OCHS Band Booster Dinner Feb. 7

May 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe annual pasta dinner raises money for scholarships for band members. (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting) The Ocean City High School Band Booster pasta dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad, soft drink, dessert and coffee. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.Takeout dinners are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.The annual pasta dinner is used to raise funds to provide scholarships to senior band members. The OCHS Band Boosters have been running the pasta dinner for more than 25 years. The food is prepared and served by parents with the help of students. Live entertainment will be provided by the OCHS Jazz Band.Attendees do not need to RSVP to the event and should purchase tickets at the door.Ocean City High School is located at 501 Atlantic Ave.last_img read more

Press release: Fully digital divorce application launched to the public

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgNotes to editors: The online service offers prompts and guidance to assist people in completing their application, and uses clear, non-technical language. The whole process can be completed online, including payment and uploading supporting evidence.More than 1,000 petitions were issued through the new system during the testing phase – with 91% of people saying they were satisfied with the service. The new, refined and easy to use version was rolled out across England and Wales from 1 May.Court staff currently spend 13,000 hours dealing with complex paper divorce forms, but this simpler and less technical online service has already contributed to a 95% drop in the number of applications being returned because of mistakes, when compared with paper forms. This means only 0.6% of forms have been rejected since January.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer, said: Allowing divorce applications to be made online will help make sure we are best supporting people going through an often difficult and painful time. More people will have the option of moving from paper-based processes to online systems which will cut waste, speed up services which can be safely expedited, and otherwise better fit with modern day life. These changes are part of £1 billion programme to transform the court system – making it quicker, more accessible and easier to use for all. Other examples of the government’s court reforms which are making access to justice easier for everyone include:center_img A digital system which makes it quicker and easier for people to claim money owed, resolve disputes out of court and access mediation. A new service which allows people to submit their tax appeals online – drastically cutting the number of applications being returned as incomplete or inaccurate. A paperless system, in operation at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court, which means thousands of offenders caught dodging fares or using fraudulent tickets can now be punished more swiftly and effectively. Two case studies are available for interview. Please call the MoJ press office on 020 3334 4872 for more information. Rebecca, who did not want her last name to be used, received legal confirmation of her divorce 11.5 weeks after submitting her application – the paper process takes around six months. She said: “Thank you ever so much for making this process so much less painful than it could have been, especially as a disabled person. The service was a lot easier because I use a wheelchair and didn’t have to go out, and I also found it very easy as an autistic person to get support from the team when I had questions.” Elaine Everett was separated for more than two years before applying for her divorce, which she has now received.She said: “It was marvellous, pain free and less stressful than the paper form which I tried several years ago to complete but got fed up of it being rejected.” Some 91% of people satisfied with the service relates to 1100 people questioned. Evidence has shown 40% of divorce applications are rejected at the first stage due to the forms not being complete or missing documents. Since January, from the circa 1100 applications only 0.6% have been rejected, due to us monitoring, evaluating and understanding the reasons for rejections and developing the system to eliminate these. Speaking at a lecture earlier this month, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the Hight Court, said: “The online divorce pilot has been a triumphant success and shows, to my mind conclusively, that this is – must be the way of the future.”last_img read more

Martinez cautious about Barkley

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEverton midfielder Ross Barkley is close to a return from injury but manager Roberto Martinez has sounded a note of caution to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate over his availability next summer. “Ross is coming back from an injury so he hasn’t played much football,” he said. “If the tournament was now it would be a good opportunity for Ross to get some playing time but if it is at the end of a season where he has played consistently for 10 months then he needs to have a break.” Martinez does not believe the growing clamour for young players to gain tournament experience is right despite calls for the likes of Barkley, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be parachuted back into the junior ranks. And as most of those players mentioned have already been to a World Cup with the senior side he believes it will be a demotion for them to go back to the under-21s. “We keep talking about players who need to make tournaments but I think we need to start creating a way of playing and that way of playing will demand one player or another,” he said. “It is not because bringing so many good names together will give you a chance of being successful. “What would be the under-21s’ objective – (is it) to get players into the senior side because if players are already in the senior side what would be the motivation for a player to go into the under-21s? “Sometimes we speak too much about individual names. You need to look into it on an individual case; players who have played too much football, the needs of the team more importantly. “I am sure the under-21 national manager (Gareth Southgate) has answers for that. “Everyone is honoured to represent their country and the players will always do as they are told by the national teams and that is the way it should be.” Barkley returned to full training with the squad on Monday and could possibly play against Aston Villa on Saturday. “He is really close. He came back on Monday and has reacted extremely well,” said the Toffees boss. “Sometimes you forget what a sensational footballer he is and when you see him a full flow you realise he is infectious around the place. “He is desperate to play and his work this week has been very good. It is too early to tell whether he will be involved on Saturday but I don’t see him to be too far away from it.” Another looking to regain his place is defender Sylvain Distin, who has not played since the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea on September 23. Rumours of a fall-out have circulated in his continued absence from the team but Martinez said the centre-back had a dead leg – although he admitted the Frenchman could have played in two of the three matches he has sat out. “You will always get rumours but the reality was that he picked up a knock after the Swansea game and obviously at that period I considered it was right for him to have a bit of break and rejuvenate,” said the manager. “Sometimes he is such a professional he works too hard. He is someone who is not just happy with what he does with the team, he has his individual programmes and he works too much. “I felt that he needed a bit of a break but now he has come back refreshed and ready to fight for his place. “He could have played the last game against Manchester United and maybe Krasnodar, but the little knock that he had stopped him from being available for Liverpool and from that point on it was just making sure he could recover. “Sylvain is training well and is fully refreshed and is ready to fight for his place.” The 20-year-old, who has yet to feature after sustaining knee ligament damage on the eve of the campaign, is already being touted for a recall to the under-21s to bolster their squad for the 2015 European Championships. It is not an idea Martinez appears that keen on. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gallery: No. 1 Syracuse beats No. 17 North Carolina, 12-11

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on April 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm No. 1 Syracuse (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) clinched the ACC regular-season title by beating No. 17 North Carolina (6-6, 1-2), 12-11. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Patriots vs. Eagles: Three takeaways from Tom Brady’s latest gritty comeback win

August 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Patriots don’t get any style points for their big win Sunday at the Eagles. The offense managed to score enough points in a come-from-behind 17-10 triumph.With both teams coming off a bye, New England outplayed Philadelphia in a battle of attrition that was decided by one turnover and one trick-play touchdown. MORE: Zeke celebrates TD with ‘Dak Dance’The Cowboys are a much more dangerous offense overall and tend to stay committed to Ezekiel Elliott on the ground, even even as they’re letting Prescott throw more. The Eagles were having success on the ground with rookie Miles Sanders (11 carries, 38 yards for the game) early on while taking a 10-0 first-half lead, but they got pass-happy in the second half despite never being down more than one possession.It was easy for the Patriots to commit extra defenders to the run with the Eagles not posing any threat deep in the passing game. They will have trouble taking away one thing against the Cowboys with the way Prescott and his wideouts are playing. You can bet Dallas will go in thinking of winning the time-of-posession game with a heavy dose of Elliott next Sunday. NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Pats cruising, Birds sinking Quarterback Tom Brady (26-of-47 passing, 216 yards, no touchdowns, 67.3 rating) was far from his sharpest against the Eagles’ blitzing defense, but he still got more help from his receivers and offensive line than counterpart Carson Wentz (20-of-40 passing, 214 yards, one TD, one lost fumble, 74.4 rating) got from his.Digging deeper into the box score, here are the three most important takeaways from the Patriots’ takedown of the Eagles:1. The Patriots still aren’t a big-play offenseBrady did his usual dinking and dunking with plenty of screen passes to his backs, tight ends and receivers to beat the pressure. He averaged only 4.6 yards per attempt and the Patriots’ longest play from scrimmage, a 30-yard catch-and-run from running back Rex Burkhead, came off a bad missed tackle in the backfield by Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry.Rookie first-round wide receiver N’Keal Harry was supposed to help stretch the field against the Eagles’ shaky cornerbacks in his NFL debut, but he fell into the short-to-intermediate mode shared by veterans Julian Edelman, Benjamin Watson and Phillip Dorsett with three catches for just 18 yards.The Patriots were methodical in moving the ball, which led to three field-goal drives and a touchdown, but their running game remained ineffective (21 carries for 81 yards) and they were just 5 for 16 on third-down conversions. At least they were able to convert a third-and-11 when they got their most creative, calling for Edelman to throw a 15-yard touchdown to Dorsett on a double pass.VIDEO: Edelman’s trick-play TD | Game highlightsThey were fortunate the Eagles’ offense remained compressed around Wentz, with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery joining DeSean Jackson on the shelf. Next week, however, they’ll face a red-hot Cowboys offense that has Dak Prescott consistently making big plays downfield to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb and Blake Jarwin. The Cowboys also are a bend-but-don’t-break defense that works to not give up big plays. New England will have to find someone to test Dallas deep to keep that defense honest.2. The Eagles are in trouble should Jeffery miss more time with his calf injuryWentz was pretty much reliant on Zach Ertz (nine catches for 94 yards) and Dallas Goedert (three catches, 36 yards, TD) in the passing game out of two-tight end sets because, without Jeffery, the Eagles’ wideouts were non-existent for most of the game. Nelson Agholor dropped a potential game-tying touchdown. Jordan Matthews still has trouble getting open and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside isn’t ready for a big role in Jeffery’s place. After failing to for Josh Gordon or Emmanuel Sanders before the October deadline, the Eagles are extremely thin on playmakers at the position. That’s not a good development going into a matchup with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 12, which now feels like a must-win game even with a very favorable schedule ahead, save for the Week 16 rematch vs. the Cowboys.3. The Patriots remain vulnerable against the run — should a team stick with itNew England came into the game ranked No. 11 in the league with 99.1 rushing yards allowed per game, but they were ranked No. 26 at 4.7 yards per carry.Those numbers will improve after allowing the Eagles just 81 yards, but Philadelphia had just 21 attempts in a close game. It instead asked Wentz drop back 45 times, with 40 attempts and five sacks, despite the limitations in the passing game.last_img read more