Taylor Pontari, winner of 2020 OC’s Got Talent beams after her performance of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. By IAN CROWLEY Ocean City High School students performed their hearts out to the delight of spectators, some with soft, soothing piano pieces, and others with exciting routines, keeping the audience on the edges of their seats, wondering what will happen next.Eric Wagner started off the show with a bang, performing “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. Eric demonstrated his phenomenal vocals and piano skills with this classic, leaving the audience in awe of the stellar performance.Later in the show, came a performance by Sophia and Nate Ginet. “Lava,” a song from the perspective of a lonely volcano looking for someone to love, or rather to “lava,” by James Ford Murphy, received a thunderous applause.Sophia played the Ukelele part to this piece of music while Nate sang, creating a powerful sound that the audience could not seem to get enough of.The Ocean City High School cheerleaders performed a remix that included various numbers, followed by Victoria Robertson who played a famous tune by Adele, that earned her a spot as the second runner-up.And who could forget the band?Members of the band “Adonis” — EJ McKnight, Lane Michael, Kate Palermo, and Maeve Stanford, performed a hit with “Plug In Baby” by Muse. With bass, guitar, vocals, and a drum set, this was expected to be a great song, and it did not disappoint. Audience members moved in their seats with this rock song.Just like the songs before, the rest of them were hit after hit. Hailee Pietrowitz performed “Drive My Car” by the Beatles, followed by the OCHS Jazz Band with “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra. Dallys Rhubart had an explosive performance with “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, winning her a spot as the first runner-up.The K-Pop dancing group “Double” made the crowd “Feel Special” with their perfectly choreographed dance to the song by Twice. It ended up winning the award for the audience favorite, as member after member took a solo part backed up by seven other dancers.First Runner Up is Dally Rhubart who performed, “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.Before the stunning original piano piece by Ethan Aristizabal, co-host Marissa Guido got revenge on her psychology teacher with a pie to the face to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.Taylor Pontari finished off the night with her winning performance of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. Similar to the act that started the show, she completed it with her fantastic vocals and superb piano skills.The audience and the contestants appeared to have a wonderful time. And most importantly, it helped benefit the Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaAnd no matter what kind of mic you enjoy, there was something for everyone.From Michael Bublé to Beethoven, Adele to Muse, The Beatles to Frank Sinatra, or Bruno Mars to Twice you were sure to have a great time and find something you loved.The program was made possible thanks to the students and staff and local businesses.Second Runner Up: Victoria Robertson won for “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.Double performed “Feeling Special” by Twice. The student group put on a show to the delight of the audience, winning them the Audience Choice Award.Adonis performed “Plug in Baby” by Muse. They fired-up the crowd with their upbeat and hard hitting sound.Sophia Ginet & Nate Ginet performed “Lava” by James Ford Murphy. The audience was clearly entertained and rewarded them with enthusiastic applause.
Gerald Richard Ginn, age 80 of Bright, Indiana passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home. The son of Elmer and Mary (Weidner) Ginn and Step-son of Elizabeth (Naber) Ginn was born on May 12, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio.On August 31, 1957, Gerald married Virginia Sontag in Cincinnati, OH. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past fall. Gerald was a member of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and a former fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. The printer worked for Kahny Printers Inc. for many years before retiring.He is survived by his wife, Virginia, six children, Deborah (Ken) Wassler of Okeana, OH, Gerald Ginn Jr. of Aurora, IN, William (Donna) Ginn of Hamilton, OH, Daniel (Debbie) Ginn of West Harrison, Michelle (Jim) Murray of Bright and Jeff (Trish Bellmore) Ginn of Aurora; ten grandchildren, Michael, Nicole, Christopher, Jessica, Leah, Amber, Rebecca, Tori, Ava, Conner, Zach & Nate; ten great grandchildren and one on the way; along with his sisters Mary Theobald of Cincinnati, OH, Peggy Friedman of FL, Betty Landess of FL; and brothers Steve Ginn of FL, Mark Ginn of FL and Terry Ginn of NC.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Michael Ginn who was KIA in Vietnam.Cremation was chosen. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in Bright. A Celebration of Life will follow in the church hall from 3:00-7:00PM.Memorials may be given to the Franklin County Animal Shelter or Dearborn County P.A.W.S.
Ervin Zukanović gave his first interview for the official site of Roma, after he came from Sampdoria. The B&H national team player said he is happy because of the arrival to Roma and that his decision to come to Roma was greatly influenced by the presence of Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić in that club.How do you feel as a new player of Roma?Every footballer wants to play on a high level and for a great club. I succeeded in that and I am happy.Roma was not the only club that wanted you, how were the negotiations going?I was under a great stress during past several days and it was truly confusing. I wanted to come here because Roma is a fantastic club. So, my intention was to try to come to Roma.Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić are already in Roma, did that influence your decision anyhow?That influenced my decision a lot, because I played with them for the national team. When I came, they gave me many advices. It is easy when you have friends like them who can help you a lot. Nevertheless, already after one day I realized that all players are amazing.Do you know that Roma’s fans are sharing your goal against Lazio on social networks? There is a unique rivalry here.The Roman derby is something fantastic and I know that the fans are very passionate about it. However, I am concentrated and I want to be good. We will see what will happen.(Source: klix.ba)
Potential closure of Uitvlugt EstateIn light of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) touting the possible closure of the Uitvlugt Estate over the fact that workers from Wales are refusing to work at the West Coast Demerara facility, sugar workers are being asked to remain vigilant.This call was made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference earlier this week.Government had merged the operations of the two West Demerara estates afterOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoclosing the Wales Estate last year. It had noted that the Uitvlugt Estate is being upgraded to increase its production from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes of sugar annually, which will demand more labour. In this regard, some 374 of the Wales workers were to be transferred to Uitvlugt but they have refused the employment offer, saying that it is unreasonable for them to travel some 22 miles to the West Coast Demerara facility.In light of this situation, the sugar corporation said in a statement a few days ago that it may have to consider closing the Uitvulgt Estate if the nearly 400 Wales harvesters and cane transporters continue to withhold support from the Uitvlugt Improvement Programme.However, this disclosure comes as a departure from what the National Assembly was told earlier this month by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder when he presented the White Paper on the future of the sugar industry. The Minister had said that only the Rose Hall and Enmore Estates would be closed by year end, Skeldon will be divested.According to Jagdeo, the ink on the White Paper has not even dried properly and there is now a new move to close another estate. “This betrays the thinking in some circles in the Government, and they don’t understand that they are not only putting sugar at risk, but our country at risk and its wellbeing,” he said.SeveranceIn their refusal of the transfer, the workers were requesting severance pay, and have been staging protest actions to get the Government and the sugar corporation to pay. GuySuCo has refused to make the payment, contending that the workers would be entitled to severance pay only if their services are terminated. The company further insists that the workers are not being transferred but will remain on the Wales payroll.But former President Jagdeo pointed out that the law stipulates that if the transfer is more than 10 miles, then the workers have the right to refuse. In this regard, he posited that Government should pay the workers their severance, as was done by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration.In fact, the Opposition Leader noted that Government can easily pay the workers their termination benefits and then re-employ them on a new contract.White PaperMoreover, turning his attention to the White Paper, which was dubbed ‘State Paper on the Future of Sugar Industry’, Jagdeo asserted that the document is hopelessly ill-conceived, misconceived, and does not address the future of the industry or the critical concerns of workers — such as diversification into what, and how to ensure that there is no loss of welfare.The Opposition Leader went on to outline that the document is not GuySuCo’s White Paper but a Government of Guyana White Paper. He said this to highlight that GuySuCo is more concerned about profitability as a company, and he opined that Government has to be the one concerned about people’s livelihoods.“There is a big difference between a government’s white paper and a profit and loss statement by a company making decision. So the Government has failed on those standards — on tabling this White Paper and not addressing those critical issues,” he stated.Against this backdrop, Jagdeo is urging the public that everyone in the community – man, woman and children – must all come out to show the Coalition Government their displeasure at what they are doing to destroy their livelihoods.“As people have done in Georgetown with the parking meter, across race and across politics; as people have done with the VAT on education — they have come out and showed their displeasure, and (done) so peacefully and in large numbers. That’s what I’ve said at all my community meetings, and I hope people continue to do this in the sugar belt,” he noted. The Opposition Leader further posited that this Government pretends to be saving the industry and sugar workers, when in fact it has taken away 10,000 jobs from the workers.