The Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center has openings for a women’s self-defense class on August 7.The center already has held three of the classes, and they were very popular — with accomplished martial arts instructor Mike Copeland teaching “all kinds of common sense things” and basic techniques. He also demonstrates the use a keychain-like device in self-defense.The class starts at 7 p.m. on Friday evening and lasts about 90 minutes. It is held in the group exercise room at the Fitness Center.Fee is $10 for members or $15 or nonmembers. Call 609-398-6900 or visit the Aquatics and Fitness Center to sign up.
Under the measure, hotels, motels and the multi-family triplexes and quadruplexes can no longer have lifts to satisfy their parking requirements within a section of the downtown area known as the hospitality zone. Bergen said the biggest concern is that vacationers staying at triplexes and quadruplexes would be unfamiliar with how the mechanical lifts are operated. Previously, hotels, motels, triplexes and quadruplexes had the option of using lifts to satisfy their parking requirements within the hospitality zone. Gillian, though, bluntly said, “They did not work.” The hospitality zone is the only place where parking lifts are allowed on the island, according to City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.Mayor Jay Gillian, center, who supported the partial ban on parking lifts, said they can be dangerous.City spokesman Doug Bergen said the lifts are relatively rare. He said he has heard of a small number of single-family homeowners having them to protect their cars from rising flood waters. The city plans to announce more details about the pumping station in a press release Friday. Check back with OCNJDAILY.com for a separate story about the project. “Do you want one-week vacationers to try to lift their cars and have children underneath them?” Bergen said. “Safety is definitely an issue.” The lifts were conceived as a way to help alleviate downtown parking shortages when the hospitality zone — so named because it is where hotels and motels are clustered — was created in November 2013. The zone roughly runs between Sixth and 14th streets, from the Boardwalk to Ocean Avenue. In other business Thursday night, City Business Administrator Jim Mallon announced that Sixth Street has been selected as the location for a new pumping station that will help alleviate tidal flooding in the north end of town during coastal storms. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance Thursday night that bans hotels, motels and multi-family residences from having mechanical parking lifts in Ocean City’s hospitality zone. McCrosson said she knew of only one place in town, a triplex, having a parking lift. The owner of the triplex has refused to allow tenants to use the lift because of safety and liability concerns, she notedMayor Jay Gillian, center, who supported the partial ban on parking lifts, said they can be dangerous.. “They can be dangerous,” the mayor told City Council. “These are not toys.” Although the ordinance severely restricts the parking lifts, it does not ban them outright. The owners of single-family homes and duplexes within the hospitality zone may have lifts as long as they are kept inside a garage. Flood waters collected by the pumping station will be funneled to an outfall pipe located on the bayside of Sixth Street, Mallon said. City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to ban mechanical parking lifts at hotels, motels and multi-family residences in Ocean City’s hospitality zone. Despite the small number of lifts, city officials believe the potential for accidents outweighed any possible benefits. Mayor Jay Gillian, who supported the measure, said mechanical lifts are a potential safety hazard. He also said he feared that parts of Ocean City would “look like New York,” with cars stacked high up on parking lifts throughout the downtown area.
Sturdy Savings Bank’s Ocean City 34th Street Branch had a special visit from Santa Claus during its annual Tree Lighting event December 6.Dozens of people were in attendance during the festive event, including staff members, customers, as well as Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and Sturdy Savings Bank President and CEO, Gerald L. Reeves.Santa Claus was on hand for pictures with children while the UpTown Singers Choir filled the air with traditional seasonal sounds, which got everyone in the holiday spirit. Hot chocolate was served with festive cookies and candy canes to all who attended.Sturdy Savings Bank serves Cape May and Atlantic Counties at 13 branches located in Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe, and Wildwood Crest. The UpTown Singers Choir joins Santa Claus in celebrating the holiday season during the annual Tree Lighting Event at the Sturdy Savings Bank Ocean City 34th Street Branch on December 6 Sturdy Savings Bank, Member FDIC, was built on a simple principle: serving the community. Their mission remains the same ~ some 95 years later. Sturdy employees are committed to neighborhood service. You’ll find them where it matters most: your little league fields, senior citizen centers, schools, firehouses and churches. They’ll be at the AARP luncheons, the local symphony concerts and the food pantry fundraisers. Sturdy has grown from a small-town savings and loan association to a local, full service bank that understands there is no place like “home,” and they are dedicated to their role as a community neighbor, partner and leader.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.sturdyonline.com or call 609-463-5206. Sturdy Savings Bank, Member FDIC is an Equal Housing Lender.
The number of retail customers writing out cheques for goods has plummeted by almost a half in Britain during the past decade – faster than in any other sector, a report by the UK payments association APACS has revealed.The organisation said that, in 1996, 31% of shoppers had paid by cheque. By 2006, the figure had slumped to 16%, a fall of 48%. The report, The Way We Pay 2007, said: “In the retail sector, the decline has been particularly rapid, with cheques accounting for just 3% of all non-cash transactions.”However, APACS director of communications Sandra Quinn said there will still be an estimated 840 million cheques used in the UK in 2016.
After suffering several years of sales decline, the organic bakery sector received some much-needed good news last month after upmarket food retailers Daylesford Organic and Planet Organic revealed plans to open dozens of new stores.Daylesford CEO Jamie Mitchell said he plans to launch a chain of six to 10 new convenience store-sized outlets in London and the south west, with organic bread, baked at the retailer’s Cotswolds farm, a key part of the offer. The company has also launched a ’virtual farm shop’ on the Ocado website.Meanwhile, organic supermarket Planet Organic has opened a fifth store in Devonshire Square, East London, and CEO Peter Marsh wants to open another 20 across the capital in the next five years. The shops sell organic bread from Celtic Bakers and Paul, plus puddings from The Village Bakery, and have seen total sales grow 30% in the past two years.”This is great news for the organic market and ultimately great news for us,” said Celtic Bakers MD Tom Russell.According to the Soil Asso-ciation’s 2011 Organic Report, the market for organic bakery fell by nearly 17% last year, following a 40% decline in 2009. Last year’s slump far outstripped the overall decline of the organic market, which fell 5.9%. Indeed, organic bakery products were the second-biggest loser in the sector, with only organic chilled convenience products seeing a larger decline.However, Russell said the figures did not necessarily reflect what was happening in stores such as Daylesford and Planet Organic. “A lot of the drop in the market was because supermarkets withdrew organic lines, but the core organic shoppers have never gone away.”
Speaking to attendees and delegates at this year’s Dairy Tech event held in Stoneleigh Park, Minister Eustice praised the variety of technology on show at the event and explained how farmers can benefit from the grants.Many of the items eligible for funding are highly relevant to the dairy sector, including specialist foot trimming crushes and calving detectors, but there is a range of innovative items from which the majority of farmers can find something they would want to apply for.Farmers can apply online to the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, requesting a grant between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of farm equipment.Opening the event alongside Lord Curry and the Chairman of the RABDF Mike King, Minister Eustice explained how the scheme has been designed with simplicity in mind, to save farmers valuable time.Farming Minister George Eustice said: It’s fantastic to see the scale of innovation here in Stoneleigh, where over 250 exhibitors are showcasing some truly advanced products and services which have come to the market for dairy farmers to improve productivity. The dairy industry is our largest agricultural sector and we want to make sure farmers can become more resilient, competitive and able to capitalise on the growing global interest in quality British produce as we leave the EU. By opening this small grants scheme, we hope more farmers will be able to access this equipment and embark on more innovative and ambitious projects. Last year Defra also opened a series of offers for larger grants through the Countryside Productivity scheme. Farmers can apply for grants of over £35,000 for a range of different projects, including for making more efficient use of resources, processing products, and other innovative projects.
The ability of migrants who are not legally entitled to work in the UK to find paid employment is seen by the Home Office as key to why many migrants remain in the UK without leave or work here in breach of the terms of their leave. Equally, the belief that they will be able to find work is seen as a significant “pull factor” for migrants seeking to reach the UK. Illegal working also raises other issues, for example migrants working illegally in the UK are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by unscrupulous employers, and businesses employing illegal workers can undercut and damage legitimate businesses, deprive HM Government of revenue in the form of taxes and national insurance payments, and adversely affect the employment prospects of others. For these reasons, tackling illegal working has been a Home Office priority for some years. Because of its hidden nature, estimating the size of the problem with any confidence has been difficult. However, since at least 2015, when I last inspected this topic, the Home Office has understood it to be “greater than our capacity to enforce it through traditional arrest activity”. My 2015 report noted a then relatively new shift in emphasis towards encouraging employer compliance through ‘educational visits’ by Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams, rather than continuing to rely primarily on enforcement visits to locate and arrest offenders. In this latest inspection, I therefore looked to see how this approach had developed, as well as at the measures introduced since 2015 under the umbrella of the ‘compliant environment’ to strengthen the powers of ICE teams and the penalties for non-compliant employers. I found that efforts had been made to develop strategies and encourage partnerships and collaborations with other government departments and with large employers and employer groups in particular sectors, but there were no metrics to show what this had achieved. Meanwhile, ‘on the ground’ there was little evidence that the shift of emphasis trailed in 2015 had ‘stuck’, and ICE teams were doing (for the most part professionally and properly from what inspectors observed) what they had always done – deploying in response to ‘allegations’ received from members of the public, in the majority of cases to restaurants and fast food outlets, and with a focus on a handful of ‘removable’ nationalities. The lessons from the Windrush scandal are the subject of an independent review, due to report shortly, and there is a compensation scheme for those affected. Therefore, I did not look specifically at how Windrush generation individuals had been impacted by Immigration Enforcement’s illegal working measures. However, it was evident that Windrush had had a significant effect on Immigration Enforcement, operationally (as a result of the ‘pausing’ of data sharing with other departments) and psychologically (with IE perceiving that other departments and agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive, and that having dispensed with removals targets it was no longer clear, at least to ICE teams, what success looked like). My report, which was sent to the Home Secretary on 6 February 2019, made six recommendations. The majority focus on improving the mechanics of illegal working compliance and enforcement but, while important and necessary, these are not enough by themselves to answer the criticism that the Home Office’s efforts are not really working and may have had the unintended consequence of enabling exploitation and discrimination by some employers. My first two recommendations are pivotal to changing this. I recommended that the Home Office should publish as soon as possible an updated (post-Windrush) strategy and Action Plan for tackling illegal working, supported by clear external and internal communications to ensure maximum buy-in cross-government, by employers and representative organisations, by the general public, and within the Home Office itself. I also recommended that it should capture, analyse and report the quantitative and qualitative data and information that demonstrates the strategy and actions are not just effective in reducing illegal working and tackling non-compliant employers but that they are sensitive to and deal appropriately with instances of exploitation and abuse. The Home Office has accepted all six recommendations. However, it seems that implementation of the key recommendations remains some way off and, while it is entirely sensible for it to look to the various reviews of the immigration system, including of Windrush Lessons Learned, to inform the updated illegal working strategy, in the meantime the problems identified in my report persist, with little clarity about the Home Office’s thinking or intentions. The Home Office responses to the Chief Inspector’s reports Publishing the report, David Bolt said: An inspection of the Home Office’s approach to Illegal Working David Bolt Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
Yesterday [Thursday 16 May] Mr Mundell was given a tour of the facilities at Loch Ryan port by the Stena Line Operations Manager, Andy Kane. He gave an insight into the work that goes into running this vital trading route for many Scottish companies.Like thousands of people every day Mr Mundell travelled on the ferry as he made his way to the first Board of Trade to be in held in Belfast. The Board of Trade, chaired by the International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, champions exports, inward investment and outward direct investment to deliver economic growth and prosperity across the whole of the United Kingdom.Mr Mundell said: It was very helpful to be given a tour of Loch Ryan port which confirmed just how important it is for Scotland – and the UK’s – economy. With more than 9,000 sailings each year, it accounts for 45 per cent of Northern Ireland’s trade with the rest of the UK. Loch Ryan is the busiest passenger port in Scotland with 1.2 million passengers using this service last year. This helps to maintain the important cultural and economic links that have long existed between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Transport links like this are important throughout the UK, underpinning local economies and communities. They support important sectors such as agriculture and fisheries, which are crucial to Scotland’s thriving food and drinks industry and are the lifeblood of the vibrant tourism industry in the south west of Scotland. I am of course aware of the infrastructure challenges faced by Stena Line and others using this busy port. As an MP from Dumfries & Galloway I have constantly campaigned for improvement to the A75 and will continue to do so.
Universally acclaimed surrealist filmmaker David Lynch (of Twin Peaks fame) is curating a new music and arts festival in Los Angeles this fall, and the lineup is out of this world. David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, set to take place on October 8th and 9th at the Ace Hotel Theatre, boasts a roster of performance and presentations by incredible musicians, actors, and artists, from St. Vincent, to Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, to architect Frank Gehry, to past Lynch collaborators Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern. While the festival’s central creative vision is based on its esteemed curator’s work (including a Blue Velvet documentary and a screening of The Elephant Man), the majority of the event will be dedicated to showcasing the eclectic group of creative minds on hand. Check out the full lineup below:Music: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters; St. Vincent; Rhye; Jon Hopkins; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith; Music From Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti w/ Sky Ferreira and Xiu XiuLectures: Frank Gehry; Mel Brooks; Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern; Blondie‘s Debbie Harry and Chris SteinPhotography Exhibits: David Lynch (curated by Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery); Chris SteinVirtual Reality Experiences: Chris MilkDance Choreography: Ryan HeffingtonDJ Sets By: Questlove; KCRW‘s Jason BentleyAll proceeds from the event will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation outreach program that Lynch has been committed to since 2005. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 24, at 10am, starting at $199 for a two-day general admission pass. To purchase tickets, and for more information about the event, visit the festival’s website.
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Beacon Theatre | New York City | 10/13/17I: Laugh About It, Within You Without You (The Beatles) > Just As Strange, Darling Be Home Soon (Leon Russell), Get What You Deserve (Derek Trucks Band), Shelter, I Pity The Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Shame, Space Captain (Joe Cocker)II: Color Of The Blues (George Jones), Key To The Highway (Charles Segar), Let Me Get By, It’s So Heavy, Comin’ Home (Delaney & Bonnie), Don’t Know What It Means, Get Out Of My Life, Woman (Allen Toussaint), Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), Sugaree (Jerry Garcia), I Want More > Soul Sacrifice (Santana)E: You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty), Let’s Go Get Stoned (The Coasters)[photo by Marc Lowenstein] Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their fifth of six nights at the Beacon Theatre on Friday night, celebrating their 26th show at the esteemed New York City venue. The husband-and-wife duo led their 12 piece ensemble through two sets of originals, covers, and tributes, presenting themselves openly and honestly before a faithful crowd of TTB loyals.Tedeschi Trucks Band opened Friday night’s show with a victorious “Laugh About It.” From there, the flood gates opened with covers of The Beatles, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks Band, Bobby “Blue” Band, and Joe Cocker for what concluded an energetically-charged first set. For round two, the big band continued the covers with George Jones, Charles Segar, Delaney & Bonnie, Allen Toussaint, John Prine, Jerry Garcia, and Santana, sprinkling originals from their Let Me Get By throughout. The band returned to the stage for a tribute to Tom Petty with “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” then closed their encore with The Coasters reliable “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” While the setlist remained mostly covers, the band delivered original versions of each and stayed true to the roots of the music. The band returns to the stage tonight for one last dance in 2017.Thanks to Sean Roche, you can enjoy some videos from last night below: