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Remember the linemen when the lights go out

first_imgSincerely,Tom DeGiseHudson County Executive Dear Editor:March 2018 produced three nor’easters, and two in less than a week, which caused power outages in many parts of New Jersey. Whenever the lights come back on, we breathe a grateful sigh of relief; but, we never know who to thank.April 18th was National Lineman Appreciation Day, and on behalf of the residents of Hudson County, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you,” to all of the men and women who work on the electric grid to keep our power on and who perform their tasks in challenging conditions to restore the power after storms.These men and women work tirelessly in all types of hazardous weather and in the darkness of night so we may maintain our electricity dependent lives and return to the high reliability standard that we benefit from while the families of these workers may still be in the dark.This is also a good time to express our appreciation for the emergency responders who work side-by-side with PSE&G to ensure a safe work zone so the electricity can start flowing in the shortest time possible. last_img read more

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ZIP code better predictor of health than genetic code

first_img Read Full Story In St. Louis, Missouri, Delmar Boulevard marks a sharp dividing line between the poor, predominately African American neighborhood to the north and a more affluent, largely white neighborhood to the south. Education and health also follow the “Delmar Divide,” with residents to the north less likely to have a bachelor’s degree and more likely to have heart disease or cancer.Pointing to Delmar as an example, Melody Goodman, an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, recently spoke to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) audience about the links between segregation and poor health. Goodman, a HSPH alumna, gave the keynote address at the first annual symposium sponsored by the Department of Biostatistics Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences. The Biostatistics summer program for undergraduates — now in its 20th year — is a model for expanding the diversity at HSPH by increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups in computational biology and biostatistics graduate programs.Goodman participated in the program in 2001, before going on to earn her Ph.D. in biostatistics from HSPH in 2006. At the July 24, 2014 event, which was held at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Goodman told the audience “Your ZIP code is a better predictor of your health than your genetic code.”last_img read more

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Tickets Now Available for A Loss of Roses Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The cast includes Deborah Hedwall, Patricia Hodges, Ben Kahre, Jean Lichty, Gregory Perri, Fina Strazza, Jonathan Stewart, Kristen Sweeney and Marty Thomas. The play features scenic and lighting design by Harry Feiner, video design by Feiner and Ido Levran, costumes by Marianne Custer, sound design by Dave Thomas and wig design by Paul Huntley. Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for William Inge’s A Loss of Roses, which is scheduled to run through June 7 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s. The play is directed by Dan Wackerman. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2014 A Loss of Roses A Loss of Roses tells the story of an unconventional romance between a young man who struggles for independence and an older woman in search of connection. Set against the backdrop of a small Midwestern town in the 1930s, their relationship is filled with the promise of new beginnings as well as the risk of scandal and rejection.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Fergie & Josh Duhamel’s Last Unicorn Stage Adaptation & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed over the holiday weekend. Businessman Jailed for Rebecca Scam A former Long Island stockbroker was sentenced on October 10 to nearly three years in jail for defrauding the producers of the notoriously troubled musical Rebecca. According to The New York Times, Mark C. Hotton agreed to pay $68,000 to the show’s backers and forfeit $500,000 to the government as part of a plea deal. Full Cast Set for West End’s White Christmas We now know who will be joining the previously announced Aled Jones and Tom Chambers in the West End’s White Christmas. Irving Berlin’s classic tuner will also feature Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, along with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull, Jonathan Halliwell and more. You’ll be able to hear those sleigh bells from November 8 through January 3, 2015 at the Dominion Theatre.center_img London to Get Splurged: Bugsy Malone Returns Bugsy Malone is set to give a little love to London’s Lyric Hammersmith. After a multi-million pound redevelopment, the theater will re-open from April 11, 2015 with Alan Parker’s classic tuner. Directed by Sean Holmes, it will be the U.K.’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade. We now have “My Name Is Tallulah” on the brain so have put Jodie Foster singing it in the 1976 movie below. You’re welcome. Fergie & Josh Duhamel’s Last Unicorn Stage Adaptation  Singer-songwriter Fergie and her actor hubby Josh Duhamel are producing an adaptation of The Last Unicorn for the theater. According to The Daily Mail, Duhamel revealed during a recent Comic-Con panel discussion: “We are hoping this will be the most beautiful stage production you’ve ever seen. That is the goal…Fergie couldn’t be here but she says, ‘Go Last Unicorn!’” The best-selling novel The Last Unicorn was penned in 1968 by Peter S. Beagle and was later turned into a 1982 animated feature film starring Alan Arkin, Mia Farrow and Jeff Bridges. We can totally see this on the Great White Way!last_img read more

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‘Wake-up week’ for Greece as COVID-19 cases climb

first_imgTopics : “We have located three sources of concern: very regular crossings from Balkan countries by ethnic Greeks and residence permit holders… social gatherings, including clubbing youths, weddings and baptisms, and public transport,” Petsas said.The public protection agency last week said masks must be worn in all indoor public areas, and visits to retirement homes and other institutions hosting vulnerable groups are restricted until August 15.A limit of 100 guests was also set for weddings, baptisms and funerals, and summer fairs were cancelled.Mitsotakis has already ruled out a general lockdown after gradually reopening the economy in May and starting to accept foreign arrivals in June to salvage part of the tourism season that is vital to the economy. Greece’s government on Wednesday announced a “wake-up week” on COVID-19, tightening restrictions after a steady rise in mostly domestic infections.The country has seen infections increase this month to levels last seen in April, with officials blaming overcrowding in clubs and social events.”We are calling this a wake-up week. We are trying to awaken people with messages and daily  announcements on additional measures,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told Mega TV.center_img “The virus is here, it feeds on our complacency,” he said.Over 380 new infections have been announced in August by the national public health organization.Only 10 percent of cases in Greece can be traced to foreign arrivals, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Greece has so far recorded 209 COVID-19 deaths and over 4,800 infections.last_img read more

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Video speeds line surveys

first_imgBR Business Systems has put together a package of three products, originally developed by different suppliers, which together provide a means of obtaining quickly detailed information on the location and condition of rail infrastructure.BR Business Systems officially launched TuScan, RouteScan and Infrastructure Video Survey (IVS) on a demonstration run on Serco Railtest’s Iris test car at the Old Dalby test track in Nottinghamshire on July 16. IVS is an improved version of the prototype developed by Omnicom Engineering Ltd of York, which currently covers 3690 km of Railtrack’s network. The improved version has a location accuracy better than 0·5m.Using high resolution digital video cameras, GPS, and a variety of other instruments, IVS builds up a digital record of heading, distance travelled, altitude and Ordnance Survey grid reference taken from a vehicle travelling at up to 96 km/h. The locations of bridges, tunnels, equipment boxes, AWS magnets, and station platforms are downloaded to a PC, which superimposes them onto an accurate map of the network.This can be overlaid onto Ordnance Survey road centre line mapping, allowing IVS to be used for directing staff to works locations or emergency services to an incident, or relating the infrastructure to the general landscape. TuScan was developed by German firm Spacetec to survey the walls of tunnels. It uses a laser shining onto a mirror rotating at 8400 to 12000rpm from a vehicle moving at 8 km/h, giving a scan every 10mm. A full 360° scan can be completed without staff having to walk along the track.The data is ’unwrapped’ on a PC to give a flat image of the tunnel, or it can be reassembled to give a three-dimensional view. Physical features inside the tunnel such as cables and pipes appear clear and sharp, and being digital, the brightness can be increased to improve the clarity of features in dark areas.Hot and cold spots beyond the tunnel lining can be identified using a second scanner for thermal images. This provides the means to check for water leakage, or the location of blocked up ventilation shafts. The scanning vehicle can run at up to 50 km/h for a lower resolution scan suitable for basic clearance data.RouteScan, developed by BRBS in association with Waterhouse & Sons and Moss Systems Ltd, operates in a similar way to TuScan, but in the open air. It can record at line speed to give a fast, accurate measurement of lineside clearances, enabling gauging data to be given for a new train design, or for an existing train on a new route. BR Business Systems, Derby, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 141last_img read more

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Sustainability accounting standards investor group expands

first_imgSource:  LSE GroupSASB opens trading on the London Stock Exchange in November 2018The investor advisory group now counts 44 members from countries in Asia, Europe and North America, with $33trn (€29.6trn) in assets under management between them. It was established in October 2016, with 14 founding members. It provides investor feedback and guidance to SASB and is also intended “to demonstrate investor support for a market standard for investor-focused sustainability disclosure”.SASB is one of a number of organisations working on non-financial corporate reporting, but describes its standards as unique because of their industry focus, their emphasis on communicating to investors, and their focus on financial materiality.In November it published 77 industry-specific sustainability accounting standards. State Street Global Advisors has used SASB standards for a new system of scoring companies’ environmental and social practices that it believes could mark a breakthrough for capital markets’ integration of sustainability considerations. SASB said the developments “reflect the growing relevance of SASB’s sustainability accounting standards for global institutional investors”.Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at NBIM, said the manager welcomed SASB’s work in developing industry-based standards for improved sustainability reporting.Echoing NBIM’s responsible investment wish for 2019, she said: “We urge for standardised, concrete and relevant sustainability data and we ask companies to go from words to numbers – because what gets measured gets managed.” The manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund and several other major investors have joined the investor group advising the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).Fifteen additional asset owners and asset managers have become members of the group, SASB announced today. The new members are: AXA Investment Managers, Brunel Pension Partnership, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Fidelity Investments, Franklin Templeton Investments, Harvard Management Company, Hermes Investment Management, Legal & General Investment Management America, Neuberger Berman, Nissay Asset Management, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Putnam Investments, and Schroders.Barbara Zvan, chief risk and strategy officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, has been named the investor group’s new chair, replacing Chris Ailman, CIO of CalSTRS, who has been named chair emeritus.last_img read more

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Havila secures work for pair of platform suppliers

first_imgOffshore vessel operator Havila Shipping has secured work for two platform supply vessels. The first contract is with Maersk Oil for the platform supplier Havila Clipper. The contract is for a firm period of six months and one optional period of six months and it is in direct continuation of existing contract.The vessel has been working for the Danish oil company since 2014 when it was hired on a firm contract for three years starting June 1, 2014, with one optional period of one year from June 1, 2017. According to the latest AIS data, the vessel is currently in the UK sector of the North Sea.The Havila Clipper, of a Havyard 832 design, was built by Fjellstrand and delivered in 2011.The company has also secured work for the PSV vessel Havila Borg with Peterson Den Helder BV for a firm period of seven weeks with optional periods up to three weeks. The contracts is entered into on market terms. The vessel, currently moored in Aberdeen, has been in layup since the end of last year.The Havila Borg is also of a Havyard 832 design built by Havyard Tomrefjord and delivered in 2009.The owner of the vessels did not reveal any financial details of these two new contracts.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Multiple partners linked to drink

first_imgNZ Herald 4 September 2013Young adult drinkers dependent on the bottle are nearly 10 times more likely to have had 10 or more sexual partners within several years than people who don’t misuse alcohol, a new study shows.And they are nine times more likely to have committed violent offences.The study’s authors, including Dr Joseph Boden, estimate in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence that the elimination of all alcohol misuse could reduce the young adult crime rate by up to 47 per cent.The research, from Otago University at Christchurch, is based on interviews with around 1000 members of a long-term study who were born in the city in 1977.The alcohol study draws on answers from when they were aged 21, 25 and 30.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11119033One in 20 youth alcohol addictedStuff.co 4 September 2013In a country where teens are often in the firing line in the war against binge drinking, it appears the battle with the bottle does not stop at age 20.New research shows up to a quarter of New Zealanders aged 21 to 30 have a problem with alcohol affecting their daily lives, making them more susceptible to commit crime, inflict or be victims of violence, and contemplate suicide.The Christchurch Health and Development Study, a a 35-year study of a birth cohort of 1265 children born in the Christchurch region in mid-1977, is examining alcohol abuse in people in their 20s.Over the last 35 years, the participants have been interviewed at regular intervals.The new research is being welcomed by police, who say those in the age bracket are their ”biggest offenders”.http://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9123974/One-in-20-youth-alcohol-addictedlast_img read more

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Rain Forest Adventure Dominica launches Gorge Zip Challenge!

first_img Share Share Share LocalNews Rain Forest Adventure Dominica launches Gorge Zip Challenge! by: – September 30, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 142 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Image via: rainforestadventure.comRain Forest Adventure Dominica this morning launched another major attraction to its popular and exciting aerial tram adventure at a press conference at the Fort Young Hotel this morning.The Gorge Zip Challenge is a six-platform course which navigates three adrenaline-pumping lines through the rainforest canopy.Administrative Manager of Rain Forest Adventures Dominica Ms Nikima Royer explained that the Gorge Zip Challenge is the highest of any zip line in the Southern Caribbean and also offers a picturesque view of the Breakfast River Gorge.“The new Gorge Zip Challenge thrills with the highest zip line in the Caribbean. The six platform course line offers three adrenaline pumping lines that glide through the rain forest canopy. From the park’s top station, visitors receive a safety briefing and orientation and then take a short walk to the first platform and a one hundred and twenty-five foot zip line. The second zip line two hundred and forty feet takes riders higher yet and is followed by a forty foot repel to the ground. The highlight of the experience is the Gorge Challenge which is actually eight hundred and forty feet. The eight hundred and fifty feet cable suspended over the Breakfast River Gorge of three hundred and fifty foot caverns drop flourishing with plants and waterfalls,” she said.Hon. Ian Douglas.Meantime Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs Honourable Ian Douglas commended the rain forest aerial tram for preserving the forests and their consideration of the environment.“The fact that we still enjoy these attractions in Dominica is as a result of a long history of preserving our natural heritage either through legislation and a lot of people don’t know that in the 1970’s the government of the day took a deliberate step to legislate that a certain percent of our forest cover must remain untouched, so that is law….The rainforest aerial tram has been an example and continues to be, of what can be achieved with proper planning and due consideration for the environment,” he said.Mr Douglas also assured the team of Rain Forest Adventures Dominica of his support and that of his ministry to work with them to ensure that this new venture is successful.“As Minister of Tourism I pledge my support and that of the ministry to this venture, be assured that we will be working side by side with you as far as possible to ensure your success. I wish that many other tourism enterprises would take this bold initiative such as the one you have taken so that the tourism sector would continue to expand and to grow and to generate more excitement.”Admission to the zip line is $50 EC per person (local) and $50 US for visitors. Children must be twelve years and older to ride and the Rain Forest Aerial Tram reopens to the public on October 3rd.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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