World News for New Jersey Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:54:48 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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
‘Japs sign final surrender’ japan9214_optBY KYLE HUTCHISON

The weather report for September 2, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey was cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon the sun would be shining. The weather report created a metaphor for what was about to occur that day.

On September 2, 1945, the Japanese signed their unconditional surrender thus ending World War II. It will forever be known as V-J (victory in Japan) Day.

The clouds of war were blown away and replaced with the shining sun of peace, and retribution.

In the document, the Allied Powers had eight separate conditions the Japanese were required to meet after they signed it.

1. The Japanese accept this treaty in the place of the Emperor, Japanese government and Japanese General Headquarters.

2. Japan proclaims their unconditional surrender.

3. The Japanese forces will cease any hostilities and turn over command to Allied commanders.

4. The Japanese General Headquarters must send out word to all Japanese forces to surrender immediately.

5. All of the Japanese forces must obey the Supreme commander of the Allied forces, and will remain at their post and perform their non-combative duties unless relieved.

6. Japanese leaders must put this treaty into action immediately and obey any orders given by the supreme commander of the Allied forces.

7. All prisoners of war whether they be civilian or military personnel, must be freed immediately.

8. The power of the emperor and government of Japan will be given to the supreme commander of the Allied forces to fulfill everything necessary for the surrender.

The signing of their surrender took place on the USS Missouri. General MacArthur was named the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and would oversee the surrender and disarmament of the Japanese forces.

International Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:13:35 +0000
2014 World Cup: Despite Challenges, Tournament Has Been a Success for the U.S. and Brazil jedhughes_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JED HUGHES

Despite the turmoil in Brazil leading up to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the tournament has been largely successful.

There were many challenges prior to the start of the international competition, and Brazil's issues are complicated. Some of the facilities and upgrades to the country’s infrastructure still have not been fully completed. The government came under criticism for the demolition of low-income settlements known as favelas, and even the legendary Pele took a hit to his image when he inserted his opinion into the matter. Poverty, organized crime, drug trafficking and gang violence plague the country. Yet street protests, a cause of much concern prior to the World Cup, have been kept to a minimum. This is surely a sign of relief to FIFA, the governing body of the sport.

International Sat, 12 Jul 2014 01:34:25 +0000
Toomas Hendrik Ilves: How Does N.J. Boy Grow Up to be President of Estonia? ilves9614_optBY BOB HOLT

Toomas Hendrik Ilves grew up in Leonia, but he still remembers that his parents were refugees from Estonia.

Ilves was born in Sweden, but he has basically come full circle. The Leonia High School valedictorian for 1972 has been the president of Estonia since 2006.

President Barack Obama and Ilves held a press conference in Estonia on Wednesday. The Washington Post reported that Ilves came to Leonia when he was three years old, and studied computer programming at the community’s high school. He was asked to join the Estonian government and became an ambassador in 1993.

Estonia now calls itself “E-Estonia.” According to The Washington Post, Ilves credits the programming classes he took at Leonia High School for helping to turn Estonia into a tech-savvy country. Skype was created there.

“I had the amazing luck of having a really innovative math teacher in 8th grade in Leonia, New Jersey who taught us how to program,”Ilves explains, according to” And we’d write our programs out on perfo tape, and then we’d check them by sending them via modem to a computer 50 miles away.”

International Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:17:19 +0000