Pawnee fire burns in Northern California as heat wave expands

first_imgABC News (NEW YORK) — The Pawnee fire in Northern California has burned 10,500 acres and destroyed 22 structures, as winds and hot weather fuel the flames.Over 1,000 people have been evacuated and the blaze is just 5 percent contained.California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the area.“Each day we’re fighting mother nature,” Cal Fire Assistant Chief Billy See told ABC station KGO in San Francisco.The West is also facing extreme heat. Temperatures could reach 115 degrees in Death Valley, 111 in Palm Springs and 110 in Phoenix.A heat wave is headed to the Midwest and will then spread to the East Coast by Friday.This is expected to be the longest heat wave of the season so far for the Midwest and Northeast.Strong storms are also headed to the Midwest.Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Tulsa could see damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.Flooding is also headed to the Midwest Tuesday afternoon, from Chicago to Louisville.Some areas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain Tuesday, especially from Chicago to the Carolinas.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah school fires substitute teacher who told 5th-graders ‘homosexuality is wrong’

first_imgGoogle Maps Street View(CEDAR HILLS, UT) —  A substitute teacher from Utah was fired after she allegedly told a classroom full of fifth-graders that “homosexuality is wrong” during a Thanksgiving exercise about gratitude.Students at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah, said she launched into an angry anti-gay rant when a classmate expressed that he was thankful for his two fathers. The school confirmed the incident in a statement to ABC News on Sunday.“When our son Daniel answered the substitute teacher’s question, ‘What are you thankful for?’ with, ‘I’m thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads,’ the teacher went on to sharing her own views on homosexuality and that it’s wrong,” Louis van Amstel, one of the boy’s dads, said on Twitter.“I’m truly disgusted that the bully in this situation is a teacher in a public school,” he added.The rant lasted for about 10 minutes with the teacher lamenting about why “homosexuality is wrong” until three students went to notify the school’s principal, according to van Amstel. The three students had asked her to stop multiple times, but she refused, he said. Van Amstel, a professional choreographer who has appeared on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” said the school notified him immediately after the incident unfolded, saying the teacher had been removed from the classroom.“You can imagine why that set us off and we are not letting this go,” van Amstel said in a video posted online on Nov. 22. “I am so proud of Daniel’s school. Not only did they let go of the teacher, but they said this woman is never going to teach in this school ever again.”Kelly Services, which provides substitutes teacher for the Alpine School District, confirmed that the teacher had been fired in a statement to ABC News on Sunday. “We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate conduct and take these matters very seriously,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “We conducted an investigation and made the decision to end the employee’s relationship with Kelly Services.”Alpine School District spokesman David Stephenson did not share details about how the situation unfolded, but he did confirm that the school had a problem with one of its substitute teachers.“I can confirm that there was a situation involving a substitute,” Stephenson told ABC News on Sunday. “The school took appropriate action that day based upon their investigation.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SpaceX aborts rocket launch after countdown

first_imgiStock(BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.) — Three, two, one, zero, grounded.A SpaceX rocket launch was aborted after countdown finished Sunday at Kennedy Space Center. Although some of the Falcon 9’s rockets had already ignited, a power issue triggered an auto abort, the company said.Huge plumes of smoke billowed out into the air while the rocket stayed in place on the launch pad.“The purpose of the countdown is to catch potential issues prior to flight. There are a thousand ways a launch could go wrong and only one way it can go right,” Michael Andrews, a SpaceX supply chain supervisor, said during the launch’s livestream.The rocket was set to launch 60 new satellites into orbit. SpaceX said it will determine a date to re-attempt lift off.In January, SpaceX conducted a safety test where it intentionally blew up one of its Falcon 9 rockets to test its escape pod. Earlier this month, the company conducted a cargo transport mission to the International Space Station.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

University hosts week of events highlighting diversity in STEM

first_imgDepartment of Statistics Professor Andrew Hodges gave a talk on the topic of Alan Turing. His deciphering of the Enigma code was never fully recognised due to his homosexuality, which was a crime in the UK at the time of the Second World War. The University has been running events such as ‘Inspire Her’, ‘Women in Computer Science’, ‘It All Adds Up’, and ‘Dragonfly Days in Engineering’ for girls in year nine and above. Their aim is to encourage them to develop an interest in coding, engineering, mathematics, science and computer science. The University has also attempted to increase diversity in sexuality and disability, hosting the first ever LGBTSTEM day last July, including a celebratory lunch. Further, they hosted a variety of discussions and talks, including ‘Bipolar Disorder and Creative Process’, a discussion with Professor Lucy Newlyn and Dr Richard Lawes last May, and ‘Autism, Sexuality and Gender Dysphoria’, a talk by Dr Wenn Lawson last November co-hosted by the Queer Studies Network and the Disability Advisory Service, combining his “professional knowledge” with “insights from his lived experience.” Oxford Area LGBT University Staff, who organised the event, told Cherwell: “Smashing barriers in Science: and evening in conversation with Dr Priyanka Dhopade, Dr Izzy Jayasinghe, and Prof Rachel Oliver’ was a discussion of real solutions to tackle institutional barriers and ways that we can pressure institutions to improve equity in academic STEM. There can be no doubt that people seen as ‘diverse’ face real barriers, whether direct (such as discrimination) or indirect (such as unconscious bias); all our speakers had personal stories to share. In celebration of the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, the events aimed to explore the intersection between sex, gender, disability, sexuality and race in STEM. A number of workshops, lectures, and panels have been held this week to celebrate Diversity and Awareness in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In May 2018, the university’s admissions statistics report showed a lack of diversity in many STEM subjects. Only 39.7% of Chemistry students identified as female, with only 15.9% of the cohort BME (Black and Minority Ethnicity). A similar trend was seen in Engineering Science (17.3% female and 21.5% BME), Mathematics (26.6% female, 18.5% BME), Material Science (28.8% female, 17.1% BME) and Biological Sciences (56.8% female, 7.9% BME). center_img Events included the Diversity in STEM Wikipedia Hackathon, an edit-a-thon led by Dr Jess Wade and the Department of Engineering. The same month, director of undergraduate admissions Samina Khan acknowledged that black British students are half as likely to be admitted as white British students. She said: “We are not getting the right number of black people with the talent to apply to us and that is why we are pushing very hard on our outreach activity to make sure we make them feel welcome and they realise Oxford is for them.” The Deparment of Physics also hosted a number of events based on giving talks about science to a visually impaired audience. Australian astrophysicist Dr Nic Bonne, who is visually impaired himself, gave a talk on how to make astronomy, described in the event as ‘one of the most visual sciences’, more accessible. Bonne is the project leader for ‘The Tactile Universe’, a public enagement project which aims to enable members of the visually impaired community to engage with new research into astronomy and cosmology. Its current focus is on creating ‘3D digitally modelled tactile versions of galaxy images.’ Oxford Brookes also hosted a symposium on ‘Diversity and Awareness in STEM’ across the University. The symposium included talks on a range of topics, from a lecture focusing on the history of LGBT+ people in STEM to a panel discussion about how best to make STEM subjects more diverse. “The first thing academia needs to do is acknowledge these barriers exist and that our current solutions do not go far enough. Yet, we also heard of success stories, real improvements being made and national initiative that that mobilising to tackle these barriers not only for one group, but intersectionality to make truly for all, such as the TIGERS and The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research in STEM.”last_img read more

HydroPlane Officials Say No Hydroplane Racing This Year

first_imgHydroPlane Officials Say No Hydroplane Racing This YearMAY 23RD, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAEvansville HydroFest will not feature actual Hydroplane racing this year. The Board of Directors of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on their Facebook page: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Board of Directors of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau voted yesterday afternoon to NOT continue with Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest. Our Race Director did not attend the meeting nor was involved in the decision. We regret to inform our Fans, Race Teams, Vendors, Volunteers, and Sponsors there will be no Roar on the River in 2019.The event is expected to kick off on Friday, August 16th through August 18th.44News reached out to the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive-Director for comment. They released this following statement:It is the recommendation of the Executive Director and legal counsel of Evansville Events, Inc. that hydroplane racing for 2019 not be pursued. A contract with the hydroplane racing organization of choice has not yet been finalized and it is unlikely that sufficient sponsorships can be raised to cover the costs of the event, thus risking a deficit for a second year in a row.It is further recommended that the barbecue festival and concert elements already being planned be reformatted into a yet-to-be-named event in downtown Evansville on the same dates. This new downtown event offers the unique opportunity to take advantage of the large crowds attending the Saturday night, August 17 Toby Keith concert at the Ford Center.While many details are admittedly yet to be worked out, making the change now allows time to plan, market and produce the alternative event.last_img read more

Come Celebrate the City of Albion’s 200th Birthday

first_img12 p.m.: Food and craft vendors openLunch on the Bricks, 5th street 6 p.m.: The Honey Vines perform on stage8 p.m.: Jerome Thomas on stage9 p.m.: Jason Bishop and James Obermeyer on stage until 11 p.m.Saturday, October 13th8 a.m.: ECHS Invitational volleyball tournament at the Linda Oxby gymnasium9 a.m.: English Prairie Quilters quilt show at the House of Prayer Historical buildings and Courthouse will be open until 5 p.m. 2 p.m.: Cupcakes 10 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies at the Memorial ArchVintage car cruise-in along 5th Street until 2 p.m.Food and Craft vendors will openHistorical artisans throughout the squareBounce Houses openWaterball tournament Caroline Kisiel, a George Flower & Morris Birbeck historian will be in town at various historical buildings throughout the day to give insight into the founding of Albion 1 p.m.: Cornhole tournament1 p.m.: Tony Booth and Dennis Stroughmatt perform on stage3 p.m.: Community band and choir as well as the ECHS band and Choir on stage6 p.m.: Lance Miller performs on stage7:30 p.m.: Lick Creek Band, stage to close out the festivities at 11Sunday, October 14th10 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies at the Memorial Arch10:15 a.m.: West Village Christian church will provide the community church service on the main stage after opening ceremonies.Salt Creek String band will perform after the church service.center_img 11 a.m. Chowder will be served on the square. Sales will be bulk or carry-out only.Albanian String band on stage Celebrate the City of Albion’s 200th BirthdayTYRONE MORRIS INDIANAThis year, the City of Albion is celebrating 200 years!In celebration of this milestone, the city is inviting everyone for its Bicentennial Celebration in October. There will be food and craft vendors, live music,  musical performances, a volleyball tournament and so much more.The event will run Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th.Below is the list of scheduled events:Friday, October 12th9 a.m.: Until 4:30 p.m. Bicentennial PostmarkAvailable the Albion Post Office4 p.m.: Albanian String band at the Pagoda4:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies at the Memorial Arch.5 p.m.: Historical buildings and Courthouse openCake Walk TwitterFacebook CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_imgFifth graders at All Saints Episcopal Day School were invited to join the UNICEF mentorship program where they will meet virtually with students in other schools to promote the work of UNICEF. In recognition of their fundraising efforts. UNICEF fights hunger across the globe. Each student in the class received a UNICEF Kid Power Band to encourage a healthy lifestyle. ×Fifth graders at All Saints Episcopal Day School were invited to join the UNICEF mentorship program where they will meet virtually with students in other schools to promote the work of UNICEF. In recognition of their fundraising efforts. UNICEF fights hunger across the globe. Each student in the class received a UNICEF Kid Power Band to encourage a healthy lifestyle. NY Waterway seeks state permission to move ferry equipment to uptown siteNY Waterway, the local private company that runs commuter ferries between Hudson County and Manhattan, has applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to move a travel lift and two barges to its newly-acquired land at the former Union Dry Dock site in Hoboken.NY Waterway wants to use the land, which they bought in November, to repair its ferries, but the city of Hoboken has made it clear it would like to acquire the land for open space.Hoboken has already attended public hearings in order to fight for that right, and the city has said it may use eminent domain to acquire the property if it’s able to.According to a press release from NY Waterway, “approval of the permit is critical to NY Waterway’s ability to maintain its fleet of 34 ferries, which carry more than 30,000 passengers each day, including 2,000 Hoboken residents.”According to the release, two barges moving to the site have a total area of 21,456 square feet, compared to Dry Dock’s barges with a total area of 36,414 square feet which were removed when Union Dry Dock sold the boat yard to NY Waterway last November.“NY Waterway’s environmental impact on this site will be substantially less than the previous use, which was in full compliance with all zoning and environmental regulations and which existed on this site for 130 years,” said Arthur Imperatore, the president of NY Waterway. “It is imperative that NY Waterway have an adequate facility in which we can maintain our fleet, assuring our +99 percent reliability for our daily commuter operations and to be available in an emergency, when other transit systems are disrupted.”In April, NY Waterway plans to vacate its current maintenance facility in Weehawken, which will be developed as residential property.“The Union Dry Dock facility is the only location available on a move-in, ready-to-operate basis on the river from Nyack to Staten Island, NY,” states the press release.However, officials have suggested that Waterway use other areas, perhaps building a repair facility in Bayonne.Alleged sexual assault perpetrator trial continuesThe trial against a Passaic man charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a Hoboken resident is scheduled to resume Tuesday Feb. 27.Marcos Blandino, 52, was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of burglary in May 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.On April 23, 2017, Hoboken Police received a report of a sexual assault at a residence from a female victim. According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim reported she was walking home alone shortly after 6 p.m. and as she attempted to enter her apartment, she was grabbed from behind and pushed into her home where she was allegedly sexually assaulted.The trial is before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent Militello in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City. Local Hoboken officials express support for ranked choice voting billIn a press release, Hoboken Councilwoman Emily Jabbour called on state legislative leaders to advance bill A-1801, which permits the use of instant runoff voting in local elections.“Instant runoff voting is something we would like to explore in Hoboken in order to ensure we do not return to the days of expensive, low-voter turnout runoff elections that are historically susceptible to political gamesmanship and potential election mischief,” Jabbour said. “With the passage of A-1801, we would be allowed to offer ranked choice voting to Hoboken residents, which asks voters on Election Day to list their first, second, and even third choice of candidates, incentivizing positive campaigning and encouraging candidates to appeal to everyone.”Instant runoff voting is a system that allows each resident to vote for a preferred candidate, as well as alternative choices in order of preference. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes in an election, the people who voted for the last place candidate will have their second choice options added to the total. The process would continue until one candidate is a majority winner.Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro of Hoboken, a sponsor of the legislation, said she supported the bill and wanted to give municipalities the option.“Offering ranked choice voting to our municipalities would change the negative dialogue in our campaigns, save money for candidates and the government, and avoid winter runoff elections, which often result in a lower participation rate,” Chaparro said in the press release. “This bill would not force any municipalities into using ranked choice voting, but rather would permit local governments to implement this option should they see fit in their community. I was happy to discuss this important issue with Councilwoman Jabbour, and I hope this bill will move forward expeditiously.”The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.The city council has already approved of a referendum on November’s ballot which asks the public whether or not the city should reinstate runoff elections.The council also passed a resolution urging state legislators to consider allowing instant runoff elections in New Jersey.See previous stories on the issue at hudsonreporter.com.Public meeting to be held Feb. 27 for Northwest Resiliency ParkThe design team for the Northwest Resiliency Park has completed a report summarizing the information gathering and community input phase of the project. The report can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/nwparkreport.Based on this information, the team is completing two preliminary concepts for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The concepts will be presented at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at the Wallace School Cafeteria located at 1100 Willow Ave. The entrance to the cafeteria is located behind the playground along 11th Street, mid-block between Willow Avenue and Clinton Street.After collecting community feedback on the two preliminary concepts, the team will create a final preferred concept for the park, which will be presented at a subsequent public meeting.For more information on the Northwest Resiliency Park Design Process, visit www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.Hoboken assemblywoman recognized with advocate awardAssemblywoman Annette Chaparro was recently announced by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition as a recipient of the 2018 NJBWC Advocate of the Year – State Level Award.“This award recognizes your excellent work as a transformative leader for biking and walking in the State of New Jersey, particularly as a sponsor of A-4165, which was signed into law on January 15, 2018,” states a letter from the Board of Directors of the NJBWC. “Bike riders and pedestrians around the state will now be safer as a result of your efforts in requiring driver’s education to include bike rider and pedestrian safety.”The law (A-4165) requires the curriculum for driver’s education courses in New Jersey to include information on sharing the road with pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and riders of motorized scooters and other non-motorized vehicles.“I am honored to accept this award from the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and I thank them for their recognition,” Chaparro said in a press release. “I started seeing more people using bikes in my hometown of Hoboken, and with the introduction of bike share programs throughout my district, I thought it was time we update the driver’s education curriculum to educate the next generation of drivers about bicycle safety and sharing the road. I’m glad my colleagues agreed with this idea and that it was signed into law. I look forward to working with local organizations as well as the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition on how we can continue to make our streets safer for everyone.”Chaparro will be presented with an award at the 2018 NJ Bike & Walk Summit, to be held on Saturday, March 24 at The Conference Center of Mercer County Community College.Senator Nia Gill and Senator Steven Oroho will also be provided with recognition. For more information on the Summit, visit http://njbwc.org/summit-2018/.Help fight kids’ cancer and celebrate lifeThe St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host its annual Hoboken fundraising event – “Kick Kids’ Cancer and Celebrate Life” – to fight kids’ cancer on Saturday, March 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Northern Soul Bar at 700 First St.“I’ve got two healthy sons, others aren’t so lucky,” said event coordinator Jim O’Brien, of Hoboken. O’Brien will shave his head for the eighth time and invites any other shavees to register and raise money by going bald with him. Hoboken barber, Nicole Appice-Davis, returns this year and will try to help the team break its record take of $8,068. Appice-Davis has sheared dozens at the event over the years, each of whom raised money through sponsors.Initially inspired by the story of a courageous 6 year-old boy who died of cancer seven years ago, O’Brien made it an annual event after his son’s friend also got cancer. The event is an offshoot of an annual St. Patrick’s Day party he and his buddies had hosted since college. Over $30,000 has been raised by the local event over the years.There will be live music, food and drink specials, and crafts for the kids. There is no fee to attend, but a hat will be passed. Supporters may also make donations on-line.The national St. Baldrick’s Foundation, established in 1999, has raised more than $200 Million to fight the scourge of kids’ cancer, and this year a collection of local businesses has joined in to support the cause.Interested shavees or donors are invited to go to https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/kickkidscancer2018 or contact Jim O’Brien at [email protected] ART– HOBOKEN announces March eventOn Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ONE ART – HOBOKEN will present its fifth installment, “All In The Family,” at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy.The monthly music, poetry, and art series will feature music by local bands and poetry by local artists.Father and Daughter Hoboken band leaders Gene Turonis and Emily Turonis will lead their respective bands and Cyndi Dawson,owner of Mulligan’s Pub, will lead her band The CYNZ.Hudson County poets Maria Chisolm, James Ruggia, and Lynne Shapiro will recite their newest work and Café Touba will play their rhythm heavy West Indian music well into the night. TRUE Mentors announces Hoboken Chili Cook Off & Homebrew ContestTRUE Mentors announced the 9th Annual Hoboken Chili Cook Off & Homebrew Contest which will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace, Fourth Street and Willow Avenue.The local nonprofit is Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program in which children ages 7 to 17 are paired with an adult from the community.The Hoboken Chili Cook Off & Homebrew Contest will host live music by local band Gravy Train, tasty homemade chili and amazing small batch beer, both crafted with love by friends and neighbors in Hoboken.Prizes will be awarded to the top chili and homebrew entries by a panel of judges.100 percent of the proceeds go towards supporting the children of Hoboken.For more information on how to enter, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hobokenchilicookoff.comFor more ways to get involved or to volunteer with TRUE Mentors, visit www.truementors.org. Choc-o-pain opens uptown Hoboken locationUptown Hoboken hasn’t been this excited since Trader Joe’s came to town. As of Tuesday Feb. 13, a small group of eateries that started in Hudson County has opened a new location. Choc-o-pain, which started in downtown Hoboken, has a new base in the Tea Building on 15th Street. It also has a small kids’ room/reading room, just like the downtown location, with a window overlooking the street.The store opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and was bustling on Valentine’s Day, selling coffee, croissants, and cakes. They also have a relatively new location in Jersey City Heights on Palisade Avenue.The bakery and café will be open daily Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with delivery available via postmates.com. Upcoming author readings at Little City BooksLittle City Books, Hoboken’s independent book store at Second and Bloomfield streets, has two appearances by authors coming up next week. Both events are free.On Sunday Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., Mark Mehler, author of “Madness: The 10 Most Memorable NCAA Finals,” will read from his work, sign copies, and answer audience questions.Mark Mehler tells the stories behind the ten most memorable championship games in tournament history, from North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas Wildcats in 1957 to Duke’s heart stopping victory over underdog Butler in 2010.Then on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., Hoboken resident and award-winning journalist Diana Henriques will read from “A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History.”Henriques tells the story of Black Monday, Oct. 19. 1987, the worst day in Wall Street history. The market fell 22.6 percent — equal to a one-day loss of nearly 5,000 points today. It’s a tale of missed opportunities, market delusions, and destructive actions that stretched from the “silver crisis” of 1980 to turf battles in Washington, a poisonous rivalry between the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the almost-fatal success of two California professors whose idea for reducing market risk spun terribly out of control.Henriquez will also sign books and answer audience questions.New exhibit in honor of Black History MonthHob’art cooperative gallery presents UNITED its latest exhibit and group tribute show to Edla Cusick in honor of Black History Month.Edla Cusick was a long time supporter of the arts and hob’art cooperative gallery.“We dedicate our show celebrating the accomplishments, contributions, and struggles of the African American community to Edla because she dedicated her life to the causes of equal rights and justice for all,” states the press release. “It is fitting to give homage to this great fellow artist through our works on a theme that was so very important to her.”The exhibit will be on display until March 3.Participating artists include Tom Egan, Jean Paul Picard, Don Sichler, Alberte Bernier, Carla Cubit, Piper Smith, Miriam Untoria, Ibou Ndoye, France Garrido, Jim Fallon, and Liz Ndoye.The exhibit attempts to share a visual tribute to the richness and importance of African American life.Gallery information can be obtained on the website www.hob-art.org and via France Garrido (201) 319-1504 or [email protected] The gallery is located at the Monroe Center at 720 Monroe St. NJ Transit approves proposed alignment for light rail expansion into Bergen CountyThe Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) expansion into Bergen County received a major boost this week, as NJ Transit has just approved the plan’s proposed alignment, per a press release.The approval for the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative, detailed in its 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement, is mandatory in the federal environmental review process.The route is a 10-mile, seven station extension from HBLR’s current Tonnelle Avenue terminus in North Bergen. It would include an additional North Bergen stop at 91st Street, and others in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, all the way to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.NJ Transit’s Board of Directors also authorized the route’s submission to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees for designation and inclusion in their Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan.By choosing this route, NJ Transit will be able to begin design and engineering activities once they complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the Federal Transit Administration grants a Record of Decision for the project.center_img City awarded $1M in transportation grant fundingThe New Jersey Department of Transportation announced this week that the city of Hoboken will receive over $1 million in Municipal Aid grant funding – more than double the amount typically awarded annually.“This tremendous increase in funding will help us implement important pedestrian safety improvements, road repairs, and other important transportation-related projects,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I thank Governor Murphy for his support and for understanding the importance of maintaining and improving our infrastructure.”The city was awarded a total of $1,032,700 in aid.“Improving our transportation infrastructure is one of my top priorities, because a robust, reliable, and efficient transportation system is the backbone of our economy,” added Mayor Bhalla. “I look forward to working with Governor Murphy, our State elected officials, and transportation agencies to renovate the Hoboken Terminal, improve bus and rail service, and provide subsidized ferry fares for commuters.”Specific details of projects were not available last week, but will appear in future stories.last_img read more

Doctor seeks firm to make allergy-free baked goods

first_imgDr Chrissie Jenkins, who runs a Harley Street consultancy, Waistrim Foods, for allergy sufferers, is seeking bakers, preferably London-based, to develop a new range of breads.The doctor told British Baker that she has spent 15 years researching suitable breads and dough products that are “really good-tasting and palatable”, while at the same time being suitable for those with a nut or gluten allergy or other intolerances.The products will need to be made for supply in either fresh or frozen formats. Dr Jenkins’ formula uses no additives, just plain ingredients such as rice flour and other flours, water, yeast, salt, sunflower oil and olive oil. She described the ingredients as “very pure”.A bakery in Glasgow already manufactures flatbreads accor-ding to her formula but she said: “We need other bakers to make the other products in the range.”The products are not only nut- and gluten-free but also egg- and milk-free and contain no xanthan gum. “They taste like real breads,” she commented. As well as being aimed at coeliacs and allergy sufferers, Dr Jenkins said that products made to her formula also help sufferers from irritable bowel syndrome. Her recipes are suitable for a range of goods including pizza bases, potato scones, breads and flatbreads, cakes, sandwich wraps, pancakes, and muffins. She added: “A chain of 30 hotels in London has already expressed an interest in obtaining the finished products.”Any bakers who are interes-ted in finding out more and who could make the products, fresh or frozen, for delivery to the London area can contact Dr Jenkins’ colleague, Nigel Timm, whom she decribed as “knowledgeable about grains, flour and bread”, at Waistrim Foods Nutrition Consultancy on 020 7580 5755.last_img read more

Press release: PM meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull: 21 April 2018

first_img The Prime Minister met Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull today for bilateral talks at Chequers following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and Windsor this week. They reflected on the week’s events and how they could both offer real support to see the commitments made at CHOGM delivered over the period of the UK’s chair-in-office – particularly in the area of cyber security. They agreed to close collaboration between their two countries on this matter. Acknowledging that the two countries already enjoy a close defence relationship, the Prime Minister welcomed increased cooperation on defence and security, including on equipment programmes and noted the merits of the Type 26 frigate and its anti-submarine warfare capability. Both Prime Ministers said that their countries’ should seek to share research and science, agreeing that their universities had much to offer each other. The leaders noted the importance of free and fair trade, before discussing their trading relationship post EU-exit. They confirmed their shared ambition to form a new bilateral UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement after leaving the EU. They welcomed the approach agreed at the March European Council to provide continuity during the implementation period for international agreements, which could be swiftly transitioned into new bilateral agreements once the implementation period ends. The Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Turnbull for Australia’s support over the action against the Assad regime. They agreed it was important to continue stressing the Commonwealth communique’s commitment to implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention. A Downing Street spokesman said:last_img read more

The Nth Power’s Earth, Wind & Power, The All Brothers Band, Organ Freeman, & Allen Toussaint Tribute Tonight In NOLA

first_imgDuring the daze between both weekends of New Orleans Jazz Fest, the celebratory energy remains, as many musicians stay down in the Big Easy to play shows and see the rest of their musical brethren. On Tuesday, May 2nd, The Nth Power will bring together a slew of special guests to re-create their Earth, Wind, & Fire tribute known as “Earth, Wind & Power.” They’ll be joined by the second-ever performance of the All Brothers Band, made up of the dual-brother attack of Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans, up-and-coming funk act Organ Freeman, as well as a tribute to Allen Toussaint by members of Turkuaz, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Electric Beethoven, & Nigel Hall Band. Tickets are currently available here.With The Nth Power putting together a stellar ensemble for this tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, it is without a doubt going to be an amazing performance. There will be plenty of that funk and soul to keep your body moving into the late-night hours with an incredible cast of musicians including Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Drew Sayers (The Motet), Erica Falls (Galactic), Paul Robinson, and Farnell Newton, as well as Kofi and Oteil Burbridge.Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), keyboardist and flautist Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), keyboardist Neal Evans (Lettuce, Soulive) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) are making their second-ever appearance as “The All Brothers Band,” with their first being at last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. The Brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears. We can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz with these players, but there’s really no telling what they might have in store.Organ Freeman provides some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio of guitarists Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer, hard at work. Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.”The tribute to Allen Toussaint, known as the “Allen Toussaint Jukebox,” will feature a full set of music from his prodigious career. The band will consist of Shira Elias and Michelangelo Carubba from Turkuaz, Sasha Brown from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Todd Stoops from Electric Beethoven, and Eric Vogel from the Nigel Hall Band, and it will take place in the cozy confines of The Den.Tickets for this special late-night performance are currently on sale here.– SHOW INFO –Artist:    Earth Wind & Power / All Brothers Band / Organ Freeman / Allen Toussaint JukeboxVenue:   Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date:      Tuesday – May 2nd, 2017Price:     $27.50adv / $35dosAges:      21+Tickets:  Purchase here If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more