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first_imgIS IT TRUE Warrick County had eight (8) National Merit Finalists? …seven (7) students attended Castle High School and one (1) attends Newburgh Christian School?  …we can’t understand why not one attending a public high school in Vanderburgh County wasn’t selected as a National Merit Finalists but Warrick County Castle High school had seven (7)? IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate Joel Kelley-Mater Dei High School, Drew Ashely-Reitz Memorial High school, Neal Hayhurst-Reitz Memorial High School, Gerard Mijares-Reitz Memorial High School., Megan Hancock-Signature School, Taylor-Starks-Signature School, Grace Wolfinger-Signature,  Sophie Fanok-Castle High School. Kelly Kolleck-Castle High School, Brooke Miles-Castle High School, Sunanda Prasad-Castle High School, Vaishnavi Ravipati-Castle High School,  Samarth Sheth-Castle High School, Evan Thomas-Castle High School and Nathan Huffman from Newburgh Christian School for being selected as a 2017 National Merit Finalists?IS IT TRUE by the conclusion of the 2017 competition, about 7,500 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $32 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.FOOTNOTE: TODAYS “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed that the Vanderburgh County public school system didn’t produce one (1) National Merit Finalists  in 2017?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that a deferral of responsibility for maintenance loophole popped up this week that is likely to be exploited in the future?…several years ago the EVSC was “given” ownership of Bosse Field because the City of Evansville asserted that they could not pay to maintain the old classic ballpark?…if you fast forward to today, the EVSC is about to tax the residents of Vanderburgh County to pay for some maintenance of the baseball stadium that is mainly is by the money losing but always entertaining Evansville Otters?…there is something about this that seems SNEGAL even though it probably wasn’t from day one?…this loophole may be exploited in the future to lay off city responsibilities onto other taxing entities like school corporations?…we may see municipal water distribution, roads, bridges, arenas, and even sewer departments “given” to school systems so they can hide infrastructure repair taxes in school bond issues?…this is not an honest way of doing business?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County School system is now a proud owner of a $3 1/2 million golf course located in the northern part of the county and a semi-pro baseball stadium in dire need of millions dollars worth of repairs ? …it would have been a wise investment if members of the Vanderburgh County school board would had used the money spent to buy a golf course on academic endeavors?IS IT TRUE we are told that some parents who are sending their kids to Vanderburgh County public high schools are extremely concerned and disappointed that not one (1) student was selected as a 2017 National Merit Finalist?  … they feel the administrators of Vanderburgh County school system should never allowed this to happen?IS IT TRUE speaking of EVSC, they have tried to re-brand their way out of poor academic performance by renaming failing schools as academies and other nonsensical concoctions of hollow words?…propaganda without substance is often where clueless people go to avoid the hard work of real improvement?IS IT TRUE parents sending their kids to private or charter schools in Vanderburgh County should be extremely pleased  that seven (7) students attending their schools were selected as 2017 National Merit Finalist?  …we congratulate the teachers and administrators of those private and charter schools for doing a great job in preparing their students for the 2017 National Merit Finalist tests?IS IT TRUE parents sending their kids to Castle High School should be extremely proud that seven (7) out of eight (8) Warrick County high school students were selected as 2017 National Merit Finalist?  … the administrators and school board members of Warrick County school system should be extremely pleased with themselves for providing their students with an excellent classroom educational learning environment?  …the administrators and teachers of the Newburgh Christian School should also be pleased that one on their students were also selected  as a 2017 National Merit Finalist?IS IT TRUE  each year there are around 7,500 National Merit Finalists named across the country and this year seven (7) of them are from Vanderburgh County and eight (8) are from Warrick County?  …what is really interesting is what schools are producing these high achievers?…Mater Dei High School produced one (1) finalist, Memorial produced three (3) finalists, and the Charter Signature School produced three (3) National Merit Finalists?…no other high school in Vanderburgh County produced a single one?…the larger enrollment EVSC High Schools called North, Bosse, Central, Harrison, and Reitz produced exactly zero (0) National Merit Finalists between them?…the Evansville Day School that has in the past has been a big producer also had zero (0)?…in Vanderburgh County every student to be named a National Merit Finalists was either attending a private school or a charter school? last_img read more

first_imgInstitutional investors are, Aquila said, set to increase their direct ownership of real assets.Specialised investment funds are used by 38% of those surveyed, closed-end funds by 32% and club deal/co-investments and managed accounts by 16%.Nine out of 10 investors (90%) said they had some exposure to real assets, and 44% had more than 10% exposure.Property was the most popular asset, with 74% of investors having exposure to it, followed by infrastructure (37%), commodities (26%), renewable energy (21%), timber (18%), shipping (7.9%) and farmland (2.6%).  The study showed that the most significant deterrent to investing in real assets was the lack of liquidity, which was cited by 55% of respondents.Other reasons included institutions’ lack of understanding of real assets (33%), limited long-term performance history (30%), a lack of suitable investment products (25%), fear of poor returns (23%) and unwillingness to diversify into ‘untested’ investment sectors (20%).For real assets to become more compelling, institutional investors said product providers must demonstrate greater transparency (60%), assets should be run by managers with experience of managing them (41%), fees should be lower (32%), due diligence should be clearer (30%) and products need better scalability (14%).Investors, Aquila said, also need to have a clearer understanding of the risk/return profile of real assets (41%). Institutional investors prefer direct ownership of real assets, according to a study by Aquila Capital.Aquila said 57% of the European investors it surveyed believe direct ownership is the best approach.However, only 43% currently use it.Stuart MacDonald, managing director at Aquila, said: “There is a growing appreciation among institutional investors of the benefits of direct ownership of real assets, and, over the coming years, we can expect to see a narrowing of the gap between actual and desired levels of this approach.”last_img read more

first_imgLINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC) – Alick Athanaze lashed an unbeaten hundred and off-spinner Bhaskar Yadram claimed a five-wicket haul, as West Indies Under-19s overcame a slight hiccup to easily dispose of Kenya Under-19s by 222 runs and notch their first win of the ICC Youth World Cup here yesterday.Off-spinner Bhaskar Yadram claims five for 18.Wobbling at 155 for five in the 29th over after opting to bat first in their final Group A match at Lincoln No. 3 ground, West Indies were revived by a sparkling 116 from Athanaze to reach 318 for seven off their 50 overs.Opener Kimani Melius stroked 60, Nyeem Young carved out 57 while Kirstan Kallicharan chipped in with 36.In reply, Kenya wasted a 51-run opening stand between Aman Gandhi (37) and Dennis Kavinya (18) to be bowled out for 96 in the 25th over.Yadram wrecked the innings with a haul of five for 18 while left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal was equally effective with four for 25.The victory was the first in three outings for the deposed champions, who went down by eight wickets to New Zealand Under-19s in their opener and South Africa Under-19s by 76 runs in their second outing.Once again, West Indies were propelled early on by the exciting Melius who was the impetus behind a 78-run opening stand with Keagan Simmons (17).The right-handed Melius led a blistering assault on the Kenyan bowlers, facing 45 balls overall and plundering 11 fours and a six, as he raised his second half-century of the tournament.Simmons perished via run-out and his dismissal was one of three in the space of nine deliveries with four runs added, leaving the Windies on 82 for three at the end of the 16th over.Athanaze, batting at number four, then took charge of the innings in a knock that comprised 15 fours and a six and required 93 deliveries.He put on 68 for the fourth wicket with Kallicharan who struck three fours and a couple of sixes in a 39-ball knock. When Kallicharan and captain Emmanuel Stewart (1) perished in the space of eight balls with five runs added, Athanaze added a further 43 with Royal for the sixth wicket before anchoring an excellent seventh-wicket stand with Young, worth 119 runs.The left-handed Athanaze raced to his first fifty off 44 deliveries and required only another 42 balls to reach three figures.Young, meanwhile, belted three fours and sixes off 45 balls, combining with Athanaze to gather 86 runs from the last 10 overs.Unfazed, Kenya hit back through their openers, with Gandhi hitting seven fours in a breezy 40-ball innings. However, he was one of just three players in double figures and the only one to pass 20, as the innings collapsed following his dismissal.After pacer Jarion Hoyte removed Gandhi to a catch at the wicket in the 10th over, 10 wickets tumbled for 45 runs as Yadram and Royal combined to shred the innings.WINDIES U-19sK. Simmons run-out 17K. Melius c wkp. Hirani b Desai 60B. Yadram stp. Hirani b Desai 0A. Athanaze not out 116K. Kallicharan b Sukhdeep Singh 36E. Stewart c Ager b Chidambaran 1J. Royal c Ojijo b Desai 24N. Young c Ojijo b Mwendwa 57J. Hoyte not out 0Extras: (lb-1, w-4, nb-2) 7Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 318Fall of wickets: 1-78, 2-81, 3-82, 4-150, 5-155, 6-198, 7-317.Bowling: Bhudia 10-2-36-0, Ager 3-0-34-0, Mwendwa 4-0-42-1, Desai 10-0-54-3, Kundi 6-0-42-0, Chidambaran 10-1-55-1, Sukhdeep Singh 7-0-54-1.KENYA U-19sA. Gandhi c wkp. Stewart b Hoyte 37D. Kavinya c Melius b Royal 18Sukhdeep Singh c Yadram b Royal 0A. Desai lbw b Royal 0T. Ojijo c Royal b Yadram 2S. Bhudia b Yadram 19J. Kundi c Nedd b Yadram 0A. Hirani not out 5A. Chidambaran c wkp. Stewart b Yadram 0G. Mwendwa c wkp. Stewart b Yadram 2M. Ager b Royal 1Extras: (b-4, lb-3, w-5) 12Total: (all out, 24.4 overs) 96Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-59, 3-65, 4-66, 5-76, 6-80, 7-87, 8-87, 9-95.Bowling: Pemberton 5-1-18-0, Hoyte 5-2-28-1, Royal 7.4-0-25-4, Yadram 7-1-18-5.Points: Windies Under-19s 2, Kenya Under-19s 0.Man-of-the-Match: Alick Athanaze.last_img read more