Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (April 12, 2014)

first_imgGillian’s Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Sixth Street is scheduled for its traditional opening on Palm Sunday weekend (April 12 and 13). The Ocean City Doo Dah Parade will be held on that Saturday.last_img

Big banks big winners in “debate of the century”

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to The Hill newspaper,  the “Debate of The Century” lived up to its billing. If that’s true then my increasing pessimism  about the future of this country is totally justified.  I’m not joking.From the perspective of the financial services industry, the biggest winner in last night’s reality T.V. show masquerading as a Presidential debate was the banking industry.  I know people are busy constructing their own alternate realities, and that we had to get to the real important stuff like Clinton’s stamina and Trump’s comments to Howard Stern and talk show host Sean Hannity.  But was I really expecting  too much for thinking that moderator Lester Holt would ask something along the lines of: “Eight years ago the country suffered its greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and the nation’s largest banks had to be bailed out with taxpayer dollars.  Do you believe that more needs to be done to prevent us from bailing out banks in the future?” I’m also more than a little surprised that we didn’t hear one mention from Hillary about the Wells Fargo Account scandal or that Trump didn’t point to the CFPB as over-regulator #1. continue reading »last_img read more

Is Wavell Heights the next hit suburb?

first_img14 Kinmond Ave, Wavell Heights sold at auction for $1.646 million.MOVE over Clayfield and Ascot, Wavell Heights is the new hit suburb with buyers seeking homes close to inner-city Brisbane.Today’s auction of a 1908 Queenslander on 1715sq m of land at 14 Kinmond Ave, Wavell Heights drew a crowd of around 100 people and 13 registered bidders.The iconic ‘Noora’ estate sold under the hammer for $1.646 million but Ray White Ascot’s Rosemary Ahearn said interest was due to more than just the property’s wonderful features.“I consider Wavell Heights to be the next suburb on fire, it already is,” she said.“There’s been huge movement in the bottom section of the market and that’s filtering through.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago14 Kinmond Ave, Wavell HeightsMs Ahearn said Wavell Heights, only 9km from the CBD, had always been a quality suburb.“There are 27 hills in Brisbane and Wavell Heights has all the old original homes with that lovely tree ambience,” she said.Today’s buyers were a couple with children seeking a larger property. “It’s just so hard to get the big blocks anymore because everything has been subdivided,” Ms Ahearn said.“We are delighted that it’s somebody who intends to keep the block as one and who values that old-fashioned large block and the ambience of that.”The median house price in Wavell Heights is $648,500, according to researcher CoreLogic.last_img read more

Durant one of NCAA’s finest

first_imgThere are certain days that are just too good to be true. That’s how Thursday was shaping up to be. I had only one class scheduled, and it was the first day of the tournament. I was all set to skip that class and write a running diary of my day watching three games at once. It seemed too good to be true. It was.I found out that my midterm in Politics of Sports was scheduled smack dab in the middle of the day. Ninety percent of the class probably signed up for it just because the word “sports” was in the title, and now we’ve missed the first round of the tournament!So there went the running diary and my comfortable position lounging in my chair all day.At least the selection committee did me the favor of scheduling the Badgers’ game for Friday, so I didn’t have to miss my exam.One thing I noticed when watching the games was that CBS kept running these Naismith candidate spotlight features. Sure, it’s probably contractually obligated, but do they really need to do these? At this point, isn’t the Player of the Year race almost over?All year long, candidates have come and gone. For a while, Alando Tucker looked like he was the frontrunner with huge games against Marquette, Pittsburgh and Ohio State. Then Kevin Durant happened.Durant basically decided that nothing was going to stop him. This, by no means, takes anything away from Tucker. This season he has been nothing less than exceptional for the Badgers. With all respect due to Tucker, his season just doesn’t quite measure up.But Durant has that aura around him. When he touches the ball, you know something is going to happen. He is at his best in the biggest games and always seems to come up with the big shot.In Texas’ triple overtime game against Oklahoma State and double-OT game against Texas A&M, Durant hit clutch shots to extend both games. In Texas’ Big 12 tournament game against Oklahoma State, Durant cold-bloodedly nailed a 3 off an offensive rebound to put Texas ahead for good in the final minute. All told, Durant set the Big 12 Conference tournament scoring record — he tallied 92 points in only three games — in a conference that has seen the likes of Danny Manning, Marcus Fizer and Bryant “Big Country” Reeves. Even more impressive, Durant is doing all this as a true freshman. Put into context by my roommate Dylan after a ridiculously emphatic Durant dunk: “He’s the same age as one of those punk freshmen we have over before the football games.”When you think about it that way, Durant is simply remarkable. To think, a year ago at this time he was trying to figure out which hottie-bo-bottie from his high school he was going to ask to prom. Now he is out there coldly sinking NBA-range 3s to win the game in front of 20,000 screaming fans, and he doesn’t look like he is even fazed one bit by it.His stats measure up to the accolade as well. On the season, Durant ranks fourth in the NCAA in both points and rebounding, a testament to the overall quality of his game. On top of that, he is not a bad defender, either. While there is still an outside chance Tucker could bring home one of the POY awards with a deep tournament run propelled by great individual efforts, the award is Durant’s to lose at this point, and so far he has shown no signs of choking when the pressure is on. Ben Voelkel is a sophomore majoring in political science. Want to make a case for someone besides Durant for POY? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more