New Regulations to Prevent Beach Takeovers by Vendors

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIDon’t hog the beach.Ocean City is making that point clear through a new set of regulations to prevent beach vendors that rent out lounge chairs and umbrellas from dominating large swaths of the shoreline.“The amended beach ordinance was drafted in consultation with existing beach vendors to avoid some of the issues we experienced last summer and to address other ongoing issues,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said.Last summer, the city saw one vendor, Frenchy’s, take over a section of the popular Ninth Street beach next to the Music Pier with its bright yellow lounge chairs and red-and-yellow umbrellas.Frenchy’s, a French fries business on the Boardwalk, later reached an agreement to lease the concession service to another company after negotiations with the city. The lease included terms that prevented the new vendor, Swift Beach Services, from setting up chairs and umbrellas before they were rented – a move that freed up a big part of the beach for the public.“I want to thank the owners of both companies for agreeing to these terms at the request of the city, and I want everybody to know that the city will do whatever it takes to preserve public access to the beach on behalf of every resident, guest and business in town,” Mayor Jay Gillian said last summer while announcing the deal. The new beach regulations for this summer, adopted by City Council on April 23, spell out in great detail the rules that vendors must follow while renting out umbrellas, chairs and boogie boards.Council President Peter Madden said in an interview Friday that the regulations are designed to make sure that vendors and everyone else on the beach “are comfortable” with each other while sharing the sand.“It’s to avoid what we experienced last year,” Madden said, echoing Bergen’s comments about vendors taking up too much space on the beaches.This summer, beach vendors will not be allowed to set up umbrellas and empty chairs ahead of time, unless they are pre-paid.The regulations specify where the vendors may set up, how long they are allowed to be there and how they can advertise themselves, along with myriad other requirements “to maintain an open accessway along the beach.”“The rental of beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards on the beach is a service which benefits many beachgoers and which, if conducted in an orderly manner, can be a benefit to the city’s residents, property owners and visitors,” the regulations say.In short, the regulations stress that rental umbrellas or chairs will not be allowed to “impede public use of the beach nor access to the ocean.”They also “shall not obstruct any beach access path nor the emergency access corridor/trough which is parallel to and adjacent to the Boardwalk,” according to an excerpt from the regulations.Hoping to avoid a repeat of last summer, the regulations also prevent vendors from setting up chairs and umbrellas before beachgoers arrive, unless they are pre-paid.The city received complaints last summer after Frenchy’s set up umbrellas and empty lounge chairs ahead of time, occupying a large section of the beach next to the Music Pier.One of the requirements states that vendors “shall use their best efforts to avoid setting up chairs too close to others on the beach.” That regulation seems particularly timely with the social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.Another requirement calls for umbrellas to be anchored or tethered in the sand to prevent them from blowing down the beach and possibly injuring someone.“All persons renting and using beach umbrellas shall be mindful of weather conditions including, but not limited to, wind velocity and wind direction, and shall take umbrellas down when conditions warrant so as to prevent injuries from windswept umbrellas,” according to the regulations.Bergen, the city spokesman, said he was not aware of any serious beach injuries in recent years in Ocean City caused by wind-blown umbrellas.“It’s not at all uncommon for the wind to send umbrellas tumbling down the beach. I don’t know of any serious injuries in recent years, but the ordinance applies to everybody and is designed to prevent them,” he said. Frenchy’s umbrella and lounge chair rentals occupied a prime piece of real estate on the Ninth Street beach last summer.last_img read more

‘Gay cake’ legal row going to Court of Human Rights

first_imgA customer whose request for a cake supporting gay marriage was refused is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights.The incident has already prompted a string of legal battles, most recently in the Supreme Court, which last year ruled Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company did not discriminate against gay rights activist Gareth Lee.Ashers, which is run by owners with Christian beliefs, refused to make a cake showing Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie alongside the motto ‘Support Gay Marriage’. The business was originally found guilty of discrimination, and also later lost an appeal against the decision, but the Supreme Court upheld Ashers’ appeal against claims of discrimination last October. The court found the bakery did not refuse to fulfil the order because of Lee’s sexual orientation, but because it objected to the message on the cake.However, the case is now heading for the European Court of Human Rights after Lee instructed Belfast law firm Phoenix Law.This time, the case is not against Ashers, but against the United Kingdom itself, with lawyers set to argue that the Supreme Court failed to give appropriate weight to Lee’s rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.Phoenix plans to challenge the idea that a business can have religious beliefs, arguing that its owners may, but businesses, brands and companies are separate from their owners and their personal and private views.“I’d fight for the rights of business owners to be able to hold their own religious beliefs, I have my own beliefs,” said Lee. “But that’s not what my case has ever been about. This is about limited companies being somehow able to pick and choose which customers they will serve. It’s such a dangerous precedent.”Human rights solicitor Ciaran Moynagh, who will act for Lee, said he was concerned that the Supreme Court ruling allowed any company, its shareholders or owners to hold religious or political views and those views trumped the rights of its customers.The Christian Institute, which supported Ashers throughout its court cases, said it was surprised anyone would want to overturn the Supreme Court ruling, adding that it protected gay business owners from being forced to promote views they don’t share, just as much as it protected Christian business owners.“The judgment in favour of Ashers was welcomed by lawyers and commentators from across the spectrum because it protects people of all views,” said The Christian Institute deputy director Simon Calvert.“Judges at the UK’s highest court could not have been clearer in their decision: Ashers’ objection to the cake was to the message, not Gareth Lee himself.”last_img read more

Young Concert Artist Winner To Perform At The Washington Center

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsJanuary 31 at 7:30 pmFirst Prize Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, violist Veit Hertenstein is one of the most exciting musicians on his instrument to emerge in years.  He has already garnered recognition for his exciting stage presence and virtuoso artistry.   Highlights this season debut include recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and the Levine School of Music as well as performances at the Davos Festival in Switzerland, and the Usedom Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.Mr. Hertenstein will make his New York debut at Merkin Hall in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert and his Washington, D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater next season presented by the Young Concert Artists Series.  He was also awarded YCA’s Slomovic Prize and seven performance prizes.  Mr. Hertenstein has participated in the Marlboro Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and the Verbier Festival in 2009 and 2010, where he was awarded the “Henri Louis de la Grange” special viola prize.  He appeared at Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy in Rolle, Switzerland in 2008.  As a guest artist, Mr. Hertenstein has appeared with the Trio Wanderer, the Modigliani Quartet, and has performed chamber music and conducted educational outreach with the violinist Midori in Japan in 2010.In addition to winning a viola concerto commission from Pro Helvetia to be written by Swiss composer Nicolas Bolens, Mr. Hertenstein has won several important competitions.  In 2009 he was the first violist ever to win the New Talent Competition of the European Broadcasting Union, founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1969, which led to radio broadcasts throughout Europe.  That same year Mr. Hertenstein was a prize-winner of the first Tokyo International Viola Competition, which led to performance at La Folle Journée festivals in Nantes, France and Tokyo in 2010 and 2011, as well as an appearance at the Viola Space Festival in Tokyo in 2011 where he also conducted master classes.  In 2007 he was the first violist to win First Prize at the Orpheus Competition in Zurich, which brought his debut recording on Euro-Classics.Mr. Hertenstein has performed in master classes for György Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabor Takács-Hagy, Yuri Bashmet, and Kim Kashkashian and in turn has taught master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory.Born in 1985 in Augsburg, Germany, Mr. Hertenstein began studying the violin and piano at the age of 5 and switched to the viola when he was 15.  At the age of 19, he studied with Nicolas Corti, violist of the Amati Quartet at Zurich Hochschule der Künste.  In 2009 he earned an artist diploma at the Haut Ecole de Musique in Geneva working with violist Nobuko Imai and with Miguel da Silva, violist of the Ysaye Quartet.  He plays a 1701 David Tecchler viola.Tickets are $16.00 Adults and $5.00 Youth.  Please contact the Box Office at 360-753-8586 or www.washingtoncenter.org for ticket sales.last_img read more

Molinari survives wild day to win British Open

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Molinari settled for the best cheer of them all.The last one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Amid so much chaos — seven players atop the leaderboard, six of them still tied on the back nine — Molinari played a steady hand by going the entire weekend without a bogey and finishing with a 5-foot birdie putt that secured his place in history as Italy’s first major champion.“Clearly, in my group, the attention wasn’t really on me, let’s put it that way,” Molinari said, the gleaming claret jug in front of him. “If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren’t expecting it from me. But it’s been the same the whole of my career.” LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Hamilton wins German GP as rival Vettel crashes late on DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs His charge was a 2-under 69 in the strongest wind of the week, the only player from the last four groups to break par.Woods lost the lead with one bad swing that would have been even farther left of the 11th green had it not crashed into the fans, leading to double bogey. He followed that with a bogey and never caught up. He had to settle for a 71.Jordan Spieth, tied for the lead in his bid to go back-to-back in the British Open, failed to make a single birdie and shot 76, his highest score Sunday in a major.Kevin Chappell made two double bogeys, the last one on No. 17 that derailed his hopes. Kevin Kisner made his double bogey early. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose each made a run with eagles on the par-5 14th hole, McIlroy with a 50-foot putt , Rose with a second shot that bounced off the base of the pin. They ran out of holes.Xander Schauffele, the last hope to keep alive the American streak of five straight majors, was one shot behind until he sent a long iron to the right of the 17th and failed to make a 15-foot putt for par.ADVERTISEMENT And then he lost it with two bad holes. Still in range, he couldn’t get close enough for a birdie when it mattered. It was the first time since the 2007 U.S. Open that he trailed going into the final round of a major, had the lead and didn’t win.His anger over his mistakes was tempered by perspective, comparing it to Serena Williams losing in the finals at Wimbledon.“The beginning of the year, if they’d have said, ‘You’re playing The Open Championship,’ I would have said I’d be very lucky to do that. Serena and I are good friends. I’m sure she’ll probably call me and talk to me about it because you’ve got to put things in perspective. … I know that it’s going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I’m at now, blessed.”It might sting even worse for Spieth. One day after a bogey-free round of 65 to share the lead, he had a birdie-free round at the worst time. His best chance was at the 14th, where he three-putted for par from about 40 feet.“When you put yourself in position enough times, it goes your way sometimes, it doesn’t go your way sometimes,” Spieth said, who goes to the PGA Championship in three weeks for a chance at the career Grand Slam.The victory adds to Molinari’s best stretch of golf.Now at a career-best No. 6 in the world, he has won three times and been runner-up twice in his last six tournaments. One of those was three weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National when he shot 62 in the final round and Woods, the tournament host, presented him the trophy.This round wasn’t flashy, and neither is Molinari. He saved par with 8-foot putts on the 12th and 13th, two of the most pivotal putts all day.But not the most memorable.“That putt on the last, I’ll never forget,” he said. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Francesco Molinari of Italy speaks during a press conference after winning the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Francesco Molinari didn’t get the loudest cheers for the best golf at British Open.He was overlooked for so much of Sunday playing alongside Tiger Woods, who caused pure pandemonium at Carnoustie by taking the lead in the final round of a major for the first time in nine years.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Molinari clinched it with a driver that skirted the edge of a pot bunker, leaving him a lob wedge from 112 yards to 5 feet. He poured it in, raised his right fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis.Then, he waited in the trailer to see if anyone could catch him. At one point, he went over to the practice green, but not to prepare for a playoff.“I probably would have felt sick watching on TV,” he said.Molinari finished at 8-under 276, the lowest score in eight Opens at Carnoustie, the course where Jean Van de Velde threw away the British Open with a triple bogey on the last hole in 1999, where Padraig Harrington twice hit into Barry Burn on the last hole to make double bogey and still won.“Just disbelief, to be honest,” the 35-year-old said. “To go the weekend bogey-free, it’s unthinkable. Playing with Tiger was another challenge. But I felt really good this morning. I felt I was ready for the challenge.”Woods had every reason to believe he would cap a most improbable comeback from four back surgeries.His red shirt blazing against the yellow grass of a dry Scottish summer, Woods hit driver into the wind on the par-4 fourth to set up birdie. Into the wind on the par-5 sixth, three deep bunkers to the right and out-of-bounds to the left, he got to the front of the green with a driver and a 3-wood for another birdie.And just like the Woods of old, the players he was chasing started to collapse.Spieth gambled with a shot to clear the burn on No. 6 and went into a gorse bush, making double bogey. Schauffele chopped up the next hole for double bogey.Woods had the lead.last_img read more

Views mixed over success of councils

first_img(818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When provided nurture and support, the neighborhood council can develop and grow out of infancy and adolescence and become a strong, healthy, well adjusted and vital contributor to a better Los Angeles,” said Cliff Jacobs, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. The 29-member blue-ribbon review commission is required by City Charter and was established in 1999 after voters approved the formation of the councils. Since their formation, the councils have been praised by some council members and constituents and virtually ignored as unnecessary and ineffective by others. Eighty-six neighborhood councils exist today with an annual budget of $50,000 a year for each council, totaling $4.3 million. The councils are overseen by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which some neighborhood council members complain overburdens them with bureaucratic requirements. [email protected] VAN NUYS – Dozens of community members gathered Tuesday to address a blue-ribbon panel put together to improve the operation of neighborhood councils, which have come under criticism for being too ineffective. Neighborhood council leaders from across the San Fernando Valley aired concerns that the local bodies lacked authority over building and planning issues, did not have sufficient support from the city, and were stymied by internal grievances. “Neighborhood councils are wasting time with squabbles and infighting instead of trying to make them better,” said Cile Borman, president of the Foothill Trails Neighborhood Council. Still, others said the seven-year experiment in citizen democracy was progressing as it should. last_img read more

India U-19 squads for England cricket tour announced

first_imgPromising Haryana batsman Himanshu Rana will lead the India Under-19 squad for next month’s two four-day matches against England while his compatriot Prithvi Shaw of Mumbai will skipper the side in the subsequent five one-day matches during the tour, a BCCI release stated on Friday.The Indian colts will start their tour with a two-day warm-up game on July 19-20 before playing the first four-day game from July 23-26 at Chesterfield. The second four-day match will be held from July 31-August 3 in Worcester.The first one-dayer will be played on August 7 at Cardiff followed by the second on August 9 at Canterbury. The third and fourth games will be played on August 12 and 14 at Hove and Bristol respectively, while the final one-dayer will be hosted at Taunton on August 16.Squads:Team for four-day matches: Himanshu Rana (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Manjot Kalra, Riyan Parag Das, S. Radhakrishnan, Harvik Desai, Het Patel, Harsh Tyagi, Ashok Sandhu, Rahul Chahar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Darshan Nalkande, Vivekanand Tiwari.Team for one-day matches: Prithvi Shaw (Captain), Shubman Gill, Himanshu Rana, S Radhakrishnan, Salman Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Harvik Desai, Het Patel, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Rahul Chahar, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Yash Thakur, Ishan Porel.last_img read more

Bale: I’d rather watch golf than PSG

first_imgReal Madrid Neymar? I’d rather watch the golf, says Bale Dom Farrell 07:43 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) GarethBale - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The Welshman hit top form for his side against Deportivo La Coruna and he is not about to spend free time worrying about PSG and Neymar Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is not worried about facing Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next month – because he is too busy watching golf.Bale continued his encouraging return to fitness with two goals and a man-of-the-match showing in Sunday’s 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna.Madrid remain 19 points behind leaders Barcelona and lie fourth in La Liga, meaning a third European title in succession represents a far more realistic prospect of silverware. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, Wales star Bale claims he is currently more interested in the form of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth than Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.”I don’t really watch much football, I’d rather watch the golf to be honest,” he told ESPN FC when asked about PSG’s prowess.”We’ve not really thought about the Champions League yet, it’s still a bit of time away.”We have to focus on each and every game at the moment, build confidence and get back to winning ways.”5 – Gareth Bale has scored five goals in 2018, more than any other La Liga player in all competitions. Express. pic.twitter.com/JpF08WuzJy — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018 Sunday certainly represented a step in the right direction after Adrian Lopez’s opener for Depor threatened to turn the Santiago Bernabeu’s atmosphere in a mutinous direction.But Bale inspired the turnaround, with Nacho and Cristiano Ronaldo also hitting braces, and he received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Lucas Vazquez.”Yeah, instead of whistles, which is always good,” he said, having previously been on the receiving end of Bernabeu abuse.”It would have been nice to have stayed on to get the hat-trick, but the most important thing is always to get the victory and to try and get some confidence back in the team.”last_img read more