Doo Dah Parade Marches on Despite Rain

first_imgA brigade of basset hounds leads the parade on the wet Boardwalk in the 2019 Doo Dah Parade.  By Sarah Camey   As spectators gathered, beauty queens adjusted their crowns, and basset hounds assumed their parade positions, one question seemed to linger in the minds of many: “Will we beat the rain?” But the 34th annual Doo Dah Parade took place on Saturday afternoon despite forecasts of possible showers. As the parade kicked off at noon on Sixth Street in Ocean City, there were some concerning dark clouds, but no reported raindrops just yet. The parade included performers and musicians such as the Ocean City High School Marching Band, the Pleasantville High School Marching Band and the Hobo Band.The 2019 Ocean City pageant winners were also in attendance, along with a herd of basset hounds making their annual appearance.The Ocean City High School Marching Band plays some lively music while heading down the Boardwalk.As the parade rounded 12th Street and headed towards the Boardwalk, the rain began to fall. While some parade-goers found shelter under gazebos and Boardwalk shop awnings, others came prepared with umbrellas to watch the celebration. The rain didn’t seem to hinder the experience, however, as the Boardwalk crowd was only slightly smaller than it has been in previous years. Spectators continued to dance along with the many bands and mascots the Doo Dah parade has to offer. “We hoped it wouldn’t rain, but we brought an umbrella just in case,” said Kate Fischer, 24, of Ventnor, as she huddled under her umbrella with boyfriend Nick Price, 25, also of Ventnor. “I wish we brought two,” Price joked. Various participants paid tribute to the parade’s grand marshal, Barbara Eden, wearing costumes inspired by her character on the 1960s hit sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Eden’s renowned humor made her a fitting choice as the Doo Dah host for the comical parade, city officials said. She was also slated to serve as host for the Mr. Mature America pageant Saturday night at the Ocean City Music Pier. The parade concluded on the Boardwalk on Sixth Street as planned. Although the participants were a little wetter than at the beginning of the day’s festivities, it was all smiles and laughter for the end of another Doo Dah day in Ocean City. From left, Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright, Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson, Miss Amazing New Jersey Junior Teen Chloe Byrne and Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan get ready for the parade.last_img read more

NA business day

first_imgThe difference between costing and pricing is the topic of a business day, which aims to encourage bakers to ask themselves some tough questions.The event is organised by the National Association of Master Bakers and will be held at the Best Western Hilton Hotel in Derby on 6 June. Tony Robb, bakery manager at Chatsworth Farm Shop, will give a talk about the shop and bakery, followed by a tour the next day. Tickets cost £190. Call 01920 468061 for details.last_img

Speech: Launch of Beyond the Ice: UK policy towards the Arctic

first_imgGood morning everyone and thank you for joining us for the launch of the new iteration of UK policy towards the Arctic. I’m sure it will be an absolute best seller.This country’s long history of exploration and endeavour in the Polar Regions is the stuff of legends. With any luck that means you will not mind if I say a few words about ‘Beyond the Ice’.All of us understand that the Arctic region is of fundamental importance, not only to the people who live and work there but also to the health of the planet.It is now 20 years since the UK became one of four original observers to the newly formed Arctic Council. We remain as committed as ever to the Arctic States and the indigenous peoples of the Arctic and to securing a sustainable future for them that benefits us all.That is what this new Policy Framework is all about.It is 5 years since the last one, and as we are all too well aware, a great deal has changed in the Arctic region in that time – most significantly, the unprecedented decline in sea-ice cover and thickness, and the steady rise in average temperatures.These rapid changes have drawn greater attention to the Arctic – in ways that can present both opportunities and challenges.The UK takes seriously our responsibility to ensure the security and stability of the region and to work collaboratively to address them.In ‘Beyond the Ice’, we set out the UK’s 3 main commitments to the region.The first is to bring our world-class science to bear in helping to understand the changing Arctic and to find solutions to the challenges that presents to us.That means supporting our top scientists and their international collaboration on the Arctic – particularly as the new Agreement on Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic is implemented. Already, nearly 2-thirds of the UK Arctic research papers have international co-authors. We think this is the right approach, and want to encourage more of it.The UK Government is investing both manpower and finance in pioneering Arctic research. Man and woman power in the form of our Science and Innovation Officers in our 8 Arctic State Embassies and the Arctic Science Office. Finance in the shape of £16 million in the 5-year Changing Arctic Ocean Programme and a further £2.3 million for UK-based scientists to take part in MOSAiC, which many of you will know, is a truly international study of the Arctic climate.The second commitment we make in ‘Beyond the Ice’ is to help protect the fragile environment of the Arctic for the people who live and visit there.The UK is already a global leader on addressing global climate change and tackling the accumulation of pollutants in the world’s oceans. Our commitment to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals is underpinned by our Clean Growth Strategy and we have consistently been at the forefront of international regulatory changes to reduce global greenhouse emissions on land and at sea.We are also taking great strides to reduce the accumulation of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, including through our 25-year Environmental Plan, which commits us to achieve zero avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042. Given that the nearly all of the litter found in the Arctic comes from elsewhere, it is essential that we all take action to stop it.We will gain further insights into the impacts of climate and environmental change on the Arctic when the report ‘Polar Oceans: status and change’ – which was jointly commissioned by the UK and Norway – is published later this year.Our third commitment in ‘Beyond the Ice’ is to support responsible and sustainable development of the region, and ensure that its people are the first to benefit from the increase in prosperity that a changing Arctic may bring.Changes in the Arctic also present economic opportunities for the UK. Shrinking summer sea-ice could cut the travel time between Asia and Europe by 10 days, bringing benefits in terms of reduced costs, lower fuel consumption and less pollution.However these potential benefits do not give us – or anyone else – the right to run roughshod over the needs of the region and its people. That is why our priority will be to encourage development that is both sustainable and responsible.To sum up, the UK remains a global leader in supporting environmental protection, international cooperation and the rules-based system. We are home to world-leading research scientists and cutting edge business investment.‘Beyond the Ice’ demonstrates our continued determination to harness and share these assets and to work together to understand, protect and improve the Arctic, for the benefit of all, for generations to come.Further information Media enquiries Email [email protected] Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP For journalists last_img read more

Video of ‘Lion King’ Cast Singing on NYC Subway is Epic

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Only in New York. Cast members of the Broadway hit “Lion King” woke up a sleepy New York City subway train in late June with a booming rendition of “Circle of Life.” A video of the subway performance began circulating on YouTube this week and has already generated more than 2.1 million views. Veteran New York City straphangers are accustomed to impromptu performances by street singers or dancers, so it’s no surprise that several riders barely reacted to the surprise—and free—show. The video begins with footage of the A train entering the 59th Street station. One cast member displayed a suspicious smile after entering the train, while another is seen standing nonchalantly reading a book. Then this happened:last_img read more

How to bounce back from a spending spree

first_imgWe’ve all been there. We intend to make a few purchases then all of the sudden we realize we’ve gone overboard with our spending. You may feel the urge to panic but before you do, consider these tips for damage control after going nuts on a spending spree.Prioritize purchasesWhen the dust has settled and your panic begins to recede, start to look back over what you’ve bought. Are these things vital to your life, or are they all “extras” that you don’t necessarily have a need for? Sure, it’s fun to get new things just for the heck of it, but if you’ve spent too much, you may need to think about returning some things to get your money on track.Get back on budgetSure, you’ve gone way over the limit, but it’s time to move forward and recover. Remember how you typically spend and if that’s been working for you, go back to your old ways. Don’t beat yourself up over what’s in the past because we’ve all been there. It’s time to regroup and remember your limits.Plan to pay backStick to your original budget, but also consider ways you’re going to make up for the damage you’ve done to your wallet. If you’ve charged your purchases, now’s the time to dip into that debt repayment fund you’ve been saving up. Or, if you shopped with cash, to pay yourself back, plan for ways you can trim your spending until your finances are where they were before your spending spree.Reflect on patternsGetting in this position every once in a blue moon is not cause for too much for concern. But, if overspending and busting your budget is becoming a pattern, you need to stop and assess the issue. Is there a particular reason why you’re shopping/spending habits are getting out of control? Understanding why you’re behaving the way you are will help you to make corrections and learn from your mistakes. 74SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Challenger’s £75m spree lands near Heathrow

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40 MLB players and staff test positive for COVID-19 in week: Report

first_imgIt was not clear how the coronavirus cases might impact MLB’s plans to play its games in teams’ home ballparks without fans.With spring training facilities closed, teams have been told to plan to conduct pre-season training in their home cities.An expected three-week preparation period would likely see opening day pushed to the week of July 27.The league said it wants the regular season to end by September 27 so an expanded playoffs can be completed by late October or early November. Negotiations had dragged on for weeks as MLB sought not only to prorate salaries based on the number of games played, but also to pay only a percentage of those salaries — something players said they would not accept.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thought he’d gotten past that stumbling block on Wednesday after hammering out a potential “framework” for an agreement with union chief Tony Clark that paid full prorated salaries for a 60-game season.But the players countered, asking for 70 games.USA Today reported that Manfred emailed Clark on Sunday saying that the uptick in COVID-19 cases, and the resulting closure of spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona, meant that 70 games would not be possible and even 60 would be difficult. Major League Baseball saw 40 players and staff members test positive for COVID-19 in the past week, USA Today reported on Sunday as talks on how to get a 2020 season underway dragged on.The newspaper cited two sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, saying the coronavirus cases had ramped up the urgency of negotiations between owners and players on a framework for starting a season that was originally scheduled to begin in March.The MLB Players Association postponed a vote on Sunday on whether to accept or reject MLB’s proposal for a 60-game season with players receiving full prorated salaries.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch pharmacists seeks merger to increase scale

first_imgSPOA, the €1.5bn occupational pension fund for public pharmacists in the Netherlands, is looking to join PMA, the €2.5bn scheme for pharmacist staff, depending on the results of an ongoing survey.BPOA, the occupational association responsible for the pharmacists’ scheme, said it signed a declaration of intent with independent pharmacist industry group VZA and the association of employed general practitioners (LAD) to investigate whether all public pharmacists could join PMA.It said the mandatory accrual of employed and independent pharmacists’ pension rights was needed to secure “lasting mandatory, collective and affordable” pension arrangements.BPOA said the stakeholders aimed to increase efficiency, improve quality and cut costs through the benefits of scale, adding that employers would also benefit from a single pensions window, as well as from uniform labour conditions for all workers. In the Netherlands, the number of employed pharmacists now exceeds that of independent pharmacists.BPOA warned that this could jeopardise mandatory participation in the occupational pension plan and argued that, if all public pharmacists accrued their pensions through a single industry-wide scheme, mandatory participation could be preserved.The stakeholders said they were also examining the effects of transferring existing pension rights to PMA.According to BPOA, the gaps between the pension arrangements and funding ratios at SPOA and PMA have narrowed this year.SPOA’s official policy funding stood at 104.3%, as of the end of June.The pharmacists’ scheme, however, has had to apply four successive rights cuts of 5%, 7%, 6.8% and 4.6% since 2011.PMA’s policy coverage was 105.8% at the end of the second quarter.last_img read more

Tree change for retirement living on Brisbane’s north

first_imgAffinity Sheep Station Creek is a new over 50s community surrounded by bushland in Morayfield comprising 134 homes with a focus on active lifestyles, choice of design and attractively priced homes to meet the market.‘The bush’ has long been woven into the fabric of Australia’s cultural identity, but in the hustle and bustle of big city living, more and more Australians are losing sight of it.While most of us live and work in the big city, retirement communities are increasingly looking to this vision of the bush to help over 50s make the ‘treechange’ to a more relaxed lifestyle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe new community Affinity Sheep Station Creek, located in Morayfield on Brisbane’s north, demonstrates this trend, being surrounded by bushland with a focus on staying fit and healthy.Affinity sales manager Melody Lucas said that while the community might feel cut off from the big smoke, it’s conveniently located close to a major centre.“Nestled amongst pristine nature reserves and bushland, as well as the incredibly picturesque Sheep Station Creek, it’s easy to forget just how close the community is to the Morayfield shopping precinct, transport connections and first-class medical facilities,” Ms Lucas said. “These new homes combine country living with urban convenience to appeal to people passionate about their independence who appreciate quality of design and build.”Stage one of the new community was officially launched last month. Upon completion the community will comprise 134 homes, as well as a country club house, heated pool, bowling green and other communal facilities to promote an active lifestyle of its residents.With homes starting at $365,000, Ms Lucas said the community would also fill the gap of affordable housing for over 50s.“We’ve priced Affinity homes and structured the rental figure to provide greater transparency to our residents at a time in their lives when they require assurance in a budgetary sense,” she said.last_img read more

Purdue Football

first_imgIt was not a surprise when Purdue fired head football coach, Darrell Hazell.  It was a surprise when they fired him in the middle of the season.  Gerard Parker will finish the year as the interim coach.  I sure hope Purdue does not name him the head coach at the end of the season.  This would only prolong the ineptness of the Purdue program.Purdue needs to go out and find a name coach to get the program back on track.  Look what happened with Ohio State and Michigan when they went after the big name coaches.  Les Miles from LSU is available, and I hope Purdue will be willing to pay the money that it will take to get someone of his name recognition to head the program.last_img read more