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Ocean City Pops Continues Sizzling Summer

first_imgGrammy-nominated singer and songwriter Cheyenne Jackson performs with the Ocean City Pops on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) Now in its 91st season, the Ocean City Pops is mixing it up with a wide variety of musical talents this summer. The local orchestra performs twice-weekly at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, and the remainder of the 2019 season promises something for everybody.Tickets are on sale now for the following shows:Cheyenne Jackson (August 21): The Grammy-nominated Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter. He was most recently seen in FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” and Disney’s “Descendants 3.” A veteran of the theater, he has performed in “The Most Happy Fella,” “The Performers,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Xanadu,” “All Shook Up,” “Aida” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Tickets are $35 to $40.“Bon Voyage!” (August 25): Sit back, relax, and let the Pops take you on a trip around the world through a variety of great music. Featuring special guest soloist and world-class bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. Tickets are $20 to $25.A Salute to the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion (August 28): The Ocean City Pops celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Legion with rousing works by Morton Gould, Aaron Copland, Leroy Anderson and Irving Berlin, among others. Tickets are $15 to $20.“A Star is Born”: The Concert (Sept. 1): Three legendary icons, three beloved motion pictures, and three best-selling soundtrack albums equal one epic concert celebration. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga each stole our hearts with “A Star is Born.” Now a trio of Broadway/cabaret’s best voices join forces to celebrate the music from all three iconic film versions. The show features “The Man That Got Away,” “Shallow” and the Academy Award-winning “Evergreen.” Tickets are $25 to $35.Ocean City Pops will celebrate 100 years of the American Legion with a concert.“Here She Is” – Former Miss America in Concert (Sept. 4): The Ocean City Pops celebrates what was once a Jersey Shore tradition as a former Miss America will join the Pops in a concert featuring a musical journey through Broadway, pop and opera. Miss America 2002 Katie Harman Ebner will step off the iconic pageant runway and onto the Music Pier stage as special guest vocalist. This former Miss America has been recognized around the world for her vocal achievements. Tickets are $20 to $30.LaKisha Jones in “Queens of Rock and Soul” (Sept. 7): Join American Idol finalist LaKisha Jones in a celebration of the great ladies of soul, including Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, the legendary Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Tickets are $25 to $30.Symphony Night at the Pops (Sept. 11): Cody Austin and the world-class musicians of the Ocean City Pops are the stars of the show. The orchestra will be at its best as Maestro Vince Lee leads some of the greatest and most-beloved music in history, featuring favorites such as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and selections from Wagner’s operatic Ring Cycle. Tickets are $20 to $25.Bill Scheible Returns (Sept. 14): The Pops’ retired maestro and artistic director returns to conduct a program featuring the most recent winners of the Esther Weil student competition at the Music Pier. Tickets are $15 to $20.Tickets are available at available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or by stopping by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office or any welcome center in Ocean City. Shows start at 7:30 p.m.Also coming up in August:AUGUST 21 – Wacky Wednesday Taffy Sculpting: Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Shriver’s salt water taffy into your very own masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. For more information, call 609-399-6111.AUGUST 23 – Ocean City Green Fair: Ocean City will host a Green Fair under the covered loggia of the Ocean City Music Pier from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The community-wide event is designed to educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Green Fairs allow participants to learn how small individual efforts can make a huge difference in their communities.AUGUST 23 and 24 – “Guys and Dolls Jr.”: The Ocean City Theatre Company’s Middle School Junior Company presents an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy.Its namesake ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950 and won numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $12 to $15 and are available by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or calling 609-399-6111.Ryan Kanoff, of Horsham, Pa., and his daughters, Victoria, 7, and Ryleigh, 5, check out a ball python held by Kendra Verity of the Cape May County Zoo during the 2018 Green Fair.AUGUST 28 – Wacky Wednesday French Fry Sculpting: Use your creativity to shape and sculpt French fries into your very own masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages.Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. For more information, call 609-399-6111.AUGUST 30 – Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin: A country music concert featuring the Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin is set for 7:30 p.m. August 30 on the Ocean City Music Pier.In 2013, the Swon Brothers became the first duo to make it to a season finale of “The Voice” with the help of their coach, Blake Shelton. They released their self-titled album and received a nomination for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year in 2014.They have toured with Carrie Underwood and are now busy preparing new music, including the newly released single “What Ever Happened” from their new EP. Josh Gracin fans fell in love with the Michigan native and former Marine upon his ascension onto the country charts in 2004 with “I Want To Live.”The hits came in short order for Gracin – the chart-topper “Nothin’ To Lose,” “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” and “We Weren’t Crazy” all hit high on the Billboard charts.Tickets ($25 to $30) are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or by stopping by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office or any welcome center in Ocean City.The Swon Brothers are coming to the Ocean City Music Pier Aug. 30. (Photo credit Swon Brothers publicity)last_img read more

Federal Report Casts Doubt on Future of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Heavy Ion Collider

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Inside the workings of the Relativistic Heavy Ion ColliderPhysicists exploring the subatomic realm are well aware of the uncertainty principle at work on the particles there but now a federal report has come out that casts the future of America’s most advanced physics experiments in doubt at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).The issue, as it is with many things involving the federal government these days, involves funding. But more importantly what’s at stake is the United States’ ability to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge science.Last week a report was released by a subpanel of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee that recommended closing the heavy ion collider if federal funding remains flat or just keeps up with inflation in the coming years. The report, named after the subpanel’s chairman Robert Tribble, a nuclear physicist based at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University, favored completing a facility now under construction at Michigan State University and maintaining another facility at the Jefferson Lab in Virginia, which is being upgraded.A modest increase more than inflation, the report suggested, might keep all facilities at least on track. Of America’s the three large atomic research labs, only BNL’s RHIC is currently operating, and it is set to run a series of high-level experiments starting Feb. 11 that will last until the summer.In Monday’s response to the report’s worst-case scenario, the Empire State’s Congressional representatives have begun to weigh in. Both New York’s Democratic Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy to increase funding of its nuclear physics program by an additional $50 million for the next fiscal year.“Even though this report is non-binding, it should serve as a call to arms for those who care about scientific research, Long Island’s economy, and our nation’s position at the forefront of innovation,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  “The solution to the problem is simply to make sure that the budget for nuclear research in this country is given a modest boost, so that hundreds of jobs on Long Island are preserved and America remains at the cutting edge of nuclear research.  Cutting our nuclear research now, and ceding our advantage to our competitors, is penny wise and pound foolish.”“Closing a facility that plays an important role in the future of U.S. competitiveness and supports hundreds of jobs is the wrong approach,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “If we are going to out-innovate and out-compete other countries in the fields of science and technology, we must continue to invest in cutting edge facilities like the country’s only ion collider at Brookhaven National Lab.”In a jointly authored letter to the outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients, the senators wrote: “Now is not the time to scale back federal funding for such critical basic research and important scientific facilities and cede our position of leadership in these fields of study.  Our economic competitors in China, India and other countries have seen our success in these areas and now copy our approach to innovation and are increasing their rate of investment at a time when we seem to be considering the opposite.“Strengthening U.S. investment in nuclear physics is the right thing to do to develop technologies to improve national security, identify and cure disease and meet our energy challenges, as well as to expand our knowledge about the makeup of the universe through scientific discovery.  Americans stand to benefit today and in the future from U.S. investment in nuclear physics through better medical imaging and diagnostic tools, new cancer therapies, advanced tools to deter nuclear proliferation and innovative energy storage systems.”Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has been working closely with the offices of both senators to coordinate a response, and together they reversed deep cuts Republicans in Congress had proposed in spending bills in the past. They hope to do the same this time around, too.“I have fought successfully in the past to protect Brookhaven National Lab from damaging budget cuts that would hurt Long Island’s economy and threaten America’s international leadership in research and development,” said Rep. Tim Bishop. “I am coordinating closely with Lab officials and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to make the case that the cutting-edge research in energy, medicine and other fields performed at the RHIC is a national priority that deserves sustained funding.”The RHIC is world-renown for its ability to recreate the conditions presumed to match the universe in the first moments of existence so scientists can study in detail the type of matter at the beginning and understand the force that holds together “the fundamental particles that make up 99 percent” of the visible world—from stars to planets to people.“We believe that RHIC science, past and future, is compelling and essential both for the DOE mission as well as for U.S. leadership in nuclear physics — and the Tribble report strongly reflects that view,” says Doon Gibbs, BNL’s interim laboratory director. “We will continue to advocate for science, for RHIC, and for Brookhaven Lab in all that we do.”In a statement on the lab’s website, Gibbs said that he’s been in touch with the other two labs’ directors and “we have agreed to work together to realize the modest growth path.”last_img read more

Reinforcements met the Expectations, Garcia satisfied with Džeko and Salah

first_imgIn the first round of the Italian Serie A, Verona and Roma played 1: 1, and coach of Roma, Rudi Garcia, despite the tie result, praised the performance of B&H national team captain Edin Džeko and Egypt international Mohamed Salah, two players who arrived in the club this summer.Garcia said that he is very satisfied with reinforcements after their first match in the national championship.“Edin played very well in the first half of the match, and he had a good chance at the end as well, but we lacked rhythm, we were not fast enough, nor did we have width of the game. We corrected it by introducing Iago Falquea, who ‘stretched’ defense of Verona. We knew that it will be difficult on Bentegodi, it will be hard for all the other teams that come here as well. We could achieve more points, a collective approach was very good, and we are on the good track, but it was not enough to win against Verona, “said Garcia.He expects better performance and better efficiency of his attackers.“We could have played better in offense, we made some excess moves, however, the condition of this terrain stopped us from playing it at first,” said the coach of Roma.He particularly emphasized that Džeko needs some time to completely fit in the team.“We need to keep in mind that Edin has just recently arrived and he played only one friendly match with us, while Mohamed also had just a little time to adjust. Edin played at first in the first half of the match and that is what we were lacking on the other positions. Salah was close to score and he wanted to stay longer on the field, but the players need to know that I need all of them through the whole season,” concluded Garcia. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Egyptian tycoon offers to buy Greek islands for refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Egyptian billionaire is currently in talks over the purchase of two Greek islands to help accommodate and settle refugees. The grand act of generosity comes as part of the Aylan Island project, set up by Naguib Sawiris and named after the Syrian toddler found washed up on a Turkish beach.According to a recent statement released by his communications office, Sawiris has “corresponded with the owners and expressed our interest to go into negotiation[s] with them”.If everything goes ahead, the islands purchased by the 61-year-old will remain under the jurisdiction of Greece; though the deal ultimately depends on how many refugees Athens is willing to approve under the country’s laws.In an interview with Newsweek, Mr Sawiris said he had sent letters to both Alexis Tsipras and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi seeking their approval, but had yet to hear back. “I sent a letter saying that I need them to provide me permission to take the refugees there and if they have an island to sell, I am a buyer,” he told Newsweek. “It would help me greatly and what I need from them is the approval to get the refugees there and the administrative support.”The billionaire, whose fortune is worth an estimated $3 billion, has said he is willing to spend up to $200 million for the purchase of the islands, in addition to the joint-stock company he is looking to set-up with a starting capital of $100 million. The project has had a great response thus far, with the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR offering to co-operate on the project, along with a number of investors and volunteers wishing to get on board. “I have got around 10,000 emails,” said Mr Sawiris. “Many people said they would volunteer to come and help me build this city, I have two people saying they want to donate $10 million and so on.”Further to assisting the refugee crisis, Mr Sawiris believes purchasing the islands will assist Greece with its own economic crisis. “I know that the Greek government owns a lot of islands that are uninhabited and they need the money.“It would look good that they are helping a humanitarian idea. It would be saving the EU from a burden and helping to do something [about the refugee crisis],” he said.Source: RTlast_img read more