McKayla Perry crowned Miss Ocean City 2017

first_imgMcKayla Perry crowned Miss Ocean City 2017 by Shannon Wallace, Miss Ocean City 2016 -Photo Credit : Jim Schultz By Donald WittkowskiThe theme of the Miss Ocean City Pageant this year was “Dreams Come True.” McKayla Perry is living proof that they really do.The 19-year-old Perry was crowned Miss Ocean City 2017 on Saturday night, capping a dream that she has had since she was a young girl.“It’s surreal,” a jubilant Perry said minutes after being named the winner. “This week has been a dream. I’ve been waiting for this since I was 12. To finally see it happen is magic.”The 17 contestants lined up on stage at the Music Pier while waiting for the winner to be announced.She is the daughter of Jennifer and Brian Perry of 55th Street. Her family and friends rushed up on the stage of the Music Pier after she was crowned.To realize her dream, Perry had to overcome some last-minute adversity. She originally had planned to perform a dance number in the talent portion, but an injury forced her to sing instead. She told the audience that she had only three hours before the pageant began to come up with a song, a new routine and a new outfit.Perry’s credentials as a dancer include performing on stage at the Miss America Pageant preliminaries and appearing at the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day parades in Philadelphia, according to her bio.In addition to dancing and being a dance teacher, her interests include volunteering at church, crafts, yoga, running, surfing and weightlifting.Perry, a 2015 graduate of Ocean City High School, is a student at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing. She plans to earn a four-year degree in early education to become a teacher.Her career goals include teaching kindergarten during the day and dance classes at night. She said those two things would “share my love of reading and my passion for dance.”She competed in the Miss Ocean City Pageant last year and was second runner-up. On Saturday, she beat out 16 other contestants to take the crown. She also won the swimsuit competition.First runner-up was Sophia Terry, a 16-year-old Ocean City High School student. Terry was named the winner of the evening wear competition and the interview segment with the judges.The pageant is a longstanding tradition in Ocean City. The Exchange Club of Ocean City, the primary sponsor, originally thought that the pageant was in its 48th year, but belatedly discovered that it actually dates to 1951.“It has become part of the whole Ocean City tradition,” Exchange Club President Frank Faverzani said. “Ocean City is a great small town. It’s a great family resort, but it’s also a great small town.”Since taking over the pageant in 1979, the Exchange Club has awarded about $300,000 in scholarship money to the contestants. Faverzani estimated the scholarship pool would be about $12,000 for this year’s pageant.A jubilant Perry poses for pictures with family members and friends.Miss Ocean City is an independent pageant. The winner does not go on to compete for the Miss New Jersey crown, which is a preclude to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.As the new Miss Ocean City, Perry will play a key role in promoting the town. Faverzani said Miss Ocean City serves as an ambassador for the town through a series of appearances at special events.In her farewell remarks to the pageant Saturday night, Shannon Wallace, Miss Ocean City 2016, spoke of the importance of her duties during her yearlong reign.“It’s been an awesome experience,” Wallace said. “It’s been an amazing ride.”Wallace was given an honorary key to the city by Mark Soifer, the town’s longtime public relations director who is retiring this year. Wallace was also honored in a proclamation by Mayor Jay Gillian.One of the most poignant moments of the pageant’s ceremonies Saturday night was when Faverzani presented Soifer with a plaque to honor him for his decades of service to the city. The audience responded by giving Soifer a standing ovation and thunderous applause.Some of the contestants wave to the audience to acknowledge the cheers and applause.last_img read more

NX NAS appliances upgrade to 13th Generation hardware

first_imgWe have some exciting news for those interested in NAS (Network Attached Storage), which includes two products in our Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012R2 based PowerVault NX lineup. We are upgrading our NX NAS appliances to allow our Windows NAS customers to take advantage of the improved performance, energy efficiency and manageability options of our powerful new line of PowerEdge 13th Generation servers.The NX3200 and NX3300 NAS appliances currently based on PowerEdge 12G server technology are now being upgraded to 13G hardware. They will inherit all the efficiency and performance features of the new server platforms, including the benefits of the new Haswell microarchitecture.Best of all, this time around we went a step further than just changing nuts and bolts under the hood. We added a cool new feature called RASR– Rapid Appliance Self Recovery Tool. RASR will allow the end user to restore the NAS appliance to its factory shipping state. RASR is using a bare metal restore process, where the operating system drives are rebuilt to the exact default factory image. This is especially useful in test environments where machines are re-imaged often, or if you are notorious for misplacing your system restore DVD.How else does this benefit our customers?More CPU cores: The NX3230 entry configuration and the NX3330 Optimum trim level will both move from four to six cores. For larger configurations, both the NX3230 and NX3330 will move from six to eight cores, providing additional CPU cycles for more demanding applications.PERC: The Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers shipping with the NX3230 and NX3330 will now support 12G SAS and the new generation backplanes. In addition, the H730, which is part of our NX3230 default configuration, will double the cache from 512MB to 1GB to accelerate performance.Chassis Flexibility:  We have now moved the NX3330 (gateway appliance) from a 2PCI to a 3PCI slot chassis which will provide our customers freedom to add additional IO cards.Memory: The new architecture for both the NX3230 and NX3330 will allow for higher memory clock speeds.  The two units are shipping with 1600 MHz RAM configurations, compared to 1333MHz of the previous generation. In addition, we added a 64GB RAM option for the NX3330 Performance configuration, answering customer demand for a higher performing solution, especially in large home-share environments.Keep in mind that Windows Storage Server based NAS can be an extremely efficient, fast and feature rich platform when it comes to SMB file sharing. Especially if you have Microsoft admin expertise in-house, there will be a zero learning curve with Windows- based NAS products and a seamless integration with AD (Active Directory) or Microsoft based systems management.Finally, we have a new name for this portfolio of NX NAS appliances, which were previously known as the PowerVault series. Going forward, we will refer to them as Dell Storage NX NAS series of products as part of an update across our portfolio that is moving under a common “Dell Storage” naming. So, go online to check out the new Dell Storage platforms at learn more and stay updated, follow @Dell_Storage on Twitter.last_img read more

Money: A woman’s perspective

first_imgMen and women have different views of money, according to Science. A recent survey indicated “There are four main categories that we associate with the content of our bank accounts: security, power, love, and freedom.”Women are twice as likely to correlate money with love and emotion, and men twice as apt to view money “as a sign of power and freedom.”Researchers believe understanding different gender perspectives will assist men and women in awareness of their financial beliefs.Variances in sentiment toward money are not the only differences between men and women when it comes to financial management and the role dollars play in everyday life. Read on to learn how women in particular experience money, and consider how you might accommodate their needs and preferences.‘Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.’ –Earl Nightingale, author and radio personality continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Continuing Budget Negotiations, Recognizing Job Creation, Joining Governors to Protect Health Care, Applauding Education to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, Supporting Bipartisan Inspector General Bill

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: July 14, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Excited to announce that @clarionu will offer an Opioid Treatment Specialist certificate — a great step in helping to combat this crisis.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 12, 2017 Weekly Update: Continuing Budget Negotiations, Recognizing Job Creation, Joining Governors to Protect Health Care, Applauding Education to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, Supporting Bipartisan Inspector General Bill The Blog,  Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf announced that he would allow the bipartisan supported budget appropriations bill to become law without his signature. The governor encouraged the General Assembly to continue working with his administration to find sustainable revenue to fund the budget.This week, CNBC recognized Pennsylvania for improvements in business development and education. Creating and encouraging job growth in the Commonwealth is a top priority for Governor Wolf. On Wednesday, he announced new manufacturing jobs coming to Luzerne County through a new location for Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. On Thursday, the governor announced new jobs coming to the City of Erie with the expansion of Logistics Plus, Inc.On Thursday, a revised version of the Senate Republican health care bill was released. Governor Wolf released a statement on his disappointment that Senate Republicans have ignored a group of bipartisan governors who had expressed their concern over coverage cuts that are included in the proposed health care bill.Continuing the fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic is a priority for Governor Wolf and his administration. The governor joined officials from Clarion University on Tuesday to announce the university’s new Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate program. Governor Wolf expressed that education is a powerful force in the fight against the epidemic and hoped that many would take advantage of the new educational program.In the spirit of bipartisan compromise, Governor Wolf announced on Tuesday that he would sign Senate Bill 527. The bill codifies the Office of Inspector General and sets forth the duties of the office. The governor thanked Democratic and Republican members of the legislature for coming together to amend the bill to ensure that the Office of Inspector General serves the Commonwealth with efficiency and accountability.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 9 – July 15, 2017Monday, 7/10/17Governor Wolf Will Let Budget Become LawTuesday, 7/11/17Governor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General BillWednesday, 7/12/17Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Manufacturing Jobs Coming to Luzerne County Through New Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. LocationGovernor Wolf, Clarion University Announces Opioid Treatment Specialist CertificatePennsylvania Recognized for Business Ranking Improvement after Advances in Business Development and EducationThursday, 7/13/17Wolf Administration Announces More Pennsylvanians Using Online Voter Registration Than Paper FormsGovernor Wolf Announces Logistics Plus, Inc. to Expand and Create 44 New Jobs in the City of ErieGovernor Wolf: Washington Republicans Continue to Ignore Bipartisan GovernorsFriday, 7/14/17Governor Wolf Statement on Death of Trooper Michael StewartGovernor Tom Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael P. StewartGovernor Announces Secretary Kathy Manderino Leaving Department of Labor and Industry to Join Pennsylvania Gaming Control BoardHighlights from The BlogOne Woman’s Fight With the Opioid Epidemic Shows Life-Saving Impact of MedicaidHighlights from TwitterFor so many like Charlene, treatment is a matter of life and death. Yet the GOP health plans would limit treatment options. Unconscionable.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 12, 2017last_img read more

Actualización de las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a 12 condados adicionales que pasan a la fase amarilla el 22 de mayo

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, se enmendaron las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a los 12 condados que pasarán a la fase amarilla a las 12:01 a.m. de la mañana, 22 de mayo. Esos condados incluyen a Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne y York.Los 12 condados se unen a los 37 condados que previamente pasaron a la fase amarilla:Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington y Westmoreland.La orden enmendada del Gobernador se puede encontrar aquí.La orden enmendada de la Secretaria de Salud se puede encontrar aquí.View this information in English. May 21, 2020 Actualización de las órdenes sobre la fase amarilla para incluir a 12 condados adicionales que pasan a la fase amarilla el 22 de mayocenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

South African bank, Capitec, rated best in the world

first_imgA South African bank has come out on top in the Lafferty 2016 Bank Quality Rankings. The inaugural rating system took into account various factors, including financial and non-financial disclosures and customer satisfaction.South African bank Capitec has come out on top in the Lafferty 2016 Bank Quality Rankings. (Image: Capitec, Facebook)Priya Pitamber South Africa’s Capitec Bank has been ranked the best in the world, according to international banking advisory group Lafferty, in its inaugural Bank Quality Rankings.South African bank ranked best in the world: via @BusinessTechSA #Wow #Wow #Wow— Capitec Bank (@CapitecBankSA) March 18, 2016The organisation makes use of a combination of financial and non-financial disclosures to determine the quality of the banks and their respective business models.“We saw a correlation between a bank’s quality and its value to investors,” reads the Lafferty website. “So we looked for the key factors that investors pay a premium for. Then we rated each bank for each of these key factors, to give an overall quality score.”Other indicators were also taken into account when analysing results: strategy, culture, customer satisfaction, executing brand promises and other criteria.“Our aim is to promote excellence in banking – for customers, staff, communities, society at large and not least for bank shareholders and investors,” said Lafferty Group founder and chief executive Michael Lafferty.According to business news website, Businesstech, Absa was the second highest ranked South African bank with four stars. Standard Bank, Nedbank and FirstRand also featured in the top 100 banks.Capitec Bank was rated the best bank in the world in Lafferty’s inaugural Bank Quality Rankings in March 2016. (Image: Businesstech)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material. Source: Businesstechlast_img read more

Brand South Africa engaging with academics ahead of inaugural Competitiveness Forum

first_imgEast London, Friday, 30 August 2013 – Brand South Africa will host its inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum later this year. As part of reaching out to civil society as partners in building South Africa as a competitive, winning nation, Brand South Africa today hosted an interaction with civil society stakeholders in East London.Representatives of local government, business, civil society and the media interacted with Brand South Africa’s Head of Research, Dr Petrus de Kock, on where the country is currently positioned on global competitiveness indices.The National Development Plan will play a key role in driving the country’s competitiveness as South Africa develops economically and socially. To achieve this successfully, it is important that all stakeholders grapple with the internal challenges, as well as the external conditions, that impact on the country’s growth. It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa will bring together leaders in government, business and civil society in one key platform.The Competitiveness Forum will explore the following themes:Education, skills & labour;Products and services;Governance and leadership;Infrastructure; andFDI competitivenessStakeholders based in the Eastern Cape shared their expert sector-specific contributions during the interaction. The outcomes of these dialogues will assist Brand South Africa profile relevant issues at the Competitiveness Forum that will add meaningfully to the national dialogue on South Africa’s competitiveness and international profile.Speaking on conclusion of the stakeholder engagement in East London, Dr de Kock said, “one thing that comes through for me is the importance of provinces and especially infrastructure. If we are talking national competitiveness issues, we really have to understand what the existing base is, provincially. Where do we need to improve, for example, the provincial infrastructure base, that will add on to the bigger picture of national competitiveness?”Preparations for the SA Competitiveness Forum take into consideration long-term objectives identified in the National Development Plan. In the 21st century rapid changes to technology and global economic circumstances necessitate in-depth consideration of both domestic and international factors that impact on South Africa’s competitiveness and global reputation as a trade partner and investment destination.Similar consultations, which will be held around the country, are intended to mobilise and encourage stakeholders in all spheres of South African society to be part of the national conversation about the future of the country and the role that they can play.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

A Green-Product Retailer’s Tale of Unsustainability

first_imgBased on news accounts of its closing last month, it seems fair to say that the Green Building Center, in Salt Lake City, had, during its first few years in business, successfully attracted customers who valued ecologically sound products and supported green construction and remodeling practices. When it came to weathering the recession, however, the store, which opened in October 2003 and expanded to Utah’s Park City in 2008, didn’t have the resources or breadth in its customer base to keep its doors open.As the store’s founder, Ashley Patterson, told the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, the demand-crushing effects of the downturn alone have, since the summer of 2008, reduced traffic to the store just as severely as they hammered Utah’s real estate market, which, the Tribune notes, saw new-home construction permits drop to about 4,400 in 2009 from a high of 15,400 in 2006.Price and a green imperativeBut of course other factors came into play. While the Green Building Center’s core customers were local builders, remodelers, and homeowners, Patterson told the Deseret News that the store could have done more to forge relationships with high-volume builders and architects. Beyond that, though, there were shifts in the green-products retailing that made it increasingly difficult for Green Building Center to compete on price. One of the most obvious examples: green-labeled products finding their way onto shelves at big-box chain stores, whose economies of scale and discounts can make competing difficult for independent building-supplies retailers.Pricing became the key issue. Patterson noted that her store’s commitment to environmental responsibility meant carrying products that were made according to high ecological standards and, very often, with U.S. labor. Alternative products, meanwhile, often were made by manufacturers in overseas locations where labor is relatively cheap and additional cost savings are achieved by ignoring environmental issues.“I grew really weary,” she said, “and everybody who worked here, we grew really weary about people almost mad at us because stuff wasn’t cheap.”last_img read more

Beth Mooney stars as Australia beat England to retain Women’s Ashes

first_imgAustralia sport Read more Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Next went Sarah Taylor, the superstar number three trapped in front by Megan Schutt first legal delivery. It was a line-ball call, but an excellent piece of swing bowling. She went on to take three further scalps at either side of the innings in an effective and efficient display.Dani Wyatt batted superbly from this point, twice clobbering Jess Jonassen down the ground to belatedly kickstart England’s night. Salvaging the innings, she also earned her a maiden international half-century more than seven years after first turning out for her country.She had Nat Sciver for support, who was helped by the hosts when they put down twice on one. It took a while, but the all-rounder got into her innings with a pair of punishing standing sweeps, adding an important 26 to a partnership worth 64 runs in 49 balls.Wyatt’s 36-ball half-century went no further when running herself out in a mix-up with Fran Wilson. But the new batsman finished off the job recovery, sweeping 23 not out in 22 balls.With disaster averted, and a serviceable total posted, England came into the halfway mark with their heads up. But Mooney’s belligerent approach meant that didn’t last long.Brunt’s night with the ball followed the first-ball duck she made with the bat, smashed for 33 in three overs. The trio of spinners fared better, but only just.After conceding 45 runs in the six power-play overs only a collapse would deny Australia wrapping up the series at the first time of asking in the T20s. It never came, Mooney keeping the foot down until the result was secured.“In a chase you never want to leave it to the last moment so the way Beth batted with that intent was awesome to watch,” Rachael Haynes, the victorious Australian captain, said.“It is a great feeling. One of a little bit of relief and one of excitement as well for our team. Especially if you think back to earlier this year at the bitter disappointment in the change rooms when we lost that world cup semi-final.”Knight said her team were hurting after doing so well to fight back into the series. “We came out here to try and get them back and we haven’t done that and it hurts,” she said. “Australia is a tough place to play cricket. But I couldn’t be more proud of how the girls have fought and stood up to that toughness and tried to throw a few punches back.”With Australia’s insurmountable series lead now banked and their silverware locked away for another two years, the series moves to Canberra for the final two T20s beginning on Sunday. England women’s cricket team Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Australia beat England by six wickets to retain Women’s Ashes: first T20 – as it happened When she lashed the penultimate ball of the 16th over through cover point it prompted a ground invasion from her team-mates. Highlighting the Queenslander’s dominance, 56 of her runs came in boundaries, twice helping the ball on its way over the long-leg rope.England’s bowlers badly misfired in what was a must-win encounter for Heather Knight’s side in the multi-format series with all six tried by England given heavy punishment in their opener overs as their defence of 132 for nine went quickly off the rails.Mooney lapped and pulled aggressively to set the tone in the power play, looking equally comfortable with a string of inside-out drives that soon enough had Australia requiring fewer than a run a ball.Earlier, the visitors’ top order had been ravaged after they were sent in, falling to 16 for four inside the opening five overs. At that point, Ellyse Perry was on a hat-trick after finding Tammy Beaumont and Brunt’s edges in consecutive deliveries.In the chaotic opening burst, Knight fell to the second ball of the match when she nicked Jess Jonassen to Alyssa Healy. But where the wicketkeeper’s gloves were positioned caused minutes of confusion, the television umpire needing dozens of replays to confirm it was a clean catch. Women’s Ashescenter_img The Women’s Ashes will remain in Australia, the hosts romping to a six-wicket victory with 25 balls to spare in their first of three T20 internationals against England.With 133 needed required to retain the trophy, Beth Mooney did not mess around. She took 14 off Katherine Brunt’s first over and never relented across a glittering unbeaten hand of 86 in 56 balls. No other Australian batsman made it to 20, but none needed to due to the dominance of the left-hander who was recalled to the white-ball team after missing the ODIs. Cricket Australia women’s cricket team Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Topics Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

NCAA Probing Myck KabongoLeBron James Connection

Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has been questioned by NCAA investigators about his relationship Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, a Longhorns men’s basketball spokesman said.Texas spokesman Scott McConnell said Kabongo has talked with investigators but is in school and practicing with the team. Kabongo has not been declared ineligible and the school compliance department is communicating with the NCAA, McConnell said.Yahoo! Sports first reported the probe into Kabongo’s relationship with Paul, who his James’ close friend and agent. Yahoo! reported that Paul called NBA front offices on behalf of Kabongo before the 2012 draft. Usually, when players probe their stock in the draft, the college coach or someone associated with the school makes the inquiry.Kabongo chose to stay with Texas instead of entering the draft.Yahoo! reported the NCAA is also investigating whether Paul was involved in a trip to Cleveland last spring that included at least one workout with professional trainer Jerry Powell, and who paid for the trip and the workout.“We are aware of the situation,” McConnell said. “We have not heard any decisions from the NCAA.”Later Wednesday night, Kabongo tweeted, “HUGE reach.”Kabongo started 34 games for Texas last season. He was third on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game and led the Longhorns by averaging 5.2 assists. He has been projected as a possible first-round draft pick in 2013.He could be declared ineligible if the NCAA determines he received improper benefits from an agent.James and Paul met when the former was a teenager and quickly formed a strong relationship. By the time James reached the NBA in 2003, Paul had become one of his closest friends and confidants. When James left Goodwin and formed his own marketing company, LRMR, Paul became a business partner.Paul represents two former Longhorns, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph, Yahoo! reported. read more