Ocean City’s Wider Beaches Draw Raves

first_imgJill and Kevin Urban, of Abington, Pa., enjoy a stroll on the expansive beaches in the north end on the last day of the replenishment project. By MADDY VITALEDanny Russo, of Hoboken, looked out over the beach in the north end near Seaspray Road, where Ocean City’s project to pump in fresh sand to replenish the eroded shoreline was wrapping up Thursday. He said he couldn’t believe his eyes.“The beaches are like four times bigger than they were last year,” he said with a smile.Russo, his best friend, Dallas Wilkins, of Newark, and his father, David Russo, spent some time on the beach fishing. They come to Ocean City every summer for a getaway.“We didn’t catch anything, but we’re definitely happy about the beaches,” David Russo noted.The work is the culmination of a major beach replenishment program that began in the spring to rebuild beaches across approximately 2.1 miles of Ocean City’s northernmost and downtown beaches.While the work brought some inconvenience to beachgoers with hulking machinery and beach closures at various locations throughout the summer, vacationers seemed pleased with the results.“They are so much bigger,” said Jill Urban, of Abington, Pa.She and her husband, Kevin, were married in Ocean City 15 years ago on Sept. 17 and were celebrating their anniversary with a vacation.“The storms always take the beaches away. It is hard to say if the sand will stay, but it feels and looks good right now,” Kevin Urban noted.Bulldozers spread out piles of new sand for the replenished beaches.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen explained the progress of the work on the north end beaches. On Thursday morning work was at a temporary standstill, but was scheduled was to resume in the afternoon.“Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is repairing a damaged gasket this morning,” Bergen said of the beach replenishment contractor. “Work is expected to resume around noon, and they have about 10 hours and 15,745 cubic yards to go before completing the project at the terminal groin near Seaview Road.”So far, they have pumped 1,589,420 cubic yards of new sand onto more than two miles of beach. The contractor will demobilize as much equipment as possible before the holiday weekend. But no work will take place Friday to Monday, and all beaches will have full access, Bergen said.In addition to pumping sand onto the beaches, the contractor also stockpiled sand, so the city can rebuild areas of dune to create an uninterrupted line across the length of the project area. A dredge was placed off Great Egg Harbor Inlet and a pipeline was run underwater and on the beach.Dallas Wilkins, of Newark, and Danny and David Russo, of Hoboken, enjoy the wider beaches.“The project will bring more than 1.6 million cubic yards of new sand to rebuild beaches across approximately 2.1 miles of Ocean City’s northernmost and downtown beaches,” Bergen pointed out.Surfers and best friends, Dylan Pearl and Will Brown, 25, both of Philadelphia, enjoyed the ocean and the beach Thursday morning.They came down to Brown’s family home in Ocean City to celebrate Pearl’s 26th birthday.While they acknowledged that the project disrupted surfing at certain beaches sometimes, they also saw a lot of positives.“It’s definitely nice to have bigger beaches,” Pearl said.Dylan Pearl, left, and Will Brown, both of Philadelphia enjoy a morning of surfing.last_img read more

Real EMV fraud consequences could change merchants’ tune

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite this month’s liability shift deadline, a number of small business owners have yet to make the switch to EMV at their point of sale (POS) terminals. However, the potential consequences of not doing so could be sufficient motivation for many to change that stance in the coming months.A recent study considered three potential scenarios small businesses might face following the liability shift:Covering the cost of fraudulent transactions Receiving consumer complaintsHearing about other businesses experiencing fraudulent transactionsThe survey gauged 344 small business owners’ reactions to these probable situations to gain a better understanding of what would motivate them to implement EMV at their POS.The majority (60 percent) of small business owners surveyed said they would be unable to recover if they were required to handle a fraudulent charge of more than $500 out-of-pocket. Sixty-three percent of small businesses that currently have no plans to accept EMV said they would adopt the technology if it gave them fraud coverage. Interestingly, nearly half (47 percent) said they would become EMV-capable if they had to cover $100 or less in fraud. continue reading »last_img read more

Japan’s Suga poised to win party race, headed for premiership

first_imgJapanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a longtime loyal aide of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was poised to win a ruling party leadership election on Monday, virtually ensuring that he replaces Abe this week in the nation’s top job.Suga, 71, who has said he would pursue Abe’s key economic and foreign policies, is expected to get the bulk of votes from 394 Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and is likely to win a majority of 141 votes from the party’s local chapters.Suga was on track to win over 70 percent of the MPs’ votes and was leading among local chapters, public broadcaster NHK reported. The winner of the LDP race is virtually certain to be elected prime minister in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday because of the LDP’s majority in the lower house. He will serve out Abe’s term as party leader through September 2021.Abe, Japan’s longest serving premier, said last month he would quit due to ill health, ending a nearly eight-year term.Suga has said he would continue Abe’s signature “Abenomics” strategy of hyper-easy monetary policy, government spending and reforms while juggling the problems of COVID-19 and a slumping economy, and confronting longer-term issues such as Japan’s ageing population and low birthrate.Japanese manufacturers remained pessimistic for a 14th straight month in September, a Reuters poll showed, underlining the huge challenge the next leader faces. Suga, whose resume is thin on diplomatic experience, faces geopolitical challenges such as building ties with the winner of the Nov. 3 US presidential election and balancing concern over China’s maritime aggressiveness with bilateral economic interdependence.Speculation is simmering that Suga will call a snap election for parliament’s lower house as soon as next month to boost his chances of winning a full three-year term as LDP chief next year. A vote for the lower chamber must be held by late October 2021.Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer from northern Japan who got his start in politics as a local assemblyman, has since 2012 held the key post of chief cabinet secretary, acting as Abe’s top government spokesman, coordinating policies and keeping bureaucrats in line.He has the image as more of a behind-the-scenes operator than a frontline leader but rose in opinion polls after he announced his candidacy to succeed Abe. He won support from most LDP factions, outpacing his rivals including former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba and ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida.Topics :last_img read more

Batesville eatery enlists in ‘Meals on the Go’ with Ivy Tech Community College

first_imgBatesville, In. — Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with local restaurants in Lawrenceburg and Batesville to provide students with free meals on select dates throughout the fall semester.Beebs & Bubs Ameri-Cafe in Lawrenceburg and Izzy’s at Hillcrest in Batesville will provide the meals at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg campus and Batesville site. The initiative, called “Meals on the Go,” was formed after a survey indicated reliable access to nutritious food was among the top requests by students.“We want to ensure our students have access to fulfilling meals so that they can concentrate on reaching their educational and career goals,” said Shakira Grubbs, Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Student Success. “We are extremely grateful to Beebs & Bubs and Izzy’s for partnering with the College to provide these meals and help our students on their way to academic success.”The dates for the free Meals on the Go at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg will be Aug. 29; Sept. 13, 17, and 25; Oct. 10, 18, and 22; November 13 and 28; and Dec. 6 and 10. Meals can be picked up after 11 a.m. in the Express Enrollment Center at the Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus while supplies last on each date.At Ivy Tech Batesville, the free Meals on the Go will be available on Aug. 30, Sept. 10 and 25, Oct. 10 and 25; Nov. 5 and 27; and Dec. 12. The meals can be picked up at the main office of Ivy Tech Batesville from 5:30-6:30 p.m. while supplies last.Meals include sandwich, fruit, chips, and a cookie, and a vegan option is available.last_img read more

There will be no Transfer of Simon Vukicevic to FC Sarajevo

first_imgAs things are going now, there will be no transfer of Simon Vukicevic to FC Sarajevo.A Montenegrian national team player is closer to the signing for one of Polish or Asian clubs, as confirmed by his representative Muhamed Harbas.“Unfortunately, FC Sarajevo, and especially our clubs are unable to match the offers of European clubs. Despite my great desire, but also a desire of the administration of FC Sarajevo, probably will not come to the realization of the transfer. I wish a lot of luck to the club from Kosevo in the future and I promise to their fans that I will soon bring a player in the rank of Simon Vukicevic“, said Muhamed Harbas, the representative of Simon Vukicevic.Until now, FC Sarajevo engaged Anel Hebibovic from Velez and Almir Bekic from Sloboda.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

West Point, Annapolis investigating use of possible ‘white power’ hand signs during Army-Navy Game

first_imgFrom the Wall Street Journal:The United States Military Academy has stripped a motto from its football team spirit flag because of its connection to hate groups, the academy said on Sunday. Since the mid-1990s, the Army Black Knights football team at West Point has been using a flag with a skull and crossbones and “G.F.B.D.”, which stands for “God Forgives, Brothers Don’t,” the academy said. The team used the motto until academy officials learned that the phrase was associated with extremist groups.President Donald Trump, who has been accused of emboldening racist behavior during his first term, took the field for the ceremonial coin toss wearing a hat that read, “Keep America Great.”👊⚓️🇺🇸 @realDonaldTrump comes through as usual and the coin toss goes to #USNavy#ArmyNavyGame #GoNavyBeatArmy pic.twitter.com/y1tTygxXHK— ⚓️Old Submariner🇺🇸 (@BerrinAndro) December 14, 2019Navy would go on to defeat Army, 31-7. “We’re looking into it,” Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a West Point spokesman, told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t know what their intention is.”While the hand gesture has recently been associated with white supremacy, it is also ​used in the “circle game,” in which the person making the hand symbol tries to trick someone into looking at it. If the person looks, they receive a punch to the shoulder.The game was played on the popular TV series Malcolm in the Middle:West Point and Annapolis officials will determine if the hand gestures were being used as part of the game or were motivated by racism.Earlier this week, West Point said a motto on its team flag was removed in September after it was linked to racism. Military officials are investigating the alleged use of “white power” hand signs during the live broadcast of Saturday’s Army-Navy Game after video clips appeared to show at least two cadets and one midshipman flashing the upside-down OK symbol behind ESPN’s Rece Davis.MORE: Cubs ban fan indefinitely for alleged racist hand gesturelast_img read more

FIFA World Cup Coca Cola Trophy Tour takes off, in Kampala March 5

first_img“The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.” World Cup legend Pirlo with the trophy before leaving London. PHOTO @FIFAWorldCupFIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola takes off from London, in Kampala March 5London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT |  The global leg of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony in London on Monday, with former FIFA World Cup winners Sir Geoff Hurst of England and Andrea Pirlo of Italy on hand to celebrate and send the FIFA World Cup Original Trophy off on its worldwide journey.The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize. The trophy will be in Uganda on 5th – 6th March, 2018.According to FIFA.COM, starting today, Coca-Cola invited fans around the world to get #ReadyFor the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup by giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the same Trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July.This is the fourth time in history that Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world. This year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will touch down in a number of nations for the first time ever, including Iceland, Austria and Mongolia.“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Houdini touch helps Hilleard to Berkhamsted victory

first_img England’s Josh Hilleard found the touch of Houdini to seal a one-shot win in the Berkhamsted Trophy on four-under par.He led for most of the 72-hole event at Berkhamsted Golf Club in Hertfordshire,  but was closely challenged throughout, notably by Lincolnshire’s Simon Richardson, the eventual runner –up; Norfolk’s Jack Yule and fellow England A squad member, Will Enefer of Shropshire & Herefordshire.But when it counted, Hilleard (Image © Leaderboard Photography) discovered the magic touch which kept him ahead. “The last round was very eventful, it was my worst ball striking round but I had a few hole-outs from strange positions,” said the 21-year-old from Farrington Park in Somerset.On the eighth, for example, his tee shot finished in trees and he had to chip out, but a restricted follow through meant his ball ended in a bush. Fortunately the bush was in ground under repair and he received a free drop – and promptly holed his 60-yard shot to the green for an unlikely par. “It was a bit of a surprise!” he said.He followed up on the 14th when he holed his second shot from about 100 yards for an eagle two. “It makes it easy!” he laughed.From then on he parred in, knowing that he needed a four on the last to beat Richardson (Spalding). “That tests your pressure game, but that’s good, it what we live and play for,” said Hilleard.He played his way into the lead with a first round score of three-under 68 which put him one clear. He followed up with 71 which tied him with Jack Yule (Middleton Hall) at the halfway stage; 72 in the third round which left him tied with Will Enefer (Wrekin); and finally 69 to edge in ahead of Simon Richardson.Kealan Lowe (Wheatley) was third on two under; while Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) and Enefer shared fourth place on one-under.Hilleard’s win marked a return to form after he was disappointed by his last outing in the Spanish amateur. “It’s a nice bounce back,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of lessons to get my head clear and we had our squad training at Quinta do Lago, which was a bit of an eye opener and changed how I will approach tournaments from now on.”This is his first individual win of the 2016 season but he has already helped England to victory in the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament against Spain, Germany and Finland.The tournament was extended this year from 36 holes, played on one day,  to 72 holes, over three days, in a bid to gain world ranking status for the event, which boasts illustrious past winners such as Sandy Lyle and Luke Donald.Click here for the final scores 3 Apr 2016 Houdini touch helps Hilleard to Berkhamsted victory last_img read more

Watch for wet weather challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The growing season of 2017 continues to be a challenge for management and forces work to be done in between torrential rainfall events. Some areas of the state have already received more than 20 inches of rain since planting which is more than 8 inches above the 10-year average. This above average rainfall may seem like a huge relief, especially to those areas of the state that were in a drought last growing season, but it creates its own agronomic challenges as well.In corn fields, the excess moisture and warm temperatures have created the perfect environment for fungal growth. Gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight and common rust can be found in most corn fields around the state. With the disease present and a conducive environment, the last side of the disease triangle — a susceptible host — is also needed to drive rapid infection. Product disease ratings from the seed companies would be the first place to start evaluating which products in the fields may be the most susceptible to which diseases. Products vary in their tolerance to different diseases. While a product may rate very strong against gray leaf spot, it may be weaker when it comes to northern corn leaf blight, so it is important to scout products in the field to assess which disease is present. Field conditions such as crop rotation, tillage system, planting date, and field topography can greatly influence the amount of disease present, so it is also important to scout the same product in multiple fields.The excessive moisture and saturated soils may have caused nitrogen loss in some areas of fields as well. While at this point in the growing season it is very difficult to apply additional units of nitrogen from an operational standpoint, it is a good idea to scout those areas of suspected loss to help manage later season issues. Corn plants that exhibit nitrogen deficiency will not only limit grain fill potential, but may also have issue with stalk integrity leading to standability problems this fall. Identifying those acres now will help prioritize harvest schedule and reduce harvest problems. Nitrogen deficiency and loss can be influenced by nitrogen rate, source, timing, stabilization, drainage, soil texture, soil organic matter, and the plant’s ability to uptake nutrients. While scouting, look for the inverted yellow V pattern starting on the lower leaves of a corn plant. This is indicative of nitrogen deficiency.Ohio’s soybean crop also has some continued agronomic challenges due to the wet growing conditions. Agronomic problems that are occurring in some soybean fields include frogeye leaf spot, white mold, bacterial blight, downy mildew, Septoria brown spot, Cercospora, and Phytophthora root and stem rot. Although diseases like Phytophthora and white mold cannot be reduced, or managed at this point of the growing season, identifying high-pressure fields can help improve management of future growing seasons. Leaf diseases of soybeans can vary greatly by product tolerance, crop rotation, tillage system, planting date, field topography and field history. So, scouting and proper disease identification can help determine if any management is needed to positively influence yield in the future.last_img read more

Maybe it’s over there? — To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhere oh where could it be? Photo by geocacher 3 Williams KidzGeocache Name:To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) What was the last geocache that made you smile? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Photos:Maybe it’s up there. Photo by geocacher SprinklesBChick-A-D struggling to find the cache. Maybe one day she’ll find it.Can you spot it? Photo by geocacher Eispiraten DD What the Geocache owner, Jake92, has to say:“Geocaching friends were visiting from Denver and they thought I had to many difficult caches and I should do a real easy one. This one was really too easy,  but they  liked it and convinced me to submit it for publishing. So far the cache has never been muggled.I was amazed by the feed back I got from cachers  from the U.S. and  other countries. The description several of their visits very comical and good sense of humor  Some were going to use my idea, which is fine with me. Because of this cache I have met many cachers ,newbies and seasoned.I would like to thank all who have visited to too two easy for the positive responses , the favorites and  hope all that visit this cache will leave with a smile.” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:What makes a great geocache? Does it have to have an amazing container? A beautiful location? An epic puzzle? As far as I’m concerned, the best geocaches are the ones that bring a smile to your face. Just like this one. A breath of fresh air for geocachers who might be a tad frustrated with a hard puzzle, this geocache is relatively easy to spot. Although, by looking at the photos, it would seem that some geocachers still tend to have troubles finding it. SharePrint RelatedSnooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 16, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”NOPE. – Arachnophobia (GC2XHEQ) – Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” What geocachers are saying:“Funniest one yet!!” — hjay6906“Yes!! after 3 DNF’s I finally made a score in Silverton. Way cool and tricky too. Hope the photo doesn’t give away too much and spoil the find.” – ADVTraveler“Okay, this is my kind of cache. Going thru Colorado with far too many DNFs, this one brought a smile to my face. Thanks. SL, left two bits.” – cyclocatlast_img read more