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Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni on the importance of keeping TE Mo Alie-Cox involved in the offense, third down improvements & more

» Even with Jack Doyle and, soon enough, Trey Burton returning at tight end, there will be an emphasis to ensure Mo Alie-Cox is getting the football: The Colts spent most of training camp with Doyle, Burton and Alie-Cox, in that order, as their top three tight ends — a formidable, all-around group of talented blockers and receivers, all of whom bring a little bit different flavor to the passing game.

But Burton would suffer a calf injury in the team’s second training camp scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium just before the start of the regular season, which would land him on injured reserve and force him to miss at least he first three games of the year.

Doyle, meanwhile, missed the Colts’ Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings with knee and ankle injuries.

That left Alie-Cox as the team’s primary tight end that day at Lucas Oil Stadium,

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Stage is part of $2M in improvements at Albany’s Lincoln Park

ALBANY — The city plans to spend $2 million to make improvements in Lincoln Park, including construction of an open-air theater and a pavilion, and the installation of seating and fitness equipment.

The work will be financed in part by nearly $450,000 in state funds secured by Assembly members John McDonald and Patricia Fahy. The rest of the work will be financed from the city’s capital fund through long-term borrowing that will be paid back over time.

At an announcement Tuesday morning, Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the city plans to revitalize playgrounds at Ridgefield, Westland Hills, Mater Christi and Washington Park too.

“These improvements were derived directly from the master plan, meaning that they come from our residents,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan’s proposed operating budget will be released on Thursday, and it comes in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has caused shortfalls in federal aid and a decline in tax

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Fairbanks Museum gets solar panels, EV charging station, with more improvements coming

It seems written in the stars that Vermont’s planetarium would go solar.



a room filled with furniture and a fire place: Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through vermontartonline.org.


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Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through vermontartonline.org.

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury received a shipment of solar panels from Sun Common for a solar canopy to be erected in the parking lot.

The museum will also get an electric vehicle charging station. For Burlington museum goers, the trip from ECHO Leahy Center in downtown Burlington to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is 76.1 miles, roughly an hour and a half drive.

In a social media post, the museum said the effort is “part of our ongoing commitment to lightening the Museum’s environmental footprint.”

Many museums have struggled during the closure due to the pandemic and have only recently begun to allow visitors

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Oracle rolls out improvements across SaaS applications

Oracle on Tuesday announced the latest updates to a series of cloud applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Supply Chain Managment (SCM), Human Capital Management (HCM) and its Customer Data Platform (CDP). The updates come as enterprises rethink their longer-term business strategies, months into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Part of Oracle’s message is “the importance of cloud as an enabler to come out of this and recapture the next decade of growth,” said Juergen Lindner, Oracle’s SVP of product marketing for cloud ERP and supply chain applications. “Now is not the time to slow down, quite the contrary — it’s time to double down and hopefully come out at the better end of this as a stronger company.”

Particularly within the category of ERP, which grew 33 percent year-over-year in Oracle’s last reported quarter, “customers feel the same way,” Lindner said. “They want to invest right now.” 

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California Farm Bureau Fears Improvements Like Barns, and Even Trees, Will Be Taxed Under Prop. 15

The most contentious issue California voters face on Nov. 3 is not the Presidential election—polls show voters are firmly decided. Rather, it is a tax measure, Proposition 15, which has heavy hitters for it and against it.

Proposition 15 would amend the California constitution to change the way commercial and industrial real estate is taxed, basing it on current market value. Presently, all property, residential and commercial, is taxed based on its last purchase price.

The measure, sometimes called the “split-roll initiative,” excludes commercial agricultural land and commercial properties worth less than $3 million from being reassessed at current market value. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s office estimates that Proposition 15 could bring between $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion per year when it is fully implemented in 2025.

Sixty percent of the revenues from Proposition 15 (after it pays the state and local tax assessors for the costs of implementing the

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Sony Xperia 1 III could have display and camera improvements

(Pocket-lint) – Sony Mobile has already announced two smartphones this year – the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 5 II – but rumours have already started appearing for the next generation of Xperia 1, due in early 2021.

According to AndroidNext, the Xperia 1 III will feature improvements to both the front camera and the display.

The report suggests the display will have a 15 per cent bump in brightness compared to the Xperia 1 II, whilst also offering a higher refresh rate.

In terms of the front selfie camera, it’s claimed the Xperia 1 III will have a wider aperture, which would allow more light to reach the sensor, theoretically improving low light shots. 

We’d still expect to see a 4K resolution on the Xperia 1 III’s display, along with a 21:9 aspect ratio and support for HDR. It would be great to see the bezels at

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Monument trustees approve $22 million financing plan to fund water system improvements | Thetribune

MONUMENT • The Monument Board of Trustees has authorized a major move to fund water improvement projects over the next three years.

At the board’s Sept. 21 meeting, they heard recommendations from town staff and special legal counsel regarding the potential for using the sale of revenue bonds to fund major improvements to its water system over the coming years.

However, instead of revenue bonds, it was recommended Monument create an ordinance to enter a site lease agreement and lease purchase agreement to market Certificates of Participation (COPs) — an alternate form of financing.

Town attorney Andrew Richey presented the finer details of the agreement, with bond counsel provided by Nate Eckloff of Piper Sandler and Kimberly Crawford of Butler Snow Law Firm. Both counsels recommended the certificates to help maximize the town’s budgetary flexibility in financing the water projects.

Presently, the town has a 2A water fund and an

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Study finds Lake Erie, Detroit River improvements but cites threats

A lot in the water and shoreline of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie is much more environmentally sound than a generation or two ago, but new threats to the ecosystem are approaching tipping points, according to a 500-page, two-year study to be released Tuesday by an array of concerned officials and private citizens from the United States and Canada.

“Checkup: Assessing Ecosystem Health of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie,” the 11th annual “State of the Strait” report, calls for new attention and remedial action to secure a healthful future.

“We’ve seen some really amazing ecological revivals of the Detroit River,” said John Hartig, a conservationist who helped prepare the international report, sponsored by companies,

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Netball Australia commits to making Indigenous improvements | Netball

Netball Australia has devised a “declaration of commitment” to improving Indigenous representation and diversity in the sport.

Super Netball came under fire recently for using the competition’s only Indigenous player, Jemma Mi Mi, in promotions for their Indigenous round, only for the Queensland Firebirds to not play her.

There have only been two Indigenous players – Marcia Ella-Duncan and Sharon Finnan-White – in the national team, and none since the 1990s.

The former Diamonds have been vocal about the lack of action by Netball Australia, which prompted the review into the sport’s lack of diversity and the declaration, announced on Tuesday.

While participation rates show 4% of the netball community is Indigenous, this does not translate to elite levels.

The “declaration of commitment” is a pledge from a coalition of 20 of netball’s peak organisations to take significant action to break down the barriers that have prevented Aboriginal and Torres

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Netball commits to Indigenous improvements

Netball Australia has devised a “declaration of commitment” to improving Indigeous representation and diversity in the sport.

Super Netball came under fire recently for using the competition’s only Indigenous player, Jemma Mi Mi, in promotions for their Indigenous round, but then the Queensland Firebirds didn’t play her.

There have only been two Indigenous players Marcia Ella-Duncan and Sharon Finnan-White in the national team, and none since the 1990s.

The former Diamonds have been vocal about the lack of action by Netball Australia, which prompted the review into the sport’s lack of diversity and the declaration, announced Tuesday.

While participation rates show four per cent of the netball community is indigenous, this doesn’t translate to elite levels.

The “declaration of commitment” is a pledge from a coalition of 20 of netball’s peak organisations to take significant action to break down the barriers that have prevented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players,

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