There Has to be More From The IU Med Centerby Gail Riecken-CCO Statehouse EditorJon Webb (Courier &Press) recently wrote a thoughtful, and certainly, liberating article on the new IU Medical Center.He has made it easier to talk candidly about what the Center should mean for our area in the years to come – not just what it means to us today.For the IU Medical Center, now a central feature of downtown Evansville’s economy should be part of our vision for raising some of the poorest in our community from the ALICE 43%( Asset Limited, Income Constrained – folks that don’t have the buying power in personal income for basic necessities).Reducing poverty in our area means higher wages and higher wages involves training and education.That means students attending classes at the Center should include the 43%.And that means the Center has a to include Ivy Tech.And including Ivy Tech means there has to be classroom space on campus and the students have to be a part of any collaborative training program with other attendees.And …let’s not stopped there.It means our K-8 school system has to develop a meaningful educational program introducing students to training at the Center, including internships and more associate degree tracts.And it means there has to be a program where young people with lessened abilities and/or disabilities, who are capable to work in a medical/hospital environment, are trained for paid employment.And I am sure there are more thoughts about including those in the 43%.We should feel confident that the Center is working for us; that the 50 plus million we are paying (with interest) becomes the incentive for a comprehensive workforce development program that offers opportunity and hope for our young people, including those in the 43%.A Fellow Kiwanian recently offered this Thought for the Day: “ Management of attention through vision is the creation of focus”. We need that kind of attention today. We need to do more to face a serious problem in our area; we need leaders to focus on the 43%.By prioritizing reducing poverty in ways that become generational and transformational (not only providing affordable housing), our community will surely reap the benefits of the IU Medical Center.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Batesville Bulldogs Soccer team traveled for an away game against the Jennings County Panthers winning 2-1. The game started off with good ball possession from Batesville and fast physical play from Jennings County on their fast turf field. Ten minutes into the game Miles Bowser had the ball in the midfield and connected with Michael Ripperger for a 1-2 pass to break the defense and give Bowser the space for a shot on goal to score. The half continued with a fight for possession and strong physical play that ended 1-0. Second half went on much the same, until 18:41 on the clock Michael Ripperger dribbled in from the wing and took a shot from wide which was deflected from the keeper and Johnathan Lynch crashed goal and took a one touch shot to the net. The Panthers continued to threaten the score and with one minute remaining, an opposing forward broke through and a miscommunication led to a goal. The final score ended with a 2-1 Win for Batesville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hartenman.
The women’s swimming and diving team had a great Friday afternoon, defeating the Bruins 181-119 – Williams Ehart | Daily TrojanThe USC women’s swimming and diving team (8-2, 6-1) dominated in the pool Friday, capping off another successful regular season with a 181-119 victory against UCLA (6-4, 3-4) at the Spieker Aquatics Center.Friday’s win gives the Trojans nine consecutive victories in dual meets against the Bruins, one short of their all-time win-streak in the series — USC defeated UCLA ten years in a row from 1994 to 2003.“I am obviously proud of our team’s record,” USC’s tenth-year head coach Dave Salo said. “We knew they were going to come at us with everything they had, but we felt we would come away with a win.”Though swim and dive meets consist of several different individual events, the victory was truly a team effort. USC’s “B” squad brought their A-game in the day’s opening event, when freshmen Hanni Leach, Kirsten Vose, junior Evan Swenson, and senior co-captain Lucy Worrall finished the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38.27.Vose wouldn’t stop there, as she broke the pool and meet records in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.07, a personal record. Her time was one of the fastest in the country, especially impressive because she has only swum this particular event a handful of times this season. Later in the day, she broke the meet and pool records in the 200-yard breaststroke.Several other freshmen rose to the occasion alongside Vose: Elizabeth Stinson and Allie Wooden finished first and second, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle, and Madison Wright only missed a victory in the 200-yard butterfly by one-fifth of a second. Later, Destiny Nelson would take second place in the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley. On the diving board, freshman Madison Witt led the charge for the Trojans, winning the 3-meter springboard and placing fourth in the 1-meter.“We had some strong results from a lot of our kids,” Salo said. “We really showed a balanced effort to come away with the win.”Junior Anika Apostalon was peerless in the sprints, winning the 50-and-100-yard freestyle races back-to-back. Senior Kasia Wilk finished second and third in those races, respectively.The overall victory was never truly in doubt, but it wasn’t until senior co-captains Kendyl Stewart and Worrall delivered strong first and second place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly that the Trojans officially sealed the deal.The Trojans would finish the meet the same way they started: with a commanding victory in a relay event. This time, the combined efforts of Apostalon, Swenson, Vose, and Wilk would be enough to beat UCLA by over a full second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.With Friday’s victory, the Trojans improved their stock heading into the postseason, where they will once again face off with their toughest in-state rivals, Cal and Stanford.“The women want to start a new streak,” Salo said. “We have a balanced team and can score a lot of points in every event … It will be a dog fight against Cal and Stanford, but the women are prepared and focused.”USC won’t compete again until February 24th, when the Pac-12 championships begin in Federal Way, Washington, but the win against UCLA affords them some momentum moving into the competition. Depending on their performance in the conference championship, the Trojans may have the opportunity to take their prowess in the pool onto the national stage for the NCAA Championships, which begin in mid-March. USC last won a team NCAA title in 1985.
Michael Olugbode in MaiduguriThe United Nations has revealed that 6.2 million people are targeted in the crisis ridden North-east with aids by humanitarian organisations in 2019.It also said as a fallout of the crisis, $983 million is needed during the year to provide basic necessities to the victims of the crisis in the Northeast and Lake Chad region. A statement signed yesterday by the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Communications, Samantha Newport, lamented that the crisis in the Northeast continued to make many people homeless.According to the statement, “Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across North-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence displaced tens of thousands people, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation.“Top UN officials are calling for support to respond to a humanitarian crisis that is now in its tenth year. The UN and partners, in support of the governments of Nigeria and of countries hosting Nigerian refugees, simultaneously launched the 2019 to 2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy and the Regional Refugee Response Plan, respectively seeking $848 million and $135 million to continue to provide food, water, shelter and protection to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.“The Humanitarian Response Strategy also articulates a collective vision for the next three years of humanitarian action and marks the first time in Nigeria that humanitarian actors are adopting a multi-year approach.”The statement quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, to have said: “We must sustain the efforts made over the recent years to ensure that aids reach those who need them most. The decade-long conflict has brought immense suffering upon children, women, men, their families and communities. We have saved millions of lives, and as we strive to provide immediate response to new and existing humanitarian needs, we must also focus on addressing the causes of such untold suffering.”The statement further said: “Humanitarian organisations in Nigeria are targeting 6.2 million people who are hardest-hit by the crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the North-east region. Although aid groups targeted almost the same number of people in 2018, this year’s budget is around $250 million less than the previous year, based on the assessed needs and the realistic capacity to deliver aid. Last year, donors provided 67 per cent of the funds, or $700 million, enabling humanitarians to provide aid to more than 5.5 million people.“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks funding for the 228,500 Nigerian refugees who have fled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, pointing to a disturbing trend of events.”Also, the UNDP’s Regional Coordinator, Nana Oumou Touré-Sy while lamenting that “the continuing conflict in the Northeast further increases the vulnerability of refugees, IDPs, families and host communities already facing deep development challenges,” warned that “Together with humanitarian partners and governments, UNDP supports the comprehensive response to the refugee crisis by targeting weaknesses and vulnerabilities of refugees and host communities as a way to mitigate the risk of conflict between communities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram