Beaches Open, Boardwalk Bustles

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City beaches were packed Saturday afternoon, on the first day people were allowed to sunbathe. This past week vacationers and residents were able to use the beaches and the Boardwalk for recreational purposes.On Saturday, it was game on – a bit of normalcy during the pandemic for those who enjoy lounging on the sand or frolicking in the surf.“It feels like a normal day,” said Nikki Leathers, of Terre Hill, Pa., who joined her family for a day of fun at “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Leather’s daughter, Lexi, 12, brought her best friend, Katelyn Lomnychuk, 14, of Reading Pa., along for the day.The kids even hopped in the cool water as air temperatures hovered in the mid to high 70s.“It’s so relaxing,” Katelyn said.Lexi added that she was happy to be outside and on her favorite beach.Melissa Kaylor, of Reading, Pa., Nikki Leathers’ friend, happily nibbled on fried Oreos, while the girls laid out on towels and the adults comfortably sat in beach chairs.“This is needed therapy after being locked in the house,” Kaylor said of the essential lockdown since March and the closures of beaches, Boardwalks and businesses to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.Katelyn Lomnychuk, 14, left, Melissa Kaylor, both of Reading, Pa., and Nikki Leathers and daughter, Lexi, 12, make a day of it at the Moorlyn Terrace beach.Some people wore masks, others practiced social distancing of six feet between them and strangers. And despite a crowded beach, it appeared beachgoers allotted ample space between them and others.Boardwalk shops, except for the ones selling food, were closed. However, officials said they may be opening in the next week.Cars lined up for curbside pickup of the iconic Manco & Manco pizza, and many people waited in line on the Boardwalk to get the famous pies.Dave Evans, a Manco & Manco shift manager, said as he went from car to car with the pizza boxes, “It’s been very busy. Curbside pickup has been very good.”The pizzeria, like other eateries in Ocean City, offers curbside pickup, takeout and delivery, since no one is permitted in restaurants as one of the governor’s coronavirus restrictions.Manco & Manco Pizza employees stayed busy through the day with curbside pickup.People rode their bikes, jogged, and took in the sights. Beach chairs and a few umbrellas dotted the shore. Children played in the sand.Families walked along the water’s edge to catch a cool breeze on the partly sunny day.Jess Vukovich, of Marlton, brought her sons, John, 9, Hudson, 5, and 3-year-old daughter, Vivienne, to sit near the water. The kids dug into the beach and scooped out wet sand as they dipped their toes in the ocean.“I love this beach,” Vukovich noted. “I have been coming here my whole life. It is a 45-minute ride here and it is worth it. We love Ocean City.”She had a definite reason why she wanted to come down with her children to the shore on Saturday.“After yesterday being home, we wanted to do something fun,” Vukovich said.“It’s really fun. I haven’t been to the beach in a while,” her son, John, added.John Vukovich, 9, of Marlton, and his siblings, Hudson, 5, in the middle, and 3-year-old, Vivienne, splash in the water.Mayor Jay Gillian closed the beaches and the Boardwalk about 11 weeks ago in response to the coronavirus crisis. When he made the announcement that Ocean City would be slowly reopened, he emphasized the importance of social distancing.Bonnie Reeves, of Cape May Court House, and her boyfriend, Bill Covert, of Somers Point, walked along the Boardwalk with their close friends, Dave and Jeanne Lewandowski, of West Chester, Pa.Both Reeves and Jeanne Lewandowski said it felt wonderful to be out and about as if everything was back to normal. But their reminder that it was different were the masks they all wore.They had to think twice before going to the popular resort, Covert said.“We planned on coming today but if it was too crowded, we would have left,” he explained. “We discussed it a little and thought we could walk on the Boardwalk.”The governor is flying flags at half-mast in remembrance of those who have died of COVID-19.David Lewandowski said when they saw the flags at half-staff in Ocean City, it left an indelible feeling for him and his wife and their friends.He reflected, “It is a somber reminder for all of us.”Bonnie Reeves, of Cape May Court House, left, her boyfriend, Bob Covert, of Somers Point, and their friends, Jeanne and David Lewandowski, of West Chester, Pa., sport stylish masks with safety in mind. The boardwalk bustles with activity on May 16, the first day since the shutdown that people could sunbathe on the beaches. last_img read more

David Crosby Disses Then (Kind Of) Extends The Olive Branch To Chance The Rapper In New Twitter Ad

first_imgRecently, Twitter launched a new ad campaign under the hashtag #SeeEverySide, which highlights Twitter’s unique ability to allow users to “see what’s happening from every point of view, all perspectives, every side. . . whether it be music, sports, news or entertainment.” While Twitter lets its users take in all perspectives on a subject (and in merely 140 characters to boot), I think we can all agree that everyone loves a happy ending. The social media platform has just released a new ad promoting #SeeEverySide, which stars Chance the Rapper using Twitter to outsource song requests.Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”After throwing out a call asking fans to request songs, Chance the Rapper patiently waits as the answers flood in. As the video cuts to the broad range of folks requesting well-known numbers from Chance’s catalog, an unexpected face makes a cameo — none other than David Crosby. After a sea of “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Same Drugs,” Crosby offers Chance the ability to #SeeEverySide, suggesting that chance play “anything with real instruments.” His tweet is tongue-in-cheek, referencing Crosby’s savage 2015 comment via Twitter that “Rap isn’t music” (A comment spurred by the fan-sourced question: What are your feelings about CSN getting sampled over the years in rap music?).Chance The Rapper Inspires Chicago Bulls To Donate $1 Million To Chicago Public SchoolsHowever, fret not, in case anyone was worried that David Crosby and Chance are about to get into a Twitter feud on the same dramatic levels as the 45th President of the United States and Cher. Later in the video, Crosby reappears, offering an olive branch to the Grammy-winning rapper, later shooting out the text, “I could up your game” (along with a flirty winking emoji), which is still highly condescending coming from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young namesake but at least slightly nicer in tone. You can check out the video for yourself below, and keep your eyes peeled for that Chance X Crosby collab in the future. [H/T Billboard]last_img read more

moe. Announces Red Rocks Show With Bassist Rob Derhak In 2018

first_imgLast week, to the joy of fans everywhere, moe. announced two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, marking the first shows back since the band’s surprise hiatus over the summer following bassist Rob Derhak’s cancer diagnosis. The shows at The Capitol Theatre instantly sold-out, and now the band has added one more show on the schedule in 2018—a performance at the legendary outdoor Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12th.moe. Announces First Shows Back With Bassist Rob Derhakmoe.’s 2018 Red Rocks show is sure to be particularly special for fans and the band alike—the group’s highly anticipated Red Rocks show this summer with Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong was canceled, as it fell after Derhak’s treatment for Nasopharyngeal cancer had begun. Luckily, Rob’s treatment has clearly been going well, and we’re all looking forward to catching moe. on the road next year.As Rob explained in a press release, ““It’s been a tough few months, and I couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support of my family, and my famoe.ly. And although it’s still not clear what the future brings, the positivity and love that I’m feeling for moe.’s and my next chapter is beyond exciting. I feel like a kid counting down the days until Christmas, and our energy as a band, is like nothing I’ve experienced before. Thank you all for the well wishes, prayers, and healing vibes.”moe. Bassist Rob Derhak Has Finished Chemo And Radiation TreatmentAn online request period for tickets to the Red Rocks show and an exclusive Emek event poster has just opened and can be found here. The request period ends on Tuesday, November 28th at 6 pm (MST). Following this, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 1st, at 10 am (MST) and can be found here.last_img read more

Brand-New NYC Venue, Chelsea Music Hall, Set To Officially Open This Weekend

first_imgChelsea Music Hall is a brand-new venue scheduled to open this weekend, set in the basement of New York City’s Chelsea Market (the entrance is at 407 West 15th St between 9th & 10th Ave). The venue plans to host live music, comedy, DJs, visual art, and theatre, as well as private events. Chelsea Music Hall will also have delicious food options with Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani of Chelsea Market’s Mizon restaurant handling the menu and kitchen operation. The venue has been in soft-open mode since mid-September and has hosted a few shows in the past month.Unlike most music venues around the city, the venue won’t be focused on one specific genre of music and will serve as a 250-occupant space for performers to try new things, according to the venue’s director, Michael Ginsberg. “Our vision of the music hall is one that lives beyond its four walls,” Ginsberg reported to do NYC.The kitchen opens on Friday, October 19th, which is also the first official scheduled event: a weekly Friday-night dance party called “Soul in the Horn.” Although Chelsea Music Hall’s schedule still seems to be mostly vacant, there will be a dance party four days a week dedicated to Cleopatra, which serves a fusion of music, dance, fashion, theatre, and nightlife.[H/T do NYC]last_img read more

Urban Rhino wins Bronze Telly Award for Video

first_imgUrban Rhino wins a Bronze Telly at the 28th Annual Telly Awards for a video they produced for Mansfield Heliflight. The video was produced in HD last summer and is featured on Mansfield Heliflight’s web page. It was shot, edited by Nathan Beaman and produced by Lars Gange of Black Bullet. The video can be seen online atwww.urbanrhinovisual.com/video/heliflight.mov(link is external)Description of Telly Awards:Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The 27th Annual Telly Awards also included new categories to honor video and commercials created specifically for the Web. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.The Bronze Telly is the second highest award, silver is the highest. www.tellyawards.com(link is external)Urban Rhino is a multimedia company located in Burlington, Vermont. They specialize in High Definition video production, post-production services, web video, motion graphics and creative services. Urban Rhino employs the only Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer in the state of Vermont. www.urbanrhinovisual.com(link is external)last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Addresses Central American Maritime Security Strategies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 06, 2012 This initiative was organized by NAVSO, the mission of which focuses on facilitating the exchange of information and promoting cooperation with the regional navies, and the merchant-marine community of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Eastern Pacific. This SOUTHCOM component operates as an information channel focused on the security of maritime trade and the commitment to support the shipping industry. The naval division of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) held a seminar to address maritime security strategies in Central America. The forum, Central American Maritime Safety and Security Challenges: A Cooperative Response, was organized in Managua, Nicaragua, by the Maritime Liaison – Latin America of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), working jointly with the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority and the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission. The meeting’s objective was to inform and educate both government and military institutions and the private sector about immediate, potential, and long-term maritime security problems and their impact on aspects related to the facilitation of trade. The chief point of the seminar consisted in strengthening lasting partnerships based in the maritime community in order to foster shared ideas and objectives in relation to security and stability. center_img More than 120 maritime security experts, including representatives from NAVSO and other U.S. institutions and members of the Joint Interagency Task Force – South, the Nicaraguan National Maritime Authority, the Central American Maritime Transportation Commission, the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force, and the Central American Integration System attended the event. The Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce; the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America; the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Response; and representatives from the maritime security authorities of Honduras and Guatemala also participated.last_img read more

Bill would create new DCA

first_imgThe bill also calls for the creation of 29 new circuit judges, 18 new county judges, and four new DCA judges.The bill authorizes 14 new circuit judges, effective January 4, 2005, including one in the 14th Circuit; two each in the 17th and 20th circuits; and three each in the 11th, 13th, and 19th circuits. Fifteen new circuit judges would be authorized effective April 15, 2005, including one each in the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, 10th, and 15th circuits; two in the Sixth Circuit; and three each in the Fifth and Ninth circuits.The bill provides for nine new county court judges, effective January 4, 2005, including one each in Bay, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Martin, Dade, and St. Lucie counties, and two in Hillsborough County. Nine new county court judges would come on line April 1, including one each in Columbia, Duval, Marion, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, and Volusia counties, and two in Palm Beach County.The fiscal impact of creating the additional judgeships in FY 2004-05 is $4.7 million, according to the bill. Bill would create new DCA Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The House passed a bill that would create a Sixth District Court of Appeal based in Polk County and redefine a number of the existing appellate districts.The House voted 72-45 April 1 to create the first new DCA in the state since 1979, as part of HB 1849 introduced by Appropriations Committee Chair Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers. The proposed legislation also calls for the creation of 51 new judgeships, including 29 at the circuit level, 18 on the county benches, and four new DCA judges.Kyle said he made his decision to propose the new DCA based on a 1999 report of the Judicial Management Council’s Committee to Study the Need for Additional District Courts of Appeal, which at the time said within the next five years Florida would need two more DCAs. That committee based its findings on a workload standard of 385 filings per judge per year, which should yield 225 case dispositions. The panel also recommended each DCA should be staffed with 10 judges and allowed for growth to 12.The Supreme Court’s annual certification opinion this year called for the creation of 88 new judgeships, including four new appellate judges — two for the Second DCA and one each in the Fourth and Fifth DCAs — but did not request the creation of a new appellate district.Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead said he recently appointed a com-mittee to look into the need for any additional appellate districts and is awaiting that report before commenting on the bill. First DCA Chief Judge James Wolf chairs that study group, which is composed, essentially, of the members of the DCA Budget Commission, and is expected to complete that report soon, Chief Justice Anstead said.Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania, said while he supports the creation of the new judgeships, he could not support the bill as written and questioned its constitutionality, because he said the Supreme Court did not specifically certify to the legislature the need for a new DCA.But Kyle characterized the JMC committee’s report as “tantamount to a certification” from the court.“This issue has been studied and studied and studied for the last 25 years, since the creation of the last DCA, and what has been current throughout all those studies is that collegiality is important and even in the most recent study it said DCAs should not breach 12 [judges] per DCA,” Kyle said.“Well, [the court] has certified two new judges for the Second DCA, which brings that DCA up to 16 judges. So breaching their own report, I argue they have certified the need for at least one new DCA at this point — if not two.”Ryan, however, argued the Florida Constitution contains a specific procedure for increasing the number of judicial districts, and since the Supreme Court has not undertaken those steps, the legislature would be overstepping its bounds by creating the new district itself. Ryan also said the JMC tabled the report by its Committee to Study the Need for Additional District Courts of Appeal, “so the report of the committee never even came to the Supreme Court.”Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, commended Kyle and Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for funding 51 of 88 judges the court asked for, “but we are also in this same bill creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal in direct violation of the Florida Constitution.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, also decried the fact the bill was taken up only by the House Appropriations Committee before it made its way to the floor and was not referred to the Judiciary or Judicial Appropriations committees.“All we have done is thrust it though Appropriations and onto the floor and said, ‘Just do it, let’s do it,’ [even though it’s] likely in violation of the constitution, and without any of the serious thought or reflection that we should take with all of our tasks,” Gelber said.Kyle also offered an amendment — which he ultimately withdrew — which would have reverted the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) back to the way it was two years ago for judges and justices, meaning they would lose their accrued retirement benefits if they did not retire five years after enrolling in the program.Gelber said in effect that amendment would require 60 or 70 judges in the state — including the chief justice — to resign their positions or lose the lump sum they had earned through the DROP program. Gelber said the amendment was offered “to subtly intimidate and abuse our judiciary.”Gelber and Seiler then proposed a tongue-in-cheek amendment to Kyle’s amendment, which read: “That statute shall not apply to justices and judges unless their published opinions and judicial philosophy has been expressly approved by the House.”Sixth DCA Bill would create new DCA The bill envisions the new Sixth DCA comprised of the 10th, 12th, and 20th circuits. The Second DCA would be headquartered in Hillsborough County and would hear cases from the Fifth, Sixth, and 13th circuits. The Fourth DCA would be comprised of the 15th and 17th circuits, and the Fifth DCA would hear cases from the Seventh, Ninth, 18th, and 19th circuits. The First and Third DCAs would remain the same.The number of judges certified for the First and Third DCAs remains the same at 15 and 11, respectively. The bill calls for the number of judges in the Second DCA to go from 14 to 11; in the Fourth DCA from 12 to 11; and in the Fifth DCA from 10 to 11. The bill certifies seven judges for the new Sixth DCA.The bill makes clear that its terms will not affect any currently sitting Supreme Court justice, and only when there is a vacancy on the court must it be filled to ensure that at least one justice is appointed to the court from each appellate district, as required by the constitution.A clause is included in the bill that specifies that the entire act becomes invalid if any of the provisions relating to the creation of the Sixth DCA are held to be invalid.The operating costs associated with a new DCA are estimated to be $2.5 million per year, according to Kyle.New Judges April 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Amid pandemic, people are buying plenty of ski equipment

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — At Berger’s Ski and Snowboard shop in Downtown Binghamton, ski and snowboarding equipment is everywhere. He adds that he believes a lot of people who haven’t skied in a while most likely will this year. And says that more people will want to stay local to ski, instead of flying out west. He also says skiing is an attractive option this year since it is a natually, socially distant sport: you wear gloves, mask, and are feet apart from others, when you are wearing your skis. But Owner James Sherrick, says it all might be gone sooner than you think. Sherrick says that compared to last year’s sales, this year, sales have almost doubled. He says people have been purchasing everything from skis, to snowboards, to even cross country skis. last_img read more

Great recognition of the profession: Croatian tourist guides admitted to the World Federation of Tourist Guides

first_imgAfter a lot of work in Croatia that was recognized by colleagues at the world level,  Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) became a “Full Member”  or a full member of the World Federation of Tourist Guides (WFTGA) which brings together national tourist guide associations in over 80 countries and represents over 150 tour guides worldwide. It is important to emphasize that he is also a WFTGA, partner and associate member of the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) and UNESCO. President of ZDTVH Kristina Nuić Prka emphasized the importance of admission to WFTGA membership in the promotion of Croatia in the tourism profession  emphasizing that this is not a goal but a continuation of the struggle for rights  Croatian tourist guides within the European norm imposed on the profession and association with colleagues from other countries of rich cultural heritage. “Following the imposed norms  Foreign tourist guides can, on the basis of requests for temporary and occasional activities, the frequency of which cannot be controlled, guide and present Croatia to tourists without education, and the same is true.  exempted only in areas of protected localities. What is the area of ​​a protected site and what are the criteria for determining them, is unclear and depends solely on the interpretation of the European Commission, which wants to put as few sites as possible on this list. the country’s reputation and the large number of tourists represent our country, its cultural heritage,  history, people and tradition. ” points out Nuić Prka and adds that they have already applied to host the Convention WFTGA 2021, which would be a really great promotion for our country in the tourism profession at the global level.  The Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) was founded in 2005 and brings together 19 tourist guide associations from all regions of Croatia, and currently ZDTVH represents about 2000 tourist guides in Croatia.Kristina Nuić Prka: TOURIST GUIDES ARE AMBASSADORS OF OUR COUNTRYPhoto: ZDTVHAnd if  tourist guides  have a very significant role, if not one of the key ones,  in overall tourism, they are still underestimated, especially in the context of the development and promotion of tourist destinations. “Tourist guides are an indispensable segment in destination management and promotion. Every good travel agency will ask and consult a guide what to do and when. ”Points out Nuić Prka. We have to care about our overall performance and what story we tell tourists about ourselves. We must not allow our history, culture and way of life, identity to be misinterpreted and misinterpreted. That’s why it’s also important to use licensed tour guides. Of course, in order to reduce costs, some agencies do not use licensed tourist guides, but they are not aware of how over-complex tourism is and how the tourist product is made up of all participants, not individuals. If we perform poorly, we all lose in the long run, there is less tourist spending and a shorter tourist season. “Being a guide is an honor. It is an honor to be in a situation where you have the opportunity to bring individuals and groups from all over the world closer to their history, rich cultural heritage, sense of national identity, religion, language and the freedom we are so proud of. Because who can better show a stranger the spirit of our people, tell him about defiance and pride, which is innate in all of us, heroes, resourcefulness, wisdom from antiquities, faith, old customs, legends and folklore – from our people? We are not just narrators of history. We are ambassadors of our country, our region, our city, our culture, language and customs. It depends on us with what image of Croatia and us as a nation, tourists will go home. I also emphasize that the cultural heritage preserves the national identity of the country so as not to drown in European globalization. ” concludes Nuić Prka and emphasizes that cultural heritage represents our entire national corpus and we must do everything in our power to preserve it.More information about the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) can be found on their website official website.last_img read more

Girls High School Basketball Scores (12-14)

first_imgWRBI Area Girls High School Basketball Scores.Saturday  (12-14)East Central  58     Batesville  35Rushville  53     Greensburg  33Connersville  56     Lawrenceburg  50Trimble County  41     Switzerland County  36Cancelled:  South Ripley at Franklin County.Milan at Edinburgh.last_img