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Forecast Clear for Doo Dah Parade on Saturday

first_imgThe Ocean City (NJ) Doo Dah Parade starts at noon Saturday, April 12, and travels from downtown Asbury Avenue to the Ocean City Boardwalk.The National Weather Service forecast calls for sun and a high temperature  of 58 degrees on Saturday (April 12) for Ocean City’s 29th annual Doo Dah Parade.With the ocean temperature still in the mid-40s, air temperatures in shore towns will be cooler than on the mainland, but there’s no chance of precipitation for the parade.The Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s tribute to humor and legendary comedians, starts at noon Saturday and travels from downtown Asbury Avenue to the Ocean City Boardwalk.The parade is the highlight of a weekend that includes other comedy events, the Basset Hound Olympics and a massive Easter Egg Hunt on the beach.The Doo Dah Parade begins at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. It proceeds to 12th Street and from there turns to the Boardwalk and ends in front of the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. That’s where there is an awards ceremony and the PieAsco is held.The PieAsco is a tribute to the late, great pie-in-the-face comedian Soupy Sales, who attended the Doo Dah Parade for many years. Folks (this can be you) sit in grand stands and smoosh each other with Shaving Cream Pies, the kind Soupy used on his syndicated TV show. If you participate, you receive a certificate praising your smooshing abilities.Grand Marshal this year will be Peter Funt, longtime host of TV’s legendary “Candid Camera” program. Peter will host a retrospective program, “Six Decades of Smiles,” on Friday, April 11th at the Music Pier starting 7 p.m. This will be a review of great Candid Camera episodes. Admission will be a donation of canned or dry food for the Ocean City Food Cupboard.Also on Friday April 11th at noon, the Tri State Basset Hound Rescue League will hold its hilarious Olympics at the Tabernacle Grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. The floppy-eared doggies will leap over hurdles (sort of) plod through tunnels and then settle down for a well earned nap. The Rescue League raises money for bassets in need of a home.Over 600 Bassets, some in fancy and humorous garb, will be featured in the Parade on Saturday along with costumed characters, unusual brigades, bands, clowns and other funny entries plus an outstanding display of balloon sculpting by Robert Archer called “Aliens with a Flying Saucer.”Another Doo Dah event is scheduled for Friday. “The Positive Power of Humor, Hope and Healing,” will be presented by Dr. Joel Goodman, founder and director of the Humor Project, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Dr. Goodman has talked to audiences on all seven continents of the world. Learn how humor can increase the quality of your life. The program is free and will be presented at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. at 2 p.m. on Friday. This will be Goodman’s tenth visit to Ocean City, all well received. Admission is free.Following the Parade on Saturday, there will be a Tribute to the Abbott and Costello Fan Club at the Library starting 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall N110.The free program will feature the world’s leading impersonators of Abbott and Costello, Bud Palmer and Lou Sciara, performing “Who’s on First,” and a showing of the classic movie “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.” There will be a special appearance by legendary vocalist, TV and movie actress, Pretty, Perky, Peggy King who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame and a cameo appearance in the movie. For information call (609) 525-9300 or (609) 364-4010.The first of two big Easter Egg Hunts will be held after the Doo Dah Parade on April 12 and the second after the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show on April 19. Both start at 2:30 p.m. and extend from 11th to 13th streets on the beach.There will be five age groups: Up to 2 years and 3 year olds at 11th St., 4 year olds at 12th St., 5 year olds at 12th St. and 6 and 7 year olds at 13th St. Over 180,000 Eggs with candy and toys will be given away. Rain dates are Sun., April 13 and Sun., April 20. The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association.— News release from Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soiferlast_img read more

Q&A with Dan Shore

first_imgHarvard University’s latest annual report reflects the effects of difficult strategic choices made during tumultuous economic times. The results are encouraging, but Chief Financial Officer Dan Shore says that Harvard will need to continue managing its expenses cautiously as it works through the lingering ramifications of the Great Recession. Shore spoke with the Gazette about the latest snapshot of University finances. GAZETTE: This report represents the first full fiscal year after Harvard had to make some adjustments to meet changed financial circumstances. What’s the bottom line?SHORE: I think the year went very well. The most important thing we needed to do was to realign our organization and our finances with the reality of the endowment having lost 27 percent in fiscal 2009. We were able to do that in very significant ways. We reduced our overall spending. But perhaps even more impressive, we reduced our controllable, nonsponsored spending by 6 percent year over year, and in the process saved $130 million — the equivalent of a new $2.6 billion gift to the endowment. That was a major success for the year, and it’s something that everyone should be very proud of. It took a lot of coordinated work across the entire University to achieve our budgetary objectives.GAZETTE: There were a number of difficult choices made as the University worked through its financial challenges: wage freezes for faculty and exempt staff, work force reductions. Did those measures have a direct effect on the operating results for the past fiscal year?SHORE: Yes, you can absolutely see that the mandated belt-tightening, as well as some of the more difficult steps, made a big difference. Expenses related to supplies and equipment declined by 11 percent, utility and maintenance costs dropped by 19 percent, travel expenses were down 13 percent. In total, expense-management efforts yielded about $88 million in savings. Personnel costs were trimmed by 3 percent, for about $31 million in savings.GAZETTE: Now, the operating result was still a $4.7 million deficit, and of course a deficit never sounds like good news. But can you put that in perspective relative to the overall size of the University’s budget?SHORE: The University’s overall budget is $3.7 billion, and if you take that as the context, then $4.7 million is a shade over a tenth of 1 percent of that budget. You never want to have a negative operating margin, but if you’re going to have it, you might as well have one of this magnitude. We have achieved an approximately break-even result, which is a good place to be, given everything we needed to get done this past year.GAZETTE: There were a lot of questions around the risk factor in the University’s portfolio after the previous annual report. Is Harvard in a more conservative position now?SHORE: We are. There are two dynamics to look at. One is our endowment, and Harvard Management Company’s judgments about the optimal risk profile and management approach for our endowment funds. I’d refer you to [President and CEO] Jane Mendillo’s excellent report on the Management Company’s strategies, and her successes for the year.The second area in which we think about portfolio risk is what we have invested alongside the endowment. This year, we are in a better position. We have reduced risk in our operating accounts by converting some of our related investments into cash and other highly liquid securities held outside the long-term investment pool. From a liquidity-management standpoint, this is a safer posture for the University.GAZETTE: That makes the University a little more nimble in a volatile financial climate, so that it can react more quickly to any challenges that may present themselves.SHORE: That’s exactly right. If the Management Company is charged with looking at a very long-term investment horizon, you want to have financial resources somewhere else at the University with a much shorter investment horizon, and over the past couple of years we have been doing more of this. We will continue to think about the best investment mix for the University — one that optimizes our long-term investment returns without jeopardizing our ability to satisfy nearer-term spending needs.GAZETTE: While there have been checks on spending in many areas, the report says that financial aid increased by 4 percent. Given the change in the University’s economic circumstances, are such increases sustainable?SHORE: That is a very important priority for the institution. We are committed to making sure that we can attract the best candidates for our degree programs and that a Harvard education is accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their economic circumstances. To the extent that requires further investments in financial aid, we will do whatever we can to accommodate those incremental funds in our budget. Offering robust grant aid is a very strong institutional commitment that we have every expectation of continuing into the future.GAZETTE: Are there any other parts of the report that you would like to highlight?SHORE: Well, I would point to our success in earning sponsored awards from the federal stimulus program. That is a testament to the quality of researchers that we have across the University. We were able to get awards that over the next several years will provide almost $200 million worth of revenue. In the past year, we spent about $50 million of that amount. At a time when reduced endowment payouts might have meant something very different to our labs, the stimulus funding allowed them to continue to thrive.The other thing that’s noteworthy in our financial statement this year is the slowed growth in debt. It went from $6 billion at the end of 2009 to $6.3 billion at the end of fiscal 2010. That is the result of a very conscious set of decisions to bring our capital program into closer alignment with our financial circumstances and our core academic priorities.We will continue to think about opportunities to use debt advantageously, particularly because we are still in a very attractive environment for interest rates. But we’ll be judicious as a general matter with our overall debt load.GAZETTE: What challenges do you see facing the University over the next year or two?SHORE: With an 11 percent investment return on the endowment, you can be lulled into a sense that whatever we went through in the past no longer presents challenges for the University. But the reality is that our primary sources of funding all face considerable uncertainty: The endowment is very dependent on macroeconomic conditions and capital markets that continue to be volatile; research funding is largely subject to budgetary uncertainties at the federal government level; and most of our incremental tuition revenue gets plowed back into financial aid.All three of those funding sources easily could be under considerable pressure over the next several years, and so we will continue to think about smart things that we can do to operate more efficiently, and thereby free up budgetary capacity.last_img read more

Austria excited for Standhardinger arrival, but focused on PH Cup bid for now

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MVP admits PH 2023 hosting bid ‘expensive’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “I’m so excited for him, but that ends there. We can’t always think that he’s set to arrive soon,” he said in Filipino.Austria admitted that he’s keeping tabs on Standhardinger in the ABL, watching his prized recruit from afar as he dominates his way in the regional league with averages of 27.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.75 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the three-time Coach of the Year winner reiterated that the Beermen’s focus is solely on their campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, where they gun to claim a historic fourth straight all-Filipino title.“We’ll keep on relying on ourselves and the team. I’m sure that these players know that we have a chance (on getting that fourth straight Philippine Cup) because everyone looks at us as the barometer,” he said. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSan Miguel coach Leo Austria knows very well that great things are worth the wait.And that’s why he’s not putting too much thought on the imminent arrival of Christian Standhardinger as the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is still with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Still, Austria couldn’t help but fantasize about the day Standhardinger finally puts on that storied San Miguel jersey, saying that his entry could just push the team closer on its Grand Slam aspirations.“Other teams say that we’re already strong, and with what they see from Standhardinger, we’ll be unbeatable. So what more when Standhardinger arrives? His presence alone gives us some excitement and confidence and his work ethic could rub off to some of our players,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Waynes World Adventure Centre at Arena7 just got even better!

first_imgArena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny has always been the number 1 place for families to spend the day together and now it has got even better with the revamp of the dining areas in Waynes World and Fast Food.Kids loved their visit to Waynes World Adventure Centre with the multi level PLAY frame complimented with great food. But now, not only will kids love their trip to Arena7, but so will mum and dad with the addition of a new stylish diner. Waynes World at Arena7Demand at peak times such as weekends, midterm breaks and summer holidays made getting a seat next to impossible in Waynes World for parents but now with capacity doubled that won’t be a problem. Stylish seating complimented with a new Deli offering a range of fresh sandwiches, paninis and wraps ensures that parents and kids can enjoy a healthy snack in cool and comfortable surroundings. Arena7 offer great value with a sandwich and tea/coffee or soft drink only €5 or a range of hot paninis with fries only €6 or simply just relax with a hot coffee cappuccino or latte while the kids play.  The fast food diner has also seen capacity double so if you’re out and about with the family, call for a quick snack of the best fast food in town with kids meals only €5.50.Entry is only €4 for under 3 year olds and only €6 for 3 to 9 year olds. If you’re planning a play date with friends, then we can assure you that a visit to Waynes World Adventure Centre in Arena7 is a must this Easter!!!!Check out www.arena7.ie for moreWaynes World Adventure Centre at Arena7 just got even better! was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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) Tags:Arena7Easterfamily funKidsThings to dowaynes worldlast_img read more

Jeff Magyar appointed to serve on the United Soybean Board

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeff Magyar of Ashtabula County has been appointed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the United Soybean Board (USB).USB manages the national soybean checkoff which was created by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Act. The board is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions. The newly-appointed farmer-leaders were sworn in as directors at the USB annual meeting in St. Louis this week.“I’m glad to see Jeff appointed to USB and have the opportunity to represent all U.S. soybean farmers,” said Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Chairman, Crawford County soybean farmer and USB board member. “He’s an active leader in Ohio, advocating for important projects that will give farmers a return on their investment. I know he’ll do the same at USB.”Magyar currently serves on the OSC Board of Trustees, as well as the Ohio Soybean Association. He is a member of the Republican Party Executive Committee and the Western Reserve Co-op Board. He is also an Ohio Farm Bureau County Trustee, Pymatuning Valley FFA Alumni member and Wayne Township Trustee. Additionally, Jeff serves on the Finance Committee of St. Mary Church.“I look forward to serving on the board,” Magyar said. “The checkoff is doing some extremely interesting work in finding the best returns for farmers across the country. From biodiesel and other new products to sustainability, we have tremendous opportunities to make a real difference.”Magyar replaces retiring USB director John Motter. As a member of both OSC and USB, Motter was appointed to USB in 2010 and became an influential leader and the first farmer from Ohio to be elected Chairman of USB in 2017. During his tenure as Chairman, he led the organization through multiple changes, including the hiring of a new CEO.last_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Stories of the Week: Get More Facebook Fans

first_img of Ann offers a guide that elaborates on the following steps: — specifically, how can you attract more fans and ultimately expand your reach? of How to Promote Your Facebook Fan Page & Get Lots of Fans Richard MacManus Try social ads. Lesson: Tracking Twitter Sherice’s article focuses on writing in a way that avoids boring and confusing your readers with “purple prose,” or needlessly flowery sections of writing. She strongly advises writers to crunch up their sentences and steer clear of rambling. In short, get to the point. Your readers will appreciate the instant gratification. Create fresh content for people to want to join. Learn how to use social media to attract more customers. Search Engine Journal Lesson: Attract fans to your Facebook fan page by making it interactive and updated with new content. Leverage your email contacts. Author: Whether you’re creating a brand new Facebook fan page or trying to enliven a stale one, Ann’s article offers five rounds of advice with specific recommendations on how to create a Facebook page that will attract fans. Search Engine Land Set yourself up an RSS reader already!  It’s a great tool for organizing information in a cluttered Web world. Author: My RSS reader is a part of my daily life, yet with the emergence of more real-time sources of information like Twitter, it makes sense that RSS usage has been in decline. But as I’m still a huge proponent of the tool, I was happy to come across this article by Richard MacManus, which explains some really great uses of RSS readers that can’t be achieved through other services. Don’t beat around the bush. Keep your writing tight and clear, and communicate in a way that your readers can understand. Chris Brogan Ann Smarty Lesson: you should be aware of when reaching out to bloggers. Specifically, he advises you to do your homework, be there before the sale, make it easy, ask the right questions, and most importantly, don’t push. A Six-Step Content Marketing Check-Up For B2B Marketers Lesson: Facebook for business and learn how to generate more business using social media. of Galen DeYoung Does Your Writing Suffer from Purple Overload? Internet Marketing Blog Do you function as the PR professional for your business? Are you still trying to grapple with how to effectively communicate with bloggers to get your message out? When was the last time you took your content marketing strategy in for a check-up?  Before you move ahead with your future plans, Galen urges you to first take some time to evaluate your strategy to date in order to make performance improvements to your existing assets. 1. Sherice Jacoblast_img read more

Going to SXSW? Rate Speakers and Win an iPad!

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Introducing Conferences are expensive and networking time is too valuable to waste by sitting down and listening to a bad speaker. With is the newest free tool to join the One more thing… As a way to reward people who take the time to grade speakers during SXSW, we will be giving away Apple iPads.  More specifically … during SXSW to see who is being voted as the best and worst speakers from the event. Topics: HubSpotters will be live-blogging SXSW, covering the hottest presentations and announcements. For the latest HubSpot SXSW coverage, Grader Your vote, which is either #upvote if you think the speaker is doing a good job or #downvote if you are unhappy with the presentation.  Conferences It is easy to get started with Speaker Grader. While attending a presentation, send a tweet that contains all 3 of the following: Optional: Note: Individuals are only eligible to win once. The most active grader at the end of each day (11:59 p.m. Central Time) of the conference will win an iPad.  Speaker Grader The #eventhashtag Any other feedback you wish to include in your tweet is fine, but make sure the first three items are also included. Originally published Mar 10, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Get SXSW News: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG15276.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Which Social Networks Should You Be On? [Marketing Cast]

first_imgWhere Is Your Target Audience? “What is really important is to figure out where the people that you are trying to reach are,” says David Meerman Scott. If you are trying to reach executives, for instance, LinkedIn is probably a good starting place. If you are trying to reach teenagers, however, you might need to look elsewhere. In this case, Facebook would probably be the preferred platform for communication.  Don’t Be Everywhere You don’t need to be on every social network in order to be a social media-savvy business. David Meerman Scott, for instance, is not on LinkedIn because he invests most of his efforts on channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The idea behind this practice is to not spread yourself thin, but to perform well on a few selected sites.  Eventually, as David pointed out, it comes down to choosing the right social media networks and giving yourself permission to not stress about being present on some other channels.Photo Credit: Asthma Helper Social Media Originally published May 2, 2011 8:44:00 AM, updated July 08 2013 Topics: Maybe being on all possible channels isn’t quite as effective as focusing on a few of them. In this episode of the Weekly Marketing Cast we discuss how you can approach this question. Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more