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 that on Monday, December 30, 2019, at !0:30 A.M at the Evansville Convention and Vistors Board will hold a closed-door Executive Se3ssion regarding Personnel and Strategic Economic Development pursuant to I. C.- 514-1-.5-6.1 and will be held at the Evansville Convention and Vistors headquarters? IS IT TRUE we are told that Jim Wood the former CEO and President Greater of the Greater Louisville Convention And Vistors Bureau is the leading candidate for President and CEO of the Evansville Convention and Vistors Bureau job?Footnote: This morning we posted by mistake a draft copy of what we plan to correct and post on Monday, December 30, 2019, “IS IT TRUE” section concerning the meeting of the Evansville Convention and Vistors Board on this coming Monday  We apologize for our mistake.IS IT TRUE that since the first newspaper was published in 1690 through the turn of the century defined by the year 2000, newspapers have served as the most important medium for holding politicians accountable in an objective and fair manner?…the journalists of old were all about accuracy, fairness, checking their sources, and of course, being good citizen businesses?…capitalism has rewarded newspaper owners with status, prestige, and profits turning names like Hurst, Bingham, and Scripps into household names?IS IT TRUE newspapers have always been seen as game-changers in exposing corruption and government waste in a fair and honest manner?…sometime around the turn of the century things began to change?…with the widespread availability of the internet, cable news, and the opinion obsessions that followed, newspapers changed from their humble but noble calling into mass disseminators of the same national stories intermingled with biased opinion pieces about things that local people are not in tune to?…the downfall is near complete now as many small papers have folded, dozens of large papers have had to seek bankruptcy protection, and the one the street journalist corps has been depleted to the point of being ineffective?…this has prevailed in nearly every town in America and the fall-off in subscribers and advertisers has punished the editors and publishers for selling their souls for partisan ideology?IS IT TRUE it is time for good journalism to make a comeback and it is of concern where a young cub reporter can learn the skills that made newspapers great?…the first lesson should be to focus on what impacts the people of the town that a paper claims to serve?…local papers have fallen into the trap of fawning over pet projects of local politicians without questioning the financial sustainability associated with such things?…newspapers have even put on sufficient blinders to make them believe that moving some jobs from one street to another street in the same town constitutes creating new jobs?…it doesn’t if anyone is thinking straight?IS IT TRUE that one newspaper even believed that a 150 room hotel would create over 800 direct jobs?…one would have to be really bad at math to believe that a hotel with 65% occupancy that rent for $120 per day could survive with $320 per room day in labor costs? …this nonsense all happened right here in River City and the only publication to call all of this out was the City-County Observer?…the real question is why has the cognitive ability of reporting turned into mush?…the survival of news reporting depends on getting back to honest reality about local interests?IS IT TRUE we could go on for several pages about biased TV journalism is a topic for another day? ..the harsh reality is that between biased reporting and intentionally reporting falsehoods, the business of reporting the news has turned off nearly everyone?…with Facebook and other social media making every human being a reporter without any truth filters, we are becoming an amazingly misinformed nation but most of us don’t seem to know it?IS IT TRUE that it is no secret that the newspaper industry has been falling on hard times for at least a decade?…from the New York Times to every daily news based paper in the country the struggle to survive has meant cuts to staff and the associated lowering the bar when it comes to quality?…it seems as though any small to medium-sized daily paper that once captured a reader’s attention for a half-hour a day is now only capable of keeping one’s attention for less than 10 minutes? …we are being told by friends in the mainstream media if the out of town conglomerate that owns the Evansville Courier and Press don’t pay strict attention to the business at hand they could be forced to publish online only? …we hope that this doesn’t happen because we also enjoy reading a printed newspaper?IS IT TRUE when former CCO editor and celebrated innovation CEO from Palm Springs, California was asked about the CCO publishing a printed newspaper his answer was surprising?…Mr. Wallace quickly pointed out that newsrooms across the country that are delivering print products are on a 20-year shrinking spree with some newsrooms having less than half of the reporters they had 10 years ago?IS IT TRUE we are told by reliable sources that business tycoon Ron Geary will be in town next week to meet a group of well-heeled business people to discuss a possible multi-million venture capital opportunity in Evansville proper?  …we are pleased to hear if Mr. Geary decides to move forward with this mega capital venture he will not be asking for any governmental handouts?IS IT TRUE that Evansville, Indiana has always been accepting of a practice known as “political patronage” when it comes to jobs that are financed fully or partially by public dollars?…it has been so entrenched that a former Evansville Mayor whom we shall not name has been quoted as saying “I get all of the credit and they take all of the blame” to justify appointing his political supporters to jobs under his control?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have LibertyIS IT TRUE the results of our most recent “READERS POLL” were extremely eye-opening? …the question was “who’s the most effective State Representative in our area”?  ..Wendy McNamara (R)-193, Ron Beacon (R)- 174, Matt Hostetter (R)-123, Holli Sullivan (R)-61 and Ryan Hatfield (D) received a disappointing 27 votes?  …78 people said they had no idea?…665 people voted in this non-science but trendy poll?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is:  Who’s the most effective State Senator in our area? If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: New members of Advisory Committee on Business Appointments announced

first_imgThe Cabinet Office has announced today that the Prime Minister has appointed Jonathan Baume, Dr. Susan Liautaud and Richard Thomas as Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, with effect from 1 February 2018.last_img

Gov. Wolf: $20 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Advance Science and Technology Education

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: $20 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Advance Science and Technology Education Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Building on the highly successful launch of his PAsmart initiative last year, Governor Tom Wolf today announced up to $20 million in grants are available to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS).“PAsmart is strategically investing in science and technology education so students get the skills they need for emerging jobs in high demand,” said Governor Wolf. “The grants encourage businesses and schools to develop partnerships that focus education on the knowledge students will need to succeed in growing industries.“Through PAsmart, we are developing the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help students excel, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” he said.The governor secured $30 million for PAsmart last year and $40 million this year. The Department of Education will award $20 million for STEM and computer science education through PAsmart Targeted Pre-K-12 grants and Advancing grants. The Department of Labor and Industry will soon announce applications for $10 million for apprenticeships and industry partnerships. Funding for career and technical education also increased by $10 million.“Pennsylvania is a national leader for offering innovative computer science and STEM learning, which is critical to ensuring that students are college, career, and community ready when they graduate,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “PAsmart Targeted and Advancing grants help train educators to provide high-quality STEM and CS experiences in their classrooms. They also promote community partnerships to ensure all students of all ages, including those who are historically underserved and underrepresented, receive STEM and CS education.”PAsmart Targeted PreK-12 grants, of up to $35,000 each, are structured to meet the needs of local education agencies (LEAs) and their schools that have limited to no computer science offerings and did not receive targeted grants in 2018-19. These grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training and professional development to teach CS. The Targeted grants also provide greater opportunities for students of color, low-income students and girls to learn critical skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.PAsmart Advancing grants, of up to $500,000 each, support cross-sector partnerships that provide quality STEM and CS experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, PreK-12, postsecondary, and adult learners – as part of high-level strategic approaches to workforce readiness. The grants enable regions to expand STEM ecosystems; grow partnerships between LEAs, postsecondary institutions and businesses; expand CS/STEM opportunities to historically underserved populations; and expand the pool of CS/STEM educators at all levels of education.The deadline for submitting Targeted grant applications to PDE is Friday, December 20, 2019Advancing grant applications must be submitted to PDE by Friday, January 10, 2020.Grant applications and additional information is available on the PDE website.center_img November 25, 2019last_img read more

Over 50s development ahead of schedule thanks to local push

first_imgAveo Springfield is running ahead of schedule thanks to strong interest from local over 50s.LOCALS are snapping up retirement living in Springfield, pushing construction ahead of schedule for what will eventually be Australia’s largest fully-integrated age-friendly retirement village. Aveo Springfield has had more than 300 sales inquiries with at least 80 per cent from savy locals for its $1 billion development which will eventually provide more than 2,500 dwellings and a range of facilities.Aveo’s executive general manager of development Gary Kordic said interest had been mainly from locals looking to retire close to their family and taking advantage of the first-class amenities on offer.“It’s great to see strong local interest from the Springfield area, with buyers attracted to theaccessible and interconnected village design with a range of lifestyle, health, and care services right at their doorstep,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoStage one of the development includes 66 independent living units in Building A, which will also house a dining and bar area, cafe, fully equipped gymnasium, specialist suit and hairdressers as well as a shared community recreational park which will be open to the general public. Aveo Springfield is leading the way in retirement living with locals wanting in.“Having been designed as a social and intergenerational community, Aveo Springfield will provide a supportive environment for residents with an array of living options, including a full-service aged care facility, to meet their long-term needs,” Mr Kordic said.With the project tracking strongly, it is set to welcome residents into the community from June, ahead of schedule.The retirement community is also set to be home to a child care centre giving retirees the chance to remain connected to their grandchildren and extended family throughout their retirement.Aveo Springfield is positioned in Springfield Central’s Health City and next to the Mater Private Hospital.Aveo is currently home to 13,000 residents in 90 retirement villages across Australia.last_img read more