Donnelly defends seat against Republican challenger

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the final installment in a two-part series featuring two candidates vying to represent Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly said the economy and employment are among the most important issues in the race for the congressional seat in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. The Nov. 2 election, in which Republican Jackie Walorski is challenging Donnelly, is one of several crucial races across the country that will determine the political balance in Congress. Donnelly, who has held the congressional seat since 2006, told The Observer he is pleased with the progress of his 2010 campaign due to its focus on economic and employment issues. “I have tried to talk about the issues in our district, the primary issue being jobs, how we create more jobs, and how we bring more jobs to our region, and how we make the American economy stronger,” he said. “The campaign has gone well because we have been able to focus on the issues that are important.” Donnelly is a 1977 Notre Dame graduate and 1981 Notre Dame law school graduate. He said his college education gave him a strong sense of values and influenced his congressional duties. “When you leave Notre Dame, Notre Dame gives you the values you need to try a do a good job,” he said. “You have the motto of ‘God, Country, Notre Dame.’ That is the cornerstone of what we try to do in Congress, what is best for the country.” Donnelly said not only has the University been an important influence on his political duties, but Notre Dame represents a political partner of sorts, both now and for the future. “I’ve been blessed with the number of Notre Dame students who work in my office. We have had a number of interns throughout the year who have worked in our office in Washington,” he said. “My wife also works at Notre Dame, so the University is a huge part of our lives and I am extraordinarily proud to be a graduate of the school.” Donnelly said the issue of employment is critical for college students, and young college graduates in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District are an important part of the workforce. “We have seen the unemployment rate drop throughout our congressional district, so college students who want to stay in our area from Notre Dame and go out into the job market, more opportunities are available to them,” he said. Donnelly, who is a member of the moderate congressional Democratic group named the Blue Dog Coalition, said his moderate political stance influences his economic decisions. “I think our moderate policies are what is going to get us back to a balanced budget, which is critical to our college students,” he said. On the topic of health care, Donnelly said one of the most popular aspects of the bill across party lines was the possibility for dependents to be carried on their parents’ program until age 26. “I think it’s a big help,” he said. Donnelly said his pro-life stance was important during the health care reform debate in Congress. “We wanted to make sure the bill was not only pro-life in its funding sources, but it’s also pro-life in the way that it treats expecting mothers in the medical area,” he said. Donnelly also takes a strong stance on responsible energy independence. He said the U.S. could drill offshore in an environmentally conscious manner that is both safe and responsible. He cited the recent BP oil spill disaster as an example of a company cutting corners, something he said the U.S. government must curb. “Part of our job in Congress and in the country is to make sure the rules are followed,” he said. “If we do this we can have a very strong energy policy and a very environmentally friendly energy policy.” Donnelly said education would continue to be of political importance if he is reelected, as his district is influential in that level of learning. “Our district is blessed with Notre Dame and so many other college institutions,” he said. “I’m a strong supporter of increasing Pell Grants and a strong supporter of decreasing student interest on loans. A big part of my work is making college more affordable for our families.” Despite the country being in the midst of a troop surge in Afghanistan, Donnelly said he is looking to increased steadiness in the region. The presence of American troops in the Afghanistan could change in the coming months, he said. “We are hopeful that this time next year there will be significant stability in Afghanistan and troops will actually be coming home,” Donnelly said. Donnelly said the combination of his economic and foreign policies represents the correct political approach the country should be taking towards solving the issues that are being addressed in this election. “I think that the Blue Dog message of fiscal conservatism, strong national defense and strong support for not only American families, but also American small businesses is the right message at this time,” he said.last_img read more

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Convincing win for Man City

first_img The scrappy end – albeit mitigated by the weather – took the gloss off an otherwise impressive display by City, who raced out of the blocks and led after just eight minutes. Their victory was their ninth in succession in all competitions, equalling a club record and was the perfect response to Chelsea’s defeat of West Ham earlier in the day. It was also all the more impressive coming without forwards Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic and captain Vincent Kompany. Jovetic did make the bench after overcoming a hamstring injury but was not needed as makeshift centre-forward James Milner and the impressive Silva, operating behind him, led the attack. City needed little time to get into their stride and stretched the hosts early as Silva and Jesus Navas burst forward. Bacary Sagna delivered a dangerous cross but West Brom managed to scramble clear from the feet of Silva and Milner. The respite did not last long as City attacked again with Navas finding space in the area. His deflected cross should have been claimed by Ben Foster but the England goalkeeper fumbled and Fernando acrobatically hooked in from close range. The damage soon got worse for West Brom as Silva skipped into the area and was adjudged to have been fouled by former team-mate Joleon Lescott. Toure stepped up to rifle home the penalty with just 13 minutes gone and City began to look rampant, with Navas darting through and shooting at Foster soon after. Fernando, Yaya Toure and David Silva did the damage in the first half at The Hawthorns, scoring inside the opening 34 minutes, as City kept up the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. Snow made conditions difficult in the second half and West Brom earned reward for showing some late spirit as they scrambled an 87th-minute consolation from a corner, Brown Ideye getting the final touch. Champions Manchester City again made light of the absence of strikers as they cruised to a 3-1 win at West Brom. Press Association West Brom showed some spirit as the recalled Saido Berahino drove across goal but City went close again as Silva fired over after a good move. Samir Nasri twice needed treatment, first for a head injury after being caught between Lescott and Gareth McAuley, and then for a leg problem after a strong challenge by Mulumbu. City were hardly disrupted and went 3-0 up as Fernando seized possession and drove forward to release the ever-threatening Navas. Navas almost casually picked out Silva on the edge of the area and he finished with a superb first-time shot just into the far bottom corner. That finally seemed to spark West Brom into life as Craig Gardner tested Joe Hart and Berahino again shot wide. It came too late to prevent them being booed off by the home fans at half-time but they carried some momentum into the second period. For a spell the Baggies dictated the play and they almost earned reward when Silvestre Varela slid in to meet a Gardner cross at the back post but diverted the ball wide. James Morrison troubled Hart with a fizzing low shot from distance which the England number one clutched only at the second attempt. As the snow began to thicken and settle, City switched their focus to seeing out the game. Silva, perhaps also as a precaution after an earlier knock, was replaced just after the hour by defender Aleksandar Kolarov. West Brom went close to replying as Lescott headed over and Stephane Sessegnon shot across goal. They finally got on the scoresheet as Hart missed a corner and the ball rebounded in off the back of Ideye’s head. It was highly fortuitous, but the Nigerian had at least opened his Premier League account. City saw out the rest of the game with little alarm and Milner celebrated by throwing his shirt to the away fans. last_img read more

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Saints face Spartans in showdown to decide BCIHL champion

first_img“We faced TWU five times during the regular season and saw firsthand the tremendous growth and improvement they experienced over the course of the year,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We like to think of ourselves as a group that’s very tough to out-work, but they’ve certainly provided stiff competition in that area.” The Saints will also have to be weary of a pair of TWU rookies who have proven themselves to be breakout stars in the BCIHL this season. Forward J.P. Villeneuve carried the Spartans offensively during the regular season and was a difference-maker in both of the Spartans’ first round wins over SFU, scoring five of his team’s seven goals in the series.On Tuesday, the 22-year old’s status as one of the league’s elite players was cemented when he was named a co-winner of the BCIHL’s Most Valuable Player award and picked unanimously as the Rookie of the Year. And in goal, Trinity Western is sure to continue to lean on Silas Matthys after the Swiss product posted a 1.67 goals-against average and .957 save-percentage in three first-round games.The 21-year old is also well-known to Saints shooters after a pair of outstanding performances in Castlegar late in the regular season.On February 14th, Matthys turned aside 60 of 63 shots in a narrow Selkirk win. And on March 1st, with the Saints needing a victory to clinch a first place regular season finish, he stopped 48 of 51 shots in an eventual overtime loss. “Matthys and Villeneuve are both top-end players in our league, but the rest of their team hasn’t gotten anywhere near enough credit for how well they defend, their discipline level, and their willingness to get the puck to dirty areas in the offensive zone and make things unpleasant on their opponents defensively,” Dubois explained. “So we enter this series with a very healthy respect level for how tough a team they are to play against and we know they’ll have some new wrinkles in their game this weekend. Their compete level is so high that it will neutralize some of the areas where we typically have an advantage on teams if we come into these games at anything less than 100% intensity. There’s just no room to make soft plays against them.” But just as the Spartans are sure to offer a tough test for Selkirk, so too will the Saints challenge a TWU squad that failed to post a win in the five-game season series between the teams. Selkirk boasts nine of the BCIHL’s top 20 scorers and has three forward lines that have posed a consistent offensive threat this season.The squad scored a league-best 133 goals during the regular season while also setting a BCIHL record for the fewest goals allowed in a season with 53.The Saints’ power-play and penalty killed both ranked tops in the league during the regular season and the team hasn’t lost a regulation contest since November 22nd, a stretch that now spans 16 games. The entire BCIHL Finals series will be played in Castlegar, with Game 2 set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Game 3, if necessary, to take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for all games will be available in advance at Mallards Source for Sports in Castlegar or from the Recreation Counter at Selkirk’s Castlegar campus, as well as at the door on game nights. Playoff tickets are for $10 for Adults and $6 for Selkirk students & staff, seniors, and children/youth 6 & older. All three games against the Spartans can also be viewed live online at www.FastHockey.com. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will look to capture their second consecutive B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League championship this weekend when they take on Trinity Western University in a best-of-three 2014 League Finals series beginning Friday.Faceoff for Game 1 is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Rec Complex. While many had assumed that the Saints were bound to face Simon Fraser University in the finals for the second time in as many seasons, Trinity Western spoiled the second-place Clan’s postseason plans on Sunday with a 4-1 victory in Game 3 of their semi-final series in Burnaby. So what should Selkirk College fans expect from a Saints-Spartans series?It’s bound to be a prototypical playoff battle, as both teams earned their spot in the championships by putting together full 60-minute efforts that featured hard work and intense, hard-hitting action at both ends of the ice.last_img read more

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Unknowns rebound to rout Louie’s in 2014 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Final

first_imgThe Unknowns took the unknown route to the 2014 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Diamonds, rebounding from a loss earlier in the day to blast Louie’s 13-2 in the tourney final.It’s the second consecutive year Louie’s lost in the final after winning the title in 2012.The Unknowns breezed through the early rounds of the tourney final before running into a brick wall in the A semis.Louie’s scored five in the first inning to take a 10-5 decision over the Unknowns and a bye into the championship final. The Unknowns then met Uptown Tavern in the back-door game to determine the finalist against Louie’s.The Unknowns made quick work of Uptown, posting a 20-12 victory.Uptown Tavern defeated Vince DeVito Shoes to advance to the knockout game against Unknowns.Then in a rematch of the top two regular season teams, the Unknowns routed Louie’s the second time around.Unknowns, under a different name, won the title in 2012.During the Canada Day weekend tourney in Salmo, the Unknowns won the C-division title.The 2014 crown makes it 14 of the last 20 Nelson Mixed Slopitch titles for the Unknowns, who won the crown under a variety of sponsors and team names.Molson Finley won the B event title while Hour Glass took home the C event crown.last_img read more

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FRONT RUNNING HAY DUDE TAKES $65,000 LEROIDESANIMAUX PURSE BY 5 ½ LENGTHS UNDER APPRENTICE DAVID LOPEZ; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.66

first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $45,040 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016)–With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, apprentice David Lopez shot to the early lead aboard English-bred Hay Dude and never looked back en route to a convincing 5 ½ length score in Thursday’s $65,000 Leroidesanimaux Purse allowance at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Hay Dude, who had been idle since Nov. 12 at Del Mar, got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.66.“He was on the muscle these past few weeks and I wanted him forwardly placed,” said D’Amato. “I wanted something a little different with him, and it worked.”Dispatched as the 5-2 favorite in a field of eight older horses, Hay Dude paid $7.20, $4.40 and $2.80.Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Hay Dude, a 6-year-old gelding, had a pair of second place finishes from six stateside starts and thus got his first U.S. win in the Leroidesanimaux. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $158,039 and improved his overall mark to 19-4-4-4.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Abbey Vale lacked room a furlong out but rallied from next to last in the early stages to be second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Soi Phet. Off at 5-1, Abbey Vale paid $5.20 and $3.60.Soi Phet, who was put into a drive around the far turn, lacked the necessary rally and finished third with Flavien Prat aboard. Off at 5-1, he paid $4.40 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Friday at Santa Anita of $45,040 and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000. First post time for an eight-race program is 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Harvest starts Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brandon Monebrake, Preble Co.We started running yesterday and everything is looking pretty good so far. We ran about 60 acres of beans yesterday. The heat really helped.We are in early beans and we are not usually fans of early beans. Our first beans averaged 64 on five acres and we are on a big farm now and so far on 50 acres they have averaged 60.1 with a range of around 55 to 75. For early beans we are very happy with those. We are hoping to finish where we are today and then move to another farm. All of these beans were planted over about two or three weeks but they are all getting ready at the same time with this heat.There were a couple of people around here who tried corn and it was at about 30% moisture. We are not in a big hurry to run corn at all. We haven’t even tested the moisture. We are just working on getting our beans started. Our early beans have zero green stems, but some of them have green leaves and they are at 9% or 10% moisture. Right at the base of the plant they still have some green leaves. We quit about 8:30 last night and later today we’ll start hitting it a little harder.I’ve noticed the short beans are making more than the tall beans. The short beans are in the black ground and the tall beans are on the hill ground.Right now the corn is not drying that quickly. We’ll run the beans as they get ready here around home then we may switch to the corn here around home if it’s ready. If not, we’ll go up and get the beans at New Paris.Everything is pretty clean so far. Right along the fencerows is where all of the weed trouble is, but everything else has been clean. I am excited with the yields we’ve had so far. I’m nervous about heading to New Paris because it is always a whole new ball game up there.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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3 Secrets of Trackable Racing Revealed

first_img SharePrint RelatedTrackable Do’s and Don’tsJune 16, 2014In “Learn”Five reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar post You’ve joined the HQ Duck Dash and you’re in it to win it — “it” being global recognition and eternal bragging rights of course.Like competitive sports everywhere, trackable racing has its insider secrets. So what is the “carb-loading” (marathon running) or “jaw-xercising” (competitive eating) equivalent of trackable racing?It all comes down to collaboration and communication! While not immediately obvious, the HQ Duck Dash is a team sport — you’re just playing with people you’ve most likely never met. Your job, as trackable team captain, is to get all your faraway teammates on the same page. Here are 3 tips to get you started:TB Tip #1: Establish a clear goal for your trackable. With five very different categories, it’s unlikely that you’ll sweep them all. Pick and choose your strengths!TB Tip #2: Communicate your goal clearly on the trackable page so that other geocachers can help your trackable along. The trackable mission statement at the end of this blog post can be used as a sample for your own trackable racer. Make sure you tailor it to the HQ Duck Dash categories you’d like to compete in — and don’t forget to include the part about ending at an International Geocaching Day event on August 20!TB Tip #3: Send encouraging messages to your fellow geocachers using the Message Center — encouraging being the key word here. Trackable racing is a polite sport!Sample Mission StatementEvery trackable entered into HQ Duck Dash will receive a special digital icon, helping to identify it as part of the race.This trackable is competing in the HQ Duck Dash!This trackable is racing in the HQ Duck Dash 2016. To be eligible for global recognition and eternal bragging rights, it needs to make it to a geocaching event on International Geocaching Day (August 20, 2016). You can find a list of events here: https://www.geocaching.com/calendar/ is competing in the following race categories: Most Geocaches InvolvedMost Story-Worthy Moment (Best Log)Please move this trackable to its next geocache and leave a nice log about your experience to help it meet its goal! Thank you!Go here to learn more about the HQ Duck Dash.What tips do you have for trackable racing success? Tell us in the comments below.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Hands-On With HootSuite’s New Social Analytics Dashboard

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App john paul titlow As an example, let’s say you wanted to build a report showing a general overview of your company’s overall social media activity. You could start out with the Twitter profile summary module, which breaks down the basics: number of followers, number of people your account is following and the number of lists on which the account is included. In the next section of the report, you might include the account’s most-clicked links or show which Twitter accounts mention yours the most. Other Twitter modules offer the ability to track certain keywords, follower growth over time and even user sentiment analysis based on data from Lymbix. One particularly useful module for businesses is the aggregate follower growth chart, which allows you to track the number of followers over time across multiple accounts. This is great for companies with multiple Twitter accounts or for tracking the competition.In the same report, you can include data from Facebook Insights, whether just a snapshot of general activity on your Facebook Page or more granular break-downs, such as the number of daily likes, demographic information or daily post feedback. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Social media management dashboard HootSuite launched a dramatic overhaul to its analytics dashboard earlier this week, giving marketers and community managers more powerful reporting tools. We spent some time with the new dashboard, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s not without its drawbacks, but it definitely takes social media metrics reporting to a new level. Under “Quick Analytics” HootSuite offers a handful of simple metrics about Ow.ly links for free. Facebook Insights and Google Analytics integrations are available, but only to Pro account members. The real magic lies in the new “Custom Reports” tab, a drag-and-drop interface from which you can hand-select modules with a wide selection of metrics for any date range. HootSuite also integrates with Google Analytics, enabling you to pull in website traffic data irrespective of social media, as well produce a chart showing Twitter-to-website conversions over time. The report builder doesn’t cost extra for HootSuite Pro users, but it may end up costing you a few more dollars, depending on your needs. Each module costs a certain number of points to add and each account starts out with 50 free points. Once you exceed that, HootSuite wants you to start paying up. Most of the modules are only 10 or 20 points apiece, but some of the more sophisticated charts cost as much as 30. The system is not without its issues. We had trouble viewing Facebook Insights data at first, but reconnecting the account to HootSuite solved that problem right away. In some cases, historical Twitter follower data would not display past the last few weeks. These reports can include a few quick snapshots or more in-depth analysis. You can even add custom headings and paragraphs of text for added context. All reports can be printed, exported as a PDF or emailed to others.center_img Related Posts Tags:#biz#Reviews#Software Guides 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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What Holds Us Together

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are those who would separate us based on our identities. This one is a man, and that one is a woman. This one is black, and that one is white. This is one is an immigrant, that one was born here. This is one is gay, and that one is straight. This one is rich, and that one is poor. This is one is Christian, and that one is Jewish. This one is a Republican, that one is a Democrat.Even though there are those who would point to our many differences for their personal or political gain, our individual identities do not separate us from our collective identity: American.America is a principle, an ideal. That ideal, written on parchment 241 years ago, is still a beacon of hope for much of the world, and it is a promise: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”The execution of this principle has been messy. Much of the time, it has been more honored in the breach than the observance. Humans, as fallible and frail as we sometimes are, have lacked the courage to live up to this ideal, as did the men who drafted the document. At other times, we’ve risen up to fight tyranny in its many forms. All in all, the arrow of progress is pointing largely in the right direction, even if there is still much work to do.We have more in common than we do differences, and what we have in common binds us together—even when some would have you believe otherwise.When you watch the fireworks tonight and celebrate with your family and friends, know that those who don’t look like you, that don’t believe what you believe, that don’t share your skin color, your politics, or your religion, are all celebrating the same ideal, that great and common bond that holds us together, even when we disagree.last_img read more

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