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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NEWS: TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO HAVE YOUR DONATION DOUBLED

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first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Today is the final day to support local news by making a tax-free contribution to The Ithaca Voice and have it DOUBLED by NewsMatch. The Ithaca Voice was formed in 2014 by Jeff Stein, a Cornell University alumnus who is now a policy reporter for The Washington Post. On The Voice‘s first day of publication, Stein wrote, “We are going to dramatically expand the amount and quality of civic and political information in the region. And we’re going to have some fun doing it.” All content on The Ithaca Voice is and always will be free. We believe that nonprofit news is the future of journalism, and in a time when traditional local news models are declining, The Ithaca Voice is growing thanks to our dedicated readers. Support from NewsMatch will allow The Voice to expand its already-strong coverage to include more in-depth reporting on the environment, education, government and other issues that our community cares most about. This is an ambitious goal, and it can only be achieved with your help. Just click on the “Donate” button on the website to connect to The Voice’s secure GiveGab page. Or, if you prefer to donate by check, make it out to “The Ithaca Voice” and send it The Ithaca Voice, 102 E. MLK Jr. St., Suite #2, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please note “NewsMatch” on the memo line. All donations must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31. The small staff of The Ithaca Voice staff published more than 1,600 stories last year, covering a wide range of events and issues. One outcome of its commitment to the community has been a high level of reader engagement. The website had more than 1 million unique visitors last year, with close to 2.9 million total sessions. Some of the in-depth issues explored over the years include local government, development, public safety, the local housing crisis, refugees in Tompkins County, veteran issues, the opioid epidemic, food insecurity and mental health. “I believe very strongly in the need for local news, and I think community-supported, non-profit news is a sustainable solution,” said outgoing managing editor Kelsey O’Connor, who has been with the organization for three years. “I have been humbled by the consistent community support, engagement and feedback The Voice has received over the years, and I think the organization is at an exciting point of growth.” This year, The Ithaca Voice was selected to participate in NewsMatch, a program that matches individual one-time donations of up to $1,000, or in the case of recurring monthly donations, match 12 times the monthly amount, the equivalent of a full year’s donation! The cap is $20,000, so any donations received during the next two months up to that total amount will be doubled. We have already raised more than $14,000 toward our goal. With your help, we can still get there! We are excited to report that a group of former Ithaca Journal employees has put its support behind The Ithaca Voice. • Related: Former Gannett employees support Ithaca Voice after Gannett slashes local newsroom staff Learn more about NewsMatch and support The Ithaca Voice today at www.newsmatch.org/organizations/the-ithaca-voice.center_img “We lived through the glory years of great local reporting in Ithaca,” said Philip Lerman, former city editor of the Ithaca Journal. “There were more than 25 reporters, photographers, and editors when we started at the Journal. We were saddened to see reports that the Gannett Company had cut the Journal staff down to one or two reporters. We felt that we had to do something.” Tagged: Fundraiser, newsmatch, non-profit news • Want to donate? Visit our NewsMatch page here The Ithaca Voice is growing at a time when local news outlets across the country continue to be gutted, consolidated, and reporting staff dramatically cut. A recent report by PEN America highlights the impact of communities losing local news. “Without reliable information on how tax dollars are spent, how federal policy affects local communities, and whether local elected officials are meeting constituent needs, how can citizens make informed choices about who should govern?” The group started a fundraiser on NewsMatch to support The Ithaca Voice and its mission to provide local, independent journalism. The Ithaca Voice is nonprofit and 100% community funded. “We feel that the Voice is starting to do the aggressive, important reporting that The Journal used to be known for,” Lerman said. “This kind of reporting is vital to a community like Ithaca, and we want to help them in any way we can.” The group has contributed $3,672 toward our goal!last_img read more

UPDATE: Silver Alert cancelled for man reported missing in South Bend

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first_img Pinterest UDPATE: The statewide Silver Alert issued on Jan. 10, for Juan Delgado has been cancelled.ORIGINAL STORY: The South Bend Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Juan Delgado, a 49 year old Hispanic male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, black hair with brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black coat, shirt and jogging pants.Juan is missing from South Bend and was last seen on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m.He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.Anybody with information about Juan Delgado is asked to contact the South Bend Police Department at 574-255-0506 or 911. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Previous articleMan hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the legs in Benton TownshipNext articleHolcomb not anxious to sign bill that modifies his emergency powers Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNews UPDATE: Silver Alert cancelled for man reported missing in South Bend By Jon Zimney – January 9, 2021 0 228 Facebooklast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham captain Noble impressed by Aston Villa pair clash

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first_imgWest Ham captain Noble impressed by Aston Villa pair clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble says it was right Anwar El Ghazi was not shown a red card on Monday night after he clashed with Aston Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings.In an extraordinary incident, El Ghazi pushed his head into Mings in what could easily have been construed as violent conduct during the 0-0 draw.“I didn’t know [El Ghazi] headbutted [Mings], but you do not want to see players getting sent off for a coming together with one of their own players,” said Noble.“It would have helped us out but I do not think something like that should be a red card. “It is nice to see that winning mentality and aggression. I like that and I do not want to take that out of the game.“It is in the heat of the moment and about wanting to win. I think it was Tyrone telling him that he was not doing his job. That is what happens in games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Crews cleaning up oil spill at Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops

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first_imgDARFIELD, B.C. – Crews using an emergency response trailer and vacuum trucks are working to clean up a crude oil spill at a Kinder Morgan station north of Kamloops, B.C.The provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow metre has leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield station.It said no waterways have been affected, and the spill has been contained within station property.In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it was alerted to an operational disruption through its internal safety system in the early hours of Sunday morning.“The station was quickly isolated and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline has been shut down,” the company said, adding it expected to restart the pipeline Sunday afternoon.The company said air monitoring is ongoing, and it has notified neighbours and other stakeholders.It said the leaked product was a medium crude blend.The spill comes days before a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The company suspended all non-essential construction on the project in April, citing opposition from the B.C. government that put the viability of the pipeline in question.It has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

North Peace Credit Union hosting BBQ fundraiser for Natalie Small today

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Savings and Credit Union is hosting a barbecue fundraiser today, with the proceeds going towards a soccer tournament raising money for a local child battling cancer.Credit adjudicator Shaleen West said that the Credit Union decided to host the barbecue to raise money for the Kickin’ It with Friends charity soccer tournament. The tournament is raising money 4-year-old Natalie Small, who is currently battling Stage Four neuroblastoma in BC Children’s Hospital.West said that the credit union reached out to the Fort St. John Fire Department, whose charity has also donated money to the Small family to help with their travel expenses since December. The fundraiser barbecue is taking place in the parking behind the credit union at 101st St. and 103rd Ave. until 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

Of economic priorities

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first_imgThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has issued instructions to formulate a detailed action plan for the first one hundred days of the next government, according to some knowledgeable people. Apparently, this set of action plan is meant for the incoming new government, whichever it is. But the presumption is that the guidelines are to follow the manifesto priorities of the ruling party. The move might reflect the current dispensation’s sense of confidence regarding the chances of coming back. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlthough the formal frame of a general action plan in the context of the current situation in the country, if an action plan is prepared under the command of the present outgoing government, the emphasis, understandably, would be on an economic blueprint to be taken up on a basis of priorities of those in power. Obviously, there are some very pressing issues for the country. The better approach should be to draw up an agenda on the basis of the key shortfalls of the present government over its five-year term. From this standpoint, three stark and overwhelming inadequacies stand out. First, the failure to create an adequate number of fresh employment opportunities as promised in the beginning; secondly, the question of farm distress and thirdly, a blueprint for resettling the ailing public sector banks by addressing the question of resolution of their massive portfolio of bad debts over a period of time. Also Read – Insider threat managementNeedless to say, all three are political time bombs. If not handled properly, these are enough to topple any government, let alone set in motion serious socio-political upheaval. Since the present government had faced major criticism for its failure to create its promised number of jobs, fresh strategies will have to be worked out on an emergency basis to tackle some programmes for job creation. Jobs can be created in small and informal sector units and more efforts have to be made to encourage setting up of self-employment projects. Not that this was not realised. The Modi government had started out promisingly with its plans for self-employment projects and also pump in aids for the smallest and informal activities for the creation of employment. However, somehow these got lost midway. The government’s efforts to beef up these activities through the so-called Mudra Bank has come unstuck and a renewed effort would have to be taken up to further enliven it. There has not been even a proper survey of the loan offers for projects facilitated by funding from Mudra Bank. The entire programme was not chiselled properly and then pursued rather half-heartedly. The new government might just take a hard look at the operations of this programme as well and if found unsatisfactory should have the courage to fix a sunset clause for the Mudra Bank. The bane of policymaking in India has been a complete failure to make hard decisions. Projects and schemes which have proved non-starters have still been allowed to linger and continue for self-justification. A related area is to develop a robust employment-unemployment database. The avoidable controversy over holding back some employment data takes us nowhere. That data itself is rather skimpy in nature. A fundamental re-look should be taken to construct a framework for generating updated employment figures. This is very tough, primarily because the biggest volume of employment is in really small and tiny units. The second area of failure has been farm distress. Farmers’ distress is not uniform throughout the country. While in areas farmers have lost their home and hearth following crop failure and weather misfortunes, in other areas farmers have made good returns. Therefore, the farming and agriculture policies should be tailor-made to agro-climatic areas hit by crop failure and other misfortunes. One size does not fit all farms in all regions. It is also essential to diversify the rural economy and develop non-farm activities. More of non-farm activities could help when there are crop failures and bad weather conditions. Agro-processing units at the farm level could thus help create the cushion. For example, while there is currently a very good crop of onion in western India, the prices have crashed causing distress to farmers. These situations could be met not just by talking of debt relief and “Karz Mukti” but by larger investments in these areas for creating storage facilities as also for onion processing units in western Maharashtra, for instance. Onion pastes in super-markets charge high premium when post-harvest onion prices have crashed. In tackling this issue there is a need to be open-minded. Allowing corporate buyers of the crop, including advance purchases and forward contracts could be a guarantee for prices remaining above certain levels. Interesting work is being done by some private bodies, including some promoted by global foundations, in creating higher value in farms and sending out the ripple effect of development in some select areas. Thirdly, the situation of the public sector banks has been bemoaned in the political manifestos ad nauseam. However, it is the link between the politicians and the borrowers, which have ruined our public sector banks. Witness the current drama over bankrupt groups. Politicians have drained the banks and pressurised them into giving loans to powerful groups for their unviable projects. This has been possible mainly for the public sector banks because they are owned by the governments and ruling-party politicians think PSU banks’ money is for them to sequestrate. Among many such examples, both Jet Airways and Bhusan Steels, one closed down the other’s state unknown, are large scale defaulters now. Bhusan Steel’s unpaid dues are reported to be close to Rs 50,000 crore to public sector banks. Yet in most cases of such defaults, it is easy to detect how these promoters have got funds from banks through their political links. There are many other issues before the country which the next government should deal with on a priority basis. But these three are the uppermost and have been political bombshells. These are too serious to be left unattended. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Chess World Rattled As Someone Nearly Wins Game

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And while the six consecutive draws we’ve seen thus far is a lot, it’s certainly not a record. Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin began their 2016 world championship match with seven draws. Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand fought to eight in a row to open their 1995 match. And at one point in Kasparov’s 1984 championship match against Anatoly Karpov, there were 17 straight draws. “There was a 20-second burst of applause” after a decisive game broke the grueling streak, the New York Times reported. That match, which began in September, was finally halted in February of the following year — 40 of its 48 games were draws.The data scientist Randal Olson analyzed hundreds of thousands of chess games in an article a few years ago. The closer players are in rating, he found, the longer games tend to go. And as the players get better, draws become far more common. Carlsen and Caruana are as good — and about as close in rating — as you can get. Indeed, they are even beyond the scope of Olson’s chart below, with Elo ratings (which measure the strength of players given the opponents they’ve played) north of 2800. Despite black’s apparent material advantage, there was no progress to be made. The players agreed to a draw on the 80th move.Carlsen had walked a slippery bridge and survived. His escape act drew attention. As the tension built toward the end of the game, the match became the most-viewed stream on the popular game-streaming site Twitch. Books could be written about this endgame. (Though not by me.)So, another draw, huh? Yawn, am I right? Not so fast. Today’s Game 6 was an instant classic. Journalist David Hill, who’s been in London reporting on the match, tweeted that there can be beauty in draws. Not all of them are created equal. 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh The match rests tomorrow. Game 7 — in which Caruana will once again have the black pieces — begins Sunday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. That’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter. read more

South Florida Media Group Acquires 80YearOld Welcome Wagon

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Police super sued for illegally possessing Tk 836m

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