OCPD Activity Report May 1-7, 2016

first_imgPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Motor vehicle accident, 8th St. & Asbury Ave., at 11:17am Warrant, 1600 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:24am Warrant, 900 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 2:50pm May 6, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 52Motor Vehicle Stops: 16  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 17   Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS calls Motor vehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 10:01am Calls for Service: 709    Daily Average: 73 May 1, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 72Motor Vehicle Stops: 24   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 27  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 7 EMS calls Harassment, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 9:45pm Warrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 7:14pm May 5, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 85Motor Vehicle Stops: 32  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 24 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS callsDomestic violence, Bayshore Dr., at 7:37amFight, 1800 block Bay Ave., at 8:59amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Central Ave., at 10:40amBurglary, 600 block Bay Ave., at 3:38pm Warrant, St. James Pl., one in custody, at 9:11am Motor vehicle accident, 2800 block Asbury Ave., at 1:09pm May 4, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 83Motor Vehicle Stops: 24   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 30 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 6 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 29th St. & West Ave., at 8:47amMotor vehicle accident, Tennessee Ave., at 9:25amLandlord/tenant dispute, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 1:46pmWeapons offense, 700 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:07pm Motor vehicle accident, 1200 block Bay Ave., at 3:05pm Fraud, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 5:00pm May 3, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 53Motor Vehicle Stops: 21   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 12   Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS calls May 7, 2016: Saturday Calls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 10  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 20   Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsDWI, 10th St., one in custody, at 1:06pmFraud, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 3:25pm Criminal mischief, 1500 block Wesley Ave., at 9:33am May 2, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 86Motor Vehicle Stops: 36   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 17 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 5 EMS calls Warrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 10:00am City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.last_img read more

Shaky tree

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDue to its internal makeup, a pecan tree naturally makes a big crop every other year. This means some years are better, or worse, than others for pecan growers. But a new technique can stabilize production and help make each year a good year, says a University of Georgia pecan specialist.“The greatest challenge to consistent pecan production is the tree’s tendency to bear a large crop for one or maybe two years followed by a small crop for a year or two,” said Lenny Wells, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This on-off cycle, or what is called alternate bearing, is something Georgia growers have dealt with since the nut was commercially introduced in the state in the 1920s. During “on” years, the tree produces a lot of nuts, but their quality can be poor. During “off” years, nut quality can be good but economic returns low because total production is low, he said.Scientists have debated for years why the tree has this cycle, Wells said. But at its most basic level, alternate bearing is controlled by plant hormones. And hormone levels depend on the size of the previous year’s crop, or nut load.So, the key to consistent year-to-year production is crop-load management, he said, or simply reducing the number of nuts on a tree during an on year.Pecan harvest in Georgia starts in late October. To gather nuts, growers typically use a machine that vibrates the tree trunk, shaking the nuts from its canopy to the ground below, where they are later scooped up. The same technique can be used earlier in the season to remove some of the immature nuts, thinning the crop load during an on year, Wells said.“When nut thinning is done correctly, it is a sound and highly effective management tool for minimizing the alternate-bearing tendency and increasing the profitability of some cultivars,” he said.Wells conducted a two-year study using Cape Fear, a common pecan variety. Five trees were mechanically thinned in 2007, which was an on production year, and five trees were not thinned. The two-year production value of the thinned trees was $513.55 each compared to $237.94 each for the non-thinned trees. “Not all cultivars or trees within a cultivar will require thinning in a given year, nor do all cultivars respond to thinning in the same manner,” he said. “Some cultivars may be more easily damaged than others when trunk shaking in the summer.”The thinning technique is simple in theory, but takes skill and timely efforts, he said.The time to thin nuts will vary with cultivar and location, as well as from year to year. But for most varieties grown in Georgia, the time will be July through early August. If the crop is thinned too early, the nuts are small and will require forceful shaking that can damage the tree. If thinning occurs too late, the benefit for next year’s crops can be lost.A nut’s maturity is determined by slicing through it to expose the ovule, which eventually becomes the kernel and nut.“This thinning may not work for all growers, but it is a tool that can increase returns for growers over the lifetime of trees,” Wells said.last_img read more

Apprenticeships: Matching Employer Needs with Jobs that Pay

first_img By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning March 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog,  Workforce Development As Pennsylvania’s workforce ages, many business owners – manufacturers and construction companies among them – are lamenting a burgeoning skills gap. There are simply not enough workers trained and ready to fill skilled trade jobs as older workers retire.Historically, apprenticeship programs have attracted workers not interested in post-high school education and many apprentices enter the skilled trades because their fathers and grandfathers were tradesmen.But, over the past few decades, high school students have been pushed toward college-prep and away from vocational technical training as a viable career path, which further increased a need for skilled workers, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers – occupations still very much in demand.As Pennsylvania, with its diverse economy grows, both industry and workers of all ages need to see the benefits of apprenticeships that lead to good-paying jobs and a stable career path. Confronted with a jobs gap that exists between the type of jobs people want or understand and the type of jobs that are available, career opportunities exist in manufacturing that have morphed from dark, dirty and dangerous, into bright, clean, and modern, in part, from technological advancements and the workforce’s response to industry demand. From carpentry to mechatronics, apprenticeships can lead the way to jobs that pay.Governor Wolf sees the need for aligning workforce programs, including apprenticeships, with the needs of employers. He’s listened to the cry of the skills gap and is including a new apprenticeship grant program in his 2017-18 budget.The grant program – both for those leaving the K-12 education system and those transitioning into a new industry sector (think high-tech) – can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, so workers are not training just to train, but have a job, a career path established.Governor Wolf’s apprenticeship grant initiative will be funded with revenue recovered by the Department of Community and Economic Development from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Businesses can seek grant funding of up to $2,000 for each apprentice employed pursuant to an apprenticeship agreement registered through the Pennsylvania Office of Apprenticeship and Training – an office recently established by Governor Wolf to explore non-traditional apprenticeship opportunities in high-priority industries such as health care and education.One such program is the first of its kind in the county. The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Council recently approved an apprenticeship program for entry-level early childhood education teachers working towards their associate’s degree.The program, sponsored by Philadelphia’s District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, establishes a pipeline for low-wage education workers to achieve an associate’s degree from the Community College of Philadelphia while continuing to work full-time. Apprentices will also receive four wage increases during the two-year program, with raises tied to academic and professional progress.These smart initiatives are helping to swing the apprenticeship pendulum in the right direction – toward helping both workers and employers achieve lasting success.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Apprenticeships: Matching Employer Needs with Jobs that Paylast_img read more

Ronaldo gets G-Wagon as birthday gift from girlfriend Georgina

first_imgIt was a complete with a huge red bow – a nod to his days at Manchester United? – and friends sang for him as the heartwarming moment was filmed.Georgina wrote alongside the video posted to her 16 million followers: “Congratulations to the man of my life! What do you want to transport our love in? Your gift @cristiano #happybirthday.” What do you buy the man who has everything? Well if you’re Georgina Rodriguez you get Cristiano Ronaldo a massive, gift-wrapped Mercedes-Benz G-Class.Advertisement Loading… The Juventus star’s girlfriend bought him the 4X4 – with a basic starting price of £93,000 and top speed of 136.7mph – as a 35th birthday present.center_img Ronaldo later put up a glimpse of his celebrations as he posed alongside a CR7 birthday cake.He gave two thumbs up as son Cristiano Jr, nine, and Georgina, 26, sat next to him.Ronaldo, who posted this training clip showing how fit and agile he still is, wrote: “It’s time to celebrate my birthday. Thanks my love for this amazing surprise.”Despite being of an age where most think about packing it all in, Ronaldo has declared his intention to keep playing into his 40s.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has the “biological age” of someone just 23 and showed he is still capable of jaw-dropping feats with his unbelievable header against Sampdoria last December.And he fully intends to keep playing at the highest level for at least another five years because the physical side will never be a problem.Quizzed on how long he can keep going, the Portuguese icon told Marca: “Much will depend on what I feel, on my motivation.“Physically it will never be a problem.“I am treating myself well and I think can play safely up to 40 years.Read Also: Ighalo: Man United move made my mum cry amid celebrations“The most important factor, honestly, will be more psychological – that will be the one that makes the difference.“In any case, everything has a beginning and an end. I won’t last a lifetime but I still feel strong enough to continue winning.“I will stop if I have no incentives.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do Thislast_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer’s Miles Robinson called up to U-20 National Team; will miss SU’s game vs. Albany

first_img Published on October 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore defender Miles Robinson has been called up to the U.S. Men’s Under-20 National Team and won’t be available for Syracuse’s game at Albany on Tuesday.Robinson is tied for the team lead with four goals and also has an assist this season. He’s anchored the middle of an SU back three that has only allowed six goals this season.Freshman Mo Adams will start at center back in Robinson’s place, he said Monday afternoon. Adams has started all 10 games at center defensive midfield for the Orange.Syracuse hasn’t won in its last two games after winning its first eight. After facing the Great Danes on Tuesday, Syracuse travels to Louisville on Friday to play the Cardinals, another top 10 team. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

SA firms urged to invest in Zimbabwe

first_img27 March 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has urged South African companies to take advantage of the improving situation in Zimbabwe and invest in the neighbouring country. Thabethe was giving the keynote address at a business seminar attended by more than 250 business people at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare on Monday. The seminar formed part of a four-day trade and investment initiative by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. Thabethe is leading a 45-person business delegation on the initiative, which ends in Bulawayo on Thursday.‘Economic and structural reforms’ “Zimbabwe has been carrying out economic and structural reforms which have improved economic performance and sustained growth,” Thabethe said. “Since 2009, Zimbabwe has had positive growth rates above 5% per annum, reaching 5.9% in 2010.” She added that investment in the development of infrastructure in Zimbabwe would have a high rate of return, as it would lead to an increase in demand for manufactured and capital equipment. “There are enormous opportunities in the development of the continent’s vast resources, and the creation of critical infrastructure in roads, railways, ports and utilities.”Investment and trade Since 2003, South African companies have undertaken investment projects in Zimbabwe totalling more than US$619-million, contributing to the creation of more than 2 000 jobs in Zimbabwe’s metals, minerals, tourism and financial services industries. Over the same period, foreign direct investment from Zimbabwe into South Africa amounted to $154-million. Trade between the two countries stood at R20-billion in 2011. Zimbabwean Deputy Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha and Deputy Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Samuel Undenge also addressed the seminar. Making it easier to do business Undenge said his government had launched a medium term economic plan aimed at growing, stabilising and transforming the Zimbabwean economy, making it easier for foreign companies to invest in the country and establish partnerships with Zimbabwean companies. Speaking ahead of the trip, Thabethe said the South African government was committed to Zimbabwe’s recovery and development. “South Africa’s economy is inextricably linked to Zimbabwe’s economy,” Thabethe added. “Due to its geographical proximity to South Africa, Zimbabwe’s political and economic welfare has a direct impact on South Africa.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Local innovation is filling the small farm implement gap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the past several years, small and mid-sized tractors have inundated the marketplace as more small-scale and organic farmers begin to update their equipment. As sales of lower horse powered machines climb, Bellevue farmer Jeff Sberna has noticed that the implement side of the farm manufacturing sector wasn’t following suit, so he designed a concept for a compact aeration tool.“I have always has small equipment and never really had anything to break the sub dirt with,” said Sberna, who came up with the concept of the J & D Farm Built chisel ripper. “This unit is a hybrid and is designed to take the place of a chisel plow and a subsoiler. It will maintain a depth of 13 to 14 inches without re-compaction and is great on fuel efficiency.”The six-foot chisel ripper was on display recently at Farm Science Review. Sberna recommends that unit for a small, niche and organic farms with 20 to 30 acres to cover. He also designed a larger unit that includes coulters and is a little more complex.“When I first ran a prototype over my farm the goal was to get some of the hard pan broken down to help resolve some drainage issues,” Sberna said. “Then I noticed they way that it aerates using forward shatter and it doesn’t just roll the dirt up.”The Sberna family has a deep tradition of being creative when it comes to custom building implements that filled a need for their farm at any particular time. That innovative philosophy of building what you need when you need it dates back to Sberna’s grandfather and then to his father.“When I was younger, I worked construction and in the winter months my Dad was always looking for something new to fabricate and that’s how I got the bug,” Sberna said. “We would haul some older equipment home from another farm or bring in a truckload of materials and my Mom would always ask what in the world we were going to do with it. We just told her ‘you’ll see’”.You can learn more about the J & D Farm Build chisel ripper here.last_img read more

Are Store-Bought Fans Worth It?

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#Product Reviews#social networks#Social Web#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… On the surface, that sounds more on the up-and-up, but Holland, whose service sells Facebook fans at 10 cents each, won’t say exactly how those fans are acquired…and the Viralee website doesn’t explain either. What it does show is the company’s past efforts – they include fan pages for “Kisses,” “Hugs,” and “Pizza” as well as ongoing efforts for various sports teams, Australia, and the charity Movember.In the comments of the AllFacebook post, Holland responds to those questioning whether these “fans” are actually from the U.S. by responding that the service can provide targeted fans. Not that it does by default, just that it can. He also defends the “pay for fans” model by explaining that once you’ve acquired a good number of these purchased fans, you’re then exposed to the friend groups of those fans as well. It sounds like he’s saying store-bought fans are just a kick-start method for generating a fan base. The initial group is there to help start the organic growth that comes from natural discovery. Still, it’s hard to feel anything but skepticism for a business whose Twitter account looks like spam bot, filled with keyword-based updates like “performance based advertising,” “pay per sale,” and “pay per lead,” instead of any actual conversation. And considering that Holland was responding on AllFacebook as Viralee’s founder using Facebook Connect, you would think he would have updated his Facebook photo to something a little more…uh…professional. While there’s nothing wrong with posting “party pics” on Facebook, if you’re publicly representing a company, this is not the sort of image that engenders trust…especially if you’re asking for people’s money. At the end of the day, companies like Viralee and USocial keep their “marketing” techniques under wraps and undisclosed. They promise fans, but not how they’ll get them or whether they’re legit. And that’s because they’re probably not. But the argument for using these services – as scammy and spammy as they seem to be – is that they let you get a head start on building your social media profile. First come the store-bought fans, then come the real ones. Or so they say. Although few are willing to go on record admitting they’re involved with services like this, there’s no doubt that many people and businesses are. But the question remains: does any of this really work? And even if it does, is this how you want to achieve success? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When you think of services offering to get you more fans, followers, and friends on social media sites, a few words come to mind: spammy, scammy, and sad. Purchasing fans is taking the easy way out. Instead of building up a community of followers who actually appreciate what you (or your company) has to say, you can give off the appearance of popularity with a store-bought set of fans. While no one in their right mind will come out and say that the social media “marketing” services that deliver followers and fans are worthwhile, the truth is that many people and businesses are using them anyway, even if they won’t admit it. But can any of these services really be trusted?One of the most notorious companies involved in the “fans for sale” business is USocial. Earlier this year, they were cited in an L.A. Times article regarding their service for gaming Digg, the social news website that relies on user votes to promote stories to the homepage. Stories that make it to Digg’s front page end up receiving massive amounts of traffic – tens of thousands of visitors within hours. Those numbers are tempting. In fact, they’re too tempting for some to resist, apparently. According to USocial’s founder, organizations like a Darfur foundation, the U.S. Marines, the Mormon Church, and the Korean Department of Tourism had all signed up to used the service. In addition to gaming the social news sites, USocial also offers services for gaining more followers on Twitter, more fans on Facebook, and more recently, more views on YouTube. This latest offering flat-out guarantees your viral video’s success by delivering more traffic and more views to your video pages.Does all this sound too good to be true? Well, it probably is. Only last month, Facebook sent USocial a cease-and-desist letter to the company after an investigation revealed USocial was breaking multiple laws, including illegally accessing the Facebook website and violating the Terms of Service. Among the violations, Facebook stated USocial was sending spam, using web tools to harvest pages, getting login names, and accessing accounts that did not belong to the marketing firm. Yes, that last one sounds a lot like hacking, doesn’t it? Does your business really want fans who were obtained in that way? According to Dominic Holland, founder of Viralee, a new competitor to USocial, his business offers a better way. In an article on Facebook-watching blog AllFacebook, Holland was quoted as saying: “We do not take control of any users account at any time. We create a page for the user and market it within and externally to Facebook.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more