Plan Ahead For Evansville Fireworks Traffic

first_imgEvansville Police are advising motorist to plan ahead for heavy traffic during the riverfront fireworks show.The fireworks are planned for Monday, July 4th. Should the date change due to weather, the increased traffic on the new date should still be considered by motorist in the downtown area.The major intersections will be staffed by uniformed police officers who will be directing traffic. Please pay attention to their instructions. There will also be an increase in pedestrian traffic.For the safety of everyone, please avoid using cellphones or other behavior that would distract you while driving.The increase in traffic will impact the amount of time it takes to get out of the area, regardless of the route you are using. Please be patient and do your part to ensure everyone has a safe evening.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Local Residents, Contractors to Receive Hiring Preference for Housing Project

first_imgAn architectural rendering depicts what the housing authority’s Speitel Commons complex will look like when completed. (Rendering courtesy of Haley Donovan architectural firm) By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City’s public housing agency wants to make sure that local residents and companies share in the economic benefits created by a nearly $7 million housing project scheduled to get underway in April.By a 6-0 vote, the Ocean City Housing Authority board members approved an “action plan” Tuesday that gives preference to local residents and companies for jobs and contracts for the proposed 32-unit Speitel Commons housing complex.Five years in the planning phase, the project will provide affordable housing for senior citizens who are now living in a flood-prone area of town in the authority’s Pecks Beach Village development on Fourth Street.A $6.9 million construction contract has been awarded. The project will be built on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the housing authority’s Bayview Manor complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at noon.“Make sure your calendars are clear and you’ll be there. It should be a nice affair,” Bob Barr, a city councilman who also serves as the housing authority’s chairman, told the board members.As the housing authority hammers out the final details of the project leading up to the groundbreaking, the new action plan creates goals for hiring local residents and companies for work at Speitel Commons.“We’re going to get as much local participation as possible,” Rick Ginnetti, a consultant for the authority, said during a presentation to the board members during their monthly meeting Tuesday.The Ocean City Housing Authority board members approve the action plan by a 6-0 vote.Ginnetti explained that the action plan sets a goal of hiring local residents for at least 30 percent of the jobs for the project.Residents who currently live in housing developments managed by the Ocean City Housing Authority would receive first preference for those jobs. Ocean City residents who live elsewhere in town would be next in line. After that, Cape May County residents who live outside of Ocean City would be considered next for jobs in order of preference.The action plan also includes a goal of awarding at least 10 percent of the contracts for the project to local companies. First preference would be given to companies owned by residents who live in Ocean City Housing Authority housing developments, Ginnetti said.The authority plans to hold a meeting with prospective contractors on Feb. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at its administrative office at 204 Fourth Street.Ginnetti said the authority is planning a public outreach and marketing campaign to make local residents and companies aware of the jobs and contracts created by the project.He stressed that the authority will do its best to meet the hiring goals for Ocean City residents and companies, but if it falls short, “that’s all we can do.”“We’re going to give it our best efforts and do a lot of marketing,” Ginnetti said.The action plan stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 3 Program, which encourages local hiring in public housing projects.As a public agency, the Ocean City Housing Authority uses federal funds from HUD to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor.Consultant Rick Ginnetti says a public outreach and marketing campaign is planned to make local residents and companies aware of the economic opportunities created by the housing project.Speitel Commons represents the next wave of construction for the authority. Named in honor of the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr., a former housing authority commissioner, the project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to build, with a grand opening sometime in 2021.Although the construction contract for the project is $6.9 million, the full cost is expected to be closer to $8 million, according to Ginnetti.The full price tag will include construction, planning, engineering, design, permitting, insurance and the expense of relocating residents from Pecks Beach Village into the new building.The 21-unit senior citizens portion of Pecks Beach Village on the north side of Fourth Street will be demolished after the new project is completed.Pecks Beach Village also includes affordable housing for low-income families. The 40 family units are located on the south side of Fourth Street. The family units will stay for the time being, although there are longer-range plans to replace them with new housing construction.Approval of $4.5 million in funding from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has set the stage for construction of Speitel Commons to begin. Ginnetti said that while the funding is technically called a mortgage, it is actually closer to a grant. The housing authority will make no principal or interest payments on the mortgage, which will simply disappear after five years, he said.In 2019, City Council approved a $6.6 million bond ordinance to build or rehabilitate affordable housing sites for senior citizens and low-income families. The projects will help Ocean City meet its state-mandated obligation to provide its “fair share” of affordable housing as part of a court settlement in 2018.One of those projects is the Speitel Commons complex. The city is expected to contribute more than $2 million toward the project.Pecks Beach Village, located on a section of Fourth Street prone to flooding, is slated to be demolished after the new Speitel Commons housing complex is built.last_img read more

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John Mayer Announces New Project: John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

first_imgJohn Mayer, the mega-popstar turned Dead & Company guitarist, had big news for fans today with the announcement of an exciting new side project. Dubbed John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the project was first conceived back in October of 2016 at Brooklyn Bowl, when Mayer sat-in with the Grateful Dead-inspired tribute act, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. He would join them again exactly a year later in 2017.As Mayer explained, “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is definitely one of the most innovative acts right now touring and playing the music of the Grateful Dead. All my Dead & Co bandmates and I are all huge fans and have been for years, so when I first sat in with them, it really was just a dream come true.” He continued, “Given the way that they’re shaping how we define Grateful Dead cover bands, it’s only right that someone steps up to ensure that their music and legacy is remembered and preserved.”JMAJRAD will be taking a Dark Star Orchestra-esque approach to this new project, meticulously recreating past JRAD setlists in their entirety on the road. He elaborated, “Honestly, as I’ve been working on John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, there really didn’t seem like any other viable way to appropriately honor JRAD’s legacy other than totally and fully recreating one of their live shows.” He added, “I’m just beyond excited, and it’s been a really great learning experience playing some of these Grateful Dead songs at an appropriate tempo. Plus, I’m playing Tom [Hamilton], so it’s been really fun picking out new scarves and hats and stuff for my costume.”While Mayer will continue to tour as a solo artist and with Dead & Company across the year, the guitarist and singer will be embarking on a mini-tour with John Mayer’s Almost Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in the fall, with dates already announced in Chicago, Denver, and New York.April Fools!last_img read more

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Gallery: World Cup gets Beetle mania

first_imgPhotographs by Natalie Erasmus. Compiled by Mary AlexanderWith eye-catching stretch limousines crafted from old Volkswagen Beetles, group of four football fanatics at an unassuming panel-beating shop in the industrial suburb of Lindo Park, east of Pretoria, have created a mobile show of support for the home team, Bafana Bafana.Auto electrician Wynand Viljoen, mechanic Chris Neuwenhuizen, and panel beaters Tinashe Zivovo and Wellington Mugocha are the enterprising foursome.Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a larger image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution version of the image. • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

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What’s Google’s Interest in Zetawire? An Android Mobile Wallet

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Google quietly acquired mobile payments firm Zetawire yesterday, the deal having flown under the radar until analysts at the 451 Group saw a disclosure notice from the company’s law firm, Fenwick and West, mentioning the acquisition.So what’s Google’s interest in a low-profile, early stage startup like the Toronto-based Zetawire? Apparently, the Internet search giant wanted to get its hands on a particular patent the firm had been recently granted, one that hints at Google’s larger ambitions in the mobile space: Google is developing a full-fledged mobile wallet technology for its Android-based phones.The only notable asset the small Canadian company had in its possession at the time of acquistion was a patent application for “mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing.” Yes, all of that, in one single patent. These are the ingredients for a complete mobile wallet application – one that can do everything, not just payments.More Than PaymentsThat’s a big difference from other mobile wallet initiatives we’ve seen lately, including the newly announced NFC (near-field communications)-based service called Isis, led by U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, as well as Visa’s NFC-based In2Pay solution, which will be offered to customers banking with Visa’s financial partners. Although both are major mobile payments initiatives, they both begin and end with the transactions themselves.Assuming Google was after Zetawire’s technology, it’s clear that’s Google’s plans are a bit bigger. It looks like Google wants to do it all, from banking to credit cards to coupons flashed at checkout prior to the mobile payment itself.NFC is Key to Google’s Mobile Wallet NFC is a technology that uses special chips to transmit data over short distances. All of the services in the Zetawire patent would presumably be handled by phones equipped with NFC chips, which Google’s latest version of its Android mobile operating system (code-named Gingerbread) now supports.Although at launch Android only allows phones to work as NFC readers, not transmitters, Google’s mobile director, Jeff Miles, recently revealed that full NFC support was coming soon in a series of updates to Gingerbread itself.Local Mobile Advertising Tie-In with HotpotGoogle’s mobile wallet service could also be tied into the company’s new Hotpot program, which involves a Yelp-like mobile application that lets you rate places (e.g. restaurants, bars, etc.) and then see recommendations that match your interests. Google recently began handing out NFC-enabled window decals to Portland businesses for testing purposes in a pilot program. To use the stickers, you simply point your NFC-enabled phone at the decal, and you’re taken to the Google Places page for that location.Put it all together and you get a complete solution for tracking the click-through rates (so to speak) of local, mobile, on-foot customers who tap a sticker, see a business’s mobile Place page and then walk in to make a purchase, eat a meal, etc. And by handling the mobile payments on the backend, Google could presumably even track customer spending at these locations.Local advertising (stickers, coupons, Place pages) + mobile payments (banking, credit cards, identity management)? Sounds like the holy grail for a complete mobile wallet technology. No wonder Google snatched up Zetawire.Update: Corrected to indicate patent’s status – has not been granted. See links in comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezcenter_img Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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How Households Drive Up Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgAs the public conversation about climate change gets increasingly serious, many Americans may be wondering: How do my individual choices affect climate change? Household consumption—food, housing, transportation, apparel, and other personal services—is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Everything you eat or wear, every time you drive, contributes to total global emissions. The typical American’s annual per capita carbon footprint is more than five times the world per capita average. A study by our research team, including Kaihui Song, Shen Qu and Sai Liang, published on September 10, sheds light on the global carbon footprint of U.S. households.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryAnother Look at Embodied CarbonCarbon Fees Are Not the Best Solution to Climate PollutionReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part Two Some activities have a bigger impact We looked at data from 1995 to 2014 from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey, as well as the World Input-Output Database. We looked at the total global warming potential of all greenhouse gas emissions, not just carbon dioxide, as measured in their “carbon dioxide equivalent.” We found that over 20% of all U.S. emissions are directly attributed to household consumption. If you consider indirect emissions, this figure is closer to 80%. Let’s zoom in on the latest available annual numbers, mostly from 2009, which give a better sense of the impacts. U.S. households generate 5.43 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year. About 82.3% of those emissions are produced domestically. The remaining emissions are generated outside the U.S. These emissions come from global supply chains. For instance, the family car might have been manufactured abroad. So emissions from manufacturing of the car are created outside the U.S., but emissions from the tailpipe are domestic. Source: Environment International Transportation and housing contribute over 60% to the total domestic carbon footprint of U.S. households. Supply chain emissions from services–such as health care, banking, and lodging–and food contribute the next largest amounts. Food, furnishings and supplies, and clothing are the three largest drivers of overseas emissions from U.S. households. China bears the brunt of overseas emissions The overseas carbon footprint driven by U.S. households is distributed disproportionately among countries. The most considerable portion of overseas carbon footprint of U.S. households is released in China, followed by Canada, India, Russia, and Mexico. The overseas carbon footprint from Mexico is largely driven by food consumption in the U.S., while fuel consumption in the U.S. was the main driver for overseas carbon footprint from Canada and Russia, where the U.S. got the majority of its imported oil products and natural gas in that period. While the most substantial amount of the U.S. overseas carbon footprint is from China, it is only 3.0% of China’s domestic emissions. The majority of China’s emissions comes from the activity of its inhabitants, as well as consumption in other countries beyond the U.S. On the other hand, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan trace a sizeable proportion of their domestic emissions to U.S. household consumption. Source: Environment International Wealthier families have a larger footprint A household’s carbon footprint generally increases with its income, ranging from 19.3 to 91.5 tons of CO2-equivalent annually. The average carbon footprint of the wealthiest households is over five times that of the poorest. In 2009, households with less than $30,000 annual disposable income made up 25.7% of the total U.S. population, but were only responsible for 19.3% of U.S. households’ carbon footprint. On the other hand, wealthy consumers with more than $100,000 annual household income accounted for 22.3% of the total population but were responsible for nearly one-third of households’ total carbon footprint. Source: Environment International The Great Recession caused a dip U.S. households’ carbon footprint had been steadily growing from 1995 until 2005, when it began to plateau. In 2009, the combined domestic and overseas footprint dropped by 8.5% from the previous year, mainly due to the Great Recession. The share of overseas carbon footprint in total carbon footprint of the U.S. household consumption had been rising steadily and peaked at around 20% in 2006. After 2006, the share of overseas carbon footprint started to decrease, as imports slowed down before the recession. Source: Environment International Transportation makes the biggest difference The variations of household carbon footprint from 1995 to 2014 were largely driven in transportation use, including emissions from vehicle manufacturing, fuel, and public transportation. Transportation emissions, both per capita and per household, have continued to rise over time. This is despite significantly reduced tailpipe emissions from vehicles and nearly 30% improvement in fuel economy of cars in this period. Mandates and standards, such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) at the federal level and Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) at the state level, enabled this rapid progress. Source: Environment International So what’s causing the emissions to keep rising? People want to travel more and are more likely to own more household vehicles. Meanwhile, vehicles have a lower average number of occupants. Mass transit and active modes of transportation, like bike riding, are growing slowly. In 2016, for the first time in history, the emissions from the U.S. transportation sector surpassed the power sector emissions. This fact along with our observation from household carbon footprint from transportation underscore the importance of policy efforts related to emissions from the transportation sector. –Morteza Taiebat is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. Ming Xu is an associate professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Here’s the original article.last_img read more

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Hi, AleX

first_imgThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:I know you’re still divided about this whole social networking thing. Like so many professionals making the transition into networking, you’re worried about how these seemingly impersonal tools will erode your face-to-face relationships with your clients.Stop worrying.  In the long run, adopting these new media is going to make life better not only for you but for your clients.Aside from that, understand that the old ways of working and thinking are no longer going to be tenable in the future. That’s because the old communications order was plagued with bandwidth problems — bandwidth meaning the amount of data that can be carried from point to point in a given period of time.Until a few years ago when bandwidth was considerably limited, people looked to you and other formally trained professionals as information brokers —people equipped to provide them with the kinds of knowledge and insights they couldn’t find on their own.  It was pretty much a one-way transmission from you to them.Things are changing.  Millions of people, including many of your clients, are liberating themselves.  Frankly, they’re no longer turning to information brokers such as you for essential information.Looking at it another way, AleX, your clients are no longer clients in any conventional sense of the word. They’re using emerging social networking technologies to find information on their own.  In the process, they’re engaging in all types of discussion, sharing insights and providing valuable feedback.Simply put, they’re collaborating with other former clients to build their own learning environments, and they’re doing it without traditional information brokers.  These social networks are enabling them to contribute to fields that were once the exclusive domains of trained professionals such as you.That’s why, like it or not, you’ve got to get engaged, AleX.  You’ve got to engage because you’re otherwise going to miss out on these discussions.  Because you’re missing out, you’re not being exposed to many of the critical insights being generated by these new networks — insights that will influence your profession for years to come.Here’s another way of looking at it, AleX: You risk becoming a tortoise in a world increasingly occupied and dominated by hares.Not engaging with these networks is like exiting off a six-lane, high-speed Interstate onto a two-lane service road and driving at a snail’s pace.Yes, I know that as a professional, your work has always been built around your clients, working with them face to face day after day, sharing their concerns, establishing your bona fides as a true friend and champion of their interests.That’s not only understandable but also commendable, AleX.  Please understand, though, that this is not a zero sum situation.  Face-to-face networking will continue to comprise an integral and valuable part of your work in this new communications order. Now you can have it both ways.  Communicating with a wider circle of like-minded people around the country will provide you with a deeper understanding of your profession.By engaging with these wider audiences — listening, sharing insights and learning — you will expose yourself to a considerably wider dialogue going on in your professional field. In time, the deeper insights you gain from this new engagement will enhance your traditional face-to-face networking.Other professionals have cited this as one of the most valuable assets they’ve gained from engaging in social networks.While all of this seems a little bewildering right now, AleX, you’ve got a wonderful ride ahead of you.Enjoy every minute of it. In the meantime, listen, discuss and learn — that’s what this whole networking thing is all about.Author: Jim Langcuster This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLitlast_img read more

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WBO review rules Horn beat Pacquiao

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Horn stunned the Filipino legend — who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions — with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.The WBO — which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven — set up a panel of independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent,” the WBO said in a statement.“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent.“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”Horn welcomed the review when it was announced, and said he was ready for a rematch, an option specified in the Brisbane fight contract.“Let them review it,” the 29-year-old told Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper.ADVERTISEMENT “They will see it on a TV screen and probably see the same thing everyone else saw — me winning the fight.”Both the Philippine board and Pacquiao had criticised American referee Mark Nelson for supposedly allowing the underdog Australian to get away with illegal tactics without giving him warnings or point deductions.The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty, to retire and concentrate on politics.Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster. CBB/rgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather seeks round extension vs taxman Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bloodied till the end. Manny Pacquiao (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia,July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision that the Filipino legend protested. On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the WBO said Horn clearly won the match after it reviewed the fight. APSYDNEY, Australia — Australian Jeff Horn’s shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed Tuesday after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organization declared him the clear winner.The WBO took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, criticized the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View commentslast_img read more

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