Ocean City Fishing Club’s 51st Surf Fishing Tournament is Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy O.C. Fishing Club) More than 175 anglers are expected to line the beaches Saturday, Oct. 26, to participate in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 51st Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament.Ed Parkinson, OCFC’s tournament chair, said the annual event draws teams from fishing clubs throughout the tri-state area, but is open to individuals as well. He expects more than 28 clubs with six-member teams, and upwards of 15 individuals to participate in the tournament, which is held in coordination with the Association of Surf Angling Clubs.“Even if someone doesn’t belong to a fishing club, they can register on the morning of the tournament and we’ll put them together with other individuals to create a fishing team,” he said.Registration for the tournament will take place from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Primary School, 550 West Ave., a new location this year. In the past, tournament headquarters was at the Intermediate School. It costs $65 for a six-member team, while individuals can enter for $15.When they arrive, anglers will be assigned a different beach location for each of two fishing sessions. The first will take place from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. After a half-hour break to move to their next designated area, anglers will then fish from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, participants will return to the Primary School for a free lunch, door prizes and trophy presentations.The tournament will span beaches from 23rd to 40th Streets, using vehicle access points at 23rd and 34th Streets, Parkinson said.“Thanks to our police department, anglers will be issued free one-day beach driving permits,” Parkinson said. “Also, thanks to all of the individuals and businesses that contributed services and prizes for the tournament. We’ve got everything from certificates for dinners, hotel stays, and gift baskets, to all kinds of fishing gear, like custom rods, reels and fishing carts.”Registration and payment may also be completed by mail to: OCFC, Attn: Tournament Chairman, P.O. Box 1215, Ocean City, N.J. 08226For more information, contact Ed Parkinson at 215-680-6652 or [email protected]
Savoury pastry product specialist Pork Farms has teamed up with Peperami and Branston to launch a number of co-branded recipes.The new partnerships will see a Spicy Hit sausage roll with Peperami, as well as two Pickle Hit sausage rolls one with Branston Pickle and cheese and one with Branston Pickle and sausage meat, available from mid-March. The firm is also launching a Pork and Branston Pickle Pork Pie.Pork Farms general manager, Nigel White said the firm felt the sausage roll market was in need of a “new image”.”Our plan for 2010 was to hit the market hard with an innovative, fresh new range that would invigorate and grow the category,” he explained.”Our new co-brand products aim to broaden consumer appeal and drive a new and younger audience to the fixture.”The sausage rolls will be available in both King Size (133g) and a six-pack of Snack Sausage Rolls (210g) for £1.29 and £1.49 respectively. The pork pie will be available in a four-pack of Snack Pork Pies for £1.49.www.pork-farms.co.uk
The proceeds from a recent ball hosted by Roberts Bakery in aid of The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal will help to fund a major study in to genetic factors that could cause breast cancer.The ball, which was held at Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel in September, raised £23,000 for Genesis – a charity dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer. The money will fund the first year’s work of PhD researcher Franchesca Gifford and provide state-of-the-art PCR equipment for the study into genetic variants and breast density. These are both believed to be factors that can cause breast cancer.The three-year study, which will be undertaken at the School of Biomedicine at the University of Manchester and will involve 10,000 women, aims to work out which genetic variants are linked to breast tissue density and breast cancer. Roberts Bakery’s Lindsay Occleston Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted that the proceeds from the ball have contributed towards such a vital and groundbreaking piece of research. I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, so I am extremely enthusiastic about this study, which has the potential to predict risk and help many thousands of women avoid this awful disease in the future.”
Lotus brought in the New Year in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE for a 2-night run on the 30th and 31st. Prior to the group’s performance on the 30th, they played a special in-studio session at local radio station 91.3 WYEP. After a brief interview, the band ran through numbers from their latest release, Eat The Light, including “Move Too Fast,” “Anti-Gravity,” “Suntan,” and “Fearless.”Lotus Heats Up Pittsburgh With Smokin’ Jam-Heavy Second Set [Setlist]Lotus has an upcoming two-night stand at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Jan. 13th-14th, followed by a number of other dates, along with a West Coast tour in February.Take a listen to the session at the WYEP 91.3 link here.Lotus – “Wax-Countdown, Sodium Vapor” Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pa. 12/31/2016:
I swore I would never buy a road bike.While living in Charlottesville, I was an avid mountain biker, spending many an hour at Walnut Creek Park , churning out miles of single track. When I moved to the mountains of Southwest Virginia in 2004, I figured my mountain biking would continue. Oh, how I was wrong. I lived in the mountains, but the closest trail systems were over an hour away and grown up responsibilities got in the way of me traveling that far to ride.For ten years, my mountain bike’s tires gathered more dust than dirt, and still I didn’t consider buying a road bike.Then, three years ago at the age of 41, I noticed a stressing development. There was a startling correlation between my waist size and my blood pressure. My pants were fitting a bit too snugly. My doctor paused after reading my blood pressure and asked me about any family history of heart issues. These were, of course, the natural byproducts of eating and exercise habits that can only be described as barely mediocre.Something had to give and I had to get moving.It was around that time I noticed that a number of my friends were avid cyclists. I chatted them up. I weighed the pros and cons and my interest grew. And then I went back on my word and made the plunge. I cashed out some money from savings and got some great advice from my soon to be cycling buddies before settling on a Specialized road bike that I picked up from the great folks at Reedy Creek Bicycles in Kingsport, Tennessee.And I haven’t looked back.Mainly because I am always looking forward, trying to keep up with the much faster guys I ride with.That means the road hasn’t been easy. On my first ride, while climbing what had to be a summitless hill, I was convinced that I had made a serious mistake. I had wasted a lot of money. My wife was going to kill me. The next hill – and the next month of riding – only reinforced that belief. Instead of getting easy, it just got a little less miserable.But I kept at it. And the miles keep coming. I am sitting in front of the computer with aching legs, the result of finishing a 52 mile race, complete with over 4000 feet of climbing, just yesterday. Three years ago, I would never have imagined making that statement.For a now 44 year old dad with limited time for exercise, getting that road bike has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.I am hoping that, through this blog, I can share a bit of that experience with you out there. I know that there are a lot of guys out there just like me. Guys in their forties looking for something to do to get the heart rate up and the pants size down. Guys with their dad bods that look at a lycra cycling kit and think, “Yeah, no thanks. I won’t be wearing that.” Guys with jobs and kids and soccer practices and piano recitals who are looking for a way to fit that exercise time in when life pulls them in eight different directions.I’d like to convince them that the road is calling.
In a move praised by NAFCU, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt said Monday that his agency will not add a language-preference question to its Uniform Residential Loan Application now but will take other steps to determine how best to gather such data.Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, said NAFCU and its members greatly welcome the FHFA’s decision to do a more thorough study. “We appreciate Director Watt’s openness on this issue and look forward to continuing to work with him and the agency as it seeks to address the needs of limited-English-proficiency consumers,” Hunt said.NAFCU and seven other financial trades wrote Watt this June urging against adding a language-preference question to the URLA until compliance and legal concerns had been addressed. Fifty-four House members supported a delay in their own letter.FHFA had been looking to include a language-preference question on the new 2016 URLA so lenders could implement it in January 2018, when new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act provisions kick in. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Consumers are reaching for their credit cards more and more to make purchases. This is evidenced by new data from the Federal Reserve, which indicates American consumers’ outstanding credit card debt is on track to reach $1 trillion this year.As the Wall Street Journal reports, credit card debt hasn’t risen to that level since mid-2008, when the number climbed to $1.02 trillion. That was just before the economic crisis hit the global financial industry. This growth in credit card debt is likely a result of a healthier economy and burgeoning job market.Consumers’ increasing confidence in their spending power has also impacted the auto loan industry. This industry is now seeing record spending. In fact, auto loans exceeded $1 trillion in the first quarter of 2016.With low interest rates and an increasingly oppressive regulatory environment negatively affecting community financial institutions’ (FIs’) bottom lines, credit cards are proving to be a healthy business line for FIs today. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“He’s been in this form for 14 or 15 years and he keeps performing like this,” said Setien. “He’s a guarantee for any club and for any coach and that’s what makes him the best player in the world. He can do things that others can only dream about.” Messi could have had many reasons to feel upset but he hasn’t let them affect his performances.Barcelona’s board sacked Ernesto Valverde last month, despite Messi’s public backing three days before, and failed to sign a striker in the transfer window with Luis Suarez and Ousamane Dembele both out injured. – No margin for error -The club’s technical secretary Eric Abidal then said the squad were the main reason for Valverde’s departure while the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of hiring a PR company that criticised key players, including Messi, in a bid to improve his image online. Barcelona have denied the allegations but when asked in an interview with Mundo Deportivo last week if he was convinced, Messi said he would wait to see if they were true. He also admitted, “the way we are at the moment, I don’t think it’s enough to win the Champions League” and identified Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool as greater threats. Setien was more optimistic on Friday. “There are things that I agree with and others evidently… I have seen every year how Champions Leagues are won and I think we could have the same chance as other teams,” he said. “It is true that there is no margin for error and there are things we have to try to improve and do better. We are not happy with everything but I think we are growing little by little and we are reaching levels that will allow us to challenge.” Yet if Messi were to win the Champions League this season, it would surely represent one of his most impressive achievements.With the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo in midfield and the excellent Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, they do not lack for talent but weaknesses in defence remain, not to mention a fragility against the counter-attack.And by appointing Setien, a coach devoted to a very particular style, Barcelona are having to change mid-season, with Setien admitting this month that it would take time for the players to understand his methods.”It’s not easy,” said Messi. “We come from playing under Valverde to playing differently now and being asked to do something else. The truth is we are learning and we still have a lot to learn.”But with in-form Napoli fast-approaching and then Madrid to come at the Santiago Bernabeu, time is not on Barcelona’s side. For now, they will look to Messi.Topics : His quadruple in the 5-0 rout at Camp Nou on Saturday was cathartic and not only because Real Madrid, whom Barca face in the Clasico on Sunday, failed to regain first place after losing to Levante a few hours later. “It was a win we needed,” said coach Quique Setien. Messi has scored seven quadruples in his career but none executed amid such an intense time of pressure, with the spotlight on the Argentine. While other players might have sulked or crumbled, Messi delivered with another breathtaking performance that underlined his ability to drag this troubled team through even the most turbulent of periods. Lionel Messi has said Barcelona are not playing well enough to win this season’s Champions League but his four goals against Eibar on Saturday were a reminder that with him there will always be hope. Barca play Napoli in the first leg of the last 16 on Tuesday and will be expected to go through, even if their opponents are on a strong run, having won six out of their last seven matches, including victories over Juventus and Inter Milan. Yet despite a whirlwind couple of months of political wrangling, remarkably Barcelona approach this tie sitting top of La Liga and with a spring in their step, in large part due to Messi.
The mayor of a small city in Washington reportedly admitted that he called President Barack Obama “monkey man” and first lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” but says he will not resign over the racist comments. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, reportedly wrote in a Facebook post. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”The comments led the city council to call for his resignation on Monday.“When a figurehead makes comments such as these that sets us back and it’s hard to come back from,” police chief and acting city manager Lee Bennett told KXLY, the local ABC station.However, Rushing insists he will not step down from his role as mayor of the city, which is just outside of Spokane and has a population of nearly 6,500, according to Census data.“I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” Rushing told the Spokesman-Review. “If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”He also told local NBC station KHQ that the comments were just “playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.”Rushing’s constituents did not find the comments playful.The city council has threatened sanctions against the mayor if he refuses to resign. The Spokesman-Review said sanctions could include limits on his involvement on boards and commissions.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters posted a 5-0 shutout victory over The Franklin County Wildcats.Courtesy of Michelle Wachsmann.