Dear Friends,More than three inches of rain, an approaching full moon and strong onshore winds combined over the past two days to cause the highest water levels of the year in Ocean City. While there were pockets of moderate flooding throughout the city during this morning’s peak tide, I’m very pleased with the success of our pumping station projects.Just one of our 10 pumping stations, for instance, moved more than 1 million gallons of water off the streets in Merion Park in just six hours following high tide this morning. The neighborhoods where these stations have been installed would have experienced very different conditions without these mitigation measures.We know the job is not yet complete. I want to invite everybody to a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Ocean City Tabernacle. We will lay out plans to address flooding issues across the entire island. I hope you will join us as we work together to improve the quality of life for everybody who deals with flooding concerns.The city, the state and the nation continue to see an uptick in positive tests for COVID-19. The key is looking at the rate of hospitalizations, according to local hospital officials. At this point, Shore Medical Center remains well within its capacity to treat COVID patients. That is fortunate. But with the virus continuing to spread, it is just not responsible at this time to promote events where we cannot control dense crowds from gathering.We are announcing the cancellation of our Miracle on Asbury Avenue celebration on Black Friday, our Christmas Parade and our First Night and First Day celebrations. I understand this is a disappointment, but the health and safety of our residents and guests will always be the top priority.We will continue with events where capacity can be controlled and social distancing maintained.I want to wish everybody a safe and happy Halloween. Results of our Halloween House Decorating Contest and guidelines for trick-or-treating are posted at www.ocnj.us/halloween.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
A Central Florida school district is reviewing its security procedures, after a man reportedly entered a campus, bypassed security, and walked into a classroom during school hours.According to officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place last Friday at Spruce Creek High School in Daytona Beach.Deputies arrested 51-year-old Derek Marlowe of Daytona Beach. They say he was highly intoxicated and had a pocket knife at the time of his arrest.Investigators add that he had no business to conduct on campus, and that the school did not follow security protocols.The Volusia County Schools Safety and Security Team says it will ensure that security procedures are followed in the future.
WEST Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has appealed for the dismissal of a one-year ban issued earlier this year for a doping whereabouts violation.The 28-year-old T20 star has at the same time called for a Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) appeal, which seeks to extend his current one-year ban to the maximum two years, to be dismissed. According to reports the cricketer submitted the appeals in two separate filings on March 20 and called for the JADCO appeal against him to be dismissed as there was no basis for it.Russell was hit with a one-year ban in February of this year after being found guilty of negligence in submitting his whereabouts for anti-doping tests on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015.The cricketer’s ban is set to expire on January 30 of next year, but Russell could be out of the game for an additional year if the appeal is successful.The appeal brought against Russell by JADCO is set to be heard by an Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal on the 8th of May. (Sportsmax)
Tennis greats Roger Federer and Serena Williams will meet on court for the first time at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday when Switzerland face the USA in Perth.They will play in men’s and women’s singles rubbers before meeting in the mixed doubles alongside partners Belinda Bencic and Frances Tiafoe.Federer and Williams, both 37, have won a combined 43 Grand Slam titles.“It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it,” said Federer.Williams said it was “like a dream come true”. She added: “I have been looking forward to it. This is so cool.” Serena Williams The match has been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men’s world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets.Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an “exaggeration” to say he knew Williams well.“I admire everything she’s done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win,” he said.“It is going to be one time, probably never again. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever – men and women combined – so it is great to be playing against her.”The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four. The winners of each group will contest Saturday’s final.Federer and Bencic beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter in their opening round-robin tie, while the USA lost to Greece on Monday despite Williams winning her singles tie.Switzerland are the defending champions, Federer and Bencic having won the event in Perth in January 2018.Meanwhile, organisers have announced that prize money at next month’s Australian Open will rise by 14% to AUS$62.5m (£34.5m).There will be a 25% increase for those who lose in the first round: players who reach the main draw are now guaranteed at least AUS$75,000 (£41,400).The singles’ champions will each take home $4.1m (£2.26m).The total prize fund has increased by 89% over the past five years.“We have a responsibility to improve the conditions for all the players, and ensure tennis offers a viable career path, and this means increasing prize money as well as easing the costs associated with playing the Australian Open,” said Australian Open chief Craig Tiley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram