New Jersey Moves Toward Banning Smoking on Public Beaches

first_imgAdvocates for smokefree beaches throughout New Jersey may soon be getting their way.On Thursday, the New Jersey legislature completed its approval process for a bill that would ban all smoking, including e-cigarettes and other vaping devices on all public beaches in the Garden State.With the passage of the bill in both the State Senate and the Assembly, the legislation now heads to the desk of Governor Phil Murphy.  The Governor is widely expected to sign the bill into law and make New Jersey the first state in the country to pass such a comprehensive anti-smoking law on public beaches.With Murphy’s signature the law would take effect in 180 days and carry a fine of up to $250 for the first offense.The law reflects the concerns of many beachgoers in South Jersey as well as local governments considering ordinances in their towns. Ocean City, for example, passed such an ordinance on first reading by City Council at its last meeting. It may be enacted this summer, if the ordinance passes on the second reading.Ocean City already bans smoking on its Boardwalk and public buildings and 19 other New Jersey towns already ban smoking on beaches and/or public parks.Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth County) one of the bill’s sponsors, said the law would help protect non-smokers from second hand smoke while they enjoy the state’s coastline.“(Non-smokers) have a right on public land to be free from a (threat) to public health,” Gopal said in a published report.The lawmaker also praised the fact the bill addresses vaping, a growing trend among younger people and a form of “smoking” the long-term health effects of which are still widely unknown.“Once again, New Jersey is a leader when it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke and creating a healthy outdoor environment,” said Karen Blumefeld, Executive Director of the advocacy group Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP).The Senate version of the bill, S-2534, is an expansion of the 2005 New Jersey Smokefree Air Act to include all beaches and parks.Advocates said banning smoking on beaches will also greatly reduce pollution on the ground by discarded cigarette butts, one of the most widespread forms of waste found on New Jersey beaches. Smoking will not be allowed on the beaches starting in July.last_img read more

Board to meet in Jacksonville

first_img May 15, 2002 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors will take a final look at its proposed $29.6 million 2002-03 Bar budget — which does not raise membership annual fees — at its May 24 meeting in Jacksonville.The board, at its last meeting during the tenure of Bar President Terry Russell, also will nominate six lawyers for each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions and consider several ethics-related issues.The board approved the budget at its May 15 meeting, and will consider objections from members at the Jacksonville gathering, before making any final changes and forwarding it to the Supreme Court for review.The budget projects total revenues of $29.6 million and projects a surplus for the year at nearly $1 million. Annual membership fees, which were raised last year, will remain at $265 for active Bar members and $175 for inactive members.Included in the budget is $750,000 for President-elect Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law initiative, which aims to improve public education and perception about the legal profession. Aronovitz plans to raise $200,000 or more of that from separate contributions from attorneys and law firms, including from a check-off on the Bar’s annual member fees form. (See story, page 1.)The new budget projects receiving almost $18.5 million from the Bar’s annual membership fees, up from almost $18.3 million for the 2001-02 budget. The Bar expects another $5.5 million from the sale of goods and services, such as CLE courses and legal manuals, which is down slightly from the $5.7 million expected in the current budget.On the expenditure side, the biggest item continues to be the Bar’s lawyer discipline program and other operations (including professionalism, ethics, and lawyer advertising) related to the regulation of the profession. Those are expected to take $11.8 million for 2002-03, an increase of about $500,000 from the current budget.A complete breakdown of the new budget was in an official notice in the April 15 Bar News. With the JNCs, the board will begin the second year of a new program that has the governor appoint all nine members of each of the 26 JNCs. The law, passed by the legislature last year, does have the Bar nominate three lawyers for four seats on each JNC. This year, because of staggered terms, the Bar will be making nominations for two seats on each JNC.The board expects to send the 156 names to Gov. Jeb Bush by June 1. The new terms start July 2.The board will consider several issues from the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, including several advertising appeals and one ethics appeal. The review committee will also present a final draft on procedures for requesting an ethics opinion, which allows the board to issue an ethics opinion on its own initiative.The Professional Ethics Committee is also requesting permission to prepare an opinion relating to third party claims on funds held in trust by an attorney and on lawyers’ duties when a client seeks a second opinion.The board will also get an update on a potentially far-reaching technology project that could be a boon to Bar members. The Technology Task Force will present cost and content information for the proposed Bar-created Internet portal, tentatively called MyFloridaBar.com.The service would function similarly to Yahoo!, MSN, or AOL services in that when lawyers log onto the Internet, the MyFloridaBar page would come up. Based on a similar and popular service offered by the State Bar of Texas, Bar members could customize the homepage for their needs, getting legal research, news, e-mail, or communicating with their offices in an instant.Besides the JNC appointments, the board will select two lawyers to serve on the Supreme Court’s Professionalism Commission, and send the court three nominees for a vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Board to meet in Jacksonvillecenter_img Board to meet in Jacksonvillelast_img read more

National recognition for Ohio county Farm Bureaus

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus again lead the nation for quality programming, winning seven of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau.The awards celebrate unique, volunteer-driven programming at the local level and serve as models of innovation for local program development.As winners, the counties have the opportunity to participate in the Farm Bureau CAE Showcase at the 2018 AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville in January. American Farm Bureau received 122 entries across all membership categories, with only 24 activities nationwide being selected for show at the convention.“Ohio counties have a strong record in this competition,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau director, leadership programming. “It is gratifying to see the accomplishments of our members recognized in this way.”Here are highlights about Ohio’s winners. Adams County: Strong ag partners/youth beginner beekeeper scholarshipAdams County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the County Beekeepers Association offers Youth Beginner Beekeeper scholarships to students in grades 7-12 who are a resident of the county and new to beekeeping. Included in the award is a one-year membership to the County Beekeepers Association, a beginning beekeeper guidebook, a set of woodenware for the beehive, a nucleus of bees, beekeeping gear, and the mentorship of a member of the County Beekeepers Association. Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties (joint program): Weeding out substance abuse in rural America and Farm Bureau’s Got Your Back CampaignThese counties wanted to support educating students, parents and community members on drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues. Working with the local Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, the groups began by assessing the problem and created the Weeding Out Substance Abuse in Rural America campaign. Jackson-Vinton County: Farm Fest in the ParkThis event was held to connect the community with Farm Bureau by providing an opportunity to learn about agriculture. A variety of farm equipment, farm animals, local producers, agriculture agencies, and organizations set up in a park in the middle of town. This kid friendly, free event provided a family atmosphere with membership opportunities. Farm Bureau partnered with agriculture organizations such as OSU Extension, SWCD, FFA chapters as well as Farm Credit. Ottawa County: North Coast Jackpot ShowLamb and goat enthusiasts gathered at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Once arriving at the show, they weighed their livestock in before animals were sorted in classes and divisions by breed and weight. 4-H and FFA members were able to compete for prizes within their classes, divisions, and overall placings. A nationally known livestock judge was hired to select the winners of the show. Proceeds from the show benefited the county Junior Fair. Paulding County: County Farm Bureau Day at the county fairPaulding County Farm Bureau, along with three other local businesses, sponsored the last day of the fair so attendees could enjoy a free day at the county fair. The county Farm Bureau chose this date based on the Farmer’s Share Breakfast also held in conjunction with the Junior Fair Livestock Sale. Along with the breakfast, the county donated T-shirts to the Junior Fair participants, and kids of all ages could drive a full-size tractor around the track with a local farmer at the fairgrounds. Shelby County: Conservation Day CampConservation Day Camp is a three-day conservation and agriculture education camp for children ages 8 to 11. The camp offered 15 sessions using a conservation or agriculture theme, and all include a hands-on element to maximize camper interaction. The camp is a collaborative project with Shelby County Farm Bureau and Soil and Water Conservation District. Wood County: Sheriff department trainingDuring the county policy development breakfast, a representative from the sheriff`s department explained the need for a livestock capturing and retaining system that would aid officers capturing escaped animals. The sheriff`s office also explained a need for more training handling anhydrous ammonia tanks due to a recent leak. The board of trustees saw this as a community need and developed a training day held at the local fairgrounds.last_img

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight On India

first_imgFor this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we teamed up with the Indian Angel Network (IAN).First up, Nimesh Khiara from Mumbai, India, discussed StopWaitin, a restaurant reservation system that includes managing waiting lists and is similar in concept to OpenTable. Nimesh has a couple of corporations that are interested in beta testing his solution to offer corporate discounts to their workforces, and a few restaurants are also interested.One of Nimesh’s questions was that he is discovering that the BPO/call center industry does not give Internet access to employees; hence, the solution would not be accessible to them. Well, this is a clear indicator that he should avoid the BPO/call center industry and focus on industry segments where corporations not only provide Internet access to their employees, but the employees themselves are tech savvy. Fortunately, there are numerous such companies in India.I advised Nimesh to focus on getting a couple of large corporations in Mumbai and a dozen restaurants in the beta program, and get the business going. As he grows, he can simply focus on increasing the restaurant portfolio and getting more corporate clients. I also advised him to avoid consumer marketing and market his service through the HR departments of the corporations as an employee benefit. It would be much cheaper to acquire customers this way.FEEDManivel Karuppasamy from Bangalore, India, presented FEED (Funding Entrepreneurs, Encouraging Dreams), a crowdsourced funding marketplace for India. I did not get the sense that Manivel knows anything about raising money for businesses, and he wants to cover not only entrepreneurial fund-raising but also funding for musicians trying to produce an album, and so on. That’s a broad charter, with huge scope, and I asked Manivel how he proposes to establish trust in the exchange and prevent fraud?It turns out that Manivel has experience raising money from philanthropic projects from his alumni association, which gave me the idea that he could create and manage whitelabel exchanges on behalf of various alumni associations; this approach would have built-in trust and validation mechanisms to prevent fraud.I advised Manivel to reposition his company to cater to institutes that want to develop private funding exchanges and conduct a thorough customer validation process based on that assumption.Subscription Carpool ServiceNext, Gurdip Singh from Gurgaon, India, discussed a subscription-based managed carpool service that would create groups of four people, each responsible for driving the others to work one week a month. The ROI is straightforward and compelling; however, how do you prevent people from finding their buddies to drive with and stopping the subscription?Well, it turns out that Gurdip wants to do reconfiguration of alternatives if one day there is a no-show after 30 minutes, so that all his subscribers have rides without any disruption to their schedules. Now, this is a hard problem to solve, but I can see that if Gurdip can solve it, it would mean that the service is worth subscribing to on an ongoing basis. I advised Gurdip to figure out how he would do the reconfiguration because his business depends on cracking that nut.i-GlobifyEdward Varghese from New Delhi, India, pitched i-Globify, an outsourcing service catering to the niche travel vertical, focusing on building Web 3.0 back ends for medical, religious, sports, and other kinds of tourism solutions.Edward has a medical tourism portal customer for whom he is building such a solution. I liked his approach to building an outsourcing solution: focusing on a niche and building in-depth skills and credibility within that vertical. I think that Edward can not only build a successful outsourcing services company based on this premise, he can also build an IP portfolio and potentially a platform product that would make it more compelling, specialized, and higher-margin business than any old labor arbitrage shop.Next week, we are focusing on entrepreneurs in Latin and Central America. You can register for the next roundtable here.You can also listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here and select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sramana mitracenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101 last_img read more

Don’t Make Selling More Difficult Than It Has to Be

first_imgSelling well isn’t easy. In fact, it’s getting tougher all of the time. The environment is more challenging, and much more is expected of us.There are countless charlatans out marketing the magic bullet that will allow you to produce better sales results faster and with less effort. But you know that the too-good-to-be-true remedies are just that. But there are some who are honest enough to tell you the truth about how to make selling simple (but not easy).Today, my good friend, Mike Weinberg, releases his new book: New Sales. Simplified. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to write the foreword to Mike’s book, and my name appears on the cover of the book. I wanted to write the foreword to this book because I strongly believe that this book will help salespeople improve their sales results and win new business.The heart of Mike’s book for me is three big ideas.The first is Mike’s insistence that you choose your targets thoughtfully—and that you continue to pursue them. Readers here will recognize this idea as something I call dream clients. You need to know which prospects you can create breath taking, jaw dropping, and earth shattering value for and pursue them. Mike’s approach will help you make that list and pursue them over the long haul.The second really big idea is the sales story. You have to know how to share your ability to create value. You have to know how to convey the value you create in a way that is compelling to your dream clients. Most of all, you need a consistent story. Mike’s book provides instructions on how to build and use your sales story.Finally, in an act of undaunted courage, Mike has the audacity to suggest that you need to pick up the telephone. He even goes so far as to suggest you develop a script! Then he provides you direction in doing so.These three pieces together solve a lot of sales problems. The right targets make selling simpler. A compelling ability to create value for those targets makes selling simpler. And a focused discipline pursuit of these targets, continually prospecting and opening opportunities makes selling simpler. But it’s not easy.Go and buy Mike’s book. Read it carefully, and follow Mike’s action plan. Selling still isn’t easy, but you don’t have to make it more difficult by avoiding what Mike teaches. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Education Minister Encourages Trainee Teachers to Volunteer

first_imgStory Highlights Regional offices to assist trainee teachers in this regard. Volunteer teachers are the ones who will get the first preference whenever there is a vacancy. Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is encouraging trainee teachers to volunteer their services as a first step to securing employment.“I am urging you (student teachers) to consider volunteering where necessary, and where available in your school communities,” he advised, while addressing the opening ceremony for the Ministry’s job fair for unemployed teachers, at its National Heroes Circle location in Kingston, today (August 13).The Minister said that should trainee teachers need assistance in this regard, “I will require that the regional offices assist to say where (these volunteers) are needed.”Rev. Thwaites noted that while he understood that volunteering would not be easy, given the trainees’ economic needs, “I am telling you that this is a way in which many are helping themselves and many more can help themselves.”The Minister pointed out that those teachers, who write to the Ministry to say they have been volunteering at a certain school, are the ones who will get the first preference whenever there is a vacancy.“Nobody owes us a job. We have to make sure we are doing our best to help each other to be employed, and many teachers, and many people in many different professions find themselves without the experience necessary to command appointment in a particular position; but if they had the experience of apprenticeship, if they had the experience of volunteerism, then they have the opportunity to recommend themselves,” he said.He suggested that trainee teachers can approach a Principal or a Board Chairman  to volunteer  in  a class with  many children  and the teacher is struggling, noting  that the experience  gained and the impact on the children could lead to the Principal  providing a  recommendation  that could result  in the trainee  gaining  employment quickly.The two-day fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme in any of the island’s tertiary institutions and are experiencing difficulties finding a job.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers and to secure appointments to be interviewed.  In addition, job seekers will benefit from career development and motivational presentations.The Ministry’s decision to stage the job fair follows the statement by the Minister  that the Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year, except for teachers trained in Mathematics, the Sciences, Language Arts, Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Trainee teachers encouraged to volunteer their services as a first step to securing employment.last_img read more

Jamaican ShellyAnn FraserPryce Wins Gold Medal in Womens 100

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal by winning the final in 10.75 seconds. The last woman to win the dash twice in a row was Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996. Carmelita Jeter of the United States took the silver in 10.78. Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica earned the bronze.For Fraser-Pryce, the win was a comeback of sorts. She was fourth in the world championships in 2011 but, the Olympic title is never one that sprinters want to give up easily. Gail Devers, who repeated in 1992 and 1996, and Wyomia Tyus, who won in 1964 and 1968,  are the only other woman to repeat as Olympic 100-meter champion.Source: WSJ read more

String of robberies on TCI beaches

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 7, 2016 – Guests to the country are far too frequently becoming the target of crime… on the World’s #1 Beach last night about 20 minutes to 10, a group of tourists was robbed by knife point.  The man, about 5’ 7” was wearing short pants and a black hoodie when he grabbed the throat of one in the group and threatened them.  He got away with cash and a wallet with documents; he was said to have a broken accent.Earlier in the day, shortly after 4 pm, according to Police two in a separate incident were robbed; the crime was reported for them and it was explained that the pair was on North West Point Beach  – two masked gunmen, one 6 feet and the other 6′ 2″ got away with a straw bag containing clothing, a go pro camera, cell phone and some cash and a white scooter.  That scooter would be later found by detectives who arrested the 46 year old allegedly in possession of it and are still on the hunt for a second man.These incidents on the beaches of Providenciales are among the reasons Beaches Resort owner Butch Stewart cited for the drop in guest bookings from December for the six star hotel.last_img read more