New Boardwalk Block Takes Shape at Fifth Street in Ocean City

first_imgA project to replace the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and Sixth streets nears completion in February 2014. Just two weeks after work crews started installing sections of decking on the 500 block of the Ocean City Boardwalk, work appears to be nearly complete.Working offsite, city workers had used an existing stock of southern yellow pine to construct 12-by-42-foot sections of boardwalk. The sections were trucked in, and the advance work allowed contractors to proceed more quickly.Work appears well ahead of schedule to meet a Palm Sunday (April 13, 2014) deadline for completion. A stubborn section of concrete substructure in line with the Fifth Street jetty is the only remaining obstacle.‘When the 500 block is reopened in early spring, walkers, runners and bikers will notice a more sturdy deck than the older sections of the boardwalk due to the materials used and the improved design,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in a recent update posted to the city website.For runners, walkers and bicyclists accustomed to the uninterrupted five-mile round trip on the boards, the progress is good news. The entire block (decking and substructure) was demolished in the fall, forcing an off-Boardwalk detour between Sixth Street and Brighton Place.The $1.1 million project is the first phase of what will likely be a seven-year project to completely replace the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and 12th streets.City Council voted in June to award a contract to Fred M. Schiavone Construction of Malaga for the phase between Fifth and Sixth streets. The contractor is the same one who completed work on the new Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.last_img read more

Baldwinsville girls basketball reaches sectional AA final

first_imgEven as it sits at 20-1 on the season, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team understands that it will take a 21st victory to find total satisfaction- and end the program’s 25-year championship drought.The Bees earned that opportunity by defeating no. 5 seed Rome Free Academy in Sunday’s sectional Class AA semifinal at SRC Arena, using a series of timely spurts and well-balanced scoring to put away the Black Knights 68-57.This advanced B’ville to Saturday’s sectional title game against no. 2 seed Cicero-North Syracuse, who handed the Bees its lone defeat of the season in January and handled West Genesee 57-32 in the other semifinal. As much as RFA posed a challenge for the Bees, the bigger hurdle, and larger question, was how B’ville would fare after a break of more than two weeks since it beat C-NS in the Feb. 13 regular-season finale.But it took less than 90 seconds for the Bees to get on the board with Katie Pascale’s 3-pointer, and though the Black Knights pressured hard early and twice went in front in the first five minutes, the quick pace was just what B’ville needed.Fueled by nine points from Ola Bednarczyk, the Bees closed the first quarter with a 14-6 run and stretched its margin to 24-13 early in the second quarter, only to have the Black Knights counter with a 10-0 spurt of its own to catch up. A big sequence came late in the second quarter. In a span of less than 40 seconds, B’ville got (1) a 3-pointer from Jordan Roy, (2) another 3-pointer, from Bednarczyk and (3) a steal and layup from Hannah Mimas.That accounted for most of the Bees’ 36-27 halftime lead, and when it scored the first six points of the third quarter, it amounted to a 14-2 stretch, and for the rest of the game RFA would try and chase B’ville down.Several Bees struck for timely baskets late in the period when RFA pared the margin to single digits. First it was a 3-pointer from Bednarczyk, then it was back-to-back baskets from Mimas and Kyrah Wilbur that sparked a 10-0 run that extended into the fourth quarter.Even with all this, the Black Knights surged again, pulling within nine, 59-50, midway through the final period, and it took another pair of 3-pointers from Bednarczyk and Sydney Huhtala to put the game away.Bednarczyk, who finished with 21 points, was one of four Bees to hit double figures. Huhtala gained 15 points, while Wilbur produced 12 points and Mimas gained 10 points. Tailyn Frost paced RFA with a game-high 22 points.Unlike the semifinals, the title game between B’ville and C-NS will take place at adjacent Allyn Hall, tipping off at 5 p.m., three hours before the boys Bees meet Corcoran in its sectional AA final. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketballlast_img read more

Wolves v Chelsea line-ups: Conte makes changes but Costa and Hazard start, Wolves man recalled

first_imgDiego Costa starts for Chelsea in the FA Cup tie at Wolves, where skipper John Terry returns to the starting line-up.Blues boss Antonio Conte has opted not to rest Costa or Eden Hazard, but other players have been given a break.Youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Ake get another chance to impress and there is also a starting place for Cesc Fabregas.For Wolves, Andreas Weimann is recalled and former Chelsea youngster George Saville starts.Wolves: Ikeme, Coady, Hause, Doherty, Batth, Price, Saville, Costa, Edwards, Weimann, Bodvarsson. Subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Ronan, Enobakhare, Gibbs-White.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Terry, Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

#BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa

first_imgMichelle Obama tweeted: “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls.”• Rosie Motene Organiser of Johannesburg campaign#BringBackOurGirls+27 82 992 3189• Rwanda finds a path out of history of horror • Death penalty declines in Africa • Diaspora dollars spur African development • Student viral campaign tells the world: Africa is not a country • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls Ray MaotaSocial media’s potential as a powerful agent for change and conflict resolution in Africa is being demonstrated by the hugely viral #BringBackOurGirls online campaign to rescue 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.The campaign began spontaneously, with no central organisation, after Boko Haram – the group’s name roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden” – kidnapped the girls from a school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. Over the years the jihadist militants have targeted schools as well as churches, mosques, government buildings and security forces.In early May Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video claiming responsibility for the abduction, saying “Allah instructed me to sell them.”Nine days after the attack, on 23 April, Oby Ezekwesili, vice president of the World Bank for Africa, gave a speech in Nigeria in which she urged the government to intervene and “bring back our girls”. Soon after Twitter users in Nigeria began to repeat her call, adopting the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.The first to use the hashtag was Ibrahim M Abdullahi, a lawyer in the Nigerian capital of Abuja: Yes #BringBackOurDaughters #BringBackOurGirls declared by @obyezeks and all people at Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014.— Ibrahim M. Abdullahi (@Abu_Aaid) April 23, 2014 “This was not a coordinated campaign,” he told the BBC. “It was a number of individuals in Nigeria tweeting to raise awareness in the hope that the international community would eventually take notice.”Just over two weeks later, the #BringBackOurGirls viral campaign has gone from local to massively global, being tweeted over 1-million times, according to #BBCTrending. And it has moved from the internet to the streets, with marches and demonstrations across the world under the banner #BringBackOurGirls.Protests have been held in Abuja, Washington DC, Houston, New York and London, with more are being confirmed on a daily basis. South Africans join the campaignSouth Africans held their own #BringBackOurGirls rally in Johannesburg on Thursday 8 May 2014 to add their voices to the growing international outrage.Protesters marched from Sandton City to the Nigerian Consulate in Illovo to demand that the government of that country deploy more resources, attention and focus on liberating the abducted girls.Rosie Motene, a women’s rights activist and one of the organisers, said: “We’re tired of the rest of the world being silent about such an important issue. When it happened in Congo, we didn’t step up to the plate. It’s important to understand that this isn’t just a Nigerian issue – it’s a terrorism issue. It could happen anywhere in the world. It happened to Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, who was shot in the head for pursuing an education, and now it’s happened in Nigeria.“It’s also important to stress that Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation, not an Islamist one – this is not the way of Islam.”Malala Yousafzai said the kidnapped students were her “sisters” Global leaders take noticeThe campaign is now yielding results, with the US, Britain, France and China sending experts to help the search.“We have already sent in a team to Nigeria,” US President Barack Obama told ABC News on Wednesday 7 May. “This is a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies that are going in, trying to identify where in fact these girls might be.”Obama described the abductions as “heart-breaking” and “outrageous”.“This may be the event that helps to mobilise the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organisation that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” he added.Today Lulu Xingwana, South Africa’s minister for women, children and people with disabilities, added her voice to the outcry. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the people of Nigeria especially the families of the schoolgirls during this difficult time,” she said in a statement. “We call on their captors not to allow any harm to befall the children and to hand over the girls to authorities so that they can be safely reunited with their families.”A three-year-old viral campaign, #RealMenDon’tBuyGirls, has been revitalised in support of the Nigerian schoolgirls High-profile supportInternational leaders and celebrities have taken to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to pledge their support for the girls and pressure the governments of the world to help rescue them.US first lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls.” She included a photo of herself in the White House holding a placard with the hashtag.Malala, who became a leading global advocate for girls’ education after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban, is holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign in the Twitter profile picture of her organisation. In an interview with CNN she said the kidnapped students were her “sisters”.Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has been filling his Instagram page with signs of #BringBackOurGirls. A three-year-old viral campaign, #RealMenDon’tBuyGirls, has been revitalised in support of the Nigerian schoolgirls, with social media being flooded with photos of US celebrities such as Sean Penn, Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher holding signs with the hashtag. Boko Haram attacks intensifyBoko Haram militants oppose what they call the “Westernisation” of Nigeria, a country with a largely Christian south and Muslim north. Since 2009, thousands have been killed by the group, which has the stated aim of overthrowing the country’s government.Attacks have increased in 2014, with an estimated 1 500 deaths attributed to the group this year alone. In February, Boko Haram hacked to death more than 100 Christian men in the villages of Doron Baga and Izghe. In the same month, 59 students were killed at the Federal Government College in northeastern Nigeria.The abduction of the schoolgirls took place on the same day a bombing attack in Abuja killed at least 88 people. The US government claims al Qaeda training in recent years has helped Boko Haram intensify its attacks.last_img read more

Behind the Scenes with a Geocaching.com Volunteer Reviewer

first_imgVolunteer reviewers(German translation – Deutsch Übersetzung)Volunteer reviewers power Geocaching.com by reviewing and publishing each geocache. They. Work. Hard. As a geocacher you can now choose your own adventure from more than 1.2 million geocaches hidden around the world. Each geocache offers you a custom-made journey to explore your world, and each geocache has the fingerprints of  a volunteer reviewer on it. The volunteer review team is made up of more than 200 reviewers, from Canada to Japan and the United Kingdom to South Africa. These men and women published more than a 250,000 geocaches last year alone. Volunteer reviewers like Andy Kramer (stash-lab) review geocache listings submitted to Geocaching.com to promote the consistency and safety of the activity. Geocaching.com Volunteer Reviewers are first and foremost geocachers who were involved in their local geocaching communities long before becoming Volunteer Reviewers. We interviewed stash-lab, a German Volunteer Reviewer, to find out what the experience is like for those who hit the “publish” button on geocaches. stash-lab Volunteer ReviewerLatitude 47: How did you learn about geocaching? When did you start the activity? stash-lab: I was looking for a GPS device for car navigation. While browsing I found the Geocaching.com website. When I was a child I loved games like “Fox hunts” or “Hare and Hounds” [Paper Chase] with team tasks. When I realized what Geocaching is I was very excited and I knew that I found my new hobby! This was in September of 2004 but I needed some time until I got my GPS device and found my first geocache. Latitude 47: When did you become a Reviewer?stash-lab: I was asked in 2007 to become a reviewer. The truth of the matter is that I didn’t exactly know what to do as a reviewer and so I had to think a few days about this offer. But at last I felt it was time to support the game in an additional way. It was a good decision! 🙂Latitude 47: When people ask, how do you explain the role of a Volunteer Reviewer?stash-lab: There are many different ideas in the community about the role of a reviewer. But I only can explain my understanding of this role. Besides publishing caches there are three important things to do: understand the requests of cache owners, offer solutions, and be kind and helpful to the cache owners.Latitude 47: What do you hope people know about Volunteer Reviewers?stash-lab: Reviewers are humans, reviewers are individuals, reviewers are not infallible. The majority of geocachers are very respectful to volunteers. Thanks for that!Latitude 47: Did you ever encounter anything funny or unexpected in your role as a Reviewer?stash-lab: Yes, of course. I’d like to tell you two points. First: Sometimes there are reviewer notes like: “Please let me know when you will come to check the cache container. I’ll try to be there, too.” I like to travel a lot but unfortunately it’s not possible for me to visit every cache before I publish it.And second: When I was visiting the GeoWoodstock VIII last year I met so many reviewer colleagues and it was like being welcomed at a big family event. That was really awesome.Latitude 47: What advice do you have for geocachers who submit caches for review?stash-lab: Use the reviewer notes to submit relevant pieces of information. They help us to review the listing in a more timely manner. I like caches where the cache owners implement new ideas. So it is helpful for a reviewer to have some explanations about the concept. We don’t need to know the solutions for puzzle caches but it’s good to know, for example, that there is a way to get coordinates.Latitude 47: Anything else you would like to add?stash-lab: Geocaching has became a very important part in so many peoples lives. It is impressive how dynamically it has grown over just the last two years, especially in Germany. But geocaching is a very young activity and sometimes I think about what geocaching will be like in 5 or 10 years. I don’t know what kind of technology the future will bring. I am sure that the fun of playing this game will always remain because geocaching satisfies three important human needs: nature, playing and social relations. That’s great and I’m proud to be a part of that game.Additional Links:Cache Listing RequirementsReview Process: Hiding a GeocacheCache Ownership: A Long-Term RelationshipSee the Geocaching.com video about the Basics of Hiding a Geocache. Feeling inspired? See a video that reveals some of the secrets of Creative Geocaches.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 23, 2011November 23, 2011In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

Cash for votes: Congress conspiring against Amar, says Mulayam

first_imgMulayam Singh Yadav said Amar Singh was the victim of a Congress conspiracy.Sensing trouble as the investigation into the cash-for-vote scam reached his party’s door, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said the Congress was conspiring against his former general secretary Amar Singh and senior party leader Rewati Raman Singh.His party had “helped” the Congress get majority in the Lok Sabha by supporting it, but did not ask for any favours, including a berth in the Union cabinet, Yadav pointed out. The SP had supported the UPA government in 2009.Claiming that the Delhi Police’s decision to question Amar Singh and Rewati Raman Singh was an “injustice” to the leaders, he said the SP would help both the parties during the crisis. The Samajwadi Party chief, however, ruled out Amar Singh’s return to the party following his expulsion last year.Yadav also said the SP had no role in the July 2008 cash-for-vote scam. “It is an injustice being meted out to Amar Singh… It is a conspiracy to trouble Rewati Raman Singh and Amar Singh. He had helped the Congress during the 2008 confidence vote when the Samajwadi Party voted in favour of the UPA government. And now he is being targeted and questioned,” Yadav said at a press conference here.Amar Singh was questioned by the Delhi Police in the cash for votes scam.He added that the SP members were not involved in the bribing of BJP MPs. “We had only helped the Congress by voting in the government’s favour. Did we join the government? Did Amar Singh or Rewati Singh become ministers? Had money changed hands, I would have known about it. Both Amar Singh and Rewati Raman Singh have now landed into trouble for helping the Congress-led UPA government,” Yadav said.On whether Congress leaders like Ahmed Patel should also be questioned on the issue, he steered clear of a straight reply. “I don’t know,” he said.advertisementRewati Raman Singh will be questioned by the Delhi Police on Monday. Amar Singh has already been questioned for three hours on Friday.The SP chief also stepped up his attack on the Congress.Changing his earlier stand, he said the UPA’s rule was worse than the BJP-led NDA government’s tenure for Uttar Pradesh’s Muslims. “Whenever the BJP has ruled, the Muslims have not been exploited.Though it’s a fact that a couple of communal riots took place during the NDA’s rule, but the exploitation of Muslims has been much less,” Yadav said.However, he added: “The BJP has created some problems in the country. The Gujarat chief minister himself carried out the 2002 riots in the state since the party thought it was an opportune moment to target Muslims.” He said the BJP could not harm Muslims in UP as he was in power in the state. “But the Congress is arrogant. It is not concerned about our protests… But we will tackle it,” he said.The SP leader also asked Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh to merge his party with the SP. “We will contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections alone. Ajit Singh should forgive me for saying this, but his influence is restricted to three districts only. He would do better to merge his party with the SP,” Yadav said.Police nail ‘lie’Sanjeev SaxenaThe crime branch of the Delhi Police, which quizzed Amar Singh in connection with the cash-for-vote scam, claims it has evidence to nail the former SP leader’s lie. Amar had told the police on Friday he did not know the accused Sanjeev Saxena, believed to be an aide of Amar.The police said it has a copy of a letter Amar wrote a month before the trust vote in 2008 on his official Member of Parliament letterhead, requesting a college principal to admit Saxena’s son under the sports quota. “The document, addressed to the principal of Dayal Singh College, identifies Saxena as his secretary and requests his aide’s son Samarth be admitted to the B.Com course,” a source said.last_img read more

5 lakh children participate in reading sessions to mark International Literacy Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Over 5 lakh children from 1,500 schools across India participated in special reading sessions as part of a campaign to mark International Literacy Day Thursday.Organized by social enterprise Dharma Life, the Lighting Up Young Minds (LUYM) campaign saw participation by children from 13 states.Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan recorded maximum participation, with turnouts of 2.5 lakh, 1.5 lakh and 64,000 respectively.The campaign was organized in association with the Signify Foundation and took place simultaneously in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.Launched in 2015, the campaign which aims at educating children in rural India, is based on an interactive model in which lessons are imparted through extracurricular activities to improve overall literacy skills of students through guided reading.”It is greatly encouraging and satisfying to see the large number of children who participated in the campaign this year. The activities are intended to foster a spirit of teamwork, leadership skills, innovative thinking and problem-solving skills among children in rural India,” Gaurav Mehta, founder and CEO of Dharma Life, said.The campaign was executed by Dharma Life’s network of rural entrepreneurs in their villages and supported by the organisation’s employees, partners and stake holders.The design also includes sports, music, poetry and dance activities that facilitate learning and an all-round development of children.This year, as a follow up to the campaign, Dharma Life is also initiating a new set up — ‘Lighting Libraries’ — in rural schools with support from the Signify Foundation, to help the students study at night as well as to increase awareness and adoption of solar lights.advertisementThe project involves providing solar lights to schools in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand that have limited access to energy, to enable students to borrow the lights to study after dark.”The campaign engages children in a unique way through reading sessions conducted under solar lights. These lights also increase the children’s understanding of clean energy,” Yue Cui of the Signify Foundation said. PTI TRSTRSlast_img read more

No Case against Athenee Harvey as corruption charges are tossed out

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Smith owes TCI $20 Million; US Dept of Justice given green light to extradite Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – The case against suspended Permanent Secretary Athenee Harvey has been dropped; the Director of Public Prosecutions believes that the evidence and new standards together justify his decision that there is no case against Harvey. It is the second vindication in this matter where there was allegedly a move by Harvey, the Permanent Secretary of Finance to use her authority or position to try to get away with not paying customs duties. The DPP, John Masters says he is not convinced, explaining in a media statement issued late today, a new Full Code Test, which his soon to be instituted helped him to arrive at his decision that Athenee Harvey did not violate the Code of Conduct, despite the situation at the Grand Turk Cruise Center last August getting heated from time to time. The Integrity Commission was compelled to bring the case against Harvey when there were complaints from the Customs Department; officers who felt abused by Harvey. The DPP proposes to reach out to the Comptroller of Customs with a view to helping the department work on its protocol and procedures for greater clarity to its officers. It was also revealed in that statement today that that Harvey was aware of others having off loaded luggage at the cruise center and was a cruise passenger, actually on vacation and not functioning in her capacity as the PS Finance. These factors all admittedly influenced the decision of the DPP to discontinue the case which was due to run this week at the Supreme Court. Again, Athenee Harvey has seen the case of corruption against her tossed out; what remains to be seen is what the future looks like now within Government for the woman who once headed the Ministry of Finance. Slap on the wrist charge for ex-EMS consultant says some Related Items:Atheena harvey, case, dpp, droped, john masterslast_img read more