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Bayfront Homeowners Prep for “Rocking” Night in Venice Celebration

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiLadies and gentlemen, step right up! Sue Hornyak is transforming her Ocean City bayfront home on North Point Road into the “Big Top,” a circus-sized tribute to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.A few doors down on North Point Road, Suzy Dolaway’s bayfront house will become a giant, disco-themed party featuring the quintessential silver dance ball and lava lamps. Groovy, baby, groovy.On Bay Avenue, the folks at the Ocean City Yacht Club will suddenly find themselves partying at the “Ocean City Rock Club” as part of a rock-and-roll-themed makeover of the typically more sedate historic boathouse.All this revelry is inspired by Ocean City’s Night in Venice, the spectacular annual boat parade that unfolds along the back bays between the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and Tennessee Avenue amid colorfully decorated homes and huge crowds.The 63rd annual edition of Night in Venice is scheduled to get underway Saturday at 6 p.m., led by grand marshal Alfonso Ribeiro, the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a former star of the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”On Saturday night, the picturesque bayfront will come alive with the Night in Venice boat parade, colorfully decorated homes and huge crowds.This year, Night in Venice will boast a “Rockin’ Through the Decades” musical theme. City spokesman Doug Bergen said an estimated 50,000 spectators will be in town to marvel over what is Ocean City’s largest summer event. A fireworks display after the boat parade will cap off the festivities.Members of Sue Hornyak’s family have come from parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to her house at 265 North Point Road for what has become a grand, annual celebration featuring over-the-top decorations and themes.Hornyak said her house has won prizes four years in a row for its elaborate decorations, giving her family a virtual Night in Venice dynasty. In 2015, the Hornyak family got decked out in Great Gatsby costumes and followed up last year with a comic book-style Superheroes theme.On Saturday, Hornyak is turning her home into the “Big Top,” as she pays her last respects to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which faded into history this year. There will be clowns, tightrope walkers and cardboard cutouts of circus animals.“I’m going to decorate the outside of the house like a circus,” Hornyak said. “The goal is to make it look like the Big Top. We are saying farewell to Ringling Bros. I enjoyed the circus, and it’s a little sad to hear that Ringling Bros. has ended.”Sue Hornyak, third from left, and members of her family show off some of the circus-themed decorations at their home.Her oldest son, George Hornyak, will play the featured role as the costumed ring master. But this weekend promises to be even bigger for George and his pregnant wife, Lauren. They were planning Friday to announce the gender of their unborn child to the entire family.Sue Hornyak said the gender-reveal party, coupled with the Night in Venice festivities, promises to make the entire weekend particularly special. Night in Venice has been a tradition for her family for 13 years.“We all put a lot of effort into it to make it a fun night,” Hornyak said.Suzy Dolaway, one Hornyak’s neighbors, is also getting ready for Night in Venice, a tradition for her family as well. This year, Dolaway plans to have about 125 friends and family members at her house at 231 North Point Road for a 1970s-style disco party featuring live music.“The theme will be ‘Disco on the Dock,’’’ Dolaway said, noting that the decorations will include a silver disco dance ball hanging over the center deck, lava lamps on the tables and tiny, foil-like fringes.“You can say, ‘Groovy,’” Dolaway said, laughing, about the lava lamps.A few blocks away from North Point Road, members of the Ocean City Yacht Club at 100 Bay Ave. were preparing to convert the 116-year-old boating haven into the “Ocean City Rock Club” to celebrate Night in Venice.Three big bedsheets that have been turned into rock-and-roll-themed banners will be unfurled on the yacht club’s bayside for everyone in the boat parade to see, said Kathryn Doms, who serves as the club’s rear commodore.At the Ocean City Yacht Club, member Faith Camp-O’Donnell, left, and Kathryn Doms, who serves as rear commodore, unfurl an “Ocean City Rock Club” banner that will be on display for the rock-themed Night in Venice celebration.The celebration was scheduled to begin Friday night for what the yacht club calls its annual Junior Night in Venice. It is a flotilla of decorated sailboats, piloted by dozens of children, that is showered with candy thrown from people at lagoon-front homes.“They actually take fishing nets,” Doms explained of how the children catch the candy.On Saturday morning, members of the yacht club will scramble to put the finishing touches on the boathouse to have it fully decorated for Night in Venice, Doms said.“Everyone arrives at 9 a.m. It’s fun to do it at the last minute because everyone works so well together to get it done,” she said. Getting ready with their circus costumes for Night in Venice are Sue Hornyak, left, her son, George, his wife, Lauren, and Tommy Jackson, the son of Hornyak’s niece.last_img read more

Fintech, Big Tech rivals drive growing dedication to innovation

first_imgOver the last decade, banks and credit unions have needed to respond to the impact of the financial crisis, the digitalization of the industry and mobilization of the consumer, an influx of traditional and non-traditional competitors, new regulations, and continued pressures on margins. Despite these challenges — or maybe because of them — we have seen an increase in the commitment to innovation from institutions small and large. Innovation has also driven the fintech sector, with new entrants offering competitive alternatives focused on digital delivery and improved customer experience.This increased commitment to innovation in response to consumer expectations and increased fear of non-traditional players are two of the primary findings of the 10th annual Innovation in Retail Banking report, sponsored by Efma and Infosys Finacle and published by the Digital Banking Report. The report includes a review of the previous nine years of the publication, providing a snapshot of the marketplace and innovation trends through the years. During this period, there was increasing investment in innovation, a shift from efficiency to experientially focused breakthroughs, evidence of continued strength of Eastern European and developing financial marketplace banks as innovators, and the integration of new technologies. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Is Man Utd vs Cardiff on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds and team news

first_imgMORE: Man Utd, Tottenham and Liverpool all considering summer move for Benfica star Gedson FernandesMORE: Brighton players ‘spotted out on the town for three nights in a row’ ahead of Man City game on last day of the season Advertisement Head-to-head in last five meetings 22 Dec 2018 – Cardiff 1-5 Man Utd – Premier League28 Jan 2014 – Man Utd 2-0 Cardiff – Premier League24 Nov 2013 – Cardiff 2-2 Man Utd – Premier League01 Mar 1975 – Man Utd 4-0 Cardiff – Division Two31 Aug 1974 – Cardiff 0-1 Man Utd – Division Two Neil Warnock is heading back to the Championship with Cardiff (Picture: Getty Images)When is Man Utd vs Cardiff?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Sunday 12 May with kick-off at 3pm at Old Trafford.Is Man Utd vs Cardiff on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately not, Sky Sports are showing Brighton vs Man City and Liverpool vs Wolves on Sunday afternoon as the Premier League title race comes to a head.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsIt is going to be a youthful Manchester United side on display at Old Trafford with the likes of Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood all likely to be involved.Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial are all lacking fitness and will likely miss out.Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia have both been struggling with injury but should be available.Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa are both unavailable for Cardiff through injury.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)2/7 Man Utd11/2 Draw11/1 Cardiff Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to end the season on a high (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United bring their Premier League season to a close at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they host Cardiff City.United can no longer make it into the top four after picking up just two points from their last four games, but will be hoping they can leapfrog Arsenal and finish fifth in what has been a disappointing season.Cardiff have nothing to play for but pride with their relegation already confirmed and 18th spot in the table guaranteed.The Bluebirds have not beaten the Red Devils since 1960 and were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing when they met earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Phil HaighSunday 12 May 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Is Man Utd vs Cardiff on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds and team newslast_img read more

Uganda cranes stop Somalia in 2020 CHAN qualifier

first_imgThe Cranes will host Somalia in the return leg on August 3rd at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. In-case Uganda Cranes win they will face the winner between South Sudan and Burundi. The Burundi team started the campaign with a 2-0 home win over South Sudan on Saturday. In the first match played around the CECAFA region on Friday Ethiopia defeated hosts Djibouti 1-0.   On Sunday Tanzania will host the Harambee Stars of Kenya in what promises to be a thriller. The two sides faced off in the just concluded 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Kenya winning 3-2.The CHAN tournament is played by locally based players playing in the domestic leagues of the respective countries. Morocco are the defending champions.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Cranes. PHOTO via @OfficialFUFAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes picked a vital 3-1 win over Somalia in the first leg of the 2020 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.Patrick Henry Kaddu gave Uganda Cranes the lead when he converted a penalty seconds to the end of first half at the Al Haji Hassan Guled Stadium in Djibouti.The hosts Somalia opted to host the game in Djibouti because of the unstable security situation in their country.Somalia led by skipper Feysal Ahmad Hassan and Said Calibana Hajji tried to play a highly defensive game, but the Cranes stepped up their game in the second half to score two more goals.Another KCCA FC player Mustafa Kizza made it 2-0 after 64 minutes before Taddeo Lwanga also scored on 83 minutes. Farhan Mohammed Ahmad scored a consolation goal for Somalia after 84 minutes.“We are happy to get a win in an away game. We now need to get back and prepare well for the return leg in Kampala,” said Uganda Cranes interim coach Abudallah Mubiru after the game.last_img read more