Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgConstruction will cause detours along Bay Avenue. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for Dec. 23 to Jan. 3:As of last Friday, the contractor’s south crew had installed new PVC pipe, backfilled and temporarily paved to a point midway between 24th and 23rd streets. The north crew progressed southward and completed the same work to a point about 100 feet north of 17th Street.From Monday to Friday, the work will continue in the same directions for both crews. There will be no work on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.Traffic:On Monday and on subsequent work days, Bay Avenue will be closed from 24th to 14th streets. Traffic detours will be established to divert motorists to West Avenue. Police will be stationed at 14th Street for traffic control.Bay Avenue will be open to two lanes of traffic on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when construction is halted for the holiday.See full project update.last_img read more

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Abbey Well concentrates

first_imgDrinks company Abbey Well, has launched a new fruit beverages range, called Abbey Well Juice. The range, made with juice concentrate is available in apple, orange, raspberry blend, blackberry blend and tropical blend. The apple and orange varieties come in 180ml pouches, the others in 200ml pouches.The juices were developed in response to a 24% increase in consumption of juices in 2006, revealed in Food & Drink Europe’s January 2007 data.[http://www.abbey-well.co.uk]last_img

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Permanently lower prices at Tesco?

first_imgTesco looks set to launch a new price offensive next week, with a possible switch in emphasis from promotions to permanently low prices, according to sister title The Grocer.Commenting on the rumoured repositioning, leading investment bank Evolution Securities said industry sources have reported that Tesco’s prices have crept up in recent weeks, “and at this time of year this suggests movement up before a bigger move down in prices”.Dave McCarthy, Evolution Securities, said it would not be surprised if the retailer launched a major repositioning along the lines mentioned in Evolution’s January note: ‘Tesco Tuesday – Price Repositioning Needed’, in which it said it would expect, and hope, Tesco’s action to be a targeted repositioning in price, “focussed on areas where Tesco under-indexes vs the competition”.“The company has failed to gain traction throughout this year, despite the new CEO saying there was nothing structurally wrong with the company or industry,” commented Evolution Securities. It said the retailer had tried many incentives over the past few years, such as double Clubcard points, and discount ranges, to help kick-start its business, “but none of these efforts has created a major improvement in underlying performance”. It added that the retailer needed a new strategic direction.As yet, no information has come to light about possible price restructuring within bakery.last_img read more

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Charge dismissed against professor

first_imgProsecutors dismissed a misdemeanor charge of battery against Stephen Smith, a Notre Dame law professor who was accused of assaulting his son, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune on Wednesday.Smith appeared in court last week, expecting to go to trial on the misdemeanor battery charge, when he learned prosecutors had dismissed the case, the Tribune reported.The case has been in progress for more than three years now. In June of 2011, prosecutors accused Smith of battering his wife, a Class D felony battery charge, the Tribune reported. Later, the state charged him with misdemeanor battery for allegedly fighting with his son when the then 23-year-old reportedly tried to intervene.Later, prosecutors charged Smith with two misdemeanor counts that accused him of violating a protective order which was in place after the allegations, according to the Tribune.In March, the prosecutors ran out of time to bring to trial the felony battery charge involving Smith’s wife, due to Indiana’s two-year statute of limitations. However, the Court of Appeals ordered that the misdemeanor battery charge regarding the alleged assault against his son would stand, the Tribune reported.The case was further delayed by a change in the judge overseeing the case and the son opposing a subpoena to come testify in Indiana, the Tribune reported.In May, a judge acquitted Smith of one of the two invasion of privacy charges he faced in connection with the alleged protective order violation, according to the Tribune.Smith is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for the one invasion of privacy charge that remains.According to the Notre Dame Law website, Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He came to Notre Dame in 2009 and teaches courses on criminal law, criminal adjudication and federal criminal law.Tags: professor, School of Law, Stephen Smith, triallast_img read more

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The Wiz’s Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige & Amber Riley on Witchcraft, Wizardry & Nerves

first_img View Comments For a wizard and two witches, there’s a good amount of pressure when presenting The Wiz to millions of television viewers. Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Amber Riley take on the roles of the Wiz, the wicked Evillene and good witch Addaperle in the December 3 NBC telecast. At a recent press event, the trio opened up about expanding horizons—both for themselves and their audience—and whether Broadway is next in line.“It’s completely terrifying,” admitted Queen Latifah. “I’m so out of any comfort zone that I’ve been in.” While this is the closest the performer has gotten to live theater in her professional career, she’s no stranger to weaving singing and acting after Chicago, Hairspray and Bessie.But any fears are quickly resolved as she remembers the potential impact a live event like this has. “You think about how you see this play and kids are going to be doing these dances…This opens up a world. I hope that it touches someone. Not just someone African American, but anyone who feels like this could be [him or her].”A live theatrical event is also new to Blige: “I’m pulling every acting job I ever had.” But when The Wiz called, she had to accept. “The only reason I’m here is because of The Wiz and what it has done for me as a kid in my neighborhood. That’s why I’m here—so I can give someone else hope.”The musical has had an impact for all three; Queen Latifah even credits Stephanie Mills’ performance on Broadway as what made her want to perform. Riley is no stranger to singing and dancing (including on live TV), but the show makes it personal. “My mom has a special connection to [The Wiz], and now my four-year-old niece is going to sit down and watch.”After getting through the live telecast, Riley’s ready to bring her singing and dancing skills to the Great White Way. “I’ve always wanted to do Broadway,” she said with a grin. “I was locked down for seven years in the Glee vault! It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. And I get to…all shall be revealed soon.”last_img read more

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Landscape Business Class

first_imgA landscape business class is set for Feb. 13 at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin. The class will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Student Learning Center on the UGA Griffin Campus. Experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead the class, which covers the basics of how to get started in the landscape industry. Topics will include developing a budget, creating a business plan, marketing and essential equipment. The class will also cover proper job bidding methods, including software that helps more accurately estimate costs and, subsequently, builds more profit. Current licensing laws, rules and regulations for the landscape industry will also be discussed. Refreshments and lunch are included in the $65 registration fee. Pre-registration is required; call (770) 228-7214.The class is sponsored by the UGA Department of Horticulture and the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture.last_img read more

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Dominican Republic Legislation Seeks More Civilian Control Over Military

first_img Dominican lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to reform the country’s Armed Forces for the first time since the 1960s — transferring the military to a Defense Ministry model with vastly increased civilian involvement. The measure, approved June 26 by the Dominican Senate, would restructure a military that dates back to the regime of President Rafael Trujillo. It’s now under consideration by the Chamber of Deputies, which is the lower house of Congress. Upon taking office in August 2012, President Danilo Medina pledged to reform the military. Barely one year into his four-year term, Medina and members of his ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (Dominican Liberation Party, or PLD) appear poised to do just that. The bill slashes the number of generals from the current 130 to 40 (20 in the Army, 10 in the Navy and 10 in the Air Force), including brigadier-generals and vice-admirals. The reduction — to be completed within six years — pegs the number of generals at one per 1,000 soldiers in order to keep pace with expected increases in the size of the military. Espinosa calls law ‘revolutionary’ At 44,000 active-duty personnel, that makes the Dominican Republic’s armed forces the second-largest in the Caribbean; only Cuba’s military is bigger. “It’s a revolutionary law, in line with times,” said PLD Sen. Orlando Espinosa during debate on the senate floor. “Now, if you speak with 10 citizens on the street, 11 of them are generals.” Even though lawmakers agree that the military has too many generals, Nelson Arroyo, a legislator from the opposition Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (Dominican Revolutionary Party, or PRD), warned of likely opposition to the plan. “There are generals who will resist being forced to retire, and the government should look for ways compensate them,” Arroyo said. Among other things, the bill would require soldiers to serve 28 years before reaching brigadier-general or vice-admiral, and 32 years before becoming a full general or admiral. Proponents of the reform say this measure is necessary in order to institutionalize merit-based promotions. Also, officers would only be eligible for promotion with the “proper advice” of their commanding officers, which would effectively end the practice of politicians and civil servants interfering in military personnel decisions. Promotions, eligibility emerge as key issues The bill also proposes renaming the navy from “Marina de Guerra” to “Armada Dominicana” and the army from “Ejército Nacional” to “Ejército Dominicana.” The air force — known as “Fuerza Aérea Dominicana” — will retain its current name. On the Senate’s official website, a press release said the name changes were necessary to “be in accordance with nomenclature commonly used internationally.” The bill also proposes that the defense minister be appointed to a two-year term that can be extended by a second two-year term at the discretion of the president. At a news conference following the Senate vote, Sen. Adriano Sánchez Roa — the bill’s sponsor and a close ally of President Medina — said lieutenants would only be eligible for promotions after four years, while captains, lieutenant colonels and colonels would be eligible after five years. He added that “all institutional promotions will be made on Feb. 27 of each year.” The reform bill takes aim at the Armed Forces Ministry, which is charged with managing the country’s three military branches. This ministry has been under the control of the military leadership dating back to the Trujillo era, but under the reform it will be transferred into more of a defense ministry model with increased civilian involvement. However, the extent of that growing civilian involvement has yet to be determined. At least one prominent lawmaker, PLD Sen. Julio César Valentín, argued that the 2010 Constitution — which was approved by former President Leonél Fernández — prohibits military officials from serving in ministerial positions. Survey: Reform bill likely to pass Valentín said constitutional language stipulating that ministers and their deputies be able to fully exercise their civil and political rights means members of the military were excluded as they lacked “full political rights.” Because soldiers lack political rights such as the right to vote, he said, they are constitutionally prohibited from serving in a ministerial capacity. Countering Valentín were two other PLD senators, Sonia Mateo and Prim Pujals, who insisted that the Dominican Republic is “not prepared” to have a civilian lead the Armed Forces Ministry. Sánchez Roa, meanwhile, pointed out that many neighboring countries — even those with histories of military dictatorships — have had defense ministries led by civilians for many years. Ultimately, Senate President Reinaldo Pared Pérez, also of the PLD, resolved the issue by proposing to leave it up to President Medina whether to appoint a civilian to be defense minister. Still, as the bill awaits consideration in the lower house — where the PLD also holds a majority — the issue of civilian control of the defense ministry could arise again, say analysts, indicating just how divisive the issue of civil-military relations remains, even within a single party. Although the reform bill awaits final passage, support from the PLD’s party leadership and Medina — whose approval rating of 71 percent makes him one of Latin America’s most popular leaders — makes it ultimate ratification likely, according to an April 2013 poll conducted by Gallup and the Dominican newspaper Hoy. By Dialogo August 09, 2013last_img read more

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Leader of Criminal Group Alias Cristian Grande Captured in Colombia

first_imgBy Colombian Air Force/Edited by Diálogo October 29, 2020 In early October, during a joint and coordinated operation carried out by the Colombian Air Force, the National Army, the National Police, the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI, in Spanish), and the Attorney General’s Office, authorities found and captured Danilo Santos Pantoja, alias Cristian Grande, the main leader of the criminal group Segunda Marquetalia, in the city of Popayán, Cauca department.This action disrupts the command system and criminal actions that threaten the lives and freedom of residents of the Cauca department. This capture also helps reduce attacks, homicides against social leaders, threats against the civil population, and the extortion of businesses in several of Cauca’s municipalities.According to the investigation conducted by the authorities, this individual has taken part in multiple criminal acts since 2016 and was in charge of collecting money from narcotrafficking.last_img read more

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7 components of a complaint management program

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » We live in a day and age where consumers are all too happy to verbalize their complaints. Whether via Amazon reviews, Yelp, or social media posts, consumers have the ability to give their virtual thumbs up or down to let the world know how they feel about a product, service, or business.For financial institutions, it’s particularly important to address consumer complaints. One of the most effective ways to do this is by implementing a comprehensive complaint management program. A complaint management process empowers financial institutions in the following ways:Helps you to prevent member lossAllows you to self-identify and take corrective actionIdentifies opportunities for improvementlast_img read more

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11 tips to effectively facilitate team discussions

first_imgAs our businesses reimagine the way we operate in a socially-distanced society, we’ll be faced with tough conversations and difficult decisions about the best way to move forward. Leaders must equip themselves with as much information as possible, which means listening to your team, members/customers, health experts, regulatory agencies, and more.In order to do this effectively, leadership guru Todd Ordal argues that facilitation is a skill leaders should develop and prioritize.“Successful CEOs need a few God-given traits, some skills and the right behaviors,” Ordal writes. “General intelligence is good. Emotional intelligence is very good. Assertiveness, conscientiousness, communication, decision-making skills, and the ability to properly frame issues make my list when I consider the most successful CEOs I’ve coached.“Facilitation, however, doesn’t often show up on the ‘best skills for CEOs’ lists. Unless CEOs structure a company where people all work independently and make unilateral decisions, they must learn how to facilitate successful team conversations.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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