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Ocean City High School Wins 6th Straight Ed Byrnes Award

By on May 2, 2021

first_imgED BYRNES MEMORIAL ALL-SPORTS RANKINGS2016-17 OVERALL POINT LEADERSOcean City                  26Mainland                     25St. Augustine              14Middle Township          13Egg Harbor Township   12PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS2015-16             Ocean City2014-15             Ocean City2013-14             Ocean City2012-13             Ocean City2011-12             Middle Township/Ocean City (tie)2010-11             St. Augustine2009-10             Holy Spirit2008-09             Holy Spirit/Ocean City (tie)2007-08             St. Augustine2006-07             Ocean City2005-06             Ocean City2004-05             St. Augustine2003-04             St. Augustine2002-03             Mainland2001-02             Mainland2000-01             Ocean City/St. Augustine (tie)1999-2000         Absegami1998-99             Ocean City1997-98             Ocean City/Vineland (tie)1996-97             Mainland1995-96             Mainland1994-95             Ocean City1993-94             Ocean City1992-93             Ocean City1991-92             Mainland1990-91             Mainland The final action of the school year by Cape-Atlantic League teams has been completed and, when the smoke cleared, Ocean City High School had won the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for 2016-17. It marked the sixth straight school year in which the Raiders have either won or shared the award, a first in the 27 years the award has been presented. It was the 15th time overall Ocean City has won or shared the award.But Mainland Regional, which has won the award six times, was just a point behind the Raiders.Ocean City got off to another great start in the fall with a state championship in field hockey and conference titles in boys and girls soccer and boys cross country. Among other highlights, the Raiders won South Jersey championships in girls swimming, girls basketball and golf.Among Mainland’s highlights were a state championship in boys swimming and South Jersey titles in boys soccer and boys and girls tennis.The all-sports award was created by Prime Events and Schoppy Inc. in 1991. It was renamed in memory of Byrnes, the longtime athletics director and football coach at Holy Spirit, after he died in February, 1996. Byrnes was president of the CAL for six years and had just won his 100th football victory three months before his death.The system used to determine a school’s final score in the competition awards points for championships won – both CAL and NJSIAA – with bonuses for the number of different sports in which they were won. Under this system, which rewards a sports program’s versatility, a school that wins one championship in each of two different sports will get a higher score than if it won two championships in the same sport. Only sports in which the CAL crowns a champion are considered.Among 2016-17 highlights:Ocean City won top honors in the American Conference for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine years.Middle Township led the National Conference for the sixth time in seven years.Ocean City has been first or tied for first in Cape May County in 19 of the last 20 years.St. Augustine won Atlantic County for the eighth time in the last 14 years.Middle Township was tops in the Coast Big Five for the seventh straight year.St. Augustine had the highest score in boys sports for the 16th time in the last 19 years.Ocean City was first in girls sports for the seventh straight year and 18th time in the award’s 27 years.Middle Township has now been best in the Coast Big Five in nine of the last 10 years.Ocean City’s score (26) equals its all-time highest in 1999.Mainland’s score (25) is its highest since it set the all-time record (32) in 2003.Wildwood Catholic’s score (11) was its highest since 2003. Ed Byrneslast_img read more

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Tailgate food safety

By on January 17, 2021

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s football season is in full swing, and football teams drawfans and foods to the stadium on game day. But without properconcern for safety, the food can leave fans sick in the stands.Elizabeth Andress, an extension food safety specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences,warns people of the health risks of tailgating.”Tailgate parties are a perfect opportunity for there to betemperature abuse of foods,” Andress said. “People should payclose attention to make sure cold foods are staying cold enoughand hot foods are heated to the right temperatures so peopledon’t perish with food-borne illness.”Cold foods should be coldThe cold foods shouldn’t be just cool. “People need to make sure they’re packing really good-quality coolers with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs,” Andress said. “All the food in your cooler needs to stay at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.”It’s possible to keep food in the cold safety zone, she said, ifyou pack properly. “Thoroughly chill cold items before you putthem into the cooler,” she said. Gel packs are good for coolers, she said, because they warm upvery slowly once out of the freezer.”Check the temperature of foods in the cooler often to make surethey’re cold enough,” she said. “Discard perishable foods thathave been in the temperature danger zone, from 40 to 140 degreesFahrenheit, for more than two hours,” Andress said.Keep raw and read-to-eat separateIn safely packing coolers, keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods they can contaminate. Do this from the storeto the tailgate.”This means keeping foods separate in the grocery cart,refrigerator and cooler,” Andress said. “Pack raw foods belowcooked foods in the cooler with some kind of separation betweenthem.”She suggests using one cooler for drinks and snacks and anotherfor raw foods and using separate cutting boards, utensils andplates for raw and cooked foods.People often get sick, too, from not cooking hamburgers, chicken,or even hotdogs well enough, she said.Chicken is a popular food for tailgating, and raw chicken hasSalmonella bacteria on it that can easily be transferred ontoother foods.”Problems can arise when the bacteria transfers to foods likerolls or vegetables, because those foods may not even getcooked,” Andress said.Don’t use color as an indicatorA common misconception is that you can rely on colors to tell howdone a piece of meat is.”People … tend to go by whether juices run clear or the insideis no longer pink,” Andress said. “These aren’t good indicatorsthat important bacteria like E. coli 0157 are no longer present.”She recommends a better way to check foods on the grill. “One ofthe best investments you can make to prevent food-borne illnessis to invest in a thermometer,” Andress said. “Hamburgers shouldbe heated to at least 160 degrees F before eating them andchicken to 180 degrees F.” An important step in avoiding food-borne illnesses is to besafely clean.Wash hands frequently”It’s hard to be clean at a tailgate party or picnic, but it’simportant to wash hands before and after handling foods,” Andresssaid. “Be sure to take something with you to be prepared forcleaning up utensils or anywhere you are actually setting fooditems.”Andress said some of the most common food-borne illnesses arerelated to people passing diseases to each other due to uncleanhands.”Staph poisoning is very common,” Andress said. “We all haveStaphylococcus bacteria on us, and without properly cleaninghands and utensils, we can pass them from person to food. Oncedeposited on food, Staph bacteria can multiply and produce toxinsif the food is in the temperature danger zone for too long.”last_img read more

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Watch: Doherty slams Minister over broken promises on Community Hospitals

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgSinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty has repeated his criticism of the Government over its ‘bare-faced lies’ on the future of St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.Speaking to Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, Deputy Doherty raised the issued of the government’s failure to approve the capital funding required to redevelopment St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.The Donegal T.D. accused the government of acting in ‘bad faith’ and of ‘drip-feeding misinformation’ to both communities over the projects before condemning the fact that neither hospital has yet been allocated funding under the HSE Capital Plan. He criticised the HSE of “squandering money” on minor upgrades in at Ramelton and Stranorlar to ensure both units adhere to HIQA standards by 2021, while funding that was promised for their redevelopment has not materialised.Video via @PearseDohertyTDSpeaking in the Dáil yesterday, Pearse Doherty TD said: “Minister Daly you sat with myself and other Deputies as well as the hospitals committee members who travelled a long distance from Donegal to come to the Oireachtas on 7th November last and you told us, along with Department officials, that these projects were going ahead.“You told us that there would be detailed design for these projects by 2019 and they would go to planning in early 2020 and that there would need to be sequencing in terms of patient transferring to Letterkenny while these works were ongoing – yet that is not happening. “Your promise has been broken and there is deep suspicion in the communities involved over what government has told them because of this and because you have not given the go ahead for these projects to commence.”Following the heated debate, Deputy Doherty is now urging the Government to change tack and to immediately sanction the finance required to proceed with the redevelopment plans and secure the long term future of the hospitals.Watch: Doherty slams Minister over broken promises on Community Hospitals was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:COMMUNITY HOSPITALSPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

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BRICS Development Bank officially opens for business

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February. This marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website. (Image: BRICS Business Council, via Facebook)The National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February, which marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations, in a statement released on 7 March 2016.#China, #BRICS bank sign #documents. Read more: https://t.co/iAtjjnwSuv pic.twitter.com/afZd2Z4vdk— Fakhrul Alam (@fakhrulalam88) February 28, 2016The headquarters was first opened in July 2015, following the formal agreement on the bank’s establishment between BRICS leaders at its fifth annual summit, held in South Africa in 2013.The NDB is busy establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg, as outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2016 Budget Speech.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website for a variety of mid- and high-level positions at the institution.South Africa’s first instalment of R2-billion was paid to the bank in December last year, according to the minister’s 2016 Budget Review, and the budget makes provision for further commitments over the medium term.The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion (about R770-billion), which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.While China may have the largest share of voting rights in the bank with its $41-billion pledged contribution, the South African contribution and its work in the organisation will go a long way to developing the rest of the continent as an emerging economic power.“This initiative,” Gordhan said his address to Parliament, “gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions.”The bank will focus on lending money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects. Economists consider the NDB a viable and necessary alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, one that will bring the focus back to developing the BRICS member nations as well as emerging nations on their respective continents.To achieve this, the bank will support public and private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.This primary focus will complement BRICS’ existing efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development. The NDB will also co-operate with international organisations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the bank.The BRICS economies comprise more than 3 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area and global gross domestic product.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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