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Sifting Sands Refurbishes Facilities

first_imgWorkers sandblast the iconic neon sign of the Sifting Sands Motel on 9th St. Much has been said and written about Ocean City’s efforts to spruce up its main gateway on 9th St.Most of those efforts have centered on the acquisition and cleanup of former gas stations and other properties which had become blighted and created an eyesore first impression for visitors.A public survey on what to do with 9th St. revealed 86 percent of the 191 respondents favored the creation of green space such as parks, seating areas and the like.  Other suggested uses included areas for biking and creating much-needed additional parking.While the lion’s share of the attention has been paid to this work, a landmark 9th St. Motel is getting into the beautification act as well. It is currently undergoing a major facelift.The Sifting Sands Motel at 840 Ocean Ave. (9th and Ocean) is currently being restored to the look of its 1950s and 60s glory days.Workers were seen recently sandblasting the iconic Sifting Sands neon sign atop the roof of the property.The street view of the Sifting Sands Motel, which is undergoing major repairs and beautification.An employee told OCNJ Daily the sign was being repaired and restored as closely as possible to its original colors and look.“The city does not allow the installation of new rooftop signs,” he said, “but we are permitted to keep this one and fix it. That sign is a big part of how people identify the property and we are excited about the prospect of a refurbished sign.”The Motel, which is also a condominium with units currently for sale, includes a heated outdoor pool, on-site parking and a laundry room, among other amenities. For more information, call the Motel at 399-1178 or visit the Sifting Sands Facebook page.A passerby paused to watch the work on the sign during a recent unseasonably warm day and gave his approval.“It’s nice to see they are fixing it, because it’s kind of a landmark. That’s a cool sign,” he said.last_img read more

New Dutch pension contract could fall foul of European law, says lawyer

first_imgHe also challenges the government’s view that the switch to DC does not call into question the legality of mandatory participation in a pension fund.About 80% of Dutch pension savers participate in a mandatory pension fund, which has to be a Dutch legal entity, van Meerten noted. In 1999, the European Court of Justice ruled that compulsory membership of industry-wide pension schemes was not contrary to European law.The third point van Meerten raises about the Dutch pensions reform plans is EU consumer protection, which he says “reached a new, high level of individual protection in recent years”.Current pension fund governance systems seem “outdated” with regard to expectations of a high degree of individual protection, he writes.“This is built on the assumption that pension funds execute DB only. Yet these governance structures are, strangely enough, not part of the reform.” The full opinion piece can be read here. For more on pensions in the Netherlands, see the full country report in the September magazine. The Dutch government’s planned pension reform could be deemed incompatible with European law in a number of respects, according to Dutch lawyer Hans van Meerten.“The plans of the government are really neither comforting nor convincing,” he writes in the September issue of IPE magazine.He raises three points in connection with the planned switch to a “collective yet individual” defined contribution (DC) system: conversion of existing pension rights vis-à-vis European property rights, compulsory participation in pension funds; and consumer protection.With regard to the first point, Van Meerten argues that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights could be invoked directly against a pension fund in connection with the conversion of existing pension rights, while the government is being advised that this is possible under the European Convention on Human Rights.last_img read more

Wildlife checkpoint scheduled Sunday in Ripley County

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana Conservation Officers will conduct a wildlife checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County on Sunday, November 16.The checkpoint is from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.It is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with the laws and regulations.Motorists should expect minimal delays and will be asked if they have been hunting or transporting wildlife. An affirmative answer will result in further inspection by Indiana Conservation Officers, which should also result in minimal delay.Conservation Officers remind hunters and anglers to make sure they are familiar with the fish and wildlife laws and regulations before entering the field.Saturday is opening day of firearms deer season.last_img read more

Tennessee Titans invite quarterback Allen to rookie minicamp

first_img Published on May 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Former Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen has been invited to rookie minicamp on a tryout basis by the Tennessee Titans, the Tennessean reported Friday.Allen was one of 20 players to be invited to the minicamp, in addition to the team’s draft picks and undrafted free agents.After transferring to the Orange from Oklahoma, Allen started the first three games of the season against Penn State, Northwestern and Wagner. He eventually lost the starting role to sophomore Terrel Hunt.Allen played in seven games, completing 68-of-122 passes for two touchdowns and nine interceptions. He joins former teammate, cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson, at the Titans’ rookie minicamp this weekend.Other former Syracuse players who have found an NFL team include: defensive tackle Jay Bromley (New York Giants), linebacker Marquis Spruill (Atlanta Falcons), running back Jerome Smith (Falcons), cornerback Keon Lyn (Indianapolis Colts), safety Jeremi Wilkes (Jacksonville Jaguars) and center Macky MacPherson (Philadelphia Eagles).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Former cornerback Anderson reportedly joins Tennessee Titans as undrafted free agentFormer Syracuse center MacPherson accepts Philadelphia Eagles’ mini-camp invitationFormer Syracuse running back Smith signs with Atlanta Falcons as undrafted free agent; cornerback Lyn signs with ColtsFormer Syracuse safety Wilkes reportedly joins Jacksonville Jaguars as undrafted free agentlast_img read more