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Just In: Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana Dies at Age 87

first_imgFormer U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana Dies at Age 87APRIL 28TH, 2019 AMANDA DECKER INDIANA Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana has died.The 87-year old longtime Senator passed away at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.Lugar was a foreign policy expert and Rhodes Scholar who spent 8 years as mayor of Indianapolis before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He served in the Senate from 1977-2013, after losing his reelection bid to Richard Murdock in the primary. Murdock went on to lose to Sen. Joe Donnelly in the general election that year.Many political pundits believe Lugar’s reputation for working with Democrats likely caused him to lose that election.He collaborated with Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn on a program under which the U.S. paid to dismantle and secure thousands of nuclear warheads and missiles in the former Soviet states after the Cold War ended.Lugar was also a supporter of gun control, and has supported gun legislation and weapons bans and even received an F rating from the National Rifle Association of America.To read more about Sen. Lugar and his legacy, click here:CBS News takes a look back at the life and legacy of Sen. Lugar FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Raising awareness about plastics pollution

first_img× JERSEY CITY – It was a day of environmental advocacy at Liberty State Park as environmental volunteers turned out for a shoreline cleanup at the park’s Caven Point Beach.The Sept. 16 event, sponsored by Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) and NY/NJ Baykeeper, featured internationally acclaimed businessman-turned-environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, founder of global environmental initiative The Thames Project, which he created to raise awareness about plastics pollution in waterways.Boruah, who flew in from London, cycled on the Hudson River Estuary on his cycle and picked up plastics and debris from the waterway, later joining the volunteers at the beach for the shoreline clean up.“It was a great day cleaning up Caven Point with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and NY/NJ Baykeeper,” Boruah said. “It was wonderful to see the community engagement, sad to be collecting so much plastic, but very motivating to hear everyone’s promise to not just rethink their purchasing behavior but also to inspire their family, friends and colleagues to take action and think about solutions. We should not be cleaning up – we should stop this at its source. Awareness is great, but we need to find solutions to stem the plastic tide.”“We had a great group of volunteers come together to donate their time and help improve the amazing Caven Point Beach Habitat at Liberty State Park,” said Lori Garth Resource Interpretive Specialist with Liberty State Park. “We had young children exploring the shoreline and participants of all ages and backgrounds working together to remove plastics and other debris from the sandy beach and upland vegetation. We got to meet Dhruv and learn about his innovative projects and efforts in the battle against plastics in our waterways, we got to see amazing wildlife, and we made new friends.”Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park, praised the volunteers.“Our volunteers reflect the diversity of those who use and love our inspiring urban state park behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island,” Pesin said. “I’m delighted with this first time cleanup collaboration, initiated by the London environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, with the Friends, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Liberty State Park staff, which helped beautify this unique remnant sandy beach in our densely populated estuary.”“NY/NJ Baykeeper was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and Dhruv Boruah,” said Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO. “The shoreline cleanup was a great way to bring people together to help raise awareness about the issue of plastics pollution in our waterways. Liberty State Park is a cherished natural resource and we are grateful to all those who turned out.”last_img read more

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Mayor’s Update 8-26

first_imgDear Friends,On Tuesday, Bike OCNJ held its annual public forum on bicycling in Ocean City. The private nonprofit group is made up entirely of volunteers from the community, and I’d like to thank them for all the work they do in advocating for safe streets in Ocean City.The forums are designed to let the public know about new bicycle-friendly amenities in Ocean City and to solicit feedback for new priorities. The information is a great resource as the city team works to make improvements.I’m proud of the many projects the city has completed related to safer streets, and I think it’s important to make accommodations for bicyclists, not only for recreation but as an easy way to get around town. I look forward to continuing to work with Bike OCNJ in the coming years.I’d like to remind everybody about a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Senior Center. The purpose of the meeting is for Michael Baker International Company to discuss final plans for road and drainage improvements in the area from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue.Finally, I’d like to remind everybody that Labor Day Weekend is almost here. Get out for a Mummers Night, Family Night or any other boardwalk or downtown event before the summer is over.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.last_img read more

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Speech: New Towns: launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group

first_imgGood evening and thank you, Lucy. It’s a pleasure to be here.Now, we all know the jokes about roundabouts, concrete wastelands and ring roads.The references to eternity looking like Milton Keynes.The people who make these jokes have no idea what they’re talking about.If they want to know what eternity feels like, try being a politician waiting for the call from No.10 on reshuffle day!But, seriously, as the launch of this APPG shows, New Towns have got a lot to offer.That we need to do more to ensure they’re fit for the future.And that we have an ambitious vision for the New Towns of the 21st century.One man who certainly wasn’t lacking in vision was Ebenezer Howard, the pioneer whose garden cities inspired the New Towns.But it’s fair to say that not everyone bought into his dreams of marrying the best of city and rural living.Even the progressive Fabian News said rather sniffily:“His plans would have been in time if they had been submitted to the Romans when they conquered Britain…But Ebenezer Howard’s achievements; as an urban planner whose influence can still be felt, here and abroad, speak for themselves.They’re all the more remarkable considering that his day job was as a Hansard short-hand copy-taker right here in Parliament.So maybe I need to look a little closer to home for solutions to the housing crisis!And it’s especially pleasing to have the Town and Country Planning Association……the organisation Howard founded……supporting this APPG and represented here today.Your input, and the history behind it, underlines that the challenges Howard sought to address are just as relevant today.Not enough good quality affordable housing.Overcrowding.The belief that everyone deserves to live in a strong, vibrant community.Of course, the bleak industrial backdrop that spawned Howard’s garden cities has long gone.But the desire for people to live somewhere they can find work, build families, get about easily, and enjoy green space has not.It’s the most basic of desires – the desire for a place to call home.And it’s this issue of place……how to build not just more homes, but strong communities……that goes to the heart of the challenge we face as a country.A challenge we’re determined to meet – as underlined by the recent change in my department’s name……to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.And the launch of a new national housing agency, Homes England.A challenge that the important work of this APPG has an opportunity to inform.Because there’s little doubt that there are valuable lessons to be learned from New Towns.Many, like those represented by my honourable friends here today,..… are home to successful companies…offer affordable homes…and job opportunities that attract inward commuters.But the downsides of the rapid development and, in particular, centralised planning, that underpinned New Towns are all too evident.Dated, often identikit housing, infrastructure and town centres that, too often, look like everywhere and nowhere.That don’t just make these towns the butt of lazy jokes……but make it harder for them to be seen as truly aspirational and attract the investment they need to grow and thrive.Like you, I want this to change.And I can see that many new towns are stepping up to the challenge.Some, like Bracknell, are making intelligent use of their existing assets……and making a virtue of the need for massive regeneration to offer investors and developers scale of opportunity.Others, such as Crawley, are introducing a richer mix of shopping opportunities and development……by breaking down the original blocky zoning and the inner ring roads.And we’re seeing high quality and better design informing the development of Lightmoor Village in Telford.A development that, fittingly, is being driven by a partnership between Homes England and Bournville……one of the first and still most successful New Towns.And I see partnerships; between central and local government, between local government and the private sector, as very much the way forward.For regenerating existing New Towns and driving the delivery of new ones.Again, Lucy’s constituency, is showing just what’s possible through initiatives such as the Telford Land Deal.A partnership between: the government Homes England the local council and Marches LEP …that will deliver 2,800 new homes and 8,500 new jobs.The key thing with this Deal, is that it’s led, not centrally, miles away from the communities concerned……even if that approach had worked previously, it wouldn’t be right for the times we live in.Instead, it’s led locally by those who know Telford best – the people who live and work there.This shows that government and New Towns can work innovatively to power further growth.And that we’re open to other New Towns coming to us with ideas.We’re already supporting 24 locally led garden cities, towns and villages……ranging in size from 1,500 new homes to over 20,000, from Cornwall to Cumbria.Some are being built on land where there are few or no houses at the moment.Others will provide transformational growth to existing settlements.All reflect their particular local circumstances and share a focus on quality and good design……echoing the commitments in our Housing White Paper.The recent Budget……the biggest and boldest for housing for decades……built on these commitments to back five new locally led Garden Towns in places where demand is high.A million new homes in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge corridor by 2050……a hugely ambitious project which I was delighted to appoint my honourable friend, Iain Stewart, to champion.And also the first of our ambitious Housing Deals……with Oxfordshire, to deliver 100,000 homes by 2031, backed by £215 million of funding for infrastructure.We all know that the right infrastructure is absolutely vital for New Towns.So the Budget’s doubling of investment in the Housing Infrastructure Fund to £5 billion can only be good news.As are our legislative changes to reboot New Town Development Corporations – the vehicle for the post-war New Towns.So you can count on our support.But I won’t pretend that we have all the answers.Which is why I am keen to learn from the important work you’ll be undertaking; to better understand the challenges and opportunities for New Towns.To consider how can we do more to support the people and places you serve.And deliver the next wave of garden towns and villages.So congratulations again on today’s launch and all the best for your work ahead.As a government, we’ve made some great strides, having delivered more than a million homes since 2010.And helped over 255,000 households buy their own home through Help to Buy.But there’s clearly a long way to go to deliver the 300,000 homes a year on average we will need by the mid 2020s.New towns have an important role to play in helping us fix our broken housing market.But I know we’ll really have succeeded when the joke isn’t on New Towns, but those who knock them.Thank you.last_img read more

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Scotmid trials food-to-go in-store

first_imgScottish co-operative Scotmid has opened its first food-to-go provision at Ratho Station near Edinburgh as the first of three trial stores. Arlene Stuart from the Forth One breakfast show officially opened The Kitchen, which offers fresh food with both ‘grab and go’ and ‘made to order’ sandwiches available. Other options include porridge, salad pots as well as hot meals and pizzas.The Breadwinner Bakery bakes many of the artisan breads and rolls for the filled sandwiches and rolls on offer and Stephens the Baker supplies the group with pies and savouries.The Breadwinner Bakery has been supplying to the convenience store chain for two years, in 15 different stores, but expects to add 30 more across Scotland through the year.Stephen Brown, Scotmid’s bakery and local sourcing manager, said: “Following extensive customer research on further provisions that could be offered in-store, the feedback we received overwhelmingly requested a range of meal offerings available throughout the day, from breakfast through to evening meals.“Most importantly, customers asked us to ensure they could get served and pay as quickly as possible and therefore we have installed a dedicated food-to-go section, distinct from the standard counter area.“The product range offers daily specials to keep the range interesting for customers and will evolve with the seasonality of the products.”Stuart said: “The Kitchen is a wonderful idea and will provide extra value for customers and a way for them to enjoy really healthy and appetising produce from well-known local suppliers which is freshly prepared, allowing them to grab food on the go.”Further trial sites at the Carrick Knowe and Kingsknowe Scotmid co-operative stores will open in the next five weeks.last_img read more

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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise In County, 19 New Cases Reported

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE — Chautauqua County health officials report 19 new positive COVID-19 cases in the county Thursday, bringing the active cases total to 120.The location breakdown of the new cases is as follows:Dunkirk, 5; Forestville, 1; Fredonia, 2; Jamestown, 6; Falconer, 1; Frewsburg, 1; Lakewood, 2 and Ripley 1.Tanglewood Manor faces 66 active cases, with 55 residents and 11 employees reported as positive. County officials note none of the people associated with the Tanglewood outbreak have recovered yet. To date there are 698 recovered cases, 13 deaths and 831 total confirmed cases.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Big City Mountaineers: One Mountain at a Time

first_imgAn unquenchable thirst for adventure has taken my life to incredible places. My passion for these wild places and even wilder ways of exploring them has given me a life time of treasured memories and experiences. But aside from bringing a few great friends along on the occasional adventure, I had become comfortable in the fact that these wilderness forays were self fulfilling. A couple years worth of these selfish great times had floated by before I was given the unique opportunity to add some meaning to my travels.GOPR4433Big City Mountaineers is a budding charity based out of Colorado that takes at risk youth across the nation on wilderness mentoring adventures. Statistically, 83 percent of the kids Big City Mountaineers work with live well below the poverty line and would likely never experience the great outdoors without a miracle of sorts. They run the “Summit For Someone” program as their main fundraising vehicle, allowing any level adventurer to turn a frivolous pursuit into a worthy cause by raising money for BCM through Mountaineering and Climbing Expeditions. When I heard about this opportunity, the ambitious feeling inside grew instantly, and I knew I needed to be a part of the Summit For Someone program!BootScoot3Big City Mountaineers has developed major sponsors and connections through out the outdoor industry. They currently have hubs in Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago and the Boundary Waters Canoe area. I would love to see them keep expanding and include an East Coast Hub one day as well. To raise massive amounts of awareness and money they partnered with Backpacker Magazine and The North Face to hold the largest outdoor fundraiser ever conducted on U.S. soil last Spring on Mt. Whitney.Backpacker held a contest for readers to be a part of the event and I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the readers chosen to join. For months I trained like an animal, raised funds any way I could think of and then drove from the Appalachians out to California to test my merit above 14,000ft. The training and fundraising paid off for myself and everyone else. Nearly every member of our group reached the Summit with the help of our incredible guides from Sierra Mountaineering International. More important than our Peak Experience was the fact we raised $280,000 to provide all kinds of kids with the opportunity to have a peak experience of their own!Lucky ShotTime spent in the wilderness has given me a confident yet humble approach to the daily grind. Long strenuous trips that challenged my mind and body have created a vivid picture of the things that truly matter in life. For instance, A cool drink of water after a long day on a trail is no doubt one of life’s richest pleasures. Good companions and relationships are things to be nurtured and cherished in stride. Shelter from the weather, a healthy diet and a warm, comfortable place to sleep at night are our purest pursuits.When the youth of Big City Mountaineers participate in a mentoring trip they get the chance to incorporate all of this knowledge along with the set of life skills associated with a happy camper back into their own lives. Aside from learning these wilderness “life Hacks” the kids learn a great deal about themselves through the aid of a mentor. For many the opportunity to spend a week in seclusion with a positive adult mentor will provide more positive guidance than they have received collectively during their entire life. The kids get a chance to discuss their living situations as well as their thoughts and feelings about anything the wish with someone who is willing to listen and capable of giving sound advice.The bulk of BCM’s trips offer an amazing 1:­1 ratio of five adult mentors and five youth venturing together on a week long adventure. The trips will physically challenge the kids in different ways such as backpacking, climbing or traveling by canoe and certainly broaden their outdoor horizons. For these reasons and many more a week in the wilderness with Big City Mountaineers is considered a transformative experience for the kids and sometimes even more so for the adult volunteers who participate.Sam3After having such a great time on Mt. Whitney I was thrilled to learn that this year the Summit For Someone program was partnering up with Backpacker and The North Face again to climb Mt. Shasta in Northern California. I was honored again to receive an invite to join the climb and excited to keep raising awareness for the cause. The second time around provided a sense of comfort for me in both training and fundraising.I knew what worked and what did not work after riding the learning curve of our first expedition. With the help of some generous folks all across the outdoor community we were able to hold a fundraising party in Waynesville, NC. A local brewery furnished a killer venue free of charge for us to have a band, show a movie from Mt. Whitney and to auction off thousands of dollars worth of donated gear, outdoor adventures and some incredible Photographs. The night was incredible and our small Appalachian community was more than generous for the nationwide charity. A few weeks ago I had the time of my life on Mt. Shasta on our three day climb. As always I met great new friends and nourished my appetite for adventure on a beautiful mountain. The Mt. Shasta area is particularly special.These picturesque mountains covered in evergreens are dotted with Alpine Lakes and streams and they gently roll to the base of Mt. Shasta which promptly rises 10,000 vertical feet above the valley to a height of 14,192ft. With such staggering prominence above the surrounding area Shasta looks massive and the view from the top reminded me of looking out the window of a airplane! The Shasta Expedition was another staggering success with the help of Shasta Mountain Guides and collectively our group brought in $200,000 and counting for Big City Mountaineers!G0024418The Summit For Someone program has expanded to include 20 iconic Mountaineering Expeditions and climbs around the world. The program will also provide you a vehicle to raise funds for Big City Mountaineers in your own special way. If you wish to through hike a long trail, go peak bagging or set a FKT at your favorite spot they can help turn your passion into a philanthropic adventure! The program provides such a unique opportunity to give your outdoor life style a sense of merit. Believe me from my experience, this makes your endeavors more valuable and more memorable than you could ever imagine.I hope some of you reading this are in the same position I was a few years ago. I had just finished the SB6K challenge and felt like I wanted a taste of Big Adventure when the Summit For Someone program came into my life. Awesomeness is out their waiting for you and Big City Mountaineers can help make it happen!For more information check out bigcitymountaineers.org and summitforsomeone.org.–Follow author and Blue Ridge native Steven Reinhold on Facebook.last_img read more

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Developers appointed for £240m Humber business park

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Morne Bruce Storage tank nearing completion

first_imgLocalNews Morne Bruce Storage tank nearing completion by: – May 19, 2012 Share The construction of the five hundred thousand gallon water storage tank at Morne Bruce is nearing completion with an estimated completion date set for the end of May 2012.The four million dollar project which was funded by the government of Dominica is expected to improve the water supply system for the city of Roseau and environs including the lower parts of Kings Hill as well as to provide water for the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and a supply for the sale of bulk water to cruise ships. The Contractor ACE engineering has been working on the project for the past year.General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (Dowasco), Bernard Etinoffe confirmed this on Monday during an interview with GIS news.“What is happening now is basically the sealing of the side of the tank and then some work on the outside has to be done. It should take a few days to complete this five hundred thousand gallon storage tank… It’s divided into three chambers, one of which can be dedicated to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium; one can be dedicated to the cruise ships so that when we are feeding the cruise ships or when there’s an activity in the stadium utilizing large volumes of water the people in Kings Hill and Morne Bruce and Roseau will not suffer from water shortages. In the past what you found was that we could not serve ships sometimes because if we did that persons would not have water, so with this much needed storage we can expect much improvement in the water supply to Roseau and environs, Kings Hill, lower Morne Bruce and the Stadium. The storage tank has the capacity to serve for probably two days or so in the event that there is something happening at the intake.”The Dowasco official accompanied the Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie on a tour of the project site in May to view the status of the work done thus far.Chief Engineer at Dowasco, Magnus Williams explained what the new system involves.“Each chamber requires a separate outlet and distribution pipes. The pipes for each of these chambers are interconnected in the event that we want to supply water from one pipe to another area so various valves have to be installed so that we can [achieve} that particular isolation. Also we’re required to place valves on the supply lines. They are what we call float valves. They will be used to control the tanks and shut off the supply when tanks are filled. [There] are pipes to control the overflow and for emptying and washing out the tanks. These pipes are also interconnected. They go to the concrete chamber and then through a washout line. Two pipes were installed, one for Bath Road and the other to the Botanic Gardens. One is a direct connection to a bulk water line so we can serve water to the cruise ships.” The Morne Bruce storage tank will be fed from the treatment facility in Antrim from the main intake in Springfield.Meantime, Minister for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie says the completion of the tank will mark a major milestone in government’s attempts to make potable water available to all Dominicans within the next two to three years.“Government has been spending quite a bit of money in terms of new and improved water systems. To date I can tell you, we’ve spent over fifteen million dollars on improving and [upgrading] water systems all across the country. Campbell, Warner, Delice and Petite Savanne all have improved water systems. Right now we’re in the final [stages] of completing Penville’s [and] Concorde’s [water system], the West Coast Water supply project in currently ongoing right now.”Government Information Service 9 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Altercation leads to stabbing; 3 wounded

first_imgILOILO City – Three persons were hurt ina stabbing incident in Barangay Ilaya Poblacion, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. The suspects were arrested and now detainedin lockup cell of the Barotac Nuevo police station, facing charges./PN Teologia and Lachica allegedly attackedthe victims after a heated argument ensued between them. But it was notimmediately established what triggered the altercation. According to the police, the incidenthappened around 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14. center_img The 29-year-old Jannie Dosano, his 28-year-oldbrother Aurelio and 26-year-old Robert Jocson were recuperating at the Don JoseS. Monfort Medical Center in Barotac, Nuevo. They all sustained stabwounds on the body, police said. Tagged suspects were Aljohn Teologia,28, of Barangay Tubungan, Barotac Nuevo and Archie Lachica of Barangay Licu-an,Barotac Nuevo.last_img read more

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