Ocean City’s Farmer’s Market in Full Swing

first_imgWith the Summer season upon us, the Ocean City Farmer’s Market was the place to be this Wednesday morning. A large crowd enjoyed all the various vendors. “I look forward to coming every week” said Ashley Warley of Silverware Jewelry.“We love coming to Ocean City, the Farmer’s Market is a great time” said Mike Hauke, the owner of Tony Boloney’s, who provides gourmet pizza, subs, wraps and assorted cheeses each week at the market.Mike Hauke of Tony Boloney’sThe Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday from 8am to 1pm on the Tabernacle grounds running through September 7th.last_img read more

Wet, Dreary, And Cool Weather To Start The Week

first_imgA miserable start to the week as a slow moving storm system off the Carolinas meanders up the coast. Get ready for a good deal of clouds, occasional soaking rain, chilly breezy off the ocean and tidal flooding. Unfortunately this storm is expected to linger through Wednesday morning.While some light rain or drizzle Monday morning, the steadiest rain should hold off until the afternoon. Temperatures will remain in the 50s.Computer models show the first wave of steady rain arriving Monday PM. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)A break in the rain will occur late Monday night into Tuesday morning but the onshore flow will keep us quite cool with drizzle. The next wave of rain and possibly a t’storm arrives during the day on Tuesday and it could be heavy at times.A stronger batch of rain moves in Tuesday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)With persistent onshore flow, heavy rain and a new moon approaching, tides will be going over flood stage by Tuesday PM high tide.Tidal forecasts show flooding possible later Tuesday and Wednesday. The strongest winds will occur on Tuesday (ENE 20-25mph), and as of now, only minor tidal flooding is expected.The heaviest rainfall should fall across the South Jersey shore and Central & Southern Delaware where 1″-2″ is expected.The low pressure system will still be hanging around by Wednesday. As a result, rain should linger at least through the morning hours and cloudy skies should still hang in for the remainder of the day.Computer models show rain early Wednesday as the low pressure system hangs around. (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)Warmer Temps Ahead…Conditions will start improving by Thursday as the low pressure system finally moves away. This will also begin a return to warmer weather as a ridge of high pressure dominates the East Coast.Temperatures will return into 80s inland with 60s and 70s along the coast.last_img read more

Special Olympics works to end ‘r-word’

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community will look to remove the derogatory term “retard” (“r-word”) from their vocabulary in a show of solidarity with the “Spread the Word to End the Word” international campaign today. Graduate student Jenna Newcomb, a project leader of the Notre Dame Special Olympics Club, which coordinates the event, said the project is focused on changing the way people with disabilities are perceived worldwide. “[Today] is essentially an international day of awareness,” Newcomb said. “It is a day we set aside to gauge the effect we are having across the world.” Newcomb said the campaign has gathered about 15 million pledges globally since 2011 alumnus Soeren Palumbo started the program in 2009. She said over 1,000 high schools and 200 colleges and universities are participating. Notre Dame gathers the most pledges of any university, Newcomb said. “Last year, 2,701 pledges came from Notre Dame,” she said. “Our goal this year is to beat that number, a goal we have accomplished every year.” Newcomb said the use of the word carries a negative stereotype, but students have the power to end the use of the term. “Even when used in a joking way among friends, you still evoke all of those negative implications,” she said. “As college students, we are in a position to set an example for our parents and those who will come after us.” Graduate student Molly Carey, also a project leader for the Notre Dame Special Olympics Club, said the campaign is concerned with the way the “r-word” is used by people in everyday language. She said Notre Dame students in particular have a responsibility to end such discrimination. “The mission of this University is committed to justice and serving those vulnerable in our society,” Carey said. “The Notre Dame community must be committed to that message.” Solidarity with the global community is an important aspect of the Notre Dame mission, Carey said, and the use of the “r-word” detracts from this harmony. “When you use the ‘r-word’ with friends, it suggests people with disabilities are lesser,” Carey said. “It takes away their humanity.” Best Buddies International , a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helped the Special Olympics plan the campaign. Junior Elizabeth Klinepeter, president of the Notre Dame Best Buddies chapter, said Best Buddies and the Special Olympics club collect pledges and spread awareness of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” message. “This event is really important because the ‘r-word’ has such a derogatory meaning in our society,” Klinepeter said. “It is so commonly used by everyone in our country, around the world and here on our campus. “Whether people realize it or not, the ‘r-word’ is a form of hate speech and threatens the dignity of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.” Klinepeter said if students consider the detrimental effects of using the “r-word,” they will understand the impact the word has on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. “The event promotes respect and inclusion both on campus and whenever we go out into society,” Klinepeter said. Klinepeter said if a student hears someone use the “r-word,” the student should nicely ask the user of the word to avoid saying it and explain the word’s harm. “It is so engrained in people and it is such a common word,” Klinepeter said. “It’s not promoting the kind of respect we want here on campus and in the wider world.” Interested students can pledge to end the use of the “r-word” during lunch and dinner hours at LaFortune Student Center and both dining halls or online at www.r-word.orglast_img read more

Foliage Power.

first_imgSince the Victorian era, fanciers of foliage plants have prized these durable wonders for their remarkable variety of leaf sizes, shapes, textures and colors.Foliage plants make wonderful gifts. They blend very well with traditional flowering potted plants such as African violets, Gloxinias and many others.In coordinated groupings, small foliage plants present delightful displays in dish gardens, offering an instant miniature garden.Many Plants AvailableToday, many species and cultivars of foliage plants are available. And new ones are introduced every year.Foliage plant breeders have focused their efforts on improving plants’ appearance and performance in interior environments. Each year they select plants for qualities such as repeat flowering, increased disease resistance and tolerance to low light levels and temperatures.The motto for the foliage plant breeders this year seems to have been “More color!” Indeed, some of the new plants show a spectacular display of leaf colors that are hard to pass by.A Few of the NewHere are some of the exciting, new foliage plants you should look for in the garden center. All Photos: Bodie Pennisi Aglaonema ‘Red Gold’ features green and yellow speckled leaves with very characteristic and unusual pink petioles. As with all Chinese evergreens, it can perform excellently indoors.Anthurium ‘Tropic Fire’ features bright fiery-red spathe and white spadix. This new cultivar produces a full pot of rich, medium green, shiny foliage.Calathea ‘Silver Plate’ features silver-green, glossy foliage, and long-lasting lighter pink flowers. One of the few flowering calatheas in culture.Carludovica ‘Jungle Drums’ is a new plant species for the foliage trade. It’s stemless, with rounded, fan-shaped, rich green leaves, usually cut in two parts. They resemble corrugated palm leaves but are much softer. Panama hats are traditionally made of a close relative of this plant.Chlorophytum ‘Fire Flash’ has glossy-green, lance-head-shaped leaves with distinct, parallel veins and a bright coral petiole. The coral veins and petioles make a strong contrast with the leaves, while the small flowers are white in a dense, cylindric panicle partly hidden in the foliage. This plant is a close relative of the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) but has much larger leaves.Dracaena ‘Rikki’ has foliage that produces graceful arcs of deep green, glossy leaves, with highlighted yellow bands in the center running the length of the leaf. It is a wonderful companion to all other dracaenas and does a credit to this genus of old favorites.Homalomena ‘Purple Sword’ has spectacularly colored dark green and silver-marked leaves with contrasting dark purple on the undersides.Polypodium ‘Green Wave’ has distinctive upright, dark green fronds. This new tropical fern grows as vigorously as a Boston fern.Spathiphyllum ‘Hi Ho Silver’ is a variant of “Ceres,” the European variety that blooms with a symmetrical shape. The leaf veins are lighter, compared to the rest of the lamina, giving the leaf a unique look of a subtle white web on a green background. This beautiful new cultivar resembles a gray-green Aglaonema.Syngonium podophyllum ‘Neon’ has bright, new hot-pink foliage. This small plant branches freely and is perfect in large assortments or dish gardens.last_img read more

For Moscow’s quarantined, 100,000 cameras are watching

first_img‘Big Brother’ “Due to stronger data protection laws in Europe, facial recognition has not yet been implemented on a large scale. Russian and Chinese companies have had less legal constraints to gather and use data than their European counterparts,” Weber told AFP.Before the coronavirus pandemic, critics warned of the potential for excessive state surveillance reminiscent of the all-seeing “Big Brother” in George Orwell’s novel “1984”.The fear was that rather than protecting the general public, the cameras would be used to monitor Kremlin opponents and undermine civil liberties. “The security argument is the one always used to justify loss of privacy and personal liberty. That’s where the greatest problem and the greatest danger lie,” said French cybersecurity researcher and renowned hacker Baptiste Robert.The technology’s creator Minin says that he has confidence in the Moscow authorities and insists that personal data like passport details and phone numbers is not stored on the same databases as camera images.He says the data sets can only be matched by law enforcement if deemed strictly necessary.But opponents see such technology as threatening, given the Soviet history of mass surveillance of those deemed by the KGB secret police to be state enemies.Vocal rights activist and lawyer Alyona Popova launched legal action against the use of facial recognition at an officially authorized opposition protest in September last year.She said cameras were attached to metal detectors that every participant had to pass through. “The massive use of facial recognition technology amounts to state surveillance of its citizens and the state will certainly use it against political opponents,” she told AFP.Her complaint was eventually thrown out, but an online petition she launched on Change.org against the technology’s use gained almost 75,000 signatures before the COVID-19 crisis. The mayor’s office denies the technology is used to monitor the opposition.Yet to highlight the issue, four activists in February protested outside the presidential administration offices, their faces brightly painted with geometrical shapes and lines said to confuse cameras.A similar protest took place in London.”There have already been cases of political activists who were detained in the metro after being identified with the help of cameras,” said one of the protesters, artist Katrin Nenasheva. Four of the activists were later fined 15,000 rubles ($185) after being charged with organizing an unsanctioned protest.NtechLab chief Minin warned that face painting or covering up ultimately won’t help those wanting to avoid being identified.”We can work even when up to 40 percent of the face is covered by a helmet or medical mask,” he said. A vast and contentious network of facial recognition cameras keeping watch over Moscow is now playing a key role in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Russia.The city rolled out the technology just before the epidemic reached Russia, ignoring protests and legal complaints over sophisticated state surveillance.Since last month, thousands of Muscovites have been confined to their homes for 14 days of compulsory quarantine after returning from virus-hit countries, being in contact with those infected or diagnosed with mild symptoms. Police have logged their details and warned them that sneaking out into the city of 16 million residents and daily visitors could lead to a five-year jail term or deportation for foreigners.”We are constantly checking that this regulation is being observed, including through the use of automated facial recognition systems,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog in February.The Russian capital already had a tight network of 170,000 security cameras, set up in streets and metro stations throughout the city over the past decade.Around 100,000 have now been linked to artificial intelligence systems that can identify people being filmed. The remaining cameras are due to be connected soon. 600 neighbors Moscow City Hall has boasted that the network of cameras is a particularly effective tool.Sobyanin has said that the authorities have contacts and work addresses for 95 percent of those quarantined after returning from high-risk countries.”We’ve identified where they are,” said the mayor, who heads a working group on combatting the virus set up by Putin.Last month on his blog he praised the efficiency of the facial recognition system with a story of a Chinese woman who tested positive soon after arrival and was hospitalized.Her flatmate was quarantined but security cameras filmed her walking outside and meeting a male friend.The mayor added that the authorities swiftly gathered contacts of more than 600 of the woman’s neighbors and even her taxi driver from the airport. Facial recognition technology was first tested during the 2018 World Cup in Russia before going fully online in January, just before the pandemic hit.”The probability of a mistake by our facial recognition algorithm is 1 in 15 million,” said Alexander Minin, CEO of NtechLab, the company that won the city’s tender to supply the technology.The firm’s devices, which have been exported to China and Latin America, can identify someone from their silhouette alone “80 percent of the time,” he told AFP at the start of the year.Russia alongside China lead the field globally with the most sophisticated technology, which they export to some 100 countries, Valentin Weber, a researcher in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford, wrote in a 2019 paper.center_img Topics : Moscow police said last week that the cameras that are linked have allowed them to identify almost 200 people who broke quarantine rules. As well as the cameras, Russia has said it is drawing on an array of technology to fight the virus, including telemedicine consultations, the real-time monitoring of supermarket shelves and identifying and removing false news stories from social media.President Vladimir Putin last week toured a hi-tech center set up to monitor the virus situation and Russia’s response.The country, as of Monday, had reported 438 coronavirus infections, most of them in Moscow. One person who was infected has died but officials are not linking the death to the virus.last_img read more

China delays renewing credentials for journalists at US outlets

first_imgBeijing has held off renewing the expiring press credentials of journalists at US media outlets including Bloomberg, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, the news organizations reported, amid a tussle with Washington over journalist visas.The move comes as Chinese journalists in the United States wait for their lapsed work visas to be renewed. The Chinese journalists have been allowed to stay in the United States during a 90-day grace period that expires in early November, according to people familiar with the matter.The Wall Street Journal’s Jeremy Page, who is British, as well as American CNN reporter David Culver and two non-American Bloomberg journalists were issued letters allowing them to continue working in China with their expired press credentials for about two months, the outlets reported respectively. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday on Twitter that “we would be glad to continue our excellent cooperation with the US journalists here if Chinese journalists are treated fairly in the US””#CNN journalist and a few other US journalists’ visa extension applications are being processed, during which they can continue to live and work here with no problems at all”, she added.Visas allowing foreign journalists to live in China are linked to their press credentials.A CNN spokeswoman confirmed that one of its Beijing-based journalists was recently issued a visa valid for two months. Topics :center_img “However, our presence on the ground in China remains unchanged, and we are continuing to work with local authorities to ensure that continues,” she said.Journalist visas in China typically last for one year.A Bloomberg spokeswoman declined to comment. A spokesperson for Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said that at least five journalists at four US news organizations had been affected, and that the foreign ministry had indicated that the letters issued instead of press cards could be revoked at any time.”These coercive practices have again turned accredited foreign journalists in China into pawns in a wider diplomatic conflict,” it said.”The FCCC calls on the Chinese government to halt this cycle of tit-for-tat reprisals in what is quickly becoming the darkest year yet for media freedoms,” it said in a statement.Beijing and Washington, whose relations have deteriorated sharply over a range of issues, have exchanged several tit-for-tat actions involving journalists.In March, the United States slashed the number of Chinese nationals allowed to work at the US offices of major Chinese state-owned media to 100 from 160.China then expelled about a dozen American journalists working for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.China has accused the United States of holding visa extensions for Chinese journalists “hostage” while it demands that the previously expelled journalists from the three US newspapers be allowed to return to China. last_img read more

Fulham 0-3 Arsenal FT: Frenchman nets first EPL goal of 2020-21

first_img Loading… Four minutes after the restart, Arsenal  new signing Gabriel, outmuscled Hector to send the ball home off what appeared to be his shoulder rather than head. Fulham vs Arsenal  saw the away side get their season up and running as Lazacette handed the Gunners an early lead in the first 45 minutes against newly-promoted side Fulham at Craven Cottage. Mikel Arteta’s side will be hopeful of a positive start to their campaign after finishing the last one so strongly and winning the FA Cup. The Gunners have added the likes of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes to the squad as the aim for a return to Champions League football.center_img Read Also: Messi releases limited edition Budweiser beer And on the 57th minute mark,   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the third off a Willian assist to see the Gunners take charge of the proceedings. It is now Fulham 0-3 Arsenal as the encounter is proving to be tough first game for Scott Parker’s side in their first game back in the top flight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universelast_img read more

GCF’s national championships to pedal off on Saturday

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) National Road Race and Individual Time Trial will pedal off on Saturday on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway beginning at 09:30hrs from Hararuni Creek and ending at Long Creek, a distance of eight miles.The event will begin with the individual time trial for each category of cyclists and continues the next day (Sunday)with the road race for juniors, juveniles, ladies and veterans.The junior and veteran cyclists will contest a distance of 70 miles and they will pedal off from outside the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) office on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, at 08:00hrs and the cyclists will proceed to Camp Wesleyana, Linden/Soesdyke Highway before returning to the place of origin for the finish.The juveniles and ladies will cover a distance of 53 miles after moving off from the NSC office and travelling to Bottle Neck, Timehri, before turning back to finish on Homestretch Avenue.One week later (Sunday June 25), the seniors will cover a distance of 103.4 miles, beginning at Homestretch Avenue, proceeding to Camp Sewayo, Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back to Homestretch Avenue for the finish.Up to press time, it has not been confirmed if defending champion, Geron Williams, will be a part of this year’s championships as he is currently in the United States training and competing along with most of Guyana’s top wheelsmen, including Raynauth Jeffrey, Andrew Hicks, jamal John, Scott savory and Orville Hinds.Transportation for cyclists and officials for Saturday’s time trial will be provided by the GCF and the bus will leave the NSC’s office on Homestretch Avenue at 08:00hrs on Saturday.The GCF has also indicated that juniors and veterans will be allowed to participate in the senior road race.last_img read more

3rd quarter spurt keys No. 18 Syracuse’s win over No. 20 Texas A&M

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2018 at 10:54 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 WHITE PLAINS — In Syracuse’s halftime locker room, head coach Quentin Hillsman drew a “3,” Chennedy Carter’s number, on the board at the front of the room and circled it.Carter, Texas A&M’s reigning National Freshman of the Year, scored 15 points against Syracuse in the first half on Wednesday. The Aggies took a one-point lead into the break.“She was gonna get 35 or 40 points and beat us if we didn’t control the game,” Hillsman said. “… She can win a game by herself, so I was more concerned about that more than anything else.”That concern, and ensuing extra focus, paid off.No. 18 Syracuse (2-1) scored the first 13 points of the second half en route to a 75-65 win over No. 20 Texas A&M (2-1). The Orange won the third quarter by 14 points, and held Carter to three points in the second half. After a late comeback spurt by the Aggies, that third quarter proved to be the decisive blow in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We really wanted to concentrate on closing out short and protecting the paint,” Hillsman said. “… We did a good job in the second half of shrinking the floor.”SU wanted to make Carter work on the defensive end in an effort to slow her offense, Hillsman said. And on the Orange’s first second-half possession, Tiana Mangakahia dribbled right with Carter on her, then crossed back to the left and tried to get to the lane. Carter blocked her, a foul early in the half, and exactly what Hillsman wanted.Moments later, Mangakahia squared up from the top of the key and swished a 3. It put the Orange ahead by two, and from that point, Syracuse didn’t trail again.“I just do what the defense gives me,” Mangakahia said. “So if they’re sagging off, I’ll shoot the 3. If they’re up in my grill, I’ll take it.”Then, it was Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi joining the offense. She caught a pass on the right block, back to the basket and pivoted into the lane. Rising up with two hands, she put the ball off the glass. It took a small bounce on the back rim and went in. The whistle blew for an and-1. Djaldi-Tabdi missed the free throw but had stretched the Orange lead. The redshirt freshman finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Aggies were still scoreless in the half when Djaldi-Tabdi went to down screen for Miranda Drummond a few possessions later. Popping to the top of the key and receiving a pass from Gabrielle Cooper, SU’s leading 3-point shooter from a year ago drained it.Immediately down at the other end, Drummond stole a pass intended for the corner and pushed the floor. She found a cutting Mangakahia, who bounced off contact in the lane and scooped it off the glass with her right hand. The whistle blew, Mangakahia pumped her fist, and the Aggies used a timeout. She made the free throw out of the break, giving the Orange an 11-0 run. Then she gathered an offensive rebound and scored to make it a 13-0 run moments later.“The fact that she pushed the ball helped us run more and push, too,” Djaldi-Tabdi said of Mangakahia.Syracuse didn’t shutout the Aggies in the third, but the Orange kept pushing. Mangakahia led the way with 10 in the frame, including the final bucket when she caught a Djaldi-Tabdi kickout and brought it back to the rim to finish with her right hand again.Mangakahia answered the call at the other end, too, helping the top of the SU 2-3 zone limit Carter in the third. The sophomore missed a 3 from the top, missed a running shot on the right side of the basket, and missed a right-wing 3. Her only points in the quarter came on the second of two free throws midway through the third.“Halftime wasn’t really the result we wanted,” Mangakahia said. “… We adjusted to (Carter) and we came out a little bit more aggressive, and our defense was better when we were guarding her.”The Aggies got within six points in the fourth behind an intense full-court press. But Syracuse had done enough in the third quarter to keep it from getting any closer.Hillsman said that, before the game, he told the Orange it was a must-win. At halftime, he implored them to shut down Carter. SU’s response to the second instruction helped the Orange deliver on the first.“You have to tell them that you expect them to win,” Hillsman said. “… It’s a big win, that’s all I can say.”center_img Commentslast_img read more