Letter to Editor: Help Support Ocean City Theatre Company Mission

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is involved not only in producing shows throughout the year, but in sponsoring educational programs in the community, such as the above after-school drama program at Ocean City Intermediate School.#GivingTuesday provides the perfect opportunity for those who believe in the mission of OCTC to stand up, give and show their support.As a nonprofit organization, the Ocean City Theatre Company relies on the financial support of those who believe in our work. This support allows us to consistently deliver quality productions, which provide first-rate educational and outreach programs to residents and visitors of the greater Ocean City region.Ticket sales alone account for only about 60 percent of the funds needed to bring live theatrical productions to children, seniors and general audiences every year. Production expenses, including royalties for permission to perform shows, cast/staff salaries, housing, costumes and sets, not to mention general overhead costs associated with day-to-day operations are immense and frequently rising.In fact, as we look towards the end of 2014, OCTC is faced with the scary truth that our budget has a shortfall of $15,000. This shortfall is simply because our ticket income and education tuition only covers the costs associated with the specific production. We are unable to raise the extra money that is needed to cover the day-to-day operations that go into running a nonprofit company.Please make your tax-deductible donation today, and join with us to produce high-quality live theater in America’s Greatest Family Resort.__________Make an online donation now.__________Donations may also be made mailed to: Ocean City Theatre Company, 854 Asbury Avenue, Suite 3, Ocean City, NJ 08226.Can’t make a financial donation? That is OK, we need you to be OCTC cheerleaders in our community! Spread the word of OCTC and help us have a record number of patrons at our Holiday Spectacular coming to the Music Pier on December 12 to 14.The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is fully tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law.— From the Ocean City Theatre Companylast_img read more

Brace’s sponsors toast artist’s exhibition

first_imgBrace’s Bakery has partnered with a local food artist to showcase a number of bread-based creations.Nathan Wyburn made a name for himself on the last series of ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent, using toast as his canvas and producing a Marmite-painted portrait of comedian and judge Michael McIntyre.The bakery firm in Newport, South Wales, has chosen to support the 22-year-old in his latest bread-art venture by sponsoring his first exhibition at The General Offices in Ebbw Vale from 10-24 August.Wyburn said: “I’ve been using Brace’s bread for my artwork for three years. It’s the bread I’ve eaten growing up, so it just seemed fitting when I wanted to use everyday materials for my artwork, to use the bread I eat every day. Brace’s bread is also the squarest, which helps with the proportions of my artwork and ensures the result is the best possible. I’m very grateful for Brace’s support of my First Retrospective exhibition.”Since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, the bread artist has gone on to create a 10ft portrait of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, which was recently featured on the front page of The Guardian. In addition, Wyburn created a series of celebrity portraits, commissioned and displayed by Costa Coffee for its Towcester outlet, including David Beckham and Cheryl Cole.Lydia Whitfield, head of communications at Brace’s, said: “We have been interested in working with Nathan for a while, as he is such a creative and much-loved local artist. He and Angharad Collins, manager at The General Offices, are offering free workshops at the exhibition for local summer schools and youngsters from local community groups and this sits really well with the community support we try and offer at Brace’s.”last_img read more

Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development efforts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The National:The Scottish government is to commit £100 million to developing hydrogen as a greener form of power. Industry bosses said Scotland had the opportunity to be a “leading hydrogen nation” – with ministers pledging to invest the cash over five years.The funding was announced as ministers set the target of Scotland producing 5GW (gigawatts) of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. This could then be increased to “at least 25GW by 2045”, according to a new Scottish Government policy paper.Ministers will set out more detail about how this could be achieved in a hydrogen action plan, to be published next year. The UK government will also produce its own hydrogen strategy in 2021, with ministers there having similarly set the target of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030.Ahead of next year’s action plan, the Scottish government published a policy statement setting out how developing hydrogen capacity could help with both meeting emission reductions targets and in “generating new economic opportunities in Scotland”.Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Scotland was the first country in the UK to publish a hydrogen policy statement that “sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector.“Indeed, Scotland is one of the best-placed nations anywhere in the world to develop competitively priced hydrogen for our own economy’s needs and to generate a surplus in supply to export to other European nations with emerging demand but insufficient supply to meet their own needs.”[Richard Mason]More: Scottish government pledges £100m to help develop hydrogen power Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development effortslast_img read more

Paramedic and Community Risk Reduction Officer Andy Marceau offers tips for Heatstroke Prevention Awareness Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe weather is finally changing, which means spending more time outdoors. The state of Michigan designated April 22 Heatstroke Prevention Awareness day, and is encouraging Michiganders to take precautions in hot weather.Paramedic and Risk Reduction Officer, Andy Marceau says one of the biggest causes for heatstroke… being trapped in a hot car.“Children have died in car with temperatures as low as 63 degrees. And basically the car becomes a greenhouse. So a car at 70 degrees on a sunny day in just a half hour can reach 104 degrees. So we hit 70 degrees quite often here in northern Michigan in the summer and in just a half hour, it could be at 104 and much higher than that as time goes on.”Marceau says listening to your body is also a critical part of maintaining your health when participating in *outdoor physical activities.“Any time when you know if you’re going to be participating in a sport or going to go out and start doing some activities, you need to plan ahead. Drink plenty of fluids before you go, but also know your limitations. Know how much you can take or how long before you need to take that break. There’s three heat emergencies. They start off with heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The third one is the worst. You want to avoid that at all costs. So if you’re out working and you’re sweating, it’s good that you’re sweating, but you need to take breaks and replenish those fluids with water is the best way to replenish those fluids.Symptoms of a heatstroke include difficulty breathing and blurred vision. The most obvious symptom: the body will stop sweating.If your notice these symptoms, contact your doctor, or call 911.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Andy Marceau, awareness, Health, heat, heatstroke, Marceau, officer, paramedic, strokeContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, April 22Next Michigan State Police to hold drug take-back daylast_img read more

Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay

first_imgBallyness Bay has been in the news recently on account of a major plan to convert this beautiful tidal estuary into a large-scale shellfish farming area.There has been a great deal of shock in the locality about proposals that would see vast ugly beds of shellfish dominate this stunning coastal location between Falcarragh, Gortahork and Magheraroarty.People generally believe that the bay should be retained as an amenity for the local community and visitors. They think that it is far more valuable as a natural asset contributing to the well-being of all those who use and enjoy this amazing landscape.They also conclude that it can contribute greater economic benefit to the community through the growth of sustainable employment built around diverse outdoor activities and eco-tourism.Bird watching is just one of the many strands that form part of these varied outdoor pursuits. It is something that draws visitors into the area from far afield with the opportunity of viewing a rich array of coastal birdlife in an unspoilt natural setting.Ballyness Bay is an ideal location in which to appreciate the wonderful selection of birds to be found on our shores at this time of year. Protected on its seaward side by extensive sand dunes, this relatively sheltered bay and its surroundings provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of resident bird species as well as many seasonal visitors.It is particularly good as a wintering ground for waders and waterfowl, and its shores have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation.A guided tour on Saturday the 16th of November will offer the chance for people to explore some of the stunning locations around this lovely tidal landscape and learn more about the abundance of birdlife it nurtures.Those who come along will learn to identify birds that have flown south from more northerly locations to overwinter here, alongside some of the hardy locals that stick around through the colder darker months.This event is weather dependent. It is hoped those who come along will have an opportunity to observe some of the wildfowl, though in nature nothing can be guaranteed with certainty. It will be led by a local ecologist who has worked on various research and conservation programmes throughout Donegal. Those who wish to join in should phone (074) 918 0994 or (086) 822 0404 to reserve a place.As one might expect for a coastal walk in Winter you will need to wear warm clothes and sturdy, waterproof footwear, and if you have them to bring a pair of binoculars or a portable telescope.The tour will begin at 10am and should take about three hours. It is organised by The Glasshouses (LAN Ctr.) Cill Ulta, Falcarragh, and supported by Donegal ETB.Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raiders’ Johnathan Abram out for the season with shoulder injury

first_imgALAMEDA — The rookie season of safety Johnathan Abram is over after just one game.Abram was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury sustained in the Raiders’ season opening win over the Denver Broncos. He will require surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and although eligible to return to the roster, coach Jon Gruden expects him to miss the entire season.“It’s a big loss,” Gruden said. “No question it’s a big loss. Fortunately for us we kept five safeties, five …last_img

Vilane shows the way to the top

first_imgAdvice from Sibusiso Vilane, “You’ve got to dream and then set out to achieve your dreams.” (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)• Sibusiso Vilane+27 83 630 3391• Antarctic team did it for children • Will Vilane make North Pole history? • South Pole adventurers return • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA pair for south pole recordSulaiman PhilipNothing is impossible, Sibusiso Vilane told assembled scouts when he was unveiled as the new Chief Scout of South Africa in March 2014. “You are limitless!” sounds like a call to action when you are among the greatest adventurers alive.Vilane has endured glacial temperatures and violent snow storms to become one of fewer than 150 people to climb the highest peak on all the continents. Once he had completed the Seven Summits, Sir Ranulph Fiennes goaded him into taking on a real challenge – the Goliath Challenge. Goliath, or the Three Poles Challenge, recognises adventurers who have climbed Everest and have walked unaided to the North and South poles.In 2008, along with partner Alex Harris, Vilane reached the South Pole. In April 2012, he reached the South Pole, becoming the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam. As Vilane reminded the scouts: “Strive for great heights and remember that it is not about where you were born, where you live or what you become, do or have. It’s about what legacy you want to leave behind.”Sibu, as he is affectionately known, was born in what is now Mpumalanga before his mother moved with him and his sister to rural Swaziland where his income as a cow herder kept food on the table. As the sole provider he was kept out of school until he was 10; but it was not that he was older than everyone else that bothered him. “I had no shoes because there was no money, and I had one uniform. As a child my family’s poverty embarrassed me.”“There will be challenges but it’s about just being persistent and not giving up,” has been Vilane’s advice to children that he gives motivational talks to. (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)While working as a game ranger at the Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland he met former British high commissioner John Doble. Impressed by his strength and stamina, Doble suggested that Vilane join him in a climb on the Drakensberg. That expedition was in 1996.And on to EverestIn 2003, Vilane found himself at Everest base camp unsure even of how to wear his climbing harness. Physically and mentally he felt ready to face the challenge, it was just the mechanics of climbing with which he needed to get comfortable. “I was attracted to the mountain so it came down simply to getting into the mindset. Not once in the 60 days it took to reach the summit did I think that Everest was impossible.”It is a message that forms a big part of the talks Vilane gives to corporate clients and schoolchildren: with determination, hard work and perseverance there is nothing you cannot achieve. Standing above the world was, at the time, the highlight of his life. Along with a South African flag, Vilane placed a copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at the summit. “Reaching the top and Mandela’s example were proof that we are capable of accomplishing anything we set our minds to. That message, that we Africans can reach great heights, was all over the world – I could have died there but I would have been the happiest man.”In Nepalese, Everest is Sagarmantha, “Goddess of the sky”. In June the temperature can drop to below -30°C, and it takes just two minutes to freeze to death. On 3 June 2005, Vilane summited Everest for the second time, this time ascending from the more difficult North Ridge. Returning to base camp alone and without water and oxygen, he came the closest to death he ever did.Resting in the howling wind, trying to catch his breath, he began to fall asleep. “The music of the devil was sounding very clear. The mountain was beckoning me to lie with her forever. She had so much energy, felt so alive, as if she was going to consume me like so many other climbers,” he wrote in his autobiography, To the Top From Nowhere.Saved by ubuntuHe was saved by Mingma, a Sherpa who had given up his opportunity to reach the summit to bring Vilane oxygen and water and guide him to safety. By saving his life, Mingma had confirmed a long held belief of Vilane’s: that working together, people can accomplish miracles.It’s an idea that inspires his charitable endeavours too, ensuring he is playing his part for others. Three children’s charities benefitted from his second Everest climb: the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland.Since 2006, he has been the African ambassador for Lifeline Energy www.lifelineenergy.org. He dedicated the 1 113 kilometres he trekked to the South Pole to the children of South Africa. And in May 2008, Lifeline Energy gave 300 Lifeline radios to children from the Nkomazi district, where he was born, thanks to those who sponsored his trek. “The future entirely depends on the education of children, their access to information to broaden their thinking and understanding of the ever-changing and challenging world,” he says.There have been plenty of other efforts to help others, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Caring4Girls and youth leadership development programmes, and running the Comrades Marathon in aid of the 46664 Bangle Initiative www.46664bangles.com.In his book, the adventurer talks about the lessons he learned from surviving and overcoming near-death experiences; in the end you can depend on none but your own strengths. “Nothing but myself can break me. By self-limiting, by not entertaining that the impossible does exist in my mind, as long as I believe, then nothing can break me.”Expedition bugVilane has the bug now. He has gone from a poor boy to a man who leads expeditions to the top of the world, a man who claims that boredom would overtake him if he was not climbing mountains or testing himself in the worst conditions on the planet. “I never dreamed I would be ‘the first’ to do anything in my life but now, I cannot live without an expedition. When I am not on an expedition, I am preparing for one or I am dreaming of expeditions to come. There are so many more challenges I strive to conquer.”For all his firsts, Vilane calls his 20-year marriage his finest achievement and his four children his greatest joy. One day he hopes that his children will join him on an expedition. His wife, Nomsa, while wary, would not have a problem letting her children join their father on top of the world. “When he returns you can see how much he enjoys having his family around. I see how climbing mountains have made him appreciate life so much more and to pass that gift on to our children would be a blessing.”Climbing mountains, testing yourself against nature is something that everyone should aspire to says the motivational and inspirational speaker. Testing yourself in adversity makes you a better person and can help change the world. No matter what challenge you choose for yourself, “it’s important to have the ability to persevere, despite the difficulties that lie ahead of you. It matters that you know that you are capable of anything.last_img read more

No pigweed left behind: Late-season scouting for Palmer amaranth and waterhemp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionIf you don’t already have to deal with waterhemp or Palmer amaranth, you don’t want it. Ask anyone who does. Neither one of these weeds is easy to manage, and both can cause substantial increases in the cost of herbicide programs, which have to be constantly changed to account for the multiple resistance that will develop over time (not “can,” “will”). The trend across the country is for them to develop resistance to any new herbicide sites of action that are used in POST treatments.Preventing new infestations of these weeds should be of high priority for Ohio growers. When not adequately controlled, Palmer amaranth can take over a field faster than any other annual weed we deal with, and waterhemp is a close second. Taking the time to remove any Palmer and waterhemp plants from fields in late-season before they produce seed will go a long way toward maintaining the profitability of Ohio farm operations. There is information on Palmer amaranth and waterhemp identification on most university websites, including ours — u.osu.edu/osuweeds/ (go to “weeds” and then “Palmer amaranth”). An excellent brief video on identification can be found there, along with a fact sheet.The dead giveaway for Palmer amaranth as we move into late summer is the long seedhead, and those on female seed-bearing plants are extremely rough to the touch. We recommend the following as we progress from now through crop harvest:Take some time now into late summer to scout fields, even if it’s from the road or field edge with a pair of binoculars. This would be a good time to have a friend with a drone that provides real-time video, or your own personal satellite. Scouting from the road is applicable mostly to soybean fields, since corn will often hide weed infestations.Walk into the field to check out any weeds that could be Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, or are otherwise mysterious. If you need help with identification, send photos to us or pull plants and take them to someone who can identify them. Palmer and waterhemp are considerably different in appearance than giant ragweed and marestail, the most common late-season offenders.Where the presence of Palmer amaranth or waterhemp is confirmed, check to see whether plants have mature seed (in Palmer infestations these are the rough female seedheads), by shaking/crushing parts of the seedhead into your hand or other surface that will provide contrast. Mature seed will be small and very dark.Plants without mature seed should be cut off just below the soil surface, and ideally removed from the field and burned or composted. Plants with mature seed should be cut off and bagged (at least the seedheads) and removed from the field, or removed via any other method that prevents seed dispersal through the field.If the Palmer amaranth or waterhemp population is too dense to remove from the field, some decisions need to be made about whether or how to mow or harvest. Harvesting through patches or infested fields will result in further spread throughout the field and also contamination of the combine with weed seed that can then be dispersed in other fields. So consider: 1) not harvesting areas of the field infested with Palmer amaranth or waterhemp, and instead mowing several times to prevent seed production, and 2) harvesting the infested field(s) after all other fields have been harvested, and cleaning the combine thoroughly before further use. This also applies to any infestations that are discovered while harvesting.Scout field borders and adjacent roadsides, areas that flood or receive manure application, and also CREP/wildlife area seedings. The latter can become infested due to contaminated seed produced in states where Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are endemic and not considered noxious. Reminder: the Ohio Department of Agriculture will test any seed used for these purposes for the presence of Palmer amaranth.Feel free to contact OSU weed science for help with identification or management of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. Mark Loux – [email protected], Bruce Ackley – [email protected]last_img read more

Top stories of 2018: No. 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup effortsLate one Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light. After much hard work, things were up and running again for harvest this fall at Miami Feed and Grain.last_img read more

Getting the Most Out of Online Training

first_imgIf you’ve resolved to learn some new skills in 2013 then these simple tips will help you get the most out of the time, money and energy you invest in improving your skills.Online training can be amazing. Personally I love it, a lot. Used well it is a great way to learn the fundamentals of a new software program or recreate some of cool things you’ve seen other people do.If you’re a self starter and don’t mind putting aside some of your valuable time to really get into the training you’ll definitely reap far more than you sow. But as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it is very easy to simply buy the training, download it and feel good about how ‘one day’ you’ll learn all that good info. These 5 tips for online training may seem obvious, but if you follow them you’ll be well on your way to expanding your skill set.1. Break It UpA lot of online training is pretty extensive, often being 7, 8, 10 hours in length. It’s great that you’re really getting a decent bang for your buck, but that’s quite a lot to get through, take in and digest.  Personally I try to go through a couple of hours at a stretch and then my brain feels pretty full.Doing a little more often is a better way to really take it all in.  Set a schedule for working through the training, maybe an hour or two every few days.  Be consistent.  This will ensure that you don’t burn yourself out in one sitting and actually follow through with your training investment.2. Follow AlongDon’t just sit there passively watching the instructor clicking away and making it look very easy. A lot of online training come with downloadable project files which allow you to follow along with them, doing what they’re doing at the same time. By doing this you’ll take in far more of the training than if you only just watch it.This is why I like watching tutorials on my home set up as it has two monitors, one for the training and one for me to follow along. It also helps to be able to replicate (or fail to and figure out why) what they are doing as the first way to learn the software or technique, rather than trying to adapt what they’re doing to your project on the first go around.3. Take NotesTaking notes might feel like a throw back to school days, but its one of the best ways to really take in what you’re learning (as you have to understand it, interpret it and scribble it). It also means that when you want to quickly jump to the bit of information you want, you don’t have to scroll through the other 5 minutes of video to find it.  It’s right there at your finger tips.4. Adapt the Techniques to Your WorkThe point of training is to learn general techniques that you can then adapt and use in your real world scenarios, not just only replicating the instructors specific example time and time again.  While going through training exercises be thinking of how you can adapt the processess and techniques to your own work.  Successfully applying these fundamentals to your projects will be the true measure of whether you have truly learned anything.5. RepeatKnowing that you’re not going to take it all in on the first time around is a good way to start, as it frees you up to go back and dip in for refreshers as many times as you need to. Going back to your notes (it’s important to make them in the first place) is the shortcut to this.  If your notes are insufficient, keep re-watching and updating your notes as you go.Online Training Resources for Video ProsSites that have everything – Lynda.com, Creative Cow, Class on Demand, Video2brain, Macprovideo.  All of these sites have a vast wealth of online training for different programs, from Microsoft Office to Lightroom, plus all other usual suspects. Creative Cow has a huge range of entirely free training, so maybe check there first. Some of these sites operate on a subscription basis where you can access everything they have.Here is a handy list of some other places you might want to check out for some free, and paid for, training, products and tips.After Effects – Video Copilot, Greyscalegorilla (& lots of Cinema4D)Final Cut Pro 7 & X – Larry Jordan, Izzy Video,Motion – Ripple Training, motionvfx,Premiere Pro – Larry Jordan, Adobe TV,DaVinci Resolve – Alexis Van Hurkman, Patrick InhofferAvid – Class on Demand, Video2brain, Creative CowSmoke 2013 – FXPHD, Smoke-TrainingSo that’s my list, I’m sure I’ve missed some great sites – so why not add to everyone’s learning by commenting below with some of your favourite learning sites.last_img read more