FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly snatched Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins.Citing sources, ESPN reports the Steelers are getting the 22-year-old defensive back in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.Fitzpatrick began his career with the Dolphins after the team drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. However, sources tell ESPN he sought a trade from Miami because he was not pleased with having to play multiple positions.Two weeks in to this NFL season, both the Dolphins and the Steelers have a record of 0-2.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by September 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Steelers acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick from Dolphins Beau Lund
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As depicted in an early 20th Century postcard, a man and a boy fish near the partially buried wreck of the cargo ship Sindia. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City Historical Museum) By Tim Kelly Ocean City’s most famous shipwreck really wasn’t a shipwreck at all. At least not in the traditional sense most people think of.The Sindia, a 329-foot sailing cargo ship, actually ran aground off Ocean City, 117 years ago to the day this Saturday. It settled not far from the beach between 16th and 17th streets and parts of the ship remained visible to beachgoers as late as the 1980s. Today the ship and much of its cargo lie buried beneath the sand.That much is undisputed fact.The rest of the Sindia saga is steeped in rumor, legend and conspiracy theories, which could explain why its story – filled with holes as it may be – remains a staple in Ocean City lore. “The thing that interests people is it has quite a mystique about it,” said John Loeper, a local historian and maritime expert.Jeff McGranahan, executive director of the Ocean City Historical Museum, which houses an extensive Sindia exhibit and a fine collection of artifacts from the doomed vessel, believes the ship’s story grabs Ocean City residents and visitors alike because “it is physically there.”“It was visible to (beachgoers and Boardwalk strollers) for generations. It serves as a reminder of Ocean City’s maritime past and the strength and power of the sea,” McGranahan said.Although it’s been a long time since the Sindia was a working cargo ship, the vessel’s hold on the city remains. We have a Sindia Restaurant, a Boardwalk pavilion bearing the ship’s name, even Sindia Road. On Saturday, Ocean City will mark the anniversary of the Sindia shipwreck on Dec. 15, 1901, with an open house at the recently restored U.S. Life-Saving Station 30 at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.There, Loeper will make presentations about the wreck and the successful mission to save all 33 crewmembers. He is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. U.S. Life-Saving Station 30, where surfmen were dispatched to save the crew members of the Sindia, will hold an open house and lectures about the wreck on its 117th anniversary Saturday.In addition to Loeper’s talk and discussions of all things Sindia, the Life-Saving Station, now a museum, will display a fully equipped 26-foot surf boat, very close to an exact duplicate of the one used in the rescue.“We have the names of all the men who were involved in the operation, and all of the equipment they used in the rescue,” Loeper said.The facility also includes a restored Keeper’s quarters, which in 1901, was a man named John Mackie Corson. Members of the Life Saving Service, the forerunner to the U.S. Coast Guard, were called upon to rescue sailors trapped on distressed vessels.The stretch of the North Atlantic off Ocean City was the Interstate 95 of its day, a major shipping corridor, according to Loeper.“At least 100 ships would sail through Ocean City on any given day,” he said. “You could sit on the beach and watch dozens of cargo vessels pass through.”Construction of the Sindia was completed in 1887, and the four-masted sailing ship was launched as the largest cargo-carrying vessel in the world at the time. The Sindia was built at the same Northern Ireland yard where another gigantic doomed ship, the passenger liner Titanic, was launched for its one and only voyage in 1912.McGranahan said the Sindia’s last trip originated in Shanghai, China, stopped in Japan, then sailed across the Pacific Ocean and around Cape Horn in South America and on toward its home port, New York City. Somewhere on the final leg of its journey, McGranahan said, the Sindia ran into a fierce nor’easter storm as it approached Ocean City.“By the time it reached the ocean off 17th Street, the keel was already broken apart and she was taking on slurry, a mixture of sand and ocean water,” he said.Jeff McGranahan, executive director of the Ocean City Historical Museum, stands next to a model of the Sindia that is part of a permanent exhibit about the famous shipwreck. Sindia’s captain, Allan MacKenzie, navigated the vessel closer to the beach, across a sand bar and at approximately 1 a.m. it became lodged in the sand at a spot approximately 150 yards from the beach.“People could hear it,” Loeper said. “Think about the noise a flag makes flapping in the wind and just imagine the sound of 10,000 square feet of canvas.”Corson first attempted to send out a breeches buoy, a kind of rescue capsule attached to ropes and sent out to the wreck from the beach. But the Sindia was listing in the high winds and the lines could not be properly secured. Instead, the surfmen rowed out to the wreck, loaded crew members onto the surf boats and delivered the men back to the safety of the beach. Only a few hours after the ship ran aground, the hull broke apart. Much of the ship became inundated with water and sank into the sand almost immediately. From there, legend replaces fact. The Sindia’s cargo hold carried silks, porcelain, kerosene and ceramics. But rumors persist about 10,000 pounds of gold, jade dogs and priceless porcelain vases, and other treasures. At the time of the sinking, the ship was owned by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. Rumors persist the ship was loaded with contraband treasures looted from Chinese temples taken at the time of the Boxer Rebellion.Loeper said Rockefeller’s men showed up at the wreck almost immediately and may have recovered silver, gold, and other precious materials, despite the fact that the waters off Ocean City were considered to be “the middle of nowhere” in 1901.Loeper thinks Capt. MacKenzie “parked” the ship in a spot where Rockefeller’s men could easily get to it.The ship’s manifest indicates the cargo included 200 tons of manganese ore, a product produced better and cheaper in the United States than in China. There was no reason to bring all that magnesium ore from Asia. The thought was the so-called ore was listed as a cover-up to mask the treasures the boat supposedly actually contained.“As the story is re-told, the cargo becomes more valuable and the drama of the incident is heightened,” Loeper said. “It’s like the old game of whisper down the lane.”With that said, Loeper believes there is something to the rumors. Because the cargo was housed in containers and the ship sank so fast, only about one third of the cargo was ever recovered. “The stories of the wreck have a lot of red flags,” Loeper said. Beachgoers gaze at the wreck of the Sindia shortly after it ran aground in Ocean City on December 15, 1901. (Photo courtesy of City of Ocean City website)From time to time items have washed up or been recovered, including some Chinese coins of the period, supposedly not listed on the manifest. The majority of the ship’s supposed booty lies about 40 feet beneath the surface of the ocean floor.For years after the sinking, portions of the ship were still visible from the beach, especially at low tide, keeping the wreck on the minds of locals and vacationers. The ship sank quickly and continued to sink over the years. There is supposedly an earlier shipwreck located even farther down in the sand beneath the Sindia, and pieces of the two wrecks may have co-mingled. Attempts to salvage the ship have been unsuccessful so far. However, Loeper feels that a salvage company could do it. The process would be so expensive, he said, that no treasure hunter has yet been willing to bet the recovery would justify the cost. “And then there are agencies like the EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the matter of riparian rights and the City of Ocean City, Loeper said. “All of the (regulators and agencies) considerations would have to be sorted out.”Until that happens, the Sindia and its contents will remain one of the most mysterious chapters in Ocean City history.
Biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis has unveiled a new TV advert for Jacob’s Cracker Crisps.The ad, which is out now, “dramatises the unique Cracker Crisp product, combining the big crunch of a cracker and the big flavour of a crisp”, according to Pladis.The advert takes viewers into a family home and, taking inspiration from Romeo and Juliet’s two warring households, shows a young couple whose families have differing views on whether crackers or crisps should be served.The couple introduce a bowl of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps, solving the dilemma and bringing everyone together.The advert features Sour Cream & Chive-flavoured Cracker Crisps, and introduces two limited-edition flavours, Mature Cheddar Ploughman’s, and Roast Chicken, Thyme & Lemon flavours, both of which are available now.Steve Monk, marketing lead for savoury at Pladis UK & Ireland, said: “Our new advertising drives the very clear product message of combining the crunch of a cracker with the flavour of a crisp, with an engaging story of a couple’s families meeting for the first time, that many of us will identify with.”The new Jacob’s Cracker Crisps ad will be aired during peak viewing slots during May, including Coronation Street on ITV and Family Guy on ITV2.
The CAN’d Aid Foundation, Oskar Blues Brewery’s do-goodery arm, has announce the launch of a new initiative called Send Me a Friend, a one-of-a-kind support system developed in partnership with New Orleans musician Anders Osborne. Send Me a Friend’s mission is simple – support musicians on the road to recovery from addiction by helping them get back to work sober. Conceived by Anders in response to his own experiences with early sobriety, Send Me A Friend provides musicians (and those who work in the music industry) with the resources they need to make life on the road–in clubs, music halls, and festivals—less daunting.“When I first got clean, it was suggested that I should take time off from playing music and do something else while I focused on my recovery,” says Anders, who now has eight years of sobriety and a revitalized career. “But playing music was what I knew how to do…and it’s how I support my family—so I made the decision to get back on the road and start performing again.”Send Me a Friend is named after Anders’ more powerful and hard-hitting song of the same name, where he sings, “You know I’m lost out here. Yeah I’m lost out here. Please won’t you send me a friend?” The creation of this nation-wide network will do just that: send friends with long-term sobriety that have volunteered to be “on call” to support newly-sober musicians and music people—who are trying to get back to work—at their gigs. “It was really hard for me in the beginning, and something like this would have been awesome,” says Anders.All of the program’s Friends will have at least one year of continuous sobriety and will be called on, as needed, to meet with a struggling musician while they are “on the gig.” Friends will provide one-on-one support, a buffer, and a safe harbor from the temptations that can loom in music venue environments. Additionally, Anders will help curate the program’s website to provide helpful information on coping with early sobriety in the music industry. “Getting through early sobriety is all about connecting to other sober people, and to be accountable. That can be tricky on the road,” he says. “We hope this will make it a little easier.”Anders and CAN’d Aid will officially launch “Send Me A Friend” on Thursday, December 15th on the eve of his annual New Orleans Holiday Spectacular with a solo acoustic performance taking place at John Bukaty’s Studio and Gallery at 841 Carondelet Street. During this special evening, Anders will perform, talk about the program, and take questions from audience members. All proceeds will directly support the program, including a silent auction featuring a signed guitar and artwork. Oskar Blues will provide the beverages and long-time Anders friend Shaggy, the “Crawfish King,” will serve food.More information is available here.
Rolling Stone will soon launch a new music charts initiative in hopes of competing with Billboard‘s long-running service of quantifying sales of recorded music. According to a report shared by Vanity Fair on Tuesday, Rolling Stone, the famous music publication which launched out of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene in the late-1960s to become an industry leader in pop culture and news reporting, will start publishing its own music charts beginning next Monday, May 13th.Related: Heavy Metal Reportedly Fastest-Growing Genre In MusicLike Billboard, the new “Rolling Stone Charts” will look to rank the top 100 singles and the top 200 albums sold in the United States. Unlike Billboard‘s industry-leading charts, Rolling Stone‘s singles chart will be updated on a daily basis rather than weekly. Rolling Stone will also make a point to include more in-depth streaming data as more consumers turn to platforms like Spotify and Apple Music for their music rather than the iTunes Store or even big-box retailers. Rolling Stone will also look to offer more transparency for artists and consumers in terms of how their chart rankings are determined.The other three new charts set to launch on Monday include “Rolling Stone Artist 500,” which will rank the most-streamed artists; the “Rolling Stone Trending 25,” listing the fastest-moving songs based on a number of metrics; and the “Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25,” which will highlight artists entering the charts for the first time.The announcement from the long-running publication shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the growing need for major media outlets to adjust their focus and overall service plans as the journalism industry at large continues to redefine itself. Rolling Stone‘s choice of launching another set of charts, however, just seems, lame. After all, unless you’re a professional statistician or Kent Davidson from VEEP, there’s nothing really Rock and Roll about statistically quantifying art.“PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” PMC CEO Jay Penske told Variety. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”Longtime readers of Rolling Stone had to know that some drastic changes were coming when Penske Media Corporation purchased controlling interest in the publication two years ago. With the drastic shift in readership habits forcing even the biggest media brands to redefine their mission statements, one has to wonder why the need for more data-driven initiatives in an era when recorded music continues to lose its monetary value.
The Georgia Pecan Growers Association will have its 36th annual conference May 3 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.The day-long program will begin with registration and coffee at 8 a.m. and will include a sponsored lunch. The GPGA business meeting will be at 1:50 p.m.University of Georgia scientists and other experts will share vital information for pecan growers throughout the day. Among the research topics will be reports on pecan scab resistance, nitrogen fertilization, pecan leaf scorch, stink bugs, fungicides, microbial control of pecan weevils and communicating the healthfulness of pecans.To learn more about the program, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call Jane Crocker at (229) 382-2187.
Bar works on putting legislators on procedural rules committees Bar works on putting legislators on procedural rules committees July 1, 2004 Regular News The Florida Bar is working on a compromise that will have state legislators appointed to procedural rule committees, but the issue of the Supreme Court overseeing procedural rules is likely to arise again in the legislature, according to new Bar President-elect Alan BookmanBookman, the outgoing chair of the Legislation Committee, reported to the Board of Governors in May that outgoing Bar President Miles McGrane had reached the agreement to appoint state lawmakers to the procedural rule committees. In exchange, Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami, agreed to drop his proposed constitutional amendment to have the legislature take from the court the authority to promulgate procedural rules.But the issue is likely to come back before the legislature, Bookman said, after Gov. Jeb Bush expressed displeasure over a recent court decision. In that ruling, the court adopted rules that say in a murder case where the death penalty could be sought, it should be determined before the trial if the defendant in mentally retarded. (See story in the June 15 Bar News. ) Under state law and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the mentally retarded cannot be executed.Bush explained that state law reads that determination should be made only after conviction and at the end of the sentencing process. He also said in a letter he would consult with legislative leaders about seeking a constitutional amendment to rein in the court’s rule-making powers.“This rule-making issue is going to come up again and this is something we are going to have to be very diligent about,” Bookman said.As this News went to press, McGrane was sending a letter to legislative leaders inviting them to forward the names of legislators for appointment to various procedural rule committees.On other matters, Bookman said the committee is exploring having a law school for legislators as part of the orientation later this year for new lawmakers. He also said the Bar needs to begin planning immediately for next year’s legislative session.The courts were happy with the funding they received for Art. V, Revision 7, issues, Bookman said, but for the second year in a row, no new judges were authorized for the court system. Both House and Senate were willing to approve at least some judges, Bookman said, but the Senate would not accept the House condition that any new judges be tied to the creation of a Sixth District Court of Appeal.The House passed a bill limiting lawyer advertising by a 104-8 margin, Bookman noted, but the measure was not taken up in the Senate. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, has been invited to testify at the Bar’s advertising task force, which is looking at revising Bar advertising rules.That issue is also expected to come before the legislature again next year.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly in the last month of 2018, from 3.7% in October and November to 3.9% in December. Still, that was down from 4.4% one year earlier and is the lowest year-end rate since 1969. For their part, credit unions employed 305,312 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees as of Dec. 31, 2018, a 4.3% increase from last year-end. Growth in FTE employees — calculated as 100% of an institution’s full-time employees plus 50% of its part-time employees — kept pace with the industry’s 4.4% year-over-year membership growth; as such, the number of members per employee in the industry held steady at 385.In 2018, credit union employees earned a combined $22.9 billion in salaries and benefits. That’s up 7.6% year-over-year. To retain top talent, credit unions spent on average $4.2 million on salaries and benefits. The growth dynamic between total compensation and FTEs resulted in a $2,319 increase in average compensation per employee, which rose from $72,829 at year-end 2017 to $75,148 at year-end 2018. Salary and benefits are typically a credit union’s largest expenditure. At the end of 2018, compensation accounted for 50.9% of total non-interest expenses for the industry.As the number of employees increases, employee efficiency also rises. Total revenue per salary and benefits, a productivity metric that measures how much revenue a credit union generates per dollar spent on employee compensation, increased 15 cents yearover-year to $3.24 as of Dec. 31, 2018. Total income per employee expanded 8.2% year-over-over from $225,141 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $243,700 in the fourth quarter of 2018.