An architectural rendering shows what the Keller Williams office building at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue will look like. By Donald WittkowskiThe developer of a proposed $2 million office building that would serve as a new centerpiece for Ocean City’s main gateway will seek planning approvals for the project during a hearing Wednesday night that is expected to draw some opposition.The Keller Williams realty firm plans to build its new corporate headquarters on land formerly occupied by an abandoned and blighted Exxon gas station that had marred the appearance of the Ninth Street corridor for years.Keller Williams has demolished the old Exxon station to clear the site at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue for redevelopment. In the next step, the company is scheduled to appear before the city Planning Board at its meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday for site plan approval to begin construction.Paul Chiolo, owner of Keller Williams, said his company remains “completely ready” to present the project to the board for its scrutiny.“We took this very seriously. The fact that this is the gateway to Ocean City, we took that into consideration. It was important to us not to build something that was overbearing or intrusive,” Chiolo said in an interview Tuesday.Chiolo said Keller Williams plans to develop “a classic, complementary seashore building” that reflects its high-profile location and would welcome visitors to town.“It is really pleasing to the eye,” he said.Keller Williams owner Paul Chiolo, pictured while addressing City Council over the summer, says his proposed office project will help to beautify the Ninth Street corridor.Ever since Keller Williams announced its project last year, there has been debate whether an office building would be the best use for the site. Critics of the project are expected to attend the Planning Board meeting.Drew Fasy, co-chair of Bike OCNJ, an advocacy group for local bicyclists, has concerns over the visibility and function of the Keller Williams building. He intends to speak out against the project during the Planning Board meeting.Fasy said he is worried how the project might affect bike and foot traffic using the popular bike path and walkway along the Route 52 Causeway, which connects with the foot of Ninth Street.“It is arguably the busiest corner in all of Ocean City,” Fasy said. “The path over the Causeway averages 590 bikers-runners every day and can see as many as 1,300 a day during peak summer months. The access and egress of this proposal is right in front of the multi-use bike path-walkway. … It’s going to be a nightmare for the public.”Chiolo believes the concerns are unfounded. He noted that the Keller Williams office wouldn’t even be the closest building to the foot of the Causeway. He said the two existing businesses next to the bridge are likely to have more impact on the Causeway’s bike and foot traffic than the office building.If the Planning Board grants its approval, Keller Williams plans to start construction on the two-story office complex in spring. Completion is expected by next fall, Chiolo said.The blighted former Exxon gas station was demolished in November to make room for the proposed $2 million corporate headquarters for Keller Williams.The removal of the blighted Exxon site is a key piece of the city’s overall plan to beautify the Ninth Street corridor from the bay to the Boardwalk, creating a far more appealing first impression for visitors arriving in town via the Route 52 Causeway bridge.The strategy includes replacing three former blighted gas station sites with green space. Initially, the city would concentrate on sprucing up an expanse of land stretching from Bay Avenue to the base of the bridge.Originally, Mayor Jay Gillian wanted to convert the old Exxon site into landscaped green space. But during a town hall meeting in October to discuss ideas for redeveloping the Ninth Street corridor, the mayor seemed to endorse the Keller Williams project by calling it a “beautiful place.”“The last comment I heard from the mayor was at the town hall meeting,” Chiolo said. “He said he supported the building and would not interfere.”The town hall meeting gathered suggestions from the public on how to give the Ninth Street artery a facelift. Ideas included open space, new parks, children’s playgrounds, boat slips and a series of environmentally friendly attractions ranging from bird-watching areas to rain gardens.Over the summer, the city agreed to pay $475,000 to buy a shuttered former BP gas station on the opposite side of Ninth Street from the old Exxon property. The old BP has since been demolished.City officials have indicated they would also like to acquire an abandoned Getty gas station next to the former BP site, as well as the neighboring Bud’s Outboard Marine Inc. property. Taken together, the BP, Getty and Bud’s sites would create a large swath of property that could be transformed into green space under the city’s control.In closing, Fasy said “I feel there is still a chance that we can have that location preserved for open space which is a better and safer option for the gateway in to Ocean City. This option is an example of over building and will create an on-going safety issue”.Stay tuned. OCNJ Daily will be in the Planning Board meeting and will report the outcome as soon as it is decided.
Governments around the world must act now to preserve animal and plant species and halt irreversible damage to our planet before it is too late. The UK Government is working to do just this, from our Blue Belt programme which will protect over 4 million square kilometres of ocean around the British Overseas Territories by 2020, to our leadership on fighting the illegal wildlife trade, to this new call for evidence which will help safeguard the rich biodiversity of our Overseas Territories. The long-term protection of these fragile and unique ecosystems is absolutely vital. In January 2019, Ministers announced the seventh round of funding under Darwin Plus, worth around £3.75m, was shared amongst 17 projects around the globe including world-leading scientific investigation projects such as the British Antarctic Survey’s ‘bird-borne’ radar tracking system for albatrosses. Scientists will be able to track the movement of this giant bird of the South Atlantic Ocean and to build-up a data picture of how albatrosses can be better protected from fishing tackle on boats. The Darwin Plus initiative has already successfully supported 30 biodiversity projects in the Overseas Territories since the start of 2018.UK Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, said: Announced by the Chancellor in his Spring Statement, the Call for Evidence will also look to further understand how environmental outcomes are delivered through existing spending on biodiversity and conservation, and consider whether spending is effective. This includes looking at options for future funding streams to replace existing EU schemes, such as the Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Overseas Territories of the European Union (BEST).Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: The UK supports the Overseas Territories in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These include taking ‘urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’; to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’ and protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems’, including halting biodiversity loss.The Call for Evidence is open for ten weeks from 10 May 2019 and closes on 19 July 2019. The recent IPBES report drives home the message that we must increase our efforts to protect our environment as the effects of biodiversity decline and climate change are felt around the world. This is why it’s crucial to ensure that precious species and landscapes in our Overseas Territories continue to be supported. This Call for Evidence will provide us with the evidence to help determine the best way to do so. 2020 is the year we must all agree on further action for climate, nature and ocean conservation, with appropriate funding to protect and enhance the planet’s most pristine ecosystems for flora and fauna. Britain’s Overseas Territories contain some of the world’s most important and fragile ecosystems. As I said in the recent Spring Statement, there is a clear link between biodiversity and economic growth, so acting now to protect and nurture the biodiversity of the Overseas Territories is not only a down payment on our pledge to leave the environment in a better condition than we found it, but also supports sustainable economic growth in these island territories. A ten week Call for Evidence has been launched by the UK Government today (Friday, 10 May) to gather knowledge on safeguarding nature in the UK Overseas Territories.Many of the Overseas Territories are globally significant in their ecological richness, containing over 90 per cent of the UK’s marine and terrestrial nature. They are hotspots for biodiversity with an estimated 3,300 endemic species, but they are also highly vulnerable to environmental change.To support on-going work in the UK Overseas Territories to tackle climate change and protect the natural environment, the Call for Evidence will help to develop and refine existing and potentially new funding streams from the UK Government to replace EU finance sources.Today’s announcement builds on the 25 Year Environment Plan which contains a number of ambitions to improve biodiversity in the Overseas Territories, including the continued implementation of the Blue Belt programme.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
Read Full Story On the afternoon of April 13, 2013, after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, scores of severely injured people were rushed to hospitals across the city. Although three people died at the scene and many had life-threatening injuries, everyone who was transported to a hospital lived.How was it that so many people were able to survive?A new study outlines some of the challenges that arose in Boston hospitals in the wake of the bombing, as well as successes. One of the key reasons why so many lives were saved, the researchers found, was the high level of flexibility and autonomous decision-making among physician leaders.The study involved experts from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI)—a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership—and colleagues from Boston hospitals and several Israeli institutions. Since the bombing, NPLI—which focuses on equipping leaders for crises—has been studying the tragedy, hoping to draw useful lessons.“We study crises and we teach leaders for times of crises,” said Leonard Marcus, lecturer on public health practice at Harvard Chan School, co-director of NPLI, and a study author. “This was one of many events we follow. The difference here was that this was in our own backyard.”
Director of the Career Crossings Office (CCO) Stacie Jeffirs said according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), hiring of bachelor’s level college graduates is up seven percent this year over the last year.“Although the increase is slight, the job outlook for college graduates has been making a steady and gradual comeback since the recession hit in 2008 and 2009,” Jeffirs said.Jeffirs said the College’s graduate destination survey showed that approximately 73 percent of the class of 2014 intends to pursue employment opportunities while almost 40 percent intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies. A little more than 12 percent intend to pursue internships or externships and 6.8 percent intend to pursue post-graduate service or volunteer opportunities.The survey results overlap in some categories, as some graduates intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies in addition to employment or other activities, Jeffirs said.Senior Gianna Burkhardt will attend King’s College in London after graduation to work towards a masters in English literature with a focus in literature from the 1850s-present.After studying abroad in Rome during her sophomore year, Burkhardt said she knew she wanted to travel post-graduation.“Prior to studying in Rome, I thought I was bound to the United States, but after, I have discovered a whole new world waiting for me to explore it,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for my education and experience at Saint Mary’s, I’m not sure if I would have the courage to follow my passion.”Burkhardt said she hopes to develop her love for English literature in a place so rooted in its history while using the skills she developed during her time at Saint Mary’s.“I will be studying English literature, which I think will be a richer experience because I’ll have many of the documents I will be studying right at my disposal at the British Library,” Burkhardt said. “King’s also offers internships as a part of their grad studies at places like the Globe Theater and British Museum, so I will be looking to participate in a more well-rounded experience in that way. “I also think living abroad teaches you a type of independence that can only come from being abroad.”Jeffirs said the liberal arts education Saint Mary’s provides gives students the necessary tools to be competitive and relevant in today’s economy.“The College prepares students to be global citizens and to be able to respond to the ever-changing workforce not only through classroom experiences, but also experiential activities and campus leadership opportunities,” she said.Burkhardt said her Saint Mary’s education has made all the difference in allowing her to craft and follow her dreams.“I think my English professors as well as the Saint Mary’s study abroad program have prepared me so well for the next part of my journey,” she said. “My professors have given me the tools that are necessary to create thoughtful and scholarly insights on literature and how to stand on my own in class discussion.”Jeffirs said CCO has been a valuable resource for many seniors this year, providing students with education and resources to aid those looking for a job.“We assist students in the entire job search process including networking strategies, connecting students to alumnae through our Alumnae Resource Network and LinkedIn, researching employers and options, writing resumes and cover letters and honing interviewing skills,” Jeffirs said. “We teach students the job searching and decision making skills they can use throughout their entire life.”Jeffirs said CCO will be open all summer. “Our office offers lifetime services to alumnae and is here to help graduates even after commencement,” she said.Tags: 2014 Commencement, employment, Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office
WNY News Now Image.GERRY — A Town of Gerry man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot a woman with a crossbow.New York State Police say James Spitale, 43, is charged with second-degree menacing following the alleged incident on July 18.Troopers say they, along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a complaint of a disturbance.The investigation revealed that the victim was outside when Spitale pointed a loaded crossbow at the victim and threatened to shoot her, police said. Spitale was arrested, transported to State Police Jamestown Barracks and processed.Troopers say Spitale was then transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
If you’re furious with yourself for missing this acclaimed tuner off-Broadway, now’s your chance to see the show on the Great White Way! Tickets are now available for Fun Home, starring Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and more. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s new musical will begin previews on March 27 at Circle in the Square and officially open on April 19. Related Shows Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home. View Comments Fun Home Cerveris and Kuhn will reprise their roles of Bruce Bechdel and Helen, respectively. Other members of the off-Broadway cast to reprise their roles in the Broadway incarnation include Roberta Colindrez as Joan, Sydney Lucas as Small Alison, Beth Malone as Alison, Joel Perez as Roy and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison. Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams will join the production as Alison’s brothers John and Christian, respectively. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto Giant‘Tis the season to escape to the New York State treasure that are the Catskills. It’s not too late for a quick getaway before the craziness of the holidays consume you and your family. The weather is crisp, but not unbearable. The mood is mellower, yet full of the sweet buzz of anticipation. Yes, hot, steaming lattes abound.Before the stores become packed with shoppers and the quaint corners of our beautiful state become tourist traps, hop in your favorite vehicle for a road trip that will take you up to the Catskills, where you can actually enjoy the offerings of the winter season.You’ll need to find the perfect chariot for your adventure, of course. We recommend the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder.With its smooth styling, comfortable ride and powerful engine, the Pathfinder is equipped with new safety features such as blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert for 2015 that make this the ultimate family transport.What’s that, you say? You’re looking for luxury options, too?How about tri-zone automatic climate control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system? How do you like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power liftgate, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, eight-inch multi-information touch-screen display, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system?How you like them apples, fellow road adventurers!?This magic sleigh ride upstate is just the beginning of your special quest.Exit your Pathfinder and enter some events that are sure to whet your appetite for the upcoming winter festivities. Drive on over to Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve Tours, where you can welcome in the season with a costumed tour guide. Check out the Bronck houses decorated for the celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantThe town of Bovina welcomes Christmas at the Old Bovina Creamery, where your whole family can sample the locally made products—including jams, syrups, honey, baked treats and cheeses. Yes, fellow road-food marauders, cheeses!You’ll find unique craft items and the perfect gifts to check off your list. Who needs Walmart when you can stroll through more than 50 local farm and artisan exhibits, accompanied by live music, delicious food in the pine-scented air of the Bovina creamery, made such by the abundance of holiday wreaths and trees to strap to the top of your Pathfinder to take back home with you?The answer is: No one, friends. You want to be in your Pathfinder and you want to be cruisin’ up to the Catskills!Hungry yet? Head on over to Barnwood Restaurant in Catskill for what is arguably the best fried chicken you will ever have in your entire life. (We say “arguably” because of our special affinity for Hattie’s Chicken and Waffles in Saratoga—Read About Their Supreme Succulent Glory Here—is a pretty darn high bar to top.) This is chicken Colonel Sanders might sneak out the backdoor of a KFC and head over to, reveling in their unique mix or herbs, spices, and the perfect crisp. Huge portions and affordable prices set this place apart. The warm, cozy atmosphere will be the perfect setting to connect with your family, discuss your Catskill adventure and share all your new discoveries.Would you prefer Asian fare? Drive over to Bridge Street in Catskill and have a seat at the sushi bar at Chopstick for a meal you won’t forget. The chef here specializes in delicacies from China, Thailand and Japan, so come hungry and ready to try it all. We recommend the Thai curry, General Tao chicken and the imaginative sushi rolls.Ready to get on the road? Sure you are!Call Joe Montalvo at Atlantic Nissan or Tom Coppola at Massapequa Nissan. Climb into your new Pathfinder and blaze your trail into the Catskill Mountains, where you can kick off the holiday season in style, comfort, and adventure—one month early.
Gerindra Party lawmaker Andre Rosiade’s efforts to catch a prostitute in flagrante has drawn criticism from rights activists and watchdogs, who said that the West Sumatra politician’s stunt did little to address underlying social problems.On Jan. 26, Andre told West Sumatra Police that a sex worker was meeting a client in a Padang hotel room. The police’s cybercrime unit raided the room, where they arrested a 27-year-old woman, identified only as NN, who they suspected of being a prostitute. The police did not, however, arrest NN’s alleged client, who NN said had “used” her sexually.Saya bersama aparat kepolisian, membongkar kegiatan praktek prostitusi online di salah satu hotel di Kota Padang.Ini kedepan harus menjadi pelajaran dan bahan evaluasi bagi kita. Ini bukan PR polisi saja. Namun PR kita semua. pic.twitter.com/G2ctKoUh5W— Andre Rosiade (@andre_rosiade) January 27, 2020Andre recorded the aftermath of the raid and posted it to his Twitter account the following Monday, saying that the he and the police had “exposed the practice of online prostitution” at the hotel. He later said that a local resident had been the one to order NN’s services but that his aide had provided the hotel room where she was eventually arrested.He went on to say that the raid was important because online prostitution was rampant in Padang, and many people believed that it was one of the reasons why natural disasters hit the area.”Do we want earthquakes in Padang? Do we want tsunamis in Padang?” he asked on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Not everyone appreciated Andre’s accomplishment, however. The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas PA), for example, condemned the raid and accused Andre of acting as a “morality police” and using NN for his own political benefit. “Sacrificing a prostitute automatically makes someone’s image look better by comparison,” Mariana Amiruddin, a Komnas PA commissioner said on Tuesday, as quoted by covesia.com. “[Andre’s] goal is not to overcome the real problem of prostitution, but rather it is to improve [his] image.” Fellow Komnas PA commissioner Siti Aminah Tardi echoed Mariana’s comments, adding that the Criminal Code’s article on prostitution was aimed at pimps rather than the sex workers themselves. “It’s odd that NN was arrested on a prostitution charge, because Article 298 [of the Criminal Code] is aimed at people who benefit from prostitution, and that means the pimps,” she said. Indonesian Ombudsman official Ninik Rahayu agreed with Siti, saying that the police should investigate whether or not the raid followed the proper procedures. “We are all agreed that we should eradicate human trafficking, but we shouldn’t forget about victim protection, and there certainly shouldn’t be any arbitrariness in the process,” Ninik said in a statement on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Padang women’s group Nurani Perempuan Women’s Crisis Center created an online petition calling for the West Sumatra Police to free NN.“NN is a victim and we support her,” the petition said.Andre, however, denied “trapping” the woman and said that the raid had followed the proper procedures.“The police will not name a person a suspect when there is not enough evidence,” Andre said, as quoted by covesia.com.NN, who is still in West Sumatra Police custody, said she hoped she would soon be free as she had left her child with her neighbor before she went to the hotel. (hol/kmt)Topics :
As the interest towards LNG as a marine fuel increases, one of the main obstacles to the accelerated uptake is the uncertainty regarding future market volumes of LNG, according to a market study by DNV GL.The classification society has addressed this issue in the study on the future LNG market in the Iberian Peninsula, as part of driving the development of an EU-wide network of LNG refuelling points.DNV GL conducted the market study on behalf of the six-year CORE LNGas hive project, which aims to provide an investment plan for LNG fuelling in Spain and Portugal. The EUR 33 million project is coordinated by Enagas, and co-funded by the European Commission.The study has forecasted the potential future demand for LNG as a ship fuel and the required future infrastructure for the areas around Spain and Portugal, covering the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Gibraltar Strait peripherical regions. The results of DNV GL’s analyses have contributed to the CORE LNGas Hive project’s recommendations for the development of the LNG supply chain infrastructure, involving over 40 ports in the project area.“Through this market study we now have a strong decision basis to prepare the supply side on the Iberian Peninsula in meeting future demand for LNG bunkering at competitive conditions,” Fernando Impuesto, CORE LNGas hive project coordinator from Enagas, said.The study has revealed a huge potential for LNG as a marine fuel that will utilize the current spare capacity of the existing LNG import terminals. The consolidated quantitative results show that by 2030 up to 2 million m³/y of LNG is to be bunkered by ships and by 2050 approximately 8 million m³/y of LNG.
The offshore energy industry is constantly moving forward. Despite challenging times in the industry, there are impressive achievements that require celebration.During the Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, held on Monday, 22 October 2017, for the second time Navingo brought the industry together to celebrate some of these successes by presenting three industry awards.The 420 attendees were very curious to find out who the winners of the Offshore Energy Awards would be.The black-tie dinner gala, hosted by Pep Rosenfeld of Boom Chicago, served a culinary dinner and offered sparking musical interludes by Junior Jazz Unlimited a Jazz bigband with young musicians ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old.The evening was officially opened by former Dutch cabinet member and energy activist Diederik Samsom.And the winners are…WINNER BEST INNOVATION IN OFFSHORE ENERGY AWARD: NEXT OCEANNext Ocean offers a new predictive wave motion technology to expand operational boundaries. By scanning sea waves they provide you with information on your ship’s motion minutes in advance. In our view this is an excellent innovation by new kids on the block. The problem of anticipating on (severe) wave conditions impacting operations at sea is a paramount one. The innovation includes analytics to come up with (huge) cost savings, improving safety of operations and realizing better use of assets at sea. It is a nice tool and ‘easy to understand’.It is applicable in a broad part of the spectrum of the Maritime & Offshore domain. The technology promises a lot and is currently proven by a respectable set of customers in this domain. When broadly validated we belief this is really a new innovation ‘in hand’. To prove yourself in this field we highly recommend you to develop an interesting revenue model, but we are sure that within a broad customer base there is absolutely room for this unique ‘Buienradar for waves’.WINNER OFFSHORE ENERGY PUBLIC OUTREACH AWARD: OUR OCEANS CHALLENGEOur Oceans Challenge created a network of companies related to the offshore and maritime industry, knowledge institutes and startup accelerators to address the need for a more sustainable offshore industry. They carefully bridge the challenges that companies and organizations in the offshore energy sector face with committed (yet solution driven) individuals and start-ups. The network of industry partners that Our Oceans Challenge established, offers the possibility to test, improve and accelerate ideas into actions. The integration of ideas in existing businesses or start-ups is stimulated in the yearly organized challenge. Through their online platform and the events they have organized, they have boosted knowledge sharing. Reaching people, with a sustainability softs pot, worldwide. Stimulating cooperation and innovation. It is a clear statement from the Offshore Industry, which will influence the public opinion in a positive way.WINNER OFFSHORE ENERGY YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD: DRIES LAMMENSDries is a great example of an excellent Young Engineer. He was responsible for coming up with a solution to install an export cable for an offshore wind farm through a protected natural reserve. With his team, he developed a machine for cable installation and burial that causes minimal invasion while installing the cable to the required burial depth. Dries was responsible for coming up with the concept, building the machine and then supervising the actual offshore installation.Dries is an exemplar problem solver and team leader and the jury was unanimous in naming him winner of the Young Engineer Award 2017.