he University of Southern Indiana baseball team will host the University of Evansville for a charity exhibition game September 20 at 6 p.m. at the USI Baseball Field. The proceeds from the game will benefit the Evansville Boys and Girls Club.Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $2 students K-12, can be purchased at the field or in advance in the USI Ticket Office. USI students are admitted free with a valid University identification. Donations of crayons, coloring books, or board games for the Boys and Girls Club also will be accepted at the game.The USI Baseball Dugout Club will be tailgating at the field prior to the game, beginning at 5 p.m.For more information, contact USI Athletics at 812-465-7165.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lamont PrideThe North Carolina man who killed a New York City police officer from Long Island during a botched home invasion has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison.Brooklyn Judge Alan Marrus handed down the sentence Thursday to Lamont Pride, 28, who was convicted two weeks ago of murdering NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, a 47-year-old divorced father of four from West Babylon.Pride fatally shot Figoski in December 2011 when officers caught him trying to rob a drug dealer. Figoski’s partner apprehended Pride shortly later.Michael Velez, Pride’s 22-year-old alleged getaway driver, was tried before the same judge but a separate jury acquitted him. He was reportedly sentenced to two years in prison for a parole violation.Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, both of Queens, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.A fifth man involved in the robbery, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada of Queens, had pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Millennials are not saving, but holiday spending is up. by: Marc RapportThe holidays are here. It’s a cheery time, full of family and friends … and the gnashing of teeth about the spending and saving habits of the body politic.That casualty-free blood sport includes annual forecasts on holiday spending, such as the 15th annual survey from CUNA and the Consumer Federation of America. This year, it found that 33% of Americans said they would shell out more this year than last.Not very promising from the growth-is-good perspective, but the big trade does point out that less people are reporting they’re spending less than in the past several years. Heck, 55% said they were in the 2008 survey, during the height of the recession.“Top-line results from an economic perspective are encouraging and holiday spending almost certainly will increase this year,” says Mike Schenk, CUNA senior economist. “However, elements of our survey underscore the fact many consumers continue to reflect significant concerns about their personal finances — most especially in the realm of weak income gains.”Indeed, nearly half of the respondents — a representative cross section of 1,009 Americans questioned by phone Oct. 30-Nov. 2 — say they would not have an extra $1,000 needed to pay an unexpected expense. Lower-income households also reported much smaller income gains than higher-income households, the survey found, adding to the nation’s growing gap between haves and have-nots. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Last month, the Days of Communications were held in Rovinj, which gathered over 3.000 participants, mostly from the sector of marketing and PR agencies, the media and various representatives of companies that are clients of agencies.In April to fill the destination for three days is more than phenomenal, most accommodation capacity is full, from private accommodation to hotels, restaurants work like crazy during lunch and dinner, cafe terraces are full. Congress tourism is definitely a great recipe for the pre- and post-season. By the way, in the last couple of years, Rovinj has positioned itself excellently in the congress segment, mostly thanks to the Lone Hotel, which hosts various conferences and congresses.But I wonder why the Rovinj Tourist Board does not take this opportunity and does not sell me the story to return to Rovinj this time as a tourist? Why didn’t she throw me the bait to get me all the way? Why didn’t she tell me the story of Batana, a traditional Rovinj boat, which is listed in the UNESCO Register of Best Practices for the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World? Why didn’t she give me a motive to come again?We have 3.000 people in one place, (only that weekend, and if we add other congresses we come to a much larger number) people who paid the registration fee, spent three days on accommodation, lunches, etc.… so guests of higher purchasing power that Rovinj aims. We have free marketing, we are sure that our guests will hear us, there is no competition and noise in communication, but unfortunately there is no communication of the Rovinj Tourist Board.It is the local guests who must be the main base for the extension of the season, and when they are already amazed by the location, the smell of the sea and the warmth of the sun in April in our “sold salon”, we just have to give them a good enough reason to come back, but this time as tourists. In fact, let’s sell them again before and after the season, because we are full in the peak season.The beautiful peninsula is empty, soulless as most facilities are closed, except for a couple of restaurants and cafes. Why when we have tourists who want to experience Rovinj and generate such important tourist spending. No content. No story. It’s great to walk around Rovinj and visit the whole peninsula, but walking through empty Rovinj for three days is not much more fun. I understand that it is April, but we are constantly talking about extending the season and then when tourists come everything is empty and there is no content. We need to be aware that everyone has to lose and idle for at least three years to run enough critical mass and fill destinations out of season, of course not in the same amount as in peak season, but enough to keep the destination alive and generate enough tourist spending to the whole cycle is closed. In this case, Rovinj has overcome the biggest problem, and has 3.000 tourists in the destination.The purpose of a sales promotion is for the customer to come to the showroomWhen we talk about sales, the goal of marketing is to bring the customer into your sales area. Why? Because then 80% of the sales had already been done. The customer is in our specially arranged space for sale, can try and experience the product, we have it in direct communication, without competition and noise in communication, and there are some tricks from the psychology of color and special music – all aimed at hearing that holy grail – Yes, I’m buying.If we look through the prism of tourism, last year we achieved a record tourist season, and we had 18,6 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). So, 18,6 million arrivals / customers in our showroom. Why don’t we sell them a story, a motive for coming to come again in the pre- and post-season? They are there, they are delighted and impressed with our product, so it is easier to sell them a story. And most importantly, without the cost of marketing, we know they will hear our message and there is no competition.But when the Rovinj Tourist Board had not already sold me the story, others sold it. More precisely, the cluster of north-western Istria with a phenomenal and one of the best tourist stories in Croatia – Istria Wine & Walk. They just sold me a unique experience and quality and authentic content. This is another proof and example of how the story is sold in the pre- and post-season and how it is just quality, diverse and authentic content of law and the only formula how to solve one of the burning problems of our tourism – seasonality.Momjan and Buje see you again for sure. Thus the season expands and grows towards year-round tourism. Tourists are in our showroom, they are there, we just have to give them a good enough motive to come back and sell the story to come in September, October…Related news: FIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIA
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Indonesia’s stock index extended losses before reversing to gains on Monday morning trade, after a market rout sent the gauge to its worst month in six years as coronavirus cases outside China grow rapidly, potentially dampening the global economy.The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened Monday trade falling to the lowest level of 5,410 at 9:10 a.m., a 0.77 percent drop from Friday’s close at 5,452. It then quickly reversed losses to gain 0.57 percent from Friday’s close at 9:30 a.m. to 5,483. At the time of publishing the story at 10:15 a.m., the stock plummeted again but bounced back to 5,460, a 0.15 percent increase from Friday’s close.Asian markets fell on Monday following China’s factory activity data release, which show the steepest contraction in factory activity ever recorded in history. Factories have closed down or are operating with very limited activity in China following the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide with over 88,000 cases. E-minis for the US’ S&P500 declined more than 1 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent. Japan opened 1.3 percent lower. Australia fell 3 percent and New Zealand slid 3 percent into correction territory.Factory activity in China, measured with the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), nosedived to 35.7 in February from 50.0 in January, well below the 50-point mark that separates monthly growth from contraction, Reuters reported. “Possibilities for further weakness remain although in the short-run there can be temporary increases. The short-term positive sentiment would be a manageable inflation rate and low interest rate,” CSA Institute equity analyst Aria Santoso said over the weekend.Aria expected the JCI fall to not exceed the 5,000-mark, but would consolidate at between 5,400 and 5,800 upon recovery.Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BBRI) and Bank Central Asia (BBCA) were among the top traded blue chip stocks, respectively dropping 0.48 percent to Rp 4,170 per share and 0.79 percent to Rp 31,200 apiece as of 9:30 a.m. State construction firm Pembangunan Perumahan (PTPP) also lost 0.41 percent to Rp 1,200. Topics :
The Girls Track Regionals took place at Shelbyville.Girls Track Regionals @ ShelbyvilleWarren Central was the Team Champions. Batesville placed 5th, Oldenburg Academy finished 10th, East Central was 12th, Greensburg 18th, Milan 19th, Rising Sun 23rd, South Ripley 28th, and Jac-Cen-Del 29th.The top 3 finishers in each event advances to The State Finals.Locally. For Batesville, Ginny Westerfeld in the 100 and 200 Meter Dash, Kim Tidman in the Long Jump and our 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team of Ginny Westerfeld, Kim Tidman, Sophie Meadows and Michaela Westerfeld. For Oldenburg Academy, Meredith Maier in the 800 Meter Run and Kirsten Ricke in the 300 Meter Hurdles. For East Central, the 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team of Kelli Cartuyvelles, Olivia Fette, Hannah Patton, and Kendall Gindling. Congrats to our area athletes!The best of luck at The State Finals at IU in Bloomington on Friday (6-6).Courtesy of Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman and The IHSAA.
“There were no complaints, they scored four tries to our one,” said Cockerill. “They were very good, we weren’t as good as we could have been but they didn’t let us. “You come and you have to play and they know you have to play and we were outplayed. “Physically they were very good and we weren’t good enough on the night and the better side won.” Trailing 26-0 nine minutes into the second half, the Tigers coach did at least give his side some credit for hitting back with their try but it was all a case of too little too late. “At least we got a little bit of spirit back and we created a few opportunities,” he added. “But you can’t concede so poorly and that wasn’t acceptable. “Fair play to them and not good enough for us.” Press Association Head coach Richard Cockerill was frustrated with Leicester’s performance after a 26-7 defeat at Ulster ended their chances of making the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Darren Cave scored a hat-trick of tries as Ulster ensured they escaped finishing bottom of Pool Three, with the bonus point score coming from Craig Gilroy and Ruan Pienaar adding three conversions. The Tigers could only manage a single converted try from Adam Thompstone in response when they needed to not only win the game but come away with a bonus point to keep their European hopes alive. Cave was delighted with the way that Ulster bounced back from conceding a record score in the 60-22 reverse at Toulon last week. “We took a lot of positives from our defensive performance against Toulon and brought it to this,” he said. “We said during the week that any team can get up for a massive game but can we get up when you’re playing for just your shirt and your crowd and I think that we did that massively. “That’s my first hat-trick for Ulster but I didn’t have to do a lot for them. But I’m not worrying about that. “We’ve talked over the last couple of months of not being accurate enough and this was the opposite. “We scored four tries and we probably only had five opportunities so we didn’t leave a lot out there which is something.” He added: “Their big runners struggled to get into the game and I thought that we dealt with them pretty well. “We made it very hard for them to score and at the end we were down to 13 and then 14 men and they were in our 22 but kicking the ball away because they had nowhere to go. “I think we’ve now got a nice bit of momentum so we’ll take stock from our break.”
The 33-year-old businesswoman who was caught trespassing at Mar-a-Lago in March has been sentenced to 8-months behind bars.The sentencing took place on Monday by Federal Judge Roy Altman.According to the report, Yujing Zhang was apprehended by Secret Service personnel on March 30th after she was caught trying to enter the private club. Zhang told authorities that she was at the club to attend a United Nations Friendship Event, however, after further review, authorities found that Zhang had been told on several occasions that the event had been canceled.Officials also found that Zhang was in possession of several cell phones, passports, USB drives, a thumb drive that is believed to be full of malware, and a signal detector to check for hidden cameras.She was immediately arrested.During the trial, Zhang chose to represent herself and claimed that she did nothing wrong but Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia argued that Zhang knew what she was doing and “lied to everyone,” including her taxi driver. Garcia also pointed to the number of strange items Zhang had on her when she was apprehended and recommended that Zhang serve an 18- month sentence.The judge, however, sentenced Zhang only to 8- months.Zhang has been in custody since March 30th and will be credited for time served. After she completes her sentence, she will then be deported.