HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_img1 / 2  On May 19, Advance Realty partnered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters (BBBS) of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties to host a “Roof Ride” at its Harlow Hoboken apartment building. Advance executives joined BBBS employees, volunteers, and children aboard 40 stationery bikes atop Harlow’s rooftop terrace, where they took part in a fundraising spin class hosted by CycleBar Hoboken.  2 / 2  Stevens Institute of Technology wished its graduating class of 2017 good luck and farewell on Wednesday May 24. Graduates stopped and posed with local crossing guard who helped them get to the ceremony. ❮ ❯ DeFusco cited Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s inability to deliver on long-stated intentions during her nearly nine years in office as his reason for running.Zimmer has also announced her mayoral run, as has local businesswoman Karen Nason.In the video, DeFusco calls for upgraded city services and more proactive planning by the administration.“I know we can be better, faster and more efficient in responding to the critical issues our community faces, and I believe it’s time for a change,” DeFusco said, referencing the town’s issues with flooding, potholes, and water main breaks, which have plagued Hoboken residents. “These issues and many others have largely gone unsolved by our long-time Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who in November will seek re-election to a third term, asking voters to extend her time in office to more than 13 years. Although Dawn’s intentions are good, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.“When I first ran for elected office, it was to infuse new ideas into a stale political culture and engage every resident who would listen,” DeFusco said. ”As your councilman, I can only effect so much change. As your mayor, I know that we can use every voice to turn the political divide of the past into a unified and progressive future. I’m so excited to continue this journey with you and look forward to knocking on every door and listening to every resident to ensure that we respect the past but look toward the future.”The video can be seen at https://www.mikedefusco.com/Stevens’ $20 million donor allegedly assaulted reporterNewly-elected Montana Republican congressman and recent Stevens Institute of Technology donor Greg Gianforte made the news on Wednesday when he was accused of body-slamming a reporter who was covering him. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault.In December, Gianforte, an alumnus of Stevens, donated $10 million (totaling his current donations to the school at $20 million) for the new Gianforte Academic Center, a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary educational and research facility dedicated to technological innovation.The Gianforte Academic Center is slated to add 17 smart classrooms, six advanced labs and 45 faculty offices, plus house the Department of Computer Science, and an array of laboratories in healthcare technology, including the Semcer Tissue Engineering Lab, a Digital Learning Lab, and the Prototyping Manufacturing Facility.Since the donation, students have circulated a petition against naming the building for Gianforte, who they say has been a vocal critic of gay rights and a supporter of creationism.Stevens responded to the incident and provided the following statement:“The incident as reported in recent news involving Mr. Gianforte was both regrettable and disappointing. Stevens Institute of Technology has no direct knowledge about the incident beyond what has been reported and, as both a matter of principle and its status as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, Stevens does not take a position or offer comment on matters related to political campaigns. It is unfortunate that the University has been drawn into a political incident that has nothing to do with Stevens. Mr. Gianforte’s gift to Stevens will support a state-of-the-art academic facility that will advance health care and medicine, computer science, cyber security, and other education and research programs that directly benefit people and society. The work that will go on in this facility will have a positive impact on many generations of students, faculty, and researchers.”Trains will be rerouted to Hoboken starting July 10In a notice to customers, NJ Transit has announced an adjusted travel plan for commuters to and from Penn Station as Amtrak repairs tracks from July 10 to Sept. 1.Riders of the Midtown Direct trains on the Morristown Line will be diverted to Hoboken as will the Midtown Direct trains on the Gladstone Branch.According to the notice, “NJ Transit rail customers have been forced to deal with delays, derailments, and unreliable service because Amtrak, which owns the tracks our service relies upon, has neglected the maintenance of its critical infrastructure for years. For three-quarters of NJ TRANSIT rail customers travel patterns will not be modified, including the Trenton to New York Northeast Corridor Line. However, delays on all rail lines, except for the Atlantic City Rail line, are inevitable.”The notice states the repairs are “long overdue” and the work will “significantly disrupt travel this summer for customers who normally travel on the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct service to and from Penn Station New York.”NJ Transit will offer commuters on that line “about a 50 percent discount off the regular Hoboken ticket cost, in addition to cross-honoring with ferry and PATH service at Hoboken Terminal.”This means a customer who currently purchases a Gladstone to New York monthly pass pays $451 but during the Amtrak repair work Gladstone customers will pay $168 – 63 percent less.During a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said this would mean a loss of about $15 million in revenue to New Jersey.“I’m not happy about any of this, but the fact of the matter is, we’re gonna either make these repairs now or make them later,” he said. “But the repairs need to be made.”Sixth Annual Green Fair announcedThe Hoboken Green Team will host the Sixth Annual Green Fair on Saturday, June 3.The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Church Square Park and will feature live music and organic food vendors.It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.The Hoboken Green Team will give away free reusable shopping bags to the first 1,000 Hoboken residents who attend.A free yoga class will be offered at 12 p.m. at the northwest corner of Church Square Park and Mayor Dawn Zimmer will recognize more than 20 local retailers, restaurants, and other companies as Hoboken Green Businesses at 1 p.m. at the gazebo.Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair.The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community.Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.gov/greenfair and contact Jennifer Gonzalez at [email protected] with any questions. The final day to register is Tuesday, May 30.Hoboken Public Education Foundation Gala raises $120,000The Hoboken Public Education Foundation raised more than $120,000 at its 2017 Gala for local public schools.The foundation will use 100 percent of the proceeds to deliver a range of innovative and meaningful programs across the district.The brainchild of local public school parents, Jackie Dowd Prince, Erica Gavin, and Shirael Pollack, the Hoboken Pubic Education Foundation has raised more than $220,000 since its inception in August 2015.The gala had over 250 attendees and sold out in less than a week and offered an auction and raffle for a range of products and experiences.“We are thrilled to have exceeded our targets and to have raised more than $120,000 at this year’s gala for Hoboken public schools,” said Co-Founder and President Shirael Pollack. “Support from these fantastic organizations, donations, and event attendance is imperative to us preserving and improving the public education experience for the students of Hoboken.”The foundation will work with Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson to identify innovative opportunities for the funds raised in the areas of experiential learning, essential technology, enhanced facilities, and continued improvement of Hoboken’s public schools.Individuals and organizations wanting to support the Hoboken Public Education Foundation can contact them at [email protected] Institute of Technology to provide tennis court access to Hoboken residentsAs a part of Stevens Institute of Technology’s ongoing partnership with the Hoboken community, Stevens will provide access during the summer months to four tennis courts for use by Hoboken residents from June 5 through Aug. 21.Hoboken residents 18 years of age and older will have access to the tennis courts on the northern end of the campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. All interested residents will need to sign up at the Stevens Athletic Center for a visitor ID swipe card which will grant access to the courts for the designated times.The reception desk is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the buildings main lobby.Any participants in last year’s program must complete all paperwork again and will be issued a new ID card. ID cards issued last year are invalid.For more information contact the Stevens Office of Campus Recreation:Director-John Maurizi, [email protected], (201) 216-8111Assistant Director-Will Emanuele, [email protected], (201) 216-8554Issyra Gallery presents new exhibit ‘Meeting’“Meeting,” an exhibition featuring works by Georgina Keenan and Issa Sow, will be on view at the Issyra Gallery at 300 Observer Highway Bldg. C from June 3 to June 25.Keenan is a self-taught artist working in cut paper and embroidery. The swirling lines and mythic figures that inhabit her collages and embroidered pieces are inspired by ancient depictions of the divine feminine, according to the press release. Embroidered on vintage gloves, these works echo the patterns of tattoos once worn by women in the Marquesas Islands to mark major life events.Sow is an artist, curator, and founder of Issyra Gallery. He has produced various unique works, ranging from acrylic paintings to drawings to mixed media. With his self-learned style and technique he has created works inspired by real life. Each piece has a different personality and its own fingerprint.On June 3 there will be an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.For more information contact the gallery at (917) 922-2690.Joyce Carol Oates to read at Little City BooksOn Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. author Joyce Carol Oates will read and sign her new novel “A Book of American Martyrs” at Little City Books at the corner of First and Bloomfield streets. Oats will be joined by author Jonathan Santlofer for a discussion on the novel.Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism. The discussion is free but attendees must RSVP at [email protected] Play Festival scheduled for the end of JuneThe New Jersey One-Minute Play Festival will return for its seventh year, beginning a new partnership with Mile Square Theatre. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by over 30 of New Jersey’s established and emerging playwrights and directors has three performances only,Performances will take place Saturday, June 24 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 25at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at 1400 Clinton St.Tickets, priced at $20, are currently available at www.milesquaretheatre.orgPort Authority steps up security in wake of attacks in EnglandThe Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a statement following the terrorist attack in England.“Following yesterday’s tragic terrorism attack in Manchester, England, the Port Authority Police Department has stepped up security at all of the agency’s transportation facilities in New York and New Jersey and the World Trade Center. The actions include increased counter security efforts, such as random bag and vehicle checks, the deployment of special weapons units, as well as the assignment of additional security personnel and equipment at our bridges, tunnels, airports, PATH rail and other holdings.”A man set off an improvised bomb that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 outside a concert arena in central Manchester on May 22.Registration open for Jersey City Ward Tour & Festival on June 4Bike JC, a nonprofit organization that promotes bike-friendly streets, is hosting their annual Ward Tour, which will conclude with a party at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza.Registration is open for the Jersey City Ward Tour & Festival, slated for June 4. The 15-mile tour, which is in its eighth year, will touch all six wards of Jersey City, and organizers are expecting about 2,000 riders to participate. The tour is presented in partnership with Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.The tour starts on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. on Montgomery Street and Grove Street, next to City Hall (280 Grove St.). Protected by rolling street closures implemented by Jersey City police, riders will make a clockwise loop around the city, at a manageable pace (10 mph at the front) with several rest breaks, and finish on the Plaza between 1 and 1:30 p.m.The following Finish Line Festival will continue all afternoon until 5 p.m., and will feature live music, food and drink, an expo with community/nonprofit organizations, and more.Bike JC is also setting up discounts for riders at cafés and restaurants surrounding the City Hall start. The Sirelo Entertainment community drum circle will again warm up and send off the riders at the start (all are welcome to participate with their own percussion instruments).Registration for the tour is required and is free at bikejc.org, with a $5 suggested donation to Bike JC. Riders must be age 12 or older, and must wear helmets. Younger children may be carried securely on an adult’s bike. This year the tour is rain or shine.“We couldn’t do it without the city’s help,” said Bike JC President Patrick Conlon. “Of course, that’s also true of our larger goals: Creating a network of protected bike lanes around the city, and enabling more, and better, and safer cycling here.”American Dream to open in 2019The Triple Five Group of Companies has announced it has obtained the $1.67 billion private construction financing it needs to continue construction of the American Dream project in the Meadowlands, according to local media.“We are pleased to have worked with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the financing for this transformational project,” Don Ghermezian, CEO and president of American Dream, said. “The construction loan paves the way for the completion of American Dream and allows us to aggressively move forward with the construction and opening of the project.”The firm had previously scheduled completion for fall 2018. Triple Five said American Dream is now slated to open in March 2019.Despite the stoppage of construction, American Dream continued its leasing efforts. Kidzania, DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cinemex and Legoland Discovery Center have already signed up to be a part of the 3 million-square-foot project.Triple Five has also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Edmonton Mall in Canada. ×  1 / 2  On May 19, Advance Realty partnered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters (BBBS) of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties to host a “Roof Ride” at its Harlow Hoboken apartment building. Advance executives joined BBBS employees, volunteers, and children aboard 40 stationery bikes atop Harlow’s rooftop terrace, where they took part in a fundraising spin class hosted by CycleBar Hoboken.  2 / 2  Stevens Institute of Technology wished its graduating class of 2017 good luck and farewell on Wednesday May 24. Graduates stopped and posed with local crossing guard who helped them get to the ceremony. ❮ ❯center_img Councilman Michael DeFusco announces Hoboken mayoral runFirst Ward Councilman Michael DeFusco announced last week via an online video that he will run for mayor of Hoboken in the Nov. 7 municipal election.last_img read more

Falling into fall

first_imgTraveling through autumn light and autumn colors. (Jane Naliboff)Jackman showed off peak colors this past week beneath a cloudy cover. (Jane Naliboff)Jackman (Jane Naliboff)Walkway to Moxie Falls (Jane Naliboff)Moxie Falls (Jane Naliboff)A well worn path towards Webb Lake. (Jane Naliboff)Weld is dressed for fall. (Jane Naliboff)An oyster farm (Jane Knox)The last rose. (Jane Knox)They’re down there, we know. (Jane Knox)Yum yum! Am I edible? (Jane Knox)The season of red starts! (Jane Knox)Authentic autumn in Farmington. (Joe Hall)Hairy Woodpecker in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Palm Warbler in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Eastern Bluebird in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Wild Turkey in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Northern Flicker at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)White-tailed Deer in a field in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)last_img read more

Harvard’s Institute of Politics announces fall fellows

first_imgHarvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced its fall resident and visiting fellows. Resident fellows lead weekly study groups during an academic semester; visiting fellows join the institute for a shorter period and meet with students and faculty.IOP fall resident fellows include: Mo Cowan, U.S. senator (D-MA; Feb. 2013-July 2013) and former senior adviser, chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; Ginny Hunt, Google strategy principal and founder of the company’s public sector product and engineering team; Sasha Issenberg, Slate columnist, Washington correspondent and former Americas editor at Monocle, and author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns and The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy; Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business Administration administrator (2009-present) and member of President Obama’s cabinet and economic leadership team; Beth Myers, adviser for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, campaign manager for Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and chief of staff to Romney (2002-06); and Ana Navarro, CNN/CNN Español political commentator, National Hispanic co-chair for Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign and Hispanic Advisory Council national co-chair and national surrogate for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.IOP fall visiting fellows include Hilda L. Solis, former U.S. labor secretary (2009-13) and U.S. representative (CA-32nd, D; 2001-09) and Antonio Villaraigosa, two-term mayor of Los Angeles (2005-13). Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Powerful voices

first_imgWhen Oprah Winfrey came to Harvard last year, the talk show host and philanthropist received not only an honorary degree of laws, but also served as Commencement speaker. Winfrey added a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to those distinctions during a ceremony at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday night.The annual medals recognize outstanding contributions to African-American culture, and Winfrey’s company included architect David Adjaye, singer Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewis, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, and film producer Harvey Weinstein. Also honored was the poet Maya Angelou, who died in May.“Seven of this year’s recipients embody excellence in the arts, and there’s a reason we’re focused on the arts,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor.The celebration included a ribbon-cutting for the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, which Gates helms. Designed by Adjaye, the gallery is slated to open this fall.The non-arts recipient was Rep. John Lewis of Georgia — absent from last year’s ceremony due to the government shutdown.Yet politics and art are not so disparate, observed Gates. Throughout history, art has been a means of political expression for African-Americans.In introducing Lewis, Gov. Deval Patrick praised the Civil Rights pioneer’s moral leadership, welcoming him onstage to thunderous applause.“The only thing I just try to do — I just try to help out,” said Lewis.A friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, Lewis recalled that as a young boy he questioned white authority and was compelled to ignore his parents’ reprimands to just accept it, and not cause trouble.Setting the tone for an emotional event, Lewis said: “I got in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.”Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence Jamaica Kincaid, in praising Angelou, recited passages from her classic poem “Still I Rise.”“Laws cannot make poets, but poets can and do make laws,” and Angelou “devoted her life to making justice as normal as oxygen,” said Kincaid.Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi introduced Adjaye, the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard.Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and raised in the United Kingdom, Adjaye is a true citizen of the world, noted Mostafavi. Among the architect’s current projects is the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith praised Belafonte as the artist “who introduced calypso to a broad American audience,” and one whose songs have often carried serious messages on injustice.Belafonte spoke of the hardships of black veterans at the end of World War II. Belafonte had served in the Navy and said upon his return how “fortune fell so heavily my way” — the way it didn’t for most. That fortune was a life in the arts.Recalling the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Lewis F. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor William Julius Wilson said that McQueen’s films address contemporary questions of “How does a black person move through the world when that world is predisposed to prejudice?”“For me, art has always been about creating debate,” said McQueen, who said he wants his work to resonate with audiences, for his films to be conversations.“The experience has to linger,” he said. “My only commitment — my only doctrine — is to not let the dust settle.”Lawrence Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, introduced screenwriter and producer Rhimes, known for “Grey’s Anatomy,” the wildly popular “Scandal,” and her latest venture, “How to Get Away with Murder.”Bobo pointed to Rhimes’ breadth in writing and her commitment to authentic characters.“I wish it wasn’t so remarkable that I thought that television should look like the rest of the world,” said Rhimes, who was greeted by an enthusiastic “We love you, Shonda!” from a group in the audience.“I love you, too,” she shot back, ending her remarks with, “And I’m just getting started.”Weinstein was saluted by Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), for his support and guidance of some of the most acclaimed films of the past two decades. The duo recently collaborated for the A.R.T.’s production of “Finding Neverland,” which just ended its Cambridge run and is now headed to Broadway.Capping off the evening was Winfrey, of course.“She is an American phenomenon,” said President Drew Faust. “Her good works are the stuff of legend at this point.”Winfrey revealed an important lesson that came in her early days on television.“I quickly learned that television was a platform I can use and not be used by,” she said. “I could inform people, engage them, bring little pieces of light into their lives. My constant prayer is: How can I be used? How can I use my life as an expression of art? This medal means I’m on the right path, and I thank you.”For additional coverage, visit the Hutchins Center website.last_img read more

2006 Garden Packet

first_imgHere is the 31st annual spring Garden Packet from the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Written by 16 CAES faculty members and graduate students, these29 features are provided to help you give your readers thetimely, valuable gardening information they want. Your UGACooperative Extension county agent (just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) canhelp you localize these features. The stories are available onthe Georgia FACES Web site at georgiafaces.com.The 2006 Garden Packet stories are: 1 Addmagic of homegrown herbs to garden Bob Westerfield 2 Don’tlet bitter cucumbers ruin garden harvest Westerfield 3 TSWV-resistantplants may aid gardeners Terry Kelley 4 Transplantsgive you early start in summer garden Kelley 5 Planta little garden variety for your salad Kelley 6 Pollinationcritical in vegetable gardens George Boyhan 7 Fightharvest-robbing diseases in garden BradHaire 8 Howto control garden bugs is up to you AltonSparks 9 Techniquemakes peaches bigger, sweeter Kathy Taylor10 Don’tlet fear cause ‘killer’ bee mistakes Keith Delaplane11 Enjoyyour food, give honeybees respect Amanda Ellis12 Compostpile can attract stable flies Nancy Hinkle13 Goldengarden spiders trap insects Hinkle, Aubree Roche14 Shovel-headedgarden worms harmless oddities Hinkle15 Housefliespresent never-ending control challenge Hinkle16 Housecentipede are allies in home pest control Hinkle17 GeorgiaGold Medals give quality plants leg up Dan Rahn18 Cupheaannual plants provide nonstop color Gary Wade19 GeorgiaGold Medal winner offers warm ‘snowballs’ Wade20 Wisteria?A Gold Medal winner? Get serious Wade21 Award-winninggroundcover offers true-blue flowers Wade22 Overcupoak a ‘bulletproof’ Gold Medal winner Wade23 ‘Angeltrumpets’ signaling soaring popularity Paul Thomas24 ‘Angeltrumpets’ easy to propagate Thomas25 Controlweeds to protect beauty of irises Mark Czarnota26 Gocreative with yard art, theme gardens Sharon Omahen27 Lookout for alien invaders in Georgia woodlands Wade28 Keeppoison ivy out of landscape Czarnota, Tim Murphy29 Springlandscape chores, beautiful summer WesterfieldHere are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for thepast five years:2006 Garden Packet Articles2005 Garden Packet Articles2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Dan Rahn is the principal editor of the annual gardenpacket and a news editor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page ilast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Global Climate Strike Happening TODAY

first_imgA yak named Meteor escaped its owner on the way to the butcher this week and is on the loose somewhere in central Virginia. Meteor’s owner told Nelson County animal control that the yak had kicked off the back door of a livestock trailer about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a stop sign in Lovingston, Va., about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Some of the readings show that the dragonflies are around 10,000ft in the air. Sally Entrekin, an aquatic entomologist at Virginia Tech said that they are migrating when they are up that high. While it’s impossible to say if the dragonflies picked up on local radar are indeed local or just passing through, they’re all heading south ahead of winter, taking advantage of lofty winds that have recently shifted to blow that way. Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike Find a march near you HERE: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ A yak named Meteor escaped on the way to the butcher in Virginia “This is how we make our living,” he said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not the cute animal story everyone thinks.” Join in the global climate strike movement on Friday, September 20 at noon on the Downtown Mall. Charlottesville area youth and their allies will be speaking out and marching to demand a local response to the global climate emergency. The Charlottesville march is being led by 11-year-old Gudrun Campbell. Join Campbell on today’s march for the environment and sign up with the link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/charlottesville-youth-climate-strike-2 Lovely weather we’re having- blue skies, crisp air, and massive clusters of dragonflies! So much so that experts believe they are to blame for strange radar readings at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Have you noticed a lot of dragonflies this week? There are marches happening across the globe from September 20th-27th. Find one near you and join the fight! “If they’re up that high, they’re on the move,” Entrekin said, searching for warmer places to lay eggs. Nelson County Animal Control Officer Kevin Wright said Friday that the search for Meteor continues. The animal initially retreated to the mountains but has since been seen on both sides of Route 29 near Lovingston. Meteor’s owner Robert Cissell said yaks are able to survive for long periods without human supervision and that Meteor is worth more than $1,000 at the market. As Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco explained to The Virginian Pilot: “Obviously we’re not bug experts on our end, but there was a case like this in the Cleveland office last week where they did determine it was dragonflies. So that’s our running theory at this point.”last_img read more

5 things to know about the mobile transformation of payments

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile technology enables members to make faster and more convenient payments than ever before.Consumers can pay for monthly expenses—or even pay the babysitter—from a mobile device when and where it is most convenient for them.These transactions are processed securely and instantly, freeing up valuable time for people to focus on other important things.For younger generations, particularly millennials (those ages 18 to 35), mobile payments are becoming a bigger part of everyday life, including at the point-of-sale. With a simple scan of a smartphone or wearable device, the payment process is made quicker and easier for everyone involved.Older generations have also taken notice of this and are adopting mobile payments, albeit at a more leisurely pace.With technology playing an increasingly vital role in our daily lives, credit unions are transforming to serve their members in line with new expectations. continue reading »last_img read more

Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide: Aussie ex-PM

first_img“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot – mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed he had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.Topics : Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberated downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people – mostly from China – en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories – ranging from the credible to outlandish – including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.”My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.last_img read more

Dutch watchdog calls for mandatory ‘pensions MOT’

first_imgVan Vroonhoven announced that the AFM and Dutch pensions regulator DNB would investigate another 137 pension funds to check whether their communication on indexation and rights discount matched their financial set-up.As a next step, the schemes will be expected to transform participants’ overly optimistic expectations into “oversight and insight”, she said.Van Vroonhoven said a recent Leiden University survey had found that one-third of workers would receive a pension that fell short of their expected spending needs, and that only 35% were addressing the problem through additional saving.The AFM chair concluded that additional behavioural research, as well as financial education for children, would be necessary.Also at the congress, Kick van der Pol, chairman of the Dutch Pensions Federation, cited a survey by Motivaction to illustrate the dilemma pension funds are facing when designing a communication campaign.The survey suggests half of pension fund participants, including many young workers, would prefer a guaranteed pension of 50% of their last earned salary.The other half, however, including many older employees, prefer an uncertain pension of 70%.Van der Pol said the biggest challenge was explaining to participants that taking investment risk was crucial for a higher pension, but that full certainty of a higher pension did not existThe federation’s chairman announced a new information campaign targeting pensions awareness of workers between the ages of 30 and 40.“We will invite them through all social media to visit our dedicated website www.detijdvanjeleven.nl,” he said. The Dutch regulator for pensions communications (AFM) has called for a mandatory periodical check that must provide insight into workers’ expected financial position at retirement.Speaking at the Dutch Pensions Federation’s congress, AFM chair Merel van Vroonhoven said the “pensions MOT” would encourage people facing a shortfall to take additional measures.She said a recent pilot study of five industry-wide pension funds had shown how difficult it was to adjust schemes’ pensions targets to more “realistic” levels and convey this message to participants.“The participants are angry, as pension funds no longer live up to their initial promise of a guaranteed pension,” she added.last_img read more

Natural Power Supports AQUIND Interconnector Project

first_imgNatural Power has assisted AQUIND with the application for development consent for the AQUIND Interconnector. The application to the Planning Inspectorate was accepted on 12th December 2019.The AQUIND Interconnector is a new 2,000 MW subsea and underground high voltage direct current bi-directional electric power transmission link between the south coast of England and Normandy in France.Jane Lancaster, Offshore Associate Technical Director at Natural Power, said: “The acceptance of the submission of the AQUIND Interconnector is excellent news, both for AQUIND and Natural Power. It has been a challenging and rewarding project thus far and we have been instrumental in the preparation of the submission of the application to the Planning Inspectorate. The broad spectrum of work that we carried out highlights our capabilities when it comes to offshore projects. It has been a successful team effort between many organisations making up the AQUIND project team and we look forward to the next phase of development.”Natural Power was appointed by AQUIND in the early stages of the project, working with the AQUIND project team to undertake marine cable route feasibility work to optimise the marine cable route across the Channel, undertaking scoping exercises, co-ordinating the marine environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and environmental statement (ES) production, as well as attending public consultations.Natural Power also acted as advisor to the marine aspects of the project through liaison with marine stakeholders including the Marine Management Organisation as part of pre-application process.The AQUIND Interconnector will have the capacity to transmit up to 16 million MWh of electricity per annum, which equates to approximately 5% and 3% of total consumption of the UK and France respectively.Richard Glasspool, director of AQUIND, said: “Amongst other things, this project is an opportunity to integrate a greater proportion of non-fossil fuel energy sources into the British energy mix and in turn reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of such fuels. We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the planning of this development. Natural Power’s hard work and expertise in marine ecology and EIA management services was a major factor in the preparation of this submission. They were a highly experienced and professional team.”last_img read more