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Mayor Jay Gillian: Working on Capital Plan, Planning 9/11 Commemoration

first_imgOcean City’s annual 9/11 ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters on the 600 block of Asbury Avenue.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Sept. 5. Dear Friends,I would like to update everyone on the next steps for capital planning for the city. Over the next few weeks, the city team will be finalizing a multi-year capital plan to present to City Council at a workshop in October.  As always, this workshop will be open to the public and will serve as a starting point to build upon the aggressive capital plan City Council and my administration have initiated. We have been working diligently for several years now to address the city’s capital needs in a manner that is responsible to the taxpayer.I also invite everyone to gather as a community on September 11  at 7 p.m. for the city’s annual September 11th commemoration event, “A Day to Remember.” Please join us in front of the firehouse at 550 Asbury Avenue to reflect on the tragic events of 2001.  As with past commemorations, this event is held with coordination from the city’s American Legion and VFW posts, along with the city’s police and fire departments.I would like to remind everyone to visit the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association People’s Choice competition voting website and vote to support our downtown.  Voting will close on Sept. 26, 2014, and the three area winners will be announced early in October. The voting website is: http://njplanning.org/news/peoples-choice-awards/, so please take the time to vote for Downtown Ocean City!I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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List of Ocean City’s Guarded Beaches

first_imgThe following beaches will remain guarded as of Monday Aug. 17, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and unless specified otherwise below.The following beaches will remain guarded as of Monday Aug. 17, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and unless specified otherwise below:Seaspray Rd.Surf RdAtlantic Blvd. (GUARDED 11am-4pmNorth Street Stenton Place                                                          St. Charles Place                                        Delancy Place                                                         Park Place                                                    Brighton Place (GUARDED UNTIL 7)                                        5th Street                                                       7th Street (Surfing Beach)                                    8th Street (GUARDED UNTIL 7)                                                   9th Street (GUARDED UNTIL 7)                                                   10th Street                                                     11th Street                                                     12th Street (GUARDED UNTIL 7) 13th Street (GUARDED 11am-4pm)                                                                               14th Street  15th Street18th Street 22nd Street24th Street26th Street28th Street30th Street32nd Street34th(GUARDED UNTIL 7)36th Street39th Street42nd Street44th Street46th Street50th Street53rd Street55th Street58th Street                                                The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches during guarded hours. If you have any questions call 609-525-9200.For information on guarded beaches, visit ocnj.us/OCBP. Check the list of guarded beaches.last_img read more

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Terminally ill patients need relationships with carers – health advocate

first_imgRadio NZ News 17 January 2017Family First Comment: If we get this right, we remove the need for assisted suicide!“You need a relationship, a safe, trusting environment and a relationship with someone who knows you in order to start discussing end-of-life care. “And I know from many of the focus groups and the meetings I’ve attended on cancer services that a lot of people don’t get the kind of care and support.”A leading patient advocate is calling for more continuity of the carers who help those with a terminal illness.Aucklander Lynda Williams, a longtime staunch advocate for health consumers, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October last year.But she remains the spokesperson for the Auckland Women’s Health Council and has put out its regular newsletter while receiving chemotherapy and organising her affairs, including helping family members prepare for when she is no longer there.She is well known in health circles as an advocate on women’s issues, and for her evidence-based, forthright approach.She said being “bolshie” has served her well as a patient.“If I don’t get to see the same person I make a bit of a fuss. Given that it’s pancreatic cancer and I don’t have time to muck about I’m not at all backward in sticking up for myself and saying ‘this is what I need’.“You need a relationship, a safe, trusting environment and a relationship with someone who knows you in order to start discussing end-of-life care.“And I know from many of the focus groups and the meetings I’ve attended on cancer services that a lot of people don’t get the kind of care and support.”End-of-life and palliative care were under the spotlight last year as Parliament’s health committee considered a petition seeking legislation to facilitate voluntary euthanasia under certain circumstances.Ms Williams said end-of-life care was an area where New Zealand needed to do better.“I think it’s absolutely vital that people facing the end of their life have access to that kind of care.“We’ve got a long way to go and there’s not a lot of informed consent going on in some of these services either.”This mirrors the views of former health and disability commissioner Ron Paterson, who said informed consent was often more honoured in the breach.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/322545/terminally-ill-patients-need-relationships-with-carers-health-advocatelast_img read more

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FL woman smiling in mugshot gets 11 years for fatal DUI crash

first_imgAn Ocala woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for the fatal DUI crash that left a 60-year-old mother dead.Angenette Marie Welk who plead no contest to a charge of driving under the influence manslaughter was also fined $5,000 and given 15 years of probation.Additionally, the 45-year-old must write a letter every year in May documenting what she’s learned from the crash.Welk’s case went viral after a mugshot featuring her smiling following the crash was made public record.In May of 2018, Welk drove her car into ongoing traffic on the U.S. Highway 27 and rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra with enough force to sandwich it between her vehicle and a tractor-trailer that was directly in front of it, according to the crash report.Here’s the car Sandra Clarkston was in a year ago. “My mother was senselessly and recklessly taken from me.” Said her daughter, Keonna Sciacca.She said in her testimony that her mother had a stroke, brain damage, and was bleeding following the crash. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/ASHWBq5QEp— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) May 16, 2019 The 18-year-old driver of the Elantra, Shiyanne Kroll, sustained minor injuries but her mother, Sandra Clarkston, suffered critical injuries and died at the hospital a few days after the crash.Officials said Welk had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she crashed into Clarkston’s vehicle and that they found an empty bottle of vodka at the scene. ”“I would like to start by saying how sorry I am for this tragic loss. Welk said at her sentencing hearing. “You’ve lost a mother, a sister, an aunt, a loved one. I don’t have the words.”Welk’s defense attorney addressed the notorious ‘smiling’ mugshot while interviewing the defendant in which she said it was a reaction to being nervous.She also cited that the reason for the crash had to do with misplacing her cellphone, not her drinking.Welk faced a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.last_img read more

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Early Monday morning car crash in Alcona County

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A 42–year–old woman from Lachine is being treated at a hospital after crashing her car in Caledonia Township.The Alcona County Sheriff’s says the crash happened around 5 in the morning today. Deputies reached the unnamed woman in a wooded area off mount maria road after a 6 hour hunt for car.Police and surrounding help removed a number of trees that broke through the windshield, which trapped the woman in her car. The sheriff’s office says alcohol may have played a role in the crash.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, May 20Next Police stepping up seat belt enforcement for Memorial Daylast_img read more

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Murdoch Final all square after Hawks thump Rebels, Game five Sunday in Castlegar

first_imgThe Murdoch Final has been boiled down to a best-of-three showdown.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored three times in the first period to dump the Castlegar Rebels 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday in Fruitvale.The best-of-seven divisional final is all square at 2-2 with Game five set for Sunday at 2 p.m. in Castlegar.Game six is back in Fruitvale Monday with a Game seven, if necessary, scheduled for the Sunflower City Wednesday.After being held to three goals in two losses, the Hawks bounced back in a big way. Playoff scoring leader Ryan Edwards and Taylor Stafford led the charge with two goals.Both players finished the game with three points.Keanan Patershuk and Levi Kress also scored Beaver Valley.Bryan Lubin and Dylan Bowerman replied for the Rebels.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 42-33 making a winner out of netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn. Jordan Gluck took the loss for Castlegar.Tempers flared during the game with a handful of fights breaking out during the game.Game time Sunday is 2 p.m.Golden regains Eddie Mountain leadGolden rallied back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to hand the Fernie Ghostriders a 7-3 shellacking Friday in the Golden.Seven different players scored as the Rockets dominated the Riders during the final 40 minutes of play, scoring four times on the power play and out shooting Fernie 42-24.Game four goes Saturday in Golden with the Rockets leading the best-of-seven series 2-1.New team in the KIJHL has new coachThe 100 Mile House Wranglers Junior B Hockey Club has made one more giant step forward by announcing its first head coach. Doug Rogers has agreed to terms to become the first head coach in the history of the organization. Rogers was a very successful coach in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) when he was bench boss in Columbia Valley for two seasons –last_img read more

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Trusting Science Experts Can Be Disastrous

first_imgNobody pushes the values of science more than scientists. But trusting them doesn’t always work out right.We often hear that science is the surest path to reliable knowledge. Big Science (i.e., academia and the journals) are the biggest sales force for this view. “We need scientific values more than ever,” New Scientist preaches, using the occasion of Donald Trump’s election to scare people that this alleged anti-scientific president (a common opinion on the political left) is poised to send America into another pre-scientific dark age. Similar assumptions that scientists should be the default experts are expressed by Dan Kahan in Nature, “How to trump group-think in a post-truth world,” and by Kathleen Higgins in Nature, “Post-truth: A guide for the perplexed.”“Whose word should you respect in any debate on science?” Peter Ellerton, a lecturer at the University of Queensland in critical thinking, asks his audience at The Conversation. Every student knows the expected answer. It’s the word of scientists. They are the ones who don’t take anybody’s word for anything. They subject all claims to the scientific method. Ellerton sets up some convenient straw men to knock down, such as climate change skeptics who trust one expert for their facts, but dismiss the view of the consensus of experts.The argument is simple, and goes a bit like this. Science does not work by appeal to authority, but rather by the acquisition of experimentally verifiable evidence. Appeals to scientific bodies are appeals to authority, so should be rejected.Ellerton finds a way to say that appeal to authority is not a fallacy.The fallacy would be more correctly named the “appeal to false authority” – for example when celebrities who are famous for their sporting or entertainment achievements are cited in support of a particular medical treatment.Appeals to appropriate authorities, such as experts in their fields, are one of the glues that hold our technological society together. We go to our doctor for her expertise and we are happy to take her advice without the insistence that the efficacy of potential treatments be demonstrated to us there and then.Engineers build impressively tall buildings, pilots fly incredibly complex machines, and business experts advise on financial markets. All this expertise is confidently assimilated into our lives because we recognise its value and legitimacy.It is not fallacious reasoning to accept expert advice. We rely on the authority of experts for quality control in many areas, including the peer-review process of science and other academic disciplines.(Regarding peer review, see the 7/09/16 entry.) Ellerton is partly right in the sense that people and governments need to respect verifiable, observable expertise. The problem is that many scientific opinions these days refer to predictions that are not verifiable and repeatable. What will the climate be in 100 years? Nobody has been there yet. What will happen to a star that enters a black hole? It’s impossible to experience such a thing. So if “scientists” are the default watchers of truth, who watches the watchers?Climate change makes a good test case about the value of expert advice that Ellerton presumes we must accept. Experts may find correlations with CO2 production and warming, but like we pointed out before, measurements like “global temperature” are fraught with selection effects (1/16/15), and yet the experts speak of this phrase as if it means something concrete. And nobody can be sure that trends will remain linear. Some go exponential, while others flatten out due to feedback. Even now, for instance, some climate scientists are pointing out that clouds could have dramatic feedback effects to cool the earth, but nobody knows how to include them properly in climate models (e.g., Phys.org).So the question becomes, how do we tell the difference between appeal to true authority and appeal to false authority? Is Ellerton saying that people should just bow down before the scientific consensus? (See 10/14/13.)Here’s a case where a whole continent did just that. New Scientist reports, “Europe’s green energy policy is a disaster for the environment.” In the article, Michael Le Page shows what happened when governments of Europe decided to follow the scientific experts on climate change, and set up “green energy projects” that were supposedly not as dirty as coal, oil and the other nasty fossil fuels that we all hear are so polluting.The EU gets 65 per cent of its renewable energy from biofuels – mainly wood – but it is failing to ensure this bioenergy comes from sustainable sources, and results in less emissions than burning fossil fuels. Its policies in some cases are leading to deforestation, biodiversity loss and putting more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than burning coal.“Burning forest biomass on an industrial scale for power and heating has proved disastrous,” says Linde Zuidema, bioenergy campaigner for forest protection group Fern. “The evidence that its growing use will increase emissions and destroy forests in Europe and elsewhere is overwhelming.”The results have been worse than doing nothing, Le Page writes. Forests are falling, birds are dying, and companies profiting from the “green energy” initiatives are fighting reforms. Government officials, jumping on the clean-energy bandwagon to save the planet after all the warnings by scientists, erred by assuming that burning wood is carbon neutral. Wood fires can actually put out more soot into the air than coal. In another article from September 21, Le Page in New Scientist called the result “The great carbon scam.” It’s making global warming worse, they say.It’s true that some scientists warned the UK government about this but were ignored. “They’ve ignored it because they’ve already committed,” Le Page says, citing a Princeton expert. “And because they don’t know what else to do.” Government officials were attempting to do the right thing by setting emission goals set by the UN at international climate talks. The IPCC, relying on the consensus of climate experts around the world, told governments what their emission targets must be, and the UK took their word for it. The result has been disastrous. Things would be better today if they burned coal, Le Page says.Some will respond that scientists make mistakes, too, but have the best methods for self-correction. But how can anyone know when they are fully correct? Erroneous advice by scientific experts can be propagated for decades. We’ve all been told to drink lots of water each day, but Medical Xpress now says there’s little evidence to back it up. The experts all concurred that saturated fat is bad, bad, bad, but now another article on Medical Xpress says, “Saturated fat could be good for you.” A study in Norway “raises questions regarding the validity of a diet hypothesis that has dominated for more than half a century: that dietary fat and particularly saturated fat is unhealthy for most people.” This is not to say the new study has the final word, but only to illustrate that it’s not always easy to tell the true authority from the false authority, like Ellerton wants. You can’t just go by majority vote. Hardly a month goes by without some long-taught scientific “truth” unraveling with further research. Just this month, Nature pointed out that “carbon is not the enemy,” taking issue with the 2015 Paris climate accords.Scientists in many instances deserve our trust, just like honest investigators in any other field, when they can support their conclusions with evidence and logic. C.S. Lewis said,If popular thought feels ‘science’ to be different from all other kinds of knowledge because science is experimentally verifiable, popular thought is mistaken. Experimental verification is not a new kind of assurance coming in to supply the deficiencies of mere logic. We should therefore abandon the distinction between scientific and non-scientific thought. The proper distinction is between logical and non-logical thought.The words “science” and “scientist” are so broad as to be meaningless. The subjects lumped under the “science” tent differ in reliability, testability or credibility (cf. political science with geology or cell biology). And is a “scientist” reliable all the time, even when asleep or drinking coffee? If we shouldn’t trust a celebrity basketball player on climate change, neither should we trust a climate scientist who studies one small detail of forest emissions pontificating about global policy on sustainable development. Scientific societies are just as subject to groupthink and peer pressure as any other human association, whether labor unions, political parties, or cults.The Apostle Paul had a simple rule applicable to any expert opinion: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21). (Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Can You Change Your Mind?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now A few days ago, a reader of this blog made an observation. After reading the blog for years, he noticed that from time to time I have written that I have changed my mind about something that I no longer believe to be true. This reader thought that this was noteworthy because he believes it is rare for people to change their beliefs, and that it is more noteworthy that I would write it here, where other people could see it.The truth of the matter is that if your beliefs aren’t changing, you aren’t growing.Consistency and InconsistencyConsistency is a critical attribute. It makes you trustworthy, reliable. If people know what they can expect from you, that predictability makes you someone who can be counted on. Having a core set of beliefs and values that are stable over time is also important.Inconsistency in word and deed can make you look flaky, flighty, and sketchy. It’s difficult to put your trust in people who can’t be counted on from one day to the next. You are unreliable, and that makes you a risk.But there is something worse than being inconsistent, and that is being consistent when it no longer serves you.Turn and Face the StrangeYou live in a time of constant, accelerating, disruptive change. Things that were once true, are no longer true, and some are just “no longer.” The beliefs that once served you are now dangerous beliefs to hold, and beliefs that would have at one time seemed reckless are now a safer bet. If you are unable—or unwilling—to change your mind, then you are not growing.The reason I leave the archives up on this blog is because it is a record of my growth since 2008. My writing is much better, and you need only go back and read anything from 2010 to see just how true this is. But more important still, my ideas have gotten better.As I have had new experiences and made new distinctions. I have changed what I believe to be good, and true, and beautiful. I have changed what I believe about what it takes to succeed in sales, and that belief continues to change over time. I have changed what I believe to be the right approach for prospecting. I have changed long held beliefs about money and success. I have changed my ideas about jobs and works, about the sales process, as well as a lot more personal beliefs.I keep a running list of all of the beliefs I have changed over time. It’s a way to see the trajectory and the changes over time. It’s an exercise worth your time.If you haven’t changed something you believed to be true and worth defending in the last couple of years, you are stagnating.last_img read more

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LS, RS adjourned for the day over Maken’s statement on Kalmadi

first_imgBoth Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the entire day on Monday after the Opposition  created ruckus over Ajay Maken’s statement that the PMO did not recommend Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment as CWG OC chief.Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were initially adjourned till noon, barely a few minutes after the day’s proceedings began. The ruckus continued even after the Houses reassembled, forcing adjournment for the entire day.Before the Houses met after the weekend, the NDA held a meeting to work out its strategy.The opposition demanded suspension of the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha to discuss the CAG report, accusing Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi of wasting money through inflated contracts during the Games.It sought a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s statement that the PMO was not involved in Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment as head of the Delhi games.Documents have shown that the PMO in a note had communicated about the appointment of Kalmadi as Organising Committee chief.The BJP had staged street protests on Sunday, demanding resignation of Dikshit.last_img read more

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10 months agoWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he has

first_imgWatford boss Javi Gracia happy to go with what he hasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia insists he’s happy to go with the squad he has.Fringe striker Stefano Okaka completed his temporary switch to Udinese earlier this week, while defender Marvin Zeegelaar has also joined the Serie A club.There is also speculation surrounding the future of the in-form Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Gracia does not envisage any players arriving at Vicarage Road this month. “In this moment, maybe different things happen, but I am happy with the squad I have,” said Gracia.“With the players we have we can complete a very good season and if in one week something changes, we will see.“But at the moment I prefer to value the players I have because they deserve that. We have to be demanding with the players and we have to be ambitious with them, too.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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