Dear Editor:We should not support Phil Murphy for Governor until he commits to stopping New Jersey Transit, (NJT), from forcing us to accept a massive development along our rail yards.In 2008, NJT introduced a plan that called for 9 million square feet of development along our rail yards. This would have been a disaster. Thus, the City of Hoboken rejected NJT’s plan; and, acting out of fear that NJT might someday implement its plan, approved its own plan in 2014, that called for 2.2 million square feet of development along our rail yards.The City’s plan, though roughly 75% smaller than NJT’s original plan, [(9- 2.2) / 9], will, enable mass development in a high risk flood zone that is below sea level, increase our residential population by 10%, and add population density to the most congested area of our City where traffic jams are frequent. Therefore, the City’s plan, though better than NJT’s plan, is also bad for our future. Unfortunately, the people of Hoboken cannot use the power of public referendum to challenge the City Council’s decision because in 1975 our State Legislature took away this right, (see N.J.S.A. 40:55D-62b). Therefore, our best hope to control NJT and secure a better future for our City is to elect a Governor who appoints members to the NJT Board who focus on providing transportation service and not on forcing massive development on communities that cannot handle it. The next Governor of New Jersey will immediately get to appoint three seats to the NJT Board. We should hear Mr. Murphy’s opinion on this topic before we decide whether to support him. Finally, in my opinion, the best use for the land near the NJT rail yards is open green space coupled with limited commercial space that scales no larger than the current buildings that occupy the area. This would gel with the OMA ‘rebuild by design’ plan that the City favored in building our defenses against future flooding back in 2013.Sincerely,Franz Paetzol
In-store bakery and food to go supplier Cuisine de France has launched new bread carriers, for hot or cold sandwich fillings, include three softbake baguettes in plain, multiseed and onion and nigella flavours. The baguettes are thaw-and-serve and have an extended shelf life.Six thaw-and-serve bagels have also joined the firm’s range. Flavours include sesame and poppy seed targeted at health-conscious customers. And the firm is enhancing its breads offer with the addition of a seeded burger bap, large savoury muffin, soft deli roll and 10-inch plain wrap.A brand new panini concept includes product and equipment, allowing the retailer to provide customers with paninis at any time of day. Seven pre-filled paninis, with flavours such as Three Cheese, Tomato and Basil, Tuna Melt and All Day Brunch are included. For retailers wishing to do their own fillings for paninis, the company is introducing five panini breads and a ‘grilly’ bread with authentic panini grill markings, plus special panini grills to hold two, three or four paninis.
Steenbergs Organic (Ripon, North Yorkshire) has launched a range of heat-treated organic herbs and spices, including poppy seeds, black pepper, chilli, coriander seeds, cumin, ginger, paprika, rosemary, thyme, turmeric and white pepper. Products are sourced from suppliers in the Mediterranean, India, Africa and Sri Lanka.Steenbergs Organic has also launched a range of organic Fairtrade vanilla products, including the bean, extract, spray-dried extract and seed. Steenbergs Organic is working with two main sources for its vanilla – in India and Uganda – where it has spent 18 months sourcing the right growers.
All Northern Powerhouse regions have seen a jump in overnight stays according to new figures out today (28 September 2018).Overall visitor numbers across the whole region have increased by around 5% in a year. The highest gains in number of trips however, has been witnessed by the North East with over 200,000 more visitors to the area than the year before – a remarkable 17% increase.According to Visit England, in the 6 months to June 2018 the number of overnight stays in the Northern Powerhouse increased by 4.3% to 33.6 million compared to the same period last year.People have spent more too – a total of £2.3 billion in fact, an increase on last year’s figures.The UK has enjoyed one of the hottest summers on record, while data recently published by Visit England shows that 8 out of the 10 most visited cities and towns in England were in the Northern Powerhouse.Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: North East region sees the highest increase in visitors with a 17% increase in the number of trips and a 14% increase in the number of overnight stays Email [email protected] General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Tourists flock to Northern counties to take in the sights and enjoy local attractions As a proud Northerner, I’m delighted to see that thousands more people are flocking to the North to share in the culture, natural beauty and entertainment attractions. And it’s quite easy to see why. There’s lots going on for families thanks to investment in landmark seaside attractions like the Spanish City in Whitley Bay and the Blackpool Illuminations in Lancashire, supported by our Coastal Communities Fund. As people visit the Northern Powerhouse they’re spending billions of pounds too, which means more money for smaller businesses and this protects jobs. I’d encourage more people to visit the North and see for themselves why it’s such a great place to enjoy and do business. Social media – MHCLG Overnight stays across the Northern Powerhouse rise by around 5%, while spending increases too Contact form https://forms.communit… Media enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg
The pandemic forced Harvard Summer School fully online, nudging the program along in a direction it was already looking to explore.“We already had a number of online course offerings on the books and had been thinking about how to strengthen our online learning communities pre-COVID,” said Sandra Naddaff, dean of Harvard Summer School. “So, challenging as the circumstances were, we were able to expand the initiatives we had been developing and pivot pretty quickly and successfully to a fully online experience.”The Summer School General Program saw a 13 percent increase in students and a 9 percent rise in total enrollments, thanks in part to increased financial aid and waivers for students at Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.“I think we had a remarkably successful Summer School, not just because we had a significant increase in our enrollments, but more importantly because even though we were completely online, our students still had the powerful and exciting learning experience we promise, both inside and beyond this summer’s virtual classroom,” Naddaff said.Faculty were able to relatively quickly convert their courses to an online format with some help from the Summer School Academic Affairs team and the Division of Continuing Education’s Teaching and Learning team, which supplied training and orientation. Students also had access to online tutoring, professional development guidance, and social and personal enrichment activities delivered virtually.,Among those were a number of online panels and activities, including a Signature Speaker series in which faculty and experts spoke to some of the most pressing issues facing College students today. Presentations included “What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?”; “Racial Justice, Scholarships, and Activism”; and “Teaching Yourself and Others During a Pandemic.” These were co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning.Shirley Greene, associate dean of students at DCE, gave much credit for virtual community development to Kera Street and Cori Tucker-Price, the assistant deans helping out this summer, and to Mark Addison, a student support specialist. Related For professors who have taught at Extension School, Zoom is an old friend Online learning: It’s different The outlook for Harvard online learning “They were really keen on developing activities that focused on the holistic development of students, but also helped them to envision a future and to prepare for life beyond School,” said Greene.The assistant deans, in collaboration with a group of Harvard admissions officers, organized weekly online graduate school fairs featuring representatives from Harvard Medical School, Business School, Kennedy School, and other grad schools at the University.They also worked with BGLTQ Student Life on an event called “Queerness and Protest in the Time of COVID.” Other events included “Finessing Your Financial Future” with the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative and “Unlocking Your Academic Superpowers” with the Academic Resource Center.Greene said the convenience of these virtual events helped attract speakers who otherwise may have been difficult to schedule, and also facilitated discussion among directors and the students.“It’s important when students think, ‘That person sees me, and they know my name,’ and they have the ability to follow up with presenters,” Greene said. “We’re always thinking long-term about how to build those relationships that will last them a lifetime, and that was one of the things we were aiming for — helping students feel more connected and more in control.”Virtual peer advisers, who included current Harvard College students and recent alums, also contributed to the success of the first online-only Summer School. Greene said they hired 20 advisers who helped students connect to events, activities, and resources, as well as navigate the online environment.Whether summer 2021 will be held on campus, online, or in a hybrid setting is still unknown. What is certain is this year’s experience changed how the program sees the way ahead.“The potential is large, not only to have an impact on students, but to have an impact on the way we think about teaching and learning, and how we can make these experiences more accessible to students,” said Greene. “We can still do [the Summer School program online] with the same level of commitment, dedication, and focus that really benefits the students we’re serving. That was kind of an a-ha moment — that we can be just as impactful.” Varying lectures with tests improves attention, note-taking, and retention Division of Continuing Education’s expertise in online learning has helped to lift College’s transition efforts In a Q&A, Vice Provost Bharat Anand recaps the spring’s pivot to digital, and the planning underway for fall
As the members of the Class of 2011 settle into their final year at Notre Dame, the senior class officers and the Career Center have collaborated to present this year’s Senior Class Kickoff. The event, which will be held today in Stepan Center, features a free barbecue, that includes a vegetarian option on request, a cash bar with beer and wine, a special appearance by Notre Dame athletics and numerous outdoor games including beach volleyball, horseshoes and cornhole. Cath Flynn, senior class vice president, said the main goal of the event is to reunite members of the senior class before the school year gets into full swing. While the most obvious purpose of the event is socializing with classmates, the Kickoff also provides seniors with an opportunity to meet advisors from the Career Center and begin networking for all postgraduate opportunities, including careers, graduate school and service opportunities. Seniors will have several networking opportunities available to them at the Kickoff, including meeting representatives from the event’s six corporate sponsors: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, General Mills, Ernst & Young and Raytheon. In addition, seniors who attend the event and register with the Career Center will be able to enter their name into a prize drawing for a chance to win a 32-inch Samsung LCD TV, assorted Notre Dame apparel and Notre Dame football tickets, among other prizes. “We want to give seniors a heads up about things that are happening this fall related to career planning,” Anita Rees, an associate director of the Career Center, said. “We are also excited about this year because there are small signs that the postgraduate opportunity search may be a little easier this year.” “We hope the event will bring friends together and pump everyone up for a great year as we grace campus for our last year together,” Flynn said. In addition to corporate networking opportunities, Mike Hebbeler of the Center for Social Concerns will have information for seniors about postgraduate service opportunities. According to Flynn and Rees, both the senior class and the Career Center are looking forward to the event because it would not have been possible without the help of each group. Both groups also anticipate working together in the future. “The Career Center looks forward to working with the Class of 2011 wherever their careers take them,” Rees said.
Margarita #1: Whoa, looking good, NPH! We can’t wait to see that chest covered in glitter in Hedwig this spring! Magachita #3 (or #4): That’s it, buddy, we’re cutting you off! Time to get back to Broadway where you belong. Margarita #4: Shut up. It’s 6 degrees in New York City today. Margarita #7: Oookaayy, our NPH is starting to look a little drunk now… Margarita #12: NPH’s sweet daughter Harper makes an appearance in this photo, looking terrified of her crazy dad. Margarita #17: Guys, he’s not drunk, he’s rehearsing! This is Hedwig under the influence of too much grain alcohol and Brita. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Spring Awakening and Glee besties Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele recently Instagrammed their vacation pics from Mexico, but it looks like they’ve got some competition for best beach body! Super slim and toned Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris, also vacationing in Mexico with his family this week, grabbed his iPhone to document his last day south of the border—in nothing but skimpy swim trunks. “Let’s see just how many margaritas I can drink,” he posted. “Cheers!” What happened next? Well, you’ve just gotta see it to believe it. Check out NPH’s drunken adventures below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Related Shows Lea Michele Margarita #19: Commenter josiethehan put it best: “He looks like the kind of cat with no fur.” Jonathan Groff Star Files Margarita #W: Uh… NPH? You’re starting to freak us out. Neil Patrick Harris View Comments
Hamilton View Comments from $149.00 Rory O’Malley(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Proving the old adage that when one door closes, another one opens, Rory O’Malley will don King George’s crown in Broadway’s Hamilton (heard of it?) on April 11. The Tony nominee, who had been supposed to be headlining Nerds, A Musical Dot Comedy this spring before it was called off at the eleventh hour, replaces Jonathan Groff in the gargantuan hit.O’Malley received a Tony nod for his performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon; he has also been seen on the Great White Way in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway credits include Nobody Loves You and Little Miss Sunshine. His screen resume includes Partners, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, 1600 Penn and Dreamgirls.O’Malley will be the fourth man to don His Majesty’s robes. Brian d’Arcy James played King George off-Broadway before Groff stepped in and later took the show to the Main Stem. Andrew Rannells briefly replaced Groff last fall, while he filmed the final installment of Looking.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also currently includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Related Shows
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers passed measures within a week of one another that pave the way for speed cameras to be installed in school zones, pending New York State approval.The Suffolk County Legislature approved a home-rule message at a special meeting Tuesday requesting that the State Legislature pass a law permitting the cameras—a revised version of an earlier request that was withdrawn. The latest vote came six days after the Nassau County Legislature voted for the same request at a special meeting of their own.“Enactment of this program in Suffolk County would reduce the incidence of speeding near schools, and therefore, protect the safety of school children,” reads the legislation Suffolk passed.Nassau lawmakers said they too were thinking of the children when they passed the measure shortly after that legislature also approved agreements to end a three-year wage freeze on county workers—raises that will cost between $129 million and $190 million over the next four years. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the county’s control board, has yet to schedule a meeting to consider either move.The cameras would be installed in one school speed zone per school district in each county—56 in Nassau, 69 in Suffolk. They have been projected to collect $29 million to $57 million annually in Nassau.Speed cameras work much like red light cameras that have been deployed across Long Island in recent years: they will be automatically triggered when sensors detect a driver speeding more than 10 miles over the 20-mph limit in school zones. Vehicle owners will then be mailed a summons to pay a $50 fine. And the cameras are a part of a pilot program that requires state reauthorization after four years.Critics questioned whether the speed cameras will be set to operate during summer school, during after-school activities when the school speed restrictions run beyond the traditional 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., how much money the counties will actually get and if the projected revenues would drop, same as happened with the red light cameras.The state Assembly and state Senate bills are sponsored by leaders of both chambers, indicating the legislation has a good chance of passing before their summer break starts in mid-June. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled his intent to sign the speed camera bills into law, should they pass.
During the last downturn, I remember a cartoon from the Harvard Business Review by Bob Vojtko showing two guys looking at a single sheet of paper saying, “we are able to cut our marketing budget in half by just guessing.” Unfortunately, for many requesting next year’s marketing budget right now, that cartoon is uncomfortably close to reality. The question going into 2021 for many marketers is: how do we do more with less, and where do we prioritize our dollars for maximum growth results?With revenue and margins down, it should not surprise marketers that budgets would take a hit, or that measurable results would be demanded by senior leaders. A recent Deloitte CMO survey found that over the last 10 years total marketing budgets have continued to rise, however those budgets are expected to go down. And almost 2/3 of leaders surveyed said that the overall marketing function has increased in importance especially during the pandemic. So with lower budgets and higher pressure to produce results, how do marketers steer through this situation successfully ahead? Navigating uncertainty requires focus. And that starts first with understanding your ideal target members, where to reach them, and how to serve them better – all vital steps to successful marketing and targeting strategies that can be measured. In order to create this focus as marketers we have to prioritize our initiatives.Here are the three budget areas that marketers should not cut in 2021:Marketing Technology (Martech) AnalyticsBrandingDigital MarketingMarketing Technology & Data AnalyticsAn August survey by Gartner of 432 marketing leaders shows that heading into 2021, roughly 2 in 3 (68%) expect their Martech budget to increase in 2021 despite the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Why is that? Certainly, understanding the data around member relationships is the first reason. Financial institutions are sitting on a wealth of data, and most know that they are only seeing and able to learn from a fraction of it today. Many credit unions are already hard at work going through a “digital journey” to organize, focus and visualize their data. While organizing and visualizing data is an important first step, it’s the actions you take with that data that actually drive tangible results. Leveraging data for increased targeting, personalization and impact is one of the greatest under-tapped opportunities in 2021. It’s often called the “Last Mile” of data analytics, but it’s often not the focus of IT and BI teams in leveraging data.Business Intelligence Platforms that are able to mine, append and enrich your existing member data in the cloud are called Customer Data Platforms or CDP’s. CDP’s are just starting to gain traction within the financial industry, as marketers move beyond the limitations of legacy MCIF systems, because of their ability to better understand member relationships and profitability and then apply that data into actionable targeting and personalization. Strum offers a state of the art Azure-cloud based CDP called Strum Platform which helps fill in the gaps of understanding your existing member lifestyle segments and relative profitability, along with driving actions and tracking ROI results. CDP’s help in fostering deeper trusted relationships and richer onboarding, while the Deloitte study noted that trusted relationships have a significant increase in importance and priority in this COVID-19 period. Branding It’s important during a time of uncertainty that your brand reputation and tone of voice is highly relevant and you are perceived as being there for your members – right when they most need you. More than ever, consumers are dialed into what brands stand for, and they are looking for leadership, empathy, wisdom, and above all alignment with their personal values. (My colleague and principal at Strum Agency, Karen McGaughey, shared her brand and culture insights earlier this year with 3 Steps to Ensure Your Brand is Poised to Adapt and Lead, which is a great read.)When the economy is doing well, flaws in consumer brand perceptions can be easily dismissed. Steady growth can hide weaknesses and below average NPS scores. But when the economy is in a downturn it is harder to ignore those flaws any longer. During this time, it is important to recognize when to adapt or even pivot your brand to position for higher relevance, future growth and success. Many credit unions are struggling with, or suffering from, one of the most central components of their brand – which is often perceived as taboo to even discuss – and that is a legacy name that creates consumer confusion and misperception about if the organization is “right for me,” inclusive and welcoming, or even “accessible to join.” Doing a new name – or rebranding should not be taken lightly, so before jumping in feet first, evaluating name equity and brand alignment is key to the success for remaining relevant and sparking growth. But the time to invest is now, and credit unions that use this moment to address any challenges head on – be that name, logo, brand positioning, lack of online capabilites, or whatever it might be – will surpass those who just hunker down and treat this moment as a temporary storm to weather. (Check out a recent Strum webinar with Frontwave Credit Union to hear about the importance and value of a bold new name and brand transformation for overall organizational alignment and appeal to members.)Having a name and brand that is clear and provides focus overall energizes the entire organization, along with creating a clear vision and path of what everyone should focus time and energy on. This organizational focus also ties directly to the first category, because having deep data-driven insights on which segments your brand needs to attract is vital to marketing success. Digital Marketing The final marketing budget item to not only not cut, but actually increase is a continued investment in digital marketing and advertising. While traditional advertising continues to play a role in the mix of awareness and differentiation, the growth of digital and social advertising has caught on fire due to the pandemic. More people are home, streaming content, on computers, and looking at ways to better their financial situation. Deloitte identified a 4% increase in social and mobile advertising, at a time when marketing spending was otherwise very conservative. The ability to precisely target and personalize messaging so that you can show (not just tell) the right targeted consumers how you are the right solution for what they need right now – coupled with the immediate performance feedback for further insights and optimization – is why digital marketing is critically important for savvy financial marketers and for tracking results of marketing budgets. Digital marketing and the other two budget priorities of data analytics and strong branding are, of course, all mutually reinforcing. Heading into 2021, if these three areas are not receiving growing shares of your marketing budget and team resources, it’s not too late to re-evaluate your priorities and adapt.Right now credit unions have a wonderful opportunity to step in and provide that knowledge, guidance, and help that their members need during this uncertain time. Ensuring your brand is in order, understanding and effectively leveraging all the rich data available to you, and using smart tactics to connect with target audiences in a highly personalized way are your best bets for a 2021 year that can feel dicey, but is really a huge opportunity to position your institution and brand reputation for future success. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Stangland Ben Stangland is a skilled senior data analyst and strategist who leads our Boston data analytics and business intelligence practice. 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