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Free ‘Fridays With Friends’ for Teens Dec. 18 at Community Center


first_imgFriday with Friends events at the Community Center include swimming, but on Dec. 18 kids will also have the option to sing carols or watch a holiday movie.The next “Fridays With Friends” event for local teenagers will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Ocean City Community Center.This free program invites students in grades 8 to 12 to listen to music, swim, play ping pong, watch a holiday movie, or sing carols to the residents of The Shores assisted living retirement community.The event includes pizza.The “Fridays With Friends” program invites teenagers to hang out and participate in various activities. The event is for Ocean City and  Upper Township students. Teens must show a school identification, but there is no cost to participate.The school group sponsor for this event is OCHS SADD/STOP. The Municipal Alliance Committee, Ocean City Police Department and Community Policing Unit, Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, and Ocean City Recreation Department co-sponsor the seasonal series of events.For more information, call Lisa Rumer at 609-525-9317 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more


Frank look at marijuana laws


first_imgThere are plenty of problems that the federal government should focus on fixing. But according to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., stopping the sale and use of marijuana isn’t one of them. On Tuesday, Frank visited Harvard Law School (HLS) to make his case for legalizing the plant-based drug.HLS students study dozens of instances where a federal law has conflicted with state statutes, a messy byproduct of the American legal system. Now, as more and more states are loosening their laws to allow for medical prescriptions for marijuana or for carrying small amounts of the drug for personal use, unevenly enforced federal laws against marijuana are even more outdated, Frank said.Legalizing marijuana is one of very few “issues in America today where the voters are more enlightened than the elected officials,” said Frank, who was invited to campus by the HLS American Constitution Society, where he addressed a packed crowd of law students in Pound Hall.“Just because the federal government can prosecute constitutionally people who use medical marijuana in accordance with state laws doesn’t mean they have to, or even that they should,” he said.Previous administrations have varied in how strictly they prosecute the sale and possession of marijuana, he said, and Obama’s Justice Department has recently begun enforcing the law.The problem, Frank said, is that the current federal law is not clear on whether there is any way for a person to obtain marijuana for medicinal use legally, even in states that allow it.Frank and an unlikely ally, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, recently co-sponsored two bills in the hopes of settling the issue once and for all. One would remove federal prohibition in states that allow medicinal marijuana, and a second, broader bill would remove all federal criminal penalties for possession and personal use.“The fact is, the prohibition on marijuana does enormous amounts of harm, and no good that I can see,” Frank said.Frank pointed out that allowing states to fully legalize marijuana would open up new sources of tax revenue, allow for regulation, and get rid of one incentive that marijuana producers and dealers currently enjoy.“If you are in the business of selling marijuana, you are as tax-exempt as a church,” Frank said.Frank made the case that reforming marijuana laws could also be viewed as a civil rights issue. Ambiguous laws are more likely to be applied unfairly, he said.In New York, for example, carrying marijuana is only illegal if one displays it in public. Police who asked citizens to empty their pockets on the street — a practice disproportionately applied to minorities, Frank said — were forcing otherwise legal marijuana users to break the law.Production and distribution should be left to states to regulate. “It is, after all, a federal repeal,” he said. “If the law passed tomorrow, the nonmedical use of marijuana would still be illegal almost everywhere in America.”Frank said he doesn’t want to encourage marijuana use.There is “a fundamental misunderstanding of what ought to be the liberal approach to government,” Frank said. “There is this implicit notion that human activity is divided into two categories: those that the government makes illegal and those that the government encourages.“Of course, in the free society that we live in, there are three categories,” he continued, which include “the whole rash of human activity which should be none of the government’s business.”Marijuana, which causes neither socially disruptive behavior (like alcohol) nor physical addiction (like tobacco or narcotics), should fall safely into the third category, according to Frank.“There’s a category, ‘drunk and disorderly’ — I don’t think there’s one for ‘baked and disorderly,’ ” he said to audience laughter. “I am not in charge of whether or not people act stupid or waste their time. … That’s a great freedom, to waste your time.”Those who do want to discourage people from smoking marijuana would be better served by a good public health campaign aimed at getting users to quit. The tactic worked for anti-tobacco campaigns, he said.“The public is aware that [the current marijuana policy is] enormously hypocritical,” Frank said. “A large number of people in our society have smoked marijuana and have suffered no ill effects from it, and knowing that are sympathetic toward it not being illegal.”A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed that for the first time in the poll’s history, 50 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana. (That figure is up from 46 percent a year ago.)Still, Frank wasn’t hopeful that either of his bills would become law anytime soon. Rather, he said, he wants to create a space where his fellow lawmakers can feel safer politically talking about the medical benefits of marijuana, such as its ability to soothe pain in patients with chronic illnesses.“I think if my colleagues [in Congress] knew what people really thought about this, things would change,” he said.last_img read more


Garuda may increase fares as capacity cap hits revenue


first_img“Going forward, physical distancing will still be applied on our flights by leaving the middle seat vacant. However, the problem is that this will impact our finances since not all seats are available to be purchased by passengers,” he said.“So we will probably appeal to increase our airfare.”The airline aims for the airfare increase to still be “acceptable” for passengers, Irfan added.The government’s applied large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the country’s regions has decreased demand for air travel and forced airlines to ground their fleets, including Garuda. Garuda, which has grounded 70 percent of its aircraft, plans to implement cost efficiency measures while aiming to increase revenue from alternative sources, including its ancillary business, the company stated.Irfan said the airline would also reduce costs by cutting flight frequency on routes with lower demand.“We will still fly to places to ensure connectivity [across Indonesia]. However, we will reduce the frequency for routes that are not busy to only once a week, for example,” he said.In doing so, Garuda plans to comply with health protocols on all flights, including by reducing physical interaction on board. It has also suspended the in-flight distribution of newspapers and magazines for passengers and conducts routine disinfection on its aircrafts.The airline has also switched to using disposable food packaging and water bottles for its in-flight meals to prevent indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces and objects. Garuda flight traffic dipped 83 percent year-on-year (yoy) as of April, while its number of passengers plummeted by 45 percent yoy in January to April, according to the company’s recent statement.While it is set to receive Rp 8.5 trillion (US$607.4 million) in working capital guarantee from the government, the airline experienced a 31.9 percent annual drop in passenger and cargo revenue in the first quarter of this year.To stay afloat amid the crisis, it also recently terminated the contracts of 180 pilots and hundreds of workers. It has also proposed a three-year extension on its global sukuk worth US$500 million, which were initially due on June 3.Previously, analyst and the head of research at MNC Sekuritas, Edwin Sebayang, said Garuda must be very careful in maintaining its cash flow and should apply strict cost efficiency measures for the next two years.Edwin said in the future, Garuda must only focus on profitable routes within the country and across Asia instead of insisting on operating long haul but unprofitable flights such as Jakarta-Amsterdam or Jakarta-London.“Garuda must change the way it does business. It must put aside its pride and focus on routes that can turn a profit and avoid those that would only incur losses,” he said.Edwin estimates that in the next two years, the aviation industry will face a tough recovery as passenger demand will slowly return to normal and a decline in revenue is likely to continue.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia might resort to increasing airfare on account of financial pressure caused by the capped maximum aircraft capacity that has been imposed as part of measures to contain COVID-19.According to regulation, airlines can only fill half their aircraft capacity for each flight to maintain a physical distance among passengers amid the outbreak. Such regulation is expected to continue to impact the airline’s already ailing finances if implemented for an extended period, Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said on Friday.last_img read more


Aubameyang reacts to prospect of Arsenal finally selling Shkodran Mustafi


first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘likes’ Instagram post about Arsenal finally selling Shkodran Mustafi Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 7:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares The error-prone centre-back could depart the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not seem too upset about the possibility of Arsenal selling Shkodran Mustafi, ‘liking’ a post on Instagram suggesting the defender could join Monaco.The German World Cup winner arrived from Valencia in a £35million deal back in 2016 with a big reputation, though his time at the Emirates has been plagued by a string of high-profile errors.Incredibly, the defender was even booed by supporters when he came on as a substitute for Calum Chambers in Arsenal’s defeat to Lyon in the Emirates Cup last weekend. Saliba, Arsenal’s only defensive signing, has been loaned back to Saint Etienne (Picture: Getty)If Mustafi stays at Arsenal, it would be something of a blow for Emery who had reportedly told Gunners bosses to offload the defender after the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea and reinvest in the defence.But Arsenal have struggled to find any suitors despite seemingly trying to offload him every window, and he is happy to remain at the club.‘It is odd that there are always transfer speculations,’ he explained to Kicker earlier this year. ‘I am an Arsenal player and have a contract until 2021.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Comment Mustafi did not get a great reception during Arsenal’s friendly loss to Lyon (Picture: Getty)But Arsenal fans might not have to put up with Mustafi for much longer, with French publication L’Equipe reporting that Ligue 1 side Monaco have made an enquiry.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite the 27-year-old’s struggles since moving to the Premier League, Arsenal are reported to have told Monaco they want €30m (£27m) for the error-prone defender.And Aubameyang has now appeared to tease the possibility of Mustafi leaving, ‘liking’ a post on Instagram relaying reports that the German could join Monaco.His potential departure could leave Arsenal in a bit of a predicament, with skipper Laurent Koscielny having asked to leave the club and new centre-back recruit William Saliba not arriving until next summer.last_img read more


Castleford snap up free agent Finn


first_img Press Association Ireland captain Liam Finn will be back in Super League in 2014 after being snapped up by Castleford. The 30-year-old goalkicking half-back, who had brief spells in the top flight with Halifax and Wakefield, has linked up with the Tigers following his release by neighbouring Championship club Featherstone. “I’m flattered and extremely grateful that a great traditional club like Castleford has given me the opportunity to play in Super League again,” said Finn, who led the Irish in all three World Cup games against Fiji, England and Australia. center_img “I didn’t take my chance last time and it has been a long road back. “I hope to pay that back to the club and the coaching staff with hard work and by proving to them – and to myself – that I am more than capable of being a quality Super League player for them and make the most of a second chance playing at the highest level.” Finn scored 1,484 points in two spells at Featherstone, where he played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell. “Liam Finn has been a stand-out performer in the Championship for the last four seasons,” said Powell. “He is an outstanding player in both half-back and hooker positions and will further enhance the quality of our competition in those positions. “I am supremely confident he will do well in Super League as a result of his professional attitude and skill sets and I’m looking forward to working with him again here at Castleford Tigers.” last_img read more


Matt Harvey hopes to rekindle fire with Angels after disappointing end to Mets tenure


first_imgMatt Harvey was disappointed in his final years with the Mets organization. After starting his career on fire with New York and in the conversation for Cy Young awards, Harvey was traded to the Reds after going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances with the Mets in 2018. There’s one city Alex Bregman wants to beat in 2019 Just three years before, he underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and still wonders if he should have waited longer to come back.“I was getting to the point that I was just doing more damage to myself and to what I wanted to accomplish,” Harvey told reporters Wednesday, via The Athletic. “I was really just fighting against myself. It was me who was disappointed in what I was not able to bring to the team and to the city of New York at the time. It was me who was beating myself up. That was the tough part.” Related News Harvey went 7-7 in 24 starts with Cincinnati with a 4.50 ERA. He signed a one-year, $11 million contract with the Angels this offseason.Harvey is trying to build on the bit of success he had toward the end of 2018, when he posted three quality starts over his last five outings. “I think everybody is kind of guilty of having two good starts and then you kind of take a little bit off and you can kind of relax a little bit,” he said. “I think remembering how much it hurt to fail all the time, those two starts that I did have success I worked just as hard as if I was mad from a bad start. … I wish I had someone who told me that when I was 23 years old. Now I can write a book of mine and say, ‘Do more.’”The 29-year-old will slot into a rotation which features other former top prospects who have had ups and downs in their careers. Harvey has experienced some of the same things and is trying to learn from his mistakes of the past.“That’s part of the spark and fire you can light and re-light,” Harvey said. “It’s about going out and performing. You can always want to get back to where I was before or pitching in the World Series, but you have to go out and do it. You can think it, but you have to go do it.”last_img read more


MLB Umpires Association releases insane statement on Manny Machado’s suspension


first_img#Disappointed #LeadByExample #NotAppreciated #Violence #TemperTantrum #Inaction #NotTolerated #MakeanExampleof #OneGameSuspension #RepeatOffender #Nonsense #MLBUA @MLB @Padres @Buster_ESPN pic.twitter.com/pkcW5O1SnB— Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) June 18, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe statement in full:Manny Machado received a one game suspension for contact with an umpire over balls and strikes and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety. Violence in the workplace is not tolerated, and offenders anre dealt with severly and even made examples of for the good of it’s [sic] employees, as well as the company itself. Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?Now, Machado could have behaved in a more professional manner. But the MLBUA’s statement would have you believe Machado is a madman. The part of the statement that reads Machado had “absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety” is hyperbolic and it’s surprising to see a union use such language.Even MLB released a statement on what the MLBUA said (bolded part by us for emphasis):”Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”Let’s look again at what Machado was suspended for.Breaking: MLB has suspended #Padres 3B Manny Machado for one game for “aggressively arguing” and making contact with umpire Bill Welke in Colorado on Saturday. Machado will appeal the ruling. pic.twitter.com/ncksG4r8F7— Troy Hirsch (@troyhirschfox5) June 17, 2019First, the pitch was outside of the strike zone that was overlayed on Fox’s broadcast so Machado had reason to complain. Second, he threw the bat to a place where no one was. No one was hurt by his bat toss. Was it needed? No. But it’s common in baseball. Javier Baez spiked his bat Sunday while arguing a call and he was’t even ejected. As others pointed out, umpires have been seen trying to entice arguments in the past. Where’s the apology statement from the MLBUA for this behaivor if they view it so poorly?But this is okay? 🤥 #LeadByExample pic.twitter.com/jQVHHe4ION— Jenn (@baseballnchill) June 18, 2019MLB said in its statement Machado was suspended one game for “aggressively arguing and making contact” with plate umpire Bill Welke. Machado denied ever making contact with Welke. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association has chimed in on Manny Machado’s one game suspension and their statement sure is something.The MLBUA used its verified Twitter account to tweet out a statement, and in the process used 12 different hashtags to get the point across. Hashtags such as “temper tantrum,” “violence” and “make an example of.” “Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we’re going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it,” Machado said. “You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There’s video for it.”He pointed but I was way too into the zone on letting him hear what I had to say on what I thought about the whole call. I didn’t touch him. I didn’t think I touched him. Video says it all. … I think we’ve got a good case. I don’t think anyone’s ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes. I think that’s a little too much, a little unjustified, but there’s a process to this and we’re going to go through it.”Machado appealed the suspension and is still waiting for a decision.last_img read more