By Donald WittkowskiTheodore Charles Ford has made some high-powered and famous friends over the years.They included former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, Prince Charles and Princess Diana and former Vice President Spiro Agnew.Handwritten notes and autographed photos given to Ford from all those luminaries attest to their friendship.But Theodore Charles Ford is not from the Ford families who may first come to mind – the family headed by former President Gerald R. Ford or the Ford automobile magnates. He is part of an Ocean City family prominent in its own right. Five generations of the Fords are featured in a new exhibit that opened Friday night as the centerpiece of the Black History Month celebration at the Ocean City Historical Museum. The free exhibit will run through February.Although it chronicles 11 members of the Ford family spanning five generations, the exhibit focuses on Theodore Charles Ford and his brothers, Norman Kenneth Ford Sr. and Samuel Ellis Ford Jr.They are part of a remarkable family that has served a combined 166 years in the military and decades more working for the federal government.“It’s just so unusual to have one family compile so many years of combined service in the military and the federal government,” said Loretta Harris, a museum board member who organized the Ford exhibit.Harris, 73, who now lives in Upper Township, still owns the Ocean City home on Haven Avenue that was built by her late father, Sylvester W. Thompson Sr., in 1959 and where she grew up.Recalling some of her fond memories over the years, Harris spoke effusively of her longtime friendship with the Ford family. She felt it was important to publicly celebrate the contributions of the Ford family to the country, especially during Black History Month.“We’re a small town here. But people don’t always realize that big things can come out of small towns. Many big things came from one family,” Harris said.Loretta Harris, who organized the exhibit, points to the family tree showing five generations of the Fords.The Ford family members were of immense help in compiling the exhibit because they meticulously saved photos, letters and so many other treasured keepsakes of their history – giving an intimate look at their lives for many years.“When I first saw this, I couldn’t believe it,” John Loeper, the museum’s chairman, said of the extensive collection of Ford family memorabilia The Ford family’s ties to Ocean City date to the early 1900s. Samuel Ellis Ford Sr., who died in 1966, and his wife, Ruby Ann Wheatley, who passed away in 2000, served as the family patriarch and matriarch. They were the parents of Theodore, Samuel Jr. and Norman Ford.Samuel Ford Jr., who died of injuries from a car accident in 1972, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Ocean City High School in 1949.When he was in the service, he was instrumental in the Air Force’s establishment of an air base and radar site in Thule, Greenland. A black-and-white picture in the exhibit shows Samuel holding a pair of skis in snowy Greenland.“The only way they could get around was on skis or ice shoes,” Harris explained.Samuel was the oldest of the three brothers. His decision to join the military “defined the course for his younger brothers and later generations who followed in his military footsteps and went on to enjoy successful service careers,” the exhibit notes.Harris and Loeper look at a display board that explains some of the history of the Ford family.Norman Ford, who was born in 1934, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and later served in the Vietnam War in helicopter maintenance. He retired from the military in 1974, according to his biography.He then began taking law enforcement courses, paving the way for a new career as a Federal Aviation Administration police officer assigned to Washington National and Dulles airports. He climbed through the ranks to become station commander at Washington National, overseeing all police activities at the airport.As station commander, he rushed to the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to help rescue survivors after hijackers crashed an airliner into the building. There, he helped six people escape the flames.He retired from his position at Washington National in 2002, after amassing nearly 51 years in government service. He currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area.The youngest brother, Theodore Ford, born in 1936, joined the Air Force after graduating from Ocean City High School in 1955. He, too, now lives in the Washington, D.C., area.After retiring from the military in 1977, Theodore pursued a career in law enforcement that took him to the security arm of the U.S. State Department. He became a Secret Service special agent, a position that saw him protect the lives of an array of high-profile government officials and dignitaries, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Among his assignments with the Secret Service, he was part of the security teams for former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.A handwritten note from Barbara Bush thanking Theodore Ford for his service is in a glass display case in the Historical Museum’s Ocean City High School All Star Exhibit. The playful note also pokes fun of a picture of Ford sleeping on a plane.A glass display case contains treasured mementos owned by Theodore Charles Ford, including autographed pictures from famous people he has met.Theodore Ford also met and worked with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.Interestingly, Ford also formed a friendship with Spiro Agnew, the disgraced former vice president who resigned from office in 1973 amid a financial scandal. An autographed portrait of Agnew given to Theodore Ford is part of the museum’s Ford family exhibit.“There’s Spiro,” Harris said, pointing to Agnew’s picture. “Someone tried to take it out of the exhibit because he was a disgrace. But he was a part of our history, and a friend of Ted’s.” Ocean City Historical Museum chairman John Loeper and board member Loretta Harris are surrounded by some of the Ford family keepsakes comprising the Black History Month exhibit.
Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“The treehouse presents no formal elevation back to the original house, only the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ is presented.”Best of all how the treehouse is used can change over time, given it was designed to operate on its own as a home.“Currently, the Treehouse contains a compliment of recreational programs which counterpoint the existing house, it is celebrated and enjoyed as a ‘weekender in the backyard’.” Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design, shortlisted for the Houses Awards. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“It can operate both integrated to and independent to the program of the existing house, serving one household or more. The project is pre-plumbed and wired to serve as a detached self contained dwelling, at less than 40sq m it meets the definition of a tiny house.”The design was sparked because of a “companion tree” in the backyard and the feel of children’s cubby houses. 2017 Houses Awards shortlist for House alteration and addition under 200 metres: Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“Designed as a set of informal spaces, walls slide open to embrace and borrow from the surrounding landscape. Movement is centrifugal, along its three sides, sling-shooting occupants from the ground into the canopy.”According to phorm architecture + design, the brief from the client was not to fill the backyard but to keep the “natural aspect and vacancy”. 2017 Houses Awards shortlist for House alteration and addition under 200 metres: Taringa Treehouse in Taringa, Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesADULTING is hard most days, but coming home to this grown-up Brisbane treehouse will drive you up the wall – a climbing wall that is. The Taringa Treehouse designed by phorm architecture + design for a Brisbane backyard is one of 18 Queensland homes shortlisted for the Houses Awards, with the national winners set to be announced in August. The Taringa Treehouse in Brisbane, designed by phorm architecture + design, has its own climbing wall. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesIts designers told judges that it was like having your very own weekender in the backyard, complete with climbing wall, veranda to linger on, writer’s desk and bathroom.The home in Taringa, 5km from the Brisbane CBD, is a detached residential extension that qualified as a “tiny house”.
Lutwyche is one of Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs. Photo: Lachie Millard.“This suburb is perfectly priced for buyers who want all the benefits of neighbouring suburbs Albion, Wilston and Windsor, but don’t want or can’t afford the higher price tag,” Ms Mercorella said.“This suburb is more than $200,000 cheaper than its high-priced neighbours. “The Lutwyche Shopping Centre is currently undergoing a massive renovation and redevelopment and once completed this will drive the popularity of this suburb even more.” REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the state’s housing market was presenting an “unbeatable buying opportunity” and savvy buyers were acting quickly to snap up a good bargain.“These suburbs are great examples of buyers knowing what they want and going after it,” Ms Mercorella said. “These suburbs are highly desirable and they tick all the boxes for buyers who clearly know the market well and can spot a bargain.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThis house at 136 Stoneleigh St, Lutwyche, is for sale. Kathryn Farren is selling her home in Lutwyche, which is one of Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.QUEENSLAND’S housing market is presenting “unbeatable” buying opportunities, with savvy home hunters snapping up properties in some parts of the state within a week of being listed for sale.The top five fastest selling suburbs in the state in 2018 have been revealed and the regional city of Mackay tops the list, according to research by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). Mackay is the fastest selling suburb in Queensland, according to the REIQ. Image: Rob Maccoll.Lutwyche in Brisbane’s inner north also makes the list, along with the south Brisbane suburb of Stretton, the Ipswich suburb of Dinmore and the Sunshine Coast suburb of Rosemount.Houses in all of these suburbs reached a contract of sale in just six days on average — significantly faster than the Brisbane median of 32 days on market. Homes like this in Mackay are selling like hot cakes. Pic supplied.Ms Mercorella said the regional city of Mackay was “heating up” as residents returned to the area for employment.The median house price in Mackay has grown a staggering 11.8 per cent to $285,000.“With the lowest unemployment in the state, of just 3.5 per cent, it’s clear that jobs are driving this property surge,” she said.“It’s good news for an area that has generally struggled through the resources downturn. “We’re now seeing a market firmly in recovery.”Just 5km from the CBD and with a median house price of $743,000, the inner-city suburb of Lutwyche is flanked by the desirable pockets of Wilston and Windsor and close to top schools and train stations, so it’s no wonder houses there sell in just six days on average. This house at 136 Stoneleigh St, Lutwyche, is for sale.Brisbane couple Paul Tenney and Kathryn Farren have just put their renovated, Federation era home in Lutwyche on the market.The property at 136 Stoneleigh Street, which is being marketed by Craig Lea of McGrath Estate Agents – Wilston, is on an elevated 627 sqm block with five bedrooms and two bathrooms.The dual living arrangement on both levels allows for a passive income, with the possibility of renting out the downstairs floor. Inside the house at 136 Stoneleigh St, Lutwyche.Mr Tenney said Lutwyche was “ a sleepy, little suburb” when they bought the house 24 years ago, but it had changed dramatically.“It was full of big, old, grand Queenslanders and we were looking for a Queenslander close to the city,” Mr Tenney said.“We love being so close to the city, the access in and out of Lutwyche is fantastic, and it has all the things we want — lots of good food, public transport.” Ms Mercorella said one way to help a home sell faster was for vendors to have realistic sale price expectations.“We always advise sellers to think carefully when setting their sale price,” she said.“If you get it right, your property will sell and will sell quickly. “This doesn’t mean you’ve set the price too low, this means you’ve set the price exactly right and buyers who have been looking for a while know that this is a good opportunity.”Research by CoreLogic reveals a majority of properties in Brisbane have consistently sold for less than the original list price. Over the past three months, 65.7 per cent of properties sold for less than the original list price compared to only 28.8 per cent selling in excess of the list price. Vendors are discounting their asking prices by an average of 5.7 per cent in order to make a sale.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said that highlighted the importance of setting an appropriate asking price on a listed property and allowing some room for negotiation.“Finding the right balance can be a fine art,” Mr Kusher wrote.“Although the list price is often (not always) known, a sale is a negotiation and as this data shows very few properties actually sell for the original list price.”THE 5 FASTEST SELLING SUBURBS OF 2018 IN QUEENSLAND1. MACKAY— Mackay is the fastest-selling suburb in the state, reaching a contract of sale in just six days— The annual median house price increased 11.8 per cent in Mackay to a median of $285,000 in August 2018— A total of 26 sales settled in the city over the past 12 months— Mackay offers affordable housing close to a region reporting booming economic activity-The city has a jobless rate of 3.5 per cent, which is the smallest lowest in the state.2. LUTWYCHE— Lutwyche is an inner-city suburb, located 5km from Brisbane’s CBD— It has an annual median house price of $743,000— It is much cheaper than the neighbouring suburbs of Grange ($960,000) and Gordon Park ($857,500) — Lutwyche is also located in proximity to Wooloowin and Albion train stations, favouring an easy commute to the CBD.3. DINMORE— Dinmore in Ipswich is the state’s third fastest selling suburb, with an annual median house price of $265,000— It is located about 20km from Ipswich’s CBD, but offers rail services— Dinmore is the most affordable option on the list of the fastest-selling suburbs4. ROSEMOUNT— Rosemount on the Sunshine Coast has a median house price of $595,000, according to CoreLogic— It is a neighbouring suburb to Nambour ($390,000) and Pacific Paradise ($465,000) — The suburb is popular for the coastal and rural lifestyles it provides.5. STRETTON— Stretton is about 17km from Brisbane’s CBD— It has a median house price of $839,500, according to CoreLogic— According to the 2016 Census, 32.3 per cent of residents have Chinese ancestries compared to 2.1 per cent in Queensland and 3.9 per cent in Australia— Stretton is the most expensive option on the list of the fastest-selling suburbs.(Source: REIQ, excluding suburbs with less than 20 sales for the 12 months to August 2018)
zoomIllustration; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Frans Berkelaar Malaysia-based Bumi Armada has secured a contract from India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.Namely, the company’s joint venture Shapoorji Pallonji Bumi Armada Godavari Private Limited(SPBAG) received a Notification of Award for the FPSO, that will operate off the west coast of Kakinada, India.The charter hire and operations deal is for a fixed period of nine years, valued at around USD 2.1 billion (MYR 8.8 billion). ONGC has the option to extend the contract for up to seven years. On an annual basis and if fully exercised, the extensions would be worth USD 655 million (MYR 2.7 billion).“The JV with SPOGPL has been a very successful partnership, this being our third FPSO project together in India and fourth in total,” Leon Harland, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.“This is a positive result for the group and the project will add value to Bumi Armada going forward,” Harland added.SPBAG is a 30:70 joint venture between Bumi Armada and Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas Private Limited of India.
Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsSome local educators and business owners in Thunder Bay want to make the city a more welcoming place for Indigenous students.So they came up with “wake the giant,” a new project aimed to do just that.Thunder bay is known for its landmark sleeping giant or Nanabizhoo in Anishinabemowin.It’s also known for racism against Indigenous people.But there’s a community of local educators and businesses hoping to change that.“The rest of Canada, all of Canada, thinks of Thunder Bay in that way,” says Greg Chomut, a teacher at Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in Thunder Bay. “For our students their parents are scared to send their kids here, for our students they’re scared to come here to begin with.”Chomut has been a teacher here for 11 years.He says First Nation students often experience racism in stores and businesses.“An example would be that students have told me is being followed around, being suspected of shoplifting,” he says.Chomut says those experiences, along with the negative media spotlight on the city in recent years has taken its toll.And he wants to help give a voice to those who are ready for change.“What the stickers represent is that any business, public space that has that is a safe place and an inviting place for Indigenous people,” he says.“So that they know they are welcome there.”More than 100 businesses have already signed up to participate in Wake the Giant program.“We’re born and raised in Thunder Bay and we just feel it’s time for change and everyone should be welcomed in our community,” says Hailey Hollinsworth of Ungali Clothing.The Ungali Clothing company is making the Wake the Giant tshirts and donating the sales to the initiative.Grade 12 student Shawnda Mamakwa from Kingfisher Lake First Nation says it’s important to have the community come together.“They’ll keep their parents, their parents that are in the community at ease as there’s a lot of things happening here in Thunder Bay like racism and discrimination and such and I think this will put their families at ease that there’s a lot of like a support system,” she says.Organizers say their goal is to have 150 businesses participate.“When they’re walking down the street, if they see these logos lining the street in every store they know that everybody there, everybody in those buildings is wanting them here in the city, they’re welcome and it’s about feeling that,” says [email protected]@willowblasizzo
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Global stock indexes are climbing as investors hope for progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.Technology companies and retailers rose Wednesday. Microsoft jumped 2.1 per cent and Amazon rose 1.3 per cent.Energy companies jumped as crude oil prices rose 1.4 per cent.Equipment rental company United Rentals rose 7.3 per cent after giving strong forecasts for 2019.Stocks have gone through huge swings this week after a wave of selling at the end of the previous week.The S&P 500 index gained 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,667.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 24,653. The Nasdaq composite rose 88 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,120.Stocks in Europe and Asia also rallied.The Associated Press
In a letter, Chief Executive Officer for NPSCU, Mitchel Chilcott says the closing of the branch is based on the lack of members and the increase in costs.“The business decision to reconsolidate our Taylor Branch with Fort St. John effective January 1, 2019, was made in consideration of decreasing volumes, low member traffic and an increase in costs.”The Credit Union is now in the process of coordinating the removal of equipment and furnishings from the premises.Chilcot says that despite the Credit Union leaving Taylor, they will continue to support the community. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Branch of the North Peace Savings & Credit Union has announced that they will be vacating the premises as of May 31, 2019.The announcement came when the Credit Union let the lease expire on November 30, 2018.NPSCU currently occupies an office space that is within the District Office, under a lease agreement with the District of Taylor.
Rabat – Reporters Without Borders has sent a letter via the U.S. Embassy in Morocco urging United States Secretary of State John Kerry to raise a number of concerns about freedom of information in Morocco on his upcoming visit to Rabat.The international organization voiced its concerns about the freedom of information in Morocco highlighting the case of Ali Anouzla, the editor of news website Lakome, who is being prosecuted under an anti-terrorism law for posting a link to a video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.RWB said in the letter that lack of “freedom of information in Morocco, which ranked 136th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, is the source of a number of other concerns that require concrete measures by the authorities in order to improve respect for the right to inform and be informed.” The organization stressed the need for legal reforms that would “fully guarantee” the principle of freedom of information. It also regarded the promises of reform announced by Moroccan authorities after the 2011 constitutional referendum to have been “slow to materialize.”Reporters Without Borders underscored the urgent need to eliminate media offences both in the press and penal code.“Media offences urgently need to be decriminalized both in the press code (article 41) and in the penal code (articles 179, 54, 65 and 66), without any resulting increase in the size of fines, which must continue to be proportionate. And the law must clearly and precisely define these offences, especially ‘insults’ and ‘grave insults,’ which are extremely subjective and give the authorities, especially judges, a great deal of scope for arbitrary decisions,” it added.RWB also called for judiciary reform to ensure that judges are independent and that a special law takes primacy over a general law so that no provision in the penal code is applied when a media offence is concerned.It also underlined the need for an independent and transparent mechanism for issuing press cards and accreditation to Moroccan and foreign journalists working for both national and international media.“Neither the issuing nor withdrawal of a press card or accreditation should be the result of an arbitrary political decision. A decision to withdraw should be exceptional and should be taken by court,” highlighted RWB.The international organization stressed the need for independent and transparent mechanisms to allocate direct state subsidies to the media, to allocate state and private-sector advertising, and to regulate or provide for self-regulating of the print and broadcast media.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi is adamant that nobody wants to win the World Cup more than his Argentina teammate Lionel MessiOtamendi scored the only goal for Argentina in their humbling 6-1 thrashing to Spain on Tuesday night with Messi having been unavailable, due to injury, at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.But, despite having won five Ballon d’Or’ awards and four Champions League titles, Messi is determined to win the prestigious World Cup trophy for Argentina and is the best player if the world, according to Otamendi.“For Leo, [the World Cup] is obviously what’s missing, but it doesn’t stop him being the best in the world,” Otamendi told Marca, before their 6-1 defeat to Spain.“In Argentina, we are very demanding, but we are lucky to have Leo – he helps a lot. He is always calm, he tries to deliver for the team. He’s a competitor, a winner, in games and in training.“Sometimes the game doesn’t go as planned but he always looks for the best for the team. We try to help him, to give him what he needs, to make it work and take advantage of having him in the team.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Given the players that Argentina have, [winning the World Cup] is a demand that we all want, but we won’t win it in the first game. We will play each game like a final and destiny will tell us where we will end up.“In Brazil, we got to the final and we almost won it, but it wasn’t to be. We’ve had three finals where we couldn’t do it, but if we get into that position again it’s because the team deserves it.“In Argentina, [Messi] is valued highly – there are comparisons with [Diego] Maradona. I am lucky to share a team with Leo and he wants to win a title with his country more than anyone.”The Argentine defender also expressed his satisfaction with his current level of football under Pep Guardiola at City this season.“At a personal level, I’m having a very good season,” he said. “I’ve adapted to the team, the play, Pep’s ideas.“I’m happy because I’m playing football how I’ve always liked to play it.”
Paul Pogba should no longer be considered a young player and he must now step up and become a leader for France, says Hugo LlorisThe Manchester United midfielder has had difficult second season back at the club with Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho having become strained after the Portuguese coach benched him towards the end of the season amid rumours of a falling out between the pair.The 25-year-old hasn’t fared much better on the international stage, but is still considered an important member of the France squad.But France captain Lloris believes that Pogba has been unfairly judged this season and has challenged the former Juventus star to become the leader their team need ahead of the World Cup.“Paul is no longer a young player,” said the 31-year-old, according to the Evening Standard.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“He has collected experience with his club and with the national team.“He has a lot of talent and that label has stuck with him since the beginning. He has had a very good season, although people still debate it. As a football player and as a football fan, I think he had a very good season.“He has this desire to shine with the French national team. Will he be the ‘boss’? That’s a strong word but a ‘leader’ is what is expected of him on and off the field.“He is reaching maturity and he wants to do well. But it’s also important that he focuses on his individual performance. This is the best way, to lead by example.”Pogba scored six goals and added 12 assists in 37 games for United this season.