Proposed Gas Regulator on Holmdel Road Concerns Some Residents

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first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – The township Zoning Board is to continue a hearing Wednesday, May 18, on New Jersey Natural Gas’ proposal to build a gas line regulator on the site of the Holmdel Road solar farm at Hop Brook Lane.The regulator, which looks like a boiler and pipes, reduces the pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) of gas pressure in the line in a process that includes a heater to keep the line from freezing. The utility must reduce pressure in the feed line to safely connect with customers, according to New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG).The company is before the zoners because it needs three variances: one, to place the regulator as another principal use on the solar farm site; two, because the regulator would sit only about 90 feet from the across-the street property owner, rather than the required approximately 385 feet, in this “buffer zone” between residential and non-residential use; and three, fencing will be 8-feet-tall, or 2 feet higher than allowed.But the resident who lives across from the proposed regulator, Falguni Patel, and the Holmdel-based Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), have raised various concerns.If the town has a buffer zone between residential and non-residential uses, according to Regina Criscione, a spokesman for CILU, why allow the regulator?“On one side of the block, it may be commercial,” said Patel, who lives on Hop Brook Lane with her husband, Jag Desai, and their two children. “On the other side, residential.”And the Patel-Desai house is the closest residence.Other concerns raised by Patel and CILU include what could happen if a motor vehicle hits the regulator, the firefighting response to a gas fire in the area, and any emissions the regulator gives off.“It’s emitting stuff, whether they say it’s toxic or not,” Patel said.When Patel bought the property a few years ago, the land across the street was up for sale. In the year it took to build her house, Patel learned the solar farm was going in, she said.Patel said she supports solar energy and uses it, along with geo-thermal engineering (or using the ground’s heating and cooling power), to run her 6,000-square-foot house.“I was OK with it,” said Patel, speaking of the solar farm. “(But) I was disappointed not enough was going to be done with aesthetics (on the site).”NJNG, on the other hand, says it has already compromised – for example, with an existing earthen berm between the solar panels and Holmdel Road.“We are keeping more of that berm than the original plan and adding our own berm,” said Marc Panaccione, a NJNG engineer.Michael M. Kinney, a NJNG spokesman, said the company has been “working with local officials to amend” the plans.“The purpose of the regulator station is to provide service,” Kinney said. “Safety is the most important thing we do.”NJNG is to rent property a piece of the OCI Solar Power solar farm for the regulator. NJNG will have a 15-foot-wide gravel road along the solar panel fence to access the 75-foot by 75-foot regulator site. The regulator site will have an 8-foot-tall fence – the same height as the fence around the solar panels – and have wood-slat screening as a component.“It’s mostly below ground piping,” said Panaccione, speaking of the regulator.Heat vents will be 12- to 15-feet-tall, but buffered from view, Kinney said.NJNG’s berm will be 2-1/2-feet-tall, topped with evergreen and deciduous plantings ranging from about 2-1/2-feet- to 3-feet-tall at the lower end of planting to about 24-feet- to 30-feet-tall at the higher end of planting. Some of the vegetation could reach average heights of 40 to 50 feet, according to NJNG.“It’s a pretty decent mix of landscaping,” Panaccione said.As for emissions, the only thing coming from the regulator will be safe heat emissions , mostly water vapor and some carbon dioxide, Kinney said.In terms of safety, the regulator area will be protected by traffic-diverting posts and a guard rail, according to NJNG. Also, it will be at least 40 feet from the roadway, according to NJNG.As for a fire, a “natural gas fire, you don’t put out with a fire truck,” Panaccione said. “You turn it off.”Gas shutoffs are up and down the transmission line, according to NJNG.The transmission line is monitored continuously and its flow can be controlled remotely, Kinney said.The regulator results from a 2011-to-2012 upgrade of the gas transmission system between nearby Route 520 and the Route 36 corridor to the north, according to NJNG.“We’ve been looking for a place to place this station,” Panaccione said.The May 18 meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Town Hall. It is a continuation of a hearing from February.Patel feels the gas regulator will move forward.“I want to fight it, I really do, but I feel this is just a show,” Patel said.last_img read more


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first_imgThere was a bit of a change to the Nelson Leafs during a three-game Thanksgiving homestand.The team decided to show their respect to Breast Cancer Awareness Month by adding a touch of pink to the Green and White home jerseys.”It was an idea from the players,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida. “A couple of players took it upon themselves to go a little pink and the executive was happy with the idea.” Nelson players pink shoelaces in their skates and jerseys while the goalies wore pink on the masks and pads.Traditionally football players north and south of the 49th parallel wear pink shoes or tape their pads with pink tape to show support for breast cancer charitie.Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.Maida said the team plans to continue wearing pink throughout the month of October.last_img read more


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first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Cinderella seasons for Sensations Dress Shop with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coach Laura Zondervan, Heather Potkins, Anna Milde, Haley Slomba, Shaen Panko-Dool, Bryce Winters, Ava Young, Alex Pompu, Riley Zondervan, coach Beth Corven, Veronica Kearnes, Kelsey Andrusak, Hannah Corven, Camryn Parnell, Kamylle Barton, Jaden How and Ellee Atkinson. During the regular season Sensations Dress Shop struggled to find any consistency against the rest of the Girl’s U14 League teams.However, when playoffs rolled in the squad rose to World Cup form as Sensations Dress Shop won the Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Girl’s House League crown with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Vogue during Championship Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.Sensations Dress Shop and Vogue played to a 2-2 regulation tie before the victors took over to capture the House League crown in shootout.last_img read more


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first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2015)–Favored Avenge rallied from just off the pace under Flavien Prat to register a convincing 1 ½ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita as the 3-year-old daughter of War Front negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.90. Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, she won for the second consecutive time down the hill, but her trainer is convinced she’ll do well on dirt as well.“She does like the turf but I don’t know that she can’t run on dirt,” said Mandella. “I don’t think the dirt was the reason she didn’t run well before because she didn’t run any better on the hill her first time. She’s a good filly and I just need to cultivate her a little bit.”Off at 9-5 in a field of eight fillies and mares, Avenge took command at the sixteenth pole and paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Following her maiden score down the hillside on March 15, Avenge now has two wins from three starts over the unique layout and is two for five overall. With the winner’s share of $34,800, her earnings stand at $79,600.“She was great behind the speed today,” said Prat. “She was a little bit green when she was up front last time, she was real keen. I had a lot of horse and a lot of confidence once we crossed the dirt (at the top of the stretch). I’m grateful to be riding her.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sea Mona sat second throughout behind fractions of 21.64, 44.07 and 1:07.74, and when pacesetter Windy Forecast folded a sixteenth out, the winner went by on her outside. Off at 7-2, Sea Mona paid $4.00 and $3.00.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Whisk rallied to out finish Desert Steel for the show, finishing three quarters of a length behind Sea Mona. The second choice at 3-1, Whisk paid $2.40 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. The $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes for older fillies and mares will serve as the day’s headliner and has been carded as the sixth race on an eight race card. Two time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will make her 5-year-old debut in the Santa Lucia and is the heavy 1-5 morning line favorite.last_img read more


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first_img Continue Reading Previous The app I triedNext Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img I must admit that I’m generally more focused on the actual “doing” side of things rather than the business-level “who is doing what to/with who” end of the stick. I’m not saying that this is a good or bad thing — it’s just the way I’m wired. Thus, when I see an announcement about a group of companies forming an alliance, I may be vaguely interested, but I typically don’t get overly excited, unless something catches my eye…Which leads us to today’s announcement that a group of like-minded companies have formed the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA). The reason this particular announcement attracted my attention is that I know one of the players — Jacob Beningo, who is the founder of the Beningo Embedded Group. In addition to presenting numerous papers at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) over the years, Jacob has kindly sat on a number of panels hosted by yours truly. This is, of course, one of the reasons for attending conferences in the first place: meeting one’s peers and networking furiously.So, what is the ETA and why have these companies formed it? Well, as we all know to our cost, the embedded developers’ toolbox is complex and involves many components: the IDE (Integrated Development Environment), compilers, debuggers, trace tools, test tools, debug and flash programming hardware, the target operating system, and the target middleware, to name but a few. Choosing the right components is enormously complex and prompts a huge number of questions, each of which takes time to answer and poses risk to the project’s success:Do they work on the same host OS? Which versions need to be used? How should they be configured? Do they interoperate correctly? Do they work together to produce an optimal result? Have they been validated? Has the combination of these components been validated or certified?Just to add to the fun and frivolity, the embedded marketplace is fragmented with a huge number of suppliers. Some large, vertically-integrated companies try to offer every component required, but the members of the ETA feel that this approach may stagnate innovation, limit choice, and prevent users from choosing best-in-class solutions that address the specific needs of their projects.Thus, the ETA’s mission is to help customers select the best components from a number of different suppliers, safe in the knowledge that the individual components are of the highest quality, proven to work together, and do exactly what’s required, thereby allowing users to concentrate on their development work rather than fighting with a disparate set of legacy tools and environments.ETA Manifesto The Embedded Tools Alliance is a collaboration of industry-leading independent embedded system vendors.Individually, our members offer high-quality solutions addressing at least one aspect of embedded software development. When combined together, our members’ offerings provide best-in-class solutions for embedded developers seeking the widest range of features to help complete their project on time, with the best possible technical results, and highest quality.Through technical collaboration, we ensure our products interoperate correctly, smoothly, and simply.Through marketing and sales, we promote our combined solutions to ensure we can offer our customers a superior choice of components to meet their specific requirements.ETA Members Members of the ETA are recognized industry leaders supporting a wide range of embedded microcontrollers from multiple vendors. They offer proven products and solutions with validated quality and interoperability whilst offering leading edge features, benefits, and support. At the time of this writing, these members are as follows:SOMNIUM Technologies: SOMNIUM is a leading supplier of embedded C/C++ development tools. SOMNIUM DRT is the only product on the market offering a seamless upgrade path from entry level tools to a professional, fully supported environment with leading edge debug tools and validated, highly optimized code generation using SOMNIUM’s patented resequencing technology. Using DRT will save you time, money and help you get the best technical results.SOMNIUM will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2017 on March 14- 6 in Nuremberg. See them in Hall 4 stand 170 for a demo of SOMNIUM DRT. SOMNIUM will also be exhibiting at Microchip’s partner village in Hall 1 stand 510 where they will also be giving presentations and demos of DRT products every day March 14-16. SOMNIUM will also be presenting and demonstrating DRT working with VectorCast on the Vector Software stand on March 14 at 13:00.P&E Microcomputer Systems: An industry trendsetter since 1980, PEmicro provides high-quality in-circuit development and production programming solutions for the embedded market. Features of PEmicro’s products include in-circuit debug, trace, live data streaming, power measurement, RTOS awareness, GDB integration, stand-alone programming, gang programming, automation, and more.PEmicro’s debug technology and Multilink hardware provide for a cost-effective and feature-rich development platform. PEmicro’s Cyclone production programmers provide unrivaled features and performance to enable high quality manufacturing. PEMicro are committed to providing prompt, knowledgeable, customer support.PEmicro will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2017 March 14th – March 16th in Hall 4 Booth 123 where they will be demonstrating new RTOS awareness features in our debug software as well as barcode driven production programming.Percepio: Percepio Tracealyzer reveals what is actually going on in embedded and IoT systems during runtime. Trace the real-time behavior of your operating system and application, gain insight with sophisticated visualization, avoid guesswork, boost your productivity, locate bottlenecks, and improve performance. Over 25 linked views designed to illustrate different aspects of runtime behavior and relationships. Available for multiple operating systems, including FreeRTOS, SafeRTOS, µC/OS, ThreadX, Keil RTX5, Linux, and VxWorks.Percepio will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2017 in Hall 4 stand 305, and Microchip’s partner village (Hall 1 stand 510) where they will be presenting and giving demonstrations of Tracealyzer.Runtime: Runtime provides cloud-based IoT device management and is a complete solutions provider for consumer, medical, commercial, and industrial IoT applications. Free, open source software is essential to all Runtime offerings. Apache Mynewt includes the world’s first open source, controller-level Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 stack for MCUs and a highly efficient OIC 1.1 application framework. The OS was built for manageability, both pre- and post-deployment. Runtime also contributes to the Linux Foundation’s Zephyr Project, embedded middleware components, and network protocol stack initiatives.Runtime provides commercial support for Apache Mynewt and, soon, Zephyr. Runtime’s Developer Cloud exploits the intrinsic management hooks in Apache Mynewt and includes secure boot and over-the-air upgrade, continuous integration, crash dump analysis, and rich performance statistics across MCU, transceiver, and OS tasks. Deployment Cloud exploits the same hooks, but at massive scale.Runtime will be attending Embedded World 2017. To speak with Runtime, please email .Solid Sands: The C programming language is powering the fabric of our infrastructure as well as the embedded systems in our cars, factories, and homes. We’d better make sure it is good. Solid Sands is the one-stop shop for C and C++ compiler and library testing, validation, and safety services. Solid Sands’ SuperTest is the largest compiler test and validation suite and it has a unique level of coverage. It also includes tests aimed at compiler internals such as analyses, transformations, and optimizations, and the code generator. Its POSIX-based user interface seamlessly integrates into any compiler development or user environment, and allows for easy addition of new tests and cross-platform validation support. SuperTest helps its customers to achieve the compiler quality level that is required by the ISO language and functional safety standards.SOMNIUM use Solid Sands’ SuperTest as part of their compiler test and validation process. Solid Sands will be attending Embedded World 2017 and will be presenting at the Vector Software stand on Wednesday March 15 at 13:00. Contact for an appointment at EW2017.Beningo Embedded Group: Beningo Embedded’s mission is to accelerate innovation, time-to-market and technical expertise. Our mission is accomplished through world-class consulting, design, and training services. We dramatically transform our clients’ businesses by improving product quality, cost, and time-to-market. Resource-constrained, microcontroller-based systems are our expertise and we have helped clients in areas such as software and process audits, architect and design software, optimize for low power operation, remotely update their systems securely, develop drivers, and integrate middleware, along with designing, educating, and advising on real-time, RTOS-based systems.Jacob Beningo will be demonstrating SOMNIUM DRT and Percepio TraceAlyzer at Embedded World 2017 in Microchip’s partner village (Hall 1 stand 510).Arrgggh — I so wish I was going to be at Embedded World this year. I was planning on attending, but too much other “stuff” came up. Maybe next year…last_img read more


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first_imgLast year, after the FTC released native advertising guidelines, an alarming amount of publishers were found to be noncompliant. According to ad sales intelligence platform, MediaRadar, in December 2015, 70% of digital publishers needed to modify their current native advertising based on the guidelines.  Native continues to see explosive growth. Demand for native is up 262% in the last 19 months according to MediaRadar. This shows how quickly publishers were able to pivot ad offerings to leverage this high-CPM ad unit.  Ad Position Matters. Location of an ad’s acknowledgement should be at the top left corner of a native ad (today they’re usually identified at the bottom). The disclosure for ads and commercial content should appear near the ad’s focal point and headline.  For more on native, see Six Things We Know About Native Advertising. Disclose Advertising. When the promoted or sponsored content mimics a website’s look-and-feel, a disclosure is necessary. Readers need to know what content was influenced or paid for by advertisers. Of all of the points in the FTC guidelines, this is emphasized the most.  Use Precise Language. The FTC is explicit that words like “presented by” or “promoted by” are not sufficient notice. Instead use words like “Paid by” or “Advertiser.”  Video or Sound. Video and sound ads are more complex, since it’s typically a two part ad consisting of a thumbnail preview and full-size ad. Publishers are not allowed to use “deceptive door openers” to induce consumers to click an unidentified thumbnail. When a reader clicks on a native ad or video, they should not be surprised to arrive at the brand’s site. In cases where a thumbnail opens to a pop-up or full page, a disclosure is needed on both the thumbnail and pop-up. Audio disclosure must be in a sufficient volume and cadence, so consumers can hear and comprehend it. Visual disclosure must be on the screen long enough to be noticed or recognized.  Initially, publishers were wary of FTC native enforcement. But in March 2016, the FTC settled the first native advertising case against retailer Lord & Taylor for not disclosing a native article in Nylon and sponsored posts by Instagram influencers for a Lord & Taylor dress which quickly sold out. For each FTC native violation, the penalty is up to $16,000.  Publishers realized they needed to modify ad formats to reflect the new guidelines. In October 2016, MediaRadar found that 61% of the sites reviewed are now native compliant. This represents an increase of 119% from December of 2015. Although that still leaves a significant gap of sites that aren’t labeling sponsored content. Include Advertiser Logo. Include the advertiser’s logo in all native advertising. This reinforces to the reader that this is a paid placement, not regular editorial. Example: Forbes does an excellent job of this in their Brand Voice program.  List the Author. For native stories or articles, the publishers should clearly identify the advertiser as the article’s author. Disclosure should be placed under the headline. Some companies have been creative with listing the author’s credit. Here’s a compliant example in BuzzFeed’s “15 Things You Didn’t Know About 15 Captains, Commanders And Conquerors” the author is listed as Captain Morgan.  Native Ads Need Separation from Editorial. Native ads should feature a prominent border to distinguish an ad from editorial content. Another solution, is to have background shading to create emphasis for native. We see a huge portion of native ads today that have no border at all. As a reminder, here are the seven FTC guidelines: Using the words “sponsored” or “sponsor” remains the most popular way to label native advertising at a whopping 74%, compared to other common terms such as “promoted,” “presented by” or “partner content.” And placement for disclosure is now above fold and prominent with 68% of native ads labeled above the ad or article.  Interestingly, 14% of the websites reviewed, label native in more than one way throughout the site. And more surprisingly, five percent of websites reviewed still do not identify native content at all.last_img read more


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first_imgBob Roe, who has been working as Newsweek’s interim global editor-in-chief, has been officially appointed to the role. Prior to his promotion, Roe served as the publication’s executive editor.Dope Media has announced George Jage (pictured) as chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s Dope title. Most recently, Jage served as president of Marijuana Business Daily. Additionally, Dope’s former CEO and founder David Tran will assume the title of chief brand officer, continuing to serve on the company’s board of directors.Keija Minor has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Brides after five years with the Condé Nast title, reports WWD.SourceMedia has named Rob Blackwell editor-in-chief of American Banker. He formerly served as the organization’s Washington bureau chief and editorial director of regulatory policy for SourceMedia’s Banking Group.Neil Brown has been named president of The Poynter Institute. He joins the organization from The Tampa Bay Times, formerly serving as editor and vice president, and worked at the newspaper for over 20 years.Michele Corriston has been hired as a staff editor at People.com, covering television. Most recently, Corriston served as a digital content producer for Sirius Xm Radio.PBS correspondent and veteran broadcast anchor Alison Stewart has joined The Atlantic‘s AtlanticLIVE business, where she’ll serve as “a frequent moderator for The Atlantic’s vast portfolio of events on a range of topics,” according to a release, including next month’s Washington Ideas summit.Men’s Journal has named Jeff Dengate articles editor. Dengate, formerly senior editor of the publication, most recently served as gear editor at Runner’s World.Katie Dupere has been appointed associate fashion and beauty editor at Bustle. She previously served as a social good reporter and intern for Mashable.Grace Rasmus has been named associate digital editor at Rachael Ray Every Day. Rasmus previously worked as an editorial assistant for the publication for about two years. Time Inc. has promoted Paul Martinez to executive creative director, where he will oversee and manage the company’s Travel + Leisure and Departures titles. Martinez has worked with the company for over a year as creative director for Fortune and Money, which he will continue to manage in addition to his new responsibilities.“I am thrilled to have Paul joining two of our iconic luxury titles,” said Nathan Lump, editorial director of Time Inc.’s luxury and lifestyle group in a statement. “Since coming to Time Inc., he has led an exciting and dynamic redesign of Fortune and, more recently, Money, injecting new energy into those storied brands.”“He is a master of this art, having redesigned, relaunched, and reimagined brands as diverse as Maxim, Men’s Journal, and Marie Claire, all as Creative Director, after starting his career with a successful tenure at GQ,” Lump adds. “And Paul is much more than a stellar thinker about magazines—his background includes website design, packaging, branding, and video direction, making him a true multimedia creative visionary.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more


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first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE, Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.The Maryland General Assembly, which has a supermajority of Democrats, overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.Maryland state Sen. Delores Kelley, a Baltimore County Democrat, urges her colleagues to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025 during a debate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Annapolis, Md. The Maryland General Assembly overrode the Republican governor’s veto Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)The first increase will be to $11 in January. The state’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in 2025. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.Democrats, who control the legislature, say the increase is needed, because the cost of living has become high for basic needs. Republicans, including Hogan, say it will hurt the state’s economy and drive jobs away.Sen. Delores Kelley, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, argued during debate that the increase will help the economy.“People who get a minimum wage are not people that are going to put this money away in the bank. They aren’t going to buy stocks and bonds with it,” Kelley said. “They’re going to spend it, and in spending it they’re going to make local businesses more vibrant.”But opponents, particularly lawmakers who live near other state borders, say many small businesses only have to travel a short distance to find a more favorable business climate. Sen. Andrew Serafini, a Republican whose district in western Maryland borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said he sees that in businesses that he consults with.“I’m not going to take any great delight in a couple of years when I say, ‘I told you so,’ but it’s going to happen,” Serafini said. “And the sad part is many small businesses and the people that work for them are going to lose jobs, and this is just going to add fuel to that fire.”Sen. Cory McCray, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored the bill, said his thoughts are with the 573,000 people who will benefit from the increase.“When I think about the American Dream, I think about shared prosperity and shared economic prosperity and what does that look like,” McCray said. “I think about when we lift the standards for one worker, we’re actually lifting the standards for all workers.”In his veto letter Wednesday, Hogan noted that Maryland voted in 2014 to raise the minimum wage in stages from $7.25, and the last increase to $10.10 only just happened last year. He noted that small businesses facing a choice of paying a minimum wage of $7.25 in neighboring Virginia or $15 in Maryland could reduce jobs or eliminate operations in Maryland.“Making Maryland’s minimum wage more than double that of Virginia could be too much for our economy to bear,” Hogan wrote.The governor offered a compromise to legislative leaders to raise the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour by 2022, but the proposal went nowhere.“We are obviously disappointed that the legislature completely ignored the governor’s reasonable compromise proposal to protect jobs and small businesses,” said Michael Ricci, Hogan’s spokesman. “So much for olive branches.”California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York also have approved a $15 minimum wage, as has the District of Columbia.last_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisement Looks like Smartphones are getting “Smarter” everyday with the increased number of uses that they can be put to.Starwood Hotels has announced that they will host a trial run of a new, mobile check-in option that will allow customers to access their rooms without any hotel-issued keys.The program debut will be showcased at the Aloft hotels in Cupertino, Ca., and in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood by March. Users will access the features through Starwood’s smartphone app and the low-power Bluetooth 4 wireless standard. – Advertisement – The hotel chain has released a video encouraging their would-be customers,”Everything you do today is smart.”The video then follows a young woman throughout her day making “smart” choices, like using her phone to pay for coffee, instead of cash.If you are a guest at one of the participating properties you will receive a message on your phone containing a virtual key, but the feature will only be available for iPhone 4s or newer models and Android phones running at least version 4.3 Jelly BeanStarwood CEO Frits van Paasschen believes this will become the new standard for how people will want to enter a hotel. “It may be a novelty at first, but we think it will become table stakes for managing a hotel,” he said.Below is the video promoting the service.Source: The Blazelast_img read more