Juneteenth Gala Honors Black Community


first_imgBy Maddy VitaleReflections, honor, legacy and family, those were the words to describe the third annual Juneteenth celebration in Ocean City for what the day means to the community and to the country.On June 19, 1865, enslaved Africans in Texas learned of their freedom, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a day that has been celebrated since then, according to the Ocean City Juneteenth Organization.On Saturday, residents poured into the cafeteria at the Ocean City High School to celebrate the historical and cultural legacy of Ocean City’s black community. Organizers Brittany Battle, Josh Baker and Takiya Wilson, who grew up in Ocean City and are longtime friends, along with volunteers, work intensely to put on the event each year.Every year, the event grows bigger and bigger, they noted. “The turnout is amazing,” Battle said. “The best thing is to see the fellowship. I am so pleased to see all of the happiness and joy in this room.”Baker said that the key is to spread awareness of the importance of the black community in Ocean City.Juneteenth celebration organizers from left, Takiya Wilson, Brittany Battle and Josh Baker.As part of the festivities, residents were honored for their work in the community and for being a part of the rich history and legacy of African Americans in the resort. Those selected made various contributions to the community, including Mary Jane Granger, Philanthropic Leadership Award; Charlene Hemphill, Memorial Award; Daniel Lee Henry, Community Leadership Award; the late Bernice McClellan, Family Values Award; Tommy and Mary Miles, Business Leadership Award; Richard Tolson, Community Ally Award; and Reverend John T. Winters, Spiritual Leadership Award.Sharon Miles, an Ocean City native, is the daughter of two of the recipients, Tommy and Mary Miles.“My parents gave so much to the community,” Miles pointed out. “They instilled in us the importance of giving back and putting God first.”In addition to the residents recognized, there was a special award presented to Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan for his part in making the city’s Juneteenth celebration possible.It was a surprise honor bestowed on him.Baker said McClellan is around for the Juneteenth organization members “Twenty-four hours a day offering support and encouragement.”Baker added that McClellan is instrumental in ensuring that there is funding for Juneteenth by securing grants. The first year’s celebration was paid for by Baker.McClellan told the audience that he was humbled by the honor and hopes to continue to help the black community in furthering awareness of its important history in the city.“Thank you very much. I love you,” he told the crowd to applause.Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan displays his award.Earlier, McClellan remarked that the event gets bigger and bigger and that Battle, Baker and Wilson are tireless in their efforts to help keep the history alive. The event featured live music from BF Sounds. Minority small business owners showcased their wares at vendor tables. Video clips of Ocean City and some of the honorees and their families were shown. There was also a Juneteenth scholarship fund ceremony called the Daniel Lee Henry Scholarship Award. Charlene Baker, Di’Avian Blackmon, Tori Rolls, Alencia Yeoman and Antonio Yeoman were the recipients.In addition to giving scholarships to the youth, the Juneteenth organization also made a donation to the Cape May County Coalition Against Rape and Abuse. There were several dignitaries and officials present, including Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, members of City Council, Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and Sheriff Bob Nolan.Ocean City Councilman Bob Barr in foreground with family and award recipients.Gillian said the event is an important part of the community.“An event like this is like a high school reunion,” Gillian said in an interview. “It brings families back together. I love the generational aspects. The committee really worked tirelessly to make this possible.” The mayor joked that he hopes McClellan, who is running for state Assembly, loses because he is such an important part of City Council. Hayes said that she didn’t know much about Juneteenth until recently, thanks to the work of the event organizers.She told the crowd that the event is about, “God, family and community.”Hayes said of the Juneteenth celebration, “This needs to continue on forever.”The audience listens to speakers during the Juneteenth celebration. Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and Sheriff Bob Nolan present proclamations to Ocean City’s Juneteenth celebration award recipients.last_img read more

Bank of England upbeat on UK recovery after vaccine rollout


first_imgLONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has kept its key interest rates unchanged amid rising optimism over the British economy’s near-term prospects in the wake of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines. The U.K.’s rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines has improved the economic outlook and lowered expectations of another move imminently. The bank’s rate-setting committee said the economy is “projected to recover rapidly towards pre-COVID levels over 2021, as the vaccination programme is assumed to lead to an easing of COVID-related restrictions and people’s health concerns.” That reduces the need for more stimulus policies from the Bank of England in the short term.last_img read more

Leaders to receive degrees


first_imgTwo prominent Catholic leaders will receive honorary doctor of law degrees from Notre Dame at the University’s winter Board of Trustees meeting in Rome on Jan. 27, a University press release stated.Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and the only female to lead a major Catholic lay movement, will be honored during the academic convocation at Notre Dame’s new center in Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood, the release stated.“Though their energy and good works, our honorees personify the fact that God’s love knows no barriers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release.Tauran, a native of Bordeaux, France, became a priest in 1969 and went on to work in the Vatican’s diplomatic service in the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Haiti, Beirut and Damascus, the release stated. After Pope John Paul II elevated him to a cardinal in 2003, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed him president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 2007.Tauran voted in the 2005 and 2013 papal conclaves, and he was the speaker who made the formal “Habemus Papam” announcement of Pope Francis’s election to St. Peter’s Square on March 13, 2013, according to the release.Voce, a native of southern Italy, began to lead the Focolare Movement in 2008, which promotes unity and universal brotherhood in 182 nations, the release stated. She was the first woman to practice law in Rome’s modern judicial system and is a consultor for the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for Promoting the New Evangelization.While in Rome, Jenkins and other University officials will meet with Vatican leaders in papal congregational offices and pontifical councils related to Notre Dame’s mission as a leader in Catholic higher education, the release stated. The Board of Trustees will also conduct its regular business meetings in Rome.Tags: Honorary degrees, Romelast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 14, 2018


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No changes this morning. Sunny, dry and warming through the weekend into early next week. We continue to keep the state precipitation free all the way through at least Monday, and parts of the state can stay dry longer. Eastern and southern parts of Ohio need to monitor the track of Florence closely, as that will be the limiting factor to a longer dry pattern  in those areas. In the meantime, we see excellent dry down potential with low relative humidity values and maximum evaporation rates.Florence has been slowly moving over the past few hours, working into North and South Carolina. She likely drifts a bit farther south before heading west and then eventually curving north. We are keeping a chance of scattered showers in over southern and eastern Ohio next Tuesday and early Wednesday. We are keeping coverage at 40% of the state and continue to think that clouds will likely be seen in many more areas of the state. That should cap warmth a bit more next Tuesday. The exact track of Florence’s remains will start to shape up over the weekend, and we will keep watching where she looks to be headed during that time.  AT right we have an updated map of potential precipitation here through Wednesday morning (before our next front’s arrival). However, this precipitation outlook is heavily predicated on Florence’s track not moving much past the Appalachians. If she does this weekend, we may be putting out a different look come Monday morning.We are keeping an arrival time for our next front of later next Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. However, this little feature is falling apart. Rain potential has looked minor for a few days, but now looks almost non-existent. Just because we are slow to give up on it, and the front is still there, we will keep rain totals at a few hundredths to a tenth or two, but we are pulling coverage back even farther, to now no more than 25% of Ohio. Its just not a major story…and we are back to dry weather for Thursday and Friday.A stronger, more organized frontal boundary moves in for overnight next Friday night into early Saturday. Rain totals can be up to .75” but will only be that high where there are thunderstorms. AT this point, we think the best threat of that will be in north central and west central parts of Ohio. The rest of the state just sees scattered showers, and the moisture fall apart Saturday morning as the front moves south and east. Coverage will be at 60% or less. We wont completely rule out a few scattered showers coming off of Lake Erie through the morning and midday hours next Sunday…but they do not have enough strength or momentum to really become a big story for the rest of the state. There is another front around the 25th as we kick off the extended forecast window. That front looks very similar to next Friday night and Saturday. However, the bigger story likely is the cooler, drier Canadian high pressure that comes in behind those fronts. We can see this air mass pooling over the prairies, just waiting for the invite to move south and east…those two fronts combined may do just that.Temps will be easily well above normal through the weekend and the first half of next week. The second half we have temps back closer to normal, and then for the extended period, we expect a move to normal and below normal levels, just in time to flip the calendar to October.last_img read more

Community Spotlight: How a geocacher reached wellness goals


first_img SharePrint Related5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community”A geocachers journey to mental healthMay 24, 2019In “Community”Announcing the May Featured Geocacher of the MonthJune 24, 2012In “Community” Meet Sheila Withrow aka Cazador66. After serving as the Manager of the Public Health Protection Program for the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada for 25 years, she has recently retired and relocated to the southern Okanagan region, where the climate is milder and allows for plenty of outdoor activities, such as geocaching. Geocaching has helped Sheila embrace an active lifestyle and reach her wellness goals so we chatted with her to learn more about how geocaching renewed her motivations to reach her health goals.In Sheila’s own words: I’m fortunate to live in an area where within 10 minutes from home, I am surrounded by Nature Trust preservation land and can really get away from it all. I love anything outdoors, especially activity related: hiking, biking, paddleboarding, boating, camping, golfing, gardening, and of course, geocaching.HQ: How and when did you get introduced to geocaching?A coworker said to me one day, “You like walking and hiking with your dogs, have you ever tried geocaching?” I had never heard of it. After a brief explanation and a look at the website, I programmed the GPS we had at work and off I went. I was hooked from day one!HQ: What is your favorite part?I can’t say which is my favorite part, as I pretty much enjoy it all! I love that geocaching is world wide. Before we travel anywhere, whether it is an international vacation or a nearby camping trip, I make sure I’ve loaded my GPS with the caches I might encounter. Getting a souvenir from a new country still excites me. I also really enjoy hiding caches and reading each and every email I get from cachers who find my hides.HQ: Do you have a favorite cache or cache type?  My favorite caches are the ones that take me to locations that I would never have found otherwise and generally involve a hike to reach them. I have enjoyed some spectacular waterfalls, awesome geological formations, and amazing high mountain vistas thanks to geocaching. Reading the description and other cacher logs help me find these one-of-a-kind spots.HQ: What keeps you coming back?  I’m addicted! Geocaching is a healthy drug. The more geocaches I find, especially creative ones, the more it inspires me to come up with some unique hides of my own. For example, I created a Mystery Cache which requires the geocacher to put on their water shoes and wade out to an island to reach the cache after solving the puzzle!HQ: How has geocaching impacted your life?I have started to use geocaching as my workout program and this has had a positive impact on my overall well-being. I have a big, young bloodhound dog that needs lots of exercise, so combining his walk and mine with geocaching is the perfect solution. For me, geocaching is not about numbers; I don’t really like park and grabs. I go for caches that will get my heart pumping and blood flowing. It is also our “ me” time. The two of us out hiking, in the bush, rejuvenates our spirit and clears the mind which I now refer to as Forest Therapy.HQ: How have you combined your health goals with geocaching?The year I turned 49, I was determined to get fit! Fit for 50! Then I turned 51, then 52, and nothing had changed. I was creeping up towards my highest weight ever when a friend of mine (who is 70 and really fit) said the simplest thing that resonated for me and got me motivated: “If you just keep active and eat sensibly and healthy, you will never get fat.” Not rocket science and not anything I didn’t already know, but sometimes you need a reminder to stop procrastinating. I stopped letting the dog pull me on the bicycle for his run, and started walking with him daily. I used a fitness app to help reduce my calorie intake and made a few tweaks to my already pretty healthy diet. In six months, I have lost over 25 pounds and have achieved my goal weight. So even in winter when we can’t really geocache, we get out daily for some Forest Therapy and look for locations that might make a great hiding spot for new caches.HQ: How did you decide you want to find caches that haven’t been logged in a while? Looking at the geocaching map close to my home location, the closest geocaches left for me to find are ones that involve a pretty significant hike, around 3-4 hours. They also get logged only about once a year or less. They have been on my radar for a while and this year, I plan to obtain those smileys!HQ: What are you most looking forward to in geocaching this year? I have populated my home town with many geocaches, as there were very few here when I relocated. This year I want to revisit them all and upgrade some of them to make them unique, memorable, and potentially Favorite-point-worthy, quality caches. HQ: If someone reading this was looking for inspiration to get started on their own wellness journey, what words of advice would you share?It’s all about mindset. Believe you can do it, and you can. If you want to make a change, start with small changes and build from there. If you haven’t been physically active, start with short walks and keep increasing your time and distance. Fuel your body with wholesome, nutritious foods. Set realistic, achievable goals for yourself and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed at first. Try again tomorrow because life is too short to waste. Put away the electronics, and enjoy some nature and geocaching instead!Geocaching in the Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaHiking and caching on Giant’s Head Mountain in Summerland, BC, CanadaRecently geocaching by Okanagan Lake, near Summerland, BC, CanadaShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro now priced at Rs 29,900 following another price cut


first_imgAfter slashing the price of the Galaxy C9 Pro back in June, Samsung has once again dropped the price of the smartphone, bringing the price down to Rs 29,900 from its initial launch price of Rs 36,900. The Galaxy C9 Pro, which highlights a 6-inch display, metal unibody design, and 16-megapixel front and rear cameras, can now be found at its new pricing on via Samsung’s own online store and other e-commerce platforms.The news of the price drop comes via Mahesh Telecom, and this is notably the second time Samsung has cut the price of the Galaxy C9 Pro since its launch in January. This is not a surprising move considering the company would like to attract more consumers towards the smartphone which is about a year old now. The handset was initially launched in China around the same time last year.The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is a dual Nano SIM smartphone that features a large 6-inch FHD (1080×1920) display and is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. You get an internal storage option of 64GB that is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.The smartphone sports a 16-megapixel camera on the front and back both with f/1.9 aperture. The Galaxy C9 Pro can record FHD videos @30fps and in our review we found the cameras to take decent enough pictures, but couldn’t really compete with the likes of the OnePlus 3t, the ZenFone 3, the iPhone 6S at the time. However, the smartphone has a good overall performance, a bright and colourful display and we were impressed with its 4000mAh battery capacity.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro review: The big friendly giantConnectivity options with the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include support for USB Type-C, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other things. The handset measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs 188 grams.last_img read more

a month agoEx-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town manager


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.” last_img read more