Seventy-five years ago, July 4, 1940, Ocean City lifeguards, dressed in their ceremonial uniforms, raised the American flag and international signal code flags for the first time to the top of a newly erected 50-foot steel flagpole in front of the Music Pier.Fred Miller, local historian, will discuss Ocean City’s “Firsts” on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Christopher Maloney Lecture Hall in the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue. This will be the first of the Ocean City Historical Museum’s weekly Summer Lecture Series. All are welcome and admission is free.— Courtesy of Fred Miller, historian and former OCBP lieutenant
Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.
By Lesley GrahamA group of young athletes and coaches were treated to a free presentation Monday afternoon in Ocean City by Dr. Buzz Mingin on the importance of training the brain for optimal peak performance. Mingin, a brain and behavioral health expert, discussed with the group how learning to become a master breather and training your brain could lead to excellence in their respective sport. Controlling one’s breathing helps to control the level of cortisol in the brain, which is responsible for helping to control mood, motivation and fear, he explained during his presentation at Yoga Ginger.Mingin, who wanted to learn how to be a better athlete, has always been inquisitive about how the body works. That curiosity led him to being enrolled in school for close to 25 years, where he has been awarded doctorates in Education and Clinical Psychology. Those degrees allowed him to pursue a career in public speaking and engagement with a variety of nationwide training and education for the corporate community. Under Dr. Mingin’s instruction, young athletes work on controlled breathing to perform a group pushup.The brain is a vital part of performing at one’s best level, although generally overlooked when thinking about athletic success, Mingin said. A lot of time and energy is put into practice – the physical act of performing a specific skill set, over and over on repetition, to build muscle memory and proficiency at a certain skill. The brain – also a muscle – needs the same time and energy, according to Mingin, to become elite, whether that is in athletics, education or a chosen profession.Mingin has been speaking to various groups for over 25 years, honing his skills with continued education and opportunity. A former football player and current martial arts competitor, he attributes his success to his ability to control his brain in stressful situations. And he wants to teach others how to do the same. “The most elite athletes have one thing in common: they have practiced for over 10,000 hours,” Mingin said. “That includes practicing emotional control and we do that by training the brain in neuro plasticity (muscle memory).” Dr. Mingin has been speaking to various groups for over 25 years, honing his skills with continued education and opportunity.Mingin also spoke to the group about the role emotional intelligence plays in creating high performers. People tend to suffer from “ANTS.” ANTS stands for Automatic Negative Thought Syndrome. When something doesn’t go right, the first thought is to go to the negative – whether it is self-talk or to others. Mingin said this forces people to worry about the future and to dwell on the past. Both of those scenarios, he noted, can create anxiety in the present and paralyze individuals from achieving their ultimate goals. The group of young athletes really took to heart what Mingin was saying, answering his questions with enthusiasm. As Mingin spoke and got more in depth with his explanations, the group really leaned in to learn from one of the best in the industry. When asked what he hopes kids take from the presentations he does, Mingin stated, “The three major things I hope people take away from today are the importance of sleep, a well-balanced diet and responsible exercise. We don’t always talk about how vital the brain and the gut are to achieving peak performance.”Dr. Buzz Mingin can be contacted via email at: [email protected] Dr. Buzz Mingin, a brain and behavioral health expert, shares some tips with local athletes during an Ocean City appearance.
US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market says the bakery department will be the centrepiece of its first UK megastore, which will open in Kensington, London in June.David Doctorow, vice president, North Atlantic region, said plans for the 75,000sq ft store in Kensington, London, are “progressing fantastically”.The store will have an open-plan bakery ’theatre’ in a central position with bakers working in front of customers during the day and evening.He told British Baker that he had noticed that “if you go into many stores in the UK in the evening, bread supply is limited”.Whole Foods, which has 188 outlets in the US and Canada, plans to open stores at the rate of two or three a year in the UK, and eventually move into continental Europe, Doctorow said.He commented: “The UK expansion will be something similar to when we opened in New York. It took us a long time to find the first site, but that was a spectacular success and we quickly opened lots of others. There will be lots of shopping centres that will want Whole Foods as their anchor.”Whole Foods also plans to launch an everyday-value, private-label brand in the UK called Fresh & Wild, he said.Whole Foods first entered the UK in 2004 when it acquired the seven-shop natural foods retailer Fresh & Wild. See feature, pg 24.
On Wednesday, country star Kacey Musgraves, who recently won four Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year” for 2018’s Golden Hour, opened up a four-night run of shows at Nashville, TN’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Judah & The Lion Release New Single “Pictures” With Kacey Musgraves [Listen]In addition to performing a career-spanning setlist of original material, Kacey Musgraves invited up Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams for a cover of Cyndi Lauper‘s 1983 hit single, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. Although made popular by Lauper, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was originally released by Philadelphia rocker Robert Hazard in 1979. It’s evident Musgraves and Williams were having fun with the cover, as the duo twirl and dance around the stage, also inviting the audience to sing along.Watch Musgraves’ cover of “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” below:Kacey Musgraves w/ Hayley Williams – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”[Video: the C]This cover follows Musgraves’ recent tribute to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez at Houston, TX’s NRG Stadium, the same venue where Selena delivered her final performance on February 26th, 1995, just a month prior to her tragic murder in March of that year. It was only fitting that Musgraves used the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Tejano singer by covering one of her biggest hits, “Como La Flor”, which found its way into the setlist in front of a very welcoming audience.Musgraves continues her oh, what a world: tour, which began last fall and continues through September 2019. Fans can head over to Musgraves’ website for ticketing and more information.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Georgia 4-H will be adding 16 new positions in some of the state’s most impoverished counties because of a grant from the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism.Georgia 4-H received one of the highly competitive 2012-2013 AmeriCorps State & National Grants from state commission and the Corporation for National and Community Service.The 16 new, direct-service employees will work in Appling, Banks, Bibb, Clayton, Coffee, Crisp, Dougherty, Decatur, Hart, Heard, Laurens, Putnam, Troup, Tift, Union and Washington counties. They will assist University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in delivering youth programs. “With the reduction in state and federal funding for Extension 4-H programs, we have to look for other ways to supplement funding for county 4-H programs across the state,” said Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith. “These Americorps workers provided through grant funding will help county Extension 4-H offices reach more young people and give more children the positive educational youth development opportunities offered by Georgia 4-H.”AmeriCorps grants advance the priorities of the bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and focus on six key service areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.”Our board had very difficult funding decisions to make this year because the requests for AmeriCorps grants far exceeded our available funds,” said GCSV Executive Director John Turner. The commission, which administers AmeriCorps and other federal grants to service agencies in Georgia, received applications requesting more than $6 million from 24 applicants. AmeriCorps had $3,980,239 available for grants.The commission renewed the grants for 12 existing AmeriCorps programs for 2012-2013 year, including: Clayton State University, Communities in Schools, Fannin County Family Connection, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Goodwill of Southern Rivers, Hands On Atlanta, Jumpstart Georgia , Refuge Resettlement Services and Immigration Services of Atlanta, United Way of Metro Atlanta and Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus.For more information on Georgia 4-H’s AmeriCorps grant, contact Jeff Buckley at [email protected] or (706) 542-8735.
Just one week after Michael Anthony LaJoice, the former CFO of the $68 million Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, admitted to embezzling $20 million, the Clarkston, Mich.-based cooperative was placed into conservatorship by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.DIFS Director Patrick M. McPharlin issued an order that placed Clarkston Brandon Community CU into conservatorship Wednesday and appointed the NCUA as the conservator effective immediately, according to a prepared statement released by the agency.As the appointed conservator, the NCUA will assume control of Clarkston Brandon Community CU to ensure its financial stability and safe and sound operation. The DIFS and the NCUA will work together to address issues related to the credit union’s operations and financial condition while maintaining member services, according to the statement. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The underfunded Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) aims to return 4.5% per annum over the next 25 years to address its deficit, according to the latest draft funding agreement.In a note to the Irish Stock Exchange, the fund’s main sponsor – national flag carrier Aer Lingus – said that while the draft had yet to be submitted to the Pensions Board, it nonetheless expected the proposed scheme restructuring to be completed by the end of the year.Under the terms of the latest proposal, the IASS general employees scheme would cut current pensions in payment in accordance with the revised priority order – resulting in 90% of benefits to €60,000 a year and 80% for all benefits above.Active and deferred members would see their accrued benefits cut by 20%, while all three would no longer be entitled to indexation increases. According to the statement, the IASS trustee would also implement a liability-driven investment strategy, as previously announced.However, the new draft lowered the required annual return by 0.5 percentage points, to 4.5% a year over the 25 years of the funding proposal.Aer Lingus said it stood by its previous proposal to fund a new defined contribution arrangement with €110m to compensate the scheme’s active members but added that it would “reassess the matter” once it had examined the draft proposal in detail.In a statement, it said: “The draft funding proposal summarised in the recent letter from the IASS Trustee has not yet been submitted to the Pensions Board, and it remains the responsibility of the IASS Trustee to do this.“The Company therefore expects the IASS Trustee to move forward with the submission of this draft funding proposal as soon as is practicable on the basis that it represents a viable solution which would result in a better outcome for the affected parties than the forced winding up of the Scheme.“Gaining the Pensions Board’s approval for the draft funding proposal is a crucial preliminary step that must be completed before the other key steps can be taken.”The Pensions Board last year appeared to reject a draft proposal that would have seen the IASS take up to 70 years to meet the regulator’s funding standard.A 25-year period would still be significantly longer than granted to other schemes, which are expected to comply within a decade of submitting their proposals.Funding proposals were due to be submitted to the Board nearly eight months ago, at the end of June last year.
Two activist groups are upping the ante in their campaigns to force Australia’s largest super funds to totally divest from fossil fuels and other stocks whose activities they say are contributing to climate change.The two groups, Healthy Futures and Market Forces, have been conducting online campaigns to gather support from super fund members.Market Forces, which keeps tab on super funds and their fossil fuel investment, last week focussed on UniSuper, a A$85bn (€50.3bn) scheme with 450,000 members working in the higher education and research sector.Healthy Futures has its sights on six super funds, including AustralianSuper, HESTA, First State Super, QSuper, SA Super, GESB, the West Australian public sector super fund, and TasPlan, a small Tasmanian fund.Collectively, these super funds manage close to A$450bn.Market Forces was able to mobilise 10,000 UniSuper members to sign an open letter published in the Australian Financial Review last week. The letter called on the UniSuper board to divest from all companies that are actively undermining climate change action.“Specifically we demand the fund divest from the companies that are expanding the scale of the fossil fuel sector; and/or relying on scenarios incompatible with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement to justify their future business prospects,” the letter said.“We expect this action to be taken across the entire fund by the end of the financial year ending 30 June, 2020.” The letter added that, as the default superannuation fund for Australia’s academics, scientists, researchers and university employees, UniSuper should be leading investor action on climate change.“Instead, billions of dollars of members’ retirement savings are invested in companies whose operations and plans are completely incompatible with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement,” it said.When approached by IPE, UniSuper declined to comment.In a parallel campaign co-ordinated by Healthy Futures, more than 400 doctors and other health professionals have publicly called on HESTA to sell down shares in 19 fossil fuel producers.The activist group met with HESTA executives at its certified carbon emission-free head office in Melbourne last week to stress its points.It has stepped up its campaign in the wake of Australia’s recent bushfires, which aside from huge economic and financial losses, has caused health issues for many. Market Forces was able to mobilise 10,000 UniSuper members to sign an open letterSince 2015, a group of well-known medical professionals, students and other community workers has lobbied HESTA to pull out of companies with primary businesses in fossil fuel extraction, transportation or power generation.In an open letter to HESTA, Healthy Futures said it was “unconscionable” for the fund to continue to invest in fossil fuel companies, pointing to the health effects of air pollution, coal combustion and fracking for unconventional gas.“All fossil fuels, when burned, contribute to climate change, which has been identified as the greatest global health threat of our time,” the letter said.Sonya Sawtel-Rickson, HESTA CIO, told IPE: “Our best chance at managing the long-term financial risk of climate change is by using our influence to drive companies to better understand, manage and reduce their carbon emissions.“We believe that if all we do is simply sell these companies, it is very unlikely to change their behaviour and drive long-term climate action. Using the leverage ownership is more effective than divestment at achieving climate action and the transition to a low carbon future.”“We believe that if all we do is simply sell these companies, it is very unlikely to change their behaviour and drive long-term climate action”Sonya Sawtel-Rickson, HESTA CIOSawtel-Rickson said active ownership was producing significant results. For example, by co-operating with other investors, HESTA had successfully pushed for companies like BP to set emission-reduction targets and link these to executive pay.BP last month announced that it would aim to be net carbon neutral by 2050.“Divestment would mean we have no influence to encourage climate action, and would limit our ability to protect members’ investments,” Sawtel-Rickson added.HESTA is an active member of Climate Action 100+ global investor collaboration that engages with the world’s biggest emitters. In the Australian context, mining giants such as Rio Tinto and Glencore have signalled that they have taken significant steps regarding transition planning.Other initiatives by HESTA include seeking to explicitly link the pay of top executives of oil and gas companies to their performance on reducing carbon emissions.Along with other like-minded super funds, it has discussions with companies such as Woodside and Santos, urging them to follow the lead of international energy giants BP and Shell in directly tying executive remuneration to emission reductions.