Sportsbook provider must adopt new technology to continue to operate in the state Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter CGT reaches settlement with Nevada regulators Email Address CG Technology has been ordered to switch to a new platform in order to continue offering sportsbooks in Nevada as part of a $2m (£1.6m/€1.8m) settlement with the state’s gaming regulators.The settlement, which includes a $1.75m fine and a $250,000 contribution towards the state’s problem gambling support service, was accepted yesterday (Thursday).CGT will have to transfer its operations to an “unaffiliated third-party” betting platform within the next three months following multiple failures.CGT’s original settlement offer of $250,000 was rejected in August, when the Nevada Gaming Commission warned the company that it could lose its licence over the issue following previous infringements.In its four-count complaint, filed to the Commission in August, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) accused CGT of allowing “unlawful interstate wagering on sporting events” and “the improper acceptance of sports wagers after the conclusion of events… [which] resulted in CGT incorrectly paying winning wagers”.The NGCB also said that CGT had deployed a satellite sports betting station at an NFL American football Super Bowl party in February that was incorrectly configured for a “staging environment” – used for testing purposes – instead of a live “production environment”. Fourteen bets were processed at the station.It is not the first time that CGT has fallen foul of the regulators since it was first granted a gaming licence by the commission in 2006 and began offering account-based wagering in 2011.Just over two years ago, CGT agreed to pay $22.5m to resolve investigations into allegations of historic illegal gambling and money laundering in the US.In January 2014, the company reached a $5.5m settlement with the NGCB over allegations that had been filed in a civil lawsuit regarding the actions of a former employee.Referring to the latest points of complaint, the board said that CGT had “engaged in conduct that again directly and negatively damages the reputation of Nevada, the reputation of the gaming industry and the public’s confidence and trust that licensed gaming is conducted honestly”.CGT said that it remains “committed to the Nevada sportsbook business and the long-term partnerships we have established.” 16th November 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: US Nevada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance
Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) 2016 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Botswana is a leading financial services company in Botswana; operating in the retail, corporate and institutional banking sector. The first branch was opened in 1897 which makes it the oldest financial institution in Botswana. Standard Chartered operates a network of 17 branches and agencies located in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and supported by a Loan Centre and Customer Call Centre. The retail banking division offers a range of transactional products and services, as well as solutions for wealth management and SME banking and lending. The Corporate and Institutional banking division caters for local businesses as well as multi-national corporations; with a product portfolio that includes cash management, trade services, syndications and lending, treasury services, foreign exchange, currency options, government bonds, high-yield deposits and liquidity management products. Standard Chartered Bank is highly respected for its adherence to corporate government standards and its commitment to uplift communities in Botswana through a dedicated community programme.
Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL November 21, 2017 at 8:11 am True, the Church is not the buildings. And to prove that the Episcopal Church has spent tens of millions in court to keep them, and further vast sums to maintain their empty shells. [The Episcopal Church in South Carolina] Ruling in favor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the South Carolina Supreme Court has denied two motions from a disassociated group and upheld its August 2 decision that property and assets of the Diocese of South Carolina, and most of its parishes, must remain with the Episcopal Church.The Nov. 17 orders can be found here: denial of rehearing motion and denial of recusal motion.The rulings reject two motions that were filed by a breakaway group that left the Episcopal Church in 2012. One sought a rehearing of the case, while the other asked that Justice Kaye Hearn, one of the five justices who wrote the opinion, be recused, and her opinion vacated.The court voted 2-2 on the rehearing motion; a majority would have been required in order to grant a rehearing. Hearn did not vote.The court voted unanimously to deny the motion seeking Hearn’s recusal. Justice Jean Toal, who was serving as chief justice at the time the court heard the case, noted that “an adverse decision is no reason to excuse a nearly 2 1/2-year delay in making a request for recusal.” “While I make no criticism of the respondents’ lawyers for filing the motions to recuse and for vacature, I am disappointed in the tone of these filings. They are unreasonable, harsh criticisms of a highly accomplished judge and a person of great decency and integrity,” Justice Toal said.Statement from Bishop Gladstone B. Adams of The Episcopal Church in South CarolinaWe give thanks for the clarity that the State Supreme Court’s decision provides and we are grateful for the thoughtful and difficult work the justices have undertaken in this case.From the time this lawsuit was filed against the Episcopal Church, the hope of reconciliation has been our guiding principle. We believe this is what the Lord Jesus would expect of us and it is consistent with the teachings of St. Paul who said in his second letter to the Church in Corinth, “All this is from God, who reconciled himself to us in Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” We renew our commitment to this hard work of reconciliation in the days to come.We understand that the many people in the parishes affected by this ruling may be experiencing pain, fear and confusion. Let me say to all that The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is committed to finding a path that will allow the people of God to continue to live their lives as a part of the Anglican Communion in and through the Episcopal Church. As former bishop of South Carolina William Alexander Guerry said more than 100 years ago, “If we are to be truly Catholic, as Christ himself is Catholic, then we must have a church broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.”The Episcopal Church seeks to be an expression of faith in Christ that welcomes all to his expansive table. Our prayer is that every person in every parish of the diocese will join in working and praying together to bring healing to the church, the body of Christ, in this part of South Carolina.— The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III, of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina Comments (6) Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Doug Desper says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Larry Waters says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID November 21, 2017 at 11:05 am Perhaps as members of the EC, we ought to be concerned, as is Mr. Desper, with the ever mounting number of folks who are leaving the EC. Some years ago, a newspaper article detailed “Is the Episcopal Church even still relevant” or words to that effect. While I concur that the EC is not buildings, continued loss of congregants will mean death to our Christian sect. November 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm Property is a resource and is necessary to the church’s mission.The California and South Carolina cases reach the same result but for different reasons. The California case is fairly clear cut; the Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin is a corporation sole, Bishop Schofield was not the Bishop when he executed Deeds, Jerry Lamb was therefore the EC prevailed.I’m still reading the SC Supreme Court opinions, there is a lead opinion for the majority, a couple of concurring opinions, and a dissenting opinion. So far the dissenting opinion is more persuasive to me but maybe that’s because I’m in the middle of it right now.I am a life long Episcopalian originally from Bakersfield, CA (but have lived in Sacramento for 35 years). I think the separatists are wrong but in South Carolina looking at it objectively it appears they have the better case. I think they prevailed in Illinois too because there the Diocese is a secular non-profit under State law.I have a lay person’s interest in property law because it affects my profession, I am a professional land surveyor licensed in California. Mainly I deal with the law of boundaries which most Attorneys don’t understand very well, it’s much more practical than the law of property which has evolved to be very complex.The SC opinion:http://www.sccourts.org/opinions/HTMLFiles/SC/27731.pdfThe California opinion:http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/archive/F070264M.PDF Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK David Karoly says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET State Supreme Court rules in favor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Nov 20, 2017 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR November 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm Seems to me that you are confusing the Church (The people of God) with the Church (Buildings) Buildings have never been a requirement for the people to worship. Yes there are many lovely churches but if Diocese cannot afford these buildings then they will surely find other places to continue worship. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service John Miller says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ron Wilson says: Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC November 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm It would be hard to see that the Court would rule otherwise. The same thing happened in California. And as Ron states the church is not the building. Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Comments are closed. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH South Carolina November 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm As one sees elsewhere where once faithful Episcopalians left for reasons of conscience this court victory is hardly one for rejoicing. The absent numbers once among us are far too obvious which speaks of a larger systemic problem. With victory won, the much smaller S.C. Episcopal diocese will become smothered in the staggering mounting expenses of many, many vacant church properties. The departing Episcopalians are not about to pay out twice to stay in properties that they maintained and improved – some for centuries. They’ll turn over the keys and keep walking away by the thousands. Winter is a terrible time for victors to inherit frozen pipes, spoiling paint, and all the other joys of dozens of properties that have been abandoned. The dominant liberal wing of the Church might summarily dismiss these vital, once-loyal churches and say how they should just go and leave the stuff. Be careful what you ask for, though. The General Church will have to pay staggering sums to make yet another small diocese who is property poor look sustainable, and as recently seen elsewhere, their mounting debt will have to be forgiven and absorbed by the rest of the Church.Put the trumpets and sparklers away. This ain’t a victory. Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Doug Desper says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY
Celebrity Big Brother raises £480,000 for 11 charities Channel 4 reality show Celebrity Big Brother has raised an estimated £480,000 for the 11 contestants’ nominated charities, with income being generated from viewers’ votes.During the 23-day run of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, nearly 3 million votes were cast, with part of the fees being donated to the contestants’ charities.This is a considerable increase on last year’s series which raised £262,000 for charity with 1,048,007 votes cast during the 18-day event. Advertisement 62 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis George Galloway MP raised around £30,000 for his chosen charity, the Palestinian aid agency Interpal. He told The Times that he expected his appearance on the programme to help generate up to £1.3 million for the charity. Howard Lake | 1 February 2006 | News Tagged with: Celebrity Digital Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Reporters Without Borders today voiced its sadness and anger at the death overnight of Ngota Ngota Germain, editor of the weekly Cameroun Express, who had been held in Kondengui jail in Yaoundé for six weeks.“The prison authorities knew that my husband was suffering from asthma and high blood pressure. They never gave him the medication he needed”, his wife, Ngo’o Georgette told the worldwide press freedom organisation.“We had already expressed our concern to the Cameroon authorities about the health of Ngota Ngota Germain and his two colleagues, Serge Sabouang and Robert Mintya”, the organisation said. “We now urge them to fully investigate the circumstances of this death and to act so that the dead man’s colleagues, who are extremely fragile, physically and psychologically, do not end up succumbing to the same dreadful prison conditions”. The three editors were all placed in collective cells holding 30 others in which there were no beds or sanitary facilities. “I found the conditions in which my husband and his colleagues were being held were appalling when I visited,” said Georgette. “My family, who are already struggling financially, had to pay for food and medicine,” she added. Reporters Without Borders called for the release of Sabouang, editor of the bi-monthly La Nation and Mintya, editor of the weekly Le Devoir, who had been wrongly placed in custody. “They should be freed while awaiting their trial”, it said.Simon Hervé Nko’o, the leading suspect for the forgery case for which the three were imprisoned has gone on the run. The three editors were remanded in custody on 10 March 2010. See the previous release [http://en.rsf.org/cameroon-health-of-three-journalists-20-04-2010,37093…. CameroonAfrica RSF_en News April 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sick journalist dies in prison May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 23, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cameroon Help by sharing this information May 19, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case to go further News Receive email alerts News
Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Walk This Way and PUSD Board Member, Tyron Hampton, Team-Up to Teach Pedestrian Safety to Cleveland Elementary School Students From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 21, 2013 | 12:47 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Cleveland Elementary School participated in the 17th Annual Walk To School Week, where an amazing group of 3rd graders took part in pedestrian safety activities. The 17th Annual Walk to School Week is an international movement designed to increase the awareness and celebrate the many ways of safely walking and biking to and from school.Pasadena Unified School District Board Member, Mr. Tyron Hampton, participated in this annual event by assisting with the implementation of the pedestrian safety curriculum and engaged with the students in the Walk This Way board game. Board Member Hampton, who is native of Pasadena, attended Cleveland Elementary School and said that he truly enjoyed celebrating innovative learning around pedestrian safety.The pedestrian safety teaching team included Dr. Lawrence Wynder, Ed.D and co-founder Ms. Suzanne Madison. The students were taught the importance of pedestrian safety while walking to and from school or anywhere. By the end of the session, students were able to explain the benefits and hazards of walking along safe paths, identify edges, demonstrate the procedure of stopping at every edge, looking and listening for traffic before crossing the street, intersections and crossing at traffic signals. â€œWe learned that fifty percent of the class walks to and from school, said Madison. So, the timing of our pedestrian safety board game program is perfect.â€ All students in Ms. Joni Clarkâ€™s classroom played the board game and became Walk This Way Superstars. Each student was provided with their own Walk This Way game board kit to take home and play with their family and friends.Walk-This-Way.org is an interactive teaching tool in the form of an educational game board where elementary school age children (ages 7 to 9) learn all about pedestrian safety. The game board comes with iconic signage, colorful graphics, street lights, hand signals, crossing guards, safety tip cards, caution cards and danger zone cards â€“ all developed to teach and reinforce pedestrian safety in an engaging way. To learn more about Walk This Way, please visit www.walk-this-way.org or get social with us on Facebook. HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News
Google+ Government urged to intervene in Ulster Bank mortgage sale Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest The Peter McVerry Trust is warning that hundreds of people are likely to become homeless because of mortgage sales to vulture funds.In the latest sale, Ulster Bank has offloaded more than 5 thousand non-performing mortgages to the Cerberus fund.That’s on top of the over ten thousand being sold off by Permanent TSB.The charity says the Finance Minister needs to tell the banks to delay the sales, until more homes are built.It’s also suggesting the state could buy some of the houses being sold off, so people can stay in their homes.CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle says Paschal Donohoe needs to intervene……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/08doyle.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By News Highland – August 14, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleEU wide approach needed to Fodder Crisis – Mc GuinnessNext articleHarps travel to Dundalk in FAI Senior Cup Round 2 News Highland Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter
Previous articleIrish Water proceeding with Gweedore demonstration projectNext articleHospital Car Parking charges under scrutiny News Highland Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 12, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Tory community demands seeks extension of current ferry contract Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A public meeting on Tory Island at the weekend has heard there is a total loss of confidence in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with less than three weeks to go before the current ferry service is to be replaced.Islanders have again said they do not believe the replacement ferry, Queen of Aran, is suitable for the journey, and they want all contracts reviewed.Yesterday’s meeting restated the islanders’ objections to what the department is proposing, called for the extension of the current contract, which is due to cease on March 31st.Last week, the department proposed a second tender for a smaller passenger vessel to run alongside the Queen of Aran, but the islanders say that’s not enough, and there is now a complete lack of confidence in the system.The agreed statement issued after the meeting says the Tory community wants the department to extend the current contract to Turasmara and the Tor Mór ferry, break the Queen of Aran contract which is to run from 2018 to 2023, and delay the tender of a second contract the first tender is fully evaluated. WhatsApp
The 11th annual Fight Leukemia Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 21 and honors the memory of Chris Hagel.Hagel was a local fisherman from Palermo who died of acute myeloid leukemia in December 2005.The tournament was founded by friends and family of Hagel in order to raise funds and awareness in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s misson to end blood cancer. Since his passing, the Fight Leukemia Fishing Tournament has raised close to $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.Each year the tournament attracts many of the area’s top anglers for a day of great fishing in the hope to raise funds for a cure for blood cancers. The wonderful support of the many anglers and sponsors over the years has helped make The Fight Leukemia Fishing Tournament a success.Fishing starts at 7 a.m. and fish must be weighed in by 4 p.m. at a designated weigh station. All anglers must obey I.G.F.A. Rules and fish kept must be legal size. Fishing is open to boats up to three nautical miles. The boundaries are Absecon Inlet to Cape May Inlet, back bays and surf. Fantastic awards, prizes, and auction item are available at the after party held at Seaville Fire Hall in Ocean View.See the PDF below for new options this year for sponsorship opportunities._____Visit http://events.lls.org/pages/nj/FLFT now to register or donate.To register as a fisherman, click “Join as an Individual.”To buy tickets to the dinner or become an event sponsor, click “Shop Our Store.”To make a donation, click “Donate Now.”__________ Registration is also available at TackleDirect (6825 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township) ending at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, and late registration will be available at The Anchorage Tavern (Bay Avenue in Somers Point) 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on November 20. The Grand Prize is a Van Staal Spinning Reel for the angler who catches the biggest bass.All donations benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.— News release from the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyDownload (PDF, 582KB)
The 2017 Graduating Class of the Ocean City / Upper Township OEM Community Emergency Response Team By Maddy VitaleRich Fluri, his wife, Dyann Paoline, and their friend, Susan Cox, decided to stop by the Crab Trap in Somers Point for a drink after their volunteer emergency response training.Little did they know their newly learned skills to assist others in times of crisis would be put to the test, before they even graduated from their CERT training course for Ocean City-Upper Township’s Community Emergency Response Team.“We all heard this guy fall back off his stool,” Fluri said, while seated at the Ocean City Free Public Library Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., during a graduation ceremony for CERT trainees. “I went over to him to see if he was responsive. He was, so he didn’t need CPR.”“I called 911,” Cox said.Paoline observed and made sure she and her husband and friend, all from Ocean City, followed protocol they were learning through the CERT program.“It was scary,” Fluri said.But when emergency responders arrived, and the man was going to be fine, Fluri said the three realized what a good job they did. “It felt good,” he remarked.CERT volunteers supplement first responders, provide aid to victims, organize volunteers at disaster sites and collect intelligence for emergency professionals. They go through a rigorous 12 weeks of training, including instruction on emergency communications, storm evacuation, firefighting, assessing damage to buildings, taking care of pets during disasters and medical treatment. There is also a training component on how to respond to terrorism.Paoline said she and her husband decided, after the recent hurricanes, that they wanted to do something to help their community when weather strikes.Frank Donato, Ocean City’s chief financial officer who also serves as the town’s emergency management coordinator, said since 2005, the CERT program has grown. Now CERT membership tops 200, with 40 active members. He said this year’s graduating class is the biggest ever, which he attributes to the tumultuous weather throughout the country this year.“It was in everyone’s mindset. I think it sparked a lot of interest in people to volunteer,” Donato remarked.Donato, Scott Morgan, emergency management coordinator in Upper Township and a retired Ocean City police detective, Ocean City Police Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the Traffic Safety Unit, and Ocean City Fire Chief and Deputy Director of Ocean City’s Office of Emergency Management Jim Smith trained the CERT trainees.Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith prepares to distribute the CERT go-bags to the graduates.Smith said it isn’t just about training people to assist the responders, it is also about giving people the knowledge to help themselves.“We are not looking to make these volunteers first responders. But this training could help them with their families,” Smith said.Donato said the trio who helped the man at The Crab Trap is proof that the CERT program really works. “As limited as this training is, it gives you the confidence to slow the scenario down and you call 911, you grab the AED (defibrillator) – not just lock up and panic. It gives you that confidence,” he said.Officials presented Fluri, Paoline and Cox with graduation certificates along with the other Ocean City and Upper Township residents who took the course.“The sheer size of your class – you’re the biggest class,” Donato said, moments before presenting everyone with their certificates. “There were a lot of Tuesday nights out of your personal lives and it is really appreciated.”Retired nurses, social workers firefighters and law enforcement, librarians and others in all different careers volunteer to become CERT members every year. Donato and the other officials work with them to determine what areas they may be best suited for.Much of the CERT training revolves around coastal storms in the area.Meteorologist Jim EberwinePrior to the graduation, retired National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Eberwine, of Absecon, gave a presentation on the various storms that hit the coast from 1903 to the present and the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.“Most disasters are weather-related, and people need to know what they may be responding to,” Eberwine said. “The idea is to give them a heads-up about the coastal events we have had from 2011’s Hurricane Irene and 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.”According to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website, the CERT concept dates to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department realized that in the early stages of a disaster – particularly earthquakes – professional emergency responders are often overwhelmed and need help from community volunteers trained to deal with catastrophes.The Federal Emergency Management Agency later recognized the importance of expanding the CERT program nationwide and crafted a training model.At the end of the ceremony, Donato told members of the graduating class that they will be added to the database, so they may be called upon to help with everything from parades to assistance during storms and other emergencies.Donato also said it is important that there is an Upper Township contingent of CERT members, especially since CERT volunteers often help with emergency shelters.“It is great to have CERT members offshore who live on higher ground,” he said. “This is a great collaborative effort and a great partnership between Ocean City and Upper Township.”Upper Township CERT Graduates 2017 with OEM Coordinator Scott MorganFor more information about the CERT program, contact Frank Donato at 609-399-0202 or email him at [email protected]