Ocean City Chamber Salutes Karen Mahar

first_imgA grateful Karen Mahar thanking an audience of supporters. By Andrew DeCredicoOn Wednesday, April 26 the Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Salute to Working Women in the Flanders’ Hotel Ball room. The event honored Karen Mahar, the Director of the Ocean City Free Public Library. In addition, Kathy Caraballo was awarded the “You got this girl” award, which was in honor of the support of the community for Kathy’s battle with cancer.Kathy Caraballo accepting the “You Got This Girl” award.The event started off with the “You got this girl” award, and continued with speeches honoring the women of the town for working their hardest. A few jokes were thrown in as Leonard Desiderio claimed he was going to be extra kind to Ocean City today. He made sure to mention the fact that the Townsends Inlet bridge is closed from Sea Isle to Avalon, and the causeway to the mainland will be undergoing work tonight as well, so his only way off of the island will be through Ocean City.Mayor of Sea Isle City, Leonard Desiderio, and Mayor of Ocean City, Jay Gillian, just over his right shoulder.During lunch Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno stepped up to the microphone and spoke about how the working women of this town are some of the most important members in the community. She made a point to mention the working mothers who go above and beyond what is asked of them for their kids as well as their community. She explains how she sympathizes with members of the community who have been up rooted because of businesses going south. She also goes on to mention a bit about her child hood, stating that she could not even remember the name of her high school sweetheart because her father continued to move to the next job.Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno giving praise to the working women of Ocean CityAt the end of her speech she gave out her cell phone number and let the attending members of the community know that they could call her if they would like to talk about the issues in Trenton.When all was said and done, The Lieutenant Governor commented that she is “Always happy to help and support working moms, and women owned businesses.” She also wanted to let them know how important they, and the work they are doing are to the community.As the event continued, Karen Mahar stood at the podium to formally accept her award. She was very grateful for the honor of the members of the community, and was glad to be a part of the wonderful city.CMC Surrogate Judge Susan Sheppard, Mayor Jay Gillian, Library Director Karen Mahar, Mayor Len Desiderio of Sea Isle City, CMC Freeholder Jeff Pierson, and CMC Freeholder Marie Hayes celebrate Karen’s achievements.Mahar started working for the Ocean City Public Library in when it was located next to and shared by Ocean City High School.  These days, she is the Library’s Director in a state-of-the-art facility and oversees all of the library departments and programs including the children’s department. She works with the Board of Trustees on the library’s budget, policies, and plans. In addition, she also maintains the library’s collection of books and other literature. On top of all of that she recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates the library staff of more than 45 people. To say Karen Mahar is a working woman does not do her justice. Mahar works hard to make the library a safe and fun place for all ages. Duties ranging from budget planner to literature curator Karen Mahar deserves the privilege of the community for being this year’s Working Woman Honoree.last_img read more

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Ocean City American Legion Lunches and Breakfasts To Resume in…

first_imgThe American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 located at 4601 West Avenue will host a concert this month. By Doug Otto The Ocean City American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 Wednesday Lunches and Sunday Breakfast Buffets have ended for 2017, but will resume in April at the Post’s new building at 4601 West Avenue.The popular weekly lunches are held each Wednesday from April through December between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. The “All-You-Can-Eat” breakfast buffets are held on the first and third Sunday each month from April to December between 8:30 AM and 12 Noon.The Post’s old building at 3304 Bay Avenue will be vacated at the end of December, with the new building slated to open to membership at the end of January 2018.last_img read more

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Parents, Teens Invited to Seminar in Ocean City and Upper Twp. on Substance Abuse

first_imgWith prom and graduation season on the immediate horizon – and in recognition of April being “Alcohol Awareness Month” – on April 8 and 9 the Ocean City High School After Prom Committee will present a very important and timely seminar titled “If They Had Known – Teens’ Reflections on the Party Culture.”This free event will include informative videos and open discussions with community leaders, including substance abuse professionals, medical personnel and representatives from law enforcement agencies. Life-saving information will be shared, and all parents and their high school-age children are encouraged to attend. The 90-minute “If They Had Known” presentation will take place at two locations: The Upper Township Middle School Cafeteria, located at 525 Perry Road in Petersburg, on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. (please use the main entrance located on the side of the building in the main parking lot); and the Ocean City High School Library on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. (please use the main entrance).Ocean City High School juniors, seniors and any of their family members who attend will earn entries for the prizes being offered during this year’s Ocean City After Prom Party.“If They Had Known” is being presented by the Ocean City and Upper Township Municipal Alliance Committees and Cape Assist. For more information, please phone (609) 628-2011 Ext. 248. Ocean City Board of Education presents a school budget that meets the needs of the students with a slight savings for the 2020-21 school year, officials say.last_img read more

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MSK Ingredients receives £750K funding

first_imgOnline food and ingredients supplier MSK Ingredients is set to expand, following investment from Santander.MSK plans to expand its product suite, invest in business process re-engineering and take on more staff, after it received £750,000 in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial. This includes a £200,000 growth capital loan, aimed at fast-growth, ambitious UK businesses.The specialist food ingredients and equipment business supplies premium ingredients to the dining, hotel and catering markets, and is known for its flavouring and molecular gastronomy ranges of products.The funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial has allowed the firm to invest for growth, but it also consolidated the management team by buying out an existing shareholder. There are plans to automate and improve internal systems as well as take on more staff over the next year.In addition, MSK is launching a new catalogue with more than 1,000 new product lines, in order to drive sales, and it is also looking to expand abroad.Trading philosophyKevin Bateman, founder and owner of MSK Ingredients, said: “Our trading philosophy is to supply the finest-quality ingredients available and to source and offer innovative and unique products, which will provide a point of difference.“This strategy has worked well for the firm and we are in a strong position to invest for growth and capitalise further on the strong momentum we have in the market.”last_img read more

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ABC Orders Television Pilot Inspired By The John Mayer Song, “Heart Of Life”

first_imgNetwork television is now turning to pop stars for content inspiration in its ongoing battle against the rise of streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. ABC, one of the major cable networks in America, has ordered a pilot for a drama series titled, Heart of Life, which was apparently inspired in some way by guitarist John Mayer‘s 2006 song by the same name.According to the announcement shared by the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday evening, the pilot for the potential network series will “follow two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they are related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father.” The various storylines of the main characters will see them exploring the mystery of their childhoods and overcoming the adversity they faced growing up.Mayer has signed on to the project to work as an executive producer alongside Hollywood veteran Ben Queen, who will also write the pilot script.There was no mention in the report as to whether or not Mayer will provide any kind of creative contribution to the pilot, or if he’ll just be the guy in the headphones behind the camera who shares the occasional, “Looked good!” while on set. Although considering John’s love for television, the Dead & Company guitarist could play a role in the show’s musical side at some point. That will, of course, be once the series is six seasons in with a movie on the way.The potential show will be competing against seven other drama pilots ordered for consideration by ABC set for this spring, including a pair of female-driven crime soaps New York Undercover and the questionable return of NYPD Blue.John Mayer – “Heart of Life”[Video: ahumbleperspective]The announcement on Thursday comes less than a week after Mayer shared a new batch of North American tour dates as a solo artist scheduled for this summer. Mayer also recently appeared as a guest on Ryan Adam‘s new single, “Fuck the Rain”.[H/T Hollywood Reporter]last_img read more

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Fairpoint spends $15 million on vehicles, Vermont included

first_imgREGIONAL AUTO DEALERS TO SUPPLY VEHICLESFairPoint Communications Spending $15 millionPORTLAND, Maine (June 26, 2008) – FairPoint Communications has entered into agreements with five regional automobile dealerships to purchase motor vehicles as part of its $15 million vehicle purchase and customization plan. Ford F-450 and Ford F-750 trucks will be purchased from Heritage Automotive Group, Inc. in South Burlington, Vermont, Grappone Automotive Group in Concord, New Hampshire, Rowe Ford Sales in Portland, Maine and Whited Ford in Bangor, Maine. These trucks will augment the existing fleet of vehicles used by FairPoint technicians as they bring new voice and high-speed Internet services to customers as well as providing reliable customer service.Additionally, Gateway Motors in White River Junction, Vermont will supply Ford Escape utility vehicles for use by FairPoint central office technicians. Central office technicians install and maintain the electronic components of FairPoint’s current and next generation broadband and voice network. Regional businesses will also provide associated customization services to these and other FairPoint vehicles. Customization services include adding the aerial buckets and storage compartments needed on each vehicle as well as the FairPoint Communications logo and signage.”In selecting these local automobile dealerships and vehicle upfitters, FairPoint is demonstrating its commitment to doing business locally,” said Peter Nixon, president of FairPoint. “We will buy locally whenever we can as we do our part to help stimulate economic growth throughout the region.”About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates 32 local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com(link is external).# # #last_img read more

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SOUTHCOM Commander: Foreign Powers Pose Security Concerns

first_imgBy C. Todd Lopez / SOUTHCOM Public Affairs October 10, 2019 At a Defense Writers Group event in Washington on October 6, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller said he’s seen Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba operating in varying capacities in U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.RussiaRussia, he said, is helping to prop up the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela with weapons sales and security assistance. They’re operating elsewhere, too, he added.“They have traditional arms sales relationships with countries in the region, and that continues, particularly in Venezuela [and] Nicaragua,” Adm. Faller said. “Russia has deployed nuclear-capable bombers [and] Russia has deployed their most advanced warship that is capable of firing nuclear cruise missiles throughout the region, all within the last year. Russia has provided significant assistance to Venezuela.”Hundreds of Russians — both forces and contractors — are in Venezuela “helping Maduro continue his reign of terror on the nation,” Adm. Faller said. In Nicaragua, he told the defense writers, Russia runs a counternarcotics and counterterrorism training center that “has dubious dual purposes.”Russian information operations are strong in South America as well, he said, with a large Spanish-language media presence. “It’s Russia’s largest language operation outside of their native language, outside of Russia,” he said. “It’s pumping a lot of information out in those spaces, and then misinformation.”Adm. Faller said at one point, he was in Washington meeting with lawmakers and Russian propaganda outlets reported he was on the Columbia-Venezuela border planning an invasion into Venezuela.ChinaChina has legitimate economic interests in the region, Adm. Faller said, but it also is involved heavily in the information space, including in the information technology, cyber and space realms.“Their arms sales have grown,” he said. “They have deployed some assets — that’s ticked up consistently in the last couple of years. They are also increasing their military engagement.”He said the Chinese have created Spanish-language schools and training centers and in addition to military sales, have been giving hardware to various nations.There is significant evidence of investment in Chinese and Russian weapons systems in SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility, Adm. Faller said. “Russian weapons systems sales [are] in the billions, and China’s [are] increasing. China is also gifting a lot of military hardware to […] partners. The extent to which it undermines partnerships with the U.S. [and] contributes to instability […] is a concern for the security of the U.S.”Dozens of Chinese infrastructure projects in South America are contributing to instability, Adm. Faller said, noting that China is working on 56 port deals in the region. Some of those deals are locked up with onerous leasing agreements, he said, and some of those agreements have left host nations with little access to and little control over what the Chinese have built.In one partner nation, he said, a Chinese-built road has a 99-year lease in which the Chinese have land rights on both sides. “Thousands of acres, and they have the ability to control the tolls on that road for 99 years,” the admiral said. “That’s the price you get for having the Chinese come in and build a road. We’ve been watching that closely, and it has our attention and has contributed to a sense of urgency I feel about the overall security.”CubaWhile Russia has hundreds of people in Venezuela, Cuba has thousands, Adm. Faller said. In fact, he told the writers, 100 percent of the Venezuelan “palace guard” protecting Maduro are Cuban.IranWhen it comes to terrorist activity, he said, Iran’s influence and presence are felt in South America.“We have uncovered terrorist plots,” he said. “We know that there is a significant Lebanese Hezbollah presence through the region with connections back to Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran […]. Iran’s hand is in this. They are the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. And the long arm of Iranian malfeasance is alive and present around the world, not just in the Middle East. We are continuously keeping our eye on that ball, along with interagency partners.”Key to Countering ThreatsAdm. Faller said strengthening U.S. partnerships in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility is the key to countering threats from Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba.The best approach is to work with those partner nations, learn their needs and determine how those needs support the defense of the hemisphere and the United States, he said. “That’s where we focus,” he added. “And it’s different country to country.”last_img read more

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Suffolk Jail Stars in New Season of MSNBC’s ‘Lockup’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead will have its TV debut this weekend as the set of the latest season of Lockup, the MSNBC series that documents the lives of inmates.The six-episode season, Lockup Extended Stay: Long Island, returns at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 30. The first episode in the series is titled Sufferin’ County. The show is sure to shed light on the darker side of eastern Long Island that is best known for its lively summer beach season.“A lot of people glorify Long Island like it’s a great place great tourist attraction, don’t come here,” one of the inmates tells the camera during one of two trailers for the upcoming season—but viewers will have to tune in to hear why this defendant dislikes LI so much.The popular TV show follows inmates as they attend court hearings, family visits and interact with other inmates. In some of the episodes inmates are given their own camera to show what prison is like from the inmates’ viewpoint.Suffolk County Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Sharkey said the show is beneficial because it can educate the public on what corrections officers do and teach young viewers that a life of crime isn’t as glamorous as portrayed in movies.A TiVo listing of the first episode summed it up like this: “A female inmate finds romance with an alleged gang leader and the jailhouse prepares for a wedding; a very powerful inmate must make a choice between his crime family and his real family.”last_img read more

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50 Reasons not to be a developer

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Crude reality: price crash means oil firms must slash spending

first_imgThe International Energy Agency, which advises oil-importing nations on energy policy, now expects the first annual drop in oil demand since 2009 during the global financial crisis, as the global economy tips into recession.Read also: ‘We have many tanks to fill’: Indonesia to make the most out of globally low oil pricesThe main international benchmark, Brent crude, has fallen from just shy of $60 per barrel to under $25 this week, before regaining some lost ground.The main US benchmark, WTI, tumbled from nearly US$54 to just over $20. Confronted with a dizzying drop in prices, oil firms face a real challenge as they try to cut investment spending in order to survive a coronavirus-induced collapse in demand coupled with a Russia-Saudi Arabia price war.Investment in oil exploration and production was set to hit just over half a trillion dollars this year according to the French research body IFPEN, as firms sought to maintain and expand output.But the emergence of the coronavirus, which has seen nations across the world confine citizens at home and shutter businesses to slow its spread, has upended all forecasts. Not all of the drop is due to the coronavirus.The price of oil had been supported for the past couple of years by production limits agreed by the OPEC oil cartel led by Saudi Arabia and a number of other producers including Russia.However Russia and Saudi Arabia failed to agree earlier this month on deeper cuts to take account of falling demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.Saudi Arabia subsequently slashed prices and announced it would boost output and Russia followed suit, leading to the vertiginous drop in prices.Cut and shift”All companies in the sector will be seeing what more they can do to cut costs, shift their activities to the lowest cost fields they can, trim investment and think hard about what dividend they can pay,” said Professor David Elmes at Warwick Business School.While reducing investment is relatively easy in the near term, the longer prices remain low the more firms will need to look at shutting down production that is more expensive, such as offshore.”For the majors, the prospect of $30 per barrel of oil or below for a period of time is an extreme challenge,” said Biraj Borkhataria, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.He said that if these prices persist more than six months, then oil majors would need to cut into the generous dividends they pay — which is why they are prized by many investors — and that prospect has already been partly incorporated into their share prices.’Unprecedented’Saudi Aramco says it will cut investment to $25-$30 billion this year, a modest drop on the $32.8 billion it spent last year.”Based on this unprecedented environment, we are evaluating all appropriate steps to significantly reduce capital and operating expenses in the near term,” said Exxon Mobil Corporation’s chief executive Darren Woods. British oil major BP is targeting a 20 percent drop in spending this year, its chief financial officer Brian Gilvary said in an interview on Bloomberg television.There are also many smaller oil companies who may struggle.Brent crude oil prices collapse by most since 1991 as ‘OPEC+’ disintegrates. (Reuters/-)”The medium-sized independent companies will be hit hard,” said Moez Ajmi at auditing firm EY in France.”Decisions will be taken to delay projects and we’ll see restructurings of debt.”The boom in shale oil production made the United States the world’s top producer and even a net exporter, but the industry is fragile.Many of the independent shale firms have been built on debt and even before the drop in prices had trouble turning a profit, according to analysts. Poor returnsEnvironmental activists can barely hide their joy at the difficulties the oil industry faces.”We consider it is pretty much good news considering that these (exploration and development) projects shouldn’t see the light of day given the urgency of climate change,” said Cecile Marchand of the French chapter of Friends of the Earth.She acknowledged abandoning these projects may not be permanent unless major political and economic policy changes are made. Marchand also warned of the risk of “a concentration of the market in the hands of the majors who are more resilient that the small firms.”Elmes at Warwick Business School said some positive outcomes were also possible.The European oil and gas majors have already indicated they intend to reduce their reliance on these fuels and become more active in renewables such as wind and solar.”There will be intense discussions on what they can do to move faster,” he said.The industry as a whole may also find it is no longer the darling of investors.”Bankers will throw up their hands and bend to the pressure from institutional investors now demanding transparency for the emissions associated with their investments,” said Elmes. “The profitability of the oil and gas sector used to be attractively high but now it has the worst return over the last five years across 33 different industries,” he noted.Topics :last_img read more

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