County Council Agenda

first_imgSUPERIOR COURT (2)LEGAL AID (2)LEGAL AID/UNITED WAY LEGAL AID/IN CIVIL LEGAL AID SHERIFF/USI PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME:ADJOURNMENT 17. AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE:(A) SHERIFF (G)(B) JAIL (H)(C) PROSECUTOR (I)(D) ASSESSOR (J)(E) DADS (K)(F) PUBLIC DEFENDER APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: (A)REPEAL:(A) COMMISSIONERSTRANSFERS:(A) SUPERIOR COURT15. OLD BUSINESS: (B) RIVERBOAT APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (Personnel Chairman and Finance Chairman)APPROVAL OF MINUTES –ORDINANCE CO.01-18-002/Suspend the hiring of County Employees and establish procedure to fill vacanciesPERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A) SUPERIOR COURT/Request to fill vacancy for Bailiff(B) SHERIFF/Request to fill vacancies for 2 Deputy Sheriffs, JAIL/Jail Receptionist & Booking Clerk, and USI Funds/Create & fill positions for 5 Deputy Sheriffs(C) PROSECUTOR/Request to fill vacancy for Deputy Prosecutor(D) ASSESSOR/Request to fill vacancy for Deputy Assessor Deeds(E) DADS/Request to fill vacancy for Counselor I(F) PUBLIC DEFENDER/Request to grant Step 3 to Public Defender & Investigator and change classification & job title for Administrative Assistant(G) LEGAL AID/Request to fill vacancy for Junior Legal Secretary and increase rate of pay for part-time Receptionists January 31, 2018 @ 3:30 P.M. 16. NEW BUSINESS:(A) APPROVAL OF 2018 AMENDED SALARY ORDINANCE(B) APPOINTMENT OF LIAISONS(C) APPOINTMENT TO ABC BOARD(D) OTHER COUNTY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS(E) APPROVAL OF 2018 MEETING DATES AND FILING DEADLINES(F) DISCUSSION OF FUNDING FOR MEZZANINE FENCE AT JAIL(G) DISCUSSION OF RQAW JAIL EXPANSION FEASIBILITY STUDY ELECTION OF PRESIDENT (Auditor PresidingELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENTAPPOINTMENT OF COUNTY COUNCIL ATTORNEY AGENDA VANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCIL JANUARY 3, 20183:30 P.M. ROOM 301OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATION (B) COUNTY COUNCIL NO PERSONNEL AND FINANCE MEETING SCHEDULED FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Donuts that do

first_imgYou may think there’s no such thing as a healthy doughnut, but last year’s Plant Product of the Year winner at the Baking Industry Awards, may well be as close as it’s possible to get.Eurobuns’ Americana Skinny Baked Donuts triumphed in the Puratos-sponsored category last September, which operations and technical director, Graham Wright, says is down to the uniqueness of the product. A baked doughnut isn’t a concept that is commonplace in the baking industry, and was developed in response to the trend for healthy eating. It contains less than 150 calories and 5% fat, and took around six months to develop from initial conception to plant.Wright was part of the founding team of three, who established the Eurobuns business, now part of Lantmännen Unibake, 11 years ago. Starting out at a 34,000sq ft facility, which it quickly outgrew, the business moved to its current site on Maidstone Road in Milton Keynes after around 18 months. Eurobuns purchased a piece of land to build the first site, before buying an adjoining piece of land to build a second site, with a cold store located in between the two. The combined site measures 240,000sq ft. “We’ve had a phenomenal period of growth,” explains Wright, “going from zero to a turnover of £55m over the 11 years.”American influenceThe firm produces a range of ’American breads’, including hamburger buns and hot dog rolls, as well as a range of part-baked and fully-baked French products, pre-fermented frozen products, and a selection of English-style products, including teacakes and scones. Eurobuns’ branded products are supplied frozen to a number of major food distributors, mainly for use in the foodservice sector, but also into retail in the UK and Europe.”In May 2008, we decided to sell the business to Lantmännen,” explains Wright. “There were a number of interested parties, but Lantmännen was considered the best fit, for a number of reasons. One of the most important of these was that they had a similar culture to the one we had with our employees, as it was important to consider the staff as well.”The business currently employs 430 people across its two sites.Since the takeover by Lantmännen, Wright says there are definitely more opportunities open to the firm than before and many interesting things are being brought to the table. “Full integration will take a period of time, but I can honestly say that, so far, it has gone very smoothly.”Having launched the Skinny Donut onto the market only a few months beforehand, Eurobuns felt it was a good opportunity to enter this new product, “which we were quite excited about”, into the Plant Product of the Year category.Wright says the firm highlighted the product’s uniqueness as a baked doughnut, which now sells in its millions, as well as its healthier recipe credentials, to the judges. “It was a unique product – something the industry hadn’t had before. It wasn’t just a variation on a theme, it was something totally new.”He says it was fantastic when they were announced as winners. “It’s all about achievement. It was a recognition of the hard work of the whole team, because they were all involved in that,” says Wright, adding that he feels the firm has profited from entering the awards by pointing this out to potential customers.Wright explains that the business is very achievement-driven and analyses its perfor-mance for the previous 24 hours at 9am every morning. “We keep an open mind when it comes new developments and ideas. We are still driving forward with new concepts. For example we had a meeting this morning looking at a whole range of new concepts. Now it’s just a matter of seeing how we can move those along,” he says.”Whatever the company can do well today, it has the potential to do better tomorrow.”last_img read more

Four stimulus check scams and how to avoid them

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Four stimulus check scams and how to avoid them By Brooklyne Beatty – February 4, 2021 2 297 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFormer Notre Dame football player to speak at Bethel University this JuneNext articleSouth Bend offering utility assistance to low-income residents Brooklyne Beatty (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) Online scams have increased immensely since the second stimulus check was distributed.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports 3.1 million payments totaling $5.6-billion were made in Indiana just in online scams.In an effort to help people protect themselves, released a list of the top four stimulus check scams and how to avoid them, based off of information released by the FTC, FBI and IRS.Robocall Check Scams: The scammer will call pretending to be the IRS and ask for your personal financial information. They will claim they need this to deposit the stimulus check into your account and will also ask for a fee to deposit said check.How to avoid: Do not give out any personal information. The government already has your information on file from when you filed your taxes. WhatsApp Pinterest Email and Text Scams: Scammers will send you a phishing email, text message, or message on social media claiming that they are the government. They may email you telling you to click on a link to “verify” information, or text message you a link to fill out an application to receive your check.How to avoid: Do not click on any links that are emailed or texted to you. Twittercenter_img Google+ Fake Website: If you click on a suspicious link, they will likely take you to a fake website that will download malware onto your device and steal your information to drain your bank account.How to avoid: Do not go to any website that does not end in “.gov”. If you suspect a fake website, get off of it immediately and report it. TAGSavoidcheckcoronavirusCOVID-19pandemicscammersscamsSocial Catfishstimulus Facebook Facebook Phony Checks: Scammers have been mailing fake checks that look exactly like the official government-issued paper stimulus checks. Once deposited, the scammers text you pretending to be the government asking for some of the money back claiming too much was sent.How to avoid: Make sure the check is legitimate – ask your bank to verify it. If anyone asks for a portion of the check back, tell your bank immediately. Twitter Google+ For more information on the status of your stimulus check visit the IRS website.last_img read more

News story: Home Office awards £1 million to help communities support refugees

first_img helping them to integrate into life in the UK and access medical and social services arranging English language tuition supporting them towards employment and self-sufficiency The community sponsorship scheme shows that we can all play a part in, and benefit from, supporting vulnerable refugees. The success we have had so far would not have been possible were it not for the dedication, hard work and compassion displayed by community sponsors. We want the scheme to go from strength to strength and I am confident that Reset will help us do just that. We hope that more communities will get involved in this rewarding scheme. As we formally launch Reset, we’re really excited by the huge potential there is to increase the number of refugee families receiving high quality support through community sponsorship. By building on the existing goodwill and compassion of people across the country, we are encouraging communities to come together to welcome, support and help refugee families as they rebuild their lives in the UK. Working with our regional partners across the UK, we’ll be providing routes to get involved with sponsorship, and resources and training for groups, organisations and individuals as we work together to offer practical solutions to the Syrian refugee crisis. Chris Clements, Director of Reset said: Many local authorities have also gone the extra mile in supporting their local community groups to get involved, with some great examples of partnership working.Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes said: The funding, which was announced by the Home Office in July 2017, will be used by the civil society organisation Reset to provide training and support to help communities across the UK who want to welcome and integrate refugees through the community sponsorship resettlement initiative.The intention is that this will help encourage more groups to come forward to take part in the scheme.Reset is a new organisation, funded by the Home Office and philanthropic foundations, which mobilises the skills and resources of communities, faith groups, businesses and charities who want to support refugees affected by the Syrian crisis, as they rebuild their lives in the UK.Community sponsorship was launched in 2016 and has already helped resettle 138 refugees who have been welcomed by 24 community sponsor groups across the UK, some of whom have sponsored more than one refugee family.Community sponsorship groups including charities, faith groups and churches are taking part across the UK – from Cornwall to London, Manchester and Pembrokeshire in Wales.The sponsors provide housing for the refugee families, as well as: Community sponsorship is just one way that the UK government is helping to support refugees. The government remains on track to meet its commitment of resettling up to 23,000 of the most vulnerable refugees through the vulnerable person and children’s resettlement schemes by 2020.Over 11,600 vulnerable refugees had been resettled as of March this year.The UK has also now committed £2.71 billion since 2012 to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region. This is the UK’s largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis.last_img read more

Press release: Yellow fish remind people how they can reduce sea pollution

first_img It has been great having the opportunity to work with local people, who also use and enjoy the local bathing waters. The Yellow Fish campaign is a simple and effective way of showing everyone that by making small changes we can all help to reduce pollution entering our rivers and seas which in turn helps to keep the local bathing water clean. Our partnership work with the Environment Agency and Southern Water has enabled us to highlight the important role that residents, visitors and businesses play in keeping Thanet’s beaches clean. The Yellow Fish campaign is a fantastic way to help get this message across. It’s vital we all work together to protect our beautiful beaches and bathing waters. Campaigns like Yellow Fish really help engage the community and spread the message that only rain should go down the drain! We’re proud to work in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Council to help play our part in improving bathing water quality across our region. Councillor Jason Savage, Deputy Leader for Thanet District Council, said:center_img The Environment Agency is using yellow fish to alert people on the Kent coast to what happens when they pour fat, oils or other waste down their yard drains or road gullies.Teams visited Walpole Bay in Margate and Viking Bay in Broadstairs where they painted yellow fish symbols next to drains carrying surface water into the sea. Their aim is to remind residents and business owners how pollution can travel directly into the ocean.Working with Thanet District Council and Southern Water, on 13 July they stencilled the fish symbols on and around the covers of road drains along the towns’ promenades.It is part of a national campaign by the Environment Agency to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the country’s bathing waters clean, supported by the mantra ‘Only rain down the drain!’Initiatives like these have contributed to the great strides made in improving the quality of bathing water over the last 20 years. It is thanks to the hard work of the Environment Agency, Defra, water companies, councils, local communities, farmers and environmental organisations.The Environment Agency continues to remind the public that everyone has an important part to play in protecting the seas and improving the quality of the country’s bathing waters.Alan Cansdale, Environment Manager for the Environment Agency, said: Rob Butson, Bathing Water Manager for Southern Water, said:last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards ’19: Craft Bakery Business

first_imgAward category sponsored byAn overall winner in the category this yearwas selected from seven regional finalistsWinner: Reeve the Baker (Also South West winner)Reeve the Baker is a craft bakery operation that offers quality products containing locally sourced ingredients, while embracing modern strategies to build its business.Based in Wilton, Salisbury, the family-owned and -run craft bakery has 12 shops across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire, all serviced from a central bakery.Sourdoughs are produced without the addition of commercial yeasts and most products are made using traditional craft skills.Business growth is running at a healthy figure due to shop refurbishments and most outlets incorporate a coffee shop, including the flagship store at Salisbury, which seats 80 customers. The company says customer numbers are up in all its sites.Within the shops there is continual staff training, whether it’s how to look after customers better or how to make good ferments. Negotiations are under way for shop number 13.Judges praised the quality of Reeve’s products and were also impressed with how, as a modern bakery, the business uses social media to communicate effectively with its customers.“The team at Reeve the Baker has continued to build on their traditional bakery skills, with outstanding quality finished bakery products, which are clearly made and sold with pride and passion.” Tim Clarkson, cluster director at category sponsor Dawn FoodsFinalist: Birds Bakery (Midlands winner)A traditional high street craft business with 63 shops, Birds is renowned for its cream cakes, bread, confectionery and takeaway. Employing 725 people to service 125,000 customers weekly, the company reacts quickly to the latest trends and places a particular focus on food-to-go operations, which is proving a success.Finalist: Flour & Bean (London and South East winner)This bakery employs seven craft bakers, producing goods for the company’s six shops and four Plantations Coffee Shops in garden nurseries. Flour & Bean produces fermented breads and rolls, Danish and cream goods, and has also developed sandwiches and light lunches using its own bakery products.Finalist: Grants Bakery (Northern England winner)The main focus of this Northumberland family business is traditional with a twist. Director Andrew Cotterell says: “For example, our flapjacks feature white chocolate and raspberry, our lemon meringues are marbled and our tartes aux pommes are made with dark chocolate.” Sales are growing year on year.Finalist: Jenkins Bakery (Wales winner)‘Quality, freshness and value for money’ is a Jenkins family bakery motto. The company works with local suppliers to reduce food miles and help keep the local economy healthy. Jenkins takes on and trains its own bakery staff, which gives them rewarding career paths to follow, supplying its own 30 shops.Finalist: Stephens Bakery (Scotland winner)This fourth-generation family bakers employs 230 people and is both traditional and innovative. Using only 100% Canadian wheat for the bread rolls, which are sold alongside confectionery and a salad bar offering bespoke fillings. Last year, the company launched a drive-through bakery.Finalist: Knead Bakery (Northern Ireland winner)Graeme Niblock has been running Knead Bakery for 25 years. A recent refurbishment has reaped rewards, but nothing trumps quality, he says – whether it’s the meat for a sausage roll, a classic cake or a new indulgent bun.last_img read more

Colorado’s Dragondeer Celebrates The Release Of Their New Album In Denver [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Colorado’s up-and-coming psychedelic blues-rock band Dragondeer returned home on Friday, putting on a stellar show at the Bluebird Theatre on Colfax to celebrate the release of Topanga Canyon Sessions Volume 1. Joined by A. tom collins, Evan Holm & The Restless Ones, and The Guestlist, the night was celebratory as Denver welcomed the band home and relished the tunes the night provided. In addition to classic numbers from their repertoire, Dragondeer also threw in a handful of choice covers to keep the audience on their toes. First Aid Kit’s “Silver Lining” was the first of the evening. followed by the Grateful Dead’s “Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion.” For the group’s encore, they came back with JJ Cale’s “Cocaine” before moving into their own number, “Broadway Avenue,” eventually closing out the night with Chuck Berry’s “Never Can Tell.”You can listen to Dragondeer perform “Broadway Avenue” for Jam In The Van a few years ago at Telluride Blues And Brews. Also, don’t forget to check out photos from last night’s Topanga Canyon Sessions Volume 1-release celebration below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Rios. Setlist: Dragondeer | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 5/5/2017Set: Fat Boys Are Back (instrumental), All Day, Jo-Lee, Don’t That Feel Good, Amarillo Bump, Same Train, Funk Jam, Stay High, Silver Lining (First Aid Kit), Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion (Grateful Dead), Easy With Me, If You Got The Blues, When I See YouEncore: Cocaine (JJ Cale), Broadway Avenue, Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry)last_img read more

Late night events support Special Olympics

first_imgHundreds of Notre Dame students and staff members gathered for a night of athletic competition and philanthropy Saturday at the 25th annual Late Night Olympics. The RecSports-sponsored event, which raised funds for Special Olympics of St. Joseph County, offered students the opportunity to compete for their residence halls in a variety of athletic contests, including broomball, dodgeball, kayaking, water polo and volleyball. Students also competed in women’s and men’s basketball, racquetball and table tennis, and an inflatable obstacle course was a new addition to the event roster this year. “We try to plan an event that we think students would like to participate in to help Special Olympics,” RecSports coordinator of special events and family programs Tim Novak said. “Notre Dame students have a competitive nature, so sports are a good way for students to do something extracurricular on the weekend while supporting Special Olympics.” The main attraction of the event was the traditional basketball game between local Special Olympians and members of the Notre Dame staff — a rivalry in which the Special Olympians have prevailed for 25 consecutive years. This year, the Special Olympians beat the Notre Dame all-stars 46-20. “This is a big event that the Special Olympians look forward to every year,” Novak said. “The joy they have on their faces when they participate is indescribable.” Novak said Late Night Olympics provides an outlet for students and Special Olympians to interact. “It’s hard to describe why you help Special Olympics because you kind of have to experience it,” Novak said. “The students who have the opportunity to meet some of these athletes know how big of a difference it makes in the lives of the athletes.” Students who participated in the event agreed it was a fun way to spend time with friends while aiding a worthwhile cause. “It’s a really cool event with a good atmosphere,” Carroll Hall dodgeball team member Steve Zerfas, a freshman, said. “Even though we lost really fast, it’s okay because it’s for a good cause.” Freshman Neal Ravindra enjoyed competing in the obstacle course and volleyball for Stanford and Farley Halls in his first Late Night Olympics. “It’s a good way to relax and have fun with friends, and the music created a good mood,” Ravindra said. “Plus, it was fun to do something with girls’ dorms.” Defending their 2010 second-place title, Lewis Hall sophomores Taylor Sticha and Sydney Speltz competed to win the overall competition and to support Special Olympics. “Lewis loves events like this because we get to dress up and have fun,” Sticha said. “Lewis has an excellent history of athletics, and we enjoyed competing, watching the basketball game and doing the penny war last year.” “We’re trying to make a comeback to win this year, so we’re going hard,” Speltz said. “It’s also good that the dorms can come together to help Special Olympics.” In addition to making a personal difference in the lives of Special Olympians, Late Night Olympics also makes an impact on the financial well being of Special Olympics of St. Joseph County. A $1 donation was required for entry into the event, and T-shirts were sold for $5 each. “A lot of Special Olympics communities around the country have had to cut their programs due to rapidly decreasing donations,” Novak said. “Luckily, St. Joseph County has not had to cancel any events in the last two years, and they’re part of a small group of Special Olympics groups that haven’t made cutbacks.” Novak said RecSports was aiming to reach the $8,000 mark in donations, but the final fundraising and dorm competition results were unavailable at press time.last_img read more

No New COVID Cases Reported Tuesday, Officials Credit Social Distancing

first_imgCOVID-19 virusJAMESTOWN – No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday, officials say thanks to in part by social distancing efforts.Currently, there are 24 confirmed cases of the virus, with three cases active and 18 patients fully recovered. Three people have died from complications of the virus.“The threat of this virus is still very severe for Chautauqua County,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “It is necessary that Chautauqua County remain proactive and fully prepared to deal with its effects, and I ask all County citizens and visitors to venture out only for essential business. I also ask that we all “DO THE FIVE” to help stop the spread of the coronavirus: (1) HANDS – wash them often; (2) ELBOW – cough into it; (3) FACE – don’t touch it; (4) FEET – stay more than six feet apart; and (5) FEEL SICK? – stay home.”As of 4:30 p.m. the Cattaraugus County online case tracker map lists a total of 26 confirmed cases, 21 of them active with five fully recovered. Related: Chautauqua County Executive Wendel Extends State Of Emergency Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sen. Warren releases CRA bill reflecting months of CUNA/League engagement

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released an updated version of her housing legislation Wednesday, a version of the bill that reflects significant engagement between CUNA, leagues, credit unions and Warren. Unlike the previous version, the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019 would not require credit unions to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).The bill was introduced Wednesday, as more than 5,200 hundred credit union leaders are in Washington, D.C. for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference and their subsequent visits on the Hill to each Congressional office.“This bill is a shining example of 360-degree advocacy in action,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “When Senator Warren initially planned to expand CRA and place onerous and duplicative regulations on credit unions, we collaborated with League partners and the Senator to show the many ways that credit unions have been fulfilling requirements to support underserved communities for well over two decades. Recognizing the power that credit unions bring these communities, Senator Warren pivoted to instead codify into law the regulations that have been dictating our actions for many years. We look forward to working with the Senator and other likeminded lawmakers to ensure that credit unions are able to continue serving these communities for the foreseeable future.”last_img read more