Ocean City Charities Hand Out Toys, Gift Cards For Local Families

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleFinancial pressures and stress leave little for some to feel upbeat about on the holidays. But with organizations such as Waves of Caring and the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, the worry of not having toys for your children Christmas day, or food on the table, was eased Monday morning.Families entered Ocean City Tabernacle’s Kull Youth Center through the early afternoon to pick up bags of presents from the Waves of Caring toy drive and food store gift cards distributed by the Ecumenical Council.Maria Guzman, of Ocean City, with her 2-year-old son Juan in tow, was handed a large bag. Inside were toys for her active little one. “It’s really a good program. I have come here for three years now,” Guzman said smiling, as Juan giggled.   Guzman has the benefit of knowing her family will have gifts under the tree, thanks in part to the Waves of Caring program.It began with her filling out a form at Social Services. Parents or guardians can put their child’s age and gender on the form, which helps with toy selection. Each bag contains about six toys. In addition to gifts, Guzman also picked up a letter with Acme gift cards to be used for Christmas dinner, or anything else she and her family need. Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith, chairman of Waves of Caring, said this year, because of the generous donations of the community, 69 families with 150 children, were expected to benefit from the toy drive. “Sometimes we are the only Christmas these kids have,” Smith said as he picked up a bag of goodies to bring to the table for a family. “Christmas is a special day. I couldn’t imagine not having Christmas. That’s why we do this – so that each child gets toys. That’s what it is all about.”Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith says the toy drive can really make a difference in the lives of children.Waves of Caring is a city-sanctioned charity that collects and distributes toys around the Christmas holiday for children of underprivileged Ocean City families. Smith said this is the 24th year of the program. The organization often works in partnership with other organizations, such as the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, to help those in need.Some families came just for the toys Monday, others for the gift cards, and others for both. Kris Stanwood, chairwoman of the gift card committee for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council said, “We work hard for the Christmas distribution of the gift cards. The intent originally was to provide money for people to buy Christmas dinner, but some people might want to use it for other things, and that is fine. It is meant to help them in any way possible.”Each envelope contained anywhere from three $10 Acme gift cards on up, depending on family size.  Acme gift cards are given to needy families.Albina Hernandez, of Ocean City, brought her happy little girl, Andrea, 1, with her to pick up a bag of toys and gift cards.She put her daughter down for a moment, as Stanwood handed her an envelope. Andrea immediately went over to her bag of toys, grabbed it and smiled. Andrea Hernandez, 1, of Ocean City, can’t wait to see what is in the bag. Maria Guzman and her son Juan stopped in at the Waves of Caring Toy Drive to receive their gifts.last_img read more

Dell EMC and Intel – Artificial Intelligence Made Simple

first_imgInnovation is a word I hear all the time – I even use it myself often. It seems as though every major organization, technology-related or otherwise, has branded itself an innovator that offers something unique and new. That’s particularly true when you think about companies offering artificial intelligence solutions. But here’s the thing – while these companies talk about what’s unique and ‘cutting-edge,’ many times they ignore a critical piece of the puzzle – the customer. I’ve challenged myself when using the term – am I truly innovating?As I travel and talk to customers & partners worldwide, it’s clear to me that although there are benefits to new, unique technology, what customers want more than anything is simplicity. They want simple ways to address their day-to-day pain points, as well as simple paths to adopt new technology so they can remain competitive and focus on driving revenue for their business. Partners are looking for a reliable ecosystem to simplify their go to market.Artificial intelligence and, more specifically, machine learning are aimed at empowering organizations to automate and simplify a great number of tasks. That said, adopting these transformative abilities often present more challenges than they solve. Steep learning curves, difficult adoption paths, and the inability to scale are some of the frustrations our customers deal with as they try to deploy AI solutions, resulting in more time and money spent than they were prepared for.Simplicity is a core value for Dell EMC and nowhere is this truer than in our work around artificial intelligence and machine learning. As we discussed during at our IQT Day event in New York earlier this month, we are committed to working with a strong ecosystem of technology partners to enable customers to leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions – simply. Working with our partners, we offer real solutions that deliver results right now and drive long-term continuous improvement in business performance.Our efforts in this area were on display this week at the Intel SHIFT Event in New York. Dell EMC has a longstanding relationship with Intel which has resulted in a vast number of achievements. This year alone, we’ve worked with Intel (and SAP) to power better patient outcomes, continued to leverage Intel technologies in our Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab, now recognized as one of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world, and continue to identify opportunities to do more for our customers in the areas of machine learning and deep learning. If you weren’t able to attend the event and speak with our team, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Daniel Newman for his S.M.A.C. Talk live blog and talk how Dell EMC and Intel are working together to help our customers achieve simplicity in adopting and deploying artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions. You can access that podcast by clicking here.Artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to be top-of-mind for me as I visit with both customers and partners. Keep your eye on this page for exciting news to come as we help customers navigate this brave, new world.last_img read more

Bored Mourinho itching for managerial return, on his terms

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Jose Mourinho Madrid, Spain | AFP | Unemployed soccer coach Jose Mourinho has had enough of being on holidays, he told Spanish television on Thursday, but has ruled out taking over an international outfit or joining someone mid-season.Mourinho was fired by Manchester United in December 2018 after a two-year spell of relative success was overshadowed by the results of local  rivals and rising football force Manchester City.The Portuguese shot to fame as the upstart boss of surprise 2004 Champions League winners Porto, then became a superstar with his success and personality at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and finally United.He picked up the nickname ‘the Special One’ when joining Chelsea, after saying they had been looking for a top manager and that he was a special one.“I’ve had enough, I’ve really had enough,” said Mourinho on Thursday, after being asked if he was enjoying his protracted break after years in the hot-seat.“I spent this summer like any other fan for the first time, now I understand how that feels,” he said.With the European Championships swinging into view for 2020 the outspoken coach was asked if he would take on a national team. “Maybe in ten years time,” said the 56-year-old.“It’s something I’d like to do, take a team to a European Championships or a World Cup, I can get into that,” he said.“But two years of little games (qualifiers) wouldn’t suit me… I like overseeing daily training and playing two or three games a week,” he said.He ruled out joining a club before the start of the next campaign.“I don’t want to take over a club in January, I’d like to find a club that wants me to start for next season.”Mourinho, who is doing a little TV punditry, said that his time at Madrid had been the most rewarding due to the rivalry with Barcelona.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

This Week in LaLiga

first_imgAdvertisement 28nnNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuyhxvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3c2gh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3cjisWould you ever consider trying this?😱vjumCan your students do this? 🌚5gRoller skating! kaSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See moreue6Body tricks that only special people can do pt-1czHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies6sgw4tA visualization of how Karma works 9njt12Powered by Firework What’s been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are some of the top stories from around the league, from a couple of high-profile returns to Spanish football to some big birthday celebrations.Advertisement Real Madrid go top of the tableBarcelona and Real Madrid were level on points going into this past weekend but, with the Catalans falling 2-0 at Valencia, Real Madrid are now clear in first place with a three-point gap. Zinedine Zidane’s side picked up a win away at Real Valladolid thanks to a late goal from Nacho Fernandez.Advertisement   Advertisement A devastating injury to Chimy ÁvilaOsasuna striker Chimy Ávila has been one of the most entertaining players of the 2019/20 season thanks to his energy, his charisma and his goals but he suffered a big setback this weekend after cruciate ligament injury ended his season prematurely. The Argentine bent his knee the wrong way during this side’s 2-0 win over Levante , and has since received multiple messages of well wishes from teammates and rivals alike.   Espanyol continue their spending spreeDetermined to avoid relegation, Espanyol have turned to the transfer market this January. After signing striker Raúl de Tomás from Benfica and centre-back Leandro Cabrera from Getafe, they’ve now brought in winger Adrián Embarba from Rayo Vallecano. All three of the new signings were on the pitch for Espanyol in the final minutes of their 1-1 draw with Athletic Club over the weekend and coach Abelardo is hopeful they can propel the team to safety. Deyverson is back in Spanish footballA familiar face has returned to LaLiga Santander. Deyverson, who previously played as a striker for Levante and Alaves, scoring 16 goals in 65 appearances, has signed for European hopefuls Getafe on loan until the end of the season. Antonio Puertas commits to GranadaAntonio Puertas has been one of the driving forces behind Granada’s excellent start to the 2019/20 season, so fans at the Andalusian club will be delighted that he has committed to staying at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes with a new contract which runs until 2024. Real Madrid complete the signing of ReinierReinier Jesus Carvalho is one of the hottest young Brazilian talents around and has agreed a transfer to Real Madrid from Brazilian side Flamengo. It was announced last week that the midfielder, who has just turned 18, has put pen to paper on a deal that runs to 2026. It’s 99 years for AlavésIt was a week of celebration at Alavés too, as the club celebrated its 99th anniversary. The Basque institution was founded on January 23rd, 1921, meaning they’re now less than a year away from celebrating their centenary. Jesús Vallejo grabs an opportunity at GranadaJesús Vallejo, the captain of the Spain Under-21s team that won the 2019 European Championship, is back in Spain with Granada on loan from Real Madrid. The centre-back had been on loan at Wolves in England but has returned to Spain in search of playing time and will be looking to impress Diego Martínez. Advertisementlast_img read more

‘STUDENTS FROM BORDER AREAS DESERVE EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION’ – DOHERTY

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has called on education authorities to do more for students from border areas in order to provide equal access to third level education.Pearse Doherty TDDeputy Doherty made the comments as hundreds of students from across Donegal and other border areas remain ineligible for admission to third level institutes via the HEAR Programme; the third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.The Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Finance said the Hear Programme gives students who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds – a group which traditionally is underrepresented at third level – the chance to benefit from higher education by offering college places on a reduced points quota. “However, while the programme is of huge benefit to the thousands of students from across Ireland whom participate in the scheme each year, the programme is unavailable to the many students in border areas who reside in the South and receive their schooling in the six counties because the programme does not recognise A Level Examinations.”“I have raised the matter with the Minister twice now and she has informed me that access to third level rests exclusively with colleges and universities and she has stated that she has no intention of intervening in college admissions – this is simply unbelievable.”“While I understand that Third Level Institutions are self-regulated, the Minister has a responsibility to promote equal access to education; I cannot understand how a huge section of Irish society – one which is already largely underrepresented in higher education as things stand – can simply be ignored and forgotten like this.”He added that in an effort to resolve this scandalous inequity, he has written to the various institutions which participate in the HEAR Programme asking that they give this matter their urgent attention so that students from border regions are no longer discriminated against in the sector. “Additionally, I have also written to the Higher Education Authority in relation to this issue and I have since received a response from the body in which it states that it is currently following up on this matter with the HEAR Unit within the Irish Universities Association and the HEA has said that it will keep me updated regarding this matter also.”“I feel that this situation is grossly unfair to the many A Level students, many of whom live in Donegal, as it is widely felt that they are being denied equal access to education simply because of where they reside.”“Naturally, I hope that through these lobbying efforts this matter can ultimately be resolved and that students here can be treated with the fairness and equality which they rightly deserve.”‘STUDENTS FROM BORDER AREAS DESERVE EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION’ – DOHERTY was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hook and bullet camps (and getting the lead out)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a youth growing up in Ohio I attended Boy Scout Camp (Lazarus) and YMCA Camp (Willson) and enjoyed myself well enough. But had there been camp opportunities such as those offered by the Lake & Trails Organization focusing on fishing, boating and shooting sports, you couldn’t have dragged me away from FFA Camp Muskingum, where these long-weekend camps are presented to youths age 9 to 17.I actually attended “camp” at Camp Muskingum the summer I graduated from OSU when I won a scholarship to attend National Aquatics School there. Located hard on the shore of beautiful Leesville Lake, the setting and facilities are exceptional and I can only imagine the hook and bullet fun that takes place there during these spring and fall camps — for the campers as well as the adults who get to attend as sponsors of up to three youths each.If there’s a child in your life who seems to be drawn to the outdoors, I recommend that you look into what these camps offer, including sponsorship opportunities made available to kids who may need financial assistance to attend. But don’t delay — these camps fill up fast once registration opens about this time each spring.Getting the lead outSpeaking of hunting and fishing, President Barack Obama’s order on the day before leaving office barring the use of lead fishing tackle and ammunition on hundreds of thousands of acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has angered anglers and hunters and their proponents. The American Sportfishing Association and B.A.S.S., among others, have called on President Trump to put a hold on the order, which they say was issued without stakeholder input.Many environmental groups have pushed for a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle based on the known toxic effect on animals that ingest lead, and lead shot has been barred from use for waterfowl hunting since 1991 after research showed ducks and other birds suffered lethal lead poisoning from eating the pellets. Opponents say such a sweeping ban on lead is unnecessary to protect animals and would hurt their business.last_img read more

Generika-Ayala schools UST

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next Japan eyes payback vs Gilas CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Generika-Ayala trounced Victoria Sports-UST, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, Tuesday night for its third win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Import Katarina Pilepec banged in 22 points for the Lifesavers, who are in the middle of the road at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cortez scored nine points for the Lifesavers as she took most of the playing time from import Darlene Ramdin. Ramdin finished with six points.But the Tigresses managed to put up a decent fight, especially in the last set when veteran Dimdim Pacres, who finished with 10 markers, kept UST in the match. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chloe Cortez found herself in a bittersweet moment as the former Tigress delivered the killer blows against UST, which is still winless in five matches.“It was exciting to see my former teammates on the opposite side of the court,” said Cortez. “I’d like to see how they have improved from when I was still playing for the school.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tigresses are looking to sharpen their form for the coming UAAP season, hoping to duplicate their Final Four finish last time around.The Lifesavers gamely gave them a much-needed schooling, out-attacking the Tigresses, 40-30. They also stymied their offense with six blocks—two of them coming from Cortez. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Lucas leaves benched Bale fighting for PSG start

first_imgReal Madrid Lucas & Asensio leave benched Bale facing fight for PSG start Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 04:09 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Lucas Vazquez, Isco, Real Madrid Oscar Del Pozo Real Madrid Primera División Leganés v Real Madrid PSG v Real Madrid Leganés PSG UEFA Champions League Gareth Bale Opinion The Welsh winger was left out of his side’s 3-1 win at Leganes on Wednesday and is by no means guaranteed a place in the team in Paris next month Gareth Bale has new competition at Real Madrid. The 28-year-old is fully fit again and was recently reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in attack for the first time in over 270 days. However, the form of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez means Bale’s starting spot is under threat once more.Asensio and Lucas came off the bench to change the game as Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, with the former following up that impressive show with two goals in the thrilling 5-3 weekend win at Betis.Vazquez also did well in that match and was a handed a start for Wednesday’s match at Leganes (a fixture rearranged from December when Madrid were away at the Club World Cup) as Bale began the night on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And after Real had gone behind after six minutes, Lucas levelled shortly afterwards with a neat finish, before providing an assist for Casemiro to make it 2-1 just short of the half-hour mark.That made it four goals and six assists for Lucas in 2018 in all competitions, the former Espanyol winger coming into some excellent form after a slow start to the season. This year, only Ronaldo (10 strikes and two assists) has participated in more goals for Real.Bale was disappointing against Betis, the former Tottenham midfielder failing to make his mark in 73 minutes at the Benito Villamarin before being substituted, having touched the ball only 20 times even though Madrid scored five times.Asked about the winger’s display afterwards, Zidane simply said: “Well, Gareth played his game.” It was, therefore, no surprise that the 28-year-old was left out of the starting line-up at Leganes, meaning Bale has now been a substitute in three of the last four games.After the win at Leganes, Zidane said of Bale’s demotion: “It is a bit of everything, but I am happy with Gareth. We must go bit by bit with him, so that he finds his best level.”With three matches in a week, he could well be back in the team for the visit of in-form Alaves at the Bernabeu on Saturday, but his place against PSG in the sides’ second leg at the Parc des Princes in March certainly looks under threat.Leganes Real Madrid scoreEven if Toni Kroos and Luka Modric fail to recover in time from injury, Zidane may decide it is in Madrid’s best interests to start with Ronaldo and Benzema (significantly improved on Wednesday) up front and a four-man midfield, with Asensio and Lucas as the two wide men.The two Spain stars were full of energy and running in their short time on the pitch against PSG in the first leg, while their ability to track back and help out with defensive duties could be a big plus for Zidane in Paris.Asensio and Lucas have certainly staked their claims for a starting spot in Paris over the past couple of weeks and if he is to feature in the big game on March 6, Bale will now have to prove himself to Zidane all over again.last_img read more

Salah sets PL record as Liveprool hit 100 goals

first_imgMohamed Salah Salah sets Premier League scoring record as Liverpool hit 100 Ben Valentine 01:16 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Liverpool v West Ham United West Ham United Premier League The winger became the most prolific left-footed scorer in the league’s history and contributed another goal as the Reds hit the century mark Mohamed Salah’s brilliant Premier League season has now seen him snatch a record for his troubles.The Liverpool winger continued his run of impressive form this season as he scored the second goal for the Reds to put them up 2-0 early in the second half at Anfield against West Ham United.Salah popped up in the right place at the right time as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s run through the Hammers defence resulted in a ball that ended up at the feet of the Egypt international, who slid it past the diving Adrian for his 23rd goal of the Premier League season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It was Salah’s sixth straight game with a goal and seventh tally over that stretch as he continues to be one of the most in-form players in the world.The goal was also Salah’s 20th scored with his left foot this season — no player in the Premier League has ever scored more in a single campaign. Salah is the spearhead of one of the world’s most devastating attacks this season — and one that has now eclipsed the century mark in all competitions.While Liverpool’s forward play has always been good under Klopp, they have never been this good and it is the first time in the manager’s Anfield tenure that his side as eclipsed 100 goals.20 – Mo Salah has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the Premier League this season, the most by a player in a single season in the competition’s history. Phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/M6ybeBTWFF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018The 100th came off an Emre Can header in the first half. Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane added three more to the tally in the 4-1 victory.Only Manchester City, who have bagged 111 goals this season, have been more productive.It is Liverpool’s best attack since 2013-14’s near-title winning campaign, when Brendan Rodgers’ side put up 110 in all competitions. With 10 Premier League games and likely at least three Champions League contests remaining, Klopp’s side seem almost certain to eclipse that mark in the near future.In the meantime, the Reds will take pleasure in their victory, which sees them move up to second in the Premier League table, with Manchester United to square off against Chelsea on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more