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Fielding Manor Drive Homeowners Speak Out Against IGA Development

first_imgFielding Manor Drive Homeowners Speak Out Against IGA DevelopmentJUNE 15TH, 2018  JEFF GOLDBERG EVANSVILLE, INDIANAGetting an IGA store, sandwich shop and gas station on the corner of the Lloyd Expressway and Fielding Road was a challenge. After the Area Plan Commission voted against it, members the Evansville City Council took it into their own hands to give the wooded area near Harrison High School something new. They overruled the Area Plan Commission and at the time residents of the street the development backs up to had questions.Now they have even more questions after they say an original plan was changed without any notice. They noticed the changes only after access to their road, Fielding Manor Court, was shut down. There’s not many living on the private road, just 6 families, but they say a new plan to route their only way to and from their homes is a major detriment.The way the new plan has the current Fielding Manor Drive going away. When finished, the project has the new Fielding Manor Drive actually going through the parking lot of the to be built IGA store. The homeowners there say this would greatly decrease their home values, increase traffic and decrease accessibility. They say they moved in for the secluded safe feeling and they are already losing that.Some of the homeowners have been trying to get any official to give them some answers. They have been put through the ringer, INDOT tells them to go to the city of Evansville, the city tells them to talk to the city council, but they say it all boils down to the city engineer’s office.ATTACHED BELOW IS THE STATEMENT THAT 44NEWS RECEIVED FROM THE EVANSVILLE CITY ENGINEERS’S OFFICE.“The project has gone through many steps. Step one was to rezone the property to meet the County’s zoning regulations. The Area Plan Commission voted 7-3 against the rezoning, with two abstentions. The rezoning request was forwarded to City Council for a final vote. The City Council reversed the Area Plan Commission’s decision and vote 6-3 in favor of the rezoning. The City Engineer’s office then began 18 months of coordination with multiple departments, reviewing options for access along Fielding Road and developing the best possible solution for safety and mobility. The best solution is to move the access for the development far away from of the Lloyd Expressway, which sees nearly 60,000 vehicles per day.The approach to Fielding Manner [sic] Drive was consolidated with the commercial drive access to maintain as few “conflict points” as possible. Also, by realigning Fielding Manner [sic] Drive, the grade of the drive will be reduced by approximately 6 percent and the drive within the right-of-way will be widened to 25-feet wide to improve safety and mobility.”There is still some hope for the homeowners. While they don’t understand how a private easement that they have taken care of for 20 years could just be handed over to a private company, a resident who lives there says she has a phone call with the Mayor of Evansville on Monday.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Two people with direct knowledge of the deal have told The Associated Press that the Jets and former Panthers guard Greg Van Roten agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The 30-year-old Van Roten played left guard during three seasons with Carolina. New York also worked out a one-year deal with Rams safety Marqui Christian, according to a person familiar with the package.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-DUKE-JONESDuke guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draftDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP. Similarly, the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.In other virus-related developments:— A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Of the 52 people in the Senators’ traveling party, 44 have shown no symptoms and eight have been tested. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13.— The International Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the men’s world hockey championships amid health concerns and travel bans. The 16-team tournament was to be held in Switzerland in May.— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week and showing no symptoms of the coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. Hamilton said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.” The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— The Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Nelson Agholor (AG’-oh-lohr), according to a person familiar with the deal. The person also said the Raiders agreed to a one-year deal to keep backup running back Rod Smith. Offensive lineman Eric Kush also confirmed that he agreed to a deal with the Raiders, and tight end Nick O’Leary’s agency said its client has a deal in place with the team.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a two-year contract with the team. The 5-foot-11 Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the 49ers last season. His contract is said to be worth about $16 million with bonuses that could push the total value as high as $19 million.— Running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The 26-year-old Drake came to Arizona in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with the Cardinals, including a four-TD game against the Browns in Week 15. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore criticism as Olympic officials prepare for Tokyo GamesUNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics continue to grow louder. — Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died at age 76 from the new coronavirus, according to his family. He had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus. Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league championship and a Spanish Super Cup crown.— AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 51-year-old Maldini became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. Maldini serves as Milan’s technical director.— Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. Juventus says the Argentine soccer playmaker is in voluntary home isolation in Italy and is asymptomatic.— The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer.— A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has not been named and is currently at home in isolation. — Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week.The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes last season, his lowest total since 2007. His 20 interceptions in 2019, match the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season. March 21, 2020 The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost, adding that a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.”World Athletics president Seb Coe said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.”USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Board member and former USA bobsledder Steve Mesler wrote in a blog Friday that the IOC … “has not shown the leadership we Olympians desire out of those who are in charge.” Mesler added that his thoughts were coming “as an Olympian and not those of the USOPC, its Board of Directors, or its leaders.”Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

COVID-19, not championships, hot topic at SEC practices

first_img First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:22 IST Written By Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday with the precarious status of the season largely overshadowing even the annual ambitions of Alabama and Georgia.Questions like how will LSU fare without quarterback Joe Burrow took a backseat to uncertainty. Quarterback battles seem fairly inconsequential with COVID-19 threatening the season — and teams’ depth charts.“The teams that handle this the best and the players that are the safest, those teams are going to win a lot of games,” first-year Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin said.The SEC, winner of 10 football national championships since 2006, is just hoping to have a season and play out the league-only schedule starting Sept. 26. It’s an open question of how a national champion will even be crowned, with the PAC-12 and Big Ten opting not to play this fall.Masks and social distancing are hot topics even with LSU trying to repeat as national champions without its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Alabama aiming for another national championship run after failing to make the playoffs last season.Safety protocols have been the norm around football buildings, with frequent testing and temperature checks and a largely bubble-like existence. But now students are returning, creating troublesome scenes on some campuses , including Alabama.SEC coaches and officials have sounded the alarm in efforts to save the season.Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne Tweeted a photo Sunday showing dozens of people, many not wearing face masks, bunched together waiting to get into a popular bar in Tuscaloosa on the day sororities accepted new members.“Who wants college sports this fall?? Obviously not these people!!” Byrne said in a tweet, urging people to wear masks.Likewise, Kiffin addressed the lack of precautions among some people and predicted the number of students testing positive won’t be a low one.“If people think people are doing this well, open your eyes,” he said. “Just drive around. This ain’t kids. Adults don’t do it. Just drive through downtown and look around or look at pictures on the Internet of other places.“This is not taken very serious by a lot of people and especially by young people who are back at college that have been sitting at their house with their parents for however many months.”But those are the challenges SEC teams face with it becoming harder for players to remain in their virtual protective bubble.Auburn, for instance, had 33 positive tests among players over the summer, according to coach Gus Malzahn. A high number of players in quarantine either for positive tests or contact with those who have the virus could derail a team’s fortunes faster than any injury wave.It has Malzahn talking about the importance of not just second-teamers but third-teamers.“It’s going to be a telling time right now with all the students coming back to the campus,” the Tigers coach said. “What we’ve just told our guys, is let’s control us. Most of our classes are going to be on line for all our players, so we’re just doing everything we can to really stay self-isolated to protect our players so we have a good chance of playing the season.”Some players around the country have opted to sit out the season, and Florida coach Dan Mullen expects more — and perhaps some coaches, too.“Really wouldn’t be surprised if we had coaches opt out, to be honest with you,” said Mullen, who declined to identify which “couple” of players were held out of practice. “Coaches are at such high risk because of the age group that they’re in.”But, he agrees with Kiffin, saying “the team that’s able to adapt will end up holding up that national championship trophy at the end of the season.”Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes said players are safer on campus than at home, but urged students to wear masks, wash hands and practice other safety protocols. Like the players themselves presumably are.“I know for a fact that everybody here on our team wants to have a season and play this fall,” Stokes said. “So we’re doing everything in our power to make sure we can.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:22 IST COVID-19, Not Championships, Hot Topic At SEC Practices Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday with the precarious status of the season largely overshadowing even the annual ambitions of Alabama and Georgia WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

REVEALED! Biggest point swings in the Prem – 17 clubs RANKED

first_img 14. Tottenham are eight points worse off after 36 games 3. Manchester United are eight points better off after 36 games Joint 4th. Stoke are six points better off after 36 games 17 9. Arsenal are three points better off after 34 games 17 2. West Ham are 10 points better off after 36 games 17 16. Everton are 15 points worse off after 36 games 17 17 8. Sunderland are four points BETTER off after 35 games 17 17 Joint 6th. West Brom are five points better off after 36 games 1. Swansea City are 17 points better off after 35 games – the BEST points swing in the Premier League right now 10. Aston Villa have the same number of points after 36 games 12. Hull City are three points worse off after 36 games 17 As the Premier League season draws to a close, the winners and losers are becoming apparent.But which clubs have made the biggest strides forward and which have gone horribly backwards?To find out, we’ve compared the points totals achieved by clubs at this stage of the season and last year, based on the number of games they have currently played in 2014/15.The results may surprise you and we wonder whether the man in charge of the club at number one should be named manager of the year.Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. 17 17. Liverpool are 18 points WORSE off compared to last season after the same number (36) of Premier League games – the worst points swing in the division, but which club has improved the most? To find out, click the yellow arrow above right! – The Reds have gone from the brink of clinching a first title in the Premier League era, to missing out on the top four and a Champions League place. They have experienced an 18-point swing the wrong way, but to find out how the other 16 clubs to have played in the Premier League in 2013/14 and 2014/15 have fared, click the arrows above, right. 17 17 Joint 6th. Southampton are five points better off after 36 games 17 17 17 17 13. Manchester City are seven points worse off after 36 games 11. Crystal Palace are a point worse off after 36 games 15. Newcastle are 10 points worse off after 36 games Joint 4th. Chelsea are six points better off after 36 games 17 17last_img read more

Hire a Gopher to Rototill Your Land

first_imgWe may holler at them when they dig up our lawns and gardens, but pocket gophers are an important part of the ecosystem, say Jim Reichman and Eric Seabloom in a UC Santa Barbara press release.  They change the nutrient availability for plants, among many things:They act like little rototillers, loosening and aerating the soil.  They loosen the soil and the speed at which plants decompose, causing higher production of plants, and they may be important to the biodiversity of plants.  They definitely have an important effect.”It’s surprising anything would want to live underground, since it is costly; “burrowing through the soil costs 360 to 3,400 times as much energy as walking the same distance on the surface.”  Nevertheless, they are well adapted for their role in the underground economy.  Good eyesight is not important in their usual dark surroundings, but “they compensate for this with other, well-developed senses, such as large whiskers, which are sensitive to movement and help them in dark tunnels.  They have powerful claws and teeth for digging.  They are vegetarian, or herbivores, surviving mostly on roots,” the press release explains.  Their diet of roots significantly impacts plants, but has an overall beneficial effect on the landscape:“Excavation behavior, which involves construction of long burrows by displacing soil into mounds on the surface, generates major impacts on the physical environment,” said Reichman.  “These produce a complex mosaic of nutrients and soil conditions that results in vertical mixing (through burrow collapse and moving deep soil to the surface) and horizontal patchiness (in relation to the hollow burrows, refilled burrows, surrounding soil matrix and surface mounds).”For these reasons, gophers are the “ecosystem engineers” of the landscape.  The authors suggest that our attempts at cultivation and pest control has led to deterioration of the soil and detrimental impacts on native plants.  It’s another reason to allow restoration of native grasslands where possible.A place for everything, and everything in its place in God’s country.  Each player has the equipment and the skills to do its job.  The payroll operates automatically, and the system as a whole enjoys the fringe benefits.  The little rototillers seem to enjoy their way of life (including making humans stomp their feet).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more