first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiTeri Nowell, of Warrington, Pa., sashayed on the Ocean City beach clad in a pinstriped, Roaring Twenties-style bathing suit and matching socks, hat and parasol.Her husband, Paul, rolled his eyes and poked fun at the garish, red-and-white outfit that his wife had insisted on wearing in public on New Year’s Day.A few minutes later, the 68-year-old Nowell did something even more outrageous. She raced straight for the ocean and plunged into the chilly surf. She – and her costume – emerged soaking wet.“It’s cold,” she exclaimed, while shivering. “But it was absolutely worth it.”Teri Nowell, of Warrington, Pa., got her colorful Roaring Twenties-style bathing suit soaking wet.Nowell wasn’t alone on the beach at Plymouth Place. Many other bathers joined with her in Ocean City’s madcap annual First Dip plunge to welcome the New Year. It is one of the wackiest holiday rituals at the Jersey Shore.The 2017 version attracted thousands of diehards who braved the 42.8-degree ocean temperature to raise money for the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. Sunny skies and a mild air temperature of 54 degrees helped produce a big turnout.Dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon for the event, which benefited the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers.Many of the bathers appeared as though they had forgotten it was New Year’s Day and decided to dress up for another holiday – Halloween. Comical costumes are what give the event its zany atmosphere each year.Some men were attired in bright, green wigs and construction hard hats. Others resembled characters from comic book lore. Some appeared like refugees from a Monty Python movie.Some of the women’s shimmering, sequined costumes looked like they had been borrowed from the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. Other women were dressed like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, or, in this case, Frosty the Snowwoman. One young girl seemingly had rushed to the beach shortly after jumping out of bed. She was wearing cow pajamas.Striking a pose are the “Four Dazzling Divas.” From left, Raine Giercyk, Christina Stancio, Casey Shows and Jan Giercyk.And then there were the self-proclaimed “Four Dazzling Divas.” Casey Shows, Christina Stancio, Jan Giercyk and Raine Giercyk cavorted on the beach looking like Greta Garbo wannabes. They were all glammed up in 1930s-inspired outfits, feather boas, gaudy jewelry, satin evening gloves and goofy 2017 sunglasses.“This is the first year we are doing this. We wanted to make a splash,” Raine Giercyk said with a hearty laugh to emphasize her silly pun.Shows and Stancio are from Accokeek, Md. Jan Giercyk lives in Vineland, while Raine Giercyk resides in Linwood. Shows explained that the four women had put the First Dip plunge high up on their “bucket list” of crazy things to do.Clad in his red and blue superhero costume, veteran First Dip plunger Brian Green, of Ocean City, charges for the surf.Brian Green, of Ocean City, said he began taking the plunge long before it became fashionable among the holiday crowds. He recalled there were only about 50 bathers the first time he jumped in the ocean on New Year’s Day years ago.“It’s always a lot fun. I always dress in a costume,” said Green, who looked vaguely like Capt. America while decked out in a superhero suit complete with a cape and mask.Green, who was accompanied by friends and family members, seemed unconcerned by the nippy surf before he jumped in. He noted he had done the First Dip on other days when it was much chillier. Still, the water temperature caught him by surprise.“It was colder than I expected,” he said. “But it was awesome.”First Dip was one of the highlights of a blockbuster holiday weekend that attracted tens of thousands of visitors to town, according to the Greater Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The city’s First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve included an array of family-friendly entertainment at 20 venues scattered across town.Even Hillary and Donald came out to help raise money for the Hero Campaign. Photo Credit: Cheri LawAn hour before the First Dip plunge got underway at 2 p.m., more than 700 runners took part in the annual First Day 5K race along the Boardwalk. The course also took the runners along local streets this year because a portion of the Boardwalk remains closed for a reconstruction project.Hometown track star Jesse Schmeizer, a 16-year-old junior at Ocean City High School, dominated the race to win in 17 minutes, 32 seconds. Stephen Hoffman, 26, also of Ocean City, finished second in 17:41.Mary Grace Rittler, 16, no hometown listed, was first among the women runners in 18:44. Ocean City running legend Susan Reich, 58, finished third among the women in 20:27.Schmeizer said he led all the way. Showing the form that has made him a top high school runner in Cape May County, he breezed across the finish line well ahead of the other competitors.“It feels great being able to win this race,” he said. “I like showing off in my hometown.”Ocean City High School track star Jesse Schmeizer, at right in white top and sunglasses, dominated the First Day 5K race on the Boardwalk. Bathers zipped in and then out of the ocean during the traditional holiday plunge.last_img read more

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band brought a stunning cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Goodbye Blue Sky” to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland earlier this year on March the 18th. The song comes from the English rock band’s 11th studio album, The Wall, from 1979, describing the memory of The Blitz, or lightning war, when the Nazi regime bombed the United Kingdom during the Second World War.The darkness of Pink Floyd’s music blends into a symphony of strings, well-captured in this professionally shot video that the band shared earlier today on their Facebook.Enjoy “Goodbye Blue Sky,” as performed by Yonder Mountain String Band below: Yonder Mountain String Band @ Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR 03/18/16:Set 1: Mental Breakdown> Sometimes I’ve Won, Nothin But A Breeze, Near Me, Blue Collar Blues> Wheel Hoss> Blue Collar Blues, If It Hadn’t Been For Love, Around You> Robots> Around YouSet 2: Traffic Jam> I Second That Emotion> Traffic Jam, Love Before You Can’t, Sister Golden Hair, This Lonesome Heart, Years With Rose> Finally Saw The Light, Fingerprint, Summer In The City, Scent Of A Mule> Only A Northern SongE: White Freightlinerlast_img read more

first_imgMoody’s downgrades U.S. coal sector, expects ‘substantial’ decline in demand FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded the North American coal sector to a “negative” outlook, citing an expected 3% decline in earnings in the second half of 2019 and a slide in profitability over the next year to 18 months.The ratings firm pointed to a “substantive decrease in export prices” for thermal coal, particularly in Europe, combined with a likely struggle for producers to find buyers in 2020. The downgrade is a shift from July, when Moody’s said the outlook remained “stable” despite declines in coal-fired generation. The firm predicted at the time coal-fired power could decline to just 11% of the United States’ electricity by 2030.Coal generated more than a quarter of the United States’ electricity last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, but the fuel is in rapid decline. “A confluence of economic, environmental and social factors also increase our concerns about the industry’s longer-term demand prospects, as pressure on the industry is mounting,” Moody’s said in its note. That will make “numerous coal mines uneconomic in a reduced demand environment, especially smaller, higher cost mines that are highly vulnerable to retirement of specific coal-fired power plants.”Moody’s said its long-term outlook for U.S. thermal coal “calls for a substantial volume reduction over the next decade driven by utilities switching to natural gas and renewable energy.”Just a decade ago, coal made up about half of the United States’ electric generation. In April, EIA announced renewable energy resources, including hydroelectricity, were on pace to generate more electricity than coal-fired plants for the month. That was a first, according to the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis. While there were seasonal factors at play, the group said it represented “signs of a tipping point” in the country’s generation mix.More: Coal sector outlook drops from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’: Moody’slast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re a fan of fly fishing literature, you’re most likely a fan of the legendary fly fishing author John Gierach. And if you’re not, please remove yourself from whatever rock you’ve been living under, and join us in the real world.With eighteen books to his name, John is far and away the most prolific and quite possibly the most popular fly fishing writer alive today.If you haven’t read his books, do yourself a favor and pick one up. I personally cut my teeth on Geirach’s writing with a collection of short stories titled No Shortage of Good Days.In the book Geirach, chronicles fly fishing expeditions from the Great Smoky Mountains to his home rivers of Colorado. His witty style combines with decades of knowledge and insight about the fly fishing game to deliver the reader straight from the arm chair the banks of whatever tiny stream, wide river or high mountain lake Gierach happens to be writing about.A few other favorites are Trout Bum, Fool’s Paradise; Sex, Death and Fly Fishing; and Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders.If you’re already a fan of Gierach’s writing, don’t miss a rare opportunity to get inside the writer’s head by listening to a recent interview conducted by Orvis’ Tom Rosenbauer—a major fly fishing luminary in his own right—for his popular Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.In it, Rosenbauer talks with John about his latest book, A Fly Rod of your Own, and Gierach opens up about his life as a fishing writer and the methods to his writing madness.Click the image below to listen! last_img read more

first_imgWhen the need to train a new employee comes along, there is one thing to remember: An employee who feels that they’ve been properly trained is more likely to stick around. Here are four tips you can use to train the new member of your team…Everyone learns in their own way: Some people enjoy in-person training and others like to read instructions. By combining the two, you’re giving your new employee a chance to learn and ask questions in-person from a trainer, while also providing them with a resource they can look back at if they’re unsure about something.Have patience: People also learn at their own pace. If you immediately throw a ton of information at someone, most of it won’t stick. Take your time when training and only move on when the previous lesson is fully comprehended. If you do a thorough job the first time, you’re reducing the chances that there will have to be a second time.Give assistance: When your employee is first learning a new task, make sure you’re there to help correct their mistakes and keep them on the right path. Help them build confidence by giving them a chance to do things on their own, but correct them when they need it.Practice makes perfect: Completing a task correctly once is great, but make sure you are giving the employee a chance to do things over and over in training so when the time comes, they won’t have any issues with getting it right on their own. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe award ceremony “Marco Polo – famous travel writer” for the best journalistic tourist stories, which is presented for the seventh time, was held in the packed Great Hall of the Journalists’ House organized by FIJET Croatia (International Federation of Tourist Journalists) and the Association of Tourist Journalists HND.The first award “Marco Polo – travel writer of the year” was equally shared by Ivo Pervan for the photographic travelogue “Divota Biokova through the eye of the camera” and Miro Brankovic for the HRT TV series “In search of Marco Polo”, while among foreign journalists awarded the Spanish Maria del Mar Aguilo for the report “Moscow – Symphony of Colors”, published in the online magazine for tourism and gastronomy Coloralia.Receiving recognition for a photographic travelogue about the beauties and peculiarities of Biokovo, Pervan pointed out that the award belongs not only to him, but to a large number of people who work in photography in Croatia. “I have been all over the world and I can say that we live in one of the most beautiful countries, but also that it is nowhere harder to do photography than in Croatia. But, well, we won’t spread it further. ” He said Pervan called on journalists to write critically about the people who run Croatian tourism, because that is the only way it can progress, recalling the XNUMXs when the preconditions were created for today’s high numbers achieved by this segment of the economy.Davor Rostuhar won the second prize for outstanding contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourist journalism, and Tomislav Šikić, Slobodan Bukvić and Andrea Pisac Freškura won the third prize, while Paul Bradbury received the award for the best report on Zagreb on Advent 2016. Anita Žuvela Hitrec received a special award from FIJET for the exceptional use of media communication technologies in the promotion of Croatian tourism, and special awards were given to HRT’s show “Lijepom našom” and its editor Branko Uvodić, “Tourist Patrol” section of Večernji list, Dagmar Meneghello for his contribution to the affirmation of Croatian cultural tourism, as well as Eduard Kišić from HRT on the occasion of his retirement, the mentioned president of FIJET Tijani Haddad and posthumously Frane Erceg.Our award is intended to encourage local journalists to travel, stories about Croatian regions, people, customs and traditions, which will be an incentive for tourism professionals for new content, tourist offer or motive for tourists, or media promotion of new tourist products and content point out from FIJET “At the same time, we want to encourage journalists to focus more on getting to know their country, especially small undiscovered interesting destinations, affirming their own values. Croatia is a small country with many peculiarities, and among the few in the world that has so much diversity in such a small area. this award, named after the world’s first travel writer Marco Polo, in addition to popularizing the specific form of journalism, contribute to new generations of tourist journalists with their journalistic contributions give their authorial contribution to the basic idea of ​​establishing the award – affirmation of what we can offer to the world.”Pointed out Tina Eterović Čubrilo, president of FIJET HR and vice president of FIJET and added that in this way they want to affirm this specific form of journalism, develop tourism through interesting stories, myths, legends about certain tourist destinations that will attract tourists. I would like to congratulate the HrTurizam.hr portal on all nominated and awarded fellow journalists.Source: HND HND President Saša Leković warned that the role of journalists is still crucial, regardless of technological progress, praising FIJET, which rewards reportage as a form of journalism that has almost disappeared in Croatia, while Karin Mimica, president of the HND Tourist Journalists’ Association, thanked colleagues who with their texts allow us to experience those places we have never been.Awarded MARKO POLO – famous travel writercenter_img At the suggestion of FIJET, the award to foreign journalists, selected on the basis of published reports on Russia, is givenMARIA DEL MAR AGUILO BRERASpanish journalist zFor a report published in the digital magazine for tourism and gastronomy CLORALIA”MOSCOW SYMPHONY OF COLORS”The first MARKO POLO award for domestic travelogues is shared equallyIvo PERVAN and Miro BRANKOVIĆIVO PERVANFOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC TRAVEL BOOKRepeatedly exhibited and publishedMIRO BRANKOVIĆFOR A TRAVEL TV SERIES IN SEARCH OF MARK POLII. REWARDDAVOR ROSTUHARfor outstanding contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourism journalism awardedIII. REWARDshare equallyTomislav ŠIKIĆ, Slobodan BUKVIĆ, ANDREA WRITER FREŠKURAfor his contribution to the affirmation of travelogues and tourist journalismSPECIAL RECOGNITION OF FIJETAANITA ŽUVELA HITRECFor exceptional use of media communication technologies in the promotion of Croatian tourismAward for the best report about ZagrebPAUL BRADBURYfor the best report on Zagreb’s Advent 2016SPECIAL AWARDSThe HRT show BEAUTIFUL OUROne of the most watched television shows that promotes the tradition and heritage of CroatiaTOURIST PATROL OF VECERNJI LISTFor his long-term contribution to the popularization and affirmation of tourist journalism, and the promotion of Croatian tourismBranko UVODIĆ, Long-time editor of the show Lijepa naša to promote the tradition and heritage of CroatiaDAGMAR MENGHELLOFor his contribution to the affirmation of Croatian cultural tourismSPECIAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONSEDUARD KIŠIĆ, HRTOn the occasion of retirement for an exceptional contribution to the media promotion of FIJETTIJANI HADDADExtraordinary contribution to the development and promotion of activities and media projects Fijet CroatiaPOST-DEATHFRANI ERCEGUFOR A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE AFFIRMATION OF TOURIST JOURNALISM AND FIJET ACTIVITIESlast_img read more

first_img“Indonesia’s economic outlook will now depend on the ability to stimulate recovery after a drastic deterioration in economic activity,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told lawmakers in a hearing on July 9.She expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent this year under the worst-case scenario or grow 1 percent under the baseline scenario.The government expects the fiscal deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year as it allocates Rp 695.2 trillion (US$48.23 billion) in stimuli to strengthen the country’s healthcare response and bolster the economy amid the pandemic.Officials are now looking to accelerate spending to boost economic recovery and strengthen the country’s virus response after receiving criticism from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as well as from business and health communities for the slow disbursement of stimulus funds.Topics : The government and the House of Representatives have agreed in principle on 2021 state budget assumptions with a deficit of 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to bolster the economy from the coronavirus-induced recession.The budget deficit is expected to reach 3.21 percent to 4.17 percent of GDP next year, but the government can widen the fiscal deficit to 4.7 percent if needed to fully support the recovery, said House Budget Committee vice chairman Muhidin Mohamad Said.“The government’s 2021 work plan is being directed to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, boost human development, as well as industrial and tourism development,” among other things, he told a plenary meeting on Tuesday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will announce the detailed 2021 state budget, including exact revenue and expenditure figures, during his annual speech on Aug. 16.The government and the House agreed that the assumption underpinning the 2021 state budget would see state spending reach 13.11 percent to 15.17 percent of GDP, while tax revenue is expected to reach 8.25 percent to 8.63 percent and nontax income 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent of GDP.Indonesia’s economy could enter a recession in the third quarter this year as the government expects GDP to shrink by 3.8 percent to 5.1 percent in the second quarter and to decline by a further 1 percent in the third quarter.If the economy shrinks in the third quarter, it will mark Indonesia’s first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. A recession happens when an economy shrinks in two consecutive quarters.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSpring is almost here and there are a lot of fun events coming to the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. One major upcoming event is the 1st Annual Sock Hop Dance on March 18th taking seniors back to their younger days with 50’s music and more.“We’re going to have a menu off patty melts on sourdough or rye bread. We’ll have french fries, mini milkshakes. We’re going to have several contests including a hula–hoop contest, a twisting contest, and a best costume contest,” Program Manager, B.J. Sander said.The Sock Hop is a way for seniors to get out and dance and also mix and mingle with friends.“What better way to get out for a senior then to go out dancing. All seniors love to dance, they don’t get an opportunity to dance, so we’re giving them the opportunity on the 18th,” she added.Not only is the Sock Hop a major event coming up, but the Senior Center is also sponsoring events including the memory tree, and a grief support group called ‘Piecing Memories Together’ that will be making bears or pillows to remember loved ones.“What we started here is a memory tree, and as a result of the memory tree we’ve progressed out to include the three hospice organizations in Alpena. This is going to be a yearlong event. What happens with our memory tree is people purchase a heart and we put on the heart what they want on the heart and that goes on our memory tree. At the end of the year these trees are going to be featured at the Besser Museum and we’re going to present them to the public,” Sander revealed.The ‘Piecing Memories Together’ class is currently being held on Tuesdays at 1 pm.“Hospice of the Sunrise Shores right now is doing a ‘Piecing Memories Together’ that is a 5–week class. It’s free, and you can come in and go through a grieving process including bringing in clothing from your loved one that passed, and we’ll making teddy bears with that or pillows. They can even make an ornament to put on the tree,” she said.If you would like to participate in that 5–week project contact the center at 989–356–3585.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, events, senior livingContinue ReadingPrevious Zonta Club of Alpena Has Scholarships Available for Women in the AreaNext City of Alpena Plans For Dog Parklast_img read more

first_imgThere is also a prize money boost for men’s and women’s doubles with the winners pocketing $676,082 per pair, up 20% from 2018. Mixed doubles champions receive $145,232 per pair.Prize money breakdown for Wimbledon 2019The payout in both the men’s and women’s singles draws escalates as players advance through each round. Every player earns at least $57,136 simply for stepping on the court at All England Club. Here’s how the prize money is eventually broken down by round.Winner$2,983,748Runner-up$1,491,874Semifinal$746,572Quarterfinal$373,286Round 4$223,464Round 3$140,934Round 2$91,417Round 1$57,136Wimbledon prize money compared to tennis’ Grand SlamsHere’s how Wimbledon’s prize money stacks up with prize money of tennis’ last four majors:TournamentPurseChampion Payout2019 Wimbledon$49,400,000$2,983,7482019 French Open$47,765,388$2,600,0002019 Australian Open$62,500,000$4,100,0002018 U.S. Open$53,000,000$3,800,000 As is the case will all of tennis’ four Grand Slams, not only are the players competing for trophies, they’re also competing for prize money.The 2019 edition of Wimbledon is once again more lucrative than in years past. The All England Club will award a purse of $49.4 million over the course of the tournament — up 11.76% from $44.2 million in 2018 — with the money divided equally among the men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions. In 2007, Wimbledon changed its policy regarding prize money so now the men and women are awarded the same amount. As of 2019, all four of tennis’ Grand Slams award equal prize money to the men’s and women’s champions.Here’s a breakdown of the prize money that will be award at Wimbledon 2019.LIVE: Follow SN’s coverage of Novak Djokovic vs. Roger FedererWhat is the Wimbledon purse for 2019?The Wimbledon purse for 2019 is $49.4 million for the men’s and women’s tournaments. The total amount awarded to players by the All England Club has more than doubled since 2012, when the collective prize money was $20.1 million.How much money does the winner get?Winning Wimbledon will net the champion of both the men’s and women’s singles draws $2,983,748 each.In 2018, singles champions Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic took home $2,531,722.last_img read more

first_imgWomen, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is the English senior women’s amateur champion and has been runner up for three national titles.Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Staffordshire) reached the semi-finals of the senior amateur and took fourth place in the senior stroke play.Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) won back-to-back senior stroke play titles in 2016 and 2017.Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a past winner of the British and English senior amateur title.Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) is also a past British champion as well as the winner of both English senior titles.Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) won the English senior stroke play title this year and is a past winner of the amateur.Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 14 Aug 2018 New caps in teams to challenge for Euro senior honours New caps Sue Spencer, Trevor Foster and Rupert Kellock are named in the England sides for the European senior team championships.Foster, the British senior champion (pictured), and Kellock will be joined in the men’s team by Ian Attoe, Stephen East, Richard Latham and Richard Partridge.In the women’s team, Spencer will play alongside Julie Brown, Jackie Foster, Aileen Greenfield, Helen Lowe and Cath Rawthore.The championships will be played from September 4-8, with the women competing at Mont Garni Golf Club, Belgium, and the men travelling to Diamond Country Club, Austria.Last year the women won the silver medal at their European championship while the men took bronze.The players.Men, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire).Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey) won the English senior men’s amateur for the second time in May and is currently second in the England Golf senior order of merit.Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire) is a past winner of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and Scottish senior titles. He also won the senior order of merit in 2014, 2016 and 2017.Trevor Foster (Accrington & District, Lancashire) scored a runaway nine-shot win in the British seniors’ at Royal Porthcawl where he was eight-under. He has also won the Irish seniors this season and leads the order of merit.Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire) is currently third in the order of merit after high finishes in the English and British championships and the Bill Shankland Memorial Trophy at Parkstone, Dorset.Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) was fourth in the British seniors and has twice won the English senior title.Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) is a past winner of the Irish and Scottish senior titles and a runner-up in Wales.center_img Tags: European, Senior, Team Championshiplast_img read more