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OCHS Student’s Film to Be Screened in NYC for ‘2016 All American High School…

first_imgIt is not every day you have the opportunity to tell your peers that a movie your produced will be screened in Times Square, however Lucas Rooney of Ocean City is living that dream as we speak. The Ocean City High School Junior’s comedy film “Man Bun” was officially selected for the 2016 All American High School Film Festival, which will hold a screening for all the student films the over the weekend of October 7th-9th at the AMC Empire Theaters in New York City’s Times Square. “This could not have been created without the utter cooperation of my friends for whom without them, my film would not exist.”- Lucas Rooney, 16The All American High School Film Festival was designed to showcase a variety of the best student made films from around the world. This year they received over 1,850 submissions from 48 different states and more than 40 countries. Since Lucas was an official section, he is eligible to win one of the organization’s many awards that total over $300,000 in scholarships and prizes. The winners will be announced on Sunday, October 9th at the Teen Indie Awards Show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.Since Lucas was 11, he has attended a one-week camp called Cape May Film Camp, which is a part of the Cape May Film Society. Lucas has also spent many years creating his own short films for his YouTube channel. He had the experience of a lifetime this past summer when he flew to Florence, Italy for four weeks to attend a study abroad session with Abbey Road Programs in Filming and Cinema, where he produced a short film yet to be released. Lucas hopes to pursue a career in both computer science and film/ editing/ production.Lucas is also enrolled in the TV/Media Program at Ocean City High School, currently in TV/Media 2. The school’s TV studio was just remodeled this past summer, with the new reveal happening as the 2016-2017 school year began. The updated studio offers a better layout and more resources for students interest in media production.You can catch Lucas’ film on Saturday, October 8th at 4:40PM. To buy tickets, go to the All American High School Film Festival’s website at www.hsfilmfest.com. Lucas Rooneylast_img read more

NY Moves Toward $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A coalition of fast food workers, unions and activists hailed Wednesday’s vote by a New York State-appointed fast food wage board to increase the minimum wage to $15 for fast food workers as a historic decision that would help pull people out of the depths of poverty and embolden others to fight for similar wage increases.The three-member wage board, empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature rejected a proposal to increase the minimum wage, voted 3-0 at a well-attended public meeting in New York City to approve a motion raising fast food worker’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 statewide.As the board voted on the motion, many in the crowd took it upon themselves to punctuate the board’s vote, yelling: “Aye!”Afterward, a raucous crowd holding “$15” signs rallied in Manhattan as speakers vowed to continue fighting until all workers struggling to afford rising rent obligations, food, medical bills and various other expenses are similarly compensated.“It is an injustice when you have growing income inequality,” Cuomo told the crowd from a packed stage, joined by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a mix of union chiefs and fast food workers. “It is an injustice when working families in this country have actually gone backwards over the past 10 years… it is a shame that in this nation today, with all of our progress, you still have one out of five children in poverty. That is a shame.”“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 per year in the state of New York,” Cuomo added.The jubilant crowd celebrated the victory despite several governmental hurdles that remain.The wage board’s recommendation is limited only to fast food workers employed by a chains with 30 or more locations, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. Also, fast food workers will have to wait several years before they feel the full effect of the so-called “Fight for $15.”The wage board must finalize its report and submit it to acting State Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino by July 27, when the completed report is expected to be approved. A 15-day public comment period will go into effect once the report is published. The wage order must be filed within 45 days of the report being published. Cuomo said in an op-ed in The New York Times earlier this summer that the board’s recommendations don’t require legislative approval.If approved by the labor department, the wage increase will fully go into effect in New York City by Dec. 31, 2018, and for Long Islanders and the rest of the state by July 1, 2021. The board recommended incremental minimum wage increases of $1.50 for New York City fast food workers beginning at the end of this year, and continuing until New Year’s Eve 2018. Long Islanders would see state-mandated raises of at least $1 until 2020. At that point, fast food workers living in Nassau or Suffolk counties would be making $14.50. A 50-cent increase on July 1, 2021 would push them to the coveted $15 wage.“Fast food workers desperately need a wage [increase] and now they’re going to get one,” Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, told the Press shortly after the board’s vote. She noted that there’s currently 25,000 fast food workers on LI, many of whom are struggling to afford the high cost of living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Tyson, like others at the rally, sounded eager to continue the minimum wage fight, which began nearly three years ago as a grassroots movement and ballooned into a nationwide effort.At least one presidential candidate has jumped on board. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is officially identified as an Independent but labels himself as a progressive democratic socialist, has proposed increasing the federal minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $15. And in his 2014 State of the Union, President Obama has called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.“The wage board did their research, and what they found was very clear: these fast food restaurants are literally making billions in profit” and not sharing earnings with their workers, Tyson said. “They are desperate right now to try to prevent this from happening, and they are just being greedy.”The reaction from those opposed to the wage increase was swift.“From day one Governor Cuomo’s wage board has sought to silence the business community and force through an unfair and discriminatory increase on a single sector of one industry,” Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association, said in a statement.“From stacking the board with supporters of an increase to allowing business owners to get booed and heckled at public hearings, the governor has rigged the game at every turn,” she added. “Since the governor used a process that rejects compromise the result is an extremist policy that will force business owners in this low profit margin industry to cut hours, lay off employees and use technology to help offset skyrocketing labor costs.”A group of fast food franchisees has reportedly hired former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s deputy to challenge the board’s recommendations, but it’s unclear how he intends to fight the board’s vote.“This proposal is an irrational and discriminatory race to judgment to achieve a predetermined outcome,” said Randy Mastro, Giuliani’s former deputy mayor, in a statement. “And it targets only fast food franchisees, who, in reality, are small business owners, many of them minorities and women, who are already struggling to survive on low margins and cannot afford this 66-percent increase in labor costs for their entry-level workers.”To workers struggling to get by, Tyson said the board’s recommendation represents more than just an injection of money for low-income individuals.“It’s hope that it’s going to get better,” she said.last_img read more

Presented cycling EuroVelo 8 website that passes through Croatia

first_imgCroatia is integrated into EuroVelo network bicycle routes, which connect the entire European continent via 17 bicycle routes with a length of 90 thousand kilometers, through 42 European countries. The Croatian National Tourist Board has created a new one website (www.eurovelo8.hr) dedicated to the Croatian part of the new Mediterranean cycling route EuroVelo 8, within the EU project MEDCYCLETOUR, in which it actively participates as one of the eight project partners. The total length of the entire Mediterranean route, from Cadiz to Cyprus, is about 7500 km and passes through the most attractive regions of eleven countries in the Mediterranean region, namely Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus. The main EuroVelo 8 route includes 20 daily G1-G20 sections from Istria to Dubrovnik, 1116 kilometers long. This interactive page in Croatian and English will help in planning a cycling holiday and better navigation in the seven Croatian tourist regions through which the EuroVelo 8 cycling route passes in Croatia. Marked routes throughout Europe can be used by tourists on excursions, those who are on multi-day and multi-month trips and the local population who walk shorter sections of the EuroVelo route in daily cycling or enjoy them on cycling trips. The information available on the site includes a map and GPX traces, descriptions of basic and alternative sections of the route in Croatia, data on the quality of the route, traffic density, supply and accommodation options, tourist attractions, public transport options, bicycle services and shops, and recommendations for safe ride and a pleasant cycling holiday in Croatia.last_img read more

Italy, Vatican lower flags, observe silence to honor coronavirus dead

first_imgItalians marked a minute of silence and flags at government buildings were lowered to half mast on Tuesday to honor the thousands of victims of the coronavirus outbreak.The Vatican, a tiny city-state surrounded by Rome, lowered its own yellow-and-white flags. Italians on the other side of the border lowered their green, white and red national tri-color as well as the flags of their cities and of the European Union.The initiative was promoted by a group of mayors to show solidarity with the towns suffering the most in the north, the epicenter of the crisis. “All the mayors have gathered together in a kind of ideal embrace, most importantly to be close to the places that are suffering the most, where the virus has been the most ferocious, to be close to the mourning for those who have died,” Decaro said.The lockdown was due to end on Friday, but has been extended until sometime after Easter, which falls on April 12 this year.As the total number of dead on Tuesday rose by another 837 to well over 12,000, Decaro said the mayors’ initiative was a sign of respect for all suffering families.”We are trying to send a message of hope,” he said.  Italy is the world’s hardest hit country in terms of deaths and accounts for more than a third of all global fatalities.”This moment of silence of mayors, in which even the presidential palace and the Vatican participated, is an important moment for our country, showing unity from north to south,” said Antonio Decaro, mayor of the southern city of Bari, which so far has been spared the worst of the outbreak.Mayors wearing their official tri-colour sashes and some donning surgical masks looked on somberly as buglers played on empty streets that before the lockdown to try to contain the virus would have been packed with residents and tourists.Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro stood by the unusually still waters of a canal, free of boat traffic because of the national lockdown.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian e-sports athletes compete at 2020 Free Fire Fall Season series

first_imgSelected Indonesian e-sports teams have finally reached the 2020 Free Fire Fall Season series, organized by Garena Indonesia, which started on Saturday and will run until October.The season started with the Free Fire Master League (FFML) season two, in which 18 e-sports teams have been selected to compete. The best six teams will win Rp 1.2 billion in total cash prizes and golden cards to march to the Free Fire Master League. The FFML tournament will be held every Saturday and Sunday, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB).The best six teams from the previous tournament, with the addition of two other teams, Onic Olympus, the champion of the Free Fire Indonesia Masters spring event and Evos Esports, the champion of the 2019 Free Fire International Tournament, will compete against each other for the champion trophy. The winner of the Free Fire Indonesian Master will win Rp 800 million and the opportunity to represent the country on the international stage.The teams selected for the Free Fire Master League are the result of the earlier spring season, which took place earlier this year and lured 2 million e-sports athletes grouped in 514,000 teams from across the country.Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said the tournament had been a huge investment in e-sports talent.“We have seen good progress, with this tournament able to attract the attention of 2 million talents.” he said.Garena Indonesia director Hans Kurniadi Saleh said Garena had committed to continuously providing the arena for Indonesian e-sports athletes to perfect their skills and experience so they could reach a higher level.“We expect that many new talents and potential athletes will show up and be ready to bring victory for the country on international stages,” he said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post recently. Topics :last_img read more

Lady Twisters Participate In Richmond Tourney

first_imgOur District 8 ranking: 7 (Providence and Columbus North are 1/2)Individual results:    #1 singles: Angela Wanstrath (2-1), beat Connersville and Centerville, lost Franklin Central (a Hanover recruit).#2 singles: Margaret Glaser (2-1), beat New Castle and Shenandoah, lost Franklin Central.#3 singles: Kathryn Wilder (3-0), beat Northeastern, Richmond and Centerville (flight winner).#1 dubs: Sarah Preston/Hanna Hurm (2-1) , lost Centerville, beat Shenandoah and Connersville.#2 dubs: Sarah Price/Carsen Thompson (2-1), lost Franklin Central, beat Shenandoah and New Castle.Team standings:      1. Centerville – 39 (won 1/2 dubs)2. Franklin Central – 38 (won 1/2s)3. OA – 35 (won 3s)4. Richmond – 295. Shenendoah – 136. New Castle – 117. Connersville – 88. Northeastern – 7Courtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.last_img read more

Rio 2016: Lawrence Lartey sure of Meteors qualification

first_imgGhana skipper Lawrence Lartey remains confident of grinding a favourable result away to Congo in the qualifiers to the Caf U-23 ChampionshipThe Black Meteors laboured to a 1-0 first leg win over the Red Devils through a 44th minute strike by winger Enoch Ebo Andoh in Accra on Saturday.Congo, led by former Ghana coach Claude Le Roy proved a strong side and the slender first leg outcome has raised some apprehension ahead of the return encounter next weekend.But the AshantiGold centre-back remains positive about Ghana’s chances on May 30.“It was a very tough game because they also came here very prepared. They really gave us a tough match and I think they are a very good side,” Lartey admitted after the game.“The result was not what we were looking for because we were hoping to score more goals but it didn’t happen that way. “I still believe we can go there and get the result we need in order to qualify to the next round – just the way they came here to play, we can also go there to play and qualify.”The winner of this tie on aggregate faces Nigeria in the final qualifying round.–last_img read more

Statistics prove Arsene Wenger alone has more PL victories than Tottenham as a whole

first_imgAdvertisement o9zsfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9f00Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec7v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ayWould you ever consider trying this?😱7ssi3Can your students do this? 🌚cfn0xRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the recent years, the North London derby looks even and both teams fancy winning it but taking the entire PL era into perspective, forget Arsenal, even Arsene Wenger seems to be bigger than Tottenham Hotspurs.Advertisement Advertisement The stat may be weird to some but to the regular fan, it’s a testament to Arsene Wenger’s legacy at Arsenal.Sir Alex Ferguson stands tall and first in the list of most PL wins as manager with 528 wins. Second to him is Wenger. Harry Redknapp, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho take up 3rd , 4th and 5th.  Advertisementlast_img read more

One House Can’t Become Two, Says Planning Board

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan|SEA BRIGHT – Neighbors, some accompanied by their attorneys, came to the Jan. 24 meeting of the Unified Planning Board to object to the proposal to build two houses at 408 Ocean Ave., in the North Beach section of the town, where one has stood since 1912.After nearly four hours of hearing from attorneys, planners, an architect and residents, the board unanimously turned down the applicant’s request, determining it would detract from the character of the neighborhood, an R-1, single family residential zone.Super Storm Sandy damaged the home, which is on a flag, or L-shaped lot, with one section stretching from the Shrewsbury River to Ocean Avenue, and has extra parking on the ocean side of the road.Joseph Martucci, Hackensack, who bought the property after Sandy, said he wanted to build two houses on the property, which is two tax lots, one for himself and another for family or other use. He said the house he would use would be 5,000 square feet and the second 3,800 square feet.One lot, with the larger house, would extend from Ocean Avenue to the river while the other would front on Ocean Avenue and end at a neighboring property which is on the river.Martin McGann, the attorney for Martucci, said the proposal for the two houses on the property, which was 26,700 square feet, met and exceeded the zoning requirements for the size of a lot in the R-1 zone. The zoning requires 7,500 feet for a lot, he said, while one of the lots would be 16,915 square feet and the other 9,784 square feet.The zoning requires a width of 75 feet and the lots would each be 68 feet wide, McGann said, so a variance would be needed.He also said that there was an existing driveway with two cuts on Ocean Avenue which could be used for both houses, eliminating the need for another cut in the road.Andrew Janiw, a planner and an expert witness for the applicant, said although the zone was designated as R-1 residential, there were many other uses in it, including a motel and multifamily buildings, which he identified by the number of gas meters on the outside of the buildings.The property had previously been in an R-2 zone, with different zoning standards, but the zone was changed to R-1 several years ago.Andrew Thomas, a planner who testified for Guy Farrington, who lives in the property on the Shrewsbury River behind one section of Martucci’s lot, said the houses on Ocean Avenue, to the north and south of 408 Ocean Ave., had lot widths that complied with the zoning requirements, with the majority having greater widths.Farrington said he had grown up in the neighborhood and “had grown up riding his bicycle,” in the streets there.He said increasing the property density with an additional house would have an impact on “the character, nature and essence of this part of town.”“I think one house is a lot better that two,” Farrington said.Janice DeMarco, 406 Ocean Ave., said “I would like just one house.”The neighbors’ concerns echoed those heard from other residents in Sandy-damaged communities where lots that formerly had one house were now having either two houses placed on them or much larger mansions replacing older homes. This article was first published in the Feb. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Former Leaf Brett Soles backstops Coyotes past Nelson 4-1

first_imgOsoyoos increased the lead to 3-0 midway through the second period when Colton Rhodes beat Ostermann.Nelson responded when Levi Hulston scored his second goal of the season on the power play.But Nelson could not crack the Coyotes defence for any more goals as former Leaf Brett Soles, seeing his first action back in Nelson since being dealt to Osoyoos in a surprise deal last fall, closed the door.“Tonight was good,” Soles said, admitting it was a different feeling coming to the rink and dressing in the visitor’s room.“We battled hard and it was nice to get the two points back in my old place.”Tuck, into the empty net, completed the scoring for Osoyoos.The Coyotes out shot the Leafs 37-34 in the contest.Soles, posting a 9-1 record for Nelson before an off-ice issue ended his career in the Green and White, said he is surprised to see the once-proud Leaf franchise experience a down year that sees the Green and White trail Grand Forks, a team Nelson has dominated in the past, in the standings.“I loved my time here, but things change pretty quick,” he said. “It’s nice to be on a winning team that doesn’t have a lot of drama going on and stuff like that.”“It’s nice to be away from it all,” he adds. “We’re going to keep winning and focus on getting better.”Osoyoos, which lost 4-3 in Castlegar Friday, improves to 21-8-0-0-3 and a six-point lead over Summerland in the Okanagan Division.Nelson, dropping to 13-18-0-0-1, is back on the ice Tuesday when the club hosts Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.Wednesday the Leafs travel to Spokane to conclude the unofficial first half of the season before the Christmas break.Chernenkoff said a pair of wins would go a long way to making this Christmas a little special.ICE CHIPS: Brett Soles sits third overall in KIJHL goalie stats with a 1.89 goals against average and 15 wins. In contrast, Nelson Leafs Patrick Ostermann is 21st with a 2.93 goals against average. . .  . Leafs Austin Anselmo was handed a game misconduct for his checking-from-behind penalty in the third period. . . . Beaver Valley Nitehawks moved into sole possession of first place in the Murdoch Division with a 7-2 pasting of Castlegar in the Sunflower City. The Hawks scored four times in a 10-minute span during the first period to jump to a 4-0 lead en route to the one-sided victory. Brett Roberts and Sam Swanson each scored twice for the Hawks. You wouldn’t know the Nelson Leafs had just lost its seventh straight game after speaking with rookie defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff.The Crescent Valley native refuses to buy into any negative chatter during the post-game interview after Nelson dropped a 4-1 decision to Osoyoos Coyotes in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Instead, the 6’1”, 190-pound rearguard says the Leafs are just a break or two away from, first snapping this losing streak, and second, returning to the winning ways of old.“We just can’t buy a goal,” Chernenkoff said after the game.“We’re playing really well and everybody is rolling . . . we’re playing phenomenal hockey we’ve just got to get that key goal to break this streak and build some momentum.”Despite the slide that has seen the Leafs lose 14 of 16 games since October 31, Chernenkoff said he and his teammates are looking ahead and not using the review mirror to see what’s behind.“Every day is a new day and despite losing you’ve got to come in with the right attitude,” Chernenkoff explains.“We’re coming to the rink every day to play great hockey and that’s what we’re doing. Unfortunately, we just haven’t got that win yet.”Case in point was the start of the game.Nelson out shot the Coyotes 12-10 in the first period but it was the visitors from the Okanagan Conference scoring twice to grab a 2-0 lead.Braeden Tuck and Reid Wilson did the damage, beating Nelson netminder Patrick Ostermann.last_img read more