Santa Makes His Way to the Ocean City Boardwalk The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has invited Santa Claus to Ocean City for photographs. Photos will be taken between 5th and 6th Streets on the Boardwalk (weather permitting), with Santa in an official Ocean City Lifeguard Boat. Please note, this is a new location due to Boardwalk construction. Santa Claus will be in town on Saturday’s & Sunday’s from noon to 3pm beginning November 26th. Cost is $10.00 per photograph. For more information please call 399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.
Since my first blog I now have a stall at my local farmers market every month as well as supplying a local coffee shop. Looking at renting a pop up shop for the day in surrounding towns to showcase my cupcakes and cakes.The pressure that us mums are put under when your child announces that they would like a specific character cake – I find this daunting as a mum that can bake so god knows what it feels like for mums that can’t. Each cake has to be better than the last but most of all better than their friends. My favourite and easy cake to make into novelty cake is a giant cupcake mainly as I prefer to work with butter cream rather than fondant. So far my boys have had various moshi monster characters and a minion and not forgetting all the pink girly butterfly cakes for my daughter. This pressure has been contained to my own household that is until this when I was asked to do a cake for a colleague’s niece with the theme my little pony and that it must be purple. This time the pressure was definitely on me as I had to not only ensure that it tasted great but was what the little girl had asked for. This took me out of my comfort zone as when making cakes for my own kids they are just happy that it is something different and that you can’t buy it in the supermarket. I did my research and viewed lots of cakes online as per the brief – my little pony and purple. There was lots some better than others however the one thing that was troubling me was how on earth was I going to be able to make a my little pony out of fondant and for it to actually look like one. I even considered buying a miniature my little pony toy to stick on the top but as I could not source one let alone guarantee that it would be delivered in time this was not an option. There was nothing else I could do but sit myself down in front of you tube and attempt to make one. This proved easier than I had led myself to believe as I managed to do it first time. The next stage of the cake was to make the rainbow and clouds to also go on the cake to that they could dry out to enable them to stand on top of the cake which was to be a rich chocolate fudge cake covered in chocolate ganache butter cream and purple fondant. The end result is attached which just leaves me to say “Happy 5th Birthday Esme” – hope you all enjoy the cake as much as I enjoyed making it.About Jill ScottJill Scott, based in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, is a mother of three and a qualified accountant working full-time as an ERDF compliance manager. In 2011 she was a semi-finalist in ITV programme This Morning’s Super Sweet Competition with her lemon meringue cheesecake.She decided to do something with her baking rather than it being a hobby. She is trying to start up her own business baking from home and has attended local fund-raisers in her town, as well as generating sales through word of mouth. She has also enjoyed recipe-testing for The Dessert Deli cookbook.
Just one day after the shooting of “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie at The Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, tragedy has once again struck the Florida city as news broke in the early morning with regards to a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub, that has left 50 dead, and at least 53 injured. According to reports, at around 2am, an officer responded to shooting outside of the club, and engaged the shooter.‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie Shot And Killed At Orlando ConcertOrlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said the shooter then ran into the nightclub, which turned into a hostage situation in which the shooter, identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, opened fire inside the club. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” detailing that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”Police responded to the scene and a standoff ensued, with SWAT teams making the decision at 5am to rescue the hostages. Authorities broke down the door with an armored vehicle, assisting 30+ people escape the scene, at which point a shootout with Mateen broke out, who was shot and killed, but not before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history occurred.Mateen has been “on the radar” of U.S. officials, but was not under a specific investigation at the time of the shooting. FBI assistant agent Ron Hopper said that investigators are “looking at all angles right now” in search of a motive behind the shooting, which has all the makings of a homegrown terror attack.We send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy.[via CNN and ABC News – image via Getty Images]
Last weekend marked the return of the annual Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, bringing together an elite lineup of talents for a true festival for live music fans. One of the themes of the event were top notch collaborations and jam sessions, including one with Medeski, Martin, Russo & Benevento that you can watch here. Another occurred during a performance from Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, which saw the band welcome three different keyboardists at various points and the full horn section of Snarky Puppy.Hamilton first welcomed out Holly Bowling, who sat in on an opening run that included “Synth Driver,” “This Thing Ain’t Goin Nowheres” and the Grateful Dead’s “Cumberland Blues.” The Disco Biscuits’ own Aron Magner followed suit, joining in for the “Cumberland Blues” and staying on for “An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark.” Magner would remain on stage, while the band brought back Holly Bowling and also introduced Hamilton’s JRAD bandmate Marco Benevento for a rousing rendition of “At The Show.”At that point, Bowling left the stage, but the band wasn’t done with their guest stars! The Snarky Puppy horns were then introduced, and they accompanied American Babies (with Benevento and Magner) on a rendition of “Old Time Religion.” Finally, the set closed with the Puppy horns and Marco Benevento joining Tom Hamilton’s American Babies for one remarkable rendition of “Fever Dreams.”You can watch this all-star set-closing jam session below, thanks to American Babies!Do not miss Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on tour, especially for their exciting Masquerade Balls stopping in major cities across the country. With a Beatles tribute set for Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room (get tickets here) and a David Bowie tribute set for the following Saturday, November 5th at NYC’s American Beauty (get tickets here), there’s no reason to miss out! More information about these special shows can be found here.Check out the full Tom Hamilton’s American Babies setlist and audio from Luna Light, below![via taper Rich Steele]Setlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, Darlington, MDSet: Synth Driver*, This Thing Aint Goin Nowheres*, Cumberland Blues*^, An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark^ > At The Show*^#, Old Time Religion^#$ > Fever Dreams#$* with Holly Bowling^ with Aron Magner# with Marco Benevento$ with Snarky Puppy Horns
This article is part of a series introducing new faculty members.Robert Reid-Pharr was an unfocused student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 when a professor assigned historian Drew Gilpin Faust’s biography of James Henry Hammond, a book that would inspire not only Reid-Pharr’s studies but also his career path.Reid-Pharr joined the faculty of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) in July as the first full tenured professor in the program. The author of four books, including “Once You Go Black” and “Archives of Flesh,” he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation.Reid-Pharr will teach two courses this semester, “The Male Black Body” and “The Gender of Celebrity.”Q&ARobert Reid-PharrGAZETTE: Welcome — or, more accurately, welcome back. How did your experience as a visiting F.O. Matthiessen professor two years ago set the stage for your permanent role here?REID-PHARR: I was the third Matthiessen professor. My classes were packed with students hungry for the material. It gave me a great sense of where they are coming from, though I felt like many of them had one too many commitments. You really want to be right there present with them and have them present with you.GAZETTE: Can you talk about your academic path, and how you came to WGS?REID-PHARR: I taught for 24 years as an English professor at Johns Hopkins and the City University of New York. It’s interesting to now be under the auspices of the social sciences, and I’m really happy to be moving to an interdisciplinary program. I have a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale. I’m over the moon at coming to WGS at Harvard because it has an expansive opportunity, and also because I get to express the broader range of things that interest me.I was having a lackluster college career at UNC, then I took my first-ever women’s studies course, with Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, and we read in her course a biography of James Henry Hammond written by Drew Gilpin Faust. It was an amazing account of this white Southern planter and so interestingly done and asked such interesting questions that I thought: I can do something like that. I’d never seen something like that — the idea that you could do a piece of history in a biography in that way.It set me thinking that this world wasn’t as closed as I thought it was. It changed my trajectory. I was a junior, limping through college, then I started taking women’s studies and African-American studies, and that gave rhyme and reason to my study. I didn’t know these were things I could pursue seriously. I was one type of student and overnight I turned into another type of student.GAZETTE: Your appointment comes at a time when many classes in the program are facing overenrollment. What about the WGS curriculum is making such a deep connection with students?REID-PHARR: Let’s be frank about it. In 2016 when I taught here, people thought a woman named Hillary Rodham Clinton would be president. The fact that her candidacy was as strong as it was showed we have wildly different attitudes about women, gender, and leadership. It didn’t work out in 2016 like many thought. We’ve instead heard Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape and his relationship to women, seen how men comport themselves, what gender norms are in the workplace, and then the #MeToo moment.Students aren’t showing up just because they find it interesting. These issues are at the center of what’s going on in our country in 2018 and will have a profound effect on the elections in November. I know we’re in a watershed moment in how we deal with gender, race, and sexuality for the next generation. The students are there because they’re being forced to confront these issues. I’m expecting heavy enrollments for the foreseeable future. Even though there’s real stress in who will teach the courses, it’s a good thing for WGS and Harvard and the students.Interview was edited for clarity and length.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » My fiance and I just bought our first home. We decided to go with an out-of-state lender thinking we’d get the best rates and lower closing costs that way… but boy were we wrong!We were referred to this mortgage company and told that they “specialized in working with young couples to make it easier,” but their process turned out to be nothing of the sort!After the long and drawn out experience of working with an out-of-state lender, we both realized that we would have been MUCH better off working with our Credit Union or even a local bank. Over the last five months we had to make numerous phone calls to check in to see where our loan was in the process. The lender contacted our employers multiple times to verify our employment, and they always seemed to give us the run around when we asked any questions.
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Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comm. AM. Kamal said the detainees took advantage of heavy rain to make their escape. Hospital staff discovered the breakout after entering the isolation room to offer the detainees a meal. They found it empty.“It is very unfortunate that these inmates escaped from quarantine because they could transmit the virus to other people,” Kamal said. The police are pursuing the escaped detainees. They have urged the public, including the detainees’ relatives, to report to the police if they have any information about the whereabouts of the escapees.The Jayapura COVID-19 task force reported last month that COVID-19 rapid tests had shown 40 detainees to be positive for the virus. Of the figure, 11 were officially declared positive after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.Twenty detainees were subsequently admitted to the Bhayangkara Police Hospital, 16 to Marthen Indey Hospital and the rest to the Navy Hospital.Jayapura Police personnel will be tested for COVID-19. (dpk)Topics : Four Jayapura Police detainees who were in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 have escaped from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Jayapura, Papua.The inmates, identified by their initials HM, MW, IT and M, fled the health facility by breaking the iron bars of the room they were in on Wednesday.
Hate Crime, Human Services, It’s On Us PA, Press Release, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the upcoming week of legislative sessions, which follows a week of movement on bills important to victims:“Last week, both statute of limitations reform and domestic abuser gun violence prevention bills advanced in the House. This is welcome progress and I urge the Senate to follow suit and get these bills to my desk without hesitation.“However, many bills still need to advance to ensure the legislature can complete its work for victims before this session expires. I urge the House and Senate to continue making progress on victim reforms related to human trafficking, gun violence, sexual harassment, campus sexual assault and hazing.“Pennsylvania has a strong track record of supporting and protecting victims and I hope both chambers will do the right thing and pass these reforms before their sessions expire.”Two weeks ago, Governor Wolf issued a call to action for victims and outlined his priorities for the end of the legislative session, including:Child Sexual Abuse: Governor Wolf has urged action on the four recommendations of the statewide grand jury into clergy sexual abuse that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and allow for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled them.Domestic Violence: Since 2017, Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of bipartisan Senate bills to combat domestic violence and protect survivors. Only one bill has reached his desk.Sexual Assault: Governor Wolf unveiled a bipartisan “It’s On Us” legislative package in September 2017. These bills focus on empowering and protecting victims of sexual assault, especially on college and high school campuses.Gun Violence: Governor Wolf has supported many bills to reduce violence and protect individuals from becoming victims of gun crimes, including taking guns more swiftly from domestic abusers and creating a new red-flag emergency order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.Sexual Harassment: Governor Wolf and legislative Democrats introduced nearly two dozen bills to combat sexual harassment and improve treatment of victims. None of them received a vote with House Republicans who opted instead to further study the issue.Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Members of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania lack protections from discrimination and hate crimes, which means victims have inadequate recourse in the face of violence and discrimination. Governor Wolf has supported protecting all Pennsylvanians since taking office and will work for protections of the LGBTQ community.Human Trafficking: Governor Wolf supports Senator Greenleaf’s SB 554, Safe Harbor legislation to protect the child victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. The bill awaits action in the House.Hazing: Governor Wolf has long-supported the Pennsylvania Timothy J. Piazza Law to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable and we must ensure schools have proper safeguards to protect students and curb these practices. The bill awaits action in the House. Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Continue Progress for Victims of Crime and Abuse SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 01, 2018
The kitchen at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The all-white kitchen has stone countertops, an island bench, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. Both the dining and living areas open to the patio and low-maintenance yard with lawn and established garden. There is also a study, a laundry and a powder room on the ground floor. Upstairs, the big master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite with bathtub, twin basins and a separate toilet. The second bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite while the two remaining bedrooms have walk-in robes and one has access to the family bathroom. The Tasmanian oak staircase at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThere is also a second lounge room on the upper level. The property has ceramic tiles and timber floors throughout, ducted airconditioning and a neutral colour scheme. Ms Li said the kitchen was a standout space in the home and the Tasmanian oak staircase was a striking feature. She said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood but was still close to shops, schools and bike tracks with easy access to Brisbane city or the Gold Coast.The property is being marketed by Emily Xiong from LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills. The home at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThis two-storey modern home was built with family in mind. The property at 65 Skyview Ave in Rochedale is only two years old and was constructed by Plantation Homes. Owner Julie Li said the home was designed to suit all types of families from young couples with a baby, through to older families with teenage children or extended families with adult children or grandparents at home. “It’s a good home for family get-togethers and there is enough room for everyone to have their own space as well,” she said. The main living spaces are on the ground floor of the home, including the theatre room and the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas.