first_imgJUAN M. PEREZCouncilmember At LargeCity of Bayonne To the Editor:As we are approaching the celebration of President’s Day, honoring our first President George Washington and our President Abraham Lincoln, who stands out as a president of human rights, we must also think about how great our country is and how much we owe our veterans of all wars.Our veterans have sacrificed their lives and their safety many times in order to ensure that all of our residents are secure in their homes. Whether it be from World War I to the present in Iraq and other places around the globe, we need to stand up and honor these brave men and women.I have observed throughout the years that many times, unfortunately, we do not treat our veterans correctly in the way of medical care, housing, jobs and the ability to assist the vet in returning to the mainstream of life. We should be placing our veterans first in the line for employment and housing in order that they be properly cared for. The slogan should be “Veterans First” in all walks of American life.So, on these days of honoring our Presidents, we need also to continue to honor our vets. If you see a man or woman in uniform for one of our armed forces, thank them sincerely for their service and wish them well.last_img read more


first_imgHaving completed the first plunge in the newly unlocked ocean, Ocean City business owners pose for a photo in the surf at Ninth Street Beach on Friday, May 22.Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon from Ocean City’s Ninth Street Beach, mayor’s assistant Mike Dattilo said, “It’s not empty because it’s cold … it’s because we haven’t unlocked it yet.”Dattilo then gave the go-ahead for a group of city, business and Ocean City Beach Patrol representatives to “unlock the ocean” with a giant wooden key.The ritual has taken place each year for a century and marks the traditional beginning of summer on Memorial Day Weekend.The annual Business Persons Plunge in Ocean City NJ on Friday, May 22, 2015.The “opening” of the ocean paved the way for a newer tradition: the 12-year-old Business Person’s Plunge.The first swimmers in the unlocked ocean are fully clothed representatives of Ocean City businesses and community organizations led by Century 21 Alliance Realtor John Walton.While a 59-degree ocean greeted the plungers, Ocean City enjoyed spectacularly sunny and mild weather on Friday to start the holiday weekend.The nice weather is expected to stick around for the rest of the weekend.Read more: Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, NJSign up for free Ocean City news updates: OCNJ Daily newsletterlast_img read more


first_imgAlan Marr, MD of Aulds (Food) of Greenock, Scotland, was scathing about press reports that profits at the company were down when he spoke to British Baker.Scotland’s largest independent baker and frozen foods company, Aulds Holdings, filed returns to Companies House for the year ending March 2007 showing turnover was down from £17.1m in 2006 to £16.69m in 2007.Scottish newspapers claimed profits had fallen from £2.34m in 2006 to £515,719 in 2007 but Marr said the £2.34m was not a trading profit but an exceptional figure resulting from the factory fire in September 2005. “Profits are up,” he said, “they should look at the ongoing trading profit.”Projected turnover to the end of March 2008 is higher than last year, he asserted: “That’s around a 10% increase. And we hope for higher profits. The bakery side is becoming more competitive.”Aulds, which has 43 shops, is opening a 44th outlet in Ayr High Street next week and plans to open another unit at an undisclosed location.last_img read more


first_imgThe Equality and Human Rights Commission – Wales Commissioner recruitment campaign opened on 9 May and the closing date will be extended to 19 June at 11pm. We expect sifting to take place in July 2019, with interviews following on in August 2019. The announcement of the new Wales Commissioner should take place in September 2019.The Wales Commissioner chairs the statutory Wales Committee and its main duties include advising the Commission about the exercise of its powers in so far as they affect Wales. The Committee also has delegated powers under the Equality Act 2006 in respect of specific powers of the EHRC in Wales, including those to provide information, advice and guidance and conduct research in Wales, and to advise the devolved Government for Wales about the effect of legislation affecting Wales. In addition, the Wales Committee is responsible for ensuring the Board is properly advised in the exercise of its other functions in Wales.For further information please visit the Public Appointments websitelast_img read more


first_imgAthens, GA-based rockers Perpetual Groove will perform a proper two-night headlining run at Brooklyn Bowl on September 8th and 9th. Since the group came off a two year hiatus back in mid-2015, Brock Butler (guitar, vocals), Adam Perry (bass, vocals), Matt McDonald (keys, vocals), and Albert Suttle (drums) have been putting together some of the strongest and most inspiring shows of the band’s now twenty year career. To add to that, P-Groove released the EP Familiar Stare this past August, which witnessed a new chapter of creativity, maturation, and an evolution of sound for the quartet. The future looks very bright for Perpetual Groove.Cleveland, OH funk/hip-hop/reggae acts Tropidelic will support P-Groove at the Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, September 8th, with support from Trae Pierce & the T-Stones and Broccoli Samurai on the 9th. Tickets for September 8th can be purchased here, and September 9th tix here. Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Your Show Of Choice:[cover photo by Jason Koerner Photography]]last_img read more


first_img Every 12 years Hindu pilgrims gather at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in northern India to bathe in the sacred waters. The gathering, known as the Kumbh Mela, is the world’s largest religious festival, drawing millions of people over 55 days. To accommodate everyone, the Indian government creates a temporary city — building roads and providing power on what is normally an empty flood plain. HBS senior lecturer John Macomber visited the Kumbh in January to find out how they do it.Macomber agrees with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Nations talk. Cities act.” As more of the world’s population relocates into cities, Macomber believes, they will become more powerful entities, like the city-states of ancient Greece.Cities also are becoming ever more important as centers of economic development, particularly in India. According to United Nations figures Macomber cited, 400 to 500 million Indians will move to cities in the coming decades.“Those people aren’t all going to Mumbai, Delhi, and Calcutta — these megacities can’t absorb all the rest of these people,” Macomber said. “They’ll have to go to tier-two and tier-three [cities] like Allahabad [population 1.2 million]. The question is, how do these cities attract industry and people, and how do they attract people with a choice”— corporate heads, artists, IT workers, and other wealthier, innovation-generating citizens?Without smart planning, which he planned to study at the Kumbh, “you risk having cities that are like labor camps around industry, which is not beneficial,” he said. “If India becomes a nation with 400 million slum dwellers, then the nation will be less and less competitive.”Countries with better central planning can control their rapid economic and urban development; China, for example, has been busy building transportation corridors to move tens of millions of laborers from the countryside to its major cities. “That kind of ability to move people and create industry is pretty frightening for the big, sloppy democracies, like the United States or India,” Macomber said.But while governments in democratic countries may be stuck politically, business can step up to look for ways to develop sustainably and efficiently. Macomber theorizes that cities must provide three essentials in place to help their citizens thrive, and they just so happen to be the things the Kumbh administrators focused on delivering: transit, water, and electricity.“The Kumbh’s organizers let everything else be handled by non-government entities like the akharas,” or religious orders, Macomber said. “People really stepped up for a lot of other soft-infrastructure components.”In the B-School case he’s planning, Macomber will have his students envision themselves at the next Maha Kumbh Mela, in 2025. If they were in charge of planning a sector, how would they begin? Would they lay out the living space for competing religious groups, or would they start by plotting the electrical grid or the roads?”After all, creating livable cities on the fly, as the Kumbh shows, isn’t necessarily about harnessing the newest technology or cutting-edge engineering.“Mostly it’s about negotiation, business models, and which investors get the benefit,” Macomber said. Even at the Kumbh Mela, it’s business as usual.Learn more about “Mapping the Kumbh Mela” and follow the South Asia Institute’s blog on the project here.Read previous Gazette coverage here, and watch the Gazette for more stories on the Kumbh Mela throughout February. This is the fourth in a series about Harvard’s interdisciplinary work at the Kumbh Mela, a religious gathering that every 12 years creates the world’s largest pop-up city.ALLAHABAD, India — Tiona Zuzul and Vaughn Tan were stumped. Walking along a crowded thoroughfare in the afternoon fog, they stopped to argue over the cacophony of motorcycles engines, distant drumming, and loudspeakers blaring Hindi chants.The sight that captured their interest wouldn’t have fazed the average observer. On one stretch of dusty road, vendors were lined up along corrugated metal dividers selling the same thing: aloo chaat, a snack of curried potatoes, which they scooped from the same large, flat pans for customers. To the two doctoral students at Harvard Business School (HBS) — Zuzul studies strategy and Tan is pursuing a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior and sociology — the set-up was downright bizarre.“These look like the same potatoes, cut the same way, prepared with the same ingredients, served the same way,” Tan said.“It doesn’t make sense,” Zuzul said, perturbed. “There should be defection. What’s to stop one of these guys moving a mile down the street and selling these potatoes for twice as much?”Tan, a Singaporean who has focused on culinary workers in his study of group innovation, can rattle off restaurant recommendations and street-food tips for cities all over the world. Zuzul comes from a family of business-minded academics (her parents founded the first private university in Croatia) and studies entrepreneurs in the smart-city industry. The Kumbh, at first glance, wouldn’t seem to offer them much: It’s the last place one would look for haute cuisine or high-tech startups. But for Tan and Zuzul, and for many of the Harvard researchers drawn here, the Kumbh offered the promise of a true blank slate.“It really does seem like certain things that are true of a city have happened here, given three months planning and one month of development,” said Tiona Zuzul, a Harvard Business School doctoral student.“We share an interest in places where people are innovating without a lot of structure,” Zuzul said. The Kumbh — an instant megacity constructed every 12 years in Allahabad to accommodate up to 80 million Hindu pilgrims over six weeks — is a perfect example of “how people collaborate when there aren’t established rules of the game.”The pair wandered, snapping photos of vendors who lined main roads. Some sold their wares — spices, beads, pipes, shawls and saris, Western-style men’s underwear — from blankets spread on the ground. Others sold dry goods and cigarettes from hand-drawn carts. Some had legal permits; many scattered at the sight of green-jacketed police officers wielding nightsticks that seemed largely for show.They stopped with their translator to question a family of booksellers, quizzing the father on how much he sold, how he protected his wares at night, and how business at the Kumbh differed from his normal routine in Allahabad. After all, Zuzul said, a city is more than just buildings and bridges, rules and regulations.“What makes a city a city is the way people behave,” she said — in other words, how they do business.Rapid developmentThe Kumbh Mela was perhaps a more obvious draw for Harvard researchers in public health and urban planning, who descended on the site in January to study the rapid deployment of medicines, housing, clean water, and other essential goods inside the tent city. But business professors came to explore the same questions.In addition to Zuzul and Tan’s fieldwork, a group of professors from Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia, led by HBS’s Tarun Khanna, came to study the development of networks and supply and demand issues, using massive amounts of cellphone usage data from one of India’s major telecommunications providers.“An enormous amount of urban planning, civil engineering, governance and adjudication, and maintenance of public goods — physical ones like toilets as well as intangibles such as law and order — and plans to deal with unexpected events go into the creation of this city,” Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor and director of the South Asia Institute, wrote before heading to the Kumbh in January. “Those are pretty much the main elements surrounding the creation of any city in the world.”For scholars interested in how communities emerge, adapt, and succeed, the Kumbh proved irresistible. But as Zuzul and Tan were finding, even researchers’ simplest assumptions about competition — that potato vendors or trinket sellers would naturally want to spread out and increase their odds of doing business, rather than cluster in one spot  — couldn’t be taken for granted.Other elements of the Kumbh were oddly familiar. Some sectors had the feel of commercial districts, while some felt more residential, with government-approved restaurants and lots of foot traffic — “like Times Square versus Fort Greene, Brooklyn, or Boston versus Somerville,” Zuzul said. What was it that made those spaces so instantly recognizable as suburban or urban, they wondered, and was it somehow connected to the mix of retailers the Kumbh’s administrators had tried to foster? Government administrators’ ability to create distinctive neighborhoods in a temporary space could hold lessons for first-world real estate and commercial developers.“It really does seem like certain things that are true of a city have happened here, given three months planning and one month of development,” Zuzul said.Researchers found that even their simplest assumptions about competition — that potato vendors or trinket sellers would naturally want to spread out and increase their odds of doing business, rather than cluster in one spot — couldn’t be taken for granted. Photo by Kalpesh BhattCities must actJohn Macomber, a senior lecturer in finance at HBS, came to Kumbh with his own mission: to turn its organized chaos into a Business School case study. A rapid-fire explainer with a wandering attention span and a worn-out passport, he comes across a bit like a geeky Indiana Jones, pilfering not antiques but business insights.“The challenge in a case is not just to describe a situation but to have students try to live it, to be in the decision-makers’ shoes,” he said. Sitting outside his tent one warm afternoon with an HBS casewriter, Saloni Chaturvedi, he wracked his brain for management insights from the mela that could be shaped into useful lessons for M.B.A. and Executive Education students in his courses on sustainable city development. (“If it’s not important or it’s obvious, we don’t use it,” he said.)HBS at the Kumbh Melalast_img read more


first_img“Low-energy conditions such as dietary restriction and intermittent fasting have previously been shown to promote healthy aging. Understanding why this is the case is a crucial step toward being able to harness the benefits therapeutically,” said Heather Weir, lead author of the study, who conducted the research while at Harvard Chan School and is now a research associate at Astex Pharmaceuticals. “Our findings open up new avenues in the search for therapeutic strategies that will reduce our likelihood of developing age-related diseases as we get older.”“Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology,” said William Mair, associate professor of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “Our work shows how crucial the plasticity of mitochondria networks is for the benefits of fasting. If we lock mitochondria in one state, we completely block the effects of fasting or dietary restriction on longevity.”Next steps for the researchers including testing the role mitochondrial networks have in the effect of fasting in mammals, and whether defects in mitochondrial flexibility might explain the association between obesity and increased risk for age-related diseases.Other Harvard Chan authors included Pallas Yao, Caroline Escoubas, Renata Goncalves, Kristopher Burkewitz, and Raymond Laboy.Funding for the study came from the Lawrence Ellison Foundation, the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Diabetes Association/Canadian Diabetes Association. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells — either by dietary restriction or by genetic manipulation that mimics it — may increase lifespan and promote health, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study, published Oct. 26 online in Cell Metabolism, sheds light on the basic biology involved in cells’ declining ability to process energy over time, which leads to aging and age-related disease, and how interventions such as periods of fasting might promote healthy aging.Mitochondria — the energy-producing structures in cells — exist in networks that dynamically change shape according to energy demand. Their capacity to do so declines with age, but the impact this has on metabolism and cellular function was previously unclear. In this study, the researchers showed a causal link between dynamic changes in the shapes of mitochondrial networks and longevity.The scientists used C. elegans (nematode worms), which live just two weeks and thus enable the study of aging in real time in the lab. Mitochondrial networks inside cells typically toggle between fused and fragmented states. The researchers found that restricting the worms’ diet, or mimicking dietary restriction through genetic manipulation of an energy-sensing protein called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), maintained the mitochondrial networks in a fused or “youthful” state. In addition, they found that these youthful networks increased lifespan by communicating with organelles called peroxisomes to modulate fat metabolism.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A car thief led police officers on a brief chase, jumped from the moving the vehicle and escaped authorities on foot in Southampton on Thursday evening, Southampton Town Police said.Stony Brook University police spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen being driven on Montauk Highway near the college’s Southampton campus at 8:22 p.m., police said.When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the suspect sped off, then jumped from the moving vehicle near the corner of Middle Pond Road and Dellaria Avenue in Southampton, police said.As the suspect ran away, the vehicle continued through the intersection, crashed through a split rail fence and drove into a mooring anchor post in the creek that connects to Middle Pond, police said.Suffolk County police Aviation Unit, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and Southampton village police searched for the suspect, who got away, police said.The suspect was described as a man in his late teens to early 20s with a light complexion.Detectives ask that anyone with information about this case call the Southampton Town Police Department at 631-728-5000, the Southampton Town Detective Division at 631-702-2230, or the Crime Tips Hotline at 631-728-3454.last_img read more


first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The COVID-19 pandemic could be shifting the way we work. While remote work has picked up in recent years, companies have mainly offered it as a flexible option to help ease logistical challenges for employees, such as frequent travel, long commutes, or working outside of normal business hours. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, 18% of U.S. employees worked remotely full-time, according to SmallBizGenius. With companies incorporating social distancing guidelines, that percentage has skyrocketed, as remote work has become a necessity.If working remotely has unexpectedly become new policy for your credit union during this crisis, it has likely forced some major adjustments to your working environment and team’s structure. You may now be juggling work with kids home from school, cohabitating with other stay-at-home workers, or dealing with various technology issues, not to mention learning virtual meeting software and finding a place to store your files.Whether you are a first-time telecommuter or accustomed to working off-site, here are some practical tips for effectively setting up a home office while protecting your devices and personal information.Remember the basics. Keep your security software up to date and use strong passwords on all of your devices and apps. The passwords should be long and unique. It’s good practice to make them at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and lowercase letters.last_img read more


first_imgOthers like Therese Gallo say they didn’t expect to become boxers and do the exercises in the classes. Gallo says it was hard when she was first diagnosed. Through Rock Steady Boxing Southern Tier, patients can sign up through a physical therapy program to stay in shape and keep their minds sharp. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects the nervous system, slowly starting with symptoms like hand tremors all the way to stiffness and cognitive changes. “By participating in a class like this, it not only improves their balance and their strength, but they get to interact with other folks that are going through some of the same things they are,” said Rock Steady Boxing coach, Marie Abell, who is also a Physical Therapist. “I didn’t believe it,” said Gallo. “I used a term, ‘they say I have Parksinson’s,’ and I was kind of in denial for a while, but then I embraced it and figured I’m not going to let it get the best of me.” You can click here to learn more about the program.center_img Nick Radice found out he had Parkinson’s about two years ago and recently joined the gym, saying, “I think like a lot of diseases, people suffer in silence or by themselves. You get a lot of feedback here from people.” CONKLIN (WBNG) — A group of patients are proving they can be fighters both physically and mentally as they take on the challenges in their boxing classes to help ease their symptoms. Finding hope and steadiness in their fight, the participants say feel better doing it with a group of people going through the same struggles without judgments. last_img read more