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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell Games

first_imgLetter to the Editor: Mayor Winnecke Shell GamesMayor Winnecke has spent his time as Mayor playing a Shell Game with Evansville’s finances, hoping we don’t catch on.With each passing year, the “Shells” gets bigger and bigger, with more money being moved and shifted around so we, the public, don’t realize the true financial situation Evansville faces.He can hide the “Shell Games” from the citizens, but he can’t hide it from the State Board of Accounts.According to the SBOA 2014 Audit:“Although the General Fund showed a balance of $307,140 as of December 31, 2014, the fund would have shown a deficit balance of $5,888,660 as of December 31, 2014, if not for the following items:The Wastewater Utility prepaid the 2015 payment in lieu of taxes payment totaling $2,428,000The City did not pay the General fund’s portion of hospitalization bills for the 3rd quarter of 2014 totaling $3,767,800.”In reality, we began 2015 $5,888,660 in the hole.Mayor Winnecke is borrowing tomorrow’s paycheck to pay for today’s bills.  And with each passing year, the amount he has to borrow grows higher and higher.This type of action, much like it is in our everyday homes, is unsustainable.  We simply cannot continue to treat our finances this way.I call upon Mayor Winnecke to have a frank and open dialog with the citizens of Evansville about the true nature of our city’s finances.  We cannot continue to shift and move money around, playing accounting tricks, and deceiving the public about our true financial situation.These certainly are not the actions of a #StrongCity.Thank you,Matthew NevilleEvansville FOOTNOTES: Our next “will be posted on this coming Wednesday ?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is:  If the election was held today who would you vote as the next Governor of Indiana?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Lecture examines avenues of understanding Alexander Csoma de Koros, Tibetology

first_imgThe life and legacy of founder of Tibetology Alexander Csoma de Koros were topics of discussion during a lecture in Jenkins and Nanovic Halls on Monday. Professor of theology emeritus and fellow at the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian studies Robert Gimello hosted the event, titled “A Protestant Scholar or a Buddhist Bodhisattva: Csoma’s Life and Works.”Professor Imre Hamar, a Professor of Chinese Studies at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, said Csoma de Koros has great significance to the people of Hungary, who see him as a prominent national hero. Hamar said a debate exists over Csoma de Koros’s involvement with Buddhism, particularly over whether Csoma de Koros was a true follower of Tibetan Buddhism or a Protestant scholar.“For most Hungarians, Csoma is not so much a scholar who founded a new discipline, but a national hero who dedicated his life to find the true homeland of the Hungarian people,” Hamar said. “His main motivation was to find the origins of the Hungarian people.”The Hungarian people were originally nomads from Asia, and Csoma de Koros sought to understand the origins of both the Hungarian language and people, Hamar said. To do this, he travelled east to Asia, and eventually Tibet. Csoma de Koros was born in 1784 in a small village near the border of the Ottoman Empire, Hamar said. He was born to a Szekler family whose ethnicity held the ancient responsibility for defending Hungary’s borders against invaders. Instead of becoming a border guard, as was his obligation, he earned a scholarship to a Protestant school, Hamar said.During his time at college, Csoma de Koros became increasingly appreciative of the Hungarian people and language, and his desire to understand the roots of the Hungarian people grew. After spending some time studying Slavic languages in Europe, Csoma de Koros travelled from Hungary, through the Middle East, Persia and India before finally arriving in Tibet. It was at the command of a British officer, William Moorcroft, that Csoma de Koros began his studies in Tibetology specifically, Hamar said. Csoma de Koros compiled a Tibetan alphabet and book of grammar, “Alphabetum Tibetanum.” The book was intended to aid missionaries in their work in Tibet, Hamar said, although the main motif of the book was the struggle against many Protestant teachings.Hamar said Csoma de Koros was one of the first Europeans to bring Tibetan Buddhist teachings back to Europe, and he worked in three different monasteries in Ladakh, India. The Alexander books, which he wrote, were compilations of questions he had for his Lama — or teacher — in Ladakh, and his Lama’s answers. In 1834, he published the first Tibetan-English Dictionary. These were some of the first texts that were direct interactions between Eastern and Western thinking, Hamar said.“The Liu Institute was very glad to have an introduction by a leading expert into an important figure in the history of European knowledge of Asia, who is not well known in the western world except in Hungary, so we have the opportunity because of Professor Hamar’s lecture to learn more about this heroic figure,” Gimello said. Tags: alexander csoma de koros, alphabetum tibetanum, buddhism, tibetan buddhism, tibetologylast_img read more

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Why buying big blocks can be financial gold for families

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoConstruction supervisor Paul Toye and general manager David Afrin from SmartStart by Hayman Homes on site at Waterlea, celebrating the first home being under construction.Mr Keath said the estate had been designed around the shortage of large lots within the new housing market with purchasers unable to buy up to 800sq m in this price range anywhere else.“We predict that capital appreciation on these bigger blocks should be stronger in coming years as blocks of this size become harder to find across Brisbane and surrounds,” he said.Mr Keath said there were five main advantages to having a big block:1. Privacy — with room and trees you can create your own private space. “With effective tree planting and creative landscape and design, you can ‘insulate’ your home from roadways an other properties,” Mr Keath said.2. Potential for capital growth — larger blocks of land appreciate more over the longer term because of their scarcity. “It is simple economics that anything rare is worth more,” Mr Keath said.3. Better landscaping — larger frontages give way to more creativity in your landscaping, leading to better street appeal. “A great garden, some nice trees and creative design of the facade of a home on a big block, not only lifts the value of your property, but when every home in the street and neighbourhood does the same it lifts the look, feel and value of the whole estate.”4. Build how you want, and expand as you grow — if money is an issue then with a big block you can start out by building your basic home and then expand as you go.5. Explore your costs upfront — with plenty of room to move you can easily build your home on a large lot to take advantage of the sun, allow for shade, strategically plant trees and capture breezes. Mr Keath said to explore your costs upfront by making sure your design would capture these cost savings.Waterlea will eventually have 1500 lots, a primary school and a range of shopping options and amenities.With a projected population of 4,500 residents, eight neighbourhood villages are planned and will be connected by parks, hiking and bike trails. Large blocks are the way to make money with Waterlea Walloon one of the few estates offering an average size block of 738sq m.BIG blocks are in demand as families realise there are not only lifestyle gains to be made but also financial gold.According to Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath the site you choose is not just a lifestyle investment, but also financial.“One of the biggest factors in determining how much value you can extract from your land is the size,” Mr Keath said.“With prices continually rising in south east Queensland we have seen the average size of blocks decrease, making larger blocks, those greater than 600sq m, increasingly rare.”Waterlea at Walloon has average block sizes of 738sq m with prices starting from $161,000, this compares to nearby estates with average lot sizes of 547sq m or larger masterplanned communities with average sizes of 400sq m.Hayman Homes has recently started construction on the first home in the estate, with Waterlea located just west of Ipswich’s CBD.last_img read more

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Hockey Hall of Fame 2019: Vaclav Nedomansky’s induction goes beyond NHL

first_imgIt’s nice to see that the Hockey Hall of Fame is finally inducting Vaclav Nedomansky as an honored member today.Big Ned was Czechoslovakia’s star center on the international hockey stage in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. He paved the way for the likes of the Stastny brothers to slip past the Iron Curtain when he defected from the Eastern European communist country to come play professional hockey in North America in 1974. There is a reason Jaromir Jagr wore No. 68 everywhere he played, and there is an echo of Nedomansky in it. Jagr’s jersey number referenced 1968, one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century. And it resonates with all Czechs, and all Slovaks, who are united in their recollections of what happened that fateful year in Czechoslovakia. 2019 HHOF class: Carbonneau | Wickenheiser | Zubov | Rutherford | York | Brown | HughsonThe year began with the election of a political reformist as head of the country’s ruling communist party, and bloomed into the Prague Spring, a time of mass protests and liberalization. That hope-filled time behind the Iron Curtain lasted until Aug. 21, the day Warsaw Pact tanks rolled into the capital and the Soviet Union cracked down and put an end to the burgeoning revolution. To say there were hard feelings is beyond an understatement. With few outlets to vent their frustrations, Czechoslovakians found common purpose in cheering on their national teams in any field of competition that offered an opportunity to do battle with the U.S.S.R.Czechoslovakia’s national hockey team won the silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics and Nedomansky was its star player. At 6-2, 210-pounds, the high-scoring center stood out for his size during that era.The Soviet crackdown cost Czechoslovakia the opportunity to host the 1969 world championships, which relocated to Sweden. All the more fuel to the fire that burned in the bellies of its hockey players, who were scheduled to play the reigning Olympic and world champion U.S.S.R. twice in Stockholm.Nedomansky provided an iconic moment to highlight the fierce competition when he shoved the U.S.S.R. net off its moorings after setting up teammate Jan Suchy’s power-play goal, Czechoslovakia’s opener in a 2-0 win in the first meeting on March 21. Big Ned scored in the rematch one week later, a 4-3 win for Czechoslovakia. Those two precious victories made the bronze-medal victory more valuable to their countrymen than the gold claimed once again by the Soviets.—Nedomansky was an exceptional goal scorer. He averaged just under one goal per game in 12 seasons with Slovan Bratislava in the Czechoslovak Extraliga from 1962-74. During the same time period, he had 119 points in Olympic and world championship competition while playing for Czechoslovakia, including an astounding 80 goals in 93 games.After winning a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Nedomansky was ready for the biggest challenge of his career, escaping from communism to pursue a professional career.The Atlanta Flames were in the running in the cloak and dagger bid to lure Big Ned to the NHL, but it was the World Hockey Association’s Toronto Toros that won out and brought him to North America.Nedomansky, who was 30 when he made his WHA debut in 1974, had 41 goals and 81 points in his first pro season; then followed that up by leading Toronto with 56 goals and 98 points in 1975-76.Big Ned had another productive season after the Toros moved to Birmingham and became the Bulls, but early in his second campaign in Alabama, he was part of a historic trade that saw him dealt from the WHA to the Detroit Red Wings.Limited to 28 points in 63 games in his first NHL season, Nedomansky bounced back to lead Detroit with 38 goals and 73 points in 1978-79. He topped that with 74 points, including 35 goals, the following season. His sixth and final NHL season was split between the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues.Nedomansky had 277 points (121 goals, 156 assists) in 420 games in the NHL, after averaging just over a point a game in the WHA — 253 points (135 goals, 118 assists) in 252 games in just over four seasons.But those numbers are only part of Big Ned’s story, and it’s clear that his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame rightfully honors him among the greatest players of his era.last_img read more

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Sunny Days

first_img“The sun’ll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun! Just thinkin’ about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow, ’til there’s none! When I’m stuck a day that’s gray and lonely. I just stick out my chin and grin and say, Oh! The sun’ll come out tomorrow. So ya gotta hang on til tomorrow come what may. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow! You’re always a day away!” (“Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie”) It is a drab and dreary Monday morning. I hope the sun comes out today.Philadelphia is the land of cream cheese and the ultimate “cheesesteaks.” I say the word “steaks” sort of tongue-in-cheekish because every steak joint in Philly will swear on their grandmothers’ tombstone that they are the best. See in Philly even when they are not the best they will swear by all that is Holy that they are. So when they finally achieve excellence in anything they will crow, crow and crow until their vocal chords explode.They have a reason to brag about their baseball team. They do not only have young guns, they have a few young cannons. The Phillies don’t have many weaknesses. They are ba….d boys on offense, defense, special teams, oops, wrong sport.The Phillies do not have to worry about hearing the skeletons of the decisions of past general managers rattling in their closet. Their management team has been on a two decade construction campaign in regards to their franchise.Meanwhile, Dave Littlefield, the past Pittsburgh Pirates general manager from their sister city from the west, literally ended up being viewed as the real Santa Claus in July.Back in Aug. of 2006 in article titled: “Admiral of the Fleet,” I sat down with Kevin McClatchy the ex-bmoc, (big man on campus) for the Pirates prior to his relinquishing the point man role for the Bucs.When I pressed him about the reign and future of then GM/VP “Dave the Terrible” who lasted until Sept. 2007, McClatchy had this to say: “The bottom line is winning and we haven’t done that yet so there is a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of pressure on me. There’s a lot of pressure on Dave. We need to have a stronger second half. I’ve been very clear this year. The first half was unacceptable. We lost 25 one run games, that means you’re in a lot of games but the truth is you still lost the games.We can’t be content with one run losses or that’s where we will continue to be. We made some trades and moved some folks out of here. You have to perform. We all understand the pressure is on us but that’s the nature of this business.”This is 2012, four years eight months since the tenure of Littlefield and the Pirates are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to rebuilding from their lowest minor league affiliate to the boys who daily patrol the “diamond” over at PNC Park.There must be pressure and lots of it placed upon the shoulders of the Pirates GM Neil Huntingdon as well as the Buc’s skipper Clint Hurdle in regards to the Pirates righting the ship and winning now!The season, reason and rhyme for excuses, woulda, shoulda, coulda is long past. Almost as if it were appearing on cue, the sun has come up and is blazing across the horizon. You can bet your bottom dollar that through all of the misery and pain of losing the sun will one day again shine brightly on the Pittsburgh Pirates.Just remember this; the same Steelers that we expect to annually win or contend for an NFL championship is the same team we expected to lose almost every game just 45 years ago. No one expected the sun to even rise, forget about shining on a hapless directionless franchise that seemed bent on inventing new ways to lose on a game by game basis but ya know what the same team that the world laughed at; the world now laughs with as the men of steel daily put a fresh coat of polish on six NFL Championship trophies.The day is coming. I have been accused of being, rabid, crazed and delusional in regards to my annual so-called rose colored predictions regarding the soon to be successful Pittsburgh Pirates. When I was in my early twenties I attended a church service featuring a prominent “prophet” and faith healer. After the service concluded, my father who was a devout Christian and a man of God for his entire life asked me a question. “Peanut, what did you think of the service?” I replied that “I thought it was great but one thing puzzled me. The “prophet” promised every sick person there that they were healed. How could he promise that? I asked.” Dad said, “If he bats one percent everyone wins.” That leads me to say; Pittsburgh has heard all of the lofty promises before but if the Pirates top .500 or get a wild card playoff slot in 2012 we all win.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Add Color to your Landscape at The Plant Place

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryNow is the time to add color to your landscape.  Here are some of the lovely things we recommend at The Plant Place Nursery.  All of these plants are currently available at the nursery retail lot on 3333 South Bay Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.We also carry bare root fruit trees: apple, pear, and cherry.Plants pictured include Japanese Maple, Daphne, Lonicera, Barberry, Katsura Pieris, Heuchera, Ceanothus, Rhododendrons, Wallflower, Euphorbia, Salvia, Grasses, Viburnum, Lithodora, Lilac, Mexican Orange, Vine Maple, Vaccinium, Creeping Phlox, Ash Leaf Spirea, Euonymus, Dappled Willow, Hosta, Heather, Brunnera, Hellebore, Oxalis, Columbine, and Pulmonarialast_img read more