Hoboken teen missing; police seek assistance

first_img× HOBOKEN — 17 year-old Hoboken resident Kasandra Baez was reported missing on Thursday, March 29, according to an April 2 press release from the Hoboken Police Department. She was last seen on March 29 in Jersey City at the residence of a juvenile male friend, according to the release. She has not been seen since. She is known to frequent the Jersey City area in the company of her juvenile male friend, according to the release. Hoboken detectives have been searching for Baez from the moment she was reported missing and have been assisted by members of the Jersey City Police Department.As of the afternoon of April 2, Baez has not been located; efforts to locate her continue day and night. Anyone who comes in contact with the her or is aware of her whereabouts is asked to please contact the Hoboken Police Department at (201) 420-2100 or (201) 420-2131 or email Detective Anthony Hochstadter at [email protected]last_img read more

Friends of Library Presentation on Monday, Book Sale on Saturday

first_imgThe Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library are planning three events starting Monday, March 9:Presentation on Library Resources (March 9): Join us on 10 a.m. Monday in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall for the monthly meeting of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library. All are welcome to hear a timely, informative presentation on OCFPL resources.  To learn more about this group, go to: http://fvocfpl.wordpress.comWinter Book Sale (March 14): The Friends and Volunteers will hold their Winter Book Sale in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Sale items include specially priced books.Author’s High Tea (May 7): Save the date for the 2015 Author’s High Tea, sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library on May 7 at the historic Flanders Hotel.last_img read more

Guidance: Nutrition and health claims on foods if there’s a no-deal Brexit

first_imgThis guidance is no longer valid. See Nutrition legislation information sources for current information.,The UK nutrition and health claims register sets out all authorised and rejected nutrition and health claims.Only authorised claims in the register may be used in the UK if there’s a no-deal Brexit.The annex to the register lists health claims authorised on the basis of proprietary (privately owned) data.The register should be used with the following guidance: The Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: practical changes for industry.last_img read more

Indonesia, front and center

first_imgThis is the second in a series about Harvard’s deep connections with Asia.In May 1998, widespread food shortages and stubbornly high unemployment led to massive riots across Indonesia. More than 1,000 people were killed, and longtime ruler Suharto was driven from office.The violence eventually ushered in a new era for one of the world’s most populous and complex nations, which spans more than 17,000 islands and is home to hundreds of ethnic and language groups that provide the kind of natural divisions that have brought other countries to civil war.Fifteen years later, Indonesia appears to have skirted those centrifugal forces. Instead, its 242 million people have forged the world’s most populous Muslim-majority democracy.Interest in their progress led to the creation in 2010 of Harvard Kennedy School’s  (HKS) Indonesia Program, nestled within the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, which itself is within HKS’ Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.“They have made a remarkably peaceful transition from dictatorship for 32 years to contested electoral politics,” said Jay Rosengard, lecturer in public policy at HKS and faculty chair of the HKS Indonesia Program. “The problem now is creating the institutional capacity to deliver the goods.”The program is taking a multifaceted approach to engaging with Indonesia. Affiliated faculty members, including Ash Center director Anthony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, have produced several reports on aspects of Indonesian democracy, studies that Rosengard said seek to be “constructively provocative.”The reports are distributed free in Indonesia in collaboration with a publisher there. The findings are shared with Indonesian officials and are the subject of conferences and meetings with key leaders. Important chapters are redrafted into policy briefs that leaders can read and digest quickly.“Our goal is not to produce a report that goes on the shelf” without being read and influencing policy, Rosengard said.In addition to the work conducted at Harvard, the program supports Indonesian researchers in their own studies. The program supports visiting fellows from Indonesia, some of whom are completing doctoral research at Harvard, and some of whom are senior practitioners studying significant issue.In more direct support for Indonesian democracy and good governance, the HKS program has designed a leadership offshoot, called “Transformasi” or “Leadership Transformation in Indonesia,” for elected local government officials, such as mayors and local district heads. Participants in the program, which provides an intensive look at good government practices, spend one week in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and three weeks in Cambridge.“It’s a completely special program geared toward the needs of local leaders in Indonesia,” Rosengard said.Indonesia faces many challenges, but if it can get right its governance, which Rosengard referred to as “soft infrastructure,” then improvements in “hard infrastructure” – the roads, power plants, and communication technology that tangibly improve people’s lives – will follow.In addition to its focus on Indonesian government and institutions, the HKS program is also fostering a new generation of researchers interested in the multifaceted island nation. Each year, the program supports about a dozen students with grants and logistical help for research.In January, Tara Grillos was among four doctoral and masters students who traveled to Indonesia for field work, supported by a term grant from the HKS program. Grillos was conducting preliminary research in preparation for her doctoral work on participatory governance, exploring the possibility of using Indonesia as a case study.Over three weeks, Grillos met with 16 officials and attended various public meetings. She paid specific attention to a popular and effective program supported by the World Bank and a second program implemented by the Indonesian government. She said she felt welcomed by the officials she met and by ordinary Indonesians whom she met through the Internet site Couchsurfing, which connects travelers and locals all over the world.For Grillos, couch-surfing turned a long layover on a flight to Jakarta into an opportunity to meet three young Indonesians, who took her to a roadside café in Yogyakarta to drink kopi joos — coffee with burning charcoal dropped in — and tape, a green drink made of fermented cassava.“We chatted about our studies and our future plans,” Grillos said. “These are experiences that were completely unrelated to my research in some ways, but quite relevant in others. The social culture in Indonesia cannot help but affect the way that people perceive and interact with participatory institutions such as the one I am studying.”The experience of Grillos and other students, coupled with the outreach to Indonesian officials and the research conducted at Harvard, add up to a program that organizers say should enrich both Harvard and Indonesia.“We think Indonesia is one of the least well-known and least-understood countries in the world. It’s the fourth most populous, but most Americans can’t find it on a map,” Rosengard said. “We’re excited about Harvard’s engagement in Indonesia. Harvard can learn a lot, and Indonesia can benefit too.”To read more Asia coverage, visit Global Harvard.last_img read more

Club collects feminine products for patients

first_imgNotre Dames is asking students to help pad boxes with feminine hygiene products for the next two weeks in an initiative — the Code Red Collection — to donate the products to patients at the Sister Maura Brannick, C.S.C., Health Center who cannot afford these items.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said this is the group’s second service project of the year.“Something new this year is we’ve been trying to do a lot more service, so this Code Red Collection is our service event for this semester,” Leddy said. “Last semester, we did an event called Blankets for Breast Cancer, so we tied fleece blankets, and we donated them to women who were recently diagnosed at the Moreau Breast Cure Center.”While many people cannot fathom being unable to afford feminine hygiene products, it is a widespread societal issue that deserves attention, Leddy said.“I had been to a presentation by a Notre Dame alumna, and she started an organization called SHE, which is Sustainable Health Enterprises, which focuses on helping women and girls in Rwanda and Kenya being able to manufacture and use their own feminine products,” she said. “Sitting there, realizing that that’s such a form of privilege that I had never really known, or acknowledged in the past, I think that to me it was kind of jarring. … We kind of want Notre Dame to pause and to think about that.”Senior Brianna Prusakowski, vice president of Notre Dames, said the group has taken steps to allow people off campus or those who might feel uncomfortable donating feminine products to contribute to the cause.“We currently have a Facebook event up that includes a link to our student shop for people that would prefer to donate money, or [for] people that aren’t here,” Prusakowski said. “We’re reaching out to ND Women Connect so that they can reach out to their local chapters. … If those groups want to mail us products, or if they want to donate money, we’re open to that.”Prusakowski said Notre Dames hopes people who do not need to use feminine products understand the significance of the issue and choose to assist the group in its efforts in some way.“I think the vision with this, as well as with Dames in general, is that a lot of the things we talk about, this in particular, is not restricted to a women’s issue — it’s a health issue,” she said. “We want to be open and inclusive to all people who care about [this], which we would hope would be everyone. … It’s important, and we need a lot of help on this because we can donate all we want, but we need on a larger scale.”Leddy said she would like this event to open up greater discussion on the topic of menstruation. She also encouraged students to attend the group’s weekly meetings on Tuesday nights to learn more about why this problem exists.“That fact that there is such a stigma on even saying the word ‘period,’ then we lose a chance or an opportunity to really talk about the issues that come with that and thinking about policy-related things,” Leddy said. “People are welcome to come to our Talk it Out Tuesday discussion [in the Dooley Room at LaFortune] to learn a little bit more about this as sort of a broader, societal issue, and also, just talk about the stigma and about the realities of menstruation, which we don’t really talk enough about — but they exist.”Notre Dames will be taking donations Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. outside the Dooley Room and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby of LaFortune.Tags: Code Red, feminine hygiene, Notre Dameslast_img read more

Starbucks Introduces New Summer-Inspired Menu

first_imgShare: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) Image via Starbucks.WEST ELLICOTT – As Starbucks locations continue to reopen, and the season changes from spring to summer, the coffee giant is out with new summer-inspired menu items.New items include the Iced Guava Passion-Fruit drink, the Unicorn Cake Pop, and the grilled chicken and hummus protein box.Returning to the menu, the S’mores Frappuccino Blended Beverage.Starbucks is also promoting its cold brew concentrate and bottled Frappuccino chilled coffee drink, available at various retail locations. Additionally, the company says the Starbucks delivery service is now available in 48 states where both Starbucks and Uber Eats operate.Starbucks says it aims to exceed CDC standards for public health and safety.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims edge down

first_imgThere were 818 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 61 from the week before, as the data has smoothed since its volatility in January and has been under 1,000 claims the last four weeks. Altogether 12,486 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 192 from a week ago and 2,340 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,143 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 57 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 929 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 21 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Denmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation

first_imgDenmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The United States signed a deal with Denmark on Thursday to expand cooperation on offshore wind power, giving a boost Europe’s biggest green energy players.Danish companies DONG Energy and Vestas had feared the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector would be stymied after President Trump vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies.But both companies now say the Trump administration is increasingly looking at Europe’s experience as it seeks to kick-start the sector.“We see some positive initiatives coming out of the administration in Washington,” the head of DONG’s U.S. business, Thomas Brostroem, told Reuters. He pointed to measures being taken on a federal level to streamline and speed up the process to obtain permits to build offshore wind farms.“They’ve been really receptive to talk to European countries and developers to get know-how from the past decades,” he said.The U.S. offshore wind sector, which has lagged behind Europe, is at a critical juncture, with the first large-scale offshore wind auction in Massachusetts coming up in December.But to gain traction, industry executives and experts say the United States will need to replicate the dramatic cost cuts which Europe has implemented.“Something that is important for the new administration is jobs, jobs, jobs and that is something that will come from the supply chain around the turbines,” Adam Thomsen, head of U.S. growth implementation at MHI Vestas, told Reuters, but declined to quantify any numbers.MHI Vestas is a joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which makes offshore wind turbines and whose rivals include Siemens Gamesa and General Electrics.Vestas already produces onshore turbines at four factories in the United States, but large offshore turbine parts like the nacelles, towers and rotors would be made at existing facilities in Europe, said Thomsen.“We need a much more stable market development before we can talk factories.”“It is a huge scoop that we now get a formal cooperation with the Trump administration on offshore wind,” Danish climate and energy minister Lars Chr Lilleholt told Reuters.More: U.S. wind concerns ease as Trump cabinet calls on Denmark to help boost offshore outputlast_img read more

US 4th Fleet and Ecuador Navy Prepare for UNITAS 2020

first_imgBy DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 22, 2020 Maritime planners from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet and the Ecuadorean Navy conducted a virtual Final Planning Conference (FPC) September 22-25 in support of the upcoming UNITAS LXI exercise, scheduled to occur November 2-11, 2020 in Ecuador.Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Daniel Ginéz, commander of Naval Operations and First Naval Zone, and Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, opened the conference on September 22, thanking participants for their commitment to building a successful proposed schedule of events.More than 60 planners from 11 partner nations, including representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army participated in this  conference. The virtual conference finalized the UNITAS LXI concept of operations, completed the tentative schedule of events, and finalized assigned roles and responsibilities.UNITAS LXI is scheduled to have multiple underway events to include maneuvering exercises advancing to coordinated warfare events and culminating with a multi-threat, multi-day scenario that allows participants to work together as a multinational force. Additionally, several live-fire events are scheduled for UNITAS LXI, to include a sinking exercise (SINKEX).“This is the team that will come together and we will celebrate our friendship and our partnership in a meaningful way to demonstrate our commitment to the world in working together […]. I’m grateful for all of the hard work of every person, of every partner, of every leader and every country to come to this point,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is the longest-running, multinational maritime exercise in the world. Conceived in 1959, UNITAS I took place in 1960. UNITAS LXI will focus on interoperability at sea with warfighting exercises, to include live-fire events, that work up to a multi-day scenario phase where participating forces come together to operate as a multinational force.last_img read more

Compliance: What’s next for DOL’s fiduciary rule?

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr US Department of Labor With the Department of Labor (DOL) announcing a “phased implementation” of its fiduciary rule through Jan. 1, what is required between the June 9 effective date and then? CUNA’s compliance staff examined what’s next for the rule in a recent CompBlog post.Starting June 9, the rule’s amended definition of “fiduciary investment advice” will apply, and the Best Interest Contract (BIC) exemption and Principal Transactions Exemption will become available to fiduciary advisers.However, for a transition period extending until Jan. 1, 2018, fewer conditions will apply to financial institutions and advisers that want to rely upon the exemptions.During the transition period, financial institutions and advisers must comply with the “impartial conduct standards,” consumer protection standards that ensure that advisers adhere to fiduciary norms and basic standards of fair dealing.center_img continue reading »last_img read more