Landon Foglio and Sawyer McAllister, both 3, run through the laser tag obstacle course at the PTA Carnival. By Lesley GrahamOn Saturday, the seventh annual Spring Carnival hosted by the Ocean City Parent Teacher Association brought together students, teachers and parents alike for an afternoon of fun for all ages.The purchase of tickets to play games and win prizes went to the OCPTA, which is looking to raise funds for a new playground for the preschool program at the primary school.The OCPTA provided carnival games, a laser tag maze and interactive activities for the community to fundraise for the Ocean City school district. Ocean City students volunteered their time to man the booths and provide fun and laughs for all involved.Ocean City police officer Matt Schaffer clocks a young thrower at the fastest pitch game.Members of the Ocean City Police and Fire departments had activities for kids to test out their power and accuracy with a fastest pitch competition and to put out a make-believe burning fire with a bean bag toss.The OCPD radar guns got a break from catching speeding cars and instead were used to clock throws from kids and adults alike. Matt Schaffer, a member of the police force, was proud of his 66 mph effort on the fast pitch, beating out a 17-year-old senior at the high school for the fastest time of the afternoon.Stella Fleming, 6, used all her might to fight the fake fire with the OCFD. Her mom, Alisabeth, said she enjoys coming to the carnival every year. “It’s such a great event hosted by the OCPTA that brings the community together. The kids also love seeing their teachers outside of the classroom in a different atmosphere,” Alisabeth Fleming said.Stella Fleming, 6, battles the blaze.The hit of the day was the laser tag obstacle course, where kids of all ages bobbed and weaved through different barriers not trying to get hit by other lasers. Shannon McAllister’s two boys, Brayden and Sawyer, loved the laser tag.“They didn’t want to leave – it’s a good thing we bought lots of tickets,” McAllister exclaimed. There were over 30 different games and activities from face painting to balloon animals, skee ball and basketball. The Ocean City Community Center provided a fun fitness test for the kids as well as stimulation surf boards to practice balance.Taylor Stauffer, a high school freshman and member of the Drama Guild, oversees the lollipop tower.Taylor Stauffer, 15, a high school freshman, was operating the lollipop pull booth. Kids had the opportunity to pull a lollipop from the tower and if it had a blue dot on the bottom, they received a prize from the bin.Stauffer was volunteering as a member of the OCHS Drama Guild and used the opportunity to remind members of the community of the upcoming spring performance of the “Wizard of Oz” April 4-6.An afternoon of fun, food and prizes was had by all and for a great cause of raising money for the OCPTA.
Kicking off a three-show run at San Francisco, CA’s The Fillmore last night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood paid tribute to fallen Beatle John Lennon on the anniversary of the his death with a cover of “Come Together.”The two-set show featured CRB originals such as “Roan County Banjo,” “Burn Slow,” and “Sweet Sweet Lullaby,” as well as additional covers of Leon Russell‘s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” Bob Dylan‘s “Tough Mama,” and a show-closer of The Velvet Underground‘s “Rock & Roll.” Take a listen to “Come Together” below, courtesy of Stuart Levine.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA |12/8/16\Set 1: Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Roan County Banjo, Tornado, Precious, Precious, Tulsa Yesterday, California Hymn, Burn Slow, Poor Elijah / Tribute to JohnsonSet 2: Stranger in a Strange Land, Forever as the Moon, Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor, Never Been to Spain, Tough Mama, Sweet Sweet Lullaby, Leave My Guitar Alone, RideEncore : Come Together, Rock & Roll[via JamBase]
Directed and co-written by Jack Plotnick and starring co-creator and co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more. View Comments Along with Rudetsky, the cast of Disaster! currently includes Max Crumm, Charity Dawson, Matt Farcher, Tom Riis Farrell, Judy Gold, David Hibbard, Sarah Litzsinger, Maggie McDowell, Jennifer Simard, Jonah Verdon, Sherz Aletaha, Kristy Cavenaugh and Saum Eskandani. Disaster! Related Shows This news is a…well, you know. Disaster!, the musical comedy based on cult favorite disaster movies from the 1970s, will pack up and take to the storm shelters on April 11. The show, which began performances on October 14 of last year, will have played 11 previews and 86 performances at off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre at time of closing. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 11, 2014
Colombia’s government and the Red Cross held out hope on 14 February that two hostages will be freed after Marxist FARC rebels pledged to release them but then gave false rescue coordinates. Eduardo Pizarro, President Juan Manuel Santos’ point man in the process, said the president was not ruling out the possibility that police major Guillermo Solorzano and army corporal Salin Sanmiguel would be released. But no operation was under way, the president’s office said in a statement. It said that the government would meet with International Red Cross staff about what happened on 13 February and make a decision on a next step. The Colombian government said that Marxist rebels who planned to set free two hostages provided “false coordinates” about to the location of the release. Earlier that day, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) released police officer Carlos Ocampo, who was among three hostages scheduled to be freed. But the other two were kept in captivity. The process of freeing FARC hostages requires strict security protocols, including halting military operations in the affected region for 36 hours. Sanmiguel, kidnapped in May 2008 when he was 25, was to be reunited with his wife and daughter. Solorzano, 34, was taken in June 2007, and was expected to return to his family in Bogota. Ocampo, kidnapped in December 2010, was handed over to ICRC staff, its spokeswoman Maria Cristina Rivera told reporters in this small town 200 kilometers west of Bogota. He had been working as a bodyguard for a mayor. It was the latest in a series of FARC hostage releases. Between February 9 and 11 they freed councilmen Marcos Baquero and Armando Acuna, as well as marine Henry Lopez. The FARC is holding 16 other police and soldiers they hope to swap for jailed guerrillas. FARC, which has been at war with the Colombian government since 1964, has between 7,000 and 11,000 fighters. The rebels have long demanded a hostage-for-prisoner swap, something both Santos and his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, have refused to consider. By Dialogo February 15, 2011
‘Not twisting arms’So far, the COVAX facility has attracted interest from 92 poorer countries hoping for voluntary donations and 80 wealthier countries, a number little changed from a month ago, that would finance the scheme, the WHO said.Still, some nations are waiting for the Aug. 31 deadline before making a commitment as the facility’s terms are still being finalized, Bruce Aylward, who leads the WHO’s ACT Accelerator initiative to speed supplies of COVID-19 diagnostics, drugs and vaccines, said.”We are not twisting arms for people to join,” Aylward said. “We’ve had more and more discussions with a broader and broader group of players … to work through what might be the barriers to collaborating – issues around price, issues around timing, issues around national expectations.”With more than 150 vaccines in development, about two dozen in human studies and a handful in late-stage trials, the WHO said even countries signing bilateral deals boost their odds by joining COVAX.”Which one will be the candidate that will be successful, we don’t know yet,” said Mariangela Simao, a WHO assistant director for drug and vaccine access. “By joining the facility at the same time that you do bilateral deals, you’re actually betting on a larger number of vaccine candidates.”COVAX now covers nine vaccine candidates.The WHO remains worried that infections among younger people are rising globally, putting at risk elderly and sick people in densely populated areas with weak health systems.”The epidemic is changing,” WHO Western Pacific regional director, Takeshi Kasai, said. “People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving the spread.”Topics : Tedros’ push for nations to join COVAX comes as the European Union, Britain, Switzerland and the United States strike deals with companies testing prospective vaccines. Russia and China are also working on vaccines, and the WHO fears national interests could impede global efforts.”We need to prevent vaccine nationalism,” Tedros told a virtual briefing. “Sharing finite supplies strategically and globally is actually in each country’s national interest.”The European Commission has urged EU states to skirt the WHO-led initiative, citing worries over its cost and speed.More than 21.9 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 772,647 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Nations that hoard possible COVID-19 vaccines while excluding others will deepen the pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, issuing a last-ditch call for countries to join a global vaccine pact.The WHO has an Aug. 31 deadline for wealthier nations to join the “COVAX Global Vaccines Facility” for sharing vaccine hopefuls with developing countries. Tedros said he sent a letter to the WHO’s 194 member states, urging participation.The global health agency also raised concerns that the pandemic’s spread was being driven now by younger people, many of whom were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups.
NBIM said the overall return on the fund was in line with its benchmark.Slyngstad said the equity returns – totalling NOK1trn from January to September – had helped the fund’s market value to rise considerably, but warned: “With a large part of the fund invested in equities, we must be prepared for large fluctuations in the fund’s market value.”The GPFG’s value rose to NOK9.7trn by 30 September, though it has since risen further to NOK10.1trn today.Among individual stocks, NBIM said in its interim report that its investment in Apple stocks made the most positive contribution to the return in the third quarter, followed by that in Alphabet shares, and in consumer goods company Nestlé.The “most negative contributions” came from the fund’s shares in Amazon.com, Royal Dutch Shell and German tech firm SAP, it said.According to data on Nasdaq’s website, the shares of both Apple and Alphabet gained 11% in value between July and September.At the end of 2018, the GPFG had NOK62.7bn invested in Apple shares and NOK57.6bn in Alphabet. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) added to its equity returns in the third quarter of this year, though at a slower rate than before, with North American stocks – led by tech giants Apple and Alphabet – proving the strongest performers in the period, the sovereign wealth fund reported.In its interim report, the manager of the fund, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), said the GPFG made a third quarter return of 1.6% overall, or NOK236bn (€23bn). Equities returned 1.3%, and fixed income and unlisted real estate generated 2.4% and 1.6% respectively.The overall return is down from the 2.9% the fund produced in the second quarter and the 9.1% first quarter return.Yngve Slyngstad, NBIM’s chief executive – who has just announced he is to step down from the role – said: “Equity and fixed income investments had another quarter with positive returns. We saw a particularly positive contribution from US Treasuries and North American stocks, which returned 4.6 and 2.9 percent respectively.”
The father of two paid $706,000 for his former Mudgeeraba property three years ago.He and wife Ana extensively renovated the house before it hit the market in October through Stephen Hollyer, of Belle Property Robina.“They spent a good $300,000 plus on renovations,” Mr Hollyer said.“The appeal for buyers was obviously the size of the land. It’s a 4500sq m block, the house has multiple living areas and the fact the renovations were very well done.” Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James has bought a new house on the Gold Coast. Ryan James has bought a new property on the Gold Coast. (AAP image, John Gass)A GOLD Coast Titans player has spent $1.32 million on an acreage estate for his family.Captain Ryan James, this year named the club’s player of the year, upgraded from his Mudgeeraba home to a sprawling residence in Bonogin.CoreLogic records show James bought the Bonogin house before he sold his Mudgeeraba residence for $1.2 million. Mr Hollyer said he had huge interest in the property but it was an interstate buyer who bought it, settling on the sale this week.Mr Hollyer said James he was “brilliant to work with”.“He worked really hard with us in preparing the home for sale.”James has sold two other Gold Coast properties over the past two years. Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James has bought a new house on the Gold Coast. His new Bonogin property features two houses on a 1.02ha parcel of land.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe main residence features several living areas, media room, games room and outdoor kitchen and barbecue. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home most viewed in the state MORE NEWS: The Coast’s million-dollar club Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James has sold his Mudgeeraba house. Picture: realestate.com.au Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James’ former Mudgeeraba property. Picture: realestate.com.au
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for January and remains lower than the national rate of 4.0 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 7,613 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 1,556 unemployed residents and an increase of 6,057 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.2 percent.Click here for helpful information about how unemployment rates are calculated.
The only grant for southeastern Indiana was awarded to was to Miles Communication Corporation of Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties. Their program will serve approximately 366 unserved households and 135 unserved businesses, in primarily rural portions of Bartholomew, Jennings and Shelby counties in southeastern Indiana. The requested grant amount is $2.8 million with a local match of $2.9 million, for a total project cost of more than $5.7 million. Indianapolis, IN—Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state as a part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program.This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties.The $100 million program is the largest single-state investment in broadband. For the initial round of funding, service providers could apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas if they provided at least a 20 percent match. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.
Even worse is that Nigerians have to fork out much of the money as we probably account for half of sub-Saharan Africaâ€™s revenues. Thatâ€™s a whooping Â£42m, which as of the time of writing this was N20.3b. AddÂ Supersportâ€™s top-ups and we are probably looking at N30b or more in subscription fees for a season. And that is only a part of the costs. There would probably be a further N10b or much more from merchandising. Recently, a friend related to me how he was at Old Trafford to buy Manchester United items and was surprised at the number of Nigerians in the store. He remembered one in particular because the guy spent over 2,000 pounds at a go. There are also the jet-set supporters who fly all the way to the UK in their private jets just to watch their clubs play, and others who simply shop at the UK malls or duty free shops without going to the stadiums.In effect, we are looking at the possibility of Nigerian fans extracting about N50b annually from our recession-hit economy to dump in the UK economy. Even if you half that figure because of our economic woes, you would still get a frightening number.All that money is what a marketing man calls disposable income. Disposable income is what is available to the person to invest, save or spend after his taxes. That is what you spend on beverages, shares, clothes, mobile phones and airtime etc. So imagine what our companies are losing in sales every year as these monies are withdrawn from our banks and pumped into the UK economy.That money that should go into the books of Nigerian companies â€“ many of whom are struggling. Some have folded up or retrenched staff or are unable to pay salaries. Sadly, some of these companies have helped to perpetuate the popularity of the EPL by sponsoring the games and clubs, while neglecting the local football league.It is payback time. These days I allow my DTSV subscription to drift for days before re-subscribing; life has become hard in Nigeria. I am not alone in this. I have found out, many have stepped down their bouquet choices or have stopped paying altogether. It is clear for all to see that even the mighty DSTV is reeling from our economic woes as they have cut their sponsorship of domestic leagues in several sub-Saharan countries.Our beverage companies are failing to sell their premium brands, and are instead flooding the markets with low-end alternatives. Every sector is suffering. To be clear, football alone is neither the cause of all our problems nor the sole solution, but the money we are losing in football annually is staggering. Think what can do in Nigeria if we pushed hard to get our football and other sports right?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In the course of the week a friend drew my attention to a CNN report that showed that after London, Lagos was the city with the highest sale of Arsenal jerseys in the world. It boggles the mind that a city in a sub-Saharan Africa with a colossal population of desperately poor people, is where millions of pounds are spent on the jerseys of a foreign club. Not in Chile where Alexis Sanchez, arguably Arsenalâ€™s biggest star is from; not in Germany where another star Mezut Ozil is from. But the picture is far worse when you consider that the same free-spending habit is found among Nigerian fans of other popular English clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Indeed, the money that Nigerians spend on the EPL annually should worry every major consumer business in the country as well as the government. TheÂ Daily Mail UKÂ recently reported thatÂ Supersport, that has the EPL broadcast rights for sub-Saharan Africa, agreed to double the current Â£84m they pay annually to 168m pounds from 2019 to 2022. To have a sense of how crazy the figure is, the company with the rights to the Chinese market for 2016-2019 SSMG is paying just Â£13m per annum. That means sub-Saharan Africa, the worldâ€™s poorest region, is paying six times more than China. Not only does the Chinese population top that of sub-Saharan Africa, they are the second richest country in the world, one to whom the beggarly nations of Africa creep to for aid on a regular basis.The rights for North America belong to NBC who are currently paying Â£128m annually in a six-year deal from 2016 to 2022. Although a new deal will see the Chinese pay Â£180m annually from 2019, it is curious the area we go head-to-head with the world economic superpowers is in splashing cash on English football. To my mind, it is sheer insanity for sub-Saharan Africa to even pay a quarter of what China or America are paying.