The site of the former Palermo’s Market has been rezoned to allow the construction of duplexes on the block of Asbury Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Ocean City, NJ. The site of the former Palermo’s Market could be rezoned to allow the construction of duplexes on the block of Asbury Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Ocean City, NJ.City Council on Thursday will consider rezoning the property of the abandoned Palermo’s Family Market on the 400 block of Asbury Avenue to allow the construction of duplexes.Council will vote on the first reading of an ordinance that also would zone the rest of the block for duplexes with 30-foot frontages. Council holds its public meeting 7 p.m. July 24 on the third floor of City Hall.The Palermo’s property includes three vacant apartments on the upper floors.Palermo’s was a family-owned neighborhood grocery that opened at its currently location in the early 1950s. It began to close seasonally in the early 2000s and was permanently shuttered even before Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 flooded the property. It includes three vacant apartments on the upper floors.Unable to find a commercial buyer, the owners have let the property sit vacant. Neighbors have complained that the property is an eyesore and an attraction to rodents and vagrants.“The Planning Board has conducted a detailed and thorough evaluation of the area … and has concluded that a rezoning from the current Neighborhood Business (NB) and R2-40 to R2-30 is appropriate,” Planning Consultant Randy Scheule writes in a memo to City Council.Most of the rest of the area proposed for rezoning is already occupied by duplexes.Scheule cites neighborhood characteristics, topography, post-Sandy building requirements and market conditions as reasons why the area is not conducive to commercial development.See complete agenda packet below:Click Here
Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has won a national contract to supply 200 Co-operative stores with its pies and quiches as part of a strategy to increase business with the major multiples.Nine products are being sold through Co-op deli counters, including family-size 1lb pork pies, meat and potato pies, small steak pies and pasties.Huntsman and Scrumpy pies from the company’s Speciality range, as well as individual quiches Lorraine and cheese and onion quiches will also be stocked in the delis.The new business is currently worth around £10,000 a week, according to MD Roger Topping, who runs the business with his wife Maggie.The company, which also supplies Booths and around 170 Asda stores, aims to further increase business with the major multiples after investing around £500,000 to double the size of its factory to 10,000sq ft.”We expect to hit turnover of around £2m for 2010/11, but we have the capacity to reach £3m,” said Topping. “We do a limited number of pre-packed products at the moment, selling to independent retailers, but we are working with Sheffield Hallam University’s design team on new packaging for next year. There’s definitely potential for pre-packed products in the supermarkets under the Topping brand or as own-label.”Topping started out as a butcher’s shop and still operates a large store in Doncaster. It employs 50 staff.
“May I have your attention please. This is Tim McCarthy for the Indiana State Police.”These words have characterized Notre Dame football since 1960, the year former Indiana State Police Sergeant Tim McCarthy began delivering safety messages between the third and fourth quarter of every home football game.Courtesy of Tim McCarthy McCarthy announced his retirement last Wednesday, after delivering 55 seasons’ worth of messages. But what really caught the crowd’s attention, McCarthy said, weren’t his messages, but his puns.“When I first started doing the announcements, everybody was more concerned about having a good time, and what was going on at the game and so forth, and they really weren’t listening to the safety message,” McCarthy said. “And at that time, they were having quite a lot of trouble in Indiana with fatal accidents, just all kinds of really bad accidents. And a lot of those were to and from Notre Dame.” … I thought you know, [the fans are] here for a weekend of fun, and they could care less about a state policeman telling them to be careful on the way home. I thought maybe if I attracted a little attention — so that was when I started using the quips, the very next season. Luckily, at that time, the stadium was unusually quiet because the referees were discussing something on the field … so I went in with a message. I did a warning on drinking and driving, and the punch line was, ‘the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.’ And the crowd heard that, and I heard boos and groans and catcalls.”But a negative reaction was better than no reaction, McCarthy said. That meant people were listening. So he continued with his quips.“The next game I did another quip — it was on driver attitude, and the punch line was ‘some drivers are like steel, no good when they lose their temper,’” McCarthy said. “And gee, more boos and groans and so forth. But toward the end of the season, I started to realize that people were quiet just to hear how corny — and I’m the first one to admit they’re quite corny, many of them — but just to see how corny [the punch line] is. From there I just continued, and it got to the point where people were looking forward to hearing the quip that I had at the end of the message. And in the meantime, they’re listening to the message, which deals with their personal safety.”McCarthy, who grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, said he was “born and raised a Notre Dame fan.” His life was also characterized by police work. McCarthy’s father was a city policeman in Fort Wayne.“I just kind of grew up liking police work,” McCarthy said. “It always kind of fascinated me because of my father. So eventually, that’s how I ended up on the state police.McCarthy’s wife was also a police officer — they met at a manslaughter trial in 1956, McCarthy said.“I was a young trooper, single,” he said. “I had arrested a fellow for manslaughter, and she happened, at that time, to be working for the county clerk’s office and would walk into the court room to have the judge sign papers. … And I got the prosecutor to introduce me to her. Later on I called her up for a date, and we started from there.”For years, McCarthy’s announcements at football games were a “hobby” while he worked as a detective sergeant at the Indiana State Police. But when McCarthy retired from the state police, he continued to deliver safety messages at football games.“The one thing I didn’t like about retiring from the state police was that I’d have to leave Notre Dame,” McCarthy said. “But then Moose Kraus, who was athletic director — I told him I was retiring from the state police, and he said, ‘Hey, we’d like to have you keep doing this.’ And I said, ‘Hey that’s fine with me.’ So that’s why I’ve been there so long.”McCarthy can quote many of his quips from memory — he said two of his favorites were, “drinking drivers are not very funny, but they can still crack you up” and “remember, do not let your driving make you grumpy or dopey when the roads are snow white.”McCarthy said writing the punch lines to his messages was a gradual process — he was always on the lookout for a new play on words. Sometimes, though, he did get a little help.“I had some people send me some — I had Notre Dame students and some Saint Mary’s students send me different quips that they thought were good,” McCarthy said. “Some of them I could use, and some of them I didn’t dare use.”McCarthy’s love for Notre Dame, and for Notre Dame students, is what kept him and his puns here so long, he said.“I did it for so long because I liked doing it,” McCarthy said. “I liked the atmosphere over there on game day, and I’ve always been a Notre Dame fan. I really enjoyed working with the students on different occasions, attending some of their events was always a lot of fun. I just enjoyed it.”Tags: Puns, Tim McCarthy
Established in 1994, the USDA UV-B Radiation Monitoring Program consists of 27monitoring sites across the United States and southern Canada.The equipment at each site sends in data daily via telephone lines. This allows thedata to be placed on the World Wide Web (http://uvb.nrel.colostate.edu)by the following morning.Because of the time required to set up a UV-B data base, the monitoring sites have tobe in stable rural areas. UGA maintains the Georgia site on a research farm run by the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.”Our equipment is on our Bledsoe Research Farm in Pike County, which is a perfectsite,” Hoogenboom said. “This is plot land used for research, so development orother major changes in the surrounding area aren’t expected. Development can distort thedata. So long-term stability of the site is necessary.””Many researchers want UV-B data for research on plants, animals and humans,”said Dave Bigelow, a researcher working onthe program at NREL. “But the monitoring equipment needed is very expensive. Now theycan link to our network and get the data they need.”The NREL equipment records UV-B levels every three minutes. “We have four years ofdata. But it’s still too early to tell whether UV-B levels are changing over time,”Bigelow said. “It will probably take many more years to tease out periodic cyclesversus long-term trends.”Bigelow said UV-B levels are normally higher during the summer. “Longer days andhigher sun angles mean higher UV values,” he said. “The highest values occur inthe summer on clear days.”The sun’s rays are strongest at the equator, where the sun is most directly overhead.”UV-B levels are higher at our Georgia site than at our Ohio and Michigan sites forthis reason,” Bigelow said.”We’re plowing new ground with this research. There are so many questions outthere to answer,” he said. “Will plant species that have become somewhatUV-tolerant in Georgia become suitable for Michigan if we begin to see increased UV-Blevels there? Would certain crops perform better if grown using shading? If UV-B lightlevels are increasing, will that affect our food supply?”To date, only a few researchers are actually using the data,” he said.”However, the program is just becoming known. And the data users don’t always reportback to us.” The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences maintains one of the 27 sites in the USDA’s Ultraviolet Radiation Monitoring Program. The UGA site is located at the Bledsoe Research Farm in Pike County, Ga. The site consists of radiometers that take measure UV-B radiation levels every three minutes. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Humans aren’t the only ones the sun’s rays can damage. Plants can also suffer’sunburns’ and other damage.Researchers with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences areworking with the Natural Resource EcologyLaboratory at Colorado State University tomonitor ultraviolet radiation across the nation.NREL runs the UV-B Radiation MonitoringProgram to collect data on ultraviolet-B, or UV-B, for researchers who study UVradiation’s effects on plants. The program is funded by the U.S.Department of Agriculture.Ultraviolet radiation is classified in three bands: A, B and C. Of these three, UV-Aand UV-B are the only ones that reach the earth’s surface. UV-C is absorbed by the ozonelayer.Most UV-A rays aren’t absorbed by the ozone layer. Most UV-B rays are, but some doreach the earth’s surface.”The ozone layer varies with the time of year and changing weather,” said Gerrit Hoogenboom, a UGA agriculturalmeteorologist who maintains the Georgia UV-B monitoring site. “It has thinned incertain areas due to emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals widely used in industry.”UV rays can cause cataracts and skin cancer in humans.”But they can also damage plants,” Hoogenboom said. “The rays damageplant cells, which can lead to reduced yields in some crops.”Little research has been done on UV damage to plants, because it’s hard to get data.The NREL is working to change that.
Laird Hamilton is an athlete that I look up to. If you are not familiar with Laird, please rent or purchase the movie Riding Giants, or surf (no pun intended) over to this link to familiarize yourself with him. For those of you who do know who Laird is, you know what he has done to revolutionize the sport of big wave surfing.There is a quote of Laird’s that I often reflect upon during this time of year. When asked about how he feels during a long period without the earth producing the big waves that he loves, he says, “It’s as if I’m a dragon slayer, and there just aren’t any more dragons.”This time of year is amazing because the final and climax event of the kayaking season, the Green River Narrows Race, takes place. The only problem is that after that event, well, there just aren’t any more dragons. Life goes from intense buildup to a series of competitions, and then immediately to an hour less time at night to play outside, and no goals in the immediate future to work towards. All of the leaves have fallen and winter sets in.Even though the race hasn’t yet occurred, these snow flurries and freezing mornings are triggering the initial signs of my “feel sorry for myself” button. Although I can feel this happening, I refuse to allow wintertime to negatively affect my mood this year.In reality, winter in the Blue Ridge is an incredibly beautiful time, and carries with it its own set of great memories. Snowfall transforms these mountains, and it’s one of the best times to check out the waterfalls of the Parkway, DuPont State Forest, or Gorges State Park. We are also very fortunate to have the ability to pick and choose which ski resorts we want to frequent. From Cataloochee to the Boone resorts to Snowshoe in West Virginia, there is no excuse not to be outside and making the most of every season.And aside from these opportunities, every athlete knows that winter is the time to place the foundation for their fitness in the following year. The gym is always open and temperature-controlled to help us be where we need to be come springtime.So, rather than wallowing in self-pity when the cold sets in, I’m committed to carrying the same energy through winter that I brought into it. I’ll bet I can hit that kicker faster than you can!
Supreme Court fast-tracks pipeline permitting… but not for Keystone XL A recent survey from the digital guide booking platform 57hours, which connects outdoor enthusiasts with certified mountain guides, shows that the pandemic has had a devastating effect on the guiding industry. The survey asked more than 100 independent mountain guides worldwide how COVID-19 has impacted their livelihood. Their answers paint a bleak picture. WNC receives two USDA Forest Service grants The Keystone XL pipeline is the fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline System that moves oil from Western Canada to refineries in the United States. The Keystone XL pipeline has attracted strong opposition from environmental groups and has become a symbol for the flight to stop climate change and end dependency on fossil fuels. New survey shows guiding industry faces a tough road Over 56% of respondents said guiding is their only source of income and 0% said they were still taking customers out on guided trips. Respondents also reported that 78% of their future trip bookings have been cancelled with no plans to reschedule. Most said they’ve lost 75-100% of their guiding income. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians will use their grant to expand and connect the Hall Mountain Community Forest to the Little Tennessee River. Foothills Conservancy will use their grant to help purchase the remaining 321 acres of Oak Hill Community Park and Forest in Burke County, the news release said. The USDA Forest Service has awarded grants to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, the agency said in a news release. The grants are a part of the Community Forest Program, which supports working forests that provide benefits like clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities and public access for recreation. The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the use of a permit that fast-tracks pipeline construction but excluded the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from their ruling. The decision is considered a partial win for the Trump administration, though the exclusion of the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the project.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man was struck and critically wounded by a hit-and-run driver after another driver who crashed into the pedestrian stopped in East Farmingdale on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.Oliver David, 41, of Freeport, was driving his Mercedes Benz southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he struck the victim at 10:50 p.m., police said. The victim was identified as 64-year-old Kenneth Wiggins, who had been previously reported missing from a homeless shelter in Hillside, New Jersey.While David was trying to stop southbound traffic, a second vehicle, described as a silver older-model Nissan Altima, also struck the victim and then fled the scene, police said.The driver of the Nissan was last seen heading southbound on Wellwood Avenue in the direction of Southern State Parkway, police said.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for head and internal injuries.David was not charged.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
While it would be preferable to bring this problem to everyone’s attention without any disrespect to our symbols, this is certainly preferable to giving up the right of freedom of speech or protest.To truly honor our country and its veterans by standing at attention with your right hand over your heart, all of our veterans must be included, as well as all of our country’s greatest principles and rights, which include the right to protest injustices.After all, how can you show respect for my service without also respecting my African-American buddies who fought with me?So please consider America’s proud heritage and people before condemning the actions of those who want to right a wrong and make our country even greater by further reducing this racist problem that has too long reflected on all of us.Stephen AndersonCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Recently while conversing with some fellow veteran friends, the NFL protests by some players during our national anthem was bought up.Some felt this protest was disrespectful to them and those veterans who paid an even greater sacrifice, with their lives, to our country.Our flag and anthem are symbols of our great country. These symbols do not make us great. It’s our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our melting pot of people that make us great that we must continue to defend.If we hear that some of our fellow citizens, many of them veterans, are being treated by a few bad policemen unfairly, we must respond to that problem. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Large swathes of the revised IORP Directive, including the proposed risk-evaluation for pensions (REP), are to be cut under plans drawn up by European parliamentarian Brian Hayes.The Irish MEP, IORP rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), also said the introduction of the holistic balance sheet (HBS) was “not realistic in practical terms” and proposed changes to cross-border funding arrangements.In his preliminary report on the Directive, Hayes suggested that neither the European Commission nor the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) had the power to draft additional technical standards – essentially removing the ability to impose additional requirements without parliamentary scrutiny.He also raised concerns about EIOPA’s development of the HBS, arguing that the model was not “realistic in terms of costs and benefits” in light of pension fund diversity across Europe. Attempting to put to bed any speculation about the introduction of capital requirements without a further Directive, the report added that no capital requirements for IORPs based on either Solvency II or the HBS should be developed “at [EU] level”, as these could “potentially decrease the willingness of employers to provide occupational pensions”.The report also removed the requirements for the REP, instead suggesting a fund should conduct risk assessments in line with the “nature, scale and complexity of its activities”.Hayes’s stance comes after a number of changes to the REP, with a compromise draft drawn up by the Council of the EU last year suggesting individual member states would be granted powers to dictate the scale of assessment needed.The Commission’s initial proposal required a regular evaluation of internal risk management procedures, funding requirements and the impact of climate risk on the fund’s portfolio, among other areas.In what appears to be a well-intentioned attempt to remove requirements for full funding from cross-border IORPs, Hayes also proposed that IORP full funding requirements should only take effect from “the moment when the institution starts operating a new or additional scheme”.The wording echoes an earlier proposal to impose full funding requirements only when a cross-border fund is established, potentially allowing for a vehicle to be launched with a single, fully funded member.However, the wording proposed by Hayes made no mention of cross-border activities, implying that the full funding requirements would be imposed on all regulated IORPs.The parliamentarian also amended a clause specifying that member states should allow IORPs to be underfunded “for a limited period of time”, potentially opening the door to host member states to set recovery periods for cross-border funds under their jurisdiction.