Ocean City Celebrates MLK Day

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City church and community leaders didn’t allow the COVID-19 crisis to prevent them from observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate his message of peace and love.“Today, we celebrate the legacy, the work, the life of a man whose life was fueled by his faith in his creator, a man, who profoundly changed the consciousness and character of America,” Ocean City Tabernacle Director of Youth Ministry Jonathan Gonzales said on stage at the Tabernacle. “Did you know legacy is not what we do for ourselves; legacy is what we do for the next generation?”Although Ocean City’s King Day celebration was not stopped by the pandemic, the ceremony was conducted virtually at the Tabernacle to protect the participants from COVID-19. Gonzalez called upon those who watched the virtual ceremony to make a positive difference in the lives of others.“Today, I challenge you to lean in, to search your heart and be inspired to act and answer the call of God in your life,” he said. “Look at the example as clear evidence of what an impact you can make. Legacy, it’s not what we do for ourselves; it’s what we do for the next generation.”His words were followed by a performance from the Stockton Oratorio Society Section Chorus, led by Dr. Beverly Vaughn, of “I Don’t Believe He Brought Me This Far To Leave Me.”Video courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV ProductionsIn addition to live performances, the hour-long virtual program included prayer and reflections on Dr. King, the honoring of Ocean City residents with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award, and a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson.Mayor Jay Gillian spoke of overcoming difficulties of this past year. He stressed that the past year had its share of challenges from a pandemic to political fighting that has divided the nation. Now, he said, is the time to come together for one another.“It’s a great honor for me to be a part of this tradition and it saddens me that we can’t be here together today,” Gillian said of hosting the ceremony without people in the audience. “It would have been hard to imagine last year at this time that a global pandemic would keep us apart. It also would have been hard to imagine that our world would be even more divided.”He spoke of how Dr. King would not give in to anger. “He remained true to unity,” Gillian noted. “I feel blessed to live here and serve as mayor of this wonderful community. Many different people make up our town. We do not always agree, but we all share the love of Ocean City.”The mayor then offered some advice. “Let’s look away from the social media. Let’s remember that we are friends and neighbors and we are all a part of the same great country. And let’s think of all the small things that we can do to make the world a better place. That was Dr. King’s dream, and that is what will carry us forward.”Three members of the community, Kathy Thompson, Jennifer Bowman and VFW Post 6650 Commander Mike Morrissey, were honored for their volunteerism with the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Services awards.All three, the mayor said, have helped the community in many ways. Thompson and Bowman both provide meals to those in need through their volunteer work at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Morrissey, as commander of the VFW Post, has always helped the community whenever he is called upon, Gillian said.Thompson said her volunteer work would not be possible without all of the support of those around her, including Bowman.“Martin Luther King Jr. stood heavenly above me,” she said in remarks during the ceremony.Thompson also said she was truly honored by the city for receiving the award.Bowman could not attend the ceremony. However, the mayor’s aide, Michael Allegretto, spoke about Bowman’s dedication to children, students and senior citizens with a host of kind deeds she does throughout the year to help others.“Everyone from school kids to seniors know what Jen Bowman does,” he said. “She gives hundreds of hours of her time to help the community.”Mayor Jay Gillian recognizes community volunteers, including MLK Service Award recipients VFW Post 6650 Commander Mike Morrissey, at far left, and Kathy Thompson, standing at right.Morrissey, like Thompson, said he was humbled by the award. He said he and his fellow VFW Post members will always answer the call of duty for the residents of Ocean City.“All members took an oath. We did when we went to combat and we continue to do that today when we serve the community. We took the oath which never expires,” Morrissey said. “VFW 6650 will always be ready and at the forefront when helping Ocean City.”During the ceremony, four students from the Ocean City Intermediate School who won an essay contest read their essays about the impact Dr. King has had in all lives. They were seventh-graders Joseph Heng and Gabrielle Henry and eighth-graders Danna Ramirez and Catie Brooks.State Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, a former Ocean City councilman, introduced the students. After they recited their essays he said, “Thank you very much. Your heartfelt words have meant a lot.”Joseph Heng explained in his essay what Dr. King meant to him and how the late civil rights leader shaped his life.“He firmly believed in racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of peace, activism and justice has taught me the importance of equality, service and to always fight for what I believe in,” Joseph noted.Another speaker, Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church, said she looked at King’s “I have a Dream Speech” and the powerful word of “still” was an obvious one to reflect on.“Now is still the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation,” she said.It is “still the time to make justice a reality,” she continued.“Let us still not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred…The fight still goes on,” Rev. Stanford said.The ceremony ended with Dr. King’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963, delivered by Rev. Greg Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church, outside of the Tabernacle.He also paused to thank frontline workers amid the pandemic.“We want to say thank you to everyone who has assisted us during this national crisis,” Rev. Johnson said.He also asked that those who have died of COVID-19 be remembered.And then he said these words, while joined by the Stockton chorus, who sang “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of the civil rights movement.“Thank you for all that you’ve done as we share in this occasion of celebrating the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keep hope alive, and, yes, it may be dark right now. And although the sun is continuing to go down, let us hold fast to what means so much to us,” Rev. Johnson said. “Kiss your children. Hold your wife. Tell someone that you love them, because we shall overcome, someday.”Rev. Gregory Johnson, center, is joined by the Stockton chorus in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.” Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, at far left, joins essay winners Gabrielle Henry, Joseph Heng, Danna Ramirez and Catie Brooks and Youth Minister Jonathan Gonzalez on stage. (Photos courtesy of Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions)last_img read more

‘Indonesia’s new capital city will be very special,’ Tony Blair says

first_imgFormer British prime minister Tony Blair has said he is confident Indonesia’s new capital city will be a special place, describing the capital relocation plan as an outstanding vision for Indonesia as well as an inspiration for the whole world.“I think the project is enormously exciting. It’s going to be a project that doesn’t just mean creating a new capital city, but a capital city that is going to be very special in the way that it’s developed,” Blair said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday.The former British prime minister has been appointed to join the steering committee for the new capital city development project, alongside SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan. What would make the new city special, Blair went on to say, was the fact it would be built by not only prioritizing environmental considerations, but also the country’s economic growth and development.“The President’s vision for this capital city is one in which the city itself is going to be attractive. It’s going to be a place where people want to come, live and to work, [and] also a capital city that is able to offer a whole new dimension to the Indonesian economy,” he said. Read also: Foreign, local investors lining up to help develop Indonesia’s new capital city, says LuhutCoordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan announced after Friday’s meeting that the government would work with American engineering company AECOM, consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to design the new capital city.The new capital city, which is set to be located in East Kalimantan, is to be designed with the latest technology and an environmentally friendly concept.The government stated earlier that the project would cost Rp 466 trillion (US$ 34.06 billion), with one-fifth of the funds to come from the state budget.The UAE government is also prepared to invest $22.8 billion in the project through a sovereign wealth fund, alongside SoftBank and the United States International Development Finance Corporation. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Town storm into last 16 of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgTown will play Newmarket Celtic of Clare, who knocked St Michael’s out of the competition on penalites, in the next round. Despite going behind against Tramore, for whom Glenn Hawe scored after 7 minutes, the TS&DL side recorded a 6-1 victory in the FAI Junior Cup 6th Round tie at The Complex.Aidan McGrath scored a hat-trick – his goals came in the 55th, 70th and 75th minutes.Jack Burke netted after 75 and 90 minutes while David McGrath got on the scoresheet after 82.last_img

MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the NL Central

first_imgThe Cubs still appear to have the most talented roster, though they mostly sat out the offseason, while the Cardinals’ response to missing the playoffs was to acquire perhaps the most under-the-radar star in the game, Paul Goldschmidt, and sign him to a long-term extension. The defending champion Brewers shored up their lineup with Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal and rumors continue to swirl that Craig Kimbrel may end up in their bullpen as well as they look to build on an impressive season.  Related News MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the NL East Here is your 2019 preview for the NL Central:Storyline to watch — Whither the Cubs dynasty?That magical 2016 season feels awfully distant as this season dawns. The Cubs’ front office has laid out the stakes by allowing manager Joe Maddon to enter the final season of his contract with no extension in sight, setting up 2019 as a potential pivot point for the franchise. The pieces of a title contender are all there, with the core of the World Series champions still in place throughout the batting order. Whether Chicago can get back over the hump — keeping in mind that this is a team that won 95 games last year — could come down to the rotation. The two marquee staff additions last offseason, Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood, did more harm than good in their first year as Cubs, with the midseason pickup of Cole Hamels the only saving grace. The pressure will be on at Wrigley Field from Day 1, and it should be fascinating to watch how Maddon and the Cubs handle it throughout the summer. MVP candidate — Paul Goldschmidt, CardinalsOne of the most consistent hitters in baseball the last six years, Goldschmidt will find himself on a bigger stage in 2019 after being acquired by St. Louis in December. The first baseman with a .930 career OPS has twice been the runner-up in NL MVP voting, but leading the Cardinals back to the playoffs after a three-year drought could be enough to get him over the top in the voting. Paul Goldschmidt’s first at-bat in front of #CardinalsNation since signing his extension went well! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fJi2GMihi4— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 24, 2019Cy Young candidate — Jameson Taillon, PiratesConsidering their respective career arcs, it’s easy to forget Taillon was the player selected between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado at the top of the 2010 MLB Draft. While the other two got their big paydays this winter, Taillon could be poised for a breakout season after settling in at the front of Pittsburgh’s rotation with a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts last season.  The offseason wasn’t as wild in the NL Central as it was in the NL East, but this division is similarly difficult to predict heading into 2019. Four of the five teams in the Central finished above .500 last season and the one exception, Cincinnati, was among the most aggressive teams in baseball all winter in trying to upgrade from its 95-loss 2018. That could set the table for a free-for-all in a division that needed a tiebreaker to determine its champion last year.  Prospect to watch — Nick Senzel, RedsThe Reds added plenty of established talent over the winter with trades for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark, but a homegrown player could play a key role in what they hope will be a bounceback season. Senzel, 23, played second and third base last season in the minors but spent spring training learning how to play center field. An ankle injury suffered at the end of spring training will keep Senzel sidelined early in the season, but he figures to be holding down center field in Cincinnati by May, at which point the Reds will see how his bat (career .314/.390/.513 in the minors) plays at the big-league level. Center field is a new position for Nick Senzel, but you’d hardly know it based on this play. No. 1 on the #Reds Top 30: https://t.co/y9LdllkBZ1 pic.twitter.com/HC3qgbn2Sr— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 17, 2019Division prediction — Cubs winThe foundation of Joe Maddon’s remarkable run in Tampa Bay and Chicago is the work he does every day in the clubhouse, not the dugout. Keeping players loose, confident and ready to buy in is at the core of his approach, and the sense of urgency at hand this year should have everyone on the same page from the beginning. It’s not that the Cubs’ proverbial window is necessarily closing, but it’s difficult to imagine so many key pieces staying together much longer. The thought here is that Maddon works his magic again and the Cubs fend off a variety of challengers to return to the NLDS — at least.last_img read more

Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington.The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year olds lost in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament semifinals in Junction City this afternoon, losing to Liberal, 9-6. Liberal would go on to play Parsons in the championship.During the weekend, the 16-18 year old Wellington baseball all stars were in Holyoke, Colo. for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play – not making the championship bracket round.Wellington athletes can now concentrate fully on school sports for the fall season.Here are details from the tournaments held this weekend:15-17 year olds Wellington went 2-1 in round-robin tournament play which was broken up into four teams. The locals would lose to Chapman 12-7 in its first game. They then came back to beat Junction City 12-2. Wellington then qualified for the championship round with a big 7-0 win over Parsons.The MVP and Wow awards for each game are as follows:Vs. Chapman – MVP: Jack Nuss, WOW: Hayden Baker.Vs. Junction City – MVP: Matthew Rinehart, WOW: Grey Hatfield.Vs. Parsons – MVP: Jack Nuss, WOW: Michael Ledbetter.Vs. Liberal – MVP: Julian Jimenez, WOW: De’Andre Washington.———16-18 year oldsWellington opened the tournament with a tough 9-4 lost to East Twins, Minn. The locals then played Wayne County, Mo. and got beat Wellington 21-7. The locals did beat Lamar, Colo. 6-3 in their final game of the season. Three teams in the round robin division had 1-2 records, but Lamar won the tie-breaker.No MVP or Wow Awards were listed on the Babe Ruth League website for this tournament.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

MH370: How air safety sleuths determined the flap was retracted.

first_imgA damaged component on the part of the right outboard wing flap closest to the fuselage of a missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was a key to the finding by air safety sleuths that the flap was likely stowed in the flight position. Flaps are moveable panels on the trailing edge of the wing that can be extended to increase the surface area of the wing and increase the lift as the plane slows down to land.The panels have defined stages of deployment, with “flaps 30’’  often used for landings,  but they are retracted during flight to optimise the wing’s aerodynamics.A  pilot in a controlled ditching aimed at reducing the amount of debris would have extended the flaps and the finding they were retracted is fatal blow to proponents of that theory who have been criticicising the ATSB’s methodology for determining a probable search area.A key component in the puzzle is a  fibreglass and aluminium housing, known as a “seal pan’’. This is located at the inboard end of the flap and would normally house an auxiliary support track and carriage assembly used to guide the flap as it extends from the wing.The support track is fully inserted in the flap when the panel is stowed for flight but progressively withdraws as the flap extends.Although the support track was lost, presumably in the impact, two aluminium components in the seal pan cavity known as stiffeners showed impact damage and their position was such that the stowed support track was the probable culprit.“The damage was significant because it was indicative of impact damage and the only component in the vicinity of the stiffeners, capable of independent movement within the seal pan, was the support track,’’ iAustralian Transport Safety Bureau investigators said in their report. “Measurements of the support track position at the various stages of flap deployment, indicated that the track would have to be fully inserted into the flap in the retracted position to be adjacent to the damaged stiffeners.’’Investigators also found an outwards fracture of the fibreglass seal pan which had started at location adjacent to the damaged stiffeners.“The damage was most likely also caused by impact from the support track,’’ the report said. “ That damage provided further evidence of the support track position within the flap seal pan cavity, indicating that the flaps were retracted at the point of fracture and separation from the wing.’’And like the steak knives in that advertisement, there was more.The flap seal pan was also fractured adjacent to the rear spar with comparable damage on the spar and a flaperon, an adjacent moveable panel held by French experts. The investigators saw that the two damaged areas aligned if the flaps were retracted but there was a significant offset if they were extended.The investigators concluded that the damage to the internal seal pan components was “consistent with contact between the support track and flap, with flap in the retracted position”.“The possibility of the damage originating from a more complex failure sequence, commencing with the flaps extended, was considered much less likely,’’ they said.“With the flap in the retracted position, alignment of the flap and flaperon rear spar lines, along with the close proximity of the two parts, indicated a probable relationship between two areas of damage around the rear spars of the parts.“This was consistent with contact between the two parts during the aircraft breakup sequence, indicating that the flaperon was probably aligned with the flap, at or close to the neutral (faired) position.’’Numerous other areas of flap damage were analysed, with some consistent with the flaps retracted and others not providing any useful information about the panel’s position.The combined findings  produced the conclusion that the flap was most likely in the retracted position at the time it separated from the wing and the flaperon was probably at, or close to, the neutral position when it separated .last_img read more

Tigresses on cusp of first title shot in eight years

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Out of rhythm in return, Marcio Lassiter working to get touch back in Game 2 The victory put the Tigresses on track toward making the title series for the first time in eight years as La Salle would now have to beat Santo Tomas two straight times to advance.The league’s best attacking team used its advantage to the hilt in carving out the win, and the Tigresses are not expected to divert from that game plan when they shoot for the all-important win in their Final Four matchup Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the midst of the hysteria, Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes said he wanted to savor the win for a little bit.“It’s a beautiful feeling we have now. We have the twice-to-beat [edge] for the first time in a long while,” said Reyes in Filipino. “This is history for me.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Making the most of the deadly guns that it has, University of Santo Tomas imposed its brand of game and put three-time defending champion La Salle in dire straits Wednesday night.UST knocked La Salle down to No. 3 and moved within another win of barging into the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 victory at jampacked Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses, who have now won five straight, also put the Lady Spikers in a dicey situation as it marked the first time in 10 seasons La Salle won’t have a twice-to-beat edge.“But my concern now is how to [physically] recover, it has been a rough playoffs,” said Reyes. “We need to be refreshed because the real war will be on Sunday.”UST top player and main Most Valuable Player contender Sisi Rondina scored 29 points as the Tigresses outgunned the Lady Spikers, 52-33.“I only had one thing in mind, and that was to win this match,” said Rondina, as she shrugged off chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!,” every time she served.Prized rookie Eya Laure added 17 points, while Ysa Jimenez and Caitlin Viray added a total of 15 more for the Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more