INDOT Explanation of SR60 Closing Signs

first_imgMany WSLM listeners have contacted the radio station regarding a sign posted on State Road 60 recently that says ” Highway Closed on January 16.”Jason Tiller, INDOT Vincennes District Communication Director, explained that the sign was posted due to a CSX Railroad Crossing Repair. “I don’t have a whole lot of information on the exact location since it’s a railroad project,” said Tiller. “Based on a quick google maps search, The only rail road crossing that I see is between Mitchell and Saltillo – In Lawrence County. It’s scheduled for 4 days depending upon weather conditions.”Tiller said the reason for the signage near Salem, is because of the official detour.“INDOT isn’t allowed to route traffic from state roads onto county or city roads without prior approval from the municipality,” said Tiller. “The official detour uses state maintained roads only – in this case, it looks like  SR 37, SR 337, SR 56 and SR 60 – and that’s a big detour, 48 miles.”Tiller said, now, with that said, the road is open to local traffic.“It won’t be shut down completely,” said Tiller. “People who live along this stretch or operate businesses will probably have no issues other than looking at signs. And the signs are there more as a courtesy for those traveling from Salem to Mitchell.”Tiller said it is INDOT’s responsibility to provide the official detour. If the general public chooses to use another route, they certainly have that choice.If you have any questions about the type of work or anything like that, I personally can’t answer those because INDOT doesn’t actually maintain the crossings.The railroad owns and maintains crossings and that work is scheduled based on their priority.That would be a question for CSX – although most railroad crossing repairs are pretty standard – the goal is to smooth out the crossing. CSX’s Customer service line is 1 (877) 744-7279.last_img read more

Jordy Smith aims high in home waters

first_img19 June 2014 Surfing superstar Jordy Smith is set to return to home waters in the South African leg of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, starting with the Mr Price Pro Ballito on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, which runs from 30 June to 6 July. Taking place at the crucial half-way mark on both the ASP Qualifying Series and ASP World Tour, the event will see the world’s best surfers flocking to South Africa for the back-to-back ASP Prime-rated Mr Price Pro Ballito and J-Bay Open, which is back as a stop on the elite ASP World Tour, and runs from 10 to 21 July. Top results at home One of the most dominant athletes on home soil over the past five years, Smith thrives on performing in front of a home crowd. His results include clinching victory at the Mr Price Pro Ballito in 2010 followed by a runner-up finish in 2013. He also claimed back-to-back victories in J-Bay (Jeffreys Bay in the Western Cape) in 2010 and 2011. “There is always something special about competing at home,” Smith said in a statement in Tahiti this week. “It’s mainly being familiar with the waves and having the support of family and friends.” Renowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito is expecting approximately 100 000 fans to soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days. Having earned a total of nine heat wins on the World Tour so far this season, Smith, currently ranked eleventh in the world, has produced mixed results and is looking to the Mr Price Pro Ballito as preparation for the J-Bay Open. The festival will include free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July, while a Food and Wine Festival takes place on 1 and 2 July.Corporate social investment The RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment program. Active in the region since 2010, the Foundation’s health and education programmes impact low-income communities in KwaDukuza. SAinfo reporter ‘A great opportunity’ “I find surfing Primes a great opportunity to fine tune my surfing, especially in the lead up to a World Tour Event,” he explained. “It’s sometimes easier to stay focused when you surf every day. Too many lay days in a row can be the biggest distraction.”center_img ‘A world-class wave’ “When it’s on, it’s a world-class wave. You can get ‘backdoor-like’ barrels, then as it drops it becomes really high performance, especially with the wind blowing into the rights,” he said With a second place finish to Julian Wilson in one of the most exciting finals in Mr Price Pro history in 2013, the competitive beast in Smith will settle for nothing less than going one better in 2014.‘I want to win three in a row!’ “I’m really looking forward to trying to bring the trophy back to South Africa,” Smith said. “I love nothing more than winning in front of the home crowd and winning in Ballito would be the ultimate preparation for J-Bay. I want to win three in a row!” A standout performer in the variable conditions that the Mr Price Pro can dish up, Smith is looking forward to the challenges Ballito will produce up this year.last_img read more

#Nextchat: HR’s Role in Organizational Design

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter Chat?  by Mary Kaylor, Joe Jones, Ashley Miller and Lindsay Northon Three Tools for Twitter Chatscenter_img The role of the HR professional continues to change, but one thing stays the same: Human capital management remains the key differentiator for organizational growth and success. One of the keys to effective human capital management is organizational design. Organizational design (OD) focuses on identifying and creating the right human structure within the organization and identifying the right competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics required in each part of that design. Although it can be difficult to find and hire talent, it can be an even greater challenge to build an organizational structure that will ensure that people with the right skills and competencies are working in the right jobs and teams now and in the future.HR’s Role in OD and the Challenges Many challenges exist regarding HR’s role in organizational design. Owning a significant organizational design effort from creation to implementation takes a lot of time, and most HR departments don’t have the resources to commit to this. Additionally, many HR departments lack the expertise necessary to build an organizational design plan. In the SHRM Online article Research: It’s Not a Four-Letter Word, SHRM Director of HR Competencies Joe Jones points out, “HR is no longer a simple art form. It is more science than art, rooted in well-planned, well-executed and actionable HR research that results in an improved organization, not a dusty report on a shelf that no one reads.”An Ongoing EffortConducting a critical evaluation of how your organization is structured is not something that should be undertaken every five years. Organizational design must become an ongoing initiative and a core HR function. In the blog post Data Driven Organization Design—Q&A, Concentra CEO Rupert Morrison says that “The modern day organization is under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to changing markets and disruptive organizational events such as mergers and restructures as well as changes in working habits with digitally engaged, mobile workforces. This means people need to shift their perspective from seeing OD as a one-off activity to a continuous process required to hone and improve performance over time.”OD TechnologyOrganizational design no longer means a list of names on a spreadsheet or the creation of a simple hierarchical chart. New HR technology can deliver powerful modeling tools and data that allow HR leaders to better visualize the people, skills and competencies in their organization.  It has also become more precise. Instead of doing major restructuring, many companies are opting to focus on smaller slices within the organization—or micro-design—by looking at more agile clusters of jobs and functions that allow for easier monitoring and faster transformation when challenges or opportunities arise.Regardless of the challenges they face or their level of involvement in this process, HR professionals can strengthen their proficiency in the HR competencies necessary to make greater contributions toward organizational design efforts.How are you handling organizational design at your organization? Please join @shrmnextchat at 3pm ET on August 17 for #Nextchat with special guests SHRM Specialist, HR Competencies, Lindsay Northon (@HRCompetencies); SHRM Senior Specialist, HR Competencies, Ashley Miller (@Miller843); and SHRM Director, HR Competencies, Joe Jones (@josephajonesphd). We’ll chat about HR’s role in organizational design and how human capital management strategies can be more cohesive with organizational design efforts. Q1. How does your organization approach organizational design, and how is HR involved? Q2. How involved should senior leaders outside of HR be in organizational design planning? Which ones should be involved and why?Q3. In what areas are organizations most likely to make errors with organizational design planning?Q4. How or in what areas can HR use micro-design to make their organizations more agile?    Q5. What specific data or analytics are most important to an organizational design plan? Q6. What HR competencies should HR professionals strengthen to be more effective in organizational design?   Q7. How can HR ensure that talent management strategies are aligned with their organizational design efforts?  Q8. What role do competency models play in organizational design?last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Gartner Tracks Rapid Migration to SaaS-based BI, but Security and Bandwidth Issues Linger

first_imgIncreasingly Business Intelligence (BI) projects are being deployed into the cloud.  A report from Gartner found that 17 percent of companies have already moved all their BI projects to the cloud and nearly one-third of organizations are planning or are in the beginning stages of using BI in the cloud.James Richardson, research director at Gartner, said “Business users are often frustrated by the deployment cycles, costs, complicated upgrade processes and IT infrastructures demanded by on-premises BI solutions.  SaaS- and cloud-based BI is perceived as offering a quicker, potentially lower-cost and easier-to-deploy alternative, though this has yet to be proven. It’s evident that, despite growing interest, the market is confused about what cloud/SaaS BI and analytics are and what they can deliver.”The Gartner report identifies three trends which are beyond the rapid move of BI to the cloud.  These include:Time to value:   The cloud is able to better meet business demands by enabling deployments that are significantly faster and more more flexible than what is possible with traditional on-premise computing.Cost concerns:  The SaaS pricing model for cloud-based BI services is attractive to many organizations.  The model allows either pay-as-you-go or subscription services which can typically be expensed rather than capitalized.  The cost benefits are particularly clear relative to cash flow and reduction of IT support costs.Lack of available expertise:  SaaS Bi offerings often provide packages solutions which enable organizations to get the benefits of powerful BI capabilities without have in-house analytic experts build custom solutions.Richardson warns that “If their operational business applications are in the cloud, organizations should consider pursuing cloud BI/analytics for those domains. However, they must assess risks on an ongoing basis and ensure their chosen cloud provider has appropriate business skills to provide a viable outcome.  They must also ensure their BI strategy outlines how to ensure that data flows to and from these solutions in order not to become yet more silos of analysis.”Ian Bertram, managing vice president at Gartner, added that “from a feature and functionality perspective, there is no real benefit with cloud BI. And from a total cost of ownership perspective, it costs just as much if not more than on-premise BI.”  The cloud brings with it additional worries about security and the costs and potential delays resulting from transferring large amounts of data to and from the cloud.But Bertram added that the cloud has the potential to actually break down silos by making data more readily accessible.  Bertram said that “There is greater efficiency to be gained by storing the data in a single location and providing the capabilities for all involved organizations to slice and dice from that one location–that is the cloud–than it is to continue to replicate the data, which will only introduce complexity and poor data quality into business processes.”last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: You’re Not Ready For the Future, Death of a Wave, IE Privacy vs. Ads, And More…

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… More Augmented Reality coverageInternet of ThingsThe Intelligent Wood ProjectTrailer for Arduino Documentary Gets 75,000 Views in 1 Day [VIDEO]More Internet of Things coverageReal-Time WebKenyan Elections: A Real-Time Mobile RevolutionInfochimps’ APIs Make New CallsMore Real-Time Web coverageMobile WebNASA Sends Android Phone to SpaceReport: More Than 60% of Phones Web Capable by 2015Amazing Innovation: Mobile Apps for the DisabledMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. ReadWrite Sponsors So Intense! How to Create an Effective 404 Error Page3 Must-Subscribe Sources For Useful SEO TipsGet Instant Feedback From Your Site’s Users with FeedbackifyEnjoy your weekend everyone.Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Google CEO Schmidt: “People Aren’t Ready for the Technology Revolution”Google Wave is DeadWhy Developers Did Not Adopt Google WaveWhy You Have to Jailbreak the iPhone 4 (or iOS 4)Microsoft Cut IE8 Privacy Features to Sell AdsMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebThe Future of the Cloud: Our Newest Research Report – Free We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb’s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you. The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. It also covers the impact of the transition on IT organizations in areas such as security, data, the new fundamentals of service provision, network architecture and the need to make the cloud part of a long-term systems and technology strategic plan. For more information or to download the report, visit here.Augmented RealityAugmented Museum of Natural History Related Posts Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Why Developers Did Not Adopt Google WaveApple Launches Cloud Music Service in Uncharacteristic FashionPlayfish Shows How “Games-as-a-Service” Scale in the CloudReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s bombshell that the huddled masses “aren’t ready” for the questions that new technology raises was one of several bon mots he dropped in this week’s top story. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010: Wood gets smart on the Internet of Things; augmented reality can now be found at the museum of natural history; and the Kenyan elections were a real-time revolution. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week Why Entrepreneurs Should WriteWhy We Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Early AdoptersVenture Capital Human Capital Report Examines Who Gets FundedReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Highlights from Black Hat and DefconTop 20 Apps for Business: Have You Heard of These Services?How to Secure the iPhone and iPad for the EnterpriseReadWriteBiz Our channel ReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How Virtual Reality Could Revolutionize Journalism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting signe brewstercenter_img The man in the car next to me is on the phone with the police. Just beyond him on the grass, a teenager in a hoodie is moving erratically. He takes off and the man chases after him, despite the police urging him to sit tight.It is, of course, the story of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. In the three years since Martin’s death, the #blacklivesmatter movement that sprung up in its wake has gone international and come to encompass many more unjust killings. It’s a story with which Americans have become sadly familiar.But it was still jarring to be there at the moment of Martin’s death. Inside a Samsung Gear virtual reality headset at the River VR startup accelerator SXSW expo, I watched grainy security camera footage of Martin buying Skittles and juice at a 7-Eleven. Then my perspective jumped to an animated recreation of  Martin and Zimmerman’s first encounter. After the two figures ran out of view, I was transported into the apartments of witnesses as real 911 audio played. I jumped at the sound of the gunshot.Immersive JournalismThe story is the work of Emblematic Group, a Los Angeles-based startup founded by veteran journalist Nonny de la Peña and game designer Michael Licht. de la Peña said they threw the Martin film together in just a few weeks to show what kind of national story Emblematic can do on a headset like Gear, which requires you to be stationary within VR.“I felt that the story was representative of a larger issue that’s being reflected on in America right now,” de la Peña said. “I’ve been thinking about building it since it happened. I have a strong enough team now that we can just make stuff.”She waved me into a back room, where the floor had been cleared for the startup’s demonstration. I donned Emblematic’s custom-made VR headset. Movement-tracking sensors jutted out of its top like a telephone pole. Emblematic’s custom-made virtual reality headset.Emblematic, which has been around since 2007, built its custom headset back when there weren’t any options for interactive virtual reality. Being able to walk around a room just wasn’t possible with publicly available headsets. That’s changing. Both the HTC Vive, which was made in partnership with gaming company Valve, and Sony’s Project Morpheus headset allow the wearer to take steps and interact with the virtual world. de la Peña said Emblematic isn’t ruling out any platform. She agreed that Vive, which is the first option that opens up a whole room for movement, is particularly exciting.A Rocket Strike In SyriaInside the headset, I paced around an animated recreation of a city street in Syria. A young girl sang until a rocket hit, leveling the people and objects around me. The view then cut to a refugee la Peña said the medium has brought her some controversy. At a recent filmmaker breakfast, her table was split on if virtual reality was a good fit or an impossible one for journalism. But de la Peña said that as soon as people try it, they’re converted.My personal unease with the medium came from some of the storytelling techniques. I felt real horror at the sound of the bomb and gunshot. I felt sad as ghostly people began to fill the refugee camp around me, and my heart hurt for Martin when Zimmerman took off after him. But I didn’t come away with a deeper understanding of why.Part of the reason Emblematic chose Martin’s story is because it has strong audio. There were many, many calls to the police that day, including Zimmerman’s chilling dialogue. Emblematic simply presented exactly what happened from the viewpoint of the witnesses narrating the shooting to 911. That’s journalism.Becoming A Witness To Eventsde la Peña said editorializing may be essential for some types of stories. Virtual reality has the potential to drop the viewer into any scene, or even put them in someone’s shoes. When the storyteller is free to help us see the world through Martin, or even Zimmerman’s, eyes, that’s when virtual reality gets taken to an entirely new level.Emblematic has been working with a very small budget up until this point. With funding, it will be able to construct animated recreations that are more lifelike. It will diversify the types of stories it documents and look into shooting live action video. It will be able to build longer pieces that capitalize on the medium’s true potential: empathy. I want to understand Martin and Zimmerman, and Emblematic is close to delivering on that.“I couldn’t do anything else with my life once I got involved with this field. It’s just so visceral and emotional and intense,” de la Peña said. “When you make stories, whether it’s journalistic or fiction, you’re really trying to take something that’s inside you and give people the experience you’re having in your mind. VR gets me closer to that than anything else.”Screenshots courtesy of Emblematic; photo by Signe Brewster for ReadWrite Tags:#Emblematic Group#journalism#Michael Licht#Nonny de la Peña#SXSW 2015#virtual reality 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Intel’s New Innovation Engine Enables Differentiated Firmware

first_imgHistorically, platform embedded firmware limits the ways system-builders can customize, innovate, and differentiate their offerings. Today, Intel is streamlining the route for implementing new features with the creation of an “open engine” for system-builders to run firmware of their own creation or choosing.This important advance in platform architecture is known as the Innovation Engine. It was introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.The Innovation Engine is a small Intel® architecture processor and I/O sub-system that will be embedded into future Intel data center platforms. The Innovation Engine enables system builders to create their own unique, differentiating firmware for server, storage, and networking markets.  Some possible uses include hosting lightweight manageability features in order to reduce overall system cost, improving server performance by offloading BIOS and BMC routines, or augmenting the Intel® Management Engine for such things as telemetry and trusted boot.These are just a few of the countless possibilities for the use of this new path into the heart of Intel processors. Truthfully, the uses for the Innovation Engine are limited only by the feature’s capability framework and the developer’s imagination.It’s worth noting that the Innovation Engine is reserved for system-builder’s code, and not Intel firmware. Intel supplies only the hardware, and the system builder can tailor things from there. And as for security, the Innovation Engine code is cryptographically bound to the system-builder. Code not authenticated by the system-builder will not load.As the name suggests, the Innovation Engine will drive a lot of great benefits for OEMs and, ultimately, end users. This embedded core in future Intel processors will foster creativity, innovation, and differentiation, while creating a simplified path for system-builders implementing new features and enabling full customer visibility into code and engine behavior.Ultimately, this upcoming enhancement in Intel data center platforms is all about using Intel technology advancements to drive widespread innovation in the data center ecosystem.Have thoughts you’d like to share? Pass them along on Twitter via @IntelITCenter, you can also take a listen to our IDF podcasts for more on the Innovation Engine.last_img read more

Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out. Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points LATEST STORIES UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, left, taunts Volkan Oezdemir, right, during their weigh-in the night before their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. UFC president Dana White stands between the fighters. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — UFC is back in Boston.The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Bette Midler To Be Honored By Rockefeller Foundation

first_imgRockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin has announced the recipients of the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal – Bette Midler and Ian Marvy.The Medals are awarded each year to recipients whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation.Ms. Midler, who has restored parks, saved and stewards community gardens and spearheaded the planting of one million trees in New York City, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership. Mr. Marvy, the Founder of Added Value, which bring educational opportunities and fresh produce to Red Hook, Brooklyn, will receive the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.Along with the medal, each recipient will receive a cash award. Ms. Midler will donate her $100,000 award to New York Restoration Project. Mr. Marvy will donate his $100,000 award to Added Value in honor of his late mother, Andy Marvy, who he said, “loved Jane Jacobs and would have loved this moment.”The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal was created in 2007 to honor the author and activist who died in April 2006 at the age of 89. The Rockefeller Foundation’s relationship with Jane Jacobs dates back to the 1950s, when the Foundation made a grant to the then-obscure writer from Greenwich Village, for the research and writing of the book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Now more than fifty years later, Jane Jacobs’ work remains one of the most influential books ever written on urban design.“The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal recognizes New Yorkers who intervene in and use the urban environment to build a more equitable city for all of us,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “It is completely appropriate for us to honor Ms. Midler’s work in light of her work to bring verdant recreational space to so many New Yorkers in so many different communities. It is also appropriate that we honor Mr. Marvy’s work with community youth in bringing fresh produce to what had been a food desert.”Ms. Midler founded New York Restoration Project in 1995 to partner with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to clear trash and debris from Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park and Highbridge Park. New York Restoration Project has helped transform Swindler Cove from an illegal dumping site to a restored environment that includes woodlands, wetlands and native plantings. In 1999, when then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani sought to sell 114 community gardens to private developers, Ms. Midler and the New York Restoration Project sprang into action, raising money, donating time, and creating coalitions that successfully protected the 114 community gardens from development. In the process, New York Restoration Project became the steward of 55 community gardens throughout New York City. In 2007 New York Restoration Project partnered with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to launch MillionTreesNYC with the goal of planting and caring for one million new trees in New York City by 2017. They are ahead of schedule. For her stewardship of New York City’s green space, Bette Midler is the 2013 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.Mr. Marvy is the founding director of Added Value, an urban farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Founded in 2001 to provide fresh produce in what was a food desert, Added Value has since produces 12 tons of fresh produce for donation, sale and consumption. Founded with a goal of also helping community youth, Added Value now serves as an educational and work site for 152 young people, offers educational programs for 280 elementary school children a year, leads workshops for 1,300 school children per year and has generated $70,000 in revenue for youth stipends. For his work using the raising of local fresh food to support community youth, Ian Marvy is the 2013 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.The selection of the Jane Jacobs Medalists and allocation of the prize money was determined by the 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal Jury, chaired by Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. The Jury also includes Richard Kahan, Founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly and recipient of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership; Reggie Van Lee, Executive Vice President, Booze Allen Hamilton; Susan Freedman, President of the Public Art Fund. The 2013 Jane Jacobs Medal is administered by the Municipal Art Society (MAS).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more