Reminder – Get Out And Vote! Polls Are Open Until 8 p.m. Today…

first_imgElection Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls in Ocean City will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 for the Primary Election.The election includes races for governor, state Senate and General Assembly, county sheriff, surrogate and Board of Chosen Freeholders, as well as state committee members. See sample ballots for all Cape May County towns.See polling places for all wards and districts in Ocean City.last_img

Quick Hits: Doctors Prescribe Hikes + New Life for Old Coal Mine Sites

first_imgUniversity of Washington research indicates doctors may someday prescribe hikesResearchers at the University of Washington have embarked on research that couldone day allow doctors to prescribe patients a hike in the great outdoors. Chronicdiseases and mental health conditions plague today’s society but according to thebest available evidence, contact with nature may reduce obesity, ease anxiety anddepression, help people connect socially, and ignite creativity. But the averageperson spends just five percent of their day outside. The Nature for Health initiativeat University of Washington has launched a program to find out more about theimpacts of nature on human health. Focusing on five sectors—veterans, children,the elderly, healthcare providers and underserved populations, the program willstudy the effects of nature on human wellness in the hopes that one day doctors mayinstruct patient to head outdoors to cure what ails them.An Appalachian organization is working to plant lavender on old coal mine sitesA startup incubator in South Charleston, West Virginia called West Virginia Regional Technology Park is bringing life back to the earth and rock left behind after mountaintop removal mining. Mountaintop removal is a form of surface mining that removes up to 400 vertical feet of mountaintop to expose the coal underneath. The practice began in the 1970’s; today there are more than 330,000 acres of defunct mountaintop removal land in West Virginia alone. But a group called Cultivating Appalachia has begun growing lavender at mountaintop removal sites to be harvested for oil used in soaps, lotions and perfumes. Lavender loves dry, rocky soil and the incubator has had success growing two types of lavender. The program also runs a training program, and connects potential farmers with mine owners who are legally obligated to “reclaim” their sites. The executive director of the technology park estimates the sites could generate around $10,000 an acre, making it a potential $3.3 billion industry.Dead trees in Harrisonburg, VA support local artisans and businessesAsh trees affected by the emerald ash borer, a non-native beetle responsible for thedestruction of tens of millions of trees in 30 states, are finding new life inHarrisonburg, VA thanks to an urban wood utilization program by the City ofHarrisonburg and the Department of Forestry. The city hopes to give new life to thefallen urban trees by sending the wood from the trees to a local sawmill and then putting the wood into the hands of local artists who will ultimately send the woodback out into the community as conference tables and other functional works of art. The program hopes to keep the dead trees out of landfills and into the hands of localwoodworkers. Though there are treatments available for ash trees affected by theemerald ash borer and a cost share program provided by the Department ofForestry, treatments ultimately just prolong the dying process.last_img read more

Swiss to vote on pension reform in September

first_imgNext, Switzerland’s population will decide on the reform package in a binding referendum on 24 September.A public vote is necessary because part of the reform requires an amendment to the country’s constitution. Through an increase in VAT, every person retiring from the day the reform comes into effect is to be granted a CHF70 (€57) top-up payment to compensate for cuts under the new pension framework.The Green party, GLP, changed its mind at the last minute to accept the reform package in parliament.They remained critical of the top-up payment to first pillar pensions, but said it should be up to the people to decide this question.In a vote on a similar general pension top-up in autumn last year, the people had rejected the left-wing initiative “AHVplus”.However, on 24 September Swiss people will not only be able to vote for or against the increase in VAT for pension payments, but also on the whole package.This means the reform package as a whole could still be toppled as unions, employer representatives, and parties have already started to campaign ahead of the referendum.Major points of the reform – apart from the top-up – are a lower conversion rate for second pillar Pensionskassen, and an increase to the retirement age for women. By a very narrow margin the Swiss parliament voted “yes” to the pension reform package ‘Altersvorsorge 2020’ (AV2020).The law was passed by the lower chamber, the Nationalrat, in the final vote today. There were 100 votes in favour, 93 against, and one abstention.At the same time the upper chamber, the Ständerat, also accepted the law with votes of 27 in favour to 18 against.Yesterday in a preliminary vote 101 MPs voted in favour of the changes, meaning the necessary majority was only just reached. In the final vote, just a simple majority was needed.last_img read more

Digicel Football.. Wins for Corentyne Comprehensive High, Vryman’s Erven Secondary

first_imgCORENTYNE Comprehensive High and Vryman’s Erven Secondary sealed their berth to the next round by defeating Winifred Gaskin Memorial and New Amsterdam Technical Institute respectively, when the 7th edition of the Digicel Secondary Schools Championship got underway at the Burnham Park last Thursday and Friday.Last Thursday’s fixture saw Corentyne Comprehensive easing pass Winifred Gaskin 5-0; thanks to a hat-trick of goals from Issono Fields in the 28th, 45th, and 60th minute. Notably, both teams fielded an 8- man unit.Opening the account for Comprehensive High was Quinton Crandon who found the back of the net twice–early in the 14th and then again in the 21st minute.In the other match on Friday last, Vryman’s Erven were too much for a hapless NATI unit; defeating them 5-0, the same scoreline as the previous fixture. As early as the 4th minute, Vrymans Erven started their quest for goals; one coming from the boot of Sherwin Nicholson. The scoreline at halftime read 1-0.When the whistle blew to begin the second half of the encounter, Vryman’s Erven signaled their intention to further dominate; scoring four additional goals : in the 48th ,53rd ,55th and 69th.The next round of matches which are carded for today will have an exciting double-header–Skeldon Line Path battling Manchester Secondary from 13:30hrs and JC. Chandisingh vs Lower Corentyne secondary at Burnham Park at 15:30hrs(Colin Bynoe).last_img read more

Tennis: Federer steps into Wimbledon land of the giants

first_img“Being the favourite or not the favourite doesn’t matter. These other guys are all big hitters. I feel like they will have their say in the outcome of the matches.“They’ve got big serves, big forehands, they are big hitters.”Federer has made the semi-finals without dropping a set and has been broken just three times.He even managed to match Milos Raonic — who boasts the second fastest serve of the tournament at a blistering 142mph (228.5km/h) — with 11 aces in his quarter-final victory.Federer is the second oldest semi-finalist after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.He is also the overwhelming favourite after ‘Big Four’ rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffered injury-hit exits on Wednesday and Rafael Nadal lost in the last 16.Federer is reaping the rewards of pruning his schedule with Wimbledon just his seventh event of 2017.He skipped the 2016 and 2017 French Opens which were won by Djokovic and Nadal.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Roger Federer stands just two wins away from a record eighth Wimbledon title but faces a perilous trip through the land of the giants if he is to become the tournament’s oldest champion.The 35-year-old Swiss has defied time and logic to reach a 12th semi-final at the All England Club where he will face Tomas Berdych, the 2010 runner-up, on Friday.If he gets past the Czech for the 19th time in 25 meetings, Federer will face either Sam Querrey or Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.The contrast between the 18-time Grand Slam title winner and the other three contenders could not be more stark.Federer stands 6ft 1in (1.85m) and weighs in at 187lbs (85kg); Berdych is 6ft 5ins (1.95m) and 200 lbs (91kg).Querrey and Cilic tower over him at 6ft 6ins (1.97m) and 210lbs (95kg) and 196lbs (89kg) respectively.Federer, bidding to reach an 11th final at Wimbledon, is therefore aware of the physical threats posed by his rivals.“All three guys are taller and stronger than I am,” said Federer.“I’ve got to figure out a different way, carve my way through somehow with my slice and my spins, my consistency.last_img read more