ASA warns Ladbrokes over ‘Where the Nation Plays’ racing ad

first_imgThe ad received one complaint, which focused on a portion where a man in a café is shown appearing anxious, looking away from those at his table and shaking while a voiceover said: “Come starter’s orders, I’m a bag of nerves.” The ad in question, titled “The Racers” and part of the Entain brand’s “Where the Nation Plays” campaign appeared on Channel 4 streaming service All4 on 25 October, 2020. Though five viewers made complaints about the ad, arguing that it portrayed gambling as “taking priority in life”, the ASA said that characters depicted were “not so distracted that they didn’t continue” with their daily tasks. While the ASA agreed that the character was likely watching the race on television, it said he was “preoccupied with the race” and noted that his food remained “untouched”. It added that the fact the character’s tablemate needed to point out the character’s actions suggested that he was indeed detached from his surroundings and preoccupied with his bet. It showed various people using the Ladbrokes mobile app and describing how they bet on and watch horse racing. The broadcaster added that the ad “depicted a level of excitement”, but “went no further than acknowledging that betting was a leisure activity involving an element of excitement which was reasonable to depict”. Channel Four also argued the ad was not irresponsible and mentioned “a number of approaches that would have been problematic for the ad to have taken, but did not believe the ad did so”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 3rd February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle It added that “nerves before a sporting event were normal emotions”. Viewers would assume the man had placed a bet, rather than just being nervous about the race as Ladbrokes argued. Clearcast, meanwhile, said the man was “not detached from his surroundings” but rather was focused on watching the race on a television. It highlighted detachment from surroundings and preoccupation with gambling as particular areas of importance. As a result, the ASA determined that the ad breached CAP Code section 16.1, which says “marketing communications for gambling must be socially responsible, with particular regard to the need to protect children, young persons and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited”. “He might have been shown to have an annoying habit and a fidget but he was not shown being harmfully obsessed with his bet,” it said. While the ASA did not ban the ad, it did tell Ladbrokes to “ensure future ads did not depict gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible”. In June, the ASA rejected a complaint against a Ladbrokes ad in which characters take part in scenarios similar to casino games in their everyday lives.  However, the ASA upheld the complaint. It noted that the Committee of Advertising Practice’s (CAP) guidance on gambling mentioned that ads featuring characters showing “detachment from surroundings and preoccupation with gambling” were likely to breach the CAP Code of advertising practice. Regions: UK & Ireland Marketing regulation It added that “outwardly light-hearted or humorous approaches that could be regarded as portrayals of these behaviours” should still be avoided. Email Address Other Entain brands have received recent ASA sanctions, however, as the ASA banned an ad for Coral’s “Fail to Finish” promotion on the same day it rejected the Ladbrokes complaint as well as a Gala Spins ad that it said was likely to be of particular appeal to children. It was also found to be in breach of section 16.3.1, which states gambling ads should not “portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm”. The ad had been cleared by clearing agency Clearcast before it appeared. ASA warns Ladbrokes over ‘Where the Nation Plays’ racing ad The complaint argued that the ad depicted socially irresponsible gambling behaviour. While no TV was visible in the shot, Clearcast said it was “strongly implied” to be where he was looking through the narrative of the ad. Clearcast also pointed out that the character responded quickly to a friend at his table who pointed out that his shaking was making the eggs he had ordered wobble. This, it said, showed he was not detached from the conversation. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: ASA Entain The ASA has upheld a complaint against Ladbrokes after ruling that an October 2020 ad displayed a character detached from his surroundings due to preoccupation with a bet. Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Marketing Marketing regulation Horse racing Ladbrokes responded that there was no mention of this person in the ad gambling. The player was “simply stating that he got nervous ahead of starter’s orders which would be his natural reaction whether or not he was gambling”, it argued. last_img read more

Rugby World Cup Groups

first_img Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups Collapse Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Take a look at all the matches that… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Expand 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Rugby World Cup Venues Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, SamoaPool BNew Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, CanadaPool CEngland, France, Argentina, USA, TongaPool DAustralia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, UruguayFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. What you need to know about the 12… Expand Rugby World Cup Venues New ground: Japan 2019 will be the first Rugby World Cup held in Asia (Getty Images) Rugby World Cup GroupsThe 2019 Rugby World Cup runs from Friday 20 September to Saturday 2 November, with games played across Japan. This page has all you need to know with regards the four pools at the tournament.There are 20 teams involved in the World Cup, divided into four groups of five, and the two teams that finish top of the table in their pool after the group matches progress to the quarter-finals.Twelve teams qualified automatically for RWC 2019 by finishing in the top three of their groups at the 2015 tournament in England. Those teams are New Zealand, who won back-to-back titles and are looking to secure a hat-trick in 2019, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, England, Georgia, Japan and Italy.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup fixturesThe original pool draw was made in May 2017, with the 12 qualified teams split into various bands depending on their World Rugby Ranking at the time, with New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland in the top band.Line-ups: The Rugby World Cup groups after the pool draw in May 2017 (Getty Images)Since then, the USA have qualified as Americas 1 and Uruguay have qualified as Americas 2, while Fiji and Tonga made it to the finals as Oceania 1 and Oceania 2 respectively.After much controversy in the Rugby Europe Championship, which doubles a World Cup qualifier, Russia made it through to Japan as Europe 1. Held in Japan for the first time, make… Samoa went through to Japan 2019 as the Play-off Winner with a comfortable aggregate win over two legs against Germany.Namibia secured the Africa 1 qualifying spot and a place in Pool B by winning the Africa Gold Cup, which also involved Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.The Repechage tournament was played in November 2018 in Marseille and involved four teams – Canada, Germany, Africa Gold Cup runners-up Kenya and Hong Kong, who won the Asia Championship and then beat the Cook Islands in a play-off.Canada won the tournament and secured their place in the World Cup.These are the Rugby World Cup groups for Japan 2019 as they stand:Rugby World Cup GroupsPool A 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups for the 2019 tournament in Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Charities Resource Network Goes Live

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 June 2003 | News  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Finance Directors’ Group has today (23rd June) launched the Charities Resource Network (CRN), an innovative database driven information website ( which seeks to strengthen good practice in the charity sector through the direct sharing of information.Part of the resource offered by the site, in the documents section, are practical working documents which are currently in use by charities, as well as professional ./guidance and advice provided by firms who subscribe to the CFDG. There are also signposts to other sources of information on many subjects.For the network, information CFDG holds about its members and their organisations is also available to members online, to enable them to search for others from similar organisations to discuss common management issues. Members will also be able to update their own information on the database.The Charities Resource Network site links with the new redesigned Charity Finance Directors’ Group website, also launched today. The CFDG site, (, tells everyone about their events, information services and policy work. It also provides a news feed featuring links to the latest news of interest to people in charities. Most of the information on this site is available to everyone.Geoff Miller, Chairman of the Trustees of CFDG, said, “The Charities Resource Network will allow our members and others to share documents and knowledge in a way which has never been possible before. The Charities Resource Network is a really exciting development for CFDG and the sector as a whole. If the public sees us working together to improve the management of our organisations we will be playing an important part in raising public confidence in the sector.”CFDG Chief Executive, Shirley Scott added, “The CRN website is launched after its first phase of development and already contains a wealth of useful information. We have plans to extend the range of information and to make more of it accessible to charity sector as a whole to help us achieve our objectives of raising public education in the management of charities.”Built with funding from the Community Fund, the CRN site will be maintained and developed further by the CFDG and its members as a vital resource for the sector.For further information please contact: Louise Murray, Marketing and Training Events Manager on Tel: 020 7793 1400. Email [email protected] to Editors:Technical information1. Charities Resource Network uses Pro2000 database software developed by ProTech Computer Systems.2. The website is designed by Gemfish and developed by ProTech.Who can use the CRN?1. Some of the information, in particular the document and signposting database, is available to all with no need for fees or login access.2. Members of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group have free access to all areas of the site, via a login name and password.3. Commercial organisations who subscribe to the CFDG have more limited access to some areas, specifically personal contact information about members. For more information about becoming a CFDG subscriber see In the future CFDG intends to provide membership of the CRN to charities which do not wish to become full members of the CFDG, and may also provide access to students and other researchers. For more information about this please email [email protected] CFDG1. The Charity Finance Directors’ Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions.2. CFDG’s 1000 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Over 60% of the top 500 charities are members of the CFDG. Between them CFDG members manage about £10 billion in charity income per year. Charities Resource Network Goes Live Tagged with: Digital Finance About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Converting conversations into real opportunities

first_imgVicky calls for right to die with dignity Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSCommunityenterpriseInterviewNews Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Previous articleHarvest time at Lime Tree and Belltable theatresNext articleWillie’s moustache enters the housing debate Staff Reporter Facebook Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership chief executive Liam McElligott.Photo: Jillian RyanLIMERICK has become a business and employment city. It is now on the international stage with the possibility of becoming a modular gateway to Europe.That’s the view of Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership chief executive Liam McElligott who says that the work that has gone on over the last ten years means that the city and county can thrive with its people to the forefront.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Some years ago, the notion that Limerick needed to create 10,000 jobs was somewhat aspirational and an amazing statement to make. Yet steadily and methodically, like peeling back an onion, we’ve had multi-billion euro investments like Regeneron transforming the economic outlook.“It was a ‘phoenix from the ashes’ scenario and this is what has made Limerick great again.“What I love about Limerick at the moment is that we have been having conversations in the city that have been very engaging and very productive. It’s invigorating to be here at this time.”The vastly experienced executive was one of the co-founders of Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) which was set up in 2000 in response to the closure of Krups who were major employers in the area for many years.The founding principles of LEDP were of employment generation and being a conduit for social, educational and economic development of Limerick and the surrounding area.Through relationships established with diverse groups, it has become an advocate and channel for change in the social, economic, educational and regenerative processes in play in Limerick and the surrounding areas.It is through this lens that its chief executive shares his experience of Limerick’s emergence from the difficulties of its past.“There was talk of multi-billion dollar companies replacing lost jobs. There was talk of film industry here. There was talk of many things happening including us becoming a hub for the tech industry and more.“What a hoot. But steadily the work has produced the results. We have major FDI employers, we have a film industry and we have our third level colleges feeding the economy more and more.“The conversations we are having across the board and then the ability to bring them to fruition is possibly the most exciting thing in the city – and that is what we in Limerick are about – just getting it done”.He believes that the education process has been “very supportive of Limerick’s ability to change and move on. We are producing bright kids out of UL, LIT and Mary I as well as the many other institutions that are feeding into them.Echoing this sentiment, LEDP manager George Lee said that when UL started out as the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE), it coincided with Ireland’s entry into the EU.“Indigenous businesses began to struggle – bacon curing, shoemaking and more – but with the college we were actually beginning the process of setting ourselves up for the future.“We started producing graduates of quality and things started to happen with the arrival of top-level companies and this continues today.Looking towards the future, Liam McElligott says that with an expectation to deliver quickly on plans, “you are into the realms of instant gratification and that doesn’t exist.“Solid, steady and relentless progression is what you are looking for because that is more sustainable for the future.“The way the city and the region is going, it’s better that we cleared the mist with the unification of the local authorities and the combined unified message of business promotion.“We are operating on a level that we hadn’t done before and Limerick is now the most interesting city on the island.“It is one thing to have conversations but you have to make sure that people are listening as it is only a monologue otherwise.“We had a conversation one evening and it turned into the creation of Troy Studio – so anything is possible once the right people talk and create a partnership.“Since the early part of the century, Ireland exported its people to foreign lands. “We were sending up to 50,000 people a year out of the country in cattle boats. The future to me is turning our back on all of that and retaining what we have – even to the point of bringing people back to continue to drive our economy.“It is not inconceivable for Limerick to be a gateway in terms of multi-modal direct gateway portal into Europe.And as for Brexit, the LEDP boss is remarkably sanguine“It’s only a blip in life in terms of what we have already overcome,” he concludes. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsBusinessCommunityConverting conversations into real opportunitiesBy Staff Reporter – September 8, 2018 1517 Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

DUP Cllr appears in Court in relation to Facebook comments over Castlederg parade

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – August 22, 2013 Facebook News Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestcenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North DUP Cllr appears in Court in relation to Facebook comments over Castlederg parade Previous articleCalifornian Gallagher seeks Donegal home for unique surf board!Next articleNorthwest public warned again over potentially life threatening cookers News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry DUP councillor Ruth Patterson has appeared in court to face a charge of sending a message on a social networking site that was grossly offensive.It relates to a Facebook comment she made about an imaginary attack on a republican parade in Castlederg.57-year-old Ms Patterson appeared at Belfast Magistrate’s Court. Her lawyer said she would be contesting the charge.Earlier this month Belfast DUP Cllr was arrested in relation to comments she made about a planned republican parade in Castlederg.In a conversation on Facebook, she had responded to someone else’s post about an imaginary attack on the parade in Castlederg in which several people including Sinn Féin figures are killed.Cllr Patterson did later apologise, she said her comments were “completely incompatible with the polices of the Democratic Unionist Party and what is expected of me as an elected representative”.Her supporters at the hearing included DUP Health Minister Edwin Poots and East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson.Junior minister Jonathan Bell accompanied Ms Patterson into the court. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

The best of: TRD reporters share their favorite stories of 2020

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags2020 in Reviewobituary The Real Deal Reporters’ Favorite Real Estate Stories 2020. (iStock)The coronavirus pandemic colored many of the stories at The Real Deal in 2020, but our reporters’ picks for their favorite pieces of the year show that not everything was about Covid-19 in the real estate industry.While some of these stories touch on the ways the pandemic changed real estate in the past 12 months — from creating more opportunities for landlords to pick up distressed properties, to putting pressure on Manhattan’s already shaky condo market — others are deep dives into little corners of the industry, including a profile of one of Los Angeles’ most famous agents and a history of New York City’s most profitable condo.Here’s a look at some of the most compelling TRD stories of the year, curated by the reporters themselves:Matthew Blake, Los Angeles reporterIllustration by Nazario Graziano“Sizing up Manhattan’s condo crunch following a decade of boom and bust”: It’s hard to make a story based on an overall empirical view of a submarket entertaining and engaging, but I thought Sylvia Varnham O’Regan’s story did it with crisp writing and vignettes about individual developers. When I think of Manhattan I partly think of luxury condos, and I felt like this story authoritatively gave me a view of what’s happening with the new, sleek high-rises that dot the city.Jonathan Litt of Land & Buildings (Getty Images/iStock)Kathryn Brenzel, senior reporter“The Littmus test: Veteran activist investor on his office shorting strategy“: Where there’s unrest over a REIT’s leadership, there’s usually Jonathan Litt. E.B. Solomont digs into the strategy and mindset of the activist investor and how that is shaping his investments during the pandemic. This story offers a rare opportunity to learn more about Litt and the companies he has targeted, underscoring that he both enjoys a relatively low profile while also being near-omnipresent in the REIT world. When he isn’t orchestrating outlandish stunts, he’s quietly sitting through dozens of earnings calls in his office. One constant is that he is a thorn in the side of many REIT executives.Having learned from missed opportunities a decade ago, family offices are strategically looking for distress opportunities in real estate (iStock)Erin Hudson, reporter“Family offices are gearing up to pounce on distressed real estate”: I really enjoyed Akiko Matsuda’s article on how family offices are gearing up to invest in distressed real estate. The activities and strategies of these funds are private and loosely regulated, so any glimpse behind the curtain is both interesting and informative. There was also a fascinating tidbit in the article noting how most family wealth is lost within a few generations. Well worth a read to see how some of these investors are viewing the pandemic.David Swerdloff and his father (left) with 124 7th Avenue (Photos via David Swerdloff; Google Maps)Orion Jones, data journalist“Inside the plight of a small retail landlord”: This is a great role-reversal story. If you think being a landlord means living on Easy Street, consider David Swerdloff, 75, who sold kitchen and bathroom appliances from the same single-story building as his father in Chelsea. After Swerdloff retired in 2006, the chain eatery Le Pain Quotidien leased the space. When the pandemic hit, “lawmakers went to great lengths to protect small business owners from big landlords, but made no effort to protect small landlords from big tenants,” TRD’s Sasha Jones writes. Le Pain entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May; Swerdloff is one of 10 million small-time U.S. landlords.Ziel Feldman (right), Nir Meir and the XI (Illustration by Zach Meyer)Sasha Jones, reporter“How HFZ became the face of Manhattan’s condo woes”: This story has two elements that make me proud to work at TRD: in-depth reporting and vivid storytelling. After months of breaking stories surrounding HFZ Capital Group, Rich Bockmann, Sylvia Varnham O’Regan and Keith Larsen piece together the full picture here. Beyond HFZ, this story is a look into what it means to take big risks in the real estate world and potentially lose it all. If that doesn’t entice you, the fast paced action-thriller-esque lede of the story alone will: “What’s the latest?” read the text that popped up on Nir Meir’s phone one Thursday afternoon in July. “Running out of time.”Irving Langer, one of the city’s largest apartment landlords, is scrambling to refinance his 3K-unit empire. (Credit: Langer by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Gulliver’s Gate; Rivitography via Autogespot)Georgia Kromrei, reporter“Multifamily giant Irving Langer racing to refi 3K-unit portfolio”: Irving Langer is in denial. One of NYC’s larger multifamily landlords, Langer cruises around in his Mercedes with “YOLO 120” license plates — when he’s in the city, which is not often, these days. Mostly, he’s living it up in South Florida with two chic condos. Back in NYC, his multifamily loans are in default, Kushner Companies is suing him for breach of lease at a Times Square tourist trap, and he’s unwilling to accept that New York City multifamily values have plummeted. Rich Bockmann’s story gave us a window into the disbelief shared by many post-June 2019.Kurt Rappaport (Photo by Jeff Newton)Keith Larsen, reporter“The life and times of Kurt Rappaport, California’s alpha agent”: Matthew Blake’s captivating profile of the star real estate agent immediately had me hooked. From reading the story, you find out what it takes to be successful in Los Angeles’ celebrity real estate business. In the case of Rappaport, it’s a crazed obsession with doing whatever it takes to get a deal done — for the agent, it appears almost nothing else matters. Matt does a beautiful job of taking us inside Rapport’s mind through clever writing and pointed observations.Steven Roth and 220 Central Park South, which has effectively created its own tier of the luxury market.Kevin Sun, data journalist“The inside story of 220 Central Park South, the world’s most profitable condo”: The story of 220 Central Park South, the most profitable condo development ever, is in many ways a microcosm of New York City real estate over the past decade and a half, touching on issues ranging from tenant buyouts and zoning disputes to foreign lenders and debates over inequality in the city.This story by E.B. Solomont and Hiten Samtani makes great use of archival reporting to present a rich cast of characters, including not only some of NYC’s biggest developers but also less well-known figures with equally fascinating back stories. As a source concludes: “We just lived through an era: Make no mistake — these aren’t happening anytime soon.”Ryan SerhantSylvia Varnham O’Regan, reporter“The brand dilemma: What Ryan Serhant’s new venture says about the future of brokerage”: As a dedicated real estate reporter, I have of course watched all the shows: “Million Dollar Listing,” “Selling Sunset,” an experimental grab bag of apartment tours on YouTube. So when Erin Hudson came out with this story about how brokerages navigate the line between lifting up star brokers without growing too dependent on them, I was all in.Part feature, part analysis, part insidery window into a fascinating world, this piece sets Ryan Serhant’s stunning departure from Nest Seekers in the context of wider industry shifts, cleverly unpacking the tension between old and new media, brokers and their firms, discretion and visibility. This one is a must read!center_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Offshore spatial segregation in giant petrels Macronectes spp.: differences between species, sexes and seasons

first_img1. Investigations were made to determine whether the two giant petrel species segregate by gender and species in relation to the stage of the annual cycle. The individual foraging behaviour of 14 male and 11 female northern giant petrels (Macronectes halli) and 13 male and 15 female southern giant petrels (M. giganteus) breeding at South Georgia were tracked over 1 year using geolocators (global location sensing loggers). 2. Males of both species showed a flexible foraging strategy, switching from coastal to pelagic habits, probably governed by spatio-temporal changes in carrion availability. In contrast, marine areas exploited by females were more consistent over the year and similar for the two species, with most foraging locations concentrated over the same pelagic waters. 3. This study provides support for the differences in foraging between sexes as the main mechanism reducing intraspecific competition. Although the two species are morphologically similar and can easily access each other’s foraging habitat, they differ in the foraging areas exploited. Thus, interspecific competition seems mainly relaxed by spatial segregation, particularly between males in winter, probably mediated by different competitive abilities and physical tolerances to temperature and winds. Foraging southern giant petrels from South Georgia were not restricted to the areas within the line of equidistance to other colonies, but their foraging range overlapped with feeding grounds of conspecifics breeding in the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Continent. 4. Taken together, these findings suggest that foraging selection on marine habitat heterogeneity reduces interspecific competition, whereas carrion availability reduces intersexual competition, in giant petrels.last_img read more

Ocean City to Celebrate MLK Day on Jan. 21

first_imgOcean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events on Monday, Jan. 21: the Day of Service and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Soul Food Dinner.The ceremony, a long tradition in Ocean City, moves this year from its customary date on the Saturday before to the Monday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. It will be held at noon at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School.The ceremony brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. After the program, everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria. The Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church will bring back one of the event’s traditional highlights — his recitation of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.Dr. Beverly Vaughn and the Freedom Singers from Stockton University will perform. The Rev. Marcia Sanford of Macedonia Methodist Church and the Rev. Stephen Connor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will give a scripture readings.Ocean City resident Sally Onesty will be honored with the Martin Luther King Award for her support of individuals and families battling the effects of addiction. Ocean City Intermediate School eighth-grader Ethan Meron and seventh-grader James Burke will be honored for their winning essays reflecting on the lasting impact of Dr. King.After the program, everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes fried chicken and other comfort food. Donations will be accepted and benefit OCNJ CARE. The Hughes Performing Arts Center is at Ocean City High School, and the entrance is on the beach block of Sixth Street.Volunteers are invited to join others nationwide in a Day of Service earlier on Jan. 21 to honor Dr. King’s contributions. Residents are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up and supply distribution will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, located in the Community Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available back at the Senior Center after the cleanup. To participate or for more information, please call 609-399-6111.Suzanne Pelkaus, left, of Upper Township, and Ingrid Hickman, of Ocean City, were among 76 volunteers who participated in the MLK Day cleanup in 2017.OCEAN CITY SCOUT TROOP SPONSORS 3RD ANNUAL SUPER CHILI BOWLOcean City Boy Scouts from Troop 32 will hold the third annual Super Chili Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).Prizes will go to the top chefs receiving votes from the general public after sampling the many different chili styles. The event is free for chef/participants with $5 per person charged at the door for taste-testing guests.Prizes will be given for Best Chili, Most Unique Chili, Hottest Chili and Best Cornbread.“We’re looking to get chili cooking chefs to enter our friendly fray,” Scoutmaster Dean William Mitzel said. “We’ve had two successful contests so far, and we want this year to be even bigger.”Chili chefs can register by sending their name, email address and phone number to Crystal Erney by phone at 609-335-3598 or by email at [email protected] City Scout Troop 32, established in 1964, is a values-based youth development organization, helping to build future leaders by combining educational activities with fun.For more information about this event or about joining Troop 32, contact William Mitzel at (609) 938-0725.The reigning Mr. Mature America Bill Quain hams it up with the show’s host, Erik Estrada, in 2018. (Courtesy city of Ocean City)MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT SEEKS CONTESTANTSRegistration is now open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 13.Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its sixth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments.If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 15.The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The Mr. Mature Pageant takes place on the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 13 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia.Registration also is open for any individuals, groups or businesses who want to participate in the Doo Dah Parade at noon that day. Joining the parade is a great way to bring awareness to your business or cause before the summer season. Sign up at Doo Dah Parade was first held in Ocean City in 1986 as an event to herald the end of income tax season. It featured unusual entries like beach chair drill teams and fan clubs of legendary comedians. The parade begins on Asbury Avenue at Sixth Street, proceeds to 12th Street and turns east to the boardwalk. This year it will pass the Ocean City Music Pier and finish on the boardwalk at Sixth Street. For more than a decade, the parade has been anchored by a legion of dogs from the Basset Hound Rescue League.Costumed creatures entertain the spectators as the 2018 Doo Dah Parade unfolds along Asbury Avenue. Standing in front of an enlarged portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singer Michelle Anderson performs at Ocean City’s Jan. 13, 2018, ceremony honoring the late civil rights leader.last_img read more

Holcomb announces small business assistance in COVID-19 response

first_img (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb, delivering his 4th annual State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2020. INDIANAPOLIS (Press Release): Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).This declaration is in response to a formal request Gov. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on Tuesday, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana.“Small businesses play a critical role in driving Indiana’s economy forward, with more than 512,000 employing 1.2 million Hoosiers across the state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These disaster loans will provide much needed financial support to small business owners who are weathering the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.”Under the program, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and nonprofits across the state are eligible to apply for low-interest loans up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills incurred during this public health emergency. The loan interest rates for small businesses and nonprofits are 3.75% and 2.75%, respectively, with terms up to 30 years.To qualify for disaster loans, applicants must demonstrate credit history, the ability to repay the loan, and proof of physical presence in Indiana and working capital losses. Additionally, the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has 10 regional offices throughout the state, will provide free business advising and application assistance for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit Contact 1-800-659-2955 or [email protected] with additional questions. The deadline to apply for the disaster loans is Dec. 18, 2020. Holcomb announces small business assistance in COVID-19 response WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaNews Previous articleCass County Sheriff looking for thieves that posed as utility workersNext articleThe Better Business Bureau says the coronavirus scammers are already hard at work Carl Stutsman By Carl Stutsman – March 19, 2020 0 320 Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Local farmers chosen to study ginger growth in Maine

first_imgDave Allen of Rustic Roots farm holds some freshly harvested ginger.FARMINGTON – The Western Foothills of Maine may not be the most ideal climate to grow ginger, but Rustic Roots Farm has been doing it for the last two years and was recently awarded an $8,000 grant to study its growth.Rustic Roots Farm owner’s Erica Emery and Dave Allen have been awarded the grant from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and were one of 29 recipients this year. The program is designed for farmers to try different techniques and produce results that can be used as a reference for other farmers. Rustic Roots will be looking at different spacing techniques to maximize ginger yields.“What we’re going to be looking at is how seed spacing affects the ginger yields… We’ve tried a few different ways of spacing it out, but the literature currently is just all over the place as far as how far apart pieces of ginger should be planted,” said Allen. “We want to find out what is the best way to maximize our yield.”Ginger prefers a tropical understory climate and a long growing season, both of which are unavailable in Maine.“We’re trying to grow a plant that needs a seven to eight month growing season in a climate that regularly only has three or four months,” said Allen.The process of growing a plant from a different climate involves tricking it into believing that the climate is different than it actually is, Allen said.Ginger has to essentially be tricked into growing in Maine’s much shorter, and harsher growing season.“We take the seed, which is basically mature ginger, ours is grown in Hawaii…we let it cure and then we plant it in trays with coconut coir and we put it into a custom built incubator,” said Allen. “Which makes the ginger think it’s underground for like two months. All through April and May it will be in there and then early June we’ll take it out and that’s when we’ll plant it. Then it will stay in the ground until October, ideally.”Emery and Allen will weigh the ginger before and after planting to measure its expansion. They will then compile the data to share with Northeast SARE which will in turn be shared with other farmers as a resource.The grant money will go towards the cost of the 25 pounds of ginger seedlings that will be dedicated to the project as well as the cost of installing an irrigation system to mimic a tropical understory climate.Rustic Roots Farm Farm Shares are now open for sign ups. Shareholders receive twenty weeks of locally grown produce, including fresh ginger during harvest season.last_img read more