first_imgHaving completed the first plunge in the newly unlocked ocean, Ocean City business owners pose for a photo in the surf at Ninth Street Beach on Friday, May 22.Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon from Ocean City’s Ninth Street Beach, mayor’s assistant Mike Dattilo said, “It’s not empty because it’s cold … it’s because we haven’t unlocked it yet.”Dattilo then gave the go-ahead for a group of city, business and Ocean City Beach Patrol representatives to “unlock the ocean” with a giant wooden key.The ritual has taken place each year for a century and marks the traditional beginning of summer on Memorial Day Weekend.The annual Business Persons Plunge in Ocean City NJ on Friday, May 22, 2015.The “opening” of the ocean paved the way for a newer tradition: the 12-year-old Business Person’s Plunge.The first swimmers in the unlocked ocean are fully clothed representatives of Ocean City businesses and community organizations led by Century 21 Alliance Realtor John Walton.While a 59-degree ocean greeted the plungers, Ocean City enjoyed spectacularly sunny and mild weather on Friday to start the holiday weekend.The nice weather is expected to stick around for the rest of the weekend.Read more: Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, NJSign up for free Ocean City news updates: OCNJ Daily newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgUnited Biscuits is relaunching its McCoy’s Tortillas snack range with two new flavours in time to capitalise on the male snack buying market for the Euro 2008 tournament. The ridged snacks will be available in 50g bags in Hot Chilli and Nachos Cheese flavours. The Tortillas range was previously sold in premium flavours and marketed as a ’posh crisp’, but United Biscuits hopes the relaunch in more accessible flavours will re-establish McCoy’s position as “men’s crisp of choice”. McCoy’s will be stepping up the advertising on its core range to whet the appetites of those snack-loving football fans.United Biscuits has also redesigned the packaging for its Twiglets range. The revamp will see the brand described as wholegrain rather than wholewheat. The message will be supported by the tagline, ’A whole lot of crunch in a wholegrain munch’.The new Twiglets pack will inform customers that each 25g bag contains 41% of their wholegrain guideline daily amount, further reinforcing the health message. Twiglets will have a striking new pack design across all skus, designed to highlight to consumers the snack’s health credentials. The new livery aims to increase impact on-shelf, in turn delivering increased sales and profit opportunities for retailers, says the firm. The pack will highlight Twiglets’ calorie content, wholegrain credentials, lack of artificial colours and flavours and fibre content.Nick Stuart, commercial manager for UBUK, said: “The Twiglets range already has a loyal following and those who are aware of the brand’s health credentials admit this is a major reason for eating them. This new on-pack information has been designed to highlight that Twiglets are a healthier, tasty snack, and help increase the range’s sales, which have grown by 6% year-on-year.” []last_img read more

first_imgThe situation echoed 2014, whencandidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah alleged massive fraud by eachother, forcing the United States to broker a “power-sharing arrangement” thatmade Ghani president. Both men, front-runners again, saidthey would not accept a similar arrangement. Results are expected on Oct. 19. Ifneither man wins over half the votes, a runoff would take place. Turnout was an estimated 2.6-millionvotes, about one-quarter of eligible voters, following Taliban’s threatsagainst voting stations.(Reuters) Around 4,500 complaints were filedsince the Sept. 28 election. The Independent Election Commission said on Sundaysome biometric verification machines were lost. KABUL – Despite pulling off a saferpresidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks for a prolonged periodof political uncertainty, with two front-runners claiming victory even beforeballots are tallied.  Afghan election commission workers transfer data from biometric devices to the main server at a warehouse in Kabul, Afghanistan on Oct. 7. REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ISMAILlast_img read more