Congressman Frank LoBiondo to Address Ocean City Chamber on March 20

first_imgRepublican Congressman Frank LoBiondo will address the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce on March 20.The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership meeting on Thursday, March 20, at the historic Flanders Hotel  at 11th Street and Boardwalk in Ocean City. The event will begin at noon and will feature guest speaker Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.  The lunch is $20 per person and is open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 609-399-1412 or by e-mailing [email protected]last_img

Bacow to seniors: Live to the fullest

first_imgHarvard President Larry Bacow called on graduating seniors during their Baccalaureate Service on Tuesday to live their own lives to the fullest by defying master plans and other people’s expectations, and instead following their own passions and ideals.“It’s important that you live your own life, not the life that others have planned for you,” Bacow told the Class of 2019 gathered in Memorial Church. “Sometimes figuring out what you don’t want to do can be as valuable as figuring out what you do want to do.”Bacow related how he quit his legal studies when, while working one summer, he found himself counting billable hours and suddenly decided to explore other career paths. They eventually led him to the presidency of Harvard.,“In my experience, those who lead their life according to some masterplan are often disappointed when they ultimately reach their destination,” Bacow said. “They have been so focused on their goal that when they finally get there they often ask themselves, ‘Is this all there is?’“Be open to serendipity. Perhaps the most valuable piece of advice I can give you as you get ready to leave here tomorrow is to recognize opportunity when it walks up and hits you in the face, because it will. In my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined I would someday be standing here before you as president of Harvard. … Always remember that you don’t have to stop breathing to stop living.”,The graduating class includes 1,554 graduates from 60 countries and all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.The Baccalaureate Service is a ritual as old as Harvard’s first Commencement in 1642. The late Rev. Peter Gomes, who was Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, called it a ceremony “both joyful and solemn, intimate and public, filled with the exuberance of youth and sustained by venerable and weighty tradition.” Tuesday’s service was conducted by the Rev. Professor Jonathan Walton, Gomes’ successor as Plummer Professor and Pusey Minister.Following custom, the gathering included scriptural readings from various religious traditions in their original languages. There were readings from the Quran in Arabic, the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit, the Hebrew Bible in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Gurmukhi, the “Apology of Socrates” by Plato in Greek, and the Namokar Mantra in Prakrit.,During his address, Walton asked students to take joy in their achievements and to remember those who helped them on their journeys to Harvard, and will continue to help as they move beyond it.“We celebrate your efforts, achievements, and intellectual acumen,” said Walton. “Nevertheless, in the words of the poet John Donne, no man or woman is an island unto themselves. Family, friends, and faith communities have invested in you materially, inspired you intellectually, and enriched you spiritually. We are all here because of someone else’s sacrifices.”In closing, Walton urged the students find a cause greater than themselves, to commit their lives to service and sacrifice, and to follow the example of Adolf Sannwald, a Harvard Divinity School student who graduated in 1925. He became a Lutheran pastor who was drafted by the German army in 1942. Sannwald’s name is etched on the walls of Memorial Church.“He was a member of the German army during World War II,” said Walton. “This is why ‘enemy casualty’ is etched under his name. Sannwald was affiliated with the Confessing Church movement that protested Hitler’s Third Reich. When the German army drafted Sannwald in 1942, military brass would not allow him serve as chaplain due to his sermons critical of the Nazi regime. The German army leaders placed Sannwald on the front lines. Within months he was killed by air raid.,“The Memorial Church stands as a testament to service and sacrifice, paideia and piety, veritas and caritas,” said Walton. “We are all called to a cause greater than ourselves. … Like Adolf Sannwald — the presumed ‘enemy combatant’ — we should never assume that our service will come with accolades and awards. Trying to do the right thing may come with a price. Some may even label you an enemy combatant.“In the words of Zora Neale Hurston, ‘If you want that nice feeling that comes from doing things for other folks, then sometimes you have to pay for it with abuse and misunderstanding.’ But this is a small price to pay to honor the dignity of human personality.”,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Cummins Impacted By COVID-19, Preparing For Decrease In Demand

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – One of Chautauqua County’s largest manufacturers says they have remained profitable amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but, is preparing for a decrease in demand going forward.Cummins Inc. reported a 5 billion dollar decrease in the first quarter of 2020, down 17 percent from the same quarter last year.“We delivered strong profitability in the first quarter, supported by the commitment of our employees to serve our customers and the benefit of cost reduction actions we initiated in the second half of 2019,” said Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger in a statement Tuesday. “Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate is our top priority.”Due to uncertainty related to the pandemic, the Cummins did not provide revenue or profitability guidance for this year. While customer operations have begun to resume activity, the company does expect a significant impact to its second quarter results due to disruptions across customer and supplier operations and lower end market demand.Officials say lower truck production in North America and weaker demand in global construction, mining, and power generation markets drove the majority of the revenue decrease so far.Sales in North America declined by 16 percent while international revenues decreased by 17 percent led by declines in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, India, and China.In response to the anticipated shortfall, the company recently announced a set of cost reduction actions, including a temporary reduction in salaries.“Our teams are working hard to support the global economy, leveraging our flexibility and strong supplier network to help our customers deliver essential products and support response efforts,” furthered Linebarger. “Given the significant impact the pandemic will have on demand across our industry in the second quarter and beyond, we are continuing to take actions to reduce cost and boost our already strong liquidity.”The company is also lowering its targeted capital expenditures by more than 25 percent as compared to 2019 and says they continue to closely monitor market conditions and adjust plans accordingly.For more on the first quarter report, click here.last_img read more

Iloilo City’s 5 public plazas to get facelift from TIEZA

first_img“The city government will not spendfor the rehabilitation but TIEZA, and this is a big deal for us,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The city government iswaiting for funds from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise ZoneAuthority (TIEZA) to start the rehabilitation of five public plazas in thedistricts of Jaro, La Paz, City Proper (Plaza Libertad), Molo, and Arevalo. According to Councilor Jay Treñas,TIEZA’s one more requirement from the city government – a SangguniangPanlungsod (SP) resolution endorsing the request of Mayor Jerry Treñas to TIEZAto provide funds for the plaza rehabilitation – was fulfilled last week whenthe SP passed such resolution. “We will coordinate with TIEZA para ma-download na ang funds,” said Treñas. Mandurriao district’s relatively newplaza is not included the rehabilitation program. In his letter to TIEZA, Mayor JerryTreñas requested funds for Jaro Plaza and Jaro belfry amounting to P75 million;La Paz Plaza – P65 million; Arevalo – P50 million; Molo Plaza – P20 million;and Plaza Libertad – P20 million. “It is the continuing policy of thelocal government unit of Iloilo City to provide its constituents with goodpublic spaces as venues for enjoying outdoor recreation, community, and promotionof public health and safety to protect the environment and attract tourists andinvestors,” read part of the city mayor’s letter to TIEZA./PNlast_img read more

(updated with stats) Wellington football team falls to Collegiate in first loss of the season

first_imgStatistics of game can be found here: Aaron Norton, Sumner Newscow – Despite a valiant effort, the Wellington Crusaders racked up their first loss of the season to the Wichita Collegiate Spartans with the final score being 49-21. This takes Wellington’s record to 3-1.Wellington Head Football Coach Tyler Ryan knew going into the game Collegiate would be tough competitors. “They are the best 1-2 team in the state, no doubt,” he told Newscow.Collegiate took the lead early, scoring their first touchdown just minutes into the game. This also led to the first of their seven field goals of the evening.Junior Austin Dunn scored the Crusader’s first touchdown after a 51-yard rush, followed by the only two-point conversion of the game.The Crusaders struggled with passing the entire first half of the game, allowing the Spartans to quickly reach a score of 21.Deep into the second quarter, junior Colin Reichenberger caught a 28-yard pass for the Crusader’s second score of the game.Wellington seemed reinvigorated after the half with Austin Dunn scoring yet another touchdown, and tying the game.Collegiate, once again, took charge in the second half of the game, scoring another four touchdowns, and beating the Crusaders.“I was disappointed,” said Ryan about the loss. “I’ve got to do a better of job of getting these guys to compete for four quarters.”Coach Ryan said the team would focus up on training as they prepare to play against Circle for next week’s homecoming game.Seth Carder scored three times for Wichita Collegiate, including runs of 54 and 34 yards, and rushed for 150 yards. Collegiate quarterback Landon Root threw for 188 yards. Austin Dunn had 180 rushing yards for Wellington. 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 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 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 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 commentslast_img read more

Chutney Soca Monarch Music Event Battles Controversies in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgChutney Soca Monarch, a 23-year-old carnival celebrating the music played by the Indo-Trinidadian community, has been embroiled in controversies recently over its next edition.Chutney Music incorporates Indian elements such as Bhojpuri, Hindi and English lyrics, and instruments such as dholak, with Caribbean soca music. The Chutney Soca Monarch competition, held every year at San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago, features a line-up of about 20 artistes in the finals. The competition has grown in popularity over the years, and now carries the first prize of $5 million. In its second year in 1996, it gave a Kia car as the first prize.This time, however, the event is caught in controversies and it is feared that the carnival may be forced out of its regular venue at Skinner’s Park due to low funds allotted by the state. The grand final is scheduled to happen on Jan. 27, 2018.Also making news is the ongoing stir over the song Rowlee Mudda Count by singer Nermal “Massive” Gosein. The song became a point of talk when carnival promoter George Singh said on Dec. 27 that the composition would not be allowed entry in the competition as it was distasteful, Trinidad Express News reported. National Chutney Foundation President Dr Vijay Ramlal also said that they will not allow Gosein to compete in events sanctioned by them.Gosein’s song takes potshots at the current Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, and uses play on words, which have been called offensive to women by the Women’s League of the ruling party People’s National Movement (PNM). The song’s video also features a “black face” character playing Rowley’s mother, which has been called racist.Gosein, however, registered for the competition on Dec. 28, one day before the deadline. He called the announcements made by Singh and Ramlal an insult to all artistes and a blow on the art form, Newsday reported.“They are using the Indian community for personal profit while sucking up to the PNM for million-dollar government funding,” Gosein said in a statement. “My song will not be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency to appease PNM promoters and their fat bank accounts. I therefore ask Attorney General Al-Rawi to pass a law forcing promoters to publish financial accounts to show how much profits they make and how much taxes they pay on the millions that they rake in annually.”He asked Al Rawi to trace the money as it is “certainly not going into artistes’ pockets.”He responded to complaints by PNM’s Women’s League that the song is offensive to women, saying, the group is “being hypocritical” since they did not express similar sentiments when other Calypsonians attacked the wife of former United National Congress leader and the then Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday, who is of Indian origin.Singh, however, said on Dec. 28 that he never stated that the song would be banned from Chutney Soca Monarch, Trinidad and Tobago Express reported.He also said that the carnival was forced out of its usual Skinner’s Park venue in San Fernando because of reduction in state funding, LoopTT reported. “We are searching for a new venue,” he said. “I know it will not be the same; it cannot be the same because Skinner Park is the home for Chutney Soca Monarch.”Singh added that funding from the Ministry of Culture covers only the prizes, and that funding disbursed by the government through the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) has been significantly reduced. He said event organizers are still trying to raise funds to organize the show. Related ItemsCaribbeanMusicTrinidad and Tobagolast_img read more