24 Sep

Pair Of Schools Receive Share Of Settlement

first_imgTwo area schools are getting back money from a settlement with Indiana’s largest teachers union.Franklin County and South Ripley are getting back half of the money they invested in from a failed health insurance plan. Out of a total of $14 million that is being returned to 27 school corporations in Indiana, two local schools are receiving: Franklin County School Corporation: $651,899.35South Ripley Community School Corporation: $248,902.12The Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Foundation lost an estimated $27 million when the health plan collapsed in 2009.Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said ISTA and NEA were accused of using the money from the school health plans to cover funding shortfalls and investments instead of investing on the schools’ behalf.last_img read more

23 Sep

Regular Season Conference Title on the Line

first_img Share Regular Season Conference Title on the Line Oct. 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will be fighting for a regular season conference title tonight when they take on the Montevallo Falcons at the UWF Sports complex. The 13th ranked women’s soccer team with play first tonight with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. and the 3rd ranked men’s team will take on the 17th ranked Falcons following the conclusion of the first fixture.For the women’s team (12-2-0, 7-0-0 GSC) they put their perfect conference record on the line when they battle the Lady Falcons (11-6-0, 6-1-0 GSC) who are currently second in the Gulf South Conference. With a win the Argonauts will clinch a first place bid in the GSC tournament as they search for back-to-back conference championships.The women come into tonight match on an eleven game winning streak and GSC defender of the Courtney Jones has allowed only one goal in conference play this season. It is the second time this season the sophomore goal keeper earned the honor.Dernelle Mascall comes into tonight’s match one goal shy of tying the West Florida single season record of 19, set by Brianna Oeser in 2005. The sophomore striker has two hat tricks and a total of eight goals in the Argonauts last three matches.On the men’s side, both teams come into the match undefeated in conference and the winner of the fixture will be the GSC regular season champion and the top seed for the conference tournament. In 2006, West Florida (14-1-0, 5-0-0 GSC) defeated Montevallo (15-1-1, 5-0-0 GSC) three times in three consecutive weekends. This season the Argonauts have already broken school record with eight straight road victories and 14 overall.Keith Savage remains two assists shy of the tying the West Florida career record in assists. The senior has 23 assist during his tenure with the Argonauts. He is also third is school history with 46 career goals.Fellow senior Jimmy McHenry leads the Argonauts this season in goals (14), assists (9) and points (37). The striker from Tallahassee, Fla. is fifth in West Florida hsitory with 20 career assists, eighth with 25 career goals and seventh with 70 career points.Neither of West Florida’s teams can fall below second place in the conference following tonight’s match and both team have a chance to repeat as regular season conference champions. “Live Stats” will be available on the each team’s home web page by clicking on the logo on the right side tool bar. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

30 Dec

Tax man’s public shaming

first_imgINTERNET: State collector launches Web site to pressure its worst offenders. By Aaron C. Davis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Answering machine messages, warning letters and liens have long been the discreet, if ignorable, weapons of the tax man. Tax board spokeswoman Denise Azimi said the agency has collected $300,000 in payments from those on the list in the last 30 days. “First, we have always tried to work with people cooperatively,” Azimi said, “but obviously the concept here is to try to create a deterrent.” California lawmakers approved the scofflaw Web site last year, as the state’s unpaid personal income and corporate tax bill topped $6.5 billion. That tab is now nearly $7 billion with more than 722,000 outstanding tax liens. Although the state has issued liens preventing the sale of offenders’ property, various problems have prevented the tax board from collecting the amounts due. Some offenders, for example, no longer draw paychecks that can be levied. State tax officials estimated that if the names of the worst 250 were made public, California would collect about 4 percent of their amount due. However, if payments from the group over the past month hold up, the state’s public- shaming effort could end up bringing in far more than officials expected. Similar measures in Washington, Connecticut and Colorado have also proved effective. Combined, California’s 250 owe more than $249 million. At the top of the list is Rapid American Corp. with $26.8 million in unpaid taxes; at the bottom are dozens of individuals each owing more than $200,000. Dionne Warwick ranks 17th on the list and owes nearly $2.7 million; comedian Sinbad Adkins ranks 23rd and owes $2.1million; and O.J. Simpson – listed as Orenthal Simpson – ranks 33rd and owes more than $1.4 million. Officials wouldn’t discuss details of their tax problems, except to confirm that they were the celebrities in question. E-mails and phone calls from The Associated Press to agents and lawyers for the three were not returned Tuesday. Under the law, the tax board will update the list of 250 quarterly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, California officials are beginning to think a high-tech public flogging may prove more effective. The state’s Franchise Tax Board last week launched a Web site listing the names, addresses and past-due amounts of its worst 250 scofflaws. Among California’s most delinquent are Dionne Warwick, Sinbad and O.J. Simpson. Several people from South Bay cities – including Lawndale, Redondo Beach and Marina del Rey – are also listed. As of Tuesday, those three celebrities remained on the list – owing at least $1.4 million each. But for dozens of others, the threat of public humiliation has already had the desired effect. In the weeks before the site went live, 26 offenders who were warned about their upcoming Internet debuts set up payment plans to keep their names off the list. Another scofflaw has since contacted the state to offer to pay up if it will mean being dropped from the Web site. last_img read more

19 Aug

Drivers Slow down and help reduce wildlife deaths on highways says university

first_imgResearch by the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Ecotourism School has found that speeding drivers are the main cause of death of wildlife on roads in Costa Rica’s Pacific region.Professor Carlos Pérez Reyes and a group of students traveled the region’s busiest roads in 2012-2103, including Route 27 between San José and Caldera, Route 23 in Caldera, Route 17 between Caldera and Puntarenas, Route 34 in the South Pacific and Route 2 connecting San José with the Panama border at Paso Canoas.For a full year the group traveled 650 kilometers, working from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. to count the number of wild animals killed on the roads. Their research determined that Route 34 is the most dangerous for animals, tallying 95 percent of animal roadway deaths, according to the university report, released last Friday.Most of the animals were mammals, accounting for 41.8 percent of the total, followed by reptiles at 23.5 percent, birds at 32.6 percent and amphibians at 1.31 percent.The species most affected by speeding motorists were the black vulture (Coragyps atrattus), iguanas (Iguana iguana), opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) and anteaters (Tamandua mexicana). These species represent 60 percent of the total found.“The roadways’ consequences for animals [in Costa Rica] are numerous, especially the fragmentation of their habitats by our constant need to transport products. We have divided mountains without considering that there are many species living there,” Pérez said.The study also showed that most animals die in the early morning hours, mostly on straight stretches of roads, where the speed limit is over 60 kilometers per hour at altitudes no below 50 meters above sea level.Most deaths occurred in November, January and April, the months that coincide with an increased influx of tourists to destinations in the Central and South Pacific. Most animals were killed near agriculture farms and forested areas.Pérez urged drivers to help reduce wildlife deaths by slowing down. “It is evident for us that more animals die in straight stretches of roads, where drivers feel safer and therefore drive faster. Speeding is the main cause of death,” he said.Pérez and his students now plan to distribute information to help raise awareness. He also recommended the government place more barriers, predator decoys and animal repellents.“Every animal has an important role in the ecosystem, and each death causes an imbalance in nature,” he said.Several public and private initiatives to reduce wildlife roadway killings started in 2006, including the hanging of ropes over roads and the building of culverts that cross under them.A Public Works and Transport Ministry report earlier this year noted that currently the South Pacific — the area with the most deaths — has 33 wildlife crossings, including four hanging ropes for monkeys, squirrels and other arboreal species, and 29 tunnels.Pérez believes these efforts are important, but more needs to be done, he said.“We must increase the number of street signs, we need more wildlife crossings and more monitoring on the roads to evaluate results,” he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:New traffic signs aim to reduce wildlife deaths on Costa Rica’s roads Costa Rica utility company helps protect wildlife along 250 km of power lines President Solís promises to submit bill in December against animal abuse President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Lawlast_img read more