Inside the nightmarish world of Alabama prisons and the DOJ’s attempt to fix them

first_imgiStock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — The Department of Justice blasted Alabama’s men’s prisons on Wednesday, saying in a report that the system fails to protect inmates from violence and sexual assault, and detailing a litany of nightmarish incidents.“Our investigation found reasonable cause to believe that Alabama fails to provide constitutionally adequate conditions and that prisoners experience serious harm, including deadly harm, as a result. The Justice Department hopes to work with Alabama to resolve the department’s concerns,” Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in a letter released Wednesday.The investigation, dated April 2, said “the violations are severe, systemic and exacerbated by serious deficiencies in staffing and supervision; overcrowding; ineffective housing and classification protocols; inadequate incident reporting.”“Our investigation revealed that an excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse and prisoner deaths occur within Alabama’s prisons on a regular basis,” the report states.In one incident, in September 2017, the report describes a prisoner being stabbed to death as prisoners stood guard watching for “rarely seen correctional officers.”“One Hot Bay resident told us that he could still hear the prisoner’s screams in his sleep,” the report added, referring to a disciplinary ward at one of the prisons.During that week, the investigation describes a series of violent attacks and sexual assaults, including a prisoner who “was so severely assaulted by four other prisoners that he had to be transported to an outside hospital for treatment.”U.S. Attorney Richard Moore said in the statement that speedy changes need to be made “to spare our state further embarrassment.”“The failure to respect the rule of law by providing humane treatment for inmates in Alabama prisons is a poor reflection on those of us who live and work in Alabama. We are better than this,” Moore said in the statement.The DOJ investigation started in October 2016; involved inspections of four male prisons; and included hundreds of interviews of inmates, staff and correctional workers.“Over the coming months, my administration will be working closely with DOJ to ensure that our mutual concerns are addressed and that we remain steadfast in our commitment to public safety, making certain that this Alabama problem has an Alabama solution,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement, issued jointly with the state’s Department of Corrections.Charlotte Morrison, the senior attorney at the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, said the Department of Justice’s letter “corroborated” the concerns that advocates have been sharing for months and years.“What we’ve seen is that even though the [Alabama] Department of Corrections [ADOC] has been repeatedly made aware of these violent conditions, little has changed. In fact, things have gotten worse since the Department of Justice opened their investigation,” Morrison told ABC News.According to the investigation, there were 24 homicides reported from 2015 to 2017. By comparison, there were six prison homicides in Tennessee during that same time period, and Texas — a state with a much larger prison population — had 10 prison homicides in the same time period, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.And the DOJ said the homicide rate in Alabama prisons might be underreported.“We definitively identified three additional homicides — two in 2017 and one in the first half of 2018. These unreported homicides provide reasonable cause to believe that ADOC’s homicide rate is higher than what ADOC has publicly reported,” the report said.“There are numerous instances where ADOC incident reports classified deaths as due to ‘natural’ causes when, in actuality, the deaths were likely caused by prisoner-on-prisoner violence.”The investigation also found that the system discourages the reporting of sexual assaults.While the DOJ found that the prison system has “begun to make some positive changes in recent years,” such as hiring an inspector general and making some changes in response to the department’s investigation, such as closing the Bibb prison Hot Bay, “these efforts have been inadequate, as evidenced by the serious issues that continue to plague the prisons,” the document said.The DOJ suggested a slew of short- and long-term measures to address the deficiencies.Alabama prisons have made headlines in recent weeks, with The New York Times reporting about a trove of 2,000 pictures that they were sent from inside Alabama’s St. Clair prison. Many of the pictures, which the newspaper described as being “full of nudity, indignity and gore,” were not published, but the article detailed how they showed homemade weapons and wounds sustained by prisoners.Morrison explained that the DOJ’s letter gives the ADOC “a period for coming up with corrective action” but warned that if insufficient steps are taken during that time period, “then litigation may be required as a next step.”Morrison said that while the larger issues of understaffed and overcrowded prisons need to be addressed comprehensively, there are some immediate fixes that could help improve conditions immediately, like installing cameras that are able to record video and therefore help monitor where problems arise, or installing mirrors that will help guards have a better view of larger rooms.Additionally, she said the DOJ letter sends an important message to the incarcerated community and their families.“We have been receiving reports from family members from the incarcerated men, and from the men themselves — hundreds of reports, and reports on almost a daily basis. And I think that the feeling is that because of the sort of silence and the lack of any response from state leadership to the pleas of families and incarcerated men who are begging for protection in the face of lethal violence … that silence conveys either that we don’t believe you … or that your life doesn’t matter,” she said.“This is saying, ‘No, we hear you. You matter. And we will hold people accountable for this,’” she said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lea protein expression during cold-induced dehydration in the Arctic Collembola Megaphorura arctica

first_imgThe Arctic springtail Megaphorura arctica (Tullberg, 1876) employs a strategy known as cryoprotective dehydration to survive winter temperatures as low as -25 degrees C. During cryoprotective dehydration, water is lost from the animal to ice in its surroundings as a result of the difference in vapour pressure between the animal’s supercooled body fluids and ice (Worland et al., 1998; Holmstrup and Somme, 1998). This mechanism ensures that as the habitat temperature falls, the concentration of solutes remains high enough to prevent freezing (Holmstrup et al., 2002). In M. arctica, accumulation of trehalose, a cryo/anhydro protectant, occurs in parallel with dehydration. Recent studies have identified a number of genes and cellular processes involved in cryoprotective dehydration in M. arctica (Clark et al., 2007; Clark et al., 2009; Purac et al., 2011). One of them includes late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins. This study, together with that of Bahrndorff et al. (2008), suggests that LEA proteins may be involved in protective dehydration in this species.last_img read more

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Dixie State Men’s Basketball Falls to Saint Martin’s

first_imgDecember 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Falls to Saint Martin’s Brad James Tags: Arena-Auditorium/Dixie State/E.J. Boyce/Julien Ducree/Laramie Wyoming/Rhett Baerlocher/Saint Martin’s FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLACEY, Wash.-E.J. Boyce netted 28 points on 10 of 16 from the field as the Saint Martin’s Saints downed Dixie State 76-59 Tuesday in non-conference men’s collge basketball action. Rhett Baerlocher added 19 points while making 7 of 13 shots for the Saints in the win.The Saints shot 50 percent for the game in improving to 9-1 on the season. Julien Ducree had 11 points in the loss to pace the Trailblazers.Dixie State is next in action December 29 at 4:00 pm as they face the Division I Wyoming Cowboys at the Arena-Auditorium at Laramie, Wyo. in an exhibition. Written bylast_img read more

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Huntley, Penisini, Moss Earn Weekly Honors

first_imgNovember 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Huntley, Penisini, Moss Earn Weekly Honors Robert Lovell Tags: John Penisini/Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards/Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week/Tyler Huntley/Utah Utes Football/Zack Moss Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley and defensive tackle John Penisini have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week for their performances against Washington on Saturday. Huntley earned his second offensive nod of the season (and third of his career) while Penisini earns his first career defensive lineman honor. In addition, running back Zack Moss has been named the Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week.The Utes have earned eight Pac-12 player of the week selections this season – three defensive, three defensive line and two offensive with Penisini joining Huntley, Leki Fotu, Bradlee Anae and Francis Bernard as honorees.Moss is Utah’s second player this year to earn weekly honors from the Rose Bowl, joining Huntley, who earned the honor after Utah’s win over Washington State.Huntley earned his 20th career victory as a starting quarterback at Utah with the win, throwing for 284 yards (19-of-24, 1 TD, 0 INT). In the second half, Huntley completed 11-of-12 passes for 184 yards and rushed for a touchdown to propel Utah to the victory. He is currently ranked fifth in FBS in ESPN’s Total QBR rankings (89.4), passing efficiency (182.5) and completion percentage (.738).Penisini tied his career high with seven tackles in the win over Washington, including a 12-yard sack in the third quarter. He forced a fumble in the first quarter that Utah recovered, leading to a field goal. The Ute defensive line, which leads FBS in rushing defense (56.0), held Washington to 53 yards rushing, including just one yard on the ground in the decisive second half. Utah has held eight of nine opponents under 100 yards rushing this season. Five of Washington’s seven second-half drives ended in either a three-and-out or a turnover.Moss rushed for 100 yards on 27 carries for his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He led Utah with five catches (41 yards) and scored a nine-yard receiving touchdown as well as a two-yard rushing touchdown. Moss broke the Utah school record for total touchdowns and has 36 for his career (34 rushing, two receiving). He is averaging 103.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the Pac-12.The Utes have a bye this coming weekend and return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, hosting UCLA on Fox at 6:00 p.m. MT.last_img read more

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Patten to stay on as Chancellor

first_imgLord Patten has confirmed that he will be staying on as Chancellor of the University, despite stepping down as BBC Trust Chairman.He has recently had major heart surgery, and explained in a statement that he was resigning with immediate effect on the advice of his doctors. “I have concluded that I cannot continue to work at the same full pace as I have done to date, and that I should reduce the range of roles I undertake.“On this basis I have decided with great regret to step down from much the most demanding of my roles – that of Chairman of the BBC Trust.”A statement from the University stressed that he would continue his unpaid role at Oxford.A university spokesman said, “We are pleased that Lord Patten intends to continue to serve the University in the role of Chancellor.”The news comes a week after Patten received criticism in an open letter from the BBC Radio Forum to culture secretary Sajid Javid, claiming that he had been, “distracted from serving licence-payers properly” by his other roles.The letter added, “He has been a dreadful advertisement for the BBC due to his astonishingly patronising approach to anyone who has ever questioned him on any matter relating to the BBC.”As well as being Chancellor, Lord Patten, is an adviser to three private firms, including Lockheed Martin, where he is a non-executive director.Patten has attracted controversy during his time as BBC Trust Chairman. He had been at the BBC for a year when it was revealed that a Newsnight investigation into sex abuse by Jimmy Savile was cancelled just before broadcast. In the next month, Newsnight incorrectly accused Lord McAlpine of child abuse.One month later, an audit revealed that in the three years running up to December 2012, the BBC spent £25 million on redundancy payments to high-ranking staff.On the day of his resignation, Lord Patten pulled out of a planned engagement at the Oxford Union, citing health reasons.last_img read more

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Hot Jobs in Evansville

first_imgDSS Specimen ProcessorDeaconess Health System  17 reviews – Evansville, INIndividuals with experience in the healthcare field or healthcare-related education are strongly preferred. Responds to telephone inquiries:….The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway – DSS Biomedical Technician IDeaconess Health System  17 reviews – Evansville, INMust have completed a formal Associates Degree in Biomedical Technology…The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway –  CASHIERRural King  224 reviews – Evansville, INCashiers are the first to greet the customers and the last to thank them; Ensure that the front end of the store runs smoothly without interruption….Easily apply Family Coach/ Social Worker – South Bend, INSCAN, Inc. 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Applicant must have excellent customer service, great attitude, and great…Easily apply Dietary Aide/CooksPine Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center, Evansville, IN – Evansville, INAs a Dietary Aide/Cook at Pine Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center, you will be an important member of the kitchen team, involved in the preparation of food,…Easily apply FT-PhlebotomistCSL Behring  44 reviews – Evansville, IN4 May educate new donors on the use of therapeutic products made from donated plasma. 6 Uses Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to record incidents that occur… Assistant ManagerRural King  224 reviews – Evansville, INMust meet federal requirements to qualify to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and any applicable local requirements….Easily apply Service Sale RepCintas  1,160 reviews – Evansville, INValid driver’s license. 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Assessing the self-administered health history, answering… Backroom Team MemberTARGET  18,647 reviews – Evansville, INKeep merchandise organized and accessible. Work as part of a fast, fun and friendly Backroom team. Maintain a clean, great-looking store. Quickly and…Target Corporation –  Behavioral Health TechnicianMedical Staffing Solutions, LLC – Evansville, INStaffs Nurses, Therapist, Pharmacist, CNAs, and other medical personnel. _\*\*\*Needing Behavioral Health Techs in Evansville, IN for evenings 2:30 to 10:30_*….Easily apply Production Planning SpecialistToyota  1,637 reviews – Evansville, INDevelop trial vehicle handling guidelines and manage the process flow of trial vehicles through the shops. Engineering, or Business…. Stator Coil TechnicianFlanders Electric  7 reviews – Evansville, INHand wrap leads and knuckles. Ability to receive respirator clearance. Ability to read tape measures, dial calipers, and micrometers…. Logistics Team MemberTARGET  18,647 reviews – Evansville, INOffer a fast, fun and friendly guest experience. Target merchandise discount. Deliver a great-looking, fully-stocked sales floor….Target Corporation –  PT-Reception TechCSL Behring  44 reviews – Evansville, IN4 May answer the telephone and answer callers question or transfer call to appropriate staff member. Assessing the self-administered health history, answering… Sensory Evaluation CoordinatorMead Johnson Nutrition  65 reviews – Evansville, INDegree in related field (sensory science, food science, nutrition, neuroscience, psychology, etc.). Possesses and applies an understanding of industry knowledge… Kennel Technician/ReceptionistAdorable Pooches Palace – Evansville, INAre you the type of person that goes everywhere with your dog, lets your dog pick out their own treats at the store, or even calls your dog your “baby”?…Easily apply FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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IS IT TRUE OCTOBER 19, 2017

first_imgWe hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE that the truth is finally being leaked out by the powers that be about just how expensive it is about to be to live in Evansville, Indiana?…an official for the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility actually admitted that a customer will be paying about $300 more in 2017 that they did in 2016 for the exact same service?…that corresponds to a 26% price increase in a single year and another 16% increase is coming next year?…water rate increases are on tap for 2019, 2020, and 2021 as well which will have Evansville well on the way to having the highest water bills with respect to the average wage in the United States?…the necessary action of replacing some of the 600 miles of decrepit water pipes that are made of cast iron and are over 90 years old is what makes these exorbitant price increases necessary?IS IT TRUE that this is not as a result of fixing the BILLION DOLLAR SEWER problems?…this is just about replacing pipes that should have been replaced when the baby boomers were teenagers?…by the time the BILLION DOLLAR SEWER issues are all corrected the average water and sewer bill in Evansville will land somewhere north of $250 per month?…coupling that with Vectren bills that are the highest in the state with respect to the average wage, any money that may be saved by having affordable housing will be eaten up by the cost of utilities?…that when the utility bills for a modest home average $1,000 per month that is about what it cost to make a payment on a $250,000 house?…between these highly inflated utility bills and the runaway costs of health insurance and deductibles which now averages over $20,000 per year for a family of four that doesn’t get a subsidy, economic life in Evansville, Indiana, USA is getting out of hand?IS IT TRUE that all of these runaway costs are a direct result of decades of elected officials failing to provide adequate stewardship over the infrastructure of Vanderburgh County and the City of Evansville?…we take this opportunity to remind you that the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County will be hit with a 20% increase in local income taxes to go along with that 26% increase in water and sewer bills, and another Vectren rate increase?…this all happened in a year that the average wage increase is closer to 2.5%?…as a late great professor from the University of Evansville once said, “come the revolution all of this $%#!  will cease?”…the obsession with fun and games is what has led the sheep to this unsustainable abyss?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the unnamed Evansville City Council member who requested that the Evansville City Controller, Russ Lloyd Jr provide him with an accounting  breakdown of Invoices and Unrecorded Liabilities for 2015, 2016 and 2017 is really causing the Winnecke administration a great deal of stress?  …the unnamed Evansville City Council member requested information that had to do with: 1) Account Payable Open Items Reports for 2015-2017. 2) Accrued Compensation Hours for Police and Fire Employees as of Aug 16-18, 2017. 3) Accounting Notes reports for 12/31/2016 and for the City of Evansville and other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) as prescribed by GASB 45 actuarial calculation of retired employees health insurance liability. 4) Also provided to city officials were the accounting notes for the City of Evansville concerning the (PERF) Public Employees Retirement Fund of which Evansville participates in?  …we are told that the unnamed City Council member is thinking about giving copies of these reports to the general public?IS IT TRUE  that the highly respected fiscal conservative Richard Clements is now the Vice President of Commercial Lending for the Evansville State Bank?  …if Vanderburh County  GOP chairman Wayne Parke would had supported Mr. Clements for the Evansville City Council he won’t be having the problem with the “Tax and Spend” City Councilman Dan McGinn (I)?  …in case you may have forgotten Mr. Clements was a key player in helping to defeat the City/County consolidation effort?IS IT TRUE Channel 25 News reported during their 10:00 P M news cast last night that 1st Ward Evansville City Councilman Dan McGinn resigned from the local Republican party?  …they also did a quick interview with local GOP Chairman Wayne Parke concerning this issue?  …we would like to respectfully point out to the people at Channel 25 News department that this subject was reported in the City County Observer on October 14, 2017?IS IT TRUE we are told if Mayor Winnecke isn’t happy with the way that local GOP Chairman Wayne Parke has handled the Dan McGiin issue he has no authority to replace Mr. Parke as Chairman?IS IT TRUE we would like to thank Vanderburgh Chief Deputy County Prosecuting Attorney Gary James Schutte II for doing one heck of a job for the citizens of Vanderburgh County?  …Vanderburgh County Prosecuting Attorney Nick Hermann should be very thankful that Mr. Schutte is around to watch his blind side?IS IT TRUE since the son of the former United States Congressman John Hostettler, Matt Hosettler announced that he shall be running for to soon to be vacated State House of Representative seat presently held by Thomas Washburne his campaign has really begun to take off?  …its now obvious that the President of the Vanderburgh County Commission, Bruce Ungethiem is now facing the biggest challenge in his political career when he takes on Matt Hostetter in the District 64 State Representative Republican primary?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Council passed a “Wheel Tax” by a 5-2 vote? … that many area conservatives now considered them to be “Tax And Spend” liberal?  …Democrats Mike Goebel and Stephanie Terry voted against the tax increase?  …we thought that Democrats were considered to be “Tax And Spend” liberals?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County are finally getting tired of the “Tax And Spend” attitude of our local elected officials?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City Legion Post 524 Donates Motorized Wheelchair to Deserving Veteran

first_imgJim “J.R.” Robinson had just received his newly refurbished motorized wheelchair when the jokes came fast and furious:“I would rather that they gave me a Cadillac, but this isn’t too bad.”“I think I’ll take it over to the Acme parking lot and practice driving.”“I’m ready for my first drag race.”“I can’t wait until I get my first speeding ticket.”Jim “JR” Robinson tries out his new chairRobinson, a decorated Marine Corps veteran from the Vietnam era, and Ocean City resident, turned a little more serious when approached by OCNJDaily.“This is just outstanding,” he said. “It’s great to have friends like this.  I am completely overwhelmed.”Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 collects used chairs, both motorized and manual, refurbishes them and presents them to deserving recipients. J.R., who earned three Purple Hearts in Vietnam and is currently on oxygen, certainly qualifies.Post Commander Jim Sambucci said the Legionnaires were gratified to help out a fellow Vet.The presentation was made as a surprise announcement following Saturday’s flag-raising ceremony in front of the Ocean City Water Park. Each morning at 9:20 a.m., the Water Park employees play the national anthem and raise the U.S. colors.  More than 100 people were on hand for the festivities on a sun-splashed Saturday.Jack Hagan, Adjutant for the Post, said individuals donate the chairs and the Deka battery Company provides the vehicles’ power packs.“We are always looking for donations and we would appreciate it if anyone has a wheelchair they no longer need would consider donating it. We will certainly put it to good use.”Anyone interested in doing so should call Hagan at 609-304-3088.A large crowd of onlookers stopped for the flag-raising The daily flag-raising ceremony at the Water Parklast_img read more

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Ocean City School Board Approves New Policy for Overdose Antidote

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiJoseph S. Clark Jr., the president of the Ocean City Board of Education, says he knows of five people who have died of a drug overdose in just the past few months.Although none of those people were local students, the possibility of drug overdoses occurring in Ocean City’s schools prompted the Board of Education to adopt a new policy Wednesday night to equip the school district with a potentially life-saving opioid antidote.“We have to be proactive,” Clark stressed.Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, a school board member, said the policy recognizes the drug crisis in other parts of Cape May County and the possibility it could spread to Ocean City.“We don’t have a problem,” she said, referring to Ocean City. “But Cape May County has a big heroin problem. We want to prepare ourselves.”Both Clark and Gallelli-Keyes said the opioid policy has been met with widespread support in the local community.“I’m glad that we, as a district, are doing something,” Gallelli-Keyes said.The new policy, she added, is effectively “opening our eyes” to the scourge of drugs and what can be done to potentially save lives.Board of Education members Joseph Clark and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes said the new policy is proactive.Now that the board has approved the policy, the next step calls for the Ocean City school physician to prescribe which antidote will be used for drug overdoses and to determine who will administer it, Clark said.School officials have discussed the possibility of equipping the school nurse with the antidote, but the physician still must finalize the overdose procedures, Clark explained.“This is the beginning of the process. We’re not there yet,” he said.Narcan, the brand name for the opioid antidote naloxone, is widely used by Cape May County police departments to treat overdose victims. Narcan blocks the effects of heroin or other opioids on the brain and can quickly restore breathing.During a drug forum in October, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said heroin deaths have been declining in the county largely due to the use of Narcan by police. Overall, 60 overdose victims in the county were saved by Narcan in 2015 and another 61 through the first nine months of 2016, according to Taylor.Ocean City is following the recommendations of the New Jersey School Boards Association by adopting the opioid policy. Other school districts throughout the state have approved similar policies, Clark said.In another vote at its meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education introduced the school district’s proposed 2017-2018 budget, which calls for a slight increase in the local school tax.The $42.2 million spending plan is about $1 million higher than last year’s budget. Under the plan, the school tax rate would rise by one-tenth of a penny, resulting in an extra $5 in school taxes annually on a home assessed at $500,000.Timothy E. Kelley, school board administrator, outlined the proposed 2017-2018 budget.Timothy E. Kelley, the school board administrator, said the principal reason for the tax increase was a decline in tuition revenue from two of Ocean City’s sending districts – Upper Township and Sea Isle City – caused by their falling student population.In his budget presentation to the board, Kelley said tuition revenue is dropping to $11.7 million in 2017-2018 compared to $13.3 million in the 2016-2017 school year.To help offset the decline in tuition revenue, the district will tap about $2.1 million from its fund balance, essentially its savings account, Kelley said.School districts are required to have balanced budgets. For 2017-2018, Ocean City is receiving the same amount of state aid, about $3.8 million, as last year to help pay for its expenses.Maintenance and capital projects at Ocean City’s primary, intermediate and high schools will add to the budget. Among them, sewer repairs at the intermediate school will probably cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Kelley said.The school board has scheduled a public hearing and final vote on the budget for its April 26 meeting.Jacqueline McAlister, the board’s vice president, said the budget maintains Ocean City’s high quality of education while increasing taxes by only a small amount – a feat she called “superb fiscal management. Ocean City High School last_img read more

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Scottish Bakers launches new export help group

first_imgScottish Bakers has launched an industry Bakers Export Group aimed at bakers in Scotland who are exporting or considering starting.The group’s inaugural meeting was attended by association members, Andrew Campbell and Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers, Susan Beattie of Scottish Development International (SDI) and John Brown, head of international for Clydesdale Bank.Martin Lightbody of Lightbody Ventures will chair the Scottish Bakers Export Group. Scottish Bakers has been active in helping to develop the new food and drink export strategy for Scotland in partnership with the SDI.SupportThe strategy aims to support food and drink exporters in Scotland by helping with their market entry plans.The association will contribute £15,000 a year for the next five years in partnership with the Scottish Government, SDi and other Scottish food and drink associations. The investment will facilitate the recruitment of key in-market specialists.The Bakers Export Group will also offer advice on setting up an export arm and making it sustainable, trademarking, international finance and funding support as well as offering market insights to members.last_img read more

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