‘Sluts on the Boardwalk’ or Artists on the Rise?

first_imgOCNJ Daily ran a Wednesday story about nascent attempts by the city to potentially regulate or monitor performers on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Ariel Gottlieb, 16, of Silver Spring, MD performs on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.The story featured a photograph of a young musician strumming a Vance Joy tune on an acoustic guitar, and it outlined the concerns of boardwalk merchants and police.See “Boardwalk Musicians Put Ocean City in a Jam.”While acoustic musicians hardly seem like a cause for concern, the video above may illustrate a bit of a slippery slope.The video shows an atonal version of a “song” with the only recognizable lyrics being “sluts on the boardwalk” … later electronically amplified and changed to “whores on the boardwalk.”The group reportedly yelled at and berated a boardwalk merchant who asked them to stop.The film is just one of the media submitted to OCNJ Daily as examples of the various issues Ocean City will have to consider as it tries to balance artistic taste and freedom of speech against public nuisance on a public right of way.Let us know what you think in the comments section below. (Remember to use your full name, if you comment.)last_img read more

Welsh Family Hall plans country-inspired fundraiser

first_imgPart of South Quad will be transformed into a rustic landscape Thursday as Welsh Family Hall presents its second-annual Hoedown Throwdown. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature a variety of games and food including apple cider, donuts and kettle corn. All proceeds from the Throwdown will benefit St. Marianne Cope Young Women’s Education Project, a foundation that helps women in Dhaka, Bangladesh receive higher education and enter the workforce.Sophomore Morgan McLaughlin, Welsh Family special events co-commissioner, said Welsh Family Hall wants all dorms to participate in the event.“We have mechanical bull riding, and we’re getting a hall representative from each dorm to participate in a [mechanical bull riding] competition,” she said. “So we’re kind of getting all the halls excited and involved, and then we have a trophy and a gift card for the final winner.”Entrance into the event is $5, and with an additional donation of $3, attendees can ride the mechanical bull.Junior Maegan Rose Dolan, Welsh Family Hall president, said the success of last year’s Throwdown has motivated the dorm to establish the festival as an annual event.“This was a new event for our dorm last year, and it was the brainchild of our president last year,” Dolan said. “It actually won best new event on campus last year, so we’re excited to see it flourish again this year.”In hopes of attracting more students to the Throwdown, student-led country line dancing will be an addition to this year’s activities.McLaughlin said she hopes the Hoedown Throwdown will become Welsh Family’s signature dorm event. “Obviously, every dorm wants to have a signature event that’s really successful and lots of people know about it, so we’re every year trying to slowly build that up and create a name for ourselves through this event, while also helping a really great cause,” she said. The mission of St. Marianne Cope Women’s Young Women’s Education Project resonates with Welsh Family Hall residents, McLaughlin said.“It’s just something that we’re all super passionate about, since we are able to go to Notre Dame as women, too,” McLaughlin said. “We’re super grateful for this opportunity and we’re trying to help other women across the world have the same opportunity to pursue their own education and professional degrees.” Last year, Welsh Family raised about $2,500 for St. Marianne Cope Women’s Project, Dolan said. Dolan expressed her hope that this year’s Throwdown will be even more successful. “I think we are really just trying to aim higher this year, and just keep increasing,” Dolan said. “We’re just hoping to make an impact.”McLaughlin said preparations for the Throwdown have strengthened the sense of community in Welsh Family Hall.“I know lots of people in my committee are super excited about doing the chalk outside the dining hall or handing out posters,” she said. “All the different committees and just people in the dorm in general who aren’t on hall council either are planning to go to the event or want to help in some way.”To its residents, the Welsh Family Hall community is like a real family, freshman resident Cassie Kronenberger said.“I just really love how everybody puts 100% of their effort into Welsh Fam,” Kronenberger said. “Everyone wants [Welsh Family Hall] to have a positive impact on the Notre Dame campus.” Tags: Bangladesh, Hoedown Throwdown, Mechanical bull, Welsh Family Halllast_img read more

Mobile means the future for credit unions

first_imgIt is no secret the next generation of credit union members is living a more mobile lifestyle every day. By the end of 2014, 85 percent of Millennials aged 18 to 24 owned mobile devices. Members do everything from pay bills to buy movie tickets, even grab a cup of coffee with mobile apps. They even use apps for transportation.A mobile app is great, but it’s not enough to just give members balances and rates. An app is only a solution if it solves something. For today’s members, that means adding convenience to their lives. Apps are quick; they’re simple. They make life easier. Sure that’s what we all want, but it’s simply what the next generation demands.Uber is a $2.8 billion transportation service that boasts 8 million active users in the United States alone. Today’s group of friends heading out in the city doesn’t hail a cab. One of them taps her Uber account and orders a ride. The only problem: Uber and other ride services are cashless businesses. That makes it difficult for the group to split the ride. There’s a simple solution. With CU Mobile Apps P2P payments, her friends can transfer money right to her phone. Splitting the bill has never been easier.Payment sharing solutions may not be the newest innovation in mobile, but how quickly our transactions appear in the recipient’s account is. With other apps, your member could just as quickly wait for the credit union to open, make a withdrawal or cash a check and hand deliver the money. Our real time EFT network transmission means no more waiting hours or days for the transaction to clear. All P2P needs is an email address and/or a mobile phone number. The recipient will be notified by text or email as soon as the funds are available. It’s quick and it’s secure. You can’t call your members a car, but you can make sure the payment is covered. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Be a fast follower in the payments arena

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr MCX’s announcement in mid-May that it was shelving the rollout of its CurrentC mobile wallet app was somewhat anticlimactic.The retailer consortium generated plenty of intrigue upon its late 2012 formation, boasting deep pockets and impressive point-of-sale reach, and promising a merchant-driven payments scheme with the unspoken yet clear goal of slashing acceptance cost.But while three years passed with no sign of a product, Apple Pay beat them to market and seized control of the narrative, exposing tensions within the coalition.Last October’s news that MCX had partnered with Chase Pay seemed to foreshadow an exit ramp. Sure enough, MCX CEO Brian Mooney’s recent announcement cited a shift in focus to “other aspects of our business, including working with financial institutions.”Plenty has been written about MCX’s missteps and fundamental flaws. But with Apple Pay adoption running well below initial expectations and Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and CU Wallet lagging even further behind, a troubling sentiment is emerging. continue reading »last_img read more

Australia and New Zealand named hosts for 2023 Women’s World Cup

first_imgInfantino supportThe 2019 World Cup in France was hailed as a watershed for global interest in the women’s game and FIFA President Gianni Infantino personally drove the campaign to increase the field to 32 teams from 24 for 2023.Infantino had also expressed a preference for the successful Australia/New Zealand bid during the FIFA Council meeting.Colombia, who were hoping to become the first South American nation to hold the tournament, were disappointed at the decision but vowed to keep fighting to host a major FIFA event.”We wanted the seat of the Women’s World Cup 2023 for Colombia and we gave everything to get it,” the country’s sports Ministry wrote on twitter.”We will work more strongly to bring another World Cup to Colombia. With the efforts of all, women’s soccer [here]…will keep growing.”Infantino said the women’s tournament should head to South America soon and suggested that increasing the regularity of the tournament to every two years, instead of a four-year gap, was worth considering.”It is something we will look at,” he told reporters after praising the bid process’s transparency.FIFA published details of their bid evaluation process and released all the individual votes of members of the FIFA Council, in contrast to the secrecy of some of the hosting votes in the past.Topics : Australia and New Zealand were handed the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament by a comfortable margin after a vote by the FIFA Council on Thursday.Their joint proposal beat a rival bid from Colombia to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams.Japan, who had also put forward a bid to stage the event, pulled out on Monday after they were ranked below the joint bid by world governing body FIFA’s evaluation report. The report highlighted the infrastructure and organizational advantages of the Australia/New Zealand bid which FIFA believed would make for a commercially successful tournament.”The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be ground-breaking in many ways,” said a delighted Chris Nikou, president of Football Federation Australia (FFA).”Not only will it be the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup and the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in the Asia-Pacific region, but we will unlock the huge potential for growth in women’s football in the Asia-Pacific region.”There had been media reports that the vote could be tight with UEFA’s European representatives backing Colombia but in the end the margin of victory was wide with Australia and New Zealand gaining 22 votes to Colombia’s 13.last_img read more

Circumstances change so what can happen if you have to break your lease?

first_imgRemember when you sign a lease, you are signing a contract.Mitigating the tenant’s loss can mean reducing the rent. The tenant will be responsible for the discount during the time of their lease, but the ongoing loss is for the owner to bear.This can be particularly frustrating for experienced landlords. Property rents peak seasonally, meaning a January lease start will attract a higher rent than an April start date. But unfortunately that’s just the way the cookie crumbles in the residential tenancy environment. Here are some tips for tenants and landlords regarding a lease break: — Inform the other party on the phone and confirm in writing of your intentions and what you plan to do to help rent the property.— Whoever has the keys has possession. Tenants should return all keys and sign acknowledging all keys have been returned.— Advertise the property. To avoid delays the tenant should pay for the cost of advertising — Open for inspection twice weekly plus offer private inspections. — Accept that a small price drop is cheaper than extended vacancy— Presentation matters so good photos and a freshly presented property go along way— Communicate regularly. My Dad once told me that intelligent people equally informed rarely disagree.Circumstances change in everyone’s life and these situations can be easily managed if handled appropriately. Agents usually only charge a small fee, equivalent to a week’s rent, to help find a tenant. If handled correctly with enough notice a break lease can be an easily managed process. When tenants and landlords can’t agree the matter often end sup before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.The outcome and decisions on these calls can be vastly different to the outcomes and decisions made at the Tribunal. The most common current battle ground is around tenants breaking their leases. This is when a tenant decides they no longer want to occupy or pay rent at a property they have an existing lease on.The tribunals have tightened up recently around this issue.The reason a tenant wants to leave and the work of an agent to replace them have become vital in ensuring the lease is upheld. For example a tenant buying a property is a very weak reason to break the lease, but if the agent can’t demonstrate that they have actively tried to find a new tenant, then the courts may let the tenant out of their lease. With vacancy rates currently peaking in Brisbane the agent must be able to show detailed evidence of activities to uphold the lease.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoTenants get quickly educated that the agent and owners must actively work to rent the property under the Act. Their dialogue can quickly change from initially asking ‘what happens now?’ to ‘what are you doing to mitigate my loss’.The reality is it is also the tenant’s, as well as the owner’s responsibility, to mitigate the tenants loss. Breaking a lease shouldn’t need to end up before the tribunal as long as everyone understands the rules.IT’S hard to see the comparison between heart-throb and TV lawyer Harvey Specter and your average property manager.But a part of managing rental properties means property managers attend court to represent their clients for various issues. Whether it be to recover lost rent, recover money for damage or to have someone evicted, your property manager dons their Sunday best, collates their evidence and swears on the bible all in the name of service.It can be quite daunting. For many years you had to attend the Magistrates Court but now you present your cases at the state based Civil and Administrative Tribunal.I personally like to attend, it gives me the chance to channel my inner Denny Crane and also to stay current on Tribunal decisions. The process that leads to these rooms is usually a conciliation conference call facilitated by a state-based government run organisation. In Queensland that is the Residential Tenancies Authority.last_img read more

Taylor in action this afternoon

first_imgKatie Taylor can seal a bronze medal with victory against her Finnish opponent.That bout takes place around 3 o’clock.Former Olympian Adam Nolan thinks Taylor will do what she needs to do.last_img

Tipp ladies eager to reach League decider

first_imgSam’s told Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson that they have a strong enough panel to cope with a few injuries picked up over the course of the league. Photo © Tipp FM The Tipperary Ladies Football team have their League semi final against Offaly in Clane this afternoon.Shane Roynane’s side made it as far as the final last year.Captain Samantha Lambert says they want to get back there this season and go one better.last_img

South Africans hope Rugby World Cup win will unite nation

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi (C) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africans white and black celebrated wildly on Saturday and expressed hopes that the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup win, inspired by black captain Siya Kolisi, would bring the nation together.The significance of Kolisi lifting the trophy after a 32-12 victory over England in Yokohama resonated across South Africa.During the years of apartheid, rugby was clearly identified as the sport of the country’s white minority.When Kolisi was made South Africa’s first black Test captain last year, it felt as if a barrier had been broken down — and in Yokohama on Saturday his achievement, and the team’s gradual racial transformation, was there for the world and millions of South Africans back home to see.“Knowing where we come from as a country and to see Kolisi lift the trophy is absolutely monumental. It is really an incredible moment. Tears come to my eyes,” said Tshenolo Molatedi, a 26-year-old who watched the match at a Johannesburg sports club.Joseph Mitchell, 50, a black actor, said the victory would have enormous significance.“We are now 25 years into democracy and for the last 25 years whites have dominated rugby and everything! It’s about time that people of colour can come forward to prove to the world that we are capable and probably better.”The apartheid-era legacy meant that whites dominated the Springboks’ previous two World Cup-winning teams, despite only representing 10 percent of the South African population.Only one black player, Chester Williams, was in the victorious 1995 team and two, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana, were part of the Springboks team that triumphed again 12 years later.On Saturday, black wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe scored the two late tries that put the final beyond the reach of England, who were pre-match favourites.“If you give black people a chance they can deliver and today’s win is a proof of that,” said Tsakane Mabunda, 45.Seeing Kolisi hold the Webb Ellis trophy aloft brought back memories of the 1995 win when South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, presented the trophy to the team’s white captain, Francois Pienaar.“Our father, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, is smiling from the heavens today. Halala Siya Kolisi, treasure of the nation!” another of the heroes of the fight against racial segregation, Desmond Tutu, said in a congratulatory message to the team. – ‘Rainbow Nation’ –A quarter of a century after the fall of apartheid, South Africa is still riven by racial tensions and deep economic inequality between whites and blacks remains.But Tom Hammonds, 34, a white teacher, said the Rugby World Cup had united the country.“We feel we are the Rainbow Nation. We have had a lot of problems in this country but sports always bring us together,” he said.The ruling ANC also drew on Mandela’s legacy to express its hope that the World Cup win would bring lasting dividends.“Sport is one of the biggest catalysts of social cohesion and nation building, bringing together all South Africa’s people,” it said in a statement addressed to the team.“Thank you for reigniting the Madiba magic – and making our Rainbow nation come alive.”In Cape Town, the crowd watching the match on big screens erupted in joy at the final whistle.“Look around, we have black, white, coloured … we are all united here today,” said Justin Johnson, a 35-year-old IT worker.“The Springboks have done more for South Africa than any political party.“I feel like in 1995 and even 2007 the Springbok emblem was still synonymous with the old regime and caused a lot of division. But today I think we have come full circle.last_img read more

Homeowners Sue Rumson In Response to Confidential Negotiations, Affordable Housing

first_imgBy Allison Perrine | [email protected] Currently, the borough’s total affordable housing obligation is 603 units. It’s realistic development potential (RDP), however, is 51 units. The remaining obligation, an unmet need of 552, will be addressed with inclusionary overlay zoning and additional ordinances. The inclusionary overlay zoning will allow property owners to keep a property as is or, if they choose, to one day develop multifamily housing with affordable set-asides. Hundreds of residents packed the Forrestdale Middle School gymnasium Jan. 14 to learn about Rumson’s affordable housing plan. Photo by Allison Perrine The Two River Times reached out to Rumson borough attorney Martin Barger and asked him to comment on the lawsuit. He did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that the borough council did not comply with the Open Public Meetings Act during the litigation. It says Rumson “unlawfully delegated its authority to negotiate and settle” the litigation to a standing committee. “This delegation necessarily taints the determinations of the Borough Council up to and including the adoption of the Resolutions,” it continues. RUMSON – A group of residents have filed a lawsuit against the borough and other parties involved in the confidential negotiations that led to the current affordable housing plan for Rumson. The article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. ROSAH’s hope is that the court invalidates the resolutions and declares the settlement agreements invalid. In response, ROSAH’s lawsuit was filed Feb. 28 in state Superior Court. It alleges that the adoption of the resolutions “was arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and contrary to public policy,” because the adoption was done under “substantial duress” by Rumson. “The proposed settlements are not consistent with the strong preference for municipalities to continue to hold control over their zoning processes, particularly where there is no demonstrable nexus between the proposed settlements and the achievement of any goal under the Fair Housing Act,” it claims. The group, dubbed Rumson Open Space and Affordable Housing (ROSAH), is made up of borough residents and individuals with property interests within and around the proposed affordable housing sites. Its members take issue with two resolutions that authorized settlement agreements between the borough and Cherry Hill-based affordable housing advocates Fair Share Housing Center, and between the borough and Yellow Brook Properties, Inc. As part of Yellow Brook’s agreement, housing will be constructed on Rumson Road, Bingham Avenue and Carton Street. Developer Roger Mumford will build luxury market-rate units on rezoned areas of Bingham Avenue and Rumson Road. Mumford will also contribute $1.35 million toward the town’s construction of affordable housing at 62 Carton St. In addition, he said he will convey his land on Carton Street to the borough for $1.last_img read more