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Mayor’s Update: January 19

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first_imgDear Friends,A break in the extremely cold temperatures has allowed work in Ocean City to resume from beach to bay.The Public Works team is moving stockpiles of sand to rebuild dunes at Fifth Street and in the area between 10th Street and 12th Street. The Army Corps left a supply for us to work with during the recent north end beach replenishment project.Work on the boardwalk reconstruction project between 10th Street and 12th Street remains on schedule. We expect to reopen the block between 10th Street and 11th Street in the coming days, and much of the decking on the final block is already in place.Multiple crews are now working to complete the network of new storm pipes in the Fourth Ward drainage project. A pre-construction meeting next week will determine the schedule for another major neighborhood drainage project between First Street and Eighth Street. At the same time, many other city road projects and utility upgrade projects are back underway.The downtown will benefit from sidewalk and crosswalk work expected to begin later this month. And contractors are back at work finishing private dredging contracts in Carnival Bayou.Last night, a young Ocean City resident put on a free concert of Billy Joel songs for an enthusiastic audience at the Ocean City Free Public Library. At just 13, Scott Nuss shows remarkable talent. The eighth-grader even penned and debuted an Ocean City theme song about a favorite vacation spot that became his home. I want to thank Scott and his family for sharing his gift and his new theme with us all.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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License to statisticize

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinYou need a license to drive, a license to surgerize, a license to anesthesize…and it’s about time you needed a license to statisticize.The abuse of statistics has been rampant in business circles for a long time, particularly as it applies to the confusion between correlation and causation. But the misapplication of statistical principles shows up in other, and sometimes subtle, ways.A Centric Digital post titled How Banks Are Responding to the FinTech Craze reported on a study conducted by Statista. The headline on the Centric Digital post reads:Most banks incubate to keep up with fintech.This “conclusion” is based on Statista’s data which found that 43% of banks choose to participate in the fintech race by deploying startup programs to incubate fintech companies continue reading »last_img read more

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Health Dept Confirms Some Labs Were Not Reporting Negative Tests

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first_imgThe Florida Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that some private labs were not reporting negative COVID-19 test results to them, as required by the state.That ended up leading to 100 percent positivity rates being reported for those labs.Department of Health spokeswoman Olga Connor told Miami television station WPLG in an email that public and private labs are required to report all of their COVID-19 test results to the state, regardless of whether the tests are positive or negative. “In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs weren’t reporting negative test result data to the state,” Connor wrote. “The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data.”She went on to say that the Department of Health will continue to educate labs “on the proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 test results.”So far, state health officials have not disclosed how many labs reported incomplete data.last_img read more

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21-year runner Harrison runs short one leg

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first_imgSCENIC ROUTE—Every year, William Harrison joins thousands of others in the Pittsburgh Marathon. William Harrison can tell you horrific stories of his time as a 911 dispatcher. He can also take you on a journey through his rich family history, most notably holding the distinction of the most degrees from the University of Pittsburgh of any African-American family. But perhaps what he’s most proud of, is being a part of the elite 13, a group of runners who have been through every Pittsburgh Marathon, including the first two Great Races.This year’s race marked Harrison’s 21st marathon. What makes him different from probably most of the others is that he doesn’t train between marathons. In fact, he can’t train. While in high school, Harrison, 59, discovered he had non-cancerous bone growths in his left leg. Four operations and four decades later, his left leg is still the source of constant pain.“If I trained the way people are supposed to train, I probably wouldn’t be able to run the race. I don’t have the strength in my left leg that I do in my right leg,” Harrison said. “That kind of strain on my knee, I just wouldn’t be able to do it. The only thing I can consider training is the last race I ran.”As a former athlete at Westinghouse High School, the loss of strength in his left leg hit Harrison particularly hard. He has spent the rest of his life trying to show people how he has been able to overcome his disability through the power of God.“I ran the Great Race with the hope of telling my surgeon he couldn’t tell me what I can’t do. After I ran the first two Great Races, I called him up. I said is that good enough for you? He said no, I shouldn’t be doing that,” Harrison said. “I ran the first six before he stopped telling me what I couldn’t do.”The Pittsburgh Marathon takes runners on a tour of the city, confronting a variety of neighborhoods, not only the nicest ones. For native Pittsburghers, the sight of familiar landmarks is what inspires them to continue.“Running through Homewood is special. Homewood is in such bad shape,” Harrison said. “In this family you’re born Westinghouse Bulldogs. I use that because Westinghouse is right by mile 18 and most runners will tell you mile 18 is where you hit the wall. There’s no quit in me. There’s no quit in a Bulldog.”Mentally, Harrison’s weak leg has been a counterbalance for his physical shortcomings. Coupled with his devout religious beliefs, he sees his ability to overcome the odds and finish every race as a miracle.“A large part of finishing longer distance races is mental. First and foremost I think about God, I think about all the factors in my life that allowed me to run, I think about being the descendants of slaves,” Harrison said. “Clearly Jesus gave me the power to run with one and a half legs.”Harrison’s story has inspired others including his sons to begin running. Throughout each race he also serves as constant inspiration to his fellow runners.“All I can tell you now with the future of the Pittsburgh Marathon is, if I’m alive, I’ll do it. They start blending together after awhile. After number seven my body was pretty much imprinted with I’m going to do this every year. It can’t be pain because my left leg hurts all the time. Because it hurts all the time it can’t be an excuse,” Harrison said. “I talk to people during the race. I tell them, I’m going to finish this race so you’ve got to finish. There’s no reason I should be finishing this race.”last_img read more

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