Bank must restore its credibility

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first_imgTuesday 10 August 2010 8:57 pm Tags: NULL Share Bank must restore its credibility KCS-content whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ OF all the people who regulated (or failed to regulate) the financial services industry throughout the banking crisis, Bank of England governor Mervyn King has emerged as the man whose authority has perhaps been most enhanced. Going into the crisis with an institution that sets monetary policy and general supervision, he will emerge, thanks to chancellor George Osborne, from a major shake-up of the tripartite system with power over the regulation of the City following the takeover of the Financial Services Authority. But King, who presents the Bank of England’s quarterly inflation report today, is currently coming under fire in the City for the one thing his charges should really excel at: economic forecasting.In May last year, the Bank’s official forecasts expected inflation in the second quarter of this year to come in at below one per cent. In the event it registered well above the Bank’s set target of two per cent at 3.4 per cent. To make matters worse, the Bank at the time estimated there was only a seven per cent probability of inflation topping three per cent.Equally forecasts on economic growth have often proved too optimistic, with the Bank since 1997 on average predicting growth to be 0.9 per cent too high. So way off beam have the Bank’s forecasts been that some economists are beginning to give them a wide berth. Says Simon Ward of Henderson Global Investors: “I’m not sure we should be giving the Bank’s forecasts much credibility given they’ve been shown to be very poor over the last few years.”None of Ward’s cynicism will prevent today’s event being widely watched by the financial markets. They will look for signs of whether the Bank is more anxious about faltering growth or creeping inflation. Signs of a slowdown in the housing market and a downturn in consumer confidence are increasing anxiety on growth, whereas rising petrol and food prices have raised fears of inflation.The Bank needs to do better at predicting the future. It will surely get its policy response wrong if it cannot get its forecasts right. RING RINGWHEN Metro Bank recently launched it made a big deal out of the fact that it would be dog friendly and that customers’ dogs would be welcomed with bowls of water. Not being a dog owner this amused me but did not stand a chance of encouraging me to change my bank, which I have had (like many) since college days.But one thing stuck in my mind after reading my colleague Roger Baird’s interview with Metro’s Craig Donaldson the other day; the pledge from the bank’s chief executive that calls to the bank would be picked up after no more than three rings.That really would interest me. When I last called to add some televison channels to my VirginMedia package, I was put through to a series of voicemails. The last of these admitted that I would likely be held for some time and asked me to choose from a number of music genres, including Indie and Urban, to make my wait more enjoyable.Sorry to sound old-fashioned, but there really is no substitute for answering that phone. If Metro Bank can actually do that, it might go far. [email protected] Allister Heath is away last_img read more

IND W vs SA W 2nd ODI Dream11 Team Predictions: India…

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first_img Previous articleMUM vs SAU, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 Dream 11 Prediction: Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Probable Playing 11, Captain, Vice Captain, Pitch Report MUM vs SAU LIVE at 9:00 AM IST, on InsidesportNext articleNBA All Star: All Star Game considered a success as no new Covid-19 positive tests found Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. IND W vs SA W 2nd ODI Dream11 Team Predictions: India Womens vs South Africa Womens Playing 11, Captain, Vice Captain, Pitch Report IND W vs SA W LIVE at 9:00 AM IST, on InsidesportIndia Womens vs South Africa Womens: Date, Venue, Time, Live Streaming DetailsDate: 9 th March 2021Time: 9:00 am, LocalVenue:  Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, LucknowWhere to Stream Live: Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar.India Womens vs South Africa Womens LIVE ScoreIND-W vs SA-W Predicted Playing XI:India Women Predicted Playing XI: Smriti Mandhana, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sushma Verma, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad WTC Final 2021 LIVE: 5 Ways to watch India vs New Zealand World Test Championship LIVE Streaming for free ICC WTC Final LIVE commentary: AIR, DD Sports to live stream & broadcast India vs New Zealand for free WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Start delayed due to rain, SA lead by 149 runs – Follow Live Updates Facebook Twitter Cricket Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likecio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndoPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickUndoIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoSouth Africa Women Predicted Playing XI: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Ayabonga KhakaIND-W vs SA-W Dream11L Lee, L Wolvaardt, S Mandhana, H Kaur, M Raj, M Kapp, D Sharma, T Chetty, A Khaka, J Goswami, N MlabaCaptain: L Wolvaardt, Vice-captain: D SharmaInd Women vs SA Women 2nd ODI Teams (from):India women: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica PatelSouth Africa women: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSIND W vs SA W 2nd ODIIND W vs SA W 2nd ODI Dream11 Team PredictionsIND W vs SA W CaptainIND W vs SA W Live StreamingIND W vs SA W Pitch Report SHARE Cricket Cricket BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket IND W vs SA W 2nd ODI Dream11 Team Predictions: India Womens vs South Africa Womens Playing 11, Captain, Vice Captain, Pitch Report IND W vs SA W LIVE at 9:00 AM IST, on Insidesport Cricket Cricket IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry By Kunal Dhyani – March 9, 2021 Cricket Cricket WTC Final 2021: India vs New Zealand Full Squad, Schedule, Live Streaming, Date, Time, Venue all you need to know World Test Championship final Cricket Cricket WTC Final Live- Ind vs NZ: Kyle Jamieson bags 5th five-wicket haul in 8th Test, rattles India in WTC final WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Latham, Conway stand firm against India pace attack; NZ 36/0 (20 ovs)- Follow Live Updates WTC Final LIVE: Muttiah Muralitharan voted ‘Greatest Men’s Test Bowler’ of 21st centurylast_img read more

First Quantum Minerals HY2011 Interim Report

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first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Quantum Minerals Limited is an international holding company overseeing the extraction of copper, nickel, gold, zinc and acid through mining operations in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. The mining corporation operates six mines: Kansanshi copper-gold mine, Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine, Las Cruces copper mine, Pyhasalmi copper-zinc mine, Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine and Cayeli copper-zinc mine. Its subsidiary divisions have interests in evaluating and acquiring mineral properties, regulatory reporting, treasury and finance, corporate administration, and a metal marketing division. Copper is the main commodity mined by First Quantum Minerals in Zambia, and gold is a by-product commodity. First Quantum Minerals Limited is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited (BOBU.ug) 2016 Annual Report

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first_imgBank of Baroda Uganda Limited (BOBU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited (BOBU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited (BOBU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited (BOBU.ug)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileBank of Baroda (Uganda) Limited is a leading financial institution in Uganda offering banking products and services to individual, commercial and corporate clients. Its product offering ranges from savings and current accounts, term deposits and loans to letters of credit, bank guarantees, fund transfers and foreign exchange services. The company provides equity brokering services, including investment advisory, securities trading, securities exchange listing and sponsoring and remittance services. Bank of Baroda Uganda has an extensive network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Uganda and offers convenient banking in the form of Internet and mobile banking services. The financial institution was founded in 1953 and is based in Kampala, Uganda. Bank of Baroda (Uganda) Limited is a subsidiary of Bank of Baroda. Bank of Baroda Uganda Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

RFU announces Lead up and Legacy plans for 2015 and beyond

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first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 4.     Returning players – Working with colleges, universities and employers to inspire thousands of 16-24 year old players back into clubs across England.5.     Touch rugby – Ambition to encourage 15,000 new players to take up rugby by broadening the reach and appeal of the game through more access to touch. Over 200 club and 100 university based O2 Touch Centres will be set up by 2015, offering a range of pitch up and play activity, organised Leagues and events.6.     Other nations – Building links between the RFU’s Constituent Bodies and over 15 of Europe’s key developing rugby nations to share knowledge on how best to grow and develop the game.7.     Cultural engagement – Developing a series of cultural programmes using art and photography to bring alive what Rugby means to local communities, encouraging people across the country to talk about Rugby.Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive, RFU said: “With three years to go until the culmination of one of the greatest sporting events taking place on home ground, we are putting in place the infrastructure and investment now to ensure that we deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game. This truly is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase and grow our game and one that we plan to make the most of.” THE RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) today announced its participation legacy plans with exactly three years to go until the Rugby World Cup final 2015.Chief Executive Ian Ritchie, alongside Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger, and England’s most capped player, Jason Leonard, outlined seven areas of focus for the RFU in the lead up to 2015 and beyond.From building capacity by improving facilities and increasing the quantity and quality of coaches, to getting more school children playing rugby or inspiring participation by encouraging players to return to the game, the plans are well underway.1.     Facilities – Committed an additional investment of £10m to create £25m worth of improvements in club equipment and facilities benefiting over 500 clubs nationwide – from kit and equipment to club houses, changing rooms and floodlights to all weather pitches.2.     People – New investment of over £1m to deliver more than 6,500 newly qualified referees and coaches. Staging master classes for over 5,000 existing coaches and referees along with a focus on young people bringing in 5,000 additional club volunteers.3.     Schools – Launched the All Schools programme to ensure more schools are offering rugby and give over 1m young people opportunities to play. The initiative aims to introduce the game into 400 non-rugby playing secondary schools by 2015 and up to 750 by 2019, by delivering a package of resources within the school. Investment: Jason Leonard (centre) was part of the briefing on the legacy for RWC 2015 Responding to the announcement, The Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport commented: “I am delighted to see the RFU is using the RWC 2015 to inspire new players, grow the game and build on the success of London 2012. It is the one of the largest sporting events in the world, so it is extremely encouraging to see plans already in place with three years to go.  As part of these plans, the All Schools programme is an excellent initiative, ensuring that more young people across the country have the opportunity to play rugby in secondary schools.”Jason Leonard, who played in England’s 2003 World Cup winning side, said: “There’s nothing like a World Cup to inspire a nation and hosting the event gives us the perfect chance to demonstrate that rugby is a game for everyone. It’s exciting to see plans to build participation already in place, so clubs will be ready and waiting to welcome the influx of new players.”last_img read more

Encephalitis Society wins free day of corporate fundraising consultancy

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first_img The Encephalitis Society has won a free day of corporate fundraising consultancy from Welcome Change Consultancy in a competition that was recently featured on UK Fundraising.The win will help the charity support its 10th anniversary activities during 2004/05.Commenting on winning the prize, Keith Steven, Projects Coordinator at the Encephalitis Society, said: “Encephalitis, viral inflammation of the brain, is devastating and potentially fatal. It is vital that the profile of both the condition and the charity that addresses it are significantly raised. An effective corporate partnership could really help us move towards that strategic objective as we celebrate our 10th anniversary during 2004/2005. We are confident that improving our approach to developing relationships with the corporate sector will bring a welcome boost to our fundraising strategy.” Advertisement John Thompson, Director of Welcome Change, said: “I am really looking forward to spending time with the charity to help develop its support from the corporate community. I am sure we’ll be able to help them build upon their excellent reputation and become an even more attractive option for companies to support.“It was fun running the competition and reading all the entries and I do thank all those that took the time to enter. Of course, there could only be one winner but we are planning to run a similar competition later on in the year to give others a chance to benefit from our experience of developing corporate fundraising strategies.” Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 9 March 2004 | News  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Encephalitis Society wins free day of corporate fundraising consultancylast_img read more

Festivals around Fort Worth to look out for

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first_imgReddIt printFall break has passed, but that doesn’t mean that fall fun has to.There are several upcoming festivals and events held in the Fort Worth area that students and residents alike can enjoy.Trinity River Wind Festival – Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the outdoors this fall at this wind-centered festival at the Trinity Overlook Park in Dallas. Attendees can watch stunt kite performances or bring their own kite to fly along the river. There’s something for animal lovers too with performances from disc dogs and presentations of rehabilitated raptors and homing pigeons. There will also be food and kite vendors, along with giveaways from Sprint and Coca-Cola. The festival is free, but parking costs between $4-6 per car. Get more info at http://www.trinityrivercorridor.org/events/trinity-river-wind-festival.htmlSteinfest 2015 – Oct. 25 from 2 to 10 p.m. This German festival features beer, food and live music in downtown Plano. Eight local restaurants, such as Kelly’s Eastside, Lockhart Barbeque and Ye Ole Butcher Shop, come together to offer an array of food. Festival goers can chase down those treats with one of the four types of beer for sale: Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Karbach Oktoberfest and Stiegl Radler. The festival also offers several different German-inspired competitions ranging from racing with full steins of beer to bowling with kegs. All this is accompanied by live music, shopping booths and non-beer based games. The festival is run on a ticket system to buy food and drinks, and each ticket costs a dollar. However, attendees can pre-order tickets online for a discount. Find out more at http://www.visitdowntownplano.com/steinfest-2015/Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival – Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. This Japanese festival, jointly presented by Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, is a celebration of the autumn full moon and the Japanese culture. The festival features live music and dance performances. There will also be calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, a bunny petting zoo and an outdoor picnic featuring Japanese Fusion Bento Box for $25. Admission is free, but attendees should register at https://crowcollection.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0Fo000000F67lvEABFestival at the Switchyard – Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Head over to the Historic Downtown Carrollton to enjoy a festival honoring the importance of the railroad to the city of Carrollton. The festival features 70 vendors, including Aloha Shave Ice, Go4It Sports Grill and Zeytin Mediterranean Grill. There will also be activities such as face painting and a balloon artist. The band 3 Doors Down is headlining the festival with opener Fastball along with other performers throughout the day. The festival is free for all to attend, but food and other items must be bought with cash or a credit card. Get more info at http://www.carrolltonfestival.com/home.htmlLone Star Film Festival – Nov. 5-8 at 12 p.m. If the outdoors aren’t your thing, don’t worry; there is a festival for you, too. The AMC Palace Theater and Four Day Weekend Theater are hosting the 9th annual Lone Star Film Festival. The festival features film screenings, competitions, panel discussions, guest speakers and parties. There are 37 feature films announced for the festival, with 19 nominated for awards. The movies up for awards include Almosting It,  Hooked and T-Rex. There are also 21 short films eligible for awards, such as The Death Drive, Man in the Can and This Time It’s Shopping. Tickets cost $10 per individual movie screening or $150 for an All-Access Badge to all screenings. Find out more at http://www.lonestarfilmfestival.com/Other Desert Cities – Oct. 22 – Nov. 21 at 3, 7:30, or 8 p.m. Attend the Fort Worth premiere of the play Other Desert Cities at Circle Theatre. It follows the story of Brooke Wyeth (Dana Schultes) who returns home to Palm Springs and tells her family she plans to write a memoir about a tragic family event. Her family doesn’t want the event brought up again, so this causes a struggle with Brooke. Tickets range from $20-$35; however, Oct. 30 is a school night and features student tickets for $5. Get more information at http://circletheatre.com/shows/other_desert_cities. Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Linkedin Facebook Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Twitter ReddIt CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare + posts Justin Biltonen and Greg Upchurch with 3 Doors Down performs during the Songs From the Basement Tour at The Tabernacle on Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. 3 Doors Down will perform at the Carrollton Festival on Nov. 7. 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UN resolution 1686 on Lebanon probes deemed “insufficient”

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first_img Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information A UN security council resolution on 15 June that prolongs the term of the commission investigating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri’s murder by another year and “authorizes” the commission to “extend its technical assistance to the Lebanese authorities with regard to their investigations into the other terrorist attacks perpetrated in Lebanon since October 2004” was deemed “insufficient” today by Reporters Without Borders.“We appealed last December for the commission’s mandate to be broadened, so that it could itself carry out investigations into the 14 attacks that have taken place in Lebanon in the past two years, but our appeal was clearly not heeded.” the press freedom organisation said. “This new resolution does, it is true, ask the UN secretary-general to provide the commission with the necessary support and resources so that it can help the Lebanese authorities in their investigation into the 14 attacks that have taken place, but this is not enough as the local judges handling these investigations are liable to be subjected to pressure,” Reporters Without Borders added.In his latest report, released on 10 June, the head of the commission of enquiry, Serge Brammertz, requested an extension of its mandate so that it could finish it work. The report said “considerable progress” had been made in the investigation into the Hariri assassination and there had been more cooperation from Damascus.In a statement to the security council on 14 June, Brammertz said there could be links between Hariri assassination and the 14 other attacks since October 2004. But the Lebanese investigations into these attacks lacked momentum because the authorities did not have the “forensic capacity to collect and analyse evidence effectively,” he said.A Lebanese judge was meanwhile finally appointed on 17 June to handle the investigation into the murder of Gebran Tuéni, the general manager of the An-Nahar daily newspaper, six months after he was killed by car-bomb.Tuéni was one of three Lebanese journalists who were the victims of attacks last year that are still unsolved. An-Nahar columnist Samir Kassir was blown up by a car-bomb on 2 June 2005. Well-known, respected journalists, both Tuéni and Kassir knew they could be targets after Hariri’s assassination on 14 February 2005. Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation star presenter May Chidiac was badly maimed by a bombing on 25 September 2005. Receive email alerts News June 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN resolution 1686 on Lebanon probes deemed “insufficient” Organisation January 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car February 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Lebanon News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News to go furtherlast_img read more

Letter to Editor: Where Are You Eating This Friday?

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first_imgTeriyaki salmon steaks at Jay’s Crab Shack in Ocean City, NJ.To the Editor:A while back, I wrote a letter to OCNJ Daily saying how I was going to increase my support of Ocean City businesses by sitting down and eating a meal at an Ocean City restaurant every other Friday — in addition to my normal level of support of area businesses.We are approaching another “Dine Out Friday,” my friends, which of course begs the question: Where are you eating Friday?So far, I have had penne and chicken at Nonna’s Trattoria, French toast at Sunrise Café, a Philly roast beef sandwich at Varsity Inn, eggs benedict at Ready’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, chicken saltimbocca at Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant, a roast beef sandwich at Arlene’s on Asbury, the Sunrise Breakfast at Sunrise Café, and the Teriyaki Salmon Steak at Jay’s Crab Shack.I’ve seen on Facebook a lot of folks posting pics of the surf this week. So this Friday, I’ll be getting into the surfing mood and having lunch at the OC Surf Cafe! I will be posting a picture of my meal on OCNJ Daily’s Facebook page. I hope to see other people posting pictures this Friday, too!Ed SheppardOcean City, NJlast_img read more

Crowds Relish Reopening of Parks

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first_imgLexi Kodaduk, 16, of Wilmington, Del., and her father, Shawn, enjoy a beach day at Corson’s Inlet State Park in Ocean City on the first day state parks were reopened in the wake of COVID-19. By MADDY VITALEThis was the day that they took off their masks and gloves and put on their bathing suits, shorts and sandals.Saturday was a liberating experience for people tired of being cooped up for the past six weeks adhering to social distancing restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Beachgoers and boaters crowded into Corson’s Inlet State Park in Ocean City to enjoy a warm day in May and a time to almost forget that the country is in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic.However, the State Park Service posted an advisory on its Facebook page Saturday night stating that access to the Corson’s Inlet beach area would be closed “until further notice” and that the parking lot will be for boat launching only. There was no explanation on the Facebook page for the beach closing.Gov. Phil Murphy had lifted the restriction on state parks he instituted on April 7. By 7 a.m. Saturday all state parks and golf courses were open to the public. The governor left it up to counties to decide whether to open the local parks and golf courses. Cape May County reopened its public parks on Saturday, too.For the surge of people who jogged along, hopped on jet skis, did some fishing or just laid out and chatted among family or friends, the day meant a glimmer of normalcy in what has turned into a virtual world.“It just feels great to not feel so isolated,” noted Victor Ma, 14, of Williamstown.Visal Ma, of Williamstown, chats with his children, Victor, 14 and Arleen, 12, after a day of jet skiing.Victor, his 12-year-old sister, Arleen, and father, Visal Ma, decided to take their jet ski to Corson’s Inlet and have some family time – away from thinking about the coronavirus that has killed 65,908 countrywide with more than 1.1 million cases.“It is just a way for us to forget. At least for a while,” Arleen said.Visal explained that he and his family practice social distancing and this was their first time out since the pandemic.Schools closed in March, moving students to online learning. Masks were made mandatory during shopping and a 6-foot separation between people other than family, friends or romantic partners were and still are the restrictions in New Jersey.Safety, however, was also on the minds of people at Corson’s Inlet.“I think it is good the governor opened the parks. But we have to open up slowly because there are still a lot of people getting tested who have the virus,” Visal Ma said.Leo McGlynn and his father-in-law Jack Helms, both of Philadelphia, didn’t have luck catching any fish but had a great day, nonetheless.Shawn Kodaduk and his daughter, Lexi, 16, of Wilmington, Del., soaked up the rays on 70-degree day while sitting on beach towels at Corson’s Inlet State Park.“We saw the park was open and since the beaches we normally go to were closed we wanted to come down,” said Kodaduk, who has a vacation home in Ocean City.For Lexi, like the Ma children, her classes are online as well.“Everything is so different right now. I just got my license. Sometimes I just drive to Starbucks and sit in the parking lot. It is just the new normal for now,” Lexi said.Jack Helms, of Philadelphia, and his son-in-law, Leo McGlynn, came down to their Ocean City vacation home to check on things and decided to take advantage of a beautiful day and a place to go fishing.“There were zero fish,” Helms said with a laugh as he and McGlynn headed out of Corson’s Inlet and called it a day.But Helms and McGlynn both had big smiles.“We wanted to get out. It didn’t matter we didn’t catch any fish,” Helms said. “I think everyone wants to get out. Everyone has had enough.”The State Park Service posted an advisory on its Facebook page Saturday night stating that the Corson’s Inlet beaches are now closed.last_img read more