Contract for North End Drainage Project Tops City Council Agenda

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiAt its last meeting in 2017, City Council is scheduled to award a nearly $8 million contract for a series of major drainage improvements designed to alleviate flooding in low-lying neighborhoods in the north end of town.The project will include an overhaul of old drainage pipes and deteriorated roads in flood-prone areas between First and Eighth streets from West Avenue to the bay.The plan includes three new pumping stations to flush storm water off the streets and into the bay. The pumping stations will be built along the bayfront at Second, Fifth and Sixth streets.In addition to the pumping stations, the work will include raising and repaving the roads and replacing drainage pipes that, in some cases, are 40 to 60 years old.City spokesman Doug Bergen noted that new “stronger, straighter” drainage pipes will be as important in the project as the pumping stations.Council is expected to award a $7.9 million construction contract for the project during its meeting Thursday. The final meeting of 2017 will be held at 1 p.m., instead of Council’s normal time of 7 p.m.Feriozzi Concrete Co., of Atlantic City, is in line for the contract. Feriozzi submitted the lowest bid among eight companies that sought the work, according to documents attached to the Council’s agenda.Mayor Jay Gillian, pictured, and City Council have been moving forward with drainage projects throughout town as part of a broad strategy to ease flooding.The north end is the next part of town slated for drainage improvements as Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council continue with a comprehensive strategy to ease flooding in neighborhoods throughout the barrier island.Barring any last-minute delays by Council in awarding the contract, construction will begin on the north end improvements early in the new year and take between 12 and 18 months to complete, Bergen said. No major work will be done during the bustling summer tourism season.The contractor will begin by tearing up the streets to install new pipes. The streets will then be regraded and repaved, Bergen said.Representatives of Michael Baker International LLC, the city’s flooding consultant, have said the project will handle the “nuisance level flooding” that plagues the north end neighborhoods during high tides and rainstorms. They stressed, though, that the drainage work and new pumping stations will not be enough to stop heavy flooding unleashed by major coastal storms, such as the nor’easter Jonas in 2016 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.Michael Baker International redesigned the drainage project after one, large pumping station was originally proposed on Sixth Street. The large pumping station would have cost an estimated $20 million to $25 million, far more than what the city was willing to spend for the project.During a community meeting with north end residents last August, the mayor said the new design for three smaller pumping stations will allow the city to build a flood-control project without “bankrupting us.”First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who represents the north end of town, has raised the possibility of the city working with local marinas and homeowners to build new bulkheads or improve the existing ones as another way to fight bayfront flooding.DeVlieger will hold a public meeting on Jan. 6 to give an update on capital projects in the First Ward. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall, 1735 Simpson Ave.Also at Thursday’s meeting, Council is scheduled to award a $318,725 contract to Atlantic City-based Hackney Concrete Inc. for streetscape improvements concentrated along the Asbury Avenue retail corridor in the downtown business district.Decorative touches such as brick paver crosswalks will be added at the intersections of Asbury Avenue and Eighth Street and Asbury and 10th Street. New “French grey” concrete will replace the old sidewalk pavers along Asbury Avenue, according to a city memo describing the project.last_img read more

SummerStage NYC Announces 2019 Schedule

first_imgCapital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage has detailed their lineup of events for the summer of 2019, taking place at various venues throughout New York City’s five boroughs including the newly renovated Central Park SummerStage. This year’s series will showcase 200 renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to local neighborhood parks, presenting distinctly New York genres like salsa, jazz, and hip-hop alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, contemporary dance, and more.SummerStage 2019 Announcement Video[Video: SummerStage]SummerStage’s flagship venue in Central Park will reopen after undergoing a major, $5.5 million transformation that includes a new stage and sound system, enhanced lighting, new and raised seating areas, and improved dressing rooms and production spaces. In collaboration with West Elm, the Brooklyn-based global design company known for its original, modern designs, select areas of the venue will be expertly outfitted with furniture and décor from the brand’s new summer assortment. Concert-goers and performers will enjoy the highest standard of sustainably sourced products all summer long.As Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation, notes in a press release, “This is a very big year for SummerStage. Not only are we reopening our storied Central Park venue, modernizing it for its next 30 years, but we are also partnering with our new title sponsor and looking to the future by launching the season with young musicians representing the next generation. Of course, throughout the summer, we will present a line-up that is reflective of our city’s population, focusing not only on gender equality, but also on the huge diversity of cultures and backgrounds that make New York so special and exciting.”As a women-run series with a mission of diversity and inclusion, SummerStage is helping to transform the future of the music industry by participating in the PRS Foundation’s international Keychange pledge and presenting a lineup this season that features a 50:50 gender balance. SummerStage is one of the few local festivals that has achieved this goal.SummerStage will also recognize a number of pivotal anniversaries citywide through specially-curated shows including the 100th birthday of the Harlem Renaissance to be celebrated during the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival; the 100th birthday of iconic choreographer Merce Cunningham featuring the Stephen Petronio Company and former Cunningham dancer Melissa Toogood; the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and WorldPride celebrations with two shows — New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia and all-male ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; the commemoration of the Harlem Cultural Festival known as Black Woodstock with bandleader Igmar Thomas, MC Talib Kweli and trumpeter Keyon Harrold in Marcus Garvey Park where the original festival was staged; and the 40th anniversary of Queens-based, women-run reggae label VP Records with Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Estelle, and Raging Fyah.As always, New York’s own musicians and performers will be well represented at SummerStage. Opening night in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park will feature Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch and Friends celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album, Internal Affairs. Brooklyn mega-hit rapper Young M.A will perform in her home borough in Betsy Head Park; Staten Island hip-hop heroes Force M.D.s play a hometown show in Corporal Thompson Park; one of hip-hop’s great storyteller’s, Bronx-born Slick Rick, joins forces with DJ Chuck Chillout, in Soundview Park; rising psych jazz rockers Crumb will be joined by fellow Brooklynites Phony Ppl in Manhattan’s East River Park; and La Sonora Ponceña, one of New York’s longest running salsa bands, will perform in Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheatre.In addition to all the free offerings around the city, SummerStage will feature paid benefit shows to help fund their breadth of free programming. Confirmed shows to date include George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s Farewell Tour with Galactic, Fishbone, and Dumpstaphunk; buzzworthy instrumental trio Khruangbin; lo-fi experimental rocker Kurt Vile and the Violators with Dinosaur Jr.; Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana; chart-topping alt-rock band Guster; Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; Welsh indie-pop artist MARINA; British indie rock band Bloc Party; and legendary new wave icons The B-52s. More shows will be announced throughout the season. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents.For more information and a full schedule of events, head to the SummerStage website.last_img read more

Fertile minds

first_imgDespite heavy foot traffic all year, the trees of Harvard Yard are leafy and shady and the lawn below green and inviting.Though many people take in the scene without a second thought, a group of 10 students from Norfolk County Agricultural High School wanted to learn about the work behind it. So they listened intently despite Wednesday’s heat as Paul Smith of Harvard’s Landscape Services talked about organic techniques implemented in recent years that are not only more environmentally sustainable but also ensure a healthier Yard.Smith showed students how Harvard landscapers brew organic “tea” — a mix of compost and other ingredients — in a large water drum near Phillips Brooks House, and talked about soil compaction and root growth and soil microbes. When spread on the Yard’s grassy lawns, the tea promotes a healthier microbial community in the soil.The students were part of a four-week program — a partnership between their high school and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — providing a capstone for their junior year. It blended hands-on work at the arboretum, lectures at a nearby community college, and excursions like Wednesday’s to the Yard and a recent visit to Franklin Park Zoo to see the nearly five-foot-high “corpse flower” in all its stinky glory.“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Marc Mertz, an urban forestry instructor at the school and one of the program’s organizers. “The goal is to expose the kids to real-world working conditions and to have an educational component. It makes sense to work with one of the world’s foremost arboretums.”Kieran Clyne (left) and Paul Smith of Harvard Landscape Services showed the visiting students organic landscaping techniques.Stephen Schneider, the arboretum’s manager of horticulture and another organizer, said the kids spent most of their time at work in two of the arboretum’s collections. Directed by experienced horticulturalists, the students put in new beds and tended existing beds in the three-acre Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden and also tended the arboretum’s crabapple collection, in the last year of a major refurbishment.Schneider was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and focus during the four weeks.“I wasn’t this focused as a high school junior. These guys are like lasers,” he said. “This is the prime time to grab their attention — this time of their lives. We know their basic interest is in plants and we want to cultivate that one way or another.”Though tending the trees and other plants spread across its 265 acres is a major focus, the arboretum also has research and educational goals. Programs such as the one with the Norfolk County Agricultural High School help the arboretum meet the educational portion of its mission, Schneider said.Sam Sternweiler, a junior who plans to pursue a business degree after high school, said he was interested in landscaping techniques used at the arboretum and in learning more plant identification.“The arboretum is a world-class place to learn landscape techniques and plant identification,” Sternweiler said. “It was amazing. I wish I didn’t have to leave.”last_img read more

UGA Insect Zoo

first_imgThe University of Georgia Bug Dawgs of the UGA Entomology Department are hosting the 28th Annual Insect Zoo Open House on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus in Athens.The event is open to the public and will be held on D.W. Brooks Drive in front of the UGA Miller Plant Science building.The Insect Zoo will feature several activities including a photo booth, live bug exhibits, roach races, a butterfly release and more. Face painting, insect painting and other arts and crafts are scheduled for children. In addition, there will be a lottery with several prizes including Beats headphones, a UGA football signed by the team, downtown Athens gift cards and more. Daring visitors to the event can try snacks made from insects. “The Insect Zoo’s hands-on approach to learning makes this 28th annual community open house very exciting, as it offers an interactive and engaging experience for visitors. The Insect Zoo hopes to teach people to appreciate insects and understand their importance in our lives,” said Marianne Shockley Cruz, a UGA entomologist.Part of the UGA Department of Entomology, UGA Bug Dawgs, strives to educate the local community and spread awareness of entomology-related topics, causes and issues. The UGA Insect Zoo brings living insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions and spiders, as well as museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world, to schools, libraries, organizations or community centers for interactive display.For more information, email [email protected]last_img read more

EatingWell Media wins three James Beard awards

first_imgAbout EatingWell: EatingWell Media Group (EWMG) is a fast-growing, independently owned media company and a leading source of science-based nutrition advice, delicious, easy and healthy recipes and useful shopping information. The company has rapidly diversified from producing its flagship bimonthly EatingWell Magazine (which now reaches more than 1.8 million readers) to multiple formats, including a content-rich website (www.eatingwell.com(link is external)) that reaches 2 million unique visitors a month, consumer cookbooks and health books, content and brand licensing, digital and custom publishing. EatingWell,EatingWell Media Group, publisher of EatingWell Magazine, EatingWell books and EatingWell.com, won an unprecedented three James Beard Awards on Friday, May 6, in New York City.It was the only magazine publisher to win three awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ in food journalism, from the James Beard Foundation. EatingWell, based in Charlotte, Vermont, earned two journalism awards and one book award. Three books from Ten Speed Press won and New York Magazine won two awards, one for an article and one for its Grub Street blog.The Simple Art of EatingWell (Countryman Press) by Jessie Price and the Editors of EatingWell took the Cookbook with Healthy Focus award. The 520-page compendium of tips, techniques and recipes for healthy eating was up against finalists The Very Best Recipes for Health from The New York Times’s Martha Rose Shulman and Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live Well by Terry Walters.In addition to EatingWell’s award, Vermonter Barry Estabrook won a medal for an individual food blog for politicsoftheplate.com.The journalism awards were open to entries from all media. For the second year in a row, EatingWell Magazine won the category Health and Nutrition. The 2011 award went to Rachael Moeller Gorman for her article ‘Captain of the Happier Meal’ (June 2010), a profile of scientist Joe Hibbeln and his research linking omega-3s with depression. The two other finalists were Peter Jaret’s Runner’s World story ‘Pasta Perfect’ and Joe Fassler’s multipart TheAtlantic.com coverage of the egg contamination scare.‘Sea Change’ (April 2010), marine biologist Carl Safina’s eye-opening article about the benefits of eating smaller fish, won in the Environment, Food Politics, and Policy category. Runners-up included Barry Estabrook’s Gastronomica article ‘A Tale of Two Dairies’ and Monica Eng’s Chicago Tribune piece ‘CPS Won’t Let Kids Eat Their Vegetables.’‘Each of these wins represents one of the core values we stand for: good food, good health and sustainability,’ said Editorial Director Lisa Gosselin. ‘We’re especially proud that our small team of editors from an independent Vermont-based media group is being recognized for producing the top food and health content in the country.’last_img read more

How to get moving after a long weekend

first_imgWe all can admit we love holidays, vacations and long weekends. But, the hardest part about these treats is the reality facing us around the corner, returning to the office. It can be incredibly difficult to get back into the groove, but we’re here to help! Consider these tips for bouncing back from time away from work.Take it slowWe all move a little slower the morning we have to jump back into our routine, and that’s understandable. The key to getting back on track is accepting it will take a little time to get yourself back in a structured mindset. It’s hard for your mind and body to go from sleeping in and relaxing to office hours and a hectic workflow. So be patient with yourself, and others, and concentrate on getting organized and readjusted.PrioritizeWe’ve talked about prioritizing top priorities and there’s no better time to focus on this than after a break from work. Remember things will have undoubtedly piled up while you were away so don’t expect to tackle every task in front of you. Instead focus on what’s timely and most important and cross those off the list first. Get what you can done on your first day back but also plan out the rest of the week and how you want to accomplish the rest of what’s on the docket.Resume your routineSome of us are better than others at staying structured. Generally, sticking to a routine helps us to be more productive and more focused. Therefore, even though you’ve been off work, been sleeping in, staying up late, and avoiding exercise, it’s time to snap back into what we’re more used to. So, resume your healthy habits and you’ll be on your way to getting back on track at work. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Adult female anoa, two calves die at breeding facility in North Sulawesi

first_imgThe North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has revealed the death of a female anoa ‒ an endangered animal native to Sulawesi ‒ and two baby anoas in March at the government-run Anoa Breeding Centre in Manado, North Sulawesi. The Manado Environment and Forestry Research and Development Agency, which runs the facility, had previously been adamant not to talk about the animals’ death.“A 9.5-year-old anoa named Ana and her unborn calf died on March 7,” North Sulawesi BKSDA head Noel Layuk told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Noel said that earlier that day, Ana, who had been pregnant for nine months, was in a healthy condition and had yet to show signs of giving birth.“During a checkup, Ana was still seen lying down and interacting with other anoas. There were no changes in behavior and no signs of fluid that indicated she was going to give birth,” he said.Read also: Where are the anoas? Central Sulawesi’s midget buffaloes no longer in sightThe next morning, Ana and her unborn baby were found dead, with Ana’s body caught in the cage.“She was most likely having difficulty getting her body free and became exhausted, causing shortness of breath leading to death. We estimate that it occurred at night when it was dark and raining so the CCTV could not capture the event,” said Noel.The breeding center reported the death of two anoas to the North Sulawesi BKSDA on March 8.Noel added that another calf had also died.”A newborn to a 10-year-old anoa named Denok had died. It was her third calf,” he said, without further elaboration on the time of death.Read also: Conservation hopes high after third anoa born at breeding centerContacted separately on Tuesday, an officer at the center who refused to be identified, declined to comment about the death of Denok’s newborn and even asked the Post not to expose the incident.The center was established by the Environment and Forestry Ministry in 2015 to help boost the declining population of anoa due to hunting and deforestation.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) included the anoa on its red list of endangered species in 1986. The anoa is also a protected species according to the 1990 law on the conservation of natural resources and ecosystems.There are less than 2,500 adult anoas in Sulawesi’s forests, according to IUCN data. Meanwhile, the breeding center has 10 adult anoas ‒ three males and seven females ‒ as well as three calves, which were born in 2017 and 2018. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Shell lifts second Otakikpo cargo

first_imgLekoil has informed that its second export from the Otakikpo offshore field in Nigeria has been lifted.According to Lekoil, around 250,000 barrels of gross production have been lifted from the FSO Ailsa Craig by Shell Trading, a subsidiary of Shell.In an update on Monday, Lekoil said it was due to receive its share of the payment for this crude within the next month.“With regular liftings from Otakikpo underway, the Company does not intend to provide updates for each export. The company expects to provide export updates concurrent with the Company’s reporting dates going forward,” Lekoil said.Current production at Otakikpo is approximately 5,500 bopd. The company said it  continued to focus on ramping up to Phase One target production of 10,000 bopd.last_img

Extended hours in Ripley County for tax payments

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Ripley County Treasurer’s Office has announced expended office hours during tax collection.Monday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 8 the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday, November 9 and Monday, November 13 the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will be closed on Friday, November 10.Taxes are due by Monday, November 13. For more information please call 812-689-6352.last_img

Tyson confirms date for comeback fight against Roy Jones

first_img Loading… Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on September 12 in Los Angeles. On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones, a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought consistently into his 50s. “It’s just going to be amazing,” Tyson said on a video call on ESPN. Tyson shrugged off any notion of danger for serious injury for himself or Jones, saying that California rules will require they both wear headgear for the fight. “We’re both accomplished fighters,” Tyson said. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.” Tyson finished 50-6 with 44 knockouts while Jones, who last fought in February 2018, is 66-9 with 47 knockouts.Advertisement Within a year, Tyson was the undisputed champion and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and going 37-0.But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson suffered a 10th-round knockout at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset.He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three years in prison before his 1995 release and return to the ring.Tyson regained the title but lost twice to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the second time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that kept him sidelined for 18 months.He had one last chance at the heavyweight crown, losing to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after six rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005 in his final fight, days shy of his 39th bithday.“I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here,” Tyson said. “I’ve taken care of my body.”Jones has done much the same since winning his first middleweight title in 1993 and rolled through the super middleweight and light heavyweight ranks at 49-1 before dropping three fights in a row in 2004-2005. Read Also: Serie A: Ekong’s Udinese delay Juventus title celebrationHis championship run included a 2003 victory over John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, a crown he never defended before rejoining the light heavyweight ranks.Jones fought at least once a year into 2018 but has spent more time as a commentator than fighter in recent years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for show – “we’re showing our skills and fighting” – and said he wants to recapture the fearsome form he once displayed. “It’s 100% of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson said. “I’ve got one speed – forward.” In a battle for the aged, Tyson said he wants to show older can still mean exciting in the sports realm. “It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it,” Tyson said. “We aren’t washed up. Somebody says over-age is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now.” Tyson envisions elder statesmen events of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning such former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round in 1986 to win the World Boxing Council crown. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistiblelast_img read more