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Mayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,More than 100 people attended a town hall meeting last night to share their thoughts on the Ninth Street corridor in Ocean City. The city currently has what I consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire properties that could change the face of Ocean City – to turn abandoned gas stations into parks or public facilities. Because we won’t get this chance again, I want to make sure I get full feedback from the public. I’d like to personally thank everybody who attended and participated last night. The city heard a wide range of ideas, questions and concerns, and all will be considered as we move forward.I also want to encourage everybody who could not attend to provide their input by completing this brief survey: www.ocnj.us/survey.One conceptual plan shared on Thursday includes open space at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue, where a blighted Exxon station once stood and where a local real estate agency hopes to build a new office. That particular site is included because the city had plans to address the abandoned property there long before the private company expressed an interest. I don’t want anybody to think that the city is trying to interfere with a business deal that could bring new ratables and new services to town.I hope you all share my enthusiasm for beautifying the gateway to Ocean City, and I’m excited to take your ideas and help make them come true.I’d like to remind everybody that the boardwalk between 8th Street and 10th Street will be closed starting Tuesday (Oct. 11) as we prepare for the next phase of boardwalk reconstruction (read more). The section between 8th Street and the Music Pier will be complete by First Night, and the entire project should be done by the end of March, if not earlier. I thank you all for your patience as this important work continues.The bridges and Route 52 causeway will be lit pink for October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. City team members also donned pink today as part of the awareness campaign. There are very few families in our community who have not been affected in some way by breast cancer, and it’s my hope that we all can help the American Cancer Society to better prevent, detect and treat the disease.Because of the potential for rough seas, the fireworks scheduled for Saturday night (Oct. 8) have been canceled, but all other events will continue as scheduled. The annual Fall Block Party will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. The Block Party is always one of the highlights of the season, and I hope you’ll be able to come out and have some fun.Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian MayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.
The new cycle lane and other improvements at Two Mills make it much safer and easier to cross the junction and a lot of the cyclists I’ve been speaking to think they’re wonderful. There have been several accidents involving cyclists at the junction over the years and the new layout means you’re now much more protected. We’re all aware of the health benefits of cycling and improvements like these help to create safe cycling routes as well. I’d definitely encourage anyone interested in taking up cycling in 2018 to join their local Cycling UK group and to explore their local cycle routes. The A540, which runs between Chester and Hoylake, is popular with cyclists and group rides set off from a cyclists’ café near the Two Mills junction during most weekends throughout the year.The new cycle path, which is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, runs along the southbound A540. The route crosses two new islands on the A550 at the Two Mills junction before continuing along the A540, and a new high-friction road surface has been laid to reduce the risk of collisions.Peter Williams from Neston is a member of the Chester Cycling Campaign, which campaigns for new and improved cycle routes. He said: Members of the Chester Cycling Campaign were among the first to ride along the new cycle path through the busy Two Mills junction, where the A550 meets the A540 in Cheshire.The Highways England project involved creating a new 320 metre cycleway through the junction, which is used by more than 37,000 vehicles every day, with new traffic lights and crossings also making it easier to cross the A550.The project is among 24 cycling schemes completed in the North West over the past two years, as part of a £100 million government investment across England to make it easier for cyclists to cross motorway junctions and use major A roads.They include a new 1.5 mile shared cycle path along the A585 near Fleetwood; a new 700 metre shared cycle path by the A5117 at Dunkirk near Chester; and a new 600 metre shared cycle path near junction 21 of the M60 alongside the A663 in Oldham, along with improvements to footbridges, signs and road markings.Work is also due to start later this month on a new 400 metre shared cycle path under junction 9 of the M53 at Ellesmere Port, providing a cycle link from the town to the National Waterways Museum and canal towpath.Phil Tyrrell, Project Manager at Highways England, said: We’re committed to significantly improving safety across our road network, and the new cycle path as well as the wider and longer right turn lanes at Two Mills will make it much easier and safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the junction. We want to provide cycling facilities that give people a genuine choice about whether to travel in their car or to get on a bike instead. If we can encourage more people to use their bikes for local journeys then this should also improve the flow of traffic for drivers travelling longer distances. Highways England also opened a new three-mile route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in Cheshire last year following the completion of the new A556 link road between the M56 and the M6. The old A556 has been converted into a B road with a shared cycle path.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.
Scottish family bakery Aulds has closed a further four stores after making the decision to liquidate its retail arm to focus on the wholesale and production operation.The four stores, in Princes Mall in East Kilbride, High Street in Lanark, Union Street in Larkhall and Almondvale South in Livingston all ceased trading on 8 August resulting in a further 23 staff being made redundant.“Regrettably, we have had to close a further four stores to reduce losses which has resulted in a further 23 employees being made redundant. We are working with local and national organisations to support those employees to process claims as quickly as possible,” said Paul Dounis, RSM restructuring advisory partner and provisional liquidator.It comes less than a week after 26 Aulds staff were let go when it closed stores in Renfrew, Kilmarnock, Irvine and Ayr.The closures are part of Aulds’ plans to liquidate its retail arm, which had been forced into an “unsustainable loss-making position”. On 2 August the business appointed Paul Dounis and Steve Ross of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as joint provisional liquidators of the retail arm of the group, Thomas Auld & Sons Limited.The remaining 18 Thomas Auld & Sons Limited stores across Scotland continue to trade while the provisional liquidators seek to sell some or all of the stores to enhance value for creditors and safeguard as many jobs as possible.The liquidation does not impact the group’s three other subsidiary companies, Aulds Bakeries Limited and Auld the Bakers Limited – which manufacture fresh and frozen bakery at the firm’s Greenock site – and Aulds Delicious Desserts, which has a manufacturing facility at Inchinnan.
3. Hugh Bonneville — 6% Downton aristocrat Bonneville naturally has the pedigree. He’s an alum of Britain’s prestigious National Youth Theatre and has treaded the boards for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare company, where he played opposite none other than Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. Although we loved Bonneville as the bumbling Brit in Notting Hill, perhaps he could tap into his Wilde side—so many believe already that he’d make An Ideal Husband. Calling all producers! Bryan Cranston 1. Benedict Cumberbatch — 42% As those Brits are fond of saying…No sh*t, Sherlock! We completely agree with this week’s overwhelming victor. Cumberbatch certainly has the experience—for his performance in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, the Sherlock star won the “Triple Crown of London Theatre:” the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor. Cumberbatch has also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler and After the Dance, is in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave and the star of a recent viral Sesame Street spot. The Star Trek actor is rumored to be playing the titular role in Hamlet in the West End this fall, which we’re all for, as long as it transfers to the Great White Way! View Comments Emmy winner Bryan Cranston makes his Main Stem bow today as he begins performances in All the Way as the 36th U.S. President, so we wanted to know: Which of TVs leading men should be next in line to make his Broadway debut? The results are in from the weekend poll and two British boys—with a little American madness thrown in the mix, have made your top three. Check out the results below! 2. Jon Hamm— 10% Hamm would be a mad man not to follow his partner, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, to the Main Stem. The actor garnered a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Don Draper in Mad Men and definitely has the acting chops to make the move west from Madison Avenue to Broadway. Although Hamm played Judas in Godspell in high school and as a young actor roles in various Shakespeare productions, we’d like to keep The Town star suited and booted. So it would certainly rock our boats if Hamm stepped into the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Star Files
By Dialogo June 21, 2013 LIMA — The sentencing of one of Peru’s most infamous rebels to life in prison means the virtual elimination of the Shining Path’s powerful Huallaga Front — and a major victory in the government’s decades-old battle to wipe out the Maoist terrorist group once and for all. Florindo Flores, better known as “Comrade Artemio,” held sway over the Huallaga Front in the northern jungle from early in the 1990s, and was the last remaining member of the outlawed party to be arrested or killed. Until recently, the Huallaga was Peru’s principal drug-trafficking zone. On June 7, following a six-month trial for drug trafficking, murder and terrorism, he was sentenced to life in prison as well as a $200 million fine. Flores, arrested in February 2012, denied all charges until the end, insisting in a tearful plea two days before sentencing that he was a political prisoner. Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor Julio Galindo said he was pleased with the verdict, although he would have liked a stiffer penalty; his office had proposed fining Flores nearly $4 billion. “There were no doubts in this trial. We provided abundant evidence showing Artemio’s role as a terrorist leader and drug trafficker,” Galindo told Diálogo after the verdict was announced. “We expected nothing less than a life sentence.” Over the last 16 months, several dozen followers of Flores have been captured, and no terrorist attacks have been reported in the zone. A state of emergency remains in force there, but police commanders in charge of the zone say full pacification should be achieved shortly. VRAEM displaces Huallaga as main coca-producing zone The situation is quite different in Peru’s south-central jungle, in a Belgium-sized valley formed by the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers. Known as the VRAEM, this area has been under a state of emergency for the past 10 years due to Shining Path activity. In 2009, this area displaced the Huallaga as Peru’s primary drug-trafficking zone. The VRAEM faction, led by Victor Quispe Palomino and two of his brothers, began ratcheting up their actions just as the state was dismantling Flores’ columns in the north. In 2012, Quispe Palomino columns killed 20 police officers and soldiers, alarming the government of President Ollanta Humala. The rebels retreated somewhat after an attack on an airstrip last October, which destroyed three helicopters used to service the Camisea gas pipeline. But they renewed their activities in April, with attacks on mixed military-police patrols and the destruction of four mobile telephone towers in the past two months. Shining Path rebels also killed two soldiers, one in April, and another in a June 11 clash with a security patrol. The latest fight came after security forces stepped up actions in the VRAEM — which has 20,000 hectares of coca under production — to locate a Shining Path column that briefly took over the camp of a construction company building a highway in the zone. The rebel column stole food, medicines and communications equipment, though the Joint Chiefs of Staff denied initial reports that dynamite had also been stolen. That attack was reminiscent of an April 2012 incident, in which a Shining Path column took over a camp used for pipeline construction. They kidnapped 36 workers, holding them for nearly one week. Is violence a response to alternative development programs? Analysts say the stepped-up terrorist actions are in response not only to an increased military-police presence in the zone, but also government-led development program slated to invest close to $1 billion in the VRAEM in the coming years. That includes $300 million worth of infrastructure and social programs this year, as well as a coca eradication plan in the zone. Jaime Antezana, who has followed the Shining Path since the 1990s, said the rebels see opposition to coca eradication as a way of gaining a stronger foothold among the population. The Shining Path is no longer a Maoist party, but a “terrorist franchise in the service of drug trafficking,” he told Diálogo. Antezana added that armed actions “are meant to keep the state from moving in with forced coca eradication.” He said this is a tactic Artemio and his forces followed in the Huallaga, promising to stop eradication by attacking Corah brigades. In late May, Shining Path terrorists interfered with radio signals in the VRAEM, interrupting transmissions with a clandestine broadcast calling for farmers to “defend their land, crops and water, organizing militarily with weapons in hand and under the direction of the Communist Party of Peru.” Other analysts, however, said the government should keep its battle against Shining Path terrorists separate from its anti-narcotics and rural development programs. Manuel Boluarte, who has studied subversion and drug trafficking for several decades, said the Humala government needs to clearly distinguish between the drug and terrorism fight. “The national police, which were in charge of anti-narcotics operations in the VRAEM, have lost autonomy now that the Army is in control of all operations in the valley. The Shining Path is expanding its area of operation and increasing the rhythm of attacks, which requires all their attention,” Boluarte said.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to 138.4 in September, which is up from 134.7 in July, and is the highest level since October 2000.That’s not surprising. The economy added 134,000 jobs in September, bringing the 12-month total increase to 2.54 million—an acceleration over the full-year 2017 increase of 2.19 million new jobs. It also exceeds the 2016 total of 2.34 million new jobs.The September unemployment rate declined from 3.9% to 3.7%, its lowest level since 1969. The improvements have been broad-based from a geographic perspective.Unemployment rates now are lower than year-ago readings in 83% of the 388 metropolitan areas the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton police are on the scene of a truck and bicycle crash on the corner of Chenango and Eldridge streets Wednesday morning. According to Broome County dispatchers, at least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment. Crews were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. 12 News has a reporter at the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.
Aug 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Both the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have said in the past day that Tibet has reported its first cases of avian influenza in poultry.Zhang Zhongjun, an FAO official in the Beijing office, said the China Agriculture Ministry informed his organization of the outbreak this morning, according to the Associated Press (AP). The OIE likewise received notification of the outbreak within the past day (see below).OIE Director-General Bernard Vallat told Reuters it was likely the disease was highly pathogenic so probably represents H5N1 infection, although the actual report from Tibet identified the infection only as H5. The affected farm, near Tibetan capital Lhasa, reported 133 dead chickens.More than 2,600 more birds in the area have been culled as a containment effort, say several sources. In addition, Carolyn Benigno, an FAO animal health officer in Bangkok, told Kyodo News that the infected areas have been sealed off and/or disinfected, plus a vaccination effort has begun.Two other areas of China, the Xinjiang and Qinghai provinces, had previously reported avian flu, the latter resulting in the killing of over 6,000 migratory birds.No human cases of avian flu have been reported in China.See also:OIE notification http://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20(Tibet)%20HPAI.pdf
Nov 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new medical care guide to help community leaders plan for and respond to mass casualty events such as an influenza pandemic or a terrorist nuclear attack.The guide, published by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), describes an array of shortages healthcare workers will face, such as of hospital beds and ambulances, and gives specific recommendations for planners, such as providing offsite care and using taxis, buses, and private cars to transport sick or injured patients.”To be effective in their planning efforts, local, state, and regional leaders need to be aware of the latest research, tools, and models available,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, MD, in a Nov 16 AHRQ press release. “With the publication of this new community planning guide, our nation’s preparation and response efforts are strengthened by bringing needed focus on advance planning for mass casualty events.”The guide expands on an earlier AHRQ publication, released in April 2005, which outlined altered standards of medical care in a mass casualty setting. The new document, a collaboration between AHRQ and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, consists of papers written by experts on six topics: ethical considerations, legal issues, prehospital care, hospital and acute care, alternative care sites, and palliative care.Several potential problem areas are highlighted, such as a complex emergency medical services (EMS) system and lack of standardized EMS disaster training. The guide emphasizes that hospitals will face surge capacity problems, especially since many emergency and trauma services are already at or near full capacity. To handle the overflow, the AHRQ recommends that officials start making plans to provide care in alternate locations such as mobile medical facilities and nonhospital buildings.The report provides planning checklists and tips for making wise use of limited medical resources. For example, the section on alternative care sites describes how difficult it would be to provide oxygen and suggests a possible solution.A centerpiece of the report is a case study on pandemic influenza. The authors list preparations for and responses to each stage of a pandemic, from the current prepandemic period to increased and sustained transmission in the United States. For example, during the worst stage of a pandemic, the authors suggest a “bed czar” be appointed to monitor the supply of hospital beds and equipment and make assignments based on availability.The guide is available on the AHRQ Web site, and print copies will be available in early 2007.See also:Nov 2006 AHRQ report “Providing mass medical care with scarce resources: a community planning guide”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/mce/April 2005 AHRQ report “Altered standards of care in mass casualty events”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/altstand/