Memorial Day weekend brought what Ocean City officials said was a record-breaking start to the summer season. By Maddy VitaleMemorial Day weekend in Ocean City was one of the best in years, officials say. With the perfect weather, inviting beaches, an abundance of events, activities, restaurants and amusements to choose from, “America’s Greatest Family Resort” had a spectacular holiday.“We saw record numbers of people all three days and we saw people enjoying all Ocean City has to offer throughout the weekend,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We had three days of incredible weather with sunny skies and temperatures over 70 degrees.”The kickoff to the weekend, Friday, May 24, began with a lot of activity on the Boardwalk and in the downtown early, as the city rang in the summer season with the Business Persons Plunge, the “Unlocking of the Ocean” and “Unlocking of the Beach.”The zany events at the Moorlyn Terrace beach next to the Music Pier attracted hundreds of visitors and residents to watch the fun.The Business Persons Plunge is a hit among visitors and residents.The weekend continued on that positive track, with very few accommodations remaining for last-minute tourists, Gillian said.Unlike summer seasons with less than stellar weather, this weekend is one for the books and one that officials say they hope is the norm throughout the season.“With Mother Nature cooperating, we are all looking forward to a fantastic 2019 season,” Gillian said.Gillian noted that some of the increased activity in the resort could have to do with the fact that Ocean City was named by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the top 10 places to go on Memorial Day weekend. It is one of several honors bestowed on the resort by the magazine, including the 2018 title of “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.”Still, even if every weekend doesn’t turn out picture-perfect as the last, there is always something to do in the resort, from rides and attractions, to shopping in the downtown or on the Boardwalk. Gillian also mentioned the array of entertainment at the Music Pier and the culinary delights at the city’s restaurants as major draws for visitors.Surf Mall, owned by Wes Kazmarck, the president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association, says the weekend was fantastic for all of the merchants.Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association, called Memorial Day weekend “chart topping” for the 150-plus merchants.Kazmarck, who has been the merchants association president for about 11 years, said he has been a Boardwalk business owner since 2002.“Out of all the years I’ve been in business, this was my best one,” he said. “I think it is unique this year, because we had a very wet spring. Everything lined up perfectly weather-wise for Memorial Day weekend. I haven’t seen Ocean City so crowded in a long time. The sheer volume is just a great sign for the summer ahead.”He said Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to the summer season and is typically used as a barometer of what the entire summer will be.“Everyone I spoke to said they were either on the cusp of or had a record-breaking weekend,” Kazmarck noted. “You had the beach day, the shopping day and chilly nights.”That translated to spending on sweatshirts more than Kazmarck could recall in past years.Another top seller was anything that said “Ocean City,” he added.“I know the boutiques did really well, too,” he said.Jody Levchuk, who, with his family, owns the Jilly’s stores on the Boardwalk, said it was an unbelievable weekend.“We had a very successful, busy weekend,” Levchuk commented. “Our staff really worked hard all weekend. There were positive vibes all weekend long from visitors and locals taking advantage of the great weather.”Jody Levchuk says his family-owned Jilly’s businesses were hopping over Memorial Day weekend.The downtown was also bustling with visitors and residents taking advantage of the specialty shops and restaurants along Asbury Avenue, the city’s Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said.One thing is for certain, officials are hopeful the trend continues throughout the summer.“It’s hard to remember a Memorial Day Weekend with such gorgeous weather from beginning to end. The beach, Boardwalk and downtown were all jammed with people having fun,” Bergen said.He pointed out that the city does not have final numbers yet, but beach tag sales and parking revenue were both exceptional.“A steady stream of cars ran from the bridges back to the (Garden State) Parkway for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings,” Bergen said. “After a long and wet spring, I think everybody was ready to get outside to enjoy a taste of summer. You really couldn’t ask for a better start to the summer season.”Mark Soifer, retired Ocean City public relations director, comes out of retirement to “unlock” the beach to start the summer season.
Tom Joy, chief investment officer at the Church Commissioner, said: “Bess joins us with an established record of leading stewardship efforts and we are very much looking forward to furthering the way the Commissioners engage across our diverse range of holdings.” Bess Joffe, incoming head of responsible investment at Church CommissionersJoffe said: “I am proud to be joining the Church Commissioners at this exciting time. Real change is starting to be seen thanks to the efforts of responsible investors and I am pleased to be joining a proactive organisation which recognises the challenges facing our world. I look forward to working with the team to build further on their successes.”The Commissioners have built a strong reputation as leaders in responsible investment. Last year they took home the ESG prize at IPE Awards and they have been included in the PRI Leaders’ Group, which PRI showcases signatories at the forefront of responsible investment.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Church Commissioners for England have hired Bess Joffe as their new head of responsible investment, succeeding Edward Mason.According to her LinkedIn profile, Joffe was most recently director of investor relations for environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters at Lloyds Banking Group, having worked there for eight months until April this year. She was managing director, head of stewardship and corporate governance at TIAA for more than three years until the end of 2017.She also previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Hermes Equity Ownership Services, now part of Federated Hermes.Joffe will take up her new role at Church Commissioners, which manages an £8.7bn (€9.5bn) investment fund, on 10 August. The position was vacated earlier in the year following the departure of Mason, who has joined Generation Investment Management.
BOSTON – The road woes continued for the A’s on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, with a lacking offense only able to muster three hits on the night as they lost to the Red Sox, 5-1.The loss was the fifth in a row for Oakland, all on the road, their longest such streak of the season. Last year the club never lost more than three games in a row away from Oakland Coliseum.Entering the night, the team was hitting just .172 over the first four games of this road stand, before Rick Porcello lowered …
2 September 2010Seventy-one years of independent South African cinema is to be celebrated in October 2010 when the Moosa family’s Avalon Group, once almost destroyed by apartheid, opens a new luxury Cine Centre in the upmarket Killarney Mall in Johannesburg.South Africa has a rich history of cinema stretching back almost 100 years, and early projection devices were shown on the Johannesburg goldfields as early as 1896. The first cinema newsreels ever released were filmed at the front during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, and the country’s first narrative film was The Kimberley Diamond Robbery, made in 1910 by Springbok Films.In Durban during the 1920s a young man named Aboobaker – or “AB” – Moosa fell in love with the cinema, and longed to have a theatre of his own where he could watch the movies he wanted for free. In 1939, at age 37, his dream was realised when he and Abdulla Kajee co-founded the Avalon Theatre in Durban’s Victoria Street.World’s longest partnership with 20th Century FoxThe theatre was a huge success, catering largely for the South African Indian community. Moosa built on this success by becoming one of the first to bring early Bollywood movies to South Africa, and by establishing a distribution agreement with 20th Century Fox. Now in its 71st year, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted partnership with the Hollywood giant.The business boomed, and AB began opening theatres elsewhere in South Africa – in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Paarl.“My father had an uncanny eye for property,” Moosa Moosa, AB’s third son, told Property Magazine. “When he spotted a new site for a cinema, he always snapped it up.” Moosa took over the business after his father’s death in the 1960s, and bought it up outright from his brothers in the 1980s.In its heyday the Avalon Group operated 18 cinemas across the country, making up over 10% of the market share at the time.Apartheid and the Group Areas ActBut AB soon fell foul of apartheid legislation and its Group Areas Act.“When the Nats [National Party government] began their expropriation process, we felt completely violated,” Moosa told Property Magazine. “The notice was delivered by a condescending official who was determined to let you know who was boss.“You were given 90 days notice to attempt to sell the property at its market value – of course this was impossible. The potential purchaser wouldn’t offer a fair price, because he knew you were cornered. He’d offer something ridiculous, and if you declined, the government would offer only 80% of that.”In 1964, at the age of 21, Moosa witnessed his father’s humiliation at their family’s eviction from their grand colonial home on the corner of Goble and Windmere Roads in Durban under the Group Areas Act. As Indians, they were no longer allowed to live in what had been declared a whites-only area.AB Moosa did not survive either the eviction or what Moosa refers to as the “legislated theft” of his assets. The Group Areas Act and Reservation of Separate Amenities Act began to destroy AB’s empire.In this darkest time, Moosa Moosa took on sole ownership of Avalon and ran only one cinema in Durban. “We might not even have retained that, but the Grey Street complex was in a so-called ‘Indian’ area,” Moosa says. “In effect, it was frozen terrain – the government hadn’t quite made up its mind about it.”A new dawn; and AB JuniorIn the 1990s apartheid came to an end, and the Avalon Group’s fortunes began to revive. Around that time Moosa was joined in the business by his only son, AB Junior, who was named after his grandfather. AB Junior had just left school and decided to work alongside his father for, in his own words, a “love of the cinema and of the entertainment business as a whole”.“When I joined we were down to one cinema screen,” he says. “However, my father and myself took it upon ourselves to transform the South African cinema landscape”.His passion was not only to rebuild Avalon, but also to restore the family’s rightful place in the industry and put right the historical wrongs of the past.“The challenge was formidable,” AB Junior says. “We brought an action against the dominant cinema group, and we won. We paved the way for the resurgence of the Avalon name.”Lifetime achievement, entrepreneurship awardsWith over 50 years in the industry, Moosa Moosa is the longest serving cinema executive in South Africa and among the longest serving in the world.In 1997 he appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission business hearings to give evidence on the abuses inflicted by the apartheid system on African, coloured and Indian businesses, and in 1998 was invited to appear before the portfolio committee in parliament to make representations in relation to the new Competition Bill.In 2007 Moosa was given a South African Film and Television Industry lifetime achievement award. The Avalon Group is now the oldest and third-largest cinema operating company in South Africa, after Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, and the leader in distributing increasingly popular Bollywood movies.AB Junior continues in the footsteps of his distinguished family, and is now managing director of the Avalon Group. “When your business is also a passion you are doing what you really want to do, so the flow is reasonably easy,” he says.AB Junior founded the movie production arm of the business, Avalon Productions, and was a line producer on the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 2, which was partly filmed in South Africa. The movie has gone on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood production of all time, earning more that US$40-million (R300-million). In 2007, the year his father was given a lifetime achievement award by the industry, AB Junior was named South African Entrepreneur of the Year.Avalon’s most ambitious project yetAnd now, in 2010, Avalon’s most ambitious project to date comes to fruition at the Killarney Mall shopping centre in Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs. Opening in October, the new Cine Centre will be a specialised luxury cinema complex featuring the latest Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. The centre will have five screens, each featuring the latest 3D and digital projection hardware, as well as state-of-the-art Dolby Digital surround sound.Interestingly, the suburb of Killarney was the centre of the Johannesburg film industry in the early 1900s, and the land now occupied by the Killarney Mall was once the site of film studios and a film laboratory.“All five cinemas will offer cutting-edge viewing technology including 3D,” says Debra Sharnock, centre manager of Killarney Mall. “A fully digital 3D cinema complex is a first for the South African cinema industry, demonstrating the extraordinary quality that movie-goers can expect at Johannesburg’s newest cinema development.”A highlight of the Cine Centre will be a luxurious 64-seat gold-class theatre available for hire.“Killarney Mall is the ideal venue for our new Cine Centre, with its long-standing reputation as one of the city’s leading centres,” says AB Junior. “The Avalon Group is confident that our new venture at Killarney Mall will further enhance our stature as leaders in our industry.”Source: Gauteng Film Commission
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Slaughter settling down really was instrumental in Ginebra’s 102-87 Game 1 victory over Meralco, as the former Rookie of the Year came off the bench and poured 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.The whole Gin Kings crew likewise looked poised from the get-go, controlling the game from start to finish to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,” said Slaughter, who is clear frontrunner for this conference’s Best Player plum.But in the eyes of coach Tim Cone, Slaughter was more than just a piece of the puzzle. He was the x-factor for the Kings when the Bolts were making a third quarter uprising. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Greg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Anticipating the nerves to come on Friday, Greg Slaughter was as cool as ever when he played his first championship game in his professional career.“I didn’t feel too much pressure,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But Slaughter knows that the championship will not just revolve around him as the Gin Kings brace for a tougher Meralco side in Game 2 on Sunday.“We only got one day to turn around. The good thing about winning is they are the ones that have to adjust to us. We can improve on our game plan, but being up gives us the advantage because the loser has to adjust to the winner,” he said. Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing “They had a hard time covering him. He was a real difference for us tonight,” said the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.After Mike Tolomia completed a three-point play with 4.9 seconds remaining to help Meralco cut what was once a 17-point lead down to as small as four, 75-71, Ginebra immediately went to Slaughter, who slammed the ball home just before the buzzer to swing the momentum back to his side.Ginebra then quickly got its bearings together early in the fourth quarter and pulled away for good.Cone, though, challenged Slaughter to sustain this level of play for the rest of the series.“I thought he looked really good tonight. I hope he could continue that, but it’s tough to keep that up for seven games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOWby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to see Mesut Ozil sold this month.The Daily Mail says Emery wants the club to find an exit route for Ozil before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to sign his own players. Arsenal are still to receive credible interest for the player, who does not want to go on loan and whose £350,000-a-week salary deters potential buyers. Emery has an agreement with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do. Emery’s trust in Ozil is now non-existent.
Traore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say