Bulgaria, Turkey and Covid-19 drag down Intralot in H1

first_img Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Bulgaria Turkey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bulgaria, Turkey and Covid-19 drag down Intralot in H1 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria.Revenue for the six months to 30 June fell to €168.2m (£150.6m/$199.2m), and over this period revenue from Intralot’s licensed operations (B2C) division collapsed, falling 74.9% to €57.7m.This was largely down to upheaval in Bulgaria, which saw Eurofootball’s operations shut down after its licence was suspended in February. The Bulgarian shut-down alone cut revenue for the division by €140.3m, while novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disruption in Malta led to a €17.6m revenue hit, and a €14.0m decline in revenue from Brazil and Argentina.For its B2B and government contracts division, revenue from management contracts plummeted 73.2% to €11.8m. This once again highlighted the ongoing impact of the loss of the Turkish sports betting contract in April 2019, and a decline in revenue from Bilyoner, a distributor of sports betting games in which Intralot holds a 50.1% stake.Intralot said it had seen Covid-19 restrictions lifted in various markets earlier than had initially been expected, meaning the top line impact of the pandemic had been lower than expected.“For or example, in the US, monthly data show a high degree of resilience of our operations, and in Malta the lockdown was lifted on early May, earlier than anticipated,” Intralot explained. “In Morocco, despite an earlier than anticipated lockdown lift, the lift has been followed by turbulence, i.e. local lockdowns that have affected the local economies and our operations.”Performance in Australia and South American jurisdictions, however, had been affected as expected.The decline was much less pronounced in the other B2B division, technology and support services, which saw revenue fall just 5.5% to €98.8m, making it by far the largest contributor to group revenue. This included an increased US contribution, thanks to Intralot’s new lottery contract in Illinois, and one-off boosts from new projects with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Ohio Lottery.Gross gaming revenue, comprising the B2B contributions and licensed operations revenue minus player winnings (€23.0m, down 67.0%), was down 38.8% year-on-year to €133.5m.Turning to outgoings, cost of sales for the first half reflected the decline in revenue, falling 54.4% to €137.6m. This resulted in gross profit for the period coming in at €30.6m, down 59.9%.Intralot then recorded a further €8.6m in other operating income, while selling and administrative expenses declined to €11.9m and €35.8m respectively. After €1.4m in research and development expenditure of €1.4m and €1.1m in other expenses, earnings before interest and tax swung to a loss of €11.0m.Once interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation were factored back in, EBITDA for the half was down 54.5% to €26.7m.After finance related costs, including €25.1m in interest expenses and a €4.6m loss from investments, Intralot posted a €42.8m loss before tax, compared to a €1.5m loss in H1 2019.While it recorded an €0.2m income tax benefit, the business’ net loss for the half widened from €4.6m in the prior year to €42.6m. Once an €0.3m loss from operations in which Intralot held a non-controlling interest, this increased to a net loss after tax of €42.9m.“During the first half of 2020 we have navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the effect of discontinued operations in Bulgaria and Turkey,” Intralot group chief executive Chris Dimitriadis commented.“We have revisited our strategy, accelerated its execution, reorganised the group, gave priority to our customers and to our people, addressed our financials with prudency, diversified our portfolio even further, ensured continuity in service provision and identified ways to unlock the hidden potential of our digital technology.”This followed a difficult second quarter in which revenue declined 64.2% to €66.3m. Intralot’s gross profit for Q2 fell to €10.4m, a 71.5% decline, and after operating expenses posted a loss before interest and tax of €8.4m, compared to a €5.7m profit in 2019. EBITDA, meanwhile, declined 60.5% to €10.6m.After financial items, the business posted a €28.0m operating loss, which after a €2.2m income tax benefit resulted in a net loss of €25.8m from continuing and discontinued operations. Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria. Topics: Finance Lottery Strategy Finance Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 7th September 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

Apopka Recycling schedule changes colors

first_img Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSRecycling Previous article20 Country Music Artists to Watch in 2017Next articleWinning begins with the fundamentals Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter For years the recycling days in Apopka were designated Red or Blue.  Color assignments were based upon your regular garbage pick up days. Recyclables were picked up on alternating Wednesdays using the gray rolling containers.For 2017 the City of Apopka has decided to change things up.  Recyclables are still picked up on alternating Wednesdays, but the assigned colors are now Purple and Yellow, per the card that was mailed to residents last month.Today is the first recycling day of 2017.  Today’s color is Purple, which has been assigned to residents whose regular garbage pickup days are Mondays and Thursdays.The card mailed to residents has a magnet for refrigerator use.  Since not everyone will want to decorate their kitchens with the card The Apopka Voice has added the assigned recycling days to our Community Calendar.Use this link to view our Community Calendar. Or click on the “Events” tab on the homepage.Remember:Recyclable items include:glass and plastic bottles and jugsmetal canspaper and cardboardRecyclable items DO NOT include:dishes or paper platesjuice pouchespizza boxesstyrofoamUse this link to see what can and cannot be recycled.  According to the City’s website, “Putting other material or trash in your recycling could cause the whole load to be rejected by the recycling processor.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Ag Groups Keep Pushing Against WOTUS

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Ag Groups Keep Pushing Against WOTUS SHARE By Gary Truitt – Feb 4, 2015 Previous articleAg Groups Call on Congress to Address Farm Labor Crisis Before Moving on Mandatory E-VerifyNext articleAll about Pork at Annual Taste of Elegance Gary Truitt The EPA has withdrawn the interpretive rule as part of their Waters of the US proposal, but this is only a partial victory. Farm groups say the fight to eliminate the rule must continue. Don Villwock, President of Indiana Farm Bureau, said in a statement,  “While we are pleased with this announcement, the expansion of federal jurisdiction in the WOTUS rule has not disappeared. We encourage our members to continue to voice their opposition to redefining the scope of the Clean Water Act to their members of Congress.” Facebook Twitter EPA is currently reviewing the public comments submitted last year when the WOTUS rule was announced. Woodall says that make take a while, “As we understand it, there were over 1 million comments submitted, about 50% against the rule and about 50% in favor of the rule. Villwock said, “Indiana Farm Bureau commends everyone for their efforts, in both commenting to the agencies and reaching out to their members of Congress.” But he added there is still a lot of work to do. Woodall is optimistic the new Congress will be watching the EPA action very closely, but urges farmers to keep the pressure on until this proposed rule is abandoned, “The 114th Congress is in favor of fixing the WOTUS rule, and that means passing legislation that stops this proposal cold.”  He said there is support on both sides of the aisle to stop the EPA from moving forward with this rule, but he urged all farmers to continue to make their concerns known to lawmakers. Facebook Twitter Ag Groups Keep Pushing Against WOTUS Ag Groups Keep Pushing Against WOTUS Colin Woodall with the NCBA says the removal of the interpretive rule will make it harder for the EPA to hide its real agenda, “What the interpretive rule was supposed to do is tell farmers and ranchers they would not be harmed by the WOTUS rule. It was really a smokescreen because it did not actually protect producers from the impact of the WOTUS rule.” He added, by removing this rule, what EPA administrator McCarthy is really trying to do is revealed. As written, the interpretive rule would have reduced exemptions for normal farming practices given to farmers by Congress. SHARElast_img read more

Alverno Welcomes Grandparents and Special Friends to Campus

first_img Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Alverno High School recently welcomed over 115 grandparents and special friends to campus to participate in Alverno’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.Grandparents and special friends were treated to a morning reception in the Alverno library before joining the rest of the student body for Thanksgiving Liturgy. The Liturgy, officiated by Father Tim Klosterman from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, not only celebrated Thanksgiving but also called on students to be thankful for all of the wonderful lessons and memories they shared with their grandparents and special friends.Following Liturgy, grandparents and special friends were invited to attend classes with their student hosts. While visiting classes, grandparents and special friends were encouraged to share stories about their own time as students, how the world has changed, and even how they got their grandparent nicknames! Grandparents and special friends shared how they spent their time as children and how times have changed. Some classes even issued assignments encouraging students to live more like their grandparents and special friends for a day by giving up technology and writing about their experiences.After their classroom visits, the entire school community, including grandparents and special friends, enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast on the lawns north of the Villa del Sol d’ Oro. The special event, organized by the Class of 2018 and Advancement Office, provided the entire school community with the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving together and share their gratitude for the many blessings in their lives.“Our grandparents and special friends are not only important family members but wonderful teachers and role models,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Each of them has played an important role in the development of the young women in their life and each has helped to mold them into the individuals they are. We are thankful to have their support in empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”About Alverno High SchoolAlverno High School is a progressive Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org. Education Alverno Welcomes Grandparents and Special Friends to Campus Alverno students and grandparents enjoyed Thanksgiving Liturgy and Feast together From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 11:36 am Subscribecenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Community Newslast_img read more

Donegal applicants in backlog for Be on Call for Ireland initiative

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Google+ A Donegal TD has raised concern over what’s been described as significant delays in the Be on Call for Ireland initiative. The number of applicants is approximately 72,000 and includes nursing, medical and ambulance personnel.However it’s understood that a large number of those have yet to be processed.Speaking in the Dail last evening, Deputy Pearse Doherty says his wife Roisin applied several weeks ago but has yet to receive more details, he also says there are other similar cases in Donegal.He says the backlog of applicants defeats the purpose:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/peaxfcvfvfcvrseoncallfull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – April 17, 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Donegal applicants in backlog for Be on Call for Ireland initiative DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articlePringle takes umbrage with ‘bad time management’ in DailNext articleFresh appeal for information on killing of Lyra McKee News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Stakeholder perspectives on ecosystem-based management of the Antarctic krill fishery

first_imgInformation about stakeholder aspirations is a fundamental requirement for ecosystem-based management, but the detail is often elusive, and debates may focus on simplistic opposing positions. This is exemplified by the Antarctic krill fishery, which, despite a current operational catch limit equivalent to just 1% of the estimated biomass and actual annual catches much lower than this, is the subject of a high-profile debate framed around ambiguous concepts such as sustainability. Q methodology was applied to explore the detailed views of representatives of three stakeholder sectors (the fishing industry, conservation-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and scientists from seven countries involved in research on the krill-based ecosystem). The analysis distinguished two clear groupings, one of which included the views of all NGO participants while the other included the views of fishing industry participants and a subset of the scientists. Key differences between the groups included the priority given to different management measures, and to continued commercial fishing. However, the results also revealed considerable overlap between viewpoints. Both groups prioritised the maintenance of ecosystem health and recognised the importance of defining management objectives. Also, neither group prioritised a decrease in catch limits. This suggests that most participants in the study agree that management should improve but do not perceive a major problem in the ecosystem’s ability to support current catch levels. Cooperation to identify shared management objectives based on stakeholder aspirations for the ecosystem might enhance progress, whereas polarised discussions about preferred management measures or ambiguous concepts are likely to impede progress.last_img read more

Commentary: A Memory That Flows Through The Veins

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com EDINBURGH, Scotland – If we listen, blood can whisper old, even ancient, truths to us.Long, long ago, my ancestors lived in this country. My mother’s people were lowland Scots. They lived here, the family stories go, until they bet on the wrong side in one of Britain’s many battles of royal succession. They found themselves transported to Northern Ireland, where they were supposed to serve as a Protestant presence grafted onto a determinedly Catholic land.Several generations later, not many years before the American Revolution, they left and landed in the Carolinas, before heading north to Indiana around the time of the War of 1812.But they began in this land.Part of me – part of my children – began in this land.I didn’t journey first to Scotland until I was in my late 30s. My wife and I came on our honeymoon. We roamed from Edinburgh to Inverness to the Isle of Skye. We walked over streets that were here when my ancestors lived in this land. We hiked trails both green and stony.Scotland spoke to me then.It’s spoken to me ever since.It wasn’t just that the country is beautiful – although it is beautiful. The sky here achieves shadings of blue and gray that can soothe the most unquiet spirit. The highlands have a harsh, craggy splendor, earth and stone reminders of the weight of eternity.But it also was that this place was part of me.One of the homes of my heart.On that first trip, while my new bride did some shopping in Edinburgh, I stopped at a pub for a pint. Or two.The guys at the table next to me started reciting poetry. They were several rounds ahead of me. The drinks took the edge off their Scots burrs and transformed every “s” into ”sssssh.”It also made their recital endearing, particularly when they reached the climax.A man’s a man for ‘a that.Even slurred, Robert Burns’ poetry spoke Scotland’s soul.I also wandered the bookstores in Edinburgh, Inverness and elsewhere, reading upon the Scottish Enlightenment as my wife and I traveled – the long struggle to unshackle the human mind and spirit from all forces that would bind them. As I did, I understood in ways I never had before the devotion my mother’s people had to learning and to charting their own courses. I began to realize my resistance to outsourcing my thinking might be more than a personal quirk.The inertia of generation after generation after generation fighting to find its own way could have done something to push me down that path.One late afternoon, we stopped the car along an ocean cliff. I walked out to the edge of the bluff and looked at the water, whitecaps rippling the surface as far as my eye could see.I never have been a man who finds peace with ease. At that moment, though, I felt nothing but serenity.As I stared from atop that craggy bluff at the long stretch, I thought about the people whose blood flowed through my veins and how they walked this land centuries before I was even a notion. I thought about the children my wife and I wanted to have.In that moment, I saw and felt both how important I was in the living moment to my wife and, God willing, my children and how small a piece I was in the endless chain of existence.I thought about how big and how small we all are.We’ve been given reason these days, in some of the worst possible ways, to reflect upon where we all came from. Regardless of the motivation, it’s worthwhile exercise, because such reflection, if done with honesty and in the right spirit, should engender humility.And gratitude.I’m in Scotland again, this time with my son, who is approaching his own age of manhood.As he and I stroll these ancient streets, I think about where life might take my children and where it took all those came before us.As my son and I walk, the past itself seems to flow through our veins.If we listen, our blood can whisper truths to us.John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Legislation To Note As General Assembly Wraps Up First Half Of Session

first_imgFebruary 27, 2019, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — While the spotlight has mainly been on bills involving hate crimes and teacher pay, the Indiana General Assembly worked on a number of other bills, including:Medical MarijuanaHouse Bill 1384, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, would have legalized the study and use of medical marijuana in Indiana. The bill did not receive a hearing in the House public health committee.“To have just a handful of people stand in the way of something that has brought relief to millions of people across the nation, to me that’s just not good government,” said Lucas.Gov. Eric Holcomb, asked about the issue Wednesday, said he does not want Indiana to consider legalization until more research is done and action is taken at the federal level.But asked by a reporter if he’d tried marijuana, Holcomb said he had, in college.Gambling Sens. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, and Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, authored Senate Bill 552 to legalize sports wagering across the state in most circumstances, allow the city of Terre Haute to build its first casino and permit the city of Gary to relocate an existing casino.This bill is expected to expand the state’s gaming industry and assist in economic development. It passed out of the Senate in a 38-11 vote. It may have a tougher route in the House. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he considers it a major expansion of gambling. Holcomb said he will “need to take deep dive into all the details” of the legislation.Education Matters House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, introduced two bills this session to alter Indiana’s education system on multiple fronts. In House Bill 1629, Indiana students would be required to apply to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to graduation. The measure would also widen the definition of elementary schools and protect school emails from public records searches.“We definitely want to conserve more money for the resources for serving students as opposed to searching through data,” Behning said about the public records provision.Behning also authored House Bill 1641 to change how charter schools operate across the state. HB 1641 would shorten the time period in which a school period can sell a vacant school building from two years to 90 days. A separate provision would require school corporations to include charter schools in tax referendums for operations.Each proposal drew scrutiny from leaders in traditional public schools when first introduced in the education committee.“As I see it, we’re trying to find additional money to teachers, and then we have a bill that is going to further erode the dollars that are going to public schools,” said J.T. Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.For the third year in a row, a bill giving student journalists full First Amendment rights has hit a roadblock. The bill failed to receive a committee hearing this year. Last year it made it to the House floor where it died.  House Bill 1213 would have granted student journalists in grades 7-12 the same freedoms and protections as professionals under the First Amendment. Under current law, based on a Supreme Court case decision inHazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, student news organizations cannot freely publish materials without being subject to censorship from the school administration.Author Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he decided to not push the bill any further this year because there was still too much backlash from opponents the previous year, but he said he will bring the legislation back next year.“We can turn it around, but I’ve come to realize it’s going to take time,” Clere said.School SafetyBoth chambers put forth multiple bills to improve school safety, but most of those new programs are all tied to the same limited funding.In the House, Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, authored a bill to create a handgun training program for teachers and allow schools to pay for the $1,500 training with the state Secure School Safety Fund.Asked if the training program would drain too much from the funding, Lucas said that he hopes schools deplete the fund because it will show how much they need it and the state can put more money in.  The bill passed in the House after much debate over the subject of schools arming teachers, which is already legal in Indiana.The House and Senate passed catch-all safety bills, House Bill 1004 and Senate Bill 266, which also take from the same funds. HB 1004 provides more flexibility to school districts when applying for school safety grants from the state. The bill also adds other items that further protect schools, including a required threat assessment, at least one active shooter drill per year, and an optional youth risk behavior survey. SB 266 focuses on creating more mental health services for students, and other school safety measures were rolled up into the bill by the time it reached the Senate floor.Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public instruction, said she and the Board of Education are worried lawmakers are pulling too much funding from one bucket, which is around $14 million per year.McCormick said, “[Legislators say,] ‘we want to start this program, we want to start that program,’ and you start taking and taking and taking.” Guns Legislators decided to not vote on a bill to allow licensed gun holders the right to carry their weapons inside churches located on school grounds. The measure, House Bill 1643, did not clearly outline the definition of school property, according to author Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn. Smaltz said he plans to revisit the proposal later this session. Election Security and Reform Senate Bill 105, authored by Senate Elections Committee Chair Greg Walker, R-Columbus, passed to the House in a close 26-23 vote. The bill provides guidelines for redistricting but allows the General Assembly to continue to draw district maps.Several groups advocating for redistricting reform, including the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, say SB 105 fails to end partisan gerrymandering and echoed support for a separate measure, Senate Bill 91, to establish an independent, citizen-led redistricting commission. SB 91 died in committee after it didn’t receive a hearing.Walker also introduced Senate Bill 571 to make it easier for independent parties to get onto ballots. While the Senator said he believed the bill would help minority parties find representation in government, critics said this would confuse voters. The bill died on the Senate floor.In the House, Rep. Thomas Saunders, R-Lewisville, introduced House Bill 1311 to move up the deadline for absentee ballots from eight to 12 days before an election. Saunders and advocates from clerks offices said this would help prevent a backlog of ballots during election seasonPublic Health/SafetySenate Bill 425 would have increased the legal age of buying tobacco products and vaping products from 18 to age 21 and prevents anyone under age 18 from entering smoking areas in clubs and cigar stores. It died in committee.The House and Senate each unanimously passed bills – House Bill 1333  and Senate Bill 192– that would make the distribution of any intimate or nude image of a person without their consent as a Class A misdemeanor and a Level 6 Felony for a second offense. Abortion and Women’s Health The House passed an abortion bill that would prevent a dilation and extraction procedure on a live fetus during a second trimester pregnancy. The procedure was described in the bill as extracting a fetus from a woman “piece by piece.” The legislation passed on the House floor with little debate.In addition, the House unanimously passed a bill that would allow a minor who is at least 16 years of age to consent to health care concerning the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care. A similar bill, Senate Bill 352, died by a close vote on the Senate floor after a long debate on whether the bill took away parental rights. Unlike the bill in the Senate, the House bill included a provision requiring medical providers to make a reasonable attempt to contact parents or guardians.Consumer CreditSenate Bills 104 and 613 battled each other in the Senate. SB 104, a bill to put limits on payday-type loans that was authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, was defeated. SB 613, authored by Sen. Andy Zay, R- Huntington, narrowly passed the Senate. It creates two short term loan options with interest rates critics say would be on a felony level of loan sharking.SB 613 passed 26-23 and now goes to the House. Gov. Eric Holcomb said this bill gave him “heartburn.” He said he’d like to learn more about the perspectives of lawmakers who backed it, but said that from what he knows so far “it just didn’t wear well.”Department of Child ServicesSen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, led the charge to decrease caseloads and provide more state-backed resources to children served by the Department of Child Services. In Senate Bill 1, the DCS would be required to spend at least 12 months in search of an adult relative or sibling to help a child find a path out of foster care, among other provisions. Its counterpart, House Bill 1198, passed unanimously.Electric ScootersHouse Bill 1649, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, regulates the use of electric foot scooters, specifying that they are not motor vehicles and that users must follow all the rules that apply to bicyclists. It unanimously passed the House and now goes to the Senate.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish, Emily Ketterer, Andrew Longstreth, and Bryan Wells contributed to this story. They are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JANUARY 15, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we wonder why judges who say we don’t need to stand up when the Nation Anthem is played expect us to stand up when he enters the room?IS IT TRUE we wonder what would happen when a Judge enters the court room if everyone would  go down on their knees?IS IT TRUE that a CCO reader was at the airport, checking his bags at the gate when an airport employee asked, has anyone put anything in your bags without your knowledge?  …he replied, “if it was it was without my knowledge? IS IT TRUE back in February 2017 it was stated that the per night rooms rates for the downtown Hilton Doubletree Inn will be between $130 to $250 per room? …we hope that Hilton Doubletree Inn CEO has a lot of wiggle room to reduce their room rates in the $90 range so they can be competitive with other well established local Motels and Hotels? IS IT TRUE in a recent City-County Observer “Readers Poll” we  asked the question “Who was the most effective President of the Evansville Council”? …that it’s important to point out that this poll isn’t scientific but is trendy in nature? …that Curt John received 91 votes, John Friend, CPA received 69 votes, Missy Mosby received 47 votes, Connie Robinson received 39 votes, Jim Brinkmeyer received 31 votes, Dr. Dan Adams received 21 votes, B J Watts received 6 votes, Steve Bagbey received 6 votes, Keith Jarboe received 1 vote and 47 people stated that they have now idea?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Mayor of Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE we wonder when SMG and VenueWorks yearly financial and performance reports are going to be made public? IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the At-Large City Councilman Jonathan Weaver is seriously looking at running for the Mayor of Evansville? …we are also told that his message that we have a tax and spend Mayor is gaining momentum with the working class taxpayers?center_img IS IT TRUE we are told by reliable sources that the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department are hiring private contractors to do some of the jobs that their full-time employees are qualified to do? …if this information is correct no wonder why our water rates are sky rocketing?IS IT TRUE we wonder what is the status of the multi-million dollars Johnson Control “Smart Water Meters Project”? …this project was over seen by the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department? …we are told that this project may have been abruptly shut without explanation? …if this information is correct we wonder what happened to the remaining bond money from the now dormant “Smart Water Meters” construction fund?IS IT TRUE we are told that the expensive police and fire emergency radio upgrades program at the Central Dispatch Department isn’t working as planned? IS IT TRUE when it comes to telling people things were going to happen and then quickly pulling the old bait and switch routine, the last Mayor of Evansville was a master of the art?…that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel was famous for promising that several things would happen without a public handout and then seeing his promises vanish into thin air? …Weinzapfel saw both the Four (4) Star downtown Hotel and the McCurdy Hotel projects vaporize before his very eyes? …the Ford Center was the only promise that happened under his watch?  …this big ticket project picks the Evansville taxpayers pockets every year for the tune of $8 Million in bond payments?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke has seemly made a political career out of making capital projects happen by over committing millions of dollars of taxpayers money for questionable capital projects?IS IT TRUE  that the newly elected school board member Anne Ennis said; “on average on any given day there are 11 unfilled substitute jobs in EVSC system?” …she also stated that; “due to a concern that my seating on the Board of School Trustees could be challenged If I continue to be a substitute teacher at Cedar Hall school and i have decide not to continue teaching? …because of Anne concern that this issue could cause her a conflict of interest problem she withdraw from her part time teaching assignments with Cedar Hall school as of today? …we commend newly elected EVSC school board member Anne Ennis for deciding not to continue being a paid employee with the EVSC? 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Small Business Saturday Brought Shoppers From Near And Far To Ocean City

first_imgSmall Business Saturday is a nationwide promotion started by American Express in 2010, and it encourages consumers to shop at local stores the day after Black Friday. Black Friday has become symbolic with the rush to the mall, so Small Business Saturday is a push for shoppers to spend their money locally.“It is a very important event. It really does make people understand that shopping locally makes a big difference,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Not to be outdone by the malls, Ocean City has staged a number of special events this holiday season to draw visitors downtown. On Friday night, thousands of spectators lined the sidewalks for a lavish tree-lighting ceremony and an appearance by Santa Claus during the annual Christmas in the Downtown event.Katy Himes, owner of Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe, said “It has been busy all weekend. Friday night we got a little break when the tree was lit at City Hall and Santa arrived, but soon after the customers were back. Saturday has been steady all day long.”Greg, Cathy, and Olivia Egnor enjoyed Small Business Saturday.Greg Egnor was shopping the Avenue with his wife and daughter.  They were in from Pittsburgh, PA.  Greg is originally from Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School and then Stockton University.  They returned to the area for the holiday weekend so that Greg could attend his 30 year high school reunion.Most of the Ocean City shop owners mixed in some aggressive price-cutting with some old-fashioned personal touches (such as giving out complimentary cups of hot chocolate to their customers) to attract a continuous flow of shoppers.“It’s just a homier feel here. It’s not so corporate,” Jamie Keenan, manager of the 7th Street Surf Shop on Asbury Avenue, said of the atmosphere downtown. “It’s a small-town feel. It’s very family-oriented.”Jordan Valian From EHT and Michelle Hayes from Philadelphia did some holiday shopping at 7th Street Surf Shop .When asked what the big seller of the day was, 7th Street Surf Shop owner Becky Friedel said “The Yeti products are really popular.  People love their quality and we have a huge variety to choose from. Additionally, we have some great deals on some of our hottest clothes.”We caught Michele Headley, Judy Turner, Monica Headley, and Sara Turner taking a break from their shopping experience.  The four of them came in together from Egg Harbor Township to enjoy all the holiday fun.Ocean City’s downtown area is really dressed up for the holidays with green garland and big, red bows. Decorations hang high above Asbury Avenue and are draped on the Victorian-style lamp posts lining the sidewalks.Adding to the festive mood, Saturdays and Sundays through December 23, there are the free horse and carriage rides along Asbury Avenue from noon until 3:00 PM.Pictured below, Chuck Palermo took his family to Wards Pastry for a sweet energy boost before checking out all the specials.   He said that he felt that it is import to spend his money locally to reward the great stores we have in town.Even the locals came out to support small businesses. Chuck, Annie, Chase Palermo, and Maxwell Spell shopped the Avenue with the help of some sweets from Wards Pastry.If you were not able to make it to Small Business Saturday, you owe it to yourself to catch some of the other upcoming events:There will be breakfast with Santa each weekend through December 23 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Arlene’s on Asbury (624 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3639). See oceancityvacation.com for full schedule.The Christmas Parade is December 1 at 6:00 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Allison Lopes, from Swedesboro, came to Ocean City to shop small business Saturday and enjoy the festivities. She is staying with her in-laws Doris & Steve Lopes. She is pictured here with Katy Himes at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe.last_img read more