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The woman who inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Black History Month Feature: Mahalia JacksonFrom vox.com Without Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech might never have happened.Jackson, known as the Queen of Gospel, was a musical legend who helped bring gospel from church to mass audiences. She mentored Aretha Franklin and Della Reese, and in 1961 was the first gospel singer to win a Grammy. She was also instrumental to the civil rights movement, especially as a good friend of King’s.Shortly after meeting King at the National Baptist Convention in 1956, Jackson agreed to sing at a fundraising rally for the Montgomery bus boycott. After that, she frequently accompanied King to perform at rallies and events. Her voice became “the soundtrack of the civil rights movement,” as NPR’s Sonari Glinton put it.Jackson was devoted to King and accompanied him into the most hostile parts of the segregated South for rallies and demonstrations. Even in moments when King felt discouraged, he would call Jackson on the phone just to hear her sing.This bond of mutual inspiration and respect between King and Jackson came at a pivotal moment during the 1963 March on Washington.TELL THEM ABOUT THE DREAM, MARTIN! TELL THEM ABOUT THE DREAM!King had struggled with his speech, which was supposed to be kept to five minutes. His advisers argued over which themes he should include. King himself was torn between two metaphors he liked, figuring he only had time for one.There was the image of a “bad check,” representing America’s failure to deliver on her promises of freedom to her black citizens. And then there was the idea of King’s “dream” for a nation undivided by racial tensions, which he had used in speeches throughout the previous year in cities like Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama. Check out the Detroit version of the speech here — it has a lot in common with the much more famous March on Washington version, but the rhetoric is a bit less soaring and the grievances a bit more specific.King originally thought the speech should be lower key since he was speaking to a broad audience about controversial themes. So the “bad check” image won out — at least in the original printed version of the speech, which doesn’t even mention the word “dream.” (Can you imagine generations of schoolchildren being taught about MLK’s “Insufficient Funds” speech?)Mahalia JacksonBut during delivery, King started improvising a bit when he reached a sentence that felt clunky. Instead of calling on the crowd to “go back to our communities as members of the international association for the advancement of creative dissatisfaction,” he went with: “Go back to Mississippi; go back to Alabama; go back to South Carolina; go back to Georgia; go back to Louisiana; go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.”It was at that moment, says King’s adviser Clarence Jones, that Mahalia Jackson cried out: “Tell them about the dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream!”It was, Jones said, “one of the world’s greatest gospel singers shouting out to one of the world’s greatest Baptist preachers.” Jones, who was standing about 50 feet away from King during the speech, recalled that King looked over at Jackson briefly after she shouted. “Then he takes the text of the written speech that’s been prepared, and he slides it to the left side of the lectern, grabs the lectern, looks out on more than 250,000 people there assembled.” Jones remembers turning to the person next to him and saying, “These people out there, they don’t know it, but they’re about ready to go to church.”Then King started speaking completely off the cuff. That ad-lib became “I Have a Dream.”Jones isn’t sure, but he thinks Jackson must have heard one of King’s earlier versions of the “dream” speech, and that she knew the moment called for it. Jones said when Jackson called out to King it was like a “mandate to respond,” and King’s body language transformed from lecturer to preacher. “I have never seen him speak the way I saw him on that day,” Jones said. “It was as if some cosmic transcendental force came down and occupied his body. It was the same body, the same voice, but the voice had something I had never heard before.”It’s no wonder Jackson was King’s favorite gospel singer, and that he would be so inspired by her at just the right time. Here’s Jackson singing “I Been ‘Buked and I Been Scorned” at the March on Washington right before King spoke. She would have had her place in civil rights history with this performance even without what came next. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSBlack History MonthMahalia JacksonMartin Luther King Jr. Previous articlePublic Records: What’s Confidential and What’s NotNext articleIs your teenager ready for their own car? 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Children in Need raises £1 million online

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BBC Children in Need last month raised £1 million online, its highest total online income to date.According to Computing magazine, over 50,000 people made online donations to the charity. The online payment handling system was provided by BT. Howard Lake | 1 December 2002 | Newscenter_img Advertisement Children in Need raises £1 million online AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Cats Protection to test telemarketing for first time

first_imgCats Protection to test telemarketing for first time  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Telephone operators will call supporters to thank them for their previous contributions,” said Debbie Pearce, Head of Operations at Cats Protection. “They will go on to ask if they would consider committing to a small regular gift rather than more occasional cash donations. Direct marketing has delivered some great results for Cats Protection and we are ready to test outbound telemarketing as well.”“Direct Mail has helped Cats Protection recruit thousands of valuable regular givers,” said Dylan Aplvor, Account Director at TDA. “We are hopeful that telemarketing will prompt many more people to commit toregular support.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual givingcenter_img Cats Protection will test telemarketing as a fundraising tool for the first time this month following its ongoing success with direct marketing.The campaign will target up to 10,000 supporters and involve two separate tests. The objective of the first is to upgrade cashcontributors to regular givers. The second will aim to reactivate donors who gave a one-off contribution two years ago.Cats Protection and its direct marketing agency TDA have appointed charity telemarketing specialists Personal Telephone Fundraising to carry out the calling. Advertisement Howard Lake | 3 June 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Harvest Forecast: Slight Hiccup Early in the Week Before Harvest Window…

first_img Facebook Twitter By Ryan Martin – Oct 9, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE Harvest Forecast: Slight Hiccup Early in the Week Before Harvest Window Opens Wide Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Forecast: Slight Hiccup Early in the Week Before Harvest Window Opens… Dry to start this harvest forecast period on Saturday. Temps remain above normal, evaporation high and humidity values low. Sunshine dominates. We expect more clouds statewide on Sunday, as the remains of Hurricane Delta pass by to the south. The low tracks over TN and KY, but the footprint of this storm is large…so getting clouds thrown up into IN is likely. Showers are less likely, but if you are in far southern tier counties, keep an eye out for some scattered showers potentially Sunday midday. We really think moisture is not a big story out of the remains though over most of the state.Monday our next cold front arrives form the west and north. Clouds thicken up quickly in the morning and by midday to early afternoon we will see scattered showers moving over areas from I-70 north. The chance of precipitation runs up to midnight and then is done. Rain totals will be from a few hundredths to .4” max from I-70 north, and only a few hundredths south of I-70. Coverage will be around 75%.Partly to mostly sunny conditions in for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps stay normal to slightly above normal and we should see good evaporation. Harvest should be able to ramp back up in that window in many areas. Thursday starts with sun, but clouds will increase in the afternoon.Our second front for the week comes through Thursday night. This front sagging more north to southeast. There is little moisture with it now…only a few hundredths to a tenth or two with 60% coverage. However, the bigger story is the change in air mass that comes behind it. Temps will be significantly cooler. We expect below normal temps for next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In fact, we could see an end to the growing season overnight next Saturday night with a frost and freeze over parts of the state, at least in central and northern Indiana. The map below shows combined rain totals for the 10 day window…nothing here that screams “long term delay.”Extended Period:The extended 11-16 day forecast period is cool for the first 4-5 days. WE expect below normal temps to continue through at least Friday the 23rd. We should see mostly dry weather in that window though, with satisfactory drying. Skies will be at least partly sunny for most of that week of the 19th. A minor disturbance lifts north into the state overnight Friday night (23rd) into Saturday the 24th. This will bring a few hundredths to .3”to central and northern Indiana with 70% coverage. But it will also bring warmer air in too, as temps climb to above normal levels for that weekend of the 245h-25th. But the cold front circulates through for the afternoon of the 25th, bringing potential for .5”-1.5” rains over 90% of the state.Weeks 3 & 4:After several weeks of the far extended period looking warm and dry, we are seeing temps break just a bit and seeing a bit more moisture potential. For week three, temps pull back to near normal, likely on the cold air that dominates our 11-16 day window running forward into the following week. We also see near normal moisture, thanks to a strong front right there at the start of the week three period (coming out of the extended forecast period above). For week 4, we stay near normal on precip, but see warming temps for the first week of November.Week 3Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above)Week 4Precipitation (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperatures (blue: below normal, orange: above) Previous articleRecommendations for Harvesting Lodged SoybeansNext articleHoosier Ag This Week – The Week in Review Podcast for October 10th Ryan Martin SHARElast_img read more

Seven years in jail and 600 lashes for cyber-activist

first_img News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS June 8, 2021 Find out more News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance center_img Follow the news on Saudi Arabia to go further Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the sentence of seven years in prison and 600 lashes that a Jeddah criminal court has passed on the cyber-activist Raef Badawi for allegedly offending Islam and violating articles 6 and 7 of the 2007 Anti-Cyber-Crime Law.Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Khair said his client, held since June 2012, will have 30 days to appeal against sentence from today when his law office is to receive written notification of the verdict, which was handed down on 29 July. “We are appalled by this extremely harsh and unfair sentence, for which there is absolutely no justification,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Saudi authorities to overturn this conviction and to repeal all the 2007 Anti-Cyber-Crime Law’s repressive provisions. Saudi citizens must no longer be threatened for using their right to free speech and freedom of information.“This verdict is symptomatic of the tension between the Saudi authorities and Internet users. The government is relentless in its censorship of the Internet, the only space where a degree of freedom of expression and information has developed in recent years.”The founder of Saudi Liberals, a website for political and social debate that has been censored ever since its creation in 2008, Badawi was been held in Jeddah’s Briman prison since his arrest on 17 June 2012.He was accused of creating and moderating a website that insulted religion and religious officials, including the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, and violated the Sharia’s basic rules. Judge Faris Al-Harbi added three months to his sentence for “parental disobedience.”The verdict issued on 29 July also accused Badawi of posting an article on St. Valentine that denigrated the religious police, and failing to withdraw blasphemous third party comments from the website – charges covered by articles 6 and 7 of the Anti-Cyber-Crime LawAccording to paragraph 1 of article 6, “production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers” is punishable by imprisonment, a fine or both.As the website’s founder and moderator, Badawi was required by the law to act as a public decency enforcer and to remove any offensive material posted by visitors to the site.This is not the first time the Saudi authorities have gone after Badawi. He was previously arrested in May 2008 and charged with creating a website that insults Islam. As a result, he left the country and returned only after the charges were dropped.The charges brought against him after his second arrest in June 2012 initially including “apostasy” because of a comment on the site saying “that Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists are all equal.” The apostasy charge was dropped after he agreed to recite the Muslim profession of faith.Saudi Arabia is on the list of countries regarded as “Enemies of the Internet” that Reporters Without Borders published in March 2012. April 28, 2021 Find out more August 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven years in jail and 600 lashes for cyber-activist March 9, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Call for fully civilian government that respects basic freedoms

first_img February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa July 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for fully civilian government that respects basic freedoms Help by sharing this information Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Follow the news on Egypt News After six days of demonstrations, President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the armed forces last night in what was a military coup with civilian trappings. In a televised address after the coup, armed forces chief of staff Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was flanked by opposition leader Mohamed El-Baradei and Egypt’s two leading clerics, Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar, the country’s leading Sunni authority, and the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II.President for a year and four days, Morsi has been replaced by Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, who is to be sworn in as acting president today.Reporters Without Borders calls on the acting president to quickly implement the road map announced by Gen. Sisi so that Egypt does not have undergo a repeat of the authoritarian rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that it endured from Hosni Mubarak’s ouster until Morsi’s election.“Even if the constitution has been suspended, Egypt is a signatory of many international treaties that guarantee fundamental freedoms,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The new civilian-military authorities must respect these international obligations.”A new constitution that fully respects human rights, including freedom of information, must be adopted as soon as possible. Some of the provisions of the constitution drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood at the end of 2012 must be amended without at the same time giving, either directly or indirectly, excessive powers to the armed forces.Free and democratic presidential and parliamentary elections must be held amid respect for pluralism.Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to see that the first measures taken by the new authorities included the closure of three TV stations. One was Misr25, a station run by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Freedom party. The other two, Al-Hafiz and Al-Nas, are pro-Salafist and openly supported Morsi.Police occupied the three TV stations on the official grounds of preventing them from broadcasting messages inciting hatred and violence. The news agency MENA said the heads of the three stations were arrested shortly after the announcement of Morsi’s removal and, with the exception of Ahmed Abdel Gawad, were released a few hours later.“Inaugurating a new era that is supposed to be democratic with such an act of censorship is disturbing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Under the rule of law, a court order should be needed to close a news outlet. We call for the reopening of these three TV stations.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns at last night’s police raid on the premises of Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian news channel, Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, in which some of its journalists were briefly arrested. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation center_img Receive email alerts to go further EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en last_img read more

Survey: 87 Percent of U.S. Homes are Occupied

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: DocMagic Acquires eSignSystems Next: Morgan Stanley Reports Substantial Gains in Q3 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save About 87 percent of the 133 million total residential housing units in the U.S. in 2013 were reported to be occupied, according to the findings of the 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS) released earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.The number of occupied housing units for 2013 represented an increase of 413,000 since 2011, when the previous American Housing Survey was released. At that time, 65 percent of housing units were reported to be occupied by their owners, while 35 percent were occupied by renters.In 2013, the AHS indicated that the median size of all single-family detached housing units was 1,800 square feet, with a median lot size of .25 acres. The lot size in 2013 represented a substantial decrease in size from 1973, the first year the AHS was sponsored by HUD and conducted by the Census Bureau, when the median lot size of a single-family detached housing unit was reported to be .36 acres.The latest AHS reported a decline in median monthly costs from $927 to $896 from 2011 to 2013 for all occupied housing units. However, the owners’ costs fell while the renters’ costs increased. Owners’ median monthly costs dropped from $1,008 to $934 while the costs for renters took a slight upward turn from $845 to $850.The number of homes experiencing moderate to severe physical problems (such as heating, plumbing, or electrical) declined slightly from 2011 to 2013, according to the latest AHS. In 2013, about two million homes were reported to have severe physical problems, while about four million homes reported having moderate physical problems.About two-thirds of housing units in the U.S. used warm-air furnaces for heating in 2013, according to the latest AHS. About 12 percent of housing units used an electric heat pump for heating, while 10.4 percent of houses used steam/radiant heating. Survey: 87 Percent of U.S. Homes are Occupiedcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 17, 2014 1,235 Views Tagged with: American Housing Survey HUD Single-Family Homes U.S. Census Bureau Home / Daily Dose / Survey: 87 Percent of U.S. Homes are Occupied American Housing Survey HUD Single-Family Homes U.S. Census Bureau 2014-10-17 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Subscribelast_img read more

8% fall in number of permissions granted for new homes

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter By admin – June 16, 2016 Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 8% fall in number of permissions granted for new homes Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleRecord winner Andrew Nesbitt reflects on the magic of the Donegal International RallyNext articleRelay for Life 2016 set to exceed targets admin Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp There was an 8% decrease in the number of planning permissions granted in Donegal for homes in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2015.This compares to an increase nationwide of just under 1%In Donegal, 44 permissions were granted for homes in the first three months of this year compared to 48 in the 1st Quarter of last year.Figures from the CSO show people are planning to build smaller properties with permission granted for homes of 246 square metres in Q1 off 2016 compared to 258 square metres in Q1 of last year.74 people successfully applied to extend their properties with a 7 granted permission to alter or convert their property.A further 58 permissions were granted for farm buildings and commercial units.last_img read more

Plans to demolish prominent landmark in Twin Towns met with strong criticism

first_img Plans to demolish prominent landmark in Twin Towns met with strong criticism Facebook By admin – October 16, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleDonegal estate continues to experience ‘sinking’ infrastructureNext articleDerry City are Limerick bound and on the brink of Premier Division survival admin Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Google+ Plans to remove a landmark in The Twin Towns have been met with strong criticism among locals in the area.An application was lodged this week by the local Butt Hall Committee to have the Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey demolished.The BHC owns the site and it is their intention to seek planning permission to clear the site entirely.Serious concerns have been raised in relation to the plans for not only historic reasons but it’s thought the roof of the building contains asbestos.Councillor Patrick McGowan says he is aware the plans but so far nobody has come forward with an alternative:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/patmcgraw.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Barr Announces his Support for Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiBob Barr can see the massive outline of the B.L. England power plant and its towering smokestack in Beesleys Point across the marshlands from his Ocean City home.The plant has been operating for decades, but Barr fears it may shut down as early as May, taking its jobs and local tax benefits with it.Hoping to keep the facility open, Barr disclosed Wednesday that he intends to vote in favor of a plan to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline to the plant through South Jersey’s environmentally protected Pinelands.Although best known as being an Ocean City councilman, Barr holds another key position as a member of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, the agency that oversees the 1.1-million-acre Pinelands preserve.The 15-member commission is scheduled to vote on the pipeline when it meets 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.In an interview, Barr said he has carefully considered the plan – including reading 6,000 written public comments on the project – and has reached the conclusion that the pipeline would benefit the region and would not harm the Pinelands.“I’m confident with the decision I’ve made,” he said.Pinelands Commission member Bob Barr, who is also an Ocean City councilman, intends to vote in favor of the proposed pipeline.The project has been harshly criticized by environmental groups such as the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Sierra Club. The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has gone to court to stop the Pinelands Commission from moving ahead Friday with a vote to approve the pipeline with certain safety measures.Proposed safeguards include having a biologist on site to supervise the project and make sure it does not harm any endangered or threatened wildlife. The pipeline would also be built with the latest safety technology, including a series of shutoff valves to protect against gas leaks, Barr said.Barr predicted the commission will approve the project Friday, but he noted that some members have told him they will vote in opposition.He argued that opponents simply “don’t understand the issues and the needs” of the region. He said he remains frustrated that the pipeline’s critics have tried to portray the project as a major environmental threat to the Pinelands.“This will do no harm,” he said. “I don’t see it.”Barr said the pipeline would run along the shoulder of Routes 49 and 50 and would not cut through the ecologically fragile forested areas of the Pinelands.“That’s a common misconception. This does not run through the Pinelands at all.”The South Jersey Gas pipeline would extend 22 miles from Millville, Cumberland County, to the B.L. England power plant in the Beesleys Point section of Upper Township in Cape May County.The pipeline is critical to plans by the plant owner, RC Cape May Holdings LLC, to convert the facility from coal and oil boilers to clean natural gas. Barr said the plant is facing an order by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to shut down its old boilers by May because of the pollution they cause. He noted that coal emissions from the plant leave black soot on the windows of his Ocean City home on Roosevelt Boulevard.RC Cape May Holdings LLC, the plant owner, wants to use the pipeline to convert the facility to natural gas.Barr fears the facility will close altogether if it does not convert to natural gas. If B.L. England shuts down, Upper Township, as the host community, would lose a $6.5 million subsidy given by the plant toward local property taxes, Barr said.He warned of a “cascading effect” caused by the plant’s possible shutdown, including higher local property taxes, the loss of jobs and Upper Township residents leaving the area.“They will move because their property taxes will go through the roof,” he said.Keeping the plant open would create more jobs for the region, Barr said. The facility currently does not run every day of the year, but its conversion to natural gas would allow it to operate constantly, requiring more workers to keep it humming, he stressed.Barr also said the new pipeline would serve as an important backup in the event the single, existing natural gas pipeline serving Cape May County is ever disrupted.Another benefit of the pipeline project is that electricity produced by the plant would serve about 60 percent of the homes and businesses located within the Pinelands, he said.In making his argument for the proposed pipeline, Barr also pointed out that the Pinelands are already crisscrossed by more than 1,400 miles of gas and electric pipelines, some dating to 1966. He said he hasn’t heard of any safety concerns with the existing pipelines.Overall, Barr believes that the new pipeline would comply with the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, the compendium of rules and regulations for protecting the area.“It’s quite clear that it does,” he said. The proposed pipeline is considered critical for keeping the B.L. England power station open.last_img read more