× Students can improve their likelihood of being admitted into nursing programs by taking the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (NLN-PAX) Preparation Course at Hudson County Community College (HCCC).The sollege is offering the NLN-PAX Preparation Course on Saturdays, Feb. 22 through March 28, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuition is $229. The course will be taught in the Gabert Library (L-Building) at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City.The NLN Pre-Admission Exam is a challenging, standardized entrance test for prospective nursing students that is used by nursing schools throughout the United States. This course assists students in preparing for the exam by covering content in the math and science portions. Students will also learn test-taking strategies that may help them achieve a high composite score.Those interested may register at www.tinyurl.com/nlnwinter20 or www.hccc.edu/continuingeducation. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Clara Angel at [email protected] or 201-360-4647.
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A small section of decking on a new wide turn at Fifth Street was part of the work done in the first phase of an Ocean City Boardwalk replacement project.Ocean City Council will vote Thursday on an ordinance that would authorize spending $1,825,000 to continue a project to replace the entire Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.The appropriation would cover a complete replacement of the substructure and decking between Sixth Street and Plaza Place (just north of Seventh Street). The first phase of the multiyear project (between Fifth and Sixth streets) was completed in April.As with the first phase, an existing stock of southern yellow pine will be used as decking with work likely to begin in the fall. A separate resolution on Thursday’s council agenda authorizes advertising for bids from potential contractors.The red line marks the project area for phase 2 of an Ocean City Boardwalk replacement project.The project will include reconfiguring the boardwalk ramp at Sixth Street, eliminating the north ramp and doubling the width of the south ramp to 24 feet. It also will include a redesign of the public restrooms there — with the building facing the ocean.The appropriation is part of an ordinance that authorizes $1.9 million in spending and $1.8 million in borrowing. The appropriation also includes $80,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus for the Ocean City Fire Department.The ordinance would require a second reading and vote from council before it could take effect.A separate ordinance asks council to appropriate $160,000 from a capital improvement fund broken down as follows:$43,000 for police technology upgrades$43,000 for police equipment, including ATVs, weapons, bicycles and mobile computers$74,000 for fire department equipment including fire hose, ATVs, personal watercraft with trailer and rescue boards.The ordinances are part of the City Council meeting, open to the public, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (May 22) at Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. See complete agenda.Agenda items include advertising for bids to fix repair the historic Transportation Center at 10th Street and Haven Avenue, which was damaged by 24 inches of floodwater during Superstorm Sandy.Council also will vote on awarding a professional services contract for a study of West Avenue traffic and bike configurations between 34th Street and North Street.For complete documentation on all agenda items, see the City Council agenda packet or read below.Download (PDF, 3.58MB)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
By Dialogo August 21, 2012 A drug trafficking organization that was transporting designer drugs into Argentina from Europe was disrupted by police after several raids, in which thousands of doses of LSD and ecstasy pills were seized, reported the Ministry of Security on Aug. 17. During the raids in the capital of Argentina and the province of Buenos Aires, the ecstasy powder obtained was an amount sufficient for the preparation of 7000 tablets, said Sergio Berni Secretary of Security. According to the officials, the raw material confiscated is valued at about two million pesos (about $ 430,000 U.S. dollars). Also seized were 76 plates with 68,000 microdoses of LSD, 3,600 ecstasy pills packaged for sale, 6 kg of marijuana, four marijuana plants being grown in a mobile greenhouse and artisanal products for the manufacture of tablets, said a statement from the portfolio. “The drugs were brought to Argentina from European countries”, said the judge hearing the case, Norberto Oyarbide, who announced that several people were arrested but declined to give details because the investigation is ongoing. The gang “was using young people as ‘tasters’ of the drug in order to know if the affect was really desirable and thereby be able to offer the local market a premium product line and not a pseudo narcotic”, according to the press statement. These practices produced serious poisonings in several of the young people who tasted the drug supplied by the gangs. The operation was dubbed “Operation Sassafras,” for the name of the plant from which the safrole oil is extracted which is used for the production of ecstacy’s raw material and grown in India and China.
On the evening of September 23, during a regional tour in Lima, Mexico’s elected president Enrique Peña Nieto, stated that Mexican relations with Peru would contribute to fighting against organized crime and drug trafficking. Peña Nieto arrived at the Presidential Palace with his wife, Angélica Rivera, and was received by the Peruvian Head of State and his wife, Nadine Heredia. Nieto said that the relationship with Peru would benefit both countries, not only in trade, but also in efficient collaboration for public safety. ‘‘Today, Peru and Mexico concur on the need to generate economic growth for social development, to achieve social inclusion, so that we can obtain greater wealth to benefit our people,’‘ he stated. For his part, President Humala mentioned Peru’s interest in working jointly with Mexico to strengthen bilateral relations. ‘‘We come from the same historical roots that continue to grow in the areas of economy, trade, and integration, which have been growing enormously in the past years,’‘ he added. Peña Nieto arrived in Lima as part of a tour through regional countries, and so far he has visited Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. By Dialogo September 25, 2012
The Task Force Trident’s most recent operation on April 8th included the capture of three Ecuadorians and the seizure of 497 kilograms of cocaine worth about $12.5 million during an interdiction off the coast of the department of Sonsonate. Two days later, the Navy confiscated 795 kilograms of cocaine it found tied to buoys floating in the sea. The drugs were valued at nearly $20 million. Joint Group Cuscatlán has collaborated with Operation MARTILLO, an effort led JIATF-S to neutralize transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit area. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to improve security and peace throughout the region. By Dialogo May 04, 2016 “This special task force has improved its capabilities through expertise shared by SOUTHCOM, particularly to improve interdictions,” said Major General Félix Edgardo Núñez Escobar, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of El Salvador. “The result can be seen in the various seizures that have been made, preventing these drugs from reaching the black market in the United States.” Eleven days later, the task force stopped a boat transporting 600 kilograms of cocaine – worth about $15 million on the U.S. black market – off the Sonsonate coast. “The support of Task Force Trident through the Joint Group Cuscatlán has been invaluable because in a very short period of time it has allowed us to raise the level of efficiency in the fight against drug trafficking,” said Commissioner Juan Carlos Martínez, Deputy Director of Investigations with the National Civil Police during the presentation of the seizure. On March 16th, the Task Force Trident, which is part of the Joint Group Cuscatlán – an interagency task force that combats narco-trafficking nationwide – intercepted a boat sailing under an Ecuadorian flag off the coast of the department of La Paz. Its crew was transporting 280 kilograms of cocaine valued at approximately $7 million, based on the price of $25,000 per kilo on the United States’ black market. “There is coordination and interagency work, with our special forces constantly monitoring the territorial sea and responding to international alerts,” said one Task Force Trident member who could not be identified due to operational safety reasons. The operation has focused its efforts in northwestern Honduras and northern Guatemala over the past year because 80 percent of drug trafficking to the United States crosses both countries’ northern areas, according to the Salvadoran Armed Forces. Task Force Trident receives assistance from the United States based on the January 2009 Letter of Agreement of the Central American Regional Security Initiative that facilitates coordination between Joint Group Cuscatlán and the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), which is based in Key West in the state of Florida. International cooperation “The mission of the Trident Force is to protect national maritime territory with operations to combat international drug trafficking, through direct interagency coordination and with friendly countries,” Salvadoran Navy Chief of Staff René Merino said. “In this way, we are able to raise the level of effectiveness,” The Salvadoran Navy’s Task Force Trident is dismantling narco-trafficking organizations operating in the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the intensive training of its members and the support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The force, which was formed in October 2015, has used special interdiction techniques in operations that have struck heavy blows against groups trying to bring cocaine from South America to the United States. “Thanks to the constant work being done by Task Force Trident, we are prosecuting people for the crime of drug trafficking who could face penalties of up to 20 years in prison under our current criminal code,” said Cecilia Rivera, the Chief of the Specialized Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Attorney General’s Office.
Ronald D. Burris (Ron), 74 of Metamora, Indiana passed away Saturday, June 22,2019 in Brookville surrounded by his family.Ron was born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee at home on May 10, 1945. He was the 7th son of 12 children born to the late Plez and Elma (Evans) Burris. As a young boy Ron loves to work on cars, bikes, and spend time with his older brothers. By the age of 16 Ron had joined the military and traveled to Italy where he served as an MP and began boxing in his leisure time. From there, Ron began his entrepreneurial journey and was able to experience many adventures. He owned a gas station, body shop, ornamental concrete business, was a carpenter, electrician, plumber, electronic technician and could even sew! Ron became a jack of all trades but, his greatest love was for the Lord whom he committed his life to and served as a member at the Batavia Church of God for 21 yrs. Ron was a man of faith, love and family.Ron was preceded in death by his parents Plez and Elma (Evans) Burris, siblings Carlis Burris, Kenneth Burris, Verlin Burris, Clifford Burris, Loreda (Burris) Hughes, Anita (Burris) Chamberlain.Survivors include his beloved wife of 21 yrs. Donna K. Burris, sons Rodney (Janice)Burris of Madisonville Tn., James Burris of Metamora In. Step-children Paul Kinnaman of Metamora In. Jessica (Matt) Voils of Morgantown In. Tim (Heather) Daniels of Metamora In. 8 grandchildren, Brandon, Blaine, James, Jason, Maty, Easton, Hunter, Daniel; siblings Max (Sue) Burris of Batavia Ohio, Ralph (Ellen) Burris of Loveland Ohio, Lester (Patricia) Burris of Cleveland TN. Glenn Burris of Cincinnati Oh. Sue Burris of Tn. Several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.Family & friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Metamora Church of God, 20124 U.S. Highway 52, Laurel, Indiana.Pastor Wayne Ison & Rev. Max Burris will officiate the Funeral Services at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Metamora Church of God.Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Sims Cemetery in New Fairfield, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ron Burris, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
In this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party in San Diego, after he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/ESPN)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.The call finally came in Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said. He stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation’s best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.When Mike Kensil, the NFL’s vice president of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft’s final minutes to announce the Rams’ second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.When Kensil said: “The St. Louis Rams select … Michael Sam…” the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “Michael Sam!”Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sam’s reaction.Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake — and another kiss.“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, with a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt.The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam.“In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN.FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) runs onto the field along with their teammates before the start of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)President Barack Obama sent his congratulations.Obama calls the selection of Sam “an important step forward.”Obama says that from the playing field to the corporate boardroom, gay and lesbian Americans, quote, “prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”The NFL had no comment on Sam being drafted.The impact of Sam’s selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.“Michael Sam wouldn’t have been drafted five years ago,” said former Viking punter Chris Kluwe, who has accused Minnesota of cutting him in part because of his vocal support for gay rights.In the last year, NBA veteran Jason Collins has come out publicly as gay, and is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins said before the Nets’ playoff game against the Heat that he was watching the draft and texted Sam after he was picked.“It’s a great day for Michael and his family and for the NFL,” Collins said.Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.Now that he’s there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. But all the reaction to Sam’s news wasn’t positive from the league.Miami safety Don Jones posted a one-word tweet, “Horrible” shortly after Sam was drafted. It was later taken down. The team’s general manager said he was aware, and was disappointed.Wade Davis, a gay former NFL player who is now the executive director of the gay rights advocacy group “You Can Play,” said that Sam only needs to do his job to have an impact beyond the field.“Michael Sam doesn’t have to be a vocal advocate (for gay rights),” Davis said. “His visibility is his advocacy.”___Follow AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Facebook2.2kTweet0Pin2 Submitted by Capital City PrideGovernor Inslee receives a Rainbow Flag from Capital City Pride chair Anna Schlecht and volunteer Sarah Vanucci.In recognition of Pride month, Governor Jay Inslee has invited local community members to help him raise a rainbow flag this Friday, June 19 at 2:30 pm at the State flag circle in front of the State Capitol Dome. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 2 p.m., wear Pride shirts and to bring their cameras to capture this historic moment.This historic flag raising signifies the first time a rainbow flag, long the symbol of LGBTQ rights, will be raised at the State Capitol in honor of Pride Month and in honor of Capital City Pride’s PRIDE 25! Celebration. Governor Inslee will address the crowd and then the flag will be raised by Spencer Daniels, a representative of SAGE Olympia, which serves older LGBTQ community members, and Ruben Garza, a youth participant in PIZZA Klatch which supports LGBTQ+ youth in local high schools. Together, they represent the history and the future of the LGBTQ community.“I never thought I’d live to see the day that a rainbow flag was raised at the State Capitol”’ said Anna Schlecht, Capital City Pride chair, “When Capital City Pride was founded in Olympia 25 years ago, we created a logo featuring the Capitol Dome with a rainbow flag as an expression of our hopes and dreams of equality. And now the day has come when our logo becomes reality.”The public is invited to join Governor Inslee and Capital City Pride for this short ceremony at the flag circle, which is located on the state Capitol campus between the Capitol dome and the Temple of Justice.Capital City Pride will celebrate PRIDE 25!, its 25th anniversary of Pride in Olympia starting with the flag raising. Later Friday there will be a kick-off party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday night, June 19 . The first portion of events will feature live performance, speakers and complimentary cake indoors at the Urban Onion restaurant at 116 Legion Way. This will be followed by an outdoor lighting ceremony at dusk that features the Phlame Crew.The Pride Festival goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 at Heritage Park. The Festival will feature Grammy award winner Kimya Dawson and LA based drag performer Alusia along with other performers, a family fun area and many booths.The 25th annual Pride Parade will be Sunday noon to 1 p.m., starting at the State Capitol following a route down Capitol Way, turning left on Legion Way to Heritage Park. These family-friendly events are free and open to the public. Please visit us on Facebook or on the web at www.capitalcitypride.net
By John BurtonSuper Storm Sandy was a bipartisan storm, displacing both Republican and Democratic mayors, whose homes were damaged it the storm’s wake.Like so many of their constituents, mayors of Sea Bright, Highlands, Little Silver and Oceanport saw their homes so damaged by last October’s storm they became displaced and three of them still have not returned.Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon and his family had to rely on relatives after the storm. But “I’m one of the lucky ones,” he insisted. His home was repaired sufficiently, allowing the Mahons to return right around last year’s holidays.The others aren’t so lucky.“My home is no longer my home,” said Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long, as she looks toward a year out of her residence. Over the past year, while working on the overwhelming magnitude of issues her community faces following the storm’s devastating effects on the oceanfront community, Long and her family had to address dealing with their own situation.Like so many others in the community, they’ve been at odds with their insurance providers and have had to deal with government red tape, as they attempted to access the various programs intended to assist residents.“You live by the water, you know the risk, you buy a policy,” Long said. “I get it.“But then you’re told it won’t cover your home,” she added.According to Long, her policy should have allowed for $205,000. Instead the carrier is saying she is entitled to $5,000 for her home contents and $60,000 for damages. “My cheapest repair bill is $75,000. And that’s if I cut corners,” she said.“The cruel joke is they don’t give you enough to fix,” she charged.Long is currently waiting for the final determination for the state’s Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program before her family can make any final determination on what they’ll do.Mayor Frank Nolan, saw not only one, but two homes structurally damaged by the storm, his family’s and his mother-in-law’s, that he has been caring for. “I just paid my 12th rent payment,” on the rental his family has been using, after having spent approximately 17 days in a housing shelter at Henry Hudson Regional High School.Everything in both homes is being replaced as well as the other work that needs to be accomplished, which he said, “puts me in the same position as most of the downtown residents,” of Highlands, where about 1,250 of the approximately 1,500 homes were damaged to some degree.“It’s frustrating for me, it’s frustrating for everybody,” dealing with contractors, insurance adjusters and red tape. Nolan said he was ready to scream recently, when the windows and doors order arrived and were the wrong ones, causing another delay.Work is moving forward on Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff’s home, slowly but surely, Neff pointed out. Like others he’s had to replace everything in the family home and repair it from the flooding. “Between my wife, my kids and volunteers, I did much better than I might otherwise,” he noted, as everyone pitched in to help clean out the structure, filling two 1-ton dumpsters, to make way for the work.“We’re pretty grateful to be where we are a year from this because of all the help we had,” he said.Neff is very close to being back, hopefully within the week, he said. “It’s been a long year but we’re getting there,” he said.Nolan said he’s about “10 percent away” from returning home.For Long and her family, things remain up in the air. And this experience has caused her and her family to rethink some basic things.“It has certainly changed my relationship with the material world,” she said.“I’m certainly content to rent for the rest of my life,” she said.
By The Nelson Daily SportsBeggars can’t be choosers.Which is why the Nelson franchise will gladly take its first two points of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, a 3-2 victory over the visiting Penticton Lakers Sunday afternoon a the NDCC Arena.Connor McLaughlin scored the winning goal midway through the third period to give Nelson its first win in five attempts.Twice the 2010 KIJHL finalists took a one-goal advantage.Colton Schnell gave the Leafs a 1-0 when he tucked the centering pass past Adam Harris in the Laker nets.Andriano Mungioli tied the game in the second before Patrick Martens restored the Nelson lead with an unassisted marker just over a minute later.But Rylie Gallagher beat Marcus Beesley three minutes into the final frame setting up McLaughlin to be the hero.Nelson out shot Penticton 30-22 in the contest.Nelson netminder Beesley registered his first junior hockey win.The win lifted the weight of the world off the Heritage City franchise especially after Nelson took it on the chin Friday and Saturday against two Murdoch Division opponents.Beaver Valley Nitehawks doubled the Green and White 6-3 at the NDCC Arena to open the weekend on a sour note.Six different Nitehawks found the score sheet for the visitors.McLaughlin had three points for Nelson, two goals and an assist.Braden Redschlag rounded out the scoring for Nelson.Beesley registered the loss for the Leafs.Saturday, the Grand Forks Border Bruins looked like KIJHL contenders against the Leafs.The Bruins scored six power play goals, including three in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit, en route to a 6-2 trashing in the Boundary City.Nelson gets another shot at the Bruins when the teams hook up Friday in Grand Forks.Saturday, the Fernie Ghostriders, the team Nelson edged in the Kootenay Conference final, pay a visit to the Heritage City.Puck drops at 7 [email protected]