Howard Lake | 16 November 2006 | News Effective analytics could boost web potential for fundraising, argues Jason Potts “For instance, what style of home page would attract more engagement? What are the most effective ways for people to navigate your site? All these factors affect whether someone will actually give to you online; it’s not just where you have the donate button.”He says that he knows of one charity which achieves only 150 direct debit donations for every 3,000 visits to its direct debit page. “So rather than thinking about more banner adverts and other drivers, charities in this position should be trying to improve their conversion rates, which is where web analytics as a measurement device comes in.”F,ollowing Jason’s presentation a panel of digital marketing experts in IT, analysis, marketing and fundraising will discuss the latest techniques and thinking. These include:– Bertie Bosredon, Head of New Media at Breast Cancer Care– Matt Trimmer, Principal Consultant and MD of ivantage Ltd who has worked on leading Internet ventures with Google, Argos, Sony, IBM and many more.– Lisa Williamott, Marketing Data Analyst, Friends of the Earth– Stuart McCoy, Database Marketing Analyst, Help the AgedRoger Lawson, Director of Strategy & Planning at Cascaid, said: “We have designed this meeting to offer practical and valuable learnings for anyone in non-profit marketing who is concerned about getting the most from their digital marketing investment. It’s an opportunity not to be missed to access some of the best knowledge in this field in a relaxed and informal setting where fundraisers of all levels can gain.”“Effective web analytics” takes place on 28 November 2006 from 17.00 – 19.30 at Cancer Research UK’s offices at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.Tickets cost £10 for Institute of Fundraising members, £15 non-members, payable in advance. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity web marketing expert Jason Potts of THINK Consulting Solutions believes that charities could achieve much more online through effective use of analytical measures. He will be sharing his thoughts at “Effective web analytics”, an evening event from the Analysis in Fundraising Special Interest Group of the Institute of Fundraising on 28 November.Potts will present what he believes are the “the ‘must have”analytical measures for a charity’s web site.He explains: “This presentation will be the first time that the subject of how the whole website relates to revenue generation has been tackled; not just fundraising but how the whole site can maximise potential income. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Previous articleSoybean Meal Good for PigsNext articleMorning Outlook Ryan Martin Moisture over the northern third of the state was impressive yesterday…much better than I had looked for. I will stand up and take the blame on that one…sometimes Mother Nature can throw you a curve…and this time around the curve was a little more moisture than I was looking for, and a very impressive conversion ratio of that moisture into wet snow. It stuck, and stuck nicely over the northern third of the state. As much grumbling as we did yesterday about it…it will all be gone by noon today…for the most part, as temps climb.We still have 2 more little waves that move through before we get to Friday. Today should be a bit of a rest day, as our next system slowly ejects out of the MO valley. By midnight tonight, we look for action to push into western Indiana, and move over most of the state through the day tomorrow. The low takes a track from just north of STL to Chicago…and will keep its best moisture over central and northern Indiana. We look for up to half an inch through the day tomorrow from I-70 northward, perhaps a tenth or two farther south. Temps will be quite mild as the action moves in, such that I would not be surprised to see or hear a thunderstorm early Wednesday morning over north central or northwest Indiana, closer to where the low is at.Colder air pushes into the state from the NW Thursday, but we still have another wave of precipitation coming up that cold front as it advances. This wave of moisture is a bit farther south this go round…and will promote the best moisture over the southern half to third of the state. We can see .25”-.75” rain totals there, and little to no action over the northern third. Combined, these two waves will put state wide rain coverage at half to 1 inch with coverage at 90%…and that does not include the moisture locked up in the snow fall up north (and minor rains farther south) yesterday.Temps drop dramatically to finish the week. We look for Friday to be every bit as cold if not colder than what we saw yesterday. And it will be a slow rebound. A weak Great Lakes wave pushes through on Sunday, but still does not look to be a big issue. The next good system to move in is on track for midweek next week…an April fools day system. We look for .2” to .9” rains over the state with 80% coverage. And then another cold blast to follow…perhaps equaling what we see this Friday.The extended period has an Easter weekend front that can bring half an inch of moisture, although models are arguing on whether it comes Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Either way, it will have its heaviest moisture over the Deep South (2-3 inches) and the heaviest moisture in the state closer to the OH River. Behind it, the GFS calls for one more massive cold blast for the 8th-10th. Then we are seeing signs that we could get a very stormy pattern toward mid April. That stormy pattern may not deliver lots of rain…but still could be fun. Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/24/2015 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/24/2015 By Ryan Martin – Mar 23, 2015 CORN WeatherModels went a little wetter for the US Corn Belt yesterday and continue to stay that course this morning. A strong storm complex has exited the central plains this morning and we see good moisture over MO, even a few thunderstorms up into eastern NE. This complex will move northeast, with the low eventually moving from just north of STL to Chicago. This will move the best rains from MO across IL and IA, eventually pushing into IN overnight tonight. As a cold front brings much colder air in from the NW, a second wave of moisture moves up the front Thursday, bring heavy rains out of MO across southern IL and up the OH River Valley. All told, the central and eastern Corn Belt areas can see half to 1 inch of rain (perhaps a bit more) with 90% coverage. Now, the upper Midwest and northwestern part of the Corn Belt will miss out on this good precipitation. The rains will be enough to bring monthly rain fall totals out of the bottom 3-5 in history…but still, we will be below normal for the month. Cold air peaks again on Friday (perhaps as cold as yesterday). Then another system hits for midweek next week. We also see some moisture for Easter weekend, and then a strong storm around the 7th. Another major cold blast is likely late next week and perhaps the week of the 6th. But, then we see a major expansion of the ridge over the plains…and that hints at warming and perhaps an active, stormy pattern for mid April.Scattered showers and thunderstorms around in Argentina through tomorrow, then dry through the weekend. Scattered showers return early next week for a few days, mostly over extreme northern areas. In general, the action is not related to any major frontal activity. This will lend itself to move to a drier pattern, although we admit, in areas where these showers set up…it will not seem like a drier pattern. The best action is going to be over the northern half of the corn region through the next 10 days.This week is pretty benign in southeast Brazil…a few scattered showers and thunderstorms. But, next week looks very impressive, as a large batch of rain moves out of Paraguay and northern Argentina into southern Brazil. That batch of moisture can produce 1-2 inch rain fall totals for the 30th and 31st very easily. Another 1-2 inch rain maker moves into Matto Grosso do Sul around midweek next week…so we are moving back to a wetter pattern in south and southeast Brazil corn areas. Temps remain near normalThis week is pretty dry and boring over most of China, with only a few smaller waves of showers popping up over the southern third of the Corn Belt. Over the weekend south China gets active with a nice push of half to three quarter inch rains. But, of most interest to us is a northern feature that forms over Mongolia and pushes east. This system can bring half to three quarter inch rains to about 40% of the extreme northern wheat and coarse grain areas early next week, and then it may plant seeds for a second system that may be able to hit about 60% of the northern half of the corn and soy belt from midweek next wee on through the 3rd. If it is able to come together, this may be the best chance of action these growing regions have seen in several weeks.SOYBEAN WeatherThe Lower Delta gets a bit of a break in the days ahead. The next two waves to cross the Mississippi have shifted to take more of a northerly track. This means that meaningful moisture will mostly miss the wettest parts of the Deep South. We look for no more than a few tenths here the rest of this week. Next week, however, a strong low moves along the gulf coast and will then push inland over AL/GA. This will bring half to 2 inch rains to the region again. So…there is an ever so slight window of opportunity for field work…but we may not be able to dry down fast enough to utilize it.No real change in pattern for Brazil soy areas. We have moisture that will be around. 10 day totals are in the 1-2 inch range. Coverage is good. There are not any significant fronts…this is just typical Brazil moisture. And…we are to the point where it is not as big of a story now, with the focus shifting to other parts of the world.WHEAT Weather A surprising push of thunderstorms overnight in parts of eastern KS. These storms did have some heavier rains. Now, these rains were highly localized…but the fact they were able to develop out of a rather mundane and moisture starved (in that area) system has to be taken as a good thing. A final low will move across OK tomorrow into early Thursday and that can trigger one more batch of thunderstorms, but most of that will be from Lawton OK up through Joplin MO. This will spread some action into southeast KS, but miss a large part of the HRW belt north of the KS/OK line. From there, the forecast pattern settles back into dryness. Other than a few spits and sprinkles on occasion that are not frontal boundary related, we do not see any moisture until around the 1st, with a system coming together over SD and a front sweeping back through the central plains. That front can trigger moisture up to half an inch and coverage at 40%. Farther north, the Dakotas can get .25” to 1.25” rain totals with coverage at 60%. Temps will be above normal in the southern and central plains, but normal to below normal in the northern plains.SRW areas get nice rains over the next 2-3 days. WE look for half to 1.5” rain totals with coverage at nearly 90%. Temperatures do big swings on at least 2 occasions through the next 10 days. Those two swings will produce temps well below normal. Another strong system can work in toward the middle of next week, and then one from Easter weekend into early the following weekMoisture continues to get better in Eastern Europe, and therefore we are seeing better rains moving into western parts of Russia and FSU countries. Ukraine in particular looks good, with 10 day rain totals now pushing 1-1.5”However, there still is a big hole with no moisture over western Kazakhstan, and only a few hundredths in the Volga Region. So…we still have some problems in this part of the world. Systems look to move out of Eastern Europe over the next two weeks and then fall apart over the Russian mainland. .Excellent rains continue to develop in Western Australia on the models. Strong high pressure keeps most wheat areas dry this week, but next week, a system dives south across Western Australia and can produce half to 3 inch rain fall totals. The track of the system puts it on course to hit all wheat acres in Western Australia. Other wheat regions do not have the luck this time around…as moisture looks limited in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Temperatures look to be normal to above normal over most wheat areas in the weeks ahead, although the heavy rains in WA will take temps below normal from Tuesday of next week on through Friday.CATTLE Weather A lot of dryness in cattle areas in the weeks ahead. Systems seem to stay either east of major beef feedlot areas in the central plains or south of the big dairy areas of the Upper Midwest. WE may hear some concerns over the start to the hay season in some of these areas. Big temp swings are coming for dairy areas in the north…with well below normal temps likely on several occasions through at least the 8th. Well above normal temps in beef production areas continue.HOG Weather Some large scale rains in North Carolina will bring 2-3 inches of rain or more to Hog production areas in that part of the country next week. General sloppiness will ensue, but the rains should not have a major impact outside of localized flooding. Facebook Twitter
News News April 3, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thailand’s Gen. Prayut – a new “Predator of Press Freedom” Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further ThailandAsia – Pacific June 12, 2020 Find out more RSF_en The latest outrage is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha threat to “execute” journalists who don’t toe the line. Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s policy of controlling and intimidating the media.Gen. Prayut, who is both prime minister and head of the National Council for Peace and Order, made this comment at a news conference on 25 March. Asked what the government would do journalists who do not stick to the official line, he replied: “We’ll probably just execute them.”He gave no indication that he was speaking in jest.Prayut already gave his views on journalism on 5 March, celebrated as “Reporters Day” in Thailand. He said journalists should “play a major role in supporting the government’s affairs, practically creating the understanding of government’s policies to the public, and reduce the conflicts in the society.”Prayut has cracked down hard on those who defy his policies and defend the fundamental right to criticize. Since imposing martial law in May 2014, he has gagged not only reporters, bloggers and news outlets, but also performers, intellectuals, academics, opposition politicians and anyone regarded as overly critical of himself or his government.The growing hostility towards the media that he has voiced publicly in recent weeks has drawn the entire world’s attention to his contempt for freedom of information and its defenders, who are regarded by Prayut as a threat to the nation.Propaganda and threatsPrayut has a weekly TV show that he uses to intimidate the media. Called “Returning Happiness to Thailand,” it is broadcast nationwide and gets its name from a song he composed. On this show, he explains government policy, criticizes the way the media have covered the latest news, accuses news editors not paying him enough attention, and calls for more “cooperation.”Last September, Prayut threatened to create new laws that would result in “inconveniences to journalists, the press, radio channels, and television channels.” A cyber-security bill unveiled in January, talk of new broadcast media regulations and comments about making reporters sit exams suggest that he is beginning to carry out his threats.When journalists wish him a happy birthday, they can expect a kind word or an expression of goodwill from the general, but he reacts in a completely different manner when they show signs of independence by exposing corruption or grave human rights violations.On 25 March, he accused Thapanee Iestsrichai, a well-known investigative reporter with Channel 3, of harming the Thai economy by exposing human trafficking in the fishing industry. During a visit to the Indonesian island of Benjina, Thapanee discovered graves containing the remains of hundreds of Thai citizens.Instead of applauding for Thapanee for a piece of investigative reporting in the public interest, Prayut attacked her. “What will happen if we report this in a big way, telling the world about our trafficking and illegal fishing problems? What if they stop buying fish worth 200 billion baht from us? Will you take the responsibility?”Ever-tighter controlThe military government is not just trying to control the traditional media. Its proposed cyber-security law would allow the National Council for Peace and Order to insist that Internet Service Providers cooperate with its surveillance of online activity.Citing “national security” needs – which, like defence of the monarchy, is constantly used as grounds for censoring and arresting Internet users – the proposed law would also allow the authorities to place all electronic communications under surveillance in Thailand.The Internet thought police meanwhile continue to arrested online activists and human rights defenders. The victims include Anon Numpa, a human rights lawyer who has defended many people arrested on lèse-majesté charges. The military have accused him of posting opinions hostile to the government on Facebook and other websites.Gen. Prayut announced on 31 March that he was going to lift martial order (which has been in place since the coup) and replace it by a judicial order under article 44 of the provisional constitution introduced in July. This article says the head of the National Council for Peace and Order “may issue any order or direct any action to be done or not to be done, irrespective of whether the order or action would produce legislative, executive or judicial effect.”RecommendationsReporters Without Borders calls on the prime minister to end his draconian policies and to promote an environment that encourages media activity and the free flow of news and information, including online information, by taking the following measures:* Refrain from using the powers allowed under the provisional constitutional, in particular article 44, which would leave the media without any protection and would open the way for arbitrary government control of news and information.* Refrain from adopting laws allowing large-scale surveillance of the Internet and refrain from introducing a new cyber-security law allowing individual surveillance.* Stop summoning and arresting journalists, bloggers and other information providers on the pretext of defending national security or the monarchy.* Stop threatening news media and journalists with reprisals, stop pressuring the media to censor themselves and stop interfering with editorial policies or any other internal media matters. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar August 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Media freedom has declined dramatically in Thailand in the ten months since a military coup in May 2014. What with interrogations of journalists, raids on leading news organizations and plans for draconian legislation, the military government is subjecting the media to constant harassment. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News
Twitter Local News TAGS WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 DPS Logo A 21-year-old Odessan and a 26-year-old Mineral Wells man died in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday afternoon, a Department of Public Safety release detailed.The reported fatal collision happened at 11:48 a.m. near the intersection of W. 16th St. and North Avenue I, the release stated.Joseph Payne, 26, of Mineral Wells was reportedly driving a 2002 Toyota Avalon with passengers Hunter Miller, 21, of Odessa and Magen Cantrell, 22, of Odessa. Tyrice Lowery, 36, of Midland was reportedly driving a 2009 Cadillac with Veronica Rodriguez, 33, of Midland as a passenger.The Avalon was driving west in the right lane of W. 16 St., while the Cadillac traveling west in the left lane of W. 16th St., the release stated.The Avalon reportedly changed lanes when unsafe and collided with the Cadillac. The Avalon lost control after the initial impact, rolled and collided with a utility pole.Payne and Miller were transported to Medical Center Hospital and were later pronounced dead by medical staff, the release detailed. Cantrell was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock with incapacitating injuries.Lowery and Rodriguez were transported to MCH with non-incapacitating injuries, the release stated. An MCH official said over the phone on Thursday afternoon that Lowery and Rodriguez weren’t in the MCH system.It was unknown if Payne, Miller or Cantrell were wearing their seatbelts, the release stated. Lowery and Rodriguez were both wearing their seatbelts. Two dead after fatal crash in West Odessa WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleOdessa’s Anika Gundlapalli returns to national spelling beeNext article050119_ChristianBullRider_03.jpg Odessa American
Brad James Region 20 CASTLE DALE, Utah-Brodie Tuttle posted 26 points as the Emery Spartans routed North Sanpete 85-63 in Region 15 boys basketball action Friday. Scott Hatch had 26 points in the loss for the Hawks. JUNCTION, Utah-Kelby Jessen stepped up with 17 points and the Piute Thunderbirds smacked Escalante 86-42 Friday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Bracken Lyman’s 18 points led the Moquis in the loss. Region 14 Region 15 Girls Basketball BLANDING, Utah-Jaxon Torgerson amassed 29 points and 7 rebounds on 11 of 14 shooting as the San Juan Broncos overpowered South Sevier 69-57 Friday in Region 15 boys basketball action. The Broncos blew open a close game with a 13-2 run to commence the second half, ultimately winning the 3rd Quarter 25-14 en route to a 13-6 record and 5-4 in region play. Brandt Williams had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Rams as they fell to 14-4 and 6-3 on the season. San Juan is next in action Saturday afternoon against Richfield with South Sevier playing Grand at Moab Saturday afternoon. MANTI, Utah-Adam Huff led the way with 23 points as the Manti Templars routed American Heritage 87-47 in non-region boys basketball action Friday. Sam Beckwith posted 15 points in the loss for the Patriots. February 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/1 RICHFIELD, Utah-Jarica Steck and Sipola Vakautakakala had 12 points apiece as the Richfield Wildcats pounded Grand 62-21 Friday in Region 15 girls basketball action. Hannah Owen had 10 points for the Red Devils in the loss. Non-Region FILLMORE, Utah-Crayton Hollingshead led the way with 12 points and the Beaver Beavers edged Millard 36-33 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Austin Burraston’s 12 points led the Eagles in the loss. Region 18 MOAB, Utah-Kevin Park led the way with 20 points and the Grand Red Devils got past Richfield 55-52 Friday in Region 15 boys basketball action. Emmett Hinck and Keldon Anderson had 11 points apiece in the loss for the Wildcats. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball DELTA, Utah-Derek Smith amassed 28 points on six 3-pointers as the Delta Rabbits pounded the Maeser Lions 71-37 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Hugh Jackson’s 13 points led the Lions in defeat. MONROE, Utah-Kenzie Jones amassed 29 points as the South Sevier Rams smacked San Juan 60-36 in Region 15 girls basketball action Friday. Delaney Palmer’s 3 points led the Broncos in defeat. Region 15 Written by PAROWAN, Utah-Porter Wood netted 33 points as the Parowan Rams routed Kanab 67-50 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. Sam Orton had 20 points in the loss for the Cowboys.
Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Galicia Celebrates Spanish Navy Day ESPS Galicia Celebrates Spanish Navy Day View post tag: Naval View post tag: ESPS Galicia On 16 July 2015, crew members from ESPS Galicia celebrated Spanish Navy Day on board with a naval procession of the Holy Carmen Virgin, patron saint of the Spanish Navy, followed by religious ceremonies in the ship’s hangar.Later in the day the Spanish Chief of Defence Staff, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez and other senior officers from the Spanish military visited the ship.During his visit General Admiral Sánchez spoke to the crew:You have almost reached the half-way point in your counter-piracy deployment and I am in no doubt that you will continue to work as hard in the second half.Image: EUNAVFOR July 22, 2015 View post tag: Spanish Navy Day Authorities View post tag: EUNAVFOR Share this article View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Class of 2017 Will Bring USI Alumni To More Than 40,000The University of Southern Indiana will hold five Spring Commencement ceremonies over two days, April 28 and 29, in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the USI campus.The Graduate Ceremony for master and doctoral degree candidates from all of USI’s colleges will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. On Saturday, April 29, the undergraduate ceremony for the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education will begin at 9 a.m.; the College of Nursing and Health Professions at noon.Romain College of Business and Outreach and Engagement at 3 p.m., and the College of Liberal Arts at 6 p.m. Members of the graduating Class of 2017 will join the USI Alumni Association, which, following Spring Commencement, will number more than 40,000 alumni across Indiana, the United States and the world. Read More
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Dear Editor: Balance is always the key. Thinking in only one direction without considering other scenarios causes a narrow focus, a tunnel vision, and can create harmful results.A small group of people in Hoboken do not want NY Waterway to be located on the land that they legitimately bought last November 2017. These people are thinking of only one result: a waterfront walkway (which we would get anyway no matter who sits on the old Union Dry Dock) and park land.Neither this group nor the City Council are considering the consequences if NY Waterway’s land is taken from them through eminent domain: NY Waterway will no longer have a site they need to function and this could possibly put them out of business, since there are no longer any other docks for maintenance or refueling in the vicinity. This would have serious consequences for 30,000 cross-Hudson commuters.As of Thursday, March 15, the City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the city to condemn the land if they decide to do so. They will bond for $11,630,000 to pay NY Waterway for the land.No one has a clear idea of what would happen to the NY Waterway ferries, which provide a public commuter service to both New Jersey and New York. NJ Transit would never have started up a ferry company to help with their existing troubled transit system. NY Waterway, which gets no subsidies, has worked hard to survive since its inception in 1986 and even almost went bankrupt in 2001 when the ferry terminal in New York was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. They remained strong and struggled to continue to offer the public a means of commuter transportation. They have also been available to assist when there are disruptions to other transit systems and extra ferries are deployed in emergency situations to carry more people that are stranded across the Hudson River. This has helped to mitigate the severity of the NJ Transit commuter problems that have been occurring frequently as our train and bus systems age.There should be a balance between a ferry operation and open space and there will be the walkway which is mandated by state law.Give NY Waterway a chance to show what they can provide for the city of Hoboken in open space as well as continue to serve the region with their ferry transportation. A ferry operation needs to be functional based upon close access to their terminals for on-time schedules as well as refueling without traveling miles out of their way to some remote location that at this point does not even exist for them. Docks are needed for their maintenance. Everyone must think deeply about this and not let shallow, selfish desires cloud the reality that ferries must be allowed to function. Mary Ondrejka
Dear Friends,I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Whether you are staying in town or visiting family, don’t forget to stock up on your favorite Ocean City treats to make your family gatherings extra festive. I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s Christmas season in Ocean City as special as ever.First Night is just a week away, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, please do so soon, as we will sell out this year as we have in the past. You can order your buttons online at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons also can be purchased in person at City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.And as a reminder, the final City Council meeting of 2015 will be held Monday, December 28 at 1:00 PM in Council Chambers. At the meeting, City Council and I will be recognizing City Clerk Linda MacIntyre for her years of service to the City. Linda is retiring at the end of the month and we hope she has a relaxing retirement.Michele and I wish nothing but the best for you and your family this holiday season. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Thursday, Dec. 24.