Finn Tapp, a footballer for OxfordCity, has temporarily left the Clubfor the newest series of ITV’s LoveIsland. Previous sporting contestants that have appeared on Love Island include last year’s winner, and Ireland sevens international in rugby, Greg O’Shea, as well as boxer Tommy Fury and basketballer Ovie Soko. Tapp entered the South AfricaVilla alongside model ConnaughHoward. After the departure ofOllie Williams, the total numberof contestants still in the Villastands at thirteen. “I’ve always been loyal. Whenever I start getting the wandering eye, it’s time to break up. Who knows what could happen.” Oxford City were not informedof Tapp’s decision to join theshow. In a statement, City said:“The club was not aware FinnTapp was going on Love Island– this is normal protocol for allcontestants. We understand andwish Finn luck on the show.” Mick Livesy, Oxford City Commercial Director, said: “Of course we’ll miss him but he’s a cracking lad. We support him and wish him the best of luck. We’ve just re-loaned him to Love Island – that’s all. He’s an integral part of the team. He’s a good looking lad, has great physique and a fantastic footballer so I’m sure he’ll do well.” Tapp started in Oxford City’s previous fixture, a 3-0 defeat to Dartford, but was substituted early on following a clash of heads, reportedly leading to an eight-minute match stoppage. Tapp was signed by City from MK Dons last summer, making twelve appearances in the National League South for the Club. On his arrival to the Villa, the twenty-year-old centre-back said: “It’ll be great if I come out the villa with mates, but if I need to step on toes to get the girl I like, I’ll do it.
By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has increased its social media platform to attract even more visitors to “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Over the last year, e-marketing strategies designed to boost tourism seem to be working, according to a report by Shawnda McGinnis during the Chamber’s Business Summit Oct. 4 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.“It has been a very busy season for the Chamber,” said McGinnis, the Chamber’s marketing director.She noted that in addition to more web traffic from visitors to the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, the Ocean City App, which was launched last year, has seen a significant increase in users from 9,000 to 16,000.“People are becoming more tech-savvy,” McGinnis said. “The world is a changing place.”Marketing Director of the Chamber Shawnda McGinnis says the Chamber is seeing a big increase in traffic to the website and Facebook and there are more Ocean City App users.The app features things to do in Ocean City, highlights businesses, and by the end of the year, will offer consumers a way to do cash-free transactions. Ken Wisnefski, owner of the digital marketing company WebiMax, who is also the owner of OCNJDaily.com, has been working with the Chamber on creating the new feature.Wisnefski noted in his report at the summit that the cash-free feature is a way to provide more convenience to shoppers and attract millennials to Ocean City. Often, he said, younger consumers leave cash at home and opt for cards. With the app, they can purchase items from participating merchants.McGinnis said the app has been used for virtually everything this summer. People most often use it to check the calendar of events and learn all that is offered at local businesses.She said the option for cash-free purchases has been received positively by visitors and business owners, who feel it is a reflection of the times.The Ocean City App has been a hit so far and officials are hoping with new features it will gain more users.In addition to the growing use of the app, McGinnis outlined the number of phone calls made during a year to the city’s Welcome Center.“We field more than 100,000 phone calls,” she said.The Chamber also sends out emails to visitors and residents who sign up for the feature. The emails provide useful information about events and businesses. Currently, there are 150,000 people on the list.The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com gives Chamber members a reason to be pleased, McGinnis said. To date, there are more than 800,000 sessions and of those views, the top pages are the calendar of events and things to do. She noted that visitors to the website are primarily from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Facebook pageThe number of followers for the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts also continues to grow, McGinnis said.While the focus continues to be social media platforms and expanding the app, McGinnis said more traditional forms of advertising, including the Visitors Guide, remain vital parts of the marketing strategy.During the summit, restaurant owner and president of the Downtown Merchants Association, Patty Talese, told the audience that Ocean City continues to use digital, TV, print, billboards, mailings and other marketing tools to showcase Ocean City.Google display ads are a new addition to the Chamber’s marketing strategy. Facebook also continues to drive brand awareness, Talese pointed out.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian addresses the audience at the Business Summit.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian noted at the summit that tourism is vital to Cape May County, which is why it is so important to stay current and offer visitors and residents as many activities and conveniences as possible.“We want you all to walk with us. This is a new age. We are looking to benefit the business community. We are here for you,” Gillian told the room filled with business owners. “We want to be at the forefront. We want businesses to thrive and hope the businesses come along with us.”For more information visit www.OceanCityVacation.com or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation. This is where Ocean City officials went to meet up with Martin Z. Mollusk while using social distancing.
A thousand people, including Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal leader Sir Menzies Campbell, packed out a Westminster rally last week in support of a bill designed to save Britain’s high streets.The Sustainable Communities Bill is a private member’s bill, tabled by Conservative MP Nick Hurd, which aims to give more power to communities so they can make decisions about local issues, such as helping local bakery shops, post offices and pubs. Local Government Minister Phil Woolas said at the rally that he would not try to block the bill when it is debated for a final time in the House of Commons in May.A spokesman for LocalWorks, the lobby group behind the campaign, said there is still a danger that the government would ’talk out’ the bill by not tabling enough time for it to be discussed, despite cross-party support of over 400 MPs, as well as the backing of dozens of industry associations.Speaking at the rally, David Cameron urged individuals to use local services and shops. He said: “Local councils should be able to spend according to local priorities, not those set by Whitehall. Local people shouldn’t just control services by local government. They should have a say over all the government spend in their area. Money is crucial, but this is not just about who spends our cash. It’s about a revolution in responsibility. It’s about local people working together.”Shocking declineAccording to the BBC, Sir Menzies said: “The shocking decline of local communities – ghost town Britain – is going on everywhere. I share people’s anger at seeing local services and facilities like post offices, bank branches and local businesses disappear. People feel powerless to stop this. We don’t want Whitehall to control our lives. The Sustainable Communities Bill will give people real power over policies affecting their own areas.”A Department of Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We support the aspirations of the bill, and recognise its underlying concerns and ambitions. We are committed to promoting sustainable local communities and we have already delivered an ambitious programme of measures to do so.”The Local Works campaign started in 2002, following the publication of two reports by the New Economics Foundation, entitled Ghost Town Britain and Clone Town Britain. These looked into the declining number of independent shops on the high street and the impact this is having on local communities.The Local Works spokesman told British Baker that the bill needs as much support as possible to get it through its final reading. “It is currently at committee stage after two successful readings, but the only reason it has got this far is because of the huge support it has received,” he said. “I urge your readers to go to our website, [http://www.localworks.org], and sign up in support.”If the bill is passed in May, it will become law by the summer and the government will have to make provision for its implementation before the year is out, he said. n
Last weekend boasted the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival, taking place over one day – September 18th – at the beautiful Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Hosted by Willie Nelson, the event featured sets from Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sheryl Crow, Brothers Osborne and Lee Ann Womack. The Outlaw spirit was in full force, as these iconic artists turned in tremendous performances for an adoring crowd. With Willie Nelson and his children Lukas and Mikah playing as well, this was truly a special and memorable.Thanks to photographer Sam Watson, we now have a full gallery of images from the festival for you to enjoy. Take a look through the gallery below! We’ll see you there next year. Load remaining images
Florida Jam is set to take place on October 20th, at Boca Raton’s Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Earlier in the year, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts would headline the festival, as part of this 2018 comeback tour following his retirement announcement three years ago. In the months since, Betts has toured across the United States, with sporadic headlining shows and festival sets, including at the highly anticipated Peach Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in mid-July. However, recently, Florida Jam shared with fans that Dickey Betts cancelled his performance at Florida Jam. In his stead, Gov’t Mule has been tapped to headline the event with a 90-minute set, joining the lineup also featuring The Elvin Bishop Band and Eric Gales.Florida Jam was previously scheduled to take place on May 19th, coming at the start of Dickey Betts’ comeback tour. However, weather forced the festival to be canceled, with the scheduled time moving five months later to October 20th. An announcement posted by Florida Jam’s promoter, Music Jam Productions, notedWithout getting into drama related to Dickey Betts, we will just say that he canceled his appearance without any explanation. We take issue with that decision, especially after he agreed to the new date of October 20 from the prior May 19 rain date. Unfortunately this is not the first time Betts has canceled shows in South Florida. We placed trust in him at great expense. However we are more than thrilled to have the very professional, reliable and talented Gov’t Mule come in and take over as the headliner.
Specialists from Harvard’s academic departments spent a day with Harvard Management Company (HMC) fund managers, who oversee investment of the University’s endowment and pension funds, to provide an overview of one of the biggest emerging markets: China.Dubbed “China Day,” the December session was organized by HMC to take advantage of the expertise in the broader University. HMC President Jane Mendillo opened the event, saying that China not only plays an important role in the global economy, it is also increasingly important in Harvard’s investment portfolio.“As a global investor, HMC continually explores investment opportunities beyond traditional markets across our portfolio, and we are convinced that continuing to develop a sophisticated investment strategy in China will give us an important edge going forward,” Mendillo said. “HMC is committed to deepening our understanding of, and expertise in, this critical market.”The event featured 22 speakers, including Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying, a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this year. Also included were representatives from private capital and investment banking firms and faculty members or fellows from Harvard, Yale University, Peking University, Northwestern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Harvard speakers included William Kirby, former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the Harvard China Fund, who is also the Chang Professor of China Studies and the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; former Harvard Business School Dean Jay Light, the Baker Professor of Administration Emeritus and an HMC director; William Alford, the Stimson Professor of Law and director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program; and Richard Cooper, Boas Professor of International Economics.Alford, who chaired one of the event’s panels, said the whole day was very thoughtful and open. He was particularly impressed at the presentations by Chinese officials who gave particularly frank descriptions of their country, presenting both good and bad.“They were very thoughtful, forthcoming, and fair,” Alford said.Alford’s panel discussed mega-trends in Chinese society, such as the migration of millions from rural areas to the cities and the industrialized south. A major question, he said, is whether Chinese legal and political institutions will be able to meet their needs and answer those with legitimate grievances well enough to keep conflict off the streets.Alford hadn’t dealt with HMC before the event, but said he’s thankful for HMC’s work and its impact on Harvard’s academic programs.“I’m really grateful for what they do. It makes possible what we do,” Alford said.Andrew Wiltshire, HMC’s managing director and head of external management, said the day was informative and highlighted both the risks and opportunities in the world’s largest nation.“The opportunity set there is greater and rather more complex than I had imagined,” Wiltshire said.Stephen Blyth, also a managing director and HMC’s head of internal management, said the day was packed with speakers from a range of fields and highlighted not only what’s going on in China today, but also the breadth of Harvard’s connections with the nation.Blyth took away a similar message, saying the session increased his understanding of how complex China is. One cautionary note, Blyth said, is that China treats contracts and business law differently than the United States does, so any investor needs to do much more work to ensure that the terms and rules of any potential transaction are clear.In addition, information flows are not as transparent as in Western industrialized nations, so outsiders have to consider whether risks might be understated or growth projections too generous.Blyth said the event was valuable in that it was nuanced, presenting the good, the bad, and the in-between about China’s economy, history, and business climate.In his lunchtime keynote address, Stephen Roach, the nonexecutive chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, talked about China’s transition to a consumer-driven economy and the challenges of sustaining growth and maintaining social stability.Mendillo said there might be future sessions in which HMC taps the expertise of the University community in a particular area or industry sector.“Obviously, there are so many brilliant minds at the University. To bring the academic viewpoint and the investment viewpoint together was very powerful,” said Mendillo.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say pirates who kidnapped 15 Turkish crew members of a cargo ship off the West African coast, have made contact with the shipping company. All 15 sailors were unhurt the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Thursday, quoting a statement from the Istanbul-based company. The shipping company however, did not say whether a ransom demand was made. The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was sailing from Lagos Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked on Jan. 23, some 100 nautical miles northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. One crew member, an Azerbaijani national, died during the attack.
The Saint Mary’s chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA) hosted an event highlighting the professions available to students interested in communicative disorders Sunday. Current Saint Mary’s students and high school seniors from the South Bend community attended the free event to learn more about the professions and collect more information about the communicative disorders major at Saint Mary’s. The event featured student speakers, tours of the pathology and audiology labs at Saint Mary’s and a discussion panel with current speech and language pathologists and audiologists from the community. Senior Elizabeth Downs, vice president of the Saint Mary’s NSSHLA chapter, organized the event and spoke to prospective students. “We think it’s very important to promote our major because not many people know what we do,” she said. “It’s a great profession to go into, especially if you enjoy helping others. I fell in love with the intro class I took and I am really happy with my decision [to be a communicative disorders major].” Senior Lori LeClere, president of the Saint Mary’s NSSHLA chapter, said advertising the important need for communicative disorders majors was a goal of Sunday’s event. “We hope students learn about the career path — what they can do, where they can do it,” she said. “We want them to get an inside view of what speech pathology and audiology are. I came to Saint Mary’s without knowledge of the profession, so we feel it is necessary to educate others about what we do.” Downs and LeClere agreed that knowledge and awareness of professions in communicative disorders are crucial to getting more students interested in being involved. Some current communicative disorders majors were unaware that the major even existed before starting at Saint Mary’s. “I came to Saint Mary’s as a biology major,” junior Maria Malm said. “I had a general interest in helping others, and when I took the Intro to Communicative Disorders class and did my observation of others, I discovered I really enjoyed helping others. I decided to switch majors.” Malm said she hoped the NSSHLA event on Sunday stimulated more interest in the communicative disorders major, as the need for qualified therapists, pathologists and audiologists continues to rise. “Communication is essential to having high quality of life,” she said. “There is a great need for speech pathology to help others communicate their needs and wants. I look forward to helping others and getting a hands on feel for giving a voice to those with communicative disorders.”
Members of the Saint Mary’s Dance Company interpreted paintings through dance in the Moreau Center for the Arts on Friday. Senior Bethany Tabor choreographed two dances in response to “Wall to Wall,” a piece by Ann Tarantino on display in the gallery. Tabor, junior Taylor Couillard-Rodak, sophomore Jing Zhu, senior Catherine Cislo and senior Alysha Zemanek performed the work. “I think I’d title it ‘Contact,’” Tabor said. “The way the dance moved – it’s sort of formally the same as the paintings on the wall.” Tabor, an art history and philosophy major, said she designed the compositions with Tarantino’s “lonely figures in unknown landscapes” in mind. The black fireworks of paint Tarantino applied directly on the gallery walls compelled Tabor, also a dance minor, to turn the work she has been doing for her senior composition into a hands-on experience, she said. “I am writing my senior comp on dance in the art space,” Tabor said. “A recent trend in art galleries is to have dance companies come in and dance among the art work. It’s a new phenomenon in art right now, and I’m researching that.” Tabor said her advisor, art professor Tiffany Bidler, believed Tarantino’s paintings could potentially enhance Tabor’s project. “We’re all part of the Saint Mary’s Dance Company, and we’re dancing in a piece together for the show in February, and this is loosely based off of what we’ve done in rehearsals for that,” Tabor said. Senior Katie Haemmerle said she enjoyed the piece because it portrayed themes that appeal to her particular aesthetic preferences. “The artist, on her description, said that it was meant to convey sort of loneliness isolation and then sea life,” Haemmerle said. “I’m usually drawn to literature, art, poetry, anything with that sort of thing, so I liked it in that sense.” Beyond the emotional connotations, Haemmerle said she believes dance itself offers an unusual medium to communicate ideas. “A lot of people will perceive art as being something stationary on the wall,” Haemmerle said. “I think this is a good way to express that art and dance can be combined and integrated to form something that is not just on the wall. It provides movement to something stationary.” Haemmerle said she felt the movement of the dancers reflected the intended movement of Tarantino’s paintings. “I don’t know if I’m interpreting the dance correctly, but the way the dancers formed the cluster and then spread out – I thought that was a good way to represent what’s on the wall with the paintings and how they’re spread out,” Haemmerle said. “They created white space with movement, which is interesting In fiction, but more so in poetry, white space has purpose. I feel like if you look at the wall, it does the same thing. It creates that isolation, and the dance I thought expressed the exact same thing.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]
On October 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns briefed Argentine officials on the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., a U.S. spokeswoman said. “Argentina was one of the countries called by Deputy Secretary Burns today,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters when asked if Argentina was among countries briefed about the plot. But she said she would not “go beyond” what was in the indictment charging two Iranians with plotting to kill the envoy when a reporter asked if the plot also involved plans to bomb the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Buenos Aires. “I would simply say that we do believe that there were other targets and there were follow-on notions by these plotters, but we do believe that the entire plot has now been disrupted,” Nuland said. Argentina accused current and former top Iranian officials – including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – of being behind the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association that killed 85 people. The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was also the target of an attack in 1992, in which 29 people were killed and 200 wounded. Lawmakers, meanwhile, warned that the plot in which Iran allegedly tried to enlist the help of a Mexican drug cartel member – who turned out to be a U.S. informant – showed Iran’s growing activity in Latin America. By Dialogo October 14, 2011