first_imgThe Shwe gas project, which comprises the development of three offshore Myanmarese fields, has been in production since July 2013 ONGC Videsh to make additional investment in Shwe gas project, offshore Myanmar. (Credit: Stephen Marrable from Pixabay) ONGC Videsh is set to make a new investment of $121.27m for the further development of the Shwe gas project offshore Myanmar following approval from the Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.The company, which is the overseas division of India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has been a participant in the gas project since 2002.A consortium of companies from South Korea, Myanmar, and India has been involved in the Shwe gas project, located in the Bay of Bengal. Also part of the project is GAIL, which is another Indian state-owned company.The Myanmarese project is operated by South Korea-based POSCO DAEWOO and the other partners apart from the Indian duo are Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise and Korea Gas Corporation.The first gas from the offshore gas asset was drawn in July 2013. Plateau production at the Shwe gas project was achieved in December 2014.According to the Indian government, ONGC Videsh had injected $722m till 31 March 2019 in the project.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official website stated that the additional investment will help in strengthening energy bridges with the country’s neighbours.The Prime Minister website stated: “The participation of Indian PSUs in oil & gas exploration and development projects in neighbouring countries is aligned with India’s Act East Policy, and also part of India’s strategy to develop Energy Bridges with its neighbours in addition to further strengthening India’s energy security needs.”Details of the Shwe gas projectLocated in Blocks A-1 and A-3, the Shwe gas project is contained in water depth ranging between 85m and 140m. The project, which is off the coast of Rakhine State, comprises the development of the Shwe, Shwe Phyu, and Mya fields.The three Myanmarese fields have a combined estimate of 4.5 trillion cubic feet of gas in reserves. The fields are being developed in three phases.In September 2019, McDermott International announced winning of a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Posco International for the third phase of the gas project.last_img read more

first_imgProduction from BM-C-33 block will be sent to an FPSO moored at the site The development concept for BM-C-33 project will involve an FPSO moored at the field. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay) Equinor and its partners have sanctioned the development concept for the offshore Brazilian gas and condensate block BM-C-33, which will involve the use of a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).The BM-C-33 block is located in the Campos Basin pre-salt region. It contains the Pão de Açúcar discovery, which was made by Repsol Sinopec Brasil in 2010.Equinor is the operator of the BM-C-33 block with 35% stake, while Repsol Sinopec Brasil holds a 35% stake. The other partner in the offshore Brazilian block is Petrobras with a 30% stake.Equinor projects senior vice president Geir Tungesvik said: “BM-C-33 is a key project in our portfolio and concept select is an important milestone in our effort to mature the project.“It is important to further optimise and improve the project business case to make it more robust for future market.”According to Equinor, production from BM-C-33 block will be sent to the FPSO moored at the site. The FPSO will process gas and oil/condensate to sales specifications before they are exported.Crude oil from the BM-C-33 project will be offloaded using shuttle tankers and shipped to the international market following ship-to-ship transfer.Equinor said that the partners have selected a new-build hull to accommodate 30 years lifetime of the field.The Norwegian company said that the gas export solution of the project is based on an integrated offshore gas pipeline, which will connect the FPSO to a new dedicated onshore gas receiving facility to be located inside the Petrobras TECAB site at Cabiúnas.From the Petrobras TECAB site, the gas will be sent to the domestic gas transmission network.Equinor said that capacity for gas export is planned for 16Mm3/day with average exports estimated to be 14Mm3/day. The company said that the daily oil processing capacity of the FPSO will be 20,000m3.Equinor Brazil country manager Veronica Coelho said: “BM-C-33 holds substantial volumes of gas. A completion of the ongoing liberalization of the natural gas market in Brazil in line with the current plan, is key for the further development of the project.“BM-C-33 is an asset that can generate value for the society, both through the creation of direct and indirect jobs, ripple effects, and through a gas supply that can induce industrial growth, as has happened in other countries.”The Brazilian block is located nearly 200km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and is contained in water depths up to 2,900m.It is estimated to hold resources of over 700 million barrels of light oil and three trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas.last_img read more

first_imgHomes that were designed and built specifically for the rental market used, generally, to be called council houses. Not any more, councils gave way to housing associations who do indeed still build properties specifically for the rental market but the new Build to Rent sector has a broader remit – homes designed for Generation Rent – and for the future.Now, the first cross-industry organisation dedicated to driving the professionalisation of the sector has been launched. The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) will focus on driving up standards of customer service and delivery to ensure that all renters are given the best possible experience.Its creation has been championed by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, who is calling on the industry to work together to deliver more homes for rent and better standards for residents.The UKAA says that its aim is to differentiate the multi-family housing market from the amateur ad hoc rental service provided by small-scale landlords that currently make up the bulk of rentals. This is bad news in the longterm for traditional private landlords but it has to good news for tenants, especially those, says UKAA, who are making a lifestyle choice by choosing high quality, branded purpose built rental homes that offer added benefits of ancillary amenities on the doorstep and the peace of mind of renting from a large, professional landlord.Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said, “I want to see the private rented sector respond to the nation’s housing needs by providing new forms of supply and improved quality and choice. I welcome the UKAA as a body that can help build the capabilities of the build to rent sector in this country, bringing together the needs of private renters with the institutional capital that wants to invest in meeting their demands.”With more than nine million renters in the UK and vast potential for that number to grow, there is a huge opportunity for build to rent developments as an institutional asset class. In recent months alone, the number of developers and investors committing to projects has risen encouragingly but there is still a distance to go before renting becomes the professional, service-led industry backed by large institutional investors that it is in the USA.As well as providing a valuable platform for the industry, the UKAA will lead educational training, customer service delivery, study tours and provide a suppliers’ forum, market data and a range of resources.A growing number of high-profile companies and professionals from across the sector have already signed up as members including Atlas, Hermes, Greystar, Manchester Life and Savills with suppliers including Roomservice by CORT and Yardi. The UKAA is working in conjunction with all of the other industry bodies and is in the process of establishing regional branches, which are so far under way in Manchester and Scotland.Founder of the UKAA and Chairman of Chainbow, Roger Southam said, “This evolution of the rental sector is creating some interesting dynamics and raising many questions about what renting in the UK should and will look like. There is clearly a case for using the extensive experience gained by the USA and working together to create a more professional market to ultimately give renters a better service.”To find out more visit http://www.ukaa.org.uk or follow @TheUKAA on TwitterGeneration Rent rental market build-to-rent UK Apartment Association UKAA April 20, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) launches previous nextAssociations & BodiesThe UK Apartment Association (UKAA) launchesUKAA launches to drive professionalisation of rental sectorThe Negotiator20th April 20160843 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgThe British public are falling out of love with newbuild homes and most would prefer to see the billions being poured into developments spent on refurbishing existing traditional housing stock instead.Research among 2,000 people reveals that 81% of them are “unenthused” about living in a new-build home while 79% said the government should focus its efforts and funding on refurbishing existing, run-down properties.The figures during the same week when NHBC revealed that the number of new homes registered within its scheme decreased by 7% to 29,123 during the second quarter of the year.The government is concentrating its efforts on new-build to fill the gap between demand and supply in the UK, and says it will build 1.5 million new homes by 2022.But former housing minister Grant Shapps recently said two million homes need to be built as soon as possible to achieve balance in the property market.More new homesOver the past 12 months 147,960 new homes have been built and, supported by the government’s Help to Buy scheme, the number of new homes coming to the market increased by 21% year-on-year during the first three months of the year, figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government show.The quality of these new builds isn’t impressing many people, the research by bridging loan specialist Market Financial Solutions.It says 60% of the people it canvassed said too many new-build developments they had seen were poorly-built and unattractive and 41% said they lacked character and were “eye-sores within their localities”.A quarter of the respondents were happy for other people to live in them, though, saying they would buy a new-build as a buy-to-let, but wouldn’t live in one themselves.“Today’s research sends a strong message to both those involved in property development and the Government,” says Paresh Raja, CEO of MFS.“Despite the distinct need for a greater national supply of housing, the public appetite is evidently stronger for refurbished traditional properties over new-builds.“However, the UK’s current housing strategy is heavily predicated on new-builds, much to the frustration of buyers across the market.“Clearly more needs to be done to support aspiring property buyers by doing more to encourage the refurbishment projects that are essential to satisfy widespread demand.”      August 11, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » 80% of UK buyers unimpressed by newbuild homes previous nextAgencies & People80% of UK buyers unimpressed by newbuild homesShocking figures reveal many people consider new-build properties poorly built and an eyesore.Nigel Lewis11th August 201701,439 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgHunters has four new branches in Essex and Hertfordshire as Mullucks Wells, one of the region’s most well established agencies, with offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Epping, Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden joins the Hunters Group.They remain independently owned and continue to trade under the Mullucks Wells name, but will have a fresh new branding as ‘Mullucks, part of Hunters’. Directors, Richard Roberts, Jo Wilson, Daniel Galati and William Wells remain at the helm.Mullucks Wells launched in Bishop’s Stortford in 1991. Richard Roberts, Managing Director, said, “We’re delighted. Our experienced local teams and the excellent service they have become renowned for will be further strengthened by the benefits of a nationwide network offering.”Glynis Frew, Chief Executive of Hunters Property Plc, said, “Expansion within Essex and Hertfordshire is an important strategic move for us and we’re delighted to have franchise partners of this calibre on board.”Hertfordshire Mullucks Wells Hunters growth Hunters Essex April 9, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hunters grows in Essex and Hertfordshire previous nextAgencies & PeopleHunters grows in Essex and HertfordshireThe Negotiator9th April 20190348 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Online letting agents Howsy raises £5 million to set up Midlands hub previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnline letting agents Howsy raises £5 million to set up Midlands hubHowsy – formerly NoAgent – says it wants to make renting a property as easy as booking a hotel room and is using the new cash to expand its team and footprint.Nigel Lewis4th September 201901,997 Views Online property management platform and letting agent Howsy formerly known as No Agent has raised a further £5 million from investors, it has been announced.The company, which has been going since July 2016 and now claims to have 60,000 landlords and tenants using its service, has raised the cash from both existing investors and also Mayfair-based Skybound Capital, which is a relative newcomer to the proptech scene.Based in the London digital ‘village’ of Shoreditch, Howsy says the money is primarily being used to set up a second operation in Coventry, expand its London team and makes several high-profile senior hires.These include Mark Hodson, who used to work for PayPal and also retail website NotOnTheHighStreet.com.AcquisitionsHowsy has also revealed that it intends to make several ‘acquisitions’ but wouldn’t confirm to The Negotiator whether these would be of rival online lettings firms or traditional ones.“We’re delighted to close on our largest funding round to date and this really cements our current position as one of the leading Proptech companies in the UK,” says founder and CEO Callum Brannan (left).“We’ve already started to turn this around on a national scale and this latest raise, along with a few strategic acquisitions, should not only help us in our mission, but it will enable us to scale fast as well as look at opportunities outside of the UK.”Howsy offers a similar service to a traditional high street agent but through a centralised staffed and digital online service for landlords. This includes a free tenant-find service and then packages starting at £35 a month rising to £115 a month for full management.Read more about Howsy.Howsy callum brannan September 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Young former estate agent to disrupt traditional conveyancing referrals system previous nextProducts & ServicesYoung former estate agent to disrupt traditional conveyancing referrals systemAlex Beagrie, 24, says his experience working in estate agency taught him that the way consumers are referred to conveyancers needs updating.Nigel Lewis22nd October 20201 Comment11,226 Views A 24-year-old former estate agent has claimed that industry referral fees earned from conveyancing based on a narrow and cosy list of approved ‘panel’ suppliers will soon be ancient history.Alex Beagrie, who worked in estate agency in Surrey prior to setting up his proptech conveyancing platform ExchangeTrain.co.uk, says he founded the business after realising that the system which enables agents to earn fees from conveyancing is fundamentally unfair to consumers.Talking to The Negotiator, he says that Trading Standards’ efforts to force agent to be more transparent about the fees they earn from referring third-party services to client could be a game changer for platforms like his.Agent recommendations“Sales agents earn fees on the basic premise that most buyers are either first timers or move so infrequently that they need a recommendation about the best conveyancer,” he says.“This has served the industry well for decades but home movers are now more digitally savvy and are looking for online support to help them, and clearly the regulatory authorities are waking up to that.”Beagrie says that although his business is still only a few weeks old, he’s had thousands of enquiries from home movers looking for an independent conveyancing recommendation.“I have an estate agency background but I’m not a conveyancer, nevertheless I’ve realised that there is an opportunity for a service that offers home movers more choice while still enabling agents to earn income from referrals,” he says.ExchangeTrain.co.uk is currently consumer focussed, but Beagrie says he wants it to appeal to agents by offering an alternative way to continue earning fee opportunities, while at the same time opening up the market to a wider range of conveyancers.Read more about referral fees.Alex Beagrie exchangetrain.co.uk Sales progression conveyancing October 22, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 22nd October 2020 at 6:36 amMy thoughts are that any business needs income to survive, I wish Alex well, but unless he is going to run a non-profit enterprise he will need to charge someone an amount, the moment this occurs he will be in the same nexus that all companies belong to. From my thirty years of being an agent, ensuring an exchange is key as this is typically the largest fee element of the transaction. So agents will naturally recommend conveyancers who enhance this journey, and make an exchange more likely.If they receive a fee or not, the vital component is that the agent has positive connection with the driver of the sale post the sale being agreed, the person who transfers the title from vendor to buyer.A comparison site for the general public to see what is the ‘best deal’, is always going to be subjective, is it measured by the cost of conveyancing? the level of service? As Alex is stating he wants agents to still have a fee for referring conveyancers, am I to assume at some point his business will be seeking a fee from either agents or solicitors to promote them, in which case we are back at square one.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgA lettings agency in Scotland has denied allegations made by ex-employees and landlords to a local newspaper that some of its customers have been overcharged for property management work.The lettings agency involved is a franchised branch (pictured) of Martin & Co in Stirling, whose owners deny any wrongdoing.Details of problems at the branch featured yesterday in the Sunday Mail, the sister paper of Scotland’s Daily Record, following complaints over incorrect invoices made by landlord Scott Buchanan.He told the newspaper that he has been contacted by 15 other landlords in the area who claim they have been over-charged for electrical and safety work at properties.Former employees of the business contacted by the Sunday Mail claim that maintenance companies were created which were used to bill landlords for work.InvoicesThe newspaper also says it has seen paperwork that shows real contractors were asked to re-submit invoices for higher amounts than originally billed for.This paperwork and other evidence has been passed to local Trading Standards officers.“I just want proof that my property has been properly looked after and that I’m not being charged some arbitrary amount,” says Buchannan.“In the absence of answers from the branch and head office, I’ve passed the evidence I gathered to Trading Standards and the Property Ombudsman.”Both the Ahmeds and Martin & Co head office have declined to comment further. Both are suing a former manager over a missing database of client details.Read more about Martin & Co.sunday mail Scott Buchanan Martin & Co Stirling November 30, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Lettings agency probed after landlord complaints about incorrect invoices previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings agency probed after landlord complaints about incorrect invoicesMartin & Co branch in Scotland has been referred to Trading Standards and The Property Ombudsman by customer.Nigel Lewis30th November 20200821 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Navy Assists in Repatriation of Sri Lankan Fishermen Navy Assists in Repatriation of Sri Lankan Fishermen View post tag: Repatriation Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 11 Sri Lankan fishermen along with 2 fishing boats on 8th August 2012.The boats named “Natasha Daughter” with 6 fishermen and Deshakthi Kaveesha-2 with 5 fishermen were taken over from the Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajshree at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai by Sri Lanka Naval Vessel P 451 attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard vessel CG 43 .Repatriation of Sri Lankan fishermen and the fishing boats comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 10, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy August 10, 2012 View post tag: Assists View post tag: Lankan View post tag: Naval View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Sri Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img Training & Education Sailors of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event at the Rhone American Cemetery (RAC) March 9.RAC was established Aug. 17, 1944 for American Soldiers who were killed during World War II. The French government granted free use of the land to the American government as a permanent burial ground without charge or taxation.While Sailors initially expected only to beautify the areas around the cemetery, the COMREL turned into a historical lesson of the fallen Americans who lay at rest.“It was an incredibly humbling experience,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW/FMF/EXW/IDW) Shari M. Chisholm, leading chief petty officer for the Religious Ministries department. “We went to improve the condition of the cemetery but were also treated to a lovely tour of the cemetery and learned some history behind the brave patriots who died for our country.”Sailors viewed the cemetery grounds which consisted of 861 memorial tombstones, 294 names on the “Wall of the Missing,” a bronze relief map and a chapel. The map showed the military operations in the area and the advance up the Rhone River Valley.Bruce C. Malone Jr., superintendent of the cemetery, said that hosting Sailors on the cemetery grounds was especially meaningful for himself and his crew.“It’s an honor and a privilege for us to be able to share this heritage and history with these Sailors,” said Malone. “I hope this trip sparked an interest in [these Sailors] about this cemetery’s American history so that they will look further into it.”Malone said Americans often only remember the bodies that made it back home after World War II and forget about those left behind in Europe.In the chapel on the grounds is a floor-to-ceiling mosaic mural that recalls the eternal care of the Almighty. The mural, like much of the chapel interior, was designed by Austin Purves of Litchfield, Conn. It symbolizes French parents mourning the loss of American sons.During the event, Ike Sailors also learned about the American Battle Monuments Commission, the history of the operations in France and about who is buried in RAC.“You often read about this kind of stuff in history books,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class John Armendariz, maintenance leading petty officer of Supply department’s S-8 division. “But being here in person is a surreal experience. It was strange to be standing on the same grounds as where these brave men actually fought for my freedom.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 12, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Sailors Volunteer at Rhone American Cemetery USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Sailors Volunteer at Rhone American Cemetery Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: DRAGUIGNAN View post tag: France View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic March 12, 2013last_img read more

first_img USNS Spearhead Conducts Operational Experiments Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Conducts Operational Experiments Authorities View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic Members from U.S. 4th Fleet and Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) were onboard Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) from 5-12 June executing a multi-faceted experiment examining the JHSV’s ability to conduct alternate missions. View post tag: conductscenter_img View post tag: Experiments July 7, 2014 View post tag: Navy The main goal for the experimentation campaign, co-developed by the Navy’s Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) program with and in support of 4th Fleet, is to inform updates to the JHSV’s concept of operations (CONOPs). The campaign will continue throughout Spearhead’s maiden deployment. The FLEX program, managed by NWDC on behalf of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet, is about delivering tangible products to the warfighter, specifically by assisting the Navy in integrating new and versatile assets into the Fleet.“Experimentation initiatives that are linked to our operational mission are exactly how we want to continue to support greater DoD efforts,” said Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. “The SOUTHCOM theater is particularly conducive to innovation and experimentation, as initiatives can immediately be used in support of real-world operations. In these austere times of reduced resources and assets, we need to gain as much efficiencies as possible; experimentation is one way to achieve that. U.S. 4th Fleet is the Theater of Innovation.”The experiments conducted included the first launch and recovery of the BAT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) off of a naval vessel, the initial launch of the PUMA UAS off of a JHSV in this theater, and the maiden launch and tether of the Aerostat off of a JHSV. These technology enablers would enhance JHSV’s ability to perform several additional missions, including Counter Illicit Trafficking.“We had a very successful experimentation period with NWDC,” said Capt. Sam Hancock, mission commander for Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2014 (SPS-JHSV 14). “We now look forward to continuing the development of capabilities by employing these technologies from Spearhead.”All experiment objectives were met and NWDC is in the process of analyzing the data to complete a preliminary assessment.“We attribute this success to our strong partnership with 4th Fleet and the focused teamwork of the military detachment and civilian mariners while underway,” said Lt. Allison Withers, NWDC Experimentation lead afloat.4th Fleet and NWDC will return for a second experimentation phase in September.[mappress]Press Release, July 07, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: americas View post tag: USNS Spearheadlast_img read more

first_img View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval May 25, 2015 View post tag: americas The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) May 22 following the successful completion of its carrier incremental availability.Harry S. Truman marked the first carrier incremental availability performed at NNSY. These shorter carrier availabilities are usually performed at Naval Station Norfolk. The 15-week availability began in November, but Truman’s time at NNSY was extended to allow for additional work to be performed.Major tasks completed on Truman included modernization of the propulsion plant, main engine and attached lube oil pump repairs as well as major inspections of the catapult launch system. NNSY work was comprised of approximately 135,000 man-days, with support also provided by Ship’s Force, Multi-Ship/Multi-Option (MSMO) contractor, Newport News Shipbuilding and Alteration Installation Teams (AITs).Twenty percent of the U.S. Navy’s carrier force has been under the care of NNSY over the last several months. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is now in the final stages of its docking planned incremental availability, a more comprehensive modernization event. To support continual production on this concentrated availability, job readiness cells (JRCs) were placed for the Truman project team in both the carrier hangar bay and on the pier. JRCs provide mechanics tooling and consumables in an area conveniently co-located next to a project, supporting nonstop execution of work.Truman is the Navy’s ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class. The ship was launched in 1996 and delivered to the United States Navy in 1998.[mappress mapid=”16059″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Availability NNSY Completes USS Harry S. Truman Availability Authorities View post tag: NNSY Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today NNSY Completes USS Harry S. Truman Availability View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

first_img October 9, 2015 View post tag: Migrants Irish frigate LÉ Samuel Beckett transferred 474 rescued people, to the port of Vibo, Italy, Oct 7.Having rescued 242 persons from a wooden barge on Monday, October 5, the LÉ Samuel Beckett was subsequently tasked with taking the transfer of a further 232 persons who had been rescued by the Italian Coastguard Vessel Luigi Datilo.Transfers were conducted at sea utilizing LÉ Samuel Beckett’s RHIBs (rugged hull inflatable boats).On completion of embarkation, the ship proceeded north to the nominated port of safety, Vibo, Valentia. The ship provided sustained care to the 474 rescuees embarked, including 4 infants en route.[mappress mapid=”17140″]Image: Irish Navy View post tag: Irish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today LÉ Samuel Beckett Brings 474 Migrants to Safety Authorities LÉ Samuel Beckett Brings 474 Migrants to Safety View post tag: Vibo Valentia Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier Carl Winson completes in-port phase of TSTA June 30, 2016 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: TSTA Authorities US aircraft carrier Carl Winson completes in-port phase of TSTA Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed the in-port phase of Carl Vinson’s Tailored Ship’s Training Availability on June 24.TSTA is the first combined training event of the inter-deployment training cycle. During TSTA, training drills and real-world scenarios placed an emphasis on damage control, flight deck operations and simulated combat, each of which were evaluated by Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific.Sailors practiced firefighting, responded to man overboard musters, conducted boat operations, and responded to simulated attacks from multiple threats.“Preparing for and executing TSTA in-port evolutions has improved readiness across the ship,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jose Melendrez, Carl Vinson’s integrated training team coordinator. “From the propulsion plant drills going on deep within the ship to the topside scenarios on the flight deck, TSTA has given every department the chance to assess readiness and improve basic warfighting skills.”Melendrez said while TSTA’s main focus is crew training, the training provides an assessment of the material condition of the ship and its systems, the critical criteria during the ship’s upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection.“To have a successful INSURV, we need a well-trained crew using equipment that meets and exceeds Navy standards,” said Melendrez. “TSTA gives us a chance to have a questioning attitude during every evolution, with each Sailor making sure the systems they are experts on are well-maintained and operational.”The TSTA in-port phase will formally conclude after members of ATG Pacific brief the ship’s top leadership on their observations. Share this article View post tag: USS Carl Vinsonlast_img read more

first_img Authorities September 19, 2016 Pacific Partnership returning home after four months underway Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Partnership returning home after four months underway center_img View post tag: Pacific Partnership View post tag: US Navy After concluding mission stops in six countries, this years’s Pacific Partnership arrived in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility en route to Hawaii aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Pacific Partnership members are on a brief stop as the mission nears conclusion.Mercy departed Naval Base San Diego May 11 and served as the command platform for the Pacific Partnership 2016 mission. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.“The objective was to improve interoperability between countries to strengthen the relationships and partnerships,” said Cmdr. Miguel Gutierrez, director of medical operations, Pacific Partnership 2016.Countries visited during Pacific Partnership 2016 included Timor Leste, the Philippines, Vietnam, Palau, Malaysia and Indonesia. Throughout the mission, Pacific Partnership personnel shared and gained expertise from each partner nation through subject matter expert exchanges in medical, engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, cooperative health engagements and Women, Peace and Security seminars. Key leader and community relations events provided for direct engagement and enhanced relationships with partner nation leadership and local citizens.“The engagements from every line of effort built capability and interoperability, which helped strengthen and establish relationships with each partner nation,” said Royal Australian navy Capt. Mike Spruce, deputy mission commander, Pacific Partnership 2016. “This mission is a lot about exchanging ideas, and the knowledge and skills shared throughout Pacific Partnership 2016 will last well after the mission is over.”Mercy and the Pacific Partnership 2016 team are scheduled to arrive at Naval Base San Diego at the end of the month.last_img read more

first_img Salary Not Specified LinkedIn Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Facebook Residence Life Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Twitter GeneralSummary/PurposeThe Residence Director is a member of the CommunityLiving team with the goal of enhancing the student experience andproviding quality services for the students at Johns HopkinsUniversity. They are responsible for fostering a student-centeredcommunity where faculty involvement and a broad range ofdevelopmental programming initiatives are valued. Reporting to anAssistant Director of Residential Life, the Residence Director isresponsible for the ongoing welfare of the communities under theirpurview, providing staff supervision and supporting all aspects ofthe Residential Life program. They will be an active andcontributing member of a team of Residential Life and CommunityLiving professionals committed to their staffs, students, and thedevelopment of community in their residentialareas.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesSupervise andevaluate the paraprofessional staff in assigned residentialarea.Create an environment that supports the developmentof a sense of community amongresidents.Manage the day to day operation of assignedresidential area and handle all administrativeresponsibilities.Meet and interact with students for the purpose ofcounseling, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation.Respond to incidents and administer discipline in assignedcommunities to ensure appropriatebehavior.Assess needs and interests of students and supportstaff in the development a wide range of programming initiativesincluding educational, social, recreational and culturalprograms.Support implementation of the Residential Lifedepartment wide programs.Provide assistance to department leadership andparticipate in developing and implementing all student stafftraining sessions, including monthly staff development sessions forstaff.Provide primary after-hours emergency coverage(on-call duties) to residents and student staff; work closely withthe Dean of Student Life office to provide support to students incrisis.Assist with supervision and administration ofResidential Life departmental responsibilities; take on aleadership role in a departmental area, e.g. liaison with otherdepartments, assessment processes, department wide programs,orientation, committee work,etc.MinimumQualificationsMaster’s Degree in Student Personnel or relatedfield, and 2-3 years of experience in Housing/Residential Liferequired.Student Affairswork preferred with related work in Housing and/or ResidentialLifeSpecial Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesStronginterpersonal skills with solid administrativeabilitiesExperience working in a fast-paced, multi-culturalenvironmentExperience in mediation, conflict resolution, andcrisis management.Additionalinformation:This is a 12-month, full-time position with aflexible work schedule to include evenings and weekends as itrelates to programming or on-call. The selected candidate isrequired to live-in on campus in designated University housing.This position is considered an essential employee (requiredattendance) and will be asked to be on-call to assist with anyuniversity emergencies that affect the students living in campushousing.Classified Title:Residential LifeAdministratorWorking Title: ResidenceDirector ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CE Starting Salary Range:$38,833.68 – $53,404 /Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Up to 37.5hours/week Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60004476-Residential Life OperationsPersonnel area: University Student ServicesThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Washington and Lee University Assistant Director of Residence Life You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Texas, United States Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Assistant Director of Residence Life HomewoodCampus Residence Life Coordinator – (STA006918) Similar jobs Save Residence Life Coordinator – (STA006918) University of Houston More searches like this Share Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Virginia, United States The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

first_imgPositions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe positions are filled. Prior professional US experience with progressiveresponsibility.Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively withdiverse campus community. Curriculum development and significant teaching experience atall collegiate levels.Funded research experience as a Principal Investigator.Demonstrated ability to identify project opportunities andindependently develop proposals that are subsequently funded.Experience with students’ academic mentoring and as a thesisadvisor.Experience in program assessment and execution of a continuousimprovement plan. ABOUT FLORIDA POLY:Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and isthe twelfth university in the Florida State University System. TheUniversity was created as an exclusively STEM-focused publicuniversity that offers high-value undergraduate and graduatedegrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focuson economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated topreparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, FloridaPolytechnic University blends traditional subject matter masterywith problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide studentswith learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and acareer of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses insmall class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to facultyexperience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and researchmission.Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term definedappointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, thatsubstantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment andprogression in rank upon completion of a significant review ofaccomplishments.Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-moderncampus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway betweenTampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines smalltown comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor ishome to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has morethan 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college.Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World,Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thrivingperforming art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and homevalues increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakelandand Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to liveand work.EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience andqualificationsAPPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related fieldSix years of experience as a faculty member or as anindependent researcher. APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submitthe following in PDF format to the Florida Polytechnic CareersWebsite: https://floridapoly.edu/about/careers/careersportal Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to workin the United States. This proof must be provided prior toemployment at the University. An appointment is not final untilproof is provided.center_img Active participation in professional activities andorganizations. Associate Professor or Professor – Computer Science (InteractiveGraphical Applications)Job Description SummaryThe Department of Computer Science at Florida PolytechnicUniversity invites applications for an Associate Professor orProfessor with broad teaching capacity that supports bothundergraduate degrees and with research specialization thatsupports interactive graphical applications. The Computer Sciencedepartment is home to the largest undergraduate program in theUniversity which delivers an ABET accredited degree in ComputerScience with specialization areas in Game Development, CyberSecurity, Software Engineering, and Autonomous Systems. Successfulapplicants must be capable of teaching a range of classes in thecurriculum, at all levels, and ideally would contribute toinstruction focused in at least one of the following areas:graphical interactive programs, Cyber-Security, Autonomous Systems,Software Engineering, and Distributed/parallel computing.This position is part of a strategic expansion of the departmentthat will add approximately eight faculty to the current thirteenfaculty members that comprise the department faculty. Thedepartment also delivers a Masters of Science degree in ComputerScience and the expansion of the faculty will be critical togrowing the size of this graduate program.Ideally, applicants will provide evidence of prior success inteaching (both undergraduate and graduate) and research with anestablished record of independent research funding, publicationhistory in high quality, peer reviewed journals, and supervision ofgraduate and/or undergraduate students.Job DescriptionMINIMUM QUALIFICATION: DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Diversity Statement:Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal accessinstitution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provideequal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities toall (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants foradmission, students, and others affiliated with the University)without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,veteran status or genetic information.Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please besure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field beforecontinuing through the application. Once your applicationhas been submitted, no changes may be made and additionalattachments will not be considered.An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable duringthe application process. For positions requiring a degree, theofficial transcripts are required upon hire.Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United Statesrequire a equivalency statement from a certified transcriptevaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of anaccredited institution within the USA. This report must be attachedwith the application and submitted by the applicationdeadline.All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date ofthe job announcements.This position requires a background check, which may includea level II screening as required by the Florida Statute§435.04. Cover letterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Research InterestsStatement of Teaching PhilosophyList of at least 3 professional references (names and contactinformation)Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcriptlast_img read more

first_imgRunaway hostage braves media storm to start term at TrinityMatthew Scott, the student who so dramatically escaped from kidnappers in the Columbian jungle last month, came up to Oxford yesterday to start his degree. The engineering student arrived at Trinity College as planned, despite having returned to the UK only a fortnight ago. Scott was taken hostage by a Columbian terrorist group while trekking to the remote Lost City ruins in the Sierra Nevada mountains on 12th September. After two days of marching with seven others at gunpoint, Scott made his escape in low visibility caused by rainfall, “I saw a chance and ran. I heard the river on the right and I followed the sound. The sides were very steep. I jumped over the edge very quickly. I was lucky not to break my arms or legs.” Scott trekked alone without any food for 12 days to escape from his captors and was picked up by indigenous people from the local area, “The tribe that found me gave me soup and beans with a little salt and three oranges.” When found, he was flown by helicopter to a military base at Santa Marta in the Caribbean. Despite speculation that he might postpone starting university, Scott explained that his plans would be unaffected by the horrifying ordeal, saying “I’m going to be just fine. Life is looking pretty good.” Although he is still in pain due to trench foot contracted during his 12-day jungle nightmare, Scott’s sense of humour does not seem to have suffered. He told Cherwell, “I am looking forward to Freshers’ Week. I took some trouble to make it.” James Scott, Matthew’s father, said: “Matthew is a very lucky boy. We thought he might be dead. We did not know whether he was alive or being tortured. We are absolutely thrilled. It was a very risky escape.” The College president, Sir Michael Beloff QC, expressed relief at Scott’s safe return to the UK, praising his “initiative and determination”. On his return, Scott’s picture was featured on the front page of nearly every national newspaper. After arriving to a frenzied press conference at Heathrow, Scott spent the days before coming up in negotiation with the press over coverage of his story, courting five-figure sums. Cherwell can confirm that Scott’s own story of events is to be published in the Daily Telegraph and is expected to appear within the next few days. He was understandably reluctant to speak in detail about his experience, saying “For the moment I have to consider that some of the information I hold is still sensitive and the situation is very tense. I am worried about the safety of the other seven hostages. Any publicity that this story attracts could damage their position.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

first_imgThe Cuppers competition upto this point has been unpredictable and as we head towards the semi-final stage we can recap on what has happened thus far in the tournament and also look ahead towards the final matches.Last year’s finalists, Queen’s, have put up a strong challenge thus far, with a confident victory over Brasenose getting their challenge off to a good early start.Perhaps the most impressive achievement in the tournament has, however, been that of Worcester who have got two teams through to the quarter finals. The first squad was tipped to make that stage, and victories over Wadham, Wolfson and Magdalen proved those predictions to be correct. The victory against Magdalen was particularly notable given the strength of their opponents; McTaggart and Thompson had proved a great doubles’ combination.However for Worcester seconds to progress so far has been something of a revelation. A victory over an understrength Exeter side was perhaps expected but to beat the tradtionally strong New College in the last 16 was certainly a turn up for the books.Looking ahead to the final stages there are three teams that stand out.Last year’s winners St Catz have looked strong so far as they cantered to a series of victories; don’t bet aginst.Queen’s also look a strong force with a squad of Carpenter, Grainger, Bowden, Hazzard and Pickles a match for anyone.However Worcester 1 look to be the best pick as they have the deepest squad and having failed to mount a strong challenge last year they will be keen to impress in 2007’s competition.Although the weather hasn’t helped this year, watch out for cuppers to dominate the end of term.Stuart Williamsonlast_img read more

first_img****Winner of the Palme d’Or, this is the latest acclaimed film from the burgeoning Romanian film industry. The second feature from director Christian Mungui, it tells the story of a student in 1987 communist Romania seeking an illegal abortion. The pregnant Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) is aided by her roommate Ollita (Anamaria Marinca). As they try to avoid the prying eyes of the state and a prison sentence they seek the help of Mr. Bebe who is to perform the operation.The defining feature of this film is its sometimes shocking realism. The camera does not shy away from the details and this is vital to its ultimate success. By denying the preservation of his characters’ dignity, Mungui creates an effect of reality that immediately grips the viewer, aided by the conspicuous absence of music. He makes the most of a low budget with inventive use of the camera. The action switches between long stationary takes, often forcing the viewer to follow the characters from afar, to fast-moving handheld shots, many at night, which make the action difficult to follow but help to create a tense atmosphere. There is also good use of subtle tools such as background movement, light and shadow that keep one’s eyes glued to the screen, even through long periods of no dialogue.The standout of this film, however, is the wonderful performance from Marinca as its resourceful heroine. There are very few moments when she is not on screen as the story is told from Ollita’s perspective, a wise choice by Mungui that results in riveting tension and fully utilises Marinca’s undoubted talent. Often she is alone and there is reliance only on her facial expression and body language to carry the shot, but she is a magnet for the camera. Vasiliu provides excellent support as the timid Gabita; indeed the performances are good all round.Occasionally Mungui tries too hard to demonstrate the difficulties of living under the communist regime: a scene at the dinner table of a party which hurriedly covers most of the faults in Romanian sociey feels a little too blunt. But ultimately the film is a great achievment; captivating yet grounded in realism throughout. by Ben Williamslast_img read more

first_imgHe also added that the Fire Services were “far from dismissive of this.”Pulse, the student run club promotions company, which has organised several events at both Escape and OFS, commented, “PulseNation exists to give students the best night out possible. We only work with people we think will support us in achieving this aim and we are confident that all the venues we work with are complying with the rules. If people are claiming otherwise we’ll speak to the management teams, but we’re committed to providing students with safe, fun and cheap nights out.”Pulse has worked in collaboration with OUSU since last year.Rosanna McBeath, OUSU’s VP for welfare, said, “student safety is very important, especially when out in clubs. OUSU knows that the staff at Pulse Nation do check that clubs are complying with Fire Safety laws, we wouldn’t have agreed to collaborate with them otherwise. At the end of the day, though, Pulse Nation has to take the club operators at their word. I hope in light of this investigation both the clubs and the authorities work harder to ensure that fire safety standards are complied with.”Several students have expressed distress at the findings of the investigation.Victoria Turk, Oriel JCR Entz rep, added, “it also worries me that Escape doesn’t have anyone who could help with medical problems, as I’m sure these occur frequently among clubbers.”Alexander Bulfin, JCR President of University, commented, “The question should not be whether Entz Officers should sell tickets to nights at these venues, but whether club night organisers should be using them in the first instance. Students and JCRs pay these promoters to organise nights out for them – this should mean ensuring that it is safe as well as fun and value for money.”Other students have revealed their lack of concern about fire safety when out clubbing.Rachel Chew, a St Peter’s first-year, added, “I usually don’t look where the fire exits are as I feel safe and I trust the organisers.” Fire services are investigating claims that students’ safety may be at risk after a Cherwell investigation has revealed that three Oxford nightclubs could be lacking basic fire safety precautions.Cherwell investigation of eight nightclubs in Oxford has raised concerns about the compliance of Kukui, Escape, and OFS with fire regulations as stated in the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005.These concerns are being followed up on by the Oxfordshire Fire Service.The Order states that all employees must be given adequate fire safety training when they commence employment as well as receiving refreshers as appropriate. This must include training in the use of fire equipment.But staff at the clubs interviewed by Cherwell indicated that they had never received any fire training, a finding described as very disturbing by the fire service.One Kukui staff member said that the club’s fire and safety training is “pretty casual.” She said they had taken no action for almost half an hour on one occasion when the fire alarm went off in the upstairs of the club.She said, “the fire alarm went off last November for 25 minutes upstairs. They couldn’t hear it downstairs. I didn’t do anything. People were in the club. Someone eventually heard it and went and told the staff downstairs.” She added, “the alarm was fixed afterwards.”She also said that she had not experienced any fire drills while she had been working at the club, admitting that she only knew how to use a fire extinguisher from her previous job.Another staff member also admitted that the club had not trained her to use fire extinguishers.Two other staff members who have been working at Kukui since October said that they too had never received any fire training at the club. At Escape, staff spoken to by Cherwell had also received no fire training. One staff member admitted that he couldn’t even use a fire extinguisher.They mentioned that the club had mock drills but that these were “not treated seriously.” They said that if there is a fire “we just go out” and that there is no specific fire plan. The club also had no first aider present.At OFS, one staff member said, “there is no fire training due to the company rules.” They added, however, that they knew where the fire extinguishers were and that there was a register for staff signing in and out.Pat Rosen, the Station Officer of the Oxfordshire Fire Brigade, commented on the results of the investigation, saying, “obviously we’re very disturbed at the findings of this investigation and we’ll be following it up.”“I’m going to pass the details to the Council and we’ll start the inspection. This will consist of visiting the clubs and talking to the owners.”Both Kukui and Escape were visited by the Oxfordshire Fire Service on Tuesday. However, both clubs denied claims about negligence in adhering to fire and safety regulations.The general manager of Kukui said the fire services had visited the club and found that they were complying with fire and safety regulations. He said, “we are 100% complying with regulations across the land.”He added, “all staff, including bouncers, before we opened our doors, had had fire training.”When confronted with the evidence from our investigation, he said, “we have recently taken on new staff” and suggested that it was these people whom our investigators had spoken to.He also said, “I have a record of all my staff members who have signed to say that they have received fire training.”Barry Stockford, a member of the Fire Prevention Team, commented, “our response yesterday was immediate. The records of the clubs were satisfactory but we couldn’t validate this in terms of questioning staff and we will be following that up in the next few weeks with fire audits.”last_img read more

first_imgOxford police raided a property on Howard Street last Sunday, seizing one hundred cannabis plants.A spokesman for the drugs unit of Oxfordshire Police Department, PC Leigh Thompson, has stated, “drugs are a huge priority for us and we will continue to crack down on those supplying and trading in them.”No arrests have been made following the raid. Police are appealing to members of the public to come forward with information.last_img

first_imgFormer UKIP leadership candidate Raheem Kassam has received criticism for verbally abusing Oxford students after withdrawing from UKIP’s leadership race.The debate started when one Oxford first year posted a link to an article reporting Kassam’s decision to quit the race with the caption “Why are UKIP such a farce?”On the Facebook group Open Oxford Kassam called students “inbred” and “chinless”, alongside attacking their political views and appearances.Fierce argument then ensued in the comments section after a second-year student wrote “good riddance” to Kassam in expletive-laden terms.Kassam responded to the student’s comment a couple hours later with a screenshot of his profile picture. Mocking the student’s appearance, he replied “At least I’ve got a chin” and called him a “Remainiac” and a “child”. When another student joined the argument he commented on a picture of the student “serious amounts of inbreeding going on here”.One student commented, “It’s quite tragic a ‘professional’ politician and journalist has entered a flame war with an undergrad on an Oxford discussion forum”.Kassam’s participation ended with, “You guys should learn to have some fun. Lighten up. You’re at university. Stop taking everything, including Facebook, so seriously. Have a laugh, move on. I can’t believe I have to tell kids to relax. Sad times.”Second year student Tim Foster commented,”Wow, he [Kassam] roasted us. I don’t know how we’re going to recover.”A student commented, “UKIP is doubtlessly in a death-spiral now that its lost its leader—the fact that a man like Raheem Kassam was considered as one of the frontrunners and a potential successor for Farage speaks volumes about the party. He personifies what was always at the heart of UKIP. His misogyny elsewhere is grotesque, but his behaviour on an online student forum is genuinely tragic. He is truly the British Donald Trump; hilarious and tragic.”Kassam told Cherwell, “Stop taking everything so seriously […] Facebook groups like Open Oxford were built for trolling.”Kassam’s political career has not been without controversy as of late. It was reported last week that he called another UKIP leadership contender, Suzanne Evans “a wrinkley old ginger bird,” and was ordered to apologise for saying Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should have her legs taped shut to stop her reproducing.During his leadership campaign he also used the slogan “Make UKIP great again”, alluding to the mantra of Donald Trump’s US election campaign.Earlier on Monday Kassam announced his withdrawal from the UKIP leadership race on Facebook.He said in a statement, “As of today, I am formally suspending my campaign to be Ukip leader… This was a very difficult decision, and I want to thank everyone who supported me in the process.”Kassam later complained he had faced “disgraceful treatment” from the media. He commented, “When Times journalists show up at my elderly parents’ house, intimidating them, I draw the line.”last_img read more

first_imgThey say 70 percent favor the tax and 29 percent were against it. They say fewer people smoking means less money the state has to spend on smoking-related illness and health issues.Raise it for Health chairman Brian Hannon says, “I mean this is an evidence-based solution. We’re not just promoting a cigarette tax to promote a cigarette tax. We know it drives down smoking rates, we know it keeps kids away from tobacco, and we know it raises significant new revenue that we can dedicate to other urgent public health programs.”A bill regarding this proposal is expected to be introduced during this year’s legislative session.Opponents are worried any kind of tax is a tough sell for voters.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Advocacy Group Pushes for Cigarette Tax IncreaseJANUARY 9TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAAn advocacy group in Indiana is pushing for a $2 per pack cigarette tax. Raise it for Health released a new poll which shows the majority of Indiana voters are in favor of the tax as a way of getting people to stop smoking.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of attempted telephone fraud involving a caller claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy. The caller had the ability to “spoof” the victim’s caller ID to make it appear the call originated from the Sheriff’s Office.The caller claimed that someone in the household had a warrant for their arrest as a result of missing jury duty. The caller knew the correct name of the resident, but did not appear to possess any personally identifiable information. The caller attempted to extort money from the victim in order to have the warrant recalled. The victim recognized the call as a scam and hung up.The Sheriff’s Office does not solicit the payment of fines or fees over the phone. Area residents are advised to treat any unsolicited caller who requests payment with extreme skepticism, regardless of who the caller claims to represent. When in doubt get the caller’s name, hang up, and then call the business or government entity back at a phone number you know to be correct. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgappleapple New Poll: Indiana Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Closing Schools Based on Standardized TestingINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters overwhelmingly oppose closing local schools based solely on the results of high-stakes, standardized test scores, according to a new statewide survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and released today by the Indiana Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org. Voters also view the state’s standardized test, I STEP, overwhelmingly unfavorably.“Although Republicans and Democrats are often polarized on key issues, they overwhelmingly agree that public schools should not be closed based on standardized test scores alone,” said Stuart Polk, vice-president at McLaughlin & Associates. “Indiana voters are concerned about the quality of public education and improving schools, but the data shows Hoosiers believe closing public schools is not the solution.”According to an October 16-18, 2016 McLaughlin & Associates poll:More than 2/3 of voters, or 67 percent, view the I STEP standardized test unfavorablyOnly 8% of voters think student performance on standardized tests is the most important indicator of a school’s quality85% of voters oppose closing a public school based solely on low standardized test scores80% to 15%, voters prefer a performance system that measures how well a school helps individual students versus standardized test scores95% agree that before a public school closes a formal hearing should be required so parents and teachers can discuss the impact of the closure90% of voters believe students who are succeeding should not be forced to leave their school just because other students are under-performing75% of voters believe new students in a school should not be included in school evaluations until they have attended a full year60% of voters are less likely to support education reform efforts by wealthy special interests who push legislation that would close public schools without parental inputThese results should help guide legislators and education officials as they consider drafting charter school reform legislation that could have a broad impact on the state’s public charter schools.Many viewed last week’s election results, and the defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, as a referendum to the increased emphasis on high-stakes, standardized testing in evaluating the state’s schools, teachers and students. These poll results confirm that sentiment.STATEMENT FROM LETRISHA WEBER, INDIANA PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG CHAIR AND PARENT: “Simply looking at high-stakes, standardized test scores to determine a school’s success isn’t reliable. We want successful and proactive schools for every Indiana child, but families and schools deserve a thoughtful, thorough approach to evaluating schools and individual students. We want policy makers and education leaders to look for better solutions that don’t lock students out of a school because of test scores. And we need schools that are evaluated on students’ progress, not a poorly acquired academic snapshot.”STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PRESIDENT OF PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG: “As parents we know every child learns differently, even within the same family, and every class setting may not be right for every student. School accountability is very important, but it must be done in a way that focuses on individual students and less on school-wide average test scores. Further, we can’t punish students by closing schools based solely on high-stakes, standardized tests.”The Indiana Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org is an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ right to access the best education options for their children.Click HERE to view the executive summaryClick HERE to view the survey deckPoll Methodology:  McLaughlin & Associates completed a statewide survey of 600 likely voters in Indiana. The survey was conducted October 16-18, 2016 and has a margin of error of +/ 4% at a 95% confidence level. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgAny comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We 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? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective City Council member in 2018?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]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

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 IS WHATS ON OUR MIND TODAY?In the private sector when a person is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing business to pay personal debts, your arrested for misappropriation of funds.In Evansville when a person is working at a non-profit business and is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing non-profit business to pay personal debts you’re let go and the former employer wishes you well.WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Are you planning to vote in the upcoming Republican primary?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThings have been heating up as the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Jr. Division heads into the home stretch of their 2016 season. At (10-0) the Colts took to the court to face the surging (3-6) Jets for one last time in the regular season. Battling right out of gate, the Colts and Jets stayed toe to toe finding themselves knotted at 24-24 going into halftime. Seesawing back and forth as Anthony Baez (2 TDs, 2 expts), Jack Kruchkowski (4 expts), and Christian Benson (1 TD) hit paydirt for the Jets while the Colts racked up points with Mariam Rasslan (1 TD, 4 expts) and Aaliyana Cifuentes (2 TDs, 2 expts) leading the way. Mixing their passing attack and their running game, the Jets started to pull away with a TD toss to Kruchkowski a 15 yard TD jaunt by Benson and a two point dart to Aviv Talmor. Trailing 38-24, the Colts fired back to tie the bout at 38-38 with TDs by Cifuentes and Rasslan with Cifuentes also adding a two point catch. Not content with just a good showing, the Jets refueled and made it 52-38 with Baez and Benson notching TDs while Kruchkowski reeled in a sliding two pointer. With their backs to the wall, the Colts unleashed a 30 yard TD bomb to Cifuentes followed by a two point pass to Rasslan making it 52-46, Jets. Needing a big defensive stand, the Colts’ Toni Rivada and speedster Alina Danelyants came up with two huge stops to force a third and long for the Jets. Turning to their iron willed captain the Jets got the game clinching effort they needed as Benson sprinted 20 yards to the endzone before Aviv Talmor iced the Jets 60-46 victory by hauling in the two point conversion.last_img read more

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Made famous for jokingly asking for Viagra as part of a bribe payment, former Freeholder William Braker was found dead in his home on Dec. 21.Braker, 71, a former police officer, served five terms a freeholder before resigning in 2004 after being charged with accepting bribes.Braker was part of a corruption scandal that involved former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski, and was targeted as a result of Janiszewski plea deal to reduce his own sentence for corruption.Braker’s attempt to unveil a wider net of corruption failed when a court refused to allow him to use federally protected recordings in his defense.Braker eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of extortion, for which he was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Years after his release, he was elected as the head of the local chapter of the NAACP, but declined to seek reelection after a tape surfaced showing him in an alleged intoxicated state.As a cop and freeholder, Braker was well-respected, but most believe that his dedication to the Janiszewski administration brought about his downfall.last_img read more

first_img× NORTH BERGEN — Due to the snow storm, street sweeping was suspended from Thursday, Jan. 4 until further notice.Town hall was closed on Thursday, Jan. 4 due to current weather conditions.During the inclement weather residents were urged to avoid any unnecessary driving.Since conditions can change in an instant, the township will be posting regular updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the storm and the cleanup afterward (at http://northbergen.org/). The town’s Twitter and Facebook addresses are on the page.last_img read more

first_imgTo The Editor:I agree with “The New York Times” when they warn Nancy Pelosi not to give too much power to the newly-elected House Democrats who call themselves “Democratic Socialists.” They will be a minority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.I don’t enjoy being unkind or insulting toward anyone, even the Republicans in the Congress, a sizeable minority of whom are really scary “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinists whose dream it is to abolish all of the safety-net programs, but, to me, you have to be a total and complete moron and idiot to call yourself a “Democratic Socialist,” and that includes Bernie Sanders who I like and agree with 90 percent of the time.First of all, they are not true socialists because they do not advocate abolishing our capitalist economic system.Second of all, if you believe that anyone can be elected president of the United States who calls herself/himselfa “Socialist”, then you must live in DreamLand and have drunk the Kool-Aid.Third of all, where I do agree with them is in their belief that our federal government should do more and spend more to help the poor, the near-poor, the lower-middle-class, and the middle-class who are struggling to survive and to pay their bills.They need to inform and educate the public to the fact that almost every single one of our traditional allies (if not all of them) have federal governments that do more and spend more (in proportion to their population sizes) than we do in the USA to help their citizens.And, to paraphrase Al Pacino in the movie “And Justice For All”, for us in the USA to be right about this, all of these many other countries have to be wrong.I don’t think so.Stewart B. Epsteinlast_img read more

first_imgFamily members, including Corinthian Hammond’s grandmother, Patricia Hammond, center, gather at a vigil Tuesday on the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City, NJ.Family and friends of Corinthian Hammond gathered on the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City on Tuesday afternoon near where the 14-year-old Philadelphia boy presumably drowned on Sunday evening.They came to remember a young man who loved football and basketball, who always wanted to play, and who “would help anybody” in the words of his grandmother, Patricia Hammond.“I’m going to miss him,” Hammond said. “God bless him.”Hammond’s body had not been recovered at the time of the vigil, and the family was anxious to reach closure, wondering when and where Hammond might be found.They also asked questions about how the tragedy transpired.Corinthian Hammond, 14, of the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia is the presumed victim of a drowning in Ocean City, NJ. Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV, 6 ABC.A first-hand account from 10-year-old Jaquil Hunter describes a classic recipe for disaster: non-swimmers, unprotected beach, unfamiliar waters, a rising tide, a couple of waves and a strong rip.Hunter said he was with Hammond and one other boy swimming not particularly close to the Ninth Street jetty when they started to get pulled out to sea. He said Hammond was hit by a couple of “big waves” and pushed closer to the beach.The surf zone at Ninth Street beach is marked by sandbars and gullies, and it’s likely that Hammond was pushed into deeper water closer to shore in a gully. As he went under, a rip near the jetty would have carried his body back out to sea.Hunter said the third boy had a boogie board but was unable to help the other two. They were unaccompanied by adults in the water. Low tide on Sunday was about 3:30 p.m. — the water would have been rising for more than three hours.Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards described arriving to a scene that included 14 swimmers in distress — many of whom had tried to assist in the rescue of the three.Tasha Hammond, mother of Corinthian, participates in the vigil.If Hunter’s account of the sequence were accurate, it appears there would be little time for a rescue before Hammond slipped under the water.The regular Ocean City Beach Patrol was off duty when the swimmers got in trouble about 6:45 p.m. (June 29). The beach at Ninth Street is clearly marked with permanent and temporary signs warning bathers that the beach is closed when lifeguards are not on duty.The lifeguards who responded were part of a Rapid Response Team that works until 8 p.m. and is able to respond by personal watercraft and ATV. The unit was dispatched after a 911 caller reported the emergency.Hammond was visiting the beach for the day from his home in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. He has a brother and a sister, and his mother was on the beach Tuesday at the vigil.The Hammonds organized the impromptu gathering for friends and family and did not reach out to invite city officials or the community to the event.Family members are staying at a local motel as they wait for news in the search for Hammond.Searches with divers, Coast Guard helicopters, boats and patrols on the beach were conducted on Sunday evening and Monday. The intensive search was called off late Monday, but morning and evening patrols will continue to look for Hammond while the Ocean City Beach Patrol is off-duty.The surf on Sunday evening was not particularly rough, but a tropical system that could move off the coast later this week could create bigger waves and stronger currents for the Fourth of July weekend.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgBartram Lane in Ocean City’s Merion Park neighborhood.Ocean City police officers broke a window to gain entry into a vehicle that crashed in Merion Park on Sunday morning and to perform CPR on the driver.A cardiac event apparently caused a male driver in his 80s to crash into a parked car on the 100 block of Bartram Lane in Ocean City at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, according to Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang.He was unconscious inside the car when police arrived on the scene.The driver was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and his condition was unknown as of Sunday afternoon. Police did not release the name of the man pending notification of his family.last_img read more

first_imgA spectacular sunset over the beach and boardwalk capped a spectacular day of warm weather Saturday. Just when you thought OCNJ Daily had written its last “unseasonably warm weather story” for the year, Mother Nature thought differently. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to write another one.America’s Greatest Family resort enjoyed Friday temperatures that topped 70 degrees and a Saturday in the high 60s. The unusual warm-up was timed perfectly for the “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza which drew nice crowds to Asbury Avenue. The promotion offered special deals and discounts for shoppers who dressed in their pajamas and came out to jump start their holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.Larger-than-usual crowds for this time of year were observed on the Boardwalk both days, and the beaches were dotted with families, individual sun-worshippers and surfers. A few brave souls even took quick dips in the chilly Atlantic.Boaters also got out onto the ocean and bay, joggers donned shorts and t-shirts and bike-friendly OC’s streets were busy with cruisers.“It was such a beautiful day today to take a stroll along the OC boardwalk with my daughter Siena. As a proud new father, I could tell Siena loved the warm fresh air, bright sunshine, and soothing sounds of the ocean.” Sean KolinsThe weather proved to be a perfect opportunity for Sean Kolins to take his six-weeks-old daughter Siena out for a stroll, one of the first times she had been out in public.“She loved it,” Kolins said of the baby. It was so sunny the proud papa placed infant-sized sunglasses on Siena, whose mom is Sean’s wife Candice. “I could tell she enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air and sound of the ocean.”On 11th St., Robert Simone and wife Andrea stopped on the boardwalk ramp, where Robert took a matter-of-fact approach to the mild temperatures.John Fitzgerald, wife Dana and mother-in law Janet with child“I really don’t have a comment,” he said. “The weather is what it is.  We just wanted to get out and enjoy it while we can.”Simone’s wife Andrea said that might be a lot more often in the future. “We’re from Williamstown now, but soon we’re going to be from here,” she said with a smile, referring to the couple’s recent purchase of a home in Ocean City.John Fitzgerald was out with wife Dana, their baby and mom-in-law Janet. All four reside in Ocean City.“Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and cold so we thought we’d get a walk in now,” Janet said.“You never know (about the future) so we’re trying to get in a few minutes on the boardwalk now,” John said.It’s true the future is unknown, but we’re hopeful conditions will allow us to write a few more of these before the winter sets in.Not far away from the boardwalk or the avenue another scene was happening. Due to the fact that Ocean City recently rehabbed Carey Field with a state-of-the-art turf field, it was selected to host the Atlantic County Junior Football League Championships.  The stadium was packed with enthusiastic fans and they were treated to top-notch accommodations.The early game featured the pee-wee teams from Atlantic City Dolphins verses the Vineland Blitz. Atlantic City won 20-06.The Junior Varsity Championship featured the Somers Point Sharks verses the Absecon Blue Devils. The game was heavily dominated by Somers Point and they won 34-07.The Varsity game was between the Hammonton Hawks and the Atlantic City Dolphins. It was a tough fought game that could have gone either way right up to the end.   The final score was Atlantic City 14 Hammonton 8. Just yards from all the football playoff action, the Ocean City Civic Center was hosting a craft show. Vendors from far and wide came to pitch their products in advance of the holiday season.  The event is usually hosted at the Music Pier, but that was not possible this year due to the boardwalk re-decking project.The venue was bustling with activity and there were many smiles from customers and vendors alike.It was a shining day for Ocean City in every regard. While many coastal communities get the reputation of being sleepy in the winter, it is hard to imagine any city in the region that had more going on this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiCity Council members Karen Bergman and Peter Madden announced Wednesday they are seeking re-election, saying they want to preserve a “good team” that has overseen an unprecedented level of capital investment in Ocean City from the bay to the Boardwalk.Joined by Mayor Jay Gillian and about 35 supporters at City Hall, Bergman and Madden formally kicked off their campaign for their at-large Council seats by taking out petitions for the May 8 municipal election.Gillian, who announced in December that he is also seeking re-election, praised Bergman and Madden for their accomplishments on Council.“They’ve done an amazing job. We all work well together,” Gillian said. “I’m supportive of the whole Council.”Council members serve four-year terms. In addition to the mayoral race, all three at-large Council seats are up for election this year. Candidates have until March 5 to submit their election petitions.Madden, 40, who has served as Council president for the past two years, is seeking his second term.Bergman, 56, won election in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of former at-large Councilman Michael Allegretto, who resigned in 2015 to become the city’s director of Community Services.Bergman served as a Second Ward councilwoman from 2008 to 2012, but chose not to seek re-election in 2012. She returned to the governing body in 2015, when she was unanimously appointed by Council to temporarily fill Allegretto’s vacant seat leading up to the 2016 election.Both Madden and Bergman have strong ties to the business community through their full-time jobs. Madden is broker and manager of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach real estate office on Battersea Road. Bergman is the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel.Although he wasn’t with Bergman and Madden for Wednesday’s announcement, Councilman Keith Hartzell is also running for re-election for his at-large seat, Madden said. Hartzell, who has the support of Bergman and Madden, won his first election in 2006 and is seeking his fourth term.From left, Mayor Jay Gillian, Councilwoman Karen Bergman, City Clerk Melissa Rasner and Councilman Peter Madden review the petitions that candidates must file by March 5 for the election.It is not yet clear whether Gillian, Bergman, Madden and Hartzell will face opposition. City Clerk Melissa Rasner said Wednesday that no other mayoral or Council candidates have taken out petitions yet.Speaking together in an interview at City Hall, Bergman and Madden stressed that they want to continue the work they have done in cooperation with the mayor and the rest of Council.“Karen and I are very much on the same page,” Madden said.Bergman touted both her experience and Madden’s in helping the mayor and Council steer through an unprecedented level of capital improvements, including a $10 million facelift for the tourist-friendly Boardwalk, a series of drainage projects to reduce coastal flooding and the dredging of the shallow back bays.“Right now, Council is working as a good team,” Bergman said.“Working together as a group, we’ve been able to accomplish a significant amount of work,” Madden added.Supporters join Council members Karen Bergman and Peter Madden at City Hall for their re-election announcement.In 2017, Council approved the mayor’s proposed $112.2 million, five-year capital plan – the largest in city history. Big-ticket items in the capital plan included upgrades to the Boardwalk, drainage improvements to alleviate flooding and dredging projects to clear out the sediment-choked lagoons along the bayfront.Gillian’s administration is scheduled to unveil the newest version of the proposed five-year capital plan at Thursday night’s Council meeting. Bergman and Madden said they are anxious to hear details of the plan, noting that it will establish the next round of critical capital improvements for the city’s infrastructure.One major project expected to come before Council and the mayor this year is the fate of the public safety building, an antiquated facility that serves as the headquarters for the police department, municipal court and city’s social services.Gillian originally proposed tearing down the building and replacing it with an all-new public safety complex. Later, after changing his mind, he proposed renovating and expanding the building at a cost of $17.5 million.Now, Gillian wants to analyze the project even more before making a final decision with Council’s approval. The red-brick building, which was originally a school, is more than 100 years old and badly in need of updating. Incumbents Karen Bergman and Peter Madden are touting their teamwork.last_img read more

first_imgResearch has shown that teen drivers have their best chance to operate motor vehicles safely when support is given, rules are set and driving practices are monitored by their parents.The “Share the Keys” program, a joint effort by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the NJM Insurance group, provides tools and strategies for teens and parents to work together to promote traffic safety.Thursday night, a well-attended presentation went over the “Share the Keys” orientation program and outlined its benefits to ensure the best opportunity for safe operation of motor vehicles.Sgt. Brian Hopely of the Ocean City Police Department led a presentation outlining the rules and requirements of probationary driver licenses and why it is important for teens to follow the rules and parents to enforce them.Wayne Shelton demonstrated the proper way to wear a seat belt and why it is important for all passengers to do so.Wayne Shelton and Robert Clarke of SJTPO gave specific safety information, such as outlining the proper way to wear a seatbelt and why it is important for front and back seat passengers to wear their seatbelts. Deaths and serious injuries have occurred when back seat passengers were thrown forward in an accident.The program uses fact-based research to show how parents and teens can reduce the risk of getting into a crash by 50 percent if certain steps are taken. By setting rules and conditions and following them, our young people have a better chance to stay safe. Further, it was stated that teens who must ask their parents for the car keys each time, and who keep them informed as to where they are going and who they are with, have a better chance to be safe.Sgt. Hopely went over some of the requirements of the probationary license, such as having no more than two people (total including the driver) in the car at any time; not driving between 11 p.m. and 6 a,m. and displaying a sticker on the car which shows that a probationary driver is at the wheel.Though most people realize texting while driving is not a safe practice, the presentation included some eye-opening statistics: text messaging increases the risk of a crash by 23 times; 21 percent of all drivers under 20 were distracted at the time of the crash; and that 11 teens die every day as a direct result of texting while driving.Other aspects of the program include information on selecting the safest vehicle for teen drivers, how to select a driving school and offering specific practices to achieve safe driving.By consistently utilizing these techniques and through the use of constant parent-teen communication, Ocean City High School drivers can avoid becoming a tragic statistic on our roadways, the presenters said.In addition to the presenters mentioned above, Share the Keys Coordinator Patrick McCormick (NJ Manufacturer’s Insurance Co.) and  Acting Chief of Police Jay Prettyman were in attendance.It was not all work. The After Prom Committee supplied food and refreshments.  Additionally, there was a variety of prize giveaways that were donated by local businesses that kept the event interesting.Download (PDF, 626KB)‘Special Thanks’ goes out to the following businesses that donated:The Ocean City Exchange ClubOCPBA Local 61Barra Vaughn InsuranceThe Storage Inn IIFabiana Edwards SalonRissy Ross Boutique At Your Service Formal WearIdeal Barber ShopSpinning Wheel FloristAvalon Limousine The Flanders Hotel Sgt. Brian Hopely of the Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more

first_imgA living dramatic recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is presented on Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, 7:00 pm, at Ocean City Tabernacle.  Twelve men from five Ocean City churches each take the part of a disciple, with Eric Johnston (from Woodbine) as Jesus.  The presentation is jointly sponsored by St. Peter’s United Methodist and Ocean City Tabernacle.The unique setting has each character from the painting posed just as Leonardo painted the wall of the dining room of the convent Church of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy, in 1494—a mural that was larger than life-sized.  The table is flanked by a set that recreates the 15th Century Italian tempera painting.  Directed by Tabernacle pianist Carolyn Lothian, the pose changes as each disciple comes to life to talk about his relationship to Jesus and explain why his particular attitude is portrayed in the famous image.Finally, Judas leaves the scene to betray Jesus and the remaining disciples serve the audience a unique remembrance of that last supper.The drama is free (an offering is received) and has become a treasured Holy Week experience for Ocean City visitors and residents since it was first staged in the spring of 2011.Also during Holy Week, the Ministerium presents a service of worship on Good Friday, noon to 3:00 pm, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.  Local clergy present a meditation on the words of Christ from the cross:  Father Steve Connors, Rev. Paul Jerkins, Rev. Terry Lothian, Father Allen Lovell, Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten, Rev. Marcia Stanford, Pastor Gene Wilkins.On Sunday morning, the Ministerium and Ecumenical Council sponsor the Community Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 am in the Music Pier.  Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten is the speaker, with music by the young soprano soloist Treasa Hayes, pianist Jeff Seals, trumpeters David Seals and Dominic Scalfara, and guitarist Lee Martin.Arrive early to catch the actual sunrise at 6:11 am that day. A presentation of the “Living Last Supper” is at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at the Ocean City Tabernacle.last_img read more

first_imgCorvettes from all years will be on display on the Boardwalk. (Photo courtesy of city of Ocean City) More than 350 Corvettes will take over the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Corvette Show includes a range of models dating back to Corvette’s first in 1953 and extending to the present.The show is one of the largest on the East Coast, and the line of vehicles will cover the Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street. Due to the popularity of the event, it is now closed to new registrations.An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street). The Ocean City Humane Society also will have a display in front of the Music Pier. Volunteers will be selling items and collecting donations to support the award-winning “no-kill” shelter.Proceeds from registration fees benefit local charities. The show is sponsored by the Boardwalk Corvettes. For more information, call the club’s hotline at 609-457-0081 or visit www.boardwalkcorvettesclub.com.Thousands of bicyclists will descend upon Ocean City on Saturday, Sept. 21 for an annual tradition: the MS City to Shore Ride.With 7,000 cyclists raising $5.6 million, the MS City to Shore Ride boasts that it is the best cycling experience on the East Coast. The annual bicycle trek begins in Cherry Hill and finishes at the parking lot at Fifth Street and Boardwalk with many of the riders staying overnight and returning the next day. The event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Motorists should expect delays along a route that travels from the Route 52 causeway to Bay Avenue to Fifth Street.For more information, call 800-445-BIKE or visit www.mscycling.org. The MS City to Shore Ride attracts thousands of bikers and raises millions of dollars in the fight against multiple sclerosis.Also coming up:Ocean City Historical Museum Annual Luncheon (Sept. 18): Former U.S. Representative and Ambassador to Panama Bill Hughes will discuss how his political career began, his time in office, and how Ocean City impacted his life at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Tickets ($50 for general public, $45 for members) are on sale now. Call 609-399-1801.Austin Healy Sport and Touring Encounter 2019 (Sept. 25): Car show on the Boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. For more information. Visit www.AHSTC.org or call (267) 679-2500.Walk for the Wounded (Sept. 28):  Enjoy a walk on the Boardwalk to support wounded military heroes and their families.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier.  A ceremony honoring our military begins at 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org or call (609) 402-5190.Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo (Sept. 28): The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host its first Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk.The event will feature health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and a “Kids Corner” with information on raising healthy children. All are invited to this free event. The program includes a full schedule of special activities ranging from ballroom dancing to Zumba to bicycle safety. More than 30 vendors will be on hand with the latest products, services and information.OCNJ Half Marathon, 5k & 10 Mile Non-Competitive Walk/Run (Sept. 29): Visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events to learn more and register for these events.Retired Marine Cpl. Ronny Porta with his wife, Deicy, and their children, Kenneth Charles and Arabelle, join in the Walk for the Wounded in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIA groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for April 4 to celebrate the start of construction on a nearly $7 million affordable housing project for senior citizens in Ocean City has been postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak.City Councilman Bob Barr, who also serves as chairman of the Ocean City Housing Authority, said the event was expected to draw a large crowd, so it has been called off for the time being.“Since this was going to be a large event, I didn’t feel comfortable holding it,” said Barr, noting that he consulted with Mayor Jay Gillian’s office first.In a series of sweeping coronavirus-related cancellations and restrictions announced Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy imposed a ban on any gatherings of 50 people or more to try to slow the spread of the illness.Government bodies have followed up on the governor’s orders by canceling their meetings, closing public buildings and limiting public access to their offices.The Ocean City Housing Authority canceled its monthly board meeting on Tuesday and is exploring options for its April meeting, including the possibility of holding it remotely, Barr said.In the meantime, the authority’s staff will remain on the job to continue overseeing Ocean City’s Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor public housing complexes for senior citizens and families, Barr said.Senior citizens who now live in the authority’s flood-prone Pecks Beach Village on Fourth Street will be moved over to a new 32-unit housing project when it is completed. Barr estimated the project will take 12 to 18 months to finish, with a grand opening sometime in 2021.A $6.9 million construction contract has been awarded. The project will be built on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the Bayview Manor complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue.Pecks Beach Village, located on a section of Fourth Street prone to flooding, is slated to be demolished after the new Speitel Commons housing complex is built.The groundbreaking ceremony, whenever it is held, will cap years of planning for the project. The new building will be named Speitel Commons in memory of the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr., a housing authority commissioner. Speitel, who was chairman of the authority’s finance and redevelopment committees, helped to oversee the new project from the conceptual phase.Approval of $4.5 million in funding for Speitel Commons from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has set the stage for construction to begin. In 2019, City Council approved a $6.6 million bond ordinance to build or rehabilitate affordable housing sites for senior citizens and low-income families. The projects will help Ocean City meet its state-mandated obligation to provide its “fair share” of affordable housing as part of a court settlement in 2018.One of those projects is the Speitel Commons complex. The city is expected to contribute more than $2 million toward the project.The housing authority will demolish the senior citizens portion of Pecks Beach Village, located on the north side of Fourth Street, after the Speitel Commons project is completed. Pecks Beach Village also includes affordable housing for low-income families. The 40 family units are located on the south side of Fourth Street. The family units will stay for the time being, although there are longer-range plans to replace them with new housing construction. An architectural rendering depicts what the housing authority’s Speitel Commons complex will look like when completed. (Rendering courtesy of Haley Donovan architectural firm)last_img read more

first_imgMatt and Sheena Heberlig of Marlton with son Cody and daughters Alana and Kirra enjoy the Ocean City surf. By TIM KELLYThe waves weren’t huge Saturday afternoon in Ocean City, but they were there, after days and days of bad weather and/or a flat ocean.That seemed to be enough for the people we talked to, anxious to get out of the house and into the sun, sand and surf.Even if the waves weren’t world class, the saying, “when in doubt, paddle out,” seemed to be in full effect.A nearly cloudless day coincided with the first day of spring and the result was surfing heaven on Ocean City beaches.Pete Downham saw a good surf report and decided to catch some waves on Saturday.Downham, an environmental consultant from Upper Township, fit the profile of someone relishing a good surf day.“I wanted to get out there,” he said.  “I saw there were waves, so here I am.”A pair of surfers head for the water.It was suggested that today’s economic consulting tip could be on the physical and emotional value of surfing.“I guess you could say that,” Downham laughed. “I caught a few. It was cold, but fun.”At times, the 42 degree air temperature matched the reading in the water.Coupled with wind gusts, it felt colder, and most of the surf dogs had short, but happy sessions.Surfing pals Lee, of Ventnor, and Celia, of South Philadelphia, high-fived after testing the waters near Park Place.Lee, of Ventnor, (right), and Celia, of South Philadelphia, celebrate after their rides.But was it late winter surfing or early spring?“Early spring,” Lee said. “That’s more optimistic. The conditions are more late winter, but it just feels more like early spring. The sun this time of year makes it warmer.”Celia concurred.“It’s nice,” she said. “The waves were good. I saw what it looked like out here and I said summer is going to be here soon. That’s pretty much all. It’s going to be great out here soon.”Near the famous 7th Street surfing beach, the 7th Street Surf Shop was still closed for the offseason, but more than a dozen riders were out on their boards.Among them was Matt Heberlig, of Marlton, who was trying out a handmade board he recently built and finished shaping.He pronounced it fit for the beach, the waves and Saturday’s weather.“It did what it was supposed to do,” Heberlig said of the board. “It brought me from there (the water) to here.”7th Street Surfing Beach is a street location and a brand name.In addition to enjoying the fruits of his surfboard handiwork, he was having fun being on the beach with his son, Cody, wife Sheena and daughters Alana and Kirra.“We wanted to get out of the house and into the fresh air, and of course get into the water,” Heberlig noted.He said that Cody is also taking up the sport.“It’s something we can do together,” he added. “In fact, my dad is here, too.”As if on cue, Matt Heberlig Sr. showed up.“See, now you have all three generations,” the younger Heberlig said.It took the youngest of the surfing brood to sum up the day.“We love surfing because it’s fun,” Cody said with a laugh.A lot of other surfers jogged by, either anxious to get in the water, or to get out of their wetsuits and into a warm vehicle or home.“It’s just different now,” the junior Herberlig said. “It’s brighter. I was here in February when it was 20 degrees out and the sky was gray. Today the sky is blue and clear. I can definitely handle that.”Surfers take advantage of waves on the first day of spring.last_img read more