Daily Archives: January 9, 2009

The Geographic Midpoint between Eagles and Giants country

The Star-Ledger asked the age old Eagles-Giants question, “Where is the exact center between Philly and New York City?” The answer: a tiny cul-de-sac in Plainsboro – in someone’s back yard. Brian Donohue of Ledger Live had to see this geographic monument for himself.

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The Geographic Midpoint between Eagles and Giants country

The Star-Ledger asked the age old Eagles-Giants question, “Where is the exact center between Philly and New York City?” The answer: a tiny cul-de-sac in Plainsboro – in someone’s back yard. Brian Donohue of Ledger Live had to see this geographic monument for himself.

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NFL- Divisional Playoffs Preview for Jan. 11th

The Giants will look to put an end to their division rival’s postseason when they host the Eagles on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and Charley Casserly go inside the number to breakdown this playoff game.

Eagles vs. Giants Preview

The Chargers may be 2-14 in Pittsburgh, but those two wins came in the postseason. Charley Casserly and Jason Horowitz take an in depth look at this intriguing playoff matchup.

Chargers vs. Steelers Preview

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NFL- Divisional Playoffs Preview for Jan. 11th

The Giants will look to put an end to their division rival’s postseason when they host the Eagles on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and Charley Casserly go inside the number to breakdown this playoff game.

Eagles vs. Giants Preview

The Chargers may be 2-14 in Pittsburgh, but those two wins came in the postseason. Charley Casserly and Jason Horowitz take an in depth look at this intriguing playoff matchup.

Chargers vs. Steelers Preview

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U.S. Air Force releases flow chart of ‘counter-blog’ reponse plan


Think Progress– As part of its halting efforts to reach out to bloggers in constructive ways, the U.S. Air Force has assembled a “counter-blog” action plan aimed at responding to bloggers who have “negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force.” The plan includes a detailed flow-chart that, as Danger Room explains, “lays out a range of possible responses to a blog post“.

Danger Room notes that the Air Force is trying to catch up with the rest of the Defense Department in terms of blogger relations. Despite blocking a significant number of blogs on its networks, the Air Force now has a Twitter feed and a blog of its own, thanks to a new public affairs “social media guru.”

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>$500k To Help Business, Environmental Research in New Jersey

>Press Release

Grants Will Help Spur Manufacturing, Study of Oceans and Shores.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) has awarded more than $500,000 to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP) and the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. The NJMEP grant will help state-based manufacturers increase their productivity and the Marine Sciences grant will help support New Jersey Sea Grant Program.

“New Jersey is home to some of the country’s most innovative research facilities,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “With these funds, we can help increase productivity and innovation, even in these tough economic times.”

“The loss of manufacturing jobs in this country has been a major detriment to our economy, which is why support for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is so important. Helping to grow and bolster our manufacturing sector in New Jersey helps create jobs and spurs economic activity in our state,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “The Marine Sciences Grant will continue to support coastal management by putting research to practical use. This grant ultimately benefits future generations of New Jerseyans by preserving our natural resources as well as growing the economy of our coast communities.”

The two grants are as follows:

NJMEP: $139,965 to keep providing of services to manufacturers to aid them in growth, productivity and efficiency.

Marine Sciences Grant: $403,797 for New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium for their New Jersey Sea Grant program. The Sea Grant is a comprehensive research, outreach and education program that helps us better understand the oceans and costal zones, and how to use the resources they provide us.
Since September 2008, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding to help support New Jersey’s businesses.

Contact:
Lautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224

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$500k To Help Business, Environmental Research in New Jersey

Press Release

Grants Will Help Spur Manufacturing, Study of Oceans and Shores.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) has awarded more than $500,000 to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP) and the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. The NJMEP grant will help state-based manufacturers increase their productivity and the Marine Sciences grant will help support New Jersey Sea Grant Program.

“New Jersey is home to some of the country’s most innovative research facilities,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “With these funds, we can help increase productivity and innovation, even in these tough economic times.”

“The loss of manufacturing jobs in this country has been a major detriment to our economy, which is why support for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is so important. Helping to grow and bolster our manufacturing sector in New Jersey helps create jobs and spurs economic activity in our state,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “The Marine Sciences Grant will continue to support coastal management by putting research to practical use. This grant ultimately benefits future generations of New Jerseyans by preserving our natural resources as well as growing the economy of our coast communities.”

The two grants are as follows:

NJMEP: $139,965 to keep providing of services to manufacturers to aid them in growth, productivity and efficiency.

Marine Sciences Grant: $403,797 for New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium for their New Jersey Sea Grant program. The Sea Grant is a comprehensive research, outreach and education program that helps us better understand the oceans and costal zones, and how to use the resources they provide us.
Since September 2008, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding to help support New Jersey’s businesses.

Contact:
Lautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224

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>DURING FIRST WEEK OF NEW CONGRESS, HOLT REINTRODUCES ONLINE JOB TRAINING AND BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION BILLS

>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Washington, D.C.) – On the first day of the 111th Congress, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) reintroduced the Online Job Training Act and the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act.

The Online Job Training Act (H.R. 145) would provide grants to states to establish or improve workforce training programs on the Internet. The bill would make job training more accessible and convenient for prospective workers. The legislation is based on a successful online learning pilot program run by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Rutgers University.

“In 2009, our first priority must be jobs, jobs, and jobs,” Holt said. “We need innovative programs that help get people back to work, and online job training is one such program that merits our support.”

Under the bill, each state would be eligible for $100,000 in federal funding to implement or enhance online courses as part of their workforce investment programs. The bill would also authorize $1 million for the creation of a national center for excellence in online job training to coordinate with state and local workforce investment boards as they develop technology-driven methods for education and job training.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development pilot program has demonstrated the value and effectiveness of online courses in providing skills training and education to low waged workers. This program, developed by Dr. Mary Gatta, Director of Workforce Policy and Research at Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work, provided 128 women with a computer, Internet connection and access to online courses. Nearly all the women completed the program, and participants experienced a 14 percent annual wage increase.

One New Jersey woman took a course at night, while working in a residential group home. Because she was gaining certificates and job training in Excel and Access, her employer gave her a promotion to digitize and then manage the bookkeeping/database. In fact, she competed with another employee with more seniority for the promotion, and received the promotion specifically because of her job training. With the money from the promotion, she was able to start saving to send her daughter to college.

“Congressman’s Holt’s bill demonstrates the importance of using technology to better deliver education and training to all Americans,” Gatta said. “Over the years, many other states have implemented similar online learning programs for marginalized groups, and this bill represents a significant next step in scaling these programs up nationwide.”

The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act (H.R. 146) would establish a federal grant program specifically for preserving and protecting battle sites associated with the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Urbanization, suburban sprawl, and unplanned commercial and residential development have encroached on many of the significant battlefields of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. According to a 2007 National Parks Service (NPS) report, 170 of 677 nationally significant sites associated with the two wars are in danger of being destroyed in the next 10 years, including sites in Trenton and Princeton. At least 33 states could benefit if the bill becomes law. The bill passed the House in the 110th Congress but did not receive a vote in the Senate.

“The battlefields of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 provide a unique opportunity for Americans to experience where and how the epic struggle for our nation’s independence took place,” Holt said. “Preserving these American historic treasures is essential in remembering the sacrifices that our forefathers made to secure our freedom and independence, and in educating future generations about our rich cultural history.”

Enactment of Holt’s legislation would set aside funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the preservation and protection of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields and related historical sites, as is currently done for Civil War sites. The bill would allow officials at the American Battlefield Protection Program to collaborate with state and local governments and non profit organizations to preserve and protect the most endangered historical sites and to provide up to 50 percent of the costs of purchasing battlefield land threatened by sprawl and commercial development.

In addition to the 170 sites in danger of being destroyed within the next 10 years, the NPS “Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States” found that 99 have already been lost forever and 234 are in poor condition.

Contact: Zach Goldberg
202-225-5801 (office)

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DURING FIRST WEEK OF NEW CONGRESS, HOLT REINTRODUCES ONLINE JOB TRAINING AND BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION BILLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Washington, D.C.) – On the first day of the 111th Congress, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) reintroduced the Online Job Training Act and the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act.

The Online Job Training Act (H.R. 145) would provide grants to states to establish or improve workforce training programs on the Internet. The bill would make job training more accessible and convenient for prospective workers. The legislation is based on a successful online learning pilot program run by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Rutgers University.

“In 2009, our first priority must be jobs, jobs, and jobs,” Holt said. “We need innovative programs that help get people back to work, and online job training is one such program that merits our support.”

Under the bill, each state would be eligible for $100,000 in federal funding to implement or enhance online courses as part of their workforce investment programs. The bill would also authorize $1 million for the creation of a national center for excellence in online job training to coordinate with state and local workforce investment boards as they develop technology-driven methods for education and job training.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development pilot program has demonstrated the value and effectiveness of online courses in providing skills training and education to low waged workers. This program, developed by Dr. Mary Gatta, Director of Workforce Policy and Research at Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work, provided 128 women with a computer, Internet connection and access to online courses. Nearly all the women completed the program, and participants experienced a 14 percent annual wage increase.

One New Jersey woman took a course at night, while working in a residential group home. Because she was gaining certificates and job training in Excel and Access, her employer gave her a promotion to digitize and then manage the bookkeeping/database. In fact, she competed with another employee with more seniority for the promotion, and received the promotion specifically because of her job training. With the money from the promotion, she was able to start saving to send her daughter to college.

“Congressman’s Holt’s bill demonstrates the importance of using technology to better deliver education and training to all Americans,” Gatta said. “Over the years, many other states have implemented similar online learning programs for marginalized groups, and this bill represents a significant next step in scaling these programs up nationwide.”

The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act (H.R. 146) would establish a federal grant program specifically for preserving and protecting battle sites associated with the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Urbanization, suburban sprawl, and unplanned commercial and residential development have encroached on many of the significant battlefields of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. According to a 2007 National Parks Service (NPS) report, 170 of 677 nationally significant sites associated with the two wars are in danger of being destroyed in the next 10 years, including sites in Trenton and Princeton. At least 33 states could benefit if the bill becomes law. The bill passed the House in the 110th Congress but did not receive a vote in the Senate.

“The battlefields of the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 provide a unique opportunity for Americans to experience where and how the epic struggle for our nation’s independence took place,” Holt said. “Preserving these American historic treasures is essential in remembering the sacrifices that our forefathers made to secure our freedom and independence, and in educating future generations about our rich cultural history.”

Enactment of Holt’s legislation would set aside funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the preservation and protection of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields and related historical sites, as is currently done for Civil War sites. The bill would allow officials at the American Battlefield Protection Program to collaborate with state and local governments and non profit organizations to preserve and protect the most endangered historical sites and to provide up to 50 percent of the costs of purchasing battlefield land threatened by sprawl and commercial development.

In addition to the 170 sites in danger of being destroyed within the next 10 years, the NPS “Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States” found that 99 have already been lost forever and 234 are in poor condition.

Contact: Zach Goldberg
202-225-5801 (office)

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Excerpts from Governor Corzine’s Press Conference in Iraq

Excerpts and images from Governor Corzine’s satellite press conference in Iraq.

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