Former Pacers Star Paul George to Make Indiana Return

Paul George is one of the best players in NBA. The Indiana Pacers chose him in the first round in the 2010 NBA draft. His game has improved by leaps and bounds. However, seven seasons playing for the Indiana team was enough to make George ask for a trade. His request was granted and he was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of this season. He will now play in Indiana for the first time since he was traded. His return to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is sure to be an emotional one for George and the fans that once cheered for him. He will now be wearing the colors of the enemy. It is for that reason that George believes he will be booed when he walks onto the court. It remains to be seen if that will be the case.

Paul George’s return to Indiana has been talked about ever since his trade to Oklahoma City was announced. It is no surprise that the game has been sold out for months. Tickets are going for high prices on the secondary market. Some people believe that George will be cheered during the introductions at the start of the game. However, it is expected that he will be booed once the game gets underway. Pacer fans are usually fairly respectful to former players who come back to Indiana for the first time. They will most likely give George the respect he deserves for being a great player for so long.

Pacers Lose Tight Game Against Thunder

Today was definitely an emotional day for the Indiana Pacers and their fans. Paul George returned to Indianapolis for the first time since getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the off-season. The surreal feeling of seeing George in an opposing jersey for the first time was only made worse when the Pacers lost an extremely tight game to the Thunder.

The emotional game started off great for Indiana. They rode the solid play of Victor Oladipo to a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter. George stepped up his defense on Oladipo in the second quarter, which helped the Thunder secure a five-point lead at halftime. A fairly even third quarter gave both teams a chance to win the game heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers were down 11 points with only five minutes remaining, but a late surge made it a one-point game with 40 seconds left. Indiana got the defensive stop the needed in the final seconds, but Oklahoma City got two offensive rebounds before getting a tip-in basket. Paul George sealed the victory with a key steal before the Pacers could get up the potential game-tying shot. The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately got a 100-95 victory after George made two late free throws.

The Pacers did a good job of shutting down their former superstar on the offensive side of the ball, but they simply had no answers for his excellent defense. Indiana will have a 16-10 record when they host the Detroit Pistons on December 15.

Indiana Hotel Operator Eliminates 50 Jobs

White Lodging is the name of a company that has ownership of many hotels in the United States. The company has their headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana. They just made the announcement that 50 people will be laid off who work at the headquarters. The people will be able to keep working for White Lodging until April of next year. The layoffs were necessitated by the sale of a portion of the company. The company currently operates many Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotels. These famous hotel chains license their name to companies like White Lodging for a fee. In this case, White Lodging will be eliminating some of the contracts it has with those chains so that it can invest the money elsewhere.

White Lodging has plans to expand their hotel business to become more competitive. They want to build many new hotels over the next three years. The expansion will give White Lodging control of roughly 100 hotels across the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the company said that it is never a pleasant thing to tell people they no longer have a job. However, these 50 layoffs were a necessity for the future financial security of the company. He went on to say that this is something that all companies have to do at some point.

The people who will be laid off in April have not been informed yet. It is unclear if the decision regarding which employees will be let go has been made as of yet.

Jeremy Goldstein, Advice for Employee Stock Options

Jeremy L. Goldstein is a prominent attorney in New York. His boutique law firm, Jeremy L. Goldstein, and Associates specializes in corporate law, with a specific emphasis placed on compensation and benefits. He is an experienced attorney in this area, and, he’s also worked for a prominent local firm as a partner. Learn more: http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/09/10/goldstein-and-associates-discuss-short-termism-performance-goals-and-executive-compensation/

 

Jeremy Goldstein has recently contributed to a blog that gives employers a new option to save everyone involved a better result. He reports that knockout options are, the best way to set up a retirement or other corporate profit sharing plan. The beauty of these options is that employers can set them up so that they are sold once they reach a certain minimum.

 

This remedy is a blessing for both the employer and, their employees. Several benefits are recognized through these options. First, employee productivity and, morale are improved, due to the additional incentive. It also makes it easier for the company to account for such plans. Regular employee stock option plans have always been a concern with accounting, as they can change frequently, and, without warning. Implementing knockout options is also far cheaper and, easier than giving a wage increase.

 

As previously mentioned, Jeremy Goldstein is a well known and, a respected attorney in New York. He’s well educated, having completed a bachelors, masters, and law degree with distinction. He’s also worked with many charities and, also contributes to scholarly articles. Goldstein has represented many different clients, from all different types of business. Major retailers, telecommunications companies and, banks are just a sampling of the clients Goldstein has represented. He’s also worked with the New York Bar Association to help launch the Lawyer Referral Information System. This endeavor has made it possible to find a competent, affordable attorney online, at an affordable price. With so many accomplishments and a great resume, it’ll be interesting to see what he’ll be doing next.

Tourists Flock to Indiana

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that tourism numbers in the Hoosier State skyrocketed in 2016. In 2016, a record 79 million tourists visited the state, spending over $12 billion. 48 million visitors came to the state for the day, but 31 million additional tourists elected to spend the night inside Indiana’s borders. According to the report, the majority of tourism dollars spent in Indiana last year went towards food and beverages, while $2.7 billion was spent in Indiana stores.

The Office of Tourism Development also released figures pertaining to the importance of tourism on the economy in Indiana, stating that tourism is the state’s top service industry. According to the report, more than 180,000 residents work in the tourism industry. Additionally, more than 240,000 people work in related fields that receive tourist dollars. In 2016, visitors to Indiana paid over $1 billion in state taxes.

Indiana’s most prominent tourist destinations include the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The state is also home to popular car museums in Auburn, South Bend and Evansville. These attractions draw visitors from all over the world.

This increase in tourists comes on the heels of Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, a state plan to attract qualified workers to the state. The initiative involves a $1.2 billion investment in agritourism attractions, new roads, improved railways, and upgraded universities. The government is also working on a plan to attract recreational tourists to the state by expanding and improving Indiana’s bike paths.

George to Play First Game in Indiana Since Trade

Oklahoma City Forward and former Pacers star, Paul George, will be making his first return to Indianapolis since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. Despite the fact that he was traded, George is not expecting a warm welcome from his former hometown fans due to his acrimonious split with the team.

Halfway through last season, George informed the team that he didn’t plan to remain with them for the rest of his career. Disappointed, the team began to shop him around to other teams in a possible trade scenario. George publicly asking to be traded diminished his value on the trade market because opposing franchises knew that the Pacers had to get rid of him, leading to a deal with Oklahoma City that many experts thought was well below market value for the Pacers.

George spent seven seasons in Indiana, leading the team to two Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 18.2 points a game along with just over six rebounds and three assists per game during his time as a Pacer. He is certainly the most successful player to wear that uniform since Reggie Miller. George was one of the most popular players in the history of the franchise.

Despite his popularity and success with the team, George and his Thunder teammates do not expect a warm welcome when they take the court in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Pacers fanbase is loyal to their team and the fans will be sure to let number 13 know that he is no longer welcome. It will interesting to see how both teams perform in this homecoming for the four-time All-Star.

Indiana Loses Tight Game Against Duke

The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team are looking to rebuild their program under new coach Archie Miller, but they have been very inconsistent early in the season. The Hoosiers had their chance to pull off a big upset over the top ranked Duke Blue Devils, but a late cold stretch ultimately cost them the game.

Indiana used the extremely loud crowd in Assembly Hall to their advantage early in the game yesterday. It was a tightly contested game with both teams swapping the lead throughout the first half. Duke ultimately held a small four-point lead at halftime. The second half started off very similar to first 20 minutes of the game. Duke held a one-point lead with only four minutes remaining, but the explosive Duke offense was too much for the Hoosiers. A big run at the end of the game gave Duke a 91-81 victory.

Archie Miller has to be pleased with the way his team played last night. The Hoosiers played a near flawless game, but the talent disparity was simply too much to overcome. Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen are two of the best players in the country right now, and they were practically unstoppable in the final four minutes.

Indiana now has four wins through their first seven games this year. They will get an early start to conference play when they host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, December 2. If they continue to play with the same effort as the Duke game, then they will win a lot of basketball games this season.

School Choice in Low-Income Communities is made Possible through Rocketship Charter Schools

Most low-income communities are not very appreciative of a good education. Many people who reside within these locations are more concerned about their daily survival. Being able to pay their rent, keep the lights on and having food in their refrigerator is more important to them. This is not to say that parents within low-income communities do not totally dismiss an education. However, they just do not think it will benefit them and their immediate needs.

While there are some low-income parents that do not care for education, there are some that do. For those individuals, they realize that education is key for their children to living a better quality of life. While they value an education, most of the schools in their location do not provide good instruction. The fact is that schools within many poorer communities fail to properly educate their students.

Honestly, public schools in poorer neighborhoods have less money from taxes to put toward education. While these schools might receive government funding and many charitable donations; still it is not enough for them to compete with well-funded schools in middle and upper-class neighborhoods.

When Rocketship Education Charter Schools were created, they were made to address this issue. Rocketship schools are purposely designed for low-income communities. These schools are built within poor neighborhoods and they give the parents there, choices about their child’s education. Parents are no longer forced to send their kids to a public school that is not adequately training their child.

Rocketship Education is making a difference because the schools do a fantastic job with educating children. The schools are elementary institutions that serve grade levels K – 5. They provide a strong foundation for students which include instruction in basic STEM classes and technology principles. Students at Rocketship will gain a solid foundation that will prepare them for the rest of their school career.

School choice is important for low-income people. For those individuals that want a better future for their children, then Rocketship Education provides a great solution. This charter based school organization will help parents to provide a decent education for their children that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

 

Equities First Holdings

Equities First Holdings has a history that dates back to 2002. 2002 was the year Al Christy Jr founded the company in Indianapolis, IN. Christy worked for four years as president and owner of Diversified Financial Group, Inc. He used that experience to help him start Equities First Holdings. The business has had lots of success and as of today has completed more than 700 financial transactions.

As of today Equities First Holdings has conducted business in more than five countries, including countries like United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, China, and many others. The company’s main office is located in Indiana and has a base of approximately 50 employees. Equities First has a central focus of giving clients alternative share holding financing. They hold more than 25 years of experience in the financial world. Currently the company has plans to open more offices in more countries.

Key To Playoff Run For Indiana: Myles Turner

The Indiana Pacers were very busy this past offseason as they dealt tenured superstar veteran Paul George for a package that centered around swingman Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, a young power forward. Now, with the NBA season underway, Indiana has their eyes on a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference. The key to success for these playoff ambitions? If you guessed Oladipo and Sabonis, you guessed incorrectly. Instead, Indiana is coalescing around their young big man Myles Turner and his need to become the face of the franchise.
Last season was a tantalizing exposure to the power that Turner could display on the block but so far in 2017 he just hasn’t been doing enough.

Indiana knows that they need Turner to be excellent in order to be competitive, but that just hasn’t been the case thus far this season. turner’s minutes are down, his shooting percentage is down across the board, and his head just doesn’t seem to be in the game quite as much. At just 21 years old, there is a lot of growing up for Turner to do both above the shoulders and below it. The question begs to be asked, how patient will Indiana be with the supposed future of their franchise?

When it is all said and done, if Indiana is going to be an elite team in the East for the next four or five years, they are going to need everyone on the floor to step up. turner needs to lead the way.