FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” 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 would like to congratulate Mayor Winnecke and his staff for planning a first class presentation concerning building the Deaconess Aquatic Center at Garvin park? …that Mayor Winnecke did a masterful job in convincing that the City can afford to build the Aquatic Center? …that Olympian Gold Medal winner Lilly King was extremely convincing when she told City Council that the City needs to bit the bullet and build a new Aquatic Center? ..the group of well-prepared swimming enthusiasts also made a convincing argument for this projects? …we wish that the City could have afforded to build the new Aquatic Center at Robert’s Park?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville City Council voted to approve the construction of a new $28 Million Aquatic Center on Monday evening?…even Evansville’s pride and joy Lilly King who distinguished herself as an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion was on hand to encourage the expenditure on yet another quasi-fun and games investment?…what escaped many people is that the nationally acclaimed Ms. King developed into an Olympic caliber swimmer without such a facility right here in Evansville?…we say quasi- fun and games because such an Aquatic Center will also serve as a year round opportunity for swimming and host swim competitions in a location that has never had something like this?…the location of Garvin Park is being questioned by some due to the parking issues and the general state of the neighborhood?…it is widely believed that the new Aquatic Center would have been better served by becoming the anchor for the future Roberts Park where the Roberts Stadium once sat?…all in all as such investments go, this is a decent one and will provide opportunities that have not been available in Evansville?…the real question is whether or not the City of Evansville has the cash and willingness to take care of the place?…the list of neglected things is long and includes but is not limited to Mesker Amphitheater, Roberts Stadium, the Victory Theater, Lloyd Swimming pool, dozens of city parks, and of course the condom and heroin needle filled sand boxes for children?…we hope the historically negligent City of Evansville does a better job with the new Aquatic Center?IS IT TRUE that another bizarre crime was reported with a man on a bicycle carrying a sword has been arrested for trying to use his sword to steal a scooter?…the mental picture of this meth head jousting is both concerning and every bit a skit that Johnny Knoxville would have invented for the Jackass movies?…picturing a knight in tattered clothing galloping on a bike with a sword brings back memories of Don Quixote tilting at windmills while slowly going crazy defending the virtues of a streetwalker named Dulcinea?…much to our surprise, a Sir Galahad imitation on a bike with a sword was done about a year ago in Evansville too?…this is the dumbest crime since some fool tried to climb down the chimney and got stuck in Goosetown?… Evansville is making a name for itself in the dumb crimes world and nothing is ever a surprise in River City?IS IT TRUE that former Mayor Weinzapfel and his political buddies told us years ago that if a new downtown arena is built the “big” rock and roll acts will come to Evansville?…one of the acts that it was claimed would not come to Evansville because of the stadium rigging was Metallica?…on March 9, 2019 Metallica will be playing at the Yum Center in Louisville?…no date has been announced for Metallica to come to Ford Center and we assume that Evansville is not on the spring tour even though the Ford Center was built and the ceiling will supposedly hold the speakers?…we suspect the whole ruse of building a smaller arena for “big” bands was just lies and that Metallica will not be coming to Evansville as long as they can sell out 20,000 seats a night elsewhere?…it looks like we got fooled again?IS IT TRUE that Edie Hardcastle, Democratic candidate for State Senate seat District 49, revealed yesterday that her opponent, Republican incumbent Jim Tomes, refuses to participate in a televised debate jointly hosted by the Courier & Press and by WNIN? …that State Senator Jim Tomes decision not to debate his opponent is an insult to his constituents? IS IT TRUE we wonder how much the City of Evansville will have their “Rainey Day Fund” account for 2019?IS IT TRUE we wonder how much did the City subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts during their 2017-18 hockey season?IS IT TRUE the very popular community music event “Parksfest” was moved over the weekend from Garvin Park to Old National Events Plaza due to bad weather? …that the “Parksfest” committee and volunteers were in a bind and called upon Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders for his help just in case bad weather hit and it had to be taken inside or canceled? … that County Commissioner Shoulders engaged the General Manager of ONEP, Alexis Beggren, and her team to ensure this event could be moved on such short notice in case of bad weather? …the rain hit and “Parksfest” event has to be held inside and went off without a hitch? ….we give five (5) cheers to Commissioner Ben Shoulders, Alexis Berggren and the entire ONEP team for helping to save this worthy community event? ..we also give five (5) cheers to Nathan Jochum, Zach Evans, Amy Word-Smith and the “Parksfest” committee, volunteers, musicians, and food vendors for putting on a first-class event? …that big things can get done by working together, even if it rains!IS IT TRUE that University of Evansville student Aulden Nance keeps bugging the heck out of our Editor to do a “Readers Poll” on the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s race? …we have decided to grant his wishes during the next several days?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that State Senator Jim Tomes decision not to debate his opponent is an insult to his constituents? 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U okviru ovogodišnjeg projekta ocjenjivanja i promocije najboljih poduzetnika i programa u ruralnom turizmu, očekuje se više od 150 prijava iz čitave Hrvatske”Suncokretom ruralnog turizma promoviraju se tradicijski sadržaji, povezuju se najznačajniji projekti, proizvođači, događaji i zanimljivosti, te se uz očuvanje izvornosti stvaraju novi proizvodi ruralnog turizma“, ističe mr. sc. Dijana Katica, predsjednica Hrvatske udruge za turizam i ruralni razvoj „Kluba članova Selo“, inicijatora i organizatora pete nacionalne nagrade koja u fokus stavlja ruralni prostor Hrvatske i jedina se u zemlji njime sustavno bavi.U projekt su uključeni poduzetnici, obrtnici, OPG-i, zadruge, udruge iz cijele Hrvatske kao i jedinice područne i lokalne samouprave te turističke zajednice. Dok nominacije još uvijek pristižu, komisija je već krenula u prvi krug obilaska. „Akcija obilaska traje nekoliko mjeseci. Moraju se posjetiti i po jasno razrađenim kriterijima ocijeniti svi nominirani, a najboljima će se na svečanosti proglašenja krajem godine uručiti Zlatne, Srebrne, Brončane plakete i Posebna priznanja u šest kategorija: Turistička seljačka gospodarstva, Poduzetnici u ruralnom turizmu, Ruralno-turistički projekti, Ruralno-turističke manifestacije, Tradicijska ruralna gastronomija i Vinski turizam“, kaže Stjepan Cukor, predsjednik ocjenjivačke komisije.U protekle četiri godine u projektu je sudjelovalo oko 400 proizvođača, turističkih projekata i poduzetnika s ruralnih područja, a nagrade je dobilo njih 130.
Touching almost every country on Earth since it emerged in China late last year, the coronavirus has infected at least 10.9 million and killed 522,000 globally, shattering previously buoyant economies and bringing public life to a standstill.But while Europe and much of Asia have largely managed to bring the virus under control — so much so that England was preparing to reopen pubs, restaurants and cinemas — in the US it has claimed nearly 130,000 lives amid a sharp resurgence of cases which top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said “puts the entire country at risk.”The world’s largest economy broke its record for new cases for the third day in a row Friday, with more than 57,000 infections in 24 hours. It’s expected to record its three millionth infection next week, with cases rising the south and west particularly.US President Donald Trump — at Mount Rushmore for a fireworks celebration with thousands of attendees in close quarters and masks not required — has so far dismissed the deluge of new cases. In a tweet late Thursday he said the rise was because “our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country,” calling that “great news.”He added: “Even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN.”But his predecessor Barack Obama called for Americans to be “safe and smart.””It’s going to take all of us to beat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. And listen to the experts, not the folks trying to divide us,” he tweeted Friday.The World Health Organization called on countries hit by serious outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities.”People need to wake up. The data is not lying,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists in Geneva. “It is never too late in an epidemic to take control.”US blacklisted by Britain, Europe At least 14 states are seeing their weekly averages hit record highs heading into the holiday weekend, the Washington Post reported.In Florida, where new cases are hovering at around 10,000 daily, Miami’s usually-crowded South Pointe Beach was closed Friday save for patrolling police and a wandering cat. Beaches in Los Angeles will also be closed over the weekend, and Major League Baseball officially cancelled its 2020 All-Star Game on Friday, the first time since World War II that the mid-season showcase — which had been set for July 14 — has been scrapped. The US closures stand in stark contrast to Britain and Europe, once the epicenter of the virus but now restarting businesses and lifting travel restrictions, trying salvage the summer tourist season.Pubs in England reopen on Saturday for the first time since late March — as restaurants, cinemas, galleries, museums and hotels also prepare to welcome back customers. Travelers arriving into England from more than 50 nations — but not the US or mainland China — will from July 10 no longer be required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.The decision follows the European Union, which earlier this week left the US, Brazil and Russia off its final list of nations safe enough to allow their residents to enter its borders.The European Union meanwhile authorized the use of the anti-viral drug remdesivir for COVID-19 — the first treatment approved to deal with the disease — although the United States has bought most of the global stock. Europe is also beginning a reckoning on its virus response. French prosecutors said they were launching an inquiry into former prime minister Edouard Philippe’s handling of the virus crisis, following his resignation Friday.But despite optimism the economic fallout is still unfolding: Air France said Friday it planned to eliminate 7,580 jobs at the airline and its regional unit Hop! by the end of 2022 because of the coronavirus crisis.Latin American cases soar Cases have been skyrocketing across Latin America.The region now has the second most cases in the world with 2.73 million, ahead of Europe on 2.71 million but behind North America.Brazil, the region’s largest economy, has 1.5 million confirmed cases and 63,000 deaths, second only to the United States.Nevertheless, popular tourist city Rio de Janeiro authorized bars, restaurants and cafes to reopen at 50 percent capacity, while President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places.Cases also continue to surge in the Middle East, where worst-hit Saudi Arabia passed 200,000 infections. Countries across Africa meanwhile forged ahead with plans to reopen, despite steadily rising cases.In Asia, however, swift lockdowns have largely made progress — including in Beijing, which said Friday it was lifting most travel restrictions after successfully containing a new outbreak. China also vowed to gradually phase out the slaughter and sale of live poultry at food markets.The virus is believed to have emerged at a market that sold live animals in the central city of Wuhan late last year.Topics : Another record number of coronavirus cases overshadowed the start of America’s Independence Day weekend Friday as the surge in infections prompted Britain to blacklist travelers from the US, intensifying its isolation.With beaches closed from coast to coast and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscored the struggle to extinguish COVID-19 at the epicenter of the global pandemic.”It is an unbelievable trajectory,” said Faisal Masud, director of critical care at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, which officials say is dangerously close to being overwhelmed.