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Ocean City Swears in Police Chief Prettyman

first_imgPolice Chief Jay Prettyman is sworn in with his wife, Tiffany, at left, daughter, Chloe, holding the Bible, and father, John N. Prettyman, as Judge Richard Russell conducts the ceremony. By Maddy VitaleOcean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman stood at the podium Wednesday night after being sworn in to officially assume his duties as the top law enforcement officer in the city.He made one thing clear.He will lead his department, and he will do it well. But the credit should go to the dedicated men and women he works with who make the department strong, he stressed.“This is not about me,” Prettyman, 48, said during the ceremony at the Ocean City Tabernacle. “I am more of a kingmaker, than a king.”He credited his predecessor, retired Police Chief Chad Callahan, for guidance along the way in a career that began in the department 25 years ago.“I had the good fortune of working side by side with him as my boss. He has helped me,” Prettyman said.When it came to the officers in the department, he said, “You guys work hard every day. I appreciate that.”Chief Jay Prettyman watches as his father, John N. Prettyman, places a pin on his lapel.During the ceremony, performed by Judge Richard Russell, Prettyman’s wife, Tiffany, stood by his side, as their daughter, Chloe, 16, held the Bible. Also on stage was the chief’s father, John N. Prettyman, a retired deputy chief from Voorhees Township, Camden County.Prettyman said throughout his career, from the many assignments, to erratic schedule and long hours, his wife has always been supportive.He recalled how the two met while working at a restaurant in Ocean City over the summers. She went on to become a history teacher, he went into the police academy.“She has given me the time and flexibility to get to where I am today, so I thank her for that,” Prettyman said.He pointed out that both Chloe and the couple’s other daughter, Phoebe, 20, who was away at college and could not attend the ceremony, have been understanding of their father’s job, which he admitted could be difficult for young people who live in a town where their father is a police officer.Police Chief Jay Prettyman says he is excited to be the new chief and is ready to work.Prettyman began his law enforcement career serving as a summer police officer in Ocean City in 1992 and 1993. He joined the department full time in 1995 and worked his way up the ranks.“We are making official what we already know,” City Business Administrator George Savastano told the audience of Prettyman’s qualifications and leadership abilities.Savastano, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Jay Gillian, who could not attend the ceremony following the death of his mother, called Prettyman a great man who is professional, compassionate and enthusiastic, a man who will lead the department well.Savastano then said that the men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day.Capt. Charlie Simonson hugs his son, Jonathan, a new police officer, moments after the swearing in.In addition to Prettyman were the promotions of captains, lieutenants, sergeants and 10 new hires. For all of the ceremonies, performed by Judge Russell, families and friends filled the stage.The two new captains are Capt. Bill Campbell and Capt. Charlie Simonson.Simonson, who has worked in the department for 32 years, commented after the ceremony that he feels great about the department.“I am fortunate to be a member of a good team. It is the best team and it is a wonderful experience,” Simonson said.Four lieutenants were also elevated to their new posts. They are Clinton Helphenstine, Brian Hopely, David Rowland and Robert Reichanek.Lt. Brian Hopely and his wife, Danielle, hug after he is sworn in, while their three daughters hold the Bible.Also sworn in were five sergeants. They are William Lick, Anthony Fearnhead, Patrick Walsh, Peter Kardas and John Vogt.Simonson’s son, Jonathan Simonson, was sworn in as a new officer in the department and joined his father, brother, Edward, and mother, Jacqueline Simonson, on stage during the ceremony.In addition to Jonathan Simonson, new officers are as follows: Michael Hinsley, Jacob Johnson, Neal Cullen, Steven Schmidt, Jenna Cuomo, Clayton Harper, Randall Clark, James Crowley and Benjamin Bethea.Swearing in of lieutenants.Sergeants swearing in ceremony.last_img read more

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Listen To Space Bacon’s New Debut EP, ‘Nodes,’ Streaming In Full

first_imgOn the rise Brooklyn-based jammers Space Bacon continue to break boundaries with their funky electronica fusion. The four-piece band released their debut EP, Nodes, last night, which finds the group exploring new jam space with four original compositions. As Space Bacon continues to develop their sound, expect big things from this exciting quartet.Get ready for a cosmic journey of epic proportions with Space Bacon and their new EP. Listen to Nodes, streaming in full below.<a href=”http://spacebacon.bandcamp.com/album/nodes-ep”>Nodes EP by Space Bacon</a>The band is set to perform at Mazzstock, as well as NYC’s Bowery Ballroom over the next few weeks in support of the new release. Don’t miss out!last_img

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Black Bear Cub Receives Life-Saving Blood Transfusion

first_imgA young black bear cub received the second-ever blood transfusion at Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.The cub was found by a local resident in Bristol, Tennessee and reported to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The agency’s protocol for bear cubs is to observe the bear for 36 hours, thereby ensuring that it is actually an orphan and not merely left alone by its mother for a short while. If the mother is confirmed dead or absent, and the cub is estimated to be fewer than 30 pounds, the TWRA policy is to capture the bear.After 36 hours, the lone bear cub in question was found lying next to a stream and was caught without the use of any tranquilizers. The bear was then transported to the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where it received the name Summitt after the famed University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, Pat Summitt.Veterinarians sedated Summitt and underwent a physical exam of the yearling. Blood tests showed the 23-pound cub was severely anemic, with a red blood cell concentration of 6 percent instead of the average 35 to 45 percent, and was in desperate need of a blood transfusion.The veterinarians contacted the curators of the bear habitat at the Knoxville Zoo in search for healthy bear blood. Vets at the zoo sent over 300 milliliters of blood from a healthy black bear. Whenever a blood transfusion is preformed on an animal, there is always the risk for the animal’s body to attack the new cells, so the veterinarians kept a close watch on the cub’s vitals. Summitt made it through the transfusion and is adapting to life at the cub nursery at the Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, Tennessee.The bear is expected to make a full recovery and could be returned to the wild as early as this summer.last_img read more

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Obama, Dilma Rousseff Will Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

first_img U.S. President Barack Obama will host his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, at the White House on April 9, as part of efforts by both countries to deepen their bilateral relationship, an official White House statement announced February 7. The meeting, which will take place slightly over a year after Obama’s visit to Brazil, will serve to expand “commercial, economic, education, and innovation” ties, the press release stated. Both presidents will address topics of bilateral, regional, and multilateral interest ahead of the Summit of the Americas, to be held in the Colombian city of Cartagena in April, which Obama and Rousseff will attend, and the meeting of the G-20 (group of wealthy and emerging countries) in Mexico in June. The meeting will make it possible “to follow up on progress made” in several programs launched during Obama’s visit to Brazil in March 2011, in the areas of energy, the economy and finance, and democracy promotion, the statement said. The presidents will participate in a meeting with businesspeople from both countries, the White House added. Obama has expressed his desire to move forward as “equal partners” in relations with Brazil, Latin America’s leading economy, while holding up the country as an example of democratic and economic transformation. By Dialogo February 09, 2012last_img read more

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City boss reveals World Cup worries

first_img Press Association The final of the showpiece event in Qatar is to be on Sunday, December 18 – a decision which will allow traditional Boxing Day club matches to take place in Britain and avoid the fierce heat of June and July. It will be a shortened tournament over 28 days instead of the usual 32, starting on November 21. December 18 is also Qatar’s national day. “You need clarity and then you can prepare towards that,” Martinez said. “But I always felt that once it was given to Qatar it was going to be a winter World Cup. “When all the talk is about wanting the World Cup in different continents and different countries, and when the hosts are going to be Qatar, it’s only normal that it’s going to be played in the winter. “That’s going to affect two or three seasons around that date, but we need to adapt and make it a big football celebration like the World Cup’s supposed to be.” Hull manager Steve Bruce thinks a World Cup late in the year is a sensible move in such a hot climate, but took the chance to push for a winter break. He said: “We’ve got plenty of time to adapt. I’ve always said in this country we need a break, we should copy everyone else. When you see other teams come back there’s a freshness about them because of the winter break. “We’ve got plenty of time to put the schedule in. Once FIFA picked Qatar there was only one solution and they’ve picked the sensible one.” West Brom manager Tony Pulis agreed. “Whichever way you try to cook it they have worked it to suit the country at the best possible time. They have moved everything around to suit them, full stop,” he said. “They are the governing body and, irrespective of what you do say and don’t say, there might be loads of people unhappy with it, but they have got it through and it’s been agreed. “Everyone has to get on with it. What will be the situation in England, is everything is going to have to be reorganised and revamped? That’s going to be interesting.” However, Pellegrini is concerned how Premier League games, which would usually be scheduled for November and December, will be caught up later in the season and the impact of doing so on the next domestic campaign. “I think it is difficult to stop all the European leagues in that month, especially in our league at this moment, and not play football here in November and December,” Pellegrini said. “When you recover those amount of games what will happen in the next season, when you finish late, how many days the national squad will need their players? “I don’t think it is easy. It is a big task.” Swansea manager Garry Monk echoed Pellegrini’s thoughts, but conceded that teams would just have to “get on with it”. “It will be strange having a two-month break in the middle of the season. I’m not sure how that’s going to work and I’d have to see the exact lay-out of it, but I don’t think it’s a great thing,” he said. “It’s beyond the powers of Swansea City, but I can’t imagine too many teams are happy with it. But it sounds as if we’re just going to have to get on with it.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez conceded the tournament moving to November would need plenty of adaptation, but he always expected a World Cup in Qatar to be held over the winter. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has questioned the long-term effects of holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy 2017: Scoring runs makes me happy and keeps me motivated, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir relishes the domestic circuit.The stylish Delhi southpaw loves scoring runs in any arena and that is precisely what he has been doing over the last few years in domestic criket, away from all the stardom the international game brings.Gambhir loves the traditional format. He has scored nine Test centuries including a gutsy 137 during a 643-minute vigil in Napier.However, the 36-year-old, once a regular in the Indian team, last played an ODI nearly five years ago. His last Test apperance was against England in 2016. There was a time when Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put to sword some of the best bowling attacks in the world but the left-handed Delhi batsman is now out of favour because India have three openers, who have performed admirably.But Gambhir can never be counted out. (Gautam Gambhir slams BJP MLA who called Virat Kohli anti-national for marrying in Italy)This season, Gambhir guided Delhi to the final of Ranji Trophy, racking up 632 runs in 10 innings. His century against a quality Bengal attack, which had Mohammed Shami as spearhead, proved that the seasoned campaigner still has a lot of cricket left in him. And he is not ready to give up yet.  “It has been satisfying (season). You want to put your hands up and perform in crucial games for your team. That’s what the team expects you to do as well. Scoring runs makes me happy. It keeps me motivated. Winning a game of cricket is equally important to me,” Gambhir told Mail Today in an interview.advertisementAs someone who has been a regular in domestic tournaments, Gambhir made a strong pitch for India to overhaul its domestic structure and have first-class games of five days. He feels a five-day game, against the current four-day system, will prepare youngsters better for Test cricket and there will be more competition.  “The quality of first-class cricket can only improve if you reduce the number of games, from eight to six. You got to make it five-day cricket. Nowhere else in the world first-class cricket is played five days. Why not start (the same format) in India,” says Gambhir.”Some of the youngsters do not even know how to bat out the entire day, especially on a day five track, win a game outright. Because in a four-day game, most of the time the last day has been a dead rubber.”If it is a five-day game, you always have an opportunity to make a comeback in the second innings as well, so the bowlers will be motivated. It will be challenging for the batters as well.”Gambhir said one could take a leaf out of the English and Australian domestic systems where cricketers spent more time playing the game than their counterparts in India.”Look at county cricket. County games are 18 four-day games. There I can understand you can’t take it to five days because that’s going to be very challenging. Sheffield Shield is more than 10 games. In India you play six games, 24 days of first class cricket, which is nothing. You don’t prepare yourself the whole year just to play 24 days. And if you played one innings per (match), literally you play six or seven innings in a season which is absolutely ridiculous.”However, it is not that the Indian domestic circuit has remained unchanged. Last year, the Ranji Trophy was played on neutral venues to get rid of underprepared wickets.”Only in four-day cricket you feel you got to prepare underprepared wickets because if you are looking for an outright win you get desperate for it. Five day competition is the only way where you can get rid of neutral venues, neutral curators, underprepared wickets. If you are preparing youngsters to play Test cricket, try and give them the closet opportunity of preparing themselves for Test cricket.”Despite last playing international cricket a year ago, Gambhir said he was not thinking of an India comeback. He insisted the focus was on scoring runs for whichever team he represents now.”My job is to score runs and score as many as I can and try and win a game of cricket for my team.”Gambhir played under a young captain, Rishabh Pant this season. “Sometimes I feel I have done enough. Captaining the entire season is a very long time. It is not like the IPL where you just finish in two months. Captaining day in and day out can be very tiring as well. So I thought it is time someone else does it.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Hundreds of Jobs to Be Created from Seven Upcoming Projects

first_imgStory Highlights Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019.They are Jiuquan Iron and Steel (JISCO), North-South Highway Development Projects, South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, Naggo Head Technology Park, Morant Bay Town Revitalisation, and Public Bodies Investment Programme.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda.“JISCO has already resumed production at the Alpart alumina plant following an eight-year shutdown. JISCO plans further investment that could amount to as much as US$6 billion, the largest investment made by a single private-sector company in Jamaican history. These investments include substantial linkages with the agricultural sector. The investment programme also includes construction of a new 230MW power plant using liquefied natural gas (LNG). Currently, 960 persons are employed at the JISCO/Alpart plant,” Mr. Shaw said.He also spoke about the projected benefits from the North-South Highway Development Projects.“The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.Regarding the South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Mr. Shaw told the House that the venture is expected to represent an investment of approximately US$385 million.“The project will upgrade the highway from Harbour View to Port Antonio, repair access roads in St. Thomas and construct the next leg of the East West toll road to Manchester. The completed roadworks are expected to boost our productivity and create new investment opportunities,” Mr. Shaw said.The Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project will include the construction of a US$220-million perimeter road to relieve the extreme congestion in the heart of Jamaica’s second city.The Naggo Head Technology Park will consist of a state-of-the-art business process outsourcing (BPO) complex, which will be the first major BPO Technology Park in the Caribbean with special economic zone status comprising over 800,000 square feet.For the Morant Bay town revitalisation project, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica has been mandated to establish the Morant Bay Urban Centre at the site of the former Goodyear Tyre Factory.The Morant Bay Urban Centre will be a 500,000-sq.ft. integrated business centre, housing both public- and private-sector entities.“In relation to the public bodies investment programme, total capital expenditure is projected at $68.4 billion, with three public bodies accounting for almost 80 per cent of the planned expenditure. This is focused on meeting the people’s test by providing increased access to housing, water, investment and job opportunities,” the Minister explained. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019. “The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.last_img read more

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Outsiders reaping benefits of Bengals health schemes

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of people from neighbouring states are getting benefits of various health schemes initiated by the Bengal government.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream projects of providing free-of-cost health services in all state-run hospitals and medical colleges, have already become a great success with a large number of people availing free treatment at the hospitals. Now, it has been found that many patients from neighbouring states and countries are also benefitting from the health schemes.The success of the project has gone to the extent where a large number of people are coming to the city to undergo critical surgeries at various hospitals, thereby availing the benefits of the health schemes started by the Mamata Banerjee government. According to a senior Health department official, people from outside the state are reaping the benefits of the projects and many of these patients are undergoing critical surgeries at various state-run medical colleges in the city, free-of-cost.A sizeable number of patients are from Bangladesh. In most of the cases, the state Health department is clueless about the whereabouts of these patients coming from outside, as they show themselves to be local residents. After the disease is cured, the patients go back to their respective native places. This in turn is creating a pressure on the state government.”We cannot stop a patient from outside from being treated at a government hospital free-of-cost, only because he/she is not a resident of the state. Thus, many outside patients are found to be getting the benefits of various health schemes of the state,” a senior official of the Health department said.It has been found that in many cases, the patients mention the address of their local relatives, where they stay during their visit to the state. Most of these outside patients are from Jharkhand and Bihar, among other states. A large number of people from Bangladesh and Nepal also visit the hospitals.last_img read more

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How a Green Thumb Is Helping This Entrepreneur Earn Greenbacks

first_img Not long after planting her first vegetable garden, Kristee Rosendahl realized she was spending most of her time indoors researching gardening topics, not actually digging in the dirt. “I had a stack of gardening books a mile high, but it wasn’t helping me figure out what was best for my garden,” she recalls. Her need for a hyperlocal resource led Rosendahl, a user-experience designer at Apple, to develop Smart Gardener, an online tool for planning and managing one’s vegetable patch. Users enter their ZIP code, garden size and household size, and the program aggregates historical weather statistics from a national database to make recommendations for the best vegetables for the climate and when to plant. It also provides a week-to-week guide for maintaining one’s garden through the growing season. For example, gardeners who want to plant tomatoes will receive recommendations about which varieties will produce the best results in their area; data can be narrowed further, limiting suggestions to, say, heirloom varieties or those that perform well in containers or partial shade.After testing the program in her garden in Sonoma County, Calif., Rosendahl recognized its potential as a business. “There was so much buzz about sustainability and local food systems, and technology was getting much more sophisticated,” she explains. She decided to release Smart Gardener as a free service. Her hope? To build a robust audience as proof of concept, then figure out how to monetize. Since she launched in 2012, more than 250,000 people have created accounts at smartgardener.com, making it the leading U.S. gardening website. Armed with that user base, Rosendahl has introduced small add-ons and apps, ranging in price from $0.99 to $4.99, that include a guide to growing berries and a harvest calculator. The site has also partnered with seed companies and retailers, including Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, to generate revenue from affiliate e-commerce sales. Although she declined to disclose revenue, Rosendahl estimates that 25 percent of users purchase add-ons or products from Smart Gardener’s partners.Smart Garden PlanImage credit: www.smartgardener.comLast year Rosendahl created a B2B product, Smart Backyard, designed to help landscapers use the technology to help with garden planning and maintenance and improve customer communication. For example, after a landscaper has completed a list of recommended chores, an auto-generated newsletter is emailed to clients. With demand for Smart Gardener and Smart Backyard continuing to grow, Rosendahl believes she can expand her empire beyond the garden in the coming years. Among her plans are complementary services such as Smart Chickens, Smart Beekeeping and Smart Orchardist. “We want to be part of the whole smart-home movement,” she says. “Smart Gardener is the first step.” 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 9, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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