Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, right, with fellow Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, resigned from City Council in January to join the state Legislature. (Photo courtesy of JASM Consulting) Assemblyman Antwan McClellan joined state lawmakers and agency heads at Drumthwacket in Princeton on Monday to address the state’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. The discussions were part of first lady Tammy Murphy’s Nurture NJ initiative.“I want to thank the first lady for extending an invitation to take part in this important discussion,” said McClellan, R-Cape May, a former Ocean City councilman. “I’m committed to helping shape Nurture New Jersey into a program that will drastically reduce infant mortality rates, especially in minority communities.”The goal of the initiative is to reduce overall infant mortality while specifically focusing on the high levels of infant mortality rates facing African-American communities.New Jersey ranks 45th in the country in maternal deaths. About 38 women die for every 100,000 live births, according to United Health Foundation. The national average is about 21 deaths.“Reducing infant mortality and promoting better prenatal and postpartum care for all New Jersey mothers should certainly be a bipartisan initiative,” McClellan said.
Royal Town Planning Institute CEO Trudi Elliott takes up post of Chair of the Planning Inspectorate board on 1 April 2018. Social media – MHCLG The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has today (22 March 2018) announced the appointment of Trudi Elliott as the new independent Chair of the Planning Inspectorate board.From Sunday 1 April, Trudi will work with other Non-Executive Directors to provide support to Chief Executive Sarah Richards and the management team through the advisory board for a period of 4 years.Trudi, a Chartered Town Planner, has a wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of planning, a sector where she has worked for 20 years.She has been Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2011 but will step down from that role at the end of March 2018.Trudi takes over the role of Chair at the Planning Inspectorate from Sara Weller who held the position from August 2014 to September 2017.Commenting on her new role, Trudi said: national infrastructure planning planning and enforcement appeals examinations of local plans Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 The Planning Inspectorate plays a vital function in the planning system and the future development of England and Wales. I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to help with that task and look forward to working with Sarah Richards and her executive management team to continue to shape this renowned organisation. Contact form https://forms.communit… Media enquiries Email [email protected] Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg See more information about the Planning Inspectorate. Trudi joins the Inspectorate at an exciting and crucial time with the recent launch of the revised draft National Planning Policy Framework.Trudi’s previous roles include: Director of the Government Office for the West Midlands, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Regional Assembly, Director of Local Government Practice ODPM and Chief Executive of Bridgnorth District Council.Prior to this, Trudi was a lawyer, practising in both the public and private sectors.She currently chairs the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference Committee and sits on the National Infrastructure Planning Association policy council and the University of Warwick Estates Committee.Trudi was also a member of the Taylor Review into planning practice guidance and will become Patron of the Commonwealth Association of Planners from April.Further informationTrudi Elliott’s appointment runs from 1 April 2018 for a period of 4 years. She will step down from her role as CEO of the Royal Town Planning Institute on 31 March 2018.The post is held at the discretion of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in Wales.A photo of Trudi is available on request.The Planning Inspectorate is the government agency for England and Wales responsible for handling approximately 20,000 appeals a year, including: read more
Choreography will be by Joshua Bergasse, scenic design by Tony winner Derek McLane, costume design by Toni Leslie James and music direction by Jason DeBord. Swenson will take his break from playing Javert July 22 through October 5. He received a Tony nomination for Hair and has also appeared on Broadway in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestat and Brooklyn: the Musical. Behlmann made his Broadway debut in Journey’s End and has starred in The 39 Steps. Errico was Tony nominated for her work in Amour and her other stage credits include Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas, Passion and Finian’s Rainbow. Bull Durham is inspired by Shelton’s time on and off the Minor League Baseball field. The musical tells the story of veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (Swenson) who is brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Behlmann) for the majors. Annie Savoy (Errico), the muse of the Bulls, has a tough choice to make – each season she converts one player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing her wisdom and her bed. The love triangle heats up, as each character fights with their own wants and hopes for what the future holds. Will Swenson will take a hiatus from Broadway’s Les Miserables to join John Behlmann and Melissa Errico in the previously reported Bull Durham musical. Directed by Kip Fagan, with music and lyrics by Susan Werner, the adaptation of the 1988 classic movie will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 3 and run through October 5. The production’s book writer Ron Shelton, who also penned the screenplay and helmed the film, has said that if all goes well with the run, the tuner is eyeing the Great White Way next spring. View Comments read more
As of mid-September, the $4bn (€3.4bn) emerging market debt (EMD) team of Dutch pension asset manager MN will be integrated with NN Investment Partners’s (NN IP) own EMD team.The transfer includes the EMD mandates of MN’s main clients, the metal schemes PMT and PME.MN’s EMD team of six will join the NN IP desk at its office in The Hague, where MN is also based.The transfer had been in the works for about nine months and was “slighty delayed by the coronavirus”, an MN spokesman said. “This transfer will not change anything for our clients, other than the fact the combined team offers a greater knowledge base and more skills,” he added. MN’s director of asset management Hein Brans said the transfer of the company’s EMD team to NN IP, which does not involve a fee, is “the best solution for our clients”.“In this scenario we can continue to offer competitive fees, tap in to the extensive EMD knowledge of NN IP, enhance our client servicing and increase continuity,” Brans said in a press release.NN IP claimed that as a result of the transfer, which will see its EMD assets under management rise to $16bn, its EMD team will become “one of the most prominent EMD capabilities globally.”The move will increase NN IP’s EMD headcount to 25, bringing the desk “back to full strength” after the departure of part of the team, including its head Marcelo Assalin, in November last year.Assalin left over a disagreement on NN IP’s sustainability policy, which is going to be a priority going forward.“The team will prioritise ESG integration in our decision-making process for our portfolios,” a NN IP spokesperson said. Mid-July, shortly after the new EMD head Marcin Adamczyk started his role, NN IP had already launched an EMD hard currency fund with an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) filter.The merger with the MN unit means the ESG-adjusted EMD benchmark MN developed together with metal scheme PMT last year will now also become available to NN IP’s institutional clients.Though as yet there are no concrete plans to increase co-operation with NN IP in other fields, MN is open to doing so at a later stage, a spokesperson said.“We don’t have a list of priorities for strategic co-operation with NN IP, but at the same time there’s no reason to avoid further co-operation,” he added.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. read more
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has concerns with the new format of the Spanish Super Cup. He said playing the competition in Saudi Arabia was a consequence of the football industry’s desire to find more revenue streams. The Super Cup traditionally kickstarted the season in Spain with a two-legged contest between the Copa del Rey winners and La Liga champions. But the 2018 edition was played as a one-off game in Tangier, Morocco. Last year the Spanish football federation (RFEF) agreed to double the number of teams and take the competition outside Spain permanently as well as moving it from August to January. The federation has signed a three-year deal to play the competition in Saudi Arabia, which Spanish media say is worth 40 million euros ($44 million) annually. “I know there have been rumblings but football these days is an industry,” Valverde told a news conference ahead of Barca’s semi-final match against Atletico Madrid in Jeddah on Thursday. “The reason why we are here and why we were in Morocco is because the authorities are looking for more sources of income.” The move has been criticised by supporters’ groups for excluding the teams’ traditional fanbase and from campaign groups such as Amnesty International. This was due to the conservative Muslim kingdom’s record on human rights. Valverde also questioned the merits of opening the competition up to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, who ended last season empty-handed. Barca and Valencia qualify for the Super Cup as league and Cup winners respectively, while Atletico Madrid earned one of the new berths due to coming second in La Liga. The last spot was intended for the Cup runners-up. But as Barca had already qualified, Real Madrid took the vacant place due to their superior Cup record over Real Betis, last year’s other losing semi-finalists. “For me it’s strange to play the Super Cup with two guest teams. It’s clear that these games are exciting for the crowd but from a sporting point of view there is only one league champion and there is only one Cup winner,” added the coach. “It was always the first trophy of the season between the league and Cup winners. I thought that format was fine, but it has been changed. When the competition is over we’ll be able to say whether it has gone well or not.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Atletico MadridCopa del ReyErnesto ValverdeFC BarcelonaSaudi Arabia read more
After losing three-of-four games, Syracuse (6-3) won against Boston University last week, which began a stretch of five straight home games to close out nonconference schedule. The next matchup is against Georgetown (6-4) on Saturday.Our beat writers Connor Grossman, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson answer three questions surrounding the Orange.1. Why did Jim Boeheim say Syracuse couldn’t lead the local high school league in steals after a season-high 13 against BU?Connor Grossman: It’s a bit of an outrageous claim, but the context here is important. In that moment, Boeheim was comparing last year’s team, which led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 8.09 steals per game, to this year’s. Last year Syracuse was defensively anchored by Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije, a duo that entered the 2015-16 season with seven years of combined experience at SU. The current starting five entered 2016-17 with six total seasons at Syracuse, and four of those belong to Dajuan Coleman.So while the Orange’s 8.67 steals per game is currently tops in the ACC, Boeheim’s statement was more of a generalization about the team’s defense. Sure, SU might force a high volume of turnovers against bad teams. But the defense hasn’t been good against quality opponents, and it’s been serviceable against everyone else. If Syracuse doesn’t get itself straight with the zone by ACC play, this season could turn ugly. Boeheim’s ensuring his players know that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: While technically, this claim doesn’t make sense, I do agree it’s a more blanketed statement about the team’s defense as a whole. If this makes sense, I think opponents have turned the ball over more than Syracuse has initiated steals. In simpler terms, SU isn’t doing anything special in the zone, rather just becoming the benefactor of sloppy play from opponents. We haven’t really seen the top of the zone pick off a skip pass or intercept a kick-out, and that’s moreso what Boeheim is referencing despite the Orange’s season-high 13 steals against the Terriers on Saturday. Yes, it takes time to learn how to play the top of the zone, and Boeheim may be growing a little frustrated with that learning curve when there’s only one full year of Syracuse zone experience in the Orange’s backcourt.Paul Schwedelson: Both of you explained this well and Boeheim harping on an area where Syracuse can improve is a key part of the nonconference schedule. The actual claim he made needs to be taken with a grain, or a handful, of salt. At the start of the year, most new players agreed that playing the 2-3 zone was the biggest adjustment they faced. The season is still only about one-third complete and Boeheim is still trying to get his players to progress. The one nugget I’ll add is that Tyus Battle has flashed an ability to intercept a pass and go coast-to-coast. It’s only happened a couple times, but his athleticism gives him the ability to do that more regularly as he grows more comfortable with the scheme.2. What do we know about the Orange’s point guard rotation nine games in?C.G.: We know — and this isn’t a surprise — that the leash for both Frank Howard and John Gillon is a short one. Boeheim hasn’t hesitated to pull Howard in the game’s opening minutes, and similarly, Howard’s re-entered for Gillon several times after only a possession or two. Both players are relatively streaky. Howard was shooting 52.5 percent 10 days ago, and he’s gone 0-for-14 in the two games since. Gillon played 27 combined minutes against North Florida and UConn and was roasted by Boeheim for not being ready to play when called upon. Then the fifth-year senior played 28 minutes alone against Boston University and dropped in a team-high 23 points. It doesn’t happen often, but when both Gillon and Howard have the hot hand, Syracuse can dispatch its most dynamic lineup. It’s a lineup SU might need to take down conference heavyweights like Duke or UNC.M.S.: I personally disagree that Syracuse’s two-point guard lineup is one that could help dismantle two of the best teams in the country and even some of the top tier in the ACC. When Boeheim has rolled out Howard and Gillon at the same time, a la in the South Carolina game, it hasn’t been anywhere close to as effective as when Andrew White or Tyus Battle is on the wing receiving passes from one of the point guards. If SU plays both floor generals at the same time, that means Syracuse is playing a much smaller lineup that isn’t even its best offensive lineup (Howard or Gillon, Battle, White, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson). With both point guards, the Orange is sacrificing height in favor of offense, most likely, and the better teams in the ACC would destroy SU down low, especially on Syracuse’s defensive end. That being said, I think we’ve learned the Orange is best off with one of Gillon or Howard on the floor, and like Connor said, that seams to be whoever the beneficiary is of Boeheim’s short-leash mentality.P.S.: What we know is that Boeheim has an opportunity to divvy up playing time at the point guard spot based on matchups. Like he did against Boston University using Thompson against a zone defense, he can similarly split up Howard and Gillon. Howard, at 6 feet 5 inches, said he struggles against smaller, peskier point guards who force him to focus on his ball protection as he dribbles. Gillon, meanwhile, at 6 feet, has shown a propensity to get to the basket when he’s not outsized. We also know that Boeheim can go with the hot hand (see: Gillon’s 23 points and Howard’s six against Boston University). That all said, we still will need to wait until conference play to find out how good each of them could be. I don’t think we’ve truly learned that yet although the tandem isn’t perfect (see: 43 combined points during SU’s stretch of three losses in four games).3. Was Taurean Thompson’s 22-point outburst against the Terriers a fluke?C.G.: Thompson’s shown he can command the post as well as anyone on the team, and his shot is relatively consistent. So I don’t think it was a fluke as much as a perfect set of circumstances Syracuse encountered. Thompson’s agility and reliable jumper makes him a better attacking option against zones, like the one BU deployed, than Coleman. The Orange built up a 33-point cushion at one point, leaving no stress on defense. Coleman hasn’t been perfectly defensively, but Thompson’s struggles in the zone have reared a handful of times. That didn’t matter on Saturday. We’ll likely see more offensive flair from the 6-foot-10 freshman this season, but its doubtful, especially in conference play, that he’ll have this kind of game again.M.S.: Maybe a 20-point outing was a fluke, especially since the Orange won’t score 99 points against many more teams, if any. But Thompson’s offensive repertoire that flashed in Syracuse’s win over BU definitely wasn’t. Boeheim has said Thompson is the team’s best low-post player on offense, and that was more than evident this past weekend. What was especially impressive was his ability to catch, turn and hit a jumper all in the foul line area, and even step out for a 3-pointer. His shot doesn’t necessarily look like he’s a gunner, but Thompson’s ability to score in bunches like Saturday, even if its not as many bunches, wasn’t just a fluke.P.S.: It’s quite clear at this point that Thompson is Syracuse’s best low-post threat. Boeheim has been saying it all year and Saturday’s game against BU cleared any doubt that a freshman could hold that title. What’s stopping Thompson from continuing to thrive is the logjam at the forward spots and his progression on defense. Either way, if he can still produce on offense, there will almost certainly come times throughout the rest of the year where he gets plenty of minutes in order to spark Syracuse’s streaky offense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 13, 2016 at 6:11 pm read more
HIGHLANDS – Plan an exciting weekend getaway, a romantic date night on the water, or an interesting, inexpensive adventure this summer. Seastreak, a ferry and catamaran service, offers affordable year-round events and cruises for people of all ages. The boats afford full-cash bars, flat screen TVs, various shows, impeccable views, and more.Catch a New York Yankee or Mets game without the hassle of traffic. Seastreak travels to Yankee stadium – a 75-minute ride – or Citi Field – 90 minutes – in plenty of time to catch the pre-game on- or off-board. The walk to the entrances of either stadium is short, and the ferry departs 30 minutes after the last out.Everyone could use a weekend getaway, especially to scenic Martha’s Vineyard. The catamaran departs from the Highlands and Manhattan on Fridays and from Martha’s Vineyard on Sundays without connecting stops. Within the quick five-hour ride, guests are able to see views of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Long Island Sound, Block Island and more from the ferry’s three decks with 360-degree views. Another weekend getaway available is to Nantucket from Fridays-Sundays throughout June, one way or round-trip. A New Bedford Sunset Cruise, live entertainment, and a view of the sunset over the water. Also departing from New Bedford is another cruise to Martha’s Vineyard, running daily throughout the summer.A convenient way to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the East River is from a Seastreak ferry. The Seastreak catamarans leave from the Highlands and Manhattan and station in the perfect spot so guests can enjoy the scenery from indoors or outdoors.For a day in the city, board the NY Sightseeing Cruise on a weekday or during the weekend, choosing a convenient time. The round-trip is two-and-a-half hours, leaving from both New Jersey (Highlands and Atlantic Highlands) and Manhattan. Sights include Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Governor’s Island, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, Romer Shoal Lighthouse, Sandy Hook Lighthouse and more.For more information visit www.seastreak.com. Ways to the WavesBy Joey Dominguez Fishing & Party CruisesBy Capt. Robby Barradale With summer well on its way, Two River locals are already dreaming about the various ways to the Jersey Shore waters. Here are just a few activities.Kayaking is an easy, fun activity that gets locals of all ages off of their couches and into the water. The Red Bank Marina rents kayaks and canoes hourly and by the day. They provide mandatory personal flotation device as well as all other necessary safety equipment.The Oceanic Marina in Rumson also provides both single and double kayak rentals with access to Sandy Hook Bay. You can rent a kayak for a minimum two hours or for a full day. They also provide skiff and pontoon rentals with the appropriate boating license.Paddleboarding, a water activity that involves kneeling or standing on a board while using your arms or an oar to propel you forward, originated in the waters of Polynesia and has since become a popular choice for local beachgoers. Navesink River Paddle Excursions in Fair Haven offers both private and semi-private lessons, board and paddle rentals and tours in both the morning and evening hours.A derivative of paddleboarding, stand up paddling (SUP) is available in various locations. And for more of a chal- lenge, Ohanala offers SUP yoga – yoga practiced on Stand Up Paddle boards secured by tether to a floating dock.If physically manning a boat seems daunting, you can enjoy a day on the water by letting a captain take the wheel on an eco cruise with NY/NJ Baykeeper. A Lighthouse Eco Cruise sails past the lighthouses of Coney Island and Sandy Hook and a Boats and Bridges Eco Cruise will offer a waterview that includes a boat graveyard. Both cruises launch from the Keyport waterfront and will provide light refreshments. In the land of the Two Rivers we are fortunate to have so many great marinas and some of them host the best all-around party and charter boats in New Jersey.Party boats – primarily out of Atlantic Highlands – sail daily and charge by the individual passenger. They are also known as “head boats” because they charge “by the head.” Vessels such as the Sea Tiger run half day trips, normally 8 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. and then again from 1:30 to 6 p.m. I highly recommend this type of trip if you go with kids. It’s just long enough to keep them busy without getting bored. Others such as the Fishermen offer 3/4 day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and also a night trip from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Please check with your captains for possible schedule changes.)Charter boats are reserved for a group that is essentially leas- ing the boat for a specific time frame. For fishing purposes you can opt for a smaller boat like Obsessive Behavior for personalized two-person fly or light tackle trips. Moving up, out of Highlands, we have a number of six-passenger boats such as Long Shot or Fisher Price IV, both captained by serious fisher- men who will “put you on the meat.” Our next step – more like a leap – would be the larger charters like the MiJo II that can handle up to 95 people. To be honest, 95 folks on a boat is a lot for fishing, 15 to 40 is a much more comfortable number.It doesn’t have to be a fishing trip. Some people enjoy the more laid back atmosphere of a sunset cruise or maybe a Statue of Liberty run, or even a three-hour party/booze cruise. Both the MiJo II and the Mariner can customize this type of event for you. ￼A nice striper on Obsessive Behavior with Joe Hagen. Photo: Robert BarradaleDay and Weekend CruisesBy Samantha Caramela Happy Boating!Capt. Robby writes the Fish or Cut Bait column for the Two River Times read more
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is assisting farmers to better market their crops by strengthening its information gathering system. This is according portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who lamented that lack of proper marketing techniques have often hampered the productivity of the nation’s farmers. “To tackle the problems with production, marketing has always been a serious problem. If the farmers know there are markets, they will produce for those markets, but when farmers produce and can’t sell, it is a terrible turn off and the only way we are going to make that happen is to have proper information,” he said. Minister Clarke was addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Ewarton Watershed and Farmer’s Co-operative Society at the Ewarton Community Centre in St. Catherine on March 28. He pointed out that through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority’s (RADA’s) extension officers, the Ministry is “working to see how we can upgrade the information gathering”. “We want to know when you’re going to plant and what you’re planting so that we can plan the market for it and to go further sometimes to tell you don’t put in any now because we don’t have market for it. Because there are some things that we grow in Jamaica that can only suit our local consumption, and if we can’t eat it off, it doesn’t make sense to over-produce, because there is no market for it,” the Minister said. He called on farmers to be honest when giving information so that extension officers can have an adequate picture of the quantity of crops being produced. The Minister noted that for instance, farmers can call the extension officer in their parish to give information on how much Irish potato they are planting at any given time.The extension officer will then know “that so much Irish potato was put into the ground and then he can start to connect you with the people in the marketplace who are trading in Irish potatoes”.In this vein, Minister informed that the Ministry currently has “a great programme going with Irish (potatoes), noting that persons who were previously importing Irish potatoes into the country, are now working with the local farmers to produce this crop.“Some have even brought in the seeds, some helping with fertilizer and working with the farmers to produce because they are the ones who are going to benefit by selling it. And if there is a little shortage, those are the ones who are going to bring it in,” he said.Mr Clarke said the Ministry is working to increase Irish potato production to 100 per cent, up from the 80 per cent produced last year. “We want to go further because Trinidad has some interest. We want to produce so that we can even export,” he said.“We are on a path, our task is to produce. This is going to be a tough year as far as finances go, but the Ministry of Agriculture is going to be out there mobilizing and working with the farmers to make sure that we achieve this ‘eat what we grow; grow what we eat’ concept because that is the only way that we are going to survive,” the Minister said.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter read more
APTN National NewsThe national chief of the Assembly of First Nations had his say about Bill C-51 Thursday.C-51 is the proposed law that will give Canada’s security services more power to fight terrorism.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde went before a House of Commons committee saying that too many people will get caught under the proposed bill.Those feelings are shared by many Indigenous people across the country.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.