first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for resuming real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Ten counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, real estate operations may resume, effective May 19.Guidance documents:Memo: Phase 2 Real Estate RequirementsPhase 2 Real Estate COVID-19 RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding fitness and training operations, which may resume, effective May 19.Memo: Resuming Fitness and TrainingPhase 2 Fitness and Training Restart COVID-19 Reopening RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Spiewak |Like most parents, Helen and Paul Seldin of Fair Haven, both classically trained musicians, wanted the best for their son Norman. They got him started on the piano at age 3.“Mom pushed me pretty hard,” Seldin recalls.Days of four-hour rehearsals by age 12 were not uncommon. Little did they know at the time that their actions would lead to a 50-year career in all phases of the music business for Stormin’ Norman Seldin.And when it came to business, perhaps the experience of working in his parents’ jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank in the late 1950s piqued Seldin’s interest in the business world; in his teen years he began booking local bands in local venues.“Mom would drive me to the gigs,” he says proudly, “and she would sign the contracts and checks for me because I was too young.”Seldin was quite astute as a teenager, and noticed that young people in the 1960s were gravitating to the soul and rhythm and blues music of artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino. At the jewelry store, Seldin and store employee Horner Williams became friends, and once Williams introduced him to this music, Seldin was hooked.He remembers “sneaking R&B LPs into the house and playing them when mom and dad weren’t home.”At age 13 he became the youngest member of the American Federation of Musicians and performed with his first band, The Naturals, at his 8th grade graduation dance. His studies at the Manhattan School of Music allowed him to visit a few big studios in New York City. Here he would befriend acclaimed R&B drummer Bernard Purdie and learn much from him.Seldin established himself as a top-notch promoter, booking regional and national acts in Monmouth County. Harry Ray, The Duprees, R&B singer Johnny Thunder and Bobby Lewis were just a few of the names Seldin worked with, along with The Motifs, a hugely popular band from Howell. One notable show occurred at the Matawan-Keyport Roller Drome in 1965, where he booked The Young Rascals right after they opened for The Beatles at Shea Stadium.“I was 18 years old with a Jaguar XKE,” recalls Seldin. “Some people hated me!”With his name now firmly entrenched at the Jersey Shore and the money flowing, Stormin’ Norman set out to entertain people from the stage and not just from behind the scenes. He began in 1969 with the band Soul Set, but then quickly formed Joyful Noyze in 1970, with guitarists Hal Hollander and Billy Ryan, drummer Barry Lynn and vocalist Karen Cassidy. One fateful night at John Barleycorn’s in Ocean Township in 1970 would have a profound impact on the shore music scene. It seemed that a certain young man was having car trouble and walked into the club to use the phone.After the call, he approached the band. “Do you want to sit in?” Seldin asked, and Clarence Clemons said, “Sure.”This was the beginning of an amazing year for the band, working six and seven night a week. Unfortunately for Joyful Noyze, Clemons met Bruce Springsteen in late 1971. After Springsteen sat in with Joyful Noyze a few times in 1972, he asked Clemons to join him for his first tour and Seldin was not happy. Being the consummate professional, Seldin let it go and continued his successful career touring throughout the Northeast.“You wouldn’t believe how cold it is in Messina, New York, in the wintertime!” he said.With Joyful Noyze eventually morphing into Steel Breeze, Seldin didn’t slow down until a catastrophic event in 2002. During a performance, his aorta ruptured and he was rushed to the hospital for several hours of surgery. “The doctors gave me a less than 5 percent chance of survival,” says Seldin.Miraculously, he survived, but “my doctors insisted that I take it easy for six months. How could I do that? I’ve got to be back onstage!”Returning in only five weeks, he realized that a change was needed.“I had to put a resume together and I said, ‘What’s a resume?’ I never needed one before!”As fate would have it, Jacobs Music Company was looking for a salesperson in their Lawrenceville store in 2005. The Rinaldi family, owners of Jacobs Music, saw intrinsic value in this lifelong entertainer and he was quickly hired. Now selling products by Steinway & Sons, one of the most prestigious makers of pianos in the world, Seldin has recently been awarded the esteemed title of Spirio recording artist for Steinway’s new high-tech Spirio player pianos.He also released a double CD in 2008 entitled “Asbury Park, Then and Now,” with music recorded as far back as the mid-‘60s. A highlight is several tracks from 1980 with E-Streeters Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg and Danny Federici playing alongside Seldin in the studio. These 45 songs clearly define the group known as “The Sound of Asbury Park.” It is no wonder that Stormin’ Norman is part of that special 35-member club whose names are spelled out on the S.O.A.P. plaque situated outside Convention Hall in Asbury Park.In 2017, Seldin is still busy with regular gigs at venues like the Bay Pointe Inn in Highlands, as well as with his philanthropic endeavors for the annual Light Of Day concerts in Asbury Park, and donating his time and expertise for other big shows such as the benefit for the Humane Society of Tinton Falls, held at Monmouth University last summer. With help from performers Pam McCoy, Jillian McCoy, Mary McCrink, Ronnie Brandt and others, this concert raised over $10,000 to assist the society in their mission to help pets in desperate need of attention.Stormin’ Norman Seldin has led an incredibly full life: a successful singer, songwriter, promoter, husband and father of two. In August he’s off to Nashville to record a new song at Sony studios with famed producer Doc Holiday, proving that Norman is not done stormin’ anytime soon.This article was first published on the Scene Page of the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has underscored the need for trained Liberian professionals in all sectors of national development, especially health.The President made the remark recently when she received in audience a 12-Member Delegation from the Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA) from the United States of America at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia.President Sirleaf explained to the visitors that many Liberian health professionals were forced to relocate to other parts of the globe due the civil conflict in the country and that the need for professionals, remains a key priority for the country.The CGHA delegation was led by Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rev. Kenety S. Gee, a Liberian, residing in the USA. The President welcomed the delegation to Liberia and thanked them for their life-saving interventions in the country’s health sector. “A lot of medical services are needed due to the impact of Ebola outbreak on the country’s health system, which needs thorough rebuilding. I take it that you have met most if not all of the actors in the sector and clearly understand the challenges that currently exist”, said President Sirleaf. President stated that she is hopeful that CGHA’s presence will help fill the important gaps that currently exist. Rev. Gee, in his remarks, informed the President that his group is working in Liberia to help equip regional medical centers, offer pro bono medical, surgical and mental health services to needy Liberians. During the current mission, CGHA along with partners from the Northern Illinois University’s Edsystem will host a career pathway conference at the RLJ Hotel outside Monrovia. The conference is a follow-up to the May 2013 launch of the Liberian Career Pathway and a subsequent visit of Vice President Joseph Boakai to Chicago in April 2014. “The conference will focus on four career pathways including Health Information Management; Biomedical Equipment Technician Certification; Medical and Nursing and Mental Health,” he stated.He further informed the President that CGHA, has provided services at the JFK Hospital, Phebe Hospital and the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County.CGHA is working with the authorities of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata to initiate a Bio-medical Technician Training Center aimed at training professionals to service medical equipment brought into Liberia by his group. Other members of the CGHA delegation included Prof. Adam B. Murphy of the Northwestern University, Nataka Moore of Adler University, Tiffany McDowell of Adler University, Edith Njuguna, Damenia Gbarbea, Gloria Sherard, Andrea Messing-Mathie, Michael Massie, Samaria Quist, Joe Turner and Jamel Russell. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs thousands of retrenched workers, who were put on the breadline following Government’s downsizing of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), continue to struggle to earn a livelihood, calls have been reiterated for these workers to be given sugar lands to sustain themselves and their families.The most recent call was from social activist Christopher Ram last week as he addressed the opening of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana’s Sixth Triennial Conference. Ram told the gathering that the ConferenceSocial activist Christopher Ramwas being held against the backdrop of what he described as the “single largest layoff in the history of Guyana” in one of the major sectors of the economy.He went on to blast the coalition Administration as well as GuySuCo for not putting in place “mechanisms to cushion the financial, social, economic and personal impact and consequences on lives and livelihoods of these people”.To this end, Ram outlined several recommendations, which he believed are needed to ensure that the dismissed workers were able to adequately provide for themselves and their families.“Workers must be given lands to carry out the trade and earn their livelihood in the activity in which they are most proficient. The value to the Government of some privatisation proceeds in the short term is simply not worth the long-term effects of deprivation of some safety net to the workers,” Ram outlined.Among the other recommendations the social activist detailed were: the retraining and re-educating of workers; businesses being given incentives to employ workers; and direct and indirect contributions to the welfare of terminated GuySuCo employees, including scholarships to the children of the workers, should be made tax deductible, especially for businesses.Since Government’s announcement of the closure of several estates under GuySuCo, there have been widespread calls for the lands under GuySuCo to be distributed among the displaced workers in order for them to sustain themselves and their families.However, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said back in January that plans to lease sugar cane lands to the retrenched workers have been put on hold, pending the completion of ongoing valuation of the Corporation’s assets that was being carried out by United Kingdom-based PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Following Government’s announcement of plans to downsize the local sugar industry – leaving just the Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont Estates – in order to make it more viable, the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to manage the divestment of the Corporation’s assets. These include “all the moveable and immovable property owned, used, leased, or licensed by GuySuCo or the State, save and except for Albion Estate, Blairmont Estate, and Utivlugt Estate”. Also included in the takeover are all properties owned by, or leased to, the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore Estates, and other properties in the Demerara and Berbice counties as well as 4700 acres of State land.In order to bring in revenue to sustain its operations, GuySuCo had, in 2016, sold to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) some 3000 acres of cane land reportedly between Sophia, Greater Georgetown, and Ogle, East Coast Demerara. Government previously communicated its intention to use acres of land owned by GuySuCo for housing projects and other developments.However, at a meeting of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in February, it was revealed that the CH&PA paid over $1 billion for lands, but those lands have not yet been identified and handed over by GuySuCo.last_img read more

first_imgA businesswoman who bought a field in Malin Head is selling pieces of Donegal for €39 each!The woman and her husband moved to Ireland and bought a field close to Banba’s Crown, Ireland’s most northerly point.Now she has packed pieces of rock inside a gift package which includes a map and is selling them to tourists around the world.  PIECES OF DONEGAL BEING SOLD AROUND THE WORLD FOR €39 EACH! was last modified: November 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Banba’s Crowndonegalfieldrocklast_img read more

first_imgOnduparaka defeated Express in their last away game (Photo by Shaban Lubega)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Bul FC vs Onduparaka FCNjeru Technical Center, JinjaTuesday, 11-12-2018 @4:30pmNJERU – Onduparaka FC will be hoping to go second on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table when they take on Bul at the Njeru Technical Center on Tuesday afternoon.The Arua based side are cruising at the moment, winning all their last three games in the league and currently sit only a point behind second placed Vipers.A win or draw against Bul will automatically see them leap-frog Vipers into second as the Caterpillars hold a better goal-difference on the Venoms.However, it will not be an easy fate, coming up against a side (Bul) that has not lost any of their last three home fixtures (W2 D1).Simeon Masaba who is currently in the care-taker role at Onduparaka has overseen three victories in as many games and is confident a fourth may come on Tuesday.“The team is in high spirits going into the game on Tuesday, said Masaba.“We know it is not easy but none of the other three that we have won on the trot, have been either.“Our target is to win as many and i am confident we can get all three points away to Bul.His side will look to Gadafi Gadinho who has been in scintillating form of late, for inspiration. Gadafi has scored three goals in as many games and will be hoping to continue his brilliant scoring form on Tuesday.For Bul who drew 1-1 in their last game away to in-form Bright Stars, will bank on Oromochan Villa, Douglas Owori, Deogracious Ojok, Hamis Tibita, Patrick Ssembuya and Yunus Sibira, to take care of Onduparaka.Match Facts:This will be the fifth top flight meeting between the two sides.In the first four, Bul have never beaten Onduparaka (D3 L1).Last season, the Arua based side took four points off Bul including a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.Bul head into the game on a three match winless run (D2 L1). Their last victory in the league came in a 4-1 victory over Ndejje at the start of last month.At home, the Jinja based side have lost only two of their last 13 league games (W7 D4).For Masaba’s side, the go into Tuesday’s fixture having lost only 3 of their last 20 league games (W11 D6).Away from home, Onduparaka have lost onlt 2 of their last 10 outings (W6 D2).Other League Fixtures on Tuesday:– Paidah Black Angels vs Kirinya JSS @4:30pm– Express FC vs KCCA FC @4pm– Ndejje University vs SC Villa @4:30pm– Mbarara City vs Tooro United @4:30pm– Maroons FC vs Nyamityobora FC @4:30pmComments Tags: Bul FConduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgGordon Bartlett has stepped down as manager of Wealdstone after 22 years in charge.The decision was taken by mutual consent, with the Stones sitting 18th in National League South but keen to chase a play-off place.The 61-year-old will remain with the club in a new role encompassing youth development and community football.Since taking over in 1995, Bartlett has taken Wealdstone from Isthmian League Division Three to eighth in National League South last sseason.Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden said an announcement on Bartlett’s successor would be made in due course. Praise for BakayokoEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte believes the size of the occasion gave Tiémoué Bakayoko the energy to get through his Chelsea debut despite the midfielder not being fully fit.Bakayoko was hurried back after a knee problem for the game against Tottenham at Wembley because Cesc Fabregas’ suspension left the Blues short of other midfield options.Boss Conte was reluctant to include the summer signing from Monaco but felt he had no choice.The France international rose to the challenge, playing a starring role in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory – and surprisingly managing to complete the full 90 minutes.Conte said: “Don’t forget I was a player and I know that sometimes motivation brings you to get over your physical condition.“In a great stadium, against a great opponent, with a great atmosphere you can have a performance like that.” Linfield to discuss QPR’s Smyth offerEmbed from Getty ImagesLinfield’s directors are expected to meet this week to discuss QPR’s offer for forward Paul Smyth.Rangers have submitted a bid for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international, who turns 20 next month and is under contract until 2019.There have been reports linking Reading with Smyth and speculation over how much Linfield want for the player.But QPR have not received an answer since making their offer and no other clubs appear to have made an approach.A Reading scout recently watched a Linfield game, leading to reports the Royals are chasing Smyth. Holloway plans changesEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway plans to make changes for QPR’s EFL Cup second-round clash with Brentford on Tuesday.Holloway’s side continued their encouraging start to the season by coming from behind to beat Hull on Saturday.And the Rangers manager is now hoping a number of his squad players will take their chance to impress in the west London derby.“I will have to play some different players and I want our fans to understand that,” he said. QPR U23s winQPR’s development side made it two wins out of two by beating Huddersfield 2-1.Axel Prohouly and Aramide Oteh scored for visitors in the game at Huddersfield’s training ground No Wembley jinx – PochettinoEmbed from Getty ImagesMauricio Pochettino has again played down the significance of Tottenham’s record at Wembley.Having struggled in their Champions League games at the national stadium, Spurs lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday in their first home league match there.They have now lost eight of their last 11 games at what will be their home ground until the club’s new stadium is constructed.But manager Pochettino insisted his side’s display against the champions showed they can perform at Wembley and that they did not deserve to lose.Asked if he felt the pitch being significantly larger than the one at White Hart Lane was a factor in their results, Pochettino said: “Please – we need to stop. If you watch football it was clear that Wembley was not the problem.”He added: “It doesn’t affect us but I understand that we (Pochettino and the media) need to talk about it.“Wembley is not the reason we lost the game. The team played really well and it’s not fair to blame Wembley. Wembley is one of the best places in the world to play football.“We created chances to score and they were more clinical than us. That’s football.” Victory for OusephEmbed from Getty ImagesRajiv Ouseph opened his World Badminton Championship campaign with a 21-15, 21-13 victory over Adam Mendrek in Glasgow.Hounslow’s Ouseph, the 16th seed, started to show his class in the latter half of the first game, a run of six straight points opening up an 18-12 lead.And when world number 117 Mandrek went wide, Ouseph took the game after 19 minutes. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgRedding >> Returning from injury, Red Bluff’s Jayne Brandt performed well in a number of events over the weekend at the Sierra Nevada Bill Rose Junior Olympics in Redding. Brandt won the 100 breast stroke, placed runner-up in the 200 breast stroke and finished top 10 in many more races of the 15- to 16-year-old group. Brandt’s victory in the 200 breast stroke was a personal best and AAA qualifying mark of 1 minute, 17.19 seconds. Brandt also helped spearheaded a couple relay wins, swimming …last_img read more

first_imgCall it the Sean McVay Effect.When the Los Angeles Rams hired McVay to be their head coach in January 2017, he was 30 years old, he was anything but a household name, and more than a few people around the league thought the hire was crazy.All he did was immediately turn quarterback Jared Goff — the former No. 1 overall pick who looked completely overwhelmed his rookie season — into an MVP candidate, and the Rams — a franchise widely mocked for its consistent mediocrity — into a bonafide Super …last_img read more

first_imgHere at ReadWriteStart, we frequently profile cities outside Silicon Valley that are thriving hot-spots for tech entrepreneurship. Our “Never Mind the Valley” series has featured cities like Austin, London, Montreal, New York, and Boulder.These cities tend to have strong business climates, but in particular they offer a strong community for startups – often, but not always, centered on universities. Frequently, these communities provide startup incubator or accelerator programs, or at the very least some sort of mentorship opportunities so that new entrepreneurs can work with those more established in the industry.As the new year kicks off, we’re looking for more cities to profile. You can contact us via email with your suggestions.Image credits: Minnesota Historical Society (via Flickr) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start#tips center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterslast_img read more