Second Half of Weekend Pays Off for Vacationers, Locals

first_imgThe Eppinger & Copple families have had this Labor Day party for 58 years . Labor Day 2017 was a tale of two weekends combined in one. The first half on Friday and Saturday provided visitors with the opportunity to discover “rainy day” attractions such as movies, indoor mini-golf and the myriad of offerings at the Community Center.Tom Kennedy made the most of his weekend in town from D.C. (Photo Credit: Tom Kennedy, Sr.)On Sunday, a cloudy and chilly morning gave way to clearing skies, big waves and the promise of a sunny Labor Day today.Tom’s brother Patrick Kennedy also found some time to catch a few waves during his holiday weekend. (Photo Credit: Tom Kennedy, Sr.)“The people who left on Saturday made a huge mistake,” one beachgoer said, “and those who have been hanging out since Friday are being rewarded now.”On Sunday, Our OCNJDaily photographer spotted a beach party of about 25 people, hosted by the Eppinger and Copple families, a Labor Day tradition for more than 50 years, according to attendee Frank Unger.“We hope to keep the tradition going for many years to Come,” Unger said.The boardwalk was surprisingly crowded on Saturday despite the nasty conditions. By Sunday, it was packed.Rich Kalman, of Somers Point, was strolling on the boardwalk with his friend Irene Dickey, and gave his spin.“The people who already came down were not about to leave. They have their parking spots and their hotel or rental property and they are going to be out there enjoying Ocean City no matter what the weather is.”Jason Fiedler and Fiancé Lori Leonard enjoyed a sunny late afternoon at the beach on Saturday.Indeed, many restaurants and boardwalk eateries had long lines and the streets were packed with visitors and locals.“Well, summer’s over,” said Al Persia, a summer resident of the Gardens who lives in Philadelphia the other nine months. “I just had to come down to get one last night in to have a great time. One more walk on the boards, one more loaf of Atlantic City bread.”Around noon on Sunday, visitors were still pouring onto the island, backing up the Ninth Street Causeway. Beaches were blanket-to-blanket.“There were some really nice waves,” said Jason Fiedler, of Dublin, Bucks County, Pa, who enjoyed the beach with his niece, Emma Bostic of Plumsteadville, Pa. “(Saturday) was a great day for finding shells. We got some beauties.”Emma Bostic strikes a beach pose.“I was on my boogie board (Sunday),” Emma said, “the waves were large and beautiful.”When asked if he was sad summer was over, Fiedler said “I don’t think it is over. I don’t think summer is over until it gets super cold outside. And we are a long way from that.”last_img read more

Can U.S. overcome its own history?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe “America First” slogan has a history much longer than the tenure of the current administration. To infer where it will take us, one must look to the past, much as one might infer the destination of a missile or a meteor from its trajectory. “America First” was launched in the 1916 campaign of isolationist President Woodrow Wilson, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War I. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan adopted it, embodying the Klan’s racism.The slogan was reborn in 1940 as the “America First Committee” of isolationist aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, embodying his desire to keep the United States out of World War II. The America First Committee also embodied domestically Lindbergh’s own anti-Semitism. He said that the “greatest danger [of Jews] to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government.”The past is easier to “predict” than the future. Where is “America First” taking us? My best answer, besides “I don’t know,” is to avert destruction. Missiles can be intercepted and meteors diverted. Overcoming the momentum of projectiles, however, may be easier than overcoming the ominous momentum of history. A mighty effort will be required, including befriending people with whom we may disagree politically, if they are like-minded on existential issues for our democracy.Robert MichaelsNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Lebanon records first novel coronavirus death: Health ministry

first_imgA Lebanese man died Tuesday from the novel coronavirus, a health ministry official said, marking the country’s first recorded death from an epidemic that has infected 41 people nationwide. The 56-year-old had been receiving treatment at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri state hospital, the ministry official told AFP, adding that he had recently returned from Egypt, where coronavirus infections have also been detected.Lebanon, already hit by economic collapse and anti-government protests, is now grappling with an outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus — its latest in a long list of crises. Lebanon has said it would deny entry to non-resident foreigners arriving from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy, which are among the hardest hit by the epidemic.But domestic concern is still high amid fears that Lebanon is not equipped to face a mass outbreak. With a grinding liquidity crunch and dwindling foreign reserves, Lebanon has struggled to secure the dollars needed for medical imports even before coronavirus arrived. Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Saturday that the country would suspend payment on Eurobonds.  Health Minister Hamad Hassan said last week that the country has moved beyond the phase of “containment” and was bracing for a more serious outbreak.Schools, universities, cafes, pubs and other public places have since been ordered shut over fears of the virus.Sport tournaments have been postponed and cultural events cancelled. According to the health minister, the origins of Lebanon’s cases have mostly been traced to other countries.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Contest for Enyimba’s First Team Gloves Start Here

first_imgNPFL PRE-SEASONClement Nwankpa JrThe fight for first team goalkeeper in the camp of former champions, Enyimba International promises to be a matter of interest at the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Pre-season Invitational which kicks off at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano from Monday, December 11. In his return to the club, coach Paul Aigbogun is faced with a headache many coaches would pray for. For the season, the club has listed three keepers with potentials to lay claim to the number one spot.It is no longer news that the club has recruited national team keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa. The question on many lips has been; will Ezenwa be the undisputed first choice at the Confederation Cup campaigners?This question becomes pertinent taking into cognizance the presence of Theophilus Afelokhai and Ghanaian, Fatau Dauda. It will be recalled that there was no clear-cut first choice among the duo last season with former coach, Gbenga Ogunbote doing more of rotation.There was little or nothing to pick between the two and with each passing training session, Ogubbote’s task got more difficult. The club then instituted a type of incentive which saw whoever had more clean sheets between the two get some reward. Any keeper who had three consecutive clean sheets home and away got what was called the chairman’s bonus.This even made the competition fiercer. Not conceding goals meant more to the keepers. This writer got wind of the bonus after seeing Dauda’s reaction to Stephen Odey’s goal when Enyimba engaged MFM in Calabar. That goal in his first home game, jolted his quest for the chairman’s bonus. Afelokhai went ahead to pocket the bonus once last season but never got a breathing space from Dauda.After stints at Chippa United, Orlando Pirates and Ashanti Gold, Dauda came highly rated. Currently Ghana’s third choice keeper, he commands a pedigree that could easily install him as a first choice in any NPFL club. The desire to keep his national team place has heightened his quest to be Enyimba’s first choice.But he has to contend with Afelokhai, a colossal figure between the sticks. Afelokhai moved to Enyimba after a 10 year stint at Kano Pillars which heralded the golden era of Sai Masu Gida. He was in charge as Pillars won the title three consecutive times. This was the intimidating reputation he brought to Enyimba, Nigeria’s most successful team.So whatever high ratings Dauda brought from Ghana was dwarfed by the serial winner, Afelokhai. Just as Afelokhai cannot dismiss Dauda’s credentials with a wave of the hand. It is therefore understandable if a coach has difficulties picking one ahead of the other.If Ogunbote had this headache last season, Aigbogun will even be faced with a tougher task next term with Ezenwa’s addition. With Vincent Enyeama stalling on returning to the national team, Ezenwa is primed to be Nigeria’s first choice at the World Cup thus the need to get more playing time.Not a few attributed his poor showing against Algeria in Constantine to inactivity due to the NPFL season being on break. For him to excel at football’s showpiece event, he must get regular competitive action. To do so, he must upstage Afelokhai and Dauda at Enyimba.Was Enyimba the right choice for Ezenwa? Shouldn’t he have opted for a club where he will be a clear-cut first choice?Enyimba Sporting Director, Jude Anyadufu was at the center of the Ezenwa’s deal and thinks it was the best for the player and the nation.His words; “Ezenwa needs a big club like Enyimba that is also on the continent. He is going to the World Cup and could be Nigeria’s first choice so he needs to play actively both in the league and on the continent. He needs to face quality oppositions that should give some idea about what he will see at the World Cup”.But would the presence of Afelokhai and Dauda guarantee the regular football Ezenwa would crave for?Anyadufu replied; “He does not need any guarantee. He has to fight for his place. These two keepers will make him work hard both in training and in the matches. He doesn’t need to be sure that he must start. That will make him feel relaxed. If Ezenwa must play for a club in the NPFL, it should be Enyimba. We will do our best in the club to ensure he is ready for the World Cup”.“We still have the chairman’s bonus in place for this season. He has to battle it out with the other keepers. Before he gets the opportunity to keep clean sheets, he must play. And he has to prove to the coaches in training that he is better than Dauda and Afelokhai. We are happy to have three quality keepers in the team. You will also know that we are playing in three competitions. There will be enough matches for all of them to show what they can do. What it means is that whatever happens, we must have somebody solid in goal in every match”The audition for Enyimba’s number one spot this season starts with the NPFL Pre-season Invitational. While Dauda and Afelokhai will be on parade for Enyimba, Ezenwa will file out for CHAN Eagles. Interestingly, Enyimba and CHAN Eagles are in the same group. A scenario having Ezenwa on one end and the duo on the other is in the offing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more