HOBOKEN — Fall is always a busy season for the Hoboken Historical Museum. Education Curator Maria Lara has been busy creating new programs for families and educators in the Hoboken area, including a fun new program “Kids’ Night at the Museum” starting Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., giving parents a night off from the kids, and kids (ages 5 and up) a fun place to bond with each other and watch a movie while absorbing a little history on a Friday evening. There are two more kids’ nights scheduled this fall, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1.Maria has also started planning for a new “Living History Day” on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 12 – 3 pm, with WWI reenactors in full costume for kids to interact with and some artifacts to handle.And they are full steam ahead with our usual programs, including new hours for our Thursday Storytime at the Museum (two half-hour sessions now, one at 10 and 11 a.m., both requiring pre-registration), and Sunday Storytime at the Fire Department Museum moving to 1:30 pm each week (no registration required).Plus, Family Fun Day is coming up, Oct. 15, 12-4 p.m., with entertainer Ron Albanese (Polka Dot) and loads of crafts and activities for the whole family. And in December, the community-wide Kids Holiday Concert with Dave Lambert and Howard Olah-Reiken returns to the Fire Department Museum on Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m.Contact [email protected] with questions, or 201-656-2240 or see www.hobokenmuseum.org. ×
Food and drink launches with low carbohydrate claims have doubled (+95%) in Europe over the past five years, according to the latest research by Mintel.Diets such as 5:2, Dukan, or high protein have been popular in recent years, an while low carb diets looked to have peaked around 2004, Mintel suggests that they are now experiencing a resurgence in Europe.The most popular categories seeing low carb launches are interestingly those traditionally associated with carbs, said the analyst. In 2013, 10% of new low carbohydrate food and drink launches were pasta products, 10% baking ingredients or mixes, 9% bread and 8% snack, cereal and energy bars.The top three countries in Europe for new low carbohydrate food and drink product launches are France, accounting for 17% in 2013, followed by Germany and Spain, accounting for 15%.Laura Jones, food science analyst at Mintel, said: “Low carb diets were made famous with the advent of the Atkins diet, which reached its peak in popularity in 2004. Since then the number of followers of the diet has dropped off and a decline in the launch of low carb food and drink products has been witnessed globally.However, the Atkins diet did manage to make consumers a lot more ‘carb conscious’ and aware of the quantity and quality of carbohydrates they consume and this underlying level of consciousness has been retained by some consumers.”Mintel added that the trend for high protein foods was aiding the comeback of low carbohydrate products, with many launches in the food and drink category carrying both a low carb and high protein claim – up 57% between 2008 and 2013.
Sweden’s largest pension fund has provided the anchor investment for an impact fund co-investing in emerging markets loans.Alecta has committed $200m (€164m) to the fund, a spokeswoman for the occupational pension fund told IPE.The fund’s first close, at $250m, was announced today. This was $50m more than the minimum target, according to a statement from NN Investment Partners, which manages the closed-end fund.Three other investors, from the Netherlands and Sweden, had allocated to the fund alongside Alecta. IMAS Foundation, a sister foundation to the INGKA Foundation, which is the indirect owner of IKEA, was named as one of the original investors. Magnus Billing, Alecta CEOMagnus Billing, CEO of the SEK800bn (€77bn) Alecta, said: “To us, this is a good example of how we can fulfil our duty to create the highest value possible for the occupational pensions, as the fund meets both the required rate of return and creates measurable impact aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.”NN Investment Partners said a second close was expeected later this year “as the proposition is easily scalable to $750m due to FMO’s annual new loan commitments of more than $2bn per year”.FMO Investment Management was set up in 2012 to develop funds and other structures to provide investors with access to the development bank’s “sustainable” emerging market investments.FMO said it directly contributed to three of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and indirectly delivered on additional goals. In the period up to 2025, it would focus on the goals “Decent Work and Economic Growth” (SDG8), “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG10), and “Climate Action” (SDG13).The development bank said these were areas “where we feel we can have the largest impact in the countries where we can make the biggest difference”.The NN-FMO emerging market loans fund will measure its investments’ impact using FMO’s impact measurement model, which the group developed in 2014. Alecta’s Billing has previously said that FMO’s impact model was a “strong feature”.IPE will be publishing an impact investing report in May The fund is a collaboration of NN Investment Partners and FMO Investment Management, the investment arm of FMO, the Dutch development bank. The loans bought by the fund are issued by FMO. The fund enables investors to invest alongside FMO in loans to financial institutions, renewable energy projects and agribusiness companies in emerging and frontier markets.FMO invests with the dual objective of achieving an attractive financial return and “meaningful” development impact, which it primarily measures in terms of jobs supported and avoided greenhouse gas emissions.
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal for setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior.To be registered under the Societies Registration Act, the proposed Centre will entail an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore and be completed in five years, an official release said.The improved sports infrastructure created by this Centre will ensure effective participation of persons with disabilities in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels, it said.Setting up of the Centre will develop a sense of belonging in persons with disabilities to facilitate their integration in society, it added. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
The pairing of Amanda Mayne and Jo Shorrocks successfully did the double when they defended their title at the Brenda King Foursomes at Clevedon Golf Club in Somerset. Mayne, from Saltford in Somerset, and Shorrocks, from Bigbury in Devon, finished the 36-hole scratch medal foursomes on seven over par and won by four shots. The competition is contested by pairs from all over the country and is the annual finale to the English senior women’s season. The South West was well represented with Devon pair Anne Norman (Exeter) and Lesley Pascoe (Stover) taking second place. “It was lovely to defend,” said Mayne, who was reserve for this week’s Senior Home Internationals and finished sixth in the recent British senior championship, where Shorrocks also made the cut. They made a slow start to the Brenda King and were six over par after eight holes of the first round. But then, as the weather declined, they hit form, coming home in one-under par. Their five-over total put them one shot off the lead. “Today we were nice and steady,” said Shorrocks, who chipped in for birdie on the eighth as they played to two-over 77 in the second round. “We were one-under after 13 and probably got a bit defensive then, but the closing holes here are tough and into the wind, so we were happy.” Third place was shared by Angela DeBurca (Wentworth, Surrey) and Kate Evans (Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire) and by Carol Simpson (Horsley Lodge, Derbyshire) and Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores Caption: 2016 Brenda King Foursomes winners Jo Shorrocks (left) and Amanda Mayne 28 Sep 2016 Title double for Jo and Amanda
FAIR HAVEN – The Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.The tour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.The Fair Haven First Floor House Tour will be Dec. 14. Displaying kitchenware donated to the Super Storm Sandy relief effort are: from left, co-chair Britt Garrison, homeowner Jennifer Uzzi and co-chair Lauren Steets.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards to home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match, which will in turn distribute the items to local victims of Sandy.“We thought it would be a unique way of supporting the hundreds of Two River area homeowners who lost or sustained severe damage to their homes,” said tour co-chair Lauren Steets. “Most of us know at least one local family who is suffering now as a result of the storm, and we all want to help in some way.”The 2012 holiday tour features eight distinctive Fair Haven homes. Each home will be decorated for the holidays with fabulous tabletops and floral arrangements sure to inspire.Tour-goers will sample some of the best local fare from popular chefs, including David Burke’s Fromagerie (Rumson), Lusty Lobster (Highlands), Pop’s Garage (Shrewsbury), Woody’s (Sea Bright), Cups and Cakes (Rumson) and Fair Haven favorites Tavolo Pronto, Gourmet Picnic and Taste and Technique.Two special raffle prizes will be offered. The grand prize is $3,000 worth of landscaping donated by Sycamore Landscaping. The first prize features dinner for 10, prepared in the winner’s home or other local home of their choice, by Chef Hernan Garces of the Raven Tea Room. The dinner includes beverages, flowers, dessert, and service to help the host and hostess relax. Tickets for these two great prizes are $10 each.Fair Haven’s First Floors has several generous sponsors to help make the event possible, including Sycamore Landscaping, Merrick Builders, Heritage House/Sotheby’s, and Better Housekeeping.Proceeds from the tour will support the educational programs of the Fair Haven school system. The mission of the Fair Haven PTA is to promote the welfare, safety, and educational development of Fair Haven’s children in the home, school and community through cooperative efforts of parents and teachers.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes.For more information, or to support the Fair Haven PTA, contact house tour co-hairs Britt Garrison at 732-272-8622, Lauren Steets at 732-933-1867 or visit www.fairhavenpta.com.
Items Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to [email protected] article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Two weeks into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and there hasn’t been one trade by the Nelson Leafs.Instead, the coaching staff is very pleased with the progression of the Green and White despite the fact Nelson, undefeated during the preseason, is 2-2 out of the gates.After posting a couple of wins over Spokane, the Leafs get a chance to see the other three teams in the Murdoch Division, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against Castlegar Rebels.“We have a good balance of players,” said coach Sean Dooley.“The difference between this year and last year is this squad has a very good team environment in the dressing room. Everyone has jelled together . . . there’s no clicks in the dressing room.”“From our veteran guys down to our rookies, everyone is equal,” Dooley added. Now that league governors voted during the off-season to reduce the numer of games during the regular schedule, and not play outside the respective conferences, there’s even more importance for teams to have success within the division.After Castlegar, which exploded for two wins and ten goals last weekend, Nelson takes to the road to face defending Murdoch champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday Fruitvale before facing the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the first time this season, Sunday in the Boundary City.Last season Grand Forks rose from bottom feeders to knocking off Castlegar in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“It’s still early in the season but we like what we’ve been able to recruit this season,” Dooley explained.“We like the work-ethic on the ice now it’s just spending time to getting the systems down.”What’s for sure is the Leafs will come at teams in waves.Dooley said it’s a philosophy both he, head coach Mario DiBella and assistant Isaac Macleod believe in.“That’s the way we want to play this season,” he said.“We want to roll all four lines . . . see all our D-men get into situations against any lines on the opposition. We believe to have a championship team everyone needs to contribute.”ICE CHIPS: Dooley said the coaching staff would continue to juggle the lineup as the Leafs have a few extra players on the roster to start the season. . . . Beaver Valley increased its Murdoch Division lead to three points ahead of both Castlegar and Nelson after blasting Spokane Braves 8-3 Wednesday in Fruitvale. David Nemes, with two goals, and Kyle Hope each had three points to lead the Hawks. Beaver Valley, led in scoring by Hope, Tyler Ghirardosi and Nelson’s Nolan Percival, fired 61 shots at the Spokane net. . . . Nelson fans will see Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena Friday, September 30.
(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Painted lady butterflies make an even more spectacular migration than the famous Monarchs, observers just found.The Monarch butterfly travels about 6,000 miles round trip in its migration from Canada to Mexico. That record has been bested by painted ladies, which fly 9,000 miles, it has just been discovered. This amazing feat was just reported today on the BBC News and Science Now. Richard Fox, the survey manager of Butterfly Conservation said,“This tiny creature weighing less than a gram, with a brain the size of a pin head, and no opportunity to learn from older, experienced individuals, undertake [sic] an epic intercontinental migration.”Why wasn’t this discovered before now? Brits thought the colorful insects just died off at the end of summer. It turns out, rather, that they land in the British Isles as a feeding stop on their intercontinental migration from tropical Africa to the edge of the Arctic Circle and back. While in the UK, they increase their numbers till they leave in two waves, one in August and one in October. They were not seen migrating because they fly super-high: average 500 meters, but as high as 1,000 meters. It took radar to spot them.Thousands of participants took part in solving the mystery of where they went. As with Monarchs, it takes up to six generations of butterflies to complete the annual trip. With favorable winds they can fly 30 miles per hour.Painted ladies with their bright orange-dappled wings have been appreciated casually for millennia, but only now have their epic migrations been recognized. One of the authors of the paper said, “So we’ve kind of got this amazing creature right under our noses without really realising.”This discovery suggests that more incredible stories are still out there. Here it is, 2012, and we are just finding out this amazing migration story. Congratulations to all those who took part; everyone who loves natural wonders should be very pleased. Will more epic migrations be found in Russia, China, or other parts of the world? It would be surprising if Monarchs and Painted Ladies are the only species that travel this far.A new 3-D IMAX film about Monarchs is out this month, Flight of the Butterflies. Interesting observation: There’s a quote on the home page, “Evolution is written on the wings of butterflies.” A couple of weeks ago, Charles Darwin was listed as the source. Today, his name has been scrubbed, but the quote is still there. Wonder what happened; was there a complaint? Is Darwin’s name too controversial?If you want a documentary that takes on the assumption of evolution, be sure to watch Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies from Illustra Media (available in DVD and Blu-Ray with surround sound). The film masterfully shows many species of butterflies in all their glory, with a focus on their amazing life-cycles that defy evolution, and then reveals the Monarch migration in a heart-lifting true-life adventure story. This is a wonderful tool to share the positive case for intelligent design. Now it looks like a sequel featuring painted ladies would be in order.