Ocean City Awaits Word to Welcome Back Vacationers

first_imgBeachgoers enjoy Ocean City over Fourth of July in 2019. Ambassadors from Cape May County will offer advice and information on social distancing. By MADDY VITALE People walk along the expansive, pristine beaches. They sink their toes into the sand, splash in the surf, walk the boards.Just a few months ago, envisioning that sort of scene in Ocean City would have been easy.Thousands and thousands of tourists who make the family-friendly resort an annual summer tradition would normally be booking, planning and gearing up for their escape to the Jersey Shore.But with uncertainty surrounding the timing of beach openings and social distancing restrictions that remain in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and nonessential businesses closed until further notice, a family vacation just one year ago may seem like a distant memory.However, Ocean City is getting ready to welcome visitors back as soon as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce recently debuted its first 2020 summer season tourism commercial. Its message is a subdued, yet optimistic depiction of the potential summer season.The commercial shows families enjoying the beach, spending time in the surf, strolling the Boardwalk and savoring a breathtaking sunset. The closing scene is of a shopkeeper welcoming customers with a sign that says, “Yes, we’re open.”Here is the script for the commercial:“Soon you’ll sink your toes into the sand. Splash in the warm surf. Walk the boards and catch that sunrise once again. Soon you’ll be back in your special place and we’re hard at work getting ready to welcome you home to Ocean City, America’s Greatest Family Resort.” The idea of spending Memorial Day at the beach to welcome the summer season with the children and to enjoy amusements, concerts and eateries is one that elicits happiness for families year after year.And although this summer may not be the same as many others before it, there will still be a summer to enjoy, Ocean City officials say.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, stressed that when Gov. Phil Murphy believes the time is right to reopen the beaches and Boardwalk, “America’s Greatest Family Resort” will be ready to welcome vacationers back.“Ocean City loves and misses its guests, second homeowners, and residents. We look forward to the return of the hustle and bustle of the season. Ocean City is home to so many people,” Gillian explained.Gillian highlighted some of the main attractions in Ocean City. Social distancing is very possible in a resort that prides itself on expansive beaches, an abundance of outdoor activities and a long Boardwalk.“Ocean City offers many different outdoor activities where people can social distance, even after we are given the clear,” Gillian explained in an email. “With our clean, wide beaches, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, 2.5-mile-long Boardwalk, more than 100 stores in our downtown shopping district and the fantastic back bay activities, people can safely enjoy their time in Ocean City.”While no one can foresee the future, or the possibility of a good summer or even a blockbuster summer, Gillian said her hope is that all of the vacationers return.“We love to see generation after generation returning ‘home’ every summer,” Gillian added. “Once we are given the OK to open, we look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and meeting the new ones.”Ocean City hopes to see the Boardwalk crowded with visitors again after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.last_img read more

Bagel business finds buyer

first_imgLondon-based manufacturers, The Bagel Group, which filed for administration earlier this month, has been sold to a new company, Mr Bagel’s Limited, as a going concern. Under the terms of the acquisition, the business and other assets were sold to Mr Bagel’s on 28 January, according to administrator MCR Corporate Restructuring.Paul Williams, partner at MCR, said it had been able to preserve “the majority of jobs in the company”. The company, previously known as Mr Bagels plc, reportedly produces around 150 million bagels a year under its Mr Bagel’s and Natural Bagel brands. It supplies the retail and foodservice markets.Mr Bagels was set up in 1988 by the Kahalani brothers, Paul and Avi, and, in 1996, became a limited company. The Bagel Group hit national headlines in December, after alleging an executive at rival Maple Leaf Foods was involved in attempted price-fixing, an allegation that is still under investigation. Mr Bagel’s Limited was registered at Companies House on 13 January 2009. Details have yet to be confirmed by the administrator about the new company’s financing and management structure.last_img read more

Krispy Kreme announces new store openings

first_imgKrispy Kreme is continuing with its plan to double store numbers in the UK, with three new outlets announced.A kiosk will open at the Liverpool ONE Shopping Centre on 15 April, and will be one of only a few Krispy Kreme kiosk operations outside London.Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre will see the addition of one its coffee bar units on 19 April, while the doughnut firm will also open a ‘hotlight’ store at Centre 27 Retail Park, Birstall, in Leeds, in July.The Leeds store will follow the same format of its other hotlight units which feature a manufacturing facility that is visible to customers. The firm said it will also serve as a hub for future stores in the Yorkshire region.In March 2010 Krispy Kreme announced a five-year plan to increase its presence in the UK. As part of this expansion it announced the opening of its first dedicated production site in the UK, at Heywood Distribution Park in Greater Manchester, which began production last month.Steven Madeley, centre director at St David’s, Cardiff commented: “Krispy Kreme was the most requested brand by shoppers since the centre opened, with visitors even joining social networking groups to campaign for its arrival in the city. With such phenomenal demand, the brand is set to be a huge success.”The firm launched in the UK in Harrod in 2003, and currently has 45 UK stores and a presence in more than 200 Tesco outlets.>>Krispy Kreme reveals details of new factory>>Krispy Kreme reveals plans to double UK storeslast_img read more

Modern bakers to explore lives of Victorian forbears

first_imgA new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.Starting on 5 January at 8pm, the three-part BBC2 series, called Victorian Bakers, is presented by historians Alex Langlands (Victorian Farm, Wartime Farm) and Annie Gray and will send the bakers to explore working in three periods across Victoria’s reign: 1837, the 1870s and 1900.The bakers are drawn from across the industry. John Foster runs Fosters Bakery in South Yorkshire, an industrial bakery producing over 1 million products a week for international foodservice clients. John Swift is a fifth-generation family baker from Swifts Bakers in Shropshire, which supplies its five shops and local foodservice clients from two bakeries. Duncan Glendinning is an artisan baker, who gave up a career in IT to set up The Thoughtful Bread Company in Bath, where he specialises in sourdoughs and using local and seasonal produce. Finally, confectioner Harpreet Baura of Crumbs Couture produces bespoke cupcakes, cakes and macarons for clients from her West London commercial kitchen.The series will use the experiment to explore the social and economic changes which took place during the period and will make use of the tools, methods and recipes of the day.Each episode will be set not only in a different time period but also a different place. In 1837, the bakers will get to grips with a rural bakery but the changes are rung for the 1870s when they move to a hectic industrial bakery. The series finishes in an elegant 1900 shop, producing pastries, cakes and novelty bread for a middle class newly able to afford such luxuries.last_img read more

PREMIERE: The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown Gets “Groovy Nasty” On This Timeless New Funk Track

first_img[Artwork via Matt Leunig]The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown: Volume 2 Full Tracklist:01. Rock It (Featuring Speech)02. Love Somebody (Featuring Laura Reed)03. Groovy Nasty (Featuring RonKat Spearman)04. Mantra (Featuring Kendra Foster and Speech)05. B4U Loved Me (Featuring Rev Desmond D’Angelo)06. Dream (Featuring Taylor Dayne)07. Past Present Future08. Words (Featuring Laura Reed)09. Creatures of Habit (Featuring Angelo Moore)10. Rock It (Instrumental)11. Love Somebody (Instrumental)12. Groovy Nasty (Instrumental)13. Mantra (Instrumental)14. Creatures of Habit (Instrumental) Imagine if the people who made James Brown dance, Kool and the Gang “Celebrate”, and P-Funk’s Mothership fly, all joined forces with some of todays greatest talents for a big, funky, nasty collaboration…Woven with the threads of funk, soul, gospel, blues and rock–and executed by some of the industry’s most beloved players–The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is back and gearing up to release their second album, Volume 2. The new release, due out January 12th, 2018, will serve as the long-awaited follow-up to the musical collective’s globally-acclaimed debut 2012 LP, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown: Volume 1.Improvisation is at the root of The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, which was conceived by bassist John Heintz at a music festival in 2007. Heintz found himself in a jam session with members of Galactic, Papa Grows Funk, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more, and sought to re-create that serendipitous, unrehearsed vibe that’s unexpectedly created and can carry music into uncharted territory. As Heintz espouses, “We want to capture the feeling of a late night backstage jam – sounds that only musicians have heard before.”Heintz began presenting the idea to the musicians he’d been meeting on the road. “Everybody seemed interested, but touring schedules being what they are, it was an uphill battle,” he explains. “I asked Derrick Johnson and John Paul Miller from Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band if they’d help me organize a collaborative project, and they came on board. We started calling every musician we knew including Frank Mapstone, a knowledgeable producer and musician from Florida. Frank and I clicked instantly and it was apparent that he was the most versed in the studio environment. Frank ultimately became my production partner with the Getdown. We have worked side by side for the last decade on this project.”The first Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown took place in a 14-bedroom house on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans in December 2007. Heintz assembled a free-floating ensemble that included 35 musicians from 17 bands, including The Lee Boys, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, and Dumpstapunk, as well Ralph Roddenbery and The Funky Meters, Garry “Starchild” Shider and Belita Woods from P-Funk. The eight day session was unplanned and unrehearsed. Bar-b-cue smoked in the backyard, songs were written in the living room and tracks were recorded all over the house, as the inspiration flowed. The result of the experiment was eventually crystallized as Volume 1.Heintz and his robust, talented crew of musicians used a similar approach for the making of Volume 2. The first session for Volume 2 was cut at a massive cabin in the woods outside of Asheville, NC. “We used the same blueprint,” Heintz explains. “We assembled, created a sense of camaraderie in the house and let it fly. We all stayed together for a week straight, living in the house together and basically having a week-long house party during which a lot of the music was written. We then went to a studio down the road and started recording what we were putting down in the house.”The funky supergroup’s new album celebrates a one-of-a-kind, large-scale collaborative idea more than a decade in the making. Says Heintz of the new album, “The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown: Volume 2 was an amazing journey to embark on. During the process of recording this album, we had the opportunity to work with generations of the most talented players to have graced our airwaves and stages from the 60’s to the present day. I think the excitement and love from all the folks involved in this album shines through in the songs.”More than 50 musicians participated in the making of Volume 2, including Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire), Speech (Arrested Development), Fred Wesley (James Brown, Horny Horns), Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones, Tiny Universe,) Michael Ray and Clifford Adams (Kool and the Gang,) RonKat Spearman (Katdelic, Parliament-Funkadelic), Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk), Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, Dirty Walt (Fishbone), and Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk, The Funky Meters), just to name a few.Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere an exclusive single off the long-awaited The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown: Volume 2, and appropriately down-and-dirty classic funk jaunt that goes by the name of “Groove Nasty”. As Heintz says of the track, “‘Groovy Nasty’ is full-throttle energy from the very first note. It’s just one of those songs that makes you want to get up and dance.” Listen to an exclusive stream of The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s “Groovy Nasty” from their upcoming sophomore release, Volume 2, below:The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown: Volume 2 will be available to download/stream on January 12th. For more information about The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, their fateful formation, and their unique approach to timeless collaboration, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

New IT Models Change IT Skills Landscape

first_imgOne of the primary reasons IT organizations of all sizes have been embracing converged (CI) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is to reduce both the total cost of acquiring and operating IT. But while pre-integrated or engineered systems offer some obvious benefits in terms of reducing the total cost of ownership for IT infrastructure, it’s not until IT organizations start to rethink how they apply their IT skillsets that truly profound savings and efficiencies start to manifest themselves across the organization.Beyond reducing the number of vendors needed to build a complete platform, CI and HCI platforms provide a unique moment in time to change the way IT is managed altogether. Rather than continuing to operate compute, storage and networking in isolation from one another, modern integrated systems make it feasible to truly unify the management of both virtual and physical IT resources via a common control plane.Organizations could obviously employ that unification to reduce their reliance on dedicated IT specialists in favor of less expensive IT generalists to manage the overall environment. But that approach is arguably at best short-sighted. Savvy organizations are taking advantage of integrated systems to cross-pollinate expertise across their IT staffs in a way the enables them to deploy and manage application workloads at unprecedented levels of scale.Thanks to the rise of everything from mobile computing applications and micro-services to new use cases driven by digital business initiatives and the Internet of Things, the number of workloads being deployed by the average enterprise is increasing exponentially. Hiring and retaining the IT personnel that would be required to support that level of expansion using legacy infrastructure is economically unsustainable for most organizations. Integrated systems provide the framework through which IT organizations as they are presently sized can effectively support a much larger ratio of workloads per IT staff member.Just as critically important, savvy IT leaders also view the unification of IT infrastructure management as critical means to injecting IT agility into their organizations. IT personnel capable of collectively allocating compute, storage and networking resources can respond faster to both spike in developer demand for infrastructure resources as well as changing business conditions. The days when it took a few minutes to provision a virtual machine, but weeks to provide a network connection have mercifully coming to an end.In fact, many organizations are already starting to recognize the significance of that shift. A report published by 451 Research shows that 41 percent of large enterprise IT organizations with 10,000 or more employees plan to evolve how their IT teams are organized. It’s only a matter of time before smaller IT organizations looks to take advantage of similar economic benefits.And truth be told, most IT personnel are excited about that change because the expansion of their skillsets it enables create an opportunity to increase their value to an organization that is going to be less inclined to consider outsourcing alternatives that eliminate their positions.IT leaders that have adopted integrated systems are clearly the early beneficiaries of advances in IT infrastructure management that many have felt are long overdue. Deploying and managing isolated stacks of compute, storage and networking resources makes neither technological nor economic sense. Integrated systems delivered by a single trusted partner are rewriting the formulas that organizations use to calculate the return on investment (ROI) in IT. As that process continues to occur, many of those same IT leaders are discovering that given all the tradeoffs and hidden costs associated with deploying application workloads in a public cloud, the number of workloads that it makes financial sense to deploy in a public cloud is starting to considerably shrink.Application workloads, much like water, always seek their own level. The better the performance experience the greater the percentage of workloads that typically wind up running on a specific platform. In the case of integrated systems, it’s now feasible to more affordably move workloads much closer to the point where end users are consuming the application. The more latency sensitive a workload is the more sense it makes to deploy on premise. The laws of physics associated access applications across a wide area network are not likely to ever be suspended. What is changing is the operational model used to locally deliver IT services is transforming in a way that makes the internal IT organization into the most efficient provider of IT services for their organization bar none.last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: Global battery storage installations to hit 15GW annually by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The global energy storage market quadrupled last year to 4 gigawatts of new installations and will surge to a 15-gigawatt annual market in 2024, even as system price declines slow down, according to Wood Mackenzie.The energy storage industry begins the new decade in the midst of a rapid transformation from a niche market to one at the center of the global energy transition. Most grid-scale projects built over the past decade were limited to shorter-duration applications, such as ancillary services for the grid, the “lowest-hanging fruit of the storage tree,” a new WoodMac research note says.But the market has seen a rash of major project announcements recently, driven in particular by the U.S., where developers are increasingly pairing large-scale solar arrays with batteries. NextEra Energy, North America’s leading renewables developer, is adding substantial storage capacity through both its regulated Florida utility and its independent generation arm.Meanwhile, Google’s blockbuster solar-plus-storage deal last month with NV Energy could blaze a trail for other companies looking to meet their real-time energy needs with renewables. Shortly afterward, Daimler announced a deal with Norwegian power firm Statkraft to cover its 24/7 electricity demand in Germany with renewables. “If this catches on among other climate-forward corporations, the upside could be huge [for storage],” said Daniel Finn-Foley, WoodMac’s head of energy storage, of the Google deal.Storage developers still face challenges in getting paid for all the various services a battery can offer the grid. But the industry is in the “enviable position of juggling growth game-changers from multiple directions,” Finn-Foley observed.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: WoodMac: Global energy storage installations to hit 15GW by 2024 Wood Mackenzie: Global battery storage installations to hit 15GW annually by 2024last_img read more

AEP CEO: Ratepayers will save $3 billion from utility’s investment in new Oklahoma wind projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):American Electric Power Co. Inc. (AEP) said May 27 it will proceed with a $2 billion investment in 1,485 MW of wind energy resources to be built in Oklahoma following state approval.Also on May 27, the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved a proposal from AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. to acquire 810 MW from the wind resources, known as the North Central Energy Facilities. The utility, known as SWEPCO, in March reached a settlement with the Louisiana PSC over its plan to acquire a portion of the wind resources.AEP announced in July 2019 a plan for SWEPCO and its sister utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, or PSO, to purchase the three wind farms: the 999-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center, the 288-MW Maverick Wind Project and the 199-MW Sundance Wind Project – Invenergy. Invenergy LLC will build the facilities, and then sell them to AEP once they are complete. One of the facilities should be completed this year, and the other two in 2021.“Today’s decision by the Louisiana Public Service Commission enables us to move forward with the North Central wind projects at full scale and invest in low-cost wind energy to benefit our customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma,” AEP Chairman, President and CEO Nicholas Akins said in a news release.“As AEP continues to add new clean energy to our generation portfolio, this investment is expected to save our customers approximately $3 billion over the next 30 years while supporting economic development in our communities,” Akins said. “We will continue to seek approval to provide a share of this renewable energy to our SWEPCO customers in Texas, as we believe the projects offer significant benefits to customers across our SWEPCO footprint.”Under the terms of the settlement agreement approved in Louisiana, the PSC approved an option that could increase the state’s allocation to an estimated 464 MW from an original 268 MW if Texas regulators do not approve SWEPCO’s proposal there. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Public Service Commission has also signed off on an option to increase its allocation, SWEPCO noted in its own news release. Also as part of the Louisiana settlement agreement, SWEPCO said it plans to procure up to 200 MW of solar resources in the company’s service territory, with construction beginning in the next three years.[Zack Hale]More ($): AEP commits to $2B wind investment following settlement approval AEP CEO: Ratepayers will save $3 billion from utility’s investment in new Oklahoma wind projectslast_img read more

Win Tickets to see World TeamTennis at the Greenbrier Resort!

first_imgWorld TeamTennis will host all 63 regular season matches over 19 days from July 12 – 30 and the WTT Playoffs on Aug. 1 (semifinals) and Aug. 2 (finals).  The event is being held in accordance with state health guidelines. Only 500 fans (20% capacity) will be allowed in the 2,500 seat outdoor stadium. If the matches are moved indoors as a result of weather on any given day, only 250 people will be allowed in the indoor facility. All Lower Bowl, Front Row and Package ticket holders will be guaranteed seats to the indoor facility. 5 lucky BRO winners get a pair of ticket vouchers! Comment on our Facebook or Instagram post to be entered to win.center_img Don’t miss your chance to see live sports this summer when World TeamTennis comes to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! See Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, the Bryan brothers and other tennis superstars in live in action from July 12th through August 2nd. Join us for the 45th season of World TeamTennis at The Greenbrier. last_img read more

NCUA’s treatment of ALLL in Risk-Based Capital Proposal differs from bank standards

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Keith LeggettIn its risk-based capital proposal, the National Credit Union Administration is proposing to remove the 1.25 percent of risk asset limit on the amount of the allowance for loam and lease losses (ALLL) that can be included in the risk-based capital ratio numerator.However, this position differs from the stance taken by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the Committee).In a 1991 amendment to the Basel Capital Accord, the Committee noted:“General provisions or general loan-loss reserves are created against the possibility of losses not yet identified. Where they do not reflect a known deterioration in the valuation of particular assets, these reserves qualify for inclusion in tier 2 capital. Where, however, provisions or reserves have been created against identified losses or in respect of an identified deterioration in the value of any asset or group of subsets of assets, they are not freely available to meet unidentified losses which may subsequently arise elsewhere in the portfolio and do not possess an essential characteristic of capital. Such provisions or reserves should therefore not be included in the capital base.” continue reading »last_img read more