Scoreboard roundup — 1/20/21

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDallas 124, Indiana 112Philadelphia 117, Boston 109Cleveland 147, Brooklyn 135 (2OT)Miami 111, Toronto 102Atlanta 123, Detroit 115 (OT)Orlando 97, Minnesota 96Phoenix 109, Houston 103LA Clippers 115, Sacramento 96Golden State 121, San Antonio 99Washington at Charlotte (Postponed)Memphis at Portland (Postponed)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEEdmonton 3, Toronto 1San Jose 2, St. Louis 1 (SO)Minnesota 3, Anaheim 2Vegas 5, Arizona 2Vancouver 6, Montreal 5 (SO)TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLHouston 86, Tulsa 59Wisconsin 68, Northwestern 52Providence 74, Creighton 70Georgia Tech 83, Clemson 65Texas at Iowa St. (Postponed)Texas Tech at TCU (Postponed)NC State at Virginia (Postponed)Boston College at Virginia Tech (Postponed)Minnesota at Nebraska (Postponed)Xavier at UConn (Postponed)Saint Louis at UMass (Postponed)Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund January 21, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/20/21center_img Written bylast_img read more


first_imgThe Hoboken Soccer Patrons, a local nonprofit organization, raised $6,000 for the Hoboken High School girls soccer team during the first annual “Pasta Cup.” (See brief.) Councilman says names of five suspects have been given to cops, in racist flyer caseThe Police Department is still investigating an anonymous campaign flyer distributed before the Nov. 7 mayoral election, and treating it as a bias incident. The flyer targeted now Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla, placing the words “Don’t let TERRORISM take over this town” over his picture. Whoever made the ad also included the name of opponent Councilman Michael DeFusco, making it appear that DeFusco created the ad. However, DeFusco immediately denounced it and said it didn’t come from his campaign. He has also offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information which leads to a conviction in the case, and hired a private investigator. DeFusco’s campaign spokesman, Phil Swibinski, issued a press release on Tuesday, Nov. 28, which stated that they believe the reward has led to a “significant new lead that has been forwarded to the Hoboken Police Department” – which includes the names of five people who allegedly distributed the flyer. The police had released black and white photos of people caught on camera allegedly distributing the flyers. However, when asked about the press release. Police Chief Ken Ferrante said in an email that the identities provided by DeFusco’s campaign have not yet been corroborated. “When police investigators have people come forward with information, that info and the person providing the info are not identified until it needs to be (i.e. court), for many reasons, including the protection of the investigation, the protection of witnesses, and the protection of individuals against false claims,” he said. “When identities of individuals involved in this case are confirmed to the point of probable cause, at that time, complaints will be filed, arrests will be made, and then we will announce the arrests like we always do.” The identities of those distributing the flyers could potentially be traced to whichever campaign, political group, or politician hired them. Six people ran for mayor, four of whom already have elected positions. Ferrante said, “The Hoboken Police Department continues to perform interviews, work with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, use forensic science in assessing evidence, and look at all tips and information for corroboration and veracity. At this time, none of the leads or identities provided by the DeFusco campaign have been corroborated, and Hoboken Police Detectives continue to attempt to corroborate the info provided.” DeFusco said in a release, “This new information puts our city one step closer to finding out who perpetrated this heinous act that impacted our election and brought an incredible amount of negative attention to Hoboken. I am confident that the Hoboken Police Department is doing everything it can to solve this case and I would like to thank the many residents who responded to our reward offer and who share our goal of getting to the bottom of this disgusting act to hopefully prevent this kind of malfeasance from ever happening again.”Crowd surrounds cops in Hoboken when they try to break up brawl; four arrestedFour men were arrested in the wee hours of Saturday, Nov. 25 after a fight erupted outside of a bar on downtown Washington Street. Two officers were injured.Police Chief Ken Ferrante took to Twitter the morning of the arrests and said, “Last night, we had 2 HobokenPD officers from our midnight shift injured breaking up a brawl involving 40 people… Bars or restaurants that can’t control crowds will not be tolerated.”Hoboken resident Hashim Dyer, 21, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering apprehension, and resisting arrest. Hoboken resident Frank Henderson, 22, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering apprehension, and failure to disperse. Jersey City resident Christian Caputo, 23, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, hindering apprehension, and failure to disperse. Jersey City resident Robert Rosario, 21, was charged with hindering apprehension and failure to disperse.Dyer, Caputo, and Rosario were released with summonses to appear in court and Henderson was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Officers were patrolling downtown Washington Street when they saw a fight outside a local bar. As they tried to break up the fight between men and women, more smaller fights began. The officers requested back up to assist controlling the large unruly crowd. As the officers tried to stop the fight Officer Michael Losurdo was allegedly charged by Caputo and thrown to the ground. He was able to control the defendant with the help of Officer Tyrone Huggins and placed him under arrest. During the arrest of Caputo, Henderson and Rosario allegedly attempted to assist Caputo by charging the officers and pull him away. They officers regained control of Caputo and Henderson and Rosario allegedly fled the scene. A crowd formed around the officers as they attempted to place Caputo into the car. Sgt. Michael Costello tried to help clear a path for them when he was allegedly jumped from behind by Hashim Dyer who was then placed under arrest. Other police officers arrived to help including New Jersey Transit, New Jersey State Police, and North Bergen Police along with Port Authority Police. Rosario and Henderson were later found and placed under arrest. All were transported to headquarters for processing. Losurdo and Costello were treated at Hoboken University Medical Center for injuries. Lossurdo suffered injuries to his head, leg, and ear and was cleared for duty. Costello sustained a back injury and has not yet been cleared to return. Hoboken officials ask state to deny NY Waterway applicationMayor Dawn Zimmer, Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla, Council President Jen Giattino, and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher have urged the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to deny private ferry company NY Waterway’s application for a provisional permit in order to develop the existing Union Dry Dock site on the northern waterfront. NY Waterway plans to use the site, where a long-time ship repair business is presently located, for ferry repair and maintenance. The city wants to acquire the property to fill in a gap in the municipal waterfront walkway and create a park.Last month the City Council approved an ordinance that would permit the city to use eminent domain, after a subsidiary for NY Waterway purchased the property from Union Dry Dock & Repair Co for $11.5 million.NJ Transit plans to acquire the property from NY Waterway and then lease it back to the ferry company.Giattino and Fisher coauthored a letter which stated: “We are both members of Hoboken’s City Council, representing the 6th and 2nd Wards that include or are directly adjacent to the Union Dry Dock site under consideration… We are urging you to reject the application on its merits, and because of the potential negative impact to the Hoboken community and the disruption to a decades-long effort to secure the waterfront for public use and access.“This request from NY Waterway in concert with both Union Dry Dock and NJ Transit, came as a surprise without any input from Hoboken officials or its residents,” they added. They also stated, “On its merit, this application is anything but environmentally sound, creating environmental risks and quality of life issues for residents of and visitors to Hoboken.”NJ Transit has informed the city that they will enter into an agreement with the company and plan to allocate $12 million in its budget to acquire the property, according to a press release from the city. This ownership by a state agency would effectively nullify the city’s power to condemn and acquire the property.Residents may speak at the next NJ Transit board meeting which will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Board Room at NJ Transit’s Headquarters at One Penn Plaza East, Ninth Floor, in Newark. Zimmer and Bhalla also urged the DEP Commissioner to deny the application and ensure that the “entire transaction be fully evaluated in the light of day with full transparency for all interested parties. Unfortunately it appears as though the transaction has so far been conducted in a manner that appears intended to hide information.”Bhalla and Zimmer’s letter can be viewed in full at Waterway’s permit application can be viewed at Zimmer appoints new provisional fire chiefMayor Dawn Zimmer has announced that Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins will be appointed as the new provisional fire chief. He will be sworn in this week and will serve until a new Fire Chief test is administered in early 2018. The test will be open to all battalion chiefs and captains, and Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla’s Administration will make a decision on the next fire chief after the results of the test have been received.The position was previously held Anton Peskens. According to city spokesman Juan Melli, “The city and Chief Peskens were unable to agree upon terms for his permanent appointment to the position of fire chief. Therefore, the city has requested that Civil Service generate a new eligibility list. Chief Peskens did a great job as fire chief, but Civil Service rules do not allow the City to keep him in the provisional position while Civil Service generates a new eligibility list for consideration.”“I thank Chief Peskens for his service to Hoboken as Provisional Chief and Battalion Chief Crimmins for stepping up to serve as our next Provisional Chief,” said Mayor Zimmer.Battalion Chief Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked first on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and graduated first in his class at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he received a Master of Public Administration.CarePoint ‘Lunch & Learn’ series to focus on heart and lung diseasesCarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will hold its next Lunch & Learn Series, “Managing Heart or Lung Disease,” on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m.The program will include presentations by medical experts about how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A free, healthy lunch will be included.Register at [email protected] or [email protected] event will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City.SoulCycle is scheduled to open in Hudson Reporter building on Jan. 27According to a press release and email, SoulCycle is scheduled to open its Hoboken and second New Jersey location on Jan. 27 in the former Hudson Reporter building, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken.The full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle brand will have a 54 bike studio in the 8,955-square foot building, including the basement, and will also house an expansive lifestyle boutique selling SoulCycle’s original performance and athleisure clothing collections.Additional rider amenities include two showers, four individual restrooms and two changing rooms.SoulCycle in the New Jersey area costs $34 per class, according to the press release, and more than 20,000 riders take SoulCycle classes every day. Riders engage in high intensity cardio while also toning their upper bodies using hand weights and core engaging choreography. Fundraiser for Hoboken Family Planning Clinic announcedThe Friends of the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic will host their fifth annual Wine and Dessert fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the home of Jeannie and Bruce Lubin, 58 Ninth St., Hoboken, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.The evening will raise funds for the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to serve 70 low income women with needed health services for one year. The average cost for one woman is $286 per year.The minimum contribution is $50 and is tax deductible.Contributions can be made online to: [email protected] with PayPal and checks can be sent to Cindy Cray at 1248 Bloomfield St. Apt 4, and made payable to the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic.RSVP at [email protected]$6,000 raised for Hoboken High School girls’ soccer teamOn Friday, Nov. 17. the Hoboken Soccer Patrons, a local nonprofit, hosted Hoboken’s first “Pasta Cup” to raise funds for the girls’ soccer program at Hoboken High School.The first annual Hoboken Italian “Pasta Cup” had top local restaurants competing with their signature pasta dishes to win the Pasta Cup for Best in Hoboken.This year’s winner was Augustino’s, with Johnny Peperonni coming in second place, according to one of the founders of the organization, Councilman Ruben Ramos.Other restaurants included Blue Eyes, Tratttoria Saporito, Leo’s Grandevous, Otto Strata, Margherita’s, Luca Brasi, Grand Vin, San Guiseppe, and Rosticeria Da GiGi.“Thank you to all the restaurants, sponsors, and attendees,” said Ramos in a phone interview. “We sold about 170 tickets and raised about $6,000.”Sponsors included Hoboken Bar and Grill, Grace Leong of Hunter Public Relations, Joseph Branco, Tony Theodore, Rosalie Gennarelli of Zigarelli Chocolates, and Stan’s Sporting Goods.According to Ramos, the money will go to new training equipment and warm up gear.Give the gift of a good storyThe Friends of the Hoboken Library will host a used book sale on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to pick from a wide-ranging collection of gently used books which will be on sale on the newly renovated and yet to be open lower level of the Hoboken Public Library at 500 Park Ave. The books span wide categories including children’s, cookbooks, mystery, sci-fi, novels, classics, biographies, non-fiction, “coffee table” art books, plays, poetry and more. Prices range from $1 to $5 according to the organization and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to supporting the Hoboken Public Library. Public Hearing announced for part of the Master PlanThe Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the ground floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington St.The city has been actively involved in sustainability efforts for nearly a decade, achieving bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011 and silver certification in 2017. Sustainability has been promoted through several recent and current efforts that address climate adaptation, flood mitigation, public and environmental health, Green Building, and non-vehicular transportation.The draft Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) discusses these efforts and outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient city.The purpose of the public hearing is to take public comments on the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan. Depending on those public comments, the board may adopt the proposed Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element at that time.To view a draft of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element, go to and viaFrance Garrido (201) 319-1504 or [email protected] Attention commuters and drivers: A portion of Washington Street will be milled and paved next weekMilling and paving of four blocks of Washington Street, between Observer Highway and Third Street, is scheduled to take place the week of Dec. 4, weather permitting.Expected hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.According to the press release from the city, “Efforts will be made to maintain vehicular traffic where possible. However road closures will be required at times.”During construction, NJ Transit buses will operate on a detour. Buses heading toward Hoboken Terminal will travel south along Washington Street, detour east on Fifth Street, and south on Hudson Street. Buses heading toward New York will leave the bus terminal from Observer Highway, turn north on Bloomfield Street, turn east on Fifth Street, and continue north on Washington Street along the regular route.To facilitate bus detours, parking will be prohibited on both sides of Fifth Street between Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street as well as on both sides of Bloomfield Street near Observer Highway and Hudson Street near Fifth Street. Police will be on hand to help direct traffic.center_img ×The Hoboken Soccer Patrons, a local nonprofit organization, raised $6,000 for the Hoboken High School girls soccer team during the first annual “Pasta Cup.” (See brief.)last_img read more

Register now for CarePoint health’s free stroke wellness lunch & learn

first_img× JERSEY CITY – Hudson County residents can learn more about how to prevent strokes, or manage the side effects of having had one, at a CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, June 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m.Attendees of the Stroke Wellness program will hear presentations from a doctor and health care professionals from the fields of nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy and speech language pathology. They will educate participants about practices to help avoid strokes and measures to take if an individual has had one.A question-and-answer session will be part of the program.In addition, attendees will also be treated to a free, heart-healthy lunch.To register for the Lunch & Learn, email Nancy Aleman, CarePoint Health Director of Community Outreach, at [email protected] For more information, call (201) 341-1310.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for Jan. 18 to 24

first_imgJanuary 23, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 116Motor Vehicle Stops: 59Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 31Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 500 block West Ave., one in custody, at 10:39amFraud, 200 block 4th St., at 12:57pm January 18, 2015: Sunday                                                 Calls for service: 43Motor Vehicle Stops: 6Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 12Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 1200 block West Ave., one in custody, at 12:15pm January 22, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 87Motor Vehicle Stops: 33Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 23Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 7 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 12:00pmFraud, Westminster La., at 2:08pmTheft, 800 block Delancey Pl., at 4:56pmWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 6:07pm January 20, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 49Motor Vehicle Stops: 8Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 3 EMS callsFraud, 2100 Bay Ave., at 1:33pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.  Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days.  Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department January 19, 2015: Monday  Calls for service: 74Motor Vehicle Stops: 18Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 30Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 1 Fire and 0 EMS callsFraud, W. 17th St., at 1:09pmTheft, 5200 block Asbury Ave., at 3:13pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 4:16pmWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 7:04pm January 21, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 70Motor Vehicle Stops: 13Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 21Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 9 EMS callsBurglary, 600 block Asbury Ave., at 10:24amWarrant, 200 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 11:24amTheft, 300 block Ocean Rd., at 2:17pmCriminal mischief, 1200 block Asbury Ave., at 2:40pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESJanuary 18 – 24, 2015Calls for Service: 536Daily Average: 76 January 24, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 97Motor Vehicle Stops: 38Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 27Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 7 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 3300 block Simpson Ave., at 11:00amDomestic violence, 2300 block West Ave., at 6:04pmWarrant, 1400 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 8:12pmWarrant, 600 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 11:05pmlast_img read more

Jet Drive Exchange Offers Boating With Perks

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleA family vacation to Ocean City would be even better if a boat came with the hotel, beach badges and ride passes.But what if it was possible to rent a boat during a weeklong adventure, or better still, for the entire summer.TJ Heist, owner of Jet Drive Exchange, thought about that and has it all figured out.For 60 percent less than the cost of owning a boat, and for 100 percent less hassle, people can join his boat and jet ski club.For a one-time activation fee and a cost anywhere from $600 to $2,000, a family of four or more can rent a boat for the entire summer.Fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing or just lounging are some of the options aboard a boat.And if jet skis are the interest of choice, one awaits.Jet Drive Exchange offers boats great for tubing. (Courtesy TJ Heist)Heist, 26, opened Jet Drive Exchange at 228 Bay Avenue in Ocean City last year as a way to offer boat and jet ski memberships to those who want the benefits of ownership without the headaches that can go along it.With the membership comes the rewards, and boaters and jet skiers need not worry about maintenance, fueling up, cleaning, a slip fee or winterizing, Heist said.The boat, or jet ski, is fueled up and ready to go. All a member has to do is reserve a timeslot.“The whole idea is they get all the perks of ownership. We are providing the fun aspects of boating,” Heist, of Ocean City, said while standing on his Boathouse Marina dock.On Saturday, May 11, Jet Drive Exchange will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Heist and his staff will talk to people about how the membership works and showcase the three boats and four jet skis available.The season begins May 15 and runs through September. As an added bonus, during the first month and last month of the season, members will be able to go out for as long as five hours, Heist said. The regular time slot is for three hours.“Three hours tends to be plenty. People are usually happy with that amount of time, but this gives them more if they want it,” Heist added.Some of the Jet Drive Exchange fleet. (Courtesy TJ Heist)Members must sign an agreement, have a boating safety certificate and boating license and everyone aboard must sign waivers.And before members set off, Heist and his staff gives them a hand and answers any questions they may have.“There is always someone to help members get in and out of the boat slips,” he noted.Heist said there are many types of boating and jet ski enthusiasts who would be a good match for a membership.Someone may be interested in boating, but new to the sport altogether, he pointed out.There are also longtime boaters who are just tired of all the work that comes along with owning a boat, who may want to enjoy the waters aboard someone else’s responsibility, Heist said.Having a jet ski membership also has many advantages, he said.“When you rent one of our jet skis you could go anywhere on the island. Some places only let you go in the back bays,” he said. “A jet ski more than pays for itself in one season. It is inexpensive compared to buying a jet ski or renting one a few times a year.”There is a boat for fishing. (Courtesy TJ Heist)Heist, who has his captain’s license, is also the owner of Totally Tubular Water Sports at 314 Bay Avenue, Ocean City.He said the club is another avenue to provide enjoyment for fellow boaters and water sports enthusiasts.The boats include a new boat for 2019. It is a 20-foot Bennington Pontoon boat. Heist said it is a great boat for lounging and features seating for 10 people.The other boats are a Yamaha AR192, ideal for wakeboarding, cruising and tubing, and a Yamaha MAHA 190 FSH for fishing, tubing and cruising.The jet skis are designed for riding and touring and seat one to three people.Heist said he is optimistic that with the interest level in the boat and jet ski memberships so far, that sometime this season a fourth boat will be added to the fleet.Currently, the club has 45 members.“Members loved it last year and are coming back,” Heist said. “We signed up 20 people over the winter.”Many of the Jet Drive Exchange club members visit Ocean City during the summer from their homes in Pennsylvania. Others are second home owners in the resort.“A lot of our existing members and new members want to get into boating and maybe don’t know the next step,” Heist explained. “With a membership, they don’t have to worry about anything. We take care of it all.”For more information visit www.jetdriveexchange.comHeists says the jet skis are a popular option for members.last_img read more

Organization awards sustainability prize

first_imgOne project developed a plant for processing cassava on-the-go. The other created a scorecard for assessing resilience to climate disasters.Both are recipients of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is best known for an index that ranks countries in order of their vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.“Our mission is really to increase the world’s awareness about the need to adapt in order to inform investments in both the private and development sector to improve livelihood in the face of climate change,” Joyce Coffee, managing director of ND-GAIN, said.The prize, which ND-GAIN awarded to two recipients at an event in New York City on Wednesday, focuses on corporations making a difference in the world of “climate adaptation,” according to Coffee.“The reason why we have the award in the first place is that frankly, not until very recently was it possible to walk into a room and say the words ‘climate adaptation’ and have anyone know what you meant,” Coffee said. “We’re really celebrating climate adaptation as a method for corporations to serve their triple bottom line: the value of their corporation to their shareholders, the value of their corporation to the world and the value of their corporation to the environment.”The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO), a Netherlands-based corporation, received the prize for developing a mobile plant that allows them to process cassava close to local farmers, according to a DADTCO press release.“The technology we have is mobile so we can go close to the farmers, and we can make sure that the same day, the cassava roots are processed,” Renske Franken, a member of the enterprise development team at DADTCO, said.Franken said this mobility is key, as cassava’s high perishability makes it difficult to ship long distances. While reducing transportation costs and emissions, the mobile plant also makes way for cassava — an important climate adaptation crop because of its ability to survive in poor weather conditions — to play a bigger part in local markets.“We say we want to start the cassava revolution,” Franken said. “It shouldn’t be neglected any more as it has been.”“It’s helping to build an economy, and whenever you build an economy, you definitely see an increased resistance to any kind of shock, including climate shock,” Coffee said.Coffee said the cassava mobile plants will be implemented in other industries as well.“The starch from cassava is used for a variety of things, including for beer,” Coffee said. “So this is our first craft beer adaptation project we can think of.”The second innovation recognized grew out of a partnership between engineering firm AECOM and technology leader IBM. The two companies worked together, for free, to develop a disaster resilience scorecard for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The scorecard, which Coffee says looks to identify the “biggest risks” for a city, focuses on 85 different resilience criteria that cover aspects such as infrastructure, environment and recovery. “It’s not just that you create a scorecard; the scorecard helps you prioritize your investments, so that in an era of limited resources, you have a scorecard that tells you where you’re going to be able to optimize your infrastructure investment or your human investment,” Coffee said. Award submissions must be based in a country that ranks below 60 (out of 180) on the Global Adaptation Index, Coffee said. Additionally, the project must have some kind of corporate background.“We need to see a corporate lead because we are trying to prove that corporations gain benefits from being climate adaptation leaders,” Coffee said.Once submitted, a panel of judges — including members of ND-GAIN and judges from outside institutions like PepsiCo and the Catholic Relief Services — reviewed the projects before reaching a final decision.Ultimately, Coffee said, the Corporate Adaptation Prize fits into the University’s larger mission of social justice.“There’s a new risk that cuts across all sectors and all communities,” she said. “It’s disproportionately felt by the poor, and we need to be sure that leaders of every sector are aware of the risks and the opportunities presented to this new global era.”Tags: AECOM, climate adaption, Climate change, corporate adaption prize, DADTCO, IBM, ND Gainlast_img read more

John Travolta to Talk Summer Lovin’ in the West End

first_img As for playing one of the most iconic roles in musical theater that will be recreated in high school auditoriums for generations to come? “I love that ‘You’re The One That I Want’ is the number one duet in the history of music. It’s not an easy achievement to have. You can’t predict that kind of thing.” You’d think those hips wouldn’t move as well as they used to, but he completely killed it with his Adam Shankman choreographed moves as Edna in Hairspray. Travolta admitted, “I never used to look forward to any exercise but dance, but I look forward to it now.”  We got chills, they’re multiplyin’! John Travolta’s famous chin dimple and baby blues are making their way to London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to chat about the highs and lows of life in the spotlight in A Conversation with John Travolta. You’ve seen him moving his pelvis on screen in Grease and Saturday Night Fever (actually, even in the film adaptation of Hairspray), but on February 16 the Oscar nominee will open up on stage to host Barry Norman, as well as take questions from audience members. Norman replaces the previously announced Jonathan Ross. View Commentscenter_img “If you had told me I would play a president or a heroin addict hit man or even that role [playing the mother] in Hairspray, those are not roles I would conjure up from my own imagination,” Travolta admitted to London’s Evening Standard. Well yeah, we’ll always think of him as the sexy guy with amazing rhythm, swinging his hips for perm having, spandex-clad ladies. Londonlast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Tony Noms, Danielle Brooks & More

first_imgWe Hope Rob McClure Likes EggsAfter literally leaping into his jacket in Noises Off, Rob McClure’s about to figuratively hop into some ruffles in Something Rotten!. He’ll take over for Brian d’Arcy James in a few weeks. We hope he likes eggs—and for our sake, can find a way to incorporate his uncanny Nathan Lane impression. The show is essentially The Producers meets Shakespeare, right? When there’s a Will, there’s a way, Rob. Broadway Doesn’t Play on Star Wars DayWas the Fourth with you this week? Because it def was with B’way. On May the Fourth, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley—the two breakout stars of The Force Awakens—were tapped for big, theatrical classics: Woyzeck at the Old Vic and the Hamlet-based movie Ophelia. On top of that, Lin-Manuel Miranda brought out J. J. Abrams for the latest #Ham4Ham show. Now, about that actual Star Wars musical… The Tonys Are More Wicked Than EverThe Tony nominations have finally arrived, and there’s a certain show that got a lot of love. No, not Hamilton. That’s right: Let 2016 be remembered as the year of Wicked. Two Elphabas—Carmen Cusack and Saycon Sengbloh—received nods; former G(a)linda Megan Hilty—picked up her first. The list goes on, and we assume this means another “Defying Gravity” performance at the Tonys. Ahh-ahh-ah-ah-ahh! Alex Brightman, Megan Hilty, Benjamin Walker, Jonathan Groff, Danielle Brooks & Ben Whishaw(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Joan Marcus, Jeremy Daniel & John Phillips/Getty Images) Burstein & Luker Are (Probably) EvilDanny Burstein and Rebecca Luker are two of the kindest people on Broadway. Just ask anyone in the business…except for maybe Adam Dannheisser. Burstein’s Fiddler co-star has a theory that because the pair is so nice, they must unmask when they’re home alone to reveal their true, demonic forms. This actually works out great: when Luker’s done in Fun Home, she can unmask and play Fruma Sarah. AKB Has a Ben Whishy-Washy SecretWe know all about Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s fascination with Ben Whishaw. (Exhibit A.) So it should come as no surprise that when Whishaw (and the whole Crucible cast) wished Tuck Everlasting a “beautiful” run, Andrew stole the note for his own dressing room. A note’s fine, AKB, but what about the real deal? We hear Ben loves Flamin’ Hot Cheetos…and Froot Loop-scented things. You’ve got this! Don’t Give Sofia Bananas or CoconutsSofia has plenty to cry “hell no” for in The Color Purple, but when she’s offstage, Tony nominee Danielle Brooks exudes radiance and positivity. That being said, she still has a hell-no list: bananas, coconuts and bad attitudes. We get that last one, but what’s so bad about the first two? Note: If you were planning on making these for her, we’ll gladly accept them on her behalf at HQ. Brightman + Summers = Squad Goals If you’re the type of person to joke about how no one calls each other anymore, just look at the relationship between Alex Brightman and Marc Summers. While side by side with Susan Blackwell, the School of Rock Tony nominee called up our favorite Double Dare/Unwrapped host, and Summer immediately picked up. Wow. Squad goals…and telephone courtesy goals. Tommy Kail Didn’t Talk to Lin at One PointLin-Manuel Miranda has some fancy friends now that Hamilton is a record-breaking hit. Everyone seems to be tight with him, but there’s one guy who’s too cool for even Lin: director Thomas Kail. The two went to Wesleyan together, but since Kail was a senior when Miranda was a freshman, he kept his distance—especially when Lin was caught stealing lights. This sounds like the start of the Next Great American Musical. How does a freshman/at Wesleyan/swipe some lights from a gymnasium… The BACAs Are Totally F**ked…AgainIf the Tony nominations are all about Hamilton Wicked, the Audience Choice Awards are all about Hamilton Spring Awakening. On top of the revival winning, original stars Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher Jr. picked up trophies. We’re just saying, Lea Michele: This would be a good time if you wanted to come back. Perhaps The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Sorry, wrong Lea Michele.) Ben Walker’s Dog Is Psycho for a PigAmerican Psycho has everything from a blood-soaked orgy to a vomiting Alice Ripley. It’s a lot, but fortunately, Benjamin Walker’s dog Arnie is here to make it simpler. In Jenn Damiano’s latest vlog, Arnie barked for his stuffed pig toy. This, according to Walker, was a metaphor for the consumerism of the ‘80s that led to Patrick Bateman’s rampage. So if you see Psycho and get confused, think of puppies. View Comments Happy Friday/Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth Reunion Day! We know it’s a lot to ask, but please take a break from watching their “For Good” music video, because there’s so much to catch up on. It’s been a wild seven days on Broadway, from some history-making Tony nominations to some history-making Audience Choice Awards to Ben Whishaw maybe considering filing a restraining order. Take it all in below; it’s time for the Lessons of the Week!last_img read more

7 Cats, Dogs That Want to Cuddle Up With You

first_imgAnd mark your calendar for the next Last Hope Animal Rescue Flea Market and Jewelry Sale scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Advent, 555 Advent St. in Westbury. Customers are mostly interested in knick-knacks, jewelry and household items.Please also consider donating items for the sale. Donations will be accepted 2:30 to 7 p.m. April 27 at the church. For information or to donate jewelry or other items, contact: JoAnna Scheps at [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If this lineup of adorable cats and dogs available for adoption this week isn’t enough, there’s also an upcoming adoption event and a sale that benefits homeless animals coming soon. AlbieAvailable for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:Albie is a super sweet 9-year -old Pit mix who is looking for a family to love. This big boy is a mush for affection and loves to greet people. He also is a food hound who is always seeking out treats from staff and volunteers!When Albie was first rescued, he was too weak to stand up and now after months of recuperating this boy is on the go. When not snuggled up in warm blankets taking naps, Albie enjoys going on walks and meeting new friends. DingoDingo is a large white and tabby cat with an unusual face that makes him look like he’s squinting. He is a very affectionate boy who loves getting chin scratches and will follow his favorite staff members around. This guy is a gentle giant who is just looking for someone to love him and spoil him the way he deserves. Midnight is a sweet 6-month-old long-hair kitten. She is active and loves playing with catnip mice. She is a stunning girl with a sweet personality who loves getting affection and being held. Midnight would do great as a spoiled solo cat or in a multi cat household where she would have someone to play with. Sebastian is a gentle giant who prefers to curl up in your lap rather than be in the center of the action. He is a large kitty who is great at snuggling and would be the perfect companion to watch movies with. Sebastian would do best in a calm household.For more information on adopting Albie, Dingo, Midnight and Sebastian, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or visit 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington. Available for Adoption with Last Hope Animal Rescue:In the market for an awesome Beagle? What about Bob? He is an amazing laid-back Beagle who arrived at Last Hope from an over-crowded Kentucky shelter.At about 8 years old, Bob is outgoing and friendly with other dogs, but not all that interested in playing with them. Bob would thrive in a home with calm kids and other calm dogs like him.For more information about adopting Bob, contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or call 631-425-1884.HarmonyAvailable for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:Who doesn’t need a little Harmony in their life? Harmony (reference #180106) is an 8-year-old gal who was surrendered to the shelter because her owner was moving. She is a petite girl that weighs 6 pounds.Harmony is very mellow and loves to be held. She is missing the surroundings that made her feel loved and comfortable. It is so hard for these cats to be uprooted and then left behind to get used to a shelter environment as opposed to a safe and comfortable home. Harmony would be a great companion and a happy addition to any home. For more information about adopting Harmony, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.MackAvailable for adoption at Fur Friends in Need:Mack is the full package! At 1 ½ years old, this tiny 10 pounds of cuteness makes the perfect dog since he not only loves to cuddle with humans, but he also loves to play with other dogs, cats and kids! For more information about adopting Mack, contact Fur Friends in Need at furfriendsinneed.comAdoption Events:North Shore Animal League America’s 2018 Tour For Life™, the world’s largest national cooperative life-saving mobile pet adoption tour, stops at NYCB Live Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, at 1255 Hempstead Tpke. in Uniondale 12 to 6 p.m. April 20.last_img read more

7 strategies for helping your child become financially independent

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Life after college can be hard, especially when your child moves back home. High student loan debt and expensive rents, coupled with a low salary, can make living independently a challenge for someone just starting out. Parents can help their children get on their feet financially by teaching good money management skills.“If someone needs to move back home and they’re not just using it as an easy way out — because their parents will pay for everything, cook, clean and do laundry — it’s a sign that your child is in financial trouble,” says Clare Levison, certified public accountant financial planner in Blacksburg, Virginia. “If they’re not able to live on their own, it’s an indicator that there are some financial issues.”College grads frequently move back in with their parents, especially in metropolitan areas with a high cost of living. This living situation can help your child become independent, provided that he or she takes this time to build good money management skills. You have your own financial goals too, and supporting grown children when you can’t afford to may jeopardize your own plans, like retirement.You may need to take a more hands-on approach with your child at first; here are steps to help do that. continue reading »last_img read more