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Ocean City Tabernacle Hosting Lineup of Summer Events

first_imgOcean City Tabernacle offers the Son Club throughout the school year. By Maddy VitaleOcean City Tabernacle is offering an array of guest speakers during Sunday morning services beginning Memorial Day weekend. It also has a host of concerts planned for members and guests and there is something new – a Family Movie Night.Beginning this Friday, May 3, the Tabernacle is trying something that Pastor Jay Reimer hopes will be a tradition for families.“The O.C. Tabernacle planned this movie night for families in the Ocean City area to enjoy a night out with friends and simply to encourage family time together,” said Reimer, who is also the CEO of the Tabernacle.The movie night is free and open to the public and will feature giveaways, pizza, snacks, refreshments and a movie at 5:30 p.m. called “Facing The Giants.”Reimer said the Tabernacle welcomes people not just from the community, but anybody who wishes to attend, including people in town for the Ocean City Block Party, a huge event Saturday, May 4, featuring 350 crafters and a variety of food vendors.“We welcome anybody, including O.C. Block Party visitors, for a family-friendly night out together to watch a funny, inspiring movie about a school football team and the challenges they face on the field and in their homes,” Reimer noted.The director and star of the move, who plays the head coach, is Alex Kendrick.“He has been one of the many popular speakers at Ocean City Tabernacle during the weekly Sunday morning services that occur from Memorial Day weekend through early September each year,” Reimer said.He added that kicking off the exciting summer season will be the Family Movie Night.Reimer said he hopes it will be a great success.“This movie night is a test to see if it meets a need for families,” he explained. “If so, I plan to do it at least monthly in the fall, and perhaps weekly if many attend.”Some of the Sunday speakers include youth and family author Josh McDowell on May 26, author and Bible teacher Ellie Lofaro on June 9 and Hall of Fame football player and author Mike Singletary on July 14.In addition to movie night and the full lineup of guest speakers, there will be plenty of concerts performed by popular musicians on Sunday nights from July 7 through Aug. 18, Reimer said.Hymn-sings will begin 30 minutes prior to the concerts and offerings will be requested, rather than tickets sold for admission.On Sundays, there will be hymn-sings weekly, 15 minutes prior to both the traditional and contemporary services.The Tabernacle’s popular services at the Ocean City Music Pier will occur each Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.Vacation Bible School will be offered for four weeks spanning July and August, and there will be a weekly Tuesday morning Bible study for adults through the book of Revelation during July and August.For a full list of speakers and events, go to www.OCTabernacle.org and the OC Tabernacle Facebook and Instagram pages. (Courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle)last_img read more

Brand clinic: rejuvenate a craft business

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand and design consultacy Pi Global, suggests that brands need gentle nurturing as they pass from one generation to the next.Everything in the universe is governed by life stages: things are born, they reach their prime, they age and ultimately die (cheery eh?). But unlike us frail humans, businesses and brands don’t have to shuffle off their mortal coil in a paltry few decades they die only through neglect and, unlike us, they have the ability to thrive almost indefinitely.Family-run businesses become loved local brands and build up a loyal consumer base, but as the proprietors age, so do their customers.So how do craft bakers rejuvenate themselves without disenfranchising the people who have been their bread and butter over the years? The process of handing a business down a generation must be difficult, fraught with tensions and, sometimes, extremely painful. It’s easy to understand how parents who have put their hearts, souls and hard-earned cash into a business building it up from nothing, creating its personality and knowing it as well, if not better, than they know each other feel extremely uncomfortable at the thought of passing it down to a child, who has some pretty radical, if not alien, ideas for dragging the bakery into the 21st century.But unless that son or daughter is allowed to have their head and do what they believe is right, then the whole thing will fall apart anyway. The ability to retain the bedrock of what made the business strong while simultaneously setting about injecting new life and attracting younger consumers into the ’brand’ must surely be the biggest dilemma facing family bakers who are in this transition phase.So what’s the magic formula to smooth this passage? There isn’t one; every situation is different, involving different personalities and a whole raft of intricate functional and emotional issues, but what I would say is, ’Never throw away the Bath Buns with the bakery waste’. If the business and let’s remember that the business is a brand has a strong foundation, do not dig it up in an attempt to make it ’trendy’.Trend brands don’t live very long it’s a no-brainer! Great or serious brands are timeless; they fit the era in which they exist, without pandering to fads and fashion. This way they don’t have to reinvent themselves every two weeks at vast expense and potential damage to the longevity of the brand.Remember Mr Kipling? The visual equities of the brand were thrown away overnight and we all know the result. Understand the bedrock and gently evolve it. Make it work harder, identify the ’family jewels’ and treasure them. Introduce new ones and build on them. It’s entirely possible to breathe life into an old tradition without destroying what’s great about it. The only reason for throwing away existing equity is if the business is moribund if it has become so irrelevant that there is nothing worth holding onto. Then there is every reason to completely reposition it and create new equity.In summary, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it polish it!last_img read more

Introducing the counterintuitive CIO

first_imgTen years ago, an IT journalist asked Paul Coby, then CIO of British Airways and about to embark on a massive overhaul of the airline’s core IT systems, what his plans were. Coby’s response was brief: “Understand the process and simplify it.  Complexity will kill you.”The work he undertook did not just generate operational IT savings of 40% and improve technology functionality, quality and integration across the business. It transformed ba.com and, in doing so, changed the way Europeans travel by air.It can be easy for CIOs, increasingly part of the core leadership team, to get drawn into commercial priorities that include business growth, competition and the disruptive impact of changing customer behaviour. With their focus on the role of technology as an enabler of customer experience, mobility and collaboration, growing numbers say they would prefer to delegate operational IT.This is the paradox at the heart of IT.  On the one hand CIOs want and need to spend more time adding strategic value and less time managing the IT infrastructure; on the other hand a well-managed IT infrastructure is vital for current and future business success.The world is changing, and the next few years will see it change further and faster.  Boundaries are blurring: between sectors and between economies; between the real and the virtual; between different digital channels and devices; and even between ‘things’.  The world is a computer now and everyone and everything moves around within it, generating clouds of data that can be captured, processed, analysed and stored.Whether you’re in the business of rubber bands or robotics, these changes will impact the way you innovate, manufacture, sell, engage with customers and compete.  They also have far-reaching implications for your IT infrastructure.To continue the airline example, we can examine the rise of Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) here in Asia, which focused on online-first sales models to great effect. AirAsia’s co-founder Tony Fernandes recently stated that AirAsia was an “internet company”, and this really comes as no-surprise, given that LCCs here depend on robust online booking systems that give customers a wide range of choices in terms of both flight timings as well as ancillary goods and services such as in-flight meals and Wi-Fi. It follows that their IT systems have had to be much more flexible and complex as a result.Many firms have over time ended up with complex and disconnected IT systems, where more than half (57 per cent) of the IT budget is spent just keeping the lights on. But such complexity slows down innovation, reduces productivity, uses up valuable IT expertise and leaves an organisation poorly prepared for the kind of responsive, agile, integrated and creative IT they need to succeed.One way of addressing this could be to replace siloed IT systems with a streamlined converged infrastructure. An integrated offering that brings together the company’s disparate compute, storage and network technologies to take charge of the IT infrastructure in a way that makes best use of the available resources and capacity.The business imperative for such integrated IT systems is not hard to find.  One example is the need to better connect with customers.In its technology predictions for 2020, industry analyst Forrester highlights the spectrum of customer-focused activities that are now dependent on integrated IT.  This includes innovative, customer-centric, contextual services, underpinned by connectivity solutions that can reach customers in ever more ways across ever more devices. These services and solutions demand advanced analytics as well as software acceleration platforms and tools that ideally allow for a ‘let’s try this’ approach to development and support the rapid deployment of new services and applications.All of this will stand or fall on the quality of the enabling infrastructure.  Forrester predicts that for a growing numbers of firms this will be an agile, powerful and converged IT infrastructure.  The best of these will use advanced capabilities such as virtualization, software-defined technologies and the cloud for maximum operational efficiency and flexibility.According to a sponsored IDC paper on leveraging convergence for business agility, such converged IT systems are already delivering proven benefits. These include a four-fold increase in speed to market for new products and services, around a five-fold increase in the number of applications that can be developed and delivered to the business, IT costs saving of a third and a 41% reduction in maintenance and service time – freeing up IT expertise for value-added strategic initiatives and innovation.In the light of all this it is hardly surprising that the adoption of converged systems is growing.  IDC estimates that in 2015 around one in every $10 spent on IT infrastructure will be invested in integrated systems, rising to one in every $6 by 2018.  For many firms, when it comes to their IT infrastructure, the future is already here.The fact is that the world is changing and IT needs to change with it, because what got us here won’t get us there.  A good place to start is with the cocoon of operational complexity IT departments have built up around themselves. It is time to shed the weight and reclaim simplicity, the world is complicated enough as it is.This post originally appeared on Information Age, sourced from Nigel Moulton, CTO EMEA, VCElast_img read more

Former Under-23 Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, Cries for Help

first_imgAfrica Cup of Nations winner with the then Green Eagles in 1980 and former coach of different national teams, Kadiri Ikhana, yesterday made a call to well meaning individuals to come to his aid as he seeks funds to go for a corrective hip replacement surgery.Ikhana who is also a former  U-23 national team coach, in an interview with www.scorenigeria.com.ng said he requires the hip replacement surgery to end his years of battling the ailment quietly and can no longer bear the burden alone.“I retired from coaching because of the lingering injury which I thought would go with me  quitting coaching altogether but I tell you, if you see me now, to take a step is difficult for me. I thought I could bear the costs alone as I have been treating it for a long time and can no longer cope with the bills,” Ikhana said.The pioneer coach of Elkanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri added that it has become necessary for him to cry out because the pains from the injury is now unbearable.“I am coming out now because the pain is just too much. I need help and I won’t mind anything I just need help,” he added.Aside his feat with the then Green Eagles, Ikhana  had a stint with Nigerian Army, 1st Infantry Division Armed Forces where he represented Nigeria at two World Military Games.He also played for  Bendel Insurance for a period of five years, winning trophies before finally settling down with defunct Abiola Babes in Abeokuta before he retired. Ikhana piloted Enyimba FC to win the elusive CAF Champions League for Nigeria in 2003 and was coach to several elite clubs including  El Kanemi  Warriors, Kano Pillars FC, BCC Lions of Gboko, Sunshine FC of  Akure and defunct Sharks of Port Harcourt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson embracing NBA All-Star weekend

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They want to satisfy their competitive fix.“I’m going to go out there and hoop,” said Clarkson, who has averaged 15.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. “I’m going to go out there and play like it’s a real game.”They want to find a balance between resting and learning from other potential and established stars. Russell, who has already appeared in 53 games in his rookie season, admitted feeling “tired.” He played in just 35 games last season as a freshman at Ohio State.Clarkson also planned to rest following the All-Star weekend amid an increased workload in his second NBA season.“There’s going to be a lot of important people there you can meet, pick their brains and get some knowledge,” said Russell, who has averaged 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 3.3 assists. “But I want to get out there, have fun and get off my feet.”Glass half fullTime has passed and wounds have healed for Shaquille O’Neal to speak glowingly about Bryant. O’Neal “commended” Bryant on how he has handled his farewell tour with grace.“I wish I had a Shaq tour,” said O’Neal, who retired after 19 NBA seasons because of an Achilles injury. “It would’ve been fun. I would’ve gotten a lot of gifts. But it happened the way it happened. You can’t complain. You have to move on.”O’Neal then thanked the Lakers for planning to unveil his statue outside Staples Center during the 2016-17 season.“It’s a great honor. I never expected to get a statue,” said O’Neal, mindful the Lakers have statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former broadcaster Chick Hearn. “I wasn’t going to ask.” Lakers coach Byron Scott hoped that will spur Russell and Clarkson to grow eventually into All-Star players.If you’re there and not aspiring to be one, to me, there’s no reason to be playing,” Scott said. “You want to be an All-Star and you want to be great. Some guys get there and some guys don’t. But at least you want to do everything in your power to give yourself an opportunity.” But Bryant, Russell and Clarkson all dismissed that such a weekend could strengthen the trio’s bond. The skepticism mostly stems from practical reasons.Bryant will stay with his family at a different hotel than Russell and Clarkson, so the Lakers’ 37-year-old star can maximize recovery time and privacy. The three have also kept a constant dialogue throughout a trying 2015-16 season that has entailed having the Western Conference’s worst record (11-43). Instead, Russell and Clarkson found different value in their weekend excursion.center_img TORONTO >> Plenty of their teammates will rest. Their head coach will vacation in Mexico. But for Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, the NBA All-Star break actually just means more work.Russell and Clarkson will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday at Air Canada Centre, a game that will feature 10 American rookie and sophomore players competing against 10 foreign rookies and sophomore players. Bryant has been selected for his 18th and final starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. In between events, Clarkson will spend his Saturday judging the Development League dunk contest and compete in the Skills Challenge, an event that entails shooting, passing and dribbling drills in an obstacle course. “It’s always good to break up the first year, especially for the young guys where you have that moment where you get away from everything,” Bryant said. “You’re around your peers and you get a chance to kind of compare stories and lean on each other.”last_img read more