Villanova Football Team Holds Open Practice Aug. 17 in Ocean City

first_imgThe Villanova University football team has used Carey Stadium for practices. The Villanova University football team will hold an open practice at Carey Stadium in Ocean City on Friday, Aug. 17. The public is invited to watch the team practice from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The field is located adjacent to Ocean City High School on the beach block of Sixth Street.Team members will sign autographs in a session that begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk between Eighth Street and Ninth Street, according to an Ocean City press release.The Villanova Wildcats compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and open their season Sept. 1 with a non-conference game against Temple.last_img

O.C. Not For the Gulls With Falcon Program

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEJust weeks ago, Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach at times had the appearance of the Hitchcock movie, “The Birds,” with seagulls making a home atop eateries and umbrellas awaiting an opportune time to snatch food from unsuspecting visitors and residents.Not anymore, thanks to a group of raptors brought in by East Coast Falcons as part of Mayor Jay Gillian’s plan to get rid of the pesky gulls. The raptors chase the gulls away by scaring, not killing, them.On Sunday afternoon, Boardwalk strollers and beachgoers seemed to be the only ones flocking to the boards and the sands. And to the delight of many of the tourists and residents, they could eat whatever treats they wanted without fear of the swooping gulls. “OC” gets ready to take flight.Terry Silber, of Philadelphia, her son, Freddy Silber, and his fiancé, Blair Rogers, sat on a bench and enjoyed eating pizza without being harassed by the gulls.“I think it is wonderful,” Terry Silber said. “It is unbelievable. It is definitely working.”“It’s great we can enjoy pizza without the birds trying to take it away,” her son added.Others had the same sentiment as they munched on French fries, ice cream and candy.“The last time I was here it was a nightmare,” said Kevin Gibson, of Hillsborough, N.J., who is vacationing with family in Ocean City for the week. He sat on a bench and nibbled on a heaping portion of French fries.“I am having no problems eating my fries now,” Gibson said with a laugh. “There aren’t even barely any seagulls around.”From left, Freddy Silber, his fiancé, Blair Rogers, and his mother, Terry Silber, of Philadelphia, enjoy some slices.Joe Colon, of South Philadelphia, ducked under an awning of a pizzeria to enjoy a slice.But he wasn’t hiding his food from seagulls. He wanted to get out of the sun for a bit before he headed back to the beach to be with his family members, whom he said, were eating with no problems, minus the seagulls. The Colons come to Ocean City nearly every weekend in the summer, he said.Sunday was a lot different than earlier this summer, he noted.“There’s only a few seagulls. You expect some. The last time we were here there were a lot,” Colon said.Joe Colon, of South Philadelphia, says he loves not having to worry about gulls swooping down to steal his pizza.Whether it was a restaurant, beach umbrella, or picnic-style lunch on the beach, it seemed seagulls weren’t around.Some vacationers wondered if the gulls decided to get out of town.Janice Campbell, of Medford Lakes, and her family were well aware of the falcon program in Ocean City. She owns a vacation home in Ocean City and the family visits the resort often throughout the summer.“It is absolutely working,” Campbell said as she ate her salad on the beach. “My kids said at night there are no seagulls. That would be cool to see. We just saw kids with containers of food opened on their towels and there were no seagulls around.”From left, Janice Campbell, of Medford Lakes, and her daughter, Jessica with her friend, Lainey Derus, relax at the beach.Just a couple days before, on Friday, people on the Boardwalk saw the raptor program in action with a takeoff.P.J. Simonis, a falconer with East Coast Falcons, walked one of the “watch birds” down the Boardwalk. “OC,” a recently trained Harris hawk, was sent out to patrol the skies.Crowds watched in amazement. One woman asked how the hawk comes back to Simonis. “The birds trust us because we give them reason to,” Simonis said. “It is all about trust.”The raptors patrol Ocean City’s skies each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The falcons and hawks work the day shift, while an owl takes over at night.Lines of people chatted and waited for their food instead of shooing away gulls.The raptors are sent out to the “hot spot” areas of the Boardwalk where there are eateries.When it is time for the birds to return from their “shift,” the falconers use a whistle. They can watch the bird’s changing location on a GPS tracker.The gull abatement program is said to be the first of its kind for a town at the Jersey Shore.East Coast Falcons is being paid $2,100 per day under a contract that is expected to run through Labor Day, the traditional end of the bustling summer tourism season. Not a seagull in sight on these beach umbrellas.At a recent City Council meeting, City Business Administrator George Savastano said, “As of today, reports about the effectiveness of the program are encouraging.”The program is expected to return next summer if it proves successful this year. East Coast Falcons will be paid a total of $65,100 for its services this summer through Labor Day.Janice Campbell said it might not be necessary.“It is really kind of crazy,” she said of the program’s effectiveness. “We’ll see what happens next year. Hopefully the seagulls will have gotten the signal and they will go somewhere else next year.” Kevin Gibson, of Hillsborough, N.J., takes his time eating fries without fear of gulls.last_img read more

Greggs staff back Children in Need

first_imgThrill-seeking Greggs staff, young and old, have raised thousands of pounds for this year’s BBC Children in Need.A total of 65 people, including Marion Bellingham who dressed as Pudsey Bear, are expecting to raise £6,614 from a fundraising abseil they completed down the business’ Enfield bakery site. Included in the activity was the oldest abseiler, aged 73, and the youngest who was nine years old.Bellingham said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we’re really proud of everyone who took part and helped us raised an outstanding amount of money.”Other activities, such as a bouncy castle, gladiator inflatable and face-painting, have helped to raise an additional £890.53.last_img

Mt. Trashmore, annual waste audit show importance of waste reduction, recycling

first_imgHarvard took America Recycles Day to the next level on Monday (Nov. 15), choosing to use the day to celebrate the annual Mt. Trashmore tradition.  One day every fall, students and staff construct the pile, which represents one day’s trash from Harvard Yard.  The idea is to educate the Harvard community about the importance of waste reduction and recycling.This year’s Mt. Trashmore was made up of about 300 bags of trash. The heap, about 10 feet high, was constructed by Green ’14 students in coordination with the FAS Green Program, Office for Sustainability, and Harvard Recycling. Green’14 is a group of Harvard freshmen dedicated to making the Class of 2014 the greenest ever. They estimated that if it weren’t for Harvard’s 55% recycling rate, Mt. Trashmore would have been 15 feet tall and more than twice the volume.Days earlier, Harvard Recycling and students with the FAS Green program conducted Harvard’s 13th annual waste audit of undergraduate residences. The results showed that 25% of the trash could have been recycled – the lowest fraction of recyclables in the trash since the waste audits began in 1999. Last year, 32% of the sampled trash was recyclable.Dressed in protective gowns, dust masks, goggles and gloves, auditors held their gag reflexes in check and separated the refuse into five categories:  single-stream recyclables (paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, cups and containers made of plastics 1-7); reusables; compostables; liquids; and other residuals (trash).  “Boxes, water bottles, and coffee cups were the most abundant recyclables I saw,” said Rob Gogan, recycling and waste services manager for Facilities Maintenance Operations.The House Reuse Shelves expanded from four pilot Houses last year to all 12 Houses this year. That may be one reason for a reduction in reusables found in the trash, said Brandon Geller, undergraduate REP coordinator for the Office for Sustainability. He gave one example: “PfoHo’s Reuse Shelves are extremely active, with lots of clothing coming and going every week.”The waste-audit results showed that Harvard can improve by focusing on recycling beverage containers, said Gogan. For one, coffee cups can now be recycled as part of Harvard’s singlestream recycling.The Office for Sustainability’s October Green Tip of the Month focused on singlestream recycling, encouraging the community to improve our recycling rate.Click here to view a photo slideshow of the 2010 Mt. Trashmore on OFS’ Facebook page.last_img read more

Captainless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight

first_img‘Confessionals’ The organization is due next month to begin three rounds of consultations  — dubbed “confessionals” — in which all member states confidentially voice their preferences, gradually whittling down the list.The process, based on consensus, is expected to last until mid-November.But soaring international tensions and growing politicization of picks to head UN agencies and other international organizations could trip up the tentative timeline.Members failed last month to pick an acting chief from among four deputy directors — something that is normally a straightforward process.Brussels and Washington butted heads over whether German Karl Brauner, or American Alan Wolff, should get the job, in what observers say was unprecedented politicization of an administrative decision.Elvire Fabry, a researcher at the Jacques Delors institute, said that “the US veto” of widely-backed Brauner was first and foremost linked to President Donald Trump’s wish to “increase the power play towards the European Union … ahead of the elections. “Making such a concession, even for an interim [chief], would have been too much for him,” she said, adding that Washington might also expect the interim period “to be longer than predicted, and does not want to allow a European to settle into the position.”A Western trade diplomat who asked not to be named said there was concern over how far some might be willing to go to prevail.The candidates themselves appear to be taking the turmoil in stride.”I have confidence in the selection process and look forward to this concluding in good time,” Liam Fox of Britain told AFP in an email.Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed insisted in an interview that she saw “no reason to doubt that the timetable [announced for the selection process] won’t be realized.” The WTO has already presented a timeline for selecting one of eight candidates in the running to replace Azevedo within a few months.But Elsig warned that “the process is already torpedoed.”It could well be that many WTO members want to wait until after the (US) election, hoping that the administration changes.”Azevedo’s surprise announcement in May that he would end his second WTO term 12 months early forced the organization to speed up its usually lengthy process of selecting a new leader.Three Africans, two Europeans, two Asians and one Latin American quickly threw their hats in the ring. ‘Harmful power’ “It is difficult to measure the harmful power the US is exerting on this process, to know how far they can and want to go to interfere and disrupt things,” remarked Sebastien Jean, head of the French research center Cepii.”I think that is the great unknown.”There is a feeling that the United States will probably remain fairly passive and show little good will until November 3,” he said.Some think the wait could last until January 20, when the next US president is sworn in, before things will move forward.Many say the process has never been so politicized, and some suggest the organization might be forced to ditch its long-held policy of consensus and ask members to vote.That would mark a big shift. In 1999, when members were unable to unanimously choose who should be given four years at the helm, they opted to hand the two top picks a three-year mandate each instead of resorting to a vote.But professor Elsig said such a decision would be unfortunate in the current climate.”Someone with a short three-year tenure might likely be perceived as a lame duck from the beginning.” The global trade body faces relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave altogether.Many observers fear that intransigent US positions could paralyze the WTO process of designating a new director general, leaving the organization leaderless for the foreseeable future.”The US demands that the new DG shares US concerns, many of which are about addressing concerns related to China,” Manfred Elsig, a professor of international relations at the World Trade Institute in Bern told AFP.”Given that the DG is chosen by consensus, this tough stance complicates the selection.”center_img As Roberto Azevedo leaves the World Trade Organization Monday, the institution faces multiple crises without a captain — a situation experts warn could drag on for months.Any future WTO leader will head an organization mired in stalled trade talks and struggling to curb trade tensions between the United States and China.It must also help member countries navigate a devastating global economic slump sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

Wisby Tankers, Hoëgh Autoliners’ Ships to Feature OBS

first_imgNorwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has signed contracts with Sweden-based Wisby Tankers and Norway’s RoRo company Hoëgh Autoliners to install its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on five existing vessels. The agreement, which comes six months after the Norwegian BWT specialist became the first company to win USCG approval, will see Optimarin fitting units on three bitumen tankers for Wisby and two Hoëgh Autoliners RoRo ships.“Any shipowner looking for optimal flexibility for their fleets must install BWT systems that are compliant with the very strictest regulations, which, in this case, are those of the USCG,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said.“In addition, the modular nature of OBS makes it easy to retrofit on any vessels – even those where space is of an absolute premium, such as it is on these specialist ships. That was crucial for both Wisby and Hoëgh Autoliners, as it will be for all companies looking to ensure their ships comply with the IMO’s ratified Ballast Water Management convention,” Andersen added.The tasks, when completed later this year, will take the total number of Optimarin retrofits beyond the 110 mark. The three Wisby Tankers will see 500 m3 systems installed, while the Hoëgh Autoliners vessels will install capacities of 344 m3 and 500 m3. All systems utilize powerful 35kW UV lamps to ensure the elimination of all potentially invasive waterborne organisms.last_img read more

Indiana Boys HS Sectional Pairings Show On WRBI

first_imgThe Indiana Boys High School Basketball Sectional Pairings Show will be on The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI this Sunday Afteroon (2-23) from 3:30-5 PM with The IHSAA and Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell.Batesville Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett will be among the guest coaches.Find out where your favorite teams will be playing during The Sectionals.Pairings will be posted on

Lady Pirates Win Over Lady Buldogs In MS VB

first_imgThe BMS 7th grade volleyball team lost a close first match of the season vs. Greensburg by the scores 25-17; 25-19.Leading servers were Macy Prickel with 8 points including 6 aces and Ellie Cassidy with 5 points. Prickel had 9 good sets, while Sydney Huffner and Biz Mullen led the offensive attack with 4 and 3 hits respectively.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team fell to Greensburg in 3 contested games. Scores were 22-25; 25-16; 15-12.Batesville was led in serving by Katie Bohman and Maggie Walsman who both connected on 11 of 13 serves earning 9 and 7 points respectively.  Hattie Westerfeld and Caitlynn Werner led the team with 4 and 2 kills in the front line.The teams will travel to JCD on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img

Greenwood offers grovelling apology after England Covid shame

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Mason Greenwood offered a grovelling apology after his Covid-19 hotel shame and admitted he let Gareth Southgate down. Greenwood, 18, and Phil Foden, 20, were thrown out of England’s squad for meeting girls at a hotel after Saturday’s 1-0 win in Reykjavik. Before boarding a private plane flying them back to Manchester, the duo were hit with a £1,360 fine by Icelandic authorities for the coronavirus breach. Foden first issued an apology and now Greenwood has followed by promising it was a “lesson I will learn from”. He said: “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused. “It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public. “In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me. “Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. “I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.” Both players had made their international debuts in the Nations League win – Foden started the game and Greenwood came off the bench – but will miss tonight’s clash with Denmark and possibly another three games as punishment. Their clubs did not hold back when condemning their actions in brutal statements. A comment from United said: “Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.” City followed up: “It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate. “His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to Covid-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.” Reports from Iceland, including from newspaper DV, suggested the two girls posted photographs of the players on Snapchat. The squad were exempt from Iceland’s quarantine procedures but still had strict rules to follow and were not allowed to meet any person outside the bubble. read also:Shamed Foden snapped showing bum to girls he and Greenwood smuggled into team hotel Foden and Greenwood met Icelandic model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, and her 19-year-old cousin Lara Clausen. Nadia revealed she had been chatting to Manchester United forward Greenwood before England travelled to Reykjavik. A video later surfaced showing the girls on the phone to the footballers as they planned their route into the hotel. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Cortese quits Saints

first_img “He has done a wonderful job and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. “It is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, team and staff at the club have all the help and support they need.” It is understood Cortese had been contemplating quitting due to divisions between him and Liebherr, who took over as the south-coast outfit’s owner after the death of her father Markus Liebherr in 2010. Cortese became executive chairman in 2009 after being instrumental in the Liebherr purchase of the club earlier that year, and has since overseen Southampton’s rise from League One to the Barclays Premier League. The Italian’s departure is sure to cast doubt over the future of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino. There was talk of Cortese considering his position in May, and Pochettino subsequently warned he too would leave Southampton if the executive chairman chose to do so. Argentinian Pochettino, appointed as successor to Nigel Adkins in January 2013, said last year: “I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here. “The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola. Press Association “I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me. “I wouldn’t see myself in this club if it was not for him. “I think I am a very transparent person, a very honest person. “We are on the same wavelength about the club and the future of the club so it really would not make any sense if I was at this club and he was not.” Having entered administration just prior to the Liebherr takeover, Southampton began Cortese’s first season as executive chairman with a 10-point deduction but soon rose from the bottom of the third tier. They achieved back-to-back promotions in 2010/11 and 2011/12 as Adkins, brought in as a replacement for Alan Pardew, guided them to the Championship and then Premier League. After the controversial sacking of Adkins, Pochettino led the Saints to a 14th-placed finish last term, with them ending their comeback top-flight campaign five points clear of the relegation zone. Southampton are currently ninth in the table and their next match is a league trip to Sunderland on Saturday. The club made the announcement on their official Twitter feed, adding that a search has begun for a new chief executive officer. Club owner Katharina Liebherr, who in a reshuffle becomes non-executive chairman, said: “With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese. Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned from his post at the club.last_img read more