THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS JOINED THE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL AND SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD IN DISCONTINUING TO LIVE STREAM THEIR MEETINGS TO THE PUBLIC.THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS ENDED LIVE STREAMING AS OF TODAY’S (TUESDAY’S) MEETING.WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN ROCKY DE WITT SAYS THE REASON IS THE SAME AS THE CITY’S AND SCHOOL BOARD’S REASON:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LIVESTR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..BACK UP VISIBLE. :13CITY MANAGER BOB PADMORE SAYS THE CITY HOPES TO RESUME BROADCASTING COUNCIL MEETINGS SOON:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LIVESTR3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….ON OUR WEBSITE. ;23DEWITT SAYS FEDERAL REGULATIONS WITH THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT HAVE TIED THE BOARD’S HANDS ON THE MATTER:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LIVESTR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………WHICH WAY TO GO. :15NOT LIVE STREAMING MEETINGS MEANS THAT HOMEBOUND AND BLIND PEOPLE WHO CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETINGS NOW LOSE THEIR ACCESS TO HEAR OR WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS.DEWITT AND PADMORE SAY NOBODY HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COUNTY OR CITY REGARDING THE HEARING IMPAIRED ISSUE TO DATE.PADMORE SAYS THE CITY CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF A SIGN LANGUAGE PERSON, BUT THAT ALSO HAS A COST:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LIVESTR4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………COST PROHIBITIVE. :09DEWITT SAYS COUNTY ATTORNEY PATRICK JENNINGS ADVISED THE BOARD TO IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THE LIVE STREAMING OF THE MEETINGS AS THE CITY DID WITH THEIRS TWO WEEKS AGO.THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW POSTS THEIR MEETING VIDEO A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, BUT IT TAKES UP TO THREE DAYS TO ADD CLOSED CAPTIONING.
One of the more humorous nerd box scores I’ve ever seen. A few notes on the festivities from Stillwater on Saturday.• OSU had more swing points (21) than UTSA had total points (14). That’s two fumbles returned for TDs and another one that was punched in shortly after the turnover. This is why Glenn Spencer has a big house.• The offense was back to its old form on Saturday too. When it was great, it was great and when it sucked, it sucked. This is why you see only 25 wasted yards. Those came on five collective drives. So five drives yielded 25 yards, and the other nine yielded 504 yards. All or nothing.• The defense and special teams created a starting field position that will win pretty much every game. If you’re starting on average beyond your own 35, that’s an unbelievable advantage. Look at the difference in expected points per drive between OSU and UTSA. Multiply that by 13-15 drives, and you’re talking about gaining a full TD based solely on where you’re starting when you get the rock.• 8.0 yards per play. That will eventually get Mike Yurcich that big house Glenn Spencer lives in.[1. Pending OSU’s Big 12 schedule.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Cover your eyes, Miami fans. It appears the Hurricanes’ football team could be on the verge of losing a recruit. Isaiah Johnson, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has been committed to Miami since mid-February. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect recently received a scholarship offer from Florida, though, and he seems to like the Gators very much. The Palm Beach Gardens native visited Florida’s Gainesville campus today. He says he “felt at home.” Felt at home today pic.twitter.com/kZt1Eob9MK— Bigplayzay2⃣1⃣ (@ZayLive21) March 14, 2015That’s, obviously, not a great look for Miami. Johnson is rated the No. 164 wide receiver in the country by 247 Sports.
zoomImage Courtesy: Coldharbour Marine The manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have taken a major step forward by codifying a unified manufacturers’ association.The Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) met on April 19, 2018 for their first Annual Meeting and elected the inaugural Board of Directors.The paramount need for this association arose from the growing demand for well-founded information on the practicability of ballast water treatment technologies, as well as on the technical and environmental aspects of implementing ballast water management regulations worldwide.Following the announcement of a further delay of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Convention implementation dates, which occurred at MEPC 71, a group of industry insiders gathered in New York City to draw up the framework of what was to become BEMA.The association moved from concept to reality with their first official meeting on March 9, 2018.The attendees at this seminal meeting, made up of representatives of equipment manufacturers, industry stakeholders, and component suppliers from all technologies and regions of the world, voted on and adopted a set of draft Bylaws as well as other formation documents, setting the stage for selecting the organization’s Board of Directors and electing the first slate of association officers.
His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 980E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The Prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they have been responding to 20 reports of battery thefts in the Grande Prairie Area.According to RCMP, the batteries have been stolen from holiday trailers.RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of thefts are occurring. Police say they continue to investigate these incidents and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.To help prevent theft, the RCMP are reminding owners to take the necessary precautions, such as implementing the use of security locks.If you have any information about these incidents, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Rabat – Spanish king, Felipe VI and his wife Queen Laeticia are expected to visit Morocco from January 9 to 11, responding to King Mohammed VI invitation.The visit has not been officially announced yet and details of the program are yet to be known. However, Spanish outlet ABC, said that the Spanish monarch will discuss with King Mohammed VI cultural and business opportunities in a visit that was “intended a long time ago.”Don Felipe and Mohamed VI will participate in the inauguration of the Morocco-Spain Economic Council, which will see the participation of about 200 Spanish and Moroccan high-level businessmen at the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM) in Casablanca. The Morocco-Spain Economic Council aims to further boost the economic partnership between the two kingdoms. The Spanish Monarchs will be accompanied on their visit by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis.Economy and business are not the only fields uniting the two kingdoms, Morocco and Spain have been collaborating on fight against terrorism, illegal immigration and security affairs for a long time. According to ABC, during this visit, discussions on illegal immigration are on the agenda.Morocco has always been a great help in the fight against terrorism, however, according to ABC, the discussions around this aspect will be fixed for the next High Level Meeting between Morocco and Spain that will take place in 2018, but which exact date has not yet been fixed.In an interview with the Spanish News Agency, Dastis explained that this trip was expected to take place at the end of November 2017, but it was delayed due to the the EU-African Union summit, which also took place late November, in the presence of Mohammed VI.The Spanish Monarchs have already been to Morocco in 2014. They were received by King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma in an Iftar, attended by more than three hundred guests.
NEW YORK — A New York City councilman accused the Kushner family real estate company on Tuesday of putting tenants in danger by allowing several of its building to avoid safety inspections.New York Oversight Committee Chair Ritchie Torres said his investigation of the firm once run by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been renting apartments to hundreds of tenants in nine buildings with certificates of occupancy that expired months or years ago. Torres also said that the company has been trying to push low-paying tenants out of its buildings and didn’t want the regulatory scrutiny that comes with inspections required to renew the certificates.“The goal here is a concerted campaign to evade scrutiny,” said Torres at a news conference outside the Kushner Cos. headquarters at 666 Fifth Avenue. “The company is engaged in what I call the weaponization of construction — the use of construction as a weapon for harassing tenants out of their apartments.”But a city regulator that oversees landlords called the expired certificates cited by Torres and tenant watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative, “paperwork lapses” and blasted the findings as “pure grandstanding.”Our “top priority is safety — and indeed, we have inspected all these buildings or renovated units and deemed them safe to occupy,” said Buildings Department spokesman Andrew Rudansky in an emailed statement.The Kushner Cos. said that the problems with the certificates stretch back to its previous owners. Certificates for two of the nine buildings expired while Jared Kushner was CEO.“Similar to many other landlords, we inherited from prior owners certificates of occupancy with various issues,” it said in an email. “Kushner will continue the long and detailed process to work with our consultants and the Department of Buildings to correct every issue outstanding.”The city requires a certificate of occupancy whenever significant renovation is done such as changing the layout of a building or of its fire exits. Most of the nine Kushner buildings cited are in the East Village section of Manhattan and appear from city records to have undergone substantial renovation and faced several violations.The Kushner Cos. was fined $210,000 by city regulators last year after an Associated Press report found that the company had submitted paperwork to regulators that claimed it had no low-paying, rent-stabilized tenants in dozens of its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds. The false paperwork allowed the company to avoid inspections and other scrutiny during construction work that critics have said are often used by landlords to chase low-paying renters out.The Kushner Cos. has said that the paperwork was handled by another firm and mistakes were corrected when they came to its notice.The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that the Kushners have hired a broker to sell five apartment buildings in the East Village as their company comes under public and media scrutiny. It is not clear if those are among the nine buildings with expired certificates of occupancy.Jared Kushner stepped down as the head of his family firm two years ago to become a White House adviser. He still owns stake in Westminster Management, the Kushner Cos. subsidiary that oversees its residential properties. A financial disclosure filed with federal ethics regulators shows he earned $1.5 million from the holding last year.At Tuesday’s news conference, the head of Housing Rights Initiative said that many landlords, not just the Kushners, were flouting the rules and regulators need to crack down.“A certificate of occupancy is essentially like a driver’s license for landlords,” said Aaron Carr, executive director of the group. Ignoring the lack of one is like “a police officer pulling someone over and forgetting to check their license.”Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
17 August 2009The United Nations has recently wrapped up a workshop aiming to help civil society organizations in Iraq monitor and report on human rights, as the country prepares to have its rights record scrutinized for the first time by the world body’s Human Rights Council. Under the new Universal Periodic Review (UPR) system, which started last year, all 192 Member States’ rights records will be reviewed by experts every four years.Iraq’s Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will submit human rights reports to the 47-member Human Rights Council – responsible for bolstering the promotion and protection of rights worldwide – in 2010.The Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), together with the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), held a seminar in the northern city of Erbil earlier this month to train 25 NGOs, covering all parts of the country and a range of issues, to collaborate with government institutions to meet Iraq’s rights reporting obligations.The four-day event wrapped up with the adoption of a work plan to prepare the civil society report.“UNAMI continues to stress respect for human rights in Iraq – particularly for vulnerable and minority groups – and compliance with international human rights obligations as a fundamental precursor to healthy nationhood,” according to a press release issued in Baghdad yesterday.
18 April 2011Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to decline slightly this year despite the prevailing high prices of opium, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today, saying that Government effort to discourage production could yield further reduction. “This is only an indicator and government policy can stimulate further decline,” said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the UNODC representative in Afghanistan, when he released the agency’s Opium Winter Rapid Assessment Survey.The production decrease is expected to be driven by a slightly lower level of cultivation in Helmand and Kandahar in the south, according to the projection.In turn, a strong increase in cultivation is expected in the north and north-eastern regions, namely in Badakshan, Baghlan and Faryab provinces. Those provinces had low levels of cultivation in previous years, and although in percentage terms the expected increase may be large, in absolute terms the overall cultivation level is expected to remain low compared with southern provinces.In the southern and western regions, a significant increase is also expected in Herat, Kapisa and Ghor provinces. Baghlan, Faryab, Kapisa and Ghor were all poppy-free in 2010, according to UNODC.Helmand has shown decreasing poppy cultivation trends over the last three years, declining from 103,590 hectares in 2008 to 65,045 hectares last year. “The political will shown by both the Minister of Counter Narcotics and the Governor of Helmand in tackling poppy cultivation, are exemplary for the country,” said Mr. Lemahieu.According to the assessment, 73 percent of respondents in the north and 77 per cent in the south said the driving force behind poppy cultivation this year is the high returns from opium sales. The prices of dry and fresh opium rose by 306 per cent and 251 per cent respectively between February 2010 and February this year.In the south a direct correlation between insecurity, lack of agricultural aid and poppy cultivation was established, according to the assessment.Some 90 per cent of villages in the south with poor security are involved in poppy cultivation. In the north, the vast majority of the residents – 94 per cent – reported good or very good security at the village level. The expected increase in poppy cultivation even under comparatively good security conditions is a cause for concern, UNODC said.“Let’s not forget that this latest survey is a prediction, a ‘weather forecast’, and that the exact situation of the poppy cultivation will only be known later in the year, once the estimation from satellite images are completed,” stressed Mr. Lemahieu.
The passenger plane, which was to take off to Manchester, was evacuated after the two passengers were engaged in an argument in the bathroom. The pilot said there was an altercation between the two and that some passengers heard the word “bomb” during the discussion. Bomb disposal teams inspected the plane and found there was no threat. The two passengers were later released. (Colombo Gazette) The Norwegian police detained a Sri Lankan man after evacuating a Ryanair aircraft at the Moss Airport in Norway.Norwegian media reported that the Sri Lankan was detained together with another foreigner after both men acted in a suspicious manner.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today slammed the media saying some had reported a ‘fake list’ claiming they were nominated for Ministry portfolios but had not been approved by President Maithripala Sirisena.He said that some media had claimed that Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa was in the list of MPs nominated for Ministerial posts. Wickremesinghe said that some media were attempting to mislead the public and action must be taken against them. He called for a debate next month on media which were reporting false information.The Prime Minister also said that while there were some differences of opinion with the President on the Ministerial appointments, he was confident the issues will be resolved. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister however insisted that Zoysa was not on the list.
¡¡ãThe Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack [¡-] He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,¡¡À Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in a statement issued overnight.Preliminary media reports said that a powerful bomb blasted the shrine in the Khuzdar district of the Baluchistan province, killing at least 52 people and wounding at least 100 others.¡¡ãThe Secretary-General hopes the Pakistani authorities will be able to swiftly bring the perpetrators of this depraved attack to justice,¡¡À the spokesman said.¡¡ãThe Secretary-General supports the Government of Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in full respect of international and human rights norms,¡¡À he added.
Twelve Walker Environmental employees are the newest graduates of a leadership program run by the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE).Run by Brock’s Goodman School of Business, CIMEE offers customized business seminars and leadership programs to the local business community.April 3 marked the end of the most recent group, the third cohort to participate in the program in three years. Developed through a partnership between Walker and Goodman to build leadership skills in Walker employees, the program spans 11 weeks and covers a variety of topics such as finance and human resource management, each taught by a field expert. “We wanted to create a program for our emerging leaders to prepare them for their next leadership position,” said Laura Bratley, Project Manager at Walker Environmental, who took on an administrative role for the most recent cohort after participating in last year’s course. “This program really helps you develop as a leader and gives you the long-term focus you need,” she said. Born out of a need for a leadership program that integrates Walker processes and principles, the program started in 2015 and has since seen 41 employees graduate.“We turned to Brock University because we need to learn the theory behind these concepts, but we also want to tie it into our business,” Bratley said.“Part of the value that Brock brought to the table was that the University inserted itself into our process to better understand our business. We gave CIMEE staff a tour of our facility and shared with them our sustainability model that guides decision making at Walker.”The program has paid off for Walker employees, many of whom have since moved on to leadership positions within the organization. A large part of this program’s success is due to its customization to Walker’s business operations, Bratley said. “It’s relevant to how we make decisions and how we do business at Walker.”This year, participants applied their commitment to EARTH 1st, a Walker initiative that empowers employees to take environmental responsibility, to their classroom at Brock by switching to reusable plates, cutlery and water bottles.“We were able to create a bit of an environmental impact which is a nice testament to the relationship between Brock and Walker that shows we embrace each other’s principles and how we do business,” Bratley said.
NEW YORK — David Villa, one of the biggest stars in MLS, is leaving New York City FC.The Spanish star and World Cup winner spent four seasons with the club as its first captain. He plans to continue playing, but has not said where.Villa departs after scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to virtually everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team’s fans.“I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody,” Villa said Wednesday. “First, to City Football Group that gave me the opportunity to come here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everybody at the club who helped me day by day. Thank you to the people in the offices, the people working with the team and the coaches and staff. Thank you to my teammates — without them it would have been impossible to be successful. Thank you to the people working in the media that always gave me the respect and the love.“I remember the first day I showed the jersey and the supporters were there. I would have liked to give the supporters the MLS Cup, but I don’t have any doubts that in the next years the club will get it for sure.”Villa scored from the start of his MLS career, getting NYCFC’s first Yankee Stadium goal in a home-opening win vs. New England before going on to score 18 in his debut season.He had 23 goals in his second season, leading the team to the MLS playoffs for the first time and winning the 2016 MLS MVP award.In 2017, he scored 24 goals across all competitions despite playing in fewer games than the previous season.In his final year at NYCFC, Villa dealt with injuries yet led the team in goals with 15 in 23 starts.The Associated Press
THE IRISH HOCKEY Association has until later on Tuesday to decide if it will send the men’s national team to a tournament in Argentina after a massive fundraising effort netted more than €55,000.The “Get Green Machine Going” appeal was launched last Friday after the IHA confirmed that it would stand by its decision to withdraw from the Champions Challenge I unless it could raise enough money make the trip financially viable.Overwhelming public support and individual donations raised in excess of the €45,000 target within five days. Four unnamed companies have also pledged their assistance.The IHA now has until this evening to inform the International Hockey Federation (FIH) if it will take its place in the eight-team tournament, which takes place in Quilmes from 24 November – 2 December.In a short statement, the Association and team said that they have been “bowled over” by the response to the appeal. The fundraising website will remain open until close of business on Tuesday, and any additional funds will go towards the national men’s team budget.The decision to pull out of the high-profile tournament last week came as a shock to the national team which has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and is currently ranked sixth in Europe and 15th in the world.The IHA initially said that the squad would not be prepared to properly compete following the departure of head coach Paul Revington and team manager Peter Jackson, both of whom are yet to be replaced.The Association then clarified on Friday that financial constraints and an impending deficit in the annual budget were also factors in the decision to withdraw, leading to the launch of the successful public appeal.James Nolan commemorative match set to take place
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Peninsula Representative Paul Seaton, a Homer Republican, filed a bill Friday to bring back an income tax to Alaska. Representative Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat, co-sponsored the bill.Download AudioAlaska’s budget is in dire straits. Belt-tightening is happening across the board to compensate for a sharp decline in oil revenue that’s left the state with an immense budget deficit.Representative Paul Seaton says the hole is so large, cuts just don’t cut it anymore.“You know, three and a half, four billion dollars of deficit and we know we cannot solve it by just making cuts. [You can] terminate the entire state employee force and we would not get halfway there. So, we need to look at diversifying our revenue sources,” says Seaton.The state last had an income tax in the 1970s but the growing oil industry and the money it pumped into the economy prompted the state to get rid of it in 1980. Then, the state took a look at reinstating the tax 10 years ago. It was briefly considered and then put to the side. Seaton says his proposal now uses information from that past research.“I was here during the Murkowski administration in which we looked really carefully and analyzed both a sales tax and an income tax. They both raised about the same amount of money but an income tax was much more efficient to collect; it cost less than half the amount that a sales tax did.”The income tax he is proposing is based on federal tax rates and brackets. A person would pay to the state of Alaska the equivalent of 15% of their federal tax.“I think everybody can quickly make their own example. All they have to do is look at last year’s tax form and take 15% of it and that would be what they would pay. If they sent $500 to the federal government, it would be $75 dollars. If they sent $5,000 in taxes, then it would be $750. Now, if you also have capital gains, which the vast majority of people do not have, then you would add 10% of the capital gains.”Taxes is a buzzword in politics. Voters are often strongly for or against increasing or instating them. Seaton says since he introduced this bill last week, the majority of his constituents that have contacted him have been quite supportive.He says he thinks that’s because Alaskans are feeling the pressure of the economic shortfall. And he says, it’s becoming clear that the ability to maintain services and programs in the state depends on its one major industry.“Well, it becomes very volatile when you’re relying only on one source. And we may as well say only one source since I think it’s 92% of our general fund money is coming from taxes and royalties on oil.”Seaton says this tax is in part bringing home a lesson from other states that have dealt with similar issues.“It’s hard to maintain responsibility when nobody is paying any taxes. We’re the only state that has neither a state property tax or a state sales tax or a state income tax. So, there is no individual revenue that comes to the state from its residents and so it’s a lot easier to spend somebody else’s money.”Finally, he says not only would this tax rely on contributions from residents, it applies to non-residents who earn money in-state as well.“Right now it doesn’t matter if you’re in the tourist business or whether you’re in the fishing business and you’re up here in the summer or you work on the North Slope. All of that money goes outside and nothing is left for the state to help support the infrastructure. So, that brings them into the fold as well.”Seaton says he doesn’t necessarily expect the bill to pass, but he hopes it will start a conversation about diversifying revenue sources for the state which he says could lead it down a more stable path in the future.
Davis LandMorris Young, a graduate of Houston’s community re-entry program, loads pallets with supplies for a city library.At a city general services warehouse, Morris Young loads a pallet jack with boxes of paper towels and soap going to a Houston library. Young moved to Houston after getting out of prison in Louisiana last April and since then, he’s gone through the Houston community re-entry program and landed a job at the warehouse. “It’s like I just walked into the best situation ever,” Young said. “I truly appreciate that; I’m grateful for that, I thank God for that opportunity.”Young graduated as part of the 20th bi-annual class of the re-entry program and now works for the city. Employers see attendance of a re-entry program as a sign graduates are good job candidates, said LaTosha Selexman, who oversees the re-entry program.Selexman said over the past 10 years, one issue of increasing importance is behavioral health.“We found that we really need to be able to address people’s behavioral health concerns and we have incorporated that part into what we do with returning citizens,” Selexman said.Selexman said just under a third of people exiting prison in Texas have some form of behavioral health concern, like depression or addiction, so addressing health issues is a large part of helping people find stability. “One of the greatest strategies is peer support; people being able to rely on someone at their greatest moment of stress,” Selexman said. “People really need support because it’s a whole new world.”Graduates of the program tend to fair better as they move back into life outside of prison. Houston’s re-entry program sees about 14% of graduates re-offend, lower than the statewide average of 22%. Share
Story Links Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack(Opening statement) “I’m going to be very careful with how I say this because I thought Andy’s guys played extremely hard, and I told him after the game, a lot harder on tape, well a lot harder tonight, than on film. It’s a credit to when they’ve lost a few in a row. To me, this game was about our inability to be ready to play. We were playing uphill the entire game and it was because of having the wrong mindset. That hasn’t been an issue with our team, but hopefully a dose of reality that if you’re not mentally ready to go, you’re not willing to, again, be ready to go when the ball is jumped then you find yourself in the situation we were in. It’s disappointing. Obviously, it’s a different game for us offensively with CC (Christen Cunningham) being out. Everyone sort of moves up a notch on the food chain in terms of ball-handling responsibilities. We managed that really well. Not the merriest lead into Christmas, but it is what it is.”(On what he said to the team at halftime) “I said, ‘I’m not going to tell you I told you so, but I told you so.’ Because our coaching staff sensed it was a little too loose. We tried to address it. I have to do a better job. Anyone can tell you, ‘You’re not ready to play,’ or, ‘You’re too loose,’ but so what. Identify and fix the problem and we had a problem to start the game. I told them at halftime, if we play the second half the like we did the last five minutes of the half, we do a much better job of handling the ball, which is what I think we did, and maybe the outcome will be different from the first half.”(On when he noticed a lack of focus) “I sensed when we got to the arena. It was more our staff sensing it. With guys getting shots, really loosey-goosey in warm-ups, layup lines, and certainly you can sense it, feel it on the floor in the first four or five minutes of the game. Felt like it was a mortuary on the defensive end. There was no talk and we got served tonight.”(On what happened with Christen Cunningham and his timetable) “He missed a little layup in traffic yesterday in practice and it was a little bunny, so he quickly second jumped and tried to tip it at the same time and the guy was sort of blocking him slash undercutting him, so he landed on his back/butt, his head hit the ground, pretty nasty. He got up, said he was fine. Fortunately, Fred (Hina) held him out, he did not feel as well the next day. We made the smart decision to sit him out with the symptoms. We are very hopeful that the break for all of players, but obviously Christen, will serve him well and he can come back, be ready to go in the next game. I think eight-nine days between when he did it and when we play.”(On defense and starting early) “With the way Robert Morris was defending us, and us turning the ball over, it had to start on the defensive end. we had to have an answer for how fast they were running their offense, how quick they were slipping their big to the rim . we did a poor job on pick and layups which led to more fouls and downhill drives. For us, it always starts on the defensive end, because shooting is going to come and go, your opportunities on offense will sometimes be executed very well but you might miss the shot and you have to get consecutive stops. I thought outside of the first 12-14 minutes, we really did that because within the first 12 minutes they had a lot of points. And they ended with under 60.” (Defense on Williams) “it was tough, it was a lot of different guys. Khwan (Fore) has been a good defender all year and he is a guy who we trust to take a player like Josh Williams and chase him all over the floor and defend him without fouling. Some of our other guys stepped up and took shots that quite honestly we haven’t really seen. I thought the difference with Robert Morris tonight was that they played a lot harder, especially offensively and we were just a tick slow. (This is your last game against a power five school. What have you guys taken away from playing all these schools at the beginning of the season?) “One it’s a great experience for our guys, first and foremost. I think one of our jobs, as coaches, is to provide these guys with great memories. I think that guys will remember coming to the Yum Center, playing against Louisville, being able to compete at a reasonable level for the majority of the game. Those things are important. And the obviously just the pace is faster, the speed of the game, the athleticism, the physicality of what’s out there. I think if you can execute and perform in this kind of environment, then hopefully that will pay dividends for you as you go down the road and you’re not playing in front of 22,000 people and having a 6-10, 260 guys hanging around the basket. Those are hopefully the things you learn, but you obviously offer guys the opportunity to compete and play against the best and see where you guys can stack up.” Print Friendly Version (On how well Robert Morris defended early in the game) “Again, on tape, I didn’t think they played as hard as they did tonight in the (KFC) YUM! Center. Was told by Matt Painter years ago and I’ll never forget it. If the guy on you blocks your shot from the perimeter, you just made a really boneheaded play. When you think about it, when you play basketball, if the guy blocks your shot while he’s on you then obviously you can’t play. You got to have that feeling. Of course a couple of them, well one of them, there was two seconds on the shot clock, so there weren’t a lot of options. I thought Andy’s kids played really hard on it.”(On Ryan McMahon’s expanding his game) “He didn’t play very well the first half, so you must be complimenting his second half. I was really disappointed in Ryan in the first half. We need him to be stronger with the ball when he gets in traffic. Because he can get in traffic. His defender in going to be in the air a lot because all he has to do is look up at the banners and guys are going to jump. It’s the ability to make decisions and be tough with the ball that we really need out of Ryan. Defensively, he needs to have a louder presence and a louder voice on the floor because he’s such a smart player, but if you don’t dispense that knowledge, it really doesn’t matter. Those are the two areas for growth. You might think Ryan is becoming a better player, I feel like he’s really falling short of his potential right now because he can be a lot better and a lot tougher right now. We need him to be to be a really good team.”(On what defensive adjustments he made) “None. Didn’t make any. That’s how good of a coach I am. I’m serious. Sometimes, you say in the huddle or at halftime, ‘We have to make these adjustments.’ I told our team at halftime, ‘I hate being this coach because I’m not giving you answers, but we’re not playing hard enough.’ That’s it. We’re not playing hard enough. When you play to the level that you can and you play really hard defensively and then there are some things that are broken and need to be fixed, then we’ll address it. We can’t evaluate as a coaching staff what our scheme is doing if we’re not playing very hard. I think a lot of coaches sometimes scream and say, ‘Play harder,’ and don’t give their guys answers. And I try to be that coach, but tonight it was called for. We weren’t playing hard enough. That’s the adjustment that we made. It was to tell them to play harder or we’re going to lose the game.”(On coaching on his first Louisville-Kentucky game) “It’s a big game. Excited about it. We’ll worry about Kentucky after Christmas. We got a really good team.”Robert Morris Head Coach Andrew Toole(You took away their drives to the basket and really set the tempo early. Was that a point of emphasis, to take away their drive?) “Yeah, I mean them not having [Christen] Cunningham first and foremost affects their ability to kind of have some playmakers out there getting to the basket. And so, we wanted to make sure that we were really doing a good job of closing out to [Jordan] Nwora, closing out to [Ryan] McMahon when he was in the game, closing out to [Darius] Perry, but also then not allowing someone to beat us on dribble drive. Not allowing the interior play. We really wanted to defend the paint as best we could, and I thought that we did a really nice job of that early in the game.”(You were up seven or eight and they went on that 20-2 run, what happened there?) “It’s a combination… I think we did have some good looks that we didn’t make. I think obvious Louisville kind of raised their intensity level and really started to attack the basket, really get to the free throw line, which hurt. You need all those things to go in your favor if you’re going to win a game like this on the road. We had some costly mistakes that led to buckets for them that obviously allowed them to gain momentum. If you can continue maybe to make shots, you can hold them at bay a little bit. We weren’t able to do that. And then they were able to capitalize and score, and so all of a sudden, that momentum started to change. And some of the looks, I liked. A couple of the plays, I didn’t. But, I thought those guys competed the best they could for 40 minutes.” (Your team didn’t look like a team that’s lost eight games….) “I appreciate that. This is, I think, what we have been looking for as coaches. Now the trick is, can we sustain it for a majority of the remainder of our season. I think that we’ve shown flashes of this during our non-conference so far, but we haven’t been able to do it for long enough, to be able to win games. We’ve been trying to constantly discuss that, constantly talk about it, constantly pound that into the guys’ brains about competing on every possession. I think that if we can play like this moving forward, we have a chance at becoming a pretty decent team, within our league. But obviously, we still have to prove that we have to do it on a regular basis.” (On Steven Enoch and his future) “He worked his tail off in the post. He may have set his teammates up and guys get in the habit of not being able to find Steve because he is invisible and then tonight, he did a great job sealing his man up the lane, he’s asking for the ball on high-lows, he’s sealing his man on skip passes and we quite honestly missed him a few times. So, we must get better in that regard, but it was great to see. It was his effort in terms of sealing his man close to the basket, he’s so wide and so athletic. The more we can get it to him right there, as you know if he gets fouled, he is an awfully good free throw shooter.”