Smile, ‘Candid Camera’ Host Will Lead Today’s Doo Dah Parade

first_imgPeter Funt, host of ‘Candid Camera,’ will be grand marshal for Saturday’s Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City’s annual tribute to humor — the 29th Doo Dah Parade — starts at noon today, and leading the fun will be grand marshal Peter Funt.Funt is son of “Candid Camera” founder Allen Funt and a former host of the same show.In the same week he accepted the invitation to come to Ocean City, he also received a call that TV Land would air a revival of the show starting this summer. At a press conference on Friday morning, Funt, of course, attributed his good fortune to the Doo Dah Parade.Having reached Ocean City’s Port-O-Call Hotel only at 3:16 a.m. after a day of travel when “everything that could go wrong did,” Funt said he already was mining the situation for humor.Perhaps we’ll see on hidden camera a taxi pulling up to an unmanned tollbooth (just maybe a little like the Garden State Parkway Exit 30 tollbooth in Somers Point) that takes only six quarters.“It’s important to laugh at the world around us,” Funt said.That’s the message he tries to remember as he pulls hidden-camera pranks on the unsuspecting (are they going to be able to laugh along with everybody else?). And that’s the message of today’s Doo Dah Parade.Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer created a local version of a California event in the early 1980s. The event has grown into an early-season weekend dedicated to getting outside and having some fun.“It’s one of our signature events, and it means that means spring is here,” Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian said.The parade starts at noon at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. It runs through the downtown shopping district on Asbury Avenue and takes a left on 12th Street. to the Boardwalk. The parade ends at the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth and Ninth streets), where all invited to smoosh shaving-cream pies in the annual Pie-Asco.Later on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., all children are invited to participate in a free Easter egg hunt on the beach between 11th and 13th streets. The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association.last_img read more

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Press release: Welsh projects given the green light to develop the latest battery technology for electric vehicles

first_imgIn the latest round of grants to be announced through the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge, Deregallera Ltd and Tri-Wall Europe Limited have been allocated a share of £1.4 million to develop the latest battery technologies.This new allocation will enable the creation of more highly-skilled, well-paid jobs across the country, boosting the economy and cementing Wales’ reputation for innovation excellence.The fund forms part of the UK Government’s drive to maintain Britain’s place at the forefront of new technologies and emerging markets, through its modern Industrial Strategy.Bringing together world-leading academia and businesses to accelerate the research needed to develop the latest electric car battery technologies, the Faraday Battery Challenge is a crucial part of the UK’s move towards a net zero emissions economy.Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns said: ENDSNotes to editors The Faraday Battery Challenge brings together the UK’s world-class expertise across research and industry to deliver battery technologies that will power the vehicles of the future. The projects announced today emphasise how this collective expertise is being brought to bear on the biggest challenges facing the development of next-generation electric car batteries, from their power source and performance to safety and manufacturing. The Industrial Strategy is a vital part of the UK Government’s plan to support sustainable green growth, creating opportunities and jobs in every corner of the UK. This latest round of funding allocated to Wales in the Faraday Battery Challenge demonstrates the UK Government’s commitment to driving forward Welsh innovation and research. Investing in a greener future is a top priority for the UK Government and I look forward to seeing how the selected recipients maximise on the £1.4 million to put Wales at the forefront of green innovation.center_img The £23 million announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark forms part of the total £274 million that will be awarded to consortia across the UK through the Faraday Battery Challenge.UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: Caerphilly-based Deregallera is developing a new hybrid energy storage system to extend the life of an electric vehicle battery by 50%. Tri-Wall Europe is based in Monmouth. Other projects that were granted funding are listed. The ISCF is delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. The Faraday Battery Challenge is a £274 million government investment into battery technology through the Industrial Strategy. It will develop safe, cost effective, durable, lighter weight, higher performing and recyclable batteries in the UK which will power the next generation of electric vehicles. As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries. This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.last_img read more

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FFAR Innovator Award

first_imgJason Wallace, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), has received one of nine 2018 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Awards from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).The New Innovator Award provides the early investment needed to successfully launch a scientific career in food and agriculture. Award recipients were selected based on a number of criteria including scientific merit, innovation and a demonstrated commitment to mentoring other young scientists. FFAR has awarded $292,000 to Wallace, a researcher in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, an amount that will be matched by funding from UGA. Wallace will use the award to fund his study of how crops are affected by the microbes that live inside them, referred to as the “microbiome,” and how the environment impacts this relationship. This work will help researchers understand how microbes affect crop production and how they can be harnessed to improve agriculture. This new funding will allow his lab to scale up experiments to test hundreds of corn varieties for how they are affected by microbes, sample corn growing at dozens of locations across the U.S., and “breed” microbes that improve corn growth. “There’s a ton of potential in using microbes to improve agriculture,” Wallace said. “Although we know a lot about crop diseases, we know very little about the microbes that help plants. Understanding how plants work with beneficial microbes will help us make agriculture both more efficient and more sustainable.” FFAR will invest $2,332,051 over three years in the work of the nine recipients, with matching funds from the award recipients’ respective institutions doubling FFAR’s investment for a total of $4,675,795.These grants allow early-career faculty members to spend less time applying for grants and more time working on creative research that has an impact on agriculture, said Sally Rockey, executive director of FFAR. The New Innovator program invests in the next generation of scientists committed to changing the way food is grown, processed and distributed. “FFAR New Innovators also are terrific mentors for the next generation of food and agriculture scientists who will follow them,” she said.A full list of the researchers receiving FFAR innovator awards this year can be found at https://foundationfar.org/2018/12/17/ffar-announces-recipients-of-the-2018-new-innovator-award/. FFAR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, FFAR is governed by a board of directors chaired by former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and with ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.Learn more at www.foundationfar.org.last_img read more

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Codere Chairman pursues final options to save the company

first_img StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Codere SA is pursuing emergency financing options having failed to convince investors to back its business recovery plans, according to Spanish business news source La Razon. The embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group has failed to secure a further €100m credit line to keep it’s Spanish and LaTam retail business units afloat during lockdown.On the edge of bankruptcy, Codere is currently maintaining its business through a €130 million credit facility which is set to run out by the end of July trading.Dire prospects see Codere face higher % interest charges on its €800 million corporate debt, having postponed April repayments in order to secure new financing options.   Meanwhile, financial advisor Bank of America has failed to renegotiate debt maturity terms with Codere’s US bondholders Silver Point and Abrams Capital.Bolsa Madrid eyes have turned to Codere Chairman Norman Sorensen’s next actions to raise immediate capital.In a race against time, Codere could secure a further debt payment amnesty with a view to selling its individual South American business units (Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay).However, a LaTam sale option would be undertaken under unfavourable terms, following currency collapses recorded across its entire South American portfolio.Further options reported by La Razon include that Codere has engaged in ‘several discussions’ with US private funds Pimco and Carlyle Group, seeking to take over the firm’s debt holdings. Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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AYC 2013: Algerian referee Mehdi Abid-Charef to handle final

first_imgAlgerian referee Mehdi Abid-Charef will officiate the final of the CAF Under-20 Championship between Ghana and Egypt in Oran on Saturday.The 32-year-old works as a state engineer in Algiers, and has been a FIFA referee since 2011.This will be his second match in this competition after handling the Gabon vs DR Congo Group B match which ended 0-0.He will be assisted by Senegalese El Hadji Malick Samba and Anouar Hmila from Tunisia.Rwandan Hudu Munyemana has been appointed the fourth official.Ghana and Egypt are meeting in a rematch of their Group A opener which ended 2-1 in favour of the Young Pharaohs.last_img

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Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose

first_img“Playing to win” is different than “playing not to lose.” The actions you would take to win are different than the actions you would take to “not lose.”Playing to WinIf you are playing to win, you do whatever is necessary to move things forward. You aggressively try to put points on the board. You’re not reckless, but you’re certainly not passive.When you play to win, you make the call that you fear. You have the difficult conversation. You deal with the tricky issues that may put your outcomes at risk if things go south on you.Playing Not to LoseIf you are playing to “not lose,” you’re cautious. Probably overly-cautious. You want to avoid mistakes, so you hold back. Instead of doing what you know you need to do, you wait to react. Instead of using all of your power to tilt things in your direction, you wait.You don’t make the call to your dream client because they said they needed time to think things over. You avoid talking about your price because you worry that your prospect will say it’s too high. You don’t act because you are fearful that anything you do will put your deal at risk.Different Intentions, Different OutcomesTrying not to lose is not the same thing as trying to win. Trying not to lose is reactionary. It’s prevention. Most of the time it prevents you from winning. Worst of all, it starts with the belief that you should focus on “not losing,” which gives the idea of losing too much power.“Playing to win” begins with the belief that you can and will win. It’s empowering. The belief that you can win and the desire to do so allows you to take initiative, to be resourceful, and to take the necessary actions that will better your chances of winning—even if taking those actions comes with a particular risk.Are you “playing to win?” Or are you playing to “not lose?” What would you differently if you changed your intentions?last_img read more

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Westbrook’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder past Kings

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Westbrook, who notched his 18th triple-double of the season, made three free throws sandwiched around a bucket in the paint by Steven Adams to put Oklahoma City up 107-105.Justin Jackson’s 6-foot jumper off an offensive rebound tied the game. After a timeout, the Thunder got the ball in front of Sacramento’s bench and Carmelo Anthony found Westbrook atop the 3-point line for the winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWestbrook lifted the Thunder from what would have been a devastating loss after a fast start in their first game since the All-Star break. They set a season high with 44 points in the first quarter and made 12 3-pointers but still had to rally in the final minutes to win.Anthony matched his season high of seven 3-pointers and Paul George had three from beyond the arc, ending his five-game streak with five or more 3s. It was the second-longest streak in NBA history behind George McCloud’s six-game streak in 1996. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts after hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Thunder won 110-107. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Russell Westbrook made a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.The Thunder blew a 23-point lead and trailed 105-102 with 4 ½ minutes remaining before closing the game on an 8-2 run.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Ricky Vargas beats Peping Cojuangco for POC presidency Thunder: After scoring 44 points in the first quarter, the Thunder totaled just 41 over the next two periods.UP NEXTThunder: At Golden State on Saturday.Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Thunder shot nearly 70 percent in the first quarter and made seven 3s, including three straight by Anthony. George had two of them and added a three-point play and two free throws to put Oklahoma City up 44-21.It was the complete opposite for Billy Donovan’s club after that.Sacramento went on a pair of big runs early in the second quarter and got within 64-60 before Anthony’s fifth 3 of the first half briefly halted the onslaught and put Oklahoma City up by seven at halftime.The Thunder led 85-74 midway through the third before the Kings made another surge. Vince Carter, the 41-year-old former dunk champion, had a three-point play and 3-pointer and Sacramento scored the final 16 points of the period to go up 90-85.TIP-INSKings: Frank Mason scored six points in his first game since Dec. 31. Mason had been sidelined with a partially torn right facscia. . De’Aaron Fox (conjunctiveitis) and Kosta Koufos (ill) were held out.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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HC allows BJP to hold three Rath Yatras in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed BJP to hold three Rath Yatrasin Bengal but directed the saffron party to inform Superintendents of Police of the districts where they would hold the programme 12 hours in advance. Justice Tapabrata Chakra-borty also cautioned the BJP against loss or damage to property that might be caused due to the Rath Yatras. The court asked the administration to ensure law and order during the Yatras and to ensure that it does not hamper normal traffic movement. The High Court also directed the state police to have adequate personnel on duty so that that there is no breach of law and order due to the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state has already decided to challenge the order of the single bench and pleaded for staying it. State counsels at the Calcutta High Court are planning to appeal to the division bench of the Chief Justice in this regard on Friday. The Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday had denied permission for the BJP ‘Rath Yatra’, on the ground that it might cause communal tension. The government had cited ‘intelligence reports’ which said that efforts were on to disrupt the communal harmony in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBJP had moved court after the permission was denied. The single bench heard final arguments from both the party and the state government, before delivering the verdict on Thursday. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee, when questioned about the court’s verdict, said that the Law department along with the administration will examine the terms and conditions imposed by the court and accordingly take measures. When asked whether such a programme will result in breach of law and order, Chatterjee said: “They are trying to cause disturbance in the state almost every day. Our government, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, has been carrying on all-round development of the state and the administration will act tough against those who will try to stall development.”last_img read more

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Eurostar trains across English Channel face seven day strike

first_img Share LONDON — Workers on Eurostar trains that operate across the English Channel are planning seven days of strikes over two weekends in August – a peak summer tourist time.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union says its members will stop work for four days starting Friday, Aug. 12. A second stoppage is planned for three days starting Aug. 27, which is the start of a bank holiday long weekend for the British.It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the strike would have on Eurostar’s operations.The strike comes amid a dispute over what the RMT union says is “the work/life balance of safety-critical train managers.”The union claimed Wednesday that Eurostar has failed to honour a 2008 agreement to reduce the number of unsocial hours that the staff is required to work. Tags: Eurostar, Travel Alert Eurostar trains across English Channel face seven day strike Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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