Us Against Them

first_imgThere is a game played out every summer out here, Us against Them. You all know what I mean. Some locals resent the summer visitors and I get that. They clog up the already clogged up roads and all the good restaurants are all booked up on weekend nights. There’s no place to park. A lot of the visitors are short-tempered, bossy, and nasty. They annoy us even more than we annoy each other.On the other hand, our little town wouldn’t survive without their money.The locals take grim satisfaction on holiday weekends when the weather is bad. That’s because we know a lot of people come out for the sun and beaches and have nothing to do when it rains. Let’s face it, if you brave the traffic to come all the way out here and end up eating a soggy hot dog in your dank summer rental, you lost.But if you are among the new breed of nouveau riche and you have a couple tricks (or should I say tips) up your sleeve, life is sweet. One phone call to your favorite maître’d and you and your loved ones have the premier seat at the best restaurant in town, with three waiters fawning all over you and complimentary Shirley Temples for your little obnoxious snot-nosed kids who screech painfully loud and run around the dining room coughing and spraying germs all over. Meanwhile, locals are still waiting outside after being promised the next available table that never comes.The sun finally comes out and you head for the beach. No, there are no parking spaces — you already knew that. You also know at least one of these pushy city Alphas will park without the requisite beach sticker, because they don’t realize how precious these things are. So, you drop a dime on the Land Rover and wait five minutes until the tow truck comes. You pull right in as the tow truck backs out.Here’s one the locals love. Go to Main Street and keep circling until you finally get a parking space. This takes a while because hundreds of people are doing the same thing, circling to find a spot so they can go buy charcoal, coconut suntan lotion, and pink flip flops.Once you pull in, turn around and drape your arm around the seat and look out the back window. When you see Mr. Alpha in his black Land Rover coming, place the car in reverse. The Alpha will stop to wait for you to pull out. Don’t. Eventually he’ll jump out of the Land Rover, slam the door, storm towards you, and angrily knock on your car window. “Are you pulling out or what?” he yells. “No, I’m not,” you say.Let’s tell it like it is. There are only three things to do around here at night: drink, drink, or go to the movies. During the summer, hundreds of people are bearing down on the theater because it’s a rainy cold night and they can’t get into the restaurant. You wait online for an hour and when you get to the head of the line, four of the five movies in the multiplex, like the Avengers and Ocean’s Eight are sold out.The only movie left is Mrs. O’Reilly’s Left Foot starring Emma Thompson as a blind woman who reads The Brothers Karamazov with her big toe — in English and Russian. Note: Best take a bottle of vodka in with you. I laughed, I cried as I desperately waited for the clock to move.Meanwhile, our friends from the city used their phone apps to buy tickets to all the future Oscar winners that will be playing out here all summer.Here’s our little revenge: all our stores carry the de rigueur Hamptons summer wear. But not really. None of us would ever get caught wearing any of this stuff, but the tourists love it to death. For example, straw hats actually attract flies. It’s like wearing a miniature horse on your head. If you want to keep the sun out of your eyes, here’s a tip: stay out of the sun.Terrycloth shirts: my god, man, this isn’t the Yonkers Bath House. Take those things off; it scares the kids.Flip flops: regular readers know how I feel about these peculiar things, made all the more ridiculous because they are invariably either pink, orange, or lime green. If God wanted two of our toes to do the work of five, he would have made us ducks.What’s that smell? You guessed it — the coconut suntan lotion. Does this concoction prevent sunburn? Of course not. But sharks won’t come within 20 miles of it. And that’s a win-win for all of us.Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Sharelast_img read more

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Marathon Confirms Sale of Angola Assets to Sinopec

first_imgAfter it was previously announced that China’s Sinopec has reached an agreement to buy Marathon’s stake in Block 31, offshore Angola, the US-based oil company has confirmed the deal today.Marathon Oil Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Marathon International Oil Angola Block 31 Limited, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 10 percent working interest in the Production Sharing Contract and Joint Operating Agreement in Block 31 offshore Angola to SSI Thirty-One Limited (Sonangol Sinopec International). The transaction has a total value of approximately $1.5 billion, excluding any purchase price adjustments at closing. The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2013, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013.The transaction is subject to government, regulatory and third-party approvals, and pre-emption rights which exist on the block. SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds a 5 percent working interest in the block.“This transaction highlights the shareholder value we have created through exploration success in Angola, as well as our commitment to financial discipline and efforts to profitably grow the Company,” said Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Marathon Oil chairman, president and CEO. “We expect to use the proceeds from this sale to repurchase shares, strengthen the balance sheet and for general corporate purposes.”With this transaction, the Company has agreed upon or closed on nearly $2.9 billion in divestitures, at the upper end of its targeted $1.5 billion to $3 billion of divestitures over the period of 2011 through 2013.Production from the PSVM development on Block 31 commenced in the fourth quarter of 2012. The concessionaire of Block 31 is Sonangol, Angola’s state-owned oil company. The operator is BP Exploration Angola with a 26.67 percent working interest. Sonangol E.P. holds 25 percent; Sonangol P&P holds 20 percent; Statoil Angola A.S. holds 13.33 percent; and SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds 5 percent.Marathon Oil’s financial advisor for this transaction is Scotia Waterous.[mappress]June 26, 2013; Image: Marathonlast_img read more

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Factory flaw

first_imgThe newly announced Claims Process for RTA claims valued up to £10,000 is the latest attack on the rights of those injured in road traffic accidents. The outstanding ‘achievement’ of the Predictable Costs regime is that many claimants are now represented by so-called claim factories, that are forced to employing cheap, inexperienced clerks to run PI claims. It seems this rot is set to worsen with the vast majority of cases under the new regime attracting costs of only £1,200. This is compounded by a regime that, among other limitations, forces the claimant to accept the opinion of a medical expert, which simply cannot be challenged, and which must be disclosed 15 days from finalisation. This means that claimants will no longer be able to exercise their right to challenge the opinion of a medical expert or obtain alternative evidence before disclosure. Much worse, claimants will no longer be able to await the expiry of a declared prognosis period to ensure it is actually accurate, before having their claim resolved. How many claimants will have their claims forcibly adjudicated by the court during a prognosis period, only to return to their solicitors months after to complain that they are still suffering? In (what will no doubt be rare) cases, where the prognosis period does expire before the claim is resolved, there are provisions within the new rules to allow for medical opinion to be obtained outside of the process, and for oral hearings to take place. However, in such cases the claimant will effectively have to obtain alternative evidence to defeat his or her primary medical evidence and convince the court the latter evidence is correct, while costs will remain restricted to the paltry sums allowed by the regime. Claimant solicitors should be forgiven for having little enthusiasm to take such cases forward, given the risks and self-defeating financial implications involved in doing so. Whether at that point solicitor practices will even be able to afford to employ those with the necessary expertise to do so is also highly questionable. We can however take comfort from the fact that the latter situation will be rarity, as most cases will be forced to under-settle before the prognosis period expires. Christopher Hibbert, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, Manchesterlast_img read more

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Legalised coupling

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Clinical Zouks Clobber Amazon Warriors to Reach First-ever Final

first_imgTAROUBA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – SEPTEMBER 08: Shimron Hetmyer (C) of Guyana Amazon Warriors walks off the field dismissed by Scott Kuggelejin (3R) of St Lucia Zouks during the Hero Caribbean Premier League Play-Off match 32 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks at Brian Lara Cricket Academy on September 8, 2020 in Tarouba, Trinidad And Tobago. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images) Unfancied St Lucia Zouks surged into their first-ever Caribbean Premier League final when they inflicted a punishing 10-wicket defeat on last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the second semi-final on Tuesday night.After choosing to bowl first at the Brian Lara Stadium, they bundled out Amazon Warriors for a paltry 55 in the 14th over – the second lowest-ever total in tournament history – with off-spinners Mark Deyal (2-2) and Roston Chase (2-15), along with left-arm spinner Zahir Khan (2-12) and seamer Scott Kuggeleijn (2-12) all claiming two wickets each.Zouks then needed only 27 balls to reach their target with burly Rahkeem Cornwall slamming two fours and three massive sixes in an unbeaten 32 off just 17 deliveries.The victory propelled Zouks into Thursday’s final where they meet overwhelming favourites Trinbago Knight Riders who are unbeaten in the tournament.“My message [in the dressing room] before I came out was this is not what we came here for – we didn’t come here to celebrate a semi-final,” captain Darren Sammy said in a post-match interview.“Nobody really gave us a chance but we have some effective guys. We don’t have guys in the top 10 or top five in the runs but we’ve played as a team. It’s a massive effort to get to the final with the players that we have.”New Zealander Kuggeleijn, entering with 14 wickets under his belt, handed Zouks an explosive start when he removed Brandon King and Shimron Hetmyer with successive deliveries in the opening over without a run scored.King fished at a wide ball and featured a catch behind and left-hander Hetmyer offered no stroke to a good length ball that clipped the top of off-stump.Nicholas Pooran (11) struck Kuggeleijn for back-to-back boundaries in the third over but then holed out to a diving catch at long off by Deyal in the following over from off-spinner Mohammed Nabi.And when New Zealander Ross Taylor missed a sweep and was plumb lbw in the sixth over for three, Amazon Warriors were 24 for four and the backbone of their batting broken.Left-handed opener Chandrapaul Hemraj tried to repair the innings in a top score of 25 of 26 balls but wickets continued to tumble around him and he was eventually seventh out in the 13th over – one of the last five wickets which crashed for four runs in the space of 15 deliveries.“It’s a disappointing effort to be knocked out like that but full credit has to go to Darren and his team, they completely outplayed us,” said losing captain Chris Green.“You can’t score 55 and expect to defend it. Nonetheless, I’m incredibly proud of our guys.”With history beckoning, Cornwall left nothing to chance. He twice cleared the ropes with Green in the first over and he and Deyal, who finished on 19 not out, combined to take 13 runs from the next over sent down by leg-spinner Imran Tahir.“When you have low scores like that, I don’t think we want to go out there and muck around with it. Just get it over and done,” Cornwall said.When 16 runs leaked from the third over from seamer Naveen-ul-Haq, the floodgates were truly open and the end came swiftly.CMClast_img read more

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World Bank approves funds for St Vincent and St Lucia freak storm damage

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C., United States, CMC – The World Bank has approved US$36 million for St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia after the two Caribbean countries were affected by a freak storm last Christmas resulting in the deaths of more than 12 people.It says more than 30,000 people will benefit from the funds approved under the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.The bank said the weather heavily impacted infrastructures in both countries with substantial damages on roads and bridges, and the impact was concentrated in areas with the highest levels of poverty.The World Bank said the respective governments’ Rapid Damage and Loss Assessments, conducted in January with assistance from the World Bank, the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Natural Risk Reduction Programme and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) estimated total losses to be about US$108 million, or 15 percent of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ gross domestic product (GDP) and US$99 million or eight percent of St Lucia’s GDP.The bank said the disaster took place in the peak of the tourism season.“While the financial impact of the disaster remains unknown, early estimates conclude that this event will affect the agriculture and tourism sectors and result in economic contractions in both countries,” it said.Within a few weeks of the disaster, the World Bank said it was able to make US$1.9 million in emergency funds available to support the governments’ recovery efforts.“The reconstruction efforts are crucial as the hurricane season in the Caribbean is fast approaching,” said Sophie Sirtaine, World Bank country director for the Caribbean.“Our financial support will not only rebuild critical infrastructure and boost the economy, it will also help build long-term climate resilience.”The World Bank said approval for specific investments under these operations will be sought under streamlined emergency response procedures that allow the bank to respond quickly to meet reconstruction needs following natural disasters.“We will never forget the people who lost their lives as a result of this disaster, and will use their deaths as a wake-up call for the entire nation that we are a country that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and the impacts of climate variability,” St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the World Bank.“While services and transport access have been largely reinstated, parallel efforts will need to be undertaken to mobilize resources required to stabilize and permanently rehabilitate, reconstruct and retrofit damaged infrastructure,” added St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony. Caribbean Media Corporation Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 23 Views   no discussions NewsRegional World Bank approves funds for St Vincent and St Lucia freak storm damage by: – March 25, 2014last_img read more

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Disruptive Radar Technology Uses Human-Respiration to Detect Presence

first_imgSmart sensor technology developer, Novelda, is working with German sensor technology leader, STEINEL, to improve the user experience and increase the value of presence sensors for the end-customers.Together with STEINEL, Novelda has developed True Presence, a sensor that uses people’s respiration for accurate presence detection. Based on Novelda’s disruptive XeThru sensor technology, the new product will be the flagship for STEINEL presence detectors. With a much more precise presence detection, the customers will increase their energy savings related to light and HVAC control, and since the sensors are able to know if there are people in a room or not, an evacuation can be effectuated much more effectively than before, and even save more lives.The idea behind the new and revolutionary True Presence sensor is to use people’s respiration for accurate presence detection. Today, most available presence sensors are based on passive infrared radiation (PIR), ultrasound or microwave capable of detecting major and minor movements. They lack the ability to detect the presence of persons that are sitting still. Novelda’s XeThru technology with its extreme sensitivity and accuracy allows for a very robust positioning and real-time presence detection. Being able to measure a person breathing up to 10 meters distance and providing distance measurements makes it possible to detect people that are sitting completely still or even sleeping under a duvet.Novelda is recognized as a world leader within Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radar technology. The company recently closed a USD 15 million funding round led by Investinor, to further develop and take the XeThru radar sensor technology into high volume applications.last_img read more

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Rio History: Who Dunnit?

first_img RelatedRio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Our first story begins in a cloud of dust. Jeff Erkenbrack and a friend were in the process of demolishing a six inch block wall to make room for an expansion of Running Etc., a sporting goods store located in Virginia Beach when they…June 23, 2017In “News”Two arrested in aggravated robbery of elderly man for $4By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two Brownsville men have been charged with aggravated robbery after they allegedly beat a 74-year-old man who was fishing at the Jaime Zapata Boat ramp on Highway 48, said Sheriff Omar Lucio Monday. The man, whose name was not released, was fishing at…August 4, 2015In “News”Remembering Elizabeth SweetenBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS It wasn’t like a John Grisham courthouse thriller, but the recent jury sentencing trial of Ronnie Huerta was fascinating in its own merit.  Huerta confessed to driving the motorcycle that struck and killed pedestrian Elizabeth Sweeten in March 2018. He had been drinking…October 4, 2019In “News” Share By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSJeff Erkenbrack and a friend were in the process of demolishing a six inch block wall to make room for an expansion of Running Etc., a sporting goods store located in Virginia Beach when they found the first artifacts: a collection of vintage beer cans.  They continued jackhammering until another section of the wall fell and that was when Jeff spotted two women’s wallets jammed into the upper part of the wall.Considering their age, the contents of the clutches were in absolutely pristine condition. A Social Security card was still white. Also preserved were a dozen photos in each, assorted cards and driver’s licenses, (none dated after 1964), but no money. Both wallets contained names though, so after consulting the phone book Erkenbrack began leaving messages on a number of answering machines. His efforts paid off and by the end of the day he had reached the owners of both wallets who were quite surprised at his find.Dell Dean, owner of one of the wallets, worked as a secretary for an insurance company located upstairs in the building Erkenbrack was remodeling. She remembered how hurt she felt when her purse went missing from her desk back in 1963. Until that incident she had felt safe in that office, surrounded mostly by employees and the loss ate at her. After all, everyone is a suspect in these cases and oftentimes the wrong person is blamed.Still, she laughed when Erkenbrack gave her the all-but-forgotten blue plaid wallet, thick with black-and-white photos, library and identification cards and even a 3-cent stamp. “I can’t thank you enough,” she said as she hugged him.Rose Ann Moore worked as a secretary, too, only her office was located in a department store around the corner. She remembered stashing her leather wallet in the pocket of her winter coat which hung on a hook in her office, but a quick fingered thief managed to find it. She felt violated, too.No one knows how the wallets ended up in the wall but both women remember that at the time, there was construction going on in the building. It would be anyone’s guess as to the culprits’ identity, so the thief remains at large, but Rose Ann sees God’s hand in getting back what she once thought was gone forever. ”It’s not worth much money” she told a reporter, “but it gives hope to people that they’ll have something returned to them that they lost,” she said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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GAME NOTES: McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic

first_img Argos begin season with a pair of home matches at McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic (Photo by Chris Nelson/ArgoPhotos.com) Share GAME NOTES: McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classiccenter_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team will kick off the 2012-13 regular season with a pair of home games against Southern Indiana and Barry Friday and Saturday at the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic at the UWF Field House.First-year head coach Stephanie Yelton will look to key returners Kelseigh Hughes (Hammond, La./St. Thomas Aquinas HS), Jaymie Druding (Orachard Park, N.Y./Maine) and Emily Erland (Pegram, Tenn./Harpeth HS) to lead a roster that includes eight newcomers. Schedule:11/9  Barry vs. Georgia Southwestern  noon CT11/9  West Florida vs. Southern Indiana  2 p.m. CT11/10  Georgia Southwestern vs. Southern Indiana  noon CT11/10  West Florida vs. Barry  2 p.m. CT Live Coveragehttp://client.stretchinternet.com/client/uwf.portalGame Notes:11/8 vs. Southern Indiana, BarryPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Argonauts Swimming & Diving Program Named Scholar All-America Team For Sixth-Straight Year

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team has been named a Division II Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for a sixth consecutive year. Additionally, a record 15 student-athletes were selected to the Scholar All-American Team by the CSCAA.The team combined to achieve a 3.7 GPA in the fall of 2019 and 3.84 GPA in the spring of 2020. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The CSCAA selected 1,479 swimmers and divers for its Scholar All-America teams this year. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The selections were drawn from 209 colleges and universities across all divisions. Print Friendly Version The 15 Argonauts that were named to the Scholar All-American Team are Morgan Ayers, Katelyn Balent, Carson Bronnenberg, Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, Yael Danieli, Kelsey DeJesus, Olivia Hadaway, Lauren Jonsson, Stefanie Markwardt, Gena Mendez, Aubrey Miller, Daniela Reyes, Ester Rizzetto, Caitlin Tierney, and Abigail Williamson.last_img read more

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