Ocean City AARP Sponsors Festival Saturday

first_imgThe Stainton Senior Center is located inside the Ocean City Community Center. AARP Chapter 1062 is sponsoring a free community event, “50+ Live Your Best Life Festival,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.There will be fishing, QiGong, yoga and line dancing seminars and demonstrations beginning at 10:10 a.m.In addition, there will be presentations on finance, estate planning, nutrition and health.Local businesses will sponsor door prizes.All are welcome to come out, learn something new and have some fun.last_img read more

Ocean City Cub Scouts Give Joy of Christmas

first_imgMembers of Cub Scout Pack 51 of Ocean City take part in a longstanding tradition of making decorations for a Christmas tree donated to a family in need. By Lesley GrahamThere is something magical about the lights on a Christmas tree sparkling in the night. A tree adorned with ornaments, brightly colored and festive from trunk to tip, brings a special feeling to a household on Christmas.  For some families, though, financial hardships make that magical moment difficult. That’s where Cub Scout Pack 51 of Ocean City has stepped in to help.  In a longstanding tradition, the boys of the pack have been making handcrafted ornaments to decorate a donated tree for a local family in need.This year, Ponderosa Tree Farm, located in Egg Harbor City, generously donated a tree for the scouts to decorate.By pitching in with the decorations, the Cub Scouts learn the joy of giving during the holidays.The Cub Scouts, who are from kindergarten to fifth grade, gathered Wednesday evening at St. Peter’s Church in Ocean City to make the ornaments.There were snowmen and sleds and candy canes galore for the boys to decorate and put their own stamp of Christmas love on it. The elves in Santa’s workshop would have been impressed by all the painting, decorating and designing that took place.Katie and Keith Grim, who are the Cub Masters of the Cub Scout Pack, discussed with the boys how important it is to spread joy during the holiday season.“It’s about giving back. The Christmas season isn’t about receiving, it is about giving,” Katie Grim said. “What better way to give than to be able to put smiles on the faces of those who may be less fortunate? It’s important to teach them these lessons young and hopefully they see the joy in giving.”“The Christmas season isn’t about receiving, it is about giving,” Cub Scouts Master Katie Grim says.The mission of the Cub Scouts is to build character and learn citizenship. The Cub Scouts want to help develop young people into their best future selves by helping them to make moral and ethical choices over their lifetimes. Wednesday night’s ornament decorating was just a small way they had the opportunity to do so.For all of their hard work, the scouts were surprised with a visit from Santa Claus, who was very proud of all of the creativity and kindness.Maybe next year, Santa will have a few new scouts, er, elves, in his workshop.last_img read more

Allied Bakeries feels pinch in latest results

first_imgAssociated British Foods said performance of its Allied Bakeries division was unsatisfactory as it posted its interim results this week.While the group’s sales rose by 10% to £2,887 million, adjusted pre-tax profits fell by 2% to £225m in the 24 weeks to March 4, 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. Kingsmill and own-label revenues both declined and profits had fallen, it said. A recovery in profitability is not likely until the second half, despite steps to recover lost volumes and reduce costs.In its ingredients division, AB Mauri performed well, contributing strongly to an increase in revenue of 35% to £343m, and profits growth of 32% to £33m for the period. In its British Sugar division, transition to the new EU sugar regime will continue to impact on profits through to 2007, it said. However it was confident British Sugar would be satisfactorily profitable when the transition was complete. “As expected, British Sugar has experienced price pressures, but it is well- positioned for the medium term and we remain confident about its prospects,” said ABF chief executive George Watson.ABF said costs would “continue to be adversely affected” by conditions in the UK sugar business, its bakery operations and energy costs.last_img read more

Last chance for BIA places

first_imgIt’s your last chance to get tic-kets for the Baking Industry Awards 2008, to be held at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 15 September.A prime opportunity to rub shoulders with the most influential people in the industry, this year’s event will be hosted by TV personality Kate Thornton and includes a drinks reception, three-course meal and entertainment. Contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593, email [email protected], or visit [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk].last_img

Step, sing, and dance in time

first_imgThe gray clouds blanketing campus this past weekend didn’t stop members of the Harvard community from coming out to join in the Arts First festivities.CityStep dancers and The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) gathered an enthusiastic crowd during kickoff at Science Center Plaza Saturday morning, inviting audience members to show off their moves.Co-Executive Director of Harvard’s CityStep chapter Disha Trivedi ’19 said she joined the group in her first year with no dance experience.“People from all different arts groups come to give their artistic talent,” she said of the organization. “These people just really care about giving their art.”Vismaya Kharkar ’21, also joined in her first year after being involved in dance during high school.“Dance was a big way I learned to get confident with my own body,” she said. “I love working with kids [and] instilling that confidence and self-love in middle schoolers.”,University President Larry Bacow and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, president of Community Partners Consultants in Brookline, performed a dramatic reading of the poem “Casey at the Bat”— complete with Bacow wearing a baseball cap and jersey and carrying a metal slugger — accompanied by the Harvard Pops Orchestra.“It was so much fun,” Bacow said. “It doesn’t get much better than this!”“I was really impressed we got to perform a piece [Harvard Pops Music Director] Allen Feinstein composed,” Adele added. “We rehearsed twice through and [the orchestra] really prepared us.”The couple said they were excited to check out students’ performances and experience their first Arts First.Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts, celebrated his 18th Arts First this year. He said planning the four-day event starts by examining what worked, what could be improved, and what was missing from the previous year’s festival.“It needs to have new dimensions,” Megan said. “If it doesn’t, we shouldn’t be doing it.”On the other side of the river, the Western Ave. Arts Walk displayed on-the-street artwork that pedestrians may otherwise miss, including: ceramics gallery and class space Studio 224, utility boxes painted by local artists, disused newspaper dispensers that now sell posters for 25 cents, murals, and the i-labs creative spaces.last_img read more

100 Miles and the James River Rundown

first_imgby John NestlerI knew nothing about racing 100 miles as I stepped into my kayak, but in hindsight, there was nothing to know except this: simply keep paddling.I practiced using my rudder for the first time as I glided to the starting line. Fellow river enthusiasts surrounded me, and I cringed as I saw a long, sleek boat slicing through the water. Most of the course was flatwater, and a longer boat would have an advantage. I overheard other racers talking of having done the Missouri 340. Who was I, going against veterans of a 340-mile race? I hurriedly put those worries aside as I focused on the announcer, who nonchalantly called out:“Are you ready to paddle 100 miles? Get set, go!”Racers took off at a breakneck pace. My strategy was to take it easy at the start to conserve energy for the end of the race, while always keeping the leaders in my vision. Soon, the seven-mile mark appeared. My breathing came naturally, and my arms remained fresh. I realized I would be able to sustain a much faster pace than I had thought, and I took off, chasing the leaders who appeared as tiny specks on the river ahead, shrouded in early morning mist.My mind was focused as I paddled. The sun peeked out from the treetops, and birds spiraled upward on thermal currents, yet nothing could crack the mental barrier I had set up. Absence of thought meant no pain, and the last thing I needed to contemplate was why I would ever willfully subject myself to this. As time passed, however, a feeling of dull, throbbing pain took hold. My bare hands had obvious hotspots, and I could feel discomfort with each paddle stroke. Gloves. I didn’t have them. I imagined myself begging a fellow racer or pit crew to borrow gloves, but that was not an option. Many miles remained, however, and my hands needed care.Stress set in as I lost sight of the leading racers. My confidence fell as I realized that I wasn’t nearly as fast as the other competitors in the flatwater. Excuses floated through my head: lack of sleep, no training, a slower boat. I knew I came out to paddle as fast as I could, but it was demoralizing to be so far behind. I promised myself to just hang on, and maybe the tables would turn in my favor.Every second spent fiddling inside my boat cost me valuable speed, and after a lengthy internal debate, I began peeing inside my boat. I yearned to protect my hands with strips of duct tape, but couldn’t bring myself to fall even further behind while I fetched the tape.The first horizon line appeared, and the course became more dynamic as rapids came into view. Two racers flipped. I surged ahead through the rocky maze, and used the slight lead to tightly bind my hands with tape, hoping to ward off the inevitable blisters. Hands wrapped, I paddled again with a renewed intensity and set my eyes on catching the 2nd place boat.Many rapids interspersed in the course handed me the competitive edge. The leaders were in fragile composite canoes, no match for the abusive sections of river. Meanwhile, my whitewater instincts took over, and I slid over rocks without a care in the world. Roughly seven hours into the race, a particularly long rock garden appeared. The second-place boat disappeared around a small island rapid. Much to my surprise, bobbing supplies and a swamped canoe came into view. Finally, a chance to pull ahead. I set out down the river, knowing I needed to utilize this lead as 60 miles of flatwater remained.I looked back at every turn, expecting to see a canoe in pursuit. None appeared. A mantra ran back and forth through my head: “Paddle harder; they’re hurting too.” I pushed, and pushed, and pushed, hoping to retain my lead. Thirteen hours into the race, light began to fade, and I had only my ritual snack breaks every 20 minutes to distract me from five more hours of paddling.As the blackness of night enveloped the river, the moon lit up a small corridor, guiding me towards the end. Raindrops plunked the water as a storm raged in the distance. A few short stops, punctuated by silent displays of lightning, allowed me to take in the beauty of the night around me, and to momentarily forget about my aching muscles. Slowly, the outline of the State Route 288 bridge rose in the distance, and I found myself at the finish line 17 hours and 13 minutes after starting. I was happy to have won, but even more fulfilled by pushing past my limits on my home river.–John Nestler grew up in Richmond and won the solo race of the 100-mile James River Rundown, which ran ran from James River State Park to Robious Landing.last_img read more

EMV cards – how they affect credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2012, counterfeit charges cost financial institutions $3.4 billion and merchants $1.9 billion.1 In an effort to reduce fraud, banks and credit unions have started issuing EMV cards. If this term is new, EMV stands for Europay, Mastercard, and Visa, and it’s also known as a chip card. EMV cards are more secure than regular credit or debit cards. This is because they produce a different one-time use code for each terminal transaction. They also require a signature, known as chip-and-signature, or the consumer’s PIN, known as chip-and-PIN.EMV cards are gaining momentum in the United States. This is largely due to hackings at stores like Target and Home Depot where customer information was stolen. Since more Americans are shifting to EMV cards, it’s important to know how these chip cards will affect financial institutions.EMV and Financial InstitutionsLet’s start with who’s responsible when a fraudulent charge occurs on a credit card at terminals, the merchant or the financial institution. As of October 1, 2015, the party who does not have chip-enabled technology, like a chip-enabled terminal for merchants and chip cards for banks and credit unions, will be responsible for reimbursing the fraudulent charges. However, if both the merchant and bank or credit union have chip-enabled technology, then the bank or credit union is responsible and must reimburse the fraudulent charges.1 continue reading »last_img read more

Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

first_imgThe restrictions in Brooklyn are severe. In shifting “red zones,” where the coronavirus risk is highest, no more than 10 people may attend church services. In slightly less dangerous “orange zones,” attendance is capped at 25. This applies even in churches that can seat more than 1,000 people.The measures were prompted in large part by rising cases in Orthodox Jewish areas. But the restrictions applied to all houses of worship.Even as he ruled against the diocese, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn praised it as “an exemplar of community leadership” that had been “enforcing stricter safety protocols than the state required.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo agreed, telling an appeals court that the diocese “has introduced laudable social-distancing and hygiene measures.”The diocese has said it intends to continue to limit attendance to 25 percent of its churches’ capacities and would accept other limitations, such as doing away with singing by congregants and choirs.Judge Garaufis, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the case was a difficult one. But he concluded that he would defer to the governor. “If the court issues an injunction and the state is correct about the acuteness of the threat currently posed by hot spot neighborhoods,” the judge wrote, “the result could be avoidable death on a massive scale like New Yorkers experienced in the spring.”In refusing to block the governor’s order while the diocese’s appeal went forward, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit drew on Chief Justice Roberts’s concurring opinion in the California case. Since the restrictions on churches were less severe than those on comparable secular gatherings like theaters, casinos and gyms, the majority wrote in an unsigned opinion, they did not run afoul of constitutional protections for religious freedom. One view, expressed by Chief Justice Roberts in a concurring opinion in the California case, is that officials charged with protecting the public “should not be subject to second-guessing by an unelected federal judiciary, which lacks the background, competence and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people.”A few hours after the diocese filed its application, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. delivered a slashing speech to a conservative legal group that expressed the opposite view. He had dissented in both of the earlier cases, and his speech echoed points he had made in the one from Nevada.“Whenever fundamental rights are restricted, the Supreme Court and other courts cannot close their eyes,” Justice Alito said on Thursday, rejecting the view that “whenever there is an emergency, executive officials have unlimited, unreviewable discretion.” The court is likely to rule on the dispute from Brooklyn in the next week or so. The case may be the first in which Justice Barrett’s vote changes the court’s direction. WASHINGTON — In recent months, churches in California and Nevada asked the Supreme Court to lift government restrictions on attendance at religious services meant to address the coronavirus pandemic. The churches lost.The vote in both cases was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining what was then the court’s four-member liberal wing. One of those liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died in September. Her successor, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, joined the court last month.- Advertisement – The members of the majority were Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr., who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who ordinarily sits on Federal District Court in Manhattan and who was appointed by Mr. Clinton.Judge Michael H. Park, who was appointed by President Trump, dissented. He said Governor Cuomo’s order discriminated against houses of worship because it allowed businesses like liquor stores and pet shops to remain open without capacity restrictions.In asking the Supreme Court to step in, lawyers for the diocese argued that its “spacious churches” were safer than many “secular businesses that can open without restrictions, such as pet stores and broker’s offices and banks and bodegas.” An hourlong Mass, the diocese’s brief said, is “shorter than many trips to a supermarket or big-box store, not to mention a 9-to-5 job.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo said gatherings like those at churches and theaters were different from shopping trips. “The state’s limits on mass gatherings have consistently recognized that the risk of transmitting Covid-19 is much greater at gatherings where people arrive and depart at the same time and congregate and mingle for a communal activity over an extended period of time,” the governor’s appeals court brief said.Judge Park, the dissenting appeals court judge, twice served as a law clerk to Justice Alito, once on the federal appeals court in Philadelphia and once on the Supreme Court. His dissent anticipated the remarks his former boss delivered on Thursday.“The pandemic,” Justice Alito said, “has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.”“This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty,” he added. “It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” – Advertisement – It will not take long to assess the significance of that switch.On Thursday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to lift restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. The case is broadly similar to the earlier ones. The outcome, even as the pandemic is worsening, may be quite different.The general question in all of the cases is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

“Political Hour” of the XX Congress of Entrepreneurs in the Hotel Industry of Croatia


Minister Cappelli visited the XX Congress of Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs organized by the UPUHH association and participated in a panel discussion “Political Hour” which aimed to generate proposals for long-term plans for tourism. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the panel discussion was attended by Dr. sc. Martina Dalić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts; Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property; Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board and Zdravko Zrinušić, Assistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration.Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalić assessed that Croatia’s attractiveness contributes to the success of tourism, that tourism is a healthy business and that next year, due to the expectation of a series of laws related to strategic investments, investment incentives and tourist land, some tourism problems could be solved more easily. investments and successful results. She told hoteliers to pay attention to the quality of the offer and services, and she also believes that it would be good for Croatia to have more global hotel brands. She announced that the Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, and related to EU funds, will consider publishing calls for investments in tourism on the continent up to 100 million kuna, which would be good for Slavonia, for example. “We will not be enslaved to square footage but to quality, and we will do everything on deregulation and decentralization through changes in tourism laws. Next year we will certainly have a stronger pre- and post-season than this year, while in July and August we can expect similar results as this year, which means a large number of tourists. “, Cappelli said.Photo: MintAssistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration Zdravko Zrinušić believes that more order should be introduced and the inspection of renting accommodation should be strengthened, and that tourism, in addition to VAT, should be met with other measures, such as reducing corporate income tax. Ronald Korotaj said that the current VAT rate of 25 percent for catering is not competitive and that hoteliers and the entire tourism have not felt much benefit from tax reforms.State Secretary for State Property Tomislav Boban explained that the new law on tourist land should help dispose of that land and stronger investments, while Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out that by 2020, if this pace continues, we will approach the planned investments in tourism of seven billion euros. He also announced the (re) categorization of family accommodation with the aim of increasing its quality and better market positioning.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health System

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health System Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Results Harrisburg, PA –  As in other states across the nation, providing access to quality health care for Pennsylvanians residing in rural communities has become increasing challenging. Since 1990, health outcomes in rural communities across America have deteriorated. While people living in urban areas have seen better health outcomes and an improved access to care, those in rural areas face much starker health challenges.For the past 18 months, the Wolf administration has been developing a plan to transform rural health across Pennsylvania.  Earlier this year Pennsylvania submitted a plan to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to implement a Rural Health Transformation Initiative. The federal government reviewed Pennsylvania’s proposal and today announced that they would grant Pennsylvania a $25 million grant to put this model into place.“Today, I am proud to announce that the federal government has awarded Pennsylvania a $25 million grant to enact our initiative to transform rural health,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative is designed to address the challenges faced by rural hospitals and promote a transition to higher quality, integrated and value-based care through several changes to the current model. This will improve health outcomes in rural areas, which face significant challenges and have been especially hard hit by the opioid and heroin epidemic. Rural hospitals are the economic engines of many of these communities and the success of health care in our rural communities impacts every Pennsylvanian.”The goals of this new rural health model are to improve population health and quality of care that is delivered locally and to enable rural hospitals to move toward greater financial sustainability through an all-payer global budget model.‘Shortly after Governor Wolf took office and we assessed the state, it became clear to us that our rural hospitals, like those across the nation, were challenged,” said Secretary Karen Murphy. “It also quickly became clear that all health outcomes – particularly opioid and heroin addiction   – were significantly worse in rural communities. We believe that the Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative will help the incredibly committed, rural health-care leaders and health-care workers improve the overall health of their communities.”“CMS looks forward to teaming with Pennsylvania health officials on the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.  We believe it represents a historic opportunity for rural hospitals, which through the model will be able to improve the quality of care they provide to their patients and help address the underlying health needs in their communities,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “Also, the model will help rural hospitals remain financially viable and continue to provide essential services to the people in their communities.”“The Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation is an incredibly innovative payment model that will strengthen hospitals across the Commonwealth by creating a path to sustainability for struggling rural hospitals,” said Geisinger CEO David Feinberg. “We at Geisinger applaud State Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and her leadership in transforming health care delivery models to better meet the needs of our patients.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img January 12, 2017last_img read more