Registration Open for April 12 Doo Dah Parade

first_imgPeggy Kings leads the 2013 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City.The following news release is from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer:Entry registrations are now being taken for Ocean City’s 29th annual Doo Dah Parade starting at noon on April 12.The Parade is a celebration of humor and invites entrants in the following categories: Brigades, Individuals, Clowns, Miscellaneous Entries, Costumed Doggies Other Than Basset Hounds, Basset Hound Waddle, and Tributes to Abbott and Costello and other legendary comedians.Clarification: Brigades consist of five or more deranged entrants. Themes may include anything within the parameters of propriety. Remember, Ocean City is a family-oriented resort. Individuals: If you would like to march alone and make your mark on Doo Dah history without anyone else’s support, that’s just fine.Miscellaneous includes aliens from outer space, dragons, unicorns and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, everything and the Kitchen Sink. We do have a Kitchen Sink entry every year. Basset Hounds or any other dog prone to tail wagging are also welcome. The Basset Hound Waddle is a separate division and registration is by email at [email protected] or by calling (609) 525-9300.WHERE DO YOU LINE UP? At Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Parade starts at noon.IS THERE A FEE? I mean would you pay to be in this parade? Really? How much?WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? A collector’s item, 29th-anniversary “I Was a Hot Dog for a Day” T-shirt from Dietz and Watson, plus a Doo Dah Hot Dog Lunch plus lots of fun at America’s and Doo Dah’s Greatest Family Resort.Entry forms are available at City Hall, Room 214, Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226, call (609) 525-9300 to register or email [email protected] On weekends or evenings call (609) 364-4010.Act now! Only the first 10,000 entries will be accepted. Don’t be left out!last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Special Guests In Royal Oak [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, Greensky Bluegrass began their New Year’s run at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI with a stellar night one. The band welcomed several guests, including Lindsey Lou on “Careless Whisper” during set 1 and Mark Lavengood &  Josh Rilke on “Frederico” and “Butcher’s Girl” during the second set. You can check out a gallery of photos from the show below, courtesy of Phierce Photography.You can watch fan-shot footage of “Frederico” below via YouTube user Mike Coapman:The band closes out 2016 in Royal Oak tonight, before a major winter tour ahead. Check out the setlist, via Camp Greensky, below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Royal Oak Music Theater | Royal Oak, MI | 12/30/16Set 1: Letter To Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Merely Avoiding, All 4, Miss September, Windshield, Careless Whisper (1), Living OverSet 2: Burn Them, Frederico (2), Butcher’s Girl (2), Radio Blues, The Four, Worried About The Weather > Dry County > Time, More Of Me, KeroseneEncore: Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox(1) – w/ Lindsey Lou(2) – w/ Mark Lavengood & Josh Rilkelast_img read more

A onetime refugee aims high

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.For Fadumo Dayib, the notion of home is a complicated one.A Mason Fellow in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Dayib was born in Kenya, the daughter of uneducated Somali parents. Her father, a truck driver, and her mother, a “nomad,” had left Somalia to start their new life together in neighboring Kenya.But the history of political and ethnic tensions between the two countries meant she and her family were never accepted by Kenyan society, said Dayib. In 1989, they were arrested and deported amid the spread of civil war in Somalia.“One of my earliest memories of being a second-class citizen, an unwanted person, a displaced person, was when they handed me a small card that said, ‘Go home,’” Dayib recalled. “And that was the boarding pass that I used to get on Somali Airlines to leave Kenya.”Finland offered asylum to Dayib’s family, as it did to thousands of Somali refugees. But she felt that the refugee community was largely marginalized, tolerated but never truly wanted. Still, Dayib built a life there. She got married, had children, and found work as a nurse. Although she didn’t learn to read and write until age 14, she went on to get a master’s degree in health care sciences, and later a master’s in public health.Still, she felt unfulfilled. A deep desire to help those suffering in Somalia gnawed at her. “I have to be there,” she told her husband. So in 2005, she left her family in Finland, taking only her breast-feeding baby along, and joined the United Nations and headed to Puntland, Somalia.“The first night I slept soundly. I felt I was at home. I was on a mattress, but that was the best thing I ever could have ever done in my life,” Dayib said. “And I never looked back.”With the U.N., she worked on maternal health issues and mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention, setting up clinics across Somalia. But security concerns prompted the U.N. to evacuate her to Nairobi six months later. More troubling, she said, was the hostility and distrust Dayib felt from Somalis, the very people she was trying to aid.“It was very similar to what the Finns were telling me: ‘Leave this country, you’re taking over our jobs,’” said Dayib. “So I’m like, ‘Where am I going to go?’ I left Finland because I felt unwanted, and I thought I can help you, and I really think I can help you.’ So, where do I belong?”Reunited with her family, Dayib went to Fiji and Liberia, where she helped set up HIV prevention offices and trained health care providers for the U.N. over the next several years.Seeing Liberia, which had recently emerged from its own long-term strife, brought Dayib’s thoughts once again to her ancestral land. “Why can’t Somalia be like this? I want to be in an environment like this where you don’t hear gunfire, girls are going to school, women are working, people feel happy,” she said.So in 2013, she began work on a Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki on women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict societies.After taking a break to attend HKS starting last fall, Dayib has high goals. She is preparing to run for president of Somalia in 2016.She is quite clear about the difficulties she faces, particularly as a woman. “Of course, I think about the instability, I think about the insecurity, I think about the challenges that lie ahead, but I think these challenges face women wherever they are,” she said. “But the ultimate challenge really is: How far am I willing to go with my convictions?”“It almost belittles what she’s trying to do to say she’s attempting to make history,” said Steve Jarding, a lecturer in public policy at HKS who teaches campaign management and political strategy. “It’s a bit more than that. I think it’s a profile in courage” for Dayib to seek office in a place where there are such “huge personal risks involved.” But with her “charisma,” “drive” and “remarkable” sense of public service, Jarding said Dayib has the power to unite the Somali diaspora and perhaps stir real change regardless of the election outcome. “I think in so many ways, Somalia and the world are already better.”“Coming here was really to see how far I could push the envelope. I’ve always wanted to see how far I could go even when people tell me it’s impossible to do,” said Dayib. “My mother always told me, ‘You hold all the possibilities in your palms.’ And it’s true.”last_img read more

Dell Technologies Channel Executives Recognized as CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs

first_imgCRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, recognizes channel executives with its annual Channel Chiefs Awards. One of the highest honors in the industry, a CRN Channel Chiefs designation identifies those leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their partner ecosystems. Today, CRN announced the 2020 Channel Chiefs, naming ten Dell Technologies leaders to this prestigious list of channel stewards.Channel Chiefs honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff “as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation.”Congratulations to the ten executives across the Dell Technologies family of businesses who have been recognized as CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs (listed in alphabetical order):Dell TechnologiesGregg Ambulos – Senior Vice President, North America Channel SalesCheryl Cook – Senior Vice President, Global Partner, Embedded & Edge Solutions MarketingKelli Furrer – Vice President, Federal Channel and AlliancesErica Lambert – Senior Vice President, Global Channel, Alliances, Embedded & Edge Services SalesScott Millard – Senior Vice President, Global Channel Data Center Sales and PresalesJoyce Mullen – President, Global Channel, Embedded & Edge SolutionsJay Snyder – Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and IndustriesRSABrian Breton – Global Channel Strategy & Americas Channel Sales & OperationsVMwareJenni Flinders – Global Channel ChiefBill Swales – Vice President & Channel Chief, Americas Partner Organization Joyce Mullen and Cheryl Cook Named Among CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ This marks the third consecutive year that Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, Embedded & Edge Solutions, was named to CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ list. Among her accomplishments this year, Mullen counts the launch of the Dell Technologies Partner Program, driving significant growth amid the industry’s macroeconomic pressures, and record-high partner satisfaction ratings.“Every small step we took this year – from faster deal registration to more predictable sales engagements – added up to something much bigger: our highest partner satisfaction score in company history. We’ve invested deeply in these improvements; I’m proud our partners are feeling the effects; and we have big plans to continue this in the future,” Mullen shared.Cheryl Cook, Senior Vice President, Global Partner, Embedded and Edge Solutions Marketing, was recognized among CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ for the fourth consecutive year. Over the past year, Cook collaborated with partner leaders across the Dell Technologies family of businesses to make it easier and more lucrative for partners to do business with Dell.Let’s Bring It: 2020 Dell Technologies Partner ProgramAs we begin the 2020 Dell Technologies Partner Program year, we celebrate the leaders who work to enable partners’ success with a program that is truly Simple. Predictable. Profitable.TM Let’s bring it in 2020!last_img read more

Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley & Common Join NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_img View Comments More stars are heading to Oz! Grammy winner Ne-Yo, Oscar and Grammy winner Common and movie musical alum Elijah Kelley have joined the cast of NBC’s The Wiz Live! The three will play Tinman, the Gatekeeper and Scarecrow, respectively. The musical will be broadcast live on December 3.Ne-Yo won two Grammys in 2009 for ”Miss Independent” and the year prior for his album Because of You. His latest album, Non-Fiction, was released earlier this year. Kelley appeared in the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray as Seaweed. His additional credits include Red Tails, Boys of Abu Ghraib and The Butler. Common won an Oscar with John Legend earlier this year for the Selma anthem “Glory.” He previously won Grammys for the singles “Love of My Life” and “Southside.” His film credits include Now Your See Me, Every Single Thing, Selma and the upcoming Suicide Squad.The new cast members join the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz), Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley will play good witches Glinda and Addaperle and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word yet if this cast is on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”last_img read more

City of Burlington issues response to Larkin Report over Burlington Telecom

first_imgBurlington Telecom,The City of Burlington has issued a response to the report by Larkin and Associates with respect to Burlington Telecom (’Larkin Report’).  The Larkin Report was initiated in October 2009 by the Vermont Department of Public Service in relation to proceedings on BT before the Vermont Public Service Board. The Report was released over a year later on December 10, 2010 and contains several conclusions related to BT’s compliance with its CPG, knowledge of those compliance issues, accounting practices, and the viability of Burlington Telecom.The City’s response addresses Larkin’s methodology in developing the report, Larkin’s conclusions related to BT as a going concern, the City’s response to BT’s finances, Condition 60 of BT’s Certificate of Public Good, and several accounting matters.In a memo to the City Council regarding the report, Mayor Bob Kiss stated: ‘I encourage you to review these issues carefully. The Larkin report omits critical facts, contains inaccuracies, fails to verify assumptions and relies on dated information.  Moreover, Larkin did not engage person-to-person with key City staff or the City’s auditing firm and financial consultants.’Mayor Kiss adds that ‘while we have several concerns about the Larkin Report that needed to be addressed, our focus is to continue to move forward to preserve Burlington Telecom as an asset providing significant value to Burlington and potentially Vermont.’The full response can be found at: is external).In partnership with the City Council, Mayor Kiss has called a special City Council meeting on BT for January 27 at 6:30 pm in Contois Auditorium. The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to get information about the status and future of Burlington Telecom and have questions answered.  The City is encouraging those with questions to submit them in advance, to be answered at the meeting.  In addition to asking questions at the meeting, questions may be submitted in advance at is external).January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT. January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT.  January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT.last_img read more

Indonesian government pushing ahead with reforms to jump-start renewable energy transition

first_imgIndonesian government pushing ahead with reforms to jump-start renewable energy transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Jakarta Post:The government aims to jump-start stalled renewable energy projects through a recently issued regulation as it races against time to catch up with Indonesia’s green energy commitments.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued last month a regulation that scraps the unpopular build, own, operate, transfer (BOOT) scheme. Many renewable energy players have said the scheme undermined their projects’ bankability. The new regulation also enables Indonesia’s sole off taker, state-owned PLN, to sign power purchase agreements without conducting a bid under certain conditions.The ministry’s various renewables director, Harris Yahya, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that these “few changes” were meant to get stalled renewable projects going before a more powerful presidential regulation (Perpres) on renewable electricity pricing – slated to be issued this year – put new projects on the table.The government is aiming for renewables to contribute 23 percent of power production by 2025, yet regulatory headwinds are setting the country back from achieving its goal. Regulation stipulates that Indonesia should have reached a 17.5 percent renewable power mix by 2019 yet the country only hit 12.36 percent that year.Among the frequently complained headwinds is Ministerial Regulation No. 50/2017 – dubbed “Permen 50.” This was the regulation that introduced the BOOT scheme and erased a feed-in-tariff pricing policy, which is widely considered to be a very effective means of boosting green energy growth. As a result, out of 75 renewable energy projects signed between 2017 and 2018 in Indonesia, 27 remain without financial close and five have been terminated as of October last year, according to records from the Jakarta-based energy think tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR).The new regulation also introduces guarantees for government-backed renewable plants “in improving their economics.” The regulation authorizes the energy minister to order state-owned power firm PLN to buy electricity from hydropower plants attached to government-built reservoirs from state-funded waste-to-energy power plants and from state-funded renewable energy power plants.[Norman Harsono]More: Government issues regulation to jumpstart stalled renewable energy projectslast_img read more

Increase media relations impact with visuals

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: Details It’s a familiar scene. Budget cuts, increased responsibilities, less time to do more. I could be talking about nearly anyone. I am talking about the media. Their jobs are getting harder and more scrutinized.So, as a public relations professional, what can you do to make their jobs easier, give them details and information they need, and help propel their stories to the frontline – benefiting you and them? Make your news compelling and usable with graphic elements included with your content. In the 2015 Business Wire Media Survey, more than 36% of the 400 journalists surveyed said they would be more likely to use a news release if it contained multimedia elements.Here are three ways you can do just that when you are pitching, sending releases and generally communicating with them.Infographics – incorporating infographics into your pitches and releases not only makes it easy to understand your supporting facts, it creates a visual that is both easy to post on their website, and give a prominent position in a story. It’s also helpful to communicate large amounts of data in a way that doesn’t seem so overwhelming. If you have access to a graphic designer, start working with them to develop smart infographics to support your pitches and releases. If you don’t have access to a designer, consider looking into simple software options that can help you create your own graphics. A quick Google search will give you lots of options that are easy to use, and many are free.Robust newsroom – create a space on your website for reporters to easily locate pertinent information about your organization. Included in that space should be a photo gallery with both lo and hi res versions of your photos. When you are sending out a release that includes photos, rather than attach them to the release (reporters love email, but hate attachments), embed a link to the photo or photos on your website. That way, they can access the photos, and determine the best format for their needs.Slide Shows – if you are working with a lot of data, perhaps a survey or other form of presentation, consider putting it into a slideshow and link it on your newsroom of your website. The format works well in today’s digitally focused world. Reporters can simply grab the slide show and place it into their story on their website. It creates active content for them, and provides great exposure for you. It also allows you to include much more information and data, without bogging the reporter down with an overwhelming press release.Simply put, visuals are tremendous supporting elements to your media relations efforts. Reporters are looking for content and great stories that will reach their audience and you can help them. So, by doing a little research and putting in the effort to create supporting visual content, your message will reach further than ever before and create meaningful media relationships.last_img read more

Three TNI officers sacked, sentenced to prison for selling ammunition to Papuan armed group

first_imgSecond Sgt. Wahyu Insyafandi, who had been discharged from his duty, was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment by the court. Meanwhile, fellow defendants Second Pvt. Okto PR Maure and Second Pvt. Elias KS Waromi were sentenced to 10 years in prison and two and a half years in prison, respectively.Previously, joint military and police personnel grouped under the Nemangkawi task force foiled an attempt to sell 600 rounds of illegal ammunition taking place in front of a department store in Timika on Jul. 24 of last year. The ammunition was reportedly planned to be supplied to an armed rebel group in Papua.The restive province has been the hotbed of separatism for years and armed groups, which authorities said were operating in some of Papua’s regencies, have often been reported to be behind numerous cases of violence in the region. (rfa)Topics : Three Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have been dishonorably discharged and sentenced to prison after a military tribunal found them guilty of supplying thousands rounds of ammunition to an armed rebel group in Papua.The three TNI personnel, who had been previously stationed in Timika, appeared before a military tribunal led by Lt. Col. M. Idris in Jayapura on Tuesday afternoon, as reported by Antara news agency.The military court found them guilty of selling thousands of rounds of ammunition to an armed rebel group — widely referred to as an “armed criminal group” by authorities — in the region.last_img read more

Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

first_imgHealth Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.”We are creating an industrial certification for masks, which means that in a few days there will really be masks of different sizes,” he told Army Radio.”…[So] those with beards will be able to use the appropriate masks.”A spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has said it might consider issuing a ruling permitting religious Jews to shave if the ministry were to deem it necessary.Grotto said seeking a rabbinical dispensation to remove facial hair was “not on the agenda right now”. Israelis who have beards for religious reasons will get the option of custom-made face masks to protect them from the coronavirus rather than being told to shave, a government official said on Monday.As part of measures to combat the epidemic, Israeli authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public.Many of the country’s Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards as a mark of faith, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated. Topics :last_img read more