Herbert McFarlan Birch, Jr., 72

first_imgHerbert McFarlan Birch, Jr., 72, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on Tuesday, May 16th at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, NJ.A family man to his core, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kerry Treasure; daughter Melanie Birch (and her child Gaia Rose); son Mac Birch (his wife Janis and their child Miles); daughter Charlie Birch; son Jake Birch (his fiance Laura and their child Stella); foster son Dario Campolattaro (his wife Ashley and their children Jackson, Maxwell, and Wesley); foster daughter Isabella Yosuico (her husband Ray and their children Pierce and Isaac); his brother Anthony Laws Birch; his brother Terrell Calhoun Birch.Born in Bethesda, MD, Birch spent his life traveling the globe, summering and eventually residing in Ocean City, NJ, his favorite place in the whole world.Birch was a graduate of Chevy Chase High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.After a short stint in the National Guard during the Vietnam era, Birch embarked on what can only be described as an epic journey of community work, job creation, and entrepreneurship.In 1976, together with his wife Kerry and partner Willie Davis, he started Birch & Davis Associates, which became an internationally-recognized healthcare consulting firm. In 1999, after 23 amazing years, the B&D team decided it was time for a change and sold the company.After the sale, Birch moved to southern New Jersey where he launched his musical career under the stage name “Bubba Mac.” The Bubba Mac Blues Band, which offered what Birch called “happy blues,” played countless shows at the Bubba Mac Shack in Somers Point, NJ. This popular venue, which he started, owned and operated with his eldest son Mac, was featured in an original TV program “LIVE at the Bubba Mac Shack.” The show aired after Saturday Night Live for a few seasons.The band continued to play after the Shack closed in 2007. His proudest moment as a musician was opening for BB King at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL. Bubba played his last gig on May 6th, 2017, at the Ocean City Block Party just days before his passing.At the time of his death, Birch was grateful for 17 years of sobriety. During this time he was very active in the substance abuse and recovery space, sponsoring, inspiring, and coaching others struggling with addiction. It was not uncommon to hear people say, “Bubba saved my life.” He understood the importance of community and advocated for the creation and celebration of sober social events, such as music festivals.Bubba marched to the beat of his own drum, working hard, playing harder, and spreading love and joy wherever he went. A celebration of his life will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle on Sunday, May 28th, from 5pm to 8pm. A brief remembrance service will be followed by an open mic all star performance. This event is open to the public. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent in Herb’s name to; chARTer~TECH High School for the Performing Arts, ATTN:  Lew London, 413 New Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244; OR Ocean City Tabernacle, ATTN: Son Club Playground Fund, 550 Wesley Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226.For condolences, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

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ROTC seniors prepare for service

first_imgThe men and women in Notre Dame’s ROTC battalions will serve more than clients and bosses in their future work. They will be serving their country. Notre Dame has three ROTC battalions: Army, Navy and Air Force. Each senior is commissioned upon graduation and enters their branch of the military as an officer.   Mary Coyne, one of the 32 seniors graduating from the Naval ROTC battalion, said she are excited to begin training for a specialized career path in the U.S. Navy. Coyne said she is one of the first girls ever chosen to enter the submarine branch and will begin training in October. “I think this is one of the first years that they have ever looked at ROTC girls [for submarines],” Coyne said. “I know it’s going to be really hard, and I know that there are going to be people who don’t think I should even be there because I’m a girl … but the only thing that I can do is to prove that I can do my job, respectfully.” Senior Kevin Brainard, a graduate of the Naval ROTC program, said he is preparing for a future as a pilot in the Marine Corps. “I’m a specialized case, because I’m going in with a flight contract,” Brainard said. “I know I’m going to fly something, but I don’t know exactly what yet.” Brainard, a psychology major, will move to Quantico, Va., immediately after graduation to enter The Basic School. The Basic School provides newly commissioned officers with the professional knowledge and leadership education to prepare them for duty as a company grade officer, according to the school’s website. “In my case, I’m going to be a pilot in the Marine Corps, but should I for whatever reason find myself commanding a ground unit, I’m going to be able to do that as well, thanks to training at [The Basic School],” Brainard said. Seniors Jane McNaughton and Trevor Waliszewski are two of the 17 cadets in Notre Dame’s Army ROTC battalion who will be commissioned as officers after graduation.   McNaughton, who will graduate from Saint Mary’s with a degree in social work, said she eventually will enter the military intelligence branch of the Navy, but will first serve a three-year stint with the Navy’s Chemical Corps. “Military intelligence loans me out, you could say, to the Chemical Corps,” she said. “There, I will be responsible for chemical weapons, nuclear and biological weapons … For the first three years, I will be working in that branch, and then I will go back to being a military intelligence officer.”  The chance to have variety in her assigned duties makes her chosen branch all the more attractive, McNaughton said. “With the Chemical Corps, there is so much variety in what officers can be assigned to do,” she said. “I can do a whole variety of things: a battalion staff position, which means working with planning and training operations for a few companies, or a chemical company position, which would mean that I would be assigned to my own platoon.” Waliszewski said he is pursuing a career as a Judge Advocacy General (JAG) lawyer.    “I’m on a pretty unique track,” Waliszewski said. “I’m getting an educational delay and then heading off to law school, where I will commission as a JAG lawyer.” Waliszewski said he will confront a broad range of legal issues with the military. “It’s a legal firm, plus all of the military benefits,” Wasliszewski said. “It’s a really exciting and challenging career, because you are not being pigeonholed to one specialty within the law, and every year you’re probably going to have a new assignment and be challenged in a new way.” Seniors Scott Lyle and Shayler Piersen will graduate with 18 Air Force ROTC cadets who will be commissioned after graduation. Lyle, who will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering, said he is headed to Loughlin Air Force Base in Texas at the beginning of 2013 but will work a temporary job until then. “On Jan. 11 [2013], I will activate, pack up everything, go to Loughlin Air Force Base in Texas for several months and then eventually go to training in Pueblo, Colo. for a few weeks of training,” Lyle said. “Then I’ll go back to Loughlin to start undergraduate pilot training.” Piersen, a political science and history major, said he will enter the military intelligence branch of the Air Force upon graduation. He said he will begin seven months of training challenges, culminating in a series of examinations spanning three days. “A lot of intelligence training is learning to handle all of these different varieties of information ⎯ learning how to analyze types of pictures, intercept communications and work with satellites,” he said. Piersen said Notre Dame prepares its ROTC cadets particularly well for careers in the military, because the University inspires a deeper understanding of the same sense of service that inspired the cadets to enlist. “Notre Dame’s focus is on its mission in service, and that’s why we enter the military ⎯ we want to serve our country,” Piersen said. “Notre Dame instills that higher understanding of service and by facilitating that understanding of why we are serving our country, we are allowed to do that in a much better way.”last_img read more

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Horse Racing Tips

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SA heads anti-dirty money body

first_img30 June 2005South Africa has taken over the presidency of the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which fights money laundering across the world.FATF is an inter-governmental body consisting of 33 member states whose purpose is to develop and promote national and international policies and standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.It was established by the G8 in 1989 in response to mounting concern over money laundering and in recognition of the threat posed to banking systems and financial institutions worldwide. South Africa is the only member from Africa.The presidency is a one-year term, rotated between members of the task force. Former education minister Professor Kader Asmal was appointed to the position by the Cabinet.Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Asmal said South Africa focused on money laundering because it was a profit centre and the tools used by money launderers were familiar.“The challenge posed by money laundering to nations such as South Africa is obvious,” Asmal said. “It affects government’s ability to deliver on its development objectives. Taxes are not paid to the government from illegal gains.“Monies that could be put to use in worthy socioeconomic causes such as education, healthcare and housing are withheld from our fiscus. There are also social costs of money laundering. Money laundering affects the fabric of our society and interferes with good governance,” Asmal said.He said South Africa would seek to introduce initiatives into FATF work that were important to developing nations.He also explained that one such area was the prevention of trafficking of women and children, a phenomenon that was increasing in Asia and East Europe.“Our country has passed its own anti-terrorist legislation which is now in force. Ongoing efforts within FATF to counter the financing of terrorism will receive continued attention from South Africa,” he said.According to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, South Africa has had in the region of 24 000 reported cases of suspicious transactions in the last two years. Prosecutions should take place soon.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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10 months agoAgent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arrive

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arriveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has revealed an offer from Real Madrid is expected.Real remain the leaders in the pursuit of his signature.”The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Renato Corsi, the player’s agent said. “In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.”The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.”A deal could move to the next stage as early as Monday, with talks already being advanced.”Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell,” he added. “They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.” last_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpool

first_imgSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad which gained promotion last term, said: “We don’t get starry-eyed. “The Premier League is the hardest league in the world and teams get points off everybody. We have got to play our way as if we don’t, it could be a high score. Hopefully, we can get the result.”We can make little mistakes, but as long as no-one is getting on others backs. That is when the cracks start happening in a team. We are not like that, we are built on solid team foundations. We fancy ourselves for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.The work stoppage crippled the country’s main international airport and seaports, closed banks and government offices and forced hospitals to scale back services to reduced-staff weekend levels.Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. The company is considered a national treasure and is one of the largest private-sector employers.In Jerusalem, Teva workers staged demonstrations outside a company plant, at the entrance to the city and outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as he was convening his Cabinet for its weekly meeting. The workers blocked traffic, beat drums and chanted slogans against the coming layoffs. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.The protest resumed later Sunday when dozens of workers waving Israeli flags again blocked a road near the Jerusalem plant, backing up traffic at the height of rush hour.Speaking to his Cabinet, Netanyahu said that he would be meeting Teva’s new chief executive, Kare Schultz. The Israeli leader has said he would do everything possible to minimize the impact of Teva’s decision on local workers and keep the company operating in Israel.“It started as an Israeli company and we want it to remain as an Israeli company,” Netanyahu said.Schultz last week sent Netanyahu a letter apologizing for the layoffs but saying he had no choice.The company has been hit hard by the expiration of patents on its blockbuster drug, Copaxone, price pressure on its core business of generic drugs and a $35 billion debt load from its purchase of the generics business of Allergan.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka resorts face uncertain future after suicide blasts

first_imgColombo: The cancellations started before the dust had settled on the hotels and churches hit by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka as tourists and operators pressed the panic button. Sanath Ukwatte, chairman of the colonial-era Mount Lavinia hotel in Colombo, said he lost about 30 percent of his bookings within days of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 253 people. Many holidaymakers got the first plane out of Colombo after the blasts — at least 40 foreigners were among the dead — raising fears for a tourism industry that had managed to move on from the shadows of a decades-long civil war. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe United States, Britain, Australia, India and Israel have all warned their nationals against visiting, while the Netherlands is organising a special flight to evacuate hundreds of Dutch tourists. On Friday, European travel giant TUI announced it had stopped taking bookings for the South Asian country. And the crisis could get worse before it gets better for the island nation, whose palm-fringed beaches and mountain tea plantations were recently named the best place to visit in 2019 by the Lonely Planet guide. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had hoped tourism would earn a record 5.0 billion this year, up from 4.4 billion in 2018. He thinks the attacks could now see the country lose up to one third of that. Tourism accounts for about five percent of the economy, with Britain, India and China the main markets. Official figures show tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year jumped 4.6 percent to 740,600 from 2018. But with armed guards now a fixture in some Colombo hotels and cancellations flooding in after the carnage unleashed by coordinated suicide attacks, Samaraweera must work out a rescue plan for establishments now facing ruin. “We expect a 30 percent drop in arrivals and that means a loss of about 1.5 billion in foreign exchange,” he said on Friday. Ruchir Desai, a senior investment analyst with Asia Frontier Capital in Hong Kong, said the next year will be a tough one for Sri Lanka. “Given the scale of the attack I still think you would see a negative impact on the industry,” Desai said. “It should recover,” he added, “obviously it depends on the steps the government takes to improve stability.” Ukwatte, who is also president of the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, hopes Sri Lanka can “bounce back”. Sri Lanka’s tourism is heading into its low season, and Ukwatte believes if confidence can be restored by October or November, “then we will be able to revive the industry with European winter travellers.” Finance Minister Samaraweera highlighted how other countries hit by Islamic State-inspired attacks rebuilt their image and convinced tourists to come back. “Typically, countries that suffer isolated IS-style attacks see tourism recovering within one-to-two years, as long as root causes are addressed and security measures taken are well communicated,” the minister said. He pointed to tourist industries in Belgium, France, Spain and Tunisia as countries which had all managed to bounce back after suffering indiscriminate terror attacks. Much will depend on how the government gets its message across, observers said. Canadian adventure tourism promoter Wade Campbell criticised the government’s communications after the attacks, particularly a top defence ministry official — who has since resigned — who said Sri Lankan hotels should have arranged their own security to avoid being hit. Danger is “a perception thing,” said Campbell, who is now looking at redirecting bookings to rival destinations like Nepal. Italians Donatella Papi and her husband Maurizio Fantappie were on a 25-day holiday in eastern Sri Lanka when the bombers struck. “My husband wanted to leave after the bombings, he suggested going to Thailand. But I wasn’t too scared then, I thought it would settle down,” said Papi. “I think Sri Lanka tourism will fall — we are very sad about it. This year is the anniversary of the end of the war — it was supposed to be a celebration,” she said.last_img read more

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