Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From The Christian Post Wondering why you began seeing Easter eggs on the shelves so early this year?While most people know that Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, the foundation of the Christian faith, few are aware of how its date is determined.In the last 20 years, Easter has fallen in the month of March only five times. The last time Easter was on March 27 – like this year – was in 2005. In 2008, it was even earlier, on March 23.According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified around the time of the Jewish Passover, which celebrates the Israelite exodus from Egypt and falls on the first full moon following the vernal equinox, or the spring day when night and day are exactly the same length. And since the Hebrew calendar is based on both solar and lunar cycles, the date of Passover changes each year.Lutz Doering, a reader in New Testament and an expert in calendars and festivals from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, tells BBC, “According to the New Testament, Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday. However, it is unclear on what day or date the earliest Christians celebrated Easter.”Then how is its date decided? Numerous methods were adopted by various groups and denominations to determine the date.But the First Council of Nicaea, a gathering of bishops that met in 325 A.D., stipulated that Easter should always be celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, or the first full moon of the spring equinox, which was later fixed at March 21.Read more at: Christian Post TAGSEaster Previous articleCaring for ConcussionsNext articlePolice Report: 16-year-old Shooter was 15-year-old Victim’s Boyfriend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/533906/pobble-house-guy-hollaway-architects Clipboard Photographs Houses Pobble House / Guy Hollaway ArchitectsSave this projectSavePobble House / Guy Hollaway Architects Year: “COPY” “COPY” photographs: Charles HoseaPhotographs: Charles HoseaSave this picture!© Charles HoseaRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodLunawoodThermowood Facades‘Pobble House’ takes its name from an old Kentish word for pebble and is located within the Dungeness Estate, a stark and open headland on the Kent & Sussex coast that is home to Europe’s largest expanse of shingle, classifying it as Britain’s only desert. The area is home to a vast array of wildlife and plant species. As a result of this Dungeness is recognized as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserve, Conservation and Special landscape Area. It is home to a historically strong fishing community that inhabit a number of small weathered huts which are scattered along its shores. A miniature railway, introduced in 1927, runs alongside the site to the Romney Marshes train station. It is this unique character that has, and continues to appeal to people who are drawn to the site as a place to escape to. Along with washed up silvered timber, stranded objects line the beaches, in particular rusting metal debris. Derek Jarman famously transformed these beached objects into extraordinary pieces of art in the celebrated garden of his Prospect Cottage. The presence of Jarman’s cottage and garden contributes toward the growing architectural legacy of the area, fronted by Living Architecture’s Shingle House and Simon Condor Architect’s Rubber House. The site is dominated by the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, the robust materiality and form of which contrasts to the natural surroundings. Two lighthouses form prominent features in the otherwise flat landscape. At night the active lighthouse floods the site with light in quick intervals, whilst glows from the two power station’s shimmer in the distance. Save this picture!© Charles HoseaOwing to the sites significance, local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original. The design response from GHA to the clients brief was to create an architecture that understands ‘place’. To this end a material palette was chosen that would enhance with age, inspired by Dungeness. Whilst being designed to an incredibly tight budget of under £250,000, the building has a very high quality and robust nature to withstand the harsh climate.Save this picture!© Charles HoseaTo reduce the buildings impact on the natural shingle, it sits on a series of pad foundations which elevates the house off the beach, suspended by half a metre. The timber frame construction is sealed by a rubber waterproofing layer that acts as a whole house gutter, allowing the rain to fall through the batten over-cladding and down the building. The three modules of the building are each enveloped in separate materials, a Core-ten steel mesh, Larch and robust cement fibre board that will each act as rain-shields. The building is extremely durable, an important aspect considering the harsh climate and exposed setting. The exposure will cause the larch and core-ten to weather silver and red respectively, an echo to the natural landscape. The building has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible. An air pressure test was carried out for which the building scored 3.4, well under SAP calculation compliance. Due to the absence of gas in the area, high efficiency photovoltaic roof panels with a 2.64kW peak have been installed on the flat roof module to generate additional electricity for the home and underfloor heating.Save this picture!© Charles HoseaSave this picture!© Charles HoseaThe new home is an intimate retreat that can sleep two families with three children each. It is comprised of three simple forms taken from the original dwelling. The entrance to the building is low key and protected from the harsh conditions. At its southern most section a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area form the heart of the home whilst a log burner, a combination of large format glazing and picture windows giving almost panoramic views over the spectacular site.Save this picture!© Charles HoseaThe corner of the living area is a cantilevered structure and the glazed sliding doors can be hidden within concealed wall pockets, creating an extension of living space. This allows for shelter depending on the direction of the prevailing wind or a completely open corner during good weather. What was once a disconnected garage is now a sleeper carriage-style children’s bunk bed compartment connected by a bridged glazed walkway, turning the three forms into one entity, much like the silhouette of the power stations. A corridor runs the buildings length, acting as an axis for the rest of the house using the landscape and landmarks as reference points, aligning perfectly with the lighthouse. A long horizontal window frames the Dungeness Power Station in a dramatic panoramic frame at seat-level in the dining area. ‘Pobble House’ forms a beautifully crafted home which seeks to continue Dungeness’s curious architectural legacy and has delivered an exceptionally high quality family retreat for our client and their growing family.Project gallerySee allShow lessB-AND-BEE Introduces Honeycomb Campsites for FestivalsArchitecture NewsHeydar Aliyev International Airport Baku / AutobanSelected Projects Share 2013 Save this picture!© Charles Hosea+ 17 Share 2013 CopyHouses•Hamstreet, United Kingdom ArchDaily Architects: Guy Hollaway Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Pobble House / Guy Hollaway Architects United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/533906/pobble-house-guy-hollaway-architects Clipboard Year: CopyAbout this officeGuy Hollaway ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHamstreetHousesUnited KingdomPublished on August 06, 2014Cite: “Pobble House / Guy Hollaway Architects” 06 Aug 2014. 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Melanie May | 9 May 2018 | News Government announces £28m Life Chances funding for children & young people 170 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 169 total views, 1 views today The government has pledged £28m in funding for projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people as part of the second round of its £80 million Life Chances Fund.Ten projects are in line for the funding, all with a focus on helping young people into employment by providing education and training, reducing the number of days young people spend in care, and helping vulnerable children prepare for school.The projects are Social Impact Bonds, meaning social investors are providing them with up front funding, and will be reimbursed by the government only when projects meet agreed results.Local authorities have already agreed to provide a combined £83 million to the successful projects, and this funding will be additional.Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, said:“The Life Chances Fund is helping transform lives across the country and I am looking forward to seeing how these fantastic projects use this funding to benefit children and young people, teaching them valuable life skills.”Three of the beneficiaries are Sheffield City Council, Harrow Council, and Think Forward.Sheffield City Council will receive £19,294,766, the largest amount of money from the Life Chances fund. It will set up local projects to help tackle a range of issues from mental health and wellbeing to homelessness and youth unemployment.Harrow Council will be given £1,895,000 for a programme that offers 24/7 accessibility to support for young people to help them plan, coordinate and accelerate progress towards their goals. It will target vulnerable young people aged between 10 and 18, in care and outside.Think Forward will be granted £683,620 to implement its Move Forward programme which supports young people aged 14-25 with mild to moderate learning disabilities to develop the aspirations, qualifications and skills they need to realise their potential and gain paid employment.The Life Chances Fund is being delivered on behalf of DCMS by the Big Lottery Fund. The Fund launched in July 2016 with the objective of tackling entrenched social issues and helping those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives.It is structured around six key themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children’s services, early years, young people, older people’s services, and healthy lives. To date, a total of £45,152,177 of Life Chances Fund money has been committed across 20 projects, with more funding to be announced in the summer. Advertisement Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Funding Youth About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18
IndonesiaAsia – Pacific August 12, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Organisation August 3, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist William Nessen freed American journalist William Nessen was freed on 3 August, a day after beingsentenced to a month and six days in prison for breaking immigration rules. He was released because he had already been detained longer than theperiod of the sentence.__________________________________________________________Prosecutor calls for jail sentenceProsecutor Efdal Effendi called on 30 July for a two-month prison sentence for US journalist William Nessen, who was arrested on 24 June. He accused him of not presenting his passport and visa to the authorities, not having a press card issued by the foreign ministry and of not reporting to army officials when he entered Aceh. Charges that could have brought a five-year jail sentence were dropped. Nessen said he had lost his passport during the army-rebel fighting. “I write what actually happens, and what I see and regard as the truth. I cover both sides,” he told the judge.________________________________________________________________Trial of journalist William Nessen opens23.07.2003Freelance US journalist William Nessen went on trial today in Banda Aceh accused of having “misused his entry visa.” Prosecution witnesses, including an immigration officer, said Nessen, who has been held for nearly a month, entered Aceh province on a valid visa but had then engaged in “illegal journalistic activity.” He faces a maximum of five years in prison, after reporting on the Indonesian army’s drive against the pro-independence Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebel forces. The army has prevented all Indonesian and foreign journalists from covering the fighting, except for those “embedded” with government forces. About 500 people are thought to have been killed in conflict since 19 May._____________________________________________________________________Japanese photographer expelled from Aceh provinceAfter being held for two days in Aceh province, Japanese photographer Tadatomo Takagi was escorted by immigration officials to Medan in neighbouring North Sumatra province on 28 June. He was arrested on 26 June in Aceh while photographing refugees fleeing from a clash between soldiers and rebels. The Japanese embassy in Jakarta said he was just an amateur photographer who had not heard about the state of emergency in Aceh. Meanwhile, American freelance journalist William Nessen, arrested on 24 June for “violating immigration laws”and suspected by the authorities of spying, is still detained and is still being questioned by police in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.————————————-Two foreign reporters detained in Aceh06.27.2003Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) voiced concern about a decree issued today reinforcing restrictions on foreign journalists in the province of Aceh and about the arrests of a Japanese photographer and an American reporter in the past four days for trying to independently cover the army’s offensive against the rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).”The Indonesian army is gradually imposing a news blackout on the situation in Aceh,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The unwarranted arrests of foreign journalists and the adoption of a new decree targeting the international press shows to what degree the military authorities fear independent reporting different from what we are getting from the few journalists embedded with the troops,” said Ménard.The organisation said the two journalists were just exercising their right to inform international public opinion on the situation in Aceh, and appealed for their release. It also called for the repeal of the restrictions on coverage of the fighting, introduced under martial law provisions proclaimed in Aceh on 19 May.There were conflicting reports about the Japanese photographer arrested yesterday. The Associated Press quoted an army officer as saying Tadatomo Takagi, 25, was arrested in the north of Aceh because he was working without permission. But Agence France-Presse identified him by the surname of Takashi and said he was arrested in the south of Aceh.American journalist William Nessen is detained by police in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, since 24 June. He has been accused of “violating immigration laws” and “abusing his journalist’s visa.” Police yesterday rejected a request for his release filed by his lawyer, although he is in a weak condition. He had been reporting the army’s offensive from alongside the GAM rebels for the past month. His current arrest warrant is valid until 11 July and he faces up to five years in prison.The martial law provisions in force since 19 May already banned journalists from working alongside rebels accused of “terrorism”. But these were stepped up in yesterday’s decree and henceforth foreign journalists must remain within the province’s main cities unless accompanied by the security forces. Any journalist violating the restriction will be expelled from the province within 24 hours. Col. Ditya Sudarsono said the aim was to protect journalists, not obstruct their work.Since 24 June, foreign journalists have had to get special permission from the foreign ministry in order to cover the fighting in Aceh. At least one journalist has been killed since martial law was introduced in the province, at least five have been arrested and at least 20 have been physically attacked or targeted by gunfire. 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Benthic foraminifera Mg/Ca is a well-established bottom water temperature (BWT) proxy used in paleoclimate studies. The relationship between Mg/Ca and BWT for numerous species has been determined using core-top and culturing studies. However, the scarcity of calcareous microfossils in Antarctic shelf sediments and poorly defined calibrations at low temperatures has limited the use of the foraminiferal Mg/Ca paleothermometer in ice proximal Antarctic sediments. Here we present paired ocean temperature and modern benthic foraminifera Mg/Ca data for three species, Trifarina angulosa, Bulimina aculeata, and Globocassidulina subglobosa, but with a particular focus on Trifarina angulosa. The core-top data from several Antarctic sectors span a BWT range of −1.7 to +1.2 °C and constrain the relationship between Mg/Ca and cold temperatures. We compare our results to published lower-latitude core-top data for species in the same or related genera, and in the case of Trifarina angulosa, produce a regional calibration. The resulting regional equation for Trifarina angulosa is Temperature (°C) = (Mg/Ca −1.14 ± 0.035)/0.069 ± 0.033). Addition of our Trifarina angulosa data to the previously published Uvigerina spp. dataset provides an alternative global calibration, although some data points appear to be offset from this relationship and are discussed. Mg-temperature relationships for Bulimina aculeata and Globocassidulina subglobosa are also combined with previously published data to produce calibration equations of Temperature (°C) = (Mg/Ca-1.04 ± 0.07)/0.099 ± 0.01 and Temperature (°C) = (Mg/Ca-0.99 ± 0.03)/0.087 ± 0.01, respectively. These refined calibrations highlight the potential utility of benthic foraminifera Mg/Ca-paleothermometry for reconstructing past BWT in Antarctic margin settings.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir takes over The Nottingham building society’s agency business previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir takes over The Nottingham building society’s agency businessBelvoir Group CEO, Dorian Gonsalves, announces strategic alliance with Belvoir franchisees taking over 11 of the building society’s agencies.Richard Reed9th July 202002,636 Views The Nottingham has today announced plans to axe its own estate agency business and enter into a strategic alliance with Belvoir Group to run its estate agency and lettings services through Belvoir’s established network of franchisees.Under the new agreement, the vast majority of The Nottingham’s estate agency and lettings activity will transfer over to the Belvoir Group, with The Nottingham ceasing trading for new estate agency and lettings operations at the end of August.Belvoir franchisees will take a presence in up to 11 of The Nottingham’s branches, working together in Nottingham, Leicester and Cambridgeshire.The move will result in the closure of three standalone estate agency branches and three combined building society and estate agency branches which are more focused on estate agency at the end of July, as well as affecting a number of field-based and central support roles.Branch closuresThe branches set to be axed are Enderby, Syston, Western Park, Market Harborough, Chatteris and Wisbech. There are also plans to merge a small number of branches, primarily in locations where there is a very close concentration of locations.The society is proposing to take its branch network to 48 with the merger of eight branches that have a partner branch in close proximity and where current branch presence is high. Those are: Wollaton Park, Firth Park, Carlton Hill, Groby, Netherfield, Sherwood, Ruddington and Harpenden. The society is also proposing to close its Huntingdon branch as there isn’t a suitable local branch for it to merge with.The Nottingham has assured its members that where a branch closure is taking place, the nearest replacement building society branch that services will be merged with will be no more than five miles away.The tie-up with Belvoir means its franchisees, trading under the Belvoir, Northwood, Newton Fallowell and Lovelle brands, will have the opportunity to operate from branches across the building society’s network.The partnership could, in time, also enable the Nottingham to extend its reach, creating a presence for building society services, through Belvoir offices in locations it doesn’t operate in today.SustainabilityDavid Marlow, CEO of The Nottingham, said: “After great consideration, we believe the model in our members’ best interest and for the long term success and sustainability of the society is to deliver an estate agency and lettings proposition through an expert partner.“We already successfully use this approach for a number of services delivered to members and the strategic alliance we are undertaking with the Belvoir Group not only provides a continuation of service to the majority of our members, but brings greater opportunities to work closely together to boost the reach of our combined national networks.“Whilst the transfer of our operations to the Belvoir Group marks the end of an era of us being our own estate agency, we’re confident it’s a positive move for the society and our members.”Strategic allianceDorian Gonsalves, CEO of the Belvoir Group, added: “This strategic alliance represents an exciting and mutually beneficial opportunity for both the Belvoir Group and The Nottingham, and is expected to pave the way for further joint initiatives in the future.“This strategic alliance allows our group brands, to provide all Nottingham members with a seamless estate agency service, either from our shared or stand-alone locations throughout the UK. This alliance also enables our franchisees to open in new locations, further increasing the Group’s footprint.“Franchisees within the Belvoir Group will have an opportunity to offer The Nottingham’s members high quality estate agency services, either from existing building society branches or from Belvoir’s stand-alone offices throughout the UK.“In the first instance this opportunity will be extended to a number of our franchisees to increase their footprint by taking a presence in up to 11 of The Nottingham’s branches and working together in Nottingham, Leicester and Cambridgeshire.” The Nottingham Belvoir and Nottingham deal Belvoir estate agency July 9, 2020Grant LeonardWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Six members of the Somerville-Jesus Ball Committee have written an open letter apologising for “key flaws” in the organisation of the event, and “arrogance” in its publicity campaign.The letter acknowledges problems in the ball, especially, “the organisation of food, the length of queues for the maze, and the tone of our publicity campaign.” It goes on to say, “We would like to apologise for these mistakes, in particular with regards to the organisation of food; the provisions we made were very clearly insufficient, and this is not acceptable for an event commanding a ticket price of £110/£150.”The letter has been signed by six of the ball’s nine committee members, including Operations Manager Eddie Shore, Head of Gastronomy Clara Collyns, and Head of Design Toby Mann. Three senior committee members, Chairman Sam Levin, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer Alwyn Clarke, and PR Manager Pete Endicott, did not sign the letter.The letter is almost two thousand words long and gives a detailed analysis of the night’s flaws. It concludes by stating, “Whilst we would like to provide a breakdown for costs, and indeed this is something that the six of us are working on providing at some point hopefully in the not too distant future, the Ball Treasurer is the only member of the committee in possession of the accounts of the ball.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%7607%%[/mm-hide-text]Eddie Shore reading out the apology in Jesus JCRThe ball, which was held in Somerville on Saturday 4th May, was advertised as “one last night of decadence, debauchery, and indulgence’’. Yet it was criticised after allegations that it was mis-sold.The original Facebook group was deleted after students condemned the event online. A separate Facebook group was created on Thursday which condemned the ball committee for having “unceremoniously censored… the many attempts to convey to the Committee the extreme dissatisfaction we felt in the execution of the ball.” The page currently has around 150 likes.The latest letter from ball committee members acknowledges these complaints, apologising, “for the unacceptably large gap in time between the raising of these concerns, and the provision of this response.” It expresses hope their response is “fair, and we hope that once you have finished reading it, you will feel that we have been honest, open, and receptive to what you have all had to say.”It goes on to identify “four main reasons” for the ball’s shortcomings: “misplaced trust in our catering company, poor set up due to unforeseeable problems, a lack of careful consideration of the demand for vegetarian food, and a lack of events management experience.” The letter continues, “These are not excuses, but explanations.”The apology also states, “There was an arrogance about our publicity campaign, which has unfortunately continued well after the ball, and is something that, whilst unintentional, has caused a great deal of irritation, and for this, we would also like to apologise.”Students’ responses to the letter have been mixed. One student who attended the ball told Cherwell, “An event costing this kind of money really shouldn’t be taken lightly and it is obvious from the response of the ball-goers that people are really upset. Therefore, I think it’s the committee’s duty to do their best to talk to people and try to rectify the situation as best as possible.”The committee members who did not sign the letter were unavailable for comment on Monday night.
By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City’s governing body gave final approval Thursday night to an ordinance that prohibits businesses that cultivate, manufacture, test or sell marijuana.Looking to preserve its family-friendly image, the city will ban the sale of marijuana in the aftermath of New Jersey’s legalization of cannabis in February.Approved by City Council by a 6-0 vote, the ordinance bans marijuana facilities within one-quarter mile of a school, church, recreational or sports facility, the Boardwalk and any residential area. It would effectively outlaw businesses from selling marijuana, hashish or pot paraphernalia in all parts of town.“The Mayor and City Council believe there is no area of the city which can safely house a business selling marijuana, cannabis or hashish or the paraphernalia that facilitates use of the same,” the ordinance says.On Feb. 22, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize pot in New Jersey for adults 21 and older and to decriminalize it for people under 21.From the start, Ocean City’s Council has objected to marijuana’s legalization, passing an ordinance in 2019 to ban the sale of pot in a town that bills itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” At that time, the governor and state Legislature were discussing the possibility of legalizing marijuana.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained that Ocean City’s 2019 ordinance became invalid once New Jersey formally legalized cannabis. However, the new state legislation gives municipalities 180 days to reinstate their prohibition of marijuana sales, prompting Ocean City to approve a new ordinance Thursday.As a “dry” town, Ocean City has banned alcohol sales since its founding as a Christian seaside resort in 1879 by a group of Methodist ministers. The ban on alcohol sales is a centerpiece of the city’s image as a safe, family-style summer vacation retreat.Now, the city will prohibit marijuana sales and dispensaries.“We don’t allow any alcohol. We shouldn’t allow marijuana or cannabis,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman said.Alluding to the legal use of marijuana in the Netherlands, Councilman Michael DeVlieger added, “I have no desire to live in Amsterdam.”Council members have repeatedly expressed concerns that the city’s family-oriented reputation could be harmed if marijuana is sold in town and people simply begin smoking pot in popular tourist areas, such as the Boardwalk.McCrosson noted that Council will consider a companion ordinance at its next meeting to ban the use of marijuana and hashish in public areas.Ocean City already prohibits the smoking of cigarettes and cigars on the Boardwalk, beaches, city parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and other public facilities.Although he voted for the ban on the sale of recreational marijuana, Councilman Jody Levchuk expressed concerns that people who need medical marijuana might be blocked from getting the drug.“My only concern about this is limiting anybody with a prescription for debilitating diseases,” Levchuk said.Levchuk suggested that perhaps Ocean City could allow one dispensary where people could pick up their medical marijuana. Other Council members floated the idea that possibly an exception could be made to allow the delivery of medical marijuana in Ocean City from a dispensary in another town.After consulting with McCrosson about the parameters of New Jersey’s marijuana law, the Council members indicated they will consider the delivery of medical marijuana in follow-up discussions.ACT Engineers serves as a key consultant for Ocean City’s flooding and dredging projects.In other business at Thursday’s meeting at the Music Pier, Council voted to reject the award of a $224,000 engineering design contract to the consulting firm ACT Engineers Inc. following questions about the company’s billing practices.ACT, based in Robbinsville, N.J., has been awarded $7.3 million in city contracts since 2015 while serving as a consultant overseeing Ocean City’s dredging projects.However, the community taxpayer group Fairness in Taxes singled out ACT’s billing practices in a recent letter to Mayor Jay Gillian regarding invoices for two “similar” projects, one in Ocean City and one in Brick, a community in Ocean County.There was a difference of $60 per billable hour for ACT’s principal rate between the two towns, according to 2020 figures cited by FIT. Brick was charged $140 for the work, while Ocean City was charged $200 per hour.Angered by the discrepancy in ACT’s billing rates for the two towns, City Council President Bob Barr wants Ocean City to stop doing business with the company. At Barr’s behest, Council is expected to consider a formal resolution at its next meeting to disqualify ACT from future city contracts.“I cannot, in good conscience, support another contract to be given to this firm. Never,” Barr said.Referring to the difference between the billing rates that ACT has charged Ocean City and Brick, Barr called the company’s actions “borderline taxpayer abuse.”At Thursday’s meeting, ACT was in line for a $224,000 contract for engineering design work for a stormwater-mitigation project to help reduce chronic flooding in the area of West 17th Street.By a 5-1 vote, Council refused to award the contract. Bergman was the only member to vote in favor of giving ACT the contract. She said ACT has provided the city with quality work on other projects.ACT competed with three other firms for the contract and submitted the lowest price, but Councilman Keith Hartzell joined Barr in criticizing the company’s billing practices. Hartzell also said that ACT lacks experience with flood-control projects, although it does have a long track record with the city for dredging projects.Hartzell also disapproved of the way that ACT submitted its proposal to the city, noting that it lacked a breakdown of the costs for specific work it would perform under the contract for the West 17th Street project. ACT’s proposal included just a lump-sum price, he said.“This page is blank. I don’t know where the information went,” Hartzell said while holding up a copy of ACT’s proposal that he had enlarged for public display at the meeting.Hartzell also asserted that ACT lacks the same level of engineering experience for flood-mitigation projects of the other firms that competed for the West 17th Street contract. He wants the city to award the contract to Michael Baker International, an engineering firm that has extensive experience with Ocean City’s flood-control projects.“I’m going with the safe bet,” Hartzell said, referring to Michael Baker International.Among the companies competing for the work, Michael Baker International submitted the second-lowest price for the West 17th Street contract at $228,500.At Hartzell’s urging, Council will consider awarding the contract to Michael Baker International at its next meeting.Councilman Keith Hartzell holds up an enlarged copy of what he called ACT’s “blank” proposal for the West 17th Street project contract.City Business Administrator George Savastano, the top official in Mayor Gillian’s administration, gave a lengthy defense of the quality of ACT’s work in the past and the firm’s billing practices during comments to Council explaining the contract for West 17th Street.“ACT Engineers has been transparent in the submission of hourly rates to Ocean City,” Savastano said.Savastano said that ACT complied with all of the city’s requirements for submitting a proposal for the West 17th Street flood-mitigation design contract. He also said ACT submitted a breakdown of its costs for specific work it would perform under the contract when the city requested that information later on.In the end, the Gillian administration recommended the award of the contract to ACT based on its proposal for the lowest price, Savastano pointed out.However, the administration pulled the resolution for the contract from Council’s agenda to allow Savastano to explain ACT’s proposal.Despite Savastano’s explanation, Council remained dissatisfied with ACT, particularly its billing practices. A lengthy discussion concluded with Council’s vote to reject awarding the contract to ACT and to consider giving the contract to Michael Baker International at next month’s meeting.In other business, Council voted to discontinue using the Ocean City Sentinel as the city’s official newspaper for legal ads and the publication of other city business. Instead, the Atlantic City Press was designated the city’s newspaper of record.Council members stripped the Sentinel of its designation as the official newspaper because a local resident made them aware that it is not printed in New Jersey. By state law, a town’s official newspaper must be printed in New Jersey, McCrosson said.McCrosson told Council that the Sentinel is making arrangements to be printed in New Jersey. The Council members indicated they would be willing to consider designating the Sentinel as the city’s official newspaper again if that happens.Last month, the governing body condemned the Sentinel for publishing guest columns that appeared to threaten the life of two elected officials, Councilman DeVlieger and Congressman Jeff Van Drew.Council approved a resolution in March formally demanding an apology from the Sentinel’s editor and publisher, David Nahan, and from John McCall, a guest columnist who wrote two inflammatory opinion pieces printed in the weekly newspaper on Jan. 13 and March 10. Nahan later apologized.DeVlieger, noting that he was one of the targets of McCall’s vitriol, abstained from voting Thursday on two resolutions to remove the Sentinel as the official newspaper and finding it in violation of the requirement that it should be published in New Jersey.In his columns, McCall alleged DeVlieger and Van Drew, whose South Jersey congressional district includes Ocean City, committed “treason” against the U.S. government for their support of former President Donald Trump.“Like all Trump loyalists, Van Drew and DeVlieger are guilty of subverting the peaceful and equitable functioning of our government. This is not just a moral failing. This is treason. And the penalty for treason is execution,” McCall wrote in his Jan. 13 column.DeVlieger pointed out that Nahan personally apologized to him this week for any anguish the columns may have caused DeVlieger or his family.“I don’t hold any hate in my heart for David Nahan or the Sentinel,” DeVlieger said.The Council members repeatedly said that they weren’t punishing the Sentinel for the controversial columns or for political reasons by removing it as the city’s official newspaper. Instead, they said they were obligated to uphold the legal requirement that the city’s official newspaper must be printed in New Jersey.“This isn’t us trying to punish the Ocean City Sentinel,” Councilman Tom Rotondi said. Seated on the stage of the Ocean City Music Pier, Council votes to outlaw marijuana sales in town.
Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/South Bend Police) Law enforcement agencies in St. Joseph County are fed up with the number of catalytic converter thefts they have been seeing in the last two months.In a press conference on Wednesday, South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski said that the number of catalytic converters that they have been called about being stolen has gotten out of control.RELATED: Catalytic converter thefts in South Bend, St. Joseph County on the rise“To say there has been a rash is an understatement,” he said. “We’ve had over 170 in the county this year alone, county combined.”Thieves are hitting car dealerships or parked cars on the street at night. They go underneath people’s cars and simply cut out the catalytic converter and then likely take it to someone who will buy the precious metals inside, which usually include platinum and palladium.“We believe there are multiple groups of individuals out there who are participating in this activity,” said St. Joseph County sheriff William Redman.Though police officers and sheriff’s deputies are trying their best to find the perps responsible for the 800-percent increase in catalytic converter thefts, St. Joseph County prosecutor Ken Cotter is appealing to state lawmakers to make the penalty for stealing a catalytic converter more severe.“This is not something that is just a blip. It is a huge impact,” said Cotter, who wants to not only punish thieves but the people who are buying catalytic converters from said thieves by making all of the aforementioned activities a felony.“The (proposed) changed in the law are not really focused on the individuals doing the stealing,” Cotter said. “The big change is the focus on the folks who are taking advantage of the stealing because they are buying it on the cheap and then they are making a lot of money because of that.”Right now, stealing a catalytic converter is a misdemeanor. Cotter said making it a felony will hopefully squeeze both those potential thieves and buyers to think twice before carrying out a theft.Cotter is working with state lawmakers, like State Senator Mike Bohacek, who represents LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Starke Counties, to amend state statute to do just that. WhatsApp Google+ St. Joseph County Prosecutor pushing for tougher laws to curb catalytic converter thefts Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 8, 2021 2 254 Pinterest Previous articleTroopers arrest South Bend man on federal warrant, additional drug chargesNext articleOpioid reversal kits to be placed around Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.