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first_imgThe City-County Observer is excited to announce that Tracy Zeller owner of Tracy Zeller Enterprises has been selected an “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” WINNER FOR 2015. Tracy Zeller is a lifelong Evansville resident. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, Tracy completed her Diamond Graduate certification through the Gemological Institute of America. In 2004, with nearly two decades of experience she opened the Tracy Zeller Jewelry showroom, offering the tri-state a unique jewelry shopping experience. With an unwavering commitment to the principles of trust, quality, value and integrity and by surrounding herself with a terrific team of people, Tracy has grown her business exponentially.This years awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begin at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015. Reservations for this event may be obtain by calling Mollie Drake Schreiber at 812-760-4233 or e-email her at [email protected] Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014. Last years event was a sellout.So far the “Outstanding Community Services Award” winners for 2015 are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local Attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams.Professional Profile for Tracy Zeller A GIA Diamond Graduate and Owner of Tracy Zeller Enterprises, Inc.Tracy Zeller is a lifelong Evansville resident. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, Tracy completed her Diamond Graduate certification through the Gemological Institute of America. In 2004, with nearly two decades of experience she opened the Tracy Zeller Jewelry showroom, offering the tri-state a unique jewelry shopping experience. With an unwavering commitment to the principles of trust, quality, value and integrity and by surrounding herself with a terrific team of people, Tracy has grown her business exponentially.Tracy’s faith is an important part of her life. She is dedicated to a personal calling she describes as “live to give,” by fulfilling donation requests from numerous community and charitable organizations. In addition to financial contributions, Tracy gives generously of her time on various committees; specifically, she has served as President of Kiwanis and a Business Network International chapter, Board Member for Community Marriage Builders, Vice President and President of A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), currently serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana and is a member of USI’s Accounting Circle. She also supports many local organizations including Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, Leadership Evansville, the Vanderburgh Humane Society and Keep Evansville Beautiful, just to name a few.Along with many fundraising events and speaking engagements throughout the year, Tracy is a regular guest on WFIE’s Ask the Expert segment with Mike Blake.  She is the jewelry spokesperson on Local 7’s Tri-State Professionals and Lifestyles programs.  Evansville Living magazine readers have twice voted her among the Best of Evansville.  Southwest Indiana Chamber recognized her three times in the last decade; as Entrepreneur of the Year, a finalist for the Small Business of the Year award, and most recently, as Businessperson of the Year.   The ANEW organization hailed her as a Woman of Action.  The University of Southern Indiana acknowledged her as an Alumnus in Residence and Distinguished Alumni; the Indiana Women’s Jewelry Association nominated her Entrepreneur of the Year. The Women’s Council of Realtors awarded her the Affiliate of the Year designation. Tracy was named one of the YWCA’s 100 Years / 100 Women and her business was nominated as an Indiana Small Businesses to Watch.  In addition, in both 2012 and 2014 she was honored as an ATHENA Award finalist.From the Courier & Press Readers’ Choice Awards, Tracy Zeller Jewelry was awarded Gold for Best Locally Owned Store in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, Gold for Best Jewelry Store in 2012 and Platinum for Best Jewelry Store in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The store also received the 2013 Business of Integrity Torch Award given by the Better Business Bureau.In January 2013, Tracy and her team launched a free Community Calendar, developed and funded by the company, as a gift to the Tri-State.  Also in 2013, Tracy Zeller Jewelry hosted and underwrote the first Tracy Zeller Open.  The all female golf event collected over $51,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville Women Build.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NYU prof. explores language

first_imgThe rising Latino population in the United States has been marginalized in an English-speaking society, and Spanish speakers increasingly find themselves as “language-less,” according to Dr. Jonathan Rosa of New York University. Rosa is an assistant professor and faculty fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and Latino Studies Program at New York University. His lecture, titled “Spanglish Only? U.S. Language Ideologies and Latino Ethnolinguistic Identities,” discussed the way language plays a role in lives of Hispanic Americans. Rosa collected research from New Northwest High School, a Chicago public high school whose student body is more than 90 percent Mexican and Puerto Rican. The difference between Mexican and Puerto Rican Spanish was apparent in the Spanish-speaking community, but was not recognized by individuals who only spoke English, Rosa said. English-speakers tended to group all Spanish-speakers together into one Latino category. “Here is a symbolic relationship in which Latinos are imagined to embody the Spanish language and the Spanish language becomes emblematic of Latinos,” he said. Rosa said he interviewed many students from the high school about their language background. These students said the differences in pronunciation and rhythm between Puerto Rican and Mexican Spanish was acute. In an English-dominated society, native Spanish speakers are marginalized no matter what their background, he said. “Latinos can be doubly stigmatized through their presumed lack of English and Spanish language proficiency,” Rosa said. The term “bilingual” no longer means being proficient in two languages but instead deficiency in one language, he said. “As people who are expected to speak a language but then are understood to speak no language properly, Latinos are positioned as a linguistic inferior,” Rosa said. Rosa also said Latinos, even when speaking unaccented English, are stereotyped because others automatically associate their race with a language they do not understand. Some Latinos then pronounce Spanish words with an English accent or use the Spanish-English combination of “Spanglish.” “Competing forces require Latinos to signal that they are acceptable other by speaking Spanish in English without being heard to possess an accent,” he said. “Latinos manage these demands by integrating English and Spanish forms in newfound ways that signal their linguistic dexterity.” These linguistic problems are challenges for young people like the students at New Northwest High School as they move into adulthood and a professional, English-dominated world. “The expectation that Latinos should be proficient in English and Spanish ultimately stigmatizes them in relation to the two languages simultaneously and positions them as having no language.”last_img read more

Former ND electrician dies

first_imgFormer Notre Dame electrician Royce McDaniel Eck died Tuesday evening, according to a University press release. Eck was 92 years old.A World War II veteran, Eck spent two years in the Air Force before being discharged in 1946, according to his obituary in the South Bend Tribune. He went on to work at Notre Dame for 30 years before retiring in 1985.According to the Tribune, there will be a viewing at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home in Goshen. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Eck’s family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Center for Hospice.Tags: electrician, Royce McDaniel Eck, Staff Deathlast_img

Fishing for development

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Ireland comes back to life as lockdown eased

first_img“This is a great day for our country,” health minister Simon Harris told state broadcaster RTE. “It’s a day of hope, it’s a day that we weren’t guaranteed to get to.”Ireland has suffered 1,679 deaths in the outbreak, according to the latest official figures.Deaths recorded in a single day peaked at 77 mid-April but on Sunday the figure had fallen to just one. Topics : A new plan Under the new blueprint, social home visits were permitted for the first time, with up to six allowed to meet indoors or outdoors. Vulnerable people “cocooning” are allowed “a small number of visitors”.Meanwhile citizens were allowed to travel anywhere in their county of residence or up to 20 kilometers from home, in an unexpected extension of the previous five-kilometer limit.Nonetheless radio broadcasts on Monday urged citizens to “stay local”. Harris urged the public to visit only a modest list of friends and family, to strictly maintain social distancing and to log names in case they are needed for purposes of contact tracing.Livestock markets and elite sports training facilities were also opened as scheduled under the second stage of the government roadmap.Under the government plan, shops are not permitted to open before 10.30 am in order to prevent overcrowding on public transport and will allocate time for vulnerable customers.Shopping centers will not reopen until next week, and must put in place measures to prevent the public congregating in shared spaces.”Over the last few months fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope lifting us up again,” Varadkar said on Friday.”We are making progress, we are heading in the right direction and we have earned the right to be hopeful about the future again.” Ireland began its tentative first step out of lockdown on May 18, allowing small groups to meet outside, outdoor shops to reopen and activities such as golf to tee off.On Friday, Varadkar signaled he intends to press ahead with the accelerated ending of lockdown by allowing hotels and pubs serving food to open on June 29. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced the accelerated slackening of restrictions on Friday, and brought forward the planned date to drop almost all coronavirus containment measures from August to July. Ireland’s shops and workplaces lurched back to life on Monday, as the nation pressed ahead with its plan to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions ahead of schedule.As the new week started, all shops were permitted to trade and travel limits were massively relaxed in a dramatic quickening of the government’s reopening plans.Employees able to maintain social distancing were also encouraged to return to their workplaces as Ireland took its largest step yet since lockdown was imposed on March 28.last_img read more

Report: Amurskaya Neftebaza Orders Six Bulkers from Yangzijiang

first_imgRussia’s transportation and logistics firm Amurskaya Neftebaza has placed an order for six bulk carriers with Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.According to the agreement between the parties, which was unveiled on April 20, the new vessels will feature 120,000 dwt.The units are scheduled for delivery to their owner in the second half of 2019, data provided by Asiasis show. The parties did not reveal any financial details related to the order.In late March, the Russian company placed an order for a 4,500 cbm small clean tanker at China’s Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry. The unit, which is scheduled for delivery in May 2019, was priced at USD 7.1 million.For Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the order comes on the back of a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed for the construction of up to twenty LNG-fueled bulk carriers for Forward Maritime, a part of Arista Shipping Group.The Kamsarmax vessels, which would feature 84,000 dwt, would join the fleet between 2020 and 2023, provided that Forward Maritime signs firm contracts for the units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

911 dispatchers sought in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, In. — Officials in Franklin County are looking for third shift dispatchers. The starting wage is $16.45-per-hour, 40-hours per week, weekends, holidays and does include benefits.Candidates must be able to multi-task and work in a team environment. Applications are due by February 22 and are available at the sheriff’s department at 371 Main Street in Brookville.last_img

Cricket News VB Chandrasekhar, former India opener, committed suicide over debts: Chennai Police

first_imgVB Chandrasekhar played seven games in 1988.VB was instrumental in getting MS Dhoni to Chennai Super Kings in IPL.Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble also praised VB. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar and former India captain Anil Kumble also offered their condolences to Chandrasekhar’s family. “Very sad to hear of the passing away of VB Chandrasekhar. Have fond memories of him. My condolences to his family,” Tendulkar tweeted. Kumble wrote: “Terrible news…VB…too soon. Shocking! Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”  Former India captain Krish Srikkanth, who had opened several times in the past with VB, said he was shocked to learn about the death of his erstwhile batting partner, adding he was a very nice person. India and Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina also condoled the death of Chandrasekhar.  “Extremely sad & shocked to hear about the passing away of VB Chandrasekhar sir. His consistent efforts made it possible to set the right foundation of the CSK team. He always encouraged & believed in us since very beginning. My deepest condolences to the family,” Raina tweeted.India and CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh expressed sadness. “Very shocking to hear VB Chandrashekhar indian cricketer is no more.. very sad news .. very young to in peace VB.. Big lose. condolences to the family,” Harbhajan wrote on his twitter handle.   IPL team Chennai Super Kings, for which Chandrasekhar was director-operations and a selector, said  Chandrasekhar was “one of the main architects behind CSKs strong foundation and brand of cricket.” “V B Chandrasekhar’s contribution to TN cricket as a player, mentor and official is immeasurable. He was an integral part of the Super Kings family and it is truly a personal loss to all of us,” the CSK said on its twitter handle.  His mortal remains will be kept at his residence in  Mylapore and the final rites will take place from 9 AM on Saturday.  highlightscenter_img Chennai: Former India opener and national selector VB Chandrasekhar committed suicide over debts, the police said in Chennai on Friday, ruling out speculation that he died after suffering a cardiac arrest. According to a senior police official, Chandrasekhar ended his life by hanging himself at his house in the city on Thursday evening due to debts, a day after it was reported that his death was the result of a cardiac arrest. “He was under a lot of stress due to the debts incurred,” the police official added.  The former Indian opener owned a team (VB Kanchi Veerans) in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, the fourth edition of which concluded on Thursday. “He was under a lot of stress due to debts but it has also come to light that his health was deteriorating and he had become very frail,” a source said.  “The Tamil Nadu cricket fraternity is in a state of shock as he always shared a close relationship with former BCCI President N Srinivasan. He was instrumental in getting MS Dhoni to Srinivasan’s IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings,” the source added.   The right-hander, who was only six days short of his 58th birthday, is survived by his wife and two daughters. Chandrasekhar played seven ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs, but at the domestic level, he was prolific for a few seasons, aggregating 4,999 runs in 81 games with a highest score of 237 not out. A qualified engineer, VB, as he was popularly known in cricketing circles, was a member of the state team that won the Ranji Trophy in 1987-’88.  The cricketing fraternity across the country was shocked to learn about Chandrasekhar’s death. The Indian cricket board condoled his death and posted on its Twitter handle (@BCCI): “BCCI regrets to inform that former India opener VB Chandrasekhar is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his fans.”  The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association on Friday condoled the death of the former India batsman. “The Members and cricket fraternity of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association deeply condole the sudden and sad demise of former Indian Cricketer V B Chandrasekhar,” it said in a message.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Big changes announced for the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season 2018 – 2019

first_imgValve has announced its changes to the Dota 2 Pro Circuit for season 2018 – 2019 starting this September 2018.The only cheese you needTo help players, teams, and organizers prepare for the upcoming season, a few big changes are on the way, notably on ownership or shares of teams and DCP points, player movement penalties, team invites, qualifications and also season schedule.Teams and RostersTo be eligible for the season teams must register their roster by September 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM PDT.No hard roster locks up until when  The International Invites and Qualifiers start. From that point on teams will no longer be allowed to change their roster until the conclusion of the TI Main event with the rare exception to substitutes, subject to approval from Valve of course.Changing rosters during the season will no longer disqualify a team from DPC consideration either.Teams hold The International qualifying points instead of individual players.Teams are allowed to remove players (or players can decide to leave) at the cost of 20% of the teams current total DCP points per player removed.Adding a new player will not earn any additional points.If a team plays in a Pro Circuit event without their official five-man roster, the points earned for that event will be reduced by 40%.When playing in a Minor or Major qualifier, teams must always use at least 4 of their 5 registered players.Team Ownership & InvitesFollowing on shortly after the CS:GO ownership rules: In cases where one organization or person has ownership in multiple teams, only one of those teams will be eligible to compete in The International, regardless of DPC qualifying points.However, Valve is giving close to a year to all players, owners and shareholders to sort their business out.All teams can participate in the Pro Circuit Majors and Minors leading up to next year’s TI, but all ownership conflicts will need to be resolved prior to TI Regional Qualifiers. This includes cases in which players have financial ties to other teams.Minors and Major:Next season’s Minor and Major events will be held in pairs, with the qualifiers for each set to run in exclusively scheduled windows.There will be no direct invites to either Minors or Majors but in some cases, reserved slots will apply.The Major qualifier will run first, and teams who do not qualify for the Major will be eligible to compete in the Minor qualifiers a few days later.The winner of the Minor Main Event will have a reserved slot in the respective Major happening shortly afterwards.All Minors must feature at least eight teams, with a minimum of one qualifier per region.Majors must have at least sixteen teams, with at least two qualifiers per region.All teams that play in a Minor or Major will earn DPC points.Teams participating in the Minors will be required to work on the Visa application in advance of the tournament, in order to be able to make the Major if they win.Following these changes, Valve is currently accepting applications for all of the Minor and Major tournaments apart from the first Major in November.Reaction from the Dota 2 scene has been very positive so far and understandably so.Very happy to see Valve unequivocally and publicly tackle all potential conflict of interest issues for next year’s DPC.This is a big step in ensuring competitive integrity for future years— David Gorman (@LDeeep) June 4, 2018 One thing the blog post does not address is how Dota teams belonging to a region is defined. Will be a big topic with no more direct invites. In CSGO it is pretty clear by nationality.— Ulrich Schulze (@theflyingdj) June 4, 2018 Everything said in this blog post is fucking incredible news.– paired minors/majors– no ownership conflicts (xdruru)– no more hard locks – no more ‘join the team bring all the points xd!’Interesting that this suggests ESL Hamburg 2018 will not be a part of the DPC calendar— Ben Steenhuisen (@followNoxville) June 4, 2018With some valuable remarks here and there while the changes dota 2 has announced to are, in some ways, heartening, i’m still a skeptic. until valve is willing to take more responsibility for the dota 2 scene (instead of just fiddling with its rule book), the company is kicking the can down the road.— will partin is such sweet sorrow (@william_partin) June 4, 2018Just remember Dota fans, this is all because of NoxvilleNot that I’m gonna take the credit for it (jk ofc I will), but in my interview with @olliering for @redbullesports ( in which I discussed improvements for the next DPC season, I suggested paired Minors/Majors as part of a cycle effort.— Ben Steenhuisen (@followNoxville) June 4, 2018Full release including dates for upcoming Major and Minor events can be found here.Esports Insider says: With a very specific schedule set out for next season it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tier 1 teams at every event, allowing for additional third-party events in between giving room to up-and-comers to make their mark. However, this could also just leave the newcomers without a chance if the tournament organisers don’t take the bait and only focus on Minors and Majors.Sign up to our newsletter! Great to see Valve extending the conflict of interest rules regarding ownership to Dota 2 as well. I wonder how that will impact on the scene ahead of next year’s International.— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) June 4, 2018last_img read more

Doc Rivers: Argument between Blake Griffin, Chris Paul shows growth

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters following Tuesday night’s 112-101 regular-season finale victory at Phoenix that he was going to gather the players to have dinner Wednesday night and watch games that can still affect who their first-round playoff fate.Ahead of the day’s action, the Clippers (56-26) were guaranteed no less than a No. 3 seed with the possibility of being No. 2 depending on what San Antonio (55-26) did against New Orleans and Houston (55-26) did against Utah.One thing seemed certain: having Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at the same party would be no problem. The stars had a verbal on-court beef just before halftime Tuesday with the Clippers holding a 23-point lead. But Rivers said it was basically all good.“I don’t mind at all,” said Rivers, whose team will have homecourt advantage in the first round. “I hate when stuff goes unsaid. They were upset at one of the plays; Blake was more upset with himself. It’s nice. We’re up huge and their mad at a miscommunicated play. I kind of like that.” Hot at right timeThe Clippers finished winning 14 of their last 15 regular-season games. Under all the circumstances, Griffin likes where his team ended up — whether the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.“I think with everything that went on and going through that bad stretch there before (the) All-Star (break) and having certain injuries, I think it’s a great spot to be in,” said Griffin, whose team lost four of six heading into the All-Star break in February. “But you always look back and say, ‘What if we would have won this game or that game, we could have solidified (No. 2), maybe. But whatever.“It’s a good spot to be in, better than sixth, I guess. Now, we’ve just got to focus on winning a playoff series. I was thinking to myself it’s crazy that we might play Memphis in the first round of the playoffs as a 3-6, while they were No. 2 all season. It’s nuts, but it’s the West.”The Grizzlies were sixth in the West at 54-27 and were to finish Wednesday at home against Indiana.This and thatSixth-man Jamal Crawford scored 10 points Tuesday and passed “Pistol” Pete Maravich on the all-time scoring list. Crawford has 15,956 points to Maravich’s 15,948. That makes Crawford 104th all-time in the NBA, 110th among NBA and ABA players. … Doc Rivers reached 700 career coaching victories Tuesday. He is 700-524, a winning percentage of .572 in 16 seasons with Orlando, Boston and the Clippers. Last year, not so much.“I would say a year ago if anyone got upset at a play or something, no one talked to each other,” Rivers said. “This group has really grown. That’s where I keep saying we’re just so much better and that gives you a chance, it really does. And in the West, all you can ask for is a chance because everybody has a chance.”Paul also saw the brief row as a good thing.“I think for us, we say it all the time, it’s not about the other team. It’s about us and what we’re trying to do, and I think it just shows we’re always trying to get it right,” he said. “Going into every game, it’s about us, what we do right and if we get in our coverages right.“Tonight, they really weren’t playing for anything, but this was our last game before the playoffs and we just wanted to make sure everything was going in the right direction.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more