Deputy mayor to take spot at Housing AuthorityDeputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips is reportedly leaving City Hall for a job at the Jersey City Housing Authority.This would be the second deputy mayor to take another role. Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil became the director of the city’s Housing, Economic Development and Commerce Department last month but retains his role also as deputy mayor.Because the housing authority is an autonomous agency, Brady-Phillips would have to resign as deputy mayor to take the new post.PATH sets new annual ridership recordFor the first time in its 56-year history, the PATH system has broken the 80-million passenger milestone for annual ridership, according to a statement issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The sharp growth in ridership throughout the system is attributed to a surge in new customers due to economic growth and activity throughout the region, a surge in residential development near PATH stations, and an influx of additional riders who used the system during repairs to and renovation of New York Penn Station last summer.More than 900,000 riders who normally take NJ Transit Midtown Direct trains were diverted to PATH stations, primarily Hoboken, last summer as sections of New York Penn Station underwent repair and rehabilitation work by Amtrak.Ridership in 2017 reached 82.8 million customers, a 5.4-percent increase over the previous year, the Port Authority announced. In total ridership, the World Trade Center station, the system’s busiest, experienced a 5.8 percent increase in ridership. Among the next highest-volume stations, 33rd Street had an 8.3 percent increase, Hoboken showed an 8.9 percent rise, Newark Penn Station was up 5.4 percent, and Grove Street ridership rose 6.2 percent. The Journal Square station showed a slight increase of 0.4 percent. Despite the sharply rising passenger demand, PATH managed to maintain an on-time percentage of 97.7 percent, the release said.HCCC present wine tasting basics, Thai culinary classHudson County Community College (HCCC) invites individuals to expand their knowledge of wine at the HCCC “Wine Tasting Basics” class on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the College’s Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited; the cost is $45 per person.The college also has a special opportunity for those who wish to expand their cooking expertise and explore the unique ingredients, techniques and authentic recipes of Thailand. The college will hold a Thai Cooking class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven dishes will be included in the class, which will be held in the kitchens of the award-winning HCCC Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited, and cost is $45 per person.Those who wish to attend either the wine tasting event or Thai culinary class may register online at www.tinyurl.com/hcccculinaryspring2018 or by calling (201) 360-4262. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check payments is due at time of registration.More information may be obtained by calling HCCC Continuing Education at 201-360-4224 or emailing [email protected] County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.Ex-dominatrix fired from Sheriff’s DepartmentKristen Hyman, 32, was lost her job at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 7 because she allegedly failed to disclose that she had worked as dominatrix in films before applying to become a sheriff’s officer.Sworn-in last June, Hyman was suspended briefly just prior to the ceremony pending an investigation into allegations of her sometimes violent roles as a dominatrix in films.In testimony at her hearing and comments to the media, Kristin said the violent acts portrayed in films shot between 2008 and 2012 were staged, and not real. While she claimed she never appeared naked, she did occasionally perform for clients privately for money. She reportedly called what she did “stupid stuff” she did as a kid.Originally suspended on May 26, Kristin won reprieve in the courts that allowed her to be sworn in on June 8.Landmark Loews to show three Oscar-winning horror moviesAcademy Awards are rarely given to horror movies. But Landmark Historic Loews Theater in Journal Square will screen three films that were the exception.The screening of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 will be at 8 p.m.“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Frederic March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.“The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.Admission for each film costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids. There is combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a series. The theater is located at 54 Journal Square in Jersey City. For more information call (201) 798-6055, go to www.loewsjersey.org, or email: [email protected] and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13All interested person are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 13 meeting of the Food and Shelter Coalition to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email [email protected] Fulop issues executive order to study traffic fatalitiesMayor Steven Fulop has signed an executive order adopting the “Vision Zero” initiative in Jersey City and creating a multi-disciplinary “Vision Zero” Task Force to lead the planning effort in eliminating traffic fatalities. The guiding principle behind “Vision Zero” maintains that deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes should be treated as a public health problem which can be eliminated through better planning. The task force will bring together representatives from various city departments and agencies to identify strategies to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries and create an Action Plan.“During the past few months, Jersey City has been the scene of a number of tragic traffic fatalities that have each shaken our community and created a desperate need for a solution,” said Mayor Fulop. “Signing on to ‘Vision Zero’ is our latest, and hopefully our final, initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities on our city’s roadways. Each and every life that has been lost as a result of a traffic accident is avoidable, and today, we are taking an important step towards building a powerful, data-driven Action Plan to make sure that no more lives will be senselessly lost on our roads.”Jersey City joins a growing number of cities, both national and international, that have adopted their own versions of the “Vision Zero” initiative. Central to these various local implementations are five fundamental principles shared by the Vision Zero Network: deaths and severe injuries caused by traffic crashes are preventable; human life and health should be prioritized in all transportation systems and in all aspects of transportation planning; human error is inevitable and transportation systems should be forgiving; transportation planning should focus on systems-level changes above influencing individual behavior; and speed is the single most important factor in crash severity.
As required by law, we have started our consultation process with the workforce in respect of potential redundancy. This includes consultation with people who are likely to transfer to a new employer, and the Liquidator and Special Managers are in extensive discussions with organisations in relation to such possible transfers. Contrary to some reports in the media today the Liquidator and the Special Managers of various companies within the Carillion group are not making the entire workforce redundant. A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: The company continues to service all its existing facilities management contracts which it has done since the date of liquidation and will continue to do so with the support of its customers, employees and suppliers. Inaccurate and misleading information can only add to the distress of employees already dealing with considerable uncertainty who we continue to value and thank for their continued service, which is ensuring we can provide continuity of service to our customers.
Game RecapThe start of the first half was rough for Wisconsin, as the team struggled shooting the ball early on and was down for a majority of the first 20 minutes. However, it was back-to-back threes from Bronson Koenig and an 8-0 to end the half that put the Badgers up five going into the locker room.Despite ending the first half on a sour note, Michigan still came out fighting in the second and kept pace with UW throughout. However, with just under four minutes left and Wisconsin up just two, a three from Sam Dekker ignited the Badgers and the team went on a 13-4 run to end the game. The run resulted in a 71-60 Wisconsin victory and they advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin Player of the GameSam Dekker: 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, six assists, three steals in 35 minutesDekker was all over the place in Wisconsin’s winning effort, leading the team in both scoring and assists. When Frank Kaminsky was sent to the bench earlier than usual, it was Dekker who kept Wisconsin active, scoring eight straight points for the team at one point in the first half. It appeared Dekker had played with a more aggressive and fiery passion than usual, which is exactly what the Badgers will need him to continue doing as they make their run back to the Final Four. The six rebounds and three steals were both career-highs for Dekker and he has now scored in double figures in 19 of the last 22 games.Michigan Player of the GameZak Irvin: 21 points (9-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt) and 11 reboundsIrvin was Michigan’s main offensive threat for the entire game. He was finding plenty of good looks off the team’s pick-and-roll offense and the Badgers were struggling to stop him. Fortunately enough for Wisconsin, it was able to limit him when they needed to most, as Irvin scored just two points in the final six minutes of the game. Also, despite grabbing 11 rebounds, Irvin wasn’t able to record one offensive board. This was Irvin’s fifth game this season scoring 20-plus points and he has three of Michigan’s four double-doubles on the year.Turning PointThe turning point in Friday’s game was following a Wisconsin timeout with 12:25 remaining in the second half. Michigan had just gone on an 8-0 run to take a 44-41 lead and the Badgers were struggling on both ends of the floor. Duje Dukan checked in at that time, and on UW’s first possession following the timeout, he sunk a three to tie the game. Just over a minute later, Dukan hit another. Both threes were part of an 8-2 run that put Wisconsin up for good.When You Knew It Was OverWe really knew the game was over with 1:10 remaining on the clock, when Kaminsky shot a heavily contested jumper in the paint and it fell short. Nigel Hayes, who had been under the rim, grabbed the ball and put it up and in to put the Badgers up seven. At that point for Michigan, a stop and a bucket would have made it a one possession game, but Hayes’ put-back prevented that from happening. Wisconsin made their free throws and had no problem closing out the game from there.Key Stats– Kaminsky finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, giving the National Player of the Year candidate his Big-Ten leading 11th double-double of the season.– Wisconsin shot 14-of-16 from the free throw line, while Michigan attempted their first free throws of the game with just 21 seconds remaining in the second half. They missed both.– Wisconsin was dominant on the boards, outrebounding Michigan 34-19 and scoring 17 second-chance points to Michigan’s seven.– Dekker’s four offensive rebounds matched Michigan’s team total.– Both teams did a very good job taking care of the ball. Wisconsin finished with seven turnovers while Michigan finished with just five.– After shooting a poor 3-of-11 from behind the arc in the first half, Wisconsin shot 4-of-8 from three in the second half.Game Notes– Wisconsin committed just three personal fouls on the game, a season low for the Badgers. This is also the second time this season the Badgers haven’t allowed a point from the free throw line.– Wisconsin has won 15 of the last 17 meetings with Michigan overall– Of Wisconsin’s 29 wins this season, 24 have come by double digits– The Badgers trailed at the first media timeout for the first time since playing Nebraska on Jan. 15 and this is just the sixth time Wisconsin has trailed in the second half all season– Wisconsin’s 29-3 record is the best start to a season in school historyQuotableDekker on earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament:“Well, if we come out of here Sunday with a trophy I think it’s hard to not have us as a one. But it’s whatever. One, two, we’re going to be in the NCAA tournament and playing some teams so I’m not too worried about it. I think we’ll be ready regardless of our seed, regardless of where we’re going to play; just looking forward to getting it and hopefully making another run.”Dukan on how big his performance today was for him:“It’s huge. I just wanted to come in, especially this being March, this is kind of where players are made and where teams are made and we’re trying to make a good run here and make our names be known. I just try to come into the game and contribute in any way possible.”Kaminsky and Dukan on returning to Chicago:“It’s awesome being able to come home and play in front of so many friends and family. Duje and I are from this area and we have ties to this arena. It’s always awesome when you have a chance to play someplace like this.” – Kaminsky“Growing up as a kid, I came to games, I worked here as a ball boy, shot around before games. It’s always been a dream of mine to play in an arena like especially this one, so to be able to come here and have a good performance, it’s definitely very, very encouraging.” – DukanBo Ryan on what he takes away from the victory:“We get to play another 40 minutes down here in Chicago in a great venue… I brought a James Patterson novel hoping to stay here a few days.”