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first_img SHARE Home News Feed Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 20, 2018 Previous articleFlooded Farmers Working to get Fields in Shape for PlantingNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 20, 2018 Minor changes this morning to our forecast for southern Indiana. Moisture pushed a little farther north overnight, and with cold air blasting in this morning, we are seeing precipitation end as some snow. There will be minor accumulations of wet snow south of I-70, and in some spots we can see up to a coating to an inch or two. This will not hang around long term, but the snow does not completely push off to the east until midday or early afternoon. Areas to the north of I-70 see only clouds and much colder air.Strong north winds remain in our forecast for tomorrow. These winds will trigger some wrap around snows in Ohio, but we still don’t think anything is able to gain traction back here. We will keep tomorrow, Thursday and Friday dry over the state. Temps stay cold tomorrow and Thursday, but start to moderate just a bit on Friday as south winds arrive ahead of our next front.That system moves in for Saturday. Rain totals will easily be .25”-1” over the entire state, unchanged from yesterday’s thoughts. The upper end of the range will from potential thunderstorm action later Saturday afternoon and evening, mostly from central Indiana back into northeast IL. All rains still look to be done by Sunday morning but as temperatures fall behind the front, we are opening the possibility that the precipitation ends as wet snow over a large part of the state. We can see minor accumulations of a coating to an inch once again.  The map above is a snapshot of potential action Sunday eveningDry for Sunday afternoon and Monday of next week. But, then the pattern becomes a little more active. WE have showers that move through overnight Monday night through Tuesday bringing .05”-.5” to about 70% of the state. Then we take a minor break with dry weather Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by another batch of scattered showers for Thursday, adding another .25” over 60% of the state.Moderate to heavy rains arrive for Easter weekend on the 31st and 1st. We are raising rain totals to .5”- 2” over 100% of the state. This will be a very moisture laden system. But then we go dry for the 2nd through the 5th for the remainder of the extended forecast window. By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 20, 2018 SHARElast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Receive email alerts ArgentinaAmericas ArgentinaAmericas November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Argentina Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the worldcenter_img News RSF_en News to go further December 4, 2019 Find out more September 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Labour dispute degenerates into violence as bad climate persists in Argentina media News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by an assault on journalist Tomás Eliaschev on 13 September in Buenos Aires in connection with a labour dispute. Eliaschev is the editor of perfil.com, a news website that is part of the Perfil press group. The attack is indicative of the terrible climate currently afflicting the Argentine news media.The press freedom organisation also condemns the arrest and beating of radio journalist Carlos Furman by police in the northeastern province of Entre Ríos on 13 September. Furman has been the target of threats and violence in the past.“We cannot take sides in the conflict between the Perfil group’s management and the Buenos Aires Press Workers Union (UTPBA),” the press freedom organisation said. “But its scale and violence show that it has clearly become much more than a journalistic dispute. The attack on Eliaschev, like Furman’s arrest, are symptomatic of an untenable climate of violence that refuses to let up.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is high time that, in the run-up to the 28 October elections, that journalists, media organisations and the authorities undertake to work together to defuse the situation.”Perfil group journalists went on strike on 10 September over the dismissal of one of perfil.com’s reporters, Alejandro Wall. The company, which is headed by Jorge Fontevecchia, claims that because of journalists elections scheduled for 27-28 September, the UTPBA refused at the last minute to attend an 11 September meeting at the labour ministry that could have resulted in Wall being reinstated.The situation degenerated on 13 September. Dispatched to the UTPBA office to request an explanation for its no-show two days before, Eliaschev was attacked and beaten repeatedly, sustaining head injuries. According to the UTPBA, some of its members were the target of acts of vandalism and intimidation a few hours later by persons claiming to represent the Worker Party, which has links to the Perfil group.Eliaschev is the son of José “Pepe” Eliaschev, who had a programme that was taken off Radio Nacional on 30 December 2005 as a result of political pressure on the station’s management (see release of 5 January 2006). Last week’s attack is new blow to the Argentine press, which is already weakened by internal division and its strained relations with local and federal authorities.The programme director of FM 2 de Octubre, a local radio station in Santa Elena (in Entre Ríos province), Furman reported on 13 September that he had been arrested and beaten by police four days earlier, after receiving death threats. At the end of August, he had talked on the air about the profanation of a cemetery, which he said had been played down by the police. The police said Furman was simply arrested on a charge of “insult.” He was held overnight and was released on 14 September, after his lawyer intervened.Furman has often accused the provincial authorities of corruption and personal enrichment in his programmes. He survived a shooting attack on 10 June 2006, holing up in a Santa Elena hotel for three months, with a bullet-proof vest. July 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / FDIC Dodd-Frank Stress Test Scenarios Highlight Economic Expectations  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FDIC Dodd-Frank Stress Test Scenarios Highlight Economic Expectations Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Unemployment, exchange rates, prices, income, and interest rates are some of the economic factors that will reveal whether banks in the U.S. are armed with robust capital planning processes and sufficient capital to continue operations during times of economic or financial stress. These are also factors that reveal the expectations of economic forecasters.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released these economic scenarios on Tuesday. They will be used by banks and financial institutions with total consolidated assets of more than $10 billion for stress tests required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.The baseline scenario represents expectations of private sector economic forecasters. However, the adverse and severely adverse scenarios are not forecasts, but are hypothetical scenarios designed to assess the strength and resilience of financial institutions and their ability to continue to meet the credit needs of households and businesses under stressed economic conditions.Under the base scenario, real GDP Growth is expected to remain in the range of 2.5 percent in 2018, with slight changes in each quarter. Unemployment is expected to fall to 3.8 percent by the end of 2018, while mortgage rates are expected to rise to 4.5 percent by the end of the year from 4.1 percent in the current quarter.The House Price Index (HPI), which is the price index for owner-occupied real estate is also expected to rise to 199.3 points during the year. Though inflation is expected to remain stable at 2.1 percent across the year, disposable income could fall from 4 percent at the beginning of 2018 to 2.8 percent towards the end of the year.The results of these stress tests provide the FDIC with forward-looking information used in bank supervision and assist the agency in assessing the company’s risk profile and capital adequacy. The baseline, adverse, and severely adverse scenarios for 2018 were developed in coordination with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Dodd-Frank Act FDIC GDP House Price Index Income Inflation Mortgage Rates Stress Test 2018-02-06 Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: For Tech in Mortgage, Constant Innovation is Key Next: Could New Jersey Help Abate Puerto Rico’s Foreclosure Crisis? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe February 6, 2018 2,291 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Dodd-Frank Act FDIC GDP House Price Index Income Inflation Mortgage Rates Stress Testlast_img read more

first_img 2019-12-04 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: HUD Allocates $2.3B for Disaster Relief Efforts Next: GSE Reform: ‘Lots of Work Remains’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Cybersecurity an Escalated Priority for Mortgage Industry Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago December 4, 2019 1,710 Views About Author: Krista F. Brock Regulatory compliance and risk management concerns are on the rise at U.S. lending institutions, according to the 2019 Regulatory & Risk Management Indicator released Wednesday by Wolters Kluwer. The top areas of concern were HMDA rules, cybersecurity, and credit and compliance risk. Lenders reported their top compliance challenges for the next years are “managing and implementing residential mortgage regulations; keeping current with changing regulations; complying with the forthcoming Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) accounting standards; deposit account regulations; and compliance program management.” When it comes to implementing compliance programs, lenders’ top concern was that their institution relies on manual rather than automated compliance processes. This concern was cited by 47% of respondents in the survey, up five percentage points from last year. At the same time, 46% of firms reported they anticipate “little to no investment” in compliance automation at their institution. The next two top concerns were inadequate staffing, cited by 45% of lenders, and “too many competing business priorities,” cited by 44% of respondents. Just 16% of survey respondents indicated that their institution has a “strategic, integrated” enterprise risk management system across all departments. About 30% said their institution lacks a widespread risk management system, and another 32% reported they were unsure whether their institution had one or not. Lenders harbor some major concerns with certain aspects of HMDA reporting but are increasingly comfortable with other aspects of HMDA.  Lenders reported declining concerns in regards to capturing data fields and upgrading systems over the past year. At the same time, they reported increasing concerns in regards to training staff, analyzing new data, and reporting in the expanded data submission process. The share of lenders who cited concerns with this last factor jumped from 15% last year to 40% this year. Cybersecurity remains a top concern at a majority of lending institutions and 78% of lenders reported it as a top risk that will receive “escalated priority” in the next year. While cybersecurity outranks all other risks in the survey, the level is down from 81% last year. Other top concerns that will receive additional attention over the next year are credit risk, up from 34% to 45% and regulatory/compliance risk, up from 33% to 47%. “Respondents indicated more confidence in their ability to maintain compliance, keep track of changing regulations, and demonstrate compliance to regulators, reaching the highest confidence levels in the survey’s seven years,” said Timothy R. Burniston, Senior Advisor for Regulatory Strategy at Wolters Kluwer’s Compliance Solutions business. The percentage of lenders expressing a high level of concern with compliance was down across the four main areas surveyed, including the ability to stay compliant amid changing regulations, the ability to keep track of regulatory changes, the ability to illustrate their compliance, and the ability to manage risk across the entire institution. However, despite declining concern in all these areas over the past two years, more than half of lenders maintain a high level of concern in these areas. The economic factors lenders are most concerned with moving forward are interest rate fluctuations, a concern for 87% of lenders; data privacy, a concern for 85% of lenders; and a pending recession, a concern for 76% of lenders. Lenders do not expect regulatory relief in the next two years. Just 22% of lenders believe regulatory relief is likely during that time, compared with 48% a year ago. The overall Main Indicator Score for the Wolters Kluwer’s regulatory and risk management survey was 95—up 10 points from last year. The score takes into account the lender survey, which included 704 respondents this year; as well as the number of new federal regulations for the industry, the number of regulatory enforcement actions, and the total dollar amount banks and credit unions incurred in fines over the year.  in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Related Articles  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Cybersecurity an Escalated Priority for Mortgage Industry Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. last_img read more

first_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – January 28, 2015 Facebook Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest 100 people rescued by Donegal RNLI Lifeboats last year Twitter Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Facebook 100 people were rescued during 98 lifeboat launches in Donegal last year according to figures released this morning by the RNLI.Aranmore Lifeboat launched 38 times, rescuing 41 people, Lough Swilly Lifeboat launched 33 times rescuing 32 people and Bundoran lifeboat launched 27 times, rescuing 26 people.This year, Lough Swilly will become the first Lifeboat Station in the country to receive a new €2.4 million Shannon class lifeboat.Operations Manager John Mc Carter says it’s a very important development………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mccartr8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal Deputy seeks clarity surrounding A5 fundingNext articleCold spell to stay until beginning of February News Highland WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pope Francis urges fair distribution of vaccines in Easter message Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebookcenter_img Previous articlePackie Bonner and Shay Given reflect on their life and times in Intergenerational ProgrammeNext articleHighland Radio listener wins BIG this Easter Weekend! News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – April 4, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pope Francis has urged for the fair and speedy distribution of vaccines to developing nations in his Easter message.He delivered his Urbi et Orbi blessing to just 200 people at a socially-distanced ceremony in Rome.In a normal year a thousand would pack out St Peter’s Basilica for Easter Sunday mass — with over ten thousand more in the square outside.The Pope says vaccinations can’t come soon enough.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Pope6pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+last_img read more

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 8:10 pm Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Ole Time Christmas is coming to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama this weekend. Word is that Santa Claus is coming this way from the icy, cold North Pole and Father Christmas is coming from jolly ol’ England.Santa Claus will be on the village square to hear the Christmas wishes of good little boys and girls while Father Christmas will read Christmas stories to all, said Barbara Tatom, museum director.Ole Time Christmas will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and everyone is invited.“We have two nights of Christmas fun planned for all ages,” Tatom said. Volunteers Stella and Jim Hughes help decorate the Demonstration Cabin in advance of the ‘Ole Time Christmas’ at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Email the author Skip Print Article Kat Deal will be in the museum village playing guitar and singing Christmas songs and her own mix of songs.Ole Time Christmas is an opportunity to step back in time to a quieter kind of Christmas, one that will be long and fondly remembered.Admission to Ole Time Christmas is: Adults, $10; seniors and military, $9; students, $8; members and children under five are admitted free. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Mayor on COVID surge: ‘It’s been a tough time’ Troy City Council members took pause on Tuesday to acknowledge COVID deaths that hit close to home among employees and… read more By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Demonstration Cabin will feature Bob McLendon from the deep, cold woodland.  He will tell stories about how Christmas was when the pioneers where settling Alabama.“Near the cabin, Jessica Moran and her family will be roasting marshmallows over an open fire,” Tatom said. “Visitors will have a chance to roast their own marshmallows and even make s’mores. Or, those who wish can enjoy gathering round the fire and singing Christmas songs.”Kids will have an opportunity to make a Christmas craft to take home and enjoy through the holiday season.Virginia Sanders and Deborah Huggins-Davis will have unique arts and crafts to show and tell.  Dried okra angels are just one of the unique items that were crafted by Alabama pioneers at Christmastime. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Museum readies for ‘Ole Time Christmas’ event You Might Like By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

first_img HR professionals are essential to the success of new technology now that highly skilled staff are calling the shot, delegates heard.Baudouin Prot, director general of the bank BNP Paribas, said the more an organisation advances its technology, the greater its need for quality HR in areas such as incentives and training.Prot was discussing the issue of HR and new technology in front of an audience of some 2,000 delegates with fellow speakers Frederico Castellanos, IBM HR vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Towers Perrins human resources management principal Hugh Shanks.Castellanos told delegates new technology simply intensified the need for HR. He said it was meaningless if the people operating it fail to match customer expectations. And he stressed that it would not mean any less face to face contact with the customer.He said, “The world is becoming so interdependent you need people who are able to keep alive the huge network of contacts and people who are very good at influencing other people.“In terms of finding the right people, anything goes, it is a real fight, especially with new skills that are at the leading edge of technology.“The problem is skills you need today you don’t necessarily need tomorrow and the disturbing thing is that I have no idea what I will need in ten years from now.”Shanks said one of the biggest challenges facing HR is how to maintain the culture of a business when a growing number of employees are working from home via the Internet and changing jobs frequently. He said, “There is more movement between companies now, 1999 was a record year for redundancy in the US. The average 32 year-old American has worked for nine firms.“People with skills are moving around a lot. Power is moving to employees, at least those with marketable skills.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. New technology and skills puts focus on HR functionOn 6 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Government is set to launch its long-awaited Skills Strategy. It isunlikely to involve any new money, rather it will concentrate on drawing up thepriorities for the £2.5bn a year the Treasury has already earmarked for adultskills. The strategy is a joint initiative involving the Department for Educationand Skills (DfES), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Treasury.It needs to boost UK productivity, which lags 30 to 40 per cent behind ourindustrial competitors. This comes hard on the heels of other governmentsponsored initiatives such as the Kingsmill and Porter projects. “This is about creating a fair society and hard-edged economic success.We need to raise our game on vocational skills, which are every bit as importantas academic qualifications,” adult skills minister Ivan Lewis toldTraining Magazine. “However, we need to be clear about where theGovernment should be putting its resources and decide what are the respectiveresponsibilities of government business and individuals,” he said. Lewis is plugging the idea of partnership between all the players. ‘We needa new partnership approach on skills between business, government and tradeunions. We should all be working more closely together,” he said. Boosting productivity “We also need to break down the ‘Berlin walls’ between schools.colleges and employers so we can find ways of attracting people intolearning.” The strategy is unlikely to escape controversy. One of the biggest debateswith employers is going to be around this whole issue of priorities and howbest to boost productivity. Should the Government concentrate its funds on thevery low skilled – those who don’t have what is now regarded as the minimumemployment qualification – five GSCEs or their vocational equivalent? Or shouldit put its money into raising the UK’s intermediary skills – through more Level3 qualifications? The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) is clear where it wants publicmoney to go. In its response to the Government’s progress report in May, itsaid support for people with basic skills deficiencies should not compromisethe competitiveness of the country as a whole. It is not suggesting the Government consign the untrained and unqualified tothe scrap heap, said Claire Donovan, the EEF’s education and skills policyadviser. “Employers are looking for people who are willing to learn andcapable of learning. We want government support to go to these people,”she explained. Critics of the whole process of the Skills Strategy say the Governmentshould have devised its strategy before overhauling the institutional frameworkand introducing Local Skills Councils (LSCs), Regional Development Agencies(RDAs) and Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). The Government argues that the purpose of the strategy is to make sense ofthe new infrastructure and get agencies working together. Pilot programmes tomerge RDA and LSC budgets in four regions are one example. The Skills Strategywill further enhance the idea with what the government terms a ‘no wrong doorapproach’. Employers and individuals will be able to access funding or advicevia any agency involved in jobs, skills and economic development. It is a popular idea with employers, but they are concerned that theGovernment will be unable to deliver. ‘There needs to be more coherent workingbetween the various agencies than currently,’ said Donovan. “The problemwith starting everything as a national initiative is that it can depend on thepersonalities involved bringing people together.” Value from training cash Whether or not the Government has put the cart before the horse, clearlydelivering the Skills Strategy will be make or break time for the LSC network.As well as being the budget holder for adult skills, the national LSC is likelyto be given responsibility for a revamped Individual Learning Accountinitiative to replace the discredited scheme the Government closed down. Michael Stark, head of skills and workforce development at the LSC knows heand his colleagues will have to show that they can get more value out ofgovernment training spend than their predecessors. However, he said it was alsoa great opportunity for the LSC, as a quango funded by a single department, toleverage more funds out of other areas of government. “The-cross departmental nature of the strategy means there is a chancefor other spending departments to contribute to skills spend,” he said. Stark remains upbeat about the forthcoming White Paper. “I would expectto see quite large shifts in training provision after a few years. Over time Ithink the strategy will be seen to have been very radical,” he said. By Lucy Carrington Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Government raises vocational gameOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgProtesters make a stand against hate in a Black Lives Matter rally that began in Somers Point and ended in front of the Ocean City Police Department. By MADDY VITALE and DONALD WITTKOWSKIFor nearly nine minutes, George Floyd laid on the ground, while a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck until the 46-year-old man was dead. Some of Floyd’s last reported words since the May 25 killing were said to be “Momma” and “I can’t breathe.”The brutality of the killing has resonated with the country as demonstrations throughout major cities continue. Protesters in peaceful and some not-so-peaceful demonstrations are serving as a message to law enforcement and communities as a whole that racism must stop.On Tuesday, peaceful protesters took to the foot of the Route 52 Causeway on the Somers Point side and made their way over the bridge to Ocean City, making the last stop at the city’s police headquarters.Re-enacting Floyd’s last moments of life, hundreds of protesters kneeled, then laid face down on the street in front of the police department, for the eight minutes and 46 seconds that since-fired Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck before the man died.Devonte Oglesby, 23 of Woodbine, stepped into a circle, where others took turns stating why it was so important to attend the rally Tuesday.Oglesby said that he has made it his life’s mission to stand up for what he believes in.“I have always spoken out. I feel I have to. I have black friends. I have white friends,” Oglesby, who is African American, said in an interview. “This is something to show people why we need to speak out. We all need to stand up. We will all benefit.”Ocean City Police Sgt. Tyrone Rolls and Lt. Pat Randles joined Oglesby and other marchers in the circle to show support. Rolls and Randles spoke to the crowd.“I get it in uniform. I get it out of uniform,” Rolls, who is African-American, said of some feelings of racism. “We have to dig deep and accept. Until we do that, we are bound to fail. Black, white, Asian, it doesn’t matter. Learn history and get to know the real truth. We can’t keep repeating errors. We have lost too many lives.”With that, Rolls hugged Oglesby. Ocean City Police Sgt. Tyrone Rolls speaks with the crowd with Lt. Pat Randles at left.Randles told the crowd that the police department appreciated the marchers.“We want this to be a game-changer,” he said.Some people participated; others watched from the stairs of the police headquarters.Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and City Business Administrator George Savastano watched the rally unfold.Gillian said in a statement after the event, “It was an example of how different people can come together to send an important message. I could not be prouder of how our community and the police handled themselves, and I was glad to see Sgt. Tyrone Rolls and Lt. Pat Randles join the proceedings to offer their perspectives.”On the Somers Point side, some businesses boarded up their storefronts, and the same thing was done on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City just in case looting might occur, as it had in Atlantic City a couple of days before. Officers from both towns remained on high alert in case of any situations arising later in the evening.Near the end of the rally, one marcher began to chant, “It doesn’t end here,” which was quickly followed by a chorus of supporters.Just an hour earlier, people honked their horns as they drove over the causeway in support of the marchers, who held signs high for the motorists to see. Some of the signs  said “Black Lives Matter,” “Fight Racism” and “I Can’t Breathe.” The procession began quiet, almost solemn.Ample police presence was on both sides of the bridge. Spectators watched from the Somers Mansion across the highway.Hayden Wathen, 16, of Ocean City, wore a face covering with the initials BLM for “Black Lives Matter.” “I am a white person. I have never experienced what some black people have experienced. This has gone on too long,” Hayden said of racism.Hayden was joined by his friend, Alana Healy, and her mother, Bridget, both from Egg Harbor Township.“I certainly recognize white privilege,” Bridget Healy said. “We are out here to show support for everyone.”Some people came with a group of friends, while others came by themselves because they were compelled to make a statement, with or without anyone by their side.Marchers head into Ocean City.Maggie Gurley, 22, of Atlantic City, chose to come alone to the protest and said she will continue to go to the rallies because she feels so strongly in the message.She held her sign up for motorists traveling over the causeway to see. It read: “We’re Not Trying to Start a Race War. We are Trying to End One.”She said now, more than ever, is the time to stand up. “I think it is the most important thing we can do right now,” Gurley said.As marchers made their way down the bridge, they were greeted by fellow protesters on the Ocean City side.Joselynn Bradshaw, 20, of Danville, Va., was with her friends Aladdin Arbab, 22, of Egg Harbor Township, and Juliana Crecelius, 20, of Turnersville.The three displayed their signs and Bradshaw explained why they felt they should be at the protest.“We are overwhelmed,” Bradshaw said. “I feel there is a lot of police brutality. We have to respond to say, ‘No more.’”Aladdin Arbab and friends, Juliana Crecelius, center, and Joselynn Bradshaw take a stand.Some businesses in Ocean City board up their storefronts such as this one on Asbury Avenue.Police standby in Somers Point in the parking lot of the boarded up Circle Liquor Store.last_img read more