Over $1.1M To Fuel Vanderburgh County Road Projects

first_imgVanderburgh County and the city of Evansville recently received over $1.1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, according to State Reps. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch). Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.“Our long-term investment and commitment to roads and bridges resulted in Indiana being named the top state in the nation for infrastructure,” Sullivan said. “These funds will help our communities improve our local roads and bridges, ensuring we have a strong foundation for the future.”As part of the program, Vanderburgh County received $401,754 and Evansville received $752,008 for local road projects.“This program demonstrates how our state and local communities can work together on behalf of all Hoosiers,” McNamara said. “Roads and bridges connect us, and this investment will go a long way toward keeping our infrastructure in good condition.”McNamara said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.“Programs like Community Crossings are a win-win for our community and state,” Hostettler said. “With Indiana’s constantly changing weather, we have to work hard to keep up the maintenance on our roads and bridges.”Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cass Sunstein, ‘Star Wars’ fan

first_imgIt was a galactic head fake from one of Harvard’s eminent legal scholars.Cass Sunstein wowed a crowd at Harvard Law School during a talk on his love for one of the 20th century’s cultural touchstones: “Star Wars.” Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor, said the film that spawned both prequels and sequels — including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” out Dec. 18 — was a seminal source of inspiration in his life and career.“I became a political science major only because of those ‘Star Wars’ movies. You saw those movies, and you had to focus on political science,” said Sunstein, adding that his love of behavioral science grew out of his fascination with the film’s storm troopers. He said that Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom he clerked after law school, was his substitute for the film’s all-knowing mentor, Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi.Then, Sunstein let his listeners in on his joke.His schooling, personal life, and professional career had “zero” to do with the famous film franchise, he confessed. He was simply, like millions of others, a fan of the movies, until his young son saw the original “Star Wars” and was hooked.“That’s the source of this project,” Sunstein told his listeners.This project is his offbeat forthcoming book: “The World According to Star Wars.” Scheduled for release next May, the work will use “Star Wars” to touch on culture, politics, history, and business, according to publisher Dey Street Books.Sunstein is fluent in the “Star Wars” canon. During the lunchtime talk, the former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs quoted the scripts, recounted scenes from the films, and suggested reasons why the first film caught fire at the box office in 1977.Students were encouraged to dress up for Sunstein’s talk. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe movie might have ridden an early wave of interest that helped it go viral, he suggested, or it might have been just the lift people needed in the wake of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. For his part, Sunstein said he likes to think, “Awesomeness is in the end the right theory, although I am not sure it’s true.”He also playfully linked “Star Wars” plots twists and constitutional law.“What the court is doing this term in the affirmative action and abortion controversies is it’s continuing the narrative,” he said. “It’s doing what [director] J.J. Abrams has to do … which is perfecting the continuation of the tale. It has to fit with the tale and it has to make it good.“Constitutional law on that view is like a chain,” Sunstein added. “It has a bunch of links, and the new link has to be firmly tethered to the old, but also [has to] kind of make it look continuous. That’s what constitutional law is like; it’s what narrative construction is like.”Clad in an R2D2 outfit that she found online, first-year HLS student Sarah Racicot said she looking forward to the newest film in the series and to Sunstein’s book.Hearing one of the law school’s top legal minds discuss “Star Wars” was “just really cool,” said Racicot. “One of the professors where I go to school is writing a ‘Star Wars’ book. Not everyone at every law school can say that.”last_img read more

CNTB selects international marketing and PR agencies for cooperation in 2018

first_imgThe 31st session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held at the CNTB Head Office, at which the council members adopted the proposal of the Decision on the selection of marketing agencies for cooperation in 2018 and the proposal of the Decision on the selection of international PR agencies for cooperation in 2018.According to the CNTB, the Tourist Board unanimously adopted the proposal of the Commission for the selection of marketing agencies, which aim to develop an advertising strategy and conduct key marketing campaigns, and the proposal of the Commission for the selection of international PR agencies, which aim to develop and implement PR strategies, as well as the implementation of key international PR activities in the field of media relations and social networks.The estimated value of procurement for marketing agencies in 13 markets is HRK 30,560,000.00, and the following marketing agencies were selected: MediaCom for the markets of Switzerland, Poland, France, Hungary and Norway; Real Group for the markets of Germany, Austria, Russia and Sweden; Aviareps for the markets of Belgium and the Netherlands ; Mediaplus for the UK market and Vailati & Savarro for the Italian market.PR activities will be carried out in 11 key markets, and the estimated value of procurement for PR agencies is HRK 7,500,000.00. From the PR agency, the following were selected: Media Consulta International Holding AG for the tender category – “Media Relations” and Hills Balfour Group for the tender category – “Social Networks and Digital Communication”. The market of the Netherlands and Italy, according to the suggestions of the director of the CNTB representative office, will independently carry out PR activities in its area.”We expect selected international media relations and social media agencies to provide strong support in our most important emitting markets. Their reputation, international reach and experience will help achieve our strategic goals. We ask marketing agencies for a quality advertising strategy, as well as the implementation of key Good cooperation between selected agencies is needed, their activities should be harmonized and coordinated because quality integrated communication is necessary to strengthen the Croatian tourist brand in the world, ” said Director Staničić, adding that he also expects intensive cooperation with selected agencies. in the markets in which they operate.last_img read more

Maxwell, Carey provide series win for Aussies

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Twin tons to Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey carried Australia past a precarious start to ensure a match and series victory against England in the final ODI at Emirates Old Trafford.Their 212-run partnership rescued the tourists from 73 for 5 and resigned England to their first bilateral ODI series defeat at home since 2015Both fell in the dying stages, leaving it to Mitchell Starc to bring up the winning runs with a cool head and a swinging bat.The result overturned Jonny Bairstow’s powerful century, which had lifted England to a commanding total from their own troubled beginning.Early wickets to Chris Woakes and an inspired turn by part-time spinner Joe Root had Australia in dire trouble in their pursuit of 303 before Maxwell’s 108 off 90 balls and Carey’s 106 sealed the series 2-1.Going into the last international men’s fixture of a belated English summer, the hosts teetered on 2 for 0 within the first two balls of the match.But Bairstow’s authoritative 112 from 126 balls, combined with half-centuries to Sam Billings – with whom he shared an innings-saving 114-run stand for the fifth wicket – and Woakes, allowed England to reach 302 for 7.Woakes backed up his fine unbeaten 53 from 39 balls with two quick wickets to put Australia in trouble at 31 for 2.Root’s introduction looked on the surface to be a masterstroke by master captain Eoin Morgan, but had been foretold by the eventual dismissal of Bairstow earlier, beaten between bat and pad by a ball from seamer Pat Cummins which turned sharply into the batsman and clattered into the top of off stump.Australia wobbled when Woakes had Finch and Marcus Stoinis out cheaply, the latter holding his place in the side after Steven Smith was left out again still feeling the effects of the blow to the head he took in training six days prior.The tourists visibly slumped when Root dismissed David Warner with his fifth ball, which ripped off a middle-and-leg line to clip the top of off stump. Root then had Mitch Marsh out in his next over to a deflection onto his knee-roll which looped up and landed safely in the gloves of Jos Buttler.Australia were 73 for 5 after Carey dabbed a Root delivery to the off-side and dashed off for a quick single, leaving Marnus Labuschagne exposed to Billings’ sharp throw to Jos Buttler.Australia should have been six down when Carey, on 9, holed out to Adil Rashid at third man, but it turned out that Jofra Archer had over-stepped and Carey was reprieved. Maxwell was also let off on 44 when he edged Rashid to Buttler, who failed to gather behind the stumps.Carey and Maxwell brought up their 100-partnership off as many balls. By the end of the 35th over, Australia were 186 for 5 compared to England’s 184 for 4 and Maxwell did his best to up the tempo when he thumped Rashid for a huge six into the second tier wide of long-on.last_img read more

A major-league baseball vs. a Triple-A ball: Can players tell the difference?

first_img“It feels smaller,” he said of the major league ball. “You can feel more of the seams.”Catcher Francisco Arcia produced the correct answer in two seconds. He was tipped off by the same clue as Alvarez: the seams. To the naked eye, anyone could see the red laces lay flatter but wider against the PCL ball’s seams. Major league laces looked thinner but protruded more from the surface of the ball. Baseball players didn’t even need the naked eye to know the difference.Outfielder Kole Calhoun, who has played 10 minor league rehab games in the last five years, aced the test too. The players were 3 for 3.Then came outfielder Jabari Blash. He needed more time than his teammates. Blash switched the balls between his hands before producing an answer – and got it wrong.“What!” he exclaimed, opening his eyes to the embarrassing truth.Blash has played 83 games in the PCL this season and 22 in the majors. He clearly didn’t want to be the only Angel to fail the test, and suddenly I had a research assistant.“Kaleb, I got something for you,” Blash said to teammate Kaleb Cowart. “Close your eyes and put your hands out.”Cowart obliged. Blash handed him the baseballs. Fifteen seconds later, Cowart had the correct answer.“Awwww,” Blash said.“It’s softer,” Cowart said of the PCL ball. “It’s guaranteed softer – to me. The seams are a little bit softer, too. That one (the MLB ball) just feels rock hard. I’ve played a long time in the PCL so I know.”Rookie third baseman Taylor Ward got it right too. Simmons, who hasn’t touched a minor league ball since a 2016 rehab assignment, got it wrong on his first try. He re-took the test for his own satisfaction, but at least now Blash had a partner in embarrassment.Rookie outfielder Michael Hermosillo passed the test without hesitation.“The first time I picked up (an MLB ball) I couldn’t grip it,” he said. “The big league ball’s way slicker.”Eric Young Jr. passed the test. Justin Upton – who’s played 15 PCL games in his life, none in the last 10 years – did not. Rookie Sherman Johnson got it right the first time, wrong the second time (a thorough research assistant, Blash made him try it again) and correct the third.“The ball moves up here more,” Johnson said. “Even as an infielder, I couldn’t control it.”Pitcher Tyler Skaggs needed three seconds to pass the test. Noe Ramirez needed 10. Finally, I found two pitchers who failed: Andrew Heaney and Taylor Cole. Of the 14 participants in the experiment, nine produced the correct answer.Before I could tally the results, a funny thing happened. A roundtable discussion broke out among a group of pitchers in one corner of the clubhouse: Heaney, Cole, Ramirez and Deck McGuire. Each had already formed anecdotal observations about the differences between the two balls, and what it meant for their craft on a practical level. Now they had direct evidence of the differences staring them in the face.In the majors, Cole said, “I just feel like my stuff’s better, to be honest. My stuff’s sharper.”Cole, a 29-year-old rookie, has a 2.94 ERA in 17 games as an Angel. He had a 5.37 ERA in the PCL. He never mentioned getting better movement with a major league ball, or a better grip, and I never thought to ask.“It’s not like you can pick it up and throw it,” Cole said. “It took me a while to get used to it.”McGuire, a journeyman who debuted last year at age 28, said he’d heard about the baseballs being different before experiencing it for himself. The first time he was invited to major league spring training, McGuire wanted a fresh box of balls so he could get acclimated before camp opened. Having never bought major league baseballs on his own, McGuire didn’t realize how expensive they were – “it was like $150!” he said – and ultimately decided to pass.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Andrelton Simmons leaned into the black reclining chair at his locker in the Angels’ clubhouse, his eyes closed. Beneath his seat, Simmons bounced a baseball off the floor, from his left hand to his right hand, back and forth, over and over. The shortstop was steeped in trance-like concentration as he studied the sensation of the ball’s leather surface against his fingertips. This was a test.“I feel like it’s a BP ball,” Simmons said. “The seams are higher. Where did you get this?”Batting practice, I confessed.It was October 2017. Dodger Stadium. While the players took BP, a ball rolled to my feet in foul territory as if drawn by magnetic force. I picked it up and scanned my surroundings. No one seemed to be looking for a baseball, so I pocketed my pillage. A month later I received an official Pacific Coast League baseball (by request) in the mail. The two balls gathered dust for the better part of a year, their fate undetermined. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Minor League Baseball announced recently that both Triple-A leagues would use baseballs manufactured to major-league specifications in 2019. The minor league balls were previously manufactured at Rawlings’ plant in China. Rawlings makes its major league balls in Costa Rica, where the league announced in May that it would be scrutinizing the manufacturing process more closely.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Other than the stamp on their covers, the PCL and MLB baseballs should be the same next year. I was curious to know how much of a difference that would make.Fortunately, I had the raw materials to conduct an experiment. With a willing group of test subjects in the Angels’ clubhouse, I set out to answer a simple question: Could a baseball player close his eyes, hold a PCL ball in one hand, an MLB ball in the other, and tell which one is which?For the most part, the answer was yes. How the experiment unfolded was more interesting than the actual results.Pitcher Jose Alvarez needed about three seconds to determine the correct answer.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The impromptu committee concluded that switching to major league balls would ultimately favor the Triple-A hitters.“Those games will never end,” one pitcher quipped.That would be a big difference indeed.Minor League Baseball already introduced rules designed to speed up games this year, notably a runner on second base to begin every extra inning. Maybe those rules will be more useful than anticipated. Maybe the adjustment from Double-A to Triple-A will become a bigger leap for pitchers than their first promotion to the majors. And maybe MLB can oversee Rawlings’ plant in China with the same scrutiny it recently introduced in Costa Rica.After all, shouldn’t that little white sphere be the same piece of equipment no matter where baseball is played? Should players really be able to notice a difference? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB trade deadline: Best, worst moves from a wild day

first_img MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Which moves were the best? Which ones were the worst? We have them right here.Best: Astros add Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez, Joe BiaginiIt looked like the Astros were going to stand pat at the deadline. When 4 p.m. ET rolled around, Houston had picked up a reliever in Biagini from the Blue Jays and were in the process of sending Max Stassi to the Angels. It was kind of boring.All of a sudden it was great — even if it was costly. About five minutes after the deadline officially ended news broke that the Astros had acquired Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks. It took a haul, since Houston had to give up Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, who were both top-100 prospects to start the year, Seth Beer — who currently is in the top 100 — and Josh Rojas, who has done nothing but hit in his minor league career. However, the Diamondbacks reportedly will cover $24 million of Greinke’s contract over the next two years, which makes his deal much more affordable.Houston now has a pitcher for another two years when it may lose Gerrit Cole to free agency in the offseason. In addition, the team added a flyer in Aaron Sanchez, who seems tailor-made for a reclamation project under Brent Strom. And Biagini also has good numbers and high spin rates.Best: Diamondbacks trade Greinke, acquire Zac Gallen, Mike Leake, huge prospectsThe Diamondbacks got a great return for Greinke and some salary relief, as well. But adding Zac Gallen for one upper-level prospect is a steal. He was great for Miami in limited time this year and is a very good prospect in his own right.The addition of Leake is huge, since he is a very similar pitcher to Luke Weaver and can be a good mentor alongside him while adding some value in the rotation, as well. They also held on to Robbie Ray, who they still could get a good package for in the offseason or use him to compete next year.Best: Indians acquire Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, prospect for Trevor BauerThis one came late in the evening Tuesday, but it was still a deadline deal. To get two outfielders who are talented at hitting is awesome. And to land a viable MLB starter and a prospect is great, as well. To do all that while not losing Bauer for nothing, who said he was going to leave in free agency in 2020, is simply good management.The Indians did exactly what they needed to at the deadline.Worst: Mets acquire Marcus Stroman, hold onto Noah Syndergaard, Zack WheelerAdding Marcus Stroman is great — if you’re a contender. But the Mets aren’t that. They’re 51-55, in fourth place in the National League East and five games back of the second wild-card spot. And this team’s pitching is pretty good. Why add another starter when the pitching already is high? Why not add a closer where the team is struggling? That’s why this move makes no sense at first glance.At second glance, they made the deal even worse by acquiring Stroman for such a low price. The Mets set the market low by sending off two minor league pitchers, but while they were “insistent” on dealing Syndergaard, they kept asking for high prices. Stroman has been better than Syndergaard this year and has just one year less of control. Why would a team give a massive haul for a pitcher with similar numbers and control while paying a low price? The Mets were insulting other teams’ intelligence and their potential trade partners weren’t having any of it.This probably hurt with Zack Wheeler, as well, as the Mets reportedly wanted a big return for him, despite being a mere rental. The Mets shot themselves in the foot and now have the best rotation ever for a team four games under .500. Congratulations.Worst: Yankees stand patThe Yankees absolutely had to add. Not because they had a lack of depth in starting pitching or even in the bullpen, but simply because they needed to make a statement. The Astros just passed them for the best record in the American League and are starting to look like the better team. The Yankees needed to make a statement and needed to improve to get the leg up back on Houston. MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks acquire starter Mike Leake from Mariners It looked like it was going to be a rather subdued trade deadline.As the 4 p.m. ET deadline came up Wednesday, Madison Bumgarner hadn’t moved, Edwin Diaz was staying put and the Yankees had done nothing. Then 4:05 p.m. ET arrived and all hell broke loose.The Astros made three trades, the Cubs added a big bat and the Diamondbacks came out with a big load. Related News They didn’t do that and the Astros got markedly better with their additions. Houston now is the prohibitive favorite to win the American League and it’s likely won’t be close. The Yankees did this to themselves.Worst: Padres give up Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, prospect in three-team trade to land Taylor TrammellThis has nothing to do with how Trammell is as a player. He can be good. But to give up a good hitter, pitcher and a potentially good player down the road to get one prospect who is hitting .236 at Double-A is puzzling.Many people are asking why San Diego would do this deal. Why on earth give up that much to get a guy with a similar profile to Manuel Margot? It just doesn’t make sense and if Trammell doesn’t wind up being a superstar down the line, A.J. Preller is going to be hearing about this deal for a while. MLB trade news: Dodgers acquire lefty Adam Kolarek from Rayslast_img read more