The UK Energy Industries Council (EIC) and the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on offshore wind.Source: World Forum Offshore WindUnder the MoU signed in Aberdeen, the two parties agreed to cooperate on offshore wind supply chain project activities.“We work extensively with supply chain companies and especially those diversifying from oil to gas to offshore wind. EIC members see the sector as key, in terms of long-term opportunities,” said EIC CEO Stuart Broadley.According to WFO, the deal will see the forum working closely with EIC’s members to foster knowledge and exchange ideas between the offshore wind and oil & gas industries.“WFO is absolutely delighted to be a partner of the UK’s EIC. As the world’s biggest offshore wind market, the UK is in an ideal position to greatly benefit from the global expansion of offshore wind energy,” said Gunnar Herzig, Managing Director of WFO.WFO was launched at the end of last year, becoming the first organization dedicated to fostering and promoting the global growth of offshore wind.The non-profit organization was founded by DEME, E.ON Climate & Renewables, innogy, Green Giraffe, Northland Power, Suzlon Energy, EEW Special Pipe Constructions, Marsh, Watson Farley & Williams, as well as the US Business Network for Offshore Wind, which represents over 200 member businesses in the states.
Versailles, IN—Saturday morning, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident with injury at the intersection of US 421 and County Road 200 South, just south of Versailles. The two vehicles collided ejecting Jolly, who was wearing a helmet, from the motorcycle. Jolly was airlifted from the scene and flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of internal injuries. Copeland and her 3 occupants were not injured in the accident. Arriving on scene deputies found that 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Cameran P. Copeland, 19, of Madison, was traveling west on County Road 200 South, when she failed to yield the right away to Dwight E. Jolly, 53, of Versailles, who was traveling south on US 421 operating 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
COLTS NECK – As a part of their senior project, six Law & Public Service Learning Center students decided to host a Young Voter Registration Breakfast for their peers on May 24.The group invited Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso and County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon to speak to seniors in the Law & Public Service Learning Center during the breakfast. DiMaso spoke about the county government and the roles of a freeholder. Hanlon explained the voter registration process to the group.Many of the seniors who are already 18 said they had not registered yet and were eager to fill out the registration form. Hanlon also told the students about a new law which allows them to complete the registration process at the age of 17. If a person were to turn 18 a few days before an election, they previously would not be registered in time to vote in that election. Under the new law, if the registration is completed at age 17, the individual would be registered and eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.The Colts Neck High School seniors who organized the breakfast were Geoff Bartner, Dominic Conoshenti, Devin Clementi, Emma Tucker, Josh Korn and Chris Meehan.The Law and Public Service Learning Center at Colts Neck High School is a rigorous program geared toward highly motivated students with demonstrated interests and abilities in history, politics, government, law, volunteerism and leadership. The program started in 2003 and currently has 122 students enrolled. In order to be accepted into the program, applicants must take an entrance exam and complete an essay, as well as having exemplary grades. Peter Krais, supervisor of the Social Studies, Law & Public Service Learning Center, estimates that roughly one- third to one-half of their students go into some sort of pre-law/public policy/political science type of college major.
By law, the Census Bureau must deliver each state’s population total to the president, which determines the number of seats a state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Originally planned for Dec. 31, the revised delivery date to the president is April 30, 2021. By Allison Perrine He and other elected officials in the Two River area are now urging residents not to make the same mistake in 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of May 9, 60.2 percent of New Jersey residents have self-responded to the survey online, by phone or by mail. In Monmouth County specifically, 63.9 percent of its residents have self-responded. In 2010, when the census was last conducted, a total of 70.1 Monmouth County residents self-responded. Perry said education funding from the state has been cut by more than $2 million over the years. If people fill out the census completely and accurately, the township hopefully won’t have additional cuts over the next decade,he said. The census is more than just a headcount. Mandated in the Constitution, it helps determine congressional representation, federal funding and much more. It is conducted every 10 years and allows state officials to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts to account for population changes. The goal is to have a complete and accurate count of U.S. residents in all 50 states and its five territories. He added that now could be easier than ever to fill it out, as most people are now working remotely from home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and have more time on their hands. “Our lives and our representation are going to be dictated by this estimate that is done for the next decade,” he said. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the U.S. Census Bureau’s ability to get more residents to respond the survey. During previous surveys, census takers would go door-to-door to seek responses from those who hadn’t already self-responded. That can’t happen in New Jersey because of the governor’s executive order to stay at home. However, surveys can still be completed online, over the phone or by mail, without having to physically meet with a census taker and the self-response deadline has been extended from July 31 to Oct. 31. Several other extensions for Alaska, island areas, Puerto Rico and more are available on the U.S. Census 2020 website at 2020census.gov. Minority communities are traditionally underrepresented on the census, so before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, tutors from Literacy NJ Monmouth were teaching in-person lessons to English as a Second Language (ESL) students on the importance of the census. The tutors also reviewed the questions on the survey with students to be sure they understood the vocabulary. In Middletown Township, Mayor Tony Perry explained how the benefits far outweigh the time spent filling out the census form. “It’s about all these little things that are little – in terms of the time it takes you to fill it out and the impact that it has on you,” he said. “The time is so minuscule. “We need to get this number up – get it up meaningfully and get it up fast,” Murphy said. “Ensuring every New Jerseyan is properly and accurately counted in the 2020 census is incredibly important,” he added. “So much rides on an accurate and full count.” The data on census response rates is available for some Two River area municipalities. As of May 9, that includes Atlantic Highlands with a 69.4 percent response; Fair Haven at 75.1 percent; Highlands, 50.2 percent; Little Silver, 77.0 percent; Monmouth Beach, 51.7 percent; Oceanport, 68.5 percent; Red Bank, 57.3 percent; Rumson, 67.9 percent; Sea Bright, 38.0 percent; and Tinton Falls, 67.4 percent. “With everything that is going on in our world today, I highly encourage our residents to complete the census as soon as they can so that we all can plan appropriately for the next decade,” said Hemphill. Ten years ago, when the U.S. Census was last conducted, New Jersey residents were underrepresented. Because of that, the state left “billions of dollars in federal aid on the table,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference May 6. “A majority of the students we called have either already filled it out online or will do so shortly,” said Even. So far, they have had a 41 percent participation rate of students engaging in the remote learning to take the census, which Even said is “great” considering it was put in place so quickly. “It is very important,” said Rumson Mayor Joseph K. Hemphill of the census. “Outside of the effects it has on the U.S. House of Representatives and district boundaries on the local, state and national levels, the results directly impact the federal funding for our communities over the next 10 years. Not to mention, the preparation for emergency responses, disease outbreaks, and even the day-to-day functional planning of our town stem from these results. That has changed, said Jhanna Even, program director with Literacy NJ Monmouth. Since March 15 when formal tutoring sessions shut down, the group switched to remote online learning. Some tutors are still teaching lessons through the Zoom application and FaceTime. They continue to call students, encourage them to fill out the census and ask that they have five friends and family do the same. Mandated in the Constitution, the census is more than just a headcount; it helps determine congressional representation, federal funding and much more. As of May 9, just under 64 percent of Monmouth County residents had responded to the 2020 survey. Because of COVID-19, the deadline to complete it has been extended to Oct. 31 Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau The article originally appeared in the May 14 – 20, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “Everybody wants great roads. Everybody wants to have their voices heard, whether it’s in Washington or in Trenton. It’s about special education. It’s about education funding” and senior citizen benefits, he said.