Vanderburgh County Commissioners January 23, 2018 Meeting Agenda

first_imgPetitioner: Benjamin NiemeierAddress: 8635 N St. Joe RoadRequest: Change from Ag to C-4 with UDC Petitioner: Dianna MillerAddress: 10108 Schaeffer RoadRequest: Change from Ag to C-4 with UDC Old BusinessAmended 2021 Holiday Schedule RezoningFirst Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-3-2018 Surplus Request:Adult Probation a Microfiche MachineHealth Department Various EquipmentSuperior Court: Office Furniture Petitioner: Charles & Michelle WakefieldAddress: 5510 Booker RoadRequest: Change from C-2 to R-1AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare County Clerk: December 2017 Monthly ReportTravel Request:Soil and Water Conservation District (2)County Engineer (1) County Engineering:Department ReportPay Request #30 University Parkway T.I.F. for the sum of $34,884.90Pay Request #2 Phoenix Commerce T.I.F. for the sum of $9,450.00Claims County Commissioners:  Sales Agreement for Tekoppel Ave. Property2018 Township Trustee Standards:KnightCenterPerry County Treasurer: December 2017 Monthly ReportBurdette Park:2018 Proposed Park Rental RatesCoin Changer for Aquatic Center civic center AGENDA Of Vanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersJanuary 23, 2018, at 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items First Reading of Ordinance CO.02-18-007: Amending Chapter 2.48 of Vanderburgh County Code on Information Technology Advisory CommitteeFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.01-18-005 As Amended: Establishing A Parental Leave PolicyFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.01-18-006: Regarding Group Health Insurance for Retired County Employees Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-2-2018 Public CommentConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements, and LeasesCommunity Corrections: Letter of Support of the FY 2019 Grant Application to the Indiana Dept. of CorrectionsSuperior Court: Service Contracts  YWCAAlbion Bacon Fellows Center Final Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-1-2018 Board Appointments Department Head ReportsNew BusinessRoad Hearing County Commissioners: County Towing and Storage Contract with Hamrick’s Towing & Recovery, LLCSuperior Court, Juvenile Division: 2018 CASA ContractCollective Bargaining Agreement with the TeamstersDrug and Alcohol Deferral Service Contract with Jennifer BellBurdette Park: 2018 Oswald Marketing Contract Approval of January 9, 2018, Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesRoad Closure Request:Logan’s PromiseUSI Screaming Eagles Running Serieslast_img read more

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News story: Eddystone and Red Eagle report published

first_imgMAIB’s report of the unintentional release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fixed fire-extinguishing system on board the roll on, roll off (ro-ro) cargo vessel Eddystone in June 2016 and a similar incident on board the ro-ro passenger ferry Red Eagle in July 2017, is now published.The report contains details of what happened, the subsequent actions taken and recommendation made: read more. Press enquiries during office hours 01932 440015 Press enquiries out of hours 020 7944 4292center_img Press enquirieslast_img read more

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Spring planting under way in the Arboretum landscape

first_img Read Full Story Though spring seemed to get a bit of a late start in Boston this year, spring planting is already well under way at the Arnold Arboretum. Staff horticulturists are adding many trees, shrubs, and vines from our nurseries to their new locations in the landscape. This season’s additions to the living collection—including about 75 individual trees—represent plants collected on botanical expeditions, species of conservation value, and adjuncts to several of the Arboretum’s national collections and visitor destinations.Among the “class of 2013” are young specimens birch (Betula spp.), hornbeam (Carpinus spp.), and holly (Ilex spp.), to name just a few. Many new accessions of species and ornamental roses will enhance new beds established last fall at the entrance to the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Plants obtained on a 2008 staff expedition to the Adirondack Mountains are also finding their way into the landscape this spring, including red maple (Acer rubrum), mountain maple (A. spicatum), and two species of cherry (Prunus serotina and P. virginiana). The red maple, Accession #567-2008*B, was planted on Arbor Day during a special gathering and tour in the Maple Collection, an honors those who lost their lives or were injured in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.last_img read more

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Negative plus

first_imgFor years, researchers have worked to develop novel molecules for therapeutic or research purposes, and have relied on directed evolution as a powerful technique for generating molecules that exhibit the properties they want.Led by David Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, a team of Harvard researchers recently developed the first system for enabling proteins to evolve continuously in the laboratory, without researcher intervention. That system, called PACE (phage-assisted continuous evolution), allowed for protein evolution to take place approximately 100 times faster than previously possible.Now Liu and colleagues have added a powerful new tool to their arsenal — the ability to eliminate molecules they don’t want during continuous directed evolution.The researchers have equipped PACE with a negative selection — the ability to drive evolution away from certain traits — to enable the rapid evolution of molecules with dramatically altered properties. That ability, Liu said, could help researchers to evolve proteins to selectively perform surgery on only one exact part of a human genome, or bind only one disease-causing protein in a sea of beneficial proteins. The work is described in a paper published online this month in Nature Chemical Biology.In addition to negative selection, Liu said, “we developed a way to modulate the selection stringency, so we can change the threshold that’s needed for a given population member to survive versus die.”Using the new tools, Liu and colleagues were able to evolve T7 polymerase proteins — enzymes that bind to specific DNA sequences, called “promoters,” and begin transcribing DNA into RNA — to recognize new sequences, and to reject the sequences they initially evolved to recognize in nature.“Traditionally, in protein evolution, it’s been quite difficult to evolve enzymes with truly altered specificities,” Liu said. “It’s much easier to evolve enzymes with broadened activities, ones that can process a new target in addition to their original target. There have been far fewer examples of enzymes evolved to recognize a new target and completely reject the target that nature evolved them to recognize.”To accomplish their goal, Liu and graduate students Jacob Carlson and Ahmed Badran turned to a variant of the protein that forms the backbone of the PACE process.That process, Liu explained, begins with a virus, called a phage, that infects bacteria. The phage use E. coli host cells as factories to produce both proteins and new generations of phage, and to perform the key selection step that allows phage-carrying genes encoding proteins with desired properties to flourish.“Until now, those phage propagate only if they have a desired action,” Liu explained. “To develop the negative selection capability we explored strategies to do the opposite — to penalize those phage that encode genes with undesired activity.”The solution, he said, came from Carlson, who identified a variant of the P3 protein used in PACE that inhibits phage reproduction, rather than allowing them to propagate. By linking the production of that form of the protein to undesired actions, the team was able to create a system that punishes genes encoding proteins with undesired activities.“Now, if phage have undesired activities, they poison their own ability to reproduce,” Liu said. “And we can integrate both the positive and negative selections to simultaneously select for desired activities while also selecting against undesired activities.”Using the system to evolve RNA polymerase molecules is only the tip of the iceberg, Liu said, pointing to a range of therapeutic possibilities his lab is already working on.“Laboratory evolution really comes down to navigating your way through what evolutionary biologists call a ‘fitness landscape,’” he said. “If you imagine that the landscape is all the possible mutations of a protein, and the elevation describes how desirable they are — we’re trying to find our way to the highest summits while avoiding the valleys.“These new capabilities — negative selection and stringency modulation — allow us, in a much more precise way, to sculpt the way we travel through that landscape, and to tailor the evolution in a way that’s more likely to succeed and more likely to reach the fitness peaks that are of interest to us.”last_img read more

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Decreasing International Cooperation in Anti-Drug Fight Concerns Peru

first_img Peru is concerned by the “growing decrease” in international cooperation in the fight against drugs and is negotiating with the United States and the European Union for greater aid in fulfillment of their responsibilities in combating that crime, the Peruvian anti-drug czar said on September 9. “There is a worrisome trend of decreasing external cooperation,” affirmed Ricardo Soberón, head of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Comisión Nacional de Desarrollo y Vida sin Drogas), emphasizing that what is sought is for that cooperation to be “horizontal, open, and respectful, in order to confront a problem that transcends Peru’s possibilities.” He indicated that negotiations are currently underway with two U.S. agencies for aid in the amount of 52.5 million dollars annually, while cooperation from the countries of the European Union is expected to be 50.2 million dollars for the next three years. At a press conference, Soberón specified that the cocaine produced in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia — the world’s largest producers of that drug — is worth 33 billion dollars on being sold in Europe and 37 billion dollars on being sold in the United States, according to United Nations figures. “If those amounts are compared to what we receive in international cooperation, we realize that there’s an enormous difference, which implies non-fulfillment of the principle of shared responsibility on the part of the international community.” For that reason, he noted that President Ollanta Humala has called for an anti-drug summit in the first half of next year, with consuming countries and producing countries participating. “The U.S. market has stabilized, but it still represents 36 percent of global consumption, while there’s a substantial increase in consumption in Western Europe,” he noted. In the case of Peru, he said that drug production is calculated to be over 300 tons a year, of which around 20 tons is seized, implying that drug traffickers do between 2.5 billion and 3 billion dollars of business in the country each year. Peru will dedicate between 43 million and 45 million dollars of its resources to the fight against drugs in 2012, for interdiction, coca eradication, rural development, and prevention. By Dialogo September 13, 2011last_img read more

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What the heck is a “nomophobic” … and why should your credit union care?

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details As if our stress-laden society didn’t have enough fears and phobias, now there’s nomophobia – “the fear of being without a mobile phone.” It’s that sinking feeling you get when you can’t find your phone or know you left it at home. The British Post Office coined the term “nomophobia” in 2010, and for some it’s a real anxiety. That isn’t surprising. Market research firm IDC found that 79% of smartphone users have their phones on or near them every waking hour. There were some 7.7 billion mobile devices worldwide by the end of 2014 – more than one for each of the earth’s 7.1 billion people. And nearly 2 million smartphones are sold daily – five times more than the number of babies born each day. But is the ubiquitous nature of digital devices really bad for the psyche? Smart technology is making it easier to navigate our increasingly complex society, and convenience is top of mind for most of us. Whether you’re buying theatre tickets or booking travel, checking the weather or finding the best route in traffic, these tools reduce hassle and save time. You can stay on top of work projects, keep up with friends, or gather information. And for many, smartphones allow working from home at least part of the time.Must-have vs. would-be-niceMost credit unions today know digital technology is here to stay and that offering mobile banking is a must-have app, not just a nice alternative aimed at tech-oriented consumers. It’s as basic as the branch, and more widely used – a shift from just four years ago. According to CEB (now part of Gartner), more than half of North American customers said they want to use via a personal channel (e.g., branch or call center) as recently as 2013. But by 2015, 81% favored do-it-yourself banking. Of those, 23% exclusively prefer mobile, while 58% prefer the mobile channel but also want a personal representative available only if needed.Most credit union execs agree they must offer mobile apps today, but here’s the rub: A basic service with few or no complementary financial apps might not be enough – especially if it isn’t easy to use. The CEB/Gartner research also showed that consumers want more functionality, such as digital apps that help them in other areas, such as money management, goal-setting and advice.It’s no wonder; they’ve learned from cloud-based retailers and service providers that there’s even more convenience to be had. Amazon is the obvious example: While the online giant has offered 1-click purchasing since its earliest days, Amazon continually makes upgrades to simplify buying decisions, from targeted suggestions to easy order-tracking and “dash buttons,” to reminders that it’s time to reorder often-used products. And Amazon’s Prime app offers perks like exclusive mega deals, no-cost content streaming and free shipping. Groupon also caught on early that it wasn’t enough to offer an app for discounted merchandise and services through a group-buying model. The Company has gone on to make couponing “cool” again with a splash of technology and enabling consumers to control their own experiences. Coupled with Snap, an app and intuitive browser, Groupon earned its spot as “Best Retail App” last year. But you don’t have to win awards or be the biggest online financial institution to meet members’  expectations. Using the right cloud technology can get you there without breaking the budget. A Walk in the CloudIn talking with credit union executives, I’ve found three reasons why some don’t take advantage of the cloud to expand their digital offerings: 1.“I can’t justify tossing out our legacy system when it still works.” Instead of chucking what you have now, cloud technology can help integrate the old and the new. A sound Application Program Interface (API) strategy allows you to affordably connect current systems to apps that complement members’ mobile banking, such as setting and tracking savings goals, making the home-buying process easier or help staying on budget.2. “We’re swamped now, and everyone already has too much on their plates.”Connecting current systems to cloud technology doesn’t have to be all or nothing; and focusing on one area at a time makes it easier. I recommend starting with enhancing mobile banking because members expect a digital experience that meets or exceeds the standard set by other apps they use. 3. “Data breaches and other cybercrimes happen all the time; we can’t take that chance.”The public cloud can be scary, requiring high-risk industries like financial services to be ultra-secure. That’s why Virtual StrongBox provides its secure customer engagement platform to clients. It offers peace of mind with patented end-to-end encryption technology, secure file-exchange with permission-based document sharing, private-cloud infrastructure that is SSAE16SOC-complaint and redundant servers. “Banking is necessary, banks are not”Famous words from Bill Gates more than 20 years ago and still relevant. While banking is our business, it isn’t all that important to consumers; most want to spend as little time as possible doing it. To help them appreciate your credit union, offer the financial tools and apps members want and need. Choose those that can make their lives easier and be used on any digital device – an important consideration for those experiencing nomophobia.No one wants the anxiety of a misplaced smartphone. But technology can help here, too. For example, Virtual StrongBox’s clients offer their members/customers secure, online “safe-deposit” boxes. Each member has a private space (My Virtual StrongBox), where they can store and access copies of vital documents anywhere there is an internet connection, and on any device. Files stored from their smartphones can easily be retrieved on their laptops or tablets.The busier we get and the more we rely on our digital devices, the more your m will demand a fully-functioned app. Sure, if you’re a nomophobe, it’s frightening when you can’t find your phone. But apps like “find a phone” or Tile Mate can help track them down and even lock them up. So, take a deep breath and relax; your phone will turn up … eventually.last_img read more

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CUNA member to testify before SBC, CHOICE on House floor

first_imgCUNA is engaged with both House and Senate proceedings this week, as the House prepares to vote on a piece of regulatory relief legislation and a CUNA board member will testify before a Senate Committee. Dallas Bergl, who also serves as CEO of INOVA FCU, Elkhart, Ind., will testify before the Senate Banking Committee Thursday.Bergl will appear before the committee at a hearing titled “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities,” scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. (ET).“In his testimony, he’s going to present a number of common-sense solutions to stimulate economic growth, I would expect he will discuss the role credit unons play in serving their communities through small business loans, and the need to provide parity for 1-4 family non owner occupied residential loan,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “He’ll also discuss the impact the member business lending cap has on credit unions’ ability to serve communities.”Live video of the hearing will be streamed on the committee’s website.Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act, an alternative to Dodd-Frank, is expected to be considered by the House this week. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Disney shares jump on positive vaccine news

first_imgShares of Disney were up more than 9% Monday after drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech reported positive results from their Covid-19 vaccine trial, leading investors to flock back toward travel-heavy stocks.Traders have spent the last several months piling into technology stocks that benefitted from people staying at home, such as Zoom Video and Peloton. But after the pharmaceutical companies announced their vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, investors seemed to step back from the high-flying names and flocked toward companies that would benefit from the economy reopening.Disney has continued to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with its parks and studio entertainment segments suffering steep losses. The pandemic also forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division in late September.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Disney cast members welcome guests to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.(Photo by Kent Phillips/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)center_img The company said in its fiscal third quarter earnings report that it took a $3.5 billion hit to its operating income from parks being closed during the quarter. Revenue for the Parks, Experiences and Products segment, which includes cruises, resorts and merchandise, fell 85% to below $1 billion during the quarter. The company’s studio entertainment revenues also dropped 55% in the quarter to $1.7 billion. The company is set to release its fiscal fourth quarter results Thursday after the bell.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump refusing to leave looks less likely, reassuring markets

first_img“I think that we’ve got a situation where, maybe, there’s a little more certainty,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street,” as stocks rose Friday morning during a volatile week of trading. “The idea that the president would vacate the White House is going to make it so that we feel that there won’t be something that is such a wild card that we can’t even bear to think about.”Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden, despite media organizations, including NBC News, projecting the Democratic former vice president as the winner. Trump’s campaign has filed numerous lawsuits in states such as Pennsylvania related to the voting process or vote counting.Trump has falsely claimed he actually won the race, suggesting his projected loss is due to “illegal votes.” And on Thursday, he tweeted about a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges millions of ballots cast for him had been deleted and hundreds of thousands were switched from Trump to Biden.- Advertisement – CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday that investors should feel more confident that an orderly transition of power from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden should occur — suggesting a “black swan” event of Trump refusing to leave the White House, despite losing a democratic election, appears unlikely.Cramer pointed to a number of developments that took place Thursday, including Biden’s projected victory in Arizona, according to NBC News, and an authoritative statement on election integrity released by a group of government agencies.- Advertisement – “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” read the statement from the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”Trump responded in a tweet Friday, with the tagline, “Rigged Election!” Twitter labeled it as disputed.- Advertisement – Following Trump’s baseless allegations, a coalition of government security agencies put out a declarative statement later Thursday that said, in bold text: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”center_img Cramer said the government statement indicated that despite Trump’s claims about the election being compromised, “There is a security apparatus that has spoken up.”“I think that took the ‘black swan’ off the table,” the “Mad Money” host said, a reference to so-called “black swan” events, which are highly improbable but can have severe consequences if they do happen.Cramer also said he believes Trump’s tweet on Thursday about a decline in ratings for Fox News was an indication that Trump’s mind may be focused on a post-presidency endeavor. Axios recently reported that Trump is considering launching a digital media company to rival the conservative cable network.Taken collectively, Cramer said, these three developments around a peaceful, democratic transition of power should be viewed positively by investors. Instead of worrying about presidential uncertainty, Cramer said, Wall Street is able to focus on the U.S. coronavirus outbreak and corporate earnings. “The idea of vacating the White House is becoming increasingly on the table,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Encouraging smart tourism solutions for EU destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism

first_imgContracts arising from the tender are provided for on duration of a maximum of 36 months, and the aim of the competition is to contribute to the nurturing of innovative, smart and sustainable solutions in tourism in tourist destinations through the organization of competitions for European Capitals of Smart Tourism and for European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN). A tender has been announced for the Promotion of Smart Tourism Solutions for EU Destinations through the European Capital of Smart Tourism in the total value of two million euros. Participation in the tender is open under equal conditions for all natural and legal persons falling within the scope of the Treaty, as well as international organizations. “Turizam predstavlja značajan udio BDP-a Europske unije i zapošljava više od 10% zaposlenika u Europskoj uniji zbog čega je važno poticanje stvaranja zajedničkih rješenja za izlazak iz krize turističkog sektora uzrokovane pandemijom COVID-19, ali i stvaranje programa i planova za suzbijanje sličnih ugroza u budućnosti“, izjavila je ministrica turizma i sporta Nikolina Brnjac. The overall goal is to support European destinations and cities and their transformations towards smart and sustainable solutions, giving the winners recognition and the opportunity to achieve outstanding success in the field of tourism. The aim is also to contribute to the establishment of a framework for the exchange of examples of good practice between the destinations participating in the competition, including mutual learning and networking and the creation of opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships. By registering on eTendering, you will be able to ask questions and be automatically informed about changes to the competition (additional documents, answered questions, etc.). The tender documentation is published on the eTendering platform of the European Commission and can be downloaded via the link for download documentation. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020. year (until 16:00 local time in Brussels). More information can be found at the link: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/fostering-smart-tourism-solutions-eu-destinations-european-capital-smart-tourism_en.last_img read more

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