Stock market rally: how I’d invest £7,000 right now in UK shares

first_img How would I invest £7,000 right now in UK shares? One option would be to repeat the investment I made many years ago when first putting a similar sum in stocks.Earlier in the century, I invested a lump sum into a low-cost index tracker following the FTSE 100. And I reckon that’s a decent option for today too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…How I’d invest in UK sharesI’m bullish on the long-term prospects of the FTSE 100 index. It’s packed with the UK’s largest public limited companies. And many of them are well-established, well-financed and well-respected businesses. There’s also a high element of cyclicality in the index with big representation from firms in sectors such as finance, mining and oil production.With the Covid vaccination programmes rolling out at pace, I reckon there’s potential for a big snap-back in economies in the UK and around the world. And that could lead to cyclical businesses doing well. I think the FTSE 100 has the potential to move higher in the short term. And it’s hard for me to imagine the index being near its current level, say in 20 years from now. I expect it to be higher.Meanwhile, I view the FTSE 100 index as a big dividend payer. Historically, the yield has been above 4%. So I’d roll those dividends back into my investment in the years ahead to help compound the returns. Of course, I could be wrong about the Footsie’s prospects. Nevertheless, I’d make an investment in the FTSE 100 a core part of my diversified portfolio now.However, I’d be more adventurous than before. These days, I’d spread my £7,000 between several different investments. I’d choose other trackers, such as those following the FTSE 250 mid-cap index. I see that one as more oriented to growth than the FTSE 100. And I’d target a tracker following small-cap stocks too.  The principle of diversificationOne key principle worth following is diversification. So I’d aim to spread my money between several different investments rather than putting it all in one. As well as tracker funds, I’d keep a watchlist of quality shares. Many investors aim to invest in the shares of individual companies in the pursuit of higher returns. So, after building a core in my portfolio with funds, I’d branch out into stocks as well.For example, I think the long-term potential of online fashion clothing retailer ASOS looks interesting. As the traditional high street retailing sector continues to crumble, ASOS is one of the companies buying up well-known high street brands. However, one risk for shareholders is that the valuation looks quite full.I’m also keeping an eye on other great British businesses such as actuator and flow control company Rotork. And I like the look of fluid movement control specialist IMI. Both those firms score well against quality indicators. But they’ve both attracted full-looking valuations that could bite shareholders if forward growth fails to materialise as expected. Stock market rally: how I’d invest £7,000 right now in UK shares Enter Your Email Address Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, IMI, and Rotork. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Tom Croft: Twitter Q&A

first_imgThis afternoon Croft took some time out to take part in a Q&A with the Rugby World on Twitter. Here’s what he had to say…[View the story “Tom Croft Q&A” on Storify] LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Galloping flanker: Tom Croft makes a dynamic return for Leicester Tigers against Worcester WarriorsBy Alan DymockWITH STUART Lancaster’s Elite Player Squad (EPS) being released this week, many will be happy to see the return of one of England’s most athletic and skilled back rowers, Tom Croft. The flanker is back after an eight-month layoff following neck surgery, playing for Leicester last weekend.last_img read more

In defense of social media and the good it can do

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Alisha Ashford is a graduate of Lake Mary High School that spent a year in Spain through a student exchange program. She is currently a journalism major at Seminole State College. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img TAGSAlisha AshfordMillennialsSocial Media Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleHow will Election 2018 shape the county, state and nation? Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Through her eyes: A millennial girl takes on Central FloridaBy Alisha AshfordSo often when we think about the effects of social media on younger generations, the first thing that comes to mind is something along the lines of “detrimental.” I think we have all seen plenty of articles and videos urging young people to get off their phones and experience the real world—I know I have seen plenty.And while I completely agree that an unhealthy balance of social media and time in “the real world” can be harmful to a person’s mental state and social life (which is why I make sure to take breaks from social media occasionally), I have seen so many positive aspects to social media and technology that we take for granted by simply wishing we could all just go back to the good ole’ days.As someone who considers themselves an old soul, I understand the nostalgia in wishing that things could be simple and that we didn’t feel pressured continuously to broadcast ourselves on social media. However, this should not let us forget that generations who have experienced social media and advanced technology from an early age have had some incredible opportunities to see and understand the world in a unique way.Social media gives way for people to meet and connect in the strangest ways. Some of my closest friends to this day would not be in my life without the help of social media. It’s as simple as coming across the online profile of someone who has mutual friends and followers with you, following them, realizing through their posts that they have a lot in common with you, and the rest is history. I see how a judgment could be made toward the term “internet friends,” but when those internet friends turn into real-life friends that you get to experience life with, it makes you wonder where you would be if social media hadn’t brought you to some of your favorite people.My favorite thing about the whole concept of socializing through the internet is that it seriously makes the world feel so much smaller. Each profile has a name, and each name has a story. The realization that we no longer are obligated to physically go to another part of the world to interact with distant people is amazing.Another aspect of social media that has profoundly changed my life for the better is the way it spreads ideas and inspiration. During my sophomore year of high school, I heard about an exchange student program during a school presentation. As soon as I got home from school that day I went straight to Youtube to see if anyone had posted videos about their experience with this program—my goodness, there were tons.It was because of all the people that shared their experiences online that I had a better understanding of what the program was and whether I wanted to embark on the journey myself. Watching a video on Youtube titled something like “A day in the life of an exchange student” allowed me to see this program from a real person’s perspective and hear insight from someone who went through a year abroad. Looking back on that simple Youtube video brings me so much gratitude for the way social media spreads perspective and firsthand experiences for anyone to see. Two years after seeing that video I found myself living in Spain for a year as an exchange student. I even made videos to inspire others who were considering the same.Something I have observed about social media influencers is their willingness to share their struggles with the world for the sake of making others feel understood. So often people can feel like they are the only one in the world who is dealing with a particular struggle. It could be anything from social anxiety, to an eating disorder. Sometimes popular influencers get criticized for putting too much of their lives on social media. We should be keeping those things private, right? While I do think that everyone should be wise with what they put online, I feel uplifted to see that those struggling can see that another person in the same boat as them and feel less alone. It gives this sense of camaraderie about the internet that is so encouraging.If technology hasn’t been a source of connection or inspiration or comfort, it has at the very least been a source of knowledge that the world has never seen. How awesome is it that we have a seemingly infinite amount of information right at our fingertips? Ideas are being spread quicker than ever before. I see it as so much more than a way to finish college research papers more quickly. With a smartphone or a laptop, we can learn anything from playing piano, to changing tires. I believe the access we have to information is already revolutionizing the way we learn and think. With that, I hope we can see the good in something that has gotten a lot of disapproval for its side effects.We can be so quick sometimes to point out these faults without even acknowledging its worthwhile characteristics. Take with this that there is almost always some way to appreciate things that are easy to point fingers at. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Casa Tanda / ESEcolectivo Arquitectos

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Tabacundo, Ecuador 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Casa Tanda / ESEcolectivo Arquitectos José de la Torre, Belén Argudo, Pablo Silva, Santiago Granda, Juan Alberto Ullauri Year:  Save this picture!© Andrés Villota+ 29Curated by Clara Ott Share Lead Architects: Area:  100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Casa Tanda / ESEcolectivo ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCasa Tanda / ESEcolectivo Arquitectos Architects: ESEcolectivo Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img “COPY” Products translation missing: Products used in this ProjectRenders / 3D AnimationAutodeskAutoCAD 2D and 3D Design SoftwareCollaborators:Las Manos SuciasClients:Jaime Ganchala and Rosa RíosCity:TabacundoCountry:EcuadorMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrés VillotaText description provided by the architects. Rosa and Jaime want a new country house, to enjoy nature on their plot of land in northern Quito. The dry landscape of Tanda has been modified through irrigation systems to allow for farming; an important family passes time. Besides this, Rosa and Jaime have kept some metal trusses (normally used to build temporary tents) that can be reused in the new house. These two conditions gave birth to the project’s first intentions.Save this picture!© Andrés VillotaSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Andrés VillotaThe initial proposal consisted of a rectangular distribution plan, divided into two sections. Each of these spaces was given a distinct material identity: one closed and heavy towards the back; and one light, open-faced towards the Algarrobo tree and the panoramic view of the valley. The program is organized on this sectional logic. The two bedrooms, a living room, and a dining room are situated in the light component; and the bathrooms and kitchen are in the closed strip. The entrance is located in front of the external pond, transversely dividing the social and the private area. The pond is filled with aquatic plants and uses treated waste water from the bathroom and kitchen.Save this picture!© Andrés VillotaThe project is supported using two structural systems: firstly, a light metal structure designed to reuse all the trusses available; and secondly, a system of structural brick walls, acting as both structure and enclosure. Following this structural logic, the space above the bathroom area is used as an attic of low height, conceived as a playground area for kids or, eventually, a relaxing area. This space modified the design of the house’s section, incorporating a double ceiling system, one with positive slope (pitched roof) for the private area and one with a negative slope (butterfly roof) for the common area.Save this picture!© Andrés VillotaThe coupling of the two ceilings is solved through the entrance hall, projected right under an accessible terrace that allows an outdoor panoramic view of the landscape. On the inside, gypsum and fiber cement boards act like the few required divisions, whereas the main façade is a high glass screen. Finally, a wood deck surrounds the façade, acting as an intermediate space between the house and the exterior. The eaves are extended to protect the deck from the weather, allowing for a comfortable space where Rosa and Jaime can contemplate nature, the landscape, and the imposing Algarrobo tree.Save this picture!© Andrés VillotaSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Andrés VillotaProject gallerySee allShow lessOffice of Multidisciplinary Design / Roman Izquierdo BouldstridgeSelected ProjectsEyes of the City: Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT on Their Curatorial Th…Articles Share Photographs:  Andrés Villota Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Ecuador Houses Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Ecuaplastic S.C., Rooftec Ecuador, Trimble Navigation ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeESEcolectivo ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTabacundoEcuadorPublished on April 10, 2019Cite: “Casa Tanda / ESEcolectivo Arquitectos” [Casa Tanda / ESEcolectivo Arquitectos] 10 Apr 2019. 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Authorities urged to react to letter threatening woman reporter

first_imgNews July 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to react to letter threatening woman reporter News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU November 23, 2020 Find out more News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders calls on the Croatian authorities to protect Katarina Maric Banje, a crime reporter for the Slobodna Dalmacija daily newspaper, after she received a written death threat at the newspaper. RSF_en CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union June 2, 2021 Find out more Banje received the letter, which bore her hand-written name, shortly after midday on Sunday, 5 July. “You are as poisonous as a snake and you will end up like Curuvija,” the letter said, referring to Slavko Curuvija, a Serbian journalist who was gunned down outside his Belgrade home by two masked men in April 1999.She immediately reported the threatening letter to the police but says she has no idea who wrote it.“We firmly condemn this threat and we remind the Croatian authorities that that have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said. “The authorities must carry out a thorough investigation in order to identify those responsible for this intimidatory message and bring them to justice. Combatting impunity is the only way to put a stop to threats and attacks against journalists in Croatia.”Reporters Without Borders deplores the climate of violence in which journalist have been working for the past few months in Croatia. Zeljko Peratovic, an investigative journalist who is the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Croatia, was attacked and beaten outside his home on 28 May. An effigy of journalist Ante Tomic was publicly burned in a town square in February.Croatia is ranked 58th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Croatia to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Planet Troopers

first_img TAGS  WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Previous articleDr. Daniel Cepero Memorial Track and Field meet : Day 2Next articleZion Williamson leads Pelicans past Pistons, 128-118 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Facebook Planet Trooperscenter_img Keep Odessa Beautiful logo Keep Odessa Beautiful is inviting children ages 8 to 12 to join Planet Troopers and help clean up the local city parks this summer. KOB will conduct three clean up events from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sherwood Park and July 13 at Floyd Gwin Park. T-shirts, lunch and supplies will be provided to all registered children. Participants will also receive a goodie bag. Individual registration will be required per child. Go online to register or for more information, call 335-4686. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more

Forest group tours historic Orion

first_img Forest group tours historic Orion Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Orion was originally known as Prospect Ridge,” Roling said. “It’s in the last of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The name, Orion, means ‘mountain man’ and is defined in the constellation as the mighty hunter. Orion is visible from every inhabited place on earth. The stars on his belt align with the placement of the pyramids at Gaza and are said to represent the three crosses at Calvary.”Orion was the home of Orion Institute, which was founded in 1848, and was one of the first schools of higher education in Alabama.“Orion Institute was the center of education for this area,” Roling said. “Grades one through 12 offered Latin, music and math. Civil engineering, pre-law and medicine were taught at Orion Institute and many students left and attended the University of Alabama or finishing schools in Virginia.”Roling said most of the buildings were built prior to 1840 in Greek Revival style. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 9, 2014 Skip Email the author Roling thought the 28 members of the tour would be able the join hands and circle the tree in hugging fashion but that was not to be.“There were a lot of dead limbs and I was scared for us to get too close to the tree,” he said. “I was afraid one of the limbs might fall. It was disappointing to see the condition of the Champion tree. It probably won’t last many more years so I’m glad we included it on the tour. At least we got to see it and take photographs.”There was nothing disappointing about the remainder of the tour for those with a connection to old Orion, which was founded in 1813, six years before Alabama was a state. Print Article The Pike County Chapter of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association hosted a tour of historic Orion Saturday that included six historic homes, two churches and, perhaps, paid the final homage to Alabama’s Largest Red Oak Tree.Keith Roling, tour organizer, said a wash of sadness came over him as he stood at the base of the Champion tree.Submitted photoMembers and guests of Pike County Treasure Forest Association toured Historic Orion on Saturday and included was the largest red oak in Alabama. Carter Sanders, president, and Debra H. Davis, incoming president, led the adventure. Pat Haney of Flack/Haney Timber Company made the tree available to view.The storied Champion Red Oak Tree still stands a lofty 107 feet and its crown stretches a magnificent 133 feet but its foliage is thinning and its limbs are brittle. “The Siler home was built by Solomon Siler on his plantation of more than 12,000 acres with about 300 slaves,” he said. “By 1870 Orion was in decline and the leading families moved away.”Perhaps, Orion’s main claim to fame is that of Clarence “Pine Top” Smith, a boogie-woogie style blues pianist, who was a native son. Smith was born in Orion in 1904. He received his nickname from his ability to climb trees. “The Pine Top’s Boogie” was one of the first blues songs and featured rhythmic breaks that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music.Smith was a posthumous 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Sponsored Content By Blood Sugar Blaster You Might Like CRAZY SOCKS: Goshen students get in homecoming spirit (PHOTOS) Goshen Elementary students wore vibrant socks Wednesday as part of Goshen’s homecoming week. Above, Jordan Owens and Marilee Hughes sport… read more Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

The fire station on the front lines of California’s homelessness crisis: ‘We’re trying to stop the bleeding’

first_imgABC(LOS ANGELES) — Paramedic Scott Lazar, a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is used to treating the same person, sometimes on the same day, on Skid Row.“Deja vu, yeah, it’s every day down here,” Lazar told “Nightline” as he treats a man for an overdose, as he did just the day before.Over five months, “Nightline” got an exclusive look at life at Lazar’s LAFD Station 9, rare access to the day-to-day operations of this team and a glimpse into daily life for this city’s most vulnerable. Station 9 is one of the busiest fire stations in the country, receiving an average of 80 calls a day — mostly to treat those living on the street in L.A.’s well-known Skid Row.Watch the full story on “Nightline” TONIGHT at 12:35 a.m. ET on ABCLazar and his partner, Mike Contreras, are members of the fast-response vehicles at the station. Their job is to dart ahead of fire engines to assess the situation and gauge the required resources.It’s been described that each homeless person is like a lock with its own unique key. There isn’t a single solution that works for all of them. It’s something the firefighters have come to know.During one of our embeds over the summer, on Lazar’s third overdose case of the morning, he said he recognized the man. He’d cut open the man’s jeans pocket to ensure he wouldn’t be stuck by needles when he hoisted the man into a gurney.“That is an everyday occurrence. If I work tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I’ll [see] him again tomorrow with the same problems,” he said. “He didn’t get the right locksmith, maybe one day he will.”There are nearly half a million people experiencing homelessness nationwide — many in California.In Los Angeles County, about 60,000 people live on the streets, right beside the luxury and glamour of Hollywood. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom called the issue “a crisis. This is a state of emergency.”But potential solutions are stalling as fears over disease and public safety clash with the realities of mental illness, addiction and poverty.Last week, Newsom proposed a $1.4 billion plan to address this as debate in the state rages over long-term solutions.Amid the turmoil, there’s a quiet domesticity at the station. Sharing meals, cleaning gear, fitting in quick workouts — it’s a brotherhood.“[We] pretty much live here,” engineer Mark Tostado told “Nightline.” “We live here a quarter of our time — so I do live here. This is our home away from home.”LAFD Medical Director Mark Eckstein said responders at this station are exposed to extraordinary danger every day.“They’re exposed to needles, violent crime, communicable diseases you think would only exist in third-world countries, and they’re literally running nonstop,” Eckstein said.Yet some, like Tostado, keep coming back. This is his 11th year at the station and his second tour of duty.“You have to want to be here … to see what’s going on here … feces, throw up, needles and overdoses and death — most people don’t see that at all,” Tostado said. “I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen death. And you just get used to it.”Over several months with Station 9, there was a fair share of misery, but also glimmers of hope — like a man who goes by the name Mango. He’s become a self-appointed aide to the firefighters, stepping out into crowded streets to stop traffic so fire trucks can zip through. Sometimes he’ll even clear the city’s street gutters.“He helps us out a lot here,” Tostado said.Mango gave “Nightline” a tour of the Skid Row neighborhood, where he was often greeted as if he were the mayor. He helped a disabled woman get a blanket. She broke into tears. Despite not having teeth, she tried to convey someone had run over her foot.“It’s warfare out here,” he said. “These people out here need to be in shelter.”Moments later, Station 9 got another call and “Nightline” rushed back. Tostado told us there was a report of a disturbed woman. When “Nightline” arrived, four firefighters were talking to her when, suddenly, she started to swing at them. They subdued the woman, who was still kicking and crying on the sidewalk, as gently as possible by borrowing a security guard’s handcuffs.Tostado said he sees situations like this “weekly.”“I mean, it’s not their fault, a lot of times it’s a psych issue or they’re doing drugs. And it’s an effect of the drugs,” he said.That woman would be taken to the emergency room, which is part of the problem, Eckstein said.“Having paramedics roll on someone who’s hearing voices, who endorses suicidal ideation, take ’em to an E.R. with no mental health professionals, how does that help?” he said. “If someone’s intoxicated, what do we do in the E.R.? We check for any treatable medical or traumatic conditions, which often involves very expensive, redundant testing. And we basically let ’em sober up and they go back on the street. Do it all over again.”Eckstein said it’s a good thing there are new resources “but we haven’t solved the problem.”“We’re trying to stop the bleeding. We’re trying to get help for the most vulnerable people in our society,” he added.LAFD Chief Ralph Terazas said one of the problems is regulatory. Paramedics can only transfer patients to the emergency room, without the option of transfers to mental health facilities or sober houses, which might be more appropriate.“It’s crazy to me. Because police officers, with minimal medical training, have that authority now to take ’em wherever they want. But our paramedics, who have much higher medical authority, are not allowed to do so … because it’s not compliant with county protocol,” he explained.That’s what’s causing the backlog at hospitals and sapping the city’s budget, Terazas added. He and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti are now lobbying the state for those changes.The crew here at Station 9 notches wins every day, as they say, treating each individual without bias because their patients are human beings, and this is the job.“Imagine going treating someone who’s covered in dirt, human waste. They respond [to calls from] people with these problems every day and they treat them with the same level of respect as a CEO working in a high-rise two blocks from here,” Eckstein said. “That is quite noble and quite admirable. And they do it day in, day out.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach in Ocean City Set for Saturday

first_imgA massive Easter Egg Hunt on the beach in Ocean City, NJ, that includes thousands of children, 100,000 eggs and 4,000 prizes goes off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.Saturday’s event is actually the first of two identical events. The second is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4.Five separate egg hunt areas are set up for children of different ages.The events are free to all children age 7 and younger. They take place on the beach between 11th and 14th streets.Separate areas are set up for egg-hunters in five different age categories: 2 years old and younger, ages 3-4, age 5, age 6 and age 7.Participants are asked to be prompt as the hunt goes quickly. The rain date for the first event is Sunday, March 29. Rain date for the April 4 event will be April 5.The weekend also brings more in a series of “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” opportunities from 8 a.m. till noon at the following dates and downtown locations. Call (609) 399-1412 for information.Saturday, March 28: Yianni’s CaféSunday, March 29: Arlene’s on Asbury. Also on March 29: Yoasis, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny, 2-4 p.m.Saturday, April 4: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro See more:Mr. Mature America Pageant Returns to Ocean City on Saturday NightEarly Spring Events Lineup for Ocean City__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook The first of two Easter Egg Hunts on the beach in Ocean City, NJ, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.last_img read more