Ocean City Officials Looking Forward to Post-Coronavirus Recovery

first_imgCity Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City officials confidently predicted Thursday night that the resort town will come roaring back as strong as ever once the coronavirus pandemic is over and an “invisible enemy” is conquered.The inspirational words from Mayor Jay Gillian and members of City Council came during an unusual backdrop – a public meeting devoid of any in-person audience. The Council meeting was held without anyone from the public in attendance as part of social distancing requirements to help stem the spread of the lethal contagion.“Everybody, we’re going to do our best to get through this, under the circumstances,” Council President Peter Madden assured members of the public who listened in by teleconference.Madden pointed out the “unique nature of this meeting” as it got underway at 7 p.m. The public was allowed to participate by calling in, but only two residents spoke during the public comment session later on. Both residents thanked city officials for their efforts to protect the community from COVID-19.The coronavirus crisis dominated Council’s discussion from start to finish. The mayor began the meeting by praising the city’s first responders and other employees for their work during the outbreak.Gillian also thanked the residents for their patience during a time when the beaches, Boardwalk, schools, government buildings and other public facilities remain closed during Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order.“We all know the virus is here in Ocean City. It’s been here,” Gillian said.Urging the entire community to remain united, Gillian said he has no doubts that the city will recover and live up to its slogan as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Mayor Jay Gillian, shown at a City Council meeting in February, believes the city will bounce back.Council members joined with Gillian in praising the city’s first responders and other government employees. They also thanked the “unsung heroes” who work in the supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores and other key businesses that remain open during the pandemic.“Thank God for these people, because we would be in a real jam if they decided not to risk it,” Councilman Michael DeVlieger said.In other words of caution, the Council members urged the public to continue practicing social distancing guidelines and to remain at home except to make essential trips or to go outside for exercise.They also stressed that out-of-town visitors and the owners of vacation homes should not come to Ocean City during the pandemic. Gov. Murphy and Cape May County officials fear that visitors would spread COVID-19 at the shore if they traveled here now.“We’re all dealing with an invisible enemy,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman said of the virus.Councilman Tony Wilson said city officials have received “countless calls” from local residents about the possibility of sealing off the island to visitors. But Wilson noted that the city lacks the legal authority to close the bridges or to check the identification of drivers heading into town.Referring to perceived divisions between local residents and Ocean City’s visitors, Councilman Bob Barr said everyone should instead focus on the fight against COVID-19.“It isn’t us versus them. It’s Ocean City and the world versus the coronavirus,” Barr said.Members of City Council, pictured at a meeting in February, are looking for a strong recovery.As hotels, motels, rental properties and other tourism-related businesses remain shut down, Bergman pointed to the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Bergman, who works as the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel, said a number of weddings have been canceled there.However, Bergman noted that the wedding parties plan to reschedule at the Flanders, a sign that the local economy is poised to bounce back once the pandemic is over.“I just hope that we can all get through this and people will come back here and we’ll have an awesome, awesome summer,” she said.Echoing Bergman’s sentiments, DeVlieger expressed confidence that the city will rebound to have “the greatest summer we’ve had in my lifetime.”“There’s no better place to enjoy yourself with your family than Ocean City, New Jersey,” DeVlieger said.DeVlieger also reminded the public about a nonprofit organization – called OCNJ CARE – that is focused on helping the local community cope with the COVID-19 crisis, including providing free meals to residents suffering from financial hardship.“Don’t let your family go hungry,” DeVlieger said, alluding to people who need assistance from OCNJ CARE.He added, “Believe me, we’re ready to help.”More information on OCNJ Care is available at ocnjcare.org. OCNJ CARE was originally formed to help the community regain its footing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.“We did it with Sandy. We’ll do it again,” Councilman Keith Hartzell said.OCNJ CARE is a nonprofit organization formed to help the local community in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.Hartzell, DeVlieger and other Council members urged residents to patronize the local businesses to help sustain them and their employees while they deal with myriad economic challenges now.“Tip them like you’ve never tipped before,” Hartzell said, referring to the service industry employees who depend on tips for their income.DeVlieger said one way to support local businesses is for people to buy gift cards or certificates that can be redeemed when Ocean City’s stores reopen and the economy begins to recover.“It’s an opportunity for them to keep their doors open,” DeVlieger said of the businesses.Also at Thursday’s meeting, Council approved a series of resolutions and contracts for city business.One contract, for $193,600, will continue a summer program that uses falcons and hawks to scare away aggressive seagulls that swoop down to steal food from beachgoers and people on the Boardwalk. The seagull abatement program began last summer under another company, but a different vendor submitted the low bid for the contract this year.Council also approved a $60,513 landscaping contract for 35 city-owned garden plots and public grounds scattered throughout town. Under the contract, eight of those sites will be landscaped using environmentally friendly “organic” methods, meaning there will be no chemical pesticides or fertilizers.In another matter, the mayor told Council that he plans to rework the proposed 2020 municipal budget and the city’s five-year capital plan because of the coronavirus crisis. He will present the budget and capital plan to Council next month.Gillian explained that the city “will not be immune” to the economic impacts of the pandemic.last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Chicagoland race

first_img“I think JGR, all of our cars are running good at places throughout the season, but for us personally on the 19, the last couple of mile-and-a-halves we’ve really turned a corner,” Truex said this week. “Michigan was a great run for us, Charlotte obviously, winning there was big.”We started out the year kind of searching a bit on the mile-and-a-halves and the bigger tracks with the 550-horsepower package. For us, I definitely feel like we’ve learned a lot the past month and half and really turned a corner there. That has given us a lot of confidence and we feel like Chicago will be a good race for us.”Among the favorites to spoil the Busch-Truex party at Chicagoland are their rivals from Team Penske, Logano and Keselowski. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, who is still searching for his first win this season, also has a strong history at the track; he has more career top-five finishes (10) in Chicago than anybody in the field. MORE: Watch the Chicagoland race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 3 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is the third such start time this season (Texas and Sonoma were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series is on NBCSN for the first time this season. (Fox’s portion of the broadcast schedule ended last week.) As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, which will consist of three stages (80 laps, 80 laps, 107 laps), is the 18th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (17th when not counting the All-Star Race).Chicagoland Speedway, located southwest of Chicago in Joliet, Ill., is a 1.5-mile oval that features 18-degree banking in the turns, 11-degree banking in the tri-oval and five-degree banking on the backstretch. The wide (and slick when hot) race track is ripe for good racing.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Chicagoland.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Chicagoland raceRace: Camping World 400 at Chicagoland SpeedwayDate: Sunday, June 30Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday will be the first of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Chicagoland is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreIn a development that shocks nobody, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are again being tabbed as two of the favorites to win Sunday’s race. They are two of four multiple-time Chicagoland winners in the field this weekend (Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick being the others) and are the two hottest drivers in the series. Busch won this race last year, and Truex won it in 2016 and ’17.Busch, who is one point behind Cup Series standings leader Joey Logano, has a series-best 15 top-10 finishes in 16 races in 2019, including top-five finishes in his last four races. And now he goes to one of his best tracks; including his win last season, Busch has six top-10 finishes in the last seven races at Chicagoland.”Back when we first started racing (at Chicagoland) in the summer, it was a night race,” Busch explained this week. “So with a hot track now and the surface worn out more now, it certainly tends to play to my strengths, and as we saw last year, we can put on a really good race with the heat, combined with the worn-out surface.”MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for Truex, aka “Mile and a Half Martin,” Sunday offers a welcome return to an oval even after his road-course win at Sonoma last week. Of Truex’s five career top-five finishes at Chicagoland, three have come in the last three races, including his pair of wins in 2016 and ’17. What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the Cup Series’ only visit to Chicago all season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Chicagoland is 3 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on NBCSN is 2:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff speaks to students at NIACC

first_imgMASON CITY — The former Sheriff of Los Angeles County was in Mason City on Monday to talk about the challenges facing law enforcement around the country.Jim McDonnell began his law enforcement career in 1981, serving 29 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. He served five years as the Long Beach Police Chief before being elected in 2014 as the first Sheriff in 100 years to be elected from outside the LA Sheriff’s Department.McDonnell says one of the big issues being dealt with by law enforcement is dealing with people in a mental health crisis and he feels Southern California can share some ideas on how to address that. “And we’re seeing that with greater and greater frequency, both in the street and in the custody environment. It’s a real challenge, you know, police officers deputy sheriff’s are not trained psychologist or psychiatrists. They do the very best job they can with the training they have, but it’s a very challenging situation that we insert them into on a regular basis. To be able to pair up a mental health clinician with the deputy or an officer, we get tremendous return-on-investment on doing those things. We’ve done those in California for a number of years, we dramatically expanded that recently.”McDonnell says social media has made a big impact on law enforcement’s job.  “Social media, you try and get in front of a story to be able to share what happened you know what this much knowledge as you can. With the public today in today’s environment with social media, you get to a scene, and before you have the yellow tape up, it’s already out there, viral in some cases. A snippet of a piece of what happened, a story is being told, so you have to try and do the best you can to be able to shed light on it and to be able to educate the public as to what actually happened, to the degree that you can in a situation like that.”McDonnell says it’s a tough time to be in policing and a tough time to be a younger person growing up in America. He says the divisiveness that we see is challenging on all levels.  “We need to work to come together, and what I spoke about this morning to the student group, was each and everyone is a leader and we all have an ability to make an impact beyond ourselves on other people, and to stay positive, to be able to use the values that were instilled in them as young people to be able to guide their life moving forward, and then to be able to share that with as many people as they can. We are all leaders, we all have the ability to be able to truly make a difference.”McDonnell says police are not going to be effective without the help and support of the community, and community policing will continue to be a critical component of public safety.  “The more that we can talk about why we do, what we do, we can do a better job I think across the board explaining why we do, what we do, or what we did, and from the community standpoint we all have to be in this together. Our communities are only as strong as they are safe. The bottom line is that the government’s primary responsibility is to provide for the safety of people who live in that community, so by working together we get tremendous return on investment. By trying to do it alone or trying to demonize any part of the community, including the police, we’re missing the boat on what we could be as a community.”McDonnell spoke to students throughout the day Monday at North Iowa Area Community College and held an open lecture on Monday afternoon.last_img read more

Utilise clean water for playing Phagwah – Public Health Ministry advises

first_imgAs the Phagwah season draws near, persons participating are being reminded to take necessary health precautions.It has been observed that people would use water from nearby trenches, drains and gutters to play Phagwah instead of water from the taps.The Public Health Ministry, through its Environmental Health Department, is asking persons to desist from such acts.Principal Environmental Health Officer Abigail Liverpool, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), disclosed that using dirty water could result in serious illnesses and skin infections.“We have to be very careful because the trench water is often times contaminated from effluent that is coming from pit latrines and septic tanks, and they contain bacteria and micro-organisms which can make people sick.”She added that in some areas throughout Guyana, the use of ‘trench water’ and mud was common. She said that if a person came into contact with dirty water while observing Phagwah, there were immediate actions that must be taken to prevent illnesses/infections.“In the event, should anyone ingest dirty water, you should try to consume a lot of water, pure water so that it helps to flush it out…same thing when it comes to the dirty water getting on their skin or the trench water getting on their skin. Wash it off properly, with clean water and soap.”The health official reminded that the Ministry upheld the mandate of good health and wellness for Guyanese; whether through work, play or otherwise, healthy habits must be adopted, resulting in the achievement of a healthier nation.last_img read more

Interacting with Apartheid

first_img10 December 2004Visitors to Johannesburg’s remarkable Apartheid Museum are being offered a unique chance to interact personally with exhibits, thanks to the donation of a personal audio system by German company Sennheiser.The system, a first in South Africa, was installed by Sennheiser in mid-November at no cost, says museum operations and public manager Wayde Davy.“Initially, the Johannesburg branch of the company came to sell the system to us, but we had no money”, Davy says. “When the president of the company visited the museum earlier this year, he fell in love with it and decided to donate the system to us.”The Apartheid MuseumJohannesburg’s Apartheid Museum, assembled by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, curators, film-makers, historians and designers, takes the visitor on a powerful emotional journey into South Africa’s past, bringing to life the story of a state-sanctioned system based solely on racial discrimination.The system, called a Guideport, consists of digital receivers that supply visitors with a selected audio programme. The pre-recorded audio information on an exhibit is started automatically through sensors placed strategically at various points within the museum.“The pre-recorded information is transmitted wirelessly from a location within the museum”, explains tour guide Virginia Thobela. “Immediately a visitor starts on his or her tour, small sensors placed near the columns, which bear the principles of the Constitution of South African, activate the receiver to play the audio file corresponding to the exhibit.”The receiver features volume, as well as stop and repeat keys. A headphone jack that fits snugly to the ear completes the system. The gadget can be worn with a belt clip or a lanyard.“The contraption allows visitors to hear what they want to hear and when they want to hear it”, says Thobela. “It allows them to connect emotionally as well as intellectually to the exhibits. Visitors are also allowed leeway to view exhibits at their own pace.”Located about five kilometres south of the Johannesburg city centre near Gold Reef City, the museum is one of the most popular tourist sites in the city, hosting scores of local and foreign visitors each year. It tells the story of apartheid and how the people of South Africa overcame it.Exceptional pictorial and monumental displays depict apartheid scenes, while television monitors continuously beam images of the struggle against the injustices of the apartheid system.The most eerie display is one depicting 131 nooses hanging from the roof, representing political prisoners who were hanged or died in detention during the apartheid era.Isn’t Thobela afraid the new audio system will make people in her profession redundant?“Actually, I have no fear of losing my job as a tour guide in the museum”, Thobela says. “Before the installation of the system, the number of visitors sometimes overwhelmed us. This has taken the pressure off and we can now attend to those who prefer to tour the museum without the use of the system.”Visitors choosing to use the Guideport system pay R15 on top of the R25 entrance fee. They have to leave their passport or identity document at the reception for surety.Davy says the museum received a donation of 50 receivers, each worth R5 000. “The installation of the system cost Sennheiser over R2-million. The museum only paid for the production of the audio tape, which transmits only in English and German.”The museum is currently working on introducing more languages to cater for local people.Visitors have fallen in love with the gadget, says Davy. “From the comments we have received, people find it absolutely fantastic.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_imgLAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times. Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championshiplast_img read more