first_imgNew Year’s Eve revelers will be entertained by an array of family-friendly entertainment, including this show by the Franklin Institute. (Photos courtesy City of Ocean City) WHAT: Ocean City marks the 28th anniversary of its popular family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this year, and as many as 10,000 are expected to attend.First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch 35 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town. The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the new year at midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the Boardwalk and the wildly popular First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean.WHEN: First Night events run 4 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The First Day 5K starts at 1 p.m. and the First Plunge goes off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1.ADMISSION BUTTONS: Buttons ($20) are good for all events. Children age 2 and under are free. They are on sale now.Online: Visit firstnightocnj.com.By phone: Call 609-399-6111.In person: Buttons can be purchased at the Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) and at the Ocean City Music Pier Welcome Center (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).Pickup at will-call will be available daily at the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street entrance). Button sales and will-call pickup will be at the City Hall Welcome Center until 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Button sales and will-call pickup will move to the Music Pier Welcome Center from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 31.HIGHLIGHTS: New entertainment for this year’s lineup includes The Trammps (the Philadelphia-based band who made it big with “Disco Inferno” and other dance hits), Disney’s Imagination Movers (an Emmy-winning group performing an interactive, family-friendly rock concert), a stunt basketball show from the Harlem Wizards, the Duprees performing with the Ocean City Pops, a country line dancing experience with professionals teaching everyone the latest dances, and the Legacy Band performing party classics leading up to a confetti countdown at midnight.Traditional favorites include the return of rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating on a synthetic rink, open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center pool, the Franklin Institute interactive science show, string bands, magic shows, trivia, karaoke, and more. The evening is capped off with midnight fireworks launched from the beach between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.FULL SCHEDULE: The full schedule of events and activities and a printable grid are available at firstnightocnj.com. Descriptions of all entertainment programs are also available at firstnightocnj.com.PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: All municipal parking lots and metered parking spots are free. Jitneys will provide free transportation from 5 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. for button-holders, operating continuously between sites starting at the Ocean City Transportation Center (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and Seventh Street Parking Lot (Seventh Street and Central Ave.). For a route map and complete information, visit firstnightocnj.com.DINING AND SHOPPING: Food and drink will be for sale at Ocean City High School (Sack O’ Subs), Wonderland Pier (6th Street Pizza and Grill) and Ocean City Community Center (Yianni’s Café) with snack stands at Ocean City Primary School and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. For a full list of Ocean City dining and shopping outlets open on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, visit firstnightocnj.com.HISTORY: First Night in Ocean City was modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. The first celebration in Ocean City 27 years ago included 25 entertainment acts in five different locations with admission buttons selling for $8 ($5 before Dec. 26).About 800 buttons were sold. While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City’s has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year’s Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.FIRST DAY AT THE BEACHBOARDWALK RUN: A 5-kilometer run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Race-day registration begins 11 a.m. at the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Shirts for all who pre-register and while supplies last. Refreshments are available after the race. Entry fee is $30. For full information, links to online registration and printable forms, visit firstnightocnj.com.FIRST PLUNGE: The ocean plunge starts at 2 p.m. on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants should register inside the Music Pier before heading to the beach. Registration is free, but all participants must sign a waiver. First Day At The Beach shirts will be on sale at the Music Pier for $20.SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: There will be an all-day shopping extravaganza with discounts at stores on Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk from 5th to 14th Streets.Free horse-drawn carriage rides on downtown Asbury Avenue will be available noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.last_img read more

first_img Floyd has been seen on the Great White Way in After Midnight, Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q and The Lion King. Other theater credits include Cotton Club Parade, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Ham, Crowns and Blind Lemon Blues. She has appeared on screen in Law & Order, Rubicon, Mercy, One Life to Live and Coach. Related Shows View Comments Chicago A new mistress of Murderers Row is heading to Chicago on Broadway! Carmen Ruby Floyd will step into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton on September 29, taking over from Carol Woods. The current cast of Chicago also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn and Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart. from $49.50last_img read more

first_imgAs 2019 winds down, many are already looking ahead to next year including the key federal regulators that issue rules impacting credit unions. Two times a year, the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs issues a unified agenda from various federal regulators. The most recent versions were published in November 2019 and give us a look ahead to what agencies like NCUA and the CFPB will be working on in the coming months.NCUANCUA has several proposed and final rules on its agenda. Some address issues stemming from the agency’s regulatory reform agenda like compensation in connection with loans. Other agenda items tackle challenging capital issues like transitioning to the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) methodology and subordinated debt/regulatory capital.Here is a snapshot of the agenda: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgIntersecting this meet-you-halfway approach is an uptick in the athleticism of wide receivers, a product of the multiple-receiver sets now the norm all the way down to youth football.“I think in today’s day and age where these guys were starting 7-on-7, it’s almost like AAU basketball,” Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said. “The receivers are so much more advanced in terms of their fundamentals coming into college and the league than maybe they have been in the past. It’s really just the NFL offense that will take time. “So I think there’s some guys sitting here today that I think will have a chance to make a pretty immediate impact, and I’m excited about that.”Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera said today’s prospects are primed for the pro game as never before. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe upcoming NFL draft features a tantalizing class of wide receivers expected to make an immediate impact as rookies.It’s a tall task even for an exceptionally deep group that’s expected to produce up to a half dozen first-round picks Thursday night. Receivers face one of the hardest adjustments to the pros because they have to absorb a monster playbook, beat press coverage and elude D-backs who are quicker, stronger and savvier. Associated Press Sometimes the gamble pays off; sometimes it doesn’t.“One of the things that makes it tough to evaluate is that there’s so much difference playing at the National Football League level because of all the defenses we see and all the adjustments they have to make,” said long-time talent evaluation expert Gil Brandt, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.Quarterback is the only position with a steeper learning curve, Brandt suggested.“These guys have to do a lot more things in the NFL as far as adjustments — and do it quickly,” he said. “And the other thing is separation. There’s a lot of guys that can run fast but they can’t separate.”Mark Dominik, a SiriusXM NFL Radio host and former Buccaneers general manager, said receivers go from facing “18-, 19- and 20-year-old young men who aren’t as strong or as physical as they’re going to end up being” to “going up against a 29-year-old man and it’s a huge difference. “I think that’s why you see receivers bust, just because of the different player they’re going against.”That is starting to change, however.Teams are more willing than ever to bypass the old wait-and-watch standby for a plug-and-play approach with bigger, faster, quicker pass-catchers coming out. Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore made big splashes in 2018, followed by Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Marquise Brown, Terry McLaurin and A.J. Brown, who wasted no time establishing their credentials last season.“Last year was a good year in terms of a bunch of rookies coming in and having a lot of success, but if you look over the last several years, that second- and third-round receiver group has arguably been better than the first-round group,” said NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. Deep receiver class faces high hopes for immediate impactcenter_img Top-end receivers this year include Colorado’s Laviska Shenault, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson’s Tee Higgins.“This receivers’ class is honestly unbelievable in my eyes,” Lamb said. “You can’t really go wrong with anybody you draft” in any round. “You’re going to get a great pick.”Whether in search of a crisp route-runner, a deep threat, a fearless player going over the middle or even taking the direct snap, there’s someone for everyone in this year’s draft.“I think this class is going to do great things,” Shenault said.Right from the start, no less. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “The challenge in scouting the position is it’s almost like two different games for college and the NFL in terms of what routes you’re asked to run, which are very limited at the college level,” Jeremiah said. “You watch a college game on Saturday you’re going to see a bunch of slants, hitches and go’s. It’s very limited in terms of what they ask them to do, very limited in terms of them having to read coverage and sight-adjust their routes. They don’t see very much press coverage.”Reading and reacting to coverage and keeping defenders from knocking them off their routes can prove difficult even for receivers who dominated college competition.“There’s just a lot of adjustment there, but I give the NFL credit,” Jeremiah said. “I think the last couple of years we’re seeing the NFL be a little smarter with the transition period for these guys and figuring out ways they can get them on fly sweeps or bubble screens and just get the ball in their hands and let them make plays, simplifying it a little bit while they’re young before they can grow and evolve into everything you want them to be.”Jeremiah said last season in particular provided “the blueprint to get these guys on the field and improve that track record at the position.” April 19, 2020last_img read more

first_img Comments Syracuse has never won a College Hockey America title in the program’s 10 years of existence. But even in the midst of its longest losing streak in program history — now at 10-straight games — there’s still an opportunity for an Orange title run with more conference play looming.“Obviously we’ve been struggling,” senior captain Allie Munroe said. “But throughout the room, we still have confidence in each other.”All four wins for Syracuse (4-16-1, 4-4 College Hockey America) have come against conference opponents. SU hadn’t played a conference game since Nov. 16 before Friday’s 4-2 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology. Conference play is the sole determiner of seeding for the postseason tournament, and the Orange began a stretch of 13-straight games against CHA opponents on Jan. 11. If the playoffs were to begin today, Syracuse would be the fourth seed of six teams despite being on pace for its worst program winning percentage ever (.214).Winning games has been difficult for Syracuse’s young and inexperienced defense, which relies on upperclassmen Lindsay Eastwood and Allie Olnowich. All other defenders have a plus-minus rating below minus-14. So as SU’s deficits grow from its backline’s play, its offensive play hasn’t been able to recover.While the younger defensemen have struggled, the team’s younger forwards have thrived. Freshman Lauren Bellefontaine and sophomore Emma Polaski are second and third on the team in points, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen the Orange last reached the conference finals in 2016-17, they had a 5-11-5 record before winter break. In its 10 years of existence, SU has still managed to make the finals six times, even with mediocre fall records.The first half of SU’s season is primarily against nonconference opponents — many of them ranked — in order to test SU before the home stretch in conference play, Polaski said.This season, SU finished 0-12-1 in nonconference games with nine matchups against the nation’s top-10 teams. While the Orange were outscored 47-13 in those contests, head coach Paul Flanagan sees worth in the first half of his season.“The experiences we’ve had in this first half are really going to help us in the second half,” Flanagan said, “Just knowing we have to do things quicker.”CHA teams also play with an underdog mentality, Munroe said. Considering their cumulative lack of success against top teams such as Wisconsin, Minnesota or St. Lawrence, CHA play gives teams an opportunity for a level playing field.“We know each other,” Munroe, the team’s leading goal scorer, said. “We know how they play, we know what’s on the line and we know that we might see them come playoff time.”While the extra motivation didn’t help in SU’s first conference game of the new year — in which RIT scored four first period goals — the Orange outshot the Tigers, 40-36, and goaltender Maddi Welch pitched a shutout in 40 minutes of relief.The bulk of SU’s conference games remaining are against five CHA teams, all without winning records. But with the worst overall record in its conference, Syracuse still has opportunity to reclaim its season in the final stretch.“Right now, we’re the underdog everywhere,” Munroe said. “But I don’t mind that and I don’t think anyone else in the room does. We have a lot to prove.” Published on January 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact Tim: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The cops, who were assigned to the Homicide Street Violence Task Force, \were part of a multi-agency gang enforcement sweep.According to detectives, shortly after 10:00 p.m. Mondaythe two detectives were inside of an unmarked police vehicle within an apartment complex, located at 1937 NW 60 Street, conducting surveillance for gang activity.  The undercover detectives were ambushed by at least two armed subjects, who approached the unmarked police vehicle and began shooting at the detectives.  One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the arm.  One of the two detectives was able to return fire, it is unknown if any of the attackers wereshot.A responding officer coming to their aide arrived on scene, placed the wounded detectives into his unmarked police vehicle and transported them to Jackson Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.Officers from multiple agencies responded to assist in the search for the shooters, who remain at large. Two Miami-Dade police officers are now in hospital after they were ambushed and shot while on a stake out in Northwest Miami-Dade County on Monday night. read more

first_imgLiberty Global has made a per share offer of €35 for the remaining stake it does not own in Belgian cable operator Telenet.The European cable giant made the offer despite previous protestations from Telenet that the offer is too low. The Belgian cabler claims independent valuation specialists Lazard put a valuation range for the price per share of Telenet at €37 to €42. Nevertheless, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Binan Investment, LG has made an offer of around US$2.5 billion (€1.9 billion) for the remaining shares, which is equivalent to €35 per share.In a statement, LG said it disagreed with certain methodologies used by Telenet’s Independent valuation expert, adding that it “believes that an offer price of €35 per ordinary share is highly attractive for Telenet shareholders and provides a meaningful premium to relevant benchmarks”.It added that the offer represented a 12.5% premium to the September 19, 2012 Telenet closing share price, and a 4.9% premium over Telenet’s all-time high trading price prior to the announcement of the offer.last_img read more