first_imgMEET VANDERBURGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEN SHOULDERS The role of County Commissioner can be a challenging and sometimes an ardent task.  County Commissioners serve as both the Executive and Legislative branches of county government. This means the commissioner’s responsibilities include signing ordinances, awarding contracts, addressing personal matters, among many others.  When executive decisions are made that effect a county, many of its residents will look at the County Commissioners for explanations.Recently, CCO had a chance to interview Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders.Shoulders is a lifelong Evansville resident.   A graduate of Harrison High School and Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Shoulders is currently employed at Old National Bank where he serves as a corporate relationship manager.  He is currently serving in his first term as Vanderburgh County Commissioner – District One.While 2016 wasn’t a good election year for democrats locally, Shoulders was the one bright spot as he defeated his opponent Sean Selby by 1,600 votes.  “I was born and raised in Vanderburgh County,” Shoulders said.  “I strongly believe in servant leadership and I felt I had the confidence, passion, and skill set to serve our community in this capacity; and the experience to make Vanderburgh County a better place…..were my reasons for running,”  Shoulders went on to say.Shoulders certainly came from an upbringing that would make him suitable for the political arena.  His uncle, Pat Shoulders, is a prominent Evansville attorney who currently serves on the IU Board of Trustees and also had a local television show, Shively & Shoulders, where he would debate politics with co-host Les Shively and have political guests on the show as well.  Shoulders’ father, Michael, a local prominent architect, also influenced young Ben to give back his time, talent, and treasure to the community.  Shoulders’ political influences aren’t just limited to his father’s side of the family.  Shoulders’ grandfather, C. Bernard Noelting on his mother’s side, served as city controller during former Evansville Mayor Frank McDonald Sr. third term.Since being elected county commissioner, Shoulders and his fellow commissioners ran into some initial controversy.  Earlier this year, the commissioners voted to replace the manager of Burdette Park, Jacob Murphy, with Pat Tuley who worked on Shoulders’ campaign.  Shoulders, along with fellow commissioner Cheryl Musgrave, insisted that Murphy wasn’t fired but replaced; due to a cross opportunity.  Due to the political controversy, Tuley declined to take the position.  However, Shoulders says the decisions that were made have been beneficial to all involved.  Jacob Murphy has since accepted the manager position with the Weights & Measurements Department, which is a position Murphy is excelling in, according to Shoulders.  Shoulders has also said since the decision was made to replace the Burdette Park manager earlier this year (by naming longtime assistant manager, Jerry Grannon, the interim manager), attendance at the park has skyrocketed and he has the numbers to prove it.  The attendance this year at the park so far has been 7,535.  From the years 2013 to 2016, the attendance was 4,375 people per day (through first 10 days of park operations).So does Ben Shoulders have any aspirations for higher office?  Perhaps Mayor?  “I’m currently very happy with my professional career, blessed for the opportunity given to me by my employer, Old National Bank, and continuing to learn the role of County Commissioner.  My laser focus in my life continues to be on faith, family, work, and serving the people of our community.  My three goals as County Commissioner are infrastructure, economic development, and public safety.  We must continue to collaborate, engage and include everyone as a shared voice for the future and greater good of Vanderburgh County.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O.C. Woman’s ‘Bear Hunt’ Cures Cabin Fever

first_imgA Merion Park home displays a collection of bears for the “hunters” to discover. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Keenan) By TIM KELLY“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” – Victor HugoJessica Keenan wanted to do something for the kids.Ocean City residents were doing a great job in recent days of “flattening the curve” of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak by staying at home.But part of the price being paid in slowing the spread of the illness was another non-viral malady brought on by self-quarantine and social distancing: the one known as “cabin fever.”Keenan, a kindergarten teacher in the Upper Township public school system who lives in the Merion Park section of Ocean City, was feeling it herself.“We are educators. We want to be in school with our kids,” she said in a social media post. “We miss you, and we are still here for you.”The time was right, and the people were ready for Keenan’s “Bear Hunt” in the neighborhood.With the help of social media, a strong response from her community and a beautiful spring day, folks were all over the neighborhood Thursday, enjoying their permitted exercise walk, “hunting bears” and finding them by the dozens.It all started earlier in the week when Keenan began thinking about putting a fun activity together to “Just let people forget about all the serious stuff for a while and to get out there and have some fun.”She became inspired when she saw a Facebook post by a Texas woman, Crystal Radke, who suggested folks play a game based on the beloved children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.Jessica Keenan with fellow Upper Township faculty member Dustin Rauenzahn. (Photo credit: Facebook)The idea was a simple but fun one: to inform the neighbors to display stuffed bears and images of bears in windows, doorways, porches, and other spots around the community so that kids and their parents or caregivers could go for a walk and have a “bear hunt.”“The feedback has been just incredible,” said Keenan. “As of (Thursday afternoon) we were up to 98 bears so far that have been spotted.”Jessica posted her idea on the Merion Park Facebook page.“One of the reasons my husband (Ed) and I chose to move to Merion Park is because it’s a neighborhood. Lots of young families.”She said she also felt the pangs of being a first-year empty nester, with the couples’ son Ed Jr. living in Philadelphia and daughter Megan at St. Joseph’s University.She wasn’t sure what to expect. So out Keenan went Thursday morning and couldn’t believe her eyes.“There were bears all over the place,” she said. “One of the neatest things I saw was a grandmother out with two girls. The kids had clipboards and they were all having great fun spotting the bears and (documenting) them.”“It’s just something that’s easy, and fun for the kids,” she said. “It’s a chance to get out there and put everything on ‘pause’ and to not think about all the serious stuff for a while.”She’s asking people to keep the bears out for a while longer to give other families a chance to go on a “bear hunt” if they haven’t done so already.But should predicted wet weather or the quarantine prevent it from happening, fret not, Merion Park.Keenan said a group of neighborhood kids plan on duplicating the idea for the following week.“They are already talking on social media about displaying rainbows around the neighborhood next week,” she said.The popular children’s book was the inspiration for the neighborhood “Bear Hunt.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)last_img read more

Wheat prices set to match previous records

first_imgUK wheat prices are poised to match levels last seen in 2007/08, as the latest delivered price hit £229.50 per tonne in the north west this week. It had reached its highest point for the current crop year before Christmas at £219.Prices stand at £220.50/tonne in East Anglia/London, £221.50/tonne in Northamptonshire and £224/tonne in Avonmouth this week. But contracts due to end in May are trading at £237/tonne.Alex Waugh, director general, National Association of British and Irish Millers, said future pricing would depend on the harvest situation in the southern hemisphere, with floods in Australia and very dry weather in Argentina expected to have an impact. He said: “Bad news stories are keeping the market firm and it will stay that way until there are indications of what the 2011 harvest in the northern hemisphere are likely to be. The expectation is that the winter crop in North America will have been damaged by the cold weather.”>>Wheat prices hit new high for crop year to datelast_img read more

Berries may lower women’s heart attack risk

first_imgA new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of East Anglia finds that women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may lower their risk of having a heart attack. The berries contain the dietary flavonoid anthocyanin, which may benefit the heart by improving blood flow and countering the build-up of plaque.The researchers drew from the health data of 93,600 female nurses between 25 and 42 who were surveyed about their diets every four years for 18 years. The study appeared in the January 14, 2013 issue of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) journal Circulation.Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, who are more likely to die from a heart attack than men.“Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week,” senior author Eric Rimm, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, said in an AHA release. “This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts.”Read coverage on CBS News and NPR Read Full Storylast_img read more

Better Business Bureau Announces 2008 Local Torch Award Winners

first_imgNatick, MA, July 2, 2008 – Better Business Bureau in Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT announced today the winners of the eighth annual Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence.  The BBB Torch Award honors remarkable businesses committed to promoting ethical business practices. The four winning businesses for 2008 are: Category 1 (1,000+ employees) – Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA Category 2 (100-999 employees) – Gentle Giant Moving Company of Somerville, MA Category 3 (11-99 employees) – Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield, VT Category 4  (1-10 employees) – The Winters Company of Cambridge, MA A panel of judges selected these businesses based on a number of criteria including their high standards of excellence towards customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and the communities in which they do business, as well as their reputation of ethical practices in the marketplace. “These companies were selected by a panel of experts for their exceptional conduct in the marketplace,” said Paula Fleming, vice president of communications and marketing for Better Business Bureaus. “Each winning company clearly demonstrates superior character on a daily basis and consistently exceeds marketplace standards for ethics in its relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which it does business.”   The awards will be presented to winners at individual ceremonies.  Winners are entered in the Council of Better Business Bureau’s International Torch Award competition. Previous honored winners are: 2007 Local Torch Award Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture of Norton, MA The Wolfington Group of Augusta, ME Luxbrush Painting Company of Manchester Center, VT 2006 Local Torch Award Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA King Arthur Flour of Norwich, VT Dial-A-Mattress of Stoughton, MA Pinnacle Residential Properties of Wellesley, MA About BBB BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 127 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit  “ is external)” is external) for more information about BBB.last_img read more

Waterfall Warrior

first_imgBrad McMillan isn’t new to professional kayaking. The 30-year-old boater was a raft guide at the NOC for 10 years, has been a member of the national team, and made a splash in 2014 when he ran the 70-foot Desoto Falls in an open canoe, earning the world record in the process. He still owns that world record, but he added a few more feathers to his cap in 2016, which was a breakout year for McMillan on the creek boat racing scene. He landed on the podium at the Northwest Creek Competition, pulled second at the Eagle Race in the King of New York Series, second at the Russell Fork Race and third at the coveted Green Race. 2017 is poised to be even better, as he refocuses on racing, while also trying to one-up his own open boat waterfall world record.“I tried to break it last year on a bigger waterfall in Oregon, but got ejected,” McMillan says. “I think I can stay in the boat this time.”We talked with McMillan about the gear he needs on the river. Here are his picks, in his own words.Ecōths Mathis Phantom  Organic Shirt ($64)Ecōths’ performance organic cotton blends with Coolmax polyester are designed to keep guys cool and comfortable when the temps heat up. As an added bonus, many of Ecōths’ button-up shirts have a signature Handy Cloth microfiber patch built into the front shirttail to clean glasses or phone screens easily.NRS Throw Rope ($59.95)Speaking of safety, this is super important if you’re paddling whitewater. It’s always in my boat. It’s good to have a couple of them, so that if you’re switching boats out, you’re not going to forget it.Astral Green Jacket ($270)I wear it all the time. It’s super comfortable, low profile, stays out of the way…It has tons of storage, with a clam shell pocket up front, four chest pockets and one big mesh pocket. There’s a spot for your knife and a quick release tow tether for rescue situations. That’s essential if you’re swift water trained. If you’re paddling difficult water, you should be wearing this vest.Osprey Momentum 32 Bicycle Commuter Pack ($140)The mesh-covered shoulder straps and backpanel provide ventilated comfort, especially on long, hot, sweaty commutes in the South. A built-in high-visibility raincover keeps riders safe and dry, and there’s even a separate compartment for muddy shoes.Astral Rasslers ($119.95)I’m kind of clumsy when it comes to walking around the banks of rivers, so I like the high tops, which protect my ankles against the rocks. They also have great sticky rubber on the soles that lasts for a long time. Nobody else has been able to compete with Astral in terms of stickiness and durability. And these shoes aren’t heavy when they’re wet.FITS Light Runner ($17)Brand new for 2017, the Light Runner no-show is perfect for road or trail runners who prefer a no-show length and are looking for a little extra cushioning.Mountainsmith Morrison 2 EVO ($200)It’s everything you want in a tent: lightweight, easy to set up, and long-lasting. Fully packed, the tent is a featherweight 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The fly sets up quickly, with plenty of headspace and windows for ventilation. Surprisingly roomy for two people.Dagger Axiom ($1,059)This is my favorite piece of gear overall. It has a splicy stern on it, so you can flip over a lot and get wet and cool off, which is great in the summer. I’ve had one for about three years, and it’s my go-to summer boat.AT5 Paddle ($350)This is a new paddle this year, with a bigger blade and a stronger stroke. There’s a larger surface area to the blade, which slows down your stroke rate and makes you think about what you’re doing. It caters to a stronger paddler, someone who can pull hard.A Cold BeerI like to stay local, so anything that’s made in Asheville. If it’s in a can, that’s even better. Green Man ESB is probably my favorite. I love that beer. It’s hard to find in cans, but when I find it, I grab as much as I can.last_img read more

Colombia: Ministry of Defense turns to sports to combat gang recruitment of children

first_img Advisors from the Seventh Division Command, the Fourth Brigade and the Battalion No. 4 organized a concert as part of the “Playing for Life” program in the municipality of Briceño and invited one of the most popular football players in Colombia, Mauricio el “Chicho” Serna to speak. Serna, who played for Deportivo Pereira and for Atlético Nacional, talked to about 700 youths from rural areas in Briceño. He said getting involved in “sports is a better alternative” than a life in gangs. By Dialogo November 11, 2013 Dtbm. I congratulate this Ministry for the great work it has done in the community and for its vision to benefit the children and youth… I commit to God and to this Ministry in prayer… from Puerto Rico. Football legend Mauricio ‘Chicho’ Serna talks to youths center_img Colombia’s Ministry of Defense recently launched a new initiative aimed at youths that promote sports and cultural activities to fight gang recruitment, illegal drug activity and teen pregnancy. The initiative called “Playing for Life” launched in late October uses sports and cultural activities to teach values, religion and respect for the law to children. The desire to compete, outstanding teamwork and strong camaraderie were prevalent during a recent visit at one of the football matches. “Children are very important for the Ministry of Defense, which is why we have launched this initiative based on sports to prevent the forced recruitment of minors,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno said during a radio interview on an Army station. “Playing for Life. Your Responsibility Is to Have Fun,” opened in the 32 municipalities where guerrilla and organized crime groups were known to be recruiting youths. Throughout the week, children participated in games and football matches, representing schools from their municipalities. The Air Force, police forces and municipal governments also supported the Ministry of Defense Group of Humanitarian Care for War Refugees in 13 of the 32 states. Children were told to not let themselves be tricked or convinced by members of criminal organizations who claim to offer a good life. The youths were taught that a peaceful life comes from family, studying and living in a healthy way – free from drugs. During the ceremonies in Puerto Carreño, Vice Minister of Defense Diana Margarita Quintero encouraged children to “fight for a future with dreams in which they can be the men and women who will change the country.” Sports can significantly reduce the situations where children are vulnerable to threats and risks, Quintero said. “The activities show that with their families, the schools and the authorities can build lives within the rule of law, have good values and love for their region,” according to a statement by the Colombian Air Force. “The purpose of “Playing for Life” is not to create great athletes but to help create a sense of belonging, build self-esteem and personal development for boys and girls who participate.” More than 3,000 children received uniforms to be used during the competitions. The Army donated more than $400,000 USD to the communities for sports activities. All participants received medals and footballs. The Army gave away about 600 bicycles to the most outstanding participants. “Participating in ‘Playing for Life’ was a great joy because I had not had a bike before; it was an important gift to reward my everyday work,” said one happy youth who competed in the state of Tolima from the Fifth Army Branch. Officials hope the sports program will add to the military success of stopping the gang recruitment as well as motivate other youths to leave gangs. In the first eight months of the year, the military removed 255 youths from criminal groups. Of those, 79.7 percent were taken from the FARC and the ELN. Guerrilla groups have started to recruit children as young as eight to make them part of their criminal organizations, according to the General Command of the Military Forces of Colombia. “These programs are important and should be on-going so in the long term they may have a positive impact in communities, families and others who are part of criminal groups,” said Carolina Serrano, a researcher in peace building and post-conflict issues at the Colombia-based Ideas for Peace Foundation. “These cultural and sports programs must go hand-in-hand with educational training on peace and peace building. If we make people understand, then that understanding remains with them.” Defense Minister Pinzón Bueno said he will continue to combat criminal groups, noting the military have forced thousands of long-time FARC and ELN guerrilla fighters and their leaders to move away.” last_img read more

How teachers are bringing financial literacy lessons to the classroom

first_imgUnfortunately for those kids whose parents can’t or don’t teach them money skills, these lessons aren’t part of many school curricula. The Council for Economic Education’s Survey of the States found that only 20 states require high school students to take an economics class to graduate and even fewer states require a course in financial literacy. But teachers who do cover financial concepts such as saving and investing find that students even as young as elementary school can grasp – and get excited about – money lessons. “When kids know how money works, they are more careful with their spending and take better care of their things that cost money,” says Kristi Ekern, a fifth-grade teacher in the Denver metro area. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some kids get money lessons at home, but many parents lack financial knowledge or confidence themselves. Junior Achievement’s 2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey sponsored by the Allstate Foundation found that millennial parents, ages 18-34, are the least confident about explaining money management to their kids, many of whom are currently in lower grades.center_img Millions of Americans don’t understand the basics of budgeting or saving for the future.last_img read more

CFPB symposium weighs pros, cons of consumer access to data

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » At yesterday’s CFPB’s symposium focused on Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act, bureau Director Kathy Kraninger and panelists outlined the benefits of consumer access to financial records while also cautioning possible consumer harm as a result of so much data collection and authorization.NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Kaley Schafer and Senior Counsel for Research and Policy Andrew Morris attended Wednesday’s event. NAFCU has recommended the CFPB’s efforts to increase consumers’ access to data focus on ensuring the security of consumers’ data and should not create new data-collection burdens and costs for credit unions.During Kraninger’s remarks, she noted consumers are increasingly granting access to their financial information to various companies – primarily as a result of mobile apps – which can then give other companies access. Third-party vendors are aggregating consumer data to further develop new products and technologies, Kraninger said, but consumers need control over their data, assurance that it will be secure, and an understanding of how it will be shared.last_img read more

Max Allegri wants to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager after snubbing Arsenal interest

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jan 2020 11:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link171Shares Max Allegri wants to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager after snubbing Arsenal interest Massimiliano Allegri is holding out for the Manchester United manager’s job (Picture: Getty Images)Massimiliano Allegri is holding out for the Manchester United job and hopes that will be the role that sees him return to management.The Italian coach left Juventus at the end of last season and has been out of work since, although that is not down to a lack of interest in his services.The 52-year-old has been linked with a host of big clubs since he left the Serie A champions, but has rebuffed approaches as he enjoys time away from the game.The Daily Mail report that Arsenal were one of the clubs to hold an interest in employing Allegri as they searched for a replacement for Unai Emery in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, they were snubbed by the coach, as he has his sights set on the top job at Old Trafford and he would be ready to take the role should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be sacked during this season or in the summer.Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly holding a similar mindset and would be very interested in replacing Solskjaer should the role become vacant.Allegri confirmed that he has been studying English and that he is making good progress with the language, telling ESPN: ‘I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult.‘If I’m talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower then I understand. I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine.’However, in the same breath he did explicitly say that he would not be returning to management before the end of the season.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 CityWhen asked about his return date, he replied: ‘In June. I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not. Giovanni [Branchini] and I immediately came to that decision.‘As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out.‘I had 18 years as a player and I’ve been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I’m happy.‘I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I’m passionate about like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books.‘Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it.’Pochettino remains the clear bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Manchester United manager, although Solskjaer does not appear in immediate danger of being sacked.MORE: Barcelona open to selling Samuel Umtiti in January with Arsenal and Manchester United interestedMORE: Manchester United consider move for Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik after missing out on Erling Haaland Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more