IS IT TRUE MARCH 28, 2017

first_img IS IT TRUE that after a single year of playing in the Evansville market that the Thunderbolts hockey team is already having a slight change in ownership?…that Mike Hall, a local businessman with a love for hockey who lent his name to the effort and currently serves as President of the Thunderbolts is selling his minority interest (10%) in the team to VW Sports, L.L.C., that was formed to be the managing and holding company for the Thunderbolts?…Mr. Hall and VW Sports supposedly pooled some funds to acquire the Southern Professional Hockey League affiliation in early 2016 keeping semi-professional hockey in the mix at Ford Center?…as this is a private company this is not a material event that must be disclosed so we will never know whether Mr. Hall made a profit, broke even, or loss his investment in the Thunderbolts?…given the poor attendance and the recent news regarding the cost associated with a hockey team the one thing we strongly suspect is that Mr. Hall would have had less risk and a hefty profit if he had put whatever money he put into the Thunderbolts into Apple stock?..that Venuworks that manages the Ford Center for the Evansville Redevelopment Commission is the majority owner (10%) and thus the total controller of VW Sports LLC?IS IT TRUE there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the finances associated with the desperate actions of our Mayor to keep a semi-professional hockey team in the hockey rink by the Ohio River known as the Ford Center?…it is not widely known that the franchise fee of $225,000 that was required for the Thunderbolts to join the Southern Professional Hockey League?  …its been alleged that a large sum of this fee were paid or loaned on behalf of VW Sports LLC with taxpayer dollars? …the kind souls who came forward to invest or give away many thousands of taxpayers dollars to keep the dream of hockey alive are none other than the Evansville Redevelopment Commission?  … Evansville Redevelopment Commission are most famous for dropping $603,000 on the parking lot at the McCurdy Hotel just to give it away to a political crony of a former Mayor?  …they also purchased the vacant and dilapidated CVS building and parking lot located in the seedy part of North Main street for around $595,000?  …we should not forget about the failed $200,000 Earthcare project pushed and funded by ERC?  ..one thing for sure is that the ERC loves to give your hard earned tax dollars away on questionable projects?IS IT TRUE that there are those in this world who are obsessed with financial performance to the point that they do projections on a regular basis about the financial performance of public and private entities?…one such person that we shall refer to as Mole #7 has been looking at the financial performance for the Ford Center as it relates to the Thunderbolts hockey team and said “it may not be a pretty sight”? …in previous years the Evansville Icemen absorbed an average loss of roughly $600,000 per season (5 seasons) which included paying $11,000 per home (36 home games) game in rent to the Ford Center management?  …those rent checks have been reduced to $1,000 per home game for the Thunderbolts which is going to be a major financial blow of many hundred of thousand of dollars to the Ford Center annual budget?  …because of the poor home game attendance it is guesstimated by Mole #7 that the Thunderbolts concession (food and beverage) income at the Ford Center could be reduced around $400,000 to $500,000 over the previous year (Evansville IceMen last year at Ford Center)? …of course poor ticket sales isn’t helping the bottom line? …Mole #7 is also projecting that this year the Ford Center hockey income may be on the verge of losing between $1 million to $1 1/2 million dollars because of the Thunderbolts bad economics performance? …this projection doesn’t include the money that the Ford Center management pays to Vanderburgh-Evansville Building Authority for services rendered for hockey games?IS IT TRUE only the music acts seem to bring in sufficient crowds to make the cash register ring at Ford Center?…hockey sure as heck isn’t working, the UE girls are leaving because of costs, circuses are reducing overall show date offerings, the local mega Church will not be holding future Easter services at the Ford Center and the UE men’s basketball team is not exactly filling the house either?…Country music stars and classic rock and roll are the only thing that seems to attract enough people to be worth unlocking the doors?…the real tragedy is that the losses of the Thunderbolts, the Aces, and the other things are being hidden by any successes in the music world?…to this day, the biggest crowds for sports, music, or even circuses happened in Roberts Stadium?IS IT TRUE is this is the same Ford Center that was advertised by the best consultants that money can buy to be self sufficient in the third year? …we wonder just what could have been done better with $127 million borrowed dollars?FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel comfortable with the fact that the owners of VenueWorks now has 100% controlling interest of the Thunderbolt Hockey team?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. 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Proposal of the law on unappreciated land sent to the second parliamentary reading

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia sent the Draft Law on Unrated Construction Land to the second parliamentary reading. It is also regulated that the content of the lease agreement in the camp on the tourist land will be prescribed by a decree, and the procedure for the implementation of the study, which has been simplified, is more precisely prescribed. With an important change, the Minister also pointed out that it is unequivocally prescribed that in the case of further construction in that camp, a building permit can be obtained for the area of ​​the existing camp and in the case when the spatial plan in that area envisages some other purpose. to obtain building permits for the camp. “We are actively working despite the situation with the coronavirus. The draft law on unrated construction land was sent to the second parliamentary reading. This law is absolutely necessary and will be enforceable, high quality, fair and reform. We analyzed all the proposals made in the first reading and held a series of meetings. We put the emphasis on the concepts of tourist resort and buildings and hotel building plots. The law will resolve long-standing property and legal relations and regulate the status of land that is exempt from conversion and privatization and that tourist companies have used for 20 years free of charge.”Banožić pointed out. Banožić singled out a better definition of the terms of the building plot of a hotel, tourist resort and buildings, which are of great importance for the regulation of property relations and law enforcement, and the final proposal extended the deadline for the preparation of geodetic studies.center_img In the case of an administrative dispute, the administrative court has jurisdiction to independently determine the facts and other procedures, and companies that have missed the deadline for submitting applications for concessions for tourist land under the old law are allowed to initiate proceedings to resolve property relations under the new the law. Minister of State Property Mario Banožić emphasized its importance for investment activity, especially in tourism and camps, and reminded that there are 76 camps in Croatia today, with an area of ​​more than 14 million square meters. These camps were subject to the transformation of social enterprises during which the facilities were estimated, but not more than 6 million square meters of tourist land around them. Source: Ministry of State Propertylast_img read more

Wily veteran Julio Urias comes through again for LA Dodgers

first_img“In the beginning, I felt strange. But now, I feel like I’m a part of this level and I belong here. That’s the biggest difference.”Urias faced the Cubs in his second big-league start on June 2. That day in Wrigley Field he allowed six runs on eight hits (including three home runs) in five innings.Facing them again at home Saturday, the Cubs’ first three batters reached base — a leadoff walk to Dexter Fowler, a single by Kris Bryant and an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo — to produce a run. Surprisingly, Ben Zobrist followed with a sacrifice bunt and Urias took over from there.He struck out Addison Russell and Jorge Soler to minimize the damage and the Cubs got just one more runner to second base against Urias, who matched his professional-high by going six innings for the second consecutive start. He threw 94 pitches, gave up six hits (all singles), walked two and struck out eight.“I think he’s being more aggressive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked for the ways Urias’ growth is showing at the big-league level. “I think early on he was trying to understand the major-league strike zone. It’s a little bit tighter east and west (inside and outside) and here in the big leagues it’s a little more liberal north and south (up and down). LOS ANGELES >> Julio Urias is an older, wiser man than he was back in … June.The rookie left-hander held the Chicago Cubs to one run over six innings and the Dodgers held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon.Urias has given up just one run in 14 2/3 innings since turning 20 earlier this month. He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over his past four starts (with two relief appearances and another win mixed in).“I feel a lot more confident,” Urias said through an interpreter. “A couple starts ago, I started picking up my confidence and that really helped moving forward. “I think early on in his starts he felt he was getting squeezed. But the stuff that he has, he can trust his stuff and be more aggressive in the strike zone.”Urias has said he has received advice on that from catchers Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis (before he was traded) as well as pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Roberts added Clayton Kershaw to the list of those who have talked with Urias to help him move toward his potential.“I feel a lot more confident now,” Urias said. “You know that you have the confidence with your catcher to throw whatever pitch is necessary, and that’s helping.”Urias helped himself as well, using his bat to add to the crucial two-run third inning after Corey Seager matched the Cubs’ first-inning run with a solo homer in the bottom of the first.Andrew Toles led off the third with a double. After showing bunt, Urias pulled back and slapped a single through the left side of the infield. With runners at the corners, Chase Utley and Justin Turner drove in runs with singles.That was it for the Dodgers’ offense. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to his bullpen early and the Dodgers had just one more hit in the game. Cubs relievers retired 17 of the final 18 batters after Turner’s RBI single, including the last 13 in order.That made it nail-biting time when Roberts went to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Setup man Pedro Baez took nearly a half-hour to face five batters. He gave up two hits, walked two, made an error and was called for a balk, making it a one-run game by the time he gave way to Adam Liberatore.“We’re going to continue to let him know that tempo is important,” Roberts said of Baez’s constant threat to pace of play. “But he’s really a cerebral guy and he’s trying to think through things and execute. I don’t think he’s really cognizant of how the game comes to a standstill. It’s a constant conversation.”Liberatore, Jesse Chavez and Kenley Jansen combined to close it out, retiring the final seven batters in order after Baez’s left the scene.Jansen said he was pitching “angry” after suffering his sixth blown save of the season Friday night against the Cubs.“I have to figure out how I can be angry all the time out there,” Jansen joked after striking out two of the three batters in the ninth. “I didn’t get many hours of sleep last night, thinking about letting my teammates down. I wanted to be out there again.“I know I’m not perfect but I want to be. Whenever you have a tough loss like that, I feel like I let everyone down. That really bothers me.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more