Flanders Hotel Director of Operations Peter Voudouris on a balcony of a Penthouse luxury suite. By Tim KellyThey are the most opulent spaces in one of Ocean City’s most exclusive places.The Penthouses at the Flanders Hotel are extravagance on top of luxury. For those seeking the cushiest temporary digs in Ocean City, or for that matter anywhere along the Jersey Shore, the Flanders Penthouses are just the thing.“The finest accommodations in Ocean City, there’s no question about it,” said Peter Voudouris, Director of Hotel Operations.If Voudouris sounds slightly biased, a tour of the five swanky Penthouses has a way of turning your thinking around.A living area of a Flanders Hotel Penthouse suite.Overstuffed chairs and sofas, and lots of them, hardwood floors, vaulted tray ceilings, gas fireplaces, and 14-carat gold plated bathroom fixtures are just a few of the Penthouses’ eye-popping features.Perks like a private elevator, wet bars, spacious dining areas, outdoor terraces and the option to live there year-round are part of the appeal.And then there are the views. Located on the upper floors of the landmark 1923 property, a view of the coast all the way to Sea Isle City can be seen on a clear day. To the North, the panorama includes beach, boardwalk and Ocean City neighborhoodsThe Penthouses come in three varieties: Southview with two bedrooms and two baths ; Ocean Front with two bedrooms and three baths. Both of these sizes comfortably sleep six. The crown jewel is the two-story, 2,300 sq. ft. Terrace Townhouse with three bedrooms and three baths, sleeping eight.A South facing Penthouse Suite at the Flanders.As one would expect, an in-season stay is pricey, ranging from $920 to $1,320 a night during the prime vacation weeks of June 15 through September 3. However, some parties divide the cost to make it more reasonable. And if you’re a fan of year-round visits, you can steal a Southview suite for a mere $350 a night from October 26 through April 12, 2019. Divide that cost and it can be less than a budget hotel rate per-person.If you want a Penthouse for Memorial Day weekend, the per-night cost is $680 for a Southview, $770 for Oceanfront and $875 for the Terrace Townhouse.For a complete list of seasonal prices, visit www.theflandershotel.comAlthough the Flanders, which had stood at 11th Street and the Boardwalk since 1923, is one of the oldest and most iconic businesses in town, the Penthouse suites are one of the town’s lesser-known treasures. Surprisingly, the four smaller suites are also one of its newest additions.One of The Flanders Master Bedrooms.They were created in 2001 when a previous owner of the hotel literally punched holes in the roof to build them.“They were about 70 percent completed when (the owner) ran out of money, and the contractors walked off the job,” Voudouris said.When the building changed hands in 2004, a new Owner’s Association took over and finished building the long-dormant Penthouses. They were put up for sale in 2005 and private owners snapped them up within the year. The Penthouse owners stay in them at times, but mostly rent them out.The Skyline Terrace Penthouse is a story in its own right. The oceanfront luxury suite has been restored to its original 1923 splendor. There are outdoor patios, and French doors open to an oceanfront patio and a second private patio off the master bedroom. The private elevator opens to the foyer and its 18-ft. ceiling on the top floor. There are three gas fireplaces, a clothes washer and dryer and a wet-bar.The market includes weddings (the Flanders hosts about 60 each year) business meeting and attendees to the dozens of special events taking place in the 25,000 sq. ft. of banquet and conference space, Voudouris said.Of course, Penthouse guests have access to Emily’s Restaurant, coffee shop, the outdoor heated pool, business center, gym, salon and spa, shops and free wireless internet, among other amenities.The all-suites hotel was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.“Our goal was to develop a true resort hotel with every service you would find at a top resort and to bring that type of property to Ocean City” Voudouris said. “I think we’ve accomplished that.”The Flanders Hotel, pictured here in mid-summer, is ideally located in the heart of everything the city has to offer.
Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has achieved a 300-store distribution deal with Asda for its Irish Batch range.The deal, worth £250,000 annually, will see Irwin’s Irish Batch available in Great Britain for the first time, from this winter. The recipe was created over 40 years ago and is marketed in Northern Ireland as Nutty Krust.”Launching into GB follows intensive market research and analysis – and our market entry approach has been very ’agile’,” explained commercial controller Michael Murphy. “While Nutty Krust is an iconic brand in Ireland, we took the decision to market it in GB as ’Irwin’s Irish Batch’ because our export experience indicates that GB consumers enjoy authentically Irish products.”Murphy said the contract with Asda is strategically important, as well as of high value for the company, as it will give the product presence on supermarket shelves across Britain. It will be available in 400g white and high-fibre varieties in order to “fit in with GB shoppers’ multi-purchase approach to bread buying and to encourage widespread trial”.According to Irwin’s, its breads currently account for around 85% of all Irish breads sold in Britain.The firm also launched its batch bread in the Republic of Ireland earlier in the year.
Last week, The New Mastersounds brought their patented funk out to The Independent for two great nights of music. The band’s ever funky presence is always felt, between old classics and newer cuts from their 2015 release, Made For Pleasure. One highlight from the first night of the run was the band’s cover of Kool & The Gang‘s “Give It Up,” complete with a horn section featuring Daniel Casares on saxophone and Mike Olmos on trumpet.Listen to the New Mastersounds funkify San Francisco with this great jam below:[Video courtesy of Martin Lefkowitz, photo by Courtney Harrington]
Beautiful star Jarrod Spector & Wicked’s Kelli Barrett celebrated their wedding on October 26 in New York, Broadway.com has confirmed. The two shared their engagement news (and the beautiful ring) via Twitter in September of last year. Congratulations to the happy couple on what was surely a wickedly beautiful day! View Comments Spector earned a Tony nomination for his current performance as Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He made his Broadway debut playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. Barrett currently plays Nessarose in Wicked on Broadway. Her additional Great White Way credits include Baby It’s You and The Royal Family.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Famed for her photos of emaciated survivors found inside Nazi concentration camps, among many other historic images, Margaret Bourke-White was also the first female American foreign war correspondent allowed in combat zones.The trailblazing Life magazine photojournalist—dubbed “Maggie the Indestructible” after surviving multiple brushes with death during World War II—is one of the nine female war correspondents featured in “Women Who Brought the War Home,” an exhibit at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.“The legacy is in the imagery and the text,” said Julia Lauria-Blum, who was inspired to curate the exhibit eight years ago after reading The Women Who Wrote the War by Nancy Caldwell Sorel.Lauria-Blum shared their stories as the museum hosted busloads of World War II veterans and their families who came for the opening of the permanent exhibit over the Memorial Day Weekend, ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day next week.The exhibit includes a mannequin depicting a female war correspondent in an authentic encampment surrounded by period memorabilia, such as an antique typewriter and camera, with photographs borrowed from the National Archives. A dedication to nine of the featured women is displayed adjacent to the encampment, showcasing their pictures and biographies of their accomplishments. Lauria-Blum noted how the women gave voice to World War II through fearless and riveting reporting and photography.It is in those stories where the true meaning can be found, said Lauria-Blum while dressed in WWII-era military attire along with more than a dozen volunteers also sharing stories with museum visitors. Without them, she adds, the artifacts that the museum collects are just “lifeless memorabilia without the stories behind them.”
In a perfect world, every business would be built to last forever, but that’s simply not the way things go. Competition ebbs and flows, some industries flourish, some companies flounder. In the credit union world, leaders are rapidly facing enormous changes as the climate steadily leans toward fewer — yet far larger — credit unions in the very near future.As strategic planning season is upon us once again, it’s time to step back and review your board of directors’ responsibilities. Are they doing everything they can to create a successful credit union climate for many years to come? Are you just trying to survive in this competitive market place? Or is your organization poised to thrive in the face of ever-increasing mergers and acquisitions?By the NumbersHow far away does a twenty-year timeline feel when you look at your credit union’s strategic plan? Are you aware that, by the year 2036, there are expected to be fewer than 4,000 credit unions, the aggregate of which will hold a forecasted $2.5 billion dollars in assets?That’s a stark contrast from today’s numbers, and if your strategic plan doesn’t take mergers into consideration, you’re likely not going to thrive or survive. Your credit union will be consumed by an organization that put more forethought into the forecasted state of the economy long before last-minute decisions were necessary.From 2016 to 2036, the total number of credit unions is expected to fall by about half, leaving a projected 3,320 organizations to lead the way in the credit union sphere. Alternatively, the projected average asset value will skyrocket over 1,000%, leaping from about $218.9 million in 2016 to well over 2.5 billion twenty years from now.Not every industry can expect a four-digit increase in average assets, and those are certainly substantial numbers, but you don’t want to wait until the future comes to see what will happen.In the next nine years, the total number of credit unions is expected to decrease by 34.7%. This isn’t because they’re simply failing; it’s because credit union mergers are alive and well, and it would behoove your organization to integrate preparation for the future of this industry into your board of directors’ responsibilities.What’s Causing the Consolidations?Consumers’ expectations are exceedingly high. Smaller credit unions — while great for friendly customer service and neighborly interactions — are seldom able to keep up with larger competitors. Members want to know they’ve made the right choice when they choose a credit union. They’re looking for:Great rates on depositsLow rates on loansTechnology that’s constantly updated to meet the ever-evolving world of online access and mobile bankingProtection from cybersecurity risksPart of your board of directors’ responsibilities should be to evaluate ways your credit union can keep up with the competitive pace of consumers’ needs.In the end, this list can be a tall order for small credit unions to handle. This is when economies of scale come into play. When you combine powers by way of a credit union merger, you’re distributing your resources across a larger membership base, thereby paying less per member. In the grand scheme of things, economies of scale are the driving force for many credit union mergers. What’s in It for You?Mergers are signs of success. You don’t have to be one of the projected 3,320 credit unions still in existence in 2036 to realize your victory. Between now and then, a lot of things could happen to bolster your brand or put you in an advantageous position, should a potential suitor come your way.If you feel like your credit union can’t keep up with constantly changing technology, or if you’re finding yourself unable to compete with other credit unions’ rates, you need to act fast. It’s never too early to build a backup scenario into your strategic planning scenarios. The more proactive you are, the better the outcome will be in the end.Credit unions that prolong the strategic planning process often find themselves being considered undesirable when suitors start looking for merger partners. It’s not a process that can happen overnight; it takes due diligence, forethought, and organization.A board of directors’ responsibilities is seemingly endless, but perhaps no task is more important than those which look toward the future to set the present up for success. If your company’s leaders are confused about where to begin, reach out to a credit union consultant. Industry experts will help you navigate the confusing world of strategic planning using specialized skills and years of very specific, relevant experience. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Glenn Christensen Glenn Christensen is Founder and President of CEO Advisory Group the first Merger and Acquisitions consultancy focusing on the credit union industry.As a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with 25 … Web: www.ceoadvisory.com Details
A new article from KrebsonSecurity alerts financial institutions, businesses, and consumers to a new fraud scheme in which stolen credit card information is embedded into barcodes on fake money network rewards cards. When paying for merchandise, the scammers instruct the cashier to scan the barcode and enter the expiration date and card security code, which are also displayed on the rewards card.A case of this fraud was discovered earlier this month by the Secret Service; an alert was sent to law enforcement agencies explaining how the fraud is perpetrated. The Krebs article notes that “the instructions on the phony rewards card are designed to make the cashier think it’s a payment alternative designed for use exclusively at Sam’s Club and WalMart stores. When the transaction goes through, it’s recorded as card-not-present purchase.”The Secret Service alert also warned law enforcement of scammers possessing stickers or storing on their cell phones the barcodes that contain stolen card data. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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“We must keep working together to break the chain of the infection. The authorities will improve the 3T, [testing, tracing and treatment], while the public will continue to stay at home,” the governor asserted on Thursday.Read also: Jakarta reimposes PSBB, orders people to stay homeResidents who, for some reason, had to leave their homes and conduct activities outside must adhere to health protocol by wearing masks, maintaining a physical distance from others and washing their hands frequently, he added.Anies further said extension of the PSBB had been approved by the central government.According to National COVID-19 Task Force data, Jakarta has recorded a decrease in daily confirmed cases since the beginning of this week.The city logged 1,352 new positive cases on Monday, followed by 1,236 cases and 1,133 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.The latest data released on Thursday showed an additional of 1,044 cases, bringing the total tally to 66,731 or around a quarter of the country’s total of 262,022 cases. At least 1,648 people have died of the disease in the capital to date.Topics : The Jakarta administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital – Indonesia’s COVID-19 hotbed – by two weeks to further suppress virus transmission.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed that the capital had seen a decline in active cases since it reimposed the stricter rules on Sept. 14.The city, he said, had recorded 3,854 new active cases in the first twelve days of September, and the number dropped significantly to 1,453 cases in the next twelve days.
The Telegraph 24 Sept 2013Voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide, where a doctor is present while a patient kills themselves, usually by drinking a strong barbiturate potion, has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002.Requests have risen steadily since 2003 when 1,626 people applied for medically administered euthanasia, in most cases by a lethal injection, or assisted suicide. One explanation for the steep rise of Dutch cases is the introduction last year of mobile euthanasia units allowing patients to be killed by volunatry lethal injection when family doctors refused.Forty two people with dementia and 13 patients suffering severe psychiatric problems were medically killed in cases that are rarer and still generate concern over the competence of individuals to request death.Medical review committees, that oversee euthanasia after the event, ruled that doctors had failed to meet legal requirements in 10 cases, with two incidents involving the difficulty of informed consent by people suffering from severe dementia.It is not known whether or how often a decision to prosecute doctors was taken.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/10330823/Number-of-Dutch-killed-by-euthanasia-rises-by-13-per-cent.html As previously controversial “mercy killings” have become socially and medically acceptable, the number of cases, the vast majority of medical euthanasia, have more than doubled over the decade to 2012.