Centrica takes on Connaught’s gas safety arm

first_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp whatsapp Centrica takes on Connaught’s gas safety arm center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Tuesday 28 September 2010 10:15 pm KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof THE OWNER of British Gas has bought a chunk of Connaught’s surviving business and taken on 600 employees, the energy giant announced yesterday. Centrica paid £11.2m yesterday for the gas and electrical safety branch of Connaught Compliance, one of the few parts of the firm to escape administration. It has also bought Connaught’s training academy in south Wales. British Gas said the move gives it a platform to develop its business energy services. “It is great news for the people at Connaught, its customers and for British Gas Business’s existing customers,” said Kanat Emiroglu, managing director of British Gas Business. The company did not look at the other branches of Connaught Compliance, which will continue to operate as a standalone firm with 1,300 employees after agreeing further funding with lenders. Morgan Sindall is still in talks with local authorities to take over 93 of Connaught’s social housing contracts, after agreeing to take on the work ealier this month. Several councils have expressed concern that the deal could breach EU procurement law. last_img read more

Atemi: tipping the scales

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter It’s a known fact that (mainly US-led) private equity has been silently but stealthily buying up paid-centric companies across various verticals, with a particular preference to entities with UK-centric roots. The data is not entirely monochromatic, but it does suggest London (and Manchester) based PPC agencies command better open and click rates than their European counterparts, and by extension, enjoy better profit margins. And on numbers alone, a sizeable proportion of these acquired companies have enjoyed double-digit multiples on their exit valuations over the last 18 months. 20th October 2020 | By Stephen Carter Which leads us to another underlying dynamic behind the Better Collective acquisition. One of the key terms from the press release was the phrase ‘increased free cashflow’. Atemi is (presumably) already a cash-rich company, so this should help the newly enlarged business increase its rate of liquidity. Why is this important? Because it implies two things for Better Collective’s future. Email Address In other words, just a slight bump in share price can make all the difference to a buyer. It can provide a gap wide enough (in terms of market valuation) between buyer and seller, to create the relative purchasing power that is strong enough to make an offer. If this is the case, Better Collective will be betting on the Atemi acquisition to contribute to a hike in share price sufficient enough to tip the scales in this direction. Or, to put it in investor terms, it will become a catalyst for another, even larger bear-hug in the not too distance future. But is it such a good, strategic acquisition for Better Collective? The market seems to have received this news so far with lukewarm reception. In investor speak – meh. Share price is roughly the same as it was a few weeks before the announcement, and is unlikely to experience any direct boosts related to this purchase in the foreseeable future, at least until the end of the earnout period, which is at the end of the next five financial quarters. Standing on its own two feet, Atemi looks a solid proposition to would-be buyers. A cash-rich, highly qualified and experienced team with numerous previous exits, backed by founders’ money, and importantly- enjoying good staff reviews. (Tip to prospective investors: if you want to smell how fresh the paint is on a prospect’s wallpaper, check out Glassdoor – one of the last bastions of employee free-speech). Just the prelude Two, and perhaps more likely, more cashflow in the business means that Better Collective can now look to acquire some sizeably large competition in the rankings chart. This is not as unfathomable as it sounds. For instance, the US is still relatively untapped by Better Collective, but amply serviced by a couple of players down the leaderboard. Thus, in reality it’s just a measure of buying power that will dictate when, not if, such a transaction takes place. Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates That said, this new union does promise long-term happiness. Atemi presumably enjoys higher conversions on AdWords and social media than Better Collective (albeit with higher acquisition costs), and it does tap into markets – such as casino – that Better Collective has yet to fully exploit. Importantly, the UK paid market is currently an under-utilised segment, which also happens to be one of Atemi’s stronger points. If the proposed annualised target of 600,000 FTDs and €120m revenue is met, this will have proven to be a worthwhile purchase, setting Better Collective well ahead of the (rapidly converging) competition. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The market reaction may have been a bit lukewarm to a strategic acquisition which would likely have fetched a higher multiple among more specialised PPC buyers but for Julian Buhagiar, one particular phrase in the announcement provided the clues to how this transaction will further define Better Collective’s future Atemi: tipping the scales One, the business can at some point consider a partial buyback of its publicly traded shares and have better control over its medium-term strategy. Whilst it’s already reasonably autonomous under Jesper Søgaard’s leadership, more private control doesn’t hurt, especially if future acquisition or spending decisions are impacted by a relative valuation of a business (in other words, its future share price). On the face of it, paid media still appears to enjoy popularity in the public eye. At least it still does in the eyes of Better Collective. It has just announced (up to) a €44m takeover of PPC-specialists Atemi Group, almost six times its anticipated profit. On the flipside, based on recent transaction multiples, Atemi would almost certainly have enjoyed a higher sale price with more specialised PPC buyers, particularly since the post-PASPA acquisition frenzy, but also and especially outside of traditional gambling markets. So, whilst Atemi could have gone the private-equity acquisition route with a higher exit price from across the pond, it has opted to stay immersed in the markets (and operators) it knows best. Co-founder of RB Capital, Julian Buhagiar is an investor, CEO and board director to multiple ventures in gaming, fintech and media markets. He has led investments, M&As and exits to date in excess of $370m. Paid in full Financelast_img read more

United Investments Limited (UTIN.mu) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Investments Limited (UTIN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about United Investments Limited (UTIN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Investments Limited (UTIN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Investments Limited (UTIN.mu)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUnited Investments Limited is an investment holding company that specialises in investment management in Mauritius. In addition, the company also engages in the manufacture and sale of fertilizers and liquid fertilizers, sale of other agricultural products, industrial and agricultural machinery, rental of agricultural equipment, as well as in fishing and seafood distribution activities. United Investments Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Six Nations: Wales 22-9 Ireland

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight What’s hot and what’s not from Wales’ 2017 Six Nations match against Ireland Take two: George North and Rhys Webb celebrate Wales’ second try. Photo: Getty Images Full house: Fans gear up for kick-off outside pubs around the stadium. Photo: Getty ImagesSTATISTICS10 – Penalties conceded by Wales compared to four by Ireland.110 – Metres made by Simon Zebo, the only player to hit three figures.325 – Tackles made during the game, 170 by Wales and 155 by Ireland. Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric were the top tacklers with 18 each.9 – Lineouts won by Justin Tipuric. Alun Wyn Jones and Sam Warburton won the other two on Wales’ throw.Wales: L Halfpenny; G North, J Davies, S Williams (J Roberts 67), L Williams; D Biggar (S Davies 79), R Webb (G Davies 67); R Evans (N Smith 67), K Owens (S Baldwin 72), T Francis (S Lee 70), J Ball (L Charteris 63), AW Jones (capt), S Warburton, J Tipuric, R Moriarty (T Faletau 67).Tries: North 2, Roberts. Cons: Halfpenny 2. Pen: Halfpenny.Ireland: R Kearney (T Bowe 79); K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, S Zebo; J Sexton (P Jackson 19-27, 79), C Murray (K Marmion 46); J McGrath (C Healy 59), R Best (capt), T Furlong; D Ryan, D Toner (I Henderson 63); CJ Stander (P O’Mahony 63), S O’Brien, J Heaslip.Pens: Sexton 2, Jackson. Two tries from George North helped Wales to victory in this high-energy Six Nations game at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The performances of both teams showed how important this match was – Wales looking to prove they’re a good team after heavy criticism, Ireland aiming to keep their championship title hopes alive.A Jamie Roberts try from a chargedown in the closing minutes made the scoreline look more comfortable than it was for the hosts, but they were deserved winners. Their defence held firm throughout, preventing Ireland from crossing the whitewash, and while the visitors did put on pressure, it was in patches rather than consistently across the 80 minutes – something that wasn’t helped by Johnny Sexton’s sin-binning at the end of the first half and Conor Murray struggling with an arm injury before being replaced.WHAT’S HOTHigh impact – The intensity and physicality of this match was high from the off. The power that attackers took into contact was matched by the force with which they were met by defenders; big impacts across the field.Both teams were looking to play flat in attack and the line speed of the defence gave players little room to think. The defensive lines rarely buckled despite the pressure, Wales’ especially when Ireland camped in their 22 for long periods in the final quarter.Jump to it: Leigh Halfpenny contests a high ball with Simon Zebo. Photo: Getty ImagesEvery area of the game was hugely competitive – the kick-chase, the high ball, the breakdown, the lineout… It was fast and furious, ferocious and frenetic – and, above all, an enthralling Test match.Due North – Getting the ball wide was a theme for Wales from the start and that is how they scored the first try on 20 minutes. From a lineout, Scott Williams broke through the middle, passed the ball back to Rhys Webb and the scrum-half sent a long pass out to Leigh Halfpenny, who sent George North careering down the wing and through Irish defenders to touch down. The Principality Stadium is regarded as the best in the world for atmosphere and the roar after that try demonstrated why.That try was just part of an impressive all-round performance from North. He scored a second soon after the break, Webb putting him over in the corner after a solid driving maul from five-metre lineout, and he generally made ground with every carry. It was the type of display from the wing that Wales fans have been waiting for.Sheer joy: George North celebrates scoring Wales’ first points. Photo: Getty ImagesWayne’s game – Referees often come in for stick – a questionable decision here, a missed infringement there. Yet there was little fault to be found with Wayne Barnes’s performance in Cardiff. He was clear in his communication and decisive in his calls, quick to pull out the yellow card when Johnny Sexton killed the ball as Wales got close in the corner at the end of the first half. Ireland fans may point to the decision late in the second half to penalise Robbie Henshaw for obstruction as Ireland set the driving maul going five metres from the Wales line and Barnes was almost apologetic making it – but it was a fair call. He was equally firm with his decisions against Wales. In summary, Barnes was key to making this such a compelling game.WHAT’S NOTRisky business – The Irish defence were up so fast in defence and Wales were playing so flat that red passed to green on a handful of occasions. Not on purpose obviously and the pass wasn’t always taken – but an intercept try certainly looked on the cards in the first 20 minutes. Wales scrambled effectively enough to prevent Ireland getting across the line – but playing closer to the breakdown, and paying more attention to opposition players’ positions, could have prevented those scares for the hosts and their fans.In the clear: CJ Stander on a powerful burst for Ireland. Photo: Getty ImagesFriday night travel chaos – Yes, Friday night kick-offs are good for TV; they tend to generate the biggest viewing figures and take the championship to a wider armchair audience. But what about those fans who actually travel to matches? Queues on the M4 into Cardiff started around lunchtime. Trains back to London after the game didn’t exist. Hotel prices were sky-high. Those who endured the slow traffic and significant dent to their wallet no doubt enjoyed the game, but if these Friday night fixtures are to become more common, thought must be given to the travelling supporters. Simply working with rail companies to put on later trains would be a start. Yellow card: Sexton (38min)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

New Child of Britain Awards seeks nominations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  599 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Nominations are now open for the new Child of Britain Awards, a national initiative dedicated to celebrating the achievements and courage of children and young people across the UK.The courage and achievements of some 15 children will be recognised at the awards, which will be held in late 2021. The categories focus on diversity, bravery, sporting achievements, and will recognise children who help others through championing causes, caring and fundraising. Each year, the event is to be held in a different city.Full details of all the categories and how to enter can be found at the website: www.childofbritain.com.The event was born out of the success of sister event the Child of Wales, which celebrates the achievements of young people in Wales, while raising money for charities in the country dedicated to helping children. Interest in supporting the event exceeded expectations and culminated in all the children being invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.Blanche Sainsbury, founder of the Child of Britain Awards, said:“Our experiences with Child of Wales made us realise that people in this country want to get behind initiatives that celebrate the bravery and achievements of children and young people. Plus, there are so many stories out there that deserve telling. We realised there was interest at a national level in such an event, and Child of Britain was born.“So, we are now seeking nominations immediately. We want to hear about incredible young people worthy of recognition for their courage and perseverance.“We have already signed up some incredible partners who will not just help fund the event but also build awareness, secure nominations and tell the stories of the amazing young people. We are also in the process of selecting our charity partners for the next 12 months. A big part of what we do will be raising money to help charities that help young people. “Our intention is that the event will embrace the whole of the UK. We plan to do our inaugural event late in 2021. We are watching the situation around Covid-19 closely, so we can plan ahead with certainty next year.” Melanie May | 2 October 2020 | News  600 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Child of Britain Awards seeks nominationslast_img read more

Disgraceful trial about to start in LuxLeaks case

first_imgNews RSF_en Receive email alerts LuxembourgEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers News April 26, 2016 – Updated on April 29, 2016 Disgraceful trial about to start in LuxLeaks case Organisation The trial will get under way one year after charges were first brought against those held responsible for revealing how cross-border tax avoidance by major multinational corporations was facilitated by Luxembourg’s government under then Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker (now president of the European Commission).Deltour, a former employee of corporate auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is facing up to ten years in prison. Fellow PwC employee Halet is alleged to have collaborated in the leak. Perrin is co-defendant because he is the journalist who broke the story on France 2 TV’s “Cash Investigation” programme.They are charged with domestic theft, violating professional confidentiality, violating business secrets and fraudulently accessing a database. This is an outrage given the importance of the service that the leaks rendered to Europe’s citizens.“This trial should not be taking place,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The information revealed by the LuxLeaks case is of major importance and is clearly in the public interest. Who can claim that the public does not have the right to be told about the tax optimization methods used by leading multinationals and the preferential treatment they get from certain governments?“The trade secrets directive adopted by the European Parliament on 14 April has a clause that refers to article 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights protecting journalists, their sources and the ‘freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority.’ At the very least, Luxembourg’s justice system should accept this principle.”This trial is not worthy of Luxembourg or its ranking in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index – 15th out of 180 countries. News Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News LuxembourgEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers November 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Luxembourg RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders (RSF) does not recognize the legitimacy of the legal proceeding against whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet and journalist Edouard Perrin, who are due to go on trial today in Luxembourg in connection with a massive leak about corporate tax avoidance schemes. June 2, 2021 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

“We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says

first_img News BelarusLithuaniaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsInternational bodies ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaPredators “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Following a meeting with a senior criminal prosecutor in Vilnius today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary-general Christophe Deloire hailed the decision by the Lithuanian prosecutor-general’s office to investigate Belarusian President Alexandre Lukashenko for criminal hijacking, exactly as RSF requested. News RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire and Chief Prosecutor Martynas Jovaiša, Head of the anti-corruption and Organised crime department, in Vilnius on May 27. (credit: RSF) June 7, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Receive email alerts Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 132.32 KB News May 27, 2021 “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Читать на русском / Read in RussianIn a complaint filed in Vilnius on 25 May, two days after the Belarusian air force forced a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk in order to arrest Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich, RSF formally asked Lithuania’s prosecutors to investigate Lukashenko and any other person they identify for “hijacking a plane with terrorist intent.”After flying to Vilnius yesterday, Deloire and the head of the RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, Jeanne Cavelier, met today with Martynas Jovaiša, the chief prosecutor of the department for organized crime and corruption investigation at the prosecutor general’s office.Jovaiša expressed “the satisfaction [of the prosecutor general’s office] that an international organisation like RSF has taken interest in this procedure.” RSF’s complaint “has been incorporated into the criminal investigation,” he said.“We welcome the opening of this investigation and the quality of the dialogue initiated with the prosecutor general’s office,” Deloire said after the meeting. “The charges [of ‘hijacking a plane with terrorist intent’] accepted by Lithuania’s prosecutor-general are appropriate and their application to a head of state is unprecedented. We are of the view that there is no doubt about Lukashenko’s intention of terrorising the journalistic community, and the tragic fate suffered by Raman and his girlfriend Sofia confirms this. The entire European judicial arsenal, including a European arrest warrant, should be activated to ensure that this extremely serious crime does not go unpunished and that they are released.”“Journalists are the leading target” While in Vilnius, the RSF delegation met with a group of Belarusian journalists in exile and the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who stressed the importance of international campaigning, including by RSF. “Journalists are the leading target,” she said.Deloire emphasized the need to reinforce international mechanisms for protecting journalists and proposed guidelines for supporting Belarusian journalists. He also announced that RSF has joined others in asking the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC), which was created at the initiative of the British and Canadian governments, to take up the issue of Belarusian journalists, including at the next G7 summit.During a meeting with Lithuanian deputy foreign-minister Mantas Adomėnas, RSF hailed the important role played by Lithuania in helping to improve international law on the protection of journalists. It was under Lithuania’s UN Security Council presidency that the Security Council adopted Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists in May 2015, and RSF’s secretary-general spoke at the session in New York.RSF has been calling for the creation of the position of special representative of the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalists to serve as a mechanism for enforcing international law on the protection of journalists. “After this astonishing affair, Lithuania has every legitimacy and every reason to use its influence to obtain the creation of this position, which is essential,” Deloire said.As a result of the unprecedented persecution of journalists since Lukashenko’s disputed reelection in August 2020, Belarus fell five places in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 158th out of 180 countries. RSF_en BelarusLithuaniaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsInternational bodies ImprisonedFreedom of expressionExiled mediaPredators to go further June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Celebrate the Springtime

first_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Recipes Celebrate the Springtime Domenico’s offers healthy seasonal choices By EDDIE RIVERA, Editor, Living Section Published on Monday, April 28, 2014 | 5:26 pm Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Springtime means the rebirth of everything we love. The Italian word for “spring” is “Primavera,” but linguists and linguini lovers alike can check out the real definition by visiting family-owned Domenico’s, one of Pasadena’s oldest restaurants.Their spring menu features not only pizzas (with 20 different toppings to choose from) and pastas, their vast array of original Italian dishes like gnocchi and ravioli, but of course, a Pasta Primavera—spring pasta with fresh pasta and fresh, healthy vegetables.Spring is also about being and eating green, and Domenico’s is all about that. There is a veggie pizza piled high with healthy crunchy stuff, sautéed mushrooms, and did we mention zucchini?Domenico’s features some of the tastiest fresh fried zucchini sticks served up with an equally tasty marinara sauce for dipping.The Pasta with Pesto, baked eggplant and a wide array of salads are all smart healthy choices to celebrate the most beautiful season with. Speaking of salads, Domenico’s is particularly well known for its antipasto, doused with its home-made Italian dressing.Something else? There is of course, their famous BBQ Chicken, or maybe a Calzone? Think of it as a pizza in a pocket!Every great time, and every great season, is marked by great eating. So, celebrate new flowers, blue skies, sunny days, and sparkling evenings at that place on Washington called Domenico’s.Domenico’s is at 2411 East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena. www.originaldomenicos.com. (626) 797-6459. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Feb. 26

first_imgDear Friends,I’m happy to report that our Community Services team has had some good success in securing COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Ocean City seniors. Vaccine supplies remain low, and going online to try to find an available appointment has been extremely frustrating for everybody.Our new team is familiar with the various online scheduling systems and ready to do the searching on behalf of our seniors. We were able to get about 40 Ocean City residents vaccinated this week. I would like to see everybody who is currently eligible receive a timely vaccination.The team has no special access, and there’s no guarantee for anybody. But if you live in Ocean City, are currently eligible and would like assistance, call 609-399-6111 or stop by City Hall, the Community Center or the 46th Street Welcome Center. Don’t stop looking for an appointment on your own, but let us see if we can help you.As of this week, Ocean City owns the Palmer Center properties near the Community Center. This is an important step in protecting two entire city blocks in the Third Ward from development and creating a public use corridor from 15th Street to 20th Street.We now own the paved lot along 16th Street next to the playing field, and one corner of the car dealership lot across from the CVS. The city paid $5.6 million into the court. That is based on the appraised value of the property as of the declaration of taking in June 2020. The final cost is still to be determined by the court, and there are environmental issues still to be resolved. But the property is ours.We were prepared in December to do the same thing with the Klause property that makes up the rest of the block. But a title search found additional lien holders. We are amending our court filings, and we now expect to move forward by the end of March. This has been a long process, but everybody will benefit from seeing open space there and not more housing.At last night’s City Council meeting, City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson reported on New Jersey’s new laws related to recreational marijuana. The laws prohibit the use of marijuana in public and by minors. But the laws make enforcement extremely difficult, and in some cases, police officers themselves could be charged criminally if they get it wrong.I know police throughout the state are working to establish more reasonable provisions, and they have my full support. I have absolute respect for the will of our state’s voters and for appropriate legislation relative to the legal use of marijuana. But unhindered use on our beaches and boardwalk, and widespread use by minors, would be devastating to our community and to our reputation as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” That is my issue and what I addressed at last night’s meeting.There will be many opportunities for the public to express their support or opposition to a proposed wind energy project off the coast of southern New Jersey, starting this spring when a public comment and review period is likely to open during a two-year review period. I will continue to provide information and updates to the public as this process continues, and our Environmental Commission will research and report accurate information on the pros and cons of the project. I believe it is important that any action we take be guided by fact.Michele and I would like to extend our condolences to the Pileggi family on the passing of Don Pileggi. Don supervised the Youth Center in town for eight years and worked in our Recreation Department for 28 years. His wife, Angela, was city clerk for more than 30 years, and his son Don Jr. is a city employee.Don was one of our local legends. He came up with a variety of surfing contests and started the Ocean City Surfing Association in the mid-1960s when the sport was just taking off in other towns. But his legacy extends far beyond the surf. His life meant a lot to many different people in town.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Video: Gail’s 10th shop opening

first_imgGail’s officially opened its 10th bakery, in Soho, last month. British Baker spoke to Tom Molnar, chief executive, about the new shop, what Gail’s is noticing on the high street, and its plans for future growth.Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw (Creative Commons licence)YouTube link: http://youtu.be/Nm9MpRDHJM0last_img