Holcomb Signs Budget, Road Funding Bills

first_imgPhoto 3: Gov. Holcomb offers remarks prior to bill signings for HEA 1001 and HEA 1002.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Photo 2: Sen. Crider, Senate Pro Tem Long, Gov. Holcomb, House Speaker Bosma, and Rep. Soliday celebrate following the governor’s signing of HEA 1002, the state’s transportation funding bill. INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb, joined by House Speaker Brian Bosma, Senate President Pro Tem David Long and other lawmakers, today signed into law a balanced budget and historic infrastructure funding.“Indiana lawmakers passed an infrastructure plan of historic proportions, putting our state in a strong position to finish what we started, maintain what we have and build for future growth. We did this all while maintaining a balanced budget and responsible reserves that will continue to diversify and grow our economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This achievement is marked by the spirit of collaboration that made this session a tremendous success for Hoosiers.”The biennial budget (House Enrolled Act 1001) and state’s transportation funding plan (House Enrolled Act 1002) gained final legislative approval late last week.“Today marks a monumental achievement for our state. Not only have we enacted another honestly balanced budget funding our key priorities, we have enacted an historic road funding plan for the next generation, cementing Indiana’s reputation as the Crossroads of America,” Speaker of the House Brian Bosma said. “Our long term road funding plan is comprehensive and sustainable, does not saddle our children with debt, and answers the call to direct all fees paid at the pump to roads. Unlike other states and Washington, D.C., we worked from a strong fiscal foundation to build consensus, support pro-growth policies and keep Indiana moving in the right direction.”The state budget funds several priorities outlined in Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level legislative agenda in January, including incentives to increase the amount of venture capital in the state, regional economic development, pre-K expansion, double tracking the South Shore Line in northwest Indiana, pay increases for law enforcement officers and more.HEA 1002 provides long-term funding to maintain state and local roads while finishing projects we have started and delivering the tools to invest in our future.“These bills work together to position Indiana for continued growth and prosperity,” Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long said. “Responsible fiscal management has been the foundation of our pro-growth economic environment for over a decade and this budget bill continues to advance those principles. When you combine that with a sustainable plan to fund our transportation infrastructure needs for the next 20 years, I think Indiana is continuing to send a message that we are a great place to live and do business.”Visit the 2017 Bill Watch webpage to view these and other bills the governor has signed into law.Photo 1: (Left to Right) Sen. Hershman, Senate Pro Tem Long, Gov. Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, Rep. Brown gather as the governor signs HEA 1001, the state’s biennial budget bill.last_img read more

‘Cat in the Hat’ Opens Children’s Theater Series on Monday

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company opens its 2014 Children’s Theatre Series on Monday (July 7) with “The Cat in the Hat.”The Dr. Seuss classic will be performed live on stage at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the Ocean City Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets) on Monday and again on July 12 at the Moorlyn Family Theatre (across from the Music Pier). Both shows start at 10:30 a.m.The show is the first of five family-friendly theatrical productions this summer.  OCTC has assembled talented, professional casts to bring to life a wide range of stories on the stages of the Ocean City Music Pier and the Moorlyn Family Theatre.Kids coming to the show are invited to bring their favorite Dr. Seuss book to be autographed by the cast.OCTC’s children’s series continues with the classic tale of “Cinderella” July 14 and 19. Pirates will take over Ocean City on July 21 and 26 as the popular storybook “How I Became a Pirate” leaps off the pages and onto the stage. A new live production of everyone’s favorite bear family is sure to be a hit as “The Berenstain Bears” is featured on July 28 and August 2. Rounding out the series is the staged musical version of “Stuart Little” on August 4 and 9.OCTC’s professional Children’s Theatre Series is under the direction of John Anker Bow with Andrew Hink as music director and Colleen Kreisel as choreographer.“So many special memories will be created as kids, families, and the young at heart enjoy live family theatre at an affordable price,” Artistic Director Michael Hartman said.All tickets are $10.For tickets to the Monday morning shows at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, call 609-525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.For tickets to the Saturday morning shows at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, call 609-399-0006 or visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.OCTC’s 2014 Children’s Theatre Season is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds were administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission, under the authority of the County Library Commission, for the Board of Chosen Freeholders.To learn more about the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and other upcoming professional and educational programming visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com.last_img read more

Ocean City Woman Shines With Cleaning Company

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleClaudia Tapia had all the experience of making sure people’s homes in Ocean City and surrounding communities, were immaculate and spotless.The mother of three loved the work, knowing that it brought happiness to her customers.And for 15 years she was successful at housekeeping. So successful that Tapia, 45, of Ocean City, decided to stop working for other cleaning companies, and decided to start her own business Super Clean 4U.But venturing out on her own to begin a new career, one that involved a lot more responsibility, wasn’t completely her idea.Super Clean 4U staff say you could tell a big difference from the time they walk in to the time they are finished cleaning. (Courtesy Super Clean 4U)Tapia’s son, Chris Avila, 19, a 2018 Ocean City High School graduate, gave her a little nudge.“One day when she came home from work, I said, ‘Mom, maybe you could make more money by working for yourself instead of someone else.’”His first attempt didn’t seem to generate much of a response from Tapia, Avila said with a laugh alongside his mother, who was also chuckling.“I think I asked her multiple times. I kept throwing it out there,” Avila continued.That was through 2017 into 2018. By the winter of 2018, Tapia started thinking, maybe her son was on to something.“She was kind of iffy but started to like the idea,” Avila said.By April 2018 Tapia made the leap. She started out slowly, hired her two friends, Estela Hernandez and Florenia Bautista, and through word of mouth, people whose homes she used to do while working for other companies began calling her to come and clean their homes and rentals.Super Clean 4U specializes in making a home spotless. (Photo courtesy Super Clean 4U)Super Clean 4U cleans homes and rentals and offices in Ocean City, Somers Point and Sea Isle City. Tapia said she also has dedicated customers in Longport and Margate. They do weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleaning.“It is pretty cool,” said Avila, who manages his mother’s business. “It is really a dream come true for our family.”For Tapia, she said having her son help with the business means so much to her.Avila feels the same, “l like to help my mom as much as I can,” Avila said. “I talk to the clients a lot and set up the appointments.”In addition to her son, Tapia’s two friends also work for her. Estela Hernandez and Florenia Bautista, both of Ocean City, said they like working for Tapia because, while it is hard work, they have fun and it is done with pride.They average about three houses a day, but that varies depending on the amount of cleaning required and the size of the homes. Prices vary based on size of the home and the needs.Super Clean 4U will come to homes or businesses to give free estimates.“When a customer walks in the house and looks around they can really see the difference. It is just clean, organized,” Hernandez said with a wide smile.Bautista said she enjoys working for Super Clean 4U because there is always something different to do or see.And for the close-knit crew, their busy season is starting to take off.“We are getting a lot more calls now than when we started the business last year at this time,” Tapia noted. “We are getting busy.”There are many reasons why Tapia’s success is so important to her. Not only does it help support her three children, from Avila to a 13 and 8 year old, but it can help in the years to come.“I am happy that there is something for the future of my family,” she said. “I really like cleaning houses because I like how happy it makes people. They know we do our best to make sure their homes look spotless.”For more information visit www.superclean4u.comor call 609-579-5411. Super Clean 4 U began with an idea by Chris Avila, (left) His mother, Claudia Tapia, ran with it. (at right next to van) Next to Tapia is employees Florenia Bautista with employee Estela Hernandez.last_img read more

Guidance: DHSC group accounting manual 2018 to 2019

first_imgThe DHSC group accounting manual (GAM) includes mandatory accounting guidance for DHSC group bodies completing statutory annual reports and accounts. These group bodies include clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and arm’s length bodies.The GAM is approved by the HM Treasury Financial Reporting Advisory Board. It is based on the 2018 to 2019 treasury financial reporting manual, adapted for the NHS. The GAM is updated to reflect changes to the 2018 to 2019 treasury financial reporting manual.The additional guidance updates the GAM and must be treated as having the same status as the GAM itself. It will be updated as further issues arise, whether related or unrelated to Treasury updates, so that all the additional guidance for 2018 to 2019 will be contained within a single document.last_img read more

Dell EMC Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in 2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays… Why This Really Matters

first_imgDell EMC is certainly proud to once again be recognized by Gartner as a leader in the recently published “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”, but to look at this MQ in isolation would be missing the forest for the trees.  Instead, it’s important to interpret Dell EMC’s placement in the larger context of our customer’s transformation journey.The Journey is the End-StateDell EMC declared 2016 the “Year of All Flash”, and many organizations are rapidly adopting our all-flash solutions to help them accelerate their IT and business transformation journey.  But no two organizations are alike when it comes to transformation and not surprisingly many organizations still rely upon traditional general-purpose arrays within their data centers.  This is why Dell EMC’s positioning as a leader in the General-Purpose Disk Array market is so important.Customers want and need complete choice and flexibility on their transformation journey and they want to rely upon one vendor to address all their challenges.  And while Dell Technologies and Dell EMC both have individual positions in this year’s MQ due to research and customer reference checks happening pre-merger, the important takeaway is that our solutions are recognized within the Leaders quadrant – and will only get better now that we’re one company.Furthermore, a core tenet of our portfolio strategy is to provide customers with the ultimate in choice and flexibility regardless of the problem they are trying to solve.  That means offering market-leading solutions for both general-purpose arrays as well as solid-state arrays.  We’re also enabling choice and flexibility with software!  Dell EMC recently announced we have boosted the capabilities of our mid-market proven SC Series (formerly Compellent™) storage arrays by making them interoperable with the world’s leading portfolio of storage management, mobility and data protection solutions formerly only available to EMC customers. By rapidly extending key software capabilities to include the SC series, we enable our customers to mix and match our storage products and services within their enterprises while taking advantage of a common user experience with the same storage management, data protection and mobility capabilities.Isilon is a another mainstay in general-purpose disk arrays that lends its success as the #1 scale-out NAS array to Dell EMC’s overall storage market leadership. With more than 10 years of market growth and over 7,000 customers, Isilon continues to rapidly evolve and innovate to meet our customers’ growing demands for storing and analyzing unstructured data-based workloads. In fact, Gartner’s first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File System and Object Storage published last month provides a more detailed look at Isilon. Click on the link above to find out what Gartner thinks. If you ask us, t’s pretty clear the industry recognizes that Isilon is leading the scale-out file system market due to its stability, high data efficiency, management simplicity and the high level of customer satisfaction.It’s All in the JourneyUrsula K. Le Guin once wrote, ‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  This adage is as true in business as in life; transformation is the journey and organizations need to be able to rely on their trusted vendors to help them get from where they are to where they want to be.The good news is that as customers journey towards all-flash storage as a pillar of the modern data center strategy, Dell EMC is with them every step of the way. We believe this bears out as evidenced by our leadership in both the general-purpose MQ as well as our recognition in the leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.Dell EMC has been recognized as a leader in 21 Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel this position in Gartner’s latest report lets the world know what our customers are experiencing every day—that Dell EMC delivers choice and flexibility with world-class products to meet business needs today, tomorrow and beyond. This recognition supports our belief that no other vendor is better equipped to enable digital transformation than Dell EMC.View the full report from Gartner, “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more

Belles for Fitness get into shape

first_imgThe women of Saint Mary’s gained 134 new BFFs on Monday — Belles for Fitness, that is. The Belles for Fitness program, created in 2008, encourages participants to exercise 200 minutes per week over a five-week period. Bridgette Van Schoyck Clark, fitness instructor and Belles for Fitness director, said the unhealthy fitness behaviors of some students prompted her to create the program. “I started this program in 2008 because as I would spend [about] three hours per day in the Angela [Athletic Facility], I noted that one to two weeks before Spring Break the students were in there killing themselves with these ridiculous marathon workouts to lose their holiday pounds before [bikini season],” Clark said. “I decided to develop a program that would help them shed their holiday pounds safely over a [five] week period instead of two.” Clark said Belles for Fitness helps students safely shed their winter break weight by encouraging participants to form teams of two to 10 people for motivation and moral support. “Research has proved over and over that women have a greater chance of success with the support of their friends and family; thus, the teams,” she said. And the choice of a 200-minute weekly fitness goal was no accident either, Clark said. “The goal of 200 minutes comes from the recommendation of the American College of Sports Medicine that we need to exercise 300 minutes per week to prevent weight gain,” Clark said. “So 300 minutes minus about 100 minutes of walking on campus to and from classes equals 200 minutes.” Clark said various types of exercise count as fitness, including cardiovascular and strength training, flexibility, fitness classes, exercise videos and sports. Teams are also encouraged to exercise and meet outside of the Angela Athletic Facility. “[Teams] come together once a week for a ‘team huddle’ to keep each other motivated,” Clark said. “[They can] share Shape Magazine ideas, recipes, new ab routines, or discuss the helpful information put together for each huddle.” Clark added she is trying to freshen up the routine with new activity offerings for participants this year. “I’m trying to change it up and keep it fresh and fun, so [teams] will be getting free passes to some of the local facilities to change up their workouts,” she said. “They can go to the ICE [Athletic Center] for a Piloxing class, Memorial [Health and Lifestyle Center] to swim in the pool, Solace [Yoga Studio] for Hot Yoga and the Kroc [Corps Community Center] for the rock climbing wall. I also have guest trainers coming in on the weekends to take the girls through some fun Belles for Fitness workouts.” Clark’s creative ideas have produced positive results for Belles for Fitness. The program’s record turnout over the past four years is 150 participants, and this year’s pace is on track with that record, with 24 teams totaling 134 students and faculty members participating so far. As a team-based initiative, Belles for Fitness helps students push themselves to work out not only on an individual level but also as integral members of a team. “In January and February, we can easily go ten days without seeing any sunshine, which makes it easy to hibernate in our nice warm dorm rooms and eat comfort food, cooped up with all the germs that run rampant through campus,” Clark said. “This program gives the girls that little extra push to get out and exercise, relieve some stress, build up their immune system, work the kinks out and exercise their most important muscle ¾their heart.” Clark has a simple message for students considering joining the initiative: “Just do it.”last_img read more

Lecture presses need for prison reform

first_imgMartin F. Horn, executive director of the New York State Sentencing Commission, delivered the fourth annual Human Dignity Lecture sponsored by the Institute for Church Life on Wednesday.Horn’s lecture, entitled “Prison Reform: Problematic Necessity,” explored the evolution of the modern prison system, the effects of prison on both prisoners and regular citizens and his opinions on how the American prison system could be improved.“I have visited and worked in many prisons throughout my career and have come to the conclusion that the prison, by its very nature, is a flawed institution, destructive of human dignity,” Horn said.“I would like to share with you some of my personal experiences and observations gained over a career of 40 years working with the imprisoned, the about-to-be-imprisoned and persons released from prison,” Horn said.“Imprisonment is the public imposition of involuntary physical confinement, treating lawbreakers in ways that would be legally and morally wrong to treat those who have not broken the law,” he said. “It is punishment carried out by the state in our name. And because it is, each of us should be concerned with how it is accomplished.”Horn discussed a report released by a committee of national research chaired by John Jay College President Jeremy Travis entitled “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.” The report challenges the United States to reconsider a justice system based that has flooded prisons.“How should we respond to the mass incarceration of over two million people in our country?” Horn asked.Horn said the answer to this question requires a close look at prison populations.“Prisoners in every jurisdiction come from just a small number of communities, mostly concentrated in the poorest neighborhoods with the least resources and the most problems of health, housing and nutrition,” he said.“One cannot divorce the discussion of imprisonment from the discussion of race in our country. As a result of federal census rules and federal funding schemes, we redirect money away from communities in need to prison communities, and through discriminatory voting laws, diminish the electoral power of the most poor and disenfranchised communities.”According to Horn, however, race and socioeconomic status are just two of several issues that need be discussed.“As a civilized society, how can we explain the fact that by some estimates, over 30 percent of the persons in prisons are persons with mental illness?” he said. “How can we allow that? […] Prisons and jails are the wrong places for our mentally ill.”Horn said the American penal system has been inundated with the largest number of inmates in its history, and prisons have not been able to accommodate such a large population. For example, dormitory-style barracks have replaced traditional cells, leading to increased violence, difficulties controlling prison populations and challenges rehabilitating prisoners.Many prisoners are released without the tools to stay out of prison, Horn said.“When a man or woman leaves prison, they need three things to succeed,” Horn said. “They must remain sober; they need a place to live, and they need a job. And they need all three simultaneously.“Typically parole agencies don’t invest in providing resources to assist their charges to stay sober. … They don’t invest money in helping people on parole find and keep work. … They don’t provide any assistance in finding a place to live. Why, then, should we be surprised when [the prisoners] are returned to prison?”Because of this, Horn said prisons serve society but with a heavy cost to inmates.“Prison and punishment have important normative functions, but at a price,” he said.Horn ended his lecture by offering suggestions on how to improve American prisons, including encouraging transparency, mental health care reform, eradicating drug use from prisons and a larger focus on rehabilitation in prisons and jails.“Prisons should be places where prisoners learn that respect for the law and for others is how people in civil society behave,” Horn said. “This means that the staff must respect the law and each other as well as their charges. We must build within our prisons a culture of integrity. The goal of prisons should be to release better citizens, not better criminals.”Tags: Human Dignity Lecture, Institute for Church Life, John Jay College, Martin F. Horn, New York State Sentencing Commission, Prison Reformlast_img read more

Vermont Guardian to cease publication

first_imgThe Vermont Guardian, which earlier this year became the state’s only exclusively online newspaper, will cease publication this month.The move comes three months after the Guardian dropped its print format as a way to cut costs and better reach its growing readership on the Internet. That move drew significantly more readers topping more than 8,000 readers per day (with more than 20,000 page views) and 150,000 readers per month.”The reason we are closing our doors is simple,” said Shay Totten, the paper’s co-founder, editor, and publisher.”While the move to online helped us bring our costs in line with our revenues, and to be more fleet-footed in how we respond to breaking news and analysis, I have been offered an opportunity that, for the benefit of my family, I cannot turn down and it means that the paper must cease publication at this time due to the enormous amount of time that I put into this publication every day.”This week’s issue will be the paper’s last, and will largely be comprised of a “best of” retrospective of some of the most important stories the paper published in its two-and-a-half year run, Totten said. The Guardian’s first weekly print edition hit the streets in September 2004, and its circulation topped 10,000 readers statewide.”We have rightly earned many accolades from readers, pundits, and our colleagues over the years, and everyone who worked with us as a staffer, a freelancer, intern, or volunteer should know they were part of something important and that has had an impact on events and issues that will far outlast its short life,” said Totten. “We were the first newspaper to put breaking news on its website, to offer online subscriptions to readers, and to take our entire news operation online. These are all great accomplishments, and I look forward to seeing what folks come up with next.”Totten will be the new editorial director of Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction. The job title encompasses the existing editor-in-chief role, and has been expanded to include the oversight and development of multimedia tools and online content.In the coming months, Chelsea Green plans to launch a new website, which will host much of the new content, and begin thinking of new ways for each authors book project to be more than simply a book, making each a way to help organize action around the core idea and purpose of the title.Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing Company is dedicated to the politics and practice of sustainability. During the past twenty-three years, Chelsea Green has published a wide range of titles from the political New York Times best seller, Don’t Think of an Elephant, to ecological classics like The Man Who Planted Trees. Its authors are on the cutting edge of politics, energy, agriculture, green building, economics, food politics, gardening, and religion.”It was a very difficult decision, but more than three years of long hours and low pay was, in the end, simply too much to bear for me and my family any more,” said Totten. “Still, I made this decision after a long discussion with my family who has supported me and the paper to the bitter end and with close friends, allies, and our investors. All agreed that the Guardian has much to be proud of, and it is time for me to move on.”The Guardian’s website will remain active indefinitely for subscribers to continue accessing the paper’s rich archives, and more news stories will be posted throughout this week and next to ensure the paper meets its obligations to its many subscribers and advertisers.”I hold out some hope that we can find someone to manage and run the website as a news organization,” said Totten.The paper’s other co-founder, Greg Guma, left the Guardian in early 2006 to take over as executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, which operates the Pacifica Radio Network.last_img read more

Census Bureau to make door-to-door visits in Broome County

first_imgThe committee says this operation will begin this month. An accurate count ensures Broome County will get its proper share of federal and state funding for important programs for the next 10 years. The Census Bureau will make visits to households that did not respond to to the 2020 census. If you wish to complete the census online, click here. Or you may call 1-844-330-2020. If no one is home when the bureau visits, a notice with information about how you can respond online, by phone or by mail will be left by your door.center_img (WBNG) — The United States Census Bureau will begin conducting door-to-door visits to ensure everyone is accounted for, according to the Broome County’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. In order to be counted in the census, your household must have responded by Sept. 30. The bureau will practice social-distancing when making door-to-door visits.last_img read more

Japan to bar entry for foreign travelers, including Indonesians

first_img“The new policy will be implemented until the end of April and could be extended,” the embassy said.Japan has yet to impose a lockdown, but stores and offices have been closed to implement social distancing and a work-from-home policy. However, it did not stop people in the capital shopping for food and household supplies, albeit in a calm and orderly manner, said the embassy.Read also: Indonesia, Japan commit to ‘cooperation’ against COVID-19The Japanese government has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for a maximum of one year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying he wanted to see the world’s biggest sporting event become the beacon of the international community coming together to address mutual challenges, the embassy wrote.The embassy is consistently monitoring Indonesian citizens in Japan and is calling on them to obey instructions from the authorities.Assistance and help from the embassy can be accessed through its hotline at +818049407419 and email [email protected], as well as the website m.kbritokyo.jp.Topics : The visa suspension will come into effect on Saturday for visitors from several countries, including Indonesia. However, foreigners registered as residents for work or study purposes are still allowed to enter Japan but must be willing to be quarantined for 14 days.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia suspends visa-free policy, expands ban for people from worst-hit countriesThe embassy said visa-free or visa-waiver policies would also be revoked upon the enactment of the new policy. The same goes for people traveling with APEC business travel cards, as they will not be allowed to enter Japan.Visas issued before March 27 by the Japanese mission in Indonesia will no longer be valid. New visa issuance will be halted starting from March 28. Japan is set to bar entry to citizens of several countries, including Indonesia, wishing to travel to the country starting on Saturday, following a consistent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the East Asian nation.According to the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan recorded 101 new cases on Friday morning, bringing the tally to 1,402 nationwide, resulting in 45 deaths.As of Friday, Tokyo had recorded 267 cases, putting the capital prefecture on top of the list with the highest tally, surpassing Hokkaido.last_img read more