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New “Gale Force” Roller-Coaster Gets Thumbs-Up From Riders

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiIf shrieks and screams are any way to judge the thrill factor of an amusement ride, then the new Gale Force roller-coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove is already a blockbuster hit.Primal, high-pitched screeching filled the air above the Ocean City Boardwalk as riders got their first taste of a towering roller-coaster that is exhilarating one moment and terrifying the next.“Scary, that’s all I have to say,” 8-year-old Mia Plocinik exclaimed moments after stepping off the coaster Sunday afternoon.Her father, Chris Plocinik, of Newtown Square, Pa., chuckled at his daughter’s reaction. He loved the ride.“It was fast,” Plocinik said. “There were a lot of loop-de-loops. It is the best thing they have going now in Ocean City. They absolutely need something like this ride.”Chris Plocinik, left, joined by his family, signals his approval after riding the roller-coaster.The coaster propels riders through a series of breathtaking twists and turns at a top speed of 64 mph while zooming 125 feet high and plunging earthward at about a 90-degree drop. Riders also flip upside down and travel backwards, adding to the heart-pounding thrills.“They love it. Everything’s been positive. It’s been the best experience everyone has ever had on a roller-coaster,” said Jon Mahony, a Playland electrical mechanic for the ride.Jason Benoit, a Playland maintenance worker, said the coaster leaves most riders breathless. “There’s anything from hysterical laughter to shock,” he added.The eagerly anticipated coaster made its debut Friday evening, just in time for the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff of the bustling summer tourism season at the Jersey Shore.Gale Force serves as the new centerpiece attraction at Playland’s Castaway Cove, Ocean City’s oldest amusement park. It serves as another example of how Playland, which was founded in 1959, has evolved over the years to ratchet up the excitement level and meet the changing demands of its customers.“For the first two days, it’s been great,” Brian Hartley, Playland’s vice president, said of the early public reaction to the coaster. “So far, when people get off the ride, the first thing they say is, ‘Oh my God, it’s so fast.’”At the highest point of the roller-coaster, riders zoom up 125 feet and then make a sharp downward turn.At times, the ride gives you the sensation of free-falling, as if you’re plummeting off the side of a cliff. The ground below disappears as the coaster seemingly contorts, zigzags and swerves along the serpentine, blue track that looms above the Boardwalk at 10th Street.“It was a real adrenalin rush,” said rider Chris Christensen, 35, of Wilmington, Del. “It pushes you forward and then turns you around. But it lands you safely with a smile.”The ride doesn’t merely start, it “launches” 70 feet into the air at the very beginning. The launch deceives riders into thinking that they will travel forward, but suddenly the coaster shifts into reverse and moves backwards at high speed.The coaster also hangs upside down, shoots up to 125 feet at its highest point and drops steeply toward the ground. If that’s not enough, there’s also an array of stomach-churning dips, twists and turns during the approximately 50-second ride.“I think I’m going to puke,” joked 8-year-old James Shephard, who rode the coaster with his sister, Allie, and her friend, Mya Coupe.Allie Shephard, 11, said she was amazed by the coaster’s speed. Mya Coupe, 12, called the ride “really exhilarating.”The Shephard family and their friend, Mya Coupe, left, enjoyed both riding the coaster and watching it from the ground.Theresa and Eric Shephard, the parents of James and Allie, chose not to go on the ride, instead watching their children from a decidedly more sedate spot on the ground. The Shephards live in Newtown Square, Pa., and have a vacation home in the Gardens section of Ocean City.Theresa Shephard, a structural engineer, said she was fascinated by the roller-coaster while it was under construction.“I watched it go up,” she said. “We were waiting with bated breath for it to open. I think it’s phenomenal. It is a simple design, considering the complexity of the ride.”Playland’s Castaway Cove is located on the Boardwalk between 10th and 11th streets. Tickets for the Gale Force roller-coaster are $14, although there is a special $10 pass valid for a single ride. Rules and restrictions for the coaster, including a 48-inch minimum height requirement for riders, are listed on a large sign. Rides are ready for visitors at Playland’s Castaway Cove.last_img read more

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CSR watch

first_imgLondon bakeries keen to organise events highlighting sustainable business practices, such as organic or Fairtrade sourcing, are eligible for grants under a new scheme.Launched by the London Development Agency and London Food Link, the scheme has a total of £70,000 to distribute in small grants of £500 to £5,000.”This is a great opportunity for London’s community groups and small food businesses to put on events that connect local people with where their food comes from, how it is grown and the personalities that work to make it fresh and affordable,” said Ben Reynolds of London Food Link.The fund will help deliver the London Assembly’s Food Strategy Implementation Plan, published in September, which aims to create a sustainable food system for the capital.Grants will be available for a range of events from helping bakers to buy local organic produce to showcasing sustainable food at community events.Jenny Jones, chair of London Food, which delivered the plan, said: “People are concerned about the environmental and social effects of food and are ready to do something about it. The grants will encourage businesses and consumers to buy fresher, healthier and more affordable food, while reducing environmental impact.”For further information see [http://www.londonfoodlink.org]last_img read more

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Promotional material: Leaving hospital to go to another place of care: patient leaflet

first_imgThe leaflet is shown to patients prior to their discharge from hospital to go to further non-acute bedded care, such as a care home.last_img

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5 video marketing trends to guide your credit union’s marketing strategy post-COVID

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Details Videos under two minutes long get the most engagement. 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound, while 60% of Instagram Stories are watched with the sound on. 33% of viewers will stop watching a video after 30 seconds, 45% by one minute, and 60% by two minutes. When viewing videos, 75% of people prefer to watch horizontally. 82% of people find it annoying to watch videos with a “black bar” where the video hasn’t been properly optimized to display in their chosen orientation.  Over the last few months, we’ve seen an explosion of video content across platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and more. For the most part, quarantine has been a golden age for organic video content; and, if you’re like me, you’ve likely caught yourself in a YouTube spiral or the Instagram/Facebook vortex (watching video after video with no concept of time) more than once this quarantine. The power and reach of video has completely transformed the way we consume information and entertainment, thanks in part to an increased reliance on social media and digital technology, as well as the relative ease with which to make viral video content. Last year alone, individuals consumed on average 84 minutes of online video per day. With that number predicted to hit 100 minutes in 2021, and climb even higher in the coming years, a major part of your credit union’s marketing strategy now and beyond COVID-19 should definitely be focused on gaining a larger share of members/consumers’ extremely valuable screen time. Because online video is a dynamic and rapidly evolving marketing delivery channel, it’s vital to stay on top of the latest insights that can help your credit union create a stronger digital video marketing strategy for your members. Here are some important video marketing trends and statistics you should keep in mind as you plan your marketing and video strategy for a post-COVID world: Consumers prefer video ad content – With more than 57% of millennials watching more video ads on social media than on TV, video content has quickly morphed into the most effective tool for your credit union to build recognition, relevancy, and trust with young, new members in your community. Additionally, studies show that 54% of consumers want to see more video ad content from a brand or business they support, especially on social media. This trend bodes especially well for credit unions, who often have very loyal and engaged members/fans. Achieve a better ROI with video – When it comes to marketing your credit union’s products and service, video content has proven to be one of the most effective ways to engage new members and secure loans. With 73% of consumers claiming that they have been influenced by a brand’s social media presence when making a purchasing decision, video is critical to the ongoing success of your brand and credit union. In fact, the majority of of consumers visit a brand’s social media pages before visiting their website, with YouTube (#1), Facebook (#2), and Instagram (#3) being the top 3 purchase-driving platforms. Overall video ads are the #1 way consumers discovered a brand they later made a purchase from. To that end, 62% of people said they were more interested in a product after seeing it in a Facebook Story, and 1 in 4 consumers made a purchase after seeing a story on Instagram. Additionally, don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn when it comes to your credit union’s business marketing efforts, as it is by far the number one lead generation platform for B2B.Video can help educate your members more effectively – Video has proven to be the best way to teach current and potential members about your products or services. In general, consumers retain 95% of a message when viewed through a video, versus 10% when reading it in text. Additionally, a study by HubSpot found that 72% of customers would rather learn about a product or service by way of video. This is being reflected in the fact that video marketers are choosing to develop more 30 second clips for video advertising than 15 second clips.  Video can increase your digital footprint and drive conversions –  With the algorithms of most major digital platforms now favoring video, it’s essential to start developing video content for both your website and social media. A video is 53 times more likely to show up on page one of Google than a traditional web page. Properly optimized video content can also help to increase your organic search traffic to your website by 157%, as well as boost the conversion rates on your product and service landing pages by up to 80%. And, on the social media front, videos generate 1,200% more shares than text and image content combined. Social media networks have long recognized the power and high engagement that comes with video content. Many have even altered their algorithms to prioritize video content on your members’ feed. Of note, if you regularly send emails to your members, adding video to your emails can potentially increase the click rate back to your website or landing page by nearly 300%.Make video content part of your long-term marketing strategy – Video is here to stay and your credit union would be wise to capitalize on its power and reach. It’s estimated that by 2022, 82 percent of the global internet traffic will come from video streaming and downloads. However, as you work to build out your strategy, there are a number of things to keep in mind regarding consumer preference and behavior, including:center_img Despite the prevalence and success of video content marketing, many credit unions and marketers continue to avoid it, often citing lack of time (23%), not knowing where to start (21%), too expensive (12%), and more. A good mixture of in-house and externally sourced video production can help to reduce the time and expense associated with video content. Additionally, marketers should be more focused on regularly developing and publishing engaging and creative video content, rather than production quality and technical aspects that can inhibit and bog down your video strategy.With just your iphone, a basic point-and-shoot camera with video capability, or even a base-level DSLR camera, as well as some simple tools (tripod, basic microphone, and ring light) it’s easy to get started. From there, you can start developing a variety of quick and easy video to bolster your social media and website, including educational videos, how-to product and service videos, news content, blog/article recaps, event promotion videos, thank you videos, testimonials, behind the scenes, Q&As with employees, mini-case studies, and more. A few pieces of advice for those of you just starting out: Be sure to plan out/storyboard your videos; also, consider developing a plug-and-play content series that you can publish on a regular cadence (check out this simple video series I created for Black Hills Federal Credit Union); and, finally, have fun!last_img read more

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Brisbane homes sell under the hammer for over $2 million

first_img52 Emma St, KalingaAt 52 Emma St, Kalinga, not even the wet weather could keep the crowds at bay. Inside 52 Emma St, Kalinga Mr Clarke said demand in the area was higher than ever before. “Families are coming from left, right and centre to secure at home here,” he said. “A lot of people are coming out of Ascot, Clayfield and Hamilton.” “They all want a piece of Kalinga.” Inside 52 Emma St, KalingaThe two level home sits on a 810sq m block in leafy Emma St, and has an in-ground swimming pool, wine cellar, cinema room and five bedrooms. Mr Clarke said this was the eleventh home the previous owner, a builder by the name of Mark Gordon Construct, had built. “So many people have asked for the builders name,” he said.“We got a lot of feedback from buyers saying how impressed they were by its exceptional quality.“It’s exactly the type of home buyers are looking for right now.“From the very first day I saw it, I had every confidence we were going to achieve a very good result.” 20 Davidson St, Newmarket sold under the hammer for $2.66mIn Newmarket, around 70 people attended the auction of 20 Davidson St, which sold under the hammer for $2,660,000. Marketing agent Ian Cuneo of Ray White, Ascot, said buyers were attracted to the homes “exquisite charm and period features” and large land size. Auctioneer Matthew Condon at the auction of 52 Emma St, Kalinga.Marketing agent Tyson Clarke of Sotheby’s International Realty said this was a sensational result for the increasingly popular suburb. “I think it’s a really great sign of how much prestige is in Kalinga,” he said. “The area is just getting so much attention from families wanting premium homes in a great neighbourhood.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago The home at 20 Davidson St, Newmarket.“It’s very unusual to find 2,428sq m of level land in the inner-city,” he said. The home includes five bedrooms plus an office, library and multiple living areas, which Mr Cuneo describes as being “generous in their stature.” More than 200 arrived to watch the auction of 52 Emma St, Kalinga.The opening bid kicked off what was to be an exciting auction at $1,900,000, with the deal being sealed with the raise of the paddle and a final bid of $2,550,000. REAL ESTATE: 20 Davidson St, Newmarket.The homes traditional features include VJ walls, high ceilings, a double-sided fireplace, bay windows, picture rails and a wide hallway. The home at 52 Emma St, KalingaMore than 200 spectators watched on as a bidding war broke out between three competitive buyers.last_img read more

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Blue chip interest ramps up in coveted school zone

first_img MORE: House comes with helicopter parking 129 Towers St: Fully enclosed downstairs entertainment space, great for a relaxing afternoon with children.“Most of them are local buyers who can identify that it’s a good location, a good street, good address. It’s a good spot and those opportunities don’t come up for sale very often.”The five bedroom, three bathroom home has parking for two vehicles, a pool and multiple living zones. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago129 Towers St: Entertainer’s veranda off the kitchen runs the length of the house.Among homes set for auction this weekend was 129 Towers Street, Ascot, which has had 48 groups through the property already.The home, which goes under the hammer at 10am Saturday (July 13), has two pre-registered bidders with “a few more expected on the day”.“It’s fully renovated, you can move straight in, there’s nothing to do,” Mr Shean said. “The people looking are mostly young families with children or those with a view to wanting to get into Ascot State School later.” The city leading Australia’s property recovery 129 Towers St: An extra lounge off the central living zone has bi-fold windows that open up with views to the pool downstairs.The suburb currently has 82 homes listed for sale on realestate.com.au, nine of which were under offer. Ray White Ascot agent Alexander Shean expected to be really busy in the run in through to Spring.“There is a shortage of good listings in the school zone at the moment so that’s why it’s attracted good interest,” he said.“School’s back next week so we do expect the inquiry level to pick up even more. It is very strong at the moment and we do expect it to get stronger. It will be a good lead up to Spring and then in Spring we expect things to ramp up.” Inside Tim Cahill’s ultimate sports star mansioncenter_img On the same street as Ascot State School, this home at 129 Towers Street goes under the hammer at 10am Saturday (Sept 13).A shortage of blue chip homes on the market in a coveted school zone has seen interest ramp up, with competition set to rise in Spring. Strong interest was coming off inspections from potential buyers looking through properties on the market in Brisbane suburb Ascot, according to those on the ground, with the end to the school holidays expected to see that jump even more. 129 Towers St: The kitchen has a range of Miele appliances, gas cooktop, island bench and opens directly onto the entertainer’s veranda.It’s fully fenced, with automatic garage door and gate, fully ducted and zoned airconditioning, Vacu-Maid, back to base security, three external security cameras with recording system, 21 solar panels and three phase power.The home is open for a half-hour inspection at 9.30am Saturday (July 13) with the auction to follow straight after. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

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Crucial Step for NY & NJ Harbor Study

first_imgA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study aimed at improving navigation and generating transportation-cost savings for deep-draft ships using New York and New Jersey Harbor terminals reached a key milestone Thursday.Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, chief of engineers and USACE commanding general, signed a Chief’s Report, recommending the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study’s findings for authorization by Congress.Norfolk District led the comprehensive study, but it was a joint Corps effort that included New York and Mobile districts.“This is a tremendous achievement for USACE as we worked collaboratively with multiple districts,” said Col. Patrick Kinsman, Norfolk District commander. “More importantly, this collective team worked tirelessly to develop a solution for our partners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. We’re looking to improve efficiencies and reduce risk to port operations by providing anchorage space for larger vessels that currently do not have it.” Larger vessels calling on the port now exceed maximum anchorage dimensions – 47 feet below mean lower low water and a length of 1,100 feet, according to the report. Those ships can’t use the anchorage at all and typically go straight to dock – unless there are weather issues.The new anchorage would allow these larger vessels to anchor without going back to the ocean, officials said. As future ships increase in size, they will have a reliable anchorage once it’s built.The New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study’s recommendations include: deepening Gravesend Anchorage to a required depth of 50 feet MLLW, widening it to 3,000 feet with associated approach-area modifications and a maximum designed swing area up to 3,600 feet, and dredging about 950,000 cubic yards of material.The project’s estimated cost is $25.3 million, with USACE covering 65% and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, its nonfederal sponsor, picking up 35%.The Chief’s Report will undergo further review by the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works and Office of Management and Budget before formal submittal to Congress.The report’s signing also permits start of the preconstruction, engineering and design phase, which shifts to New York District responsibility. That covers project design and typically lasts up to three years.last_img read more

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Fund Raising

first_imgAnybody who has ever coached or taught for any length of time has been involved with some type of fund raiser.  I have already talked about several of the ones that Batesville and other area schools use.  On vacation to visit the grandchildren in Iowa we ran into quite an unusual one.  This particular fund raiser had some unique ways to donate.  The church school has a tuition foundation to help area kids attend a private school.  In Iowa you evidently can receive a 65% tax credit for these types of donations.  They suggest that you give, of course, cash which is our normal way to donate.  However, they had two other ways that you could get this tax deduction.  If you are afraid the stock market might crash, they suggest you convert some of your stocks as a gift.  But, the third way to donate really caught my eye!  For as much as 102% tax credit they will take grain!!  So, instead of hauling this fall’s crop to the local mill, you can give them the grain.  However, I think what they really meant was that you sell the grain as usual and then donate the profits to the foundation.  How many of you would be willing to donate an acre or two to your school or favorite athletic program?  Oh, by the way, there is one farming operation in this Iowa county that has 20,000 acres.  I doubt if the corporation would miss an acre or two.last_img read more

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Police Blotter 04-06-2020

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Gunners look for injury link

first_imgArsenal will review their medical and training methods after Mesut Ozil became the latest key player to be sidelined by a muscular injury. German playmaker Ozil is expected to be sidelined for around a month, possibly even six weeks, with a grade two hamstring tear. He joins Aaron Ramsey in the treatment room, with the Wales midfielder having seen his own comeback from a thigh injury ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham now put on hold. “When the minimum is three weeks, the maximum is six. “Honestly I am not specialist enough to know. It’s a grade two hamstring (injury), (so) let’s say four weeks.” Defender Gibbs is struggling to recover from a calf problem and Wilshere is sidelined by the fractured foot he suffered while on international duty with England. Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom, though, could make his first appearance since signing on loan from Spartak Moscow now he has recovered from a back problem sustained before he joined on deadline day. Wenger is confident the loss of Ozil will not prevent Arsenal getting their title challenge back on course at bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday. “It is a blow, of course, but I am confident we have the quality to deal without him during that period,” said Wenger, whose side could be 10 points behind leaders Chelsea before they kick off at White Hart Lane. “We have many creative players in our squad who can take over and produce quality performances. “I am convinced that the team is ready, even without Ozil, to go for the challenge.” Following their FA Cup quarter-final win, the Gunners hold a match in hand on leaders Chelsea, but are seven points off top spot and currently in third place. Wenger is expecting a focused display from his side in what will be a heated atmosphere. “It has always been difficult at White Hart Lane, but we are in a position where of course we want to win the game, because after (losing at) Stoke, it is very important,” Wenger said. “We had a good result against Everton, we had a good result even at Bayern, but we must continue and have no more weak moments before the end of the season.” Press Association “I am concerned that happens,” Wenger said. “If you look at our overall injury list going into such a final decisive part of the season, we have no (Jack) Wilshere, (Theo) Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey. We went to Bayern with no (Kieran) Gibbs or (Nacho) Monreal. Of course it is a concern,” Wenger said. “For some, like Walcott (knee injury), it is completely bad luck, the rest maybe we have to find out why it happened. “We are analysing very deeply why it happened to see if there is a link between these injuries.” Ozil was substituted at half-time during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Germany, which followed on from an impressive display in what was his comeback after a recent break from action. “He had a very good game against Everton on Saturday and I feel he was handicapped from early on in the game by this hamstring because I saw him stretching a few times,” Wenger said. “I told my physio ‘is he all right because he looks to stretch his hamstring?’ It looks to me that he played a long period in that first half being injured.” Wenger added: “I don’t know for how long exactly he will be out, but it looks a minimum of three weeks. last_img read more

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