O.C. Celebrates Independence Day

first_imgFireworks will light up the sky. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen) By Maddy VitaleAndrea Kohr, of Ocean City, carefully guided her twin 5-year-old boys, Kai and Keo, through the crowds of bicyclists in Ocean City’s north end Fourth of July bike parade.The Kohr family’s bicycles all had a definite patriotic theme with red, white and blue ribbons and streamers. The only difference was mom wore colored ribbons in her hair and the boys donned helmets with blue stars and red stripes.“This is our first time doing the parade. The boys are having fun. We will do it again,” Kohr said with a smile.And then they were off, with only a moment to chat as hundreds of bicyclists made their way through the Gardens section of town in celebration of Independence Day.Andrea Kohr, of Ocean City, and her 5-year-old twins, Keo and Kai, begin Fourth of July with a lot of patriotism during a bike parade in the Gardens section of Ocean City.Jessica Falkowitz, of Washington, D.C., helped her 2-year-old son, Miles, with a little push as they joined in the parade.The Falkowitz family is down in Ocean City for the summer.“Miles has been talking about the parade all day,” his mom said with a laugh.The event attracts around 1,000 bicyclists, according to the organizers, the Ocean City Gardens Civic Association.At the opposite end of the island at the same time, a similarly patriotic bike parade at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue is organized by the South Ocean City Improvement Association.The bike parades, which have been annual events for at least 20 years, touched off a day filled with holiday celebrations. Crowds filled the Boardwalk, packed the beaches and bustled in the downtown.Beachgoers hit the sands on a balmy Fourth of July.The temperatures hovered in the mid-80s. Beach umbrellas dotted the landscape at Ninth Street Beach next to the Music Pier and surrounding beaches.Children made sandcastles and swimmers took refreshing dips in the ocean to cool off.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, watched the bike parade in the north end of town and said the Fourth of July holiday was really turning out to be the blockbuster event that everyone was hoping for.She said even the parade has grown over the years.“The parade has doubled in size since it began. It shows that not just our year-round residents, but our second homeowners and guests enjoy it,” she said. “We see how popular our neighborhood parades are and it shows how unique a community Ocean City really is.”Lauren Pall, of Langhorne, Pa., and her husband, Shaun, with son, Louis, 4, and 1-year-old daughter, Emma enjoy the parade.The bike parade was a family-friendly patriotic prelude to an action-packed day leading into the night of beach and Boardwalk outings, a kite-flying contest, a meet-and-greet with characters from a movie and the grand display of fireworks to celebrate July 4.Gillian said there were plenty of early indications that the holiday would be a hit, starting with hotel bookings.“Because of the good weather, many people committed to coming down,” she noted. “Hopefully, that momentum will keep building for the rest of the summer.”The Andrien family, of Philadelphia, booked a hotel for three days in Ocean City for the holiday.Ashley Andrien and his daughter, Violet, 4, had some serious business at the Ninth Street beach to tend to on their vacation.They were making a sandcastle.“Do the moat,” Andrien said to his daughter and then smiled.She laughed, took her plastic shovel and carved out a ditch in the sand.“We have been taking in the beach and we won’t miss the fireworks,” Andrien said.Ashley Andrien, of Philadelphia, and his daughter, Violet, 4, have daddy-daughter time at the Ninth Street Beach.Marc Taylor, of Atco, and his wife, Carlene, and their two young children were just down for the day to enjoy the warm weather and take advantage of the beach.“We came down for the sunrise,” Marc Taylor noted. “Then we came right to the beach. We don’t live that far away. We like coming to Ocean City for its family environment.”Some of the festivities throughout the day included the Ocean City Theatre Company’s “A Star Spangled Salute” in front of the Music Pier, followed by a kite-flying competition on the adjacent beach.There was also a musical performance by the Tidal Wave Band, a meet-and-greet with characters from the movie, “The Angry Birds 2,” and the highlight — the fireworks display scheduled for 9 p.m. near the Music Pier.A steady stream of people head to the Boardwalk to bike, stroll and check out shops, rides and attractions over the holiday.Lynne Cates, owner of Sun Seekers, a boutique on Asbury Avenue, said the weather really helped business.“We are ahead of last year already,” Cates pointed out. “It is kind of neat to see how there is so much energy here.”Shoppers strolled along Asbury Avenue throughout the holiday. Business really started to build on Tuesday and continued from there, Cates said.“People came early, and they are staying,” she said.Kids get into the spirit of Fourth of July at the bike parade.Jessica Falkowitz, of Washington, D.C., stays close behind her 2-year-old son, Miles.last_img read more


Despite good tourism results, the agencies still record a decline of more than 80%

first_imgAware of the fact that the tourism sector will not be able to maintain its business processes and operate without further support from all relevant stakeholders, UHPA appealed to the Government of the Republic of Croatia to extend job support for the next period. Extremely good results of the tourist season, which even the greatest optimists among us could not have predicted, unfortunately did not significantly affect the business of travel agencies. Cover photo: FMedic_photography, Pixabay.com “In recent weeks, we have witnessed information that the tourist season exceeded expectations and that 50% of last year’s turnover was realized, and on the wave of good news we forget about the problems that are still present because the tourism sector is much more complex than the results of arrivals and overnight stays. various stakeholders many of whom do not depend solely on the tourist season. I am thinking primarily of travel agencies, most of which, according to our estimates, will not be able to generate turnover and ensure business liquidity before the summer of 2021.”, emphasizes Fain. “Turističke agencije kao bitan čimbenik turističke ponude u Hrvatskoj  ne smiju biti izjednačene s ostalim dionicima u turizmu koji su uspjeli ostvariti rezultate u sezoni, a niti zaboravljene krajem glavne ljetne sezone. Potrebne su transparentne odluke koje će jasno komunicirati niz mjera i odluka kojima će se agencijama osigurati uvjeti za nastavak poslovanja i omogućiti povrat uplaćenih sredstava svim putnicima”, Concludes Fain. Also, agencies dealing with the organization of trips of Croatian guests abroad or foreign guests in Croatia this year were not able to realize the contracted trips due to the closure of borders and travel bans.  UHPA se uz produženje mjera za očuvanje radnih mjesta zalaže za rješavanje mnogih otvorenih pitanja s kojima se turističke agencije susreću. Od iznimne je važnosti što prije implementirati već postojeće sigurnosne protokole i kroz pametnu kampanju komunicirati kako je Hrvatska zemlja u kojoj se poštuju sve epidemiološke mjere, nose maske i poštuje propisana socijalna distance.  “Travel agencies have gone through the worst, a survey we conducted among members in mid-August shows that agencies have seen a steady decline in revenue since the beginning of the pandemic, and in the last 2 months it has been more than 80%. The current epidemiological situation is not in our favor either, and according to our estimates, most travel agencies are not able to generate turnover that is crucial for preserving jobs and liquidity of business. “, points out Tomislav Fain, president of UHPA.  Dio agencija svoju ponudu i proizvode ne veže nužno uz turističku sezonu u Hrvatskoj jer u svojem portfoliu usluga imaju  specifična putovanja i proizvode za određene tržišne niše kao što su, primjerice, kongresni turizam i školska putovanja čija realizacija nije usmjerena na ljetne mjesece te je ista ove godine izostala. last_img read more


Walsh his Own man in Hennessy

first_imgRuby Walsh has sprung a minor surprise by opting to ride On His Own over Boston Bob in Sunday’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Press Association Bookmakers were forced to adjust their odds for the two Willie Mullins-trained runners when Walsh’s name appeared next to the 11-year-old. However, it probably should not have been seen as a shock, as On His Own could be considered a most unlucky Gold Cup runner-up and proved he still had what it takes at the highest level when second in the Lexus to Road To Riches. John Kiely’s Carlingford Lough has just his second start of the season having run an encouraging race in the Lexus when fifth. Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: “He ran very well in the Lexus and he came out of the race in very good order. John Kiely is very happy with him so we’ll just see how he gets on. “He’s got a bit to find with a few of them that ran in the Lexus, though. He’s probably got it all to do. He might be able to find a couple of lengths but to be honest he was pretty straight going into the Lexus, he’s not had any hold-ups. “If we keep our fingers crossed then you never know what might happen. Hopefully all will go well and he will improve a bit. If he does you’d like to think he’d be fighting it out.” Foxrock arrives in good form having won a valuable handicap for Ted Walsh. ” He’s gone up to 158, there’s not a lot of options for him other than those sort of races,” Walsh said. “It was either this or go to the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse in a couple of weeks, but Barry (Connell, owner) only lives down the road and you might only get one crack at running in a Hennessy. “He’s entitled to run in it and whether he’s good enough to be in the shake-up, only time will tell. He ran well at Christmas, and as a young horse he was placed in a Grade One. He likes Leopardstown, it’s a great track, one of the finest in the world, very few don’t handle it.” First Lieutenant, the veteran of many big races, runs for Mouse Morris, and his jockey Bryan Cooper expects Carlingford Lough to prove hard to beat. “It looks a wide-open race and the drying ground will be a big help to my fella,” Cooper wrote in his blog for Racing FX. “Whenever he gets decent ground he performs well and I didn’t think he ran that bad in the Lexus, especially seeing as Mouse’s horses weren’t firing at the time. “The one I think we all have to beat, though, is Carlingford Lough. He ran an absolute cracker in the Lexus on his first start of the season. He looks like the dark one in the field for me.” Boston Bob has historically come into his own at this time of year and has some four lengths to make up on his stablemate from their Christmas run. Both horses are owned by Graham Wylie. “There wasn’t a whole pile between them at Christmas, On His Own shaded it,” Walsh told Racing UK. “It’s a competitive race, it should be, and with the exception of Road To Riches and Bobs Worth it will be much the same field that ran in the Lexus with one or two more thrown in.” Mullins expects Boston Bob to strip a bit fitter. “On His Own ran a fantastic race (in the Lexus). I’m really looking forward to him,” he told At The Races. “Boston Bob comes better in the spring and will be a lot straighter than he was in the Lexus, I think, and with the prevailing forecast, drying ground will suit him a lot better.” On not bidding for a third win in the Thyestes with On His Own, Mullins said: “I looked at his run in the Lexus and I thought we have double the prize-money at level weights (in the Hennessy), instead of carrying top weight in the Thyestes. “Then we had Djakadam for the Thyestes and if he was as nicely handicapped as we thought, even carrying top weight, I thought he had to have his chance there.” last_img read more


Starlets qualify for Women’s Nations Cup after E. Guinea disqualified

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players Mwanahalima Adam and Sheryl Angachi celebrate with scorer Teresa Engesha during their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Harambee Starlets got a reprieve where they will compete at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) to be hosted in Ghana next month, following the disqualification of Equatorial Guinea by CAF.Starlets had lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea in the final qualifying round, but an appeal lodged by Football Kenya Federation over the eligibility of six players who played a part in the qualifier was upheld by the continental body. “On the 9th of June 2018, Kenya submitted an official protest before Match no. 30, Equatorial Guinea vs. Kenya which was played in the frame of Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2018,” the ruling read.“In their initial letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players, however, they only maintained their protest regarding one player: Anette Jacky MESSOMO. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs.”“Considering CAF Statutes; CAF Regulations, in particular the Regulations of the Women AFCON 2018; and the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld; A sanction of 10, 0000 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” continued the letter.Starlets will be making a second appearance at the competition following their maiden appearance in 2016.The eight-nation tournament will be played in Ghana between November 7, and December 1, 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more