Letter to Editor: Where Are You Dining on Saturday?

first_imgVeal parmigiana and rigatoni at Nonna’s Trattoria and Pizzeria in Ocean City, NJ.To the Editor:It’s the off-season again, which means it’s time for me to brush up on my dining etiquette and enjoy some of the great food Ocean City has to offer.You may recall last year I did “Dine Out Friday,” when I committed to increasing 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.  My schedule has changed since then, so it’s going to be the same commitment this off-season, except now it is every other SATURDAY.Since it was the first Saturday, two weeks ago I did TWO meals, a late breakfast at Ready’s and dinner at Nonna’s. This Saturday, as I have a long day planned, I will be doing an early breakfast at Frankie’s by the Bay. I will be posting a picture of my meal on OCNJ Daily’s Facebook page. I hope to see other people dining out in Ocean City and posting pictures tomorrow, too!Ed SheppardOcean Citylast_img read more

Darren Guliov wins Cecil Lake race

first_imgClose behind was a sprint between John Obie and Kendra Young. Obie edged Young in the end with a time of 2:10:35. Fifth was Davide Loro in 2:22:41, and sixth went to Kelsey Young clocking in at 2:49:11.In the 48 kilometre race distance Gary Hilderman finished in first place. He finished his ride in 1:31:58 as he edged Gord Harris for top spot. Third place was Kristine Bock in 1:32:29 and fourth went to Pat Egan as he finished with a time of 1:32:34.Taking fifth place was Dean Lowry in 1:37:34. He was followed by a group of three starting with Athena Andrite, Ken Lane, and Mary Egan in 1:42:57.- Advertisement –last_img

Premier League team of the weekend: Man United and Liverpool stars included

first_img Defensive midfield: Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) – He might not have run around with the bluster of Lee Cattermole but yet another assured performance from the German helped the Black Cats to victory. The £750,000 Sam Allardyce chucked in Bayern Munich’s direction now seems like a bargain. Left wing: Fabio Borini (Sunderland) – The ex-Liverpool man has found it tough to find any kind of consistency in recent years, but was superb in the Black Cats’ vital win over Norwich. He won the penalty which he scored, assisted Jermain Defoe for the second after making a good run down the flank and was generally a nuisance, making two successful tackles. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Another hat-trick for the hotshot takes him to 21 for the Premier League season in just 2039 minutes. That means the Argentine is making the net billow every 97 minutes, compared to Harry Kane (every 133 minutes), Jamie Vardy (every 135 minutes). 11 There were more thrills and spills in the Premier League at the weekend as the battles at the top and the bottom of the table took new twists.Leicester City’s controversial 2-2 draw with West Ham means Tottenham could close the gap at the summit to just five points, if they defeat Stoke City on Monday night.Meanwhile, Norwich City lost to Sunderland, and Newcastle United grabbed another win to add extra spice to the fight for survival.Elsewhere, Man City thrashed causeless Chelsea, while Liverpool and Manchester United registered wins.But who were the individual stars across Saturday and Sunday? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend… Right back: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – The Ecuadorian had a tough act to follow after Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s recent displays at full-back but did well in his first 90 minutes since October. A smart assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal will have given him more confidence too. 11 11 Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – In a relatively inexperienced team, the England star managed to fire in ten shots on Artur Boruc’s goal, scoring once. His header was excellent, while flicks like the one that led to Roberto Firmino’s goal show his class in the penalty area. Roy Hodgson must have one hell of a headache working out which strikers to take to France. 11 Centre back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) – The Argentine slipped home the Toffees equaliser against Southampton as they attempt to keep their season from descending into farce. He and John Stones did well to keep the physical imposing Graziano Pelle relatively quiet. Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The crafty Belgian has hit the ground running since his return from injury and was a constant menace against his former club Chelsea. Under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, if he knuckles down and stays clear of injury, he could become one of the best in the world. 11 Left back: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – The ex-Ipswich man looked like being the match-winner for the Hammers with his volley crashing into the top corner. It rounded off a decent match for the English star, who handled the tricky Riyad Mahrez well. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Finally things appear to be clicking for the ex-Valencia star. He and Eliaquim Mangala were excellent against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and they were at it again to deny Chelsea on Saturday evening. Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – Click the right arrow above to see the rest of our team… – Once considered a laughing stock after a series of unfortunate errors at Tottenham, the Brazilian is now the only Premier League goalkeeper to have saved two penalties in one game on two occasions. He outwitted Saido Berahino on Saturday to ensure the Hornets claimed a 1-0 victory. 11 Right wing: Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) – The £12m January signing is beginning to find his feet at St James’ Park with two goals and two assists in his last three games. He will be vital for their survival hopes and his five successful tackles against Swansea (more than any other player on the day) will endear him to supporters too. last_img read more

Airports gear up for 2010 influx

first_img10 September 2009South Africa’s airports are gearing up to receive an estimated half-a-million visitors for the 2010 Fifa World Cup with improved check-in and self-service facilities through a US$35-million programme to be implemented by aviation IT specialist SITA.Under a five-year contract announced on Wednesday, SITA will provide Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) with the equipment and infrastructure for both agent check-in and passenger self-service kiosk check-in at all its airports.Acsa operates 10 of the country’s airports and handles around 98% of South Africa’s commercial air traffic. The programme will immediately benefit the three international airports in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, and the local airport in Port Elizabeth.SITA has also agreed with Aviation Coordination Services (ACS), which represents the 75 airlines using South African airports, to provide continued maintenance and operation of the CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) and CUSS (Common Use Self Service) check-in environment.“SITA currently supplies many of the airport systems in South Africa, but Acsa and ACS took the opportunity to review and upgrade services before 2010 to ensure that the surge of passengers travelling to the World Cup games could be handled with ease,” SITA said in a statement on Wednesday.Acas operations director Bongani Maseko said South Africa’s airports would be “the first and last experience our international visitors will have during the World Cup, so it is vital that we are well prepared.“As part of this agreement with SITA, we have already installed new check-in equipment and trained all airline staff at the central terminal building in Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport,” Maseko said. “Work in the other terminals there will be completed in the coming months, and the new terminal at Cape Town International Airport will be opening in November 2009.”In total, 64 World Cup games will be played at 10 venues across the country between 11 June and 11 July 2010.SITA’s Khodr Akil said that during this period, South Africa’s airports “will have to handle up to 78 000 passengers and 260 international flights a day and will also require the capability to respond flexibly to airline schedule demands at peak times.“Our common use check-in technology, SITA AirportConnect Open, will ensure that all work stations across the country’s airports will be available for use by the approximately 75 different airlines handling these passengers, thus maximising the use of these resources to ensure smooth passenger management and minimize delays,” Akil said.“This shared infrastructure will provide the flexibility necessary to respond quickly to individual airline needs.”SITA has worked with a number of airports around the world as they prepared for major events, the most recent being Beijing International Airport ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.“The key to success in handling large passenger flows is to have the most suitable technology in place before the main event, making sure that all systems are tested and that staff are trained,” Akil said. “Acsa and ACS are well advanced in this and, with SITA’s support, will be well and truly ready by June 2010.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Whale watching in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine wildlife, including whales, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round.At least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters off South Africa, and is most famous for rare encounters with southern right whales and humpback whales. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterEvery year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.Watch out for:Blowing – the sound the whale makes when expelling air through its blowhole, which is accompanied by a spout of condensed water vapour; this is the normal breathing pattern of the mammal.Breaching – the whale leaps out of the water and falls back in with a large splash; whales can breach three to eight times in succession and the behavior is believed to be a means of communication, exercise or possibly to scratch the parasites off that live on them.Lobtailing – the whale slaps its fluke or tail on the water, causing a loud sound; again, it is believed to be a means of communication.Spy hopping – the whale lifts its head and body vertically, as far as the flippers, above the surface, which allows it to see what is happening around it above water.When is the best time?The best time for watching the southern right whale in South African waters is from June to November along the Cape south coast, although some will already be as far north as KwaZulu-Natal. Peak calving season is July and August, but whales can be seen through September and October.The curious humpback whale can be seen between May to December, moving up along the coast from Hermanus to St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal.The medium-sized Bryde’s whale can be spotted all year round, and while rare, orcas can also be seen.In terms of the Marine Living Resources Act of 1998, it is an offence to approach any whale closer than 300m without a permit, so if you book a whale- watching cruise, make sure the company has a permit before you get on board.Where are the best spots?South African whale-watching territory runs from Doringbaai, far up the Cape West Coast, around the Cape Peninsula and as far up the East Coast as St Lucia, near the Mozambique border. They can be viewed from cliffs and beaches, while boat operators offer trips out to sea for close encounters.The route includes several famous protected areas, such as Table Mountain National Park, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, Transkei National Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.At least 37 species of whales and dolphins are found in South Africa’s oceans, although they are most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species. Keep an eye open for African penguins, Cape fur seals, black oystercatcher birds and a variety of other marine life.Western CapeThe southern right’s breeding ground is the sheltered bays of the Western Cape coast, with the majestic animals spending up to five months a year here. They pass their time playing, courting, and nursing their newborn calves, providing spectacular land-based viewing.On the Cape West Coast, excellent sightings of southern rights can be enjoyed all the way from Strandfontein to Lambert’s Bay, Elands Bay, St Helena, Saldanha and Ysterfontein, just north of Cape Town.Whales can also be seen all around the Cape Peninsula.In Cape Town itself, you can see them from the road along the False Bay coast, and they’re distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough on the scenic coastal Victoria Road.Further south, the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay on the Cape south coast offers possibly the best land-based whale-watching in the world. The animals can be clearly seen from a scenic cliff-top walk, and the town holds a whale-watching festival every September. The Whale Crier informs the townsfolk and visitors of whale sightings and where the whales have come into the old harbour to calve.For the more adventurous, there is also aerial whale watching.Follow the coast to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa where two mighty oceans meet. It is particularly rewarding, with great views of southern right cows and calves at play – up to 50 pairs at a time.Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and the Garden RouteThe whale-watching season in Mossel Bay runs from June to November, when four species are seen. The southern right is the most commonly sighted, coming into the bay to calve, but look for humpback, Bryde’s and orcas as well.Either drive along the coast, where there are informative whale interpretation boards at view points, or take a boat based whale-watching trip, or hike the St Blaize trail. Schools of up to 500 dolphins add to the spectacle. The most common dolphins found all year are heaviside’s, common, dusky and bottlenose.Southern rights visit Plettenberg Bay, further east, on the Western Cape Garden Route, from about June to November. Migratory humpback whales can also be briefly seen from May and June and then, on their return trip, from about November to January.Bryde’s whales or orcas are occasionally seen, and bottlenose and humpback dolphins are in residence all year. A breeding colony of Cape fur seals completes Plettenberg Bays’ impressive array of marine mammals.It is in Plett that the dolphin and whale-watching industry is most organised, with trips in boats, kayaks and aircraft on offer. Viewing, distances and time spent with each animal are strictly monitored so that there is minimal interference.The Garden Route generally, from Stilbaai through Mossel Bay and on to George, Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma, is a magnificent stretch of coastline hosting southern rights in their season, humpbacks between May and December, Bryde’s whales all year round – and, occasionally, killer whales.Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-NatalFrom Cape St Francis to the rugged Eastern Cape Wild Coast are numerous vantage points to see humpbacks, Bryde’s, minke and killer whales and quite often southern rights, especially in Algoa Bay, while sperm and beaked whales approach close to shore off Port St Johns.Humpback whales, and sometimes southern rights, can be spotted almost daily off the KwaZulu-Natal coast, occasionally being spotted as far north as Cape Vidal. From mid-May to mid-September, the whales are moving north on their way to their breeding grounds off the Mozambique coast, and from September to December they return, heading for the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica.There are boat-based tours, but for land-based viewing there is a whale-watching tower at Cape Vidal and Mpenjati. Throughout the year pods of bottlenose dolphins of 30 to 50 strong routinely patrol up and down the coast just beyond the breakers.Article updated December 2015Sources: Centre for Dolphin Studies, Hermanus Tourism, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Girls to shine in backyard

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe 2014 National Youth Championships is hours away but for two Queensland girls, it can’t come quick enough.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) players Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes will don the maroon jersey for this week’s event at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.But more importantly, they will be playing in front of their family and friends.Johnstone and Sykes are Sunshine Coast girls – Johnstone is from Twin Waters and Sykes from Sippy Down.Playing in a big tournament in their own backyard is something the pair of 16-year-olds are looking forward to.“It is pretty exciting because it is a really good ground and a massive stadium. Plenty of supporters, so it is going to be very exciting,” Sykes said.This is Sykes’ debut at the National Youth Championships while Johnstone previously played for Sunshine Coast Pineapples. “The experience will be awesome. Playing at a high level with a lot of girls I’ve grown up playing with, so that will be awesome. Every game will be challenging,” Johnstone said.Having played in every girls division final since 1996 – winning 14 of the 18 finals including the past two years – there is a lot of expectation on QSST to maintain their incredible record.“Playing for Queensland you have that expectation in the past about winning,” Johnstone said.“You have to withhold that but I think you need to just get out there and have fun; make the most of it.”New South Wales Combined High Schools have been QSST’s biggest threat each year, and 2014 will be no different.“It is going to be really hard because, even from the under 15s, it was pretty tough competition. It is always hard playing New South Wales and other states,” Sykes said.Sunshine Coast councillor Peter Cox said he would be coming out and watching the National Youth Championships.“I came here last year and the competition was really tight and a great spectacle,” Councillor Cox said.“Anyone out there who hasn’t got anything to do in the next couple of days they should come down here because they will see some quality football.”Councillor Cox said the Sunshine Coast would benefit from the National Youth Championships, as well as the State of Origin series (played on Friday and Saturday).“It’s a pretty special time for us and the Sunshine Coast. The players, officials, spectators and families all coming along gives our local economy a great boost, and it is great to show off our great facilities,” Councillor Cox said.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd win

first_imgSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.The 21-year-old played for United for the first time in nearly two years in the 1-0 victory.”Axel was very assured out there,” Solskjaer said. “He was in cruise control as well. Delighted for him.”It’s a few years since he played for us here at Old Trafford, and he played really well and just confirmed what we already thought we knew.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Miami Trolls Duke With “Shrug” Emoticon Following ACC’s Suspension Of Referees

first_imgSunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released: https://t.co/nGJkhDK5wz— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.last_img read more

Manitoba clan mothers spiritual fast enters Day 23 waiting for new home

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsIt’s Day 23 of a Manitoba clan mother’s spiritual fast.Two weeks ago APTN National News brought you the story of Alma Kakikepinace, who is camped out and refusing to eat until she gets a new house.In a unique twist, APTN found a news story that aired on CTV’s W5 back in 1968 that features the woman’s father speaking out about his poor living conditions.last_img