Dear Friends,I’m sorry to inform you that due to public health recommendations on gatherings of 10 or more people and to insurance requirements, all recreational facilities in Ocean City will close at the end of today.That includes playgrounds, the skate park, the street hockey rinks, municipal golf course, tennis, Pickleball and basketball courts.City Hall also will be closed to the public after today. Citizens should visit www.ocnj.us to see what services are provided online and call 609-399-6111 to make arrangements for any services that cannot be completed online. This guide should provide information on some of the most commonly requested services.The City Council meeting that had been scheduled for March 26 has been canceled.The city has no authority and there is no emergency declaration that would allow us to prevent people from accessing their own homes or to close roads. We will follow any directive to implement a “shelter in place” order, if and when that is ever necessary. In the meantime, we ask that everybody – year-round residents, second homeowners and visitors – use the same common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.I want to thank all the community volunteers and business leaders who worked tirelessly over the past two days to relaunch OCNJ CARE.This nonprofit organization is now ready to help all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and all the related closings, layoffs, quarantines and restrictions.Please visit www.ocnj.us/ocnjcare, call 609-399-6111 or email [email protected] to learn more about how to volunteer or to seek assistance.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
Canada Bread Company, owner of UK bagel supplier Maple Leaf Bakery, will take no further action after an internal investigation into allegations that an employee at its UK bakery operations may have sought to influence the pricing of a competitor.Senior vice-president, communications and consumer affairs Lynda Kuhn said no evidence to substantiate claims, made in a tabloid newspaper in December 2008 involving The Bagel Group, had been received, despite requests.The Office of Fair Trading said it will not pursue the case.
Buyers have been found for the vast majority of Leeds-based Ainsleys, which went into administration in November, with Country Style Foods acquiring the company’s central bakery and brand.A deal has also been struck to sell 20 of Ainsleys’ 29 leasehold retail outlets, split evenly between craft bakery chains Cooplands of Scarborough and Cooplands of Doncaster. Ainsleys’ sandwich van business has been sold to AW Food Services.Joe McLean, a partner at administrator Grant Thornton, said: “We are really pleased to have found buyers for the majority of the various businesses within the Ainsleys portfolio. Negotiations are still ongoing in respect of the remaining nine stores and we hope to be able to announce a positive resolution shortly.“I would like to thank all Ainsleys staff for their help and support during this difficult time. Their loyalty and commitment to Ainsleys, shown by their high standard of work despite uncertainty and terrible weather conditions, has been vital in securing a buyer.”For the full story, see the February 12 issue of British Baker, out today.
Good evening everyone, welcome to Downing Street, and a very happy Chinese New Year to each of you.It’s an honour to have you here this evening to celebrate not just the start of the Year of the Dog, but also the deepening links between the UK and China.As many of you know, I have recently returned from an important trip to China, strengthening the Golden Era of relations between our countries.I had the privilege of visiting three wonderful cities: Wuhan, and Beijing, and Shanghai.I had fruitful discussions with President Xi and Premier Li.And I saw first-hand the growing strength of the trade and investment relationship between our two countries.And I was delighted to take a 50-strong business delegation with me, and I think the visit helped to secure more than £9 billon of commercial deals that will benefit people here at home and in China. Those deals will create 2,600 jobs in the UK.But the ties that bind our two countries are about more than just business.They’re also about people. The 150,000 Chinese students currently studying in the UK. The growing number of young British people studying or working in China.The hundreds of thousands of tourists who travel between our countries each year.And of course the thriving Chinese community in the UK, who do so much to make the UK the country it is today.Confucius wrote that “Virtue is not left to stand alone – he who practises it will have neighbours.”I think it’s a powerful message for all of us seeking inspiration for the year ahead. And it exemplifies the contribution made by so many Chinese people in this country.I’m thinking in particular of people like James Wong from Birmingham.James chairs the committee that runs one of the UK’s largest Chinese New Year festivals, bringing tens of thousands of people together every year.And he’s also an absolute pillar of his local community, combatting loneliness by bringing elderly people together to enjoy free meals in the restaurant that he runs.And last year James was officially voted “Brummie of the Year”, which speaks volumes about the face of modern Britain and the contribution and integration of the UK’s Chinese community.And in January James also received a ‘Points of Light’ award to recognise his work.And he’s here with us today to help celebrate. Many congratulations James!Now, when I was in China President Xi, quoting Shakespeare, said of UK/China relations that “What’s past is prologue”. And I, like him, am committed to building on the progress of recent years to deepen our relationship yet further.For many years, many people have worked hard to bring the UK and China closer together – indeed, many of them are here with us tonight, including the Chinese ambassador.The result of their work is the Golden Era we are living through today.And, when I look around this room, when I see the passion, commitment and enthusiasm of so many people, I know for sure that the next 12 months will be another auspicious year for our businesses, for our governments, and above all for our peoples.Have a very happy and prosperous new year.Xin Nian Kuai Le.
Like most college freshmen, senior Matt Sarna entered Notre Dame three years ago looking for direction in terms of his future career. He found it in laboratory work. “When I started freshman year, I didn’t know what career trajectory I wanted to take. I was thinking about graduate school, so I thought it would be a really good experience to get involved in research,” Sarna said. “It’s been a really cool way to do science in a hands-on way.” Taking the initiative freshman year, Sarna, a biological sciences and anthropology major, began researching in professor Joshua Shrout’s applied microbiology research lab. His work culminated when he recently won the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his research on bacteria motility. The oldest and largest biological membership organization with 40,000 members worldwide, ASM chose Sarna and Shrout’s joint application from a pool of 122 applicants. The pair will receive up to $4,000, as well as funds to travel to Denver in May to present their research. Their project sought to discover the genetic factors behind the regulation of bacterial swarm motility. “I was actually able to publish a model of bacterial growth I worked on with a graduate student last summer,” Sarna said. “Now my current project is to figure out the underlying genetic molecular mechanisms that describe our growth model.” Shrout said the bacterium he and Sarna researched is found everywhere in the environment and sometimes causes infections in human tissues such as lung, intestine and skin cells. “Among the things that we don’t understand is how it sticks to surfaces and how it knows what kind of surface its on,” Shrout said. “We use motility, how it moves around, as a way to study its behavior. [In] Matt’s project, we look at bacteria that move more [and] how bacteria know about things about surfaces.” Spending eight to 10 hours in the lab each week helped Sarna decide which career route he wanted to take. “I wanted to have a more interpersonal career, more hands on work with other people,” he said. “I still enjoy the research process, so I’ll probably pursue that in medical school as well.” Shrout has been a valuable mentor throughout Sarna’s research. “He’s a cool guy, really down to earth. He really cares about our project and that I really understand the work I’m doing,” Sarna said. “He’s all about the hands-on.” Shrout, a joint civil engineering and biology professor, said Sarna excels beyond the typical student standard in his enthusiasm and dedication. “I am so pleased and proud of Matt,” he said. “He asks a lot of questions that have allowed him to make progress really quickly from helping people in my lab to doing his own project.” Rather than attending office hours to ask questions, Shrout said Sarna stops by his office frequently to chat about the project. “He’s so competent, he really operates much more like one of my graduate student researchers,” he said. “He has challenged himself to become familiar with the literature and other work that relates to the research that he’s doing and that allows him to move forward rather than repeat work that people have already done.”
Photo: PixabayNEW YORK — A recent business analysis of New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic shows the state is lagging behind most of the nation in economic recovery and countering the impact of the virus.LendingTree issued a study that shows New York has the third worst recovery rate for businesses in the nation.The study shows consumer spending in New York was 7.6 percent less from January through August, with Wyoming leading the nation with an increase of 1.9 percent. New York ranks 36th in the country.Job postings were down by 28.4 percent in New York, also ranking 36th. The number of small businesses in New York that remained open during the pandemic decreased by 17.4 percent, ranking New York 26th in America. In addition, small business revenue in the state was down 27.1 percent, bad enough for 43rd in the country.The state’s unemployment rate was last in America, with a change of 8.7 percent. 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)
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Global conference unites CUs around shared system vision.by: Jim NussleThis year’s America’s Credit Union Conference is special because we’re holding it in conjunction with the World Credit Union Conference. I’m honored that Brian Branch and the World Council of Credit Unions will be sharing the stage with us.I’m looking forward to seeing and visiting with all of you as well as discussing my views about our movement’s bright future.The meeting offers us all an opportunity to network, meet other leaders in the global credit union movement, and learn from each other as we fight for the best interests of our members.We’ll explore the innovative ideas that drive positive change and advance our movement.Breakout sessions will focus on membership growth, leadership, advocacy, emerging trends, and operational excellence.We’ll showcase stories highlighting the credit union difference at the local level, including a special honor for Credit Union Magazine’s Credit Union Hero of the Year, Gail Lewis of 121 Financial Credit Union in Jacksonville, Fla. continue reading »
continue reading » When I arrived in the United States in 1991 to study economics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on a Fulbright Scholarship, the first question people inevitably asked me was, “Where are you from?” I was born and raised in Panama, so the answer was easy each time I was asked. And I was asked the question a lot.For the most part, I’ve lived in the U.S. ever since that time. I married my wife—a Wisconsin native— and settled in the city of Janesville where we raised a son and a daughter. I was granted U.S. citizenship in 2014 and carry a U.S. passport. And I still get asked the question, “Where are you from?” These days, the answer isn’t quite as simple.Like many Hispanics in America, I identify strongly both with my country of origin and my adopted home. Fluent in both Spanish and English, I move comfortably in both worlds, and yet don’t feel fully a part of either one. There’s a duality to my life, an “in-between,” a situation that exists for many Hispanics. I tend to think of it as an “otherness,” with both feet planted firmly in each of two distinctly different cultures and not fully anchored to either one.Fortunately, I’ve turned what some see as an insurmountable challenge into distinct opportunities. It took a while for me as a young man to learn the norms and behaviors acceptable in my new American home. But I was an eager student and made it a point to understand and accept changes without fully losing aspects of my Panamanian culture and heritage. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Blizzard 2016, Press Release, PSA, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) today activated the State Emergency Operations Center and reminded citizens to monitor local forecasts for updates on the winter storm expected to enter the state this evening and continue through Saturday. PEMA will also open a Joint Information Center tomorrow to allow for clear communications between agencies and the public.“We are putting our priority on supporting Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in making sure their communities have the resources they need and their residents are safe,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and many other state agencies will be working around the clock to respond to the storm.”PEMA Director Richard Flinn and State Meteorologist Jeff Jumper provided a briefing today on conditions statewide and preparations by state agencies and will provide regular updates as the storm enters and leaves the commonwealth. Residents are also encouraged to follow commonwealth agencies, including @ReadyPA, on social media.“We know that winter storms are nothing new in Pennsylvania, but we encourage everyone to be prepared, stay informed and keep safe,” said PEMA Director Flinn “I also encourage people to check in with neighbors and loved ones now, before the storm starts, to make sure they have what they need.”Flinn noted that the proclamation of disaster emergency signed by Governor Tom Wolf yesterday does not automatically close roadways or restrict travel. However, motorists should delay any unnecessary travel until weather and road conditions improve. Anyone who does need to travel should check conditions on state roadways at www.511PA.com, and have an emergency car kit which includes:waterfoodwarm clothingspare electronics chargers; andany specialized items like baby or pet supplies.Flinn said families should be prepared to survive for up to three days at home without outside assistance. A home emergency kit should contain: non-perishable foodbottled water (one gallon per person per day. A family of 4 needs a minimum of 12 gallons)medicationsflashlight with spare batteriesfirst aid kitwarm clothing; andany specialized items such as baby supplies or pet food.The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency occurs: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including free downloadable emergency home and car kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at www.ReadyPA.org. The free ReadyPA app is also available for both Apple and Android devices.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Pennsylvania Provides Update on Winter Storm; Activates Emergency Operations Center January 22, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Medical Marijuana, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding House Majority Leader Dave Reed’s decision to hold a vote on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania:“I want to thank Majority Leader Dave Reed for addressing medical marijuana in the House of Representatives so we can finally provide much needed relief to families and children. As I have said for years, I support the legalization of medical marijuana and I believe it is long past time to provide this important medical relief to patients and families across the commonwealth. I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation since taking office. Additionally, my administration pushed forward with a program to expand research into the use of Cannabidiol for the treatment of children with intractable seizures. It is time to legalize medical marijuana because we should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy. I urge quick action by the legislature to legalize medical marijuana.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 25, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Leader Reed’s Decision to Hold Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill