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Mayor’s Message: Aug. 28

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,Gov. Murphy announced this week that gyms in New Jersey can reopen starting Sept. 1 at 25 percent capacity. Our Aquatic and Fitness Center weight and exercise rooms will open on Tuesday. Members can reserve a time slot one day in advance by calling 609-398-6900, starting on Monday. See more detail on guidelines.Free paper-shredding service will be available to Ocean City residents 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Residents will be able to drive to the Shelter Road Recycling Center to drop off documents to be shredded.Further information will be available as the event gets closer. We are also planning to go forward with our annual 9-11 ceremony on Sept. 11 outside the Fire Department headquarters on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.Beach replenishment work is now expected to be complete by Tuesday — weather permitting. The Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor is approaching the final section of beach at Seaspray Road and leaving behind more than two miles of elevated, wide and healthy beach.All pipeline sections and equipment will be removed before Labor Day Weekend. Work for dune crossovers remains to be completed, and dune grass will be planted later in the fall.Starting sometime next week, workers will be in the Merion Park and Four Seasons neighborhoods near 34th Street installing equipment that will monitor groundwater elevations.These gauges will help us to better understand how groundwater, tidal waters and rain water interact during flooding events.This information will be used in the design of future flood mitigation measures in the neighborhood and throughout Ocean City. The equipment (piezometers) are essentially PVC pipe with a small data-collection device inside. They should have no visual or other impact on the neighborhood.We are planning a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 that will give local property owners a chance to make sure their homes are being rated accurately for flood insurance.Insurance agents, engineers and our floodplain manager will be on hand to review your documentation. If you are interested, mark your calendars now and details on how to meeting will be made available in advance of Oct. 14. See more information.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Greggs sees third year at head of Top 50 league

first_imgGreggs has topped British Baker’s Top 50 Bakery Retailers’ league table for the third year running, keeping closest rival Subway at bay.The 2009 list shows Greggs opened 50 shops last year, bringing its tally to 1,403 at the end of the year, and making it the biggest bakery retailer in the UK.Subway was the fastest- growing chain in the UK, opening 264 units over 2008. It is at number two on the latest list, with 1,284 franchise outlets at the close of 2008.Greggs’ new chief executive Ken McMeikan, who took over last July, commented: “It is a great honour on behalf of all the great people at Greggs, and its long-serving leaders Sir Michael Darrington and Ian Gregg, to receive this accolade. They have built an incredibly strong business since 1964, with incredible growth prospects. The challenges to see that business grow and accelerate its growth are very exciting and we have a great team in place to do that.” McMeikan also recently spoke of “significant opportunities” for new shop locations.The British Baker Top 50 includes all types of retailer of bakery products, modern and traditional, from craft bakers to café chains, ranked by number of units. The top 10 of 2009 includes Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Pret A Manger.Leigh-based Waterfields is a notable climber on the new list, with 49 stores, following its acquisition of 10-shop Liverpool-based John Pimblett & Sons in December. Patisserie Holdings, which owns the Druckers and Patisserie Valerie brands, also opened eight shops during the year, bringing its estate to 59 outlets.Missing from the new list is Welsh chain Ferrari’s Bakery, number 19 in 2007, which went into liquidation in November.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers said bakery retailers were facing the most challenging times in the industry that he had ever experienced. “The big question is, what will the high street look like in 2009, with Woolworths closing, and fashion houses going into administration?” he said. “We, as bakers, need supporting businesses on the high street.”last_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Broadway Fashion Staples

first_img View Comments (Photos: Paul Kolnik, Matthew Murphy, & Joan Marcus) Red boots in Kinky Boots Glinda’s tiara in Wicked Cape and crown in Hamilton Codpieces in Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Black tie in The Book of Mormon Genie’s pantaloons in Aladdincenter_img Related Shows Elphaba’s hat in Wicked Mask in Phantom of the Opera Hoop skirt in The King and I Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots is celebrating its third anniversary. Those signature red boots have become a Broadway beacon, not unlike the mask in The Phantom of the Opera or Elphaba’s pointy black hat in Wicked. Every Great White Way tuner has an accessory we wouldn’t mind snagging, and in honor of Kinky’s anniversary, we asked you to rank your faves. Would you strut in the Genie’s shining, shimmering, splendid pantaloons from Aladdin? Or sashay in Groffsauce’s cape and crown in Hamilton? (We already know Beyonce would totally take on the latter.) Take a peek at the top 10 fashion staples you selected on Culturalist.com! Kinky Boots Simba’s headpiece in The Lion Kinglast_img read more

Vermont Electric Cooperative mourns the death of Director Bertrand Lague

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has lost a great friend and leader. Bertrand Lague, who died on July 27, joined VEC’s board of directors in 1983, most recently serving as treasurer and chairperson of the finance committee. Elected by VEC members, Lague played an integral role in setting policy and building a financially sound organization. ‘We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Bert Lague,’ said Dave Hallquist, CEO of VEC. ‘Bert’s long-time leadership at VEC has left a mark that will not be forgotten. On behalf of all of our employees and the board of directors, I extend our deepest sympathy to his entire family.’  ‘With nearly 30 years of service on VEC’s board of directors, Bert provided the leadership excellence on fiscal matters that is necessary to move forward in today’s increasingly complex electric utility environment,’ reflected Tom Bailey, President of VEC’s board of directors. ‘Bert’s dedication, intelligence and compassion for others will be sorely missed.’  VEC, 7.29.2011last_img read more

PREMIUMPassengers, operators step up COVID-19 prevention in public transportation

first_imgFacebook Frequent users of public transportation in the capital know their commute inevitably involves squeezing into packed trains, holding onto the hanging straps of buses or standing too close for comfort to other passengers. It has always been just something one just has to put up with to go about one’s day.But the global spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has prompted both passengers and operators of public transportation to seek ways to prevent transmission of the lethal virus.Since the government confirmed four cases of infection in the country, there has been growing awareness of a healthy lifestyle and basic protection to curb the spread of the respiratory disease.University student Alvina Damayanti, 22, chose to put aside her anxiety of the virus and equip herself with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in her bag and cover her mouth, as her main mobility … Forgot Password ? Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google KCI commuter passengers transjakarta COVID-19 novel-coronavirus coronavirus public-transportation Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Hitler’s birthplace shows that confronting dark past can take decades

first_imgAs anti-racism protesters topple statues of slave traders and colonizers worldwide, some nations are pondering how to mark their dark past. In Austria, debate over confronting one link to Adolf Hitler has taken decades, and it’s not over yet.Austria recently unveiled plans to convert the house where the Nazi leader was born, in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border, into a police station.It also suggested moving a rock that stands on the sidewalk outside, which is inscribed with an anti-fascist message, to a Vienna museum. ‘Never again’The rock, which carries the inscriptions “fascism never again” and “millions of dead” but does not mention Hitler, was installed by the town in 1989.At that point, Austria was moving away from its position of denying responsibility for the Holocaust, a post-war stance during which it described itself as the first victim of the Nazis.Partly because of that, some say that Austria has done less to confront its Nazi past than neighboring Germany.”Sometimes it feels like something that is done as a chore rather than a commitment made out of deep conviction,” said Gerhard Baumgartner, a historian and scientific director at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance.While progress has been made in terms of education on the Holocaust and erecting memorials since the 1980s, Jewish and survivors’ groups say more remains to be done, especially in explaining how widespread and systemic the Nazis’ crimes were.”That is very important – that people really know there was something everywhere,” said Charlotte Herman, head of the group officially representing the Jewish community in the province of Upper Austria, which includes Braunau.She and Mernyi mentioned the “Stolpersteine”, or “stumbling blocks”, project as one way to raise awareness.Originally a German initiative, it involves laying small brass plaques to Holocaust victims in the pavement at relevant places, like where they lived.Those plaques cover a fraction of Holocaust victims, but are a relatively common sight in Vienna, where a notoriously repressive and anti-Semitic system was put in place with local support after Hitler’s Germany annexed Austria in 1938.”In all of Austria, in every corner, in front of almost everyone’s door, something happened, whether it’s death marches, people walking past and dying in the street,” said Herman.Hitler’s role in history is well known, so there is no need to spell it out in great detail at the house, she added. But attention should be called to the building.”Because this is where evil was in fact born.”  While many agree that the house should not be allowed to become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the idea of removing the rock has upset some Jewish and survivors’ groups who have said that Austria must confront its role in the Holocaust.More consultations on the rock will now be held.”Clearly [the government] wants to let the world forget that the worst mass murderer in history was born in Braunau,” said Willi Mernyi, head of the Mauthausen Committee, Austria’s main Holocaust survivors’ group.”This approach is wrong … One must recognize what happened.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery wanted to pick Nacho Monreal in Arsenal starting XI for north London derby

first_imgUnai Emery wanted to pick Nacho Monreal in Arsenal starting XI for north London derby Comment Monreal’s long-term replacement is Kieran Tierney, but he is currently sidelined (Picture: Getty)Although Monreal was well liked by Emery, his game time was likely to reduce significantly once summer signing Kieran Tierney returns to full fitness.The Scot arrived at the Emirates in a £25million deal from Celtic but was recovering from a double hernia operation over the summer; he is expected to make his return to full training this month, with a debut to follow not long after.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Sep 2019 9:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link426Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Spanish coach wanted to use his compatriot against Spurs before letting him leave (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery had wanted to delay Nacho Monreal’s transfer away from Arsenal so he could start against Tottenham in the north London derby but was prevented from doing so.The Gunners fought back from two goals down against Spurs to draw 2-2 at the Emirates in a thrilling contest, while Monreal completed a move to Real Sociedad barely 24 hours beforehand.He had taken part in training that week and, according to The Athletic, if Emery had been given his way he would have started at left-back in the derby. Advertisement Monreal’s move was confirmed on Saturday morning, with Arsenal playing Sunday afternoon (Getty)The Arsenal boss had no qualms about playing Henrikh Mkhitaryan despite the midfielder being shipped off to Roma the very next day, and he wanted to do the same with Monreal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe defender was one of the manager’s most trusted players and would have been part of Arsenal’s leadership team – Emery likes to pick five ‘captains’ – but he had his heart set on a return to Spain.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRegardless, Emery had hoped to get one more outing out of Monreal in the blood and thunder atmosphere of a north London derby, but Arsenal chiefs decided to sanction his transfer to Sociedad before the game instead, denying Emery the chance to name his preferred starting XI.Arsenal had appeared to pinpoint Spurs’ right flank as an area of weakness – with centre-back Davinson Sanchez forced to play at right-back due to injuries – but Monreal’s replacement, Sead Kolasinac, could not make the most of the space and opportunities he was provided.last_img read more

Thierry Henry kneels for 8 minutes, 46 seconds in support of Black Lives Matter movement

first_imgThierry Henry kneels for 8 minutes, 46 seconds in support of Black Lives Matter movement Advertisement Thierry Henry took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at the start of Montreal Impact’s match in honour of George Floyd ✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/KAd2ZUayu6— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 10, 2020 Henry, who relaunched his managerial career in the MLS earlier this year, has been a powerful force in the battle against racism, playing a lead role in Stand Up Speak Up campaign.‘We all have stories that we can tell, but for the first time other ethnicities are involved,’ Henry told ESPN earlier this week.‘I always say back in the day, when stuff like that was happening, that I get insulted on the field for the colour of my skin … I would like other ethnicities in my team to walk out before I walk out, then that would be pretty powerful.‘Because at the end of the game, I don’t want the journalist to ask the question to the Black guy. Ask the question to everybody and see if they feel our pain. That will have an impact.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEarlier this week Philadelphia Union players wore the names of Black victims of police brutality on the backs of each of their jerseys.‘It was to continue the conversation that needs to be had. We first and foremost asked our team if they were OK with it, because solidarity is key and we want to make sure everybody feels comfortable,’ Union defender Ray Gaddis said after the match.‘Actions are louder than words. Again, it’s to further the conversation and to continue to use our platform to be a voice for the voiceless. It was a collective group effort.’MORE: Huge Black Lives Matter mural painted outside Trump Tower in NYCMORE: Driver says he flies Nazi swastika on his car to protest against Black Lives Matter and gaysFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Thierry Henry knelt for 8 minutes, 46 seconds in support of the Black Lives Matter movement (Picture: MLS Twitter)Thierry Henry produced a powerful show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement by kneeling for eight minutes and 46 seconds at the start of Montreal Impact’s match against New England Revolution.Explaining the gesture, Henry said: ‘I sat down for 8 mins and 46 seconds, I guess you guys know why.‘It was just to pay tribute and show support to the cause. That was basically it. [It’s] pretty simple.’The BLM movement gathered momentum and garnered global support following the death of black American citizen George Floyd in May. Four Minneapolis police officers were sacked and charged over the killing of the 46-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer Arsenal striker Henry’s protest mirrored the amount of time disgraced officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Jul 2020 7:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

PKA bags former top regulator for supervisory board

first_imgNødgaard’s counterpart on the trustee board of the Healthcare Professionals’ Pension Fund (Pensionskassen for Sundhedsfaglige) will be Henriette Schütze, CFO of the Nordic Tankers group.In their new board roles, Nødgaard and Schütze will also become chairs on their respective pension funds’ audit committees, PKA said.Meanwhile, Nathali Degn, chairman of DL, the trade union group for Danish medical secretaries, has been appointed as a member of the supervisory board of the third PKA pension fund, the Pension Fund for Nurses and Medical Secretaries (Pensionskassen for Sygeplejersker og Lægesekretærer). PKA, the Danish labour-market pensions provider, has named the former director of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) to one of its supervisory boards.Ulrik Nødgaard has been appointed as a new supervisory board member for the Social Workers and Social Education Practitioners’ Pension Fund (Pensionskassen for Socialrådgivere og Socialpædagoger), one of the three social and healthcare sector pension funds PKA runs.Nødgaard is currently director of Finans Danmark, the new trade association for the banking sector, formed in December.The FSA told pension providers and life insurers in Denmark four years ago that they must have at least two special expert members on their supervisory boards, with skills in insurance, investment and accounting.last_img read more

The Fix

first_imgMost old timers remember the Black Sox Scandal (when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in baseball), and some of the point-shaving incidents in college basketball that crop up every once in a while. What you hear about every year is who really controls certain pro sport playoff outcomes. I read that if the Pacers had beaten the Heat, TV revenue would have been cut in half. With those kind of statements, people will still always wonder if the games are really played out or are they manipulated toward a positive TV outcome. I am still not so cynical that I believe all of them are fixed and most of the time the team playing the best ball wins. We all know that certain players get by with a lot more than the lesser known ones do. Michael Jordan got 5 steps before he traveled, and Joe Morgan seldom ever got called out on strikes. Likewise, LeBron James never pushes off to get open. Once in a while officials have been disciplined for questionable calls in games, but those are usually for ineptness rather than trying to allow a certain team to win. You do wonder how certain ball players seem to always avoid drug testing when later it is revealed they use banned substances. I know TV is powerful and schedules are altered so certain teams get on TV more than others, but I still think that most championships are still won by the best team in that particular season. At least we hope that is the case.last_img read more