Sailing Foundation to Hold Open House Saturday on the Water

first_imgThe Ocean City Sailing Foundation (www.ocsailingfoundation.org) at the Bayside Center (520 Bay Ave.) will celebrate the start of its seventh year with an open house 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 28. Anybody interested in learning to sail is invited to attend the free event, and sailboat rides will be given to all attendees. All OCSF sailboats will be on display and the instructors will answer questions about the sport of sailing and available classes at the Bayside Center.The OCSF’s mission is “to promote sailing to Youth and Families in the Greater Ocean City  Area by providing safe, affordable sailing instruction and sailing opportunities.”The Foundation teaches approximately 200 sailing campers each season.last_img read more

Ocean City Man’s Passion Leads to Image Archive

first_imgBy Tim KellyIf a picture is worth a thousand words, Mike Impagliazzo is probably sitting on millions.Impagliazzo, 60, is an Ocean City resident and creator of the website OCNJimages.com.The site is a treasure trove of current and historical images of America’s Greatest Family Resort.Recently, an OCNJDaily reporter was searching for images of the 1962 March Storm for an article. A Google search revealed numerous photographs, but most seemed to originate from the same place: Impagliazzo’s site.“That is surprising and nice to hear,” Impagliazzo said during a recent interview. “I have been collecting the images for a long time.  I thought of the website as a platform for organizing and storing them and allowing other people to enjoy them. I never thought they might be used for research.  It’s really just my hobby.”Oves Beach Grill before the boardwalk moved. (Photo Credit: Tom Oves)“Just a hobby” for Impagliazzo turned out to be much more. His website opened up views of Ocean City rarely seen to the average person.Impagliazzo’s vision for the website was originally inspired by his late father, also named Michael.“Dad was an amateur photographer and he had a lot of great pictures of Ocean City.” They took many forms: negatives, prints, Polaroids, even slides. Most were taken with a 35 mm film camera, he said.“I love my Dad dearly and miss him. He was really the inspiration for all of this,” Impagliazzo said.Mike spoke of a time when he was serving in the Navy and came home for a visit. “Dad wanted to get a picture of me in my uniform, and of course I said alright. He told me to come to the beach before sunrise.”Impagliazzo said he was used to getting up early being in the military, but he never expected such a request.“Dad wanted to get a picture of me in my uniform, on the beach at sunrise. And he got a wonderful picture.”Lemont’s Marina 2001Wonderful pictures are stock in trade of OCNJimages.com. Categories include the 9th St. Bridge including the old one, the new one and the demolition of the former and construction of the latter. The Sindia, storms, boardwalk, Music Pier are other examples of categories.  Just about anything you can think of concerning Ocean City has a pictorial home on Mike’s site.At present, there are thousands of images in 845 files and 43 albums. Recently the site said it had been visited 53,420 times.  Not bad for a hobby.Currently, he is in the process of re-designing the website, updating its look and adding numerous newly acquired images. An information technology specialist for Gleeson’s Home Entertainment and Automation in Ocean City, Impagliazzo says he is “self taught” on website design. But the driving force in making the site go is his passion for Ocean City.“Ocean City is an incredible place,” he says. “For me it is my home, my roots, my comfort level.” Mike’s love for the town eventually manifested itself in his image collection.He drew further inspiration for the site from going into the now-closed Senior Studio on Asbury Avenue.“I would walk past that place as a kid and look inside, and eventually I went inside,” he said.What he found was an incredible collection of historic images and a passionate caretaker of the archive, in the late Al Senior.At that time there was also the Fred Miller studio, Granger Studio (and others) he said. Senior’s studio was the last of the group and now that one is gone too, leaving Impagliazzo’s “hobby” as a primary source for historic images of Ocean City.He welcomes the community to get involved and to contribute their own images of Ocean City for inclusion in the archive. He will provide credit to anyone who does so, he said.Mike Impagliazzo“There are probably a lot of people around town and vacationers who have some great old pictures they would like to share but they never knew where to do so.”He said interested persons should visit the webpage and drop him an e-mail.“I never really considered people would use the site (for educational purposes and research),” he said.They do just that, but the site is also great for pure entertainment.What better way to spend a cold early spring day than to peruse hundreds of images featuring beach, boardwalk, warm weather and happy faces?We can’t think of very many at all.Happy Memories sign as you drove out of Ocean City using the old Longport Bridge A photo from the 1962 Storm – Pulling in to a slip at Stainton’s (Photo Credit: Robert T. Kille)last_img read more

The latest boozy bakery products

first_imgA range of new festive bakery products have been launched using branded alcohol from culinary alcohol supplier, Thomas Lowndes – part of Beam Global Spirits and Wine. Tesco are now using Courvoisier VS Cognac for the first time in its Finest Mince Pie range, including its Tesco Finest 12 Mini Mince Pies and Tesco Finest 6 Standard Mince Pies, which also contain sultanas, walnuts, lemon and orange peel and almonds. Asda’s Extra Special Christmas Cake range, manufactured by Finsbury Food Group, now also features Courvoisier VS Cognac. “The addition of a well-known brand like Courvoisier gives the product something special that consumers have come to expect at Christmas,” said Ellie Procter, seasonal cake buyer at Asda. “Tradition is still a huge part of Christmas cake purchase and a cake without alcohol is just not the same.” Grand Marnier has been added to McVities’ Christmas Cranberry, Orange and Grand Marnier cake and Marks & Spencer has also used it in its Mini Christmas Puddings. Other new products include a new Christmas Melt in the Middle, from the Serious Food Company, with Courvoisier VS Cognac and a Mincemeat & Grand Marnier Topped Orange Sponge Pudding from Waitrose.Mark Riley, sales director, Beam Global Spirits and Wine, remarked that the general feeling is that consumers will still spend on luxury items this Christmas, despite the economic downturn.last_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Plot 2017 Fall Tour

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters will be hitting the road this fall, with just under twenty dates falling across October through December. The bluegrass act kicks off their tour with an appearance at Hillberry Festival in Eureka Falls, Arkansas, on October 13th. From there, The Infamous Stringdusters will join up with friends Leftover Salmon for a show the next night at Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri. Ahead of Halloween, the Dusters will hit Colorado for two nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver on October 27th and 28th.Leftover Salmon Reveals 2017 Fall Tour DatesIn November, the group’s first run of the month sees the group play Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; and Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively. By way of a performance at Detroit’s St. Andrew Hall on the 14th and Pittsburgh’s Rex Theatre on the 15th, the Infamous Stringdusters will work their way eastward, eventually arriving in New York for shows in Buffalo and New York City on November 16th and 17th.The Infamous Stringdusters Tap Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, & More For Their Festy ExperienceAfter near a month off, the Infamous Stringdusters will head south of the border, returning to Strings & Sol in Puerto Morales, Mexico across December 8th through 11th. After returning stateside, the Dusters finish out their tour with a three-night southern run, with dates at the Revelry Room in Chatanooga, Tennessee, on December 14th; Music in the Mill in Hickory, North Carolina, on the 15th; and the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina, on the 16th.[Photo: Brandon Weil]last_img read more

Mosquito Control

first_imgIt officially turned summer this past weekend and the weather forecast seems to agree, with thunderstorms and warm nights in our future. These conditions are pretty typical for summer in Georgia — and excellent for mosquito development.As a refresher, all mosquitoes require standing water to complete their life cycle and intermittent showers are very effective at filling containers around our homes and neighborhoods. These containers serve as excellent habitats for the larval stage of a mosquito to develop. Consequently, residents need to be particularly diligent about dumping out anything that can hold water and trying to keep things tidy around their properties this time of the year. The more things you have in your yards and on your porches, patios and decks, the better chance that you’re growing your own mosquitoes.With all of this in mind, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared the week of June 21 through 27 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. This designation serves to educate the public about the significance of mosquitoes in our daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers and the proponents of mosquito biology and surveillance throughout Georgia, the U.S. and the world.In Georgia, mosquito control is conducted by a wide range of entities from county and town governments to private contractors to homeowners. In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension conduct surveillance and training programs in an effort to support an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to mosquito control.The AMCA broadly supports the public health mission of the mosquito control industry and has a wealth of mosquito-related information on its website at mosquito.org. The Georgia Mosquito Control Association also offers resources at gamosquito.org.Using an IPM approach provides step-by-step methods of mosquito control that anyone can use. The first step is education. It’s important to learn about mosquito biology and where mosquitoes develop. In many areas, it’s in the containers, debris and drainage systems that are right in front of us. This is why, no matter how comprehensive an area’s mosquito control program is, residents must do their part to eliminate potential larval habitats of standing water.The second step is source reduction. A vigilant “tip or toss” approach — tipping out standing water from flower pots, planters, children’s toys, wading pools, buckets and anything else around your yard that can hold water and tossing out anything unneeded that holds water — will help to minimize local mosquito populations in many instances. Any practice to eliminate standing water and improve drainage will help to limit mosquito populations.The third step is surveillance. This means getting out there and searching for cryptic, or hidden, larval habitats and working to collect and identify the mosquitoes that are causing the nuisance in a yard or neighborhood. By identifying the pest species, mosquito control practitioners will have a better idea where to look for the larval habitats. Sometime, this work will show that the mosquitoes causing the problem are coming from swamps or marshes, and using a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved larvicide — the fourth step in integrated mosquito management — may be in order. Homeowners can also apply larvicide, using the mosquito dunks that are commonly available in garden and hardware stores to treat small areas of standing water where mosquito larvae, or wigglers, are seen. As with all pesticides, it’s extremely important to carefully read the pesticide label and follow all instructions carefully.There will be times when the larval mosquito habitats can’t be found or are too expansive to treat with larvicide. In these cases, it is necessary to apply an adulticide — the fifth and final stage of an integrated program. Properly conducted adulticide applications are very effective at reducing the number of mosquitoes present at a given time, but the effects are typically short-lived, as the application is only effective against the mosquitoes that are present at the time of the application.Adulticide applications require strict attention to pesticide labels and a particular awareness of the need to minimize impacts to pollinators and other non-targets. Communication between beekeepers and organized mosquito control programs has never been more important.Residents should also be aware that they can help minimize non-target risks. Following these integrated mosquito management practices will reduce the need for adulticide applications. If residents or private contractors are conducting adulticide applications, it is essential to avoid applications around flower vegetation and to try to make applications as late in the day as possible to allow pollinators to return to their nests.   As summer begins, think about what you can do to reduce mosquitoes in your community. Eliminate any standing water, support your community program or government, and help your neighbors. Together we all can work to reduce mosquito populations in our communities. For additional information, see UGA Extension Circulars 1154, 1155 and 1188 at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry

first_img33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Solar Industry Magazine:The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit research and education organization, has released state-by-state data from its annual National Solar Jobs Census series via the State Solar Jobs Census Map.The new numbers show that California not only maintained its No. 1 spot in 2015, but also created over 20,000 new solar jobs last year – a 38% increase – and became the first state to surpass the 75,000 solar jobs benchmark.The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has praised local policymakers for their continued support of this new clean energy market, pointing to recent decisions around net metering, extension of the federal investment tax credit, and the state’s 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard.“Solar power is a bright spot in California’s economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA. “While conventional energy industries are losing jobs, we are seeing record growth and bringing clean air and climate solutions along the way.”According to The Solar Foundation, Massachusetts solidified the No. 2 position in 2015 while becoming the second state to have more than 15,000 solar jobs. In addition to California and Massachusetts: Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan, and Utah are among the top 20 solar jobs states that grew by 30% or more.“Solar power not only helps protect our environment and health – it helps accelerate our economic success,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This is another example of how Colorado’s diverse energy economy contributes to our overall growth and stability. We are pleased that the solar industry continues to find Colorado a good state for business.”“Massachusetts is home to a thriving clean energy economy with innovative companies, world-class research institutions and a skilled workforce, and we’re proud that the commonwealth continues to maintain its national clean energy leadership position,” adds Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.The Solar Foundation says 33 states, including the District of Columbia, saw positive solar jobs growth in 2015 over the previous year, and many states experienced double-digit increases.“Solar job creation is booming across the country. California’s 20,000 new jobs marks an industry milestone – but states like Utah, Colorado, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia demonstrate the regional diversity of the industry’s growth,” says Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “Our data since 2012 show that half the states in the country have at least doubled their solar workforce.”The Solar Foundation notes this is the first year it has tracked solar jobs by congressional district for all 50 states – providing information for nearly all 436 federal congressional districts and more than 6,000 state legislative districts. The organization says there are now 61 federal congressional districts with at least 1,000 solar jobs; 132 districts with more than 500; and 222 districts with 250 or more solar industry jobs.Other key rankings from the State Solar Jobs Census include the following:Most Solar Jobs: 1. California, 2. Massachusetts, 3. Nevada, 4. New York, 5. New Jersey.Highest % Solar Jobs Growth: 1. Rhode Island, 2. South Carolina, 3. Nebraska, 4. Tennessee, 5. Louisiana.Most Solar Jobs Per Capita: 1. Nevada 2. Vermont, 3. Hawaii, 4. California, 5. Massachusetts.Highest % Solar Capacity Growth 2014-15 (estimated): 1. South Carolina, 2. Utah, 3. Georgia, 4. Oregon, 5. New Hampshire.Full article: U.S. Solar Job Creation Is ‘Booming,’ California Ranks No. 1last_img read more

Fed’s Fischer suggests two rate hikes this year

first_imgFederal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer suggested that Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks on the economy last week indicate the probability of two interest rate hikes this year, beginning in September.NAFCU Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long agreed that chances of a rate hike are increasing for September, but did not agree that two rate hikes are likely.“While the likelihood of two rate hikes this year remains low, the prospect for a September move is gaining traction,” Long said. “Friday’s employment figures will be telling, and a strong number in the area of 200,000 jobs added would likely presage a rate hike at the committee’s September meeting.”When asked whether to anticipate a rate hike in September and more than one overall this year, Fischer told CNBC last week: “I think what the chair said today was consistent with answering yes to both of your questions, but these are not things we know until we see the data.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Getting down to the ERM basics

first_imgERM helps credit unions mitigate those risks to provide reasonable assurance to the board of directors and management related to achieving their strategic objectives.ERM programs help executive management make better decisions on how risk should be managed and builds confidence with your board and auditors. Having an enhanced risk identification strategy allows your credit union to implement preemptive and proactive practices. Most people in the credit union community likely have a basic understanding of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). But why is it important to the success of your credit union? And more importantly, how do you get started?Top three things to know about Enterprise Risk Management:ERM helps credit unions develop strategies to identify the risks and opportunities impacting their strategic objectives.ERM enhances risk response decisions and reduces operational losses by identifying potential risks ahead of time. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

Administrative procedures as the biggest obstacles in the business of entrepreneurs in Croatia

first_imgSide dish: HGK / CRITICAL POINTS IN BUSINESS CONDITIONS IN CROATIA This report highlights the worst points in the business process in Croatia, which are, in addition to the above, obtaining building permits, obtaining loans and solving insolvency problems. Croatian entrepreneurs in all relevant surveys on the problems that represent the biggest obstacles in their business often state the administrative procedures they encounter when starting a business and during business, says the analysis of the Critical Point in business conditions in Croatia made by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. They rate them as long-lasting, expensive and sometimes uncertain, and subject to frequent (small) changes that make planning difficult and cost and time-consuming for the company. It is more difficult for foreign investors to enter such a business environment, and domestic companies are less competitive in foreign markets.center_img This analysis highlights the most critical points that put business conditions in Croatia at the bottom of the EU according to the World Bank’s (Doing Business Index) methodology, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce points out. Read the full report in the attachment. last_img read more

Indonesian tourism could lose US$4 million amid coronavirus outbreak: Wishnutama

first_imgAbout 2 million Chinese tourists visit Indonesia per year, says Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama.Minister Wishnutama has estimated that Indonesia is at risk of losing about US$4 million as a result of flight cancellations to and from mainland China amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.“We still need to further assess [the possible losses]. But as we know, there are 2 million Chinese tourists in the country every year, each of whom spends an average of $1,400. It means we’ll probably lose about $4 million,” Wishnutama said after a private meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. Read also: [UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so farTo recoup the losses, he said the government would focus on attracting domestic tourists to popular destinations across Indonesia. The ministry planned to lobby a number of airlines to offer flight packages to domestic destinations, he added.“I, along with Transportation Minister [Budi Karya Sumadi], will discuss the matter with about 30 airlines that are probably able to reroute to domestic destinations and, therefore, support local tourism,” Wishnutama said.He said the government would entice domestic tourists to visit Bali, among other regions, as the island had already begun to report declining foreign tourist arrivals from China after the government decided to halt all flights to and from the East Asian country on Wednesday at midnight due to the coronavirus outbreak.Read also: Govt to lure more citizens to visit local destinations as tourism copes with virus fears“We have received reports of vacant rooms at otherwise popular hotels in Bali. However, we have yet to know [the full extent of the impact],” Wishnutama added.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed 491 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and had spread to more than 20 countries, Johns Hopkins CSSE reported.Topics :last_img read more