Hoboken mayor-elect picks former running mate as chief of staff; former…

first_imgHOBOKEN — Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla ran with three council candidates, two of whom won election. On Thursday, he announced that the third, John Allen, will be hired as his chief of staff.Allen is an attorney at Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP specializing in the representation of government bodies including boards of education and municipalities.Allen currently serves as a Hoboken Democratic Committeeman and on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities. He previously was involved in politics in Old Bridge, N.J. “John will bring dedication, energy and smarts to City Hall,” said Bhalla in the press release. “I am very pleased that he is coming on board.”“I am looking forward to helping to implement Ravi Bhalla’s vision and plans for Hoboken,” said Allen in the press release. “It is a tremendous opportunity to serve the city I live in and love.”According to the press release, Vijay Chaudhuri, Bhalla’s campaign manager and former chief of staff for Mayor Dawn Zimmer who stepped down in August is leaving for “an exciting new public service opportunity, but will remain a key advisor to the mayor.”Allen will begin Dec. 4.Councilman Michael DeFusco, a former mayoral statement who is serving on Bhalla’s transition team, released a statement on the announcement Thursday:“Given Mayor-Elect Bhalla’s status as an attorney at a very politically-connected law firm that has millions of dollars in government contracts, many Hoboken residents are concerned about the potential conflicts of interest that could arise when clients of the firm and the city become involved in negotiations or other sensitive matters. Hiring another politically-connected attorney in his former running mate John Allen does nothing to address those concerns, and in fact raises even more questions that have to be answered. While the chief of staff position is not subject to council approval, I believe that residents deserve a full accounting of both Mayor-Elect Bhalla and John Allen’s ties to major entities that our city does business with, and I plan to pursue these issues further.” ×last_img read more

Mainstay to benefit from two-day football clinic

first_imgOIL giants ExxonMobil, in collaboration with partnering company Cerulean Inc., will facilitate a two-day football clinic in the hinterland village of Mainstay in Region 2.It will take place May 27-28 at the Mainstay Community Centre ground. A formal opening ceremony will be held prior to the commencement of the clinic and will be addressed by executives of both companies.The clinic will include four sessions and the main focus will be to build various skill sets towards better ball possession.The facilitators/coaches will be Gordon Henry, who will lead the technical team, Andre Blackman and Colin Belfield. Thirty participants have been selected by the villages, among whom are females and four goalkeepers aged 8 to 18 years.Meanwhile, Cerulean Inc. will also provide the necessary equipment including 30 t-shirts, 30 footballs along with markers, cones and outfits for the coaches.Upon completion, the equipment will remain in the possession of the Mainstay Club for future coaching stints and practice.When contacted, coach Blackman disclosed that the clinic is an important developmental programme for the youths, particularly for the hinterland community, given that there are very few resources and opportunities for them to exhibit their talent.However, Blackman who is the head coach for the Mainstay Football Club disclosed that the village has the potential to produce outstanding footballers since they are naturally athletic, strong and are fast learners.He further stated that the clinic will help to stimulate and promote the sport there as well as to provide an opportunity to harness the existing talent for the future.Mainstay is situated at the extreme western end of the Essequibo Coast with the inhabitants being mainly Amerindians. Recently the community ground was upgraded and lights were installed.last_img read more

Trio to be Inducted into Olympia High School Alumni Hall of…

first_imgDan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood.  Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirrycenter_img Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.last_img read more

2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Dusten Watson, Sandusky County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over 7 inches of rain has not only kept Sandusky County farmer Dusten Watson out of the field for a few weeks, it will keep him in the field a little longer with some replant acres. Ty Higgins from The Ohio Ag Net met up with Watson just outside of Bellevue for the latest Cab Cam.last_img

10 months agoBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today

first_imgBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Bruce is expected to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today.The vastly-experienced Bruce has been Wednesday’s top target to succeed Jos Luhukay following the Dutchman’s sacking last month after just under a year in charge at Hillsborough.An agreement has now been reached with the former Aston Villa boss on a contract understood to be worth around £2m a year and he will take charge ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Luton Town.Wednesday will become the tenth managerial role for ex-Manchester United captain Bruce, who turned 58 on New Year’s Eve. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty On Michigan’s Campus To Work With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh works with Jameis Winston ahead of draft.The Michigan Wolverines will certainly be looking for a solid quarterback ahead of the 2015 season, and unfortunately, they’ve got two on campus right now who aren’t eligible to suit up. Former Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty are in Ann Arbor to work with Jim Harbaugh ahead of the NFL Combine. The school tweeted a photo of the duo taking some advice from the new Wolverines head man.QBs Jameis Winston (FSU) & Bryce Petty (Baylor) are preparing for the NFL Combine at Schembechler Hall. pic.twitter.com/2ICM9XMVrc— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 17, 2015The NFL Combine takes place in Indianapolis, so perhaps the two are putting in some last-minute work ahead of time. So no, Michigan students, if you think you’ve seen either of these guys on campus, your eyes are not deceiving you.last_img read more

Andy Roddick To Play Jim Courier In Charity Exhibition Match

first_imgTwo of the greatest competitors in tennis history will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, NC.Recently retired superstar and new Cashiers homeowner Andy Roddick takes the court against good friend and fellow superstar Jim Courier in “The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge.” The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with McKee Properties is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit the new non-profit organization Mountain Youth Charities.The marquee match-up brings together players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world.Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 32 ATP titles in his career. Courier, meanwhile, was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the 1990s. He totaled 23 ATP victories, including four Grand Slam titles.“The UCB Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will also include two preliminary matches. The first is a battle between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, NC and Korey Lovett of Brevard, NC and the second is a doubles match pairing the winners of a local pro-am versus Roddick & Courier.The event will also feature a gala dinner on Friday evening, July 26 hosted by Roddick and Courier. This will be held in Cashiers at Lonesome Valley’s famed restaurant Canyon Kitchen and will feature crowd pleasing entertainment, a celebrity chef catered dinner, and fundraising activities… a don’t miss event for the times.“This is exciting for our club and the Cashiers community,” said Scott Handback, general manager of Cedar Creek Racquet Club. “We’re thrilled to provide folks in the Carolinas and Georgia with a rare chance to see two of the world’s best tennis players compete in such a scenic mountain setting.”Grounds open at 9 am on Saturday, July 27. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 am, followed by Roddick and Courier facing the pro-am doubles champs at 11 am. The main event, pitting Roddick versus Courier, is at 11:30 am.To purchase tickets, click here. Reserved seat tickets are $100. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets and group packages.“The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will be a benefit to create and enhance much needed youth programs in the Cashiers area. The goal is to establish long-term programs for all kids in this area to have opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. “Mountain Youth Charities” is the organization that will manage the funding for the children’s needs. For more information on this event call 828-743-3411 or go to www.Cashiers.com.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

SaskPower says likely no more carbon capture and storage projects due to

first_imgREGINA – SaskPower says it won’t likely support more carbon capture and storage projects due to costs.President and CEO Mike Marsh says the technology is still worthwhile, but the current economic climate doesn’t warrant moving forward with such projects because the low cost of natural gas makes that a more viable option.SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power plant in Estevan takes emissions from coal generation and stores them.When the $1.5-billion facility opened with much fanfare in October 2014, the goal was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually; in 2016, SaskPower said the plant was on track to capture 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.SaskPower had to pay $7.3 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) in 2015 because the plant wasn’t operating enough to deliver all the captured carbon dioxide promised to Cenovus.The Crown corporation must decide next year what options are best to retrofit its last two coal generated units at the plant.Boundary Dam was forced offline several times in 2015. SaskPower’s annual report that year said the power plant faced technical and mechanical issues which “prevented the plant from achieving an acceptable level of reliability and performance.”Premier Brad Wall touted Saskatchewan’s carbon capture and storage technology at an international climate change conference in 2015.(CJME, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said spokesman Jonathan Tremblay.last_img read more

PRRD hosting meeting for Old Fort residents at NPCC this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will be holding a meeting this Sunday for residents who have been forced from their homes in the Old Fort subdivision due to a 2-week-old landslide.In an update on its website this afternoon, the PRRD said that it will be holding the meeting on Sunday, October 14th at the North Peace Cultural Centre, beginning at 2:00 p.m.At the meeting, the Regional District says that it will be giving an update of the current slide situation from the geotechnical experts, hear from Red Cross about evacuee support, as well as medium and long-term planning for housing and vehicles. The meeting is only open to residents of Old Fort – general public and media are not allowed to attend.The PRRD also said in this afternoon’s update that it is creating a plan with the Community Liaison Group to assist residents in retrieving items from their homes and prepare buildings for winter. Since Old Fort is still under a strict evacuation order, the implementation of the plan depends on how active the slide is. The slide continues to be monitored closely by the geotechnical team of experts who advise the PRRD. Residents can volunteer themselves or any equipment they have by contacting the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-784-3200.Regional district staff are also reminding Old Fort residents to stay in contact with Emergency Support Services in Fort St. John to get support for any short-term needs. Those needs can include emergency lodgings, food, and rental cars for those with no access to vehicles. All vehicle needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

Tanu Tomar of Baghpat tops in class 12, Gautam Raghuvanshi in class 10 exams

first_imgAllahabad: Tanu Tomar of Baghpat has notched the first position in the Intermediate examination (class 12) while Gautam Raghuvanshi of Kanpur has topped the class 10th board exams of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), the results of which were declared on Saturday.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated the successful students and wished them for their bright future. Tanu Tomar has achieved 97 per cent scoring 489 marks out of 500. She belongs to a farmer’s family and was a student of Shri Ram Shiksha Mandir Inter College in Baraut area of Baghpat district. “She has not only bring honours to her family and the school but to the whole district,” principal Rajesh Tomar said. Over 80 per cent students have passed in the class 10 while over 70 per cent have cleared the class 12 examinations. In all over 58 lakh students have registered themselves for this year’s UP board exams.last_img read more