“Servant Leadership”?

first_img“Servant Leadership”?by Gail Riecken, Editor Of The CCC Statehouse NewsJanuary 25, 2019Have you heard the term “Servant leadership”? I am hearing it more and more from newer politicians. At first, I thought it was because they didn’t want to call themselves politicians, as the term seems to have some negativity these days.I now think there is another reason, a legitimate reason. These politicians don’t want any confusion about why they are in politics. They want you and me to appreciate they are in their positions to serve us, their constituents, and they are serious about it.The term – “Servant leadership” – what difference does it really make?  I thought about that when I read a recent article about a conversation between two legislators on the floor of the State legislatureOn January 17 Rep. Ryan Hatfield presented an amendment to HB1006 on second reading. The amendment language would mandate a certain annual report from the Department of Child Services (DCS) to the Commission on the Improvement of the Status of Children. The intent of the report would be to monitor caseworkers’ caseload so that they are able to do a good job for the children in their charge.Rep. Dave Frizzell, standing in opposition to Hatfield’s amendment, said according to the Statehouse File report, “Rep. Hatfield, I can make this promise to you, that we will update people about what’s happening with our caseworkers”.I think he was really saying, “We will let you and the public know what we want you to know when we want to tell you”.“Servant Leadership”, then, would have addressed the response a little differently. The response would have been direct, honest, respectful and trustworthy. It would have focused on the people’s interest to have information.A“Servant leader” might have presented a solution. It might have been to bring the amendment language before the legislative council for a summer study committee where participants might come up with compromise.I am convinced the concepts of “Servant leadership” have real value in politics in the legislature.  At least that focus, that reminder, would go a long way toward doing more than making promises.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” APRIL 28, 2020

first_imgIS IT TRUE we been told that many people are extremely disappointed in the way that Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is conducting his news conferences?  …he comes off uninformed and very tentative? …where is Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch when we need her?IS IT TRUE that people all over the nation who have seen their way of life demolished by the “sheltering in place” orders that have prevented them from opening their businesses?…entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backs on which the United States was built and maintained?…these kinds of people are often not eligible for any benefits the way people who work for them are?…this situation leaves very little hope for people whose lives are entwined with their family businesses?…this is something that should be addressed in any future stimulus actions?IS IT TRUE recently the EVANSVILLE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS approved the following local Not-For-Profit Grant Agreements for 2020 without a discussion?  … Evansville African-American Museum Foundation, Inc in the amount of $14,000. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Inc in the amount of $4,500. Children’s Center for Dance Education, Inc. in the amount of $1,000. Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation in the amount of $5,500. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Inc in the amount of $10,000. Evansville Symphonic Band Incorporated in the amount of $4,500. Keep Evansville Beautiful, Inc in the amount of $3,000.  Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, Inc in the amount of $14,000.  Leadership Evansville, Incorporated in the amount of $5000. The Reitz Home Preservation Society Inc in the amount of $7,000. Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging, Inc. d/b/a SWIRCA & More in the amount of $15,000.  United Neighborhoods of Evansville, Incorporated in the amount of $48,000. Vanderburgh County Humane Society, Inc. in the amount of $1,500. WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc in the amount of $3,000.  Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, Inc in the amount of $9,500.  Metropolitan Evansville Chamber of Commerce Incorporated d/b/a The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana; of $11,000? …we wonder why the Evansville City Council didn’t approve these not-for-profit organizations instead of the Board Of Public Works?IS IT TRUE that there was another interesting item listed on the most recent Evansville Board Of Public Works agenda that caught our attention?  … listed on the agenda was an agreement with the City of Evansville (DMD) and Advantix Development Corporation in the amount of $100,000 to construct a new home at 818 Madison Avenue?  …the Board approved this item with little or no discussion?IS IT TRUE that Piegon Township Trustee Mariama Wilson, Knight Township Trustee Kathryn Martin, and Perry Township Trustee Rick Riney continue to put people first and everyone is doing outstanding jobs as public servants?IS IT TRUE  that any kind of lipid solvent will disrupt the Coronavirus, such as soaps, detergents, and smaller alcohols? …you need to use about 70% ethanol in water for optimum effectivenessIS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have Liberty?IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Which local television station do you feel that has provided the best coverage of the COVID -19 virus? We 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 an article last week was published that stated that the newspaper industry is essentially an industry that is described as “dead paper walking?”…this is a term used to describe a business that is in so much financial distress that no amount of money will save the business because the revenue streams were so damaged before COVID19 came along that rescue dollars would simply keep a dead business alive for a short time but pay no dividend to society at large?…the article clearly stated that newspapers should not be getting a bailout because they are nearly all on a short trip to bankruptcy anyway?IS IT TRUE that the investment group that merged to form the new Gannett last year has done little or nothing to change the trajectory of the 200+ newspapers under management?…from day one the new group has been more interested in laying off talent than creating a better product that would appeal to a wider audience?…since the first of the year the new Gannett has placed nearly all of their newspapers on 25% furloughs from the newsroom to management?…after doing the furloughs there have been selected layoffs at nearly every location leaving the surviving workers demoralized and thinking twice about their commitments to the journalism profession?…from an investor relations perspective the new Gannett is a disaster seeing the stock price fall from a high of just over $12 per share to a recent low of 63 cents per share?…this collapse of the stock is an indicator that protential investors have no confidence in the new Gannett?…throwing good money after bad has been a large concern for the SBA in approving PPP and EIDL loans that are supposed to save jobs and businesses?…it is a foregone conclusion that there are many “dead businesses walking” that have been approved for these loans?…public companies need not apply though and that will keep the new Gannett from accessing those funds?…what is really needed is for local investment groups who value unbiased journalism to buy the local papers like the Evansville Courier and Press and to run them as they were once run?IS IT TRUE we are hearing rumors that the new Gannett publishing Corp. may be considering selling off some of their less financially productive publications?  …if this happens, we are told that a group of local well-heeled and business savvy investors may be interested in salvaging the once proud and powerful Evansville Courier and Press at the scaled value? …we are also told if this group of investors is successful they will put together an outstanding editorial board made up of a person with a newspaper publishing background, well-known entrepreneurs, community leaders, a local medical doctor, banker, college administrator, and an attorney? …every city deserves a non-partisan locally owned and produced newspaper and Evansville is no exception to that rule?IS IT TRUE we continue to be impressed by Jon Webb over at the Evansville Courier and Press?  … kudos to Jon Webb for using his reporter’s skills to reach highly probable conclusions?  …he has also demonstrated that he has the journalistic skills to write articles of historical significance? Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES 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 at City-County [email protected]center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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Volcano Doesn’t Deter Ocean City Mission to Costa Rica

first_imgCaroline Bowman, Leah Davies, Clarise Fazzio Stell, Ariel Stell, Carlo Calle, Katie Bowman and Jennifer Bowman on a mission in Costa Rica last week.A team of seven from Ocean City had to reschedule a return flight from a charitable mission to Costa Rica, but the group was otherwise unaffected by the eruption of the Turrialba volcano last week.Residents near the mountain were evacuated and the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose closed for a day as a plume of ash and smoke filled the sky.But the Costa Rica Mission from St. Peter’s United Methodist Church was a couple hours’ drive away from the volcano when it began to erupt. The group had been scheduled to fly out of San Jose on Friday morning but left instead from Liberia in the northwestern part of the country on Thursday afternoon, according to Carlo Calle, leader of the mission.Ocean City volunteers help create a garden for school children in the hills near Parrita, Costa Rica.The volcano has coated large parts of the country in ash, but nobody has been injured and  no lava flows have been spotted.Calle said a local group that included Jennifer Bowman and her daughters, Caroline and Katie Bowman, Leah Davies, Clarise Fazzio Stell and her daughter Ariel Stell carried out a full week of mission work.Their efforts included planted an environmentally sustainable garden for school children in the hills above Parrita on the Pacific coast and helping to rebuild a lifeguard tower on the Nicoya Peninsula.Part of their mission, Calle said, is to teach new trade and business skills in a region where the traditional fishing industry has been decimated and where girls often are taken into prostitution at a young age.Calle, owner of Calle Construction in Ocean View, is the founder of the Costa Rica Mission for Life.Calle has been traveling to Costa Rica with small groups and hopes to build a permanent mission and working farm in Esterillos Oeste.See the Costa Rica Mission page on Facebook.Part of the ministry will be to take groups of surfers to do mission work and also to take advantage of some of the best waves on the Pacific coast.The mission last week included a zip-line outing for fun.The locals were pretty nonchalant when the volcano began to spew ash and smoke, Calle said, and he was resourceful enough to make new travel arrangements to get everybody home without delay.last_img read more

Former Sayers bakery burns down

first_imgThe former Sayers Bakery in Norris Green, Liverpool was severely damaged by fire on Sunday 28 September in a suspected arson attack. Firefighters arrived at the bakery just after 8pm and it took thirteen fire crews to control the flames. Police were forced to seal off the road and neighbouring residents were asked to keep their doors and windows shut. A spokesperson from Merseyside Police said the fire had started in multiple locations. Forensic officers will now conduct an investigation.The bakery has been closed since June, when Sayers’ parent company, Lyndale Group, was put into administration.last_img

Press release: £5 million fund to deter young people from gang and knife crime

first_img Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 a consultation on a legal duty for public services like health, education and welfare to tackle serious violence; a £200 million Youth Endowment Fund aimed at steering those most at risk of youth violence away from becoming young offenders an independent review into drug misuse Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 The government has committed £920 million to the Troubled Families Programme, which aims to achieve significant and sustained improvement for up to 400,000 families with multiple high-cost problems by 2020. The programme champions working with the whole family, ensuring they receive coordinated support from services working together to solve their problems as early as possible.The programme which works with the whole family has achieved significant progress with: Knife crime and gang violence can devastate the lives of young people, families and their communities. Carrying knives must never become normal behaviour and we need to change the culture among many young people. Early intervention and prevention is vital to tackling violence. That is why I am announcing £5 million to support initiatives which are helping young people to take a positive direction in life. The fund will come into effect immediately, supporting the government’s ‘public health’ approach to tackling the root causes of serious violence underpinned by the Serious Violence Strategy. This includes new measures recently announced by the Home Secretary: New £5 million fund to support the most vulnerable children and families Funding will support earlier interventions to turn young people away from crime Councils will have the chance to bid for funding to tackle youth and gang crime in high-risk areas nearly 130,000 families meeting the improvement goals agreed with local services against each of the problems they need to overcome in 16,925 of the families where such progress has been achieved, one or more adult has succeeded in moving into continuous employment; and the programme’s focus on preventing poor outcomes for children in troubled families has started to show positive results including reducing the number of cases that need to be escalated to children’s social care Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Media enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Email [email protected] Contact form https://forms.communit… Families across the country who are vulnerable to the devastating effects of knife crime and gang culture are set to receive more support from a new £5 million fund announced today.The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will allow keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals working with children and young people to intervene earlier to help them develop the personal resilience to withstand peer pressure and make their own positive life choices.It will also support more in-depth work with parents and carers to help them fully understand the risk factors and dangers of their children becoming drawn into gang crime.Councils will be able to bid for funding to bolster their response to youth violence and gangs in their local area, as part of their Troubled Families programme.The fund builds on the government’s wider support available to tackle serious violence which includes a £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund and a £1.5 million Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund.Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.last_img read more

Food retailers faring best in Scotland

first_imgFood sales in Scotland during June helped to achieve a 1.2% growth in total sales compared to the previous year.The latest report from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) and accountancy giant KPMG revealed food sales in the region had risen above those of June 2011 on a like-for-like basis. However, the wet weather and food inflation were said to have affected overall sales and volumes of goods.Richard Lim, SRC economist, said: “June’s prolonged wet weather has caused Scottish retail to stagnate. Consumers remain cautious about their personal finances, and lower temperatures have cooled demand for summer fashions and outdoor leisure goods. With shops full of seasonal stock, retailers are hoping a possible Indian summer delivers some salvation.“Food and drink retailers are faring the best in a weak market, but when inflation is taken into account, volumes of sales are likely to have declined. There was a boost in the run-up to the Jubilee celebrations as shoppers bought in party foods for the long weekend, but it wasn’t on the same scale as seen in our UK-wide statistics.”June was the 15th month in a row where UK sales growth exceeded Scotland’s overall figures.David McCorquodale, head of retail in Scotland for KPMG, said: “On first appraisal, June appears to have been a better month for Scotland’s retailers, with total sales increasing slightly by 1.2% on the corresponding period in 2011. However, this statistic does not tell the whole story for retailers, as much of that rise comes from increased food sale values, which continue to be driven by inflation rather than volumes.“A number of factors are combining to make times particularly challenging for retailers and the vast majority are now resorting to heavy and sustained promotional campaigns, which impact negatively on margins, just to tread water.”last_img read more

Rich Products extends Baked range with CJ Lang & Son

first_imgSource: Rich ProductsRich Products is rolling out its Baked range across 108 Spar stores in Scotland. The sweet bakery brand has extended its partnership with CJ Lang & Son, which owns the convenience stores, meaning the premium range of sweet baked goods will be available in them from 3 February.Rich’s initially launched cookies in select CJ Lang sites last summer and now the partnership will be evolved to include muffins and buns at an rsp of £2 each. The cookie line-up comprises white chocolate, triple chocolate, oat & raisin and milk chocolate variants.More shoppers are looking for treats that are ‘worth the calories’, according to Rich’s which added that the Baked range is positioned to help convenience retailers offer coffee-shop quality products.The range will include:Belgian buns – packed with sultanas and a lemon flavoured filling, hand finished with a fondant icing and half a glacé cherryCinnamon buns – includes cinnamon and sultanas, hand finished with a cream cheese flavour icingBlueberry Muffins – topped and filled with blueberries, as well as a buttery streusel toppingLemon Muffins – has a lemon curd filling and is topped with crisp sugar pearlsTriple Chocolate Muffins – comprises Belgian milk, dark and white chocolate chunks, as well as a glossy chocolate sauce fillingWhite Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins – flecked with raspberry pieces, Belgian white chocolate chunks and a raspberry filling.“Over the past year we’ve seen a rise in people shopping locally – in fact, social media searches for ‘local shops’ are up by 179%. This means consumers aren’t just popping in for their essentials but relying on their nearby convenience store for more premium, special products too. Especially those that are perfect for an indulgent ‘treating’ moment,” said John Want, sales, marketing and R&D director at Rich’s.He highlighted the range’s “vibrant and enticing” packaging which has helped the cookies become a bestselling bakery line within CJ Lang.“It’s great news for Spar customers across Scotland that we’ve worked with our partners at Rich to extend their range into our company-owned stores. Never has it been more important to offer shoppers a range of products, attractively priced through their local convenience store,” added Stephen Brown, head of food to go for CJ Lang & Son.last_img read more

Amazon Looks To Cut Into Ticketmaster With New “Amazon Tickets” Service

first_imgIf there’s one part of the live music experience that most fans don’t like, it’s buying the tickets. High profile shows often become a mad dash to the finish line on Ticketmaster, and exorbitant fees always leave us groaning. Fortunately, Amazon is coming to the rescue with a new service, Amazon Tickets.Amazon launched “Amazon Tickets” in the UK last year, selling tickets to concerts and theater performances. By explaining fees upfront and connecting to your Amazon profile, the new Amazon Tickets platform was very well received for its initial launch. However, as recode reports, Amazon has recently put out job listings in new markets and hired new people in others, including the US, Europe and Asia.The job posting reads, “[O]ur vision goes beyond just selling tickets as we aim to disrupt the entire live entertainment experience, including what happens before, during and after the show… The ticketing business is ripe for innovation and improvement, as much of the industry has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s.”Though Ticketmaster/Live Nation do have a stronghold over the US ticket market, they would certainly face major competition from an Amazon ticketing service, especially if it is particularly well received.last_img read more

School of Rock Musical Will Release Cast Album

first_img View Comments Ready to rock out with Alex Brightman, Sierra Boggess and a bunch of head banging youngsters? The new musical School of Rock, featuring songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, will release a cast album from Warner Bros. Records. The recording is set to drop on December 4—just before the show opens officially at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 6 (it begins previews on November 9).The question remains: just who exactly will be rocking out on Broadway and in the recording? Alex Brightman, who led the workshop production at the Gramercy Theatre, will reprise his performance as Dewey, and Sierra Boggess will take on the role of headmistress Rosalie. Additional casting will be announced shortly.The tuner includes 12 new songs by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Slater, plus three popular songs from the 2003 film. Featuring a book by Julian Fellowes, the show follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star in need of cash who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.Take a look below at Brightman and some pint-sized rockers from the downtown workshop in the recording studio earlier this year! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 School of Rock – The Musicallast_img read more