Council Honors Roy Gillian on 90th Birthday

first_imgBy MADDY VITALERoy Gillian has dedicated his life to Ocean City. He followed in his father’s footsteps in the amusement park business and created the iconic Gillian’s Wonderland Pier at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. And throughout his lifetime he has served on many boards and organizations.So, for his 90th birthday, which was on Nov. 25, his son, Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council and the administration thought they should do a little something for him.Council passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday night naming Nov. 25, 2019, as “Roy Gillian Day.”“For his 90th birthday, what do you get him?” the mayor asked with a laugh.Though Roy Gillian and his wife, Patricia, did not attend the meeting, he told his son he was very honored.“He was very appreciative, humbled and happy,” the mayor said.Among the ways Roy Gillian has served, he was a city commissioner, Ocean City mayor and Cape May County freeholder.The proclamation outlined his service to the community, but the first sentences summed up the reason he was honored.“Roy Gillian’s name is synonymous with the Boardwalk amusements that have entertained generations of residents and guests in “America’s Greatest Family Resort”‘ the proclamation says.Father and son Roy and Jay Gillian have both taken turns serving as Ocean City’s mayor. (Courtesy Gillian’s Wonderland Pier)In other business, Council adopted an ordinance to create the Department of Operations and Engineering and named Vince Bekier as the director.The department combines the operations of the Department of Community Development and the Department of Public Works.Bekier had been the director of Community Development.Councilman Bob Barr said, “I want to congratulate Vince. I know you do a good job and I wish you well.”Bekier said after the meeting that he is looking forward to the new position.In another matter, Charles and Jane Deal, of Central Avenue, addressed the Council members and asked them to review the parking issues throughout town due to dense housing.“We have a parking problem in Ocean City and one of the problems is traffic,” said Charles Deal. “So, they park on the ends of the corners and when people can’t see we have accidents and it is becoming worse.”Jane Deal added, “As my husband expressed, the parking is really dire. My husband and I own two cars.”She noted that because of the parking issues, they worry when they take their six grandchildren down the street or alleyways because of fears a motorist may not see them.In a letter they provided to the public and to Council, the Deals said, “The reason I’m contacting you is because I’ve been made aware of a new building code. It allows extra habitable stories of living space and does not account for the impact on parking.”Wearing a sign that warns of the dangers of chemical pesticides, environmental advocate Donna Moore addresses City Council during a previous meeting.Also Tuesday, there was a discussion by local resident and environmental advocate Donna Moore about the dangers of pesticides getting into the waterways.She noted that because of flooding in Ocean City, pesticides can get swept into the water system. She also said homeowners should consider eco-friendly pesticide treatments.Councilwoman Karen Bergman said Moore raised some good points about the dangers of pesticides and that it is important that homeowners are educated.Bergman said, “Thank you for bringing that to our attention.” Mayor Jay Gillian listens as City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson reads the proclamation honoring Roy Gillian.last_img read more

Betfred makes US move with OPTIMA and SCCG Management

first_img Betfred will be debuting the suite of managed sports betting and trading products from OPTIMA at this week’s Betting on Sports America conference.The world’s largest privately owned retail bookmaker is ready to make its move in the post-PASPA US market in partnership with both OPTIMA and SCCG Management.The full suite of managed products as part of OPTIMAMGS™ includes BI/Analytics, Anti-Fraud, Trading, Compliance/GDPR, Customer Support, Payments and Marketing.SCCG Management – the Las Vegas-based management consultancy brought in to represent Betfred in the US Native American and Non-Tribal gaming market – will be promoting this OPTIMAMGS™ platform.Betfred Managing Director Mark Stebbings said: “The entire team is energized by the opportunity to bring the totality of our experience and technology to the diverse and innovative US sports wagering leaders who are responding to the tremendous opportunity these markets present.” Stephen Crystal, Principal Partner of SCCG Management, added: “The scope and scale of the combined resources and experience of Betfred, Optima and SCCG Management allow us to bring a turnkey, industry leading set of tools and talent to the sports betting industry. We’re working tirelessly as a team to present flexible, comprehensive solutions to the US sports betting industry.”With the support of the OPTIMAMGS™ platform, Betfred is ready to provide US customers with superior retail customer service, market automation, in-play sports betting offerings and innovative solutions such as the “bet builder”, where customers can create their own bets within the same match. StumbleUpon Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more

Woman bites and stabs boyfriend after he asked her for sex

first_imgAuthorities in the Florida Keys are reporting that they have arrested a woman who reportedly bit and stabbed her boyfriend after she became angry about him asking her to have sex.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported that they were called to Fishermen’s Hospital around 6:45 a.m after a man came in requesting treatment for a stab wound.The victim identified as Michael Lozano Flores, told authorities that he suffers from insomnia and after being unable to sleep that night, he asked his girlfriend if she would have sex with him because it helps him sleep.Flores says the request turned into an argument in which his girlfriend Vanessa Nicholson began hitting him and biting him before she ultimately grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife and stabbed him in the shoulder.“Vanessa became upset when he asked for sex and told him all he cared about was sex,” Flores said in the police report.When authorities questioned Nicholson about the incident, she told them that Flores attacked her and she was forced to stab him in self defense.Authorities eventually made the decision arrest Nicholson because of the inconsistencies in her story.last_img read more

Jan Andersson wins Pattaya Sports Club Championship 2020

first_imgIt was good to be back on this great course, particularly the A & B nines, always a great favourite. Over the last 10 years, Khao Kheow has been the most regular venue for the PSC Club Championships, with only a couple of visits to Burapha and one last year at Bangpra. Mike, the Burapha GM, gave us an excellent rate for the two days as well as granting us permission to walk the course, even though one or two caddies found it a bit difficult.The course was in its usual pristine condition, which was well appreciated by many and together with excellent golfing weather, all was set for a great day out.Tim and his team collected the cards at the end of the day and. ably assisted by Treasurer John Player’s computer skills, Tim set about producing the starting times for Wednesday until late in the evening, ready for the girls in the PSC office to prepare all the cards.Gross Runner Up – Jack Grindvold.Congratulations to participants on Wednesday, who all arrived on time. For the stroke players, they were pushed back to the blue tees just to give them a little more of a challenge, particularly with their short game as it was not so easy to reach all the par 4s in two.Jack Grindvold, playing off 5, was definitely the pre-tournament favourite, having won the previous two years; however, there were a couple of other low markers who had other ideas. In the end, Jack said he messed up one hole in particular which cost him his hat-trick, losing by one shot to Jan Andersson on 154. Peter Nixon took the Day 1 stroke win with 76 and Dave Stockman, who admitted he wasn’t all that keen to play from the longer blues on Day 2, surprised himself with a very fine 75.Stableford Plate Winner – Reijo Heiskanen.Reijo Heiskanen had an amazing overall Stableford score of 89 to take the trophy with Pierre Zbinden, the runner-up on a very respectable 84. Overall stroke (net) went to Richard Kubicki on 143 with Dave Smith taking 2nd on 144, on c/b from Tommy Wickman.The newly appointed general manager at the Amari in Pattaya offered the PSC a great deal to host the presentation and they definitely did not disappoint, providing us with a first class service and a fine spread of food, including a lovely choice of tempting desserts.After everyone had enjoyed refreshments it was time for the presentation and announcement of the results.Stableford Plate Runner-Up – Pierre Zbinden.Nigel called order and welcomed all the introduced PSC President Peter Malhotra who expressed his appreciation for the support shown by PSC members to the benefit of many local charities.Jack then took over to announce the results, keeping the staff on the run, distributing the many prizes to be awarded, as quickly as possible.NOTE: The next PSC tournament will be a 2 person scramble at Parichat on Tuesday 18th Feb for a 9.30am shotgun start. Full details coming soon, sign up please at the PSC Office as usual.Overall Net Stroke Winner – Richard Kubicki.Overall Net Stroke Runner-Up -Dave Smith. Winner, Jan Andersson keeps a firm hold of his trophy. (L to R) Ing (PSC Office Manager), Jan, Peter Malhotra (PSC President), Jack Moseley (PSC Golf Chairman), Tim Knight (PSC Vice President) and Fang (PSC Office Staff).Monday Jan. 20 – Wed. Jan. 22 Burapha Golf Course A and BThe 2020 PSC Club Championship took place on the excellent A and B nines of Burapha Golf Course. Winner, Jan Andersson wins PSC Club Championship1 of 38 76 signed up to play on the first day, including seven ladies; however three late withdrawals left 73 starters who were all on time to be registered and welcomed by the usual team of VP Tim, Nigel and Ing, with Golf Chairman Jack managing the start as usual.On Monday, the first group was away ahead of the 9am tee time, only slipping a bit as the day progressed; on Weds, it all ran a little smoother with 79 players, starting about 6 minutes early and finishing exactly on time. Loading…Sponsored ContentThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Teachers say ‘Y’ not us?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A separate round of negotiations for a brand new contract will begin in the spring, when Duffy plans to ask for even bigger salary increases. He said the district could come up with the money by cutting down on its bureaucracy. Measure Y passed with an overwhelming 66 percent of the vote when it only needed 55 percent and Duffy argues it could not have succeeded without the union’s grass-roots efforts. But district officials say there’s not enough money in the budget to meet union demands and reject any connection between union support of the bond measure and salary talks. “The reality is that the teachers union that helped pass the bond gets direct benefits from it, and I’m not sure if and how we’re supposed to take that somewhere beyond what we’re already looking at in increasing compensation,” board member Mike Lansing said. “We’re already trying to get to a fair and equitable position on (the salary hikes) as much as we can given our limitations.” The head of the Los Angeles teachers union has sent Los Angeles Unified officials a clear message: We supported your $4 billion Measure Y construction bond initiative, now it’s your turn to meet our pay demands – or face the consequences. The threat from United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy comes amid district negotiations with the union for salary increases in the third and final year of its contract. The district’s last offer was a 1.5 percent pay hike, contingent on the bond measure passing – but Duffy wants twice that and wants a deal by January. “If they play games with me on that 3 percent, then we will not be able to come to an agreement and we will continue to build our capacity to take action, and come this spring, they’re going to be very surprised at the kinds of activities that we’re going to start initiating,” Duffy said Monday. Promising more militant action, Duffy was elected to lead the union in March in a huge upset. He ousted John Perez, who was seen by many teachers as not being tough enough with the district in fighting for teachers. “This time around, let’s face it, without our money and our folks on the phone and precinct-walking, (Measure) Y would have died,” Duffy said. “We put time and effort and money and convinced the California Teachers Association to put money into it, and I will certainly not lose any opportunity to let the district know that we are partners, and that at the very least I expect to be dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.” Duffy said his union supported the bond initiative because it was good for teachers and students since it would allow the district to complete its ambitious $20 billion construction and renovation program. The program includes 160 new schools, renovating hundreds of others and putting all students on a traditional, nine-month calendar. UTLA donated $75,000 to the campaign, and urged the California Teachers Association to do the same. It also put 700 members on the streets and on phones to spread the message, Duffy said. The passage of the bond measure prevented the district from having to find an additional $40 million for the general fund to pay for operating expenses such as teacher salaries, classroom materials and routine maintenance. But the district’s current offer is about as high as it can realistically go given its finances, board member Jon Lauritzen said. “Obviously, the fact that Measure Y passed bodes well for making a reasonable settlement with the unions,” he said. “It is getting really expensive to live in Los Angeles and most of our employees are way below market value. But at this point, I think the unions are realistic that we just don’t have a lot of money sitting around right now.” The idea that unions now have a strong bargaining chip is true, but it doesn’t mean that the district will give in to demands during negotiations, said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, political analyst at University of Southern California. “The teachers union has long been a power in LAUSD affairs and will continue to be a power in LAUSD affairs. The unions are smart enough to use it as a bargaining chip, but the district has to come back with an offer and the union has to accept or not accept what they come back with,” Jeffe said. “The ultimate bargaining chip is the threat of a strike.” Duffy called the election cycle a “blessing in disguise,” because it helped the union organize more than 200 school sites and start building its capacity to reach out to school sites and community groups. “We’re building our capacity to take action in the spring. In the meantime, if they don’t deal with me fairly, then they’re losing an opportunity to be a partner. They can decide which way they want it,” he said. Duffy, who has made a show of a united front with district officials since he took office this summer, said the district should also be mindful of his support and maintaining a partnership as they face a takeover challenge by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “There’s another issue here they need to pay attention to – the mayor is still talking about taking over the school district, so I think it would be to the benefit of the school board members, who are elected officials, to go with the district and make sure they deal with UTLA in a fair manner,” Duffy said. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

For the first time, A’s Matt Chapman is fully healthy and he’s thriving

first_imgFollowing a breakout season where he finished seventh in AL MVP voting, Matt Chapman responded in the offseason by doing … well, not much of anything.Instead, he had surgery on his thumb and shoulder and didn’t swing a bat or field a ball all winter.The inactivity worried Chapman, but through 36 games, the only people who remain legitimately concerned are opposing pitchers. Finally healthy, Chapman has been able to take his game to another level.“I was nervous because I take my offseason …last_img

Womens soccer Ohio State defeats No 16 Virginia Tech on the road

OSU women’s soccer players celebrate during a game against Indiana on Sept. 26, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech, 2-1 on Thursday in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokies suffered their first loss of the season, and the Buckeyes improved their perfect season to 5-0-0.For much of the first half, neither team converted on shot attempts, but after 33 minutes, senior forward Lindsay Agnew received a cross-field assist from junior midfielder Nikki Walts and scored the first goal of the game, putting OSU ahead 1-0 through one half. It was Agnew’s third goal this season, making her the highest scoring Buckeye thus far.In the 58th-minute senior defender Morgan Wolcott managed to send the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage, padding OSU’s lead over the Hokies.The Hokies quickly cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half just six minutes later with a goal from senior forward Murielle Tiernan. For the final 26 minutes, the Buckeyes played an aggressive defense backed by senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, who made seven saves during the game propelling OSU to a top-25 victory. OSU now sets its eyes on the West Virginia Mountaineers for a match in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Sunday. read more

Commentary Decision to elect game captains unfair to Buckeyes proven leaders

Luke Fickell hasn’t even endured his first game as the head coach yet, but he’s already made his first mistake. After a summer full of speculation about which players would lead the team onto the field as OSU’s captains this fall, Fickell announced Tuesday that he would be departing from the program’s tradition of selecting season-long captains. Instead, Fickell said that the team will be choosing captains on a game-by-game basis. The reasoning behind Fickell’s decision is pretty clear; it would be tough to select OSU’s typical four to six captains without including one of four Buckeye seniors who are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for receiving impermissible benefits. The decision to select captains on a game-by-game basis essentially rewards DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron and Solomon Thomas by giving them the opportunity to be selected after they return from their suspensions, but that’s not where I have a problem. My issue with Fickell’s decision is the indirect punishment for players who would likely have been season-long captains, regardless of the transgressions committed by the aforementioned players. Even if Posey, Adams, Herron, and Thomas had not been suspended for the start of the 2011 season, it’s almost certain that senior center Michael Brewster would be representing the Buckeyes at midfield for each coin toss this upcoming fall. Brewster committed to OSU during his junior year of high school in Orlando, Fla., but even before then, he was helping recruit a top-rated 2008 recruiting class to Columbus that would go on to be nicknamed the “Brew Crew.” Upon arriving at OSU, all Brewster has done is become a four-year starter and the face of a team who was in desperate need of one when turmoil struck last December. He could have been named a captain as a junior and nobody would have batted an eye. Now it appears he won’t even be a captain for all of his senior season. The absence of season-long defensive captains is even more absurd considering that the only suspended Buckeye on that side of the ball — Thomas — happens to be a back-up. So, thanks to the transgressions of a player who’s played sparingly throughout his time at OSU, a player like sixth-year defensive back Tyler Moeller, who’s bounced back from being the victim of an assault that cost him all of the 2009 season, and a torn pectoral that cost him most of the 2010 season, from being a season-long captain. Or what about senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, who is entering his second season as a starter at OSU and, despite having roomed with former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, has managed to keep his name out of the press for negative reasons?   You mean to tell me that he doesn’t deserve to be a season-long captain? I’ll grant Fickell that allowing players to vote for four (or in the case of last season, six) captains would have likely resulted in one of the suspended players — most likely Posey — being selected a captain, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t better alternatives than electing game-by-game captains. One option would have been for Fickell to simply select Brewster, Moeller, and Sweat as the team’s three captains and say “that’s that.” Just because former coach Jim Tressel allowed his team to vote for captains doesn’t mean that Fickell needs to do the same. Another option would have been to allow the players to vote on captains and if a suspended player were to be selected, he could either be absent or replaced by a rotation of players for the first five games. There’s even a precedent for this —  during the 2009 season, three defensive captains were named and were then joined by a rotating offensive player each week. Now more than ever, the Buckeye football program needs stability in its leadership. Not just in its coaching staff, but in its players too. The idea of different captains on a game-by-game basis is anything but that. Fickell said that season captains will eventually be named, possibly at the team’s postseason banquet, which will be a nice moment for deserving players like Brewster, Moeller, and Sweat, even if it comes a few months too late. read more

Klopp admits Liverpool have been lucky

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the team have had their fair share of luck so far this season as they remain unbeaten in the Premier League.Ahead of their game against Manchester City, the Reds should have lost the reverse fixture at Anfield as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty with the scores at 0-0, but Klopp feels that luck is required to win titles.“You can’t go unbeaten so far if you don’t have luck,” he said, according to Goal.“You need luck.”“We have had much in the years before and not much this season, but we had these moments when Mahrez missed the penalty and then there was the goal we scored against Everton.”“But I would say that even then we deserved to win against Everton and we deserved the point against Man City – and that’s because of the consistency in the performances so far.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The boys are completely focused. The one time you are not focused, even if you’re at 99%, you will slip. You fail. That’s how it is.”Speaking about his team’s title credentials, Klopp said:“We’re a different team. We’ve improved since last year, as we had to. These boys are of a different level and quality, that’s true. I trust them 100 percent.”“We’re all in this situation, we’re all in the same mood 100%. That’s the mood in which we go to City.”last_img read more