Children from Coastal Christian in Ocean City do their part to help clean up the Moorlyn Beach in Ocean City during Beach Sweep 2018 Saturday. Cigarette butts top the list of debris found in cleanups, environmentalists say. By Maddy VitaleA hula hoop, coal from old shipwrecks and even underwear, were just some of the unusual items that turned up in Saturday’s Beach Sweep around Music Pier in Ocean City.More than 300 participants lined up throughout the morning into the early afternoon to get their rubber gloves and trash bags and hit the sands in search for litter during the 33rd annual Spring Beach Sweep hosted by Clean Ocean Action. Ocean City Public Works Supervisor Charlotte Moyer says the beach sweep was a success.“There has been a wonderful response this year,” said Charlotte Moyer, office supervisor for Ocean City Public Works, while flipping through data collection cards filled out by volunteers. “The weather helps. We started our adopt-a-beach program again and almost every beach is adopted out of roughly 80 beaches.” Moyer read off some items from different data cards. Hailey Smith, 8, of Ocean City, picks up debris.“Volunteers found gloves, balls, roof shingles and a switch plate,” Moyer said.And then there were some other finds that weren’t for those with weak stomachs. “Someone found sea gull parts,” she said.A hula hoop is not a typical discovery on the Ocean City beaches.Coastal Christian in Ocean City adopted Moorlyn beach, taking on the responsibility of cleaning it once a week. On Saturday Diana Wiseman from Coastal Christian said they started around 9 a.m. and picked up lots of plastic bottles and bags. Jim Kolea, of Coastal Christian, joked with the kids as they searched the beach for debris.“We do it once a week,” Kolea said. “It is all about community service. This is our beach. We adopted it. We are always looking for volunteers to help us.”For Trish Marchesani and Ed Vilsmeier, of Washington Township, it was a day of plastic bag collecting.“Plastic bags were the winners today,” Ed Vilsmeier said.Ocean City’s Public Works employee Kevin Gale holds the bag for Ken Stronski and his daughter Alexa, 14, as they toss in some litter from the beach sweep.Then there were some interesting finds.Ken Stronski and his daughter Alexa, 14, of Sewell found the typical garbage, loads of cigarettes, bottles and bags and even broken glass. “I always say when we pick up things like the glass we help people from going to the infirmary,” Ken Stronski said. There was one cool find Stronski wanted to keep.“We found a key. It had a cross on it. I didn’t want to throw it away, but I figured we would never find the door it went in,” Ken Stronski joked.Public Works employees Philip Schreiber and Kevin Gale keep busy with the beach sweep.While people Philip Schreiber and Kevin Gale, both Public Works employees were getting ready to make their second run to unload more litter that volunteers discovered on the beaches Saturday morning.The two expected to make several more trips to the dump before the afternoon. Michael and Melissa Downs teach their daughter Kaileigh the importance of keeping the ocean and beaches clean.Young couple Michael and Melissa Downs, of Swedesboro, brought their 5-year-old daughter Kaileigh to pick up debris. They picked up a lot of bags and cigarettes. Kaileigh also found some treasures she stored in her pocket.“Do you want to see my shells?” she asked before pulling out a shiny white shell.Coastal Christian kids had fun while cleaning the beaches.
Associate professor of English John Duffy examined the quality of American public discourse and its social impact Saturday in his lecture “Beyond Civility: The crisis in American public discourse.”The lecture, the final installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, examined both the current trends in American civil discourse and the measures needed to address the problem effectively. According to Duffy, the problem with contemporary public discourse lies in its polarizing and factually questionable nature.“We seem to have reached the point in our public deliberation in which there is no widely shared agreement as to the nature of a fact,” Duffy said. “There is little place in our public arguments for deliberative language that might express doubt, explore ambiguities, admit errors or acknowledge positions that might depart from orthodoxy.”Duffy said some of the main factors behind the nature of contemporary civil discourse lay in economics and technology. He said sensationalized, polarizing rhetoric has become more marketable for lucrative corporations and media, while the accessibility modern technology has given to news channels and public radio has created a media climate saturated with misleading and combative discourse from both politicians and media pundits.“There is nothing new about vilification, but what makes our moment extraordinary is not the fact of our corrosive discourse, rather it’s the technologies that allow us to disseminate the discourse so effectively,” he said. “We’re unique not because of the toxic nature of our rhetoric, but because of the methods we have to liberate the toxins.”According to Duffy, in order to create a more fruitful rhetoric, we must begin to understand the purpose of argument not merely as a tool of persuasion, but also as a way to engage in a relationship with another human being where opinion is well articulated and respectful of the other’s intelligence. Duffy said this requires a knowledge of “rhetorical virtues.”“To understand rhetorical virtue is to understand that speaking and writing are not merely instrumental but are fundamentally ethical activities,” he said. “That means we are obliged to answer certain questions of ourselves before we speak or write. How does our speech or writing reflect, say, the virtues of respectfulness, generosity? How does our writing respect the practices of tolerance?”While many believe the solution to polarizing, ineffective discourse is to encourage greater civility, Duffy said civility is often a “misleading metric.” Since civility is both too vague to define and too limited in its approach to rhetoric, Duffy said what is needed in civil discourse is a better recognition of rhetorical virtue and purpose.“What the rhetorical virtues offer is something different. They offer a language of assessment and practice of public discourse,” he said. “They call upon us to speak and write, not as Republicans or liberals, Libertarians or Democrats, but as a people committed to an ethical discourse and a common good.”Tags: Beyond Civility, John Duffy, Saturday Scholars
By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaDuring the holidays, 50 lucky Georgia students got their own personal computer, and neither Santa nor their parents had to pay a penny. The free computers were awarded through Georgia 4-H’s Need-A-Computer Program.The program began eight years ago as the brainchild of then 4-H’er Rachel McCarthy of Walton County. She and her father Jim refurbished donated computers for needy 4-H’ers in her home county. When she graduated, her sister Amanda inherited the project.In 2003, the Georgia 4-H Youth Technology Leadership Team took the project to the state level. Since then, the team has awarded more than 200 computers to students across Georgia. Donated computers“All 50 computers were donated from George Walton Academy in Monroe,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a UGA Extension 4-H specialist and the technology leadership team’s state coordinator.The team accepts computer donations all year and stores them in a room donated by StorageMart. Each fall they refurbish the computers for the winning applicants. This includes loading them with licensed software programs.”Most of the computers are two or three years old,” Varnadoe said. “We don’t accept older computers because we want to give the students computers that will be capable of running current programs and the Internet.”This year, the tech team received 160 applications for the 50 available computers.For more information on donating a computer or to apply for the 2009 program, visit www.georgia4h.org/public/edops/techteam/Need-A-Computer/default.htm. Must be a 4-H’er to applyTo apply for a free computer, students must be in the fifth through 12th grades and be a member of 4-H. The students must also write an essay about why they want and need a computer and submit letters of reference from their teachers and community leaders.Members of the 4-H technology team or collegiate 4-H’ers deliver the computers to 4-H Fall Forum where the computers are picked up by representatives of the winners’ local UGA Cooperative Extension office. The 4-H agent then delivers the computer to the winner.Sixth-grader Beatriz Jiminez of Eastman was one of the lucky computer winners. Jiminez’s reasons for wanting a computer weren’t purely selfish.A bilingual student, she helps her teachers by translating for a student who doesn’t speak English, said Beverly Green, Jiminez’s 4-H leader.“She was so excited when I told she had won that she grabbed me and gave me a big hug,” Green said. “The possibilities are endless for her now that she has a computer, and she can help many other students, too.”
By Dialogo May 04, 2010 Spanish producer Carlos Jean brought together some of the biggest names in music to use their voices to extend a helping hand toward Haitians reeling from the earthquake that devastated the country on Jan. 12. “At first, I felt powerless,” said Jean, who is of Haitian descent. “I felt it was the right moment for all of us to do our small part and help out.” That is precisely how “Ay Haiti,” a solidarity initiative in the form of a musical hymn, was born. “In just six days more than 30,000 people came together through the Internet,” Jean said. “We had to do something.” Since its release on April 20, the theme that features Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Iglesias, Miguel Bosé, Macaco, Juanes, Estopa, Shakira and La Oreja de Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s Ear) has become the top-selling song in Spain, according to Sony Music. Singers Shakira, Juanes and Marta Sánchez, as well as soccer superstar Kun Aguero are featured on the music video for the relief single “Ay Haiti.” The song’s video, featuring such soccer players as Diego Forlán, Kaká and Sergio Agüero, and actress Paz Vega, also is getting plenty of play nationwide, according to Sony Music. The solidarity initiative took off when Jean organized some sessions of dance music, known as “mixing for Haiti,” to raise funds for Intermón Oxfam, a Spanish nonprofit organization providing assistance to the Haitian people. Intermón Oxfam has received around €7million (US$9.3 million) in donations from Spain and more than €75 million (US$99.8 million) worldwide. “It was a spontaneous call to participate: we skipped all the conventional channels as collaborations normally go,” said David Summers, of the musical group Hombres G (G Men), during the presentation of the project “Ay Haiti.” “Nobody even thought of making a single penny off of this.” The artists – all of whom were volunteers – adjusted their schedules so they could produce a chart-topping hit for a great cause, Summers said. The group performed the song live in front of a crowd of 14,000 during “La Noche de Cadena 100,” a huge concert in Madrid on April 24.
It is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly Â£450m (â‚¬500m), which includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of Â£198m (â‚¬222m). Neymar has been offered a basic salary of Â£26.8m-a-year (â‚¬30m) after tax, around Â£515,000-a-week.Barcelona confirmed the buyout clause will have to be “deposited in its entirety” for the deal to pull through.Sky Sports News has been told that a key meeting took place in Brazil earlier last month involving Neymar, his father and super-agent Pini Zahavi, who has brokered the deal.Zahavi has known Neymar since the age of 17 and has become one of his closest advisors.A source in Spain close to Neymar has told Sky Sports News: “Since he decided to leave, Neymar has had to deal with huge pressure to stay at Barcelona. His teammates wanted him to stay but his decision was made.”The source added that Neymar had been “close” to joining Manchester United in last summer’s transfer market but chose PSG after a further season at Barcelona.Neymar is expected to join five Brazilian international teammates at PSG, including Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.The source said: “People will say this has been driven by money, but he wants to become the leader at the club. He wants to be independent, and wants to win the Ballon d’Or. He believes he can do that in Paris.”La Liga President Javier Tebas has threatened to block the transfer but it’s understood PSG officials remain “very confident” there will be no issues with the buyout clause.PSG has yet to confirm whether an agreement has been reached.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil and Barcelona star, Neymar, has agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next 24 hours to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football history, according to Sky sources.Sky Sports News learnt that Neymar decided to leave Barcelona following talks on holiday near Rio de Janeiro in early July, before he joined the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.He is expected to arrive in the French capital by Friday at the latest to complete his move.