“IS IT TRUE” JULY 23, 2018

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 that this evening members of the Evansville City Council will discuss approving a request from the Winnecke Administration to take $2,765,000 from the Riverboat Fund to move the LST Boat next to Tropicana Casino-Evansville? …that this money will not only be used to build a new boat dock for the LST but also build a new visitors center at the Tropicana Riverfront Plaza?IS IT TRUE we must remind City Council that the City of Evansville is responsible for dismantling the current boat dock and visitors center at Marina Point when the LST moves to its new location at the new visitors center at Tropicana Riverfront Plaza?  …we are told by reliable sources that it will cost the taxpayers around $3 million dollars to dismantle the current boat dock and visitors center at Marina Point?  …we are told that members of the Winnecke Administration are telling members of City Council that they have someone to dismantle the current LST boat dock for salvage value only?  …we strongly urge that members of City Council demand that they see a written contract from a salvage company stating that they will dismantle this dock for salvage value only?  …if the Winnecke Administration can produce such a letter from a salvage company they will save the taxpayers of Evansville $3 million dollars?IS IT TRUE since the taxpayers of Evansville are footing the costs of relocating the LST boat from Marina Point to its new location at the Tropicana Riverfront Plaza we wonder how many members of the LST Board of Directors are from this area?  …we are told that several people feel that if the taxpayers of Evansville are subsidizing the LST than we should have people from Evansville serving on the LST Board of Directors?IS IT TRUE that last Thursday a group of starry-eyed owners of a training football team in California that typically only attracts 200-300 fans rolled out a presentation to a group of influential people to build a $300 million indoor arena for football and other events?…this either took an amazing level of chutzpah or just an incredibly ignorant understanding of the value of sports arenas?…they were touting the economic development impact of stadiums and actually touted the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana as a financial model for an arena that makes money?…little did they know that someone who knows the numbers for the Ford Center was in the room?…if Ford Center can lose $9 million per year after borrowing $127 million and be touted as a big winner, then these guys will be poised to lose $20 million per year if the just scale the losses of Ford Center on a dollar for dollar basis?IS IT TRUE they also talked up the YUM Center in Louisville that is also losing money faster than it can be counted?…YUM Center picks the pockets of the City of Louisville and the State of Kentucky for a combined $22 million?…there is a report on the financial performance of sports facilities by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that concludes that no sports stadium has ever worked out well for any state or municipality?…studies from both Harvard and Stanford conclude that the sum total, of economic development from sports arenas, is so negative that such things should never even be represented as having economic development value?IS IT TRUE that there are still some in Evansville who assert that Ford Center has had such a positive economic impact that it is worth the $9 million per year in losses to the taxpayers of Evansville?…the reality is that the Ford Center couldn’t even generate enough business to keep The Maingate Bar open?…the other reality is that the Doubletree Hotel needed a subsidy of over $20 million and the IU Medical School consumed over $50 million tax dollars?…the truth is that the IU Medical School should have come first and the hotel would not have needed a subsidy?…as for the Ford Center, as pretty as it is, it should have never happened and most people know it?…of course the ones who still tout the Ford Center as the savior of downtown Evansville are the ones who paid a consultant for a nonsensical study and jammed the project down the throat of Evansville without a vote?IS IT TRUE we wonder what is the status of the ECHO Housing forensic audit?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the water and sewer bills  at the McCurdy are current?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Are you pleased with the direction that the State of Indiana is headed?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]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. 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3 men hack couple over ‘old grudge’

first_imgThe 44-year-old Joseph Besanes and his wife Jerose, 38, sustained hack wounds on the body, a police report showed.  They received treatment at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose, Antique.  Officers of the Pantongon police station have yet to arrest the suspects, who fled after the incident./PN Police investigators said prior to the hacking, there was an altercation between the couple and the suspects around 9:30 p.m. on June 3.  The suspects were identified as Raymond Alagos, 22; his younger brother Valentin, 17; and Junie Alagos, 47, the report added. ILOILO City – Old grudge was seen as the motive in the hacking of a couple in Barangay Pandanan, Patnongon, Antique, police said.last_img

Arsenal promise ban for banana thrower

first_img A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating after a banana was thrown on to the pitch from the away section of supporters during the Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal match at White Hart Lane on Sunday March 3rd. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue to try to identify the suspect.” Arsenal and Spurs both warned before the match no anti-social behaviour would be tolerated at what is one of the most heated fixtures in the English football calendar. Arsenal say they operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any such act, and will therefore ban anyone who is found guilty of throwing the banana. Another point of controversy in Sunday’s game came when Emmanuel Adebayor was briefly taunted about the deadly gun attack he survived in Angola. Meanwhile, Tottenham captain Michael Dawson thinks there is no better player in the world right now than Bale, who scored his 49th goal for the club against the Gunners. The strike was his 20th of a fine season, which has seen him compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Some critics, including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, claim Bale is not in the same class as Ronaldo, who has scored 33 goals for Madrid this season, and three-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, but Dawson disagrees. “Gaz is up there with Ronaldo and Messi in terms of ability – he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment, and probably the best in the world for me right now,” Dawson said in a promotional interview for Topman. “Some of the things he does would have Ronaldo blush. His goal this season against Norwich where he picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled past all those players before having the calm and composure to put in the bottom corner… He’s been brilliant and credit to him.” Arsenal have vowed to ban for life the fan who threw a banana at Gareth Bale on Sunday. Police confirmed on Monday that they had launched an investigation after an Arsenal supporter threw a banana at Bale as he went to take a corner in the 27th minute of Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane, which Tottenham won 2-1. The Police are examining CCTV footage to see if they can identify the person who aimed the fruit at the Tottenham star. Spurs have also agreed to help the police with their enquiries. Bale is sometimes targeted by opposing fans, who often chant that the player “looks like a chimp”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more