Mayor’s Update July 7

first_imgDear Friends,I’m happy to announce that the Army Corps of Engineers will return to Ocean City this fall to rebuild our north end beaches. The project comes at no cost to the city. The multimillion-dollar replenishment work will be completed a year ahead of schedule and will be funded entirely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (based on damage from the nor’easter Jonas in January 2016). The project will restore beaches from Seaspray Road to 14th Street.The Army Corps is expected to approve a contract for the work by the end of August. The exact project schedule will be available once the successful bidder is determined, but the project must be finished at the latest by March 2018. Ocean City’s south end also remains on schedule for a renourishment project sometime in late 2018 or early 2019.The city recently acquired an easement for beach property near North Street that represented the last obstacle for an uninterrupted protective dune system the length of our oceanfront. I’d like to thank the Army Corps and the state Department of Environmental Protection for their continued cooperation and partnership in protecting coastal properties in Ocean City and other shore towns.The weekend forecast looks good, and the beaches, boardwalk and streets will be very busy. I ask again that all pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers be patient and follow the rules of the road. As you all know, drinking alcohol in public or on the beach is against the law in Ocean City. I want to remind you that this ordinance will be strictly enforced.Tickets are still available for the Ocean City Pops’ Broadway Salute at 8 p.m. Sunday and the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes concert at 7 p.m. Monday. Both shows are on the Ocean City Music Pier, and tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office or at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. Tickets for Monday’s concert are also available at ticketmaster.com .Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

NIGHTLOCK Original door brace can stand up to serious force » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – When you install the NIGHTLOCK Original door brace in your home, you’ll feel much safer. That’s because this door barricade can handle a ton of force—so no one unwanted will get in. Door frames and wood trim can shatter if your door is kicked in. And deadbolts and chains can’t always stand up to a break-in. But this home-security device truly protects your entryway doors. Easy to install, this gadget works with doors that have a half-inch clearance, and no more than two inches, between the bottom of the door and the floor. Simply use the two-inch-long screws and plastic anchors to mount it on tile, marble, or concrete. Incredibly strong, this product is made of solid, extruded 6000 series structural aluminum. And this door brace comes in Bright Brass, Brushed Nickel, or Dark Bronze finishes for a stylish look in your home.last_img read more

Townsville rental listings rise by more than 30 per cent

first_imgTOWNSVILLE’S home buyers’ market may be on the up but it’s a different story all together for rentals. New Core Logic figures show Townsville rental listings have jumped by 32.8 per cent between January 2016 and January 2017.It is the largest rise in rental advertising recorded across all council areas in Queensland and the third highest nationally.According to Core Logic, rental listings averaged 5860 in January 2016 and rose to an average of 7785 in January this year.Median asking rent has also dropped from $340 to $320 for houses and from $300 to $280 for units.While an oversupply of stock, due to the city’s economic hardship, has been ongoing issue for the past year, Ray White Principal Errol Munro said it wasn’t an impossible task to get properties leased.“Personally I’m finding that the rental market is quite busy (as) there are a lot of people looking for change or want to mix it up,” he said.“But we also make a point of working with tenants and the hours that suit them to inspect a property whereas I find that some agencies have set times and that’s it. There’s no flexibility.“But the main aspect of getting a property rented is making sure it’s well presented with a good marketing campaign, including professional photos taken and landlords that are realistic about the current market and rental rates.”While agents predict some improvement across the rental market in the months to come, agent John Gribbin said what Townsville market really needed was jobs.“I do think the market will improve but what we really need is jobs. That’s what’s been affecting our rental market,” Mr Gribbin said.“They say that around 750 jobs will be created with the stadium and that will bring new blood to the city which will have a positive impact on the city.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The same goes for Adani which would be marvellous for the city if that got off the ground.“But so far there’s only been a lot of talk. What we really need is for things to start happening.”For those investors struggling to get their properties leased, Mr Griffin said home improvements were a must.“While we are seeing some improvements, it’s very much a tenant market,” he said.“The basic situation is, we’re renting properties as long as landlords recognise that there has been a drop in rent.“Now is also a time where landlords need to make sure that their properties reflect the current market environment. In other words, they need to update their property where possible as otherwise they will rent for a lower value.”last_img read more

Ramos will surely end his career in Madrid – Perez

first_img Read Also: Messi: Real Madrid deserved La Liga title “We have trained well and we have had the mentality to return with the desire to win this title,” he added. “The strength we had has been seen by everyone. It will go down in Madrid’s history.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “Ramos will surely end his career at Madrid,” Perez told Movistar. Florentino Perez is sure Sergio Ramos will end his career at Real Madrid after leading them to their 34th La Liga title on Thursday. Los Blancos’ 2-1 victory over Villarreal secured their first league title since 2016-17 as they brought great rivals Barcelona’s grip on the trophy to a close. Ramos was influential throughout the campaign, scoring five times in the previous 10 La Liga games, to collect a fifth title-winners’ medal of his illustrious Real Madrid career. The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and said he would like to finish his career with Madrid, though admitted it was dependent on what Perez wanted. Ramos had been linked with a departure in 2019, with rumours circulating he could head to China, although he has since recommitted his future to Real Madrid. The club president is also keen for Ramos to end his playing days in the famous white shirt, saying that he fully expects him to stay on with the club going forward. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical “Although there is talk of that, it will not change, everyone is calm. He is more than a captain. He has led the team with enormous leadership.” Perez also hailed coach Zinedine Zidane for bringing the title back to the Spanish capital. Zidane won La Liga and three successive Champions Leagues in his first stint as boss and only returned in March last year after answering an SOS from Perez. Though Madrid have not always been as thrilling to watch as in recent seasons, Perez knows the importance of the Frenchman. “He has won a title every 19 games,” he said. “It is a blessing from heaven and that he is with us for a long time. “They criticise him for what they want. We will continue to win titles.” Madrid have been relentless since the restart following the coronavirus-enforced break, winning all 10 of their matches, and Perez has been impressed by the team’s consistency.last_img read more

Other Sports Kidambi Srikanth knocked out of Indonesia Masters Badminton, loses to Jonatan Christie

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth’s journey in the Indonesia Masters Badminton ended on a heartbreaking note as he suffered a 18-21,19-21 loss to local favourite Jonatan Christie in the quarterfinal on Thursday. With this loss, India’s presence in the male section of the tournament has ended. However, there was better news in the women’s section as Saina Nehwal entered the semi-final with a win over Pornpawee Chochuwong in a match that lasted just 33 minutes. Saina, seeded eighth in the tournament, needed just 33 minutes to tame her opponent 21-7 21-18 in the women’s singles quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Chen Xiaoxin and He Bingjiao, both of China. Later in the day, PV Sindhu will square off against Carolina Marin in what promises to be a blockbuster encounter.Both Srikanth and Christie started off on a confident note as they were level at 4-4. However, Christie won five consecutive points to race away to a 9-4 lead as Srikanth made some unforced errors. However, Srikanth bounced back in style, winning four consecutive points and at 15-15, it was anybody’s game. Srikanth turned the game around and took an 18-16 lead and looked good to close the game out. However, Christie capitalised on some sluggish play from the Indian shuttler and again won five consecutive points to secure the game 21-18. In the second game, Christie started off in fine fashion as he won six consecutive points to build the momentum of winning the first game. Srikanth tried to fight back but Christie ensured there was a four-point gap. With the game slipping away, the Indian shuttler decided to raise his level. Srikanth won four consecutive points and at 14-14, the Indian had a realistic chance to claw back into the contest. Both players kept up the momentum and at 19-19, a single error could have proven to be costly.However, Christie held his nerve and served out the match in style as he won the game 21-19 to break Indian hearts. Although the men’s challenge has ended, the women’s section has kept the flame burning and with Saina already in the semi-final, the onus will be on Sindhu to ensure she gets the better of Marin, who had defeated her in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Indonesia Masters.Saina Nehwal entered the semi-final.PV Sindhu will be hoping to get the better of Carolina Marin.last_img read more

Top safety plan for World Cup

first_imgNew SAPS vehicles were paraded in Sandton toshow that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more

South African market hungry for the Joule

first_imgJoules will go on sale in 2013.(Image: Optimal Energy)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jaco van LoggerenbergMedia LiaisonOptimal Energy+27 21 462 7804 or +27 82 903 7947RELATED ARTICLES• Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• Electrifying SA’s motor industry• VW SA wins multibillion contractBongani NkosiThe South African market looks ready to buy into the Joule, the country’s first stylish electric car.Although it will only be mass-produced late in 2012 and go on sale in 2013, there’s already a considerable demand for it, said Jaco van Loggerenberg, spokesperson for the car’s developer, Optimal Energy.“Demand in South Africa is there and it will grow,” he said. “We get phone calls from customers everyday, people are asking where they can buy the Joule.”The South African Department of Science and Technology and state-owned Industrial Development Corporation have invested heavily in Optimal Energy to get the project off the ground.Optimal Energy is a private South African company based in Cape Town.South Africa is proving to be one of the markets willing to embrace eco-friendly electrical cars, according to Van Loggerenberg. “You can see that readiness in many countries is growing. You see a level of readiness even in South Africa.”Most potential buyers have indicated they are concerned about conventional vehicles’ impact on the environment. “People want the electric car because it has fewer emissions,” said Van Loggerenberg.Export plans The outlook is that Joule sales will surge in the UK and other European countries, where there’s already strong demand for electric vehicles.Optimal Energy is planning to produce between 30 000 and 50 000 Joule units per year from 2013. “A lot of these cars would go to Europe, looking at the readiness of those countries,” Van Loggerenberg said.“The South African market is important to us,” he added, “we’ll sell many cars in South Africa, as much as the market can absorb”.Optimal Energy is hoping that the South African government will give incentives to electric car buyers, as is already done in countries like UK, the US, Japan, France and Spain.Chic, high-speed vehicleThe Joule, launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, is a trendy four-wheel vehicle with a top speed of 135km/h, enabling it to drive on highways. The five-seater zero carbon-emission car is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, if charged overnight, could last for about 300km.But experts say the Joule is more suitable for urban motorists, who drive about 150km a day.The batteries are currently produced by South Korea’s Energy Innovation Group, but there are plans to manufacture them in South Africa closer to production time, Van Loggerenberg said.The Joule also has an additional solar panel fitted on its rooftop to power accessories like the air-conditioner and electric windows.The vehicle, designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, a former top designer at Jaguar, will sell for between R235 000 and R285 000 (US$31 000 and $37 700).Creating jobsAll Joule cars will be manufactured in South Africa, with the production plant certain to be set up in Port Elizabeth or East London in the Eastern Cape province.The project is expected to create between 8 000 and 10 000 jobs for locals, “which will be of great benefit to South Africa”, Van Loggerenberg said.A limited number of Joule cars will be released onto the South African market later in 2010 to test the public’s interest. “We want to gauge feedback from customers and the media,” said Van Loggerenberg.last_img read more

On this day 50 years ago: Mandela arrives at Robben Island

first_imgMandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)• Robben Island revisited digitally • Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • The Rivonia Trialists today • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneySulaiman Philip“The names of those who were incarcerated on Robben Island is a roll call of resistance fighters and democrats spanning over three centuries. If indeed this is a Cape of Good Hope, that hope owes much to the spirit of that legion of fighters and others of their calibre.” – Nelson Mandela Inaugural Speech, 1994Today, 50 years ago, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island to begin serving a life sentence after his conviction for sabotage at the Rivonia Trial. For the next 24 years the oval spit of scrubland would be his home. To the warders he was not his reputation – a charismatic leader, a keen amateur boxer and ladies’ man – he was simply prisoner number 46664, a convicted terrorist. But his status as leader of the political prisoners on the island made him a target of abuse from the warders. Realising that he had to draw a in the line sand or the abuse would never end, especially when the mistreatment came close to violence, he turned on his tormentor. “I was frightened; it was not because I was courageous, but one had to put up a front and so he stopped.”  As Mandela remembered, “I say, ‘you dare touch me, I will take you to the highest court in this land and by the time I’m finished with you, you will be as poor as a church mouse’. And he stopped.” For Madiba it was more than just winning peace and respect from his jailers. It was him living the spirit of his philosophy. “I believe the way in which you will be treated by the prison authorities depends on your demeanour and you must fight that battle and win it on the very first day.”June 13 1964 was not Madiba’s first day on Robben Island; he had begun serving a five-year sentence for leaving the country without a passport a year before. He was transported back to Pretoria in June 1963 to stand trial for sabotage in what was to be become known as the Rivonia Trial. Mandela and Walter Sisulu were both held at Robben Island. Keeping all political prisoners in one prison was a mistake Mandela has said. (Image: Mandela Foundation)Robben Island: an isolated worldIn Long Walk to Freedom, his autobiography, Mandela wrote about the ferry ride from Cape Town to Robben Island. “Journeying to Robben Island was like going to another country. Its isolation made it not simply another prison, but a world of its own.”Within hours of their guilty verdict, around midnight of June 12 1964, Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were flown to Robben Island to begin their sentences. Often before his release, first being moved to Pollsmoor and then Victor Verster prisons, Madiba was offered freedom by the apartheid government, but he found the strings they attached too onerous. As younger, more militant activists started arriving as prisoners after the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, the older prisoners found an unspoken fear realised. As the struggle had evolved and become more violent in response to more violent oppression, the prisoners on Robben Island were frozen in time. “These young men were a different breed. They were brave, hostile and aggressive; they would not take orders. To be perceived as a moderate was a novel and not altogether pleasant feeling,” Mandela wrote. Robben Island: the tourist attraction“South Africans must recall the terrible past so that we can deal with it, forgiving where forgiveness is necessary but never forgetting.” – Nelson Mandela, on leaving office as South African president, 15 June 1999Today you can take a high-speed ferry from Cape Town and for a half a day walk through the quarry where Mandela’s eyesight was damaged by dust and the glaring sun. A visitor can enjoy the wild life, originally released as hunting stock to feed passing ships.Visitors to Robben Island, today a national heritage site and tourist attraction, are free to roam the concrete jail house and cells that housed the Category D prisoners, or stop over at the shrine of Muslim leader; Tuan Guru; the Lepers Graveyard; and the house where Robert Sobukwe spent nine years in solitary confinement.Each cell is uniformly bleak – a bedroll on the floor, a tiny stool and a ceramic pot – and each was kept spotlessly clean. This simple act of domesticity was revolutionary for the prisoners. “To survive in prison one must develop ways to take satisfaction in one’s daily life. One can feel fulfilled by washing one’s clothes so that they are particularly clean, by sweeping a corridor so that it is free of dust, by organising one’s cell to conserve as much space as possible. The same pride one takes in more consequential tasks outside prison, one can find in doing small things inside prison.”Madiba began his life sentence as a determined politically radicalised activist; he left Robben Island determined to be a leader. The roots of the statesman he became are on the island, or as he said; “Robben Island matured me.”last_img read more

Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro: Moving Clips

first_imgThe useful thing about this is the exact portion you wanted from the original ‘camera sequence’ is now on your clipboard and ready for you to paste it into your main sequence.At this point you may get a little worried that while it will paste in, it will overwrite whatever is present in your master sequence.  You may feel the need to do an INSERT edit rather than an OVERWRITE edit.Instead of just doing the normal shortcut for paste (on a Mac it’s Command and V, on a PC it’s Control and V), simply add a SHIFT to the combination and you will end up with an insert edit of the clips you lifted or extracted from your camera sequence.  This will push the existing footage down the timeline to make room for the copied clips.SHIFT + CNT/CMD + V = Insert Edit of All Clips From the ClipboardUse Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro to move portions of the clips you want into a new timeline with ease. Getting the right portions of selected clips from one sequence to another is simple in Premiere Pro using the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ options.  Here’s how to use this timesaving tool.Sometimes it’s useful to seperate cameras into sequences of their own to simply the editing process.  You may want to put all the media clips from one camera end-to-end in a single sequence and call it “Camera 1”.  Of course, this may result in multiple sequences each representing different cameras.The question then is how to grab footage from each of these sequences and bring them into a master sequence for the main edit.  You could select clips and cut/paste them into the master sequence, but more often than not you don’t want whole clips.  Instead, what you need is select portions of clips.You could nest each of these sequences into the main sequence, but this is a very difficult way of working and not recommended.This is where the “Lift and Extract” option comes into play in Premiere Pro.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how to use Lift and Extract, a quick way of moving portions of clips around from one sequence to another.  Before we start, it’s worth noting that some people don’t like to have a work area bar and a time ruler in the sequence/timeline window and just like to work with IN and OUT points. Did you know you can turn both of them off in Premiere Pro CS6? Just go to the panel menu and un-check these options.Options to Un-Check to De-Clutter TimelineThe end result is that your timeline looks like this (you don’t have to do it, but it certainly leads to a cleaner looking timeline):After Un-Checking OptionsNow, it’s just a case of going through your footage with the sequence selected and choosing IN (shortcut is i) and OUT (shortcut is o) points in the TIMELINE of the ‘camera’ sequences.  This can include as much or as little of the clips as you’d like, and doesn’t have to be complete clips.IN and OUT Point Selected In The TimelineIn Premiere Pro, the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ buttons are found here in the Program Monitor:LIFT & EXTRACT Buttons in the Program MonitorLIFT (keyboard shortcut is ; ) will copy the clip to your clipboard and remove the selected portion from the timeline, leaving a hole in the timeline shown below:LIFTWhereas EXTRACT (keyboard shortcut is #) will copy the clip to your clipboard, remove the selected portion from the timeline AND close up the resulting hole as shown below:EXTRACT (with gap closed)last_img read more

Jharkhand teacher held for 2017 FB post

first_imgA government college teacher has been arrested here for allegedly writing an “objectionable post” on Facebook two years ago in support of a beef party in Chennai, the police said on Sunday. Jeetrai Hansda, a contractual faculty member at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, was arrested from a village in the Sakchi area of Jamshedpur on Saturday night, an officer said, adding that the teacher had been evading arrest. “Hansda has been booked under various sections of the IPC and the IT Act, and the process to forward him to judicial custody is currently under way,” Rajeev Singh, the officer-in-charge of the Sakchi police station, said. The teacher, a resident of Parsudih here, had allegedly written a post in support of a beef party organised by the IIT-Madras students, prompting the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad (ABVP), the student’s wing of the RSS, to file a complaint against him, the officer said. The beef fest was organised at IIT-Madras in 2017 in protest against the restrictions imposed on cattle trade by the Union government. The student’s union had demanded the sacking of Mr. Hansda. The post was then deleted, the officer added. Asked for a reaction, Kolhan University Vice-Chancellor Shukla Mohanty said Mr. Hansda was a guest faculty member at the Graduate School College for Women when he posted the message on Facebook. He was later absorbed as a contractual teacher in the women’s college.Show-cause notice “A show-cause notice was served on Mr. Hansda after receiving a complaint about his objectionable Facebook post, He then apologised,” Mr. Mohanty said, adding that Mr. Hansda had joined as a contractual faculty member at the Co-operative College recently.last_img read more