Guttenberg aiming to finish $20M school construction project by Sept. 2017

first_imgCommunityNorth Bergen/Guttenberg TAGSana l. klein elementary schoolguttenberg board of educationguttenberg community centerguttenberg council SHARE Previous articlePolice: Bayonne man arrested for damaging TV at off-track betting facilityNext article3 Hudson freeholders support adding pension question to Nov. ballot John Heinis The Town of Guttenberg, in a joint effort with the board of education, is hoping to finish a $20 million construction project at the Ana L. Klein Elementary School by September 2017. Sponsored content. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmy6VaFeHh4&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, who met Hudson County View at the construction site yesterday, gave some history on the project – which has been in development for many years.“There was a tremendous need here to expand the space that we can use for the school. The school owns certain property here and the town acquired certain other property, so we eventually owned the entire corner between us and the school,” Drasheff explained.“There was thought given to each party developing their own site to meet their needs: it made no sense. We’re not the kind of town that can afford that, something that’s used for a school from eight in the morning until four and then we have a whole separate building.”Drasheff said instead, the town entered into an agreement with the board of education where the town is financing the school annex, which will serve as a gym during school hours and as a community center in the late afternoon and evening hours.The mayor added that the new gym will finally have bleachers for friends and family to sit down, something the current facility does not have, as well as a stage for performances.Additionally, the second and third floor will serve as much needed extra classroom space during the day and double as community space at night.The added community room has already been completed recently and also includes handicapped access for students.Upon completion of the project, Drasheff estimates that the building will be in use by Guttenberg residents from 8:00 a.m. until 10 p.m.Finally, the mayor explained that the current plans have the construction being completed in time for the 2017 school year.“We ran into some delay because of the amount of rock you run into as soon as you touch the top of the Palisades, but our timeline right now is for this building and the extension to be open by September of 2017 and we are really working close with the contractor to meet that date and that’s what we’re hoping for.”Another amenity that will add to the unique look of the annex is a rooftop park funded via a $600,000 grand from the county’s Open Space Trust Fund.Drasheff first spoke to us about the project back in September 2015. Guttenberg aiming to finish $20M school construction project by Sept. 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Bayonne Community Facebook Twitter Bayonne CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say By John Heinis – August 4, 2016 12:33 pm 0 last_img read more

Smithsonian, National Zoo and national parks prepare to reopen

first_imgiStock/Coast-to-Coast(WASHINGTON) — After 35 days, shuttered parts of the U.S. government are slowly coming back to life, and tourists in Washington will once again get to see some of its most famous attractions.The longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended on Friday when President Trump signed a bill passed by Congress to temporarily open the government for three weeks. The wall on the Mexican border, a key campaign promise, remains unfunded.As lawmakers take that time to battle it out, key D.C. institutions that are managed through federal agencies are preparing to go back to business as usual.The Smithsonian, a complex of 19 different museums, which also operates the National Zoo, tweeted: “All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 29 at their regularly scheduled times.” The National Air and Space Museum, which is operated by The Smithsonian, will also re-open on Tuesday. The country’s public lands were also starting to re-open, although the National Park Service cautioned that the process may take time.“Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations nationwide though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations,” deputy director P. Daniel Smith wrote in a statement on the NPS website. Not all parks were closed during the shutdown — some were open with skeleton crews and basic services. NPS also manages the National Mall, an open-air park near the key D.C. Monuments, the White House and the U.S. Capitol.Tourists should check to make see when a particular park will open, Smith advised.“Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for their opening schedules and the latest information on accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately, but we will work to open all parks as quickly as possible,” Smith added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Compass’ COO Maëlle Gavet is out

first_imgCompass CEO Robert Reffkin and Maëlle GavetCompass’ chief operating officer Maëlle Gavet is leaving the residential brokerage next month, according to sources familiar with the matter. Gavet’s exit is the most notable in a string of recent departures from the SoftBank-backed firm.In an email to agents Tuesday, CEO Robert Reffkin called her departure a “mutual decision.”“Maelle will be moving on to focus her attention on a new opportunity outside of Compass,” he wrote. “The company will not be hiring a replacement for her role.”“Growing Compass alongside Robert and our amazing employees and agents has been one of the most rewarding and energizing experiences of my life,” Gavet said in a statement Tuesday. ” I am incredibly proud of all that we accomplished.”Gavet, a former top executive at Priceline Group, was hired with much fanfare in 2017. But in recent months, sources have described tension between her and CEO Robert Reffkin over the strategic direction of Compass.ADVERTISEMENT“She was not the Sheryl to his Mark,” one source said.Inman reported the news of the departure earlier Tuesday.In June, Compass said it was reorganizing its C-suite to streamline roles. Gavet was put in charge of Compass’ people and culture departments, along with marketing and “New Ventures.” Reffkin said he would oversee a  tech team, including product and engineering.Gavet is the latest in a string of departures from Compass. Most recently, Jason Post, head of communications, said he was leaving. In June, three executives in marketing and product resigned or were forced to quit amid tension between Reffkin and Gavet. Chief people officer Madan Nagaldinne and general counsel David Carp have also left since February.Compass was most recently valued at $6.4 billion after a $370 million Series G funding round in July. At the time, investors speculated that the round signaled the firm would be targeting an initial public offering. Reffkin fueled that speculation, saying on CNBC that: “Look, we’re likely going to have an IPO. But we’re fortunate, given our capital base, that we have flexibility in timing.”Compass’ primary backer is Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, which is also the main backer of WeWork, the shared-office space giant that is facing criticism from investors over its business practices and erratic behavior of its CEO, Adam Neumann. On Tuesday, WeWork announced that Neumann would step down.  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Be More Chill’s George Salazar to Perform at 2019 Drama Desk Awards & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Be More Chill’s George Salazar to Perform at 2019 Drama Desk AwardsThe 2019 Drama Desk Awards have added more talent to an already star-studded night. George Salazar, a current Drama Desk nominee for his standout turn in Be More Chill, has been newly added to the list of performers set to sing out at the annual event, hosted by Michael Urie, taking place at Town Hall on June 2 at 8:00pm. Also slated to perform are Stacey Sargeant and Andrew R. Butler, stars of the Drama Desk-nommed musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, and Tony winner Lillias White, who will lend her voice to the In Memoriam portion of the evening. Drama Desk presenters will include Bertie Carvel, Billy Crudup, Joel Grey, Lesli Margherita, Lindsay Mendez, Jessie Mueller, Lynn Nottage, Phylicia Rashad and Ethan Slater. More performers and presenters will be announced soon. For a full list of 2019 Drama Desk nominations, click here.Robin De Jesús, Jason Tam & More to Join Michael Urie for Pride PlaysA talented company of stars have been announced to take part in Pride Plays, a festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, set to run at off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater from June 20-24. Torch Song alum Michael Urie and producer Doug Nevin, who worked together on Buyer & Cellar, are partnering with Rattlestick for the series of new works, produced under festival director Nick Mayo. Joining Urie in the play’s casts will be Robin De Jesús, Jason Tam, Taylor Trensch, Maybe Burke, Mario Cantone, John Glover, Penny Fuller, Judy Gold, Lou Liberatore, Beth Malone, Michael Hsu Rosen, Dale Soules and Nilaja Sun. As previously announced, playwrights slated to present new work include Michael Benjamin Washington, Terrence McNally, Ryan Spahn, Philip Dawkins, Trans Lab, Eduardo Machado, Eri Nox, Paula Vogel, Jonathan Tolins, Chay Yew, Lisa Kron and many more. For more information about Pride Plays, click here.Abby Mueller & Adrianna Hicks Sing Out in Olivier-Nominated Musical Six at Chicago ShakespeareProduction footage has been released for the North American premiere of the Olivier-nominated musical Six. The previously announced U.S. debut of the acclaimed West End hit will run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater through June 30. Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the musical centers on the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII, who headline an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—flipping the narrative on the one-sided story from our history books. The cast is led by Abby Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Adrianna Hicks (The Color Purple), Andrea Macasaet (Heathers), Brittney Mack (Memphis), Samantha Pauly (Honeymoon in Vegas) and Anna Uzele (Once on This Island). Check out the multi-talented group of performers below and cross your fingers that Six finds its way to the Broadway stage soon. George Salazar in “Be More Chill”(Photo: Maria Baranova) View Commentslast_img read more

Briefly noted: Democratic House candidate cited twice for driving under influence; Shawnee seeks candidates to fill Adrian’s vacant seat

first_imgDemocratic candidate cited twice for driving under influence of alcohol. Brandon Woodard, the Democratic nominee for the Kansas House District 30 seat, was cited twice for driving under the influence of alcohol, the Kansas City Star reported this week. Woodard, now 28, was arrested for DUI in Lawrence in 2012 and again in 2014. Woodard is facing Republican Wendy Bingesser in a race to replace Republican Rep. Randy Powell, who did not seek reelection. [Democrat running for Kansas House seat cited for drunken driving not once, but twice — Kansas City Star]Shawnee council starts process to replace Adrian. The Shawnee council last week began advertising for its vacant councilmember seat. The Ward 3 seat has been vacant since Justin Adrian resigned Sept. 12. Qualified candidates must be a registered voter who lives in Ward 3 of Shawnee. The Shawnee council will accept applications until 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Interested candidates may submit a letter of interest via email to the city clerk, drop it off at city hall or mail it to City of Shawnee, Attn: City Clerk’s Office, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203. The council will conduct a special meeting Nov. 13 to consider the appointment. The person the council chooses will be sworn into office later that evening.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: Former Gov. Jeff Colyer says he won’t run for U.S. Senate in 2020

first_imgFormer Gov. Jeff Colyer has announced his plans against entering the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.Former Gov. Jeff Colyer decides against running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Former Gov. Jeff Colyer has announced he will not enter the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. “I appreciate all the encouragement I have received since Senator Roberts announced that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in 2020,” Colyer said in a statement Monday. “Right now I am doing some interesting things in private sector and in medicine. I am committed to service, as I have been my entire life. I will continue to serve in the future and I remain dedicated to the betterment of the state of Kansas.” Colyer was recently named a Fall 2019 Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service in Washington, D.C., his alma mater. He is an on-call surgeon at hospitals in the Kansas City metro area.Transfer agreement in place for JCCC students. Johnson County Community College has announced a memorandum of agreement with the University of Saint Mary is now in place for transfer students. Many JCCC students over the years have furthered their education at USM. JCCC noted that its students make up as much as 10 percent of the transfer class at USM in a given year. An official signing event took place Monday afternoon at JCCC to recognize the agreement. “This agreement is generous to our students’ credit hours and Saint Mary’s plan to work on improving transfer for our AAS career program completers,” said Rick Moehring, JCCC dean of learner engagement and success. “Overall, they are a good partner offering a locally known baccalaureate education to our students.”Report of suspicious man prompts lockout at De Soto elementary school. The De Soto School District placed Riverview Elementary on lockout Monday after a parent called the police to report that an armed man was seen walking in the woods near the school. The Shawnee Police Department is investigating; after checking the area, officers found no one suspicious but continued to have extra patrols nearby, including during school release time. Residents are asked to call and report any suspicious activity near the schools. [Report of suspicious man prompts lockout at De Soto elementary school — KCTV]last_img read more

Non-invasive brain stimulation can increase honest behavior

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Share Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Email New research provides more clues about the brain processes involved in honesty and cheating. “Honesty is a fundamental value in many societies,” explained one of the study’s authors, Alain Cohn of the University of Chicago. “Nevertheless, people often cheat when they can privately benefit from their dishonesty. Institutions cannot always prevent people from behaving dishonestly. Thus, we often have to rely on the intrinsic honesty of our fellow citizens.”The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that honest behavior could be increased by means of non-invasive brain stimulation. The researchers found that using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to stimulate a region in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (rDLPFC) made participants less likely to cheat. “We still know relatively little about the biological basis of intrinsic honesty,” Cohn told PsyPost. “One brain imaging study (Greene and Paxton, 2009 PNAS) found that a specific area in the brain (rDLPFC) was more active when subjects pondered the trade-off between honesty and financial gain. However, the brain imaging study cannot tell us in which direction causality is running or whether the identified brain area is actually involved in this decision process or whether it is merely a byproduct. Applying tDCS allowed us to test whether the rDLPFC is causally involved when people face the trade-off between honesty and financial gain.”The researchers used a die-rolling task to test honesty. The researchers told 145 university students to roll a six-sided die ten times for the opportunity to win 90 Swiss Francs in total. Because the participants entered their results into a computer in total anonymity, they could easily lie about whether they won money. But the researchers could measure the amount of lying by comparing the percentage of reported successful die rolls against the statistical 50% benchmark that would be expected if everyone was honest.“This is basic research and not meant for direct practical applications,” Cohn told PsyPost. “Our findings should be taken as a first step in identifying the brain processes that allow people to remain honest when faced with a material incentive to cheat. These brain processes could lie at the heart of individual differences in honest behavior and we show that they can, in principle, be altered through external, non-invasive interventions. “However, it is important to note that our results suggest that such interventions may not work with pathological cheaters because in our experiments, only people who felt a moral conflict responded to the intervention. Nevertheless, our results can have implications for jurisdiction, such as to what extent people can be made fully liable for their wrongdoings.”“The next step would be to identify the network of neural processes that are involved in decisions of honesty,” Cohn said. “The rDLPFC is most likely not the only brain region responsible for honest behavior. Our results suggest that the rDLPFC regulates the trade-off between honesty and personal material gain.”The study, “Increasing honesty in humans with noninvasive brain stimulation“, was also co-authored by Michel André Maréchal, Giuseppe Ugazio, and Christian C. Ruffa.last_img read more

New influenza A virus found in bats

first_imgFeb 27, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – A research team today announced the discovery of a new influenza A virus in Guatemalan fruit bats, but in its current form the virus doesn’t pose a threat to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The researchers, who included scientists from the CDC, reported their findings today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Suxiang Tong, PhD, the study’s lead author and head of the pathogen discovery program in the CDC’s division of viral diseases, said in a CDC press release e-mailed to reporters that the discovery marks the first identification of an influenza virus in bats. “The study is important, because the research has identified a new animal species that may act as a source of flu viruses.”The bat influenza virus would need to go through several reassortment steps to infect humans, the CDC said. Early tests suggest the genes of the new virus are compatible with human influenza viruses.However, Ruben Donis, PhD, a study coauthor and chief of the molecular virology and vaccines branch of the CDC’s influenza division, added that initial tests show the virus found in bats would need to undergo significant changes to infect and spread easily among humans. “A different animal—such as a pig, horse, or dog—would need to be capable of being infected with both this new bat influenza virus and human influenza viruses for reassortment to occur.”The researchers found the new influenza A in only one species, little yellow-shouldered bats, which are common in Central and South America but are not native to the United States, according to the CDC.In their search for novel flu viruses in bats, the research group captured 316 bats representing 21 different species at eight locations in southern Guatemala in May 2009 and September 2010, according to the PNAS report. Using polymerase chain reaction testing, they found positive samples from three bats at two different locations, all of the animals little yellow-shouldered bats.Genome sequencing found that the virus is different from known influenza A viruses, because its hemagglutinin can be classified as a new and different subtype, designated H17. The neuraminidase (NA) gene is different than all other known NAs. Scientists weren’t able to grow the new virus in cell cultures or chicken embryos.Serologic studies are under way to determine how common the virus is among bats in Central America and other regions, according to the study. Researchers noted that because the virus was found in two different locations at different times, the finding isn’t likely to represent an incidental interspecies transfer.”Bats may now be added to the list of mammalian hosts of influenza A viruses,” the group wrote, adding that the finding expands the list of flu reservoirs and raises questions about how the virus is maintained in bat populations and what the findings mean for public health.See also:Feb 27 PNAS abstractlast_img read more

Mayor’s vision reveals London’s ongoing challenges

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Blacklisting: Trouble in store

first_imgIn the case of Mr D Smith vs Carillion (JM) Ltd and Schal International Management Ltd Respondents (JM) Limited, David Smith, engineer by trade, was aggrieved that neither the Employment Tribunal nor the Employment Appeal Tribunal found in his favour.Despite the fact that he appears to have been a victim of blacklisting by the now infamous The Consulting Association (TCA), it was judged that he has no right of action and is not entitled to compensation. This is because he was not directly employed by the construction companies, but rather was engaged via employment agencies. Smith had to demonstrate that he was directly employed by John Mowlem and Schal in order to qualify to bring against them claims that he was unfairly dismissed by reason of his trade union or health and safety activities.Smith had been an active member of UCATT and it was normal for him to take on the role of UCATT shop steward or safety representative at sites he worked on. His skill as an engineer meant that he was often working as part of the main contractor’s management team and would sometimes sign off work on behalf of the main contractor. He cited this and a number of other factors to try to persuade the courts that he had a direct contract with the main contractors and not the employment agencies that paid him.Smith was employed on sites run by John Mowlem from October 1997 to May 1998 and again in September 2000. He was also employed on a site run by main contractor, Schal. However in each case Smith was hired via employment agencies Chanton and Heffo. Smith had been terminated on all these relevant projects but it was only when TCA was closed down following a raid in 2009 that Smith found out that subscribing main contractor construction companies had contributed to, or relied on records about his trade union/health and safety activities. From this he formed a reasonable view that his employment had been terminated owing to these records and that he had no doubt been rejected for work over a number of years because of what was written in these records.There have been some successful blacklisting claims since TCA was discovered, so why has Smith been unfortunate in seeking redress through the tribunals?First, it was a question of timing. Smith was terminated on John Mowlem and Schal projects in the period 1997-2000. The law at that time only protected “employees” from suffering detriment in relation to trade union/health and safety activities. It was not until a change in the law made by the Employment Relations Act 2004 which took effect on 1 October 2004 that it was possible for not just “employees” but also “workers” to enjoy such rights.Second, the tribunals had to assess Smith against the backdrop of the law prior to 1 October 2004 and, as he was not able to demonstrate a contract of employment between himself and the relevant main contractors, he was not eligible to bring the relevant claims, despite the fact he was a “worker”.So what lessons are to be learned from this case for employers right now?If you are facing blacklisting claims presently in relation to historic acts of alleged discrimination, where the claimant was not a direct hire but engaged via an employment agency, there may be a defence to the claim if the alleged misconduct occurred prior to the 1 October 2004 change in the law;HR managers today could not condone blacklisting as it is now illegal. Some perfectly “reputable” companies subscribed to the TCA before the law was changed to make such blacklisting illegal, as they felt that certain individuals threatened to undermine productivity on projects. Also, they worried that militants might, for no legitimate reason, call colleagues out on unlawful industrial action costing them their wages. Because most employers shy away from writing anything other than a standard reference, references are commonly trivialised as “not worth the paper they are written on”. Employers today might therefore profit from requiring direct hires to complete employer application forms (in favour of accepting CVs) setting out their employment history and reasons for leaving previous projects so that employers can audit employment history more accurately and follow up references with more direct and specific enquiries.Although employers have more control over direct hires, there is a benefit to recruiting via employment agencies. This is so the main contractor can demand that agencies properly vet individuals hired onto site and can stipulate that the agencies have hired them for a prior minimum period, therefore a known quantity, in order to minimise the prospect of hiring someone who has moved from site to site causing problems.Madeleine Thomson is a partner and head of employment at Hamlins law firmlast_img read more