Courtney Lawes has epitomised this in his showings over the autumn, not least so against Argentina at the weekend. His forcible tackles prevented Argentina from getting over the gain line and breaking open an England defence that was stretched numerically for 70 minutes.Everyone expects Maro Itoje to take the jersey back when he returns to fitness and he should, but it’s worth noting his replacement has done everything that has been asked of him.Similarly, the likes of Tom Wood, Teimana Harrison, Rokoduguni, Goode and Daly – at outside centre – have all fitted in well when called upon this month. There have not been the signs of disruption or a lessening in quality that have accompanied England’s injury-enforced changes in years gone by.With Itoje, Haskell, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell all to return in the coming months, Manu Tuilagi already back in Leicester’s team and the uncapped and currently injured duo of Sam Jones and Mike Williams in England’s sights, Jones’ depth of options continues to grow.Highs, lows and more inconsistency at the scrumThe scrum has been an unpredictable aspect of England’s play in 2016.It has ranged from a powerful unit capable of dominating to an Achilles’ heel that has plagued England’s desire to put speed and width on the ball. It was no different against Argentina.The front row of Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole struggled to deal with Argentina in the first half, with the Pumas having a clear advantage. This is not a vintage Argentinean scrummaging front row, either, but anytime you have to deal with a bajada-employing Pumas pack spearheaded by the talented Agustín Creevy, it’s an area of the game where you can be found wanting.England struggled to strike the ball quickly and hold up to the pressure that the Argentineans were exerting on them, something which culminated in Cole being sent to the sin-bin late in the first half.It should be noted this improved dramatically when Joe Marler and Jamie George joined Cole in the front row in the second half, albeit against the second-string Argentinean front row. George was quickly able to get his heel to the ball and then focus on shifting his weight and power to moving the scrum forward.The Saracens front rower is continuing to bang on Jones’ door with all the gusto of a, well, hungry hooker.Numbers game: Argentina failed to make any advantage countArgentina’s woesFor all the eulogising that England’s defence and resilience deserves from that game, Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has every right to be incensed by his side’s performance.The match may have finished with 13 men versus 13 men, but for vast swathes of it, Argentina had one or two-men advantages and come the end of 80 minutes, it was the Pumas that looked out on their feet, whilst England’s line speed in defence continued to cause them problems. With England having to make three times the amount of tackles Argentina did, there was no excuse for the lack of problems Argentina were able pose England, with the last few minutes of the first half and the first few minutes of the second half the obvious exceptions.It’s been a long and draining season for the Pumas but the handling mistakes, decision-making errors and poor one-on-one tackling all fell well below the standards that the Argentinean players usually hold themselves to. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Alex Shaw If you were still awaiting that elusive, complete performance from England under Eddie Jones, that idealised 80 minutes of rugby where every facet of their game comes together and they put the opposition to the sword, your wait continued this weekend. What occurred on Saturday, when England beat Argentina 27-14 at Twickenham, was, however, the best performance that the hosts have turned in under the tutelage of the Australian. Or at least in the opinion of this writer.Having been reduced to 14 men when Elliot Daly saw red in the 5th minute of the game, England faced an uphill battle for the remaining 75 minutes but dealt with the challenge through a combination of outstanding defence, an efficient lineout and good game management.We run through five of the key takeaways for Jones and his coaching staff from an entertaining and dramatic encounter on Saturday afternoon.Back three balanceIt is fair to say plenty of eyebrows were raised by the omission of Semesa Rokoduguni for this match and, to a lesser extent, the decision to also send Alex Goode back to his club. Jonny May and Mike Brown returned to the XV and both put on masterful performances under extremely difficult circumstances.Where the issues in the back three came were on the left wing, where outside centre Daly was made to look like a man playing out of position. His collision with an in-air Leonardo Senatore bore no malice or intent but it was a justified red card.Long walk: Elliot Daly leaves the field after his red cardChasing and competing for kicks is a skill that wingers practice relentlessly over their careers but it is not something centres will spend anywhere near as much time on training ground working on.Jones may have compared Daly to Jason Robinson in the week running up to the game and his potential in the back three is clear but the Test arena is not the ideal place to be learning and developing these skills.Return of KruisKruis’ return from injury was critical to – and representative of – a much-improved defensive performance from England.With Kruis, Maro Itoje and James Haskell all missing against South Africa and Fiji, England were shorn of three of their most vocal and effective defensive communicators. At times versus both of those sides, Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell were lone voices trying to organise their side’s defence, both at the ruck and further out.The Saracens lock did not miss a beat in his first game back from ankle surgery and reassumed his mantle of a defensive general within the England set-up. He helped take England’s driving lineout to the next level, too, which helped them control the clock and sap energy from an Argentinean side that had a man advantage for most of the game.It’s a bold assumption, but I don’t think England win this game without the defensive nous of Kruis back in the second row.It was also a coming of age game for Paul Gustard as a Test coach.Big pressence: Courtney Lawes attracts Argentine defendersEngland developing ‘plug and play’ depthIf the All Blacks are lauded for one thing above all others, it’s arguably their ability to plug and play back-ups, young budding stars or even long-time journeymen into their first-choice squad and still maintain their high level of performance.It’s something that England are taking strides with in each game that passes under Jones’ stewardship. Free and clear: Jonny May races to a score as England beat Argentina
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Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Twitter Students open up at the Dear World College Tour Facebook Watson edges Thompson for student body president TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Facebook Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Twitter printIn a newly created position to focus on diversity, a TCU student has plans to make the student government more inclusive.Diona Willis, the newly appointed director of diversity and inclusion for the Student Government Association, said she strives to make the inclusion of all students a priority for TCU.“I want to make people in diverse communities feel heard,” Willis said. “By seeing my face and the programs we want to put on, they’ll think, ‘If she does it, why can’t I do it?’”The diversity director position was created this semester by Student Body President Maddie Reddick to help promote SGA to students who may not feel included in their student government.Willis, a junior political science major said she is dedicated to promoting social justice issues on campus. She is the vice president of the National Panhellenic Council and helped organize the TCU United candlelight vigil last April in response to the Baltimore protests.Now that she has been appointed to this new director position, Willis intends on spreading positivity through a public forum on race, a diversity training video and linking SGA to diverse student organizations.“We live in this TCU bubble,” Willis said. “When we’re in the bubble, we don’t think negativity can permeate it.”One of her biggest goals is to create a framework for the next director after her, Willis said. Building relations with student organizations on campus this semester will make it easier for the next director after she leaves this position.Reddick announced that Willis would be filling the position at the SGA House of Representatives meeting on Feb. 2.Reddick said Willis was chosen out of the eight applicants due to her concrete ideas and experience in increasing diversity.“All in all, I thought that she would be a really strong pick with her experience and solid ideas,” Reddick said. “She’s been fantastic and is just ready to roll.” New student body president: ‘We will accomplish great things’ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Website| + posts SGA brings “politics to the table” with interactive event Linkedin Mackenzie Holst Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Diona Willis, the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mackenzie is a copyeditor and reporter for TCU360, mainly covering SGA and politics. She studies Journalism and Political Science and hails from Orange County, California. ReddIt Previous articleKappa Lambda Delta recruits with coffeeNext articleLocal stores offer four-legged Valentines for $10 adoption fee Mackenzie Holst RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
What most of these heroes have in common is the fact that they revealed information highlighting the pandemic’s gravity or their government’s mismanagement of the crisis. Some are veteran reporters like Ana Lalić in Serbia or combative investigators like Blaž Zgaga in Slovenia, Andjouza Abouheir in Comoros and Sergei Satsukin Belarus. However, others are ordinary citizens who, in response to the urgency and gravity of the public health crisis, decided to blow the whistle with the aim of saving as many lives a possible. It was an eye doctor, Li Wenliang, who first alerted the world to the existence of a fast-spreading disease in December 2019. And it was a lawyer, Chen Qiushi, who posted videos on his blog revealing the chaos in the hospitals in Wuhan, the site of the initial Covid-19 outbreak. Li died of the virus while Chen was forcibly quarantined and never reappeared. See the list The list compiled by RSF, which is not intended to be exhaustive, includes both well-known media figures and people the public have not heard of. Although they come from all five main continents, nearly a third of these 30 heroes are from Asia, where the pandemic originated. Six are from Europe and Central Asia, and the others are from Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. News RSF_en Related documents 30heros_web_en.pdfPDF – 1.43 MB ComorosBahrainUnited StatesJordanBangladeshChinaEquatorial GuineaEswatiniBrazilSerbiaAfghanistanEcuadorAlgeriaVenezuelaBelarusIranMalaysiaRussiaTogoIndiaCôte d’IvoireSloveniaAfricaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Reports and statistics Covid19 Every crisis produces its heroes. Around the world there are journalists, whistleblowers and media Dowload the listhereoutlets that have managed to overcome the barriers to information created since the start of the pandemic. Through their reporting or by means of initiatives that have needed courage, audacity and determination, they have provided access to trustworthy and quality information, helped to resist censorship, and combatted the runaway disinformation that threatens public health. Others have avoided prison but can no longer work. After a lengthy and violent police interrogation over an article questioning the Kingdom of Eswatini’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, Swati Newsweek website editor Eugene Dube had to flee to neighbouring South Africa. Chris Buckley, a Beijing-based reporter for the New York Times, was forced to leave China after spending 76 days in Wuhan at the height of the outbreak. For the first time in 24 years, his visa was not renewed. Finally, RSF pays a special tribute to journalists in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s business capital and the site of Latin America’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak. The photos of bodies in Guayaquil’s streets have gone around the world. Despite being unprepared and lacking personal protective equipment, the city’s journalists have continued to work and to report in locations with a high infection rate. And this has taken a heavy toll. Thirteen of them have died of the virus. Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. June 8, 2021 Find out more You often pay dearly for the truth. In Venezuela, freelance journalist Darvinson Rojas spent 12 days in prison for a tweet questioning official pandemic figures. In India, newspaper reporter Vijay Vineet is facing a possible six-month jail sentence for reporting that lockdown restrictions forced hungry kids to eat cattle fodder. In Bangladesh, the well-known cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore is facing a possible life sentence for posting cartoons on Facebook about politics during the Covid-19 crisis that alluded, inter alia, to corruption. Many of these heroes displayed courage in resisting pressure and censorship. They include Caixin, an independent English and Chinese-language media outlet in Beijing whose reporting has questioned the Chinese government’s narrative. For some, such as Afghan reporter Anisseh Shahid, it took courage to simply keep reporting in the field with the threat of infection compounding the threat of a Taliban attack. In the United States, several White House correspondents have distinguished themselves by their perseverance in adversity. Despite constant attacks by President Trump and his aides, they continue week after week to question his handling of the pandemic. Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder This exceptional crisis has also produced innovative initiatives that have helped to get the facts out and combat disinformation. In Africa, the Ivorian web radio WA FM and the Togolese news site TogoCheck were created to combat rumours and fake news and disseminate trustworthy information that the public can use to protect themselves and their health. In Brazil, alternative media outlets pooled resources to form a “Gabinete de crise” to inform the abandoned inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, while the Wayuri Network’s journalists have risen to the challenge of informing more than 750 indigenous communities in the Amazon. In Russia, 25 media outlets formed Syndicate-100 to make it easier for medical personnel, who have been hit hard by the epidemic, to report problems and alert the public. Organisation “Some people have taken such big risks to report the reality of the pandemic that they have died as a result, while others have disappeared or have been jailed,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Prosecuted, attacked, insulted – many have paid a high price for defending the right to information and for combatting the rumours and disinformation that aggravate the consequences of this public health crisis. These new heroes remind us that journalism can save lives. They deserve our attention and admiration.” By naming these heroes, RSF is firstly paying tribute to the journalists, whistleblowers and media that have distinguished themselves in the fight for press freedom during an exceptional crisis. RSF is also aiming to demonstrate that the information chaos, which has grown during the pandemic, is not inevitable and that those named by RSF can be seen as models at a time when defending reliable reporting and combatting disinformation has become urgent. to go further June 15, 2020 Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Africa News Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has compiled a list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes” – 30 journalists, whistleblowers and media outlets whose courage, perseverance or capacity to innovate has helped to circulate reliable and vital information during the Covid-19 pandemic. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria News ComorosBahrainUnited StatesJordanBangladeshChinaEquatorial GuineaEswatiniBrazilSerbiaAfghanistanEcuadorAlgeriaVenezuelaBelarusIranMalaysiaRussiaTogoIndiaCôte d’IvoireSloveniaAfricaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Reports and statistics Covid19 June 7, 2021 Find out more
DNY59/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California, sued the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security over the use of federal agents and officers in their cities during unrest and protests.The 50-page lawsuit accuses both departments of “unilaterally, unlawfully, and unconstitutionally” instituting a “law and order” policy and deploying federal agents to cities.Throughout the summer in Portland, federal agents from the DHS and U.S. Marshals, which fall under the Department of Justice, were deployed, the department said, to primarily protect the federal courthouse. In Oakland, federal agents were also tasked with protecting federal property.“This lawsuit challenges the unlawful and unconstitutional overreach of federal law enforcement in response to and in anticipation of civil protests in progressive United States cities,” the lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday says. “In particular, the lawsuit challenges the federal government’s new policy authorizing the expanded and unbounded jurisdiction of federal law enforcement under the guise of protecting federal property, and the federal government’s related and unconstitutional practice of commandeering local law enforcement officers for similar ends.”In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security railed against the lawsuit.“Yet again, dangerous politicians and fringe special interest groups have ginned up a meritless lawsuit,” a spokesperson told ABC News. “They aim to harm President Trump and distract from his law and order agenda. The Department of Homeland Security has acted entirely lawfully. Instead of condemning the violence we are seeing across the country, these politicians focus on scoring cheap political points to the detriment of the American people.”In June, President Donald Trump signed an executive order dedicating federal resources to protect federal monuments. The cities allege the department used that executive order to protect monuments as a guise to go into these cities and say the agencies kept expanding the purview of the order.Critics, such as former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, a Republican, have raised questions about the scope of federal agents in Portland.“You can protect federal property, but that doesn’t mean it’s an unlimited license to roam around the streets and pick up people based on some suspicion that maybe they’re involved or gonna be involved in something,” Chertoff told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast in July.Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Attorney General William Barr have both defended the use of federal agents in these respective cities.“Some elected officials and those in the media have tried to smear our law enforcement officers, who are performing their jobs valiantly and consistent with the law and use of tactics and procedures. They have called our law enforcement professionals ‘stormtroopers,’ the ‘Gestapo’ and ‘thugs.’ These are offensive and irresponsible terms,” Wolf said in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee in August.In front of the House Judiciary Committee in July, Barr also defended the use of federal agents in Portland.“The most basic responsibility of government is to ensure the rule of law, so that people can live their lives safely and without fear. The Justice Department will continue working to meet that solemn responsibility,” Barr said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
McDermott secures engineering and procurement contract from Azikel Petroleum. (Credit: Frauke Feind/ Pixabay.) US-based EPC company McDermott International has secured an engineering and procurement contract from Azikel Petroleum for the next phase of Azikel Refinery project in Nigeria.The modular 12,000 BPD Hydro-Skimming Refinery project will be situated in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.Under the contract, McDermott will be responsible for the detailed engineering and design of the inside battery limits (ISBL) modular refinery.The scope of work also includes the supply of equipment as well as all the tagged items within the ISBL.McDermott Europe, Middle East, Africa senior vice president Tareq Kawash said: “McDermott has been an integral part of what is one of the few refineries to be built in Nigeria and we look forward to expanding our presence further by delivering the next phase of this important project.“Our decades of modularization experience makes us uniquely positioned to deliver this scope and the team has done a great job of developing a simple process design that meets all of Azikel’s product specification requirements.”Equipment will be sourced from US domestic and international suppliers for the refinery projectThe company’s office in Tyler, Texas with support from its Mexico City office is expected to execute the engineering and design work on the project.The equipment for the project will be sourced from US domestic and international suppliers.McDermott said that Azikel has already completed the extensive work to prepare the site to build the project.Site reclamation and backfilling, completion of roads, perimeter wall, drainage and security gates are part of the early work done on the project.Recently, McDermott has been awarded a pre Front End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) contract from 8 Rivers Capital for the NET Power UK project, which will be carried along with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The company will be responsible for the detailed engineering and design of the inside battery limits (ISBL) modular refinery
View post tag: RINA View post tag: engineering View post tag: world View post tag: services View post tag: certification Back to overview,Home naval-today RINA Group to Supply Certification, Engineering Services to UAE-Based Drydocks World View post tag: Naval RINA Group to Supply Certification, Engineering Services to UAE-Based Drydocks World Training & Education View post tag: UAE-Based View post tag: Group View post tag: Navy View post tag: Drydocks Share this article May 9, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Supply View post tag: Defense The RINA Group has entered into a framework agreement to supply certification and engineering services to UAE-based Drydocks World – Dubai (LLC). Under an MOU signed in Rome, Italy, on 9 May, Drydocks World will draw on RINA Group’s expertise to deliver assistance with project management and ship classification and certification for a number of projects including floating hotels, mega yachts, special project vessels, underwater units and warships.The MoU was signed in the presence of H.E. Ms. Datin Paduka Halimah Abdullah, Malaysian Ambassador to Rome, Mr Muhammad Al Mansoori, Second Secretary of UAE Embassy in Rome, Mr. Hamad Al Nuaimi, Diplomatic Attaché, Embassy UAE in Rome, Ms. Penprapa, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Thailand and other dignitaries.“We are so pleased on this important occasion to emphasis the tremendous progression in the bilateral relationship between the UAE and Italy during recent years in all economic and political areas. Bilateral trade has grown by 26 per cent compared to 2011, which makes the UAE as Italy’s first and largest trading partner among all the Arabic countries, and the most important strategic partner in the Middle East.” H.E.Abdul Aziz Bin Nasser Alshamsi, UAE Ambassador in Rome said.“The ongoing co-operation between Drydocks World and RINA Group for international classification, certification and engineering services enhances the role of the UAE and the Dubai Emirate’s push to be the leader for vessel classification in the Arabic, Middle and Far Eastern regions. RINA Group is recognised as an authoritative member of key international organisations such as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards. Drydocks World has selected RINA Group to develop vital classification services in the region. Enhancing the partnership between Emirates Classification-Tasneef, a classification society specialising in the maritime sector, and the RINA Group will help further develop its ability to provide a world-class service for shipbuilding, conversion and refit, as well as ongoing military programmes. It will also enhance its capability to deliver highly sophisticated services for passenger vessels, yachts, warships, and floating offshore oil & gas units. Emirates Classification-Tasneef is also furthering its technical capability in the area of complex underwater structures that require continuous survey during construction to ensure conformation to class and statutory requirements, as it continues to develop a world-class centre for ship classification in the Middle and Far Eastern region.”H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, said:“We believe in working with good partners like RINA Group to deliver excellence in ship repair, ship conversion and ship building. This agreement with RINA Group will open the way for us to enhance our services for the most complex projects. The MoU will provide the desired momentum in terms of sophisticated vessel repair, conversion and construction in the military sector. It will also complement our project management and technical capabilities in the high-potential yacht repair and maintenance segment as well as complex underwater structures that require continuous survey during construction to ensure conformation to class and statutory issues”.Signing the MoU in Rome, RINA Group CEO Ugo Salerno said:“There is a wide range of skills and services available across the RINA Group. RINA Services has particular expertise with complex passenger vessel newbuildings, mega yachts and warships, and D’Appolonia has long-standing experience in combat systems and electronics. Working together with Drydocks World we can help maintain and develop a world-class centre for shipbuilding, conversion and refit, especially for the most complex projects such as floating units for offshore oil & gas, cutting-edge yachts and warships.”[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013 View post tag: News by topic
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Shelton, watch a pre-show acoustic performance, and take a photo in Blake’s chair from The Voice. More details available via www.cidentertainment.com/events/blake-shelton-tour-2017. American Express® Card Members can purchase before the general public beginning Friday, December 2 at 10am local time through Thursday, December 8 at 10pm local time. Blake Shelton Fan Club members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, December 6 at 10am local time through Thursday, December 8 at 10pm local time. BLAKE SHELTON ANNOUNCES HIS 2017 “DOING IT TO COUNTRY SONGS” TOUR FORD CENTER- MARCH 16Multi-City Tour To Feature Songs From If I’m Honest – Best Selling Country Album Released This Year! Tickets Go On Sale Friday, December 9 at 10 AM(Evansville, IN) – Country music superstar and Platinum-selling recording artist Blake Shelton takes a song from his current album If I’m Honest to bill his 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” tour. Shelton and special guest RaeLynn will make a stop in Evansville, IN at Ford Center on March 16, 2017.“Performing for an audience is what I love most – and if you’re coming to see me, you’re coming to hear country music, because that’s what I do,” said Shelton. “So get ready as we’re going to be ‘Doin’ It To Country Songs’ all night long!”The tour follows the 2016 release of Shelton’s 10th studio album, If I’m Honest, which was not only the biggest selling album in the week of its release, but also the best-selling country album released this year. With four weeks atop the Billboard Country albums chart, the 15-track project features the tour’s namesake along with Shelton’s latest No. 1 smash hit “Came Here To Forget” and his current Top 15 and climbing single “A Guy With A Girl.”Opening the tour is Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville recording artist RaeLynn, whose current single “Love Triangle” is the powerful first track from her forthcoming debut album WildHorse. She was recently selected as a CMT Next Women of Country honoree and a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora Radio.Shelton is teaming up with CID Entertainment once again to offer VIP Experiences in 2017. VIP Experiences include an invitation to an exclusive pre-show party where fans will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Blake
Byron Thomas Mercer, age 82, of Ocean City passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ. Born in Philadelphia to the late Albert H. and Irene M. (nee Hopely) Mercer, he had lived in the Lawndale section of the city until moving to Ocean City in 1958. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School, Class of 1952. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict, mainly on the U.S.S Yellowstone and the U.S.S. Intrepid. After being Honorably Discharged, Byron attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. Byron was employed by the Ocean City Sentinel Ledger, for thirty-five years, and served as the Advertising Manager for 18 years prior to his retirement in 1995. Upon retiring, he enjoyed fishing, golf, and traveling. Some of his favorite vacations were spent in Hawaii with his nephew Bill Spotts. Byron had an optimistic outlook on life and was a loving husband, father and doting grandfather.Byron was a long-time member of St. Peters United Methodist Church. He was a former Commissioner to the OC Housing Authority, former Publicity Chairman for the OC Library, former Commissioner of the Cape May County Parks & Zoo, member and former Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the OC Arts Center, former member and committee worker for The NJ Press Association.He was a Past Master of the Ocean City Lodge, #171 F&A.M., Past President of the Ocean City Masonic Club. He also served as a former Chairman of the Foster-Karney Foundation of the Ocean City Masonic Club. He was a Past Master and Trustee of The Philadelphia Girard Mark Lodge, #214, where he remained as a life member. In 1982, he served as the Grand Chaplain for the Grand Staff and as District Deputy Grand Master for the 24th Masonic District from 1999-2004. In 2005, he was awarded, from the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, the Daniel Coxe Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member for distinguished service to the fraternity.Byron was predeceased by his parents, Albert H. & Irene M. Mercer (nee Hopely). His wife, of 49 years, Dorothy V. Mercer (nee Johnson). His sister Jean Richards of California and brother Edward S. Mercer of Doylestown, PA. He is survived by his sons, Stephen J. Wolicki (Lisa) of Absecon, Michael C. Wolicki (JoAnn) of Marmora and daughter Kathleen I. Davis (Scott) of Seaville. Five grandchildren Michelle C. Mangam, Amanda L. Constantino, Anthony J. Wolicki, Erron T. Wolicki, and Christopher J. Davis, as well as seven great-grandchildren, Kaelyn, Gionna, Michael, Julie, Erron, Samantha, and Andrew. He is also survived by his sister, Elaine L. Jones of Ocean City, a niece and several nephews.A Masonic funeral service by Ocean City Lodge # 171 F. & A. M. will be offered Thursday morning at 11:45 immediately followed by his Christian funeral service at 12 o’clock noon from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from 10 o’clock until time of services.Burial will be held privately in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, Cape May Court House, NJ.The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to either St. Peter’ United Methodist Church, 8th Street at Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 08226 or Shriner’s Hospital, 3351 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19140.Condolences www.godfreyfuneralhome.com
moe. guitarist Al Schnier sat down with Made In Utica for an extensive interview earlier today, talking about the band, upstate New York, upcoming festivals like Summer Camp, sit-ins and contemporary musicians throughout the lengthy discussion. One tidbit that happened to catch fans off guard was the mention of New Year’s Eve plans, which Schnier said would be in a remote location.The band has played the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY for the last three years consecutively, so this would be a dramatic shift for fans. Schnier said in the interview, “We have something really out of the ordinary planned for New Year’s this year. We’ve been talking about doing something in a random location for a while, and somebody actually brought something to us. The thing with New Year’s is, and it’s kind of like the Halloween show thing, there’s so much competition on those event nights – especially New Years.”He continued, discussing how competitive the Halloween and NYE markets can be. “Halloween – where are you gonna play? Phish is playing Vegas, Lettuce is playing New York City, Warren’s playing everywhere – so you have to pick some place else. That’s why the Palace was good for us, nobody’s playing Albany. We’ll be Upstate New york, that’s what we do. But then we thought, what if we did something that’s completely random and out of the way.” Schnier continued to say that, although he can’t say specifically where just yet, the New Years show will be in a “remote location.”“If you want to come, come, and if not, it doesn’t matter… It’s not quite Alaska, but we talked about Alaska.”You can watch Made In Utica’s video below, with the discussion of NYE coming in around the 32 minute mark:[H/T NYS Music]