Town seeks summer camp directorsThe Secaucus Recreation Department is seeking directors for its 2018 summer day camp programs. The day camp runs from July 2 to Aug. 17, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available positions include directors for pee wee day camp (grades K to 2), junior day camp (grades 3 to 4), senior day camp (grades 5 to 9), and all abilities/special needs camp. Job responsibilities include managing a staff of camp counselors who are primary caregivers for each camper.Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and/or certification in special education, along with experience working with children with a wide range of disabilities.To apply, email your resume to Sandra Lopez at [email protected] Resumes will be accepted until March 12. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.Town also seeks administrative assistant for Police DepartmentThe Secaucus Police Department needs a new administrative assistant, to work in Town Hall. The position’s purpose is to provide primary administrative support functions for off-duty traffic details, billing, collections, scheduling of staff assignments and other administrative functions, as may be assigned by a supervisor. Applicants must also be capable of working independently on routine and specialized tasks.Job functions include answering phones and refering messages, responding to phone inquiries, and troubleshooting issues relating to billing, collections, and scheduling. A high school diploma is required. The salary level is $35,000. To apply, send your resume to [email protected] by 4 p.m. March 14. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.Public invited to talk on ADHD and mood disordersOn Wednesday evening, March 28, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Bruce P. Friedman, M.D. Dr. Friedman treats children, adolescents and adults.He was magna cum laude at Duke University, earned his medical degree at University of Arizona, was chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, and has been recognized for clinical excellence for NYU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate in Adult & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & TMS Neuromodulation. His private practice is in Montclair.Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be, “An update on AD/HD medication strategies in children, adolescents and adults. Facts vs. Fads.” It will be followed by an “Ask the Doctor” session on mood disorder topics for all ages.These educational meetings of the organization take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 p.m. using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd. (about one block east of the Morris Museum), in Morristown. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings; a nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Free literature is available to all attendees and there is an extensive lending library of educational audiotapes, CD’s and videotapes, also free.In addition to the lecture series, peer group support sessions led by experienced facilitators are held every Tuesday evening of the month, also using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown at 7:30 p.m. Separate groups for young adults are held every Tuesday evening and separate groups for friends and family are held periodically. All are always welcomed.Visit the Website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance/Morristown Area at http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea to learn more about the support group and to view links to other sources of helpful information. For further local information, call (973) 994-1143.Allstate agency owners earn $253,000 grantAllstate agency owners from across New Jersey recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence will receive $48,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout the Northeast.“With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community in New Jersey,” said Joyce Buford, Allstate New Jersey Corporate Relations division manager.Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers in Hudson County include Rossana Benavides, West New York; Rosemary Kellner, Bayonne; and Manuel Sanchez, Secaucus.The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is a statewide coalition that provides leadership, support, and resources on the prevention of domestic violence in New Jersey through advocacy, training, public awareness and research. ×Secaucus’ Recreation Department is seeking directors for their 2018 summer day camp programs. See briefs for more information. Port Authority to study options for trans-Hudson transitCould the long discussed idea to bring New York City’s No. 7 subway line to Secaucus become a reality? The Port Authority (PA) has sought Request For Proposals (RFPs) from consulting agencies last month to plan for a study assessing additional rapid trans-Hudson service.The Port Authority is carrying out the 18-month study in collaboration with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), NJ Transit, and New York City.According to a study the PA commissioned in 2015, between 2010 and 2040, the agency expects a 50 percent increase in total peak-ridership using trans-Hudson transit. That same study also said that a No. 7 train extension could reduce demand for bus access to the Port Authority Bus Terminal by 25 percent by 2040.The PA has previously studied extending the MTA’s No. 7 train line from its Manhattan terminal at 34th Street between 11th and 12th Aves to Secaucus Junction. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed the idea in 2010. However, the MTA shot down the idea, saying it would be too costly. The PA will also look at additional options to improve transit between New York and New Jersey.But with federal funding for the Gateway Program – a multi-state and agency effort to rehabilitate the current North River Tunnel, and add another trans-Hudson rail tunnel – not likely to materialize, could extending the No. 7 line be the best alternative? Possibly, but not anytime soon. According to Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton, speaking at a Crain’s New York event Feb. 27, an extension probably wouldn’t start until after the Gateway Project finishes in 2030. If it ever finishes, that is. Secaucus’ Recreation Department is seeking directors for their 2018 summer day camp programs. See briefs for more information.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marcelo LuceroSuffolk County lawmakers have approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that settles a probe into the police department’s handling of hate crimes committed against Latinos in years past.The county legislature unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, the last scheduled meeting of the year, two weeks after federal authorities announced the conclusion of their investigation launched after a group of teenagers killed an Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue five years ago.“The community did not have to wait for the Department of Justice to know that something was wrong,” said Joselo Lucero, who became an advocate for immigrants’ rights after the slaying of his brother, Marcelo. “We gotta change the tone.”The agreement calls for Suffolk police to implement policies that ensure its officers don’t discriminate against members of the Hispanic community.The agreed-upon policies, many of which have already been implemented, include enhanced training and investigation of allegations of hate crimes, improved access to police services for people with limited English proficiency and strengthening the department’s outreach efforts in Hispanic communities.“They had no findings of discriminatory policing in Suffolk,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Ed Webber told the legislature before the vote, estimating the new policies are expected to cost the department more than $600,000.Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport) was the only member of the panel to wonder aloud what the point of approving the settlement was without such a finding.“If there are no findings of any wrongdoing…how do [federal investigators] have any leverage to make any sort of demand that we enter into an agreement?” he asked before voting for the measure.Advocates such as Lucero expressed dismay that the report released after the federal probe did not address specific cases that critics alleged the department did not investigate, but mostly remained optimistic.“We are very encouraged that this is a new more welcoming era in Suffolk County,” said Maryann Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins.
Russian giant Gazprom held talks with the technology company Linde focusing on the potential of expanding the cooperation.Talks were centered around the Amur gas processing plant (GPP) construction project for which Linde supplied the equipment for cryogenic recovery of substances from gas.Gazprom noted in its statement that the construction project is going according to schedule.The 2018 navigation plan is completed, with all of Linde’s heavy and large equipment delivered to the construction site by sea and river transport, Gazprom said.The two companies also discussed the Russian-German technological collaboration. In September, the first spiral heat exchanger was delivered to the Amur GPP. The equipment was produced in Russia for the first time as part of localization efforts by Linde Power Machines, a joint venture of Power Machines and Linde, with support from Gazprom.Linde’s technologies and equipment are also used in the construction project for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, storage and shipment complex near the Portovaya compressor station.In the course of the meeting, the parties reviewed the prospects of expanding cooperation in the field of gas processing and liquefaction, including the use of gas as a vehicle fuel.
New York Times 27 August 2016Family First Comment: A must-read for all parents..“Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.But it’s even worse than we think….”There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.But it’s even worse than we think.We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In fact, Dr. Andrew Doan, the head of addiction research for the Pentagon and the US Navy — who has been researching video game addiction — calls video games and screen technologies “digital pharmakeia” (Greek for drug).That’s right — your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs. No wonder we have a hard time peeling kids from their screens and find our little ones agitated when their screen time is interrupted. In addition, hundreds of clinical studies show that screens increase depression, anxiety and aggression and can even lead to psychotic-like features where the video gamer loses touch with reality.In my clinical work with over 1,000 teens over the past 15 years, I have found the old axiom of “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” to be especially true when it comes to tech addiction. Once a kid has crossed the line into true tech addiction, treatment can be very difficult. Indeed, I have found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than lost-in-the-matrix video gamers or Facebook-dependent social media addicts.According to a 2013 Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 8- to 10 year-olds spend 8 hours a day with various digital media while teenagers spend 11 hours in front of screens. One in three kids are using tablets or smartphones before they can talk. Meanwhile, the handbook of “Internet Addiction” by Dr. Kimberly Young states that 18 percent of college-age internet users in the US suffer from tech addiction.Once a person crosses over the line into full-blown addiction — drug, digital or otherwise — they need to detox before any other kind of therapy can have any chance of being effective. With tech, that means a full digital detox — no computers, no smartphones, no tablets. The extreme digital detox even eliminates television. The prescribed amount of time is four to six weeks; that’s the amount of time that is usually required for a hyper-aroused nervous system to reset itself. But that’s no easy task in our current tech-filled society where screens are ubiquitous. A person can live without drugs or alcohol; with tech addiction, digital temptations are everywhere.READ MORE: http://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
(Visited 751 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s been 300 years, and scientists are just now figuring out how Antony van Leeuwenhoek was able to grind microscope lenses of superior quality.Leeuwenhoek did it by himself. His microscopes were so good, some historians have questioned how the cloth merchant could have created lenses able to image bacteria. Now, the Delft Institute of Technology, says Phys.org, has proved he was able to grind his superior lenses without help from others.Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes. A unique collaboration at the interface between culture and science has proved conclusively that the linen trader and amateur scholar from Delft ground and used his own thin lenses. Considering the unrivaled quality of the microscopic images produced by Van Leeuwenhoek, this was always thought to be practically impossible. The prevailing view was that grinding small lenses of such high quality by hand was simply a bridge too far. A new research method helped to solve the mystery—namely, using a neutron bundle from the TU Delft research reactor.Graphic by J Beverly Greene for CEH. All rights reserved.Leeuwenhoek exceeded the magnification of his contemporaries’ magnifying lenses (300x) by tenfold. “How he managed this feat remained a mystery up until now,” the researchers in his hometown say. The reason it has taken so long to solve the mystery is that there are only 11 of his microscopes left in existence, and they are too valuable to take apart. Scientists needed a non-invasive method to study the interior design of his craftsmanship, and they found one.The mystery of the Leeuwenhoek lens was solved thanks to non-invasive neutron tomography, which made it possible to create an image of the inside of the microscope without having to break it open. The Reactor Institute Delft is home to a new instrument that operates using this technology. “Tomography involves rotating an object in a neutron bundle in front of a camera, and photographs are taken as the object rotates,” explains Lambert van Eijck, a TU Delft researcher. “Neutrons are uncharged particles and pass through metal – in contrast to X-rays, for example. After you have rotated the object through 180 degrees, you can use the collection of 2-D images to construct a 3-D image of the object on the computer.”The work proves that Leeuwenhoek did not use glass-blowing or other exotic techniques. He was just an exceptionally skilled grinder of glass lenses. What he saw through those tiny lenses would change the world:The Leeuwenhoek microscope was recently chosen as a Dutch showpiece in the design category on a national television programme. Tiemen Cocquyt says, “The instrument opened new worlds, and Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to view bacteria, sperm cells and blood cells, discoveries that he published in the journal of the British Royal Society.” With his simple, yet extremely specialised microscope, Van Leeuwenhoek saw what nobody had seen before – or even could have seen. It was another 150 years before others succeeded in building a microscope capable of revealing more.Future imaging with gamma ray spectroscopy might reveal the ingredients of the glass he used, the article says. Neutrons temporarily make the material radioactive. By watching how the radioactivity decays, scientists can learn about the elements in the glass. Research into the Leeuwenhoek mystery continues.See our CEH biography of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, a Christian who believed God created the tiny creatures he saw. His delight in studying them, proving that belief in God as Creator is not a science stopper, but a science motivator. His main problem was in getting the skeptics of his day to believe that such wonders really existed. And when they tried to say “stuff happens” to explain them (i.e., spontaneous generation), he proved that living things always came from prior living things. Evolutionists today have not learnt the lesson of Leeuwenhoek.
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There aren’t too many jobs more difficult than effectively leading a sales force. It is a tough role, with as many ways to get things wrong as there are to get things right. There are, however, common mistakes that awareness will allow you to avoid. Here are nine terrible mistakes sales leaders make and their cures.Not Modernizing the Sales Force: The world of sales has changed more over the last ten years than the preceding forty years. Some would have you believe that nothing valuable in the past is still right today, a wrong idea—and the source of poor results. Evolution tends to transcend and include what came before, integrating and improving things. Modernizing the sales force means providing them with new processes, new methodologies, increasing business acumen, the ability to manage change, and leadership. Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchLagging Indicators over Leading Indicators: Some sales leaders believe the only things that matters are the numbers at the end of the quarter or the year. They absolve themselves of doing the real work of leading the sales force by insisting that people reach their goal without their day-to-day involvement. Lagging indicators are an autopsy. The body is dead, and there is nothing you can do about except determine the cause of its demise. Careful management of the leading indicators is what allows you to make changes while there is still time to improve your results.Underestimating Low Activity as a Cause for Poor Results: No one wants to be micromanaged. Nor do very many leaders want to micromanage their teams. For some reason, many sales leaders don’t like to look at low activity as a root cause for poor results, even in the face of unassailable evidence. They don’t want to require their sales force to prospect and schedule the meetings that result in new opportunities, the prerequisites to winning opportunities. When activity is a problem, more action is the right solution.Allowing Poor Hiring Practices: ”They have experience.” That statement alone is often enough to justify hiring the person applying for a position. If that isn’t enough, then “They have industry experience,” will surely do the trick. Neither of these is enough of a reason to hire a salesperson. You are recruiting for a set of attributes and skills that cannot be evaluated by looking at their resume. There is not a more important decision than the people you hire to acquire and take care of your clients.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedBelieving Training and Development Isn’t Necessary: While we are on the subject of hiring, why is it that we want to think that because the person has worked in sales they need no training or development? If you believe their prior employer trained them, you are almost sure to be wrong. If you think their experience is enough to make them effective, you are mistaking time for growth and development. If you are not getting better, you are falling behind.Diminishing Accountability: The numbers used to be public. There used to be consequences for not doing the work necessary to produce the results that deliver your goals. Now, not so much. It’s more challenging to let people go, even when they are failing—and even when they are bad actors. Too many managers would rather keep a poor performer than hire a replacement. If you want better results, there is no better place to start than accountability.Making Changes Too Frequently: Some salespeople suffer from whiplash their leaders change things so often. Last year it was this methodology; this year, it is that one. Now it’s a new initiative to replace the initiative that was never executed. Instead of going all-in on a transformation and spending three years standing it up, like fashion, the changes follow the seasons. Make a good decision and spend the time and energy executing it.Not Protecting the Culture from Negative People: Negative people will turn positive people negative. Positive people don’t turn a negative person positive. Negative people are more committed to their beliefs and speak to anyone who will listen long enough that they flip them. Misery loves company so much that it spends all its time recruiting. Ask a sales leader who on their team is negative, and they will point to them without hesitation. If you allow them to stay, you are allowing them to whittle away at your culture. Protect your culture from all threats.No Commitment to Coaching: The best and highest performing sales organizations tend to place a high premium on coaching. When this is true, two things also seem to also be true. First, the leaders all coach. Second, the sales manager is provided with a framework for effective coaching. In General James Mattis’s book, Call Sign Chaos, the word that occurs most often as it pertains to his leadership is coaching. The best performers all have coaches.If you want better sales results, reversing these mistakes is an excellent place to start a transformation. 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. 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A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly burnt alive over his relationship with a woman from another caste, the killing causing his mother to die of shock.According to the police, the suspected case of honour killing occurred at Bhadesa area of Hardoi district on Saturday.Abhishek alias Monu was beaten up, kept hostage in a house and set ablaze, Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.Locals rushed to the spot on hearing his cries and took him to a local hospital. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way on Sunday, Mr. Priyadarshi said.A relative said Monu’s mother died of shock after hearing the news.According to the Mr. Priyadarshi, locals said Monu was in a relationship with a girl and had gone to meet her when the incident took place.He was returning after arranging ₹25,000 for the treatment of his ailing mother, Ram Beti (60), his uncle Raju said.Monu was stopped and taken to a house by some people with whom the family had an enmity. They also snatched the money and set him ablaze, according to Raju.An FIR has been filed against five people, including two family members and two neighbours of the girl, the Superintendent of Police said, adding that an investigation is on.