Agenda For Tonight’s City Council Meeting

first_imgAgenda For City Council MeetingNOVEMBER 26, 2018 At 5:30 P.M. At The Civic Center AGENDA B.TAX PHASE-IN COMPLIANCE REPORTS:  Andrea Lendy, Growth Alliance B.RESOLUTION C-2018-36 A Resolution in Support of Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s Destination Development Grant Proposal Sponsor(s): McGinn Discussion Led By: President Brinkmeyer 11/26/2018 Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney A.RESOLUTION C-2018-35 A Resolution Memorializing the Mater Dei Girls Soccer Team for Winning the State Championship Sponsor(s): Adams, Brinkmeyer, Elpers, Mosby Discussion Led By: President Brinkmeyer 11/26/2018 Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney E.ORDINANCE R-2018-30 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 612-614 Line Street, 300-310 E. Mulberry Street and 611-619 S. Governor Street Petitioner: Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Inc. Owner: Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Inc. Requested Change: C2 to R3 Ward: 4 Robinson Representative: Bret Sermersheim, Morley Corp. III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS C.RESOLUTION C-2018-37 A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Approving and Authorizing Certain Actions and Proceedings with Respect to Certain Proposed Economic Development Revenue Bonds and Related Matters Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 11/26/2018 Notify: Kelley Coures, Dept. of Metropolitan Development Agenda Attachment: A.ORDINANCE G-2018-32 An Ordinance Granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2019 (PAST, LLC) Sponsor(s): Adams Discussion Led By: A.S.D. Chair Adams 12/10/2018 Notify: Bill Kramer, PAST, LLC Memo Attachment: B.ORDINANCE G-2018-33 An Ordinance Granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2019 (Relaxi Taxi Co.) Sponsor(s): Adams Discussion Led By: A.S.D. Chair Adams 12/10/2018 Notify: Keith Kollker, Relaxi Taxi Co, LLC. G-2018-33 Attachment: C.ORDINANCE F-2018-25 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 12/10/2018 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Jr., City Controller V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS R-2018-31 Attachment: IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS E.ORDINANCE R-2018-28 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 401 NW Second Street Petitioner: Michael Martin Owner: Michael Martin Requested Change: C4 to C3 Ward: 4 Robinson Representative: Michael Martin A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. R-2018-27 Attachment: C-2018-36 Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS I.INTRODUCTION C.ORDINANCE R-2018-25 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 4445 Commerce Street Petitioner: Kevin Ferrell Owner: F&P Real Estate Holdings, LLC Requested Change: C2 to C4 Ward: 5 Elpers Representative: Kevin Ferrell, F&P Real Estate Holdings, LLC G-2018-31 Attachment: center_img R-2018-25 Attachment: VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS C.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS R-2018-29 Attachment: F-2018-03 Attachment: D.ORDINANCE R-2018-29 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1841 Buchanan Road Petitioner: Nora Elaine Roberts Owner: Nora Elaine Roberts Requested Change: M2 to R2 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Nora Elaine Roberts R-2018-28 Attachment: XI.ADJOURNMENT G-2018-32 Attachment: II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA C-2018-35 Attachment: X.COMMITTEE REPORTS FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET B.ORDINANCE F-2018-03 An Ordinance Regarding City of Evansville Funds Allocated to ECHO Housing Corp. Sponsor(s): Elpers, Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 11/26/2018 Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney A.ORDINANCE G-2018-31 An Ordinance to Vacate Certain Public Ways or Public Places Within the City of Evansville, Indiana, Commonly Known as All That Alley Being Approximately Twelve (12) Feet in Width and Located South of West Franklin Street, North of West Illinois Street, East of Mary Street and West of Harriet Street, in the City of Evansville, Indiana Sponsor(s): Hayden Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 11/26/2018 Notify: Marco DeLucio, ZSWS F.ORDINANCE R-2018-31 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1900-1912 N Fifth Avenue Petitioner: John and Anita Smith Owner: John & Anita Smith Requested Change: C4 to M1 w/UDC Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Thomas J. Keith, Andy Easley Engineering, Inc. C-2018-37 Attachment: F-2018-25 Attachment: R-2018-30 Attachment: D.ORDINANCE R-2018-27 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 5401 Weaver Road Petitioner: Brad Morton Owner: Brad Morton Requested Change: C4 to R1 Ward: 5 Elpers Representative: Brad Mortonlast_img read more

Danger in the internet echo chamber

first_imgThe internet once promised to be the great equalizer. Technology would democratize access to information and remove barriers between people who wished to connect and share ideas, snatching power from a cluster of institutions that had controlled access, such as government and media, and giving it to anyone with a Wi-Fi connection. Yet an unfortunate and largely unintended consequence of the rise of social media is that instead of being better informed and exposed to ever-broadening viewpoints, research shows that Americans today are more polarized and draw from shrinking pools of news. Many people now operate in virtual gated communities as a result of their culled Facebook and Twitter feeds and the opaque corporate algorithms that organize people into invisible groups.In a new book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein argues that social media curation dramatically limits exposure to views and information that don’t align with already-established beliefs, which makes it harder and harder to find an essential component of democracy — common ground. In an email exchange, Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, talked about how America needs to restore “serendipity” online and bring back the conditions necessary for a healthy democracy in the digital era.GAZETTE: We’re becoming more isolated from a diversity of opinions and information and more closely connected to a homogenous cohort. How did this happen, and was it anticipated?SUNSTEIN: A lot of people love reading things that fortify and confirm their own opinions — and, by definition, people like reading about topics that interest them. So, freedom of choice can produce self-sorting, in which people enter echo chambers or information cocoons. Each of us can create and live in a “Daily Me.” That was not widely anticipated. I wouldn’t say that we are now more isolated from diversity; there’s a lot of diversity out there, in terms of how isolated people are from diversity. But many people do like to isolate themselves, and that’s a big problem.GAZETTE: It’s natural for people to want to avoid things they find irritating or even offensive, and yet you argue that curating your information diet to only reflect what you prefer is damaging. What are some of the actions or seemingly reasonable choices people are making that harm them individually? And while it’s certainly not good intellectually, how does the fragmentation or compartmentalization of news/information undermine democracy?SUNSTEIN: The biggest issue is simple. It’s group polarization, which means that if you listen to people like you, you’ll probably get more extreme and more confident too. If Republicans talk or listen to each other, they’ll probably become more extreme, and the same is true for Democrats. We’ve seen plenty of that, and we’re going to see more. By the way, it happens on university campuses on both the left and the right, and we should worry about both. (I worked in the Obama administration, and I am worried that the left might go nuts in coming years.) In Washington, group polarization makes sensible compromises more difficult and also makes it much harder for people to learn from each other. Some issues — consider increases in the minimum wage — are pretty complicated, and mutual learning is indispensable.GAZETTE: What are some of the “preconditions for maintaining a republic?”SUNSTEIN: A capacity to listen, a commitment to reason, a belief in the good faith of (most) people who disagree with you, a desire to participate, love of country, a concern for the direction in which your country is moving. (Also, a sense of humor, and probably an appreciation of music too.)GAZETTE: You call for an “architecture of serendipity.” What do you mean, why is that important, and what are some of the obstacles or incentives that might hinder its construction?SUNSTEIN: It’s great if you come across ideas and topics that you didn’t specifically select. That can change your day and even your life. A great city exposes you to all sorts of people and ways of life, serendipitously. A great university does the same. So does a well-functioning information market. Serendipity is crucial because it expands your horizons. You need that if you want to be free.GAZETTE: How can that happen amid the growing prevalence of “fake news,” including a misinformation campaign apparently mounted by the Russians during the 2016 election, and other targeted efforts to bombard users with propaganda in order to drown out legitimate voices and news sources?SUNSTEIN: We need to go on several different paths, and at the same time. Serendipity can be promoted by platforms (technology types are already on this), and fake news can be combated by reality checks. Facebook is interested in the latter. I would also emphasize that a sensible government needs to allow people who know what they’re doing to apply their expertise (for example, to reduce deaths on the highway), whatever the background noise from Facebook or Twitter.GAZETTE: So what can be done to rectify the compartmentalization? And do platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have an obligation to adjust and be more transparent about how they’re selecting what information we see? Is Facebook’s new “disputed” tag to alert readers to fake news an adequate fix?SUNSTEIN: For that one, you’re going to have to read the book.last_img read more

ETA Trained 100 FARC Rebels In Venezuela

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2010 Members of the militant Basque separatist group ETA trained around 100 guerillas from Colombia’s rebel FARC group in camps in Venezuela, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Sunday. According to the newspaper, ETA fighters gave lessons in advanced explosives techniques in at least six Venezuelan camps between 2003 and 2008. El Pais said the information came from witness statements made by four former FARC members to Spanish police in Bogota last October. The ABC newspaper in Madrid quoted Spanish police reports saying ETA and FARC first made contact in Cuba in 1993 and held two training camps in 2003. ETA members learned how to make and use grenades and surface-to-air missiles while FARC fighters were shown techniques for urban guerilla warfare, particularly how to use mobile phones as remote detonators for bombs, ABC said. Last Monday a Spanish judge charged that ETA and FARC plotted to kill Colombian politicians in Spain, including President Alvaro Uribe, with Venezuelan “governmental cooperation.” This move prompted tension between Madrid and Caracas, and led to the two governments issuing a joint statement stressing their ties in the fight against terrorism.last_img read more

Scientific Games appoints Alexander Ambrose as financial lead for SG Digital

first_img StumbleUpon Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Jason Walbridge – SG DigitalNasdaq-listed industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC), continues to restructure the executive management of its SG Digital division, confirming the appointment of Alexander Ambrose as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Ambrose joins SG Digital’s leadership team from competitor Playtech Plc, where he served as UK Finance Director (2013-2018).Taking on SG Digital CFO responsibilities, Ambrose will lead the financial planning, auditing and capital strategy for SGC’s newest division, which seeks to become the outright technology and systems leader for the global online gambling sector.Updating investors, Jason Walbridge, Chief Operating Officer of SG Digital, welcomed the appointment, saying: “Alex is the perfect addition to our team as we level up our product portfolio and continue the rapid transformation of our sportsbook business to meet the needs of our growing US customer base. As a finance leader with strong industry expertise, Alex has extensive experience leading finance teams in a multi-product environment. We’re glad to have him on board during this transformational time.”Michael Quartieri, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scientific Games, added: “We are thrilled to have Alex join SG Digital and our global finance team. His in-depth financial experience in iGaming will enable him to drive operational excellence, execute best practices and position us for growth in our iGaming and sportsbook businesses.”last_img read more

Deontay Wilder officially demands a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury

first_imgThe contest was ruled a majority draw, with scores of 113-113 115-111 and 112-114.Since then, Wilder scored a highlight reel knockout win over Dominic Breazeale in May before stopping Luis Ortiz in November with one of the most powerful punches in recent memory. In that same time span, Fury scored a TKO win over Tom Schwarz before overcoming a huge cut to outpoint Otto Wallin in September. Deontay Wilder has demanded an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury after falling to a seventh round knockout loss to the Gypsy King just over a week ago. Wilder had 25 days to notify Top Rank and Fury that he would demand a rematch, a right included as a clause in their fight contract. He only needed seven, with the confirmation coming via ESPN on Sunday.  Top Rank boss Bob Arum told ESPN the bout will likely take place on July 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The rematch clause stipulated Los Angeles, New York or Vegas must host the rematch. Fury won the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder in a one-sided performance in their rematch in February. Wilder was knocked down twice – and hit the canvas another two times due to slips – before his cornerman Mark Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round. The American was furious with the stoppage, wanting to go out on his shield. After initially sacking Breland, Wilder posted a video to social media saying the trainer will remain on the team. The bout was a rematch of their hugely controversial 2018 draw, held in LA.Fury outboxed Wilder and looked set for a big upset before being dropped twice late in the fight. last_img read more