June 13, 2021
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  • 5:41 am Kurdish-born Austrian jailed for 18 months for online “defamation”
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first_img`————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Wergera kurdî li jêrêAustrian national of Kurdish origin, Kamal Sayid Qadir, who was arrested five months ago for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.At an earlier hearing he had been handed down a sentence, since cancelled, of 30 years imprisonment on exactly the same charge.Reporters Without Borders said the conviction was contrary to international standards in freedom of expression cases. “Any prison sentence for an offence of opinion is unacceptable, even in cases of insult or defamation,” the press freedom organisation said.“We are particularly wary of the operation of the Iraqi Kurdish justice system which started by condemning this jurist to 30 years in jail, then divided his sentence by 20, while the charges remained the same. We hope the appeal court will overturn this decision and set him free”.His conviction was under Article 111 paragraph 433 of the 1969 criminal code, which laid down prison sentences of up to five years for defamation. The fact that the jurist belongs to a family of “24 martyrs” of Saddam Hussein’s regime was taken into account by the judge as extenuating circumstances. His lawyer, Govend Baban, told Reporters Without Borders that the article in the criminal code could only be applied in the case of a complaint by an individual and not to a case brought by a public ministry, as was the case. He added that the court in Erbil was not competent to try the case, because the offending articles were published in Austria. His client has anyway appealed against the verdict, which he called “unfair” and “political”.Kamal Sayid Qadir has been held since 26 October 2005 in Erbil prison in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north of Iraq. He was sentenced, on 19 December 2005, for “defamation of public institutions”, a ruling that was subsequently quashed. In a statement posted on kurdishmedia.com, the jurist acknowledged making comments that were “inappropriate” towards some people referred to in his articles. February 15, 2021 Find out more News Related documents Bi KurdîPDF – 45.35 KB Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 28, 2020 Find out more March 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish-born Austrian jailed for 18 months for online “defamation” to go further Organisation News Austrian national of Kurdish origin, Kamal Sayid Qadir, who was arrested five months ago for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. At an earlier hearing he had been handed down a sentence, since cancelled, of 30 years imprisonment on exactly the same charge. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img
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first_imgPublic Safety Fire Family Foundation Provided More Than $34,000 in Assistance to Firefighters and Fire Families in First Half of 2015 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 3:09 pm Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes As the charitable hand of the Los Angeles-based Firefighters First Credit Union, Fire Family Foundation distributed over $34,000 in assistance to firefighters and fire families in the first six months of 2015.Providing hope and comfort to those in need, the Foundation ensures donations go directly to those in need; assistance is distributed statewide and supports numerous individuals and organizations.So far in 2015, the Foundation supported individuals and causes, including:• 22-year veteran LAFD paramedic Wendy who served at 9/11 and consequently was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Foundation helped with her general housing expenses and hospice care. Sadly, Wendy died in early June.• Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern who was seriously injured while fighting a house fire; the Foundation coordinated efforts to offer the Pete Dern Challenge Coins with proceeds going to the Dern family.• The Chapman family of Rancho Cucamonga who lost their home and all their belongings to a fire; father Jason is a LAFD firefighter who was out on a call when the fire broke out.• The Kern County Fire Chief who needed assistance for his older son who is battling cancer.• The family of CAL Fire Captain Richard who was diagnosed with throat and colon cancer; the Foundation covered mortgage expenses for the family consisting of wife Jennifer, three young daughters and Richard’s mother.• The first annual Fire Velo “Firefighters Ride for Life,” a Los Angeles to San Diego bike ride that raised funds for Fire Family Foundation.• Partnering with The Rialto Fire Department to establish the Rialto Firefighters Community Giving Fund which will aid firefighters and the community; the Foundation lent support to the department at their recent “Pass the Boot” Drive.“The Foundation is active in the firefighting community, working with individuals and organizations to create a bastion of hope for those who are grieving, in shock and feel alone,” explains Mike Mastro, President and CEO of Firefighters First Credit Union, who also serves as the Foundation Board Chair. “The generosity of our donors enables us to be of service to those in our fire family and beyond. We are extremely proud to be the helping hand for so many. And our work will continue.”The Foundation remains committed to helping in 2015 and responding to communities and the firefighters who serve them in times of need.Learn more about Fire Family Foundation and individuals/organizations that it’s currently helping at www.firefamilyfoundation.org. Follow Fire Family Foundation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firefamilyfoundation.About Fire Family FoundationFire Family Foundation responds when tragedy affects firefighters and fire victims. A nonprofit founded by the respected Firefighters First Credit Union, Fire Family Foundation offers immediate assistance to firefighters and their families, fire victims, fire departments, and charities. The Foundation believes that by coming together as a “Fire Family,” assistance can be provided to those impacted by fire. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

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first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it L-R: Chandler Washington, Shelby Mumford and Jamie WilcoxOn Saturday, June 11, 2016, STEAM:CODERS took fifteen high school students to The Paley Center for Media and Google for a special student program celebrating STEM, and new ideas for more diverse representations on the screen.The day begin with a special keynote conversation featuring the team behind Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Student teams broke into working groups in order to brainstorm ideas for STEM related storylines for the series. Writers and producers from the show were on hand to mentor the participants. The students then had an opportunity to “pitch” their ideas to the larger group, resulting in a fun and educational interactive session! Full STEAM Ahead!Panel:Clark Gregg, Actor, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Jed Whedon, Creator and Executive Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Maurissa Tancharoen, Creator and Executive Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Jeffrey Bell, Executive Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Mark Kolpack, VFX Supervisor, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Sabrina Arnold, VFX Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Moderator: Daraiha Greene, CS Education in Media, GoogleFor more information about STEAM:CODERS, visit www.steamcoders.org. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education STEAM:CODERS and Google at the Paley Center for Media “Cracking the Code: Diversity, Hollywood & STEM: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Edition” From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 11:14 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Public Safety Reward Reestablished in Fatal Shooting of Altadena Boy $25,000 offered for apprehension and conviction of gunman in the death of Salvador Esparza CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 3:01 pm Community News Subscribecenter_img Business News Community News Salvador “Chavita” Esparza, 4, was shot to death in the doorway of his home in Altadena on July 5, 2016. A $20,000 reward was renewed in October of 2020 for information leading to the capture and conviction of his killer or killers. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved and increased a reward in the case of a 4-year-old boy killed in a 2016 gang-related shooting in Altadena.Supervisor Kathryn Barger asked her colleagues to reestablish and increase the reward from $20,000 to $25,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 4-year-old Salvador Esparza on July 5, 2016.The boy, who had been shot in the head, was found lying on his front porch on the 300 block of West Figueroa Driveat about 10:40 that evening. A 27-year-old gunshot victim who survived was also found on the porch and taken to Huntington Hospital.Witnesses said the gunman was chasing both victims when he fired his weapon, striking both victims before running south on Olive Avenue. Sheriff’s investigators believe the suspect is a gang member and the shooting was gang-related. Authorities said the child was not an intended target.The reward, established in 2016 expired on Jan. 24 and will now be available for at least the next 90 days.A $15,000 reward was also established in the shooting of Gabriella Deharo Perez, a 29-year-old woman who was shot and killed in West Covina, and a $10,000 reward was established for information leading to a conviction in the case of 28-year-old Rodney Donaldson Jr., who was gunned down in Compton.Anyone with information on the shootings is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_img Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – July 27, 2010 Pinterest Councillor frustrated at lack of garda action on Carrigans robbery Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img Google+ Donegal County Councillor Frank McBrearty has called on the Minister for Justice to hold a public enquiry into the Garda Investigation of the Carrigans Post Office robbery.The Labour Councillor brought a motion on the matter before Donegal County Council yesterday afternoon.Cllr McBrearty claims access to CCTV footage of the robbery which shows three masked men entering the post office with the face of the driver of the getway visible.Cllr McBrearty says he cannot understand how no-one has been arrested a year and a half on from the robbery which he says has had a massive impact on the postmistress:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/27frank.mp3[/podcast] Newsx Adverts Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleFuture of Lifford and Rock hospitals to be known in SeptemberNext articleSpeculation of ward closures and surgery cancellations at Letterkenny General News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_img By proclamation of Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, the week of May 3-10 is National Music Week in Troy. Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Email the author The mayor signed the proclamation on Monday and encouraged all Troy citizens to observe and take part in activities that focus on music this week and throughout the year. “We should all recognized the importance of music, musicians and musical organizations to the cultural life of our city, our state, our nation and our world,” Lunsford said. “Music plays an increasingly important role in our world today. It is one of the most sublime human pursuits and is subscribed to by all races and creeds. Music is the language of all people and one of the greatest forces in creating peace and harmony.”The Troy Music Study Club is dedicated to encouraging young musicians, to increasing musical knowledge and to advancing American music. The local music club has joined forces with the National Federation of Music Clubs to direct attention to the dynamic influence of music in everyday living.“Recognizing the importance of music in our culture, the Troy Music Study Club, as a member of both the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs, encourages our extended community to participate in musical activities as well as live performances when every possible,” said June Kendrick, club president. “The Southeast Alabama Band Concert was Monday night. Tonight we have a Chamber music program at the Cultural Arts Studio in Troy and the Troy-Pike Youth Orchestra also will perform. The Charles Henderson Middle School Choir will be in concert at the school on May 11. We have a wide variety of musical programs here in Troy year around and we encourage everyone to be a part of these programs.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Published 7:09 pm Monday, May 4, 2009 Skip Music Study Club celebrates Music Week Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf 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 HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Pike County Relay raises $180,086 Any doubts that Pike County would come through in the 2009 Relay for Life campaign were put to rest as… read more By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

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first_imgWe assess basal roughness beneath Pine Island Glacier (PIG), West Antarctica, based on a recent airborne radio-echo sounding dataset. We identify a clear relationship between faster ice flow and decreased basal roughness in significant parts of PIG. The central portion and two of its tributaries are particularly smooth, but the majority of the tributaries feeding the main trunk are rougher. We interpret the presence of a smooth bed as being a consequence of the deposition of marine sediments following disappearance of the West Antarctic ice sheet in the Pliocene or Pleistocene, and, conversely, a lack of marine sedimentation where the bed is rough. Importantly, we also identify a patchy distribution of marine sediments, and thus a bed over which the controls on flow vary. While there is a notable correspondence between ice velocity and bed roughness, we do not assume a direct causal relationship, but find that an indirect one is likely. Where low basal roughness results in low basal resistance to flow, a lower driving stress is required to produce the flux required to achieve mass balance. This, in turn, means that the surface in that area will be lower than surrounding areas with a rougher bed, and this will tend to draw flow into the area with low bed roughness. Since our studies shows that bed roughness beneath the tributaries of the trunk varies substantially, there is a strong likelihood that these tributaries will differ in the rate at which they transmit current velocity changes on the main trunk into the interior of the glacier basin.last_img read more

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first_imgUK virtual tour platform and proptech firm EyeSpy360 has beaten other competitors to sign an exclusive global partnership with the 4th largest and fastest growing realty brokerage in the US, eXp Realty. eXp are a cloud based real estate brokerage who are partnering with EyeSpy360 to be able to offer their technology to eXp’s 23,000-strong agent network.EyeSpy360’s tech will be rebranded as eXp360 Tours and will enable its agents to create 360 virtual tours, 3D models and floor plans and conduct ‘virtual viewings’ instantly using EyeSpy Live.“This last feature has proved to be popular with agents across the globe who can often spend hours travelling to and from viewings,” says Andrew Nicholls, CEO of London-based EyeSpy360.“It’s a huge coup – we have been working with eXp for about a year and we are now integrating with their ecosystem including their CRM platform(s) so they can offer it to all their agents globally.”“There is an ongoing paradigm shift as to how consumers visualise a property during their search phase and how they conduct and pre-qualify viewings via a mobile or any other device.”Michael Valentine, COO of EyeSpy360 says they started working with eXp after a US agent working for them used the tech and then recommended it upwards to the company’s management.ProptecheXp Realty has grown rapidly from a few hundred agents in two US states five years ago to a huge network of 23,000 agents covering the US, Canada and has recently launched operations in Australia and the UK with other countries in sight.As The Negotiator reported last month, its UK operation is being led by Adam Day of Hatched, eMoov and easyProperty fame.eXp Realty is unusual because it operates via a gaming-style, cloud-based virtual world called VirBELA.It offers agents significant advantages over traditional brokerage models including access to financial and transactional products as well as the ability to collaborate plus training tools and the ability to socialise with other agents and the company’s staff digitally via avatars.This is one of the biggest Proptech partnerships to date and for a UK based firm to be exclusively partnering with one of the largest brokerages in the US is massive, not just for EyeSpy360 but the Proptech scene as a whole.Andrew Nicholls exp realty EyeSpy 360 October 17, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Exclusive interview: UK virtual tours firm lands global deal with estate agency giant previous nextProptechExclusive interview: UK virtual tours firm lands global deal with estate agency giantEyeSpy360 says its technology is being rolled out across eXp Realty’s 23,00-strong network of agents across the globe after a year of negotiations and trials.Nigel Lewis17th October 201901,570 Viewslast_img read more

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first_imgLeft to right, back: Chase Devlin, Nick DiMarco, Eric Lam, Christian McDermott, Christian Baumgardner, Michael Daddi, Colin Stewart, Evan Nathan, Coach John Millar, Ryan Fisher. Front: Jason Nika, Tara MillerThe Ocean City High School boys’ junior varsity eight crew team won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) national title on May 24 and later thanked a local woman, Tara Miller, for inspiring their success.Miller is battling Stage 4 melanoma.Ocean City Coach John Millar told the boys about Miller’s fight during a pep talk and urged themto find courage within themselves. The team was moved enough by Millar’s speech to ask to meet her, but on the day of a scheduled meeting, she was too ill. Instead, she wrote a note to the boys. The team fell short of winning at the Stotesbury Regatta, but brought home gold for her the next week at the Nationals.Millar had coached Miller’s fiance, Jason Nika, at St. Augustine Prep 14 years ago.The team invited Miller to meet them so they could thank her.Here is the speech team member Colin Stewart gave that evening:“On the behalf of the men’s junior eight, we would like to thank you, Tara, for the strength your life has given us during our greatest challenge.Coach Millar said before every race at Nationals, that life is the ultimate challenge and the things we’d face on the water would be nothing to challenge you’d face in life. How we would face our challenge, the opportunity of being national champions, would impact our lives.Your story of dealing with life’s greatest challenges motivated us so much that we can stand here today and say we are national champions.Before we went out for our race, coach said to change our racing coding. We code everything in the race, like power tens and so forth, to prevent other crews from copying our race plan. He said to change our biggest move at the 750-meter mark to a ‘Power Tara,’ and he said that while we make that move think about what she is going through and how this four-and-a-half minute race is nothing in comparison to what she has done. So we did.At the 750 mark, Washington and Lee attempted to make a push back on us, and we did our ‘Power Tara.’ With that move, not only did we pull away from Washington and Lee by open water and secure our victory, but our boat went the fastest it has ever gone during that middle 500. We would like to thank you for giving us the strength to win our greatest challenge.”Tara has started her own foundation “The Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation.”  For more information, visit taramillerfoundation.org.— Suze DiPietrolast_img read more

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first_imgBy MADDY VITALEMary Grace Jamison was crowned Miss Ocean City 2020 on Saturday night during the annual pageant at the Music Pier.Jamison, 17, of Ocean City, an Ocean City High School senior in the fall, beat out 10 other contestants to capture the title.Other contestants who impressed the judges were first runner-up Paige Aita, 18, second runner-up, Sophia Terry, 18, and third runner-up Cassidy Diamond.Video Courtesy Just Right TV ProductionsThere were 11 contestants in all for Miss Ocean City. The contestants each competed in talent, swimwear, evening gowns and an on-stage question.The talent consisted of strong performances in tap, vocals and dance.The theme of this year’s pageant was country and the opening dance act was to Luke Bryan’s song “Country Girls,” which wowed the crowd. Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan led the contestants in a boot-stomping lively performance.Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan 2019 leads the opening act.Jamison’s talent had a particularly poignant meaning for the dancer.She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and gave up dancing from 2016 until November of 2018.To be able to do what she loves once again, and to do it well, she said, is so fulfilling.Jamison spoke backstage, with her mom, Jennifer, and father, Michael, and friends and family celebrating her crowning. She had tears in her eyes.“I am so amazed. I feel so proud and so happy,” she said.Her parents felt the same. “I am just overjoyed for her,” Michael Jamison said.“She worked so hard,” Jennifer Jamison said, adding that her daughter had joined the Ocean City High School Dance Team.Mary Grace Jamison with parents Jennifer and Michael backstage.During her on-stage question, Jamison spoke about how it is important, when you have a debilitating ailment, not to let it get you down, to continue to strive to achieve your goals even when battling an ailment.“The best is yet to come,” she said.Jamison’s interview with the judges also won her an award.She created something called Promise Parlor, in which she and other volunteers at the high school do hair and makeup for students going to the prom who may not be able to afford getting glammed up.While Jamison was struggling with her arthritis and could not dance, she still wanted to do something positive, so she created Promise Parlor.And she plans on it being just as successful this coming spring as the last.Mary Grace Jamison walks down the runway for the first time as Miss Ocean City 2020.The pageant festivities also featured honors for outgoing Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan.Pageant Director Michael Hartman, the city’s special events coordinator, presented a piece of the Boardwalk to her.With tears in his eyes, Hartman told Keenan that she has a gift for making people feel special, especially children, and she will be missed.Keenan took center stage to perform her tap dance to James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing,” a performance that helped her gain the crown the year before.Keenan attended more than 70 events during her reign.In a video retrospective of her yearlong reign shown to the Music Pier audience, she thanked all of the people who helped her along the way, from her parents to Hartman to her fellow crown holders, among others.Keenan said wonderful memories were created with Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson and Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright.Miss Ocean City serves as an ambassador for Ocean City at iconic traditions such as Night in Venice, Pamper Scamper, the Baby Parade, Wacky Wednesdays and other activities.The runners-up with Mary Grace Jamison. At left, Paige Aita. At right (next to Jamison) Sophia Terry and Cassidy Jones. The new Miss Ocean City 2020 Mary Grace Jamison beams as her predecessor Megan Keenan places the crown on her head. Junior Miss Julia Wilson and Little Miss Stevie Wright at left.last_img read more

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