Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner resigns

first_img× HOBOKEN– According to council documents, Dana Wefer of the Hoboken Housing Authority’s board of commissioners is resigning from her post.“This letter is to inform you that I am resigning from my position as a commissioner of the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) because my family is planning to move from Hoboken in the near future,” Wefer said in an email to Council President Jen Giattino.The seven-member board of commissioners oversees 1,353 units of low-income and senior citizen public housing on the west side of Hoboken. The HHA is partly funded by subsidies from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.“I will continue serving until the next Housing Authority meeting on July 13th, but I think the interests of the housing authority would be best served if a new commissioner were appointed to begin their service at this meeting,” she wrote.Wefer was appointed to the board in 2014 by the Hoboken City Council. Her five-year term is not due to expire until May of 2018.“You may know that the HHA is already short one board member because the DCA [Department of Community Affairs] has not yet appointed someone to take the place of former commissioner Judith Burrell. As such, it is vital that my seat be filled expeditiously to ensure that the HHA board is able to continue the work it is doing to lift the authority out of troubled status and improve housing for its residents.”In an interview Wefer said that she and her family have decided to move because they live in a one-bedroom apartment with a toddler and can’t afford a two bedroom in Hoboken.According to Wefer they haven’t decided where to move yet but are looking in both Bergen and Essex counties.Wefer said she is most proud of the board’s hire of HHA’s Executive Director Marc Recko.“I think bringing Marc Recko on as executive director is everything,” said Wefer. “He is so knowledgeable and transparent. … He has worked closely with the board, and he has over 30 years of experience. He is what the residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority deserve.”Wefer, a 10-year hoboken resident, said she will miss the residents and the connections she has made.To her replacement she said, “My advice is to remember that your duty is to the Hoboken Housing Authority and its residents. You are charged with its oversight, and you cant be afraid to ask tough questions.”“Just dont make it political,” Wefer added, explaining that her replacement should not lose sight of the people they will be helping.To the council which will appoint Wefer’s replacement based on applications they have on file and will receive from residents, she said, “I hope they select someone with a finance background, as we don’t have anyone with those skills to ask those questions.”“The process is that, once we get word that she is vacating her seat, we usually determine exactly what date the seat will be open; look at the current roster of applicants at the City Clerk’s office, and pick among them; or if none of the current applicants are satisfactory, we try to recruit residents to apply for the position, so we can appoint a good and qualified person to the position,” said Councilman Ravi Bhalla in an interview in March about the process.The City Clerk keeps these applications for two years. Applications can be found at the City Clerk’s office and online. Any Hoboken resident can apply.To download an application to serve on any of Hoboken’s municipal boards go to http://hobokennj.gov/boards/.last_img read more

At the show…

first_imgDCA Kerry will be showcasing the exciting new Sanomat fresh cream machine, which has the dual innovations of being a self-creaming system as well as being self-cleaning. “It basically aerates fresh cream and does away with manual, open-bowl mixing,” explains Robert Forster of Kerry. “Historically, cream machines have tended to be a bit complex in terms of cleaning and disassembly. With this, you just press a button and it cleans itself. That means it’s got applications from traditional bakery right through to coffee shops where fresh cream is being used.”If you’re looking to develop or change the packaging you use, then bakery packaging specialists Reynards will be on hand to guide you through the options. “We’re looking to get new and existing customers on to our stand to show them our new products and how they can use them in their businesses,” says Reynards’ Ian Bennett. On its stand, Reynards will be launching new cardboard pack sandwich containers, as well as promoting its catering packaging such as coffee cups. “Everybody is trying to make cost savings right now, so we’ll be exploring the alternative packaging options available to visitors,” he says. “We’ll also have sustainable and environmental packaging on show and we’ll be looking to promote that.”Bakery Conservation Systems will be on site, showcasing the benefits of its retarder/provers, blast freezers and refrigeration. UK manager Richard Lyon says, “Some of our equipment is big, so it would be daunting to bring it all to the show. Instead, we’ll be able to talk through what we do and what we’re all about. I’ll be presenting what we can offer bakers with regard to retarder/provers, freezers, blast freezers and cabinets – all tailored for the craft bakery market, so it’s well worth coming along to have a look.”Renshaw’s Nicola Hemming says the cake decoration ingredients expert will be displaying novelty designs with commercial, eye-catching appeal, and incorporating Renshaw’s Regalice and marzipan. “There will also be sweet treats, free sampling of marzipan and luxury chocolate sugarpaste available on our stand,” she adds.Visitors to the fair will get a free cake and tea or coffee, courtesy of refreshment sponsor Dawn Foods, which will showcase lines from its Adore and Sweet Bakery Snacks ranges. “This is a great regional event, as decision- makers visit the show to make their final buying decisions for 2009 and we are making sure that everyone who attends is refreshed and ready to do business,” said Dave Roberts, Dawn Foods’ national accounts controller UK. “With tea or coffee and one of our sweet bakery products, visitors can take time to recharge and plan their day.”Rank Hovis will be sponsors of the Bakers’ Fair North stage area, which, this year, will include HR advice from a top lawyer, plus live bakery and sandwich-making demonstrations (see below).As well as offering a wealth of valuable business advice, the stage will also host the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s annual prize-giving, following the competition held during the fair. Furthermore, you can pop along to the Rank Hovis stand to speak to representatives about its extensive range of flours and the latest products and applications, as well as gleaning advice on harvest and pricing.California Raisins will be demonstrating the many bakery applications of raisins and raisin products. A spokesperson says, “Relatively new and unknown, raisin paste or juice concentrate made solely from 100% natural California Raisins, will not only add flavour, colour and texture, but can also significantly extend shelf-life to various baked products.”Jiffy will be showcasing its range of food and snack delivery trucks. Its latest model, the Jiffy Mezze truck, will be on display outside the main hall. The truck has an increased stock-holding capacity and has all the latest, improved LED illumination, with additional safety and security.Make sure you drop by British Baker’s stand to be in with a chance to win a mini TV. Legal buff Ray Silverstein will also be on hand, after leaving the stage, to give visitors advice on aspects of employment. There will also be a special subscription offer available on the day, so be sure to ask a member of the team for details.—-=== THE VENUE ===Don Valley Stadium offers a variety of function spaces and team-building areas indoors and out, together with a variety of seminar rooms. Ample free car parking, good accessibility for other parts of the UK, and excellent motorway access, make it an ideal venue for access.== By Car ==Leave the M1 motorway at junction 34 (Sheffield Meadowhall). At the roundabout follow signs A6178 city centre & Attercliffe. Go past Meadowhall shopping centre on your right. Keep straight on this road. Pick up local signs to Attercliffe & Don Valley Stadium and Sheffield Arena. Go past the stadium to traffic lights and turn left. The VIP entrance and stadium car park is the second road on the left. Reception areas are located at both ’C’ & ’K’ doors.== By Bus ==A large number of bus routes serve the stadium from the Sheffield Transport Interchange. Route numbers include: 2, 69, 130, 287.== By Tram ==Sheffield’s multi-million pound light rail system has a dedicated stop within 100 metres of the stadium. Trams connect to the stadium from various locations in the city, including the city centre & Meadowhall.Don Valley Stadium, Main Reception (C) DoorWorksop Road, SheffieldSouth Yorkshire S9 3TL[http://www.donvalleystadium.co.uk]—-=== THE STAGE AREA, ===supported by Rank Hovis, will show you how to take your sandwich trade to the next level. Mark Owen of food ingredients experts Leathams will demonstrate how to boost sales for mornings, lunchtime and beyond, using innovative ideas and ingredients. BB columnist Wayne Caddy and baker Richard North will also be on hand to demonstrate how to make a wheat-sheaf, as well as answering your baking questions. Any legal queries? Then ask BB’s employment expert Ray Silverstein, who will be on hand to offer free advice.last_img read more

Gold Coast homeowners behind a surge in renovations across Queensland

first_imgKyle and Kimberley Bate, with son Lennox, have put their newly renovated property at 48 Broad St, Labrador on the market. Photo by Richard GoslingWHETHER it’s to sell or improve value, Gold Coast homeowners are behind a surge in renovations across the state.Spending on renovations in the city hit almost $155 million in the year to June, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Kyle and Kimberley Bate, with son Lennox, bought a rundown house at Labrador in 2013 with plans to renovate and extend. They’ve turned it into a seriously cool house, which they’ve recently listed on the market. Photo by Richard GoslingSurfers Paradise recorded the highest value at $14,773,600 followed by Southport ($11,614,600) and Nerang ($10,322,300).Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell expected the figures to steadily rise, with remodelling activity in the state “very strong’’.As well as the ABS figures, Mr Bidwell said Queensland Building and Construction Commission data also showed it was already on the up.“Those numbers have been really steadily increasing,’’ he said. Kyle and Kimberley Bate have put their renovated home at 48 Broad St, Labrador on the market. Photo by Richard GoslingKyle and Kimberley Bate bought a rundown Labrador home in 2011 with the intention of renovating.“It was pretty well unliveable,” said Mr Bate, who runs ECP Constructions.Mr Bate called on the help of a friends’ mother Sandra Smedley, who runs her own building and design company, to draw up a design while he and another carpenter undertook the work. Gold Coast mansion fetches $5 million in secret sale Thinking of renovating? Homeowners are encouraged to make sure those carrying out the work were licenced.Mr Bidwell encouraged homeowners keen to renovate to make sure those carrying out the work were licenced and get a few quotes to determine whether cost expectations were realistic.“In a very busy market, if you don’t shop around, you are doing yourself a disservice,’’ he said.According to Archicentre figures, renovations with no structural upgrades cost between $700 and $2800 per square metre. Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Mitchell Lambert, who is marketing the Labrador property, said he had noticed more homeowners taking on DIY renovations.“You get the tax benefits if you’re in the trade or you’re handy,” he said. “Not only is it an exciting project, you can treat it as a job if you’re good enough at it.”He said Australia had developed a good renovating culture off the back of reality TV shows like The Block.“It’s a really good way to build equity,” he said.“It’s come down to a question now of ‘when will it become unfeasible to renovate compared to building a new one?’” He said it was a tough job but it was worth it.“Connecting the old and the new, it just worked,” he said. The couple have reluctantly listed it on the market so they can renovate another property closer to the beach, where they plan to stay with their young son, Lennox.“Looking around, I keep having tiny little regrets that we’re selling,” he said.“We love it but just wanted to get closer to the beach.“We’re about to do the same thing, we just bought one in Mermaid Beach.” It seems we like renovating more after watching reality TV shows like The Block. Pictured is Scott Cam for the 2018 season of The Block. Picture: Channel 9 48 Broad St, Labrador.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Koko set to rise in Broadbeach 48 Broad St, Labrador- after an epic renovation. Make a splash at 48 Broad St, Labrador. 48 Broad St, Labrador is on the market.last_img read more

Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet!

first_imgA lucky Donegal punter has won close to €6,000 from an absolutely ridiculous football bet.The canny gambler placed a €20 bet in a Boylesports shop in the county last July.And this week his bet paid off with his seven selections ranging from Scottish League Two to the Dutch Eredivise. Firstly, they correctly predicted that Ross County (5/2) and Peterhead (6/4) would win the Scottish Championship and League Two respectively.A top 6 finish for Barnsley in League One (Evens), and a top 7 finish for MK Dons in League Two (4/6) also landed, as did Bolton’s relegation from the Championship (4/5).West Ham’s final day victory over Watford saw them pinch a top 10 finish in the Premier League by a whisker at 11/10 to leave the wager one leg away from the jackpot.They only needed Ajax to secure a point from their final game in the Dutch league to land the money, and despite a wobble before half-time, the Amsterdam side ran out 4-1 winners against Graafschap to win the league title and trigger the champagne popping in Donegal. With all seven predictions coming true, the punter won an eye-catching total of €5,788.13.Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Congratulations to our Donegal customer for scooping such a tidy amount from selections that didn’t even look that unlikely in retrospect.“They had to sit on the bet over the whole season, but the wait proved well worth it and their patience has paid off in the best way possible.”Donegal gambler scoops €6,000 on spectacular €20 bet! was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:betBoylesportdonegalsoccerlast_img read more

Mosquitoes Developed a Taste for Human Blood Recently

first_img(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An experiment with disease-carrying mosquitoes in Africa showed a surprising result: they switched to human blood just thousands of years ago.The photo in Science Magazine’s article about mosquito evolution is ready for a horror movie: a close-up of an adult mosquito emerging from its watery nursery.  Even if they won’t attack Manhattan, these small creatures often carry smaller, yet no less deadly, weapons: agents for dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya.  Why do they suck human blood? Elizabeth Pennisi writes about research at Rockefeller and Princeton Universities that shows a recent switch by one variety, Aedes aegypti aegypti, from its close cousin, A. aegypti formosus.  The latter variety bit guinea pigs in the lab, but showed no attraction to humans; the former was the reverse.  One particular gene named Or4 differed between them.  A press release from Rockefeller explains how they isolated the scent that the disease-carrying mosquitoes preferred:The researchers guessed that Or4 must be detecting some aroma in human body odor. To figure out which one, they asked volunteers to wear pantyhose for 24 hours. And then they placed those stinky stockings in a machine designed to separate their scent into the hundreds of individual chemicals that make up body odor. The researchers came up with one match, a chemical called sulcatone that was not found in pantyhose worn by guinea pigs.Humans have a lot of sulcatone, but guinea pigs do not.  It appears that a variant in the Or4 gene caused the mosquitoes to be attracted to sulcatone.  When did this occur?The switch from preferring animals to humans involves a variety of behavior adjustments: Mosquitoes had to become comfortable living around humans, entering their homes, breeding in clean water found in water jugs instead of the muddy water found in tree holes. “There’s a whole suite of things that mosquitoes have to change about their lifestyle to live around humans,” Vosshall says. “This paper provides the first genetic insight into what happened thousands of years ago when some mosquitoes made this switch.”Another insight into mosquito attraction to odors is found in a PNAS paper, where researchers tried to figure out why DEET works as a repellant.We have discovered an odorant receptor in the southern house mosquito, which is essential for repellency, thus unravelling how DEET works. Additionally, we have identified a link between this synthetic repellent and methyl jasmonate, thus suggesting that DEET might work by mimicking defensive compound(s) from plants.More knowledge about the chemicals that attract and repel mosquitoes can lead to better repellants.Pennisi started with an interesting fact: “Out of the millions of species of insects, only about a hundred suck human blood.”Olfactory organs in animals are tremendously complex.  Individual olfactory receptors on the cilia of olfactory neurons have to be able to fit a wide variety of chemicals.  Genes control which olfactory receptors are produced in the olfactory neurons.  It is certainly conceivable that slight changes in the “lock and key fit” of odorants to receptors can cause changes in the sensitivity of the animal to other organisms.  Changes in sensitivity could lead to changes in pre-existing behavioral responses.This story points out that the curse on creation in Genesis 3 did not necessarily have to involve complete overhauls of plants and animals, but at least in some cases, slight changes to existing structures and functions.  Mosquito mouthparts are very complex.  It is hard not to imagine them as designed.  What we see here is that they could have been designed to work in the ecology in a beneficial way, perhaps with non-human targets that would not be harmed.  As diseases began to develop, they could be carried by these miniature flying robots.  When a mutation altered existing structures and functions to aim at odorants humans produce in abundance, another aspect of the curse came on with a vengeance.  The scientists did not say how many thousands of years ago this happened; we don’t know (probably on one knows), but it’s conceivable it was since the time Adam and Eve left Eden.last_img read more

Video: ‘Thank you, South Africa’ – Proteas captain AB de Villiers

first_img“To the people of South Africa, and everyone who supported us in this World Cup: thank you very much for your support.” Watch Proteas captain AB de Villiers, on behalf of the entire team, thank the fans after the national squad bowed out of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.“We come back as a proud team, and we hope we did you, as a nation, proud.”last_img

Interview The Vision of Essar Ports

first_imgSalayaAt the beginning of this year, Essar Group announced an investment worth USD 500 million in existing and new projects. The investment was assigned to Salaya Terminal, Vizag Terminal and the expansion of Hazira Terminal by another 1,100 m with mechanization.According to the port developer, the investment in its Salaya and Vizag terminal projects, both fully automated, has the potential to increase its revenues by 30 pct in the fiscal year 2018-19 on the back of third-party cargo growth.“Our recently commissioned 20-million-ton dry bulk terminal at Salaya is the first deep-draft terminal in the Saurashtra region, and has been designed to berth Capesize vessels with a vessel turnaround time of less than two days, thus offering a competitive advantage to the local industry for both exports and imports. The facility has already started catering to major industries of the region,” Agarwal said.Furthermore, the company has completed a USD 128 million expansion project at the Vizag Terminal, which almost doubled the terminal’s capacity totaling in 24 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA).The commissioning of an 8,000 TPH ship loader, resulted in cargo handling rate ranging between 70,000 to 120,000 tons per day (TPD), depending on the size of a ship, Agarwal noted.“This project has been undertaken in synchronization with operations, and the facility is already handling close to 10 million tons in a year. The performance is further expected to improve with enhanced operational parameters,” he pointed out.Presently, the overall port capacity of the group is 90 MMTPA, however, post completion of the Hazira expansion, the overall port capacity will increase to 110 MMTPA.                                            Vizag Terminal, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh“Our state-of-the-art Hazira port terminal is strategically located within the industrial belt of Gujarat and has access to North India hinterland. As part of the capacity expansion project, cargo handling capability is being increased by additional 1,100 m waterfront in addition to existing 550 m waterfront. Of the 1,100 m waterfront, 600 m waterfront has been completed and balance works are underway along with mechanization. The facility caters to the Essar’s Hazira complex which houses steel, power and heavy engineering industry along with the other requirements of the region and trade. It has the capability to handle dry bulk, unit cargo, general cargo and liquid cargo,” he said.What is more, Essar Ports also plans to develop an LNG regasification facility in Hazira, in the west coast, and Haldia in the east coast of India.Internationally, Essar Ports has set sights on developing a coal terminal in Mozambique under a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique inked last year.The terminal will have a nameplate capacity of 20 MMTPA and will be developed in two stages.“Mozambique has significant coal resources, mainly coking coal, which makes our project more interesting. Through this project, we aim to provide a credible end-to-end solution to the miners in Mozambique. The first phase is expected to have an investment of close to over USD 250 million over two years. The facility will be able to berth Supramax vessels and will provide the mechanized efficient operations in Beira Port. The project will entail rail reception facility, storage and loading of cargo on to the ship through mechanized means. The second phase of development will be undertaken post stabilization of Phase 1 of the project,” Agarwal said.Essar invested over USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilitiesSpeaking of Essar Ports key strategic objectives, Agarwal pointed to the completion of existing expansion projects within timelines and budget, as well as the increase in the share of third-party cargo to more than 40 pct of the total cargo handling portfolio.The terminal operator is also targeting an increase in overall cargo handling at the existing port facilities to a similar growth rate of 22 pct y-o-y as of the fiscal year 2018 and boosting profitability and return on capital employed.For the nine months ended December 31, 2017, the company registered a 16 percent cargo growth overall, compared to the same period last year.For the full year, the numbers depict a promising picture as well.“We expect that for FY 18 our traffic handling will be more than 36 million tons, registering a growth of 22 pct y-o-y with third-party traffic growing by more than 73 pct y-o-y,” he said.The fiscal year has also seen divestment of Vadinar Oil Terminal Facility (VOTL) for USD 2 billion, which has reduced the company’s cargo handling portfolio to dry bulk and general cargo.“The growth of this segment will be in line with the growth of the underlying business of steel, cement and power. With consumer demand being robust, these underlying business will have substantial growth in the coming year thereby increasing cargo volume to be handled at the port,” Agarwal continued.Essar Ports’ CEO stressed that mechanization and automation remain the key priority in its business.“Our vision of technology is that of an enabler for better customer service, low cost of operations, improved efficiencies, environmentally conscious/eco-friendly operations and better controls,” he pointed out.“Modern ports, in addition to features like the deep draft and sufficient storage space, need to have a high level of mechanization and automation to handle bigger ships to achieve economies of scale and faster turnaround of vessels.”Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports Hazira Port, IndiaVolumes at Indian cargo ports have been on a growth trajectory over the past decade, with a 5.7 pct compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in traffic recorded during the 2007-2017 period.The major ports in India handled 499.41 million tons of cargo during the period from April to December 2017, marking a growth of 3.64 pct year-on-year.The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port, followed by Paradip, Kolkata, New Mangalore and JNPT, data from India’s Ministry of Shipping shows.However, there are numerous challenges for the country’s ports moving ahead.Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director of Essar Ports“Projects in India are prone to higher implementation risk in terms of high financing cost, commodity risk, non-flexibility in contracts, delay in securing various approvals, land acquisition issues and issues in hinterland connectivity for evacuation of cargo. This has led to a reduced interest of private sector participation in recent years,” Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director of Essar Ports, one of the largest private port developers and operators in India, said in an interview with World Maritime News.Agarwal explained that it is necessary to equitably share risks in order to spur the growth in the port sector, boost investor confidence and private sector investment. Furthermore, it is necessary to modernize facilities and expedite the decision-making process.For this to become a reality it is required to ensure access to low cost and long-term funding solutions for the infrastructure sector, simplify approval process and provide flexibility to concessionaires under contracts, Agarwal added.Other issues that need to be addressed are a tax exemption for import of capital equipment for development, flexibility with the Concessioning Authority when dealing with various contracts under stress along with reservation of land for port and connectivity projects and simplifying land acquisition process, he continued.last_img read more

Search ends for Rankin hunter

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe search for a missing Rankin Inlet hunter has been called off after he walked into the community late Tuesday evening.The man had left Whale Cover for Rankin Inlet on his snowmobile Monday afternoon, but did not arrive at the expected time. The trip usually takes three hours.Searchers from both communities were looking for the 46 year-old man whose name was not released.He is believed to have been travelling with a sled and hunting supplies.last_img