GREGG CALLS FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT RECORDSINDIANAPOLIS – Ahead of Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of Governor Mike Pence’s failed attempt to launch a state run news service, “Just IN,” today John Gregg called for dramatic improvements to the Indiana’s public records laws.“While this governor would have created a taxpayer funded propaganda machine to control what information reporters and the public have access to, I want to throw open the doors of state government,” said Gregg, a former university president, businessman and Speaker of the Indiana House.“Times have changed. With advances in technology and following the lead of other states and communities, similar to what Mayor Pete Buttigeig did in South Bend, we can make our state government one of the most open and transparent in the nation,” added Gregg. “Hoosiers expect and deserve no less.”According to a 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity, Indiana received an ‘F’ for access to public information.Under Gregg’s “Open Government Initiative,” the third policy proposal of the campaign, the following changes would be made:• Mandate a 10 Day Turnaround on Public Information RequestsUnder Gregg’s proposal, government agencies would be required to produce documents following a public records request within 10 business days. If an agency is unable to fulfill the request because of the size, scope or complexity of the request, it could seek an extension or exemption from the Office of Public Access Counselor. Under current law, agencies are only required to acknowledge receipt of the request and there is no time limit for fulfilling it.• Strengthen the Powers of the Public Access CounselorTo improve access to public records, Gregg’s plan calls for giving the Office of Public Access Counselor the authority to review information a government agency wishes to be withheld to determine if it should or should not be made public. The office would also be granted power to compel agencies to release information. Existing law only allows the Public Access Counselor to issue non-binding advisory opinions• Create an Public Transparency Commission Once in office, Gregg will create a Public Transparency Commission made up of experts in the field to review the state’s existing public access laws and make recommendations to improve them. Among other items, the commission would be asked to study giving the Public Access Counselor new enforcement powers, eliminating existing exemptions in public access laws, the creation of a formal appeals process for when information is not released and appropriate staffing and budgeting levels for the Public Access Counselor. The commission would work throughout 2017 with the goal of presenting its findings and recommendations to the 2018 General Assembly.• Create an Open Data Portal in IndianaIn addition to making recommendations about the state’s open records, Gregg will ask the commission to work with his staff to launch an Open Data Portal for state and local government agencies. Building on existing efforts, the goal of the portal would be to provide Hoosiers with access to real time budget information, GIS maps, contracts, reports and various data sets from a range of state, local and federal sources. The data would be searchable, could eventually be linked with similar portals in Indiana communities and other states. Availability of this data will lead to greater accountability within agencies, a more data-driven approach to addressing issues and a deeper understanding of government operations by the public. And, as more data is uploaded to the portal, fewer public information requests will be required, saving time and money.“These common sense steps will give Hoosiers access to the data and information that their tax dollars already paid for and in a more timely, efficient and responsive manner,” added Gregg. “It’s my hope that this will not only lead to greater engagement with the public, but new collaborations and innovations that improve the services government provides.”Gregg pledged to work with the General Assembly to enact measures requiring legislation and would issue executive orders to establish others. A native of Sandborn, John Gregg has worked throughout the public and private sector. He served as President of Vincennes University, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, worked for two Fortune 500 companies and is a practicing attorney today. A father of two, he holds an associate’s degree from Vincennes University, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Indiana State University and a law degree from Indiana University.For more information on John Gregg or his campaign for Governor of Indiana, please visit www.greggforgovernor.com or call 317-231-7100.FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for State Representative District 77 who would you vote for?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
World Cup QuarterfinalMatch: Brazil v BelgiumTime: 6pm (buildup starts 5.30pm)Commentary: George Addo Jnr & Gary Al-Smith–There was a spell, for the first 20 minutes or so, when it seemed Mexico might be able to trouble Brazil. Carlos Vela was getting the better of Fagner on the Brazil right and it felt that Mexico, as they had throughout the group stage, were struggling to convert decent positions into clear opportunities.But the longer the game went on, the more it became apparent that Brazil were comfortably holding Mexico at arm’s length. That first 20 minutes, though, perhaps offers Belgium the best hope there is.One of the less talked about aspects of Tite’s Brazil revolution is the way he has stiffened their defensive resolve. In his 25 games in charge, Brazil have conceded only six goals. In this tournament, they have leaked only one – and that the header by Switzerland’s Steven Zuber from a corner that might have been ruled out for a push.Belgium’s biggest problem in trying to beat Brazil is finding a way to score against a supremely well-drilled defence. This is the balance of which Tite speaks incessantly. Tactics are only part of it. Tite is a hugely impressive figure who projects calm and confidence, but there is still a sense that Brazil might be emotionally brittle. Zuber’s goal knocked them off their stride and the recriminations over that mildly controversial decision, together with the furore that surrounds every challenge on Neymar – who continues to try to turn the World Cup into a personal biopic – suggests that the hysteria that undid them in the semi-final four years ago may not have been entirely expunged. It may be, in fact, that it is an inevitable corollary of the expectation that surrounds them.But that opening quarter against Mexico did suggest a possible tactical opportunity for Belgium. Once Dani Alves was ruled out of the squad through injury, Brazil always looked vulnerable at right-back. Danilo played in the draw against Switzerland, since when Fagner has been deployed there. Vela, and Hirving Lozano when he moved to the Mexican left, both made him look slow on the turn. The problem for Belgium, though, is that their 3-4-2-1 does not necessarily push a player tight up against the full-back.Yannick Carrasco can get forward from left wing-back but he is likely to have his hands full dealing with Willian. That then means Eden Hazard, who operates almost as an inside-left behind Romelu Lukaku, with Dries Mertens alongside him, needs to pull to the left to try to pressure Fagner.But that in turn leaves an additional problem, one that Mexico faced, which is how to get sufficient players into the box to take advantage. If Hazard pulls left, it places great onus on Kevin De Bruyne to get forward to join Mertens and Lukaku in the box.The absence of Casemiro through suspension breaks up the highly effective triangle he and the two central defenders, Miranda and Thiago Silva, had formed, but the back of midfield is an area in which Brazil have cover. Fernandinho is used to operating as a breakwater in front of two central defenders, dropping between them if necessary. He is, though, a more dynamic presence than Casemiro and while that means he may be more effective at joining counterattacks, it also perhaps offers Belgium, and De Bruyne in particular, an opportunity to counter back against him.Belgium themselves have an issue at the back of midfield, Axel Witsel being badly at fault for Japan’s second goal in their last-16 game. If he is similarly lax against Neymar or Philippe Coutinho, it is hard to see much hope for Belgium.Against Mexico, Brazil switched from the fairly orthodox 4-3-3 they had used through the group to something closer to 4-4-2, with Neymar operating more centrally and Willian dropping deeper. Neymar perhaps benefits from the more central role but it would be a surprise if Tite did not go back to the 4-3-3 against Belgium.With the 4-4-2, Belgium would have three against two at the back with two central midfielders plus two inside forwards against two in the centre of midfield, which would allow them to overman even if Coutinho played narrow on the Brazilian left. So long as Carrasco and the right wing-back, Thomas Meunier, were able to hold their own on their flanks, that would, in theory at least, allow Belgium to control the centre of the pitch and probably possession – although as Brazil showed against Mexico, that is not necessarily something which concerns them.A 4-3-3, though, immediately causes problems for Belgium by having Willian target the space behind Carrasco, while Neymar operates in the awkward zone between Toby Alderweireld, the right-sided centre-back, and Meunier.There is still potential for a four on three in midfield, but if Meunier is forced back Marcelo can advance to give Brazil an extra man on their left. That side of the field, with Marcelo behind Coutinho and Neymar, looks as though it could be vulnerable, but so far their positional work has been good enough that they have not been exposed.That is testament to Tite’s work. Belgium may have been more fluent so far in the tournament, but Brazil have looked a far better-balanced side.— Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
Infantino, a former deputy head of UEFA, was first elected in 2016 to succeed Sepp Blatter, when the scandal that engulfed the governing body of world football was at its height.The next presidential election will be held in Paris in June 2019 and Infantino has said he will stand.Infantino expressed his gratitude for the African backing.“It means a lot to me,” said the Swiss. “Since long before my election, I had said, and since I have done everything, to make sure that the future really is Africa.”Infantino is believed to have supported Ahmad when he ousted the long-time CAF president Issa Hayatou in March 2017.Infantino described the election as a “vote of change”.“It’s about taking football forward, it’s about making progress together,” Infantino told CAF delegates, calling for “a real impact.”According to reports, Infantino was investigated by the FIFA ethics committee for interfering in the CAF election when he removed leading members of the committee. He later sacked the chairman and members of the ethics committee, effectively ending the probe.Ahmad said that despite the failure of African nations during the World Cup in Russia, where none of the five African nations made it to the last 16, the continent needed “regular and increased” participation.“Deep analysis” makes it possible to “see more clearly the various problems that undermine African football,” he said.Ahmad said that participation (in the World Cup) “stabilises some of the national teams of our continent… and gives them experience.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino is standing for re-election next year © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDSHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Sep 30 – African nations would support Gianni Infantino for re-election as FIFA president, the head of the continental football federation Ahmad Ahmad said on Sunday.“I feel it is my duty… to announce this support from Africa,” Ahmad said at a special meeting of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, which Infantino attended, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.