12-year-old boy nearly drowns after getting stuck in resort’s lazy river

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 12-year-old boy nearly drowned on a lazy river ride in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Monday evening after his leg got stuck in an underwater pump, according to police.North Myrtle Beach police arrived at the Avista Resort around 10 p.m. to “find a juvenile stuck underwater in what is believed to be the intake pump to the lazy river,” according to the police report.Pat Dowling, public information officer for the City of North Myrtle Beach, told ABC News the suction held the boy’s leg underwater because “the grate was not in place at that time.”First responders rescued the boy, who was not named by police. He was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown.One witness told Myrtle Beach Online that “the boy was stuck under water for almost 10 minutes.”Dowling said the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department is leading the investigation into the incident.The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control told ABC News that Avista had passed recent pool inspections.“DHEC conducts at least two annual unannounced routine inspections of all public swimming pools operating in the state of South Carolina during the swimming season,” the department said, adding that Avista had passed the two most recent inspections.Avista Resort did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Versatile Katherine Jenkins and O.C. Pops: Perfect Together

first_imgOpera and classical songstress Katherine Jenkins will appear with the Ocean City Pops on Aug. 11. (London Express Photo) By TIM KELLYKatherine Jenkins is a classical music icon, and someone who is very accomplished performing many other different types of music.That attribute gives Jenkins much in common with the versatile Ocean City Pops Orchestra.It also makes fans wonder if they can expect pretty much anything when the Welsh-born mezzo soprano crossover star and the Pops team up Aug. 11 at the Ocean City Music Pier.“I hope so,” Jenkins said with a giggle during a phone interview on Thursday. “The aim is to have a nice evening of great music. We will touch on opera and classical, pop, Broadway and more.”She admits most of her set list is not yet finalized, but that it won’t matter.“I’m confident in the Orchestra, that (the Pops) will adapt to what I hope to sing.”The 39-year-old native of Neath Port Talbot, Wales, is probably best known to American audiences as the runner-up in the 14th season of the blockbuster ABC reality show and ballroom dancing competition “Dancing With the Stars” in 2014.She has also been a model, television actress, environmental champion, fundraiser for cancer research and entertainer of British troops stationed in war zones.Jenkins brings all that diverse talent to the Ocean City Music Pier on Sunday, Aug. 11 for her 7:30 p.m. show.Tickets, ranging in price from $40 to $70, may be purchased online at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at Welcome Centers and City Hall, at the Music Pier’s box office at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk, or by calling 609-399-6111.In her native country, Jenkins is the most prolific and top-selling classical music artist in history.She has a string of 12 consecutive albums that reached No. 1 on the British classical music charts and earned more than eight million album sales.She also was named the top classical performer of the last 25 years by Classic FM, one of the UK’s three independent national radio stations.Katherine Jenkins with partner Mark Ballas in the show “Dancing With the Stars.” (YouTube photo)Classically trained at England’s Royal Academy of Music, Jenkins gained national attention at home as a 23-year-old vocalist during Pope John Paul II’s Silver Jubilee at Westminster Cathedral in London before running off her string of hit albums.She also endeared herself to her UK fans by performing for British troops in Afghanistan, and for running and finishing the London Marathon to raise funds for cancer research to honor her late father, Selwyn, who died of lung cancer when Jenkins was a teenager.She also was acclaimed for performing on the British Broadcasting Company’s “Saving Planet Earth” for the benefit of the BBC’s Wildlife Fund.With all of those accomplishments before the age of 30, Jenkins could have contented herself with being one of the biggest stars and most popular celebrities in Great Britain. Instead, she headed to the United States and landed a singing gig on “Dancing With the Stars” before being selected to appear on the show as a contestant the following season.“That honestly terrified me, because it was so far out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I thought that I was going to be the first contestant eliminated, and each week always thought I was going to be (voted off the show).”Instead, Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas rolled up some of the highest scores ever achieved at that point in the series, including a perfect score of 30 in her finals appearance. She and Ballas were narrowly defeated by former NFL star Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd for the coveted mirror ball trophy, but that hardly mattered, she said.“(DWTS) was really the thing that put me over as a performer and gave me a new level of confidence and personal growth. It was an incredible four months I will never forget.”Other high-profile performances included at the London Olympics, the Euro 2016 soccer championships and Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday party.One of Jenkins’ goals as a performer has been to make classical music more accessible and enjoyable to a wider audience, she noted.Katherine Jenkins receives her medal from Prince Charles. (BBC Photo)“If any of that happens, that is great because (wider acceptance of classical music) is something I have set out to do,” she said.One way she tries to accomplish this is through new arrangements she characterizes as “pop treatments of classical music.”Jenkins was given the title of Order of the British Empire, an order of civility similar to knighthood, in 2014 in recognition of her charity work and accomplishments as a performer. She joined such Welsh entertainment icons as Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey who have received similar recognition.“Obviously that is a huge honor and one I hope to continue (to live up to),” she said. “Just an incredible thrill.”Since then, she added the roles of wife and mother, marrying American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas and giving birth to daughter Aaliyah Reighn in 2015 and son Xander Levitas last year.Her latest album, “Guiding Light,” is a homage to her current station in life.“It’s not quite as happy as some of my previous albums, because I’m in a different place,” she said. “A place where I need to express gratitude.”She included a song she wrote for her son, a lullaby.“This is something that he enjoys hearing now, but will probably be mortified about when he’s 17,” she said laughing.Despite the pride Jenkins feels for her Welsh and UK heritage, both children were born here to become automatic U.S. citizens, and she says they will be raised here, sparking a friendly rivalry with her spouse.“If my husband hears my daughter’s British accent he will say it might be ‘to-mah-to’ across the ocean but here in Long Island it’s ‘to-may-to,’” she said, with a laugh.There is no doubt, however, where the family is settling and where the couple’s kids will be raised, Jenkins remarked.“(The U.S.A.) is just an amazing place, and this is where we will be, where we’re building our family.”And that means discovering new places, such as Ocean City, which she will be visiting for the first time.“We love the East Coast, and I’m really looking forward to this show,” Jenkins said. “I’ve heard good things and I’m quite excited to be coming to Ocean City.”In recent years, Jenkins added the roles of wife and mom to her resume. 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Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown

first_img US 2020 enters its final 100 days of campaigning, as current polls indicate a comfortable Joe Biden / Democratic Party victory as President Trump flounders on his handling of critical issues in the most unprecedented of election years. Against the ropes, can Trump deliver another seismic political upset, or has America finally turned the lights off on ‘President 45’… SBC gets the bookies lowdown!___________________Sarbjit Bakhshi – SmarketsSBC: Trialling by 10-14 points across all core polls, losing electorate appeal in swing and red states… Is this the end of the President Trump show?Sarbjit Bakhshi (Head of Politics – Smarkets): Not since George HW Bush has an incumbent president polled as badly as President Trump at this stage of an election.There has been almost £3m traded on our Winner of the 2020 Presidential Election market, with Trump currently trading at 35%, after hitting his lowest ever price of 31% this June. Even the bellwether state of Florida puts the Republicans slightly behind, showing just a 37% chance of staying red on election day.However, this might be indicative of more than merely a popularity contest between Trump and Biden. With the Republican Party so closely associated with the president, the impact may be felt in the House and Senate races, with our market currently suggesting a 48% chance the Democrats could control both after the election.Could the end of the Trump presidency also usher in a serious decline in the power of the Republicans in the US political system? With the markets pointing to Trump being out of office in 2021 and a Democratic House and Senate seeing him off, this might very well be the case…Matt Shaddick – GVC HoldingsSBC: Is President Trump’s US 2020 campaign the biggest political demise of all time, considering his comfortable lead against a divided DNC in March?  Matt Shaddick (Head of Politics – GVC Holdings): I don’t think Trump was clearly leading in many polls, although he was still favourite through the early part of March.It was a bit of a mystery to us as to why Trump was still favourite up until the Covid crisis started impacting American states. Biden was solidly ahead in the polls, and Trump’s favorability ratings were not good. I guess people were still expecting the mostly positive economic indicators to see him through at that stage of the crisis.In contrast to some other leaders and governments, Trump’s poll ratings have gotten worse through the pandemic and he needs a big turn around to give him any kind of chance by November. It’s certainly possible, but the betting markets seem way too high on his chances. Incredibly, 95% of all the money Ladbrokes took last week was on Trump and he’s led on that measure almost every week recently: The mismatch between what the polls are showing and how our customer’s are betting is fairly dramatic right now.Darren Hughes – BetfairSBC: Latest polls show Biden tracking above voter expectations in traditional GOP heartlands. Could any ‘Red States flip‘ come November?  Darren Hughes (Betfair Politics): This has so far been an election like no other, as the US continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Betting markets have been very active- there has already been over £50m traded on Betfair Exchange, over twice the amount traded at the same stage of the 2016 election. At 15/8, Donald Trump is the least likely incumbent in US Presidential betting history to be re-elected, with presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, outpolling him in many key states, and trading at 4/6 to claim the White House in November.‘The state-by-state betting is every bit as interesting, as both polls and Betfair Exchange suggests that Trump may well be on the cusp of losing the Republican heartland of Middle America. A traditionally deep-red state like Arizona is currently 4/6 to vote Democrat in November. Wisconsin, a state Trump won in 2016, are currently 2/1 to vote Republican this time around. North Carolina, a state won by Trump in 2016, and who have voted Republican in 10 of the last 12 presidential elections, are barely a coin-toss to do so again this year at 20/21, all of which would spell trouble for Trump’s election chances.‘Perhaps the most sobering poll of all for the GOP machine is in their traditional heartland of Texas. The reddest of red states, which hasn’t turned blue in over 40 years, is as short as 15/8 to vote Democrat in the Fall, a result that would surely come as a death knell on the night for the Republican party.‘While this election is far from over, both polling and betting markets suggest things are leaning firmly in Biden’s favour as we enter the final 100 days of the campaign, and we will watch with interest as the markets continue to react in real-time.Amy Jones – Paddy PowerSBC: As we enter the last 100 days of campaigning. Are there any more twists and turns left in this  Election… or has the public had all the drama it can take in 2020?  Amy Jones (Mischief Maker – Paddy Power): As we roll into the last 100 days of the campaign, excitement around the election remains strong, and that’s reflected in our markets. Betting volumes are around 50% higher than four years ago, and the rate the money comes in only seems to be increasing.The current lead in the polls and the prospect of the Republicans possibly losing their Texas stronghold would typically suggest a shorter price for “Sleepy Joe” (8/15), who has been expertly executing the “Keep out the way, and yet Trump lose this himself” strategy. Still, punters have seen this before and fully expected Trump (7/4) to go on the attack and have something up his sleeve.This is supported by the punters – who have staked over 80% of all volume on Trump since the market was activated following the inauguration in 2017 – a figure which has actually been increasing in recent weeks.The impacts of Covid-19 and what is seen as an unsatisfactory response, coupled with the resulting economic pressures look increasingly hard for an incumbent to survive and has seen Trump drift from 8/13 pre-Covid to 7/4.2020 has been one of those years and we can only expect the unexpected, but ultimately this does not look like 2016. This is a wider bridge too narrow for Trump, with more against him. In a way he was lucky in 2016 to scrape through in enough states to win the election with such a deficit in the popular vote. Expect some outlandish fun and games as the desperation builds but ultimately this looks a step too far for “Four more years”.________________________ GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

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