All 15 of South Jersey’s Beach Patrols participated in this years South Jersey Lifeguard Championships in Avalon, NJ. The temperature was hot, the water was rough, and the crowds were abundant. The evening was less than ideal for Ocean City’s Beach Patrol, who did not place.Longport was the big winner this year and will get to host next years event. Below is a video summary of the action as well as the official results.Video Credit: Ryan GivensDoubles Crew:1st Place: Margate: Chris Graves / Chuck Gowdy 16:022nd Place: Longport: Mike McGrath / Sean Duffey 16:203rd Place: Upper Township: Joe O’Neil / Ryan Fisher 16:32 Singles:1st Place: Longport: Mike McGrath 7:242nd Place: Atlantic City: Vince Granese 7:323rd Place: Avalon: Erich Wolf 7:38 Shanin Theiss preparing for singles row SJ Championship 2016. Photo Credit: Dale Braun Swim:1st Place: Brigantine: Brandon McKenzie 14:452nd Place: Sea Isle: Conall Loughlin 14:463rd Place: Longport: John Tepper 14:47 Team Scores:1st Place: Longport 12 points2nd Place: Margate 8 points3rd Place: Avalon 7 points
United Methodist Communities The Shores in Ocean City. United Methodist Communities (UMC) at The Shores, a senior living community located on Bay Avenue in Ocean City, appointed Dawn Zindel to the position of director of Tapestries Memory Care Residence.In this role, she will assume Tapestries’ oversight, staff management and services, which focus on residents with neurocognitive disorders, related dementias or who experience difficulty with thinking, according to a UMC press release.Tapestries associates will report directly to Zindel, of Beesley’s Point. Prior to joining UMC, Zindel was director of social services/administrator at Atlantic Adult Day Health Care. She also has 10 years of experience as a social worker.Zindel has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and she is a certified social worker. While in school for social work she volunteered at The Shores.Pamela H. Garofolo, corporate manager for Tapestries, said, “I am delighted to see Dawn grow the programs and take what we have started to the next level of comfort and person-directed care.”Comfort Matters is a nationally recognized, accredited program used at The Shores. Its strategies are built upon the latest science and research-based best practices, enabling caregivers to make positive differences in the residents’ lives, according to the release. Tapestries employs multi-skilled and certified associates, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.Zindel will be responsible for supervising all aspects of Tapestries’ operations and for maintaining its Comfort Matters certification.“I am really looking forward to working in an organization that focuses on residents’ comfort and person-directed care. In a few short days, I have already come to love and care for the staff and residents here,” Zindel said.United Methodist Communities is located at 2201 Bay Ave. in Ocean City. For more information visit www.theshores.umcommunities.org/ or call (609) 399-8505.
Last night, fans of the New York Knicks received more than just a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the halftime show, Theo Katzman played one of his new tunes from his upcoming Heartbreak Hits release, due out in January 2017. While the band did not include its most recent touring members, Joe Dart and Julian Allen, the Vulfpeck drummer/guitarist/vocalist did recruit some New York favorites to join him, including Louis Cato on bass, Jordan Rose on drums, and Tomek Miernowski on keys.Katzman went Facebook Live for the occasion, sharing the pre-show excitement with all his fans to see before he stood center stage and rocked the house with his screaming guitar and inimitable vocals. He played “Pop Song” as the 90-second teaser at the last timeout of the first quarter, then went live for the halftime show with “Lost and Found” and “Hard Work.” Thanks to YouTube user Vulfscape, you can watch the full performances below:We recently sat down with Theo Katzman for a two-part interview to discuss what it means to be Vulfpeck and the timing and inspiration for his solo album. Expect big things from Theo Katzman in 2017!
The problematic growth of AP testing Related Program increasingly is pointed at students who can’t handle the complex material, book says “Crowdsourcing opens up a whole new possibility for people creating tests,” says lead author Philip Sadler. “And instead of taking a semester or a year, you can do it in a weekend.”The CfA group has had a long-standing program of developing methodologically rigorous tests for various sciences and grade bands. The researchers evaluate new multiple-choice questions in a two-step process. First, they conduct pilot testing of lots of questions, developed by content experts, on a large number of students. Then they conduct field testing on 1,000-2,000 students. Using statistical analyses, they select the best questions for the exams.Sadler and his team investigated whether it was possible to replace the first step, pilot testing, with crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing websites, such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, assign thinking tasks to a global community made up of people who receive small payments in return. For this study, the task of each participant was to answer a set of 25 multiple-choice life-science questions developed for middle-school students.The team evaluated a total of 110 multiple-choice questions using both traditional pilot testing and crowdsourcing, and compared the results. Since the crowdsourcing participants were adults and pilot testing was conducted with a sample of the target population (middle-school students), the researchers wondered if the results would be similar. Perhaps surprisingly, the best test questions identified by crowdsourcing turned out to be high-quality questions for students too. Low-quality questions were poor for both adults and kids.Sadler emphasizes that crowdsourcing can’t entirely substitute for studying the target student population when producing high-quality tests. However, by using it as an early step, questions can be quickly evaluated for deletion, revision, or acceptance. The questions that survive can then undergo more rigorous testing.“The key to creating good standardized tests isn’t the expert crafting of every test question at the outset, but uncovering the gems hidden in a much larger pile of ordinary rocks,” says co-investigator Gerhard Sonnert. “Crowdsourcing, coupled with using commercially available test-analysis software, can now easily identify promising candidates for those needle-in-a-haystack items.”A number of test developers could benefit from this new approach. For example, some schools are moving to standardize their exams and share them across the school system. Testing questions on their own students would let students know exactly what questions to expect on future exams. Crowdsourcing offers a low-budget alternative.In addition, curriculum developers and textbook authors can rapidly test and refine the questions they include in their materials. Educational researchers will be able to produce questions that more effectively measure changes in student knowledge. And professional development programs that now have teachers produce assessment questions for their students can, overnight, measure the performance of those questions.The journal Educational Assessment published the full results of the study. Besides Sadler and Sonnert, the authors include Hal Coyle of the CfA and Kelly Miller of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. When it comes to developing test questions, there’s the ordinary way and the fancy way.The ordinary way is to just make up questions and put them on the test. However, this can lead to questions that are misleading, confusing, or simply don’t test for the knowledge you’re trying to measure.The fancy way takes a lot of possible questions, tries them out on students, and whittles them down to the most useful. But this process is both time-consuming and expensive.A group of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has found a way for schools, professors, textbook publishers, and educational researchers to check the quality of their test questions that turns out to be both fast and cheap. It invokes the power of crowdsourcing.
South Burlington resident John Henning has been named General Manager for Lewis Motors Inc. He held a similar position with Courtesy Toyota/Scion and Twin City Subaru in Berlin, VT for the past 18 years and is widely regarded as one of the most successful dealer operators in Vermont.The opportunity to bring John on board presented itself and I enthusiastically seized the opportunity, said David A. Lewis, President and Owner of the South Burlington dealership. It is rare to have local talent become available, especially someone with Johns experience and successful track record. We believe he is a perfect fit for our growing organization.Lewis Motors, the exclusive, authorized dealer for the Acura, Audi and Volkswagen brands, was founded in 1974, by Al Lewis and has been operated as a family-owned business for the past 34 years.
by: Ron ShevlinIn researching an upcoming report on marketing analytics, two conversations with fintech vendors stand out for reasons that have nothing to do with the report itself. In the first discussion, I asked the vendor what his firm was doing in the marketing analytics space. His response:“We fulfill the promise of big data by getting the right customer data to the people on the front line.”I got queasy at “fulfill the promise” and lost my cookies at “big data.”The second conversation went much better. In the course of that call, the person I was talking to made the following comment:“Banks must do digitally what the best-trained call center or branch rep does.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
by: Dan BergerYou may or may not say the word “awesome” very often out loud – but I hope you think your employees are awesome. I certainly think my team is awesome. But it turns out that saying it out loud – telling your team that you believe in them and think they are awesome – can make them do even more awesome work.Harvard Business Review recently ran an article from leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. They found that managers who consistently rated their employees more positively than others – what they called “positive-rating managers” – were rewarded by employees with higher engagement. Employees with positive-rating managers average in the 60th percentile of engagement scores, while those who worked for negative-rating managers scored around the 47th percentile. They even found that other employees viewed the employees under negative-rating managers as being less effective. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career is over, claims Ian Wright Comment Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured for the club since the Premier League season resumed (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Mesut Ozil’s career at the club is over whether he is sold this summer or not.Ozil is yet to play a single minute for the Gunners since the Premier League season resumed and he was left out entirely for Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.The German signed a new £350,000-a-week deal at the club in 2018 and he still has two years to run on that deal.Few clubs in the world could afford to match that salary, particularly as Ozil is 31 and past his peak.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, with little sign of a comeback on the cards at the Emirates, Wright believes Ozil’s time at the club is over whether he stays or goes this summer. Wright doesn’t expect to see Ozil in an Arsenal shirt again (Picture: Getty)‘I think that he’s gone,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s all about attitude. The thing is when you look at Dani Ceballos he had an attitude problem, Mikel turned him round and now he’s in the team. Matteo Guendouzi – they’re talking about him having a problem – he’s not in the team. ‘Mikel’s given people the opportunity to get into the team if their attitude is right but at the minute their attitude is not right. ‘Arsenal need him [Ozil] of course but I believe that he’s somebody that’s gone from Arsenal whether he stays or Mikel gets rid of him, we’re not going to see much of him.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s defeat at Villa Park means the highest the club can finish this term is eighth, which would be their lowest finish since 1995.The loss means Arsenal can no longer qualify for the Europa League via their league position, though victory in the FA Cup final against Chelsea would provide another route into the competition. MORE: Jack Grealish refuses to commit his future to Aston Villa amid Manchester United links Sean KearnsTuesday 21 Jul 2020 11:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link275Shares Advertisement
Danish pension funds have already invested DKK220bn (€29.5bn) in Danish business and are keen to help create more growth in the domestic economy, according to industry association Forsikring & Pension (F&P).But the risk of such investments has to match the return, it insisted. The association’s chairman Christian Salgild told F&P’s annual meeting: “All my warning lights start to flash when the political side proposes that pension funds invest in companies and sectors considered risky by banks and the FSA, while at the same time those businesses are making big investments in production and jobs abroad.”However, his main message should not be misunderstood, he said. He said the pensions and insurance industry already contributed very significantly to investment and growth in Denmark and wanted to step up efforts, as long as the return matched the risk.New figures from F&P show the pension funds have DKK220bn invested in Danish business.Of this, DKK125bn was in property, DKK85bn in shares, corporate bonds and loans, and DKK10bn in infrastructure, wind energy and public-private partnerships (PPPs), according to the association’s data, covering 85% of the pensions market. “I understand politicians’ desire for more pensions money to go into Danish companies,” said Salgild. But politicians also have to understand the world in which pension funds operate, he said.“We are obliged – legally, too – to safeguard pension savers’ interests first and foremost,” he said.Sagild said the problem facing investment and growth in Denmark was not that Danish companies were caught in a credit crunch.The main problem was rather that the Danish economy was growing too slowly and that Denmark was not nearly as attractive an investment location as other countries.“In a globalised world, it is first and foremost the cost level that determines where companies place their production,” he said.“And this, therefore, also determines which countries and regions will experience growth and increased employment.”