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Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.The advisory predicts a level of 5.9 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for a high tide at 7:10 a.m. Sunday on the bay side of Ocean City at the Ninth Street Bridge. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare the prediction to other recent and historic tide levels. If predicted rain coincides with high tide, conditions could be worse.Street flooding is likely prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Vehicles should be moved from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity  if you take advantage of this service).For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. Temperatures are expected to drop rapidly through Sunday and into Monday. Please use extreme caution on sidewalks and roadways that could be icy. The October 2018 storm caused road closures, but continued work to mitigate flooding has lessened the problem, residents say. last_img read more

Jay special town meeting for NECEC is Monday, forum this Thursday

first_img[Update 7:59 a.m.] As Hydro-Quebec will not be sending a representative, they will be replaced by Tony Buxton of the Industrial Energy Consumers Group.JAY – A public forum will be held this Thursday to discuss the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line project, in advance of next week’s special town meeting.The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at the Spruce Mountain Middle School cafeteria. The special town meeting will be held on Monday, June 24, also at 6 p.m. and also at SMMS.The Board of Selectpersons voted to hold the special town meeting in May after accepting a petition signed by 217 residents. This reversed an earlier decision to not accept the petition, which sought to trigger a meeting to allow voters to determine the town’s stance toward Central Maine Power’s NECEC project.Previously, the board supported the project, as did a number of boards in local area towns. Town meeting votes have seen that support erode in Franklin County, with Farmington and Wilton changing previously-issued declarations of support to expressions of opposition.Monday’s meeting features two questions after electing a moderator; Ronald Aseltine has agreed to serve in that capacity if nominated. Article 2 would see if the town will oppose the transmission line project. Article 3 would authorize the board to submit letters of opposition to CMP, the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Planning Commission, assuming Article 2 were to pass. The selectpersons already voted to conduct the meeting via secret ballot.The forum is being organized by Rep. Tina Riley, who said that while the informational event is designed to support Monday’s special town meeting, the forum has been organized separately from the town government and selectpersons. Riley said that she intended to invite six panelists, including representatives of CMP and Hydro-Quebec – the company that would provide the power transported via the NECEC line – as well as an unaffiliated supporter. The panel will also include three people opposed to the project, including Susan Theberge, the resident that organized the petition. The panelists will provide brief statements followed by a question-answer period.The forum is open to all members of the public. Only Jay residents will be allowed to cast ballots at Monday’s vote.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Candy Packing

first_imgTonight our wee ones will get inundated with candy. Good luck prying it from their closed fists. It’s not that I’m a sweets Grinch, the opposite really, I’m a candy feign and it’s one bad habit I’d rather not pass on to my son.I stumbled on something that works for us this time of year when the candy to burning-it-off ratio is terribly skewed, and that’s hiking with candy treats.My son hated hiking. Ever since I stopped carrying him, his protests began as soon as we got to the trailhead. “My legs can’t carry me.” “I’m exhausted.” He’d even say that he needed to take a nap, which goes to show the extreme extents he’d go to avoid hiking. He considers sleep a weakness, naps something he outgrew along with diapers.This past summer the sailing captain who helped me earn my skipper’s certification, and his daughter, escaped the heat of Charleston to visit us in the mountains. We all hiked.At some point he said, “This isn’t what I would have expected from Mountain Mama’s kiddo.”Shame, red and hot, crept up my face. I wondered what I was doing wrong. Why was my kid whining and refusing to walk? He rolled around in mud puddles and then demanded to be carried. The worst part was, after exhausting all the ninja parenting skills I’d seen others use and trying to reason with my son, inevitably I caved.I searched blogs to find out how other parents got their kids to hike. I tried it all – calling it other names, making a game out of hiking, picking berries or finding treasures along the way.Then I read about a family who hiked the Appalachian Trail with their five-year old. Their secret turned out to be bribing him with mini-sized Snickers.On the eve of the full moon, I couldn’t resist a last minute backpacking trip to Black Balsam, less than a mile from the parking lot to our campsite. I packed my camelback for Tobin and then pretended he was the engine and needed coal to carry his load up the mountain. The coal was a piece of hard candy that kept him occupied all the way to the top, and then he stopped.I was worried I’d have to give him more, but instead he pointed to the clouds parting, unveiling a mountaintop and said, “Look at that pretty view.”He helped me pitch our tent and make a cozy nest and the next day hiked down without any prompting.He turned to me, “I love backpacking, and I didn’t even whine.”I was grateful that a little sweet treat was enough to get him to stop resisting hiking long enough to try it. Now he even walks to my neighbor’s house. We live halfway up a mountain and she lives on the top, a twenty percent grade between us and 15 curves. He walked all the way unassisted by me, no candy, no bribes.More from Mountain Mama:last_img read more

The young Norwegians taking their own country to court over oil

first_img– Advertisement – “In a post-oil Norway, we may not have the same economic progress, but it is much more important to me that I can breathe, have children with a clear conscience, than Norway being the richest country in the world,” says Emma. “If not even the richest country in the world can start rebuilding, who will?”last_img

Will Electric Park spark interest?

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WanaArtha Life’s securities accounts blocked by AGO in Jiwasraya trickle down effect

first_imgTopics : “The management deeply understands the policyholders’ concerns and we apologize because we can’t fulfil the policyholders’ claims at this time following this unexpected event that is out of our control,” Yanes wrote in the letter.Read also: Government readies insurance holding company to save Jiwasraya by FebruaryDespite the incident, WanaArtha Life assured its policyholders that the policy benefits in the insurer were safe and that it was trying to handle the situation with the AGO, OJK and other relevant authorities to lift the blockade.“We will gradually pay the policyholders’ claims in the next 14 working days after the blockade has been lifted by the authorities,” said Yanes. State-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s ailments seem to have infected another insurer in the country as its investment mismanagement case has also disrupted privately owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha’s (WanaArtha Life) business.In a letter to its policyholders on Feb. 12, WanaArtha Life president director Yanes Matulawata confirmed that the insurer’s securities accounts had been blocked by the Attorney’s General Office (AGO) in connection to its investigation into a corruption case pertaining to Jiwasraya’s fund management.The blocked accounts had disrupted the insurer’s payment of policyholders’ claims, he added.center_img The AGO last month instructed the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the country’s bourse authorities to block 800 securities accounts as it investigated Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement that caused the state-owned insurer to fail to pay Rp 16 trillion of its policyholders’ claims.Read also: AGO uncovers millions of suspicious transactions involving Jiwasraya’s investment instruments“We received an informal report on Jan. 21 saying that our securities accounts had been blocked,” Yanes said in the letter to policyholders. The insurer then informed the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) about the report.  He went on to say that the insurer had tried to provide clarification to the AGO. The authority then questioned one of the insurer’s board of directors as a witness in Jiwasraya’s case.last_img read more

Brazil resumes publishing virus toll, criticizes WHO

first_imgBrazil’s government resumed publishing the country’s total death toll from the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, after facing accusations of trying to hide the magnitude of its raging health crisis.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government had stopped publishing the total number of deaths from the new coronavirus Friday, saying it was adopting a new methodology and would only report the number of deaths recorded in the past 24 hours in its daily bulletin.That drew accusations of foul play from a long list of high-profile critics, as well as a ruling from Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes on Monday that the government must return to the old format. Bolsonaro, who famously compared the virus to a “little flu,” has railed against the consensus response to the pandemic, saying stay-at-home measures are needlessly wrecking the economy.He threatened Friday to quit the World Health Organization over “ideological bias” — criticism echoed Tuesday by his foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo.”The WHO lacks independence, transparency and coherence. The foreign ministry is following its role with great concern,” Araujo said.”We need to look into it. Is it a matter of political influence, is it a matter of non-state actors influencing the WHO?”Bolsonaro’s threat to quit the WHO followed in the footsteps of President Donald Trump, whom he admires, and who withdrew the United States from the organization last month.Trump accused the WHO of bias in favor of China, with whom his administration has clashed over the origin and handling of the pandemic. The health ministry did so Tuesday, indicating the death toll had risen by 1,272, to a total of 38,406 people killed by the virus — the third-highest toll in the world, after the United States and Britain.The ministry said the total number of confirmed infections had risen to 739,503, the second-highest caseload in the world, after the US.Experts say under-testing means the real numbers in the country of 212 million people are probably much higher.The health ministry did not immediately respond to questions from AFP on why it returned to the old format and its plans for the future.center_img Topics :last_img read more

People moves: ATP names chief risk officer; Bfinance hires from Railpen

first_imgBfinance – The investment consultancy has hired Sweta Chattopadhyay to lead its private equity advice practice. Chattopadhyay was most recently a senior investment manager at RPMI Railpen, the in-house manager for the UK’s £27bn (€30bn) railways pension scheme, where she was responsible for leading private equity and debt investments and formulating investment strategy. She was also involved in building the scheme’s co-investment programme.Before joining Railpen, Chattopadhyay worked at private equity firm Adveq, the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and ABN Amro.Bfinance said its private markets advice arm had expanded significantly in recent years in response to “the increasing control and sophistication sought by investors in their private equity investment strategies, including greater use of co-investments and direct investments”.Pensionskasse des Kantons Schwyz (PKS) – Viktor Reichmuth, head of the CHF2.2bn (€1.9bn) pension fund for the canton of Schwyz in central Switzerland, will retire at the beginning of October. Reichmuth joined PKS in 1989. The pension fund has initiated the process to appoint a successor, it said today.   Partners Group  – The €67bn private markets manager has announced that David Layton will succeed Christoph Rubeli  as co-chief executive officer on 1 January 2019. Layton will join co-CEO André Frei, who has held the role alongside Rubeli since 2013. Layton is currently head of private equity at Partners Group, where he has worked since 2005. He helped develop Partners’ direct private equity business and established its regional headquarters for the Americas in Denver in the US.Rubeli joined Partners in 1998 from UBS and helped build the Swiss company’s global investment business, particularly in Asia. Upon stepping down from the co-CEO role and the executive committee, he will continue at the company as a partner with the intention of growing the company’s global business.Amundi – Europe’s biggest asset manager has appointed David Harte as CEO of its Irish business. His new role is in addition to his existing responsibilities as deputy head of Amundi’s operations, services and technology division.Harte joined Amundi last year as part of its acquisition of Pioneer Investments, where he was global chief operating officer. Prior to joining Pioneer in 2003 he was COO at Bear Stearns in Dublin.Aon Denmark – Jesper Ejsing has been hired by Aon Denmark as senior risk management consultant within the consultancy’s enterprise risk management business. Ejsing, who began his career at Aon Denmark in 1997, has since worked for various companies including Vestas, DHL Nordic and FLSmidth. Aon said the expansion of the specialist team was part of its strategy to “be a leader in insurance, risk management, retirement and health”.Cardano – Advisory firm Cardano has appointed Roel Mehlkopf as a pension fund adviser in its client servicing and advice division, effective from October. He joins from pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank where he is a senior policy adviser.Prior to this, Mehlkopf was senior policy adviser at the Netherlands’ ministry of social affairs, advising former state secretary Jetta Klijnsma on updates to the financial assessment framework and legislation to introduce drawdown pensions.Mehlkopf started his career at the Netherlands’ Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis as a project leader for the analysis of generational effects of previous pensions agreements. When he join Cardano he will remain affiliated with Tilburg University, where he is a part-time lecturer and a researcher for pensions think-tank Netspar.Dufas – Iris van de Looij is to take over as director at Dufas, the Dutch industry organisation for asset managers, investment institutions and custodians. She has been a co-director since April alongside from Hans Janssen Daalen, who is to leave later this year.Van de Looij has more than 20 years of experience in investment, gained in management positions at Dutch banks MeesPierson and KBL European Private Bankers. As a consultant, she has supported several organisations in implementing the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.Public Sector Pension Investment Board – Eduard van Gelderen has started as chief investment officer at Canada’s CAD153bn (€101.2bn) Public Sector Pension Investment Board as of 1 August. He left his job as senior managing director of the €91bn investment management group of the University of California after less than a year in the role.Until August last year, Van Gelderen was chief executive of the €470bn Dutch asset manager APG. His previous roles include deputy CIO at ING Investment Management, CIO at NIB Capital Asset Management, director of fixed income at M&G, managing director of fixed income at ABP Investments and marketing director at Cardano Risk Management.Societe Generale – David Abitbol is to take over as the new head of Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) on 1 January 2019. He will succeed Bruno Prigent, who is to retire after 38 years with the French banking giant.Abitbol is currently chief operating officer for Societe Generale’s Asian operations, based in Hong Kong. He will relocate to Paris for his new role. He has worked for SocGen since 1992. ATP, Bfinance, PKS, Partners Group, Amundi, Aon Denmark, Cardano, Dufas, PSP Investment Board, Societe GeneraleATP – Kim Kehlet Johansen has been appointed as the new chief risk officer at Denmark’s largest pension fund ATP. He replaces Mads Smith Hansen who has decided to leave the fund in order to take a career break.Kehlet Johansen has worked at SEB Pension – previously Codan Pension – for the last 21 years, most recently as mathematical director. SEB Pension in Denmark was sold to Danica Pension in June.Smith Hansen has been working at ATP for just over two years, and his responsibilities have included the ATP’s Lifelong Pension product as well as risk management at the organisation.last_img read more

OEEC 2019: MEA Seeks Innovative Partners on Exhibition Floor

first_imgThe Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) and its partners will be present during Offshore Energy 2019 at the Marine Energy Pavilion on the exhibition floor. The Marine Energy Alliance aims to progress the technical and commercial maturity level of early-stage (TRL 3 – 4) marine energy technology companies with the overall goal of reducing the risk of device failure in subsequent demonstration phases. Recently 22 companies were selected and a selection of these companies will be presenting their pitches during the event at the pavilion.These MEA SME’s are in search of net partners and could potentially be looking to work with you. Are you active in any of the following industries? Make sure you pop by the pavilion.·         Anchoring & Mooring Specialists;·         Cable Suppliers;·         Composite Manufacturers;·         Emergency Response Companies;·         Environmental Advisors;·         Fabricators;·         Hydrogen Producers;·         Insurance Brokers;·         Investors;·         Manufacturers;·         Marine Contractors;·         Marine Energy Developers;·         Maritime Support Companies;·         Offshore Engineers;·         Oil & Gas Operators;·         Oil & Gas Supply Chain Companies;·         Policy Makers;·         Research Institutes;·         Shipyards;·         Subsea Contractors;·         Transport & Installation (T&I); and·         Underwriters.Offshore Energy 2019 Home of energy transition. Offshore Energy offers both a exhibition floor, home to 550 exhibitors as well as expecting 10.000 visitors. Next to that there is an extensive conference covering Offshore Wind Conference, Marine Energy Event as well as six two-hour conference sessions dedicated to the energy transition. To register your free visit or to book you conference tickets head to www.offshore-energy.biz.Source: Navingolast_img read more

Ira Turner, 83

first_imgIra M. Turner, 83, of Osgood passed away at 5:50pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Hospice of Hamilton in Hamilton, Ohio. He was born near Morgantown in Johnson County on June 30, 1933 the son of Raymond and Opal Crippen Turner. He was married to Helen Montgomery on June 12, 1953 and she preceded him in death on February 23, 2014. Survivors include three daughters Diana Turner of Osgood, Linda (Scott) Bailey of Middletown, Ohio, and Tina (Tom) Holmes of Harrison, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers Lynn (Sharon) Turner of Arlington and Tom Turner of Greensburg. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Michael Turner who died June 14, 1988, his brothers Jim, Ray, and Claude Turner, and his sisters Ruth Shipley and Mary Springman. Mr. Turner was a 1952 graduate of Arlington High School. On September 14, 1953 he enlisted in the US Army and served during the Korean War as a guided missile mechanic. He was discharged on September 13, 1955 and received the National Defense Service Medal. In civilian life Ira was known about Osgood as “the mailman” for the several years that he carried the mail there. He also operated Turner’s Upholstery Shop in Osgood for over 30 years and his hobbies included reading and watching old movies. Ira was a member of the Osgood American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Osgood American Legion in care of the funeral home.last_img read more