Gail Riecken responds to Appeals Lawsuit

first_imggail rieckenUnited States 7th Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner said Evansville police made too many mistakes to reasonably qualify for immunity from liability in the federal lawsuit regarding flash bang use on the wrong Evansville home.  “I don’t think mistakes were made by rank and file officers.  I think the city’s leadership failed,” said Gail Riecken.Mayor Winnecke stated the following when he ran for office:Leadership of a quality police and fire department starts with the Mayor. Our administration will promote a culture of excellence that is founded on integrity and discipline.The police and fire chief will report directly to the Mayor’s office, creating an open, unfiltered flow of information. This direct line of communication will include frequent briefings from both chiefs relating to issues involving community safety.The Mayor must have total confidence in the police and fire chief. We will reassess the leadership of both departments and make the changes needed to ensure accountability and the highest standard of services and performance.“It appears the culture of excellence and discipline that is to be promoted by our administration is missing,” said Riecken after reading the judges comments.  Riecken continued, “again, I think the rank and file executed a warrant and adhered to orders they were duty bound to follow.  However, the Mayor and his appointed leadership did not live up to the standards the Mayor promised us.”Gail Riecken looks forward to providing leadership as Mayor and working to enhance the trust and better communication between law enforcement and the local community.Gail Riecken is running for Mayor of Evansville and is a former Evansville City Council-woman, Evansville Parks Director, and a current member of the Indiana State House of Representatives.  She is a lifelong Evansville resident, has been married for 46 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Špancirfest – a tradition of 20 years

first_imgThe end of the tourist season is symbolically marked with one of the most popular and diverse festivals on the continent. The organizers describe it as a street, but also a music festival, also a festival of walkers, partygoers, hedonism, art and tradition, and contemporary art. On it you can relax or get tired during ten days of maintenance – in the streets, squares, palaces, parks, parks and courtyards. Plus, it’s celebrating round this year.The 20th Špancirfest is underway, ie from 17 to 26 August, Varaždin and its historic core are becoming the largest stage in Croatia, with a very colorful and rich content. Those who find themselves in Varaždin at that time will be able to enjoy concerts, performances, street performances and creative workshops with a rich gastronomic and exhibition-sales offer.In the last two decades, this festival has grown from a local event into an important cultural and tourist event and a recognizable brand of the City of Varaždin, which can owe its durability and growth to hearing about trends and adaptability to current demand. Today it is a unique event, and for its 20th birthday it will provide visitors with the best of concert, creative and entertainment program.Concerts are probably the most popular part of Špancirfest and the core of its program. Concerts are held on three music stages – the main one, which is located between the western ramparts and the walls of the Old Town, the intimate and romantic one in front of Villa Bedeković, and the fun one, located on Korzo. Finally, Špancirfest has been paired with the historical core and spirit of Varaždin since its inception. Also, part of the music program will be held on Miljenko Stančić Square, where the DJs will be in charge of the music.The audience on the main stage can expect a quality program to which they are accustomed. UB40, Soul II Soul, The Brand New Heavies, Parni valjak, Dubioza kolektiv, SARS, Urban & 4, Zabranjeno pušenje, Mia Dimšić and Zdenka Kovačiček will perform. Of course, space is also left for the local music scene to which a special program day will be dedicated. It is important to note that the entrance is free for this constellation of sound names, while only the celebratory program at Villa Bedeković is charged. Josipa Lisac, Amira Medunjanin, Vlatko Stefanovski and Zoran Predin will perform for the birthday edition, the best of Špancirfest, and in addition to these greats, the audience can expect theater performances organized by the Kerekesh Theater: Ljubaf, Pokopaj me nežno and Očeš, nećeš, doctor and three guest performances – Muš, Otpisane and Ćiro.However, not everything is at concerts at Špancirfest. It takes place in the streets and squares, and its street program is still a strong link that connects today’s form with its roots. This year’s edition comes with only the best of street performances, theater and circus, numerous artists and entertainers with over 100 different programs going on, literally, everywhere. There is also a creative program in which the emphasis is on the artist’s dialogue with the audience. Creative workshops such as Kreativnica in Uska, Park kreative or Umjetnička in Školska and many others are a key incentive for Špancirfest for the further development of cultural and creative industries, while at the same time bringing artists into direct contact with the market.There is also a rich gastronomic offer that every year becomes an increasingly important component of the festival offer. In the park in the Old Town, visitors will be able to taste a variety of street-food offer, and this year the favorite Wine City returns to Špancirfest, which is becoming an unavoidable part of Špancirfest. Also, in the atrium of the Old Town, a new zone, the so-called The secret gates of the Old Town.With Špancirfestje, a whole generation has grown up, and with that in mind, the organizers are focusing on the upbringing of the next. This year, the youngest ones can expect the most luxurious children’s program so far – with Creative Park, numerous workshops, the inevitable Windland, street children’s performances and all the way to the new amusement park that spans Špancirfest to the northern walls of the Old Town.The Tourist Board of the City of Varaždin, the City of Varaždin and Croatia – Full of Life, the organizers of Špancirfest, once again demonstrated that there is always room for improvement and new content at long-lasting festivals and that urban events permeate the entire community. All that is needed to create such a recognizable, valuable and well-visited brand is a hearing for the current market, adaptability to trends and flexibility towards audiences of all ages.The motto of this year’s Festival is “Start your creativity”, and you can follow everything related to the event on the official pages and social networks.last_img read more

Odds stacked against Nigeria in the Confederations Cup

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — The fact that they play Tahiti in the opener is probably the last piece of good news Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi received — and that was a while back. Since then, the Super Eagles have hit road bump after road bump, most of them not of his making.It began April 2, when Emmanuel Emenike was injured playing for Spartak Moscow against Anzhi Makhachkala. Two weeks later, Ruben Gabriel announced he was withdrawing from the Confederations Cup. A week after that, Kalu Uche and Victor Moses also raised the white flag. And on Friday, Ogenyi Onazi, who had suffered a knee injury during Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against Namibia the previous week, was also ruled out.To recap what this all means: Keshi is without his top goal scorer from the Cup of Nations in February (Emenike), an oversized midfield enforcer who was arguably the player of the year in Nigeria last season (Gabriel), a forward who notched 20 goals last season in the Turkish league and who would have been especially important given Emenike’s absence (Uche), a winger who was a mainstay at the Cup of Nations (Moses) and his midfield general (Onazi).Not exactly ideal for a squad that looked somewhat thin even before the Cup of Nations and shocked the world with its drive and cohesion in becoming African champions.But the woes don’t end there. A dispute between the players and the Nigeria Football Federation meant the squad delayed its departure for the Confederations Cup. Nigeria left Saturday, which meant they eventually arrived at their hotel in Belo Horizonte at 3 a.m. Sunday, giving them 25 hours to acclimate and prepare for the Tahiti game.The good news? They play Tahiti. The bad news? They play Tahiti.Yep, it works both ways.It’s true that, on paper, Tahiti — with their one professional player, 33-year-old Marama Vahirua — aren’t very good. This is true even compared to past Tahitian sides. They are here because, after strolling through their group stage at the OFC Nations Cup and edging the Solomon Islands in the semifinals, they got to play New Caledonia rather than New Zealand in the final. That was because the Kiwis somehow contrived to lose their semifinal, a feat made possible — it has been alleged — by some rather festive behavior the night before.That said, this is exactly the kind of scenario bigger teams hate, as they have little to gain apart from the three points. You see it every time a big European nation plays San Marino or Andorra. The opposition puts nine men behind the ball (expect Vahirua to be rather lonely up front), the neutrals all rally behind the underdog, and unless the favorite scores straight away, it finds itself frustrated and desperate as the minutes tick by. It’s difficult to even play well when the disparity between the two teams is so huge. Nor does the assumed winner learn much about itself because it never quite knows if it got to the ball first simply because the other guys are slower or weaker or if it actually hit a pass or completed a movement well.Keshi made history as one of only two men to win the Cup of Nations as both player and coach. He proved many naysayers wrong, showing that Nigeria didn’t need a fancy foreign boss and that a former Super Eagle could rally the players and maintain discipline. In fact, on talent alone, Keshi’s Nigeria rank well behind other Super Eagles teams, but what they lack in ability they more than make up for in the qualities some say Nigeria traditionally lack: cohesion, organization and spirit. Yet you feel that this Confederations Cup comes at the wrong time and with the wrong preamble for Nigeria. Few expect them to get out of the group; the bookies suggest they’ll battle it out with Uruguay for second place and a chance to face Brazil in the semis.It would be a shame, though, if Keshi were judged on results in this competition and, if things don’t go to plan, it costs him his job. He has built a real team and has already delivered one piece of silverware. Simply getting to grips with Brazil ahead of the World Cup and allowing some of his crew to gain experience should be the real objective. When the A-listers return and he once again has his big guns on board, that’s when you can judge him.last_img read more