The sun was shining, the beach goers were thrilled, and OCBP was on the job. Things were jumping Sunday at St. Charles Place beach in Ocean City.If you we looking for a lull in the action between Memorial day and the close of area schools, you weren’t finding it on the island in general or at St. Charles Place, where our intrepid photographer was ensconced for much of the day.Beach activities attracted visitors and locals alike who were in mid-season form.Ocean temperatures were in the mid-60s, but that did not deter the many wetsuit-clad surfers or even the “bare back” swimmers taking a dip. Sand castles were built, holes were dug, Frisbees were tossed and the smell of Coppertone filled the air.OCBP came to the rescue when a guest took ill.Brilliant sunshine and gusty breezes kept the joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers active on the surrounding streets, but that did not seem to affect the large number of beach-goers. Despite slightly cooler than normal air temperature, blankets were close and everyone coexisted well.Beach Taggers Lindsay O’Malley and Natalie Greene were on duty, selling tags with a smile.We noticed beach taggers checking for badges and selling them. Daily, weekly and seasonal tags seemed to be selling well.The happy couple and their guests were treated to a perfect June beach day in Ocean City.Nearby, City Councilman Keith Hartzell officiated a beach wedding. The newlyweds and their guests were said to have come in from from Middletown, DE.All in all, it was a great day at the beach at America’s Greatest Family Resort.After hours, a couple of future life-savers decided to check out the view.
Gregory Crawford, vice president, associate provost and former dean of the College of Science, was elected president of Miami University (Ohio) on Friday, according to a Notre Dame press release.Over the past year, Crawford led an effort to increase the University’s presence in California, initially in the Bay Area. According to the release, he focused on expanding internship and employment opportunities for Notre Dame undergraduates and recruiting students from leading California high schools.“For six years, [Crawford] was a dynamic leader of the College of Science and, for the past year, he has taken the lead in developing our California initiative,” University provost Thomas Burish said in the press release. “We remain committed to that initiative and, between now and Greg’s departure in July, I will work with him and others on how best to build upon the foundation he has helped to lay.”Crawford served as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science from 2008 to July 2015, according the press release. As dean, he helped found the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and launch four new master’s programs. Crawford also led fundraising initiatives for the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.Crawford, a native of Elyria, Ohio, will assume his new position on July 1, according to the release. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Kent State University.“News of Greg’s election as the next president of Miami University is bittersweet,” Burish said in the release. “While we are tremendously pleased that he has this wonderful opportunity to lead a first-rate university, we also are sorry to see him go.”Crawford came to Notre Dame in 2008, leaving his post as dean of engineering at Brown University, where he was a professor of physics and engineering since 1996, according to the release. During his time at Notre Dame, he worked to raise money and awareness for cancer and rare disease research, biking more than 11,000 miles across the country in support of research for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.Tags: College of Science, Dr. Thomas G. Burish, Gregory Crawford, Miami University (Ohio)
The FIFA/CAF Normalization Committee has announced the cancellation of the Special Competition which was intended to keep the clubs active till the end of the GFA normalization process.The competition which was originally supposed to begin on January 26, was postponed 3 times before the eventual cancellation due to disagreements between the Premier League clubs and the Normalization Committee.The competition, although a stop gap one, was particularly key because it was set to decide Ghana’s representatives at next season’s CAF inter club competitions.In a statement confirming the decision, the Normalization Committee stated that the decision, although a difficult one, was necessary due to the inability to reach a common ground with all the clubs.Below is the full Statement;The GFA Normalization Committee (N.C) has cancelled the proposed Special competition aimed at engaging Ghanaian clubs whilst the reformation of Ghana football takes shape.The Normalization Committee took time to meet the football community to help understand the challenges and problems facing Ghana football.Clubs and players appealed to the N.C to do something and start football playing again.The clubs said they were hemorrhaging with debt and their players were getting rusty.The N.C heard their appeal and put together a tournament that was designed to make the game beautiful and encourage fans to go to venue centres and also watch on television.There were arrangements to pay better fees to referees, budget for media hype to generate interest and a core of young volunteers to help generate interest in young people in football.Additionally, plans had been put in place to telecast the matches to bring football to the doorstep of the people.Unfortunately, because of the bad image no company was willing to align its brand with Ghana football hence no sponsorship was secured.We then had to appeal to government to come to the rescue of the sad situation of Ghana football.The government heard our plea and advanced 1.2m dollars not just to restart football but to train referees and also look at women football and colts football.When we got the money the premier league clubs opposed the format of the competition; we bent to accommodate some of their concerns to come up with the final tournament structure that everybody agreed.Anytime the game was about starting there was a hiccup from the premier league clubs and the tournament never started.The N.C has come to a point where the truth must be told and the right things be done to save Ghana football which is a great asset for the people of Ghana even though it has private sector coloration.We hereby cancel the proposed N.C tournament. We will engage the interest of government as to the other alternative uses to the funds advanced the Normalization Committee.We sincerely apologize to the Division One league clubs who overwhelmingly subscribed to participate in the N.C Special competition.We will come up with a new programme to keep them engaged whilst we reform Ghana football.We want to assure the people of Ghana that Ghana football will be normalized, and will not allow the inherent greatness of our football to die on the alter of selfishness, greed and braggadocio.Dan Kwaku Yeboah-Spokesperson GFA Normalization Committee–By: Citi Sports