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Mayor’s Update for March 4, 2016

first_imgDear Friends,I’d like to provide updates on a number of important road and drainage projects.On Monday, work is expected to begin in the area between 14th Street and 16thStreet near the bay. The project will include new drainage pipes capable of handling flow from a 10-year storm. Combined with new and bigger outfall pipes and bulkhead improvements that are already completed, the entire area will see vastly improved drainage.At the end of the month, I will schedule a town hall meeting to update neighbors and the public on a major project from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue. The engineering firm Michael Baker International will present concepts for drainage and roadway improvements for the neighborhood following the survey and design work they have completed to date.Baker started the process by meeting with the public at a town hall meeting in August. The city’s capital plan includes $4 million for the first phases of work, which will begin later this year. The project will replace and reconfigure drainage pipes and use pump stations to remediate flooding in this low-elevation area.Another massive project at the north end of Ocean City is in the design phase. The city will use a $5 million grant to replace drainage pipes, install a pump station and repave roads. Based on feedback from the public at a town hall meeting, the city team is currently working with the county and the state Green Acres program to assess an alternative location for outfall pipes. But work on the project still is expected to begin by early next year.These projects are all vital to improving the quality of life in Ocean City’s neighborhoods, and I understand there are many more roads in need of improvement. I also understand the frustration of residents with the pace of work.In the meantime, anybody interested in the progress of any of our capital projects can follow updates at ocnj.us/projects. The revamped website pages offer the latest information on roads and drainage, beach, boardwalk, bay, and public facility projects. The pages are a work in progress and are aimed at providing the public with the latest news. If you have further questions, I encourage you to contact Public Information Officer Doug Bergen at [email protected] or 609-525-9286. He’ll track down an answer for you, if he can’t immediately answer your question.I’m happy to report that the boardwalk project between Plaza Place and Eighth Street is near complete. Crews are finishing work on ramps, railings and lampposts, and the boardwalk will reopen by March 18, if not sooner.New Jersey American Water also has capital work underway off West Atlantic Boulevard and Gardens Parkway to upgrade the wastewater lift station that was constructed in the 1960s. This project is another example of the continued investment our local utility companies make in Ocean City’s infrastructure.I’d also like to congratulate Bike OCNJ and co-chairs Tom Heist and Drew Fasy. The group received an Advocate of the Year Award from the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition last Saturday. The local organization has been tireless in promoting measures to create safe bicycle routes in Ocean City, and they deserve our thanks.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorContact:Doug BergenPublic Information [email protected]last_img read more

RWE targeting renewables, hydrogen for future growth opportunities

first_imgRWE targeting renewables, hydrogen for future growth opportunities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):It still owns one of Europe’s largest coal power fleets and ranks among the continent’s biggest carbon emitters, but on RWE AG’s half-year earnings call, the focus was squarely on renewable energy. Through its green power unit, RWE Renewables GmbH, the company is chasing more capacity development and portfolio acquisitions across technologies, CFO Markus Krebber told analysts and journalists Aug. 13.With a planned acquisition from Nordex SE, RWE will add 2.7 GW of onshore wind and solar assets to its growing renewables development pipeline. The deal comprises largely French capacity, at 1.9 GW, as well as projects in Spain, Sweden and Poland.RWE is targeting 13 GW of renewables by 2022, increasing its footprint from 8.7 GW in 2019. A large slice of that growth in Europe and the U.S. will come from offshore wind — a market in which the company wants to be the global number two, behind Ørsted A/S.In Krebber’s eyes, investable renewables pipelines are set to become harder to come by as market interest in green power grows, driven in part by deep-pocketed fossil fuel players like BP PLC, which recently committed to a 50-GW capacity target for renewables by 2030. Capital deployment and capacity targets in the renewables space will exceed the number of available projects in the coming years, Krebber said. This is despite growing demand for clean power and green hydrogen — the latter being underpinned by a 40-GW electrolysis target for 2030 set by the European Commission — but the increasing competition is not concerning, he added: “Rather, it’s a confirmation of our chosen strategy.”Policy frameworks for European and German hydrogen development have buoyed RWE’s own plans for the segment, which include both the supply of renewables for green hydrogen production and logistical and storage projects for the fuel, which could be coupled with existing gas infrastructure and trading expertise, Krebber said.“Hydrogen is the great hope for the decarbonization of the industrial sector. It has enormous potential for the energy transition, and for RWE as well,” the CFO said. In June, the company announced plans to supply steel maker Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG with green hydrogen for its furnaces, pending regulatory support on pipeline investments.[Camilla Naschert]More ($): Largely spared by pandemic, RWE zooms in on renewables, hydrogen ambitionslast_img read more

Credit unions good option for young savers

first_imgCredit unions are a great option for young savers, Mike Schenk, CUNA vice president of economics and statistics, recently told Reuters for an article on children and saving.Credit unions offer local convenience, the article said. Schenk went on to explain that credit unions’ cooperative structure makes them more accountable to their members, and focused on the community.“The difference between credit unions and banks is that credit unions are not-for-profit and owned by depositors,” Schenk said.Another consideration is fees, the article noted. Because credit unions are not-for-profit and return earnings to their members, they typically charge fewer and lower fees than banks while offering more favorable interest rates–another reason credit unions are a good deal for young savers.April is National Credit Union Youth Month, which provides credit unions an opportunity to connect and convey to their members the importance of financial education at a young age. The month’s theme, “Wild About Saving,” was chosen from ideas submitted by credit union staff nationwide. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia steps up measures to anticipate influx of migrant workers returning home

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has raised concerns over an increase in imported COVID-19 cases as migrants workers are expected to return from abroad for Idul Fitri. He has ordered regional leaders to take preventive measures to stop the further spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.He said he had received reports of around 3,000 Indonesian migrant workers returning from Malaysia in the past several days.“We are concerned [because] some 1.8 million Indonesians may be leaving Malaysia, so we need to step up our measures for health screenings,” he said during a limited Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, citing data from the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) in 2019. Topics : “If they show no symptoms, they can be sent back to their hometown, but they will be considered ODP [patients under general monitoring].”In addition to migrant workers, the government is also preparing for the homecoming of 10,000 to 11,000 Indonesian crew members of luxury cruise ships.China, South Korea and Singapore have encountered a “new wave” of COVID-19 infections, meaning that new confirmed cases of the disease did not come from local contagions but from those who had been traveling overseas.Jokowi also said that the epicenter of the disease had shifted to Europe and the United States, so the government would also heavily monitor people entering Indonesia from both regions.“I want the health protocols to be stricter at airports, seaports and border checks. And if they are asymptomatic but under observation for the disease, we will return them to their countries of origin,” the President said.“But if they have symptoms, we will isolate them in a hospital, such as the one we are currently building in Galang Island, Riau Islands.” (glh)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Requiring Insurance Parity for Oral Chemotherapy Medication

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Bill Requiring Insurance Parity for Oral Chemotherapy Medication July 08, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed HB 60, sponsored by Rep. Matt Baker, which requires that insurance companies provide the same coverage for oral chemotherapy that they would provide for intravenous or injectable chemotherapy medications.“Today, I am pleased to sign HB 60 into law,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “No individual should ever have to forgo the medicine they need because of treatment costs. This bill will ensure that Pennsylvanians receive the medication they need at a fair cost. ”HB 60 creates more parity between the out-of-pocket costs associated with more traditional forms of chemotherapy drugs and the newer, oral formularies. The bill passed out of the House on a vote of 197-3 and was passed unanimously out of the Senate.Governor Wolf also signed the following bills into law:Act 74 – HB 64, sponsored by Rep. Adolph provides for suicide prevention continuing education.Act 75 – HB 898, sponsored by Rep. Boyle amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in prelim. provisions, further defining “emergency vehicle”; further providing for drivers; for visual & audible signals on emergency & authorized vehicles; providing for removal of dead deer.Act 76 – HB 1062, sponsored by Rep. Killion, amends the Public Welfare Code, in public assistance, further providing for persons eligible for medical assistance, for payments, for institutional care; for provider submissions; for time periods, for eHealth Partnership Program.Act 77 – HB 1335, sponsored by Rep. Lawrence, amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in powers of department and local authorities, further providing for emergency telephones along Pennsylvania Turnpike.Act 7A – HB 2175 sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Department of Community & Economic Development.Act 8A – HB 2176, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes an appropriation from the State Employees’ Retirement Fund to provide for expenses of the State Employees’ Retirement Board for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.Act 9A – HB 2177, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes an appropriation from a restricted revenue account within the General Fund to the Office of Consumer Advocate in the Office of Attorney General.Act 10A – HB 2178, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes appropriations from the restricted revenue accounts within the State Gaming Fund & from the State Gaming Fund to PGCB, the Dept. of Revenue, PSP, & the Attorney General.Act 11A – HB 2179, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes appropriations from the Workmen’s Compensation Administration Fund to DLI & DCED to provide for the expenses of the Workers’ Compensation Act, The PA Occupational Disease Act & Office of Small Business Advocate.Act 12A – HB 2180, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes appropriations from the Philadelphia Taxicab and Limousine Regulatory Fund and the Philadelphia Taxicab Medallion Fund to the Philadelphia Parking Authority for fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.Act 13A – HB 2182, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes an appropriation from the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund to provide for the expenses of the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.Act 14A – HB 2183, sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes appropriations from the Professional Licensure Augmentation Account and from restricted revenue accounts within the General Fund to DOS for use by the BPOA in support of board licensure boards assigned thereto.Act 15A – HB 2184 , sponsored by Rep. Markosek, makes appropriations from a restrict revenue account within the General Fund & from Federal augmentation funds to the PA Public Utility Commission for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.Act 78 – SB 917, sponsored by Sen. Browne, amends Title 42 (Judiciary), in juvenile matters, providing for interagency information sharing.Act 79 – SB 1104, sponsored by Sen. Greenleaf,  amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates & Fiduciaries), in orphans’ court divisions, for jurisdiction; for rules of interpretation, for incorporation of estate’s business; for agents; for powers of attorney; for charitable trusts; & repeal.Act 80 – SB 1123, sponsored by Sen. Vogel, amends Title 3 (Agriculture), in weights and measures, further providing for standards for automotive fuel.Act 81 – SB 1194, sponsored by Sen. Mensch, amends the State Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative Program Act repealing provisions relating to expiration.Act 82 – SB 1216, sponsored by Sen. Stefano, act designating the bridge on State Route 3087 connecting Scottdale, Westmoreland County, & Everson, Fayette County as the Private First Class Joseph Anthony Petrarca/Staff Sergeant John Williams Earnesty Memorial Bridge.Act 83 – SB 1217, sponsored by Sen. Stefano, act designating a portion of State Route 523 in Somerset County as the Private First Class Nils G. Thompson Memorial Highway.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Melbourne family to lap up new life by the water in Newport

first_imgMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019MARKET WRAP: 10 Resolute Court, Newport sold for $1,338,888.“The buyers have seen Redcliffe as the perfect location to move for family and lifestyle,” he said.He said the young family was excited about their sea change, having found the suburb after researching it on the internet. MARKET WRAP: 10 Resolute Court, Newport sold for $1,338,888.INTERSTATE buyers have purchased a five-bedroom canal frontage home in Newport for $1,338,888 – well above the suburb’s median price of $827,500, according to CoreLogic.One Agency Redcliffe principal Stephan Siegfried said 10 Resolute Court, which was the highest price on record in the street, sold to a Melbourne family who would move into the house in about six months. MARKET WRAP: 10 Resolute Court, Newport sold for $1,338,888.“I think they just looked at, probably like a lot of people do, a map and looked at areas that were close to Brisbane and offered a lifestyle that they wanted on the water,” he said.“I know they did look at the southern suburbs, around the Cleveland and Raby Bay area, but they like Newport.”Mr Siegfried said the fell in love with the home because it was on the water and finished to a very high standard.He said the family was one of 30 groups of people who inspected it during the 60 days on the market.last_img read more

KEM Offshore to Stand Guard over Hohe See and Albatros Offshore Wind Farms

first_imgDanish ship owner KEM Offshore has won a long term contract to provide guard vessel services during the construction of EnBW’s Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.The Hohe See wind farm will, combined with the Albatros extension, comprise 87 Siemens 7MW turbines installed about 100 kilometres offshore in the “BorWin cluster”.Construction work is scheduled for commencement in the first quarter of 2018 and could run until April 2020, KEM Offshore said.“Our guard vessels already have proven track records in the North Sea market, but this is our first long-term contract and we are of course excited and very proud to have been selected by EnBW to perform this work,” says Brian Schlosser, Business Development Manager at KEM Offshore.“Our feeling is that our clients have increased focus on parameters such as redundancy and vessel back up plans to ensure that construction schedules will not face any interruptions and with our fleet based in the port of Esbjerg and our capability to react very quick, we can offer our clients a reliable and no-nonsense setup that also works if unforeseen incidents occur.”last_img read more

C-Tecnics Kits Out Simec Trencher

first_imgAberdeen-based C-Tecnics Subsea Electronics has fulfilled an order for six high definition underwater inspection cameras to be installed on Simec Technologies’ latest ROV.The batch of model CT3017 titanium HD cameras, each providing full 1080p definition picture quality and rated to 4000 metres depth, should bolster the arsenal of Simec’s newest work-class trencher, C-Tecnics noted.C-Tecnics director, Mark Marie, said: “An opportunity presented itself to support an organization like Simec, who provide valuable service to the offshore sector. We thrive on opportunities such as these and were very pleased that our cameras were selected to be part of a new state-of-the-art ROV system. We relish the prospect of working with Simec on future projects.”Simec’s new ROV has lately completed its factory acceptance tests and wet trials, and is expected to be complete and ready to enter service in early 2019.last_img read more

Roxas puts up ‘Tindahan sa Barangay’ amid COVID-19

first_img “The “Tindahan sa Barangay” are being placed in strategic locations accessible to residents and it lessens the number people going to the city’s main public market at the TATC,” Mendoza told Panay News. ROXAS City – The city government here has established a program that aims to make essential goods accessible to its residents, who were affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, according to Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC) administrator Bong Mendoza. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits,rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others sold in Tindahan sa Barangay are being purchasedin bulk from whole sellers at the TATC by people interested in selling them intheir respective villages.  “People seemed happy because we broughtthe market of essential goods closer to them. But of course, social distancingmust be strictly observed during marketing,” the administrator added./PN Eleven more will be opened to serveresidents of the other barangays in this city the upcoming days.center_img With the establishment of ‘Tindahan sa Barangay,’ residents of Roxas City, Capiz will have no worries about purchasing essential goods despite the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits, rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others can be purchased in strategic locations accessible to residents of the villages. GLENN BEUP “Prices are regulated kay gina bagsak sa ila volume. Dapat ibaligya man ina nila at aprevailing retail price,” Mendoza said.  The city government here already opened Tindahan sa Barangay in Barangay Baybay on April 8 and in Barangay Lawaan yesterday. last_img read more