Historic District Workshop Set for Thursday

first_imgDownload (PDF, 9.68MB) Map shows Ocean City’s local Historic District outlined in red, and the State and National Registers of Historic Places outlined in black. The state map includes a dogleg that encompasses the historic Bellevue Hotel at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue (which burned to the ground in September 2012). The local map includes an extension drawn to include the historic U.S. Life Saving Station No. 30 at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue. City Council invites the public to a workshop to discuss possible changes to the ordinance that governs Ocean City’s Historic District, a surviving collection of century-old homes in a roughly 16-block area bounded by Third Street and Eighth Street between Central and Ocean avenues.The workshop begins at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.Representatives from the State of New Jersey Historic Preservation office (who toured the local district in the spring)  and the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission will be present to explain recommended changes. No formal action will be taken at the workshop meetingThe ordinance can be found in the PDF document below (with proposed changes in red).Most of the changes could be considered “housekeeping” updates to clarify and update language in the ordinance.But any change to the ordinance can be perceived by some as a burden to property owners. By a more than 2-to-1 margin among 76 respondents to a recent City Council survey, property owners said they would opt out of the district if they could.A 2007 inventory of historically designated properties lists 79 of 311 (about 25 percent) properties that are “noncontributing” (not historic), but all properties within the district must follow the same rules._________Sign up for free news updates from Ocean City__________District property owners were notified by certified mail of Thursday’s meeting. Council members had said they want to communicate the proposed revisions and solicit feedback before making any permanent changes to the ordinance.The proposed changes stem from an effort to preserve more historic homes in a slowly dwindling inventory. Ocean City’s district surrounds the Ocean City Tabernacle, the hub of the community at the time of Ocean City’s founding in the late 19th century.The draft ordinance includes no proposed changes to the Historic District map.If the district refuses to grant permission for a property owner to demolish a historic home, the period the property must be marketed for sale remains at six months.The Historic Preservation Commission had originally proposed a change to one year in an effort to make sure the property for sale could be seen in the summer.The Commission later compromised and proposed six months, as long as two of them were summer months. But a further suggestion that the peak times for real estate searches are in the shoulder seasons led the proposed amendment back to six months.If the peak real estate season were defined as March through October, any six-month stretch would include two peak months.Read moreHistoric? Or Just Old? Ocean City Considers Changes to Historic Districtlast_img read more

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Mansion smashes sales record by million dollars

first_imgThe view from 497 Royal Esp, Manly.That’s almost five times the median house price for Manly, which CoreLogic had at $765,000 over the 12 months to August this year, while realestate.com.au had the median at $800,000 for data to November 13. Mr Sorrentino said the attraction of the new record holder was clear.“It’s in front of the Royal Esplanade, it’s a big block of land — almost 1300sq m and it’s a beautiful plantation home right in front of the marina.” He said the new owners were local residents who had been looking for a while. The home at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.A RARE waterfront home has smashed the house price record in Manly by almost $1 million. The five-bedroom property at 497 Royal Esplanade went under contract for $3.89 million, blitzing the previous record of $2.7 million set just a month earlier. Agent Marc Sorrentino of Place, who had sold both houses, said the area had seen a surge that was not likely to stop any time soon. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“Last month I sold 43 Wellington St, Manly and created new record for the area of $2.72 million and that beat my record of last year which was $2.5 million. Now this has totally blown the record.” last_img read more

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United refute ‘unprofessional’ talk

first_img Reports started emerging on Monday afternoon that Moyes was set to be axed – some 16 hours before he was informed at a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday morning that his contract was being terminated. League Managers Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan accused United of failing to handle Moyes’ sacking correctly. He said: “The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club. “Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition. “It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.” United quickly dismissed the allegation. A club spokesman said: “We do not accept that it was handled in an unprofessional manner. “The decision was not taken until late Monday night and was communicated face-to-face first thing on Tuesday morning. “When reports started emerging on internet news sites on Monday afternoon, no decision had been taken at that time.” Manchester United have hit back at claims they handled David Moyes’ dismissal in an “unprofessional” manner. Moyes, sacked on Tuesday just 10 months into a six-year contract, was happy to concede results were not up to scratch when he spoke about his dismissal for the first time on Wednesday. Press Association Sport understands the former Everton manager was far from happy about the way rumours surrounding his imminent departure started spreading before he was sacked. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gareth Southgate dislocates shoulder while out running at World Cup base

first_img“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!” joked Southgate, who was treated in a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty.“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.“We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work.”England got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia –  a victory that left the Southgate delighted.The Three Lions play their second game against Panama on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 1pm. “It is better me than one of the players!”#threelions https://t.co/HajfTAuKKb— England (@England) June 20, 2018However, despite what was surely quite a painful knock for the boss, Southgate was in a jokey mood when asked about his injury, saying he might have to curb his goal celebrations for future World Cup games.He said: “I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.“We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work. England manager Gareth Southgate has dislocated his shoulder while out running at the team’s World Cup base in Repino on Wednesday, the FA has confirmed.Southgate was treated in a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty. Southgate will have to be mindful of how he celebrates if England score any more goals 1last_img read more

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Evolution Is Not Truth-Based Inquiry

first_imgWhen your view has been falsified by evidence but you prohibit other views, you are not engaged in truth-based inquiry.In a book review in Science, Marcos Huerta enjoys a fact-free suggestion about the Cambrian Explosion he found in Wallace Arthur’s new book of sweeping generalities about evolution, Life through Time and Space. Shutting his eyes to fossil data, he switches on his imagination:In the section on biology and evolution, I particularly enjoyed Arthur’s treatment of the evolution and origin of animal life. Here, he uses a metaphor of trees rising from the sea to describe the different branches of evolution that led to the many forms of life on Earth today. One such tree produced animal life, another plant life, and still others led to funguses and brown seaweeds.The same chapter discusses the mystery of the “Cambrian explosion,” which I had before believed to be a burst of evolution and new species. Arthur reveals, however, that it also may have been just an epoch of intense fossilization.Problem solved! They just fossilized more intensely! Wait a minute. We know that cannot be true, because in many places (including China), Precambrian strata continue right into Cambrian strata without evidence of a break in time or conditions. If Precambrian strata could preserve delicate sponge embryos, they could have preserved the ancestors of the Cambrian animals had they existed. Can we get an empirical explanation next time, instead of “it may have”?More disturbing is Huerta’s endorsement of Arthur’s dictatorial stance on scientific inquiry. Arthur “writes passionately and strongly against religious fundamentalism, both past and present, that suppresses truth-based inquiry.” The irony here is rich. First, understand that the Darwinian definition of “religious fundamentalism” is ‘any view that disagrees with materialistic Darwinian evolution’ including intelligent design (which is not religious, but based on following the evidence where it leads). This is how the theistic evolutionists at Biologos escape the dreaded ‘fundamentalist’ label: they take the oath that any view of origins must be materialistic, unguided, and aimless—even if some ‘god’ way out wherever started the universe.To think that intelligent design “suppresses truth-based inquiry” – oh, my goodness. Could a PhD creation biologist submit a response to Science Magazine? How about Nature? How about PNAS? Could we teach public school students about the Cambrian Explosion? Could we encourage them to inquire critically about all the evidence pertaining to Darwinian evolution? Can we take the fake-science icons of evolution out of the textbooks, and encourage truth-based inquiry? Pretty please?(Visited 429 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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More money for health care

first_imgSource: BuaNews Manuel also allocated funds to increase the take-up of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programmes in the country. 22 October 2008 Other allocations included new proposed salary scales for doctors, dentists, pharmacists and related health professionals. The 2008 Report on the Global Aids Epidemic, released by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) in July, confirmed that the prevalence of HIV/Aids in South Africa had stabilised and was beginning to decrease. South Africa’s public health sector is to be given additional resources to boost HIV/Aids treatment and prevention, reduce the country’s TB treatment defaulter rate, introduce new vaccines to combat child mortality, and increase the salaries of health professionals. In the same month, the Department of Health reported thatm, by end of April 2008, more than 478 000 South Africans were on ARV treatment programmes. Also included in Manuel’s medium term budget policy statement is funding for expanded tuberculosis (TB) track and trace teams in the country. According to the most recent survey of HIV prevalence among pregnant women attending public antenatal clinics, South Africa’s overall HIV prevalence decreased from an estimated 29.2% in 2006 to 28% in 2007. In a bid to reduce South Africa’s TB treatment defaulter rate from 10% to 7%, 20% of health facilities in the country now have TB tracing teams. The teams go out into communities to encourage TB patients to complete their course of treatment, thus reducing the risk of patients developing a resistance to TB drugs. Delivering his medium term budget policy statement in Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said the government has allocated additional resources to provide for three new vaccines to reduce the number of children dying from pneumonia and diarrhoea.last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz SA scores for quality

first_img22 June 2010 First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The plant was ranked highest among South African automotive plants in initial quality in the 2007 and 2008 South Africa IQS studies. In 2009, the plant was awarded the IQS gold quality award for manufacturing vehicles which had the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in Europe and Africa that serves the US market. S-Class in the Large Premium Car category “To receive such an award despite the relentless pressure and stresses of the global recession over the past two years, points to the brilliant quality of our people and processes,” said MBSA president and CEO Hansgeorg Niefer. The South African division of global vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has won a platinum award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in the world supplying the US market. MediaClubSouthAfrica The study was conducted between February and May 2010. Based on responses from 82 000 US users of the 2010 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of use, MBSA’s East London plant had only 28 defects per 100 vehicles, putting it at the top of all global plants serving the US market. The IQS study looked at problems experienced by owners and lessees of the C-Class in two categories: design-related problems, and defects and malfunctions. Plants are rewarded based on their limited defects and malfunction. GL-Class in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV category. E-Class Coupe in the Compact Premium Sporty Car category The East London plant has also come out tops in the JD Power and Associates South Africa IQS, based on responses from South African users. “Daimler’s East London plant has been a top performing plant and its achievement in 2010 is particularly impressive,” said Brian Walters, vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at JD Power and Associates. MBSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Daimler AG. The C-Class was also rated highest in the Entry Premium Car segment, with the A-Class also managing a repeat award ranking top of the upper small car segment in quality. This is the second consecutive year in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) plant in the Eastern Cape, which produces the C-Class Mercedes model for the local and US market, has been given a quality award by the JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study (IQS). Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Best in South Africa Four other Mercedes models have won second place in the JD Power and Associates 2010 US IQS study. They are: E-Class in the Midsize Premium Car category “Daimler’s rigorous quality management processes are a key reason for why the brand has been able to assemble consistently high-quality vehicles in different regions of the world.”last_img read more

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Resource Discovery: Video on the Effects of Technology on Our Relationships

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, M.S.Today’s Resource Discovery is a TED talk titled Connected, but alone? by Sherry Turkle. Sherry Turkle is a sociologist and psychologist who studies how technology impacts our individual lives and how it impacts our relationships. In this TED talk Sherry Turkle discusses how mobile technology and connectedness has changed us individually and how it has changed how we interact with others. She goes over some of the risks of being connected and how to combat the growing risks. As mental health professionals, it is important to be aware of the mental health risks associated with technology use and how to help your clients avoid and overcome them. This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Coffee maker smashings end but Keurigs ad plans a mystery

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity called on his supporters to stop smashing Keurig coffee makers to protest a decision to stop advertising on his show, it remains unclear whether Keurig will actually return as a sponsor.Hannity and a liberal lobbying group’s effort to choke off his advertising are clearly making some corporations uncomfortable and loathe to be involved in a proxy political battle.After Keurig announced via Twitter that it would abandon Hannity’s show because of how he reported on stories about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, some of the Fox host’s supporters began posting videos online smashing, blowing up or tossing coffee makers off a deck. Hannity called the action “hysterical” and showed some of the videos on his show.Then he read from a letter that Bob Gamgort, Keurig’s chief executive officer, wrote to his employees saying it was wrong to talk about advertising strategies publicly “outside of company protocols.”“I believe the CEO. I believe his sincerity here,” Hannity, who claimed to own five Keurig machines, said on his show Monday. He called for a “cease-fire” and urged supporters not to smash their Keurigs.But Gamgort’s letter never explicitly says what its advertising plans will be. “In most situations such as this one, we would ‘pause’ our advertising on that particular program and reevaluate our go-forward strategy at a later date,” he wrote.Keurig representatives did not return repeated messages on Tuesday and Wednesday asking whether it would resume advertising on Hannity’s show. The last Keurig ad on his show aired Nov. 2, while Green Mountain coffee, made by the same company, advertised last Thursday, according to Media Matters for America, the group that has been advocating an advertiser boycott of Hannity.Similarly, Volvo announced via Twitter on Monday that it had advised its media agency to cease advertising on Hannity’s show. But the tweet appeared to have been quickly deleted, and the company’s representatives also did not return messages seeking clarification on what its stance will be moving forward.Realtor.com tweeted on Saturday that it does not run ads on “Hannity” and would not in the future. The tweet was later deleted and Realtor.com later said it would advertise “across a broad range of networks, including Fox News and its top shows.”Other companies appear reluctant to be seen publicly as supporting a boycott, and similarly reluctant to be seen supporting Hannity. Nature’s Bounty and Hello Fresh both said they have not advertised on the show since the summer but have not discussed their reasons.Fox News had no comment on the advertisers.Media Matters has successfully promoted advertiser boycotts on past Fox personalities Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. Hannity and his supporters have actively fought back, and companies have been caught in the crossfire. Hit hard by a backlash when it announced a Hannity boycott in the spring, the financial services firm USAA initially said it would avoid all opinion-based programming, then reversed field and said it would return to Hannity’s show.Angelo Carusone, Media Matters president, said he was initially disheartened this past weekend when the Keurig-smashing videos appeared, believing it would make other companies reluctant to risk the wrath of Hannity’s supporters. But he found this wasn’t so. Carusone said there are a dozen companies that advertised on Hannity in the past that have said they will no longer do so, and still others that are avoiding the show but just not being public about their intentions.He said he doesn’t believe Keurig will return as an advertiser because returning would subject them to a backlash among Hannity’s opponents. He said USAA was the only company he knew that said it would avoid Hannity’s show and publicly changed its mind.“What companies say about it obviously makes a difference from a public perception perspective,” he said. “But if the ads are not running because companies have put (the show) on a ‘do not run’ list, that’s really the action that makes the difference here. Because that’s the one that affects the advertising rates for Sean Hannity and his commercial viability.”Hannity has said he believes Media Matters is trying to muzzle free speech.last_img read more

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