yes, Slavonia is a miracle with incredible tourist potentials, but first we have to be aware of them ourselves and we have to show them, that’s why agencies come to Slavonia. Of course, in three days, with our internal meetings and workshops, we can not conduct them throughout the destination, but that is why all key players must be present and show through video and photo materials who we are and what we offer. Give them materials to design dozens of tourism programs, which they will promote and sell. What frustrates me and why I am writing this article, referring to the title, is that there is a chronic lack of synergies throughout the destination. It is fascinating that the day before UHPA Day, many tourism workers do not even know that UHPA is coming to Slavonia. And even less that they should be present there. Why? Precisely to take advantage of this positive moment and media focus towards Slavonia thanks to DHT. To take them out of their shoes, of course in a positive sense, to offer them dozens of tourist products, all contacts, show at least digitally all the key components of a tourist product, from museums, restaurants, wineries, etc.… to sailing the beautiful blue Danube.  Of course, the mentioned cities are part of Slavonia, but the whole story must be viewed through the prism of promoting Slavonia as a destination, not individual destinations, because then no one will profit in the long run and everything will quickly fall into oblivion. Everything that is one-time also has a short-term effect. It’s hard, isn’t it? And now imagine asking that question to a foreign tourist. Funny. Vukovar-Srijem or Osijek-Baranja County represents absolutely nothing in the tourist aspect in Croatia, let alone in foreign markets. The UHPA Days event is a great opportunity for the whole of Slavonia to present its tourist offer to travel agencies and to introduce agents and representatives of travel agencies directly to its travel story on the spot. It is travel agencies that sell tourist packages, promote tourist destinations and ultimately bring in a good portion of tourists. This is extremely important especially in the case of Slavonia, as well as continental tourism, where we do not have a secure tourist base as at sea. This year will certainly be a big positive turning point for Slavonia, as the UHPA Days and the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Slavonia, a tourist brand, development strategy will be defined and the best possible marketing campaign will be held. On the other hand, DHT will gather the entire profession in Osijek, more than 1000 tourist workers, and many will come to Slavonia for the first time. Thus, DHT in Slavonia, apart from the professional part, will be the largest and best possible marketing campaign in Slavonia in history. Before, during and after DHT, hundreds of articles and publications about the tourist story of Slavonia will be generated. If we add up the media reach and media value of the same, we will come to a huge budget for advertising that Slavonia does not have, and the question is whether it will ever have it and invest it in the future. And they will get everything for free. It is an opportunity not to be missed and now there is a great responsibility on the whole destination, how and what story it will tell. Unfortunately, there is still no synergy, nor is there any market development. At least for now. Those tourist destinations, which are engaged in market development, are growing and developing. We live in a global world and participate in global market competition, where market laws govern. If we continue to only politicize and not deal with market development, we do not have a bright future, especially not in Slavonia. The market does not ask or pity anyone, but rewards those who struggle, who are creative, proactive, innovative and different from others. Synergy is the first precondition for growth and development, and the first opportunity is tomorrow when the UHPA Days begin.  Slavonia has everything in the palm of its hand and the opportunity to tell its own story. On the other hand, I responsibly claim that the development of tourism is the salvation for Slavonia to start other industries and start telling a positive story. The power of tourism lies in the fact that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally. And capital goes where it is desirable and where the business climate is positive. Can tourism start agriculture? It can and must. Of course with hundreds of small family farms, which support tourism, not one “Agrokor”. Then the family farms in rural areas have a safe and stable “cash flow” and the basis for growth. Can tourism stop emigration? It can and must. Can it start the construction sector? It can and must. Of course, if we cleverly arrange the whole story around the tourist mosaic, and not encourage tourism through tourism, which is currently the case. But it’s a broader story for another topic as well, but I hope you understand my intention. The main question is just what story Slavonia will tell, will it make good use of this opportunity and most importantly, after all, bravely and proactively move forward and use the media focus that is already there and that is yet to be generated? Also, we are finally working on defining the brand of Slavonia, where all five Slavonian counties will finally have one cap and one brand – Slavonia. All these are the main elements of the Initiative for DHT to be held in Slavonia for the first time, as well as for MINT and CNTB to dedicate a much greater focus to Slavonia, both financially and promotionally. Not one destination, but the whole of Slavonia. Synergy and one brand are key. On the other hand, so far, according to my information, only one meeting has been held on the topic of DHT in Slavonia !? The campaign for DHT in Slavonia should have already started, officially communicated the date (from 02 to 05 October 2019), which is not the case, the framework program, the list of accommodation capacities, etc., not to mention the defined brand Slavonia, website, ie. digital platform, tourist offer and a whole new campaign and the story of Slavonia. Slavonia, wake up. This is an opportunity not to be missed.last_img read more

Consider what Stormy does to make a living

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After viewing the interview of Stormy Daniels by Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes,” I was shaking my head trying to understand what I had just seen. It reminded me of the ridiculousness of Sen. Orin Hatch grilling Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings talking about Long John Dong.This entire situation is entirely out of context. There should have been images all over the set of what she does for a living, albeit with a lot of black censor marks to cover up the images. Then we would have a better idea of what we are dealing with than some “poor me” dumbstruck blonde who is the victim of being taken advantage of by a big bad lawyer and his rich client.  Quite frankly it was like one boob asking another boob stupid questions about consenting adults having sex. Has 60 Minutes gone to the level of Jerry Springer?I’m going out on a limb here because I believe most people have no idea what goes on in the porn, oops, adult entertainment industry. It can be quite overwhelming to an individual experiencing it for the first time on DVD or the Internet. Having been in the video rental business for 24 years, and yes, we rented adult video movies, I know firsthand all about the business. First and foremost, it’s a money-making industry. If anyone on their right mind doesn’t believe that Stormy Daniels isn’t looking for a larger payday, then we weren’t watching the same interview.Do any of us really believe that a man, yes of the Donald Trump stature and reputation, could resist the temptation being alone in a hotel suite with a porn star? Oops, I meant to say adult film actress.Bob BeliveGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Florindo Fabrizio

first_img July 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania State Representative Florindo Fabrizio.Representative Florindo Fabrizio, 73, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He represented the 2nd Legislative District from 2001 to 2018 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served as Erie County Clerk and Clerk of Elections for over 20 years.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.center_img Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Florindo Fabriziolast_img read more

Palm Beach development almost sold out at $34 million mark

first_imgRenders of Pacific, Palm Beach. Renders of Pacific, Palm Beach.Kollosche Prestige Agents have been engaged to sell Pacific Palm Beach, scheduled for completion mid-2019, with prices starting at $1.9 million. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“While the quick sales uptake was overwhelming, it demonstrated strong demand on the southern Gold Coast for new beachfront apartments that cater to affluent owner-occupiers,” marketing agent Jamie-Lee Edwards said. “The biggest selling features have been the level of finishes, spacious design, location and direct views out to the surf and sands of Palm Beach.” Pacific Palm Beach has almost sold out with $34 million of sales.THERE are just two apartments at Pacific Palm Beach left on the market, after the project’s launch in late December, 2017. Brisbane-based developer Synergy Property Partners’ director of residential development, David Calvisi, said the Twenty-Third Ave build fills a gap in the market. “Pacific Palm Beach was designed specifically for the high-end owner-occupier market with large floor plans, exceptional finishes, luxury appointments and attention to detail,” Mr Calvisi said. Renders of Pacific, Palm Beach.Miss Edwards said buyers for the beachfront development had been local, interstate and international including Brisbane couples wanting a luxury weekend apartment. Pacific Palm Beach consists of 13 designer half-floor residences ranging in size from 230sq m to 239sq m as well as a double-storey beach house and 665sq m penthouse with an exclusive rooftop terrace. The development, designed by Plus Architecture, is inspired by its location and features open floor plans that frame views of the sun, sky and sea. The development is on Twenty-Third Ave.Miss Edwards said the strong sales uptake mirrors the success of Synergy Property Partners’ luxury Burleigh project, North Residences, which is due for completion next month and has just one whole-of-floor apartment remaining.last_img read more

Oregon submits wave test center license application

first_imgIllustration (Photo: Pixabay) Oregon State University (OSU) has submitted a 1,000-page draft license application that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast.Culminating five years of work, the plan also includes the measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential environmental effects of the center – designed to allow commercial wave energy developers the opportunity to test different technologies for harnessing the untapped energy of ocean waves.Submission of the draft license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency that regulates the transmission of electricity, opens a 90-day public comment period.The test site, dubbed Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS), will be located about seven miles west of Seal Rock, which is between Newport and Waldport on the Oregon coast.As the first pre-permitted full-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States, it will be able to accommodate up to 20 wave energy converters with a peak capacity to generate as much as 20MW of electricity.PMEC-SETS will be connected with cables to a shoreside facility where electricity generated by the wave energy converters will be ‘conditioned’ and fed onto the local utility distribution system – potentially providing 20,000 homes with clean power when operating at full capacity.Burke Hales, Professor at OSU and Chief Scientist for the project, said: “Submitting the draft license application is an important milestone for this project. It represents five years of work by a dedicated group of more than 40 partners from federal, state and community groups, including the Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy (FINE), who represent the local fishing interests.”The draft license application is a key component of a $35 million grant that OSU received in December 2016 from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and build-out the site, the University noted.In addition, the project has also received financial support from the State of Oregon.After the public comment period is over, OSU will address concerns that are raised and finalize project plans before submitting a final license application to FERC possibly in late 2018.The test site project is housed within OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), an internationally recognized, comprehensive earth system science program which has expertise across coastal oceanography and collaborative research programs that span basic science, engineering, policy and practice.last_img read more