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Oxford’s own… Charlie Mauleverer

first_imgFor those seeking relaxing classical music outside the wearisome confines of Classic FM, solace comes in the form of Vista Musicale. Their album, From Innocence to Age, is jointly composed by homegrown music talent Charlie Mauleverer (St Peter’s College), and performed by some of Britain’s best young musicians (including BBC Chorister of the Year 2001) from Winchester College. Harmoniously using string, piano flute and voice, it seems inspired from the past in its form. Yet there is an undeniably contemporary air about it. The choral elements rise above sometimes banal verse to achieve sublimely romantic effects. The pieces glide seamlessly into each other whilst works like ‘Enigma’ and the ‘String Quartets’ add life to the soothing experience. Some of the tracks leave the listener with the sense they should have been allowed to develop their themes more fully. Overall though, this is a solid debut and not just a cure for examstress. It’s an enjoyable experience in its own right and with a high standard of composition and performance the album could be ‘Music to watch clouds by’. The CD can be purchased from www.vistamusicale.comARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE JUNE 20,2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE that every once in a while a comment that is so funny and true is left on the City County Observer and yesterday was such a day?…in response to the idiotic design of a street that was 6 inches too narrow and in need of a supplemental pour of concrete CCO poster Delta Bravo contributed the following words of wit:“RE: Lane width issues on North Main…I honestly doubt it was inability to read a ruler that caused this issue. I blame the ‘real-world’ traffic studies which were no doubt were conducted prior to final planning and implementation. Any reasonable traffic observer in Jimtown would conclude that average traffic loading on North Main (per block) consists of 2-3 scooters and 1 stolen bicycle. Include a 36″ safety margin to account for an abandoned shopping cart on the side of the road or an enhanced collapse zone for the vacant, burned out houses lining the street, and there you have it…”IS IT TRUE that Delta Bravo was seconded and supplemented by a few other posters on the local flavor of North Main from the torn down restaurants to the width of an arse moving through Evansville while straddling a scooter?…this particular oversight and the need to do a repair is comical and almost flies in the face of logic?…we wonder who in the heck in a position of knowledge and responsibility would get the width of a road wrong in modern day America where everything in life is predetermined or legislated?…the answer is the same moronic bureaucracy that messed up the base paths on a little league field and pour concrete too thick for a truck to get under an existing bridge?…the real insult to Evansville taxpayers is that the project is still asserted to be under budget?…the powers that be must have budgeted to mess something up big time?…there is nothing like coming home and bragging about buying a $30 item for $45 when you budgeted $50?…some folks are dumb enough to believe they saved $5 for such a fiasco?…so goes the public works in Evansville, Indiana?IS IT TRUE there was one project that got done according to budget with very few snafus and that was the Ford Center?…the Ford Center was budgeted to spend $127.5 Million borrowed dollars and it exactly achieved its goal?…all was well at the corner of Main Street and MLK Boulevard until it was opened for business?…the wheels fell off of the bus known as Ford Center when it came time to manage it to the pro forma that it was sold on?…the building that Jon Boy built was advertised to break even and cover its cost in the first year but now in the 6thyear it is still draining the taxpayer coffers by $10 Million per year?…that losing that much money would make the Ford Center worth a NEGATIVE $100 Million Dollars in a financial valuation report?…The City of Evansville spent $127.5 Million on a building that loses $10 Million per year?…that is pretty darn hard to do?…we shall see how the subsidy hotel does when the numbers come out?…we may all be glad that the taxpayers don’t own any of the Doubletree for the $20 Million investment because it may come with a capital call attached to it?…the Ford Center is the gift that keeps on taking?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that someone should be held accountable for the major mistake made in redesigning the $18 million dollar North Main project?EDITORS FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column doesn’t represents the views or opinions of our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTVirtual NFL draft close to kickoffUNDATED (AP) — The virtual NFL draft is about to begin, albeit a streamlined version of the usual festivities. The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without fans. South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.— The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy. In other NFL news:— The Bills have picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Tre’Davious White, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White was taken in the first round of the 2017 draft and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONNCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsors — German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said the date would be acceptable, but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.— Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party and will be broadcast on NBC. The day will be highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINSJackets extend netminderCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR teams can restart car preparationsUNDATED (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks.Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 Thursday and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he is still considering NASCAR’s request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators.For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars. Merzlikins has been solid for the Jackets this season, recording five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He is tied for second in the league in shutouts and fifth in both save percentage and goals-against average.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros.The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs. Not since the NFL draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. Scouts and general managers are working from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects are homebound as well, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell no one to hug after each of the 32 first-round selections are made. Goodell will oversee the festivities from his basement.The Bengals current own the No. 1 selection, followed by Washington, Lions, Giants and Dolphins. Miami has three choices in the first round, while six teams don’t have any.LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young are expected to be the top picks.The draft wraps up Saturday.  NFL-NEWS 92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked.He retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year run in the Dodgers’ broadcast booths. Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season.MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Incentive deal to move Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council.The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster. April 23, 2020last_img read more

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It Took A Pandemic: Crime Decreases In Several Major Cities Due…

first_img“We can say that it’s due to our police high visibility, attributed with the pandemic and the Stay At Home order,” a Miami Police Department spokesperson told CBS News.   Leader of Government Business, Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said the enhanced security measure in the parish coupled with the COVID-19 restrictions has led to the milestone. In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended the current SOEs until July this year. Holness said he intends to get crime on the island under control as he does not intend to hold a general election while sections of the island are under a state of emergency. Earlier this week, Miami’s Police Department reported the city had not reported any homicides in seven weeks – for the first time since 1957. In Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, drug arrests have declined by 42% since the lockdown of the city in mid-March, when compared with the same period last year. Miami, which has been the most affected by COVID-19 in Florida, has been under a local state of emergency since March 12. The entire state of Florida has also been under a “stay-at-home” order since the beginning of April. Many businesses and outdoor venues began closing their doors since early March, forcing residents to remain at home. And while COVID-19 is still on the rise in the state, many other crimes have also decreased in Miami. Since stay-at-home orders went into effect, some regions have reported spikes in domestic violence complaints as victims are quarantined with their abusers, while other regions have seen a drop in the number of calls. Miami’s Police Chief Jorge Colina said while the department has seen a decrease in domestic abuse calls, he is still concerned that incidents of abuse will do unreported during the order. In Jamaica, several parishes like St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, and some parts of Kingston and St. Andrew have also seen a reduction in crime since the ‘stay-at-home’ order has been implemented. The parish of St. James, which has been on and off a state of emergency (SOE) for the last three years, is experiencing its lowest murder rate in 17 years.  From February 17 until April 12 of this year — a total of seven weeks and six days — Miami had no reported homicides, according to police. In 1957, the city went 9 weeks and 3 days without any reported homicides. A Significant Decline in Crimes in Latin America and the Caribbean All it took was a global pandemic. For decades, many police departments have struggled to get crime under control in their respective cities. While numerous, detailed crime plans have failed, the unforeseen ‘stay-at-home’ directives that were ushered in as a result of the coronavirus have seemed to be the worst effect crime plan in recent times. But while law enforcement officers have welcomed the decline in crime, many are worried about a surge of unreported domestic violence and child abuse cases that will happen if the restrictions are extended into summer. Several other major cities in the United States have also reported a drastic increase in crimes. Since Maryland issued its own ‘stay-at-home’ order, shootings, robberies, assault and other criminal activities have all showed a steady decline. When compared to the same time last year, common assaults in Baltimore are down 34%, aggravated assaults are down 17%, and shootings have dropped by 8%. Los Angeles and New York City have also reported a significant decline in violent crimes. El Salvador and Peru, South American countries that have been constantly riddled with crime, have both seen a decline in violent crime due to COVID-19 restrictions and increased police presence on the streets. In Peru, crime levels fell 84% in March. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, several countries have also seen a drastic decline in crime. Over the last few weeks that COVID-19 has changed normal operations in the United States, and much of the rest of the world, several cities across the country are reporting a drastic decline in crime.last_img read more