“IS IT TRUE” FEBRUARY 7, 2018

first_imgWe 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 for the several months month we have been hearing that Mike Braun a former Indiana State Representative and highly successful businessman from Jasper has a good chance of winning the United States Senate Republican Primary?  …that our recent non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll”  predicted that Mr. Braun will win this primary in a close six (6) man race?IS IT TRUE that the well respected political columnist Brian A Howey predict that “Mr. Braun is making this a 3 man race”? …Mr. Howey reported, “that Braun has $2.3 million cash on hand with $2 million raised in the fourth quarter, including about $1.75 million of his own money”. He added that; “Messer reported $430,000 raised and $2.4 million in cash. Rokita posted $459,000 for the fourth quarter and $2.4 million cash on hand”?  …that Brian A. Howey also wrote “this is a wide-open, toss-up race. With his personal wealth, Braun has run three flights of the statewide TV to gin up his name recognition, while the two (2) congressmen have been dark.”  …Mr. Howey also wrote that “Nobody has ever tried on the Senate level to come from the business side, outside of politics”. “They’ve gone through the feeder system that’s given (Congress) a 20 percent approval rating.” …in this article  Mike Braun calls himself a “disrupter,” saying of his worldview, “I’ve been in the trenches building a business, not through the lens of a politician. There’s never been a better time for the party to have one pathway versus the other.”IS IT TRUE we urge our readers to learn more about this highly successful and self-made businessman?  … he’s a Harvard honors graduate and a conservative Christian businessman from a little town called Jasper, Ind?IS IT TRUE below we have attached a link to the article about United States Senatorial candidate Mike Braun written by political columnist Brian A Howey for your reading pleasure?http://www.heraldbulletin.com/opinion/how-braun-makes-the-gop-senate-race-a–way/article_eccd4c33-223b-50e7-a237-34e231ee8344.htmlIS IT TRUE its time that our local elected officials stop relying on money generated from Tropicana as their own political patronage slush fund?  …it’s also its time that our elected officials to stop dogging Tropicana to give them an advanced on future projected revenue to offset their bad spending habits?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago nine Vanderburgh County jail inmates were formally charged for their alleged roles in a “jailhouse riot”? … all of the defendant’s charges including counts of aiding, inducing or causing a battery to a public safety officer, resisting law enforcement and rioting? …we are glad that the Judge throws the book at these idiots? …we were extremely pleased with the public statement made by Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding that “He’s going to run the jail, the inmates aren’t”?  …all we can say to Sheriff Wedding we are pleased that he said the heck with political correctness and tell it like it is?IS IT TRUE it looks like the election promise made by candidates during the last City Council election that they are going to be a fiscal watchdog is down the tube?  …don’t you just like it when political types run for election as a right-wing fiscal conservative and turn out to be a left wing tax and spend liberal?IS IT TRUE last year we predicted that City Council will support some expensive capital projects in 2018?  …don’t be surprised that additional funds will be given to phasing in SpotShooter, designing and developing Roberts Park, designing a new Aquatic Center to be located at Roberts and Park unbudgeted projects at the Zoo?  …we hope when City Council give permission to fund these projects they will also put money in the budget to pay for upkeep and maintenance of these new endeavors?IS IT TRUE one would expect after the last city election we would have more than two (2) strong independent thinking and the fiscally conservative persons on the city council? …this is the kind of results you get when only 7 percent of people turn out to vote in a city election?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Frank McDonald Jr left office he had $58 million dollars in the General Fund? …when former Mayor Russ Lloyd Jr left office he had a disappointing $232,000 in the General Fund? …when former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel left office he had $4 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE we would like to wish Evansville own Channel 44 TV their upcoming “Happy Two Year Anniversary”?  …under the able leadership of News Director, Warren Korff and General Manager, Jeff Fisher Channel 44 has grown by leaps and bounds?  …we highly recommend that you set your TV dial to Channel 44 for nonbias, accurate and refreshing news?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the election promise made by candidates during the last City Council election that they are going to be a fiscal watchdog is down the tube?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.Copyright 2015 City-County Observer. 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Glacier Gym Club makes donation to KidSport Nelson

first_img“We received $195.50 in donations for KidSport and would like to thank the community for their continued support of Glacier’s programs and sports in general,” said Jennifer Lehmann of Nelson KidSport.The  Glacier Gym Club is busy getting ready for the upcoming season. The Glacier Gymnastics Club went the extra mile, presenting KidSport Nelson with a generous donation from a fundraiser in June.The $195-plus donation comes from the Glacier June community fundraiser blitz.last_img

Rep. Younquoi Calls for Accountability in Nimba Social Development Fund

first_imgNimba County District #8 Rep. Larry Younquoi“As far as I know, Arcelor Mittal does not owe us any money, but money given the county has been used to purchase vehicles for county officials instead of using it for projects…”When ArcelorMittal, the London-based international mining conglomerate, amended its contract with the Liberian government in 2006, expectations for development in Nimba County soared. Among other benefits, the contract promised US$1.5 million would be given to Nimba every year to be used on projects and services that would benefit citizens. But over ten years later, the bureaucratic process that administers those funds remains confusing, with limited public information about how they are being spent.The Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) between ArcelorMittal and the Liberian government stipulates that $1.5 million dollars per year is to be contributed to Nimba for social development, in order to compensate for the effects of its operations in the county. The contribution was to be used on development projects in the county, with specific allotment for communities directly affected by mining activities.Reports published by the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) show that from 2008 to 2015, Arcelor Mittal contributed US$15,497,260.50 to the social development fund in Nimba.Under the current process, the annual contribution is initially controlled by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, where it is placed in a consolidated account and disbursed to the county during a budgetary period that begins from July and ends in June the following year.However, the manner in which the money is handled is being criticized by Nimba County District 8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi, who says that there is little or no public information about what it’s being spent on.Younquoi says the contribution by Arcelor Mittal to the Nimba County Social Development Fund should be used for projects that will benefit the county and affected communities, but that authorities from the county inappropriately used some of the money to purchase vehicles for use by officials.In addition, the Nimba lawmaker says that US$300,000 of the annual $1.5 million should be allotted for affected communities – including Lee-Wehyeepea, Bain-Garr and Yarpeaj, which are affected by the railroad – but that these areas are yet to receive funds that were agreed upon in Nimba ‘county sitting’ meetings.“As a member of the Nimba Legislative Caucus who is in constant contact with the Executive through the office of the Superintendent, the latest information I have is that Arcelor Mittal has been very, very current in its payment.  As far as I know, Arcelor Mittal does not owe us any money, but money given the county has been used to purchase vehicles for county officials instead of using it for projects, and I am clear on this,” Younquoi said.He warned that if dwellers of these communities do not feel the impact of funds allotted to their areas, tensions will rise.His concerns reflect an incident that occurred in 2014, when some residents of affected communities in northern Nimba obstructed the road to Arcelor Mittal’s mine, setting facilities ablaze, including a wooden bridge linking Yekepa with Sanniquellie.Parkinson Zuweh, a resident of Zolowii who acts as a representative for community members whose crops were affected by Arcelor Mittal’s operations, said, “Those that disturbed the company’s facility were not part of the people to be resettled, but planned to disturb because they wanted job and could not get, due to lack of the required skills.”County officials for whom vehicles were bought include the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, and County Inspector. The decision to purchase the vehicles was taken in 2015.Responding to Representative Younquoi’s allegation, former Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele said, “All decisions with respect to use of the social development fund were taken in our County Sitting from where documents from there are submitted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the PPCC.”Additionally, Zuagele said decision to buy vehicles and motorcycles was not unilateral, but taken in the county sitting where Legislators, county officials and delegates, representing all districts and clans, converge and vote on what they want to see happening with their social and county development funds.However, efforts to acquire documents detailing the decisions taken at county sittings from Mr. Zuagele were unsuccessful, raising concerns about transparency in the process. Mr. Zuagele said until requested by an auditor he cannot release any document about the cost of vehicles and other activities undertaken during his administration – despite the fact that the requested information is supposed to be publicly available under the Freedom of Information Law.The current Superintendent, Dorr Cooper also said “I cannot comment on that matter because it was not during my administration, but Mr. Fong Zuagele’s.  He can best account for what went on that time, not me.”Since 2012 the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has not released an audit on the amount of money that Nimba County has received from social development fund, and what it was spent on.However, previous reports covering 2009 to 2012 on the GAC website showed that funds were not properly managed in accordance with the guidelines.For instance, project guideline 8.5.2 requires that before funds are disbursed, the County Development Management Committee and the chairman of the Legislative Caucus of class “A” and the Superintendent of class “B” must sign the financial documents.The report said contrary to this rule, seven disbursement vouchers valued at US$43,747 were paid without being approved by the designated authorities.The report further indicated that unnecessary and bogus payments were made during this period. In one instance, it revealed, US$14,000 was paid for an office space was that not occupied. Another case showed that US$2,514 was spent to fence a building that was never occupied.The 2012 GAC report also revealed that a contract was awarded to a bogus entity identified as Wegee Consultant Inc., of James A. Thompson, to which US$12,500 was paid, along with an irregular reimbursement of US$4,000. According to the report, $3,107.00 was disbursed to one Prince Forfor, which GAC described as “Strange remuneration to personnel whose hiring is not sanctioned by the guidelines.”The total of US$5,942.00 was paid in salary to one John Yealue who was said to be a project engineer, but could never be traced.Decisions about county development fund expenditures are taken in a county sitting that brings together local officials, members of the legislative caucus and district representatives comprising youths and women.But according to reliable sources, the purchase of vehicles and motorbikes was not taken in the county sitting, but by senior county officials and their colleagues in the legislature.On this note, Yunquoi said “Vehicles for county officials should be purchased by the General Services Agency or Ministry of Internal Affairs, and we at the level of the caucus have benefits ranging from vehicles to scratch cards and gas slips.  There is no need we be beneficiaries of social development fund, but anyway, since the majority agreed to do, we all did it.”The head of the NGO Network and Chairman of the Nimba County School Board, Patrick Lah, commented that “Delegates from across the county are illiterate and afraid of losing their jobs and therefore cannot speak against what the higher authorities do. We at the level of NGO are not inclusive in the discussion because the county authorities feel we are radical.”Meanwhile, 2016 ended another five years of AML’s operation and the agreement is undergoing review. Instead of paying the full $1.5 million that goes to Nimba, Mittal paid $750,000 in 2016 under an agreement with the government to compensate for the decline in the price of iron ore.According to Yunquoi, “It was a unilateral decision by the President and not in line with the mineral agreement.  But Mittal will surely pay the remaining money as far as we know.”For now, there is no information made publicly available about how much of Arcelor Mittal’s annual contribution has been spent in Nimba, or who benefitted from those funds. In the absence of an audit, it is impossible to say with certainty what projects have been implemented and who was paid for them.Tthe Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Piah, did not respond to numerous email requests for the executive branch’s reaction to Younquoi’s claims.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The science of finding dead bodies: Techniques to be revealed at fascinating talk

first_imgDonegal County Museum is set to host a talk on how geoforensics can assist in the investigation of murders and suspicious death.Geoforensics, including geography, geology, and hydrology and soil science, is a method forensic scientists use to help solve crimes.The fascinating talk will be held on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm with forensic geologist, Dr Alastair Ruffell. The talk will be based entirely upon real Irish cases from the bizarre to the shocking.Dr Alastair RuffellDr Ruffell is based in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology at Queen’s University, Belfast.He works on Geoforensics, searching for toxic waste, human bodies or buried weapons, and geological aspects of climate change.He has been involved in over 170 cases of serious crime and humanitarian searches. This talk is admission free and has limited places with no admittance without prior booking.Bookings required to Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Please note this talk is not suitable for all as it will show some graphic images from real cases and is strictly for those ages 18 +.You can find out more information by ringing 074 9124613 or emailing [email protected]  The science of finding dead bodies: Techniques to be revealed at fascinating talk was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wilmington College holds grand opening for new ag facility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After two decades on the wish list, several years in planning and 24 months under construction, the fully renovated and expanded Center for the Sciences and Agriculture was open for business when Wilmington College students arrived in late August.The College officially christened the $14 million facility as its newest jewel in the crown at a public, grand opening celebration Oct. 8.The former Kettering Science Hall served Wilmington College students well since opening in 1960, but its aging infrastructure and the recent influx of students in agriculture and the sciences brought about a need for a renovation and expansion. A $19.7 million, low-interest loan payable over 32 years, provided by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Development division, made the project possible.Also, to date fundraising efforts have eclipsed the $7 million goal with nearly $8.5 million secured in gifts and pledges.The Center for the Sciences includes the renovated 34,000 square-foot Kettering Science Hall and a 13,500 square-foot addition. The facility hosts 10 classrooms, 10 laboratories, three research labs, two 100-seat lecture halls and 30 offices. The CSA, which was designed for LEED certification as an environmentally friendly facility, is the College’s largest academic building.Photo by Meghan Bruns.last_img read more

The Composition of Oils

first_imgNutritionally you should look for oils that are low in saturated fats and high in mono and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature, including butter, red meat, whole milk cheese, and coconut oil. A diet high in saturated fat tends to raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol, which can cause blockages in your arteries.1 Foods that are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats include, olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts, salmon, and mackerel. A diet high in mono and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides.1 These healthy fats can also treat heart disease and stroke. As far as calories go, oils tend to be similar as 1 tbsp of oil is about 120 calories.What oils do you like to use in cooking, salad dressings, and toppings? Flaxseed OilSaturated fats: low (1.2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high with omega 6 and omega 9 essential fatty acidsMonounsat Fat: 9.2 gPolyunsat Fat: 2.5 g Smoke point: highIdeal for cooking: sautéing, frying foods, but also good for toppings and salad dressings Vegetable OilSaturated fats: low (1.5 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high, rich in both mono and polyunsaturated fatsMonounsat Fat: 5 gPolyunsat Fat: 6 g Smoke point: highAll purpose oil is best for baking and sautéing References:https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-ahttps://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-goodbout-fats-bad-and-good. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019.Moore M. All About Oils – Food & Nutrition Magazine. Food & Nutrition Magazine. https://foodandnutrition.org/january-february-2014/all-about-oils/. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019.Nutrients and health benefits. Choose MyPlate. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/oils-nutrients-health. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019. Smoke point: highGreat for stir frying and sautéing, also good as a topping over an Asian slaw Smoke point: highCan use in dressings, dips, sautéing, and frying2 Sesame OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: highMonounsat Fat: 7 gPolyunsat Fat: 6 gcenter_img Smoke point: lowNot suitable for high-temperature cooking Smoke point: highIdeal for cooking: sautéing, stir frying and preventing food from sticking to pans Smoke point: lowNot ideal for cooking: better for salad dressings and as a topping Avocado OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high; 70% monounsaturated fatMonounsat Fat: 10 gPolyunsat Fat: 2 g Olive OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high in monounsaturated fatsMonounsat Fat: 10 gPolyunsat Fat: 1 g by Sarah Pittman, B.S., Dietetics studentAlthough oils are NOT a food group they still play a very important part in a healthy diet because of the essential nutrients they provide.3 Many people ask, what is the BEST oil to use? Well, that is not such an easy question to answer. There are many benefits and uses to the wide range of oils on the market today. Lets break it down. (Nutrition based on 1 tbsp of each).Canola OilSaturated fats: low (1 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high with omega 3 fatty acidsMonounsat Fat: 8gPolyunsat Fat: 4 g Coconut OilSaturated fats: HIGH (13 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: lowMonounsat Fat: 1 gPolyunsat Fat: 0 glast_img read more

People of Clyde River embrace old enemy to battle seismic testing

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of Clyde River on the northeast shore of Baffin Island in Nunavut continue to protest federal plans to map the seabed with seismic testing.The testing produces loud underwater noises and the community fears marine animals will be harmed.That concern has led the people of this Arctic town to embrace an old enemy.APTN’s Kent Driscoll in Clyde River.last_img

TransCanada changing name to TC Energy

first_imgCALGARY — TransCanada Corp. is changing its name to TC Energy.The pipeline and utilities company says the change better reflects the scope of its operations across North America.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says TC Energy “clearly articulates” the company’s business which includes pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.Read the full report hereTransCanada shareholders will be asked to approve the change at the company’s next annual meeting.The company says it plans to continue trading under TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Presslast_img

Sarab and sharab Modi gets flak from SP Cong for using liquor

first_imgMeerut/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used wordplay to attack the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, saying the first letters of the three parties spell ‘sarab’, prompting a furious reaction from the opposition at the comparison with alcohol. Terming the SP-RLD-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh ‘mahamilavat’ (adulterated), Modi compared the opposition parties to ‘sarab’ — the Hindi word for liquor is ‘sharab’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The first letters of these three parties stand for ‘sarab’ which is bad for health,” Modi said while launching the BJP’s rally from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and called upon people to be wary of the “concoction”. But between ‘sarab’ and ‘sharab’ is a world of nuance. While the Congress asked Modi to apologise for comparing the parties to liquor, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav accused him of spreading the “intoxication of hatred”, saying he didn’t know the difference between ‘sharab’ and ‘sarab’ (mirage). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAlleging that Modi had lowered political discourse, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “You should apologise to the country as you have insulted the poor by comparing opposition political parties to liquor. You should either take back your words or apologise.” Yadav added that those who spread the “intoxication of hatred” do not know the difference between “sharab and sarab”. “Today the tele-prompter exposed that those who spread the intoxication of hatred do not know the difference between ‘sharab’ and ‘sarab’.last_img read more