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Senate votes to restore Transpo funds to towns

first_imgThe Senate today passed S. 154, a bill that will fully fund the town highway aid payments in April 2009. The Douglas Administration and the Legislature had previously agreed to withhold half of the $3 million, quarterly payment because of the state’s fiscal situation. The state’s Transportation Fund revenues continue to sag. The Transportation Fund in March was $400,000 below its target. The reaction from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which lobbies on behalf of municipalities, was unequivocally opposed to the cuts because it would force the towns to either cut highway projects or raise taxes. Vermonters can not afford to let their local roads and bridges fall into a further state of disrepair or pay higher property taxes, saidSenator Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.   By passing this bill, the Senate has ensured that town s will not be forced to defer construction maintenance or raise Vermonters property taxes. It has been the Senate s intent all along to fully fund the towns with their April payments, said Senator Peter Shumlin.  Towns will be able to use these much needed funds to pave our roads, repair our bridges and create good paying jobs for Vermonters.The bill passed the Senate, 26 to 0, and now moves to the House for consideration.last_img read more

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Vermont average gasoline prices at $2.90

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.93/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices yesterday were 70.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 72.1 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.”Last week we saw a correction in oil and wholesale gasoline prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. “With wholesale gasoline prices down as much as 30 cents per gallon since last Monday, I expect retail gasoline prices to fall as gasoline stations continue to sell through their more expensive inventory and buy cheaper supply, passing on lower prices to motorists.” DeHaan says that the correction in oil prices wasn’t much of a surprise, noting that fundamentals continue to show growing supply. “If the sentiment that ruled last week continues to weigh on traders, we could see the average price for gasoline drop across much of the country, just in time for Memorial Day weekend,” he adds.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.  Source: VermontGasPrices.com. 5.10.2010last_img read more

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Governor’s budget heavy on new judges

first_img Governor’s budget heavy on new judges But very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubnatorial fiscal plan Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposed 2005-06 budget for the court system and related agencies is a mixed bag.On one hand, Bush recommended full funding for all 110 new judgeships certified by the Florida Supreme Court this year. On the other, very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubernatorial fiscal plan — including no new employees for public defenders, capital collateral regional counsels, guardians ad litem, and only five more for state attorneys.The governor’s budget also does not contain any funds for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, a program that helps fund legal aid programs that assist families with legal problems.“We’re less than pleased with his recommendations,” said Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. “And we don’t understand it. The number of crimes is going up. You check with law enforcement. . . they’re getting new people.“We’ll just do more with less.”Overall, the governor’s budget gave public defenders $164.7 million and kept the number of employees the same at 2,705.25. Similarly, public defender appellate operations got $13.2 million, with the number of employees there remaining at 180.75.For state attorneys, Bush suggested a budget of $335.3 million, although the total number of employees would increase from 5,714.25 to 5,719.25.For the courts, Bush recommended a total budget of $399.2 million. That includes more than $9 million for 67 new circuit judges and 41 new county court judges, along with a judicial assistant for each, to be phased in during the year.According to the justification included in the budget, “The additional judges will help ensure full judicial access for Florida’s citizens. The certified need for judges includes: Two judges for the district courts of appeal, 41 county judges, and 67 judges for the circuit courts, along with the necessary support positions. This issue provides funding for 34 judges effective November 2005, 45 judges effective March 2006, and 31 judges effective June 2006, to ensure sufficient time for the application and appointment process.”But other than some capital improvements, little else requested by the courts was included in Bush’s proposed spending plan.Likewise, the Capital Collateral Regional Counsels and the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office had requested staffing and funding increases but didn’t get them in the budget.Meggs and Fifth Circuit Public Defender Skip Babb, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, expressed disappointment with the governor’s budget, but noted legislators can and do make adjustments to the spending plan.“We’re going to have a public relations campaign to convince those people who are in charge of the money that we really need some help,” Babb said. “We are beginning to stagger with the mandatory sentencing laws and the lock ’em up philosophy we have now.”Both Babb and Meggs said many of the proposed new judges would be assigned to handle criminal cases, which will lead to a demand for more prosecutors and public defenders to staff those courts.“If you don’t have a [new] public defender, that means we have to double our caseload. We’ve got to cover that court. We have to take all the cases that are going there and give them to a lawyer who already has too many cases,” Babb said.Meggs said cities, counties, and the state are typically adding more law enforcement officers; new judges are being supported; and more prisons are being built. Yet, he said, prosecutors and public defenders aren’t getting more people to handle the rising workload.Both Meggs and Babb said low pay continues to be an issue, with both offices plagued by experienced lawyers leaving for better-paying jobs in the private sector.“There are like 1,800 assistant state attorneys in Florida and 1,100 of them left — over the past five years — in the first five years [of their employment],” Meggs said. “About the time we get someone trained and proficient at what they’re doing, they get another job.”He said that also means that less experienced prosecutors and defenders have to be thrown into more complex cases to take up the slack. Over and over, Meggs and Babb said, they hear the same story: The prosecutor or public defender enjoys the work, wants to stay, but can’t afford the low salary with a family, house payments, and a law school loan to repay.“It is the people of Florida who lost a good prosecutor,” Meggs added.It wasn’t just more people the two offices wanted. In December Meggs told a Senate committee that the prosecutors needed $19 million in additional funds for pay equity and staff pay raises. None of that was in the governor’s budget. Public defenders had similar requests.Charlotte Jerrett, director of administrative services for the Office of the State Courts Administrator, said other than the new judges, the courts got little of what they asked for.Among the requests from the courts, and the governor’s corresponding recommendations, were:• Six more employees for the Supreme Court, primarily for the Inspector General’s Office and for security, and 10 more for OSCA, mostly to keep up with Art. V, Revision 7 implementation issues. None were included in Bush’s budget.• $4.9 million for capital improvements to the Supreme Court, including roof repairs and security improvements, plus another $1 million for routine maintenance and upkeep. Bush recommended $2.5 million. DCAs had requested about $800,000 for various projects, including replacing the air conditioning at the Third DCA. None was in the governor’s budget.• $1.8 million for insurance for judges, similar to other elected officials. Currently judges must pay the employee share for coverage in the state plan. That was not included in the suggested budget.• $6.5 million to hire 95 new law clerks for circuit judges to bring the ratio of one clerk per three judges to one clerk for every two judges, plus another 33 clerks if the new 67 proposed circuit judges were approved. No new clerks were included in Bush’s budget.• $7 million to continue transitions related to court reporting and the Revision 7 takeover by the state of most trial court funding. Jerrett said about half of that was to start buying digital reporting equipment. None was included by Bush.• Restoring $2.5 million in “salary lapse” funds, the lack of which has required the courts to hire new personnel at the minimum possible wage, which has made it hard to hire experienced employees.• $1 million to pick up the costs of leased equipment when the state takes over equipment from the counties as part of the Revision 7 changes. No money was budgeted for that.The CCRCs had requested four new attorneys and one investigator total for the south and central regional offices, noting that more death penalties were being upheld on appeal and increased their workloads. The governor’s budget had no new positions and cut about $45,000 from their $7.3 million budget.Likewise, the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, which now provides assistance to about half the children in the dependancy courts, has hoped to expand on that number with a larger staff, asking for $4.3 million in additional funds — beyond the total current budget of $22.3 million — to move closer to 100 percent representation. But Bush proposed maintaining the current 378.5 employees, with a $22.6 million budget. Governor’s budget heavy on new judges February 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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The “Social Network” beckons to the “Financial Network”

first_img“Dateline November 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app, initially in partnership with Citigroup Inc (C.N) and a small credit union at Stanford University. The project, codenamed Cache, comes as rivals Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. are expanding their own efforts in consumer finance, a broad area that ranges from digital payment apps to bank accounts, brokerage accounts and loans, and which offer Silicon Valley new sources of revenue and new opportunities to strengthen ties with users. Google spokesman Craig Ewer said the company’s lead partners were Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union and that more details would be known within months.”“If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees out there.”I recently wrote about it here, and presented to a group of Credit Unions the idea that no matter how much work Credit Unions do to adopt technologies, reinvent member journeys, or analyze data, if their efforts are focused on competing with banking’s “Yankees” (Citigroup, JPMorganChase, BankofAmerica, etc) by adopting the competitive strategies of those “Yankees”, they will lose.Credit Unions Must Find Their Own Way, Even When They Join the “Social Network.”Reuters, in their report rightly noted that traditional banks (and Credit Unions, I might add) have long partnered with companies outside the industry to lure deposits or expand their loan books.  But the move to partner with Google and others in the “social network/network platform” economy creates a challenge previously unseen by Credit Unions.Technologists have been telling Credit Unions for years (I was one) that technology would enable competition and improve community-sized institutions’ abilities to compete with the largest players, the “Yankees” of our industry. And, to some degree, there was truth to this.  Technology widened Credit Unions’ ability to distribute services, helping them to widen their geographic base, and potentially opening up a wider prospective audience for their services.  But the gains are smaller than promised because Credit Unions’ adopted the technology but largely continued with their traditional business model and strategy, while mimicking many of the strategies of those large industry players.The Social Network Became the Network PlatformGoogle, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple have become “GIANTS” in our economy. They dominate our lives in ways unimagined just a few short years ago.  Debate all you want the value of this, or the rightness of this; but note the primary reason why they have succeeded to this degree.Why did these companies grow so big, so fast? The reason, say economists, is simple, and it’s the same in all four cases: All of them benefited from the “network effect.” The network effect is the simple principle that the more members or users a social network has, the more attractive it becomes for other people to join as well, because the usefulness of the network goes up with the number of users.And these networks have become, by tapping into the social networks they created, the platforms for a great deal of commerce in our economy, both online and offline, especially as online commerce has decimated offline commerce in a growing number of markets.Companies large and small have found their way to do business in “partnership” with the large platform companies.  But these partnerships are better understood as “playing the role of ‘provider’ in the network triangle of “consumers-network platforms-providers.” And this triangle, while creating new and attractive opportunities for both consumers and providers, has delivered monopoly-like benefits to the network platform companies.  And what of the benefits to consumers and providers? Consumers have found the benefit of great access to providers (and also challenges working within the constraints of a monopoly-like channel), and providers have found both opportunity and challenges when joining the marketing and distribution channel of these network platforms.The greatest challenge for providers “partnering” with the platforms has proven to be the difficulty of working within this business model. All providers, but especially smaller ones, often find it difficult to distinguish themselves and to profit from that distinction.  This includes the competitive pricing challenge felt by smaller “partners” who lack the market presence, and customer volume, to maintain margins in this new marketing and distribution ecosystem.  In other words, when you decide to play with the “big boys” size matters.Mimicking the strategies and tactics of banking’s “Yankees” will not work and Credit Unions are about to find out why, in a big way.Quotes included in the press release regarding Google’s move into checking accounts illustrate each party’s strategic focus and, to a degree, their relative position of power in this announced “partnership.”The folks at Google wish to access the banking system, without taking on the expense burdens of joining it, in order to bring into their world another large component of our economy: “We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the U.S. to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account,” Ewer said in a statement, referring by acronym to two U.S. agencies that insure deposits. To illustrate my point regarding “relative competitive strength” in this new “Financial Network”, Stanford Federal and Citi confirmed their roles and their strategies.Citigroup, a “Yankee”, has the muscle to truly “partner” as a “provider” in the network model, and so they pursue “customer volume”: “This agreement has the potential to expand the reach and breadth of our customer base,” Citi spokeswoman Liz Fogarty said. “Privacy and transparency are, and will continue to be, critical priorities.” Stanford FCU, on the other hand, pursues “relevancy”:  Joan Opp, president and chief executive of Stanford Federal, described the deal as “critical to remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations.”“The Runt of the Litter, Dies”So said Brad Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, in the movie “MoneyBall.” The film was inspired by a book that, by the way, was further titled “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”I’m not here today to condemn the decision of Stanford FCU, nor to mock Ms. Opp’s comment.  Far from it. I believe Stanford FCU is right to enter into this opportunity.  But I also believe, as you can read above, that Credit Unions’ entry into the “network platform economy” is rife with challenges, not just opportunities.  And I believe strongly that “remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations” is a defensive posture that illustrates clearly the challenge confronting Credit Unions.Credit Unions are the “runt of the litter” and cannot simply enter this space on the coattails of the industry’s largest teams.  All evidence points to the grave threat these network platforms pose for each industry’s marginal players.  And make no mistake, Credit Unions’ boats have risen with the tide, but they remain a small part of the broad financial marketplace.  And it is this type of player who lacks the customer volume, economies of scale and capital to compete within the strictures of the system built and deployed by Google, Amazon and the others.Credit Unions have to join this new economy, it is where future members reside. Credit Union average membership continues to grow older and our younger generations are open to meeting their financial needs within the “social network” models they have adopted as “native” to their experience.  So, Credit Unions have to go there, and I applaud Stanford FCU’s actions. But success, not survival, is contingent on the entire Credit Union movement defining a plan for success that is “fully different from” the efforts of the “Yankees”, the big banks.  Do I know what that plan is?  I do not. But I know it must be found (and we have to look everywhere, even at our FOMs’ internally and externally imposed constraints), for history has shown us, again and again, that you cannot win when playing an unfair game if you are going to follow the path of those who ante up with resources you can only imagine possessing.Credit Union leaders need to recognize that Google’s announcement is a “call to arms”, one I’ve long expected.  And we all need to think anew, think differently.  I hope to talk with many others about this.  I hope some of you have already started. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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UGP: Although the ministries promised to finally solve the problem of leasing interest this week, it did not happen

first_imgAfter the first general entrepreneurial protest in Croatia, the talks deepened, and leasing companies were invited to joint meetings. The PPP and UGP initiative presented proposals according to which all three parties involved (carriers, leasing companies and the Government) would share the burden of this crisis. All involved agreed that the problem can only be resolved in tripartite. It was agreed that the final meeting would take place this week at which everything would be finally agreed. Photo: HonkForHope At last week’s meeting at the Ministry of Tourism, it was agreed that all parties involved would prepare documents with proposals for resolving the problem of high interest rates on leases.   It has been two and a half months since the UGP and the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative pointed out the incorrect behavior of leasing companies towards their clients. Only after two protests by occasional carriers in eight Croatian cities, the Ministries decided to finally break the silence and start a dialogue in order to find a solution to the satisfaction of all involved, according to the UGP and point out the whole chronology.  “I still hope that these were not empty promises and that we will get an invitation to a meeting and finally end the agony in which the occasional transport carriers found themselves. I still want to believe that pre-election activities are not more important than micro and small entrepreneurs, which represent a branch without which tourism in the Republic of Croatia could not function. Instead of a solution on the table, we currently have a path to ruin without the possibility of a return. Too much time is wasted. Is it possible that this is our end? After two Thursdays we didn’t spend protesting, is it considered that we got tired and gave up, that the fire was put out? I wouldn’t bet on that.” said Marko Slišković from the PPP Initiative.center_img The Association of Leasing Companies, the PPP Initiative and the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association complied with the agreement, while the Government turned a deaf ear because they did not convene a meeting this week, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP) points out. every day makes a difference in the attempt at existential survival. The proposals were compiled by the carriers, the association of leasing companies and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and submitted to the ministries as agreed, but the Government has not voted yet, and there is only one working day left for the meeting. “Is the Government of the Republic of Croatia really leaving 20 people at the mercy of foreign leasing companies? Thousands of families are heading for ruin, but the government clearly believes it has more important work to do at the moment. The ruling party is dealing with pre-election calculations, while their voters, whose votes they think they can count on, have been called into question by their bare existence.. ” he concluded Tomislav Kovač from the PPP Initiative.last_img read more

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plays down Hugo Lloris injury fears after goalkeeper misses Man City defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Following defeat to City on Saturday, Pochettino said: ‘I am happy; disappointed with the result but so happy with the performance.‘Our next three games will be decisive in achieving all we want this season.’MORE: Nicolas Pepe’s agent confirms transfer talks amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool interestMORE: Pep Guardiola gives worrying prognosis after Kevin De Bruyne’s latest injury Phil HaighSaturday 20 Apr 2019 3:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Phil Foden scored the only goal of the game as City beat Spurs (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)‘He has suffered a small muscle problem,’ said Pochettino. ‘Hopefully it’s not a big issue and he can be ready for Tuesday.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It would be a risk for him to play today and that’s why we decided to leave him in London.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpurs are now up against it in their fight for a top four spot, with just four league matches left to play.Pochettino’s side still have their fate in their own hands, but are under pressure from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.Spurs have reasonably favourable fixtures remaining, against Brighton, West Ham, Bournemouth and Everton, but also have the prospect of two legs against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final.center_img Hugo Lloris sat out the defeat at the Etihad (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Hugo Lloris should be back in goal for Tottenham’s next game after missing the defeat to Manchester City through injury on Saturday afternoon.The Spurs number one could only watch on television as he was replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga and his side succumbed to a 1-0 loss.Tottenham remain third in the Premier League but they are in danger of slipping out of the top four and could see both Arsenal and Chelsea overtake them by Monday night.However, manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he will have his captain and first choice keeper back in line for selection when his side next play on Tuesday night against Brighton.ADVERTISEMENT Tottenham remaining fixtures 23 Apr vs Brighton (h) – Premier League27 Apr vs West Ham (h) – Premier League30 Apr vs Ajax (h) – Champions League04 May vs Bournemouth (a) – Premier League08 May vs Ajax (a) – Champions League12 May vs Everton (h) – Premier League Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plays down Hugo Lloris injury fears after goalkeeper misses Man City defeatlast_img read more

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Dream retreat comes with helipad, spa, boat and staff housing

first_imgThe property also has a wet edge swimming pool and sun lounge deck, a spa treatment room, staff accommodation with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, living and dining areas and a commercial laundry.The property is 100 per cent off the grid with solar power backed by a 44 kW generator, and also has a bio-cycle waste system amongst its infrastructure features. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The retreat has 10 beachside villas.Mr Gibson, whose recent sales include Dunk Island, had the property listed on realestate.com.au as one where all offers would be considered.It was described as being “in a secluded pocket of the Whitsundays” with “barefoot luxury accommodation”. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhitsundays retreat listed for $6.75m00:41A luxury retreat that comes with a boat, helipad, 10 separate villas, spa, wet edge pool and even accommodation for staff will have you wishing you won lotto.If spending your days kayaking, diving, snorkeling or going on helicopter and seaplane tours sounds magical, the property called Elysian Retreat at Long Island in the Whitsundays has been listed for $6.75million. MORE: Buyers push to be in by Christmas Elysian Retreat is a boutique luxury eco-resort. It comes with helipad.Located just a 15 minute helicopter flight from Hamilton Island Resort and Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays, the boutique eco-resort on the Great Barrier Reef is owned by Sojourn Retreat owners Wayne and Laureth Rumble, who .They handed it over as a co-listing to real estate agents Tom Gibson of JLL and Pat O’Driscoll of Knight Frank. Bluechip penthouse profits willed to charity More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoWhat a lineup.Inside one of the dreamy villas.The 10 villas are lined up along the beach but subject to council approval, there was also scope to expand with 10 garden villas as well.The property has recently had a “multi-million dollar renovation of back-of-house and guest amenities”, and facilities include a licensed bar, restaurant and lounge.last_img read more

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Abilene Speedway set for 23rd annual Southern Challenge

first_imgABILENE, Texas – The 23rd annual Ryan Bard Memo­rial Southern Challenge sees four IMCA divisions in action Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14.IMCA Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their main event, a qualifier for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods both run for $1,700 to win. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $650.An open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. All four divisions can time trial as part of that even­ing’s Fast Lap Challenge, with the top two cars in each class receiving an optional provisional if they don’t qual­ify.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 3 p.m. and rac­ing starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for mili­tary with ID, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and un­der. Pit passes are $30.More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, on Facebook and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.last_img read more

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UWF Men’s Basketball Falls in Overtime to William Carey 76-66

first_imgUWF Men’s Basketball Falls in Overtime to William Carey 76-66 Nov. 27, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida had a chance in the final 11 seconds to win the game, but Deondre Boynton’s jumper wouldn’t fall, and the game went into overtime, tied at 59-59. William Carey outscored the Argonauts in overtime by a 17-7 margin, primarily by hitting on 11 of 14 Free Throws. Josh Jackson hit a running lay-up to put the Argos up 59-57 with one minute remaining. However, Derek Jarvis tied the game with a short hook shot with 11 seconds remaining. Boynton got a decent look at the basket at the end of regulation, but it wouldn’t go in.In Overtime, the Crusaders scored the first four points and never looked back. Jarvis finished the game with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Meanwhile, Kyle LaMonte scored six of his 14 points in overtime to help seal the win for William Carey. After shooting 52% in the second half, the Argos were only 3 of 10 shooting in overtime.The Argonauts were led by Jackson, who scored 16 points, while Charles Bouie had an impressive night with 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocked shots, and four steals. However, Bouie and Kenny Holmes would foul out in overtime, and the Argonuats couldn’t recover. Holmes added seven points and nine rebounds for West Florida before fouling out.William Carey out-rebounded the Argonauts 52-35, and Coach Hogan agreed that the rebounds may have been the key to the game. “We turned the ball over 22 times and a lot of those turnovers led to easy baskets, especially in the second half. William Carey took care of things in overtime, when they needed to, and we gave up too many offensive rebounds. That was the difference in this game.”West Florida had a hard time containing the Post players for the crusaders. The Argonauts have had three big-men go down for the season with injuries. Coach Hogan did not use the injuries as an excuse, “It’s early in the year and we have to execute better. In regards to the injuries, we have to move forward and step up. We will work with the players we have and we just have to execute better.” West Florida will get a chance at redemption on Monday, as they travel to Hattiesburg to play at William Carey in a rematch slated for 7:00 pm.William Carey held a 26-22 halftime lead, but West Florida was hot in the second half, connecting on four three pointers in the early part of the second half. The play of the game, was on a William Carey fast break, The Argos Rod Doss came out of nowhere to block a sure layup, and then the Argos raced back the other way and scored on a three pointer by Chris Ammons to take a 44-42 lead. Then, West Florida would open up a 52-46 lead with 7:42 to play following a Jackson three pointer. However, the Crusader’s Jeremy Holder scored six of his game high 17 points in the final five minutes of regulation. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Community members gather for presentation on Decatur Hills possible expansion site

first_imgGreensburg, IN—A public presentation of information on the Decatur Landfill was held last evening at the Greensburg Community High School.  Present were experts with IDEM as well as Dr. Terry West, a geology professor with Purdue University that discussed the land underneath the landfill in respect to the public concern that the water aquifer could possibly be contaminated by landfill runoff and leach into usable water. “Be assured of the fact that the geology of this site is a very good location and is one that many organizations would like this type of material under their landfill, ” according to Dr. West.    Dr. West specializes in hazardous waste disposal as well as engineering geology. He discussed not only would the liner used be a safe material to block toxins but also, the area’s glacial till and clay acts as nature’s blocker to break down toxins.  Dr. West stated, “Near Bloomington, it is difficult to put in a landfill in the limestone country, because limestone has karst, or leakage problems, but glacial till has the best material to put in landfills in this area of the state.”Several Community members asked questions or expressed concerns during the question-answer portion of the presentation.  There are currently only 33 landfills in the state and the current Decatur Hills Landfill has been in use and permitted since January of 1990.last_img read more

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