Overnight Fire Damages Hobby Horse Ice Cream Shop

first_imgAt 2356 hours on 9/15/19, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to 800 Ocean Avenue, the Hobby Horse Ice Cream Shop, for a report of smoke coming from the building.Upon arrival, Deputy Chief 3 reported smoke showing from the rear of the roof.  Upon further investigation, the single-story shop had fire coming from the C and D sides of the roof area of the structure.  Responding to the scene were Engine One, Truck One, Engine Two and Engine Three.  The fire was quickly extinguished by Engine and Truck One personnel.Crews remained on scene until the building was secured and the OCFD fire investigative team completed their initial investigation.  There were no injuries.  As per protocol for a working structure fire, neighboring fire companies Marmora and Margate were alerted.  They responded to Ocean City, but their services were not needed.last_img read more

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Did you feel it? A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes North Carolina and the Southeast

first_imgDepending on construction timelines, the campground may remain closed for the rest of the season. Mortimer Campground is located northwest of Lenoir in the Wilson Creek Watershed in Caldwell County, NC. Good news for all you climbers out there. A team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found that 80% ethanol liquid chalk killed 100% of COVID-19 within five minutes. But before you go thanking the liquid chalk in your climbing bag for its pandemic protection, it’s important to note that liquid chalks are sold with varying alcohol concentrations. “If you don’t have more than 65% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol, you’re not going to be sterilizing,” said Ross Kedl, professor of immunology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the researcher behind the study. If you felt the ground move under your feet Sunday morning you weren’t imagining things. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake, its epicenter in Sparta, N.C., struck the Southeast, the effects of which could be felt up to 200 miles away across much of North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and as far away as Atlanta and Ashland, Kentucky. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 8:07 a.m. It was the strongest to shake the region since 1916, when a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck. There were no reports of serious injuries, though people near the epicenter reported minor structural damage.  Climbing can help kill COVID. Here’s how. Did you feel it? A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shakes North Carolina and the Southeastcenter_img While the 80% ethanol liquid chalk does kill the virus, Kedl says climbers should think of it as hand sanitizer because the effects don’t last long-term. That said, “if you have a gym full of people who are wearing masks and all of them are using this chalk, your chances of getting a wall contaminated with coronavirus are pretty small,” he says.  Photo: Beautiful azaleas blooming in mountains. Green hills, meadows, and sky in the background. Summer mountain landscape. Near Asheville, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA. Courtesy of Getty Images by MargaretW Mortimer Campground on Pisgah National Forest to temporarily close Beginning today, Mortimer Campground on Pisgah National Forest will temporarily close for major construction of a bridge to replace the low water crossing of Thorps Creek, which flows through the campground, the Forest Service said in a news release. The bridge replacement will improve water quality and native and wild trout habitat in the Wilson Creek Watershed. last_img read more

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Motion Travel has become the official agency of the largest marathon in the world – TCS New York City Marathon 2020!

first_imgThese are the ambassadors of our tourism and the lighthouse entrepreneurs who bravely push forward in spite of everyone and everything and destroy the status quo. Support them. In Motion travel, they are still awake dreaming and bravely walking step by step towards new goals. Running is a constantly growing trend, so over 50 million inhabitants of the European Union run regularly, and according to Josip Ćorić, Croatia is definitely growing, and the most important thing is that the number of runners, clubs and community who create new runners and new marathoners. As Ćorić points out, from the first day he woke up dreaming of this very moment and step by step he built a story that the dream turned into reality. That there is a big difference between desire and goal, says this great story, as well as its continuation, since Motion Travel recently included a marathon in Morocco, and for 2020 they are preparing to organize a trip to the races in North America and Asia where their motto RUN & TRAVEL would definitely come to life. Namely, the trend of running is spreading in Europe from year to year, as well as in Croatia, and as Josip Ćorić points out, as a passionate runner he did not have an offer to go to half marathons and races in various European cities. And that’s where that click or eureka happens. As a passionate travel enthusiast and employee in agency tourism, Ćorić decided to establish Motion Travel, the only agency in Croatia specialized in the departure of recreational, amateur and professional runners and of course their fans to races within Croatia and Europe. Today, after a little over a year and a lot of work and effort, Motion Travel has become the official agency of the largest marathon in the world – TCS New York City Marathon 2020!  Thus, for the first time, Croatia has its own tourist representative for runners at the NY Marathon, a Motion Travel  has managed to position Croatia as one of the 54 countries in the world that have a representative at the largest racing event in the world. This cooperation will enable all runners from Croatia and the region to more easily access information, entry fees and medals. “The racing population in Croatia increasingly travels to foreign races where we already offer them attractive trips and as the crown of the offer we want to offer runners from the region all major races and thus be at the top of the world agency offer of racing trips. It is difficult for us to predict in which direction the niche is developing because we are currently the only ones going in that direction and we are the initiators of both outgoing and incoming, but we think we are going at a good pace because after a year and 3 months we already have two majors. we travel to more than 15 different races across Europe and are recording constant growth. We see definite growth in offering travel on all continents. ” Ćorić points out as his new goal and the dream he wants to fulfill. Once a upon a time… or the story starts like this nekako. center_img “The beginning of communication with the organizers was already in April this year when we sent the first part of the documentation. Since the establishment of the agency, our goal has been to become the official ITO (International Tour Operator) for the NY Marathon, so we carefully “step by step” started working together. Through half a year and meeting the strict conditions we had to meet, such as being the ITO of one of the major marathons, and as we are already the second year of the ITO for the Berlin Marathon it was a great advantage for us. After sending the rest of the documentation and checking the quality of work, checking all the items we listed, we received confirmation that Motion Travel will be the official ITO and that Croatia gets the first travel agency for another major world racing event. says Coric. RELATED NEWS: As Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic points out, it is important to celebrate other people’s success, encourage and build the perception of success in Croatia. Proof of how to succeed in Croatia. A little over a year ago, a great idea was born, an idea that hit the need of runners in Croatia and offered a solution to the problem. Cover photo: TCS New York City Marathon / Illustration HrTurizam.hr Thanks to the HrTurizam.hr portal, I have the honor of being the source of information, and the “power” to connect people, entrepreneurs and tourist stories, all with the aim of generating added value and synergy. To date, I have merged hundreds of entrepreneurial tourism stories in Croatia. Also, there is no greater happiness when you watch some entrepreneurial ideas develop from year to year and manage to fight for their place under the sun. If in this process in one small part I can personally help and push, that’s it, my mission is fulfilled. FIRST TRAVEL AGENCY SPECIALIZED FOR RUNNERS OPENED – MOTION TRAVELlast_img read more

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Australia says anyone entering the country must self-isolate

first_imgAustralia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said all people arriving from overseas will have to self isolate for 14 days, as his government stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The order will come into force at midnight, Morrison said in a televised address Sunday. Australia will also ban cruise ships from foreign ports from docking in Australia for 30 days and will prohibit mass gatherings of 500 people or more, though schools will remain open.“We are going to have to get used to some changes in how we live our lives over the next six months or so,” Morrison told reporters after a meeting of the national Cabinet. “We know that the virus cannot be absolutely stopped,” he said. “But we can slow the spread” to protect the most vulnerable in society. The measures announced Sunday are another escalation of the response by the government, which has announced a A$17.6 billion ($10.9 billion) stimulus package to buttress the economy.Following advice from health professionals, Morrison also said “static, non-essential” gatherings should not go ahead if more than 500 people attend. These include places such as stadiums and theaters where people are in close proximity with each other for a sustained period of time, he said. On Friday, he stopped short of an outright ban on mass gatherings as it opted instead to “advise” against them.Nations around the world are trying to shield citizens from the deadly virus. France has shut cafes and restaurants, while Spain declared an emergency as cases rose to more than 145,000 worldwide and the death toll increased to more than 5,700.New Zealand on Saturday announced similar measures to Australia’s, requiring almost every individual who enters the country, including citizens and residents, to self-isolate for 14 days.In Australia, 249 people have been infected, from 197 on Saturday, health authorities said. Morrison said his Cabinet would now meet via teleconference as part of social distancing measures. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in isolation after testing positive.Topics :last_img read more

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Japan may free more regions from emergency as new virus cases drop: Asahi

first_imgJapan may lift its state of emergency in more regions this week as new coronavirus infections drop, the Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday, moving to resume sorely needed activity in the world’s third-largest economy, battered by containment measures.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe freed 39 of Japan’s 47 prefectures last week from a blanket state of emergency, while urging people to adopt a “new lifestyle” of social distancing and guard against a possible spike.This week, the government could drop the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from the list of eight remaining ones, while maintaining curbs on Hokkaido, Tokyo, and those around them, the paper said, citing an anonymous government source. Like other world leaders, Abe faces pressure to balance protection of public health with avoiding the collapse of the economy, which is facing its worst postwar slump.First-quarter data on Monday showed Japan slipped into recession for the first time in 4-1/2 years, as the virus ravages businesses and consumers.With much of Japan now freed from the emergency, coffee chain Starbucks re-opened about 850 stores on Tuesday, including some offering only takeout in the prefectures still under curbs. Among other businesses, Toho Cinemas said it would reopen 23 more theatres on Friday.The Japan Sumo Association is also exploring prospects of resuming a summer tournament in July, it said, after cancelling a tournament originally set to start on Sunday. Its decisions would take into account the results of antibody tests begun on Monday for members, including wrestlers and referees, the association added.The ancient Japanese sport has been hit especially hard by the virus, with several organization members testing positive, as well as the death last week of a 28-year-old wrestler.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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President Uhuru sends entire cabinet on 14-day working recess

first_imgPresident Kenyatta has also vacated an earlier order suspending upcountry tours by top government officials and recalling all Cabinet secretaries back to Nairobi.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries have been granted a 14-day working recess by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Cabinet committees and technical committees will not have any scheduled engagements from Monday 17th to 28th August 2020, unless directed by the President for urgent business, cases of national emergency or any other exceptional circumstances.In a memo signed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and addressed to all CSs, CASs, PSs and the Attorney General, cabinet members will be expected to conduct working tours, site visits and field engagements with members of the public in relation to ongoing development projects and government programs.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols The move immediately brought to the fore recent speculation over possible reorganization of the top leadership of the executive branch of government.Across the social media, opinions to the effect that the head of state was keen to establish a cabinet  that would ensure his legacy is fulfilled reverberated.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  Others went to an extent of saying this was going to take place when the cabinet resumes normal duties early next month. The rumors were quickly quashed by statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena who cautioned against reading too much into it.According kanze, it is normal for cabinet to go on working recess 3 times in a year in April, August and December.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleShe says this is not just in Kenya but across the commonwealth.During the 14 days leave  principal secretaries  chief administrative secretaries and the Attorney General will only attend to national emergencies.last_img read more

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Frustrated Southampton boss Ronald Koeman recalls Jack Stephens from Boro loan

first_imgSouthampton have recalled defender Jack Stephens from his loan spell at Middlesbrough. “He wasn’t playing there and then why is he on loan if he doesn’t play? It’s better for him to come back.” Shortly before joining Middlesbrough, Stephens was given a two-year contract extension to keep him at St Mary’s until 2019. His return, incidentally, comes shortly after reports Koeman could prematurely terminate defender Steven Caulker’s season-long loan deal from parent club QPR. The 21-year-old joined the Sky Bet Championship leaders in July and had been expected to remain there for the duration of the season but, to the frustration of Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, he has made only five first-team appearances. Four of those five appearances came in the Capital One Cup, and Koeman told Southampton’s official club website: “Jack is back from Middlesbrough. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Liverpool Reject Barcelona’s £90.4m Second Coutinho Bid – Reports

first_img25-year-old Coutinho, who signed a five-year contract with the Anfield side in January this year, is reportedly keen to join Barcelona if a deal can be struck by the two clubs.The Brazilian joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, becoming an integral part in Liverpool’s charge for success, scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists for Klopp’s men last season.Related Liverpool have reportedly rejected the second Barcelona bid worth £90.4m for Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.According to Sky Sports, Barcelona has offered Liverpool another deal of £76.8m initial fee, with £13.6m add-ons, following Liverpool’s rejection of the first bid in July, believed to be around £72m.last_img read more

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Watch: Relive magician David Silva’s best moments in Man City colours as he makes…

first_imgImage Courtesy: mancity.comAdvertisement jfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs79wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4wr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zvreWould you ever consider trying this?😱k5Can your students do this? 🌚92tu5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester City captain and decorated midfielder David Silva has just completed a milestone of his career: achieving a total of 400 appearances in the Sky Blues jersey.Advertisement Image Courtesy: mancity.comThe 33 year old has been a pillar behind the club’s success, hailed as ‘one of Manchester City’s greatest ever players’, and has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Community Shields and four League Cups.Below is a compilation of the Spanish international’s best performances on field last season, courtesy to YouTube channel RoMarsh. Enjoy the video below-Advertisement The Spanish international, who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012, was under the Radar of Roberto Mancini back in 2010, who brought the then 24 year old from Valencia.Advertisement Silva has been a key performer under the current City gaffer Pep Guardiola, who eulogized the skipper in the pre match conference on Friday.“He is a competitor, a winner. Four Premier Leagues he won, and a lot of domestic prizes. This generation of players – like Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero – helped to make this club in a better position in the Premier League and in European competition.” the 48 year old said, courtesy to Goal.com.The upcoming season is going to be the final one for David Silva at the Etihad Stadium, as the player himself confirmed a month ago.Sergio Agüero scored a brace in the match at Dean Court yesterday, in addition to one from Raheem Sterling. Harry Wilson was the lone goalscorer for The Cherries, as the final scoreline was 3-1. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mayors Cast Wishes For 2016

first_imgBy John BurtonAs we look ahead to 2016, we take stock on our lives and often make those resolutions to better ourselves. We say we’re going to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more and take other steps to improve our lot in life. Mayors also have to take into consideration the future of their communities they govern. And many of the Two River area’s mayors offered their hopes for this year.MONMOUTH BEACH – “No snowstorms and no hurricanes!” was Mayor Susan Howard’s wish for the year, as the shore community moves toward completing its recovery from 2012’s Super Storm Sandy. “And everybody will be home,” able to return to the renovated, rebuilt and often elevated homes, she continued.The municipality is in the process of elevating and repairing its Sandy-damaged public library. And when that work is completed, officials will begin work on raising and additional repairs to borough hall. Howard said that work is on track to be finished this year. With that, “Monmouth Beach will have completed its recovery from Sandy,” she said.HIGHLANDS – Mayor Frank Nolan’s resolution is not so dissimilar to those expressed by Howard, as Nolan looks ahead to his Sandy-ravished town. “We hope to have everyone back in their homes who aren’t there yet,” Nolan wished for the coming year. He said there remains “a few dozen families who are not done, done,” completing the rebuilding so they can again live in their homes. About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm.This is Nolan’s last year of his current term. “I don’t know if I’m going to go again,” he said, regarding running for another term, given he’d like to spend some additional time with his kids. But until he makes that final call, “Obviously, I want to finish we started,” in terms of the rebuilding efforts.In 2015 “We turned the corner” moving beyond victim and rebuilding, he said. Now there is progressive development, with projects in the works that will mean completely recovering the $200 million in ratables the community lost to Sandy damage.“So in the end, it’s tough to swallow now, but we’re going to be better off than we were before the storm,” He maintained. “It’s just a shame it took that devastation to get us there.”One lesson that came out of Sandy and from his last election campaign, which he said he will continue to use, is aggressive communication with the public, “letting everyone know what’s going on.” Nolan uses Facebook to keep the community informed, which complements two other Facebook pages on Highlands goings-on. “People really have a chance to learn about the issues in the town,” he said.RUMSON – Mayor John Ekdahl acknowledged that some of 2015’s steps forward couldn’t be predicted if asked about them a year ago. The establishment of the bike lanes wasn’t on the agenda last January; nor were the repairs and repaving of county thoroughfares Rumson and Ridge roads that allowed for the new bike lanes. “They weren’t planned,” not on the local level, he said. “They just sort of evolved, if you will.”“Looking ahead,” he explained, “we have a couple of planned projects,” and in a sense they are Sandy-related.Rumson has had some additional savings in its sanitary water treatment costs. And with that money “we’re going to make a long-term commitment” and address infiltration of its sewer lines over a three-year period. The system has rain and river water infiltrating the system. And that means that extra water is taken into account in the treatment cost at the regional treatment center. “Which is very expensive,” he said.The borough’s Department of Public Works facility, behind the municipal complex, 80 East River Road, and much of its accompanying equipment, were damaged by Sandy. Plans now call to have flood doors installed on the facility. In addition, the below-ground gasoline tanks, which had taken a hit from the storm, will be reinstalled above ground.“They’re not sexy or exciting projects,” Ekdahl acknowledged, “but they will save money over time.”ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mayor Rhonda “Randi” Le Grice, on her first day in office said there are two secrets in keeping resolutions: “One is setting goals that are realistic and the second is having the support of other people.” And her resolutions involve focusing on “what we can achieve together and not what we can’t.”To that end Le Grice said she’ll concentrate on revitalizing the borough’s First Avenue business district. She plans on working with the local Chamber of Commerce and commercial property owners to have a strategy to welcome businesses and fill vacant storefronts.“I feel we can do a better job marketing the Atlantic Highlands we all love,” she said on Jan. 1, “not only as a great place to visit, but also to work in, to shop in, and to live in and raise a family.”The incoming mayor also plans to ensure the community is better informed about events and issues. She plans on having the website revamped to make it more accessible.But Le Grice acknowledged the mayor can only do so much and called upon community members to get more involved, volunteer and serve.Those would be some ways “to turn resolutions into results,” she said.SHREWSBURY – “I think it’s going to be a positive year,” predicted Mayor Donald Burden. But he hopes county officials are able to correct the ongoing property tax assessment morass that has preoccupied local and county officials for months and apparently is the subject of a county prosecutor investigation.In the coming months the local planning board and zoning board of adjustment will have substantial applications before them for proposed senior housing and retail projects. “We want to get these businesses integrated into the community, if approved,” Burden said, “making sure we’re not putting too much pressure on our First Aid and fire departments.”The council and department heads will be drafting the municipal budget in the near future. “I can’t predict what we’re going to do in terms of taxes yet,” he acknowledged. But, he added, “I think it’ll be pretty low.”FAIR HAVEN – Mayor Ben Lucarelli had a pretty simple wish moving forward: “Let’s hope it’s a nice, calm, peaceful year,” he hoped.There are things in the works that Lucarelli said he wasn’t at liberty to discuss just yet. But plans are in the works to move forward on the planned passive park overlooking the Navesink River on DeNormandie Avenue, providing a “clean, well-lit place for residents to use,” providing another recreational opportunity, he said.Last year, the council drafted a budget that did not include a tax increase.Lucarelli hopes to be able to do it again or pretty close to it, “keeping the budget flat as we can and to maintain what it is we have,” he said.HOLMDEL – Mayor Eric Hinds said “I’m excited for the future.” And that future for Holmdel will include continuing the town’s five-year plan for road improvements, infrastructure upgrades and other community projects.Last year the town spent $2.6 million for various projects. “We’ll probably spend a similar amount this year and next few,” on the projects, he said.“We have aggressive goals,” he offered. And those goals include renovating the public library and investigating the construction of a recreation center for local youth.“We want to make sure we’re a premier spot for families,” he said.MIDDLETOWN ­– “The snowless winter we’ve had so far, we’re off to a good start for the year,” saving money on employee overtime and road treatment, said Township Committeeman Gerard Scharfenberger, selected to serve as this year’s mayor.The five-member township committee will undertake an aggressive plan to generate economic development. “Every time you see a half-empty strip mall or an empty office building, that’s a big drain on the town,” he acknowledged.The committee will be reviewing ordinances “to see what can be done to make us more business friendly,” he saidThere are a number of shared service agreements in the works with county government and the board of education that will curb costs and generate some revenue, offering some relief to taxpayers, he said.As mayor, Scharfenberger will initiate a Mayor’s Wellness Campaign that could help in employee health care costs and help employees’ health. In addition, he’ll reach out to community groups to keep them informed.“Anybody who has any interest,” he said. “That gives me a chance to educate them on how the system works.”LITTLE SILVER – Mayor Robert Neff Jr., last year saw his town change a long-standing tradition of no liquor licenses and embrace that change. Now he and the borough council members will undertake drafting the ordinance that will lay out the provisions and regulations for a future restaurant and bar. “We changed our minds last year,” Neff observed at the Little Silver reorganization meeting, offering his annual prepared rhyming couplets. “We changed our minds last year by vote, a license is to be / A family style watering hole? Or gourmet fare? We’ll see…”This year plans call for paving Prospect Avenue and new sidewalks for Church Street. And the borough received a county Open Space grant for to renovate the borough’s sports field.The borough will have a new communications tower built this year—improving cellphone receptions and emergency communications in the community. And the historic Parker Homestead will have work done on its dilapidated barns.last_img read more

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