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first_imgUnion City First slate wins uncontested municipal electionsWith over 11,000 votes counted, and no opposition, the Union City First slate won reelection on May 8. In Union City’s form of government, five candidates run for the Board of Commissioners, and then choose a mayor from among themselves. It’s likely that re-elected Commissioner Brian Stack will remain mayor.The slate also featured incumbent commissioners Lucio Fernandez, Celin Valdivia, and Maryury Martinetti. New candidate Wendy Grullon also won, a Union City Board of Education member. She will replace Commissioner Tilo Rivas, who has been serving since 2002 but decided against running for reelection this year. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and focus on his county freeholder position.“It’s not always easy every day being the mayor, being the commissioner,” Stack told constituents at campaign headquarters after the numbers were tallied. “It’s hard to please everybody all the time. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”According to the county Board of Elections website, the totals are: Stack, 11,211; Valdivia, 10,020, Grullon, 10,000; Martinetti: 9,920; and Fernandez, 9,896. ×Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his Union City First slate celebrate at their headquarters after winning an uncontested reelection May 8. See briefs for more information. Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his Union City First slate celebrate at their headquarters after winning an uncontested reelection May 8. See briefs for more information.center_img Union City union head suspended after undercover video releasedThe Union City Board of Education has suspended one of its teachers, who had also served as an official with the Union City Education Association (the teacher’s union), after a right-wing organization released an undercover video that purportedly shows her downplaying an alleged incident where a teacher supposedly had sex with a student, as well as an attack by a teacher on a student.In the video, the employee also makes offensive comments against district students.The employee on the video apparently refers to a “whole dirt-bag class” at a local high school.The Union City Board of Education released a statement saying, “The board finds the comments that were made deeply disturbing and inappropriate because they in no way reflect the views, and core beliefs and values, of our school district, or of the professionalism of our educators, and other employees. Accordingly, we have suspended the employee pending further investigation.”The board noted that it has no governing control over the UCEA, and it is a separate entity from the union.Project Veritas is known for trying to catch people and entities on undercover videos, and trying to expose public officials. It frequently targets teachers’ unions.The group also recently tried and failed in its attempt to discredit a long-time American media company. Last November, during an election, the group posed as a person making a claim against a U.S. senator, and headed into the Washington Post offices to apparently trick them into writing a false story. But the Post followed protocol and investigated to make sure the story was legitimate, and saw through the ruse.The New Jersey Education Association has accused the organization of “a long history of releasing deceptively edited videos.”Two Union City high schools make U.S. News best schools listMore than 100 New Jersey schools ranked among the best high schools in America, according to the 2018 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Two schools in Union City and one in West New York made the list, receiving a “Bronze” designation.Jose Marti Freshman Academy, at 86, and Union City High School, at 101, were both included. Additionally, Memorial High School in West New York was listed 89.To determine the rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the social science research firm RTI International. A variety of data sources, including the Common Core of Data, College Board and the International Baccalaureate, were used.A four-step process was used to rank all eligible schools. The first two steps were to determine whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and whether minority were performing at or better than the state average for minority students, which was the second step. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness.last_img read more

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Greggs joins Prompt Payment advisory board

first_imgGreggs bakery has been appointed to a new advisory board, designed to help strengthen the official code for businesses to follow when dealing with suppliers. The food-to-go retailer will offer advice on the Prompt Payment Code – guidelines to ensure suppliers are paid on time and fairly – and was selected as it was deemed to have a good reputation on payment practices.Richard Hutton, finance director of Greggs said: “Giving our suppliers certainty of payment helps them to invest with confidence,  and a strong supplier base is crucial to our business. We’re happy to support further development of the Prompt Payment Code, which has become the accepted norm for responsible businesses.”Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Late payment continues to plague businesses, putting a strain on cash flow and preventing plans for growth. We have committed to tackling this problem, but there is no silver bullet.“This is about a change in culture, which needs businesses and government to work together. The new advisory board will strengthen the Prompt Payment Code, cracking down on poor practice and showcasing good practice.”Joining the high street bakery on the board are companies such as Aviva and Barclays.The board will be tasked with improving the monitoring and enforcement of the code, promoting awareness of it and providing advice on whether there is a need to update the document.It is supported by more than 1,700 businesses and public authorities.last_img read more

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Australia wins at 2011 Irish Travel Trade Awards

first_imgSource = Tourism Australia Australia has beaten off competition from Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand to be voted 2011 ‘Best Asia/Pacific Destination’ by Irish travel agents. Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the award win was further proof of Australia’s enduring appeal within Ireland and a great boost ahead of the recently announced British and Irish Lions rugby tour of Australia.”Despite the tough economic climate hampering consumer confidence, the support of travel agents goes a long way in keeping Australia top of mind,” he said.”The award is very timely, with this week’s announcement by the British and Irish Lions of their match schedule for their 2013 tour of Australia, which is always massively population with travelling Irish rugby fans.”Announcing the award, Ronan Flood, Managing Editor of Irish Travel Trade News, acknowledged Australia’s stand- out performance in what has been an exceptionally difficult year for all involved in the travel industry. “In hard times like these it is especially important to recognise and reward companies that continued to provide outstanding products and services in 2011 – as judged by Ireland’s travel agents,” he said.Mr McEvoy said while economic factors had undoubtedly impacted demand for Australia out of Ireland, there were encouraging signs more recently that the Irish still retained their love of Australia.“The economic situation over in Ireland is undoubtedly difficult at the moment but we are seeing some signs of improvement. Irish arrivals are actually up 6 per cent so far this year, with a huge bounce of nearly 50 per cent this September compared to last.”Ironically, one of the benefits of Ireland’s tough economic situation has been luring a lot more young Irish travellers down under recently, many of them taking advantage of the working holiday visa to combine work with leisure,” he said.The Irish accolade comes just weeks after Australia was voted the “Best Country to Visit Worldwide” in this year’s British Travel Awards.last_img read more

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