Thrilling Reasons to Visit OCNJ this Fall and Beyond

first_imgMany visitors to Ocean City, NJ are content to do little more than bask on the beach. For others, it’s not a vacation without some high-velocity, gravity-defying adventure that sends them hurtling, plunging, flying, whirling and whooshing. Does this sound like you?Thrill-seekers don’t just crave that next big rush, they thrive on it. The reasons why are as varied as the thrill-seekers themselves. But whatever your reasons, Ocean City has exciting new land and water adventures designed to satisfy your need for speed.Drop Tower at Gillian’s Wonderland PierDrop Tower, the newest thrill ride at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, begins innocently enough. You slip into your seat and take a slow ride up, up, and up some more until you are suspended 130 feet in the air, legs dangling.From the top, you’ll get the most spectacular view of the OC skyline and Atlantic Ocean. If you can keep your eyes open. After a brief pause, feel your heart drop as you plunge a staggering 12 stories at a speed of 47 miles per hour.“The adrenaline was SICK. I did not stop shaking and feeling that euphoria for a good hour afterwards,” said a recent rider of the negative G-force experience. “It’s a thrill you’ll never forget.”GaleForce at Playland Castaway CoveSome call it blue steel. You just might call it the scariest coaster you’ve ever ridden. With a 64-mph launch, crests of 125 feet and a beyond-vertical 90 degree drop, what thrill-seeker wouldn’t want to tackle the insane speeds and extreme heights of this ride? You can read more about the coaster that will send you careening head over heels here.Wet and wildEvery summer season, the Jersey Shore draws daredevils looking to turn the Atlantic Ocean into their personal playground. Ocean City beaches offer up some of the best waves on the East Coast.  From surfing, speed boat rides and parasailing to kite surfing and jet skis, thrill seekers are constantly seeking new challenges in the inky ocean depths. You name the heart-pounding, hand-trembling, blood-racing, water-based thrill, and chances are good you’ll find it here in OCNJ. Are you in?  Visit www.rentingocnj.com today!last_img read more

Délifrance’s frozen assets

first_imgAccording to market data from consulting and research firm Gira, demand for frozen bread, particularly in the sandwich sector is growing and this trend is confirmed by bakery products supplier Délifrance. “The UK’s sandwich market is estimated to be worth £3.5bn,” says Lucy Pickersgill, UK marketing controller for Délifrance. “Our research shows that the use of frozen breads is growing, particularly in terms of sandwiches in foodservice outlets, where demand is high and costs have to be kept low.”The company’s most recent healthy-option bread launch, the DeliVital range, is also frozen. The company says the bread is packed with essential nutrients and the fatty acid Omega 3.Last month, the Délifrance flagship concept café in Man-chester was crowned Coffee Bar Sandwich Retailer of the Year by the British Sandwich Association. “Among other criteria, the judges looked at sandwich sales and the product range on offer. All our sandwiches are made using frozen Délifrance breads, which are baked-off on the premises every day,” says Pickersgill. “Concepts like the Délifrance Provencette, which can be supplied pre-filled and pre-grilled reduce preparation time and are easy to manage.”Délifrance has recently launched nine new bread lines, including mini Kaiser Rolls and a Sultana Batard.last_img read more

Weight and mortality

first_imgIn January, when the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a meta-analysis of 100 studies that probed the relationship between body mass index and mortality — studies that found slightly overweight people have lower all-cause mortality than normal weight and underweight people — media around the globe trumpeted the news.Many suggested that scientists had failed to understand something crucial about health, and questioned whether carrying extra weight might be healthier than being slim.“When I read the article I was somewhat taken aback. I wondered if I should send a ‘never mind’ note to all the people I’d taught about the risks of excess fat,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and an authority on the biology of obesity and diabetes.He wasn’t alone. Many others were perplexed by the findings gathered by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist Katharine Flegal, which contradict a preponderance of research indicating that there is a direct correlation between the risk of mortality and being overweight once factors such as lower weight from cigarette smoking, chronic disease, and wasting from frailty in the elderly are taken into account.To clear up the confusion, Flier worked with Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), to convene a panel of experts at HSPH on Feb. 20 to discuss the findings with the HMS and HSPH communities. Flegal, a senior scientist at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, was invited to the event, but did not attend.Information in context“We live in an era of near-ubiquitous access to information,” Frenk said, “but the University has an important role to play in providing context and analysis to help people judge the value of information they are consuming, especially when there are equivocal or controversial findings.”The panelists evaluated Flegal’s findings and pointed out a number of methodological errors in the study that they said resulted in the artificial appearance of a protective benefit in being overweight or mildly obese.“When something sounds too good to be true, it’s usually not true,” said Frank Hu, HSPH professor of nutrition and epidemiology and HMS professor of medicine.Methodological errorsThe selection criteria that Flegal used for her meta-analysis ruled out high-quality studies of 6 million people (more than twice as many as were represented in her analysis), said Hu. These studies, in aggregate, show that the highest survival rates are in normal weight people, not the overweight, Hu said.The studies that Flegal did use included many samples of people who were chronically ill, current smokers and elderly, according to Hu. These factors are associated with weight loss and increased mortality.In other words, people are not dying because they are slim, he said. They are slim because they are dying—of cancer or old age, for example. By doing a meta-analysis of studies that did not properly control for this bias, Flegal amplified the error in the original studies.There is also no known biological basis for any protective effect from being overweight, the panelists said, citing studies that show a clear connection between being overweight and conditions such as hypertension and insulin resistance, which are risk factors for coronary heart disease, stroke and several cancers.“Even as you get near the upper reaches of the normal weight range, you begin to see increases in chronic diseases,” said JoAnn Manson, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, HMS Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, and HSPH professor of epidemiology. “It’s a clear gradient of increase. There is no evidence here of any global protective factor for being overweight.”Flegal responded in an email to the criticisms by saying that she stands by her findings, which she noted had withstood review by the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and the editors and four of five reviewers at JAMA. She said that her team looked at 7,000 articles already in the medical literature.“We explicitly included studies that were prospective studies of adults that looked at all-cause mortality with BMI measured or reported at baseline and that used the standard international categories of BMI … used by the World Health Organization and the U.S. government,” Flegal said.Credibility of sciencePanelists, however, expressed concern that much of the popular journalism and commentary about Flegal’s research could undermine the credibility of science, citing articles that show studies wavering between alternating conclusions, and opinion pieces suggesting that researchers have some conspiratorial interest in making people feel bad about their weight or lifestyle choices.Translating the nuances of these and other critically important findings to the public, practitioners and policy makers is part of the core mission of a university, Frenk said.“The role of the university is not to shy away from controversy but to embrace it. Protecting the credibility of science becomes very important,” Frenk said.Steven Heymsfield, the George A. Bray Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition and executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, who co-authored a JAMA editorial that accompanied Flegal’s findings, noted that BMI alone could not provide a definitive assessment of the health of any given individual.He said, “Misleading data on BMI and mortality conveys an erroneous message to the public and practitioners that being overweight does not have major consequences.”Walter Willett, the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, and HMS professor of medicine, said it is important for people to have correct information about the relationship between health and body weight.“If you don’t have the right goal you are very unlikely to end up in the right place,” Willet said.The panel was presented by the HSPH Department of Nutrition. This article first appeared on the Harvard Medical School news website on Feb. 22.last_img read more

SMC student panel explores strategies to prevent sexual assault

first_imgThe justice education program at Saint Mary’s sponsored a panel of eight students Thursday in the atrium of the Student Center, where the student panelists discussed changes that need to be made regarding sexual assault on campus.The panel consisted of students involved in the justice education board, presidential task force and Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO). Panelists were: Maggie Langenfeld, Caylin McCallick, Nicole Caratas, Kayla Gaughan, Alex Shambery, Bri O’Brien, Katie Dwyer and Vanessa Odom (Editor’s note: Nicole Caratas is a news writer for the Observer).“Rape and sexual assault are not natural consequences,” Dwyer said. “They are consequences of disrespecting someone else … [and] it happens when people don’t consider a person enough of a person.”Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Last week, Annie Clark and Andrea Pino — both of whom were featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground” — spoke at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and expanded on many important issues, Langenfeld said.“An important issue they mentioned was compliance versus commitment,” Lagenfeld said. “We see this with a lot of issues, but particularly on college campuses.”McCallick said she thought the campus was more compliant than committed in regards to sexual assault.“As far as our efforts on campus, I think the university is more compliant than committed,” McCallick said. “Personally I think that there is not a strong effort to change policy.”The panel also discussed college alcohol culture, and both Langenfeld and Odom said no matter how much alcohol students might consume, alcohol is not a cause of sexual assault, but a tool.“Sexual assault is not a natural consequence of alcohol,” Odom said. “What is happening … is happening everywhere. … We put alcohol on a pedestal.”Odom said the vulgar language heard on college campuses is also a part of the sexual assault issue.“The language used around campus, like calling the bus ‘the sluttle,’ is an issue,” Odom said. “I hear it just as much, if not more [at Saint Mary’s], than when I’m across the street.”Throughout the panel, students addressed topics like sexual assault survivor resources and who survivors can talk to.Junior Maranda Pennington said she would like to have the LGBTQ community represented more in the sexual assault conversation.“What I’d like for you to address on the task force is that being out on this campus, a lot of times the language that is used is disrespectful,” she said. “I want the LGBTQ community to be recognized at the task force.”Gaughan said the presidential task force will meet for the first time Friday. She said the task force is investigating making all sexual assault and Title IX documents the same across the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross campuses.Tags: Hunting Ground, saint mary’s, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Family time

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaActivities don’t stop just because it’s the summer. Between camps, sports and work schedules, parents need to make sure they’re planning time to spend with their children.A full schedule doesn’t just cause stress for children. It can also hurt a family’s relationship and lead to sleep loss – among other problems, said Ted Futris, a relationships specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.“We overschedule ourselves,” he said. “If both children and their parents are constantly going, when are parents engaging in discussions with their kids? Parents need to be making a conscious decision to schedule time together on a regular basis.”Eating togetherMealtimes are one way for families to connect.“It could be only 30 minutes a day,” Futris said. “We need to at least preserve family mealtime in an overscheduled week, because that is essential.”Futris gets his sons up and eats breakfast with them before heading to work. He and his wife also make sure to eat dinner together as a family.Teens who eat dinner with their families five or more times per week have lower rates of teen smoking, drinking, illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse, according to a 2007 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.“There are no silver bullets. Unfortunately, the tragedy of a child’s substance abuse can strike any family,” said CASA president and chairman Joseph A. Califano Jr. “But one factor that does more to reduce teens’ substance abuse risk than almost any other is parental engagement, and one of the simplest and most effective ways for parents to be engaged in teens’ lives is by having frequent family dinners.”And that meal doesn’t have to be supper. Futris said families can just as easily relate over a morning Pop-Tart. The most important part is that parents are checking in on their kids and showing that they’re paying attention to what their kids are saying and doing.“Parental monitoring is so important for adolescent development and risk-taking,” Futris said.Setting limitsAs parents pay attention to their child, they’re more able to set limits that meet their child’s needs.“The most effective parenting style is one in which parents set limits that are appropriate for their children and give them freedom within those limits,” said UGA Extension child development specialist Diane Bales.She says it’s more than just establishing limits. Parents also need to stand tough on them, because testing the limits is one way that children establish security.A child’s limits also need to change with age so that a parent is “not treating a 15-year-old like a 5-year-old,” Bales said.Being consistentConsistency, it turns out, may be more important than the quantity or quality of time that parents spend with their children.“It’s important that you have the time so parents can connect and follow up on the day-to-day activities of their kids,” Futris said. “You need to show that you’re paying attention.”To show they are paying attention, he said, parents should ask children open-ended and specific questions.A “how was your day?” may only get a grunt in return, he said. A question about a friend, a sports activity or a map project at school requires a child to give a slightly longer answer.“Parents who remember what’s going on convey to their children that mom and dad care enough to remember what’s happening,” Futris said.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Gardening workshop

first_imgA workshop for home gardeners and small scale farmers interested in growing and marketing vegetables is set for March 15 on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin. Taught by UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Bob Westerfield, the class will cover the basics of how to begin earning extra income by growing and selling vegetables. Topics will include which vegetables to grow, how to grow them, developing a marketing plan and selecting equipment. The workshop is designed for beginning growers or homeowners who would like to sell their produce at a farmers market, at a roadside stand or to individuals. The program will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden off Ellis Road in Griffin. The cost of the workshop is $45, which includes all materials, lunch and break refreshments. For more information or to register, call Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214.last_img read more

Kelly Overstreet Johnson sworn in as president-elect

first_imgKelly Overstreet Johnson, the Bar’s incoming president-elect, never does anything halfway, said former partner Tom Ervin.“So when Kelly and her husband Hal decided to start a family recently, of course, Kelly had twins!”Ervin said he may have first met Johnson when he was visiting her father in the ’60s, and she was probably “one of the little Overstreets running around.”But he definitely met her in 1983 when she was a “brand new lawyer” and they found they had a lot in common.“We were both born in Tallahassee. We both had dads who were not lawyers. We both have a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, we both love being lawyers, and we both were somewhat interested in bar activities. I readily concede now that Kelly was better at that last thing than I,” Ervin said, listing her many accomplishments and service that included board member of the Young Lawyers Division, president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers, first woman president of the Tallahassee Bar, as well as serving on the Second Circuit and First DCA judicial nominating commissions and as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.“In 1997, Kelly finally hit her stride and was elected to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, another first, the first woman elected from the Second Circuit,” Ervin continued. “And Kelly has either chaired or served on virtually every committee of The Florida Bar.“I know Kelly very well. I should know her very well. She was virtually my right arm,” Ervin said of the time she joined his firm in 1985.“I know Kelly is going to be an outstanding president-elect and an outstanding president of The Florida Bar. She will continue our Bar’s tradition of leadership and excellence. I know that if Kelly’s late dad could be here, he would be popping his buttons over what his little girl (dads can talk that way) has done. He would be proud of what she has achieved.” Kelly Overstreet Johnson sworn in as president-elect July 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Kelly Overstreet Johnson sworn in as president-electlast_img read more

S. Korea’s Moon announces $29.5 bln in additional cheap loans for exporters

first_imgSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday the government will make an additional 36 trillion won ($29.5 billion) worth of cheap loans available for exporters hit by the coronavirus.Speaking at a policy meeting with economic chiefs, Moon said businesses and domestic demand devastated by the coronavirus pandemic deserves additional support which the government plans to provide through policy banks, tax benefits and other measures.Loan guarantees will be extended for exporters, while debt will be rolled over for small businesses. Fresh measures worth 17.7 trillion won will be rolled out to boost consumption and support domestic demand, he added, without giving details. Wednesday’s announcement adds to planned economic rescue package of 100 trillion won ($80 billion) in late March designed to help companies and put a floor under crashing stocks and bond markets.South Korea, which has been praised for its fast and effective response to the pandemic, has recorded a total of 10,384 coronavirus cases as of midnight Tuesday, with 200 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

All COVID-19 patients in W. Java military academy have recovered: TNI

first_img“As of today, everyone has recovered; there are no patients left,” Nefra said as quoted by tempo.co. The first confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school were detected in July after two cadets sought medical attention for symptoms that were seemingly unrelated to the disease.  “One of them complained about boils, if I’m not mistaken, some sort of infection. Whereas the other officer [complained] about back problems,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Andika Perkasa said last month.However, their swab test results came back positive for COVID-19, triggering widespread testing at the school and leading to the discovery of hundreds of more cases. The cluster resulted in Indonesia’s highest one-day spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with 2,657 cases. (dpk)Topics : All COVID-19 patients from the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa) cluster in Bandung, West Java, have recovered, the Army announced on Saturday.Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Nefra Firdaus said all 1,308 COVID-19 patients no longer had the diseases as of Saturday when the swab test results of the last four patients in the cluster were released.last_img read more