Ocean City Police Activity Report for March 1 to 7

May 2, 2021

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first_imgPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department March 3, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 82Motor Vehicle Stops: 28Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 27Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 4000 block West Ave., one in custody, at 9:10amWarrant, 500 block 14th St., one in custody, at 11:00amWarrant, 900 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 1:34pm March 2, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 67Motor Vehicle Stops: 19Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 12Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 3 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 3100 block Asbury Ave., at 7:13amWarrant, Gardens Pkwy., one in custody, at 9:13amMotor vehicle accident, 300 block West Ave., at 3:38pm March 7, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 93Motor Vehicle Stops: 41Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 24Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 34th St. & Haven Ave., at 9:45amWarrant, 1100 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 1:11pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESMarch 1 – 7, 2015Calls for Service: 503Daily Average: 72 March 4, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 99Motor Vehicle Stops: 37Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 21Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 3 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 800 block Boardwalk, at 6:58amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 2nd St., at 2:16pmFraud, unit block Atlantic Ave., at 2:20pm March 1, 2015: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 51Motor Vehicle Stops: 11Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 26Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 2 EMS callsAssault, 400 block Haven Ave., at 8:25pm March 6, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 49Motor Vehicle Stops: 8Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 21Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 2 EMS callsSnow event March 5, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 62Motor Vehicle Stops: 3Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 25Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 2 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 8th St. & West Ave., at 3:44pmMotor vehicle accident, 200 block 34th St., at 10:00pmlast_img read more


Profit-hit Greggs takes heart from Iceland trial

April 21, 2021

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first_imgBakery chain Greggs said it was encouraged by results so far from a trial with retailer Iceland as it posted its interim results this week. The firm is five weeks into a 10-shop trial in Liverpool, where Iceland is selling its bake-at-home frozen sausage rolls in Greggs-branded four-packs.Chief executive Ken McMeikan said the trial was set to continue for a further five weeks before the impact on Greggs’ own shop sales was assessed, but so far both retailers thought it was a “very encouraging start”.As Greggs announced results for the six months to 2 July, McMeikan said profits had been hit in the first half-year. Two bank holidays had cost Greggs between £1.8m and £2m, he said, including the unexpected Royal Wedding Bank Holiday, when 300-400 shops were closed all day.Greggs had been hit by rises in commodity costs, he added, with a continuing impact likely to be felt in the second half. For example, Greggs had seen flour prices go up by 30% in the first half and expected the second half to be slightly better and energy prices had gone up 15-30% in the first half, with the second half expected to be worse.As a “last resort”, prices had been put up in the first half by “pennies” on various products, McMeikan said.Greggs said pre-tax profits before exceptional items fell to £17.3m in the six months, down from £18.6m the year before. Total sales rose 4.2% to £335m.Greggs opened 39 shops in the half-year period, bringing its tally up to 1,518 and is on track to open a net 80 outlets in 2011.last_img read more


News story: Aviation Minister meets Norwich students at cutting-edge training academy

April 20, 2021

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first_imgUp to 450 students are trained at the academy each year, learning the skills needed to work in air traffic control, airport operations and other areas of the aviation industry.Based in Norwich, the facility offers a wealth of potential employers for those with industry training. Located on the site of Norwich International Airport it also offers impressive connectivity and exceptional educational partners.Simon Witts, Aviation Skills Partnership’s (ASP) Founder & Executive Chairman, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg meets the aviation workforce of tomorrow at the International Aviation Academy in Norwich Up to 450 students will be trained across a variety of areas to equip them with skills which will help them transform the UK’s aviation industry in years to come the Aviation Minister also visited Norwich Airport which is leading the way in accessibility for passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 We were delighted to welcome the aviation minister Baroness Sugg and Chloe Smith MP to the airport. As part of the tour, we were able demonstrate the very positive growth story happening here and the critical role that regional airports can play in future connectivity. We need government to recognise the potential that Norwich and other airports have and the contribution they can make particularly as we leave the European Union. Areas such as air passenger duty exemptions or holidays would make a significant difference and we look forward to further engagement with the government on these and other topics. We can be very proud to show off these innovative new facilities in north Norwich which open up exciting skills and big prospects. I am delighted to welcome Baroness Sugg, minister for aviation, to this world-first aviation academy in Norwich: part of ASP’s plan to restore the UK to its position as one of the world’s leading sources of skilled people to support the growing aviation industry worldwide. Made possible through funding from Norfolk County Council, Norse and the New Anglia LEP along with the early vision of Norwich Airport, we are proud to be working with KLM UK Engineering, University of East Anglia and City College Norwich to offer our unique Aviation Engineering Pathway with the other areas of aviation training following shortly. I am proud of the role that we can play, through this academy and others to follow, in offering aviation as a civil or military career to people of all ages and walks of life. It is a great industry and the UK has a rich heritage of aircraft innovation, design, manufacture and operation. But there is a critical shortfall of young skill and in the UK aviation sector and this situation is forecast to worsen in the future. The aviation skills partnership is looking forward to working with Baroness Sugg to address this shortfall and, in this 100th year of the Royal Air Force, to inspiring a new generation for the future. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Apply for the International Aviation Academy training programmes of Aviation Engineering, IAA-N (International Aviation Academy-Norwich), Level 2 and BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice Member of Parliament for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, said: The airport is an important asset for Norwich and the area. As the constituency MP I set out to discuss with the minister what our region needs to thrive. Today (26 July 2018) the Aviation Minster, Liz Sugg visited the International Aviation Academy in Norwich where she met the talented individuals who will help shape the future of the UK aviation industry.During a tour of the purpose-built facility alongside Chloe Smith MP, the minister was shown a full size operational aircraft which is used in aviation simulations and spoke to students taking part in a range of training programmes.The minister also saw the workshops where the trainees are taught a host of academic, practical and industry skills that will propel them into local, national and international aviation jobs.In a demonstration of the expertise being passed on to them, the students talked the minister through the starboard 737 engine explaining how it generates mechanical power within an aircraft’s propulsion system. Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg, said: The International Aviation Academy is providing world-class training and teaching to students who will undoubtedly shape the future of one of our most successful industries. By working with local schools, colleges and universities, it has helped create new opportunities for young people offering them a route into an exciting and rewarding career. As the home of the first commercial aircraft ever to be built from metal, Norwich has a proud history of innovation in aviation and I am pleased to see the increasingly important role this city is playing in the sector’s future. The Aviation Minister and Chloe Smith MP also visited Norwich Airport where some of the academy’s students may one day work. Here, they were taken on a tour of the terminal and the helicopter facilities.Serving more than half a million passengers each year, Norwich is one of the best connected regional airports in the UK.Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Authority released its airport accessibility report for 2017/18 which revealed that Norwich Airport is leading the way in accessibility for disabled passengers and those with mobility restrictions.Norwich Airport Managing Director, Richard Pace, said: Member of Parliament for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, said:last_img read more


Gathering Of The Vibes Is Being Sued By Their Host City, Bridgeport

March 2, 2021

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first_imgUpdate: We are waiting on official word from Gathering of the Vibes‘ representatives and have deleted this article out of respect for their longevity in the music scene. Much love and vibes.last_img


7,334 degrees, certificates awarded at Harvard’s 363rd Commencement

March 1, 2021

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first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 7,301 degrees and 33 certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below. Harvard College granted a total of 1,662 degrees. Degrees from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) were awarded by Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All figures include degrees awarded in November 2013 and March and May 2014.Harvard Business School: 909 degrees. 900 Master of Business Administration, 9 Doctor of Business AdministrationGraduate School of Arts and Sciences: 1,003 degrees. 329 Master of Arts, 83 Master of Science, 1 Master of Engineering, 590 Doctor of PhilosophySchool of Public Health: 380 degrees. 186 Master of Public Health, 155 Master of Science, 39 Doctor of ScienceSchool of Dental Medicine: 71 degrees. 3 Master of Medical Sciences, 36 Doctor of Dental Medicine, 11 Doctor of Medical Sciences, 16 Specialty CertificatesHarvard Law School: 750 degrees. 167 Master of Laws, 7 Doctor of Judicial Science, 56 Doctor of LawHarvard College: 1,662. 1,611 Bachelor of Arts, 51 Bachelor of ScienceMedical School: 197 degrees. 33 Master in Medical Science, 164 Doctor of MedicineGraduate School of Education: 661 degrees. 576 Master of Education, 44 Doctor of Education, 28 Doctor of Education Leadership, 13 Certificate of Advanced StudyHarvard Kennedy School: 566 degrees. 86 Master in Public Administration, 204 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 66 Master in Public Administration in International Development, 210 Master in Public PolicyExtension School: 700 degrees. 5 Associate in Arts, 152 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, 539 Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, 4 CertificatesGraduate School of Design: 323 degrees. 103 Master in Architecture, 37 Master of Architecture in Urban Design, 69 Master in Design Studies, 65 Master in Landscape Architecture, 5 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design, 39 Master in Urban Planning, 5 Doctor of DesignSchool of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 380 degrees. 180 Bachelor of Arts, 51 Bachelor of Science, 1 Master in Engineering, 83 Master of Science, 65 Ph.DDivinity School: 112 degrees. 42 Master of Divinity, 1 Master of Theology, 66 Master of Theological Studies, 3 Doctor of Theologylast_img read more


Saint Mary’s names Nancy Nekvasil as Provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs

January 26, 2021

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first_imgProfessor of biology Nancy Nekvasil will now fulfill the position of Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, President Jan Cervelli said in an email sent to the College community Friday.Selecting Nekvasil — who held the position on an interim basis since July 1 — involved considering the opinions and feedback of many individuals, Cervelli said in the email.“I want to acknowledge and thank our dedicated and hard-working Provost search committee, co-chaired by vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe and associate professor Karen Chambers, and the firm Academic Search for their guidance and for helping Saint Mary’s identify the right person for the College at this time,” Cervelli said. “Feedback from various stakeholder groups — including the Faculty Assembly Leadership, the Provost Search Committee and the Academic Affairs Council — and from many of you following this week’s campus forum with [Nekvasil] made it evident that she is an outstanding fit for the permanent position.”Nekvasil’s past experience will benefit her immensely, the email said.“[Nekvasil] brings multiple dimensions to this role,” Cervelli said. “As an accomplished physiologist, a distinguished teacher committed to Saint Mary’s undergraduate and graduate education and an experienced campus leader and administrator, she has demonstrated her wide-ranging expertise and commitment to the College’s mission. I am grateful that [Nekvasil] will continue to share those gifts with the campus community in this vital position.”Tags: Academic Affairs, provostlast_img read more


Appalachian Trail License Plates Do Work

December 30, 2020

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first_imgAppalachian Trail license plates in Virginia last year raised $45,000 to help protect the beloved 2,195-mile footpath. Among the projects funded by the plates were open meadow preservation along the trail in Shenandoah National Park, trail construction by the Konnarock Trail Crew, and the replacement of a trail bridge in southwest Virginia.How does it work? A portion of the proceeds from each license plate—usually between $10 and $20—goes directly to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. In Virginia, the funds are disbursed among its eight trail maintaining clubs.Appalachian Trail specialty plates are also available in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.“Owning an A.T. license plate is an excellent way to directly turn your contribution into improvements that can be seen first-hand on the Trail,” says Andrew Downs, the ATC’s regional director.If you’d like to see license plate funds at work, visit the new sections of the Appalachian Trail at Thunder Ridge, or visit a meadow in Shenandoah National Park.For more information about A.T. specialty license plates, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/plates.last_img read more


Fed wants low profile but may repeat that the economy needs stimulus

November 20, 2020

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first_imgThe Fed’s two-day meeting is expected to end Thursday with no new proclamations from the central bank, and Chairman Jerome Powell will be sure to distance himself from the election uncertainty.But he is likely to be asked about one of the most pressing concerns in markets — fiscal stimulus to help the economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus. That topic has been a political hot spot, and it could be resolved in several ways depending on how the election turns out.“With a GOP Senate majority, the expectations for stimulus is absolutely getting dialed back, which is a good part of why yields are plummeting the way they are,” said Julian Emanuel, equity and derivatives strategist at BTIG. The 10-year Treasury yield went from a high 0.94% Tuesday night to about 0.75% Wednesday.- Advertisement – Fed officials have repeatedly called for stimulus but Powell may not address it, unless he is asked about it by journalists in his 2:30 p.m. ET briefing, strategists said.House Democrats and the White House had been negotiating a large package with the House seeking $2 trillion, but those talks stalled before the election. McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans have been seeking a much smaller package.The election was seen by some as a potential solution, since Democrats, if they won the Senate, were expected to approve a large package early next year. But a change in control appears unlikely.The Fed is also expected to reiterate its “lower for longer” interest rate policy, and that it is willing to use all of its tools to help the economy. Otherwise, Powell is unlikely to introduce any new issues at his post-meeting briefing.“I think if they move the market, they’ve made a mistake,” said Jim Caron, head of global macro strategies at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Their job is to sort of blend into the background at this point.”The Fed took its most recent big policy step at its last meeting, when it introduced a new approach to target a range for inflation instead of its previous set target of 2%. – Advertisement – U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to reporters after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates in an emergency move designed to shield the world’s largest economy from the impact of the coronavirus, during a news conference in Washington, U.S., March 3, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuterscenter_img – Advertisement – Strategists say the Fed will not address the election, which was unresolved as of Wednesday afternoon with the outcome in several key states uncertain.Powell is likely to be asked about the need for fiscal stimulus, which Congress failed to provide ahead of the election. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reopened the topic, saying it would be important to pass a package before the end of the year.“Powell himself has made very clear that the most important thing is getting cash into people’s hands. I think he has to [comment], and I think it may be a market negative, given the fact that kind of rhetoric reinforces the limited effectiveness of the tools in the Fed’s tool box,” said Emanuel.- Advertisement –last_img read more


Italian regulator questions merit of pension fund competition bill

September 29, 2020

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first_imgThe Italian pension regulator, Covip, has expressed strong doubts on the draft competition bill that sanctions full portability of pension savings.The bill allows employees to transfer their savings, as well as their employers’ contributions, from labour contract-based pension funds to for-profit pension vehicles, which carry higher costs for members.In a parliamentary hearing, Covip chairman Francesco Massicci said: “It is not clear, however, how these contingent shifts of members correspond to a real advantage for members themselves.”Massicci said Covip figures showed there was an inverse relationship between costs and assets under management (AUM) at labour contract-based pension funds, or fondi negoziali. He said the same could not be said for pension vehicles sponsored by insurance companies and banks, including individual pension schemes, or “Piani Individuali Pensionistici” (PIPs), where costs do not decrease as AUM increases.Massicci quoted Covip figures showing that, if contributing to a labour contract-based pension fund for 35 years earns a monthly benefit of €5,000, contributing the same amount to a pension vehicle sponsored by a for-profit entity would earn as little as €3,900 a month over the same period.Despite the higher costs, membership of pension funds sponsored by for-profit entities has increased faster than lower-cost vehicles.At the end of 2014, PIPs had 2.9m members, accounting for 44% of all second-pillar pension fund members.Open pension funds, sponsored by insurance companies and banks, had 1m members, whereas labour contract-based pension funds had 2.55m members in total.The total membership figure for 2014 was 6.56m, which corresponds to around 30% of those in employment.Massicci told the Italian Parliament’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, that such growth of membership at higher-cost pension funds was due to their sponsors’ large distribution networks.He said: “Their growth was driven by more commercial placement methods, thanks to widespread sales networks that are remunerated on the basis of the number of products placed.”The Covip chairman added that the higher costs were linked to the presence of these sales networks.Employee and employer associations, as well as bodies representing not-for-profit pension funds, have voiced concerns over the draft bill.Manfredo Carfagnini, chairman at the pension fund for employees of BNL BNP Paribas, said the fund strongly opposed the measure.“Introducing competition in this way seems to respond to the interests of a lobby rather than the whole sector,” he said.“The risk is that one part of the market cannibalises the rest.”He also believes the measure would be of no advantage to employees, given that PIPs are significantly more expensive.“A paritarian institution such as ours can offer very sophisticated asset management at a very low cost,” he said. Carfagnini acknowledged that, being a closed pension fund with 99% coverage of the sponsor’s workforce, his fund could in theory face negative membership growth, if other entities were allowed to take on employee and employer contributions currently directed to the BNL BNP Paribas pension fund.  However, he said that – at the moment, only theoretically – the fund’s sponsor would be open to the idea of using its own network of advisers if there was full portability, and his fund were also allowed to take up members from other companies.During Covip’s hearing, Massicci announced that the regulator was about to announce new measures on transparency, aimed at making member information more detailed and targeted at specific funds.For more on pension competition in the country, see this month’s Pensions in Italy reportlast_img read more


Consultants predict bumper year for UK pension de-risking

September 29, 2020

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first_imgAs much as £30bn (€35.1bn) could be transferred to insurance companies through de-risking activity this year, according to consultants.Willis Towers Watson predicted the total volume of buy-ins, buyouts and longevity swaps in the UK would hit a record level in 2017 after regulation and global politics led to a subdued period of activity in 2016.The consultancy giant said deals could hit a combined £30bn in the next 12 months.Shelly Beard, director in Willis Towers Watson’s de-risking team, said 2016 had been a year for “taking stock”, following major disruptive events such as the UK’s European Union referendum and the US presidential election. However, the second half of the year “saw a marked increase in the value available in the bulk annuity market”, Beard said.“Consequently, providers are entering the New Year with strong pipelines and several deals expected to trade in January, and more of our clients are approaching the market than ever, so we expect 2017 to start from a very healthy position in terms of appetite and deal pipelines,” she added.Meanwhile, LCP also predicted a record year for de-risking, although its headline figure was half that of Willis Towers Watson’s at £15bn worth of buy-ins and buyouts.Clive Wellsteed, partner at LCP, said the record appetite was to be driven by favourable pricing and increased capacity at insurance companies.In addition, smaller schemes are more able to de-risk.“There is plenty of scope for the market to grow even further over the next 10 years,” Wellsteed added.“We predict insurer capacity will increase to over £20bn in 2017 and so will continue to exceed pension plan demand.“But, over the medium term, there remains the real risk that demand from maturing defined benefit pension plans will exceed capacity, putting upward pressure on pricing.”Last year saw the one-millionth person’s pension insured through a buy-in or buyout, according to LCP.UK companies have transferred £70bn of assets to insurers in the past 10 years, the consultant said, equal to roughly 5% of total defined benefit pension assets.Amid the expectations of record demand, Willis Towers Watson’s Beard warned that schemes could face competition for insurance capacity from other insurers seeking to offload legacy individual annuity “back books”.Last year, Aegon transferred £9bn worth of liabilities from its individual annuities business to Rothesay Life and Legal & General.Beard said: “We would advise that schemes wishing to engage in de-risking activity take note of back-book activity, as this should affect the timing of their approach to the market. We expect this element of the market may distract some of the buy-in providers at various points in the year.“On a more positive note, some insurers will offer more attractive pricing opportunities if they have been left disappointed after missing out on attractive back books.”last_img read more