Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Calendar of Events


first_imgWednesday, January 4thFundraiser5:30 PM – 7:00 PMCommissioner Shoulders Inauguration CelebrationLocation: Acropolis – 501 N Green River Road – Evansville, IN$50 per person.  $500 Gold Sponsorship – $1,000 Platinum SponsorshipRSVP at [email protected] or (812) 202-9384 Tuesday,February 28thFundraiserTBDJonathan Weaver for City Council Annual Mardi-Gras FundraiserLocation: TBD FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

‘Jungle’ plant


first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”Come in here and look at my room,” my oldest daughter yelleddown the hallway.I wasn’t really sure what I was going to see when I got toLindsay’s room. It already looked like the night sky with all theglow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling.Had my 18-year-old put up more stars? Or had she just put morestars on the ceiling fan? Were the crickets she feeds her pettarantula loose and jumping all around her room?Thank goodness. The crickets and tarantula were where they weresupposed to be.Hey, wow!I was pleasantly surprised to see she had organized her room. Andnot only that, but she had tossed out a lot of junk she hadcollected over the years. It really looked good.That’s when I noticed the foliage plant in a tiny pot sitting onthe night stand by her bed. I hadn’t seen it before. “Are youwatering this?” I asked.”No, I haven’t yet,” Lindsay answered.”Well, do you see these dried out and brown tips on theseleaves?” I asked her. “That’s telling you there’s something wrongwith the plant. Now the trick is finding out what the problem is.”What is it?Brown and dried-out leaf tips can be caused by several things:humidity too low, temperatures too high, not enough water. Any ofthose three can make the leaves give off too much water, causingthe leaf tips to dry out and become brown and crinkly.And it could be a combination of all three.The plant in Lindsay’s room is a Dracaena. This plant can developbrown leaf tips rather easily if it’s not given proper care.Lindsay said she hasn’t watered the plant, and that might be allthat’s wrong with it.But Lindsay’s bad about turning up the temperature in the house,too. I keep turning it back down — I’m considering putting alocking box on the thermostat control.I just don’t think temperature is the problem with the plant.A possibilityNow, low humidity could be a possible problem. Plants require ahumidity of 50 percent to 60 percent. In most centrally heatedand cooled homes the humidity runs about 10 percent to 30percent. So increasing the humidity around the plant wouldcertainly help.How can she do that?There are several ways. But the easiest might be just to put theplant in the terrarium with the tarantula. She has to make surethe spider has water and has to mist water inside the terrarium.That should make the humidity in the terrarium higher, whichwould be great for the plant.Let’s see — she’s got a tarantula, crickets, a little pool ofwater, a plant and stars overhead. Man, it’s like a jungle in herroom.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

How to navigate today’s fast-evolving credit market


first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit card issuing industry is quickly evolving. While 2015 may be characterized as the “Year of EMV,”  the rush to EMV compliance is mostly behind us on the credit side of the business, even as merchant adoption of the technology gradually moves forward. Debit, of course, is another story.In the year ahead, mobile payment technology will continue to advance, attracting consumers like never before. This makes your digital wallet offering more important than ever. Credit unions should embrace their cardholders’ desire to use tokenized payment options such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay for both their efficiency and security. And, of course, you must ensure that your cards are in these wallets.CO-OP’s own research reveals a changing consumer, one that is much more committed to paying down credit card balances. This trend may be related to our recent great recession, but regardless of why it is happening, credit unions need to adjust their business models and more actively manage their portfolios in order to maximize income.There are many steps you can take to build income streams in this environment. Make sure you are meeting Visa’s and MasterCard’s minimum requirements for your rewards program in order to earn a higher rate of interchange. Identify consumer accounts whose spending patterns are like businesses, and then move these members into business products that are paid at a higher interchange rate. And, don’t put your credit portfolio on autopilot. Continually market to your accounts throughout their lifecycle, keeping your products front and center with members. Then measure the results of these campaigns and change course when needed. continue reading »last_img read more

Three things to ponder in the week ahead


first_imgHere are three things you should know as you snap back from reality following a sunny and dry summer weekend:The Washington Post is reporting that Fannie Mae will begin raising its maximum debt to income ratio from 45 percent to 50 percent, beginning July 29, 2017. This is of course big news for those of you who provide mortgages because it expands the pool of member mortgages that can be sold to the secondary market. Also, remember that under the Dodd-Frank Act any mortgage that qualifies for sale to either Fannie Mae or Freddy Mac is a qualified mortgage. This is a big deal because without this, under the qualified mortgage requirements, the debt to income ratio cannot exceed 43 percent per the CFPB.If all goes as expected, the Federal Reserve will once again nudge interest rates higher when its policy making committee meets later this week. Personally, I am really looking forward to Federal Reserve’s Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference following the festivities. The economy continues to send out a string of mixed signals and it will be interesting to see how much she hedges her bets when it comes to the possibility of future rate hikes later in the year. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Moyes sticks up for under-fire Nani


first_img Frustration had spilled over among the home fans as the visitors maintained their shock lead heading towards the hour mark and they made their displeasure known as Nani went off in the 58th minute to be replaced by Adnan Januzaj. Nani has been criticised for a number of ineffectual performances this season after signing a new five-year contract in the summer, but Moyes insisted: “He is a regular and captain for Portugal so he is very talented. “There were one or two decisions he might have made better, but he got us the (first) goal with a lovely ball. We have a lot of competition for places in the wide areas, incredible competition, and that is what we’re looking for.” Moyes was keen to play down the significance of a victory which keeps United eight points off the lead and, following the midweek UEFA Champions League win over Real Sociedad, goes some way to atoning for their sluggish start to the new campaign. United’s familiar frailties were on show again in a turbulent first period in which Peter Crouch gave the visitors a shock third minute lead, then Marko Arnautovic took moments to put the Potters back in front after Robin van Persie had bundled home an equaliser. Wayne Rooney flicked a 78th minute equaliser from a Van Persie corner then substitute Javier Hernandez proved United’s hero two minutes later when he headed home a Patrice Evra cross – but Moyes was keen not to over-play its impact. Moyes insisted: “It was a win in the Premier League. They are hard to come by and they are not easy. “It was a big moment to win the game and hopefully we will continue to win games. If it’s in the same fashion then we’ll take it, but if we can make it a bit easier it will be great for the old ticker.” Defeat was hard to take for the visitors but captain Ryan Shawcross believes it was the type of performance which can stand Hughes’ men in good stead for the rest of the season. Shawcross said: “Obviously we’re disappointed but it’s great that we came to a big team and put in a performance like that. “They (United) have struggled so far this season so of course we came here with more belief on the back of the poor results they’ve had. But they’re still a great team and they showed that in coming back to get the victory. “We’ve got a good run of games now, five or six that we should take points from. The gaffer has set us a target and we’ve got to achieve it. It’s going to be hard but we can take some belief from a performance like that.” Manchester United boss David Moyes has jumped to the defence of Portuguese winger Nani after he was booed off during his side’s 3-2 Barclays Premier League win over Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Swilly Drive announce new Transport Managers’ CPC course


first_imgThe Swilly Group is now recruiting for the next Transport Managers’ CPC course begins on Monday 9th October 2017.  The Transport Managers CPC is a qualification required by persons nominated as a Transport Manager of a a passenger or freight transport company.Donegal’s leading transport training company continues to lead the way nationally with their learners achieving national awards on the Transport Managers CPC course. Since 2011, learners on the Swilly Group Transport Manages Course have collected the national award for highest marks in the CPC exams on no fewer than three occasions.  Learners completing the Swilly Group course has achieved an extremely high pass rate consistently over the last 10 years.“We have been delighted with the results our learners have been achieving”, said Brian Sweeney, Managing Director of the Swilly Group.“The quality of training that we provide has been second to none and the results our students have achieved has shown this.“This is primarily due to the diligent work and the endless hours of tuition our CPC tutors provide. “With other training providers the learners receive the minimum amount of classroom tuition and left to study themselves.“On the Swilly Group course we provide the learners with whatever amount of classroom tuition they need to pass the exams”.Any licensed Haulier or Bus Operator must hold, or employ someone who holds, the Transport Manager CPC qualification.With the RSA now responsible for policing of commercial haulage and bus operations and many prosecutions now going through the courts, it has become vital that companies, not alone remain compliant, but also that they have staff who are up to date on the most current legislation.The next Transport Manager CPC course is scheduled to start in Letterkenny on Monday 9th September 2017 with the CILT exams scheduled for Friday 24th November 2017. For more details check out the Swilly Group website www.swillygroup.com or call (074)9151212.Swilly Drive announce new Transport Managers’ CPC course was last modified: September 19th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)Tags:Swilly Drivelast_img read more

Art from trash


first_img21 August 2002The Fantastic Rubbish Art Exhibition, showcasing how valuable rubbish can be, runs at the Ubuntu Village at the Wanderers in Johannesburg until 6 September as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Artworks, showcased in containers, are made from rubbish ranging from scrapyard objects to melted plastic and telephone directories.To reach the containers, one follows a footpath through a maze which could easily be mistaken for a scrapyard, because its high walls are made of scrap metal and discarded household appliances.“The exhibition brings together South African artists and crafters from diverse backgrounds,” says Jeanne Hoffman, the exhibition’s co-ordinator.“The intention is to provide a platform for communication between the artists and crafters on the one hand, and the general public on the other, and to inspire thoughts and discussions around the environment and waste specifically.”The Talking House Discussions happen at the end of the exhibition in a “South African Talking House” built by French artists and South African crafters from KwaZulu-Natal. Constructed out of crates and plastic, it looks like a shack – but inside there is a pool table and sound-sensitive lights that shine brightly when you shout and dimly when you whisper – art and technology in action.   The idea behind the collaboration was to bring artists and crafters together, says French artist Guy-Andre Lagesse, and share ideas.So you enter the exhibition through Willem Boshoff’s scrap metal maze “Sculpture Garden” and exit via a talking house – and in between, you can feast your eyes on all the fantastic art that can be made out of metal, paper and plastic.Windmills, for example. At the exhibition area, Ferdi Hartzenberg’s scrap metal windmills are planted like trees in front of the containers. They are kinetic, wind activated – and seen from a distance, they acquire a certain beauty.Cape Town art teacher Liza Grobler has populated an artificial landscape inside one container with trees and animals all made out of folded telephone directories and plastic strip off-cuts – a remarkable paper jungle. She is inspired by traditional woman’s handiwork like crocheting and knitting, she says.Another art teacher, Chris Gous from Pretoria West, took his Heuwel Primary students to scrapyards to collect the junk they needed for building vehicles. They amassed a pile of computer parts, wires and small black tyres – and built a range of machines, from bakkies to motorcycles to a shiny spacecraft, all on display in his container.Gous’s eye-catching Filter of Hope is shaped like a box, and made out of scrap waste material. Inside, it has blue coloured water with bubbles made possible by oxygen pumped through aquarium pumps, and electric bulbs that flicker, all held together by screws and glue – and none of it particularly useful. “Filter of Hope,” he says, “shows a good and bad side of humankind in contrast, and also reveals the bad side of technology.”Mbongeni Buthelezi’s goal is somewhat more immediate, or so he says: “My work portrays my deepest feelings, which is having fun while I work.” He melts plastic – the colourful sort of plastic one gets from cool-drink six-packs – and paints with it on a plastic canvas, placing one layer over another.He could not afford paint and canvas when he began making art, he says, and as time elapsed, “I recognised the significance that my art material has on the environment.” He is inspired by his surroundings in Soweto, just his day-to-day experiences, he says.There are 10 containers, showing the work of nearly double that number of artists.This arty-trashy mission is hosted at Ice Station Johannesburg, built by Mission Antarctica, an international environmental organisation that took 35 young people to the South Pole in 1996 on a mission to clean up 1 000 tons of industrial waste from the icy shores.For more information about Mission Antarctica, see www.missionantarctica.com or www.earthship.co.zaSource: City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

New port to kick-start economy


first_imgA satellite image of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, and the surrounding infrastructure of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. (Image: Google Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • John Dludlu, spokesperson Transnet Limited + 27 11 308 2458 +27 83 676 1881 +27 83 277 4774 [email protected] • Nelis van Tonder, senior executive Sales & Marketing, Container & Automotive Transnet Freight Rail +27 21 940 2531 +27 83 452 6711 • Ntombentsha Yaya Coega Industrial Development Zone +27 41 403 0400 [email protected] • Transnet National Port Authority +27 11 351 9001 RELATED ARTICLES • Highest global quality fuel in SA • Infrastructure development in South Africa • Capital spending boosts economyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s new deep-water harbour, the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, launched operations last week when its first commercial customer, the MSC Catania, docked at the port.The port is an integral part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a new initiative that aims to boost the regional economy of the Eastern Cape province.The 300-metre long and 13-metre deep ship was used to test vessel operators’ skills in offloading and handling containers. After months in training, two teams of operators – with a third on standby – succeeded at their first commercial offloading, using the port’s state-of-the-art Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes. The MSC Catania loaded and off-loaded 275 containers, with an average of 19 containers handled per hour.“We are pleased to report that it was all smooth sailing today in terms of portside operations at Ngqura,” Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said after the inauguration on 4 October.“This experimental start-up indicates we are ready to take the port to the next level.” Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s national transport infrastructure.Alleviating container congestionThe Ngqura Port, which lies at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, is the country’s eighth and latest commercial port development.It has an advantage over other ports in Africa in that it is a deep-water port with a depth of between 16 and 18 metres. This means it can accommodate new generation container vessels and will allow Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes.The improved infrastructure will relieve container congestion in the South African port system, while attracting additional transhipment cargo. Transnet says the new port is the solution to South Africa’s lack of container capacity that has been strained by a considerable growth in container traffic.A Transnet statement explained that the Ngqura container terminal will have the capacity to accommodate “Ultra-Mega” ships carrying 6 000 to 10 000 TEUs – 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used for capacity in container transport. It will be able to handle more than 100 container moves per ship working hour, with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future growth up to 2-million TEUs. The terminal also boasts good inland connectivity for import and export traffic through road and rail. South Africa’s freight transport system. Sishen is a massive iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, while City Deep in Johannesburg is the country’s only inland terminal. The port of Maputo is in the neighbouring country of Mozambique. (Image: Transnet) Transnet has to date invested more than R10 billion (US$1.36-billion) to develop the state-of-the-art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world class two-berth container terminal (and a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a one-berth liquid bulk terminal.The new port is also a safer alternative for ships wanting to avoid the Somalia coast, which has recently been plagued by pirates.It could also serve as a “feeder” or “loading centre” for other destinations. The container node would function as a hub where large freight ships could unload their cargo for further distribution by road, sea or rail to other destinations in Africa.Economic development and tradeThe port is considered the most modern harbour in Africa. Although sub-Saharan Africa has a number of smaller ports, these are only suitable for medium-sized ships. It will not only boost the economy of the Eastern Cape; it is also an important development for trade in South Africa and the rest of Africa as a whole.Building economist Dr Johan Snyman said the new harbour development is a rare construction project. Although the upgrading of some of South Africa’s other harbours is underway, Ngqura is the first new harbour development in many years.Rob Jeffrey, a director and senior economist at Econometrix, said that the promotion of industrial development at the Coega Industrial Development Zone would have a considerable impact on the underdeveloped Eastern Cape. It is likely to boost the gross regional product of the province and significantly increase growth in the Nelson Mandela Metro area, the broader municipality into which Port Elizabeth falls.“This is substantial for such a relatively underdeveloped area, which is currently heavily reliant on the motor industry,” Jeffrey said.He added that the development could also lead to a permanent increase in skills in the economy, particularly in local communities.“It would affect a substantial number of people faced with few alternatives in a province with an extremely high unemployment rate, which has been measured in excess of 25%. The unemployment rate in adjacent Greater Motherwell has been placed at over 30%.” Motherwell is a sprawling urban settlement outside Port Elizabeth that also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metro.The port development will also directly create employment in the region. Transnet Port Terminals said in a statement that R4-billion (US$490-million) invested by 2002 created employment for 50 627 people – the equivalent of 12.6 jobs per R1-million (US$123 000) invested.For the R5.1-billion (US$625-million) spent by 2007, 66 213 jobs had been created, this time 12.9 jobs for each R1-million invested. To date, almost R9.8-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been invested in the Ngqura port.The port development also holds positive secondary benefits for other product groups such as agriculture, fishing, construction, transport (including storage), financial and business services, electricity and gas as well as wholesale and retail business.Jeffrey pointed out that Coega and its port is ideally located to kick-start local and regional economic development of the area. He explained that some of the planned projects within the Coega development are capital-intensive and technologically advanced. This will result in an inflow of skilled people to the province and substantial education, training, upgrading of skills and development of small businesses.“This will contribute to population growth and wealth generation, the benefits of which flows down into the less skilled population,” he said. The developments will also cause an increase in purchasing power, as the average remuneration per worker of such large projects is generally higher than the region’s average.He cites Richards Bay as an example of the Coega’s potential impact in the region in years to come. Richards Bay evolved over a period of 30 years from a small fishing village into one of South Africa’s premier industrial districts. Today, together with the nearby town of Empangeni, it has a total population exceeding 50 000. The area has over 5 000 businesses, is the third most important region in KwaZulu-Natal and has had an economic growth rate higher than the average for the country and the province.“This gives an indication of the type of expansion that can take place once the initial key industries are in place and act as a nucleus or a magnet, which can attract other upstream and downstream industries,” Jeffrey said.Power tugsTransnet has also announced that the deep-water port is expecting the delivery of one of its three new tugboats in mid-October this year. Currently, it is undergoing sea trials in the Port of Durban. An additional two new tugboats will also be delivered in April and May next year. Each tugboat has an approximate cost of R120-million, and capable of a 70-ton bollard pull. They are regarded as the most powerful harbour tugs in South Africa.Rail operationsRail operations at the new port have also received a stamp of approval. In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) ran a test train on the Ngqura main line, and was declared safe for operations.According to a statement from TFR, this is an important step in preparation for the planned commercial launch of the new port and its container terminal this month.TFR is still confident that all its operations are on target for the completion of the Ngqura rail terminal, marshalling yard, and main line construction to the hinterland. There are currently four operational lines in the marshalling yard and the remaining five should be available by March next year. The new marshalling yard infrastructure can accommodate up to six trains daily per direction, and the hinterland will have a design capacity of two trains per day. The hinterland capacity will be increased as volumes increase, depending on financial and business viability.The rail route will connect the new port to the City Deep rail terminal in Johannesburg in Gauteng province via Beaconsfield in the Northern Cape. Transnet has refurbished 400 container wagons and will utilise its 7E locomotive fleet for traffic on the line, which has a designed capacity of six trains per day, each with 50 wagons.last_img read more

Reciprocity in Relationships


first_imgA friend of mine had worked for a company for approximately ten years. He had done a good job for the company and was loyal to his company. At various times, he had new leaders, and he always maintained his role, did his job, and produced results. In short, he was always a team player. His loyalty to the company was unquestioned.As luck would have it (bad luck, that is), a new manager was brought in over him. The new manager was different than the other managers and leaders for whom he had worked. It wasn’t that this manager was demanding; that was something that he’d dealt with in many roles he played prior to the decade he spent with the company. He had just never worked for someone who was so adversarial.His new leader treated him poorly. This leader started with the assumption that anything that he was doing was wrong, and that it was their job to fix it—and him. The leader was aggressive with language and was critical of everything he did, including things that had helped the team he led to success. The attacks weren’t directed at a problem; they were directed at the person (and not just my friend).My friend decided to seek help from within the company he had worked for over a decade. He knew that the leader was political and had ground cover from the highest offices within the company. His loyalty demanded that he make an effort to change roles, move to another area, or do something so he could stay at the place he considered to be his home. But his requests fell on deaf ears. No one cared about him or his challenge. No one offered to help him. Some avoided the conversation for fear of upsetting his new manager.When he called me to discuss the issue, I explained to him that his loyalty to the company did not require that he show any greater loyalty than the company’s loyalty to him. If he was a simply a cog, something he never considered himself to be and something completely out of line with his commitment to the company, he owed them no more loyalty than that of a cog. I heard something in his voice when I shared this with him. He recognized he was liberated from his unreciprocated loyalty. He has now moved on to a place where he is valued, and where he is making a contribution.There is a form of reciprocity in relationships. If you are a leader who seeks loyalty, then be loyal. If you are a salesperson and you seek loyalty from your clients, be loyal to them by continuing to create new value. If you seek something from another party, then go first and demonstrate what you want the relationship to look like.last_img read more

Usain Bolt Is Great — But How Can We Know If Hes


More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 16, 2016), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver joins us to talk about his Olympics viewing schedule and what would happen if the medal table were weighted toward the most popular sports. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann, on location in Brazil, about the quarterfinal loss by the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Finally, we discuss Usain Bolt, who on Sunday won his third straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters. Is he already the greatest Olympian of all time? How can we quantify that anyway? Plus, a significant digit on the amount of money spent by English Premier League teams during the summer transfer window.Links to what we discuss are here:Nate Silver investigates which countries medal in the sports that people watch the most.Carl Bialik writes that according to FiveThirtyEight’s odds, the USWNT probably wasn’t going to win Olympic gold anyway.ESPN’s Stats & Information Group breaks down the numbers behind the U.S.’s loss to Sweden.Laura Wagner at Slate thinks the USWNT will be fine as long as it dumps goalkeeper Hope Solo.The New York Times uses a series of graphics to show how Bolt compares with 100-meter Olympic champions of the past.The Times breaks down how Bolt came from behind to win.Significant Digit: £794 million. That’s the amount of money spent by EPL teams in the 2016 summer transfer window, through the beginning of August. There are still two weeks to go before the window closes, and spending looks like it will break the EPL record of £870 million that was set last year. Embed Code read more