Indiana house rejects township bill

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — House Bill 1650 that would have eliminated township government in Indiana failed in the house yesterday by a vote of 72-18. The bill was intended to cut spending and streamline government in all Indiana counties.The bill was introduced by Batesville Republican Cindy Ziemke, “Every time I look we’re trying to be on the cutting edge of all the states and that’s what this does. This is one major area that we just can’t seem to get past,” Ziemke said. “We have more elected officials per capita than any state in the United States.”The next proposal regarding townships is House Bill 1177, also authored by Ziemke, which requires townships to prepare a capital improvement plan if the balance in certain funds exceeds 150 percent of the township’s annual budget estimate. Townships would be required to develop the plan in order to collect property taxes. The measure is supported by the Indiana Township Association.last_img read more

Thousands To Walk Off Job To Protest Racial Inequality

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are set to walk off the job Monday in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” labor unions, along with social and racial justice organizations from New York City to Los Angeles, will participate in a range of planned actions. Where work stoppages are not possible for a full day, participants will either picket during a lunch break or observe moments of silence to honor Black lives lost to police violence, organizers said.“We are … building a country where Black lives matter in every aspect of society — including in the workplace,” said Ash-Lee Henderson, an organizer with the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 150 organizations that make up the Black Lives Matter movement.“The Strike for Black Lives is a moment of reckoning for corporations that have long ignored the concerns of their Black workforce and denied them better working conditions, living wages and healthcare,” said Henderson, who is also co-executive director of the Tennessee-based Highlander Research and Education Center.Among the strikers will be essential workers: nursing home employees, janitors and delivery men and women. Fast food, ride-share and airport workers are also expected to take part in planned events.The strike continues an ongoing global reckoning on race and police brutality set off by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. At noon in each U.S. time zone on Monday, workers are expected to take a knee for about eight minutes — the amount of time prosecutors say a white police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck.Strikers are demanding sweeping action by corporations and government to confront systemic racism and economic inequality that limits mobility and career advancement for many Black and Hispanic workers, who make up a disproportionate number of those earning less than a living wage.Specifically, they are calling on corporate leaders and elected government officials to use executive and legislative power to guarantee people of all races can thrive. That demand includes raising wages and allowing workers to unionize to negotiate better health care, sick leave and child care support.When the strike was announced on July 8, partnering unions included the Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers and the Fight for $15 and a Union. Several more worker collectives have since joined, along with social and racial justice groups.In Manhattan, essential workers will gather outside of the Trump International Hotel to demand the Senate and President Donald Trump pass and sign the HEROES Act. The House-passed legislation provides protective equipment, essential pay and extended unemployment benefits to workers who have not had the option of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is expected to rally with workers.Strikers in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed on May 25, will include nursing home and airport workers demanding a $15-per-hour minimum wage, organizers said. In Missouri, participants will rally at McDonald’s locations in St. Louis and Ferguson, a key landmark in the protest movement sparked by the death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager who was killed by police in 2014. The Ferguson strikers will also march to a memorial site located on the spot where Brown was shot and killed.Organizers said many strikers are taking particular aim at corporations such as Walmart and McDonald’s, which they say should be held accountable for widespread mistreatment and exploitation of hourly workers of color. In the wake of Floyd protests, McDonald’s expressed its support for Black victims of police violence and vigilante attacks.On Friday, a group of McDonald’s workers filed a federal lawsuit against the corporation in Florida, alleging that managers at a corporate-run store in Lakeland subjected them to a “racially hostile work environment” and also had mistreated Black customers. The workers alleged that after they reported their concerns to corporate leaders, their managers retaliated by slashing their hours and changing their work responsibilities.“McDonald’s, if you really believe Black lives matter, it’s time to stop with the lip service and start with real action: treat your Black employees like our lives matter,” said Faith Booker, a Black plaintiff in the lawsuit who also plans to join strikers on Monday.In a statement emailed to the AP, McDonald’s said it was taking the claims in the lawsuit “seriously.”“We stand with Black communities across the globe in our commitment to address unacceptable racial injustices and are disappointed that these allegations do not reflect the high standards we hold ourselves accountable to every day across all areas of our business,” the statement reads.last_img read more

#DhoniRetires trends on Twitter but no announcement forthcoming from player

first_imgAdvertisement 1u2zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs81ucWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebwero8q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c31vWould you ever consider trying this?😱bw21zCan your students do this? 🌚tt6oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Fans were left fuming after a hashtag #DhoniRetires got trending on Twitter earlier today. There has been much speculation about the veteran keeper’s retirement, since his last game in June and clearly his ardent fans weren’t too pleased to see the social media trend on Tuesday morning. However, the die-hard fans countered and came up with one saying #NeverRetireDhoni.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement Stop trending #DhoniRetires you idiots. He will announce it in his time and we don’t want him to retire right now 😡 pic.twitter.com/pjRfgChrzL— Freakazoid_Monster (@FreakazoidMons1) October 29, 2019India’s world cup winning captain hasn’t played for his country following the loss against New Zealand in the semi-final in June and is on a sabbatical since.MSK Prasad, the Indian chief selector, last week stated that the Men in Blues are moving on and will back the youngsters in his place.“We are moving on; we are very clear. Post World Cup we have been clear. We started backing (Rishabh) Pant and wanted to see him do well. He may not have had the best of matches but we are clear we are focusing on him only,” he said after announcing the squads for the Bangladesh series.”“We’re looking at younger options after the World Cup, so you can understand our thought process. We definitely had a chat with Dhoni and he also endorses our view of backing youngsters” he added.Meanwhile, BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly claimed that, whatever decision Dhoni takes, it will be respected by the board.“I don’t know what’s in his mind. India is very proud to have M.S. Dhoni. Till I am around everybody will be respected. Dhoni’s achievements make India proud.” Advertisementlast_img read more

A House Raising Experience

first_imgBy John BurtonHomes are literally rising along the Jersey Shore as owners work to restore their houses after the pummeling from Super Storm Sandy.House lifter Pete Sommer (center) with his crew, Pete Sommer Jr. (l) and Dennis Grasso (r) in front of a Monmouth Beach house.It’s been a busy six months for contractors who specialize in elevating structures or moving homes as part of their construction business. Owners have been scurrying to find qualified companies that can address their needs and ad­here to new regulations for flood level standards that are expected to be issued by the Federal Emergency Manage­ment Agency (FEMA).“It’s been crazy busy. I can’t even answer the phone right now. I have 150 calls to return,” said Pete Sommer, who lives in the Leonardo section of Middletown and has been lifting houses for 36 years.James Sullivan, who owns and operates Eco-Coastal Building, LLC in Monmouth Beach, was busy a year ago at this time, still working with Hurricane Irene-related locations. Now, “it’s been insane,” he said.His company does house lifting, construction and is an insurance due diligence firm, working with the insured in negotiations with the insurance company. His firm has 67 residences currently under contract to be raised, said Sullivan, who has 25 years experience doing this.During the past six mon­ths, Sommer, whose operation is fairly small, has elevated about 12 homes, one structure at a time. He was working this week on a Mann Court, Monmouth Beach, home when he stopped to talk about the work.The project, he said, entail­ed lifting the two-story home an additional 8 feet to a total of 14 feet above flood plain level. That would make it slightly higher than the current Monmouth Beach standard for the specific area in immediate proximity to the Shrewsbury River. The home was flooded with about 3 feet of water during Super Storm Sandy last October.The work, being done by Sommer, his son, Peter Jr., and another worker, will take the crew about three weeks to complete, Sommer said. “We do everything by hand. We like to do everything slow,” paying painstaking attention to details.The details begin with gutting the home and removing the drywall, then screwing 2-by-12-foot wooden boards to the structure’s walls, and installing 8-inch-by-8-foot steel beams – using 17-inch hy­draulic jacks – to slowly raise the building. He then places 6-inch-by-6-foot wooden blocks in place as the building goes higher, usually at 6 to 17 inches at a time.“It’s like putting together a puzzle,” Sommer said.The crisscrossed, stacked wooden blocks look a bit like Jenga, the children’s wooden block stacking game.As the structure is raised, workers place and seal cinderblocks into place where the house will eventually sit. The structure might have some minor cracking, which is normal for the type of job, he said.The cost of the work is about $15 per square foot, according to Sommer.That’s only the beginning. After the home is elevated, additional work is needed, including masonry work for the foundation, which is completed by others, Sommer said.Sullivan said his work costs on average about $50 per square foot, with a 1,200- to 1,400-square-foot first floor footprint, costing, roughly, a little bit under $50,000.The work is more complex than it might initially appear. “A lot of people think they can do this themselves. They can’t,” Sommer warned.Sullivan and the state’s Division of Consumer Protec­tion, advised homeowners to research and check the licensing of contractors they are considering hiring. Neal Buccino, a division spokes­man, also recommended not paying more than one-third of the project upfront and consider paying by credit card, which would offer a recourse if there is an issue with the work.The house on Benton Avenue in Leonardo is in the process of being lifted by Pete Sommer and crew.The division has not re­ceived any complaints about home improvement contractors raising homes. However, last year the division got more than 1,500 complaints about home improvement contractors, the largest category of complaints, Buccino said.Sullivan also advised check­ing to see if the contractor has specific house lifting insurance, which usually requires them to have at least two- to four-years experience before it can be issued.Eventually, it’ll be around 100,000 structures that will have to be elevated throughout the state, in response to damage or FEMA and local standards, Sullivan estimated.Sullivan offered a pretty strong warning for area residents: Given what he’s heard from scientists and experts in the field, another severe storm “is going to happen again, not in 100 years, not in 500 years, but it’s going to happen relatively soon.”The work is still coming and things are expected to continue to be hectic for Sommer.“Before, you were looking at people who wanted to do it. Now it’s people who have to do it and they can be a little crazy,” he said.Looking back, it seems a long way from last year for Sommer when he “could ride my motorcycle and have a little fun.”last_img read more

FRENCH-BRED TALCO RALLIES TO DEFEAT FAVORED BOOZER BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS IN $60,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; ESPINOZA, SADLER TEAM TO WIN AT FLAT MILE ON TURF

first_imgPURCHASED AT LOS ALAMITOS FOR $1,152, ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $41,361.60 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2015)–Ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza, French-bred Talco rallied late to overhaul favored Boozer and take Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths while covering one mile on turf in 1:34.50. Trained by John Sadler, Talco shortened up off of a close second place allowance finish going 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 5 and notched his first stateside win from six tries dating back to Aug. 31 at Del Mar.The second choice at 2-1 in a field of eight older horses, Talco paid $6.00, $2.80 and $2.40.“Yeah, I’d love to put him back into some graded stakes, he’s a pretty nice horse,” said Sadler. “He’s been so unlucky. In the (Grade II) Mathis Brothers Mile (fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths on Dec. 26) he had a tough trip and he hasn’t really had one good turf trip since he’s been here. I guess he had a good trip with no excuses against California Chrome (when third, beaten three lengths in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Hollywood Derby on Nov. 29), but other than that, he runs really well.”Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Talco improved his overall record to 12-3-3-3, and with the winner’s take of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $182,823.“John told me wherever he breaks, just give him a nice clean ride and don’t get stopped,” said Espinoza. “He missed the break a little bit so I sat back, I took my time and when it was time to go, that was it. He’s got a good turn of foot.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, 8-5 favorite Boozer sat second to Pound Piece around the Club House turn, but took charge past the half mile pole. Quickly engaged by Jules Journey and Home School around the far turn, Boozer was no match late for the winner, finishing second, 2 ¾ lengths clear of Jules Journey. Trained by Mark Glatt, Boozer paid $2.80 and $2.40.Mid-pack early under Santiago Gonzalez, Jules Journey rallied three-wide turning for home and overtook Home School late to finish third by a half length. Off at 14-1, Jules Journey paid $4.40 to show.There was one winning ticket in Thursday’s Pick Six. Purchased at Los Alamitos for $1,152, it paid $41,361.60.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more