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first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds Thursday  said there is no “hard and fast deadline” for her to sign an executive order to automatically restore felon voting rights before the November 3rd General Election.“It’s a priority of mine. We have an important election coming up,” Reynolds said. “…It will be done in a timely manner so that people have an opportunity to participate in this election.”Black Lives Matter organizer Matthew Bruce today said the group is seeking immediate action, to ensure felons have time to register, get their voter registration cards and figure out where to vote.“Even when people get the right to vote, they still have to educated on the process, all of them have to be processed into the system,” Bruce said.The protesters were back at the Capitol Thursday, chanting outside the door to the governor’s office as Reynolds held a news conference inside. The activists pulled out their smart phones and each was guided by Bruce to send an email to a member of the governor’s staff.“We have waited long enough. The governor must act now,” he said, urging his colleagues to capitalize every word in that second sentence.For the past two years Reynolds has been lobbying to amend the state’s constitution so felons automatically get voting rights when they’ve completed their sentences, but the governor said she made it clear to legislators she intended to issue the executive order on felon voting rights for the 2020 election, since amending the constitution takes years.“But I think it’s really important that we do it right and that we get the verbiage right because that’s the problem with executive orders, whoever’s sitting in my chair, it changes based on who’s there next,” Reynolds said during her news conference today, “and so the more we can think about some of those things and some of the things that we need to do to make sure that we’re doing it appropriately is really important to me.”Bruce spoke outside the governor’s office, shortly after those comments from Reynolds.“We’re not playing no more. Give my family that right to vote,” Bruce said, to cheers.The latest estimate indicates as many as 60,000 Iowans are felons who’ve completed their sentences, but have not had their voting rights restored. Iowa is the only state left which requires released felons to apply to the governor to get the right to vote.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Jay Cook |MONMOUTH BEACH – Boaters frequenting the Shrewsbury River will soon see noticeable relief in three state channels impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced last week a three-month-long, $1.3 million dredging program for the larger of the Two River waterways to begin on Oct. 1. The initiative is part of the NJDOT’s State Channel Dredging Program, which aims to “restore safe navigation in all state channels in the Shrewsbury Basin,” officials from the transportation agency said.Sizeable sand shoaling after Sandy has decreased channel depths in the river, causing nautical navigation issues.The state will focus on three specific channels in the Shrewsbury: the Monmouth Beach Channel; the Rumson Country Club Y Channel; and the Oceanport Creek Channel. It is anticipated an estimated 17,500 cubic yards of sand will be removed from the river basin. Once the sediment is removed, the Monmouth Beach Channel will be back to a depth of 6 feet in previously shoaled areas. The Rumson Country Club Y Channel will be brought to 5 feet, and Oceanport Creek Channel will have a depth of 4 feet.NJDOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro said Tri-State Dredging, Philadelphia, will be conducting the work from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, when federal and state regulations come into effect and work must conclude. Schapiro said the contractor will use a hydraulic dredge, floating and sunken pipelines, work barges and service vessels for the duration of the project.All of the reclaimed materials will be pumped across Ocean Avenue via an underground pipe to a stretch of beach in Monmouth Beach spanning Park Road and Central Road. That area will be fenced off to the public while the rest of the beach will remain open.“There will be no delays to traffic on Ocean Avenue,” Schapiro said.But boaters can expect a number of disruptions on the water. All necessary state aids to navigation – buoys, channel markers and navigational beacons – will be removed during the project duration. The state urges mariners to be aware of all dredging equipment and asks that “under no circumstances” anyone approach any of the work equipment.For the boaters who frequent the Shrewsbury, this project provides a sigh of relief.“I’m in favor of it,” said Fred Leonardis, owner of Angler’s Marina in Sea Bright. “It’s going to help bring money to the shore. “center_img Leonardis said he wasn’t surprised about the significant shoaling. After Sandy came through Sea Bright he said there was more than 5 feet of sand inside his building.And Leonardis said it’s a good thing the new load of sand is being pushed back onto the beaches. “The tourists come down and enjoy sitting on a bigger beach,” he noted.Karen Manista, a 25-year resident of Seaview Avenue in Monmouth Beach said she’s all-in on cleaning the channels out.“A lot of the big boats during low tide can’t get through because the channels need to be dug out,” she said on a Wednesday morning stroll. “It’s a good idea that they take it from there and put it back on the beach, which helps with the restoration.”The state dredging program was introduced by Gov. Chris Christie back in 2014 to restore Sandy-damaged state water ways. The dredging is purposely completed outside the summer season to lessen the impact on tourism and travel. Locally, similar dredging projects have been done in the Shark River, the Manasquan River, and the Waackaack and Thornes creeks in Keansburg.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


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first_img The first Cinnamon Bun Run training ride will be held on Saturday June 10, at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Nelson. Members of the MS Bike’s organizing committee will lead the approximately 70km training ride to Procter, where all attendees will be treated to a complimentary cinnamon bun from The Village Bakery.All cycling levels are welcome, and there is no charge to participate.   The MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge returns for its sixth annual event this August, accompanied by three Cinnamon Bun Run training rides this summer, helping participants get back in the saddle.   “The Cinnamon Bun Run training rides are a great way to connect with other cyclists, introduce friends and family to the MS Bike event, share fundraising ideas and successes, and most importantly, prepare for the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge,” said Jillian Earl, MS Bike coordinator.   The MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge is a fully supported two-day bike ride around the Kokanee Glacier, from New Denver to Nelson on Day 1, and from Nelson to New Denver via Kaslo on Day 2. “It’s the perfect opportunity to train, while satisfying your sweet tooth,” she said.  center_img The ride is a fundraiser supporting the MS Society of Canada. Last year, 99 participants raised an amazing $135,000. In addition to helping fund critical MS research, those funds helped the Society to host 37 education sessions, distribute over $335,000 of medical equipment, and provide 299 individuals with volunteer legal assistance to people living with multiple sclerosis across B.C. These funds also contributed to the launch of the MS Knowledge Network.   During the August 19-20 weekend, participants will enjoy 222 km of riding, rest stops, food, entertainment, and beautiful views and hill climbs that won’t disappoint.    All those interested in joining the ride, or learning more are welcome to attend the training rides. Dates of the remaining two training rides will be released in the summer. To register for the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge, visit www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca.    About multiple sclerosis and MS Bike  Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord that affects 100,000 Canadians – the highest rate of MS in the world. It is one of the most common neurological diseases of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. MS Bike is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country. Over 12,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 20 one- and two-day tours taking place across Canada between June and September. For more information about MS Bike visit msbike.ca.last_img read more


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first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot hereGus Poyet is struggling at Sunderland and talkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham didn’t mince his words after the Black Cats’ latest disappointing result.Take a listen to Durham’s opinion, in the player above, where he declares that the Uruguayan has “alienated the fans” and “waved the white flag” at the Stadium of Light.“He can’t do the job properly,” argues Durham.Do you agree with Adrian? Or think he’s talking nonsense? Think you could do a better job than the talkSPORT Drive presenter?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now!last_img read more


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first_img That includes candles, which account for roughly $2 billion of the total market, as well as air fresheners, diffusers, aromatherapy products and scented rocks, considered the next generation of potpourri. That’s not to mention ScentPods, stick scents, flameless candles and “scent stories.” Sniff again: That’s the match lit under the home-fragrance market. The industry owes its transformation in the past 15 years in large part to Harry Slatkin, New York City-based home-design president of Limited Brands Ltd. and founder of Slatkin and Co. Slatkin’s name is linked to new scents for candles, higher-end oils and room sprays with the cachet of the Hollywood celebrity, socialite and even British royalty. He’s managed to enhance his products’ aura of luxury, style and links with charitable giving, while still maintaining relatively affordable prices: A high-end line starts around $28 at Nieman-Marcus, with other candles and $10 “scent ports” at Bath & Body Works. Smell that? There’s something expensive in the air. The humble air freshener has been outclassed by a new breed of designer- and celebrity-inspired scented candles, scent sticks and diffusers. And they don’t come cheap. Juicy Couture is offering a scented candle in a goblet for $350. Jo Malone’s “living cologne” spray costs $95. Bond No. 9 has a “Wall Street” candle for $78. With so much scent wafting about, American consumers are putting their money where their nose is. They are sniffing out chic combinations such as bergamot tea, jasmine, amber and musk – and spending an estimated $9 billion in the home-fragrance market. “Male, female, doesn’t matter the age. … Everyone uses home fragrance now,” Slatkin said in a phone interview from Paris. “It’s to create pleasure for yourself. It doesn’t matter what your home looks like or whether you did the dishes, but when you light a candle, it instantly turns on a different ambience, and it changes your mood.” When it comes to candles, buyers are led by the nose. About 80 percent of all candles sold in the United States are cented. Nearly half of all American women say they use candles to decorate and refresh their homes. These days, they’ve got a dizzying array of choices. There’s a growing market for “premium” candles, and the airwaves are also flooded with ads for home fresheners with mass market appeal, including Glade and Febreze products. But the biggest innovations have been in electronic and eco-friendly categories. Flameless candles run on batteries,. Sleek “scent ports” plug in to electrical outlets. Soy and beeswax candles from renewable resources are gaining popularity, as are nonburning scent diffusers, which use sticks to disperse the scent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_img Schweinsteiger in action for Germany during the Euro 2016 finals Bayer Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voller believes Bastian Schweinsteiger has at least another two years at the ‘highest level’ despite reports suggesting he may be set for a Manchester United exit.New Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho appears ready to make the experienced midfielder one of the early casualties of his new era at Old Trafford, but Voller believes such a decision could be too hasty.Voller handed Schweinsteiger his Germany debut in 2004 and after the 32-year-old announced his international retirement last week, he thinks that will help prolong the former Bayern Munich man’s career.“No matter where his future lies, Bastian will play on at the highest level for at least another two years,” Voller told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.“It’s going to help him that he will no longer be playing for the national team.“It will do Bastian good that this additional burden has been released. Philipp Lahm is the best example of that.”Lahm, who is the same age as Schweinsteiger, retired from national team football after winning the World Cup with Germany two years ago and promptly signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich.Schweinsteiger’s career has been blighted by injury, but Voller is confident a reduced workload will enable him to return to his best form.“It’s part of your playing career than you become prone to injury and people then always ask questions about your future, but this is a challenge that he now has to and will stand up to,” added Voller. 1last_img read more


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first_imgMinister Joe McHugh congratulates all involved in the successful weekend at “A Taste of Donegal” Food Festival.Minister of State Joe McHugh joined “Donegal Person of The Year” Deirdre Mc Glone on Friday night at the Pier in Donegal Town for the opening night of the 8th ‘A Taste of Donegal.’Speaking at the event, Minister McHugh, “With over 130 exhibitors, celebrity chefs, demonstrations and entertainment ‘A Taste Of Donegal’ has all the elements for a great weekend. This three day event now attracts Food Lovers from all over the world and has achieved a reputation for excellence with all involved in the industry.” After the official opening there was a Presentation of “A Passion to Inspire” Chefs Competition 2016 by Peter Griffiths, Bob Mc Donald, Gerard M. Molloy and Anthony Armstrong and Cookery Demonstrations by Celebrity Chefs Gary O’ Hanlon TV3’s The Restaurant and Colin Mc Kee, RAI “Best Chef Donegal”. The opening concluded with Pains Fireworks staging a fabulous display of cracking colour over Donegal Bay.Minister McHugh, “I wish to commend the hard work and dedication of the organising committee, all the volunteers, the exhibiting businesses and everyone who turned up to support this event and assisted in making it a massive success, in what is fast becoming the showcase highlight of the year for foodies in Donegal and much further a-field.”Minister McHugh: A Taste of Donegal is “highlight of the year for foodies” was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A Taste of DonegalDonegal Townjoe mc hughminster of statelast_img read more


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first_imgAn appeal was made by a lady called Rowena Fuller who is attempting to be reunited with her daughter Nicola who was adopted through the Church of England Children’s Society in Wales 43 years ago.Rowena was only sixteen when she delivered Nicola, and she shares that Nicola will turn 43 on the 19th of December.Since publishing the appeal on Facebook, Rowena has shared that she has received some “interesting leads” that she is currently following up. RowenaThe post has amassed a massive 390,000 shares and almost 100,000 comments since yesterday morning, with people from all over the world spreading the word as Nicola “could be anywhere” – could she be in Donegal?Rowena’s heart-wrenching post reads as follows;“I apologise in advance if the following should shock any of my friends, but this is a last ditch attempt.”“You were born on 19th December 1973 in Heath Hospital Cardiff. I named you Nicola. Your original birth certificate is in the name of Nicola Brett.”“For 10 days I learned how to bath you, keep you warm and cuddle you. You were with me for my 17th birthday on the 27th December that year.” “On the morning of the 30th December it was snowing. I dressed you in your snow white layette and took the lift down to the car park. A woman was waiting there and I couldn’t let you go.”“There was an undignified struggle and my mother wrested you from my arms and handed you over The woman turned and walked away – I felt as if my heart had been ripped from my body.”“You were adopted through the Church of England Children’s Society. This photo was sent to me by your parents on your 1st birthday. It is the only photo I have and has faded over 43 years.”This photograph of Nicola was sent to Rowena by her adoptive parents on her first birthday“I have tried to find you but without success so now I am begging all my friends, their friends and their friends’ friends to share this post. I have lived 43 years with a tear in the cloth of my life, notwithstanding a wonderful daughter, a fine son and a whole possee of adopted/kids by marriage – but this pain will always linger with me.” “I will be sixty this birthday and would love to hear from Nicola (or whatever her name is now) in the hope that together we can darn the hole. I think you were brought up in South Wales, but by now you could be anywhere.”“Please, please if you read this, give me a chance – I did and do love you. Your half brother and sister, my husband and the majority of my friends know all about you and my attempts to find you – you would be welcomed by all.”“Please, please share this post and maybe, just maybe this great machine that is social networking might make my sixtieth and Nicola’s 43rd two very happy birthdays, thank you.”After Rowena’s heartfelt post gained traction, she said that “words cannot express how much I appreciate what you are all doing! Some interesting leads have come up and I am following up.” “Unfortunately I am a full time foster Mum to three teens and a translator, so I am not always free. Ideally I would like Nicola to tell me whether she wants contact or not.”#FindNicolaBrett: Could Nicola be in Donegal? was last modified: November 27th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:#findnicolabrettcardifffamilynicola brettrowena fullerlast_img read more