A sign at 14th Street marks one of the small designated smoking areas on the Ocean City Boardwalk. City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking across the entire boardwalk.City Council voted unanimously Thursday to ban the use of tobacco products on the Ocean City Boardwalk.A current ordinance restricts tobacco use to seven small smoking areas spread out across the length of the boardwalk.Council voted 7-0 on the first reading of an ordinance that bans smoking along the entire boardwalk, including ramps and stairs. The measure requires a public hearing and second reading scheduled for June 26.If passed, the ordinance would take effect in mid-July.First offenses would be punishable with fines of $100 to $250. Fines for subsequent offenses would be $500 to $1,000.The measure passed on first reading with full support from council members and no comment from the public.Councilman Mike DeVlieger suggested that “a warning or two would be good” for Ocean City visitors who may not be aware of a new ordinance. Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said Ocean City police issue 1,700 to 1,800 warnings a year under the current ordinance but issue few summonses.The city administration said it would be prepared for smokers to move to street ends near the boardwalk by placing cigarette butt receptacles there.“We’re solving a problem on the boardwalk, but we are creating one, too,” Mayor Jay Gillian said.He said he wants to make sure streets are safe and well-lit for any smokers who move off the boardwalk.
Danish shipping major Maersk has signed an agreement with PBF Logistics, which would deliver 10% of its annual fuel demand ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 global sulphur regulation.Under the deal, Maersk would source and PBFX would process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC, a PBF Logistics LP terminal facility in New Jersey, United States. This would enable Maersk Oil Trading to supply IMO 2020-compliant 0.5% marine fuel to its customers on the US East Coast.Annual production will be around 1.25 million metric tonnes (mt), the equivalent of around 10% of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s annual fuel demand.“This processing agreement forms a cornerstone in Maersk’s fuel sourcing strategy for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap,” Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, said.“The vast majority of our fleet will comply with the regulation through use of compliant low sulfur fuels. With the capability to produce and store compliant low sulfur fuel on the U.S. East Coast we take control of the fuel supply in a key maritime hub for us. We will continue our drive to ensure compliance in all geographies come 2020.”In August 2018, Maersk and Vopak signed a leasing agreement for storage of 2.3 million mt 0.5% compliant fuel, equivalent of around 20% of Maersk’s annual fuel demand, at the Vopak Europoort Terminal in Rotterdam.
The Black Student Assembly closed out their series celebrating Black History Month in Hahn Plaza by hosting a performance on Tuesday. The event involved singing, dancing and a promotion at the end for the future BSA event COLOUR with Tory Lanez, which will be held on March 5 in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
Trace Walker The man who is suspected of shooting a Jamaican national to death in the parking lot of a fish market in Lauderhill, South Florida is now behind bars.He has been identified as Trace O’Brian Walker.Walker was caught on video as he pumped 13 bullets into the upper body of 34-year-old Gary Wallock on January 16 outside the Lobster and Seafood Warehouse, 1854 NW 38 Avenue, Lauderhill.Wallock’s female companion, who was with him at the time of the murder managed to escape although the suspect aimed his handgun and fired two shots in her direction as she scampered to safety.Walker was arrested in Palm Beach County without incident by the Lauderhill Police Department with the assistance West Palm Beach Police Department, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshalls Service.Walker is in the custody at the Broward Main County Jail being held without bond.The Lauderhill Police say they have established no motive for the murder but word on the ground in his hometown of Flankers in Montego Bay, Jamaica is linking the incident to an ongoing lotto scam.
Manchester City forward Edin Džeko has denied claims he has held talks over a move to Borussia Dortmund but confirmed he would love to return to the Bundesliga.Džeko, who won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, has long been linked with a move back to Germany after failing to fully establish himself in the first-team at City.In an interview with kicker magazine, the 26-year-old said: “I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don’t know is when.”In recent weeks, there have been reports that Dortmund are leading the race for his services as speculation persists that Robert Lewandowski will depart the Westfalenstadion.However, Džeko dismissed claims he had met with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and club officials at a hotel outside the German city recently.“That’s not true,” he said. “There is a lot of talk and a lot is written. If you believed every word, I’d be playing at FC Bayern or AC Milan by now.”Even so, Džeko did little to hide his admiration for Dortmund and is tipping Klopp’s men to reach the Champions League final.The German champions, who took four points from City as they finished top of Group D, are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after securing a 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their second-round tie.“I knew Borussia from the Bundesliga,” he said. “Essentially, I knew nearly everything about the team but, all the same, they managed to impress me.“Borussia showed how strong they are. They lost Shinji Kagawa [to Manchester United] ahead of the season, but now they have Marco Reus, who might be even better. Dortmund are a top club. Everyone in Europe was able to see that. With Jurgen Klopp, they have a great coach working there. This team can go a long way.“I am convinced Borussia will make it into the final. That’s my wish for the club. Anyone who comes out on top of a group with Real Madrid in such fashion can beat anyone.”The BiH international also said he was flattered to have received praise from Klopp in the past.“When it comes from one of the best coaches in Europe, I’m delighted, of course,” he said.Speaking to Sky on Sunday, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke also tried to cool the Džeko rumours and claimed there were 100 to 150 Bundesliga players to look at, adding he would not comment any names.
DES MOINES — About $20 million separates the public school funding plans Republicans in the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate are proposing. Senate Republicans like Majority Leader Jack Whitever of Ankeny favor an increase of 2.1% in general state spending on K-12 public schools.“This is an amount that we feel allows us enough money to continue to fund our other priorities as well,” Whitver says, “Whether that’s state troopers, mental health, health care issues — we want to make sure that fits in the larger budget picture.”House Republicans have joined Republican Governor Kim Reynolds in calling for a 2.5% increase in per-student state funding. Democrats like Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo say schools really need more than 2.5% — or roughly a $100 million boost.“I don’t think it really digs our schools out of the hole,” Smith says, “understanding that we’ve dug a trench and we’re slowly filling it in like a teaspoon at a time and that’s not going to get us where we need to be.”Republicans control a majority of seats in the House and Senate, so GOP leaders will likely negotiate a school funding deal in the next couple of weeks. The decision is for general state aid for the school year that starts next fall.