Bill to prevent name-changing in Indiana hits snag

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Network Indiana – March 12, 2021 0 212 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) A bill to make it harder to change a city’s name might make it easier in some cases.Republican Senator Jack Sandlin says Indianapolis businesses asked for the bill to head off any idea of changing Indy’s name. He says there’s no movement he’s aware of to do that, but says efforts elsewhere to strip the names of former Confederates and other names now considered offensive or inappropriate have put the issue on the radar. He says there’s both a monetary cost to reprinting piles of business stationery and an intangible cost to rebuilding the identity a city has worked to establish.The Senate has already passed Sandlin’s bill blocking any name change for Indy or other cities mentioned by name in state law. But a House committee has put off a vote while the legislature’s research arm reviews how different cities would be affected. Indianapolis and four other cities are named in the Constitution, and there’s an argument may already be immune to a name change without a constitutional amendment.Analysts are also studying just how many references there are in the rest of Indiana law to an estimated 140 cities.Current law says a petition signed by 500 city voters puts a name change before the city council. The bill would put the decision to a referendum instead and would make the signature requirement the same as third parties face to get on an election ballot: two-percent of the vote for secretary of state. But for cities up to the size of Muncie, that would likely reduce the number of signatures needed, not raise it.Indianapolis Representative Justin Moed (D) questions the need for the bill. He says it seeks to ban name changes no one has proposed, while not addressing name changes that are taking place, to streets, parks, and buildings. IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest Bill to prevent name-changing in Indiana hits snag Previous articleWhitmer notes “double standard” about allegations for politiciansNext articlePoll asks which high schools in Indiana have the best gym Network Indianalast_img read more

Krebs: Card breach at Trump hotels

KrebsOnSecurity has identified a potential card breach affecting Trump hotels in Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.Krebs cited U.S. bank sources, reporting that several had “traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels.” It said the breach appears to extend back to at least February.As Kerbs noted, other hotel brands have been hit recently with card breaches, including the Mandarin Oriental and White Lodging.Krebs speculated that “the huge number of card breaches at U.S.-based organizations over the past year represents a response by fraudsters to upcoming changes in the United States designed to make credit and debit cards more difficult and expensive to counterfeit.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

Turtle Beach partners with Astralis, team set to use Elite-Pro PC Edition headset

first_imgTurtle Beach Corporation, one of the largest headset and audio accessory makers has announced a partnership with Astralis. The deal will see Astralis use Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro-PC Edition gaming headset and other accessories when competing in Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournaments. In addition, the new partnership reveals that members of Astralis, one of the world’s best CS:GO teams will play a key part in Turtle Beach’s future product development process — ensuring the needs of the best pro players are being met by the company’s products.  According to Dot Esports, the long-term partnership could be worth a staggering seven-figure sum. That would rank it amongst the largest deals in esports to date. It’s the second big deal in a week for Turtle Beach as they revealed sponsorship of Splyce’s console gaming teams which are amongst the most popular and successful in the world. Astralis are no strangers to big brands either. Heading over to the Major, the crest of world renowned car-maker Audi was emblazoned on their jerseys. “I can’t think of a better way to strengthen our presence in the PC gaming market and to fortify the foundation for sustained success, than by joining forces with one of the most preeminent esports organisations in the world and arming them with what’s arguably the best gaming headset available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation in the press release. He continued: “With so many console gamers, pro players and teams already enjoying the Elite Pro since its debut last year, we knew we needed to extend this offering to gamers playing on PC too. This new partnership with Astralis continues to show that the best gamers in the world choose to work with Turtle Beach, and not only are we excited to jointly debut our new Elite Pro – PC Edition together, but we’re looking forward to working with them to bring even more groundbreaking gaming headsets to the PC space in the future.”“Whether it’s about facilities, equipment, training or events, at RFRSH we’re always working to achieve the optimum and to improve further – and this was a key mindset as we were looking to optimize the teams’ and players’ audio equipment,” said Jordi Roig, Chief Commercial Officer, RFRSH Entertainment – Astralis’ management firm. “We were looking for a company that was not only dedicated to excellent performance, but one that would also be a true partner in every sense of the term, and after an exhaustive search for a new audio partner for Astralis, we’re very pleased to welcome Turtle Beach to the team. The Astralis players and staff have tested the Elite Pro equipment extensively, and we truly believe, together with Turtle Beach, Astralis will become a major part of creating a new standard of PC audio products.”Esports Insider says: Huge deal for both Astralis and Turtle Beach if the figures are to be believed. Turtle Beach have traditionally been very well known in the console area but with this sponsorship it won’t be long before everyone’s rocking Turtle Beach peripherals instead.last_img read more

Q&A with Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher: When should Shohei Ohtani pitch?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Q: Who hits more bombs in BP, Trout or Ohtani??? -Garrett Micah BrockA: I can’t say that I’ve counted. In Texas I saw Ohtani hit one off a roof deep in center field. I asked assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento if he’d ever seen anyone hit a ball there. He said only Trout.Q:  Is Keynan Middleton our “closer” now? Haven’t seen any official pronouncement from the team (not that Mike Scioscia would make one). -Gabe BowneA: He seems to be the top choice at the moment. Don’t expect Scioscia to name him the “closer,” though. He likes to keep his options open.Q: I know were only beginning this season, but could we realistically make a run at Manny Machado this offseason if he’s willing to move back to 3B? I see Ian Kinsler as a one year stop gap option, so we could just shift Zack Cozart to 2B next year. -Rob AspinallA: I can’t answer that. I believe Machado probably wants to play shortstop though. So the Angels would not be the best fit for him.Q: In our pitching staff (especially in the bullpen), who has options? -Juanjo Rios.A: Middleton is the only reliever currently on the roster who can be optioned. When the Angels need a 6th starter later this week, they may have to make a tough roster move. Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano, Tyler Skaggs and Ohtani all have options.Q: David Fletcher has been tearing it up in SLC do you think he will get a call up to the big leagues during the season? -Zack HattA: I think he’ll be up at some point, but maybe not till September. Barring injury, there’s no place for him to play in the majors. He’s better off playing every day at AAA.Q: If Scioscia pinch hits for Martin Maldonado, and Rene Rivera tries to finish the rest of the game but gets hurt, who is the emergency catcher? -Jeff MaysA: That’s a good question. It used to be CJ Cron. Of the current players, I’d guess Luis Valbuena? Maybe Jefry Marte.Q: Without causing too much angst, what’s your choice? In-N-Out, Whataburger, Five Guys or other? -Stuart MatthewsA: Whataburger is probably the best in that group. But you can’t go wrong with In n Out. I haven’t had Five Guys more than a couple times. A: Probably Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. Those are the days that they are (almost) never off, but they often have off days before or after them. That way they keep the option to have him hit as often as possible. Right now, they aren’t using him to hit the day before or after he pitches.Q: Don’t get me wrong I’m happy we are winning and very optimistic about the now. But what do you give the odds on a Mike Trout extension and when if so? We can’t let him taste free agency. -Tim WallsA: I am sure the Angels will have discussions with Trout about an extension, but probably not until next year, at the earliest. I assume Trout wouldn’t even want to do anything until he sees what next winter’s free agent class does for his market value.Q: Have the Angels looked into not having a DH when Ohtani pitches? That way they can get his bat in the lineup too when he pitches? -Andrew MunozA: The problem with that is they would still have their pitcher in the lineup after he’s out of the game. Ohtani rarely hit when he pitched in Japan. I think he’s more comfortable focusing on one at a time. He may pitch in Colorado in early May, and he’d obviously hit in that game.center_img During the Angels’ off day Monday, we hosted a Q&A on our Facebook page. Fans were mostly satisfied with the team’s 13-3 start, but there were still plenty of issues, and some concerns about the pitching in the long term. Here are some of the questions.Q: For the most part, everything is going right for the Angels, but there is no denying the teams weakness is their bullpen. What are some of the options Billy Eppler may have to improve it? Any decent SP or BP arms still available that might be worth it for the BP? -Jim BargerA: Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome, off the top of my head, are probably the most established closers whose teams are likely to be sellers in the summer. Those guys won’t be available before June, though. As for starters, they could try for guys like Michael Fulmer or Julio Teheran, but also not till June. And all of those guys would cost good prospects. I don’t see the Angels being desperate enough to pick up scrap-heap guys who are available now.Q: If you think the Angels’ front office could schedule the day of the week Shohei Ohtani would pitch (assuming it will be once a week all season), which day would you think they would pick and why? -Gregory Birdlast_img read more