Sacco campaign’s ‘Shady Bunch’ ad up for national award, Wainstein isn’t…

first_img Previous articleNY/NJ Baykeeper rips Christie: ‘It’s not time for a little traffic problem in LSP’Next articleUPDATED: Body of 24-year-old man who went missing in Hoboken recovered John Heinis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSlarry wainsteinnick saccostanley reed awardsthe shady bunch SHARE January 26, 2016 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm NewsNorth Bergen/Guttenberg Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Shady Paul, Can’t win the tough ones. January 26, 2016 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm Crime Bayonne Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus John b Larry Wainstein Maybe you can be a voice in Franklin Lakes where you live. I think you would have done better without Joe Mocco. You took yourFrustration out on Nick just to get even for you not building. Your not a bag guy it’s the way you handle yourself. Booing Brian stack showed your class. I feel bad that all the money you wasted could have been used on your kids wisely. News January 28, 2016 6:25 am at 6:25 am It was the funniest ad to date. But it hit right in the heart.the truth is Joe Mocco is running things and Larry is the puppet.just when u think Howie grows up he shows his true colors. Sour grapes!! Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction By John Heinis – January 26, 2016 2:03 pm 6 John b January 26, 2016 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm First and foremost, the ad is not original. It mimics a conservative ad used to attack President Obama and Acorn in 2009. It is nothing more than a cheap imitation by a second rate impostor attempting to pass someone else’s work off as his own. It is not surprising though. Sacco and his political henchman Paul Swibinski, the unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal government investigation, haven’t had an original idea in the 30 plus years that Sacco has remained in office. The real award Swibinski should receive is a lifetime achievement award for being a political hack who earns millions of dollars a year on the backs of taxpayers, while many North Bergen families struggle to make ends meet. My concern is being a voice for those families, not Swibinski who is the voice of the corrupt Sacco Administration. Here is the original ad: John b 6 COMMENTS Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Howie M February 5, 2016 7:35 pm at 7:35 pm Sadly, Swibinski’s ad is a rip off of other much older campaign ads that can be easily found on Youtube. To say one is up for an award is like a kiddies beauty pageant where ones pays to enter the contest and are self nominated. Cheesy for them to even try to get a story out of it, even cheesier to copy someone else’s ideas and pass them off as your own. Come to think of it, when was the last time the Swibinski’s won a tough campaign? Sacco campaign’s ‘Shady Bunch’ ad up for national award, Wainstein isn’t impressed Facebook Twitter The last one and the most important 1. I would rather have him on my side than against me. January 27, 2016 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm “The Shady Bunch” is one of two campaign ads produced by Vision Media on behalf of North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, and at the expense of his then-opponent Larry Wainstein, are up for national awards – though Wainstein is calling it “a cheap imitation.” [fve][/fve]Vision Media Marketing Inc.’s two entries submitted to Campaigns and Elections magazine’s 2016 Stanley F. Reed Awards have both been named Finalists in their respective categories, the company announced in a news release this morning.According to the event invite, “The Reed Awards, named after Campaigns & Elections founder Stanley Foster Reed, embody excellence in political campaigning, campaign management, political consulting and political design.” The event is being held on February 17th in Charleston, S.C.The firm’s two submissions, “The Shady Bunch” in the Best Local TV Ad category and “La Gran Vida de los Ricos y Mentirosos” in the Best Spanish Language Direct Mail category were both attack ads that went after Wainstein.The first, which is embedded above, went after Wainstein for the company he keeps with a 30-second song set to the beat of the classic “Brady Bunch” theme song, while the second called into question if Wainstein is truly a North Bergen resident.“Drawing sharp contrasts between our clients and their opponents is one of our specialties and can be a vitally important part of a campaign,” said Paul Swibinski, the Vision Media president, in a statement.“When those messages can be delivered with humor you have an even better chance of connecting with the voter and leaving a lasting impression, as both of these pieces clearly did. We are excited to see our work recognized like this and hope to bring home these awards in February.”While the “Shady Bunch” ad received widespread praise throughout the tri-state area, it goes without saying that Wainstein and his supports weren’t exactly thrilled with it.West New York attorney Mario Blanch, a longtime supporter and friend of Wainstein who is depicted and mentioned in the ad, almost immediately filed a defamation lawsuit against Sacco and Vision Media.As only Hudson County View reported at the time, Blanch also accused Vision Media of ripping off a 2009 Republican attack ad by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) against Barack Obama.In a text message this afternoon, Wainstein took a similar stance.“It [the Shady Bunch ad] is nothing more than a cheap imitation by a second rate imposter attempting to pass off someone else’s work as his own,” he said.” … The real award Swibinski should receive is a lifetime achievement award for being a political hack who earns millions of dollars a year on the backs of taxpayers, while many North Bergen families struggle to make ends meet.”Phil Swibinski, Paul’s son and the vice president of Vision Media, essentially laughed off Wainstein’s criticisms.“The fact that Larry is still getting this worked up over an ad from almost a year ago tells me two things — that he’s an incredibly sore loser and that the ad must have really hit the mark. Hopefully it leaves as big an impression on the voters at the Reed Awards.”The 2009 Shady Bunch ad can be viewed here:[fve][/fve] We Will See after the Settlement! LOL John “no on e Knows who i am” B Comments are closed.last_img read more

Juanfersa Fegar renews contract with GK Nacho Fernandez

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGoalkeeper Nacho Fernandez will continue playing for Juanfersa Fegar for at least one more season, with both parties signing a new contract. This will be his third season for the team from Gijon. The two goalkeepers from the previous season that were getting more time at Juanfersa have left, and this has given Nacho Fernandez the motivation to sign a new deal, more playing time. Juanfersa Fegar’s new players for the next season are so far Jose Maria Rial, Pablo Paredes and Victor Montoya. The bad luck of Alex Dujshebaev with the “Hispanos” Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment Adria Figueras is ASOBAL 2017/2018 MVP Related Items:balonmano, gijon jovellanos, jose maria rial, juanfersa fegar, nacho fernandez, victor montoya ASOBAL (Round 8): Granollers win and top the table ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for youlast_img read more

TfGM cracks down on crime in Manchester

first_imgA new police unit, set up to make Greater Manchester’s buses and trams even safer by tackling crime and antisocial behaviour on the networks, has already had a significant impact.Under the three-year pilot scheme, a 16-strong team comprising police constables, police community support officers, special constables and security personnel provide regular patrols on the region’s travel networks to tackle and prevent crime and antisocial behaviour.Between its launch on 1 April and 28 May, the TravelSafe Unit provided a presence on 1,652 vehicles, making 23 arrests for a variety of offences and issuing 1,074 penalty notices.last_img read more

Community transport is in ‘turmoil’

first_imgCT sector plays a huge part in society. Changing any rules due to Brexit would be ‘unfair’ and will come at a costThe uncertainty over Brexit reminds us that recent action by the EU has put Section 19 of the Transport Act 1985 and community transport (CT) into turmoil.The permit system was designed to allow voluntary organisations using small buses to operate with certain exemptions, including for drivers not to require a full D1 licence. The DfT’s predecessors and the EU were in agreement that ‘non-commercial’ and ‘not for profit’ were synonymous.Filling a gapOver the decades, as local authority budgets and commercial service provision – especially in rural areas – declined, the CT sector increasingly filled the gap preventing loneliness and isolation for those most in need.For some, being able to take a bus to the supermarket, shops or doctor is their only opportunity for social interaction.When people can travel, rather than be cared for at home, there are public savings in health and social care. However, there is a transport cost and that is why the contribution of the CT sector is so valuable.Regardless of size of the CT, their charitable status ensures all surpluses are reinvested in the communities, further reducing the burden on the taxpayer.Some commercial operators have claimed that they have been unfairly undercut when bidding for contracts. But in any world of competitive tendering the pot is fixed. Higher contract costs would mean less transport overall and society’s most vulnerable affected.‘Huge backlash’Over the years, the CT sector has been increasingly propping up services in place of a mostly absent private sector.Thus, when in July 2017, the DfT attempted to redefine the 1986 arrangements and in particular the definition of ‘non-commercial’, it is not surprising that there was a huge backlash from those most affected.The government has encouraged a cottage industry to grow and fill the gaps caused by the withdrawal of commercial services and cuts in local authority spending. Changing the rules now unilaterally is unfair and crucially will cost the wider public purse more.If the CT sector is annihilated it is likely to lead to fewer transport opportunities for housebound and isolated people. The change commercial sector’s gross margin will barely be noticed.Onerous standardsThe case for increased regulation can be justified in dealing with performance failings – however the CT sector barely registers on any measure of vehicle prohibitions, poor driving standards or killed and seriously injured.In fact, the requirements for MiDAS are much more onerous than for Driver CPC and I recall – and as I told the Transport Select Committee – that when we ran an open competition for London’s Dial-a-Ride, none of the commercial operators met the pre-qualification standards whereas the CT operators did.For these reasons, there are no grounds to make any changes. And this applies no matter which EU we are in.last_img read more

Marco Benevento Announces 2015 Tour

first_imgMarco Benevento has shared a fresh batch of 2015 tour dates, as the pianist will hit the road to promote his most recent release, Swift. Benevento has a few remaining dates in 2014, but will tour extensively next year, with stops all across the country. The tour kicks off on January 29th in Northampton, MA, and continues through April 3rd!Check out the full schedule below. Tickets and more information can be found on Benevento’s official website.December 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl December 20 – Albany, NY – Parish Public House January 29 – Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room January 30-31 – Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room February 26 – New Orleans, LA – Blue Nile February 27 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live February 28 – Austin, TX – The Parish March 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room March 5 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s March 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre March 7 – San Francisco, CA – Independent March 10 – Napa, CA – City Winery March 11 – Arcata, CA – HumBrews March 12 – Cottage Grove, OR – Axe & Fiddle March 13 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios March 14 – Seattle, WA – NectarMarch 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater^ March 28 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron WorksApril 2 – Boston, MA – Great Scott April 3 – Portland, ME – Empire^ = with Mike Dillon Bandlast_img read more

David Bowie Honored With Lightning-Bolt-Shaped Constellation

first_imgCertainly one of David Bowie’s greatest muses was outerspace. It’s a theme that carried throughout the great musician’s career, emerging in early works like “Space Oddity” and coming to the forefront on the 1972 Ziggy Stardust album, with songs like “Starman” and “Star.”With Bowie’s recent passing, Belgian radio station Studio Brussels decided to pay an incredibly-fitting tribute. Along with the MIRA Public Observatory, the station registered a seven-star, lightning-bolt-shaped constellation in honor of Bowie. Not only that, but the star pattern is located near Mars, playing into the “Life on Mars?” theme as well.Hayley Jane, Members of Big Gigantic, Particle, & More To Perform David Bowie TributePhilippe Mollet from MIRA discussed the constellation, saying, “It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars – Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis – in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”The station has also launched an interactive web tribute featuring the constellation, where fans can click on a point within the lightning-bolt shape and leave a note with their favorite Bowie song. That “Stardust For Bowie” application can be viewed here.[Via DDB Brussels]last_img read more

Celebrate John Paul Jones’ Birthday With Some Classic Led Zeppelin Performances

first_imgWhen many people think of rock icons Led Zeppelin, their minds go to the distinctive vocals of Robert Plant, or the one-of-a-kind guitar style of Jimmy Page, or the heavy, unhinged, drumming of John Bonham. But while he was surrounded by a cast of all-stars, multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones‘s wide array of musical contributions were an integral part of the band’s iconic sound.From the hair-raising organs of “No Quarter”, to classic bass lines like the one in “Dazed and Confused”, to the ubiquitous recorder intro of “Stairway to Heaven”, Jones left his mark on the Led Zeppelin catalogue in countless different ways. In honor of Jones’ 75th birthday today, we took a look back through some of his many varied roles in Led Zeppelin’s live performances during their 1970’s heyday:Watch Jones set the tone for a huge, extended “No Quarter” from Zeppelin’s May 24th, 1975 performance at Earl’s Court in London.Check out Jones’ ominous bass line from this live performance of “Dazed and Confused” at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1970.Finally, though the song developed a sort of stigma for the band as the years went on, there is no doubt that “Stairway to Heaven” is one the most famous songs–if not the most famous song–in the band’s repertoire, and Jones’ hauntingly beautiful recorder intro is part of what makes it so memorable. Take a listen to Led Zeppelin performing “Stairway” live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on July 29th, 1973, from their concert film The Song Remains The Same:Happy birthday, John Paul Jones!last_img read more

At Least 20 Injured as Sightseeing Balloons Crash Over Wyoming

first_imgAt least one person was flown to a hospital in Idaho Falls for treatment, Carr said. Two of three sightseeing balloons that crashed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, are seen in an open area of Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. Between 16 and 20 people were hurt, officials said. (Brad Boner/Jackson Hole News&Guide via AP) The weather in Jackson Hole, near Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, was partly cloudy with winds of 9 mph (14 kph) shortly after the accident. The crash scene involved an area about half a mile (1 kilometer) long. All of the balloons belonged to the Wyoming Balloon Company, he said. Weather apparently contributed to the crashes but exactly what happened wasn’t known and was still being investigated, Carr said. Weather apparently contributed to the crashes Two of three sightseeing balloons that crashed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, are seen in an open area of Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. Between 16 and 20 people were hurt, officials said. (Brad Boner/Jackson Hole News&Guide via AP) The balloons owned by the same tour operator went down separately and did not crash into each other, said Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr. The phone for the company after the accident rang through to a voice mailbox that was full. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Three sightseeing balloons crashed Monday in a popular western Wyoming tourist destination, injuring between 16 and 20 people, officials said. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EARTH ALERT ’08: Top Ten Good News for the Earth

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHappy Earth Day! Here are the top ten good news stories for the environment… Since the first Earth Day in 1970, air quality has improved dramatically, rivers are cleaner, and many endangered species have been rescued from the brink. As every first grader is taught in school, the environment rocks! Let’s look at 10 points of light in the news about our Earth. #1) We can Breath Easier – The dramatic reduction in air pollution represents one of the greatest success stories in American government. Most Americans believe air pollution has been getting worse, but the truth is just the opposite: Air pollution levels have been dropping for decades. Since the first Earth Day, emissions from the most common air pollutants have decreased by about half, even while gross domestic product increased 195% and people increased their travel in cars by 178%.  Los Angeles, for example, had nearly two hundred hazardous days every year for smog in the 1970s but now experiences less than twenty-five heavy-ozone days each year. Lead has been eliminated entirely from the air, thanks to the introduction of unleaded gasoline, while levels of carbon monoxide are down by 70%. Europe achieved its goal of cutting pollution from coal-burning plants years ahead of schedule, reducing acid rain-causing sulphur dioxide by 65 percent since 1990. China is also surging ahead to curtail its pollution. In the last year it has increased fuel standards, closed ozone-producing checmical factories, invested in renewables, unplugged 253 coal-fired generators, and continued to spend its investment of $175 billion on environmental protection over 5 years. Rounding out the effort, thousands of citizens around the world aided in cleaning the air by planting a billion trees last year for the UN’s Billion Tree campaign. #2) Cleaner Water Rescues Fish and Birds from the Brink When the clean water act was passed in 1972, only 40% of the nation’s major rivers were safe enough for swimming. Today, about 70% are safe enough. This is one of reasons that endangered species like the brown pelican, the bald eagle, and the sturgeon are making a comeback. Bald eagles this year soared off the endangered species list after nearly four decades, their population climbing from a dismal count of just 417 nesting pairs in the continental United States in 1963 to more than 11,000 today. “Pelicans have roosted on the nation’s list of endangered species longer than nearly all other creatures,” reports the LA Times. Now thanks to the 1972 ban on DDT the pelican population is booming. In New York City’s Hudson River, Shortnose sturgeon became the first fish to be resurrected from the endangered species list. More than 60,000 occupy the river, greater by about four times than the number in 1970. Read about more species recovery in a GNN-i report. #3) Fewer People Trashing U.S. Roads, Beaches Americans are tossing less litter despite the fact that there are more people on the roads. “Experts estimate that deliberate trash-tossing has fallen about 2 percent a year since the mid-’70s in communities where it’s been measured.” #4)  Gorillas and Rhinos Making a Comeback A 10-year strategic plan was launched this year between Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to guarantee the continued recovery of the Mountain Gorilla.  Other African countries too are recognizing the importance of tourism and cracking down on poaching with 9 nations signing a pact in Paris. Ten million trees were planted by the World Wildlife Fund in the DR Congo shoring up a gorilla habitat once ravaged by war, and the best news was a 2007 survey showing the gorilla population rising 12 percent over the past decade in Uganda. Black rhino numbers, too, are up 20 percent in Kenya, after years of decline from poaching and habitat loss, a healthy increase that surpassed even conservationists targets. #5) Red Buses and Yellow Cabs Going Green London’s famous red buses and New York City’s yellow cabs will both be turning green in several years. By 2010, London’s double decker buses will run on hydrogen, producing zero pollution and much less noise. In New York, every yellow taxi cab will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012. Add that to the million new trees set to be planted in the city alone, and you’ve got less heat on the street and cleaner air.   #6)  Wind Power Energizes 1 Million Homes and 1 Cargo Ship US installations powered by the wind jumped 63 percent last year — enough to power 1 million average homes — according to estimations by the American Wind Energy Association. And in February the first wind powered cargo ship (video) crossed the Atlantic pulled by a giant kite that cut its energy use by 20 percent. #7) CO2 in the Air? Why Not Suck it Out? A New Machine Does Just That Last year, in conjunction with Earth Day, Global Research Technologies officially introduced its unique CO2 vacuum cleaner in conjunction with Earth Day that can remove carbon dioxide from the air. Columbia University professor Klaus Lackner is the visionary who dreamed up the devices, which look like giant fly-swatters, and utilize a chemical compound that, when wet, absorbs the CO2 straight from the atmosphere. The founder of Land’s End before he died poured money into the start-up company to bring Lackner’s vision to market. #8) Three Massive New Sanctuaries Protect Wildlife in US,  Africa and Northwest Territories Three massive sanctuaries were erected in the last few years in far reaches of the globe to protect species that are found nowhere else. A new nature reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo will become the world’s largest continuous protected area for great apes, larger than the state of Massachusetts. The Bush Administration in 2006 encircled Hawaii with the world’s largest marine preserve, home to 7000 marine species, at least a quarter of which are found nowhere else. The huge sanctuary is larger than all US National Parks combined, stretching the distance from Chicago to Florida. And this month the Canadian government announced the creating of a new giant national park covering some 1.9 million acres along one of the country’s most spectacular northern rivers. #9) Consensus: Gobal Warming Needs Fixing! Forces Rise to Take on Problem Thanks in part to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, and worldwide Live Earth concerts, the public consensus has finally confirmed that Global Warming can and should be a top priority.  More than 320 US mayors (even in big cities like New York, LA, Chicago, Seattle and Dallas) have joined together to adopt the Kyoto targets and take local action to reduce global warming pollution. Huge corporations convinced it is in their own interest to adopt stricter standards are also leading the way. 12 international companies including Nike, IBM and Sony joined in a Climate Savers Program to cut emissions by 7 % by 2010. Dell became the first major computer firm to go totally carbon neutral.  Leaders of the world’s major religions met in Greenland (video) to see climate change first-hand and pray. The Vatican is adding its voice to the chorus for change. The Pope even led an eco-rally for half million (video) youth. Perhaps the most telling sign that a consensus has been reached in American society: The US Fish and Wildlife Service admitted that the polar bear may indeed by threatened and proposed to add the species to its protection list, which would basically prohibit the government from taking any action that would exacerbate the plight of the bear, a groundbreaking development in 2007. #10) Trashing Plastic Bags It’s just a matter of time before single-use plastic bags are globally shunned, taxed or banned altogether. Tanzania, San Francisco and a Manitoba town now prohibit the use of the pesky plastic. A simple tax is another option embraced by Australia and Ireland, and stores like Whole Foods and Ikea. In 2002, an Irish tax of 33 cents per bag caused an immediate drop in usage by 94 percent. _____________________________________ For more good news about the environment and society, and for all the links to the Earth stories above in the Top Ten stories, visit the Good News Network at Formerly a TV news professional, Geri Weis-Corbley is founder and managing editor of the only comprehensive positive news website, now #1 on Google and celebrating its 12th anniversary on the web. WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE ON YOUR WEBSITE,  E-ZINE, OR BLOG? Just include the entire article along with this final paragraph! ____________________________________ last_img read more

Good News is Step Forward for Iranian Women

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Iranian MPs have approved the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. She was one of 18 nominations for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet to be approved. Two other women were among three rejected nominees. Also, US President Barack Obama has given Iran until later in September to agree to new talks on its nuclear programme, or face tougher sanctions. Tehran has said it is ready to present a new package of proposals to the international community, although the details have not been published.  (Continue reading at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more