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Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgRequest to waive fees, not overtime for Old National Events Plaza Indiana Department of Child Services Trial Advocacy Training September 24- 25, 2019Work One Jobs Fair August 22, 2019 Final Reading of VC-5-2019 with Amended UDC Department Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of July 9, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes County Auditor: Claims Voucher Reports for 7/8/19- 7/12/19 and 7/15/19- 7/19/19Statement of Salaries and Wages as required by IC 36-5-4 (b) Altay Y. Soyugenc Special Needs Trust5601 N. St Joseph AveChange from Ag to M-2 with Amended UDCAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Weights and Measures Monthly ReportCounty Clerk: June 2019 Monthly ReportUnited Neighborhoods of Evansville June 2019 Report GAGE: June 2019 ReportCounty Engineer:Department ReportPay Request No. 63 for US 41 Expansion TIF for $186,216.64Pay Request No. 52 for University Parkway TIF for $315,091.17Pay Request No. 12 for $45.00Request to Surplus 1997  Chevy Cavalier for trade in Public CommentRezoningsFinal Reading of VC-4-2019 Sheriff: Road Closure RequestRequest to Surplus 4 vehicles for disposal AGENDA Of The Vanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersJuly 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items First Reading of CO.08-19-021 amending 16.12.030 Roads, Streets and AlleysFirst Reading of CO. 08-19-022 Amending 17.04.080 Off-Street ParkingFinal Reading of CO.07-19-020: Burial of County Right-of-Way Communication LinesMemorandum Of Agreement for SEZ Holdings, LLCMemorandum of Agreement for EFP, LLCCIO: SIP Trunk Services Agreement with Spectrum Superior Court:Protective Order Assistance Office Employee Contract with Carson S. HicksProtective Order Assistance Office Employee Contract with Abbegail E. Vaught St. Joe Business Partners LLC3701 N. St. Joseph Ave.Change from R-3 to C-4last_img read more

Press release: Slashing food waste: Major players urged to ‘Step up to the Plate’

first_img FDF fully supports the ‘Step up to the Plate’ pledge and the work being done to measure and reduce food waste. We actively encourage our members and the food and drink manufacturing industry as a whole to take advantage of the range of helpful tools available to do so. These include the ‘Target, Measure and Act’ approach set out in the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, of which we are a signatory. Food Waste is an important issue to FDF members and by working across the value chain, we can make a real change happen on this important social and environmental issue. Susan Barratt, Chief Executive Officer at Institute of Grocery Distribution, said: Players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and chefs, have been urged to take ground-breaking action to drive down food waste from all sources.The ask comes from the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot ahead of a major symposium called ‘Step up to the Plate’, which he will host next week alongside Environment Secretary Michael Gove at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum.Attendees will be expected to sign up to a number of commitments on measuring and reducing their own food waste and inspiring others to follow their lead.The full pledge has been published today, giving organisations and people an opportunity to do their bit and sign up to take action.Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey are among the first to sign up to the pledge.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Wasting food is an environmental, moral and financial scandal. We intend for the symposium and pledge to spark action, not just conversation, and inspire us all to champion change. It’s time to ‘Step up to the Plate’. The food waste symposium will run alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, and bring together big players from the worlds of food retail, hospitality, chefs and social media influencers to promote awareness of food waste and help drive it down from all sources. In 2017, 205,000 tonnes of surplus food in the retail and food manufacturing sectors was wasted. Some of the surplus is difficult to minimise, costly in that it would need to be reworked or repackaged, and some surplus would not be edible. It is estimated by WRAP that 100,000 tonnes of this is both accessible and edible with the remaining being more difficult to redistribute. Food waste in the UK totals 10.2 million tonnes per year, of which 1.8 million tonnes comes from food manufacture, 1 million from the hospitality sector, and 260,000 from retail, with the remainder from households. The food waste symposium will run alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, which will explore similar themes when it opens to the public on Saturday 18 May.Currently around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250 million meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently sent away for generating energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, or animal feed.Earlier this year the government launched a £15 million scheme to tackle food waste, building on its landmark Resources and Waste Strategy which sets out how the government will introduce annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses. The first round of successful applicants will be announced shortly. Should progress be insufficient, we will consult on legal powers to introduce mandatory targets for food waste prevention.The Resources and Waste Strategy also sets out how the government will ensure weekly collections of food waste, which is often smelly and unpleasant, for every household – restoring weekly collections in some local authorities, subject to consultation.The government is committed to supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger by 2030.Further information setting an ambitious target to halve food waste by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 adopting the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Reduction Roadmap to have half of all 250 of the of the UK’s largest food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2019 embracing a Food Conversation week of action in November 2019 to highlight the changes we can all make using their voice and profile to empower and encourage citizens, including the younger generation changing their habits as an individual to be Food Value Champion at work and at home, buying only what they need and eating what they buy IGD is fully supportive of the ‘Step up to the Plate’ symposium as an important event that will drive awareness of the need to reduce food waste. Some 90 food businesses across the UK have committed to reduce food waste and share their data through the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap developed by WRAP and IGD, but there is more to be done. Our research highlights shopper concern, with 40% seeing the environmental impacts of their food purchases as either very important or extremely important. The time is right for change, so it is encouraging to see so many representatives from both industry and government coming together to tackle this growing issue. With climate change firmly in the political and social spotlight, it is worth reminding ourselves that unless we fix the world’s food system we will not be able to bring about the reduction in global warming we need to halt the damage to our planet. So we are delighted to pledge WRAP’s support to Ben Elliot’s bold rallying call to ‘Step up to the Plate’. We need to wake up to the amount of food we waste as a nation and take action in our daily lives to stop throwing perfectly good food away. WRAP’s work through Courtauld Commitment 2025, the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign will support the far-reaching ambition of the pledge and we look forward to working with Ben closely as we join forces to tackle one of the key issues of our generation. Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot said: ‘Step up to the Plate’: My Pledge, April 2019I _________ will step up to the plate to stop the food waste crisis by adopting the following commitments.As an Organisation:Commitment 1: Target Measure ActMy organisation will set an ambitious food waste reduction target, report on progress and prioritise action. We will support collaboration with our partners, playing our part in helping the UK deliver UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 target2, helping to reduce our impact on climate change. As a food business, my organisation will adopt the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.Commitment 2: Collaborate on tackling citizen food wasteMy organisation will embrace a Food Conversation week of action in November 2019 by spearheading activities and engagement with citizens, including the younger generation, to highlight the changes we can all make. In preparation for that week and beyond, we will work with WRAP to develop messaging, coordinate announcements, pilot and implement proven interventions to spark a new movement to change the social norm around valuing food.As an individual:Commitment 3: Inspire continued actionI will use my voice and profile to empower and encourage citizens, including the younger generation. I will work alongside Ben Elliot, the Government Food Surplus and Waste Champion, to inspire action to reduce the amount of food being wasted, reaching a crescendo of action during the Food Conversation week and thereafter.Commitment 4: Change my habitsI will be a Food Value Champion at work and at home, buying only what I need and eating what I buy, wherever I am.How to guide: Steps to fulfilling the commitmentsAs an Organisation:Commitment 1: Target Measure Act My food business will set a food waste reduction target for our own UK operations, measure in a consistent way and share what we have learnt, and take action to reduce our own food waste, adopting the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. If I am a Hospitality and Food Service business I will amplify WRAP’s Guardians of Grub campaign, and embed the campaign into my organisation’s plans. As a non-food business I will set an internal food waste target and take action. For tips and tools see the Love Food Hate Waste website.Commitment 2: Collaborate on tackling citizen food waste I want to thank our marvellous Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot for his brilliant work in bringing together the biggest players from the world of food to commit to tackling food waste. Together, we must end the moral, economic, and environmental scandal of food waste. The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but I urge businesses to join me in signing the pledge so we can bring about real change. Every year, around 100,000 tonnes of readily available and perfectly edible food goes uneaten. It’s time to join together and ‘Step up to the Plate’ to stop good food going to waste. Commitment 4: Change my habits I will buy only what I need: checking my fridge before I go shopping, using a shopping list and planning my meals. I will eat what I buy: storing my food correctly, freezing what I cannot eat and checking my fridge is set at 0 – 5C. I will strive to achieve the behaviour I want to see in others. Marcus Gover, Chief Executive WRAP, said: As an individual:Commitment 3: Inspire action I will use my influence, through media and during public appearances to promote the value of food and spread the message of prevention to consumers. I will use messaging developed by WRAP for the Food Conversation week during all media related activities. I will work with Ben Elliot, the Government Food Surplus and Waste Champion, to create content for the Food Conversation week. I will embed food waste prevention messages when communicating with my colleagues, and encourage everyone to participate and amplify the Food Conversation week. My organisation will work with WRAP to share data from existing interventions and/or pilot new Behaviour Change Interventions. My organisation will tie in new and existing announcements and activities into the Food Conversation week in November, to raise the profile of food waste prevention and accelerate serious action. My organisation will tailor WRAP/partner developed consumer messaging to resonate with our customers and underpin our own activities during the Food Conversation week, creating a consistent narrative for citizens. My marketing team will work closely with WRAP in order to develop activity to provide ongoing support to Love Food Hate Waste and for the Food Conversation week. Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation said: The pledge asks attendees to reduce food waste by:last_img read more

Jones Beach to Get $65M Upgrade

first_imgThe Jones Beach traffic circle on Ocean Parkway looking north. (Kevin Kane)Jones Beach State Park is slated to get $65 million in upgrades over the next five years to restore Long Island’s most popular beach in time for its 85th anniversary, officials said.The proposed Jones Beach Revitalization Plan will improve parkway entrances, increase food and beverage options, add recreational activities as well as rehabilitate the East and West Bathhouses and Central Mall buildings—all while storm-hardening its facilities.“Jones Beach visitors have a real romanticism with this park,” said Rose Harvey commissioner of the state office of parks, recreation and historic preservation. “We are primed to fund this Revitalization Plan so that Jones Beach can be enjoyed by future generations.”The plan—outlines in a 13-page report released Thursday—is part of $90 million in capital improvements proposed in the state budget, which lawmakers have signaled should pass by the April 1 deadline.Parks officials said the project will increase visitation to Jones Beach, which is already one of the most-visited state parks with 6-to-8-million visitors annually on average.Aside from restoring historic structures—some of which the state shuttered during the recession, others that have long been neglected—the redesign will allow vendors to offer more diverse food with patio dining, a diner, take-out, café and market.The market is planned for the site of the former boardwalk restaurant where Donald Trump wanted to build a catering hall—a plan he dropped after Sandy.A proposed new recreation area would feature an “adventure play area complete with water features, rock climbing and a zipline,” officials said in a news release. That will add to offerings such as volleyball, soccer, cricket, miniature golf and yoga.New and existing structures as well as utilities will be raised to mitigate flooding as well.Some of the modifications may be completed in time for this beach season, which unofficially starts on Memorial Day Weekend with the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach that kicks off the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater summer concert series. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Is Papadopoulos key to how bad probe will get for Trump?

first_imgThat’s because while Manafort and Gates sure look like they’re going to jail, as of yet they aren’t cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.George Papadopoulos is, which means that he likely has information that will lead Mueller closer to the heart of the case.Papadopoulos was a junior foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.In August we learned that he had tried to set up meetings between Trump officials – and even Trump himself – with representatives of the Russian government.At the time, his suggestion was characterized as having been rejected by other Trump officials as inappropriate while Trump was still a candidate and not yet president.But now that we’ve seen the details of Papadopoulos’ plea, it sure looks like that wasn’t the whole story.Papadopoulos has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhile the biggest news of the day is the indictments Robert Mueller has handed down against former President Donald Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Monday he also released a plea bargain with a heretofore minor figure in the Russia scandal by the name of George.And that could actually be the day’s biggest news. “I think it’s a fair conclusion to think that he has information that is valuable in the prosecution of others,” McQuade says.“You would only offer that cooperation if you’ve sat down with him and learned that he has information that is of value.”And that appears to be what is happening: in return for what will likely be a reduced sentence, Papadopoulos has agreed to sing.As the letter laying out the terms of the plea agreement says, “The Government agrees to bring to the Court’s attention at sentencing the defendant’s efforts to cooperate with the Government, on the condition that your client continues to respond and provide information regarding any and all matters as to which the Government deems relevant.”Who does Papadopoulos have information on? We don’t know.The plea document mentions his discussions (his efforts to set up a meeting with the Russians) with people who are referred to as “Senior Policy Adviser,” “Campaign Supervisor,” and “High-Ranking Campaign Official,” but we don’t know who that is. Then there’s this:“On or about May 4, 2016, the Russian MFA Connection sent an email (the ‘May 4 MFA Email’) to defendant PAPADOPOULOS and the Professor that stated: ‘I have just talked to my colleagues from the MFA. The[y] are open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North America Desk, if you are in Moscow.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS responded that he was ‘[g]lad the MFA is interested.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to the High-Ranking Campaign Official, adding: ‘What do you think? Is this something we want to move forward with?’ The next day, on or about May 5, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS had a phone call with the Campaign Supervisor, and then forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to him, adding to the top of the email: ‘Russia updates.’” This exchange happened not long before Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner had their infamous meeting with representatives of the Russian government who purportedly had damaging information on Clinton to offer.Given that context, it seems rather unlikely that Papadopoulos would not have mentioned the possibility that the Russians had of “dirt” on Clinton contained in “thousands of emails.”But we don’t yet know for sure.What we do know is that the prosecutors believe that Papadopoulos’ information will be valuable to them in building a case against others. Paul Manafort, on the other hand, is not cooperating – at least not yet.“The fact that he was indicted suggests to me that pre-indictment he said ‘No, I don’t want to cooperate.’ I’m sure they presented him with the opportunity,” says McQuade.It’s a common tactic to hand down one set of indictments and then offer a defendant the chance to start cooperating, since if he doesn’t they’ll keep investigating, and who knows what else they’ll find.“I think that’s quite possible, that there are additional potential charges against Manafort, and he could still cooperate,” McQuade said.center_img Specifically, he falsely claimed that they had occurred before he joined the campaign in March 2016.He had communication with a professor who had contacts in the Russian government; this professor told him that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”The professor introduced him to a female Russian national who was supposedly Vladimir Putin’s niece (it turned out she wasn’t), and to someone who supposedly had connections in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).Based on those conversations, Papadopoulos pressed the campaign to set up meetings with the Russians, a suggestion that never came to fruition.So what does this have to do with the larger case? I spoke this morning with Barbara McQuade, a professor at the University of Michigan law school who is a former U.S. Attorney and has worked extensively in criminal and national security cases.I asked: If Papadopoulos was just some low-level nobody tossing around ideas that were rejected by the campaign’s higher-ups, why would Mueller offer him a plea deal that is contingent on his cooperation?Doesn’t that suggest that he has information that can be used to build a case against someone more important than him? If Manfort is going to flip, there are only so many people he could flip on, who are actually closer to the center of whatever happened than he was.That could include Jared Kushner, perhaps Donald Trump Jr., and of course President Trump himself.But right now, Papadopoulos is the one who is providing Mueller an entry into the heart of the Trump campaign and its relationship to Russia.Which is why McQuade says, “That one, because of its relevance to that larger question, strikes me as maybe the more important development today.” And this is just getting started.Paul Waldman is a contributor to The Washington Post Plum Line blog, and a senior writer at The American Prospect.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Three negatives and a positive: Problems with coronavirus tests in China

first_imgTopics : Finally, at least, he had an explanation for why he felt so terrible. “I felt like I was dying. You can’t imagine how it feels.”His case is not unique. Similar instances in China and elsewhere have compounded concern over the accuracy of coronavirus testing, even as authorities push for testing as key to handling the crisis.Unreliable testing could undermine strategies not just for stopping the virus but for opening up locked-down economies, as pressure grows on governments around the world to ease restrictions.More than 2.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally and about 177,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.Wuhan, where the new coronavirus emerged late last year, has recorded 50,333 cases and 3,869 deaths as of April 21, accounting for the majority of China’s cases.Nucleic acid testing, on samples swabbed from the back of a patient’s throat or respiratory tract, for the virus’ genome, is the main way cases are detected.The test is not easy to administer and, experts say, and mistakes do happen, such as if too small a sample is taken or if the swab misses a virus-hit spot.”The limitations of these tests need to be recognized, and the need to run regular tests if we want assurance that someone is truly negative, and that they remain so over a period of time,” said Andrew Preston, a lecturer in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath.Testing times There is little consensus on what proportion of nucleic acid tests yield false negatives.A survey by Chinese doctors in February looking at samples from 213 patients suggested a false-negative rate of about 30%.Media has also reported cases of people testing negative repeatedly before finally getting a positive result.In February, the People’s Daily newspaper reported on a woman who had fallen ill with pneumonia but tested negative for the coronavirus four times. A fifth test was positive.Wuhan authorities have started testing residents for antibodies. China is conducting an epidemiological survey in nine regions in an effort to determine the full extent of asymptomatic infections and immunity levels.He said he first got tested on March 1 when his chest congestion worsened though he had no fever or cough.X-rays showed his lungs had white blotches, similar to those found in coronavirus patients, but his nucleic acid test was not positive so a hospital declined to admit him.As a precaution, a committee that manages his housing compound put him in quarantine for 14 days.Later, two more hospital tests came back negative so he turned to traditional Chinese medicine and other drugs.Finally, on March 28, he took a fourth nucleic acid test, which was again negative, but he was also tested for antibodies and got confirmation.”I told my story to a doctor and he said ‘you’re so lucky you didn’t die’,” he said in his apartment, where boxes of various medicines were scattered about.His wife, who he lives alone with, has shown no coronavirus symptoms though she has not been tested.He said he believed he was immune and not infectious, though he’s taking no chances and wears an N95 mask and a face shield when going out.”If there’s any possibility that I’ll infect others, I’ll harm them,” he said. “That’s why I’m taking these precautions.” Still, he did not challenge the three negative tests at the time. After all, his wife did not fall sick.But he could not shake off the nagging suspicion that he had the coronavirus and in late March went to a hospital in Wuhan for more tests, including one for antibodies.This time he tested positive.”I didn’t expect it,” the 52-year-old vegetable seller said as he showed Reuters a copy of his test results – positive for antibodies showing exposure to the coronavirus.center_img Trader He Ximing in the Chinese city of Wuhan says he has no idea how or where he caught the coronavirus or why repeated nucleic acid tests showed he didn’t have it.He was not a coronavirus patient, doctors told him, even though he had been having difficulty breathing with what he described as smothering chest congestion from early February.But his condition worried the authorities enough to get him sent to a quarantine center.last_img read more

Marsh announces departments heads

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Mayor-elect Joshua Marsh announced his administration’s department heads for the City of Greensburg on Monday.  Building Commissioner -Sarah HamerStreet Commissioner -Mark KlosterkemperCity Engineer -Ron MayCommunications Director -Kristen WilliamsPolice Chief -Brendan BridgesFire Chief -Nathan StoermerWater Plant Superintendent -Rick DenneyWater Office Manager-Controller Donna LecherWastewater Superintendent -Jeff Smith“This leadership team is prepared to work for the residents of Greensburg on day one,” said Mayor-elect Joshua Marsh. “Each person brings years of experience within their different fields, and are prepared to move Greensburg into its next stage of growth. I have full confidence in the change they will bring and I look forward to getting to work on January 1.”All department heads and the Communications Director will report to the Mayor’s Office. Mayor-elect Marsh, with the collaboration of Greensburg’s department heads, plans to move Greensburg into the future by making our streets safe, investing in our community, expanding our infrastructure and upholding transparency with our residents according to press release.last_img read more

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