World News for New Jersey Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:41:27 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Why Does Gov. Christie Love Canada So Much? christienov_opt.pngBY KEVIN ROBERTS

GOV CHRISTIE: NORTH AMERICAN PARTNERSHIPS OUR “FIRST THOUGHT” NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT – Governor Christie will travel to Canada on December 4th and 5th to promote energy and business ties between New Jersey and Canada – our state’s largest trade partner. Annual trade between New Jersey and Canada totals nearly $16 billion, supports more than 243,000 jobs, and includes more than $350 million in bilateral economic activity from tourism alone. This will be the Governor’s second foreign trip of his second term and his third overall since taking office. Governor Christie traveled to Mexico in September of this year and Israel in 2012.

International Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:21:22 +0000
N.J.'s Rush Holt Reacts to U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change climate_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY CHRIS GASTON

Washington, D.C. – This morning, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced from Beijing that the U.S. and China have agreed to carbon pollution reduction targets. The U.S. will accelerate reduction targets in 2020, hoping to achieve a 26-28 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, compared to 2005 levels. China has agreed for the first time ever to cap the growth of their carbon emissions by 2030. China will achieve this goal, in part, by investing in non-fossil energy sources, which they hope will comprise 20-percent of their power generation by 2030.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), the ranking member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources released the following statement:

International Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:34:41 +0000
Hold the Sugar! Exposing the Sugar Content of popular Beverages sugar_optBY PASHA GUREVICH

Ever wonder how much sugar a typical Grande White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has?

Or even a seemingly healthy Manga-A-Go-Go smoothie from Jamba Juice?

These amounts are often larger than expected. New, World Health Organization guidelines suggest keeping sugar intake below 25g per day. Which poopular beverages exceed that limit in a single serving?

International Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:05:04 +0000
Depressing Report: Earth Has Lost Half its Animals wwf_optBY MICHELE S. BYERS

A new report on the state of the Earth’s animals is “not for the faint-hearted,” according to the World Wildlife Fund.

They’re not kidding. According to their research, our planet lost more than half of its individual vertebrate animals during the past 40 years, mostly due to human impacts.

The “2014 Living Planet Report” tracks more than 10,000 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from all over the world. The sobering news is that overall numbers have declined by 52 percent since 1970.

International Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:42:19 +0000
Lesniak Leads ‘International March For Elephants’ In Nation’s Capital RAYLESNIAK_opt_copyBY RICHARD McGRATH

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Raymond Lesniak, who authored the first state law in the country banning the importation and sale of ivory products,  led a rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday calling for a national ban on the commercial trade of ivory.

The 2nd Annual International March For Elephants started at the Lincoln Memorial, and then traveld to a rally at Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

“The black market sales of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns is thriving, fueled by the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants a year and supported by the sale and purchase of ivory and rhinoceros horn products,” said Senator Lesniak. “We’re all creatures of God, and we need to recognize that, and treat all animals that way, and keep God’s creatures alive wherever they roam the earth and certainly not contribute to their extinction.”

International Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:38:55 +0000
Beer vs Wine: Vatican & Czechs Are Still The Heaviest Drinkers BEERWINE_optBY ALEX HILLSBERG

Do you know which country drinks the most wine in the world? You’ll be surprised, it’s actually the Vatican! People there drank almost 74 litres of wine per person. Czech Republic on the other hand rules supreme as world’s biggest beer consumer with 235 litres of beer drunk per person every year.

We’ve gathered these and lots of other interesting facts about beer/wine sales, consumption, their surprising health benefits and some trivia. We turned that into a great infographic that you can see here at COMPARECAMP.COM:

International Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:08:03 +0000
WANTED: NJ Wedding Crashers CAKE_optBY BOB HOLT

The “Wedding Crashers” movie came to life in Ocean Township last weekend.

Three juveniles crashed a wedding in Wanamassa on Saturday.

According to WTXF, three unknown males attended a wedding reception at The English Manor on Sept. 20. The men were mingling with guests, taking photos in a photo booth, and consuming beverages.

Invited guests eventually alerted a manager about the three juveniles. Police received a call at 7:56 p.m. They said one of the teens threw the manager to the ground and left. The incident was initially being called a strong-arm robbery. Police Captain Earl Giffords said to ABC News, "If you use force during the course of a theft, that is technically a robbery under New Jersey law."

International Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:21:04 +0000
Keeping the Port Authority Accountable: Transparency Act Advances HotTopics_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to impose comprehensive transparency and accountability standards at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was approved unanimously yesterday by a Senate Committee.

The original law creating the Port Authority was enacted in 1921 and there has been little change since that time. The legislators’ bill, to provide for a systemic overhaul of the agency, represents the first major bi-state reform effort for the port authority since the George Washington Bridge lane closings a year ago. An identical bill passed both houses of the New York Legislature unanimously in June. Since the Port Authority is a bi-state authority, identical legislation must be passed and enacted in both states before it can take effect. With today’s action, the bill (S2181/A3147) next heads to the full New Jersey Senate.

International Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:36:56 +0000
Jersey Business Could Learn From Branson…Take as Many Days Off as You Like INNOVATION_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT

A lot of businesses having been bailing out of New Jersey for a variety of reasons in recent years.

Some of our state’s operations might want to get more production from their company by following the policy adopted by eccentric Virgin billionaire Richard Branson, of all people.

Branson is adopting a policy that allows Virgin employees to take off as much time from work as they want. “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours a day, a week or a month off," Branson said, according to ABC News. The information was actually an excerpt from Branson’s latest book, "The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership."

International Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:21:35 +0000
'Reader Privavy Act’ Advances in N.J.; Will Protect Privacy of E-Book Users PRIVAVY_optBY TRISH GRABER

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill and Senator Peter Barnes to update the state’s reader privacy laws by extending protections to books that are purchased either at a bookstore or from an online provider – such as Amazon, Apple or Google – was approved by a Senate committee.

International Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:24:02 +0000