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Mayor’s Message: Jan. 17

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends, I want to encourage you all to participate in Ocean City’s Martin Luther King events on Monday. Dr. King’s message of unity is as important today as it ever was. The Martin Luther King Day of Service invites volunteers to participate in a citywide cleanup. Meet at the Senior Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at 9 a.m. to get supplies and assignments. There will be refreshments back at the Senior Center after the event. Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration begins at noon Monday at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The ceremony brings together the entire community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. It also honors members of our community who exemplify King’s spirit of public service. I want to thank and congratulate Antwan McClellan, Joseph Pratt, Georgina Shanley, Brittany Battle, Takiya Wilson and Joshua Baker, who will be honored this year. Everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the school cafeteria after the celebration. A public town hall meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 to provide updates on Ørsted’s offshore wind project. The meeting will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about Ørsted and the Ocean Wind Project, which is expected to power more than half a million New Jersey homes by 2024. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ beachfill project at the south end is back up and running after a brief delay for a mechanical repair. Crews are working near 50th Street, and the job could be done within the next week or two. The Corps will return in the spring to rebuild beaches and dunes at the north end. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority expects to complete work in front of the Ocean City Intermediate School by the end of next week.The county is replacing the wastewater main underneath Bay Avenue. Once the work progresses past the building, school bus routes will return to Bay Avenue and the Haven Avenue entrance to the Community Center (where students are temporarily being dropped off) will reopen. Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

CHAL Identifies with Albino Society of Liberia

first_imgThe Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) on Wednesday donated food and other items to the Liberia Albino Society (LAS) as a contribution to help with its operations.Addressing journalists after the presentation ceremony held at the LAS headquarters in Logan Town, Bushrod Island, a CHAL representative said that the organization’s objective is to  provide the highest standard of holistic Christian healthcare services to the people of Liberia.The CHAL authority, whose was name withheld, said the donated items included rice, medicated soap, butter, cream of wheat, sugar and milk.CHAL is also assisting the government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, he said.CHAL creates a forum and network through which members can exchange ideas and information, as well as resources among themselves on the health issues and problems facing the people in Liberia, he added.In her response, the president of LAS, Madam Patricia Logan, described CHAL’s gesture as one designed to motivate individuals and organizations, especially the LAS, that are economically deprived.Madam Logan thanked CHAL and its international partners for the donations and called on all Liberians and philanthropic organizations to emulate CHAL’s good example of helping LAS and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All the ways the Warriors can keep Marquese Chriss

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When Marquese Chriss was mulling over where to play this season, the Warriors offered him something more than the two-way contracts that made up most of his options.“They told me they would give me a fair shot to make the team,” Chriss said. “I think they’ve done that. They’ve put me in position to succeed.”Impressed with Chriss in practice, coach Steve Kerr moved the 22-year-old big man into the starting lineup as the Warriors deal with preseason injuries to centers Willie …last_img read more

British firm calls on Cape Town

first_img5 February 2004One of the United Kingdom’s fastest growing insurance companies, the Budget Group, has announced that it will invest R100-million to set up a call centre in Cape Town.Western Cape Finance and Economic Development MEC Ebrahim Rasool said the investment would create 200 new direct jobs and contribute to the province’s five-year target of attracting R5-billion in new investment.Over 70 companies run 160 call centres in Cape Town, employing over 7 000 people directly, with thousands more jobs in support industries. Hot line from the CapeDial SA for service Telkom, Engen and Absa have long maintained call centre facilities in Cape Town servicing the domestic market. Cape Town also speaks to customers all over the globe for a number of outsource service providers.Active Contact Solutions was reportedly the first British outsource company to set up shop in Cape Town. The company has over 60 call centre seats in Cape Town servicing its UK customers. And last year, British company Dialogue UK put R20-million into a call centre in Cape Town.GlobalTeleSales, Lufthansa’s Cape Town call centre, was set by the German airline in 1999 to fulfill its “follow-the-sun” 24/365 phone channel strategy (“Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”, the company boasts on its website.)Swiss-based outfit Mindpearl (formerly known as Qualiflyer Customer Care Centres) also runs a state-of-the-art facility in Cape Town.“Only last week, a new call centre opened in Bellville”, Rasool said. “It’s one of the first call centres handling incoming calls from Dutch consumers, using Afrikaans speakers who have received intensive language coaching in the Dutch language.”World-class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English, a (still) favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry have all contributed to the growth of South Africa’s call centre industry.South Africa became an even more attractive location to set up these businesses when a second undersea fibre-optic telephone link with Europe, along the east coast of Africa, was established last year. Another fibre-optic link runs along Africa’s west coast. Dial SA for service SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Football ‘more than just a game’

first_img26 November 2007Robben Island is a notorious symbol of South Africa’s apartheid regime: a prison with a history of violently oppressing political dissidents.The infamous jail was, however, the setting for an improbable triumph of the human spirit, when five political prisoners joined to form the Makana Football Association and organise a soccer league on the island.More Than Just A Game, a new film telling the story of the Makana Football Association and its five founders, had its world premier in Durban on Friday as part of the official programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup preliminary draw.View the trailer on Fifa.comProduced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, directed by Junaid Ahmed and starring Presley Chweneyagae from the Oscar award-winning Tsotsi, the film tells the story of how political activists who were unjustly imprisoned on Robben Island in the 1960s rose above their incarceration through the creation of a football league.For years, political prisoners had to fight for the right to play football on the island, with men secretly playing the game in their cells with balls made of pieces of paper, cardboard and rags held together with string.The island’s authorities finally gave in, granting inmates the right to play football in 1965. The prisoners then built their own goals and would swap their drab prison garb and play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays. The Makana FA was formed in 1966.“They all banded together and tried to survive, enduring some of the harshest conditions known to man, using football as a means to build moral and mutual respect,” said producer Anant Singh.However, the island’s most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, was among a small group, including Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Katrada, who were barred from taking part in or even watching the prison football league.“For almost two decades these men were not allowed to witness a single soccer match that took place only metres from them,” said the film’s director, Junaid Ahmed.Ahmed described More than just a game as a “remarkable telling of our history … It uncovers layers of history that I never knew of before, and it shows the great sacrifices people made for our freedom.”In a ceremony held on Robben Island in July 2007, the Makana Football Association was made an honorary associate member of Fifa.Speaking at the time, Fifa representative Jerome Champagne said More Than Just A Game had a universal message. “It shows the role football played in the history of this country and it shows what football can achieve – dignity and equality. It also highlights the value of the human spirit.“Fifa is proud, happy and humbled to be part of this production that will have global appeal,” Champagne said.The film premiere was be attended by the original five Robben Islanders on whom the film is based, namely Mark Shinners, Anthony Suze, Lizo Sitoto, Sedick Isaacs and Marcus Solomon, as well as the actors that play them: Presley Chweneyagae, Wright Ngubeni, Az Abrahams, Tshepo Maseko and Merlin Balie.Also in attendance were soccer legends Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer, among others, as well as representatives of more than 100 football associations and a large contingent of international media.The film will be released at more than 50 screens nationally in South Africa through United International Pictures (South Africa) in December 2007.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s 4-H camps meet many needs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Have a child who might enjoy snorkeling Lake Erie shipwrecks? Maybe your kid is fascinated by space and aerodynamics? Does your youngster want to spend time honing leadership skills?The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES) has got a camp for all of that —and much more.Thousands of youths across the state will participate in Ohio 4-H camps that are now or will soon be in session. Ohio 4-H, the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension offers or sponsors the camps in all 88 of Ohio’s counties, said Hannah Epley, an OSU Extension 4-H camping specialist.Last year, 17,213 youth participated in 4-H youth camping programs, Epley said. That includes 2,798 teen counselors, she said. Of those campers, 12,612 youths participated in overnight camps, while 4,601 participated in day camps.“The Ohio 4-H program offers camp options for youths to assist developing their self esteem and to provide an opportunity for individuals to develop responsibility away from home and parents or guardians,” Epley said. “The camps also assist in developing leadership and other skills.”In addition to the camps offered in each county, Ohio 4-H offers several statewide specialty camps, including:4-H Space Adventure Camp: a three-day camp that introduces 5th-7th graders to the world of flight and science through building and testing flying machines, conducting computer flight simulations, learning about the principles of aerodynamics and gaining an overview of the development of the space flight program.Ohio Military Kids Camps: A multi-day camp that is designed to help Ohio’s military kids become more resilient and prepared to manage the stresses of growing up in a military family. Interacting and making friends with others who are going through the same experience helps build confidence, leadership skills and a sense of community.Sea Camp: a five-day camp held on Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie for teens ages 13-18. The camp is designed to teach kids about the science of the lake, marine-related skills and the history and recreational uses of Lake Erie.Leadership Camp: a five-day camp for teens ages 15-18 that focuses on the development of peer leadership skills designed to enable participants to have an impact in their home 4-H club, county, community or school.Special Needs Camp: a three-day camp that features adapted activities including environmental science, crafts, music therapy, aquatic skills and horseback riding.4-H Camp Tech:  a three-day, two-night camp, located on the Columbus campus of Ohio State, that introduces 6th-8th-graders to a variety of activities including coding, robotics, engineering design and electricity.The camps are open to all kids statewide — you don’t have to be a member of 4-H, said Sally McClaskey, Ohio 4-H’s education and marketing program manager.McClaskey operates the Camp Tech, which is hosted at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, and is a part of the science, technology, engineering, and math offerings by OSU Extension’s Ohio 4-H program. The campers also get to spend the night in OSU dormitories as part of the camp, in order to give them a campus experience, she said.“In addition to meeting new people and learning new things, the camps that are held on Ohio State’s campus introduce the kids to a college experience that may make them want to attend Ohio State in the future,” McClaskey said. “Summer and 4-H camp really just go together.“It’s a nice spectrum of opportunities for kids to engage in during the summer, and it’s something that kids really look forward to.”The cost for each camp varies and there may be opportunities for scholarships depending on the camp. More information on Ohio 4-H camps can be found at ohio4h.org/search/node/camps.last_img read more

Dyyno: Stream Live Video From Any Desktop App

first_imgUntil today, Dyyno was probably best known for powering the video back-end of popular gaming portals like Xfire or Outspark, where hundreds of users stream live videos of their gaming sessions at any given time of the day. Starting today, however, Dyyno will also offer personal and customizable channels for individuals and businesses. Thanks to Dyyno’s hybrid P2P approach, users can easily stream their games, videos, webcams, and presentations from their desktop to up to 10,000 concurrent viewers.We had a chance to talk to Dyyno’s CEO Raj Jaswa and Vamshi Sriperumbudur, the company’s head of marketing, last week. During the demo, they both stressed the fact that Dyyno’s hybrid P2P architecture allows the company to provide reliable video streams while also keeping prices low. Dyyno can backfill these P2P streams with the help of its own servers, though at this point, the team has managed to bring the ratio between P2P traffic and streams from it’s own servers up to 98%. PricingPersonal accounts with one channel cost $10 per month (up to 10 concurrent viewers) and the company also offers accounts for small businesses at $100 per month (with 10 channels) and an account geared towards larger enterprises at $1,000 per month (which allows for 100 channels with 1000 concurrent streams). Not-for-profits, as well as education and religious organizations can also get access to this account for $1,000 per month. Tags:#Product Reviews#web CompatibilityBecause of the company’s reliance on its proprietary P2P architecture, however, users will have to install a plugin when they want to watch your streams. Currently, Dyyno doesn’t offer a plugin for Macs, so this might be a deal breaker for quite a few potential users for now, though the company expects to ship its Mac plugin soon. While Dyyno works well in Firefox and Internet Explorer, we should also point out that Google’s Chrome also isn’t supported yet.Easy to Use, Excellent Video QualityWhen it works, however, Dyyno works extremely well and just as advertised. To share any part of your screen, you just drag and drop the Dyyno logo from the desktop client to any window and the sharing session will start. If you want to switch to another application, just drag the logo over to the next application. The video quality was generally excellent and you can also manually set the output resolution (up to 1024×768) and frame rate (up to 20 frames per second). In addition, you can also broadcast sounds from your computer as well. WebExBecause Dyyno can easily stream video from any application, including webcams, video players, and games, it makes for a very flexible platform. In addition, Dyyno also offers a solution for Cisco’s popular WebEx online meeting solution. This brings all of Dyyno’s capabilities to WebEx and makes it easy to integrate Dyyno into a platform that a lot of companies have already invested in.A Few Missing FeaturesWe did miss a few features, though. It would be nice, for example, if channels featured a chat room, something we have come to expect from similar solutions. It is also currently not possible to embed a video stream on another site. The company tells us that these features are forthcoming, but for the time being, they are sorely missed.Overall, though, assuming you are on a Windows PC, Dyyno offers a high-quality solution for anybody who needs to stream video from a desktop directly to the web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Chopper scare for Alwar MP

first_imgBJP Member of Parliament from Alwar Balaknath had a narrow escape when the helicopter carrying him appeared to have lost control for a while and started rotating in the air in this Rajasthan district on Sunday, the police said. There were strong winds in the morning when the helicopter carrying Lok Sabha MP arrived to land on the helipad in Kotkasim area, 190 km from Jaipur, police said. Pilot regains controlThe pilot, however, managed to control the helicopter after it rotated four-five times in the air. The chopper could not land and returned to Delhi, Kotkasim police station in-charge Rajkumar said. Mr. Nath later came to Kotkasim from Delhi by road to attend an annual religious programme, an aide of the Parliamentarian said.last_img read more