Smith Sworn-in as Ocean City Fire Chief, Beach Patrol Chief Jamieson Takes Oath

first_imgOcean City Fire Chief James Smith takes the oath of office Friday given by Mayor Jay Gillian. His wife Kate holds the bible with their children Ashley, Brendan and Sarah and family members Thomas O’Malley and Shawn O’Malley in attendance. By Maddy VitaleLifelong firefighter James P. Smith, who has been at the helm of the Ocean City Fire Department since 2016, was officially sworn-in Friday night to the top post, becoming the 18th fire chief in 125 years of fire service in Ocean City.The ceremony was held at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Members of each rank, deputy chief, captain and firefighter, were also sworn in.Reverend John Jamieson, chaplain for the fire department, performed the invocation.Mayor Jay Gillian gave remarks and swore in Smith.“Jim Smith will be a great fire chief,” Gillian said. “He brings energy and enthusiasm to the job.”Then the mayor told the audience that firefighters perform the bravest acts and they do so as second nature because they are true public servants.Captain John Quigley Jr. and his wife Kim are all smiles with Luke, 3, at the swearing-in ceremony.Smith thanked the mayor for the opportunity to serve the community. At the end of the ceremony the chief thanked everyone who came out, especially his fellow firefighters.“I’m trying to rekindle it,” Smith said of morale. “It might not have been here as much as it should have been.”Smith’s wife Kate said after the ceremony that she was so happy to see her husband officially named chief.“I have seen him rise up in the ranks from firefighter to chief,” she remarked. “It is great. We are so proud of him.”The chief’s children Ashley, 28, Brendan, 10, and Sarah, 7, attended the ceremony.Smith chief comes from a family of firefighters. His father James Smith, served with the Philadelphia Fire Department for 41 years and rose to the rank of deputy fire chief.Smith’s parents were out of town and could not attend. But his uncle, Tom O’Malley, a captain in the Philadelphia Fire Department, pinned the badge on during the ceremony. O’Malley’s son Shawn, also a Philadelphia firefighter, also took the stage to show support for his cousin.Smith, 48, is in his 25th year of service at the Ocean City Fire Department. He was appointed acting fire chief in November 2016. City Council officially approved Gillian’s appointment of him in December 2017.In addition to fire service, Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson and Beach Patrol Captain Brian Booth were sworn in to their posts Friday night.Smith performed the swearing-in and the pinning of the badges for fire personnel and the beach patrol.Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson is given the oath of office by Fire Chief Smith with his parents Reverend John Jamieson and Marilyn by his side.Jamieson became head of beach patrol last year. The lifelong Ocean City resident and beach patrol member since 1998, said after the ceremony that he is ready for another year working with his crew of 186 to keep beachgoers safe.His father, Reverend Jamieson and mother Marilyn, stood with him while he was sworn in.And 51-year veteran of the beach patrol, Thomas Mullineaux received some recognition for his service as well as an oar, a very long memento for his lengthy years of service.Gillian presented Mullineaux with the gift, which was met by some chuckles in the audience. Then the mayor thanked him for “51 summers of continued service” to the Ocean City Beach Patrol.Mullineaux joked, “I thought I’d do it for four years in college and one thing led to another and 51 years later, what can I say.”Thomas Mullineaux , a 51-year veteran of the beach patrol, receives a gift of an oar from Mayor Jay Gillian and Fire Chief James Smith.The swearing-in ceremony also included the following members of the Ocean City Department of Fire and Rescue Services:Deputy ChiefsStephen CostantinoVito DiMarcoCaptainsPatrick FlynnBernard WalkerChristopher VlietRaymond ClarkJohn QuigleyPaul BlankleyRichard BickmoreFirefightersSean KrugerRyan StammEric MastersWilliam LombardWilliam Tomlinsonlast_img read more

Automated test for West Nile screening of donors approved

first_img Though the number of transfusion-transmitted WNV cases has decreased dramatically since testing began, a report in the Feb 2 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailed the cases of two South Dakota patients whose disease probably came from a single infected donor whose screening tests were negative at the time of donation. The CDC said the cases underscore the importance of clinical recognition, effective WNV blood screening strategies, and investigation coordination. The Procleix TIGRIS system, developed by Gen-Probe, Inc., San Diego, and marketed by Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif., was approved by the FDA on Mar 2 and uses Gen-Probe’s Procleix WNV assay, which is already being used in the company’s semiautomated screening system, Gen-Probe said in a March 2 press release. Mar 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The first fully automated test to screen donors of blood, tissue, and organs for West Nile virus (WNV) was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The automated system allows blood centers to process 1,000 individual blood samples in about 14 hours, Gen-Probe said. Blood testing sites typically use pooled samples to screen for WNV, then switch to individual donor testing once predetermined WNV prevalence triggers are met, the company said. “This is the latest step forward in what has been a very successful industry-government effort to keep blood safe from the emerging threat of West Nile virus,” he said in the press release. Mar 2 Gen-Probe press release WNV was first detected in the United States in 1999 and has since become endemic. For the 2006 season, 4,256 cases of West Nile virus have so far been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 1,449 cases involved West Nile encephalitis or meningitis, and 165 were fatal. People usually catch WNV from the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the pathogen from an infected bird or animal. Most people experience no symptoms or only mild illness, but the virus can cause serious infections of the brain and nervous system.center_img Mar 2 FDA press release Development of a WNV blood test began in 2002 when researchers discovered that the virus could be transmitted in blood, and nationwide screening for the virus began in 2003. Testing detected about 1,400 potentially infectious blood donations from 2003 to 2005, according to the CDC. Feb 2 MMWR article on South Dakota caseshttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5604a4.htm CDC 2006 West Nile virus figures See also: The advantages of a fully automated system are that it can reduce the potential for human error, speed up donor screening, and enhance the safety of blood and tissue products, said Jesse Goodman, MD, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in a March 2 FDA press release.last_img read more

The Institute of Tourism organizes a panel discussion “The impact of tourism on the Croatian economy”

first_imgThe Institute for Tourism and the Napredak Cultural Center are organizing a discussion on tourism on the topic “The impact of tourism on the Croatian economy”The discussions are intended for the general professional public, the media and anyone who wants to learn more about the impact of tourism on the economy. All guests will be able to participate in the Discussions by asking questions to the participants of the round table and an open constructive discussion.After the introductory speech of Dr. sc. Ivan Kožić, research associate at the Institute for Tourism, will be followed by a round table with the following participants: Dr. sc. Maroje Lang, Chief Advisor in the Research Department of the Croatian National Bank, Assoc. prof. dr. sc. Oliver Kesar, Professor at the Department of Tourism, Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, Dr. sc. Marina Tkalec, research associate at the Institute of Economics and Dr. sc. Neven Ivandić, senior research associate at the Institute of Tourism. The discussions will be led by Đuro Tomljenović.Participants will discuss the following topics:Measuring the impact of tourism on gross domestic product / (How is the share of tourism in GDP calculated correctly?)The size of tourism in the gross domestic product of Croatia / (Are the media interpretations of the share of tourism in Croatian GDP correct?)The impact of tourism on employment in Croatia / (What has the development of tourism brought to the Croatian labor market?)Opportunity cost of tourismcockdevelopment / (Would the Croatian economy be more successful without tourism?)The hearings will be held in the premises of the Napredak Cultural Center in Zagreb, Bogovićeva 1 (1st floor), on Friday, April 20, 2018, starting at 14.00 p.m. The estimated duration of the hearings is from 14.00 to 16.00, followed by informal gatherings with coffee and cakes. The Institute for Tourism invites all interested parties to confirm their arrival by e-mail: [email protected] voice thinking and constructive and argumentative discussion, because only in this way can we grow and develop as individuals and as a society.RELATED NEWS:  DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE SURVEY ATTITUDES AND TOURIST CONSUMPTION IN CROATIA – TOMAS SUMMER 2017</p>
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Online markets and companies that buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as a salvation for small family farms?

first_imgFor all additional information to farmers, find out on the company’s purchase website Marinade. Bamboo Lab, an IT company from Osijek, in accordance with the Decision on closing markets in many cities, as of today and in the entire territory of HR, over the weekend “arranged” and launched order2GO a platform to help small producers and bring them together in one place. IT company Bamboo Lab from Osijek created a free ordering platform to help small producers  “According to the decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters, as of today all markets are closed and we are ready to react by buying fruits and vegetables from agricultural producers, whether they are our subcontractors or not, standardize the product as much as possible and deliver it to the market.” they point out from Marinada, and add that in agreement with Konzum and other customers, their sales range will be adjusted to the goods that will be purchased through this measure.  The marinade is ready to take over and place on the market products that cannot be marketed The idea of ​​an online market has not been implemented only in Vukovar-Srijem County, but in several counties and cities. So look for them join. The platform is free, and in addition to promotion, it directly connects the buyer and the manufacturer, without any commission or fee. “Through the free advertising platform, we wanted to specifically help the smaller food producers that we need most at this time. Let’s all support them”Point out from Bamboo Lab. “With this move, we want to establish cooperation with all agricultural producers throughout Croatia, who, due to the decision in question, will not be able to place their agricultural products on the market through existing sales channels. In the current situation, it is necessary to take care of a safe and sufficient supply of the population, which we as a company do, and we emphasize that Marinada is an important link in the supply chain of fruit and vegetable markets, but especially now”They conclude from the Marinade. However, Marinada, the leading company in the region in the production, processing, purchase and sale of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, came to the aid of family farms today, announcing today that it is ready to take over and deliver products from Croatian agricultural producers.   However, thanks to digitalization, some individuals, such as fellow journalist Mario Kokaj from Vinkovci, remembered to open a Facebook group with the goal of an online market that already gathers over 4.000 members in a few days, both buyers and owners of family farms from Vukovar. Srijem County. Cover photo: Pixabay.com As one of the measures in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia to close all markets from today. A measure taken by some cities last week, but which has led to the disadvantage of many family farms, which have already prepared their products for sale. The goal of the online marketplace is to promote local family farms and their offer in one place and connect them directly with customers. Find out more about the online market of Vukovar-Srijem County HERE . Food delivery is done directly by family farms, while a bucket of others can be reached directly on their doorstep, of course respecting all measures in combating the spread of coronavirus.last_img read more

S. Korean farmers bartering sugar for N. Korean booze to bypass sanctions

first_imgA South Korean farmers’ cooperative said on Thursday it has clinched a $150 million deal to barter sugar for North Korean liquor and food products, bypassing sanctions banning cash transfers.The deal, brokered by a Chinese company, was signed in June with five North Korean trading firms, an official for the cooperative said, though it still needs approval from Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which oversees inter-Korean affairs.Under the terms, North Korea would swap 240 products -including its signature ginseng and blueberry liquors, crackers, candies, teas and health supplements – for 167 tons of sugar from the South, said Oh Hyun-kyung, the cooperative official. Topics : “The North wanted sugar as they were having difficulty importing raw materials due to sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic,” Oh told Reuters, saying shipments could begin later this month.Oh said Korea Kaesong Koryo Insam Trading Corporation, a North Korean firm specializing in ginseng and health products, was one of the parties in the deal.Unification Minister Lee In-young had suggested before taking office late last month that bartering South Korean food and medicines for North Korean liquor and mineral water could be a first step toward normalizing exchanges.South Korea is pushing to restart inter-Korean cooperation without breaching international sanctions banning financial transactions with North Korea, imposed over its nuclear and missile programs.center_img South Korea on Thursday approved plans to donate $10 million to fund U.N. World Food Program (WFP) efforts to aid North Korean children and women.”The decision would be a starting point for our plans to consistently pursue humanitarian cooperation without linking it to political and military issues,” Lee said.Seoul has bankrolled various WFP and U.N. Children’s Fund projects in the North in recent years.last_img read more

Scholpp beats the odds and returns to racing

first_imgKody ScholppBOONE, Iowa – Fifty-odd phone call calls and 20 or so texts followed Kody Scholpp’s run to the checkers in Wednesday night’s first Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The Estevan, Sask., driver earned his career second berth in the Saturday night main event at Boone Speedway. He’d been the first Canadian to qualify for the Modified show and finished sev­enth in 2013.“It seems like I ran second forever and my tires went away. I had to work just to hold on to sev­enth,” said Scholpp, who made sure four new Hoosiers were on the car this time around. “Win­ning (the qualifier) was awesome. I was smiling every time around the track I was so happy.”His very large racing family was smiling right along with him: Scholpp had sustained injuries includ­ing a broken neck and back in a January, 2014 motor vehicle accident and doctors weren’t sure that he’d walk again, let alone survive.He was hospitalized for 42 days, about a third of that time in a medically induced coma.“A lot of people prayed for me. That’s the only reason I’m here. My dad (Chris) came in before work every morning to help me learn how to walk again,” Scholpp said. “I raced a Stock Car in the Da­kota Tour. Boone last year was my first time in a Modified.”In his eighth Modified season, Scholpp raced this season at Estevan Motor Speedway, and at Williston and Mandan in North Dakota.Mike Hagen, the winner of the second qualifier, is a friend and frequent on-track foe.“The North Dakota racing community was pretty pumped Wednesday night,” said Scholpp. “A lot of them will be driving to Boone for the race on Saturday.”*Mike Hagen won the Thursday afternoon best two of three game of Rochambeau with fellow qualify­ing feature winner Kody Scholpp.At stake was the pole start in Saturday’s main event, plus a wealth of contingency awards.Lining up behind that pair on the inside row, in positions also determined by rock-paper-scissors, will be Josh Most, Dylan Smith, Chris Abelson, Corey Dripps, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Jason Beau­lieu.last_img read more

USC reports lower abuse than nation

first_imgStudents are taking action to curb the amount of abuse and sexual violence that occurs on the USC campus.Though the importance of maintaining healthy relationships is promoted every year at USC nationally college statistics point to an increasing trend in sexual violence.Forty-three percent of college women experience violence and abusive dating behavior, according to the 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll.Violence and abusive dating includes sexual assault behavior, a sexual act committed without consent.USC has an average of 15 sexual assaults per semester, according to the USC Center for Men & Women, which handles student-against-student gender-based discrimination.Danielle Lancon, director of the USC Center for Women & Men, said USC’s annual dating and assault rate remains relatively stable.“We normally maintain the same amount of dating violence or assaults here every year,” Lancon said. “Hook-ups are obviously not reported but as always they are a large part of any university.”The poll also revealed that, of women who engage in a hook-up during their time at college, 14 percent will need a friend to remind them what happened, 49 percent will never see the partner again and 16 percent will say they felt pressured into the sexual encounter.USC Men CARE, an organization devoted to stopping sexual violence on campus, provides a place for men to come together through workshops, service programs and sharing personal experiences. Men CARE also works with the Greek system to educate its members.“We speak to a lot of the fraternities and have different workshops where we’ll discuss certain situations, such as dating violence and consent,” said Todd Henneman, program director of Men CARE.Fifty-eight percent of college students said they did not know how to help a victim of dating abuse, according to the poll.Henneman said an important aspect of handling a situation where dating violence or an unintentional hook-up is anticipated is the way you approach the male or female involved in the situation.“To speak up on something more subtle that separates the two if they be at a party or gathering is important,” Henneman said. “You can go up and tell the guy you need him to help you with something. This can help settle the situation without being controversial.”Men CARE advises USC students on various ways to ask for consent. They also share reactions felt by survivors of sexual violence and discuss how to be supportive when a friend is the victim of sexual violence.“If you are stuck in a situation of dating violence, it’s one thing to go through it yourself, but we have a support system here for students and hopefully they will be able to take advantage of it,” Henneman said.last_img read more

Ayoze Perez joins Leicester from Newcastle

first_imgLosing Perez is a further blow to the Magpies after former boss Rafael Benitez left the club following the end of his contract, joining Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.Perez scored 48 goals in 195 games for the Magpies after joining from Tenerife in 2014.The 25-year-old was Newcastle’s top scorer last season, with 13 goals.“I think Ayoze will be a wonderful addition to the squad,” said Leicester boss Rodgers. “He’s quick, has a good eye for goal and he’s experienced in the Premier League too.“I think he’s a player who will excite our supporters, and his style is one that I believe complements the options and quality that we already have here at the club.”Share on: WhatsApp Ayoze Perez. photo via @LCFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Leicester on Thursday completed the signing of Ayoze Perez from fellow Premier League side Newcastle for a reported fee of £30 million ($38 million).The Spanish forward has signed a four-year contract at the King Power Stadium to become Brendan Rodgers’ second summer capture.Rodgers had been looking for a versatile forward and the Foxes reportedly triggered Perez’s release clause.“I’m very happy and very pleased. I’m very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can’t wait to get started,” Perez told LCFC TV.“The club want to keep growing as much as they can and that’s something I like. I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable about the decision to come here.”The former Premier League champions are also determined to keep Harry Maguire, with Manchester United having made a reported offer of £70 million offer for the England defender.last_img read more

Steward of the Year regional winners are announced

first_img The four regional winners and the finalists for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year 2015, have been announced. They are: Midlands – Phil and Louise Maxwell of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire North – Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire South East – Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk South West – Fiona Snook of Wareham Golf Club, Dorset The competition, now in its ninth year, is run jointly by England Golf and Fuller’s and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. The national winner will be announced at a celebration lunch at The Counting House, an historic Fuller’s pub in London, on Thursday, 11 February 2016. Whoever wins the title of London Pride Steward of the Year will receive a weekend break in London, complete with accommodation for two nights in a Fuller’s Central London Hotel. They will also win advertising space in the local press to promote their golf club. Club members, visitors and golf club managers put forward nominations for the 2015 title. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards – three from each region – by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2014 Steward of the Year, Samantha Hudson. The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally and the regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. The 12 regional finalists were: Midlands Phil and Louise Maxwell – Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire Sam Read – Nuneaton Golf Club, Warwickshire Stephen Riley – The Leicestershire Golf Club, Leicestershire North Will Gill – Otley Golf Club, Yorkshire Kirsty Glaister – Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire Simon and Karen Ward – Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire South East Michael Clark – Hankley Common Golf Club, Surrey Matt Palmer – Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, Sussex Steve Warren – Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk South West Kevin and Emma Brown – Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset Amanda Goodyear – Looe Golf Club, Cornwall Fiona Snook – Wareham Golf Club, Dorset 29 Jan 2016 Steward of the Year regional winners are announced last_img read more

Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example

first_img The next adventure for Alice Hewson in her blossoming professional career will come – appropriately enough – via the newly-announced Rose Series.However, Hewson will always make time to talk about her amateur golfing roots.The 22-year-old is one of England Golf’s most recent success stories and last week gladly accepted Performance Director Nigel Edwards’ invitation to host an interactive Q&A session for national team players and coaches.“England Golf gave me so many opportunities to travel the world and develop my game that I’m happy to pass on my experiences to the next group of players coming through,”  confirmed Hewson.Her story was one which held the attention of her appreciative online audience.Having bid farewell to the amateur ranks by winning the European Ladies at Parkstone Golf Club last August, Hewson made an incredible start to life on the Ladies’ European Tour in March by winning the South African Open in her first event as a pro (pictured below).On the back of a stellar amateur career which also saw her play in a winning Curtis Cup team and help England to back-to-back European team titles, it was further confirmation that Hewson is one of world golf’s rising stars.Her competitive season tees off again on 18 June with the first of the seven tournaments that have been sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.The Rose Series is a huge boost to the women’s game hit hard by the interruption to the season caused by the COVID-19 outbreak just days after Hewson’s win in Cape Town.And for Hewson it’s a chance to write more chapters in her story which she was only too happy to recount for players and coaches last week.“I signed off my amateur career by winning the European Ladies and then to start my time as a pro by winning as a rookie was amazing”, admitted the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club.“It actually didn’t feel too bad in South Africa coming down the stretch as I had no pressure on me to win.“I had been in Abu Dhabi the week before for an event that was eventually cancelled but I was in and around many of the tour players and got to know them so I was comfortable in my surroundings.“I think the experiences I enjoyed with England in team events and winning individual events also helped me cope and made sure I had no negative thoughts.”During her Q&A, Hewson recounted her experiences of college life at Clemson University in South Carolina and reinforced her view that an amateur golf career running parallel to a sound education was a smart move.She also reflected on her years as an England player which helped her develop life skills and ease the transition from amateur to pro circuit as well as the obvious technical benefits of working with renowned coaches such as Steve Robinson and Rob Watts.Hewson added: “I’m passionate about education and was happy to give my thoughts on the college scene in America and how balancing this with an amateur career can be beneficial.“You never know what lies ahead – a player may get injured, you may fall out of love with the game. You need that back-up.“As well as the educational side the golfing opportunities are also incredible and it’s the best of both worlds.”Lockdown has allowed Hewson to take a breath and continue to work on her game.There have been coaching classes via Facetime, yoga sessions and a chance to work on some minor improvements to her game and nip any bad habits in the bud.“I’ve enjoyed the time at home as I decided to turn a negative into a positive by working on different aspects of my game,” she added.“Now I can’t wait to get started again in the Rose Series at Brokenhurst Manor. It was brilliant of Justin and his wife to invest in and support the women’s game.“I’ll now look to balance my schedule for the year as I also have rights on the Symetra Tour in the US.“I’d like to try and win in the US and build towards a full year in 2021.” Tags: alice hewson 9 Jun 2020 Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example last_img read more