Mayor’s Storm Update: Sept. 12

first_imgDear Friends,The latest forecasts continue to put Hurricane Florence on a track away from Ocean City. That’s welcome news, but let’s all keep praying for the people of the Carolinas who likely will suffer the brunt of this major storm.Our weekend events – including the Ocean City Airport Festival 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Pyrotechnic Show at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show at 1 p.m. Sunday – remain on schedule. As of today, the local forecast for the weekend looks mostly good.But I want you to know that the city will be prepared if Florence or the remnants of the storm take a turn. Our Public Works crews are piling sand in front of dune crossovers, repairing and clearing storm drains and checking pumps and other infrastructure as a precaution. Please keep an eye on the forecasts through the weekend in case the outlook changes.I also want to thank the Ocean City Tabernacle, Holy Trinity’s Rev. Stephen Connor, and everybody involved with last night’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. Although I was unable to attend, I’m told that Ocean City’s community spirit was on full display. Anybody who missed the ceremony can see video here .Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Announces New Album & Fall 2017 Tour

first_imgOteil Burbridge has announced full details on his upcoming Oteil & Friends tour, as well as a new solo album Water In The Desert. During his time off from Dead & Company, the bassist will be joined by JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Further guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a 10-date tour this November.“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Brings $4K To The Gorilla Doctors Following Dead & Co’s 2017 Summer TourIn addition to the tour announcement, Burbridge also announced a new solo record, Water In The Desert, available for pre-order today. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (who spent much of 2017 on the road with John Mayer), and will feature some of his favorite players, including brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Lil’ John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, Mark Rivers and Alfreda Gerald on vocals, Dave Yoke on guitar and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings. “We had a great time making this record. I hope you enjoy it!” says Burbridge in a press release. The album’s release date has not been specified but is expected to drop this fall. You can pre-order Oteil’s upcoming studio album via Pledge Music here. You can also enjoy the title track off Water In The Desert from when Oteil played it at Summer Camp 2015 with Roosevelt Collier and Alfreda Gerald.Oteil & Friends’ tour kicks off on October 31st with a Halloween show at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. The tour then moves to Pour House in Charleston, South Carolina for a show on November 1st, before moving on to Athens’ Georgia Theatre. The group then has three dates across North Carolina scheduled from November 3rd through 5th in Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh, respectively. On November 6th, the band has a performance at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, Maryland, before heading north for a date at The Rex in Pittsburgh the next night. The tour will end at the Soundstage in Baltimore on November 8, and one at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on November 9. You can head to Oteil’s website for more information.“VIP Experience Ticket” sales will begin on Thursday, August 24th at noon EST. Venue sales will begin on Friday, August 25th at noon EST. [photo by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more

Scientists Live in the World’s Highest Space Laboratory

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2009 I have one little history about that event “Earth Hour,” yesterday, every year, allover the planet. Could it help the planet, of course, but there is something more deep in that fact that we need to figure out. For mine thinks, it’s one point the view very restrict where we‘ll see the results that experiment lights years after. The idea is The Earth Hour is one away to sent a signal of the life to universe, If you don’t believe about this point than you need to look for information from, NASA, the ALMA complex (Chilean Andes), The AOS (Array Operations Site – Tibet), believe or not something are happening more than you can think. North American, Japanese, and European scientists live and work together daily in the world’s highest space laboratory, located more than 5,060 meters above sea level in the Chilean Andes, where the ALMA complex, the most advanced radio astronomy observatory in the world, will be installed. The AOS (Array Operations Site) is the second highest building in the world, in the Llano de Chajnantor, at the end of a railroad station located a few feet below the mountains of Tibet, an ALMA representative explained to EFE. It is an oxygenated and pressurized area; allowing employees to work in a safe and comfortable environment, despite its altitude of over 5,000 meters, where breathing and moving are difficult tasks because of the low oxygen concentration. The almost total lack of humidity in this northern region of Chile, approximately 1,650 kilometers from Santiago, is one of the conditions that facilitate observation of the millimeter and sub millimeter wavelengths released by galaxies and stars, but it also makes lips and throats extremely dry, increasing the need for constant hydration. The thin atmosphere is aggravated by brutal temperature differences, from -10 degrees Celsius at night to almost 30 degrees Celsius during the day, characteristic of the world’s driest deserts, such the Atacama Desert, and of very high mountains, such as the Andes. Any visit to the AOS is preceded by a medical checkup in order to guarantee that the individual is in sufficient physical condition to ascend to such elevations, making that individual accountable for anything that may happen due to such circumstances. The buildings are equipped with 30 SPF sunscreen dispensers located near all exterior doors, and bottles of water are available throughout all buildings for both workers and visitors. Workers currently building equipment for the observatory have to carry small oxygen cylinders and cover themselves well with sunscreen to protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet rays, which are more dangerous at an altitude of 5,000 meters. The AOS will also house the world’s most powerful computer, the Correlater, which will receive signals from the 66 antennas which will create ALMA’s radio telescope, and after this process the signals will be sent to the second technical building in the complex, located 2,900 meters away, via a fiber optic connection. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub millimeter Array (ALMA) is the largest global scientific project created by European, North American, and Japanese partners, in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA will offer the ability to study the origin of the cosmos through the observation of the millimeter and sub millimeter wavelengths released by the particles which form galaxies, planets, and stars. In radio astronomy, visible light and optical observation of the sky are replaced by the analysis of another type of wave, which, for the first time in history, will provide information on the age of the universe, the activity of the sun, and the formation of galaxies.last_img read more

McClean closes Twitter account

first_img McClean has previously been abused on the social networking site after opting to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland, and for his decision not to wear a Remembrance Day poppy on his shirt. He also landed himself in hot water with international manager Giovanni Trapattoni after expressing his disgust at being left out of the team for the Republic’s World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan in September, and later issued an apology to the 73-year-old Italian. Club boss Martin O’Neill has also been less than happy with the player’s use of Twitter and will hope his latest withdrawal from the site is permanent. Meanwhile, the agent of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has warned his client may have to move to realise his international ambitions. The 24-year-old is currently back-up to Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois in the Belgian national team, and his representative Guy Vandermissen hinted he could seek a higher-profile employer as he bids to establish himself as number one. Vandermissen told Belgian broadcaster ATV: “Our ambition is for Simon to play somewhere that he can engage in competition with Thibaut Courtois for the place in goal for Belgium. Courtois is fortunate that he is playing for a team that has been doing well lately.” O’Neill will be desperate to retain the services of the former Sint-Truiden player, who has made the position at the Stadium of Light his own and has two years of his contract still to run. Keiren Westwood is an able deputy, but Mignolet’s form has marked him out as one of the most accomplished goalkeeper in the Barclays Premier League this season. Press Association Sunderland midfielder James McClean has closed down his Twitter account after finding himself embroiled in further controversy.center_img Press Association Sport understands the Derry-born player made the move after sparking an angry response when he tweeted about a Wolfe Tones song, the Broad Black Brimmer, at the weekend. The song tells the story of a boy whose father is killed fighting for the IRA. McClean’s post attracted criticism from Gregory Campbell, DUP MP for East Londonderry, who advised the 23-year-old to “stick to football”. last_img read more

UW unleashes blizzard on PSU

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoApparently eight is not enough.The last time the UW women’s basketball team played against Penn State, head coach Lisa Stone only had eight available players, and her quote before the game was, “Eight is enough.”However, the Badgers were not able to rally around Stone’s saying and suffered a 69-54 defeat.This time around, however, it was the Lady Lions who only had eight available players as junior starter Charity Renfro did not travel with the team due to a concussion.Just like Wisconsin, Penn State was not able to achieve victory with a shorthanded roster, as the Badgers cruised to a 66-56 win behind a strong second half.The game was neck-and-neck through much of the first half, but a Rashida Mark put-back bucket at the buzzer gave Penn State a two-point lead at intermission. Following the play, Stone was clearly upset with her team’s mediocre play.”When we play the way we did in the first half — you know, spotty and just not finishing and kind of playing like there’s a snowstorm outside — you need to get upset a little bit,” Stone said. “And they answered and played very well in the second half.”Wisconsin began to break away in the second half behind the hot shooting of senior Ashley Josephson, as she was a perfect three-for-three from beyond the arc after half-time.”I tried to forget about what happened in the first half, and then it’s a new 20 minutes,” Josephson said. “So I had to go out there with a fresh mind and just stroke the ball.”While Josephson’s shooting in the second half helped propel Wisconsin to its first Big Ten home victory since New Year’s, Penn State head coach Rene Portland felt that it was Danielle Ward’s presence inside that made the difference.”The effectiveness of Ward (was the key),” Portland said. “They got the ball inside. She was able to stand and get position for a long time in there, and our kids didn’t handle that.”Ward’s improved play has been evident as of late, as she has gained more and more experience in just her sophomore year.The secret to her recent big games — most notably the Michigan State loss this past weekend, when she posted a 10-point, nine-rebound and six-block performance — is actually quite simple.”I just play,” Ward said. “There’s nothing about confidence or anything specific. Sometimes I just go into a zone and I’m just playing where I’m not worrying about anything — not worried about a turnover, not worried about a foul, not worried about the other team scoring or anything.”In Thursday night’s victory, Ward was all over the place with her physical style of play, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks.She was simply too much for the Lady Lions.”I don’t think our kids handled the physical play, to be honest,” Portland said. “I obviously took a technical foul. … The frustration from that carried into how bad they played.”But it wasn’t just Ward or Josephson that made the difference; Wisconsin led a balanced scoring attack all around, with each starter scoring in double figures.With the win, Wisconsin started its three-game home stand to finish the season on a high note, and, with only two games and the Big Ten tournament remaining on the schedule, the question of what the team is capable of remains.”Anybody’s capable of anything,” Josephson said. “You see upsets all the time, so if we come out and play the basketball, anything can happen for us, so we just got to stay confident and keep playing the way we are and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Thornton School of Music ranked in top 3

first_imgThe Thornton School of Music was ranked as the No. 3 music school by The Hollywood Reporter in its list of the top 25 music schools of 2014, published on Sunday.The list included schools from around the world. The Julliard School in New York City topped the list at No. 1, followed by the Berklee College of Music in Boston.“I think that rankings such as these are highly subjective,” Vice Dean of Division of Contemporary Music Christopher Sampson said. “The best school is the one that meets individual students’ needs, and I think we meet a lot students needs very well.”The Thornton School of Music, whose notable alumni include composer David Newman and opera singer Marilyn Horne, is Los Angeles’ “oldest continuously operating cultural institution,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.“I think that our alumni who are working in the profession influenced this opinion a great deal,” Sampson said. “Within the professional community you can find a lot of Thornton alumni.”The 130-year-old school has given students the opportunity to study alongside professionals in the field, such as D.J.-producer Young Guru. Singer-songwriter Chaka Khan recently led a master class in which, “students began playing her hit ‘Tell Me Something Good,’ and she jumped up and sang with them,” Thornton Communications Manager Evan Calbi told The Hollywood Reporter.Thornton offers more than 20 different programs including classical guitar, composition, music industry and popular music. Popular music is one of the school’s most selective programs. The program, which Sampson said is small by design, admitted only 8 percent of applicants last year.“I think that the applicant pool is seeing the success of graduates coming out of Thornton,” Sampson said. “When they see that kind of success, that incentivizes them to want to apply to the school because they see we are clearly training students for the professional world,” Sampson said.In the coming years, Thornton students will also be afforded the opportunity to work collaboratively with students in the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, launched earlier this year. Sampson said he is looking forward to the projects students will be able to create together.“Because the Academy has such a cultural slant, it’s not just a business or technology degree. There’s definitely room for music and audio content, and our students are going to be highly sought after to collaborate,” Sampson said. “I’m looking forward to it and to see in what form it will be in. I think it’s up to students to drive that.”In April, Thornton was also named the first official university affiliate of The GRAMMY Museum. The partnership allows Thornton to have access to the museum’s collection’s for a variety of their educational programs, including seminars, projects, marketing and other research programs.last_img read more

Hailie Deegan takes next step in development as she joins Ford program

first_img“No strong dates as to how much time at each level. We want to make sure and Hailie wants to make sure, her team wants to make sure, she progresses to the levels when she’s ready to ensure success at each step.”Deegan’s first formal time behind the Ford steering wheel will come at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3, 2020 — the traditional three-day test session for the Jan. 25-26 IMSA season-opening Rolex 24 sports car race weekend. Deegan will make her sports car debut on Friday, Jan. 25 with teammate Briscoe in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hailie Deegan, one of NASCAR’s most-talked about young talents, was formally introduced this week as a new Ford development driver. For the 2020 racing season, the 18-year old Californian will drive a Ford for the respected DGR-Crosley race team full time in the ARCA Menards Series and she will also compete in selected events for Ford’s Multimatic Motorsports team in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.It’s a major announcement for Ford and for Deegan, who in 2018 became the first woman to win a race in the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (now known as the ARCA Menards Series West). She added two more victories in the series in 2019, earning three pole positions, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 14 starts en route to a third-place finish in the championship. In six ARCA Menards Series starts last year, Deegan earned a best finish of fifth at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Raceway.WATCH: Hailie Deegan: Win everything”Hailie has shown in her brief time behind the wheel of a stock car that she’s got what it takes to be successful,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, said at Tuesday’s formal announcement in Concord, N.C.”Our goal is to put her on a path to realize our shared goal of winning championships and part of that is gaining experience on tracks such as road courses and superspeedways. We feel this year will serve as a good foundation for what lies ahead.”That foundation will include an assortment of IMSA races in addition to the full 20-race ARCA schedule. Rushbrook reiterated to the gathered media Tuesday that the plan is to bring Deegan up to speed, slowly and steadily. In recent seasons Ford has fostered the burgeoning careers of young drivers such as Cole Custer, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe.Deegan said she appreciated the measured approach.”I think it’s really important because, at the end of the day, as a driver, you pretty much have one reputation chance,” said Deegan, who will drive the No. 4 Monster Energy Ford in the ARCA ranks. “When you blow it, when you don’t do good, that kind of sits with you. It’s hard to get rid of that.MORE: Who won the NASCAR Cup championship 2019?”I think it’s definitely important for me and the people who support me and are coming with me along the journey that we want to have success where we go. When we move up to the next level, we want to make sure we do it at the right time and I’m ready for it and they’re ready to take the step.”I think we’re definitely taking the right route and process. If we can stick to what we’re doing, stick to the game plan, it should be good.”Deegan has contested her early stock car career in Toyota equipment, and although she’s grateful for the opportunities it presented, she said she felt this alliance with Ford would be beneficial long term with increased opportunity. She noted often Tuesday that her family has a long relationship with the manufacturer. Her father, Brian Deegan, won a gold medal in the 2011 X Games driving a Ford Fiesta in the Global Rallycross Championship.”I think it gives me the confidence to know that we made the right decision, confident in my future and my development just because we’re all on the same page,” Deegan said. “Especially with them starting this kind of lower-level development where they had Chase Briscoe, Cindric, all the guys coming through the higher ranks, now they’re kind of stepping into the ARCA Series.”It gives me a lot more confidence to know we’re doing the right thing when you have a lot more focus on you.”She added, “Over here, there’s a lot more focus and a lot clearer path on what they’re trying to do with their development drivers, their drivers coming through the ranks, having enough seats for them.”As for her pace, Rushbrook indicated there was no rush to get Deegan into one of NASCAR’s three national series until she was legitimately ready.”No comment on the length of the contract or even the progression,” Rushbrook said. “I think the great thing has been since the very first conversation that we want to see Hailie succeed and take the steps when the timing is right. I’ve got a lot of confidence that will go through in these coming years all the way to the Cup level.last_img read more

EFFL Re-Echoes Calls for Systemic Audit of Sirleaf’s Gov’t

first_imgCOCUBOMB and EFFL leaders in the #BRINGBACKOURMONEY protest back in September 2018, Monrovia-Says better late than neverIncessant calls for an audit of the 12-year administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have gone unheeded by President George Weah, whose administration seems to be feeling the effects of what critics perceive as a gross misstep or inaction.According to the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), the alleged missing money scandal, which is having an adverse impact on the livelihood of the Liberian people, especially the impoverished masses, is the result of rampant corruption and glaring mismanagement that permeated the Sirleaf-led government.With the adage, “better late than never”, the EFFL has again called on the Weah Administration to do a forensic and systematic audit of the Sirleaf Administration, to enable the country and its international partners understand the financial activities of the previous government.The group, which seeks to stand as a force for a new Liberia, had earlier this year recommended to President Weah a complete systematic audit of the last regime which, it is believed, received billions in bilateral assistance, but has little to show for said assistance.“This country is poor, not because we lack the resources or finances, but because we continue to elect self-centered and morally bankrupt individuals to power. We have also failed to do the right thing over the years—holding past and current leaders accountable for the stewardship of the state,” EFFL Deputy Secretary General, Ernest Moibah, said in a release recently.Moibah added, “The EFFL is here to stop this entrenched business as usual attitude and advocate good governance for our people. President Weah must audit the past regime so that it gives account of how our country was governed during its 12 years in power.”Weah, a soccer legend, came to the presidency with a sermon: “Our country is broke and our economy broken”, though his predecessor later debunked such assertions, indicating that in spite of the harsh economic realities the country faced during the latter phase of the Johnson-Sirleaf government, she had left over US$100 million in the national coffers.Fast forward, reports of missing containers containing L$16 billion from the Freeport of Monrovia, the main gateway to the country’s economy, has brought to public glare what many have termed as the high level of insincerity on the part of the Weah-led Administration, who had given the public the impression that the country was really broke.But according to Moibah, the claim and counterclaims between the current and past administrations can only be settled if the Weah administration musters the courage to audit the Sirleaf Administration as well as many of her officials whose images are blemished with corruption allegations.The group urged the government to muster the courage to fight corruption if it is to succeed, though the EFFL expressed reservation that there are alarming factors of the Weah Administration’s lacking the ability to adequately run the country, let alone fight corruption.Mr. Moibah (R)“In his inaugural speech, the President promised to fight corruption, but from all indications, the government lacks the political will to fight corruption as well audit the past government, especially as it relates to the missing billions.EFFL also recommends a reawakening of the corruption scandal and other financial malpractices of former Deputy Finance Minister James Kollie. This has to do with the operation of an allegedly clandestine account by Dr. Kollie and few of his cronies at the ministry for the payment of domestic debts—an account that was used to siphon millions of dollars out of the mainstream financials programs of the government.As part of what it says are efforts aimed at ensuring a corruption-free society, the group wrote the Justice Ministry about a certain special committee report that needs to be taken seriously.“In the letter dated October 3, 2018, and addressed to Minister of Justice Cllr. Musa Dean, EFFL requested full implementation of the report on corruption, which found many guilty, including Kollie and others from the finance ministry, for opening and operating special accounts for the payments of domestic debts without using the government consolidated account,” Moibah said.According to the report, Dr. Kollie and the Finance Department of the MFDP paid millions of United Stated Dollars to unknown businesses, including US$500,000 allegedly diverted to personal accounts, though noting that it was paid to the owner of the land where the Nancy Doe Market is situated in Sinkor.“The Marshall family didn’t receive the US$500,000, but was paid to unknown individuals and said payment was sanctioned by Dr. Kollie who was then serving as acting minister. We are concerned about this report and encourage this court to prosecute all those individuals mentioned in the report and that they are made to repay said funds that were allegedly stolen,” the release said.Those at the center of the scandal were Dr. Kollie, Robert S.K. Doe, Jeremiah Jargbo, Abubarka M.S. Kiawu and Madison C. Kelgbeh. Some of those indicted are reportedly serving top positions in the Weah Administration.“We are informed that Jeremiah Jargbo is within the employ of Liberia Revenue Authority and Madison C. Kelgbeh is employed at the Ministry of Finance, while Mr. S.K Doe’s and Kiawu’s locations remained unknown.However, nothing has been done concerning this report, and it is part of the many reasons while the EFFL has called for the forensic audit of the past government.Dr. Kollie was involved in another financial scandal— the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI). A project established in 2014 at MFDP to provide loans to Liberian-owned Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs), the initiative was diverted by a few top officials, including Kollie, who was the principal administrator of the program.The loan was meant to financially strengthen Liberian-owned businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more