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BREAKING NEWS: GEORGE LUMLEY REQUESTS FOR PAST EVANSVILLE BROWNFIELDS CORP. AUDITS DENIED

first_imgBREAKING NEWS GEORGE LUMLEYS REQUESTS FOR PAST  BROWNFIELDS CORP. AUDITS DENIEDWe just received to e-mail exchange from George Lumley concerning his requests for copies of past Evansville Brownfield Corp audits.  Mr. Lumley’s correspondence between him and Brownfield Corp. attorney Nick Cirignano speaks for itself.We post the attached e-mail exchange between Mr. Lumley and Attorney Nick Cirignano  for your review and comments.Starting next week the City County Observer shall be contacting the Division of the Office of the Special Inspector General For The Troubled Asset Relief Program are and ask that they begin a special investigations on Evansville Brownfield Corp soon as possible.Enough is enough.  Evansville Brownfield financial operations solely depends on taxpayers money (Federal-State and local).  The taxpayers of this community deserves to know how their hard earned tax dollars are being spent.We are extremely disappointed in the main stream media for not getting involved in this issue of “transparency and “public access”.Below is the correspondence between Lumley and Evansville Brownfield Corp AttorneyGeorge Lumley Add to contacts 8:03 AM Keep this message at the top of your inbox To: ‘Nick Cirignano’ Cc: ‘Coures, Kelley’, ‘Rusk, Carolyn’[email protected] CirignanoI will try to summarize here the information that I would like to provide directly to your auditors. Although your organization claims to be public (when they speak to the public) it operates like a private club and claims to be a private club when addressing individuals like me. From looking at the information that I have found to exist in the public domain it appears that your organization has spent Federal Funds Inappropriately. I do not know how long you have been involved with EBC. You current Board Members may not be aware of past activities or obligations.When I search the public domain I find only one audit filed and made public in the history of the EBC. This audit was for the year 2009 and I find no more even though it appears there would be an audit requirement.When I look at the transactions that I find in the public domain I question the handling of the federal funds entrusted to the EBC. It appears that purchases, dispositions and program income may not follow federal guidelines.For instance: It appears a financial institution had 3 houses they acquired through foreclosure. One house had a negative value. The financial institution packaged the Negatively valued property with two others and sold the package for $13,500. A few months later the Buyer sells the negative value house to the EBC for about $40,000. Then the negative valued property is demolished and cleaned up at the publics expense. Something is wrong with this picture. If your private EBC club was doing this with their money I would not be concerned. It appears they used federal dollars for this purpose. This questionable purchase is not an isolated instance.Questions also exist on disposition of property purchased with federal funds. For example a house purchased for $20,000 was transferred for $-0- to someone to repair. How does the fair market value of a property change from $20,000 to $-0- in a matter of month. It would appear that EBC paid $20,000 over fair market value or sold the property for $20,000 under fair market value. Another house purchased for $80,000 sold for $5,000. Not only homes were purchased. A business was purchased for $190,000 and sold for $15,000.I suspect the EBC had obligations for dispensing program income that may not have been followed. For example: The EBC/DMD purchased a property for $350,000. They made an estimated $60,000 in improvements and then sold the property for $15,000. Along with the sale there was also a gift of $100,000 to be applied toward development cost. This represents a total cash outlay of $495,000. From the information I find in the public domain EBC get all its funding from governmental grants or program income for those grants.I suspect I have information pertinent to the audit of the EBC.Sincerely,George Lumley From: Nick Cirignano [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:22 AMTo: George Lumley Cc: Coures, Kelley ; Rusk, Carolyn Subject: RE: Brownfields auditMr. Lumley,You have properly summarized our official position. You may feel free to forward to me any information you feel is relevant for our auditors.Regards,NICK J. CIRIGNANOcid:[email protected] NW FIRST STREET 9TH FLOOR | PO BOX 916EVANSVILLE INDIANA 47706 0916PHONE (812) 424-7575 | FAX (812) 421-5089 | ZSWS.COM___________________________________________________From: George Lumley [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:49 AMTo: ‘Nick Cirignano’Cc: ‘Coures, Kelley’; ‘Rusk, Carolyn’Subject: RE: Brownfields auditMr. Cirignano,Do you need more time to decide if you have an obligation to provide the information I requested or is the official response from your organization that you are private and have no obligation to the public to disclose your personal business?Please take note that I feel that I have information that in my opinion would impact the financial reporting obligation of the EBC. Please notify your auditors.Thanks YouGeorge Lumleycenter_img From: Nick Cirignano [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 9:27 AMTo: George LumleyCc: Coures, Kelley; Rusk, CarolynSubject: RE: Brownfields auditMr. Lumley,I’m not sure that I understand your request below. If I understand correctly, it would be quite unusual for a third party to independently provide information to a certified public accountant contracted to perform audit services for a private non-profit entity. Please explain why this would be appropriate.Regards,NICK J. CIRIGNANOcid:[email protected] NW FIRST STREET 9TH FLOOR | PO BOX 916EVANSVILLE INDIANA 47706 0916PHONE (812) 424-7575 | FAX (812) 421-5089 | ZSWS.COM___________________________________________________From: George Lumley [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 9:10 AMTo: Coures, Kelley; ‘Rusk, Carolyn’Cc: Brad Ellsworth; Constance Robinson; [email protected]; [email protected]; Joshua Armstrong; [email protected]; ‘Nick Cirignano’Subject: Brownfields auditDear Mr. Coures and Ms. RuskI attended an open meeting of the Evansville Brownfields Corp. Inc.(EBC), a corporation operating under IRS Code Section 501c, and it appears that you two would be the ones to address this inquiry. If you are not the ones to represent EBC on this matter please direct me to the responsible individual.During this meeting it was mentioned that an audit of the organization was being conducted. I have information regarding EBC funding sources and disposition of those funds that I would like to provide directly to the “auditors”.Please provide me the contact information of the agencies or firms performing any pending audit of the EBC.Sincerely,George LumleyEvansville In 47711FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Keller Williams Lets Loose With KWahtro In Hermosa Beach [Video/Gallery]

first_imgKeller Williams has been on a roll with his newest creation, KWahtro. After years performing primarily as a solo artist, Williams has built up a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians in the business. By teaming with Gibb Droll, Rodney Holmes and Danton Boller, Keller’s new four-piece has been taking the country by storm.Last week, on November 3rd, Keller brought the KWahtro to Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, performing a hits-filled show with classics, covers and more. Thanks to Brandon Weil, we have photos and a video from this great night of music!Watch a clip of Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World” streaming below.Keller continues to tour with KWahtro and more throughout the fall, and just announced an exciting winter tour with the great Leo Kottke. Read more about that here, and see the full gallery from Hermosa Beach below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Archbishop stresses importance of interfaith dialogue, understanding

first_imgArchbishop Michael Fitzgerald, member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa and delegate to the Arab League from 2006 to 2012, spoke on the importance of interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Islam in a lecture entitled “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate.”“Religion, relayed by inter-religious dialogue, can provide the right atmosphere in which conflicts can be involved,” Fitzgerald said. “Efforts can be made towards greater respect for all individuals, and the goal of harmony and peace be brought nearer.”Fitzgerald said the “Nostra Aetate,” a declaration passed by the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church in 1965, highlights the importance of mutual understanding among religions.“Christians are not expected to combat other religions, opposing their religious and cultural expression, but rather, to seek to appreciate and defend the spiritual and moral values enshrined in them,” he said.“Nostra Aetate” calls Christians to respect religious plurality in an increasingly connected and secular world and recognize the truth found in all these religions, Fitzgerald said.“It means that the various religions, including Islam, although they differ from Christ — in essential points are not totally rejected,” he said. “They are seen as containing, or at least as reflecting, truth which enlightens.”Fitzgerald said the document clarifies that non-Christian religions are to be respected not simply because those who adhere to these religions deserve this respect, but also because these religions themselves contain truths that have directed their followers’ lives.“It would be possible to assert that the different religious traditions are to be taken seriously because they have shaped the religious outlook of the people who have followed these traditions,” he said. “One can’t make a valid distinction between the respect due to the persons and the respect for the religion.”Even though the importance of Jesus Christ may not be recognized in other religions, that does not prevent non-Christians from attaining the same enlightenment towards which Christians strive, Fitzgerald said.“The role of Jesus Christ as unique mediator between God and human kind doesn’t exclude subordinate mediations,” he said. “Dialogue with people of other religions is by no means excluded.”While “Nostra Aetate” is an important refinement in church doctrine promoting the respect of diverse faiths, it also has its limitations, Fitzgerald said.“Because of its brevity, which was a deliberate choice in order to avoid controversy, it doesn’t do full justice to the different religions in the world,” he said. “It leaves much work for theologians. In this way, it can be considered an invitational document rather than a prescriptive document.”In the context of a growing perception of Christianity and Islam as opposed world views, it is important to increase dialogue between these two religions, Fitzgerald said.“Christian-Muslim dialogue should lead to a common search for understanding, to a shared sympathy for those who are suffering and in need,” he said. “A thirst for justice for all, forgiveness from wrong done, together with a readiness to recognize one’s own wrongdoing.”Fitzgerald said before dialogue can take place, however, the widespread misunderstandings people hold of both the Christian and Islamic faiths must first be addressed.“A difficulty is in lack of knowledge when one considers populations as a whole,” he said. “There is an ignorance in the West about Islam, and much ignorance about Christianity in countries where there is a Muslim majority.“There is a constant need to educate people, conveying the true image of Islam, as many Muslims advocate, but also revealing the true image of Christianity.”Fitzgerald said while the influence of interfaith dialogue is greatest at the grassroots level, it is important for high ranking religious leaders to foster a community of understanding as well.“Religious leaders are not called upon to formulate concrete political measures but rather to underline basic moral principles,” he said. “They need to be able to support government measures when these are seen to contribute to the common good, but also to criticize them when human dignity is not being fully respected.”Tags: Archbishop, Christianity, interfaith dialogue, Islam, Michael Fitzgerald, Nostra Aetatelast_img read more

Great Gauley Sweepstakes

first_imgFull day pass to the ACE Adventure park and lake Breakfast, lunch, dinner the day of the raft trip Enter at Great Gauley for a chance to win the grand prize package! Raft Upper/Lower Gauley for 4 peoplecenter_img 2 nights in a cedar cabin Be sure to listen to some great local free tunes with our Trail Mix!last_img

Local churches prepare for reopening

first_imgHis church’s headquarters and the CDC sent guidelines they much follow, which means some changes for Father Ruda and the congregation. “The Sunday structure has been definitely changed,” said Ruda. “We were told probably or hopefully around June 29 churches would be able to reopen,” Ruda told 12 News, After phase one of reopening the state began Friday, he now has to plan how his church can safely hold mass again. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — As New York state reopens in phases throughout the coming weeks, local churches are making some adjustments to help get people back in their doors. center_img Father Dennis Ruda at All Saints National Catholic Church in Johnson City said he misses the people who once filled his pews. “All of the sacremental functions of the mass other than the mass will be omitted. No commmunion, no singing, no altar servers. The priest will handle everything himself,” said Ruda. “They’ll have to wear masks theyll have to be distanced in the pews and all of the pew items in the pew racks books pamphlets will all have to be removed.” Churches and places of worship are part of phase four in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan, the last phase of the plan.last_img read more

November victory for King and Doyle as On To Victory wins Doncaster pot | Racing News

first_img“It’s always nice to get Alan a winner, I get a few good rides from him throughout the year.” – Advertisement – On To Victory finished well in the Town Moor gloom to land the Betfair November Handicap for Alan King in the hands of James Doyle.The six-year-old was breaking his duck for his new trainer having moved from Eve Johnson Houghton at the end of last year and he had been knocking on the door.- Advertisement –center_img Placed in his last three races, he managed to get his head in front this time after a well-timed challenged under Doyle who was delighted with the success.“It set up quite nicely for him,” he said on Sky Sports Racing.“I thought I was tracking the right type of horses so I was pretty happy when I turned into the straight. On this ground you just hope you can keep the momentum going to the line.- Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO confirms 6 new H5N1 cases in Indonesia

first_imgMay 30, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday six new cases of H5N1 avian flu in geographically widespread areas of the country, but none associated with the Karo, North Sumatra, family cluster that killed at least six people earlier this month.Of the six new cases, three have been fatal, raising the number of cases in Indonesia to 48 and the number of deaths to 36, all in 2005 and 2006, according to WHO statistics.In its report yesterday, the WHO identified a 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother from Bandung, West Java, as among the fatalities. Both siblings, according to the WHO, had close contact with sick and dying chickens at their home the week before symptom onset. They showed symptoms May 16, were hospitalized May 22, and died the next day.”The identical onset dates,” the report says, “strongly suggest that [the patients] acquired their infection following a shared exposure to poultry, and not from each other.”A 39-year-old man from West Jakarta also died, according to the WHO. He developed symptoms May 9, was hospitalized May 16, and died May 19. He had cleaned pigeon droppings from roof gutters shortly before developing symptoms. Pigeons are among the bird species known to transmit H5N1.Among the other cases was an 18-year-old East Java man whose symptoms developed May 6 and who was hospitalized May 17. He had been exposed to dead chickens in his home the week before symptom onset and is now recovering, according to the WHO report. In addition, according to Reuters, he sorted chicken feathers at his job in a factory that makes shuttlecocks.The final two cases involve a 43-year-old man from South Jakarta and a 15-year-old girl from West Sumatra. The man developed symptoms May 6 and is now recovered and no longer hospitalized. The girl developed symptoms May 17 and is still hospitalized. The source of their infections remains under investigation, the WHO reported.Indonesia, which has recorded 31 human cases of avian flu and 25 deaths in this year alone—far more than any other country in 2006—continues to worry scientists, according to the Reuters news story. “Of course I am worried,” the story quotes Leo Poon, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist and H5N1 expert, as saying. “The problem has not improved at all in Indonesia. It’s not a good situation.”Redefining pandemic alert phasesIn other news, the WHO said today that it is refining its guidelines for its six-phase global pandemic alerts to make them clearer and plans to issue them in a few weeks, according to a separate Reuters report.”It was highlighted last week that there is some confusion over these phases—what we mean when we go from phase 3 to phase 4,” said WHO spokesperson Maria Cheng, as quoted by Reuters.The pandemic alert is currently at phase 3 (human infection has occurred, but there is no or rare human-to-human spread). Phase 6 signals a full-blown pandemic.”What we are trying to do is explain [it] in better terminology so that people understand [that] what we are looking for is not necessarily a numerical standard for the number of cases,” said Cheng. “We’re looking to detect any change in how the virus is transmitted.”Avian flu endemic in Africa?Because of lack of funds to combat its spread in birds, avian flu may become endemic in Africa, a senior official with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told Reuters today.”Africa is the continent where we are really worried to see endemicity becoming established,” FAO’s chief of animal health services, Joseph Domenech, told Reuters. “If this is the case, it will be a new plague for African farmers and will be a permanent reservoir for reinfection to other regions through trade and wild birds.”Domenech, according to Reuters, said that other countries should help Africa eradicate avian influenza.See also:WHO May 29 Indonesia reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

We must face issues raised in protests

first_imgRegarding protest by NFL players. First, let me start by saying I’m deeply disturbed by the tone of some the past letters to the editor on the subject of the players’ protest. As a person who grew up in the ‘60s, I never imaged that the way some people refer to people of color would be allowed in print.What surprises me the most, despite what side of the issue one may believe in, there seems no one who has suggested how we should be discussing this important issue of race in this country. Just because someone may believe that the way some people have brought attention to this issue may be improper, it does mean that their efforts void their right to have this issue discussed.Perhaps if we take a moment to the remember the time spent talking about President Obama’s birth certificate and years spent on hearing about Benghazi, we will allow Congress to have hearings about this important issue. Burying one’s head in the sand won’t make this issue disappear. It’s my hope that the editors of The Gazette will work hard to provide meaningful ways for our society to discuss this important issue.Bill RoylanceMenandsThe writer is a member of the Inter-Faith Story Circle of the Capital District.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

No neighbours and rolling hills for days — time to buy a rural retreat

first_imgThis land near Beaudesert, once earmarked for a proposed dam, is for sale.The three adjoining lifestyle blocks all front the Beaudesert-Nerang Road. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe properties are located about 60km from Southport and 70km from Brisbane.Ray White Rural Queensland sales agent Peter Douglas and Ray White Rural Beaudesert principal Ed Dalton have been appointed to manage the sale process.Mr Douglas said this was only the first stage of the open market sales program, with more properties to be offered to the market in future stages in the coming months.He expects the properties will attract strong interest from local buyers, with the lifestyle blocks likely to also appeal to interstate buyers. BARGAINS ‘TO BE HAD’ IN UNIT MARKET VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE RENTAL CRISIS WORSE THAN EVER “The lifestyle blocks have really nice views, they’re just outside of Beaudesert and it’s attractive, rolling country,” Mr Douglas said.“Rather than offer the land as one large block where someone buys and splits it, (the state government is) offering it separately to give more people a chance to buy at a cheaper price point. “It’s very rare for that sort of thing to come up — especially on behalf of the government.”The properties will be open for inspections on Sundays. The auction will be held in Beaudesert at the Council Centre on Brisbane Road at 11am on June 7. This land near Beaudesert, once earmarked for a proposed dam, is for sale.NO noisy neighbours for miles and rolling hills for days … now’s your chance to buy a rural retreat a stone’s throw from the city.The Queensland government is selling about 2600ha of land originally bought to make way for a major dam, south of Brisbane, at 4071 Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, Tabragalba.The land, around Beaudesert, was bought between 1991 and 2005 for the proposed Glendower Dam, but studies found the project did not stack up financially. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The six properties to be auctioned are a combination of large agricultural holdings, residential houses and lifestyle properties.They include three blocks of vacant land, each around 50ha, a three-bedroom house on 1.2ha, a small farmhouse on 20ha with frontage to the Albert River and 193ha of prime river flats with irrigation licences, houses and sheds. last_img read more

My greatest achievement with Man City – Mancini

first_img Loading… Roberto Mancini believes winning the Premier League title with Manchester City is the greatest achievement of his managerial career. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live The Brazil international-inspired an impressive turnaround for Thomas Tuchel’s men at Parc des Princes on March 11, opening the scoring in a match which was played behind closed doors due to the rising number of coronavirus cases across Europe at the time. Neymar imitated Haaland’s celebration for the cameras, and PSG went on to book their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win after Juan Bernat doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. The French champions celebrated wildly after the final whistle despite the absence of fans in the stadium, and Neymar led the entire squad in a mass-group photo copying Haaland’s pose once again. The 28-year-old then took to Instagram to post an image of himself celebrating in one final dig at the Dortmund star, accompanied with his own “Paris is our city, not yours” message.Advertisement PSG midfielder Marquinhos says Neymar’s actions were pre-meditated, admitting that a fellow countryman is not one to avoid any potential confrontations. “He likes that. Neymar is not just a football player, he is not afraid and always responds to provocations,” the 25-year-old said during an interview with YouTube channel Desimpedidos. “After his goal, I asked him if he had taken everything out. He warned me, I told him to wait until the end of the match, but he told me to leave it and not to stop it.” UEFA issued PSG with a formal warning for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after the match, but the club avoided a fine. read also:‘Football can wait’: Italy coach Mancini ready to play Euros in 2021 Tuchel’s side are now within sight of a maiden Champions League triumph, but it is not yet known whether it will be safe for the current season to resume amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis which has seen all major leagues and competitions shut down for the foreseeable future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more