Fulop names McGill provisional fire chief

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announced today the appointment of Steven J. McGill as the provisional Chief of the Jersey City Fire Department.McGill, a resident of the Jersey City Heights, has served in the Jersey City Fire Department for 30 years, first becoming a line firefighter in 1987. He will oversee the fire department of 587 firefighters.“We welcome Chief McGill to the position and know with his experience, training and education, he will serve as an outstanding leader for the men and women of the Jersey City Fire Department,” said Mayor Fulop. “We look forward to working together to continue to modernize the department and deliver the highest level of public safety to our residents.”The appointment comes following an application and interview process following the retirement of Fire Chief Darren Rivers, who retired at the end of February.McGill has served as deputy chief for approximately a year and prior to that served as Battalion Chief for six years, overseeing the busy fourth battalion. He has also served as the department liaison to the Office of Emergency Management and as the assistant Fire Director. McGill is also a certified arson investigator.“I am humbled and honored to be named Chief of the finest fire department in the state of New Jersey,” said Chief McGill. “As a lifelong resident of Jersey City, I will work closely with the men and women of the fire service and residents of the city to maintain the high level of service and professional that exists and improve upon it.”McGill, who becomes Chief at 4 p.m. today, also holds a Masters Degree in Fire Protection Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University. ×last_img read more

Vermont’s Danforth to make Shirley Pewter

first_imgShirley Pewter of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Danforth Pewter of Middlebury, Vermont, have announced that as of August 10, Danforth has become the exclusive manufacturer and marketer of Shirley Pewter. Danforth will operate the Shirley Pewter Shop on Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg and the Shirley website at www.shirleypewtershop.com(link is external), and has become the exclusive importer and marketer of the Four Points Pewter wholesale brand.Shirley Robertson founded Shirley Pewter in 1952 and, with his children and grandchildren, built it into one of America’s premier pewter brands. Robertson’s son Bruce ran the business for decades. He says “After almost sixty years, it felt like the right time to pass Shirley Pewter on to new owners. We wanted to safeguard Shirley’s tradition of excellence in handmade American pewter, so we’re delighted that Danforth will continue to make Shirley designs by hand in the USA. We are confident that Danforth will maintain Shirley’s high product quality and excellent customer service.”Fred and Judi Danforth founded Danforth Pewter in 1975 in Vermont, reviving a Danforth family tradition that stretches back to 1755, when Thomas Danforth II opened a pewter workshop in colonial Connecticut. There is early American Danforth pewter in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and many other American museums.“We are honored to have been chosen to carry on the Shirley tradition,” says Danforth co-founder Fred Danforth. “When we started Danforth Pewter, Shirley had already been making great pewter for more than twenty years and was an icon in the world of American pewter.”According to co-founder Judi Danforth, “Shirley and Danforth are a natural fit. Both companies have deep roots in American pewter, and are committed to the highest quality, making each piece by hand in the US. The Shirley Pewter Shop has carried Danforth pieces for years. The product lines are a great fit – Shirley’s beautiful traditional and colonial designs complement Danforth’s contemporary designs.”Bram Kleppner, Danforth’s VP of Sales & Marketing, says “We will keep serving customers as we always have – in our shops, at our web stores (danforthpewter.com and shirleypewtershop.com), and at our customer service centers. The only difference is that now, they’ll be able to find more great handmade products at each of those places and at the select retailers across the country who carry Danforth and Four Points.”Funding for the transaction was provided in part by economic development loans from the Vermont Community Loan Fund and the Addison County Economic Development Corporation. According to Lawrence Miller, CEO of Danforth, “These loans will allow us to diversify our products and markets, and will also lead to the creation of new manufacturing, sales and support jobs. We will be adding new equipment to our workshop and training our staff on new techniques. We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from the Vermont community for this growth opportunity.” Source: Danforth. August 10, 2009last_img read more

Instagram Takeover | Katie Cahn

first_imgThis month’s Instagram Takeover features Boone, North Carolina-based fly fisher Katie Cahn. You might recognize Katie from the March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors where she is featured prominently. She spends much of her time with a fly rod in hand, combing the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina in search of wily brook, rainbow and brown trout. Lucky for us she documents her adventures on Instagram.Follow along as we feature some of Katie’s favorite Instagram posts this week, and get to know the girl behind the March cover a little better with our Q & A below the photos.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.23.49 AM“There’s so much beauty in the world, you just have to find it. I would start in Western North Carolina.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.09.49 AM“Drying off.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.26.20 AM“Upstream.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.12.57 AM“Easing my soul. One rainbow at a time.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.33.04 AM“What you can’t see in this photo is the bald eagle that graced me with its presence or the kingfishers and pileated woodpeckers that tolerated my presence. Or the big brown I had on that literally spit the fly out into my face.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.32.21 AM“Is it fall yet?”[divider]Q & A with Katie[/divider]BRO: How did you get into fly fishing?KC: I had always “fished,” but never practiced the art of angling.  I started dating a guy who fly fished and this was at the time I was going to school at WCU. For three years I lived 50 yards from the Tuckasegee River.  Within that time, I spent many study breaks at the river fly fishing. During those years I got to know the Tuckasegee, Nantahala and a few other undisclosed streams pretty well. BRO: Do you have a favorite fly?KC: Yeah, it’s that green, red, and yellow sparkly one with the bead head in my fly box that I haven’t lost yet.  I’m kidding, but really, my favorite way to fish is with dry flies. There’s nothing like having a trout come up to the surface for a fly.  It takes my breath away. BRO: Where do you do most of your fishing?KC: I fish mainly upstream in tight rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets where people tend to not go. I try to stay away from crowds. When I fish, I’m looking for solitude. There’s nothing worse than having some person walk up on your fishing hole, and I think any angler would agree to that. BRO: Got a favorite fish story you’d like to share?KC: One story that comes to mind is a time I was fishing on the Tuck. I was in one of my secret spots and this amazing hatch was going off. There were mayflies everywhere. This was in July of last year so the temperature of the water was stressing the fish. I fought this big, beautiful, wild rainbow for what felt like 10 minutes. When I finally netted it I could tell it was spent. It took about 3 minutes to revive, but when it finally got the strength to swim away from my hands, my heart melted. I share this story because there were no photos from that day, it was just me and the essence of nature.BRO: If you could choose only one river to fish for the rest of your life what would it be?KC: This is a hard one. Each river I fish has so many different qualities, but the one that does come to mind, I wouldn’t tell you the name of it (wink wink).BRO: If you could fish anywhere in the world for one day where would it be?KC: Patagonia, baby! BRO: One piece of fly fishing gear you wouldn’t head into the woods without…KC: I wouldn’t go fly fishing without my hemostats. Some people might say their felt soul boots or their favorite rod and reel, but for me, being able to quickly crush a barb or gently release a hook from a trout’s mouth is crucial.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Authorities seize 1,000 kilos of cocaine

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Authorities reported on Aug. 21 the seizure of 1,000 kilos (2,205 pounds) of cocaine, with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The Dominican National Drug Control Bureau (DNCD) said four Colombians were arrested in the operation, part of Operation Martillo, an international initiative that gathers Latin American, Western Hemisphere and European nations and the United States in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. “We are working together with the DEA on all the information found in possession of the four Colombians, with the goal of locating the people who were going to receive the 40 packages, each containing 25 packets,” a statement released by the DNCD said. According to the DNCD, the narcotics were carried aboard a speedboat bound from South America to the United States. After the alleged narco-traffickers were arrested, authorities transported them to Puerto Rico. The investigation is trying to establish whether the four Colombians had any accomplices. The seizure is the second largest of the year. In March, authorities seized1,282.5 kilos (2,828 pounds) of cocaine in the town of Juan Dolio, 28 miles east of Santo Domingo. [DNCD (Dominican Republic), 22/08/2012; Xinhua (China), 21/08/2012] By Dialogo August 22, 2012last_img read more

NCUA’s Matz hammered on SIFI designations

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During a hearing on oversight of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee called for transparency and singled out regulators on non-bank Systemically Important Financial Institution designations of insurance companies.In a call for transparency, committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) in his opening statement called the FSOC a shadow regulatory system that holds secretive government meetings, applies arbitrary rules and has unchecked power to punish or reward. continue reading »last_img

Making the millennial connection starts by listening

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s taken some time, but Mountain America Credit Union thinks they have finally figured out the Millennial puzzle.In 2010, with Millennials representing less than 30% of it membership, the $6 billion credit union based in West Jordan, Utah began a more focused strategic push to reach the critical demographic.Today, Millennials account for 41% of MACU’s 600,000 members. In 2016, Millennials represented half of the credit union’s total member growth. Millennials now also make up about 70% of MACU’s workforce, with 45% of its workforce falling between the ages of 18 to 29.It’s a constant work in progress says Jeremy Nelson, VP of direct marketing at MACU. He says the credit union’s success with Millennials isn’t the result of one decision or initiative, but rather it came from a series of various strategic moves made throughout the organization over time.MACU first started by investing in research. But rather than just rely on standard surveys and typical focus groups, the credit union established advisory councils at local high schools. These young ambassadors would meet monthly to discuss banking’s pain points and how they’d like to engage with their financial institution. The credit union would also proactively seek their input on design concepts or a rewards program for Millennials. continue reading »last_img read more

Požega-Slavonia County encourages the growth of accommodation capacities

first_imgStep by step, but the tourist focus is slowly turning to Slavonia. Last week, for example, about eighty cyclists from Bavaria stayed in that part of our country, many of whom until recently did not differentiate between Slavonia and Slovenia. The Požega-Slavonia County is also looking for its place on the tourist map of Croatia, which, thanks to its agility and ambition, is also on the route of the mentioned Bavarian guests. Požega-Slavonia leaders, aware that the lack of accommodation capacity can be a major constraint on all tourism plans, have decided to support investments in accommodation facilities throughout the county. Therefore, the Požega-Slavonia County has adopted a Decision on encouraging investment in the development of tourism in the county for the period 2018 to 2020, based on which a public call was published for those interested in investing in tourist accommodation.Today Požega-Slavonia County has 52 accommodation facilities with 1061 tourist beds. Photo: Požega-Slavonia County Tourist BoardThis is a significant increase considering the fact that just four years ago this county had 449 beds. This year, 11 new facilities were opened, but the County has serious ambitions in tourism and wants more than that, and the county budget has been provided with 300.000 kuna for that.Director of the Požega-Slavonia County Tourist Board Maja Jakobović Vukušić,  is satisfied with the growing trend in the number of tourist beds in the last three years. “In order to encourage not only the increase of accommodation capacities but also their qualitative level, the public call also has certain criteria. We encourage accommodation with at least three stars, or three suns for family farms. We want to offer the guest quality in our area and we believe that this is the minimum standard. Some local government units, such as Lipika, Kutjevo and Pleternica, have already made decisions on co-financing accommodation during the year. We do not rule out that some more cities and municipalities from our area will join them by the end of the year”, Said the head of the county tourist board.By the way, according to the model chosen by the Požega-Slavonia County, each newly opened accommodation facility, which is co-financed through the measure of its local self-government, will receive a difference of up to five thousand kuna from the county budget. In local self-government units where there are no such incentives, the County will give five thousand kunas for each facility. “Thus, we equalize the co-financing rate with all local self-government units, whether incentives from the local level or not. The decision refers to a three-year period and this opens the space for the County to encourage the development of tourism through other models in the coming years. For example through rural or eno and gastro tourism “, says the director of the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.Attachment: Request for granting support for investment in increasing accommodation capacity in the Požega-Slavonia CountyRELATED NEWS:”THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CROATIAN SECRET” THIS DAY IS DISCOVERED BY NEW GERMAN GUESTSlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger reacts to Liverpool’s huge victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City

first_imgKlopp, meanwhile, speaking after his team’s impressive performance, said: ‘They were good. Oh they were good and we had to defend with all we had but we scored incredible goals.‘It was so tough to play, the intensity of the game was so clear. It was all worth it, really great. The boys were completely focused and concentrated.‘It was so good. It is the only way we can beat City, maybe other teams can do it a different way but this is the only way we can beat them.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Liverpool downed their title rivals at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah doubled the hosts’ advantage on 13 minutes, and Sadio Mane put the game to bed shortly after half-time with another header.ADVERTISEMENTBernardo Silva pulled one back for Manchester City but Liverpool held on to win 3-1 and move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementReacting to Liverpool’s win over City, former Arsenal boss Wenger said: ‘First of all, to lose a big game is terrible.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You saw the reactions from both of the managers tonight. You can see the pressure they are under and how much a game like that means to both of them.‘Pep will go home and be absolutely devastated, more than you think. If you think a quantity, add 100% and you might get close to that.‘Overall, nine points is too big a difference for Man City after 12 games.’”Guardiola will go home and be absolutely devastated. Think of a quantity and add 100% and you might get close to that. Overall, 9 points is too big a difference for #ManCity after 12 games.”#beINWenger #beINPL #LIVMCILive Blog 👇https://t.co/ShNcaYFUqX pic.twitter.com/hzm7a4NgGh— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) November 10, 2019 Arsene Wenger has spoken out after Liverpool beat Premier League title rivals Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger says Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be ‘devastated’ after their defeat to Premier League title rivals Liverpool.Defending champions City were beaten 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday afternoon to slip nine points behind Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten Reds.Brazilian midfielder Fabinho gave Liverpool the lead with a superb strike, just 22 seconds after Manchester City were denied a strong penalty shout. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Nov 2019 7:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kSharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Arsene Wenger reacts to Liverpool’s huge victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester Citylast_img read more