IS IT TRUE JANUARY 31, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We 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 that a public hearing was held recently to discuss the possibility of increasing Vanderburgh County/Evansville water rates?  …this fact-finding meeting was held at Bosse High School?  …this public hearing was hosted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in order to discuss future increases of water and sewer rates the city is planning?  …just in case you missed the meeting you can send your questions to the office of utility consumer counselor via their website?  …we are puzzled why we didn’t receive any advance notice of this public hearing from anyone with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission or the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department?IS IT TRUE despite the obvious attempt to discourage any of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department rates payers to attend this hearing sponsored by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission a good crowd of people attended this event and voiced their opposition to the proposed water and sewer rate increases?IS IT TRUE over the years we have made numerous reference that the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board was not only known for their political patronage activities but was also used as a funding source to help the City of Evansville in their occasional financial cash flow problems?  … it’s safe to say that over the last several years the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board give the City of Evansville many millions of dollars in cash advances to help the city with cash shortfalls? IS IT TRUE that the cost of complacency is about to come crashing down on the customers of the City of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility?…long needed replacements of old cast iron water pipes is finally underway and the cost of the project is staggering?…the latest estimate for replacing just 1.5% of the pipes that need replacing will increase the price of the average water bill in Evansville’s service area by $412 per year per customer?…that works out to just under $40 per month to replace just 1.5% of the pipes?…that if we could just do that 66 more times all the pipes would be replaced and we may be good for another century?IS IT TRUE if you multiply that $412 per year by 66 the result is $27,720 or an increase in water bill of $2,310 per month?…if we were going to bring our infrastructure up to date in the next three years and if the cost for each foot of pipe replaced is the same then come the summer of 2022 the average water bill in the service area will be about $2,400 per month or $28,800 per year excluding taxes?…this is almost the entire earnings for the average Evansville household?…this doesn’t even include the BILLION DOLLAR SEWER REPAIR that is mandated by the EPA because a half-century of Evansville Mayors was content to spew raw sewage into the streets and the Ohio River?…it is entirely feasible to conclude that with the needed repairs to the water pipes, sewers, roads, sidewalks, plus the highest electricity in the state hat your average household in Evansville will not have a red cent available to live in the future?IS IT TRUE this situation may well impoverish the region so badly that digital infrastructure like Gbps internet service and 5G communications will never be implemented because the market can’t support the cost?…the responsibility for this lies firmly with the leadership of the City of Evansville during at least the last 60 years if not further? …time and time again, Evansville, has squandered taxpayer dollars on fun and games  and political “pork barrel” projects while neglecting basic infrastructure?….the game that our litany of Mayors has played has Evansville in a position of overextended finances with no high-value workforce to pay for the cost to bring the place into the modern world?IS IT TRUE that by 2021 when these few miles of water pipes are replaced, the water rates will have increased by 118% in only 5 years?…the new pipes alone are causing a 48% increase in the next 3 years?…if you like that just bend over and prepare for this to happen 66 more times with just the water pipe replacement program?…while the CCO is supportive of and an advocate for these updates, we are very concerned that the people who live in Evansville will be run out of town by the costs associated with doing them?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: DO YOU FEEL THAT OUR “IS IT TRUE” COLUMNS ADD SUBSTANCE TO THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img read more

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Long Island Weather: 1st Blizzard Forecast for 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Suffolk County as a powerful winter storm barrels toward Long Island, possibly bringing up to a foot of snow and damaging winds Friday and Saturday.The blizzard watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, the weather service said on its website, noting that a winter storm watch remains in effect in Nassau County through Saturday afternoon.Forecasters who issued the blizzard watch said Suffolk residents could expect heavy snow, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and snow accumulation of eight to 12 inches in Suffolk.Although meteorologists have yet to issue a blizzard watch for Nassau, the weather service is predicting significant snowfall in the county and dangerous driving conditions.Nassau may see accumulation of six to 10 inches of snow, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and temperatures in the low 30s. Visibility, forecasters said, will be one half mile or less at times.“Heavy snow will make for dangerous driving conditions,” the weather service wrote in a statement on its website for both counties. “The heavy snow and strong winds could result in blizzard conditions…bringing down some tree limbs…and causing scattered power outages.”The potential blizzard can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous, the NWS said.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will hold a noon press conference Thursday to discuss storm preparation.last_img read more

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3 reasons why your credit union website’s scrolling homepage banners are an awful waste of space

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: https://www.digitalgrowth.com Details It happened again.It happens almost every time when we develop websites for banks and credit unions.Maybe you can relate.A financial institution we are currently working with to develop their website requested a scrolling homepage banner in a prototype meeting.“No, that’s not a good idea,” I said. “In the words of Ted Arroway from the movie Contact, ‘Seems like an awful waste of space.’”“Why?” they asked. “Everyone else’s website uses a scrolling homepage banner.”“This is a symptom of R&D, also known as rip off and duplicate. If everyone jumped off a building, would you?”I paused briefly, waiting for the client to respond as they sat confused trying to interpret my analogy and blunt objection to their request.“It’s ok,” I said. “We know how you feel. At one point, we were jumping off buildings too as we used to use scrolling homepage banners before. Even on our own websites. But then through our ongoing research and exhaustive study of digital marketing best practices, we got smart, and stopped jumping off of buildings.”There was another pause.I continued, “And we want to help you do the same.”As the meeting progressed, I played the role of a guide, patiently helping our client back away from this metaphorical ledge as I explained to them why scrolling homepage banners are an awful waste of space.1. No One Is Clicking On Your Homepage Banners To begin, it is important to understand the difference between broadcast marketing tactics and a digital marketing strategy.This is because we find scrolling homepage banners are just another example of a broadcast marketing method that has infiltrated the digital marketing realm.Let’s compare the scrolling homepage banners with an outdoor billboard.The outdoor billboard is used to generate brand awareness, while the objective of a scrolling homepage banner is to generate clicks. Both the billboard and scrolling homepage banner, as currently used by many credit unions, sends one message to many people.And because we can measure clicks, it is possible to measure the effectiveness of scrolling homepage banners.Before developing a website, we use the Digital Marketing Blueprint to assess a bank or credit union’s digital marketing channels. This includes user testing, heatmaps and live screen recordings showing user engagement and clicks on their current website.In the case of this client, we had already completed our assessment on their current website. During our website prototype meeting, we showed the client heatmaps of their homepage, which helped to visualize where website visitors clicked.The client was surprised to find website visitors were not clicking or engaging with their scrolling homepage banner. This was further validated by watching screen recordings and listening to website visitor feedback as they interacted with the website to perform a set of tasks.Finally, we shared with them the findings of a web usability study performed by Notre Dame University. It was found that just 1% of users interacted with any of the universities sliding homepage banners. And of that 1%, approximately 84-89% interacted with the first slide.That means the first promo image in your sliding homepage banner is likely to have just a 0.84% click-through rate. And the click-through rates of the remaining promo images are likely to be evenly distributed with the remaining 0.16%.So if your website’s scrolling homepage banners has five promo image slides, the average click through rate for slides 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be a pathetic 0.04%.2. Your Scrolling Homepage Banners are Costing You at Least $6,000 a YearIn addition to how ineffective scrolling homepage banners are, it is also important to address how they are costing you money.Let’s assume you have five promo images in your scrolling home page banner. And you update each one every month to keep things fresh with the most recent marketing promotions and offers.Furthermore, let’s assume the cost to create each promo image is $100. This includes the cost of design and stock images, regardless of if this is done internally or through a third-party.So over the course of a month, you spend around $500 on five scrolling homepage banners. And over the course of a year, the total comes to $6,000 on something that is rarely clicked.I believe everything we do in marketing should provide a return on the dollars spent. Because this is how we help executives start to view marketing as an investment, rather than an expense.Think about the opportunity costs sacrificed on the banners. I’m sure you can find more effective ways to spend your marketing budget.3. Not Everyone Who Visits Your Website Needs [Promotion of the Month] I strongly believe a vast majority of banks and credit unions do a poor job of positioning themselves in a digital economy. Almost everyone is telling the same story as they all promote their “great rates” and “amazing service.”And this commoditization is evident, even in the scrolling homepage banners. While writing this article, I did a quick survey of local credit union websites. And my findings prove our belief that banks and credit unions need a new approach to telling digital stories that sell.For a moment, consider who these ads are for.The quick response would be for anyone who needs an auto loan. But think for a moment. What about members who already have an auto loan with your credit union? Why are are they being served an ad for a product they already have.The more we serve ads to members who do not need the products that are being promoted, the more we train them to ignore our marketing messages in the future.Instead of promoting redundant ads for products members already have and don’t need, consider recommending products that would be a good fit for them. The Digital Banking Disruption Study from Accenture found that 51% of consumers want their bank to proactively recommend products and services to them while 55% said this guidance would increase their loyalty.How is this possible?Banks and credit unions can serve contextual and personalized 1:1 ads using digital and transactional behavior in addition to implementing logic that can recommend the next best product for a member.A study from Marketo found the use of firmographic and behavior data to deliver customized web and mobile experiences resulted in a 30% increase of conversion rates in addition to a 270% increase in content consumption.These positive results far surpass the 1% click-through rate your current scrolling homepage banners provide.It’s Time To Kill The Scrolling Homepage Banner on Your WebsiteAs the website prototype meeting with my client ended, they thanked me for our insight and made the decision to not include a scrolling homepage banner on their new website.Instead, they opted to go with a homepage banner that would deliver personalized 1:1 ads based upon a website visitor’s previous digital behavior. For example, when someone visited the mortgage section of their website, the next time they came back to the homepage, they would see a mortgage ad.By killing your scrolling homepage banner, and replacing it with a single contextual and personalized 1:1 ad, you can continue your journey to build a website that sells.last_img read more

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House members lead campaign to donate salary to COVID-19 victims

first_imgLawmaker Nurul Arifin of the Golkar Party faction, one of the proponents of the pay cut, says House members should be able to take a pay cut of up to 50 percent. National Democratic Party faction chairman Ahmad Ali said the cut could begin with their April salary. He too proposed a 50 percent cut.House Speaker Puan Maharani of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), however, said the matter should be discussed by the factions first before being brought to the House leadership.The 575 members of the House receive Rp 4.2 million (US$263) in basic salary and around Rp 61 million in monthly benefits. House speakers and their deputies receive Rp 20 million in additional benefits.It’s not clear if they are proposing to cut their basic salary only, or their take home pay. Nearly half of the House members are businesspeople and more likely to have other sources of income.The House has been virtually empty and silent in the first three weeks since COVID-19 hit Indonesia at the start of March, primarily because it was during a long recess, which was extended by one week to follow the government’s social distancing instruction.The government has been handling the COVID-19 pandemic with little role played by the House. The House is being brought in now that Jokowi is seeking permission to circumvent the law that bars the government from running a budget deficit of more than 3 percent.The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) is getting into the act with speaker Bambang Soesatyo telling The Jakarta Post on Tuesday he would donate all his salary for the next three months. He did not say whether he would ask other MPR members to do the same.Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) take a photo after attending the Plenary Meeting Session at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/ Dhoni Setiawan)In West Java, one of the regions worst hit by the pandemic, Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that he had asked that all staff of the provincial administration including himself, accept a pay cut for the next four months and donate the money to the needy.“This is our service to the country for the next four months,” Ridwan said on Monday, adding that when the idea was proposed, none of his staff objected. He said his office was still calculating the size of the cut, whether they would also cut benefits.Ridwan has also decided to give Rp 500,000 a month to each family that is listed as poor in West Java.He appealed to residents to donate any spare money they have through the various religious alms schemes to help the government cope with the pandemic.Antaranews.com reported that many city mayors had followed suit.The mayor of Sabang in Aceh, Nazaruddin, has pledged to give all his salary starting in March for the cause even though the city has not had any confirmed COVID-19 cases, his spokesman Bahrul Fikri said.Mahyeldi, the mayor of Padang in West Sumatra, said he would donate his salary for the next six months.Padang has 94 people being monitored and five under surveillance for COVID-19.He urged all civil servants to donate at least 7.5 percent of their salary for the next two months,” Mahyeli said.Sulkarnain Kadir, the mayor of Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, pledged to donate his salary for six months from January to June.“This is a way of showing my attention and concern for the people of Kendari city, especially those with low income and those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said on Monday (mfp)Topics : Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani (center) smile after attending the Plenary Meeting session at the Parliament Complex Senayan, Jakarta, on, Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)In the regions, governors and mayors are also taking similar actions to encourage salaried people to donate part of their income.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has imposed “large scale social restrictions” rather than a complete lockdown, but this still means closing down schools, work places and places of worships. This means more people could lose their jobs and income in the coming months. Most vulnerable are the 55 percent of the 130 million workforce who work in the informal sector. Working from home (WFH) may be effective in slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but for many in the informal sector with no regular income, this means the loss of their source of income. No work simply means no pay.Members of the House of Representatives are now taking the lead in donating part or all of their salary to help those whose livelihood has been most affected by the WFH concept. Returning from the month-long recess on Monday, some House members immediately proposed that their salaries be cut by as much as half and the money given to people who have lost their sources of income.last_img read more

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Syracuse women’s lacrosse gets 3 former players named to U.S. World Cup roster

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three former Syracuse All-Americans were named to the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team this Wednesday. Becca Block ’13, Michelle Tumolo ’13 and Kayla Treanor ’16 were among the 18 players named to the team that will compete in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup. The World Cup will take place in Guildford, England from July 12-22.The players were chosen from a 25-player U.S. World Cup Training team that competed at the Team USA Spring Premiere last weekend. The U.S. has won seven of the nine World Cups, since the event began in 1982.This is the first FIL Women’s World Cup for all three Syracuse players. Treanor tallied six points on four goals and two assists at the Spring Premiere, and Tumolo added two assists.Two alternates for the World Cup will be named next week, and the 15-player roster that will compete in Wroclaw, Poland for the World Games will also be named. The World Games will take place in July as well. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on January 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

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Clippers plan to push tempo, be more versatile in post-Chris Paul Era

first_imgChris Paul controlled the ball for six seasons in a Clippers uniform. He pushed the tempo or slowed it down, as he saw fit. He took the big shots when time was short, or decided who else would. He directed almost everything his teammates did as the consummate floor leader.There was no debating the regular-season results.The Clippers won 50 games or more for five consecutive seasons with Paul as their point guard, and it probably would have been six in a row if not for the NBA lockout that shortened the 2011-12 season to 66 games, down from the standard 82.Paul averaged 18.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting, plus 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 409 career games with the Clippers after six seasons with similar statistics in 425 games with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Again, you go into camp and you look at your team and you’ll find the pace that want to play at. I think we should be an up-tempo team, an early-strike team. We should be a very physical team. (But) you have to get your team and see what you really have when you get to camp.”Training camp started Tuesday at the University of Hawaii.There will be new roles for new players, and for the old ones, as well.Adapting won’t be all that difficult, according to guard Austin Rivers, the coach’s son.“We’re just going to hoop,” he said.In fact, there’s not likely to be a normal guard rotation. Austin Rivers might assume the shooting guard position, playing alongside Patrick Beverley at the point. Beverley was the key piece in the Paul trade, arriving with a gritty style of play the Clippers lacked.Lou Williams, a shooting guard who also came from Houston, could be the Clippers’ new sixth man, replacing the departed Jamal Crawford. Milos Teodosic, a dynamic playmaker from Serbia, also could be the starting point guard.Doc Rivers said he plans to mix and match his guards.Up front, things are settled.Or so it would seem.Danilo Gallinari, acquired from Denver in a trade will start at small forward. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will take their usual spots as power forward and center. But Doc Rivers said all but Jordan might play in different positions from time to time.“Blake will play a lot of positions,” Doc Rivers promised. “We don’t really get into positions, but there will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor. There will be times when he’ll be more of a (small forward) or (power forward). We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player. He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”All will be revealed in time, Doc Rivers promised.For now, with so many new faces on the court, continuity is the buzzword for training camp.“This camp will be different in that I think we’re going to have to play a lot,” Doc Rivers said. “A lot of camps you can get into your execution and drill work and it all falls into place. This group, we just have to play a lot to catch up.“There’s teams that have been together and have played tons of games together. We’ve played zero games together. So, I think that will be the biggest thing, and then everybody kind of figuring our their roles and accepting their roles. Anybody can figure it out. Accepting it is another thing.“That would be the challenge.”center_img Paul is gone now, traded to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster offseason deal that enabled the Clippers to overhaul their roster for a fresh start for 2017-18. His departure created new opportunities, but new questions, too, including the most obvious one:How will the Clippers get along without him?Certainly, their style of play must change.Dramatically so, if everything goes as planned.“It mandates a change in style, probably the style I’m more familiar with,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about changes in the wake of Paul’s departure. “I’ve always been a ball-movement coach. We can get back into that. I do want to play at a higher pace.last_img read more

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