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Ocean City Fire Destroys Two Beachfront Duplexes

first_imgFirefighters look at the charred remains of two duplexes on the 4800 block of Central Avenue. Two beachfront duplexes were destroyed and a third was badly damaged during an early morning fire Thursday on Central Avenue in Ocean City. No injuries were reported.The Ocean City Fire Department responded to multiple calls reporting a structure fire on the 4800 block of Central Avenue at 3:20 a.m.Firefighters arrived to find the third floor of a beachfront duplex fully engulfed in flames. The fire had spread to the homes on both sides of the duplex, according to a city press release.Each of the duplexes at 4829 and 4835 Central Ave. was unoccupied at the time of the fire. No residents or firefighters were injured, authorities said.Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading further and controlled the fire quickly, but the two duplexes were destroyed and a third duplex next door had extensive damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Fire companies from Marmora, Strathmere and Margate provided mutual assistance, along with a TriCare EMS team from Somers Point, the Upper Township Rescue Squad and AtlantiCare will update this story as more details become available.last_img read more

Students serve communities through Urban Plunge program

first_imgOver winter break, many Notre Dame students participated in the Urban Plunge through the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The Urban Plunge is a three-day program in which students immerse themselves in the challenges facing marginalized people in cities across the country. Most students participate in programs either in or near their hometowns. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Hall Students who traveled to St. Louis as part of the Urban Plunge connected with local community members.Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, the CSC’s social concerns seminars director, described the Urban Plunge as a “101” for students.“We usually have students that have either a good amount of service in high school or have had the opposite, maybe nothing,” Marley Bonnichsen said. “And they are looking to do something very positive over break or try out this program.”The goals of the Urban Plunge are twofold, Marley Bonnichsen said. The first, she said, is to encourage students to engage with the challenges facing their local communities.“The assumption is that either they are very familiar with services offered to people on the margins there, or this might be the first time they have considered what poverty looks like in their backyard,” Marley Bonnichsen said.Marley Bonnichsen explained that the second objective aims to educate participants on the role the Church plays in combating poverty.“How do faith based organizations, and-or non-faith based organizations that have that intentionality, how is that working? How are they responding? What does that look like on the ground?” she said.The plunges are organized around cities, and Marley Bonnichsen said because engaging locally is a large emphasis, many programs are centered around places where there is a large population of Notre Dame students. Several of the plunges are closely associated with Notre Dame alumni clubs, while others are more centered on independent groups, she said. This winter, there were around 30 Urban Plunge programs offered. Cities with active Notre Dame Clubs tend to have the largest programs, Marley Bonnichsen said, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Cincinnati.Many of the issues students examine relate to economic conditions, such as housing and homelessness. However, Marley Bonnichsen said, sometimes sites look at other issues that can affect economic conditions.“The variance is wide. Last year in Atlanta, they looked at incarceration,” she said. “They not only talked about poverty, but in their immersion, they also ended up seeing what was going on at the local jail. We will also have food justice issues. One of the Boston sites looks at … access to food, what it means to have food deserts, etc.”Urban Plunge also involves academic credit for the spring semester. Marley Bonnichsen said students participate in a seminar before they leave for break to prepare for their immersion and participate in several follow-up sessions when they return.“Because students are coming from all over the place, but for many of them this might be a new thing, it’s really important that students don’t go into a situation thinking they know the answers or bring in a lot of criticism or judgement,” she said. “So we do some educating around the experience of immersion … and understanding what it means to have a connection to people.”Ultimately, participants will spend approximately three days living in the community they are serving, sharing in its experiences and hardships.Sophomore Cecilia Hall participated in a program in St. Louis over break. She and four other students spent time touring and working in The Ville, a historically African-American neighborhood in St. Louis, she said.“Looking back, this Urban Plunge experience was very impactful for me,” Hall said in an email. “Growing up in a small town, I was sheltered from many of the problems that those who live in inner city neighborhoods like The Ville in St. Louis face on a daily basis.”Hall particularly emphasized the importance of trying to understand the community’s problems while also stressing the connection to Catholic teaching.“Rather than trying to come into an impoverished neighborhood like this one and fix all of its problems, it was important and very impactful for us to go and meet people to hear their stories and simply to be with them,” she said. “One of the themes of Catholic Social Teaching is ‘Option for the Poor and Vulnerable,’ and I believe that we were able to carry this out by simply being with the community for the short time that we were there in St. Louis.”On the whole, Marley Bonnichsen said there are four major aims of the program: giving students a sense of the “reality” of the situation in their hometown, helping students reach a better understanding of the struggles of people suffering on the margins, introducing students to the people responding to such challenges and helping students develop into “active citizens.”“The program reflects the essence of Notre Dame students. Notre Dame students deeply want to do great things for others. They want to serve,” Marley Bonnichsen said. “That’s the spirit we get the students into the program with. … We’ve seen a lot of great change in students launching from that one moment. It’s a great gift we are really privileged to offer.”Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, Center for Social Concerns, poverty, service, Urban Plungelast_img read more

Pint-Size Gardeners.

first_imgA new club in town is perfect for kids who like digging inthe dirt and helping others.The Junior Master Gardener program, designed by Texas A&MUniversity’s Extension Service, has arrived in Georgia. Chaptersare sprouting up through the University of Georgia’s ExtensionService.A Lot Like the Adult VersionThe program is modeled after the adult Master Gardener program,a volunteer training for people who love gardening and communityservice. In the adult program, participants complete a horticulturetraining program and work as volunteers at a county Extensionoffice.The Junior Master Gardener program is similar to 4-H. It stressesleadership and community service. Along the way, the studentsalso learn about gardening.”The curriculum can easily be adapted for use as a club,by parents who home school their children or by church groups,”said Krissy Slagle, a program assistant with the Georgia MasterGardeners.”The lessons in the manual are horticulture-based,”Slagle said, “but they cover many other areas. For example,one lesson teaches math skills using fruits and vegetables.”Students get a certificate for each completed chapter and mustcomplete eight chapters to become a certified Junior Master Gardener.Each chapter includes club work, homework and a community serviceproject.Fayetteville and Newnan Clubs are FirstTwo of the first clubs in Georgia are in Fayetteville and Newnan.The Newnan club is a pilot program started by Master GardenerHeidi Roemer.”Istarted the club in February to fulfill my Master Gardener volunteercommitment,” she said. “I wanted to do something withchildren, and Carolyn Fjeran of the Coweta County Extension officerecommended the Junior Master Gardener program.”Roemer coordinates her club with Summer Grove, a local environmentallyfriendly community. “The subdivision contains a nature-friendlygolf course and bluebird houses throughout the neighborhood,”Roemer said.Roemer and eight members have bimonthly club meetings.”We’ve completed four chapters in the manual and are nowpreparing our community service projects,” she said. “Weplan to make pressed-flower bookmarks for a local convalescencehome and build a compost pile for the community.”Suzanne Rocus runs the Fayette County club, along with thelocal Extension Service program assistant and a handful of volunteers.The club started after Rocus won a program manual at a gardeningconference.”Our Master Gardeners were interested in starting theprogram, and our county agent supported the idea,” Rocussaid.Rocus wanted to offer the program through the school system,but with 13 elementary schools, it wasn’t feasible. She startedone chapter and has meetings twice a month at the county Extensionoffice, averaging 18 students.Learning About Community Service andGardening The children take the community service mission seriously.They bagged tree seedlings to be donated at the annual Christmastree recycling event. And to show their appreciation to the countyoffices where they meet, the club planted flower boxes to decoratethe building’s exterior. And in their current project, they planto grow vegetables for needy people.The club recently competed in and won ribbons at the SoutheasternFlower Show.”The program’s not only about gardening,” Rocus said.”The manual is full of wonderful activities that cover everythingfrom ecology to enriching reading skills. The kids recently madeapple sauce from fresh apples.”Junior Master Garden clubs are each as unique as their members.”Most of the children in our club come from families thatenjoy gardening, and they all love to get dirty,” Rocus said.Roemer’s students, however, have the green thumbs in theirfamilies. “Parents keep telling me not to send plants homeif I want them to live,” she said.Roemer, who has completed her required Master Gardener volunteerhours, plans to extend her pilot chapter. “I’m going to continuethe club another eight weeks,” she said. “I just loveit.”Learn more about the Junior Master Gardener program at read more

White House: US Offer to Nicolás Maduro ‘is too generous’

first_imgBy Carolina Valladares/Voice of America (VOA) May 08, 2020 In an interview with Voice of America, Mauricio Claver-Carone, senior director of the National Security Council Office for Western Hemisphere Affairs, urged Nicolás Maduro to seriously consider the plan presented by the government of U.S. President Donald Trump to create a transitional government.Neither Maduro nor Interim President Juan Guaidó will be part of this plan.Claver-Carone, who is also a security adviser for Trump, said that the White House’s proposal is “too generous” and warned Maduro that “no one who confronts the American legal system fares well.” On March 26, U.S. Attorney General William Barr filed formal charges against the Venezuelan leader for narcoterrorism, narcotrafficking, and corruption.Carolina Valladares, VOA: Are the United States’ latest moves in the region, including announcing an increased military presence, a sign that the U.S. is losing patience with Venezuela?Mauricio Claver-Carone, adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump for Western Hemisphere Affairs: Undoubtedly, we currently see a regime with a leader who has basically usurped the powers of a state and put them at the service of narcoterrorism. We haven’t seen this since the 1980s, with Manuel Noriega in Panama, which creates a situation where we take seriously this risk to our neighbors, our partners, the region, and obviously to U.S. citizens.Valladares: Maduro said he rejects the U.S. offer. What are Trump’s alternatives now, regarding Venezuela?Claver-Carone: We’ve been very patient. Obviously, the pressure increased drastically in January 2019. The initiative offered now is generous, I think maybe too generous, so he should consider it very carefully. It’s time for common sense to prevail. They should study this opportunity closely, because opportunities like this are not always available. Nicolás Maduro probably regrets missing all the opportunities that he had three to six months ago, and we don’t want him in three or six months’ time to regret not seizing this opportunity. Let him take his time, not too much time, but I hope he uses his common sense. This is not the time to see who is more macho. It’s time to see what is best for his country and for the people of Venezuela.Valladares: You’ve used legal means, pressing charges against Maduro for narcotrafficking; diplomatic means, with proposals for dialogue; and economic means, with sanctions. What would a military approach be like?Claver-Carone: Ultimately, we’re not operating at a one hundred percent capacity of the high-pressure efforts we began in January 2019. We don’t want to reach maximum, pressure. We would like to follow a process, which is now at 60 to 70 percent, to enable a democratic and peaceful transition. This opportunity still exists, and it’s what I would like to see executed. I think they have this initiative on the table; they have the mechanism on the table, and they should take advantage of it.Valladares: The United States has offered a process for talks in which Guaidó and Maduro would not participate in. Does this mean the strategy to support Guaidó has failed?Claver-Carone: Quite the contrary. We’ve reached this situation because of Juan Guaidó’s international leadership and Nicolás Maduro’s crisis. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, the international community is willing to help with easily more than $2 billion, which is what Guaidó said he needed. But it recognizes Juan Guaidó’s government, not Nicolás Maduro’s narco-dictatorship.last_img read more

Payment trends that should keep credit union leaders up at night

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your CU’s survival is at Craig SauerApple Pay and its various mobile payment competitors are not the only technologies credit unions need to worry about.A handful of other trends are playing out in the payments arena, according to Tom Davis, CSCU’s senior vice president of finance and technology.These emerging trends include:• Wearables. “The wearable craze is coming,” Davis said. While consumers demonstrate skepticism about products such as Apple and Samsung’s Internet-connected watches, “nobody is giving up.” And these products are being designed with payment credentials.• P2P. Person-to-person payments will become table stakes. “You’ve got to do it,” he said, because millennials will consider nontraditional financial institutions if you don’t provide instantaneous ways to transfer money.v continue reading »last_img read more

4 last-minute gifts for Dad for under $50

first_imgIf you haven’t completely finished your Christmas shopping yet, there’s a good chance it’s because you can’t figure out what to get for dear ol dad. Dads aren’t really that hard to shop for, because they’re always satisfied with new socks or ties. But sometimes you want to mix it up. If you’re stumped on what to get your Dad (or your husband, uncle, or brother for that matter), here are four options under 50 bucks from Amazon that will arrive in plenty of time for you to wrap them and get them under the tree.Carhartt Men’s Rain Defender Paxton Heavyweight Hooded Sweatshirt: Everybody loves a hoodie. Especially a thick, heavyweight one for the winter time. This one is awesome because not only does it look extremely comfortable, but it has Carhartt’s Rain Defender durable water-repellent finish that makes it “rain, mist and snow resistant.” Now Dad won’t have to throw on a raincoat before he goes out to get the mail during January snowstorms. $49.99Travando RFID Blocking Wallet: I bought my dad a new wallet in 2004 and I’m pretty sure he’s still using his old one. If a dad in your life is in need of an upgrade, look no further than this slim money clip wallet. It’s got a 4.5 star rating with almost 6k reviews. This will prevent him from being able to keep every receipt he receives during the calendar year in his wallet. And that will keep him from sitting on that monster he has now, which can’t be good for his back. Also, it blocks radio frequency identification signals which helps protect certain credit, debit and ID cards. $29.95Nike Men’s 3 Pack Golf Web Belt: You know what a lot of dads love? Golf. And if they love golf, they probably play golf. And if they play golf they probably own 1200 golf shirts. And it stands to reason that if they have that many shirts, that probably have tons of golf shorts and pants. And you know a dad has to be fashionable. Here’s a sweet 3 pack of Nike golf belts for the golf-loving dad in your family. $23.97Dad Joke Loading | T-Shirt: There are more dads who think they are funny than dads who are actually funny, but you know what, that’s why we love those guys. If you’ve got a fun-loving, corny-joke telling dad in your family, he’s probably going to think this shirt is hysterical. Anytime he wears it, you’ll always be prepared for that status bar to finish loading. $14.95 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Kevin Campbell tells Mikel Arteta to sell Mesut Ozil and replace him with Man Utd transfer target Jack Grealish

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Kevin Campbell tells Mikel Arteta to sell Mesut Ozil and replace him with Man Utd transfer target Jack Grealish Should Arsenal sell Ozil? (Picture: Getty)‘But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs, we need creativity, and someone that when the games not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.‘We’re being shown up by the likes of Sheffield United, Chris Wilder who has done a fantastic job there, they haven’t got the quality that Arsenal have but they’re above us in the league. ‘Why? Because they’ve got a system and they fight, grab and battle, and they’ve got some quality there as well. If we can’t match these teams, we don’t deserve to be up there.’MORE: Henry hits back at De Bruyne over assists record MORE: Henry explains why it was ‘easier’ playing for Arsenal than BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Grealish is a wanted man (Picture: Getty)Kevin Campbell believes the time has come for Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and believes he should be replaced with someone in the mould of Jack Grealish.Grealish is one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets this summer after an impressive season with boyhood club Aston Villa and he is expected to leave the relegation-threatened side. Campbell, who spent seven years at Highbury, believes Arsenal should also be in the hunt for the Villa captain. He believes Ozil is past his best and that Arsenal need more legs in midfield – something Grealish or Leicester’s James Maddison would provide.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield, Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, he can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years,’ Campbell exclusively told‘There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal. ‘No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Norwegian oil fund buys Spanish logistics space in Prologis deal

first_imgPhilip Dunne, president of Prologis Europe, said: “This acquisition is a unique opportunity to purchase high-quality assets that complement PELP’s existing portfolio.”Demand for logistics infrastructure in Spain was on the rise and construction of new facilities at a historic low, he said. The portfolio had been bought at a discount to replacement costs, he said.Including this deal, the PELP portfolio now included 230 logistics facilities in Europe with 5.3m square meters of space, Prologis said.NBIM said Prologis would manage the portfolio.The deal was signed on 22 August, it said.A year ago, the joint venture acquired a 12,600sq2 distribution facility in Tongeren, Belgium. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which runs the NOK5.5trn (€673bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), has bought half of a portfolio of Spanish logistics properties through its European joint venture with international industrial property provider Prologis.The 50-50 joint venture — Prologis European Logistics Partners (PELP) — has acquired a portfolio of 152,029m2 of logistics facilities and development land in Madrid and Barcelona from SABA Parques Logisticos, Prologis said.The portfolio includes eight buildings and two plots of land totalling 14.9 hectares, NBIM said.NBIM did not disclose the value of the latest deal, but said it had now paid a total of €242m for its 50% stake across four transactions via the joint venture, which began in 2013.last_img read more

Cayman Islands to develop national energy policy

first_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: TOWN, Cayman islands (GIS) — The Cayman Islands is arguably facing several challenges in the energy sector that may impede the future development and success of the Islands’ economy and society.Accordingly, under the auspices of the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Land and Agriculture (DAWLA), the government appointed a National Energy Policy Committee (NEPC) on 1 June 2010, tasked with developing a national energy policy.“We are almost one hundred percent dependent on fossil fuel to meet our energy needs. Water and electricity production and transportation are heavily reliant on these imported fuels and these areas are all important cornerstones of our economy and society,” said deputy premier and minister of DAWLA, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.She continued: “The challenges associated with oil reliability, affordability and security, as well as the environmental impact are all major concerns facing our relatively small country. As a government, we must address them; we feel a clear national plan to manage the energy sector is needed going forward, hence the appointment and remit of this committee.”The NEPC is not limiting its work merely to the electricity sector; it is tasked with looking at all aspects of energy requirements and use, including transportation, gasoline products, water supply, building codes, and environmental issues, as well as ensuring dependable product supply lines so that residents receive future continuity of necessary services.Further, the NEPC is working closely with the Electricity Regulatory Authority to promote renewable energy systems for the Cayman Islands which will help in reducing the dependency on oil-based products.Cline Glidden, Member of the Legislative Assembly and DAWLA ministerial councillor is the NEPC chairman and he is under no illusion regarding the daunting task that lies ahead. However, he remains upbeat about both the outcome and the committee:“This is a policy that is timely in examining how we can reduce our dependency on fossil fuel and it is conducive with global environmental trends in seeking ways and means to decrease atmospheric pollutants. The challenges are many, but we need to be proactive rather than reactive,” he commented.Of the 15-member committee, Glidden said, “It covers a good cross-section of the business community, with the sub-committees expected to attract even more numbers and stakeholders. I am confident that it will deliver on its remit in a timely manner.”Caribbean News Now Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share NewsRegional Cayman Islands to develop national energy policy by: – May 31, 2011 30 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

School Board Candidates Must File By Aug. 22

first_imgThe clock is ticking for those interested in filing as a candidate for a local school corporation board member seat.Franklin County Clerk Karla Bauman said that a declaration to run for a school board office must be received by August 22.Three seats are open on Batesville’s school board. They are for District 1, 2, and 4.Franklin County School’s District 5 at-large seat will also appear on the ballot, along with open seats for many school corporations throughout the region.Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy says her office accepts petitions for Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan and South Ripley.South Dearborn School applicants can apply through the Dearborn County Clerk.Voters will cast a ballot for school board members during November’s general election.last_img read more

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