Coastal Flood Watch in Effect

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from late Friday night through Saturday morning.A storm system off the coast and strong north to northeast winds will combine to create at least one exceptionally high tide. Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at about 5:37 a.m. Saturday.The National Weather Service predicts a water level of 6.5 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for the high tide on Saturday morning. That prediction falls in the range for moderate coastal flooding. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare that prediction to recent and historic tide levels.Residents should be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding before going to bed on Friday night. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. City crews are out clearing storm drains in advance of the storm, but storm preparation can include making sure inlets near your home are clear of debris.For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

Obesity crisis needs government test

first_imgA new report, backed by AB Sugar, has claimed fast food outlets should be licensed and all government policies should face an obesity “test”.The paper, published yesterday by 2020health, said: “Nothing less than a cross-sector five- to 10-year strategy is required to tackle the obesity crisis.”This strategy should include the development of a permanent government task force, added 2020health.Julia Manning, chief executive of 2020health said: “Piecemeal solutions have been tried in the past and have been shown to be inadequate. According to the WHO, we are the fat-man of Europe and this has severe consequences for us as a nation. Unless we have a cross-cutting strategy that everyone from the government down takes seriously, obesity will continue to rise and be devastating for both individuals and the nation.”She added:  “Our research has shown that hand-in-hand with obesity is widespread confusion over what constitutes healthy eating and a rise in malnutrition. We have a culture of excess, but there is no single reason for our obesity problem, and it is fallacious to suggest otherwise.“This report is not the final word; we need to undertake more research into the efficacy of taxes, the role of the employer, food production, the environment and individual circumstances in combating obesity.”Katharine Teague, head of advocacy, AB Sugar, said: “AB Sugar looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively with all voices in the debate to tackle pressing lifestyle and public health issues. The support we provided to 2020health in order to undertake an independent review into obesity and the measures and interventions that have the potential to make a real difference, is an important part of our work in this area.”Other options recommended in the report include:Introducing tax incentives for larger businesses to make wellbeing provision (such as access to occupational health, nutritionist, gym facilities) available to smaller local businesses;Introducing licensing for fast food outlets to control the location and numbers of outlets in a local community;Recognising the positive response to the Responsibility Deal. Government should require all companies to follow the excellent example of participants. The Responsibility Deal to turn into a legislative framework which is phased in over the next 5-10 years;Clear disclosure of calories per items on restaurant and café menus which adhere to a defined standard for font size, formatting, contrast and layout of menus;The ban on advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children should be extended to daytime TV, from 7am to 9pm;A review needs to be undertaken into the economic and societal impacts of a hypothecated tax on a range of food and drink contents at levels that are deemed harmful to health;Increasing awareness, coordination and reach of the government’s ‘Healthy Start’ Voucher scheme. Extend voucher scheme to incentivise those who become active partners in their health by quitting smoking, reducing weight, walking a set number of steps etc;Establishing a cross-departmental permanent government task force on obesity. This supports similar recommendations made by other health organisations;Improved screening and normalisation of discussion about diet and weight at medical appointments.last_img read more

Birds in cancer charity cupcake fundraising

first_imgBirds of Derby has raised £2,500 for a charity appeal by selling cupcakes.The East Midlands-based chain swung into action following the death of local BBC presenter Colin Bloomfield.It sold 10,400 of its sunflower cakes, made with chocolate sponge and vanilla icing, raising the cash for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma appeal.Mike Holling, retail director at Birds, said: “We wanted to do something to help Colin’s appeal and this was a great idea for us. The Colin Bloomfield appeal was in the forefront of people’s minds so we thought this would be a nice thing to do.”last_img read more

Music Of Cream Tour To Celebrate Psychedelic Rock Pioneers

first_imgThree relatives of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton will hit the road together to mark the 50th anniversary of pioneering psychedelic rock trio Cream’s farewell tour. Dubbed the “Music Of Cream Tour”, the outing will swing through much of Canada and the United States this fall.Ginger Baker’s son, Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son, Malcolm Bruce, and Eric Clapton’s former nephew by marriage, Will Johns (the nephew of Patty Boyd and son of famed English producer Andy Johns) will join forces for the outing, which will kick off over a year after the trio embarked on a similar tour through the Australia and New Zealand. According to a press release, the group will perform Cream classics while backed by big screen footage and photos from the iconoclastic rock band’s heyday.“We had such an amazing response to our first tour in Australia and New Zealand that we’ve spent some considerable time adding to the show,” Bruce, whose father would have turned 75 years old today, said in a press release. “Now, we not only have this amazing legacy of music to play, but an opportunity to share some wonderful insights and stories with our audience. A backstage pass like no other, if you will.”“We also have a few surprises in store that we know people are going to really respond to, so we can’t wait to be on the road again playing these shows across North America this fall,” added Baker, who toured with his father for many years and used to lead a Cream tribute project called the Kofi Baker Cream Experience.According to the tour’s website, fans can expect to hear Cream favorites like “Spoonful”, “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Crossroads”, and “Badge” during the Music of Cream Tour. Tickets information for the shows can be found via the tour’s website.Music of Cream Tour TrailerMusic of Cream Tour Dates:9/28 Ottawa, ON – Centrepoint Theatre9/29 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre9/30 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell10/2 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground10/4 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse10/5 Woonsocket, RI – Stadium Theatre10/6 New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Theatre10/7 Portland, ME – State Theatre10/9 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre10/11 Lynn, MA – Lynn Memorial Auditorium10/12 New London, CT – Garde Arts Center10/13 Concord, NH – Capitol Centre for the Arts-Chubb Theatre10/14 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak10/16 Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center10/17 Huntington, NY – The Paramount10/18 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre10/19 Waterloo, NY – The Vine at del Lago Casino10/21 Albany, NY – Hart Theatre Empire State Plaza PAC “The Egg”10/23 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre10/24 Harrisburg, PA – Stage @ Club XL10/25 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live10/26 Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre11/1 Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square – StateTheatre11/2 Newark, OH – Midland Theatre11/3 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue11/7 Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Performing Arts Center11/8 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre11/9 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater11/10 Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre11/11 St. Paul, MN – Fitzgerald Theatre11/13 Wausau, WI – Grand Theater11/14 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater11/15 Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre11/16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogartslast_img read more

Optimism about CAES’ future

first_imgThe University of Georgia’s agricultural college is eyeing a more prosperous future.Scott Angle, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, shared his optimism at last week’s CAES Advisory Council meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Speaking to the council members, Angle talked about the struggles the college endured through the recent recession but countered with the opportunities those trials have provided.“We’ve gone through a very difficult five years, the whole state has, the country has,” Angle said. “For us, it’s actually turned out to be an opportunity. It has caused us to rethink what we do, why we do it, who’s going to do it.“Recessions are always difficult but they also lead to refocusing and improvement in any organization, whether it’s a private business or state agency,” Angle added.Judging by job losses, the CAES felt the economic pinch. More than 400 employee positions were cut during the past five years, including 60 to 70 faculty members. However, as the economy has improved in recent months, CAES has reinstated some positions on its Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses.“There are some phenomenal people looking for jobs,” Angle said. “We’ve added some incredible new faculty and staff into our system over the last couple of years. I’ve never seen this quality of science (research) that we’re bringing in now, at any time in my career.”Angle is encouraged by the appointment of Jere Morehead as UGA’s new president. Morehead began his presidential duties on July 1 and is slated to make an agricultural tour in South Georgia in September.“The college of agriculture is important to the University of Georgia. About 20 percent of all of the productivity of the University of Georgia comes out of the college of ag,” Angle said. “President Morehead has made it clear that he understands agriculture is the largest industry in the state and one of the fastest growing industries in the world and that his job is to serve the citizens in the state of Georgia. That can be done by helping support the college of agriculture.”Angle added that the CAES is ranked No. 4 in the country behind University of California-Davis, the University of Florida and Purdue University. If UGA is to remain one of the top agriculture schools in the country, it must improve its infrastructure.“When you look at our infrastructure, it in no way reflects the quality of our science or our teaching or our Extension programs,” Angle said. “I’ve made as one of my major goals as the dean of the college to try to make sure I leave with an infrastructure that’s in better shape.”CAES is responsible for more than 900 buildings and 17,000 acres of land across the state. For more about the college, go to www.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

How the Nantahala River Overcame the Landslide

first_img“Miraculously, none the large iconic rapids have had major changes, is great,” Jan Wojtasinski of Nantahala Outdoor Center, the largest commercial outfitter on the Nantahala, told us a little bit about the impressive efforts put in to ensure the quick reopening of the river and how the potential closure affected him and others who heavily rely on the river for work and play. Acting District Ranger David Perez meeting with representatives from Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater before the river assessment. Wojtasinski said, “I know there were some people out there who thought that this was going to create some new rapids on the Nantahala which would have been exciting but ultimately we’re glad that it’s still the same great river that it was before the landslide.” On September 4th, 2019 the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge was reopened to the public for all uses. At that time, it was probably hard to believe that the mess caused by the massive landslide could be cleared in less than two weeks – it was. In late August 2019, a landslide interrupted the lives of many adventure seekers when it bombarded its way into the Nantahala River. The massive landslide caused by heavy rains created significant damage and debris blockages on US Highway 19/74 and the river, inevitably causing talk of closures and worry of the future of the river. The Forest Service had said the closure could last up to two years after assessing the situation initially. A press release announcing the re-opening stated, “A technical team assessed the river for potential hazards from the recent landslides yesterday, Tuesday, September 3, and did not find any areas of concern. The team included U.S. Forest Service staff and partners with the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater.” Contractors were immediately mobilized and began to remove landslide debris from the Nantahala River on Wednesday, after a field review and opinion from US Fish and Wildlife and US Geological Survey. The debris removal operations in the river were completed by the end of Friday, August 30th, three days later. The North Carolina Department of Transportation cleared all debris from the highway and repaired damaged portions by Tuesday morning. Once the road opened, U.S. Forest Service sent in a team to assess landslide impacts to the Nantahala River and the scale of the cleanup effort. “Our number one focus and concern is on the safety of our participants and employees of course,” he said. “The local search and rescue was very, very responsive, as was NCDOT. That highway is a high traffic area, so the fact that this was as big as it was and that there was no injury was amazing.” center_img On Tuesday, September 3, the U.S. Forest Service conducted some chainsaw work to remove potential strainers, downed trees in the river.  This was followed up by a float trip down the river to identify and address any additional concerns. The float team included the U.S. Forest Service, representatives from the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater. During the assessment, the team did not identify any additional obvious hazards. Headlines of a “2-year closure” spread, which led to a lot of worried river lovers and participants asking about their planned adventures. Landslide site after debris removal operations were completed. This site was approx. 75% blocked with landslide debris.  Nantahala District River Ranger Nathan Dewhurst removing debris from Nantahala River.  Contractors worked 12 hour days with as many as 9 excavators and 9 dump trucks at any given time. Throughout the entire operation, approximately 7,600 tons of soil and rock was removed and approximately 150 loads of woody debris. “I think it’s important to note that that closure did technically stage a suspension that could have been in place for two years,” Wojtasinski said. “But I think the important part is for folks to recognize that that’s the default language used by the Forest Service. That’s a default closure period that gives them the flexibility to pass the closure very quickly for public, private, and commercial safety, without getting caught up in red tape. It gives them the leeway to evaluate and issues and then address it accordingly.” Though there were no major changes, visitors are urged to be aware that there are a few minor changes in the river in some places and paddlers should use caution. Duke Energy released water on Saturday, August 31. They had not performed a release since before the landslides occurred in order to provide a safe environment for U.S. Forest Service contractors to perform debris removal operations. They proceeded to release water through the long weekend in order to draw down lake levels and move back toward normal operation. Duke Energy, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Swain County Emergency Management Services, and the U.S. Forest service monitored the water release and did not observe any significant impacts. Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features. “The landslide cleanup in the Nantahala Gorge has been a success,” stated David Perez, Acting Nantahala District Ranger. “I appreciate the public’s patience with us as we worked through it. In the end, I couldn’t be happier and more grateful for all the support from Duke Energy, Swain County Emergency Management, NC-Department of Transportation, Nantahala Gorge Association, American Whitewater, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and all the Forest Service employees that worked tirelessly. Thank you all.”last_img read more

To be cheap or not to be cheap, that is the question

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr After being in the credit union industry for 28 years, I am amazed at how many credit unions of all sizes default to a “that’s too expensive” mantra. This could relate to anything from audit services, data processing, credit card vendors, cleaning services, compliance assistance, bank reconciliation, new member service programs, home banking, or practically anything on which the credit unions spend money. Have you ever thought of rephrasing it to just say, “I’m too cheap to spend the money.” Are you of the mindset that you always want the cheapest or least expensive option?  Be careful what you choose, as with many things in life, the cheapest option is not always the most cost effective way for the long term.As I called around recently to car repair places, including the dealership, to repair an issue on my vehicle, I was amazed the car repair place charged $139.99 an HOUR!!!! That is more than many professionals charge for an hour of service, except lawyers (but that is for another day). Of course I thought, “Where can I get it less expensive because I don’t want to pay that hourly rate?” However, after the initial emotional reaction, most people settle in to the idea of what is a reasonable cost to get it fixed, provide me a peace of mind and can I trust the mechanic.   That is the same in business with vendors. Where can I obtain a service, widget, or consultant that will provide the peace of mind with the service or product? Can they be trusted to have the credit union’s best interest at heart or are they driven for themselves. continue reading »last_img read more

Socially-distanced buses and elbow bumps: German football’s new world

first_imgAnd the weighty text underlines that “all of the measures are conditional on the fact that they do not divert indispensable resources from the fight against COVID-19 for the rest of the population”.Testing and quarantine The central pillar of the DFL’s plan is the mass testing of players, coaches and backroom staff. They are tested at least twice a week and once on the eve of matches. Any that test positive for the virus are separated from the rest of the team.The decision to quarantine teams rests with the authorities in each of Germany’s federal states, which explains why the entire team of second-division Dynamo Dresden was placed in quarantine after two players were found to have coronavirus but Borussia Moenchengladbach, in a different state, continued to train after cases were found among their squad. Topics : Players arriving in several sparsely-populated team buses, substitutes wearing masks and goal celebrations limited to elbow bumps — when German football returns to the pitch this weekend, it will have to follow a draconian set of guidelines.The German Football League (DFL) presented political leaders with a 51-page document of guidelines to earn the right for the Bundesliga to become the first of Europe’s big five leagues to resume action.The matches will be surrounded by extraordinary measures to protect players and officials from infection by coronavirus.center_img Empty stadiums Only around 300 people will be allowed into the stadium on matchdays. They are divided into three zones to avoid any contact between each group. Only players, match officials, first aid personnel and a small group of photographers are allowed on the pitch.In the otherwise empty stands there will be just a handful of reporters and TV camera operators. Outside the stadium itself is the third category of personnel including security guards. It is the police’s job to prevent supporters gathering outside the stadiums.Team arrivalsThe teams will arrive in several coaches to ensure each occupant is sitting 1.5 meters apart. Everyone in the vehicles must wear masks.The social distancing rules must also be respected in the changing rooms. When the players come onto the pitch, handshakes are banned, there will be no team photos or handshakes and no team pennants will be exchanged.On the pitch Players and the match officials do not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the pitchside does, including substitutes on the bench. The match balls will be disinfected regularly during the action.Players have been told that physical contact should only be made as a result of play during the match and embracing or high-fives to celebrate goals is to be strictly avoided. “Contact with elbows or feet is preferred,” the document states.The DFL urges players to show “exemplary behavior”.Media coverage Eight pages of the health document detail the measures that the TV teams must take to avoid contact, including erecting plastic screens between interviewer and interviewee.Just 10 journalists will be admitted to each match. There will be no press conferences and the mixed zone where reporters can normally ask players questions, will be closed.Holed up in hotels Wherever possible, visiting teams must book an entire hotel or, at the very least, an entire floor. The hotel has to be disinfected before the players arrive. Players are banned from the hotel’s weights room and must respect the required distance from their teammates even at mealtimes.Private lives At home, players must live in near-quarantine conditions, without seeing their neighbors or friends. The same rules apply to all of a player’s family members. The players are not even permitted to do the family’s shopping.last_img read more

Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery

first_imgGlobal airlines cut their coronavirus recovery forecast on Tuesday, saying it would take until 2024 – a year longer than previously expected – for passenger traffic to return to pre-crisis levels.In an update on the pandemic’s crippling impact on air travel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cited slow virus containment in the United States and developing countries, and a weaker outlook for corporate travel.Lingering travel barriers and new restrictions in some markets are also weighing on nearer-term prospects, IATA said, cutting its 2020 passenger numbers forecast to a 55% decline – sharper than the 46% drop predicted in April. “The second half of this year will see a slower recovery than we’d hoped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said. June passenger numbers were down 86.5% year-on-year, the organisation said, after a 91% contraction in May.A surprise move by Britain to quarantine arrivals from Spain has created lot of uncertainty, Pearce said. “That is clearly going to be an issue with the recovery.”Recovery prospects are weakened by the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and developing countries together representing 40% of global air travel, IATA said.International travel is unlikely to rebound significantly without a reasonably priced testing regime that was deemed acceptable by governments, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Director General Subhas Menon said. Depending on the country, tests can cost hundreds of dollars.”We need advice from public health experts on how to go about that,” he told Reuters in an interview in Sydney on Wednesday. “If it is cheap enough then maybe you can expect travellers to pay for it. At the moment the cost is quite intimidating.”Business travel may also face a sustained slump, threatening the profitability of long-haul airlines and routes as corporate clients rein in spending and make greater use of video-conferences that have become the norm during lockdowns.”It will remain to be seen whether we see a recovery to pre-crisis business travel patterns,” Pearce said. “Our concern is that we won’t.” Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slams joke Baku venue for Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final

first_imgJurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team travelled to Basel for the 2016 Europa League final against Unai Emery’s Sevilla (Picture: Getty)‘These guys who make the decisions I don’t know what they have for breakfast really.‘How can you do it? Last year we go to Kiev which is a wonderful city but that a Russian team, or one from that part of the world, will be involved is not really likely.‘You go there and now Madrid has to prepare for 200,000 English fans. Baku I have no clue how to get there or if there is any regular flight at all.‘In these decisions people must be a much more sensible and reasonable. It is irresponsible.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the Europa League final at Baku’s Olympic Stadium (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the ‘irrisponsible’ decision to host this season’s Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Baku’s Olympic Stadium.Respective victories over Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt ensured both European finals will be contested by English clubs, after Tottenham and Liverpool reached next month’s Champions League showpiece occasion in Madrid having completed epic comebacks in their own semi finals.Although airlines and travel companies have hiked up their prices for fans planning travel arrangements to the Spanish capital, Klopp insists he has greater sympathy with supporters of Arsenal and Chelsea who will have to make near 6,000-mile round trips, assuming they can secure a ticket given both clubs have only been allocated 6,000 each by UEFA.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think going to Baku, that’s really funny for a European final,’ said the Liverpool manager.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City James GoldmanFriday 10 May 2019 11:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slams joke Baku venue for Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final Advertisementlast_img read more