Liberty State Park Protection Act Passes NJ Senate Environment and Energy…

first_imgIt’s been non-stop commercial development proposals, and political sweetheart leases have been aimed at commercializing parkland. Park founder Morris Pesin, and champions like Audrey Zapp and Morris’ son Sam, the president of the Friends of Liberty State Park, have had to wage campaigns time and again to keep this urban green oasis from becoming one big American Dream Mall.For decades, thousands of people from around the state have voluntarily shown up at evening meetings and weekend demonstration, time and again to prevent things like a private water park, a Formula One race track, a second private marina blocking off the park’s bucolic south side, and most ominously, leasing away the park’s spectacular Caven Point urban natural area to the exclusive Liberty National Golf Course.At any other NJ state park these private insider development schemes would be dead on arrival. But along with lusty developers, the lure of gaining land along the Hudson River’s Gold Coast also attracts political patronage.Most of these proposed deals stem from a revolving door of consultants, often former campaign and administration staffers, who have access to the top of both Democratic and Republican administrations.The Liberty State Protection Act is an apple pie antidote  – it simply says that park improvements should be small-scale amenities created to benefit the park user, not private backroom interests. It guarantees a long overdue Management Plan for the entire park be created through an open process and, lastly, establishes a public Advisory Committee to review leases and ensure transparency.The only opposition to the bill came from none other than Liberty National, one of the most expensive and exclusive golf clubs in the country where 250 individuals pay $500,000 for membership, represented by Eric Shuffler at River Crossing who reportedly served as a top aide to Governor McGreevey, as U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli’s Chief of Staff and on Governor Murphy’s 2018 Transition Team. They are making a second attempt at gaining parkland for their golf course.  The Liberty State Park Protection Act, aimed at keeping public parkland open to the public and away from private developers, unanimously passed out of the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Nov. 18.The Park opened in 1976, astride the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – a Bicentennial gift of a green urban oasis open to all, both symbolizing and giving life to the best of American values. Since then, in the view of advocates for the park, it has been plagued by the worst of New Jersey politics. ×last_img read more

OVI for April 2018: Growing demand for work – more chef, waiter and salesman in demand

first_img Tagseizgindexovijob In April 2018, OVI recorded a growth of 57,6 percent compared to the same month last year, which indicates a strong increase in demand for labor on an annual basisCompared to the previous month, seasonally adjusted index values ​​offer the same conclusion as the seasonally adjusted index rose 7,7 percent in April, the fourth largest increase in 12 months. These positive trends, which come as an announcement of the tourist season, are visible throughout Croatia, the report points out.The announcement of a more successful season is visible from the increase in demand for occupations in the service sector, such as chefs, waiters and salespeople, for which demand, compared to April 2017, increased by more than 50 percent. In the context of the type of contract linked to labor demand, the largest increase was observed in student and seasonal contracts, which increased by 82,7 percent compared to April last year, followed by fixed-term and indefinite contracts with an increase of 62,1 and 47,4 percent, while the number of vacancies related to vocational training without employment increased by 30,7 percent compared to April 2017.Source: Faculty of Economics, Zagreb Online Vacancy Index (OVI) The monthly index of online job vacancies was developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. The purpose of the index is to provide timely information on the current state of labor demand. The OVI index is created by simply counting the number of unique new ads whose application deadlines end in the month for which the index is calculated. Since ads published through only one portal are taken, the number of ads is expressed as an index (base year is 2015).The index is interpreted as meaning that values ​​greater than 100 represent an increase compared to 2015, and values ​​less than 100 decrease compared to the base year. The index was seasonally adjusted by the X-12-ARIMA method.center_img Sharelast_img read more

No action over Shelvey ‘headbutt’

first_imgSwansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will face no action from the Football Association after appearing to motion to headbutt Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy. The incident occurred shortly before Shelvey scored the home side’s third goal in their 3-0 win over the Magpies at the Liberty Stadium. The former Liverpool player exchanged words with Debuchy and, as they took part in a heated stand-off, Shelvey appeared to motion his head towards the Frenchman’s, although he did not appear to make contact. As such, Press Association Sport understands the incident does not constitute violent conduct and with referee Howard Webb on the scene as the incident unfolded, Shelvey will not face retrospective action. Speaking following Wednesday’s game, when asked if he had headbutted Debuchy, Shelvey told BT Sport: “That’s what you think. Nowadays you can’t do anything. ”I was trying to move to get out of the way. That’s life at the end of the day.” Last month the 21-year-old was “reminded of his responsibilities” by the FA for a gesture he made towards Cardiff fans following Swansea’s south Wales derby defeat. But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt Shelvey should have been dismissed by referee Webb. He said: ”Looking at video highlights I think that was disappointing from Jonjo as I think he is a terrific lad and that’s unlike him, but again maybe you could argue he should not be on the pitch.” However, Swans boss Michael Laudrup unsurprisingly had a different take on the incident. ”Football is about temperament. The most important thing is to keep on the right side of the line, to not go over it and he didn’t do that,” he said. Press Association ”It’s important everybody sticks to the right side of the line.” The incident with Debuchy marred an otherwise excellent display from the England Under-21 international who, after a patchy start to life in south Wales, has turned in a string of strong performances of late in a deep-lying role. If he can continue his form, Shelvey may well give England boss Roy Hodgson plenty to ponder, and Laudrup added: “He is good in possession and good at making runs from midfield. “I think he can also be the more dynamic midfielder but in these two games against Manchester City and Newcastle we have seen it suits him well.” last_img read more