3 reasons why I’d buy UK income stocks now See all posts by Jonathan Smith UK income stocks can be defined as shares I can buy that will pay me a dividend. This dividend acts as income, as I get to (hopefully) retain my initial investment but have this extra money paid on top. Not all stocks pay out a dividend even in normal times. And due to the impact of the pandemic, the value of dividend cuts last year stood at over £47bn. So I need to be careful about which stock I buy in this regard. So why should I look to buy such shares at the moment?Income stocks as a hedgeThe first reason I think UK income stocks are key right now is low interest rates elsewhere. The Bank of England cut rates last year in order to help boost demand. After all, if I’m only going to be getting a fraction of 1% paid on my cash balances, it should stimulate me to use the money elsewhere instead. 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So UK income stocks help to provide a hedge against low cash rates and periods when growth stocks are flat.Rewards, but also risksA third reason UK income stocks look appealing to me now is because of the reward for being patient. As mentioned at the beginning, last year a lot of companies cut dividends. Slowly, these payments are being restored.For example, the finance sector has been given the nod from the regulators to start paying out dividends. Barclays and NatWest are two companies that have come out and said that dividends are being resumed. So I feel that now is a good time to buy such UK income stocks as we’re potentially on the way out of the dividend drought. There are some risks about buying stocks with the primary aim of getting dividend income. As we saw last year, companies can cut a future dividend at very short notice if needed. So I don’t have any control over whether I will get that money into my bank account. Any forecast yields or amounts that I plan to receive are simply that — forecasts. Also, UK income stocks with generous yields typically are mature businesses in low-growth sectors. So it’s unlikely I’m going to see large share price appreciation when I’m holding the stock. On balance though, I feel these risks are tolerable given what my primary aims are. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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21 total views, 1 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 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. After 10 years at the helm of the Institute of Fundraising, Lindsay Boswell is leaving to join FareShare.In a message to IoF members, Boswell said: “I have loved working for the IoF and it was always going to need to be a very special cause to get me to move on.”IoF chair Paul Amadi said: “Lindsay has transformed the Institute from ICFM to the leadership voice for the fundraising profession that it is today. After 10 years he is taking up the exciting challenge of a new role and we wish him all the best.“He leaves the IoF with a clear strategy and sound financial plans in place, backed up by a very able and dynamic senior management team.”Boswell, who joined the Institute from Raleigh International in 2000, will join FareShare in October.www.institute-of-fundraising-org.uk Howard Lake | 13 July 2010 | News Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising Recruitment / people Boswell to leave IoF
Disabled People’s Organisations emergency Covid fund opens for applications Melanie May | 18 September 2020 | News Tagged with: disability Funding grants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 439 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 438 total views, 2 views today Advertisement The Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund is open for applications until 5 October.£1.5m of National Emergencies Trust funding is available to support grassroots DPOs across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding, to help them meet the needs of local disabled people. It will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.The DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund is looking to fund Covid-19 related work in the following broad three areas:Independent living: covering any Covid-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support, and employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shieldIsolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networksIncome: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issuesThe fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.Any DPO in the UK can apply if a majority of their governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee are made up of disabled people and they have a constitution – so they do not need to be a registered charity.Grants of £1,000 up to £25,000 are available, and the funding period is 8 months from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Danny Glover speaking at Sept. 15 ILWU-led meeting in Oakland, Calif., to protest gentrification.Led by the dockworkers union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10, Oakland’s Black community is organizing to stop a baseball stadium project from further gentrifying the city and pushing longtime Black residents out.“The Black community is under siege,” ILWU Local 10 organizer Derrick Muhammad told a recent meeting of the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, “by forces that would like to relocate the Oakland Athletics from the existing Coliseum park in East Oakland to Howard Terminal in rapidly gentrifying West Oakland — and drive us out. “This is emanating from City Hall, from real estate developers, from the Fisher family that owns the Gap clothing chain … and from a police department that’s working in tandem to drive Black people out.”Speaking at the influential Acts Full Gospel Church, Muhammad asked, “Why are they building a light rail down East 14th Street in East Oakland? Did any of you ask for that? It reminds me of 50 years ago when they destroyed our thriving West Oakland Black community — pushing us out so they could build BART stations, railroad tracks and a huge postal facility smack dab in the middle of our neighborhood — followed by the loss of factory jobs, the introduction of crack cocaine and a wrecking ball for our homes and mom-and-pop stores.“Now they are promising 6,000 permanent jobs at a new ballpark, hoping to convince a marginalized, oppressed community to support their project, “said Muhammad. “Ask yourself, ‘How does 82 home games produce 6,000 jobs?’ This is a land grab by the rich. This is the de-industrialization of another major urban center, like they did to Detroit. They even want to grab Howard Terminal, which is part of the working port of Oakland.”Danny Glover, actor and activist, whose postal worker family also experienced being pushed out of housing by greedy developers in the San Francisco Bay Area, told the church gathering: “We’ve seen too much. We know too much. There was a time when Oakland was 50 percent Black. Now people are living in tent cities. Renters are being forced out. “The carpetbaggers are coming in, and schools are being privatized. We don’t need more playgrounds for the rich, treating Black people as expendable. We’ve got to fight. We have to take our stand and defeat this new scheme by the rich to steal the people’s land.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Previous articleLocal barber raises shop standards, builds communityNext articleFrog Report – Season Recap and Georgia Preview Danielle Johnston RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printFor many, buying a Christmas tree is a sacred family tradition.In the Fort Worth area, Christmas tree farms are keeping this tradition alive with not just Douglas firs, but hot cocoa, games, and other holiday activities.Here are 4 of the best Christmas tree farms to visit in the area:1. Mainstay FarmHayrides, funnel cakes, zip lines, mazes, and a 100-foot-long Super Chute slide make Mainstay Farm much more than a place to swipe your card and chop down a tree. Located just 25 minutes from TCU’s campus, this Christmas tree farm offers both imported and farm-grown trees starting at $50, along with fun for the whole family. The farm also includes the Haymarket, a gift shop modeled after a milking parlor, full of holiday gifts like wreaths and garlands, along with farm-harvested honey and seasonal jams.Open: Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sun 1 – 5:30 p.m.Where: 1004 W. Bethesda Rd., CleburneCost: Free basic entryPhone: 817-295-67722. Haynie’s Green AcresYou’ve most likely heard of the age-old debate over real vs fake Christmas trees, but for Haynie’s Green Acres, that story is old news. Here, visitors will have to decide not between real or fake, but colored or not colored. According to seasoned visitors, Haynie’s is the home of crazy-colored Christmas trees, ranging from blue, purple, pink and of course the classic snowy white. The farm also provides a complimentary petting zoo, hayrides and playgrounds, along with fresh apple cider and homemade bread for purchase in their gift shop.Open: Tuesday-Friday 2 -5:30 p.m. Christmas Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Cost: Free entryWhere: 10405 Shannon Valley Drive, CrowleyPhone: 817-297-39703. 4D FarmDespite being situated at about 40 minutes from the 109, 4D Farm’s unique experience of chopping down your own Christmas tree makes it worth the drive. At the farm, visitors can choose from Leyland Cypress or “Blue Ice” Arizona Cypress trees. After working, 4D also provides hayrides around the farm, as well as holiday cookies and cider in the heated County Store. Trees start at $45 for the first 7 feet.Open: Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun 1 – 4 p.m.Cost: Free entryWhere: 3900 Upper Denton Road, WeatherfordPhone: 817-313-29144. Fossil Creek Tree Farm and Nursery Fossil Creek Tree Farm and Nursery’s eight-acre property caters to Christmas-time and everyday landscaping needs alike. This holiday season, fresh cut Fraser Fir trees arrived the day after Thanksgiving and visitors are encouraged to sip some complimentary hot chocolate as they browse through them for the perfect one. Fossil Creek also includes the option of flocking, a decoration process of spraying artificial snow to give your tree a more wintery and magical vibe.Open: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; trees available until Dec. 24Cost: Negotiated on siteWhere: 7744 Blue Mound Rd, Fort WorthPhone: 817-306-7111[xyz-ihs snippet=”treemapembed”] Danielle Johnstonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/danielle-johnston/ ReddIt Danielle Johnstonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/danielle-johnston/ Danielle Johnstonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/danielle-johnston/ Danielle Johnston Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Danielle Johnstonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/danielle-johnston/ Fort Worth’s top 5 coffee spots Facebook Linkedin Eatzi’s to replace Chilli’s at University Park Village Fort Worth’s top 5 coffee spots Eatzi’s to replace Chilli’s at University Park Village ReddIt
Linkedin Email Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick GPs get the classroom treatmentBy Alan Jacques – October 22, 2015 1268 TAGSlimerickUL HospitalsUniversity of Limerick Medical School Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleLimerick councillor gets Santa letter in earlyNext article#VIDEO Foynes potential to become major hub for biofuel manufacturing Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Professor Calvin Coffey, Colorectal Surgeon UL Hospitals, Foundation Chair of Surgery, UL GEMS, Dr Jack McCarthy, Ennis, Dr Mary Gray, Limerick City and Professor Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer UL Hospitals.Pic: Gareth Williamsby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Calvin Coffey, Colorectal Surgeon UL Hospitals, Foundation Chair of Surgery, UL GEMS, Dr Jack McCarthy, Ennis, Dr Mary Gray, Limerick City and Professor Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer UL Hospitals.Pic: Gareth WilliamsA CALL from GPs for interactive educational events resulted in a UL Hospitals Study Evening with a difference.More than 40 GPs gathered at the University of Limerick Medical School for a talk that formed part of an ongoing education and engagement programme to develop links with GPs and enhance the quality of patient care.The UL Hospitals GP Study Evening involved three interactive discussions based on hypothetical cases, which were run concurrently with the presenters rotating between groups of participants.UL Hospitals chief academic officer Professor Paul Finucane said that feedback from GPs indicated that they wanted educational events which were as interactive as possible.“In response, we organised the study evening in this dynamic way and we were delighted with the turnout and level of participation by the groups.”Dr Ray O’Connor, facilitator and GP, welcomed the interaction with colleagues in UL Hospitals.“The structure was unusual and it is good to participate in an educational event which is a bit different in format to the norm. I am looking forward to the next one,” he said.UL Hospitals plan to run three further GP Study Evenings in January, May and September 2016. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident. pic.twitter.com/b9GgXbSUt9— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 17, 2019By Saturday evening, however, Chicago police said they were “eager to speak to Jussie Smollett” after the interrogation of the Osundairo brothers, who police said are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent.“We have been in touch with Smollett’s attorneys,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News Sunday afternoon, adding that investigators “are waiting on whether they’re going to get a response from his attorney.”Guglielmi said the department contacted the actor’s lawyers Friday night.“We made our intentions clear,” he said.On Sunday afternoon, Guglielmi posted a statement on Twitter, saying, “While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident.”A spokesperson for Fox, which broadcasts “Empire,” declined comment on Saturday night.Early Saturday, after the brothers were released, police said they had new information that “could change the story entirely.”Police confirmed that Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were the two men seen in surveillance images from the night of the alleged incident. They were taken into custody on Wednesday night and interviewed by detectives in the following days.Based on the video evidence that police discovered, it did not indicate anyone else was there at the scene of the alleged incident, police said.But on Saturday, after their release the night before, police said the brothers were no longer potential suspects and again persons of interest, saying that they may still have information that is helpful to the investigation.Smollett told police that on Jan. 29, he was walking on a street near his apartment when he was attacked by two men. The attackers allegedly shouted racist and homophobic slurs before hitting him, pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him — possibly bleach — and wrapping a rope around his neck, he told detectives.Police confirmed phone records show that during the attack, Smollett was on the phone with Brandon Moore, his music manager. Both claimed that the alleged attackers yelled “MAGA country.”While Guglielmi said on Saturday that he could not speak on what the new information was, he said that detectives had “shifted the trajectory” of the investigation. Though he did not say whether Smollett spoke to the men that night — one of them had previously appeared on “Empire” — he said it will also be central to the investigation whether they spoke to or saw Smollett.Police raided the home of the Osundairo brothers Wednesday night to search for possible evidence and retrieved shoes, electronic devices, bleach and a red hat, among other items, according to photos of an inventory log confirmed to ABC News. The inventory log, first reported by a local CBS station, also contained a description for an item that said “Script-Empire.”It’s unclear whether forensic results have come back on any of the seized items on the inventory log.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Theo Wargo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The two brothers who were interrogated by police investigating the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett in Chicago told authorities that the “Empire” actor allegedly paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the crime, sources told ABC News Sunday.Detectives are trying to corroborate the account of Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, but thus far police have not independently verified the allegations, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.The Osundairo brothers agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope — allegedly used in an attack that Smollett described to police as laced with racial and homophobic slurs — at a Chicago hardware store, sources said.No one has been charged in connection with the case.Detectives have now shifted the investigation towards determining whether Smollett made up the entire story, sources said.The latest twist in the investigation came after Smollett hit back at the suggestion that the incident was a hoax, and expressed disbelief that the brothers could have been involved.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” Smollett attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement Saturday. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,” the statement continued. “It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”The attorneys said that Smollett has been cooperating with the police throughout the investigation.After initially being considered persons of interest, the Osundairo brothers were detained and became potential suspects, police said. When they were threatened with battery and hate crimes charges, they agreed to work with detectives, sources told ABC News.The dramatic shift in the probe is the latest in the fast-changing story that started with Smollett reporting to police that he was attacked in the early morning hours of Jan. 29.
Inspection of subsea pipelines using drones and digital technology. (Credit: Florian Pircher from Pixabay.) Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, is working with FORSSEA Robotics, a startup specializing in smart robotics and visual positioning, and iXblue, a company recognized for its expertise in inertial navigation, subsea positioning and autonomous technologies – to develop a pipeline inspection solution combining subsea drones and the use of visual markers, removing the need for surface vessels.Traditionally, the inspection of subsea pipelines and structures requires the use of a surface vessel (manned or unmanned) with acoustic positioning used to monitor the deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) or Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). These subsea vehicles then collect the required information – such as a pipeline’s general aspect and route, anode consumption, free span, burial and crossing areas – using observation sensors.In order to reduce pipeline inspection operational costs, Vallourec, iXblue and FORSSEA decided to develop a solution using visual markers directly integrated on subsea pipelines that enables vessel-free subsea navigation.The project relies on barcodes placed on installed pipes, resulting in many passive positioning references logged with their own coordinates during the laying operation which will remain accessible throughout the life of the field. These markers would be used as navigation aids for subsea drones equipped with FORSEEA cameras and iXblue’s inertial navigation system that easily relay the pipelines’ locations to the operators thus removing the need for acoustic positioning systems and costly mother vessels. To remain visible to divers and subsea drones throughout the project’s lifespan, these markers are long-term resistant to marine growth and erosion.“This technology had already proven itself on large structures in the field”, said Jean-Guillaume Besse, Vallourec R&D project leader. “Back in January of this year, we did a first sea trial on much smaller surfaces – down to pipes of 6” in diameter – in the South of France. The tests were a success, proving that these markers, combined with iXblue’s and FORSSEA’s expertise, can be used to provide accurate subsea positioning without the need of acoustic systems”.This innovative inspection technology could be further enhanced when combined with existing digital solutions from Vallourec smart’s services portfolio. For example, the Smartengo Best Fit digital solution already associates a unique tag on each pipe to ease traceability, fit-up and pipeline construction.The advanced solution developed with FORSSEA and iXblue is a key milestone for future pipeline inspection and could be considered as a next step in the Vallourec.smart offering, further facilitating operators’ asset management. Source: Company Press Release Vallourec, iXblue and FORSSEA decided to develop a solution using visual markers directly integrated on subsea pipelines that enables vessel-free subsea navigation
88 (nee: Posluszny), a lifelong resident of Bayonne, entered into eternal rest on November 14, 2017 with her family by her side. Tessie joined her husband John on the 27th Anniversary of his passing. Tessie is survived by her children Joanne and her husband Kevin Sellaro, Alice and her husband John Brennan, Mary and her husband Michael Vuolo, and Paula and her husband Kenneth Magner. She is predeceased by her parents Sophie (nee: Lubach) and her husband Stanley Posluszny, siblings John and Frank Posluszny, Stephie Bedko, Sophie Varga, Anne Kinsky, Estelle Klimansky, and Helen Witkowski. Also survived by grandchildren Allison Paul, Michelle Hunt, Heather Sellaro, John Jr., Robert, Patrick, and Alexandra Brennan, Francis and Joseph Vuolo, and Kristen and Kenneth Magner. Great-grandmother of Christopher, Matthew, Brayden, Gavin, Samantha and Kelly. Tessie was a mother and was devoted to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John Paul II Parish. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Funeral arrangements by S. FRYCZYNSKI & SON Funeral Home, 3234 E 22nd St.
Master Dance Class with Maks Chmerkovskiy: The famous dancer will provide instruction for intermediate to experienced dancers. 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier.Meet-and-Greet with Laurie Hernandez and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Chmerkovskiy joins his former dance partner to greet fans. 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.Jon Dorenbos Magic Show: Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier with a show that mixes his mind-blowing magic talents with inspirational stories. Dorenbos has performed two sold-out shows in Ocean City. The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $32 to $47.Jon Dorenbos Meet-and-Greet: Meet Dorenbos, get an autograph and a photo. Session ($20) is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. Ocean City will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during Night in Venice on July 28, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 64th annual bayfront celebration.The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.The optional theme of “TV’s Greatest Hits” could include tributes to iconic sit-coms, characters, memorable TV moments or any other item from television history. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.NIV Boat RegistrationNIV House RegistrationNIV Condo RegistrationIn keeping with this year’s theme, the parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho and NFL-lineman-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.One highlight will be Master Dance Classes with Chmerkovskiy on the day of the parade. He will provide instruction for intermediate to advanced dancers (individuals or couples). Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The $65 ticket includes a meet-and-greet with Chmerkovskiy and a Q&A session.Born in the Ukraine, Chmerkovskiy moved with his family to Brooklyn and fell in love with dancing after his father opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey. He joined the cast of professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 2 and has competed in 17 seasons. He has made it to the final round five times. In 2014, he partnered with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis to win his first “Dancing With the Stars” title. He also has starred in Broadway productions of “Burn the Floor” and “Forever Tango.”Chmerkovskiy also joins fellow “Dancing With the Stars” winner Laurie Hernandez to greet fans on July 28. A session at 11 a.m. July 28 ($30) provides an opportunity to get a photo and an autograph with the stars.Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. gymnastics team since 1984. She brought home gold and silver medals from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After winning her “Dancing with the Stars” title with Maks’ brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, she published her first book, “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond,” which hit the New York Times Best Sellers list.Tickets are on sale now for the following: The Celtic Tenors Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan will perform an eclectic and exciting mix of songs at the Ocean City Music Pier July 22. (Celtic Tenors Facebook)CELTIC TENORS (July 22): The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. The group’s passion shines through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics and popular contemporary songs. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $25 to $35. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or one of the city’s welcome centers.STRAIGHT NO CHASER (JULY 23): If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis on ivied campuses, think again. Straight No Chaser has emerged as a vocal phenomenon, building a reputation as an unforgettable live act, and with a sense of humor. Two shows on the same night begin at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $47.50. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster, call 800-745-3000 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.SLEEPING BEAUTY (July 24): The Ocean City Theatre Company Children’s Theatre Series continues with the story of friendship and loyalty overcoming the strongest dark magic. Show is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or one of the city’s welcome centers. Jackie Evancho with the Ocean City Pops: A special Ocean City Pops performance on July 29 will feature the remarkable vocal talents of Jackie Evancho. The young singer first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She finished as runner-up in that competition and has continued to make history with achievements that include: youngest solo platinum artist, youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the United Kingdom, youngest person to give solo concert at the Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Evancho’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. She will perform with the Ocean City Pops orchestra 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30 to $45.Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers to purchase tickets for these events. Tickets are also on sale to view Night in Venice from the Bayside Center (520 Bay Avenue), which will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets are $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. The Good Tymes Band will play until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face-painting. The band will resume after the parade.Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a returning presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2018. A fireworks display will return this year to cap off the celebration.COMING UP THIS WEEKFASCINATING GERSHWIN (July 18): Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of pianist Ryan Shirar and singers direct from Broadway, who will join the Ocean City Pops for a special tribute to Gershwin including songs like “Fascinating Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful,” “Summertime” and more. This concert is produced by Broadway POPS International. Tickets are $25 to $30, and the show is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or one of the city’s welcome centers.WACKY WEDNESDAY (July 18): This week’s family-friendly event is a Doughnut-On-A-String Eating Contest. Participants will need to eat an entire doughnut — no hands allowed — without letting it fall off the string. The first to finish wins. Contest is free and limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. For more information, call 609-399-6111.OCEAN CITY FISHING PIER OPEN HOUSE (July 19): The Ocean City Fishing Club is inviting shutterbugs and other visitors to tour its pier and clubhouse at 14th Street and Boardwalk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Visitors also will be able to make an optional donation of canned goods to support the Ocean City Food Cupboard.15TH ANNUAL CHIP MILLER SURF FEST (July 20): Family-friendly surfing competition for all ages with category awards. Register early as there are limited openings. Cost is $40 in advance ($45 day of) and $10 for each additional heat. Tickets for an after-part are $25 ($30 on the day of). No-wave dates are July 21 and 22. For more information, call 717-243-7855 or visit www.chipmiller.org.LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL (July 20 and 21): The Ocean City Theatre Company presents a fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie. “Legally Blonde, The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This show features a cast of high school performers. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $12 to $15. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or one of the city’s welcome centers.SUMMER BOOK SALE (July 20 and 21): Used hardbacks, paperbacks and audio items are on sale. Sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library and held in the atrium outside the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue). Sale hours are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 20; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21. https://friendsvolunteersocfpl.com/