Mary Ondrejka Dear Editor:Unless you have a computer and are signed up for City of Hoboken Nixle emails, you knew nothing about a survey that Mayor Bhalla sent out Jan. 22 asking the community for input on the use of the old Union Dry Dock property which NY Waterway purchased on Nov. 3, 2017. The survey was open five days, closing Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. There was no way to control how many times someone voted since all you had to do was access the survey, answer one of two questions with the second question giving you 4 options to pick from, then submit it anonymously. A friend of mine was able to answer the survey three times to check if it could be abused by submitting one opinion several times to sway the results.Out of Hoboken’s population, currently estimated at 54,379 people for 2016 (the last year available), only 2,447 responses were made which means that 4.4 percent of the population participated.These were the questions:Should the Union Dry Dock property remain a priority for the City of Hoboken to have a complete, publicly-accessible waterfront park system?(2,404 responses), 91.5 percent (2,200) Yes, 8.5 percent (204) No.What is your preferred use for the Union Dry Dock property?(2,447 responses), 73.8 percent (1,807) “A public open space and waterfront walkway with no industrial uses.” This option would be paid for by Hoboken at a potential acquisition, design, and construction cost of tens of millions of dollars. Funding sources may include the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund, County Open Space Trust Fund, and NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust low-interest loans, among other sources.13.5 percent (331): “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with a public open space on top of a ferry maintenance facility, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive.” This option would be paid for mostly or completely by NY Waterway.8.1 percent (198): “A ferry maintenance and refueling facility with pocket parks at the north and south ends of the property, with an inland walkway next to Sinatra Drive.” This option would be paid for mostly or complete by NY Waterway.4.6 percent (111): “Other.”Only 1,807 respondents, about 3.3 percent of our population of 54,379, voted ‘Yes’ to “a public open space with no industrial uses”; only 4.45 percent responded to the survey at all.This means that at most 3.3 percent of Hoboken’s population have indicated they might agree to the city engaging in eminent domain proceedings, years of litigation, damage the viability of a transportation system, and in the end cost the city of Hoboken between $80-100 million dollars, according to NY Waterway accountants, to replace a new dry dock.Note that our mayor won the 2017 election with only 32.7 percent of the vote because runoff elections have been eliminated. Let the majority of the people speak in how we vote and whether the city should throw away money to buy and relocate a useful dry dock.
A Campus Safety Summit featuring a panel of local law enforcement representatives was held in the LaFortune Ballroom on Tuesday evening to address issues such as sexual assault, the blue light phone system, racial profiling, excise police and general student safety. Hosted by Notre Dame Student Government and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the event consisted of panelists Mike Seamon, vice president of campus safety, Keri Kei Shibata, NDSP police chief, Nicholas Canal of the Indiana State Excise Police, William Thompson of the St. Joseph County Police Department and Eric Crittendon of the South Bend Police Department. Kelli Smith | The Observer Representatives of local law enforcement gathered Tuesday to answer over 15 questions submitted by students.The panelists answered over 15 public, anonymous or pre-submitted questions by students related to crime on and off campus. One of such questions regarded which police department would handle sexual assault investigations for students living off campus.“NDSP does not take and would not take reports of sexual assaults that were off campus,” Shibata said. “Our jurisdiction is the Notre Dame campus so if a sexual assault happens on campus that’s our jurisdiction and if someone wants to report to us, then we would investigate that case.”With Title IX, Shibata said, students have the choice to report the sexual assault case whether it happened on or off campus.“If the student is the accused person in that case, then it can be reported to Title IX and Title IX will investigate that,” Shibata said. “That does not trigger a police investigation unless the victim wants that but it does get counted in our various statistics … and it may trigger a timely warning.”The special victims unit, which investigates sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse crimes, offers an additional avenue students can take to report sexual assault for an investigation regardless of where the instance occurred, Shibata said.“All our investigators go to extensive training specifically around sexual assault because it’s such an important and it’s the most common, violent crime that happens on college campuses,” she said. “ … Whether it’s Notre Dame police or the special victims unit, you’re getting high-quality investigations from people who are trained specifically in sexual assault investigations [and] who really care a lot about that.”When asked about the “limited amount” of blue light phone systems on Notre Dame’s campus as compared to other colleges, Shibata said blue light phones are going away on a lot of college campuses because “everyone having a cell phone” has resulted in the blue light system not being used as much.“We at Notre Dame have decided not to get rid of blue light phones, but we are selective about where we place them,” Shibata said. “ … It’s the remote [areas], the parking lots, the perimeter of campus where we tend to use the blue light phones. We very, very rarely — I can think of maybe once or twice in the 14 years that I’ve been here that those blue light phones have been used to summon help or to report a crime. So that’s one of the reasons we’re not making major investments in a lot more blue light phones.”Some campuses have more of an urban environment where campus boundaries are not as clearly defined and there are higher crime rates, Shibata said, which is why those colleges may decide to have more of a blue light phone presence.“We’re grateful that we don’t have those dynamics here,” Shibata said.One thing NDSP is looking at for the future, Shibata said, is expanding the number of walk-in metal detectors used for major events. When asked about combating racial profiling in policing and protecting people of color, the panelists emphasized the oversight and mutual “fair and impartial” training each of the agencies in the area undergoes to ensure strong relationships with the community.“Everyone has a bias with something and [we make] sure our biases don’t get in the way we police,” Crittendon said. “We’re going to set aside our biases and treat people the way you would want to be treated. And it’s nice having a department where we’ve implemented a lot more training than they maybe have in the past … [we make] sure that people believe in us and believe in the work that we do out there.”One of the ways the local police agencies ensure there isn’t anti-police sentiment and the community believes in them is having officers out-and-about in their respective jurisdictions building relationships, the panelists asserted.“[Us versus them] is a big problem in a lot of departments and a lot of communities,” Thompson said. “We have not seen that here to any great degree and that’s not an accident. … Nothing we do is a secret. … We’ll tell you why it is we’re doing what we’re doing and why it’s important. That’s part of us trying to be transparent and part of us trying to be not an us vs. them part of the community.”Other than NDSP disclosing records of arrest and incarceration, Seamon said the public can hold NDSP accountable and help prevent crime on campus by abiding by “when you see something, say something.”“You can go to any university official — if you see something that you don’t think is appropriate or you’re uncomfortable with NDSP or any of our partners, just tell somebody and we’ll get to it,” Seamon said. “ … We would rather 100 times look into something and have it be nothing than miss the one time that it really becomes an issue.”With excise police in particular, Canal said his agency’s job is usually working a program to curb alcohol abuse, underage drinking and illegal drug usage — which is when he typically comes across students. “When we encounter underage individuals in bars … generally if we’re in plain clothes we’ll identify ourselves, display our badge, state who we are,” Canal said. “Generally we’ll ask for I.D., try to identify you. If you turn out to be underage, most of the time it just results in a citation. … If someone’s uncooperative, the next step above would be a misdemeanor, which that would be the same as being incarcerated as far as going on the record.”The panelists also offered a number of safety tips regarding traffic, staying safe and being aware. Students should be aware of student resources such as the student escort service when walking alone, Shibata said, and shouldn’t bike with headphones on.“Campus is a very open environment and that’s intentional that the University of Notre Dame wants to be a welcoming place,” Shibata said. “ … That does come with certain risks in that we don’t always know everyone who’s on campus … so we do have our officers out and around campus all the time and they are looking for any kind of suspicious activity.”Tags: Campus Safety Summit, NDSP, Notre Dame Student Government, police
Georgia’s unusually cold winter means that two of Georgia’s most famously sweet crops are at risk later this winter or early spring. Peaches and blueberries require a certain amount of cold weather counted in chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. They need this cold period to bloom and set fruit properly in spring. In most years, this cold period protects the plants from blooming too early. If plants bloom early, it is more likely that the blossoms or fruit will be killed by a late-winter or early spring freeze. Most peaches and blueberries grown in Georgia need between 400 and 700 chill hours to break dormancy and bloom. All of Georgia has experienced at least 750 chill hours since Nov. 1, 2010. Most locations have received more than 1,000 chill hours. Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 10, Brunswick has received 751 chill hours, Cairo 997, Homerville 1,064, Statesboro 1,190, Fort Valley 1,283, Byron 1,313, Griffin 1,412, Danielsville 1,576 and Calhoun 1,746.With the needed number of chill hours met, all that is required now for blooming is a period of warm weather, which is on its way for Georgia and the Southeast. This winter, the atmosphere has been in a very strong La Niña pattern. Typically, a La Niña gives Georgia a warmer-than-normal and a drier-than-normal winter and early spring. This is the first winter on record that Georgia has experienced a colder-than-normal winter while the atmosphere was in a La Niña pattern.Another atmospheric pattern has overpowered the La Niña. The Arctic Oscillation, or AO, pattern has been at near record strength, pushing the unusually cold winter in the eastern U.S. and Europe. The short-term forecast is for the strength of the AO to return to a more typical level. With the AO weakening, Georgia should see a return to a typical La Niña winter and early spring. With the expected return to a typical La Niña winter and spring, temperatures in the 60s and 70s are expected across most of the state for the next week or so. With warmer temperatures, peaches and blueberries will prepare to bloom. A couple of weeks in the upper 60s and 70s will lead to early blooming.Unfortunately, the La Niña pattern has no impact on the date of Georgia’s last freeze. There is no way for us to forecast if the last freeze will be early or late this year. It only takes one freeze to destroy the crop for a year. Georgia’s blueberry crop is worth $102 million annually. Peaches are worth $60 million.If plants bloom early, there is a greater probability that they will be hurt by a freeze. Producers should consider appropriate frost-protection strategies for the next several weeks. Up-to-date chill hours and weather information across Georgia can be found at www.georgiaweather.net. Additional information on peaches, blueberries and Southeastern climate can be found at the website agroclimate.org.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is considering adopting a 1,000 MW statewide energy storage target for utilities for the end of 2030, crafting a proposal more than two years after the legislature passed a bill directing it to look into storage goals.The commission’s proposal would create biennial targets, beginning with 100 MW by the end of 2020 and then ramping up to 400 MW and 800 MW by 2024 and 2028, respectively. Utilities would be required to file progress updates with the commission beginning in 2022.The proposal, which was submitted to the state Legislative Counsel Bureau on Nov. 26, could be finalized sometime in early or mid-2020, according to Cameron Dyer, staff attorney with the Western Resource Advocates’ (WRA) clean energy program.Increasing its storage capacity is also critical to Nevada’s renewables goals. In April, the state legislature passed a bill requiring 50% of electricity to be generated from renewable resources by 2030, up from a 25% RPS target by 2025. The bill also sets the state on a trajectory towards being 100% carbon-free by 2050.The storage proposal was crafted through a stakeholder process that included the U.S. Energy Storage Alliance and WRA, and was submitted to the commission by NV Energy. The 1,000 MW target might have seemed ambitious in 2017, but is much more attainable today thanks to the shrinking cost of batteries and the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that applies to batteries coupled with solar energy, according to Dyer.In June, NV Energy proposed to procure 590 MW of energy storage as part of an amendment to its integrated resource plan. The commission will vote on this proposal on Wednesday and, if approved, it will put the state seven years ahead of schedule on its proposed storage target. [Kavya Balaraman]More: Nevada PUC floats proposal for 1,000 MW storage target by 2030 Nevada regulators consider plan to require 1,000MW of battery storage statewide by 2030
Comments sought on contingency fee rules Comments sought on contingency fee rules Input from Bar members is being sought by the Board of Governors Disciplinary Procedure Committee over a proposed rule amendment on criteria to be used by a trial judge when reviewing a request to approve a contingency fee in excess of what is allowed in current rules.The amendment had been previously approved by the board, but it was returned to the DPC after the changes were publicized in a notice of intent to file a rule amendment with the Supreme Court.The section involved is rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (ii). The proposed change would employ existing criteria for the review of reasonableness of legal fees.Specifically, the board received judicial comments that there was a lack of criteria on how judges were to evaluate requests for contingency fees in excess of the fee found in rule 4-1.5 (f) (4) (B) (i).The DPC next meets in Tallahassee on Thursday, April 7. The board and the Disciplinary Procedure Committee are interested in comments or suggestions about the need for amendments to guide trial judges and, if necessary, what those comments should encompass. Interested members may file comments for committee consideration by writing to Disciplinary Procedure Committee, c/o Tony Boggs, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300, or by e-mail at [email protected]bar.org. In order to allow for dissemination of comments in advance of the next meeting of the committee, comments should be received on or before March 25, 2005. March 15, 2005 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road train in Deer Park, forcing a since-lifted service suspension on the Main Line that snarled the Friday morning rush hour commute.The victim was hit at a crossing shortly before 6 a.m. east of the Deer Park station by the 5:29 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due in Penn Station at 6:38 a.m., according to the LIRR.Service was suspended in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Deer Park for several hours.It was mostly restored by the end of rush hour, but some trains were cancelled and there are scattered delays. Buses replaced trains commuters were urged to take trains on other lines.MTA police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the incident.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old man was killed when a vehicle he was riding in crashed in Deer Park, critically wounding two fellow Wyandanch residents who were also in the auto early Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Hamzah Abdul-Hakim was one of three occupants in an Infiniti that was heading southbound on Straight Path when the vehicle struck a tree south of Sagamore Lane at 4:30 a.m.Abdul-Hakim, who was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, was pronounced dead at the scene.One of the other occupants, 28-year-old Ismail Latif, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.The third occupant, 31-year-old Darnell Snell, who also had to be extricated, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.Investigators are still working to determine who was driving the vehicle.First Squad detectives impounded the Infiniti, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident and has not been interviewed by detectives to call them at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
Bongani Nkosi Ernest Maduna was all smiles after buying his tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. Youssef Moola spent a night at a queue at Maponya Mall for the tickets. Charmaine Brown (left) and fellow Bafana Bafana supporters were also in the queue for tickets. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fifa Delia Fischer Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] • Local Organising Committee Jermaine Craig Media Manager +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup ticket sales simplified • Soccer Cinema to inspire SA • SA starts the 2010 countdown • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World Cup Ernest Maduna, in his early 20s, spent the night outside Maponya Mall in Soweto, just to be part of history – to be in the stadium at 2010 Fifa World Cup matches in his home country.From Carltonville, about 75km west of Johannesburg’s city centre, Maduna knew scores of football fans from Johannesburg and beyond would descend on the mall, home to one of the Fifa Ticketing centres, when over-the counter sales opened at 9am on 15 April. So he decided to get there the day before, to beat the queues.“I came here yesterday,” he said, three tickets clutched in his hand. “I slept out in the cold.”The 11 Fifa Ticketing centres, in the nine host cities, make it easier for fans to get their hands on tickets, as they can be bought directly over the counter instead of via complicated application forms. The 600 First National Bank (FNB) branches used for applications are also open.The Fifa centres, as well as Shoprite and Checkers retail stores, are also collection points for tickets purchased from FNB, the Fifa call centre and on the Fifa website.Maduna had wanted tickets for a Bafana Bafana match, but settled for three for the Ghana versus Germany game, a Group D match to be played at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 23 June.“I wanted tickets for Bafana Bafana. But they got sold out,” he said. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. Approached by an international journalist, he flourished his tickets and said: “I am happy. This is what I came here for.”Maduna got his tickets just after noon, an indication of the scores of people who also spent the night in the queue, ahead of him.“When I arrived here at 6am there were already about 400 people waiting for us to open,” said Richard Lalla, a Maponya Mall ticketing centre manager.Enjoying the tournament with friendsYoussef Moola, a medical student at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also spent the night in the queue, arriving at 5pm the previous day. His friends, Saad Khan and Abdullah Ismail, joined him later.Between them they bought more than 50 tickets between the three of them. Mohammed Manga, another friend and also a medical student at Wits, said the tickets would be distributed among the group of friends and family members.They were able to get 10 tickets for the final match, to be played in Soccer City on 11 July. “It was a long wait, but it’s worth it,” said Moola.Manga didn’t spare praise for Moola’s overnight vigil. “He made history,” he said. “He’s the main man, the mastermind behind the plan to get tickets.”For Manga, and the thousands of other South Africans snapping up tickets, it’s all about supporting a spectacle to be played in Africa for the first time since its inception in 1930. “It’s coming to my country,” Manga said. “I have to support it; I have to be there.”‘It’s closer to home’Charlotte Brown, from Soweto’s Eldorado Park township, brought a camping chair to the snaking queue. With a large South African flag draped over her shoulders, she moved her chair bit by bit as the queue slowly proceeded.She knew tickets would be sold out for the matches she really wanted, for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June, or any Bafana group match. So Brown went for tickets to Brazil versus Côte d’Ivoire, a Group G match on 6 June in Soccer City. The match, she said, was “my son’s favourite”.Brown, who was hoping to get about 20 tickets, said she was only buying tickets for matches to be played in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums. “The stadiums are convenient, they are closer to us.”‘The turnout was brilliant’All the ticket centres and FNB branches across the country had massive turnout. The country was abuzz with news of scores of people queuing up for tickets as from the evening of 14 April.About 53 000 tickets were sold countrywide within eight hours of the first day. A total of 23 matches, including the opening game, the final and the two semi-finals are sold out, said Fifa.“[The turnout] was absolutely brilliant,” said Lalla, the ticketing centre manager.The huge volume of ticket sales eventually crashed FNB’s computer system, but service was restored by about 2.50pm. The bank, which operates between 9am and 4pm, extended its working hours to 5pm.“Ninety per cent of the ticket requests were done at the 600 FNB branches and we appreciate their work and cooperation even when under enormous pressure,” Horst R Schmidt, chair of the Fifa Ticketing Sub-Committee, said in a statement.Ticketing centres and all the other sales channels will be open throughout the tournament.
22 May 2013 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant wants to engage with South Africa’s labour movement on what she describes as the adversarial nature of industrial relations in the country, and the threat this poses to the system of collective bargaining. Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Oliphant said that ructions in South Africa’s mining industry, especially in the platinum belt, had changed the collective bargaining framework, while causing a considerable dent in the economy, the effects of which would be felt well into the future. She said that talks on the character of a new and centralised bargaining arrangement in the platinum sector were continuing. She announced that the department would hold a labour relations indaba to discuss the changes in the nature of collective bargaining in the country. It would be an opportunity to engage stakeholders and roleplayers in a conversation on the future of collective bargaining and social dialogue. “We want to generate greater interests and concerns of social partners in respect of labour relations conflict, and identify measures to strengthen labour relations and dialogue in order to achieve labour marker stability and peace,” Oliphant said. In addition to the mining labour problems, strikes in the road freight sector and protest action by Western Cape farmworkers reminded South Africa of just how important the “responsible exercise of labour relations to the country and the economy” was, she said. The department would continue to protect vulnerable workers by using sectoral determinations, which she said remained one of the most effective tools for this purpose. These determinations regulate the minimum wage that workers can earn in any given industry. In the past year, the department had amended and reviewed the determinations in the hospitality, contract cleaning, taxi, private security, civil engineering, retail and farmworker sectors. Oliphant said proposed changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act would give increased benefits to beneficiaries, increase the benefit period from 8 to 12 months, which meant that workers would be paid over a longer period without additional contributions, and give domestic worker maternity benefits. Also, the income replacement rate for women on maternity leave would be increased to 66 percent from 38 percent. Workers would also get adequate time to claim UIF benefits – up from six months to 18 months for death benefits, and to 12 months for other benefits. The UIF continued to play a vital role in creating jobs, Oliphant said, noting that a partnership between the UIF and the Industrial Development Corporation had created 21 234 new jobs and saved 20 161 jobs in 2012/13. The minister said that over the year R30.4-billion had been allocated to Ditsela, the workers’ education institute that builds capacity by training union officials. During 2013/14, she said, more than R8-million would be invested in job creation initiatives in mining beneficiation, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. The Public Investment Corporation had been allocated R3.2-billion to plough into job creation projects. An allocation of R39-million per annum over the next three years would be used to assist companies in distress to save jobs and keep people in employment. Oliphant said her department had received an appropriation of R2.415-billion for 2013/14. The focus of spending over the medium term would continue to be the protection of vulnerable workers, the reintegration of work-seekers into the labour market, and ensuring decent work. However, the first priority in the coming financial year would be to work together to achieve a peaceful environment in labour relations and collective bargaining, Oliphant said. Source: SAnews.gov.za