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Open letter to Mrs. Lia Olguța Vasilescu

first_imgSee Romanian translation Subject: Draft law regulating Internet forums RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Contact : ActiveWatch : Liana Ganea : +40723 306 308 – [email protected] Without Borders : Olivier Basille : + 32 2 235 23 31 – [email protected] Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner organisation ActiveWatch are concerned about your intention to promote a bill that would ban any kind of insulting comment from websites, especially media websites, and restrict access to certain websites and forums for those who use abusive language.We believe such a bill would endanger freedom of speech and the freedom of websites and web forums to regulate themselves.The bill’s proponents say other countries have passed legislation regulating the comments of Internet users, but that is a misleading. There are indeed such cases but they are hardly relevant. For example, such a law was recently adopted in Jordan, a country with a very poor human rights record. Restrictive Internet legislation is also to be found in Turkey, a country whose entry into the European Union is being held up in large part because its human rights violations.The European Court of Human Rights, an undisputed bulwark of free speech, has often ruled in favour of journalists and ordinary citizens who have used shocking, exaggerated or insulting language. The right to freedom of expression has repeatedly prevailed over the arguments of those who felt they had been offended. The same principle is applied by the US Supreme Court.As a member of the European Union, Romania has a duty to promote a free and independent Internet, one free of all laws which could encroach on the vast area of freedom it represents. The support of all parliamentarians, European and national, is essential for the defence of the Internet’s future and for the credibility of Europe’s promotion of fundamental freedoms.We therefore urge you to withdraw your support for this bill and we remain at your disposal should you need any further information.Sincerely, December 2, 2020 Find out more News Liana Ganea ActiveWatch Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Related documents rsf_lo_romania_18082010_rom_ok.pdfPDF – 108.4 KB Follow the news on Romania Dear Mrs. Vasilescu, Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union The Romanian SenateMrs. Lia Olguța Vasilescu Organisation to go further News Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor May 26, 2021 Find out more News August 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Mrs. Lia Olguța Vasilescu RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Jean-François Julliard Reporters Without Borders RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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#BREAKING Garda station and homes searched in insurance fraud raid

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email WhatsApp LimerickNews#BREAKING Garda station and homes searched in insurance fraud raidBy Staff Reporter – October 5, 2018 9340 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSfraudGardainsurancelimerickRathkealesearches Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Previous article12 arrests in child sex abuse caseNext articleCouncil laundry covered in human faeces Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook RathkealeDOCUMENTS, phones and computers have been seized during a number of searches in Limerick including one at a county based garda station.More than a dozen homes were searched this Thursday and Friday as part of an investigation into the use of “bogus insurance certificates”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Upwards of 30 officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation carried out the searches at 16 residential premises and at Rathkeale Garda Station.The searches took place between Thursday and Friday this weekDocumentation, phones, computers and two vehicles were seized by detectives but no arrests were made but investigations are ongoing.See more news here Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

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Trump promises to move Republican National Convention over coronavirus restrictions

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 380,000 people worldwide.Over 6.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 106,181 deaths. Here’s how the news developed on Tuesday. All times Eastern:9:45 p.m.: Trump promises to move GOP conventionIn a series of tweets, President Donald Trump says the Republican National Convention will no longer be held in North Carolina and the GOP is hunting for a new host state.Earlier today, Gov. Roy Cooper denied the RNC’s request for a “full convention” given the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. He asked for social distancing, smaller crowds and facial coverings, among other protections.The president tweeted, in part, “Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena. … Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State.”Cooper responded to the president saying the party is looking elsewhere for a convention, writing in a tweet, “We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.”Vice President Mike Pence has previously said Texas, Florida and Georgia were alternatives.5:50 p.m.: USDA confirms 1st case of COVID-19 in pet dogThe first pet dog has tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.The dog, a German shepherd in New York state, was tested at a private veterinary laboratory after showing signs of respiratory illness. Subsequent testing by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the case, the USDA said.The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of its owners had also tested positive for COVID-19, and another dog in the household had tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting exposure, the USDA said.The first suspected case of COVID-19 in a pet dog in the U.S. — a pug named Winston in North Carolina — was later found to be inconclusive.The USDA has also confirmed cases of COVID-19 in two pet cats in New York, as well as tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo.4:05 p.m.: NIH director says physical distancing ‘best weapon’ during summerIt’s still unclear how warmer weather will impact the novel coronavirus. But one study has the director of the National Institutes of Health advising people to still practice social distancing during the summer.In a blog post Tuesday, Dr. Francis Collins looked at the “sobering predictions” of a study by the Princeton Environmental Institute recently published in the journal Science.“This research team found that humans’ current lack of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 — not the weather — will likely be a primary factor driving the continued, rapid spread of the novel coronavirus this summer and into the fall,” Collins wrote.Based on the study, climate will only become a seasonal factor once a large number of people in a community are immune, he added.There is one “glimmer of hope,” according to Collins: One of the team’s models found that physical distancing, along with warm temperatures, “actually might combine well to help slow the spread of this devastating virus,” he wrote.“It’s a reminder that physical distancing will remain our best weapon into the summer to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he added.3:37 p.m.: Army experts say vaccine likely by end of the yearArmy medical experts said it is possible a safe COVID-19 vaccine will be available by the end of the year.“I think it is reasonable to expect that there will be some form of a vaccine that could be available at some level, to a certain population, by the end of the year, the first of the year,” Col. Wendy Sammons-Jackson, director of the Military Infectious Disease Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, said at a press briefing Tuesday.Vaccine development normally takes several years. The accelerated time frame is due to funding and focused efforts, the experts said.“We’re learning about the science of this new virus faster than we have about any other virus before,” Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, said. “So, going to a vaccine in a matter of months from concept all the way to phase-three clinical trials, and potentially licensure, is unprecedented. But in this case, I think very much is possible.”The Army is working on its own vaccine, though the experts are not expecting that particular vaccine to be available this year. It is set to begin human trials late this summer.8:35 a.m.: Wuhan tests nearly 10 million residents in citywide campaignThe Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, has conducted nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 on 9,899,828 people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference on Tuesday. No confirmed cases were detected in the process of the citywide screening; however, 300 asymptomatic cases were identified and quarantined, according to Lu Zuxun, a public health expert from Wuhan’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Asymptomatic cases are not included in China’s tally of confirmed cases. All those who came in close contact with the asymptomatic cases have tested negative for COVID-19, Lu said.Last month, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission launched the citywide campaign to test the entire population of 11 million residents for COVID-19 in an effort to search for asymptomatic carriers of the virus after a cluster of new cases emerged for the first time since the city had lifted its strict lockdown on April 8. Although recommended, participation in the testing campaign was voluntary. Residents who were previously tested did not need to take part. It was not recommended to test children under the age of 6, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission’s website. The tests were provided free of charge, and Wuhan’s deputy mayor Hu Yabo said the city spent some $126 million on the screening. He told reporters it was “totally worthwhile.” The citywide campaign brought the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Wuhan since the start of the pandemic to 10.9 million, according to Chinese epidemiologist Li Lanjuan. “Wuhan is now safe,” Li told reporters Tuesday, “and Wuhan people are safe.”6:49 a.m.: France lifts more coronavirus restrictionsFrance began its second phase of easing coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday after two months of lockdown, symbolizing the return to what the prime minister called “an almost normal life.”Cafes and restaurants are allowed to reopen in the country’s so-called green zones, areas where the novel coronavirus is deemed least actively circulating. Parks, gardens and restaurants terraces only can reopen in Paris, now an orange zone, as inside dining rooms must remain closed. France no longer has any red zones, which denoted areas where the virus was actively circulating.Some Parisians were seen rushing to restaurant terraces as soon as midnight struck.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has released a list of streets that can be closed to traffic to allow bars, cafes and restaurants to expand their seating outdoors.“In this crisis, Paris needs to support its restaurants and bars,” Hidalgo told French daily newspaper Le Parisien on Sunday. “They are the heart of our city.”Most schools have now reopened across the country. Movement restrictions have been lifted, with residents permitted to travel 60 miles beyond their homes again. Museums and monuments have also started to reopen from Tuesday.France began the initial easing of lockdown measures on May 11. The European nation has reported more than 189,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 28,836 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.6:07 a.m.: Russia reports under 9,000 new casesRussia’s coronavirus headquarters said Tuesday it had registered 8,863 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 deaths in the last 24 hours.The country’s tally now stands at 423,741 diagnosed cases with 5,037 deaths. Moscow, the capital, is the hardest-hit city in the country, accounting for about half of all infections.The latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11, during which Russia registered over 10,000 new cases per day over a 12-day period. Since then, the daily number of new infections has hovered around 9,000.Russia has the third-highest number of cases in the world, behind Brazil and the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:30 a.m.: Africa’s coronavirus cases surpass 150,000More than 150,000 people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Africa and over 4,300 of them have died, according to a count kept by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.All 54 African nations have reported COVID-19 cases and around half have detected community transmission of the virus, concentrated mainly in major cities. South Africa has, by far, the highest number of diagnosed cases — more than 34,000 — while Egypt has the largest death toll — over 1,000, according to the Africa CDC.However, the World Health Organization says Africa remains the least-affected region globally in terms of the number of reported cases and fatalities. The continent of 1.3 billion people has just 1.5% of the world’s reported cases and less than 0.1% of the world’s deaths.“Of course, these numbers don’t paint the full picture,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing in Geneva last week. “Testing capacity in Africa is still being ramped up and there is a likelihood that some cases may be missed.”“But even so, Africa appears to have so far been spared the scale of outbreaks we have seen in other regions,” he added. “Africa’s knowledge and experience of suppressing infectious diseases has been critical to rapidly scaling up an agile response to COVID-19.”3:45 a.m.: US reports over 21,000 new cases amid mass protestsMore than 21,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the United States on Monday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The new cases were identified in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories.By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.The slight uptick in infections come as mass protests take place from coast to coast in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis shortly after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes as three other officers stood by.The Minneapolis Police Department has since fired all four officers, and the one seen pinning Floyd down, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. However, protesters are calling for the three other officers to be charged and are decrying the overall treatment of black Americans by police.From May 25 through May 27, the United States reported a daily average of around 18,600 new cases of COVID-19. That number has increased to a daily average of around 22,500 new cases from May 28 through June 1, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The number of people who have taken to the streets in the days since Floyd’s death has been in the thousands, although many have been seen wearing face masks.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more

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NHS gets itself in gear and road tests its online future

first_imgWhat do staff expect from an online university?  Well, why not follow National Health Service’s lead and just tryasking them directlyThe NHS is using an innovative multimedia simulation tool to prototype androad-test the online arm of its ‘bricks and clicks’ university, which isscheduled for launch in autumn 2003. Called The Demonstrator and created by Loughborough-based e-learningsolutions provider DeltaNet International, it runs on CD-Rom and has beensupplied to selected members of the NHS as a market research tool. It offers aglimpse of what will ultimately be the online incarnation of one of the largest‘corporate’ universities in the world and become the framework for careerdevelopment in the NHS. The NHS has an annual learning budget of £3bn, but currently there is nocentral body that controls or co-ordinates NHS training. The Governmentannounced its intention to launch the NHSU in its 2001 manifesto and it willserve more than one million employees. The ‘bricks’ version will take the formof a network of learning and training centres, some of which will be based inuniversities up and down the country (it already uses a number of universitiesfor training in this way). “The bricks and clicks approach is an innovative concept within theNHS,” says NHSU project manager David Arnold. “Not all our staff havetheir own PCs and the idea of using modern technologies to underpin learningfor all staff as a means of improving patient care is a very radicalidea.” DeltaNet had created a similar approach for the Employment Service and whenArnold saw it, he felt it would be the ideal solution to help them commence theNHS project. As DeltaNet managing director Darren Hockley points out, manyorganisations start projects like this with a blank canvas and need to bekickstarted. “The Demonstrator starts the debate for them. If you’redeveloping a multi-million pound project like this, you need a clear vision ofexactly what you’re going to do or else you can waste a lot of money,” hesays, adding that the corporate world could learn a lot from the NHS approach. DeltaNet structured a blueprint of what NHS employees would be able toaccess within the online university based on research carried out within an NHSTrust and drew on its own in-house knowledge of e-learning provision. Following a number of meetings with the NHSU, this blueprint was refined tobecome the basis of the CD. The structure concentrates on making the studentsbelieve that they are working within their own personal network area and isbroken into three main areas. My development zone This provides a comprehensive education, employment and training history ofindividual employees – basically, an online CV; it enables learners to verifythe competencies they need to complete current or future roles; and allows NHSstaff to plan their careers. Learning opportunity zone Provides a database of courses and opportunities for NHS staff and offerssearch facilities based on course criteria and allows learners to rejoin onlinecourses. Interactive discussion boards and chat rooms This enables learners to communicate as well as develop their career.Hockley believes that the CD will also help get buy-in to the university fromthe workforce at an early stage. “We wanted The Demonstrator to be more than just an illustration ofwhat NHSU could offer NHS staff. We knew that it could be utilised as acommunication tool and also as a means of making staff feel part of modernisingthe NHS,” he says. “The CD is about stimulating ideas of what the HNSU can achieve. Itposes questions such as: are there any gaps in what is currently being provided?Is this the medium that should be provided to staff? And, is this what weshould be doing?” Personnel Today will be following the NHSU project in future issues. www.delta-net.co.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article NHS gets itself in gear and road tests its online futureOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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… in brief

first_img Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefCSR academy plans Plans for an academy for corporate social responsibility (CSR) – due to belaunched in July – have moved a step closer after the minister for CSR calledon organisations to put themselves forward as potential partners. Stephen Timmssaid: “I am confident this will play a significant part in ensuring thatCSR becomes an integral part of the way we do business.”  www.dti.gov.uk14,000 jobs to go The new chairman of the combined Inland Revenue and Customs service is setto cut around 14,000 jobs. David Varney – the outgoing chairman of mobile phonecompany MMO2 – will lead the Government’s planned merger of the services, witha remit to drastically reduce headcount and shave £200m off existing budgets.  www.hm-treasury.gov.ukE-learning difficulties The majority of organisations find it difficult to implement e-learningwithin their training and development initiatives, according to new research.Carried out by Ashridge Business School, E-learning: the Findings and theFuture shows that while 86 per cent of organisations believe that e-learning isan effective approach, 82 per cent said it is hard to introduce.  www.ashridge.org.ukUK managers on top UK managers are among the best paid in Europe, but this is probably due tothe high concentration of company headquarters in the country. A Watson Wyattreport looking at compensation trends for senior executives across 17 Europeancountries, shows the best-paid top managers – chief executives and generalmanagers – are based in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Austria.  www.watsonwyatt.com … in briefOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Temperature and metabolic rate in sedentary fish from the Antarctic, North Sea and Indo-West Pacific Ocean

first_imgResting metabolic rate(V ˙ O 2[rest] )(V˙O2[rest])was measured in demersal stages of the teleostNotothenia neglecta Nybelin from the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica, from 1985 to 1987. The relationship betweenV ˙ O 2[rest]V˙O2[rest]and body mass (Mb) conformed to the general relationshipV ˙ O 2[rest] =aMb bV˙O2[rest]=aMbb, wherea is a proportionality constant andb is the scaling exponent.V ˙ O 2[rest]V˙O2[rest](mg O2 h−1) was found to scale toMb(0.82±0.011) in the summer (November to April, 1.6 to 1 850 g,n=56) and toMb(0.76±0.013) in the winter (May to October, 0.9 to 1 850 g,n=57) (values ofb are means ± SD). Although the scaling exponents were significantly different (P<0.01),V ˙ O 2[rest]V˙O2[rest]was similar in the juvenile stages of summer- and winter-caught fish matched for body mass. The effects of activity on oxygen consumption was studied using a Brett respirometer. Adult stages had a factorial aerobic scope for activity(V ˙ O 2[max] :V ˙ O 2[rest] )(V˙O2[max]:V˙O2[rest])of 5.7, which is similar to that reported for demersal fish from temperate latitudes. The effects of temperature on resting metabolism was investigated in fish with similar sedentary lifestyles from the North Sea (Agonus cataphractus andMyoxocephalus scorpius) and the Indo-West Pacific (Paracirrhites forsteri, P. arcatus, Neocirrhites armatus andExallias brevis). Extrapolated values ofV ˙ O 2[rest]V˙O2[rest]for the tropical species approached zero at 5 to 10°C. For a standard 50 g fish,V ˙ O 2[rest]V˙O2[rest]for the tropical species at 25°C was in the range 3.4 to 4.4 mg O2 h−1, compared with 1.3 mg O2 h−1 forNotothenia neglecta at its acclimation temperature. Thus, the maximum metabolic rate of sedentary tropical species at 24°C is likely to be 2 to 4 times higher than inN. neglecta at 0°C. This suggests that the energy available for sustained activity(V ˙ O 2[max] −V ˙ O 2[rest] )(V˙O2[max]−V˙O2[rest])is significantly lower in cold- than in warm-water fish.last_img read more

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Stamp duty ‘boom’ raises agency fees revenue by 14%

first_imgThe increase in house prices driven by Sunak’s stamp duty holiday has helped estate agents earn 14% more in fees, it has been claimed.Quotes platform Really Moving says the stamp duty holiday has seen estate agents, conveyancers and surveyors earn higher fees as the market has been swamped by demand and prices have increased.Estate agents have seen their average fee rise from £3,455 to £3,936, the report says, while conveyancers now earn £1,682 from each sale and surveyors £450, up by 15% and 10% respectively.Before the stamp duty holiday the average cost of moving home was £10,911 but since Sunak announced the measure in July, it has dropped by nearly 40% or £3,000.Really Moving CEO Rob Houghton (left) says: “The cost of moving has been steadily climbing for many years but the Chancellor’s giveaway has made it the cheapest time to move in decades for those buying and selling a property.”Houghton’s comments are backed up by Propertymark, which say one in eight or 13% of all properties sold during August did so for more than their asking price, and OnTheMarket.com which says 89% of agents it polled said the stamp duty holiday had boosted their local markets.Propertymark says August was the busiest for estate agents since 2007 and that year-on-year the number of homes marketed per branch is up by a third.“Last month, we witnessed a boom in the number of prospective buyers following the government’s announcement of a stamp duty holiday, and it seems this is increasing the level of competition in the property market,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark (right).“With the increase in the number of prospective buyers since this announcement, many buyers are clearly willing to pay over the asking price in order to secure their dream home.”Stamp Duty holiday NAEA Propertymark reallymoving rob houghton stamp duty September 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 29th September 2020 at 9:11 amHmm it takes 3 to 4 months for an agent to get paid and that’s right into a risky period and following every boom usually comes a bust.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Stamp duty ‘boom’ raises agency fees revenue by 14% previous nextHousing MarketStamp duty ‘boom’ raises agency fees revenue by 14%Research shows agents, conveyancers and surveyors have all enjoyed increased income as the housing market has taken off following Rishi Sunak’s announcement in July.Nigel Lewis29th September 20201 Comment1,001 Viewslast_img read more

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GILBERT, THOMAS ALLEN

first_imga Bayonne resident since 2008, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 17. He worked for 32 years at a job that he loved as a pilot for American Airlines; was an active volunteer and parishioner of Grace Lutheran Church; commodore and educator at the Lackawanna Sail and Power Squadron; volunteer for the Camelback Ski Patrol, and a very involved member of the Robbins Reef Yacht Club. He had a deep and enthusiastic love for his family, skiing, travelling, sailing, and his boat the Summer Wind. Thomas is predeceased by his parents, Jack and Evelyn (nee Thiemann) Gilbert. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Borkowski-Gilbert; his children, Amanda and Brian Gilbert; his sister, Lois Brown and her husband, Curt and their son, Clark; his sisters-in-law, Katherine Cauley and Linda Ferri and her husband Tom Ferri; his nieces and nephews, Rae and Ian Cauley and Kelsey and Zach Ferri; and his feathered friends, Simone, an African gray parrot, and Buddy, a yellow head parrot. Visitation will take place at the Dzikowski, Pierce and Levis Funeral Home in Bayonne on Saturday, July 22, from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 p.m. A brief prayer service will be held during the evening visitation. Guests will be invited to share their fond memories of Tom. A Celebration of Life Memorial and repast will be held on Sunday, July 23, at Robbins Reef Yacht Club in Bayonne from 2-5 p.m. A funeral service will also be held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne on Sunday, July 30 at noon. All are welcome to all services. For more information, please contact the funeral home at (201) 436-4408 or go to: (http://dplfh.com/book-of-memories/2989600/Gilbert-Thomas/service-details.php to leave a message of condolence. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tom’s name to either Grace Lutheran Church, 836 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002 or the Lackawanna Sail and Power Squadron, 37 Lines Avenue, Hopatcong, NJ 07843. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 24 East 19th St.last_img read more

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‘School Choice’ Pumps $2.6 Million Into Ocean City School Budget

first_imgNew Jersey’s new “School Choice” program continues to sustain the Ocean City School District at a time of declining enrollment.The state announced its aid figures on Thursday and the district will receive $2,620,050 in School Choice aid alone.The program, now in its third year, allows out-of-district students to apply to attend Ocean City schools — with the state paying Ocean City $13,825 for each student. It has allowed the district to compensate for a shrinking school population and sustain programs without increasing taxes.The number of “Choice” students in Ocean City will increase from 166 to 194.The state had approved a five-percent increase for School Choice districts and Ocean City also received a waiver to enroll siblings of students already accepted into the program.The extra students represent a $387,100 increase in School Choice aid for the district.School Business Administrator Pat Yacovelli said Friday that it’s still premature to say how the new aid will be applied in a draft budget currently under review by the school administration and Board of Education. A public hearing on the proposed school budget will be held between April 24 and May 7, and the final budget must be adopted by May 14.Total enrollment in the Ocean City School District fell from 2,248 in 2000 to 2,045 in 2010. The trend has been offset only by the addition of out-of-district students under the new program.The remainder of Ocean City’s state aid allocation increased by only $27,480. Total aid, including School Choice, amounts to about $3.8 million.“The Ocean City School District wishes to thank the members of the state legislature for the funding they are providing us,” Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in a statement released Friday. “As superintendent of the school district, it is my job to work with the School Board to make sure that we are good stewards of the resources provided us by the Department of Education. Our School Board has a history of fiscal responsibility and I feel this increase in funding is a vote of confidence from the Department of Education in our school district. The increase in funding will help us accomplish our three main goals: enhance the education of our students, provide opportunities for us to meet our Strategic Plan goals, and maintain our facilities so that they meet the latest educational standards. Every dollar of state funding is an investment in the future of our children and the School Board and administration will do our best to make sure that this funding is spent wisely.”last_img read more