first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.HERE’S WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAYThe Vanderburgh County Commissioners will have a public meeting today following their regular meeting to discuss the Vanderburgh County jail expansion. This meeting will involve all three County Commissioners, all seven members of County Council, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, the Building Authority General Manager and the lead design team of American Structure Point. This meeting will decide the size, scope, and design of the  Vanderburgh County jail renovation project.  The public is invited to attend.It is our hope that the powers that be will agree on a new jail design that will be meet the current and future needs of the Vanderburgh County  Sheriff Office for a least the next 25 years?WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: What type of renovation should the county do to the jail?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Honors Arbor Day With Tree Plantings

first_imgStudents from Mrs. Wira’s sixth-grade science class at Ocean City Intermediate School participate in a tree planting on Arbor Day in Ocean City, NJ.The Ocean City Shade Tree Committee recognized Arbor Day on Friday as the holiday’s founder intended: by planting trees.Committee members Mike Lehman, Mary Lou Hayes, Rick Mendham, Steve Wajda and Chairperson Joe Clark were on hand as city workers planted thundercloud plum trees on a mid-street island at the intersection of Harbor Road and Northpoint Road and at Ocean City Intermediate School.Amber Wira’s sixth-grade science class participated in the ceremonial planting at the Intermediate School.Shade Tree Committee members Joe Clark, Steve Wajda, Mary Lou Hayes, Rick Mendham and Mike Lehman help plant at thundercloud plum at a public intersection near the Northpoint Lagoon.The thundercloud plum is a fast-growing tree with red foliage and pink or white flowers in the spring. It grows up to 25 feet tall.The following proclamation from Mayor Jay Gillian was part of the event:WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; andWHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, andWHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; andWHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, andWHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and beauty to our community; andWHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay A. Gillian, Mayor of the City of Ocean City, New Jersey, hereby proclaim April 25, 2014, as Arbor Day in the City of Ocean City, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, andFURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant trees to promote the well-being of this and future generations.last_img read more

Mayor’s Update August 18

first_imgDear Friends,The federal Army Corps of Engineers opened bids this week and expects to award a contract to the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to rebuild beaches at the northern end of the island between Seaspray Road and 14th Street. The exact project schedule will be determined in the next few weeks, but the work will not begin before the end of summer or extend past March 2018.I’m grateful for the commitment of the Army Corps and state Department of Environmental Protection to protect property in Ocean City through these vital renourishment projects. Our island now benefits from an uninterrupted dune system along the oceanfront from tip to tip. The south end also remains on schedule for replenishment sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.Emergency repair of a sewer main has closed Bay Avenue between 25th Street and 26th Street. This work is not related to the nearby drainage project, which will resume on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The emergency was beyond anybody’s control, and the repair is essential to maintaining sewer service on the island. I’d like to thank everybody – particularly those property owners along the detour route – for their patience during this work. The sewer system is maintained by the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority. The southbound lane of traffic on Bay Avenue will reopen for the weekend only, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.I’m sad to report the passing of Frederick L. Alford, who served on the Ocean City Police Department for 25 years. Fred was a 1980 graduate of Ocean City High School who rose to the rank of sergeant before retiring in 2012. I’d like to extend my condolences to all of his friends and family. Anybody who would like to pay their respects is welcome to attend his funeral Service at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 21) at the Godfrey Funeral Home of Egg Harbor Township, 4008 English Creek Avenue. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service.Michele and I would also like to extend our sympathy to the Broadley family, who lost their matriarch, Betty Broadley, earlier this week at the age of 91. She’s headed to heaven to join her husband of 68 years, Gam Broadley, who died at age 90 in 2015. Together, the Broadleys have left a lasting legacy of community service in Ocean City and Upper Township.I want to remind you all about the town hall meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 26, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center. Representatives of Michael Baker International Company will share plans for road and drainage improvements in the area from First Street to Eighth Street between West Avenue and the bay. Everybody is encouraged to attend to learn more about the project and the anticipated schedule.You also may want to know about the annual meeting sponsored by Bike OCNJ. The group advocates for making Ocean City a more bicycle-friendly town and invites everybody to share information and ideas. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.I hope you all will take the time in the next couple weeks to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer. As it always does, the summer has flown by all too quickly. The Beach Boys will be back in town for four shows on Monday and Tuesday. There are still some tickets available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office. The Music Pier is the perfect venue for the Beach Boys, and the shows over the last two years have been a lot of fun.I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Italian challenge

first_imgWe have 74 associations throughout Italy in different towns. Our members represent 16-18,000 different firms. It is a challenging market, with changing demands the latest of which is salt reduction. But there is also the challenge of frozen breads, which the French have tackled well. Now we are fighting back too.”But first let me tell you about salt. At the moment the permitted level is 2% on flour and 1.36% on finished products. We are making a 5% reduction every year for three years amounting to 15%. From 1 June this year our members have been encouraged to offer some breads with a 50% reduction at the same price, so customers can choose.”However, there are a number of challenging issues facing our bakers salt is just one. Italy was one of the best countries in Europe for making bread, but now, with frozen breads, how do you know who made it? We are petitioning the government for strict rules. In Naples, they have already agreed that frozen breads must be sold wrapped. The distinction needs to be that craft bread is unwrapped.”Another challenge is the age of bakers and their experience. We have older bakers and we are succeeding in attracting younger people into the profession, but there is a gap that falls in the middle generation. Bakery is hard work and there used to be a feeling that it did not pay enough. But now many young people do not want to spend years studying and are coming back to bakery. The pay is better and good bread is even more esteemed.”The best thing is that young bakers become good friends; we encourage this with competitions and social events. That way they can share the challenges of dough, pastry and cake-making as well as the challenges of life. We are also launching nine new colleges to improve bakery skills. They will be dedicated only to bakery and confectionery. Other colleges also offer bakery, so it is now available in the 20 regions of Italy where they train mainly 14- to 19-year-olds.”Our key role is to help bakers modernise and extend their range of products. We offer advice and demonstrations and we lobby governments and councils on behalf of bakers on everything from parking to business rates and planning laws.”Fresh bread, though, is key to who we are and what our members do. We are trying to get new laws introduced on fresh breads 85% is still craft production.”I was a baker myself and I know how bakers care about their breads, pastries and cakes. There is much to do for this wonderful profession.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s names valedictorian

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in the March 17 edition of The Observer.Senior Brianne Michaels, a computational mathematics major and economics minor, has been named Saint Mary’s College valedictorian, making her the student with the highest cumulative grade point average in the class of 2014. Michaels, a native of Valparaiso, Ind., said she has had a love of math for as long as she can remember.“The power of mathematics is so intriguing, and a major in mathematics leads to an endless number of career opportunities,” Michaels said.Michaels said she has found her niche in the mathematics department at Saint Mary’s, which has become her “home away from home.”As president of Indiana Epsilon, the College’s chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) Mathematical Honors Society, Michaels raised money to send nine members to the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore.“These sales were record-breaking, and more importantly, the number of members we were able to send to the conference was also a new record,” Michaels said. “It was very exciting, [and] I have loved serving my term as president of PME.”Chair of the mathematics department Colleen Hoover said Michaels’ dedication to raising money to send students to the conference was impressive.“As a faculty advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon, I can say that I have never witnessed this kind of unfailing dedication to student travel, and we all owe Brianne a debt of gratitude,” Hoover said.Joanne Snow, professor of mathematics, said she got to know Michaels better through her work as president of PME and having Michaels in class.“Brianne is an excellent student. She is also very conscientious and very thorough in her work,” Snow said. “If she takes on a task, then you know it will be done and done well.”Snow said Michaels has distinguished herself at Land O’Lakes Inc., where she had an internship last summer. Michaels was honored with the Intern Award for her outstanding performance and leadership, and she will continue there as an Information Technology Rotational Analyst after  graduation.Michaels said she is looking forward to her new career and plans to continue to challenge herself both in her career and academically.“I wish to learn as much as possible throughout my life,” Michaels said. “I have always viewed a college education as my ticket to a successful future as an independent woman, and this is proving to be true.”Friend and classmate Megan Golden said she had always told Michaels she would receive the valedictorian award because of her work ethic and the long hours she puts into her schoolwork each day.“[Brianne] is intrinsically motivated and extremely confident in her abilities, so I know she will be successful in achieving her goals in the future,” Golden said. “She is the type of person who works very hard but always makes time for her friends.”Michaels said she owes much of her success at Saint Mary’s to her supportive friends and family.“I have gained life-long friends at Saint Mary’s, which is just as valuable to me as the outstanding education I have received,” Michaels said. “The campus is filled with intelligent, independent women, and I am honored to call myself a Saint Mary’s student and soon-to-be graduate.” “I have made it a priority to perform to the best of my potential in school and to learn as much as I possibly can,” she said. “I strive for excellence in academics, because it is what makes me happy. Being declared valedictorian is just a bonus.” Tags: 2014 Commencement, Brianne Michaels, economics, mathematics, saint mary’s, valedictorianlast_img read more

Research institute CSIRO says rooftop solar in Australia could rise to nearly 60GW by 2050

first_imgResearch institute CSIRO says rooftop solar in Australia could rise to nearly 60GW by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s main scientific research body, the CSIRO, has significantly upgraded its forecasts for small scale rooftop solar in Australia for the next few decades, suggesting that the total capacity on the rooftops of homes and businesses could multiply from its current levels of less than 10 gigawatts to nearly 60GW by 2050.The new scenario modelling – a 50 per cent jump in capacity from its previous estimates – is revealed in a newly published assessment by CSIRO prepared for the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 20-year blueprint for the main grid, known as the Integrated System Plan.AEMO already describes the future of Australia’s main grids as “distributed, democratised, and digital”. The only question is to what extent. And the new forecasts by the CSIRO suggest that it will be a lot.The CSIRO says there are a number of factors playing on its revised forecasts. The first is the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, which will likely mean near term forecasts are below those assumed last year. But long term growth will resume, more rapidly than previously thought, because of the continuing falls in rooftop solar costs, and the attraction of the technology for homes and businesses.The new 2050 forecasts represent a near 50 per cent jump on the previous assumptions made by the CSIRO last year when it was feeding its modelling into the ISP.“This reflects that, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, rooftop solar adoption was trending higher than expected and this trend is expected to at least partially reassert itself post-pandemic through a wide range of drivers,” it says.[Giles Parkinson]More: Australia may reach nearly 60GW of small scale solar – new CSIRO modellinglast_img read more

How to fight stress

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Dan BergerIf you ask any American if they’ve felt stress recently, I bet that nine times out of 10 you’ll get a response in the affirmative. It seems inevitable no matter what we do. But there are strategies to help combat stress – and, in particular, strategies that help leaders lessen the stress felt by their employees.The Harvard Business Review cites a few examples of how to keep balance in the workplace. Among other things, they suggest:focusing on what matters – making sure your team is fulfilling the purpose it was meant to fulfill, without extraneous distractions; continue reading »last_img

One killed, two houses destroyed in Tana Toraja landslide

first_imgA landslide hit Maulu hamlet in Rembon district, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, on Thursday morning, killing a villager and destroying two houses. Usman Tato, 65, was buried inside his house, which was located on a slope in the village, at around 4 a.m. local time. Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) official Alfian Andi Lolo said that this was the second landslide to occur on the slope. “When the first landslide occurred, the victim’s children asked him to leave his house since the first landslide happened right next to the deceased’s house. However, he ignored the warning, and died when the second landslide hit,” Alfian said. The victim’s body was recovered by his family and neighbors. According to Alfian, the area had experienced downpours over the last three days. Landslides are common in Tana Toraja as the area is mountainous and deforestation has left slopes bare and prone to rainy season landslides.“We’ve always warned the public, especially those who live in hilly areas, to leave their houses during heavy rain, but they’ve always ignored it,” Alfian said. The local administration, Alfian added, had tried to relocate the people who lived in landslide-prone areas, but some of them had decided to remain. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Governor and First Lady Wolf Honor Outstanding Pennsylvania Women as “Distinguished Daughters”

first_img Equality,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced the designation of nine extraordinary women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. These women were nominated by non-profit organizations within the commonwealth in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of statewide or national importance.“I am proud to continue the tradition of honoring remarkable Pennsylvania women by designating them as Distinguished Daughters,” said Governor Wolf. “These women have greatly enhanced the lives of fellow Pennsylvanians and those beyond our borders, and have made great contributions to the commonwealth.”Since the first group of women were named by Governor James H. Duff in 1949, nearly 500 women have been recognized by Pennsylvania governors as Distinguished Daughters. This year’s Distinguished Daughters were honored today at the Governor’s Residence, where the Governor and First Lady presented them with medals for their achievements.The 2015 honorees include the following:Barbara BakerDr. Barbara Baker has been President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for 25 years, leading one of the nation’s major zoological parks with 77 acres and over 8,000 animals. Under her leadership, the Zoo has excelled in all areas of its operation, including tremendous budget growth from $3 to $17 million. The most visited cultural attraction in Pittsburgh, the Zoo welcomes over one million visitors annually. Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, participants in Zoo education programs increased from 453 to 400,000 students. The Zoo’s endangered species have increased from five to 52, with internationally recognized programs for coral propagation, African elephants, and support for 165 projects on all continents and oceans. The Zoo’s 742-acre International Conservation Center is dedicated to the breeding of endangered species. Baker, a strong advocate for adoption issues, is an adoptive parent of six of her seven children. She is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a Master’s in Business Administration.Kim FlemingFleming is chairman and chief executive officer of Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., a privately held Pittsburgh-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. In 2014, Hefren-Tillotson was awarded #1 Top Workplace in Western Pennsylvania, and Fleming received the Top Executive award for medium-sized companies by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She serves on the boards of Allegheny College, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, The Buhl Foundation, Dollar Bank, EQT GP Holdings, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and SIFMA. She chaired the United Way of Allegheny County and is actively involved with local, national, and international mission trips. Fleming received the Family Guidance Leckie Award for philanthropy and service to Pittsburgh, the John McGrady Award for community service, Carlow University’s Women of Spirit® Award for Values, Geneva College’s Serving Leaders Award and the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership award for Business. A graduate of Northwestern University and of the Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Fleming and her husband Curt have two sons.Janet HaasJanet Haas, M.D., is Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation and has helped guide its approach to strategic grant making over the past two decades. By making significant investments to improve education, protect the Delaware River watershed, and support arts, culture and the development of accessible and vibrant public spaces, the Foundation strives to help make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The Haas family is one of eight recipients of the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Haas is active in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum and the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Haas specializes in palliative care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and practices at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. She is a board-certified physiatrist who has specialized in brain injuries. She trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Stanford University Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System and taught at Temple University School of Medicine. Haas received her medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and graduated from Wesleyan University.Lynne Korman HonickmanHonickman founded The Honickman Foundation, dedicated to the underserved through projects in the arts, education, spiritual growth and social change. A decade ago the foundation partnered with Project HOME and Comcast to build The Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs in North Central Philadelphia. Today, the center serves more than 375 children and 925 adults each year. Currently, she is a trustee of Project HOME and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is an inaugural member of the Alfred Stieglitz Center, newly renamed Focus. Honickman is a founder and trustee of Moms Against Guns which merged with CeasefirePA and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. She is a member of several advisory additional boards, including the Support Center for Child Advocates, Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and APR. Formally trained as a writer and artist, Honickman is an activist for the arts and for pressing social issues. She and her husband Harold have two adult children and four grandchildren.Marty Moss-CoaneMoss-Coane has been host and executive producer of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, one of the most respected weekday interview programs in the Delaware Valley, for more than 25 years.  Produced at WHYY, the region’s leading public broadcasting station, Radio Times is recognized as one of the tri-state area’s most thought-provoking, creative and informative radio programs.  Radio Times is heard nationally on the National Public Radio Sirius-XM channel. Moss-Cone believes guiding discussions fairly and accurately is imperative to educating and informing audiences. She has earned praise for her versatility and her engaging conversations and interviews with both guests and callers during the daily, live two-hour program, which covers social issues, public policy, books, films and more. A graduate of Temple University, she has received numerous accolades for excellence in radio, public service, public health and public affairs. She and her husband, clinical psychologist James Coane, have a son, Jesse.Jane OppenheimOppenheim’s leadership skills and her deep concern and commitment to human rights, social services, the arts, education and humanities have benefitted innumerable national, regional and community organizations. She serves on the boards of Scranton Area Foundation, United Neighborhood Centers, Everhart Museum, Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Hunter College and Keystone College where she is on the leadership team for the annual literary conference The Gathering. She is a former member of the National Board of the Women of Reform Judaism and the boards of the World Union for Judaism, the Union for Reform Judaism and president of Temple Hesed. Oppenheim’s many awards include those from Hunter College for Outstanding Community Service, B’Nai B’rith Americanism Award, Association of Fund Raising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and awards for her service from Keystone College, University of Scranton and Scranton Area Foundation. A graduate of Hunter College, she earned her master’s degree in English at Columbia University. She and her late husband Richard have three children and eight grandchildren.Natalye PaquinPaquin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the state’s largest organization serving girls and among the largest Girl Scouts Councils in the nation. Paquin previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She began her career as a litigation attorney and entered the public sector as a Regional Attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Her work in education continued in executive leadership roles with the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. Paquin is a Director of National Penn Bancshares, a Trustee of Rosemont College and serves on numerous other boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The Philadelphia Award. She received a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S. from Florida A & M University. Additionally, she was a national Fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, and completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard and Loyola University Business Schools.Leila Jones RichardsRichards, MD, MPH, has committed her entire professional career to international health and humanitarian programs.  A public health care physician, noted author and advocate for people world-wide suffering from oppression and war, Richards has worked with many groups such as American Friends Service Committee, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, administering to vulnerable populations, primarily those who have been impacted by the tragedy of international conflict and poverty. Over the course of more than 20 years, she has served in Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Israel, India and Cambodia. Richards has authored numerous articles and reports addressing important medical and social issues facing refugees and displaced persons. Her book “The Hills of Sidon: Journal of an American Doctor in Lebanon” received wide acclaim. Now retired and living in Pittsburgh, Richards remains involved in advocating for the oppressed and supporting international efforts to find a just peace, especially between Palestine and Israel.Page Talbott Ph.D.Talbott is President/CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries. She was formerly Principal at Remer & Talbott, a consulting firm providing exhibition and interpretive planning services, including major exhibits throughout the Commonwealth. Talbott was Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, an international award-winning traveling exhibition, and was the editor and an author of the companion catalog Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. She has been an independent curator and consultant for museums, historical societies, and historic house museums throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She has served on the boards of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Center for Conservation of Art and Historical Artifacts, the Society of Winterthur Graduates, and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate. Talbott holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur Program, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Governor and First Lady Wolf Honor Outstanding Pennsylvania Women as “Distinguished Daughters” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 14, 2015last_img read more