Safe Labor Day Weekend Travel

first_imgThe Indiana State Police, the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute are participating in the national and statewide 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization occurring Aug. 12 through Sept. 5. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers against drinking and driving.Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to Indiana State Police from the Traffic Safety division of ICJI. Officers will work overtime to conduct sobriety patrols and checkpoints around the clock. According to ICJI, in 2015, there were 4,828 alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana, resulting in 92 fatalities. This is a 26.5 percent decrease in the number of alcohol-impaired collisions, and a 9 percent decrease in resulting fatalities, from 2014.Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign for over 20 years.For more information regarding the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to observe the following safety tips: Leave early. Allow extra time to get to your destination.Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.Don’t use cruise control in heavy traffic.Always signal lane changes.Use headlights even during daylight hours.Reduce your speed in rain and NEVER DRIVE INTO WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROADWAY.Decrease your speed in construction zones-Obey posted speed limits.REMEMBER TO SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES, TOW TRUCKS, SERVICE TRUCKS AND HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE VEHICLES!!Make sure you are well rested.  A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you, especially in construction zones.Watch for slow moving farm equipment on county and state roads.Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic.Anticipate hazards that may confront a motorcyclist like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions.Be cautious and observant when turning left. A primary cause of crashes between vehicles and motorcycles is when a vehicle turns left in front of an oncoming motorcycleObey all traffic laws and never drive impaired.Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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KELLY, MARY R.

first_imgA mass of Christian burial was celebrated Nov. 3 at St Catherine’s Church in Middletown for Mary R. Kelly, 74, of Secaucus. She passed away Oct. 29. Mary was born and raised in Jersey City, a daughter of the late Genevieve and Michael Sisk. She moved to Secaucus 23 years ago. Mary was a clerk with the US Postal Service for many years at the Jersey City Bulk Post Office. Mary loved spending time with her family, she also enjoyed days out shopping. Mary is survived by her husband of 29 years, Michael Kelly, and her son, Frankie Stromberg and his wife Leslie. Mary is also survived by two brothers, William (Patricia) Sisk and James (Lola) Sisk; two grandchildren, Chad and Megan Kehoe, and one great grandchild along with many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her siblings Richard and Michael Sisk, Agnes Simmons, Genevieve Hoffman and Catherine Misiak.Services arranged by Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals, Belford.last_img read more

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Road closure hits sales

first_imgA North Hampshire baker is planning to seek compensation from Thames Water because the closure of the main road through his village is costing his business £400 a day.Simon Smart, who runs the Bramley Village Bakery with his wife Tracey, said the road closure to install a new underground sewerage system had started in November and was due to last 10 weeks.He told British Baker: “It’s been horrendous. They have shut off half the village, sending people on 15-mile diversions. We are not getting the passing trade and we reckon it’s cut sales by 40%.”The bakery normally sells between up to 500 Christmas cakes over the festive period, but sold only 120 this year. Sales of mince pies fell from 18,000 to 12,000.Smart said he would seek compensation but had noted in the small print of the form that it would be “down to Thames Water’s discretion”.last_img read more

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News story: Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating munitions on the battlefield

first_imgThe Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new competition aimed at the private sector and academia, to seek innovative solutions and approaches to accessing, disabling and/or irreversibly destroying chemical and biological weapons munitions, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and bulk agents in challenging environments.The competition is aimed an non-traditional defence and security innovators. DASA will be particularly interested to hear from those in allied technology areas such as the oil and gas, mining sectors as well as those which have experience in handling hazardous materials.With an initial £500,000 to fund multiple proof-of-concept proposals at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), it is anticipated that an additional funding of £1.5 million may be available depending on the outcome of the initial funding phase.It is joint funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense, and will operate under an existing memorandum of understanding between both nations.The competition launched at an event in London on 26 September 2018 and will close for submission of proposals on the 19 November 2018 at 5 pm (UK time).Competition DocumentDetails about the competition can be found here.Any queries regarding this competition, should be sent to [email protected]last_img read more

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Coconut and spice feature in Greggs’ new summer line-up

first_imgA limited-edition summer menu has launched into Greggs stores nationwide – and there’s not a pastry in sight. The food-to-go retailer’s new line-up includes:Coconut Chilli Chicken Wrap (340 calories, from £2.60): Shredded coconut, chilli and lime chicken, topped with roasted vegetables, couscous and pearl barley in a vinaigrette dressing, sliced mixed peppers, fresh salad leaves and a mango, kalonji (otherwise known as cumin seeds – they help prevent hair loss and boost memory, according to health food experts Holland and Barrett) and coriander chutney, all in a soft tortilla wrap.Egg Mayonnaise, Sunblush Tomato and Spinach Baguette (586 calories, from £2.60):  A freshly baked baguette filled with chunky egg mayonnaise, sunblush tomatoes and baby leaf spinach.Cheese, Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad (328 calories, from £2.85): Pasta in a tomato, onion, garlic and basil dressing, topped off with grated mature Cheddar cheese, grated Edam cheese and spinach leaves.Coconut, Lime and Chilli Chicken Salad (220 calories, from £3): A combination of shredded coconut, chilli and lime flavoured chicken, tossed together with roasted vegetables, couscous and pearl barley in a vinaigrette dressing, sliced mixed peppers, fresh salad leaves and a pot of coconut, lime and chilli dressing.Falafel, Harissa, Roast Vegetable and Grain Salad (314 calories, from £3): Falafel salad with mixed peppers, red onion, fresh salad leaves, roasted vegetables, couscous and pearl barley in a vinaigrette dressing, with a pot of harissa style dressing and another of yoghurt and mint dressing.Mexican Chicken, Smoky Rice and Bean Salad (382 calories, from £3): Mexican-style chicken breast with spinach leaves, mixed peppers, red onion, rice and black turtle beans, accompanied by a smoky tomato and chilli sauce and a pot of sour cream dressing.Chargrill Chicken, Roast Vegetable and Grain Salad (235 calories, from £3): Get ready for the barbeque season with this chargrill-flavour chicken with sunblush marinated tomato salad. It’s paired with refreshing cucumber and fresh salad leaves, roasted vegetables, couscous and pearl barley in a vinaigrette dressing with a pot of honey & mustard dressing.Honey Roast Ham, Egg and Potato Salad (232 calories, from £3): Honey roast ham, free range egg and skin-on potato salad, teamed with a mustard mayonnaise, sliced cucumber, tomatoes and fresh salad leaves, served with a pot of honey mustard dressing.last_img read more

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How Collaboration and a Multi-Cloud Strategy Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

first_imgIt’s amazing to think that within my lifetime I will travel to work in a self-driving car; I’ll have conversations with my fridge about what’s for dinner; and I’ll receive customer service from Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered chat bots. Developments in technology are taking these once-fictional scenarios and planting them in our very near future.As we innovate tirelessly to bring these solutions to life, we will fundamentally change the way we interact with machines. In fact, our recent study, ’Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future’, shows that most business leaders (80 percent) in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) believe humans and machines will work together as integrated teams within five years.APJ organizations are embracing new technologies as they digitally transform, and these new technologies create the path to more human-machine partnerships. Take AI for example – the research showed that 81 percent of business leaders expect to use AI to pre-empt customer demands within five years. This is encouraging, but for organizations to fully realize the value of emerging technology it’s essential they make the right IT transformation decisions around their cloud computing approach.As I meet with business and IT leaders from around the region, I realize many of them still live with the baggage of past decisions; with cloud adoption having often been a tick in the box rather than part of a wider strategy. Over the years, we’ve seen high public cloud adoption but are now also witnessing a shift to private or hybrid clouds and partnerships with cloud service providers to meet varied business requirements and workloads. In fact, we’ll see more than 70 percent of enterprises in APJ turning to a multi-cloud strategy by 2018, according to IDC.So, although it is clear that the future is multi-cloud, organizations are facing significant challenges managing the complexity and demands that this multi-cloud world brings.Managing this complexity to truly realize the value of emerging technologies requires a strong focus on collaboration. Let me explain why, and share some thoughts on building the right collaborative approach in your organization:Put the customer at the centre Customer experience is a key competitive differentiator in today’s market and multi-cloud environments are increasingly being used to transition to new customer engagement models. In fact, making customer experience a boardroom concern is a priority amongst almost 9 in 10 businesses in APJ, according to our Realizing 2030 research. With IT departments and CIOs taking on more strategic roles as facilitators between various internal and external partners, keeping all parties focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience will help foster collaboration and partnership.Recognize it’s all about the dataCloud native apps are key to delivering innovation, an enhanced customer experience, and driving differentiation across all industries. No wonder 45 percent of APJ leaders are already investing in technology to bring apps into the cloud, whether public or private (e.g. hybrid cloud) – with another 47 percent planning to invest over the next five years.However, it’s not just about technology, it’s also about investing in the right talent and skills, and in this multi-cloud world we are seeing the need for DevOps to evolve beyond just delivering cloud native apps. With data volumes increasing thanks to emerging technologies, it will be the organizations that recognize the arrival of DataOps and find effective ways to collaborate to manage data that will accelerate their digital transformations.Form future-focused partnershipsMulti-cloud is just the beginning. As our CTO John Roese shared in his 2018 predictions, the future is the mega cloud, where a system of clouds collaborate and interwork. This is the next generation of IT infrastructure and it will require even closer collaboration between IT and the business; with a strong focus on building true strategic partnerships internally.For IT leadership, Hemal Shah, our APJ CIO, nicely sums up how he is seeing this partnership approach evolve in a recent IDG ‘The Connected CIO’ eBook sponsored by Dell EMC: ‘Smaller, self-sufficient, dedicated teams are emerging in larger enterprises and are focused on innovation and providing opportunities for application developers, data scientists and others in IT to partner with senior executives in identifying new opportunities.’By focusing on building strong collaboration foundations today, organizations will be able to accelerate their transition to mega cloud in the years ahead.Emerging technologies will bring many incredible transformations to our lives, and the cloud will play a vital role in making this future a reality. The way we use cloud infrastructure is changing – and quickly – and this evolution needs to be paired with the right culture in order to realize the true value of these new technologies. By focusing on collaboration, APJ leaders will put their organization on a smoother and faster path to digital transformation.last_img read more

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Columnist gives Red Smith lecture

first_imgOne tweet says it all: “Journalism today all about speed, buzz, page views, instanaiety, not substance, leads to uninformed citizens, end of democracy, and probably civilization.” Kathleen Parker, author of the above tweet, Washington Post syndicated columnist and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, delivered the 29th annual Red Smith Lecture in Journalism on Thursday, titled “Journalism in the Age of Twitteracy.” Despite her success, Parker said she did not originally plan on becoming a journalist. Born in Winter Haven, Fla., she said reading was protection from unpleasant household chores for her. She said she read quite a bit in her youth. Parker left Florida in her early 20s, ventured north and began writing at the Charleston Evening Post. “I fell in love with journalism the old-fashioned way,” Parker said with a humorous bent. “We met at a party, we had a few drinks and one thing led to another. It really was love at first sight. “We made no money – I was taking home 90 bucks a week – but we were happy because we were doing something important,” she said. “There is nothing like going home at the end of the day with something in your hand that shows what you did.” Although she is always proud of her work, Parker said she often becomes frustrated while writing. “I do procrastinate and I do love-hate writing, because it’s so hard,” she said. “Writing is extremely difficult. I have to sift through masses of information to determine what is meaningful, and then find the meaning in that.” Her early experiences in journalism differ greatly from that of young journalists in the current age, Parker said. “I’m afraid that the spirit that I grew up with seems to be dead. Technology may have liberated us from newsprint,” she said. Technology may enable individuals to accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently, Parker said, but such efficiency is often overrated. “Twitter is fast, furious, spontaneous and immediate. But haste is the enemy of accuracy,” she said. “We know a lot of stuff. But are we really smarter?” Parker said technology changes human behavior, even if it does not change essential human nature. “The consensus seems to be that we’re better off with more people, more non-journalists, more people who are non-media talking,” she said. Parker said she disagreed with the consensus. “All voices are not created equal,” she said. She added that writers today feel more entitled, without paying their “journalistic dues.” Parker referenced her tweet when she presented the real problem of today’s generation. “A 2008 study showed that 34 percent of young people age 18-24 get no news from any source on a typical day,” Parker said. “If no one is reading the news, how will we manage a democratic government that relies on an informed citizen?” Parker’s experience with journalism will soon become simply a generation of journalism history, she said. “We have to convince them [young people] of the importance of news to self-governance. I think this will be a real challenge in the age of Twitteracy,” Parker said.last_img read more

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U.S. Army South and Belize Defence Force Work Together to Provide Projects and Services to Communities in Belize

first_imgBy Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge/U.S. Army South April 03, 2017 U.S. Army South, in partnership with the Belize Defence Force (BDF), and the Belizean ministries of Defence, Health, and Education are proud to announce “Beyond the Horizon 2017” (BTH), a collaborative training exercise involving numerous U.S., Belizean, and international participants. BTH will provide free medical and dental services, as well as build medical and educational facilities, valued at $10 million, to communities across Belize. The exercise will start on March 25th, and is scheduled to end the second week of June. BTH furthers the U.S. government’s continued commitment to the government and people of Belize in the field of humanitarian assistance. During the exercise, the BDF and many Belizean organizations will work side by side with U.S. military forces, learning from each other and serving the Belizean people. BTH will strengthen the partnership between the United States and Belize through collaboration on a variety of projects throughout Belize. The exercise will consist of five construction projects and three medical service events. The construction projects are as follows – Expansion of the emergency room at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan – Construction of a new medical waste incinerator housing at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. – Construction of a new medical clinic building at the Ladyville Health Clinic. – Construction of a new medical clinic building at the Double Head Cabbage Clinic. – Construction of three new classrooms at St. Matthew’s Government School. Beginning on April 8th, members of the BDF and the Ministry of Health, as well as medical professionals from the United States and other partner nations, will provide free general medical and dental services to the Belizean people. The dates and locations of the medical and dental services are as follows: – April 8-13 and April 15-20: Ladyville Community Center/Hurricane Shelter, Ladyville, Belize District. – May 6-20: Macal River Park, San Ignacio, Cayo District. – May 20-June 3: D Company Barracks, Dangriga, Stann Creek District. BTH began in 2008 and continues the proud legacy of civic assistance programs in Central America. Past BTH exercises in Belize have included construction of schools in Double Head Cabbage and Dangriga, as well as free medical and dental services in Hattieville. For more information on the BTH exercise, please contact local government offices in locations hosting BTH projects and visit the BTH’s and the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook pages.last_img read more

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