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Altamont, IL – (Effingham Radio) – The Effingham County Fair Board of Directors is pleased to announce the entertainment for the 2021 Effingham County Fair. Country legends Tracy Lawrence and Neal McCoy are coming to the show this year! The concert will take place on Friday, August 6th at the exhibition groundsth. Tickets are available now at www.effinghamcountyfair.com.

About Tracy Lawrence – One of the true traditionalists in country music, Tracy Lawrence has sold more than 13 million albums and chartered eighteen # 1 songs. He has received numerous CMA and ACM awards and nominations, as well as a Grammy nomination. After the publication of a On October 12, 2018, Lawrence spent most of 2018 and the beginning of this year writing and recording a brand new album that wasn’t released until August 16. His critically acclaimed 2017 album GOOD OLE DAYS peaked at number one on the iTunes Country Chart. Lawrence hosts the nominated, nationally syndicated radio show “Honky Tonkin ‘With Tracy Lawrence,” for which he received two ACM nominations for National On-Air Personality of the Year. The show features music from the 80s, 90s and 2000s and can be heard on more than 90 partners.

About Neal McCoy – Neal McCoy has released fifteen studio albums. In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with consecutive number 1 singles No Doubt About It and Wink from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It. Its commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and one gold album, as well as six other top ten hits. A seventh top ten hit, number 10 from Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, came from his self-released That’s Life in 2005.

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CMA board limits Morgan Wallen’s award eligibility | Leisure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country singer Morgan Wallen can win multiple awards at this year’s CMA Awards, but not the show’s grand prize, a sign of the lasting impact after being caught on camera with a racist bow.

The Board of Directors of the Country Music Association agreed that Wallen is not eligible for individual artist categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Singer of the Year, according to Catharine McNelly, a CMA spokeswoman.

The board decided that Wallen can continue to be nominated for awards recognizing an artistic work such as album of the year, song of the year, single of the year, music event, and music video, “in order to limit the opportunities for other non-credited employees. “

The voting plan was published on Friday. On July 6, the first nomination vote went to CMA voters.

Wallen was already one of the biggest stars in the genre, with crossover hits like “Whiskey Glasses” when the video was released on TMZ in February. Wallen apologized for using the bow and radio stations, and streaming services removed him from playlists, but his The album sales increased.

His “Dangerous: The Double Album” spent 10 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 charts of all genres and 12 weeks as a top country album. He’s just one of four country artists to have an album playing # 1 for 10 weeks among singers like Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

Wallen, named Best New Artist at the CMA Awards in November, is likely a nominee for “Album of the Year” based on album sales alone. The album has been in the top 5 Billboard albums for 18 consecutive weeks and far outperforms any other country album release. Other country albums falling within the nomination period include records by Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.

Although his singles haven’t been heavily played or advertised on the radio since February, he still had hits within the nomination period that would also call him into question.

The awards ceremonies were mixed in how they respond to Wallen’s actions and professional successes.

Wallen is among the top nominees at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, where he has six nominations including top song sales artist, top country artist, and top country album. Despite the nominations, he was not invited to participate or perform.

Other award ceremonies such as the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards completely disqualified him.

Morgan Wallen fans have vocal support and set up billboards in Nashville and Los Angeles with his mullet.

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2021 Oregon college board races draw candidates, cash, and nationwide consideration

When COVID-19 caused school closures around Oregon and around the country in 2020, everything went virtual, including school board meetings.

Meetings typically hosted in boardrooms moved to Zoom and YouTube, where anyone could watch the decisions and conversations around schooling.

“So we’re streaming, they become more accessible, parents way more engaged in the decisions around the system of education …. clearly it’s across the state, it’s across the country,” said Maureen Wolf, chair of the Tigard-Tualatin school board and president of the Oregon School Boards Association board.

At the same time, there has been ongoing recruitment in the last several years to add more people of color to school boards, to better reflect school communities and the students they serve.

School boards around the country have been meeting virtually since March 2020. Some board members say the accessibility of meetings has increased interest in joining the board.

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Because of all of these factors, as well as pressing issues that emerged during the pandemic, there are more candidates and more interest in school board elections than in the past.

“There’s all these different reasons, and motivations for board candidates, and then all the sudden you see an explosion of those that are running,” Wolf said.

Wolf decided not to run for reelection this year. She’s been actively recruiting candidates of color to diversify the board and fill her seat. The five-member Tigard-Tualatin board currently consists of five white people: four women and one man.

OSBA’s Get on Board campaign, started in 2017, aims to keep sitting board members engaged, and get new candidates, particularly people of color, interested in running for school board.

These efforts and others seem to have paid off.

By OSBA’s own count, reaching out to boards of elections in Oregon’s most populous counties, there have more candidate filings than open positions in Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Lane, and Multnomah counties.

In Lane County, with 57 open board positions, 82 candidates have filed. In Clackamas County, 66 candidates have filed for 37 open positions.

OSBA keeps historical data on past school board elections. From 2005 to 2017, races lacked competitiveness, with returning or unopposed candidates dominating the field. OSBA data show the majority of races with one candidate, and the majority of incumbents filing for their board positions. In 2013, for example, 84% of races had only one candidate and 80% of incumbents filed for re-election.

This year, some incumbents are facing candidates who have disagreed with them over an issue that’s caused deep divisions throughout the pandemic: whether school buildings should be open or closed.

In the Sherwood School District, Duncan Nyang’oro, an auditor with no prior government experience, is running against incumbent Patrick Allen, chair of the school board and director of the Oregon Health Authority.

On his campaign website, Nyang’oro claims Allen and the school board “chose politics over our kids.”

Nyang’oro’s leading priority is “five full days in school.” The rest of his platform is vague, with additional priorities to “focus on the basics” and engage with parents.

Elsewhere, in Portland Public Schools, another candidate committed to reopening is challenging an incumbent. Caterer and president of a local PTA, Libby Glynn is running against incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards. Glynn has been endorsed by ED300, a group formed in the last year to fight for “full reopening” of Oregon schools.

The group formed a political action committee in March and has endorsed 28 candidates across the state who commit to “full reopening,” “science-based decision-making,” and reject union dollars. ED300 also said its endorsed candidates avoid “inflammatory rhetoric on issues (i.e. race and gender-matters) unrelated to our primary purpose.” One of its founders is running as a write-in candidate for a Lake Oswego school board seat.

ED300 director Rene Gonzalez said candidates accepting money from teachers’ unions kept the organization from endorsing more candidates.

“We are ecstatic with our slate of candidates,” Gonzalez said. “Sadly, in 2 of our larger districts – Beaverton and Portland – we could find only 1 candidate in each district that met our criteria.”

According to the Oregonian, two Portland Public Schools board candidates received a total of $26,000 from the Portland Association of Teachers.

Leaders at both Portland and Sherwood school districts have said they plan to have schools open full-time next year, if allowed by state rules.

In the Newberg School District, Renee Powell is running for the Zone 5 seat. Powell, an artist and design consultant, is advocating for a full-time reopening too.

She said that although the district has plans to reopen, if elected she will “be in a position to see that they’re implemented.”

When asked what else is a part of her platform, she said she will be focused on curriculum, “with an eye toward back to basics, academic excellence and CTE [Career Technical Education],” she wrote. “Also, I’ll be making sure anti-American, anti-family subject matter is not part of that curriculum.”

While some of the interest in local school board races has been a clear reaction to how school operations have changed during the last year of the global pandemic, other seats are drawing interest as a result of years of recruitment and advocacy.

In Newberg, Powell’s opponent is Tai Harden. Harden is Black, and she runs a consulting firm helping companies with diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Her two children have attended Newberg schools, and experienced racism according to Harden. Serving as an advisor for the district’s Black Student Union, she heard about an incident she said inspired her to run for school board.

“A Black male student shared that he is called the ‘N-word’ at school so often that he requested from his teachers to leave class five minutes early so he didn’t have to be called that when passing between classes, or hear that word being said when passing from class to class,” Harden said.

“I thought to myself, this student is missing out on valuable learning time, every day, because they’re hearing this word, or being called this word.”

She said she is running to make sure all students, not just Black students or students of color, receive “an education free of harassment and discrimination.”

If elected, Harden said she would be the first Black person to serve on the Newberg school board.

She’s part of a growing number of candidates of color running in this cycle.

In 2017, Color PAC, a political action committee supporting candidates of color supported nine candidates. In 2019, that number was 24. This year, it’s 49.

“We believe those who have the richest lived experiences, who live at the intersections of multiple intersecting oppressions, identities, are most and best equipped to solve many of the systemic and structural problems facing its communities,” said Ana del Rocio, executive director of Oregon Futures Lab and Color PAC, and former school board member for the David Douglas School District.

Color PAC is focused on elections and the “pre-candidacy” stage. Oregon Futures Lab is more focused on what happens after Election Day, and how candidates are supported.

The groups have expanded their support to include candidates in 10 counties, and are seeing more parents and caregivers running for office this year.

At first, del Rocio said the organization was unsure what impact COVID-19 might have on their efforts, but she concluded the pandemic may have inspired people to run.

“I think this was a time for people to see the worsening impacts of not having people who look like them, and who have lived lives like them, at decision making tables in moments of crisis,” del Rocio said.

“… A lot of it was about resisting the powerlessness that I think a lot of people have felt in COVID, experiencing people being sick, people’s lives being lost, and not have any power to do anything about it.”

Del Rocio said COVID-19 made running digital campaigns easier, and more accepted by the public. She also said training and information sessions that explain the role of school boards helped get more candidates into the field.

If candidates win, del Rocio said her organization is planning for training as soon as this summer to build support and develop a sense of belonging among school board members across the state.

But with the increased number of candidates running comes an increase in threats, intimidation, and harassment, del Rocio and Wolf said.

Harden has been accused of stealing signs from her opponent’s supporters, with one suggesting pressing charges, according to a story from the Newberg Graphic. She called it “undercover” racism.

“To call me out and accuse me of a crime with absolutely no evidence was, to me, rooted in racism,” Harden said.

Hoa Nguyen, a candidate running for a seat representing the David Douglas School District, found a racist note on her door last month.

The Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus, an OSBA-affiliated group, sent a letter to candidates of color welcoming them and explaining the role of school boards before telling them how to report incidents of harassment.

“You are not alone and the leadership of the OSBMCC is here to be a resource and means of support,” the letter read.

Sonja McKenzie serves as vice president of the OSBA board and treasurer of the OSMBCC. She chairs the board of the Parkrose School District in east Multnomah County and is running unopposed this May.

“It is intimidating and it is hard sometimes to be the only voice of color on boards or at conventions, but it’s an opportunity,” McKenzie said.

Del Rocio said candidates speaking out against incidents now may help candidates in the future.

“That to me is just a really good indicator of changing the campaign culture, so that people who run in the future will hopefully have a less harmful experience,” del Rocio said.

A small number of candidates in this year’s Oregon school board elections have received national attention for views on topics like comprehensive sexual education, and “critical race theory,” an analytic framework that examines systemic racism and inequality as inherent in society’s institutions. School board candidates running for seats in Bend-La Pine and Beaverton have both received attention from conservative outlets locally and nationally.

Jeanne Schade, a certified teacher running for the Beaverton school board, appeared on Glenn Beck earlier this month, saying “antifa” was coming after her. She recounted a conversation with a mother.

“She wants her kids to be safe in schools, she wants them to learn correct history… that’s what schools are meant to be, educational facilities and not ideological camps where propaganda is pushed,” Schade said.

Several Bend-La Pine candidates recently appeared on Fox News, talking about what prompted them to run.

“If you look at what the Oregon Department of Education is posting on their website about what they’re teaching kids, it’s all about divisiveness, and it’s dangerous.” said candidate Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer.

Lopez-Dauenhauer and three other Bend-La Pine candidates have been endorsed by ED300.

McKenzie, with OSBA, is concerned that school board races are becoming overly politicized.

“School board work is not political work,” McKenzie said. “It is community work, it is driven by the desire to have good student outcomes, it’s a way to engage in your community, support your community.”

School boards are tasked with three general charges: setting policy, hiring and evaluating superintendents, and passing a budget.

McKenzie said those parameters, along with the collaborative nature of being a part of a school board, are not political in nature.

“You’re not a legislator, for those people thinking they’re running on school boards with a political platform, that they’re going to come in and bring their political agenda, there’s no place for that,” McKenzie said.

For Tigard-Tualatin school board chair Maureen Wolf, she said some of this pushback is expected from years of working on equity policies and community engagement. She cites the district’s anti-bias hate speech policy and listening sessions after the death of George Floyd as examples.

“What you’re seeing is a result of that,” Wolf said. “Some that believe that school should be reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, and that’s all that school’s about.”

But Wolf defends what Tigard-Tualatin, and other districts are doing, as focusing on the “holistic child,” with strategies like social-emotional learning.

“We’re pushing it, and we’re really trying to move this work forward.”

In Oregon, turnout for May elections like these is typically low. In Multnomah County, about 16% of registered voters sent in their ballots in May 2019.

With days until May 18, there is hope that an increased number of candidates and interest in school board races will lead to an increase in turnout.

“I’m hopeful that people are paying attention to this active campaign season, and that they vote,” Wolf said.

“Vote. This matters, this is your community, this is making big decisions for the future of Oregon.”

Commissioners nonetheless working with Honest Board on ECR leisure contract – Akron Information-Reporter

The Washington County Commissioners met on Tuesday, May 4th. Pastor James Glisan of the First Presbyterian Church of Akron opened with a prayer.

Commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn announced that Free Landfill Day will be on May 15th instead of May 8th. There was also a discussion of whether there might be some dump trucks in town for residents to use. This will be discussed even more in the future as they felt that there wasn’t enough time to do it this year before Free Dump Day.

District Administrator Misty Peterson made her report. Resolution 73-2021, dealing with the hazard reduction plan, was discussed and the commissioners approved the resolution. Sick banking policy, resolution 74-2021, was also approved. There was a letter she wanted the board to sign for independent roofing specialists and it was approved. The contract with Simon Construction to overlay 44 County Road for $ 379,744 has been approved.

Maintenance Director Matt Green had three items to present to the commissioners. He asked for permission to sell an old rock wall in the horse stable, as it has been left over from the construction of the nursing home since 2015. He sold it and the commissioners agreed that he can sell them. He also asked for a capital purchase of a target mower for $ 3,821.20, and the commissioners approved. He then said he wanted to fill in the hole in the appendix of the concrete for safety reasons. Even though the hole was taped, he still thought it was a security risk. The board approved the repair of the hole.

District 2 requested the purchase of a Kenworth truck for $ 56,400. This capital purchase was approved. The board then approved a sheriff’s capital purchase of a new patrol car for $ 34,172. This was already in their budget.

Don Nadow, director of WY Communications, came to give the commissioners an update. He promoted two interim dispatchers. Employees receive training on clocking in and clocking out with a new system. Two employees are still on sick leave and he hopes they can return at least part-time the next time they visit the doctor. Everyone is currently working 12-hour shifts. The Otis and Lone Star Schools applied for a SAFER grant. When they get the scholarship, they work with the center. You will begin monthly meetings to discuss the calls and how to handle them. Your rating has increased in the past two months.

The assessor’s office is considering applying for a grant to support the GIS work and must decide whether to apply.

Emergency manager Bryant McCall said there are 12 active and five new cases of COVID. The sheriff’s office tests employees once a month, and the nursing home has reduced testing to every two weeks.

David Frisbee then spoke to the commissioners about some abseiling events and it was decided to hold an event in early October, which was scheduled for April 30, 2022. There was a team abseiling event last weekend, which was attended by 738 teams. He also gave an update on some of the roofs that are being made on circular buildings. The canopy schedules look good. Work on the roofs of the nursing home will begin shortly. You will do shingles first and metal will start on June 7th.

Vickie Sandlin, editor of Julesburg Advocate and Akron News reporter, asked if the county would work with the city of Akron to pay for an ad in Explore magazine. After some discussion, the county decided to work with the city to get a three-quarter page ad.

Alan Basler, President of the Washington County Fair Board, spoke to the commissioners about the contract to headline this year’s show. There has been some discussion and some changes need to be made before it can be signed. They will discuss the contract again in the next week. The contract for the opening act is still being discussed.

The meeting was adjourned without further business.

Proposed youth leisure district slated for KC Parks Board consideration | FOX four Kansas Metropolis WDAF-TV

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will hear a proposal to build a youth entertainment district on Tuesday.

Pat Clarke is the man behind the proposal. Clarke has basketball courts in Oak Park near 44th and in Benton where the signs say “Pat Clarke Park”.

“Obviously if you go to other parts of the city they have a lot more, so it would be more fun. I think it would be better if we had a lot more down here, ”said 17-year-old Carl Thompson while playing basketball with friends on Friday.

The Independence Center is extending the youth curfew to seven days a week after the shooting in the parking lot

Teenagers in town often flock to the Country Club Plaza or Independence Center for some rest. Everyone has had to either impose curfews or bans in an attempt to stop the fighting and other acts of violence that sometimes follow.

“There is nothing to do in the plaza except go shopping. So if you are down there and not shopping you are hanging out and most likely causing problems, ”said DaNearle Clarke.

But just a few miles east of Brush Creek are several acres of Kansas City Parks Department between the streets of Elmwood and Cleveland. Clarke plans to lease the land and build an entertainment center with a bowling alley, ice rink and skate park, amusement arcade and amphitheater.

“Our children race up and down (Highway) 71, drive donuts in the middle of intersections, cause chaos and shoot people. This place will cut into all of that. You give these kids something to do and reduce crime, ”said Clarke.

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He thinks if you give the teenagers a place where they feel wanted and have something to do, they are not going to cause the same problems.

The center would likely cost $ 2 million or more to build, but he has a unique plan to pay for it.

“If the Plaza wants their money back, give us some money. If Independence (Center) mall doesn’t want our kids out there, give us some money. Wherever our children are not wanted, we want to work with them, ”said Clarke.

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Liz Schimel Joins Victory Sq. Applied sciences Portfolio Firm GameOn Leisure Applied sciences’ Board of Administrators Canadian Inventory Change:VST.CN

  • As an experienced digital and media expert, Schimel was most recently Head of Business at Apple News +. Before joining Apple in mid-2018, she was President of Condé Nast International from 2013-17 and Entrepreneur in Residence at Comcast Ventures in 2018.
  • GameOn closed an oversubscribed private placement of $ 5,800,000 last week.
  • GameOn announced significant additions to its board, advice and team: J Moses (Take-Two Interactive), Mike Vorhaus (DraftKings, Roblox), Sean Hurley (DraftKings) and Santiago Jaramillo (FIFA at EA Sports, NBA Top Shot at Dapper Labs) .
  • GameOn has planned GET as a trading symbol at CSE and for March / April 2021.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Victory Square Technologies Inc. (“Victory Square”) (CSE: VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FSE: 6F6) announces that its portfolio company GameOn is announcing Entertainment Technologies Inc. (“GameOn” or “Company”), a leader in delivering interactive, social experiences to consumers, broadcasters, sports betting providers and partners in sports, television and live events, is pleased to announce the addition of Liz Schimel to announce the company The board of directors.

The board of directors includes the CEO of GameOn Entertainment Technologies, Matt Bailey, J Moses (Chairman) and Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies.

As a digital and media veteran, Schimel most recently served as head of business at Apple News +. Before joining Apple in mid-2018, she was President of Condé Nast International from 2013-17 and an entrepreneur at Comcast Ventures in 2018.

“With decades of experience in digital media around the world, I’ve seen the industry evolve not only in how news and entertainment are distributed to consumers, but also in how consumers then interact and interact with them,” said Schimel. “GameOn is at the forefront of the new wave of interactive viewing experiences, whether consumers are on their televisions or a second screen.”

Prior to that, Schimel was Chief Digital Officer at Meredith Corporation from 2010 to 2013 and served as VP at Nokia and AT&T. From 2005 to 2008 she was Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Comcast.

“Obtaining the knowledge, experience and experience of a respected digital and media veteran like Liz Schimel is invaluable as we expand our offering not only with strategic partners and broadcasters, but also with consumers,” said Matt Bailey, CEO by GameOn Entertainment Technologies. “We couldn’t be happier that Liz is part of our team on this trip.”

GameOn Entertainment Technologies was founded in 2018 and offers sports and entertainment content providers the world’s easiest and most accessible gamification platform. Regardless of whether TVO networks, OTT platforms, sports betting or leagues are supported, GameOn helps partners convert their content – from sports to reality TV – into interactive and social experiences via mobile and TV apps.

GameOn was Bought by V2 Games Inc, a portfolio company of Vancouver-based video and mobile game company Victory Square Technologies, in December 2020. Following the acquisition of the assets, the company was renamed GameOn Entertainment Technologies. The company recently completed an oversubscribed private placement of $ 5,800,000 and is expected to list its common stock on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the symbol GET in March-April 2021.

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Mayor vows to retain state cash for Sewerage & Water Board, regardless of metropolis’s large stimulus payout

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the state has already allocated $ 20 million to the Sewerage & Water Board to incorporate a new Entergy substation planned for its Carrollton facility. It’s money she wants to keep despite New Orleans standing in line to receive a huge grant from the latest round of federal pandemic aid. Cantrell told an S&WB board meeting on Wednesday that she had heard Baton Rouge “rumble” about possible efforts to take back the state money. She said she would reach out to the New Orleans Legislative Delegation for assistance. The latest round of pandemic funds, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, includes $ 375 million for New Orleans – one of the largest grants for any U.S. city and by far the largest in Louisiana. Cantrell said money will offset the city’s spending and loss of tax revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. “No effort should be made to divert those (state) dollars that have been identified for the substation integration,” said Cantrell. The Sewerage & Water Board needs to borrow $ 34 million from Entergy’s finance department to pay for the substation, which is scheduled to go live in 2023. The state’s $ 20 million will be used to add this new power source to the facility’s existing grid, Ghassan Korban, executive director of the Sewerage & Water Board, said the utility will deploy nearly $ 30 million in federal funds that are already in place available for all of his power plant modernization plans. He is also filing an additional $ 46 million with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Korban said the Sewerage & Water Board will tap multiple wells to spend $ 45 million on three more frequency converters needed for Entergy’s modern power generation, and hide it for use in its outdated drainage facility. A portion of $ 5 million will come from the 2019 Fair Share Agreement to align tourism tax revenue with urban infrastructure needs. Another $ 30 million will be borrowed from Entergy. Cantrell and other local officials are expected to explore several state ways to pay for Sewerage & Water Board projects. Without state or federal funding, the Sewerage & Water Board would likely have to reach out to customers to pay to upgrade its electrical grid. A series of 10% annual increases in S&W bills that started in 2013 ended last year. A rating service that reviews the utility’s ability to borrow money said a further increase in customer rate would likely be required if the government fails to pay the bill for their large-scale projects.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the state has already allocated $ 20 million to the Sewerage & Water Board to incorporate a new Entergy substation planned for its Carrollton facility. It’s money she wants to keep despite New Orleans poised to receive a huge allocation from the latest round of federal pandemic aid.

Cantrell told an S&WB board meeting Wednesday that she had heard Baton Rouge “rumble” about possible efforts to withdraw the state money. She said she would reach out to the New Orleans Legislative Delegation for assistance.

The latest round of pandemic funds, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, includes $ 375 million for New Orleans – one of the largest grants for a U.S. city and by far the largest in Louisiana. Cantrell said money was meant to offset the city’s expenses and lose tax revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“No effort should be made to divert those (state) dollars that have been identified for the substation integration,” said Cantrell.

The Sewerage & Water Board needs to borrow $ 34 million from Entergy’s finance department to pay for the substation, which is scheduled to go live in 2023. The state’s $ 20 million will be used to add this new power source to the facility’s existing grid.

Ghassan Korban, executive director of the Sewerage & Water Board, said the utility will already be putting $ 30 million in federal funds into its overall plans to modernize the power plant. It is also filing an additional $ 46 million with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said.

Korban said the Sewerage & Water Board will tap multiple sources to spend $ 45 million on three more frequency converters. This equipment is required to take advantage of Entergy’s modern form of electricity for use in obsolete drainage systems. A portion of $ 5 million will come from the 2019 Fair Share Agreement to align tourism tax revenue with the needs of the city’s infrastructure. Another $ 30 million will be borrowed from Entergy.

Cantrell and other local officials are expected to explore multiple government channels to pay for Sewerage & Water Board projects. Without state or federal funding, the Sewerage & Water Board would likely have to reach out to customers to pay to upgrade its electrical grid.

A series of 10% annual increases in S&W bills that started in 2013 ended last year. A rating service that reviews the utility’s ability to borrow money has determined that if the government fails to pay the bill for their large projects, further increases in customer rates would likely be required.

Fort Smith Board approves more cash for Parrot Island water slide

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted to fund a new slide at Parrot Island Waterpark. The City and College of Sebastian County each previously voted to allocate $ 250,000 to expand Parrot Island Waterpark with a new liner upon completion of the FlowRider amenity.

The $ 250,000 for the expansion was included in the city’s budget for 2021. However, it will require an additional $ 220,833 to build the slide the city needs, deputy city administrator Jeff Dingman told the board on Tuesday, March 16, at the city’s regular board meeting.

The original plan for the new slide was to replace the yellow “body slide” in the park with new fiberglass for a “tube slide”. The new foil would fall off the existing foil tower, which can only serve four foils. The yellow slide has been changed and is now working properly, Dingman said.

“We prefer to keep it operational and add a new fifth slide to the park rather than replace one of the original four slides,” said Dingman.

The new slide will be the first tube slide for the park. However, building a new slide requires an additional, separate slide tower and support structure for the pump house.

“These items are being created with future expansion in mind, making it relatively easy to add up to three additional slides in the future,” said Dingman in a memo of the project’s budget.

The city’s total share of the foil expansion project is expected to be $ 470,833, Dingman said.

“Sales were expected to drop significantly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in departments cutting their budgets to absorb the forecast economic shock. However, Fort Smith failed to realize that the expected economic impact of the pandemic and sales tax revenue were above sales estimates. Therefore, an allocation from the additional (budgeted above) sales tax revenue for parks generated in both 2020 and 2021 is required to fund the additional amount the city needs to expand Parrot Island water park, ”Dingman said in the memo .

The additional funding won’t take away any money for planned park projects in 2021, said Doug Reinert, director of Parks & Recreation. The board unanimously approved the regulation for the additional funds.

In November, City Administrator Carl Geffken informed directors that Parrot Island was having a difficult 2020 fiscal year due to the pandemic. It had 59,248 visitors and total sales of $ 1.003 million for the year. At a total cost of $ 1.301, the park ended the season in a deficit of $ 297,973. However, Settle and Geffken found this was an anomaly and the park had made money every two years. In 2019, Parrot Island had total sales of $ 1.351 million and total sales of $ 1.273 million for net income of $ 77,527. The attendance in 2019 was 91,589.

Mayor George McGill also announced at the meeting that the city would host a second mass COVID vaccination clinic on May 5th. The city hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Fort Smith Convention Center on February 24. There will be a clinic on Wednesday (March 17th) for those who received their first shot at this clinic and need their second shot.

Buffalo training board member: Cash spent on cybersecurity overview earlier than ransomware assault

The district has worked to determine the depth of the intrusion, which files and online systems were affected, and how best to restore operations.

BUFFALO, NY – Another long day of collaboration with information technology, cybersecurity advisors, and the FBI was for the Buffalo School District as they tried to recover from Friday’s ransomware attack that shut down their computer systems with a payment request. Your files appear to have been encrypted and the hacker wants to be paid to give the district access again.

The district has worked to determine the depth of the intrusion, which files and online systems were affected, and how best to restore operations.

It obviously hits hard with the COVID that causes distance learning and the cancellation of all classes in person and remotely on Friday and Monday. This is particularly disappointing as the district attempted to resume classes for grades 3, 4, 9, and 11 as phase two of its reopening plan.

Ironically, board member Terrance Heard, chair of the educational support committee, said the panel became aware of some potential cyber threats, including some from suspected child abuse, during the Christmas break and weeks after. According to Heard, on March 10, just days before the attack began, the committee requested a further review of the district’s cybersecurity policies and agreements.

Heard says they worked right.

“I think our cybersecurity, the platforms we use now were top notch – you know what we paid, but somehow something got through,” said Heard.

Holly Hubert is a former FBI Buffalo Office agent who specializes in cybercrime and now runs her own Amherst-based company called GlobalSecurity IQ. According to Hubert, ransomware attacks are nothing new and increased about seven or eight years ago, but they have become even more sophisticated.

“It’s a whole new world now,” said Hubert. “And companies essentially have to spend money that they would not normally spend on safety and prevention measures.”

However, James Page, chief information officer of the New York State School Board Association, points out that “school districts do little for hackers” because they do not have the corporate finance to properly monitor and manage cybersecurity. He believes it is best for them to work with a private computer system surveillance company to detect and possibly prevent such attacks. Some actually run penetration tests to see how secure a system really is.

We should point out that Hubert told us on Monday that she was busy taking calls from other school districts in West New York that feared they could also be hit by a ransomware attack like Buffalo.

Last year we reported that both ECC and Niagara University were exposed to ransomware threats. And one of the most famous incidents of this type happened on the ground in 2017 when the ECMC fell victim. Hubert worked with the FBI on the case and says the hacker or hackers broke into the hospital’s network through a remote desktop system connection when an employee mistakenly opened a fake phishing email attachment.

Hubert realizes that it is not yet clear to what extent the school district is affected, but says, “I think you need to clean all workstations and laptops – anything that was infected you need to do some cleaning and imaging.”

According to reports, the ECMC spent millions of dollars demolishing and rebuilding their entire system rather than just paying ransom to regain access to their vital information.

“You were criticized at the time for taking so long to come back,” said Hubert. “But that was absolutely the right strategy in retrospect, because we now know that other organizations in the US were affected by the same group as ECMC and that there were organizations that paid for the ransomware that did not receive the decryption key.”

Hubert also warns that if the hacker leaves malware or other code in the BPS system that could be reactivated, new attacks could occur. So sometimes a reconstruction is necessary.

Back in the school district, 2 On Your Side asked board member Heard why they had waited until recently to recheck their system a few days before an actual attack. He replied, “We were aware of the threats. Technology is always changing and we’ve spent a lot of money in the past since I served on the cybersecurity board for our schools and districts. This has been an ongoing battle for home security. You have to Update your security and of course the firewalls. In a district like Buffalo – over 34,000 college students – you see a bigger firewall and a bigger threat for things to sneak into. “

BPS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash published a letter Monday evening saying the school could restore “devices, systems and applications” to most buildings. As of Monday afternoon, 54 of 67 locations reported “no interference with the Internet or wireless systems”.

The school district says all district and school employees are expected to report back Tuesday and Wednesday. In the meantime, students stay home on Tuesday and have a full day of distance learning on Wednesday.

According to Cash, a message will be sent from each school to each student’s homes on Tuesday telling them when they can sign up for “office hours” so they can learn the new “sign up process” and participate in asynchronous learning.

Thunderbird Leisure Proclaims Modifications to Board of Administrators

Vancouver, British Columbia – () – Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV: TBRD, OTCQX: THBRF) (Thunderbird or the Company), a global, award-winning, full-service multi-platform production, distribution and rights management company, today announced the addition of an independent member. Linda Michaelson to the Board of Directors. The company also announced the resignation of current board member Frank Holmes. With these changes, the Thunderbird Board consists of seven members, five of whom are independent.

“On behalf of the Thunderbird Board, I would like to thank Frank for his dedication and belief in this company, and for his advice and assistance in setting the company’s current course. We wish him all the best in all endeavors, both now and in the future, “said Brian Paes-Braga, CEO of Thunderbird.” We’re also excited to add Linda to our board of directors in the US, and with her extensive entertainment and media literacy, our board of directors will be an even stronger and more strategic resource for managing Thunderbird. Welcome to the Thunderbird Family Linda! ”

Ms. Michaelson is a partner and leader of the corporate and securities practice group at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. She is a prominent attorney who brings a wide range of leadership experience in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on companies primarily in the entertainment and digital media, technology, fashion and healthcare industries. Ms. Michaelson’s experience also includes representing large film studios, television broadcasters, independent production companies, digital media companies, investors and other institutional entertainment, media and convergence clients in strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and other corporate finance transactions. Among her many successes, she was recognized for several years in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report as Top Entertainment Attorney by Variety’s Legal Impact Report and named best lawyer in entertainment law – motion pictures and television in Best Lawyers of America (2018). . In 2020, she was recognized in the Daily Journal’s list of the best female lawyers and among the best lawyers in America’s list of the best lawyers. Ms. Michaelson is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the non-profit legal services organization Bet Tzedek.

Thunderbird’s Board of Directors has approved the granting of a total of 40,000 incentive stock options under the terms of the company’s stock option plan. The options can be exercised at a price of USD 3.95 per share and have a term of seven years, subject to the exercise provisions.

about Thunderbird Entertainment Group

The Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a global, award-winning, full-service multi-platform production, sales and rights management company with headquarters in Vancouver and additional offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and Ottawa. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, non-written, and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as for Canadian and international broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that will make the world a better place. The company develops, produces, and distributes animated, factual, and scripted content across its various divisions, including Thunderbird Kids and Family (Atomic Cartoons) and Thunderbird Factual and Scripted (Great Pacific Media). The company also has a department dedicated to global sales and consumer products. Thunderbird is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @tbirdent. For more information visit: www.thunderbird.tv.

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