“READERS FORUM” MAY 29, 2019

first_imgIf you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailShare,Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: DO You feel that Evansville is in financial trouble?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.,If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” 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.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: DO You feel that Evansville is in financial trouble?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.last_img read more

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Consolidation is inevitable as costs rise, says Cooks chief

first_imgThere will soon be significant consolidation in the bakery sector, the chairman of the UK’s third largest retail bakery chain has predicted.Cooks’ chairman Geoff Peppiatt said that bakers’ rising costs and falling profit margins meant that consolidation in the sector could not be avoided.”It is something that needs to be done. No one can continue without fundamentally changing what they do,” he warned. “I would expect this industry to look very different to how it does now in 12 months’ time.”Peppiatt claimed that depression in the market meant that major investments could not be justified and that firms that both baked and ran shops were not viable.”It is likely to mean the separation of manufacturing and retailing. I doubt whether a vertically-integrated model would survive,” he suggested.Peppiatt said that Cooks (formerly Three Cooks), which does not manufacture, but only sells, was unlikely to try to buy any bakery manufacturing operations.Cooks has around 180 shops in the UK and is third in size behind Greggs and Lyndale Foodslast_img read more

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Media reports mislead shoppers over bread price

first_imgHeadline-grabbing government statistics showing bread inflation at nearly 6% do not reflect the real price of a loaf, which has barely risen in the past year despite a massive increase in wheat costs.The Office for National Statistics reported that, year-on-year, bread and cereals inflation stood at 5.8% in May and 6.9% in April statistics that sparked newspaper stories on ’soaring bread prices’.But the price of a white sliced loaf in London increased by just 1% in the year to March, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Cost of Living Survey, while Kantar Worldpanel said total bread prices had increased just 2% during the same period.The discrepancy is due to ONS data covering products beyond bread, including cakes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and pasta. It also does not cover ’two for one’ or ’two for £2’ promotions, even though these have been a key supermarket sales tool in the past year.According to analysts Assosia, the number of bread promotions in supermarkets increased by 40% from 2009/10 to 2010/11, with consumers on average achieving a 29% discount. Meanwhile Hovis’ parent company Premier Foods said that across all grocery categories, 33% of products were bought on promotion during 2010.”There’s a disconnect between what the ONS figures say and what the punter is actually paying for a loaf,” said Edward Garner, communications director at Kantar. “Promotions have been increasing over time, so there’s a gap developing.”Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, backed up the view. “Newspaper articles might single out a single product say a baguette that has gone up by 25% but my personal reading of the situation is that, overall, we haven’t seen big price rises.”With bread prices flat and the cost of wheat increasing by over 70% in the past year, the bakery supply chain has found its margins coming under extreme pressure. Meanwhile, total value sales for bread across wrapped and ISB loaves fell by 1.7% in the 52 weeks to 15 May with volumes unchanged (Kantar Worldpanel). Genuine price increases seem likely if, as expected, this year’s harvest is below average and the price of wheat remains high.last_img read more

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Slain FBI agents worked to protect children from abusers

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI has identified the child pornography suspect who fatally shot two FBI agents at a Florida apartment complex as 55-year old David Huber. Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in Tuesday’s shooting. The agents were part of a group serving a search warrant on Huber’s apartment. Three other agents were wounded. Huber killed himself after a standoff. Florida court records show Huber with only minor traffic violations. He had no listing as a sex offender and no Florida prison record. Records show he owned computer consulting businesses from 2008 until last year.last_img read more

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Notre Dame explores process for sexual assault

first_imgSusan Zhu Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a five-part series on sexual assault at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s stories focus on the process for students reporting sexual assaults.Over the past year, the University’s administration, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of St. Joseph County have implemented policies to revise and raise awareness about the process of reporting, investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults.Heather Ryan, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, said Notre Dame students reporting a sexual assault have the option to pursue a complaint through the University Conduct Process or law enforcement. A victim can choose to pursue both options, concurrently or one after the other.“The University takes every single one of these reports extremely seriously, and we must and do investigate every single one that comes to our attention, where we have enough information to pursue an investigation,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of Student Affairs, said.Hoffmann Harding also said the University has a number of confidential resources on and off campus for students who have been sexually assaulted, including the University Counseling Center (UCC), University Health Services (UHS), the vowed religious in the Campus Ministry office and the Family Justice Center.The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is informed of all sexual assaults reported by students to non-confidential University resources, Ryan said.“I try to give students as many opportunities to make choices as I can,” she said. “As we receive information and I have someone come to my office, it involves sitting down, talking through what the possible next steps are, as we look at the information we have at hand.”Ryan said her first priority is to provide a student with the resources he or she needs. Students, both those filing complaints and those responding to complaints, are assigned to resource coordinators — trained Notre Dame faculty or administrators who will help explain the reporting options and the available support services.If a student identifies a suspect, the University will open an administrative investigation, Ryan said. However, an investigation will not always be referred to the University Conduct Process, she said.“At the end of the process, the person [who filed the complaint] … has the opportunity to make a decision about whether or not we pursue the University Conduct Process,” Ryan said. “Then, if they choose not to pursue that, we do have another board that will look at the information and make a final decision.”“We assess risk and look at impact on community, potential impacts on other people to determine if we ultimately want it to go to the University Conduct Process,” she said.Keri Kei Shibata, deputy chief of NDSP, said the criminal investigation process starts with similar discussions. NDSP has an obligation to tell the Deputy Title IX Coordinator if a student reports a sexual assault to them, she said.“We’re going to have the same conversation about using us as an option and how this process would go,” Shibata said. “We’re going to investigate. We are impartial. We are trying to find the facts.”NDSP’s trained law enforcement investigators are experienced, Shibata said, allowing them to conduct investigations in the most efficient and effective way possible.“The captain of our investigative unit came from the FBI,” she said. “One of our other investigators, a sergeant, was formerly in charge of a Special Victims Unit in Elkhart. … The team has a lot of experience, both on and off campus.”Shibata said investigations for sexual assault cases include interviews with the suspect, victims and any witnesses. The investigators also look for physical evidence or electronic evidence, such as text messages or photos.“We’re looking for the most clear picture we can have of what happened during the incident and the time surrounding it. That’s our goal,” she said.A criminal investigation would be conducted by whatever agency the sexual assault is reported to, Aimee Herring, lead deputy prosecutor at the SVU of Saint Joseph County, said.“That’s actually something that a lot of students are not aware of — that they have the option of reporting an incident to the Notre Dame Police Department or they have the opportunity of reporting it to the Saint Joseph County Police Department,” Herring said.An incident that occurs on Notre Dame’s campus is also under the jurisdiction of Saint Joseph County, Herring said.“If a student reports to the Saint Joseph County Police Department, it becomes a Special Victim Units case, where one of the [Saint Joseph County SVU] investigators would be assigned,” Herring said. “It’s the opposite if it went the other way — if a student chooses to report to Notre Dame directly, Notre Dame police would lead the investigation.”Herring said if an incident is reported to the Saint Joseph SVU, they notify Notre Dame about the crime because of the University’s obligation to comply with the Clery Act. However, Herring said, the victim will be informed of this procedure and aware of the extent of information being shared.“There are specific instances in which Notre Dame has to notify all students regarding an ongoing threat on campus,” Herring said. “If that were the situation, obviously Notre Dame doesn’t know about it until they’re told.”Herring said an SVU prosecutor works with the investigative team — from any of the police agencies — throughout the entire process from the instance a sexual assault is reported.“If it’s an emergency situation and a suspect has been identified, then the police agency is supposed to be contacting the deputy prosecutor that’s on call from the Special Victims Unit,” she said. “It reduces the amount of time that we then spend going over information that we already could have been privy to and allows us to be part of the investigation from the outset, providing advice or guidance when needed.”This policy was implemented when Ken Cotter, Saint Joseph County Prosecutor, took office last year, Herring said.“It’s been a long-standing policy that the lead attorneys at each department are pretty much on call anyways all the time,” she said. “It just became an official policy that we would rotate who would be on call and identify the specific people who have the appropriate knowledge and experience to be on call during specific time frames and to mandate the departments to make that contact.”After the investigation stage, NDSP or Saint Joseph SVU investigators present the case to a prosecutor, Herring said.“Once the case gets to our desk for review, we … aren’t just looking to see if the case is chargeable,” she said. “We have to look at the elements of the effects … to determine if the legislation has revealed, first, that a criminal act has occurred and second, that we can prove that case beyond a reasonable doubt in court to a jury.”Herring said she thinks the media’s reports of an increase in incidents reflects the increase in the number of victims reporting sexual assaults, rather than the number of incidents occurring.“I think it tells us victims know they have been violated, know what to do when they’ve been violated and what options they have,” she said. “They are seeking help if they need it. They are reporting if they want to.”Tags: deputy title IX coordinator, Notre Dame, sexual assault series 2015, Title IX, title ix processlast_img read more

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Watch Lupita Nyong’o Discuss Her Return to the Stage in Eclipsed

first_img Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Lupita Nyong’o is currently starring in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed off-Broadway and she recently stopped by The View to talk about the show, which is set amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War. “I play the girl who is the newest and youngest sex slave that is being held by a rebel commander,” the Oscar winner explained, and she’s relishing returning to the boards in such a powerful piece. “This is my first time since leaving Yale to be back on the stage and it feels so good to have a live audience and to go through that experience together.” Check out the video (and Broadway alum Raven Symoné’s fangirling) in the video below. The production is playing a limited engagement through November 29 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater. View Commentslast_img read more

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Georgia-grown firs

first_imgTo search for a Georgia Christmas tree farm near you, go to www.gacta.com. A native of Japan, the Momi fir (Abies firma Siebold & Zucc.) made its debut in Georgia in the early ‘90s. “The planting culture of Momi fir is very different from most other Christmas tree species that growers were currently growing,” Czarnota said. “Needless to say, Momi firs first introduction was a miserable failure.” Using a $30,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, he wants to deliver another option to Georgia Christmas tree farmers. He is grafting Fraser firs onto Momi firs in his greenhouses and fields on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., and working with Georgia Christmas tree growers in Lovejoy and Terrytown. “I don’t expect it to take over the market, but it will be a great addition,” he said. “A lot of work needs to be done in selecting good Momi grafting stock for desirable uniformity. It’s a lifetime project, and great potential exists in trying to cross Momi fir with other firs.” “Dr. Worthington was one of the first growers to try to grow firs in the Georgia piedmont region,” Czarnota said. “He actually got greenhorns like Dr. Frampton and me moving in the right direction, and has been a wealth of knowledge for many Christmas growers here in the Southeast.” Fraser firs will grow in north Georgia, but the downside is that the tree is affected by the root fungus phytophthora. If not treated, it can kill infected plants. One of Czarnota’s collaborators, 82-year-old Earl Worthington, grows Christmas trees in Lovejoy, Ga. Fir trees produce new growth very early in spring, which makes them susceptible to freeze damage. “When new shoots start to grow in early spring, they are often severally damaged or killed by the below-32-degrees temperatures that we often have during the spring here in Georgia and much of the Southeast,” said Mark Czarnota, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Frasiers + Momis Growers in the Southeast don’t like to hear that it takes six to eight years for the tree to reach a desirable Christmas tree size. Traditional Georgia Christmas tree species like Leland cypress and Virginia pine mature in three to four years. When it comes to growing Christmas trees, the sooner a tree matures, the sooner the farmer can take it to market. With proper management, though, Momi firs can grow in Georgia. The biggest stumbling blocks are adjusting soil pH to around 6.5 and providing irrigation to young plants for two or three years, he said.Faster growing is more profitable The problem he now faces with his grafting efforts is the inconsistencies. “Some (of the trees) turn out very yellow, some very stiff, some are green all year, some flush early and some flush late,” he said. “Grafting trees is definitely a project for someone with patience.” Researcher John Frampton at North Carolina State University works on the tolerance of Momi fir to phytophthora. He has found the plant is very tolerant to the root disease. Worthington has been grafting Fraser firs onto Momi firs for the past 15 years. In the beginning, it took 10 years for him to grow an 8- to 9-foot tree. “I can now produce a 5- to 6-foot tree in five to six years,” he said. Worthington hopes to someday grow enough Fraser firs to avoid buying from growers in western North Carolina. He bought 300 Fraser firs this season. A new Christmas, landscape treeCzarnota hopes to combine the Momi fir rootstock and Fraser scion, or shoot, into a tree that will grow throughout much of Georgia and the Southeast. North Carolina fir growers have a very difficult time dealing with the fungus. Frampton is trying to cross Momi and Fraser fir to breed a hybrid phytophthora-resistant fir. In the meantime, he encourages North Carolina growers to plant Momi-Frasier grafts, Czarnota said.On-farm research When it comes to Christmas trees, Fraser firs top the list. But Georgia Christmas tree farmers can’t grow the tree due to the state’s mild winters, and must buy Frasers from North Carolina to sell to their Georgia customers. A University of Georgia horticulturist wants to change that.last_img read more

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Education Law Committee earns permanent status

first_img December 1, 2002 Regular News The Bar’s Education Law Committee has been made permanent, following action by the Board of Governors in October. The board accepted the recommendation of the Program Evaluation to make the committee, which was first formed in October 2001, permanent. It has more than 100 members and has begun a variety of activities to assist lawyers who work for or with the state’s education system.“The Program Evaluation Committee is proud to announce that the Education Law Committee, consistent with the Standing Board Policies, has complied with all the requirements to become a permanent standing committee,” said PEC Chair Richard Tanner.The board ratified that suggestion unanimously.“We are excited to receive this fantastic news and to have the strong, positive ongoing support of the Board of Governors for this substantive area of the practice of law,” said committee Chair Virginia Tanner-Otts. “Our 112 members continue to grow in numbers.”She noted the committee is planning its first all-day seminar June 27 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting. It will cover the state’s rewrite of the education code, including its effect on public records and citizen access, discipline of employees and students, student visa issues since 9/11, and e-law issues affecting discovery and contracts, Tanner-Otts said.The committee has also created an online journal on its Web site, devoted to scholarly articles and which can be downloaded. The Florida Education Law Journal can be found by visiting the Bar’s website, FLABAR.org, and clicking on the standing committee section.Tanner-Otts invited anyone interested in the committee to contact her at (772)220-4677, or via e-mail at [email protected] other PEC matters, Tanner said the committee has an ambitious schedule that includes reviewing the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and the Bar’s Committee on Professionalism, as well as various aspects of the Bar’s continuing legal education program.He said the PEC heard from Justice Raoul Cantero, the newly appointed head of the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and was impressed with professionalism operations, although it has made no final recommendations. Education Law Committee earns permanent statuscenter_img Education Law Committee earns permanent statuslast_img read more

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Facebook broadens reach: eyes publishing and banking industries

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Georgann SmithFacebook recently unveiled “Instant Articles,” a program that hosts publishers’ content in the Facebook app’s News Feed. This essentially amounts to Facebook preloading articles, making them available immediately. Spokespeople have said the change is to eliminate slow load times experienced by articles shared on Facebook.In a recent blog post, my colleague Brian Day, TMG director of digital payments strategy, discussed Facebook’s expansion into payments with Messenger Pay. The social media giant has experience in payments, as it processes more than 1 million payments daily through ads and games platforms. The network has also experimented with e-commerce in the past, through the use of a “buy” button for purchasing items directly on its site. Instant Articles are further proof of Facebook’s continued extension beyond being a social network for people to connect.Easing publishers’ fears that Facebook would keep all the data generated by the Instant Articles, the social network said it will share analytics. Publishers’ ads can appear inside Instant Articles, with publishers keeping 100 percent of revenue if they sell them, and Facebook keeping its standard 30 percent if it sells them. continue reading »last_img read more

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HHI agrees DSME takeover deal with Korea Development Bank

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has signed the formal deal with Korea Development Bank to complete the purchase of its compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The new deal valued at around 2 trillion won ($1.8 billion) will see the state-owned KDB that has a 55.7 percent stake in DSME, hand over 59,738,211 shares priced at 34,922 South Korean won, HHI said in a regulatory filing.Under the agreement, KDB will also acquire 1.5 trillion won worth of shares in Hyundai Heavy once these are issued at a later date. For this transaction, Hyundai Heavy Industries will be split into two companies, one of which will be listed on the market.Should the deal formalize, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holding will have a 26 percent interest in the newly formed entity with KDB owning 18 percent.According to VesselsValue, the merger would consolidate a significant portion of the outstanding order book of LNG vessels even though it goes beyond this market segment.The merger would double the outstanding order book of HHI from $6 billion to over $12 billion.The HHI group is already the dominant shipyard in terms of value on order, but the addition of the DSME orders would further cement their position as the world’s leading builder, VesselsValue said, noting that Samsung Heavy Industries remains a significant competitor.last_img read more

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